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Downstream Mekong River cities boost tourism links
They expressed their determination at the fourth mayor’s conference for downstream Mekong River cities of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Thailand’s Bangkok, Laos’s Vientiane and Myanmar’s Yangon in Phnom Penh on December 22.
HCM City’s delegation, led by Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Pham Duc Hai, delivered hopes that participating cities will increase service quality to a regional set of standards via cultural exchanges.
Participants adopted a joint communiqué, underscoring the importance of ensuring security and safety for tourists, and agreed to implement common standards designed for an ASEAN clean tourism hub.
They also affirmed support for the organisation of cultural exchanges as a basis for promoting mutual understanding and close friendship of their people.
The first conference of this kind was initiated in 2012.
As Vietnam probes yet another loss-making state firm, former exec disappears
Vu Dinh Duy in a file photo. Photo by VnExpress A former executive of a nearly bankrupt fiber plant has been questionably absent for days, soon after government inspectors detected violations at the $325 million project. Vu Dinh Duy served as general director at PVTex, a textile unit of state-owned oil group PetroVietnam, between 2009 and 2014. His company built and run Dinh Vu polyester synthetic fiber plant in the northern city of Hai Phong, which has incurred hugh losses and is on the verge… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
'Bathroom bill' repeal: North Carolina seeks to move on after very long year
Shortly after Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law Thursday repealing North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” Rep. Cecil Brockman, a Democrat who identifies as LGBT, sounded worn out.It wasn’t just a long day that ended, for him, with a no vote, since the compromise bill still withholds civil rights protections from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.But Mr. Brockman’s resigned tone also suggested a resolution to a painful chapter in the history of his beloved state. Last year, North Carolina… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
The Latest: Cuban TV celebrates life of Fidel Castro
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro (all times local):4:30 a.m.While Fidel Castro's foes celebrate his death, his friends across Latin America mourn.The leftist government of El Salvador is expressing "eternal gratitude" to Castro and the Cuban people for help "in the most difficult times." That's apparently a reference to Cuba's support of the guerrilla bands battling a U.S. backed, military-dominated government in the 1980s.The government statement issued… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze
WASHINGTON (AP) — A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch — like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel.Implanted electrodes allowed the men to feel the same intensity of pressure in the artificial hand as they could in their other hand, scientists at Case Western Reserve University reported Wednesday.To Keith Vonderhuevel, testing the experimental device… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Gov't spends billions of dollars to guarantee SOE loans
The loan guarantees issued by the government have mostly gone to projects in power, aviation, cement production, transport infrastructure and two banks. The Song Thao Cement Plant An updated report by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) shows that by December 31, 2015, the government had committed to act as the guarantor for loans worth $26 billion, which includes $21.8 billion worth of foreign loans. The real total debts the government had guaranteed by the end of 2015 was $21 billion, which… chat_bubble_outline Read More...