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Northeasterly winds cause havoc for central residents

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Six people have been reported dead, while 23 others are still missing at sea. This was due to a very changeable and powerful northeast wind that has affected central area over the last few days.

Nguyen Lam is saddened by the fact that his three sons are still missing in Long Dien District, the southeastern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau (Photo: Tuoi Tre)Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, at a meeting instructed rescuers to find the missing people still at sea. They are from provinces like Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Minister Phat, who is chairperson of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, said that the people in the provinces from the south side of Hai Van mountain pass to the southern region have experienced the loss on life and the destruction of property, because of the strong winds.

In the Gulf of Tonkin, the winds had even been at level 10 (89-102 kilometers an hour). Several high waves were up to 4-7 meters high, siking boats. 

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that the weather has been more anomalous with a slew of cold fronts causing vortexes and strong waves at sea.

Although the national weather bureau had forecasted that the winds might hit dangerous levels of 9-10, local fishermen still went out on the rough seas.
A fishing boat with seven people on board from the Binh Dinh Province was saved on Monday by navy forces. It experienced trouble and eventually sank 95 kilometers southeast off Song Tu Tay Island of Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago on Sunday.

The same day, In the neighboring province of Phu Yen, two boats sank by large waves off Tuy Hoa town. All the people on the two boats have been saved.

In related news, 23 members of the Phu Tan container vessel are still missing in the Gulf of Tonkin although rescue forces have mobilized seven boats and a helicopter in the rescue effort.

Related articles:
Seven fishing boats sunk in Vung Tau
Two of five missing fishermen found dead in Thua Thien-Hue

Source: SGGP

Tropical depression to cause rains in southern region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

The tropical low-pressure system is likely to cause rains in southern central and southeastern regions, especially in Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

Construction of the dyke on the Red River’s right bank, is halted due to unusual flooding (Photo: VNA)

From Tuesday onwards, the depression will move westward at 5-10 kilometers an hour, crossing Phu Quy Island in the Binh Thuan Province to affect the mainland, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

On Monday, the system was centered about 200-220 kilometers east of Khanh Hoa to Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.

The Central Flood and Storm Prevention and Control Center and the National Committee for Search and Rescue, have instructed local authorities to secure all boats and it need be guide them away from the dangerous seas. The main area of concern is 7-14 degrees latitude north and 113 degrees longitude east.

Provincial authorities should report any changes about the weather conditions to the central organizations, thereby preparing them for any sea rescue that might occur.

Meanwhile, in the northern region, a cold front has triggered showers in provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho.

The national weather bureau said that the rains have combined with the floodwaters flowing down from the upper reaches, causing unusual flooding in the depleted Red River.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said, the recent heavy rains and the floodwaters, have brought abundant irrigation water for the northern provinces. Until recently this area has experienced a severe drought.

The national weather bureau has forecasted the floodwaters will continue to rise and will peak on the Red River on Tuesday.

Additionally, weather in the north will turn extreme cold, with strong northeasterly winds. Temperature in the famous tourist destination Sa Pa will drop to 4-5 degrees Celsius and at the top of the Hoang Lien Son range, it will only be -1 degree Celsius.

Source: SGGP

Weak pharmacy, unreasonable bidding procedures cause skyrocketing medication prices

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

Change direction of tropical depression may cause downpours in central region

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

Tropical depression to cause downpours in flood-stricken central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

Record high tide to cause flood in city

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

According to the Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Center, the flood tide in HCM City will reach a peak of 1.5m at the Phu An Station on Saigon River around 7pm on October 25.

The flood tide doubled with heavy rain brought by Typhoon Megi will cause havoc in many inner-city and suburban areas. A series of dykes in in Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, Go Vap, Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and District 12 is at risk of damage. So many streets will be submerged by water.

The HCMC Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control ordered local authorities to check dykes along river and canal banks.

A high flood tide and heavy rain have caused flooding in many areas in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

The National Hydrometeorological Forecast Center said that a cold air mass coming from southern China has entered the northern region. Temperature decreases by about 5-7oC, average temperature is 17-24oC. The weather becomes so cold.

The central and southern central regions will see warm sunshine in the beginning of this week and heavy rain at the weekend.

Source: SGGP

PRRSV, FMD cause losses for breeders in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Rampant diseases among cattle and water-fowl in the central Vietnam including Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) also called blue ear disease and Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD) caused serious losses for breeders there.

Vets in Quang Nam kill diseased pigs (Photo: SGGP)

Diseases struck animals in the central province of Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Da Nang.

Outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in Quang Binh’s district Tuyen Hoa affected 113 cattle of 16 households. Residents said illegally imported animals through Cha Lo border gate. Vets provided 120 liter of chemicals, one ton of lime, 2,500 dozens of vaccine to fight against FMD.

Some 305  FMD cattle have been reported in Ha Tinh’s district Huong Son and Huong Khe. Head of Department of Animal Health Pham Thanh Binh said the disease occurred because farmers have not vaccinated the herds for 15 years. Moreover, cattle is free –ranged with animals of Nghe An and Quang Binh which had reported diseases.

FMD affected 73 pigs and 64 cattle in Quang Ngai’s district Binh Son, Son Tinh, Son Tay and Tu Nghia meanwhile blue ear killed 73 pigs in district Binh Son, said Quang Ngai’s Department of Animal Health.

The department blamed poor awareness and relaxed behaviors to the disease among breeders for outbreaks of the disease. In addition, head of the department said people concealed the disease and purchase drugs to treat animals at homes but a farmer, Nguyen Thi Hoa in Nghia Hoa commune said vets have not warned them of the disease as well as sprayed disinfectants or injected vaccine.

The central city of Da Nang has killed over 2,500 blue ear pigs among nearly 5,400 infected animals while Quang Nam killed over 5,000 pigs. The disease has spread in seven district of Quang Nam. it is alarming that local governments have not strictly controlled transportation, trade, slaughter and consumption of pork products.

Source: SGGP

Concurrency of national beauty contests cause confusion

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

Organizers of the two national beauty contests, Miss Vietnam 2010 and Miss Vietnam Global 2010, both scheduled for August, are competing intensely to attract contestants. Observers and insiders do not understand the rapid-fire licensing of pageants with coinciding timeframes.

Young ladies have been chosen for the semifnals of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 in southern region

The People’s Committee of the northern province of Quang Ninh and Tien Phong Newspaper jointly organize the 2010 Miss Vietnam Pageant at Tuan Chau resort in Ha Long bay, the UNESCO World Heritage site, from August 3-15.

Meanwhile, Vietnam Television (VTV) and Vinpearl Land Tourism Joint Stock Company at Vinpearl Land Resort and Spa will hold Miss Vietnam Global 2010 from August 10 to 21 in the coastal city of Nha Trang in the southern central province of Khanh Hoa.

The two pageants offer a cash prize of VND500 million (US$25,000) for contest winners.

Organizers of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant announced the winner will receive a crown inlaid with gemstones worth VND1 billion (more than US$50,000) that she will be allowed to keep forever, together with many valuable gifts.

Contestants of this contest’s final round will receive VND10 million, receive free flights to Nha Trang and stay free at Vinperland resort during the competition.

The quality of contestants of the two pageants has contributed in affirming the level of every competition.

Miss Vietnam 2010 is open to all Vietnamese young women in the country, while Miss Vietnam Global 2010 attracts Vietnamese contestants living at home and abroad.

Miss Vietnam Global 2010 will be aired on VTV3 and VTV4 channels. Miss Vietnam 2010 will be broadcast on VTC and more than 30 local channels nationwide.

Most of top modeling agencies bring their models to beauty contests and their managers tend to be invited to be jury members of Miss Vietnam Global 2010, potentially disadvantaging for other contestants.

The public does not know why the biggest beauty contests have been concurrently scheduled, making Vietnamese contestants unavailable for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant, which will also take place this August in the U.S.

Source: SGGP

Agency seeks clarification on cause of mass fish deaths in Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The Vietnam Environment Administration and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ordered on June 29 that Ha Nam, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh provinces to explain the mass deaths of several fishes in the rivers that run through these regions by July 10.

Fishes of 52 floating fish cage farming households in Dong Nai River are all dead. (Photo: SGGP)

They also ordered these provinces to investigate the operation of manufacturing firms, which directly discharge wastewater into the rivers, evaluate damages to environment and economy and present solutions.

This move was made after Sai Gon Giai Phong Daily reported that fishes of 52 floating fish cage farming households in Dong Nai River were all dead.

In related news, representatives of Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park said that Hao Duong Leather Co., which has been continuously reported for discharging untreated wastewater, is in the process of connecting their own structures to the park’s central wastewater treatment system.

The park requested that wastewater treated by Hao Duong Co. must meet level C standard before joining the central system. Then, it would upgrade the wastewater into the level B category before discharging it into the Dien River, at a cost of VND5,000 per cubic meter.

Source: SGGP

CT scan radiation can cause cancer: US studies

In World on December 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Two US studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine have found that radiation from computed tomographic (CT) scanners can cause cancer decades after patient exposure.

CT scans use blasts of X-rays in a test that allows doctors to see a three-dimensional image of a targeted organ or tissue.

The first study, undertaken in four San Francisco hospitals, found that “even the median doses (of radiation) are four times higher than they are supposed to be, according to the currently quoted radiation dose for these tests.”

A Pakistani man gets a CT scan. Two US studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine have found that radiation from computed tomographic (CT) scanners can cause cancer decades after patient exposure.(

Just one CT coronary angiogram on average submits the patient to the equivalent of 309 chest X-rays.

This study found that one 40-year-old woman out of 270 who underwent a CT scan of coronary arteries would develop cancer as a result of the test.

A second test meanwhile found that the 72 million CT scan images done in the United States in 2007 would cause 29,000 supplementary cancers. The data excludes patients who already had a tumor or had the scan as part of end of life treatment.

Cancers caused by the radiation appear 20-30 years after the procedure, it found. “At a 50-percent mortality rate (the scans) will cause approximately 15,000 deaths annually,” the research said.

“The effort to avoid unnecessary excess cancers must be multifaceted,” the study noted suggesting that “radiation protocols should be improved to eliminate the 13-fold difference in radiation dose for the same CT scan,” the studies in the December 14 issue of the AIM said.

“There is far more radiation from medical CT scans than has been recognized previously, in amounts projected to cause tens of thousands of excess cancers annually,” they warned.

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