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Costa Romantica cruise ship docks at Ho Chi Minh City

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Costa Romantica cruise ship docks at Ho Chi Minh City

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company on April 20 welcomed the arrival of the Costa Romantica cruise ship in HCM City.

On board were 2,100 tourists and crew, mainly from Italy, Spain, Britain and Germany.

Their tour through HCM City-Cu Chi-My Tho to Da Nang-Hoi An-My Son-Hue will last until April 22.

As the only company that serves five-star cruise ships belonging to the Costa Croiciere Line, Saigontourist provides a complete travel service for visitors during their stay in Vietnam.

Next month, the Costa Romantica cruise ship will return to Vietnam on a similar tour organised by Saigontourist.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VFF congratulates General Vo Nguyen Giap on Liberation Day

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

VFF congratulates General Vo Nguyen Giap on Liberation Day

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

On April 20, the President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Huynh Dam, visited General Vo Nguyen Giap to mark the 35th anniversary of the liberation of south Vietnam.

On behalf of the VFF, Mr Dam expressed his organisation’s pride and profound gratitude towards General Giap who, together with the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh, led the entire army and people to bring the 1945 August Revolution to success, establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) and achieve the great victory at Dien Bien Phu and the Great Victory in Spring 1975 that culminated in the complete liberation of south Vietnam and national unification.

Mr Dam wished Mr Giap good health and longevity to set a shining example for future Vietnamese generations to follow.

General Giap thanked the VFF as well as the army and people throughout the country for their deep sentiments towards him and wished that the VFF would further enhance its role in the cause of national unity, national construction and defence.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

UN experts hail VN’s efforts in H5N1 flu control

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

UN experts hail VN’s efforts in H5N1 flu control

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese government has made quite strong efforts to control H5N1 and it has been relatively successful.

Dr. Julie Hall, senior technical expert of the United Nations System of Influenza Coordination (UNSIC), made the remark during an interview with a Vietnam News Agency reporter on the sidelines of the seventh International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza (IMCAPI Hanoi 2010), which opened in Hanoi on April 20.

Vietnam has kept the complex development of the disease under control through vaccination programmes, the strengthening of systems to detect disease in animals, and a health system that ensures cases of human infection are treated as quickly as possible.

Vietnam has a large population of poultry, which makes it very difficult to control the disease, the expert said, explaining that this is why bird flu outbreaks still occur in some localities in Vietnam .

However, she said, the Vietnamese government has made tremendous efforts. It can be seen that the number of human cases in Vietnam has significantly lessened, the number of animal outbreaks have decreased and the spread of the virus across the country is now much smaller than it was before, she added.

Controlling animal and pandemic influenza is not a short-term, but a long-term issue, she said, adding that the Vietnamese government’s willingness to host the conference is a testament to its commitment to that long-term effort to control the disease.

UN Technical agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and UNSIC are all here in Vietnam to give support to the country in raising people’s awareness on the disease, disease transmission and to facilitate the sharing of information.

More than 300 delegates involved in the agriculture, livestock and health sectors from countries and territories around the world at the two-day conference will assess global progress in controlling the highly pathogenic avian (A/H5N1) and pandemic flues and propose new steps to reduce and potentially eradicate this serious threat over the coming years.

After discussions, ministers will issue a joint statement that will be the foundation for cooperation between countries and international organisations in the years to come.

A/H5N1 was reported for the first time in Asia in 2003 and has spread to other countries, said Jean Marc Olive, WHO Chief Representative in Vietnam, adding that the disease has, to date, infected 491 people, resulting in 290 deaths, including 59 in Vietnam.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

RoK supports paediatric heart disease surgery

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

RoK supports paediatric heart disease surgery

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Four disadvantaged Vietnamese children born with heart disease on April 20 flew to the Republic of Korea for free heart surgeries with assistance from the RoK’s Sunny Korea.

They are this year’s first humanitarian surgeries worth 48,000 USD funded by Sunny Korea, the Vietnam Children’s Fund said.

Sunny Korea is scheduled to provide heart surgery for eight more Vietnamese children in August and November of this year.

The non-governmental organisation operating in health and education has provided surgery at a total cost of about 1.1 million USD for 110 Vietnamese children born with heart disease since 2002 through the Vietnam Children’s Fund.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

State President Triet receives Bern Mayor

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

State President Triet receives Bern Mayor

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

On April 20, State President Nguyen Minh Triet received Alexandre Tschaeppaet, the Mayor of Bern in Switzerland, who is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen The Thao.

Mr Triet thanked Mayor Tschaeppaet for his visit and expressed his delight at the fine development of the friendship between Vietnam and Switzerland as well as between localities in both countries. He praised the cooperation agreement signed between Bern and Hanoi in the fields of economics, urban management, environmental protection, tourism and sports.

Mayor Tschaeppaet said that Bern and Hanoi have many similarities in history and culture and that Swiss people are longing to welcome President when he visits Switzerland in May.

Despite its rapid urbanisation, Hanoi still retains its old and original architecture. Bern is willing to share experience and help Hanoi to deal with arising issues related to urban management, Mr Tschaeppaet emphasised.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam police arrest bank robber wanted in US

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Vietnam police arrest bank robber wanted in US

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

A 29-year-old of US nationality, Le John (or Le Dung), wanted by US police under an international red alert, has been arrested by Vietnamese police. 

The Public Security Ministry’s Department of Criminal Investigation on April 19 said that it had coordinated with Kien Giang provincial police to identify Le John while he was sheltering at a house in Rach Gia city, Kien Giang province. 

According to the investigation, Le John is accused of committing armed robbery at a bank in Houston, Texas on May 20, 2008 and another, also in Houston, on June 7, 2008. 

After he escaped to Vietnam on February 2009, he married a woman in Kien Giang province and has been hiding out there ever since. 

The US police issued an international red alert for Le John on September 8, 2009. 

He is currently being kept by Vietnamese police and will be handed over to the US.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam to launch tourism campaign in Japan

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Vietnam to launch tourism campaign in Japan

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

One hundred gigantic posters showing images of the Vietnamese country and people will be hung in 45 subway stations around Tokyo in 2010, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Deputy Director of the Market Department of VNAT, noted that, besides the subway ads, Vietnam will also have big poster hung at the Vietnamese consulate in Osaka.

Huong stated that a big budget has been allocated to promote Vietnam tourism in 2010. Together with attending famous annual tourism trade fairs, VNAT will also organize roadshows in three big cities of China, as well as Russia, Australia and Western Europe (the UK, France, Germany and Belgium).

In 2010, travel firms will not have to pay to attend tourism trade fairs, while VNAT will cover expenses and assist travel firms to build booths at the trade fairs.

Huong revealed that VNAT will invite for bids to choose enterprises that implement projects. This method has been carried out for tourism programs in Russia, China and Germany.

The Government has agreed to spend 40 billion dong to promote tourism and 31 billion dong on the national tourism action program.

According to VNAT, the sum of money, besides the aforementioned programs, will be used to advertise Vietnam on television or to organize competitions for a new slogan and logo for Vietnam’s tourism in the development period of 2011-2015.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Journalists’ mission: Spreading information honestly and truthfully

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Journalists’ mission: Spreading information honestly and truthfully

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Journalists should put the national interests first and report events for the benefit of the people, the national renovation and development.

The Vietnam Journalists’ Association was established on April 21, 1950 in Viet Bac (the Northern-most revolutionary base) under the guidelines of the Party Central Committee and the late President Ho Chi Minh. Over the past 60 years, the association’s members have always been loyal at every significant moment in the nation’s history. They have made great contributions to the cause of national construction and defence.

Since its establishment with only 200 members, the association has enlarged its membership to 16,800, including 15,000 professional journalists. They are present at every important event and cover every aspect of people’s daily lives.

Vietnamese journalists have overcome many difficulties and challenges both in the past and at present to successfully carry out their task of disseminating information honestly and truthfully.

During the past struggles against US and French occupying forces, as well as during the wars of resistance against foreign invaders in the northern and south-western border regions, many journalists laid down their lives in order to complete their mission. They use their pens as weapons as soldiers did in the fight against the enemy. This is a special feature of Vietnamese journalism. The Vietnam Journalists’ Association has already honoured 400 journalists whose sacrifices were described as a price worth paying for the nation. They had formed a powerful force that made people feel confident in the nation’s final victory over foreign aggressors.

Upholding this glorious tradition, Vietnamese journalists nowadays continue to be in the vanguard of the national renovation process. They highlight good people and good deeds, and do not hesitate to point out shortcomings in current mechanisms. They are actively involved in the fight against corruption and social evils, with a view to promoting democracy and social equality, as well as helping the country to enter a new period of development.

In fact, there are some journalists who have made mistakes and corruptly used their privileges to further advance their careers. But there’s no denying that journalists have made a significant contribution to turning over a new page in the nation’s history.

A lesson drawn from Vietnam’s revolutionary journalism shows that to carry out their mission successfully, journalists have to put the national interests first and report events for the benefit of the people, national renovation and development. This is the principle that had influenced the whole life and work of late President Ho Chi Minh, who was also an outstanding journalist.

Apart from enjoying support from Party and State policies, journalists still run into a lot of trouble when doing their duties. Many agencies and organisations which want to cover up their failings or misdemeanours, often refuse to cooperate with the press, and try to prevent journalists from seeking out the truth. Sometimes they even attack journalists. Therefore, one of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association’s key tasks is to protect the legal rights of its members.

In addition, the association should strictly follow the ethics of journalists so that its member cannot corruptly use such privileges for their own benefit. So, it is necessary to encourage all sections of people to engage in press activities.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Global influenza conference opens

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Global influenza conference opens

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Seventh International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza – 2010 (IMCAPI) opened in Hanoi on April 20.

David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Influenza Coordinator, said in a video message sent to the IMCAPI that priorities should be focused on maintaining and building on the achievements that have already been made to control the H5N1 virus, and on developing institutions, professional capacities and systems in order to cope with challenges of emerging infectious diseases.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bui Ba Bong, suggested the conference should assess global progress in controlling Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, which is caused by the H5N1 virus, and propose new steps to reduce and potentially eradicate this serious threat.

In a premeeting session on April 19, participants reviewed recent experiences and achievements of global responses to H5N1 and A/H1N1, defined the scientific rationale for continued attention and identified new challenges.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

HCMC collects 2 tons of trash for ‘Waste Recycling Day’

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

HCMC collects 2 tons of trash for ‘Waste Recycling Day’

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Some 8,000 people dropped off their trash at District 1’s Le Van Tam Park for Ho Chi Minh City’s “Waste Recycling Day,” in which HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment collected any and all rubbish in order to transform it into reusable goods.

Collection booths at the park were busy from the break of dawn, with local citizens dropping off batteries, light bulbs, containers, wrappers and anything else that could be recycled.

Many booths gave contributors small gifts in return for their waste.

Other booths demonstrated recycling techniques and short documentary films about environmentalism. The event was organized by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Addressing at the opening ceremony, Mr. Bui Cach Xuyen, head of Environmental Protection Head Office, emphasized that waste recycling was more necessary and popular these days due to the rapid exhaustion of the earth’s natural resources over the last several years.

The city releases 6,000 tons of waste a day, he said, adding that only 10% of that trash is recycled while 90% is dumped into the ground.

Mr. Xuyen the problem was a burden on the city budget both in terms of economics and health concerns.

He said recycling was best solution to the city’s current pollution problem. He also suggested residents help local officials by classifying waste before throwing it away. He said these small contributions would be important to facilitating smooth recycling mechanisms throughout the city.

In related news, on the same day, the city’s Communist Youth Union signed a memorandum with local Government departments to plan several environmental works.

According to the memorandum, the Union will host an awareness campaign to bring knowledge about public reproductive health, occupational diseases, and medical insurance to more than 1,800 workers at six local processing and industrial zones.

Other campaigns targeting workers will follow up, including courses to help 6,000 workers enrich their knowledge about preparing nutritional meals, the opening of shops inside the zone to sell discounted products, and raising workers’ knowledge of environmental sanitation.

Other public campaigns will also be held to encourage local youths to classify waste and spread awareness of environmental initiatives.

The Union will also dispatch its volunteer groups to raise awareness of safe driving. Young doctor groups will be sent out to care for workers as well. 

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND