Troi Oi August 2019

The Country in Numbers

863 were booked for driving and riding under the influence of alcohol during the first three days of a month-long crackdown on traffic violations carried out by Vietnamese police throughout the country. Traffic police officers inspected more than 61,000 vehicles nationwide, including approximately 17,300 motorcycles, 2,600 passenger buses, and 2,100 trailer trucks, and made reports of over 22,000 offenses between July 15 and 17. More than VND10 billion worth of fines was issued, while about 1,500 driver’s licenses were revoked and 3,000 vehicles impounded. Among the offenders, a total of 863 road users were booked for driving drunk, while 17 others tested positive for drugs. The most common violations during this period were failure to wear a crash helmet and lack of
legitimate driver’s licenses.

390,000 children missing out on lifesaving vaccines against measles, diphtherie and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF. Ten countries account for 60 percent of 20 million unprotected children worldwide, including Indonesia (one million), the Philippines (750,000) and Vietnam (390,000), the two organizations said. Vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and one shot of the measles vaccine has stalled at around 86 percent globally since 2010. The WHO and UNICEF said this is high but not sufficient, as 95 percent coverage is needed – globally, across countries, and communities – to protect against outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries, and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states. If these children do get sick, they are at risk of the severest health consequences, and least likely to access lifesaving treatment and care.

~4,000 Naval soldiers and about 100 volunteer youths joined hands to pick-up garbage and plant new trees along local beaches in the South-Central Province of Khanh Hoa last month. The activity was part of a program meant to encourage young naval officers to protect coastal environments, which is within the framework of a sea cleanup campaign initiated by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. After collecting trash along local beaches stretching tens of kilometers, the soldiers began plating more than 2,000 trees along the coast of Cam Ranh Bay to minimize the effect of coastal erosion. According to Colonel Nguyen Huu Minh, chief of political
affairs at the 4th Naval Region, protecting marine life and combating climate change are important missions carried out regularly at the naval command. Certain measures have also been taken to raise awareness of environmental protection among local residents and fishermen, he added.

2 White Rhinos have safely delivered their calves, one male and one female, in the nature reserve of Vinpearl Safari on Phu Quoc Island. The two newborns, weighing 40-50kg each, came out after a year and a half in their mothers’ wombs. According to Bui Phi Hoang, head of animal care at Vinpearl Safari on Phu Quoc Island, various scenarios had been discussed before the rhinos went into labor, including difficult birth or the mother refusing to nurse her calves. The zookeepers here prepared anesthetics, stretchers, ambulances and an emergency unit at a nearby animal hospital, with two vets and an officer continuously observing the labor process
via CCTV. The April 3 delivery came about smoothly, with the calf breastfed only two hours after birth. The other one proved quite a challenge, as the mother started to assault the calf instead of nursing it. According to Hoang’s team, the mother and her calf would have to be separated if nursing did not occur until 9:00 am of the next day. They anxiously observed the animals, and it was 30 minutes before the deadline when they could finally give a sigh of relief. At 8:30 am, the calf started to breastfeed.

2025 will see all of HCMC’s overhead cables be buried underground. Between 2011 and 2015, as many as 358km of medium-voltage and 620km of low-voltage cables were buried underground on 62 streets. By 2020, about 650km of medium-voltage and 1,150km of low-voltage power lines are expected to be buried, according to the HCM City Power Corporation under Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN HCM City). In suburban areas, the work will be carried out first in crowded areas near administrative centers and shopping malls. By 2025, electrical cables will no longer be above ground in central districts, administrative centers in suburban districts, new urban zones, and industrial zones. Locally referred to as “spider webs”, the overhead intertwined electrical and telecom cables have been a characteristic of big cities like Hanoi and HCM City for years.

40 public bicycle stations pilot project s will be proposed in Danang In the first phase, there will be 30 to 40 stations installed with five to 10 bicycles each depending on demand. The stations will be placed on key roads and near bus stations to better connect with the city’s public transit system and popular destinations. Bike-exclusive lanes will be designated and users can download a mobile app and use QR code to unlock the bicycle. Users can pay for the service by hour, day or month, with cash or online payments at the stations. They will have to pay extra fees if they do not return the bicycles to the stations. The number of personal vehicles in Danang has grown at 12% per year on average for cars and 10.5% per year for motorbikes. It is forecasted that from
2016 to 2020, Danang will have to face more severe traffic jams and the situation will worsen if the authorities do not have urgent management measures.

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