Explore Vietnam’s special ancient temple

Last update 13:00 | 19/12/2016

VietNamNet Bridge – Hon Ba Temple in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau is one of the most special temples in Vietnam. It was built in 1781 to worship the Thuy Long goddess.

Hon Ba (the Lady Island), also known as “Ba Vien Dan” (three cannon rounds) or Archinard Island, is a small island in Vung Tau City. Hon Ba Temple or Lady Temple is located on the island.

The temple was built in 1881 by a follower named Ho Quang Minh. From the foot of the island to the temple runs a winding road with solid three-step at its end. In 1939, Archinard, a Frenchman officer, aimed three cannon rounds at the temple for the purpose to demolish it, but only one hit the corner of the temple. Not much damage was made. Soon after that, the officer lost his life with his own gun due to his carelessness. That is why the island is called “Three cannon rounds” or Archinard. Local people, however, call it Hon Ba. Continue reading “Explore Vietnam’s special ancient temple”

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Clay pot making village in central Vietnam

Last update 14:15 | 03/05/2016

VietNamNet Bridge – Tru Son clay pots are made entirely by hand with a turntable, a few pieces of clout and thin bamboo pieces.

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The pottery village of Tru Son is in Do Luong district of Nghe An province. This is the only village in Nghe An making earthen pots so it is also called “earthen pot village”.

Làng nghề làm nồi đất duy nhất ở xứ Nghệ Trù Sơn là làng gốm có một không hai bởi đây là nơi duy nhất còn làm ra các loại nồi bằng đất ở xứ Nghệ. Vì thế, ngoài tên Trù Sơn, nơi đây còn được gọi là làng Nồi Đất Continue reading “Clay pot making village in central Vietnam”

Eight must-visit places in Binh Duong – Photos: Seven places to visit in Binh Duong – A piggy bank making village in Binh Duong

Last update 11:57 | 17/02/2017

Eight must-visit places in Binh Duong

Phu An bamboo village, Hoi Khanh pagoda, and Tay Tang pagoda, just to name a few, are attractive tourist destinations in Binh Duong province.

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Located in Ben Cat District, Binh Duong Province, Phu An Ecological Bamboo Museum and Botanical Reserve, also known as the Phu An Bamboo Village, is one of the biggest bamboo museums in Southeast Asia. This multipurpose centre promotes scientific research and ecosystem conservation while promoting environmental awareness and the value of ecotourism in the local community. Continue reading “Eight must-visit places in Binh Duong – Photos: Seven places to visit in Binh Duong – A piggy bank making village in Binh Duong”

Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs

Last update 10:15 | 16/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Coral reefs, which provide a habitat for aquatic creatures, are increasingly in danger because of human exploitation activities.

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Binh Dinh province has 134km of coastline with coastal waters surrounded by small islands and a diverse ecosystem comprising coral reefs, seagrass beds and aquatic animals.

The province is rich in aquatic resources with more than 500 fish species, 38 of which have high economic value. Pelagic fish accounts for 65 percent of total reserves, about 38,000 tons, while ground fish accounts for 35 percent of total reserves, or 22,000 tons.

The province has the fleet of 7,339 fishing boats with total capacity of 980,838 CV. The sea resources and biodiversity in the locality bring a comfortable life to local people.

However, Tran Van Phuc, deputy director of Binh Dinh Agriculture Department, said the environment and local biodiversity have been seriously degrading. Continue reading “Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs”

The financial picture of Vietnam’s 10 largest banks

Last update 10:04 | 17/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Profits from lending still make up a large proportion of banks’ total profits, but bad debt remains a problem.

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Under a plan on applying Basel II standards on a trial basis, 10 commercial banks, namely BIDV, VietinBank, Vietcombank, Techcombank, ACB, VP Bank, MB, Maritime Bank, Sacombank and VIB, will finish the trial period in 2018.

Dau Tu Chung Khoan quoted Le Quang Hai, consultancy director of KTC Auditing, as commenting that the banks’ major income is still from lending.

VP Bank’s financial report showed its net profit in the first nine months of 2016 at over VND10 trillion, far higher than that of some commercial banks. The success is explained by the fact that VP Bank now owns a leading consumer finance company.

Profits from lending still make up a large proportion of banks’ total profits, but bad debt remains a problem.

VP Bank’s success in consumer finance could be a prompt for other banks to jump on the bandwagon. A joint venture between MB and a Japanese partner has been set up, while banks where the state holds controlling stakes are also considering joining the market.

Hai, after analyzing the financial reports of the 10 banks, found that VP Bank has the biggest margin between deposit and lending interest rates, 8 percent on average.

Meanwhile, the margin at Sacombank is 1.95 percent only.

The average interest rate gaps are now 3.3 percent for state-owned banks and 4.5 percent for joint stock banks.

However, at many banks, the proportion from non-credit activities has been increasing. Vietcombank had the lowest proportion of income from lending in the fourth quarter of 2016, at 74.6 percent.

Its net profit from services was as high as VND2.1 trillion. It had VND1.85 trillion from foreign exchange trade and VND1.939 trillion from other activities.

Sacombank and Techcombank, which are among the best joint-stock banks, also have low proportions of income from lending. Sacombank earned VND500 billion from forex trading in the first nine months of 2016, equal to that of Vietinbank and BIDV – the two big banks owned by the state.

VIB, Techcombank and MB are joint stock banks which have relatively high ratios of net profit on outstanding loans – 4.5-4.9 percent, while the figure is just 3.3 percent for state-owned banks.

Of the nine banks which have released their updated financial reports (Maritime Bank has only released the 2015 finance report), Vietcombank is the ‘cleanest’ bank as it has bought back all the bad debts it sold to VAMC some years ago.

Meanwhile, bad debts still burden other banks. Dien Dan Doanh Nghiep reported that BIDV had to make provision of VND9 trillion against risks for loans, which is equal to more than half of the VND17 trillion of profit.

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Shrimp waste used to make animal feed, biological derivatives

Last update 10:15 | 16/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Shrimp waste – heads and shells – are being used to produce animal feed and biological derivatives, resulting in high profits and a reduction of air pollution at processing plants. 

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Six years ago in Ca Mau province, the ‘metropolis’ of the aquaculture and seafood processing industry, shrimp shells discharged from processing were in piles as high as a mountain.

Every day, Minh Phu Seafood JSC threw away 50-100 tons of shrimp heads and shells. The mountain of shrimp waste produced a bad odor after being exposed to the sun and rain.

This prompted Hoang Viet Tung, a member of the board of directors of VNF, to draw up a plan to take advantage of the waste. He signed contracts with large seafood companies on buying shrimp waste from them.

VNF collects more than 100 tons of waste products every day. The company undertakes all the steps of the waste collection process to ensure quality and hygiene of the waste.

Shrimp waste – heads and shells – are being used to produce animal feed and biological derivatives, resulting in high profits and a reduction of air pollution at processing plants

In the past, shrimp heads and shells thrown on the ground contained impurities. Now, VNF sets up conveyor belts to put shrimp waste into tanks.

With the belts, VNF can collect shrimp heads and shells just 30 minutes after the waste is split from seafood processing factories. The biggest value is that it can help settle environmental problems using high technology. Continue reading “Shrimp waste used to make animal feed, biological derivatives”

VN Government to divest from some big banks & corporations in 2016-2020

Last update 14:00 | 17/02/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The Prime Minister’s newly released decision on the divestment plan in 2016-2020 includes many large corporations such as VNPT, MobiFone, Agribank and Vinacomin.

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Under the plan, of the 240 enterprises to be restructured in 2016-2020, the state will only keep 103 wholly state owned enterprises, which are ones operating in the fields of national defence, lottery, publishing houses and some large conglomerates.

These include 59 lottery companies, most of which belong to provincial and municipal authorities. Only Vietlott is under the management of the Ministry of Finance.

Fourteen enterprises operating in the field of publication will also continue to be state-owned enterprises. Continue reading “VN Government to divest from some big banks & corporations in 2016-2020”

From lab cleaner to published biotechnologist: the story of a Vietnamese female scientist

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Updated : 04/20/2017 11:57 GMT + 7

Still in her thirties, Truong Hai Nhung has already earned a PhD in human and animal physiology, authored works for 34 international and national publications and seminar reports, though her road to success was not always a bed of roses.

Last year, Nhung was honored with Vietnam’s Golden Globe Award, an annual award presented to ten young Vietnamese under 35 in recognition of their exceptional contributions in science and technology.

Now vice-dean of the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science and deputy head of the university’s laboratory for stem cell research and application, Nhung says her passion for the field developed during her time spent working in the lab as a sophomore. Continue reading “From lab cleaner to published biotechnologist: the story of a Vietnamese female scientist”

Foreigners challenged by apartment ownership in Ho Chi Minh City

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Updated : 04/20/2017 16:11 GMT + 7

The current regulations on land for national defense have posed quite a challenge for foreigners wishing to legitimately own apartments in Ho Chi Minh City.

The municipal Land Registration Office has stopped issuing ownership certificates to foreigners who purchased residences after December 10, 2015.

The situation has become an aching problem for those foreign citizens attempting to settle in a stable home in the southern Vietnamese metropolis. Continue reading “Foreigners challenged by apartment ownership in Ho Chi Minh City”

Locals barricade road to save environment in southern Vietnam

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Updated : 04/20/2017 11:04 GMT + 7

Residents in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have blocked a local road as a last resort in their battle against the damage and pollution caused by trucks traveling to and from a nearby port.

The barricade first went up around 8:30 am on Wednesday, when residents living along the road leading to the Duc Hanh Inland Port in Tan Phuoc Commune, Tan Thanh District decided they had finally had enough.

Their efforts proved successful and local vehicles were completely unable to enter the port, leading to serious congestion in the area. Continue reading “Locals barricade road to save environment in southern Vietnam”

Construction of Masan’s $44mn pig farm ceases in central Vietnam

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Updated : 04/20/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

The pig farm developed by Masan Nutri – Farm Company, a Masan Group subsidiary, is being built in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An.

The construction of a VND1 trillion (US$44.2 million) pig farm being built by Vietnamese food producer Masan Group has been suspended in the north-central province of Nghe An due to a lack of legitimate paperwork.

Following a directive from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Nghe An People’s Committee on Wednesday ordered that construction on the project be ceased.

The developer, Masan Nutri-Farm Company, a subsidiary of Masan Group, was found to be executing the project without an approved environmental impact assessment report from competent authorities. Continue reading “Construction of Masan’s $44mn pig farm ceases in central Vietnam”

Central highlands province issues strictures against management failures

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ĐẮK NÔNG — The Đắk Nông Provincial Inspection Committee today issued strictures following the results of its investigation into management violations committed by a number of the province’s officials.

According to the committee’s reports, the Party Branch of Đức Hoà Forestry JSC and its secretary Phạm Đình Dũng, during eight years, from 2008 to 2016, “have failed to complete the task of leading forest protection and management efforts that the province’s leaders have assigned,” allowing rampant encroachment upon protected forest land over a long period. Continue reading “Central highlands province issues strictures against management failures”

Climate change threatens water security

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Update: April, 20/2017 – 09:55

Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday. — Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn

HÀ NỘI – Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday.

Held by Việt Nam’s Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises (VAFIE), the Việt Nam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Germany’s Network for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and German Agency for International Co-operation, the conference aimed to improve public awareness of the consequences of climate change on the environment, especially on water security.

It also allowed domestic and foreign scientists and agencies to discuss science and technology and experience in preventing environmental disasters.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Trần Việt Thanh said that climate change has made protecting water resources more complicated.

River water and ground water levels are decreasing, while sea levels, flood tides and salt intrusion are on the rise, he said, adding that the demand for water in production and daily activities has increased due to industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth.

According to Dr Prof Nguyễn Mại, VAFIE chairman, several factors have posed difficulties for Việt Nam in ensuring water security. They include industrialisation, exploitation of energy generated from water and the expansion of irrigation and drainage systems in upstream countries.

Moreover, climate change and natural disasters are also leading to an imbalance of water resources. Prolonged heat and decreases in rainfall are threatening all regions in the country. 

The demand for water in the country has also increased from 50 billion cu.m a year in 1990 to 72 billion cu.m a year in 2010. It is predicted to reach 80 billion cu.m in 2020. 

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Association suggested Việt Nam pay attention to dealing with four issues: socio-economic and environmental impacts of water use, relationship between land use and water resources, consequences of shifting water resources and social matters arising during a water crisis.

VAWR Deputy Director Trần Đình Hòa stressed the need for co-operation between countries to protect and use water resources effectively and equally.

“It is also necessary to have a complete policy system on water resources to increase the efficiency of water management, protection and use, and change public awareness and action in ensuring water security”, he added. – VNS

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Bộ Y tế Việt Nam vừa tổ chức Hội thảo giới thiệu Hướng dẫn Quốc gia về Dinh dưỡng cho phụ nữ có thai và bà mẹ cho con bú nhằm nâng cao sức khỏe cho phụ nữ ở độ tuổi sinh sản, góp phần cải thiện sức khỏe và tầm vóc cho người Việt Nam.

Trong những năm qua, tình trạng dinh dưỡng của người dân Việt Nam ngày càng được cải thiện và Việt Nam được cộng đồng quốc tế đánh giá là điểm sáng trong thực hiện các Mục tiêu phát triển thiên niên kỷ về sức khỏe bà mẹ và trẻ em, đặc biệt là việc giảm liên tục và bền vững tỷ lệ suy dinh dưỡng thể nhẹ cân ở trẻ em dưới 5 tuổi. Tuy nhiên, Việt Nam vẫn đang đối mặt với gánh nặng kép về dinh dưỡng; các bệnh mãn tính liên quan đến dinh dưỡng có xu hướng tăng cao như tim mạch, tiểu đường, rối loạn chuyển hóa…; nhiều phụ nữ có thai, bà mẹ cho con bú chưa được cung cấp thông tin về dinh dưỡng hợp lý. Continue reading “Hướng dẫn Quốc gia về Dinh dưỡng cho Phụ nữ có thai và Bà mẹ cho con bú – download”