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Ancient crater still holds water

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Ancient crater still holds water

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Pleiku City in the central highlands province of Gia Lai is famous for its magnificent waterfalls, green forests, rugged mountains and charming lakes, of which Bien Ho is a must-see destination for tourists to the city.

About six kilometers north of Pleiku City, Bien Ho, or Sea Lake, is a crater that has been dormant for millions of years. Its surface area is about 250 hectares and its average depth is from 20 to 40 meters.

A visit to Bien Ho and its surrounding mountains and pines is an escape from the chaos of the city. There is a watchtower affording spectacular mountain views and simple boats for hire to cruise around the giant lake for an amazing summer experience.

Bien Ho is an eco-tourist site for nature lovers, a romantic rendezvous for couples and a provider of water for hundreds of locals. This lake has never been known to dry up.

To reach Pleiku City, book with a travel agent on Pham Ngu Lao Street or catch a bus from Mien Dong Bus Station for around VND200,000.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

Source: QDND

Viet Nam set for Asian tourney

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Viet Nam set for Asian tourney

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The national team will compete at the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship on June 5-13 in Zhenjiang, China, announced the Viet Nam Volleyball Federation.

Viet Nam have been drawn in pool A along with strong hosts China, Japan, defending Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champions Indonesia and Kazakhstan.

The event will bring together a total of 11 Asian teams who will compete in a round robin, with the first and second placed teams competing in the semi-finals.

Although the national team has just convened at the Ha Noi-based National Sports Centre, they are in good physical condition and looking sharp, according to the team’s head coach Phung Cong Hung.

Key players such as Van Kieu, Xuan Thanh, Duy Quang, Van Duc and Van Tuan have good fitness. They competed at the SEA Games in Laos and played well at the recent Grand Prix-Alatca Cup in Phu Tho Province.

“This time we’ve got some new faces including Hoang Van Phuong, Nguyen Truong Giang, Luu Dinh Toan who are highly-rated by the selection board. They are highly disciplined and putting in a lot of effort during training. I think this will be a good opportunity for them to accumulate experience,” Hung said.

Viet Nam are scheduled to play Kazakhstan in their opening match this Sunday, with clashes with Indonesia, China and Japan, respectively to follow.

The tournament champion will proceed to the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) Men’s Club World Volleyball Championship which will be held in Doha, Qatar.

On the women’s side, defending champion Binh Dien Long An will participate in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship from June 26 to July 4 in Gresik City of Surabaya of Indonesia to vie for the only place at the FIVB Women’s Club World Volleyball Championship in Qatar along with nine other teams.

Viet Nam will play in pool B with defending champions Thailand, silver medallist China, South Korea, and Kazakhstan. While Indonesia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Iran will be in pool A.

According to Asian Volleyball Confederation’s rule, teams will be allowed to feature foreign players in the tournament.

Last year, under the leadership of coach Tran Van Thu, Viet Nam won two and lost five, finishing sixth.

Qatar will host this year’s double gender event for the first time in 18 years and will feature alternate men and women’s matches in the same venue on the same day during December 14-21.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

VND2.5 billion raised for AO/Dioxin victims in Da Nang

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

VND2.5 billion raised for AO/Dioxin victims in Da Nang

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

On June 3, a programme entitled “Joining hands for AO/Dioxin victims” was launched by Danang City’s Association of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training plus Radio and Television stations in the city.

At the launch ceremony, more than VND2.5 billion was raised and 50 wheelchairs and 70 gifts were presented to AO/Dioxin victims. Many organisations and individuals also registered to regularly support 280 victims in Danang.

The Chairwoman of the Da Nang City Association of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims, Nguyen Thi Hien, said that the proceeds will be used to build houses and provide care for local victims.

Danang City has now more than 5,000 AO/Dioxin victims of which, 1,400 are children.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

First int’l university aims for top by 2035

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm

First int’l university aims for top by 2035

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Viet Nam’s first international university, which will be funded through a World Bank loan, should aim to be listed among the world’s top 200 universities within 25 to 30 years, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

The $180 million-invested Viet Nam-Germany University (VGU), to be located in Binh Duong Province, will be developed between local and German university partners.

The Prime Minister, in his first public statement about the international university, asked officials who are involved in its development to ensure that the highest training and education standards be maintained.

The Government will fully subsidise the university for 10 years, and then subsidise 40 per cent of costs. The university will have to seek other sources of funding after the 10-year period.

The VGU, which is the first of four international-level universities that will be built by the Government, will receive assistance from 40 German universities, following an agreement between the two countries.

The universities are expected to enrol outstanding high school graduates and others who cannot afford to attend university abroad.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

Source: QDND

Droughts and floods threaten next rice crop

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Droughts and floods threaten next rice crop

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Experts have warned of difficult times for the upcoming rice crop, from now to the end of the year, with serious droughts threatening the crops on the front end and severe flooding looming on the back.

Director of the Central Hydro-meteorology Forecasting Centre Bui Minh Tang made the above statement at a meeting to review the results of the winter-spring rice crop and to launch plans for the summer-autumn crop.

He also said that other obstacles, including the threat of the black dwarf stunted disease and shortages of hybrid rice varieties, would seriously affect the productivity of crops from now to the end of the year.

According to Tang, the average rainfall from the beginning of this year to present had decreased 20 to 30 per cent in some areas compared to last year, while it had increased from 60 to 70 per cent in other areas.

Rain in some areas couldn’t meet both the demands for agriculture production and irrigation work. Currently, water levels in the Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang and Son La irrigation lakes were at dead levels.

In the future, the sunny weather would continue, especially in some northern and central provinces. It was forecast that the average temperature for this year could reach a record high.

However, due to the long-lasting drought, storms and tropical low pressure zones would come later than in other years, near the end of the harvest.

Central and north-central provinces would have to take measures to cope with the lack of water at the beginning of the crop and with flooding at the end of the crop, Tang said.

Regarding measures to cope with diseases, director of Red river delta Thai Binh Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Huu Rong said that the province would plant 45,000ha of rice, an increase of 6,000ha compared to the winter-spring crop.

All seeds will be treated with chemical substances before being sowed.

Director of the Department of Cultivation Nguyen Tri Ngoc said that for rice crops in low-lying areas that could be affected by flooding, or for those with unstable productivity, farmers should shift to other kinds of crops.

For the Song Hong (Red River) Delta, where 70,000 to 80,000ha of rice were planted in low-lying areas, farmers should plant rice varieties with high trunks and good water resistance.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said that provinces needed to be well-prepared to carry out preventative measures against the black dwarf stunted disease and to protect against floods near the end of the harvest.

Apart from proper conduction of irrigation systems in order to have effective solutions for drought and flood prevention, provinces needed to ensure that they had enough water pumps at pumping stations, and extra pumps to cope with severe flooding, Phat said.

Despite difficulties such as drought and black dwarf stunted disease outbreaks, the winter-spring crop still harvested 5.5 million tonnes of rice, equal to last year’s same crop, according to deputy director of the Cultivation Department Pham Dong Quang.

Many provinces had started to plant hybrid rice varieties, which accounted for the good yields, including central Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.

The hybrid rice variety had a high quality and could adapt to a wide range of conditions. It also gave high productivity rates.

MARD has targeted foster rice production for the coming crops to fulfil the year’s goal of producing 38 tonnes of rice.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Japanese organizations helps poor Vietnamese

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

More funds to assist the disabled

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm

More funds to assist the disabled

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

On June 4th the VNG Company unveiled the Internet Users’ Fund (VNIF), with Le Hong Minh as president and Miss Mai Phuong Thuy as the Fund’s goodwill ambassador, starting off a series of charity projects for the handicapped.

VNIF, a non-profitable organization with its own budget, aims to support humanitarian and educational activities as ways to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate.

Starting off with VND 2 billion, VNIF will receive more financial assistance from the VNG Company’s staff, the gamer community, VNIF’s partners, and other benefactors.

Source: HNMO

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Sheltering house for children built in Thua Thien-Hue

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Sheltering house for children built in Thua Thien-Hue

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:16 (GMT+7)

PANO – Phu Vang District People’s Committee has recently begun the construction of a shelter for the disaster victims in Phu An Primary School, Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The two storey shelter covering an area of 649 m2 include six class-rooms and several other functional rooms for both teachers and students in this storm and flood stricken area.

The project, estimated to cost VND 2.6 billion, is funded by the Central Region Disaster Fund and VietinBank.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

Vietnam responds to year of int’l biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Vietnam responds to year of int’l biodiversity

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has focused on raising public awareness of biodiversity along with enhancing capacity and international cooperation on biodiversity conservation in response to the international year of biodiversity.

Duong Thanh An, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Biodiversity Conservation Department, was speaking at a seminar on the international year of bio-diversity and the programme to carry out the biodiversity law which was held in Dong Hoi city, the central province Quang Binh, on June 3.

The event, held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, drew the participation of representatives from relevant central and local agencies as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the German organisation for technical cooperation (GTZ) in Vietnam.

Delegates highlighted the goal of the campaign to raise awareness on biodiversity and impacts of biodiversity degradation. They reviewed the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals on biodiversity committed by heads of nations at the summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg in 2002.

At the event, acting director of the biodiversity conservation department Le Thanh Binh mentioned the global issue of climate change, saying in Vietnam, the exploitation, use and smuggling of bio-diversified resources are alarming.

He said it is necessary to educate the biodiversity law to all people, especially those living in and around wildlife reserves.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

US military supports HIV/AIDS program in Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

A new HIV/AIDS program opened in Nha Trang on June 2 as part of a cooperation program between the militaries of the United States and Vietnam.

Located at Hospital 87 in the central province of Khanh Hoa, the Blood Safety Center receives technical and financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Lieutenant General Chu Tien Cuong (4, L) and Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson (2,R) cut the ribbon to open the program (Photo: QDND)

The center will provide safe blood products and voluntary counseling and testing services to both civilian and military populations from Khanh Hoa and neighboring provinces.

Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson, U.S. Navy Surgeon General from the Pacific Command, and Lieutenant General Chu Tien Cuong, Director of the Military Medicine Department, Vietnam Ministry of Defense, cut the ribbon to open the program.

“PEPFAR currently supports five Blood Safety centers throughout our country’s military medical system. Together we collect and produce tens of thousands of safe blood units, and we’ve been able to provide a better overall quality of care,” said Lieutenant General Chu Tien Cuong at the ceremony.

Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson said blood donation was “the gift of life.”

“There is nothing more honorable than giving of one’s self to improve the health and well-being of someone else,” he said.

He said the collaborative efforts between the U.S Department of Defense and the Vietnam Military Medical Department had been highly successful so far.

“Together we can feel gratified that we have made the Vietnam military HIV/AIDS program a model program that other programs in the Pacific area can emulate.”

Since 2004, the United States has provided over $400 million for comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support programs across Vietnam through PEPFAR.

Source: SGGP