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European music festival to take place in major cities

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:27 am

“Green street” campaign kicked off in big cities

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm

A “Green street” campaign has just been kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang on October 21.

                   The 1st “Green street” is organized in 2009.

The 2nd campaign is part of the “Go Green Journey” program launched by the Go Green Club (GGC).

The GGC and residents will restore the habit of cleaning streets and their homes every Sunday morning.

The campaign has been implemented in offices, primary and high schools throughout the country.

The “Go Green Journey” program aims to create a hub to promote closely and systematically cooperation between environment protection activities of TMV with other organizations, and dedicated environment volunteer groups in Vietnam.

The program was first launched in 2008 by Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) in collaboration with the Vietnam Environment Protection Administration and Ministry of Education and Training.

The program is implemented in 2 phases (2008-2011; and 2011 onwards) to achieve 3 objectives: Raising awareness of the community towards environment protection and to ride on it to make people gradually change their behavior; directly implementing and supporting other environment activities to minimize and stop damages to the environment in Vietnam; supporting and helping individuals and organizations affected by environmental damages.

Source: SGGP

Photo exhibitions of life in big cities

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

A photo exhibition titled “Colors of life” featuring around 65 pictures of Chinese Vietnamese photographer Tran Quan Lai is being held at the Ho Chi Minh City Photography Association’s office.

                      A photo is on the display “Colors of life”

It is the fourth solo exhibition of the photographer at the age of 72. He has spent 35 years for taking art works of the land and people in the country.

The display will run until August 20 at 122 Suong Nguyet Anh Street in Ho Chi Minh City.


In addition, another exhibition called “Hanoi in me” opened at the Information and Exhibition House, 45 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi on August 17.

Photo titled “In front of the statue of King Ly Thai To” in the exhibition “Hanoi in me”

The display introduces to audiences 90 color, black and white pictures of the landscapes and daily activities of the people in the capital.

They are selected from photos which have been taken since 2000 by Tat Binh who was born and grow up in Hanoi.

The show is organized by the Hanoi Information and Exhibition Center and Hong Ha Photography Club.

Source: SGGP

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

On August 6 three more provinces, Vinh Long, Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa, reported having blue-ear pig disease, bringing the total number of infected provinces to 16.

Ho Chi Minh City has culled nearly 200 pigs which were suspected of being infected with the disease but its head of the Department of Animal Health, Hoang Van Nam, said on August 6 that the city is not listed as an affected locality because they did not actually detect the disease on pig farms.

As of August 5, more than 43,000 pigs had been infected with the disease, 22,000 of which had been culled.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan has directed localities to check on the vaccination of pigs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also requested that at least 80 percent of pigs should be vaccinated. It has also asked localities to set up checkpoints to prevent the illegal transportation of pigs.

The 16 hit provinces are: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Quang Tri, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Photos on Hanoi, Belgium’s cities spotlighted

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Photos on Hanoi, Belgium’s cities spotlighted

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

A photo exhibition on Hanoi and Belgium’s cities opened in Hanoi on July 16.

The event, organised by the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association, is to mark the 179th anniversary of Belgium’s National Day (July 21) and the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Prominent among the guests at the event were Belgium Deputy Ambassador Patrick de Bouck, vice chairman of the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association Pham Manh Con, vice chairwoman of the Union of Friendship Organisations Vu Thi Hai and representatives of relevant ministries and agencies.

On the occasion, Vietnamese representatives extended their congratulations to Belgium on its 179th National Day. The two sides reviewed fine relations between the two countries over the past 40 years.

Vice chairman Con stressed the continuing development of bilateral ties, adding that in 2007-2010, Belgium has planned to provide 32 million EUR in official development assistance with priorities given to human resources development, water management and environmental protection.

Currently, Belgium is the fourth largest importer of Vietnamese goods in the European Union and ranks fifth among Vietnam’s exporters, he said.

Vice chairwoman Hai stressed that the meaningful event contributes to boosting cultural exchange and understanding between the two countries’ peoples.

For his part, Deputy Ambassador Patrick de Bouck said Vietnam and Belgium need to increase their exchanges on culture and education to bolster friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

The event will run until July 18.

Source: VNA

Photo: HNM

Source: QDND

Rockefeller helps Vietnamese cities cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

Rockefeller helps Vietnamese cities cope with climate change

QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Rockefeller Foundation on June 29 jointly held a seminar entitled “Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network” (ACCCRN).

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the ACCRN project has been implemented in 10 cities in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Thailand since 2008 in order to improve these cities capacity to cope with and recover from the predicted impacts of climate change.

In Vietnam, the project has helped the cities of Danang, Quy Nhon, and Can Tho to build their resilience in coping with the situation.

The selected cities have evaluated the impact of climate change on key economic sectors and vulnerable populations to build a plan in the 2011-2013 period to address the issue.

During the seminar, representatives of the three cities shared their experiences and discussed challenges and advantages in their implementation of the project. They all agreed that the capacity of most functional agencies is still weak and proposed more training for local staff and people.

Speaking at the seminar, Thai van Quang, from Da Nang said there should be close cooperation between agencies and people to successfully deal with the problem.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

New air route between Da Nang and Da Lat cities

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

A rush of holiday makers return to cities

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

Holiday makers had to make a lot of exertion to reach tourist spots or return home and again had to face miserableness  to come back to the city. 

The Liberation Day and May Day fell on the weekend hence government workers and laborers had at least three days off for vacation.

Most of transport companies operated a huge additional bus trips but still could not meet demand. After bringing passengers to the city, the buses hurriedly left for picking up travelers in provinces.

Buses from Mekong Delta provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Dong Thap and the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, the south-central coast province of Binh Thuan and more were overloaded with people.

The increase of buses to help holiday makers come back to the city resulted in traffic congestion on the National Highway 1A which is the major route from neighboring provinces to the city.

The similar situation also occurred in Hanoi.

Traffic was blocked at bus stations like My Dinh, Nuoc Ngam because a massive number of people crowded on the streets to catch buses, taxi and taxi-motorcycles.

The bus fare has remarkably increased by 50-100 percent for routes from provinces Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and others to the capital.

Buses of transport private enterprises stopped on the way to illegally pick up too many passengers and speeded along the roads dangerously, several passengers complained.


Source: SGGP

US cities brace for May Day immigration protests

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to rally across the United States Saturday in a protest at a tough new immigration law in Arizona that has triggered an outcry from rights groups.

Demonstrations are planned in more than 70 cities as Hispanic organizations mobilize to demand the repeal of the controversial Arizona legislation as well as wide-ranging immigration reform at a federal level.

Organizer Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association, said the Arizona law “only gives working people, immigrants, youth, women, trade unionists and their sympathizers more reason to march.”

The rallies were being held “not only decry the horrible legislative act in Arizona, but to demand a fair and humane immigration reform by this Democratic administration in 2010,” Lopez added.

Downtown Los Angeles is expected to play host to the largest of the demonstrations, with police saying as many 100,000 could turn out. Around one million people turned out for a similar rally in the city in 2006.

The law in Arizona makes it a crime to lack proper immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people are in the country illegally.

Civil rights activists say the law will lead to racial profiling but state officials have repeatedly emphasized that the bill expressly forbids law enforcement officers from stopping someone on the basis of their ethnicity.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has said the law, which has attracted broad national support according to recent polls, is needed to secure the state’s porous border, one of the main entry points for illegal aliens in the US.

In Phoenix on Thursday, the wording of the bill was tweaked by legislators in a move Brewer said was motivated to make it “crystal clear” that racial profiling was illegal.

One passage, which read that law enforcement officers were prevented from “solely” using race as grounds for suspecting someone is in the country illegally had been changed to remove the word “solely.”

“These changes specifically answer legal questions raised by some who expressed fears that the original law would somehow allow or lead to racial profiling,” Brewer said in a statement.

“These new amendments make it crystal clear and undeniable that racial profiling is illegal and will not be tolerated in Arizona.”

Arizona’s immigration law has led to calls for an economic boycott of the border state by cities and local government officials across the country.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined the protests on Thursday, branding the law unpatriotic and un-American, mirroring the stance taken by several other cities including San Francisco.

“While we recognize that we must enact 21st Century legislation to secure our borders and ensure the safety of all our citizens, the law signed by the governor of Arizona simply does not do this,” Villaraigosa said. “The Arizona law is not only misguided, it is unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”

Meanwhile Major League Baseball chiefs were urged Friday to strip Arizona of the 2011 All-Star game in a concerted protest.

San Francisco city officials called on MLB commissioner Bud Selig to move next year’s mid-season extravaganza to a different state

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera and supervisor David Campos said the law was a “a direct threat to the fundamental rights of many MLB players and fans, and an affront to millions of Americans who are — or who may appear to be — of foreign heritage.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association meanwhile said Arizona’s legislation could have a “negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States.”


Source: SGGP

WHO: Urgent steps must be taken to make cities healthier

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

WHO: Urgent steps must be taken to make cities healthier

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

PANO – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that continued population growth in cities in the Western Pacific will have damaging consequences for human health, particularly for the poor, unless urgent steps are taken to tackle health risks for people who live in cities. 

“Many cities in the Western Pacific have grown too fast and too randomly,” Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific said on April 7th. “Millions of people already live in urban slums or near-slums where disease is a serious threat. With the projected rise in urban populations across the Region, the health risks will also rise if insufficient attention is paid to planning and implementation of healthy urban practices and infrastructure.”

Rapid and unplanned urbanisation increases human vulnerability to poverty, disease and natural disasters. Of all the Regions, the Western Pacific Region experiences the most natural hazards and disasters. Countries like the Philippines had their fair share of these in 2009.

“Typhoon Ketsana showed with devastating effect what can happen when urban planning is not a priority. People living in informal settlements suffered disproportionately from the flooding caused by Ketsana, which was compounded by inadequate sanitation systems in some areas of Metro Manila”, said Dr Shin.

After the onset of Ketsana, the number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea increased and outbreaks of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease caused by contact with water contaminated with urine from rats and other mammals, were declared in several areas.

The Western Pacific Region has the highest number of people living in cities compared to other WHO regions. Almost half of people in the Region – some 800 million people – currently live in urban areas, and this figure is expected to rise in the coming years. This shift from rural to urban living has had a profound impact on society and health. For a large and growing number of people and communities, urban living means poverty and isolation, which in turn lead to new health risks and challenges and widen the gap of health inequalities.

Addressing these challenges and narrowing the health inequality gap caused by the rapid increase in urban living are among the most important global health issues of the 21st century. By the year 2030, six out of every 10 people globally will live in cities, and this proportion will grow to seven out of 10 in 2050.

Innovative and effective solutions that mitigate health risks of people living in cities must be found, acted upon and sustained over time. But the health sector cannot act alone, as many of the factors at play are controlled by other sectors. This is why it is time for all sectors to work together with civil society, community groups, architects, engineers, and businesses to ensure that growing cities are healthy cities and to deal with the problems afflicting many of the urban poor.

Planning will work only where there is good urban governance and where the communities – and especially the urban poor – are brought into the decision-making processes that affect their lives. As part of the “1,000 Cities, 1,000 Lives” campaign for World Health Day 2010, events are taking place around the globe to showcase what cities and citizens can do to make a positive and lasting difference for health.

“It’s time for everyone to do their part. Cities in this Region have all the ingredients for positive change”, said Dr Shin. “Today, more than 500 cities across the Western Pacific participated in World Health Day celebrations and organized events. We urge them – and all of you – to support and sustain these efforts for the future. World Health Day may be held one day per year, but the health of the people is an every day matter.”

Reported by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND