Rubbish is classified before treatment at Cà Mau City Waste Treatment Plant. About 38,000 tonnes of solid waste are produced a day at urban areas in Việt Nam. — VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh HÀ NỘI — Businesses which reuse materials are the lifeline of Viet Nam’s environmental future, a workshop in Hà Nội was told on Wednesday. Organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), Võ Tuấn Nhân, deputy minister of MoNRE, said the development of a circular economy, which focused on recycling of leftover material and waste was a solution to help countries develop sustainably and protect the environment. The application of circular economic models in solid waste management, particularly urban solid waste, has brought about remarkable results in a number of countries across the world, he said. It is estimated around 38,000 tonnes of solid waste are produced each day in urban areas. The amount … [Read more...] about Adoption of circular economy vital to solid waste settlement
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General Director of the State Treasury of Vietnam Ta Anh Tuan speaks at the conference in Hanoi on August 5 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The State Treasury of Vietnam (STV) is drafting a development strategy for the next decade in which it looks to become a digital treasury in 2030. The STV and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held a conference in Hanoi on August 5 to discuss the former’s development directions for 2021-2030. STV General Director Ta Anh Tuan said Vietnam’s public finance is being reformed towards transparency, efficiency and sustainability, helping to promote economic development and the country’s stature in the international arena. With the functions of managing the State budget and financial funds and mobilising capital from the State budget for development investment, the STV system has played an important role in public financial management. Tuan noted the treasury has worked hard to reform its apparatus and modernise its operations, … [Read more...] about State Treasury looks to go more digital
Illustration by Trịnh Lập by An Phương Among the nine results listed on Google when I asked the question “Should women drive?” in Vietnamese, six of them gave me negative answers, which inspired me to talk with many people about the topic. This topic has caused controversy among many people recently, especially after several serious car crashes with female drivers occurred. I’m a woman who can’t drive and I don’t plan to learn how to drive anytime soon as I’m totally fine with riding my own motorbike, taking taxis, or booking a GrabBike when necessary. However, I have to admit I have a conflict of interest. While I encourage all my female friends to take driving lessons or drive, I judge, albeit in a low-key way, other women that cut me off as they drive a car. Quang Minh, 32, told me that women are generally not solid drivers of cars. “I’m not saying this because … [Read more...] about Should Vietnamese women drive a car?
Western Digital unveils its new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD in HCM City on Thursday. – VNS Photo Thu Ngân Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Technology company Western Digital Corp said it has pushed the boundaries of storage to give gamers a competitive edge. It launched a solid state drive called new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD in HCM City on Thursday, saying demand from gamers has increased sharply in Việt Nam since, in addition to playing, they also often record, take videos or stream. Advancements in PC and graphics technologies are taking gaming to new heights, but to take advantage of gamers must navigate challenges like higher performance demands and large file sizes, with some games exceeding 100GB, it said. “Virtual reality, immersive features and larger fame file sizes mean longer load times for levels, maps and other in-game actions,” Eyal Bek, vice president marketing, data centre and client computing at Western Digital, said. “All of these … [Read more...] about Western Digital unveils new solid state drive for gamers
At the same time, the country’s top leader shared the view of the Party’s leadership to promote internal power and multiply the national traditional strength so that the Party is capable of leading the Vietnamese people to develop a more prosperous and powerful country of Vietnam. Reporter: Your Excellency the Secretary General and State President, 2018 witnessed the efforts of the whole Party, people and army advancing on the path chosen by the Party, Uncle Ho and the entire people. Could you elaborate on the remarkable achievements that the country obtained last year? Party Secretary and State President: It can be said that 2018 was a year full of hardships and challenges, but the Vietnamese people have surmounted all, making great achievements in many fields, particularly in national construction and development cooperation. These achievements have made up a strong, firm and dynamic Vietnam after 3 years implementing the Resolution of the 12th Party Congress. In … [Read more...] about National unity is source of power: Party Secretary General and State President
U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming criticsThe Saigon Times Daily U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks to the press together with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announcing the U.S.'s withdrawal from the U.N's Human Rights Council at the Department of State in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged … [Read more...] about U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming critics
California on Wednesday became the first U.S. state to require solar panels on all new residential buildings as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The California Energy Commission said the new building standards, adopted unanimously by its members, will go into effect on January 1, 2020. "We are the first, we will not be the last," commissioner David Hochschild said after the new mandate was adopted. "This is a landmark vote today." According to the plan, residential homeowners could expect to pay $40 more on their mortgage but should save $80 a month on heating, cooling and lighting bills. The commission said the new standards will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road. Members said they expect other states to follow suit in coming years. "Under these new standards, buildings will perform better than ever, at the same time they contribute to a reliable grid," Andrew McAllister, a member of the commission, … [Read more...] about California becomes first US state to require solar on new homes
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?
The People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City suspended a hearing on a dispute between Vietnam’s top taxi company Vinasun and ride-hailing firm Grab on Wednesday. The judicial panel said more evidence is needed before a final judgment can be made on the VND42 billion ($1.84 million) lawsuit filed by Vinasun. The plaintiff said that Grab signed contracts with transport cooperatives, which in turn allow the drivers to use the app, and asked for a list of those cooperatives to be provided. Grab is not allowed to directly sign contracts with individual drivers in Vietnam. At the hearing, a Grab representative said the firm has not been able to draw up a list yet, but would provide one and sample contracts at a later date. The judges said the court wants to clarify whether Grab provides an app connecting transport cooperatives or actual transport services to assess the suit in a comprehensive and objective manner. Fierce debate Lawyer Nguyen Hai Van for Vinasun said Grab had broken the … [Read more...] about Court suspends Vinasun vs Grab case as compensation battle wages on
Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war, Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said. Six Arab foreign ministers met in Amman on Saturday to follow up on earlier decisions taken by the Arab League to counter U.S. President Donald Trump's move in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision that overturned decades of U.S. policy on the Middle East. A committee made up of Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinians and headed by Jordan was set up after an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Cairo shortly after Trump's decision that called on Washington to abandon its decision. The Arab League said at the time the move would spur violence throughout the region and described Trump’s announcement as a "dangerous violation of international law" which had no legal impact. Safadi … [Read more...] about Arab League to lobby UN to recognize Palestinian state