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APEC leaders pledge to make free-trade dream real

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

Dream House to join stock exchange

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange has allowed Dream House Investment Corporation, which mainly operates in real estate and financial investment sections, to list 14.99 million shares on the city bourse.

Last year, the company’s revenue reached VND34.35 billion, with pre-tax profits of VND18.8 billion.

This year, revenue is expected to value at VND111.16 billion, with pre-tax profits topping VND39.55 billion and a dividend payout ratio of 12 percent.

According to agreements made with HCMC-branch Far East National Bank and Grandford, these companies will provide financial services for Dream House’s investment activities and participate in financial consultancy, as well as control investments of its real estate projects.

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Dream weavers

In Vietnam Travel on March 22, 2010 at 2:46 am

Dream weavers

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

In the craft village of Quat Dong, women were traditionally judged on their ability to embroider – perhaps it’s no wonder girls start practicing while still in primary school.

As soon as school ends for the day, 10-year-old Nguyen Thi Khuyen rushes home to her house in Quat Dong village in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin district.

Khuyen comes from a family of embroiderers. She is now old enough to ply the family trade. “My grandmother says that I have to do this work, but I don’t know why,” says Khuyen, who has been weaving for five months.

As Khuyen puts her head down and toils away, her two younger brothers are also busy sweating – however, they’re playing hide-and-seek in the garden. Khuyen’s mother Nguyen Thi Yen knows it is hard for a child to understand why she must work while her brothers get to play.

“I have to teach her how to make brocades as I want her to become a good embroiderer in the future,” says Yen. “I remember when I was eight years old I started to learn to embroider. My mother made me do it, too. When I asked why, she said she had to learn it when she was seven, too!”

Her mother, Do Thi Tu, is now eighty-years-old. She claims that traditionally when a woman got married they had to know how to embroider. “Embroidering was regarded as a way to measure to a woman’s value a Quat Dong woman,” says Tu.
Quat Dong village is home to more than 450 households engaged in the craft. The cottage industry employs more than 1,000 labourers.

The village has been officially declared a “tourism-oriented craft village”. All through the village women sit in open courtyards and windows whole families embroidering red commemorative banners, portraits and household items.

Historical trade

The village is said to be a historical home of embroidery in Vietnam. A local resident, Le Cong Hanh (1606 – 1661), rose through the royal court and became an ambassador to China, where he learned the craft of embroidery. When he returned to his homeland he introduced the craft where it took root. The beauty and quality of the village’s products grew in reputation and became a favourite of royal mandarins and dignitaries in Thang Long (Hanoi today).

Although the skills spread across the country, works by Quat Dong’s artisans were considered the best.

In the beginning, Vietnamese used embroidery to add quotations from devotional works to pagoda curtains, to embellish ceremonial cloths and to decorate clothes from royalty. The first embroidery threads were silk, although cotton is now most frequently used.

Silk is very time-consuming to work with, but lasts for centuries. Ancient samples still remain in a few of Quat Dong’s pagodas. Over time frames were made from wood rather than bamboo. Needle technology changed from bone or wood to metal, and work became more pictorial rather than decorative – especially once the French began ordering pieces.

Between the 1960s and 1980s, under the collectivised system, villagers from Quat Dong produced tablecloths, bedspreads, sheets and pillowcases for export to other socialist nations. Later, under the policy of doi moi (renovation), Quat Dong villagers had to adapt to the open market. Now the village’s products are exported to countries such as Japan, Britain, France and the US.

Hoang Thi Khuong, an owner of a shop who embroiders with her feet due to disability, often welcomes Japanese, British and French tourists into her shop. “I mainly sell my products to Japanese customers. They demand very high quality work and will refuse an item, if there is just one very small flaw,” she says.

It will take Yen’s daughter 3-4 years of practice before she can produce an “acceptable” piece. In that time Khuyen will study painting, fine art and sculpture while practicing embroidery on pillows and blankets. Years from now, perhaps, she will teach her own daughter. 

Source: VietNamNet/Timeout

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Van Gaal’s delight as Bayern keep dream alive

In Vietnam Sports on November 27, 2009 at 2:23 am

MUNICH, Nov 26, 2009 (AFP) – Under-fire Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was a relieved man after the German giants kept their Champions League dream alive with a crucial 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa.

Croatia striker Ivica Olic’s second-half strike breathed life into Bayern’s fading dream of reaching the knock-out phase alive at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

Bayern Munich’s defender Daniel van Buyten (L) vies for the ball with Maccabi Haifa’s striker Vladimer Dvalishvili in Munich on November 25, 2009. AFP PHOTO

After group leaders Bordeaux enjoyed a 2-0 win over Juventus, Bayern are now just one point behind the Italians in Group A and must win their final game at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico on December 8 if they are to progress.

Having drawn their last three league games, this victory was badly needed by van Gaal, who has been told he must win his four remaining Bundesliga games before Christmas to be sure of keeping his job.

“Of course, we are all very relieved to get the win,” said van Gaal.

“The team played well and we are pleased to have got our destiny back into our own hands.”

Van Gaal suspended Bayern’s want-away striker Luca Toni on the eve of the game after the World Cup winner told the Italian media the pair’s relationship has completely broken down.

Bayern later fined Toni 25,000 euros (38,000 US dollars) for his comments, but goalscorer Olic insisted the squad are behind their coach.

“We are 100 percent behind the coach, everything he does is good and I hope we win everything up until the winter break,” said the Croatia star, who was making only his second appearance after injury.

“I think it was very important that we won and put this dark period behind us.

“I had a bad injury and it was a long break and it was pleasing to get the winning goal.

“I owe a lot to (Munich’s team doctor) Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt. The coach wanted to take me off at the half-time break, but I said I felt good and I told him I wanted to score a goal.”

Glum-faced Toni spent the game in the stands next to French midfielder Franck Ribery while Bayern’s fellow walking-wounded Arjen Robben and Miroslav Klose looked on.

But with Germany’s rising stars Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez causing the Israeli team constant problems, in the end Bayern’s superior fitness made the difference.

Bayern took the lead in the 62nd minute when captain Mark van Bommel found Gomez in the penalty area and he fired his shot to the left of Haifa goalkeeper Nir Davidovitch.

The Israel national goalkeeper made the save, but the rebound fell into the path of Olic, who slotted home to keep the dream alive.

“We are of course very pleased to be back in business and everything is back in our own hands,” said 20-year-old Mueller.

“We needed a lot of passion and fire, it was noticeable that everyone is concentrating hard.”

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Mekong Story: Challenge and Dream

In Vietnam Culture on November 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

This is the name of a mobile exhibition organized by 15 agencies in Laos, Cambodia, Sweden and Vietnam that will open at the Vietnam Ethnology Museum in Hanoi from November 25, 2009 to February 25, 2010. The exhibition will then travel on to An Giang province, Cambodia, Laos and finally Sweden in 2012.

The photo “Fishing on Mekong River” is on the display (SGGP)

The exhibition reflects life along the Mekong River through nine stories. The materials used in this show are from the Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia.

Fifteen agencies in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam joined the World Cultural Museum of Sweden to organize this exhibition. Vietnamese agencies participating in this project are the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, the Cultural Heritage Agency, the Vietnam History Museum and An Giang Province Museum.


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Senegal’s dream of a ‘Green Wall’ against the desert

In World on November 14, 2009 at 10:31 am

There is little to show for it apart from small acacia shrubs, but Senegal’s leader believes in a Great Green Wall that will stem desertification across Africa from coast to coast.

A graphic showing the eleven countries associated with the ‘Great Green Wall’ scheme. (AFP Photo)

The project, launched in 2005, was meant to concern nations from Senegal on the Atlantic Ocean to Djibouti on the Red Sea.

But four years later, the Green Wall has barely emerged from the dust, and its supporters are hoping it will get a boost at the Copenhagen conference on climate change next month.

“Africa won’t go empty-handed to the Copenhagen summit,” vowed Senegal’s environment minister Djibo Ka at a ceremony in the northern village of Labgar recently.

He said the Great Green Wall would be presented by President Abdoulaye Wade and feature “at the heart of debate.”

“It’s a dream that is becoming reality,” he stated, leaning over an acacia shoot about 20 centimetres (eight inches) tall, but cautioned that if the wall was to grow, “we’re waiting for firm, major and targetted commitments” by the donor community.

The project’s aim is to build a tree barrier across the Sahel region where desertification is rampant. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that about two million hectares of forest (7,700 square miles) are now being destroyed each year in the Sahel.

The FAO has also warned that global warming will merely worsen the problem, leading to major migrations of people in countries that are already very poor and often unstable.

Eleven countries are associated with the Great Green Wall scheme, which was initially dreamed up by Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005, then adopted by Wade.

If all those nations took part, the wall would be 7,000 kilometres (4,340 miles) long and 15 kilometres wide.

The forest would also include catchment sinks to collect rainwater, which would be stored in reservoirs.

Not everyone is in favour.

“I don’t believe in this project. There’s no political will and woods are being cut down everywhere. And there’s no concern for replanting,” complained Haider El Ali, an ecologist who works for the Oceanium, Senegal’s biggest environmental protection agency.

Such scepticism is understandable, as the plan is scarcely off the drawing board. Only 10 kilometres of the Green Wall have been planted in the past two years.

“We’re planting local species, like acacias, which adapt well and which produce gum arabic, which provides resources to villagers,” said Colonel Matar Cisse, the director of the national agency for the Great Green Wall.

“But the big challenge is to protect the planted areas from livestock, and so there have to be enclosures, as well as firebreaks to protect against bush fires.”

Amid little fuss, the Oceanium has in the past three months planted 5,000 hectares of mangroves, an operation sponsored by the French food group Danone which wanted to compensate for the carbon emissions of one of its plants in France.

“The Great Green Wall is a stunt, a show to appeal to those ready to give money,” El Ali insisted. His deputy Jean Goepp argued that “the idea is good, but first we need to make people aware of the issues.”


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