Ongoing rains pose risks of flooding and landslides in the northVietNamNet Bridge – Ongoing heavy rain since early this week has caused damage in northern provinces. Landslide causes difficulties for people to travel on National Highway 12 from the northern province of Lai Chau to Dien Bien. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong TuyenIn Son La Province, a landslide occurred on National Highway No279D in Muong Bu Commune, Muong La District early Wednesday morning, blocking traffic. At least 15 houses in Muong La District have been affected by the flooding, of which, ten families were evacuated to safety. Landslides disrupted traffic on a number of routes, especially National Highway 4H from Muong Cha District to Muong Nhe District.
August 30, 2018 08:26 UTC
Railway sector strives for better serviceVietNamNet Bridge – Train travel is falling behind other forms of transport, as passengers are choosing air and roads ahead of the tracks. During 2001-10 period, investment in railway sector accounted for only 2.9 per cent of total budget invested in the transport sector, while investment in road improvements made up for 88 per cent. Between 2010 and 2015, State budget allocated for railway accounted for 3 per cent out of VND330 trillion invested in the transport sector. For the railway sector, one new route will make the carrying capacity to increase by 20. “People of the railway sector should change their own mind.
Judge rules Utah woman legally married to deceased partnerA Utah state judge has declared a 74-year-old woman and her long-term lesbian partner legally married, three months after her wife died. -- Photo: BONNE FOERSTERJudge Patrick Corum declared Bonnie Foerster legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died in May in Salt Lake City at age 82. "My heart was so full with love," Ms Foerster recalls of the 21 August ruling. Judge Corum "came down from the bench and hugged me and said, 'yes you are married,'" Ms Foerster told the BBC. Escaping an abusive husband, Ms Foerster said she was suffering from broken ribs, and wore dark sunglasses to conceal two black eyes.
Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all catsA small village on the southern coast of New Zealand is planning to implement a radical plan to protect its native wildlife: ban all domestic cats. In Omaui, officials say the measure is justified because cameras have shown roaming cats preying on birds, insects and reptiles in the area. 'Natural-born killers'It's not the first time cats have been painted as a menace in New Zealand - a country boasting a feline in almost half its households. They're a hot issue in Australia too, where feral and outdoor cats are blamed for millions of native species' deaths every night. Last year animal rights groups laid particular scorn at one Queensland local council who were offering $10 bounties for feral cat scalps.
Ha Long suspends licenses of 36 cruise shipsHa Long City authorities have suspended the licenses of 36 cruise ships and 15 crew members working on the Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays so far this year. Cruise ships in Ha Long Bay. The city government asked the owners of the cruise ships to promptly comply with the requirement to ensure the safety of tourists visiting Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays. According to the Ha Long City People's Committee, there are now 504 cruise ships and 68 canoes operating on Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays. The provincial leader also asked Ha Long City to build a tourist centre in Tuan Chau International Port.
August 30, 2018 07:07 UTC
Instant noodle business rebounds after a slumpVietnam’s instant noodle market is once again positioning itself as a fertile ground for both local and foreign producers, as instant noodle sales recovered in 2017 after two consecutive years of decline. Vietnam’s instant noodle market reached its peak between 2012 and 2014, with 5.2 billion packets sold. Masan Consumer, which produces the popular Omachi brand, also saw a recovery in its instant noodle sales up 16. At the peak of the instant noodle market in 2014, KIDO Group made its debut with the Dai Gia Dinh brand. In addition, it had not built a stable output, which is an important factor ensuring low costs for its instant noodle products.
August 30, 2018 06:56 UTC
Thai investors jump into renewable energy sector in VietnamIn addition to the retail, beer manufacturing, and plastic sector, Thai investors have increased their investment in the renewable energy sector, with the aim to diversify their operations in Vietnam. At the same time, TTVN Group completed the sale of 80 per cent stake in the Binh Nguyen solar power project in Quang Ngai to Sermsamg International Co., Ltd. for $17.6 million. Vietnam currently has a wind power capacity of 140MW, with a goal to reach 6,000MW by 2030, according to government data. These deals are some of the most recent outstanding transactions conducted by Thai investors in the renewable energy sector. Regarding the wind farm sector, in February, Thailand’s largest solar energy company Superblock Pcl.
August 30, 2018 06:11 UTC
Vietnam to manufacture WHO flu vaccinesThe World Health Organisation has ordered seasonal influenza vaccines from Vietnam according to the Ministry of Health. Vietnam to manufacture WHO flu vaccinesDeputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long announced the news during a conference on August 28 about prospects for research and development of vaccines for Vietnam. According to Long, Vietnam is one of 14 countries that produce vaccines for the WHO. Vietnam has produced several types of vaccines including measles-rubella vaccine and H5N1 vaccine. In 2015, the regulatory system that ensures the safety and efficacy of vaccines produced and used was recognised by the WHO.
August 30, 2018 05:26 UTC
Great British Bake Off: What the critics thoughtIt's back. This year's Bake Off contestants -- Photo: CHANNEL 4/LOVE PRODUCTIONThe Great British Bake Off has returned in all its glory for a ninth series - the second since decamping to Channel 4. "From the infectious giggles to the contestant camaraderie, from the workbench mishaps to the mouthwatering creations - the Great British Bake Off's return is always a welcome sign that autumn TV schedules are upon us." The TV Times' Emma Bullimore told BBC Radio 5Live: "At the screening, everyone just felt 'ah lovely telly, the worlds a better place when Bake Off's on.' The Daily Mail declared, however, that "Bake Off's much better without the smut."
August 30, 2018 05:03 UTC
VN coffee industry feeling the heat from lower pricesVietNamNet Bridge - Since Vietnam mostly exports raw coffee instead of processed products, the sharp coffee price fall in the world market has had immediate impact on its exporters and growers. Coffee merchants said if the coffee price still stays at the low level for this crop, coffee growers may not continue growing coffee. There are over 150 coffee exporters, but only a few process coffee and export coffee products under their brands. “Building up Vietnamese high-quality coffee brand is an important solution to ensure the sustainable and effective development of Vietnam’s coffee value chain,” he said. RELATED NEWSNestle’s capsule coffee production gives push to Vietnam’s coffee industryVietnam’s coffee industry relies on merchantsKim Chi
August 30, 2018 05:03 UTC
Vietnam makes biotechnology progressAn international workshop organised by HCM City Open University discusses challenges facing the field of agricultural biotechnology. (Photo courtesy of the Open University)Vietnam’s rapid progress in research and application of biotechnology in agriculture is contributing to the country’s goals for green growth and farmers’ demands, according to experts. Nguyen Ngoc Bao Chau of the HCM City Open University’s Faculty of Biotechnology said that in the last five years “many institutes, universities, centres and startups in the country including HCM City have conducted research and developed effective applications for biotechnology in agriculture”. Chau was speaking on the sidelines of an international workshop on agricultural biotechnology held on August 29 by HCM City Open University. At the workshop, researchers, scientists, and students from universities in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam gave presentations about their research.
August 30, 2018 04:41 UTC
Miss University 2018 contest opensThe Miss University Vietnam 2018 contest was launched in Hanoi on August 29 for students aged 18-24 nationwide. Miss University 2017 Pham Thi Thu Ha (Source: hoakhoisinhvien.vn)Contestants can register from now until November 2 through the website hoakhoisinhvien.vn or at 64 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi. The contest offers total prize money of 500 million VND (21,500 USD). The winner will receive 200 million VND, while the runner-up will get 100 million VND, while the girl in third will win 50 million VND. Miss University Vietnam was launched in 2014 and has been held annually since.
The guest expressed his support for ASEAN’s one-stop shop mechanism which, he said, will facilitate technological application and trade. HCM City and various Japanese localities have fostered the exchange of delegations, cooperation activities, and experience sharing in smart city development and urban management, he added. Trade turnover between the Vietnamese city and Japan hit over 5 billion USD in 2017. According to the diplomat, with the rising position in the global arena, Vietnam hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in 2017. ASEAN economic ministers are due to meet with their counterparts from dialogue partner countries namely Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the US.
350kg bomb destroyed successfully in Yen BaiAuthorities of Yen Bai province on August 29 successfully deactivated a bomb weighing 350 kilogrammes. Authorities of Yen Bai province on August 29 successfully deactivated a bomb dropped during the US bombing of northern Vietnam from 1968-1970s. The bomb was discovered in Tan Thanh village, Yen Thai commune, Van Yen district. The provincial Military High Command’s sappers said the US-made bomb was dropped during the US bombing of northern Vietnam from 1968-1970s. Vietnam has already cleared hundreds of thousands of hectares of UXOs so far.-VNA
President’s visits to Ethiopia, Egypt create momentum for bilateral tiesPresident Tran Dai Quang’s state visits to Ethiopia and Egypt from August 23-28 have created new momentum for bilateral relations between Vietnam and the two countries, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vu Hong Nam has said. Nam stressed that the main purpose of President Quang’s visits was to forge economic, trade, and investment cooperation with Ethiopia and Egypt. During the visits, Vietnam signed several cooperation documents with the two countries, covering trade, agriculture, finance, oil, training, and cooperation between localities. At the end of the visits, Vietnam and the two countries issued joint statements chalking up major orientations to boost bilateral ties in the future, the Deputy Minister said. President’s visits to Ethiopia, Egypt record upbeat outcomesVietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse arrived in Hanoi on August 29 morning, rounding off their successful state visits to Ethiopia and Egypt.
August 30, 2018 04:18 UTC