Chinese vessel sank fishing boat in Vietnamese waters: authorities

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The Vietnamese fishing boat is damaged after the crash by the Chinese armored vessel. Photo credit: VTC Border guards in Quang Tri Province have confirmed that a Chinese steel fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat off Quang Tri, VTC News reported. Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Huy Tho of the Quang Tri Border Guard Command said the sinking occurred around 40 nautical miles east of Con Co Island on January 1. The foreign boat left even as the 10 fishermen on board who had fallen into the water pleaded for help, Huynh Hop, the boat owner said. They then tried to swim and hold to anything they could until other fishing boats arrived and rescued them. Tho said the site where the boat was sunk is located in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, making China’s action a serious violation of Vietnamese sovereignty. An official from the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries told news website VnExpress a note has been sent to Chinese authorities informing that 10 … [Read more...]

Vietnam mulls recognizing sex reassignment

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has proposed either not acknowledging gender reassignment, as it has always been the case before, or permitting the practice on a selective basis. Nguyen Huy Quang, head of the Legislation Department under the Ministry of Health, said on Thursday that the ministry is currently giving its opinions on the draft of the revised Civil Code. The ministry has suggested two ways to deal with the gender reassignment issue. One is not acknowledging gender reassignment as before, while the other alternative is allowing the procedure but on a selective basis. Pham Le Quynh Tram, a transgender teacher who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper her elation at the Ministry of Health’s growing interest in the transgender community by putting forward such proposals. Tram, who was born as a male under the name Pham Van Hiep, revealed the mental agony she was through to become a real, fulfilled woman as she is now. "All local … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Cheap Chinese products sell for big money under faux European labels in Vietnam

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Counterfeit kitchenware items being sold by Romal Vietnam at a store in Bac Ninh Province. Photo: Manh Quan Teams of consumer affairs inspectors have launched a nationwide crackdown after discovering that a company in Hanoi had been engaged in passing off counterfeit Chinese appliances as European. The products included gas ranges, electric stovetops, ovens and blow dryers. Romal Vietnam distributed the goods via online portals, local supermarkets and shopping centers in many cities and provinces, according to the National Steering Committee for Combating Smuggling, Commercial Fraud and Counterfeit Goods (aka Committee 389). The Committee has instructed relevant agencies to inspect Romal Vietnam’s branch outlets and its products nationwide. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security has summoned the company's director, Nguyen Thi Ninh, and her husband Nguyen Huy Tho for questioning. On January 22, relevant agencies raided a Romal Vietnam retail shop in Hanoi and seized … [Read more...]

More victims of doctor dumping client’s body hospitalized

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Five more patients of Dr. Nguyen Manh Tuong, who had thrown the body of a woman who died following a cosmetic surgery at his own beauty salon into a river, have been given checkups and hospitalized. http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/14343/doctor-allegedly-throws-dead-customer-into-river According to Dr. Nguyen Huy Tho, former head of Hospital 108's Plastic Surgery Department, two of them had their nose bridge raised and thigh fat taken out at Tuong's Cat Tuong salon and recently showed complications. Tho added that he and his staff are willing to provide checkups and counseling to any of Tuong's patients. Despite the tremendous efforts by professional divers to search for the body of 37-year-old Le Thi Thanh Huyen, which was thrown into the Hong (Red) river by Tuong and his security guard, it remained nowhere to be found. Several who claimed to be psychics also offered help with the search but too failed to locate Huyen's body. The police and the victim's family will expand the … [Read more...]

Inspectors go after wierd Chinese ‘massage’ bras

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Market managers from across Vietnam are on the hunt for Chinese bras. A bra pad advertized as "silicone with balls" with "massage effects" has been found in low-quality Chinese bras sold across Vietnam They are inspecting bras at retailers across the country after several women complained that a popular type of Chinese-made bra -- the advertising of which claims that special massage technology will enhance breast shape and size -- made them itchy and irritated their skin to the point of rash. The bras have been found in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and many central region provinces. Most cost between VND55,000-90,000 (US$2.64-4.32) but some in Ho Chi Minh City cost VND500,000. They contain small plastic bags of an oily solution advertised as silicone, which has plastic balls told to give a massage effect that boost breast size without plastic surgery. Le Phuoc from Ho Chi Minh City told Tuoi Tre he had checked the solution in the bra he bought for his wife and it felt itchy. A … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 28/3

Canadian businesses eye Thai Nguyen market More than 100 Canadian and foreign businesses in Canada attended at a seminar in Toronto on March 22 to seek and expand investment cooperation in Vietnam’s northern province of Thai Nguyen. At the opening ceremony, Secretary of the Thai Nguyen Provincial Party Committee Pham Xuan Duong emphasized that the event offered an opportunity for Thai Nguyen and Canadian businesses to introduce their policies and potential for investment cooperation. Margaret Vokes, South Asia Area Director at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, conveyed best regards from Minister Brad Duguid, stressing that the event provided participants with updated information and opened up opportunities for doing business and boosting relations for mutual benefit. Duong Ngoc Long, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, answered businesses’ questions related to the province’s policies, formalities and the advantages of … [Read more...]

Real estate brokerages switch to selling … noodles

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After mushrooming during the prime time of the real estate sector in 2007, many property brokerages in Ho Chi Minh City have since collapsed along with the sluggish market, and have ended up switching to selling everything but realty projects. At the entrance of the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor on Nguyen Thi Thap Street, District 7, what is noticeable these days is not the number of parked motorbikes as in mid-2009, when the floor was opened, but a stand to sell pho (rice noodle), and a couples of tables and chairs. At around 9am every day, the former property brokers arrive and begin their jobs as food vendors. “There are only five of us left,” said Tran Dinh C., a sales executive of the trading floor. “We have to sell pho to earn a little more profit amid this slumping market.” In its early days, the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor set an ambitious target of becoming the country’s top contractor, housing trader, and … [Read more...]

Real estate brokerages switch to selling … pho

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After mushrooming during the prime time of the real estate sector in 2007, many property brokerages in Ho Chi Minh City have since collapsed along with the sluggish market, and have ended up switching to selling everything but realty projects. At the entrance of the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor on Nguyen Thi Tap Street, District 7, what is noticeable these days is not the number of parked motorbikes as in mid-2009, when the floor was opened, but a stand to sell pho (rice noodle), and a couples of tables and chairs. At around 9am every day, the former property brokers arrive and begin their jobs as food vendors. “There are only five of us left,” said Tran Dinh C., a sales executive of the trading floor. “We have to sell pho to earn a little more profit amid this slumping market.” In its early days, the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor set an ambitious target of becoming the country’s top contractor, housing trader, and … [Read more...]

Vietnam increases seafood exports to EU

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Twenty-four Vietnamese enterprises are participating in the 2016 Global Seafood Expo in Brussels, Belgium, from April 26-28. They brought familiar Vietnamese products including tra and basa fish and shrimp to the event, hoping to increase seafood exports to the EU. Tran Van Dung, a Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) representative, said that Vietnamese seafood businesses have prepared equipment and processing technologies in an attempt to go into the European market further once the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) comes into effect. At the event, the Vietnamese Trade Office in Belgium organised a workshop on the EU’s seafood market and opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises. Deputy Head of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries Nguyen Ngoc Oai said Vietnam had improved its legal framework and institutions for fishery management following European Commission proposals. According to statistics from VASEP, Vietnam earned 1.4 billion USD … [Read more...]

New Decree tackles bottleneck in fishermen ship building

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Government Decree 89, valid from November 25, will address roadblocks in fishermen's ship building ​process regulated in Decree 67, according to Pham Ngoc Tuan, Deputy Director of the Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection Department under the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries. Decree 67, which took effect in August 2014, stipulates policies in investment, credit, insurance and tax incentives in support of fishermen and ship owners, who wish to build new fishing boats, upgrade their existing boats and buy fishing and marine equipment, among others. Tuan said extending loan terms to 16 years in Decree 89 rather than 11 years as prescribed in Decree 67 and steady working capital turnover will help ease pressure on borrowers. Under the new decree, fishermen will get full cost support for the design of steel and new-material fishing vessels with capacities above 400 CV. In addition, it does not require new machines for upgraded models, helping bring costs down for … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – October 16

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What you need to know in Vietnam today: -- Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh on Thursday led a Vietnamese delegation to join the first ministerial-level session on land infrastructure cooperation between Vietnam and China in Beijing to discuss the feasibility of some transport projects, including the Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong railway, as well as coordination in non-renewable energy. -- Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh and U Mya Win, chairman of the Anti-Bribery Commission of Myanmar, signed a memorandum of understanding on fighting corruption in Hanoi on Thursday. Both sides agreed on six areas of cooperation, including training personnel, technical assistance, exchanging information and expertise, raising public awareness of anti-corruption, and facilitating visits each year. Society -- Government Decree 89, which will take effect on November 25, will enable fishermen and ship owners to get full cost support for the design of steel and new-material fishing … [Read more...]

Marine protection for sustainable seafood development

Processing shrimp for exports at Sao Ta factory in Soc Trang province (Photo: VNA) A conference highlighting the significance of marine protection in sustainable seafood development was held in the central province of Ninh Thuan on July 2. The event aimed to review the five-year implementation of the Prime Minister’s Decision 742/QD-TTg approving plans for Vietnam’s marine conservation sites through 2020 and beyond. Over the past five years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has coordinated with relevant ministries, departments and provincial People’s Committees to make detailed plans for eight of 16 marine conservation sites, of which Con Co, Cu Lao Cham, Nha Trang Bay, Hon Cau and Phu Quoc have gone into operation and shown initial success. Meanwhile, three other sites – Cat Ba, Nui Chua, and Con Dao – are under effective management. The Bach Long Vi site, in particular, was established in 2013. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and … [Read more...]

Forum on Vietnam catfish exports to EU opens in Brussels

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(VOVworld) – Vietnam will work to promote its catfish product image and transparency, said Pham Anh Tuan, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries, at a forum Wednesday in Brussels on the export of Vietnamese catfish to the EU. Tuan called the forum an opportunity for Vietnamese businesses to meet catfish importers and learn about the European market and its consumers’ tastes. Regarding concerns on the quality of Vietnamese catfish, Secretary General of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Truong Dinh Hoe said Vietnam’s tra and basa fish are raised using a relatively modern process, adding that many companies have centralised farming areas and carefully control fry selecting, fish raising, processing and exporting. The function, which brought together European importers of Vietnamese catfish, was organized by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the Netherlands’ Centre for the … [Read more...]

Brussels forum talks Vietnam catfish export to EU

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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) A forum on the export of Vietnamese catfish to the European Union (EU), one of the country’s largest seafood markets, was held in the Belgian capital of Brussels on April 22. The function, which brought together European importers of Vietnamese catfish, was organised by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the Netherlands’ Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries. It was part of the 23rd Seafood Expo Global, taking place in Brussels from April 21-23. European exporters said Vietnam needs to detail the ice-glazing ratio (ratio of ice glaze to gross weight) and humidity of catfish flesh on the package to improve its transparency and gain consumer trust. Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries Pham Anh Tuan said Vietnam continually works to promote its catfish product image and transparency. This July, authorised agencies will adjust Decree 36 on the water … [Read more...]

Fingerlings released to enrich joint fishing grounds

The Vietnamese Committee for Fisheries in the Gulf of Tonkin released approximately 90,000 fingerlings in Cat Ba town, a northern port city in Hai Phong province on October 6, with a view to enriching resources in the fishing grounds shared by Vietnam and China. Deputy Director of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries Nguyen Ngoc Oai, who is also the head of the committee, said the endeavour was to call for the people's joint effort in conserving fishery resources and protecting environment. The released fingerlings included bass, black tiger shrimp and crab, along with many other species of high economic value, he added. … [Read more...]

Processors to be forced to sign contracts with shrimp growers

Tu Phong Farmers in the Mekong Delta harvest shrimp. The Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries mulls measures to better manage shrimp farming, processing and export in the region - Photo: Thanh Cong The Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries is gathering comments on the plan aimed at better managing shrimp farming, processing and export in the Mekong Delta region. As explained by the directorate, it is urgent to devise such a plan to fully tap shrimp resources and change shrimp farming practices to reduce risks in environment, diseases and market volatility. … [Read more...]

Seafood service firms dominate Vietfish 2014

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Ngoc Hung The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the organizer of Vietfish 2014, said there are more seafood service providers than in previous years. Seafood processors and exporters are other exhibitors at the event, which opened at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in District 7 on August 6. … [Read more...]