Lai Trong Tinh A friend texted me recently, asking: "What do you think about the story of state officials in the 'twilight of their terms'? She had reminded me of a phrase used by legislator Le Nhu Tien when he talked about how state officials take every opportunity for personal benefit just before they retire. "Several state officials speed up their corruption rate in terms of both frequency and scale at the twilight of their terms, making a sprint to operate the last dredging boats," Tien said at a National Assembly (NA) meeting on November 17, 2015. "Twilight of their terms" or the "last dredging boats," as Tien expressed them, can be seen from many different angles: signing a series of decisions to assign staff in new positions, rushing to promote staff to key positions and recruit new staff, approving a series of major projects that they would never be able to deploy within their terms, or taking any advantages they could to pocket as many as public assets as they could find, … [Read more...] about Gravy train speeds up in the twilight of officials’ careers
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Ngo Tu Ngan "The water is fine now," a district official told Tu, a neighbor. Relieved at this official confirmation, Tu, in his 40s, immediately changed the water in his five shrimp farms. "What happened next...," Tu choked on his words as he tried to speak to my father, his face taut and lined. After losing the shrimp, Tu and his family did not have much left and had to sell pieces of land that they'd used to breed shrimp for a living. The day Tu signed the papers to sell the land, he cried. Those tears would never wash away the suffering farmers in the area have had to endure. Tu's sad story happened two years ago in my hometown, a village in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu where most locals engaged in shrimp aquaculture. Tu was not the sole victim of misinformation, of course. The water sources in my hometown had become badly polluted those days. We'd read in the news that the pollution was caused by factories dumping untreated waste into the local river. But authorities … [Read more...] about Can officials be trusted to make responsible statements during a crisis?
Nguyen Nhat Cam, director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control, said all eight tap water samples collected Monday met safety standards for all 107 parametric values including styrene, a carcinogenic that had been found in excessive quantities in supplies to southwestern Hanoi. "All values are within allowed limits. However the samples were collected three days ago, so we still recommend that people do not use the water supplied by the Da River water plant from Wednesday night for drinking or cooking," he said, adding that the city had instructed that the water supply resumes so people could clean their water tanks. The center is still working with the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health to collect water samples daily, and another announcement would be issued once the water is safe for consumption, Cam said. Regarding the concentration of styrene 1.3-3.6 times the allowed limit in samples collected Thursday and Friday last week, Cam admitted that while Vietnam … [Read more...] about Tap water safe, but don’t use it just yet: Hanoi officials
In the context of the widespread application of technology in business and daily life, online food ordering is a growing industry attracting dozens of new players in Vietnam. Ly Le, an office worker in Ho Chi Minh City’s Phu Nhuan District, told Tuoi Tre News that after every lunch break, she and her colleagues discuss whether to order milk tea and other drinks for their afternoon in the office. It is not uncommon for office workers in Vietnamese cities to indulge themselves in snacks and drinks to wet their whistle during the tiring afternoon hours at work. According to Le, each colleague on her team has a different food ordering app on their smartphone for this purpose. “We each check on apps like Now, GrabFood, Lala, and Loship to see which is offering the best discount,” Le said. Tran Anh, another office worker who resides in District 9, said that she used to call food stores directly to order snacks, without knowing shippers' … [Read more...] about Online food ordering services mushroom in Vietnam
The tournament this year goes with the official name of Nuti Cafe V.League 2018. In preparation for the tournament, the organisation board has upgraded football fields and increased security to ensure safety for spectators as well as players. The organisers have also set the time of the matches at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm to lure more spectators to the stadiums as well as attract viewers on television. The tournament brings together 14 clubs across the country, which will compete in 26 rounds with 182 matches, and will conclude on October 6. The champions will walk home with a prize worth VND 3 billion (US$131,730), while the runners-up receive half of that amount and the third-place team earn VND750 million (about US$33,000). Last year, Quang Nam played remarkably well to defeat title favourites such as FLC Thanh Hoa and Hanoi FC to take home the trophy for the first time. … [Read more...] about V.League 2018 expected to be a success