Editor’s note: Nhiep Phuong is a freelance Vietnamese photographer in Ho Chi Minh City. He has a keen interest in street photography. The most common reaction a Westerner has to a finely decorated plate of dog meat in Vietnam is that of outrage. This is absolutely outrageous now that larger (and equally cute) animals get slaughtered for meat without complaint from foreigners. Figures released by the Humane Society International in 2017 estimated that some 30 million dogs are consumed globally on an annual basis. The Asia Canine Protection Alliance estimated in 2016 that roughly 20 million dogs are consumed each year in China, two to three million in South Korea, and five million in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the generally cute-and-loyal animal being killed and served on a plate has raised eyebrows amongst dissenters in the Southeast Asian country. Their arguments, though, are weak. Argument #1: Dogs are friends, not food Cultural perceptions of particular animals vary wildly … [Read more...] about Telling Vietnamese to stop eating dog meat is barking up wrong tree
Barking wrong tree
VietNamNet Bridge – A tree-felling project runs foul of public opinion, highlighting Hanoians' deep, spiritual ties with the city's trees. Luong Thu Huong and Le Huong talk to a few experts about the re-greening challenges that lie ahead. Fringe benefits: A view of the Thu Le Lake in dowtown Ha Noi. The tree coverage in the city is at around 2sq.m per person. The city plans to increase this slowly, by planting 1,500-2,000 trees every year. — VNS Photos Truong Vi He could not quite put his finger on the overwhelming sadness that he felt. "The street that has been so familiar to me suddenly became completely strange," said Nguyen Tuan Anh. The student of the Ha Noi University on Nguyen Trai Street, was referring to the felling of a row of xa cu (African mahogany) trees and their replacement with a species he did not recognise. The street was at the heart of the controversy last week as the chopping of 500 streettrees provoked widespread protests by Hanoians. The … [Read more...] about Is Hanoi barking up the wrong tree?
VietNamNet Bridge - Without brewing or fermentation, the wine extracted from the fruits of ta vat trees in Quang Nam province has sweet and slightly bitter taste, spicy and tingling on the tongue-- which fascinates anyone who has an opportunity to taste. Ta vat is a variety of palm tree that are very popular in the mountainous areas of Quang Nam province. The natural fermented sweet and pure juice from ta vat fruits, added with some kinds of leaves has become a specialty of Co Tu ethnic minority group in the mountainous districts of Dong Giang, Tay Giang and Nam Giang. To taste this special wine, visitors will have to travel more than 100 km of rugged forest road, towards Highway 14G from Da Nang city. Ta vat fruits yield the most juice in the time from August to the Lunar New Year (about February of the next year). At this time, if you have the opportunity to follow locals to the forest, you will see Co Tu men perching on the top of ta vat trees to collect juice. This is a very … [Read more...] about Wine made from Ta-vat trees in Quang Nam
Many steel producers complain about the shortage of iron ore in the country even as the government continues to allow its export. Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that in the first five months exports of more than 3.07 million tons of minerals like iron, titanium, apatite, manganese, and copper has been licensed. Analysts said this is not only causing a drain on precious resources but also forcing processors to the verge of closing down due to a raw material shortage. The Vietnam Steel Association sought in April a halt on export of raw materials. Pham Chi Cuong, its chairman, said the export licenses only required exporters to clean the ores. Vietnam does not have a large reserves of minerals, including iron, and the government needs to rethink its export policies, Cuong said. Hoa Phat, a leading steel company, also called for a halt to export of raw minerals, and offered to buy iron ore at the export prices or even higher. The export rush came after a cabinet … [Read more...] about Vietnam allows mineral exports despite shortage at home
Workers process shrimps at a seafood plant in the Mekong Delta Vietnam's efforts to repair its damaged seafood reputation after several rejections over quality concerns are not likely to end anytime soon as the industry is still divided over who must take responsibility for the fiasco. The agriculture ministry in August 2011 issued a notice asking export companies to submit samples for testing before shipping besides performing their own regular tests on the input. But nearly two years later, the measure has not been well received with exporters blaming the problem on farmers, according to a recent report in the Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon. The companies say testing samples will not help improve seafood quality and hygiene, and that they do not want be the one fixing the problems created at seafood farms. Figures from the ministry show that Vietnam has been leading the blacklist for poor quality seafood exporter to the EU, Japan and Canada for the past three years, compared to … [Read more...] about Vietnam exporters peeved, blame farmers for seafood quality
Government should instead plug loopholes in regulations since a clutch of taxes and fees that exist cannot prevent exports of minerals A caterpillar at work at a mine in northern Vietnam FILE PHOTO The Ministry of Finance has recommended a hike in mining tax on iron ore by half to 15 percent, saying this is aimed at restricting the mining of a non-recyclable resource. Vietnam has iron ore reserves of 960.6 million tons, almost 80 percent of them known, while annually 3.5 million tons have been mined in recent years, it said. If approved by the National Assembly, the increase will take effect next January. Ironically, there are 12 different taxes and fees already on mining, which have done little to curb exports or the smuggling of iron ore out of the country. As the economy continue to struggle and inventories of iron ore remain high, imposing higher export taxes or banning exports of ore would even encourage smuggling, Nguyen Manh Quan, head of Heavy Industry at the … [Read more...] about Higher iron mining tax: Barking up wrong tree?
Kenny Dalglish admitted he has some "big challenges" ahead after Blackpool condemned Liverpool to another surprise 2-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool came from a goal down after Fernando Torres's early finish to prove their win by the same scoreline at Anfield in October was no fluke. This was Reds great Dalglish's first league game in charge of Liverpool for almost 19 years after replacing Roy Hodgson on an interim basis until the end of the season. The position could be his on a full-time basis if he fulfils the criteria laid down by Damien Comolli, the club's director of footballing strategy. Dalglish is a unifying force at Liverpool. He is looking to salvage something from a season that has lurched from disaster to disaster, with this result only heightening the gloom at Anfield even further ahead of the weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton. "We are obviously disappointed we have come away from the game with no points," Dalglish said after watching Liverpool slip … [Read more...] about Dalglish sees challenges as Blackpool down Liverpool
Investors at a brokerage firm in Ho Chi Minh City. Analysts have called for market regulators to deal with fundamental problems like liquidity and rampant violations committed by brokerage houses. Vietnam's stock market regulators plan to extend trading hours as part of a larger restructuring of the market, but many analysts are lukewarm about the move, saying authorities are barking up the wrong tree. They call for greater focus instead on fundamental problems like liquidity and the rampant violations by brokerage houses. According to the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC), extension of the trading hours at the two stock exchanges in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City has been approved. While further details will be announced later, trading is likely to be extended until 2:15 p.m from 11:00 a.m. A brokerage director at a HCMC securities company, who wished to remain unnamed, said the market is now in a mess and the first thing to do is to improve its liquidity by adding … [Read more...] about Analysts skeptical about extension of stock trading hours
Draft decree tightening controls over Internet and online gaming shops barking up the wrong tree, critics say Thanh Ha has been running an Internet and online game shop at her home for the last eight years, but now, she is thinking of hiring a place nearby. She would be forced to move if a draft decree banning the provision of such services within a radius of 200 meters from schools take effect. Her home is located just 30 meters or so from the Nguyen Cong Tru High School in Ho Chi Minh City's Go Vap District. Ha is puzzled, though. "It would be difficult for my business because I will have to pay the rent. But I do not think it would prevent students from playing online games. Surely they will know where my new shop is and come there as usual," she said. Ha is among many Internet shop owners who will be directly affected by the draft decree on Internet services that has attracted controversy over its feasibility. According to the draft decree on "management, supplying and … [Read more...] about End game, but for whom?
Fringe benefits: A view of the Thu Le Lake in dowtown Ha Noi. The tree coverage in the city is at around 2sq.m per person. The city plans to increase this slowly, by planting 1,500-2,000 trees every year. — VNS Photos Truong Vi A tree-felling project runs foul of public opinion, highlighting Hanoians' deep, spiritual ties with the city's trees. Luong Thu Huong and Le Huong talk to a few experts about the re-greening challenges that lie ahead. He could not quite put his finger on the overwhelming sadness that he felt. "The street that has been so familiar to me suddenly became completely strange," said Nguyen Tuan Anh. The student of the Ha Noi University on Nguyen Trai Street, was referring to the felling of a row of xa cu (African mahogany) trees and their replacement with a species he did not recognise. The street was at the heart of the controversy last week as the chopping of 500 streettrees provoked widespread protests by Hanoians. The protests and subsequent suspension … [Read more...] about Is Ha Noi barking up the wrong tree?