Turkey urged to ease trade defence against Vietnamese goods At a consultation session on the free trade agreement with Turkey from February 20-25, 2017, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) asked the Turkish side to consider and recognise Vietnam's market economy and minimise the application of trade defence measures against Vietnamese goods. The MOIT expressed concern that Turkey's increasing application of trade defence measures against Vietnam's export items in recent times has been adversely affecting trade exchange between the two countries. The Vietnam Competition Authority on February 28 revealed that Turkey has initiated anti-tax avoidance and anti-dumping investigations over partially oriented yarn (POY) imported from a number of countries, including Vietnam. Accordingly, POY items imported from China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam in the period of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2016 will be put under investigation. POY is … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 1/3
Rainforests environmental issues
Rich and poor nations were poised to forge an ambitious pact to protect threatened ecosystems Friday after breaking a deadlock over genetic treasures derived from places such as the Amazon. The meeting in the central Japanese city of Nagoya aims to produce a roadmap of 20 goals to be achieved over the next decade to contain man's destruction of nature and save the world's rapidly diminishing biodiversity. Delegates from more than 190 countries had agreed to most of the goals during 12 days of tense negotiations. But a dispute over "fairly sharing" genetic resources, which are mostly found in rainforests and other species-rich habitats in developing countries, had held up an over-arching accord. After frantic last-minute negotiations, Japan announced hours before the summit was due to end that there had been significant progress with countries representing various regional blocs agreeing to a deal. "A draft decision has been agreed upon by representatives of regional … [Read more...] about UN summit poised to seal pact on biodiversity
Activists worry multinational corporations that produced Agent Orange could perpetrate another ecological disaster through genetically modified organisms Agent Orange victims Chu Quang Duc (C), 27 years old, and his father Chu Quang Chien (R) who served in Vietnam's central Quang Nam - Da Nang area from 1971-1975 during the Vietnam War, attend a computer class at the Friendship Village, a hospice for Agent Orange victims outside Hanoi. … [Read more...] about Vietnam beware!
HCMC - Exhibition "In the Midst of Life"Opening: Fri 25 Oct, 6 pm Exhibition: 25 Oct - 25 Nov 2013 Craig Thomas Gallery 27i Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh ward, Q.1, HCMC Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6pm; Sundays 1 to 5 pm; and by appointment You are invited to the exhibition "In the Midst of Life", a solo exhibition of wood burn paintings by Hanoi-based artist Ngo Van Sac. Ngo Van Sac says that one day he may return to using conventional canvas, but right now he is enchanted by the blocks of fresh, untreated wood that grip his images with rawness. The curved veins in the wood's surface take the eyes gently up and down the portraits, sneaking into the intricacies of the pictures. Sac's making process must involve a lot of planning, but the artworks are never overdone. Minimal color and simple materials prevent visual saturation. Sac pencils the outlines onto the wooden blocks, then blowtorches them, masking off areas with a metal spatula to modulate the color. The … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR Oct.15 -31 (daily updated)
New world title will make no difference until existing infrastructure, services are improved, experts say Ha Long Bay, by virtue of being the jewel in Vietnam's tourism crown, has always been in the spotlight, but the lights have just gotten a lot brighter. It has been named in the temporary list of seven new natural wonders of the world, but amidst the cheer and celebrations that have erupted, concerns have risen about preserving the world heritage site. The tourism industry will clearly benefit from the announcement made by the Switzerland-based New7Wonders Foundation last Friday. Hundreds of millions of voters around the world have cast their votes for Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, the Amazon Rainforest in South America, Iguazu Falls at the border of Brazil and Argentina, Jeju Volcanic Island off South Korea, Komodo National Park in Indonesia, Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, and South Africa's Table Mountain. A total of 440 destinations in 220 … [Read more...] about World wonder status for Ha Long Bay raises new challenges