Hanoi's Soc Son District authorities have decided to take disciplinary action against 39 officials for violating forest land management and use. Hanoi to impose penalties on Soc Son forest violations Locals ignore Soc Son demand to dismantle illegal constructions Hanoi continues investigating land violations in Soc Son district Hanoi's Soc Son District authorities blamed for lax forest management Illegal constructions in the preventive forest land of Soc Son District in Hanoi. —VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Dat They were among 80 officials involved in the illegal construction of buildings on protection forest land in the district. In a document signed by Chairman of the district People’s Committee Pham Van Minh on Monday, two civil servants were fired. Two officials from Soc Son District’s Party Standing Committee were dismissed, six were given disciplinary warnings and 29 were reprimanded for their violations. The leadership team of the district’s People's … [Read more...] about 39 officials disciplined for land violations in Soc Son forest
Workers perfect wood products for export at the Woodsland Tuyen Quang JSC.-Photo hanoimoi.com.vn Businesses also have enough orders for production by year-end, said Nguyen Ton Quyen, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the association. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan also said to meet this goal, the Government has committed to creating favourable conditions for businesses, including domestic and foreign-invested enterprises, to develop and have solutions for origin fraud in the timber industry. According to the association, Vietnam is expected to export timber and wood products to the EU valued at over $700 million this year, higher than the $680 million achieved in 2018. Before 2018, the EU market mainly imported outdoor wooden furniture, while since early this year this market has increased imports of indoor wooden furniture at a much higher value. This trend will continue in the future, it said. Vietnam's exports of timber and wooden products … [Read more...] about Vietnam to gain $11b from wood and forest product exports this year
The 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30) in the Philippines ends with a spectacular music and light feast-inspired closing ceremony. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30) in the Philippines ended with a spectacular music and light feast-inspired closing ceremony, and the official flag handover to Vietnam – the host of the 2021 event. The athletes parade kick-started the festivities, as competitors from the various nations took centre-stage. A drone show then turned the inky black sky into a stunning screen showcasing the different sports contested at the Games. The captivating showcase then culminated in the display of the Games theme: We Win As One. The organising board presented individual awards to SEA Games’ best male and female athletes, Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. Both swimmers won six gold and two silver medals. Philippine surfer Roger Casugay received the … [Read more...] about SEA Game 30: Curtain falls, SEA Games flag goes to Vietnam
PANO - An artistic photo exhibition, entitled "Son Tra ecological forest", was kicked off on January 1st in the central city of Da Nang. The event was co-organized by the city's Cultural Centre, the city's Art Photography Association and the Han River Art Photography Club. Cutting the ribbon to open the exhibition. The exhibition displays 100 artistic photos featuring natural beauties with the fauna of Son Tra Peninsula of Da Nang City. According to the organizing panel, the exhibition aimed to call on people to join hands in preserving natural habitat for wildlife from being affected by humankind. It will last till January 5th. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition features Son Tra peninsula’s eco-system
I knew instantly that I would never see it. Three months after Christmas, I was still waiting for a postcard sent by my mum. As my eldest brother noted over the phone, there was a little bit of Christmas cash tucked inside for me. Considering that the Vietnamese postal system has always opened every single letter and parcel I’ve ever received, I knew the money would be taken. Although I hoped I’d at least receive the card, minus the cash, it never came. Among the banes of living in Vietnam, the postal service is a regular annoyance. Mind you, I was amazed seven years ago to get a parcel from my mum with all the great candy she sent still intact despite a horrid sticky-tape repair job on the box. Even my motorbike guy can plug a hole better than that. Maybe it’s because the postal service here is just too busy. I’m not surprised that the forests are disappearing...the amount of paperwork here can be surreal sometimes. Want a job in Vietnam? A work … [Read more...] about Written from Vietnam: It’s in the mail!