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Historical sites at risk for damage, transgression

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Many of Ho Chi Minh City’s historical sites have been severely damaged and denigrated, experts said at seminars on “searching and preserving value of historical sites,” and “planning, preserving and promoting value of historical sites in HCMC within 2010 and 2010,” held by the municipal Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Phung Son (or Chu Go) Pagoda on 3/2 Street has been transgressed by pavement cafes.  (Photo: Sggp)

Surveys have shown that historical sites including Phung Son and Giac Vien pagodas in District 11, Hung Loi pottery-kiln in District 8 and others are being used, controlled, transgressed and otherwise misused. People have occupied the land illegally for living, trading or storing.


The city now has 73 artful edifices, whose architecture dates back hundreds of years, which have been damaged due to time and weather.


It is not easy to restore ancient constructions. Apart from the need for major capital, experts have to focus on the risk of losing their specific historical and cultural traits.


Streets built in 1872 have been broken down for the construction of buildings and trade centers. Hai Thuong Lan Ong in District 5 is now the only remaining ancient street in Ho Chi Minh City.


The municipal government and functional departments should plan the city in accordance with the Cultural Heritage Law to preserve ancient artful architecture, said scientists.

Source: SGGP

The beach is that way

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm




The beach is that way


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

The central province of Quang Binh is home to some of Vietnam’s most enchanting coastal areas with a string of beautiful beaches that could also help reverse the province’s economic fortunes.


With the pace of development comes a price. Popular beach destinations become too crowded, too built up, too much of a hassle. For those who like to flop around on a quiet beach and forget about the world, the most popular ‘holiday’ beaches become contradictions. Who can feel relaxed on a public holiday if you’re surrounded by thousands of screaming kids and perpetually hassled by vendors? Inevitably, you move on. You seek new horizons far from the madding crowds.


For now, my tip is Quang Binh province in the ‘north’ of Central Vietnam. South of Ha Tinh and bordering Laos, this is one of the country’s poorest provinces. The average annual per capita income is one of the lowest in Vietnam. But the province’s tourism industry might be the main key to boosting the local economy. The UNESCO heritage site of Phong Nha- Ke Bang cave has flown the flag so far.


Now the province is looking to the white sandy beaches with a great deal of justifiable expectation. The bewitching sight of Nhat Le would certainly convince any developer that this is a stretch of coast worth banking on. But for now, I am also delighted to bask in the peace and tranquility that remains on offer before the bulldozers and master builders roll in. It’s a breathtaking spot and in my humblest opinion one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Inspired by the prospect of discovering more unknown beaches, I recently decided to explore more of the coast by motorbike. And there is plenty to discover.


In Quang Trach district, I came across Quang Phu beach, which is popular with locals but yet to be tapped by the tourism moguls. It’s only five or 10 minutes drive from Nhat Le beach and utterly pristine. The water is refreshingly clear. As you swim around, you can see scallops beneath your feet. It’s a wonderful spot to spend a morning or afternoon lolling around in the sunshine, happily contemplating life.


Further along the coast, you will find Hai Ninh beach and fishing village. The views around are wonderful with imposing mountains to the west and a deep blue sea to the east. After arriving in the late afternoon, I decided to stay until sunset – yes, I’m an old romantic at heart.


The next morning I headed for Dong Hoi market to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. The fishermen, traders and customers convene over the catch of the day. The market might be the only hectic spot you will come across on the coastline.


There are already some resorts taking advantage of Quang Binh’s stunning shores and sweeping sea views. The Sun Spa Resort is leading the pack. Set on a picturesque peninsular the resort boasts 234 international standard rooms. The overall design is wonderfully harmonious and tranquil with fern-trunk thatching, private tropical gardens overlooking the ocean, private swimming pools and spacious, elegantly designed rooms.


Sun Spa Resort is the perfect gateway to discover the World Natural Heritage Site of Phong Nha – Ke Bang Reserve – though the resort is a natural wonder in its own right, set amidst a spacious 29 hectares of landscaped garden alongside the pristine white sands of Bao Ninh beach.


Further up the coast, there may be more to come. Development plans have been made for Da Nhay beach, another wonderful spot, 40km north of Dong Hoi. In Vietnamese ‘da nhay’ means ‘the rocks that jump’. As you might guess by that name, this is a rugged, rocky spot but there are also sandy coves for bathing on.


You can find more modest accommodation than the Sun Spa Resort with rooms available in family-run hotels for VND150,000 to VND200,00. Either way searching the coast for quiet spots to have a dip in the sea is a wonderful way to spend a couple of days (rather than being dragged around by a tour guide). Everywhere in Quang Binh people are hospitable, helpful and happy to share the incredible natural scenery with people from out of town. I guess they want the word to spread. 


Source: Timeout/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Urban students learn how to do farm work

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm




Urban students learn how to do farm work


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)


50 trainees from the Young Leader Class under the Southern Teenager and Youth Center have experienced what it is like to be a farmer in Ong Ho Island, My Hoa Hung Commune, Long Xuyen City, in An Giang province. 

During the four-day experience, the young “farmers” undertook various jobs that a real farmer does, such as transplanting rice, draining water from a pond to get fish to name a few.


Besides, they were clearly taught how rice grains are created, how people in the flood-prone areas live and given a lot of first-hand farming experiences.


For many of these urban students, this is the first time for them to get acquainted with farm work and rural life. Nguyen Ngoc Minh Thanh, for example, said the trip gave him a great deal of useful knowledge.







Transplanting rice

For Vuong Phuoc Duy Khang, a n 11th grader of Le Quy Dong High School in Ho Chi Minh City, the most valuable experience from the trip was the feeling among villagers, neighbours and especially the love from the “foster parents” for their “children” at the first meeting. Besides practical experience, these urban students also learned how to behave properly and understand feelings among people.


“I hope those children will not only know what a real farmer often does, but also understand how hard a farmer has to work. With what the children learn, they would do their utmost to study more to become policy makers in future to give assistance to farmers”, said Ms Huynh Kim Thanh, a foster parent.


Source: TT


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Vietnam wins Global Green Energy awards

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm




Vietnam wins Global Green Energy awards


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Holland’s Development Organization (SNV) have been granted the Global Green Award 2010 for their biogas project.


The cooperation between the two organizations has created favourable conditions for the sustainable expansion of biogas technology in Vietnam.


The project was initiated in 2003, aiming to build 168,000 biogas works by 2012. By 2009, the project had reduced nearly 167,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air every year.


According to MARD, 78,000 biogas works have been built that benefit about 390,000 farmers in Vietnam.


Each biogas project built for a family breeding 10-15 pigs will help them save up to VND6 million in fuel costs every year, says Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy director general of MARD’s  Livestock Breeding Department.


Source: VOV





Source: QDND

VN-Index resumes gain

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Movement of VN-Index on July 5. (Photo: Vietstock.vn)Stocks on Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange resumed rise on July 5. Liquidity on the market, however, remained low as investors became wary and were waiting for business results in second quarter of listed firms.

VN-Index, which tracks 244 companies and four close-ended funds, rose as much as 2.89 points, or 0.57 percent, to 506.54.


On the index, 117 stocks gained, 85 dropped, and 45 were unchanged.


Trading volume was at 39.6 million shares, worth VND1.19 trillion, the lowest level in the past three weeks.


Hanoi Maritime Holding Company (MHC) and Chang Yih Ceramic Joint Stock Company (CYC) both advanced 4.95 percent to VND10,100.


Shareholders of Hanoi Maritime Holding Company (MHC) approved this year business plan with a total revenue of VND270 billion at its annual shareholders meeting.


Thong Nhat Rubber Joint Stock Company (TNC) rose 4.92 percent to VND19,200.


Dat Xanh Real Estate Service & Construction Corporation (DXG) lost 43.23 percent to VND44,000. From July 14 to 30, the company asked for shareholders opinion to add more business fields.


Viet – Han Corporation (VHG) gave up 5 percent to VND30,400 from VND32,000 last weekend.


Ninh Hoa Sugar Joint Stock Company (NHS) declined 4.74 percent to VND36,200.


The Hanoi’s HNX-Index experienced a seesaw trading session, closing at 158.46, down 0.07 percent, or 0.11 points. Liquidity on the northern bourse dropped for five consecutive trading sessions. Around 26.9 million shares were traded at VND792.2 billion.


Foreign investors net sold for six straight trading sessions with an approximate value of VND2.49 billion.


On the market of unlisted shares, the UPCoM-Index also climbed 2.51 points to 54.71. Trading volume improved after an announcement that the continuous auction model would be applied to this trading floor. Nearly 18.09 billion were spent to trade 910,524 shares.

Source: SGGP

First vibrio cholerae case in Thanh Hoa province

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm




First vibrio cholerae case in Thanh Hoa province


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

A patient in Tho Xuan district, Thanh Hoa province has tested positive for virbio cholerae, said Ha Dinh Ngu, director of the provincial Preventive Medical Centre on July 5.


This was the first case detected in Thanh Hoa this year, said Ngu. Currently, the patient is in stable condition and he is in isolation at the Tho Xuan hospital.


The patient was said to have taken a meal at a street food stall, and eaten a sweet potato and drank black-bean sauce and ice water at home. He had a stomach ache and acute diarrhea in the evening. No one from his family and the neighbour hood has experienced similar systems.


After receiving the news, the provincial Preventive Medical Centre sent an inspection team to his family and directed the locality to prevent a possible outbreak. It has worked with the local medical unit to sterilise the surrounding areas, and co-operated with other relevant agencies to provide information about the disease and preventive measures, as well as to help local people to better carry out environmental, water and food sanitation.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Clinton vows support for Georgia, slams Russian “occupation”

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassured Georgia on Monday with a pledge of continued support and criticised Russia’s “occupation” of two breakaway Georgian regions.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Georgian Women Leaders Association members at the Georgian National Library in Tbilisi on Monday, July 5, 2010

On her first visit to the ex-Soviet country as secretary of state, Clinton told a group of women leaders that Washington would also keep pushing for further democratic reforms in Georgia.


“We continue to object to and criticise actions by Russia which we believe are wrong and on the top of the list is the invasion and occupation of Georgia,” Clinton said shortly after arriving in the capital Tbilisi as part of a regional tour.


“The United States supports the Georgian people, we support Georgian democracy,” she said.


Clinton was due to meet later with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who will be looking for reassurances Washington has not abandoned support for his country amid a “reset” in relations with Moscow.


Tbilisi is hoping Clinton will take a hard line on Russia’s military presence in the rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and that she will reiterate US support for Georgia’s hopes of joining the NATO military alliance.


Clinton urged further reforms in Georgia, saying a vibrant democracy and economy were key for it to regain control of the rebel territories.


“The more vibrant, effective a democracy and economy Georgia becomes, a greater contrast there will be between South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia,” she said.


Clinton was on the final stop of a tour of eastern European and Caucasus region countries that has also taken her to Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan and Armenia.


She is also due to meet opposition leaders in Georgia, who have accused Saakashvili of stepping back from democratic reforms after coming to power in the country’s 2003 pro-Western Rose Revolution.


Saakashvili enjoyed extremely close ties with former US president George W. Bush, who famously declared the country a “beacon of liberty” in a 2005 speech to thousands of cheering Georgians in central Tbilisi.


Georgia has even named a main road from the airport after Bush.


Relations have cooled under President Barack Obama, however, after Saakashvili’s international reputation was damaged by a 2007 crackdown on opposition protesters and by his handling of Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia.


Georgia has downplayed the cooling in relations and contributed nearly 1,000 troops to fight alongside US forces in Afghanistan in a bid to build closer ties with the new administration.


US officials have repeatedly voiced support for Georgia’s territorial integrity after the 2008 war, which saw Russian forces pour into the country to repel a Georgian military assault on Moscow-backed South Ossetia.


Russia after the war recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, a move that has been followed by only a handful of countries. Russia has since established permanent military bases and deployed hundreds of troops and border guards in the regions.


During a visit to Tbilisi a year ago, US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington continued to back Georgia’s territorial integrity and its bid to join NATO but also called for progress on democratic reforms.


 

Source: SGGP

National rice relieves poor households

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm




National rice relieves poor households


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

The Finance Ministry provided as many as 40,000 tonnes of rice in aid relief to poverty-stricken households throughout the country in the first half of this year.


The rice was taken from the national reserve, which has so far this year stockpiled more than 140,000 tonnes of rice, said the ministry.


The recent beneficiaries were those from the central province of Quang Ngai , who received a total of 2,929 tonnes of rice.


Earlier in June, the disadvantaged in the central province of Nghe An got 3,000 tonnes of rice and the northern province of Lao Cai , 220 tonnes.


In May, 7,882 tonnes of rice from the national reserve were allocated to the northern province of Bac Kan , Thai Binh and Ha Giang and the central province of Thanh Hoa and Quang Binh.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Two nature reserves will be formed in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm




Two nature reserves will be formed in central Vietnam


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development experts have finalized surveys and research for the establishment of two nature reserves, Khe Net and Khe Nuoc Trong.


According to the surveys, Khe Net, located in the northwest Quang Binh, has an area of over 26,800 hectares, covering five communes of Huong Hoa, Kim Hoa, Thuan Hoa, Thanh Hoa and Lam Hoa in Tuyen Hoa district.


This is one of several low-land, tropical forests in Vietnam with 841 species of high-level floral species and 282 terrestrial spiral animal species, including 42 endangered floral and 60 fauna species.


Khe Nuoc Trong’s biodiversity is also very high, with 987 species of high-level floral species and 227 terrestrial spiral fauna species. This forest is located in Kim Thuy commune, Le Thuy district and border the Vietnam-Laos frontier and Quang Tri province’s Bac Huong Hoa nature reserve.


Both Khe Net and Khe Nuoc Trong are listed in plans for Vietnam’s nature reserves approved by the Government in 2003.


The Forest Protection Agency of Quang Binh has sent survey results to Quang Binh authorities. After being reviewed, Quang Binh will submit the documents to MARD for approval.


Source: VietnamNet


Source: QDND

German minister hails Polish ‘pro-European’ president

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

 German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday welcomed the election of the liberal Bronislaw Komorowski as Polish president as a “strong pro-European signal”.

Poland’s acting President Bronislaw Komorowski, speaker of the parliament and presidential candidate from Civic Platform Party (PO) waves to supporters at his election headquarters in Warsaw, July 4, 2010.

Westerwelle, a fellow liberal who has made improving ties with Germany’s eastern neighbour a policy priority, said Komorowski would be a strong partner for closer cooperation.


“The sovereign decision of the Polish people for Bronislaw Komorowski is a strong pro-European signal,” Westerwelle, who made his first foreign trip after taking office last October to Warsaw, said in Berlin.


“It is a goal of German foreign policy to deepen and strengthen relations with Poland, as it has managed to in the past decades with France.


“With President Komorowski, we will have a strong partner on this path of trust and cooperation, just as we have with Prime Minister (Donald) Tusk and Foreign Minister (Radoslaw) Sikorski.”


In Sunday’s election, Komorowski beat conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski, whose twin brother Lech, the previous president, was killed in a plane crash in April.


Komorowski, who as speaker of parliament became acting head of state after Lech Kaczynski’s death, is a key ally in Tusk’s liberal Civic Platform party.


 

Source: SGGP