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Quang Ninh to host tourist forum

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Quang Ninh to host tourist forum

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:23 (GMT+7)

The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh will have another chance to promote its abundant tourism potential when the East Asia Inter-regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) takes place in the province from September 13-17.

Founded in 1999 in Gangwon in the Republic of Korea with the memberships of nine East Asian countries, including the Republic of Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, and China, EATOF aims to promote cooperation and the development of tourism among member countries. Only one EATOF member province per country is admitted to the organisation on a permanent basis.

In 2006, Quang Ninh province became a new regular member and Siem Reap in Cambodia, and Luang Prabang in Laos subsequently joined EATOF in 2009.

It is expected some 200 representatives from 12 EATOF Permanent Secretariat meeting, as well as art performances presented by EATOF member countries, will be among the EATOF forum’s agenda.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

National Skills Competition concludes

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

National Skills Competition concludes

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:28 (GMT+7)

PANO – The 5 day National Skills Competition 2010 concluded on August 1st with 31 first prizes, 13 second prizes, 27 third prizes and more than 200 consolation prizes.

The event saw the participation of 396 candidates from 50 teams nationwide.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s team was ranked first, followed by teams from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The competition is a good chance for skilled workers to exchange and share experiences and improve the vocational training movement for young workers.

Through the event, the organising board will choose the best workers for the 8th ASEAN Professional Skills Competition 2010 to be held on November in Thailand and for the 41st World Professional Skills Competition to be held in October 2011 in the UK, and previously, Vietnamese team always won high positions at these two international professional skills competitions.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Vietnamese students shine at int’l math competition

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Vietnamese students shine at int’l math competition

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:24 (GMT+7)

All four Vietnamese students won three second and one third prizes at the 17th International Mathematical Competition (IMC) held in the Bulgarian city of Blagoevgrad from July 25-26.     

All the winners, Trieu Quang Phong, Trinh Phuong Thu, Hoang Duc Trung and Doan Nguyen Nhut, come from Hanoi University of Science under VietnamNationalUniversity.  

With a total 176 points, Vietnamese team ranked 16th out of 94 universities from 44 participating countries.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Education managers trained in Singapore

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Education managers trained in Singapore

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:24 (GMT+7)

As many as 120 educational managers from various provinces across Vietnam would finish a leadership training course in Singapore by the end of this month, said Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien.

The programme is part of a three-year cooperative programme between Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and the Singapore Ministry of Education aimed at improving the quality of high-school principals.

The programme aims to develop management capacity among high-school principals by helping them renew their school management methodology in an ever-changing educational environment.

The educational managers come from departments of Education and Training or are principals of high schools.

They took part in a seven-day course in Singapore after previously joining a ten-day course at the National Institute of Education Management in Hanoi.

Returning from Singapore, the managers will take responsibility to retrain and improve education management skills of about 14,000 high-school principals in VietNam.

“Education management is expected to improve following the Singaporean model. Supervisory teams will be set up in each high school, helping both teachers and students improve teaching and learning,” said Nguyen Thi Tien, director of Human Resource Division from Hai Duong province’s Education and Training Department.

Students would be encouraged to develop their creativity by practising what they learnt rather than just absorbing theory and would have a chance to meet scientists and researchers to absorb and exchange experiences, said Tien who returned from Singapore in June after finishing the first course of this year.

“I expect to apply the lessons I learnt in Singapore to retrain other officials and local principals.”

Under the three-year programme worth 2 million SGD (1.4 million USD) supported by the Singapore-based Temasek Foundation, 480 lecturers received training in 2008 and about 13,500 high-school principals were trained in education management skills in 2009.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Tuoitre

Source: QDND

Vietnam-Laos friendship association meets

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

UNODC former chief representative honoured

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

UNODC former chief representative honoured

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:26 (GMT+7)

The Committee for Ethnic Minorities has presented an insignia for the cause of ethnic minority group development to Jason William John Eligh, former acting chief representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The insignia presentation has been made in recognition of Jason Eligh’s great contributions to preventing and controlling drug abuse and the HIV epidemic among Vietnam’s ethnic people.

Jason Eligh and his colleagues joined domestic and international organisations and local authorities to prevent drug use and the spread of HIV in ethnic-inhabited regions through disseminating information and educating local people to raise their awareness on the issue. They have also built a typical community-based rehabilitation model at the Muong Hum commune, Bat Xat district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai.

The Committee also hailed UNODC’s important role and contributions to Vietnam’s drug prevention and control. Thanks to the UN body’s financial and technical assistance, the Vietnamese Government’s anti-drug programme has accessed international information and experiences and successfully organised effective and synchronous activities.

Addressing the presentation ceremony in Hanoi on August 2, Jason Eligh said he was happy to receive the honourable award and thanked the Vietnamese partners for their assistance.

He said he wished to make further contributions to the development of Vietnam’s ethnic people.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

NA delegates inspect Ly Son island district

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

NA delegates inspect Ly Son island district

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:28 (GMT+7)

A delegate of the 12th National Assembly has asked authorities of the central province of Quang Ngai to pay more attention to Ly Son island district, to disseminate information on defending sea and island sovereignty, and to develop seafood and other spearhead economies.

Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Defence and Security Le Quang Binh made the statement during his inspection tour to Ly Son district on August 2.

Deputy Chair of the provincial People’s Committee Truong Ngoc Nhi briefed the NA delegation on Quang Ngai’s achievements in socio-economic development and defence and security in past years and in the first half of 2010.

Nhi spoke of fishing activities in the East Sea and Quang Ngai and Ly Son’s work to defend sea and island sovereignty as well as the advantages and difficulties the province is facing.

Chairman of the Ly Son District People’s Committee Vo Xuan Huyen reported that his district’s economic sectors recorded an annual increase of 15 percent during the 2004-2009 period and a year-on-year increase of 27.2 percent in the first half of 2010.

Aquatic production value went up 12.6 percent, industrial and handicraft production value up more than 34 percent, and trade and services were up 25 percent, said Huyen, adding that per-capita income increased from 5.3 million VND in 2004 to almost 10 million VND in 2010.

The proportion of seafood and trade and services in the whole economy has increased while the consolidation of defence and security were maintained, he said.

Source: Vietnam+
Photo: chudu24

Source: QDND

GMS senior officials to meet in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

GMS senior officials to meet in Hanoi

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:28 (GMT+7)

Ministers from six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries will meet in Hanoi on August 20 to discuss the GMS long-term strategy for the next 10 years.

According to a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on August 2, representatives from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as ADB officials will agree on plans to improve transport and commercial activities in the GMS. The plans aim to boost economic growth in the post-crisis era.

Since 1992, these six GMS countries have joined a comprehensive programme on various areas of economic co-operation, including transport, energy, telecommunications, and human resources development with support from ADB and other partners.

The General Director of the ADB’s Southeast Asian Department, Kunio Senga said in one generation, Mekong region countries have turned from mutual disagreement to economic co-operation and achieved significant results in poverty reduction. In the next decade, GMS countries will develop co-operative programmes into a new height, he said.

Mr Kunio expressed his hope that GMS will devise additional measures to improve infrastructure, and business environment, better organise trans-national transactions, and protect their social environment.

As a regional bank, ADB helps to promote co-operation among GMS countries through building roads, ports, railways, electric generation equipment, sanitation services and safe water according to international standards. ADB also supports the development of “soft areas”, including trade agreements and transport and measures to protect the environment, safe energy solutions, and efforts to deal with climate change.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Floods and storms trigger landslides, threaten central residents

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Residents along coastal and riverside areas in the central region are concerned as their lives and properties could be swallowed up at any time by torrential waters this flood and storm season.

A house on the Gianh Riverbank endangered by land erosion in Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Seawaters annually eroded from 50-70 meters more than normal in Thach Bang Commune, Loc Ha District, Ha Tinh Province in recent years, said the Thach Bang People’s Committee chairman Tran Dinh Nhu. In addition, the intrusion of salt and sand also neutralized dozens of hectares of farmland.

Along the commune’s Xuan Hai Beach, local residents have had to construct restaurants farther inland because the old ones, closer to the water’s edge, have been devastated.

In the neighboring commune of Thach Kim, the embankment is just 5-10 meters away from the seawater edge, while it was 200-300 meters away only five years ago.

In Quang Binh Province, high tides collapsed nines houses in Nhan Trach Commune of Bo Trach District in the middle of July. Bac Dinh Village’s residents said that seawaters have swept away half their village’s land so far.

About 1,000 people living along rivers and beaches in the province face the dangers inherent to land erosion. Meanwhile, landslides have swallowed over 500 kilometers of riverbanks, affecting Tuyen Hoa District most severely.

Things are no better in Thua Thien-Hue Province, as Phu Thuan Commune’s beach has invaded farther inland, collapsing dozens of houses in recent years.

Ngo Thi Gai from An Duong Village said that her family has lived in fear, as most of her garden has been swallowed by seawater, while the house has been severely damaged.

Hundreds of other households are also suffering similar outcomes in Phu Vang, Phu Loc, Phong Dien and Quang Dien districts.

In the mountainous district of Tra Bong in Quang Ngai Province, over 60 households with about 308 residents of Tra Lac Village are nervous because of a new cleft in Ca Bot Mountain that measures 70 meters in length and is up to one meter in width at some spots.

The village patriarch Dinh Van Nho said that the clefts occurred a few years ago, concerning local residents, but they do not know where to evacuate and are still awaiting State assistance.

In Nghe An Province, Hung Nhan Commune of Hung Nguyen District annually losses about five hectares of production area due to land erosion. Hundreds of households have to evacuate annually during flood season.

Waiting for Government’s assistance

To help coastal residents in Thach Bang Commune of Ha Tinh Province to cope with land erosion, local authorities have mobilized inhabitants to plant casuarinas along beaches and asked relevant authorities for measures to cope with the issue.

Meanwhile, people in Phu Thuan Commune of Thua Thien-Hue Province are still waiting for a resettlement policy to be handed down by provincial authorities.

The Government has assisted Quang Ngai Province withVND10 billion (US$526,000) to build resettlement areas for mountain residents in landslide-prone areas. However, the construction has not been completed on schedule, while the flood season has moved in, placing residents in a dangerous situation.

Source: SGGP

Markets await new signals

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Vietnam’s stock markets still have not established positive momentum, as most blue-chip stocks slumped on August 2, while penny-chips were not strong enough to help markets to open week on an upward trend.

VN-Index, a measure of 251 companies and four mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, erased previous gains, declining 0.47 percent, or 2.3 points, to close at 491.61.

On the index, 61 stocks advanced, 142 dropped, while 52 stalled.

Trading volume was fairly thin as investors did not feel safe. Around 37.3 million shares were traded at a value of VND1.12 trillion. Of which, foreign investors bought shares of PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM), PetroVietNam Transportation Corporation (PVT), and Sacom Development and Investment Corporation (SAM) heavily.

Stocks have retreated to low price levels for a long time now; however, a small number of investors have been attracted.

Thanh Cong Textile Garment Investment Trading Joint Stock Company (TCM) was the most active share in volume with 2.51 million shares changing hands.

DIC Investment and Trading Joint Stock Company (DIC) came next with 1.59 million shares, followed by Vietnam Electricity Construction Joint Stock Corporation (VNE) with 1.48 million shares.

Gia Lai Cane Sugar Thermoelectricity Joint Stock Company (SEC) and Techno – Agricultural Supplying Joint Stock Company (TSC) both gave up the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent, falling to VND28,500 and VND22,800 respectively.

From August 2 to October 2, Nguyen Van Lung, member of the Board of Directors of Gia Lai Cane Sugar Thermoelectricity Joint Stock Company (SEC), registered to sell 20,000 shares, cutting his holdings to 20,000 shares, for family’s expenses.

Seafood producer Basa Joint Stock Company (BAS) slipped 4.96 percent to VND11,500.

Hanoi-based TMT Automobile Joint Stock Company (TMT) and Viet – Han Corporation (VHG) surged 5 percent to VND27,300 and VND25,200 respectively.

Seafood producer Vinh Hoan Corporation (VHC), located in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap, added up 4.92 percent to VND40,500.

As several stocks tumbled on the northern market, the Hanoi’s HNX-Index ended its streak of two straight gaining sessions, adjusting 1.95 points, or 1.27 percent, to 151.38. Liquidity sharply dropped, as just 25.8 million changed hands, at nearly VND800 billion.

The UPCoM-Index slid 0.08 points to 52.5. There were around 290,000 shares being traded, worth VND4.18 billion on the trading floor of unlisted shares, as of 11 am local time.

Source: SGGP