Khanh Hoa residents oppose medical waste treatment system
People in central coastal Khánh Hòa Province’s Nha Trang City are protesting against a solid waste treatment system in the provincial General Hospital after it was launched recently, the Voice of Vi?t Nam (VOV) has reported.
More than 60 households located near the hospital have sent a petition to the city authorities complaining that the location of the system would affect the environment there, according to the VOV.
Most of them disagreed with the hospital’s construction, when they attended recent talks with the investors, such as the hospital and the provincial health department.
Local residents opposed the plan because the hospital is located in the centre of the city that has a high population density, offices and tourist crowds.
They also protested that the investors did not publish anything about the project and also the environment impact assessment.
Nguy?n Van Ð?ng, a local resident, said the hospital was built without leaving any space between it and other buildings, and so it would seriously affect the environment.
Medical waste from the hospital and other facilities earlier was transported to the Dermatology Hospital for treatment.
But four or five years ago, this waste furnace stopped working, causing difficulties in waste treatment.
The general hospital had to rent a unit to transport 250kg of solid waste each day to Bình Duong Province for treatment at a cost of VNÐ200 million (US$8,960) a month.
To deal with the problem, Health Ministry permitted the hospital to build a treatment system that can handle 500kg of medical waste per day within its premises.
Mai Van Th?ng, Deputy Director of the provincial Natural Resources and Environment, said it would take waste samples for periodic monitoring and would shut down the system if its treatment process was found to be of poor quality.
The modern technique would not affect the environment, Bùi Xuân Minh of the provincial health department said.
But the department has asked the people’s committee’s permission to shift the building project to the Dermatology Hospital to meet the demand of the local residents.
RoK, Vietnam look to broader strategic partnership
On August 18, Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee President Nguyen Thien Nhan held talks with the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as part of his ongoing visit.
rok, vietnam look to broader strategic partnership hinh 0 He also toured a hi-tech farm and learned about the technology of the Korea Telecom smart city.
During his meeting with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun earlier on August 17, Nhan introduced the major achievements of Vietnam’s 30-year renewal process.
The VFF leader called for the RoK’s support in infrastructure development and cyber-security personnel training and ensuring favorable conditions for the 130,000 Vietnamese people living in the country.
Speaker Chung thanked Vietnam for facilitating Korean businesses, making the RoK the top investor in Vietnam in 2015.
Also on Wednesday, Nhan met with the President of the South Korea-Vietnam Friendship Association.
Demand massive as 2017 tour of world’s largest cave goes on sale
There has been a rush for tickets to explore Son Doong Cave, the largest in the world, next year.
Chua Me Dat (Oxalis) Adventure Tours, the exclusive tour organizer, said Quang Binh Province authorities have decided to allow only 640 visitors next year.
“Depending on weather conditions, Oxalis may organize tours for 500-600 tourists,” the company said in a statement August 15 when it opened the sale of tickets.
Thousands of people have sought tickets, which would be sold on and a first come, first served basis to those who satisfy health requirements, the company said.
Oxalis has been organizing five-day tours to the cave with 10 people at most.
The cave opens from January to August every year to avoid bad weather.
This year 442 people have visited so far, including a group of diplomats from several countries like Argentina, Sweden, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
Oxalis, headquartered in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh, has been organizing tours to Son Dong Cave since 2013.
A tour party usually comprises around 25 people, including porters, a cook, a tour guide, two cave experts and two park rangers.
Tickets for 2017 cost VND66 million (US$3,000) per person.
Tourists are required to be fit enough since the tour involves a trek of 50 km (31 miles) in a jungle and mountain; elevation of up to 400m (between road and valleys); 40 river crossings (10-50m wide river, knee deep); 10 km caving including rope climbing, rocky terrain and scrambling; 80m descent with rope and harness; crossing underground rivers with strong currents and five days inside.
Son Doong, which is 150 meters high and 200 meters wide, became known worldwide in 2009 when it was explored by members of the British Cave Research Association together with local man Ho Khanh.
Oxalis often sells out its tours well before it starts.
In July the company obtained a license to organize tours to the Tien 2 Cave, which discovered earlier this year.
Lao NA Vice Chairman pays working visit to Nghe An
Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Somphan Phengkhammy held a working session with authorities of Nghe An province on August 18.
Phengkhammy said his visit is to learn from the central province’s experience in organising the activities of the provincial People’s Council, the use of State budget for the local NA delegation and the council.
Standing Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Nguyen Xuan Son informed his guest that the local People’s Councils at all levels comprise 13,237 delegates, including 91 from the provincial People’s Council.
Meanwhile, the provincial NA delegation for the 2016-2021 tenure groups 13 people, behind Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the central province of Thanh Hoa in terms of the number of legislators.
Both sides reviewed cooperation between Nghe An and Laos’ Xiengkhuang province for 2011-2016 and discussed orientations to deepen bilateral ties.
The guest expressed his belief that bilateral ties would further progress in the future.
The same day, the Lao delegation offered incense at Kim Lien relic site and Xo Viet Nghe Tinh monument, and visited Dai Tue pagoda.
Vietnam, Lao localities boost trade union links
The Trade Union of the central province of Quang Nam has signed an agreement with its Lao counterpart from Champasak province at a ceremony in the Vietnamese locality on August 18, aiming to promote cooperation between the two agencies in 2016-2020.
Under the agreement, the two sides will enhance biennial exchange of delegations, focusing on sharing experience in protecting the legitimate rights of labourers, developing trade unions in private enterprises and training trade union staff at provincial and district levels.
Champasak province’s Trade Union comprises 436 chapters with over 12,860 members. The locality has over 1,320 production units, almost all of which are small- and medium-sized. The provincial Trade Union has worked hard to form trade unions in private firms.
Meanwhile, Quang Nam province is home to eight industrial parks and nearly 4,000 enterprises. It has 18 labour unions with over 100,000 unionists.
The two localities are seeking to promote and renovate the activities of trade unions in order to serve their industrialisation and moderlisation targets.
EVN, VTV scholarships come to impoverished pupils
The Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) and Vietnam Television (VTV) launched a scholarship programme in Hanoi on August 18.
Entitled “Vietnam’s Hope”, the initiative aims to encourage high school pupils in mountainous and remote areas in the country to pursue their education goals.
Accordingly, 500 scholarship packages worth 1.5 billion VND (66,670 USD) will be offered to impoverished pupils who have outstanding academic performance in 36 cities and provinces nationwide in the 2016-2017 school year.
Of which, 300 will be presented to the needy in the northern province of Lai Chau, the central provinces of Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Quang Nam, Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and the southern province of Soc Trang from August 23 to December 2016.
Alongside this, the EVN and VTV’s “Tam long Viet” (Vietnam’s heart) Foundation have called on individuals and organisations to join hands to support the programme.
On the occasion, the programme also offered 10 scholarships to poor and gifted pupils in Hanoi.
In the past time, the EVN has always attached importance to implementing social welfare activities, contributing to improving the people’s material and spiritual lives.
In 2015, the group invested nearly 600 billion VND in supplying electricity for 7,200 households in island communes and spent 80 billion VND on social security activities.
More youth involvement necessary in making policies: seminar
More youth involvement is necessary in making policies that affect young people’s life, participants said at a seminar on August 18 on a draft plan to implement the national strategy on youth development, second phase (2016-2020).
UNFPA Deputy Representative Ritsu Nacken urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to do more to encourage young people to join in the policy making process.
She emphasized that young people play an important role and can create a difference in national development, thus investment in young people in terms of health, education and their involvement in politics is needed in order to achieve equal and sustainable social development.
Participants also called for giving more power to young people and ensuring their rights and interests in order to successfully carry out the youth development strategy.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Trong Thua, who leads the steering committee for implementing the Vietnam National Youth Development Strategy in 2016-2020, said based on the six targets set by the strategy, the draft plan of action will comprise 28 sub-targets.
The draft will aim to have 80 percent of young people nationwide attend senior high schools and 70 percent receive vocational training.
Priority will be given to foster and use young talents, as seen in the goals of 15 percent of young people holding senior positions in the government apparatus and 10 percent serving as key officials in socio-political organisations.
The draft plan also envisions reducing unemployment rate among young people in urban areas to under 7 percent and in rural areas to under 6 percent.
Another target is to raise average height of 18-year-old men to 1.67m and women to 1.56m.
At the seminar, representatives of different youth groups voiced their opinions on issues of importance to young people, particularly education, vocational training, reproductive and sexual health and spiritual life.
Exhibition features late leader’s imprints on Vietnam-France relations
Late President Ho Chi Minh’s activities in relation to the Vietnamese – French friendship are spotlighted at an exhibition that opened in Hanoi on August 18.
The event is held by the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Party Central Committee Office’s archives department on the occasion of 70 years since the late leader paid an official visit to France in 1946, and the 71st anniversary of the August Revolution in 1945 that led to the foundation of Vietnam the same year.
Nearly 200 photos, documents and other objects on display provide an overview of the time when President Ho Chi Minh was in France, from activities to seek ways to liberate his homeland from the French colonialists, the struggle for an equal relationship between the two countries, and his official visit to France in 1946.
They also reflect his efforts to build up the two peoples’ solidarity and friendship between 1946 and 1975, along with the development of bilateral ties nowadays.
Nguyen Thuy Duc, Acting Director of the museum, underlined the visit seven decades ago, elaborating that Ho Chi Minh met key figures in France’s Government, political parties, military officers and media, along with Vietnamese expatriates. The leader clearly expressed the Vietnamese people’s goodwill and aspiration for peace during his tour.
In recent years, a number of mutual visits between the two sides’ leaders have tightened bilateral connections across the board. Since they signed a joint statement on setting up a strategic partnership in 2013, Vietnam and France have been working to tap their cooperation potential for the sake of their people as well as for peace, stability and development in the world, Duc noted.
The exhibition will last through early December at the Ho Chi Minh Museum, No. 19A of Ngoc Ha street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
Netherlands funds wastewater treatment system in Ninh Thuan
Authorities of central Ninh Thuan province and the Dutch Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18 signed an agreement on building a system of collecting, treating and reusing wastewater in Phan Rang city.
The agreement, funded by the Dutch government, was signed by Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Luu Xuan Vinh and Dutch Consul General Simon Van Der Burg.
The project is expected to benefit nearly 14,200 households and 300 businesses with a facility capable of handling 10,000 cu.m per day and 111.2km of pipelines. It will cost 23.1 million EUR, 6.32 million EUR of which is non-refundable aid, and will be constructed between later this year and 2020.
At the signing ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Luu Xuan Vinh pledged to effectively implement the project, which will contribute to the protection of water resources and the environment.
Vietnamese folk paintings to be displayed at Museum of Hanoi
12 types of Vietnamese folk paintings will be introduced from August 18 at the Museum of Hanoi on Pham Hung Street.
The exhibition aims to introduce the quintessence of Vietnamese folk painting with various works brought by collector Nguyen Thi Thu Hoa.
Besides showcasing works of some famous types such as Dong Ho, Kim Hoang, and Hang Trong, the exhibition will display the rare ones including Do the Nam Bo (spiritual paintings, burned to pray for health), and Thap vat (spiritual paintings printed from sculpted-wooden planks, only in black colour and burned for the dead).
The exhibition will also feature colourful Southern glass paintings, which came to Vietnam in the early of the 20th century when Chinese immigrants opened glass shops in Cho Lon and Saigon.
In the 1920s, the art form developed rapidly along with other crafts, spreading throughout six southern provinces. It has developed mass products with various themes such as God, Buddha worship, celebration and interior decorative painting. Some glass paintings were drawn with multi-coloured paint, or with mother of pearl, or combined with coating mercury on the glass surface.
The exhibition will also introduce to visitors Sinh village paintings, which originates in Phu Vang district in Hue in about the 15th century, and Kim Hoang paintings – an art form combines both Dong Ho and Hang Trong style and originates from Hanoi’s Hoai Duc suburban area in middle of the 18th century.
Paintings following Tho dong bang (spiritual folk paintings of amulets, sacred figures…), and Goi vai (spiritual paintings with silk background and some details produced by folding silk fabrics, which look like 3D figures) lines will also be exhibited at the event.
Some of these folk paintings had earlier been introduced at an exhibition held in February at the Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Centre.
District leaders criticized for rising traffic accidents
HCMC chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong censured the chairmen of some districts for increases in road accidents and deaths at a meeting on traffic safety on August 16.
At the meeting, the city’s Traffic Safety Committee reported there were 324 traffic accidents in July, leaving 69 people dead and 242 injured. Compared to the same month last year, there were 28 more cases and 15 more deaths, up 9.4% and 27% respectively.
The committee attributed the rise to the recklessness of road users, substandard vehicles and poor traffic management.
Tran Duc Tai, deputy director of the HCMC Police Department, expressed concern over a recent regulation that allows higher speed limits. He said that while the policy may work on highways, it brings major risks to inner-city roads and intersections with heavy traffic.
Phong criticized some districts’ chairmen for the rise of traffic deaths as they are also heads of district traffic safety committees.
He also rebuked several district leaders for not attending the scheduled meeting and sending over their deputies instead.
Apart from the traffic accident issue, the city’s Traffic Safety Committee reported chronic traffic congestion on the roads that pass through the city center and that lead to the city’s gateways. One of the main reasons leading to traffic jams is rapid growth of vehicles, with an average of nearly 1,000 new motorcycles and 180 new trucks and cars registered a day.
Tan Tuc authority requires water, power cut-off to Xin Chao coffee shop
The People’s Committee of Tan Tuc town has made a decision to suspend a work it said breaking urban construction order and required water and power cut-off to Xin Chao coffee shop in Binh Chanh district, HCMC.
Owner of the coffee shop Nguyen Van Tan sent petitions to press and authorized agencies for help on August 18.
Mr. Tan said he did not commit any construction violation and the work called violation is in fact a container which he purchased and placed near the coffee shop on August 15 to install shelves and sinks to wash and place dishes, teapots and glass.
Right after transporting the container to the shop, authorized agencies were present to minute the ‘violation’.
On the following day, the Tan Tuc town People’s Committee chairman made a decision to suspend the ‘construction work’ and required water and electricity cessation to the shop, Mr. Tan told.
Local leaders asked him to remove the container to other places otherwise they would apply coercive measures and fine him over VND20 million (US$897), he said.
Mr. Tan said he was very anxious about the requirements by local authorities and would send a petition to the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh district. If this does not work, it is possible that he must leave for another place to live and do business.
An unnamed representative of the water supply firm in the town told Sai Gon Giai Phong said that it had not cut off water to the shop to verify the requirement by the town People’s Committee on August 18.
Mr. Nguyen Van Tan has been popularly known in HCMC after the Binh Chanh district Police Department and People’s Procuracy wrongly prosecuted him for slow business registration.
The case was exposed by the press afterwards. Wrongdoings by Colonel Nguyen Van Quy, former chief of the district police and Le Thanh Tong, former deputy head of the People’s Procuracy were brought out.
Ill fisherman rescued in sea off Hoàng Sa Islands
A ship from the Regional Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre No 2 (MRCC Đà Nẵng) rescued an ill fisherman and took him to Đà Nẵng yesterday.
The centre said the fisherman, Phạm Văn Nguyện, 40, from Quảng Nam Province, had a stroke onboard a fishing boat at sea off the Hoàng Sa (Paracels) Islands on Monday. He was half paralysed by the stroke.
The rescue ship left the port on Wednesday and found the victim after 13-hours traveling in rough seas.
The fisherman has been treated at the city’s General Hospital.
Last Sunday, a ship from MRCC2 also rescued Singaporean Lew Sze Kai, a crew member of Sam Young ship of the Cook Islands, with a skin infection.
Tâm wins sixth stage of Mekong cycling event
Nguyễn Thành Tâm won the sixth stage and the yellow jersey of the Mekong Delta Cycling Tournament yesterday.
Tâm of Gạo Hạt Ngọc Trời overcame Lê Văn Duẩn of VUS-HCM City in the final metres to win the 118km stage from Sóc Trăng to Cà Mau City in 3:10.19. Huỳnh Thanh Tùng of the Military Zone 7 came third.
With the stage win, Tâm grabbed the yellow jersey for best overall time with a total time of 17:32.52 after six stages.
Duẩn retained the green jersey for most points with 125 points, followed by Duẩn by Tâm with 121 points.
With the total time of 52:40.48, VUS-HCM City tops the team rankings. Gạo Hạt Ngọc Trời and Domesco Pharmacy Đồng Tháp are second and third, respectively.
Today, competitors will cycle the 168km stage from Cà Mau to Long Xuyên City.
Health inspectors yesterday detected a moon cake production village in Hanoi to breach food safety violation.
While paying unscheduled visit to confectionery handicraft village La Phu in Hanoi’s Hoai Duc district on August 16 , Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long and a group of health officials detected violations of food safety and hygiene in the village.
The inspection team discovered unlabeled additive without clear indication of origin at Ngoc Khanh moon cake producer. At Tan Hoang Gia bakery, employees did not wear uniform, mask and gloves as per hygiene regulations; moreover, materials for making cakes contain in dirty painting container and there were many expired cakes in the manufacturer’s second storey.
Deputy Health Minister Long asked the local government in La Phu District to increase information of food safety to cake producers as well as provide more supervision and penalties on producers which fail to meet the food safety regulation.
Additionally, Mr. Long asked the department of Industry and Trade and the Department of Market Management in Hanoi to list confectionery manufacturers to pay overall inspection.
Exhibition showcases Nguyễn Ái Quốc’s life in France
More than 200 photos, documents and objects, many of them featuring the period when Vietnamese revolutionary leader Nguyễn Ái Quốc worked in France (1911-41) are on display in downtown Hà Nội.
Entitled “President Hồ Chí Minh and France-Việt Nam Friendship”, the exhibition focuses on four topics: the president in the early days, searching for a way to liberate the Vietnamese people from colonialists and fighting for equal relationship between France and Việt Nam; President Hồ Chí Minh on his first official visit to France as the leader of the Việt Nam Democratic Republic in 1946; President Hồ Chí Minh’s efforts to strengthen ties between the two peoples; and developing President Hồ Chí Minh’s ideology on the relationship [between the two countries] in modern times.
Among the objects on display, a camera with which photos of President Hồ Chí Minh’s funeral were taken and a letter written by President Hồ Chí Minh to the leader of the French Women’s Union on September 22, 1946, are the most valuable ones. In the above-mentioned letter, President Hồ asked the French government to agree to the independence of Việt Nam.
“During his entire life spent on working for the nation’s independence, Hồ Chí Minh lived, worked and studied in many countries all over the world,” Nguyễn Thúy Đức, acting director of the Hồ Chí Minh Museum, that is hosting the exhibition, said. “France is where he stayed the longest and where he left behind various historical traces.”
“It’s our generation’s duty to develop the relationship and co-operation with the French people that President Hồ laid the foundation of,” she said. “Over time, Việt Nam and France have become special partners. France has become a leading developed nation in Europe and Việt Nam is among the most energetic developing countries in Asia.”
The exhibition, which aims to celebrate the 70th anniversary of President Hồ Chí Minh’s first official visit to France (1946) and the 71st anniversary of the August Revolution (1945), will run at the Hồ Chí Minh Museum till December this year. The museum is located at 19 Ngọc Hà Street, Ba Đình District.
Veggie eateries boom in Vu Lan
Consumption of vegetarian food significantly increases just before and on the full-moon day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar.
“Vegetarian food is available everywhere now,” Tran Thi Tinh, a customer in HCM City, said, adding that her family especially enjoys the non-meat dishes that are less salty.
They have complete vegetarian meals for two days each month, one on the first and the full-moon or 15th day on the lunar calendar.
Most people choose vegetarian food because of either religious or health reasons.
When says it is easy to choose food at the market and cook meals at home for her family.
For the seventh month on the lunar calendar, known as Vu Lan month, her family will eat vegetarian dishes for the entire month.
Besides fresh food like vegetables, fruit and mushrooms, there are more products such as fake instant pork or chicken porridge and processed meat. Fake beef, fish, pork, eggs and pork-pies sell for around 20,000 VND (1 USD) for 200 grams.
The companies Au Lạc, Vissan, SG Food, Cau Tre, Xuan Hong, Ngoc Lien and Song Huong are famous local brands for vegetarian food.
The local vegetarian food industry is developing and dominating the domestic market thank to hygiene and quality. Their frozen, dried, instant, spiced and canned products include salted shredded mushrooms, vegetarian fake codfish with tomato sauce, and canned fruit at price of 20,000 – 55,000 VND.
Along with local products, imported goods are plentiful with vegetarian duck and pork chicken from Malaysia, seaweed and spice from the Republic of Korea and Japan, and rice cakes, cereal powder and nutritious fruit juice from the US. Imported products are more expensive, about 100,000 – 500,000 VND.
“This month is the peak season for vegetarian food and our turnover for this kind of product is sharply increasing,” Ho Quoc Nguyen, communication director of Big C said.
Instant vegetarian soft noodles, vermicelli and pho are the most popular product at Big C, following spices and vegetarian canned foods at stable prices.
Lotte Mart has prepared well for Vu Lan month with a huge quantity of vegetarian food.
Along with processed, dried and fresh food for customers who cook themselves, Lotte Mart has also provided cooked vegetarian food for their customers.
“Since early this month (of the lunar calendar), our shop’s turnover has increased 50 percent,” a staff at the AL vegetarian food shop in District 1 said.
Hong, a trader in Binh Trieu market in Thu Duc district revealed that this month, she had ordered double the vegetarian food in comparison with other months.
Right now, she can sell around 1 million VND of vegetarian food each day. Mushrooms and tofu are considered the most popular fresh vegetarian foods.
One tofu-making shop in Thu Duc district reported that the shop now can sell 50 kg of tofu each day, double that of normal days. The quantity might increase soon.
“Vegetarianism is not only practised because of religion but also for health. So after Vu Lan month, vegetarian food will continue to be consumed more,” a representative of one supermarket said.
Dang Huan, marketing manager of Bo De Tam vegetarian restaurant chains in Hanoi, said the number of customers visited his restaurants increased rapidly, especially during the Vu Lan month.
“We predicted about 4,000 customers will visit our restaurants during the month, about 1,000 higher than that of the same month last year,” said Huan.
There are many vegetarian restaurants operating in Vietnam but not all of them have understood the value of vegetarian food and culture as well. To compete with other restaurants, Huan said Bo De Tam had focused on the food’s quality and diversification. Besides its farms of safe vegetables and mushrooms in Hanoi, Son Tay town, the restaurants also import quality food from foreign countries.
“Modern life is trending towards vegetarian food. I am sure that the food will deeply enter into every family because of people’s health and environmental protection,” said Huan.
Restaurants and hotels along with supermarkets and markets have introduced new vegetarian buffets, from budget to high quality, to serve customers during the season.
The Long Trieu restaurant in the Reverie Saigon hotel on Nguyen Hue and Dong Khoi streets has introduced a vegetarian menu with “royal” food at a price of 198,000 VND per dish without VAT and service fee.
The Ngan Dinh restaurant in the Windsor Plaza hotel in District 5 has also launched a vegetarian menu for 68,000 VND each dish.
The Co Noi in the Bong Sen hotel on Hai Ba Trung street in District 1 provides its vegetarian buffet with 40 different dishes each day. All dishes are made from natural raw materials. The prices are 149, 000 VND per customer for lunch and 169,000 VND for dinner.
Smaller restaurants in the city are offering a variety of dishes, some of them up to 15 different dishes, for 15,000 – 50,000 VND per dish.
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