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Community tourism promoted in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm




Community tourism promoted in Dien Bien


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

“I was greatly impressed by how unspoilt the mountain was and with the folk songs, dances and the food eaten by the Thai ethnic minority people,” said an Australian tourist.


Vietnamese-Australian Nguyen Pham Dien gave his first impression of Men hamlet in Thanh Nua village, Dien Bien district, one of the eight sites that promotes community tourism in Dien Bien province. It was started in 2004 to promote the cultural identity of the Thai ethnic minority group.


Tourists are invited into stilt houses and served with sweet bamboo shoots, baked fish and bamboo-tube rice while their hearts are lifted by the melodious folk music. Many admitted that they almost lost their hearts to the beautiful charming Thai girls as they danced and sang so sweetly.


Home-stay programmes are open to anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Thai community to find out more about their tribal customs and daily lives.


The provincial authorities have said that community based tourism is expected to expand across the province to promote the cultural identities of all the 21 local ethnic minority groups. The programme will also help to increase the local per-capita incomes by around 700,000 VND a month. This is enough to buy a months food in mountainous areas and will contribute greatly to reducing poverty.


Six kilometres away from Dien Bien Phu city, Men hamlet is popular for its superb panoramas and is undergoing changes for the better every day thanks to this kind of tourism.


The headman in Men hamlet, Quang Van Thuong, said that the poverty rate in his hamlet has dropped to five percent from 20 percent in 2004 and all the local families can now afford to send their children to school.


Him Lam commune No.2 on the outskirts of Dien Bien Phu city is another example. Until the tourism programme was launched, the local population largely depended on growing rice and maize on the terraced fields, which lead to a high poverty rate. This tourism scheme has helped the local people to return to brocade weaving to sell to tourists and increase their income.


Nguyen Dang Quang, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, emphasised on the need to educate local people to retain and promote their cultural identity.


The province plans to hold folk song classes for the young generation and restore the local traditional costumes, said Quang.


Local families working in the tourist industry will be sent to Sa Pa mountain resort in the north-western province of Lao Cai as well as Ban Lac tourist site in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh to learn from others how to improve the quality of their services, he added.


Several traditional festivals or rituals will also be revived, such as the festival to pray for peace and the ritual of praying for a bumper harvest as it is expected they will appeal to tourists.


The model of community-based culture tourism currently used in Dien Bien has not yet been fully commercialised, so is quite attractive to foreign tourists, said Quang.


The district has welcomed over 115,000 tourists, including 11,000 foreigners, over the past four months, contributing to the province’s target to attract over 300,000 tourists, including 50,000 foreigners, this year.


Dien Bien Phu was the former battlefield that put an end to the Indochina war. Dien Bien district keeps many items from the bunker of French General De Castries, the commander-in-chief of French the Expeditionary Force at the Dien Bien Phu battlefield.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

Farmers begin final round of football tourney in September

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm




Farmers begin final round of football tourney in September


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Amateur footballers will compete in the final round of the National Farmers Football Championship in the southern province of Long An from September 15-25, organizers announced on May 19.


The event, organised by Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper, will see 28 teams from around the nation competing in seven groups at the qualifiers in Tien Giang’s My Tho Stadium in August.


Hosts Long An and the seven other qualifying teams will battle for their spot in the final round, which will see the winners walk away with a 100 million VND (5,100 USD) cash-prize.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnamese, Thai businesses meet in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm




Vietnamese, Thai businesses meet in Hanoi


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on May 19 held a meeting in Hanoi for Vietnamese and Thai enterprises to seek business opportunities and partners.


Representatives from 30 Thai enterprises involving in rice exports, real estate, electronic, pharmaceutical and import-export, come to the event.


With a population of over 65 million people, a GDP of 269 billion USD and per capita income of 8,100 USD a year, Thailand is a potential market for Vietnamese enterprises.


Thailand imports cotton, rubber, plastic materials, clinker, paper, fibres, materials for garment and textile, footwear and pharmaceuticals. The country exports electronic components, agricultural products and diamond.


According to the VCCI, trade turnover between Vietnam and Thailand increased constantly over the past years, hitting 6.2 billion USD in 2008 and over 5.7 billion USD in 2009.


Thailand ranked 10 th among foreign investors in Vietnam.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Work begins on VN’s biggest cement project

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm




Work begins on VN’s biggest cement project


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Kinh Bac Urban Development Corp and its affiliate Sai Gon – Tan Ky Cement Joint Stock Co began construction of a 1.5 billion USD cement industrial zone on May 19 in the central province of Nghe An.


Occupying a 600ha area in Tan Long Commune, the Sai Gon – Tan Ky cement industrial zone will be the country’s largest of its kind and is expected to churn out 14 million tonnes of cement annually when fully operational.


The zone’s first phase, costing 1.5 trillion VND (78.9 million USD), will take six years to complete.


“The new zone will supply large quantities of cement for major construction projects, particularly in Laos . It will help the company reduce investment costs and become more competitive,” the company said in its latest press release.


According to the General Statistics Office, in March the country produced 4.09 million tonnes of cement. Cement production in the first quarter of the year hit 11.13 million tonnes, 1.15 million tonnes more than the same period last year. Meanwhile, demand increased by 6.4 percent against the same period last year, reaching 10.27 million tonnes.


The country now has 105 production lines with an annual capacity of more than 61 million tonnes.


However, domestic demand this year is expected to be between 48 million and 50 million tonnes, resulting in a huge surplus.


Industry experts said domestic cement firms would find it difficult to break into major markets such as the US and the EU, which have extensive high-tech infrastructure already in place and a lower demand for cement.


The US and the EU also have high quality standards that many Vietnamese cement firms are unable to meet.


Africa and developing countries with poor infrastructure offer the most potential for Vietnamese exporters, industry experts have said.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

People with disabilities get new hair-styles

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm




People with disabilities get new hair-styles


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Some 100 people with disabilities across Hanoi joined an exchange with 15 Japanese hair stylists from the Henkel Company held in the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on May 20th.


After the exchange, organised by the Hanoi Independent Living Center for the Disabled, professional hair stylists offered free haircuts to the participants.


Besides, a short-time vocational training course would be opened for any disabled who are keen on hairdressing and hair style.


The Hanoi Independent Living Center for the Disabled has hosted a number of events to encourage and create more opportunities for the disabled to integrate into the community and to get practical experience.


Japanese hair stylist exchange with Hanoians and with people with disabilities is part of the Japanese guests’ first voluntary activities in Vietnam.


Henkel Company, a branch of Schwarzkopf Professional, is well-known for not only its products, but also its social activities including voluntary journeys, free hair-dressing training courses for the disabled, poor youths and street children in developing countries.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

70,000 young volunteers to serve university exams

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm




70,000 young volunteers to serve university exams


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A program to help students in the coming university exam season will be launched in 10 big cities and provinces of Hanoi, Hai Duong, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Hue, Nghe An, Thai Nguyen and Dac Lac.


The program, which is jointly held by the Ministry of Education and Training, Thanh Nien newspaper and the Thien Long Corp, draws the participation of about 70,000 young volunteers.


The volunteers will be ready at public places such as train and coach stations, roads, gates of universities to provide timely support to examinees whenever it is needed.


They will give necessary information about exams, places, accommodations, means of transportation as well as studying experience to candidates to help ease difficulties for the examinees.


Source: Ha Noi Moi newspaper


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Dong Nai gets solar traffic lights

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm




Dong Nai gets solar traffic lights


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The southern province of Dong Nai has installed 76 traffic lights using solar energy.


Duong Danh Quy, head of the province’s Traffic Safety Committee said the province was the first in the country to use solar panels to supply power for traffic lights.


“During the trial, the traffic lights were as reliable as traffic lights wired to the power supply and constituted a valuable energy saving for Bien Hoa city,” he said.


The plan was initiated in 2007 by the committee and piloted in several places around the city.


The solar powered posts have been installed on national highways 1A, 51, 20 in the province and on some city streets.


Quy said the posts have capacity to store enough power for two days’ operation and they are easy to install, because they require no excavation of the road surface.


The cost for a post is around 120 million VND (6,282 USD), taken from the committee’s fund from traffic fines.


Quy said solar powered posts would replace all public grid wired posts in the near future. He called for other provinces to follow Dong Nai’s model.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Sadacorp proposes a VND 7.5 trillion water project

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm




Sadacorp proposes a VND 7.5 trillion water project


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Sai Gon Dau Tieng Water Supply Joint Stock Compay (Sadacorp) has just sent its proposal to the Government to launch a large water supply project in Ho Chi Minh City.


Under the proposal, the company will deploy a project costing VND 7,500 billion. The project includes a water plant with a capacity of 600,000 square meters per day in Hoc Mon district and a pumping station in Dau Tieng Lake.


If the proposal is passed by the Government, the project will be implemented between now and 2025.


The investors said that the project aims to supply clean water for local industrial zones and urban areas.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Ban Ve Hydro-power Plant joins national grid

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm




Ban Ve Hydro-power Plant joins national grid


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – Electricity produced from Ban Ve Hydro-power Plant was merged into the national grid on May 19th serving as an effective contribution of Nghe An Province to mark the 120th anniversary of birth of the late President Ho Chi Minh.


In the first phase, the only two generating groups, No1 and No2 are operating with the capacity of 100MW and 90MW, respectively. Total capacity of this VND 6,740 billion power plant is 320 MW.


Ban Ve Hydro-power Electric Plant provides not only electricity for domestic consumption but also supplies electricity to Laos. Besides, power supply, the plant also servers as a water reservoir for irrigation and for local people’s domestic use.


Translated by Hoang Anh


Source: QDND

UN commends Vietnam for further strengthening road safety

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm




UN commends Vietnam for further strengthening road safety


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

PANO – The UN today, May 20th, praised the Government of Vietnam for their continued attention to strengthening road safety.


Taking effect today, Government Decree 34 addresses many important road safety issues including the requirement that children from six years of age wear helmets whenever they travel on a motorcycle.


With an estimated 4,000 children tragically killed and many thousands more serious injured each year, the vast majority of them related to travel on motorcycles, road traffic injuries are a leading cause of death and disability of Vietnamese children.


This change in legislation comes about despite the misguided belief of many parents that wearing a helmet can increase the risk of injuries to the child’s neck.


“Parents must understand that there is no evidence to support rumors that helmet wearing is dangerous for children’s necks” said Dr Jean-Marc Olivé, WHO Representative in Vietnam. “On the contrary, wearing a high-quality, properly strapped helmet is in fact the single most effective way of reducing head injuries and fatalities from motorcycle and bicycle crashes,” Dr. Olivé added.


National hospital statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that since the national helmet law took effect in 2007, more than 6,800 children under the age of 15 have been hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries resulting from road traffic crashes. 


“Much of this needless suffering could have been avoided had parents insisted that their children correctly wear a quality helmet whenever they travelled on a motorcycle” said Jesper Morch, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Vietnam.


Parents and adults must be role models to all children and always wear helmets themselves.


“It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children. Helmets for children are widely available and have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury.” added Mr Morch.  “Under this new legislation, if a child is not correctly wearing a helmet then the adult who is carrying them will be fined VND 100,000-200,000.”


Vietnam is one of only three countries in the world where helmet standards have been developed specially with the requirements of children in mind. This should provide parents with confidence that it is both suitable and appropriate for children to wear a helmet each and every time they travel on a motorcycle.


 “We congratulate the Government on closing this last major loophole in the already successful national helmet legislation” “We are confident that this new legislation, when thoroughly and stringently enforced will boost the number of Vietnamese children wearing helmets in turn making their daily experiences on Vietnam’s roads safer”.  Dr Olivé added.


Mai Huong


Source: QDND