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Vietnam draws football with Thailand

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Vietnam draws football with Thailand


QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

Hosts Vietnam drew with Thailand 1-1 in their first match at the ASEAN Football Federation’s U19 Football Championship in HCM City on July 24.


The unexpected draw created enormous difficulties for Vietnam , as they have to play tough rivals Australia and the Republic of Korea (RoK) in the following matches.


In the opening game of the same day, Australia defeated RoK 1-0.


The tournament will last until July 30.


Both Vietnam and Thailand have qualified for the final round of the Asian U19 Football Championship in China in October.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

BP chief yacht outing draws fire as oil effort slogs on

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Greece draws first IMF loan for eurozone state

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 4:52 am

Greece on Wednesday drew 5.5 billion euros (6.9 billion dollars) from an emergency International Monetary Fund loan, becoming the first eurozone country to be forced to resort to the IMF for aid.


The money came as thousands of people marched through Athens in protest against the government’s deal for a giant bailout from the European Union and the IMF totalling 110 billion euros in return for harsh budget cuts.


“Greece has accessed the sum without any problems, everything was done in close cooperation with the IMF…. Everything is under control,” a top official from the finance ministry told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Faced with spiralling debts and a hammering on financial markets that threatened to engulf other European economies, Greece earlier this month was given the go-ahead to access the unprecedented financial rescue package.

People sit outside a store during a demonstration against government’s austerity measures in central Athens

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister George Papandreou said the bailout was “a great success for our country,” adding: “The majority of the public, the citizens, accept the measures even though they are unpleasant.”


Greek and Turkish officials have also suggested that the debt crisis could aid closer ties between the two historic rivals ahead of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s arrival in Greece on Friday for a two-day visit.


Greece’s EU-IMF aid sparked a collapse in confidence in weaker eurozone economies among investors and forced EU leaders to agree on Monday to make a bailout fund of nearly one trillion dollars available for crisis-hit countries.


Greece desperately needs the money as it has been effectively blocked from international debt markets by the forbiddingly high rates demanded by investors and it needs nine billion euros to meet debt repayments due next Wednesday.


A finance ministry official said the government is expecting another loan tranche of 14.5 billion euros from the European Union early next week.


The budget cuts have set off a wave of protests. Some of the rallies turned violent and three people died last week in an Athens bank that was set alight.


Greece’s two main trade unions, GSEE and Adedy, organised another rally in Athens on Wednesday that was attended by around 4,000 people, according to organisers. The police put the number of protesters at just over 1,000.


“Out with the EU and the IMF!” and “Uprising! Everyone in the Streets!” read placards held up by protesters at Wednesday’s rally. Another read: “Down with the Market Junta!” — a reference to Greece’s former military dictatorship.


The unions also on Wednesday called for a national strike on May 20, which will be the fourth such stoppage since February and the second this month.


“The IMF will not stop asking sacrifices from people of labour. Its recipes are catastrophic. The government should categorically reject them,” Yiannis Panagopoulos, chairman of the GSEE private sector union, said in a statement.


The economy meanwhile paused its downward slide with a contraction of 0.8 percent in the first quarter — the same level as in the last quarter of 2009, according to a preliminary estimate issued by the state statistics agency.


“The figures were quite good. They were better than expected,” said Constantinos Vergos, an analyst at Cyclos Securities in Athens, explaining this was partly due to reforms to curb Greece’s rampant underground market.


The contraction also eased slightly on a 12-month comparison to minus 2.3 percent from a downwardly revised minus 2.6 percent last quarter.


But worse results are expected, with the government forecasting that the economy will shrink by 4.0 percent over the year as a whole.

The Athens stock exchange closed 0.82 percent up on Wednesday after losing 2.47 percent on Tuesday in line with a global drop in equities.

Some economists have warned the austerity measures will plunge Greece into an even worse recession and stifle growth but many say the reforms being enacted — like the overhaul of the pension system — are long overdue.

Labour Minister Andreas Loverdos said earlier that the pension system faces “collapse” in 2015 if there is no reform and this week put forward a radical reform bill expected to face a stormy vote in parliament later this month.

Source: SGGP

Coastal city draws the crowds

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm




Coastal city draws the crowds


QĐND – Friday, April 16, 2010, 22:12 (GMT+7)

Vung Tau is well known as one of southern Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations thanks to enjoy beautiful sunsets, white sand beaches and numerous water activities.


The coastal city has the perfect mix of landscapes, people and culture, including three record-holding sites.


Located at the top of Mount Nho (Small), the lighthouse was inaugurated on August 15, 1862 immediately after France occupied three southeastern provinces. It is one of the longest-standing lighthouses in Vietnam.


In 1913, the lighthouse was moved from 149m above sea level to its present elevation of about 170m.


Built in a classic old-fashioned style, the lighthouse still maintains its original features and technical components. Its round, white tower reaches 18m into the sky. Ships up to 55km out to sea can see the structure’s beacon thanks to the 500W of power which lights up a huge system of prisms and triangular pieces of glass that shine though its lamp shade.


The beacon rotates at a rate of five rounds per minute. From just about everywhere along the coastal Vung Tau road, two rays of light can be seen alternately brightening the dark sky. Before electricity was brought to the structure, the light system worked thanks to a system of springs that had to be wound up every three hours.


The lighthouse is connected to the onsite residence by a solid curved tunnel. The French style, two-storey house was built at the same time as the lighthouse. A well was not practical because of the high elevation, so rain supplies the house with the water it needs year-round. A garden of su (apocyna) flower trees provides fragrant shade for the surrounding buildings.


In the last ten years, the lighthouse has proven to be a popular tourist destination, attracting numerous visitors to Vung Tau city everyday. Its magnificent architectural construction and its historical value are the main draws.


“It is a special construction in the city and Vietnam,” said Tuan Anh, an architect.


“Its French design clearly remains unchanged, although time has made its mark here in other ways. The preservation has left the lighthouse more attractive,” he said.


“I have been to the city several times, but the lighthouse is still a must visit destination.”


The station was built as part of the French line of defence. It was designed in a straight line at varying heights from the northwest to the southeast of Mount Lon (Big) and Mount Nho (Small) for the purpose of creating a secure corridor for the French-ruled gateway in the southeast.


The cannon station, which is the largest in Indochina, is divided into three main areas. Twenty three cannon were built at the Cau Da Cannon Station, the Mount Lon Cannon Station and the Tao Phung Cannon Station. Cau Da has four cannon pointing towards the beach and was constructed following the shape of the mountain.

The wide view and firing range it provided was advantageous for the soldiers. The Cau Da cannon are located in a beautiful landscape, which has recently begun to see gradual urban development.


Mount Lon like Cau Da, was tasked with controlling the entire gulf of Genh Rai , the gateway to Sai Gon. A system of torpedoes and gunning shelters are still here undamaged. A statue of Jesus stands at the foot of the Tao Phung Cannon Station, which was built to control the sea areas in Long Hai and Phuoc Tinh districts. The Vung Tau cannon station has the biggest collection of old guns in Indochina and is recognised as a national historical monument by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


The Jesus statue was built in 1974 after careful preparation of its design and model.


It is a large-scale artistic piece that melds harmoniously with the natural landscape and Vietnam ‘s modern architecture. It demonstrates a deep sense of religion and national character.


The 32m tall statue is the tallest in Vietnam and is said to be one of the tallest in the world.


Although the statue is made of reinforced concrete with a stone interior, it was sculpted very artistically. Jesus’s face, position and clothing appear very lively and natural. The letter Tho (Longevity) from the Han Chinese script decorates Jesus’s robe.


A spiral staircase climbs through the centre of the statue. A system of windows allows light to bounce off the statue’s metal halo to radiate through the interior.


After climbing the 133 stairs, visitors exit onto the statue’s shoulders and sleeves for a panoramic view of the city and an enjoyable sea breeze.


The statue was built on a concrete platform. The front of the platform is decorated with a relief adapted from The Last Supper by the famous Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci.


“I was really satisfied when I made it to the top of the statue, where I had a panoramic view of the surrounding area. It’s so beautiful, with views of the ocean, mountains, the city centre and fishing villages,” said Thuy Hang, a visitor from Hanoi.


“It’s a treat after all my efforts to climb these stairs – I feel like I am at the top of the world,” she added. “Standing on the statue, I also feel like I am on a ship running between a myriad of waves.”

Source: VNA

Source: QDND