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VNA urges closer regional ties in multimedia

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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Cholera edges closer to Haiti capital, 220 dead

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 23 (AFP) – More than a dozen people have died of cholera in central Haiti, adding to concerns that the deadly outbreak is edging closer to the densely populated capital, officials have said.

The sudden cholera epidemic has in recent days killed 220 people, mainly in northern Haiti, and sent officials scrambling to contain a wider outbreak 10 months after a January earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation.

Sick people queue for medical treatment at a hospital close to Port-au-Prince amid a cholera outbreak. AFP

Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in impoverished tent cities, particularly around Port-au-Prince, where sanitation is poor and where relief groups say the diarrhea-causing illness could spread rapidly.

Regional health director Dieula Louissaint said 12 more people died in the Artibonite department in northern Haiti on Saturday, boosting that area’s toll 206, while 14 people died in central Haiti closer to the capital.

“We cannot continue to treat cholera in this structure where we are also seeing other kinds of patients,” Louissaint said. “We need to establish specific treatment centers.”

Around 3,000 people have been admitted to hospitals and health centers near the northern city of Saint Marc which is struggling to cope with the overwhelming rush of sick patients as Haiti grapples with its first cholera outbreak in over a century.

More than 50 inmates at a prison in the center of the country have been infected with cholera, and three inmates have died, officials said.

“The situation is under control. The population should not give in to panic, but people must take hygienic measures seriously,” warned Jocelyne Pierre-Louis, a physician with the health ministry.

President Rene Preval and Health Minister Alex Larsen toured regions affected by the epidemic on Saturday, as authorities vowed they were working to provide clean water to residents.

On Friday, the health ministry asked the United Nations operations in Haiti to take charge of distributing medication that is being sent by international donors.

The Canadian government has offered to set up a military hospital in Haiti and the United States has pledged to set up large tents to treat patients on the ground.

Canada, which has its own sizeable Haitian population, also offered to send one million Canadian dollars to help fight the spread of the outbreak.

“Canada is worried about the risk that this serious disease spreads to other communities,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

The US branch of the Red Cross said Saturday that three large shipments of supplies had arrived in the Americas’ poorest country.

Doctors Without Borders has plans to set up a field hospital in Saint Marc in order to treat cholera patients, and Oxfam said it sent five emergency specialists to Artibonite to “set up water, sanitation and hygiene programs for an estimated 100,000 people.”

Contamination of the Artibonite river, an artery crossing Haiti’s rural center that thousands of people use for much of their daily activities from washing to cooking, was believed to be at the source of the epidemic.

But the rapid spread of the disease, which is caused by a bacterial infection in the small intestines, raised fears of a much larger health emergency, particularly if it reaches the camps around Port-au-Prince.

“It is a scenario of catastrophe,” Mirlande Manigat, the frontrunner in Haiti’s presidential elections, told broadcaster Radio-Canada during a visit to Montreal.

Aid agencies have 300,000 doses of antibiotics in the country already, Catherine Bragg, the UN deputy emergency coordinator said in New York on Friday.

Some 10,000 boxes of water purification tablets, 2,500 jerry cans, and the same number of buckets and hygiene kits are being distributed in the affected area.

“The point here is that cholera deaths are preventable, and we are doing everything we can to assist the Haitian authorities to prevent further deaths,” Bragg said.

According to Bragg, there have been no major disease outbreaks in the quake zone even though sanitary conditions in some of the camps are “truly awful.”

But Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan-American Health Organization, told reporters in Washington Friday that the outbreak “is likely to get much larger given our experience with cholera… particularly in a population that has really no protective immunity.”

Source: SGGP

Whales closer to us than thought, say scientists

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

PARIS, June 19 (AFP) – As the future of whales once more comes under global debate, some scientists say the marine mammals are not only smarter than thought but also share several attributes once claimed as exclusively human.

Self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities are a hallmark of cetaceans, an order grouping more than 80 whales, dolphins and porpoises, say marine biologists.

File photo of a grey whale calf emerging from the water at the San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur state, Mexico. AFP

If so, the notion that whales are intelligent and sentient beings threatens to demolish, like an explosive harpoon, the assumption that they are simply an animal commodity to be harvested from the sea.

That belief lies at the heart of talks unfolding at the International Whaling Commission (IWC), meeting from Monday to Friday in Agadir, Morocco.

A fiercely-contested proposal would authorise whale hunts by Japan, Norway and Iceland for 10 more years, ending a 24-year spell in which these nations — tarred as outlaws by a well-organised green campaign — have snubbed or sidelined the IWC’s moratorium on whaling.

“We now know from field studies that a lot of the large whales exhibit some of the most complex behaviour in the animal kingdom,” said Lori Marino, a neurobiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

A decade ago, Marino conducted an experiment with bottlenose dolphins in which she placed a small mark on their body and had the mammals look at themselves in a mirror.

By the way the dolphins reacted to the image and then looked at the spot, it was clear that they had a sense of self-identity, Marino determined.

For Georges Chapouthier, a neurobiologist and director of the Emotion Centre at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, self-awareness means that dolphin and whales, along with some higher primates, can experience not just pain but also suffering.

Unlike nociception — a basic nerve response to harmful stimuli found in all animals — or lower-order pain, “suffering supposes a certain level of cognitive functioning,” he said in an interview.

“It is difficult to define what that level is, but there’s a lot of data now to suggest some higher mammals have it, including great apes, dolphins and, most likely, whales.”

As for intelligence, cetaceans are second only to humans in brain size, once body weight is taken into account.

More telling than volume, though, are cerebral areas which specialise in cognition and emotional processing — and the likelihood that this evolution was partly driven by social interaction, according to several peer-reviewed studies.

Some scientists suggest this interaction can best described as culture, a notion usually reserved for homo sapiens.

“Evidence is growing that for at least some cetacean species, culture is both sophisticated and important,” said Hal Whitehead, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

If culture is learned behaviour passed on across generations that is different from one community to the next, then humpback whales, to cite one example, are rather cultured indeed.

“At any time during the winter breeding season, all the males in any ocean sing more or less the same elaborate song, but this communal song evolves over months and years,” Whitehead and colleagues noted in a study in the journal Biological Conservation.

Scientists have also observed orcas, or killer whales, learning from other orcas from a geographically separate group how to steal fish from so-called longlines used by commercial fishing boats.

Two orca communities that rarely intermingle despite sharing the same waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, meanwhile, have learned to divide their natural bounty: and one group eats fish and the other mammals, especially seals, Whitehead reported.

Such findings are disturbing factors in the calculus of conservation.

“If we wipe out a sub-group, it is more than killing a certain number of individuals. It could actually wipe out an entire culture,” Marino said.

At a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February, scientists concluded that new data on cognition and culture among whales should be the guideline for international wildlife policy.

To date that hasn’t happened in any international forum, including the IWC, said Margi Prideaux, head of cetacean conservation at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

“Aside from a narrow focus on killing methods — what type of harpoon grenade, for example, is most humane — ethics or the status of whales as sentient beings do not figure in talks at the IWC,” she said.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Responsible Travel brings hearts closer

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Vietnam Responsible Travel brings hearts closer

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

The first Vietnam Responsible Travel in Central Vietnam, has attracted, and been appreciated by, numerous international tourists and local people.

To join this month–long trip, nine Canadian tourists first flew to Ho Chi Minh City and then settled in the ancient city of Hoi An, the central province of Quang Nam.

One of the most important things of this special trip is that participants should be over 50.

Mr K.Paul said his group shared a house and meals with Tran Hung family in Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City.

“I and Mr Hung have gradually got to know each other. Sentiments is the most precious thing I have acknowledged and felt after nearly a month staying here”, confided Mr Paul.

During their stay in Hoi An City, the group has walked around the ancient city of Hoi An, collecting required information useful for their stay.

Moreover, they have Vietnamese language classes from Monday to Friday. They also joined in making meals, teaching English for local children, making pottery products in trade village of Thanh Tra, growing vegetables in Tra Que village and other interesting things.

Importantly, Canadian tourists have volunteered to help handicapped and elderly people in the Quang Nam Social Center as well as children in the Hoi An Orphans Center.  They even joined in cleaning houses; cooking meals, washing clothes and giving baths to the elderly and children.

Besides the ancient city of Hoi An, the group has also visited Hanoi, some of the world’s natural and cultural heritages of My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha Cave, Halong Bay and contemplated other charming landscapes of Ngu Hanh Son, Museum of Cham, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Hien Luong bridge and Ben Hai river.

Mr Nguyen Hoi living in Cam Chau Ward, who shared his house with a tourist, remarked that “our foreign guest is quite open-hearted; relaxed and supportive. The guest actively took part in making daily meals, watering plants every morning. Especially, he is always cheerfully and friendly”.

Relating to this unique tourism program, Mr Le Ho Phuoc Vinh, the CEO of Le Nguyen International Travel Joint-stock Company in Hoi An city, said that his company has coordinated with Canada-based-Cegep Marie-Victoria Company to put this program into operation.

“Joining this home-stay program, members could have opportunity to chat and have meals with the host and participate in numerous voluntary activities”, he added.

Ms. J.Helene, a Canadian tourist, shared that her companies did not use air-conditioning to save electricity and had long stay in a certain place to limit the use of transportation to reduce the impact on the environment.

“The most wonderful part of the program is that we have an opportunity to give children and the elderly a hand, from the smallest thing. I see that people in Hoi An city are very nice and sweet. It is cultural values that make the life here is so peaceful”, Helene said.

Vietnam Responsible Travel, the newly-launched tourism program, is very impressive as it helped link heart to heart.

Furthermore, it has also helped popularise Vietnamese images among international friends and more tourists will come to Vietnam partly thanks to this special program.

Source: TP

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Creating closer link between employees and employers

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Creating closer link between employees and employers

QĐND – Sunday, May 16, 2010, 21:29 (GMT+7)

Many graduated students cannot find a job even while many businesses are short of employees.

In recent years, training has not been in line with real demand for socio-economic development so graduates must be retrained. The current labour force is seeing an imbalance between qualifications and job opportunities.

Economic expert Le Dang Doanh says that Vietnam has a golden population with a high number of working age people. Vietnamese workers are intelligent and skillful and wage levels are affordable for employers. However, this is currently not working to its more highly qualified workers. Moreover, Vietnam is developing strongly and its labour force costs will increase so workers should improve their qualifications and productivity to raise the competitiveness of the economy in the integration process, Mr Doanh says.

Regarding the weaknesses of the Vietnam’s labour market, Mr Doanh says that both businesses and workers suffer from a lack of proper information. In the organised labour market, such as the State-owned sector, small- and medium- sized enterprises, and foreign directed investment businesses, workers are managed quite well while in the informal economic sector, they are not. Currently, more than 3 million economic households across the country attract around 38 percent of the total labour force but they do not strictly implement State regulations on minimum salary, labour practices, healthcare and social insurance and other rights.

The artificial shortage in the labour force is due to the inefficient performance of Vietnamese labour market, Mr Doanh says. Workers do not access useful information about the real needs of businesses, occupational fields and income. In addition, businesses have not developed the necessary infrastructure, such as houses, kindergartens, hospitals, and schools, to help workers feel secure with their jobs.

Improving the quality of the labour force requires close coordination among many agencies, in which the education and training sector plays a key role, Mr Doanh emphasises. It should renew its training methods as workers lack discipline and do not know how to adjust to working conditions. Therefore, to have an efficient labour force, training centres should work closely with businesses.

The productivity of Vietnamese workers is low. Over the past 25 years, productivity increased by 300 percent while in the Republic of Korea, it rose by 3,000 percent. To raise productivity, Vietnam must pay attention to health and the quality of population, ensure the gender balance and renovate training.

Promoting mutual understanding between businesses and workers

According to Nguyen Lam Thuy, director of employment network 116, it is essential to disseminate information on job recruitment, not only through newspapers, but also at vocational training centres.

In addition, workers should also conduct their job search in such a way that both businesses and workers know each others’ needs, Ms Lam said.

She also suggested that businesses employ workers for long-term contracts, rather than short-term ones. Moreover, workers should understand their job properly and choose the job that suits their ability, she added.

Regular job fairs have created good opportunities for businesses and workers to directly meet, exchange information and sign contracts. Through these events, workers gain access to employment information, while businesses can recruit employees easily at the fairs. However, such fairs will become more useful if they include job consultancy groups to help workers secure suitable positions.

Furthermore, workers should seek information relating to the businesses which they are planning to work for. Information on job recruitment should be expanded, not only within the framework of the fairs, but also at job placement centres.

The State should encourage job consultancy centres to provide updated information on the labour market, both inside and outside the country.

Taking an active role in ensuring the labour force

Luong Quoc Toan, Deputy General Director of Phu Giang Paper and Packaging Co. Ltd. in Bac Ninh province, says that his company did not suffer a shortage of workers after the lunar New Year festival as 95 percent of its workers are locals.

Most local workers are young and have good professional skills. They want to work for the company at a stable level of salary because it is convenient for them to go to work a short commuting distance from the factory, Mr Toan says.

He elaborates that his company creates a friendly working environment to make workers feel they are working at home.

According to Mr Toan, young workers often work hard and are eager to learn more to increase their professional skills. Currently, each locality has at least one vocational training centre, so local businesses do not face a shortage of workers. However, businesses should draw up long-term employment plans to ensure an adequate labour force. For example, if a company wants to apply new production technology and install new facilities in the next two years, it should promptly create a new employment plan, not wait until the new production chain becomes operational. To attract more workers, businesses must consider them as a valuable asset, create a good environment and ensure them a stable income, he adds.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam closer to semis with 3-1 win over Malaysia

In Vietnam Sports on December 7, 2009 at 10:25 am

Vietnam need just one point from their last match against Cambodia on Dec. 11 to enter the men’s football semifinals at the 25th SEA Games in Laos.

Vietnam striker Phan Thanh Binh (front) celebrates his opening goal in the Vietnam vs. Malaysia game on December 6. Vietnam won 3-1.

They went to seven points and top of group A after beating Malaysia 3-1 at the National Stadium on December 6.

In the group, Thailand are on four points and Malaysia are on three with two matches to go for each.

Vietnam and Malaysia began with great urgency since they both needed full points from the game.

In the ninth minute, Thanh Binh scored from a penalty after Malaysian midfielder Fakri Saarani handled in the box.

In the 25th minute Thanh Hung caught the Malaysian defense napping with a through ball and an alert Mai Tien Thanh latched on to the pass and easily beat onrushing goalkeeper Mohd Farizah Marlias.

The Malaysians were fortunate to reduce the deficit almost instantly, thanks to an own goal by Vo Hoang Quang.

Fakri Saarani broke loose on the right and crossed into the box where the Vietnamese defender surprisingly nodded the ball past his own goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.

Malaysian’s hopes of qualifying took a blow when Nguyen Trong Hoang scored Vietnam’s third goal in injury time in the second half.

Vietnam take on Cambodia on December 11.

Thailand play East Timor on the 8th and Malaysia in their last match on the 11th.

The Vietnamese women demolished Malaysia 8-0 in their first match at the National University stadium on December 6.

They are a point behind Thailand, who drew with Myanmar on the same day, but with a game in hand.

Malaysia and Laos complete the tournament which is being played on round robin basis with the two top qualifying for the final.

Vietnam play Myanmar on the 8th, Thailand on the 11th, and Laos two days later.

Related news:
Pressure on Vietnam to take down Malaysia

Men’s football ranking at the 25th SEA Games

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ASEAN armies move forward closer cooperation

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The armies of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have moved forward in enhancing and institutionalising their regional cooperation at the 9th ASEAN Chiefs of Armies Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM) in the Philippines.

“We have moved forward from 8th ACAMM in enhancing and institutionalising regional cooperation,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, General Alexander B. Yano was cited by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) as saying at the opening ceremony.

Yano also emphasised the innovations to address the threats of terrorism and transnational crime as well as the importance to have common plans and defence cooperation, intelligence sharing and maritime security of Southeast Asia.

The Philippines Army (PA) is the host of this year’s ACCAM which was themed “Ensuring Regional Peace and Stability Through the Collective Strength of the ASEAN Armies”.

Meanwhile, PA chief Victor S. Ibrado said the ACAMM allows the Army chiefs to understand each other and learn from one another.

“Security challenges transcend boundaries but with our collective cooperation, we can surpass them all,” he said.

This year’s ACAMM was attended by leaders from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.-

Brazil, Indonesia to bridge closer ties between trade blocs

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Buenos Aires (VNA) – Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva and his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have agreed to increase cooperation and dialogue between the Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR) and the Association of Southest Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In a meeting on November 18 with visiting Indonesian President, President Lula da Silva pledged to raise the issue of intensifying cooperation between the two trading blocs at MERCOSUR summit in Brazil in December.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian President also promised to put the issue on the table at the ASEAN summit in Thailand next month.

The two leaders expressed their support for a ministerial meeting between MERCOSUR and ASEAN to be held for the first time in Brasil next week.

During the three-day visit, the Indonesian leader and his counterpart signed a strategic partnership aimed at promoting their political, economic, scientific and technology as well as culture cooperation.

The two sides also inked three Memorandums of Understanding of cooperation in agriculture, energy and mining and poverty reduction.

Two-way trade between Brasil and Indonesia were recorded at 1.5 billion USD in 2007 and is expected to reach 2 billion USD by the year end.-

Indian navy ships nudge closer

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 11:10 am

HCM CITY — Two Indian naval ships began a four-day visit to HCM City yesterday as part of efforts to forge closer defence relations between the two countries.

The ships – INS Gharial and INS Kulish – are captained by commanding officers Sujit K.Chheti and Jaswinder Singh respectively.

The officers and crew of the two ships will visit the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, and play a friendly volleyball match with the Viet Nam People’s Navy (VNPN). VNPN will host a dinner reception later for the guests.

The two naval ships paid a similar visit to HCM City last May. —

VN seeks closer health ties with Western Pacific nations

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 11:07 am

HA NOI — Viet Nam will increase co-operation with other countries in the Pacific region to address its own healthcare-related issues such as overcrowding in hospitals, financial resources for the health sector, health insurance, and food hygiene and safety.

The pledge was delivered yesterday by the Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu at the 59th session of the World Health Organ-isation Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines.

Minister Trieu affirmed that the country would strive to fulfill the 13 strategic goals in the healthcare field set by the region and co-ordinate closely with the WHO in its activities and programmes.

He added that Viet Nam had achieved remarkable goals in healthcare due to its own efforts, along with the assistance of the WHO and the international community.

By the end of 2007, 98 per cent of 11,000 communes in Viet Nam had set up their own health stations, with each having between 4 and 7 health workers and 65.9 percent of those stations having doctors, said Trieu.

In addition to these achievements, Viet Nam’s health sector was also addressing challenges in developing a sufficient supply of health workers, providing healthcare access for all people, improving healthcare services, addressing infectious disease-related issues, HIV/AIDS, bird flu, food safety and the impact of climate change on human health, the minister stressed.

The WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific’s five-day session, which opened on Monday, will focus on orientating future health policy for the Asia-Pacific region.

Also high on the agenda are discussions on the protection of health from the effects of climate change, a regional strategy to combat dengue fever and the control of infectious diseases.

During the five-day session, participants are expected to elect a new WHO regional director to replace Dr Shigeru Omi, who has been in the post for a decade. —