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Millions of flowers and plants for Tet

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Millions of flowers and plants for Tet

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37 (GMT+7)

Flower growers and gardeners in Cho Lach District in the southern province of Ben Tre are preparing 4 million flowers and bonsais of different kinds for the coming Tet holidays. Mr. Bui Thanh Liem, Director of the district’s Agriculture and Rural Development Office said most of them are domestic products.

The District is expected to provide nearly all demands, except some kinds of foreign flowers imported from China and Thailand.

* Meanwhile, Da Lat City’s flower exports have not increased compared to previous years, said Mr. Tran Huy Duong, Chairman of the Da Lat Flower Association, at a recent seminar on agriculture.

There is only 5% of the City’s output to be exported to foreign markets due to lack of investment, small-scale production and ineffective plans.

Source: TT&TP

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Catering plants pose health risks

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:23 am

Hundreds of people are hospitalized each year due to food poisoning. This is after eating meals supplied by some catering enterprises.

Dirty kitchen of Minh Tam in district 3. Cases of food poisoining have increased due to unhygienic catering plants ( Photo: SGGP)

Health authorities on January 4 inspected the catering plant of Minh Trang in the district of Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City. Inspectors discovered that the catering facility had a number of heath issues concerning hygiene.

These included dirty floors, the cutting boards for meat placed to close to toilets, and dirty and unhygienic cooking containers.

In addition, the inspectors found that some food items expiry date had passed, and other food items have dubious origins. These were six packages of floor and soy sauce containers.

Furthermore, the inspectors also discovered the catering plant had kept the additives and spices maintained incorrectly; therefore, the inspectors ordered the plant to destroy expired flour and the inspectors took the spices for further testing.

In the area of Minh Tam in District 3, a caterer had dirty kitchens, which attracted many flies and other insects. Inspectors found at the premises, contaminated meat and red coloring spices, that failed to meet hygiene regulations. Therefore, they decided to close the business down and seized the unsafe food.

Health authorities admitted that they were unable to check all food catering facilities, because of a shortage of personnel. Therefore, new cases of food poisoning are being reported each day.

Huynh Le Thai Hoa, head of the municipal Health Department’s Food Hygiene and Safety Division, said some caterers prepared their meals too close to drainages areas and the cooking equipment used is unhygienic.

Source: SGGP

Obama to regulate carbon from power plants

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

 US President Barack Obama’s administration said it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a climate change battle with a skeptical new Congress.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would set standards for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries, which together emit nearly 40 percent of the gasses blamed for climate change in the United States.

The decision comes after a bill to set up a “cap-and-trade” program to restrict emissions in the world’s second largest polluter died in the Senate, although the EPA insisted it was not trying to replace action by Congress.

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans and contributes to climate change,” EPA chief Lisa Jackson said in a statement.

US President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a climate change battle with a skeptical new Congress

“These standards will help American companies attract private investment to the clean energy upgrades that make our companies more competitive and create good jobs here at home,” she said.

The EPA did not go into specifics about the new standards, saying it would make a proposal in the new year and finalize it in 2012 after public comment.

The regulator suggested it would not impose an outright figure for emission standards but instead would ask companies to embrace cleaner technologies.

“This is not about a cap-and-trade program,” senior EPA official Gina McCarthy told reporters on a conference call.

“It is not in any way trying to get into the areas in which Congress will be establishing law, at some point in the future we hope,” she said.

McCarthy did not say which technologies would be favored, although the Obama administration has been promoting wind, solar and other low-emission renewable energies. Fossil fuels, particularly coal, are much dirtier.

Representative Darrell Issa, who is set for a prominent role in the Republican-led House of Representatives that takes over next month, was “disappointed” by the EPA decision, said his spokesman, Kurt Bardella.

“The fact is there are serious questions about the wisdom of EPA’s recent efforts to impose multiple job-killing regulations that only serve to raise costs on a manufacturing industry trying to overcome a bad economy,” he said.

The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, an industry group, vowed to fight the EPA move and accused the Obama administration of usurping the authority of Congress.

“Regulations can’t create technology that doesn’t exist or change the laws of physics and economics, so the only way to comply with EPA’s proposals would be to inflict massive increases in energy costs and massive increases in unemployment on families across our nation,” it said.

But advocates of action on climate change believe that the United States can open up a new green economy, creating jobs, if it moves away from fossil fuels.

Joe Mendelson of the National Wildlife Federation criticized “polluters that want to hold hostage America’s clean energy future and our public health with bullying and unfounded threats of doom and gloom.”

The upcoming rules could also trigger a battle with oil-producing Texas, which emits far more greenhouse gases than any other state and has adamantly opposed Washington restrictions.

Obama last year pledged that the United States would curb emissions by 17 percent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. The goal is modest compared to the actions of other developed economies, particularly the European Union.

Most scientists say the world is far off track at meeting a goal — codified at UN climate talks in Mexico this month — of keeping temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

Source: SGGP

Additional 14 water treatment plants to be built in Mekong Delta region

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Intel to invest up to 8 billion dollars in US chip plants

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 4:08 am

NEW YORK, Oct 19, 2010 (AFP) – Intel Corp. announced plans on Tuesday to invest up to eight billion dollars in its US manufacturing facilities to produce next-generation computer chips.

(AFP file) Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini waves as he walks off the stage at the end of his keynote address at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Intel said the investment of six billion dollars to eight billion dollars over the next several years will fund deployment of its 22-nanometer (nm) chip manufacturing process across several existing US factories.

It will also fund construction of a new fabrication plant, known as a “fab,” in the northwestern state of Oregon, Intel said in a statement.

Intel, the world’s largest computer chip maker, is to begin production of its first 22nm microprocessors, codenamed “Ivy Bridge,” in late 2011.

Intel said the projects will support 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs and result in the creation of 800 to 1,000 new permanent high-tech jobs.

“The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow,” Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini said.

Otellini said the investment demonstrates the Santa Clara, California-based company’s “commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America.”

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, we can retain a vibrant manufacturing economy here in the United States by focusing on the industries of the future,” said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president of Intel’s manufacturing and supply chain.

In February 2009, Intel announced seven billion dollars in state-of-the-art upgrades to its 32nm manufacturing facilities in the United States.

While three-fourths of Intel’s revenue is generated overseas, the company said three-fourths of Intel’s microprocessor manufacturing is located in the United States.

Intel said the new plant in Oregon is scheduled to begin research and development in 2013. It said the investment will also be used to upgrade two existing factories in Arizona and two existing facilities in Oregon.

With one million personal computers shipping per day, Intel said the upgrades will create the manufacturing capacity to allow for continued growth of the PC market and to address growing sectors such as mobile computing.

“Intel makes approximately 10 billion transistors per second,” Krzanich said. “These investments will create capacity for innovation we haven’t yet imagined.”

Intel shares were up 0.73 percent to 19.33 dollars in early afternoon trading on Wall Street.

Source: SGGP

Central hydropower plants worsen floods: experts

In Vietnam Society on December 11, 2009 at 10:16 am

Numerous hydroelectric plants built in the central and Central Highlands regions have made floods in the storm-hit area more serious, experts say.

Hydropower plants are being built consecutively along the upper reaches of the Kone River in Vinh Thanh District, central Binh Dinh Province. (Photo: SGGP)

Along the upper reaches of Binh Dinh Province’s Kone River, five hydropower plants have been built in Vinh Thanh District alone. The district has the largest number of such projects in the country.
Quang Nam Province, meanwhile, has approved a total of 58 hydropower projects. Of this number, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has approved building 10 plants on the Vu Gia-Thu Bon rivers with a capacity of 1,094MW.

Two of the 10 have been completed and come into operation, two others are being built, and six are expected to begin construction in the next few months.

The remaining 48 are small and medium projects approved by the provincial People’s Committee with an expected capacity of 507MW.

Four of these plants are now online, seven are under construction, and 12 will be built in December and in the first quarter next year.

Before building hydroelectric plants, companies are legally obligated to provide environmental-impact reports to authorities, but experts say that companies often underreport the damage the projects will cause.

In theory, large-capacity plants should have the ability to reduce floods during the rainy season and provide water in the dry season for lowland areas.

But so far, the central region’s plants have not helped curb flooding or droughts and in some cases they have even exacerbated the problem.

The Binh Dien Hydropower Plant in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Instead of helping curb flooding in the region, experts say the plants often exacerbate the problem. (Photo: SGGP)

On September 29, the A Vuong Hydro Power Plant released water to protect its reservoir. But meanwhile, the lowlands of Vu Gia and Thu Bon rivers were already experiencing alarming level-3 floods.

Combined with floods caused by natural disasters, it was some of the worst flooding the region has seen in the last century and caused long-lasting devastation.

Le Tri Tap, former chairman of the Quang Nam Province People’s Committee, said that A Vuong focused only on the safety of its own plant while inundating the vulnerable lowlands with 140 million cubic meters of water.

During historic floods in 1999, Quang Nam Province’s Phu Ninh Lake, the largest irrigation work in the central region with a capacity of 400 million cubic meters of water, was also in danger of breaking.

Ministries and departments proposed that water be released from the lake.

Chairman Tap, however, decided to consolidate the dam’s edges and said it should only be broken if heavy rain continued.

Ultimately, the rain abated, and water was not released. According to Mr. Tap, if the water had been released, hundreds of thousands of residents would have faced a desperate emergency.

The most worrying problem now is what will happen if the 58 plants in Quang Nam, 113 in Gia Lai Province and tens in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces one day release water like the A Vuong plant did.

Related articles:
Storm-hit residents face uphill battle
Lack of rescue resources plagues storm-struck VN

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Cicadas attack coffee plants

In Vietnam Environment on September 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Many coffee growers in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai are facing biological attacks from cicadas, a crop destroying insect, which are damaging coffee plants and threatening more than 200 hectares of coffee in Mang Yang, Chu Se, Dak Doa communes and the city of Pleiku.

Large numbers of cicadas in Gia Lai Province are eating coffee tree roots, which makes the leaves yellow and fruits fall. (Photo: SGGP)

Coffee crops are expected to be ready for harvest within the next month or two, however, nearly 50 hectares of coffee owned by Dinh Xuan Cuong, from Chu Se, were attacked and destroyed by cicadas.

Cuong said cicadas have not attacked coffee plants for the last five years but there are large numbers this year. Although Cuong used insecticides to kill the cicadas it has proven ineffective, with cicadas continuing to attack tree roots and make the tree’s leaves yellow and fruits fall.

Many households in Gia Lai Province are also facing cicada attacks, which are threatening hundreds of coffee hectares but province authorities have not yet found an affective prevention.

Le Van Tuan, from Chu Se, said cicadas attacked his coffee garden with a density of about 100 cicadas per coffee plant.

He said coffee growers protected coffee plants following their habits and experience, however, these, like the insecticides, have not helped either. 

The area of coffee being attacked is sharply increasing, with many growers afraid of devastating losses.

If coffee planters do not find prevention and annihilation measures soon, many will be ruined.

Gia Lai Province Plant Protection Department is checking damage of coffee plants as well as helping farmers carry out prevention measures.

Nguyen Van Tu, deputy chairman of the department, said cicadas have recently broke out in large numbers probably due to losing the local ecological balance, as farmers have used too many kinds of chemicals.

The chemicals have killed snakes, ants, spiders and bees, which are cicada’s enemies.

Tu said that farmers need to maintain the numbers of ants because ants will eat cicada larvae and limit the use of chemicals.

Tu also said the department still did not have a cicada specific remedy that farmers can use which avoids creating environmental pollution.

Source: SGGP

China to build nine nuclear plants

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Beijing (VNA) – At least nine nuclear power plants will be built over the next two years, the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) said in a news release on November 11.

Of the nine new plants, six will use the AP1000 technologies imported from American firm Westinghouse, the CAEA was quoted by China Daily as saying in its release. AP1000 is third-generation technology and more efficient and safer than its predecessors.

The three other projects use homegrown second-generation technologies.

The construction of the six plants in coastal provinces – two in Guangdong, two in Zhejiang, and one each in Fujian and Shandong – will begin at the end of this year or early next year, according to the CAEA.

China’s existing 11 nuclear plants have combined installed capacity of 9.1 gigawatts, about 1.3 percent of the total.-

New plants to ease power shortage

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Machine work to mark the construction of the expanded Uong Bi Thermo-electricity plant 2. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan

HA NOI — Nine new power plants are expected to come into operation this year, minimising power shortages nationwide, according to Electricity of Viet Nam(EVN).

Nhon Trach 1 thermo-electricity plant’s first turbine in the southern province of Dong Nai begins running today at full design capacity of 150MW, reports Viet Nam Machinery Installation Corporation (Lilama), the main builder of the plant.

The turbine has been connected to the national network.

Nhon Trach 1 thermo-electricity plant, backed by Viet Nam Oil and Gas Corporation (PetroVietnam) and Electricity of Viet Nam, has total design capacity of 450 MW, including two air turbines and one gas turbine.

Lilama expects to bring a second air turbine into operation next month and have the plant fully operational by April .

Construction begins
at Uong Bi

Uong Bi Thermo-electricity Company began construction of the expanded Uong Bi Thermo-electricity plant 2 in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday.
The plant which will have an annual capacity of 330MW was backed by total investment capital of about US$220 million.
The plant, covering an area of 6.6 ha, will be equipped with facilities from Chinese Chengda Engineering Corporation.
Le The Ba, director of Uong Bi Thermo-electricity Company, said the new plant will be installed with modern technology facilities, which will significantly help reduce its production cost.
Once in operation, Uong Bi thermo-electricity plant will supply 1.980 billion kwh per year to the national electricity network.

Construction of Nhon Trach 1, the third biggest thermo electricity plant in Viet Nam, began last March. The plant’s total investment capital is about US$380 million.

Nhon Trach and Ca Mau thermo electricity plants, expected to be connected to the national electricity network by the end of this month, will supply about 12 billion kWh per year, accounting for about 20 per cent of the nation total electricity.

EVN said that it would put six more electricity plants ,with a total capacity of nearly 1,400 MW, into operation this year.

By the end of this month, EVN will connect the second turbine at Tuyen Quang hydroelectricity plant to the national network. The third turbine is expected to begin generating electricity in September .

In August, the first turbine of Pleikrong hydro-electricity plant will become operational.

In October, the second turbine at the Pleikrong plant and the first turbine at the Ba Ha River hydro-electricity plant will begin generating.

The second turbine at the Ba Ha River plant and the first turbine at Buon Kuop are expected to start generating electricity in November. The first turbine at Hai Phong 1 thermoelectricity plant is also planned to come into operation late 2008.

In addition to these targets, EVN hopes to connect the first turbine of O Mon thermo-electricity plant in October and the first turbine of A Vuong hydro-electricity plant in December.

EVN is also working on the construction of systems linking electricity plants such as the 220kV Tuyen Quang – Bac Kan – Thai Nguyen power grid, 220kV Ca Mau – Rach Gia power grid and 500kV Ca Mau – Bac Lieu power grid. —

Deputy PM urges banks to fund power plants

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on July 3 asked State-owned commercial banks to provide sufficient loans for the on-going construction of electricity plants as severe electricity shortages loom on the horizon.

Hai also said banks should immediately negotiate with Electricity of Vietnam in order to achieve a new, market-updated interest rate on prior loans.

“Unless they are able to finalise a new interest rate by this weekend, the State Bank will put forward a compulsory rate. Certainly, we expect both commercial banks and EVN to understand that they have to make concessions in the light of present difficulties,” he said.

Besides demanding EVN use the loans wisely and only for effective and important projects, the Deputy PM also urged the country’s sole electricity distributor to continue in both restructuring its investments and facilitating increased domestic and foreign involvement.

Electricity shortages are expected this month as several new power plants are in need of repairs, according to the Vietnam Electricity Corporation (EVN).

Three plants under the management of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Corporation, Ca Mau I and II and Nhon Trach 1, with a total capacity of 1800MW, are not fully operational.

The Ca Mau II plant has only completed a test run and the Nhon Trach I Plant, built for a maximum capacity of 450MW, has only been able to run one turbine to generate 150MW.

The head of the Ca Mau I plant, Tran Quang Thieu, told the English-language daily Vietnam News that the plant should have come on line at 10 am on July 3 but a problem with the gas system postponed its going operational.

The Uong Bi Thermo Plant increased its capacity to 300MW on May 5, but while doing so encountered a problem that has yet to be fixed.

In addition, the Phu My 2.2 plant also experienced technical problems on June 30.

Other hydro plants have been able to operate for only a few hours because of the extremely low water level in large reservoirs in the south, including the Ialy, Ham Thuan and Tri An plants.

Meanwhile, the National Load and Dispatching Centre said that national power demand would be more than 7,100 million kWh this month.

The centre calculated that the demand would be 230 million kWh per day. The country’s maximum electricity production capacity is between 12,500MW and 12,800MW. Thus, the grid is short of between 1,500 and 2,500MW of power.

The centre warned that it would have to cut supplies from 7am to 9pm every day until the power plants are able to reconnect with the national grid.-