Once a lush river, then a stagnant ditch, the World Bank now regards the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in Ho Chi Minh City as an example of smart urban development work. Whether dumping, cut corners or climate change will threaten that success remains to be seen. Nguyen Van Hoang stirs his coffee and smiles at the pigeons pecking grains of rice off the pink tiles along the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal. "I love sitting here every afternoon, enjoying a coffee and a cool breeze," said Hoang, a 60-year-old resident of Truong Sa Street which runs along the Ho Chi Minh City waterway. Hoang's happy the canal is now the kind of place you'd like to hang out. "It used to be a dead, smelly canal full of garbage," he said. "People clutched their noses when they passed through this neighborhood. Now the water's turned from black to green. The canal's like a park where people exercise, children play and birds gather." The Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal runs roughly eight kilometers through seven districts … [Read more...] about The resurrection of Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe: How HCMC brought the black water canal back from the dead
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Once a lush river, then a stagnant ditch, the World Bank now regards the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in Ho Chi Minh City as an example of smart urban development work. Whether dumping, cut corners or climate change will threaten that success remains to be seen. Garbage collectors head to the bank of the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal to unload trash on July 16, 2014. A team of 36 workers collect around 15 tons of rubbish and water hyacinth in the canal every day. Photo: Thao Vi … [Read more...] about The resurrection of Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe: How HCMC brought the blackwater canal back from the dead
San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam literally burst into public consciousness late last month when an impoundment dam failed, spilling 230,000 cubic meters of untreated wastewater into a tributary of the Saigon River. Subsequent investigation has revealed that local residents have long been complaining of environmental abuse by the Philippine-owned enterprise. San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam's principal operation is a huge pig farm, part of the Manila-based San Miguel Corporation's agro-industrial empire. Until the firm's wastewater impoundment dam burst on July 25, spilling 230,000 cubic meters of untreated wastewater into Ben Van creek, then the Thi Tinh River, and then the Saigon River, the farm was an annoyance only to the people who lived nearby in Ben Cat district of Binh Duong province. The incident at San Miguel Pure Foods (SMPF) Vietnam roused concern in the Ho Chi Minh City area because the black water did not just harm crops and fish farms. It also threatened the health of millions … [Read more...] about How pure is ‘San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam’?
VietNamNet Bridge - Local authorities all stated they would allocate budgets for building medical waste incinerators. However, medical waste still has not been treated. A hospital in Khanh Hoa in the central region plans to carry waste to the south for treatment. Tran Dac Phu, Deputy Head of the Environment Management Agency under the Ministry of Healthcare, said on ThienNhien.net that there are 13,640 healthcare establishments nationwide which discharge 450 tons of medical waste a day, including 47 tons of hazardous solid waste. Experts have estimated that by 2015, the figure would rise to 600 tons per day. Meanwhile, the liquid waste to be generated by the healthcare centers would be about 125,000 cubic meters per day. About 95 percent of the existing hospitals classify medical waste, but only 50 percent of them can meet the requirements in collecting and classifying solid medical waste. In Vietnam, medical waste has been either dumped or incinerated, while 30.8 percent of … [Read more...] about Medical waste may be brought from the central to the south for treatment
SFC wants to buy more than 30 per cent of Foodsaco Sài Gin Fuel Joint Stock Company (SFC) registered to buy over 9.7 million shares, or nearly 33 per cent, of stakes in HCM Food One Member Company (Foodcosa) when the firm auctioned its shares in an initial public offering this week. Sai Gon Fuel Joint Stock Company (SFC) registered to buy over 9.7 million shares, or nearly 33 per cent, of stakes in HCM Food One Member Company (Foodcosa) when the firm auctioned its shares in an initial public offering this week. According to the HCM City Stock Exchange, which will organize the auction, the shares are to be offered on July 15 at a starting price of VND12,000 each (US$0.53). After equitization, Foodcosa is expected to have a charter capital of VND294.5 billion ($13.1 million). Except shares sold in the IPO, the state would hold 65 per cent equity, equivalent to 19.14 million shares, while employees would hold over 2 per cent of the stakes. Established in 1980 in HCM City, … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 19/7