Vietnam struggles with environmental crimes

Last update 08:40 | 10/02/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – More than 50 serious pollution cases were discovered in 2016, including the mass fish deaths in four provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue in the central region.

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Seven ministries and more than 100 Vietnamese and foreign scientists spent 84 days and nights to trace down the culprit which caused the mass fish death catastrophe. The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) finally gathered enough evidence to force Formosa Ha Tinh, the steel complex developer from Taiwan, to admit its behavior of discharging untreated waste water which caused mass fish deaths and serious pollution to coastal areas.

The mass fish death was raising public concern while another scandal was discovered. The Ky Anh Urban Environment Management & Construction Company was caught landfilling waste sludge, which was hazardous waste from Formosa. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam struggles with environmental crimes”

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Vietnamese physicists publish article in int’l research journal for first time

Last update 08:09 | 10/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – On January 10, 2017, for the first time in Vietnam’s physics history, an article about nuclear physics by Vietnamese authors was published in an international scientific journal.

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Mr Nguyen Quang Hung

The article titled “Simultaneous microscopic description of nuclear level densities and radiative strength functions” was published in Physical Review Letters 118, 022502 (2017). It was the work of a team of Vietnamese scientists: Nguyen Quang Hung from Duy Tan University, Da Nang City, Vietnam, Nguyen Dinh Dang from RIKEN, Wako, Japan and Le Thi Quynh Huong from Khanh Hoa University, Nha Trang City, Vietnam.

According to Hung, in order to appear in Physical Review Letters, research must satisfy one of three criteria. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnamese physicists publish article in int’l research journal for first time”

Air pollution from vehicles top concern of city authorities

Last update 07:30 | 11/02/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – In HCMC and Hanoi, air pollution caused by vehicles is even more serious than pollution from industrial zones, environmental experts say.

 
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The HCMC Transport Department has reported that pollution caused by transport activities has become alarming.

There are more than 8 million vehicles in HCMC, including 7 million motorbikes, which produce a huge volume of emission, worsening air pollution and harming people’s health. The figure is 6 million in Hanoi. Tiếp tục đọc “Air pollution from vehicles top concern of city authorities”

Government paves the way for the development of sport betting businesses

Last update 14:00 | 10/02/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – A government Decree 06 dated February 3 on legalizing horse, dog and football betting, to take effect on March 1, is expected to pave the way for the development of sport betting businesses.

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Under the decree, the government will allow only one company to provide the international football betting service for a limited period of five years. After the trial period of five years, the government will review the performance of the business before deciding whether to continue licensing it.

The company must have minimum charter capital of VND1 trillion.

Nguoi Lao Dong commented that foreign investors target football betting, which is believed to be a very profitable, though the decree only allows betting for international football matches. Tiếp tục đọc “Government paves the way for the development of sport betting businesses”

Company fined nearly $45,000 for unlicensed condotel construction in Da Nang

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/14/2017 11:06 GMT + 7

The developer of a condotel project in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang has been fined VND1 billion (US$44,235) for beginning the project without acquiring the proper permits.

Vice-Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuan on Thursday imposed the penalty on Minh Dong Tourism Service and Trading Company, the developer behind the Central Coast Condotel project.

The structure is located near the beach in Son Tra District on a construction site spanning nearly 4,000 square meters.

Current design plans for the building call for 42 stories and one basement, with the construction itself contracted out to Doza Construction JSC. Tiếp tục đọc “Company fined nearly $45,000 for unlicensed condotel construction in Da Nang”

Nearly 67,000 Vietnamese scammed of $88mn by pyramid company

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/14/2017 15:00 GMT + 7

 

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Nearly 67,000 people in Vietnam fell victim to a multi-level marketing company, losing over VND2 trillion (US$88.4 million) in the fraudulent business scheme.

Officers from the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday announced the result of an investigation into fraud and property appropriation charges against Lien Ket Viet, a company specializing in network marketing.

The Supreme People’s Procuracy has been asked to begin legal procedures against Le Xuan Giang, chairman of Lien Ket Viet management board, Le Van Tu, general director, Nguyen Thi Thuy, deputy general director, and four other accomplices. Tiếp tục đọc “Nearly 67,000 Vietnamese scammed of $88mn by pyramid company”

Ho Chi Minh City rebuilds tourism strategy to meet 7 million int’l arrivals target

TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 04/14/2017 16:51 GMT + 7

Ho Chi Minh City leaders met with local tourism companies on Thursday to discuss ways to meet a target of welcoming seven million international visitors this year.

The southern tourism hub received 5.2 million foreign holidaymakers in 2016 and experienced a 15 percent jump in tourist numbers during Q1 2017, though experts are still unsure the city will meet such a lofty goal.

In the Jan-Mar period, more than 1.5 million international visitors spent holidays in Ho Chi Minh City, but Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the municipal tourism department, said the quarterly growth must be more than 20 percent for the seven-million target to be met. Tiếp tục đọc “Ho Chi Minh City rebuilds tourism strategy to meet 7 million int’l arrivals target”

Learning curve: video of children sliding into mud at pre-school goes viral

Footage of children happily playing in rain has inspired ‘longing for simple childhoods’, says childcare manager in New Zealand

A still from the video showing children gleefully leaping down the slide into a muddy puddle in the middle of a rainstorm.
A still from the video showing children gleefully leaping down the slide into a muddy puddle in the middle of a rainstorm. Photograph: Pukekos Educare/Facebook

Philippines boat school offers hope for indigenous children

Millions of indigenous children in southern Philippines are deprived of a formal education.

They belong to a poor, nomadic community that was driven out of coastline areas during an armed rebellion.

A sailing school is reaching out to different communities so that hundreds of children are able to attend classes.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Zamboanga city in southern Philippines.

N. Korea to strike US bases in Asian Pacific & S. Korean presidential palace if US attacks – KCNA

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North Korea will strike US military bases in Japan and South Korea, as well as the South Korean president’s residence in Seoul, if America engages in aggression against Pyongyang, North Korea’s General Staff warned, according to state news agency KCNA.
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North Korea’s military promised to “ruthlessly ravage” the US if the American aircraft carrier group that is currently on its way to the region takes aggressive action.

Our toughest counteraction against the US and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive,” a statement from the military said.

The Trump administration, which made a surprise guided cruise-missile strike on Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail,” the statement added.

The General Staff noted that, American military bases in the Pacific, Guam, the island of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of US troops in Japan, as well as the US mainland, are all within reach of North Korea’s strategic missiles.

On Friday, neighboring China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned that tensions between the US and North Korea had escalated to such a point that “a military conflict may start at any moment.”

“Lately, tensions have risen,” Wang said, adding “if a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner.” Tiếp tục đọc “N. Korea to strike US bases in Asian Pacific & S. Korean presidential palace if US attacks – KCNA”

Russia vetoes UN resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack

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Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 | 5:32 AM ET

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Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers.

The vote on the Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favor, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining. Tiếp tục đọc “Russia vetoes UN resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack”

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen – WHO

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:46 GMT


Two billion people drinking faecal-contaminated water: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that nearly two billion people currently use faecal-contaminated water. Tiếp tục đọc “Two billion people drinking faecal-contaminated water: WHO”

Dược phẩm kém chất lượng, sai nhãn mác, thuốc nhái và thuốc giả (SSFFC)

English:  Substandard, spurious, falsely labelled, falsified and counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products

  • Dược phẩm kém chất lượng, sai nhãn mác, thuốc nhái, thuốc giả – SSFFC – có thể gây nguy hiểm đến bệnh nhân và khiến việc điều trị không đạt hiệu quả.
  • SSFFC là nguyên nhân chính gây mất lòng tin vào dược phẩm, nhà cung cấp các sản phẩm chăm sóc sức khỏe và hệ thống chăm sóc sức khỏe.
  • SSFFC ảnh hưởng đến tất cả các khu vực trên thế giới
  • Dược phẩm SSFFC thuộc danh mục thuốc điều trị chính được báo cáo đến WHO gồm thuốc, vac xin, chẩn đoán in vitro.
  • Thuốc điều trị sốt rét và thuốc kháng sinh là hai loại thuốc bị làm giả nhiều nhất
  • Cả thuốc phổ thông và thuốc đặc trị cao cấp đều bị làm giả, từ những thuốc đắt tiền như thuốc điều trị ung thư đến những loại thuốc không quá đắt tiền như thuốc giảm đau.
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Tiếp tục đọc “Dược phẩm kém chất lượng, sai nhãn mác, thuốc nhái và thuốc giả (SSFFC)”