An old villa on Hong Bang Street (Photo: SGGP) According to Mr. Tri, the HCMC People’s Committee since 2020 has issued an index for three tiers of old villas in four instalments. Old buildings in the first tier such as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon must be kept in their original forms and renovated using the same types of materials. The exterior of second-tier buildings must be kept as is while the interior can be renovated with new materials. Lastly, the third tier consists of buildings that no longer hold significant values and can be completely reformed or demolished. Despite clear-cut regulations, the classification process faces difficulties due to the large number of pre-1975 villas as well as post-1975 ones that still hold cultural values. On the other hand, HCMC only established the Council for Villa Classification in 2015, approved the general criteria for classification in 2018, and first issued the decision to start classifying villas in 2020. Before the … [Read more...] about Old villas need allocated fund, tourism promotion to last: Experts
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"China's strategy is being implemented with a power-based approach versus a rules-based approach," said Cmdr. Jonathan Odom, Military Professor of International Law, Marshall Center for Security Studies. He was speaking Tuesday at a virtual webinar on the "Rule of Law and Gray Zone Activities in the East and South China Seas," hosted by Pacific Forum, a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii, the U.S. Odom noted that China's strategy has recently been called cabbage strategy, salami slicing, or win without fighting at sea. Beijing is trying to demonstrate superiority in the situation and to trouble others while refraining for provoking countries enough to trigger use of force and self-defense. He called them "gray activities." In the United Nation Charter, there is a provision that an armed attack triggers the right of self-defense of the country that's being attacked. Most countries take the view that while the right to self-defense is triggered … [Read more...] about Might’s right: China uses military muscle to override legal shortcomings
“People cut up bombs or carry them while driving their motorbikes to sell them as scrap metal. So, we need to teach people to be afraid of unexploded bombs,” said Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh At a seminar with VietNamNet, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, who is the Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Do Hung Viet, Director General at the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talked about international cooperation and the great efforts to ensure safety for the mine clearance force. Vinh, what are the difficulties in mine clearance? The problems in financial and technical resources are the most mentioned. They really exist, but they are not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is people’s awareness. If people are aware of UXO (unexploded ordnance) and have a sense of self-protection, and report to appropriate agencies when they discover bombs and mines, … [Read more...] about General Nguyen Chi Vinh: public awareness about the danger of unexploded bombs needs to be improved
The construction of an underground liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage cavern in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province has been hastened so that it can be completed in about two months, as originally scheduled. This underground storage cavern, located in the southern Vietnamese province’s Phu My Town, is a key part of the US$1.35 billion polypropylene factory project of Hyosung Vina Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Hyosung Vina Chemicals), a South Korean company. The investor told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters at the construction site that 95 percent of the workload has been completed. The facility, located at a depth of up to 200 meters below sea level, has a total capacity of up to 240,000 metric tons, making it the largest-ever of this kind in Southeast Asia, according to the investor. Engineer Pham Thi Hong gestures while introducing the operating principles of the underground LPG storage cavern in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre The … [Read more...] about SE Asia’s largest underground LPG storage nears completion in southern Vietnam
Solar energy is regarded as savior for Vietnam, the country of two-digit energy demand growth annually. Many global experts have recommended a number of measures to help Vietnam tap its great solar power potential which is around 13.5 gigawatts (GW) in planning for the next decade starting from 2020. Vietnam plans to develop roughly 13,000 MW of solar power in the next decade Most of the suggestions in the recent webinar held by Energy Box have focused on sustainability, use of technology, and growing environmental and climate concerns in Vietnam’s renewable energy landscape. The solutions help dwell more on the current scenario and ways to accelerate solar development in Vietnam, the largest installed capacity of solar panels in the whole region. Samresh Kumar, chairman of Vietnam-based skyX Solar, pointed out that the major challenge is the threshold capacity, saying that the Vietnamese government should increase it to break the barrier and to … [Read more...] about How world experts advise Vietnam to accelerate 13GW of solar power?