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Facebook face recognition finds friends in photos

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15, 2010 (AFP) – Facebook is using facial recognition software to let US users automatically identify friends in photos at the world’s leading online social network.


A “tag suggestion” feature crafted to identify people in uploaded pictures should be rolled out to all US users in the next few weeks, Facebook engineer Justin Mitchell said late Wednesday in a blog post.

AFP file – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California on May 26, 2010.

“Now if you upload pictures from your cousin’s wedding, we’ll group together pictures of the bride and suggest her name,” Mitchell said.


“Instead of typing her name 64 times, all you’ll need to do is click ‘Save’ to tag all of your cousin’s pictures at once.”


More than 100 million “tags” are added to photos at Facebook daily, according to the engineer.


When a Facebook user uploads digital pictures, newly added software matches faces to those that have been tagged, or named, in other photos, Mitchell said.


People who don’t want their names automatically suggested in photo tags can disable the feature by adjusting Facebook privacy settings, according to the engineer.

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Source: SGGP

Young man finds success with cricket business

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

A poor young man, who had to leave university due to financial burden, has successfully set up a cricket-raising career on a farm he named Thien An, which attracts visitors and provides crickets for restaurants in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Foreign tourists take photograph of a cricket basin at Thien An cricket farm (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Quang Huy, 28, followed his family to Lam Dong Province from the northern province of Bac Giang in 2001. The new life in the highlands was not easy, as Huy had to leave university to assist his family.


The thought of raising crickets came to Huy after he visited a cricket farm in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. He then began studying the process of breeding crickets and came to Cu Chi to learn more.


After becoming familiar with the process, Huy wrote a proposal on cricket-raising development and asked Lam Ha District authorities to finance it. The district Bank for Social Policies finally lent him VND150 million (US$8,000) to open a cricket farm.


With the initial capital, Huy built a 300 square meter farm with over 200 cricket basins in Nam Ban Commune, 50 kilometers from Dalat City.


Now established for more than a year, the farm obtains over 200 trays of cricket eggs a month, each tray bringing him VND50,000 and 25 kilograms of crickets, which he sells to restaurants in Dalat City.


After calculating costs, the 200 cricket basins yield him over VND70 million (US$3,700) in net profit, Huy said.


The Thien An cricket farm has been chosen as a tourist destination by Dalat City travel companies. The farm receives from five to seven delegations of visitors each day, who come to learn about the phases of breeding crickets and to enjoy cricket-based foods such as cricket fired with citronella and chili and fried power-dip crickets.


Huy’s foremost specialty is young crickets. The farm usually freezes these crickets, which sell for 25 percent more than what mature crickets fetch.

Source: SGGP

Young man finds success with cricket business

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

A poor young man, who had to leave university due to financial burden, has successfully set up a cricket-raising career on a farm he named Thien An, which attracts visitors and provides crickets for restaurants in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Foreign tourists take photograph of a cricket basin at Thien An cricket farm (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Quang Huy, 28, followed his family to Lam Dong Province from the northern province of Bac Giang in 2001. The new life in the highlands was not easy, as Huy had to leave university to assist his family.


The thought of raising crickets came to Huy after he visited a cricket farm in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. He then began studying the process of breeding crickets and came to Cu Chi to learn more.


After becoming familiar with the process, Huy wrote a proposal on cricket-raising development and asked Lam Ha District authorities to finance it. The district Bank for Social Policies finally lent him VND150 million (US$8,000) to open a cricket farm.


With the initial capital, Huy built a 300 square meter farm with over 200 cricket basins in Nam Ban Commune, 50 kilometers from Dalat City.


Now established for more than a year, the farm obtains over 200 trays of cricket eggs a month, each tray bringing him VND50,000 and 25 kilograms of crickets, which he sells to restaurants in Dalat City.


After calculating costs, the 200 cricket basins yield him over VND70 million (US$3,700) in net profit, Huy said.


The Thien An cricket farm has been chosen as a tourist destination by Dalat City travel companies. The farm receives from five to seven delegations of visitors each day, who come to learn about the phases of breeding crickets and to enjoy cricket-based foods such as cricket fired with citronella and chili and fried power-dip crickets.


Huy’s foremost specialty is young crickets. The farm usually freezes these crickets, which sell for 25 percent more than what mature crickets fetch.

Source: SGGP

PetroVietnam finds its first Malaysian offshore oil

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm




PetroVietnam finds its first Malaysian offshore oil


QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) has reported the first oil extracted at the D30, Block SK305 field offshore Malaysia.


The field churns out an average 4,730 barrels of crude oil and 7.83 million cubic metres of gas a day. The accumulated production until July 31 reached 170,340 barrels with 282 million cubic metres of gas, PVEP said.


The SK305 project has been implemented under a common co-operation agreement on oil and gas exploitation and exploration between Vietnam , Malaysia and Indonesia . Its contract came into effect on June 16, 2003.


PCPP Operating Co is a joint venture between the three state-run companies to operate the project. PVEP, an affiliate of Vietnam ‘s leading PetroVietnam group, holds 30 percent; Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, a member of Malaysia ‘s leading Petronas group, has 40 percent; Indonesian Pertamina Co holds the remainder.


This is one of 20 contracts that PVEP has signed to explore and exploit oil and gas abroad. The firm also signed 38 other deals for oil and gas exploitation in Vietnam.


Block 305 is located in Balingian province, offshore from Sarawak , with the average water depth of 150m. The joint venture is exploring about 18 drilling wells. The fields D30 and Dana are the first two selected for early exploration and exploitation, PVEP said.


This is one of two projects bringing products for PVEP from overseas fields; the other one is in Algeria.


Dinh La Thang, chairman of PetroVietnam, affirmed to continue bolstering the strategic collaboration between PetroVietnam and Petronas in their oil and gas exploration activities.


PVEP also expects to extract the first oil from its largest project with a total investment capital of 12 billion USD: the Block Junin 2 in Venezuela in 2012, corporation chairman Tran Duc Chinh said.


“In the context of oil and gas resources in the country becoming exhausted, PVEP has mapped out strategies to boost oil and gas exploitation and exploration abroad in an effort to ensure the country’s energy security and reserves,” he said.


Four million tonnes of crude oil exploited from Junin 2 will be imported to Vietnam to supply the local market.


In its strategies, PVEP plans to bolster oil and gas exploration and exploitation offshore and deep-water oil rigs rather than the currently employed shallow-water structures.


PVEP had total revenue of 18.97 trillion VND (998.4 million USD) in the first six months of this year, up 36 percent on the same period last year.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

EADS finds partners for US bid

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:10 am

EADS, the European aerospace giant, has found the US partners it needs for its bid for a major US Air Force tanker contract, chief executive Louis Gallois said Wednesday.


“We have the complete team of partners we needed for sensitive equipment but we don’t give the names because we don’t want to put them under pressure,” he told reporters in London.


EADS had previously held talks with US companies Raytheon and L-3 and the US arm of British firm BAE Systems.


Gallois remained confident that EADS had a bid that could beat US rivals Boeing to the 35-billion-dollar (29-billion-euro) deal to supply the US Air Force with 179 aerial refuelling tankers.


He insisted EADS’ design — a militarised version of the A330 aircraft made by Airbus — was the “best airplane”.


“We see the nervousness of Boeing attacking us every day in the press. If we have no chance, why would they attack us?” he asked.

The European aerospace giant EADS has found the US partners it needs for its bid for a major US Air Force tanker contract, according to the company’s chief executive Louis Gallois.

The two firms’ long-running contest for the contract has been plagued by scandal, intense lobbying in the US Congress and transatlantic tensions.


EADS and its former US partner, Northrop Grumman, originally won the contract in February 2008, but the deal was cancelled after Boeing successfully appealed the decision to Congress.


In 2003, the Pentagon awarded a contract to Boeing but later suspended the deal after an ethics scandal.


Gallois also expressed confidence that “we will find solutions” to the crisis in the eurozone, saying that in Europe, “it’s when we are near the cliff that we take decisions”.


He was more concerned about the austerity measures introduced by EU governments facing huge deficits following the financial crisis, and the possible effect they might have on military spending.

Source: SGGP

Vovinam finds way to SEA Games

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:16 am




Vovinam finds way to SEA Games


QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Following an agreement by chairman of Vietnam ’s Olympic Committee and the World Vovinam Federation (WVVF) Nguyen Danh Thai, general secretary of WVVF Vo Danh Hai visited Jakarta to discuss the introduction of Vovinam with the hosts of the 26 th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.


On May 28, Thai and Vietnamese sport delegation also arrived in Jakarta to discuss the upcoming games.


Vovinam is a Vietnamese martial art practised with and without weapons.


It is based on the principle of between hard and soft and includes training of the body as well as of the mind. It uses the forces and reactions of the opponent and at present, it is developing worldwide.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

NASA finds water on the moon

In World on November 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

A “significant amount” of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.








This image obtained from NASA shows the surface of the Moon as the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) approached it on October 9, 2009. (AFP Photo)

Preliminary data from a dramatic experiment on the moon “indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater,” NASA said in a statement.


“The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon,” it added, as ecstatic scientists celebrated the landmark discovery.


“Yes indeed we found water and we did not find only a little bit but a significant amount,” said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission.


The data was found after NASA sent two spacecraft crashing into the lunar surface last month to probe Earth’s nearest neighbor for water.


One rocket slammed into the Cabeus crater, near the lunar southern pole, at around 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) per hour.


The rocket was followed four minutes later by a spacecraft equipped with cameras to record the initial impact, which sent a huge plume of material billowing up from the bottom of the crater, untouched by sunlight for billions of years.


“In the 20- to 30-meter (66- to 100-foot) crater we found maybe about a dozen, at least, two-gallon buckets of water. This is an initial result,” Colaprete told reporters.


“We are ecstatic,” he added in a statement.


“Multiple lines of evidence show water was present in both the high angle vapor plume and the ejecta curtain created by the LCROSS Centaur impact.


“The concentration and distribution of water and other substances requires further analysis, but it is safe to say Cabeus holds water,” Colaprete said.


Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences at Brown University and a co-investigator on the LCROSS mission, expressed hope that more water could be found on the moon.


“What’s really exciting is we’ve only hit one spot,” Schultz said.


“It’s kind of like when you’re drilling for oil. Once you find it one place, there’s a greater chance you’ll find more nearby.”


Scientists had previously theorized that, except for the possibility of ice at the bottom of craters, the moon was totally dry.


Finding water on Earth’s natural satellite is a major breakthrough in space exploration.


“It’s very exciting, it is painting a new image of the moon,” said Gregory Deloy of the University of California, hailing it as “an extraordinary discovery.”


He theorized that “one of the possible source of water is a comet.”


“We’re unlocking the mysteries of our nearest neighbor and, by extension, the solar system,” said Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington.


“The full understanding of the LCROSS data may take some time. The data is that rich,” Colaprete cautioned.


“Along with the water in Cabeus, there are hints of other intriguing substances. The permanently shadowed regions of the moon are truly cold traps, collecting and preserving material over billions of years.”


Only 12 men, all Americans, have ever walked on the moon, and the last to set foot there were in 1972, at the end of the Apollo missions.


But NASA’s ambitious plans to put US astronauts back on the moon by 2020 to establish manned lunar bases for further exploration to Mars under the Constellation project are increasingly in doubt.


NASA’s budget is currently too small to pay for Constellation’s Orion capsule, a more advanced and spacious version of the Apollo lunar module, as well as the Ares I and Ares V launchers needed to put the craft in orbit.


A key review panel appointed by President Barack Obama said existing budgets are not large enough to fund a return mission before 2020.


 


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Father of modern cai luong finds rest place in homeland

In Vietnam Culture on October 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

The very first historical and cultural memorial erected to late musician Cao Van Lau has been opened for public view in the Mekong province of Bac Lieu on September 30.








Ribbon cutting to inaugurate the memorial on September 30 (Photo: Lao Dong Newspaper)
The moemorial, located on three hectares of Ward 2 of Bac Lieu town cost approximately VND6.3 billion (US$350,000).
 
The monument includes the tomb of the late artiste and a house featuring his discography, personal items and details about the birth of the immortal song “Da co hoai lang”. The song is about a wife, who hears a far-off battle drum late at night and becomes tormented with missing her husband, who is away at war.
 
The song is widely accepted as the most important development of modern vong co and cai luong (Southern traditional music)
 
On the occasion of the inauguration, the Cao Van Lau cai luong troupe paid a visit to the monument and hosted an anniversary of the late artiste with plenty of activities, such as a drum performance, carrying a thurible, offering tea and rice wine to the artiste and some musical performances.
 
The province also presented the Cao Van Lau Awards to ten musicians and composers who have made great contributions to the development of Southern cai luong.
 
Cao Van Lau, 1892-1976, is considered the father of modern vong co and cai luong and one of Vietnam’s best musicians. He started composing at the age of 20 after four years tutelage by the popular local musician Le Tai Khi.

After three years of marriage to his wife, there was still no child, Lau was forced to send his wife back to her family in accordance with local customs at the time. This hurt came to inspire Lau to compose his best-known love-song, “Da co hoai lang,” which later had great influence on cai luong and vong co music.

Source: SGGP