Delegates cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the project. Photo: baolongan.vn The ceremony saw the participation of former State President Truong Tan Sang, representatives of Long An province, and units under the Army Corps 16, along with teachers and students of My Quy Tay Secondary School. The 315sq.m recently-completed building consists of two floors, six classrooms while the upgraded building consists of four classrooms and a toilet system. The total cost for the new and upgraded facilities is VND 8.1 billion, all contributed by officers, soldiers and defense workers of Army Corps 16. This construction aims to create better learning conditions for students in the school to achieve more studying records. Translated by Lam Anh … [Read more...] about Military unit builds school for students in border area
The same day, the Military Region 4 Command added more troops to the search for the two missing border officers, who had been previously swept away by the floodwater, in the area of Lang Chanh district, Thanh Hoa province. Troops help people to reinforce the local dike system. Photo: VNA Likewise, the Nghe An provincial authorities sent 500 troops, including policemen, militiamen and civil self-defense forces to help reinforce the local dike system and evacuate households to safe places. * From October 11 to 13, as many as 230 troops of Artillery Brigade 368 of Military Corps 1 helped evacuate people and their properties out of the danger area of seven communes in Ha Trung district and Bim Son town, Thanh Hoa province. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...] about More troops support flood victims
The distressed ship towed ashore safely. (Photo: thanhnien.vn) Earlier, the fishing boat with four men on board was taking on water heavily due to a serious leak and was at risk of sinking while fishing about 50 nautical miles off Southeast coast of Hai Phong city. After receiving the captain’s distress call, the Vietnam MRCC called upon other fishing boats operating nearby to help the troubled trawler and sent Ship SAR 411 to the rescue, if it had become necessary. On approaching the trawler, the rescue team transferred a high-powered pump to the trawler to reduce the level of flooding so that it could be towed ashore safely on the following day. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...] about Fishing ship in distress saved
At the meeting with UNMAS Director Agnes Marcaillou The Vietnamese senior defense official is in the US to lead the annual Vietnam-US Defense Policy Dialogue 2017. On the afternoon of October 13 (local time), Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh met with Director of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Agnes Marcaillou. General Vinh revealed that the situation of bomb, mine and explosive contamination situation in Vietnam remains complex and serious. All 63 Vietnamese cities and provinces are evidently polluted with bombs, mines and explosives or explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to official statistics, the ERW contamination area makes up 66,000 sq.km. or 20.12% of the country’s area. ERW accidents often occur, causing heavy casualties, delaying construction of projects, polluting the environment, reducing the efficiency of the use and exploitation of land, forest and water … [Read more...] about UN agencies pledge to support Vietnam in dealing with aftermath of war
Some serious thoughts on the ramifications of Scientology and Monsanto for Vietnam When I visited Vietnam for the first time in the early eighties, we were taken to a rehabilitation center that was located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. There, drug addicts received a treatment that consisted of physical exercise, massage, and traditional medication. It was what we would call in German "kalter Entzug", cold turkey in colloquial English, and must have been quite hard and painful for the inmates. I thought of this particular visit when I read An Dien's article titled Scientology in Vietnam: open welcome or backdoor entry?, published in the last edition of Vietweek. Indeed, the detoxification program for victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, called "Purification Rundown", seems to employ similar methods, namely physical exercise and sauna, which - with the exception of the intake of vitamin pills - can be considered "traditional". With the aim of providing relief and assistance to … [Read more...] about Did you say Rundown or Roundup?