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Container ship crashes into Phuoc Khanh bridge construction site

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A container ship crashes into a tower crane at the Phuoc Khanh bridge construction site in Dong Nai Province – PHOTO: PLO

HCMC – An 8,000-ton container ship crashed into a tower crane installed for the construction of the cable-stayed Phuoc Khanh bridge project, a component of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh expressway project, raising concerns over its quality.

The incident occurred while the Phuc Khanh cargo ship was running on the Long Tau River at 6.00 a.m. on February 21, according to the HCMC Maritime Administration.

As its engine failed, the ship was drifting, resulting in the crash into the bridge construction site. With a vertical clearance of 55 meters, the tallest in the country, the bridge connecting HCMC’s outlying district of Can Gio with Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province, the local media reported.

There were no fatalities in the accident, said the HCMC Maritime Administration.

Following the incident, Deputy Transport Minister Le Anh Tuan assigned the HCMC Maritime Administration to promptly launch an investigation into the cause of the crash and report the result to the ministry before March 30.

Deputy Minister Tuan on February 22 conducted an on-site inspection at the bridge in Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province.

The deputy minister also asked the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), the investor of the Ben Luc Long Thanh expressway project, to work with the HCMC maritime administration to provide data for the investigation and review the quality of the components.

Apart from clarifying the responsibilities of the related sides, the units must ask for appropriate compensation for the damages.

VEC was tasked with asking consulting firms and contractors to check the quality of the project to ensure maritime safety in the construction process.

Besides, Deputy Minister Tuan told the investor to establish a team to assess the timelessness of components to ensure the project remains safe for a long time once it is put into operation.

Work on the Phuoc Khanh Bridge project, which is over three kilometers long, started in 2015. The project is designed to have four lanes and will require a total investment of over VND31.3 trillion.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80650/container-ship-crashes-into-phuoc-khanh-bridge-construction-site.html

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Vietnam to begin COVID-19 vaccination this week

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Vietnam is expected to begin COVID-19 vaccination this week following a request from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

During a regular meeting of the government in Hanoi on Tuesday, PM Phuc called for further efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the five important rules including wearing face masks, disinfecting, keeping safe distance, avoiding gatherings, and filling out health declaration forms.

He requested the Ministry of Health to begin COVID-19 vaccination for prioritized groups of individuals within this week.

Dang Quang Tan, head of the General Department of Preventive Medicine under the health ministry, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that the agency is exerting all efforts to prepare for the vaccination.

The process will begin as soon as a factory certificate is issued for the batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses having arrived in Vietnam last month, Tan elaborated.

The vaccine was developed by the UK’s AstraZeneca and manufactured by South Korea, he continued, adding that South Korea has promised to send the certificate within this week.

The vaccine had already been assessed by the World Health Organization and is now being reviewed by Vietnam’s National Institute for Control of Vaccine and Biologicals.

According to the government’s resolution on the use of COVID-19 vaccine, the inoculation will start in provinces and cities with ongoing pandemic outbreaks, urban areas with large populations, and important transport hubs.

The northern province of Hai Duong is currently the country’s largest epicenter, while northern Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City have recently recorded local infections, Tan said, adding that Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are important transport hubs with a large population.

These localities may be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccination, the official continued.

Health workers and employees of local steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control are among the prioritized groups of individuals, he added.

Vietnam previously received the first batch containing 117,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on February 24.

The next batch with several millions of doses is expected to arrive in late April, said Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong.

The health ministry said last week that Vietnam aims to obtain 90 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, including 30 million through the WHO-led COVAX scheme, 30 million from AstraZeneca, and the rest from negotiations with U.S. producers.

Talks were also taking place to secure Russia’s Sputnik V jab, the ministry added.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210303/vietnam-to-begin-covid19-vaccination-this-week/59573.html

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Province in central Vietnam encourages households to plant uniform flowering trees

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The leader of the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue has called on households and agencies to deck the streets of the province with hoa mai (Ochna integerrima), a popular type of flowering tree.

The direction was confirmed by Phan Ngoc Tho, chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee, on Monday.

According to Tho, the tree-planting campaign aims to convince each institution and residential household to plant one or two Ochna integerrima trees at the front of their buildings or houses.

It is recommended that participants choose the local variety of Ochna integerrima, which differs from other types by its consistent five-petal flowering and highly scented blossoms.

The initiative is expected to paint the whole province with the yellow shade of Ochna integerrima during its blossom season in spring, which would add another charm to the place and consolidate the position of the flowering tree as a representative of Thua Thien-Hue.

The campaign is also part of local authorities’ effort to assign a kind of blossom tree to each of the four seasons in the locale.

According to Tho, the first step involves the planting of at least two Ochna integerrima trees at the head office of the municipal People’s Committee, followed by an advocacy campaign for tree planting among residents.

Earlier, local authorities have planted lines of Ochna integerrima trees along two streets in Hue City’s Imperial City heritage site, one of the must-sees for tourists.

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“Magic eyes” – great help for traffic police officers

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Lieutenant Colonel Doan Ngoc Minh Tuan, Deputy Head of the Da Nang Traffic Police Department, said the deployment of traffic cameras has eased work pressure on police officers.

'Mắt thần' giúp CSGT không phải đứng đường, tài xế thay đổi lớn

The central city of Da Nang is one of the first cities to place traffic cameras on main street arteries. Up to 143 cameras have been installed in 47 locations. The installation of cameras has raised people’s awareness, and encouraged them to follow traffic lights and control their speed. It has also reduced the presence of police officers at major traffic points.

According to the Da Nang Traffic Police Department, from 2016 to 2020, these “magic eyes” helped to find and report 48,118 traffic violations, of which 38,004 cases were issued total fines of 55 billion dong and 7,590 driving licenses were withdrawn.

Mr. Nguyen Van Phuong, a resident on Vo Chi Cong street, said that when there was no surveillance camera, many drivers did not follow traffic lights. After cameras were installed, people were more aware of compliance, causing fewer accidents.

Interviewed by VietNamNet on February 23, Lieutenant Colonel Thai Anh Tuan, Head of Propaganda and Inspection of Traffic Accidents and Violations (Da Nang Traffic Police Department), said the surveillance cameras detect violations such as speeding, using wrong lanes and running red lights, and monitor traffic vehicle flows.

“Annually, the cameras detect about 10,000 violations. Many people used to cross at yellow lights. Currently, the people are more responsive, hence reduction in accidents. Drivers are well aware of surveillance cameras,” said Tuan.

Reduce on-site work for police

'Mắt thần' giúp CSGT không phải đứng đường, tài xế thay đổi lớn

Lieutenant Colonel Doan Ngoc Minh Tuan, Deputy Head of Da Nang Traffic Police Department, said that “magic eyes” have been placed at important traffic points, monitor traffic for 24/24 and record violations correctly and clearly. Cameras are also useful for detecting and tackling crime.

According to Tuan, surveillance cameras have eased on-site pressure for police officers. “They used to be present all the time at key traffic points to monitor traffic. Since the installation of cameras, they instead patrol to inspect and improve their efficiency,” said Tuan.

He further revealed that cameras have been placed on such street arteries as Vo Nguyen Giap and Nguyen Tat Thanh. His department and the transportation department plan to ask Da Nang People’s Committee to invest and install more surveillance cameras on other roads for social security.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/magic-eyes-for-traffic-police-officers-716758.html

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