Individuals, organizations and businesses are spending money, effort and time to clean up the Mekong River. Photographer Nguyen Viet Hung has just returned from a trip along 7,000 kilometers of coastline to take pictures of garbage. After nearly 2 months of traveling alone through 28 provinces from North to South, what he saw was garbage everywhere. He saw the beaches, nearly one kilometer long, with full of garbage and no sand. In many areas, people throw garbage into the river and the sea. According to UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), Vietnam ranks fourth in the world in volume of garbage discharged, with the volume of plastic waste into the sea hitting 0.28-0.73 million tons per annum, or 6 percent of the world’s total plastic waste. Christian Schmidt from Helmholtz Environment Research Center found that Mekong is one of the 10 most polluting rivers in the world which make up 88-95 percent of total waste into the sea. Mekong is no longer mysterious and attractive … [Read more...] about Vietnamese people join hands to save Mekong River
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More than fifty years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 as a "proving ground" to test the next generation of spacecraft ahead of an eventual crewed mission to Mars. NASA's current roster of female astronauts The new program has been named Artemis after Apollo's twin-sister in Greek mythology, and the space agency has said that the mission will see the first woman to stride the lunar surface. So, who will she be? No one knows for sure, but it's a likely bet the candidate will be selected from among NASA's current roster of 12 female astronauts. They're aged between 40 and 53, and are former military pilots, medical doctors and scientists who were picked from among thousands of applicants since the late 1990s. Predicting who will join Neil Armstrong in the annals of history isn't an exact science, but several former astronauts and experts interviewed by AFP say the proximity of the deadline mean it probably won't be a new recruit. … [Read more...] about Womankind’s giant leap: who will be the first female moonwalker?
Wooden furniture processing at a factory in Vietnam. Economists say the global economic situation has had an impact on the Vietnamese economy The National Assembly (NA) Office and the NA Economic Commission co-held the “Vietnam SocioEconomic Forum 2018: Current Situation and Prospects” in Ho Chi Minh City on September 18 and 19. The forum was aimed at providing vital inputs for NA deputies to prepare for the sixth sitting of the law-making body next month to examine the execution of the NA resolution on socioeconomic development for 2018, according to Le Bo Linh, vice general secretary and deputy head of the NA Office. He noted that short- and long-term factors at home and abroad have impacted the adoption of the resolution’s measures. Therefore, it is necessary to identify the challenges and prospects of executing the socioeconomic objectives to present key solutions for the remainder of the year. Global economic uncertainty has had an impact on the … [Read more...] about Vietnam could lose growth momentum: economists
To get the title, the company has had a high growth rate of data subscribers, good diversity of services, large scope of supply, big infrastructure investment and healthy telecommunication ecosystem. Speaking at the awarding ceremony, Cao Anh Son, CEO of Viettel Telocom, said that the title means the recognition by the international community of Viettel’s digital transformation strategy. "We will continue to make more efforts to bring the best products and services to our customers, not just data services," he added. Cao Anh Son, CEO of Viettel Telocom receiving the award In Vietnam, the telecommunications market is gradually becoming saturated due to large mobile coverage and the strong growth of data consumption. As the network provider with the biggest 3G and 4G infrastructure networks with more than 70,000 base transceiver stations, Viettel Telecom also has the largest number of 3G/4G subscribers, especially 4G subscribers. In the first 9 months of 2019, … [Read more...] about Viettel honored as Vietnam Mobile Data Service Provider of the Year
This is an opportunity for Vietnam to promote its role, unite ASEAN countries in realizing the bloc’s common goals and initiatives, and propose new initiatives to strengthen defense cooperation between ASEAN countries and their partners. As a member of ASEAN, Vietnam has always been active and proactive in participating in multilateral defense-security mechanisms within the ASEAN framework. In fact, the country has participated actively and responsibly in ADMM and ADMM+ as well as in other regional and inter-regional defense and security forums. General Ngo Xuan Lich (L) leading a high-ranking military delegation to attend the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat and the sixth ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) in Bangkok, Thailand Vietnam also actively proposed initiatives, and contributes to promoting defense and security cooperation between ASEAN with its partners by engaging in specific activities and action programs. … [Read more...] about Vietnam has opportunity to demonstrate its capacity as it chairs ASEAN in 2020