Employers dodge social insurance payments; Dong Nai collects social insurance debts; Hoi An water cut-off scares away tourists; 180 workers hospitalized for food poisoning in HCM City
Employers dodge social insurance payments
More than 2,900 companies owe social insurance in HCM City, with total overdue payments of VND141 billion (US$6.71 million), according to the city's Social Insurance Agency.
Of that amount, 80 per cent occurred in the first six months of this year, with the construction and property sectors responsible for the highest portion.
The agency said social-insurance debt rose steadily during the first half of the year due to the economic crisis, when many enterprises shut down or suspended operations.
Cao Van Sang, director of the agency, said that for the first half of the year, it filed lawsuits against 97 enterprises who owed VND42.2 billion in social insurance.
"This hardly covers the debt owed by enterprises that were dissolved or that fled the country or fled to other localities," Sang said.
Dong Nai collects social insurance debts
The Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in south-eastern Dong Nai Province has collected VND30 billion (US$1.4 million) from local enterprises that had social-insurance debts outstanding for more than three months.
The money was collected after the department conducted extended inspections at 86 enterprises that owed a total of nearly VND70 billion (US$3.3 million) since the beginning of June.
The department also fined three other enterprises VND90 million (US$4,300) for failure to pay the debts.
Hoi An water cut-off scares away tourists
International and local tourists have abandoned hotels and restaurants in the ancient town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam over a water supply cut-off that has lasted for five days.
The problem started on July 1 when the Hoi An waterworks plant, which is in charge of supplying water to all 5,000 hotels and restaurants in the locality, was struck by lightning, and it still has not been repaired.
Hotels, restaurants and houses in Hoi An had actually not been provided with enough water for several days before the incident due to the water level of the local Vinh Dien and Dien Ban rivers, which has dropped dramatically thanks to a drought. This has caused salt water intrusion into the rivers.
Truong Van Bay, deputy chairman of the Hoi An People’s Committee, said yesterday, July 4, he instructed the management of the water plant to resolve the problems and resume providing clean water as soon as possible.
He added that locals and owners of travel services providers have lodged their complaints directly to him as the water cut-off has caused losses for their business.
180 workers hospitalized for food poisoning in HCM City
As many as 180 employees of two garment companies in HCM City were hospitalized on July 4 after having normal meals the evening before.
The incident happened at Truong Vinh Trading Industrial Garment Co. Ltd and Smart Elegant Vietnam International Garment Co. Ltd, both located in District 12.
The employees said they had fried fish, cooked pork, boiled cabbage and sour soup for the dinner.
Shortly after having dinner together, many of them showed symptoms of severe stomachache.
The situation got worse, and representatives of the two companies took those employees to hospitals nearby for fears that they had got food poisoning.
Inspectors from the HCM City Health Department took specimens of food to determine the cause of the poisoning case.
Most of the employees have now been discharged from hospital, leaving only 20 who are still being treated.
Drug trafficker with 15kg of heroin caught in Son La
Police in the northern province of Son La yesterday, July 4, arrested a suspected drug trafficker with 15 kilos of heroin in Moc Chau District's Co Cham Village.
Song A Tenh, 41, from northern Hoa Binh Province, admitted to police officers that he bought the heroin from two ethnic Mong people in the district and was transporting the drugs to lowland provinces for sale.
The heroin was hidden in two boxes under a pile of peaches in the truck, which had the registration 29C 13389.
This is the biggest amount of heroin found in the province.
On Tuesday, police also busted a drug trafficking ring, confiscated 82 cakes of heroin and 35,000 tablets of Amphetamines. The suspects in this case have not been identified.
Nonprofit seeks best models for disaster risk reduction
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) mounted Wednesday a search for the best practices adopted by Southeast Asian schools to provide education on disaster risk reduction to their students and local communities.
All public and private schools in the region are encouraged to submit the information on their models to email@example.com by August 10.
Winners will be presented with an award, which is named the SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award, that includes a cash prize of US$1,500 and a 4-day study tour for 4-6 people in Japan.
All winning schools will be sponsored to participate in the award presentation ceremony, which will be held at the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in November 2012 in Thailand.
The award – co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd – will be granted every year from now to 2014 to promote and share best practices in ESD to provide Southeast Asian schools and communities with planning strategies that reduce risks and losses caused by natural disasters.
SEAMEO is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 by the governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture.
Further information on the award can be obtained at the following contact point:
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I Tel: +662 391 0144 I Fax: +662 381 2587
Source: VOV/VNS/Tuoi Tre
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