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Prayer 642

The prayer series

Jesus,

I had wanted to be one with you,
then when you came to be one with me,
I denied you.

Jesus,
you ate and drank with everyone, including sinners;
you befriended everyone, especially the poor and the miserable;
you opened yourself to everyone, including those who hated you.
You said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Jesus,
please keep me as a channel of your peace.
(Make me a channel of your peace)

Please keep me calm
so that you may use me as an instrument of your peace works on earth.

Amen.

PTH

Vietnam and the Mekong’s Synthetic Drug Epidemic

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Mainland Southeast Asia remains a hotspot for illegal drug manufacturing, and Vietnam is emerging as a transit hub.

Although Vietnam has some of the world’s most stringent drug laws — those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face death – the country has also been facing the existence of a key smuggling and trafficking hub for illegal drugs around the Golden Triangle, at the intersection of China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. The Golden Triangle is the world’s second-largest drug producing region, and the effects are being felt in Vietnam.

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Online sale of elephant tusks continues to boom

vietnamnet 29/04/2019    07:56 GMT+7

Elephant tusks are available in many places, from souvenir shops and jewelry shops to tourist sites. But the sales there are very small compared with transactions via online markets.

MT, at No 81-83 Nguyen Van Cu street, is a well known souvenir shop in Buon Ma Thuot City. There are many stalls inside, including a jewelry and souvenir stall which display products made of elephant tusks.

Online sale of elephant tusks continues to boom

N, a salesman, showed many products, from bracelets, rings, pens, combs and a section of an elephant tail with black feathers. Each feather was priced at VND100,000.

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Sài Gòn Power to buy electricity from households with rooftop solar panels

Update: April, 27/2019 – 09:45 VNA

Workers install solar pannels on rooftop of a residential house. The HCM City Power Corporation’s subsidiary, Sài Gòn Power Company, has signed contracts with households installing solar power panels on their rooftop in districts 1 and 3 to buy electricity from them.  — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tân

HCM CITY — The Sài Gòn Power Company on April 25 signed net-metering contracts with households in districts 1 and 3 that have rooftop solar power panels.

Contracts will be signed in other districts in future, the company, a subsidiary of the HCM City Power Corporation (EVNHCMC), has said.

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World Bank: New research on development issues in Vietnam – Volume 11, number 4 (2019 April)

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World Bank forecasts Việt Nam’s 2019 growth at 6.6 per cent

Update: April, 27/2019 – 08:29 VNA

Việt Nam’s economic growth is projected to moderate to 6.6 per cent in 2019, driven by credit tightening. — VNA/VNS Photo
Việt Nam’s economic growth is projected to moderate to 6.6 per cent in 2019, driven by credit tightening. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s economic growth is projected to moderate to 6.6 per cent in 2019, driven by credit tightening, slower private consumption and weaker external demand, according to the World Bank (WB).

Under the Managing Headwinds report on East Asia and Pacific update released on Wednesday, WB said Việt Nam’s economy continues to show fundamental strength, supported by robust domestic demand and export-oriented manufacturing.

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Hà Nội faces summer water shortages

Update: April, 27/2019 – 09:49 VNA


A truck carrying clean water to serve people suffering from a water shortage in Hà Nội’s Hoàng Mai District. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

HÀ NỘI — As the summer approaches, people in the capital city of Hà Nội again face a dreadful nightmare of urban life – shortage of clean water.

This year, according to the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the heat wave will be intense and long with temperatures reaching 39-42 degrees Celsius.

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