Gia Hien "Is it safe?" a friend asked me. His child studies at a school only a kilometer away from the Rang Dong warehouse, which burned down in the fire last month. "How can we know it’s safe? How can we know exactly how much toxin was released into the air, how far they spread, or even what exactly are those toxins?" I replied. My friend, one of the most knowledgeable people I know, could only sigh before taking his kid to school. Like tens of thousands of residents living near the fire site, he didn't have much choice in the matter. In 2016 the public were riled by one of the worst environmental disasters in Vietnam caused by the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation. The Taiwanese firm released pollutants into the sea that affected several coastal areas, including Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue Provinces. Later the same year Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Quang Tri officials took a dive into the water at a local beach to … [Read more...] about Is Rang Dong fire vicinity really safe now?
Meanwhile the rapid spread of African Swine Fever has troubled scientists and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development because there has been no vaccine against the disease, an ads on social network has lately announced that pink Himalayan salt can cure the disease, confusing breeders. Specifically, through Facebook, some people shared an information that their pigs were cured with the salt. Another Facebook account cited that many farm owners in the northern province of Thai Binh’s Vu Thu district mixed the salt in feed for pigs and they were successful in curing the animal. Authorities have tracked the address and telephone number on the ads, finding that these are stores to sell pink Himalayan salt in the central city of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Each 1 kg box of salt is presently sold at VND75,000.By PHUC HAU - Translated by DAN THUY Tags: rejects rumor medications for African Swine Fever Pink Hymalayan salt … [Read more...] about Gov’t rejects rumor of medications for African Swine Fever
Norwegian solar companies seek cooperation opportunity in Vietnam A group of Norway’s leading solar companies attended a Norwegian Solar Seminar in Hanoi on October 15 to look for cooperation opportunities with local partners in the solar energy sector. The event is co-organized by Royal Norwegian Embassy and Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 1 (PECC1), under the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) with the attendance of Norweiginan Ambassador designate, Ms Grete Lochen, Commercial Counsellor Mr Harald Naevdal, General Director of EVN PECC1 Mr Pham Nguyen Hung, representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and over 70 participants from the EVN and its subsidiaries, independent power plant owners, construction companies, private investors from Vietnam and Laos, suppliers and consultants and other stakeholders. At the seminar, an energy consultant of the World Bank presents an overview of Vietnam’s solar energy, highlighting the achievements of … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 19/10