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Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in top 10 best boat journeys

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been ranked the 2nd among the 10 best boat journeys by the UK’s Lonely Planet Travel Magazine.

Ha Long Bay

“Bobbing on the emerald waters of Halong Bay and moving through its 3000-odd limestone islands is simply sublime. The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird tunes.

There are more than 300 boats based at Bai Chay Tourist Wharf waiting to sweep you away to the World Heritage waters. Day tours last from four to eight hours, though (recommended) overnighters are also available” the magazine written.

Norwegian Fjords gets the first place. Next positions are Amazon River, South America; Franklin River, Australia; Quetico Provincial Park, Canada; Kerala’s backwaters, India; Milford Sound, New Zealand; Island-hopping, Greece; Disko Bay, Greenland; and Galapágos Islands, Ecuador.

Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination in the Northern Province of Quang Ninh. Covering on an area of around 1,553 km2, the hot tourist spot has including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone.

In 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders and helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year.

Source: SGGP

Massive storm brings 2nd day of snow, rain, winds

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Yolanda Corona prayed she wouldn’t die.She was watching television with 10 relatives when winds from a massive storm tearing across the U.S. roared through her neighborhood.

The windows blew out of the living room. The chimney caved in. A tree plunged through the roof.

The family huddled in a back bedroom, whispering prayers, crying and holding each other. Somehow, they survived.

“We thought we were going to die. We were just so scared. We didn’t have time to do anything. We all just listened and prayed for our lives,” Jessica Vargas, Corona’s 18-year-old granddaughter, recalled Wednesday, looking at the family’s possessions, which had been strewn around their muddy yard the night before. No one was seriously hurt, but now the family must find somewhere to live.

Steps to a landing is all that remains from a mobile home destroyed in Vale, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 after powerful thunderstorms moved through the area

The rare, fast-moving storm that destroyed their home also brought winds up to 81 mph, rain and tornadoes that started in the Midwest on Tuesday and continued Wednesday, moving into the southern and eastern U.S.

In suburban Chicago, Helen Miller, 41, was hurt when a branch fell about 65 feet from a large tree, crashed into her car and impaled her stomach. Doctors removed the branch and Miller’s husband said she asked him to hang on to it.

“She wants to save it for an art project or something,” Todd Miller told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She’s a bit of a free spirit, so I ran with it.”

The National Weather Service confirmed that eight tornadoes touched down in Indiana Tuesday, but that no serious damage or injuries were reported. Ohio saw six twisters, including one with gusts of at least 111 mph that ripped through a village in the northwest part of the state, destroying several homes. Another flattened a barn and carried a large windmill 40 yards.

Pat Tanner, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., said a cold front is moving east and meeting warm, moist air causing instability in the atmosphere and spawning the storms.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., an apparent tornado on the Chickamauga Dam caused an accident that led to the closure of the highway and injured several people. Tornadoes also whirled through Racine County, Wis., where two people were injured when a section of roof was torn off a tractor factory, and Peotone, Ill., where three people were injured when a home’s roof came off.

The storm brought heavy snow and winds up to 60 mph to the Dakotas for a second day Wednesday, toppling signs, power lines and trees. Most of the snow, about 8 inches, was reported in central North Dakota, and travel in much of the state was difficult.

“The weather is not very nice out here. The winds are picking up and it’s very snowy, very slick,” said Linnea Reeves, a Walmart employee in Bismarck.

In Iowa, winds gusted to more than 50 mph in some places Wednesday, overturning semis on a highway and knocking down power lines.

Tornado watches and warnings were issued across the Southeast and into the Northeast.

In North Carolina, at least 11 people were hurt by the winds that destroyed Corona’s home, but none seriously.

“We just thank God that everyone is safe,” said Corona, who had some cuts on her leg.

Nearby, Douvhen Hanby was in his backyard when he saw the fast-moving funnel cloud head toward his house. He scrambled inside and yelled for his wife and four children to “hit the floor” in the living room. Seconds later, the house began shaking.

When the winds died down about two minutes later, the family — and their home — were more or less fine. Hanby ran to the next door to a neighbor’s mobile home, which had been shredded.

He dug through the rubble with his hands, looking for the woman and four children. He found them curled up in a ball under some pieces of tin.

“They were scared, shaking. Then when it hit them they were alive, they started crying,” he said.

About a mile away, Jack Hambrick, was watching TV when he saw that a line of thunderstorms and possible tornadoes were heading in his direction. When he heard the winds whip up outside his home, told his wife and daughter to head to a back bedroom for safety. But he didn’t make it. The house shook and he dropped to the floor in the living room. The furniture began swirling in the room and he kept his head down. “I just wanted them to be OK.”

They were, but when it was over a few minutes later, his roof and most of his walls were gone. The house was ruined.

“What are you going to do? I have a skylight,” he joked.

But then he turned serious.

“We were lucky,” he said. “Very lucky.”

Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in world wonders voting

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, a UNESCO heritage site, has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders.  

Ha Long Bay

The voting, organized by New Open World, is available at

The positive result is thanks to Quang Ninh province’s efforts in boosting information dissemination and promotion of the image of Ha Long Bay to foreign friends.

The province has also developed tourism linkages with other provinces nationwide, especially the country’s five biggest tourism centres.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has planned a promotion campaign and asked Quang Ninh province to publish a tourism publication on Ha Long Bay with attached voting guidelines as well as build a game show named “Impressive Vietnam”.

Ha Long Bay is drawing the attention of tourists from both road and waterways, helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year with estimated revenue of VND2.3 trillion (US$115).

Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay ranks 2nd in world wonders voting

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

Vietnam ’s Ha Long Bay won second largest number of international votes over the past four weeks in the campaign voting for the world’s seven new natural wonders.

                          Ha Long Bay

The information was released by the NewOpenWorld on its website on August 16.

The voting for Ha Long Bay has achieved satisfactory results in several countries like Japan , the Republic of Korea , France and Mexico .

Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked with the Ha Long Bay Management Board to open a photo exhibition in New York City of the US from August 11-18.

In the coming time, a wide range of activities to vote for Ha Long Bay will continue to take place in many countries across the world.

To voted for Ha Long bay, twice recognised by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, please visit the website

Source: SGGP

Donovan injury-time goal puts US in 2nd round

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

Over and over, everything seemed to go against them. A referee took away a win last week, and a linesman disallowed another goal Wednesday.

Now there was just 3 1/2 minutes left in their World Cup, just that much remaining until all the doubts about American soccer would rise again.

United States’ Landon Donovan holds a United States flag in celebration after winning the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

But then, in one of the most stunning turnarounds in World Cup history, Landon Donovan scored on a lightning fast counterattack 45 seconds into 4 minutes of injury time. With the most amazing late-game moment in American soccer, the United States beat Algeria 1-0 and reached the World Cup’s second round.

“This team embodies what the American spirit is about,” Donovan said. “We had a goal disallowed the other night, We had another good goal disallowed tonight. But we just keep going. And I think that’s what people admire so much about Americans. And I’m damn proud.”

Former President Bill Clinton lingered in the locker room for 45 minutes after the game to congratulate the players. When Donovan scored, raucous cheers erupted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and even in White House auditoriums in Washington, D.C., according to e-mails sent to U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.

“That’s probably going to capture more people’s attention than if we won the game 3-0 and it was easy,” American goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “That emotion, that passion is what American sports fans thrive on.”

The United States won its first World Cup match in eight years and finished atop its first-round group for the first time since the original World Cup in 1930. With a quick turnaround, the Americans play Ghana on Saturday night in Rustenburg for a spot in the quarterfinals. Ghana won the final match of the opening round against the Americans to knock them out of the tournament in Germany four years ago.

Clint Dempsey appeared to score in the 21st minute off the rebound of Herculez Gomez’s shot. But the goal was called offside.

Dempsey’s 12-yard shot off Jozy Altidore’s cross clanked off the far post in the 57th minute, and when the rebound came back to Dempsey, he put the follow shot wide to the near side.

“You shake it out of your head and keep on fighting,” Dempsey said.

Knowing England was ahead of Slovenia at the half, the U.S. put in offensive substitutes, first Benny Feilhaber at the start of the second half, then Edson Buddle in the 64th and finally DaMarcus Beasley in the 81st.

“The second half wasn’t a soccer game — it was more like … a track meet. Back and forth, back and forth, both teams are so desperate,” Howard said.

Howard started the counter-attack that led to the goal when he knocked down an Algerian shot and rolled the ball to Donovan on the right flank. Donovan moved upfield and passed ahead to Jozy Altidore just inside the 18-yard box.

“Landon kind of knows me a little bit,” Howard said. “He breaks out when I get the ball and it’s kind of easy to find him.”

Altidore’s right-footed cross was flicked by Dempsey as he crashed into goalkeeper Rais Bolhi.

“I couldn’t chip it over the keeper, so I just tried to hit it under him — hit it hard,” Dempsey said.

As Dempsey tumbled over the goalkeeper, the ball rolled back out. In ran Donovan, who with a right-footed shot from 7 yards, slammed the ball into the lower left corner. It was the first injury-time goal that lifted a nation into the knockout phase since Uruguay’s Daniel Fonseca scored against South Korea in 1990, according to STATS LLC.

“The moment kind of slowed down for me. It was as much a reaction as anything,” Donovan said. “I kind of hesitated. I didn’t know if he was going to play it across the goal or try to cut it back to me. Once he played it in front of the goal, I didn’t sprint, but I kept my run going and once it popped off the goalie, then I picked up a little to get there.”

After his U.S. record 44th international goal, Donovan joyously ran to the corner flag, sliding headfirst in a belly flop, and his teammates ran down the touchline to mob him.

“A lot of kisses. A little uncomfortable,” Donovan said. “It’s something I’ll have imbedded in my mind forever.”

When the game ended, Donovan kicked the final ball into the stands.

“Someone got a nice souvenir,” he said.

He was in tears and even 30 minutes later his eyes watered and voice cracked as he talked about the goal. The field long empty, American fans remained in the stands, still cheering, waving the Stars and Stripes and blowing vuvuzelas.

As a 20-year-old in 2002, Donovan scored two goals and became a star. But expectations became crushing in 2006, went he went scoreless. With his fourth World Cup goal, Donovan tied Bert Patenaude (1930) as the American leader.

“I’ve been through a lot in the last four years,” Donovan said with tears in his eyes. “And I’m so glad it culminated this way. It makes me believe in good in the world. When you try to do things the right way, that’s good to see them get rewarded.”

The United States finished a World Cup game with a shutout for just the fifth time in 28 matches (7-16-5) and topped Group C with 5 points.

England (1-0-2), which beat Slovenia 1-0 moments earlier, also had five points but finished second because the U.S. scored four goals to two for the English. Slovenia (1-1-1) was third with four points, missing advancing because of Donovan’s heroics. Algeria (0-2-1) was last with one point.

The Desert Foxes were making their third World Cup appearance following first-round elimination in 1982 and 1986. Algeria was the fourth African team to exit the first World Cup on African soil, following Cameroon, Nigeria and host South Africa.

“I think that Africa is on the right road,” coach Rabah Saadane said. “What we need in our national teams and squads is stability and a lot of discipline, and I think in a few years time, Africa will have among the best teams in the world.”

Dempsey needed four stitches to close a cut on his lip.

It was yet another late goal for the United States, which came from behind to tie England 1-1 in its opener, then rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit against Slovenia and would have won had Maurice Edu’s 85th-minute goal been allowed. In six of the final 10 qualifiers, the Americans gave up the first goals — but they bounced back to win three of those games and tie two others.

“That was a really special feeling,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “These guys put a lot into it, they never quit.

“We’re proud. We finished first in our group. Five points, didn’t lose a match. So we’re ready.”

Howard bounced up and down in elation after the game. Feilhaber took a water bottle and sprayed his teammates, and it felt as good as champagne.

“We’re not done yet,” Donovan said. “We believe, man. We’re alive, baby.”

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to compete in 10 events at 2nd Asian Beach Games

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

Premier Skills kicks off 2nd phase

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Premier Skills kicks off 2nd phase

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:32 (GMT+7)

The Premier Skills project began a second-phase workshop for 30 learners from Vietnam, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea in HCM City on May 10.

Eight of the learners were Vietnamese, including reporters, physical education teachers, and sports and football managers.

The course will last until May 15.

Premier Skills is an innovative international coaching development project run in partnership by the Premier League and the British Council.

It provides week-long courses to help young people develop into multi-skilled community coaches by enhancing their football coaching skills, community leadership and English language ability.

The first phase of Premier Skills was carried out in Hanoi last February, focusing on football coaching skills and community development activities.

Source: VNA

Photo: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Premier Skills to kick off 2nd phase in HCM City

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Premier Skills to kick off 2nd phase in HCM City

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:3 (GMT+7)

Close to 30 learners from Vietnam, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea will participate in a second-phase training course of the Premier Skills project to be held in Ho Chi Minh City from May 10-15. 

Premier Skills is an innovative international coaching development project run in partnership by the Premier League and the British Council.

It provides week-long courses to help young people become multi-skilled community coaches by enhancing their football coaching skills, community leadership and English language skills. 

In addition to Premier Skills football coaching and skills development sessions, the project provides a resource for learners and teachers of English all over the world to arouse interest in both football and language learning. 

The participants in the HCM City course, eight of them are Vietnamese, will include reporters, teachers of physical training and sports and football managers. 

They will be assisted to develop English skills via audio-visual documents about the Premier League. 

The first phase of Premier Skills was carried out in Hanoi in February 2009, focusing on football coaching skills and community development activities. 

Premier Skills has developed into the Premier League’s flagship international development football project following a successful pilot phase in 2007 and 2008.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

60 villages to participate in 2nd Vietnam Craft Festival

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

60 villages to participate in 2nd Vietnam Craft Festival

QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

The second Vietnam Traditional Craft Village Festival 2010 will be held in Da Nang City between May 19th and 23rd.

According to the organisers, there will be 100 pavilions of 60 craft villages nationwide to showcase traditional handicrafts at the festival.

In addition to the displays of handicrafts, visitors will witness craftspeople making goods and participate in Vietnamese folk games.

The Vietnam Traditional Craft Village Festival aims to honor craft villages and craftspeople as well as preserve the national traditional quintessence.

It also serves as a venue for domestic and international craftspeople to exchange experience and boost cooperation.    

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

VN to export 2 m tonnes of rice in 2nd quarter

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

VN to export 2 m tonnes of rice in 2nd quarter

QĐND – Saturday, April 10, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

Local food companies expect to export around 2.1 million tonnes of rice in the second quarter of this year, according to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA).

The VFA said demand on the world rice market remains unstable, driving down the short-term prices for the staple.

At present, Vietnamese exporters are still finalizing contracts to export 800,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines. Yet, 25 percent of the package has been sold through foreign intermediaries at relatively low prices.

Pham Van Bay, VFA Vice President said local exporters are now facing more competitive contestants – Myanmar and Pakistan–which offer rice at lower prices.

Therefore, he said, the VFA will provide flexible guidance to farmers and companies in order to increase their exports to the world in the coming time.

The VFA advised farmers not to hastily sell off their stores, confirming that the second state acquisition of rice, 500,000 tonnes, will be conducted at the unchanged price level of 4,000 VND (over 0.2 USD) per kg of unhusked rice.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND