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VN startup makes decomposing plastics from flour, tapioca

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Succeeding in creating biodegradable plastics, the startup has received $1 million worth of capital.

VN startup makes decomposing plastics from flour, tapioca

‘Shark Tank’, a famous TV show, came back on July 4, when ‘sharks’ and the audience were attracted by a special startup project on making plastic beads which are biodegradable.

iGreen’s biodegradable beads are created from wheat and tapioca starch on the basis of Bio-PBS and PBAT.

The material plastic beads have obtained TUV certificate, the worldwide product safety certification, on biodegradability, heavy metal particles and eco-toxins. In Vietnam, only four units have the certificate so far. Two of them have commercialized their products, including iGreen in HCMC and another one in Hanoi.

iGreen has three founders. One of them is a Vietnamese research and development expert, who graduated from school in Italy and owns two patents in biotechnology.

According to iGreen’s founder Doan Van Tung, depending on the apps, biological material granules can create different finished products with three technologies, including blowing injection, injection molding and molding. The company has succeeded in selling some final products – bags and straws – to a restaurant chain and 5-star hotel chain.

The startup not only aims at making finished plastic products, but also wants to provide materials which are biological plastic beads to other manufacturers in the market. It wants to call for investment capital to build a factory near Cat Lai Port which make products for export.

iGreen plans to use 50 percent of production capacity to serve domestic clients, while the remaining 50 percent is for export. The startup has 30 clients using its finished plastic products. However, when it makes plastic beads, it will only provide biological plastic beads to the market.

Talking about iGreen’s advantages, Tung said biodegradable plastic bags imported from China are 25 micron thick, while iGreen’s products can be only 18 microns thick.

Therefore, iGreen products’ weight is much lighter. One kilogram of material beads could be used to make 120 plastic bags instead of 100 as of other manufacturers. This characteristic alone allows iGreen to make a profit of 10-25 percent higher than other products thanks to the material.

A report about the synthetic plastics market of the Vietnam Plastic Association showed that Vietnam imported 6.61 million tons of plastics in 2020 and revenue of the whole industry was $22.18 billion. Of this, plastic packages accounted for 38 percent.

The current situation, plus the fact that there are no similar products in the market, are the reasons for iGreen’s founders to believe that the startup has the opportunity to ‘change the game’ and squeeze into the plastic industry.

Shark Lien decided to invest VND25 billion in the startup in exchange for 49 percent of the startup’s shares. 

Trong Dat

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/startup-makes-decomposing-plastics-from-flour-tapioca-753445.html

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People complain about slow internet speed during social distancing

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Internet service providers are bearing pressure as people’s daily activities now rely more on the internet during social distancing.

People complain about slow internet speed during social distancing

VietNamNet readers have been complaining about internet problems these days, especially the low speed.

Complaints about internet quality can be seen in chat groups of social networks. The common problem is the difficulty in accessing foreign websites. Some people said they cannot even watch videos on YouTube.

When VietNamNet reporters called VNPT to ask about the troubles with international transmission line, they were told that the internet service provider is having problems with the undersea cable.

“The incident occurred at 4 am of July 19 and is expected to be fixed by 8 pm of August 3. This has had little effect on international transmission capability, and domestic transmission lines operate normally,” the representative of VNPT said, adding that the incident has affected users in all regions.

According to VNPT, since the beginning of July, the AEE-1 and AAG cable systems have faced incidents, leading to lower international internet quality of all network operators in Vietnam, including VNPT.

VNPT reported that its internet use capacity has increased by 20 percent compared with ordinary days, resulting in overloading in some rush hours.

In order to minimize the effects of the cable system incident on internet service quality and ensure quality for online working and learning, VNPT has used capacity from other cable systems and promoted the opening of a content delivery network (CDN) with content providers.

The AAG cable system has now been fully recovered and the international internet service quality has returned to normal.

To improve service quality, VNPT plans to increase the international cable capability by another 30 percent by the end of 2021 and promote the opening of CDN of the world’s content providers.

VNPT has invested in a project on building SJC2 undersea fiber optic cable system with landing station in Quy Nhon. It is scheduled to be put into operation in 2022.

Asked about the incident on July 19 with the AAG, VIA said incidents occur often with AAG. However, this incident may have caused more impact because people are using the internet more than usual. 

Trong Dat

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/people-complain-about-slow-internet-speed-during-social-distancing-762602.html

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17 tigers illegally kept in captivity in central Vietnam

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Police have discovered 17 adolescent tiger individuals being raised in two households in Nghe An Province, central Vietnam, local authorities said on August 4.

17 tigers illegally kept in captivity in central Vietnam
The tigers have been transported to an animal rescue centre for care. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

Fourteen of the captive tigers weighing approximately 200 kilos each were found in a family in Nam Vuc Village, Do Thanh Commune, said local police.

Nguyen Van Hien, 39, who has raised the tigers, confessed that he had purchased the cubs from Laos and refurbished the barn system for captive breeding.

Also on August 4, the police caught red handed Nguyen Thi Dinh, 50, keeping three adolescent tigers in captivity in her house in Phu Xuan Village, Do Thanh Commune. Each tiger weighs between 225 – 265 kilos.

To avoid detection by local authorities, Dinh had built a 120m2 cellar to keep the tigers in captivity.

The police sent vehicles to transport these 17 tigers to a local animal rescue centre for daily care and investigation.

Source: VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/17-tigers-illegally-kept-in-captivity-in-central-vietnam-762984.html

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National unified, interconnected anti-epidemic technology platforms

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There are a number of unified, nationwide IT platforms that will best serve the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic in Vietnam.

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Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung. Photo: Hai Dang

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has mobilized many resources to build technology platforms to support epidemic prevention and control in the country.

Up to now, the ministry has deployed six technology platforms to serve the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic, including: medical declaration and management of access to public places by QR Code; Covid-19 vaccination management platform; platform to manage test sample collection and returning test results; platform to support tracing those who have contact with Covid-19 infected cases; quarantine monitoring platform; and data analysis platform to serve leadership and management activities.

Three of the six platforms must be shared nationwide. These platforms are developed by the National Center for Technology for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, including: medical declaration and management of access to public places by QR Code; platform to manage test sample collection and returning test results; and Covid-19 vaccination management platform.

On August 3, the Ministry of Information and Communications held an online conference to disseminate information about experiences in implementing these platforms nationwide.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung emphasized three important factors when using technology in disease prevention: technology is an indispensable tool, the current platforms must be further used and improved, and there is a need to have nationwide technology platforms. He said that, with the rapid spread of the Delta variant, technology is an indispensable tool to fight the epidemic effectively.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Information and Communications have agreed to jointly deploy the National Technology Center for Covid-19 prevention and control. Dung proposed setting up a technology group directed by the departments of Health and Information and Communications in each province.

Hai Dang

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/national-unified-interconnected-anti-epidemic-technology-platforms-762899.html

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