As scientists were unable to find a virus in either bats or another animal that matches the genetic signature of COVID-19, investigators said they were more open to considering a leak involving the Wuhan Institute of Virology. AFP/File photo WASHINGTON - The US intelligence community has reached "broad agreement" that the coronavirus was not developed as a bioweapon, and most US agencies assess with "low confidence" it was not genetically engineered, according to an unclassified summary of a report. But the community remains divided on the pathogen's origins, with four agencies and the National Intelligence Council judging in favor of natural exposure to an animal as the likely explanation, one agency favoring the lab leak theory and three unable to reach a conclusion. "Variations in analytic views largely stem from differences in how agencies weigh intelligence reporting and scientific publications, and intelligence and scientific gaps," the summary said. The intelligence … [Read more...] about US intelligence community concludes coronavirus not developed as bioweapon
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Bosch Rexroth manufactured six huge hydraulic cylinders integrated with the Cylinder Integrated Measuring System (CIMSmart) to control the piston rod position. Bong Bot Sluice Gate, Tra Vinh Province In the dry season, these sluice gates will close to prevent salinity intrusion going inland and store freshwater in the canals. They might be open several times to drain water or to keep boats passing through the sluice. In the rainy season, all the gates will open and move depending on the water levels between the river and the canal. If the water level rises higher due to heavy rains, the sluice gates will open to prevent flooding. Ho Sy Son, Senior Project Engineer from Bosch Rexroth Vietnam, said: "The Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulic cylinders operate all the steel-made valves and ship-locks of the salinity prevention sluices in the Mekong Delta. To prevent saltwater intrusion into the rivers, it requires sluice gate width from 15 meters to 40 meters, which must be operated … [Read more...] about Bosch Rexroth helps Mekong Delta fight salinity intrusion
The engagement of young people is expected to contribute to the adoption of more ambitious plans on global climate adaptation. Hoang Ngoc Xuan Mai, 19, and Ly Phuong Thanh, 21, are two representatives of Vietnam joining some 400 young people around the world to elaborate concrete proposals, contributing to the negotiation process of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The two Vietnamese delegates are participating in the preparatory session Pre-COP26 titled “Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition” (Y4C event) taking place in Milan from September 28 to October 2, 2021. Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro. Photos: Embassy of Italy in Hanoi The engagement of young people to the COP26 to be held in Italy and the UK from now until mid-November is expected to leave an impact on the global climate campaign in the future, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro said on the occasion of the ongoing Y4C event that is hosted at the … [Read more...] about Two Vietnamese delegates join Youth4Climate in Italy
The centers share educational resources, support jobs for students, and create conditions to connect schools and businesses. The Association of Francophone Universities (AUF) on September 27 opened two employment support centers, called Pôle Emploi in French, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The two centers are aimed at matching students with employers, increasing their integration into the labor market, and encouraging their start-up spirit. The first one, named the Centre d'employabilité francophone (CEF) in French, is based in Hanoi University, while the second is located in the southern branch of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in HCMC. Projects relating to consultation, job-seeking support, soft-skills training, occupational certification, and start-ups will be deployed in the two centers. Model of the CEF at the Hanoi University. Photo: Minh Duy Jean-Marc Lavest, Director of AUF Asia and Pacific, said the employment support scheme was … [Read more...] about First two Francophone employment support centers launched in Vietnam
Tourists visit Cu Chi outlying district where the Covid-19 pandemic has been under control (Photo: SGGP) Attending the meeting were Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen , Chairman of the city People's Committee Phan Van Mai , Deputy Minister of Defense Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong who is head of the Government's special working group on Covid-19 prevention and control in the Southern region. According to the draft, the southern metropolis will relax social distancing mandates starting from October 1 under the guideline of the National Steering Board on Covid-19 Prevention and Control. So far, the city’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic has achieved many positive results with decreased Covid-19 infection cases and deaths. Moreover, the vaccination coverage rate for people aged 18 and over getting the first vaccine jabs has reached over 95 percent and over 33 percent of residents have received the second shots of vaccines. Some green districts … [Read more...] about HCMC prepares for socioeconomic recovery from October
According to the Vietnamese Office for Trade Affairs in the E.U., a large volume of Vietnamese goods exported to the Netherlands are re-exported to other European countries. Therefore, Vietnam is also considered the leading trade partner of the Netherlands in Asia. The Vietnam-E.U. Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is expected to open up greater for businesses from both countries to foster their partnership. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam and the Netherlands have shared close ties in various fields, especially industry, green and renewable energy, circular economy and emission reduction towards sustainable development. Meanwhile, the Dutch Government and investors have shown interest in partnering with Vietnam in trade, industry and energy. Vietnam has been and will be a good choice for Dutch investors, while the business communities of both sides have sought business and investment opportunities in each other’s country, thus optimizing advantages … [Read more...] about Netherlands – Gateway for Vietnamese goods to enter E.U.