Trịnh Công Sơn walking street inauguration postponed

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) on Thursday announced that the controversial expansion project into Đồng Nai River remains on hold. Part of the strip of the 100m artificial peninsula set to be built to accommodate a new urban area in Đồng Nai River, Biên Hoà City, Đồng Nai Province. - Photo danviet.vn The ministry said the project would be halted until the southern province addresses satisfactorily all unresolved issues as per Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng’s directive. The project, titled “Đồng Nai Riverside Landscape Renovation and Urban Development,” with total initial investment of VNĐ3.2 trillion (US$140.7 million), commenced construction in September 2014. It involved creating a 1.3km long strip of land jutting 100m into the Đồng Nai River at its furthest point, upon which apartment buildings, hotels, office towers and malls, as well as embankments and parks will be built. The project attracted controversy as the main investor and Đồng Nai Province failed to produce a complete environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the project on the river, which runs through several localities – including HCM City – in the southern region. In 2015, faced with growing public concerns, the main investor asked to halt the project and the provincial authorities accepted. on Thursday, the environment ministry also released its report on the project. Notably, the ministry said despite the fact that the agency tasked with carrying out the project’s…... [read more]

NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his admiration and gratitude to the former Truong Son soldiers for their great sacrifices during the resistance war against the US across the Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh trail. The PM made the remarks at a meeting with a delegation of the Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh Trail Tradition Association led by Major General Vo So, at the Government Office on August 10. The Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh Trail Tradition Association, which is a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, was established in 2011 and at present has around 310,000 members. The association members include former soldiers and volunteers who had participated in the logistical system called Truong Son trail, or Ho Chi Minh trail, which provided manpower and materials for the South of Vietnam in the 16 years from 1959-1975. Along this historical route, over 23,000 peopled laid down their lives, with more than 30,000 people injured and tens of thousands of people who were contaminated with Agent Orange/dioxin. The PM affirmed that the Party, State and people always acknowledge and remember the sacrifices and great contributions made by the Truong Son soldiers, which contributed to the national liberation and unification. PM Phuc also praised the association for making considerable contributions to society in the peacetime, including taking care of the families of martyrs, finding the graves and remains of martyrs and building social houses for former soldiers, among others. The PM noted that the Government will…... [read more]

NDO – Against the complicated evolution of dengue fever, Hanoi has intensified measures to reduce the risk of the disease outbreak escalating and minimise the number of infections during hot and rainy weather. On Thursday morning, Hoang Trung Hai, Politburo member and Secretary of Hanoi municipal Party Committee, inspected dengue fever prevention and control activities in Hoang Mai district and Thanh Nhan Hospital. While visiting patients with dengue fever who are being treated at Thanh Nhan Hospital, Politburo member Hai highly appreciated the proactive efforts made by the hospital’s medical staff in providing timely treatment for the patients. Taking a field trip to the Hoang Mai district, Hai also inspected a construction site in Thinh Liet ward. According to the Hoang Mai leaders, since the beginning of the year, the district has had 2,483 people suffering from dengue fever - one of the areas with the largest number of dengue fever infections in Hanoi. The number of patients currently being treated in medical facilities is 315; while there have been 400 outbreaks, with 84 currently active, across 14 wards. The district has also implemented various forms of raising public awareness on disease prevention and control, while organising 29 campaigns on environmental sanitation and killing mosquito larvae in 14 wards, spraying chemicals in 11 wards, and undertaking a review of areas at high risk of dengue fever transmission in 14 wards. Giving a more detailed analysis on the dangers of dengue epidemics, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long emphasised that…... [read more]

Nearly 5,000 additional cases of dengue fever have been detected in Hà Nội within the last two weeks, including six fatal ones. This raises the total number of people contracting dengue fever in the capital to more than 13,200 since early this year. Dengue fever patients being treated at Hà Nội-based Bạch Mai Hospital. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết The sixth patient, who reportedly died of dengue fever on Wednesday night at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, was a 56-year-old woman from Thanh Xuân District. She was hospitalised five days earlier with cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure. The five other fatalities were from the capital’s Hoàng Mai, Đống Đa, Ba Đình and Hà Đông districts. Data from the city’s Centre for Preventive Medicine show that 90 per cent of dengue patients live in the districts of Hoàng Mai, Đống Đa, Thanh Xuân, Hà Đông, Cầu Giấy, Hai Bà Trưng, Thanh Trì, Thanh Oai, Thường Tín, and Hoài Đức. Dengue fever generally mimics flu symptoms and goes away within a week, but some cases can be more serious and require hospitalisation. The rapid increase in the number of dengue fever patients has pushed hospitals into overload, including the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Bạch Mai Hospital, Thanh Nhàn Hospital and Đống Đa Hospital. The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases on Wednesday had to use its meeting room to set up 20 beds for…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Nearly 120 domestic and foreign fisheries firms will join the Vietnam Aquaculture Expo & Forum at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Centre in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from October 25-27. The event will be co-hosted by the Directorate of Fisheries, the Vietnam Fisheries Society, the municipal branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the UMB Corporation, with nearly 4,000 guests taking part. At a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 10, Vice Director of the Directorate of Fisheries’ Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation Vu Duyen Hai said the event affords participants a chance to choose advanced technologies to improve fisheries output, quality and processing. On display will be farming equipment, fisheries feed and manufacturing equipment, processing and packaging lines, among others. Issues regarding varieties quality, epidemic diseases, aquaculture technology, processing and export, markets, services and sustainable development will also be discussed. As part of the event, the Mekong Chef 2017, themed “Festival of Vietnamese tra fish and trade promotion”, will be held with a view to introducing processed tra fish from professional chefs at home and abroad to visitors. The organising board will partner with the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the centres for agricultural encouragement of 13 Mekong Delta cities and provinces to bring farmers to the event.-VNA... [read more]

Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai (centre) poses for a photo with delegates from the Le Dai Hanh Spiritual Council of Baha’i Faith in Hanoi. (Photo: hanoi.gov.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai has said he hopes the Baha’i religious community of Hanoi will continue to maintain good relations with local authorities. Hai made the statement on August 9 during a reception for a delegation from the Le Dai Hanh Spiritual Council of Baha’i Faith in Hanoi on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the religion. The Party and State respect freedom of religion of all people in an effort to build national unity, the secretary said. He lauded the religious community for conforming to laws, standing with other religions to live a good life and being active in social activities, particularly charitable events. He also urged the Baha’i dignitaries and followers to promote the country’s traditional cultural values and work with the Fatherland Front Committee and people to create a peaceful living environment and cope with social issues. Lauding the support of the city’s government in recent years, President of the Le Dai Hanh Spiritual Council of Baha’i Faith in Hanoi Pham Van Duyen reiterated that the Baha’i community wishes to join hands to develop a better society and establish harmonious relations with other communities. The Baha’i Faith was introduced in Vietnam in 1954…... [read more]

By texting "UH” to 1409, an individual can donate VND20,000 to residents in flood-hit localities in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam, including Yen Bai, Son La and Lai Chau provinces. The campaign is co-organized by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) and the National Humanitarian Portal 1400. All of the collected money and materials will be donated to flood-affected people by providing fundamental goods, housing and livelihoods. On the same day, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has also offered VND250 million and launched a program to call on individuals and organizations to join hands to assist the northern mountainous provinces. The Voice of Vietnam on August 9 supported VND300 million in support for flood victims in northern region. According to the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee, to date, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has received the donation of VND2 billion from individuals and organizations, and 30 tons of aid relief from the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA) to help flood victims. The Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee has also asked its member organizations in cities and provinces throughout the country to cooperate with local authorities to estimate loss of flooding and the situation of provinces affected by flash flooding. By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

By texting "UH” to 1409, an individual can donate VND20,000 to residents in flood-hit localities in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam, including Yen Bai, Son La and Lai Chau provinces. The campaign is co-organized by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) and the National Humanitarian Portal 1400. All of the collected money and materials will be donated to flood-affected people by providing fundamental goods, housing and livelihoods. On the same day, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has also offered VND250 million and launched a program to call on individuals and organizations to join hands to assist the northern mountainous provinces. The Voice of Vietnam on August 9 supported VND300 million in support for flood victims in northern region. According to the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee, to date, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has received the donation of VND2 billion from individuals and organizations, and 30 tons of aid relief from the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA) to help flood victims. The Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee has also asked its member organizations in cities and provinces throughout the country to cooperate with local authorities to estimate loss of flooding and the situation of provinces affected by flash flooding. By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

Experts in “Lessons from big deals” – the last session of the M&A Vietnam Forum 2017 predicted that the Vietnam M&A activities in 2017-2018 will be bright. Eric Solberg, CEO from EXS Capital was very positive when predicting that M&A activities in Vietnam would double or triple in the next five to ten years. Coming from Locus Capital Partner, managing partner Jacob Hoyeon Won predicted that consumer retail will be the most attractive, especially for Korean investors. Dang Van Thanh, chairman of TTC Group, and Danny Le, head of business development from Masan Group, stressed that Vietnam continues to be a capital destination of foreign investment, especially in agriculture and finance. In the real estate sector, Duong Thuy Dung, senior director, head of professional services from CBRE Vietnam, predicted that in 2017-2018, three segments which will attract most M&A will include houses for sale in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, hotels and condotels in coastal provinces, and industrial properties stretching from the north to the south of the country. The optimistic forecasts were also shared by Nguyen My Phuong, CEO of Tien Phuoc Group, with more deals and increased value. Experts also shared their experiences of success and failure of the notable deals in 2016-2017 from the perspective of independent experts as well as insiders. Challenges and opportunities in M&A activities, negotiating and signing M&A contracts, the role of advisory firms in deals, valuation, finance, and…... [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]




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