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Improving technical equipment of the Coast Guard’s vessels to put into practical training



The High Command of the Coast Guard specially focuses on research and improvement of technical equipment on vessels of the Coast Guard forces and put into training to fit the actual situation.

Reviewing the implementation of the Education and Training Development Strategy for the period 2011-2020, it is shown that the High Command of the Coast Guard actively researched and built the “Plan to restructure the Center for training and fostering skills of coast guards into the Coast Guard School”; Constantly improved the quality, standardize the contingent of teachers and educational administrators; promoted the application of science, technology and information in teaching and educational management; did well the work of reviewing, evaluating, transferring, appointing, fostering cadres at all levels, adding foreign language criteria in mobilizing and appointing staff; promoted international cooperation activities on education and training and diversify forms of cooperation in order to improve foreign language skills and professional expertise.

Cải tiến thiết bị kỹ thuật trên tàu Cảnh sát biển đưa vào huấn luyện sát với thực tế

Officers and teachers of the Center for training and fostering skills of coast guards attend the lecture on specialized marine equipment – Illustration.

Major General Pham Kim Hau summarized: in the period of 2011-2020, the Standing Party Committee, Head of the High Command of Vietnam Coast Guard assigned the Center for training and fostering skills of coast guards to train and foster 316 primary technicians majored in Maritime, vessel engine, vessel electric system, vessel cannon, information; organize 3 classes to enhance maritime knowledge for 69 trainees; 2 classes fostering professional knowledge and law for 39 people; fostering knowledge of national defense and security for 3,029 trainees of the subjects 2, 3, 4 to ensure the content and program according to regulations.

Related agencies were proactive in scientific research, improving and renovating technical equipment, participating in and organizing competitions at all levels; compiling many electronic documents, lesson plans, model of learning tools for training and coaching; combining the application of information technology, science and technology into education and training.

In addition, the High Command of Vietnam Coast Guard also coordinated with academies and schools inside and outside the Army to train and foster expertise knowledge for 1,150 officers at all levels; send 156 people overseas; recruit 141 officers for the Coast Guard forces.

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Commuters in Hanoi and HCM City willing to use metro: JICA survey



Hanoi and HCM City are willing to use urban railways once they are put into operation, according to a survey conducted by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) of more than 6,000 residents in the two big cities.

The first train of metro line Bến Thành-Suối Tiên in HCM City arrived at the Long Bình Depot on October 13.

JICA conducted the survey about three urban railway lines including Line 1 and Line 2 in Hà Nội and Line 1 in HCM City between March 2019 and last month, with the results released on Friday in Hà Nội.

A dominant proportion of respondents in HCM City (81 per cent) said yes to the question “Will you use the Bến Thành-Suối Tiên metro when it is operated?”

About 66 per cent of respondents in Hà Nội were willing to use the Line 1 metro (Ngọc Hồi-Yên Viên) while 30 per cent of those interviewed were willing to take the Line 2 metro (Nam Thăng Long-Trần Hưng Đạo)

The rate of Line 2 in Hà Nội was lower than Line 1 because all services and railway infrastructures of Line 1 are ready so people are more willing to use it, meanwhile, there is almost no service in the Line 2, said Ken Kumazawa, team leader of the JICA study team.

The most common reasons mentioned by commuters not willing to use the trains in both cities were inconvenient routes and their preference for private vehicles such as cars and motorbikes, according to the survey.

“The urban railway networks will be able to benefit local people by mitigating traffic congestion, air pollution and climate change,” said Kumazawa.

The transport sector contributes a considerable amount to CO2 emissions in both Japan and Việt Nam. About 19 per cent of CO2 emissions in Japan come from the transport sector while the figure is 23 per cent in Việt Nam, he said.

Tokyo, Hà Nội and HCM City are all rapidly growing urban areas. More commuters in Tokyo use the railway for daily travel and Japan has less traffic congestion than megacities like Manila, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jakarta and Bangkok. Meanwhile, Hà Nội and HCM City have a majority of people (60 to 80 per cent) using motorbikes and also a high level of traffic congestion and air pollution, the Japanese expert said.

Trần Ánh Dương, head of Environment Department of the Việt Nam’s Ministry of Transport, said the ministry had committed to building dense urban railway networks in Hà Nội and HCM City.

Hà Nội plans to build eight metro lines covering a total length of 318.9km while HCM City hopes to construct six urban railway routes on 174km. 

The Hà Nội routes and Line 1 in HCM City are under construction with JICA’s support.

Kumazawa said urban railways had become a daily part of Japanese life. In Việt Nam where most people use motorbikes, getting them to change to urban railways would not be easy. In the future, ensuring service quality and showing the environmental positive impacts of the urban railways will surely increase the ridership.

From Japan’s experience, he said a modal shift from motorbikes and cars to the metro was very important. It is estimated that cars discharge 90gCO2 per passenger on each km, motorbikes release 45gCO2 and metro only 20.

“Urban transport can reduce CO2 emissions by way of modal shift, reduction in traffic volume and distance, technology innovation and alternative fuel,” he said.

Murooka Naomichi, senior representative of JICA Vietnam Office said the urban railway systems to be developed in Hà Nội and HCMC will not only meet public demand of transportation but also contribute to the national target of 9 per cent greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2030 committed in the updated Nationally Determined Contribution of Việt Nam, which has been recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. — VNS


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Vietnam documents 12 imported coronavirus cases, all Vietnamese returnees from abroad



Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 12 imported cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, all Vietnamese returnees from France, Russia, Germany, and Angola.

They were quarantined upon arrival, the health ministry said.

Two of the new patients who returned from France are being treated in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau while three cases that came back from Russia are being isolated for treatment in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

Among the remaining seven cases, three were repatriated from Germany and four from Angola. They are receiving treatment in Hanoi.

Vietnam has logged 1,160 COVID-19 cases since January 23, when the virus first emerged in the Southeast Asian nation, according to the health ministry’s data.

The number of recovered patients has hit 1,051 while 35 virus-related fatalities have been recorded to date.

Four patients passed away after having been cleared of the pathogen so they were not counted in the nation’s death toll.

Zero domestic infections have been confirmed in Vietnam in the last 52 days.

The health ministry has warned that the pandemic may worsen in the coming winter, insisting that people wear face masks in public, sanitize hands, keep a safe distance, avoid gatherings, and declare health status.  

Vietnam began denying entry to foreign nationals on March 22 but the government allows foreign experts, skilled workers, investors, and diplomats to enter the country on a case-by-case basis, subject to mandatory quarantine.

Though international commercial flights are now suspended, charter planes to the country have been arranged to bring in experts, skilled workers, and diplomats, and to repatriate Vietnamese citizens stranded in other nations and territories due to the pandemic.

Vietnam currently charges international arrivals for quarantine.

It provided the quarantine service for free in the past.

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