Drivers struggle after Uber calls time in VietnamVietNamNet Bridge – A number of drivers who used to work with the ride-hailing company Uber say they are uncertain about their futures after the company closed here last week. Not only the drivers, but the former Uber employees in Vietnam are also living in uncertainty. Uber leaving Vietnam without instructing its drivers and employees how to transfer to Grab has posed the question of corporate responsibility to labourers. Since Uber’s office closed in Vietnam on March 27, Grab helped Uber drivers make the switch to their company. On April 7, a few hours before the Uber application stop working in Vietnam, Grab sent a thank-you email to all of its customers, pre-existing drivers, and new drivers who transferred from Uber.
April 17, 2018 00:56 UTC
Hanoi river faces years of serious pollutionPeople in Hanoi’s Bac Tu Liem and Tay Ho districts have been living with a seriously-polluted river for many years, but the local authorities have seemed to ignore the problem. Drainage from many surrounding households directly discharge waste water into the river, which is the main reason for the pollution. Hanoi used to be surrounded by attractive rivers, but now heavy pollution has seriously threatened river life. Sewage from hospitals and factories, are currently poured into the To Lich, Kim Nguu, Set, Lu and Nhue rivers. She sells vegetables by the riverThe river is being narrowed due to rubbishDtinews.vn/VietnamNet
April 17, 2018 00:56 UTC
Bahrain to open trade promotion office in Hanoi, HCM CityBahrain will open its trade promotion offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate trade with Vietnam and other countries in the ASEAN bloc, said Sheikh Daij bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the ASEAN-Bahrain Business Council. At the meetingHe made the statement while meeting with Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem on April 16. The council’s delegation is on Vietnam’s visit to attend a trade fair in Hanoi and seek trade cooperation opportunities in the country, he added. For his part, the HCM City Vice Chairman applauded Bahrain’s initiative to open a trade representative office in the southern hub, expressing his hope that the visit will help bolster trade ties between the two countries in general and between Bahrain and HCM City in particular. HCM City welcomes Bahrain businesses to join its smart city projects, he said, adding that the city always rolls out red carpet for Bahrain firms to land long-term investment in the city.-VNA
April 16, 2018 14:48 UTC
VN-Index pulled down by large-cap stocksThe VN-Index on Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange dropped 8.65 points to close at 1,148.49 points on April 16 as selling pressure hit many large-cap stocks. The VN-Index on Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange drops 8.65 points to close at 1,148.49 points on April 16. Underperformed large-cap stocks included those of dairy giant Vinamilk (VNM), down 5,700 VND per share, FLC Faros Construction JSC (ROS) which fell 6,800 VND per share, Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) which decreased 800 VND per share. Large-cap stocks VCB and BID suffered steep cut at 2,000 VND per share. Many property stocks experienced deep fall like NLV (1,600 VND per share), NDN (1,200 VND per share) and SCR (350 VND per share).
April 16, 2018 12:33 UTC
Social News 16/4Social media – effective tool for tourism companiesVisitors learn about tours at the HCM City Tourism Fair. All travellers are users of social platforms and Facebook is the top social platform, according to Chau. — Photo VGP“Balancing the health insurance fund is very important in the context of increasing medical costs and lowering health insurance premiums,” he said. Đệ said a number of private health facilities were “inferior” in signing health insurance payment contracts with the social insurance agency or had their contracts suspended suddenly after violations were detected. HCMC General Sciences Library turns 40Ho Chi Minh City’s General Sciences LibraryA ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Ho Chi Minh City’s General Sciences Library was held on April 12.
April 16, 2018 09:33 UTC
Franchise market still promises great opportunitiesVietNamNet Bridge - Foreign brands have been flocking to Vietnam, creating a “franchise wave” in which more Vietnamese are taking part. CEO of GS25 Vietnam Yun Ju Young said GS26 plans to open 2,500 shops in the country within 10 years. To date, 195 foreign companies are present in Vietnam through franchise contracts, 40 percent of which are F&B brands, according to MOIT. Despite the presence of many big foreign players, Vietnamese brands have also joined the market, believing there are still opportunities. RELATED NEWSFranchising remains a new concept in VietnamFranchise of Vietnamese brands just in initial stage: insidersKim Chi
Preventing fires in dry seasonVietNamNet Bridge – The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces are taking measures to ensure that 2.56 million hectares of forests are not affected by fire during the peak of the dry season. Authorities at localities are trying to raise public awareness about forest protection by disseminating information to local residents. Ha Cong Tai, head of the region’s Forest Protection Division, said that slash-and-burn farming activities could become a source of fire. The provinces have set up Steering Boards for Forest Fire Control to deal with fires in the dry season, he said. By the end of March, six forest fires had been recorded in the Central Highlands provinces, destroying about 80 ha of forest.
Sydney bushfire deemed 'highly suspicious' as threat easesA large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say. Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as "highly suspicious". "While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant," he said. On the weekend, residents hosed down their houses and lawns to prevent embers sparking new blazes ahead of the advancing fire front.
First Asian Food Festival to be heldVietNamNet Bridge – Mon Asian Food Festival - MAFF 2018 will be held for the first time in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay to mark the National Tourism Year 2018 with theme Ha Long - Heritage, Wonder, Friendly Destination. — Photo vietnamplus.vnThe festival will take place at Mon City My Dinh, Hanoi from April 20 - 22 and at 30/10 Square in Ha Long City, the northern province of Ha Long from April 27 - 29. Popular chef and food writer Martin Yan will appear at Mon City My Dinh demonstrating his skills with Vietnamese chefs. "Vietnamese food combines culinary techniques with culture to make tasty dishes. The three-day festival in Ha Long will also feature a hot air balloon to give festival-goers a birds-eye view of the activities below.
April 16, 2018 08:48 UTC
Investing M&A Outbound Investment 30 years of FDIThe Ministry of Transport last week confirmed they will remove 10 ports along the Saigon River to areas further on the outskirts, a move which will likely create good opportunities for residential developers. “Although Ho Chi Minh City is a port city, the ports must be located at a more reasonable distance from the city centre,” Trang said. Meanwhile Ha Van Thien, director of Investment for Tran Anh Group, has noted that of the firm’s four Saigon River projects, all are achieving high liquidation. Hiep Phuoc Port will become the main port of Ho Chi Minh City after 2020. The southeastern Vietnam group of ports consist of those in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Vung Tau, and Binh Duong provinces.
April 16, 2018 07:30 UTC
Fog causes series of accidents in Hoa BinhNineteen cars collided in a series of accidents on Highway No 6 in northern Hoa BinhProvince on Sunday. A series of cars collided with each other due to heavy fog. — Photo news.zing.vnColonel Nguyen Ngoc Minh, chief police officer of Mai Chau District, told zing.vn that five accidents occurred on the highway running through Tân Sơn Commune due to dense fog and slippery roads caused by rain. The accidents caused traffic congestion on the highway for several hours, which eased out after 5pm. The fog and rainy weather were caused by a cold spell in the northern region since Saturday.
April 16, 2018 07:07 UTC
Over 2,300DWT ship collides with Dong Nai BridgeA ship with an alledged broken engine floating on the Dong Nai River collided with a bridge on Sunday afternoon, causing panic to people nearby. The M/V.ROYAL 09 collides Dong Nai Bridge. — Photo vtc.vnThe 2,368.3 DWT ship, M/V. ROYAL 09, was floating at 4.30 pm as the tide was rising upstream. Its stern hit Dong Nai Bridge and the ship became stuck.
April 16, 2018 06:56 UTC
Strict visa policy limits tourist arrivalsVietNamNet Bridge - Visa waivers are used by many countries to attract tourists, but Vietnam has chosen to pursue a strict visa policy. A report from the EU Parliament says the harsh visa policy may cause the loss of 250,000 jobs and 12.6 billion euros ($13.8 billion) to the EU economy. Vietnam is failing to attract travelers from many markets because of security reasons and fear of loss of revenue from visa fees. With 13 million foreign travelers to Vietnam in 2017, including travelers from ASEAN countries which enjoy visa waivers, the amount of visa fees is not that high. However, he stressed that the visa waivers would not be an obstacle to activities to ensure national security.
April 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
Calls for action as fish stocks depleteMasses of dead fish were found in central Quang Tri Province’s communes of Trieu Van, Trieu An, and Gio Ha, as well as in Cua Viet Township late last month. Fish stocks in Thua Thien-Hue, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh provinces have also been affected by unsustainable fishing practices. He said that he had seen many vessels from other provinces fishing in Quang Tri’s sea recently. Fishing vessels use electric pulse nets to catch fish, no fish, big or small, can survive under such a method,” he said. In March alone, Quang Binh discovered seven fishing vessels violating fishing rules, and seized 15 electric pulse fishing kits.
April 16, 2018 04:41 UTC
Saltwater intrusion creates water shortage in An GiangSome 215,000 people in the southern province of An Giang are staring at water shortage this summer because of saltwater intrusion and drought, the province’s agricultural official said. Drought and saltwater intrusion will make some 215,000 people in the southern province of An Giang face shortage of water. Some 45,000 people in the two mountainous districts of Tinh Bien and Tri Ton may get little water due to drought, while 150,000 people could not be provided enough water as they were located away from the water supply plants. Thu said drought and saltwater intrusion would likely hit more than 74,000ha of farming area. The official said the province was taking measures to minimise the impacts of saltwater intrusion and drought, by improving the water pipe network, dredging canals and reservoirs, as well as by instructing local residents about desalination.
April 16, 2018 04:18 UTC