Mount Anak Krakatau erupts again: PVMBG

Lampung Selatan (ANTARA) – Mount Anak Krakatau re-erupted, Saturday, 7:10 a.m. local time, sending ash to about 2,000 meters above the summit or around 2,157 meters above sea level, the Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) stated.”The ash column was observed to be gray in color, with a thick intensity, leaning towards the southwest,” Head of the Mount Anak Krakatau Monitoring Post Andi Suardi stated in Hargopancuran, Rajabasa Sub-district, South Lampung District, Lampung Province. ccording to the PVMBG information broadcast, the volcanic eruption located in the waters of Sunda Strait, Lampung Province, was recorded by a seismograph, with a maximum amplitude of 65 mm and a duration of 68 seconds. When contacted from Kalianda, Suardi stated that the community and fishermen were urged to not approach Mount Anak Krakatau or conduct activities in areas within a five-kilometer radius of the active crater. “Currently, Mount Anak Krakatau is at level III, or Standby,” he remarked. On Friday (May 12) at 11:20 p.m. local time, Mount Anak Krakatau had also erupted, sending a volcanic ash tower some 1,500 meters above its crater or around 1,657 meters above sea level. The eruption was recorded by a seismograph, with a maximum amplitude of 70 mm and a duration of 86 seconds. Related news: Mount Anak Krakatau spews ash columns several times on Tuesday

Source: Antara News Agency

Kendari can offer waterfront tourism: Home Ministry

Kendari, SE Sulawesi (ANTARA) – The Home Affairs Ministry has urged the Kendari city government, Southeast Sulawesi, to develop the waterfront city concept by prioritizing the tourism, fisheries, trade, and services sectors.”This region, which is called Lulo city, is suitable to be developed into a waterfront city by prioritizing the tourism, fisheries, trade, and services sectors,” Inspector General of the Home Ministry Commissioner General Tomsi Tohir Balawsaid here on Friday. Balaw served as the Inspector of Ceremonies at the commemoration of the 192th anniversary of Kendari city in Southeast Sulawesi. ccording to him, as a coastal city, Kendari is suitable to be developed into an area that can support water tourism, fisheries, trade, and services. In addition, he said that Kendari city has a large working-age population, thus, it has the potential to emerge as a new economic growth center. t 192 years, Kendari city is considered mature enough in carrying out further development, which requires focused efforts from all parties, Balaw said. “Experience is the best teacher, therefore, Kendari’s long experience of 192 years is expected to be the basic capital to become the facade of the Southeast Sulawesi province,” he said. Furthermore, he offered his congratulations over Kendari city and expressed his gratefulness to be a part of the event. “I am happy to be part of the Kendari city community, which is famous for its hospitality and cooperation,” he said. Meanwhile, Kendari acting mayor Asmawa Tosepu said that his side will continue to develop and improve it. However, this must be balanced through cooperation between parties, especially in terms of facilitating activities in government and social affairs, he said. “Thank you for all the support, and cooperation that has been given to the city government so that we can carry out the duties and responsibilities mandated by the state,” Tosepu added.

Source: Antara News Agency

Integrated fishing ports to be funded by foreign grants: ministry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has been informed that the construction of integrated and modern fishing ports (PP) will be financed by foreign grants and loans from overseas.”The development plan for integrated and modern fishing ports (PP) will be financed by a grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” said Tri Aris Wibowo, the ministry’s Director of Fisheries Port, in Jakarta on Friday. The loan will be obtained from the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), he added. ccording to him, port construction through the JICA grant scheme is being carried out at the Integrated Marine and Fisheries Center (SKPT), with activity centers at PP Ukurlaran-Saumlaki in Maluku, PP Daeo Majiko-Morotai in North Maluku, and PP Iee Meulee -Sabang in Aceh. He explained that the process had reached the construction stage, while the tender process was still ongoing. Meanwhile, the foreign loan scheme from AFD has been implemented in four locations, which are Belawan Ocean Fishing Port (PPS), PPS Cilacap, PPS Kendari, and PPS Bitung. The construction of the four ports is projected to take five to six years with an estimated cost of US$99.4 million. “This year is still the process of preparing consultants,” Wibowo added. Meanwhile, the loan from IsDB is being provided at two locations, namely the Archipelago Fisheries Port (PPN) of Pengambengan-Jembrana, Bali, and PPN Kejawanan-Cirebon, with a projected construction duration of four to five years and an estimated cost of US $102.4 million. Wibowo said that the development of fishing ports in Indonesia not only prioritizes economic functions and benefits for the community but also embraces an environment-friendly concept. Furthermore, the ministry has prepared an international standard fishing port management system as a tool to supervise port operations and management, especially for projects financed by foreign sources. “This will be applied to the projects, especially those financed by foreign loans,” he added.

Source: Antara News Agency

Vietnam seeks stronger educational cooperation with Northern Ireland

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long has made a working trip to Belfast city in Northern Ireland to foster bilateral connections and cooperation, especially in education and trade.

During the trip from May 9-11, Long visited two leading universities in Northern Ireland – Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast – to discuss cooperation in research, training, student exchange and English teacher training.

At the Ulster University, which has announced nine MA scholarships on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for English language teachers from Vietnam, Long was welcomed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Seawright who expressed his hope that the project will contribute to fostering the effective partnership between Northern Ireland and Vietnam.

Long said that the scholarships, part of the British Council’s UK/Vietnam Season, aims to honour the sound relations between the UK and Vietnam, and strengthen the connections between the two countries’ people.

British Council Director for Northern Ireland Jonathan Stewart said that the British Council is committed to providing English language teachers with access to world-leading professional development opportunities and reaching their full potential.

At the Queen’s University Belfast, Long attended a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Ulster University, the Queen’s University Belfast and the British Council in Belfast. He thanked the leaders of the Queen’s University Belfast for many educational cooperation activities with Vietnamese universities in recent years, including the granting of many PhD scholarships to Vietnamese researchers.

Participants agreed to find solutions to strengthen cooperation in priority areas such as higher education, scientific research, and innovation; medical and life sciences; computer science, network security, network technology, creative industries and agriculture, while promoting trade exchanges and business collaboration and fostering partnership at the local level between Vietnam and Northern Ireland.

Long expressed his hope that the Queen’s University Belfast and the Belfast administration will design policies to strengthen support for Vietnam, including providing accommodation, tuition fees and scholarships for talented Vietnamese students.

The Queen’s University Belfast currently has five professors and lecturers from Vietnam, together with about 10 Vietnamese postgraduates and 60 students in the fields of technology, telecommunications, healthcare, and English language teaching./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Party leader meets with voters in Hanoi ahead of NA’s fifth session

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and National Assembly deputies of Hanoi met with voters in the capital city’s Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung districts on May 13 ahead of the 15th NA’s fifth session.

After listening to a report on the response of ministries, sectors and the capital city to their opinions they gave during the last meeting, voters spoke highly of the responses and expressed their belief in the Party and State’s orientations and policies.

Particularly, the constituents lauded the progress in the fight against corruption, with the strict settlement of many cases, thus increasing people’s confidence in the Party’s leadership.

They showed their hope for stronger efforts in the prevention and control of corruption and negative phenomena.

The voters asked for more drastic measures to tackle problems in food safety, along with the completion of regulations on the use of social networks.

The voters also gave ideas on a number of issues of the draft Land Law (revised).

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong acquired all the ideas of the voters and pledged to send them to the NA for discussion.

Regarding the fight against corruption, the Party leader highlighted the Party and State’s determination in the work. He said that in order to effectively prevent and combat corruption and negative phenomena, it is necessary to show strong performance in Party building and rectification, preventing the downgrade in political ideology, morality and lifestyle.

He said that the provincial steering committees for corruption and negative phenomena prevention and control should operate efficiently, mobilising the engagement of all people in the work.

The Party chief asked the steering committees for corruption and negative phenomena prevention and control to take the lead in the effort./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Japfa Vietnam inaugurates animal feed mill and slaughterhouse in Binh Phuoc

Japfa Comfeed Vietnam has inaugurated a new animal feed mill and slaughterhouse in Minh Hung Sikico Industrial Park in Hon Quan district of southern Binh Phuoc province.

The new facility marks a new milestone in the company’s “Feed-Farm-Food” model and underscores its unwavering commitment to sustainable development in the Vietnamese market.

“With the potential and experience of Japfa Vietnam, I believe that the animal feed production and slaughterhouse in Binh Phuoc, when put into operation, will make positive contributions to the process of integrating and developing Vietnam’s livestock industry in a safe, efficient, and sustainable manner,” said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien.

With an investment of nearly 400 billion VND, Japfa Vietnam’s animal feed factory in phase 1 has a capacity of 240,000 tonnes annually. In Phase 2, the factory’s capacity will increase to 480,000 tonnes per year, serving the needs of the country’s Southeast and Central Highlands markets.

Equipped with modern technology, the feed mill features a cold storage system designed to preserve essential vitamins and seasonings at 20-25 degrees Celsius. This meticulous attention to quality control ensures a reliable supply of high-quality animal feed that meets the standards of discerning customers.

As environmental sustainability also is a top priority for Japfa Vietnam, the feed mill is provided with a wastewater treatment system capable of processing up to 100 cubic metres per day and a boiler exhaust gas treatment technology that underscores the company’s commitment to minimising its carbon footprint.

“The presence of Japfa Vietnam is convincing evidence of the attractiveness of Binh Phuoc in attracting large FDI enterprises,” said Tran Tue Hien, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairwoman of the People’s Committee of Binh Phuoc province.

“Today, we are pleased to witness the inauguration ceremony of Japfa’s Feed mill and Slaughterhouse. These two factories, along with Japfa’s invested farm chains in the province, have also brought many job opportunities for local workers. These are encouraging signals and confidence for Binh Phuoc in attracting investment,” she said.

Japfa has also invested more than 400 billion VND in the construction of a slaughterhouse in Binh Phuoc province. Spanning nearly 15 hectares, the facility boasts a capacity of 60,000 chickens per day and is equipped with cutting-edge infrastructure imported from the EU.

The facility meets high standards, including GMP, HACCP, ISO 22000, and FSSC 22000, ensuring that customers receive only the highest quality products.

In 2022, Japfa also invested more than 160 billion VND in building an aqua feed mill in Long An province. The company has made significant strides in developing aquatic feed for popular species, such as pangasius, tilapia, anabas, and frogs, under the STP brand.

With a design capacity of 60,000 tonnes of products per year, the facility’s first phase has already achieved 30,000 tonnes.

“The three projects will enable Japfa Vietnam to reach 1.5 million tonnes by 2023 and strengthen further our vertical integration through the Feed-Farm-Food supply chain while also employing more than 200 local workers,” Japfa Vietnam’s General Director Arif Widjaja highlighted the company’s ambition. “We will continue to optimize our production capacity, train human resources, and improve product quality to provide value to customers and achieve mutual prosperity.”

At the event, Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Denny Abdi highlighted Japfa Group as one of the successful Indonesian investors in Vietnam. He believed that the inauguration of Japfa’s Binh Phuoc feed mill and slaughterhouse will offer insights into more opportunities for potential foreign investors in Vietnam.

As Vietnam and Indonesia approach the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership in 2023, the two countries have set a new bilateral trade target of 15 billion USD by 2028. Currently, over 30 Indonesian companies have invested a total of 638.8 million USD in Vietnam./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Military Hospital 175 awarded Diamond Status by World Stroke Organisation

The Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City has been achieved the level “Diamond Status” at the World Stroke Organisation (WSO) Angels Awards in recognition of improvements in its stroke care quality.

WSO Angels Awards recognise hospitals that have demonstrated clear commitment to quality stroke care and have established cultures and systems to support continuous improvement.

Awards are calculated quarterly at the levels of “Gold Status”, “Platinum Status”, and “Diamond Status”.

The hospital has received the level Diamond Status, the highest level, for two consecutive quarters, Q4 2022 and Q1 2023, said Dr. Hoang Tien Trong Nghia, head of the hospital’s neurology department.

To achieve Diamond Status, the hospital has fulfilled ten criteria, including 75% of patients treated with door-to-recanalization therapy in less than 60 minutes, a 25% recanalization procedure rate out of total stroke incidence in the hospital, 90% of all suspected stroke patients undergoing CT or MRI imaging procedure, 90% of Ischaemic stroke patients discharged with antiplatelets, and stroke patients treated in a dedicated stroke unit or ICU during their hospital stay.

A “Code stroke” (stroke rapid-response) team that is composed of physicians at the neurology, emergency and diagnostic imaging departments helps optimise inter-hospital collaboration and improve patient outcomes, Nghia said at a scientific conference held by the hospital on May 11 in HCM City.

Nearly 3,800 stroke patients have been treated at the hospital since 2020.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Thang, head of the cerebrovascular disease department at the 115 People’s Hospital and Chairman of the HCM City Stroke Association, said some hospitals have used the automated imaging software RAPID (Rapid Processing of Perfusion and Diffusion) to speed up diagnosis and improve stroke care for patients.

The AI technique helps extend the treatment window for acute stroke patients from six hours after stroke onset to 24 hours, Thang said./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Webinar spotlights President Ho Chi Minh’s thought in foreign policy

The Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society (CVFS) on May 12 hosted a webinar themed “Ho Chi Minh and foreign policy” on the occasion of the late leader’s 133rd birthday (May 19, 1890 – 2023), bringing together dozens of Canadian and Vietnamese experts and scholars who are interested in Vietnam’s foreign policy in the Ho Chi Minh era.

In his speech at the event, Dr. Nguyen Hung Son, Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), who is also former Minister Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Ottawa, highlighted President Ho Chi Minh’s foreign policy with three important points.

The policy focused on how to deal with relations with big countries, enlist outside support and use all available tools in foreign policy, he said.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency’s correspondents in Ottawa, Philip Fernandez, member of the CVFS said President Ho Chi Minh’s foreign policy was based on the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of other states, and recognition of independence, sovereignty and self-determination of nations and peoples.

The flexible and adaptable foreign policy was based on principles for world peace and social progress, he added.

According to Fernandez, Vietnam today is following the right line and policies that President Ho Chi Minh left for the nation. He noted that Vietnam is also playing an important role in contributing to protecting independence and sovereignty of all countries in the United Nations as well as in ASEAN.

Dr. Joe Pateman, from the Faculty of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, said that since declaring its independence, Vietnam has continued to creatively apply Ho Chi Minh’s thought to practice and has achieved outstanding achievements in both socialist construction and foreign affairs.

The Communist Party of Vietnam has built a modern and strong socialist mechanism, bringing prosperity and happiness to Vietnamese people, he stressed, noting that the application of Ho Chi Minh’s thought in its foreign policy has helped Vietnam become a country with full sovereignty and close relations with the world community.

Vietnam’s domestic and international achievements are rooted in the immortal legacy of President Ho Chi Minh, he went on.

Dang Trung Phuoc, President of the Canada Vietnam Society, said not only Vietnam but many other nations in the world, especially those in Africa, also have expressed their gratitude to President Ho Chi Minh because by following him, they gained their independence.

The webinar was part of activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Canada diplomatic ties (1973-2023). The two nations have enjoyed a strong friendship and effective cooperation for many years. They marked five years of their comprehensive partnership in 2022./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency