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ABRANTES, Portugal: Over 2,600 firefighters battled 62 wildfires raging across Portugal on Thursday (Aug 10), officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes. A firefighter stands in the middle of a road near flames blazing near the village of Sanguinheira, in Macao, central Portugal, on Jul 25, 2017. (AFP/PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA) Weather conditions will be "especially favourable for wildfires" until Sunday, with strong winds and temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius forecast, civil protection agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar told a news conference. Morocco sent a water-dropping plane and neighbouring Spain sent two to help firefighters battle the flames, she added. The fires come after more than 60 people were killed in June, and more than 250 injured, in a giant blaze at Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal that raged for five days. Eleven fires were still out of control as of 11.00pm (2100 GMT) on Thursday while the rest had been tamed or were being dampened down, the civil protection agency said on its website. Some 800 firefighters backed by 250 vehicles were at the scene of the biggest blaze in a forest near the central town of Abrantes. The fire had reached the outskirts of the city, Abrantes mayor Maria do Ceu Albuquerque said. "The night is going to be very difficult," she told Portuguese media. …... [read more]

SAN FRANCISCO: Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to force him off the board of the ride services company and rescind his ability to fill three board seats, according to the lawsuit. Uber Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from his job, as the company tries to clean up a corporate culture that has sparked charges of harassment and discrimination AFP/MONEY SHARMA The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Kalanick of concealing a range of misdeeds from the board and scheming to retain power at the company even after he was forced to resign as chief executive of Uber in June following a series of scandals. Benchmark's lawsuit marks a rare instance of a Silicon Valley investor suing a central figure at one of its own start-ups. The well-regarded venture firm was an early investor in Uber and said in the lawsuit that owns 13 percent of Uber and controls 20 percent of the voting power. A spokesman for Kalanick issued a statement calling the lawsuit "completely without merit and riddled with lies and false allegations." The statement accused Benchmark of "acting in its own best interests contrary to the interests of Uber" and denounced the legal action as a "transparent attempt to deprive Travis Kalanick of his rights as a founder and shareholder." Uber declined to comment. Benchmark Capital did not immediately respond to requests for…... [read more]

DOHA: Qatar announced on Wednesday a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbours. File photo shows a Qatar Airways plane taking off from the Hamad International Airport in Doha. (AFP/STRINGER) Nationals from dozens of countries in Europe and elsewhere including Singapore, India, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa and the US will now receive tourist visas on arrival to the gas-rich country which hosts the soccer World Cup in 2022. Depending on the nationality of the visitor, the waiver will may be valid for 180 days from the date of issue and allow the visitor to spend a total of 90 days in Qatar (multiple-entry waiver). Alternatively, it could be valid for 30 days from the date of issue and entitle the visitor to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, with the possibility of applying for an extension of the waiver for an additional 30 days. Thirty-three countries fall under the first category while 47 - including Singapore - fall under the second. "The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region," Hassan al-Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development officer at Qatar Tourism Authority told reporters at a press conference in Doha. LATEST MOVE TOWARDS GREATER ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE Oil giant Saudi Arabia along with Egypt, Bahrain and…... [read more]

Vietnamese shares extended losses for a third straight session on Thursday but investor confidence showed signs of improvement after being brought down by false news and global tension. Trading orders are made at Hà Nội Stock Exchange. - VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Anh The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange went down slightly to close at 773.43 points, little changed from Wednesday’s closing level. The HNX Index on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange inched down 0.10 per cent to end at 100.97 points. The two indices have lost total 2.5 per cent and 1.4 per cent after the last three sessions. More than 257.5 million shares were traded on both local exchanges, worth VNĐ3.87 trillion (US$171.9 million). The trading figures were down nearly 40 per cent in both volume and value compared to Wednesday’s numbers. The stock market performed positively on Thursday and it could recover in coming sessions as investor sentiment improved after being rocked a day before, according to Bảo Việt Securities Company (BVSC). Việt Nam’s stock market on Wednesday tumbled, posting the worst fall in 20 months, after tension between the US and North Korea escalated and false news about the arrest of a former highly-ranking bank executive. Investor confidence was dampened, which triggered a large-scale sell-off on the stock market, made investors turn to less risky assets such as gold, brought all 20 sectors of…... [read more]

China should remain neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. The comments from the influential Global Times came after U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea again on Thursday, saying his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may not have been tough enough. China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the United States, such as military drills, that it sees as escalating tensions. "China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral," the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial. "If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said. North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said on Thursday its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam. Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not going…... [read more]

The Vietnamese delegation has a working session with India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) representatives (Source: VNA)   New Delhi (VNA) – A delegation of the Centre for Indian Studies (CIS) under the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA) is on a visit to India from August 6-18 to explore how soft power is used in the country. On August 9, the delegation visited India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and engaged in a seminar on the India-Vietnam relations, under which the Indian side shared experience in promoting its soft power. The seminar was co-chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Van Toan, CIS Director and Chairman of the HCMA’s Science Council, and Prof. Harsh V.Pant , Director of the ORF’s Strategic Studies Programme. Later the same day, the delegation visited the Centre for East Asia Studies (CEAS) under the School of International Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Toan, who led the delegation, and CEAS Director Prof. Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli discussed the possibility to enhance the two sides’ cooperation in research and training in the field of soft power promotion. They also talked about ways to enhance connectivity between scholars as well as learning exchange between Vietnam and India in general and the two centres in particular. On this occasion, Toan co-chaired a seminar with professors, lecturers, researchers and students of JNU. Apart from Delhi, the delegation is scheduled to make fact-finding trips to agencies…... [read more]

The MoNRE reported on August 9 that it approved a proposal by Binh Thuan authorities in which the mud and waste sand of Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant would be dumped at Vinh Tan Port instead of the sea. Vinh Tan Port was previously picked as a landfill for the waste mud dredged by the Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant. The MoNRE’s original decision still had to await final approval of the Government. The ministry’s u-turn came following pressure from the public and the scientific community as the news broke in June. MoNRE’s Deputy Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc on June 23 agreed to allow Vinh Tan 1 Electricity Company, which is in charge of the power plant of the same name, to dump 918,533 cubic metres of dredged mud and sand into the sea in Tuy Phong district. The sea area in question, however, was located adjacent to Hon Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong. It is one of 16 marine protected areas in Vietnam. The proposal prompted public protests over fears the waste could threaten the coral ecosystem and sea life in the area. The events took a stunning turn when three of the scientists listed as members of the dumping plan’s environmental impact assessment denied their involvement in the plan, claiming their names had been used without their consent. Binh Thuan province then asked the Government to suspend the dumping plan, while Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered…... [read more]

The MoNRE reported on August 9 that it approved a proposal by Binh Thuan authorities in which the mud and waste sand of Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant would be dumped at Vinh Tan Port instead of the sea. Vinh Tan Port was previously picked as a landfill for the waste mud dredged by the Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant. The MoNRE’s original decision still had to await final approval of the Government. The ministry’s u-turn came following pressure from the public and the scientific community as the news broke in June. MoNRE’s Deputy Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc on June 23 agreed to allow Vinh Tan 1 Electricity Company, which is in charge of the power plant of the same name, to dump 918,533 cubic metres of dredged mud and sand into the sea in Tuy Phong district. The sea area in question, however, was located adjacent to Hon Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong. It is one of 16 marine protected areas in Vietnam. The proposal prompted public protests over fears the waste could threaten the coral ecosystem and sea life in the area. The events took a stunning turn when three of the scientists listed as members of the dumping plan’s environmental impact assessment denied their involvement in the plan, claiming their names had been used without their consent. Binh Thuan province then asked the Government to suspend the dumping plan, while Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – With demand for sand for construction rising even as prices are skyrocketing, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Dinh Dung has recommended the use of other materials in construction in place of natural sand. Sand for construction is piled at a site in Tien Phong Ward in the northern province of Thai Binh. As many localities in Viet Nam have cracked down on illegal sand mining, the huge demand for sand and its rising prices have seriously affected many major construction works.  The huge demand for sand and its rising prices have seriously affected many major construction works such as the Trung Luong – My Thuan (in Tien Giang Province) Highway, A section of National Highway No 60 in Ben Tre Province and the Lo Te - Rach Soi Road in Kien Giang Province. The contractors of these works said the rising sand prices have caused construction costs to balloon and even the suspension of some of them. Speaking at a recent conference on investment in infrastructure development in the Mekong Delta, Dung called on the ministry to co-ordinate with provincial authorities to improve management of sand mining in rivers, estuaries and channels in the region. Sand exploitation must be linked with the protection of river banks and the coast from erosion, he said. He also instructed the ministry to co-operate with relevant agencies and find other materials to replace natural sand in transportation infrastructure projects in the country in general and in the Mekong Delta in particular. In…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Many roads and pavements in HCM City have again been encroached by illegal parking areas and street vendors after city authorities halted their campaign to clear the pavements four months ago. Authorities handle an illegal parking car in HCM City.  On many streets, including Nguyen Thai Binh, Pho Duc Chinh, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Trai, Hai Ba Trung, parking violations are rampant, occupying most of the pavements and forcing pedestrians to walk on the roads. On Nguyen Du Street, the pavement on both sides has been taken over by street vendors from early morning to late at night. Many coffee shops have put tables and chairs out to attract and accommodate customers, leaving no space for pedestrians. The situation is no better on Dong Du, Ton That Dam, and Huynh Thuc Khang streets. In the area around HCM City’s Fine Arts Museum in Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, street vendors are out in full force, despite the ban. Doan Ngoc Hai, vice chairman of District 1’s People’s Committee said that the encroachment was even worse four months after the inspection teams paused their pavement clearing drive. On Monday evening, Hai said he, along with the district’s interdisciplinary inspection team, conducted a raid on pavement encroachment on Hoang Sa, Hai Ba Trung, Ly Tu Trong, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Vo Van Kiet, Nguyen Thi Nghia streets. Hai said cars were parking illegally along the streets and pavements of District 1 regardless of warning signs that have been placed in trouble spots.…... [read more]




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