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What the papers say August - September 2015

No 3, Vol.9 , August  - September 2015


Bears killed as bear bile price drops
Sai Gon Giai Phong, 6 July
As the demand for bear bile has dropped recently, along with tightened regulations on control and protection for bear, the number of bears kept in cages has reduced swiftly.
Unfortunately, bears were not released into the wild but sent to slaughterhouses for bear bone glue.
Nghe An Province is one of a few provinces across the country where bears are kept in cages because of high profits.
In previous years, keeping bears for bile was considered as a trendy industry of many households in the province. During that time, the price of bear bile sometimes rose to VND200,000-300,000 per cubic centimetre.
According to the Department of Forest Rangers of Nghe An Province, there are 92 bears remaining in the province now from more than 300 bears in 2005.

VN to set up centre for underwater archaeology
Viet Nam News, 5 July
Viet Nam plans to build the country's first Centre for Underwater Archaeological Research in Hoi An this year.
The centre, which has initial investment of VND200 billion ($9.5 million), will boost research in underwater archaeology.
Viet Nam has a 3,200km coastline. Many shipwrecks are yet to be discovered. The centre is expected to help the country explore the precious value of underwater heritage and the history of our sea and islands.
According to some historians, central Vietnamese ports were among the busiest in Asia in the 13th century and one or two thousand years BC, as artwork on the ancient bronze drums shows.

Unemployment increases among degree holders
Viet Nam News, 21 July
Nearly 178,000 persons with bachelor's and masters' degrees could not find jobs in the first quarter this year, the statistics released recently by the Labour and Social Sciences Institute said.
The number increased by 16,000 persons as compared with the same period last year, the statistics said.
In the first quarter, more than 1.1 million were unemployed nationwide, an increase of 14,000 persons.
The unemployment rate this year was 2.43 per cent, rising by 0.22 per cent in comparison with last year.
Notably, groups with higher educational degrees had a higher rate of unemployment at 6.9 per cent, while it was 1.97 per cent in the non-degree groups, the institute said.

Noi Bai airport to tighten baggage security
Viet Nam News, 29 July
The Aviation Security Centre of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi has developed a plan to improve aviation security and better manage baggage and cargo to prevent it from being stolen.
The plan was drawn up following reports of stolen property among passengers recently.
So far, security forces have been checking that all regulations related to the process of receiving, delivering and transporting passengers' luggage have been followed.
The plan aims to strengthen management and assign specific responsibilities to organisations and individuals at different stages of the luggage-handling process.

Hundreds die in work accidents
Viet Nam News, 31 July
Construction and machinery installation jobs are the most dangerous in the country. Together they account for 30 per cent of work-related accidents nationwide, according to statistics from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
About 6,700 work-related accidents were reported last year in Viet Nam, with nearly 7,000 injuries, of which 630 resulted in death.
The ministry officials said many labourers are not given proper safety training or safety equipment, explaining that many accidents happen because workers didn't know safety rules.

Experts urge better nutrition for Vietnamese children
Viet Nam News, 5 August
About 2.1 million or 24.9 per cent of the Vietnamese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, according to statistics from the National Nutrition Institute.
In addition, 1.2 million or 14.5 per cent of the country's children are underweight.
That means one in every four Vietnamese children under the age of five suffers from malnutrition, while one in every six children is underweight.
The institute experts advised parents to pay more attention to food consumed by children and prevent malnutrition by adding probiotics to their diet.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are beneficial for digestion and nutrient absorption, are said to help reduce cholesterol levels, absorb vitamins and improve the immune system.

Korean marriage support project launched in Vietnam
Tuoi Tre News, 17 July
A project to give support to Vietnamese women in their marriage relations with Korean husbands was launched in Vi Thanh, the capital city of the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang.
This marriage support project, worth $390,000, was jointly run by the Vietnamese Women’s Cultural Centre in the Republic of Korea and the Vietnam Women’s Union.
The project will be piloted in Hau Giang and the northern province of Hai Duong for 18 months.
It will focus on education, consultation and giving pre- and post-marriage assistance, with an aim to enhance awareness of women in these localities about cross-culture marriage in line with the two countries’ relevant laws and regulations.
According to the Ministry of Public Security statistics, more than 115,600 Vietnamese citizens married foreigners from over 50 countries and territories from 2008 to June 2014.

Ho Chi Minh City to have ‘river bus’ routes
Tuoi Tre News, 22 July
Ho Chi Minh City authorities have approved a project to set up two inland waterway transport routes to carry passengers on boats from District 1 to District 6 and Thu Duc District.
The two ‘river bus’ routes will help ease the crowded traffic on roads, especially during rush hour, and contribute to the city’s waterway tourism development, the municipal People's Committee said.

Vietnam to begin issuing International Driving Permits
Tuoi Tre News, 22 July
Vietnam’s transport authorities will start granting International Driving Permits (IDPs) to Vietnamese and foreigners who have permanent residence permits in October, allowing the holders to drive in more than 80 countries that recognize the licenses.
The IDP will be valid for three years at most and it is recognized in 84 other countries.
The International Driving Permit is a multi-page book with its basic information written in English and Vietnamese. It also includes a section, printed in Vietnamese, English, Russian, French and Spanish, where the holder declares their personal particulars and the vehicle classes.

Vietnam’s Mui Ne listed among world’s best destinations for sand-boarding
Tuoi Tre News, 29 July
The coastal town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam has recently been listed among the best destinations for sand-boarding in the world.
According to the list titled ‘World’s 10 Best Sandboarding Destinations,’ created by the infotainment blog wonderslist.com, sand-boarding is similar to snowboarding, which involves riding down the slope of a sand dune with both legs strapped to a board.
Sand-boarding is a popular sport for tourists visiting the coastal tourism town in Binh Thuan Province’s Phan Thiet City, besides kite surfing, wind surfing, and others.

Land erosion, depression ‘burying’ Vietnam’s granary
Tuoi Tre News, 31 July
Tens of thousands of inhabitants of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam have lost their houses to land erosion, especially along river banks, as the result of a decrease in the volume of water in rivers.
It is predicted that a million people living in coastal areas and along river banks will have suffered direct adverse effects from land erosion by the year 2050, said a counsellor of the Vietnam Rivers Network.
The area of the Mekong Delta, which is considered the rice bowl of the country, has become smaller and smaller year after year.
Not only residential areas, but also protective forests along the coast of the Mekong Delta may soon be eradicated, thanks to the fast rate of erosion.
The loss reached 20,000 hectares in 2011, and will multiply to 90,000 hectares, or a sixth of the total area of Ca Mau, the farthest southern point of the country, in the near future.

Travellers beware
Tuoi Tre News, 1 August
People are highly advised to follow weather reports and keep alert when traveling in localities in northern Vietnam, as heavy rainfalls, and possible floods, are hitting many provinces in the region.
Heavy downpours are forecast to continue hitting northern provinces from August 1 to 3, whereas such provinces as Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Giang, Bac Can, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Lai Chau, Dien Bien and Son La are facing high risks of floods, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Metrological Forecasting.
The Vietnamese military has put 31,000 soldiers on standby for activities to deal with the flooding, after 17 people in Quang Ninh were killed by floods earlier this week.

Watch out for scam bus services
Tuoi Tre News, 3 August
If you are invited to book a seat on a bus travelling from Hanoi to Sapa, do not hesitate to say no, as there is no such service.
Local transportation firms are running attractive ads for bus routes bringing tourists from Hanoi to Sapa, in Lao Cai Province.
But Tran Dang Hai, head of the inspectorate of the Hanoi Department of Transport, asserted that the capital has yet to launch any bus service to Lao Cai. Most of the buses in Hanoi are operating on short routes and within the city, according to the official.
Many long-haul coaches and for-hire cars are also disguised as Hanoi-Sa Pa buses and offer cheap tickets to dupe passengers.

Nha Trang to have night swimming
Tuoi Tre News, 4 August
A company in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has received the green light from local authorities to earmark part of the beach in the provincial capital of Nha Trang for tourists and locals to swim at night.
Swimming after 6:00 pm is normally not advisable at beaches across Vietnam for safety reasons, as no lifeguards work that late to protect beachgoers.
TD JSC, which proposed opening a night swimming beach in front of the 32-34 Tran Phu Hotel, thus said it will set up a lighting system and arrange lifeboats and lifeguard forces to ensure safety.

Central Highlands loses forest
Thanh Nien News, 8 August
Vietnam's Central Highlands has lost nearly 14 percent of its forest area since 2008, with some local officials found to have been involved in illegal deforestation.
A total of 358,797 hectares (886,606 acres) of forest have been destroyed over the past seven years.
The region now has 2.25 million hectares of forest, of which 45 percent are in poor health.
Causes to the loss include timber poaching and illegal deforestation for farming.
Experts have called for emergency and creative measures to protect forests in the region for biodiversity protection and sustainable local farming.



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