HCM City prepares for natural disaster prevention

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Update: March, 29/2017 – 18:00

Flooding on Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street in HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District. — Photo An Hiếu

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Committee has asked city departments and all 24 districts to prepare for natural disasters this year by completing maps about flooding hotspots and raising public awareness about disaster risks.

The maps will show the flood-prone locations that are often inundated with water caused by strong storms. Continue reading “HCM City prepares for natural disaster prevention”

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Government taking steps to remove UXOs

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Update: March, 29/2017 – 18:30

Soldiers successfully removed a live 225kg bomb from the central province of Phú Yên last year. — VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on Tuesday reported about unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination from past wars in Việt Nam and activities undertaken to mitigate its effects.

The conference was held to observe International Mine Awareness Day, which is on April 4.

The ministry said that Việt Nam has faced severe consequences of UXO, which has greatly affected the country’s development in general, and people living in bomb- and mine-polluted areas in particular. Continue reading “Government taking steps to remove UXOs”

US actor takes on cudgels on behalf of VN AO victims

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Update: March, 30/2017 – 06:00

Doing good: Richard Hughes and a boy who was part of the Shoeshine Boys project in Sài Gòn in the 1970s. Courtesy Photo of Dick Hughes.
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THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — What started out as a gesture of good will has become Richard Hughes’ passion and destiny as he knocks on doors and crosses oceans in search of justice for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

Richard “Dick” Hughes is an American actor who gained worldwide fame for forming a gang of Sài Gòn street boys during the Việt Nam-US war and living with them.

Wartime Việt Nam first impacted on the consciousness of the Pittsburgh-born actor when he was working at the Theatre Company of Boston, a year after his graduation from Boston University Graduate School of Drama in 1967. Continue reading “US actor takes on cudgels on behalf of VN AO victims”

Bình Thuận temporarily bans mollusc and bivalve exploitation

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Update: March, 29/2017 – 17:30

Bình Thuận has issued a temporary ban on the exploitation of molluscs and bivalves across its sea waters. — Photo thuysanvietnam.com.vn

BÌNH THUẬN — The southern central province of Bình Thuận has issued a temporary ban on the exploitation of molluscs and bivalves across its sea waters as part of an effort to protect and regenerate dwindling marine resources.

The ban will take effect from April 1 to July 31, restricting fishermen and organisations from gathering molluscs and bivalves, the local seafood specialties that include scallops and clams. Continue reading “Bình Thuận temporarily bans mollusc and bivalve exploitation”

Today is National Vietnam Veterans Day

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In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring March 29, 2012 Vietnam Veterans Day, and now each year on March 29 Vietnam vets are honored. (KTRK)

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In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring March 29, 2012 Vietnam Veterans Day, and now each year on March 29 Vietnam vets are honored.

March 29 is also the day in 1973 that the final troops returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, marking the end of U.S. involvement in the war.

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Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle

Hopes rise for critically endangered big cats, with only 221 Indochinese tigers thought to remain in Thailand and Myanmar

Video: Rare Indochinese tigers caught on camera in Thai jungle

The critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been found to be breeding in a Thai jungle, providing hope for a subspecies whose total population may number only a couple of hundred.

Conservation authorities in Thailand, along with two international wildlife organisations, released photographs of new tiger cubs in the country’s east.

The images support a scientific survey that confirmed the existence of the world’s second breeding population. The other breeding ground is in the Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary in western Thailand. Continue reading “Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle”

Rodrigo Duterte to US: Why did you not send the armada?

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Philippine president takes US to task over its refusal to challenge China on its South China Sea activities.

Duterte met with US Ambassador Sung Kim in his hometown of Davao on Monday [RTVM/Presidential Communications]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he confronted the American ambassador about the US’ inaction in stopping China’s construction of man-made islands that are now at the heart of a regional dispute in the South China Sea.

“Why did you not send the armada of the 7th Fleet,” the straight-talking president said he told US Ambassador Sung Kim. Continue reading “Rodrigo Duterte to US: Why did you not send the armada?”

China confirms arrest of Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che

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Beijing says the activist is being investigated on suspicion of ‘pursuing activity harmful to national security’.

Chinese authorities said Lee Ming-che was being investigated on ‘pursuing activities harmful to national security’ [AP]

China has confirmed it is detaining Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che, who went missing last week.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Lee was being investigated on suspicion of “pursuing activities harmful to national security”.

Lee disappeared on March 19 after clearing immigration in Macau. He never showed up for a planned meeting later that day with a friend across the border in China’s city of Zhuhai. Continue reading “China confirms arrest of Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che”

Tiếng Việt phong ba bão táp

ANTGCT – 15:36 14/03/2017

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Tiếng Việt phong ba bão táp

Có một nhận định vô căn cứ nhưng được lan truyền rộng rãi và cũng được nhiều người chấp nhận, rằng tiếng Việt không chính xác, hay nói đúng hơn, ngữ pháp tiếng Việt không chính xác bằng ngữ pháp tiếng Pháp, tiếng Anh hoặc tiếng Nga…, tùy theo người đưa ra nhận định biết thứ tiếng nào.

Phát triển nhiệt điện than ở ĐBSCL: Cần xem xét những rủi ro tiềm ẩn

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   Theo Quy hoạch phát triển điện lực quốc gia giai đoạn 2011-2020 có xét đến năm 2030 (Quy hoạch điện VII điều chỉnh), một loạt các nhà máy điện than sẽ được xây dựng ở đồng bằng sông Cửu Long (ĐBSCL). Xoay quanh vấn đề quy hoạch phát triển nhiệt điện than tại khu vực này, đã có nhiều nghi ngại về những tiềm ẩn rủi ro.

 Công bố tại tọa đàm “Lựa chọn nào cho phát triển năng lượng ở Việt Nam” vừa qua, báo cáo của Trung tâm phát triển sáng tạo xanh (GreenID) đã có những phân tích rõ nét về vấn đề này.

Continue reading “Phát triển nhiệt điện than ở ĐBSCL: Cần xem xét những rủi ro tiềm ẩn”

English skills still low despite big money poured into programs

Last update 07:30 | 19/01/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has vowed to improve students’ English skills by pouring trillions of dong into English teaching programs, but the majority of university graduates cannot communicate in English.


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The high percentage of students lacking basic and professional English skills is one of the biggest problems of Vietnam’s university education.

A survey conducted of 18 universities in Vietnam found that first-year students can get 220-245 score out of 990 TOEIC scores. This means that students would need 360 teaching hours more, or 480 periods to obtain 450-500 TOEIC score, the minimum score candidates need to be shortlisted by employers. Continue reading “English skills still low despite big money poured into programs”

Vietnam’s online market: Some shut down, others pocket big money

Last update 10:00 | 19/01/2017
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The online retail market is considered very attractive with 9 out of 10 Vietnamese consumers having smartphones as shown by a Nielsen report.

Meanwhile, Trang Bui from JLL Vietnam commented that the number of credit card holders is increasing, which is a factor that will change consumer behavior.

However, despite the attractive factors, many online retailers still fail. In August, Lingo.vn suddenly shut down without any notice in advance. Continue reading “Vietnam’s online market: Some shut down, others pocket big money”

The real power of Vietnam’s economy

Last update 16:00 | 28/03/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Economic growth based on natural resource exploitation and a cheap labor force has reached the critical point. Economists say Vietnam has no choice but to follow a sustainable development strategy.

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Vietnam earlier this year received an ‘expected gift’ from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The auditing firm, one of the ‘big four’, reported that Vietnam economy ranked  32nd in the world in 2016 with GDP of $595 billion, including PPP (purchasing power parity) formula.

With the predicted average growth rate of 5.1 percent in 2016-2050, PwC believes that Vietnam would be the 20th largest economy in the world by 2050 with GDP of $3.176 trillion (in PPP), higher than that of Thailand, Malaysia, Canada and Australia. Continue reading “The real power of Vietnam’s economy”