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State Bank says no to negotiable-interest loans

In Vietnam Banking Finance on November 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

The Sate Bank of Vietnam had told credit organizations not to release negotiable-interest loans to customers investing in real estate and financial assets like gold, foreign currencies and stocks.









The State Bank Governor, Nguyen Van Giau, dispatched the new regulations to credit organizations and the bank’s subsidiaries in provinces and cities on November 12.


Accordingly, credit organizations are only allowed to apply negotiable interests to loans serving the lives of customers, as well as their households. The loans will be released through credit cards.


For cases not matching negotiable-interest regulations, the Governor asked credit organizations to adjust such situations by March 31, 2010.


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Mass media program to teach farmers about best practice

In Vietnam Health on November 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

A two-month mass media and social mobilization campaign would benefit some three million farmers and local poultry traders by providing them with key practices to prevent and control avian and human influenza, said agricultural experts recently.








Farmers and poultry traders would benefit from the campaign ( Photo: AFP)

The Department of Animal Health, part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) this week launched a media campaign in the northern province of Ha Nam, the central province of Quang Tri and the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.


The “Three Good Things” program features audio spots through provincial radio and commune loudspeakers, 36 billboards in high-traffic areas and 200,000 flyers.


The campaign communicates three compelling human-interest stories, which promote the “good” practices of buying and selling healthy poultry, washing hands with soap and water before and after handling poultry, and immediate reporting of sick or dead poultry to the vet or village head.


These three practices will likewise be promoted through 30 market events to be held in major trading centers.


Provincial and district animal health officers of Ha Nam, Kien Giang, and Quang Tri have been directly involved in planning and carrying out the campaign.


Also with USAID support, the Department of Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization late last month launched television spots highlighting changes to Vietnam’s poultry vaccination program.


Aired on television and commune loudspeakers through December 2009 in the provinces of Hau Giang, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Quang Binh and Soc Trang, these high-profile spots, featuring popular actor Han Van Tinh, will inform about four million farmers of the changes that will occur in the poultry vaccination program in their provinces.


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Vietnam produces measles vaccines

In Vietnam Health on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

Vietnam has successfully produced a measles vaccine, deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang said November 13.








Children at a nursery school in HCMC receive measles vaccines (Photo: SGGP)

After four years since the project, “enhancing the ability to produce measles vaccine in Vietnam,” was implemented, the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biology (POLYVAC) has been able to provide high-quality vaccines for Vietnam’s expanded vaccination program.


Following the success of the measles vaccine production, POLYVAC has continued research to produce a rubella vaccine and combined vaccines, like MR (measles and rubella) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella).


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Quang Nam Culture, Tourism Week to be held in Hanoi

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

A promotional event, the “Quang Nam Culture – Tourism Week for the 1,000-year-old Thang Long – Hanoi,” is to be held from November 20 to 23 at the Vietnam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre, it was announced recently.








Cultural World Heritage city of Hoi An

Dinh Hai, director of Quang Nam Province’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism. said the program aims to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UNESCO recognizing Hoi An and My Son as sites of Cultural World Heritage.


It is a good opportunity to promote Quang Nam to Hanoians and international tourists, as well, he added.


Many tourist agencies will also be present at this event.


During the week-long event, Hanoians and tourists will have chance to enjoy Quang Nam’s specialties, such as its take on noodle soup (Mi Quang); Hoian “Cao lầu” noodles; steamed pork meat and vegetables wrapped in rice paper; and mixed baby clams with onions and local herbs.


The highlight of the cuisine is the background scenery of Hoi An and Quang Nam’s beaches.


The price for a ticket isVND95,000 VND per adult. There is a discount for children between six and 12 years-old, with free entrance for those under six.


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Photo exhibition honors disabled people

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

90 photos depicting 90 various disabled people who overcome their difficulties to integrate in the community are displaying in an exhibition titled “They’ve lived like that”.








Swimmer Nguyen Thi Minh Ly and her husband and daughter see the photo of their family taken by Nguyen A. (Photo: TTO)

The photos describe a face radiant with smile of Vang Thi Su, a woman of the M’nong ethnic group was deaf and dump inborn, in her daily activities such as cattle herding, transplanting rice seeds and fabric weaving; farmer Nguyen Cuu Long with cerebral palsy of Lam Dong Province who hoes up the ground to plant orchid; old woman without legs Nguyen Thi Ai of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang who have been employed in picking coconut to earn for living.


The show is regarded as an attractive and moving photo story of unlucky people who are shining examples for young people. 


Photographer Nguyen A spent more than two years for trips from the South to the North to take these pictures.


He also paid plane and train fares for about 60 characters in his photos to attend the exhibition.


“It is a wonderful photo collection. The characters are extraordinary people” said Ms. Hoai Phuong of the HCMC career direction club for disabled children.

The exhibition is being held at the HCM City Youth’s Cultural House and runs to November 20.


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Korean kim chi expert comes to Vietnam

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

Dr. Hangue Jeong, from the Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, discussed how to make kim chi (pickled vegetables) at the Korean Food Festival in Hanoi November 13.








A kind of kim Chi

The food festival was held in Hanoi on November 13 and will run until 15.


Dr. Jeong said that Korea has nearly 200 kinds of kim chi, of which 50 are very popular in her country.


Korea has around 27 kim chi craftsmen and are considered a precious people by traditional food aficionados.


Dr. Jeong, whose major academic research is Korea’s traditional kim chi, will stay in Vietnam until November 15.


She said she will help visitors to make kim chi, as well as giving them a chance to enjoy kim chi.


The festival, part of a Vietnam-Korea cultural exchange program, aims to introduce Vietnamese consumers to more than 50 kinds of high-quality produce, like fruits, ginseng and kim chi.



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VN’s biggest gong displayed at int’l festival

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

A ceremony to present Vietnam’s biggest gong was held by the Vietnamese Guinness Record Center in the city of Pleiku November 13.








 







The biggest gong in Vietnam is displayed in Pleiku, Gia Lai Province. (Photo: SGGP)

The gong, measuring 2.5 meters across and weighing 700 kilograms, was cast by artisans and experts at the Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village in the central province of Quang Nam.


The gong took 90 days to take shape, with one ton of brass and 100 kilograms of other metals used.


The gong is displayed at the Green Field Cultural Park during the four-day the International Gong Festival in the central province of Gia Lai.


On the same day, there were gong performances by 15 troupes, including groups from Indonesia and Cambodia.


Three international troupes, including Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, also performed at Dien Hong Park, Pleiku.


On the framework of the International Gong Festival 2009, Gia Lai Province’s People’s Committee held a conference on investment promotion.


The conference attracted more than 250 domestic businesses nationwide.


The province called for investment in 53 projects with a total capital of VND11.2 trillion.


Pham The Dung, chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said the province needs businesses to invest in many fields, such as industrial plant processing, mining, tourism and wind power.


At the conference, many businesses donated over VND48 billion to the province’s social welfare fund to build houses and hospitals for disadvantaged people.


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Giao Thua wins Golden Kite Award

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 am

The film “Giao Thua” (New Year’s Eve), by Ho Thanh Tuan from Ho Chi Minh City Theater and Cinema University, won the Canh Dieu Vang (Golden Kite) at the Vietnam Short Film Festival 2009 November 13.








 

A ceremony to award the top prize was held by the Vietnam Cinema Association at Ho Chi Minh City Cinema Culture House.


A total of 62 works of fiction, 22 documentaries and six animated films were entered in the film festival.


Twelve works were nominated for the Canh Dieu Prize and shown at the Tan Son Nhat Cinema.


The documentary “Ba Ngoai Leo Dua” (Maternal grandmother climbs up the coconut tree), by Do Thanh An from Ho Chi Minh City Theater and Cinema University, and “Chu Be Danh Giay” (Shoeshine Boy), by Doan Thanh from Hanoi Theater and Cinema University, both won the Canh Dieu Bac (Silver Kite).


Consolation prizes were awarded to “Hon Cat” (Soul of Sand), “2,4,6; 3,5,7; Chu nhat” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday); and “Sadi duoi qua” (Sadi sacks crow).


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Mekong Delta should focus on coping with climate change, official says.

In Vietnam Environment on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 am

The Mekong Delta is a “hot spot” for climate change, which is a concern for Vietnam, as well as the world, so relevant agencies should focus on the situation, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Pham Khoi Nguyen, has said.








Farmers work in a rice paddy in the Mekong Delta. The region has recently seen a rise in problems caused by climate change.

Speaking at the first forum of “Climate change in the Mekong Delta,” which wrapped up November 13 in Can Tho City, Mr. Nguyen said the impacts of climate change have already been seen in the delta, with an increase of high tides, storms, floods, droughts and sea-water infiltration.


Therefore, he said, scientists and relevant agencies should choose the delta as a center for their research and help create solutions to ease those negative impacts.


The result of research in the delta will serve as experiences for other regions around the world to deal with the climate change, he said.


There should be a specific plan of action following the forum to improve the public’s knowledge of climate change and to cope with developments of climate change.


The region’s social and economic development plan should also be re-considered so that it can adapt to climate change, he said.


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NASA finds water on the moon

In World on November 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

A “significant amount” of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.








This image obtained from NASA shows the surface of the Moon as the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) approached it on October 9, 2009. (AFP Photo)

Preliminary data from a dramatic experiment on the moon “indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater,” NASA said in a statement.


“The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon,” it added, as ecstatic scientists celebrated the landmark discovery.


“Yes indeed we found water and we did not find only a little bit but a significant amount,” said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission.


The data was found after NASA sent two spacecraft crashing into the lunar surface last month to probe Earth’s nearest neighbor for water.


One rocket slammed into the Cabeus crater, near the lunar southern pole, at around 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) per hour.


The rocket was followed four minutes later by a spacecraft equipped with cameras to record the initial impact, which sent a huge plume of material billowing up from the bottom of the crater, untouched by sunlight for billions of years.


“In the 20- to 30-meter (66- to 100-foot) crater we found maybe about a dozen, at least, two-gallon buckets of water. This is an initial result,” Colaprete told reporters.


“We are ecstatic,” he added in a statement.


“Multiple lines of evidence show water was present in both the high angle vapor plume and the ejecta curtain created by the LCROSS Centaur impact.


“The concentration and distribution of water and other substances requires further analysis, but it is safe to say Cabeus holds water,” Colaprete said.


Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences at Brown University and a co-investigator on the LCROSS mission, expressed hope that more water could be found on the moon.


“What’s really exciting is we’ve only hit one spot,” Schultz said.


“It’s kind of like when you’re drilling for oil. Once you find it one place, there’s a greater chance you’ll find more nearby.”


Scientists had previously theorized that, except for the possibility of ice at the bottom of craters, the moon was totally dry.


Finding water on Earth’s natural satellite is a major breakthrough in space exploration.


“It’s very exciting, it is painting a new image of the moon,” said Gregory Deloy of the University of California, hailing it as “an extraordinary discovery.”


He theorized that “one of the possible source of water is a comet.”


“We’re unlocking the mysteries of our nearest neighbor and, by extension, the solar system,” said Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington.


“The full understanding of the LCROSS data may take some time. The data is that rich,” Colaprete cautioned.


“Along with the water in Cabeus, there are hints of other intriguing substances. The permanently shadowed regions of the moon are truly cold traps, collecting and preserving material over billions of years.”


Only 12 men, all Americans, have ever walked on the moon, and the last to set foot there were in 1972, at the end of the Apollo missions.


But NASA’s ambitious plans to put US astronauts back on the moon by 2020 to establish manned lunar bases for further exploration to Mars under the Constellation project are increasingly in doubt.


NASA’s budget is currently too small to pay for Constellation’s Orion capsule, a more advanced and spacious version of the Apollo lunar module, as well as the Ares I and Ares V launchers needed to put the craft in orbit.


A key review panel appointed by President Barack Obama said existing budgets are not large enough to fund a return mission before 2020.


 


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