Dong Nai tests electric fence to protect elephants

VSIP has developed world-class industrial estates across Vietnam with self-contained facilities to serve the needs of its customers. John Lim HM, head of Commercial & Residential Properties at VSIP JV Co., Ltd., shared with Thanh Van the group’s vision to complement foreign investors’ growth in the park. Following the success of industrial parks (IPs), VSIP has transformed into a developer of integrated townships and IPs. Could you highlight the advantages and challenges of this business model? Vietnam is a land of immense potential for growth. We realised early on that the country possesses unique strengths, including abundant land and young, hardworking labour force, to attract As Vietnam grows, the community’s needs to evolve. This is why VSIP has transformed our core offering from standalone IPs to integrated township and IP models, enabling us to bring in comprehensive solutions to work, live, and play, and also applying urban planning best principles in Vietnam. We believe that successful implementation rests on a strong master plan that is backed by robust urban infrastructure and integrates utilities and facilities for enhanced living. Who are the target investors for VSIP commercial and residential complexes? VSIP has a lot to offer as an investment destination. Along with IPs, VSIP townships in Binh Duong, Quang Ngai, Nghe An, Bac Ninh, and Haiphong are ideally located and prepared land for property investment and development with diverse options of townhouses, apartments, hotels, commercial areas,…... [read more]

Forest rangers in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue have rescued an endangered red-shanked douc langur after locals caught the animal entering a residential area. Nguyen Quang, a resident of Lang Co Town, captured the douc langur after he saw it being chased into his garden by dogs on Sunday afternoon. Local forest rangers quickly arrived at the scene and Quang handed the endangered primate over to them. The red-shanked douc langur captured by Quang. Photo courtesy of Voice of Vietnam The douc langur was found to be a young, healthy male weighing about 6.5 kilograms (14 pounds), according to VietnamPlus. However, Voice of Vietnam (VOV) claimed the animal had an injured leg. Phu Loc District's forest rangers on Monday afternoon transferred the douc to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) at Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh, VietnamPlus reported. The red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) is sometimes called the “costumed ape” or the “Queen of primates” due to its amazing colors: maroon-red from its knees to ankles, white forearms, black hands and feet, a golden face with a white ruff, blue eyelids and a white tail. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as endangered and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora prohibits its international trade. Vietnam, which is a CITES signatory, also has laws to protect the primate but they have been difficult to enforce. In November last year, Thua Thien-Hue authorities spotted…... [read more]

A section of Go Cong sea dike under reinforcement (Source: VNA) Tien Giang (VNA) - The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang will allocate more than 32 billion VND (1.4 million USD) to reinforce the Go Cong sea dike to protect coastal agricultural land and residential areas in 2017. The 831 metre-long section in Tan Dien commune, Go Cong Dong district is vulnerable to erosion, said Nguyen Thien Phap, head of the water resource management and flood and storm prevention division under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Since 2006, sea water has invaded more than 500 hectares of land. Many sea dikes have been moved further inland. The province has undertaken numerous measures to protect the dike, including construction to reinforce it and planting protection forests, according to Phap. Since 1999, Tien Giang has invested more than 240 billion VND (10.56 million USD) in constructing and reinforcing more than 6,000 metres of dikes. From 2018 – 2020, Tien Giang needs to reinforce 3,340 more metres of dikes, including 1,460 metres in 2018 to protect the Go Cong sea dike from sea encroachment. The Go Cong sea dike is more than 21,000 metres long, protecting some 28,000 hectares of cultivation land in the coastal districts of Go Cong Dong, Go Cong Tay, Go Cong town and Cho Gao.-VNA  ... [read more]

The Ngoc Son dumping site, the sole collection point for waste generated by thousands of households in Nghe An central province, has been overloaded for a couple of years, polluting residential areas and threatening to contaminate a nearby reservoir. Ngọc Sơn dumping site in the Nghe An central province has been overloaded for years, polluting residential areas and threatening to contaminate a nearby reservoir. In 2012, Ngọc Sơn dumping site was put into use in Quỳnh Lưu District’s Ngọc Sơn Commune. The site was built on an area of about 500sq.m and comprised of three zones for garbage and two for waste water. Each day, roughly 40-50 tonnes of refuse from 32 communes was discharged into the dumping site. Over the past three years, the volume of garbage has increased remarkably, and a large amount of waste has been left unburied, causing serious pollution. Đặng Quang Tuấn, a resident of Village 5 in Ngọc Sơn Commune said his house was 500 metres from the landfill. His family suffered from the horrible smell and abundance of flies. “Flies and mosquitoes are everywhere no matter how hard I’ve try to kill them. This is such a terrible situation,” he said. The other 160 households in the commune suffer similar consequences. Reporters saw that the landfill had been temporarily surrounded by barbed wire and concrete pillars. The lighting system had been switched off due to a power shortage. Piles of garbage remained unburied, discharging noxious black water. Hồ Văn Lập, chairman of the…... [read more]

Mergers and acquisitions are increasingly being seen as ways for property projects in the central city of Danang to overcome long delays. According to Dam Quang Tuan, board chairman of Duc Manh 579, a real estate investor in Danang, although many solutions were given by the government and local authorities, such as interest rate reductions and the state support packages, many projects still remain postponed. “There are many reasons for this standstill,” Tuan said. “First, the developers of those projects don’t have enough capacity. Second, many projects with mortgages from banks can’t be sold and the developers lack the capital to finish their projects.” According to Tuan, mergers and acquisitions (M&As)  are a feasible way for both sellers and new investors who are seeking opportunities in the city’s real estate market. M&A in the real estate sector in Danang has become increasingly popular. Novaland Group recently acquired a part of the Da Phuoc Urban Area project from its original South Korean backers Daewon Cantavil. The project will begin with roughly 2,700 townhouses and more than 1,000 villas of all sizes and types. It will be a new residential area, including hotels, villas, landed houses, schools, a shopping centre, and a conference hall. It is expected to be completed by 2023. Gaw Capital Partners has acquired the Hyatt Regency, and TBC Group acquired the Montgomerie Links golf course, both from Indochina Land. BRG Group acquired…... [read more]

Đồng Nai closes illegal road-railway crossings The Đồng Nai Traffic Safety Committee, in co-ordination with local authorities, has closed all illegal road-railway crossing in the province since March this year. The work followed the request of Standing Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình and the National Traffic Safety Committee. Nguyễn Bôn, chief of the secretariat of the Đồng Nai Traffic Safety Committee, said the north-south railway system ran through five districts and towns of Đồng Nai Province with a length of 90km. Local authorities set up 57 road-railway crossings with mobile warning system, guards and signals. However, residents opened 66 illegal road-railway crossings without any warning signals, mainly in Biên Hòa City and Trảng Bom and Xuân Lộc districts. The provincial authorities checked and decided to keep 11 crossings which are near industrial zones and residential areas. The province is setting up watchtowers, installing equipment and assigning guards to keep close watch at the 11 crossings all day and night. Bôn said locals’ awareness was still low, so they could re-open the illegal crossings. In the future, the Đồng Nai Traffic Safety Committee would improve education, and wards people’s committees would strengthen inspection, imposing appropriate penalties on violators. The province has witnessed five railway accidents, so far, this year, according to the Đồng Nai Traffic Safety Committee. The accidents killed six people and injured eight others, an increase by one and eight compared with the same period last year, respectively. Reasons for the accidents were locals crossing the railway line…... [read more]

At a meeting recently called to order by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ho Chi Minh City, business leaders in the niche market voiced their concern that more regulatory guidance is needed. Mandatory and more precise statutes would ensure consistent and effective compliance with rules and regulations, the business leaders told Nguyen Duc Trong, deputy head of the Department of Livestock Production at MARD. More clearly enunciated rules, they noted, are a crucial factor in creating a well-functioning sustainable industry. They are also a key element in safeguarding health and safety, protecting the environment, securing stable government tax revenue and delivering other essential societal goals. This is critically important, the leaders added, for laying the foundation for continued future economic growth of the swiftlet industry, which emerged around 2007 in southern Vietnam, and achieving the best possible outcomes over the long term. The 2013 decree lacked teeth mandating compliance by businesses in the industry and more often than naught simply made optional recommendations that dealt with matters such as location, use of sounds to lure the birds, hygiene and disease control. For instance, the 2013 legislation, they said, simply recommended in general that birds nest farms be located away from residential areas, hospitals, schools and markets, instead of making this a clearly spelled out mandatory requirement. The leaders also suggested that new legislation make it compulsory for those in the industry to comply with all local zoning…... [read more]

Visiting Kendo Thang Long Club at Giang Vo Residential Area in Hanoi, we witnessed an animated practicing atmosphere of about 50 students. The loud shouts, the slapping sound of bamboo swords clashing against each other, the noise of feet stomping on the floor make the whole training place full of energy. Dressed in a uniform which has several similarities to that of a samurai, Le Hai Son, president of the club, introduced us the Japanese martial art. In Japanese, ken means sword and do means the way.  Son also acknowledged that Kendo was introduced into Vietnam in the early 2000s. At the beginning, it was taught to children of Japanese expatriates working in Hanoi. Afterwards, the martial art was practiced more and more by Vietnamese. Now, Kendo is not only developing in Hanoi but also in many other cities and provinces nationwide. Kendo first appeared in Vietnam in the early 2000s. In 2009, Kendo Vietnam Club was formally established with branches in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, marking a new stage of development in practicing this sport in the country. Youngsters who practice Kendo not only learn a sport but also good manners. Established in August, 2014, Kendo Thang Long Club has been a rendezvous for people who love the sport as well as Japanese culture. Những bài tập thiền giúp các kendoka thư giãn và lấy lại thăng bằng cho cơ thể sau buổi tập.  …... [read more]

At least seven people have been killed while 27 others remained missing as flash floods swept through several northern mountainous provinces on Thursday according to local authorities.  Rescue workers cleared a road which was filled with mud after a flash flood in Yen Bai Province on August 3. The Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control said that reports from authorities in the four provinces of Son La, Yen Bai, Dien Bien and Lai Chau showed that by 5pm on August 3, seven people have died in Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau and 27 others remained missing in the area. The report also said that the flash floods had swept away and damaged 240 houses and many national roads and commune's roads in the area. The total amount of mud slid was estimated at over 33,000 cubic metres. The flooding has also isolated many residential areas. The flash floods which were triggered by torrential rains over the past few days in the area occurred on August 2 evening lasted through August 3 morning. Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung arrived at Yen Bai Province on August 3 morning to direct the rescue work. The northern region is forecasted to have rains and rainstorm from now on to August 6 according to the Centre for Hydro-meteorology Forecast. dtinews... [read more]

Vietnam's southern province of Dong Nai is looking to end clashes between farmers and elephants by keeping the animals at bay with electric fences. Government officials in the province, which neighbors Saigon, have installed an electric fence that runs 50 kilometers (31 miles) as a barrier between local farms and residential areas and the elephants. The fence has been in place for more than a month, and can release an electric charge of between 4.5 and 14 kilovolts, they said. “The elephants tend to return to the jungle when they encounter the fence,” said Le Viet Dung, deputy chief of Dong Nai’s Forest Management Department. Dung said the fence only emmits a short charge for a third of the second, which is not enough to harm the animals. “It only scares the elephants and keeps them away,” he said. The fence is part of a VND74 billion ($3.25 million) project started in 2013 aimed at protecting the giant beasts and avoiding deadly encounters with farmers. According to figures from conservation organizations, Vietnam’s wild elephant population has shrunk by 95 percent since 1975 to less than 100. At least 23 wild elephants have died over the past seven years, and nearly 75 percent of them were less than a year old. Experts said that plantations near their natural habitats are the biggest threat to their survival. The same problem has been reported in Yok Don Park in the Central Highlands, which is home to the largest group of wild elephants…... [read more]

Links Topics :