A view of the Ninh Bình Nitrogenous Fertiliser Plant, managed by the Việt Nam Chemicals Corporation (Vinachem). — Photo zing.vn At the Việt Nam Industrial Construction Corporation (Vinaincon)’s annual general meeting this year a report from its supervisory board said the company achieved only 77.5 per cent of its revenue target in 2018. It reported sales of VNĐ3.25 trillion (US$139.5 million) and after-tax loss of VNĐ284 billion ($12.2 million). Its subsidiary, Quang Sơn Cement company, made a loss of VNĐ361 billion ($15.5 million). This year Vinaincon, a State-owned company, estimates it is likely to make a loss of VNĐ95 billion since Quang Sơn, the biggest contributor to its revenues, is forecast to remain in the red. The Ninh Bình Nitrogenous Fertiliser Plant, managed by the Việt Nam Chemicals Corporation (Vinachem) is in a similar situation. It is struggling to maintain production and reduce … [Read more...] about Red ink still dominates at State-owned enterprises
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It is not clear whether they are a satirical spoof but the videos are clearly a response to a spate of recent accidents where people waiting on motorbikes at red lights have been killed and injured. The most horrific accident of them all happened in southern Long An Province early this month, killing four and injuring many others when a truck driver high on alcohol and heroin plowed into dozens of motorbikes waiting at a traffic light. Last October, a Saigon woman driving under the influence killed one person and injured five. The woman was speeding on Dien Bien Phu Street and approaching the Saigon Bridge as she lost control and crashed her BMW into five motorbikes waiting at the Hang Xanh intersection traffic light. These and other similar incidents have led to anger and fear that commuters are not safe when stopping at traffic lights. The incidents have prompted a few youngsters to offer "solutions" on how to safely wait at a red light. They have posted several videos on Facebook … [Read more...] about A red light traffic safety maneuver goes viral
A photo posted on social media, showing people stopping at red lights before leaving their electric bikes and motorcycles and sitting on the side of the road.-- Photo yeah1.comViet Nam News A series of tragic accidents, in which vehicles ploughed into other road users waiting at traffic lights, in Long An Province, Hà Nội and Đà Nẵng last week has caused concern among the general public. The incidents left a number of people dead and others seriously injured. It seemed that the roads were unsafe, even while waiting for a red light. In response, photos and clips have been posted on social media, showing people stopping at red lights before leaving their electric bikes and motorcycles and sitting at the side of the road. As the light turns green, the motorcyclists get back on their bikes and ride away. Some users took the opportunity to post parody videos, making light of the situation. The captions on the posts read: ‘Now at red lights we take … [Read more...] about Time to stop the ’red light’ videos?
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam is faced with increasing outdoor light pollution, which can be harmful to physical and mental health, according to local experts. HCM City at night. Light pollution has worsened in recent years, experts say. — VNA/VNS Photo Professor Le Huy Ba, former head of the Institute of Environmental Science, Engineering and Management at the HCM City University of Industry, said that many areas in the country’s large cities have abused the use of artificial light at night, causing light pollution which is “silently affecting people’s health and lives”. In many alleys of HCM City, for instance, many 0.6-1.2m fluorescent and halogen lights are used to light streets. Because the lampshades are made from aluminum, they cannot prevent harsh glare from the lights. In a study about artificially lit surfaces of the Earth at night, scientists from Germany, Spain, US and the UK used the first-ever calibrated satellite … [Read more...] about Outdoor light pollution worsens in Vietnam
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Việt Nam is faced with increasing outdoor light pollution, which can be harmful to physical and mental health, according to local experts. Professor Lê Huy Bá, former head of the Institute of Environmental Science, Engineering and Management at the HCM City University of Industry, said that many areas in the country’s large cities have abused the use of artificial light at night, causing light pollution which is “silently affecting people’s health and lives”. In many alleys of HCM City, for instance, many 0.6-1.2m fluorescent and halogen lights are used to light streets. Because the lampshades are made from aluminum, they cannot prevent harsh glare from the lights. In a study about artificially lit surfaces of the Earth at night, scientists from Germany, Spain, US and the UK used the first-ever calibrated satellite radiometer designed for night lights. The results of their study, published in Science … [Read more...] about Outdoor light pollution worsens in Việt Nam
Video assistant referee technology (VAR) will make its debut at the World Cup in Russia this summer despite lingering opposition from within and outside football, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday. "We are going to have in 2018, for the first time, a World Cup with VAR," said Infantino after a meeting of the FIFA Council which, as expected, rubber-stamped the go-ahead given by the rule-making International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Zurich two weeks ago. "This has been approved and we are really very happy with this decision." The World Cup, which takes place from June 14-July 15, will see VAR used to judge whether or not a goal has been scored, analyse whether a penalty should be awarded, decide on red cards and rectify if a player has been mistakenly sanctioned. "What we want is to help and to give the referee the possibility to have extra help when he has to make important decisions, and in a World Cup we make very important decisions," added Infantino. "It … [Read more...] about ’Transparent, fairer’: FIFA gives VAR green light for World Cup
A number of tourists and expats in Vietnam have shared their thoughts on traffic safety in the country following a request made by Tuoi Tre News in the wake of hundreds of driving-related causalities recorded during the Lunar New Year holiday. Anything can happen when driving in Vietnam It appears that the Vietnamese attitude towards driving is completely different than my impression on the Vietnamese attitude towards beauty, friendliness and strong family ties. In traffic it seems as if the prevailing attitude is, “me, me, me” or “ I'll do whatever I want, and you should be responsible for not hitting me, no matter what stupid, dangerous and selfish thing I do.” I feel that it is much more dangerous to drive in Vietnam than the USA and other countries in the developed world. The reason for this is that Vietnamese drivers often ignore traffic regulations and do whatever they want. This includes driving against traffic, not stopping at red lights and not … [Read more...] about How safe is it to drive in Vietnam?
Vietnam has changed a commonly held international perception on the use of amber or yellow traffic lights. It is no longer permissible to travel through an amber light if travelling too fast to stop, instead the driver will be subject to a fine. A fine of VND2 million (USD89.84) will be imposed on those runningyellow traffic lights, a move expected to help enhance trafficobedience. Many readers in their response to Dan Tri/Dtinews have supported the new law and expressed concerns over the low quality of the traffic signal systems in many areas. Duc Trung from Hanoi said: "I support this new regulation, which I believe will improve the behaviour of drivers. I often see few people slow down and stop when the traffic light turns yellow, instead they speed up trying to get through before it turns red. Meanwhile, people coming from other directions can’t wait patiently for the green light and start moving 3 or 4 seconds before the light actually turns green. Everyone wants to get … [Read more...] about Drivers now fined for crossing yellow lights
Hollywood's A-listers on Sunday turned out en masse in black -- a sartorial show of force to draw attention to sexual harassment in showbiz and other industries, a culture of abuse revealed in the downfall of mogul Harvey Weinstein and others. Women and men alike strutted into the Beverly Hilton for the gala event in their finest, the wide majority of them in basic black, with only the slightest hints of color. Many men wore pins supporting the Time's Up initiative launched by hundreds of prominent women in Tinseltown to shine a light on sexual misconduct -- starting with Sunday's "blacklash." "People are aware now of a power imbalance. It's led to abuse in our industry. (…) It's everywhere," Meryl Streep, who was vying for a Globe for her work in media drama "The Post," told E! network on the red carpet. The women behind the Time's Up initiative have called special attention to their "sisters" in less than glamorous blue-collar jobs. Streep -- who has come under fire over her … [Read more...] about ‘Blackout’ on Globes red carpet for harassment victims
Artist Dao Dinh Trung performs his brush stroke on a Kim Hoang painting at Hanoi Centre for Cultural Exchange, 50 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hanoi (Photo VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Red River Delta civilisation, original home of the Viet people, has developed strong cultural aspects, such as Bac Ninh province’s Dong Ho folk paintings of babies and farm animals, and Hanoi’s Hang Trong woodcuts of heroic figures, such as Tran Hung Dao repelling the Mongols. However, much of the skills have been lost, largely because younger people show less interest in the rural and historic past. But there is one national artistic treasure which is on the path to restoration, Kim Hoang painting. Kim Hoang (golden-made) painting is a common name given to folk painting invented in the second half of the 18th century and strongly developed since the 19th century at Kim Hoang village, Van Canh commune, in Hanoi’s suburban district of Hoai Duc. It can … [Read more...] about Project to restore golden paintings underway