Beautiful homestays in northern Ha Giang province

Last update 16:03 | 28/10/2017

Homestay services are springing up throughout the northern province of Ha Giang. Visitors can now choose to stay at beautiful homestays in Quang Ba, Dong Van, and Meo Vac districts.

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Tha Hamlet is around 4km from the centre of Ha Giang City. It is home to Tay ethnic minority people and famous for its many cultural traditions and the pristine natural beauty. Continue reading “Beautiful homestays in northern Ha Giang province”
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Specialty rice: the path from the gene bank to the market

Last update 07:40 | 28/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Many of Vietnam’s precious rice varieties only exist in the national plant gene bank and yet to be used commercially. 


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Vo Tong Xuan, a leading rice expert, said when he visited other countries to learn about rice markets, he met many overseas Vietnamese who wished they could buy the special rice which was formerly available.

However, many specialty rice varieties are no longer grown on Vietnam rice fields as farmers focus on high-yield varieties.

Many of Vietnam’s precious rice varieties only exist in the national plant gene bank and yet to be used commercially. 

Xuan has tried to prove that if scientists and businesses join forces to restore precious rice varieties, they will succeed because the demand is high. As people’s income has improved, they want to buy better products.

TH True Milk is moving ahead with the project on restoring Vietnam’s specialty rice varieties. It will use world’s most advanced technologies, Vietnamese brainpower and natural resources will be used to create special rice products for the world market. Continue reading “Specialty rice: the path from the gene bank to the market”

Should there be a cable car system in Bach Ma National Park?

Last update 07:50 | 28/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Scientists have expressed concern over plans to build a cable car system in Bach Ma National Park in Thua Thien-Hue province. 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, Bach Ma park, cool climate, cable car
Deputy director of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial Planning Department Hoang Viet Trung on August 15 confirmed that the province has submitted to the Ministry of Construction a proposal to develop a Bach Ma spiritual eco-tourism and resort complex with a cable car.

The cable car is expected to start in Cau Hai area and end at the villa in Morin Hotel. There would be three stops, including one at Do Quyen waterfall. Continue reading “Should there be a cable car system in Bach Ma National Park?”

Dè chừng nhập siêu từ Thái Lan

Nguyễn Duy Nghĩa Chủ Nhật,  29/10/2017, 15:47 (GMT+7)


Hàng hóa Thái Lan đang lấn át hàng Việt Nam, ngay cả đối với gạo, mặt hàng xuất khẩu chủ lực của Việt Nam. Trong ảnh: Thu hoạch lúa ở ĐBSCL. Ảnh: TRUNG CHÁNH

(TBKTSG) – Năm 2015, trước thềm Cộng đồng kinh tế ASEAN (AEC), Việt Nam nhập siêu từ Thái Lan 5 tỉ đô la Mỹ, tương ứng với 160% kim ngạch xuất khẩu của Việt Nam sang Thái.

Việt Nam hy vọng việc hình thành AEC sẽ cải thiện tương quan thương mại giữa Việt Nam với Thái Lan. Nhưng dường như ta chỉ cầm cự được trong năm 2016. Trong chín tháng đầu năm 2017, ta đã nhập siêu từ Thái Lan 4 tỉ đô la Mỹ, bằng 81,6% nhập siêu cả năm 2016. Hiện Thái Lan đứng đầu các quốc gia Đông Nam Á và trên trường quốc tế chỉ thua Hàn Quốc (số 1) và Trung Quốc (số 2) về nhập siêu vào Việt Nam. Continue reading “Dè chừng nhập siêu từ Thái Lan”

Two seafood “kings” see profits fall as business problems mount

Last update 12:00 | 28/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Because of unexpected changes in the market or poor business decisions, Minh Phu and Hung Vuong, the kings in the seafood industry, have been seeing a severe drop in profits. 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, seafood, DOC, VASEP

Hung Vuong Seafood Company, called the ‘catfish King’, has announced the decision to divest from An Lac Real Estate and dissolve the company. Hung Vuong holds a 76 percent stake in the real estate firm with charter capital of VND300 billion.

Hung Vuong will liquidate four land plots with total area of 20,000 square meters. Continue reading “Two seafood “kings” see profits fall as business problems mount”

Huge foreign-invested real estate projects remain on paper

Last update 12:00 | 29/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The ‘super projects’ registered by foreign investors with huge investment capital of billions of dollars are still on paper. 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, Ha Long, FDI, Nguyen huu Thang

In 2008, when reporting about the Vietnam Financial Center (VFC) project licensed by HCMC authorities, local newspapers called it a ‘super project’. It was expected to include three high-rise 48-storey buildings for offices, shopping malls and 5-star international hotels.

However, the project remains on paper. In 2014, Berjaya, the investor, asked for the municipal authorities’ permission to scale down the project by half. Continue reading “Huge foreign-invested real estate projects remain on paper”

Vietnam’s central bank outlaws Bitcoin

A fine of up to VND200 million (US$10,959) and possible criminal charges will be imposed on violators

By Tuoi Tre News

October 29, 2017, 12:30 GMT+7

​Vietnam’s central bank outlaws Bitcoin   
FILE PHOTO: A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters

The State Bank of Vietnam has said Bitcoin is banned in the country and those who break this rule will be subject to fines or even criminal charges, following an announcement by a private local university to accept the digital currency as tuition.  

In a document sent to the press on Saturday, the central bank asserted that Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency are not considered as legal modes of payment in Vietnam. Continue reading “Vietnam’s central bank outlaws Bitcoin”

Fruit park project encroaches on river, poses subsidence hazards in southern Vietnam

About 6.8 hectares of the river will be filled to prepare for the construction

By Tuoi Tre News

October 29, 2017, 16:28 GMT+7

​Fruit park project encroaches on river, poses subsidence hazards in southern Vietnam
About 6.8 hectares of the Tien (Front) River will be reclaimed for the construction of a fruit park in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A park project in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has sparked concern among local residents for blatantly encroaching on a large area of a river, as it may cause the riverbank to collapse anytime.

For the past six months, people in Cai Lay and Cai Be Districts, Tien Giang Province, have been worried by the construction of a fruit park as it will take up a considerable portion of a local waterway.

Locals and experts fear that the project would cause changes to the natural torrent of the river, resulting in subsidence in nearby areas. Continue reading “Fruit park project encroaches on river, poses subsidence hazards in southern Vietnam”

NA discusses draft revised Law on Fisheries

vietnamnews Update: October, 28/2017 – 09:20

The National Assembly discussed the draft revised Law on Fisheries at its plenary session in Hà Nội yesterday.– VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI – The National Assembly discussed the draft revised Law on Fisheries at its plenary session in Hà Nội yesterday.

Several lawmakers stressed the need to establish centrally-run, municipal and provincial fisheries surveillance systems to ensure fisheries law enforcement and defend sovereignty over waters.

The work should also meet requirements for a capable surveillance system to prevent fishing practices which would result in an import ban from the European Union, one of the country’s major seafood markets. Continue reading “NA discusses draft revised Law on Fisheries”

Hill people keep nation fragrant

vietnamnews Update: October, 28/2017 – 08:00

Adherent: Villagers use natural adhesive to glue the powdered herbs together.
Phia Thắp is a small community of  50 homes in the northern border province of Cao Bằng. Besides agriculture, the tiny mountain hamlet is well-known for makingr incense, an ancient trade passed down for hundreds of years. Everyone in the community, from grandmothers to children, take pride in the trade.
Phia Thắp incense is a popular brand in this part of the country. The incense is hand-made from 100 per cent natural ingredients. The sticks are made from split bamboo. Locals collect special herbs in the mountains and grind them to make a powder. They later add it to pine powder and add colour. The final step is to put the wet incense out under the sun to dry.
The incense provides a subtle but distinctively pleasant aroma, which retains the fragance smell of agarwood.

Continue reading “Hill people keep nation fragrant”

Thái women in Nghệ An learn to promote community-based tourism

vietnamnews Update: October, 29/2017 – 00:08

Japanese aid: Raito Hotta (in blue cap) and his Japanese friends enjoy a buffalo carriage in Nưa Village. — VNS Photo Ando Katsuhiro

NGHỆ AN — As the sunshine of a late summer afternoon waned, Lô Thị Hoa and her sister, looking fresh in traditional Thái costumes, prepared food to welcome guests to their stilt house in Nưa Village.

Inside the kitchen, three women in Hoa’s group were cooking food in several big pots on firewood while others were busy boiling water, cleaning vegetables and marinating meat. A dozen traditional dishes had to be served in just an hour. Continue reading “Thái women in Nghệ An learn to promote community-based tourism”

Nestlé, Hershey and Mars ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

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This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says consumers have been “deceived” by promises from the brands to clean up their supply chains which were subsequently delayed, revised or watered down. Continue reading “Nestlé, Hershey and Mars ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’”

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

 
Ponso, the only surviving chimpanzee of a colony of 20 apes, sits in a tree on Chimpanzee Island in Ivory Coast, where the ape population has plummeted by 90 percent in just two decades AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO

MANILA: Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday (Oct 28).

Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Continue reading “Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention”

Bangladesh eyes sterilisation to curb Rohingya population

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Bangladesh says some 20,000 Rohingya women are pregnant and 600 have given birth since arriving in Bangladesh, though the figures may not account for the births that take place with no formal medical help AFP/Tauseef MUSTAFA

PALONGKHALI, Bangladesh: Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country.

The latest arrivals have joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled in earlier waves from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution. Continue reading “Bangladesh eyes sterilisation to curb Rohingya population”