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Premier Skills to kick off 2nd phase in HCM City

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Premier Skills to kick off 2nd phase in HCM City

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:3 (GMT+7)

Close to 30 learners from Vietnam, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea will participate in a second-phase training course of the Premier Skills project to be held in Ho Chi Minh City from May 10-15. 

Premier Skills is an innovative international coaching development project run in partnership by the Premier League and the British Council.

It provides week-long courses to help young people become multi-skilled community coaches by enhancing their football coaching skills, community leadership and English language skills. 

In addition to Premier Skills football coaching and skills development sessions, the project provides a resource for learners and teachers of English all over the world to arouse interest in both football and language learning. 

The participants in the HCM City course, eight of them are Vietnamese, will include reporters, teachers of physical training and sports and football managers. 

They will be assisted to develop English skills via audio-visual documents about the Premier League. 

The first phase of Premier Skills was carried out in Hanoi in February 2009, focusing on football coaching skills and community development activities. 

Premier Skills has developed into the Premier League’s flagship international development football project following a successful pilot phase in 2007 and 2008.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnamese xiangqi team prepares for ASIAD 16

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Vietnamese xiangqi team prepares for ASIAD 16

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese xiangqi (Chinese chess) team gathered in early May at the Ho Chi Minh City Sport Training Centre to prepare for the upcoming ASIAD in Guangzhou China from November 12-27.

The team will include 6 male and 5 female players, coached by Hoang Dinh Hong and Le Thien Vi.

In the ASIAD 16, the Vietnamese team places high hopes on Ngo Lan Huong in the women’s individual event, who won a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games.

Other potential contenders include China, Taiwan and Australia.

On May 28, the national team will compete at the Han Xin Chinese Chess Championships in Jiang Su.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

HCM City hosts International Jewelry Watch Vietnam fair

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

HCM City hosts International Jewelry Watch Vietnam fair

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

The International Jewelry and Watch Vietnam 2010 opened in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday, displaying more than 200,000 latest jewelry designs from various countries.

The event is running at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Center in Tan Binh District until May 11.

This event is targeted to attract retailers and major department stores as well as private collectors from Vietnam and the other Southeast Asian countries, according to the organizer World Trade Fair Limited.

Exhibitors include jewelry manufacturers from Italy, India, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Israel, Turkey, Thailand, Canada and elsewhere.

Notably, also present at the exhibition are world leading diamond suppliers such as Antwerp Classic Diamond Hong Kong, Apple Green Diamond Inc., Bombay Diamonds, Diasource Inc. Gemma International Co. Ltd, and Nasaa Gem And Jewellery Company.

The event is jointly organized by local partner VietCham Expo – the exhibition service company of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Vietnam currently relies mainly on jewelry and watch imports since the jewelry and timepiece industries have not developed much in the country.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

PVFCCo expands business in Cambodia

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

PVFCCo expands business in Cambodia

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:3 (GMT+7)

PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (PVFCCo), a member of Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) on May 7 opened its representative office in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. 

Present were Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, Vietnamese Ambassador Ngo Anh Dung, senior trade and agriculture officials from the two countries along with PetroVietnam’s representative Hoang Xuan Hung. 

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy PM Men Sam An said she hopes the business will develop for the benefit of both PVFCCo and Cambodian farmers. She also expressed her belief that PVFCCo will succeed, generating tax revenues and giving Cambodian farmers high-quality products. 

PVFCCo’s general director Phan Dinh Duc said the corporation hopes to contribute to boosting fine traditional friendship between the two nations, especially in economics and agriculture. 

After the ceremony, PVFCCo signed three memoranda of understanding with their partners in Battambang province. 

On the occasion, the corporation presented 25 tonnes of fertilizer to farmers in the Cambodian provinces of Battambang and Prey Veng. 

Over the past time, the company has conducted a series of experiments in Kampong Cham and Battambang provinces in an effort to reach the agricultural output target of 8.6 tonnes per ha.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Quality standards imposed on salt imports

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Quality standards imposed on salt imports

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Finance to work on quality, safety and hygiene standards for imported salt.

He also asked the above ministries to curb cheating on the importation of salt, and to propose ways of adjusting import taxes on salt that is imported beyond the legal set quota.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade set the 2010 national customs quota for salt imports at 260,000 tonnes. To date, the Ministry of Finance has allocated quotas totalling 140,000 tonnes to different businesses.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnamese soldiers’ remains return from Laos, Cambodia

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Vietnamese soldiers’ remains return from Laos, Cambodia

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

The remains of 29 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who died in Laos and Cambodia during the war have been repatriated after a six-month search.

The search was conducted by a team under the Kon Tum Military Command.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Ngoc Hoi District Martyrs Cemetery in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum with the participation of provincial authorities, representatives from the Sekong, Attapeu and Champasak provinces of Laos, and Ratanakiri Province of Cambodia along with local armed forces and the public.

The day before, a solemn ceremony had been held in Laos to mark the departure of the remains of the Vietnamese soldiers to Viet Nam.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Provinces asked to prepare for storms and floods

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Provinces asked to prepare for storms and floods

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked provinces to ensure the reservoirs before storm and flood season this year.

Accordingly, provinces and cities in the northern and Highland regions must be finished with repair and upgrading work before May 31.

Construction work in the Central Highlands should be accelerated to ensure timely protection against floods.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Ethnic minorities keep pace with the country

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Ethnic minorities keep pace with the country

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

An exhibition on ethnic communities in Vietnam opened in Hanoi on May 9 as part of activities to welcome the first National Congress of Representatives of Minority Nationalities in Vietnam.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Council for Ethnic Minorities, K’sor Phuoc, and the Head of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Minorities, Giang Seo Phu.

The exhibition aims to honour and praise the merits and contributions of ethnic groups in national construction and defence as well as reflect their cultural, economic and social development during the process of renovation and integration.

The exhibition is organized to cover two topics: (1) attention and assistance the Party and State have given to ethnic minorities and their cultures, and (2) books, newspapers, magazines and other cultural products that serve ethnic minorities, and a display of their socio-economic achievements from 2005 to 2009.

Nguyen Dang Duy, a visitor to the exhibition, said the event will help people in lowland areas to understand more about the lives and cultures of mountainous people as well as the close connection between all Vietnamese ethnic groups.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Hanoi to control Internet café users

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Hanoi to control Internet café users

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

If clients visit websites with bad content, both customers and Internet café owners will be served with warnings or be fined, stated Pham Quoc Ban, director of the Hanoi Department of Information and Communications to VNExpress.

The Hanoi People’s Committee on April 26 issued a new decision to regulate Internet cafes. Could you tell us about the new features in this document?

Hanoi presently has around 4000 Internet agents. In the past, Hanoi and Ha Tay (which merged into Hanoi in 2008) had many instructions to manage Internet agents and now we have reorganized them into one decision.

The first new point in this decision is that responsibility for controlling Internet shops is assigned to district governments. Accordingly, the Culture and Information Divisions of districts must regulate Internet agents. Previously, only the police had this duty.

The second new point is that we will use technology to manage Internet shops. Specifically, competent agencies will install specialized software designed by National University. This software will oversee the activities of users and the owners of Internet shops to know whether or not they are obeying the law.

It is said that controlling the users at Internet shops will violate their right to privacy. How do you respond?

According to the new decision, Internet shops must have at least one employee with an A-grade IT certificate and they are allowed to open from 6am to 11pm.

Internet shops must be at least 200m from the gates of schools (from kindergartens to high schools) and be equipped with anti-fire equipment, audio and lighting, etc. to protect the health of all users.

At present, control of users at Internet shops is very poor. People of less than 18 years old can freely visit websites with bad content. If we continue the loose management of these shops, Vietnam will have corrupted youth infected with bad thoughts. Their personalities will be harmed because they easily see porn and violent materials. Security also worsens because some people become addicted to online games and, to have money for games, they become robbers. This is a pressing matter for society and citizens have asked the People’s Council several times to crackdown on this situation. Therefore, controlling the behaviour of users at internet shops is a popular move.

We also examined Internet regulations in many countries like Germany, France, Japan, China, etc. They have taken similar steps to control the behavior of users at Internet shops.

How will violators be punished?

Through our supervisory software, we can remind the shop owners to prevent their clients from visiting illegal websites. We can also collect evidence to fine violators under Decree 28. Fines for Internet agents may reach 70 million dong.

How will the Internet be controlled?

We will purchase servers and the necessary equipment to implement this policy throughout the entire city. We experimented with it in Hoan Kiem district already and the results have been very satisfactory. The experiment will finalize at the end of 2010. All Internet shops in Hanoi will have the software to control users by next year.

What do you think about the feasibility of this policy?

I strongly believe in its effectiveness.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Living standards become top priority

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Living standards become top priority

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

Macro-economic stability should be made a top priority because it was not only a foundation for reasonable growth this year, but also a prerequisite for long-term sustainable development, policy makers said at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting yesterday.

Chairman of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee Ha Van Hien pointed out new challenges that the country was facing while striving to reach the target of socio-economic development this year.

Consumer price indices in the first months of the year were high, making it hard for the Government to keep inflation under the target of 7 per cent, Hien said. The price of building materials in February and April rose by 1.75 and 2.51 per cent, respectively, while those of food and drink services in February surged by 3.09 per cent.

Enterprises were finding it difficult to access credit with interest rates as high as 17-18 per cent which would affect growth for the rest of the year, he added.

The circle “Trade deficit-dong devaluation-inflation-pressure to adjust foreign exchange” would continue challenging macro-economic stabilisation, he worried.

To deal with the challenges, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc highlighted measures to be taken from now until the end of the year. The measures included reining in inflation and ensuring the safety of banking and financial systems.

The Government would also encourage people and enterprises to practise thrift in production and consumption to curb inflation, Phuc added.

Dinh Trinh Hai, deputy head of the NA’s Finance-Budget Committee, said that in 2009, the Government had budgeted for State spending of VND389.9 trillion (US$20.5 billion), but in fact, the actual figure was 8.5 per cent higher.

In April, the total expenditure of the State was VND175 trillion ($9.2 billion), 30 per cent higher than budgeted for.

Hai said that most of the actual figures were higher than those reported to the National Assembly, which would negatively reflect on the assembly’s decisions and policies.

Sharing the same point, chairman of the NA Ombudsmen Committee Tran The Vuong said that the differences between budgets and actual figures were too large. He asked the Government to tackle forecasting errors.

“There are some Government policies that lead to increased expenditure because when the Government makes its estimates, it does not take into account problems that could arise related to them.”

“For example, the Government’s decision to increase compensation for farmers who lose their land makes province leaders confused because if they follow the decision, they cannot attract investors due to higher costs they have to pay,” Vuong said.

Chairman of the NA’s Council of Ethnic Minorities Ksor Phuoc stressed his concerns over estimates and statistical reports.

Phuoc said that this year, the country would hold many festivals which would cost a lot of money.

He suggested that the Government compile detailed reports on the expense of festivals from provincial to central levels. “Whether it is waste or not, it depends on us.”

Hien said that weakness in issuing forecasts would influence decisions to deal with State overspending, on plans for following years and other areas.

Also on the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Party Central Committee Secretary Ha Thi Khiet held separate meetings with voters of Da Nang City and Tuyen Quang Province in preparation for the 7th plenum of the 12th National Assembly.

Source: VNS

Source: QDND