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The 12th National Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology opened in Nha Trang city on August 2 (Photo: VNA) Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The 12th National Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology opened in Nha Trang city, the south central province of Khanh Hoa, on August 2. Opening the biennial event, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac said the nuclear energy sector has been developing and gained encouraging outcomes in Vietnam over the past years.  However, it needs to continue weathering difficulties and challenges to improve the nuclear science and technology capacity while creating many products and services serving national development. This year’s conference will help orient, build and implement research programmes, develop and apply atomic energy for peaceful purposes, and enhance Vietnam’s cooperation with foreign partners in the field, he noted. It gathers leading scientists and experts from domestic and foreign research institutes, universities, hospitals and organisations, including the Duy Tan University, the Bach Mai Hospital, the Agricultural Genetics Institute of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Institute for Asian-Pacific Science-Technology Research Cooperation, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. [ROSATOM helps Vietnam build nuclear energy technology centre] They presented the latest research findings and experience in nuclear technology development, radiation safety, radioactive waste management, and personnel training. Participants also listened to speeches and reports on the application of nuclear techniques in industry, agriculture, rural development and health care. The three-day conference also features an exhibition on the application…... [read more]

BP (BP.L) is in talks with electric vehicle makers on partnering to offer battery re-charging docks at its global network of fuel service stations as it seeks to benefit from the move away from diesel and petrol cars, Chief Executive Bob Dudley told Reuters on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A general view of a new BP petrol station on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, March 9, 2017. The expected rapid growth in the use of electric vehicles in the coming decades is threatening oil companies' business model as demand for some road fuels could plateau as early as the late 2020s, according to some oil company estimates. Looking to take a slice of the growing market, London-based BP is however examining different ways to get involved in the sector. "We have discussions going on with a lot of the EV manufacturers to have a tie-up with our retail network for charging," Dudley said in an interview. Rival Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has already launched a pilot scheme to install battery charging docks at a few of its service stations in Britain and the Netherlands. The number of electric vehicles on roads is forecast to grow significantly in the coming decades, particularly in cities, with BP estimating that there will be 100 million by 2035, up from 1.2 million in 2015. Dudley has been a vocal advocate of the oil and gas industry's need to take part in the move away from fossil fuels toward using cleaner sources of energy in…... [read more]

A Chinese partner of global e-commerce firm Inc has told customers to end the use of illegal virtual private networks (VPNs), which can allow users to circumvent internet censorship. The instruction comes after Apple Inc removed VPN services from its Chinese app store over the weekend, amid a government crackdown against their use to bypass the so-called "Great Firewall", which restricts access to overseas websites. In January, the government passed laws banning all VPNs not approved by regulators. Its stance is that rules governing cyberspace should mimic real-world border controls and that the internet should be subject to the same laws as sovereign states. "If we discover (clients using unapproved VPNs), we will shut down services," said a member of staff at Beijing Sinnet Technology Co Ltd, which operates Amazon's cloud business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), in China. "This is in accordance with directives from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)," said the person, referring to the regulator that oversees VPN use. "We have asked clients to check all illegal cross-border businesses." The person was not authorized to speak to the media and so asked not to be identified. A member of staff at AWS, also on condition of anonymity, likewise said directives had come from the MIIT. The MIIT did not respond to requests for comment. Amazon did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment outside of U.S. business hours, but the firm told the Wall Street Journal that Sinnet was "responsible for ensuring that its…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh held a working session in Hanoi on August 2 with Vice Minister for Agriculture and Food Security of Mozambique Luisa Caetano Meque to discuss promoting agricultural ties.  Doanh said Vietnam is willing to share experience with Mozambique in rice and soybean production, and has partnered with several African countries to successfully develop agriculture. He also suggested seeking funding from the third parties for their projects. Meque, for her part, spoke highly of joint projects on growing agricultural plants in Mozambique, saying that Vietnamese rice varieties grown in the African country generate yields beyond expectations. Mozambique wants to work with scientists to study short-season varieties that are resistant to drought, pests and salinity, and partner with Vietnam to build a cashew nut processing plant using Vietnamese technology in the African country, she said. She added that Mozambique is strong in cotton cultivation with a total capacity of 80,000 tonnes per year and invited Vietnamese fiber plants to get involved. The guest said Mozambique will also cooperate with Vietnam in fisheries in the near future. According to her, agriculture is one of the four important areas set by the Mozambican government. She expressed her wish that more Vietnamese firms will invest in agriculture in the country.-VNA ... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Department of Information and Communication is working with companies to provide free wi-fi for 100,000 workers by 2019. Illustrative image -- File photo The department is working with South Saigon Development Corporation (SADECO), Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Vinatech Technology and Communication Company Limited (Vinatech) to create around 1,000 free wi-fi access points for the workers at their living accommodations this year, with equal wi-fi coverage across all areas. The two-phase project began early this year, with access points created for 10,000 workers in District 7 and Thu Duc District. From December 18 this year to June 2019, more access points will be launched to serve a total of 100,000 workers. Each access point can serve around 10 users. Along with a bandwidth of 35Mbps, the expected link speed will reach a minimum of 20Mbps/3Mbps for two-way downloading and uploading of data from the internet. Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the Department of Information and Communications, said: “Providing free wi-fi for workers can improve their life and work.” HCM City has 10 industrial parks and three export processing zones, with a total number of workers ranging from 300,000 to 500,000, according to a report from HCM City Institute of Development Studies. Of these, 70 per cent are workers from other provinces and cities, mostly consisting of young adults with low to medium income who lack adequate opportunities to satisfy their entertainment needs. For entertainment and relaxation after work, they typically…... [read more]

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has opposed the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s proposal sent to the government calling for the termination of the Thach Khe Iron Mine project in Ha Tinh Province. Thach Khe Iron Mine project raises concerns over environmental problems. The 3,877 hectare Thach Khe Iron Mine project was approved in 2007. The Thach Khe Iron JSC was then set up with VND2.40trn (USD105m) charter capital. However, the project has been largely inactive and work was suspended in 2011.    Thach Khe Iron JSC still lacks the required finance even though the total investment required has been cut twice in three years. The approved investment was VND14.50trn (USD616m) in 2014 but it was reduced to VND13trn in 2016 and VND12.1trn in 2017. These approved total investments still failed to take into account costs. The lack of long-term outlets was also in question. Only the Hoa Phat Company agreed to buy 3 million tonnes of iron per year during the 2017-2021 period. In addition, there are various concerns about the adverse environmental impact on the surroundings and local lives. Earlier, Ha Tinh Province also proposed to close the mine over environmental concerns. However, the MoIT disagreed with the MPI’s opinions, saying that they will send a specific report to the government on the project. According to the MoIT, the investor Thach Khe Iron Joint Stock Company has poured thousands of billions of VND into the project over the past ten years. So, scraping the investor would…... [read more]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will create great challenges but also opportunities for Viet Nam to take off, a seminar heard in HCM City on Sunday. A worker checking electrolyte parameters at a plant of Viet Tri Chemical Joint Stock Company in the northern province of Phu Tho.  Speaking at the seminar titled “Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Socio-Economic Development,” Tong Viet Trung, deputy general director of Viettel Group, said: “[It] will usher in smart production where there will be no need for workers to control machines. There will be very high technology integration and value chains with very high connectivity and great flexibility to cope with rapid changes in demand.” "At the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is integration of new technologies based on the internet, all environment-friendly, energy-saving, and less or not polluting," he said. "The revolution is just beginning and it will have some initial effects," he said. Emerging economies would renovate extensively and encourage renovation and creativity to catch up with developed nations, he explained. “The development model based on natural resources and low-cost workers will change to one based on technology renovation and creativity.” For instance, the cost of a robot had halved since 1999, he said. A US$20,000 robot could assemble 30,000 Iphones a year, meaning assembling a phone would only cost 66 cents, a very low cost that no worker could match, he said. Traditionally, production lines were located in China and other developing countries with low-cost labour, but now, with…... [read more]

HCM City has received more than 80 per cent of questionnaires from enterprises, the highest rate in recent years, after four months of gathering data for the first phase of the 2017 economic census. Le Thanh Liem, deputy chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee and head of the city’s Steering Committee for the Economic Census 2017, speaks at a meeting to review the first phase of the census. The first phase, conducted from March 1 to May 30, surveyed production and business establishments, administrative offices, branches and representative offices of foreign enterprises, and foreign non-governmental organisations. Collected data showed a significant increase in the number of individually-owned and household businesses, with a combined total of more than 448,000, compared to 200,000 listed in a report from the city’s Taxation Department and Department of Planning and Investment. The increase in number was attributed to room rental services offered by individual households. Le Thanh Liem, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee, said taxation and statistics agencies would be asked to review these figures as individual and household businesses play a significant role in economic development and must be better managed by local authorities. As of the end of 2016, the city had 196,500 businesses. Of the number, 160,560 were still operating and 20,400 had closed, the census found. Nearly 14,050 businesses were waiting to be dissolved and 1,620 could not be located, city officials said at a meeting last week to review the first phase of the census. A representative from…... [read more]

Two tech startups from Vietnam and Australia have agreed to establish a network of laboratories for neuroscience studies, named Neuro Lab, in Vietnam. Vietnam's DTT Technology Group and Australia-based EMOTIV agreed to establish a network of laboratories for neuroscience studies, named Neuro Lab, in Vietnam.  Vietnam’s DTT Technology Group and Australia-based bioinformatics company EMOTIV signed a memorandum of understanding at Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park in Hanoi on August 1 to set up the laboratories, aiming to foster electroencephalography (EEG) research and apply the technology in different areas, including healthcare, education, marketing and brain-computer interfaces. In his remarks at the signing ceremony, DTT Director General Nguyen The Trung hoped Neuro Lab will provide an opportunity for Vietnamese students to participate in brain-related STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) courses. It is also the beginning of long-term cooperation in neuroscience studies between the two companies, he said. Trung lauded Vietnamese-Australian EMOTIV CEO Le Tan for her efforts to enhance Vietnam’s technological capacity.  An example of such efforts is EMOTIV Insight, a wireless EEG headset able to record brainwaves and translate them into meaningful data, which was designed in the US, developed at an EMOTIV lab in Australia and partly produced in Vietnam, he added. At the beginning, Neuro Labs will be located at Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park’s IoT Lab and STEM Academy at Dolphin Plaza in Hanoi. The two firms plan to expand the lab network across high schools and universities nationwide. VNA... [read more]

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam National Institute of Nutrition, the Alive and Thrive project and the Hanoi University of Technology launched an online training programme on child care to respond to the World Breastfeeding Week 2017 that runs from August 1-7. The 48-hour programme aims to strengthen the capacity of healthcare staff on supporting mothers in breastfeeding and weaning. This year, World Breastfeeding Week is themed “Sustainable Breastfeeding Together,” highlighting the significance of cooperation among governments, non-government organisations, research institutes, development partners and the private sector in promoting policies to increase the number of breastfed children. According to Le Danh Tuyen, Director of the Vietnam National Institute of Nutrition, breastfeeding is not just the job of the mother, as it requires support from many parties, including healthcare staff, family members, employers and policy-makers. He stressed that the institute is willing to work with all partners to create a favourable environment for the health of women and children. Research shows that breastfeeding significantly contributes to strengthening maternal and child health, while promoting economic growth. According to Lancet magazine, breastfeeding helps reduce healthcare costs and builds a stronger labour force. A report from UNICEF and the Alive and Thrive project said that optimal breastfeeding can save 23.36 million USD in spending for hospitals in Vietnam. New research also said that in Vietnam, increasing breastfeeding could save the lives of more than 2,000 children each year and contribute to reducing fatality…... [read more]

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