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Ba Na communal house to be rebuilt

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Ba Ria-Vung Tau urged to become deepwater transit port

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Ba Ria-Vung Tau urged to become deepwater transit port


QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has emphasized the need to turn the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau into a regional deepwater transit port in the next five years.


In his meeting with the provincial authorities on August 9, Mr Dung suggested that the province should take advantage of its seaport to develop high-tech industries and tourist services, and increase added values in agricultural production.


He asked the southern province to cooperate with ministries and relevant agencies to upgrade its port facilities and ensure it is easily accessible and connected to other infrastructure projects.


Mr Dung said the coastal southern province should create major industrial products and improve their hi-tech processing to become competitive in both domestic and international markets.


In the future, he added, Ba Ria-Vung Tau needs to complete its master plan for tourism development.


Ba Ria-Vung Tau has maintained a high economic growth rate since 2006. Its GDP in 2010 is 2.27 times higher than in 2005.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Hanoi develops tourism in Ba Vi

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Hanoi develops tourism in Ba Vi


QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Information and Tourism Promotion Centre has organised a trip in Ba Vi District for nearly 30 local travel agencies in order to develop tourism products for the National Tourism Year 2010 in the city.


The delegation surveyed President Ho Chi Minh’s Temple, the Ba Vi National Park, the Thien Son -Suoi Nga tourist area, Ao Vua, Khoang Xanh, Suoi Mo, and Suoi Hai Lakes, and Tan Da tourist sites.


According to Truong Minh Tien, Vice-Director of the Hanoi Culture, Information and Tourism Department, Ba Vi and Soc Son, with diversified ecologies, have potentials to develop their tourism. Tourism sector’s turnover in Ba Vi increases by around 25% every year.


The surveying trip helps build Ba Vi as an interesting tourist place to attract visitors and encourage them to stay longer in Hanoi. In the near future, Hanoi’s tourism sector will launch more eco–tours in Ba Vi and connect the district with adjacent tourist sites.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Ba Vi day trip offers respite from scorching city summer

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Ba Vi day trip offers respite from scorching city summer


QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

When a small group of my friends decided to head out of the city one summer day to try to escape the scorching heat, we didn’t have a destination, just an idea. So I suggested we go to Suoi Hai Lake, just 70km northwest of Ha Noi.


After an easy one-hour road trip, the loud noise and heat of city life seemed to have subsided.


Suoi Hai Lake, at the foot of Ba Vi Mountain, is a reservoir that was built in December 1958. It has a 4km-long system of main and supporting dams to reserve water from the Yen Cu and Cau Rong springs, giving the lake its name of Suoi Hai (Two Springs). The water from the lake irrigates 7,000ha of farmland.


When we arrived at the lake, we decided to take a motorbike tour around it. The road was smooth and surrounded by eucalyptus forests. We were refreshed by the cool breezes and, along the way, saw many people fishing on the bank.


There are a number of islands in the lake, and we even saw a boat full of tourists on the lake. After asking around, we came to the Suoi Hai Service Centre, which we had previously passed on our way. A woman in the centre told us that there were boats available around-the-clock to take tourists to the islands or cruise around the lake. The fares are reasonable. To get to the largest island, it only cost each of us VND30,000 (US$1.5), while hiring a private boat to go around the 90ha reservoir costs VND300,000 ($15), and you can stop at any island of your choice.


The four of us decided to get a boat and take a tour around the lake. We were not disappointed by the decision. As we glided on the water, stunning scenes opened up before our eyes. The islands, the clear water, the trees and the meadows of grazing cattle had the look of a fairy wonderland. Wild birds, such as teals, coots and cranes, swam around the boat, imparting an even more romantic air to the scene.


“Each season brings with it a different colour to the lake, but it is beautiful all year round,” said boat captain Vo Van Tan, as we set foot on an island. We were welcomed by the sweet smell of litchi and green grass. Local farmers have planted fruit trees on every island and tourists are allowed to pick and enjoy the fruits.


“The lake is a perfect weekend spot to spend time with your family,” said Nguyen Thi Loan, owner of a coffee shop on the island. “We mostly get visits from groups of students who came here for one-day picnics”.


Besides hiring a boat, you can rent a canoe at a very affordable VND15,000 per hour ($0.75) and row yourself around the lake. You can also go horseback riding around the lake or into the eucalyptus forests, or take a dip in the cool water of the lake.


If you want to stay for more than a day, accommodation is available at VND60,000 ($3) to VND120,000 ($6) per night. You can choose rooms at a conventional guesthouse or stay in one of the stilt-houses.


Last year, a $200 million resort was planned at the lake by PetroVietnam Premier Recreation, but environmental activists and local residents raised concerns with the plan, which was revised and is now in its first stage of construction.


“The first phase will be completed in 2012,” said the deputy head of Ba Vi’s culture department, Nguyen Viet Giao. It will change the face of Suoi Hai Lake, as most of the 14 islands will be taken over by resorts, golf courses, hotels and restaurants.


“The current plan has received agreeable nods from residents,” said Giao. “In two years, tourism will give Ba Vi’s economy a considerable boost, and people’s living standards will therefore be improved.”


In other words, in just two more years, weekends at Suoi Hai Lake won’t be the same. Come now and enjoy the serenity while it lasts.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

Table tennis tourney begins in Ba Ria-Vung Tau

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am




Table tennis tourney begins in Ba Ria-Vung Tau


QĐND – Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The 24th Golden Racket International Table Tennis Tournament kicked off in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 13.


The even, which will run until July 18, is being jointly held by the Vietnam Table Tennis Federation, the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the HCM City Table Tennis Federation, the Oil and Gas Culture, Sports Joint Stock Company and the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


The event has attracted 106 players from seven countries and territories, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.


This year, the RoK team, with the largest number of players, is expected to be the tournamen’s favourites.


The Vietnamese teams include the national team, a team from HCM City and the Petro Vietnam club.


The PetroVietnam club team will include Doan Kien Quoc, the country’s No.1 player and Tran Tuan Quynh from the national team plus three Chinese players, Kou Lei, Yang Cei and Yang Xin.


This is the first year that the tournament has been held outside of HCM City.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

BA runs ‘more flights than planned’ despite strike

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 5:18 am

British Airways said it had operated more flights than planned on Sunday as cabin crew started a new five-day strike with little sign of a resolution to the long-running dispute.


The airline said it had reintroduced all of its services from its London Heathrow hub to New York’s JFK airport and would continue to add to its schedule where possible as crew defied the union and reported for week.


“Our global operations went very well throughout the first week of Unite’s strike action and got off to another good start today at the beginning of the second series of strikes,” BA said in a statement.


“We have announced a larger schedule at Heathrow for this round of strikes, because of the numbers of crew reporting for work.


“We will continue to operate 100 percent of our schedule at Gatwick and London City airports.

British Airways said it had operated more flights than planned on Sunday as cabin crew started a new five-day strike with little sign of a resolution to the long-running dispute.

“At Heathrow, we will operate to more than 70 percent of longhaul flights (up from more than 60 percent last week) and more than 55 percent of shorthaul flights (up from more than 50 percent this week).”


The Unite union challenged the figures, claiming BA had cancelled more than 100 flights on Sunday and said its action continued to be strongly supported.


The latest strike is aimed at the British half-term school holidays with another five-day stoppage planned from June 5, which would hit flights to the football World Cup in South Africa.


Derek Simpson, Unite’s joint leader, offered to conduct talks in the “full glare” of the media in a bid to find a breakthrough.


Simpson said people would be able to see how “unreasonable” BA chief executive Willie Walsh was being if they could witness the negotiations.


“I prefer these negotiations to be in front of a camera. Let the world see what this is all about. If people could see what he is doing, they would know who to blame,” Simpson told BBC TV.


He reiterated that the dispute could be resolved quickly if BA fully restored travel concessions taken away from crew who have gone on strike.


He said: “It is all about confidence of management in the workforce and of workforce in the management. Clearly there has been a breakdown. If we could get the confidence back a deal is do-able.”


The two sides met for 12 hours at the conciliation services Acas over two days last week, with little sign of a breakthrough.


Simpson claimed Walsh said he would only meet for further talks after Unite’s annual conference, which opens Monday in Manchester, and continues until the end of the current strike.


BA countered: “We remain available for talks at any time.”


This month, BA posted a record annual pre-tax loss of 531 million pounds.


The airline, which has been hit hard by the decreased demand for air travel, is slashing costs and merging with Spanish rival Iberia in a bid to return to profitability.

Source: SGGP

BA strike talks abandoned after protestors storm building

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

LONDON (AFP) – Last-ditch talks to try and halt a planned strike by British Airways cabin crew were on Saturday abandoned after dozens of noisy protestors stormed the building where negotiations were being held.


BA chief executive Willie Walsh was harangued by protestors, television pictures showed, and police said they had to escort him from the building in London after the security breach.

Protestors break in to the Acas headquarters in central London during talks between Unite union representatives and British Airways. AFP photo

Airline staff were set to hold a five-day strike from Monday, the latest move in a long-running and bitter dispute between BA and the Unite trade union over working conditions at the struggling carrier.


It is not yet clear whether talks will restart Sunday, with BA saying it was “assessing our position” before deciding whether to commit to them.


Dozens of protestors, many waving Socialist Workers’ Party banners, got into the headquarters of employment dispute resolution service Acas after the talks had been under way for over five hours.


They started a noisy protest inside the building, chanting: “Willie, Willie, Willie, out, out, out” and surrounding Walsh and union officials, television pictures showed.


Afterwards, Acas said that while it was “disappointing” that the talks had broken up in such a way, it was “in touch with the parties to endeavour to restart the discussions”.


For its part, Unite said it was “ready to resume talks” at any time, adding it was crucial that “no time is wasted” in trying to settle the dispute. But BA said it had not yet decided whether to rejoin talks.


Walsh has faced accusations that he is trying to break the unions at BA and Unite accuses BA of imposing changes on cabin crew and refusing to negotiate openly and fairly.


The BA chief executive, though, insists that the airline is struggling for its very existence.


If Monday’s strike does go ahead, it would come hot on the heels of BA posting a record annual pre-tax loss of 531 million pounds (609 million euros, 765 million dollars) Friday on slumping sales.


The airline, which is slashing costs and merging with Spanish rival Iberia in a bid to return to profitability, has been hit hard by the global economic downturn which has decreased demand for air travel.


It also faced a tough start to the current financial year due to the closure of airspace across Europe for up to a week last month due to ash from an Icelandic volcano. The shutdown was the biggest in Europe since World War II.


While BA and Unite have reached broad agreement on pay, the sticking point is now the heavily discounted flights available to off-duty cabin crew — key perks which have been taken away from workers who have gone on strike.


BA had won an injunction blocking a first five-day strike — due to have started last Tuesday — by arguing that the union had failed to report the results of the ballot properly to its members.


But the union later won an appeal against the injunction.


If the strike does go ahead next week, BA says it is confident that thousands of cabin crew will ignore it and that it will be able to fly more than 70 percent of its passengers.


The first five-day action is due to be followed by two further strikes starting on May 30 and June 5.

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Source: SGGP

Ba Ria – Vung Tau asks help for environmental cleanup

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm




Ba Ria – Vung Tau asks help for environmental cleanup


QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau has asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam Farmer Association to intervene in to ask Taiwanese sodium glutamate producer Vedan to compensate for local farmers.


In late December 2009, Ba Ria-Vung Tau asked local agencies to verify losses suffered by local farmers, caused by Vedan’s polluting act to the Thi Vai River. Accordingly, there are 1255 families suffering from Vedan case, totaling over 216 billion dong.


The results was verified by the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources in March 2010.


Ba Ria-Vung Tau on April 9 officially asked Vedan to pay compensation of over 53.6 billion dong to local farmers based on the above report. However, Vedan answered in a dispatch dated April 22 that it had not receive any related document and asked the province to provide documents to “research”.


Previously HCM City sent a report of farmers’ losses in Vedan case, totaling over 107 billion dong to the MoNRE and asked the ministry to help ask for Vedan’s compensation.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

NA Chairman meets voters in Ba Dinh district

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm




NA Chairman meets voters in Ba Dinh district


QĐND – Monday, May 03, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)


 


On May 3, a National Assembly (NA) delegation led by Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong met voters in Ba Dinh district to inform them of the content of the 7th session of the 12th NA and collect their opinions.

The seventh session of the 12th NA legislature is scheduled to open on May 20 for more than one month, during which the NA deputies will discuss and finalise many important issues related to legislature and supervision.


Voters praised the NA’s efforts to renew its operations and enhance its role in boosting national development. They expressed their wish that the NA will continue to strictly control issues such as corruption, superstition, ineffective capital construction investment and rising prices.


NA Chairman Trong acknowledged voters’ opinions which will be submitted to the NA in the upcoming session and confirmed that the NA would perform its supervisory role in a more effective and practical manner.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Ba Vi Tourism Week to kick off in mid-month

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm




Ba Vi Tourism Week to kick off in mid-month


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

The People’s Committee of Ba Vi district, on April 7th, held a press conference to announce the Ba Vi Tourism Week, entitled “Da River-Tan Mountain Tourism”, in response to the National Tourism Year 2010 and towards the Great Festival to mark 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi.


The tourism week, expected to be opened on April 16th, will start Ba Vi tourism season, aimed at attracting 1.3 million tourists in 2010.


Reportedly, various art performances and special sports events, such as dragon dance, parachuting, and water-skiing, will also be held during the opening ceremony of the Tourism Week.


Also on this occasion, the event’s organising board will also offer several discount progams for visitors.


Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND