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VIENTIANE Jordan 1 For Sale Online , May 4 (Xinhua) -- Grants provided to Laos by foreign countries in the first quarter of 2017 dropped by more than half compared to the same period last fiscal year, the government has told parliament.

Laos received just over 438 billion Lao kip (over 53.5 million U.S. dollars) in grants over the first three months of this year, a drop of 57.06 percent over the same period last fiscal year, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Douangdy told the ongoing ordinary session of Lao National Assembly (NA) in capital Vientiane, reported Lao state-run media Vientiane Times on Thursday.

Grants provided in the first quarter represented only 78.87 percent of the amount expected and accounted for just 17.68 percent of the annual target.

Meanwhile, Minister of Planning and Investment Souphanh Keomixay told the NA that the Official Development Assistance (ODA), which comprises both loans and grants, received by Laos in the first quarter had reached only 903 billion Lao kip (over 110 million U.S. dollars), representing 10.4 percent of the annual plan.

According to Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, foreign aid provided to Laos was likely to decline now that Laos was enjoying greater development, so donors were moving their assistance to other poorer countries.

"We shouldn't expect much (from the assistance). We should try to be self-sufficient," the PM told a recent meeting in Vientiane when giving instructions on the implementation of the 2017 socio-economic development plan, adding that the decline in foreign aid comes as Laos approaches the 2020 deadline for graduation from Least Developed Country status.

An official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment in charge of ODA said it was a common trend globally that foreign aid provided to a country decreases when that country achieves a certain level of development and self-reliance. However, the official said that even if foreign grants declined this did not mean Laos would suffer financially because the country could expect to obtain more loans, reported Vientiane Times.

The official explained that growing development means a country has a growing capacity to repay debt, so it could expect to secure more loans. But the interest rate on the loans could be higher compared to loans provided under the ODA scheme.

In 2016, Laos received more than 5.053 trillion Lao kip (nearly 617.6 million U.S. dollars) in ODA, representing 90.8 percent of the plan for that year. Despite the expected decline in foreign aid in 2017, the government anticipates it will receive ODA worth 8.629 trillion Lao kip (over 1.05 billion U.S. dollars).

ABOARD KEXUE, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists on Monday started to explore a seamount named Caroline in the west of the Pacific Ocean for the first time, as a remote operated vehicle (ROV) dived to collect videos, information and samples.

As part of the Caroline Ridge in the Pacific Ocean, the Caroline seamount is located in the south of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on the Earth, and in the east of the Yap Trench, and it has never been explored.

The seamount is about 75 square km, five times larger than it appears in sea chart. Its top, an oval basin, is 28 meters below the sea surface, according to the statistic that the KEXUE (Science) scientific ship collected in the last two days.

The ROV will investigate the south side of the seamount to take videos and collect topographic information and biological samples, said Xu Kuidong, chief scientist aboard the ship and a researcher of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

"We see many sea gulls and flying fishes in this area, so we believe that this seamount is rich in biological diversities." Xu said.

Before this scientific voyage, Chinese scientists have investigated the other two seamounts in this area, and they will compare three seamounts in geology, biology and ecology.

"The distance between the two seamounts we investigated before is only 180 kilometers, but they have only 12 percent common biology," Xu said. "It's very interesting to find out what the Caroline has, the differences of the three seamounts and the reasons."

A seamount is a mountain rising from the ocean seafloor that does not reach the water's surface, and thus is not an island, islet or cliff-rock. Seamounts are typically formed from extinct volcanoes that rise abruptly and are usually found rising from the seafloor to 1,000-4,000 meters in height.

Interactions between seamounts and underwater currents, as well as their elevated position in the water, attract plankton, corals, fish, and marine mammals alike.

More than 30,000 seamounts have been mapped on the Earth, but only a few have been studied in detail by scientists.

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Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke of France looks on outside the Court of Arbitration for Sport prior to his appeal over his 10-year ban from football in Lausanne, Switzerland, on October 11, 2017.

Fired by FIFA and banned from soccer for financial wrongdoing and excessive use of private jets, Jerome Valcke defended his record at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.

Valcke, the CEO-like secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency, spent more than six hours at a CAS hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland, to challenge his 10-year ban.

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