Red Dao ’capital’ is mountain wonderland

Last update 09:00 | 03/12/2017

Located 1,000m above sea level, Ho Thau Commune in the northern mountains has cool weather all year round and breathtaking landscapes.

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The commune, with thousands of hectares of terraced rice fields and topped with the “grey hat” of Chieu Lau Thi Peak, is considered the capital of the Red Dao ethnic group, which numbers about 450,000 people in Viet Nam alone. The area is also the starting point for the Chay River, which runs like a giant snake through the mountains and forests. Continue reading “Red Dao ’capital’ is mountain wonderland”

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Discover vibrant pink grass hills of Gia Lai

Last update 14:12 | 22/11/2017

Located in the Glar commune, Dak Doa district, about 20km from Pleiku city in Gia Lai province, hills carpeted with a vivid pink grass are attracting hundreds of visitors for photo opportunities in the stunning scenery.

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Endless pink grass meadows among the pine forests of Glar commune. Continue reading “Discover vibrant pink grass hills of Gia Lai”

Central Highlands enlivened by vibrant wild flowers

Last update 15:25 | 01/12/2017

The period between the rainy and dry seasons in the Central Highlands is the perfect time of year for travelers to visit the Central Highlands and experience the vast swathes of wild flowers in full bloom.

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Rolling meadows of flowers in bloomset among the spectacular natural landscapes of the region create scenes of picturesque beauty, attracting a lot of visitors these days. Continue reading “Central Highlands enlivened by vibrant wild flowers”

Bitcoin, làm giá thị trường kiểu bổn cũ soạn lại

Vấn đề thao túng thị trường, mà ngày nay thường dùng từ “làm giá” hay “làm giá thị trường” hay “tạo cơn sốt”, là điều xưa như trái đất, nhưng rất nhiều người vẫn bị lãnh đủ.

Vấn đề rất dễ hiểu. Giá cả của mọi thứ trên thị trường được ấn định bởi cung (supply) và cầu (demand) – một số lượng cung do các nhà sản xuất tung ra trên thị thường gặp một số lượng cầu của người tiêu thụ, sẽ tạo ra một thăng bằng (equilibrium) nơi cung và cầu gặp nhau, với lượng sản phẩm Q tại giá P. (Xem ảnh bên dưới)


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Communist Hanoi gets its first McDonald’s

AFP / HOANG DINH NAMThe global fast food chain received a warm welcome in Hanoi as hungry diners crammed into the two-storey eatery for a first taste of the Golden Arches

AFP_Global burger behemoth McDonald’s opened its first branch on Saturday in the historic heart of communist Hanoi, a conservative city renowned for its traditional — and cheap — Vietnamese staples beloved by food-obsessed locals.

Hungry customers lined up for Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets at the Vietnamese capital’s first location overlooking the tree-lined Hoan Kiem lake, which draws millions of tourists annually to see French-era colonial buildings and sample street-food favourites like pho noodle soup and banh mi sandwiches.

The restaurant is the first outside of the southern commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City, where 16 branches have opened since McDonald’s first came to Vietnam in 2014 to much fanfare, especially among the rapidly-growing middle class and American-obsessed youth. Continue reading “Communist Hanoi gets its first McDonald’s”

Sao lại tăng giá điện vào cuối năm?

02/12/2017 09:27 GMT+7

Thi công lắp đặt điện trên đường Vũ Huy Tấn (Q.Bình Thạnh, TP.HCM) – Ảnh: Châu Anh

TTO – Nhiều chuyên gia đề nghị phải giải trình minh bạch, thuyết phục lý do tăng giá điện cũng như có lộ trình để doanh nghiệp (DN), người dân có sự chuẩn bị.

tuoitre.vn_Việc tăng 6,08% giá điện được đánh giá là phù hợp trong bối cảnh nhu cầu đầu tư ngành điện tăng cao.

Buổi họp báo về tăng giá điện do Bộ Công thương tổ chức chiều 1-12 trở nên nóng hơn khi hàng loạt câu hỏi của báo chí đặt ra về tính hợp lý, cơ sở của việc tăng giá điện 6,08% cũng như đề nghị làm rõ các khoản lỗ, chênh lệch tỉ giá…

Tăng giá để xử lý lỗ tỉ giá

Tại buổi họp báo, ông Võ Quang Lâm, phó tổng giám đốc Tập đoàn Điện lực Việt Nam (EVN), chỉ cho biết khoản lỗ tỉ giá sẽ được phân bổ dần dần nhằm giảm bớt áp lực tăng giá điện, nhưng không giải trình cụ thể khoản lỗ gần 600 tỉ đồng xuất phát do đâu.

Cũng theo ông Lâm, việc tăng giá điện sẽ tác động đến chỉ số giá tiêu dùng là 0,1% và tăng trưởng GDP là 0,166% trong năm 2018.

Đại diện của Kiểm toán Deloitte giải thích thêm về khoản chênh lệch tỉ giá lên tới 9.500 tỉ đồng là do EVN phải vay vốn nước ngoài để đầu tư nhà máy nên phát sinh chênh lệch tỉ giá, dù điều hành tỉ giá của Ngân hàng Nhà nước đã khá ổn định.

Theo vị này, nếu khoản lỗ chênh lệch tỉ giá được phân bổ ngay vào giá thành, chắc chắn tình hình sản xuất kinh doanh chung sẽ bị lỗ, nhưng quan điểm điều hành của Chính phủ là chưa phân bổ tỉ giá vào giá thành để giảm áp lực tăng giá.

Ông Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, cục trưởng Cục Điều tiết điện lực, cũng cho rằng theo chỉ đạo của Chính phủ, khoản lỗ tỉ giá sẽ chỉ được hạch toán một phần hoặc giãn ra đưa vào giá thành để tránh tạo áp lực đến việc tăng giá bán lẻ điện.

Do đó, đợt điều chỉnh giá điện lần này chỉ đưa một phần vào khâu truyền tải điện, khâu phát điện… Cũng theo ông Tuấn, EVN đã tiết kiệm 1.266 tỉ đồng chi phí thường xuyên, giảm giá thành trong khâu truyền tải điện, chi phí sửa chữa lớn tiết kiệm 5%, tốc độ tăng lương thấp hơn năng suất lao động…

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Samsung dismisses labor abuse claims in Vietnam

November 26, 2017 | 11:31 am GMT+7

Samsung said a sample size of 45 female workers is insufficient to conclude its workers suffer from health problems like fatigue, dizziness and miscarriages.

vnexpress.net_A new report has revealed a series of health and workplace violations at Samsung plants in Vietnam, but the South Korean tech giant has categorically rejected the claims.

The study, which was released early this month, reported “serious” labor code violations at an industrial giant that is one of the leading investors and employers in the country.

45 female workers reported extreme fatigue, fainting and dizziness at work, and said that miscarriages were extremely common, according to the study by the Hanoi-based Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) and IPEN, a global network of environment and health NGOs.

They also said that workers, including pregnant women, were required to stand for the entire 8-12 hour shifts or face a pay cut. They had limited breaks and had to ask to use the restroom.

Many are rostered on alternating day and night shift shifts, regardless of weekends, they said.

Workers said they had experienced problems with their eyesight, nose bleeds and stomach aches, as well as joint and leg pains.

No workers have received copies of their contracts, which is mandatory under Vietnamese labor laws, according to the report.

Samsung Electronics operates two cellphone plants in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen in northern Vietnam, which produce around half of all the cellphones that Samsung supplies to the global market.

The plants, which had 149,000 staff as of the end of April, made $36 billion last year, accounting for 68 percent of all revenue from the countrys electronics industry, which is the highest grossing sector in Vietnam.

Joe DiGangi, IPENs Senior Science and Technical Advisor, said that the study is important because the lives and rights of workers in the electronics industry in Vietnam have been “neglected”.

“Companies make a lot of money in Vietnam, but their profit rests on the tired shoulders of the female-majority workforce,” he said.

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Vietnam’s efforts to preserve and promote national heritages

Last update 22:40 | 03/12/2017

A country with 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam boasts many unique tangible and intangible heritages. Together with the support of its citizens, the Vietnamese government has carried out numerous policies to preserve and promote the national treasures.

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The Great National Unity – Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Week has been held annually over the past 6 years in Hanoi’s Son Tay district with many cultural activities and festivals.

At this year’s event, the culture of the Cai Rang floating market, which is part of a national intangible cultural heritage, was re-enacted. Continue reading “Vietnam’s efforts to preserve and promote national heritages”

HCM City to offer more river routes

Last update 09:00 | 03/12/2017

Poor waterway infrastructure and lack of wharves as well as stopover stations are major obstacles preventing the full development of waterway tourism in HCM City, according to river transport and tourism companies.

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HCM City’s first public river bus route Bạch Đằng- Linh Đông begins at Bạch Đằng Wharf in District 1.

Nguyễn Hải Linh, owner of the Elisa floating restaurant, said the city had not invested enough in river tourism products. Continue reading “HCM City to offer more river routes”

Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia

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An international consortium of energy companies has presented its plans to develop a 6 gigawatt (GW) solar and wind hybrid project in Western Australia, designed to export clean energy to Indonesia through subsea cables.

Western Australia is set to take advantage of its significant solar and wind resources to export renewable energy to Indonesia, contributing significantly to the country’s clean energy future and energy security through reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The proposed project is called Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) and is another mega energy project which underlines the significant opportunities that domestic renewable resources can provide for countries to become the ‘new’ energy exporters.

The hybrid power plant would be spread over 14,000 square km in flat desert land on the north-west coast of Australia.

It would comprise approximately 1,200 wind turbines supplied by Vestas, and 10 million solar panels with an aggregated capacity of 6GW – enough electricity to power more than 7 million households. Continue reading “Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia”

VN Khmers preserve 2,000 years of culture

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Another world: Children perform Khmer traditional dances at the seventh southern Khmer cultural festival in Bạc Liêu City. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp

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“The unique colours of Khmer cultureare part of the rich variety among the 54 nationalities who live in Việt Nam,” Đặng Hùng, head of the Bạc Liêu Province’s Union of Associations for Literature and Arts, said this week.

In recent years, provincial authorities have carried out Government policies on ethnic affairs by reducing poverty and improving the livelihoods of the southern Khmer and preserving the diversity of their traditional culture. Continue reading “VN Khmers preserve 2,000 years of culture”

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test

 
Photographs showed thousands of tightly packed soldiers and people applauding on Pyongyang’s Kim Il-Sung square, which was decorated with large portraits of the North’s late leaders. (Photo: AFP)

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SEOUL: North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang’s state media said on Saturday (Dec 2), with the regime accusing Washington of “begging for nuclear war” over planned military drills. Continue reading “North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test”

This Is What Could Pop the Bitcoin Bubble

 

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Bitcoin and bubble have become virtually synonymous in the minds of many skeptics during this year’s breathtaking rally. While the digital currency has defied doomsday prophesies, there’s a number of ways this party could end badly for the swelling ranks of bulls.

But be warned: many of the potential causes of death have surfaced during the past few years, and have proven unable to bludgeon bitcoin into oblivion thus far. Continue reading “This Is What Could Pop the Bitcoin Bubble”