Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam posted another 63 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 6pm on June 11, pushing the national count to 9,980, according to the Ministry of Health. death toll stood at 57. The two latest deaths confirmed on June 11 were females, aged 65 and 59, with serious underlying health conditions, including cancers. new cases . They are Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hung Yen./.
As Quang Tri Province continues its recovery from the American War in Vietnam, it now looks to sustainable energy and ecotourism for new opportunities and revitalization.
An emerging energy hub
In 2021 alone, the province expects to add 15 wind energy projects for connection to the national electric grid.
According to official data, the central province currently provides 377MW of renewable electricity. It now has plans to add 29 wind farms over the next several years, with an approved total capacity providing the country with 1,100MW of energy.
Located in one of Vietnam’s most disaster-prone regions, Quang Tri’s long-term plans in the renewable energy sector could have a potential massive upside.
In addition to the aforementioned projects, the province is also considering adding 52 other wind power projects to its portfolio and has plans to survey eight more.
Should these projects all be realized, the province will be able to generate more than 4,400MW of electricity.
|Workers construct a wind turbine at a farm in Huong Hoa District, Quang Tri Province. Photo : Hoang Tuan / Tuoi Tre|
|A wind farm in Huong Hoa District, Quang Tri Province from afar. Photo : Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre|
Vo Van Hung, head of Quang Tri Province People’s Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the locality has identified sustainable energy as one of three main pillars of its economic development plans.
Quang Tri authorities plan to pull out all stops in order to implement wind energy projects in the western highlands and electrification projects in the Southeast Economic Zone as these two types of power impose few threats to the environment.
“Several years ago, we had an orientation to develop coal-fired energy. EGATI, an investor from Thailand, negotiated and carried out investment procedures for Quang Tri 1 thermal power plant.
“The project was also included in the national electricity development master plan. Things are different now. We’re prioritizing environment and more aware of the long-term impacts of coal-fired plants in terms of incidents and dust pollution,” he said.
Quang Tri 1 thermal power plant is currently behind schedule. If the investor continues postponing the project and failing to commit to the European environmental standards, local authorities will cancel the initiative and switch to electrification.
|A wind turbine under construction in Quang Tri Province. The locality expects wind farms to provide sustainable energy solutions for its growing economy. Photo : Hoang Tuan / Tuoi Tre|
Quang Tri Province is Vietnam’s gateway to the East-West Economic Corridor, or EWEC, – a regional initiative that connects the country with four Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Some 500 to 700 containers cross Quang Tri Province’s Lao Bao Border Gate each day en route to harbours in Da Nang City and Thua Thien-Hue Province, creating a missed opportunity for Quang Tri’s port.
This creates a significant loss to the local public budget and has been the catalyst for an outcry for a proper solution.
|A model of My Thuy Harbor provided by Quang Tri Province People’s Committee. The harbor is expected to be a gateway to Pacific Ocean for goods transported on the East-West Economic Corridor . Photo courtesy of Quang Tri Province Economic Zone Management Board|
My Thuy Harbor, Cua Viet Harbor, and Quang Tri Airport have potential to bridge the gap once they connect with national and regional routes, according to Hung.
The provincial leader stressed that investment in My Thuy Harbor will help the port ensure a 100,000-ton capacity.
“Corporations tell us they don’t want to drive 150 to 200 kilometers in order to reach Da Nang City just to ship containers. It’s important that we invest in our own shipping ports to bolster regional connections. This will draw more investors and travel agents to the locality,” he said.
|Design options for Quang Tri Airport provided by local authorities. Photo : Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre|
Quang Tri Airport, with its tentative capacity of one million passengers per year, is included in the Prime Minister’s 2020-30 aviation transport development master plan.
“We have witnessed a growing number of tourists and investors in Quang Tri Province. Moreover, a hybrid airport which serves both civic and military demands will contribute greatly to security and rescue operations,” said Hung.
A pre-feasibility study report on developing the airport through public-private partnership is underway as the local authorities expect to have investors complete all necessary procedures and start work on the project within this year.
“We prefer investors who are capable of limiting their environmental impact, creating jobs, and producing goods with high added values,” said Hung.
“They will help to build up momentum for the province’s economic growth. Some of them have reached out to us. There is even a US$86.9-million tourism project which has already started site clearance.”
Cua Viet, Cua Tung and My Thuy are hidden gems in Quang Tri Province just waiting to be discovered by the world, according to Hung.
|Vo Van Hung, head of Quang Tri Province’s People Committee. Photo : Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre|
Some 17 nautical miles from the mainland is Con Co Island – an emerging tourism spot. At a conference in May, Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the Institute for Vietnam Tourism Development Research, emphasized that Con Co Island could be a new highlight and motivation for the province’s travelling sector if effective and appropriate policies are applied.
He said a high-end resort would help the island to boost its popularity and transform into a renowned tourism paradise.
|Tourists dive and view coral ranges in Con Co Island. Photo : The Kiet / Tuoi Tre|
Majestic mountains in the province’s western side also offer fantastic ecotourism opportunities.
A new stalactite-covered system of caves was recently discovered in Huong Hoa District, with many comparing the systems to Quang Binh Province’s famous caves, according to experts.
Provincial authorities have sent groups of policymakers and scientists to visit the cave and create solutions to unlock the area’s tourism potential.
“We will call for participation from the private sector to build and offering travelling packages as well as developing community-based and eco-friendly tourism,” said Hung.
Resumption of passenger transport services linking Danang, Quang Nam under consideration
The Saigon Times
|Passengers are seen at a local coach station. The transport authority of Danang recently received a proposal from its counterpart in the neighboring province of Quang Nam about the resumption of passenger transport services linking the two localities – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The transport authority of Danang recently received a proposal from its counterpart in the neighboring province of Quang Nam about the resumption of passenger transport services linking the two localities, said a local transport official at a Covid-19-related meeting on June 11.
The proposal was put forward after Quang Nam went through 31 days without any fresh locally-infected cases and Danang also reported no new domestic infections for 25 days, reported VietnamPlus .
Speaking at the meeting, a representative of the Danang Transport Department said that the department also wants to resume the transport services between the two localities, as long as vehicles do not use more than 50% of their seats.
As for interprovincial buses, the department suggested that they remain suspended as Danang has yet to reopen bus services in the city.
Le Quang Nam, vice chairman of the municipal government, stressed that the resumption of interprovincial transport services between Danang, Quang Nam and other localities is essential. He asked the transport department to team up with the relevant agencies to work out a detailed plan for the resumption and submit it to the municipal government for consideration and approval.
The vice chairman also requested the Danang government’s office to comprehensively evaluate the Covid-19 development in the city and introduce appropriate plans to relax anti-virus measures once the city goes 28 days without recording any fresh domestic infections.
Further, Nam asked the local competent forces to ramp up efforts to check the compliance with Covid-19 safety measures among service providers that have been allowed to resume operations. Violators must be tackled seriously, he noted.
The move is part of the firm’s “greening” strategy of production and business to complete the group’s ecosystem.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dinh Duc Tuan, the plant’s director, said the plant aimed to bring solutions to replace motorbikes to serve Vietnamese consumers, promote the green transport revolution and respond to the environmental protection movement in Vietnam.
In the next 5-10 years, Son Ha hopes to become one of the three largest electric vehicle manufacturers, assemblers and suppliers in Vietnam, accounting for 10-20 percent of the domestic two-wheeler market share (about 300,000 – 600,000 vehicles a year). It also aims to make the product a well-known and popular Vietnamese brand.
In the first phase, the plant will have a capacity of 20,000-30,000 vehicles a year, focusing on building the domestic electric motorcycle business and service network. In the second phase, the factory will continue to research and work with foreign partners to produce electric cars for the domestic market and export.
Do Thanh Tam, Son Ha Group’s deputy general director, said being the leader in the renewable energy sector and aiming to help build a green economy, they have paid attention to the investment, research and development of electric vehicles, which are considered a useful solution to the balance between economic benefits and environmental protection.
“EVgo is not only a smart, convenient and friendly vehicle, but also reasonably priced with a long-term customer care policy and a nationwide warranty network,” he said.
Andre Maurice de Jong, director of Two-wheeled and Electric Scooter Industry in Southeast Asian region of Bosch Group (Germany), said the co-operation between Son Ha and Bosch would be an important step forward for both sides to introduce sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly mobility solutions to the domestic market.
In August, Son Ha worked with Bosch – one of leading groups in the world to provide technology solutions and equipment for electric vehicles, to develop technology for EVgo electric motorcycle production, researched and produced by Son Ha.
The EVgo electric vehicle was introduced to the market in two versions, EVgo C (battery) and EVgo D (electric).
30,000 workers from virus-hit Bac Giang to return home
The Saigon Times
|An industrial zone worker in Bac Giang Province gets a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine. Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents in Bac Giang will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15 – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents of Bac Giang Province, which is the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the latest coronavirus wave in Vietnam, will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15.
The returnees include workers who are pregnant or are raising children younger than six months of age; the elderly with underlying conditions; recovered Covid-19 patients; people who have had close contact with coronavirus cases, completed quarantine requirements, tested negative for the virus and are eligible for home quarantine, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Besides this, workers in lockdown areas who have undergone Covid-19 RT-PCR tests with negative results many times and want to come back home are entitled to return.
According to a local official, when the pandemic broke out in this northern province, the authorities had adopted measures to retain over 60,000 workers in the province to prevent the disease from spreading to other localities. The authorities then offered support to the workers to help them weather the pandemic.
However, the 22,000 people in concentrated quarantine centers, especially at the major coronavirus hotspot of Viet Yen, due to their exposure to Covid-19 patients, have made it difficult for the authorities to offer adequate medical care to them. Accordingly, the local authorities are working with their counterparts in various localities in the country to take the workers back to their hometowns.
Nguyen Tien Coi, director of the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that local industrial zones are maintaining their operations, while ensuring compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures, but their demand for employees remains low. Around 10,000 employees are eligible to return to work, but in reality, only a half have tasks to do.
Coi added that returnees can go back to Bac Giang for work when their employers resume full operations.
He revealed that Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Ha Tinh cannot say no to returnees at the time as the pandemic is raging in these areas, while other provinces and cities are planning to receive the returnees.
In case Bac Giang fails to reduce the number of workers by half as planned, it will prioritize carrying workers to their hometowns which accounts for a large number of workers coming to Bac Giang such as Cao Bang and Thai Nguyen at over 3,000 workers and Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Son La, Ha Giang, at 2,000-3,000 workers each.
The relevant localities will need to support Bac Giang to arrange vehicles to transport the returnees and have to take measures to minimize transmission.
The three points mean Vietnam need only a draw with the UAE on June 15 to advance.
With star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai suspended, Vietnam’s performance at the Al Maktoum Stadium in the UAE was far less accomplished than in the 4-0 win over Indonesia, but coach Park proved once again he can set his team up to grind out a result.
Malaysia started the match faster and enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to create any clear chances early on.
In contrast, Vietnam were more effective on their surges into the Malaysian half and enjoyed a lot of joy down the left-hand side, with Doan Van Hau finding himself in acres of space on several occasions.
Vietnam took an early lead when Nguyen Tien Linh, who opened the scoring in the 4-0 win over Indonesia on June 7 night, scored from a header in the 26th minute.
Luong Xuan Truong’s corner was headed up in the air by Malaysia’s captain Aidil Zafuan, allowing Hau to head it back across goal for Linh, who nodded home a quintessential poacher’s finish.
The goal seemed to give Malaysia a spark of life and they would have equalised in the 38th minute if it hadn’t been for a superb save from goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.
The Vietnamese defence was split by a deep cross from Malaysia’s Matthew Davies which left Syafiq Ahmad with the goal at his mercy, but Truong reacted superbly to tip his header over from point-blank range.
Truong sprung into action again minutes later to deny Safawi Rasid’s direct free-kick and bring Vietnam into the break with their lead intact.
Malaysia only increased their dominance of the ball in the second half, however Vietnam should have doubled their lead against the run of play in the 64th minute, but Nguyen Trong Hoang put his shot wide after being played in by Nguyen Hoang Duc at the end of a mazy run.
Just five minutes later though, Vietnam were made to pay for spurning that opportunity.
Hau clattered into Guilherme de Paula in the box when the two competed for a header and left referee Ryuji Sato no choice but to point to the spot.
The naturalised striker dusted himself off and converted the penalty to equalise.
In a bid to regain control of a game that was slipping away from his side, coach Park shed his normally defensive instincts by bringing on forwards Ha Duc Chinh and Nguyen Van Toan in what turned out to be a masterstroke.
In the 80th minute, Vu Van Thanh slid a pass towards Toan in the penalty area. Before the forward could collect the ball he tumbled to the floor after his heel was seemingly clipped by Malaysia’s Brendan Gan and was awarded a penalty.
Television replays were inconclusive but did suggest some degree of simulation by Toan, though in the absence of VAR, the penalty stood.
Captain Que Ngoc Hai, seemingly the coolest man in the stadium, stepped up and thumped the ball home to make the score 2-1.
Vietnam were able to hold on for the final minutes without allowing Malaysia to create a decent chance to ensure they came away with a famous win in front of the lucky few Vietnamese supporters in the stands.
The win keeps Vietnam on top of Group G with 17 points, two ahead of the UAE.
The two sides will meet for their final match of the second round of qualification on June 15 night with Vietnam knowing a draw would put them through to the next round.