Lao morning news for September 5

Lao morning news for September 5
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Lao PDR morning newsTwo dead, three people missing in new floods
Flooding has struck more areas of Laos after recent torrential rain, killing two people in Huaphan and Luang Prabang provinces, while another three people are still missing in Luang Prabang.
— Vientiane Times

Economic Growth In Laos To Moderate But Remain Robust
Laos’ real GDP growth moderated slightly to 6.9% in 2017, from 7.0% in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Lao Statistics Bureau, and we maintain our forecast for real GDP growth to average 6.8% per annum between 2018-2020.
— Fitch Solutions (media release)

This Laos Resort Serves Rich Tourists Tiger Meat and Fresh-Killed Bear Cubs
Laos’ Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone is a casino resort area where the rich come to eat illegal tiger meat, pangolins, and bear paws.
— Vice

Laos’ hydropower ambitions threaten Mekong fishing villages
The tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos champions itself as “the battery of Southeast Asia,” exporting hydroelectricity to its neighbors as it seeks to exit the ranks of least developed countries.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Princess Chulabhorn sends medical team to treat flood victims in Laos
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has ordered the Princess Chulabhorn College to arrange a 25-member medical team from Chulabhorn Hospital to be dispatched to Laos to provide medical treatment to flood victims on Wednesday and Thursday.
— Thai PBS

Construction profit from Mega First’s Laos power plant to offset expiry of China, Sabah concessions
MEGA First Corp Bhd expects early construction profit from its 260mw Don Sahong hydropower plant in Laos to offset the loss of income from the expiry last year of its two power plant concessions in Shaoxing, China, and Tawau, Sabah.
— The Edge Markets

IFC starts pilot assessment in Lao PDR river basin
World Bank Group member IFC is working with the Government of Lao PDR on a basin-wide Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) of renewable energy development in the Sekong River Basin.
— International Water Power and Dam Construction

Korean Red Cross delivers 2,144 hygiene kits for victims of Laos dam collapse
Korean Red Cross said Tuesday it sent an additional 2,144 hygiene kits for those affected by a dam collapse that occurred in late July in Laos.
— The Nation

Flood-hit families in Attapeu get new housing
Families made homeless by the flood caused by the collapse of a dam in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, on July 23, will now have better living conditions after temporary housing has been built for them.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Freedom Order presented to Vietnamese officials
President of the Lao Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane, authorised by the Lao President and Prime Minister, has presented the Freedom Order (Issara) to leaders of some Vietnamese agencies in recognition of their contributions to enhancing the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
— Vietnam Plus

Overseas investors should heed labour law compliance in Laos
The National Assembly of Laos amended the 2006 Labour Law in 2013, which came into effect on 29 October 2014.
— Vantage Asia

Lao, Thai officials to seek ways to increase trade value
Lao and Thai officials were unveiled to be set to hold talks aimed at discovering ways to increase their joint trade value.

Chief of Party, USAID Laos Legal Aid Support Program
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— The Asia Foundation

Chifeng, New Owner Of Sepon Mine, Provides Rescue Tools To Savannakhet Province and Vilabouly District
Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining, commonly known as Chifeng, the new owner of Lane Xang Mineral Limited’s Sepon mine on Aug 31 presented two ambulances and emergency rescue tools valued at US$100,000 to the Rescue Foundation of Savannakhet Province and the Vilabouly Distric Hospital.
— Lao News Agency

Vietnam boosts parliamentary ties with Laos, Cambodia, Morocco
Vice Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Do Ba Ty held meetings with leading parliamentary officials from Laos, Cambodia, and Morocco within the framework of the 39th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly in Singapore on September 4.
— Vietnam Plus

Rainforests Are Fast Becoming a Laboratory for Cancer Drugs
Djaja D. Soejarto has been trekking through the rain forests of Laos and Vietnam for over two decades in search of cytotoxic molecules—the anticancer drugs of the future.
— Daily Beast

Laos natives in St. Louis raise money for their homeland
Many of us may struggle to point to the country of Laos on the map, but it’s the ancestral home for many that now live in St. Louis.

Laos vows to work with Vietnam to enhance bilateral ties
The Lao Party, State and people will do their utmost, together with Vietnam, to nurture the two countries’ special solidarity and develop it to a new height for the benefit of not only local people, but also for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and across the world.
— Vietnam Plus

AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: Lagardere inks three broadcast rights deals
Global sports media and marketing agency Lagardère Sports has inked three free-to-air broadcast rights deals for the coverage of 2018 AFF Championship, also known as AFF Suzuki Cup 2018. The tournament is slated to run from November 8 to December 15, 2018.
— InsideSport

French Cooperation Remains Deeply Involved In French Speaking Bilingual Classes
The summer of 2018 will have been very eventful for teachers and students in the French-speaking bilingual sector: animation, meetings, training and departure in France for 10 of them thanks to the linguistic internship scholarships of the French Embassy.
— Lao News Agency

National Team Loses 2-0 To Muangthong United In Friendly Match
The Lao National Football Team lost 2-0 to Thai football club SCG Muangthong United in a friendly match on Aug 31.
— Lao News Agency


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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