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Authorities set to turn Cam Ranh town into city

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:06 am

On December 23, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed decision No 65/NP-CP, turning Cam Ranh Town into a city, which is in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

                      Cam Ranh international airport

Cam Ranh has a population of around 130,000 households and covers an area of more than 30,000ha.

The city has a deep-water bay with many beautiful beaches and it is some 30km away from the coastal city of Nha Trang.

The Khanh Hoa People’s Committee has approved a planning project to develop Cam Ranh. This will start now until 2025.

In addition, Cam Ranh airport became an international airport with the opening of an official direct air route linking Cam Ranh and Vladivostock in Russia last December.

The national aviation sector invested more than VND200 billion in building a new terminal, air traffic control station, a modern runway lights and other facilities in Cam Ranh Airport. The capacity of the new terminal doubles the old one which was only capable of loading 300 passengers per hour.

Khanh Hoa has currently two big cities including Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, and a town called Ninh Hoa.

Source: SGGP

Relevant authorities found indifferent to toxic stimulants used on vegetables

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

Authorized organizations have showed a lack of investigation into some farmers that use pesticides and other stimulants to increase the amount and size of their farm produce.

This is the kind of artificial growth stimuli that farmers have used in spraying their vegetable crops (photo: SGGP)

Bui Si Doanh, head of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that all stimulants contain a toxic Giberellic acid, which might be poisonous for humans.

When the stimulants have penetrated deep into the plant cells, washing the vegetables, will not remove the stimulant, he said.

A recent research has revealed that the childless rate in Vietnam is 8 percent of the country’s population. One possibly reason for this, is the application of toxic chemicals, used in food production.

According to the department, there are two types of stimulants used in vegetables and fruits. One stimulant is within an acceptable level, permitted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The other is an illegal import from China. This stimulant is brought through Tan Thanh border gate, in the northern province of Lang Son.

The contraband stimulants are packed with Chinese labels that Vietnamese farmers cannot read. The information the farmers are receiving is that this stimulants, help grow their vegetables much faster.

Each time the public raises concerns about the stimulants contained in the vegetables, the Plant Protection Department and the Ministry of Health, just collect test samples and instruct farmers not to use the chemicals.  They have not sent investigators to directly examine the sales and usage of toxic stimulants.

Mr. Bui Si Doanh said that the Plant Protection Department has been asked to investigate this issue. However, the department said that the investigation has been delayed; as new laws that regulated departments are being put into practice.

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Toxic pesticides used by vegetable farmers

Source: SGGP

Authorities in Haiti delay final vote results

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2010 at 6:28 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 19, 2010 (AFP) – Electoral authorities in Haiti announced late Sunday they had decided to delay publication of final presidential election results until the Organization of American States finishes its probe of the controversial vote.

The results were initially expected on Monday, but the Haitian Election Council said it had decided to “postpone publication of the results of the first round of voting until the contentious phase of the electoral process is over and an OAS mission requested by President Rene Preval finishes its work.”

Haiti’s chaotic election was carried out last month amid widespread allegations of fraud and the disenfranchisement of thousands of people, who either couldn’t get the necessary papers to vote or weren’t on the register.

Preval has asked the OAS to assist Haitian authorities in verifying the results of the vote.

Preliminary results of the first round of balloting have placed opposition candidate Mirlande Manigat in the lead with 31 percent of the vote. She is followed by ruling party candidate Jude Celestin who had 22 percent.

Source: SGGP

City authorities discover seven cheating petrol stations

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

Italian authorities seek to stop violent garbage protests

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

ROME, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – Authorities planned Sunday to temporarily halt waste deliveries to try to stop violent protests over a garbage tip outside Naples as clashes erupted again overnight between police and demonstrators.

Hundreds of people joined more demonstrations late Saturday in Terzigno and overnight several dozen protestors hurled rocks at police who responded with tear gas, according to footage broadcast by Sky TG-24 television.

At least six officers have been injured in the clashes, officials said.

In a bid to calm tensions over the waste crisis, Italy’s security chief Guido Bertolaso late Saturday signed a plan to halt delivery of waste to the tip at Terzigno for three days.

Riot police scatters demonstartors protesting against the opening of a new dump on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Terzigno on October 23, 2010. AFP

It also calls for the decision on whether to open a second garbage tip to be postponed indefinitely provided the demonstrations stop.

These moves to resolve the waste crisis are set to be examined Sunday by the towns concerned in the Naples region whose mayors are later expected to meet with Bertolaso to sign off on the plan.

The protestors’ blockade of Terzigno’s existing dump has caused 2,400 tonnes of rubbish to pile up in the streets of Naples, the official responsible for the city’s hygiene, Paolo Giacomelli, said Saturday.

The proposed new dump, the biggest in Europe, would be 800 metres (875 yards) from the edge of Terzigno in the Vesuvius National Park, some 135 square kilometres (52 square miles) of outstanding natural beauty in the Bay of Naples.

The protected area of rare wildlife and plants includes Mount Vesuvius, best known for its volcanic eruption in 79 AD that destroyed the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The long-running waste issue has been blamed on a lack of local incinerators, and landfill sites controlled by the local mafia, the Camorra, some of which were used for the illegal dumping of toxic waste.

Meanwhile, the European environment commissioner, Janez Potocnik, said Saturday Italy faced legal action by the European Union and massive fines for failing to improve waste management around Naples.

Source: SGGP

German authorities shut ‘9/11 plotters’ mosque: city

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

BERLIN, Aug 9, 2010 (AFP) – German police shut down a mosque in the northern city of Hamburg Monday frequented by suicide hijackers from the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, authorities said.

An affiliated cultural centre was also closed.

“The Hamburg interior department closed the Arab-German cultural club Taiba,” the department said in a statement. “The former Al-Quds mosque was also closed.”

The authorities did not explain their decision but planned to give a press conference at 0830 GMT with officials including the head of the Hamburg anti-terror coordination unit.

German media reported that suspected Islamic militants had been using the site in the city’s Sankt Georg quarter as a meeting place.

Three of the September 11 hijackers including their ringleader Mohammed Atta, who piloted the first plane into New York’s World Trade Center, met frequently at the Al-Quds mosque before moving to the United States.

Authorities said the prayer house served as a recruitment centre for fellow jihadists, including accomplices of the hijackers.

Source: SGGP

Health authorities control dog import to slow cholera outbreak

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

A dog meat shop in Hanoi. (Photo: SGGP)The Ministry of Health has asked local authorities to closer control the importation of dogs to prevent cholera from entering Vietnam, after imported dog meat had tested positive for vibrio cholerae in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District 

The Ministry of Health proposed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development test imported dogs at border gates to prevent cholera from entering Vietnam.

Cholera infested dog meat discovered in northern provinces was mostly imported from Laos and Thailand via the Thanh Hoa Province border, which has long been considered a hot spot for cholera transmission.

The 12 provinces and cities that have recorded the most cholera cases believe victims acquired the disease from their consumption of unsanitary foods, including dog meat, uncooked vegetables, blood pudding, ice and street food.

Source: SGGP

No more new taxis: HCMC authorities

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

No more new taxis: HCMC authorities

QĐND – Sunday, May 16, 2010, 21:29 (GMT+7)

No new taxi licenses will be granted in Ho Chi Minh City from June 1 as the number of cabs exceeds the city’s taxi development plan, according to the municipal Department of Transport.

Tran Quang Phuong, director of the department, said there were 12,551 registered taxis under the management of 36 companies and cooperatives citywide as of February 28.

Transport companies could replace their old taxis with new ones but could not register more taxis until further notified, he said.

Experts have warned of the excessive number of taxis in the city, saying they should be limited to 1,000 cars per one million people.

It means that the city needs only 7,000 taxis to serve its population of seven million people.

The large number of taxis, including many unregistered ones, is taking its toll on a city that hasn’t been properly zoned, and is a significant factor in the traffic jams that occur so often, experts have said.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Clashes as Kyrgyz authorities push to regain south

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

Bloody clashes erupted in southern Kyrgyzstan Friday as the interim government moved to regain control of key regional infrastructure seized by supporters of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Shots rang out in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad, where hundreds of Bakiyev supporters battled factions loyal to the government with sticks and stones, medical officials and reports said.

At least 20 people were hospitalised in Jalalabad, some with gunshot wounds and others injured by stones or other objects, the regional hospital’s chief doctor Abdy Shamshiyev told reporters.

The government regained control of an administration building in Osh but the Bakiyev supporters still appeared to control the equivalent building in Jalalabad, the Aki-Press news website reported.

A file picture shows a Kyrgyz opposition supporter (R) facing supporters of outsed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in Osh during clashes last month.

The governor of the Osh region had reentered the building with hundreds of supporters, the reports added. The interim government meanwhile insisted it had the entire south under control.

Protesters loyal to Bakiyev — including large numbers of women — on Thursday peacefully seized regional administration buildings in Osh, Jalalabad and the town of Batken. They also occupied the airports in Osh and Jalalabad.

The interim government, which took power after Bakiyev was ousted in an uprising last month, has so far avoided using security forces against protesters in a bid not to inflame tensions.

Omurbek Tekebayev, a leading member of the interim government, accused Bakiyev of being behind the unrest and said its organisers “wanted to ignite an inter-ethnic conflict in the country.

“But they have not received the support of society,” he added.

Another top interim government official, Azimbek Beknazarov, said there was information that Bakiyev supporters were planning mass protests against the authorities on May 17.

“Popular militia groups are forming throughout the country with the aim of thwarting a destabilisation of the country,” he added.

He also claimed that the “south of the country is completely under the control of the authorities.

“Popular militia groups are patrolling the south and the government has given the order to arrest the organisers of the riots.”

Bakiyev was ousted last month in protests that left at least 86 people dead and brought to power the interim government which has struggled to impose its authority on the country.

The latest events have raised fresh fears about the stability and unity of the Central Asian country after the toppling of Bakiyev, who drew the bulk of his support from the south of Kyrgyzstan.

The ousted leader has since taken refuge in Belarus, which has so far not responded to calls from the interim government for his extradition.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned last month Kyrgyzstan risked civil war but the situation calmed with the departure of Bakiyev.

Bakiyev’s support committee in Kyrgyzstan said the day earlier that 25,000 supporters of the ousted president were making their way to Bishkek to “settle scores with the interim government”.

There was no immediate sign of this in the capital but his Bishkek-based support committee said that a demonstration of 10,000 people were expected later in the day.

Bakiyev himself came to power in a popular uprising — the so-called Tulip Revolution of 2005 which ousted the previous president Askar Akayev — but became increasingly unpopular amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Source: SGGP

Authorities pledge action against drugstore malpractices

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 2:11 am

Allowing hospitals to open pharmacies within their premises in cooperation with pharmaceutical companies has enabled both sides to collude and sell drugs at higher prices, health officials said in a meeting.

Patients’ relatives buy medicines at a hospital’s phamarcy

The meeting on Monday between the Vietnam Drug Administration (VDA) and Ho Chi Minh City Health Department followed public concern over rising drug prices as well as unwarranted issue of Good Pharmacy Practices to pharmacies.

Earlier, inspectors at the Ministry of Health had ordered sub-divisions to check drug prices and set up a hot line to receive complaints and suggestions..

Responding to reports that hospitals were selling drugs at higher prices than outside pharmacies, city hospital managers have said they sell at correct prices and have completed all necessary bidding procedures. They explained that outside pharmacies can sell drugs at cheaper prices because they sell medicines without clear indications of origins.

Experts have proposed that tenders are floated to set up pharmacies in order to prevent wrongdoing and stabilize drug prices. Furthermore, the pricing of drugs, both imported and produced at home, should be made transparent, they’ve said, also calling for price comparisons with drugs sold in other Southeast Asian countries.

Dr. Truong Quoc Cuong, VDA director, said concerned agencies faced many difficulties in controlling prices because there are around 22,000 drugs available in Vietnam.

Responding to concerns pharmaceutical firms were bribing doctors with commissions in order for the latter to prescribe the drugs and that prices of imported drugs were not being regulated, Cuong said his administration has ordered firms to explain their actions and provide detailed prices of drugs in other countries in the region.

The ministry will also provide training in ethics doctors and impose harsh penalties on pharmaceutical firms found guilty of wrongdoing, he said.

Do Van Doanh, chairman of the Vietnam Pharmaceutical Companies Association (VNPCA) said awareness had to be built up among both doctors and the public about the advisability of using domestically-made drugs. Doctors should be asked to prescribe home-made drugs and prescribe imported ones only when no locally-made drug is available, he said.


Source: SGGP