Tens of thousands marched in the Spanish capital Madrid to demand climate action at the UN talks (AFP / OSCAR DEL POZO) A day after tens of thousands marched in the Spanish capital demanding climate action, seven environmental groups raised concerns to AFP over the role of fossil fuel representatives at the COP25 summit. Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations agreed to limit global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and as close to 1.5C as possible. The UN's top science panel says that 1.5C would require a radical drawdown in fossil fuel usage. Delegates are gathered in Madrid negotiating how to implement the Paris pledges. The summit was moved at short notice after domestic unrest forced original host Chile to cancel. Spanish energy giants Endesa and Iberdrola stepped in to sponsor the conference, which brings together more than 20,000 negotiators, scientists, NGOs and journalists from around the world. AFP has been told that each company paid 2 … [Read more...] about Fossil fuel groups ‘destroying’ climate talks: NGOs
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Home Anh Vien takes two more gold medals in SEA Games By Vu Duc Friday, Dec 6, 2019,19:41 (GMT+7) Anh Vien takes two more gold medals in SEA GamesBy Vu Duc Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien receives the gold medal in the women’s 200m freestyle category in the swimming event at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines today, December 6 - PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Nguyen Thi Anh Vien clinched two more gold medals on day six of competition today, December 6, in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), which is taking place in Manila. As predicted, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien finished first in the women’s 200m freestyle event in two minutes and 0.75 seconds. Natthanan Junkrangjang of Thailand came second in two minutes and 0.93 seconds and Remedy Alexis Rule from the Philippines ranked third in two minutes and 1.64 seconds. Defending champion and Games record holder Anh Vien also took home her second gold in the … [Read more...] about Anh Vien takes two more gold medals in SEA Games
Vietnam's emerging startup scene is proving to be a case of right place, right time for local and international venture capital funds. Eleven “rising star” startups in Southeast Asia in September converged at the “500 Startups Demo Day” in Ho Chi Minh City to spotlight the dynamic technology landscape in Vietnam and broader Southeast Asia. “There’s more hype about Vietnam’s tech scene now than ever before, as this is an exciting time for Vietnam overall,” said Mr. Eddie Thai, General Partner at 500 Startups Vietnam. “Vietnam is fast becoming an attractive destination for local and international venture capital funds, who are hoping to capture the growing consumer opportunities and leverage the Vietnamese entrepreneurial spirit.” Rising appetite Vietnam’s startup sector is growing at a rapid clip despite the global economic slump and is closing the gap with regional leaders. In only two years, it has made a big leap … [Read more...] about Startups catching the eye
The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has published 32 textbooks for eight subjects and experience activities, but these do not include textbooks for English. According to Tien Phong, at the workshop titled ‘Vietnam Education Publishing House and the task of renovating general education program and textbooks’, in the North, the publisher introduced four sets of sample textbooks which have been approved by the Appraisal Council. Article 5 of Circular No 33 on standards, process of compiling and editing textbooks, says that textbooks must properly and fully present the content of learning subject curricula or educational activities; and they must be basic, scientific, practical and consistent with the reality of Vietnam. Therefore, there must be specific regulations and standards on using foreign textbooks for Vietnam’s schools. If using foreign books, publishing houses only cooperate with foreign publishers to make a profit. Meanwhile, the textbook … [Read more...] about English textbooks not yet approved by Education Ministry, why?
Drug addicts make shoes at Bau Bang Rehabilitation Centre in the central city of Da Nang (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Drug addiction among young people has remained high and is the main cause of crimes among them, with half of young addicts having committed crimes, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA). Nguyen Trong Dam, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that the ministry estimated that there are about 222,580 drug addicts nationwide, most of them under 35. Of that, 8 percent started using drugs when they were adolescents. The rate of those using synthetic drugs, such as methamphetamine, ecstasy, ketamine, amphetamine or cannabis was rising annually, by an increase of between six and eight percent a year on average. In big cities such as Dong Nai, Da Nang and Tra Vinh, about 80 percent of drug addicts were reported to use synthetic drugs. These drugs can cause symptoms such as physical and mental malfunctions, … [Read more...] about Drug addiction drives youngsters to commit crimes