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Fruit farm tourism in focus

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Fruit farm tourism in focus

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

A national seminar held in Tien Giang province on April 21 focused on developing the agricultural sector by linking it closer with the tourist industry.

At the event, managers, entrepreneurs and researchers discussed garden tourism in the Mekong Delta. They exposed weaknesses such as poor infrastructure, uninteresting and lacklustre services, unprofessional staff, and accommodation and entertainments that lacked sufficient investment.

The model of fruit farm tourism has developed quickly in the Mekong Delta recently, with hundreds of eco-tourism sites set up in Tien Giang, Ben Tre, and Vinh Long.

Such locations offer tourists fresh air, tasty fruits, traditional cuisine, and the chance to go fishing or boating and listen to local musicians.

Participants in the seminar agreed that more attention should be given to planning, regional coordination, human resource development, and marketing investment from both domestic and foreign sources.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

One more central coastal resort opens

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

One more central coastal resort opens

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Life Resort Danang has opened on Bac My An Beach, the central coast beach between Da Nang and Hoi An.

The resort, set on five hectare site, has 158 spacious Superior and Deluxe rooms each with balconies, rising up to the Penthouse suites with Jacuzzi baths, huge balconies and sensational sea views. Moreover, there are 11 one- and two-bedroom villas available with open plan living rooms, private gardens and large luxury en-suites with generous stone baths.

The resort is also near the airport, the city centre, three UNESCO World Heritage sites and two world class golf courses.

Located just three kilometres from downtown Da Nang, the quality of local infrastructure and ease of access easily justify the excitement surrounding Life Resort Da Nang, say Chris Duffy, general director of the Life Resorts.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND

Unchecked toys remain on market after ministry ban

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Unchecked toys remain on market after ministry ban

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Many toys without safety labels remain on the market although the Ministry of Science and Technology banned such items on April 15.

Hoang Lam, deputy director of the Quality Assurance and Testing Centre No 3 (Quatest 3), said toys must be tested for aromatic amine, formaldehyde, pH level, physical safety, and poisonous content on paint, fabric, plastic and metal.

Trusted agencies for tests are Quatest 1, 2, 3 and Standard Approval Centre (Quacert).

“Toys for kids under 16 years old have to be checked and labeled safe before they come to market,” said Tran Tuyet Nhung, deputy director of the Assessment Department under the General Department of Standards, Measurement and Quality.

But toyshops in HCM City and Hanoi are full of unchecked items that can be seen at Tan Dinh and Binh Tay markets, shops on Phan Dinh Phung street in HCM City , or Hanoi ’s Hang Ma, Cha Ca, Luong Van Can streets.

Nguyen Truong Son, deputy head of Hanoi ’s Market Watch Division 2, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his division had not seen any of the new labels, which were supposed to be issued by the ministry.

HCM City Market Watch Division is currently carrying out checks on toys. About 90 percent of the toys are of Chinese origin, with no information or instructions in the Vietnamese language, the division said.

Lam said it would take a long time to conduct inspections on items imported to the country before April 15. “Distributors of toys are reluctant to send goods to testing agencies for tests as well,” he said.

Nhung said there were still no labels on goods from exporters and distributors.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Sao Khue awards given to 47 IT developers

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Sao Khue awards given to 47 IT developers

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Forty-seven outstanding individuals and organisations from the Information and Technology (IT) sector were presented with Sao Khue Awards on the evening of April 21 in Hanoi.

Initiated by the Vietnam Software Association (VINASA) in 2003, the Sao Khue Awards are designed to honour organisations and individuals that make a great contribution to the development of the IT and software industries in Vietnam.

This year, the only individual to win an award was Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of Quang Ninh’s provincial Party Committee and also the Secretary of the provincial party committee.

Over the past few years, no matter in what position, Dam has participated in policy making and helped greatly to develop Vietnam’s IT and software industries.

The three awards for software and IT applications went to the Vietnam Industrial and Commercial Bank (VietinBank), the Lien Viet Bank and the Information Centre from the National Administration of Exercise and Sports.

The Saigon Securities Inc. was honoured as best enterprise at using legal software.

Starting this year, the VINASA will put forward software products that have been nominated for a Sao Khue award to the Asia -Pacific Information and Communications Technology Awards (APICTA).

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thua Thien – Hue: USD 120,000 project to clear bombs and mines

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thua Thien – Hue: USD 120,000 project to clear bombs and mines

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

On April 21, the office of the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien – Hue announced that the committee chairman, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien signed a decision adopting a project worth USD 120,000 to clear land of bombs and mines in the province, sponsored by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

The project will be carried out in Hong Tien commune, Huong Tra district, aiming to identify areas in the communities that are affected by bombs and mines to promptly clear land to reduce fatalities and injuries among residents and develop agricultural cultivation.

The project is assigned to the provincial union of friendship organizations.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND

HCMC not to lack power if consumption saved by 6 percent

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

HCMC not to lack power if consumption saved by 6 percent

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:43 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City Power Corporation has taken essential measures to ease power shortage in this dry season, the Corp’s head said, adding that the city will not suffer such a shortage if administrative agencies and households can reduce their power use by six percent.

In a recent interview with SGGP, Le Van Phuoc, general director of the HCMC Power Corporation, said the firm has set up teams to streamline the power supply source to maintain a stable supply to customers, especially producers of goods for export.

The corporation has stepped up the repair, maintenance and upgrade of the power grid to improve its supply capacity and arranged those works in better ways to minimize their impacts on power users, Mr. Phuoc said.

The firm has also called on large companies to use their own diesel-run generators in case of power supply shortage.  

However, he emphasized that an efficient, economical use of power is one of the key measures to ease power shortage.

With a total power consumption of 44.6 million kWh per day, the city now faces a daily shortage of about 1.1 million kWh. Meanwhile, the administrative sector and households account for about 40 percent, or 17.84 million kWh, of the total consumption. Therefore, if they can reduce their use by 6 percent, or 1.07 million kWh, the city will see no lack of electricity, he said.

Asked about recent power cuts, he explained they were made because of regular maintenance services or incidents, including cases in which power was automatically cut off as a result of an overload of the grid. “Such power cuts often lasted a short time,” he added.

“We never randomly cut power supply to customers, and in case a cut is needed, it cannot be made without a prior notice,” he asserted.

Cutting power must comply with the Electricity Law and must be informed in advance to customers via broadcast stations and newspapers, he said.

The corporation has yet to consider a power-cutting plan, since the National Power System Moderation Center has streamlined the power allocation on a daily basis to each power corporation to make the use of electricity more proper, balanced and efficient, he confirmed.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

President joins programme in support of poor

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

President joins programme in support of poor

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:43 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet attended a programme to call for national support for the poor in the midland province of Phu Tho in Viet Tri city, on April 22.

President Triet called upon individuals and organisations at home and abroad to take a positive part in social activities for hunger alleviation and poverty reduction to contribute to lowering the national poverty rate.

He also commended organisations and enterprises for their kindness in helping the poor in Phu Tho province.

Though the war is over and people have lived in peace for 35 years, many Vietnamese families and individuals still suffer from poverty, partly due to the effects of war, President Triet said, adding that national assistance to the poor will help them live a better life.

The charitable programme is part of a provincial project to remove unsafe housing and reduce poverty.

Over the last 10 years, Phu Tho has replaced 12,000 unsafe houses, built infrastructure facilities for poor people and reduced the poverty rate to 13 percent.

For 2010, the province has targeted pushing its poverty rate down under 10 percent.

The same day, President Nguyen Minh Triet witnessed a signing ceremony for investment agreements on key industrial-service projects between Phu Tho and several giant economic groups and banks of Vietnam .

He also attended an event for a tree growing campaign, undertaken both in commemoration of the Hung Kings–the founders of the nation—as well as ramping up towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Music ambassador of “Conciliation and Love”

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

In his first trip to Vietnam, the talented conductor of the Boston Landmark symphony orchestra, Charles Ansbacher, is very eager for his first concert at the Hanoi Opera House on April 22.

Ansbacher is the founder and conductor of the Boston Landmarks symphony orchestra. He has been in Vietnam for a week to prepare for the “Conciliation and Love” concert in Hanoi on April 22-23, at the invitation of VietNamNet newspaper.

Upon arrival, Ansbacher began practicing almost immediately with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. Apart from two rehearsals, he has worked with Vietnamese artists for rigorous three days, from 8.45-11.30am to 2-4.30pm. After only three practice classes, Vietnamese artists praised Ansbacher’s brilliance.

“Our orchestra has worked with many foreign conductors. This is the first time we cooperate with Charles Ansbacher but I see that he has a very nice style. I strongly believe that the upcoming concert will be very successful. We feel many new things from the music works that we will play this time when we work with Ansbacher,” said Nguyen Tien Phuc, the chief of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

The American conductor was also pleased to work with Vietnamese artists. “We are easy to work together. We have only one week to practice and perform together. We play famous music works and a new one. I’ve worked with many orchestras in the world. Vietnamese instrumentalists are very serious and carefully prepare for practices so I’m very pleased to work with them”.

Ansbacher has chosen special music works for VietNamNet’s “Conciliation and Love” concert. Besides music by Rossini, Faure, the focus of this concert will be the Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” or “New World Symphony” by Antonin Leopold Dvorak.

Talking with VietNamNet reporter on April 20, the American conductor said that it is an honor to be invited to Vietnam this time.

“I’m very eager to come to Vietnam because my son went to Vietnam last year and he told me that the trip was wonderful. It is regrettable that my trip is short. I hope to have a chance to return to Vietnam to feel your country’s beauty like my son,” he said.

Source: SGGP

VN-Index climbs to 27-session high

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index on April 22 sharply hiked to near 530 points due to investors’ heavy buying.

The shares of 224 companies and four mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange finished at 529.31 points, gaining 1.84 percent, or 9.61 points. Trading volume was extremely high with more than 79.8 million shares, worth VND3.19 trillion being traded, marking the highest record in the last three months.

Among the index members, 120 shares gained, 68 fell, and 40 were unchanged.

Pomina Steel Corporation (POM), which located in Binh Duong Province, and the Hanoi-based Vincom Joint Stock Company (VIC) led the big gainers on the city bourse. Both added up the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND52,500, and VND105,000 respectively.

DIC Investment and Trading Joint Stock Company (DIC) rose by 4.98 percent to VND23,200.

Saigon Securities Inc. (SSI) won the spot of the most active stock in volume with more than 3.54 million shares being changed hands. The largest brokerage in Vietnam closed up 4.99 percent to VND44,200.

Tan Tao Investment Industry Corporation (ITA), which rose by 4.95 percent, came next with 2.48 million shares, followed by Saigon Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) with more than 2 million shares.

Big losers included NBB Investment Corporation (NBB), Da Nang Contruction Building Materials and Cement Joint Stock Company (DXV), and Cavico Viet Nam Mining and Construction Joint Stock Company (MCV).

The smaller bourse in the north also performed well as the Hanoi’s HNX-Index advanced 0.47 points, or 0.26 percent, to close at 178.33. Liquidity on the northern market stayed high as investors continued to buy heavily. Around 77.2 million shares, worth VND2.69 trillion, were traded.

Meanwhile, the UPCoM-Index made a contrast move, losing 0.16 points, or 0.34 percent, to 47.17. A total of 125,940 shares changed hands at VND1.8 billion.

Source: SGGP

NATO ministers meet on Afghan trainers, nuclear policy

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Estonia Thursday for talks with her NATO counterparts about the alliance’s role in nuclear defence and ways to drum up more trainers for the Afghan army.

The gathering in the Estonian capital Tallinn, starting at 1030 GMT, will first focus on plans to reform NATO to deal with modern security threats, followed by a working dinner on nuclear and missile defence policy.

The United States “wants to see a more efficient and streamlined alliance,” which has grown rapidly to 28 members, a senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Clinton.

The official also said on condition of anonymity that Clinton, at the dinner with her counterparts, would build on US-sponsored efforts to reduce nuclear arms as well as tackle “the question of non-strategic nuclear weapons in NATO.”

He did not elaborate.

But Germany, Belgium and several other countries appear intent on calling for the United States to remove its tactical nuclear weapons, something Washington is reluctant to do without Russia cutting its tactical arsenal.

There are no official figures published but there are thought to be some 240 US nuclear weapons scattered around Europe in five NATO nations; Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Another senior US official said earlier it would be NATO’s first real talks on nuclear policy since the early 1990s.

“Our principle, and most important guide-post for moving into this discussion is that we don’t want to divide the alliance on this issue,” he said.

The ministers will also mull whether to grant Bosnia-Hercegovina membership action plan (MAP) status, the penultimate step to joining the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Officials suggest this is unlikely to happen.

The senior US official praised Bosnia for taking positive steps toward gaining MAP status by its deploying 100 troops to Afghanistan and agreeing to dispose of surplus ammunition and weapons.

Friday’s morning session will include talks about cooperation with Russia — although no Russian officials are due to attend — and talks among NATO nations and partners fighting the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and their backers in Afghanistan.

Clinton is scheduled to have talks with Zalmai Rassoul, the new Afghan foreign minister.

Ahead of the meeting, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged the allies to help find 450 new trainers to help build up the Afghan army and police to take responsibility for national security on their own.

“For transition to take place, we need Afghan forces to play their part. Which means we need trainers,” he told reporters in Brussels.

“We are still short about 450 trainers. It’s a relatively small number. But those trainers have a big effect,” he said, and urged the ministers “to see what they can do to free up these mission-critical resources.”

Rasmussen said the ministers would also seek to agree “on the principles and decision-making framework” for security duties to be handed from NATO and US-led forces to the Afghans.

NATO leads a force of some 90,000 troops drawn from more than 40 nations and whose aim is to restore stability and democracy to Afghanistan in the face of a virulent insurgency.

Source: SGGP