Con Dao Corals Recover Naturally


Côn Đảo corals recover naturally

Around 200 hectares of bleached corals around Côn Đảo Island have recovered naturally, the management of the Côn Đảo National Park said on Wednesday.

In May some 400 hectares of corals, or around a fifth of the reefs around the island, were bleached white and died because of the sea's unusually warm temperature due to El Nino. Coral reefs have an important role to play in the marine eco-system by preserving the environment, enabling bio-diversity and preventing erosion.

The park management has instituted a project to resurrect the bleached corals, which is expected to begin early next year. - VNS …

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City to submit airport metro proposal to PM

HCM City early next year plans to submit for approval to Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc a US$276 million metro-line project to Tân Sơn Nhất international airport in Tân Bình District, the country's busiest airport.

Construction of the 2km metro line, which would run from Cộng Hòa Street in Tân Bình District to the airport, is expected to start in 2019 if everything goes smoothly, city authorities have said. South Korean consultants have finished the preliminary feasibility study, according to the HCM City Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR). The metro route, which will link Hoàng Văn Thụ Park with the airport, will include two underground stops at the park and at the international terminal. An underground pedestrian tunnel will also be connected with the domestic terminal.

The metro station at the airport, which will have three basements, is expected to serve 3,366 people a day by 2043, according to the feasibility study. The Hoàng Văn Thụ …

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Adding Values to Tourism Products

The designing sector in particular and the creative industry of Vietnam in general are still weak and lagging behind many countries in the region and in the world.

In spite of having good quality, the added value of Vietnamese products and services is not high because of insufficient investment for creative designing, a very important stage in generating added values for a product.

This information was shared at the International Conference on Vietnam Creative Industry 2016 (VS 2016) themed “Creative Design: Research and Product Development for Tourism Industry” held in Hanoi by the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam in cooperation with the Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP). As part of the national trade promotion programme, the international conference aimed to discuss opportunities between organisations, enterprises and designers, suggest activities and effective …

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Erosion hurts agriculture, livelihoods in Hà Tĩnh

Severe erosion along the left bank of Ngàn Sâu River in central Hà Tĩnh Province has affected the lives and livelihoods of around 1,200 residents in the region.

Nguyễn Văn Việt, deputy chairman of the province's Hương Khê District, said there is severe erosion at 19 spots along the 20km river bank that runs through the district. Lê Quang Vinh from the district's agriculture and rural development division said erosion has affected the lives of 1,200 people in the district as well as crops and farming in the region.

While erosion began several years ago, it has become severe, akin to landslides, after the repeated floods in October and early November, Việt told local newspapers. Hương Thủy Commune is the most severely affected by the erosion. Here, water has come four metres inland, claiming the land and soil of 370 families. Lê Xuân Định, a commune official, said there are landslides daily and they seem to be increasing. In Lộc Yên Commune, strong currents …

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Mountainous village attracts visitors to northern province

A village populated by the Thai ethnic minority, Pom Coọng in Mai Châu District is a must-see for travellers to the northern province of Hoà Bình. There are 70 stilt houses in the village. Many people here stick to their traditional vocation of making brocade while others help entertain tourists by performing traditional music or serving local specialties made from pork and chicken. Visitors to Pom Coọng can stay in the stilt houses and rent motorbikes to explore the region. - VNS …

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