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Vietnam facing water shortage

November 27, 2008

VietNamNet Bridge – According to the Danish Embassy in Vietnam, around 60% of Vietnamese people depend on underground water resources. Due to overexploitation, the underground water level is decreasing and threatening the stability of water resources.


An overview research of water conducted by the Vietnamese government and international donors recently shows that water may be the major factor that hinders Vietnam’s further social and economic development.


This issue has impacts on around 8.5 million Vietnamese urban people and 21 million rural residents who don’t have access to safe water yet. For those who have safe water, the current standards of water supply service are low compared to the international level.


During the dry season, many big rivers face abnormally low water levels and the threat of water shortage will rise in the future.


Water quality is downgrading quickly because Vietnam’s geographical position is at the bottom of river systems and pollution from other countries pollutes the river systems in Vietnam.


According to the overview, Vietnam is one of countries that are vulnerable to natural calamities, especially water-associated catastrophes. The matter becomes more serious as around 50% of Vietnam’s population lives on the coast. Meanwhile, over 80% of the population directly confronts impacts of natural calamities.


Vietnam is also among the most vulnerable to climate change.


(Source: Dan Tri)

A man paddles a boat on a flooded paddy field in My Hung commune, ...
A man paddles a boat on a flooded paddy field in My Hung commune, 25 km (16 miles) outside Hanoi November 12, 2008. Hanoi reported 22 deaths from one of the worst inundations in more than three decades, officials said.REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM)


Physician prolific at writing prescriptions

March 30, 2008

By Tim Carpenter
Topeka Capital-Journal
March 27, 2008

Stephen Schneider knew the high volume of drug overdoses among his clinic patients was attracting the wrong kind of attention.A piece of the proof emerged in 2006 while Schneider underwent questioning by attorney Larry Wall, who filed a malpractice lawsuit against the physician on behalf of a deceased patient. The interrogation was lengthy and, at times, heated. But the owner of the high-traffic, pain-management clinic was ready.

“Have patients died at the clinic?” Wall asked.

“Upon advice of counsel,” Schneider replied, “I assert my Fifth Amendment rights.”

“Have you experienced overdoses at the clinic where a patient would receive an injection of narcotic drugs and they would become comatose?”

“Upon advice of counsel, I assert my Fifth Amendment right.”

In all, Schneider invoked his privilege to avoid self-incrimination 352 times in that deposition. Linda Schneider, his wife and business manager of the clinic south of Wichita, raised the same constitutional shield 281 times in a deposition with Wall.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which regulates medical professionals, was also on the Schneiders’ trail. The agency confirmed instances of negligence in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and filed a disciplinary case against Stephen Schneider in May 2006.

“Things were put on a very fast track,” said Mark Stafford, the board’s lead attorney.

Then, the board’s case….

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