Category: General news

Myanmar media defamed local model for intimacy with Danish singer

Myanmar Newsweek was threatened for a legal action by Mynmar model Emerald Nyein after publishing an article that implied she had a sexual relationship with a member of Danish band Michael Learns to Rock. The Danish band earlier visited Myanmar and performed in Yangon on March 31. After the concert, Danish Michael Learns to Rock…

Swedish Fashion in Shanghai

Shanghai Fashion Week (SFW) kicked off on 10 April 2013, showcasing 35 shows at the runway at Shanghai Xintiandi Taiping Lake and 800 shows on Changde Road. This year, Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai participated in the event, presenting the Swedish fashion with the concept “less is more” which combines quirkiness and social consciousness…

Finnish BMH hopes to set up waste-to-energy projects in Thailand

BMH Technology, the Finland-based waste-to-energy technology supplier, expects to sign two agreements with the Thai government this year for the first waste-to-electricity projects in Thailand, reports Bangkok Post. Jori Kaaresmaa, sales manager of BMH Thailand, said the company has been in talks with developers of two projects here for two years. “We already have the…

Documentary on Filipino au pairs sparks Norwegian government’s concern

On 23 April 2013, a television documentary on the exploitation of foreigners arriving in Norway on ‘au pair’ contacts was screened on NRK1 under its Brennpunkt program. The plight of several young women from the Philippines, who ended up as little more than domestic servants and even sex slaves, provoked calls for tougher government regulation. Before…

Chinese step in Scandinavian high-speed train project

At the conference on high-speed rail project held in Stockholm in the middle of April, China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC), State construction company, has offered to support the entire Oslo-Sweden-Copenhagen NOK 89.3 billion bill.     This huge construction project forms part of the tri-Scandinavian high-speed rail initiative ‘8 Million City’. The…

Swedish geneticist receives prize in Singapore

Swedish geneticist Svante Paabo was awarded the 2013 Gruber Genetics Prize at the Marina Bay Sands convention centre, Singapore on April 16 for his work in evolutionary genetics. The prize, awarded by the US Yale University’s Gruber Foundation, includes US$500,000 (S$618,600) and a gold medal. Dr Paabo is considered the founder of molecular paleontology, the…

Norwegian ship saves 97 Chinese fishermen in Antarctic sea

On 17 April 2013, a Chinese factory fishing ship “Kai Xin” caught fire off the Antarctica coast, and 97 crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel “Juvel” as Chile’s military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage. The crew members abandoned the burning Kai Xin and were taken aboard the Juvel about 34 miles…