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Weightlifter bags bronze

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

Weightlifter bags bronze

QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:18 (GMT+7)

Weightlifter Nguyen Thi Hong finished with an 82.5kg lift in her third attempt to bag a bronze medal for Vietnam at the Asian ParaGames for disabled athletes in Guangzhou, China on Dec. 13.

Syria’s Baddour Noura took silver with two successful lifts, 72.5kg and 82.5kg, edging out Hong, who failed in his first two attempts. Gold went to China’s Fu Tiecan, who dominated with an 87.5kg lift.

The bronze puts Vietnam in 12th place in the medal tally after the first competition day.

Vietnam’s 57-member squad of disabled athletes will be looking to win at least five golds at the games, which opened on Dec. 13.The team will be competing in six out of 19 sports – track and field, swimming, table tennis, badminton, weightlifting and judo.

Four years ago, Vietnam climbed to the top ten of medal-winning nations after bagging nine golds, 27 silvers and 31 bronze medals in Malaysia .

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

NA to impose environment tax on plastic bags

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

The Vietnamese National Assembly Thursday discussed the bill on environment tax that intends to impose a levy on plastic bags and several more products.

Environment activists have launched some campaigns to call on people not to use plastic bags.

The bill adds more products to the list of term affected by the tax, including petrol, coal, HCFC, plastic bags, herbicide, insecticide, bactericide… In the future the NA’s Law Committee will add more terms to the list of products affected by the law if needed.

The bill will impose VND50,000 tax (US$2,5 ) on one kg of plastic bags while NA members asked to increase higher tax on plastic bags because the use of the product needs to be put on alert, causing seriously environment pollution.

Some NA members raised concern over tax upon petrol as inflation in the country has sharply increased. They said that tax upon petrol would impact on prices of essential goods, leading to CPI increase.

Relating to tax calculating measures, the bill says that tax payment depends on quantity of tax-affected products.

In the current law, products have to be under the influence of environment fees and the fees are not enough to recover environment. As a result, environment is critically polluted by productive activities.

The law will not aim to increase the national budget but target businesses’ responsibility to environment, said Chief of NA Financial Committee Phung Quoc Hien.



Source: SGGP

Big toe crew bags Asian hip-hop competition prize

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

A Vietnamese hip-hop dance crew has bagged the first prize at Southeast Asia’s Battle of the Year (BOTY) contest in Singapore.

             The hip-hop dance crew Big Toe

The 11-member crew, which belong to the top hip-hop dance group in Viet Nam , Big Toe, vied with five other hip-hop crews from Thailand , Malaysia , Laos , Singapore , and Indonesia for the prize.

The crew will now have the chance to compete at the World BOTY, which will take place in Montpellier , France , next month.

“Although we have sent our members to compete at BOTY every year since 2005, this is the first time a Big Toe crew has won the contest,” said Big Toe’s leader, Nguyen Viet Thanh.

The nine-day contest in France will draw 19 crews from five continents, including representatives from the Republic of Korea , France , Brazil , and Taiwan , who are considered to be Big Toe’s closest competitors.

Founded in 1992 with seven original members, Big Toe currently has 60 members, divided into four dance groups. They are widely recognised as Vietnam ‘s first hip hop dance troupe.

With a number of top prizes won at a variety of international competitions, Big Toe were awarded the Certificate of Merit on Oct. 12 by the Vietnam Electronic Sport and Recreational Sport Association under the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Big Toe are planning to tour around France and Germany next year to present their hip-hop theatre production, Cam Xuc Thay Doi (Change of Emotion).

Source: SGGP

Campaign to cut plastic bags use

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Campaign to cut plastic bags use

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

A programme aiming to reduce the use of plastic bags has been launched by the Hanoi Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The plan will be deployed widely throughout the capital, which will include all 10 districts, 18 suburban districts and one town.

The programme, Sunday without Plastic Bags, will kick off next August 1 at Ho Tay Waterpark, Hanoi.

Leaders from the State, representatives from enterprises and foreign organisations, volunteers and the public will join in the campaign condoning the use of plastic bags.

Other activities will be organised including a walk around West Lake and a bicycle ride for the environment.

On the occasion, environmentally-friendly bags will be distributed for free at grocery stores, outdoor markets and department stores in the city. People can also receive the utility bags if they exchange their waste paper at the organising board’s outlets.

Students will volunteer to ride bicycles on August 1 during the month of August to announce the merits of protecting the environment, and they will encourage others to join the programme.

The municipal department will also cooperate with the Hanoi Youth Union to launch a movement to collect plastic rubbish that floats in the city’s lakes.

A workshop, Women Working to Protect the Environment will be held in the capital’s 10 inner districts and 18 outer districts. The meeting will aim to raise awareness about protecting environment and limiting the use of plastic bags.

Pham Van Khanh, vice director of the municipal department, estimated that thousands of Hanoians will join the event.

A pilot programme to limit the use of plastic bags had previously been successful at Hapro Mart.

Hanoians hope to protect the environment, develop the city’s green spaces, and beautify the capital before its 1,000th anniversary in October, he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

America imposes two tariffs on Vietnam’s PE bags

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

America imposes two tariffs on Vietnam’s PE bags

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has finally determined that Vietnam’s Polyethylene (PE) retail carrier bags will be subject to anti-subsidy and anti-dumping tariffs.

The taxes will range from 1-52.56 percent for ‘subsidy’ and from 52.3-76.11 percent for ‘dumping’.

With this decision, PE bags have become Vietnam’s first products that receive two kinds of tariffs in foreign markets.

In late March, the US Department of Commerce made a similar conclusion and asked the US customs and border protection agencies to collect certain amounts of money paid in advance.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Day without plastic bags in Hoi An

In Vietnam Environment on September 11, 2009 at 7:40 am

Hoi An celebrated a No-Plastic Bag Day on September 9 as part of its environmental protection efforts.

A Hoi An resident uses a paper bag on Sep. 9 (Photo:

Hundreds of people took part in a bicycle parade to urge visitors and locals not to use plastic bags to keep the city green and clean.

Many volunteers traveled around the town to collect waste plastic bags and delivered free paper bags to shoppers at the Hoi An cloth market and people on the main streets.

The program aims to raise public awareness of the harm caused by plastic bags to the environment since they are non-biodegradable.

The campaign was organized by the Hoi An People’s Committee, Center for Support to Combating Climate Change, and Science & Life newspaper.

Source: SGGP

Biodegradable bags handed out on Cham Islet

In Vietnam Environment on September 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

The Hoi An City Communist Youth Union distributed 5,000 biodegradable bags to citizens on Cham Islet, Quang Nam Province, on August 16.

A member of the Hoi An City Communist Youth Union (R)distributes biodegradable bags at a market on Cham Islet Aug. 16 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

All paper bags were made by the city’s union members.

The bags were handed out to mark UNESCO recognizing Cham Islet as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Earlier, Hoi An’s administration launched a “Cham Islet does not use plastic bags” program.

Currently, most local residents only use plastic baskets, but their use leads to waste and bags littering the scenic area.

Cham Islet is 20 kilometers offshore from Hoi An Ancient Town.

Source: SGGP