The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bến Tre has received VNĐ140 billion (US$6.3 million) from the Government to repair two embankments to prevent landslides along rivers and upgrade another on the coast. Bến Tre suffers from frequent landslides, and the Government has provided the province with VNĐ140 billion (US$6.3 million) to shore up dykes in vulnerable areas. — VNA/VNS photo. The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, however, that there are five spots vulnerable to landslides and erosion and require urgent repairs or upgrades. The funds provided by the Government are going to be used to fix a 200m stretch of coastal dyke in Thạnh Phú District’s Cồn Bửng area at a cost of VNĐ60 billion ($2.7 million) and two river dykes in Chợ Lách and Ba Tri districts. The remaining two vulnerable areas have to wait for more funds from the Government, Nguyễn Hữu … [Read more...] about Bến Tre gets $6.3m from Govt to fight landslides
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
More than 1,000 cholera-stricken pigs have been buried in Indonesia after their decaying carcasses were plucked from local waterways, a government official said Tuesday. Workers burying carcasses of pigs in Medan, North Sumatra, on Nov 12, 2019.PHOTO: AFP Hundreds more swines are still floating in rivers and a lake near Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, as police search for suspects who discarded their bodies. "They were abandoned about eight days ago so they're decaying and it smelled very bad," local official Muhammad Yunus told AFP. "We will keep cleaning them up and burying the carcasses until they're gone because people have been complaining about it," he added. Some 6,000 pigs have died across North Sumatra since September with many dumped into local waterways. Lab tests found that the animals died of hog cholera but officials said they are also testing to see if any were stricken with African swine fever. Neither are believed to pose a risk to humans. In 2017, … [Read more...] about Indonesia buries over 1,000 cholera-hit pigs
Italy might not be playing in the World Cup but at the Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival on Saturday they were champions. The Martarello S.R.L. Team lit up the night sky over the Han River and took first place in the competition that has ran for the past two months. Italy’s Martarello S.R.L wins the Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival on Saturday after a perfect performance against the US team Atlas PyroVision. Eight teams of pyrotechnic professionals from France, China, Sweden Portugal, Poland, Viet Nam, the US and Italy battled it out for top spot over the past eight weeks. But there could only be one winner in the central city, and that was Italy. This year’s theme was The Legend of Bridges and each teams’ displays were structures from their home countries. It was the third time an Italian team won the contest after victories in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, the US team Melrose Pyrotechnics took first spot. … [Read more...] about Italy wins Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival
The population of Vietnam will reach 90 million at 12 am on Friday, November 1, 2013, the General Office of Population and Family Planning reported. After learning of the many babies expected to be born around this hour nationwide, the agency has selected a baby expected to be born at that moment at the Central Obstetrics Hospital as the 90 millionth citizen of Vietnam. Immediately after the birth, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and a representative of the health ministry will visit the mother and baby and congratulate them on the special and significant occasion. According to a previous forecast released following a general population census conducted in 1989, the country’s population would reach 90 in 2002 and 105 million in 2010, Duong Quoc Trong, head of the agency, told Tuoi Tre. That means Vietnam will reach 90 million 11 years later than it was forecast. This performance is thanks to efforts to reduce birth rates properly by the country in the past years, Trong said. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s population reaches 90 mln on Nov 1; issues to resolve