Disposable plastic straws. — Photo https://thehill.com MEXICO CITY — Mexico City's legislature voted on Thursday to ban businesses from buying, selling or giving their customers disposable plastics, a major shift for a sprawling capital that is awash in them. The ban, set to come into force in December 2020 or January 2021, includes such articles as non-biodegradable plastic bags, straws, cutlery, cups and coffee capsules, the legislature said in a statement, calling them a "serious environmental problem." It puts the city of nine million people at the forefront of global efforts to protect the environment and curb the amount of plastic that ends up in the Earth's oceans -- eight million tonnes a year. Legislators said they would now open debate on a spending package to help companies shift their production and use of plastics toward biodegradable materials. — AFP … [Read more...] about Mexico City bans disposable plastics
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Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong (R) and Philippine Ambassador Demetrio R.Tuason (Source: VNA) Mexico City (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong on January 16 assumed position of Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Mexico City (ACMC), replacing Philippine Ambassador Demetrio R.Tuason. Duong vowed to do his best to speed up ACMC activities to intensify ASEAN countries’ cooperation with Mexico in all fields, especially in economics, trade, investment, tourism and culture, and to boost collaboration with the other Pacific Alliance members like Chile, Colombia and Peru. At the handover ceremony, the Ambassadors of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam reviewed the committee’s activities in 2018 and set tasks for 2019. They affirmed the formation of the ASEAN Community by 2015 with the three pillars of politics-security, economics and socio-culture has brought benefits to each member state and increased the … [Read more...] about Vietnam undertakes Chair of ASEAN Committee in Mexico City
Workers remove rubble from the Rebsamen school that collapsed in the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico City. (Photo: AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt) Demolition workers from the capital city's public works ministry put up protective plywood barriers and began removing rubble from the collapsed Rebsamen elementary school, which was thrust into the world spotlight following the 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Sep 19, 2017. Attention initially fixated on the private elementary school when reports emerged that a young girl was trapped alive inside - information that turned out to be false. Later, the school returned to the headlines when news surfaced that its owner - today on the run from the law - had illegally built a luxury apartment for herself on top of the structure, complete with marble floors and a jacuzzi. Experts concluded the addition, built without construction permits, had contributed to the school's collapse. A lawyer representing families of victims killed in the collapse - some of … [Read more...] about Mexico City starts demolishing quake collapse school
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20, and was first introduced by the United Nations in 2013. To mark the occasion, let’s take a look at Vietnam’s levels of happiness in reports compiled by global experts. In the most recent index published earlier this month, Vietnam ranks 95th out of 156 countries in terms of happiness, according to the World Happiness Report 2018 (WHR), an initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012. This is a slight drop compared to last year when it ranked 94th. The country also ranks 102nd in terms of changes in happiness, down 0.258 points from 2008-2010. According to the report, the happiest country in the world is Finland, followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Vietnam’s WHR ranking this year is lower than in other Asian countries such as Singapore (34th), Malaysia (35th), Thailand (46th) and China (86th), but higher then in neighboring Laos (110th) and Cambodia (120th). The WHR ranks … [Read more...] about Day of Happiness 2018: How happy is Vietnam?
Mexico City has elected a woman mayor for the first time in history, local politician and scientist Claudia Sheinbaum, according to exit polls. Claudia Sheinbaum is Mexico City's first elected woman mayor, exit polls show. (Photo: AFP/Bernardo Montoya) Sheinbaum, 56, won the election to lead North America's largest city with between 47.5 per cent and 55.5 per cent of the vote, according to an estimate by polling firm Mitofsky. A woman had previously served as mayor of the capital on an interim basis - Rosario Robles, from 1999 to 2000 - but Sheinbaum, who holds a doctorate in physics, is the first woman elected to the post. Sheinbaum surged into office on the coattails of the anti-establishment leftist who looks likely to win the presidential race, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. She was among the first politicians to leave Mexico's established left-wing party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and join Lopez Obrador's breakaway, Morena, when he formally launched it … [Read more...] about First woman elected Mexico City mayor: Exit polls