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One more Tan Son Nhat airport bus service launched Southern Airport Transportation Joint Stock Company (SATSCO) on May 19 launched Bus Route No. 49 using high-quality automobiles to shuttle passengers between Tan Son Nhat airport and downtown HCMC. Buses ply SATSCO's second such route from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and depart from the airport and the downtown every 15 to 30 minutes. The traveling time of the new shuttle bus service is 30 to 40 minutes, and fares cost VND40,000 per passenger. Yellow buses of the new route will stop at major hotels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the HCMC Opera House in the center of the city, instead of using public bus stops. SATSCO is working on a plan to develop more five-star bus services with free wifi and staff able to communicate in English. Two months ago, the company put into serve Bus Route No. 109 linking the airport and the downtown. The company expected the two bus routes will help reduce traffic congestion on the streets leading to Tan … [Read more...]

Over 70 tons of dead fish removed from Saigon canal

VietNamNet Bridge – According to HCM City authorities, more than 70 tons of dead fish have been taken out of the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe canal. A large volume of chemicals was also poured into the canal to clean the water. Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the Department of Natural Resources & Environment of HCM City, said that by May 18, workers collected more than 70 tons of dead fish from the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal, which died by polluted water. Thang also said that 250 people participated in this task, including workers of the Urban Environment Company, Public Service Company of District 8, Waterway Traffic Management Bureau, the Fire-fighting forces and others. All 22 trash-fishing boats, 12 canoes, eight boats, three barges, and two crane ships were mobilized. On May 19, most of the dead fish were collected and transported to the Da Phuoc dumping ground. After dead fish were removed, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development poured seven tons of silicon … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City pours treatment chemicals into canal filled with dead fish

A large volume of water treatment chemicals has been discharged into a canal in Ho Chi Minh City, where at least 70 metric tons of fish died earlier this week, the municipal environment department said Thursday. Twenty-five metric tons of zeolite, a detox agent commonly used in aquatic cultivation, was used to purify the water in Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, one of the city’s major canals, according to the department director Nguyen Toan Thang. The canal water was tainted by pollutants washed over by rainwater following a heavy downpour on Monday, which led to the mass fish kill. The environment department has also poured 100kg of dissolved oxygen into the water to sustain marine life there, Thang added. While the canal was filled with floating bodies of the deceased aquatic animals on Tuesday and Wednesday, competent agencies have so far finished picking up all the dead fish. Initial reports said 70 metric tons of fish died in the incident, but there has yet to be the final … [Read more...]

70 tons of dead fish picked up from Ho Chi Minh City canal: officials

Environment workers pick up dead fish from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in Ho Chi Minh City May 17, 2016. Photo: Duc Tien/Thanh Nien Nearly 70 tons of dead fish had been collected from Ho Chi Minh City’s Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal over the past two days, with water pollution coming up as the apparent cause, a city official said. Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the city’s environment department, said on Wednesday that environment workers have been working around the clock to deal with the mass fish deaths. Fish started surfacing on Monday evening, just a couple hours after the first heavy downpour of the season washed into the canal a large amount of waste clogged in the sewage system more for many dry months. There were so many dead fish the city had to send 250 workers to collect them. The group worked through Wednesday night. The city has prepared tons of substances to improve the water quality. Fish died en masse on the canal in similar cases in the summers of 2014 … [Read more...]

Tonnes of fish die in HCM City canal

As many as 70 tonnes of dead fish have been collected from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in HCM City over the last two days according to a local official. Director of the city's Department of Natural Resource and Environment, Nguyen Toan Thang, told the local media on May 18 afternoon that 250 workers and 54 canoes have been collecting dead fish since yesterday along the river and spraying chemicals to disinfect the water. Workers were collecting dead fish from Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Cannal on May 17 Most of the dead fish have been collected by this morning but some parts of the canal still had a rotten smell. On May 17 afternoon, Director of HCM City's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Phuoc Trung said that initial investigations showed that the fish died following heavy rainfall on Monday afternoon when sewage run into the canal along with rainwater. Tonnes of fish died on Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Cannal on May 17 and 18 The 8.7-km Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe canal which … [Read more...]

Tons of dead fish found in canal after rain

Van Nam and Thanh Hoa Dead fish were collected from Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal for destruction on May 17. HCMC Urban Environment Co Ltd will use more boats to collect dead fish in the canal - PHOTO: THANH HOA The initial cause of the mass fish deaths was announced by the HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last night. Many fish were found dead in the canal after rain in different parts of the city on the afternoon of Monday. The rain also flooded many streets. Local citizens said they saw mass fish deaths in the canal in the wee hours of on May 17. Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said 14 tons of dead fish had been collected as of 5 p.m. on May 17. Nine boats mobilized by HCMC Urban Environment Co Ltd had collected the dead fish, mostly tilapia, in Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal. The figure might swell as the company would use at least six more boats to pick up dead fish from the canal as early as 4 a.m. on … [Read more...]

Dozen tons of dead fish on Saigon canal after downpour

VietNamNet Bridge – Tens of tons of dead fish have been taken out of HCM City’s symbolic Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal after the downpour on the afternoon of May 16. At a press conference on May 17, city authorities said the fish had been killed by toxic waste, which flowed into the canal via rainwater. Director of the HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Nguyen Phuoc Trung – told reporters at the press conference yesterday that the agency immediately collected dead fish and waste samples for analysis. He said the unexpected downpours on May 16 swept away toxic waste from the streets and sewers to the canal, causing pollution. The high concentrations of harmful substances as NH3, NH4 and the reduction of oxygen were the major causes of massive fish deaths. This phenomenon may continue after the next 1 or 2 heavy rains and it will only end when the aquatic environment becomes stable. Two years ago, after the first rains, fish died but not as many as … [Read more...]

More than 14 tons of dead fish on Saigon canal after downpour

VietNamNet Bridge – A total of 14 tons of dead fish have been taken out of HCM City’s symbolic Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal after the downpour on the afternoon of May 16. At a press conference on May 17, city authorities said the fish had been killed by toxic waste, which flowed into the canal via rainwater. Director of the HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Nguyen Phuoc Trung – told reporters at the press conference yesterday that the agency immediately collected dead fish and waste samples for analysis. He said the unexpected downpours on May 16 swept away toxic waste from the streets and sewers to the canal, causing pollution. The high concentrations of harmful substances as NH3, NH4 and the reduction of oxygen were the major causes of massive fish deaths. This phenomenon may continue after the next 1 or 2 heavy rains and it will only end when the aquatic environment becomes stable. Two years ago, after the first rains, fish died but not as … [Read more...]

Pollution, poisonous gas kill fish in Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal

A total of 14 tons of fish including tilapia and carp died in Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal as of 5 p.m. on May 17 because of organic contamination and poisonous gas released from the first rain of the rainy season this year in Ho Chi Minh City, said director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Phuoc Trung. Dead fish float to the surface of Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal on May 17 (Photo: SGGP) At a meeting hosted by the Propaganda and Education Board under the city's Party Committee to announce the dead fish condition in the canal yesterday afternoon, Mr. Trung said that content of NH4, NH3 and PH exceeded permissible levels. Answering media about the fish death that has taken place for the last several years in the early of rainy season but the city has yet to tackle the issue, Mr. Trung said that initial measure is to intensify spread of bio-products into the canal. A ton of zeolite powder and bio-products had been spread into the canal since yesterday morning, he said. Long … [Read more...]

Prime Minister’s message to businesspeople and workers

(VOVworld) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week held an online conference with businesses nationwide and met with workers from 8 southern provinces. He delivered a message that the government values the role of businesses and workers and will provide them with the best possible conditions to develop and improve their lives. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with workers in Dong Nai province on April 30,2016 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with about 1,000 Vietnamese businesspeople in Ho Chi Minh city on April 29 to listen to their opinions in a frank, open, and constructive manner. He then met with over 3,000 workers in Dong Nai province to learn about their aspirations. Resolute direction Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has expressed a resolute determination to generate favorable conditions for businesses. "The conference’s outcome must enhance businesspeople’s trust in the administration, the regime, society, and the market. They will be inspired … [Read more...]

Local steel companies must become more competitive

A Toan Thang Steel JSC worker supervises steel billet production at the Song Cong I Industrial Zone in Thai Nguyen Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The application of trade defence instruments must ensure harmonisation of interests between producers and consumers in the long term, Ho Nghia Dung, president of the Viet Nam Steel Association said. Dung made the statement in an article to the Vietnam News Agency that local producers must revamp their production technology to build a competitive industry. Although trade defence instruments were essential to protect local production, the use of these instruments might result in inefficiency if it failed to balance the interests of the relevant parties, he added. Dung said trade defence instruments might cause a conflict of interest which had been proved through the recent use of safeguard duties on imported steel products. For example, producers who manufactured steel ingots might support the imposition … [Read more...]

A tailor village outside Hanoi

Thu Huong The entrance to Tu Thuan Village on the outskirts of Hanoi In the early 20th century, a group of Tu Thuan villagers left home for Hanoi to learn how to make suits, ao dai (traditional Vietnamese long dress), and shirts. Some settled down in Hanoi to open their own shops while the rest returned home and taught others sewing techniques and skills. On March 10, 140 out of 150 households and more than 90% of people of working age in the village work at local garment workshops. Those workshops could earn billions of dong in profit a year while workers have incomes of VND7 million (US$315) to VND10 million per month. Two young men learn how to make clothing at a workshop in Tu Thuan Village after having failed in university entrance exams. As interns, they are still paid VND5 million (US$224) a month. Nguyen Minh, a 48-year-old designer, has 25 years’ work experience Nguyen Quang Hoa, 78, belongs to the third generation of Tu Thuan villagers. Hoa, who … [Read more...]

Highest risks doing business with China

VietNamNet Bridge - Relying on some certain trade partners is risky, especially China, which can be unpredictable. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung and Dr. Tran Toan Thang from the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) Vietnam's growth rate heavily depends on trade. The trade openness has been increasing rapidly, from 115 percent of GDP in 2003 to 160 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, the figure is on the decrease for ASEAN, from 143 percent to 140 percent. China is among the countries with low trade openness, about 50 percent of GDP. If international trade risks occur, Vietnam would be more vulnerable than other economies. If international trade risks occur, Vietnam would be more vulnerable than other economies. High risks for wooden furniture, farm produce, food CIEM has found there is heaviest reliance in some business fields, including farm produce and food, especially processed food and vegetables. The high risk in exporting food and vegetables to China is due to exports … [Read more...]

Hanoi, HCM City look to crack down on coaches, parking on pavements

The illegal parking of coaches on streets in HCM City in order to collect and drop off passengers has been a headache for local authorities, but coach operators insist measures should be taken to create more favourable conditions for them. Tran Thuy Hanh, a local resident, told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that coaches are encroaching on streets in the inner city, obstructing the view of pedestrians and motorists. Hoang Van Thai, of District 5's Tran Phu Street, complained that dozens of coaches park on the streets every day, and flocks of waiting tourists turn the street into a chaotic scene. Passengers even throw garbage and urinate on the street. In February, Secretary of HCM City's Party Committee Dinh La Thang ordered the installation of "no parking" signs for cars with nine seats or more on Nguyen Thai Binh and Le Thi Hong Gam streets in an effort to regulate traffic in the city. However, the coach operators still reportedly commit violations. In a recent meeting with the … [Read more...]

Cities look to crack down on coaches despite their protests

HCM CITY (VNS) — The illegal parking of coaches on streets in HCM City in order to collect and drop off passengers has been a headache for local authorities, but coach operators insist measures should be taken to create more favourable conditions for them. Tran Thuy Hanh, a local resident, told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that coaches are encroaching on streets in the inner city, obstructing the view of pedestrians and motorists. Hoang Van Thai, of District 5's Tran Phu Street, complained that dozens of coaches park on the streets every day, and flocks of waiting tourists turn the street into a chaotic scene. Passengers even throw garbage and urinate on the street. In February, Secretary of HCM City's Party Committee Dinh La Thang ordered the installation of "no parking" signs for cars with nine seats or more on Nguyen Thai Binh and Le Thi Hong Gam streets in an effort to regulate traffic in the city. However, the coach operators still reportedly commit violations. In a … [Read more...]

HCMC Party chief: No more delays in infrastructure projects

Anh Quan HCMC Party chief Dinh La Thang speaks at a meeting with the Ministry of Transport over the weekend - PHOTO: LE ANH Thang was speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Transport and leaders of HCMC government and agencies on Saturday. Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the HCMC Department of Transport, said Metro Line No. 2 linking Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Tham Luong in District 12 has progressed slowly in the past two years due to design and investment changes. Lenders have agreed on an investment adjustment but the Law on Public Investment requires projects worth over VND10 trillion (around US$446 million) to be approved by the National Assembly (NA). To put the project on fast track, Cuong proposed HCMC seek the Government approval to invite tenders for the already-approved components of the project while waiting for the NA’s approval. Thang said Government and NA permission should be sought for the city to take charge of the metro project, … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City apartment sales up 47 percent in Q4

Photo: winta.com.vn Total apartment sales in Ho Chi Minh City reached nearly 7,700 units in the fourth quarter of 2015, up 47 percent from the previous quarter, according to Savills Vietnam’s Market Brief released on January 29. Sales of Grade A apartments rose 129 percent quarterly. Grade Bs were up 79 percent. Both Grade A and B have reached their highest sales levels in the last five years, thanks to banking support and diversified products. Meanwhile, the office market performed its best in the past four years. The total take-up was 60,000sq.m, up 264 percent from the figure of entire 2014– mostly Grade B and C office space. This year, more than 71,000sq.m in six projects are expected to be made available, pushing the total stock up 4 percent from 2015. Nguyen Toan Thang, Director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the city collected more than 10.6 trillion VND (481 million USD) in land use fees, up 34.56 percent from … [Read more...]

Passion motivates circus artists to take risks

Video by Thu Van HA NOI (VNS) — The circus has always been about performers attempting precarious and daring acts in exchange for the intangible reward of the roar of the crowd. Circus artists have always put their lives on the line for the audience's entertainment. Those working at the Viet Nam National Circus Federation are no different. "All circus acts are dangerous jobs," Tong Toan Thang, a senior artist who is well-known for his python act and is also a veteran circus performer, said. "If you work in this field, you accept the risks." What keeps them going, given the modest incomes and the hardship the job entails? "When the crowds clap their hands and shout your name, it's something we cherish more than anything else," he said.—VNS … [Read more...]

Int’l circus festival to greet spring 2016

(Cinet)- Circus artists from Vietnam, Mongolia and Laos will entertain audiences in Hanoi capital with extravagant performances to usher in the Year of the Monkey and commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam Circus Federation. Int’l circus festival to greet spring 2016. Illustrative image. Photo: truongxiec.edu. The four-day festival will be staged everyday from January 14 to 17 at the National Circus of Vietnam at NO. 67-69 Tran Nhan Tong Street. The large-scale programme unites leading circus artists from Viet Nam, Laos and Mongolia. It will feature meticulous and diverse performances, including aerial acrobatics, balancing feats, shows of strength and magic tricks, as well as an animal circus. Many of the performances have won national and international prizes. With a desire to entertain several generations of audiences with circus acts, the organisers have invited many meritorious artists to participate in the Gala. On opening night, a 15-minute welcome … [Read more...]

Int’l circus show rolls into Hanoi

The 2016 International Circus Gala will open on January 14 at the Vietnam Central Circus, Hanoi, in celebration of the 60th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Circus Federation (VCF). The large-scale programme unites leading circus artists from Vietnam, Laos and Mongolia. It will feature meticulous and diverse performances, including aerial acrobatics, balancing feats, shows of strength and magic tricks, as well as an animal circus. Many of the performances have won national and international prizes. With a desire to entertain several generations of audiences with circus acts, the organisers have invited many meritorious artists to participate in the Gala. On opening night, a 15-minute welcome performance inspired by a Russian film honouring performing artists will be directed by acclaimed artist Tong Toan Thang. It will be staged in the circus style with an aim of enabling spectators to imagine VCF's 60-year journey. "This is an art programme that connects the performances, … [Read more...]