You are on page 1of 7

Bryan XII-A2/4

Laos, Vietnam celebrate

border demarcation, maintenance
project completion
The governments of Laos and Vietnam marked the completion of the border demarcation and
maintenance of border markers project at a ceremony held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong led a high-level Lao delegation at the event on
Wednesday, according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Lao prime ninister and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung congratulated each
other on the completion of the project, which has been ongoing for several years.

During the ceremony, the two governments signed two documents comprising a Sub-
agreement on Borderline and Border Markers, and an Agreement on Border and Border
Checkpoint Management.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith and his
Vietnamese counterpart Pham Bình Minh signed the documents, witnessed by the two prime

From 2008-2014, the Lao and Vietnamese governments oversaw a project to install border
markers between their 20 adjoining provinces over a distance of 2,337 km. A total of 1,002
markers were installed along the shared border.

Since then, the two countries have drawn up the Sub-agreement on Borderline and Border
Markers and the Agreement on Border and Border Checkpoint Management, and produced
maps of the border area. These projects were completed this year. The governments of the
two countries say the border demarcation and maintenance of the border markers project will
contribute significantly to the management of their shared border and will pave the way for
more rapid social and economic development in the border area.

The Lao and Vietnamese prime ministers praised the joint committees in charge of the project
for their dedicated work, which had resulted in the completion of the project.

The two premiers called for the relevant departments of Laos and Vietnam and local citizens
to protect and maintain the border markers and ensure the shared border was an area of peace,
friendship, stability and sustainable development.

The two governments described the completion of the project as of ‘historical significance',
saying it had been accomplished through the spirit of special solidarity and comprehensive
cooperation between Laos and Vietnam.

During the ceremony, PM Thongsing and PM Dung awarded Labor and Friendship medals as
well as Certificates of Praise from the two foreign ministers to departments and officials in
recognition of their contribution to the project.

Thongsing and his delegation also paid a courtesy call on Vietnam's President Truong Tan
Sang.(+) - See more at:
Bryan XII-A2/4

RI online readers prefer

entertainment news

Entertainment news has become the top preference for urban Indonesians who rely on online
portals as their news sources, according to a recent survey.

Based on an online news consumption survey by market research company GfK, 73 percent
of 1,500 respondents said they read entertainment news every day. The second top preference
was social issues (70 percent), followed by political news (49 percent) and sports (48

According to the survey, entertainment news, which encompasses music and movies, was
mostly read by those aged between 13 and 22 years.

"The youth group tends to consume light topics such as entertainment. When they get older,
their preference shifts to more serious topics such as politics, social issues, religion and
parenting," Robin Mulyadi, GfK media director, said on Wednesday.

The survey showed that females sought entertainment news more frequently than males.

Moreover, there were differences in news consumption on weekdays and weekends. On

weekdays people mostly looked at the news from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturdays the peak
time was 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. while on Sunday it was 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"At peak times, most of the consumption is using mobile devices. People mostly look at the
news during their break time," Robin said.

On weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Indonesians mostly read the news using desktop
computers, meaning many were using their office networks.

The survey was a joint effort by GfK, the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) and the
Indonesian Digital Association. Carried out from last year to February 2016, the survey
covered Greater Jakarta (Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang and Bekasi), Bandung, Semarang and
"This survey is the first. We will increase the cities to 12 for this year’s second survey,"
Robin said.

Bekraf chairman Triawan Munaf expressed his satisfaction with the results, saying the online
media survey would be useful in determining how online media needed to move.

"We need this kind of survey, not only for media companies but also for marketing agencies
and companies that want to place ads, and the regulator," Triawan said. (bbn)

- See more at:

Bryan XII-A2/4

SeaWorld to stop breeding orca whales

The US theme park operator SeaWorld says it is ending its controversial orca breeding

The decision means the orca whales currently at the parks will be "the last generation", the
company said.

SeaWorld, which has 12 parks across the US, has faced heavy criticism over alleged poor
treatment of its captive orcas, also known as killer whales.

Activists have called for the orcas to be released into the wild but SeaWorld claims they
would likely die.

"For as long as they live, the orcas at SeaWorld will stay in our parks," the company said in a
Los Angeles Times op-ed.

SeaWorld has previously announced that it will phase out live orca shows.

It said on Thursday it would also also scrap plans for a $100 million project called "Blue
World" that would have enlarged its orca habitat at SeaWorld San Diego.

California Congressman Adam Schiff, who was behind an act designed to phase out orca
captivity, said: "These changes are something that advocates have been urging for years and I
think SeaWorld will find that visitors will reward their actions with a renewed interest in the

SeaWorld's shares rose as much as 6% in morning trading following the announcement.

Dramatic displays by the whales are the centrepiece of three parks operated by SeaWorld, in
California, Florida and Texas.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) worked with SeaWorld on its new policies
and said the announcement signalled "that the era of captive display of orcas will end".

Animal rights group Peta told the BBC that SeaWorld should release all its orcas into sea
pens or coastal sanctuaries where they can experience "the natural behaviour that they are
denied" in the parks.

SeaWorld stopped capturing live marine mammals decades ago, with the majority of its 29
orcas having been born in captivity.

SeaWorld's treatment of orcas was highlighted in the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which
focused on a series of violent incidents involving an orca called Tilikum.

The film also raised questions over the ethics of breeding programmes and practices such as
the separation of calves from their mothers.
Since the film was released visitor numbers have fallen at Sea World's main theme parks and
its share price has halved.

SeaWorld described the film as inaccurate, misleading and exploitative and launched a multi-
million dollar marketing campaign to rebuild its reputation.

Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite was quoted by HSUS as saying the decision to
end orca breeding represented "truly meaningful change".
Ahok to run as independent

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has announced that he will run as an
independent candidate in next year’s gubernatorial election after he failed to get a response
from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) on whether the ruling party would
back his candidacy.

Without the support of the PDI-P, Ahok will not pair up with current deputy and PDI-P
member Djarot Saiful Hidayat in the race. Instead, his running mate will be Jakarta Financial
and Asset Management Board (BPKAD) head Heru Budi Hartono.

"Yesterday,Teman Ahok [Friends of Ahok volunteer group] came to my house. They said
they couldn't wait any longer to be informed of the name of the deputy governor candidate
because the name is needed in the collection of ID-backed signatures," Ahok told journalists
at City Hall on Monday.

Teman Ahok previously announced that its volunteers had collected nearly 700,000 ID-
backed signatures in support of Ahok’s candidacy, more than enough as required by the law
for independent candidates to run as in next year’s election.

"Taking into account their spirit, I let them use Heru's name [as the gubernatorial deputy
candidate]," Ahok added.

Ahok had initially told his supporters to pick Djarot as his deputy candidate, but the group
advised him to pick another name because Djarot needed permission from the PDI-P.

Last week, Ahok gave the PDI-P a week to decide whether the party would allow Djarot to
run on his ticket. But the party could not give an immediate answer, arguing that candidate
recruitment was still taking place.

With his decision to run as an independent candidate, the PDI-P is likely to pick its own

The governor said that he knew the risks of his decision to run as an independent candidate
and expressed his hope that Teman Ahok would be able to collect 1 million ID-backed
signatures in support of the Ahok-Heru ticket by June.

"I don't want to disappoint the young people. I told them I will be an independent but they
have to know that this is my sacrifice," Ahok added, saying that his position is in danger for
choosing the independent track.

Separately, Teman Ahok spokeswoman Amalia Ayuningtyas said the group would include
Heru’s name in the collection of ID-backed signatures.

“The most important thing is that Ahok is ready to be independent candidate with Heru as his
running mate,” Amalia said, adding that when the group visited Ahok’s house on Monday,
Heru was there and expressed his readiness to be paired with Ahok. (bbn)(+) - See more at:

Related Interests