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Historical relics fall into obscurity

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

The oldest tomb from Nguyen Lords’ time – Queen Doan Thi Ngoc royal tomb and the only remaining work from Tay Son Dynasty – Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel have been severely ruined in the central region.

Relic turns into cattle farm

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc in Quang Nam Province is in need of restoration and repair (Photo: SGGP)

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc is located in Chiem Son Village, Duy Trinh Commune, Duy Xuyen District, and Quang Nam Province. Doan Thi Ngoc was praised for her contribution in the development of mulberry growing, silkworm breeding and silk weaving, in the area in 17th century.

Tam Tang Village had made several types of famous silk, which is both sold locally and around the world. In March every year, local authorities organize the Tam Tang female-lord festival, in commemoration of her.

There is a concrete wall built to protect the tomb, but the Iron Gate in front of the tomb has collapsed. As a result, local residents are now using the relic site as cattle ground.

Head of Chiem Son Village Nguyen Van Thanh said, “the tomb is located far from any residential areas, and as a result, management have neglected the site, letting it to become a cattle farm”.

In 1975, authorized officials regarded the relic as a ‘vestige of the feudal regime’. This led to local residents taking resources from the site and using them as housing materials.

In addition, thieves have used explosives in the attempt to find hidden treasure on the site.  Gold was once thought to be buried in the tomb.

Other than a concrete wall and the installation of a sign, the relic site has yet to be restored. Quang Nam Province now has over 49 national relics, with four of them being used for illegal purposes. Of the 256 provincial relics, 21 are still in need of restoration, 32 have been severely ruined and 89 relic sites have completely disappeared.

Forgot Emperor Citadel

Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel from Tay Son Dynasty has fallen into decay in Binh Dinh Province. King Thai Duc or Nguyen Nhac, who was eldest brother of Quang Trung Emperor, in Nhon Hau Commune, built the Citadel in the An Nhon District in 1776.

After Nguyen Anh assigned the throne in 1802, he destroyed relics relating to Tay Son Dynasty. The Hoang De Citadel relic has been considered as the only architectural work from Tay Son period that still exists in Vietnam.

Since 2004-2007, Binh Dinh Museum, have worked with the Vietnam Institute of Archeology to excavate the site and discovered several objects that have historical value.

After many years, it has fallen in decay and has been exposed to the weathering elements.  At present, the citadel’s is over growed with grass and in severe decay.

Tran Duc Tong, who looks after the relic, said, ”the site has been recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, but it has been neglected for a long time”.

Source: SGGP

People fall sick due to transitional weather, floods

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Unusual and severe weather of the transitional season have made old people and children in northern and southern Vietnam ill, while many diseases have stricken people in the central region after floods.

A health official sprays chemicals to control pollution caused by floods in Huong Khe District, central province of Ha Tinh (Photo: SGGP)

Doctor Le Thanh Hai, deputy head of the Hanoi-based Central Children’s Hospital, said many children have been hospitalized since the northern region entered the autumn in early October.
He said his hospital received 1,000-1,5000 child patients a day on usual days, but in these days, it has received 1,800-2,200 patients a day, and 30-40 percent of them have to be hospitalized.
The number of children admitted to St. Paul and Bach Mai hospitals has also increased by 30-50 percent.
These children have suffered from high fever, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, pneumonia, and allergies.
Not only children but also old people have become ill when the weather goes from hot to cold, most of them have got cough, asthma, and rheumatism.
Down south, dengue fever epidemic continues spreading throughout cities and provinces with Ho Chi Minh City being hardest hit.  
Doctor Ha Manh Tuan, head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Children’s Hospital 2, said over 5,300 children with dengue fever were treated at the hospital in the past nine months.
The number of dengue fever patients admitted to the hospital in September soared by nearly 30 percent over August and 50 percent over the same period of last year.
While the Children’s Hospital 1 received over 3,350 children with dengue fever from early this year. The hospital has currently received about 100 dengue fever patients a day.
The Tropical Disease Hospital has also received about 100 adults with dengue fever a day for treatment.
According to the city Health Department, the city received 500 patients per week from provinces in October, while the figure was 300 in September.
Nine patients died because they did not receive timely emergency aid.
In the central region, pink-eye, diarrhea, flu, pneumonia, skin and intestinal diseases have afflicted people due to pollution caused by recent floods.
A preliminary statistics showed that in Quang Binh Province’s Minh Hoa District, 166 residents have got skin diseases, 99 have had pink-eye, 67 have suffered from acute intestinal diseases, 29 have got diarrhea, and 75 have caught flu.
While Ha Tinh Province has seen 2,500 cases of pink-eye, 2,400 cases of skin diseases, and 118 cases of diarrhea within four days after the floods.
Hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers in the region are now polluted.

Source: SGGP

Hot weather sees hospitals at fall stretch

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:33 am

Hot weather sees hospitals at fall stretch

QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The number of people, especially children and the elderly, who have gone to health centres in Hanoi have increased sharply due to the prolonged heat wave over the last few days.

Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) says that the hospital has received between 1,800 to 2,000 patients a day, almost double the normal day figure. However, last year the hospital received up to 2,500 child patients per day, he added.

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy head of the Infections Department at the NHP, says that the department is currently treating around 100 children, including 33 with encephalitis and the remainder with respiratory diseases and rubella.

Mr Lam warns that parents should take their children to hospital immediately if they have a high fever and are vomiting.

Sharing this view, Dr Nguyen Tien Dung, head of the Pediatrics Department at Bach Mai hospital emphasises that encephalitis is often mistaken for other diseases, so children should be hospitalised immediately if they show any symptoms such as a high fever, vomiting, and headache.

Mr Dung adds that the number of children going to hospital for check-ups or treatment at Bach Mai has increased by 20-30 percent, due to diseases such as viral fever, pneumonia, encephalitis and digestive disorders. This is attributed to the high temperatures which cause viruses to emerge and spread far and wide. Children can be easily infected as they can inhale any viruses that are present in the environment.

Dr Nguyen Trung Anh from the central geriatric hospital says that the hospital has seen a sharp increase in older people , up to 500, who have heart disease and other serious conditions. Some have been hospitalised because of low blood pressure, sunstroke and vasodilation. The number of old people admitted with strokes has also increased and some had died.

Dr Nguyen Trung Anh adds that to avoid diseases in hot weather, old people, especially those with heart disease or blood pressure should not go out into the sun and avoid big and sudden changes in room temperatures. He advises that room temperatures should be kept at between 25-28 degree Celsius.

Source: VOV






Source: QDND

Luxury hotel room prices see a sharp fall

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Luxury hotel room prices see a sharp fall

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:26 (GMT+7)

Average prices of high-class hotel rooms in Vietnam fell by 31.9 per cent in 2009, according to figures released on June 8th by Grant Thornton Vietnam.

The firm believes that the global economic crisis had a long term and considerable impact on tourism and hotel sectors in Vietnam and across the world.

Especially, five-star hotels were hit hard as tourists tended to cut down their spending during their tours and rich people seemed to travel less.

However, the survey shows that proceeds from other tourist services like restaurants, spa, banquets and conferences rose 8.2 per cent. As a result, hotels still maintained their incomes in 2009.

Figures also points out that, while the number of international visitors to Vietnam fell, the number of domestic tourists sharply increased.  

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Petrol price still high, despite global fall

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

European stocks fall sharply at open

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The wave of selling in world markets is continuing in Europe amid a huge sell-off on Wall Street, fears that Greece’s debt crisis is spreading and an uncertain general election result in Britain.

Minutes after the open, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 1.3 percent lower, while Germany’s DAX dropped 1.1 percent. France‘s CAC-40 index fared worse, tumbling 2 percent.

The declines in Europe, accompanied by sharp falls in Asia, come a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 3.2 percent after having at one point plunged 1,000 points, or about 9 percent.

 Asian stocks sank Friday following a huge sell-off on Wall Street as fears that Greece’s debt crisis could spread to other European nations continued to rattle investors.

Numbers are streaked across the board at Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney, Friday, May 7, 2010, after the Dow Jones industrials plunged 1,000 points at one point Thursday – the biggest drop ever during a trading day.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average dropped 331.10 points, or 3.1 percent, to 10,364.59, South Korea’s Kospi tumbled 2.2 percent to 1,647.54 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng retreated 0.7 percent to 19,993.05. Australia’s benchmark shed 2 percent.

The wave of selling in Asia came after the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,000 points at one point Thursday — the biggest drop ever during a trading day — because of a possible simple typographical error or computer glitch. The Securities and Exchange Commission said it was reviewing what happened.

The Dow later recovered some of its losses, but still closed down 3.2 percent at 10,520.32 with investors beset by worries that Greece’s debt woes could spread to countries like Portugal and Spain and then further afield, undermining the global economic recovery.

“I am very concerned about the Greek problem,” Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told reporters as the Nikkei index plummeted in the wake of massive losses overnight in New York.

Japanese Finance Minister Naoto Kan said finance ministers from the Group of Seven nations will hold a teleconference later in the day to discuss the Greek debt crisis.

“Investors are not so sure that the European Union alone can contain the spreading financial crisis,” said Masatoshi Sato, market analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. Ltd.

With the Greek crisis hammering global financial markets, the Bank of Japan said Friday it will offer two trillion yen ($22 billion) in short-term loans to commercial banks to boost liquidity.

“We would like to ensure stability in financial markets by providing ample funds to banks,” Bank of Japan official Yuichi Adachi said. He declined to elaborate further.

Across Asia, sentiment was downbeat with shares in Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and New Zealand all falling sharply. China’s Shanghai Composite Index opened Friday down 2 percent but had pared that loss to a fall of 1.5 percent by the afternoon.

Before Thursday’s global sell-off, the Shanghai benchmark was at an eight-month low this week on concern government efforts to cool housing prices and a bank lending boom might slow growth and hurt profits at real estate and other companies.

Some analysts said Asian equities may soon rebound since most companies in the region aren’t directly exposed to Europe’s most struggling economies.

“Chinese exporters are indirectly affected because the European Union is China’s biggest trading partner, but none of the listed companies are directly exporting to Greece and Spain,” said Peng Yunliang, a strategist for Shanghai Securities. “The panic might not last for long.”

In currencies, the dollar rose to 92.18 yen in Tokyo on Friday, up from 90.78 yen in New York late Thursday. The dollar plunged to 87.95 yen in New York Thursday at one point.

The euro, which fell to a 14-month low of 1.2520 on Thursday, rose to $1.2684 on Friday.

Benchmark crude for June delivery was up 10 cents to $77.21 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The June contract lost $2.86 to settle at $77.11 on Thursday.

Source: SGGP

European markets fall despite Greece bailout

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

PARIS, May 3, 2010 (AFP) – The euro and European stocks fell on Monday on scepticism over a bailout for Greece and huge austerity measures Athens is promising, while a shadow of debt contagion hung ominously over Europe.

“Although Greece has had a lifeline from the IMF… the market is not assured that the worst has passed,” said Thio Chin Loo, a senior currency analyst with BNP Paribas in Singapore.

The euro fell to 1.3232 dollars on Monday from 1.3300 late on Friday when it had rallied on expectations of a rescue for Greece at the weekend.

European shares also fell in mid-day trading with the Frankfurt DAX shedding 0.17 percent and the Paris CAC losing 0.62 percent. The London stock market was closed for a public holiday.

Eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund endorsed on Sunday a 110-billion-euro rescue package to keep Greece from a debt default and end a crisis that has rocked the single currency and rattled world markets.

In return for the emergency loans, the Greek Socialist government agreed to implement draconian spending cuts and tax increases to bring its public deficit down from 13.6 percent to under 3.0 percent by 2014.

Asian shares were also down, with Hong Kong ending the day 1.41 percent lower and Sydney shedding 0.46 percent. Tokyo was closed for a holiday.

Shares were down in Spain and Portugal, countries with high public deficits that are considered the most threatened by contagion from the crisis in Greece.

The Madrid stock exchange was down 0.83 percent while shares in Lisbon fell slightly by 0.04 percent. Athens was up, however, gaining 0.03 percent.

The borrowing costs of Spain rose as the interest rate demanded by investors to hold its 10-year bonds rose to 4.052 percent from 4.032 percent late Friday.

The yield, or return, on Portuguese bonds eased, however, to 5.108 percent from 5.126 percent.

And the rate demanded for Greek bonds, which soared above 11 percent last week, fell further to 8.614 percent. The punitive rates demanded by the markets were what forced Greece to go cap in hand to its European Union partners and the IMF.

At Barclays Capital, analysts expressed concern that the conditions for the rescue aid might not be approved by parliaments in contributing eurozone countries.

The IMF could begin transferring funds without the approval of eurozone parliaments, but that did not remove uncertainty about the final total amount and this was weighing on the euro, they said.

Investors were also concerned about regional elections in Germany on May 9, two days after the date on which the German federal parliament is due to adopt the rescue package.

But other analysts said the German legislature would inevitably pass the deal despite deep reservations among lawmakers.

Even if Greece gets the entire rescue package, Golman Sachs economist Erik Nielsen estimates that the country’s funding needs are much higher.

“I maintain my estimate that the total financing requirement will be about 150 billion euros over the next three years, so this means that the programme will not be fully financed throughout,” Nielsen said.

At Dutch bank ING, interest rate strategist Padhraic Garvey said “the issue now is whether the 110 billion package is enough.”

He said that the “bottom line” was that “if Greece spent the lot on upcoming redemptions, coupons (interest payments) and deficit financing there would not be a whole lot left heading into 2012.”

He added: “This gives Greece an effective window of 18-24 months, or effectively half to two-thirds of the so-called three-year programme.”

Source: SGGP

Chinese medicine clinics fall foul of health department

In Vietnam Health on December 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm

This undated file photo shows officials check a traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Hanoi (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Traditional Chinese medicine clinics in Hanoi have been found in breach of several health regulations, said Hanoi’s Department of Health.

Investigators carried out surprise inspections at several clinics on December 16 and discovered a host of violations.

Many Chinese doctors were working without permission from the Vietnamese Government and unlicensed practitioners were discovered working at clinics Truong Giang Trung Quoc, Hoa Viet and a branch of Chinese Medicine on Dai Co Viet Street.

In addition, the clinics were selling medicines at prices higher than health department regulations stipulate.

One clinic at 298 Nguyen Trai Street in district Thanh Xuan, was also found using moldy drugs.

There are 64 Chinese doctors known to authorities practicing at 54 clinics around the country. In Hanoi alone, there are 23 clinics.

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Government to keep tabs on Chinese medicine clinics

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Financial crisis, swine flu blamed for tourist fall

In Vietnam Travel on September 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Global financial crisis and swine flu are blamed for the recession of the world tourist industry, experts said at a tourist seminar held in HCM City on Sep. 11.

Dr. Victor Wee in his presentation at the seminar. (Pphoto: Truong Son)

The seminar, “Capacity building for Vietnam’s tourism businesses against the backdrop of the global financial crisis,” was held to discuss lessons and recommendations for local tourism businesses to improve their capacity.
It welcomed presentations by various well-known and experienced lecturers from regional countries. 
The morning schedule included a seminar “Asia Pacific’s tourism trends” by Kris Lim, Associate Director of the Strategic Intelligence Center (SIC) under the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
This was followed by a discussion about innovation in product development by Dr. Victor Wee, Chairman of program Committe of the UN World Tourism Organization.
In the first presentation, Mr. Lim highlighted the case that most countries in the world have experienced a negative drop in their tourism industries since last year’s fourth quarter.
He cited the World Tourism Organization, which had reported a 1.9 percent increase in international visitor arrivals in 2008 and forecast a more than four percent contraction in 2009.
The two main suggested factors for the situation were the global financial crisis and swine flu.
Other minor reasons are believed to be the slow development of the cruise-liner and airline sectors and the impact of climate change.
However, the SIC director noted that the Asia-Pacific region had suffered less than most, with the worst drop being ten percent, compared to the Americas’ record of more than 15 percent, both in May 2009.

Discussing Vietnam in particular, the presentation reviewed a negative fluctuation since its second quarter in 2008. From 1.3 percent increase in the total arrivals in the second quarter, tourism industry quickly saw a slump at negative 9.6 percent in the third quarter, but slightly improved at negative nine percent in the last quarter of 2008.
The fluctuation continued during the first seven months of 2009, with the bottom recorded a drop of 28.6 percent. In an effort to get its head above water, the industry managed to stem the fall to 10.1 percent in June. But, in the next month, the collapse continued, with a 17.8 percent at loss. 
The two exceptions to the region’s tourism woes and have shown a rising trend are South Korea and Malaysia.
While discussing Republic of Korea, Mr. Lim proposed two main factors to help Korean tourism maintain its healthy growth, including depreciation of the Korean Won and impressive tourist packages for the Japanese market. 

Vietnam tourism industry shows strong potential to develop in the coming time, Mr. Kris Lim said at the seminar.
However, Mr. Lim did not recommend the first proposal for other countries, especially Vietnam, as he thought the idea is a two-edged sword.
In explanation, he said the number of tourists bound for Republic of Korea could be very impressive during the first four months of the year but in return, the number of Koreans leaving the country could drop, as overseas trips would become more expensive.  
Discussing the Malaysian tourism industry, Dr. Wee believed the three most-helpful actions were to research and draw the attention of countries who had either not suffered or were suffering less from the financial crisis, especially the Middle-East and Iran; diversify its markets and applying different products for different market segments; and give cut-price promotions to increase demand from both local and foreign visitors. 
Answering a question by a participant about solutions for Malaysia and whether they fit the Vietnamese situation, Dr. Wee suggested Vietnamese tourism officials to carry out more promotion packages.
He also recommended a stronger cash injection from the Government to stimulate local businesses, as “once they feel confident again, they will start to invest more in the industry.”
Malaysian tourism experts gave tips for local tourism agencies, including extensive use of technology such as the Internet, create more value-added services, consider brand extension in promotions, focus on niche products such as youth travel, music and sports, volunteer tourism, eco-tourism and gastronomic tourism, strategic alliances, using icons as a marketing strategy and celebrity endorsement.
The last tip from Dr. Wee was to solve obstacles for most foreign investors in Vietnam. He admitted that governments in most of the region’s countries have limited budgets for public services. As a result, they only provide basic infrastructures for their countries. Banks are the partners and also the agent for hesitance by most investors.
“While investors await special treatment from banks for their tourism project, most banks do not welcome such business, with loans for tourism projects quite difficult to get and interest rates for such loans being quite high. In Malaysia, the banks provide a special loan, a ‘soft loan,’ for tourism projects with the preferential rates. Vietnam should consider this method.
“In addition, the Government should clear procedural mess and make procedures more practical and easy for foreign investors,” Dr. Wee added.
The seminar will continue during the afternoon with two presentations, including “Tourism recovery – BOOST” by Chi Chuan, from the Singapore Tourism Board, and “The impact of visas on tourism and investment” by Baron Ah Moo, CEO of Indochina Land Management Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Taxi-fares start to fall

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – On Dec. 2, one day after the price of petrol was cut by 1,000 VND a litre to 12,000 VND, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City taxi companies promised to cut fares by between 500-1,000 VND a kilometer.

About 80 members of the Hanoi Taxi Association have already cut fares. However, customers are waiting for other companies to keep their promises.

“Our company will first cut fares at our branch in Binh Duong province. This will be followed by cuts in HCM City ,” said Vo Ba, director of the Future Star Taxi Company.

Other taxi companies in the two cities are also considering cutting fares.

“Since the decrease in the price of petrol, the association has received many confirmations from taxi companies, that their fares will be cut,” said Do Quoc Binh, chairman of the Hanoi Taxi Association.

“We will follow the changing price of petrol and adjust taxi fares accordingly to protect consumers’ interests,” he added.

Huong Lua Taxi said it would reduce average fares by 1,000 VND in the next two days.-