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Why South Asia's COVID-19 numbers are so low

World Affairs Council

10:02 min | 2 d ago

Why South Asia's COVID-19 numbers are so low

"States is approaching five million covert 19 infections. We've passed 160,000 deaths. This virus has paralyzed the richest, most powerful country in the world. And we know this was preventable because at the same time and parts of the developing world countries with far fewer resource is have kept infection and death rates remarkably low. Rhonda's carried out nearly 180,000 tests. Since the start of the pandemic, Erica has applied a combination of mandatory social distancing. A strict lock down and wide scale testing. It's a strategy. We can learn a lot from these apparent success stories this week. We're taking a closer look at Southeast Asia along the Mekong River. As of this recording, five countries with a combined population of 243 million people have had fewer than 5000 cases of covert 19 and 72 deaths. The water Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar doing that the rest of the world finds itself unable to do in controlling this virus. Well, I think if we knew that answer for certain there would be epidemiologists and government officials from all over the world lined up on the door, trying to figure out the secret. That's Hannah Beach. She's Southeast Asia bureau chief for The New York Times. Race wars reached her at her home in Bangkok. And she says, there isn't just one reason that these countries have been so successful. I don't think there's anyone magic bullet, but there is kind of constellation of things that countries Thailand has done, which would seem right. First of all people started wearing masks very early, even when the W H O is dissuading people from doing so. Second of all, it's not really a touchy culture when people greet each other. They do what's called a Y, which is when you put your hands together like you're like you're in a prayer like motion. Sort of all hospitals are good health care's not prohibitive. You know, one of the things that people have been looking at that that it might be some sort of Innate resistance that has been built up, particularly in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam to the current virus. One of the theories that the people in Thailand are looking at is the way in which the novel Coronavirus Cove in 19 evolved. And it started off most likely in bats on DH. Then it went from bad to some sort of intermediary mammal, and then from that mammal to humans, there is there is some speculation, looking both that kind of the genetic origins of the current virus, but also looking at something animals that were at the wet market. In Wuhan, where the outbreak seems to have proliferated that the animal that was thie kind of intermediary animal between bats and humans might have been an animal that was indigenous to this part of Southeast Asia. And that it might have been a pangolin which looks like a kind of like an artichoke cross. Listen, armadillo. If it came from this animal, there is the possibility that something a precursor even this novel, coronavirus had been sort of floating around. In the ecosystem in this region for a long time, and that could potentially explain some sort of resistance that had been built up within the local populations here. And if you look at, for instance, in in southwestern China, which is very close to this region in the number of cases of Corona virus were very, very low. Compared to a place like Wuhan. So again, you know is this is this magic bullet That explains everything We don't know. But it's certainly a factor. That is that seemed interesting. That is interesting. Will you live in the region? You cover the region as you watch these numbers and as you watch the toll in the rest of the world Are you at all suspicious? Do you think these numbers of credible all of these places whether it's Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar If the numbers were so cooked if there were bodies lined up at the morgues. If there were mass graves, we would know there is social media. People talk, people whisper, and we would we would have an idea. S O. I think that's I don't think it's fair to say that the numbers are simply made up. I'm in Thailand right now has fewer than I think 3500 cases. Vietnam, which has had an uptick has fewer than 800 cases. This. Maybe it's off by a couple 100. Maybe if given off by a couple 1000 But if there were bodies at the hospital's piling up from a mysterious respiratory disease, we would know you've spent the duration of the pandemic in Thailand. Let's go back to those first weeks. In January, Thailand confirmed what was believed to be the first confirmed case outside of China. Around the same time the U. S experienced its first case is well. What happened in those earliest weeks? Well, it was interesting that this this first case Thailand has a very good kind of geological service, and in mid January, they confirmed that the Chinese tourists coming from Wuhan, China, which is where the outbreaks believed to have started Had had flown to Bangkok for holiday, which millions of Chinese do every year Bank office in fact, one of the world's most visited cities, and it's one the most visited by Chinese. And at that point, people in Thailand became nervous because there was a mysterious disease up north in China, and there were a lot of Chinese tourists arriving and one thing that didn't happen and we can kind of look back at this. And obviously it's hard to say we know we knew that this is going to be The deadly epidemic that it's become. But in the beginning flights weren't stopped two flights captain arriving from from Wuhan from China, and yes, there were efforts to try to much temperatures of people came in, but there wasn't really that much that was done. Fast forward a few weeks people of their own accord with with government advice started wearing masks and you know there's there's no no sense in Thailand that That wearing a mask is anything but good for public health. There was no there was no no sense that that was somehow infringing upon their individual liberties you've experienced since you there with the ties. Six weeks of pretty strict national locked down. Is it getting any easier now? What's day to day? Life like in Thailand? Now, can you send your kids to school? Can you eat a restaurant? Can you go into stores? You know, I talked to friends back in the states and I feel a little bit guilty because we started our lock down in March and then in Early April. Essentially all international flights stopped. Commercial flights stopped. And so we've been sort of under lock down for months. But beginning in June, the lock down started easing. So all the restaurants all the bars, all the massage parlors, all the all the kind of normal establishments, businesses have slowly been opening up. And now my life is pretty normal. Yes, I still wear a mask everywhere. My kids wear masks everywhere. But schools high schools are back in session on their social distancing. Now they have school kids have school every other week. They wear the masks. They have plastic dividers and things. But there's commerce on DH. There's there's kinda semblance of normalcy, which again makes me feel a little bit that when I speak to people in the U. S, because that's very different from From what? What Americans experiences. You know, we've gone more than almost three months without a case of of local transmission, which is remarkable their cases. Every day, but they're all in people who are coming back from ties were coming back from overseas, whether it's the United States or Europe or the Middle East since that strictest version of the lock down ended Did the economy bounced back is AH are some of the worst effects economically of the lock down starting to ease Because people are spending money again, People are making money again. That's the real tragedy of of Thailand. Thailand did a very good job of controlling the virus and making sure that it hasn't spread. But economists absolutely devastated and the reason is devastated. It's because it's a very tourism reliant economy anywhere. Between 20 and 30% of GDP comes from from tourism, and they're no tourists coming in. So you can. If you want to come on a beach holiday to Thailand, you can't do that right now. So that means that anybody who was a tour guide, our hotel operator restaurant operator. Millions of people have been put out of work. And so the Thai government's really kind of facing a difficult decision right now, which is you can open up. But then if you open up and try to save the economy, you might be also allowing the virus to come in and assistant. It's an issue that Many economies and in many countries are dealing with. But given the success the Thailand has had and being able to control the virus, you know, it makes it that much more. On fraud to even consider bringing people back in and

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Nature's Goods and Services Get Priced

60-Second Science

02:58 min | Last month

Nature's Goods and Services Get Priced

"Gross Domestic Product the GDP is a simple way to describe the health of big complicated economies, and for the last century, the goal of many countries has been to make their GDP. Go Up, but concentrating only on GDP has had some downsides in growing the economy we have as an unintended consequence, destroyed parts of nature which are also important for our well-being Stephen Polaski an environmental economist at the University of Minnesota. He and his colleagues have created a new measurement, the gross ecosystem product or P. So that we actually have metrics that say. How are we doing on ecosystem management, managing nature, and not just for Nature Sake, but how is that coming back and influencing our own well-being? really G EP is trying to say what is the contribution of nature to the economy so in a parallel way to what GDP does in measuring economic performance tallying up the economic. Economic value of timber and fisheries is fairly straightforward, but other benefits of a healthy environment can be less obvious. Insects pollinate crops. Intact rivers improve water, quality and buffer downstream cities from floods, thriving ecosystems draw tourists who spend money and part of the issue here is that it is difficult to price some of these things you know. Some people even say while they're price less. What it means in practice, priceless means it has zero value in much of the calculations, zero value in the GDP, but not in the EP for example Pulaski and his colleagues calculated the figure for Qinghai a province in western China, they found that the gross ecosystem product exceeded GDP in the year two thousand and three quarters of GDP in twenty fifteen over that period GDP rose by one hundred and twenty seven percent thanks to major restoration efforts and the increasing value of water. The results are in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers focused on Ching Hai because it's one of several provinces where the Chinese government is experimenting with using GP as part of its formal decision making process for instance, GDP can help officials weigh the pros and cons of potential projects like dams, or it can be used to show whether local leaders are taking care of the environment and not just expanding the economy. GP could also serve as the basis for programs that pay residents to be good stewards of the natural resources that benefit themselves and others and Ching Hai such a program could work for water. The province is where the Yellow Yangtze and Mekong rivers originate, and their water sustained cities and farms across Asia. Polaski says their work is just a first step, and he expects EP to be refined over time, but he says we have to start somewhere. We are actually going to have a sustainable civilization than than we have to pay attention to kind of the infrastructure, basically the essential things that nature does for us and not continue to just take them for granted.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

AP News

02:49 min | 8 months ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

"The Mekong river has the new aquamarine color that may be dial tourists but experts say it indicates a problem caused by upstream dams the river usually has a yellowish brown shade due to the settlement it normally carries downstream but lately it's been running clear taking on a blue green hue that's a reflection of the sky the water levels of also banned unusually low exposing sandbanks that allow the curious to stand in the middle of the river low water levels pose an obvious problem for fishermen and farmers but experts say the decline in sentiment exposes the different dangers that can result in greater erosion of the rivers banks and bat the experts and people living along the river blame all large hydro electric dam upstream in Laos that began operating in October for contributing to both problems the rainfall has also been sparse the countries that make up the OPEC oil producing cartel talked into the night on Thursday of a possible deep cuts to production that would support the price of fuel around the world and OPEC spokesman told waiting journalists than expected news conference would not take place and that a written statement might come later the group was expected to prolong production cuts that they had agreed on for the past three years Russia's energy minister said even deeper cuts were on the discussion the price of crude has been kept in recent years by a resurgence in supplies from countries outside OPEC particularly the United States as it stands OPEC nations have agreed to cut production by one point two million barrels per day through March will the Russia is not part of OPEC but is involved to coordinate production it said Thursday that the group was discussing a further caught a five hundred thousand barrels a day to safely go through drops into Monty in the first quarter of next year the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists at a conference in San Diego Associated Press correspondent Shelley other reports on how it works the drug is called a do can new map and its goal is to help the body clear harmful plaques or protein clumps from the brain it's developers stop studies earlier this year because it didn't seem to be working then did a stunning about face in October and said new results suggest it was effective at a higher dose merry Carrillo is with the Alzheimer's association and had no role in this study these are really uncharted waters for the Alzheimer's community and what we can say about a twenty three percent reduction in cost of decline is that it is the largest reduction that we have seen to date in a clinical study the company leading the development of the drug Biogen says it will seek FDA approval early next year I'm surely antler.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day

NPR's World Story of the Day

04:53 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day

"The make on the control of boats, the South China Sea in the Mekong strategically sandwich and south East Asia, ultimately, the Beijing's control of South East Asian rivers. The other art of so called salami slicing strategy in the region. China has natural advantage on the make on the river, starts on the Tabet in plateau in China before continuing its nearly three thousand mile long journey through five southeast Asian countries before emptying into the South China Sea. All of them with a. History of Chinese political or economic influence. Unlike the South China, Sea demand comb space does not have really other major powers involve. So China does not have to contend with the United States in the South China Sea, but in American space, China's on his own really and that concerns teen punk Ceuta rock of Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University who worries about the effects of China's dams on downstream countries in the lower make Hong where some sixty million people depend on the river for their livelihood 's. This is a situation I think can degenerate if more dams are built and water is more scars than it becomes zero-some in China can use is upstream positioned as a strategic leverage. And also maybe as I instrument. Fifty two year old. Punk cease Retana runs a tackle shop on the make on insult brook on the Thai side of the river tau. All may come Nina. When I was younger. She says, I would go to the river with my mother to catch fish. And there were so many. They just jumped into our drift net and I'd scoop them into my bucket. She says, not anymore, has a motor. Jeanette happened down to the him happen to map a ama- when the Chinese want to send goods downstream, they released the water from their dams. She says, we used to have a giant catfish here before that could reach several hundred pounds in weight. But after the damn, she says, the water level fluctuates too much and the fish can't lay their eggs here anymore. And China's not done ten miles down the Thai port of Chiang. Sin. Labor is load boxes of mushrooms, secondhand luxury cars onto a Chinese boat. China wants even bigger boats to carry bigger loads and to make that possible at wants to blow up rocks in the river south of here to make it wider and deeper, and allow boats to go from China's Yunan province all the way down to Luang Prabang in Laos. I meet activists knee what ROY cow on the Thai side of the river south of Kingston. He's a retired teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge of the river, Colin Lou Lou can if they blast the rocks and Rapids means they will destroy the ecosystem and batmans day destroy food security for humans, plant for animals for everything. When China sent surveying vessels here last year. Knee watt and others protested. They've already done enough damage. He says, after months of protests, the Thai government put the project on hold TD, hung, poop, Sudarat of Bangkok's, Chulalongkorn University things that's only temporary for time, and there's something that China will demand has been demanding and China has a pretty heavy price to exact if you don't go along. So I think as a matter of time, China exerts its influence downstream in many ways. Money works to as China funds dams on the make on and its tributaries in Cambodia and Laos. I'm sitting in a fishing boat on the mid one in the Cambodian district of Sombor about five hours north of the capital pen and this is where the government is planning a new mega-dam despite a study, the government commission, but hasn't released that calls the site, the worst possible place for one and warns. It could literally kill the river, but Cambodian needs electricity badly and may not keyed the reports. Warnings residents on COPA island. In the middle of the river are worried about the fish and the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins that bring tourists here and there cash year sang. Chun tea is one of the fishermen on Mindy. I'm in three AM saute was if the damn happens for sure. No more dolphins, no more fish in this area, but you'll have electricity. I say some kind of hope. The other night on some entry. I cannot eat it electricity. There's no fish. No. Dolphin, how will we survive the Cambodian government seems intent on pursuing construction of the dam and the Chinese government seems happy to throw money at Cambodia in exchange for political fielding Virata, who heads the pen think-tank future forum..

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day

NPR's World Story of the Day

01:44 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR's World Story of the Day

"So students are ready for homework class graduation and more now they're ready for anything. China is aggressively looking outward. It's investing heavily in Africa, South America, Australia, and its own hemispheric backyard southeast Asia, China's belt and road initiative looks to link China to the world to high speed rail and roads and South Asia's major river the maycom. Here's Michael television as part of our continuing coverage and China's growing role around the world. The Chinese tourists are here already in up rock. The tiny tourist town on the MAI Cong river where Laos Myanmar Thailand. And it's not just tourists pretty much every month for the past few years. A trio of Chinese gunboats arrives here from the Chinese port of one le- one hundred sixty miles of river. The gunboat are careful to turnaround just short of tie waters where type patrol boats Bob gently. But the Chinese border patrol force boats don't leave quietly. China Xinhua news agency says the joint patrols. Sometimes it's a law book to are aimed at making the river safe. He's kind of pressure will be increasing becoming is quite simply though sort of tactics by China, destroy mind, knives, that team -fluenced that they can willed and hard, how the shop power the by. Do holders increasing not done state that ebbing anytime soon. Elliott Brennan's recent analysis in the low interpreter is titled China is its next prize..

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

AP News

02:06 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

"Lowest tally since nineteen eightyseven experts are somewhat surprised usually when the economy goes up so new birth rates but not this time i'm jackie quinn fisheries that feed millions would be destroyed according to a new study if a proposed dams built in cambodia the dam designed by china southern power grid would be the biggest along the mekong river the three year study else's the dam would worsen tensions with vietnam the downstream country with the most to lose from dams on the waterway the studies have been posted on the website of the us based organization that cambodia's government commissioned it from the study also says the dam would dwarf the biggest dam currently being built on the mekong the experts recommend the government defer the project while looking for better alternatives there's an explosive new claim about the late whitney houston ap entertainment editor oscar wells gabriel reports it's all part of a new movie friends of the troubled grammy winning artists say some of whitney houston's issues with drug abuse stemmed from a family scandal inner documentary screened at the cannes film festival they say houston was molested as a child by her cousin dee dee warwick sister of dionne warwick word of this comes from houston's longtime assistant mary jones who tells filmmaker kevin mcdonald that houston told her that warwick had molested her at a young age jones says that experience made houston question her own sexuality and contributed to her drug problems later in life i'm oscar wells gabriel welcome to total wine and more i challenge you to wine tasting showdown maybe we should just explore some wine if you can't blow me away with the wind you must admit defeat this is out of this world and always at the lowest price let's get this cockfield explore eight thousand wines and twenty five hundred beers like delicious wines that now come in canes or shop online at totalwine dot com total wine and more this.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

AP News

02:12 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

"Facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is expected to speak with e you leaders next week the you and british parliaments have been calling for cirque to answer questions about political consultants cambridge analytica and the misuse of data of millions of facebook users on wednesday eu parliament president antonio tajani confirmed that zuckerberg will be in brussels as soon as possible cirkovic will likely avoid an uncomfortable public appearance and instead meet only with the legislature is top brass behind closed doors so testified last month to the us congress he might get tougher questions in brussels where an assertive new european data protection law comes into effect on may the twenty fifth the law will give facebook's millions of european users more control over what companies can do with what they post search and click fisheries that feed millions would be destroyed according to a new study if a proposed damned bill in cambodia the dam designed by china's southern power grid would be the biggest along the mekong river the three year study also says the dam would worsen tensions with vietnam the downstream country with the most to lose from dams on the waterway the study's been posted on the website of the us based organization that cambodia's government commissioned it from the study also says the dam would dwarf the biggest dam currently being built on the mekong the experts recommend the government defer the project while looking for better alternatives experts are struggling to restore the us west coast southern cr's for hunting nearly wiped them out but government protections have brought up their numbers to more than three thousand still it's not been smooth sailing senior research biologist terry nicholson at california's monterey bay aquarium says the otters are stuck today they live in only a quarter of their historic range and they haven't really budged from their three hundred mile enclave along central california for twenty years if they venture too far away from that area they're vulnerable to great white shark attacks attacks on southern cr's have surged at least eightfold this century welcome to total wine and more boy this the.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

AP News

01:44 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on AP News

"The mayor of mount olive new jersey describes it as horrific a dump truck collided with a school bus this morning on an interstate highway there was a mass response from ems that took the kids to the appropriate medical facilities the bus was carrying middle school students from parameters new jersey near new york on a field trip hawaii's killer way of volcano erupted from its summit before dawn this morning shooting a steely grey plume of ash about thirty thousand feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town house speaker paul ryan says one year later special counsel robert muller's russia investigation should be wrapping up it's been a year my guess is he's probably coming to a conclusion i can't speak for that eat at the ask them that the mother of a teenager charged with firing shots at a northern illinois high school yesterday says he has been bullied by classmates but he must take responsibility for his actions the teenager a former student was injured i'm ed donahue fisheries that feed millions would be destroyed according to a new study if a proposed dams built in cambodia the dam designed by china's southern power grid would be the biggest along the mekong river the three year study also says the dam would worsen tensions with vietnam the downstream country with the most to lose from dams on the waterway the study's been posted on the website of the us based organization that cambodia's government commissioned it from the study also says the dam would dwarf the biggest dam currently being built on the mekong the experts recommend the government defer the project while looking for better alternatives long term mortgage rates have hit their highest levels in seven years right at the peak of the spring home buying season mortgage by your freddie mac says the average.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:47 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"I'm in the fish market it can talk the biggest town in vietnam's mekong river delta there's an uninterrupted flow of smooth wooden boats tying up alongside the market an offloading fish what type of fish is this cafe catfish big did he catch that this morning okay yeah just this morning okay but is it tumbles from the tibetan plateau onto the planes forest and ricefields south east asia the mekong is under threat packed among the countries that flow through to protect the river has now broken down and being replaced with a scramble to grab its water and its power after flowing freely for thousands of years the river will soon be choked by cascade of eleven mega dams professor philip hershey's director of sydney university's mekong research center because china has now built seven large dams including two mega dams on the upper mainstream of the river other countries whose governments would like to build downs particularly allows downstream and saying well if they've done it without consulting why can't we do it the result is an announcement by cambodia that it'll bill to mega dams across the mekong allows plans to build nine the dams are being built because the countries of the mekong will though heavily dependent on farming and fishing a rapidly industrializing the reason dams going head is at the electricity demand in the region is is growing the annual projected increase in demand for liquidity in the region is about six to seven percent per year you and who is a vietnamese oncologist who's studied the impact of dams on the mekong delta he says the delta needs the sediment that could be held back by the new dams to hold out is a flood plains essentially so when the water from they make on comes down in the flood season annually water would flood the fields and bring sediment in the water and deposit on the field and that is the source of natural fertilizer for agriculture you can imagine the reverse like a giant conveyor belt bringing sediment down annually and if sediment transport is cut off the delta building process going to be halted on the reverse process going to take place meaning the privation the.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on News Talk 1130 WISN

News Talk 1130 WISN

01:30 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on News Talk 1130 WISN

"Of next year but it's really really cool vietnam cambodia and a luxury cruise down the mikan river talk about the cultures of vietnam cambodia they're they're quite different very much so first of all we're gonna go to dynamic vietnam hanoi and then at the end of this trip we're going to end up in human city to very diverse cities are full of great history and then sousse inbetween we're going to visit cambodia i love love love cambodia we're talking about the beautiful jungle temples one of which is anchor what but we're gonna see many more as well very exotic and right in the middle of the trip gasket to embark on this glorious river cruise both the mekong navigator for tripped on the mekong river what we see during that the cruise time that's a very high end riverboat i wanna point out we're only going to have sixty eight passengers on that boat and we'll be seeing floating villages and will be stopping in meeting and greeting the people i've never met such sincerely wonderful people and we're going to be able to visit with them and every night then get back on our fabulous luxury ship i looked at this this boy is give me one big detail on that ship i would say probably the french provincial type architecture so that you know that you are in the part of the country that has that history it's really really sweet looking boat some meals included in this tour when we're cruising all of the meals are going to be included and they'll be phenomenal for those of you who might be a little afraid of something that we would be offering you in the in the way of food don't be there's always a steak on the menu if you don't find something else.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria

The Brookings Cafeteria

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria

"We talked earlier to discuss this interview you mentioned issue with the mekong river very famous river in vietnam you talk about what that issue is yes and this also links very closely to our discussion just now about vietnam as well there's sort of two ways in which i think the region is feeling china's strengthened growing influence one is in the maritime sphere and the south china sea as we discussed and the other is through its some call it one belt one road or i think we call it now the belt and road initiative or b r i and this is china's plan to sort of invest in infrastructure help build a railway all the way from southern yunan province through laos thailand malaysia even into indonesia and pipelines threw me on mar ports and so on but in the maycom subregion which is sometimes thought of as mainland southeast asia which includes vietnam laos cambodia thailand and beyond mar it is building hydropower dams along the make on i think total of twenty one or so are planned i think seven or so are built mostly in the upper kong within china and as you can imagine well on the one hand this power generation may be needed it also gives china enormous leverage especially for the down stream countries and vietnam would be at the end of the line there with the mai cong delta in southern vietnam and so there's a great concern in the region about hoping and wanting to be able to work with china to make sure that there's environmental impact assessments and pre planning and notification for up river dam building and that this is done in his consensual way as possible i mean you can imagine for instance if vietnam is in a mood say to take a stronger position on the south china sea but perhaps over time.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on KFI AM 640

KFI AM 640

01:40 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on KFI AM 640

"Ride this weekend what is that the dodgers been a great partner of ours than uh maybe they don't go two hundred sixty four miles an hour but uh the dodge uh challenger in charter health cats are 700 in seven horse power right off the production line at dodge street legal american muscle cars and dodge brings three hell cat uh challengers in three he'll catch chargers to art auctions and they bring professional race car drivers and for no charge uh you can get into the passenger seat with one of those guys and they'll show you what that car will do over a adrift in drag course that they set up uh in the parking lot here to pomona raceway so it's it's an opportunity to experience real american muscle at its best with a professional driver fortunately taking your business right before you got it because video of that and they i mean they go fullbore it's like you're early driving with a race car driver other there's a lot of oh my gosh trump deal theater any of it and you can see people say i'm not correct you've got i got here and sooner or later you see him right there in the queue ready to take their right to it's a it's a great addition to to the mekong river so tomorrow for people will actually let's talk about today at people can get out there today or what are the times in what are some day what are some of the features that you've got going on this we can in addition to say just oxen not like that's not enough and the dodge well we war will open the doors at eight o'clock today at eight o'clock tomorrow at ten o'clock we start the auction we start with what we call rogue dark which broke signs oil gas pump neon those currently things and metal laugh about thirty forty.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on Global News Podcast

"But mr gnassingbe shows no signs of relinquishing power and moves by parliament to possibly change the constitution asean by the opposition as a crafty way of keeping him in power for twelve more years murray hopper the alleged ringleader of asia's biggest illegal wildlife trading network has been arrested by police in thailand boonchai back was detained over these smuggling of rhino horns worth around a million dollars from africa to thailand accused of being the ringleader of a lucrative families syndicate operating for the past decade he faces up to four years in jail from bangkok our correspondent jonathan head has more on boonchai back in his elder brother have been tracked by antitrafficking groote's for many years and have been believed to be operating a network that sucks in poached wildlife products from all over the world particularly from southern africa but plenty of other endangered animal the take from asia as well as other smuggling two now he he lives it's actually on the thailao border and a town called macroeconomic have been to as little corner shop very nondescript building when she operates out of and the reason that such good places that laos next door is a very poor country with extremely wheat law enforcement the main demand for these wildlife products is in vietnam which is borders laos and in china which allows holes as a border wave that's where the demand hasbeen and it's very easy to move products across the mekong river just a short cross across the river to the other side in fact the method that has been used is simply to drop these dead animals tigers rhino horn into the river and let them float down have them in it and floats and be picked up the other side and these anti trafficking routes have been chasing this man for years but they've never managed to get enough evidence to get have the tire authorities move against him well now the tire thirty say they've got enough evidence linking him to a consignment to ryanair.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on Global News Podcast

"But mr gnassingbe shows no signs of relinquishing power and moves by parliament to possibly change the constitution asean by the opposition as a crafty way of keeping him in power for twelve more years murray hopper the alleged ringleader of asia's biggest illegal wildlife trading network has been arrested by police in thailand boonchai back was detained over these smuggling of rhino horns worth around a million dollars from africa to thailand accused of being the ringleader of a lucrative families syndicate operating for the past decade he faces up to four years in jail from bangkok our correspondent jonathan head has more on boonchai back in his elder brother have been tracked by antitrafficking groote's for many years and have been believed to be operating a network that sucks in poached wildlife products from all over the world particularly from southern africa but plenty of other endangered animal the take from asia as well as other smuggling two now he he lives it's actually on the thailao border and a town called macroeconomic have been to as little corner shop very nondescript building when she operates out of and the reason that such good places that laos next door is a very poor country with extremely wheat law enforcement the main demand for these wildlife products is in vietnam which is borders laos and in china which allows holes as a border wave that's where the demand hasbeen and it's very easy to move products across the mekong river just a short cross across the river to the other side in fact the method that has been used is simply to drop these dead animals tigers rhino horn into the river and let them float down have them in it and floats and be picked up the other side and these anti trafficking routes have been chasing this man for years but they've never managed to get enough evidence to get have the tire authorities move against him well now the tire thirty say they've got enough evidence linking him to a consignment to ryanair.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR News Now

NPR News Now

02:15 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR News Now

"Feinstein of sexual assault actors as yet jane two was vilified in the italian media for waiting twenty years to make her rape allegations public and she's bidders of me to movement has been met with scorn by many italians was called the prostitute i wonder how wayne man who received in our such violence would find the courage to come out as i did when they saw what happened to me to blame detargeted sexism on former prime minister in media tycoon silvio berlusoni whose tv empire she said has lobotomize to tallied women into objects unable to understand when they are abused so people julie npr news room this is npr roh hangar refugees in bangladesh are protesting a plan that will start sending them back to me and mars earliest tuesday they say it's not safe for them to return home more than six hundred fifty thousand rominger have fled to bangladesh to escape with the un calls a textbook case of ethnic cleansing thai police have arrested what they say is a major wildlife trafficker he faces at least four years in prison if he is convicted as michael sullivan reports from bangkok authorities say he was allegedly responsible for much of asia's illegal trade police say forty year old boonchai buck was arrested friday in nakhon phanom in the northeast of the country along the mekong river he's been charged in connection with the smuggling of rhino horn worth over a million dollars from africa to thailand in december police say he and his brother ties of vietnamese descent ran a vast operation centered along the thai lao border and beyond the antitrafficking group freedland says the family was part of a syndicate the traded in among other things i retied gures turtles and pangolins the group called the arrest one of the most significant of the past five years and praised the efforts of type police thailand has long been a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade much of it destined for china police said boonchai denies.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR News Now

NPR News Now

01:53 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on NPR News Now

"Anniversary of the women's march will continue sunday including a power to the polls rally in las vegas on along npr news vicepresident pence is on a trip to the middle east eased meeting today with egypt's president of them will travel on to jordan and israel trip is considered controversial because of the trump administration's decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital leaders of south africa's ruling african national congress or negotiating president jacob zuma's removal from office says peter graenitz reports from the capital pretoria zuma has led south africa since two thousand nine and he has another year in office but leaders in his political party are trying to convince him to resign or face humiliation ending in impeachment vote because he's facing a slate of corruption investigations nc members hope with zuma out of office the party has a better shot of retaining power next year peter graenitz reporting there from pretoria and you're listening to npr news in nigeria police say two americans and two canadians have been freed by their captors a police spokesman says the four were released last night and had been taken to the nigerian capital of a bhutto where they are undergoing medical observation they were ambushed by unknown gunmen on wednesday police in thailand say they've arrested a major wildlife trafficker whose family operated along the thai border with laos michael sullivan reports from bangkok the arrest came after police intercepted a shipment of rhino horn worth over a million dollars that arrived from africa at a bangkok airport late last month that bus led to forty year old boonchai box arrest on friday in nakhon phanom along the mekong river and the border with laos police say he and his family ran a vast smuggling syndicate along the thai laos border and beyond.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:12 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Of the country's public sector were closed down about half of all government employees will be putin unpaid leave south korea has asked north korea to explain why it cancelled a planned meeting to discuss cultural performances during next month's winter olympics pyongyang had agreed to send a sevenmember delegation to inspect possible venues officials from both countries are meeting members of the international olympic committee in lausanne to determine the extent of north korea's sporting participation in the games as he arrived for the meeting the president of the ioc thomas bach spoke to reporters are your whole we will prompt would result sir today on who would be the first one server to lower right after the meeting when we can now hopefully then communicate the good results in the olympics very tight police have arrested a man accused of running a wildlife smuggling ring across asia and africa for more than a decade burn chime back is thought to had a syndicate trafficking rhino horns ivory and products mother endangered animals his jonathan hand bunchhat backs name has for years been linked to the lucrative trade in parts from endangered animals which are highly soughtafter in vietnam and china however despite the recent success of the tire authorities in intercepting shipments of wildlife parts they been unable to break up the large and powerful trafficking networks which i bank was known to run a business from a small border town on the mekong river over which illicit goods are often smuggled to laos now after tracking all the people involved in a consignment of rhino horn which was stopped last month the type police say they have enough evidence to charge boonchai back bbc news the turkish army has tied shells across the border into northern syria for a second day an army statement said the strikes were in response to fire coming from the efrain region which is controlled by kurdish militants turkish troops have been massing for days on the border with a freeing ahead of a possible offensive a senior figure in the world bank says support is urgently needed for host communities in.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on 77WABC Radio

77WABC Radio

01:58 min | 2 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on 77WABC Radio

"And i mentioned earlier that we take a questions via email uh as well as on twitter are handle is at frohburg f r o m e r s you'll also find us on facebook under that handle uh and we had a question from a listener about make hong river cruises they had three questions one was can you a recommend a moderately priced line one was when is the best time of year to go and three was is this a reasonable way to see vietnam and cambodia or do we really need to consider a land tour so we reached out to fran golden who is the author of our river cruises boca she gave us some answers right dad like once the best time of year purely did well she found first of the best time of the year to go on a river cruise of cambodia and vietnam is during the summer period or extending into the early part of of uh autumn yeah namely from choose unity wild up until about october the reason for that being that the water levels of the mekong river at their highest part at that point especially in the tributaries that go off from the main river and therefore you you are able to follow a more logical lieutenant wherever you are not forced to take detours because of the fact that the water is not high enough by uh i should point out at this point that many people uh it could associate the mekong river in asia with tours to be yet phnom but this not simply towards vietnam they also are coupled with tours a to cambodia s s like ankara what as a core watt which is the number one tourist akhter ptsd estimation in all of asia uh and you you book the tours brand golden tells you brick the tour for a departure from between may and early october abc's she recommended avalon waterways she felt that they had the best.

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"mekong rivers" Discussed on Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank

Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank

02:03 min | 3 years ago

"mekong rivers" Discussed on Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank

"It's it's it's the perfect drug for being on the side of the mekong river in southeast asia like the data they're not doing anything not with any plans opium dens where people like which just lay down at a smoker of your opportunity i used you're out how long a high last and hope you have hours claris is no it's nothing more you want to do it if you had stuff to delaitre you want to do a temple what what if i go how tampons easy path through it no i don't wanna do it until i thought that's what you said now oh you don't want to have things to do here or care at makes more sense now the i i'm going to grow and grow although it was add that it was a valets took to droughtrelated him home saying in in she was like yeah he school like he'll stop in let you roll joint in the woods across from where the temples and smoke it and then he'll do look out for you and the destroyed in amazing we'd be perfect guest found listen like beastie boys brought assad vowed him just like really be perfect for those tampa it was amazing it was the first pitch looks pretty hard you go and everything so interesting yet an hour and a half of one yeah hmm okay so drugs were sometimes three fouled way less i guarantee you the people are gonna find it or not backpackers they are the experts it's the people who live there because you do you won't long enough the german but she went to kabul you know yo she went to kabul and they said hey we're gonna put shop we're gonna make sure everything's nice his where like the contractors up please bring us and liquor just a couple behind it we keia anything here there he ever that was like that to uh that's well that's what would be like there was one guy that would come in yangon sometimes like really fun killer weed in i guess he was just coming from hong kong bangkok and and he would never bring enough for anybody else was really yeah self we gotta good parenthood always you spike hina daniels got some of this or that or.

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