Wind farm investors want power prices raised

Van Nam Speaking to the Daily last Friday, Pham Dong, director of Ninh Thuan Province’s Department of Planning and Investment, said as wind park projects require huge capital, investors could not secure profitability if they sell electricity at low prices. This is the reason why investors are hesitant to accelerate the progress of their projects. There are three operational wind farms nationwide with a combined capacity of 54 MW. They include Binh Thanh and Phu Quy in the central province of Binh Thuan and Bac Lieu in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. Investors have registered to implement more than 45 wind power projects with a total capacity of 4,822 MW across the country. According to Bui Van Thinh, vice chairman of the Binh Thuan Wind Energy Association, the Government’s Decision 37/2011/QD-TTg set the wind power price at 7.8 U.S. cents per kWh to encourage investment in wind power projects, but this level is not attractive enough. The price is below the … [Read more...]

Enjoying the Chu Dong Tu Festival

The festival often starts with a palanquin procession of Saint Chu Dong Tu from Phu Trach Village (Me So Commune, Van Giang District) to the main temple of Da Hoa. Leading the procession is a 20m-long dragon which performs to drum beats. The dragon is controlled by 30 strong young men and followed by two lines of women in colourful costumes who perform Sinh tien and Non (leaf hat) dances. The procession also consists of a team carrying musical instruments, flags, drums, gongs, swords and ornaments. The procession goes about 4km through eight other villages which has its own palanquin carrying team to participate in the great procession so the exciting festive atmosphere prevails over the whole area. When the procession arrives at Da Hoa Temple, the rite of fetching water from the Red River to offer the Saint is solemnly held. According to elder Nguyen Thi Hanh, 90 years old, in Me So Commune, the locals in 9 villages have practiced the rite for years with the aim of praying for … [Read more...]

Social News 3/3

Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

Salt water intrusion threatens delta rice crops

Many coastal areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are experiencing saline intrusion, threatening thousands of hectares of rice crops. In Soc Trang Province, saline intrusion has occurred most severely in Long Phu District's Long Phu, Tan Hung and Tan Thanh communes and Long Phu town. Many rice plants that are blooming are facing a severe shortage of water, Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper has reported. Farmer Lam Chien in Long Phu Commune's Nuoc Man 2 Hamlet said over the past two weeks the level of big canals has been very low while ditches in rice fields have nearly dried up. Farmers have been unable to take irrigation water into their rice fields. "If this situation lasts for more than two weeks, the risk of losing rice will be unavoidable," he said. Lam Van Vu, deputy head of the Long Phu District Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau, said this year's saline intrusion had occurred a month earlier compared to normal years. District authorities have prepared … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City launches voluntary campaign to clean up public places

Voluntary activities have been conducted since the beginning of this month in Ho Chi Minh City and other localities to clear public sites, plant trees, spread the news of job opportunities, and help keep traffic order on the streets. A voluntary campaign was launched on March 1 by the central committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to mark the 84th founding anniversary of the organization, which falls on March 26. In Ho Chi Minh City, over 5,000 volunteers and members of the union and locals took part in the voluntary campaign yesterday by giving vocational guidance to young people as well as cleaning up streets and along canals. State officials of 24 districts in the southern hub joined hands to plant trees, clean up public places, urge people to keep traffic order and safety, and prevent and fight social evils. The activities had the participation of city leaders such as Nguyen Van Ranh, head of the department of public relations under the Ho Chi Minh City Party … [Read more...]

Social News 2/3

Synthetic drugs seized by Quang Binh forces The Quang Binh provincial Border Guard Command yesterday seized synthetic drugs from Laos at the Cha Lo International Port in the province. The 500 ectasy pills were being carried on a passenger bus driven by Dau Xuan Cuong, 24, from Nghe An Province. Cuong alledgely told police the drugs were being sent from Thakhek Town in Laos to Nghe An Province. Call centre to handle driving licence renewals Starting from March 9, HCM City will allow driver to make appointments to renew their licences by calling a new phone centre on 1081. Senior official from the city's transport department, Vo Trong Nhan, told vnexpress.net the service was intended to make the process more convenient and shorten the required time to issue a new licence. "People will be able to call the centre and make appointments that suit their schedule. They will be notified later once a time slot is available, which will eliminate the need for them to book at an office," … [Read more...]

Industrial zones simultaneously commencing production at the beginning of the year

On February 27th, at North-East Song Cau Industrial Zone (IZ), leaders of Phu Yen management board of economic zones visited enterprises to commence production at the beginning of the year. Commencing production at Hoa Hiep Industrial Zone (Dong Hoa district) To date, at the 3 Izs of Phu Yen province, 30 enterprises have been put into operation; mostly commencing on January 6th (Lunar Calendar). However, the number of workers on the beginning working days is not sufficient. In particular, the number of workers returning to work in North-East Song Cau IZ is only about 40 to 50%; An Phu IZ 50% to 60% and Hoa Hiep IZ 80%. On the early days of the lunar new year, although the number of employees returned to work after Lunar New Year holiday was incomplete, the working atmosphere in enterprises was very enthusiastic, lively. At Trang Thuy Co., Ltd. (An Phu IZ), on the first working day, although 50% of workers were present, the enterprise operated all the parts to meet first the … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Sharp funding cut in Long Thanh airport project

Lan Nhi Transport Minister Dinh La Thang speaks about the cost cut in Long Thanh airport project at the 35th session of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee in Hanoi on February 27 - PHOTO: VOV Transport Minister Dinh La Thang told the 35th session of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee in Hanoi on February 27 that the Government had revised down the funding estimate for the first phase of the international airport in Dong Nai Province by US$2.6 billion after careful reviews. The latest revision in the new report the minister delivered on behalf of the Government is higher than the US$1.2 billion reduction discussed by representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and relevant agencies at a meeting on Tuesday. Of the US$5.2 billion planned for the first phase, official development assistance (ODA) funding is projected to account for US$1.3 billion and the State budget US$578.3 million. The remaining US$3.2 billion is … [Read more...]

Exalted with boat-race competitions

In the morning of February 25th (the 7th of the first month, At Mui Lunar New Year), Tuy An district organized the traditional festival of boat-race in O Loan lagoon, At Mui Lunar New Year 2015. Rowers trying to compete at the 19th dragon-boat race in Tuy Hoa city More than 300 athletes of male, female from 12 units, including 8 promontory communes, the three communes of An Dan, An Dinh, An Thach and Chi Thanh townlet (Tuy An district) participated in competing for the 4 contents of shaking coracles, sailing coracles with rows, 4-people small boats (combined with men and women) and 12-people dragon-boat (men - women coordination). The Traditional Boat Race in O Loan lagoon is a sports activity maintained by the local government for more than 40 years and is held on the first days of the lunar new year to meet the spiritual needs of fishermen living around O Loan lagoon. The event is the desire of a good-weather year so that fishermen can catch seafood in the lagoon for the … [Read more...]

Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

Photos: Fishermen labouring over Tet haul in a good catch

Fishermen in the central region who worked during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday returned to shore over the weekend with a bountiful catch due to good weather and fewer fishing boats out at sea during the festive period. In Quang Ngai Province, many fishing boats, which had been out to sea up to a month or more, returned on Monday to the Sa Ky Port in Binh Son District's Binh Chau Commune. Nguyen Huu Phuc of Binh Chau Commune said his boat with 10 fishermen docked at Sa Ky Port with more than 10 tonnes of various kinds of fish after nearly one month at sea. Each fishermen earned between VND10-20 million (US$470-950). The Fishing Trade Union for Binh Chau Commune said that more than 10 fishing boats in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago will return within the next five days, according to Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy chairman of the Binh Chau Commune People's Committee. Trader Nguyen Thi Lan said fish caught after Tet sold easily at good prices. Fish from the archipelago are big and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/2

Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Lots of tourists chosing Phu Yen province as a destination during Tet holiday

According to Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, during the Lunar New Year of At Mui 2015 (up to 5th day of Tet), hundreds of thousands of tourists have come to visit the tourism destinations in Phu Yen province. On average, over 1,000 visitors to Dia reef each day during Tet festival In particular, the number of tourists staying at hotels is 7,760, an increase of nearly 500 people in comparison with the same period last year; the number of tourists visiting the five relics and landscapes of An Tho citadel, Dia Reef, Nhan Mountain, Mon beach-Dien cape, Vung Ro-no Number Ship is more than 10,500 visits; with the most crowded destination is Dia reef. The total number visitors to recreation areas is up to hundreds of thousands of visitor turns, a slight increase over the same period in 2014. During this Lunar New Year, many travel agencies of VIETRAVEL, Saigon Tourist, Relax, Focus travel, Viet Fire, Chudu 24, Railways, Crickets, Fiditour, Lighthouse, Gold Sand, … [Read more...]

Great developments for the project of Vung Ro petro-chemical refinery

The event of Vung Ro Petroleum Company Ltd. 015 Vung Ro does really excite Phu Yen people. This is the 3rd largest petro-chemical refinery throughout the country, just after the projects of Nghi Son Oil Refinery Association (Thanh Hoa province) and Dung Quat Oil Refinery (Quang Ngai province). Dozens of vehicles gathered for the construction of oil refinery-petroleum project During the days adjacent to the Lunar New Year, the investment-owner unit has gathered more motor vehicles in Hoa Tam commune (Dong Hoa district) to get ready for the start of constructing Goc Beach port towards the integration of refinery oil dedicated port, general cargo port, dry bulk port, container port and service terminals for the whole economic zone of Southern Phu Yen province. Mr. Kirill Korolev, CEO of Vung Ro Petroleum Company ltd., cheerfully shared, with the interest and incentives from the Government, the Prime Minister, relevant agencies and local government, the unit are all working hard … [Read more...]

What are common entertainments at spring festivals?

(CPV) - Many forms of entertainments have existed since time immemorial and continue to delight people today: Wrestling Legend has it that kings in ancient times used wrestling to select soldiers and generals. Northern Viet Nam has many famous wrestling festivals, such as Yen Noi, Mai Dong (Ha Noi), Vi Thanh (Vinh Yen province), Thuc Vu (Nam Dinh province), Phong Chau and Doan Hung (Phu Tho province) and An Lao (Hai Phong). Contestants at annual wrestling competitions must defeat all rivals, including the previous champion. The wrestlers wear only loin cloth. Before the match, the two wrestlers must observe a ritual, "se dai," in which they execute many beautiful movements to introduce themselves to the audience and to each other. The slow, deliberate rythm of the drum beats continuously, encouraging the wrestlers to perform. Wrestling requires great endurance and intelligence. The loser is the person who is lifted up or thrown to the ground, exposing his belly. Traditional … [Read more...]

Cultural, sports activities celebrate Lunar New Year

Boat racing in Ly Son island district, Quang Ngai province NDO – During the first days of the Lunar New Year of Goat, numerous cultural and sports activities took place nationwide, attracting millions of people and visitors and promoting traditional culture. From February 21 to 23, the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem district in Hanoi and the Vietnam Chess Federation organised the 2015 Human Chess (Chinese Xiangqi Chess) Tournament to preserve and develop the traditional games. The event attracted 16 outstanding senior chess players in the capital vying to win in four categories in order to select a champion with the highest point. The chess board is 100 square metres beside Ly Thai To King Statue. A calligraphy exhibition showcasing over 30 calligraphy works by writers from Hanoi took place at Xich Dang Literature Temple in Hung Yen city on February 22-23. Visitors enjoyed Ca Tru ceremonial singing performances and asked calligraphers to write nice words with the hope … [Read more...]

Traffic jam on ways back to HCMC after Tet

Traffic jam has occurred along some routes leading to Ho Chi Minh City as people from the Mekong Delta and other southern provinces have begun turning back the city to work or study after Tet holidays. Many congestion spots were recorded in Highway 1A in Tien Giang Province on February 22, the fourth day of the lunar New Year. The worst congestion was found in Cai Lay Town, and My Quy, Cai Lay, Phu Nhuan and Ba Dac Bridges. Traffic jam also took place in Vam Cong ferry in Highway 80 connecting Dong Thap and An Giang Provinces. Thousands of vehicles inched one another on the road. A ferry staff said that they have supplemented more ferries but still fail to meet surging vehicle volume especially motorbikes. Similar condition was also seen in Highway 54 and Co Chien ferry in Highway 60 with growing number of people returning HCMC from Vinh Long, Tra Vinh and Soc Trang provinces. It is forecast that traffic jam will worsen especially on February 23, when more people will stream to … [Read more...]

The kind-hearted expatriates

Tet festival is etched in the memories of expatriates who send their hearts to their native land place with a constant memoirs. As for Vietnamese overseas, the nostalgia is sharper. From thousands of miles away, their feeling towards the homeland is expressed through the warm shares. Ms. Han Thu Ha (right most) encouraging and helping Mrs. Dinh Thi Di with blindness, who has to take care of three motherless grandchildren in Son Thanh Dong commune (Tay Hoa district) Ms. Han Thu Ha, living in the U.S, confided, "From Phu Yen Newspaper online, I’ve read the column ‘Together relieving A/O pain’ about the desperate circumstance of the family of the elderly Tran Thi Guong (aged 90, living in Phong Nien village, Hoa Thang commune, Phu Hoa district), I feels so sorry for her. My relatives and I send VND 20 million to help her". Despite being 90 years of age, everyday, she has to care her two daughters (Miss Nguyen Thi Ngan, Miss Nguyen Thi Nhung) with three meals by … [Read more...]

Sweet potatoes, hard work: keys to a long life

VietNamNet Bridge – Two Vietnamese sisters, Dinh Thi Xa, 102, and Dinh Thi Long, 94, have been recognised as Viet Nam's oldest sisters by the Viet Nam Book of Records (Vietkings). Dinh Thi Xa (L) and Dinh Thi Long have been recognized as Vietnam's oldest living sisters. -- Photo credit: Vietkings The certificate was presented to them at their homes in Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa City. The women have seven other siblings; three others are all over 90 years old. Their two sisters, Dinh Thi Ti (104) and Dinh Thi Nhu (100), and brother Dinh Van Trong (92), live in the US. The two women attribute their longevity to their children's and grandchildren's loving care, along with a healthy and moderate lifestyle and reasonable diet. "I have lived a hard life, and I also ate sweet potatoes to allay my hunger," Long says. In fact, the two sisters often jokingly refer to sweet potato as "Vietnamese ginseng", saying it helps them maintain their physical and mental fitness as well as … [Read more...]