Delegates from 130 nations wrap up week-long negotiations in Paris Saturday on the executive summary of a 1,800-page tome authored by 400 scientists, the first U.N. global assessment of the state of Nature -- and its impact on humanity -- in 15 years. The bombshell Summary for Policymakers, to be unveiled on May 6, makes for very grim reading. Up to a million of Earth's estimated eight million species face extinction, many of them within decades, according to a draft version obtained by AFP. All but seven percent of major marine fish stocks are in decline or exploited to the limit of sustainability. At the same time, humanity dumps up to 400 million tonnes of heavy metals, toxic sludge and other waste into oceans and rivers each year. Since 1990, Earth has lost 2.9 million hectares -- an area more than eight times the size of Germany or Vietnam -- of forests that play a critical role in absorbing record-level CO2 emissions. The heavily negotiated text does not make explicit policy … [Read more...] about How to fix Nature and avoid human misery: UN report
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VNA Vice Director General Le Quoc Minh speaks at the meeting (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The 44th Executive Board Meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), hosted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) in Hanoi from April 18-20, has highlighted the important role played by professional journalism in the context of the emergence of social media and challenges posed by it. With the theme “For a professional and innovative journalism”, the event has focused discussion on how to effectively deal with fake news and how to regain public trust with this context in mind. Due to the fast development of social media, the role of journalists is changing. They are no longer the sole source of breaking news and their responsibility has extended to the verification of information being shared amongst the public. They are depended on to validate and analyse information, as well as help the public find what they need to know. According to VNA … [Read more...] about OANA 44: How to deal with fake news in modern journalism?
* Rickie Fowler regrouped after surrendering a five-shot lead on the back nine to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open by two strokes on Sunday. He carded 74 to finish at 17-under-par 267 as South African Branden Grace shot 69 for second place on 15-under after bogeying the 17th where his drive found water. * Teenaged midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo's second-half goal rescued a point for AS Roma as they secured a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday. Gennaro Gattuso’s side maintained their place in the top four even though Krzysztof Piatek's 26th-minute strike was cancelled out by 19-year-old Zaniolo's effort after the interval. * New Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic enjoyed a debut to remember as a goal from Federico Santander handed them a shock 1-0 Serie A win over Inter Milan. * World number three Dustin Johnson won the inaugural Saudi International by two strokes on Sunday, holding off China's Li Haotong to claim his sixth European Tour title. Johnson's first European Tour … [Read more...] about Tennis: Bertens beats Vekic to win St. Petersburg title
The second October 16-17 visit by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to Vietnam this year attracted great attention among international experts. His first visit was in January 2018. Frequently cited Vietnam expert Carl Thayer, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defense Force Academy, said the trip showed that Secretary Mattis is following guidance in the U.S. National Security Strategy and the U.S. National Defense Strategy to include Vietnam in a cooperative defense network to deal with current challenges to regional security, including aggressive Chinese actions in the South China Sea. Vietnam calls the waters the East Sea. "It is clear from the U.S. National Security Strategy and U.S. National Defense Strategy that the United States views Vietnam as an important strategic partner. The recent speech by Vice President Mike Pence signaled a major shift in U.S. policy to identify and treat China as an … [Read more...] about How Vietnam can walk the tightrope of US-China tensions
(VEN) - RMIT University Vietnam recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB) at the University’s Saigon South campus. Through the MoU, RMIT Vietnam and SIHUB will cooperate in co-hosting entrepreneurship and innovation-focused national and regional events and programs on a case-by-case basis, in addition to exchanging relevant information, expertise and respective available resources. Mr. Huynh Kim Tuoc, Managing Director of SIHUB, said that educational institutions play a crucial role in the development of startup and innovation ecosystems in Ho Chi Minh City. “Universities can contribute to this development by designing a standard system of activities, including providing training, building startup and research spaces, and commercialising research outcomes,” Mr. Tuoc said. “However, it is a new concept to many local universities, and might not be fully developed in a short period of time.” Mr. Tuoc … [Read more...] about RMIT, SIHUB sign MoU to boost startup and innovation ecosystem