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China orders more inflation fighting measures

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

20,000 flee Myanmar fighting: Thai officials

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 5:21 am

Japan, France commit US$134 million for fighting climate change in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Japan, France commit US$134 million for fighting climate change in Vietnam

QĐND – Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

As 22 million people in Vietnam may lose their home because of climate change, Japan and France have formed a foundation to help Vietnam prevent this danger.

On June 18, the Ministry of Finance, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the French Development Agency (AFD) Vietnam signed agreements for the “Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change” in Hanoi. Under the agreements, Japan contributes 10 billion Japanese Yen (US$110 million) and France contributes 20 million euros ($24 million).

The “Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change” is a Japan-initiated programme to support developing countries to tackle climate change, which is posing serious threat to many countries including Vietnam.

According to UNDP’s Human Development Report 2007/2008, under the 1-metre sea level rise scenario, about 22 million people or a quarter of the Vietnam’s population will have to be resettled and much of the agricultural land will be exposed to extreme salinisation and crop damaging due to flooding in the Mekong Delta.

To deal with these challenges, the Vietnamese Government ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol in 1994 and 2002, respectively, and issued the National Target Programme to Respond to Climate Change (NTP-RCC) in December 2008.

 “The SP-RCC programme will not only support the implementation of the NTP-RCC but it will serve as a platform for policy dialogue between Vietnam and its development partners as well as other concerned donors in order to enhance the aid effectiveness to Vietnam in this issue,” said Tsuno, chief representative of JICA Vietnam.

Alain Henry, chief representative of AFD Vietnam, said AFD is willing to support Vietnam to implement strategies on promoting energy efficiency principles and renewable energy development, to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also reinforce Vietnam’s economy resilience to external shocks, such as those induced by fossil fuel prices volatility, as well as its overall energy security, by reducing the exposure of Vietnam to fossil fuel imports.

Vietnam is the second country in Asia (after Indonesia) that Japan and France provide preferential loans for coping with climate change.

Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Watching fighting cocks in Tho Ha village

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

Watching fighting cocks in Tho Ha village

QĐND – Friday, June 11, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

Locating by the bank of Cau River, Tho Ha village has been famous for its pottery trademark as well as cock fighting with the most expensive fighting cocks in Vietnam.

Tho Ha village belongs to Van Ha commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province.

Selecting fighting cocks from the eggs

Going through Tho Ha village on the narrow traditional red brick lanes, passing time-worn houses covered by traditional bricks, one can see fighting cocks everywhere. Each household has between five and seven fighting cocks.

“Many families improved their living standard thanks to fighting cocks,” said Nguyen Cong Loi, a villager.

“Each fighting cock is worth from 6 to 8 million VND and some can be sold for up to 60 to 70 million VND. The amount of money that they could not dream about before,” he added “That’s why a three-year-old boy in this village can bring his fighting cock to fight.”

Visiting Tho Ha, especially at weekend, it is normal to see crowds of people gathering under the shade of banyan trees, trying to gain a good position to see the “direct kicks” or “side kicks” of the fighting cocks who are showing their “martial arts”.

People in the village love cock fights as people in the world love football. They said that, they can live without fridges or motorbikes but cannot live without fighting cocks, which is their great happiness.

It is not easy to own a good fighting cock. Villager Chi said that one of the first conditions to have a good fighting cock is that it must be from a good breed. After that, the appearance and body of the cock is also important.

Tho Ha fighting cocks are selected from the eggs till they hatch and weigh about 6 to 7 grams. After being well-selected, the cocks will be trained to fight one or two bouts (each bout last about 15 to 20 minutes) to choose those that have good strikes. Through trainings, the cocks will better their competence and endurance.

One of the indispensable practices in training fighting cocks is giving them daily herbal massages. Two to three times a day, the owners boil bamboo and green tea leaves, turmeric (curcuma longa), and a plant of the ginger family, which they put them in a piece of cloth to massage the cocks. By doing so, the cocks’ skin will be thickened and stronger, preventing from being hurt in the fight. As a result, the hands of those who raise fight cocks are yellow.

After the herbal treatment period, the cocks will be trained and looked after in a special diet. Their main food is rice and snails. In this time, the owners also let the cocks fight for a while then put them in separate cases to make them furious when then can see their opponents in another case but cannot do anything. This period lasts from 15 to 20 days. After that, the cocks will be put in the fighting training where they can practice and improve their special strikes.

A fighting cock that is listed in the professional fighting list must pass the qualified fighting round in the hamlets, village and commune respectively. Therefore, the owners of the winning cocks are respected as masters of martial arts.

A fighting cock priced at USD 3,500

The first cock fightings took place between villages and communes in the district. As the rumours spread, those who love cock fightings in adjacent provinces brought their cocks to Tho Ha to fight.

Whatever they are doing, hearing about a guest brings his cock to Tho Ha to fight, and the villagers will stop to welcome the guest and his fighting cock. Fierce fights and cheers then seem to make the village explode.

It is said that, in the 1960s, Trinh Xuan Lac’s father had a very good fighting cock in Vietnam. Its fame brought it to Laos and Cambodia to fight as well. The fighting cock was given a nickname of “monster cock”, which won every fight within two bouts. The head, shoulder and crescent were like a monster and its skin was as hard as steel. With its “direct chest kick”, it knocked down a Thai fighting cock in a day-long fight in Vietnam in 1964.

“Enjoying the victory for a long time without opponent, my father’s fighting cock died of old age,” said Mr. Lac in a sad voice.

Tho Ha’s fighting cocks are famous for their “endless fights”, endurance and beautiful fighting arts. Therefore, customers like to buy those from senior people in the village as they have experiences in training fighting cocks.

In the recent years, revenues from selling fighting cocks have become the main income of many families in the village. Customers who buy the cocks come from the North, Central and South of Vietnam. Many of them are even from China, Laos and Cambodia. These foreign customers first brought their fighting cocks to Tho Ha to fight and then tried to buy the cocks that knocked down theirs.

“From 1996, my family sold each fighting cock at the price of six to seven million VND,” said Hung, an owner of fighting cocks.

“In recent years, good fighting cocks have been sold at the price of 15 to 20 million VND,” he added.

However, the cock that holds the price record is the “black fighting cock” owned by Mr. Hoan in Hamlet 3. It was paid USD 3,500 when it won in a fight with a cock owned by a person from Hanoi. The “black fighting cock” has never lost in a fight.

Source: Lao Dong

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

UK donates £37 mln for education, fighting poverty

In Vietnam Education on October 1, 2009 at 9:59 am

Britain will provide Vietnam £37 million (US$59 million) to reduce poverty and enhance quality schooling through its Department for International Development, an official said on September 30.

Sue Wardell, the DFID’s regional director for Northeast Asia, said £20 million would go towards the Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) and the rest for the School Education Quality Assurance Program (SEQAP), a full-day schooling program in Vietnam.

The latter aims to improve the quality of primary education and help children from disadvantaged groups access quality education through 2013. It is a joint program with the World Bank and Belgium.

The Poverty Reduction Support Credit will be transferred to the Government, enabling it to tackle pressing needs like mitigating the impact of the global economic crisis.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese NGOs play active role in fighting HIV/AIDS

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese non-governmental organisations (NGO) have made huge contributions to the fight against the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, according to participants attending a symposium held in Hanoi on Nov. 28 by the Association of HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention.

Since its establishment in 2007, the association has worked alongside local agencies, including Can Tho Medical College, to draft documents to raise awareness of laws relating to HIV/AIDS, and to organise short-term courses for health workers in the Mekong Delta to train them in techniques to minimise their risk of exposure to HIV/AIDS.

It has also launched an initiative to train HIV-infected volunteers to care for others similarly infected with the virus.

At the symposium, a Can Tho Medical College representative suggested a new approach to tackling discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS through education.

Dr. Tran Thi Chung Chien, chairwoman of the association, said her organisation plans to continue launching training courses for people infected with HIV/AIDS and to improve the knowledge and consultative skills of caretakers, as well as providing information and sharing experiences within the HIV/AIDS Peer-to-Peer Club.

To date, the association has garnered more than 500 individual members and 5 subsidiaries nationwide.-

Southeast Asia succeeds in fighting piracy in Malacca Straits

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Southeast Asia is winning the battle against piracy in the Malacca Straits, the Malaysia-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said.

The watchdog also said that any reduction in vigilance could result in a sudden surge in maritime banditry in the vital trade lane.

The strategic shipping route between Indonesia ‘s island of Sumatra and the Southeast Asian peninsula of Malaysia and Singapore was deemed the most dangerous waterway in the world, though attacks have dropped dramatically thanks to increased cooperation among the littoral states.

Experts believe that a major hijacking like the incident that took place off the coast of Somalia this week is now unlikely to occur here.

During the first nine months of this year there have been only two pirate attacks in the straits, according to the IMB, compared to 38 in 2004 and a peak of 75 in 2000.-

Vietnam, Cambodia join efforts in fighting drug crime

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm

HCM City (VNA) – A delegation of Cambodia ’s National Committee for Drug Control has exchanged experiences in fighting drug crime with the Police General Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security.

At the session in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 7, the two sides discussed measures to prevent drug abuse, promote law execution, control the growing of narcotic plants, implement technical assistance programmes.

They also talked about intensifying the exchange of information and experiences in controlling drugs and precursors, rehabilitating drug addicts, as well as methods used for the rehabilitation and management of drug abusers.

The Vietnamese side suggested that any cooperative activities focus on the exchange of information related to transnational drug traffickers, mutual assistance in investigating, arresting and verifying drug criminal-related information, and coordination in the fight against drug trafficking via the seas and airways.

The two sides also agreed to further cooperate in personnel training.-

Religious dignitaries share experiences in fighting crime

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

More than 150 religious dignitaries in the northern localities gathered at a conference in Hanoi on August 7 to share their experiences in fighting crime, social evils and HIV/AIDS.

The religious followers’ activities in their localities were a response to the campaign “all people are united to build a cultural life in their residential quarters” launched by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC).

Talking about his experiences, Superior Bonze Thich Thanh Huan from the Phap Van Pagoda in Hanoi called for HIV carriers’ participation in the fight against the epidemic, saying this is a major factor in the success of the HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities.

Catholic priest Luong Duc Thieu from the Phong Loc Parish in Nam Dinh province called for the community’s sympathy for families with children involved in social evils. He also said it is necessary to facilitate their re-integration into the community.

The VFF CC praised religious followers for their active participation, saying that many religious followers-inhabited areas have become bright spots in fighting crimes, drugs and other social evils.-

Vietnam sees progress in fighting HIV/AIDS

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Hanoi – Up to 90 percent of prostitutes in Vietnam are now aware of preventing HIV by using condoms, a senior anti-HIV/AIDS official said, adding this has been helpful to the country’s fight against the deadly disease.

Director Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Department made the remarks at a seminar on the issue in Hanoi on June 23-24.

The seminar evaluated the efficiency of the programmes carried out by the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Health and international organisations, such as the International Family Medicine, Doctors of the World, and Care.

The participants heard that over recent years, Vietnam has implemented a number of programmes to reduce HIV/AIDS impacts on the community, including the provision of injection needle s and condoms.

Last year, 10 million needles were given to drug users and 71 million condoms were provided for sex workers.

By the end of the first quarter of this year, Vietnam had reported 124,000 HIV carriers, of whom around 26,000 developed full-blown AIDS, and 39,000 AIDS-related fatalities. Around 40 percent of the HIV carriers are drug addicts.