Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has unveiled a six-point action plan after being re-elected to the same position for the 2021-26 term. The official, also a deputy secretary of the municipal Party Committee, won the re-election after obtaining a majority of votes in favor at the first session of the local 10th People’s Council on Thursday. In his action plan delivered after the re-election, Phong pledged he will join the local political system to successfully implement the resolutions of the 13th National Party Congress and the 11th local Party Congress, based on the spirit of solidarity, responsibility, and creativity. Specifically, the local government will focus on six major issues, including building an effective, efficient, and democratic administration; developing the local economy rapidly and sustainably by applying scientific and technological advances; improving the quality of planning work; promoting socio-cultural development in … [Read more...] about Nguyen Thanh Phong presents action plan after being re-elected as Ho Chi Minh City chairman
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Bắc Giang City has lifted social distancing from Thursday. VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam BẮC GIANG – Bắc Giang City, in the province hit hardest by the ongoing fourth wave of COVID-19, has ended social distancing from 6am on Thursday after more than a month of applying the measures. Lê Ánh Dương, chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said the committee has delegated local authorities in districts and Bắc Giang City to make their own decision on the reopening of commercial and service activities based on the actual situation in each locality. According to the Bắc Giang City’s People’s Committee, the city would continue banning religious activities, festivals or ceremonies and sports tournaments. Public gatherings and religious, belief and worship facilities would also be stopped. Restaurants would begin operating at 50 per cent capacity while street food stalls would not be allowed to operate. Entertainment services such as beauty salons, karaoke venues and gyms would … [Read more...] about Bắc Giang City lifts social distancing measures
Violating COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations in Ho Chi Minh City is punishable by a fine worth up to VND40 million (US$1,730). Due to the increasingly serious developments of the pandemic, the municipal People’s Committee issued directive No. 10 on Saturday evening to enforce stricter virus prevention and control measures, namely shutting down unofficial markets, limiting public gatherings to three people, and suspending public transport. Hefty fines are to be imposed on violators to make sure these regulations are obeyed. A VND1-3 million ($43-130) fine has been authorized for those who fail to wear face masks in public places. Participating in a gathering of more than three people in public is punishable by a fine worth VND10-20 million ($434-869) for each offender. Failure to comply with authorities’ order to shut down non-essential businesses and unofficial markets is punishable by a VND10-20 million ($434-869) fine. Those who fail to report a … [Read more...] about How are violators of COVID-19 preventive measures penalized in Ho Chi Minh City?
For thousands of years, people have built their great metropolises right up against the contours of coasts, in estuaries and deltas, confident of the ebb and flow of the tides. Domination of the seas allowed many coastal cities to become trading powerhouses and cultural melting pots. But now that strength is becoming a liability as climate change swells the oceans, redrawing the map and putting hundreds of millions at risk. That's the warning of an unpublished draft report by the UN's climate science advisory panel, seen exclusively by AFP , which outlines the vast and urgent climate threats facing the planet. From the air, you can see the problem. In city upon city, office towers, warehouses and homes crowd the water's edge as if they are jostling to take a dip, major roads hug the shore, landing strips jut dauntlessly into the frothing waves. These cities are on the "frontline", the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says. "Difficult choices will … [Read more...] about Coastal cities face their mortality on the climate ‘frontline’
TORONTO -- A Canadian indigenous group announced on Wednesday the "horrific and shocking discovery" of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school, just weeks after the discovery of other children's remains shook the country. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said in a statement that the number of newly found unmarked graves was "the most significantly substantial to date in Canada." The statement did not specify numbers. The group said it would announce at a news conference on Thursday morning "the horrific and shocking discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School" in Saskatchewan. The discovery weeks ago of the remains of 215 indigenous children at the site of another residential school for indigenous children in Kamloops, British Columbia, forced Canadians to confront the legacy of an abusive and assimilationist system. Between 1831 and 1996, Canada's residential school system … [Read more...] about Indigenous group in Canada announces discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves
Peace of mind during the pandemic By Thanh Hoa It’s time to take a walk together - PHOTOS: THANH HOA HCMC - Another Covid-19 outbreak has hit HCMC since the end of April, forcing the authorities to extend the two-week social distancing order at least till the end of this month. In some parts of the city, the local scenes seem different from before again as restaurants, bars and other non-essential services have been closed and most locals and expatriates in HCMC have had to stay home. These days, many people in the expat community in Thao Dien in Thu Duc City try to improve their fitness by jogging, walking or cycling in their neighborhood. Some even seem to enjoy their peace of mind in the unusually tranquil and peaceful settings. Like it or not, life has to continue although normal daily schedules have to be altered. Calm down! Don’t mess with them! No football stadiums are open now Mom, let’s follow Dad! Look at … [Read more...] about Peace of mind during the pandemic