Daily News 8 June 2023

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List Today News

1. Unveiling Vinhomes’ Vision: Ocean City – A City of wonders with the capacity to accommodate up to 200,000 people
2. Trade Turmoil: USA Explores Allegations of Dumping in Vietnamese Paper Bag Industry
3. Unveiling Tiktok’s Grave Violations: 6 serious offenses unearthed in Vietnam
4. Recognition for Vietnamese Scientist: Prestigious Thailand King’s Prize
5. Vietnam is Favored by NASA: The nation as the first in Southeast Asia for hosting NASA Week

News #1 Unveiling Vinhomes’ Vision: Ocean City – A City of wonders with the capacity to accommodate up to 200,000 people

In a recent announcement, Vinhomes unveiled Ocean City, a vast 129 million ft² integrated complex merging three Vinhomes Ocean Park districts. With 60,000 residents, it will become an economic and social hub in eastern Hanoi, accommodating 200,000 people.

Each Vinhomes Ocean Park district serves a unique purpose: Downtown – a vibrant lifestyle with high-rises, shophouses, banks, and schools. Midtown – summer vibes with lively streets, Kinh Đô Ánh Square, and nightlife. Uptown – a coastal resort with relaxation, water parks, and recreational facilities.

Ocean City features urban marvels like Crystal Lagoon 656 thousand ft² saltwater lake and a 2,6 million ft² artificial pearl lake with the largest white sand in the world; the world’s largest Royal Wave Park, a 50-meter light god statue, and Paradise Bay. Ocean City is designed as a premier destination, it connects Vietnam with the world and spreads joy to visitors.

Next, Vietnamese Paper Bag Dumping Faces Potential Investigation by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) 

News #2 Trade Turmoil: USA Explores Allegations of Dumping in Vietnamese Paper Bag Industry

The US DOC will decide on June 20th whether to investigate alleged paper bag dumping from Vietnam. The Ministry of Industry and Trade confirmed that the DOC received a request to probe Vietnamese companies accused of dumping paper shopping bags with profit margins of 63.67% to 128.81%.

Preliminary data from the US International Trade Commission revealed that in 2022, the value of the products under investigation from Vietnam reached around $144 million, a 37.6% increase compared to 2021. These goods accounted for about 15% of total exports from various countries to the US and ranked second among the largest exporting countries to the US, following China.

DOC to utilize surrogate values from a third country like Indonesia to calculate the dumping margin. Ministry advises businesses to monitor, develop defense strategies, and diversify exports.

And we have new about the Ministry of Information and Communications Vietnam is currently conducting an investigation into the popular social media platform TikTok, citing numerous violations. 

News #3 Unveiling Tiktok’s Grave Violations: 6 serious offenses unearthed in Vietnam

During a press conference held on June 5th, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Nguyen Thanh Lam, stated that TikTok has committed “a significant number of violations.” Preliminary findings confirm the platform’s infractions, but specific results cannot be announced as the investigation is ongoing and expected to end in June.

In April, the Ministry of Information and Communications found TikTok guilty of six violations in Vietnam: inadequate content control; endangering children; copyright infringement; defamation; culturally inappropriate content, and profit-driven trends; insufficient measures against fraud, counterfeit goods, and deceptive ads.

Since its launch in the domestic market in April 2019, TikTok has amassed 50 million users in Vietnam, with its distinctive short video content, it quickly becoming one of the most widely used social media platforms.

Besides, we have good news for Vietnam’s scientific research field. 

News #4 Recognition for Vietnamese Scientist: Prestigious Thailand King’s Prize

Dr. Ngo Thi Thuy Huong and colleagues from Phenikaa University won the King of Thailand Vetiver 2023 award for their groundbreaking project on vetiver grass reducing dioxin contamination in soil, demonstrating its efficacy at Bien Hoa Airport in Vietnam.

This breakthrough establishes vetiver grass as an effective phytoremediation solution for dioxin-contaminated soil, offering the potential for mitigating difficult-to-degrade organic pollutants (POP) in soil and water.

Each winning project will receive $2,500 and a certificate presented by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the patron of the Vetiver Network International (TVNI), on behalf of the King.

The King of Thailand Vetiver 2023 Award was presented at the 7th International Vetiver Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from May 29th to June 1st. This scientific gathering examines vetiver grass applications and occurs every four or five years, overseen by the International Vetiver Network and the Chaipattana Foundation.

And that wraps up today’s news program with a special highlight: Vietnam successfully hosts first-ever NASA Week. 

News #5 Vietnam is Favored by NASA: The nation as the first in Southeast Asia for hosting NASA Week

Vietnam Space Week will take place from June 5th to 9th in Hau Giang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Binh Dinh. The event aims to showcase achievements, connect young people with NASA, and inspire scientific research.

Students attending the event will have the opportunity to engage with renowned figures in the aerospace field, including former NASA astronaut Michael A. Baker and NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid. The program will focus on NASA’s contributions to space exploration, scientific research, and technological development.

It is noteworthy that Vietnam is the first country in Southeast Asia chosen by NASA to host NASA Week, an annual activity by the US space agency.

Space Week began in Scotland in the early 2000s, and has connected NASA with the younger generation, promoting scientific research and international cooperation for over 20 years.

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