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Garbage to fuel HCM City's power needs
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have given approval for a company to open a waste treatment facility that can generate electricity.
Citenco, in cooperation with a Japanese company, plans to process 200kg of kitchen waste each day to produce power.
The factory has been given an eight-month period to trial the process starting this month, but if any environmental problems arise during this time, the factory will be closed.
The two companies have been instructed to take measures to protect the environment during the trial.
Ho Chi Minh City throws away 7,600 tons of garbage each day on average. Photo by VnExpress Huu Nguyen
Vietnam’s largest economic hub produces about 2.5 million tons of garbage each year, costing the city VND1 trillion ($45 million) for waste treatment alone, according to data from the environment department.
The majority of trash is sent to landfill sites to be buried, while the rest is incinerated and a small portion gets recycled.
EU-Canada trade summit 'cancelled'
Brussels (AFP) - The EU and Canada scrapped plans for a summit Thursday in Brussels, a European source said, as Belgium sought more time to find a way to support a landmark transatlantic trade deal."Today's summit is cancelled. For now, no new date has been set," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity."The next step is for the entire EU to be able to sign the agreement."European Council President Donald Tusk had said early Wednesday that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could still… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Turkish court jails nine staff of opposition daily
Istanbul (AFP) - An Istanbul court on Saturday remanded in custody ahead of trial nine staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, in an intensifying crackdown a day after the leaders of the country's main pro-Kurdish party were also jailed.There had been growing international alarm over the use of a state of emergency implemented in the wake of the failed July 15 coup against critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Nine MPs from the opposition pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP),… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Geographical Indication of 'Ngoc Linh' ginseng root announced
Last year, Quang Nam Province approved a plan to build the Ngoc Linh Ginseng Centre in Nam Tra My District, which covered seven projects with a total investment of VND9 trillion (US$429 million), including the development of infrastructure and the production of drugs, essential oils, cosmetics, tonic drinks and capsules from ginseng. As scheduled, a 200ha farm will be built to conserve 2 million ginseng plants in 15 communes of the two provinces during the first stage from 2016-25, along with… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
PepsiCo, Dr Pepper acquisitions aim at health concerns
US soda consumption fell to a 30-year low in 2015 as worries about obesity and diabetes hit sales. (AFP/Justin Sullivan) PepsiCo bought KeVita, a leader in fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages, for an undisclosed price. PepsiCo praised KeVita for having a "loyal and rapidly growing consumer base in the fast growing functional beverage space." Dr Pepper Snapple bought Bai Brands, a manufacturer of carbonated flavoured water and other beverages, for US$1.7 billion. Dr Pepper Snapple… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
VIDEO: Drone footage shows aftermath of Elk City storms
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