Rescuers stand at the entrance of a collapsed mine in Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi, Indonesia on February 28. (Photo: AP) Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesian authorities on March 7 ended the search for victims of last week's mine collapse on Sulawesi island as the death toll climbed to 27 and dozens are still feared missing. Rescuers were forced to stop using excavators as conditions deteriorated and it was no longer possible to operate heavy machines on such unstable ground, said Abdul Muin Paputungan, an official of the local disaster mitigation agency. The agency’s assessment found it is no longer possible to look for the victims because of the possible landslides, it is getting more and more dangerous for the rescuers, said Paputungan. The remains of 27 miners have been found following the disaster on February 26, while 18 were pulled out alive, he added. It remains unclear how many miners were in the shafts at the time of the accident as survivors had given varying … [Read more...] about Indonesia stops search for mine collapse victims
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Brian SpenceViet Nam News Brian Spence* Congratulations! You’re ready to start investing. It might seem like a small step, but years from now you’ll look back and realise how meaningful this moment was to your financial future. This could be the defining decision that helped you achieve your financial dreams. However, dipping your toe into the waters of investing can seem a little daunting at first. Questions of which stocks to buy, how to manage risk and when to sell are likely to be at the front of your mind. But help is at hand. Here, I’ll walk you through the main decision-making processes. When and how do I buy my first stocks? Over the long term, stocks outperform any other asset class, so deciding to invest in the markets is undoubtedly a good decision. But don’t run out and buy stocks straight away – no matter what “hot tip” has come your way. Before selecting your first investment, you must complete the following financial steps. … [Read more...] about How to pop your cherry in Việt Nam’s stock market
VietNamNet Bridge - One ton of scrap paper can save 17 mature trees, 4,000kwh of electricity, 270 liters of oil, 26,000 liters of water and 3.5 cubic meters of land used for burial of waste, according to the Vietnam Paper and Pulp Association (VPPA). However, Vietnam is still pondering whether to import scrap paper. Vietnam is still pondering whether to import scrap paper In late 2017, China stated it will stop importing 24 types of scrap materials for domestic recycling. The move immediately caused the world’s scrap material market to panic, because China consumes more than 50 percent of total scrap material in the world. Fearing that scrap imports would head for Vietnam instead of China, the government of Vietnam decided to tighten scrap imports. This has hurt domestic paper manufacturers, because scrap paper, an important material to make pulp, is also among the materials subject to an import ban. A report in 2017 from RISI and VPPA showed that the world needed 59 … [Read more...] about How to deal with scrap paper?
The outcome of next month’s election in Malaysia may hinge on the performance of a party that has strived for decades to turn the country into an Islamic state and enforce harsher penalties on Muslims for adultery, theft and drinking alcohol. Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) is hopeful that it can win 40 of parliament’s 222 seats, enough to place it in the position of kingmaker. With the balance of power, it would be able to make policy demands as its price for supporting either Prime Minister Najib Razak, or the opposition alliance trying to oust him. Even if PAS falls short of its ambitions, it is still likely to play a decisive role by dividing the opposition vote, handing a massive advantage to Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. If PAS does hold sway over the next government, some political analysts say it could stoke divisions in multi-ethnic, Muslim-majority Malaysia. The government could come under pressure to further entrench affirmative-action policies … [Read more...] about Islamic party aims to hold the key in Malaysia’s election
Holwerda, first came to Vietnam as a visitor in 2008. His niece was living in Vung Tau and had just given birth to her first child, so he stayed for a month and began to love the way of life in Vietnam. He returned to Vietnam in 2009 and moved to Hanoi in 2011, when he started working as a psychotherapist at Family Medical Practice and as a teacher of psychology at Griggs University. Soon he co-founded the Hanoi Counseling Psychology Group. Dr. Douglas Holwerda sits near the right side during a workshop highlighting role of dance/movement. (Photo courtesy of Dance/Movement group) When he looks back on a decade of experience here, he still remembers his first impressions of Vietnam - how hot it was and how people driving motorbikes filled the streets. “I do remember that I felt comfortable and welcome,” he adds. “Now that I have lived in Vietnam for a fairly long time, all the things that seemed so amazing to me because they were so different than … [Read more...] about US psychotherapist uses creativity to heal