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Trademark protection awareness, registration remain low in Laos

The number of trademark registrations is lagging in Laos as many businesses lack understanding of their rights and fail to register to protect their intellectual property, according to the Intellectual Property Department under Ministry of Science and Technology on Monday. Some 40,500 applications for trademark registration have been submitted to the department since 1991, with some 36,975 trademarks registered, Khanlasy Keobounphanh, director general of the department was quoted as saying by Lao state-run media Vientiane Times on Monday.

ASEAN Business Awards hail inclusive business models

MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 17, 2017 : Launched by the Philippine Board of Investments , the ASEAN Business Awards added a new category this year, hailing inclusive businesses that engage partners, suppliers, customers, or employees from low-income communities.

Your daily briefing on China

Nine construction workers were rescued Saturday after having been trapped for two days in a collapsed railway tunnel in southwest China's Yunnan Province, rescuers said. Rescuers managed to dig a passageway to reach the workers at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Laotian Govt opens centres to register Lao workers in Thailand

Laos and Thailand have agreed to cooperate more closely to assist Lao workers in Thailand who hold a passport but whose temporary work permit has expired. At present, there are about 94,000 Lao workers in Thailand whose temporary work permits and passports have expired but who have temporary identity cards.

Storm Doksuri downgrading to depression, hits Nan on Saturday

The Meteorological Department warned that heavy rains will continue in several parts of the country even as tropical storm Doksuri is expected to downgrade to a depression and to hit Nan on Saturday. In its 13th warning related to storm Doksuri issued at 4am on Saturday, the department said the tropical storm, which has been downgraded from a typhoon, is centred over Vientiane, Laos 120km east of Nan Province at latitude 18.3 degrees North, longitude 102.1 degrees East.

~ early bird gets the worm ~

This image is of Buddhist monks daily 6am morning alms collection from the public in the town of Luang Prabang - the royal capital of Laos. It's a most interesting when monks of all ages from the monasteries go to the streets and people give them food since Buddhist monks can only eat what is an offer to them, and in exchange they pray for those generous people.

New Mekong bridge opens, linking Xayaboury and Vientiane provinces

A newly built bridge crossing the Mekong River and connecting the provinces of Xayaboury and Vientiane has opened, and is the third bridge linking Xayaboury with neighbouring provinces. The 365-metre bridge runs from Nasak village in Paklai district, Xayaboury province, to Khokkhaodor village in Xanakham district, Vientiane province.

Laos to set up consulate general in central China's Changsha

Laos will establish a consulate general in central China's Changsha within the year, the first foreign consulate in Hunan Province, the provincial foreign and overseas Chinese affairs office said Thursday. The consular district will include the provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Henan and Guizhou.

Physical Disability No Obstacle For Student Volunteer

To pursue his interest in volunteerism, a community college student's physical disability has not become an obstacle. Hairul Hasnawi Jamil, 19, a computer and network system student at the Tanjung Piai Community College, Johor, was among 50 volunteers from various public and private institutions of higher learning who participated in the Yayasan Pelajaran Siswa volunteering mission to Laos from Sept 14 to 28. The youngest of four siblings from Batu Pahat wants to prove that people with disabilities are not as weak and are able to serve the community as others.

~ misty calm ~

Back to Laos, one on my fav countries in SEA An early morning shot on a cold misty morning at Luang Prabang boat station when the mighty Mekong river was so calm with the moored canoes and the sand bar across, just managing to break it up a little. I concentrated on the detail while watching the mist around before finally exposing a few shots.

Japan courted for East-West Economic Corridor

Mr Somkid and Hiroshige Seko, Japan's minister of economy, trade and industry, at yesterday's seminar. Mr Somkid called for Japanese support in developing an east-west rail link.a Thailand is counting on Japan to play a bigger role not only in the country but also in Asean, asking the Japanese to join the development of a high-speed train network in the East-West Economic Corridor .

Laos to reduce stunting, low weight in infants

The Lao government is aiming to reduce the number of underweight children under the age of five to 21 percent and the proportion of stunted children in the same age group to 33.2 percent by the end of 2018. Underweight children aged less than five years accounted for 27 percent of all children nationwide in the first six months of this year, the country's Minister of Planning and Investment Souphanh Keomixay was quoted by state-run media Vientiane Times as saying on Tuesday.

Japanese firm to invest US$70m in Xieng Khuang cattle farm of Laos

A Japanese company is in the process of amassing a dairy herd and building a huge milk processing plant in Xieng Khuang province as part of its Australian cattle husbandry project. Provincial Governor Prof.

Brian Ryder Presented with Esteemed Janice Drake Humanitarian Award

Park Ridge, Illinois - The 2017 Janice Drake Humanitarian Award recipient is Brian Ryder, CRNA. The award will be presented during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, Sept.

In pics: daily life in Phou Kao Nang village, Laos

A local villager stacks citronella at the boat on Nam Ngum Lake, near Phou Kao Nang village, Vientiane province, Laos, Sept. 7, 2017.

Laos reduces maternal mortality; Trump defunding a risk to progress

Loudspeakers blare luk thung music over the 100 or so stilt houses that line the dusty road, signalling the start to a wedding celebration. The sleepy hamlet of Asing Saneh lies in the Nong district of Savannakhet province, in central Laos, not far from the border with Vietnam.

The sand trap: Demand outpaces caution -- and knowledge

IMAGE: Sand is being extracted from the bottom of the Nam Khan River, a tributary of the Mekong near Luang Prabang, Laos. The area has many new resorts and an elephant... view Sand, spanning miles of beaches, carpeting vast oceans and deserts, is a visual metaphor for limitless resources.