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Vietnam to host Faldo golf qualifier

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Vietnam to host Faldo golf qualifier

QĐND – Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

The qualifying round for the Faldo Series Asia (FSA) will take place at the Ocean Dunes golf course in the central province of Binh Thuan from August 6-8.

The tournament will attract nearly 50 golfers and the six winners will go through to the final round, which will be held in China in March, according to the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA).

The final round will include the winning golfers from the 16 FSA tournaments held in 12 countries across the world.

Established by Nick Faldo, a US golfer and winner of six well-known championships in the UK , the Faldo Golf Championship is for amateur golfers in Asia , from the age of 12 to 21.

The VGA has also organised a Junior Vietnamese Championship to increase the competitive experience of young players nationwide.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vinapaco introduces new photocopy paper

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Vinapaco introduces new photocopy paper

QĐND – Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Paper Corporation has introduced a new kind of photocopy paper called CleverUP which is expected to compete well against imported products.

CleverUP paper is produced by the Bai Bang Paper Company on a modern production line supplied by the German based Company E.C.H. Will and has a total output of 50,000 tonnes per year, said Vu Ngoc Bao, secretary general of the Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association.

CleverUP is a high-quality paper which can be used in different kinds of printers, photocopying machines and fax machines.

Statistics shows that Vietnam uses as much as 100,000 tonnes of photocopy paper every year, of which 60 percent is imported. CleverUP is expected to meet domestic demands for photocopy paper.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Biodiversity can help Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Biodiversity can help Mekong Delta

QĐND – Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

International climate change scientists met with Mekong Delta local experts and communities to discuss measures to cope with climate impacts at Kien Giang province’s Rach Gia city on June 23.

Speaking at the Forum “Biodiversity and Climate Change at Mekong Delta”, Dr Geoffrey Blate, Climate Change Coordinator of WWF’s Greater Mekong Programme, said it’s high time the area sought proper solutions to preserve the region’s biodiversity and to cope with other negative impacts of global warming.

About 130 delegates from the Kien Giang province Committee, National Committee and WWF participated in the forum aiming to raise people’s awareness about the value of biodiversity and ecology in coping with global warming in the region.

The climate change forum also discussed the significant roles of Biosphere Reserve Zones.

Nguyen Hoang Tri, general secretary of the National Committee of Programme on Vietnam People and Biosphere, said Kien Giang Province will introduce the World Biosphere Reserve Zone this week, making it one of the world’s biggest biosphere zones with a range of tropical eco-systems.

Global warming has been proven worldwide to have negative impacts on biodiversity, especially in the Mekong Delta, experts have warned.

The Mekong Delta is the hub of biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region, known for the large number of endangered species in recent years and 1,000 new species discovered during the last decade.

The Biosphere Reserve Zone would be an effective measure to cope with the climate change by conserving biodiversity as well as cultural and traditional values, Tri of the National Committee of the Programme on Vietnam People and Biosphere, noted.

Specific measures to ensure biodiversity in coping with climate change in the Delta will be presented at an international seminar on Biodiversity and Climate Change on June 24 in Rach Giá city.

The United Nation has chosen this year as the year of Sustainable Development and Biodiversity.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam slams China’s East Sea tourism plan

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Vietnam slams China’s East Sea tourism plan

QĐND – Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has decried a Chinese plan to build and develop the Hainan international tourism island, covering the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos, and reaffirmed its indisputable sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

At a regular press briefing in Hanoi on June 24, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said the National Development and Reform Commission of China recently approved a plan to develop the Hainan tourism island from 2010 to 2020, a plan which specifies that a marine-based complex managed by Hainan province includes the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos. The plan encourages the launch of more air and sea routes to Hoang Sa and the registration of usage rights to uninhabited islands there.

This act seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, and runs counter to common agreements reached by the two countries’ top leaders, as well as going against the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) that China and other ASEAN countries signed in 2002, said Ms Nga.

The spokesperson quoted point 5 of the DOC, saying parties concerned have agreed to restrain themselves from expanding, complicating disputes and affecting peace and stability in the East Sea, including activities to reside on uninhabited islands there. The parties have also agreed to settle disputes through constructive means.

Vietnam demands that China put an immediate end to this violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and strictly observe the DOC, said Ms Nga.

She also said a Foreign Ministry representative met with a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on June 22 to protest the plan.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Heat wave sets to move through northern and central regions

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Northern and central provinces will heat up again June 25-26, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

Northern and central regions will be sunny and hot June 24-25 (Photo: VTC)

The regions will experience scorching weather with temperatures forecasted to soar above 38 Celsius degrees, due to a hot westerly low-pressure system, the center said.

Meteorologists predict the heat wave will end June 26 when the areas should see showers.

Southern provinces continue to be affected by medium-grade southwesterly winds.

It will be cloudy and some places will see showers and thunderstorms at nighttime, with temperatures hovering around 28-34 degrees.

Source: SGGP

Stocks lose ground under selling pressure

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Movement of VN-Index on June 24. (Photo: on Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange declined on June 24 as selling demand took the upper hand.

VN-Index, which tracks 241 companies and four mutual funds, dropped 1.15 points, or 0.22 percent, to finish at 511.67.

Of the index, 109 shares gained, 90 fell, and 46 remained unchanged. More than 53.1 million shares changed hands at VND1.49 trillion.

Though it has approached the 515 mark for seven trading sessions, the benchmark has not yet surpassed it. Demand to buy, especially blue-chip stocks, must increase for the index to advance further.

Vinalink International Freight Forwarders (VNL), which gave up 4.74 percent, was the biggest loser on the city bourse.

Dry Cell and Storage Battery Joint Stock Company (PAC) eroded 4.51 percent to VND63,500.

Meanwhile, seafood producer Nam Viet Corporation (ANV) and General Materials Biochemistry Fertilizer Joint Stock Company (HSI) both closed up 5 percent to VND21,000 and VND16,800 respectively.

Mining company Hoa An Joint Stock Company (DHA), Vien Dong Investment Development Trading Corporation (VID), and Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) all added 4.97 percent to VND48,600, VND16,900 and VND19,000 respectively.

PetroVietNam Transportation Corporation (PVT) continued to top the list of most active shares by volume with 2.96 million changing hands.

Petrovietnam General Services Js Corporation (PET) was next with 2.51 million shares, followed by Vien Dong Investment Development Trading Corporation (VID) with 1.95 million shares.

In contrast, the Hanoi’s HNX-Index rose 0.12 points, or 0.07 percent, to 162.98. Around 34.6 million shares, worth VND1.16 trillion, were traded.

The UPCoM-Index slid 0.32 points to 46.41 as of 11:25 am local time. Trading volume was at 282,240 shares, worth nearly VND5 billion.

Internationally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index both rose 0.05 percent. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite index slid 0.34 percent and the S&P 500 index 0.3 percent.

FTSE 100 index declined 1.31 percent. France’s CAC 40 index gave up 1.72 percent.

China’s Shanghai Composite index lost 0.26 percent.

Source: SGGP

Access to essential medicines far from being achieved: WHO

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

The government has consistently given pharmaceutical issues top priority within its development agenda. However, access to essential medicines, especially for the poor has not yet become a reality. Ways to improve the situation were discussed at a meeting held on June 23 in Hanoi titled: “Strengthen the capability of accessing essential medicines.”

Dr. Jean-Marc Olivé, WHO Representative in Vietnam

The meeting was co-ordinated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Jean-Marc Olivé, WHO Representative in Vietnam, said increasing access to pharmaceuticals has been a major facet of significant government policies, such as the Social Economic Development Plan, and is one of the pillars of the five-year National Health Plan.

WHO recognize the government’s programs for essential medicines, especially the keen attention given to the implementation of quality programs and good practices for the manufacturers, distribution and supply of medicines.

The question that you may raise is simple – there are more than 20,000 pharmaceutical products registered in the market – but why do we say that people, especially the poor, cannot access the medicines they need? Dr. Olivé added.

The WHO representative pointed out that the prices of medicines are high and people cannot afford them. Recent comparative data shows that medicines in Vietnam, which are used to treat diseases with the highest burden, are priced higher than they are listed on the international reference index.

Dr. Olivé stressed that the poor do not have adequate resources to buy them. A study done in 2008 on the treatment of diabetes showed that people insulin costs patients an average of US$17 a month (US$204 per year). 

Medicines are also continually over-prescribed and used irrationally, wasting both government and the patient’s resources, said Dr. Olivé. When the government spends much of its budget paying for expensive medicines, resources are lost, and less people are served. On the other hand, irrational usage and sale of antibiotics, often without prescription, risks the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance, which will make treatment of infectious diseases more difficult and more expensive.

Dr. Truong Quoc Cuong, chief of the Vietnam Drug Administration, said that the total payment for medications in Vietnam last year was up to US$1.5 trillion, an increase of 19 percent. An average person spends US$19.77 on drugs yearly. Profits from drugs produced domestically reached US$831 million in 2009.

Mr. Cuong said more pharmaceutical firms in the country have strengthened production, but few of them manufactured specific drugs for new diseases.

Dr. Olivé prescribed that concerted action be taken to overcome the barriers to access. It is time that Vietnam and WHO think of different approaches and reassess our programs and policies to make sure that they meet the fundamental public health objective of ensuring access to safe, quality-assured, affordable medicines.

He advised the Vietnamese government to consider developing a comprehensive policy for generic medicines and ensure universal coverage for health that makes provisions for the poor. He proposed that medicines for children and mothers should be made available at all times in health communes and in public health facilities.

At the same time, prescription and use of essential medicines should be monitored and that inappropriate incentives in the selection and procurement of medicines should be eliminated, he stressed.

Dr Nguyen Quoc Trieu, Minister of Health, promised to rearrange the index of essential medications that home enterprises can manufacture and concentrate on producing important materials, including antibiotics, as well as to adopt measures that would stabilize the price for drugs not yet produced in Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Blue ear under control in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, also called blue ear, has not occurred in Hanoi for ten days, said the capital city Department of Animal Health on June 23.

Blue ear has not occurred Hanoi for ten days so customers feel secure to eat pork

Veterinaries continued treating diseased pigs in suburban Hanoi districts Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Thuong Tin and Me Linh.

Despite its recession, animal health officials warned that farm owners should keep alert for the disease as there will be several heat waves moving through the northern and central regions of Vietnam over the next three to four days to badly affect animal’s resistance to illness.

Therefore, breeders need to keep their farms clean and their animals fully fed and vaccinated.

Specifically, breeders should only purchase breeding pigs from known companies with testing certificates from relevant agencies.

Furthermore, farmers should quarantine new pigs in separate pigsties for 21 days.

Source: SGGP

Woolen- carpet portrait marks late President Ton Duc Thang’s birthday

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

A fleece woolen carpet depicting late President Ton Duc Thang has just been completed, in honor of the late president’s 122nd birthday (August 20, 1888).

     Ton Duc Thang Museum in HCMC

The rug is 140cm x 106cm and includes 32 colors and 200,000 knots.

Huynh Thi Sanh, 52, and Pham Thi Lo, 41 skilled artisans of the Sai Gon Woolen Carpet Company, who have more than 20 years experience weaving carpets, completed in the project in just over a month.

The woolen carpet portrait will be presented to Ton Duc Thang Museum in HCMC on the late President’s 122nd birthday, August 20.


Source: SGGP

City to hold Beethoven concert

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Classical music lovers will have a chance to enjoy well-known works of the German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven, this month in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music

The Beethoven concert, organized by Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, will take place at the Cultural Center of District 11 on June 24; District 8’s Children House on the 26th; and at the municipal Conservatory of Music on the 27th.

Vietnamese and Korean violinists Duong Minh Chinh and Kim Yoen, together with the symphony orchestra of HCMC Conservatory of Music, will be on stage under the baton of conductor Do Kien Cuong.


Source: SGGP