In the next 12 hours, storm Kompasu will move westward at a speed of 20-25 km a hour. (Photo:VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Typhoon Kompasu, the eighth storm hitting the East Sea so far this year, has weakened into a tropical depression , according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. At 10am on October 14, the centre of what used to be the storm lay 154km from Thanh Hoa, 172km from Nghe An and 168km from Ha Tinh provinces with winds of 40-60km a hour. In the next 12 hours, it will move westward at a speed of 20-25 km a hour but keep weakening before making landfall between the north central provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An. The strongest wind speed is expected to drop to below 40km per hour. Due to the influence of cold wave in combination with the circulation of Storm Kompasu, the northern region and Quang Tri province are forecast to experience medium to heavy rain on October 14 and 15. The central region will face risk of flash floods and … [Read more...] about Storm Kompasu weakens into tropical depression
Chinese ships are dredging more than 100,000 tons a day. Operations of Chinese dredging vessels near Vietnam's Paracel and Spratly islands violate not only Vietnam's sovereignty, sovereignty rights but also international law, a spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated. China's dredging in South China Sea. Image: H I Shutton “Any activities by any parties in Vietnam’s two islands (Paracel and Spratly) and other areas that are under Vietnam’s jurisdiction in the East Sea (referring to South China Sea) violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereignty rights and international law,” Deputy Spokesperson of the Vietnamese foreign ministry Doan Khac Viet said at a press conference on May 28. Forbes reported on May 12 that an unrelenting fleet of China-based dredging vessels are churning up the South China Sea, triggering concerns over the ecological damage by their illegal acting. Satellite images show the incredible scale of the activity. … [Read more...] about China dredging in South China Sea violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, int’l law: Spokesperson
At present, China does not have the capacity to declare a military ADIZ over the entire South China Sea. China's possible declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea has made headlines over the past days. On May 31, South China Morning Post cited the Chinese army that Beijing since 2010 has been thinking of establishing an ADIZ in the sea that cover Pratas, and Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands. It reported that China is choosing a propriate time to declare the plan. Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra, an expert on the South China Sea Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra has made some accessement on the implications of Chinese ADIZ over the sea that is one of the world’s busiest waterways. If China deploys an ADIZ over the South China Sea, what are the geo-political implications for the region? There are no provisions in international law concerning an Air … [Read more...] about What does China’s potential ADIZ over South China Sea imply?
The project, funded by the Green Climate Fund, aims to strengthen the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change-hit water insecurity areas. More than 500,000 people in Vietnam’s Central Highlands and South-Central Coastal regionals will directly benefit from a project worth US$30 million financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) on climate change adaptation. Representatives of UNDP, MARD, and five target provinces Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan. Photos: UNDP About 50% of the beneficiaries are women who will be subject to the project which is designed to empower vulnerable smallholders, particularly women and ethnic minority farmers in climate change-induced water insecurity provinces namely Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan. The “ Strengthening the Resilience of Smallholder Agriculture to Climate Change-induced Water Insecurity in the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast Regions of Vietnam” … [Read more...] about US$30 million climate change adaptation project launched in Vietnam
The Avana Retreat in Hoa Binh’s Mai Chau District, famed for is terraced rice fields, saw its occupancy soar to 90 percent in the first two weekends after the province reopened doors to inter-provincial tourists on September 22. All its rooms are fully booked for this weekend, the resort said. The resort’s guests are mainly from Hanoi who usually stay for three days and two nights. Some families have booked longer stays of up to a week though rooms cost VND5 to 20 million ($216.71-866.84) a night. Nestled deep in the lush forests of Panh Hamlet in Mai Chau Town amidst Hmong, Thai and Dao ethnic communities, the resort’s isolation makes it ideal for those wishing to avoid large crowds amid the pandemic. Similarly, a representative of Mai Chau Hideaway Resort said its room occupancy rate in the first week of reopening (September 25-30) reached a ‘moderate’ level, but a week ago all rooms were fully booked. The representative said its occupancy rate on weekends in the coming … [Read more...] about Hoa Binh resorts find favor as Hanoians’ weekend retreats
Guests will enjoy unrestricted access within The Grand Ho Tram Strip complex The pioneering programme, which is led by the provincial authorities to reignite travel to the popular seaside province, aims to take the nation’s commitment to live safely with COVID-19, with a plan that explores the means by which we may all travel safely with COVID-19. The ultra-exclusive Ho Tram Staycation packages are being offered by The Grand Ho Tram Strip in its InterContinental Grand Ho Tram tower. Packages include room and breakfast only, half board (room, breakfast, and dinner included) and full board (room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) options. Guests will enjoy unrestricted access within The Grand Ho Tram Strip complex, its expansive swimming pools, and savour the culinary delights of its signature Ginger Restaurant and The Grand Café. “Ba Ria-Vung Tau province has once again demonstrated it is one of the leading lights in helping Vietnamese people, business, and entire … [Read more...] about The Grand Ho Tram Strip launches pilot package to reboot Vietnamese travel