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Blue ear disease not yet found in city

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

“Blue ear” disease in pigs has been reported in 12 northern provinces and cities and threatened other southern and central provinces, said Department of Animal Health, part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Thursday.

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) also known as ‘Blue Ear”disease has seen around 37,000 infected pigs with 14,860 killed and destroyed.

The disease is spreading fast because knights of the cleaver have transported pigs from provinces to provinces. 

Moreover, breeders have tried to sell their pigs at cheap prices for fear that their pigs will contract the disease they may lose heavily, causing spread of the virus in the central and southern provinces.

Ho Chi Minh City residents are careful to choose pork for their meals since the news of the disease on pigs has been reported. However, Phan Xuan Thao, chief of the city’s Department of Animal Health, said his men did not detect diseased pigs in the city.

The department and Department of Market Management enhance supervision at slaughter houses and conducte tests all the time, he added.


Source: SGGP

Vietnamese artists to attend Cannes Film Festival

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

A delegation of famous Vietnamese artists will travel to France from May 9 to 19 for Cannes International Film Festival.

Famous Vietnamese artists will travel to France for Cannes International Film Festival in May.

The group includes actresses Truong Ngoc Anh, Ngan Khanh, Minh Huong, La Thanh Huyen, Mai Thu Huyen, actor Bao Son, directors Pham Viet Thanh, Ho Quang Minh, Nguyen Vinh Son and Nguyen Duc Viet.

Director and cameraman Pham Viet Thanh believed that attending the film festival is the best way for Vietnamese cinema to approach the world film industry.

The Vietnamese film Bi, dung so (Bi, don’t be afraid) by director Phan Dang Di will compete in the L’Atelier category of Cannes International Film Festival 2010.

The film’s script won the Pusan Promotion Plan’s “Asia Outstanding Project” award at the International Pusan Film Festival in 2007, and was one of 15 film projects selected by Cannes for the 2010 festival’s L’Atelier category.

The picture was also funded with US$10,000 from the Board of Vietnamese Film Project Management – Production, and US$67,100 from the Berlin Film Festival’s World Cinema Fund

Source: SGGP

Doc Let Beach – primitive beauty beckons

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Doc Let Beach – primitive beauty beckons

QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

Ninh Hoa, a coastal district in the central province of Khanh Hoa, is well-known for its ocean temperate climate and as a land of sunshine and cool winds. In which, Doc Let Beach is suggested as ideal for summer vacation, especially for Saigonese to flee the heat and the ear-splitting noises of urban life.

After visiting Nha Trang City and other famous destinations such as Hon Tre Islet, Hon Tam Ecotourism Park, Bai Dai Beach and Cham Towers, tourists should take a trip on National Highway 1 to the north to stop by Ninh Hoa which pledges to put a nice impression in tourists’ eyes and memory by its stunning Doc Let Beach.

About 40 kilometers from Nha Trang City, passing over Banh It Pass and taking a turn onto Road 635 for just over ten kilometers, Doc Let Beach will appear full of surprises and beauty.

In recent years the beach has gained the attention of many locals and foreigners. Doc Let Tourist Park covers about 14 hectares, of which five have been developed into resorts under the shade of a eucalyptus forest by Khanh Hoa Tourist Company.

These resorts feature bungalows at three-star standard priced from VND150,000 to VND300,000. The park also serves entertainment and recreational needs with tennis courts, swimming pools, massage rooms, karaoke, underwater games, beach volley ball, boat cruises, surfing and balloon flying.

Some parts of Doc Let are still primitive with endless sand dunes separating the beach and the land. In order to get to the beach you must first drag through the sand dunes which are dozens of meters high, that is why people call the beach Doc Let (Dragging Hill).

After playing with the waves and wallowing in the crystal blue water, swimmers can lie under the shade of green trees along the beach and listen to the whispers of the wind in harmony with the sounds of the waves crashing onto shore. The next must-do thing is to hire a boat for VND50,000 to cruise to Van Phong Bay to discover the daily life of the local offshore fishermen.

Shopping in Doc Let is another fantastic experience of the trip. Sellers stand in lines at the market gate and invite guests. Doc Let’s seafood market is inside Doc Let Tourist Park and sells fresh seafood such as crab for VND90,000 per kilogram, shrimp for VND100,000 per kilogram or snails for VND20,000 per kilogram.

An overnight stay at Doc Let Beach on a clear star-studded night is wonderful. The surface of the sea shimmers with the lights of the fishing boats. Indulging in the vaporous lights of the boats, the twinkling lights of the stars and the soft sounds of the waves and winds, daily stress is swept away. At the park or on the beach, tourists also can enjoy seafood prepared by fishermen.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Fine arts and music program to raise money for AO child victims

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

A fine arts and music program for Agent Orange child victims featuring French and Vietnamese artists will take place at the Art House, 31A Van Mieu in Hanoi, on May 7.

                         Painter Tran Nhat Thang

Group of artists performing on the stage include French jazz guitarist Marc Behin and percussionist Veronique Carlier from Paris; Vietnamese French guitarist and singer Ho Hai Quang from the Reunion Island.

Marc Behin is the founder of the Jazz Bond Association, Paris, a non-governmental organization that provides musical training and workshops for children in France and Viet Nam. Veronique Carlier is a member of the Jazz Bond Association.

Ho Hai Quang is the president of Orange-Dioxine Association La Reunion, a non-governmental musical organization that helps Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

Vietnamese artists including abstract painter Tran Nhat Thang, sculptor Bui Thi Thanh Hang, oil painter Le Thi Minh Tam and body painter Phuong Vu Manh will also participate in the event.

As a special treatment, AO children victims also join in the art show.

All of the proceeds from the sales of the paintings will be donated to the Agent Orange Victims’ Fund, in order to give musical and artistic training courses to the children.

The show aims to calm the sufferings of AO children victims and mark the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7.

Source: SGGP

Beer festival opens

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Beer festival opens

QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

A four-day beer festival was launched on May 6th at Windsor Plaza Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of many well-established domestic and foreign beer brands.

During the event, with the presentation by popular artists and music bands, visitors have an opportunity to enjoy various flavors of beers and buffets and music.

In 2009, the festival attracted 5,000 visitors, and the figure is expected to go up at this year’s event.

The festival aims to honour beer culture and offer different beer flavors and delicious dishes to beer drinkers.

People under 18 years old are not allowed to take part in the event.

Source: Lao Dong

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

89 percent of locals finish universalization of secondary education

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The Ministry of Education and Training has just recognized 57 cities and provinces (89% locals) in the country to complete universalization of secondary education.

Students of Kim Dong Junior High School in District 5, HCM City. (Photo: SGGP)

The six remaining provinces will respectively get the recognition of the standard of secondary educational universalization from the ministry from now until June.

The ministry has steered departments of education and training of cities and provinces to complete the check-up of the secondary educational universalization.

The program has been carried out before September 30 to prepare for a summary conference on 10 year implementation of the universal secondary education program nationwide (2001-2010).


Source: SGGP

Core naval force’s feat of arms praised

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Core naval force’s feat of arms praised

QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The brilliant achievements and heroic feats of arms made by the Vietnam People’s Navy are a source of national pride and an invaluable contribution to national construction and defence, said National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong.

A ceremony was held in Hai Phong on May 7 by the local Party Committee and the Naval Command to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Navy and to award the Navy the Gold Star Order for the second time – the highest distinction of the Party and State.

Over the past 55 years, Vietnam naval forces have made many sacrifices, fought courageously, and overcome every challenge to fulfill their duty, greatly contributing to the country’s revolutionary cause.

Chairman Trong praised the navy’s 55 years of service and called on its members to strictly follow the Party and State’s policies on national construction and training ever stronger and more effective naval forces.

Mr Trong underlined the need for solidarity and close cooperation between the Navy and the people.

Then, on behalf of the Party and State, Chairman Trong pinned the Gold Star Order on the Naval Arm, the ceremonial flag of the Vietnam People’s Army.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Italian artists to perform in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Famous Italian soprano Francesca Patane and baritone Marco Chingari will perform in a concert at Hanoi Opera House on May 10.

           Famous Italian soprano Francesca Patane

Vietnamese music lovers will enjoy works by R. Leoncavallo, G. Verdi and Rogers to be performed by the two fine voices.

Francesca Patane has a great influence on her family of distinguished Italian musicians. Her grandfather and father were famous conductors Franco Patanè and Giuseppe Patanè. Her mother was a renowned vocal teacher Rita Patanè.

Started career under the baton of Maestro Gandolfi, baritone Marco Chingari has performed in all the major theatres in Italy and abroad, specialising in Verdi and belcanto-roles.

The concert is held by the Italian Embassy and the Art Performing Center of Vietnam to mark the celebration of the Thang Long-Hanoi Millennium Anniversary.

Source: SGGP

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – The victory of Dien Bien Phu is one of the national exploits, compared as a new Bach Dang, Chi Lang or Dong Da victory in the Ho Chi Minh times, in the Vietnamese history of national building and defense. Time passes by but its historical significance still remains and it will forever be a big lesson for future generations.

The Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7th, 1954 put an end to the French colony in Vietnam as well as in Indochina as without it the then French Government should not have sat down to sign in the Geneva Agreement, which bound the French to end the war and restore peace in the peninsula of Indochina. The victory was the direct result of the nine-year-long, whole-nation restless efforts to defend the fruits of the August Revolution. It also bears international-scale significance as it served as a bright example of national liberation for colonised nations worldwide.

Looking back into the past, the victory was the convergence of a number of factors. The first and foremost undeniable factor is the great unity of the whole nation under the talented leadership of the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh. Although Vietnam’s army at the time was still so young (founded in 1944) and equipped with modest weapons, under the leadership of the brilliant General Commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the army defeated a many-times-more powerful expeditionary force with modern weapons and equipment. When linking all military events during the nine-year resistance, experts could find that other campaigns could be practical tests for the Vietnam Army before it went to the final operation in Dien Bien Phu. Findings could point out that the army learnt valuable lessons from the previous battles and matured from time to time from these lessons and experiences. The victory also marked the great contribution by the soldiers of the past who, with their resourcefulness, courage, iron will and heroism, were ready to sacrifice themselves and uncompromisingly fought in battles against the enemy. Finally, the victory resulted from Vietnam’s warfare and military arts and the Party’s direction of self-reliance and whole-nation resistance, which later developed into the theory of People’s Warfare.     

On the occasion of the celebration of the 56th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, the review of the lessons from the campaign is needed for each Vietnamese and the whole nation. Proud of the past glorious victory and inheriting the lessons and spirit of the victory, today’s Vietnamese people and army should devote more to the cause of renewal and national economic development and defence. In both development and defence, national unity and the party’s proper leadership are always keys to success. Regarding national defence, the lessons from the victory never goes old even in peacetime. The army should regularly equip military people with precious properties of the Dien Bien soldiers as well as develop military past theories, experience and lessons on military and warfare arts in accordance with new situations in order to firmly and successfully defend the entity of the Fatherland and peace of the people, creating favorable conditions for economic development.  

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

National Propagation of the Faith 2010 held in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

More than 20,000 Buddhist dignitaries and followers joined in the conference on the National Propagation of the Faith 2010 organized by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang on Thursday.

The opening ceremony of National Propagation of Faith 2010 is organized on May 6 and will run until 10.

The conference also includes a series of events such as a ceremony praying for peace, prosperity and the well being of the country; a requiem for martyrs and charity activities.

On this occasion, the organization board of the national Buddhist event will give 200 houses worth VND3 billion (US$150,000) to the poor, offer gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers and scholarships to disadvantaged students; build rural bridges, provide medical examination and treatment for poor; and organize a blood donation program.

The conference aims to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long – Ha Noi and will run until May 10.

Source: SGGP