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Mekong Delta man crowned Mister Vietnam 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

Le Khoi Nguyen, 20, from Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, was crowned Mister Vietnam 2010 after beating 30 other contestants on January 1.

Le Khoi Nguyen, 20, from Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, (center) was crowned Mister Vietnam 2010. (Photo:SGGP)

He kept the crown worth VND750 million (US$37,500).

He will present Vietnam at Mister International 2011 competition to be held in the Philippines.

Do Ba Bat, 24, and Ha Trong Tai, 21, were named first and second runners up. They were awarded VND50 million ($2,500) and VND30 million ($1,500), respectively.

During the final round of the contest, which started from November 17, Nguyen Nhat Duy won the title “Mister Sport”, while Pham Thanh took “Mister Talent” and Vu Duy Hung, “Mister Gentleman.

The judges also presented “Mister Knowledge” to Do Ba Dat, “Mister Environment” and Mister Favourite” to Le Kien Dinh.

Each of the winner got VND10 million ($500) prize.

The competition was held for the first time in Vietnam by Vietnam Television VTV9 and the Bac Dau Entertainment Company.


Source: SGGP

15 candidates win Prudential essay contest in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

The examiner board of the “Prudential – Good Essay, Good Writing” contest has chosen 15 best candidates to award prizes — one first prize, two second prizes, two third prizes and 10 consolation prizes.

Secondary school students take part in the “Prudential-Good Essay, Good Writing’ contest 2010 in HCM City.

The final round of the contest was held in Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on December 4 with participation of 39 candidates from the delta’s 13 provinces.

The final round was held by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, the provincial Department of Education and Training, and Soc Trang Newspaper.

The topic of the competition reflects the socio-cultural and economic development of the country, the thinking of teenagers and their passion for literature and good handwriting.

According to 13 examiners, this year’s exam question was relatively hard but it required candidates to bring into play their creativeness and use real knowledge to complete the examination.

Many candidates showed their thoughts and strange solutions in the examination, said an examiner.

The award ceremony for the essay contest will be held at Soc Trang Province’s political school on December 5.

On the occasion, SGGP and life insurer Prudential Vietnam will offer 10 scholarships, worth VND1 million each, to poor students in the province.

Source: SGGP

Social contributions will help reduce student dropouts in Mekong delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training said at a conference in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap thousands of students have stopped attending school and we need more social contributions to help these students.

Needy students in the province Vinh Long are given free meals, contributed by the teachers (Photo: SGGP))

Addressing the meeting, Luan pointed out the reasons why students are dropping out of school. He said this was due to the students’ poor academic performance and financial problems in the students’ families.

However, it is difficult to remedy this issue. The academic year 2010-2011 has seen a high percentage of students dropping out of school. That is 0.34% of the primary students, 2.28% percent of junior students and 3.53% of senior students leave school.

The Mekong delta province of Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu and Long An have the most dropouts; with 9.35% in Soc Trang, 5.6% in Kien Giang and over 3% in Long An and Dong Thap.

Trieu Minh Duc, a schoolteacher of Hoang Dieu High School in Soc Trang, said teachers have visited the students in their homes, encouraging them to return to study. However, many of them now worked in factories in the Southern provinces of Can Tho, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The parents have informed the teachers, that the children have decided to work in the factories, rather than return to school. 

Minister Luan said that we need more social contributions and changes in education in the attempt to stop the drop out rate from students. The parents and the community at large should not leave this problem for the teachers to solve.

Minister Luan also said, “The departments of Education and Training and the local government authorites need to have more coordination, so that we can create a better teaching environment for our students, encouraging them to attend school.

The provinces have adopted certain strategies to stop students leaving school early. The department of Education and Training in the province An Giang has implemented a movement called ‘one tutors one’. This means that one good academic student will tutor a student that has a poorer performance at school.

Meanwhile, the department of Education and Training in the province Hau Giang called for the contributions of teachers to assist low-income students and their families. Teachers have contributed VND10, 000 to100, 000 dong each to the fund. The department has collected nearly VND200 million in the aid to help disadvantaged students. With this kind of assistance, many students can now stay on at school.

In addition, the Committee party from Hau Giang province has ordered all agencies, organizations and companies to help sponsor low-income students. Over 300 schools have received support from their benefactors. Over VND5 billion (US$250,000) have been raised for low-income students in the academic year 2010-2011.

The Mekong delta province of Dong Thap has also implemented certain strategies so that schools can keep in close contact with the parents of the students. These strategies include informing parents about the progress of the student while at school. Developing and implementing extra school activities in the attempt to persuade students to stay at school. Informing parents of the negative influences that computer games have on students. Finally, explaining to the parents that some students force and coerced students, into ‘playing truancy’.

Furthermore, the province of Soc Trang has constructed houses for low-income students and their families. In the province of Vinh Long, teachers have provided free meals for students whose homes are far away from the schools.

To conclude, these strategies have been implemented in the attempt to decrease the dropout rate from students. However, it requires more support from many individuals and organisation to maintain.

Source: SGGP

Additional 14 water treatment plants to be built in Mekong Delta region

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Netherlands to help Mekong Delta cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 6:23 am

Downpours submerge crops in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

US$2 billion entertainment complex to be built in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

The Khang Thong Group announced US$2 billion Happyland entertainment complex at a press briefing in Hanoi on September 6.

An artist’s impression of the complex

The government approved the project last year. The 338 ha complex located in Long An province will be a combination of local and modern features along with exhibition, trade centers, 3-5 star hotels, water park, dance hall, indoor and outdoor theatres, cultural center, art museum and urban area.

The project will boost service industry in the region and generate about 10,000 jobs for local residents.

The entertainment complex is scheduled to commence next January and to open to public in April, 2014.

Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta looks for way to reveal its hidden charms

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Vietnamese and native cultures are strong points of the Mekong Delta tourism that have attracted a great number of visitors per year. However, the delta region hasn’t got a prominent role on the national tourism map yet.

          Foreign tourists visit Mekong Delta region

The Mekong Delta is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religion region with innumerable festivals all year round.

Festivals, floating markets, specialties, Dan ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music), exuberant orchards, immense rice fields and many islets along the Hau Rivers are appealing tourist attractions of the land.

In addition, the flood season is also a character of the South. During this time, fields are submerged in water. Farmers temporarily set aside their farm work and turn to catching fish to make a living.

Tours to the Mekong Delta on this occasion have appealed many overseas Vietnamese, said deputy director of Ben Thanh Tourist Company Nguyen Minh Quyen.

Cultural and Sport Festival in the flood season in An Giang Province has been recently a flourishing season of the tourism industry, he added.

However, the local authorities have been only interested in exploiting the natural resources, not trying to create new tourist services and products. They have also indeliberately lost advantages of the region.

Visitors pluck dien dien flowers on river in the flood season.

As an example, Nga Bay (seven-way intersection) hundred-year-old floating market in Hau Giang Province was closed because it caused traffic jams and pollution. Meanwhile the floating market’s beauty inspired the French captain of the famous Calypso ship, Jacques Yves Cousteau (1910-1997) to made a documentary film in 1992 that was broadcast on more than 100 TV channels throughout the world.

In fact, legends, traditional festivals, habits and customs, daily activities of people in the area are special tourist products.

In related news, documents on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) are being compiled for submission to UNESCO to be recognized as a world intangible cultural heritage.

The local authorities of Mekong Delta provinces have to cooperate with cultural experts to preserve and develop their traditional cultural values to create tourist characters.

They should also concentrate in training more tourism staff, promote and diversify tourism products.

Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta residents look forward to flooding

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

Paddy fields in the Mekong Delta annually receive Mekong River floodwaters as from July but the provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap have not seen this yet. Local residents are suffering from this phenomenon.

Mekong Delta residents travel by boats during last year’s flood season, begining late July. The flood season has yet arrived this year (Photo: SGGP)

At present, water levels on the Tien and Hau rivers are 0.58 -1.06 meters upstream, clearly lower than those in the same period last year, according to reports from An Giang.

In Dong Thap, boats have been strenuous to travel on some canals inner Thuong Phuoc 1 and 2 fields.

Local residents’ concern

A host of residents in Dong Thap Province have expressed anxiety as they should have exploited an abundant source of seafood during the flood season, which has yet arrived.

People upstream have met a lot of difficulties as their earnings mainly rely on catching seafood, bringing them about VND70,000-100,000 a day, said Nguyen Thi Tron, from Hong Ngu town’s Binh Thanh District said.

According to Binh Thanh Commune People’s Committee, several households have spent tens of millions of dong on equipping means to catch seafood. However, their facilities have been blanketed as floodwaters have not visited their fields.

The late flood season has also hold on seafood farming as local residents in  provinces like An Giang, Dong Thap and Kien Giang have lamented that they could not raise fish and shrimps due to a shortage of water.

Related article:
Delta trade villages look forward to floods

Source: SGGP

Two more Mekong Delta provinces hit by blue ear in pigs

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

The Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) – also called “Blue Ear” – has hit two more Mekong Delta provinces, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on August 12.

Residents in district Cai Lay in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang where is  heavily hit by the pandemic destroyed dead pigs

Fresh outbreaks of blue ear in Mekong Delta provinces An Giang and Dong Thap have infected 2,222, including 60 already killed.

After these two latest reported outbreaks of the epidemic, Vietnam now has 21 affected provinces. The pandemic has spread widely in central and southern Vietnam.

The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has the most infected pigs in the southern region. Since July, the pandemic has swept over 49,000 pigs belonging to 2,000 households in the province.

The government has ordered breeders to kill over 20,000 animals. Total losses are estimated to be over VND400 billion.

The highlands province of Lam Dong officially announced that blue ear has plagued districts Da Tẻh and Bao Lam. Approximately 4,000 pigs have been destroyed in two weeks. The government has forbidden the sale, slaughter and transportation of animals from affected areas to other districts and has called for every available measure to be taken to fight the pandemic.

Of 3,000 infected pigs in Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, the government has destroyed 500. Districts Ninh Hoa, Cam Lam, Khanh Vinh and Nha Trang City have been struck by the pandemic; however, Khanh Hoa’s government has yet to announce the epidemic in the province, which could lead to further spreading.

The central province of Da Nang agreed to give farmers VND25,000 per kilo of meat lost as compensation. 304 pigs have been buried among the 3,000 infected, while the remaining is being treated.

Source: SGGP