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Singers to congratulate best footballers of 2009

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

Phuong Thanh, Thu Minh and Ha Anh Tuan are among the famous singers scheduled to take part in the Golden Ball football awards, to be held May 17, at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House.

                          Singer Ha Anh Tuan

It will be the third time that Ha Anh Tuan performs at the award ceremony. “I am so glad to take part in the Golden Ball football awards to send my best wishes to football talents of the country” he said.

Best male and female footballers of the year, Pham Thanh Luong, and Doan Thi Kim Chi, are his favorite players.

“I usually participate in programs on football. I have never abandoned my love for football” singer Phuong Thanh said. She will perform two interesting songs in the music gala.

Thu Minh, another artist repeatedly invited to take part in the annual event, also expressed a desire to share her love of football with fans and players honored at the Golden Ball awards.

Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper has organized the voting for the awards since 1995, sent 138 ballots to sport journalists, football experts, and coaches around the country.

Golden Ball 2009 honors for best male and female footballers of the year will go to Hanoi ACB Club’s halfback Pham Thanh Luong, and Doan Thi Kim Chi, a member of the Vietnamese women’s football team.

The gala night provides football fans a chance to meet this year’s top football players Le Huynh Duc, Le Cong Vinh, Luu Ngoc Mai, as well as other well-known players.

Related article:
Best footballers of the year announced

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Vietnam wins Energy Global Awards 2009

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Vietnam would be awarded for the project “Building brick and pottery continuous four-chamber kilns with rice husk gasification technology”, Energy Global Awards’ organization board has officially announced.

The Ministry of Science and Technology said that the project was carried out by the Energy Conservation Research and Development Center (Enerteam) since the beginning of 2009 at Tan Mai Ltd Company’s brick and pottery kiln in the Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap.

The project aimed at raising energy usage effectiveness in making burnt clay products, reducing environmental pollution and enhancing usage of bio fuel instead of fossil fuel to soften the green house effect.

In addition, the project was targeted to find out technological solutions for the Mekong Delta to replace traditional brick kilns which have used old-style production methods, causing severe environmental pollution.

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Sacombank named Vietnam’s best retail bank in 2009

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Sacombank named Vietnam’s best retail bank in 2009

QĐND – Thursday, March 25, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The Asian Banker Journal has selected Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank) as Vietnam’s best retail bank in 2009.

Last year, Sacombank expanded its network of over 320 transaction points in 45 cities and provinces of Vietnam as well as in China, Laos and Cambodia.

In 2010, Sacombank targets 45 percent growth rate over the past year and VND2.4 trillion in pre-tax profit.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Four composers take top honors at 2009 Music Awards

In Vietnam Culture on January 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

The Vietnam Musicians Association held the 2009 Music Award Ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on January 15, giving out five first prizes to artists in different categories.

Nguyen Ngoc Ky sings “Doi Do Ngan Nam” (One-Thousand-Year Relocated Capital) at the finale of the 2009 Music Awards Ceremony in HCMC. (Photo: Hanoimoi)


Composer Tran Manh Hung won two of the five prizes for his moving poetic symphony, Le Chi Vien (Le Chi Garden) and the song “Giac Mo Mua La” (Dream of Falling Leaves).

The other first prizes were given to Nguyen Tien of Hanoi for his song “Doi Do Ngan Nam” (One-Thousand-Year Relocated Capital); Ngo Quoc Tinh of Hanoi for his romantic ballad “Dong Trang lung lieng” (The stream of Moonlight); and Truong Dinh Quang of Da Nang for a compilation of bai choi folk singing.

According to a representative from the association, the award-winning composers were chosen based on the creativeness of their compositions. However, more composers should take an interest in children’s songs, folk music, traditional music, and community songs, he added.

This year, the association awarded more than 60 other prizes in various categories.

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Ministry reviews 2009 culture, sports and tourism

In Vietnam Culture on December 29, 2009 at 11:15 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a year-end conference in Da Nang City on December 28 to evaluate the sectors’ 2009 performance and discuss plans for 2010.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan attends the year-end meeting held by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism in Da Nang on December 28.

Minister Hoang Anh Tuan said culture, sport and tourism industries have made significant achievements this year in promoting images of the country abroad. Mr. Tuan added that it was commendable Vietnam ranked second at the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 25) in Laos.

This year also saw amendments and supplementary articles added to the Cultural Heritage Law, Intellectual Property Law, Cinema Law, and the Cultural Development Strategy until 2020 among others.

The report said there were 3.8 million foreign visitors to the country this year, a decrease of 11.5 percent over last year. Domestic tourist numbers were up 19 percent, however, to 25 million.

Vietnam’s tourism sector earned around VND68,000-70,000 billion (US$3.6-3.7billion), an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.

The country hopes to welcome about 4.6 million foreign visitors and 28 million domestic tourists in 2010.

Ho Chi Minh City received only 2.52 million international tourists, accounting for 84 percent of the year’s target. The city expects to attract around 3.5 million foreign visitors and 10 million local tourists in 2010.

Culture, sports and tourism plans for next year include working with relevant departments to celebrate the 1,000th Thang Long-Hanoi Anniversary, taking part in the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD 16) in Guangzhou, China, promoting tourism and organizing other events in the country.

The Ministry also announced on December 27 Vietnam’s 10 most outstanding cultural, sports and tourism achievements of 2009:

1. The NA promulgated and amended laws relating to the Law on Cultural Heritages, Intellectual Property, and Cinema. The PM issued Decision 581/QĐ-TTg approving the Cultural Development Strategy to 2020 and Decision 1272/QĐ-TTg on listing 10 special national cultural and historical sites (stage 1).

2. Quan ho Bac Ninh singing (Bac Ninh folk love duets) and Ca tru (ceremonial songs) recently received recognition as “an intangible world heritage” by the United Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Ca tru has been listed as a “cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding”. UNESCO will also send representatives to attend the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

3. Diplomatic cultural activities held in the “Year of Cultural Diplomacy” including Vietnamese Week in Russia, the UK, Laos, South Africa, Venezuela and Brazil; Vietnam’s cultural and artistic activities in China, Spain, Sweden and Italy; the “Meet Vietnam” Program in San Francisco, US; the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Week and Cambodia’s Cultural Week in Vietnam; establishment of the Vietnam traditional music orchestra and its performance in Laos.

The New York Philharmonic, the US’ oldest orchestra and one of the best-known orchestras in the world, traveled to Vietnam for performances at the Hanoi Opera House October 16-17.

4. A series of cultural and artistic activities marked the nation’s most prominent events including the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Ho Chi Minh Trail; 55th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory; and the Quang Nam Culture-Tourism Week ahead of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

5. Special commemorative days were celebrated including April 19, which was named Culture Day of Vietnam Ethnic Groups; the International Gongs Festival 2009 held in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai; the 1st Việt Nam Rice Festival in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang; Mekong-Japan Culture and Tourism Days in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho; and the Mrs. World Pageant 2009 in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

6. The locally made movie Dung dot (Don’t Burn) won the Fukuoka Audience Award at the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan. Vietnam won four first prizes out of seven awards at the international competition held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

7. Vietnam hosted the 3rd Asian Indoor Games (AI Games 3) and ranked second overall. 

8. Vietnamese athletes pocketed 215 medals with 83 golds and ranked second at the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Laos.

9. The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009 (ATF-09) was held along with the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam Impression.”

10. Hạ Long Bay was listed in the final round of voting for 7 World Natural Wonders while Lang Co Bay in Thua Thien-Hue Province was recognized as a world Beautiful Bay.

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China likely to become top global exporter in 2009: govt

In World on December 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

China is likely to overtake Germany as the world’s largest exporter in 2009, despite a sharp fall in shipments as the global downturn took its toll, a high-ranking trade official has said.

A crane loads a vessel with containers at a port in Shanghai.

The country’s share of global trade is expected to exceed nine percent this year, up from 8.86 percent in 2008, Vice Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said at a forum here on Sunday.

“China will probably surpass Germany to become the largest exporting country,” he said, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

However, 2009 was a tough year for the Asian giant with full-year exports predicted to decline by 16 percent on-year, Zhong added — the biggest decline in at least three decades, according to available ministry data.

He blamed the drop on “severely weak international demand” and “rising trade protectionism”, adding the value of trade disputes brought against China in terms of potential losses doubled this year to 12 billion dollars.

The country will face an “even more complicated foreign trade situation and more arduous tasks” in 2010 given ongoing uncertainties in international demand and the stability of the yuan’s exchange rate, Zhong said.

China’s trade is “big but not strong”, and the country must adjust its trade structure and beef up product quality and competitiveness to “realise… improvement in quality from an expansion in quantity”, he said.

In the first 11 months of the year, the country’s exports were down by 18.8 percent from the same period last year to 1.07 trillion dollars, official figures showed.


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Swiss bank secrecy emerges from 2009 with holes

In World on December 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

 Switzerland’s finance minister acknowledges that he had a rough time this year after the Swiss bowed to international pressure on banking secrecy under the onslaught of US lawsuits and a crackdown on tax evasion.

Yet, the Swiss banking industry insists that it was stirred rather than shaken by a tumultuous year that holed their sacrosanct secrecy, threatened to sap billions from their vaults and left their battered flagship bank UBS wheezing.

“You could describe it as a challenging year,” James Nason, a spokesman for the Swiss Bankers Association, told AFP.

“Privacy remains the default setting,” he insisted nonetheless, as the chairman of the association, private banker Patrick Odier, toyed with “Rubik” — the buzzword for plans to anonymously retain tax on the savings revenues of foreign clients and discourage undeclared assets.

“The sector had already prepared itself mentally for the moment, sometime, when it could only take taxed money,” Julius Baer bank spokesman Jan Bielinski told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.

The logo of UBS Swiss bank and Swiss flag are seen in Zurich.

The year started with a 780-million-dollar (543-million-euro) fine on the biggest bank, UBS, in the United States for aiding tax fraud, while the Swiss financial regulator FINMA swiftly ordered the bank to hand over about 250 customer names to the US Internal Revenue Service.

Yet, just as loss-ridden UBS — propped up by a 2008 state rescue package after it suffered heavily in the financial crisis — thought it had put the worst behind, US authorities launched another lawsuit.

By August, Washington and Bern came up with a settlement, obliging UBS to disclose details of up to 4,450 hidden offshore accounts of American clients but averting another financial penalty.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz grappled with a crackdown by the G20 leading economies, who blamed bank secrecy for encouraging fraud and evasion by their taxpayers.

After the OECD told Switzerland to face up to a “new, much harder climate,” it joined other offshore centres by falling into line with international standards.

To avoid being stigmatised, the Swiss signed new dual taxation deals with at least 12 nations, ending a decades-old practice by agreeing to exchange confidential information on some bank clients.

“My presidential year was, it has to be said, very hard,” Merz told the Swiss magazine L’Illustre.

Previously, banking secrecy could only be lifted for legally-sanctioned investigations into the criminal offences of tax fraud and money laundering, not evasion.

Now, specific requests from foreign tax authorities probing evasion will be allowed.

“This is certainly something that the Swiss banking sector didn’t like and would have liked to avoid,” said Manuel Ammann, director of the University of St Gallen’s Institute of Banking and Finance.

“The time when tax evaders could take advantage of Swiss financial services and feel safe about it is certainly over,” he told AFP.

Many observers believe that Swiss banks have lost a competitive advantage that had helped attract foreign customers.

Bankers are reluctant to put a figure on banking secrecy, but one valued it this year at half the industry’s 12 percent contribution to Swiss national income.

On Wednesday, Italian authorities said 80 billion euros (114 billion dollars) had been declared by taxpayers so far in an amnesty, a policy that dismayed bankers in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, bordering Italy.

Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore estimated that about 80 percent of the hidden deposits declared were in neighbouring Switzerland.

While Swiss bankers feared that they would lose deposits, an Italian tax lawyer told the Financial Times that most of the money was nonetheless likely to stay in Switzerland now that it was legalised.

Amman believes a more severe blow was delivered by the handing over of UBS customer data to the United States at the beginning of the year, a move that appeared to skip a few steps in the Swiss rulebook.

“I can imagine that this affected the trust of foreign customers in Switzerland and Swiss banking,” he said.

Nason acknowledged: “Legal certitude is important, clients like their financial centre to be steady.”

Meanwhile, the row over secrecy and taxation is still raging with France, and has even started to seep into Switzerland, where one canton, Jura, was set to introduce a tax amnesty in January.

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Enke suicide throws black veil over Germany’s 2009

In Vietnam Sports on December 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm

BERLIN, Dec 21, 2009 (AFP) – While the highlight of Germany’s football year was the impressive win in Moscow to book their World Cup berth, the undoubted low point was the suicide of goalkeeper Robert Enke.

The 32-year-old flung himself under a commuter train on November 10 after a long battle with depression made more acute by losing his place in the national team to Rene Adler.

An image of Robert Enke at a stadium in Germnay (AFP photo)

Leverkusen’s Adler was between the posts in Moscow on October 10 as Miroslav Klose’s first-half goal sealed a 1-0 win which put Germany top of their group and booked their World Cup finals berth.

But Enke’s suicide exactly a month later, leaving behind a young widow and baby daughter, shocked the whole of football-mad Germany.

Germany’s stars, like captain Michael Ballack who had known Enke since he was 13, were left speechless by the tragedy.

The friendly with Chile on November 14 was called off as a mark of respect and around 35,000 mourners – including the entire Germany squad – paid their last respects at Enke’s memorial service held at Hanover’s stadium.

In the wake of the tragedy, Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Federation, called for more understanding and compassion for the game’s top stars.

But events in Stuttgart barely a month later showed football had learned precious little from the tragedy.

With their team third from bottom of the Bundesliga, a group of angry supporters stopped the team bus to hurl abuse and death threats at the Stuttgart team.

Less than 24 hours later, coach Markus Babbel was fired and replaced by Switzerland’s Christian Gross with immediate results as the Germans beat Unirea Urziceni 3-1 to advance in the Champions League.

Bizarrely, at that point Stuttgart were 16th in the league and also in the last 16 of European football’s most lucrative competition.

Bayern Munich’s impressive 4-1 win at Juventus also put them through to the knock-out stages, but defending champions Wolfsburg failed to make the last 16 after a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United.

Former England striker Michael Owen rolled back the years with a hat-trick to leave Armin Veh’s side left to contest the Europa League.

Wolfsburg have been a shadow of their former selves having won the Bundesliga title for the first time under coach Felix Magath.

Magath underlined his prowess as one of Germany’s top coaches having steered Bayern Munich to back-to-back league and cup doubles before he was sacked in February 2007.

Having recruited strikers Grafite and Edin Dzeko after he took over the Wolves in July 2007, the pair responded with 54 goals between them as Wolfsburg romped to the league title.

Dzeko has since been linked to Manchester United and AC Milan.

While Wolfsburg hunted down their first league title, Bayern parted company with coach Jurgen Klinsmann in April, but finished the season second under caretaker coach Jupp Heynckes and then appointed Louis van Gaal to take charge.

He arrived in Munich having steered AZ Alkmaar to the Dutch title and with a reputation as a tough disciplinarian.

After a slow start, they found themselves eighth in the league after eight games, but finished the year strongly to finish 2009 third in the league.

Van Gaal secured his position with his side’s win in Turin and his side’s 5-2 hammering of Hertha Berlin on December 19 means Bayern went into the winter break just two points behind league leaders Leverkusen.

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178,000 liters of blood mobilized in 2009

In Vietnam Society on December 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Around 178,000 liters of blood were collected in Vietnam this year for patients needing transfusions, with two thirds from volunteer donors. 

Volunteers donate blood in Hanoi (Photo: Anninhthudo Newspaper)

The National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation said, however, that the supply met just 40 percent of demand.

Tran Ngoc Tang, chairman of the Vietnam Red Cross Association, said that authorized organizations have come up with a strategy to boost blood donations by 2015 with an outlook to 2020.

The strategy calls for at least 2 percent of Vietnam’s population to voluntarily donate blood annually by 2020.

The project is now awaiting the Government’s approval.

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VN achieves 2009 birth rate reduction goal

In Vietnam Society on December 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Vietnam’s birth rate in 2009 has fallen to just 1.2 percent, achieving the target set by the National Assembly, the General Office For Population Family Planning said on December 20.

Newborn babies at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s birth rate in 2009 slides to just 1.2 percent, the lowest level in the last decade. (Photo: SGGP)

General Office head Dr. Duong Quoc Trong said it is the biggest success rate of population planning achieved in the last 10 years.

In 2000, the rate was 1.36 percent.

In addition, infant deaths under one year of age fell from 36.7 percent in 2000 to just 15 percent this year.

The human development index (HDI) reached 0.73 points, which is higher than the target set in the population strategy for the phase 2001-2010.

However, the General Office said there is still much to be done in terms of enhancing the overall health of the population and controlling gender imbalances in newborn babies.

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