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HCM City still pays for pumping service despite no floods

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Nguyen Huu Canh Street in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District no longer faces floods following its upgrade, but the city still spends over VND14 billion a year to rent a massive pumping system.

HCM City still pays for pumping service despite no floods
A view of the massive pumping system on Nguyen Huu Canh Street. – Photo: LDO

In May 2019, the city signed a contract to rent the pumping system to drain floodwater on Nguyen Huu Canh Street.

In October 2019, work started on a VND473 billion project to upgrade the road which was often submerged by rain and flood tides. Accordingly, the foundation of the street was raised from 0.5 to 1.2 meters and a new wastewater drainage system was built.

The project was completed on April 30 last year. According to the Infrastructure Management Center under the municipal Department of Construction, the street has not been inundated since then.

During the rainy season in 2021, the street did not see floods despite a rainfall of 50-80 millimeters per day for six days.

Early this year, the wastewater drainage system on the street was completed and the pumping system was unconnected with two drains on the street.

Vu Van Diep, director of the Infrastructure Management Center, said in June 2021, the HCMC government assigned the municipal Department of Construction to coordinate with the relevant agencies to assess the necessity of the big pumping system after the Nguyen Huu Canh Street was upgraded. However, the job has yet to be completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diep said the Department of Construction had proposed the municipal government continue using the pumping system during the rainy season this year. The relevant agencies will assess whether the system is still needed or not and propose solutions to ensure its anti-flooding effectiveness and save the State budget.

According to Ho Long Phi, former head of the Center of Water Management and Climate Change at Vietnam National University-HCMC, the use of the huge pump was just a temporary solution. The upgrade of Nguyen Huu Canh Street and the change of the drainage system on the street were long-term solutions.

These solutions have been adopted, so using the pump will lead to wastefulness. He said the municipal government should end the pump rental contract.

If there are any obstacles to the terms of the contract, the pump should be used in another location, Phi added.

Source: Saigon Times

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Vietnamese artists accused of raping underage British girl in Spain await arraignment: deputy minister

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The two Vietnamese artists who have made headlines since last week for their arrest in Spain due to an accusation of having raped a 17-year-old British girl last month have found themselves a lawyer and are waiting for arraignment, according to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong.

The police department of the tourist island of Majorca confirmed last Friday that they had arrested two Vietnamese males over sexual assault allegations on June 25.

Spanish and British media reported that the two Vietnamese citizens stayed at a hotel in Sant Elm on the island and met a 17-year-old girl from the UK, who roomed with her family at a different hotel, at a restaurant on June 24.

The three exchanged ‘intimate’ gestures before returning to the hotel room of one of the two Vietnamese men. 

The girl later reported to local police that she had been raped in the hotel room. 

Authorities took the girl to the Son Espases hospital for a check-up and arrested the accused.

While the men’s identity and occupations were not revealed by the Majorca authorities, local reports said they were “an actor and a musician aged 37 and 42.”

In Vietnam, popular actor Hong Dang and famed musician Ho Hoai Anh have made front-page news ever since Friday last week as a video of the duo enjoying a trip in Majorca uploaded on June 24 cast doubt on their relation to the rape case.

Dang and Anh’s state-run management agencies also suspended their working schedules while national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) has censored programs featuring the two artists.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

In response to reporters’ requests during a press meeting on Tuesday morning, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said that the incident related to Dang and Anh remained a question.

“There is no new information, but these two people were still out on bail as of Sunday [July 3] and have not been prosecuted,” the deputy minister said.

“They are waiting to see the judge and have successfully hired a lawyer to handle legal matters.

“The embassy [of Vietnam in Spain] has sent staff to their place to provide legal help.”

Hong Dang, whose full name is Le Hong Dang, is a Vietnamese actor born in 1984 and managed by the Hanoi Opera House and the Vietnam Drama Production Center under VTV.

He started his acting career in 2004 and has played roles in many VTV dramas, but only rose to stardom in 2011.

He won the ‘Impressive Actor’ awards at VTV Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the prize for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ at the 2016 Golden Kite Award, Vietnam’s version of the Oscars, by the Vietnam Cinema Association.

Ho Hoai Anh is a Vietnamese musician and music producer born in 1979 and has worked at the Vietnam National Academy of Music for 20 years.

He won the ‘Musician of the Year’ prize at the prestigious Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards in 2010 and was awarded the state title of ‘Meritorious Artist’ in 2015.

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Police parade, martial arts, shooting performances take place in Vietnam’s Hue Citadel

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The final round of a police command, shooting, and martial arts competition, joined by officers from 16 provinces and cities, kicked off in Hue Citadel in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday.

Organized by the Ministry of Public Security from Monday to Wednesday, the contest’s finals are aimed at celebrating the 60th anniversary of the traditional day of the People’s Police force (July 20).

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The event attracts the participation of 1,500 officers from People’s Police University and police units in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Lam Dong, Tien Giang, Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, Quang Binh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, and Thua Thien-Hue.

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The opening ceremony of the final round was attended by Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Public Security, several other police officials, and officials of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

It featured a parade of the mounted police force at Ngo Mon Square, as well as martial arts and shooting performances by police officers.

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese commune official suspended amid accusation of groping tenth grader

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The chairman of the commune-level Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam has been suspended from work after being accused of groping a tenth grader.

The 15-day work suspension was given to Luong Van Toi, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune, Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa.

Competent authorities have reviewed and verified the video footage that appeared to show Toi groping the schoolgirl, Do Xuan Nam, Party chief of Thuong Xuan District, confirmed on Monday.

As the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune does not have a vice-chairman, the commune’s deputy Party secretary will take over from Toi during this period.

At around 4:20 pm on June 28, a man was caught on CCTV walking into the yard of a local house and talking to L.T., a tenth grader who lives at the residence.

The man then approaches the young girl and touches her shoulder and back.

After a few moments, he grabs T. and tries to kiss her, before she resists and pushes him away.

After looking at the video clip, T.’s family members believed that the man in the footage is Toi, thus they filed a denunciation to the authorities of Thuong Xuan District.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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