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Renovation of old community house complete

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am




Renovation of old community house complete


QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

A 3 -billion VND (150,000 USD) renovation project on the Dong Mon Communal House in the central northern province of Thanh Hoa has been completed.


Built under the reign of King Le Trung Hung (1570-1623) in Vinh Long District, the temple is the province’s oldest communal house and still has nearly all of its original features.


It is a five-compartment complex with sophisticated carving patterns on its pillars, demonstrating the typical architectural style of Vietnamese communal houses.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Thua Thien-Hue prepares to market community based and eco tourism

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

A seminar aiming to promote the concept of community based tourism was held in the central city of Hue. The idea was co-ordinated between farmers, travel companies and the tourism administration.


A proposal to create and market seven exclusive tours was put forward and discussed by those in the tourism trade. The plan included tour visits to the ancient village of Phuoc Tich; to Thanh Tien village which is known for its paper flower craft; to  Sinh village famous for folk painting; to the Tam Giang Lagoon; to the Thanh Toan tiled bridge and to the Nam Dong and A Luoi  areas for eco-tourism.

Several training workshops have now been organized to help residents to promote and market their local areas and tap all available resources to showcase their villages. 

The seminar also focused on developing community based tourism in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam launches community health web portal

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm




Vietnam launches community health web portal


QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:32 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and the Ministry of Health on August 11 launched a portal on community health at vho.vn.


The website aims to popularise knowledge on healthcare, kinds of diseases, medicines, epidemic situation, preventive measures and food hygiene and safety, helping the people raise awareness of disease prevention and treatment.


So far, the site has collected over 14,000 articles, more than 3,000 video files which are classified in subjects and the most popular diseases column.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

New TV show features Khmer community

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm




New TV show features Khmer community


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

A TV series on the culture and lifestyle of the ethnic Khmer people living in Vietnam’s southwest region will be filmed this week.


The 30-part work, titled Hay Cung Em Dieu Sarikakeo (Join Me in the Sarikakeo Dance), is being made by Vang Mien Nam (Southern Gold) Film Studio, a private film and entertainment company in HCM City.


Based on a screenplay by Nguyen Thi Hong Xuan, it is about the life and love of Sophia, a Khmer woman who lives in a small village in Soc Trang province in the early 1980s.


The film recounts Sophia’s time as a Sarikakeo dancer in her native village before she moved to An Giang province and learned weaving.


Sarikakeo is a traditional dance of the Khmer.


Truong Son Hai, the film’s director, said he and his producer chose Xuan’s screenplay because few films had focused on this topic.


“We wanted to spotlight the Khmer people and their culture, lifestyle and dance,” he said.


Hai said his crew would begin filming in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta province of Soc Trang and then in Tra Vinh and Ca Mau. Skilled dancers from local traditional art troupes like Anh Binh Minh will be in the film.


There are nearly 1.3 million Khmer people in the delta, mostly in Soc Trang and Tra Vinh.


The Khmer celebrate their New Year’s festival, the Chol Chnam Thmay, which is similar to Vietnamese Tet Lunar New Year, following the Khmer traditional calendar.


During the festival, dozens of professional artists from local art troupes travel around the three provinces of Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Ca Mau to perform special programmes featuring the culture and lifestyle of the Khmer.


Local people and visitors can participate in many cultural activities, such as music and singing programmes, traditional games and sports competitions launched by local authorities.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Shouldering community responsibility

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm




Shouldering community responsibility


QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

Electricity blackouts are an issue of great concern to businesses and individuals as the electricity sector has constantly cut the power supply on a rotating basis for weeks. While power generation is in a terrible mess, power conservation is considered the best immediate solution.


When summer comes, the electricity sector usually has to cope with power shortages. This year, the situation is worse than usual as the country has experienced a prolonged drought, and early floods expected to flow in Hoa Binh Reservoir – the largest in Vietnam – will arrive later than usual.


Many businesses and policymakers fear that rotating power cuts will have a negative impact on the country’s economic growth and that some national targets set for this year are unlikely to be reached.


There is no denying that electricity plays a key role in people’s everyday life, and power cuts during the prolonged hot weather are making their lives chaotic. Kindergartens temporarily close down, forcing parents to stay out of work to take care of their children at home. Many elderly people look for shaded areas such as green parks or their friends’ houses where power is still on to avoid the extreme heat.


Employees opt to come to the office and enjoy good air conditioning during the daytime, even on weekends, rather than staying at home and doing nothing during a blackout. Many factories and service centres halt operations due to power outages.


In some rural areas, power is cut from 06.00 to 24.00 every day, seriously affecting post-harvest preservation of farm products during harvest season.


By and large, economic losses caused by power outages far exceed the value of the power saved. Some people suggest that the electricity sector develop a system of diesel-fuelled generators to cover the gaps. People and businesses would rather purchase electricity at a higher price than suffer prolonged power cuts.


The electricity sector needs a long-term vision for its future development, and it should have a roadmap for resolving power shortages. Power conservation is an immediate solution to help ease power shortages.


State offices should be pioneers in practising thrift by moderating their use of high-consumption equipment such as air conditioners and electric kettles. Ironically, some offices use air conditioning so excessively that warm clothes are sometimes worn inside while outside temperatures exceed 40oC. 


It is also important to have regulations minimising the use of electricity for electronic advertising boards, electronic office signs, restaurants and public lighting systems.


Power conservation campaigns have been launched across the country and have brought practical results. However, while many residential areas, production workshops and rural areas are experiencing power cuts on a regular basis, many urban areas and entertainment centres are lit up overnight.


Ten rural families will have a bulb lit and a fan operating for every air conditioner that is turned off in an urban area. In other words, saving electricity should receive a greater response from people across all social strata.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

State President Triet meets Vietnamese community in Finland

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm




State President Triet meets Vietnamese community in Finland


QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

On the night of May 21 (Hanoi time), State President Nguyen Minh Triet met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Finland.


At the meeting, Chairwoman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Finland, Nga Nguyen said that nearly 5,000 overseas Vietnamese are living in Finland, including more than 500 pupils and students studying there.


The Finnish Government appreciates the overseas Vietnamese community for their hardworking spirit and adherence to the law. Many Vietnamese young people have succeed in life and business by holding important positions in major Finnish firms or running Vietnamese restaurants.


Mr Triet praised the overseas Vietnamese for their efforts to unite and integrate into the community in their country of residence.


“I hope that Vietnamese nationals will always uphold their national traditions to make positive contributions to Finland and to their homeland as well. The Vietnamese Embassy should help overseas Vietnamese to preserve their cultural identity by keeping their mother tongue.”, Mr Triet emphasised.


The State leader also informed the overseas Vietnamese community of the outcome of his visit, in which Finland pledged to continue to create the best possible conditions for overseas Vietnamese to live and do business.


At the meeting with staff from the Vietnamese Embassy in Finland, Mr Triet called on the embassy to perform its role as a centre to enhance solidarity among overseas Vietnamese and create favourable conditions for them to make contributions to their homeland.


Earlier, Mr Triet visited a forest farm to learn more about forestry economic development and wood harvesting. Forestry is the second biggest industrial sector in Finland. For Finnish people, afforestation is not only about job creation but also part of their culture and a hobby for many Finnish people to speed up socio-economic development and protect the environment.


Source: CPV/VOV


Source: QDND

Community tourism promoted in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm




Community tourism promoted in Dien Bien


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

“I was greatly impressed by how unspoilt the mountain was and with the folk songs, dances and the food eaten by the Thai ethnic minority people,” said an Australian tourist.


Vietnamese-Australian Nguyen Pham Dien gave his first impression of Men hamlet in Thanh Nua village, Dien Bien district, one of the eight sites that promotes community tourism in Dien Bien province. It was started in 2004 to promote the cultural identity of the Thai ethnic minority group.


Tourists are invited into stilt houses and served with sweet bamboo shoots, baked fish and bamboo-tube rice while their hearts are lifted by the melodious folk music. Many admitted that they almost lost their hearts to the beautiful charming Thai girls as they danced and sang so sweetly.


Home-stay programmes are open to anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Thai community to find out more about their tribal customs and daily lives.


The provincial authorities have said that community based tourism is expected to expand across the province to promote the cultural identities of all the 21 local ethnic minority groups. The programme will also help to increase the local per-capita incomes by around 700,000 VND a month. This is enough to buy a months food in mountainous areas and will contribute greatly to reducing poverty.


Six kilometres away from Dien Bien Phu city, Men hamlet is popular for its superb panoramas and is undergoing changes for the better every day thanks to this kind of tourism.


The headman in Men hamlet, Quang Van Thuong, said that the poverty rate in his hamlet has dropped to five percent from 20 percent in 2004 and all the local families can now afford to send their children to school.


Him Lam commune No.2 on the outskirts of Dien Bien Phu city is another example. Until the tourism programme was launched, the local population largely depended on growing rice and maize on the terraced fields, which lead to a high poverty rate. This tourism scheme has helped the local people to return to brocade weaving to sell to tourists and increase their income.


Nguyen Dang Quang, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, emphasised on the need to educate local people to retain and promote their cultural identity.


The province plans to hold folk song classes for the young generation and restore the local traditional costumes, said Quang.


Local families working in the tourist industry will be sent to Sa Pa mountain resort in the north-western province of Lao Cai as well as Ban Lac tourist site in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh to learn from others how to improve the quality of their services, he added.


Several traditional festivals or rituals will also be revived, such as the festival to pray for peace and the ritual of praying for a bumper harvest as it is expected they will appeal to tourists.


The model of community-based culture tourism currently used in Dien Bien has not yet been fully commercialised, so is quite attractive to foreign tourists, said Quang.


The district has welcomed over 115,000 tourists, including 11,000 foreigners, over the past four months, contributing to the province’s target to attract over 300,000 tourists, including 50,000 foreigners, this year.


Dien Bien Phu was the former battlefield that put an end to the Indochina war. Dien Bien district keeps many items from the bunker of French General De Castries, the commander-in-chief of French the Expeditionary Force at the Dien Bien Phu battlefield.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

Industrial agriculture ushers prosperity into Jrai community

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm




Industrial agriculture ushers prosperity into Jrai community


QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)


The living conditions of a Jrai community in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has drastically improved since a company has begun employing residents as farmhands.

Thatched huts previously located near the Laotian border in Duc Co District have been now replaced by solid and spacious houses, and even some costly villas surrounded by rubber, pepper and coffee farms.
 
Colonel Tran Quang Hung, director of 74 Company, which has been transforming poor farmers in to well-paid farm workers, said he first visited Duc Co as a foot soldier in 1975
 
“At that time, going from the main road to the village took me two days and I needed to use a bush-hook to clear the way.
 
“Back then, ethnic minority people ate with their fingers, and they only knew how to plant one-crop rice. They shifted cultivation like wandering hill-tribes.
 
At night, after working at their military posts, Hung said soldiers were fire up torches to visit local Jrai homes and encourage them to grow rubber trees.
 
“We wanted to build dikes and dig ditches to water trees, but they didn’t allow that. They said ‘God gives us the stream with flowing water, let the water flow, and don’t touch it.’”
 
He also said they opposed the building of schools and wouldn’t let their children attend.
 
“They said, ‘People have long died of starvation, but never of a lack of letters,’” Hung said.
 
“After a long time of patiently encouraging them, they changed their ways.”
 
Ro Mah Klum, an old ethnic man, said, “Previously, people expected only rice enough to live, but they couldn’t earn enough to live on from farming rice so the Government usually had to give famine relief.”
 
“It was difficult to earn money, but spending it was more difficult as we had to climb over tens of hills to buy food and things,” he added.
 
“Since soldiers have arrived and launched coffee and rubber tree growing campaigns, we’ve been more interested in tilling the fields as workers.”
 
He said the soldiers had taught them to grow these new crops alternately with short-term crops like maize and beans.
 
“Before, we never had enough food to eat, but now we have enough money to live because we work for the company.”
 
Now that the Jrai believed in the way, the area will prosper, Klum predicted.
 
The changes in lifestyles, working conditions, management and hope for better lives has already boosted average Jrai incomes in the area to VND6-7 per month.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Industrial agriculture ushers prosperity into Jrai community

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

The living conditions of a Jrai community in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has drastically improved since a company has begun employing residents as farmhands.

A newly-built house owned by a Jrai ethnic worker. Jrai ethnic people are building spacious houses with their new higher incomes reaped from jobs as modern farm workers (Photo: SGGP)

Thatched huts previously located near the Laotian border in Duc Co District have been now replaced by solid and spacious houses, and even some costly villas surrounded by rubber, pepper and coffee farms.
 
Colonel Tran Quang Hung, director of 74 Company, which has been transforming poor farmers in to well-paid farm workers, said he first visited Duc Co as a foot soldier in 1975
 
“At that time, going from the main road to the village took me two days and I needed to use a bush-hook to clear the way.
 
“Back then, ethnic minority people ate with their fingers, and they only knew how to plant one-crop rice. They shifted cultivation like wandering hill-tribes.
 
At night, after working at their military posts, Hung said soldiers were fire up torches to visit local Jrai homes and encourage them to grow rubber trees.
 
“We wanted to build dikes and dig ditches to water trees, but they didn’t allow that. They said ‘God gives us the stream with flowing water, let the water flow, and don’t touch it.’”
 
He also said they opposed the building of schools and wouldn’t let their children attend.
 
“They said, ‘People have long died of starvation, but never of a lack of letters,’” Hung said.
 
“After a long time of patiently encouraging them, they changed their ways.”
 
Ro Mah Klum, an old ethnic man, said, “Previously, people expected only rice enough to live, but they couldn’t earn enough to live on from farming rice so the Government usually had to give famine relief.”
 
“It was difficult to earn money, but spending it was more difficult as we had to climb over tens of hills to buy food and things,” he added.
 
“Since soldiers have arrived and launched coffee and rubber tree growing campaigns, we’ve been more interested in tilling the fields as workers.”
 
He said the soldiers had taught them to grow these new crops alternately with short-term crops like maize and beans.
 
“Before, we never had enough food to eat, but now we have enough money to live because we work for the company.”
 
Now that the Jrai believed in the way, the area will prosper, Klum predicted.
 
The changes in lifestyles, working conditions, management and hope for better lives has already boosted average Jrai incomes in the area to VND6-7 per month.  

Source: SGGP

United in building an ASEAN community

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm




United in building an ASEAN community


QĐND – Thursday, April 01, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The 16th ASEAN Summit (ASEAN 16), the first summit of the 2010 ASEAN Year is due to take place in Hanoi from April 6-9. Sub-committees from the National Committee for ASEAN 2010 along with various ministries and sectors are finalising preparations to make the summit a great success.


 


A Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed the Head of Vietnam’s high-level ASEAN delegation, Pham Quang Vinh, on preparations for the summit.


 


Reporter: There are several days left before ASEAN 16 is held in Hanoi. Could you please elaborate on the preparations being made for the summit?


Mr Vinh:  The theme Vietnam has proposed for the Year of ASEAN Chair is “Towards ASEAN Community: From Vision to Action”. We had consultations with other ASEAN member countries at the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), which was held in HCM City from March 1-3. At the 16th ASEAN Summit, three main proposals will be submitted to ASEAN leaders for their approval, including a statement on economic recovery and sustainable development, a statement on coping with climate change and the Chair’s statement on the outcomes of ASEAN 16.


In addition, Vietnam has also prepared an agenda, focusing on implementing the ASEAN Charter towards building an ASEAN community, strengthening communication within ASEAN and boosting ASEAN cooperation to cope with global challenges, particularly economic recovery and climate change. The agenda also underlines the need to enhance ASEAN’s international cooperation with its partners to maintain ASEAN’s central role and promote the bloc’s image.


Reporter:  How have Vietnam’s officials managed to prepare such a large volume of work?


Mr Vinh: In fact, as soon as Vietnam took over ASEAN’s Chairmanship, we started the preparatory work by way of mobilising all our resources from the relevant ministries and sectors. For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was responsible for itemising issues and the summit’s contents while the Ministry of Industry and Trade has worked with the Ministries of Economics in the other ASEAN countries to deal with issues related to economics and sustainable development.


In terms of climate change, we have liased closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to gather the opinions from experts in this field.


Reporter: At this summit, what contents are considered to be on Vietnam’s initiative?


Mr Vinh:  Bringing all the agreements to life to build a united ASEAN can be seen as Vietnam’s initiative. We have formed an agenda with priority on creating an ASEAN Charter and building a united ASEAN community.


Concerning efforts to cope with climate change, Vietnam has put the issue into the main focus of ASEAN meetings and this has been praised by other member countries.


Apart from devising work programmes for ASEAN 16, Vietnam has put together a common programme for 2010 with different topics in line with the theme,” From vision to action”.


Reporter: Thank you so much.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND