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WEEK 1:

Việt Nam’s women football team seen at the SEA Games 30.

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s women football team have risen two places to 32nd in the latest
FIFA world rankings, according to the Việt Nam Football Federation.

The Vietnamese women’s football team are the strongest in Southeast Asia
after becoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champions, beating Thailand 1-0 in final
in the Philippines.

They rank sixth in Asia with 1,665 points behind Australia (seventh), Japan (10th), North
Korea (11th), China (15th) and South Korea (20th).

In Southeast Asia, Việt Nam rank top, followed by Thailand who are now 38th in the
world.

The US, Germany and Netherlands respectively remain the top three.

After the 30th SEA Games, which concluded in the Philippines on December 11, Việt
Nam's female team will head to Jeju, South Korea to play in the Women’s Olympic
Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian qualifying round which will get underway
between February 3 and February 9, 2020.

Việt Nam are in Group A alongside North Korea, South Korea and Myanmar. Group B
consists of Australia, China, Thailand, and Chinese Taipei.

The two leading teams from each group will progress to the next round where they will
play a two-legged playoff to determine the two teams that will represent Asia in the
women's football at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, alongside hosts Japan. — VNS

WEEK 2:

LAI CHÂU — It is forecast that climate change will increase the risk of forest fires next
year, therefore concerned organisations should be vigilant and prepare for fire
prevention and control.

Deputy director of the Department of Forest Management Đỗ Trọng Kim made the
statement at a conference held on Monday in the northern mountainous province of Lai
Châu.

The conference, with the participation of forest managers from 19 northern provinces
and cities, aimed at discussing the forest management sector’s plan for next year,
including methods to protect forests, develop them and manage forest products.

Speaking at the conference, Kim highly appreciated the sector’s efforts in overcoming
difficulties at work and asked concerned organisations to improve.
They should re-check hot spots of forest destruction, destroy forest product trafficking
rings and assign detailed duties for individuals and units.

Provinces and cities should cooperate to share information, especially about border
areas, and provide more education about forest protection.

More training should be given to forest rangers, he said.

A total of 3,200 law violations were discovered last year, a reduction of 380 cases
compared with 2017.

However, forest fires increased sharply compared with 2017.

As many as 110 forest fires were reported, an increase of 24 cases. The fires destroyed
more than 607ha of forest, an increase of more than 400ha.

Sơn La, Lai Châu, Điện Biên and Thái Nguyên provinces are hot spots for forest fires
and deforestation activities.

Next year, the Department of Forest Management will better cooperate with provinces
and cities to manage and develop the forests.

More fire control equipment will be allocated to localities.

The forest management sector will also promote information technology to share
information and organise raids to prevent forest destruction.

Training courses will be held to spread knowledge about new regulations on forest
protection and development.

Director of the Lai Châu Forest Management Sub-department Nguyễn Văn Biển said
that forest management sectors should work with provincial and municipal people’s
committees to set up a plan for long-term development and upholding the strong points
of each region. — VNS

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