Large turtles found in Thua Thien-Hue waters

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Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) An unusually large number of sea turtles have recently been found in lagoons and coastal areas of central Thua Thien-Hue province. On March 12, fisherman Nguyen Hung from Quang Loi commune of Quang Dien district found a 12kg turtle, which is 50cm long and 40cm wide, in Tam Giang lagoon. It was identified as a green turtle, scientifically named Chelonia mydas, an endangered species in Vietnam. Local authorities and Hung’s family are working to release the turtle back into the wild. On December 19, 2014, fisherman Ho Duc Lam from Loc Vinh commune of Phu Loc district caught a rare turtle about 90cm in length and weighing 50-55kg near Chan May port. The animal was also freed into the sea. Nguyen Quang Vinh Binh, Head of the province’s Sub-department of Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection, said 10 sea turtles have been caught in local lagoons and coastal areas recently, and nine of which have been rescued and released. It … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 12

Politics     -- Myanmar always looks to foster cooperation with Vietnam, particularly within the ASEAN framework, President Thein Sein told Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.    Society

Here are the most important news stories about Vietnam in brief for you to read along with your breakfast today, March 12. -- A monument to commemorate the 64 officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Navy who were killed in a battle against Chinese forces to protect Gac Ma Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, in 1988, is slated to break ground on March 13 in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa. -- Police in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 imposed Wednesday a civil fine on a Binh Thanh District resident for making a false report that she had VND1 billion ($46,603) stolen. -- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has asked relevant agencies to develop a plan to offer an electric bus service to serve tourists in the downtown area. -- The State Inspectorate of Vietnam has found a number of wrongdoings at the Hanoi-based Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. Business -- Vietnamese petrol prices went up by more than 10 percent on … [Read more...]

Will Japanese high-tech save Vietnamese agriculture?

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(VOV) - Japanese entrepreneurs have been progressively moving into agriculture ventures with Vietnamese farmers in the high-profit niche markets, capitalizing on the trend in consumer demand for organic and technologically altered foods. Japan once notorious for its high tech electronics industry has been transforming agriculture with that same ingenuity and drive, providing Vietnamese farmers a ground floor opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. Not only have food prices in Japan and around the globe been steadily increasing, but consumers now closely examine how and where their vegetables have been produced and only choose organically certified. Other consumers have become more inclined to purchase technologically altered fruits and vegetables, such as low potassium lettuce that is edible even if you have kidney failure or square watermelons, which save space— but to emerge victorious in these markets require strict quality control standards. As a case on point, Tran Nguyen … [Read more...]

Giant bananas available in Saigon

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VietNamNet Bridge - As the largest banana variety in Vietnam, with a length of more than 30 cm, and weight of 0.5 kg, a specialty fruit shop in HCM City can sell one banana for VND20,000 ($1). A specialty fruit shop on Ngo Tat To Street, Binh Thanh District, has just offered this species, which has an odd name "ta qua". The shop manager said that this variety comes from Cau Ke district of the southern province of Tra Vinh. This is one of the specialties in the province, and is very rare. This store was able to buy only 20-30 bananas/batch. "Ta qua" bananas are usually boiled and then put into the fridge to have good taste. Previously, this kind of banana was grown by farmers in Tra Vinh for themselves only, but now, due to increased market demand, many farmers have been commercializing this species. According to farmers, it is hard to find enough seedlings to develop a big garden of giant bananas because each mature tree only yields 1-2 shoots that can grow into seedlings. Mr. … [Read more...]

Symposium highlights qualities of Uncle Ho’s soldiers

Major General Prof. Bui Phan Ky (standing) strongly saying that not all armies in the world are the nation-founding ones

PANO - The People's Army Newspaper on December 9th held a symposium themed "Deserving to be Uncle Ho's soldiers: 70 years of development." More than 20 reports were sent to the workshop, highlighting the qualities and beauty of Uncle Ho's soldiers in wartime and the national construction and defence in peacetime. Opening the seminar, Major General Prof. Bui Phan Ky, aged 88, strongly expressed his opinion that not all armies in the world are the nation-founding ones as the Vietnam People's Army and "Uncle Ho’s soldiers" is the title granted by the people to show the humane and good deeds of the revolutionary soldiers. Therefore, the title Uncle Ho's soldiers will forever live in the heart of Vietnamese people. … [Read more...]

A tunnel of many stories

Inside look:Visitors peer into the entrance of Ky Anh tunnel. First restored in 1997, the 32km tunnel complex is now being made into a tourist destination by the central province of Quang Nam. - VNS Photos Cong Thanh

Back in the days of the war against the United States, people built a long underground tunnel for soldiers to use.They dug it by hand and it went on for 32 kilometres, from village to village.Today it is a very interesting place for tourists to visit.What makes it even more interesting is that people who remember it back in the war days are around to tell tourists about it. By Cong Thanh … [Read more...]

Investing in Driving Ecological, Marine Tourism

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Blessed with abundant potential and advantages, the ecological and marine tourism of Ben Tre province has gradually become an important drive of tourism economic development. Mr Tran Duy Phuong, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ben Tre province, said, "Seizing this advantage, Ben Tre is stepping up tourism potential exploration, especially ecological and marine tourism, to boost its role in local socioeconomic development". Minh Tuan and Kim Bang report. By tapping existing potential and advantages, the tourism sector of Ben Tre province has achieved positive results. Could you demonstrate this success with specific data? … [Read more...]

Establishing modern rubber plant in Binh Phuoc

The Hanoitimes - Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh met with leaders of southern Binh Phuoc province on July 14, discussing plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art Spanish invested rubber latex processing plant. At the meeting, provincial leaders pointed out that Binh Phuoc is the largest natural rubber producing area in the country. They also announced that the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has negotiated a deal with Spanish investors to erect a modern rubber processing facility in the province aimed at producing quality products in compliance with strict requirements of the European market. … [Read more...]

Spain to set up modern rubber plant in Binh Phuoc

(VOV) - Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh met with leaders of southern Binh Phuoc province on July 14, discussing plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art Spanish invested rubber latex processing plant. At the meeting, provincial leaders pointed out that Binh Phuoc is the largest natural rubber producing area in the country. They also announced that the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has negotiated a deal with Spanish investors to erect a modern rubber processing facility in the province aimed at producing quality products in compliance with strict requirements of the European market. … [Read more...]

Comedy informs HCM City kids about dengue fever

Biting humour: A scene from The Tiny Enemies comic play performed at the Institute of Cultural Exchange with France in HCM City on April 29 for teachers and staff of 21 primary schools where the play will be staged to educate children about dengue fever.

Knowledge of how dengue fever spreads and key behaviours to prevent it will be disseminated in an appealing manner through a play to be staged at 21 primary schools in two HCM City districts this month. Districts 8 and Binh Chanh, where the plays will be performed from May 15 to 29, suffer from a high incidence of dengue. … [Read more...]

Dong Nai exports reach nearly 4 bln USD

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The southern province of Dong Nai earned 3.947 billion USD from its exports in the first four months of this year, up 17 percent from the same period last year. Aquatic products topped the list with an increase of more than 81 percent, followed by steel (78 percent), coffee (73 percent), and cashew nuts (53 percent). … [Read more...]

More sea turtles found in central Vietnam lagoon

An olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) caught in a lagoon in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on April 28

At least six sea turtles of different species have been found in shallow waters of Tam Giang Lagoon in central Vietnam since March, which experts believe to be a rare phenomenon. The latest catch was an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) that weighed 10.5 kilograms (23.1 lbs), and measured 60 centimeters in lenghth. Ho Phu, a fisherman in Phu Dien Commune of Thua Thien - Hue Province, discovered the marine turtle, which is named in the red list of threatened species, when he was fishing on Monday. He informed local authorities and later released it to the sea. The species is protected from being caught and exploited for any purpose by Vietnamese laws. Nguyen Quang Vinh Binh, chief of the province's Marine Resources Protection and Exploitation Agency, said his agency has rescued five other sea turtles discovered in the laggon since March 7. Another one was dead when local fishermen attempted to keep it in a shrimp farm. Binh called the phenomenon "very … [Read more...]

Crop restructure, new tech application prove effective

Vietnam is paying special attention to crop restructuring and the application of science and technology to agricultural production to increase the values of exports including rice as agriculture is considered an important corner-stone of its economy, a radio report said. The application of advance technologies and mechanisation should be promoted in agricultural production, The Voice of Vietnam (VOV) said. Apart from increasing the value of rice, seeking more outlets, and ensuring profits for farmers, Vietnam has designed a sustainable agriculture development strategy. A master plan to restructure the sector with focus on boosting crop restructuring, developing large rice fields, and applying advanced technology in production is considered the right long-term track. Turning part of rice fields into orchards is a way of crop restructuring that has resulted in higher income for farmers. Realities show that large-scale rice fields, a production model with the involvement of … [Read more...]

Farmers keen to buy shares in Mekong Delta

An An Giang Plant Protection Company staff sells stocks to farmers at field (Photo: SGGP)

For the first time, farmers in the Mekong Delta have a chance to own shares of An Giang Plant Protection Joint Stock Company in An Giang Province on April 15. Truong Van Bon from Vinh Binh Commune, Chau Thanh District has spent VND45 million (US$2,134) to buy stocks at the par value of VND30,000 (US$1.42) each from the company. … [Read more...]