The use of plastic bags and products in traditional markets and shops continues to plague Hanoi. Household waste, stored in plastic bags, is piled in Hoang Van Thai Street, Hanoi. Phạm Huy, a small trader in a traditional market in Long Biên District, said plastic bags and products were selling in large quantities in local markets because they were not only cheap but also convenient. It costs VNĐ30,000 (US$1.3) per roll of 100 plastics bags and VNĐ20,000 ($0.8) for 50 plastic cups, he said. Huy said the number of people shopping at the market was very large and most of them asked for plastic bags. Few people carried their own bags to the market. “If we do not use plastic bags, we have nothing to store things for our customers,” he said. An owner of a food shop in Quán Thánh Street, Ba Đình District, said his customers often asked for takeaway food in plastic containers. Although he knew of the impacts of plastic bags and products on the … [Read more...] about Plastic bags and products still plague Hanoi
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Vaccine passports – the future?, illustration photo, source: internet At the end of December, thousands of Europeans received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine after the company received authorisation in the EU. Since then, other countries such as the US, Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, India, and several Asian countries, including Vietnam, have also started to receive or order vaccines to prepare for mass vaccination programmes. This has awakened optimism about an end to the pandemic and the idea of a vaccine passport. A heated discussion Some parts of the world, such as the Seychelles, Cyprus, and Romania, have begun to remove quarantine requirements for visitors who have been vaccinated. In early January, Denmark also announced that it would issue vaccine passports to citizens within the next three to four months. To get digital vaccine passports, Danish citizens will have to declare their medical and vaccination status on a government-issued app. … [Read more...] about Vaccine passports – the future?
When his roommates turn the lights off to go to bed at 10 p.m., Hoang Minh is just starting his eight-hour shift at work. Sitting with a laptop on his bunk bed, the 21-year-old enters information about overseas orders his company has received into the system. "This job just needs hands and eyes," he says. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Minh was allowed to work from his room in Hanoi's Cau Giay District. But within two days the company required him to return to office since his output had been lower than normal. His salary has remained at VND6 million ($260) a month since he began working here since 2019. Hoang Minh doing his data entry work in his room in Hanoi's Cau Giay District. Photo courtesy of Minh. After dropping out of college, the young man from central Vietnam had been dreaming of working in the technology field, a job he perceived as "computer-related." But instead he ended up with a data entry job. After two months of working through the … [Read more...] about To quit or not: a Covid-19 dilemma for Vietnamese workers
In February, PV Power plans to have an estimated power output of more than 1.46 billion kWh and expects revenue of 2.3 trillion VND. (Photo: tinnhanhchungkhoan.vn) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - PetroVietnam Power Corporation (PV Power) earned 2.5 trillion VND (108 million USD) in revenue in the first month of this year. This fulfilled 89.5 percent of the month's target due to a reduction in revenue from Nhon Trach 1 and 2 power plants. Regarding the investment project of Nhon Trach 3 and Nhon Trach 4, PV Power said the management board would continue to review the engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) bidding documents and site clearance documents of contractors. PV Power would also continue to supplement capital, negotiate gas sale and purchase contracts and power purchase agreements. In February, PV Power plans to have an estimated power output of more than 1.46 billion kWh and expects revenue of 2.3 trillion VND. By the end of 2020, PV Power reached 29.7 trillion VND in … [Read more...] about PV Power completes 89.5 percent of revenue target
A poster of Generali Vietnam's new “More than just a place to work” people strategy. — Photo courtesy of Generali Vietnam Generali Vietnam officially launched its “More than just a place to work” people strategy, with an aim to become the best employer in the Viet Nam’s insurance and finance industry. The company is also running its Management Trainee programme, called Genext Challenge 2021, to recruit, train and develop young talent to meet its business growth needs in Viet Nam. The core of this strategy is the objective to build Generali Vietnam to be “more than just a place to work”, where every staff member can “learn – grow – live – thrive”. As part of the new strategy, Generali Vietnam will step up its training activities and programmes with practical, innovative and diverse content and formats, as well as reinforce a learning and development culture. The company constantly digitalises all human resources processes, including the registration and management of training … [Read more...] about Generali Vietnam launches new “More than just a place to work” people strategy