VietNamNet Bridge – Forsaking stable jobs in the big city, three university grads return to their hometown to make a quality rice-noodle product that benefits the village as well as consumers. Getting set: Making bun at the Van Linh Factory. VNS Photo Despite graduating from university and landing big-city jobs, three young men who had been lifelong friends wanted something more than just a big income, expensive clothes and other material signs of success. Their parents, however, had always wanted their sons to have high paying jobs so they could have a better life. But the three men were determined to follow their dream to start their own business and live independently. Much to the chagrin and shock of their families and neighbours, Nguyen Dang Ton Canh, Nguyen Phuoc Anh and Nguyen Huu Vinh, all born in the 90s, decided to … [Read more...] about Friends make a clean break with vermicelli
Clean energy package
Agricultural production accounts for 70 percent of Vietnam’s area and nearly 70 percent population enjoying advantageous soil and weather conditions, however farmers have been poor while citizens are facing unclean and unsafe food everyday. This is one of reasons prompting overseas Vietnamese to invest in hi-tech farming. Among them is Dr. Nguyen Thanh My, overseas Vietnamese in Canada, who was born and grown up in the country’s rice granary Mekong Delta but did not take notice of farming until 2015 when he handed over the management of US$100 million My Lan Group, which he was director general for ten years, to his wife and retired at age 60. A couple of weeks after the retirement, he felt still healthy to do something rather than leisured. Regularly hearing media news about dirty food or unsafe food, Mr. My started a new business by developing Rynan AgriFoods Company in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh focusing on hi-tech application in agricultural production. The … [Read more...] about Overseas Vietnamese return homeland, invest in clean farming
KUALA LUMPUR -- When Seah Kian Hoe was just 10 years old, he would jump on the back of his parent's small truck during school holidays and help them collect scrap, going door-to-door around neighbourhoods in Malaysia's southern state of Johor. Taking their haul back to the family yard, they would spend hours separating the glass bottles, aluminium cans, discarded newspapers and metal. Seah now employs 350 people to help him run Heng Hiap Industries, one of Malaysia's top five plastic recycling businesses which processes about 40,000 tonnes of waste per year from both domestic and overseas suppliers. "Thirty five years ago, it was just scavenging - a very different era compared to now," Seah told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "I wanted to get into the recycling business and do it differently." Heng Hiap Industries is just one of the Southeast Asian plastics recycling companies gearing up to benefit from China's decision to ban imports of plastic waste from the start of 2018. Before … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian plastic recyclers hope to clean up after China ban
VietNamNet Bridge – A noted oceanographer says Vietnam is overlooking an abundant energy resource, the waves of the East Sea. Dr. Nguyen Tac An is former dean of the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang and current Chairman of Vietnam’s branch of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). An talked with the HCM City newspaper Thanh Nien about the potential for wave power development in Vietnam. In 1973, An says, research began on wave power in some developed countries like the US, Portugal and France. In 2003, Portugal deployed the first 30 MW wave power plant. The production cost of wave power is equivalent to wind power, that is, about 10 US cents per kilowatt-hour. What is wave power? Wave power is the capture of wave energy to do useful work, for example, electricity generation or water desalination. An easy way to capture the already abundant energy in the ocean is through a simple air chamber. As the waves rise and fall in the chamber, they … [Read more...] about Energy challenges: Why not wave power too?
Renaissance Riverside wins 2nd prize in energy efficiency building competition The Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon was awarded second prize behind the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel in the Retrofitted Buildings Category of the third Energy Efficiency Building Competition organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In the last few years, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel has implemented many technical solutions and has followed the program called Environmentally Conscious Hospitality Operations (ECHO) which brings out methods for energy and water conservation, waste reduction, recycling and quarterly plans for environment protection. "We are very proud of this award since it has proved our commitment to environmentally responsible operations. This is a part of Marriott's culture which chose Environment Awareness Month to raise awareness of environmental issues and to increase associate participation in environmental activities. This is also part of the company's effort for the trend of … [Read more...] about Renaissance Riverside wins 2nd prize in energy efficiency building competition