A thick layer of garbage lies atop a creek flowing between the makeshift homes of a Manila slum Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippine authorities periodically collect rubbish from the trash-choked Estero de Magdalena canal, which runs into Manila’s most important and heavily polluted waterway, the Pasig River. This is of little consolation to the impoverished families who live in homes along the canal, cobbled together from pallets, scraps of wood and corrugated steel stained with rust. The blanket of trash on the creek flowing between the makeshift homes of Manila is extremely dense. It seems one could walk across the canal like a street. The thick and fetid mosaic of plastic bottles, takeaway containers and plastic bags is a porous layer atop the filthy water of Estero de Magdalena. Local authorities blame the slum residents for using the creek as an open-air dump and installed massive strainers in the water to stop the trash from flowing downstream. This attempt to stop … [Read more...] about Philippines cleans up plastic trash-choked canal
Many banks have decided to increase banking service fees in early May. Economists suppose that the widespread use of ATM cards is the main cause behind the increases. There are 55 million trash ATM cards on the market (Photo: nguoiduatin.vn) Data from the Vietnam Card Association showed that as of the end of 2017, the total number of ATM cards was 132 million, including 55 million trash cards. According to nguoiduatin.vn, economist Ngo Tri Long emphasised: “These 55 million trash cards increase banks’ costs, who push the burden on customers by raising service fees.” To explain the large number of cards issued, financial expert Nguyen Tri Hieu said that the number of trash cards is not surprising because many banks have been issuing a huge number of ATM cards in recent years to meet their issued target. According to the Vietnam Card Association, in 2017 alone nearly 15.6 million new cards were issued, including 2.2-2.3 million cards each by Vietcombank, … [Read more...] about Banks raise fees over 55 million trash ATM cards
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
I first saw a plastic bag in 1992 when I was in secondary school. A classmate had “nicked” one from her mother’s store in the local market to show it to me. Up until that point, I only knew of sedge bags and plastic baskets my mom carried every morning to the market for grocery shopping. As I marvelled at the white bag, which had a smooth and cool feeling, I thought to myself “how light and beautiful.” Back then, people treated plastic bags with care, some families even washed and dried them for multiple uses. Over 20 years have passed since then. I no longer live in Vietnam but I return every year only to witness the staggering changes to my hometown. I see luxury cars parked around fancy buildings. But what pains my heart is how the streets are littered with garbage everywhere I go. Plastic bags are now present in every household. People use them once, then throw them away. They come in all shapes, sizes and shades; they flutter in the wind from streets, … [Read more...] about With no bins in sight, trash will remain on Vietnamese streets
Subscribers express doubts that the requirement of submitting subscribers’ photos to limit “trash” SIM cards will help prevent spam messages. All subscribers have to re-register their information at mobile network operators' outlets T.Duy (from Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi), user of MobiFone wonders whether the submitting subscribers’ photos to limit “trash” SIMs will help prevent “trash” messages from bombarding subscribers. “Mobile network operators have the right to terminate service if we do not submit the required information. However, I think operators should also be responsible for ensuring no spam is sent to subscribers,” added Duy. This opinion is commonly shared among the more than 34 million subscribers forced to submit their personal information. Many people complained that such a requirement should have been made at the time of signing up for the service, instead of “coming up with new regulations every … [Read more...] about Will photos prevent ‘trash’ SIMs and spam?