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Vietnam closer to semis with 3-1 win over Malaysia

In Vietnam Sports on December 7, 2009 at 10:25 am

Vietnam need just one point from their last match against Cambodia on Dec. 11 to enter the men’s football semifinals at the 25th SEA Games in Laos.

Vietnam striker Phan Thanh Binh (front) celebrates his opening goal in the Vietnam vs. Malaysia game on December 6. Vietnam won 3-1.

They went to seven points and top of group A after beating Malaysia 3-1 at the National Stadium on December 6.

In the group, Thailand are on four points and Malaysia are on three with two matches to go for each.

Vietnam and Malaysia began with great urgency since they both needed full points from the game.

In the ninth minute, Thanh Binh scored from a penalty after Malaysian midfielder Fakri Saarani handled in the box.

In the 25th minute Thanh Hung caught the Malaysian defense napping with a through ball and an alert Mai Tien Thanh latched on to the pass and easily beat onrushing goalkeeper Mohd Farizah Marlias.

The Malaysians were fortunate to reduce the deficit almost instantly, thanks to an own goal by Vo Hoang Quang.

Fakri Saarani broke loose on the right and crossed into the box where the Vietnamese defender surprisingly nodded the ball past his own goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.

Malaysian’s hopes of qualifying took a blow when Nguyen Trong Hoang scored Vietnam’s third goal in injury time in the second half.

Vietnam take on Cambodia on December 11.

Thailand play East Timor on the 8th and Malaysia in their last match on the 11th.

The Vietnamese women demolished Malaysia 8-0 in their first match at the National University stadium on December 6.

They are a point behind Thailand, who drew with Myanmar on the same day, but with a game in hand.

Malaysia and Laos complete the tournament which is being played on round robin basis with the two top qualifying for the final.

Vietnam play Myanmar on the 8th, Thailand on the 11th, and Laos two days later.

Related news:
Pressure on Vietnam to take down Malaysia

Men’s football ranking at the 25th SEA Games

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Belgian, HCMC doctors perform city’s 7th liver transplant

In Vietnam Health on December 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

The 16-month-old baby transplanted liver at the hospital with her mother, the donor

Belgian surgeons and doctors at Ho Chi Minh City’s Pediatrics Hospital 2 performed the seventh-ever liver transplant done in the city on a year-old child from District 6 on November 7.

A piece of liver was taken from the girl’s mother for the transplant.

The child, Tang Ngoc My, had undergone a Kasai procedure when she was two months old after being diagnosed with biliary atresia, a condition caused by the blockage or absence of the common bile duct between the liver and small intestine.

But the duct then became infected and she developed cirrhosis. Her condition was reportedly worsening before the latest operation.

She weighed just 7.1 kilograms and doctors said her malnourished state made the surgery riskier.

The hospital did not charge the child’s family the cost of the surgery which normally costs around VND250 million (US$13,500).

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Hanoi, HCMC to host UK film festival

In Vietnam Culture on December 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

“Looking for Eric,” Ken Loach’s comedy about a postman who gets lessons in living from French football star Eric Cantona, will kick off a festival of British films in Hanoi December 11.

Scarlett Johansson (L) and Hugh Jackman in the Woody Allen’s film “Scoop”.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the event begins on the same day with Hollywood legend Woody Allen’s film “Scoop” featuring Scarlett Johansson.

The two movies were respectively nominees for the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival earlier this year and the 2008 Goya Award for Best European Film.

“Somers Town” by Shane Meadows, a nominee at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards, and Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky,” which won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress for Sally Hawkins at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, will be screened.

Bui Thac Chuyen’s Vietnamese film Choi voi (Adrift), which won the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival, will also be shown.

In Hanoi the festival will take place at the Hanoi Cinematheque, 22 A Hai Ba Trung Street, from December 11 to 16.

In Ho Chi Minh City it will be at Galaxy cinema, 230 Nguyen Trai Street, from December 11 to 17.

Free tickets for the films will be available from December 7 at the venues and the British Council, 20 Thuy Khue, Hanoi, and 25 Le Duan, HCMC.

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Medical book fair opens in HCMC

In Vietnam Culture on December 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

More than 1,000 books on the topic of medicine are on sale at the Xuan Thu Bookstore in Ho Chi Minh City until December 11.

he event, organized by the FAHASA HCM City Book Distribution Corporation and Elsevier Publishing, offers Vietnamese versions of the latest medical texts by well-known writers likely Lionel H. Opie, Catherine Otto, and Peter Libby.

Many books are offered at a 10 percent discount during the exhibition.

With its headquarters based in Amsterdam, Elsevier is part of the Reed Elsevier Group Plc., a world leading, multi-media publisher of scientific, technical and health information products and services in 73 locations around the globe.


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CAAV, scientists at loggerheads over ‘Golden Route’

In Vietnam Travel on December 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

Scientists and members of Vietnam’s civil aviation body clashed over the issue of cost during a debate on the proposed Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City air route on December 6 in Hanoi. 

Chairman of the Vietnam Economics Association (VEA) Prof. Tran Phuong said the discussion aimed to clarify the economic efficiency of operating a straight flight path between the two cities, dubbed the “Golden Route.”

More than 100 scientists, representatives from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), and airline operators took part in the meeting.

The CAAV has continually insisted that the route, which would run straight along the 106the meridian, is not feasible.

It has cited a host of reasons for its refusal of the plan, including national security issues and cost as the new flight path would take aircraft over neighboring Cambodia and Laos.

During the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Thien Tong, former dean of the Aeronautical Faculty at HCMC University of Technology and lawyer Nguyen Dang Liem questioned CAAV members, demanding proof that the route would be economically inefficient.

Lai Xuan Thanh, deputy head of the CAAV, said the evidence had been presented repeatedly. Accordingly, the aviation body would stand by its original opinion that the project is not practicable, he said.

Prof. Phuong argued that CAAV had failed to convince the public and scientists of the plan’s inefficiency. He expressed dissatisfaction and proposed further meetings to discuss the issue.

The VEA will now submit an official report to the Government detailing its findings from the meeting.

Related articles:
New Hanoi-HCMC air route not practicable: officials
VEA to hold series of debates on “Golden Air Route”
Proposal on new Hanoi-HCM City air route needs more thorough review: CAAV
CAAV turns away from ‘golden air route’
Discussions over new Hanoi-HCM City air route
Air authority accepts new flight route plans

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Viva Macau marks two years’ flying to HCM City

In Vietnam Travel on December 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

Budget carrier Viva Macau Airlines celebrated the 2nd anniversary of service between Ho Chi Minh City and Macau on Monday, and launched its new ticket office on the same day.

The booking office is located on the third floor of the five-star Sheraton hotel in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.

Viva Macau CEO Reg Macdonald (R) toasts with the first customer (L) at the airline’s new booking office in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 7 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

In addition to opening the new office, the low-cost carrier launched a promotion for the Ho Chi Minh City-Macau service, which became daily in July this year. Promotional fares until Dec. 11 start from US$49 one way.

Traffic between the two cities has grown significantly, Viva Macau CEO Reg Macdonald said.

“We’re pleased to see an increasing number of travelers between Ho Chi Minh City and Macau, especially since we operated daily service.”

“We are also keen in starting new service to Hanoi,” he added. However, the time to launch has not been announced.

Viva Macau currently flies direct from Macau to Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Jakarta and Sydney. It will commence twice weekly service between Macau and Melbourne on Dec. 9, and Japan’s Sapporo on Dec. 19. The carrier also has plans to fly to India.

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Schools to teach about anti-corruption battle

In Vietnam Education on December 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan to include instruction on the State’s fight against corruption in education and training curricula in the nation’s schools.

State’s fight against corruption plan will be implemented in high school, colleges and universities ( Photo: U.Phuong)

The plan aims to raise awareness of students, public employees and officials in fighting corruption to regain public confidence in the role of the Party and Government.

The plan will be implemented in high schools, colleges, universities, administrative institutions of the Party, State agencies, armed forces, and political and social organizations.

In 2011, an education program on preventing and fighting corruption will be launched on a national scale based on a review of the results of the pilot plan.

The instructional materials will focus on the causes, negative consequences of corruption and attitude of students towards corrupt officials and staff who work in the political, social and economic agencies of the Government.

In an effort to implement the plan, the Government will focus on training and improving teachers’ skills on preventing and fighting corruption.

Research will also be conducted and a database created as part of the anti-corruption education program.

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US bank sees Vietnam’s GDP growth at 8.2% next year

In Vietnam Economy on December 7, 2009 at 10:20 am

US bank Goldman Sachs has released a report on the Vietnamese economy, forecasting GDP growth to top 5.1 percent in 2009 and rise to 8.2 percent next year.

This undated file photo shows customers shop at a Big C supermarket in Hanoi

The report attributed the country’s economic turnaround since the second quarter to rising domestic demand.
Thanks to the stimulus program and loose monetary policy, the economy has warded off the negative impacts of the global financial crisis rather well, it said.
Though the current fiscal policy would continue in 2010, the budget deficit would not rise sharply as a ratio of GDP, it said.
The bank predicted policymakers would continue with the gradual devaluation of the dong against the US dollar unless the balance of payments situation becomes highly adverse.
It also pointed out some of the challenges the economy has to face now, including inflation, which is trending upward, and the balance of payments situation, which faces a deficit.
But it believed that the Government would be able to keep the deficit under control. 

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Hopeful gold seekers ignore orders to stop

In Vietnam Society on December 7, 2009 at 10:20 am

After a 2.1 kilogram piece of gold was found at the Cha Ha River in the northern-central province of Nghe An, hundreds of local residents have swarmed the area.

Residents of Nghe An Province sift for gold on the banks of the Cha Ha River (Photo: SGGP)

Authorities in Tuong Duong District said that two months ago, a group of nine people from the Hao mountain village in Yen Hoa Commune came looking for gold at Bu Rivulet, a branch of the Cha Ha River.

The group struck fortune when they found the large chunk and sold it for VND1 billion (US$54,000) to a gold shop in Hoa Binh town.

News of the group’s find spread quickly and local residents rushed to the river hoping to discover similar wealth.

Regardless of the weather, masses of people including children and the elderly, head to the river each day.

Around 20 gold-sifting operations have now been set up by the locals along a 20-kilometer section of the river, located about 40 km from the town.

Ms. Luong Thi Tinh, a woman from the Hao village who pans for gold, said her family was poor and they hoped finding the precious metal would bring them a better life.

She said Mr. Oi, one of the nine people who found the 2.1 kg piece of gold, had just built a new house with the money he had come into.

Gold seeker Vi Van Nhoong said that he bought tools to pan for gold over a year ago, and five out of his 10 family members search for the metal daily. If they were lucky, he said, they could find up to one gram of gold a day.

In their zeal for fortune, the residents have dug up the riverbanks, leading to serious landslides in some areas.

Ho Hoai Thom, chairman of the district’s Yen Na Commune People’s Committee, said that his commune has around 10 gold sifting machines, 10 families who pan for gold full-time, and around 100 other seekers of whom some are hired by families who own the machines.

Because local residents are so poverty-stricken, authorities say they allowed them to continue the practice. And despite causing the hazardous landslides, the residents were only issued warnings.

But at the beginning of October, the district ordered the locals to stop and began issuing fines.

Kha Van Ot, head of the Tuong Duong District Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that most gold seekers are working without licenses at the river, and despite the order, they continue to pan for gold.

The department and district authorities are now discussing measures to deal with the issue.

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VN-Index nearly unchanged

In Vietnam Stock Market on December 7, 2009 at 3:55 am

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index finished almost flat Friday adding 0.03 percent.

The index which tracks 187 companies and four closed-end funds on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, gained 0.16 points to close at 494.96. Trade volume plunged to 34.84 million shares, worth VND1.47 trillion (US$80.4 million).

After the bell, there were 76 advancers on the index while 78 dropped and 37 were unchanged.

Sai Gon Garment Manufacturing Trade Co. (GMC) was the biggest winner on December 4 gaining the maximum 5 percent allowed to VND27,300.

The HCM City-based Thanh Cong Textile Garment Joint Stock Co. (TCM) also won 5 percent to VND18,900, followed by Sao Vang Rubber Joint Stock Co. in Hanoi, which closed up 4.92 percent at VND64,000.

Thanh Cong Company was also among the top most active shares in volume having 1.68 million shares traded.

It was ranked third on the city bourse after Saigon Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), which saw 3.14 million shares change hands at 1.19 percent down or VND25,000, and the unchanged Vietnam Export Import Bank or Eximbank (EIB) with nearly 1.84 million shares traded.

Binh Chanh Construction Investment Shareholding Co. (BCI), a real estate developer, recovered from its three-month low gaining 2.68 percent to VND57,500. Vice General Director Truong My Linh plans to cut her holding in the company to 4,200 shares from 19,200 shares, according to a statement on the exchange’s website. The sale starts December 8 and will wrap up by March 30.

Hoa Phat Group Joint Stock Co. (HPG), Vietnam’s biggest listed steel producer, fell 0.81 percent to VND61,500. VOF Investment Ltd. cut its stake in the company to 4.97 percent from 5.8 percent by selling 1.63 million shares, the company said on the website Thursday.

Licogi 16 Joint Stock Co. (LCG), a city-based builder and property developer, gained 0.68 percent to VND74,500. Vietnam’s largest brokerage Saigon Securities Inc. cut its stake in the company to 4.3 percent from 6.1 percent, according to a statement on the website Thursday. Saigon Securities now has 1.1 million Licogi 16 shares.

Hanoi’s HNX-Index also added little, finishing up 0.26 percent, or 0.42 points, at 159.39. Nearly 13 million shares were traded at VND442 billion.

The UP-CoM Index gave up 1.04 percent to 58.91. A total of VND719.35 million was spent trading 54.810 shares.

US stocks fell sharply as trading wound down Thursday, with traders worried about the next session’s release of the monthly jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 101 points to 10,351 while the S&P 500 was off 10 points at 1,099.

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