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Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien dies

Posted: October 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm


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LOS ANGELES (AP) Nguyen Chi Thien, a Vietnamese dissident poet who spent nearly 30 years in communist prisons in his native country, died in a Southern California hospital Tuesday after a long bout of lung illness, according to a close friend. He was 73.

Thien had contracted tuberculosis while in Vietnamese prisons and doctors were investigating a large mass in his lung in the days before he died, his close friend Hanh Thang-Thai said. The actual cause of his death was unclear.

Thien's former translator, Nguyen Ngoc Bich, says Thien is by far the most famous Vietnamese poet of his generation.

"It's like the passing away of a great symbol for the so-called free Vietnam, people who still believe in freedom and democracy for Vietnam," Bich said.

Thien first went to prison in 1960, after telling Vietnamese high school students that, contrary to their textbooks, the end of World War II was not the result of a Soviet attack, but rather U.S. nuclear attacks in Japan.

He was later imprisoned again because of poems he wrote that decried communist oppression. But due to a lack of evidence, he never went to trial.

In 1977, Thien was released from prison long enough to write down poems he had memorized in captivity, a manuscript that became known as "Flowers of Hell."

The poems were published in Vietnamese after he hand-delivered them to British diplomats at their embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam.

When he exited the embassy, security agents were awaiting him and he was promptly sent back to prison.

While he was still imprisoned, Thien won the International Poetry Award in Rotterdam in 1985.

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October 5th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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Asian Forum on CSR (AFCSR) 2012: 'Innovative Approaches to Create Value for Business and Society'

Posted: October 1, 2012 at 12:23 am


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One month to go before the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR), October 25 & 26 in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Sept 27, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Following ten successful conference runs in six of Southeast Asia's major cities - Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore, the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) continues to be at the forefront of CSR development in Asia. This 2012, Bangkok will host the 11th AFCSR on October 25 & 26, Thursday & Friday.

The two-day event, with the theme "Innovative Approaches to Create Value for Business and Society," will allow attendees to interact with leaders and experts from the business, government and civil sectors and to learn about improving business competitiveness through innovative implementation of CSR.

H.E. Anand Panyarachun, Chairman of the Board, Independent Director, and Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Siam Commercial Bank; and Former Thailand Prime Minister will be joining us for the Opening Ceremonies on October 25, 8:30 AM.

We also have 45 confirmed speakers, each an expert on their own field. You will find the sessions very interesting. Please find attached our conference brochure and program agenda to find out more about the sessions we have prepared for you.

We have listed our impressive line-up of speakers from 25 different countries that will share their knowledge about the best CSR practices all over the world.

1. Ms. Emily Abrera - Chairperson, Children's Hour (Philippines) 2. Ms. Anusha Alles - Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Brandix Lanka (Sri Lanka) 3. Ambassador Delia Domingo Albert - Senior Adviser, SGV & Co. (Philippines) 4. Mr. Mohiuddin Babar - Convenor, Nature Alliance (Bangladesh) 5. Ms. Ma. Cecilla Filipinas Calleja-Taufique - VP for Public Relations and Community Affairs, Rapu-Rapu Minerals Inc. (Philippines) 6. Mr. Russell Campbell - APAC Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Intel (Thailand) 7. Mr. Archawat Chareonslip - Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola (Thailand) 8. Prof. Nieves Confesor - Professor, Asian Institute of Management (Philippines) 9. Ms. Marthyn Cuan - Chief Information Officer, Manila Electric Company (Philippines) 10. Mr. John Dasilva - Project Development Manager, Kenan Institute Asia (Thailand) 11. Dr. Steven DeKrey - President, Asian Institute of Management (Philippines) 12. Ms. Marilou G. Erni - Executive Director, Petron Foundation (Philippines) 13. Ms. Suzanne Fallender - Director of Social Innovation, Intel (U.S.) 14. Prof. Bradley Googins - Director Emeritus, Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College's Carroll School of Management (U.S.) 15. Prof. David Grayson - Director, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management (U.K.) 16. Ms. Agnes De Jesus - Senior Vice President, Environment and External Relations, Energy Development Corporation (Philippines) 17. Mr. Jonathan Joson - Communications Relations Manager, Sagittarius Mines (Philippines) 18. Mr. Boris Joaquin - General Manager, Team Metamorphosis (Philippines) 19. Ms. Angela Kang - Executive President, Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (South Korea) 20. Ms. Amanda Keogh - Director for Sustainability, Fuji Xerox (Asia-Pacific) 21. Prof. Mari Kondo - Professor, Doshisha Business School (Japan) 22. Mr. David Laurence - Executive Director, The Australian Center for Sustainable Mining Practices (Australia) 23. Mr. Chris Levy - Associate Director for Corporate Affairs, GlobeScan (Canada) 24. Mr. Thirawit Leetavorn - Senior Vice President, Double A (Thailand) 25. Mr. Sam Y. S. Lee - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, InnoCSR Co. (China) 26. Mr. Rafael C. Lopa - Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress (Philippines) 27. Ms. Jude Mannion - CEO, Robin Hood Asia (New Zealand) 28. Ms. Monica Marshall - Deputy Director, Global Head Public Private Partnerships, United Nations World Food Programme 29. Mr. Alex Mavro - Executive Director, Sasin Centre for Sustainability Management (Thailand) 30. Mr. Takeshi Miyamoto - Director General, Global Compact (Japan) 31. Ms. Tulip Noorazyze - Director of CSR, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru (Malaysia) 32. Dato Paduka Timothy Ong - Chairman, Asia Inc. Forum (Brunei Darussalam) 33. Mr. Quintin Pastrana - PGPA Manager, Chevron Geothermal Philippine Holdings Inc. (Philippines) 34. Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai - President, Thai Appraisal Foundation (Thailand) 35. Ms. Belen O. Rillo - Vice President, Jollibee Foundation, Inc. (Philippines) 36. Ramon R. Del Rosario - President and Chief Executive Officer, Phinma, Inc. (Philippines) 37. Mr. Joseph Scaria - Area Director for Asia Pacific Region, Habitat for Humanity International (Thailand) 38. Dr. Michael Shafer - Director of Operations, Warm Heart (Thailand) 39. Mr. Ola Jo Tandre - Director of Corporate Responsibility, Telenor Group (Norway) 40. Mr. George Tahija - President Director, PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya (Indonesia) 41. Mr. Thomas Thomas - Executive Director, Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsibility (Singapore) 42. Ms. Ambreen Waheed - Executive Director, Responsible Business Initiative (Pakistan) 43. Ms. Miki Watanabe - Leader, Planning Group, Corporate Social Responsibility Group, Fuji Xerox (Japan) 44. Mr. Jochen Weikert - Senior Manager, Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Germany) 45. Mr. Oliver Yang - Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Relations Manager, AmCham Shanghai (China)

We are committed to making your AFCSR experience as smooth as possible. In this light, we suggest that you make reservations at the soonest possible time to avail of the best rates for you and your colleagues.

We hope that we can count on your attendance for this year's AFCSR. Please contact delegates.afcsr@aim.edu.

Also, please do like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AFCSR) or follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/AFCSR2012) as we shall be updating you on developments from time to time.

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October 1st, 2012 at 12:23 am

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Thai index tops gain; Vietnam down after Moody's downgrade

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Thai index tops gain; Vietnam down after Moody's downgrade

BANGKOK, Sep 28 (Reuters) Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Friday, racking u p strong gains for the quarter, as global markets welcomed Spain's spending cuts, but Moody's downgrades dented Vietnam's banks and the broader Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange's VN Index.

Thailand's benchmark SET index led the pack, rose nearly 1 percent to end at its highest close since May 1996. It posted a 10.8 percent gain for the July-September quarter, Southeast Asia's best, reversing a 2.1 percent loss of the previous quarter.

Optimism over Thai banks' earnings for the third quarter boosted buying interest, said Bangkok-based strategist Viwat Techapoonphol of Tisco Securities.

Among actively traded, Bank of Ayudhya Pcl rose 3.3 percent, snapping a six-day losing streak. It was under selling pressure early this week after a stake sale by shareholder General Electric Co The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange's VN Index reported a 7.1 percent quarterly fall, the region's worst, adding on a 4 percent fall for the second quarter.

On Friday, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Vietnam's sovereign credit rating by one notch to B2, citing stresses in the banking industry. It cut local and foreign currency deposit ratings of all eight Moody's-rated Vietnamese banks.

Among losers on Friday, Vietcombank fell 2 percent while Military Bank was down 0.75 percent.

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Thai student sentenced to death for trafficking speed into Vietnam

Posted: June 29, 2012 at 6:12 am


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A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a Thaiwoman to death, on Tuesday, fortrafficking methamphetamine from Benin to Vietnam.

The HCMC Peoples Court condemned Preeyanooch Phuttharaksa, 23, to deathfor illegally transporting drugs.

Phuttharaksa told the court she met a Nigerian man named Nalin at a shopping mall in Bangkok last November.

Nalin asked her to participate in an internationalnarcoticsring; she agreed to do so for themoney.

On October 17, 2011, Phuttharaksa flew from Thailand to Togo, and took a bus to Benin.

In Benin, two African mengave her a suitcase and asked her to bring it to Vietnam. Shecarried thesuitcase with her onflights fromBenin to Casablanca, Casablanca to Doha and Doha to Ho Chi Minh City.

On the evening of October 29, 2011, she arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airportwherecustoms officials discovered more thanthree kilograms of methamphetamine at the bottom of her suitcase.

Phuttharaksatold the court she waspaid more than US$2,500, excluding airfares, for her trip.

The courtsaid shehadtrafficked drugs to Vietnam ontwoprevious occasions and Vietnamese police are still investigating.

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June 29th, 2012 at 6:12 am

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Decision on US airbase disappoints Thai experts

Posted: June 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm


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Thai suspects confess to Australians killing

The Seattle Times - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

Two Thai men suspected of killing a 60-year-old Australian tourist on the resort island of Phuket admitted to the crime Tuesday, saying they meant only to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 4:24 pm Thai children's emotional quotient (EQ) scores have been falling, dropping from 186.42 in 2002 and 179.58 in 2007 to 169.72, according to the 2011 surveys by the Public ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 2:25 pm An Army spokesman Wednesday denied that Deputy Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan had plotted a coup against the Pheu Thai government. Deputy Army spokesman Col ...

SINA - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

BANGKOK, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul attended an anti-piracy conference in Dubai scheduled on June 27-28, the ministry said Wednesday. The event is hosted by the ...

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AirAsia to move all Thai operations to Bangkoks second-largest airport

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Thai suspects confess to Australians killing

The Seattle Times - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

Two Thai men suspected of killing a 60-year-old Australian tourist on the resort island of Phuket admitted to the crime Tuesday, saying they meant only to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 4:24 pm Thai children's emotional quotient (EQ) scores have been falling, dropping from 186.42 in 2002 and 179.58 in 2007 to 169.72, according to the 2011 surveys by the Public ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 2:25 pm An Army spokesman Wednesday denied that Deputy Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan had plotted a coup against the Pheu Thai government. Deputy Army spokesman Col ...

SINA - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

BANGKOK, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul attended an anti-piracy conference in Dubai scheduled on June 27-28, the ministry said Wednesday. The event is hosted by the ...

The China Post - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

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Thai suspects confess to killing Australian tourist in botched robbery on resort island

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Thai suspects confess to Australians killing

The Seattle Times - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

Two Thai men suspected of killing a 60-year-old Australian tourist on the resort island of Phuket admitted to the crime Tuesday, saying they meant only to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 4:24 pm Thai children's emotional quotient (EQ) scores have been falling, dropping from 186.42 in 2002 and 179.58 in 2007 to 169.72, according to the 2011 surveys by the Public ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 2:25 pm An Army spokesman Wednesday denied that Deputy Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan had plotted a coup against the Pheu Thai government. Deputy Army spokesman Col ...

SINA - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

BANGKOK, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul attended an anti-piracy conference in Dubai scheduled on June 27-28, the ministry said Wednesday. The event is hosted by the ...

The China Post - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

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June 27th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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Thai mob hurls abuse at Perth womans killers

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Thai suspects confess to Australians killing

The Seattle Times - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

Two Thai men suspected of killing a 60-year-old Australian tourist on the resort island of Phuket admitted to the crime Tuesday, saying they meant only to slash her pocketbook strap and never meant ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 4:24 pm Thai children's emotional quotient (EQ) scores have been falling, dropping from 186.42 in 2002 and 179.58 in 2007 to 169.72, according to the 2011 surveys by the Public ...

The Nation - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

June 27, 2012 2:25 pm An Army spokesman Wednesday denied that Deputy Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan had plotted a coup against the Pheu Thai government. Deputy Army spokesman Col ...

SINA - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

BANGKOK, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul attended an anti-piracy conference in Dubai scheduled on June 27-28, the ministry said Wednesday. The event is hosted by the ...

The China Post - Wednesday 27th June, 2012

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June 27th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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City restores Thai King’s bronze elephan gift

Posted: June 26, 2012 at 7:12 am


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The restored bronze elephant at the Saigon zoo and botanical garden in HCMC

A projectto restore the famous bronze elephant at the Saigon zoo and botanical garden in HCMC was completed on June 22.

The one-year project, carried out by the zoo, the office of theRoyal Thai Consulate General in the city, and the SCG Group, also worked on the landscape surrounding the statue, which is a gift given to the cityby Thai King Rama VII after his first visit to the city in 1930.

The statue, which weighs over one ton and is 1.5 meter tall, was transported and installed at the zoo in 1935.

The king also gifted two statues to Singapore and Indonesia the same year.

The restoration project in HCMC was conducted by Thai artists Arak Sunghitkul, former director of Thai Department of Fine Arts, and Songkran Kunarop of the Departments Traditional Fine Arts Office.

Ranked eighth among the oldest zoos in the world, the 133-year-old Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is located on 2B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

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Bangkok is Asia-Pacific's top destination city

Posted: June 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm


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Bangkok ranks third in the Global Top 20 Destinations in terms of both numbers of international visitors and spending, according to the latest MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.

Despite sluggish global economic growth, the number of people travelling abroad continues to increase, according to Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, MasterCard Worldwide's global economic advisor.

Total visitor numbers is projected to increase 5.7% from 174.9 million to 184.9 million, while total cross-border spending will rise 10.6% from US$217.8 billion (6,752 billion baht) to $241 billion (7,471 billion baht).

London is the world's most popular destination; the UK capital is expected to welcome 16.9 million travellers throughout this year. Paris came in second with 16 million visitors.

Bangkok is the third top destination for the second consecutive year. The total number of international visitors grew 6.5%, from 11.5 million in 2011 to 12.2 million this year so far.

The fourth city is Singapore with 11.8 million visitors, while the fifth is Istanbul with 11.6 million visitors.

For the world top 20 destination cities by visitor spending, London is again in pole position. Visitor spending grew 10.3% in 2011 to $21.1 billion (654 billion baht), followed by New York at $19.4 billion (601 billion baht) and Bangkok, which moved up by one rank, displacing Paris. MasterCard forecasts that tourist spending in Bangkok will rise 16.6% to $19.3 billion (598 billion baht).

In fourth place is Paris ($17.8 billion, or 552 billion baht), while one place lower is Singapore ($12.7 billion or 394 billion baht).

"Visitors tend to stay longer once they get there, and they spend more as a result," said the researcher.

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June 24th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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