Imported meat much cheaper than domestic products

Last update 13:00 | 06/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Imported meat available at nearly all large supermarkets in Hanoi is surprisingly cheap, posing a threat to the domestic livestock industry.

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Brazilian frozen chicken wings were sold at VND74,900 per kilo at Metro Thang Long on March 27. Two months ago, in January 2017, the supermarket sold frozen chicken imports from Brazil at VND51,000 per kilo only.

A supermarket on Trang Dang Ninh street once quoted the price of VND86,900 per kilo for Brazilian chicken wings.

Analysts, after comparing retail prices quoted by supermarkets and import prices provided by customs agencies, came to the conclusion that the price difference is not too big, between VND30,000 and VND50,000 per kilo.

Meanwhile, on online markets, Brazilian meat is offered at the price just equal to one-third of the prices of imports from the US and Australia.

An officer at a clean food distribution company in Dong An district said the selling price is VND145,000 per kilo of beef shank for a 20-kilo box from Brazil, while brisket beef is VND130,000 per kilo.

Meanwhile, a shop in Dong Da district quotes the price of VND170,000 per kilo for Brazilian beef.

The meat imports from other countries are also surprisingly cheap at Metro. Continue reading “Imported meat much cheaper than domestic products”

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Vietnam still seeks Chinese tourists despite ongoing problems

Last update 12:00 | 07/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Though some Chinese travelers have caused problems, Vietnam has said that it will roll out the red carpet to travelers of all nationalities.


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Chinese have flocked to Vietnam in recent days as they have been prohibited to travel to other countries.

Entering Vietnam with passports, staying in Vietnam and working without work permits, some Chinese are distorting Vietnam’s history and sovereignty.

The Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reported that Da Nang City authorities have seized thousands of posters from Jeep Tour, a tourism company in Ngu Hanh Son district. The posters introduced tours provided by Jeep Tour, in which the Vietnamese ‘East Sea’ was written as ‘China Beach’. Continue reading “Vietnam still seeks Chinese tourists despite ongoing problems”

A visit to the incense-making village of Hung Yen

 The two century old Cao Thon craft village in the northern province of Hung Yen is one of the largest incense-making villages in Vietnam.

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At the village located about 50km southeast of Hanoi, the days leading up to the Hung Kings Festival are a non-stop work effort to churn out incense sticks for the festivities throughout the country.
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Each household in the village can turn out twenty-to-thirty thousand sticks per day, using a time-tested mix of sawdust, cinnamon, sandalwood and sunshine.a visit to the incense-making village of hung yen hinh 3
Incense sticks must be left to dry for one to three days in the sunshine. Continue reading “A visit to the incense-making village of Hung Yen”

Solar power costs remain high in Vietnam

Last update 08:10 | 07/04/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s renewable energy production costs remain higher than other countries as the country still does not have a competitive solar energy market. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, solar panel, national grid, EVN

Many people in the country have saved money by using solar energy.

A solar energy system with capacity of 1 KW was installed on the terrace of Redsun’s building in district 5, HCMC in 2010. Since then, the system has been operating well, allowing activities at the buildings to run properly even when the electricity from the national grid is cut. The company doesn’t have to run electricity generators which produce noise and dust.

Hiep, of district 6, HCMC installed a 1 KW solar power system on the roof, worth VND80 million. The electricity provided by the system, about 4-5 KW, is used to light four 40W fluorescent lamps, run four electric fans and one TV.

Vietnam’s renewable energy production costs remain higher than other countries as the country still does not have a competitive solar energy market. 

With the 2 KW solar power system, VH in Ham Tan district of Binh Thuan province can save two-thirds of expenses on electricity.

The outstanding feature of the system is that it allows him to automatically use the electricity from the national grid when the system cannot provide enough electricity.

If the system provides more than enough electricity, the redundant capacity will be automatically transferred to the national grid. Continue reading “Solar power costs remain high in Vietnam”

Booming resorts, littering, rip-offs among ‘negatives’ of Phu Quoc tourism

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Updated : 04/03/2017 20:01 GMT + 7

Editor’s note: Quang Kiet, a frequent visitor to Phu Quoc, has found many ‘negatives,’ one of which is the mushrooming number of resorts on the ‘pearl island’ just off southern Vietnam.

I would visit Phu Quoc almost every year, thanks to the marvelous natural beauty there, particularly the beaches, and the great seafood and friendly, hospitable islanders.

But I have come back from my latest trip with mixed feelings – the joy of seeing the island’s constant development is accompanied by sadness and worry. Continue reading “Booming resorts, littering, rip-offs among ‘negatives’ of Phu Quoc tourism”

Nearly 100 Vietnamese depression sufferers commit suicide daily: study

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Updated : 04/07/2017 17:04 GMT + 7

A patient is being treated at the mental health institute of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.
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A recent study published by the Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital has revealed that nearly 100 people in Vietnam commit suicide due to depression on a daily basis, shedding light on the devastating role mental illness can play in local communities.

Depression is on the rise in Vietnam, accompanied by the many consequences the condition can have on suffering individuals, their families, and the community.

More and more young people are falling victim to depression in recent years, including a 21-year old senior university student currently being treated at the mental health institute of Bach Mai Hospital. Continue reading “Nearly 100 Vietnamese depression sufferers commit suicide daily: study”

Vietnam determined to lower prices on brand name drugs

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Updated : 04/07/2017 15:46 GMT + 7

Over half of brand name drugs in Vietnam with expired intellectual property rights are still being sold at exorbitant prices while authorities fail to update their patent status and allow the production of cheaper generic versions of the drug.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has called for joint efforts from the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Social Insurance (VSI) to tackle the issue and lower drug prices, a move which would benefit both medical patients and the state welfare program.

Brand-name “privilege”

Brand-name drugs are medicines that have been patented by pharmaceutical companies, providing them with protection from copycats.

According to international conventions honored by Vietnam, patents for brand-name drugs are valid for 20 years, after which generic versions, equivalent to a brand-name product in dosage, strength, route of administration, quality, performance, and intended use, are allowed to be produced by other pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading “Vietnam determined to lower prices on brand name drugs”

Central region recovers after mass fish deaths

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Update: April, 07/2017 – 09:00

Residents of Vĩnh Linh District in central Quảng Trị Province receive financial compensations for the environmental catastrophe caused by the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Steel Corporation last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Tĩnh

HÀ NỘI — A year after the environmental catastrophe of mass fish deaths caused by the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Steel Corporation, residents along the central coast are trying to return to a normal life.

Formosa’s actions polluted more than 200km of coastline in April last year, killing more than 100 tonnes of fish and devasting the environment, robbing thousands of people of their livelihoods and severely damaging the economies of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Tri and Thừa Thiên Huế provinces.

Fisheries and tourism, key economic sectors for the central region, were plunged into a serious crisis.

Residents surviving on fishing were rendered desperate and helpless, not knowing what to do with no fish or shrimp to catch. Continue reading “Central region recovers after mass fish deaths”

Mass fish deaths reported in fresh water cages

Update: April, 07/2017 – 18:00

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THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — Fish breeding in floating cages in central Thừa Thiên-Huế Province’s river have died en mass, resulting in huge losses for breeders.

The fish deaths occurred earlier this week in Bồ River’s section running across the province’s Hương Toàn Commune in Hương Trà District. Breeders said the fish were almost ready to harvest; therefore, they were expected to incur significant losses for this breeding season. Continue reading “Mass fish deaths reported in fresh water cages”

Philippine military to upgrade island facilities, not launch land grab

MANILA: The Philippines’ military said Friday (Apr 7) that it plans to upgrade and improve facilities on islands it already occupies in the disputed South China Sea, not embark on a new land grab.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he had ordered the armed forces to “occupy all” remote reefs claimed by Manila, in a move that could provoke rival claimants including Beijing. Continue reading “Philippine military to upgrade island facilities, not launch land grab”

Wave of small explosions hit southern Thailand after king signs new charter

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Reuters, Apr 7, 2017Thai police on Friday reported 22 attacks, including at least five small bomb blasts, in Muslim-majority southern Thailand only hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution on Thursday as a step toward ending military rule.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attacks in the region where there has been a recent upsurge in a decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency. Parts of the region voted against the new constitution at a referendum last year. Continue reading “Wave of small explosions hit southern Thailand after king signs new charter”

INTERVIEW-Beyond light, solar startup seeks to plug in rural homes in Africa

Friday, 7 April 2017 01:00 GMT

“It is about changing expectations, raising aspirations, and empowering people to become part of the knowledge economy” By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, April 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Access to off-grid solar energy in rural areas of Africa goes beyond lighting up homes – it also enables people to connect to the wider world and boosts their economic prospects, said the head of one of the continent’s biggest solar companies.

Azuri Technologies’ entry level solar system – for which customers pay a one-off installation fee, then use scratch cards or mobile phone payments to top up on a weekly or monthly basis – provides eight hours of lighting each day. Continue reading “INTERVIEW-Beyond light, solar startup seeks to plug in rural homes in Africa”

Fighter jet spotted on South China Sea island, more believed in hangars: U.S. think tank

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Apr 7, 2017A Chinese fighter jet has been spotted on a Chinese-controlled island in the South China Sea for the first time in a year, a U.S. think tank said Thursday as President Donald Trump met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the J-11 fighter jet was visible on a runway in a satellite photo taken March 29 of Woody Island in the disputed waterway’s Paracel chain. More fighters were believed to be in hangers nearby. Continue reading “Fighter jet spotted on South China Sea island, more believed in hangars: U.S. think tank”

China may shelve controversial Myitsone dam in exchange for other interests in Myanmar

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Reuters, Apr 6, 2017

China has shifted its position in a lengthy dispute with Myanmar over the building of a $3.6 billion dam, seven sources said, signaling its willingness to abandon the project in exchange for other economic and strategic opportunities in Myanmar.

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw will discuss a potential deal on the massive Myitsone dam during a trip to China beginning on Thursday, two senior Myanmar officials and a person familiar with the matter said. Continue reading “China may shelve controversial Myitsone dam in exchange for other interests in Myanmar”

China’s Influence on Hydropower Development in the Lancang River and Lower Mekong River Basin

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Series of “State of knowledge” on Mekong:

1. The Impact of Dams on the Mekong
2. Mekong sediment basics
3. Corporate social responsibility in Mekong hydropower development
4. China’s Influence on Hydropower Development in the Lancang River and Lower Mekong River Basin