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Central region’s tourist site resumes its operation

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Central region’s tourist site resumes its operation

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh resumed receiving domestic and foreign visitors as of October 26th after a disruption of nearly a month due to the flooding, said Luu Minh Thanh, Director of the park’s management board.

The recent flooding in October cost the popular tourist site VND4.2 billion. Many tourism facilities, such as the Culture and Ecology Tourism Centre, lighting in the Phong Nha cave, and a wharf, were seriously damaged by the flooding.

The management board of the tourist site sent 150 employees to clean up the environment and repair tourism facilities in order to receive visitors as soon as possible.

Local people with heroic deeds, such as Nguyen Van Diep, Ngo Tam and Nguyen Van Ninh, who rescued hundreds of people during the flooding, continue to carry tourists to visit the caves.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Da Nang People’s Committee agreed in principle on a project to build a luxurious eco-tourist village, named Lang Van.

The project, that will be invested in by Vinpearl Joint Stock Company, is a tourist complex, including hotels, villas, games and entertainment sections, a golf course, a sports arena, cable cars, a tourist wharf and other public facilities.

The investor pledged that they will concentrate their assets and efforts to finish the first phase in five years as the project is licensed by the authorities.

The tourist village to be built is located on the foot of the Hai Van passage in Lien Trieu District, Da Nang.

It will stretch along a beautiful sea strait that overlooks Da Nang Bay and connect with neighbouring localities with both roads and railways.

The investors unveiled that they will exploit the mountain and sea to develop eco-tourism there.

Da Nang City has long wanted to develop the area into a high-class resort for international-only tourist.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen      

Source: QDND

VinaSecurities, Macquarie sign deal

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

VinaSecurities, Macquarie sign deal

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

VinaSecurities and Macquarie Capital Securities Limited, an affiliate of global financial institution Macquarie Group ( Macquarie; ASX:MQG), have signed a wide-ranging agreement that will benefit customers of both companies.

The agreement will give Macquarie clients access to Vietnam , one of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, and allow VinaSecurities clients access to Macquarie’s leading presence in global financial markets.

The initial scope of the agreement enables Macquarie clients to receive co-branded equity research focused on Vietnam and to trade Vietnamese equities, according to Hunt

Macnguyen, CEO of VinaSecurities.

The agreement also includes exclusive partnering arrangements between VinaSecurities and Macquarie in relation to in-bound and out-bound equity capital-market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate finance advisory work.

The agreement covers both the HCM City and Hanoi stock exchanges.

Mark Duncan, head of Macquarie Securities Group, Asia, said: ” Vietnam is an important market to us and the world’s institutional investors as they look to expand their investment horizon.”

VinaSecurities, established in 2007, is part of the asset management group VinaCapital.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

HIV/AIDS exhibition to open in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

HIV/AIDS exhibition to open in Hanoi

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

An exhibition called “HIV/AIDS in Vietnam: 20 years of changes and challenges” will be held at the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi on November 22 to mark HIV/AIDS prevention month (November 10-December 10).

The event will be jointly organised by the museum, the Centre for Community Health Research and Development (CCRD), the Ford Foundation and Columbia University in New York.

According to the CCRD, the event will spotlight the HIV/AIDS problem in Vietnam, past and present, with the recollections and experiences of HIV/AIDS victims as well as the difficulties faced by health staff, policy makers and researchers.

Since the first case of HIV was discovered in the country in 1990, the virus has quickly spread on a national scale and affected many aspects of Vietnamese society, it said.

It is just one of 10 events being held across the country to mark the 20th year of Vietnam’s HIV prevention campaign.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Rare birds appear in Bac Lieu

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Rare birds appear in Bac Lieu

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Flocks of rare birds have appeared in the Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary in the southern province of Bac Lieu for over a month, according to Mr. Nguyen Trung Chanh, the Sanctuary’s Director.

In addition to the rare birds, the sanctuary, located on an area of around 280 hectares in Nha Mat Ward in Bac Lieu City, is home to other fauna, mainly storks, and amazing flora.  

As one of the most favorite tourist sites in Bac Lieu Province, the sanctuary has attracted 79 species of birds, with many listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Source: Dan Tri

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

The contest, “Hanoi – the city I love”, closed

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

The contest, “Hanoi – the city I love”, closed

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

PANO – The contest “Hanoi – the city I love” was closed with a prize giving ceremony held on October 27th in Hanoi.

The contest, which was to mobilise artists to compose pictures and video clips about Hanoi, drew the participation of 522 domestic and international professionals and amateurs. During the past three months, the organising board received more than 2,500 pieces of work, which depicted the city’s landscapes, caught great moments of people’s daily life as well as described the city’s oldness and modernisation and a peaceful life of the “city for peace”.

At the ceremony, 5 video clips and 29 photos were honoured.

The first prizes were given to the photo “Rain in The Huc Bridge” and the video clip “Emotion about Hanoi”.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

VietDocs-Vietnam Green Documentary Awards to be launched

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

VietDocs-Vietnam Green Documentary Awards to be launched

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

PANO – Young filmmakers in Vietnam are encouraged to shoot short documentaries about environmental issues for a contest at the VietDocs 2011-Vietnam Green Documentary Awards in November.

According to the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, the competition, jointly organised by the German Development Service (DED), InWent, Vietnam National Institute for Documentary and Scientific Films and Channel VTV6, aims to encourage and support younger generation of filmmakers to produce documentaries reflecting environmental problems and impacts of climate change on people’s daily life.

The competition, “Climate Change-Changing My Life”, will see the nationwide participation of young filmmakers and students in the age-group 18-30. Each competitor will submit, at most, a two A4-page topic of climate change and its consequences and local effects.

The topics will be sent to the competition website and be made available to members of the jury. 20 best topics will be selected for the second round and be developed into scripts for short films.

During the competition, applicants will have an opportunity to take part in workshops with a team of German directors to learn more about various stages of short documentary filmmaking and to develop their script and plan the production.

The 20 films, less than 15 minutes each, will be showed at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, and submitted to the jury in May 2011.

10 films for the final will be screened at the “European Documentary Film Festival” in Hanoi in June 2011.

The award ceremony for three best films will take place during the “European Documentary Film Festival”. Spectators will be invited to vote for which film they find the most well-crafted and interesting.

Along with a US $1,000 reward, the first prize winner will receive an additional budget of US $3,500, at most, to produce a 25-30 minute documentary on the subject, which will be introduced at the Southeast Asia Science Film Festival SEADocs 2012.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Volunteers help people overcome aftermath of flooding

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Volunteers help people overcome aftermath of flooding

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Nearly 30,000 volunteers have taken part in various activities to help people in flood-stricken areas in the central province of Ha Tinh.

The provincial Youth Union has sent 85 groups of young volunteers, mainly students from the Vinh University, the Ha Tinh University and other colleges in the province, to clean up the environment in schools and clinics, and help local people return their lives to normal.

So far, the Union has handed over VND4.7 billion from donators to flood victims.

The organisation has also received an additional VND3 billion raised by youth unions to help people in flooded areas, and will send it to the victims as soon as possible.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

VN-Index changes little due to bearish sentiment

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 28. (Photo: shares of 266 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange toiled to finish in green on October 26 after swinging between losing and winning as investors lost confidence in equities.

The Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index inched up 0.01 percent, or 0.06 points, to 450.07 points.

Trading volume dropped by 20 percent over the previous session. Around 23.4 million shares changed hands at a value of VND583.7 billion.

Of the index, 82 stocks increased, 124 slipped, while 65 were unchanged.

Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) continued to lead the list of active shares by volume for the second day with 1.68 million shares changing hands.

From October 29 to December 29, Vietnam Dragon Fund Limited, inside shareholders of Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), registered to sell all 8,250,966 shares to shift its investment category from Vietnam Dragon Fund to Dragon Capital Vietnam Fund.

Transport company Thuan Thao Corporation (GTT), which gained 4.95 percent to VND10,600, clung with 1.33 million shares traded, followed by PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM) with 884,990 shares.

Printing company Cat Loi Joint Stock Company (CLC) emerged 4.88 percent to VND21,500.

Da Nang Construction Building Materials and Cement Joint Stock Company (DXV) shot up 4.85 percent to VND17,300.

Thac Mo Hydro Power Joint Stock Company (TMP) tumbled 6.09 percent to trade at VND10,800. The company will pay dividends for the first term of this year to its current shareholders in cash at a ratio of 6 percent.

Hoang Quan Consulting – Trading – Service Real Estate Corporation (HQC) declined for second day, trimming 4.95 percent to VND30,700.

Dam Sen Water Park Corporation (DSN) sliced 4.82 percent to VND21,700.

Meanwhile, the Hanoi’s HNX-Index gave up 1.02 points, or 0.91 percent, to close at 111.51. Trading volume severely fell over the previous day to around 15.23 million shares worth VND314.93 billion.

The UPCoM-Index of the market of unlisted shares clipped 0.13 points to 42.3 points. Trading volume was at 0.16 million shares, an approximately value of VND2.8 billion.

Source: SGGP

French and Vietnamese fashion designers to celebrate Hanoi’s 1000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

A special fashion show featuring French and Vietnamese designs will be held in Hanoi on November 3 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

The fashion show will take place at Hanoi Opera House on November 3.

Fashion lovers will have a chance to enjoy latest collections of France’s famous designers including Ambrym, Charabia, Christophe Josse and Dormeuil and Vietnamese leading designers Sy Hoang, Do Manh Cuong, Hoang Hai, Kelly Bui and Le Ha.

The event is directed by French choreographer Fanny de Chaillé and musician Christophe Chassol
In related news, the 9th annual Dep (beauty) Fashion Show will be held in The Garden Shopping Mall in Hanoi on October 31.

This year’s show themed “Dreaming” will focus on the social reality and aspiration to escape from reality.

The performance will feature collections such as “Migration” by German fashion designer Juliane Kunze, “The tale” and “Imaginative world” by local designers Luu Anh Tuan and Kelly Bui.

Source: SGGP