Pavement clearing campaign continues in HCM City

With the aim of building a dialogue channel for Vietnamese and Taiwanese green energy industries, as well as supporting Taiwanese companies to develop the Vietnamese green energy market, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ho Chi Minh Branch (VCCI-HCM) recently collaborated with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to host the Conference on Green Energy Insights: Vietnam-Taiwan Trends and Development.” Speaking at the conference, Madam Karen Ma, Director of the Green Trade Project Office, Taiwan, said, in many Asian countries like India, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, using green energies, including solar energy, is highly recommended and seen as an effective solution to ensure national and regional energy security. In particular, these countries have also developed complete legal frameworks to provide a solid foundation for green energy development in the future. “While energy demands in developing countries are increasing and non-renewable energy sources are costlier and more environment-polluting, investing in green energy development in general and solar power development in particular is considered to be indispensable and sustainable direction,” she stressed. Taiwan has extensive experience in green energy and can fully use this strength to help Vietnam to harness its abundant green energy potential by introducing advanced green energy technologies to develop green energies and renewable energies in Vietnam, thus enabling Vietnam to achieve the goals of the Green Energy Strategy and implement international commitments for sustainable development, said Karen Ma. Sharing her experience in developing green energy industries, she said, “The core…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The General Department of Preventive Medicine has instructed health officials in provinces and cities nationwide to co-operate with education departments to strengthen cleanliness at schools to prevent outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease and dengue fever. Students wash their hands frequently in order to prevent diseases such as hand, foot and mouth disease, which is starting its peak season. Source of At the press meeting held in HCM City on August 11, Dr Tran Dac Phu, director of the general department, said that students in many provinces and cities nationwide will start the 2017-2018 academic year  on September 5. Phu required preventive health officials nationwide to guide school managers and teachers to manage waste and water containers away from a school’s campus to prevent from mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever to humans. Kindergarten toys and other devices should be washed to avoid transmission of hand, foot and mouth disease among children, he added. “If one kid gets the disease, it is easy to transmit to others at school,” Phu said. Nguyen Tri Dung, head of HCM City Preventive Health Centre, said that following the General Department of Preventive Medicine’s requirements, the centre has sent a communiqué to people’s committees, health centres and private as well as public schools in districts to implement the preventive measures. The centre has provided chloramines B and Javel to schools to disinfect classrooms, toilets and kitchens, Dung said. Teachers should guide their students to wash hands frequently, he said, adding…... [read more]

What lies ahead for Saigon’s once-feared slum? A long overdue development project has left residents in one of the city’s biggest slums in limbo for the past 17 years. Rumor of banker's arrest wipes $2bln off Vietnam stock market The government has stepped in to quell investor fears, saying false rumors sparked the crash.  One in 10 Vietnamese drug addicts living in Saigon The country's biggest city also accounts for 16 percent of new HIV cases reported nationwide. Vietnamese American man nicked for suspected car theft in southern Vietnam A group of vigilantes chased the man down when they spotted him driving the stolen vehicle. Saigon forecast to become Asia’s second fastest growing economy by 2021: report Vietnam’s southern metropolis is on track to achieve 8 percent annual growth over the next five years. Vietnam wins US defense pledges; American aircraft carrier to visit next year It is believed to be the first visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. The man behind Saigon's sidewalk cleanup campaign returns to the streets 'The wards didn't take the task seriously and allowed the sidewalks to be retaken, so I have returned to deal with it.' Vietnam officials flummoxed by Russian beggar on popular tourist island Phu Quoc authorities want more power to deal with foreigners who beg, disrupt public order, cause traffic accidents and street fights.  Saigon’s food waste piles up to alarming levels Vietnam's street food heaven has trouble finding space to dump organic waste,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Humane Society International - Viet Nam (HSI - Viet Nam) is calling on the South African government to honour its commitment to protect rhinos by refusing permits for an auction of rhinoceros horns. Illegal imported Rhino horns seized. — Photo: VNN The online auction is targeting buyers from the world’s two largest destinations for trafficked rhino horn — China and Viet Nam. The auction is being organised by John Hume, the world’s largest rhino farmer, on August 21 and the auction website has both a Vietnamese and Chinese language option in addition to English. HSI believes there is a significant risk that horns from this auction, even if purchased legally in South Africa, may end up being trafficked to Asian consumer markets by organised criminal syndicates. The South African government estimates that a rhino is killed for its horn approximately every eight hours in South Africa, largely to satisfy the black market demand in Viet Nam and China. The horns to be auctioned are "trimmed" from Hume’s 1,500 farmed rhinos, and purportedly aimed at the domestic rhino horn trade, which is now legal following a ruling in April by South Africa’s constitutional court, lifting a 2009 ban. However, in light of the suspicious language options on the site, the Vietnamese Government has reiterated in an official statement that according to Vietnamese law, rhino horn purchased at this auction cannot be legally exported to Viet Nam for commercial, medical or personal purposes. Vuong Tien Manh, deputy director of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese martial artist Truong Thi Kim Tuyen, 20, is eyeing a gold medal at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia after pocketing a silver medal at the recently concluded Muju WTF World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea. Truong Thi Kim Tuyen (left) performs in the WTF World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea. — Photo courtesy of Truong Thi Kim Tuyen It is the first world silver medal in Vietnamese taekwondo history. Viet Nam previously only won five bronzes over the past 22 years — two in the world tournament in 1995, and one each in 1999, 2005 and 2011. “I was really happy when I stood on the podium to get the medal as I am the first Vietnamese to do so. It seemed like a dream. Prior to the event, the training board and I only set a target of winning a medal. This is a big tournament so I didn’t think I could bag a silver medal,” Tuyen says. “Hearing the good news, my parents who live in the southern province of Vinh Long also phoned me to celebrate. I am happy, but immediately started training again for the Games. Now I am working towards my new goal of defending the gold medal that I won at the Games in Singapore two years ago,” Tuyen says. “The world silver medal is a great driving force for me to do well at the regional sporting event,” Tuyen adds. At present, Tuyen and her teammates…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoian athletes win up to 30 per cent of Viet Nam’s gold medals at international events, and they are expected to do the same in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games. Fencer Nguyen Thanh An promises to compete with his best in SEA Games during a meet between officials and coaches and athletes of Ha Noi before their leave for SEA Games. — Photo At a meet on Monday, To Van Dong, director of Ha Noi’s culture and sports department, encouraged the capital city’s athletes to continue performing well at the SEA Games in Malaysia, which will kick off on August 19. Ha Noi is the country’s leading sports hub, and in the SEA Games, around 150 athletes from the capital city, which is one-fourth of the delegation, will compete in 24 events. The sportspersons have received strong support in the form of training and competitions to sharpen their skills months before the events. Many of them, such as fencer Vu Thanh An, gymnast Dinh Phuong Thanh and taekwondo fighter Ha Thi Nguyen are expected to deliver outstanding performances in Kuala Lumpur. Athletes in archery, athletics, cycling and karate also have a good chance of bringing home golds. At the previous Games in Singapore two years ago, Ha Noi’s competitors grabbed 25 of Viet Nam’s 73 golds. Dong wished all participating athletes from Viet Nam in general and Ha Noi in particular his best for the Games. Three days before the SEA Games’ opening ceremony, archer Nguyen…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – As night approaches, most people head home to rest after a long working day. But not Ho Tuan Sang. The group, named “SOS Sai Gon team”, has offered assistance for many people in distress along streets such as National Highway 1A, Pham Van Dong and the Ha Noi highway. — Photo When nigh falls, Sang and his companions drive along the streets of HCM City to provide support for victims of traffic accidents or have those whose vehicles break down. The group, named “SOS Sai Gon team”, has offered assistance for many people in distress along streets such as National Highway 1A, Pham Van Dong and the Ha Noi highway. Le Cao Minh Chien from the city’s District 3, is one of many people who the group helped. Chien had pushed his broken motorbike nearly 7km but found no repair shops because it was about 2am. Luckily, he met the SOS team and they fixed the bike in 15 minutes. “It was so great to receive assistance when you felt the most desperate,” he said. The team members meet at about 10pm each day and then head to different streets to help those in need. The two-month-old team now counts 17 members. Sang, founder of the group, said all of the members have experienced traffic accidents or had their vehicles break and were aided by others. “We all experienced and understand such feelings and difficulties when falling into distress at night so we decided to set…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – It may be her career’s first Southeast Asian Games (SEA), but all eyes are on 20-year-old Le Tu Chinh, who is expected to bring back the 100m and 200m titles to the country later this month. Le Tu Chinh (centre) competes at the 2016 National Athletics Championship. Chinh will compete at this year SEA Games for the first time in career. — Photo Viet Nam’s Vu Thi Huong dominated the event for many years, winning seven gold medals in both the 100m and 200m events from 2005 until 2013. The "ASEAN sprint queen" was defeated just once in the games in 2011, when she came third in both the categories. Huong, 31, retired several months ahead of the 28th Games in 2015, although she was still strong enough to beat any regional rival. Huong’s absence caused the loss of two golds for Viet Nam in the medals tally, as the country were yet to produce an athlete then who could follow in her footsteps. Kayla Anise Richardson of the Philippines took the 100m gold that year with a timing of 11.76sec. Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira triumphed in the 200m, timing 23.60sec. Two years on, people are now seeing glimpses of "queen" Huong in Chinh. Remarkable progress After nearly 10 years of practising with coach Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Chinh has taken her first big step in the short distance track events. At the national championship 2016 in November, Chinh became the champion in the 100m with…... [read more]

Born into a family with a four-generation tradition of martial arts in Lam Dong, seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has been called “The loner who seeks defeat” in Muay Thai. Nhat shares with Bui Quynh Hoa his passion for the sport and his strong desire to secure a victory for the country at the upcoming SEA Games 29 in Malaysia. The champ: Seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat.  Photo Tell us about your journey in Muay Thai? Born into a family with a great tradition of martial arts, I befriended the sport at a very young age, when I was about six. My parents, who were famous Vietnamese fighters in the 80s, inspired and awoke my passion for martial arts. I moved from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to HCM City to study at the HCM City University of Sport in 2007 and started getting into Muay Thai in 2008. I became part of the national Muay Thai team one year later. Your parents supported you to take part in Muay Thai, didn’t they? Although I chose Muay Thai, which is a martial art from Thailand, and not from Viet Nam, I received great support from my parents. They allowed me to freely decide which discipline I wanted to follow, at the same time reminding me martial arts is not about fighting, but a lesson in manners and behaviour. What is your medal collection like? Since 2010 I’ve won seven times at the Amateur…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – In a remote commune populated by the Xe Dang ethnic group in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, many villages have become prosperous by creating large fields for modern farming. Corn fields in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. — VNS File Photo A Vinh, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Mang But Commune in Kon Plong District, boasted that nowhere else can one find such productive corn fields. In his upland commune, corn plants grow as well as in the silted fields of the deltas, he said. Most fields in this area were left fallow for a long time before corn was grown on them on the instruction of local authorities. It took time for Mang But Commune authorities to convince locals to grow corn plants because the ethnic people had never grown the crop before. But the campaign finally won farmers over when they saw the stems of the corn plants being sold at high prices right at the farm after harvest. “We don’t have to carry the corn trunks to the main road for sales as done when selling cassava,” A Toan, a local farmer said. “It’s much easier.” A Hao, another Mang But farmer, said many large paddy fields in the area had been left uncultivated because of low productivity. But corn plants grow well on the soil, which is suitable for them, he said.                    A Vinh, also a farmer, said…... [read more]

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