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Ha Tinh Province announces existence of blue ear epidemic

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

Ha Tinh Province on December 3 announced the existence of blue ear epidemic in some communes and it had destroyed 51 pigs in Thach Hoi and Thach Van.

File photo shows that pigs are destroyed in Ha Tinh Province.

More than 60 pigs in two communes Thach Hoi and Thach Van in Thach Ha District, central province of Ha Tinh had been infected with blue-ear disease from November 18-29.

The provincial Department of Animal Health has worked with localities to sterilise and set up quarantine points. The province has directed localities to strictly implement measures to stamp out and prevent the spread of the disease.

According to the agriculture ministry, the blue-ear disease, also known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), affected thousands of pigs.

PRRS in pigs is caused by the Lelstad virus, which causes ears to turn blue, appetite loss, high fever, miscarriage, premature delivery, coughing, respiratory problems, and death in extreme cases.


Source: SGGP

Cuba announces date for important party congress

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

Hanoi Railway Station announces Tet sales

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

US announces climate change help for Mekong region

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

HANOI, July 22, 2010 (AFP) – The United States on Thursday announced a three-year programme to help countries in the Mekong River basin adapt to the impact of climate change on water resources, food security and livelihoods.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the pledge at a Hanoi meet with Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong region, whose waterway is also under threat from rapid economic development and expanding populations.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) attends the 2nd Lower Mekong – US Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi on July 22, 2010. AFP

“Managing this resource and defending it against threats like climate change and infectious disease is a transnational challenge,” she told the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Regional cooperation is essential to meeting that challenge, to preserving the ecological diversity and fertility of the Mekong region.”

The meeting was the first between the five ministers since they launched the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) in Thailand a year ago to develop cooperation on environment, health, education and infrastructure issues in the Mekong region.

The initiative was seen as an attempt by Washington to improve its profile in the region and counter the influence of China, which is home to the upper reaches of the Mekong.

The United States has said it will spend more than 187 million dollars this year under the initiative, the majority of which is directed at health issues.

Low-lying areas around the Mekong, which have been beset by drought this year, are considered some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change.

More than 60 million people rely in some way on the river, which is the world’s largest inland fishery.

The intergovernmental Mekong River Commission has warned that the basin’s health and the river’s eco-systems could be threatened by proposed dams and expanding populations.

China has eight planned or existing dams on the Mekong River, but rejects activists’ claims that these have contributed to low water levels downstream.

Japan also held a meeting with the Mekong countries in Hanoi on Wednesday to discuss a joint “Green Mekong” initiative for the next decade, which aims to tackle challenges such as natural disasters and deforestation.

Source: SGGP

Clinton announces new sanctions against NKorea

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

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday that Washington will impose new sanctions on  North Korea in a bid to stem the regime’s illicit atomic ambitions.

Clinton, speaking at a joint news conference in Seoul after holding unprecedented security talks with U.S. and South Korean defense and military officials, said the sanctions were part of measures designed to rein in the regime’s nuclear activities by stamping out illegal moneymaking ventures used to fund the program.

“These measures are not directed at the people of North Korea, who have suffered too long due to the misguided priorities of their government,” Clinton said. “They are directed at the destabilizing, illicit, and provocative policies pursued by that government.”

U.S. Army Col. Kurt Taylor, right, briefs U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 2nd right, at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Seoul, South Korea.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed stiff sanctions on North Korea in recent years to punish the regime for defying the world body by testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, and illegally selling arms and weapons.

With few allies and diminishing sources of aid, impoverished North Korea is believed to be turning to illicit ventures to raise much-needed cash. Pyongyang also walked away last year from a disarmament-for-aid pact with five other nations that had provided the country with fuel oil and other concessions.

Clinton, making a high-profile trip to South Korea with Defense Secretary Robert Gates just four months after the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, urged North Korea to turn away from its path toward continued isolation.

“From the beginning of the Obama Administration, we have made clear that there is a path open to the DPRK to achieve the security and international respect it seeks,” she said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“North Korea can cease its provocative behavior, halt its threats and belligerence towards its neighbors, take irreversible steps to fulfill its denuclearization commitments and comply with international law,” Clinton said.

Source: SGGP

State announces new four laws

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

State announces new four laws

QĐND – Friday, July 09, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The State President Office announced the promulgation of four laws on food safety, child adoption, trade arbitrator and enforcement of criminal verdicts at a press briefing in Hanoi on July 8.

The laws were adopted by the 12th National Assembly at its seventh meeting.

The five-chapter, 52-article Law on Child Adoption provides for regulations to ensure adopted children enjoy the best benefits when they are raised, cared and educated in their adoptive family.

It details child adoption inside the country, child adoption involved foreign elements, and responsibilities of State agencies in the field.

In article 8, the law regulates that children below 16 years old are offered for adoption. Under current law, children up to 15 years old can be adopted.

The law will come into force on January 1st, 2011.

The Law on Food Safety reserves the entire chapter III to prescribe conditions on food safety. This is a completely new chapter compared with the Ordinance on Food Safety and Hygiene.

Differing from the ordinance, the law has provisions for small-size food production establishments and businesses and a special item prescribing safety conditions for street food.

The Law on Enforcement of Criminal Verdicts consists of 15 chapters with 182 articles, providing for the operation, tasks, and authority of competent agencies in charge of executing criminal sentences, jail sentences, death penalty, suspension sentences, warnings, re-education without custody, and other contents.

Articles 44, 46, 47 and 48 regulate that the State is responsible for providing clothing and personal effects for prisoners and ensure prisoners take part in physical, sport and cultural activities, meet their relatives, receive gifts, and have communications and healthcare services, reflecting the humanity of law and lenient policy of the State.

Article 45 lays down special regulations on mechanisms to be applied for women prisoners who are pregnant or raising child under 36 months to assist them in protecting and raising their children.

Article 59 of the law, which will take effect from July 1, 2011, provides that death penalty will be carried out with lethal injection.

The Trade Arbitration Law provides for the definition of legal relations between trade arbitrators and court, the procuracy and the law enforcement force.

With clearly-defined regulations, the law will help judiciary agencies and the arbitrators’ council as well as concerned parties in dispute settle specific cases smoothly.

The Ministry of Justice is authorized to license the establishment of a trade arbitrators’ association.

The 13-chapter, 82-article law will come into force on January 1, 2011.

Source: VNA

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Al-Qaeda announces death of top leader Yazid: SITE

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

KABUL (AFP) – Al-Qaeda has announced the death of a trusted aide to Osama bin Laden and its top leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the SITE group which monitors Islamist websites said on Tuesday.

Yazid, an Egyptian national also known as Sheikh Said, was said to be a founder member of Al-Qaeda and a former treasurer to bin Laden.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid seen on al-Qaeda’s as-Sahab Media in February. AFP file

The SITE statement did not say how Yazid died, but said the message from Al-Qaeda to jihadist forums said his wife, three of his daughters, his granddaughter, and other men, women, and children, were killed.

Yazid was on the list of individuals, organisations and charities whose assets were frozen by the US Treasury in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was Yazid who transferred funds via Dubai for Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Wal al-Shehri, three of the September 11 hijackers who flew aircraft into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

Yazid, said to be a former member of the Egyptian Jihad, has appeared in a number of videos released by Al-Qaeda since he first appeared as head of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in May 2007.

His last public statement was in a message released on May 4, SITE said.

Source: SGGP

Toyota to pay record US fine, announces Lexus recalls

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government warned Monday that it was not done investigating Toyota after the Japanese automaker announced more recalls and agreed to pay a record 16.4-million-dollar fine.

“By failing to report known safety problems as it is required to do under the law, Toyota put consumers at risk,” US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

“I am pleased that Toyota has accepted responsibility for violating its legal obligations to report any defects promptly.”

A Lexus GX 460 SUV is seen traveling on a highway on April 13, in Sunrise, Florida. AFP photo

Toyota failed to disclose a “sticky pedal” defect for at least four months despite knowing the potential risk to consumers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

Under federal law, automakers are required to disclose defects within five business days.

Meanwhile Monday the company also announced a formal recall of nearly 20,000 affected Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicles in the United States, Canada and Europe after a US consumer magazine warned of a rollover danger.

Toyota said in a statement that it “denies NHTSA’s allegation that it violated the Safety Act or its implementing regulations” and regrets that the agency chose to levy a fine.

“We believe we made a good faith effort to investigate this condition and develop an appropriate counter-measure,” the world’s largest automaker said in a statement.

“We have acknowledged that we could have done a better job of sharing relevant information within our global operations and outside the company, but we did not try to hide a defect to avoid dealing with a safety problem.”

Toyota said it agreed to pay the fine “in order to avoid a protracted dispute and possible litigation, as well as to allow us to move forward fully-focused on the steps to strengthen our quality assurance operations.”

It is the largest civil fine against an automaker ever sought by US authorities and relates to defects that affected 2.3 million vehicles recalled in the United States in January.

A lawyer representing Toyota owners seeking compensation for a loss in resale value in a massive class action suit rejected Toyota’s protestations of innocence.

“Usually people that are innocent don’t pay 16.4 million dollars for the fun of it,” Tim Howard told AFP.

“What else can they say? By the way I’m liable for ripping off and endangering the American consumer? They have four or five billion reasons not to say that,” he said, in reference to the damages Toyota could be liable for in civil suits.

Toyota has come under intense scrutiny after it issued roughly 10.5 million recall notices worldwide in the last seven months.

Toyota executives were hauled over the coals in the US Congress earlier this year and the company’s previously stellar reputation for safety was left in tatters.

More than 50 deaths in the United States have been blamed on defects that allegedly caused the vehicles to speed uncontrollably and Toyota faces a slew of legal challenges in US courts.

In March, the US government announced a series of investigations into the causes of “unintended acceleration” in Toyotas and other brands of cars, calling in NASA space agency engineers to help.

The Department of Transportation plans to buy cars that are suspected of unintended acceleration and subject them to a battery of tests.

The NHTSA is itself under fire for allegedly failing to adequately review consumer complaints about Toyota and other cars, but it is the beleaguered Japanese carmaker that remains in the spotlight for now.

Toyota overtook General Motors in 2008 as the world’s top automaker. But the safety issues that have recently bedeviled it have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become number one.

The latest blow to the company’s reputation came just last week.

Toyota suspended production and global sales of the Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle Thursday after US magazine Consumer Reports gave the SUV a rare “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” rating because of a rollover danger.

On Monday, it announced a formal recall of nearly 20,000 affected vehicles in the United States, Canada and Europe and said “vigorous testing” had found a remedy for problems with the vehicle stability control system.

Toyota said it has implemented a number of measures to respond more rapidly when customer complain of problems with their vehicles and to improve its overall quality standards.

“We are proud of the vehicles that Toyota produces and are confident they are among the safest on the road,” the automaker said in a statement.

Source: SGGP

Health ministry announces 3 swine-flu deaths

In Vietnam Health on January 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

A sensor checks the body temperature of passengers at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to detect suspected swine flu cases (File photo: Tuoi Tre)

The Ministry of Health said January 20 that three people died of swine flu, including two children.

A two-year-old girl in Tien Hai District, Thai Binh Province, died after contracting the A/H1N1 virus, which caused serious malnutrition and rickets.

The other child to die was an eight-year-old boy in Lang Son Province who was first transferred to the Bac Giang Hospital and then the Central Children’s Hospital in Hanoi where he passed away. 

The third death was that of a man, 39, in Y Yen District, Nam Dinh Province, who died after being transferred to the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital in Hanoi from the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, where he was being treated for a blood-related disease.

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Intel announces scholarships for engineering students

In Vietnam Education on January 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

(File) Intel grants scholarships to 49 students on May 29, 2009 at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.

Intel Products Vietnam Ltd. Co. announced January 11 a scholarship program starting next July for third- and fourth-year technology students.

Together with the US’ Portland University, it will grant scholarships to 20-25 students from the University of Technology, International University, University of Education and Techniques, HCM City University of Science, and Danang University of Technology, among others.

After graduation in June 2012, the students will return to Vietnam and work for the company in Ho Chi Minh City.

Candidates can register at from January 15 to February 15.

Intel’s US$1 billion chip plant in the city is expected to open in the second quarter of this year.

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