SOM 3 and related meetings enter fourth working day

VietNamNet Bridge – People in coastal Hai Ninh Commune, Quang Ninh District in the central province of Quang Binh mostly earn a living at sea. Children on Cua Viet beach, Quang Tri Province. – Photo: Truong Vi/VNS In the coastal commune, children aged six or seven sail boats to help their parents with fishing. When they are teenagers, some children become professional fishermen. For the last few years, an increasing number of students in the commune have dropped out of school to work at sea. According to the commune People’s Committee, in the school year 2016-2017, the commune had 115 students graduate from secondary schools but just 88 applied to high schools for 2017-2018. It is unclear if all of the 88 students will attend high school. Hoang Van Than, head of the commune’s Studying Promotion Association said that after graduating from secondary schools, many local students did not want to continue their education. “Male students work at sea with their families while female students quit school and go to urban areas to seek jobs,” Than said. With the new school year fast approaching early next month, Than said that local authorities and agencies are trying to encourage children to return to school. In the past, children of poor households dropped out of schools because of financial difficulties but recently, children of well-off families have also quit school early to work, he said. Nguyen Xuan Ninh, 15 years old, of Hai Ninh Commune, has worked on an offshore fishing boat…... [read more]

MANILA: The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu into a second province north of the capital, Manila. File photo of chickens kept in a cage waiting to be sold. (AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI) More than 100 soldiers were sent on Saturday to the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija province after two cases of avian flu were detected in quails, army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Isagani Nato said in a statement. The new bird flu cases were about 50 km (30 miles) from the initial outbreak in a swampy area of Pampanga that is a sanctuary for migratory birds from China. Authorities have not determined the cause of the bird flu outbreak, nor the exact strain, on which tests are being done in Australia. There has been no case of human transmission in either outbreak, and early tests have ruled out highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. Nato said the deployment in Nueva Ecija followed a request from the Bureau of Animal Industry in the Department of Agriculture for assistance "after confirming a new incident of bird flu outbreak". He said troops were now undergoing training on how to do their jobs. The 300 soldiers sent to Pampanga on Thursday culled nearly 30,000 chicken from a farm within a one kilometre radius of the first bird flu…... [read more]

BARCELONA: Spanish police said on Sunday (Aug 20) they had uncovered a cache of 120 gas canisters at a house believed to be the bomb-making factory of suspects in terror attacks that claimed 14 lives, as Barcelona mourned victims of the rampage. A police officer stands guard as people sit next to candles and flowers placed on the ground, after a terror attack that killed 14 people and wounded over 120 in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) The suspected militants had been preparing bombs for "one or more attacks in Barcelona", regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters, revealing that traces of TATP explosive had also been found. But the suspects accidentally detonated an explosive at the house on the eve of Thursday's attack in Barcelona - an error that likely forced them to modify their plans. Instead, they used a vehicle to smash into crowds on Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard as it was thronged with tourists, killing 13 people and injuring about 100. Several hours later, a similar attack in the seaside town of Cambrils left one woman dead. Police shot and killed the five attackers in Cambrils, some of whom were wearing fake explosive belts and carrying knives. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attacks, believed to be its first in Spain. Police are hunting a 22-year-old Moroccan man, Younes Abouyaaqoub, suspected of driving the…... [read more]

HCMC launched pilot services of its first river bus on Monday along the Saigon River in District 1, but one thing was missing - passengers. Passengers should been sailing smoothly down the river this week, but the five boats that will be operating the service will not be put into official operation until October 1. The first river boats on the route will sail 10.8 kilometers (6.7 miles) from Linh Dong Station in Thu Duc District, passing through District 2 and Binh Thanh District. With 12 stops in total, the entire trip takes half an hour, cutting a third off the time it would take to travel by road, and costing VND15,000 (66 cents). The investor, Thuong Nhat Co. Ltd, said that it will be difficult to attract passengers at first, but in the long run the river bus will play a major part in reducing gridlock in the city. Saigon has more than 1,000km of inland waterways, but it doesn't make use of them, said Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the city’s transport department. The river bus service should ease traffic jams and attract more tourists, he said. The second route from Bach Dang Wharf to District 8 is scheduled to open in early 2018. The two routes are said to have cost an estimated VND120 billion ($5.28 million).... [read more]

Thousands of local and foreign tourists flocked to Bùi Viện Walking Street in the popular backpacker area of HCM City’s District 1 as it officially welcomed walkers at its grand opening last night. Hitting the street: Thousands of local and foreign tourists flocked to Bùi Viện Walking Street as it officially opened to tourists last night. - VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp The street will be reserved exclusively for pedestrians from 7pm to 2am at weekends. During this time, vendors will be allowed to display their merchandise on the pavement, but not on the road. Two stages for live music performances will also be set up at the two ends of the street, promoting both Vietnamese folk songs and international music. In addition, tourists will enjoy free Wi-Fi services, public toilets and other tourist-related services. Foreign visitors have already praised the street for selling “cheap beer” and “providing good services”. Mahlet Christie, from Australia, said it was a very good idea to open the walking street. “We love it as everything here is so accessible. It was interesting to sit on the street watching everyone going past.” “The food is amazing as always. Vietnamese beer is very good. Sài Gòn beer is the best,” she told Việt Nam News. Vũ Ngọc Khiêm, of Bình Thạnh District, said, “This is more fun, definitely a more exciting place to hangout for foreign…... [read more]

A Vietnamese scientist has invented and successfully tested a firefighting liquid that can douse fire in one-tenth of a second, which will be a great help in controlling widespread blazes. Testing new firefighting liquid. - Photo courtesy of Dr Doãn Hà Thắng The liquid will make it much easier and faster to stamp out a large fire compared to traditional methods of firefighting that use materials such as water, carbon dioxide and foam. Dr Doãn Hà Thắng, one of the first Vietnamese scientists being trained in plasma physics in Japan, has invented the material based on global research on extinguishing fire using space technology. Thắng is chief of Việt Nam Space Committee’s Office and the “founding father” of Việt Nam’s first English-teaching robot called Robot Teacher, which helps learners train in advanced English speaking and understanding in less than two months. He started work on the firefighting liquid in 2015, and began by gathering global research materials on extinguishing fire in space. He also used nano technology to create the material and has now pioneered a new firefighting method in Việt Nam. In layperson terms, the firefighting liquid neutralises the fire by using a material that has the opposite electricity charge compared to the material fire is made of. The invention uses nano materials as a catalyst to extinguish the fire. The most common way of putting out a fire is through…... [read more]

NEW DELHI: The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods on Sunday (Aug 20), officials said. Indian residents wade through flood waters in Balurghat in West Bengal. (STR/AFP) At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since Aug 10, as the annual monsoon hit the north and east of the region. Anirudh Kumar, a top disaster management official in India's eastern state of Bihar, said 53 bodies were recovered as water levels started to recede in some areas. "The total death toll stands at 205," Kumar told AFP. Nearly 400,000 people were staying in state-run shelters, with an estimated 10 million affected by the deluge, the worst since 2008 when nearly 300 people were killed. Some 10,000 emergency workers and soldiers were supporting local officials in relief and rescue operations. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state 69 deaths were reported as two million residents remain affected by the floods. Nearly half of the 75 districts in the state have been hit by the floods and authorities are seeking military help to evacuate people in at least two districts. Both the states border Nepal, which was also hit by landslides and floods that killed 135 people. Another 30 are reported to be missing. …... [read more]

The Committee on Trade and Investment held a workshop on Strengthening Transparency and Participation in the Process of Negotiation of Trade Agreements in HCM City on Sunday. – VNS Photo Hoang Nam There is a lack of information about policy in trade negotiations in some countries and territories, and experience shows that many would like to have a voice in the process, an APEC workshop heard. The Committee on Trade and Investment held a workshop on strengthening transparency and participation in the process of negotiation of trade agreements in HCM City on Sunday within the framework of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) and related meetings. Speaking at the workshop, moderator Filipe Lopeandia, head of the TPP Department and OECD Department at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “This worshop directly focuses on a general debate on how different economies are conducting their trade negotiations and how they are communicating the content of their negotiations to their civil society, and how to establish channels of communication between the governments in charge of trade negotiations and civil society. “We think the debate raised in the workshop would be very interesting, very meaningful in order to address part of the criticism civil society expressed … complaining about lack of information, about those negotiations. “To address the criticism the economies would exchange experiences on how they have dealt with civil society during their own trade negotiations.” He described Viet Nam as a…... [read more]

Viet Nam as a member of the United Nations (UN) and a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supports the UN in embracing a people-centred approach to development. This approach recognises the essential role of public participation where the public can meaningfully contribute to Government decisions. People are working in Sapa O’Chau, the first social enterprise in Sapa adopting community-based tourism by an H’mong person. — Photo Courtesy of Tan Thi Su The UN defines a set of global community actions to ensure current and future generations benefit from increased opportunities and mitigated risks. Its agenda outlines measures for generating opportunities to improve people’s lives. Regarding young people, the agenda stresses addressing needs by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, decision-making inclusion and citizenship. It is estimated that about 30 per cent of Vietnamese population are adolescents and youth. This figures translate into Viet Nam having entered a ‘demographic bonus’ period. During this period that will last for about 30 years, there are two or more economically productive persons for every dependent person. Such a period, if well managed, is a great opportunity to drive a nation’s development. The revised Constitution of Viet Nam (2013) enshrines equality between all citizens, containing provisions to protect the rights of children, adolescents and young people. It also recognises obligations of the family, the State and society to create conditions for young people to develop. One of the most significant developments for young people in Viet Nam was the…... [read more]

* A ceremony was held in Long An province on August 19 to inaugurate a historical relic of the former Southern Regional Party Committee and Administration Council in Tan Thanh district. Former President Truong Tan Sang attended the event. Former President Truong Tan Sang and delegates cutting the ribbon to inaugurate a historical relic in Long An province. Photo: VNA The relic witnessed many historical events of the nation with heroic victories of Battalions 307 and 309, Regiments 120 and 105. High-ranking Party officials such as Ton Duc Thang, Le Duan, Le Duc Tho, Tran Van Tra, Pham Van Bach lived and worked there to lead the Southern revolution. * A mission of the government, led by Permanent Deputy-Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, visited historical relic site of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam and presented 200 scholarships and 560 gifts to local beneficiaries in Tan Bien district, Tay Ninh province. The delegation medical personnel provided free health checkups, worth over VND 2 billion, for needy households. Nguyen Van Nen, member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, Chief of the Party Central Committee's Office, joined the mission. During the visit, Nen and leaders of An Phu Company handed over VND 1.5 billion to the fund for building gratitude and great unity houses of the locality. * The Vinh Phuc provincial Theater and the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, in cooperation with the Vinh Phuc provincial People’s Committee, opened the 22nd…... [read more]




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