Every year at the beginning of the 12th lunar month, the ginger jam village in Kim Long begins making jams to prepare for the upcoming Lunar New Year festival. This is the most important step in making ginger jam. The ginger jam is cooled down in five minutes. Ginger jam is kept in a cool dry place before packaging. Ginger jam in Kim Long has a special flavor as it is produced in traditional method.
The role of Vietnamese scientists in the country’s development and people’s livelihoods was especially apparent in 2016. They found the reason and the culprit who caused the accident – Formosa Ha Tinh.“If scientists had not made such a conclusion based on convincing evidence, this would have fallen into a deadlock,” Nhuan said.The analysis of satellite images showed that oil spills must not be the reason. The analysis of figures about earthquakes in Vietnam and the region also proved that geological disaster must be excluded.And the analysis of fish allowed scientists to conclude that the fish died not because of disease. Though the algae bloom was found on a small scale, this was not the reason behind the mass fish deaths.Scientists found convincing evidence to prove that there was a waste water source from Vung Ang area of Ha Tinh province which, combined with iron hydroxide, created a substance containing toxicity which had a density higher than the sea water and moved in accordance with ocean currents from the north to the south, causing the mass fish deaths.The convincing evidence shown by Vietnamese scientists, plus arguments from international scientists, then forced Formosa Ha Tinh, the Taiwanese investor, to admit its responsibility for polluting the marine environment.Minister of Science & Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, noting that it took scientists only two months to come to the conclusion, affirmed this showed the great efforts by scientists. In a similar environmental disaster in Chiba, Japan in December 2004, scientists needed one year to find the truth.Scientists also deserved credit for issuing warnings about extreme weather conditions to help minimize their effects on people’s lives.They issued an early warning that rainfall would decrease by 40-60 percent in Mekong Delta and by 49-70 percent in the Central Highlands in 2014, 2015 and 2016, all of which actually occurred.
While Carbendazim is prohibited in many countries in the world, it is still used in Vietnam in a large quantity. A report from the Plant Protection Agency on the volume of plant protection chemicals with Carbendazim content in the last three years showed that Vietnam imported 2,000 tons of the products each year, mostly from China, India, Thailand and Singapore. Carbendazim is the major metabolite of Benomyl and Thiophanate-methyl decomposed in plants, water and the environment. On the list of pesticides allowed to be used in Vietnam, 16 commercial products with Benomyl content, and 90 commercial products with Thiophanate metyl are included. Pesticides with Carbendazim are used to prevent about 30 types of diseases affecting plants.
Inequality challenges, next phase of Doi moi? The problem of inequality in Viet Nam is taking place in the context of an unprecedented inequality crisis across the globe. Research from the World Bank and Oxfam shows that inequality of opportunity is the most worrisome form of inequality in Viet Nam, particularly among rural and poor people. In China the crime rate is found to be positively correlated with intra-provincial regional inequality; and an increase in income inequality has a robust effect of increasing crime rates. In a speech in 2013, US President Obama described rising income inequality as the "defining challenge of our time."
Health sector must be on guardVietNamNet Bridge – Associate Professor Tran Dac Phu, director general of the Department of Preventive Medicine, under the Ministry of health speaks to Viet Nam News Agency about his department’s readiness to cope with disease outbreaks. Then there was the outbreak of the Zika virus in 2016, that led to the birth of children with smaller heads. At a time when our international exchanges are increasing, we cannot say that Viet Nam is safe from epidemics elsewhere. This is an alarming sign for the health sector, which has to exert all efforts to ensure all children get all the immunisation shots needed. What are the activities planned by the health sector for this year?
No wedding like the otherVietNamNet Bridge – It’s wedding season in Viet Nam and stories of the special ceremonies abound. But one wedding photo in particular attracted much attention and thousands of online comments. We went to see a sorcerer before the wedding to seek advice from him," he told Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. No escape from this marriageA person’s wedding day is normally one of the happiest days of their life, but this was not so for Nguyen Thanh Tin, a groom from HCM City. Unforgettable partyNguyen Van T, a 26-year-old man from Tay Ninh Province’s Go Dau District, won’t ever forget a wedding party he attended recently.
Vietnam sets new requirements for doctoral training programsVietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has set stricter requirements for doctorates, hoping that changes in the new regulations will shift the quality of PhDs to the regional level. According to Nguyen Thi Kim Phung, director of the University Training Department, there are five new changes in the new regulation. Postgraduates also have to show their capability for scientific research through published research, scientific activities and technology transfer before registering to attend exams to become postgraduates. MOET requires postgraduates to have scientific articles published in prestigious scientific journals before their doctoral dissertations are defended. Quang sets up a principle for his graduate students that they must have at least two ISI articles published, because only ISI articles can ensure reliability and prove the research new.
HCM City upgrades bus servicesVietNamNet Bridge – The municipal authority of HCM City has taken measures to improve the city’s public passenger transportation, aiming to increase the number of bus passengers by 5 per cent this year. HCM City plans to draw the public to public transportation in a bid to ease traffic congestion. According to HCM City People’s Committee, in 2017 the city’s bus fleet will provide services to 600 million passengers, and will meet 15 to 20 per cent of the city residents’ demand for transportation services. To realise the targets, the city’s transportation sector will adopt major measures to attract residents to bus services. Tran Chi Trung, Director of HCM City Centre for Public Transportation Services, said infrastructure facilities for bus services will be improved this year, including more bus stations and bus stops, and especially facilities for handicapped passengers.
Students design an intelligent wheelchairVietNamNet Bridge – With a passion for physics, a Dong Nai-based group of students have invented an affordable robot-wheelchair, in a bid to ease the struggle disabled people have with movements and maneuverers, having been inspired by the wheelchair used by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The chair is also outfitted with a robotic arm that can hold a water bottle or hand over clothing to users. The machine can either be manually controlled via a control panel or an app on a smartphone or tablet. In the six months beginning in June 2016, the nation-wide contest drew some 110 ideas from 29 universities and academies. The invention “Supporting robot for people with infirmities and disabilities” by Dong Nai students.
VCB, ACB mobilised $452 million in bonds last yearThe Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (VCB) and the Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank (ACB) issued a total of $452 million worth of bonds in 2016. Together with ACB, the bank had issued a total of more than $451 million bond worth in 2016 to public investors. The 2016 year-end reports revealed that while VCB issued VND8 trillion (US$360 million) worth of bonds, ACB issued VND2.05 trillion ($92.6 million) worth of bonds, lower than its target of VND2.5 trillion. ACB issued VND1.05 trillion worth of bonds from November to December 2016. On June 30, 2016, ACB had reported having mobilised VND1 trillion worth of bonds with a five-year maturity period.
Dong Nai basin pollution worries officialsVietNamNet Bridge – Officials are deeply concerned about the “serious degradation” of water quality in the Dong Nai River basin. Dong Nai River at the confluence with Linh Stream in Tam Hiep Ward of Bien Hoa City in the southern province of Dong Nai. The Dong Nai River supplies water to almost 20 million people living in urban areas and industrial zones in the lower basin. For example, HCM City dumps a huge volume of wastewater onto the Dong Nai River basin everyday. Participants agreed on the need for strong, co-ordinated efforts by all provinces sharing the Dong Nai Basin resources to protect the environment.
Viettel becomes fourth telecom provider in MyanmarMyanmar National Tele & Communications Co., Ltd (MNTC), a joint venture between Viettel Global, Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Limited (MNTH) and Star High Public Company Limited (Star High) on January 14 officially received a licence to begin offering nationwide telecommunications services under the Mytel brand name. Myanmar National Tele & Communications Co., Ltd, Myanmar National Telecom Holding Public Limited and Star High Public Company Limited officially received a licence to begin offering nationwide telecommunications services under the Mytel brand name. Myanmar is Viettel’s largest foreign market, as its population is around 60 million. We will build a modern and wide telecom network across Myanmar quickly,” said Le Dang Dung, Viettel’s deputy general director. After 10 years of operation, Viettel has been listed among the Top 30 largest telecom companies in the world.
Danang to limit private vehicles in city centreAuthorities in Danang City are considering limiting the number of private vehicles in an effort to ease rising traffic congestion in the city. Danang is facing risng traffic congestion in the city centreThe city's transport department said that they have just been requested by the people's committee to outline a plan to control and reduce the number of cars and motorbikes in the city centre to curb congestion. According to the Danang Traffic Police Department, the city now has a population of over 1.1 million with some 60,000 cars and nearly 800,000 motorbikes. With the number of cars increasing by nearly 12% and motorbikes nearly 8% annually, congestion only occurs in the city centre, the department said. At a recent meeting of Danang People's Council, City Chairman Huynh Duc Tho said that traffic jams occurred more often recently, especially in the city centre at rush hours.
Auto industry receives huge FDI investmentsVietnam’s auto industry saw its highest level of foreign direct investment thanks to loosened tax policies and rising personal incomes. Manufacturing industry continued to top the list as FDI increased annually with over 1,000 investments. The auto industry rose from fourth or fifth rank to second, above real estate, as it also received a substantial amount of investments last year with over 505 projects. Mercedes opened 12 more distribution centres and Toyota increased its distribution outlets to 44. What can they do asides from asking for financial support from the government while state budget revenues are being limited?"
Feedback sought on Long Thanh Airport designVietNamNet Bridge – The Aviation Airport Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) has started collecting feedback from the local community in HCM City regarding the architectural plan of Long Thanh International Airport’s passenger terminal from January 12 to 23, 2017. The Aviation Airport Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) has started collecting feedback from the local community in HCM City regarding the architectural plan of Long Thanh International Airport’s passenger terminal from January 12 to 23, 2017. We are establishing the feasibility research for the first phase of the Long Thanh International Airport’s passenger terminal,” Dao Viet Dung, deputy general director of the ACV was quoted as saying on the government website. The ACV had already organised a contest for the architectural plan of the Long Thanh International Airport’s passenger terminal. The Long Thanh International Airport project was divided into three stages.