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Premier Skills kicks off 2nd phase

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Premier Skills kicks off 2nd phase

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:32 (GMT+7)

The Premier Skills project began a second-phase workshop for 30 learners from Vietnam, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea in HCM City on May 10.

Eight of the learners were Vietnamese, including reporters, physical education teachers, and sports and football managers.

The course will last until May 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 develop into multi-skilled community coaches by enhancing their football coaching skills, community leadership and English language ability.

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

Source: VNA

Photo: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Table tennis championships opens

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Table tennis championships opens

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:33 (GMT+7)

Fifteen teams from around the country took part in the 28th National Table Tennis Championships, Nhan Dan (People) newspaper Cup, held in the southern city of My Tho, Tien Giang province May 10.

The event, which was organised by the Nhan Dan newspaper, is part of the 6th National Sport Games.

The tournament saw top leading players competing for the men’s and women’s events, singles, doubles and team.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi Dragons win Indochine Cup

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Hanoi Dragons win Indochine Cup

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:54 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Dragons won the annual Indochine Rugby Cup with a final tally of three wins and one loss at Ha Dong Stadium over the weekend.

Their only loss came in their second match against Saigon with a disappointing 12-14 defeat.

Hanoi beat Saigon in the first game of the day 5-0 thanks to an early try by Alex Wicks and a try-saving tackle later in the game by Duc Nguyen.

The Dragons are happy to win the Indochine Cup for the first time in over 10 years in a fitting tribute to Hanoi’s 1000th anniversary.

The tournament included a contact tournament between the Hanoi Dragons, Saigon Geckos, and Lao Buffalos as well as a touch tournament with three teams from Hanoi, a Saigon team and a team from Bangkok.

The touch tournament came down to the Hanoi Reds and the Bangkok Southerners. After a strong defensive performance, a try was scored in the final minute allowing the Southerners to prevail 1-0.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Israel marks 43-year rule of Arab east Jerusalem

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

JERUSALEM, May 11, 2010 (AFP) – Israel on Tuesday starts celebrating the anniversary of what it calls Jerusalem’s unification , its 1967 conquest of the city’s Arab sector which has since become a major hurdle in peace efforts.

The sunset-to-sunset Jerusalem Day celebrations kick off with an open-air concert by US funk band Kool and the Gang and feature a ceremony at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of Israel’s fiercest battles with Jordanian forces.

Thousands of people, mostly nationalist-religious Jews are expected to take part on Wednesday in an annual march through Jerusalem that concludes at the Old City’s Wailing Wall, one of the most holiest sites in Judaism

Israel marks the event in accordance with the Hebrew calendar.

It captured Arab east Jerusalem on June 7, 1967, the third day of the Six Day War and unilaterally annexed the sector in a move not recognised by the international community.

The Palestinians are determined to make east Jerusalem, which includes the walled Old City and its holy sites, the capital of their promised state.

But in 1980 Israel passed a law declaring Jerusalem its “eternal and indivisible” capital. Israeli human rights groups claim though that the Holy City is sharply divided and that Palestinian residents suffer from discrimination.

The status of Jerusalem, together with the continuation of Israeli settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory, are among the thorniest issues in Middle East peace efforts.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese technology wins UN environment award

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Vietnamese technology wins UN environment award

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:29 (GMT+7)

A new Vietnamese technology of using rice husks to replace fossil fuels has won the 2009 Energy Globe Awards (EGW)-sponsored by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).

The technology, with ceramic kilns fed by rice husks, was put into operation in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap in 2009 by the Centre for the Research and Development of Energy Savings (ENERTEAM) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The ENERTEAM said the project has provided ‘green brick’ technology for the Mekong Delta, home to thousands of traditional ceramic kilns at risk of being closed for using old technology that seriously pollutes the environment.

The application of this new technology will also help businesses increase their output, improve the quality of their products and ensure stable jobs for their workers.
Producing ceramics is a traditional craft which provides many people in Mekong Delta provinces with good incomes.

The project was part of a showcase programme initiated by the Asia-Pacific Forum on Environment and Development (APFED).

The award ceremony will take place in Rwanda on June 3.

In 2006, Vietnam also won an EGW prize for another bio fuel project.

Source: VNA/VOV

Source: QDND

Australian physicist spots dictionary error

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian physicist has uncovered an error in dictionary definitions that has likely stood uncorrected for a century.

A man pulls a siphon hose. AFP file

University of Queensland academic Stephen Hughes found that entries for the word ‘siphon’ incorrectly said atmospheric pressure is the force that allows the device to move liquids from one place to another.

“It is gravity that moves the fluid in a siphon, with the water in the longer downward arm pulling the water up the shorter arm,” he said.

“An extensive check of online and offline dictionaries did not reveal a single dictionary that correctly referred to gravity being the operative force in a siphon,” he added.

Hughes, whose fields of study include astronomy, meteors, planets and the moon, said he first found the error in the Oxford English Dictionary last year.

He said a spokeswoman for the Oxford English Dictionary had told him he was the first person to question the definition of siphon, which dated from 1911 and had been written by editors who were not scientists.

But she said that his views would be taken into account as they updated the entire reference book which, according to the dictionary’s website, is now up to the letter R.

“I thought, ‘oh good, just in time’, because S is next,” Hughes said.

A siphon is a tube — often u- or v-shaped — that is used to move liquids from one container to another. It is commonly used to drain fish tanks or petrol tanks.

Source: SGGP

Illegal foreign workers to be expelled

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Illegal foreign workers to be expelled

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:32 (GMT+7)

Foreign workers working in Vietnam for three months or more without work permits will be expelled from the country, according to a new decision issued by the Prime Minister.

Companies without plans to train Vietnamese workers to replace foreigners in the managerial and technical fields or employing foreign workers who do not have work permits will be fined 15-20 million VND (780-1,100 USD).

Companies hiring foreign workers without informing the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will be fined 20-30 million VND.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Toyota roars back into black despite recalls

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese auto giant Toyota said Tuesday it returned to the black in the fiscal year ended March and forecast surging profits despite being hit by a massive global recall crisis.

The world’s largest automaker reported an annual profit of 209.4 billion yen (2.2 billion dollars) and said it expected the figure to soar 48 percent in the current year, despite pulling around 10 million vehicles on safety issues.

Toyota Motors cars are on display at its Tokyo headquarters, May 11. AFP photo

Toyota posted a net profit of 112.2 billion yen in the three months ended March, the height of the recall crisis, after recording a loss of 765.8 billion in the same period a year earlier.

The company’s annual profit, helped by cost-cutting efforts and buoyed by stronger domestic demand, marked a turnaround from a loss of 4.4 billion dollars the year before when it sank into the red for the first time.

While the results come as the auto industry looks to be staging a recovery from the effects of the global downturn, Toyota’s rebound has defied many expectations as it races to restore its battered reputation.

Toyota overtook General Motors in 2008 as the world’s top automaker, but safety issues have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become number one.

The beleaguered auto giant faces a host of lawsuits over “unintended acceleration” issues that have been blamed for 58 deaths in the United States, prompting the majority of the recalls.

“We are still in a stormy environment,” Toyota president Akio Toyoda told a news conference. “It was a year of being constantly on alert due to a series of recalls.”

He added that “this fiscal year marks a truly fresh start for Toyota and I would like to steer… towards new strategies for growth,” including expanding its line-up of hybrid models.

Senior managing director Takahiko Ijichi said recall-related costs in the financial year ended March would total 180 billion yen.

Despite the impact of the recalls, the automaker said it expected net profit to rise 48 percent to 310 billion yen, or 3.3 billion dollars in the year to March 2011.

Toyota said earlier this month that US sales rose 24.4 percent in April from a year earlier as various incentives helped boost demand.

For the year, global sales were down 7.7 percent, with those in North America down 8.9 percent, the carmaker said in Tuesday’s statement. But vehicle sales in Japan were 11.2 percent higher thanks to government buying incentives.

Masanobu Takahashi, chief strategist at Ichiyoshi Securities, said the results show that the carmaker may have navigated its way through the worst of its crisis.

“Looking at the surface figures, I’d say Toyota has escaped its worst period,” he said. “Toyota’s operations will return to normal this year, unless it commits another serious mistake.”

However, he warned that looming litigation could potentially involve massive fines, as fresh questions over its recall process were raised in the United States.

The US highway safety agency Monday launched an investigation into whether Toyota appropriately notified it of a steering relay rod safety defect in its Hilux trucks.

Toyota issued a recall in Japan in 2004, but did not extend it to the United States until 2005.

And US transport secretary Ray LaHood Monday refused to rule out the possibility of the automaker being hit with another fine after it agreed to pay a record 16.4 million dollars in April to settle claims that it hid defects.

Ratings agency Moody’s recently downgraded Toyota over concerns that product quality issues and the cost of litigation would dent its future profitability.

Toyota has been hit with at least 97 lawsuits seeking damages for injury or death linked to sudden acceleration and 138 class action lawsuits from customers suing to recoup losses in the resale value of vehicles.

Toyota shares closed down 0.71 percent in Tokyo ahead of the earnings announcement.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese pupils to compete at int’l science fair

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Vietnamese pupils to compete at int’l science fair

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:29 (GMT+7)

Four Vietnamese pupils will participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), scheduled to take place in San Jose, California (the US) in mid May.

Tran Kim Thanh Vu and Dinh Thi Thu Ha from the Da Teh High School in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong will make a presentation on the organic waste treatment that, they say, will change the habit of waste collection and treatment in households and raise awareness of environmental protection among people, especially pupils.

Meanwhile, Doan Thi Xuan Phuong, also from Lam Dong, will present a paper on how toads kill insects. The paper is expected to help explain how insecticide residue affects the foodstuff hygiene and safety.

Nguyen Van Ha Uy, a 12th form pupil from the Le Quy DonHigh School in the central city of Da Nang, will try to persuade organisers with a new method to measure two points in space.

This year, Intel ISEF, the world’s largest pre-college science fair, will gather more than 1,600 pupils from 59 countries and territories, to compete for awards and scholarships worth nearly US$4 million.

Competition in 17 science and engineering categories demonstrates understanding of scientific fundamentals combined with creativity in project areas such as energy, transportation, environmental science, medicine, health sciences, chemistry, behavioral and social sciences among others.

Source: VOV/VNA

Source: QDND

Pope says Church ‘persecution’ comes from within

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

LISBON (AFP) – A penitent Pope Benedict XVI referred to the paedophile priest scandal rocking the Catholic Church as he began a four-day trip to Portugal Tuesday, saying the Church’s “greatest persecution” came from its own “sin”.

“Today the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside, but from the sin inside the Church itself,” the pope told journalists aboard his plane before his arrival in Lisbon.

The 83-year-old pontiff, who met alleged victims of priestly sex abuse during a visit to Malta last month, said the Church’s forgiveness could not replace the need for justice.

Pope Benedict XVI reviews the honour guard upon his arrival at Lisbon airport. AFP photo

He said the Church had a “profound need” to “learn forgiveness and also the necessity of justice,” underlining that “forgiveness does not replace justice.”

The comments were the strongest yet on the issue from Benedict, whose five-year-old papacy has been rocked by allegations that the Vatican for years protected paedophile priests from prosecution in several European countries and in the United States.

The months-long scandal, which has seen bishops offer their resignation in Ireland and Germany, has overshadowed preparations for his four-day visit to overwhelmingly Catholic Portugal.

Wearing an ivory robe with a golden crucifix around his neck, a tired-looking Benedict walked gingerly down the gangway steps to be met by Portugal’s President Anibal Cavaco Silva and his wife Maria.

The president welcomed the pope to a “free and plural Portugal” whose people, he said, have “a calling to recognise the value of diversity”.

The centre-right president is due to decide next week whether to sign into law a bill passed by parliament which would make Portugal the sixth country to allow same-sex marriage.

Church authorities in Portugal said Benedict was likely to call on Portugal to uphold Christian values and urge solidarity across Europe’s struggling economies.

“I come as a pilgrim to Our Lady of Fatima,” the pope said in his speech on the airport tarmac.

Tens of thousands of festive Portuguese lined the leafy suburbs of Lisbon as Benedict took an eight-kilometre (five mile) ride aboard his white bullet-proof popemobile to the papal nunciature.

Pilgrims waved yellow and white Vatican flags and the red and green colours of Portugal as the pope passed by, raising his hands in acknowledgement.

“Viva o Papa,” the crowd chanted as he arrived at the nunciature and cautiously climbed down from the vehicle, before raising his arms in greeting.

Later Tuesday, Benedict is to pray in the chapel at the 16th century Jeronimos monastery in Lisbon, the burial site of the great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama renowned for its religious carvings which have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

He was also to pay a brief courtesy visit to the presidential Belem palace.

In the evening, the Portuguese Church expects up to 160,000 pilgrims to attend an open-air mass with Benedict in the historic Terreiro do Paco square on the banks of the Tagus.

“The pope will encourage institutions to lend a hand and show solidarity during difficult times,” said Carlos Azevedo, the auxiliary bishop of Lisbon and the visit’s chief organiser.

“Europe needs to be awoken, there is a lack of strong values. If there was greater ethical conscience, we would not have arrived at the current economic disaster.”

Tuesday evening’s mass is one of three giant gatherings scheduled for the visit, the “heart” of which, according to the Vatican, will be his stop in Fatima, the site where three shepherd children reported seeing visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917.

The pope’s visit to the sanctuary town comes exactly 10 years after his predecessor John Paul II beatified two of the children at the site, bringing them one step from sainthood.

A third open-air mass is to be held in the northern city of Oporto on Friday, shortly before the pope returns to Rome.

Source: SGGP