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‘Every chance’ missing NZealand miners alive, says PM

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

More pupils to have chance to go to school

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

More pupils to have chance to go to school

QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

During its third term, from 2005 to 2010, the Vietnam Study Encouragement Association raised funds of more than VND1 trillion to help nearly 4 million poor pupils with their schooling.

The association granted tens of millions of scholarships to poor pupils who wanted to drop out, and presented thousands of textbooks, notebooks, hundreds of tonnes of food and clothing to pupils affected by accidents or by natural disasters.

Disabled children received wheelchairs and study aids, while pupils in remote areas were presented with thousands of bikes.

The association encouraged local people to construct bridges, repair downgraded schools, and make furniture for pupils. Branches of the association also launched a movement to build facilities for study.

The association also worked with local authorities to carry out meaningful extracurricular activities for pupils.

Source: Dan Tri

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

More chance for students to study in the US

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

More chance for students to study in the US

QĐND – Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

A get together between Vietnamese students studying in the US and those in Vietnam was held by VietAbroader on June 22 in Hanoi as part of a US educational conference that attracted more than 50 leading US universities.

At the meeting the domestic students met with Vietnamese students such as Trinh Minh Duc and Phan Duc Toan who are studying at Harvard, Nguyen Trung Hieu from Bates and Dang Tra My who are at Colgate.

They are all key members of VietAbroad who faced many difficulties when choosing a university and preparing the necessary paperwork. Therefore, they are only too pleased to help other Vietnamese students win a scholarship to study in the US.

The VietAboarder’s organising board also sponsored several disadvantaged students from remote and mountain areas to attend the conference.

Vietnam is placed 13th among countries that have a large number of students in the US.

VietAbroader is a non-profit organisation set up by a Vietnamese student in the US to share useful information about scholarships with under-graduates, especially high school students.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Brazil’s Lula in Iran for ‘last chance’ nuclear talks

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

TEHRAN, May 16 (AFP) – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was Sunday meeting Iranian leaders at the start of a visit the West says might be Tehran’s last chance to avoid new UN sanctions over its nuclear programme.

Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister of neighbouring Turkey, the other key mediator in the standoff, meanwhile flew into Tehran on Sunday and was expected to join the talks, the Mehr news agency reported.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) welcomes his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the presidential offices in Tehran. AFP photo

Lula, who heads a 300-strong delegation, was officially welcomed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran Sunday morning before the two leaders went into the talks, Iranian news agencies reported.

A number of trade agreements were to be signed later in the day.

Lula is also expected to meet Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all key policy issues.

Ahead of his trip, Lula told reporters in Moscow he was “optimistic” and hoped to be able to persuade Ahmadinejad to reach an agreement with the West.

“I must now use everything I have learned over my long political career to convince my friend Ahmadinejad to come to an agreement with the international community,” he said.

But the United States and Russia have already said the chances of success are weak, while Turkey appears to have given up any hope of its neighbour avoiding sanctions over its controversial nuclear drive.

Brazil and Turkey, non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, have so far resisted US-led efforts to push through a fourth set of sanctions against Iran over its failure to heed repeated ultimatums to stop enrichment activity.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he was unlikely to go to Tehran over Iran’s failure to confirm a commitment to a UN-brokered deal backed by world powers.

A Turkish diplomat on condition of anonymity however said on Saturday that Foreign Minister Davutoglu had received a call from his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, “who invited him to come to Tehran as soon as possible, preferably to coincide with the visit of (the) Brazilian president.”

Iran has rejected a UN proposal to enrich abroad the uranium it says it needs for a nuclear research reactor. The West fears Iran wants highly enriched uranium to make an atomic bomb, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.

“We have received many proposals and we are considering them,” Iran’s atomic chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted as saying on Saturday in local media.

“There is a willingness on both sides to resolve the problem and things are moving positively,” he added without elaborating.

But Foreign Minister Mottaki indicated that Iran was still not ready to budge from its dogged position.

“We hope that the parties (involved in the talks with Iran) will bend to the realities and choose the right path,” Mottaki was quoted as saying in reports on Saturday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that the Brazilian president’s talks with Iran “may be the last chance before the adoption of appropriate decisions within the framework of the Security Council.”

That came after a senior US State Department official told reporters on condition of anonymity that the Lula visit was being seen as “perhaps the last big shot at engagement.”

Lula has in the past defended Iran’s nuclear activities, saying Tehran has the right to atomic energy, and has repeatedly said sanctions would be counter-productive and ineffective.

The White House said President Barack Obama and Medvedev had discussed Iran by telephone this week and agreed to step up negotiations on a new sanctions package.

Russia’s agreement would leave China as the last remaining holdout among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, bringing the prospect of sanctions much nearer.

Source: SGGP

Slovenia, Ukraine sense World Cup chance

In Vietnam Sports on November 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

PARIS, Nov 14, 2009 (AFP) – Unheralded Slovenia and Ukraine took tentative steps closer to the 2010 World Cup finals on Saturday.

Despite losing 2-1 to Russia in Moscow, Nejc Pecnik’s goal two minutes from time gave Slovenia hope that they can make sure of a second World Cup appearance in Wednesday’s return leg of their qualifying play-off.

Slovenia’s coach Matjaz Kek (R) reacts during their Russia vs Slovenia football World Cup 2010 first leg play-off match in Moscow on November 14, 2009 . Russia won 2-1. AFP PHOTO

Ukraine, who were quarter-finalists in 2006, will also be confident of achieving back-to-back World Cup spots, after holding 2004 European champions Greece to a 0-0 draw in Athens.

Later Saturday, Ireland were taking on 1998 champions, and 2006 runners-up, France in Dublin in the first leg of their play-off, while Portugal, playing without Cristiano Ronaldo, were entertaining Bosnia-Herzegovina in Lisbon.

In Moscow, Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored twice for Guus Hiddink’s Russian side before Pecnik’s late lifeline.

“It’s always disappointing when you allow your rivals to score a goal at the very end but we can only blame only ourselves for it,” said Hiddink.

“We had plenty of chances to increase our lead but missed them, while Slovenia converted one of their rare chances into a goal. But I believe we will score in the away match and clinch a place in the World Cup finals.”

Bilyaletdinov opened the scoring in the 40th minute after being set-up by Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko on the edge of the box.

Spurred on by a capacity 70,000 home crowd, Bilyaletdinov made it 2-0 in the 51st minute, scoring from eight metres after Andrei Arshavin’s short cross.

But Russia, under the watchful gaze of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, were stunned in the 88th minute when Pecnik headed home after goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev could only parry Robert Koren’s powerful shot.

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek said he was disappointed with the result but added his team still had a great chances to qualify for the finals.

“I’m unhappy with the result but it’s better to be wounded than dead,” Kek said.

“This defeat leaves us chances to qualify for the finals. The last minutes tonight proved we still have spirit to win. I’m confident that at home we will have luck on our side.”

Greece and Ukraine played out a 0-0 stalemate at Athens Olympic Stadium watched by 50,000 spectators with Greek striker Giorgos Samaras and Ukraine’s Taras Mikhalik wasting second-half chances.

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel tried to take positives from the lacklustre match.

“When you can’t win, the best result is not to let them score and this is what we did. The result also gives us chances in the second leg,” he said.

Ukraine coach Alexei Mikhailichenko refused to accept that his team were favourites reach a second successive World Cup finals.

“The chances to qualify are equal for both teams. I don’t know if we need to change our tactics. We will view the video of the match and then decide what needs to be done.”

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Fat chance: City struggles with childhood obesity

In Vietnam Health on September 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Ho Chi Minh City health officials are becoming alarmed by the increasing number of overweight and obese children, especially pupils in elementary schools. The number of such children is expected to continue rising, making childhood obesity one of the country’s future greatest health challenges.

A week ago, Duong Ngoc, resident of District 3, had to take her six-year old boy, weighing nearly 70 kilos, to the center for an examination because the first- grade pupil cannot concentrate on his studies. He often feels tired and sleepy in the class.

A child gets a health check before being given nutrition advice at the HCMC Nutrition Center (Photo: SGGP)

Dr. Tran Quoc Cuong, from the Clinical Nutrition Consultancy of the HCMC Nutrition Center, said that it is just one of so many similar cases as being overweight and obese are now among the most widespread medical problems affecting children in the city.

He pointed out that some 100 children are taken to the center daily concerning obesity. Although they are just between five and six years old, their body weight is between 20 percent and 40 percent heavier than the healthy weight for a child of that height. Particularly, there is a schoolboy who is just nine years old, but weighs as much as 110 kilos.

The problem, said Dr. Cuong, is that not many parents really comprehend the negative effects of obesity to their children’s health. They let their children eat as much as they can because they believe that “gaining weight is a sign indicating that the children are in good health.”

He added that only after taking their kids to the doctor for a health check because they have symptoms of diabetes or heart disease, do the parents realize that their children are suffering from obesity.

The number of overweight and obese children in the city at present makes up a large proportion. Recent surveys, conducted by the HCMC Nutrition Center among 2,500 pupils from two elementary schools in District 10, showed that the number of overweight and obese children accounts for 20.8 percent and 6.8 percent of pupils respectively.

A recent survey conducted by HCMC Children’s Hospital 1 revealed that of 300 overweight and obese children over two years of age, half of them suffer from a fatty liver. They are all hooked on fattening and sweetened foods.

The problem is that the rate of overweight and obese kids is continuing on an upward trend.

Recent studies released by the HCMC Nutrition Center revealed that in 1999, only 2.2 percent of under-five years were overweight, but in 2008, the figure leaped to 10.9 percent.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Minh Kieu, chairwoman of the city’s Nutrition and Food Association, emphasized that the increasing number of overweight and obese children points to a higher proportion of foods rich in fat, sugar and protein, which are present in children’s daily meals.

She pointed out that today’s busy families have fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals. Fast food, take-away foods and sugary drinks, coupled with the number of hours children are inactive in front of the TV, on computers and playing video games are the main cause of childhood obesity.

Dr. Ngoc Diep, HCMC Nutrition Association, warned that childhood obesity is one of the greatest health challenges for the city’s education and medical sectors, as it affects the children’s spiritual and physical development.

She emphasized that obesity has a profound effect on a child’s life. It not only increases the child’s risk of numerous health problems, but can also create emotional and social problems.

Obese children tend to be slower learners and vulnerable to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorder and cancers.

“We are running the risk of losing control over the increasing number of overweight and obese children, especially if the medical sector fails to raise parents’ awareness of the importance of accustoming their children to good dietary habits and regular exercise,” she warned.

Affective weight management programs should be incorporated in schools and families, suggested she as a measure. 

Source: SGGP

Chance for locals to observe Uranus

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 at 9:40 am

Hanoi (VNA) – From all parts of Vietnam , people can watch the Uranus on Sept. 12 and 13 evenings, according to the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmography Association (VACA).

However, viewers will have to use astronomical telescopes or binoculars with diameters of 40-70 mm because the Uranus lies in a straight line with other stars, said VACA Vice President Phan Van Dong.

When the moonset in clear sky is the best time to observe the planet, he added.

The Uranus, mainly made of stones and ices, is one of the eight planets that turn around the sun. It is the third largest planet in the solar system.-