Greenpeace activists Tuesday scaled storage tanks at an Indonesian palm oil refinery along with a popular rock band which played pro-environment songs, protesting against a commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. © GREENPEACE SOUTHEAST ASIA/AFP | Popular Indonesian rock band Boomerang, whose new music focuses on conservation, performed at the top of a palm oil refinery The green group said 30 activists -- including several foreigners -- and Indonesian metal group Boomerang had been "occupying" the site on Sulawesi island to draw attention to widespread environmental destruction caused by clearing forest for palmoil plantations. They painted "Dirty" in large letters and dropped a banner that read "Drop Dirty Palm Oil Now" on storage tanks owned by Singapore-listed Wilmar International, the world's biggest palm oil trader which supplies major brands including Colgate, Nestle and Unilever, Greenpeace said, adding the protest ended after 12 hours. One group of … [Read more...] about Greenpeace ‘occupies’ Indonesia palm oil plant with rock band
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Drummer D.J. Fontana, the last surviving member of Elvis Presley’s original band whose hard-driving but self-effacing style helped shape rock percussion, has died, his family said on Thursday. He was 87. Drummer D.J. Fontana, the last surviving member of Elvis Presley’s original band whose hard-driving but self-effacing style helped shape rock percussion, has died, his family said on Thursday. - Photo usatoday.com His son David Fontana wrote on Facebook that his father died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday evening. An inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dominic Joseph Fontana introduced drums to the concoction that became rock ’n’ roll at a time that popular singers often eschewed percussion entirely. Fontana was a drummer for a radio program in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana when Presley, then performing primarily for country audiences, came in 1954 after performing on the rival, more established show of the Grand Ole Opry in … [Read more...] about Elvis’ drummer, last survivor of his band, dead at 87
Cruelty that knows no boundariesSon Nguyen The entire society is turned upside down when it is revealed that a coffee processor in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong has mixed harmful chemicals with coffee byproducts on an industrial scale for sale on the domestic market. The local media is awash with denunciations and indignation towards the unethical business owner for poisoning consumers en mass, and demands tough sanctions. Simply put, producing poisonous drinks in this case must be treated as a criminal offense, say local news outlets. The scandal broke out on April 15 when police in Dak Nong – tipped off by some residents –conducted a raid into the coffee processing facility, only to find out a bitter truth beyond their imaginations. Workers there were caught red-handed mixing powder from used batteries or cells, rock powder and other harmful materials with substandard-quality ground coffee. The powder from used batteries was meant to blacken coffee to make … [Read more...] about Cruelty that knows no boundaries
VietNamNet Bridge - Increasing the localization ratio and reducing production costs are vital issues for Vietnam’s automobile industry. As Vietnam is one of the worlds’s largest tungsten producers, it could be material that could help revive the auto industry. Vietnamese never give up the dream of developing automobile industry Sumito Ishii, CEO of General Motors Vietnam, said that high costs are weakening domestic manufacturers’ competitiveness. The auto production cost in Vietnam is 10-20 percent higher than in Thailand and Indonesia because of the high number of imported car parts. Vietnam’s automobile industry, after 20 years of development, still cannot reach the targeted localization ratio. The locally made content of cars with up to 9 seats is 7-10 percent, far below the targeted ratios of 40 percent by 2005 and 60 percent by 2010. Over 90 percent of component suppliers are foreign invested companies. However, Vietnamese enterprises keep … [Read more...] about Could tungsten mines be the springboard for Vietnam’s auto industry?
Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if its arch-rival Iran does so, the kingdom's crown prince said in remarks released on Thursday, raising the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict. "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible," Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS in an interview that will air in full on Sunday. The Sunni Muslim kingdom has been at loggerheads with revolutionary Shi'ite Iran for decades. The countries have fought a long-running proxy war in the Middle East and beyond, backing rival sides in armed conflicts and political crises including in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. He downplayed Iran's power during the interview, saying that Iran was far from being a rival to Saudi Arabia. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi reacted harshly, saying the Saudi crown prince was a "delusional naive person" who has no idea … [Read more...] about Saudi crown prince says will develop nuclear bomb if Iran does: CBS TV