Meet Chessie. That's the name of the new tunnel boring machine that will drill the mile-long hole for an expansion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The name, chosen by an online contest, was submitted by Grace Bentley of Nandua Middle School in Onley on the Eastern Shore. Chessie is a long-fabled sea monster said to live in the Chesapeake Bay. The legend stretches back more than 80 years with "sightings" really picking up in the 1980s. The monster was described as a long, snake-like creature that rolled through the waves. "When the tunnel boring machine is digging into the ground, you can think of it like a sea monster," Bentley said in her video submission. The name has remained popular in the region, adorning boats, trains, trails and animals. Chessie will be printed on the machine and visible during the launching ceremony in 2019. Area sixth-graders submitted more than 120 names that were narrowed down to a top 10 for the online vote. Tunnel boring machines … [Read more...] about The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel boring machine has a name based off a fabled creature: “Chessie”
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Foreign animal feed-maker law breakers may be kicked out of the Vietnamese market. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has for the first time introduced a draft decree on fines for animal feed, breeder and veterinary medicine violations. The kicker is foreign feed animal violators could be expelled from Vietnam if they fail to obey the country's animal feed regulations. According to the draft, the maximum fine for the animal feed sector is VND100 million ($4,800) for individuals and VND200 million ($9,600) for organisations and enterprises. Violators will be subject to fines of VND50-100 million ($2,400-4,800) if they use banned substances for making feed products. If they repeat this violation, they will have their own business certificates revoked. Also, fines of VND50-100 million ($2,400-4,800) will be imposed on importing feeds containing banned substances. Fines of VND30-50 million ($1,442-2,400) will be inflicted on illegally importing animal feeds unlisted in … [Read more...] about Foreign animal feed makers face tough punishment
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s animal feed industry is likely to achieve stable production in 2015 but transnational companies are driving domestic producers out of the business, leaving many industry leaders to call for tighter regulations by the government. Over the past 15 years, many transnational companies and groups have entered the animal food market – most notably CP based in Thailand, Uni President and Asian Nutrition out of Taiwan and Cargill from the US. Foreign companies growing In contrast to the wildly fluctuating up and down swings of prices on the livestock and aquatic markets, animal feed market prices have been steady and continually inching their way up. According to the Vietnam Animal Food Association (VAFA), transnational companies currently hold an 80% market share in the industry. In particular, companies like Uni-President, CP and Tombo have dominated the market for shrimp food while Cargill, Green Feed and Proconco have had a commanding … [Read more...] about Are foreign companies price gouging in animal feed market?
VietNamNet Bridge – "Recycled bags" made from Vietnamese packages of animal feed are popular among young Japanese. The bags are priced from 100 yen to nearly 13,000 yen depending on the size, shape and material. On online sites such as Amazon, the average price is $19 per product. This kind of bag has been available in Japan for a year, attracting users for their convenience and uniqueness. Yuki (right) created this trend. She said she came up with the idea of making this kind of bag when she saw animal feed packing at the Vietnam Festival in Yoyogi Park (Tokyo). She chose a Vietnamese name “Tuan Tuan” as the brand for her products. She said Tuan is a popular name in Vietnam. “Tuan Tuan” is similar to the pronunciation of “taro taro” (sun) in Japanese. T. Van … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s animal-feed packaging a fashion trend in Japan
Furniture makers pins high hope on U.S. market By Thai Hang in HCMC Despite the downbeat global outlook, and despite the possible double-dip recession stateside, Vietnamese furniture makers still increasingly rely on the U.S. market to buoy up their sales. And efforts to further penetrate the U.S. are paying off. Demand for bedroom, dinning room and living room furniture from the market with a population of over 300 million is still rising, at least for Vietnamese woodworking enterprises. They are hoping for a brighter year in 2010, although the U.S. market has for years been among major importers of Vietnamese wood products, the others being Japan and European countries. The U.S. is the biggest market for Vietnam’s wood processing industry with 2009 woodwork exports totaling US$2.7 billion. Ngo Thi Hong Thu, deputy director of Truong Thanh Corporation, a furniture supplier for the famous Wal-mart retail stores and many other retailers and distributors, told the Daily weeks ago … [Read more...] about Furniture makers pins high hope on U.S. market