Vietnam’s goal of exporting $10 billion worth of shrimp in 2025 is facing a grim future as farmers are closing ponds after consecutive losses, local newspaper Tuoi Tre reported on Tuesday. Vo Thanh Sang, a shrimp farmer in the southern Soc Trang Province, said he has just sold his shrimp for VND70,000 ($3) per kilogram, while remarking that the price is at its lowest in 10 years. “Each pond has about 4 to 5 tons of shrimp in it. So if I sell my shrimp at the current price, I would lose about VND40 to 50 million. I cannot afford that,” Sang said. His ponds would be closed soon, he said. Record low shrimp prices are the result of global shrimp oversupply, said Vo Van Phuc, director of a Vietnamese food company. And despite the low prices, Vietnamese factories are not buying shrimp because of low demand globally. “Even though shrimp prices are already low, foreign markets like the U.S. are expecting the prices to drop even further,” Phuc said. Truong … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s shrimp export goal faces imminent failure as farmers close ponds
Vietnam’s maritime security has seen “complicated” developments in the first few months this year with the penetration of many Chinese ships in Vietnamese waters, a top defense official said on Tuesday. Many Chinese fishing boats accompanied by special forces were casting nets within Vietnamese waters, only 40 sea miles from Ly Son Island off Vietnam's south central coast, said Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem, Deputy Minister of National Defense. "There were times when several tens of fishing boats, under the support of Chinese law enforcement forces, declared that the waters was theirs and chased Vietnamese fishers away," Chiem said at the ongoing summer session of the legislative National Assembly in Hanoi. In April, Chinese fishing boats showed up illegally near Vietnamese coast thrice and sometimes they were only 30 nautical miles from Da Nang, which is considered Vietnam's third most important city after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Chiem described that as an act of … [Read more...] about Chinese fishing boats were ‘invading’ Vietnamese waters: top defense official
SHE'S a regular on many of our favourite panel shows and shocked fans early in 2017 with a fake 'botched bum lift'. But just who is Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan and what have we seen her in before? Here is everything you need to know. Who is Katherine Ryan? Katherine Ryan, 34, is a Canadian comedian, writer, presenter and actress and is currently based in London, where she lives with her daughter, Violet. Katherine came to Britain in 2008 with her then boyfriend - and never left. These days, she features regularly on television panel shows such as QI, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You and comedy roast show, Safeword - where she’s team leader. She has also been a columnist for NME and acted in shows such as BBC Two series Episodes. What happened with Katherine Ryan's "bum lift"? In February 2017, the star shocked her followers when she shared pictures appearing to show the results of a bum lift ‘procedure’ - later revealing … [Read more...] about Who is Katherine Ryan? Canadian comedian and host of Your Face or Mine with Jimmy Carr
CHRISTINE Lampard showed off her baby bump and revealed how excited husband Frank's two daughters are about her pregnancy. The 39-year-old presenter and her footballer husband announced they were expecting their first child together last week. Appearing on today's Lorraine, Christine showed off her burgeoning belly in a brightly coloured floral dress. Chatting to host Lorraine Kelly, she said: "There is a little bump there, in the morning it's not too bad but as the day progresses I just gradually get bigger and bigger. "The second I start to eat it just goes [sticks her hands out in front of her]. "So this is the good stage, it's contained then it just gets bigger as the day goes on." Christine pulled her dress close to her stomach to show it offShe also revealed how Frank's two daughters cannot wait to meet their new sibling, and that they're desperate for a little sister. She said: "We're all excited, you get to the stage where you don't think about it and you think maybe it won't … [Read more...] about Pregnant Christine Lampard shows off her baby bump as she reveals how Frank’s two daughters have been bonding with unborn child
KATY Ashworth is one of CBeebies biggest stars, known to millions of kids around the UK. However, in recent times, her life has become a lot more adult themed as she became embroiled in a fierce custody battle with her ex. Here's all you need to know... Who is Katy Ashworth? Born August 2, 1986, Katy Ashworth is a children's television presenter currently on CBeebies. She obtained a degree in Drama from the University of Exeter before beginning her television career presenting CBeebies show, I Can Cook. The actress has since become a regular face on the channel, appearing in five Cbeebies Christmas pantomimes as well as the inaugural CBeebies Prom in 2014. She met Australian film director Ben Alctott in Africa on the set of the Good Food and Wine show in 2010 and the couple had a son, Charlie, in 2013 before announcing their split two years ago. When was the CBeebies star's custody battle with ex Ben Alcott? In September 2016, Katy was involved in a high-profile international … [Read more...] about Who is Katy Ashworth, when was the CBeebies star’s custody battle with ex Ben Alcott and who’s her new boyfriend?
THE Twin doctors who recently hosted Channel 4's How to Lose Weight Well, Chris and Xand van Tulleken, are rarely off British TV. Here's the lowdown on the clever pair who have featured on various programmes over the years... Who is Xand van Talleken? Xand is the older of the identical twins and is half an inch shorter than Chris - both were born on August 18, 1978. The 39-year-old currently works as the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. The qualified doctor has a diploma in Tropical Medicine, International Humanitarian Assistance and a masters in Public Health from Harvard. As well as being a contributing editor to the Oxford Handbook of Humanitarian Medicine, he also works on philanthropic projects alongside the World Health Organisation. Who is Chris van Tulleken? Chris is the younger of the siblings, but cheekily claims on his website that "he's twice the man Xand is". He is currently undertaking a PhD in … [Read more...] about Who are the How to Lose Weight Well doctors Chris van Tulleken and his twin brother Xand?
DAVID Walliams and Matt Lucas were once the kings of comedy, thanks to their worldwide smash hit show Little Britain. But why did they fall out? And are they friends again? Here's the FULL lowdown... How did David Walliams and Matt Lucas meet? Matt and David met at the National Youth Theatre in the early 90s and quickly bonded over their love of comedy and impressions. After smaller TV parts they finally made it big in 2003 with Little Britain, with the show running until 2009. They also did Come Fly With Me and Rock Profiles. Why did Matt and David fall out? The pair stopped working with each other in 2011, amid reports of tension. Matt wrote in his autobiography about how tensions rose between the pair in 2005 during their epic Little Britain Live tour, leading to a spectacular fight backstage one night. In the book, Little Me, Matt revealed they were "often at loggerheads" and rows over trival matters, including what kind of chocolate to have backstage, often escalated. One … [Read more...] about David Walliams vs Matt Lucas – what is their feud about and when did they fall out?
SARA Cox is presenting the new BBC Two dating show, Love in the Countryside. Last year was pretty busy for her too, as she hosted a 24-hour Danceathon for Comic Relief 2017 and covered the Manchester One Love tribute concert. Here's all you need to know about the radio DJ... Who is Sara Cox and what is she famous for? The 43-year-old is from Bolton, Greater Manchester. After finishing her studies at Canon Slate School, Sara decided to pursue a career in modelling. Following her appearance in the OMD music video for Everyday, she landed her first TV role in 1996. Sara is most well-known for her radio career. In 1991, she joined BBC Radio 1 where she hosted with Emma Boughton and launched the Sunday Surgery show with Dr Mark Hamilton. After landing the huge Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter role, she grew the audience to 7.8 million listeners. She hosted her final radio show in 2003, leaving the job behind with her last track: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My … [Read more...] about Who is Sara Cox? Love in the Countryside presenter and BBC Radio 2 DJ
GABRIELLE Allen walked out of the Love Island 2017 villa with a boyfriend in love with her. That relationship hit the rocks less than a year later - here's the lowdown on the fiery fitness instructor from Liverpool and just what happened with Marcel Somerville... Who is Gabrielle Allen, how old is she and what does she do? Gabrielle Allen is a professionally-trained dancer and health fanatic from Liverpool who works as a fitness instructor. She loves travelling, and often disappears for months at a time, so she'll be right at home in the exotic surroundings of the Love Island villa. Gabrielle says she "always wants to go out and have fun and go partying" and that other people would describe her as "spontaneous and adventurous". The Scouse beauty doesn't waste her time when it comes to dating, and reveals that if she doesn't feel a spark "then it's a bit cut throat". The 26-year-old also admits that she's "a nightmare at times, probably – maybe a bit hard … [Read more...] about Who is Gabrielle Allen? Love Island 2017 finalist who split from her Blazin’ Squad boyfriend Marcel Somerville
JIMMY Carr has made a career out of his dark humour and deadpan delivery, whether it's with his stand up or his TV shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats. After more than 15 years in the business, Jimmy has amassed a decent fortune, but how much is actually worth? We've got the lowdown on him... What is Jimmy Carr's net worth? Jimmy Carr has hit the road with nine tours plus a greatest hits show since the start of his career. He has also fronted shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. His work has helped him amass a £12 million fortune according to Spears Magazine. Is Jimmy Carr married? While Jimmy, 45, isn't married, he has been with long-term partner Karoline Copping since 2001. Karoline is a commissioning editor and the couple met during an audition for a panel show early in his career. Appearing on Desert Island Discs, Jimmy revealed he didn't make a great first impression on his future girlfriend, with her writing he was a … [Read more...] about What is Jimmy Carr’s net worth, is the Your Face or Mine host married and when is his 2018 UK comedy tour?