Health industry and construction experts in Vietnam have long been arguing the pros and cons of the use of chrysotile, otherwise known as white asbestos, but construction insiders have so far prevailed by claiming that the material is safe and cheap. A clash of opinions on both sides of the debate at a conference in 2014 shook the public, but ended with former Vice Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam giving his approval for its use due to a lack of “convincing evidence” about its potentially harmful effects. This October, researchers from the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations are meeting again to discuss the country's growing use of what they say is a deadly material. A 2017 report by the World Health Organization showed that as of 2013, Vietnam was among the top 10 consumers of white asbestos out of the 25 countries in the world that were still using it. Back then, the country was using up to 70,000 tons a … [Read more...] about Uphill battle to ban use of cancer-linked white asbestos in Vietnam: experts
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Viet Nam News WASHINGTON - The White House battled Tuesday to insulate Donald Trump from a scandal over his top aide's contacts with Russia, as it emerged that the president was aware of the problem for weeks before acting. With calls for an independent investigation gathering pace, the White House admitted that Trump was told three weeks ago that national security advisor Michael Flynn may have misled colleagues about his Kremlin contacts. The retired three-star general and former head of US defence intelligence initially denied discussing sanctions strategy with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak before taking office. That could have breached US law on negotiating with foreign powers, and at minimum was a significant break with the norm that incoming administrations accept the US has "one government at a time." Flynn was asked to resign on Monday, after what the White House said were weeks of internal investigation that turned up no evidence of wrongdoing but "eroded" trust. … [Read more...] about White House tries to insulate Trump from Russia scandal – World – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
Children play in front of a house topped with white asbestos roofing tiles in rural Vietnam. Photo: Dan Ha A Health Ministry expert urged Vietnam to limit consumer exposure to chrysotile, or white asbestos, but construction insiders prevailed by arguing the material is safe and cheap. Exerts on both sides of the debate clashed at a conference held in Hanoi on Wednesday. The Science, Technology and Environmental Committee at the National Assembly, Vietnam’s legislature organized the conference with the Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Science and Technology to resolve conflicting opinions about the material. The EU bloc is one of 54 states that have imposed an absolute ban on all kinds of asbestos. Vietnamese consumers once widely employed all kinds of asbestos, but are now restricted to the use of white asbestos. The material is used in everything from roofing tiles to bulletproof vests. White asbestos is now the last legally-excavated form of asbestos in the … [Read more...] about Vietnam to stick to white asbestos, despite cancer concern
David Beckham was stunned to see a Vietnamese fan riding a motorbike with one hand and a kid between her legs when trying to capture a photo of him during his trip to Vietnam early this week, whereas the woman said on her Facebook it was the Englishman who tried to snap her first. In a photo posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday, two days after the retired English football (soccer) player left the Southeast Asian country after a brief visit, Beckham expressed his concern about how careless a fan was when she was apparently trying to photograph him. The woman was shown driving her scooter with one hand - while her kid was standing and sleeping with his head buried between the mother's thighs - and capturing the famous footballer with a smartphone on her left hand. The photo has generated more than 626,000 likes and 6,580 shares as of Saturday morning. The driver was not wearing the compulsory crash helmet as per Vietnamese traffic law, and her eyes were all on the … [Read more...] about David Beckham and Vietnam woman, who snapped first?
For President Barack Obama, it seemed like the right thing to do, according to officials in his administration: Release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in return for Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. As a political firestorm engulfs the White House over that deal, Reuters interviews with current and former Obama administration officials involved in the negotiations, along with U.S. lawmakers, reveal how a close-knit circle in the Obama administration pursued the plan despite intense discord in the past over similar proposals. The White House was ultimately persuaded to go ahead, in part, after Qatar agreed to take the Taliban detainees and said it would allow the United States to track the five men in the Gulf emirate. Under that arrangement, the United States installed extensive surveillance equipment to monitor their movements and communications, the officials said. The deal, however, has caused an uproar among Republicans in … [Read more...] about Inside the White House’s decision to free Bergdahl