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HCM City to develop riverside tours

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




HCM City to develop riverside tours


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

HCM City plans to offer a new tour to a painting village along the Saigon River in District 2 in September and will also inaugurate the Saigon-Cu Chi-Binh Duong route as part of its plan to develop riverside tourism over the next ten years.


HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has conducted a survey along the Saigon River to develop the city’s riverside tourism from 2011 to 2020.


At present, some travel firms provide short-distance riverside tours in HCM City like Ben Nghe-Nha Be, Bach Dang-Binh Quoi, with six floating restaurants and three yachts.


Medium-distance boat tours include Saigon-Dong Nai, Saigon-Binh Duong, Bach Dang-Cu Chi while long-distance boat tours comprise HCM City-My Tho-Can Tho-Chau Doc-Kien Giang and Phnom Penh, Shihanuville (Cambodia).


he city is working on a project to develop three waterway bus routes in the city, including: Nha Rong wharf – Sai Gon river – Vam Thuat river – An Loc bridge; Ben Nghe canal – Tau Hu – Cho Dem; Nha Rong wharf – Saigon Port – Te canal – Doi canal.


HCM City has 87 river routes and a tangled network of canals that are favourable for developing develop waterway transport, but they have yet to be utilized fully.


Source: VietnamNet


Source: QDND

Heat wave, drought continue to hit northern, central regions

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




Heat wave, drought continue to hit northern, central regions


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The northern and central regions are suffering from a severe heat wave with the temperature hitting 40 degrees Celsius in some places.


The heat wave will last until July 8 and then subside. The central region is also hard hit by prolonged drought.


According to the Forest Management Department, many forests in the provinces of central region are at dangerous and extremely dangerous fire-risk levels.


Also the same day, the water level in rivers in the central and central highland region were lower than normal, causing water shortages on a wide scale at almost all provinces, said the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnamese and Chinese students join a cross-border cycling itinerary

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




Vietnamese and Chinese students join a cross-border cycling itinerary


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

20 students from Vietnam and China are taking part in a special exchange, entitled “Vietnam-China Youth Friendship Cycle”.


From July 5th to 15th, the participants will cycle more than 500 kilometers from Hanoi, via Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, and Lang Son to Chongzuo and Nanning, with the aim of raising awareness for environmental protection as well as improving cultural and friendship cooperation between the youth of the two neighbouring countries.


During the cycling journey, co-organised by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment and the International Voice of China, Vietnamese and Chinese students will sing love-duet songs with Bac Ninh provincial artists.


In addition, they will watch the “Hanoi-Hanoi” film with a cast of both Vietnamese and Chinese actors, in Bac Giang Province, discuss what youths could contribute to promoting Vietnam-China friendship ties, living friendly with the environment in China, and have talks with the so-called Father of Panda, Prof. Pan Wenshi, from the University of Beijing and researchers on trachypithecus poliocephalus, the endangered langur found in Sapa.


Source: TP


Translated by Mai Huong


 


Source: QDND

Scientific research investment is essential

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




Scientific research investment is essential


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

The objective of the strategy to develop the agricultural mechanical engineering sector to 2010 with a vision for 2020 is to meet about 45-50 percent of the domestic demand for agricultural machinery. So far this objective has not been realized yet. Promoting business cooperation and investment in technology is considered to be a solution to vitalize the Vietnamese agricultural mechanical engineering sector.


 


Heavy dependence on imports


An agriculture-based country, Vietnam has a high demand for mechanical products. Every year, Vietnam manufactures about 550,000 agricultural machinery items, which include mostly diesel engines, power generators and combine harvesters.


About 1,300 companies are operational throughout the country, specializing in manufacturing/trading in tractors and many other kinds of agricultural machinery and equipment. In addition to those, there are 1,218 facilities specializing in repairing and maintaining machinery and equipment.


However, Doan Xuan Hoa, the deputy director of the Department of Processing and Trade of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said, “The domestic demand for agricultural machinery and equipment, especially tractors, plough machines and combine harvesters, is very high. Meanwhile the volume of machinery manufactured domestically is insufficient to meet the actual demand.”


Presently, most types of agricultural machinery that are being used in Vietnam are products of China or other countries. Statistics show that Chinese products accounts for about 60 percent of all agricultural machinery and equipment items being used in Vietnam, Vietnamese-manufactured products account for about 30 percent, and the remaining were used products imported from foreign countries such as Japan and the Republic of Korea.


Mr. Hoa said that most types of machinery manufactured in Vietnam still show many shortcomings compared with imported products, for example low capacity, outdated technology and expensive prices.


The Government has released Resolution 497, under which farmers are offered an interest subsidy for the loans they borrow to buy agricultural machinery and equipment. However, domestically manufactured agricultural machinery and equipment do not meet the actual demand in terms of both quality and quantity. Therefore the situation cannot improve yet.


 


Businesses are unwilling to invest


Despite the high demand for agricultural machinery, domestic companies seem to be unwilling to invest in this market. While the State is encouraging investment in the manufacture of some types of agricultural machinery such as high-capacity diesel engines, tractors and machine tools, no domestic company is willing to invest.


Mr. Hoa said, “The manufacture of agricultural machinery requires big investments but does not bring in a high profit as manufacturing other types of mechanical products. This is the reason why domestic companies are unwilling to invest in manufacturing agricultural machinery. ” It takes much time to manufacture a complete farming tool as well as to recover the amount of money that is invested in manufacturing. Moreover, cultivation areas in Vietnam are scattered but not concentrated, and this is another reason making domestic companies unwilling to invest in manufacturing agricultural machinery”.


 


What solution?


For all the above problems, it is not easy to vitalize the domestic agricultural mechanical engineering sector. Nguyen Van Thu, the president of the Vietnam Association of Mechanical Engineering, said, “Appropriate policies must be put in place to encourage investment in the manufacture of agricultural machinery.”


Most importantly, in his opinion, it is necessary to build the linkage between domestic mechanical companies. It will be impossible for a single domestic company to withstand fierce competition with Chinese products.


It will be a good solution for domestic mechanical companies to cooperate with each other so that each of them can specialize in manufacturing some components of agricultural machinery. It is very costly as well as time and manpower-consuming to manufacture a complete agricultural machinery item.


Cooperation helps reduce the manufacture cost and shorten the time needed to manufacture as well as to recover the amount of invested capital. Thanks to cooperation, domestic mechanical companies can become more competitive.


In the long term, to prevent the domestic agricultural machinery market from being swamped with imported products, it is necessary to build and tighten the linkage between scientists and manufacturers in order to improve the quality of products and reduce the manufacture cost, thus enhancing the competitiveness of domestic mechanical manufacturers.


The State has put in place policies that offer preferences to those who do scientific research catering to agriculture but reality shows that every year not more than 10 percent of the research results have been applied in production. So the problem is how to reduce the manufacture cost so that manufacturers can make a profit. “The most important and long-term solution is investing in scientific research,” Mr. Hoa asserted.


Source: VEN/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

HIV/AIDS prevention projects widens its remit

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




HIV/AIDS prevention projects widens its remit


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

More than 7 million needles have been provided free in the first five months of this year, up 21 percent compared to the same period last year.


This is part of a HIV/AIDS prevention project funded by the World Bank, which is being carried out in 20 provinces and cities.


In the reviewed period, more than 3 million condoms have also been delivered free to sex workers, down 1.3 percent over the same period last year.


At a meeting in Hoi An on July 5 to review the project’s results in the first half of this year, deputy Minister of Health, Trinh Quan Huan stressed that the project has achieved significant results thanks to the great efforts of the project management board and the support of provincial and municipal leaders.


Huan proposed stepping up the project in the second half of this year and conducting a survey on the trends of HIV in some provinces.


The project management board also agreed to have an additional 12 provinces and cities involved in the project, raising the total number of participants to 32.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Party commission doles out punishment on violations

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




Party commission doles out punishment on violations


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

Several Party organisations and members will be punished for serious violations of the Party rules, said the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection.


In an announcement made on July 5 after the commission’s 32 nd session that took place from June 21 to July 3, the commission said that it had looked into 45 cases and found out violations by two local party organisations and six party members.


The standing board of the Yen Bai provincial Party Committee and the Party delegation at the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee have shown their weak leadership and failed to promptly address outstanding problems in their areas and local party members’ violations, said the announcement.


The inspection commission requests that the two party organisations strictly rebuke the violating units and individuals.


As for individual violations, much noteworthy are the cases of Nguyen Truong To, Vice Secretary of the Ha Giang provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the Ha Giang provincial People’s Committee, and Pham Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (VINASHIN)’s Party Committee and Chairman of the VINASHIN Management Board.


The commission said To has made serious violations in terms of morality and lifestyle that caused discontent in the party and society since 2005.


It asked the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat to strip To of all his Party status and requested authorised agencies to dismiss him of his People’s Council membership as well as the chairmanship of the provincial People’s Committee.


As for Pham Thanh Binh, the commission concluded that his wrongdoings called for disciplinary actions as he had been irresponsible in the mobilisation, management and use of the state capital, pushing VINASHIN to the brink of bankruptcy. It decided to start the process of criticizing and punishing towards Binh.


At the same time, the commission asked the government to inquire into the responsibility of related ministries and agencies for VINASHIN’s violations.


The commission also imposed punishment in the form of warning to a Bac Lieu provincial Party Committee member and asked authorised authorities to serve warning to this official, in his capacity as chairman of the Bac Lieu provincial People’s Committee, for his violations of financial management rules and the principle of centralised democracy.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

VN-Index drops to psychological support level

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Movement of VN-Index on July 6. (Photo: Vietstock.vn)Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index on July 6 tumbled most since June 25 as investors dumped shares to book profits.

The index of 246 companies and four close-ended funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange contracted 1.13 percent, or 5.73 points, to finish at 500.82 points.


Among the index members, only 27 advanced, 195 declined, while 28 remained unchanged.


Liquidity on the southern market improved as more than 52.5 million shares changed hands at VND1.46 trillion.


Saigon Fuel Company (SFC) plummeted 18.09 percent to VND39,400. The company will close shareholder list by July 8 to pay dividends by shares in the first season of this year and issue bonus shares for current shareholders.


Idico Urban and House Development Joint Stock Company (UIC) and newly listed Sacombank Securities Joint Stock Company (SBS) both lost 5 percent to VND34,200 and VND39,900 respectively.


Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), which enjoyed robust trading with 5.22 million shares changing hands, topped the list of most active share in volume.


Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) followed with nearly 1.68 million shares. Petroleum Industrial & Civil Construction Joint Stock Company (PXI) was behind with 1.67 million shares.


The newly listed Urban Development and Construction Corporation (UDC) climbed 5 percent to VND25,200.


Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) added up 4.98 percent to VND23,200. The company registered to sell all 664,240 treasury shares from July 12 to October 12 to structure its investment category.


From July 6 to September 6, Nguyen Tuan Anh, director of Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV), registered to sell 5,000 shares to cover family expenses.


The Hanoi-based HNX-Index slumped 1.57 percent, or 2.48 points, to 155.8. Trading volume hiked during the last minutes of today’s trading session, recording 32.7 million shares changing hands at VND939.7 billion.


Meanwhile, the UPCoM-Index extended its winning streak for 10 straight days, gaining 2.35 points to 56.8. Around 1.4 million, worth VND26.4 billion, were traded.

Source: SGGP

War veteran opens his first painting exhibition

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Painter Dr. Trang Phuong’s sketches and paintings illustrating Vietnam’s revolutionary resistance wars and subsequent building of the nation were on display for the first time at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum on July 3.

Painter Trang Phuong’s “Liberation Army come back”

The 68 works were inspired by the war veteran’s memories of the national resistance movement and revolutionary optimism.


Trang Phuong was born in 1939 in Binh Duong Province. He was in the first class to graduate the Binh Duong Practice Fine Art School before he entered the Sai Gon National Fine Arts College.


He left his family to join the revolution in 1961 and was a founding member of the Liberation Painting Room in 1962.


He graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts University in 1973 and traveled to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, to enroll in a Ph.D. program at Bulgaria’s Academy of the Fine Arts in 1974. He received Ph.D in fine arts in 1979.


Several of his works are displayed at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, the Bulgarian Fine Arts Museum and HCMC Fine Arts Museum.


At the ripe young age of 71, Phuong still has a passion for art and continues to paint at his workshop in District 3.


The exhibition titled “Vietnam-My Homeland” will run until July 16.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi celebrates ‘Language Jeweler’ Nguyen Tuan’s 100th b-day

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

A ceremony marking the 100th birthday of famous wordsmith Nguyen Tuan (July 10, 1910), one of Vietnamese contemporary literature’s leading authors, was held at the Hanoi Opera House on July 5.

Writer Nguyen Tuan (C), famous painter Bui Xuan Phai (L) and musician Van Cao who wrote the Vietnamese national anthem,

The Hanoi-born writer is known as one of Vietnam’s most influential voices of the century.


Not only a man of letters, Tuan was also a soldier, and he depicted Vietnam’s harrowing military struggles in a unique and idiosyncratic way that generations have been able to relate to.


His deep love for the country and his people came across in all his essays and reportage.


But Tuan’s 1960 collection of essays Song Da (Da River), a romantic portrait of forests and mountains of Northwest, is possibly his most well-known work.


He originally broke out onto the capital’s thriving arts scene in 1932 with Choi thanh Co Loa (Visiting Co Loa citadel).


Then came Vang Bong Mot Thoi (Echo and Shadow Upon a Time), reportage about beauty of the past, history old traditions, and old lifestyles that he collected on his travels across the country.


Ha Noi ta đanh My gioi (We Hanoi Fight America Well) is an epic work honoring the capital’s thousand- year-old culture.


Mot chuyen di (A Trip), Chua Dan (Dan Pagoda) are also two of his most notable works.


He was known primarily as an essayist and literary journalist, implementing a creative freestyle prose with a tone easily distinguished from other authors. His characters were known for their conviction and emotion.


Tuan’s wide and colorful vocabulary attracted readers from all walks of life, and academics have long praised his character studies and his formulation of new words bearing his own personal hallmark.


They called his writings “vocabulary parties” and a group of editors are planning to publish a dictionary of “Nguyen Tuan Language.”


Having done more to change the modern Vietnamese written word than any other writer, Nguyen Tuan was called honorary names likely “Master of Prose”, “the National Language Talent,” “the Language Jeweler” and “The Skillful Pen.”


After the August Revolution in 1945, Nguyen Tuan joined the Communist party and kept working as a writer. From 1948-1958, he served as Chief Secretary of Vietnamese Art & Literature Association.


He was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Award for Arts and Literature in 1966.


Nguyen Tuan died in Hanoi in 1987, leaving his readers a collection of creative and artistic works, especially his writings on Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

Greenpeace names, shames companies over deforestation

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

JAKARTA (AFP) – Greenpeace on Tuesday accused foreign firms like Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco of contributing to forest destruction and species loss in Indonesia by buying from paper and palm oil giant Sinar Mas.


The environmental group said Sinar Mas subsidiary Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) was “relentlessly trashing rainforests”, spewing carbon into the atmosphere and driving species to extinction in the Southeast Asian archipelago.


“Sinar Mas’s ‘sustainability commitments’ are not worth the paper they are written on and some of the world’s best known brands are literally pulping the planet by buying from them,” Greenpeace Southeast Asia forest campaigner Bustar Maitar said in a statement.


A Greenpeace report titled “How Sinar Mas is Pulping the Planet” accuses major international companies of being complicit in the rampant destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands by buying from APP.

Greenpeace has said major foreign firms like Walmart and KFC are contributing to forest destruction and the loss of species like Sumatran tigers by buying from Indonesian tigers by buying from Indonesian paper giant Sinar Mas. (AFP file)

Companies listed as Sinar Mas customers include French supermarket chains Carrefour and Auchan, US retail giant Walmart, British supermarket Tesco, British retail group WH Smith, US electronics giant Hewlett Packard, US fast-food chain KFC, Dutch Office supplies company Corporate Express and Australian global paper supplier PaperlinX.


National Geographic was named as among the magazine publishers that used Sinar Mas paper, along with CNN Traveller, Cosmo Girl, ELLE, Esquire and Marie Claire.


In addition to timber and paper products, Sinar Mas also allegedly uses unsustainable logging practices to make way for palm oil plantations that are seen as a major threat to Indonesian biodiversity.


Greenpeace said buyers of Sinar Mas palm oil included commodity traders Cargill of the United States and Wilmar of Singapore, as well as Japanese cosmetics producer Shiseido and US firms Campbell Soup Company, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts and Pizza Hut.


“Greenpeace urges all companies still doing business with APP to stop their business with them. By not doing business with APP, those companies help in stopping destruction of forests and peatlands in Indonesia,” Maitar said.


He praised Unilever, Kraft and Nestle for dropping palm oil supplies from Sinar Mas affiliates, but said Carrefour still sold Sinar Mas palm oil products in its Indonesia stores.


Carrefour, Staples, Office Depot and Woolworths (Australia) had stopped buying or selling paper products connected to APP, while companies including Kimberly Clark, Kraft, Nestle and Unilever were reviewing contracts with APP.


One of the APP logging areas studied in the Greenpeace report was the Bukit Tigapuluh Forest Landscape, home to endangered Sumatran tigers and orangutans.


Another area, Kerumutan, was covered in peatlands that lock in carbon that causes global warming when it enters the atmosphere as a result of logging and clearing.


The destruction of rainforests and peatlands is the main reason Indonesia is considered the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.


“Some of the (Kerumutan) forest’s peat is deeper than three metres (10 feet) and thus illegal to clear under Indonesian law,” Greenpeace said in a statement.


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently announced a moratorium on new forest concessions in exchange for a billion dollars in aid from Norway, conditional on verifiable cuts to greenhouse emissions.


But Greenpeace has joined other concerned groups in questioning the value of such commitments from a country that freely acknowledges massive corruption across its forestry sector leading to rampant illegal logging.


“Millions of hectares (acres) of forests including hundreds of thousands of hectares under Sinar Mas control are not part of the deal with Norway. This loophole will undermine all attempts to reduce Indonesia?s emissions,” Maitar said.


Sinar Mas and APP insist they are committed to sustainability but Greenpeace accuses them of breaking promises to source all pulpwood from timber plantations after 2009.

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Source: SGGP