Social News 16/11

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Deputy PM urges fire safety for high-rises The government has paid attention to and issued documents on fire prevention and safety to strengthen the capacity of buildings, however, the implementation process has shown drawbacks, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai during a meeting with sectors and provinces on Thursday. The meeting aimed at reviewing and promoting fire prevention and control as well as safety in the capacity of apartments and old public buildings in urban areas. According to the Department of Fire Prevention and Control, Rescue and Salvage under Public Security Ministry, among 2,600 blazes this year until now, sixteen cases occurred at high-rises, causing over VND10 billion (US $455,000) of property losses. The fire's cause is due to loose management of local authorities in construction and fire prevention control. The punishments for violations in fire prevention have not been focused, leading to long-lasting violations, Major General Doan Viet Manh, … [Read more...]

300,000 coastal residents threatened by forest loss-triggered erosion

Thousands of households along the coast of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta have been seriously endangered by soil erosion caused by the loss of protective forests. Since the strip of protective forest, 21 kilometers long, covering the coast of Go Cong District has been ruined, around 300,000 locals and 55,000 hectares of farming land there have been "put under a knife blade" for years. Houses in the coastal area from the Soai Rap River mouth in Vam Lang Town to Den Do in Tan Thanh Commune are under permanent threat and may be swept away or sunk by erosion any time. A sea dike of steel concrete was built along the coast to protect local residential areas but it is just a temporary measure since sea waves have continued to encroach on land day by day. Before 1997, the depth of the 21km forest strip was 300-400 meters, acting as a natural wall to separate sea from land to protect the residential areas inside. In recent years, the forest has been eroded by 8 to 10 meters a … [Read more...]

300,000 Vietnamese coastal residents seriously threatened by forest loss-triggered erosion

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Thousands of households along the coast of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta have been seriously endangered by soil erosion caused by the loss of protective forests. Since the strip of protective forest, 21 kilometers long, covering the coast of Go Cong District has been ruined, around 300,000 locals and 55,000 hectares of farming land there have been "put under a knife blade" for years. Houses in the coastal area from the Soai Rap River mouth in Vam Lang Town to Den Do in Tan Thanh Commune are under permanent threat and may be swept away or sunk by erosion any time. A sea dike of steel concrete was built along the coast to protect local residential areas but it is just a temporary measure since sea waves have continued to encroach on land day by day. Before 1997, the depth of the 21km forest strip was 300-400 meters, acting as a natural wall to separate sea from land to protect the residential areas inside. In recent years, the forest has been eroded by 8 to 10 … [Read more...]

Filling out the Tourist Map of the Southwest Region

Tra Vinh is considered an attractive destination of the Mekong Delta Region (MDR) by converging favourable geographical location, landscape and biodiversity areas with rivers, sea, mangroves, and evergreen vegetation.

Visiting Tra Vinh, the visitors will be impressed by the beauty of peace, nature and people who are always kind and friendly.Tra Vinh's tourism potential Tra Vinh is known a potential site of cultural tourism resources, waterfront, resort, and beach. In particular, Ba Dong Beach, located at Duy Hai district, is one of the rare beaches in the South that retains wild beauty with two large beaches: Vam Lang Nuoc and Vam Khau Lau surrounded by sand, fresh sea and tranquillity. This place is an attraction for tourists to Tra Vinh. Initially, many projects of spiritual and ecotourism tourism have been deployed to meet the requirements of tourists. At the same time, once the projects as a flow of large tonnage vessels to Hai Hau completed, Duyen Hai power plants, Dinh An economic zone, Ba Dong beach will welcome a large amount of visitors coming here. Near Ba Dong beach, there is a hot mineral water for health treatment. If two landmarks are promoted, Tra Vinh can build up luxury and health … [Read more...]

Social News 22/4

National vaccine safety surveillance programme meets WHO requirements Vietnam’s surveillance of adverse events following vaccination meets the requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said experts from the organisation. After a one-week mission to Vietnam from April 9 to review the implementation of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in the country, the WHO team announced that all six components under Vietnam’s NRA system have passed the check with good results. The team, including 14 experts from the WHO and two observers from Russia urged the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health and the post-vaccination monitoring systems at all levels to continue their efforts in the field. During the checking process, the team made field trips to the southern province of Tay Ninh where they had working sessions with the provincial preventive medicine centre, the municipal medical centre of Tay Ninh City and the medical station of … [Read more...]

Tien Giang improves public awareness of climate change adaption

A conference revising the Child-centered Climate Change Adaption project was held in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on April 17. Funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the 8.1 billion VND (385,000 USD) project has been implemented in seven communes: Gia Thuan, Kieng Phuoc, Phuoc Trung, Tan Dien, Vam Lang, Binh Xuan and Binh Dong from April 2013 to April 2015. The project consist of two parts—developing adaption competency with climate change among the community and vulnerable children as well as implementing planting and breeding models suitable to climate change. The project has introduced climate change and natural disaster risk information to local schools to improve preparedness and resilience for people and children in the affected areas. The project has also supported paddy planting and organic breeding models in five communes, helping to increase local income.-VNA … [Read more...]

Social News 7/3

Ministry: Truck loads to be inspected before departure Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said weighbridges will be set up at warehouses, ports and other places where goods are loaded onto trucks in a stronger move to bar overloaded trucks from the road. Figures of the Directorate for Roads showed that law enforcement agencies inspected over 430,000 vehicles and discovered over 57,000 violations from April 1 to December 31 last year, heard the ministry’s meeting on enhancing the monitoring of truck loads on Tuesday. Around 5,900 out of over 56,000 trucks inspected in the year’s first two months were found violating load limit regulations. Competent agencies detected and fined more than 1,152 oversized trucks in the period as well. However, Tran Bao Ngoc, director of the Transport Department at the ministry, said many overloaded trucks are still seen on the road at night. Authorities in some provinces have not got tough on overloaded trucks for fear of possible impact … [Read more...]

Social News 5/3

Fire destroys 300 tons of cotton A fire that broke out yesterday afternoon lasted for 10 hours at a local company that sells cotton in the southern province of Binh Duong, destroying 300 tons of products. The fire broke out at Ninh Son Company in Hoa Loi Commune, Ben Cat Town, about 2pm yesterday, but lasted till midnight. More than 10 firefighting trucks were mobilised, but the firefighters were not able to contain the fire for several hours due to the large amount of cotton -- which burns very fast -- stored in the company. The blaze affected more than 1,000sq.m of the company's storage area. Hundreds of residents, who had rented rooms nearby, were also affected. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, a representative of the Ninh Son Company, said that the 300 tons of cotton had been recently imported and prepared for sale in the domestic market. The cause of the fire has not been identified yet. Quang Binh's largest fake fish sauce case discovered The Quang Binh People's Procuracy has … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Tien Giang pledges investment incentives

HCM CITY (VNS)— The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tien Giang last Saturday unveiled a list of 13 projects that require investment. Four of them, all of which are key projects, include the drainage and waste water treatment system in My Tho City, Tien Giang central square, Tan Phuoc Industrial zone, and the provincial administrative area. The projects require a total investment of US$360.7 million. The list also includes a project to build apartments for specialists and workers at the Tan Huong resettlement area and Tan Huong Trade Centre project. These two projects need combined investment capital of $21.5 million. Investment is also required to develop Vam Lang fishing port, the Trung An residential area and projects in tourism and infrastructure at industrial zones. Speaking at the conference held in HCM City, Nguyen Dinh Thong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, said the province would provide incentives for investors, including land … [Read more...]

President inspects measures to cope with sea level rise

President Truong Tan Sang talks with dragonfruit growers in Tien Giang Province's Cho Gao District about the impacts of the sea level on their activities. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS0— President Truong Tan Sang is currently paying a working visit to the Mekong Delta, inspecting efforts being made to cope with rising sea levels. Sang visited the Go Cong sea dyke in Tien Giang province yesterday. The 21km sea dyke plays an important role in protecting the 54,400ha Go Cong fresh water zone that houses a 40,000ha production area on which thousands of locals earn their living. The Go Cong protective forest is widely-considered an effective shield to protect the 21km dyke from saline water intrusion. However, roughly 3km of the section from Vam Lang to Tan Thanh have been damaged by salinity. The President asked relevant agencies to speed up projects to prevent salt-water intrusion and reinforce the sea dyke and irrigation systems to serve production and the local population. He also toured the 28.6km Cho Gao canal which connects Tien Giang, Ho Chi Minh City and other Mekong Delta provinces. On Saturday, the President visited the Ba Tri sea dyke … [Read more...]

2 directors arrested for motorboat sinking that killed 9

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City reported that they have arrested two directors of two different companies for wrongdoings that contributed to the death of nine people in an overloaded motorboat that sank off the city's Can Gio District in August. >> Nine missing as motorboat sinks off HCMC The detainees are Vu Van Dao, 45, director of the Viet-Sec Technology JSC (Viet-Sec) and Chairman of the Vung Tau Marina JSC, and Dinh Van Quyet, 43, director of Vung Tau Marina. They were arrested on Thursday morning. The two have been charged with "putting into operation unsafe waterway means of transport" in pursuant to Article 214 of the Penal Code. Before their arrest, a high-ranking official of the Vietnam Maritime Administration said that the the investigation by a special team of the Transport Ministry showed that the two men must be held responsible for allowing the H29 speedboat to carry passengers from Tien Giang to Vung Tau by sea, while the vessel is designed only to … [Read more...]

Flotilla 2 saves five troubled fishermen

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Flotilla 2 under the Tra Vinh Provincial Border Guard Command successfully saved 5 fishermen in distress at sea on July 19th. At 1pm on July 19th, the Truong Long Hoa Border Post received an SOS signal from troubled trawler TV 2322 TS, with Pham Van Thuat at the helm, a native in Nha Mat village, Truong Long Hoa commune, Duyen Hai district. While fishing around 7 nautical miles from east of the Vam Lang Nuoc water, the trawler sank after its engine failure caused by strong winds and high waves. Promptly, Flotilla 2 located the distressed trawler and then sent 15 cadres and troops and ship ST 1442B to the scene. After more than an hour searching, the rescue force found 5 adrift fishermen and took them ashore safely. Source: VNA Translated by Ha Thanh … [Read more...]

Child-centred climate resilience programme launched

The Child-Centred Climate Change Resilience Programme in southern Tien Giang province, funded by the Australia Agency for International Development, was launched on April 16. The project, worth 8.1 billion VND (more than 387,000 USD), will be implemented from now to 2014 in seven communes where suffer impacts of climate change and sea water level rising. They include Gia Thuan, Kieng Phuoc, Phuoc Trung, Tan Dien communes and Vam Lang town of Go Cong Dong district, Binh Xuan and Binh Dong communes of Go Cong township. It aims at enhancing the adaptation of vulnerable children and communities in targeted communes and improving their understanding on climate change's impacts, while reducing effects of climate change. Besides, the project builds a community-level climate change resilience model and organise communication activities in order to change behaviour on climate change in the communities.-VNA … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 1/4

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Twinning with French court to aid consensus The Viet Nam Supreme People's Court and the Court of Cassation of France have established a twining relationship to create a legal foundation and favourable conditions for co-operation between the two countries legal and judicial sectors. An agreement was signed by Chief Judge of the Viet Nam Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh and his French counterpart Vincent Lamanda in Paris, as part of Binh's visit to France last week. Under the agreement, the two sides will discuss measures to enhance co-operation between the two courts and regularly exchange delegations of judges and court officials at various levels. A secretariat headed by the two chief judges will be set up to supervise the implementation of co-operation programmes, which will be built annually under a consensus reached by the two chief judges. The signing of the agreement marks an important starting point in the close co-operation between the two courts and judicial … [Read more...]

President inspects sea level rise prevention in Mekong delta

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President Truong Tan Sang visiting residents in Tan Thieng commune, Cho Lach district in Ben Tre province (Image: VNA) President Truong Tan Sang is paying a working visit to the Mekong delta to inspect its efforts to cope with rising sea level. Sang visited the Go Cong sea dyke in Tien Giang province on March 31. The 21km sea dyke plays an important role in protecting the 54,400 ha Go Cong fresh water zone that houses a 40,000 ha production area on which thousands of locals are earning their living. The Go Cong protective forest is considered an effective shield to protect the 21km dyke from saline water intrusion. However, about 3km of the section from Vam Lang to Tan Thanh are totally damaged by salinity. The President asked relevant agencies to speed up projects to prevent salt-water intrusion and reinforce the sea dyke and irrigation systems to serve production and human life. He also toured the 28.6km Cho Gao canal which connects Tien Giang and Ho Chi Minh City and other … [Read more...]

Free freshwater supply for residents in Mekong Delta

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Authorities in provinces in the Mekong Delta will now supply free freshwater to people in the region to meet the severe shortage of clean potable water in this entire area. Dried river in the Mekong delta According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in Ben Tre Province, 63,000 households or 250,000 people are in dire need of freshwater, which has resulted in high costs for clean water, even higher than previous years, said the department. Freshwater for daily needs fetched VND60,000 (US$2.9) per cubic meter. In Ben Tre Town, which is more than 50 kilometers from the sea, salinity in water is upto two per thousand. The freshwater and environmental hygiene center has installed pipes to reduce salinity to one per thousand. Residents are continuing to buy freshwater at VND30,000 per cubic meter. A resident in An Thuy Commune in Ba Tri District said she only used purchased freshwater for cooking while she still used salt water for bathing. In Tien Giang … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 25/12

Natural resources need careful management Development in Viet Nam has relied too much on the exploitation of finite natural resources, an official of the environment ministry has warned. Nguyen Thai Lai, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said yesterday that better conservation must be applied to save the country's non-renewable natural resources. "Exploitation of natural resources for development has caused some of them to be near the edge of exhaustion, and we need close supervision to control exploitation," he said, adding that such exploitation had become a major problem as the country's pace of urbanisation had increased. Lai spoke at a recent conference in HCM City organised by the city's University for Natural Resources and Environment. At the conference, 51 presentations by Vietnamese scientists and their counterparts from the US, Germany, South Korea and Australia were delivered. The presentations on research results discussed several issues, including … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 25/12

Natural resources need careful management Development in Viet Nam has relied too much on the exploitation of finite natural resources, an official of the environment ministry has warned. Nguyen Thai Lai, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said yesterday that better conservation must be applied to save the country's non-renewable natural resources. "Exploitation of natural resources for development has caused some of them to be near the edge of exhaustion, and we need close supervision to control exploitation," he said, adding that such exploitation had become a major problem as the country's pace of urbanisation had increased. Lai spoke at a recent conference in HCM City organised by the city's University for Natural Resources and Environment. At the conference, 51 presentations by Vietnamese scientists and their counterparts from the US, Germany, South Korea and Australia were delivered. The presentations on research results discussed several issues, including … [Read more...]

Shrimp prices up in Tien Giang

Thanh Cong Unprocessed tiger prawn is now sold at VND220,000 per kilo of 30 units and VND180,000 per kilo of 40 units, up VND40,000 and VND20,000 respectively against last week. Meanwhile, white-legged shrimp has marked up VND5,000-8,000 to VND95,000-98,000 per kilo of 100 pieces, said Phan Van Phuc, a shrimp trader in Vam Lang Town in Tien Giang’s Go Cong Dong District. The shrimp crop is coming to an end, so output is falling. However, the demand for shrimp among processors is surging, but supply by shrimp-exporting countries is running short, sending domestic shrimp prices up. … [Read more...]