With summer traveling and camping plans on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, Lagom Vietnam is hoping to use its expertise in sustainable waste management to bring educational, environmentally friendly toys to local children. Lagom, a waste collection company in Vietnam, is hoping to keep children away from electronic devices this summer with a project aimed at engaging children with toys made from recycled milk cartons. A two-year journey Lagom Vietnam has collected over 528 tons of empty milk cartons from about 880 kindergartens and primary schools across Vietnam since 2019. After collection, Lagom processes the milk cartons in a hydraulic blender to separate the pulp from the complex of plastic aluminum. The processed pulp is then recycled into notebooks, bags, and ecological roofing sheets at a local paper mill. Though Lagom is proud of the support its projects have received from communities across the country, the partnerships developed with local schools, … [Read more...] about When life hands you milk cartons, make…toys!
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A view of Thủ Thiêm new urban area in the new Thủ Đức City. Nguyễn Văn Nên, secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, has said the city's newly adjusted master plan must give priority to residents’ interests. Photo vietnam-briefing.com HCM CITY — The newly adjusted master plan for HCM City must ensure that its residents’ interests are a top priority, Nguyễn Văn Nên, secretary of HCM City Party Committee, has said. Speaking at a meeting on Thursday, Nên said: “The adjustments to the master plan by 2040 must focus on people’s quality of life. “A number of urban plans that have been approved but haven’t been implemented for many years due to lack of feasibility are seriously affecting the legitimate interests of the people.” He added: “The city must think carefully about the feasibility of plans to ensure that they will not be postponed for so many years.” For example, a number of urban planning projects have been delayed for 30 years or more, mostly because of a lack … [Read more...] about HCM City’s new master plan places quality of life as priority
UEFA is investigating "potential discriminatory incidents" during Hungary's European Championship matches against Portugal and France at the Puskas Arena, European soccer's governing body said on Sunday. During Hungary's opening game against Portugal in Budapest on Tuesday, images on social media showed banners with "Anti-LMBTQ" on them - the Hungarian abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. Hungary's parliament passed legislation last week that bans the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties. The anti-discrimination group Fare, which monitors matches for incidents of racism and other forms of discrimination, sent a report to UEFA and discussed the matter with officials. On Saturday ahead of Hungary's match against France, Hungarian fans marched to the Puskas Arena displaying a banner calling on players to stop taking a knee to protest … [Read more...] about UEFA probes discrimination at Budapest games, halts rainbow armband review
The newly-adjusted master plan for Ho Chi Minh City must ensure that its residents’ interests are a top priority, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen has said. A view of Thu Thiem new urban area in new Thu Duc city Photo: vietnam-briefing.com) Speaking at a meeting on June 17, Nen said: “The adjustments to the master plan by 2040 must focus on people’s quality of life. “A number of urban plans that have been approved but haven’t been implemented for many years due to lack of feasibility are seriously affecting the legitimate interests of the people.” He added: “The city must think carefully about the feasibility of plans to ensure that they will not be postponed for so many years.” For example, a number of urban planning projects have been delayed for 30 years or more, mostly because of a lack of city funds and site-clearance and compensation problems, requiring a large amount of money. The delays have seriously affected the interests … [Read more...] about HCM City’s new master plan places quality of life as priority
China-donated COVID-19 vaccines and syringes arrive at Nội Bài airport HCM City seeks more green space amid rapid urbanisation Efforts needed to preserve wetlands Southern goodness, till the last bite, the last drop A comedian who made people cry Dương Đỗ, founder and CEO of Toong Viet Nam News Many people sneered when he opened his first co-working space on Tràng Thi Street in Hà Nội. Few believed the concept, new and “odd” at that time, could succeed. Years have passed, and Dương Đỗ’s ambition has come true, and his Toong co-working space has become a smashing success, even spawning copycats. Lê Thu Ngân speaks to Dương. Inner Sanctum: You used to be the managing director of a reputed foreign company. Why did you quit a job that is even now the dream of many young people to start Toong? How did the idea of opening a co-working office first come to you? Repetition will not add more new value to society. So, since the … [Read more...] about Unconventional entrepreneur develops Việt Nam’s best-known co-working space
Whenever I reach a new destination I seek out a favourite coffee shop as my headquarters or “HQ.” No idea how I picked up the habit – there is no logical reason for it. After all these years of roaming around I’ve just picked up a few odd habits I guess, and this is one of them. I need an HQ or I won’t feel settled in. Somewhere where people can find me in the daytime (but since I know nobody, there’s nobody to find me - yet). The criteria are rigid: First, the café must be frequented entirely by locals. Bluntly put, if I wanted to hang out with foreigners I’d have stayed in Western countries instead of coming to Southeast Asia. The gaggles of selfie-snapping tourists from the big cities aren’t my thing either. Secondly, I want a traditional local place, not some corporate, mass-produced experience, where customers queue up at a counter to be served with someone sporting a name tag who wishes them a nice day who definitely doesn’t care what kind of day I have. That’s what I was … [Read more...] about Make yourself at home in Vietnam