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Country to see prolonged cold spell

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 6:20 am

A cold front has blanketed northern Vietnam, causing harshly cold on vast area, said the National Hydro Metrological Forecasting Center on Friday.

Vietnam weather will be cold until the beginning of December

In Hanoi, temperatures have fallen to 16-19 degree Celsius while they are 11-13 degrees in the northwestern region.

Additionally, another cold front is set to cover the north today and forecast to spread to the south. As a result, Vietnam will experience coldness until the beginning of December.

Affected by the cold fronts and the easterly wind zone, central provinces might see rains on several areas beginning Saturday.

In the meantime, northwesterly winds have moved further to south-central provinces and affected the southeastern region.

In Ho Chi Minh City, temperatures hover around 22-28 degrees with fog appearing on early morning.

Source: SGGP

Cold spell spreads over the country

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

The cold weather coming from the North has entered deep into the North central region, the central area, the South Central Region and the Central Highlands, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

Many children in Minh Hoa District’s Tan Hoa Commune in Quang Binh Province have been effected from the severe cold weather.

The highest temperature is measured at 29-30oC in the morning and 18-19oC in the evening.

The average temperature in the northern mountainous areas is 15-16oC in the evening. Some districts in Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Cao Bang provinces are hit by severe cold spells measured at 10-12oC. A number of cows and buffalo have died from the cold in the area.

Widespread frozen weather will also appear in the Southern central coast and southern region in October 29.

The cold weather has affected health thousands of people, especially many children, in Quang Binh, the worst-hit central province. They have been in need of more than 600,000 winter clothes and blankets.

The Swiss Red Cross in coordination with the Red Cross in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province provided VND3.2 billion(US$160,000) to flood victims in EaBia and EaTrol villages in Song Hinh district from October 26-28.

Vietnam Women’s Union of Ho Chi Minh City donated over VND650 million collected from its members in districts throughout the city to people in Quang Binh and Nghe Tinh provinces.

Vietnam Education Publishing House based in HCM City gave VND64 million, ten thousands of textbooks and notebooks, 155 boxes of instant noodles and over 2,500 clothes to people, teachers and students in Nghe An Province on October 28.

Dumex – Danone Vietnam Company Limited provided two tons of milk, more than 100,000 mineral water bottles and money to child flood victims in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.
The North-South Railway was re-opened on October 28 that has been closed during the past 10 days by the floods.

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Source: SGGP

Host country and Hong Kong win “Best actress” prizes at Vietnam int’l film fest

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

Nhat Kim Anh of Vietnam and Fiona Sit from Hong Kong (China) won the “Best actress” titles at the Vietnam International Film Festival 2010 ended in Hanoi on October 21.

Actress Nhat Kim Anh (L) and the representative of Hong Kong actress Fiona Sit receive the Best Actress Awards.

Nhat Kim Anh plays Cam in “The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long” and Hong Kong actress takes a role of the film “Breakup club”.

The movie “Sand castle” of Singapore scooped important prizes including “Best feature film”, Netpac (a prize of the Network of the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and “Best director” for Boo Junfeng.

Malaysian actor Ah Niu got the “Best actor” title for the film “Ice Kacang and Puppy love”.

“Best documentary” and “Best short film” awards belonged to the film “Always beside you” directed by Nguyen Thi Kim Hai.

A special prize of the Technicolor (Thailand), a printing products and services company, was given to the film script “Rebellious hot boy and story of a smiling chap, a harlot and a duck” by Vietnamese director Vu Ngoc Dang and actor Luong Manh Hai.

The most favorite French movie in the Country in Focus section which showcases pictures from a chosen country every year was “Le Petit Nicolas”.

According to director Phillip Noyce, head of the jury, all submissions were good and high-quality films.  He satisfied with the result of the film fest.

Related articles:
Hong Kong movie stars join film festival in Vietnam
Vietnam’s 1st international film festival to be held in Hanoi

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever kids suffer complications as epidemic spreads in country

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

Many children with dengue fever have suffered serious complications as the disease is spreading through out the country, said the Pediatrics Hospital No.1 on August 8.

The hospital’s emergency room has received many children with serious complications recently, as the number of dengue fever patients is rising. Around 10 percent children suffering from dengue fever have experienced complications, according to the hospital’s deputy director Le Thi Bich Lien.

Dr. Lien warned parents to take their children to hospital immediately if they suddenly develop a high fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, nausea or vomiting.

Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illnesses, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums or vagina in girls. 


Source: SGGP

Another storm forecast to hit the country

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

According to the Hydrography Meteor Forecast National Center, a tropical low-pressure system has been identified off the East coast of Luzon Island of the Philippines.

          Direction of the tropical low-pressure

The tropical low-pressure front entered the East Sea on July 18. Winds near the center of the storm have been measured at 61-74 kilometers an hour.

The tropical low-pressure system has been forecast to move west by north-west, at a speed of 15km/hr on July 19.

Wind speeds within the storm have been measured at 61km/hr, with gusts up to 75-88km/hr.

There is the possibility that the incoming low-pressure system will develop into a storm or typhoon.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention ordered all boats from the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh to the central province of Quang Ngai to stay docked in avoidance of the typhoon.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, 12 people are still missing after tropical storm Conson hit northern Vietnam on July 17.

Quang Ninh Province’s Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention reported that five fishermen were found and rescued on July 18.

Meanwhile Quang Ngai’s border armed forces saved six people reported that missing on the Hoang Sa archipelago July 16.

Only female tourist remained unfound in Thanh Hoa Province.

In Quang Ninh, more than 300 houses were knocked down or lost their roofs; 27 boats were sunk or broken and over 30 aquaculture floating cages were cracked and swept away.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention has asked local authorities of provinces by the typhoon to help people repair damages after the storm.

Related articles:
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Source: SGGP

Country should produce attractive and educational online games

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Many discussions on online games have been held recently to consider the negative imapact they have had on Vietnam’s youth.

Many young people spends much of their time and money playing online games. (Photo: SGGP

People have said that young people have spent much of their time and money playing online games. Violent, sexually explicit games have been blamed for many recent crimes.

Many have argued that the government should ban or limit development of online games.

However, other people said that it is not easy to implement a prohibition of online games. Players can play online games on foreign websites through internet.

The country’s authorities should delegate online game distributors to manage their sector directly. They must submit their management measures to the government for promoting and launching produces.

Online games attract 2-3 million Vietnamese young people.

Along with unwholesome content of many games, several games that are more wholesome have become hits in the country.  Such games require players to have knowledge of Vietnamese culture, history and society.

The government and entrepreneurs should join hands to produce attractive and educational online games to create a modern yet healthy playing field for the youth.

Source: SGGP

Thailand prolongs emergency rule over swathes of country

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

BANGKOK, July 6, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand on Tuesday extended by three months a state of emergency across about one quarter of the country, including Bangkok, due to lingering fears of unrest following deadly protests.

AFP/File – A Thai soldier stands guard in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in central Bangkok

The move comes despite warnings from human rights campaigners that the authorities’ use of the sweeping emergency powers lacks transparency and suppresses freedom of expression.

The emergency decree, imposed in April after a mass opposition rally began in the capital, will be maintained for three more months in 19 provinces — out of a total of 76 — but lifted in five others, officials said.

“The cabinet endorsed the lifting of the state of emergency in five provinces,” deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaismut said. “Emergency rule will still be imposed in the rest.”

The strict laws ban public gatherings of more than five people and give security forces the right to detain suspects for 30 days without charge.

Two months of mass anti-government protests by the “Red Shirt” movement, pushing for immediate elections, sparked outbreaks of violence that left 90 people dead, mostly civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured.

The government rejected a call from the opposition for the emergency decree to be revoked for a parliamentary by-election in Bangkok on July 25.

A Red Shirt leader detained on charges of terrorism is running in the vote as a candidate for the opposition Puea Thai Party.

Security officials on Monday proposed extending the state of emergency, warning that some weapons seized during the anti-government protests were still missing.

But a leading think-tank, International Crisis Group, voiced concern Monday that the emergency laws had empowered authorities to stifle the anti-government movement and should be lifted at once.

“While the Red Shirts have no opportunity for open and peaceful expression because of draconian laws, their legitimate frustrations are being forced underground and possibly towards illegal and violent actions,” ICG said.

Thailand should lift the law “or risk further damaging its democracy, hindering much needed reconciliation, and sowing the seeds of future deadly conflict,” the Brussels-based group said in a report.

Enraged protesters went on a rampage of arson after a deadly army crackdown ended their rally on May 19. The unrest also spread outside the capital, particularly in the Reds’ stronghold in Thailand’s impoverished northeast.

The five provinces where emergency rule will be lifted are Si Sa Ket, Kalasin, Nan, Nakhon Sawan and Nakhon Pathom, scattered around north, northeast and central Thailand.

Source: SGGP

Bio-fuel use on the rise in country

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Bio-fuels are gaining increased government attention, driven by factors such as oil price hikes, the need for increased energy security and growing concerns over greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Conditions are favorable for bio-fuel because Vietnam, like every other countries in the world, must increase spending on renewable energy resources.

Scientists conducting research on clean energy at Poly-Technique University in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: SGGP)

Bio-fuel is an excellent fuel – it burns cleaner than petroleum-based fuels, reduces underground water pollution and its resources are renewable. Eventually, bio-fuels may replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. 

Considering these issues, developed and developing countries alike, are formulating mandatory policies to blend ethanol with renewable bio-diesel.

Moreover, nations have increased the use of bio-ethanol to replace fossil fuel in order to fulfill their agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, the major initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

Moreover, utilizing bio-diesel will help to develop agriculture, improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and landless rural households within agriculturally-oriented Vietnam.

Furthermore, Asia is critically dependent on energy imports and it has been predicted that Vietnam in particular will lack sufficient energy resources by 2012 and will be forced to export even more energy. Therefore, the Vietnamese government encourages the utilization of clean and renewable energies.

Currently, Vietnam produces around 50 million liters of bio-ethanol, an alcohol-based fuel made from fermented plant sugars and starches.  There is enough available sugar/honey for Vietnam to more than double its bio-ethanol production.

If the bio-fuel program is conducted well through 2020, Vietnam stands to turnover US$1.9 billion from providing materials to manufacturers of bio-ethanol.

PetroVietnam plans to build three tapioca-based ethanol plants in the northern province of Phu Tho, the central province of Quang Ngai and the southern province of Binh Phuoc, with each plant possessing a 100,000 cubic meter capacity.

Source: SGGP

Country celebrates Vietnam’s father of photography

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

Four famous photographers listed in the Vietnamese encyclopedia were Dang Huy Tru, Khanh Ky, Vo An Ninh and Dinh Dang Dinh. Among them, Dang Huy Tru was the first person brought the photography to the country. Khanh Ky developed the art form within Vietnam.

The late President Ho Chi Minh (L) visits the artist’s grave in Paris.

Khanh Ky, whose real name is Nguyen Dinh Khanh, was born in 1874 in the Lai Xa village of the Kim Chung Commune in the Hoa Duc District of the province of Ha Tay (the province was merged into Hanoi in 2008).

The photographer instructed people in the village on his craft, effectively making it a “photography village,” by the end of the 19th century, which developed brilliantly during the first half of the 20th century.

He opened the Khanh Ky lab in Hanoi in 1892 and followed that by opening more than 150 labs throughout the country utilized by more than 2,000 photographers. 35 of the labs were located in Hanoi, more than 35 others were installed in Saigon (former name of Ho Chi Minh City before 1975) and provinces in the South.

Khanh Ky is now worshipped as Vietnam’s father of photography by the inhabitants of his native Lai Xa Village. Photographers from the village now work all over the world in locations such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, China and even Europe.

The small community located on the road that links Hanoi to Ha Tay was recognized as Vietnam’s “photography village” by the government.

Lai Xa is also home of well known people: professor Nguyen Van Huyen, the late Minister of Education and Training; scientist and Ph.D in physics Nguyen Quang Rieu; professor Nguyen Quang Quyen, deputy principal of HCM City University of Medicine; professor and Ph.D in physics Nguyen Quy Dao; People’s Artists Bach Diep and Phi Tien Son as well as others.

The names of Lai Xa’s photography studios usually employ either the words “Ky” or “Lai” such as An Ky, Thinh Ky, Thien Ky, Phuc Lai, Kim Lai, My Lai, in homage to their founding father.

Khanh Ky travelled to France and opened a photo lab in Paris between 1916-1917. The photographer and his friends included patriot Phan Chu Trinh, who gave a financial aid to the late President Ho Chi Minh who was carrying out revolutionary activities in Paris from 1917-1923.

The photographer also instructed Uncle Ho how to take photographs that could earn him money to cover living expenses.

The Vietnam’s father of photography passed away on May 31, 1946 in Paris. The late President paid tribute to the artist at his gravesite, during in the late leader’s Parisian visits.

Lai Xa photography village and Vietnam Photographers Association together with artists throughout the country will gather in Lai Xai to celebrate the 64th Ancestor’s Death Anniversary on 20th of April of the lunar calendar (June 2nd).

Source: SGGP

Latest heat wave overwhelms country

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

Meteorologists say it is going to be especially hot in Vietnam again this week, as a new hot spell from the west is due to move through the country, beginning Monday.

Motorists cover up in the sweltering weather (Filed Photo: DanTri)

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center predicts that common temperatures in the northern and central regions will hit 33-38 Celsius degrees. At some places, temperatures are expected soar above 40 degrees, during peak hours.

The northern region will likely see thunderstorms and whirlwinds intersperse with periods of grueling heat.

The recent heat has affected the entire country, including the Central Highlands and southern provinces.  Highest temperatures in the southern region would touch 34-37 Celsius degrees.

In the Central Highlands, the weather should hover around 33-36 degrees together with showers, which should occur in the late afternoons.

Source: SGGP