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Vietnam requests aid from Japan for mega railway, refinery projects

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Vietnam has asked Japan for support in building a high-speed railway that runs along the country’s length, the government said late on Friday.

The proposal was made at a meeting between Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki in Hanoi earlier in the day, the government said in a statement.

Japan is the largest source of official development aid to Vietnam, and is the Southeast Asian country’s third largest source of foreign direct investment.

Vietnam is studying the possibility to build the 1,545 km (960 miles) railway with a possible price tag of up to $64.8 billion, according to state media.

At the meeting, Chinh also asked Japan for help to “restructure stakes” at Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical, Vietnam’s largest oil refinery, the government said, without elaborating.

The $9-billion refinery is 35.1% owned by Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan Co, 35.1% by Kuwait Petroleum, 25.1% by Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam and 4.7% by Mitsui Chemicals Inc .

The 200,000-barrel-per-day refinery early last year cut its run rate following a disagreement between shareholders about financing for crude. Idemitsu Kosan said at the time it had no plan to give fresh financial aid to the refinery.

Vietnam has asked Japan for support in building a high-speed railway that runs along the country’s length, the government said late on Friday.

The proposal was made at a meeting between Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki in Hanoi earlier in the day, the government said in a statement.

Japan is the largest source of official development aid to Vietnam, and is the Southeast Asian country’s third largest source of foreign direct investment.

Vietnam is studying the possibility to build the 1,545 km (960 miles) railway with a possible price tag of up to $64.8 billion, according to state media.

At the meeting, Chinh also asked Japan for help to “restructure stakes” at Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical, Vietnam’s largest oil refinery, the government said, without elaborating.

The $9-billion refinery is 35.1% owned by Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan Co, 35.1% by Kuwait Petroleum, 25.1% by Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam and 4.7% by Mitsui Chemicals Inc .

The 200,000-barrel-per-day refinery early last year cut its run rate following a disagreement between shareholders about financing for crude. Idemitsu Kosan said at the time it had no plan to give fresh financial aid to the refinery.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230115/vietnam-requests-aid-from-japan-for-mega-railway-refinery-projects/70942.html

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3 hospitalized after allegedly eating lethal horseshoe crab in south-central Vietnam

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230206/3-hospitalized-after-allegedly-eating-lethal-horseshoe-crab-in-southcentral-vietnam/71344.html

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Ho Chi Minh City mull over leasing part of roadways, sidewalks

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/ho-chi-minh-city-mull-over-leasing-part-of-roadways-sidewalks/71337.html

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Vietnam’s Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, Ha Long Bay among world’s most brilliant places: Condé Nast Traveler

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/vietnams-mu-cang-chai-rice-terraces-ha-long-bay-among-worlds-most-brilliant-places-conde-nast-traveler/71312.html

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