Catastrophic flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Harvey inundated Houston on Sunday, forcing residents of the fourth most populous U.S. city to flee in boats or hunker down in anticipation of several more days of “unprecedented” rainfall. A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. Harvey came ashore late on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two people. The death toll is expected to rise as the storm triggers additional tidal surges and tornadoes, with parts of the region expected to see a year’s worth of rainfall in the span of a week. The storm turned roads into rivers … [Read more...] about Houston devastated by deadly flooding from Harvey, more rain ahead
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The Hanoitimes - The plan to turn Hanoi into a smart city has been carried out for a while. On 17/5, Hanoi leaders had a meeting with representatives from 18 U.S corporations to discuss on the same issue. The conference “Cooperation to develop Hanoi as a smart city” took place on May 17 between Chairman of Hanoi’s People Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and representatives from 18 U.S enterprises in related area. Attendance also includes U.S Vice Minister of Commerce, Diane Fracrell, US Vice Ambassador to Vietnam, Susan Sutton and faces from 18 US companies. At the opening, Mr Nguyen Duc Chung appraised the delegation led by US Vice Minister of Commerce and leading US companies in IT. He also pressed the meaning, importance and inevitable trend of turning Hanoi into a smart city. Then, Director of Hanoi Information & Communication Department Phan Lan Tu introduced the target, path to carry out the “Hanoi- the smart city” program. As expected, Hanoi aims … [Read more...] about Hanoi – a smart city, why not?
Opportunity arises for orange exports to Indonesia Indonesia will become an important market for Vietnamese orange exporters as Indonesian oranges have fallen out of favour in the domestic market, according to the Vietnam Trade Office in Indonesia. Indonesian oranges are less sweet and their skins are paler compared with foreign oranges, the office said. In addition, imported oranges are sold at the competitive price of 28,000 rupiahs (2.09 USD) per kilogramme while consumers have to pay 24,000 rupiahs (1.79 USD) for one kilogramme of domestic oranges. Vietnamese orange exporters were recommended to research exporting to Indonesia. Vietnam's total fruit and vegetables export value reached 2.4 billion USD in 2016. The value is expected to increase to 3 billion USD this year. Vietnamese fruits and vegetables have been exported to 60 countries and territories worldwide. Indonesia is among major importers of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables. Bao Viet signs co-operation agreement with … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS 2/3
Ministry calls for improved staff and human resourcesDeputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to review the employment, management and assessment of State employees' performance to improve government workers' skills. The review is also expected to detect any shortcomings and to suggest measures to improve the legal framework governing State employees. The ministry has been asked to cooperate with other ministries and agencies to develop policies to attract talented people to State offices. The employers should also pay attention to assessing and recognising capable personnel. Deputy PM Binh urged the ministry to speed up the streamlining of State employees as part of efforts to implement a resolution by the Politburo of the Central Committee of Vietnam Communist Party last year, which calls for at least 10 percent of government staff and officers in ministries, localities and government agencies on the State payroll in various sectors to be reduced … [Read more...] about Social News 25/6
Police officers check a collapsed house after an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 17, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Kyodo Rescue teams on Sunday scoured the splintered remains of buildings destroyed by a series of deadly earthquakes in southern Japan which forced automaker Toyota to halt production across the country after its supply chain was hit. A 7.3 magnitude tremor struck early on Saturday morning, killing at least 32 people, injuring about a thousand more and causing widespread damage to houses, roads and bridges. It was the second major quake to hit Kumamoto province on the island of Kyushu in just over 24 hours. The first, late on Thursday, killed nine people. More than 440 tremors have rocked the area since Thursday, said broadcaster NHK. Three nuclear plants in the region were unaffected by the quake, but the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday to discuss the … [Read more...] about Rescuers search Japan quake rubble, Toyota to halt production