India supports Healthcare Centre construction in Attapeu

A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a Healthcare Centre in Viengxay village, Phouvong District, Attapeu Province.
Governor of Attapeu Province Leth Xayyaphone and Ambassador of India to Laos Dinkar Asthana attended the ceremony along with representatives of relevant authorities.
The project was undertaken under grant assistance of US$ 50,000 from the Government of India under the Quick Impact Project (QIP) Scheme of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC).
Addressing the ceremony, the Ambassador noted that with this Healthcare Centre, people in the remote Viengxay village and neighbouring areas will get better medical facilities. In particular, the Centre will provide better healthcare services for pregnant women as it will also have a child delivery room. He hoped that the project would be completed in the near future.
India has taken up 11 Quick Impact Projects in Laos in the areas of health, education, drinking water facility, agriculture, etc. in remote areas across many provinces of Laos. Out of these, five projects have been completed and remaining six projects are at an advanced stage of implementation. The projects reach out to and benefit the grassroots.
Mr. Leth XAYYAPHONE, Governor of Attapeu in his remarks appreciated the grant assistance from India for the implementation of the project in the health sector which is an important sector for socioeconomic development of the Lao PDR.
India and the Lao PDR are partners on the basis of equality, respect for national sovereignty, and mutual benefit in their pursuit of development of their peoples. Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed India’s commitment to continue its development partnership with the Lao PDR in a telephonic conversation with then Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in June 2020.

Source: Lao News Agency

US Knocked Out of World Cup, Loses to the Netherlands 3-1

Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late goal as the Netherlands eliminated the United States from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory Saturday that advanced the Dutch to the quarterfinals.
Second-half substitute Haji Wright cut the U.S. deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when Christian Pulisic’s cross hit his trailing foot and popped over goalkeeper Andries Noppert and into the net. But Dumfries, who assisted on the first two goals, scored on a volley in the 81st.
“When you play a team with so much quality like that and you give them three, four chances, they’re going to put three or four away,” United States captain Tyler Adams said. “We can show that we can hang with some of the best teams in the world, some of the best players in world, and that’s a lot of progress for U.S. soccer. We’re moving in the right direction, for sure, but we need to keep pushing, because we’re not there yet. But we’re close.”
Runners-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010, the Oranje extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games and face Argentina or Australia on Friday.
It was a disappointing end for a rebuilt U.S. team hoping to advance past the round of 16 for the first time since 2002. Using the second-youngest squad in the tournament, the Americans achieved the bare minimum to consider the World Cup a success, defeating Iran in their group-stage finale to reach the knockout round.
But just like in 2010 against Ghana and 2014 against Belgium, the United States was eliminated in the round of 16. The Americans are winless in 12 games against European opponents at the World Cup since 2002, losing six, and are 1-7 during the tournament’s knockout rounds.
“I think we made some progress,” United States coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When people look at our team, they see a clear identity. They see guys that go out and fight for each other. They see the talent on the field. We made progress, but on this particular night, we came up short.”
Pulisic, playing four days after getting hurt during his game-winning goal against Iran, had a chance to put the United States ahead in the third minute but Noppert, playing in only his fourth international match, blocked his point-blank shot. With the Americans seeking an equalizing goal, Noppert dived to stop Tim Weah’s 25-yard effort in the 42nd.
The crowd of 44,846 was well back from the field at renovated Khalifa International Stadium, which has an athletic track and was more subdued than the raucous spectators for the match against Iran.
While the United States had the better play at the start, the Dutch went ahead after breaking the American press. Dumfries one-timed a pass from the right flank as Depay streaked unmarked into the penalty area. His right-footed shot from 14 yards beat goalkeeper Matt Turner to the far post in the 10th minute for his 43rd international goal, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Dutch career scoring list behind Robin van Persie’s 50.
The goal was the first allowed by the United States from the run of play in the tournament. In 37 World Cup matches, the Americans have never won a game in which they trailed.
The Netherlands doubled the lead on virtually the final kick of the first half, in the first minute of stoppage time. After a quick series of exchanges following a throw-in, Dumfries got a cross around Tyler Adams and found Blind wide open at the penalty spot. Blind scored only his third international goal — his first in eight years. Gio Reyna fed an open Weston McKennie in the 54th, but he skied his shot over the crossbar.
Wright entered in the 67th and scored his second international goal, sparking U.S. hopes. But Dumfries was left unmarked by Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson and used his left foot to volley Blind’s cross.
“Just looking around that locker room, the silence is deafening,” Turner said. “We all want to create moments for people back at home to fall in love with the game and tonight was not one of those nights, unfortunately.”
Young and restless
The starting lineup for the United States was its youngest for a World Cup knockout match at 25 years, 86 days. The previous low was 27 years, 19 days for the 1930 semifinal loss to Argentina.
Trainer’s room
United States forward Josh Sargent did not dress after injuring his right ankle against Iran.
Up next
The Netherlands will next play Friday at Lusail Stadium, the site of this year’s final.
The Americans begin the 2026 cycle with a match against Serbia on January 25 in Los Angeles and face Colombia three days later in Carson, California. The games are not on FIFA dates, meaning mostly Major League Soccer players will be used.

Source: Voice of America

For Many Hawaiians, Lava Flows Are a Time to Honor, Reflect

When Willette Kalaokahaku Akima-Akau looks out at the the lava flowing from Mauna Loa volcano and makes an offering of gin, tobacco and coins, she will be taking part in a tradition passed down from her grandfather and other Native Hawaiians as a way to honor both the natural and spiritual worlds.
Akima-Akau said she plans to take her grandchildren with her and together they will make their offerings and chant to Pele, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes and fire, who her grandfather used to pay reverence to as a kupuna, a word that can mean ancestor.
“This is the time for our kupuna, for our people, and for our children to come and witness what is happening as history is being made every day,” she said, adding that today’s experiences will be added to the next generation’s stories, songs, dances and chants.
For many Native Hawaiians, an eruption of a volcano like Mauna Loa has a deep yet very personal cultural significance. For many it can be an opportunity to feel a connection with creation itself through the way lava gives birth to new land, as well as a time to reflect on their own place in the world and the people who came before them.
“A volcanic eruption is a physical manifestation of so many natural and spiritual forces for Hawaiians,” said Ilihia Gionson, a Hawaii Tourism Authority spokesperson who is Native Hawaiian and lives on the Big Island. “People who are unfamiliar with that should understand that it’s a very personal, very significant thing.”
To be sure, not all Native Hawaiians will feel the need to make a trek to see the lava, but among those who do, some may chant, some may pray to ancestors and some may honor the moment with hula, or dance.
“Some people may be moved to just kind of observe in silence, meditate, you know, commune with their higher power or their kupuna in their own ways,” Gionson said.
Kainani Kahaunaele said as a Native Hawaiian, she feels moved to honor the moment and will take her children, nieces, nephews and close friends as close to the lava flow as possible. There they will chant to Pele.
“Our hookupu will be our voice,” she said, using the Hawaiian word for offering. “It’s not for any kind of show. It’s a connection that we’re making to Pele, to the land, to Mauna Loa.”
Many Hawaiians are practicing family traditions that have been passed down from elders.
Akima-Akau, who lives in Kawaihae on the west side of the Big Island, remembers hearing stories about how her grandfather would fly from Maui or Oahu whenever there was a Big Island lava flow to honor Pele.
“He would jump on a plane and come to Hawaii Island to give his hookupu,” offerings of gin, silver dollars and tobacco, she said.
Her grandfather died before she was born, so she doesn’t know exactly why he chose those items, but he wasn’t alone. She said she grew up knowing others who offered the same items, so that is what her family will bring. She said the children will offer Pele a ti leaf lei.
Hawaiians have different relationships with the spirituality of lava, said Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kealoha Pisciotta. To Pisciotta, the lava “brings good mana” — which can mean supernatural or divine power — “and cleanses where it needs cleansing.”
There are also different relationships and connections to Pele, who some refer to as a god or goddess. Pele has great significance in Hawaiian culture, representing all the phenomena related to volcanoes — the magma, steam, ash, acid rain.
“Her primary form is the lava, not necessarily that she is a female, human person. But the image of her function is creation, which happens to be a very feminine image,” said Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole, a cultural practitioner in Hilo.
Pisciotta calls her “Tutu Pele,” using the word for grandparent, because deities “are more ancient than we are.”
Manua Loa’s spectacular show is drawing thousands of people seeking nighttime views of the lava flowing down the mountain’s northeast flank, clogging the main east-west road on the island. Among them are those coming to pay their respects, leaving altars or shrines along the roadway.
Cultural practitioners like Pisciotta want lava gawkers to be mindful of those who are chanting, praying or gathering in ceremonies amid the eruption: “Give them some space and respect.”
“If a person doing something wants to invite somebody to participate or watch, there will be an invitation,” said Gionson, the tourism official. “And if not, respect that and keep a respectful distance.”
So far, the tourism authority hasn’t received any complaints about people getting in the way of cultural practices, he said, adding that the agency focuses on educating tourists in general about being respectful and behaving appropriately when visiting the islands.
Kahaunaele, who teaches Hawaiian language and music at the University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus and planned to gather with her family on Thursday night, knows that visitors to the island might be curious when they see and hear her family chanting.
“Don’t film us. Don’t even ask for permission, just don’t,” she said. “That even goes for locals. Don’t infringe upon anybody else’s moment.”

Source: Voice of America

Francisco Oliva ได้รับการเสนอชื่อเป็นผู้จัดการฝ่ายพัฒนาธุรกิจ ประเทศอเมริกาใต้ สำหรับกลุ่มบริษัท Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases

เตเมคูลา แคลิฟอร์เนีย, Dec. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — กลุ่มบริษัทพลังงานสะอาดและก๊าซอุตสาหกรรมของ Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries (“กลุ่มบริษัท”) ซึ่งเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของกลุ่มบริษัท Nikkiso Co., Ltd (ประเทศญี่ปุ่น) มีความยินดี ที่จะประกาศว่า Francisco Oliva ได้รับการแต่งตั้งให้เป็นผู้จัดการฝ่ายพัฒนาธุรกิจประจำอเมริกาใต้

Francisco มีปริญญาทั้งวิศวกรรมเครื่องกลและบริหารธุรกิจ และได้นำประสบการณ์กว่า 30 ปีในอุตสาหกรรมก๊าซอุตสาหกรรมมาทำงานร่วมกับ Air Products (เดิมคือ Indura) ในอเมริกาใต้ เขามีส่วนสำคัญในการดำเนินการและการเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพของการพัฒนาธุรกิจ กระบวนการ และการจัดการโครงการให้กับบริษัทระดับประเทศและระดับนานาชาติในด้านการซื้อกิจการ การพัฒนาธุรกิจ และการจัดซื้อจัดจ้างในอเมริกาใต้

เขาทำหน้าที่บริหารจัดการและพัฒนาโอกาสทางธุรกิจที่ซันติอาโก ประเทศชิลี และทั่วทั้งอเมริกาใต้ อีกทั้งจะรายงานต่อ Emile Bado รองประธานบริหาร ฝ่ายขายและพัฒนาธุรกิจ และ George Pappagelis ประธานบริษัท Nikkiso Cosmodyne

“ทางเราหวังว่าความรู้ด้านอุตสาหกรรมและด้านการตลาดของ Francisco จะสามารถช่วยให้บริษัทเติบโต อีกทั้งช่วยขยายการสนับสนุนของเราแก่ตลาดที่สำคัญนี้เพื่อที่จะพัฒนาโอกาสต่าง ๆ ในภูมิภาคนี้ต่อไป” Emile Bado กล่าว

นอกจากนี้ Nikkiso ยังคงมุ่งมั่นที่จะแสดงตัวตนให้เป็นที่ประจักษ์แก่ลูกค้า ทั้งในระดับสากลและระดับท้องถิ่

กลุ่มบริษัท Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (ปัจจุบันเป็นบริษัทในเครือของบริษัท Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) ผลิตและให้บริการอุปกรณ์เชิงวิศวกรรมสำหรับการแยกก๊าซด้วยความเย็นยิ่งยวด (เช่น ปั๊ม เทอร์โบเอกซ์เพนเดอร์ เครื่องแลกเปลี่ยนความร้อน เป็นต้น) และโรงแปรรูปสำหรับก๊าซอุตสาหกรรม (Industrial Gases) ก๊าซธรรมชาติเหลว (Natural Gas Liquefaction) (LNG) กระบวนการผลิตไฮโดรเจนเหลว (Hydrogen Liquefaction) (LH2) และ วัฎจักรแร็งคินสารอินทรีย์เพื่อการนำความร้อนทิ้งกลับมาใช้ใหม่ (Organic Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery) บริษัท Cryogenic Industries ซึ่งได้ก่อตั้งขึ้นมากว่า 50 ปีนั้นเป็นบริษัทแม่ของบริษัท ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne และ Cryoquip พร้อมทั้งกิจการธุรกิจที่อยู่ภายใต้การดูแลควบคุมจำนวนประมาณ 20 กิจการ

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