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Another officer of listed pharmacist Vien Dong arrested

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

Another official of the drug maker Vien Dong was arrested for manipulating share prices, according to the market watchdog.

Le Van Dung (left) shakes hand with an official of the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (

Nguyen Van Viet, member of Vien Dong Joint-Stock Company’s Board of Director, was taken into custody for manipulating share prices, the State Securities Commission of Vietnam said on its website on December 6.

In the same day, the stock market watchdog also asked the pharmaceutical firm listing on the Ho Chi Minh City bourse to inform its shareholders within 24 hours.

Earlier police kept three other officials under a temporary detention for the same violation. They include former chairman of the Board of Directors and general director Le Van Dung, his brother Le Van Manh, and deputy general director and chief accountant Cao Hong Van.

Dung and some other people reportedly created various share trading accounts to manipulate share price of the drug producer Ha Tay (DHT) listing on the Hanoi Stock Exchange.

He also set up many companies run by his friends and relatives to manipulate his own firm’s revenue.

Source: SGGP

Another aquatic protection area established in Hue

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

Indonesian volcano claims another 35 lives

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

France braces for another pension reform protest

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

France braced for another day of street rallies against pension reform Saturday as rolling strikes cut the fuel pipeline to Paris airports and shut down most of the country’s oil refineries.

High-school students have increasingly joined the protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, with riot police firing tear gas and arresting over 200 at student rallies on Friday.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux has told police to “limit the use of force to what is strictly necessary” when dealing with the students ahead of Saturday’s protests, the fifth in less than six weeks.

Unions want to pummel the government into backing down on its pension reform plans, staging strikes on weekdays and mass demonstrations in cities at the weekend. Over 230 rallies are planned for Saturday, the CGT union said.

The strikes have shut down 10 out of 12 of France’s oil refineries, despite riot police being dispatched to keep the fuel flowing amid reports of panic buying.

The government has given oil companies permission to tap into their own emergency stocks, but has resisted calls to open the part of the French strategic fuel reserve controlled by a government committee.

Lack of supply forced the shutdown of the fuel pipeline to Paris’s two main airports as well as depots outside the capital.

The main Paris air hub, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, only has enough aviation fuel to last 48 hours, La Tribune financial daily reported, and authorities have advised planes arriving there to bring enough fuel for the return flight.

“Aviation companies are worried. Air France expecially,” the paper said.

Because of a Belgian railway workers’ strike over deadlocked negotations, all high-speed Thalys trains between Paris and Brussels will be cancelled. Eurostar trains travelling under the Channel will be unaffected.

National railway operator SNCF said that on average two out of three high-speed TGV trains would be running in and out of Paris, although only one TGV in four will run outside the capital.

The Paris metro will be running normally, with operator RATP saying that only five percent of its workers were on strike on Friday.

Unions and the Socialist opposition have vowed to defend the right to retire at 60. They accuse Sarkozy of making workers carry the burden for the failure of the financial sector, and have proposed increasing taxes on the rich.

A nationwide day of strikes and demonstrations last Tuesday brought more than a million people on to the streets, and workers in some sectors have kept up their stoppages since then. Another mass strike is planned for next Tuesday.

Despite the ongoing strikes and protests, the government showed no sign of retreating from what is a cornerstone of Sarkozy’s reform agenda as he prepares for his likely re-election battle in 2012.

Key sections of the reform have been passed by the upper house Senate and the government hopes for it to be passed in its entirety by the end of the month.

Source: SGGP

Phan Thiet has another five-star hotel on coastline

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

The five-star Sea Links Beach Hotel has started operations in Phan Thiet City, home to the resort town of Mui Ne, and plans to hold a soft opening ceremony in the middle of October 2010.

The hotel is part of Sea Links City, a complex of luxury properties owned by the Rang Dong Group including Sea Links Golf & Country Club, and golf course villas.

A panoramic view seen from the top-floor lounge of the Sea Links Beach Hotel (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

It is the first five-star beach hotel in Mui Ne, offering a magnificent view of the cape. Standing on top of a hill, the hotel offers a panorama of the sand dunes and the ocean in the distance, which is blue all year round since Phan Thiet has more than 300 sunny days a year.

The top floor is for reception and the lounge. Under it are the five levels that include 188 rooms, all facing the ocean to provide a panoramic sea view. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass windows so that guests can see an ocean view with bobbing boats, even when they relax in the bathtub. 

Frenchman Max Jean, general manager of the Sea Links Beach Hotel (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Down the hill are four swimming pools, where guests can take a closer look at the 18-hole Sea Links golf course.

Phan Thiet is about 200 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. According to the hotel’s management, chauffeur service can be arranged to pick guests up from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to Sea Links City.

Source: SGGP

AO lawsuit in another US state

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

AO lawsuit in another US state

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) is putting the finishing touches to new documents and will continue to sue a number of US chemical companies for compensation in another court outside New York.

In January 2004, VAVA filed a lawsuit against US chemical companies, including Dow Chemical and Monsanto, which supplied defoliants containing dioxin to the US army for spray in Vietnam, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. In March 2005, Judge Jack Weinstein of the court dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that there was no legal basis for the plaintiffs’ claims.

In June 2007, VAVA lodged an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the previous court’s ruling, stating that the defoliants used during the war were not intended to be used to poison humans and therefore did not violate international law. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to consider the case.

Now VAVA has decided to lodge the petition to another court outside New York to seek continued support and demand justice for the Vietnamese victims. 

VAVA Secretary General and Vice President Tran Xuan Thu gave an insight into its preparations for the lawsuit in an exclusive interview granted to VOVNews.

Reporter: Recently, the US House of Representatives opened a hearing on Agent Orange/Dioxin in Vietnam. How do you assess the results of the hearing?
Mr Thu: The hearing on July 15 was the third hearing that the US House of Representatives has conducted. Congressman Faleomaveaga put forward and has chaired all three hearings on AO/dioxin at the US Congress; the first was in May 2008 and the second in June 2009.

We think that the hearing has been rather successful and different from the previous ones. In the first hearing, there was no involvement of AO/dioxin victims only the participation of the US public. In the previous hearings, the US did not recognise the role of AO victims or the role of VAVA. The association’s Vice President Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong also acted as a scientific expert at these hearings.

During the July 2010 hearing, the US recognised the presence of the VAVA representatives and Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims. A speech delivered by Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong provided additional scientific information on AO related issues and laid a foundation for the US legislation to consider a financial settlement for AO/dioxin victims.

The presence of Tran Thi Hoan, a Vietnamese AO victim, was concrete evidence of the current lives of her compatriots, which made American politicians realize the devastating impact of AO/dioxin.

The hearing was very successful as it attracted many foreign news agencies.

Reporter: The lawsuit lodged by Vietnamese AO victims has been dismissed by the US. How does the VAVA plan to conduct future lawsuit?
Mr Thu: We conducted the previous lawsuits in a lower US court, the Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court which are all located in New York and some neighboring states. However, the ruling by the US Supreme of Court in New York is only effective in this state. But we now have the right to file lawsuit to the US Court in the future.

The VAVA is now preparing the necessary formalities to continue the lawsuit. With the support of US lawyers, we plan to file the lawsuit in another state in the US. We are striving to complete all the procedures and provide new evidence for a lawsuit in early 2011.

Reporter: With the lawsuit lasting for six years, will the US lawyers pursue it until the end?
Mr Thu: As the lawsuit in New York was finished and some lawyers have refused to get involved in it. Anyway, they have agreed to take payment when the lawsuit is successful under a contract signed with VAVA before the lawsuit began.  Therefore, now that the lawsuit in New York has ended, they bear no more responsibility for us. 

There will be new lawyers for the next lawsuit who understand us and have helped AO victims in the past.

Reporter: The lawsuit in New York has ended. Will the plaintiffs be involved in the new lawsuit?
Mr Thu: At first, there were three plaintiffs. Two of them have since passed away and the remaining will continue with the lawsuit. There have been dozens of people involved in the lawsuit as plaintiffs. They will not participate in the new lawsuit and as requested by the lawyers, we are selecting several other people.

Reporter: So far, the lawsuit has lasted for nearly six years. What must VAVA do to ensure the lawsuit does not fade away?
Mr Thu: Over the past few years, many international friends have paid attention to our case as this is a global matter, not only of concern to Vietnam. Helping AO victims is charitable work and warns organizations to stop harming people with toxic chemicals. Thanks to the support of international friends, the US is under pressure to take responsibility for AO victims through strong movements and campaigns in Vietnam, the US and around the world.

The lawsuit filed by AO victims is part of the struggle for justice.

In the future, the VAVA will work with US friends in the US such as the War Veterans for Peace will carry out struggles for justice. Currently, these organizations are coordinating with the US Congress to help Vietnamese and American AO victims. Their deeds have received support from the US House of Representatives and congressmen will be responsible for considering the lawsuit.

In addition, we will ask the US legislature to consider the AO issue which has been put forth in the US Congressional meetings.

Reporter: The US has pledged to provide assistance for Vietnamese AO victims. Recently, while attending the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Hanoi, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also vowed to enhance cooperation with Vietnam in dealing with the AO issue. What do you think about this move?
Mr Thu: The move was made after the hearing, which has helped to change the attitude and behaviour of the US Administration.

Since 2007, the US Government has allocated US$3 million from its budget for the AO issue annually. The US will provide an additional US$12 million to bring the total sum to US$15 million in 2010. The important thing is the move was officially made by senior US officials, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Assistance Secretaries, congressmen and senators who all admitted the US’s responsibility to deal with the issue.

Previously, they had taken little responsibility for AO victims, only for environmental issues. Currently, they have begun to care about the victims and change their attitude towards AO victims, who had been named as disabled or become disabled due to the AO. In the past, AO victims only received US$1 million, and the figure then increased by US$2 million. This shows that the US’s attitude towards AO victims is improving.

Over the past few years, the US had committed to ensuring environmental sanitation, however, its action have not been transparent. Nowadays, the US has specific plans and new technologies.

Reporter: Most AO victims are living in difficult conditions. Apart from helping them in their struggle for justice, what has the VAVA done to help them gain better lives?
Mr Thu: Since its establishment in 2004, the Association has called on all kind-hearted people, including children, the elderly and international friends, to lend a helping hand to AO victims. So far, the VAVA has mobilised about VND150 billion in support of the victims.

We also launched a five-year campaign in 2009 to raise VND64 billion to build houses, provide scholarships and generate jobs for them. We have since raised VND45 billion, and expect to reach our target of VND64 billion by the end of this year.

To respond to the “Day for Agent Orange/dioxin Victims in Vietnam” (August 10), the VAVA organised many activities, such as information campaigns to help Vietnamese people and international friends understand more about the consequences of the AO chemical, honouring those AO victims who overcome their difficulties to integrate into the community, launching a charity programme to raise fund for the victims, and organising cultural and art exchanges.

According to Tran Xuan Thu, the US will apply new technologies to help Vietnam deal with environmental pollution caused by AO. A pilot project will be carried out in central Da Nang city. The US has disbursed several million of US dollars, mostly spent in preparatory work by US companies. The VAVA proposed that Vietnam gets involved in the disbursement process so that both parties can draw up an effective plan. The Association also suggested allocating the amount of money necessary to help Vietnamese AO victims in their daily lives.













Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Another storm forecast to hit the country

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

According to the Hydrography Meteor Forecast National Center, a tropical low-pressure system has been identified off the East coast of Luzon Island of the Philippines.

          Direction of the tropical low-pressure

The tropical low-pressure front entered the East Sea on July 18. Winds near the center of the storm have been measured at 61-74 kilometers an hour.

The tropical low-pressure system has been forecast to move west by north-west, at a speed of 15km/hr on July 19.

Wind speeds within the storm have been measured at 61km/hr, with gusts up to 75-88km/hr.

There is the possibility that the incoming low-pressure system will develop into a storm or typhoon.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention ordered all boats from the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh to the central province of Quang Ngai to stay docked in avoidance of the typhoon.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, 12 people are still missing after tropical storm Conson hit northern Vietnam on July 17.

Quang Ninh Province’s Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention reported that five fishermen were found and rescued on July 18.

Meanwhile Quang Ngai’s border armed forces saved six people reported that missing on the Hoang Sa archipelago July 16.

Only female tourist remained unfound in Thanh Hoa Province.

In Quang Ninh, more than 300 houses were knocked down or lost their roofs; 27 boats were sunk or broken and over 30 aquaculture floating cages were cracked and swept away.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention has asked local authorities of provinces by the typhoon to help people repair damages after the storm.

Related articles:
New tropical depression heading towards East Sea
Conson wrecks havoc in north
Northern Vietnam faces super typhoon
Typhoon forecast to make landfall in north
Conson threatens boats on East Sea

Source: SGGP

Bun thang, another of Hanoi’s gastronomic delights

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Bun thang, another of Hanoi’s gastronomic delights

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Hanoi has a long-established reputation as a land of good food with a collection of specialties like bun cha (vermicelli and grilled chopped meat), pho (beef noodle soup), and bun oc (snail noodle soup).

But the charming 1000-year-old city has more than just a few noodle soups to offer gastronomes.

Generations of Hanoian women have been passing down the secret of making an elaborate noodle soup called bun thang (mixed soft noodle soup) to their family members.

Bun thang is known for its sweet, light taste derived from pork bone stock and a mix of toppings made from fried eggs, pork, chicken, mushroom, and others.

Making the soup is a painstaking process requiring the use of more than a dozen ingredients including chicken meat, pig bones and meat, eggs, dried shrimp, lean pork paste, shrimp paste, onion, mushroom, and belostomatid essence.

Bun thang broth, the basic ingredient to create the distinct sweet and light taste of the dish, is made by boiling a mix of chicken, dried prawns, and pig bones. Grilled onions and gingers are added to this stock to add flavor.

The result is a clear, sweet broth that does not have the unpleasant odor of pig bones.

But to achieve this, one must stay near the boiling pot to remove all impurities created during the process. The broth should remain on boil right up to the time of serving.

The making of bun thang toppings is also a time-consuming process. Fried eggs are sliced into strips while boiled chicken meat is shredded and sliced pork pie is cut into thin strips.

Soft noodle is placed in a bowl before the remaining space is filled with the toppings including egg strips, shredded chicken meat and skin, sliced pork pie, mushrooms, fluffy shredded sea shrimp, and sliced salted radish.

The ingredients are not mixed together but arranged so that each of them occupies a corner of the bowl.

A touch of green in the form of coriander and parsley is added after the boiling hot broth is poured into the bowl.

But the broth and the toppings alone are not enough to conjure up the mouth-watering taste of bun thang — a little shrimp paste and belostomatid essence extracted from a kind of beetle are needed to spice it up.

But because of the hard work required to make it, bun thang only appears on the dining table on some special occasions.

The noodle soup is often served on the fourth and fifth days of Tet, the Lunar New Year, when people have grown tired of sumptuous, high-calorie dishes like banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), spring rolls, and pork pie.

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND

Another Vietnamese woman killed by Korean husband

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

A 20-year-old Vietnamese woman was killed by her Korean husband, who had a history of mental instability, last week, just few days after arriving in Korea for marriage. Her body was found at home on July 7, said the Busan Saha Police Station.

Vietnamese bride Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc and her Korean husband.

The husband, Jang, 47, was arrested and accused of beating and stabbing his wife to death.

The mentally unstable husband told police that he heard the voice of a ghost instruct him to kill his wife.

The couple was introduced through a marriage agency on February 7 and the woman accepted the marriage with Jang the next day despite their age difference.

The marriage took place in Vietnam last February; the woman embarked on a “Korean dream” earlier this month.

The Vietnamese woman arrived in Korea on July 1 at which point her Korean fiancé forbid her from having contact with other people. The woman was unaware his history of mental problems.

Jang turned himself into the police after killing his wife.

Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc, the unlucky woman, was the fourth daughter of a poor family in the Co Do District of Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta.

She came to Ho Chi Minh City as a teenager to do housework to support her parents.

Ngoc suddenly told her family of her plans to marry a Korean man in February. Her wedding was held at a restaurant in HCM City on February 18 with attendance of some relatives who hoped the marriage would provide her with a happy life.

The Korean son-in-law gave the parents-in-law VND3.5 million (US$175) before the weeding ceremony.

The victim’s parents, Thach Sang and Truong Thi Ut, became numb upon hearing news of their daughter’s murder. They sat mute beside a table with incense smoke spiraling up from a thurible.

“We don’t know what to do. We have called her husband’s family in Korea but nobody has answered the phone,” the father said.

Head of Department for Family & Society of Can Tho City, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, said that the department sent a proposal to the Women Union of Vietnam to help Ngoc’s family go to Korea soon to receive their daughter’s remains.

The Entry and Exit Management Department of the Can Tho Foreign Affairs Office gave Thach Sang and his wife a letter of introduction to the Department of Internal Affairs and the Immigration Department of Ministry of Public Security in Ho Chi Minh City to carry out procedures for traveling to Korea.

“The number of Vietnamese women in Co Do District arranged to marry Korean men through matchmaking services is huge. They usually came from poor rural families who hoped to better their lives. I hope the unjust death of Ngoc will disillusion such women from marrying foreign people whom they know nothing about,” said Mr. Kim Dong, a public relation officer of Co Do District.

Source: SGGP

Another digital signature provider licensed

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Another digital signature provider licensed

QĐND – Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications on June 22 issued a licence to the Military Telecoms Group (Viettel), making Vietnam’s forth provider of digital signature certification service.

Previously, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), the Nacencomm Technologies Joint Stock Company and the BKAV Network Security Company had been given the go-ahead to provide the new service in the country.

Under its licence, Viettel will be able to offer the new service to agencies, organizations, individuals, websites and other software developers.

Digital signatures will help businesses speed up their e-transactions, said Viettel’s Deputy Director General Tong Viet Trung at the licensing ceremony.
Digital signatures are now used in many developed countries around the world to ensure the safety of public e-transactions.

The FPT Corporation, another giant in Vietnam’s communications sector, is reportedly rolling up its sleeves to provide the service.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND