Established in 1984, the HKIS boasts more than 10,000 members and is the only surveying professional body incorporated by ordinance in Hong Kong. "Supplying adequate housing to meet the needs of our growing population may be one of the greatest trials facing Hong Kong -- but for the region's surveying professionals, it also creates unprecedented opportunities. Among the most keenly anticipated lectures was that by Mr Stanley Wong Yuen-fai, Chairman of both the Government of Hong Kong's Task Force on Land Supply, and Hong Kong Housing Authority's Subsidised Housing Committee -- amongst other official titles -- who addressed the government's ongoing public consultation at a session entitled "Land for Hong Kong: Our Home, Our Say! -- Public Engagement Exercise of Task Force on Land Supply". Split into a mix of expert speakers and constructive Q&A sessions, other pertinent programme themes included "Marine Wisdom to Solve the Land Supply Issue in Hong Kong", "Land for Private or Public Housing?"
September 22, 2018 07:30 UTC
First up in the multi-year agreement will be a focus on Not Impossible Labs' Vibrotextiles™, a category of vibratory wearables with benefits that extend to areas such as health and wellness, entertainment, safety and communication. "Avnet's ongoing support has brought Not Impossible Labs' work to the next level, whether through event and project sponsorships, or by rolling up its sleeves and facilitating product development, logistics and supply chain management," said Mick Ebeling, founder & CEO of Not Impossible Labs. Through its unique end-to-end ecosystem, Avnet supports every stage of the product lifecycle by delivering design, product, marketing and supply chain expertise. For more information on Not Impossible Labs, learn more at www.notimpossible.com. Ebeling founded Not Impossible Labs, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab & production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible.
September 21, 2018 04:20 UTC
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) under the Ministry of Health has issued an alert after finding that a number of websites promoting dietary supplements and health products violated advertising regulations. The administration said its representatives have contacted the companies whose products are advertised on the above-mentioned websites. The companies claimed that they didn’t advertise on those websites and are not responsible for their legality. Therefore, the quality and safety of these health food products cannot be guaranteed. The VFA urged consumers to take note of this information and advised them to be careful while buying health products online.
September 20, 2018 10:07 UTC
Grab riders to get penalised for using phones while ridingVietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) has ordered the traffic safety boards of Ha Noi and HCMC and GrabTaxi Viet Nam Co Ltd to regulate and strictly handle Grab riders using mobile phones when riding. Viet Nam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) has ordered the traffic safety boards of Ha Noi and HCMC and GrabTaxi Viet Nam Co Ltd to strictly handle Grab riders using mobile phones when riding. Specifically, the NTSC has requested the traffic safety boards of Ha Noi and HCMC to direct competent forces to intensify patrols to enforce the law against riders using phones indiscriminately on the road, especially those using phones to contact passengers. The Grab Company is required to strengthen the propaganda of traffic order and safety for its rider and driver partners. Under the current law, riders using a hand-held phone while riding motorbikes have to pay a fine of VND100,000-200,000.
September 04, 2018 11:37 UTC
The residents of Red RiverVietNamNet Bridge – The Red River that dissects Hanoi takes its name from the colour of the silt that tints the water. A storm, strong winds or impromptu downpours may be inconvenient to most of us, but for the residents of the Red River they potentially spell disaster. But for now, they remain the next generation of the residents of Red River. River facts The source of the Red River is the Hengduan Mountains in Yunnan, China. Log on to vietnamnews.vn to watch a video of the lives of the residents of Red River.
September 04, 2018 11:37 UTC
Party chief’s visit to tighten Vietnam’s strategic connectivity with RussiaDuring a visit to Russia from September 5 to 8, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders will discuss measures to promote the countries’ relations. Reviewing the countries’ ties, General Secretary Trong affirmed that Russia is an important traditional partner of Vietnam. The leader told TASS that Vietnam respects and prioritises reinforcing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia. The partnership between Vietnam and Russia is developing in a substantive and sustainable fashion, he said. The leader said an important direction of energy ties is using atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
September 04, 2018 08:48 UTC
Government directs capital hike for State-owned banksThe Government is directing ministries and agencies to raise capital for State-owned commercial banks through the use of dividends or share sales this year, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said at a recent meeting. Hue revealed the news after four State-owned banks – Vietcombank, Agribank, BIDV and VietinBank – proposed the capital hike at the meeting on bad debt resolution last week as they are facing difficulties to fulfill the plan. Currently, the banks are under great pressure to hike capital to satisfy the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV)’s regulations to meet Basel II standards in 2020. Under SBV’s Circular, banks must maintain a capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of at least 8 percent as per Basel II norms, starting in 2020. Representatives of State capital at State-owned banks often require to vote for dividend payout to be in cash at the banks’ annual general meetings so that the State receives money from dividends.
September 04, 2018 08:37 UTC
Korean investment flows set to rise further in VietnamSince Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) set up diplomatic relations in 1992, bilateral ties have seen robust growth in all fields, from politics, economy, security-defence to culture, education and science-technology. Korean FDI came to Vietnam in three waves, according to the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). More than 73 percent of Korean FDI firms in the country operate in service of the local market. Vietnam is set to welcome more Korean investment owing to efforts by several Vietnamese cities and provinces to promote their potential and seek links with Korean firms. Experts from KOTRA believe that Korean FDI in these sectors would bring benefits for both sides.
September 04, 2018 08:03 UTC
President Quang calls for education reform towards improved workforceVietNamNet Bridge – President Tran Dai Quang has called for the education sector to continue working on a comprehensive reform for education and training activities to produce high-quality human resources for national development and international integration. To prepare for the new school year, the Ministry of Education and Training has recently asked departments of education and training to ensure supplies of teaching and learning equipment. President Quang highlighted the significance of education and training in mountainous and underprivileged areas that are often home to ethnic minority peoples. He added that education departments and schools would strengthen inspections and strictly deal with cases of physical and mental violence in schools. Connections among pedagogy universities should also be accelerated, he said.
September 04, 2018 06:56 UTC
Construction violations still rampant in HCM CityVietNamNet Bridge – Construction violations ranging from ignoring building permits to illegal construction on farm land remain a hot issue in HCM City. An illegal construction site on farm land in Cu Chi District, HCM City. - VNA/VNS Photo Tran Xuan TinhLocal authorities were to blame for violations, according to a report by Viet Nam News Agency. Construction inspectors recently uncovered 19 violations at a social housing project in Tan Binh District’s Ward 15. According to a report from the city’s Construction Department, from November 2017 to to May 2018, inspectors uncovered 7,360 violations and fined 3,830 cases.
September 04, 2018 05:37 UTC
Tra fish shipments give hope to aquatic product exportsTra fish (pangasius) exports are likely to surpass 2 billion USD for the first time this year, presenting an opportunity for Vietnam’s aquatic product exports to realise or even exceed its yearly goal of 9 billion USD. Processing Tra fish for exportTra fish is one of three key aquatic exports of Vietnam, alongside shrimp and tuna. In January-July, tra fish shipped overseas reeled in nearly 1.2 billion USD, up about 20 percent year-on-year. He added that the August – December period is when Tra fish exports reach full swing. Therefore, prices of both Tra fish materials and exports are high, he said.
September 04, 2018 04:41 UTC
Vietnam’s industrial production expands 11.2 pct in 8 monthsVietnam’s industrial production index (IPI) rose 11.2 percent on-year in the first eight months of 2018, the General Statistics Office (GSO) has announced. Nghi Son Oil Refinery and Petrochemical complex in the central province of Thanh Hoa. However, some products saw slight declines in production due to lower demand, such as mobile phones (down 2.3 percent) and urea fertiliser (down 3 percent). Among localities recording higher growth in industrial production against 2017’s corresponding period, the northern port city of Hai Phong led with growth of 24 percent. Earlier, the GSO predicted the IPI may slow down in the rest of this year, reflecting the increasing importance of sustainable development.
September 04, 2018 04:07 UTC
Spam messages plague phone usersVietNamNet Bridge – Congratulation! Spam messages are flooding people’s smartphones. Spam messages, unfortunately, are not the only nightmare. From May 2017 to March 2018, 260 million spam messages were blocked. The Computer Emergency Response Center (dial 456) is in charge of receiving and recording spam messages, but is unable to stop spam calls.
September 04, 2018 03:22 UTC
UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitationThe first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York. So what exactly does 'high seas' mean? The high seas are defined as the oceans that lie beyond exclusive economic zones. Researchers believe the high seas may be major source of mineral resources in years to come. "The current high seas governance system is weak, fragmented and unfit to address the threats we now face in the 21st Century from climate change, illegal and over-fishing, plastics pollution and habitat loss," said Peggy Kalas, from the High Seas Alliance,"This is a historic opportunity to protect the biodiversity and functions of the high seas through legally binding commitments."
September 04, 2018 01:07 UTC
Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, the Met Office has announced. Photo: EPAIt said highs for summer 2018 were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910. England's average temperatures narrowly beat those seen in 1976, they added. Dry, sweltering conditions for weeks on end gave way to a more average August, said the Met Office. To the nearest 0.1C, all four years - 2018 as well as 1976, 2003 and 2006 - had an average temperature of 15.8C (60.4F).
September 03, 2018 20:03 UTC