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Quang Binh targets to develop tourism

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Quang Binh targets to develop tourism

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Tourism is seen as one of the important factors in improving the socio-economic development in the central province of Quang Binh. In the future, the province plans to develop tourism as a key industry with huge investment in upgrading the infrastructure and changing operational methods.

Over the last few years, Quang Binh has focused on developing their transportation system. The province has built a road along the coast linking famous tourist sites, such as Nhat Le, Quang Phu and Da Nhay beaches, to the Dong Hoi airport.

In May, the province started the construction of a new road, at a cost of VND 180 billion.

To attract more domestic and foreign tourists, the Dong Hoi airport is being upgraded, at a cost of more than VND 212 billion, to receive medium-sized planes.

With support from the Ministry of Transportation, the province spent more than VND 1 trillion to upgrade a 300 km road from the Cha Lo International Border Gate to the Hon La sea port, and foreign tourists from Laos and Thailand can now visit tourist sites in the province, along with caravan tours between Vietnam – Laos and Thailand.

Furthermore, the Dong Duong Company is constructing an 820 ha tourist area, at a cost of VND 253 billion, near the Bang Geyser.  This is a high-grade tourist site connecting other sites in the province.

Arriving in Dong Hoi city, tourists will have an opportunity to visit the Nhat Le Bridge, and to stay at high-end  tourist areas, such as the My Canh – Bao Ninh eco-tourism resorts and the VND 500 billion Sun Spa resort with high-standard facilities, such as 4 star hotels, asports complex and entertainment spots.

Dong Hoi also has a chain of hotels with more than 2,000 luxury rooms.

As the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park became recognized as a World Heritage site, more domestic and foreign tourists have visited Quang Binh.

In the first seven months of this year, the province welcomed nearly half a million tourists.  This is a 20% increase when compared to the same period last year. In particular, the number of international tourists has increased by 63.58%. The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park received 7,000 visits a day on the occasion of April 30th and May 1st alone.

The province targets to welcome 1 million visitors this year. The tour entitled “Central Region’s Heritage Road” is expected to attract a lot of tourist to Quang Binh.

To reach this target, the province needs to improve promotional programs and quality of its tourism staff. In addition, the province should work together with travel agencies in other provinces to develop tourism.

Source: VNA

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel unveiled

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel unveiled

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel has recently been unveiled by Saigontourist and Sai Gon-Phu Yen Tourism Joint Stock Company.

It is the second four-star hotel in Phu Yen, with 101 rooms, a meeting hall, a restaurant, a bar, and other facilities.

The opening of the Sai Gon-Phu Yen hotel is part of the joint investment strategy to diversify and improve the quality of tourism products, gradually setting up service standards for tourist lines and destinations, internationalizing Vietnam’s tourism products.

Accordingly, from now until December 31st, the Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel will offer a 50% discount for tourists.

Source: NLD

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Saigontourist to build new marinas

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Saigontourist to build new marinas

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The Saigontourist Holding Company (Saigontourist) has planned to build marinas at several localities nationwide aimed at launching a new model of tourism and diversifying its tourism products.

The company will build marinas in Ninh Chu, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Nha Trang and Da Nang in the near future, said Nguyen Huu Tho, General Director of Saigontourist.

“A marina is currently under construction in Ho Coc in the southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. Some of our partners said that they are willing to work with us if we have new marinas”, Tho added.

According to Tho, in addition to the plan to build marinas at the localities, Saigontourist has been carrying out its project to build a wharf in Nha Be district, Ho Chi Minh city, as well as launching various activities to promote this kind of tourism in Vietnam.

Source: thesaigontimes

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Vietnam attends Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam attends Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

A Vietnamese sports delegation led by Hoang Manh Cuong, deputy head of the High Achievements Sports Department, arrived in Singapore on August 10 to attend the first Youth Olympic Games scheduled for August 14-26.

Thirteen out of twenty-five members secured berths to compete in swimming, track and field, taekwondo, weightlifting, badminton, wrestling and shooting events.  

The team’s accommodation and travel expenses will be borne by Singapore.

The Youth Olympic Games is expected to draw the participation of around 5,000 athletes and officials from 204 National Olympic Committees.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Sai Gon-Mekong Co granted GlobalGAP, IFS

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Sai Gon-Mekong Co granted GlobalGAP, IFS

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Sai Gon-Mekong Co. Ltd has been granted the Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGAP) accreditation for farmed aquaculture products and the International Food Standard (IFS) certificates.

Sai Gon-Mekong is Vietnam’s eighth enterprise to receive these accreditations. In addition, the US Chamber of Commerce has granted the enterprise a zero percent anti-dumping tax on tra fillet to the US market.

Sai Gon-Mekong company got the GlobalGAP for 15 ha of 30 ha of tra farming areas of the company in the southern city of Tra Vinh. Those farms have an output of 7,000 tonnes of products.

At present, Tra Vinh has about 100 ha of water surface along the Hau and Tien rivers for growing tra fish for exports, yielding an output of more than 16,000 tonnes with an export turnover of US$4 million.

The locality plans to expand its acreage for tra farming to 2,900 ha by 2015 and to 3,900 ha by 2020 with an output of 248,000 tonnes.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Temporary stockpiling – an immediate or long-term solution?

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Temporary stockpiling – an immediate or long-term solution?

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Temporary stockpiles of farm produce can benefit farmers and businesses. But how much and how long this needs to be done remains an open question.

There is no denying that temporarily stocking up on coffee, rice and salt would help to make a better profit. However, when the price of coffee starts to go up, the scheme is still underway. Had the Government agreed to provide loans for temporary stockpile earlier, it would have been much more helpful to farmers and businesses involved. Why so?

According to Nguyen Van Dong, Director of the Hau Giang provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, since the start of the Summer-Autumn crop, the early rice harvest and the delay in adopting a policy for temporary stockpiles forced rice prices down to VND2,500-2,700 per kg. However, after the policy was implemented, the situation in Hau Giang has improved significantly with the price of rice increasing from VND3,500 to VND 3,800 per kg.

Under the Government policy, the temporary stockpiling of coffee would have expired on July 15 but businesses had then purchased only 10 percent of the set target. The Vietnam Coffee and Cacao Association (VCCA) said that the purchase of 60,000 tonnes of coffee had driven the price up to VND30,000 per kg. If the stockpiling was made earlier, it would be more helpful.

VCCA Chairman Luong Van Tu said that farmers need capital for temporary stockpiles while businesses want to stock their products. In recent times, stockpiles have driven coffee prices up which has greatly benefited farmers; export coffee is currently priced at US$1,600/tonne and farmers can now earn US$200 per tonne higher than before.

The Government’s policy has helped many businesses overcome difficulties and avoid bankruptcy.

Salt makers are suffering losses from a drop in prices. Currently, farmers in Bac Lieu have to sell salt at a very low price, from VND250-500/kg.

Le Kim Hung, Director of the Department for Industry and Trade in Ninh Thuan – the country’s biggest salt producing province – said that his department has asked a local company to purchase salt as soon as possible. Prices have also been fixed to ensure that salt makers can make a reasonable profit.

Judging from the prices of the above mentioned products, it is essential to develop a purchasing programme to support farm products. In addition, trade associations and management agencies should propose more measures to help businesses purchase products in time.

Pham Van An, Director of the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development of Lam Dong province- one of the five central highland provinces that grows a lot of coffee, said that both farmers and businesses will enjoy more benefit if the policy is carried out very soon. Therefore, it is necessary to draw up a solution for early temporary stockpiles.

Nguyen Van Dong, Director of the Hau Giang provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, also shared his views by emphasizing the need for temporary stockpiles to prevent market fluctuations due to forcible price gauging which damage both farmers and businesses.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VNPT Week 2010 starts

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

VNPT Week 2010 starts

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), today, launched the VNPT Week 2010 towards the Great Anniversary of Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi and the 65th anniversary of the Post Sector’s Traditional Day.

The organization of the VNPT Week 2010 is regarded as a token of VNPT’s gratitude to and pledge to offer better and more professional care for its subscribers.

The first event in the VNPT Week 2010 is the Award Ceremony of the “Information and Life” Contests held on August 9th.

The Contest, launched on May 19th and ending on August 1st of this year, drew nearly 300 participants with nearly 1,000 entries consisting of writings, photos and video clips.

The photo “Information Transmitted to the Village” by Hanoian Vu Quang Ngoc won the first prize for the Photo Category, while the video clip filmed by Dang Quoc Khanh, entitled “VNPT promotes the carrying out of data transmission network for the Party’s agencies”, was awarded the first prize for the Video Clip Category. However, there was no first prize for the category of Writing though entries were highly appreciated.

The Organizing Board also presented six second prizes, six third prizes and four consolation prizes.

Entries, most voted via port number 8181 and via the website, most commented on, and the most read, were also awarded. Several gifts were also given to three units with the highest number of participants.

The VNPT Week 2010 will continue with a number of programmes and activities, including the “65 Year-Old VNPT Thanks Its Customers” will be carried out nationwide as of August 10th.  Other activities include the debut of the website on August 11th in Hanoi.  There is also the “Joining of Hands in Looking After Children’s Dreams” programme, in which, as of August 12th, each customers buying an automobile or motorbike insurance from national post-offices will directly donate VND 5,000 to the “Joining of Hands in Looking After Children’s Dreams” Fund; the third VNPT Emulation Congress on August 14th; and the VNPT Festive Day for a useful life to be launched in Hai Phong, Danang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau on August 7th to 15th.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Over VND1 billion donated to AO/Dioxin victims

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Over VND1 billion donated to AO/Dioxin victims

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

PANO – An incense-offering ceremony was held at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on August 8th by the Hanoi Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin.

Over the past years, the association at all levels has called on agencies, units, businesses and benefactors to donate over VND10 billion to help families of AO/Dioxin victims with special problems, worked with local authorities to repair 30 houses, and presented 150 wheelchairs to 150 handicapped people.

In addition, the association has also offered free treatment and examinations to over 2,500 people.

At the ceremony, the association also received over VND1 billion from benefactors and enterprises to help AO/Dioxin victims.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Accelerating the struggle for justice for AO victims

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Accelerating the struggle for justice for AO victims

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Diplomats, lawyers, businesspeople and young people gathered at talks in Ho Chi Minh City on August 9 to point out the role, responsibility and behaviour of each individual in caring, helping and struggling for justice for Agent Orange victims.

Lawyer Truong Trong Nghia, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Bar Federation, said that AO has caused a long-term effect on many Vietnamese generations and the environment, including deep spiritual wounds that cannot be compensated for.

The focus will be on implementing measures to prevent the transmission of AO chemicals to children, and building care centres, schools and vocational training centres for AO victims to help them integrate into the community, and accelerating the struggle for justice for the victims.

Doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong said that the struggle for justice for AO victims has made some progress.

The US Government has not yet acknowledged its legal responsibility for dealing with the consequences of the AO chemical but it is gradually admitting its responsibility and helping to deal with the problem. The US plans to provide US$300 million the AO victims in the next 10 years.

The VAVA will continue the struggle for justice for AO victims and mobilise the community’s support for them.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

AO lawsuit in another US state

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

AO lawsuit in another US state

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) is putting the finishing touches to new documents and will continue to sue a number of US chemical companies for compensation in another court outside New York.

In January 2004, VAVA filed a lawsuit against US chemical companies, including Dow Chemical and Monsanto, which supplied defoliants containing dioxin to the US army for spray in Vietnam, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. In March 2005, Judge Jack Weinstein of the court dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that there was no legal basis for the plaintiffs’ claims.

In June 2007, VAVA lodged an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the previous court’s ruling, stating that the defoliants used during the war were not intended to be used to poison humans and therefore did not violate international law. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to consider the case.

Now VAVA has decided to lodge the petition to another court outside New York to seek continued support and demand justice for the Vietnamese victims. 

VAVA Secretary General and Vice President Tran Xuan Thu gave an insight into its preparations for the lawsuit in an exclusive interview granted to VOVNews.

Reporter: Recently, the US House of Representatives opened a hearing on Agent Orange/Dioxin in Vietnam. How do you assess the results of the hearing?
Mr Thu: The hearing on July 15 was the third hearing that the US House of Representatives has conducted. Congressman Faleomaveaga put forward and has chaired all three hearings on AO/dioxin at the US Congress; the first was in May 2008 and the second in June 2009.

We think that the hearing has been rather successful and different from the previous ones. In the first hearing, there was no involvement of AO/dioxin victims only the participation of the US public. In the previous hearings, the US did not recognise the role of AO victims or the role of VAVA. The association’s Vice President Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong also acted as a scientific expert at these hearings.

During the July 2010 hearing, the US recognised the presence of the VAVA representatives and Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims. A speech delivered by Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong provided additional scientific information on AO related issues and laid a foundation for the US legislation to consider a financial settlement for AO/dioxin victims.

The presence of Tran Thi Hoan, a Vietnamese AO victim, was concrete evidence of the current lives of her compatriots, which made American politicians realize the devastating impact of AO/dioxin.

The hearing was very successful as it attracted many foreign news agencies.

Reporter: The lawsuit lodged by Vietnamese AO victims has been dismissed by the US. How does the VAVA plan to conduct future lawsuit?
Mr Thu: We conducted the previous lawsuits in a lower US court, the Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court which are all located in New York and some neighboring states. However, the ruling by the US Supreme of Court in New York is only effective in this state. But we now have the right to file lawsuit to the US Court in the future.

The VAVA is now preparing the necessary formalities to continue the lawsuit. With the support of US lawyers, we plan to file the lawsuit in another state in the US. We are striving to complete all the procedures and provide new evidence for a lawsuit in early 2011.

Reporter: With the lawsuit lasting for six years, will the US lawyers pursue it until the end?
Mr Thu: As the lawsuit in New York was finished and some lawyers have refused to get involved in it. Anyway, they have agreed to take payment when the lawsuit is successful under a contract signed with VAVA before the lawsuit began.  Therefore, now that the lawsuit in New York has ended, they bear no more responsibility for us. 

There will be new lawyers for the next lawsuit who understand us and have helped AO victims in the past.

Reporter: The lawsuit in New York has ended. Will the plaintiffs be involved in the new lawsuit?
Mr Thu: At first, there were three plaintiffs. Two of them have since passed away and the remaining will continue with the lawsuit. There have been dozens of people involved in the lawsuit as plaintiffs. They will not participate in the new lawsuit and as requested by the lawyers, we are selecting several other people.

Reporter: So far, the lawsuit has lasted for nearly six years. What must VAVA do to ensure the lawsuit does not fade away?
Mr Thu: Over the past few years, many international friends have paid attention to our case as this is a global matter, not only of concern to Vietnam. Helping AO victims is charitable work and warns organizations to stop harming people with toxic chemicals. Thanks to the support of international friends, the US is under pressure to take responsibility for AO victims through strong movements and campaigns in Vietnam, the US and around the world.

The lawsuit filed by AO victims is part of the struggle for justice.

In the future, the VAVA will work with US friends in the US such as the War Veterans for Peace will carry out struggles for justice. Currently, these organizations are coordinating with the US Congress to help Vietnamese and American AO victims. Their deeds have received support from the US House of Representatives and congressmen will be responsible for considering the lawsuit.

In addition, we will ask the US legislature to consider the AO issue which has been put forth in the US Congressional meetings.

Reporter: The US has pledged to provide assistance for Vietnamese AO victims. Recently, while attending the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Hanoi, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also vowed to enhance cooperation with Vietnam in dealing with the AO issue. What do you think about this move?
Mr Thu: The move was made after the hearing, which has helped to change the attitude and behaviour of the US Administration.

Since 2007, the US Government has allocated US$3 million from its budget for the AO issue annually. The US will provide an additional US$12 million to bring the total sum to US$15 million in 2010. The important thing is the move was officially made by senior US officials, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Assistance Secretaries, congressmen and senators who all admitted the US’s responsibility to deal with the issue.

Previously, they had taken little responsibility for AO victims, only for environmental issues. Currently, they have begun to care about the victims and change their attitude towards AO victims, who had been named as disabled or become disabled due to the AO. In the past, AO victims only received US$1 million, and the figure then increased by US$2 million. This shows that the US’s attitude towards AO victims is improving.

Over the past few years, the US had committed to ensuring environmental sanitation, however, its action have not been transparent. Nowadays, the US has specific plans and new technologies.

Reporter: Most AO victims are living in difficult conditions. Apart from helping them in their struggle for justice, what has the VAVA done to help them gain better lives?
Mr Thu: Since its establishment in 2004, the Association has called on all kind-hearted people, including children, the elderly and international friends, to lend a helping hand to AO victims. So far, the VAVA has mobilised about VND150 billion in support of the victims.

We also launched a five-year campaign in 2009 to raise VND64 billion to build houses, provide scholarships and generate jobs for them. We have since raised VND45 billion, and expect to reach our target of VND64 billion by the end of this year.

To respond to the “Day for Agent Orange/dioxin Victims in Vietnam” (August 10), the VAVA organised many activities, such as information campaigns to help Vietnamese people and international friends understand more about the consequences of the AO chemical, honouring those AO victims who overcome their difficulties to integrate into the community, launching a charity programme to raise fund for the victims, and organising cultural and art exchanges.

According to Tran Xuan Thu, the US will apply new technologies to help Vietnam deal with environmental pollution caused by AO. A pilot project will be carried out in central Da Nang city. The US has disbursed several million of US dollars, mostly spent in preparatory work by US companies. The VAVA proposed that Vietnam gets involved in the disbursement process so that both parties can draw up an effective plan. The Association also suggested allocating the amount of money necessary to help Vietnamese AO victims in their daily lives.













Source: VOV

Source: QDND