There is growing speculation British Prime Minister Theresa May will ask for a Brexit delay but Brussels will want a very good reason go go along. (AFP/Niklas HALLE'N) On Tuesday, MPs rejected the Brexit withdrawal plan that Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed with EU negotiators - leaving Britain in limbo just 16 days before it is due to leave the bloc. Delaying Britain's departure beyond Mar 29 seems increasingly inevitable if both sides want to avoid a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit, but Brussels insists a delay will not be granted if it simply prolongs uncertainty. "Today we are in the hands of the British political system," European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told the European Parliament. "They should tell us where they want to go from now. The solution will have to come from London." Brussels has made clear it will not renegotiate the deal thrashed out with Britain over two years of tortuous talks and which has now been resoundingly rejected twice by lawmakers. The … [Read more...] about EU tells London to make a decision if it wants a Brexit delay
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — In two years time, Việt Nam could stop building new coal plants, while maintaining a safe, affordable and secure energy system. This is a result of a draft report themed “Ensuring justice in the energy transition in Việt Nam” composed by the Việt Nam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA). The report was published on Tuesday in cooperation with Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) under the framework of the International Conference: Fostering Cooperation to Ensure a Just Energy Transition hosted by GreenID and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Vietnam (FES Vietnam) and Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). Developing sustainable energy is a priority in many countries including Việt Nam. However, how to ensure employment for affected workers and peacefully switch from fossil fuel to renewable energy and avoid any social unrest has not attracted much attention. Nguyễn Thị … [Read more...] about Việt Nam’s clean energy in need of a just transition
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chairman of A Just Russia (SR) party Sergey Mironov (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong received Chairman of A Just Russia (SR) party Sergey Mironov in Moscow on September 7, as part of his official visit to Russia. The SR leader welcomed the official visit to Russia by the CPV General Secretary and recalled his deep impression during his trip to Vietnam last April, including the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the CPV and the SR, which called for bilateral exchange and mutual consultation and support. Mironov suggested that legal consultative and assistance offices in Russia can provide free of charge legal assistance for Vietnamese nationals living and working in Russia if they request. He wished the visit of the CPV General Secretary a success and … [Read more...] about Party leader meets with Chairman of A Just Russia party
Viet Nam News People mark World Population Day in Hà Nội which fell yesterday with the theme "Family Planning is a Human Right". In Việt Nam, the rate of modern contraceptive use rose from 37 per cent in 1988 to 67 per cent in 2016. Việt Nam’s maternal mortality rate dropped significantly from 233 deaths per 100,000 live births in the 1990s to 58 per 100,000 live births in 2016. The nation’s childbirth rate also dropped by more than half, from an average of five children per couple in the 1970s to 2.09 in 2006. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc … [Read more...] about “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?