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Danang hopes festival will bring more visitors

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Danang hopes festival will bring more visitors

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

The central beach city of Danang will hold several water sports and events for a tourism festival from June 19 to 27.

The “Danang Tourism – a Summer Destination for 2010” event will feature waterskiing and aerobics performances, a swimming contest, a boat race, and a bartending contest among others.

The local tourism authority will offer including scuba diving, fishing trips with fishermen, and short trips to explore SonTraPeninsula, a lush tropical getaway, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon Online (Saigon Economic Times Online) reported.

Nguyen Duy Quang, deputy director of the DanangTourismPromotionCenter, said the city spends VND1 billion (US$ 52,728) every year to host the event.

Last year’s event resulted in a 30 percent increase in the number of visitors during the summer holidays, he said.

The city has teamed up with the neighboring provinces of Quang Nam and Thua Thien – Hue to promote festivals and summer activities in the three localities through September, he added.

Danang, the major city in central Vietnam, is expected to welcome 880,000 local and foreign visitors in the first half of this year, up 38 percent year on year, according to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Revenue from tourism is expected to top VND572 billion ($30.16 million), 66 percent up from the same period last year.

Source: tuoitrenews


Source: QDND

Vietnam appears on list of top honeymoon destinations

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Vietnam appears on list of top honeymoon destinations

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Virtuoso, a leading luxury travel network in the United States, has unveiled Vietnam and Cambodia as among the 30 Top Honeymoons because of their rich history, culture and romance based on the selection by its experienced honeymoon specialists.

Virtuoso also posts ‘Romantic Southeast Asia’ honeymoon packages at the luxury resort The Nam Hai in the central province of Quang Nam and the high-end hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in the capital city.

“We’re in the midst of a remarkable journey,” said Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, general manager of The Nam Hai. “From all over the world, people are dropping into this region for a distinguished honeymoon.”

The nine-night promotion journey to Vietnam and Cambodia including stays at The Nam Hai and the  Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, and Hotel de la Paix in Cambodia’s Siem Reap cost US$8,096 per couple.

Available through December 19, 2010, the package includes nine nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast for two, experience a traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony performed by local monks that

reside in the beautiful pagoda of Wat Damnak that is said to bring good fortune to married life, sightseeing with local English speaking guides, all transfers.

The trip is arranged by TravelCorp International’s Luke Breaux, one of 24 featured Virtuoso honeymoon specialists and the U.S.-based consultant with 15 years of arranging memorable itineraries for visitors to Southeast Asia. Regional tour operator, Trails of Indochina, takes care of the ground transportation.

Laubichler-Pichler said Vietnam and Cambodia possessed a kind of cultural and exotic appeal that people were unable to find anywhere else. “Between its abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites, dramatic beaches and world-class accommodation, the region has everything a couple could want.”

Located on 35 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens, The Nam Hai is a GHM-managed property featuring 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 pool villas ranging from one to five bedrooms, each with its own infinity pool.

Opened as early as in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi reigns as the Grande Dame of Vietnamese hospitality and one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic hotels. Last year, the hotel became the first in the Sofitel portfolio to acquire Accor’s Legend brand distinction.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Source: QDND

Ancient Hanoi recipe wins worldwide fame

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Ancient Hanoi recipe wins worldwide fame

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

A simple fish recipe, created a century ago, is drawing people from all over the world to the Hanoi family home of the creator of the dish.

Now a restaurant, Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong grilled fish) is run by the descendants of the dish’s creator.

The fish dish and the restaurant are named for a statue that used to stand in front of the house. The statue was of a Chinese general known as La Vong, sitting with a fishing rod.

Inside the house 100 years ago, the great-grandfather of the current restaurant owners dreamed up a new way to serve fish, with turmeric, green onion and dill.

In 2003, the restaurant was included in “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by American travel writer Patricia Schultz. The MSNBC website later narrowed the book’s list down to the world’s 10 “must see” places, putting Cha Ca La Vong at number five.

The history of the Doan family is as colorful as the dish it’s famous for.

In the mid-1800s, the family began allowing Vietnamese soldiers, who were trying to oust the ruling French, to hide in their house. They served their guests their special fish dish, cha ca La Vong.

To raise extra money to fund their rebel-hiding activities – and provide a cover for the house’s mysterious comings and goings – the family opened a restaurant serving only cha ca La Vong.

The original recipe remains a Doan family secret but Le Thi Bich Loc, one of the current Doan family restaurateurs, told Vietnam News Agency the secret to cha ca La Vong was making it with quality ingredients.

To make the dish, Loc said fillets of catfish or snakehead fish are filleted and marinated for at least two hours with galangal, pepper, fish sauce and turmeric. The fillets are then grilled on a coal stove, turned frequently until each piece is a deep golden color.

The next stage of the cooking is done at the table, on a small pottery burner. The grilled fish is fried with dill, green onions and peanuts, a step that is believed to bring out more flavor.

The sizzling hot fish fillet mixture is then placed into a bowl with Vietnamese vermicelli, pickled spring onion bulbs and aromatic herbs. The finishing touch is a few drops of fermented shrimp paste.

The restaurant only buys shrimp paste from northern ThanhHoaProvince. This regional specialty has a light flavor and turns white when mixed with lemon juice.

Vietnamese wine is said to further compliment the taste of cha ca La Vong.

The dish became so famous that Hanoi authorities renamed the entire street Cha Ca Street (Fried Minced Fish Street). The restaurant remains in its original location, at 14 Cha Ca Street in Hanoi, and Cha Ca La Vong was registered as a trademark in 1989.

Source: tuoitrenews


Source: QDND

Nation rises in IT ranking

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Nation rises in IT ranking

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Vietnam rose from 98th ranking in 2007 to 86th in 2008, according to the latest report from Information and Communication Development Index ranking 159 countries and territories.

The top 10 countries ranked in order were Sweden, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea, Denmark, Holland, Iceland, Switzerland, Japan, Norway and the UK.

Vietnam, as one of the developing countries, has recorded dramatic improvement in index scores together with the countries of Bahrain, Cape Verde, Greece, Macedonia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam, Japan seek cooperation in shipbuilding

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Vietnam, Japan seek cooperation in shipbuilding

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Vietnam and Japan hold a big opportunity for cooperation in shipbuilding as the world’s second largest economy is recovering and the Southeast Asian country’s shipbuilding industry boasts various potentials.

Vietnam’s Investment Counsellor to Japan Le Huu Quang Huy delivered the message at a seminar on shipbuilding in the capital city of Tokyo on June 18.

Huy said Vietnam has a wide range of potentials to develop the shipbuilding industry, citing its coastline of 3,200km, 120 seaports, abundant and skilled workforce and low labour costs.

Meanwhile, the counsellor said, Japan possesses a large source of capital and a developed shipbuilding industry, with around 1,200 shipbuilding yards and 1,200 seaports. In particular, Japan’s economy is bouncing back and likely to achieve a growth rate of 1.9 percent this year, he added.

Huy pointed out three major challenges the shipbuilding industry will face after 2011 such as capital shortages due to tightened regulations on credits, changes in the demand for marine shipping and fluctuations of oil prices.

He called on shipbuilding companies from the two countries to increase the exchange of visits and meetings to discuss cooperation opportunities and ways to cope with these challenges.

According to the official, Vietnamese and Japanese businesses can cooperate in training personnel, treating environmental pollution at shipbuilding yards and developing supporting industries to serve shipbuilding.

At the seminar, Japan’s maritime expert Nagatsuka Seiji proposed a number of solutions, including the enhancement of cooperation with India, Vietnam and the Philippines, to help Japanese shipbuilding firms cope with fierce competition from regional rivals such as the Republic of Korea and China.

Source: VNA/ Photo: vinashin

Source: QDND

Vietnam attends int’l Microsoft Office contest

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Vietnam attends int’l Microsoft Office contest

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:29 (GMT+7)

The national round of the Microsoft Office World Champion 2010 contest began concurrently in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, Danang, HCM City and Can Tho on June 20 with the participation of students from 35 universities.

Doan Hong Nam, President of the International Investment Group (IIG Vietnam) said that the contest aimed to create a healthy playground for students around the world to demonstrate their capacities in using Microsoft Word and Excel.

The final round will be held in Hanoi, Da Nang, and HCM City on June 27 and two outstanding candidates will be selected to participate in the world final to take place in the US on August 8-10. The winner will receive US$6,500 and other valuable prizes.

Microsoft Office World Champion 2010 is held annually to select candidates with outstanding Microsoft Office skills from 60 nations around the world. In Vietnam, the contest aims to promote and improve IT skills in schools, especially in universities, provide Vietnamese students with an essential tool for life after graduation and popularize international standards Microsoft Office skills among enterprises.

This is the first time the contest has been held in Vietnam and it was co-organised by the IIG Vietnam and the Ministry of Education and Training.

Source: VOV/VNA

Source: QDND

3,000 people to be recruited at 4th Chinese Job fair

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

3,000 people to be recruited at 4th Chinese Job fair

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

The 4th Chinese job fair for young Chinese speakers and Chinese language students will be held at the District 5’s CulturalCenter on June 27.

Apart from 50 enterprises will present at the fair to seek for more than 3,000 employees.

Experts from centers for human resource demand forecasting and leading groups in the city will provide latest information of labor market; recruitment tendency, policies and treatments; salary levels; and Value Added Tax (VAT) declaration skill for laborers

The job show is jointly organized by the Vietnamese-Chinese social work board under the ChoLonEconomicDevelopmentCenter, Ho Chi Minh City center for human resource demand forecasting and labor market information and Ho Chi Minh City job introduction center.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Young volunteers join Hanoi’s millennium anniversary

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Young volunteers join Hanoi’s millennium anniversary

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Around 1,000 youth volunteers will be selected to take part in the grand celebration of the 1,000th year of Thang Long-Hanoi, said Hanoi’s Youth Union at the ceremony introducing the 2010 Youth Summer Volunteer Campaign on June 19.

The volunteers will act as tourist guides, engage in environmental protection, ensure public transport safety, and provide medical care. So far, around 10,000 young people have registered for the grand celebration.

Volunteers will also participate in sprucing up urban areas this summer by cleaning polluted areas, and removing illegal advertisements.

They are expected to participate in activities around the upcoming university entrance exam. More than 7,000 volunteers are expected to get involved in these activities at bus and railway stations.

Currently, the Youth Union and the Hanoi Student Association have asked provincial youth unions to provide them with a list of students, especially outstanding students living in difficult circumstances for timely support.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Raising accountability to voters

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Raising accountability to voters

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

After 25-days’ sitting, the National Assembly completed the busy working agenda set for its 7th session, demonstrating that the most powerful State body and elected deputies are putting their responsibilities towards the voters and the people into action.  

Since the beginning of this year, the national economy has kept pace with the steady economic recovery and achieved encouraging results. Economic growth in the first four months almost doubled the figure recorded a year earlier. Budget revenue was higher than in the same period of the previous years; the social welfare of the people was ensured and social infrastructure was improved.

However, NA deputies pointed out challenges facing Vietnam in the second half of this year, including low economic growth, threats to macro-balances, and a high consumer price index. They asked the government to come up with effective remedies to overcome such weaknesses and meet the socio-economic development targets for 2010 and the 2006-2010 period.

The NA approved 10 bills, including those on the State bank of Vietnam, credit organisations, the non-agricultural land use tax, child adoption, energy conservation, people with disabilities, post, trade arbitration, and food safety. The approval of these bills was a step toward meeting the country’s requirements during international integration.

The NA urged the government and relevant agencies to issue documents guiding the implementation of these bills while enhancing the dissemination of information to bring the bills to life. NA bodies performed their supervisory role better and worked more closely with the government and relevant agencies to speed up legislation and improve the quality of bills before being submitted.

Thanks to careful preparations, plenary and in-group discussions took place as scheduled. Many debates on contentious issues of voter concern became heated with deputies providing convincing evidence to prove their arguments.

Voters valued the NA’s supreme supervision, especially the question time when four Cabinet members and a Deputy Prime Minister took the floor and answered the deputies’ queries. Despite being excluded from the Q&A list, more than 10 other ministers and heads of State agencies also clarified their role and responsibility in tackling issues raised by voters and the deputies. The hearing helped Cabinet members and relevant agencies to become more accountable and come up with solutions to fulfil the tasks entrusted to them.

Voters appreciated the NA’s selection of the four ministers to be grilled on finance, transport, agriculture and rural development, and culture, sports and tourism, as these are areas of great concern to voters across the country. Unanswered queries will be selected by the NA Standing Committee to be posed to Cabinet ministers at its meetings between the intervals of the two legislative sessions.

Another important function of the legislature is to decide on key national issues. Lawmakers spent much time discussing the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City Express Railway Line Project and the Overall Master Plan for the Hanoi capital until 2030 and with a vision for 2050 – the two big projects that greatly concern deputies and voters. Deputies pointed out the drawbacks of these plans and asked the government to further study and finalise them before submitting them again to the legislature, taking into account their multi-dimensional impact on the national transport system, economic development and people’s lives.

In his closing speech, NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said “This has been one of the busiest and most effective sessions. It has helped deal with the great bulk of the work, including important issues.” Decisions made at the session show the NA is strongly reforming its operations on behalf of voters, and above all, the national interests.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Doctor: Over 73 percent of cancer patients dead

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The fatal toll among cancer patients in Vietnam has increased to 73.5 percent, Associate Professor Dr Mai Trong Khoa, deputy director of Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital said June 19.

Cancer patients are treated at a hospital in Hanoi (File photo: VTC)

The disease treatment has found more difficult and taken more time as patients usually late discover that they are infected with the disease, when it has come to metastasis phase, he said.

Dr. Khoa added that the number of cases infected with cancers in the world has also increased, especially in developing countries.

In developed countries, patients are usually soon discovered. As a result, the death toll is lower, about 50-65 percent, he said.

At present Bach Mai Hospital is treating a 71 year old woman named Nguyen Thi Tuan Kh., one amid rare cases of people contaminated with two types of cancers.

Dr. Khoa said that in the world, the ratio of people with two cancers is accounted for just 0.1 percent of cancer patients.

Source: SGGP