Local authorities to be responsible for dengue infection increase

The figure shows a year-on-year increase of 24.8 percent and the mortality rate surged three people. Most infections are from southern province, accounting for 59 percent of the country’s whole cases. Nevertheless, medical experts fretted because this year, it developed in Hanoi with more infection cases. Deputy Director of the Department of Health in Hanoi Hoang Duc Hanh said that Hanoi recorded additional cases of over 2,305 dengue cases last week bringing the city’s total infection number to 10,000, highest in the North and second highest in the country. 40 percent of ill people are students and immigrants. Because of skyrocketing number of dengue inpatients, large infirmaries in Hanoi like Bach Mai hospital, the National Tropical Disease hospital, the E hospital, the National Children and other facilities are overcrowded; accordingly, two or three patients have to share one bed. Director of the National Tropical Disease Professor Nguyen Van Kinh said that the hospital sometimes admitted over 1,200 leading to severe patient overload; therefore, the hospital just received serious patients while slight people will be transferred to district-level clinics or given instruction to treat at home. Thanh Nhan Hospital has seen a threefold year-on-year increase in the number of dengue patients; accordingly, patients had to share beds Worse, medical workers said that many patients taken to hospitals are in the same family or those who shared a rented room. Head of Bach Mai’s Infection Ward Dr. Do Duy Duoung said four family members were admitted in the ward. Worse,…... [read more]

Last weekend, a Facebook rant by the mother of a 15-year-old boy against the way he was treated by the police aroused a lot of sympathy and condemnation. Photo: Facebook She said her son was playing his violin on the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake, when the police rudely stopped him, because he had no permission to play music for money. She said she could not accept the way the police shouted at him made him panic and cry. Her post was quickly and widely shared on Facebook and other social networks, and several online newspapers published her allegations as well as the reactions of netizens, sympathising with the son’s plight and criticising the police. However, two days later, the mother posted again, retracting her previous post and apologizing to the police for making unsubstantiated allegations. Following this, many people deleted their responses and some of the online publications deleted their stories as well. It is not surprising that stories about the bad behaviour of public officials and celebrities gain greater traction and get strong responses from the public, mostly of stringent criticism. But this latest episode, which is only one among many, highlights the ways in which social networks are being mined for information, superseding actual news publications. It is sad, but true that many reporters, particularly with online publications, use Facebook and other social sites as a major source of information. Why is this sad? Given the preeminence of online social networks in the digital age, using…... [read more]

U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a move Moscow said amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration. FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. Congress overwhelmingly approved the legislation last week, passing a measure that conflicts with the Republican president's desire to improve relations with Moscow. Trump signed the bill behind closed doors, without the fanfare that has customarily accompanied his signing of executive orders. He criticized the measure as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy, and said he could make "far better deals" with governments than Congress can. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the sanctions tantamount to a "full-scale trade war," adding in a Facebook post that they showed the Trump administration had demonstrated "utter powerlessness." "The hope that our relations with the new American administration would improve is finished," he wrote. Trump's litany of concerns about the sanctions, which also affect Iran and North Korea, raised the question of how vigorously Trump will implement them regarding Russia. "While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed," Trump said in a message to lawmakers known as a signing statement. He also issued a statement for the press about the bill. The new law…... [read more]

. The former oil executive wanted on charges of financial malfeasance appeared on Vietnam's state television on Thursday evening, confirming he had turned himself in and saying he needed to return to "face the truth." The confession of Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former chairman and CEO of a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, was made after Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping him in Berlin. It dovetailed with Vietnam's official explanation for his return to the country; but it remains unclear how he did so. Looking tired in a prime-time evening news bulletin on Vietnam Television, Thanh said: “It was frivolous of me to go into exile, I wasn't thinking maturely."  "While in hiding, I realized I needed to return to face the truth," Thanh said, his voice hardly audible. "I needed to return to meet the people, especially the leaders to admit my wrongdoings.” The news bulletin also showed what appeared to be Thanh's handwritten “confession letter” dated July 31, the day the Ministry of Public Security announced he turned himself in. “I’m worried and afraid following the conclusion on my violations and I have to take responsibility as the key person behind PVC’s losses," Thanh purportedly wrote, using the abbreviation for PetroVietnam Construction JSC. "Since I was afraid and didn’t think maturely, I decided to go into hiding in Germany. During that time, my life was precarious and filled with fear. Following family and friends’ advice, I returned to Vietnam and turned myself in to investigators to…... [read more]

U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a move Moscow said amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration. Congress overwhelmingly approved the legislation last week, passing a measure that conflicts with the Republican president's desire to improve relations with Moscow. Trump signed the bill behind closed doors, without the fanfare that has customarily accompanied his signing of executive orders. He criticized the measure as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy, and said he could make "far better deals" with governments than Congress can. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the sanctions tantamount to a "full-scale trade war," adding in a Facebook post that they showed the Trump administration had demonstrated "utter powerlessness." "The hope that our relations with the new American administration would improve is finished," he wrote. Trump's litany of concerns about the sanctions, which also affect Iran and North Korea, raised the question of how vigorously Trump will implement them regarding Russia. "While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed," Trump said in a message to lawmakers known as a signing statement. He also issued a statement for the press about the bill.   The new law allows Congress, which passed the measure to punish Russia over interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, to…... [read more]

Vietnam has said it regretted to learn about accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, saying further investigations are underway. Le Thi Thu Hang, a foreign ministry spokesperson, reiterated at a press briefing on Thursday that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt. A terse statement on the Ministry of Public Security's website, the only official source covering the case in Vietnam, did not reveal why and how Thanh had returned to Vietnam. Minister of Public Security To Lam previously told local media on Sunday that he had no information regarding the case. "Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said at the briefing. Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh. The German foreign ministry spokesman said the Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon and that the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service had been ordered to leave, Reuters reported. The ambassador had been told the German government demanded that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately so his asylum application and a Vietnamese request for his extradition could be examined in full, the…... [read more]

Vietnam has said it regretted to learn about accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, saying further investigations are underway. Le Thi Thu Hang, a foreign ministry spokesperson, reiterated at a press briefing on Thursday that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt. A terse statement on the Ministry of Public Security's website, the only official source covering the case in Vietnam, did not reveal why and how Thanh had returned to Vietnam. Minister of Public Security To Lam previously told local media on Sunday that he had no information regarding the case. "Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said at the briefing. Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh. The German foreign ministry spokesman said the Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon and that the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service had been ordered to leave, Reuters reported. The ambassador had been told the German government demanded that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately so his asylum application and a Vietnamese request for his extradition could be examined in full, the…... [read more]

Vietnam has dismissed accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, saying further investigations are underway. Le Thi Thu Hang, a foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a press briefing on Thursday that Vietnam regretted to learn about Germany's statement that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, was “kidnapped” in Berlin on July 23.  "Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said. Hang reiterated that Thanh had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt. A terse statement on the Ministry of Public Security's website, the only official source covering the case in Vietnam, did not reveal why and how Thanh had returned to Vietnam. Minister of Public Security To Lam previously told local media on Sunday that he had no information regarding the case. Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh. The German foreign ministry spokesman said the Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon and that the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service had been ordered to leave, Reuters reported. The ambassador had been told the German Government demands that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately his asylum application and a…... [read more]

According to the Vietnam Steel Association (VSA), the volume of low-quality imported iron has risen abruptly in recent years. Some 1,755 tonnes of coated steel was locally marketed last year. In this year’s first nine months, imported iron from China into Vietnam rose sharply, holding over 30% of the market share. More critically, counterfeit and low-quality products are seen nationwide now, though in past years, they were mainly restricted to certain localities such as Thanh Hoa, Haiphong, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, and Thai Nguyen. Local producers reportedly incurred losses of VND935 billion (US$43 million) in this year’s first eight months due to the overwhelming presence of counterfeit and low-quality items. The steel sheet brand of the Hoa Sen Group is being imitated the most throughout the domestic market, as this steel giant currently controls almost 40% of the domestic market share of iron and steel products. Counterfeit items reportedly cost Hoa Sen about VND118 billion (US$5.4 million) last year, equal to a loss of 2.6% market share. “It took us a great deal of money and effort to carve out a niche in the market for the Thang Long and Viet Y steel brands. However, once these products secured an established reputation, counterfeit versions of our products began to appear with increasing frequency and volume, misleading consumers and hurting our operation,” said Trinh Dinh Hung, deputy general director of Vnsteel Thang Long JSC. Hoa Sen’s deputy general director Vu Van Thanh stressed that firms urgently needed support from government agencies…... [read more]

Viet Nam News A strange situation exists in Hà Nội. There are empty buildings in one area and in many others, people live cramped and close together. The empty buildings are even falling apart. It would seem that paperwork problems are part of what has caused the delay in getting people to live in these buildings. HÀ NỘI - A number of resettlement apartment blocks have been standing deserted in the capital city for many years now. At the same time, thousands live in highly cramped, poorly maintained lodgings. A Tiền Phong (Vanguard) report lays the blame for this paradox squarely on city authorities, saying their tardiness in resolving issues related to the resettlement houses has led to this mess. Towering over the Tạ Quang Bửu Street in Hai Bà Trưng District, a 20-storeyed apartment building is hard to ignore, both for its size and the distinct lack of people who should be living there. The building, with some 150 apartments, is a resettlement project built with investment from the Housing Innovation & Development Joint-stock Company. Two years ago, the investor carried out the completion phase of this building after a hiatus of many years. Excitement and expectations ran high then, that people could finally have a place to live, even better than their previous homes in the downtown area. But, two years on, the building is still uninhabited. It hasn't welcomed even one resident, but the building has begun showing signs of dilapidation - rusty fire escape, damp walls,…... [read more]




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