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More than 7,000 poor women nationwide receive houses

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

More than 7,000 poor women nationwide receive houses

QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:29 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee announced at a meeting on January 6 that its local chapters have raised more than VND64 billion to help build 7,000 houses for women in difficult circumstances.  

Last year, a campaign to build houses for poor women was launched nationwide and receive valuable support from international and domestic businesses, organizations, benefactors and local union members, said Tran Thanh Binh Vice President of the VWU Central Committee.

The Vice President highlighted great efforts made by provinces, cities, the union’s chapters and members in building houses for poor women.

The VWU Central Committee urges its local chapters to continue with the “Day for the Poor Women” campaign and ensure that at least two poor women will receive new houses a day this year.

The VWU Central Committee granted certificates of merit to 12 most outstanding students who achieved the highest markets at the university entrance exams in 2010.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Over 7,200 public, private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Over 7,200 public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City do not have standard wastewater treatment systems, the Department of Health has reported.

These medical clinics have only rudimentary systems at the best and discharged their wastewater into septic tanks, which are then released into the sewerage system.

The old waste water treatment facilities of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Over 7,200 public and private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system or the old facilities can’t meet the increase in usage

Approximately 45 central, city and district hospitals and private clinics, have not improved their wastewater treatment systems and the old systems cannot satisfy the increase in usage. The wastewater system is overloaded.

Hospitals said they are short of skill personnel in dealing with the issue, while the relevant agencies have yet to penalize any hospital or clinic that do not meet the requirements of a modern waste treatment system.

However, the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment has fined the Mental Hospital in District 5. The hospital was fined VND6 million and was forced to quickly construct a modern standard wastewater treatment facility.

Hospitals in the city have dumped thousands cubic meters of wastewater into the river environments every day.

Source: SGGP

Gold Star Order for Military Zone 7

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

On its 65th anniversary, Military Zone 7 was presented with the Gold Star Order for the second time in its 65 year history.

Established in 1945, military zone 7 has constantly made great effort in fulfilling its political and military mission and continuously contributed to the country’s defence and military reconstruction.

Zone 7 was the core backbone of the main armed forces of the South and contributed greatly towards many triumphant victories during the resistant wars.

On the occasion of the 65th anniversary the zone’s 29 teams and 3 individuals were granted the title of Hero of the people’s armed forces.

Sai Gon Giai Phong showed visuals of the daily life and training methods of soldiers during peacetime.


Military Zone 7 soldiers during routine training

Drill at training ground

Soldiers are ready to struggle


Soldiers conduct the patrol on the sea

Overflow with joy or pleasure

Soldiers gather by water well

Source: SGGP

Qatar Airways expanding Vietnam network with 7 more flights

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Qatar Airways is expanding its operations in Vietnam, a fast-growing market in Asia, where the Middle East airline has already been flying from Doha to Ho Chi Minh City.

The flag carrier of Qatar announced Oct. 4 that from November 1 this year, Hanoi would become its second network point in the country, with four weekly flights to Doha operating via Bangkok.

This file photo shows Qatar Airways personnel at the Qatar Airways pavilion in an international travel expo in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2008 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Qatar Airways said it would launch a third daily flight to the Thai capital November 1. The additional Bangkok service will continue to Vietnam with four of the flights heading onwards to the Vietnamese capital and three onto Ho Chi Minh City, making the HCMC route a daily service.

The new daily service means four direct flights and three via Bangkok.

Meanwhile, the flights to Hanoi will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

“Our third daily flight to Bangkok will create further connectivity across our network into Thailand and also allows us to improve our services to Vietnam where we already fly to Ho Chi Minh City and look forward to adding Hanoi to our schedules,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in the announcement.

Beginning October 12, Qatar Airways operates six flights a week to Thailand’s Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.

Akbar Al Baker added in the statement, “With Phuket and Hanoi coming online around the same time, Qatar Airways will soon operate to two destinations each in Vietnam and Thailand and we are thrilled to be able to offer the traveling public these exciting destinations and, with it, offer more choice.”

The travel market in Asia is experiencing significant growth, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Remarking the growth, Baker said, “IATA statistics have passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region up over 10 per cent on the previous year. The timing of Qatar Airways’ expansion drive in Asia couldn’t be better to take advantage of this increase in traffic.”

Both Emirates and Etihad Airways, two other major Middle East airlines, are not serving Vietnam.

In March 2007, Qatar Airways launched its Doha – Ho Chi Minh City route with four non-stop direct flights.

Source: SGGP

Myanmar to hold general election on November 7

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

YANGON, Aug 13, 2010 (AFP) – Myanmar announced Friday it will hold its first election in two decades on November 7.

Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from standing in the polls because she is a serving prisoner.

A group of former NLD members has formed a new party, the National Democratic Force (NDF), to stand in the election — a move that has put it at odds with Suu Kyi, who was opposed to participating in the polls.

Without Suu Kyi, few think the NDF — or any other opposition group — could repeat the NLD’s landslide victory in 1990.

So far 40 parties have been allowed to register to stand in the polls. 

Source: SGGP

Australia’s ‘Dr Death’ surgeon gets 7 years

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Indian-born surgeon dubbed “Doctor Death” was jailed for seven years in Australia on Thursday for the manslaughter of three patients and for injuring another with needless and botched operations.

Jayant Patel, 60, was facing a maximum life sentence after a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of criminal negligence at Queensland’s Bundaberg Base Hospital.

(AFP file) A Portland, Oregon police photo of Jayant Patel

“The community denounces your repeated serious disregard for the welfare of the four patients,” Judge John Byrne told the court.

The seven-year term was less than the 10 years requested by prosecutors but harsher than the suspended sentence urged by Patel’s lawyers. Patel will be eligible for release on parole after three-and-a-half years.

The prosecution had argued Patel was “motivated by ego and suffering from lack of insight” and was criminally negligent in operating on Gerry Kemp, 77, Mervyn Morris, 75, and James Phillips, 46, who all died.

The fourth patient, Ian Vowles, 63, suffered serious injuries when Patel removed his healthy bowel.

“Three lives were lost and Mr. Vowles will suffer for the rest of his life,” Byrne said.

He added that Patel deliberately hid the fact that he had been found guilty of gross negligence in the United States before taking the job at Bundaberg, and was banned from doing the kind of operations he performed in Australia.

“The order for your surgical misadventures in Oregon gave very good reason to reflect before commending surgery to patients in Bundaberg … yet you told no one about the order,” the judge said.

An official inquiry into Queensland state’s health system prompted by Patel’s case linked him to numerous fatalities at Bundaberg hospital, and local politician Rob Messenger said there were at least 87 deaths under his watch.

Source: SGGP

Microsoft profit soars with Windows 7 sales

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

US software giant Microsoft has said that revenues surged to a record high in the recent quarter as Windows 7 operating system succeeded where its predecessor failed.

operating system succeeded where its predecessor failed.

Microsoft reported that its net profit in the quarter ending March 31 climbed 35 percent to 4.01 billion dollars.

The firm’s revenue hit a record 14.50 billion dollars in the quarter, up six percent over the same period a year ago.

“Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox Live and our emerging cloud services,” said Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein on Thursday.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (right) is joined by a Windows project manager at an electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Microsoft said revenue from its Windows computer operating system was up 28 percent over a year ago, driven by strong demand for the latest version, Windows 7.

“Business customers are beginning to refresh their desktops and the momentum of Windows 7 continues to be strong,” chief operating officer Kevin Turner said.

Strong profit due to droves flocking to Microsoft’s new operating system is a strong sign of the pent-up demand created when people shunned its predecessor Vista.

Microsoft released Windows 7 to the world in October as it tried to regain its stride after an embarrassing stumble with Vista.

While computer users may not give much thought to operating systems that serve as the brains of their machines, the programs are at the heart of Microsoft’s global software empire.

Microsoft operating systems run more than 90 percent of the world’s computers.

The failure of Vista to catch on hurt Microsoft competitively, giving Apple the opportunity to woo PC users to Mac.

Apple reported stellar quarterly earnings this week, citing factors that included lots of people buying Macintosh machines for the first time.

Microsoft apparently learned a lesson from Vista and worked closely with computer makers, users and software developers while crafting Windows 7.

Some say consumers snatching up Windows 7 or machines pre-loaded with the software is a sign that the economy is on the mend.

“Microsoft is a phenomenal bellwether for technology spending,” analyst Rob Enderle said. “If they go up, it is one of the strongest indications that the tech market is improving.”

Windows 7 is installed on more than 10 percent of computers worldwide, making it the fastest selling operating system in Microsoft’s history, according to Klein.

Data released by industry-tracker IDC shows that personal computer sales rebounded at the end of last year and that momentum has carried into 2010.

Further good news for the technology industry came in the form of computer chip titan Intel nearly quadrupling its profit in the first three months of this year.

“We are encouraged by improving market conditions taking shape,” Klein said during an earnings webcast.

Wall Street had anticipated strong earnings from Microsoft since computer sales appeared to be picking up.

“Increased earnings in an improving but still troubled market is always good news,” Enderle said. “But we are not out of the woods yet.”

March was the 10th consecutive month of slight gains in search share for Bing, which Microsoft unveiled in June accompanied by a 100-million-dollar advertising campaign in a bid to challenge search juggernaut Google.

Bing’s share of the US search market rose to 11.7 percent in March from 11.5 percent in February, according to Web analytics firm comScore.

Google remained the overwhelming leader of the lucrative US search and advertising market with 65.1 percent in March.

Microsoft saw online advertising revenue climb 19 percent and expects its growth to outpace the overall market. Klein said the benefits of a deal to use Bing for searches on Yahoo! should begin kicking in later this year.

Yahoo! and Microsoft unveiled a 10-year Web search and advertising partnership in July that set the stage for a joint offensive against Google.

Microsoft is still losing more money than it makes in online operations, spending a lot of cash to gain ground in search advertising, according to financial analyst blogger Henry Blodget.

Source: SGGP

Nearly VND 7,000 billion to be invested in Nghi Son

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Nearly VND 7,000 billion to be invested in Nghi Son

QĐND – Monday, March 29, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

VND 200 billion is planned to be invested in the Nghi Son Economic Zone to build and develop the infrastructure there.

That will bring the total investment in infrastructure in the zone in 5 years (2006-2010) up to VND 1,231 billion, of which VND 915.4 billion comes from the State budget, VND 213.6 from Thanh Hoa Province and VND 102 billion from PetroVietnam.

So far, 28 infrastructure projects have been finished, 22 projects are underway and 15 others about to break ground this year.

Recently, the province and the Nghi Son management board have decided to further pour VND 6,819 billion into infrastructure in the period of 1011-2015.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Prime rate to stay unchanged at 7 percent

In Vietnam Economy on October 24, 2009 at 3:01 am

Prime rate to stay unchanged at 7 percent

QĐND – Friday, October 23, 2009, 21:14 (GMT+7)

The State Bank of Vietnam would keep the prime interest rate unchanged at 7 percent in the last quarter to sustain the economic recovery, its chief said.

Governor Nguyen Van Giau said increasing the rate would send prices rising and generally make economy uncompetitive.

“The economy continues to show clear signs of recovery,” he added.

Growth in deposits and credit dropped respectively from 10.65 percent and 12.45 percent in the second quarter this year to 4.44 percent and 7.58 percent in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, deposits were expected to grow by 0.27 percent a week, he said, meaning they could only rise by a maximum of 2.1 percent in the next eight weeks.

With deposits expected to remain at modest levels, credit growth too was unlikely to be high, he said.

Source: VNA

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Japan’s jobless rate falls for 1st time in 7 months

In World on October 2, 2009 at 6:42 am

Japan‘s jobless rate fell unexpectedly for the first time in seven months in August while consumer spending rose, data showed Friday, boosting hopes the economy is healing after its worst slump in decades.

Massive stimulus spending and rebounding exports are nursing the world’s number two economy back to health, but there is a risk that the recovery may stall at some point as the impact of pump-priming measures fade, analysts said.

The jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent in August, from a record high of 5.7 percent in July, the government said. The improvement surprised markets, which had anticipated a figure of 5.8 percent.

“The job market is still bad but is coming out of the worst period,” said UBS economist Takuji Aida.

Even so the unemployment rate will stay high for a country that once boasted a job-for-life culture, he said.

The number of people out of work stood at 3.61 million in August, up 890,000 from the same month of 2008 — the 10th straight year-on-year increase.

Household spending rose by 2.6 percent in August from a year earlier, reversing a drop of 2.0 percent in July, the government said.

Together with the drop in the jobless rate and a rise in retail sales, “the spending number raised a possibility that the state of the household sector has improved more than we had expected,” said JP Morgan economist Masamichi Adachi.

But “it looks too early to judge that the households are now gaining strength,” he added, noting that the effect of stimulus measures would eventually fade.

Pedestrians are seen crossing a street in downtown Tokyo

While the job market slump appears to be easing slightly, conditions remain tough for people looking for work, with only 42 offers for every 100 jobseekers in August, matching a record low set in July.

There are concerns that unemployment could worsen again later this year as firms continue to restructure and as the effect of pump-priming measures such as government incentives to buy cars in Japan and overseas begin to wear off.

The jobless rate may rise to as high as 6.0 percent by the end of the year, said Susumu Kato, chief Japan economist at the Calyon investment bank.

“August labour market indicators appeared to stop worsening but this can’t be understood as a turnaround in job market conditions,” he warned.

However, “recent sustained gains in industrial production could help to increase employment among some manufacturing sectors,” he said.

Japan’s factory output rose for a sixth straight month in August, the longest unbroken expansion in 12 years, earlier data showed.

Many Japanese companies, particularly exporters, moved swiftly to cut jobs and production in response to a slump in demand caused by the global economic downturn.

Some companies are now starting to hire again after the economy grew in April-June for the first time in five quarters.

Toyota Motor said this week that it would take on 1,600 temporary workers because sales were recovering more strongly than expected.

But deflation remains a worry for Japan and domestic demand is relatively subdued, weighed down by weak wages and people’s fears of losing their jobs.

Average household income fell 2.0 percent in August from a year earlier, following a 0.2 percent rise in July.

The results of the Bank of Japan’s closely watched Tankan business survey showed Thursday that corporate executives were less gloomy for a second straight quarter but the outlook for profits and investment remains bleak.

Source: SGGP