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Strange vessel sinks fishing boat, four missing reported

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

A fishing boat was sunk by unknown vessel on November 30 while catching fish in the sea off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, leaving four missing.

Fishing boats in Ly Son Island

The unknown vessel fled after the accident.


The sunken boat had 11 sailors. Other fishing boats timely rescued seven fishermen including captain Nguyen Thanh Trung. However, one of them was serious injured.


On the same day, the Vungtau Marine Rescue Coordination Centre III took seven fishermen to the shore. Rescue boat SAR 413 is looking for four missing people.


The strange boat has not been identified yet.


In related news, Quang Tri Province’s border guard forces rescued five fishermen, who had met an accident on the same day.


On November 29, the boat was broken by strong wind and waves.

Source: SGGP

Aid for thousands in four poor provinces

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm




Aid for thousands in four poor provinces


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Nearly 5,000 poor households in four provinces will be given a helping hand to increase income and job opportunities during the next two years.


This is one of the main targets of a joint programme on green production and trade in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho provinces.


The 4.1 million USD scheme has been organised by the Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and five United Nations organisations.


More than 40 percent of the beneficiaries have a monthly income of less than 200,000 VND (10 USD).


“The four provinces were selected due to the high incidence of poverty, especially among ethnic minorities, the concentration of raw materials and local production of craft,” said Do Kim Lang, deputy director of the department.


The programme will focus on boosting five crafts based on bamboo ware, producing and weaving silk, sea grass, lacquer ware and handmade paper.


“We want to help poor growers, collectors and producers to improve their products and link them to more profitable markets,” said Lang.


Under the programme, raw bamboo and rattan material will be managed, exploited and developed in a sustainable way.


“Green here means that we will ensure environmental protection when exploiting raw materials, and ensure safe working condition for farmers,” said Lang.


A total of 400ha of bamboo belonging to 150 households have been zoned in Chau Thang district in central Nghe An province.


More than 460ha of rattan have also been planted in the four provinces. Local farmers have received training on planting, harvesting and processing.


More than 500 people in the four provinces have already received basic training in making bamboo products. And more than 740 others have received advanced training to enable them to make complicated and fine art bamboo products. They have been provided with splitting machines and storage facilities.


The export value of bamboo and rattan products in the targeted provinces is expected to rise significantly if there is a well developed understanding of markets, marketing and design.


Service providers will also help run advanced training in business development and invite foreign designers to develop new product ranges for bamboo and rattan.


Handicraft enterprises will be invited on study tours in Vietnam , China and the Philippines . They will also be involved in domestic and international trade fairs.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Four Vietnamese films to take part in APFF 2010

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

Four Vietnamese films including one feature, two documentaries and one cartoon will comptete in the 2010 Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) to take place in Taiwan ( China ) from December 2 to 4.

A scene in the film Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long).

The movies are Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long) by Dao Ba Son, Nguoi Thap Lua (The Burner) by Nguyen Nhu Vu, Dao Ly Son (Ly Son Island) by Cong Thanh Duc and Chiec La (Leaf) by Hong Son.

This year’s 54th film fest attracts 18 countries and territories competing in 3 categories including featured film, documentary and short film.

Source: SGGP

18 dead, four missing in two day flood in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:27 am

Four people die in flash flood in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 4:56 am

Four countries to join Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Four foreign teams from the UK, South Korea, Italia and China will take part in the Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011 from April 29-30, announced the People’s Committee of Da Nang City.

Accordingly, teams including Jubilee Fireworks of the UK, Hanwha of South Korea and the host city of Da Nang will compete with each other in the first night.

The last night will see firework displays by the Parente Fireworks A&C SNC of Italia and Panda Fireworks of China.

The competition themed “Han sparkling river” will be held along the Han River banks in Hai Chau and Son Tra Districts.

Spectators will also have a chance to enjoy music and dance performances and lantern floats during the event.

Source: SGGP

Four workers killed in fireworks explosion in My Dinh National Stadium

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

Four people were killed and three others were injured including some foreign experts who will participate in the firework display when a shipment of fireworks exploded in the My Dinh National Stadium’s Stage C in Hanoi on Oct.6, said a high-ranking officer.

 Smoke rises from the incident (Photo: 4teenvt.com)

Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Duc Nhanh, deputy head of the Security General Department II and director of the Hanoi Police Department, said it was a regrettable accident but would not affect work to ensure security for the capital city’s celebrations.


My Dinh National Stadium is one of 29 sites in the capital where organizers planed firework showcases for Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday celebrations.


Police verified the carelessness during the transportation of the two containers of fireworks caused the blast. Two containers were imported by Hanoi-based International Investment Trade and Service Company (Interserco) to be used in firework displays at the My Dinh Stadium on Oct.10.


Right after the incident, Mr. Nhanh ordered eight vehicles to the site to extinguish the fires, cordon off and examine the scene as well as take injured people to hospital.

Source: SGGP

Protective gods worshipped at temples on capital’s four corners

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Protective gods worshipped at temples on capital’s four corners


QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)


A doorman protects the entrance to your home but for the city of Hanoi, four deities take care of that job.


For the millennium that it’s been the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has been under the protection of four tutelary gods, worshipped in four temples located in the four corners of the city. Tens of thousands of tourists and travellers visit these sites every year, according to figures from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.


East

Bach Ma (White Horse) Temple is located at 78-80 Hang Buom Street. Founded in the 9th century, there remains very little of the original thousand-year-old structure today. The present temple itself dates back to 18th and 19th century reconstruction work, and stands as one of the grandest temples in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It was originally named Long Do Temple, to venerate the hero.


Legend has it that when King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu in present day Ninh Binh province to Thang Long (former name of Hanoi), work on the citadel could not begin before the King himself prayed at the temple. After the ceremony, a white horse appeared from behind the altar. After running around the city, it flew off into the sky. The King decided to build the citadel in the horse’s footsteps. Long Do was then elevated to the position of a tutelary deity or protector of the city and people started referring to it as White Horse Temple.


West


Linh Lang, or Voi Phuc (Crouching Elephant) Temple is located inside the precinct of Thu Le Zoo. Linh Lang was the fourth son of King Ly Thai Tong, and was immortalised as one of the capital’s tutelary gods for his glorious victory over the northern invaders.






The temple recently underwent restoration and is now home to many traditional activities including an annual festival on the 11th day of lunar February. On that day, a statue of Linh Lang is ushered into the temple on a sedan chair carried by young men wearing light brown and red clothing. He is carried around an island that is situated in the middle of the zoo. In keeping with tradition, the speed and height at which the chair is carried must change from time to time, but the balance is maintained.


North


Quan Thanh is a Taoist Temple. After many geographical changes to the city’s layout, it is now located on the corner of Quan Thanh and Thanh Nien street, facing the West Lake. Dating back to the 11th century, the temple is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principle deities of Taoism.


During its long history, the site has been renovated several times, most recently in 1893 when the principal gate and the shrine were rebuilt, giving the architecture a mixture of the many different styles of the imperial area. The main features of the temple are a large yard shaded by a giant banyan tree and a shrine that contains a famous bronze statue of Tran Vu built in 1677. The statue measures 3.96m in height, weighs around 3,600kg and depicts Tran Vu as a deity with his two symbolic animals, the serpent and the turtle.






With its history, architecture and location, Quan Thanh temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is also a training venue for several traditional martial arts including Vovinam.


South


Cao Son Temple is located in Kim Lien village, Tay Ho District. Cao Son has appeared not once but twice in the ancient legends of the country. On the first occasion, he helped Son Tinh (Mountain Genie) in his victorious battle against Thuy Tinh (Water Genie) and he was on hand again to help King Le Tuong Duc put down an outrageous revolt, reviving the Le dynasty.


Built on a mound overlooking DongLamLake, the temple is a typical example of ancient architecture.


An annual festival is celebrated on the 16th of lunar March at CaoSonTemple. Among the many traditional games and activities that take place at the festival are bird fighting, a water see-saw and a cooking competition which takes place on boats.


The four tutelary gods of former royal capital Thang Long may have come from different times and beliefs, but have all been remembered and worshipped as heroes and protectors for over a thousand years by Hanoians. Their history may be contained in books filled with pages about wars, but the four sacred temples have always been there, giving their blessings to the people of the capital city.


Restoration


In celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi, historical sites all over the capital city are receiving special care. Quan De Temple at 28 Hang Buom street in the Old Quarter recently underwent restoration. Although it is quite the youngster being only 200 years of age, the site had been gravely damaged by natural causes. However, when it was reopened to the public last month, “90 percent of the original design was restored”, said Pham Tuan Long, deputy head of the Hanoi Old Quarter Management Department.


“It will act as a meeting place for local people, and an information centre to welcome visitors who are interested in the history of Hanoi’s Old Quarter,” Long said.


Re-opened in March, the centre will provide and promote activities to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. It will also provide tourists and tour guides with information about the city, and in a city moving to modernisation at the speed that Hanoi is, it is refreshing to know that cultural and traditional values are still appreciated, cherished and thriving.


Source: VNA
Photo: dulichvietnam306


Source: QDND

Dutch troops leave Afghanistan after four years

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

KABUL (AFP) – Dutch troops ended their mission in Afghanistan Sunday after four “proud” years, in a departure experts say signals the beginning of a drawdown of foreign forces that will leave a worrying void.


The pull-out is the first significant drawdown of troops from the Afghan war, now in its ninth year, and comes as Taliban-led violence worsens and US forces suffered their worst month for casualties.

Dutch soldiers of Charlie Air assault company are seen erecting a tent beside their Bushmaster at an overnight halt during a patrol in The Chora Valley, in Afghanistan’s southern Uruzgan Province. AFP file

A Dutch embassy official in Kabul said a small “change of command” ceremony and reception was held at the main military base in central Uruzgan province where most of the country’s 1,950 soldiers have been deployed.


NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which had asked the Dutch to extend their mission by a year, paid tribute to the Netherlands’ contribution and said it would maintain its current capacity in the area.


“Dutch forces have served with distinction in Uruzgan, and we honor their sacrifice and that of their Afghan counterparts during the Netherlands’ tenure in the province,” Major Joel Harper, an ISAF spokesman, said in a statement.


“We have planned for the transfer to the new multi-national operation to ensure a smooth transition… We will maintain current capabilities,” he said. The Netherlands’ deployment began in 2006 and has cost the lives of 24 soldiers. NATO’s request for an extension of the mission sparked a political row that led to the Dutch government’s collapse in February, and the announced drawdown.


NATO and the United States have close to 150,000 troops in the country, but a mounting death toll for foreign troops has piled political pressure on the United States and its allies as voters grow increasingly weary of the blood price of the war.


The death toll for US soldiers in July was an all-time high of 66. A total of 408 foreign troops have died in the Afghan war so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on that kept by the icasualties.org website.


A Netherlands foreign ministry official said all soldiers would return home by September, while most hardware, including four F-16 fighter jets, three Chinook and five Apache helicopters would be back by the year’s end.


In central Uruzgan province the Dutch forces’ focus has been less on combat operations, and more on their “3D” approach of defence, development and diplomacy, which has been held up as a benchmark for other missions.


“The international community and NATO are helping Afghanistan stand on its own legs… The Netherlands has done its duty and fought for the security and reconstruction of Afghanistan,” said Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen in a statement.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai thanked the Netherlands “for the work that Dutch soldiers and development workers have done, and are still doing, in building the country”.


But the Taliban remain very active in the province, where opium production is high, and the insurgents have welcomed the Dutch withdrawal, urging other countries to follow suit.


Canada is set to withdraw its entire force of 2,800 troops in Afghanistan next year, while Britain and the US have signalled that some troops will also leave in 2011 with an overall aim to end combat operations in 2014.


“This is the start. It’s a chain — the Dutch forces start to withdraw, followed by the Canadians, then the British by 2014. In the middle I think we will see a number of other NATO members… setting a timetable to leave,” said Afghan political analyst Haroon Mir.


The Dutch will be replaced by an American-led coalition force including Australian, Slovak and Singaporean soldiers.


But Mir said that local residents’ resistance to the Taliban was unlikely to toughen in Uruzgan, where he said security was worsening.


“In some districts people have risen against the Taliban but the problem is the Taliban have become very strong there so the local resistance will not do anything against them,” said Mir.


Despite that, Dutch chief of defence, General Peter van Uhm, whose son was among the 24 Dutch casualties during the mission, said his troops had achieved “tangible results that the Netherlands can be proud of”.


Since the start of its lead role in Uruzgan at a cost of some 1.4 billion euros (1.8 billion dollars) to the Dutch state, the number of NGOs doing development work in the province has risen from six to 50, according to a Dutch embassy document.

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Source: SGGP

VN wins four medals at Chemistry Olympiad

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm




VN wins four medals at Chemistry Olympiad


QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Four Vietnamese students have won two silver and two bronze medals at the 42 nd International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO), held in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo from July 19-28.


The two silver medals went to Nguyen Duc Binh from Thanh Hoa province and Luu Nguyen Hong Quang while the bronzes were awarded to Mai Thu Cuc from Hai Duong province and Le Anh Tuan from Hai Phong city, whose performances resulted in Vietnam, France and Poland tying for 24th place out of the 68 countries and territories taking part.


Do Quy Son, a Doctor of Chemistry and Vietnam’s team leader said that although they did not win any gold, as in previous contests, all the students won a medal, which is an encouraging result.


Son added that for the past five years, the Vietnamese team has always taken gold medals home with them but recently, other countries are becoming increasingly well-prepared and the competition is fiercely competitive.


China won with four gold medals, followed by Thailand and the Republic of Korea with three gold and one silver, respectively. Hosts Japan came 4th along with Singapore, the CzechRepublic, the US, Taiwan and Hungary.


The 43rd ICHO will be held in Turkey in 2011 and Vietnam plans to host the contest in 2014.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND