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Largest-ever pangolin scale smuggling ring busted in Hanoi

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Police forces in Hanoi claimed on May 19 to have broken up the largest pangolin scale smuggling ring ever detected in Vietnam.

Four suspects involved in the pangolin scale smuggling ring

Four suspects involved in the pangolin scale smuggling ring
 

A total of 984kg of pangolin scales stashed away in 50 jute sacks were seized as part of the case.

According to the police, 33-year-old Nguyen Thi Chinh of Hop Hoa commune in Vinh Phuc province was detected in early January involved in storing, transporting, and trading the endangered wildlife product.

They also discovered that Chinh usually purchased pangolin scales from China and Africa before contacting other smugglers based in Hanoi and in other provinces to seek customers.

Chinh and three other suspects were caught red-handed on March 29 trading pangolin scales at Ha Phong urban area in Tien Phong commune of Me Linh district.

Upon expanding the case, local authorities also arrested 33-year-old Nguyen Thi Ha of Hop Hoa commune in Tam Duong district, who was an accomplice of Chinh operating in the smuggling ring.

A further investigation into the case has now been launched.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/largest-ever-pangolin-scale-smuggling-ring-busted-in-hanoi-738456.html

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Vietnam sets up technological centers to combine healthcare, ICT to fight Covid-19

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The establishment of technological centers at central and local levels will help connect knowledge and experience of the health care and ICT sectors in deploying measures to prevent and control Covid-19.

Vietnam sets up technological centers to combine healthcare, ICT to fight Covid-19

A new approach for Covid-19 prevention and control has been defined by the PM, which is a harmonious, reasonable and effective combination of prevention and attack. Attacking is the important and breakthrough solution, while preventing is a regular, strategic, long-term and decisive measure.

Also, it is necessary to prevent the pandemic from afar and early, before outbreaks occur, strictly following the ‘5K plus vaccine and technology application’ principle. The three directions of Covid-19 attacks include proactive testing, compulsory technology, and vaccines. Of these, the vaccine is the decisive direction of attack.

On June 4, the national technology center for Covid-19 prevention and control was established with nine core members who are healthcare and technology experts.

The center has two major tasks, including gathering technology and knowledge forces, uniting the strength of forces; and synthesizing data, applying big data analysis technologies and artificial intelligence in analyzing, processing and forecasting the pandemic situation.

The center has two major tasks, including gathering technology and knowledge forces, uniting the strength of forces; and synthesizing data, applying big data analysis technologies and artificial intelligence in analyzing, processing and forecasting the pandemic situation.

The center runs with close cooperation of leading experts in the healthcare and ICT sectors, as well as the participation of Vietnam’s leading technology firms.

In order to ensure a quick response to the complicated developments of the pandemic, the center operates under a flexible model, with key members and the Help Team always at a high 24/7 level of availability to handle all situations related to problems related to technology solutions as well as traceability.

Currently, the key members of the center have a meeting at 7 pm every day to review and overcome technical problems arising during the operation, as well as find new solutions to help optimize and improve the efficiency of medical professional processes.

According to the center’s representative, just after 10 days of operation, the center has completed the integration of information systems to support pandemic prevention and control. The system is capable of supporting tens of thousands of people tracing infections at wards and communes and serving millions of users.

“If localities strictly observe MOH’s instructions on using health declaration apps and detecting close contacts, if business points, working offices and entertainment places, head offices of agencies and crowded locations all control the entry/exit with QR Code, the information systems will help trace and localize F0 and F1 cases quickly, just in seconds or minutes,” he said.

Establishing medical and technological connection points

Bac Giang is one of Covid-19 epicenters in the fourth outbreak in Vietnam. In an effort to deploy technological solutions uniformly to help stamp out Covid-19, the provincial authorities have established a technological center for fighting Covid-19 in the locality.

The center gathers technology forces for a 24/7 operation serving Covid-19 prevention and control in Bac Giang province. It is located in the headquarters of the Bac Giang Department of Information and Communications and managed by the department’s Deputy Director Nguyen Gia Phong.

This is the focal management point that coordinates agencies, organizations and businesses to participate in technical and technology-related support and cooperation to support the pandemic prevention and control in the province.

The Ministry of Information and Communication has recently proposed that HCMC set up a technology center or a taskforce to prevent and control the pandemic at the local information and communications department. It would operate with the co-chair of the local health departments under the spirit “technological force and medical force are one; technology serves health”.

This center or taskforce would connect closely with the national center to quickly and effectively implement the technological measures to fight the pandemic.

“Covid has been spreading with no administrative boundary. If localities develops their own apps, they will only have local information. The national center has data of the whole country, so it will be more effective,” MIC said.

In an urgent Directive No 10 issued on the evening of June 19, HCMC Mayor Nguyen Thanh Phong assigned the Department of Information and Communications to set up a technology working group with the presence of Department of Health officers, which will connect with the national center to work on ICT measures to prevent and control the pandemic.

Explaining the role of the national and local centers, Do Lap Hien from the national center said the central technology center is the convergence point, where the two sectors of health and information and communication co-chair the deployment of technology application to fight Covid-19 nationwide.

Meanwhile, the local centers in cities and provinces are the model of coordination of activities of the two sectors of health and information and communications in the localities.

“The national center will build apps, give technical guidance and support nationwide, while local centers will deploy technological solutions in their localities and supervise the application in the society,” he said. “The central center is in charge of ensuring the common operation of the systems, while local centers are in charge of exploiting and using technological solutions to combat the epidemic in reality.” 

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/vietnam-sets-up-technological-centers-to-combine-healthcare-ict-to-fight-covid-19-748105.html

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Repairs to undersea cable scheduled to complete on July 7

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Repairs to the Asia Africa Europe 1 (AAE-1) undersea fiber optic cable will be delayed to July 1 and expected to complete six days later, according to the managing board of the cable.

Repairs to undersea cable scheduled to complete on July 7

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Repairs to the Asia Africa Europe 1 (AAE-1) undersea fiber optic cable will be delayed to July 1 and expected to complete six days later, according to the managing board of the cable.

The undersea cable had a problem on its S1H.1 section on May 25, which caused disruptions to a part of services of domestic telecom providers.

Repairing work was initially scheduled to start on June 22 and finish on July 13. Although the start date is postponed for eight days, repair time will be shortened.
As a result, Vietnam’s internet connection with the world is projected to fully recover on July 7.

The AAE-1 is among important submarine cable systems of Vietnam alongside four others of the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG), the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA), and the South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 3 (SMW-3)./.

Source: VNA

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Attacker on VOV Online Newspaper prosecuted

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The Department of Cyber Security and Hi-tech Crime Prevention, Ministry of Public Security (A05) announced that the Investigation Agency has prosecuted one cybercriminal in the attacker team on VOV Online Newspaper.

Attacker on VOV Online Newspaper prosecuted
Major General Le Minh Manh in the press conference related to attack on VOV Online Newspaper.

Major General Le Minh Manh, Deputy Director of A05, stated that his department has already pinpointed the attackers on VOV Online Newspaper and prosecuted one defendant. Detailed information about this attacker is not yet revealed as the case is still ‘under investigation’.

A05 affirmed that members of this group are all from Vietnam, with no foreign interference.

In related news, the Criminal Police Division, HCMC Department of Public Security (PC02) is handling the denunciation of Nguyen Phuong Hang (born in 1971, living in District 3) about her being slandered and humiliated on many social network platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

Accordingly, Hang reported that Facebook accounts named Dam Ngoc Tuyen, Huynh Ngoc Thien Huong, Xom nhieu chuyen, Giac Tinh Nhan, Maria Tran, Dinh Thu Hien and YouTube accounts named Kim Mao TV Hoang Ngoc, Hot News, Happy Media, Bien Nien tieu su have lately posted and uploaded clips with fake information to slander and humiliate her as well as her family, her company.

This has negatively affected Hang’s life and work, so she filed a denunciation to the Ministry of Public Security and the HCMC Department of Public Security so that functional agencies can stop and handle these illegal actions.

Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/attacker-on-vov-online-newspaper-prosecuted-748101.html

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