Sa Pa needs 4,000-6,500 cubic meters of water a day, but the water plant can supply only 3,000 cubic meters. The reservoirs providing daily-use water to the entire Sa Pa town are becoming depleted. In such conditions, water plants have to alternate water supplies. Many hotels have refused guests. Some restaurants have had to buy water carried from other areas at the high price of VND500,000-550,000 per cubic meter. Hospitals also suffer from water shortage. Sa Pa district’s General Hospital’s director confirmed the one week-long water shortage. Asked about the reasons, Phung Chi Sy from the Vietnam Institute of Tropical Technology and Environmental Protection attributed it to the decline of underground water and the effects from hydropower plants. Developing hydraulic power was a good decision, but developing too many hydropower plants with high density have had an adverse effect on the environment and people’s socio-economic activities. “The depletion of … [Read more...] about What does Sa Pa need – water or hydropower?
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Residents in Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province, have expressed concern about the shortage of underground water as drought looms over the island as summer starts. Ly Son lacks water for daily lives and agriculture Ly Son’s underground water sources are becoming increasingly scarce. According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the island had had nearly no rainfall since early year and the dry season nears. Moreover, they also have to face saltwater intrusion. In An Vinh Commune, the sea has encroached upon 300-500 metres beach and around 100-200 metres in An Binh Commune. Demand for clean water has increased with the number of visitors. Last year, the island welcomed 230,000 visitors and 23,000 visitors in the first three months of 2019. Many major construction projects are being built on the island including the central square and Ly Son Central Market. It is thought that building too many constructions at the same time on the island which is located on … [Read more...] about Ly Son searches for water scarcity solutions
HCMC Over 100,000 households in city still shun tap water The Saigon Times Daily Monday, Mar 26, 2018,23:02 (GMT+7) Over 100,000 households in city still shun tap waterThe Saigon Times Daily A main water pipeline is being installed in the city’s outlying district of Cu Chi in this file photo. Up to 100,000 residents in HCMC still shun tap water - PHOTO: VAN NAM HCMC - More than 100,000 households in HCMC are still shunning tap water although they have access to the city’s water supply system, while 44,000 other households use an insignificant amount, according to Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco). Sawaco said that last year it suggested the HCMC government reduce tap water prices for certain areas to promote the use of tap water and reduce underground water exploitation, prioritizing districts 12 and Hoc Mon. However, the program has seen little impact as households disfavoring running water still account for … [Read more...] about Over 100,000 households in city still shun tap water
A Viagra in pregnancy trial has been urgently stopped after 11 newborn babies died. Women taking part in the Dutch study had been given the anti-impotence tablets to improve growth of their unborn children because they had poorly developed placentas. It appears the drug, which promotes blood flow, may have caused lethal damage to the babies' lungs. Experts say a full investigation is needed to understand what happened. There is no suggestion that there was any wrong-doing. Sick babies Earlier trials in the UK and Australia and New Zealand did not find any evidence of potential harm from the intervention. But they also found no benefit. At that time, in 2010, researchers said the treatment should be used only in trials. Foetal growth restriction caused by an underdeveloped placenta is a serious condition that currently has no treatment. It can mean babies are born prematurely, with a very low birth weight and poor chances of survival. A medication that could improve weight or prolong … [Read more...] about Babies die after mums given Viagra in Dutch trial
Viet Nam News Violating copyright is a challenge to the development of the country’s music industry. Composer Đinh Trung Cẩn, general director of the Việt Nam Centre for Protecting Music Copyright (VCPMC), talks to Hương Trà on the issue. What do you think about the role of copyright in developing the music industry? The country’s intellectual economy is developing at a rapid rate. Music creations have played an essential role in promoting competitiveness and economic growth. Developing cultural industries in general and the music industry in particular should be based on technology and intellectual copyright. The aim of copyright is to respect “intellectual property”. The music industry will develop only when musicians are respected both in spirit and in terms of monetary reward. Copyright is the most effective tool to encourage artists to create. It brings them a steady income and popularises cultural heritage. Reality … [Read more...] about Copyright violations need urgent solutions: VCPMC director