Trump Says Will Quit Pacific Trade Deal on Day One of Presidency - News on 22 November 2016


Trump says will quit Pacific trade deal on day one of presidency

'I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership,' said President-elect Donald Trump.

Donald Trump said Monday he would move to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal the day he takes office, in line with a central campaign pledge. "I've asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs," the U.S. president-elect said in a video message outlining priorities for his first 100 days. "On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country," he said. "Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores."

The Republican billionaire's victorious campaign successfully tapped the anger of working-class American voters who feel left behind by years of globalization, vowing to protect American jobs …

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City steps up tests for Zika virus

The HCM City Preventive Health Centre has been instructed to co-operate with five hospitals to set up procedures for testing, diagnoses, admission and treatment for patients, especially pregnant women infected with the Zika virus, as the number of Zika cases has increased.

Dr Tăng Chí Thượng, deputy head of the city's Department of Health, said the Hospital for Tropical Diseases was the main unit in charge of testing, diagnosis and treatment for these patients under the Ministry of Health's guidelines. He spoke at a meeting on the establishment of the process held last week.

Dr Lê Mạnh Hùng, deputy head of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said that tests for the Zika virus were being done among people with suspected symptoms and were prescribed by doctors only. Tests cannot be ordered by patients, he added. For pregnant women who test positive for the virus, the hospital's doctors provide counselling and send them to obstetrics hospitals for monitoring and treatment. …

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City to spend $44m to tackle pollution

HCM City plans to allocate more than VNĐ1 trillion (US$45 million) to curb air pollution at the Đa Phước Waste Treatment Complex and Đa Phước Cemetery in outlying Binh Chánh District.

Under a recently approved programme to reduce air pollution until 2020, the city will spend VNĐ1,070 billion on site clearance, resettlement of households, and the planting of trees to segregate the complex and the cemetery from nearby residential areas. The move aims to reduce foul odour coming from the waste treatment complex.

Affected households that need to be relocated are now living on 268ha, according to city authorities. The programme also calls for HCM City to develop 54 environmental projects worth VNĐ64.2 trillion ($2.87 billion). Of the figure, VNĐ51.3 trillion ($2.3 billion) has been allocated to build facilities to collect and treat household wastewater as well as dredge canals by using Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Official Development Assistance …

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Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted

A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, had a magnitude of 7.4, the Japan Meteorological Service said, and was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles). There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries several hours after the quake hit at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT Monday).

A tsunami of up to 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) had been observed around Sendai, about 70 km (45 miles) north of Fukushima, with smaller waves hitting ports elsewhere along the coast, public …

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Clean energy: investment potential exists but bottlenecks impede progress

Favorable natural conditions and the government’s determination to allow Mekong Delta to develop environmentally friendly energy have both contributed to investment opportunities. But it is necessary to remove the bottlenecks hindering the development of clean energy.

Rainer Brohm, a renewable energy expert from GIZ, said the German cooperation agency, conducted a survey on PV (photovoltaic) roofs in Vietnam, which showed that 60-80 percent of systems are on a small scale, such as solar panels at households, or public lighting systems with solar energy. About 30-40 percent of larger systems are local solar power stations or electricity grids in remote areas/islands.

The expert, when citing typical projects such as the ones at Avery Dennison (100 KW), Intel Corp (220 KW), X Power (40 KWp), Big C Binh Duong (212 KWp), DBW (165 KWp), said the projects are developed in an unplanned way and do not follow any principles. Meanwhile, supporting enterprises which …

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