The magic washing machine – Máy giặt thần kỳ

 

Overcoming threats to the Mekong’s forests and people

Five countries strive to meet the challenge of forest governance. This special report covers progress, problems and promising solutions.

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Overcoming threats to the Mekong’s forests and people was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of RECOFTC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

 

RECOFTC’s work is made possible with the continuous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Mekong Delta fishers in distress as fish die en masse

By Nguyet Nhi, Hoang Nam   May 11, 2020 | 08:26 am GMT+7

Fishing communities on the Mekong Delta’s Tien River are blaming salinity intrusion for their fish dying in abnormal numbers, inflicting heavy losses.
Mekong Delta fishers in distress as fish die en masse

At the foot of Rach Mieu Bridge, 53-year-old Nguyen Sinh Nhut, owner of five cages of red tilapia fish, stands tired and lost after a day of cleaning up dead fish. He can’t say how many have died in the last month. “The fish just kept dying. I have lost VND10 to 20 million ($427 to 854)  that I have to spend on each cage for food,” said Nhut, who has been farming fish for 18 years on the Tien River, a branch of Mekong River in Vietnam.

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Study loading capacties of air pollutant emissions for developing countries: a case of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nature

Abstract

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is one of the cities in developing countries where many concentrations of air pollutants exceeded the Vietnam national technical regulation in ambient air quality including TSP, NOx, Ozone and CO. These high pollutant concentrations have destroyed the human health of people in HCMC. Many zones in HCMC can’t receive more air pollutants. The objectives of this research are: (i) Air quality modeling over HCMC by using the TAPM-CTM system model by using a bottom up air emission inventory; and (ii) Study loading capactities of air pollutant emissions over Ho Chi Minh City. Simulations of air pollution were conducted in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the largest city of Vietnam by using the TAPM-CTM model. The model performance was evaluated using observed meteorological data at Tan Son Hoa station and air quality data at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science. The model is then applied to simulate a retire 1-year period to determine the levels of air pollutants in HCMC in 2017, 2025 and 2030. The results show that the highest concentrations of CO, NO2, and O3 in 2017 exceeded the National technical regulation in ambient air quality (QCVN 05:2013) 1.5, 1.5, and 1.1 times, respectively. These values also will increase in 2025 and 2030 if the local government does not have any plan for the reduction of emissions, especially, SO2 in 2030 also will be 1.02 times higher than that in QCVN 05:2013. The emission zoning was initially studied by calculating and simulating the loading capacities of each pollutant based on the highest concentration and the National technical regulation in ambient air quality. The results show that the center of HCMC could not receive anymore the emission, even needs to reduce half of the emission. Under the easterly prevailing wind in the dry season, the high pollution was more likely to be experienced in the west of Ho Chi Minh. In contrast, the eastern regions were the upwind areas and the pollutants could transport to the downwind sectors. It was recommended that the best strategy for emission control in HCMC is avoiding industrial and urban development in the upwind areas to achieve better air quality for both areas. In the case of necessity to choose one area for development, the downwind sector is preferred. The results show that TAPM-CTM performed well as applied to simulate the air quality in HCMC and is a promising tool to study the emission zoning.
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GS Võ Tòng Xuân: Xử lý nghiêm doanh nghiệp từ chối hợp đồng bán gạo dự trữ

laodong.vn

Thứ tư, 15-04-2020 | 16:45:00 PM GMT+7 Bản in 
Theo giáo sư Võ Tòng Xuân, nếu hợp đồng giữa Tổng cục Dự trữ Nhà nước và các doanh nghiệp cung cấp gạo dự trữ đã được ký kết thì mọi việc có thể dễ dàng phân xử bởi về nguyên tắc, đã ký hợp đồng là phải thực hiện, nếu phá vỡ thì cứ căn theo hợp đồng, theo luật để xử lý và phải xử lý nghiêm.

Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group: Webinar Series

Hosted by the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP)

May 28 – Webinar #3:       Banking and Financing for Commercial and Industrial Rooftop Solar

This webinar will bring together banks and financial institutions across Vietnam’s C&I rooftop solar sector. Key topics will include:

o   Case studies and experiences from the financial sector on lending to C&I rooftop solar projects in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia.

o   Key challenges and barriers for local commercial banks to execute loans.

o   Key lessons learned and potential improvements to accelerate future lending.

⮚       Please RSVP to Webinar #3 here

 May 29 – Webinar #4:       Promoting A Gender Inclusive Workforce In Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

This webinar will bring together personnel and human resources from the renewable energy community engaged, or exploring engagement, in Vietnam’s Gender Equality. Speakers will include:

o   Gender Toolkit from V-LEEP: Promoting A Gender Inclusive Workforce In Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects.

o   Observation and practical experiences shared from attendants on efforts to increase number of women’s participation in workforce.

o   Plan ahead to apply or refer to Gender Toolkit for higher social responsibility.

Ø  Please RSVP to Webinar #4 here

Can Vietnam Get Its Military Out of Business?

thediplomat.com 

Despite continued efforts on this front, significant challenges remain

By Prashanth Parameswaran June 16, 2018

Last week, Vietnam’s legislature passed an amendment that reinforces the need to continue to reduce the role of the military in business in the country. Though the move does represent the latest in a series of steps taken by the country to address a longtime challenge, it also obscures the difficult political and economic realities that remain on this front.

Not unlike several other Southeast Asian states – from Myanmar all the way down to Indonesia –  the military’s role in business in Vietnam remains a significant and often underappreciated challenge. Focus on the subject tends to wax and wane, with discrete developments, such as disputes over particular tracts of land or individual pieces of legislation, driving occasional interest rather than a fuller understanding of this as a systemic and pervasive challenge. Tiếp tục đọc “Can Vietnam Get Its Military Out of Business?”

Southern California Edison Contracts Huge Storage Portfolio to Replace Gas Plants

Greentechmedia.com

The California utility’s 770-megawatt battery storage procurement, among the largest ever seen, faces a tough deadline in August 2021.

NextEra Energy will build three large solar-backed storage systems for Southern California Edison.

NextEra Energy will build three large solar-backed storage systems for Southern California Edison.

Sinh đủ 2 con được giảm thuế, ưu tiên mua nhà xã hội

thanhnien.vn

Thủ tướng đề nghị thí điểm biện pháp hỗ trợ các cặp vợ chồng sinh đủ 2 con như: khuyến khích nam, nữ kết hôn trước 30 tuổi, không kết hôn muộn và sớm sinh con, phụ nữ sinh con thứ 2 trước 35 tuổi; giảm thuế thu nhập cá nhân, miễn giảm các khoản đóng góp công ích theo hộ gia đình cho phụ nữ sinh đủ 2 con; ưu tiên mua nhà ở xã hội, thuê nhà ở, ưu tiên cho con vào các trường công lập, hỗ trợ chi phí giáo dục trẻ em đối với các cặp vợ chồng sinh đủ 2 con;

Thủ tướng đề nghị thí điểm biện pháp hỗ trợ các cặp vợ chồng sinh đủ 2 con như: giảm thuế thu nhập cá nhân; ưu tiên mua nhà ở xã hội, thuê nhà ở, ưu tiên cho con vào các trường công lập…

Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) Southeast Asia newsletter

Climate Currents

Welcome to our Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) Southeast Asia newsletter. This quarterly communication is designed to keep you up-to-date on our latest progress, resources, events, and relevant corporate clean energy news across Southeast Asia. We look forward to staying in touch!

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Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group: Webinar Series

Hosted by the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP)

Due to travel and meeting restrictions related to COVID-19, this webinar series is temporarily replacing the in-person Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group normally held in Ho Chi Minh City on a quarterly basis.

BACKGROUND

The Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group is co-organized by the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and the USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP). Since 2017, the Working Group has brought together commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users interested in procuring clean energy, as well as renewable energy project developers and investors, and Government of Vietnam representatives.

The recurring Working Group is a platform for corporate RE market stakeholders to collectively identify and work toward policy, regulatory and financing frameworks needed to meet clean energy goals in Vietnam.

This four-part webinar series, spread across the last three weeks of May 2020, is an important opportunity to virtually convene market stakeholders during a pivotal phase of Vietnam’s clean energy transition.

WEBINAR OVERVIEWS

Each webinar will begin at 9:00AM ICT unless otherwise specified.

May 14 – Webinar #1:       Vietnam’s Direct Power Purchase Agreement (DPPA) Pilot Program

This webinar will feature updates about the DPPA pilot program, including:

o   Legislation approval status including an update on the Prime Minister Decision and MOIT Decision.

o   Transaction agreements, DPPA charge and operational gap analysis.

o   Applicant guidelines, including: evaluation criteria, pilot program rules, and the application process
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Europe has kept down pandemic unemployment — and the U.S. hasn’t. Here’s why.

A closed sign is posted in the window of a store because of the coronavirus, in an outdoor mall, in Dedham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A closed sign is posted in the window of a store because of the coronavirus, in an outdoor mall, in Dedham, Mass. (Steven Senne)
April 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. GMT+7

For the first time, the U.S. government is subsidizing companies to hold on to their workers. However, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that Congress passed to fight unemployment in the coronavirus economic crisis is having trouble delivering benefits. Its first round of funds was quickly exhausted.

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How Blood Sugar Can Trigger a Deadly Immune Response in the Flu and Possibly COVID-19

Glucose metabolism plays a key role in the cytokine storm seen in influenza, and the link could have potential implications for novel coronavirus infections

How Blood Sugar Can Trigger a Deadly Immune Response in the Flu and Possibly COVID-19
Influenza and COVID-19 infections can trigger an out-of-control immune response involving molecules called cytokines. An illustration of interleukin-4, a cytokine involved in allergic response, is shown here. Credit: Juan Gaertner Getty Images

Many of the people dying in the novel coronavirus pandemic appear to be harmed more by their own immune system than by the virus itself. The infection can trigger a cytokine storm—a surge in cell-signaling proteins that prompt inflammation—that hits the lungs, attacking tissues and potentially resulting in organ failure and death. But this phenomenon is not unique to COVID-19; it sometimes occurs in severe influenza, too. Now a study sheds light on one of the metabolic mechanisms that help orchestrate such runaway inflammation. Tiếp tục đọc “How Blood Sugar Can Trigger a Deadly Immune Response in the Flu and Possibly COVID-19”