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Lam Dong to charm visitors with tea fest

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:57 am

Lam Dong to host tea festival

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Elephant kills boy in Dong Nai

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

HCMC receives acute diarrhea toddler from Dong Nai

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

A 39 month old baby from the southern province of Dong Nai was rushed to the Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City due to acute diarrhea.


The hospital September 16 received a 39 month girl from Dong Nai’s district Nhon Trach who was in critical conditions of serious dehydration and too tired due to acute diarrhea. According to her relative, two days ago, after eating rice with pork cooked with sauce and swamp morning-glory vegetable she suffered pains in her belly, fever and diarrhea.


Next day, she experienced serious diarrhea and continuous vomiting; subsequently, her parents rushed her to the hospital for emergency.


Medical workers warned parents to take children to near by hospital as soon as possible when kids suffered serious diarrhea or else toddlers may suffer circulatory collapse and die afterwards.

Source: SGGP

Vedan says yes to US$6.3 million for Dong Nai farmers

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Vedan Vietnam Enterprise Corp., Ltd agreed August 11 to compensate farmers in Dong Nai Province nearly VND120 billion (US$6.3 million).

A pipe releasing Vedan’s untreated wastewater to Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province

In a document the company general director Yang Kun Hsiang sent to the province People’s Committee yesterday, affected farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts will receive the indemnity calculated by the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment.


Vedan suggested paying the money in two stages. The company will release 50 percent of the compensation within a week, beginning from the date the province People’s Committee issues the approving paper. The second stage will be from January 10-14, 2011.


It was uncovered in September of 2008 that Vedan had been releasing untreated wastewater to Thi Vai River for many years. Over the next two years, the company continually haggled over how much they would be willing to compensate farmers in HCMC and Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.


After farmers submitted papers to local people’s courts to sue the company and supermarkets began boycotting Vedan products, the company finally agreed to 100 percent of the compensation calculated by the institute for farmers.


On August 9, the company approved compensating farmers in HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province to the tune of VND45.7 billion (US$2.4million) and VND53.6 billion (US$2.8 million) respectively.


Related article:
Vedan agrees to compensate farmers
VFA to ensure farmers receive proper compensation from Vedan

Source: SGGP

Most of Dong Nai farmers agree not to sue polluter Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Most of farmers in the southern province of Dong Nai have agreed not to sue Taiwanese MSG company Vedan and accept its VND120 billion compensation for damage it caused to them by polluting the Thi Vai River.

The form to collect Dong Nai farmers’ opinions (Photo: Vietnam Net)


Tran Van Quang, vice chairman of the Dong Nai Province Farmers Association, said relative provincial agencies August 27 received back 2,000 forms which they had delivered to affected farmers in Phuoc Thai and Long Phuoc communes, Long Thanh District to collect their opinions on whether they want to sue Vedan or accept its compensation.


He said most of farmers accept the compensation and do not want to sue Vedan, only six said they want to.


About 4,000 forms would be delivered today to farmers in Phuoc An and Long Tho communes, Nhon Trach District, he added.


The province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment sent August 27 an official letter to the provincial People’s Committee to suggest rates for dividing the compensation among affected farmers in line with the figure in the assessment by the Institute for Natural Resources and Environment, in the case farmers take the compensation.


According to the suggested rates, Nhon Trach farmers will receive VND89 billion, and Long Thanh farmers will get over VND30.7 billion.


While Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau signed compensation agreements with Vedan on August 13, Dong Nai remains uncertain.
 
By August 16, nearly 5,000 affected farmers denied as victims of Vedan and over 3,000 lodged complaints against Vedan with the local court.


Dong Nai authorities had to organize a closed meeting to discuss the case on August 16, and after the meeting they decided to collect farmers’ opinions about Vedan’s compensation.


If Dong Nai farmers agree to the compensation, then they must stop their lawsuits.

Source: SGGP

Polluter Vedan signs compensation deal with Dong Nai

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Vedan Vietnam signed September 10 an agreement to compensate nearly VND120 billion (US$6.3 million) to farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts, Dong Nai Province for damage to farmland caused by its illegal discharge of untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River.

Representatives of Vedan Vietnam and the sounthern province of Dong Nai sign the compensation agreement on September 10 (Photo: TT)

Vedan will transfer half of the compensation to farmers in Long Tho and Phuoc An communes in Nhon Trach District, and Long Phuoc and Phuoc Thai communes in Long Thanh districts within one week.


The remainder will be transferred on January 14, 2011 at the latest with a bank guarantee by the Ho Chi Minh City branch of Bangkok Bank.
 
The bank guarantee for the provincial farmers must be sent to the Dong Nai Province Farmers Association within one week from September 10, the agreement said.


The Taiwanese MSG producer also agreed to pay the province additional VND1 billion to cover its cost of inspecting and calculating economic losses suffered by affected farmers.


Dong Nai, which suffered most from the pollution, is the last locality to accept the company’s compensation.


So far, farmers in the province have agreed not to sue Vedan and accept its compensation, only Vien Dong Company has insisted on its lawsuit.

Source: SGGP

Dong Xuan Market becomes a tourist site

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am




Dong Xuan Market becomes a tourist site


QĐND – Thursday, September 16, 2010, 20:25 (GMT+7)

The Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company, in conjunction with Hoan Kiem District’s People’s Committee in Hanoi, is planning to launch a tour to explore old streets and go shopping at the Dong Xuan Market, as part of activities towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long–Hanoi, with an aim to attract more tourists to the city.


At present, the company is checking all stores for the quality and prices of goods as well as sellers’ behavior and attitude.


In addition, a large hall will also be built at the market to show short films about histories of Hanoi’s old quarters and the market.


Over the years, the market, one of the biggest in Hanoi, has become a place to preserve cultural values and helps reflect the life of the people in old-time Hanoi.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

“New life” in Son Dong craft village

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm




“New life” in Son Dong craft village


QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)


Son Dong craft village in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi, is Vietnam’s largest craft village making wood statues of Buddha and objects of worship.


The village has set many national records for the quantity and quality of its wooden products and the number of people involved in the profession.

Arriving in the village in early July, the first impression for tourists is the strange but interesting sound of people busing carving the wood. In every nook and cranny of the village, the workers are concentrating on different kinds of statues. Each worker has his own task; some saw the timber while others carve the wood and paint the statues.


After painstakingly painting a horizontal lacquered board, Nguyen Viet Da, an 85 year-old artisan in the village, tells visitors about his village‘s profession. According to Da, the imitation antique statues are often made from three different types of timber brought in from the central highlands, Hai Phong or even imported from Cambodia. Only jackfruit wood can be used to carve the reproduction antique Buddha statues, as it is soft, durable and easy to carve.


From the raw timber, the skillful workers easily carve statues of Amitabha (the Buddha of Infinite Light) and the God of Prosperity, or create horizontal lacquered boards with parallel sentences.


The workers must go through dozens of steps before finishing a product including selecting the wood, carving it, then painting it. This highly skilled work requires great patience and concentration.


“These wooden objects are for worship, therefore the maker must have a good heart and mind,” said Da.






Wood carving has existed in the village for more than 300 years and during some periods it seemed that the villagers could not maintain their handicraft. However, some of them secretly preserved their traditions and passed them on to the younger generations. Nguyen Duc Dau (1896-1988) is respected by the whole village for his outstanding skill. In 1986, he opened training courses for the villagers and worked with the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Art to provide them with the necessary scientific knowledge and techniques for their work. Thanks to these courses, the traditional craft has been well preserved and today many villagers are owners of a traditional woodworking shop.


Sharing his point of view, Nguyen Viet Loi, another popular artisan in the village said the statutes can only be perfect if the workers put all their concentration into the work. This is why the statues made in Son Dong village are quite easily distinguished from others.


Sustainably preserving and developing the craft village and tourism is a concern of all the workers in Son Dong workers. To achieve that, the village has made considerable changes. Along with wooden statues, the villagers are now making objects that contain traditional and spiritual elements of the Vietnamese culture.


The familiar image of the areca nut, betel leaf, calabash and luffa can now be seen in many of the village’s unique products. Moreover, the statues of Buddha and fairies are now being made colourful and small enough to fit in a man’s hand.


Entering the shop of Nguyen Chi Thanh, is one of the trailblazers in making new products, and when visitors enter his shop they feel that they are in a mini museum displaying carefully designed wooden statues.


Thanh said that these new products have been very popular and preferred by the international markets. Foreign visitors are willing to pay high prices for these products, which helps generate work for most of the villagers.


However, the villagers still want their products to reach domestic customers and for their village to become more popular and attract more domestic tourists.


“I am considering a price frame for our products so that they will be appropriate for each particular market and also trying to fill a niche in the home market,” said Thanh.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vedan says yes to US$6.3 million for Dong Nai farmers

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

Vedan Vietnam Enterprise Corp., Ltd agreed August 11 to compensate farmers in Dong Nai Province nearly VND120 billion (US$6.3 million).

A pipe releasing Vedan’s untreated wastewater to Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province

In a document the company general director Yang Kun Hsiang sent to the province People’s Committee yesterday, affected farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts will receive the indemnity calculated by the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment.


Vedan suggested paying the money in two stages. The company will release 50 percent of the compensation within a week, beginning from the date the province People’s Committee issues the approving paper. The second stage will be from January 10-14, 2011.


It was uncovered in September of 2008 that Vedan had been releasing untreated wastewater to Thi Vai River for many years. Over the next two years, the company continually haggled over how much they would be willing to compensate farmers in HCMC and Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.


After farmers submitted papers to local people’s courts to sue the company and supermarkets began boycotting Vedan products, the company finally agreed to 100 percent of the compensation calculated by the institute for farmers.


On August 9, the company approved compensating farmers in HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province to the tune of VND45.7 billion (US$2.4million) and VND53.6 billion (US$2.8 million) respectively.


Related article:
Vedan agrees to compensate farmers
VFA to ensure farmers receive proper compensation from Vedan

Source: SGGP