Traffic accidents are eighth leading cause of death globally, according to WHO

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(CNN)The number of traffic-related deaths reached a high of 1.35 million in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization on Friday. It has also moved up to the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

“Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves — and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world,” Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and the WHO global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases and injuries, said in the foreword of the report.
Although the report points out that progress has been made in certain areas, such as legislation, it has not happened quickly enough to meet the UN’s goals to halve road traffic deaths between 2016 and 2020.
Traffic deaths are now the leading global cause of deaths for children and young adults between 5 and 29 years old.

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Việt Nam thắng hai giải lớn tại liên hoan phim Singapore

Việt Nam, phim tài liệu
Đạo diễn Phạm Thu Hằng và hai nhân vật chính trong phim “Mùa cát vọng”

Hai nữ đạo diễn của Việt Nam vừa giành hai giải nhất tại Liên hoan Phim Singapore 2018, quy tụ các nhà làm phim tài năng khắp châu Á.

Phim tài liệu dài đầu tay “Mùa cát vọng” (The future cries beneath our soil) của nữ đạo diễn Phạm Thu Hằng giành giải Đạo diễn Xuất sắc nhất ở hạng mục Phim phóng sự châu Á. Continue reading “Việt Nam thắng hai giải lớn tại liên hoan phim Singapore”

World’s largest car rental firm drives into Vietnam

World’s largest car rental firm drives into Vietnam

Vietnam is the first stop for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Asia. Photo acquired by VnExpress

Vietnam is the first stop for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Asia, after 85 locations in Europe and the Americas.

The world’s largest car rental servicer, Enterprise Holdings, recently announced that its Enterprise Rent-A-Car service is now available in Vietnam.

The move is part of Enterprise Holdings’ goal to expand its car rental services across the Asia Pacific region.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will operate in Vietnam through its Vietnamese franchise partner MP Logistics.

Cuong Dang, general director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Vietnam, said the company currently has 300 rental cars, from 5 to 47 seaters, available in Ho Chi Minh City. The service is scheduled to be expanded to Hanoi and central Da Nang City in the first quarter of 2019.

Rent-A-Car’s initial strategy will be to grow a base of corporate customers, foreign employees of multinational companies with operations in Vietnam. The initial emphasis will be on long-term rentals with a chauffeur.

Later, it will expand its services to include short-term, chauffeur-driven options, self-drive rentals and leisure hire at popular tourist destinations likes Da Nang.

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Expert suggests using scrap tires to fight landslides

VietNamNet Bridge – In Vietnam and the Mekong Delta in particular, landslides along rivers and coastal areas are becoming more serious and more frequent.

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Landslides are becoming more serious

Reports show that there are 562 landslide stricken areas in the Mekong Delta, with the total length of 786 kilometers. At least 42 areas of 148 kilometers in length are in a dangerous situation.

Every year, more than 500 hectares of land are eroded, causing the loss of residential land, protective forest land, specialized and production land, and causing damage to infrastructure and ecosystem. Continue reading “Expert suggests using scrap tires to fight landslides”

Will Vietnam follow China down the pollution path?

THE news that China is bracing for smog waves as the winter heating season begins has once again put the dangerous levels of air pollution in Asia in the spotlight. With the air in Beijing and adjacent areas expected to become heavily polluted over the next week, China will be facing concern – yet again – over its underwhelming response to the problem.
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Can Vietnam achieve its vision of a ‘green transformation’?

VIETNAM is facing a number of environmental pitfalls and policy hurdles on its path towards a sustainable energy sector, Frauke Urban, Giuseppina Siciliano, Linda Wallbott, Markus Lederer and Dang Nguyen Anh write.

Vietnam has experienced rapid economic growth over the past two decades, making it one of the strongest and fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia.

At the same time, the country has experienced increasing levels of urbanisation, industrialisation and high population growth.

While millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, Vietnam’s recent development trajectory has also resulted in increasing environmental pressures. Continue reading “Can Vietnam achieve its vision of a ‘green transformation’?”

200 years to go before Laos is cleared of unexploded US bombs from Vietnam war era


  • In the world’s most heavily bombed country, 20 million UXO have been cleared in the 45 years since clandestine US war ended
  • That leaves another 80 million still to be dug out and defused, if foreign governments continue funding the work.

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    Thanksgiving is an American tradition that is unknown in most of the world. Fifty years ago, however, it landed in Laos, the small, impoverished Southeast Asian nation that was to become perhaps the longest-suffering casualty of the United States’ war in Vietnam.

    Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November. In 1968, that fell on November 28, and on that day, at the height of the war and on the orders of president Lyndon B. Johnson, turkey dinners were helicoptered in to American soldiers who were on a mission to sever the Ho Chi Minh Trail – the network of paths and tracks that constituted North Vietnam’s military supply lines to the south of the country – that ran through eastern Laos.

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    LBJ’s festive dinners were flown in at the same time as the US began dropping millions of bombs on the trail, which it had already been targeting for four years. Half a century later, Laos is still dealing with the deadly legacy of that bombing campaign, which left an estimated 100 million pieces of unexploded ordnance on the ground. Continue reading “200 years to go before Laos is cleared of unexploded US bombs from Vietnam war era”

    Binh Duong to host Horasis Asia Meeting 2018


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    Binh Duong (VNA) – The Horasis Asia Meeting 2018 will take place in the southern province of Binh Duong on November 25 – 27, said Tran Thanh Liem, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

    The event will bring together about 400 guests from 60 countries and international organisations, along with 500 domestic guests, including leaders of the Government, ministries, agencies and representatives of cities, provinces and enterprises. Continue reading “Binh Duong to host Horasis Asia Meeting 2018”

    Christ’s stepping stone in Dai Viet


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    Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

    Despite their initial failure in the process of evangelization, the Order of Preachers never left Cochinchina and today there still remains the memory of the many martyrs, monks and lay brothers, who left there, especially during the 19th century. A total of 59 martyrs – bishops, priests, laity, catechists, all members of the priestly fraternity of Saint Dominic.

    In the meanwhile, two other Portuguese missionaries, this time of the Augustinian Order disembarked on those shores and, in 1596, would eventually establish a mission, in Phuoc Kieu, neighboring village to Hoi An, known to the Portuguese as Cachão. However, a quarrel between a Christian and a soldier at the service of an important local Mandarin forced the two religious to abandon everything and return to Macau, thus failing another Christian attempt.

    The missionary situation in those kingdoms worried the bishop of Malacca, Friar Cristóvão de Lisboa. After all, the region in question was under its jurisdiction. Determined not to give up, that religious man, around 1610, send several prelates with the title of vicars. Unfortunately, against all expectations, the result was nil; one of them returned to Macau and the others confined themselves to play the role of chaplains in the boats of the Portuguese merchants.

    At that time a strong wave of persecution against the Catholic Church arose in Japan, especially between 1598 and 1614, forcing many Japanese Christians to take refuge in Macau or in Cochinchina. In turn, missionaries, unable to evangelize, returned to their base (Macau), but not for long, as will be shown.

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    Dai Viet in the 17th century & the presence of the Portuguese

    The century of the 17th – 18th is said to be the very important historical period in the process of development of the nation of Vietnam.

    Because in this two centuries, the map of Vietnam was fully established, by the great South movement progress of the Vietnamese residents. Also in this century, the East-West interaction brought a new wind, strongly affecting the ideology of Vietnamese feudal ideology, and facilitating Vietnam’s close contact with Western and Western civilization in particular. In which, it was noted about the presence of the Portuguese and the foundation of the Vietnamese language script.

    Map of Vietnam around 1760 prepared by Covens e Mortier Company, Amsterdam

    The presence of Western clerics

    According to many studies, prior to the fifteenth century, the East – West or East – West culture did not really have many opportunities to contact, even quite separate.  However, since after the fifteenth century, with the rapid development of science and technology, it created the wings of the transportation industry to develop equally. As a result, there have been a lot of explorations, trading … taking place in many countries in two regions.
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    Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ hoàn thành Dự án Xử lý Môi trường tại Sân bay Đà Nẵng

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    usaid – Thứ Tư, Tháng mười một 7, 2018

    United States and Vietnam Complete Environmental Remediation at Danang Airport
    United States and Vietnam Complete Environmental Remediation at Danang Airport. Nguyen Thac Phuong/USAID

    ĐÀ NẴNG, 7/11/2018 – Hôm nay, Đại sứ Hoa Kỳ tại Việt Nam Daniel J. Kritenbrink và Thứ trưởng Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam Nguyễn Chí Vịnh chứng kiến lễ ký thỏa thuận bàn giao 13,7 ha đất sạch đã xử lý tại Sân bay Quốc tế Đà Nẵng cho Bộ Giao thông Vận tải quản lý. Đây là phần đất bàn giao đợt ba và cũng là phần đất cuối cùng được bàn giao để phục vụ cho việc mở rộng Sân bay Đà Nẵng. Buổi lễ cũng đánh dấu việc hoàn thành Dự án Xử lý Môi trường Ô nhiễm Dioxin tại Sân bay Đà Nẵng kéo dài 6 năm với kinh phí 110 triệu đô la do Cơ quan Phát triển Quốc tế Hoa Kỳ (USAID) và Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam phối hợp thực hiện. Continue reading “Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ hoàn thành Dự án Xử lý Môi trường tại Sân bay Đà Nẵng”


    This emerging technology is making it easier for consumers to assess the social and environmental impacts of the products they buy.

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    How environmentally friendly is the coffee you drank this morning? The clothes you’re wearing? What are the social impacts of the chair you’re sitting on? Perhaps you’ve tried to find the answers to questions like these from retailers, but got no response, or just a vague “commitment to sustainability” statement?

    A desire for products to be clean and green rather than drive climate change, wildlife destruction or modern slavery is a growing trend, particularly among younger consumers. But shopping ethically is often more easily said than done.

    poll of 20,000 people across five countries by consumer goods company Unilever last year found that 33 percent of respondents choose to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good, with 21 percent saying they would actively choose brands if they made their sustainability credentials clearer on their packaging and in their marketing. At the same time, many people are increasingly skeptical of claims made by media, politicians and business. A 2016 survey by product transparency company Label Insight found that 75 percent of respondents did not trust the accuracy of food labels. 


    One journalist killed every four days: United Nations

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    A crowd of journalists in Maluku transit camp, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where citizens of that country, deported from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, have gathered. (23 May 2014).
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    More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.

    More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.

    The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days.
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    Oil and Gas Majors Need to Invest $20 Billion Yearly to Dominate in Renewables


    That hypothetical amount would equate to “a massive boost for the market.”

    Spending $20 billion per year on renewables would support 7 gigawatts of offshore wind annually.

    Spending $20 billion per year on renewables would support 7 gigawatts of offshore wind annually Photo Credit: