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HCMC welcomes more than 1.6 million tourists

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm




HCMC welcomes more than 1.6 million tourists


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – In the first seven months of this year, Ho Chi Minh City received 1.7 million tourists, including 188,000 foreigners, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year, accounting for 60% of this year’s target, according to the HCMC’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department.


HCMC attracted foreign tourists, mainly from the US – the city’s key tourist market, as well as Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, France, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada.


In all, 2.91 million foreign tourists, mainly for holiday and tourism, visited Vietnam in the first seven months.


In particular, the number of Chinese tourists increased by 95.6%, followed by Thais and South Koreans.


Most of the foreign tourists to Vietnam chose eco-tourism or tours to explore Vietnamese culture.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Lam Dong wants regional links for Lien Khuong

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm




Lam Dong wants regional links for Lien Khuong


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Lam Dong Province will send its representatives to Laos on a mission to look for the opportunity to establish air connections between Lien Khuong Airport in this Central Highlands province and well-known destinations in the region


Lam Dong’s vice chairman Hoang Sy Son told the Daily that the mission to promote the recently-upgraded airport was scheduled to take place soon later this year following positive results of similar trips to Singapore and Cambodia’s Siem Reap in previous months.


Son said as Singapore, Siem Reap and Laos were tourist-frequented spots, international flight links between these destinations and Lien Khuong Airport would help bring more foreign travelers to Lam Dong and give a boost to its tourism.


Wellness, eco-tourism and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) remain the key products the local tourism sector was developing to meet the demand of both domestic and foreign visitors.


“More luxury hotels are up and running, especially the properties able to host major international conferences,” Son said. He added resort developments out of Dalat City and other sites in the province were also on track.


Son said Lam Dong had learnt a good lesson from the 28th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME 28) in the resort town of Dalat last month and what facilities the province would invest to better host big events.


Lien Khuong Airport, about 30 kilometers from Dalat, demonstrated its capacity to service international flights from the region as it successfully handled international charter flights during the SOME 28.


Lam Dong attracted around 2.5 million travelers last year to its capital city Dalat and other destinations, and is looking to more than three million in 2010. International arrivals are forecast to account for 10% of this year’s number.


Currently, Lien Khuong is the destination for the only regular domestic flights operated by Vietnam Airlines though this airport was upgraded in the fourth quarter of 2009 to handle more passengers and more aircraft.


A new well-equipped terminal at Lien Khuong can serve two million passengers a year and the 3,250-meter-long, 45-meter-wide runway is good for Airbus A320s and A321s as well as Boeing B737s to land and take off during the daytime and at night. The parking area has enough space for seven aircraft.


Lien Khuong handled around 205,000 passengers and nearly 2,500 tons of cargo last year, a year-on-year increase of 46% and 39% respectively. The corresponding rises in the first half of this year were up to 60% to 134,000 passengers and 55% to more than 1,570 tons compared to the same period last year.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


 


Source: QDND

Int’l Yachting Festival to take place in December

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm




Int’l Yachting Festival to take place in December


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

The organising board of the International Yachting Festival has decided to delay the event until December 8-11, instead of October 21-24, in Mui Ne bay in the central province of Binh Thuan, said an official on August 5.


Le Thi Thanh Lien, deputy director of the Binh Thuan Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said the reason for the delay is that the organisers need more time to complete their preparations for the international event, to ensure its success.


With the theme “Sea, Sun and Sail”, the festival will be the biggest cultural, sporting and tourist event in Binh Thuan province in 2010, and has attracted 20 yachts and 20 beach beauty queens from Russia, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, the US, France, German and Italy .


The festival is an attempt to turn Mui Ne bay into the most popular yachting centre in the central region.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

VNA provides more support for AO victims

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm




VNA provides more support for AO victims


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) has organised a wide range of charity activities in support for Agent Orange/dioxin victims nationwide on the occasion of the Agent Orange Day, which falls on August 10.


A total of 601 million VND plus 22 wheelchairs, two houses and a laptop have been presented to the victims, through the VNA’s Relief Fund for AO Victims.


Of the total, ten AO victims in Lap Thach district, Vinh Phuc province received five million VND and two wheelchairs while victims in the northern province of Ninh Binh received five million VND and ten wheelchairs.


The fund also handed over 20 million VND to ten former members of the youth volunteer force who were afflicted by AO in the central province of Quang Tri .


In the central province of Thanh Hoa, the fund presented a laptop to Le Van Viet, who has just graduated from Hong Duc University, and two million VND for Le Thi Tham, a 7 th grader. The provincial association of AO victims also got 50 million and five wheelchairs.


Other provinces receiving presents includes Bac Giang, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Hai Duong and Hai Phong.


On the occasion, through VNA’s 57 domestic bureaus, the fund presented 486 million VND and several houses for victims in provinces of Lao Cai and Thai Nguyen, raising the total number of houses the agency has built to 17.


Currently, the fund is continuing to mobilise support from individuals and organisations both inside and outside the country. In one noteworthy donation, the Greek Embassy in Vietnam contributed 745 million VND and 90 wheelchairs.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm




Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

On August 6 three more provinces, Vinh Long, Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa, reported having blue-ear pig disease, bringing the total number of infected provinces to 16.


Ho Chi Minh City has culled nearly 200 pigs which were suspected of being infected with the disease but its head of the Department of Animal Health, Hoang Van Nam, said on August 6 that the city is not listed as an affected locality because they did not actually detect the disease on pig farms.


As of August 5, more than 43,000 pigs had been infected with the disease, 22,000 of which had been culled.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan has directed localities to check on the vaccination of pigs.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also requested that at least 80 percent of pigs should be vaccinated. It has also asked localities to set up checkpoints to prevent the illegal transportation of pigs.


The 16 hit provinces are: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Quang Tri, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Fight against illegal posters ‘difficult’

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm




Fight against illegal posters ‘difficult’


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The HCM City authorities are trying to eliminate the popular, long-term illegal adverts on walls and electricity poles around the city by setting up small billboards for a low fee.


In April, the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism requested that authorities erect a billboard to collect all adverts for better management and add to the State coffers.


“Advertisement demand is huge, and many residents and companies don’t have enough money for TV adverts, newspapers or leaflets. These kinds of billboards at a very small fee are necessary,” Le Quang Vinh, senior official of the department, said.


However, before implementing the plan, districts have asked the department to impose fines on violators.


“We have tried to stop the situation by imposing cash penalties for those who made illegal adverts,” an official of Phu Nhuan District said. “Most of them were disadvantaged people who didn’t have any money, so we had to search for the owners to issue fines.”


“It took a long time and didn’t work well because with such a small fine for illegal adverts, the owners continued,” he said.


Another solution was to suspend all telephone numbers on illegal ads, but the practice continued until recently.


It is difficult to stop the use of the phone numbers because official reports are first needed from the department.


In the past, billboards were erected for free at District 1’s Tu Du Hospital at Tan Binh District’s Hoang Van Thu Park and headquarters of Ward 11, but no one put up ads.


To end the practice, residents in Tan Binh District’s Ward 11 took stronger action by strictly punishing those who made illegal ads. They immediately removed or painted over all the ads as well.


Local authorities gave awards of VND200,000–500,000 (US$10-30) for those who caught the illegal admakers. After that, the violators had to pay high fines and remove the adverts.


The district was able to get rid of the illegal ads without any help from the city.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

More cassettes presented to the Speaking Book Library for the Blind

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm




More cassettes presented to the Speaking Book Library for the Blind


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The CapitaLand Company has offered 15,000 cassettes, valued at VND 100 million, to the Speaking Book Library for the Blind.


The Library will make tapescripts for nearly 100 book titles, including textbooks and literature books for children, from the cassettes.


All the free books will be presented to 85 schools and groups nurturing sightless children nationwide.


15 radio-announcer volunteers will read and record the book contents for blind children for their new academic year.


According to Ms Nguyen Huong Duong, Director of the Speaking Book Library for the Blind, the library needs 30,000 cassettes for sightless children to use each year.  


Source: TT


Translated by Mai Huong


 


Source: QDND

Party official lauds writers’ contributions

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Party official lauds writers’ contributions


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

The Party and State always acknowledge and praise the great contributions made by revolutionary literature and the Vietnam Writers’ Association (VWA), said a senior Party official.


Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and permanent member of the Central Party Committee’s Secretariat, delivered this statement at the 8 th congress of VWA in Hanoi on August 6, which saw the attendance of 923 members from across the country.


During the past 80 years, generations of Vietnamese writers have built a strong attachment and sacrificed their flesh and blood to the nation’s great revolution, and many writers have laid down their lives in battlefields, Sang said.


Since its inception 60 years ago, VWA has gathered a large number of members and many of them have closely followed the cause of renewal and helped to form the revolutionary literature, with a lot of valuable masterpieces, he said.


The official expressed his hope that, with a line-up of whole-hearted and responsible writers, Vietnam ’s literature would see good works of highly moral and artistic value and meet the demands of readers.


The Party and State respect the study and creation trends and always create favourable conditions for writers to penetrate the normal life, Sang stressed.


Regarding its major directions and tasks during the 2010-2015 term, VWA emphasised the need to enhance the voice of writers in the nation’s important issues and their role in building a humane society.


It will also focus on improving the quality of creation, criticism and members, strengthening the capacity of its media and publishing agencies and expanding cultural exchanges and cooperation with foreign partners.


The congress elected a 15-member executive committee, with poet Huu Thing re-elected as president.


Source: VNA


Photo: Dan Tri


Source: QDND

A/H1N1 epidemic likely to recur in winter

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm




A/H1N1 epidemic likely to recur in winter


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

Several positive cases of A/H1N1 influenza have been confirmed in Vietnam after four months of complete containment, and epidemiologists fear an epidemic is likely to break out this coming winter.


Epidemiologists issued warnings after this deadly virus killed a 6-year-old girl in HCM City on August 3.


In an interview granted to Tin Tuc (News Bulletin) on August 7, Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, said several countries in the world are experiencing an outbreak of the A/H1N1 epidemic, and he did not rule out the possibility that it would strike Vietnam again this winter.


“It’s difficult to jump to conclusions that the A/H1N1 epidemic would only be a normal seasonal influenza or break out in a more severe manner,” said Mr Hien. “We must keep a close watch on the development of the epidemic and be well prepared for emergencies.”


Mr Hien quoted the World Health Organisation as saying by July 30 as many as 214 countries and territories have confirmed the A/H1N1 virus in their areas, with 18,398 deaths. The virus has been spreading here and there at a low level, and there is not enough proof that the A/H1N1 epidemic has become a seasonal influenza.


As of July 18, Vietnam had reported no new cases of A/H1N1 since the first was detected on May 31, 2009, but four positive cases were recently confirmed in HCM City, Dong Nai and Tien Giang provinces, and a girl died of the disease on August 3.


About 80 percent of global deaths are chronic patients, pregnant women and children.


“This does not mean people should be apathetic about the disease because nobody knows exactly when a second outbreak will occur,” warned Mr Hien.


He advised people in high-risk groups such as pregnant women patients with chronic diseases such as pneumonia, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders, and obesity, to have regular check-ups at hospitals. Suspected cases are encouraged to go to the nearest medical centre for examinations and consultations if they have breathing difficulties, a high temperature and coughing.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam spares no efforts to build new rural areas

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Vietnam spares no efforts to build new rural areas


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Vietnam will mobilise the entire political system to carry out its national programme on building new rural areas, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.


The PM delivered this commitment while chairing an August 6 online conference to launch the national programme on building new rural areas from 2010 to 2020.


Deputy PMs Nguyen Sinh Hung, Truong Vinh Trong and Hoang Trung Hai and leaders of the concerned ministries, agencies and 63 cities and provinces also attended the event.


PM Dung said the programme, designed to address the important issues of agriculture, farmers and new rural areas, is a general development programme in terms of economy, culture and society.


It would promote the self-reliance rights of people, build the political system, and ensure national defence, security and social order. In this way both Party and State take care of the lives of people in rural areas, who account for 70% of the nation’s population, the leader said.


Participants agreed to set the targets that 20% of the country’s communes will meet new rural requirements by 2015 and half of the total number of communes will achieve the requirements five years later.


PM Dung promised to provide 40% of the needed capital for the performance of the programme and the rest will be sourced from credits, businesses, cooperatives, economic sectors and the community.


The government leader also requested cities and provinces prioritise institutional reforms and human resources and technical infrastructure development, especially in education.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND