Science, tech research ease climate change impact

Last update 10:26 | 14/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung tells Vietnam News Agency about the application of science and technology to mitigate damages of climate change.

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Could you describe a key research programme applying science and technology in environmental protection and natural disaster prevention? Tiếp tục đọc “Science, tech research ease climate change impact”

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Lower numbers of undocumented workers will help VN economy

Last update 14:29 | 14/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Xuan Mai, head of the Department for Labour and Population Statistics of the General Statistics Office, discusses with the Nong thon Ngay nay (Countryside Today) newspaper measures to reduce the rate of undocumented workers. 

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Nguyen Thi Xuan Mai. — Photo baodautu.vn

What do you think about the presence of undocumented workers in Viet Nam? Tiếp tục đọc “Lower numbers of undocumented workers will help VN economy”

“King bank shares” return

Last update 16:00 | 13/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Bank shares, called ‘king shares’, have seen prices escalate to record highs after a period of decline. 

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Analysts say the time of the king share has returned.

Nearly 650 million shares of LienVietPost Bank (LPB) have been put into transactions on UpCom market since October 5. With the reference price level of VND14,800 per share, the bank has capitalization value of VND9.5 trillion, ranking 10th among listed banks.

LienVietPost Bank is the bank with the largest network in Vietnam with 130 branches and transaction points in 63 provinces/cities and 1,000 post transaction offices.

Bank shares, called ‘king shares’, have seen prices escalate to record highs after a period of decline. 

President Nguyen Duc Huong now holds 4.95 percent of the bank’s capital.

Prior to that, in mid-August, the investors’ attention was drawn to the listing of 1.3 billion VP Bank shares (VPB) on the HCMC bourse at the starting price of VND39,300 per share.

The listing has brought new billionaires to the stock market. VB Bank’s President Ngo Chi Dung, his wife and mother, who hold hundreds of millions of shares worth nearly VND10 trillion in total have been added on the list of the richest stock billionaires. Tiếp tục đọc ““King bank shares” return”

Miners risk lives, owners boost profit

Last update 11:46 | 14/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Residents of Cao Duong Commune in Hoa Binh Province call the stone quarries scattered around their modest homes “death valley”. The name reflects reality. Residents say at least six miners died this year while working at the mines, where employers exploit both stone and workers.

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Local residents carry explosives to blast rock. — Photo Lang Quan – Tam Ninh

The image of workers standing precariously at the top of quarries, drilling without protective equipment, is a familiar one. So are residents carrying bags of explosives to the top of the mountain.

Mine owners, for their part, often hire cheap labour and ignore safety regulations in order to extract as much stone as possible and maximise profits. They know their employees need to make a living and have no other work. Tiếp tục đọc “Miners risk lives, owners boost profit”

The unethical hands that sway the stock market

Last update 12:00 | 14/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The ways of manipulating the stock market are getting more sophisticated despite serious punishments. 


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The State Securities Commission (SSC) in mid-September imposed a fine of VND550 million on Phan Sy Hai for violations of regulations.

Hai was found using 28 accounts, including three in his name and 25 in other names to manipulate the price of VMD shares of Vimedimex, a pharmacy company, in the months from January to April 2016. Tiếp tục đọc “The unethical hands that sway the stock market”

Chinese potatoes still sold as Da Lat produce

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Chinese produce sold under the guise of being from Da Lat is no small potatoes for Vietnam’s vegetable hub

The rainy season, when Da Lat potato prices surge as supply falls behind demand, is also the peak time for dishonest wholesalers to re-brand Chinese potatoes into Da Lat-grown delicacies.

Fresh potatoes are one of the specialties that earn Da Lat, the capital of Lam Dong Province, its moniker of Vietnam’s vegetable kingdom.

However, not all Da Lat potatoes are actually grown in the Central Highlands hub. Tiếp tục đọc “Chinese potatoes still sold as Da Lat produce”

54 dead, 39 missing after depression

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Update: October, 14/2017 – 08:00

Rapidly increasing water levels in Đáy River has submerged Yên Bằng Commune, Ý Yên District, in the northern province of Nam Định. VNA/VNS Photo Công Luật
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — At least 54 people died, 31 others were injured and 39 are missing due to heavy rains and floods triggered by a tropical depression hitting northern and central localities in recent days, according to National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention. Tiếp tục đọc “54 dead, 39 missing after depression”

Hmong marijuana growers in California fight attempts to shut them down

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A Hmong community turned out to be quite efficient growers of cannabis. County officials were not happy.

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SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. — The narcotics officer stood on a windswept ridge near the Oregon border and surveyed the fields cut into the hills below, a landscape resembling a lost piece of wine country.

The terraces of Siskiyou County, however, were planted in cannabis.

More than 1,500 Hmong farmers in the past two years have poured into this remote county, so vast it encompasses two western mountain ranges. Tiếp tục đọc “Hmong marijuana growers in California fight attempts to shut them down”

What Happened When England Offered ‘Free’ College

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In England, “free college” policies resulted in the wealthiest students receiving a disproportionate share of government subsidies. (Photo: iStock Photos)

Proponents of “free college” would have you believe that getting rid of tuition fees is all it takes to create a high-quality, equitable, and accessible higher education system.

But a recent study indicates that in England, removing tuition fees from students achieved the exact opposite result. “Free” college in fact created a system where the wealthy benefited, and the poor were left behind. Tiếp tục đọc “What Happened When England Offered ‘Free’ College”

Experts urge organic fertiliser use

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Update: October, 14/2017 – 09:00

A national conference on development strategies for the organic fertiliser industry and organic agriculture was held in HCM City yesterday. — VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — It is time to increase the production and use of organic fertilisers to foster organic farming, according to the Việt Nam Fertiliser Association.

Speaking at a national conference on development strategies for the organic fertiliser industry and organic agriculture in HCM City yesterday, Nguyễn Hạc Thúy, general secretary of the association, said: “Consumers around the world pay increasing attention to food safety and farm produce quality, while importing countries scrupulously check imported agricultural produce, especially for residues of plant protection chemicals, antibiotics, and heavy metal content. Tiếp tục đọc “Experts urge organic fertiliser use”

Qualified labour lacking in logistics

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Update: October, 13/2017 – 09:00

The country needs roughly 20,000 high-quality workers meeting professional requirements. — Photo vneconomy.vn

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HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s logistics sector is facing a shortage of high-quality human resources and needs co-operation in training among the Government, universities, businesses and associations.

Speaking on Thursday at a workshop in Hà Nội on upgrading the logistics workforce, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department of Export-Import, Trần Thanh Hải, said only 1,300–1,500 out of over 3,000 logistics suppliers work effectively in Việt Nam. Tiếp tục đọc “Qualified labour lacking in logistics”

ASEAN ministers sign agreements to make travel easier across member countries