Social News Headlines 15/5

Chinese workers in Vietnam invited to protest illegal oil drill Around 400 workers from the northern province of Thai Binh made a motorbike trip to Haiphong City, in a bid to urge Chinese workers to oppose the illegal oil rig in Vietnamese waters. As the workers' protest progressed on May 14 many others from Chinese-invested factories in Vinh Bao, Tien Lang, Kien Anh and Duong Kinh districts in Haiphong City joined in. The Vietnamese workers hoped to convince Chinese who work and live in … [Read more...]

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Ha Noi tap water poses health risks

HA NOI (VNS) — Tap water samples collected from different plants in the capital city fail to meet the Health Ministry's hygiene standards and pose a public health hazard, according to the Ha Noi Preventive Medicine Centre. The centre says tests on samples taken from different water plants in Ha Noi since January this year show excessive levels of minerals and chemicals that can have serious consequences for residents. A sample from the Phap Van Water Plant showed the Permanganate index, which … [Read more...]

Water utility denies presence of arsenic

Staff check water quality at the Ha Noi Water Company. The company denies claims that water supplied by several water companies in the city contained arsenic, a toxic chemical linked to skin cancer.— VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong

HA NOI (VNS)— A representative of Ha Noi Water Company has denied claims that water supplied by several water companies in the city has been contaminated with arsenic, a toxic chemical linked to skin cancer. Nguyen Nhu Hai, General Director of the Ha Noi Water Company, said there was no evidence to substantiate the allegations. "We examine the quality of water regularly and figures on the chemicals in the water are checked every day in all of these facilities. The level of arsenic is tested … [Read more...]

Farmers told to use new technologies to treat polluted water in flood areas

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VietNamNet Bridge - A lot of advanced technologies have been invented to help sterilize polluted water. However, Vietnamese farmers in the flood stricken areas still cannot approach the technologies. According to Dr. Tran Hong Con from the Hanoi University for Natural Sciences, a member of the Hanoi National University, in floods, sanitation works, sewers, fields and livestock farms get submerged in water, while the waste from different sources drifts with the current, which makes the water … [Read more...]

Dirty toys attack schools

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VietNamNet Bridge - Despite the bans released by the Hanoi Education and Training Department, toxic and anti-education toys still have been brought to general schools. The city's education department has released a strange document, saying that Hanoi's students must not buy "stink bomb." However, the dangerous toys still have been sold at all the toy shops in Hanoi, while students all have got familiar to the toy sourced from China. The owner of Mai Ngan Toy Shop on Nguyen Khuyen Street … [Read more...]

Making the To Lich River’s polluted water drinkable, why not?

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The Hanoitimes - A group of scientists from the Hanoi University of Natural Resources has invented a technology allowing filtering polluted water to get drinkable water. However, people still keep doubts about the startling information. On December 24 afternoon, o­n the riverside of the To Lich River in Hanoi, the river which has been well known to everybody with its high pollution level, Dr. Tran Hong Con from the university and his associates showed to the public how they could filter the … [Read more...]

Positive test results of Chinese-made bras

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Test results of Chinese-made bras revealed Polystyrene, an aromatic polymer material and mineral seal oil in the suspiciously embedded pills and liquid inside the bra cups which market management authorities had seized recently after customers complained of itchiness after wearing them. Large quantities of Chinese-made bras are available in the local market and recently some customers had found strange pills and liquid packets embedded in the bra cups that seemingly caused itchiness. Market … [Read more...]

Event aims to help struggling migrant workers

HCM CITY (VNS) — For 23-year-old single mother Le Thi Hong Luc, a migrant worker of the Hiep Phuoc Industrial Zone in HCM City, life is series of challenges and conflicts. Without the support of a family and close friends, Luc has struggled to find a balance between work and care of her one-year child. At this stage in her life, Luc believes they have no future. "I spend 10 hours a day in my workplace. I do not have enough time for my son and myself," she says. Luc, who is just one of … [Read more...]

Event aims to help struggling migrant workers

HCM CITY (VNS) — For 23-year-old single mother Le Thi Hong Luc, a migrant worker of the Hiep Phuoc Industrial Zone in HCM City, life is series of challenges and conflicts. Without the support of a family and close friends, Luc has struggled to find a balance between work and care of her one-year child. At this stage in her life, Luc believes they have no future. "I spend 10 hours a day in my workplace. I do not have enough time for my son and myself," she says. Luc, who is just one of … [Read more...]

Schools for ethnic students need private funding

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) yesterday called for more efforts to improve the quality of semi-boarding schools for ethnic students and attract more funding from the private sector. Speaking at a national conference yesterday assessing the quality of semi-boarding schools for ethnic minorities, Deputy Director of Gia Lai Department of Education and Training Huynh Minh Thuan announced that the development of such schools was vital to the socio-economic development … [Read more...]

Students turn away from education training universities

Students turn away from education training universities Many departments of education and training have reported a drop of 50%-60% in applicants.

This year, pedagogical universities in Vietnam have received a sharp fall in the number of applications after a warning about the teacher redundancy. The Department of Education and Training of Dak Lak Province has witnessed a nearly 50% fall in the number of students who applied for teacher training compared to last year. Only 543 local applicants chose to attend HCM City Pedagogical University, 633 to Saigon University and only just seven for Hanoi University of Education. The National … [Read more...]

Ministry to distribute free mosquito-repellent lotion sachets

The Ministry of Health's Department of Preventive Health and Environment will distribute the sachets in Ha Noi, HCM City, Can Tho and 12 other Mekong Delta provinces. — Photo ktdt.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Two million sachets of mosquito-repellent lotion, worth VND4 billion, or US$190,400, will be distributed free-of-charge to residents as part of the efforts to prevent dengue fever. … [Read more...]

Tra Vinh looks towards self-produced green energy

As many as 100 biogas spherical tanks made of composite materials have been installed for 100 households engaging in poultry breeding to produce cheep energy for their daily use. This is a follow-up to a biogas development project designed for the Mekong Delta region, which was successfully carried out in Vinh Long province in 2013. The tanks are expected to aid a total of 600 poultry-breeding households in Tra Vinh access a sufficient amount of daily energy with biogas, which is produced … [Read more...]

ASEAN ministers discuss environment issues

HA NOI (VNS)- Viet Nam attended the two-day 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Vientiane, Laos, which ended yesterday. Led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, the Vietnamese delegation made active contributions to the events, which focused on the implementation of collaborative environmental protection activities … [Read more...]

ASEAN and partners enhance environmental protection

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(VOVworld) - The 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Trans-boundary Haze Pollution took place in Vientiane, Laos on October 30 and 31. The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, attended the event. The Ministers discussed cooperation on the environment, the implementation of environmental targets in the master plan of the ASEAN … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends ASEAN environment ministerial meeting

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Delegates at the meeting (vietnamplus.vn) NDO/VNA - Vietnam attended the 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution held in Vientiane, Laos, on October 30-31. The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Bui Cach Tuyen, made active contributions to the events which focused on the implementation of collaborative … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Germany review 10 years of cooperation in natural resources and environmental protection

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Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen (VOVworld) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has reviewed its 10 years cooperation with Germany. The Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with its German counterpart 10 years ago to share experience in pollution observation, environmental protection training and green growth policy. Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen was speaking at the meeting in Hanoi on Tuesday:"The Ministry of Natural Resources and … [Read more...]

Germany shares expertise in industrial wastewater treatment

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Germany shares expertise in industrial wastewater treatment NDO - Vietnamese and German experts gathered at a seminar in Hanoi on October 20 to exchange experiences in industrial wastewater treatment. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen stressed that while Vietnam's industrialisation and modernisation have resulted in significant development, the process has also created major environmental challenges. The seminar was co-organised by … [Read more...]

Soil pollution in Vietnam at severe but unmeasured level

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Despite warnings about the severe level of soil contamination in Vietnam, no proper steps have been taken to determine how bad the situation is and detoxify the land, especially farming and industrial land. According to experts, Vietnam has been completely unable to control land pollution, especially with wastewater from families and factories - notably in the fields of textile, dying, and tanning - being directly discharged into rivers. … [Read more...]

Supporting Quang Ninh in implementation of environmental protection work

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