Coal trans-shipment port gets green-light

VietNamNet Bridge – Japan’s Izawa Satoshi clocked a time of 2hr 39.53min to win the men’s 42km race at the fifth annual Manulife Da Nang International Marathon on Sunday. In it together: A group of five runners cross the finish line at the same time. — Photo: Cong Thanh/VNS Satoshi breasted the tape ahead of Rafael Pecos of the Philippines, who came in second with a time of 2:40.03 and Le Van Tuan of Viet Nam, who clocked 2:48.23. Lany Cardona of the Philippines won the women’s 42km title with a time of 3:27.23. Kazumi Kinoshita of Japan came second with 3:40.32, and Sophie Clarke of UK was third with 3:42.32. “It’s a nice track, but the weather was too hot. I was racing for the first time in Viet Nam and I am very happy with the result today,” Cardona told Viet Nam News. Both the men’s and women’s 42km-race winners will receive sponsorship to participate in the 2017 Shonan International Marathon on December 3 in Japan. Satoshi also won the 2016 Shonan International Marathon. In the men’s half marathon (21km), France’s Julien Davanne finished first with a time of 1:14.10, ahead of Vietnamese Hieu Nguyen and Richard Salano of the Philippines Filipinos dominated the women’s half-marathon category with Jho An Villamar, Nhea Ann Baroena and Rufa Sorongon grabbing the three top places, respectively. Vietnamese runners ruled the 10km race. Le Tuan (38.60min) as first, followed by Chau Giang and Dinh Tien. On the women’s side, Huong Nguyen of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss II, will open the biennial Autumn Melodies arts festival in HCM City, to be held from August 19-27. The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs during the Autumn Melodies Festival in 2015. — Photo courtesy of HBSO The festival was organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in 2005 to highlight classical music, opera and dance. More than 200 Vietnamese and international artists will take part in 12 performances at the city’s Opera House. For the opening performance, HBSO and the Goethe Institute in HCM City have prepared for more than a year to stage Die Fledermaus for the first time in Viet Nam. The operetta, set in Vienna in the 19th century, features Dr Falke’s plan to embarrass his friend Eisenstein who leaves him at a park after a costume party.   The work’s libretto was written by German dramatist Karl Haffner and author and composer Richard Genée. First staged in 1874 in Vienna, it is regarded as the most celebrated and most frequently performed operetta. The Vietnamese version will be directed by German director David Hermann. German vocal master and conductor Askan Geisler is training HBSO artists to sing in the original language of German. The performance will feature Cho Hae Ryong of South Korea, Pham Duyen Huyen, Dao Mac, and Phan Huu Trung Kiet, together with HBSO’s vocalists, musicians and dancers. Conductor Geisler and HBSO conductor Tran Nhat Minh…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The central province of Ha Tinh has asked the Government not to resume activities of the Thach Khe iron mine, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. A digger removes the soil and sand layers of the Thach Khe iron mine in the central province of Ha Tinh. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The iron exploitation project was approved in 2007 at a cost of VND1.59 trillion (US$69.9 million) and the relocation of 3,000 households, but suspended in 2011 after local authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns. Despite the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s rejection last week of a proposal to shut down the mine, Ha Tinh authorities want the suspension of activities to continue. Duong Tat Thang, vice chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said this would not be a good time to resume iron mining since local residents are still recovering from the mass fish deaths caused last year by the Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Steel Corporation. Shortcomings of the iron mining project were revealed during the committee’s recent meetings with scientists, Thang said. Some legal documents on which the environmental impact report was based have expired, since it was written a long time ago, he added. Insufficient infrastructure has been developed to serve the iron exploitation and no long-term solutions have been offered to support the livelihoods of the affected households. The project’s investor should conduct extensive studies of waste discharge points by the Thach Dong River and Thach Hai Beach, Thang…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Some expensive construction works built within the new rural development programme in Ha Noi have either never been used or are rarely used. An abandoned water factory in Thuy Huong Commune of the capital city’s outer Chuong My District. — Photo A VND20 billion (US$880,000) water factory with two water pumping stations in the outer Chuong My District’s Thuy Huong Commune has been abandoned for years, even though the commune is a new rural area – an achievement for which constructing the factory was considered a criterion, the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported. A commune resident Dang Dinh Van, 60, said the factory never became operational. “The stations costed dozens of billions of dong to build, but we haven’t had a drop of water from them and had to dig wells to get water ourselves,” he said. Nguyen Huu Lam, chairman of the commune’s vegetable co-operative, said one of the two stations has been providing water for the co-operative. The stations were designed to serve the commune’s plan of developing 79.5ha of vegetable planting areas, he added. However, since local farmers can only maintain 5ha due to low consumption, only one station currently works, he said. Nguyen Huu Thang, chairman of the commune’s People’s Committee, said that the two water stations have been idle since local residents have no demand to use them. They will be able to operate normally upon the residents’ request, he said. A water factory in the outer Phuc Tho District’s Vong…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Rampant deforestation in the Central Highlands left to fester for many years by forestry authorities’ negligence has cost the region hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest, according to the Central Highlands Steering Committee. As a result, the Government recently decided to dissolve six companies it had assigned to protect the forests. Illegally tree chopping in Nam N’Jang Commune, Dak Song District in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong. Rampant deforestation in the Central Highlands left to fester in many years by forestry authorities’ negligence has destroyed hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests. — Photo: VNA/VNS Specifically, recent inspections conducted by the Committee showed that 209,993ha of forest – 29.32 per cent of the total assigned area – have disappeared under the watch of commune-level people’s committees. State-owned forestry companies and forest management boards kept silent over this significant loss, and only when the inspectors came to investigate, did it become known that vast tracts of forestland had for long existed solely on paper. ’Obdurate’ poachers A land encroachment in Tuy Duc District of Dak Nong Province is a case in point. Pham Hoa Dung, Director of the South Central Highlands Co Ltd in Tuy Duc District said there are currently 30 “obdurate” people refusing to move from a forest area in Quang Truc Commune. Dung said they had set up camp and have been clearing the forest for agricultural purposes since last year’s November. Understaffed forestry authorities failed to dislodge the group and the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi resident Nguyen Phung Hung didn’t get into his first choice university, Ha Noi Medical University, despite a high score of 29.25 points in the national high school exam. The number of top scorers was so high, that admissions officials had to add criteria to enable their selections. High school graduates complete their applications to HCM City University of Technology. Photo: — VNA/VNS Hung was one of many students who scored high on this year’s national high school exams - that also serve as university entrance tests - but were still not admitted to their school of choice. Associate Professor Nguyen Ngoc Khoi, head of the training department of HCM City Medical University said, “We predicted admission scores would be high. But the admission council was still surprised. The highest score was 32. It shows the tests this year did not classify students well. In fact, many students got maximum points or 29.25. We had to use two extra criteria for admission.” The university’s minimum score for the general practitioner department was set at the highest level of 29.25, 2.5 points above last year. The lowest admission score was 22.25 for the public health department. Pham Tan Ha, vice principal of University of Social Science and Humanity under HCM City’s National University said that this year, multiple choice tests were used for the first time in all subjects except literature, making it easy for students to get high scores. This year, for the first time also,…... [read more]

Vina T&T Import – Export Service Trading Co Ltd last week exported its first batch of fresh coconuts to the US, which is considered to be a difficult market. Coconut harvest in the southern province of Ben Tre.  The coconut is a special fruit of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ben Tre, which is known to be the country’s premier coconut growing region. General Director of Vina T&T Nguyen Dinh Tung said that the fruit had been checked and radiated, as per the international standards in Viet Nam, before they were shipped to the US. “The company’s partner will check it again in the US. After that, we will export five containers of fresh coconuts to this market, which is known to set high standards in terms of the quality of fresh fruit imports,” Tung told Viet Nam News. The company successfully negotiated with its partner to export coconut to the US, which mainly imported the fruit from Thailand, he said. “A disadvantage for the Vietnamese coconut is the price, which is about 20 per cent higher than that of Thailand, making it difficult to negotiate. We finally overcame it,” Tung said. Vina T&T occupies 40 per cent of the Viet Nam’s export market share in the US. The company has exported longan, dragon fruit, durian, rambutan and coconut to the US. It has received the licence to export star apple to the US and is awaiting the fruit harvest season. “We buy fruits from the areas that…... [read more]

Torrential rain caused serious landslide, flashflood and traffic difficulty through several roads in the northern mountainous provinces in the past days. Particularly, the bad weather killed six persons and nine others were missing in Yen Bai province; It also reported 12 dead, five missing in flash floods in Son La province.   Additionally, the natural disaster killed seven persons in Dien Bien province, destroyed houses and hectares of rice crops. The Fatherland Front Committee of Son La province and Muong La district received VND 6.5 billion, 2.4 tons of rice, 967 instant noodles, 104 cloth bags and other gifts from nationwide organizations and individuals.  Mu Cang Chai district also received VND 2,364 billion, more than 5.2 tons of rice and 2,633 noodle boxes.  The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said that Red Cross Society of Vietnam sent two working delegations to assist local people overcome terrible consequences after the flashflood, and offered over VND 500 million to the affected- localities.  The National Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam also supported VND 600 million for victims in Yen Bai and Son La provinces.  At moment, the local authorities have sent people to safer places.  Earlier, a working delegation led by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha arrived in Yen Bai to assist search and rescue activities and handed over VND 600 million for the locality. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc yesterday visited and offered VND…... [read more]

(L to R) North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Brunei's Foreign Minister Lim Jock Seng, Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi link arms during the Gala Dinner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila on August 6, 2017. Photo by AFP/Mark R.Cristino North Korea dismissed offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two rivals' foreign ministers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported Monday after the UN imposed a new round of sanctions on nuclear-armed Pyongyang. News of the brief encounter on the sidelines of a regional forum in Manila came as the South's President Moon Jae-In urged a "peaceful resolution" to the tensions in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump. Even a conventional conflict on the peninsula could cost a million dead or wounded within months, estimates say. Moon told Trump the South "cannot let another war to break out" on the peninsula after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of two Koreas, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. The South's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha shook hands with her Northern counterpart Ri Yong-Ho ahead of an ASEAN Regional Forum dinner on Sunday, Yonhap said. Kang urged Ri to accept Seoul's offers of military talks to lower tensions on the divided peninsula, and for discussions on…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A teaser trailer of Vietnamese movie Chi Pheo Ngoai Truyen (Chi Pheo’s Untold Stories) has been launched after its box office release date was shifted to September 15. Korean-American Ilram Choi, among the top 10 stuntmen in the world, plays the role of a murderer in Chi Pheo Ngoai Truyen movie, which is expected to be released in September 15. — Photo The trailer introduces the movie’s stars, including Korean-American Ilram Choi, among the top 10 stuntmen in the world, who plays the role of a murderer. Choi has performed stunt roles in popular Hollywood movies such as The Amazing Spider-man, Avatar, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie also features comedians Thu Trang and Tien Luat, and young talent Kieu Minh Tuan. Pop star Phuong Thanh plays a supporting role. This is the first time that the husband-wife pair Tien Luat and Thu Trang are working in a movie together. “Choi is very professional. He works hard regardless of the scorching weather,” said Luat. Directed by Vietnamese-American Danny Do, Chi Pheo Ngoai Truyen, is about love, jealousy and murder. It is based on a book by writer Nam Cao, one of the great figures in Vietnamese literature, a tale of the decline in moral standards and loss of traditional values related to family and love in a colonial and semi-feudal society in the 1930s and 40s. “I love working to bring the genius of Nam Cao to young generations. His themes are intensely human,…... [read more]

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