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Medvedev donates over $10,000 to victims of wildfires

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has personally donated 350,000 rubles (some $12,000) to the victims of wildfires raging across the central part of European Russia, RIA-Novosti quoted his spokesperson as saying on Saturday.

The Russian cabinet hold a meeting for resolution of wildfires in central Russia in Moscow on August 8, 2010. (Photo: RIA-Novosti

Over 50 people have so far been killed in the blazes, which have also left more than 3,500 people homeless. Forest and peat bog fires, sparked by an unprecedented heat wave, are currently burning in 22 Russian regions.

“It is expected that the president’s example will be followed by other high-ranking officials,” Natalya Timakova said.

She also said that Medvedev hoped ordinary people would also contribute to the fund to help those who have suffered in the disaster.

Medvedev earned 3,335,281 rubles (around $115,000) in 2009. He also has 12 bank accounts with a net balance of 3,574,747.34 rubles ($123,000).


Source: SGGP

Only 10 percent of VN mothers breastfeed exclusively

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Only 10 percent of VN mothers breastfeed exclusively

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

Health experts have called for urgent action to promote breastfeeding nationally in Vietnam.

This follows a recent survey showing that only 10 percent of Vietnamese children are breastfed exclusively during their first six months.

The call for action was launched on July 29 to mark the World Breastfeeding Week organised by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations under the “Alive and Thrive” initiative. The event is being organised in 120 countries.

“Health personnel and healthcare units play an important role in promoting breastfeeding,” said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Ba Thuy.

“Health staff at maternal and child healthcare units need to tell mothers to breastfeed babies within an hour of birth and to provide guidance on maintaining milk flow,” said Thuy.

Health workers overseas are taught that breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice, it’s an important health choice.

Infant formulas cannot match the exact chemical make-up of human milk, especially the cells, hormones, and antibodies that fight disease.

A recent survey showed that in Vietnam, few mothers initiate breastfeeding in the false belief that mother’s milk production is inadequate.

Le Minh Phuong, a state worker in Hanoi, complained that she could not maintain breastfeeding her baby for six months because the law stipulated she had to return to work after four months’ maternity leave.

“It is very difficult for mothers to maintain breastfeeding activities after maternity leave,” she said.

Lack of support from family members and health workers is another barrier to breastfeeding.

“A strong commitment from the health sector, government and international organisations is important”, said the United Nations Fund for Children acting representative in Vietnam Jean Dupraz.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Only 10 percent Vietnamese babies breastfed exclusively during first six months of life

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

Only 10 percent of children in Vietnam are breastfed exclusively during the first six months of life. This situation calls for urgent action to promote breastfeeding, particularly by healthcare providers and communities in Vietnam.

Breastfeeding exclusively during the first six months of life plays an important role in babies and infants’ lives.  

The Ministry of Health, the United Nations and the Alive & Thrive initiative co-organized a press conference to launch World Breastfeeding Week 2010 (WBW) and the “call for action” is just part of WBW.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Ba Thuy stressed breastfeeding is the most complete form of nutrition for infants and small children during the first six months of life, only 10 percent of children in Vietnam are breastfed exclusively during this critical period of their lives and only 55 percent of Vietnamese mothers initiate breastfeeding within the first hour after birth.

The main reasons cited for delayed initiation of breastfeeding are a belief that mothers’ breast milk production is inadequate; C-section deliveries; separation of mother and child immediately after birth; insufficient counselling from healthcare providers due to busy schedules; and the availability of milk formula.

Research has also found that feeding infants with water after breastfeeding is a popular practice in both urban and rural areas of Vietnam (‘exclusive breastfeeding’ means infants receive no food or drink other than breast milk unless doctor ordered).

Some mothers believe that they lack sufficient breast milk to adequately nourish their children up to six months and often begin to supplement breast milk with formula milk and/or other foods at around four months of age. For those employed in the formal sector (20-30 percent of all mothers), the need to return to work after four months of maternity leave poses a challenge to continued exclusive breastfeeding. Lack of support from family members and health workers is another barrier to mothers exclusively breastfeeding their children.

Themed “Breastfeeding: Just 10 Steps, the Baby-Friendly Way,” World Breastfeeding Week this year aims to highlight the vital role that healthcare workers and facilities play in promoting breastfeeding. It calls for every health facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants to provide support to mothers in breastfeeding using the ten steps.

The ten steps to successful breastfeeding were first presented in the 1989 WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services. Since then UNICEF and WHO have called for the implementation of the ten steps to successful breastfeeding in all maternity facilities because health workers play a critical role in influencing mothers’ decisions on how to feed their infants and young children.

WBW is celebrated in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding as an important way to improve the health and development of infants and young children.

Efforts to encourage better breastfeeding practices in Vietnam are part of a national program on children and mother’s care to help ensure that children grow and reach their full potential. The country’s “Child Survival Action Plan” has set out the goal to achieve a 50 percent exclusive breastfeeding rate across the country by 2015.

The Ministry of Health will work closely with line ministries and mass media outlets to achieve the goal, recognizing that without improving breastfeeding rates and child nutrition would jeopardize attaining the Millennium Development Goals in Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Storm Chanthu claims 10 lives in north

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Storm Chanthu claims 10 lives in north

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Tropical storm Chanthu has left 10 dead and four injured when it caused heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in northern mountain provinces, according to the National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Control.

Ha Giang was the hardest hit province, with 7 locals reported dead, followed by Cao Bang (2) and Lao Cai (1).

The storm, which was downgraded to a low pressure system on July 22, also caused huge damage to houses, roads, bridges and rice and subsidiary crops in these provinces.

In Yen Bai alone, 132 houses were flooded and 22 others were severely damaged. Heavy downpour also submerged 18ha of rice and subsidiary crops and 5ha of fishponds. 

In Bac Giang province, 10 communes were completely isolated and more than 44,100ha of rice and subsidiary crops were submerged.

The National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Control has asked the northern mountain provinces to keep a close watch on further developments of heavy rains and evacuate people living in the low-lying areas.

As rain continues to pour down and floodwaters in major rivers keep rising, the committee has asked the designated provinces to mobilise stand-by forces to work around the clock to protect the dyke system.

Chanthu was the second storm hitting the East Sea this year. The first, Conson, killed one when it made landfall last weekend.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

City bourse celebrates 10 years

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

City bourse celebrates 10 years

QĐND – Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

The HCM Stock Exchange has received the Labour Order, First Class, for its contribution to the growth of not only the stock market but also the economy since its inception in July 2000.

Speaking at a function to mark the bourse’s 10th anniversary on July 20, its general director, Tran Dac Sinh, said the exchange’s most important achievement was setting up a market that has proved fair, transparent, and increasingly liquid.

More than 2,300 trading sessions have been held, with more than 1,000 trillion VND (55 billion USD) worth securities changing hands.

“We have … a combined market capitalisation of 570 trillion VND, up almost 380 times from the end of 2001,” Sinh said.

Since information is the key in the market, the exchange has been paying great attention to company disclosures, he said.

HOSE began online trading early last year, a big step from the early days when there were just three trading days a week.

It has helped firms raise almost 37 trillion VND either via public offerings or private placements, representing 6.4 percent of the current market cap.

HOSE has also done good work in terms of international co-operation and promotion of the Vietnamese stock market outside the country.

It has signed 20 memoranda of understanding with foreign stock exchanges and organisations. It is a member of the Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation and a founding member of the ASEAN Stock Exchange CEO Forum.

Thirty listed companies won awards for best annual reports and received them at the function.

Selected from among a 540 companies that participated in the third Annual Report Award contest organised by the Dau Tu Chung Khoan newspaper and fund management company Dragon Capital, they include 24 listed in HCM City.

The HOSE-listed pharmaceutical company Duoc Hau Giang (listing code DHG) received the Special Award.

SSI, STB, PVD, TTF, and EIB in HCM City and ACB, SHB, and VCS in Hanoi won Most Excellent awards while the rest won Best awards.

SSI also won the prize for Most Impressive Report.

The awards were based on both report content and design.

Le Nhi Nang, HOSE’s deputy general director and head of the award committee, said the quality of reports has improved in terms of information, structure, and design compared to the last two years.

Nguyen Anh Tuan, Dau Tu Chung Khoan’s chief editor noted that businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the role of reports in marketing their image to investors, partners, and the public.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

War Remnants Museum ranked in the top 10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

The War Remnants Museum was voted as one of 10 Most Popular Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions by local and foreign visitors in the “Ho Chi Minh City–100 Excitements” program, launched last year by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Visitors contemplate pictures exhibited at the War Remnants Museum. (Photo: SGGP)

In the first six months of this year, three exhibitions including “Vietnam rising 35 years after war,” “President Ho Chi Minh’s aspiration for peace” and “War and Peace” was held at the museum and attracted 227,241 visitors, representing a year-on-year increase of 17.33 percent.

Among them, there were 169,248 foreign tourists and 57,993 domestic travelers. The museum’s management board also organized five mobile displays to serve thousands of teachers, students and visitors in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces.

The museum received delegations from Algeria, Slovakia, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Australia, the UK, the US, Germany, Denmark and more.

Opened in September 1975, the War Remnants Museum displays shocking evidence of atrocities committed by the foreign aggressors during Vietnam’s two wars of national liberation.

Exhibits include collection of American weapons; model of the notorious tiger cages where Vietnamese revolutionaries were kept; photographs that illustrate the effect of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliant sprays, napalm and phosphorus bombs had on the Vietnamese people and land.

Source: SGGP

Eurozone unemployment rate stuck at 10 percent: EU

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

BRUSSELS, July 2, 2010 (AFP) – Unemployment across the 16 countries which share the euro stuck at a record 10 percent in May for the third month running, European Union data showed on Friday.

Almost 16 million people were out of work in the common currency area as the unemployment rate in the crisis-hit eurozone remained at its highest level since the euro’s creation in 1999, seasonally-adjusted Eurostat figures showed.

The official statistics agency had initially estimated an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent for April, but it revised the figure down to 10 percent.

The unemployment rate in the wider, 27-nation European Union stood at 9.6 percent in May, also unchanged from the previous month, for a total of 23.13 million people without jobs.

Among the eurozone’s biggest economies, unemployment fell slightly in Germany to 7.0 percent in May from 7.1 percent the previous month. It stood still in France at 9.9 percent and in Italy at 8.7 percent.

In Spain, the unemployment rate rose to 19.9 percent compared to 19.7 percent in April.

Source: SGGP

10,000 people to participate in a public walk

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

10,000 people to participate in a public walk

QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – A public walk in the run-up to the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi is to be held at 6 a.m. on June 13th around Hoan Kiem Lake and streets in the city center by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with local authorities and sponsors.

According to the organising board, some 10,000 people will take part in the walk. Organisers also said that they had invited foreign agencies, organisations and individuals in Hanoi to participate in the event.

According to local officials, the walk is aimed at promoting the grand celebration, raise funds and urge people to keep the city greener, cleaner, more civilised and beautiful.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

10 Vietnamese pupils to compete at APMOPS 2010 in Singapore

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

10 Vietnamese pupils to compete at APMOPS 2010 in Singapore

QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

10 outstanding Vietnamese pupils will compete at the upcoming Asia Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools (APMOPS 2010) on May 29th at the Hwa Chong Institute of Singapore.

Awards were handed over to these top ten of the 485 primary school contestants nationwide on May 27th at the International Singapore School in Hanoi.

Among them, 8 are from schools in Hanoi, one from Ho Chi Minh City and the last is from the central province of Hue.

APMOPS, an annual event for all mathematics talents in the region has so far attracted more than 6,400 candidates from 15 countries in the Asia and the Pacific.

Source: DT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines to join SkyTeam on June 10

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:13 am