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Over 7,200 public, private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Over 7,200 public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City do not have standard wastewater treatment systems, the Department of Health has reported.

These medical clinics have only rudimentary systems at the best and discharged their wastewater into septic tanks, which are then released into the sewerage system.

The old waste water treatment facilities of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Over 7,200 public and private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system or the old facilities can’t meet the increase in usage

Approximately 45 central, city and district hospitals and private clinics, have not improved their wastewater treatment systems and the old systems cannot satisfy the increase in usage. The wastewater system is overloaded.

Hospitals said they are short of skill personnel in dealing with the issue, while the relevant agencies have yet to penalize any hospital or clinic that do not meet the requirements of a modern waste treatment system.

However, the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment has fined the Mental Hospital in District 5. The hospital was fined VND6 million and was forced to quickly construct a modern standard wastewater treatment facility.

Hospitals in the city have dumped thousands cubic meters of wastewater into the river environments every day.

Source: SGGP

Urban students learn how to do farm work

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Urban students learn how to do farm work

QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

50 trainees from the Young Leader Class under the Southern Teenager and Youth Center have experienced what it is like to be a farmer in Ong Ho Island, My Hoa Hung Commune, Long Xuyen City, in An Giang province. 

During the four-day experience, the young “farmers” undertook various jobs that a real farmer does, such as transplanting rice, draining water from a pond to get fish to name a few.

Besides, they were clearly taught how rice grains are created, how people in the flood-prone areas live and given a lot of first-hand farming experiences.

For many of these urban students, this is the first time for them to get acquainted with farm work and rural life. Nguyen Ngoc Minh Thanh, for example, said the trip gave him a great deal of useful knowledge.

Transplanting rice

For Vuong Phuoc Duy Khang, a n 11th grader of Le Quy Dong High School in Ho Chi Minh City, the most valuable experience from the trip was the feeling among villagers, neighbours and especially the love from the “foster parents” for their “children” at the first meeting. Besides practical experience, these urban students also learned how to behave properly and understand feelings among people.

“I hope those children will not only know what a real farmer often does, but also understand how hard a farmer has to work. With what the children learn, they would do their utmost to study more to become policy makers in future to give assistance to farmers”, said Ms Huynh Kim Thanh, a foster parent.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

New Australia PM says Rudd ouster ‘right thing to do’

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:49 am

SYDNEY, June 25, 2010 (AFP) – Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended her predecessor’s ruthless ousting as “the right thing to do” Friday and set about fixing policy blunders plaguing the government as elections loom.

The country’s first woman leader said a damaging mining tax row was top of her list at her first cabinet meeting, a day after supplanting Kevin Rudd in a quickfire party poll that stunned observers and left the ex-premier in tears.

Australia’s new prime minister Julia Gillard (R) smiles with new deputy prime minister Wayne Swann (L), in Canberra on June 24, 2010. AFP

Gillard was elected unopposed after Rudd stepped aside to avoid a humiliating defeat following a plunge in his popularity, less than three years after he led the party to a landslide election victory.

“They were not easy decisions. I have taken them because I thought they were the right thing to do,” she told reporters.

“I felt it was in the best interests of the nation to get the government back on track.”

The flame-haired, Welsh-born lawyer promised greater teamwork than Rudd, whose controlling tendencies alienated him in the party and finally cost him his job as his enduring public support came down from record highs.

But she denied being a puppet of Labor’s factional powerbrokers widely credited with orchestrating the first unseating of a prime minister since Paul Keating deposed Bob Hawke in 1991.

“I can understand that the opposition and others will try and put a character on the events of recent days,” she said.

“But… it is completely absurd for anybody to look at my track record in this place and to conclude anything other than that I have made my own decisions. I am a person of strong mind and I made my own decisions.”

Gillard said it was her “priority” to deal with the planned 40 percent mining tax, which has incensed the influential resources industry and further sapped Rudd’s support after he shelved his flagship carbon-trading scheme.

She said she had already discussed the tax with key ministers and hailed early progress after both the government and the miners called a truce and agreed to cancel their TV campaigns respectively for and against the levy.

“My priority is to ensure that we deal with the question of the mining tax,” she said. “It has caused uncertainty and I think that uncertainty has caused anxiety for Australians.

“I want to make sure Australians get a fair share of our mineral wealth but I want to genuinely negotiate.”

She said she had spoken to US President Barack Obama and assured him of Australia’s commitment to keep troops in Afghanistan, and would also “introduce herself” to other world leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Her appointment met with a quiet international response on Thursday with Obama, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key among the few to offer congratulations.

Meanwhile Australian media picked over the extraordinary events and warned that Gillard needed to keep her distance from Labor’s backroom factional chiefs.

“What a day,” said the Sydney Morning Herald’s front page, while a comment piece’s headline cautioned, “If in doubt throw another leader on the barbie.”

“I think she needs to be careful,” former Labor leader Mark Latham told Sky News. “The moment Gillard’s popularity drops, as inevitably it will — the honeymoon will end — I suppose she’ll be the next one for the knife.”

Source: SGGP

PM asks US to do more for AO victims

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

PM asks US to do more for AO victims

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

Vietnam calls for the US to take responsibility for addressing the after-effects of the war it waged in Vietnam, including assisting the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered the call to Paul Cox, member of the Vietnamese Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC) Board, and a delegation of US war veterans during their meeting in Hanoi on April 6.

While reiterating the country’s wish to promote friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with the US, PM Dung stated that the American war left Vietnam and its people with severe consequences that are still felt even today.

More than two million Vietnamese were killed in the war, tens of millions of others were wounded and more than 300,000 people are still recorded as missing, he recounted.

As many as two million Vietnamese people have been exposed to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals sprayed on Vietnam by US troops.

Even today, cases of injury and death from unexploded landmines left over from the war are reported every week, the PM told his guests.

He called the US court’s rejection of petitions against US chemical companies lodged by the Vietnamese AO victims an injustice, upsetting the Vietnamese people.

PM Dung was hopeful that the delegation of US war veterans and the VAORRC would continue supporting the lawsuit of the Vietnamese AO victims.

He also said he hoped they would continue to help the US Government and the American people fully understand the heavy consequences of the war in Vietnam in the interests of coordinating on assistance in treating AO victims and helping them cope with the difficulties they face.

Paul Cox told his host that during the working trip, all members of the delegation were touched by the agony caused by the terrible effects of AO that Vietnamese victims and their families are suffering.

Following this visit, the US delegation will prepare a bill aiming to support Vietnamese AO victims, Cox said, pledging that he will continue to do his utmost to pursue the cause of gaining justice for these victims.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ambassadors, charges d’affaires offer incense in Do Temple

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Ambassadors, charges d’affaires offer incense in Do Temple

QĐND – Sunday, March 28, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Thirty ambassadors, charge d’affaires, heads of diplomatic delegations, representatives of the Untied Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and international organizations in Vietnam took part in an exchange programme titled “friendship spring walk” to visit historical relics in northern Bac Ninh province on March 27.

The programme is organised by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) in coordination with the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organisations and Bac Ninh provincial People’s Committee.

Participants offered incense at Tieu Pagoda in Tuong Giang commune, Bac Ninh province where King Ly Cong Uan were raised as a youth.

They also visited Do Temple dedicated to 8 kings of the Ly dynasty and enjoyed a performance of Love Duets famous in Bac Ninh and recently recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

Addressing the exchange, Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the VUFO, applauded this as a meaningful activity to help the world community learn more about Vietnam’s traditional culture.

On behalf of the diplomatic corps, Moroccan Ambassador El Houcine Fardani, thanked the VUFO and Vietnamese people for their warm affection.

He expressed his hope that Vietnam would successfully fulfill its important role as ASEAN chair and organise the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Much to do to reach gender equality

In Politics-Society on March 11, 2010 at 5:00 am

Much to do to reach gender equality

QĐND – Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 20:25 (GMT+7)

The 2010 Asia-Pacific Human Development Reports were released on March 9th by the UN Development Programme in Vietnam.

According to the reports, Vietnam has been recognised worldwide as a regional leading nation in promoting gender equality, yet there is still much to do to achieve real gender equality. For example, one in every four members of the National Assembly is female, the highest rate in the region.

Particularly, Vietnamese women make up 46 per cent of Vietnam’s workforce, but they mainly work in the private sector or housework; as a result, many of them neither access social benefits nor get direct incomes.

The reports also say that with 20 per cent having experienced domestic violence, the number of Vietnamese married women is much less than those in other regional nations, but two third of the Vietnamese women accept being beaten by the husbands.

Source: TP

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

When women do business

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

When women do business

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The success of businesswomen takes into account the happiness of their families and the success of their children.

They are successful leaders and businesswomen. They have to exert great efforts to gain and keep a foothold in the market in order to assert themselves by contributing to the society and fulfilling their duties as both a mother and wife as well. Five such women share their thoughts with us on the International Women’s Day (March 8).

Tran Thi Thuy – vice president of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and president of the Vietnam Businesswomen Council:

I joined the Resistance when I was 17 years old. As other women did, I dreamed of simple things that the war would end someday and then I would have a warm and happy family with a good husband who would share both sadness and happiness with me and good, intelligent and affectionate children.

Luckily, my husband is my comrade-in-arms. I have a family as I had expected. After the war, to heal wounds and build a new life in the homeland with a number of war injuries, I had to work while studying.

Our characters grew from the war. We had to suffer a lot of losses. We learned to rely on ourselves I think that each person should learn both from books, school and from work as well as life experiences. Self-training is very important for every one.

As a solider and leader in the renewal process, I thoroughly understand that the country need in businesspeople who are pioneers on two fronts: national liberation and national construction. On every front, they receive enthusiastic support from the whole nation. Currently, businesswomen account for 30 percent of the staff of the total number of 250,000 businesses nationwide, excluding household economic units. Each economic growth figure is attributed to businesswomen. There are more and more businesswomen and the increasing growth of the Vietnam Businesswomen Council demonstrates this.

Nguyen Thu Trang – managing director of the Phu My Port in Vung Tau City.

The role of women is honoured, especially businesswomen, because their achievements are recognised by society. When doing business, difficulties are unavoidable. Leaders and society have acknowledged women’s industriousness, endurance, and flexibility in both work and daily life.

For me, my family is a bulwark support whenever I face difficulties. As a leader I have to show my capacity and bravely to face challenges. Like a ship is in a storm, if a captain is not firm, all the people on ship will be affected.Do Thi Kim Lien, General Director of AAA Insurance Company and the Republic of South African Honourary Consul to HCM City:

In general, businesswomen often face many difficulties because of gender preconceptions. Also, to keep their families happy, women need individual time away from work to fulfil their duties as wives and mothers. However, they have many advantages such as high withstanding, patience and skillfulness. I highly appreciate the role of women in business market now because they have great internal force.

I think either men or women must do business with a great deal of indulgence.

In a leading position, I uphold my duties and responsibilities and supervise my work of those under me. Indeed, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by pressures. Nevertheless, the faces radiant with smiles of my AAA staff, my children and people’s belief in me help me overcome everything, like a machine being constantly supplied with energy.

Do Thi Duc Ly, Chairwoman of Thai Nguyen Businesswomen Council and Deputy General Director of Tan Cuong Hoang Binh Joint Stock Company:

Business, especially women, can suffer if their staff don’t receive sympathy from their families. I myself always wish that I had 35-36 hours a day so I could spend more time taking care of my family and children.

I remember one letter written by my daughter when she was 17 years old, before studying abroad. The letter made me burst into tears. She didn’t have big wish such as money or wealth. She only desired to enjoy a meal with all family members being present with my parents.        

It is not easy at all as both my husband and I are busy managing different companies and caring less about our children. However, luckily, our children still study well and know how to share with us.

Nguyen Ngoc Thuy, Head of Board of Directors and CEO of Bac Lieu Lottery Company:

I’m proud of Vietnamese women in general and businesswomen in particular. I feel that I should exert myself more to earn the confidence of my superiors and staff.

Doing business certainly always has both advantages and disadvantages, especially fierce competitiveness. Therefore, my company and I must constantly try our best. To me, my husband and children are a firm bulwark for my success. 

Source: VOV

Source: QDND