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Islanders in Ly Son reap good profits

In Social life on March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Islanders in Ly Son reap good profits

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Thousands of local people in Ly Son district, Quang Ngai province, have earned much money from fishing anchovies and growing garlic.

Good haul of fish

Early in the morning, Ly Son port becomes so busy. Here and there people are trading things. Coracles full of anchovies are moving in and out of the port.

Le Van My, aged 45 of Tay Hamlet, An Vinh Commune, joyfully said, never before had they caught so much anchovy. On average, each coracle fishes 150-200 kg of anchovy per day, while high-capacity boats easily caught tones of anchovies.

Normally, the anchovy crop begins in February or March of Lunar calendar, and fishermen have harvested big crops of the fish over the last few weeks. Local people go fishing at 3 a.m. and their small boats are full of fish at 6 a.m.

“The weather has been fine this year, anchovies gather in large amounts, so what fishermen need is to light up and catch it easily”, said Nguyen Cao, aged 50 in Tay Hamlet, An Vinh Commune.

Another good thing for local fishermen is that traders are ready to buy big quantities of anchovies right at the port at high prices. Locals said that each coracle could earn millions of Vietnamese dongs per night.

Big crop of garlic

Joy also comes to those who chose to farm garlic in Ly Son.

Since the trademark of Ly Son garlic was recognized in the market, local farmers have not worried about the outlet of their garlic. This year, farmers become happier with big crops of garlic and high prices of garlic.

Traders ask to buy garlic while farmers harvest garlic, but many decide not to sell right now as they expect prices of garlic will go up.

Nguyen Thi Kha aged 58 in Dong Hamlet, An Vinh Commune, said that garlic is often planted in early August and harvested five months later.

The output is usually 1 tone per hectare but this year’s productivity has reached over 1.20 tone per hectare in some places.

According to Kha, the price of garlic this year is twice of that last year. Garlic is now sold at VND 12,000 per kg of fresh garlic and 70,000 VND per kg of dried garlic. According to Kha, she may earn some 20 million VND from her 2 ha of garlic farm.

Several local families that have larger farms of garlic could earn hundreds of millions of VND.

Source: TP

Translated by Thu Nguyen – Le Trang

Source: QDND

Bush-meat, wildlife trafficking at alarm levels

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bush-meat, wildlife trafficking at alarm levels

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s ecosystem was seriously threatened by the widespread consumption of wild meat and trafficking of wildlife, experts said that at a recent conference.

Urgent action was needed on several fronts to prevent the destruction of the nation’s wildlife and their habitat, they said.

They called for strengthened, more effective public awareness campaigns against hunting and trafficking in wild animals and for the inclusion of this subject in the school curriculum, especially in rural areas.

Tom Osbon of the Vietnam-based Wildlife Management Office stressed the need to legalise multi-sectoral co-operation in preventing, discovering and punishing forest violations in order to protect wild animals effectively.

“It’s also very important to establish special inspectors in localities which record a high number of violations,” he added.

Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing countries.

In Vietnam, hunting and trade animals had been alarming, he said.

A WCS study conducted at 200 restaurants in the central region found they consumed nearly 2 million wild animals per year. Among them, stag and wild boar accounted for around 70 percent of the consumed meat, followed by turtle, snake, fox and porcupine.

The study estimated the demand of wild animal consumption nationwide at nearly 4,500 tonnes per year.

The Forest Protection Department discovered 1,042 violations of wild animal protection laws last year, a decrease of 400 cases over 2008, the conference heard.

Dr. Nguyen Viet Dung, deputy head of the Centre for People and Nature Reconciliation, said that the real number was much higher.

Roberton added that Vietnam was also an important link in the international wild animal trafficking chain.

Last year, authorities found more than six tonnes of elephant tusks trafficked from Africa to Hai Phong City.

And, in 2008, more than 20 tonnes of pangolins (anteaters) and their scales were seized in Vietnam as they were being trafficked to China.

The Mong Cai Border Gate was one of places where wild animal trafficking is frequent.

Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

VND 48 billion donated to poor people in Phu Tho

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

VND 48 billion donated to poor people in Phu Tho

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

150 businesses in Phu Tho province, on March 21st, pledged donations, worth more than VND 48 billion, to the “Circle Humanitarian Hands-For Poor People of the Ancestral Land” programme.

The donors will be honoured at an event taking place at the Hung Kings Temple Historical Site on April 22nd, one day before the National Hung Kings Anniversary Day on the tenth of lunar March.

For nearly a decade now, the “For Poor People” Fund of Phu Tho province has raised more than VND 27 billion. The fund was used to dismantle over 9,420 temporary shelters, and to help thousands of poor households develop their businesses. As a result, the rate of poor households in the province now stands at 13.2%.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Traffickers of nearly 150 kg of elephant tusk arrested

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Traffickers of nearly 150 kg of elephant tusk arrested

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

The Quang Ninh Provincial Police put driver Le Van Cuong under arrest for illegally transporting 149.3kg of elephant tusk.

Born in 1976, Le Van Cuong, living in Long Thanh, Yen Thanh, Nghe An, was transporting a number of elephant tusks, including 30 tusks intact and 15 cut into pieces hidden under carpeting and hood and in the trunk, from Nghe An to Mong Cai, Quang Ninh on his truck with the number plate 29X-9797.

His companions, Ho Van Cuong (Born in 1979), Le Van Dien (Born in 1968), Doan Ngoc Hoang (Born in 1974), Doan Ngoc Tuan (Born in 1975), all living in the same town with Cuong, were also put under arrest.

The smugglers declared that the tusks were on their way to China.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Hoang Anh   

Source: QDND

Tracking 38 criminals wanted by Interpol

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Source: QDND

VND 1 billion donated to former volunteers

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

VND 1 billion donated to former volunteers

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Paying gratitude to former voluntary youths with difficulties, who have dedicated their most beautiful ages for the nation, is the duty of the whole society.

A charitable art exchange program named “Youth Hallmark” was held by the Central Information and Education Committee and the Vietnam Television in the build-up to the 60th anniversary of Vietnamese voluntary youths (July 15th, 1950 and July 15th, 2010).

On the occasion, Vice General Director of Long Thanh Investment and Business Golf Course Company, Tran Cam Nhung, donated 333 savings books totaling VND 1 billion to former voluntary youths who are victims of Agent Orange in remote places nationwide.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

AFINS launched in Vietnam

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

AFINS launched in Vietnam

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

A ceremony to introduce an Abbott –funded nutrition support project, known as , by the Global Health Primary Care Initiative (GHPCI) in collaboration with the Bach Mai hospital, the National Nutrition Institute and the Hanoi Medicine School was held on March 19th in Hanoi.

The project, a first of its kind in Vietnam, aims to augment the abilities of Vietnamese nutrition experts and practitioners by providing intensive and post-graduate courses.

Abbott Fund President Catherine Babington spoke at the ceremony, saying that the AFINS in Vietnam is part of Abbott’s commitment to apply the achievements of nutrition science to the nation and to bring better health for the local people.

Meanwhile, Director of GHPCI and head of the project at Boston University, Alain Montague, said that GHPCI has provided medical training in Vietnam since 1995 alongside international and local partners. GHPCI will keep expanding its efforts and support in Vietnam.

AFINS will cost US$ 1 million and last until 2013.  

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Ho Chi Minh City responds to Earth Hour 2010

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 2:42 am

Ho Chi Minh City responds to Earth Hour 2010

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

More than 1,000 students in Ho Chi Minh City on March 21 participated in a bicycle parade, launched by the city’s Youth Union to promote “Earth Hour 2010”.

The marchers passed through housing blocks, hotels, supermarkets, and parks to deliver fliers and encourage people to respond to Earth Hour 2010 by turning off their lighting systems from 20.30 to 21.30 on March 27.

Entitled “Earth Hour 2010 – Small action for big change”, the communication campaign includes a variety of activities like a photo exhibition, and a “one hour without electricity” contest.

The city’s youth hope people will form a habit of using energy efficiently to minimize the impact of climate change.

Nguyen Xuan Lam, a student at the Ho Chi Minh City Teacher Training University, said he is very eager to take part in the programme because it can help change people’s awareness of the earth.

Earth Hour should be held regularly and expanded to other cities, he said.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

“Green Sunday” campaign launched in Phu Tho province

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 2:42 am

“Green Sunday” campaign launched in Phu Tho province

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

The third “Green Sunday” campaign was launched in Thanh Thuy district, Phu Tho province on March 21, attracting 3,000 youth union members and students.

The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Natural resources and Environment, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Phu Tho Youth Union

After the ceremony, Youth Union members planted trees along the two-kilometre river banks in Doan Ha commune. They also planted trees at the Ho Chi Minh Memorial House in Dao Xa commune and picked up rubbish in La Phu town.

In addition to the “Green Sunday”, the youth union in Phu Tho has organized a variety of activities to involve their members in environment protection. They have replicated the models: “Youth Green Volunteers”, “Green-clean-beautiful villages” and many other Yoth programmes to keep their living environment healthy and re-green bare hills.

These activities and models have been expanded to offices, factories and schools in the province to raise public awareness of environmental protection.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Communication campaign helps protect sea turtles

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 2:41 am

Communication campaign helps protect sea turtles

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

In response to the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, more than 400 pupils and 100 fishermen attended a communication campaign in Quang Tri province to protect sea turtles on March 20-21.

Quang Tri is a central coastal province with a 75 km coastline, 68 km of which is very favourable for sea turtle breeding grounds.

The campaign, co-organised by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Quang Tri provincial Department of Aquatic Resource Exploitation and Protection, aims to make people aware of the importance of sea turtles within marine biodiversity.

During the two-day event, there were many activities including a film presentation, a photo exhibition, singing and sports contests, a cycling race, and a beach-cleaning campaign to spread the message to protect the species and the ocean.

In 2009, IUCN worked with the local administration to run six training classes on the preservation and rescue of sea turtles for more than 300 fishermen, teachers and officials from secondary schools in the province and set up a voluntary preservation team.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND