Cities best armed to fight climate change – U.N. climate chief

Thursday, 4 May 2017 17:26 GMT

“The ability of communities to meet their most basic needs – food, water, energy, sanitation – is threatened by climate change”BONN, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cities are places where action on climate change can have most impact because they are engines for innovation and also highly vulnerable to a warming planet, the head of the U.N. climate programme said on Thursday. Continue reading “Cities best armed to fight climate change – U.N. climate chief”

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Visiting riverside Kim Lan pottery village

Last update 13:00 | 02/08/2016

Lying on the banks of Red River, Kim Lan pottery village in Gia Lam district, Hanoi has a more than 1,000 year-history of making of ceramics.


The craft reached its peak around the 13th and 14th centuries, making the village a pottery production centre for the capital city of Thang Long (now Hanoi). During that time, most of the country’s ceramic products exported to Japan were made in the village. Continue reading “Visiting riverside Kim Lan pottery village”

Hoang Su Phi terraced fields in rainy season

Last update 12:52 | 01/08/2016

VietNamNet Bridge – The fairy scene of the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi is a worthy gift for tourists who overcome a long road full of obstacles.

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Unlike Mu Cang Chai or Y Ty, the terraces in Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang provinces) are steeper and more tottery. This makes the scene even more spectacular. Continue reading “Hoang Su Phi terraced fields in rainy season”

Hon Do coral island – new destination for summer retreat

Last update 14:41 | 05/05/2017

The south-central province of Ninh Thuan has been known for Thap Cham (Cham Towers), Hang Rai (Rai Cave) and Vinh Hy Bay. However, a new destination, the pristine, romantic and peaceful Hon Do coral island was recently recommended.

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Hon Do, around 20km from the city’s centre, is a new destination in NinhThuan. Continue reading “Hon Do coral island – new destination for summer retreat”

Unique markets in Vietnam

Last update 11:17 | 04/05/2017

 Luc Yen gemstone market in Yen Bai, Tinh An insect market in An Giang, and fighting cock market in Hanoi, just to name a few, are special and unique places in Vietnam.

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Tinh Bien in An Giang province is seen as a trade and service centre in the south-western region, principally selling all species of insects, from queen termites, centipedes, scorpions, geckos, to spiders.

Continue reading “Unique markets in Vietnam”

Future expressway to connect Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh

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Updated : 05/05/2017 11:19 GMT + 7

The transport ministries of Vietnam and Cambodia have signed a memorandum on building an expressway connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

The two ministries will work closely to study and implement the expressway’s construction, according to the Department of International Cooperation under Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport.

Current plans call for the expressway to run a total of 195 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, crossing the border at Moc Bai in southern Tay Ninh Province and Bavet in southeastern Cambodia. Continue reading “Future expressway to connect Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh”

Illegal landfills obstruct flood drainage routes

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Update: May, 05/2017 – 18:10

A construction landfill by the side of the Red River in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Some 80 per cent of construction landfills along the capital city’s riverbanks are operating without licences, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said.Survey results from the Hà Nội Sub-department of Irrigation, Storm and Flood Prevention reveal that 183 from over 220 landfills in the city are operating illegally, the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported. Continue reading “Illegal landfills obstruct flood drainage routes”

The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world

US intelligence agency has since 1945 succeeded in deposing or killing a string of leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation in the 1970s

North Korea’s ministry of state security accused the CIA of an alleged recent assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.
North Korea’s ministry of state security accused the CIA of an alleged recent assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

Some of the most notorious of the CIA’s operations to kill world leaders were those targeting the late Cuban president, Fidel Castro. Attempts ranged from snipers to imaginative plots worthy of spy movie fantasies, such as the famous exploding cigars and a poison-lined scuba-diving suit. Continue reading “The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world”

With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus

Reuters

Fri May 5, 2017 | 12:19pm EDT

By Jackie Cai and Adam Jourdan | SHANGHAI

China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet completed its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major first step for Beijing as it looks to raise its profile in the global aviation market and boost high-tech manufacturing at home.

Under overcast skies, the white, green and blue aircraft, with “C919” emblazoned on its tail, touched down at Shanghai’s international airport after an 80-minute flight to cheers from thousands of dignitaries, aviation workers and enthusiasts. Continue reading “With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus”

Báo cáo chất lượng không khí Quý 1 – 2017

Trung tâm Phát triển Sáng tạo Xanh (GreenID) vừa phát hành báo cáo Chất lượng không khí quý I năm 2017 tại Hà Nội và tp. Hồ Chí Minh. Bản báo cáo này dựa trên những dữ liệu sẵn có của Đại sứ quán Mỹ ở Hà Nội và Lãnh sự quán Mỹ tại tp. Hồ Chí Minh và là một hoạt động thường xuyên của GreenID trong việc giám sát chất lượng không khí ở Việt Nam.

Với chỉ số chất lượng không khí (AQI) trung bình trong quý I – 2017 là 123 (so với AQI trung bình quý I – 2016 là 144), chất lượng không khí tại Hà Nội đã có cải thiện. Tuy nhiên, vẫn có hơn 50% số ngày trong quý I (37/90 ngày), nồng độ bụi PM 2.5 vượt quá Quy chuẩn Quốc gia, nồng độ PM 2.5 cao nhất trong quý I đạt 234 μg/m3 vào lúc 11:00 sáng ngày 15/2. Chi tiết chất lượng không khí tại Hà Nội Q1-2017.  Continue reading “Báo cáo chất lượng không khí Quý 1 – 2017”

Vietnam: First silica, nano silica plant gets nod

Last update 09:40 | 05/05/2017

Le Hoai Quoc, president of Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), has granted an investment certificate to BSB Investment & Development Co Ltd for the construction of the first silica and nano silica plant in Viet Nam.

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The representative of Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP)granted an investment certificate to BSB Investment & Development Co Ltd for the construction of the first silica and nano silica plant in Viet Nam. — Photo doanhnghiepvahoinhap.net

The plant has designed production capacity of 3,000 tonnes of silica and nano silica from rice husk per year at the SHTP in HCM City’s District 9.

It is an attempt to maximise exploitation of the precious silica and nano silica resources from rice husk, leveraging it for deployment of special rich applications of public nano technology, such as in activities related to pharmaceutics, cosmetics, foodstuff and advanced materials, as well as agriculture, construction, rubber, plastics, electronics and energy industries in Viet Nam. Continue reading “Vietnam: First silica, nano silica plant gets nod”

Vietnam prepares domestic trade strategy

Last update 09:56 | 05/05/2017

A strategy is being developed to promote domestic trade by 2025 with a vision to 2035.

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Consumers shop at Co.op Mart in Vinh Phuc Province. Viet Nam is developing a strategy to promote domestic trade. 

“The development of domestic trade lacks a comprehensive strategy despite its important role in the economy,” said Pham Nguyen Minh, Director of the Viet Nam Institute for Trade, at a workshop held yesterday to collect comments for the domestic trade development strategy by 2025.

Minh said special attention should be paid to developing supplying chains as well as infrastructure for goods circulation. Continue reading “Vietnam prepares domestic trade strategy”

Vietnam refinery permitted to discharge wastewater into sea

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Updated : 05/04/2017 12:27 GMT + 7

A north-central Vietnamese province has given the green light for an under-construction oil refinery to release treated wastewater directly into the sea for the next ten months.

The Thanh Hoa administration confirmed on Wednesday that it had granted a wastewater discharge license to the Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC (NSRP), the developer of the Nghi Son refinery.

The license entitles NSRP to the approval to release wastewater produced during the facility’s cleaning and trial-run processes into the near-shore waters off Hai Yen Commune, Tinh Gia District for a ten-month period ending February 28, 2018.

The allowable volumes of water discharged range from 480 cubic meters to 500 cubic meters per 24-hour period, according to the approval document signed by the provincial deputy chairman Nguyen Duc Quyen.

NSRP is required to meet all standards of wastewater treatment and regularly monitor the discharge. Should the developer fail to meet the required standards, it will be forced to cease dumping the wastewater and be held legally responsible.

The Thanh Hoa environment department and Tinh Gia administration have been tasked with overseeing the refinery’s wastewater release.

The US$9.3 billion Nghi Son refinery broke ground in October 2013 and had initially been scheduled for completion by December 31, 2016.

Nguyen Van Thi, head of the management board of all industrial parks in Thanh Hoa, said the months-long delay of the refinery’s completion did not result in any serious consequences.

“Construction work took longer than expected, but that isn’t an issue in the EPC [Engineering, Procurement, and Construction] contract,” Thi was quoted by Dan Tri (Intellectual) newswire as saying.

The official said the Nghi Son refinery is scheduled to produce its first batch of products during a test run in July and officially begin operations in October.

The Nghi Son refinery is located along Vietnam’s central coast, some 150km north of the Taiwanese-developed Formosa steel mill in Ha Tinh Province.

The Formosa facility is responsible for dumping improperly treated wastewater directly into the ocean, resulting in massive fish deaths along the coast last year.