Son La Province to export longan to US

According to the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control, the country began offering Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to people at high risks of contracting HIV, especially gays, in June 2017.  People, who are at high risk, take an antiretroviral (ARV) drug which contains tenofovir every day. When they are exposed to HIV through sex or recreational drug injections, the oral HIV PrEP may work to keep them from becoming infected. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infections in people who are at high risk by up to 92%.  The pilot project has been implemented in Ho Chi Minh City until September 2018. Its outcomes will be used to build national guidelines and financial mechanism for PrEP in the coming time. In addition, the Ministry of Health has scaled up community-based HIV testing services, focusing on 15 cities and provinces with large numbers of HIV infections; and piloted the HIV self-testing in which people can perform a test on a sample of their saliva at community-based organisations.  It has also expanded a network of district-based public clinics that provide HIV confirmatory tests in “hotspots” like HCM City, Thanh Hoa, Son La, Dien Bien, Nghe An, Yen Bai and Lao Cai. This has helped reduce waiting time for results and save costs. The Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control estimated that there were over 3,500 people who tested HIV-positive, approximately 2,000 infected people had fill blown AIDS…... [read more]

Dantri/DTiNews has helped to build 12 classrooms in disadvantaged areas across the country through donations from readers.   Part of Chieng Kheo Primary School located in Pang Sang Village, Chieng Kheo Commune, Son La Province   The classrooms were made from pieces of old wood and could collapse at any time. On August 10 this year, DTiNews started building new classrooms to replace these old ones   Mun Chung Nursery School in Dien Bien Province’s Tuan Giao District with seriously deteriorated classroom. 75 children aged below five studied in three classrooms here. Whenever it was rainy, mud and soil used to flow into the classrooms. Snakes were found in the classrooms for many times. Each child in the school pays VND6,000 (USD0.26) for their school meal a day. However, several children whose parents can’t afford the charge. On August 11, DTiNews began building news classrooms for Mun Chung Nursery School in Ta Lech Village. The opening ceremony of new classrooms in Pu Xi which is the most disadvantaged commune in Tuan Giao District, Dien Bien Province on August 11, 2017.   New classrooms of Ha Giang Province’s Bat Dai Son Primary School located at Na Quang Village were put into used early 2017.   The old Chieng So Secondary School in Son La Province’s Song Ma District.     New classrooms of Chieng So Secondary School were opened in February 2016. New classrooms of Son Luong Nursery School in Van Chan District, Yen Bai Province in May 2016.... [read more]

Son La Dam of the Son La hydroelectric power station at the Muong La District, Son La Province under the management of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Company. — Photo songda.vn According to Government-issued Decree 94/2017/ND-CP, to take effect from October 1 this year, up to 20 types of public goods will be traded and monitored solely under State monopoly with clear direction from the Prime Minister’s Office. Decree 94 on the State monopoly of goods, services and commercial territory applies to essential goods and services related to national defence, security and welfare, in which other economic factors are not interested or capable of participating. Government authorities now have sole monopoly power over the 20 types of goods and services listed in Decree 94, albeit through direct purchase or assigning other organisations or individuals to do so in their stead. The State monopoly on trade is only in essential goods and services, such as defence and security to which the State would have exclusive rights. All monopolised sales of these goods and services must be under the surveillance and direct orders from the PM through official documents and the appropriate legal state authorities. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Decree 94 aims to implement the 2005 Commercial Law which permits State monopolies with no time limit on commercial operations for a number of goods and services of national interest. The Decree states that all ministries, municipal governments and agencies…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Many people didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when they saw a photo of a man in flood-hit Muong La District in the northern province of Son La wearing a skirt. In another photo from the district that has also gone viral on internet in the last few days, local residents are shown holding a bikini. The bikini are among items donated to victims of the flash floods. — Photo zing.vn The skirt and the bikini are among items donated to victims of the flash floods. According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, heavy rains and flash floods early this month have killed 26 people and left 15 missing and 27 injured in the northern mountainous provinces, mostly Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien and Cao Bang. Torrential rains and floods also swept away or collapsed more than 230 houses, damaged 245 houses, submerged 338.5 hectares of rice, and led to the evacuation of 398 households. Agencies, organisations and individuals across the country and overseas have rushed to help. Flows of aids including food, clothes and other necessities have been sent to the disaster-hit areas. Residents appreciate the support but were amazed to find among the donations items such as high heel shoes or overall skirts, hardly suitable to their needs. Bottom line: donors, please consider giving what people need. Don’t give what you don’t need.  VNS related news Dozens dead, missing in flash floods in the north 17…... [read more]

Dekalb Vietnam has visited Son La province and cooperated with local partners to gift and spiritually support the victims of the early August flood. Dekalb and distributors' representatives visited the flood victims of Huoi Lieng village At the breaking dawn of August 3, 2017, the flood hit It Ong town. Big and heavy stones from surrounding mountains were swept along at a high speed, damaging hundreds of houses. Consequently, the concrete bridge spanning over the Nam Pam stream and many consolidated schools were completely demolished or heavily damaged. Many villages were left isolated because the connecting roadways were broken down. Lo Van Bon, a resident in Huoi Lieng village, Nam Pam commune, Muong La district, said, “Our village has 37 households, but 20 of them were heavily affected by the disaster. This was a flood unlike any that I have ever seen. Now all I wish is that the state, related agencies, as well as enterprises would support us so that we can rebuild and resettle.” Volunteers in the village working to distribute Dekalb Vietnam's aid Understanding the difficulties of people affected by the disaster, Dekalb Vietnam, a subsidiary of Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, has quickly started cooperating with its distributors in Son La province, such as Ka Thuy, Truong Thac, Viet Thanh, and Tan Doan, to visit and hand out emergency…... [read more]

Torrential rains flooded some northern cities and provinces yesterday, affecting people’s lives and causing traffic chaos. Torrential rains destroyed a road in Ba Chẽ District of the north eastern province of Quảng Ninh.- VNA/VNS Photo Văn Đức In Quảng Ninh Province’s Hạ Long City, rains flooded main streets and caused the death of a 12-year-old school girl. The victim was among three school girls of Lý Tự Trọng Junior Highschool who were swept away by floods on their way home. Two others were rescued. Rains also submerged hundreds of households in mountainous district of Ba Chẽ’s Lương Mông, Minh Cầm and Đạp Thanh communes. Hundreds more households in Cẩm Phả City’s Mông Dương Ward were also flooded and covered with dirt and mud. Rain also caused traffic chaos and congestion in Điện Biên Province’s Điện Biên Phủ City. Hundreds of motorbikes and electric bikes were damaged by the floods. Heavy rains are forecast for northern Việt Nam in the next few days, and localities are being urged to prepare for possible floods and landslides. In a notice sent to local authorities, ministries and relevant agencies, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said rainstorms are expected from August 13 to 16, especially in mountainous provinces.  According to the Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre, rainfall is expected to range between 150-250mm in the region with some areas even experiencing rainfall of…... [read more]

Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region. Since the beginning of August, heavy rains and flash floods have claimed at least 34 lives and left 11 others missing and more than 20 injured in the northern region In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces. The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods. To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods. Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.  Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted. The VNA, VTV, and VOV, as well as news and media agencies of the localities were requested to increase coverage of disaster-related information and skills to deal with torrential…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 14 (VNA) – Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region.  In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces.  The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods.  To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods.  Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.  Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted.  The VNA, VTV, and VOV, as well as news and media agencies of the localities were requested to increase coverage of disaster-related information and skills to deal with torrential rains and floods.  According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, since…... [read more]

Since the beginning of August, heavy rains and flash floods have claimed at least 34 lives and left 11 others missing and more than 20 injured in the northern region (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region. In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces. The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods. To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods. Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.   [People lend a helping hand to flood victims in north] Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted. The VNA, VTV, and VOV,…... [read more]

NDO – Undoubtedly climate change (CC) is causing extreme weather events to occur more frequently and with more intensity. However, in reviewing the recent disasters, it can be seen that there remains a number of weak links in the "chain" of CC response and disaster risk prevention, from forecasting to disaster planning and the execution of response measures. Increasingly unpredictable weather According to the latest data released by the General Statistics Office, in the first seven months of 2017, natural disasters caused 75 fatalities and missing people and injured 77 others, while nearly 25,900 houses collapsed or were unroofed, in addition to 33,800 ha of rice and 18,100 ha of crops being flooded or damaged. Total damage during the reviewed period was estimated at VND2.3 trillion (US$101.2 million) but these figures do not include the damage caused by the flood on the morning of August 3, which left at least 35 people dead or missing in the mountainous Northern provinces. Severe weather events are worsening, with increasing severity, according to the National Hydro-Meteorological Service (NHMS). "By the end of 2015 and in early 2016, following a very warm winter, in January last year there was a record cold temperature, with 40 snowstorms in the north, including locations that have never recorded snow fall before, such as Hanoi’s Ba Vi Mountain. In 2017, the summer has been considered quite "cool", but there was a chain of six hot days in early June with the highest temperature recorded in…... [read more]




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