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Emirates says no plans to ground A380 jets

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

Qantas drama: Lufthansa has no plans to ground A380 jets

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Controversy swells as Obama supports Ground Zero mosque

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

US President Barack Obama’s support for the right to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero poured fuel Saturday on a raging debate over religious freedom and sensitivities over the 9/11 terror strikes.


Muslims “have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said at an Iftar meal at the White House for Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast late Friday.


That includes “the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”


Obama had remained silent over plans to build an Islamic cultural center, which includes a mosque, two blocks away from the gaping Ground Zero hole where the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001.

The proposed site of the Islamic community center, pictured after The Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled on August 3 that a 152-year-old building is not a historical site and can be demolished making way for the construction of a mosque a few blocks from the Ground Zero site in Manhattan

But after a New York city commission on August 3 unanimously approved the plans, the president came out to support the right to build the mosque.


“This is America,” Obama said, “and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”


Obama acknowledged that the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood remains “hallowed ground,” and that the 9/11 terror attacks “were a deeply traumatic event for our country.”


Planners say the multi-story “Cordoba House” will include a mosque, sports facilities, theater, and restaurant, and would be open to the public to show that Muslims are full community members.


Saturday the group 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, which represents some relatives of attack victims, said it was “stunned” by the president’s remarks.


Obama “has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see,” the group said.


Building the mosque “is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah.”


This president “declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must … stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots,” the group said.


Another group representing other relatives of 9/11 victims, the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, said in May that it “strongly supports” the Islamic center.


The proposed location has touched raw nerves — and on Saturday Obama clarified that he was not addressing the appropriateness of the mosque’s particular location.


“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” Obama said on a visit to Florida.


“I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about,” he said.


A CNN/Opinion Research poll earlier this month showed that 68 percent of Americans opposed the Islamic center plans, while only 29 percent favored them.


Congressman Peter King, who represents New York in the US House of Representatives, said the Muslim community was “abusing” its rights and “needlessly offending” many people.

“It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero,” said King, a Republican. “Unfortunately the president caved in to political correctness.”

Obama said the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for the attacks do not represent Islam.

“It is a gross distortion of Islam,” the president said late Friday. “In fact, Al-Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion — and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a US advocacy group, welcomed Obama’s “strong support for Muslim religious rights.”

Nihad Awad, a senior CAIR official, said he hoped the remarks will encourage “those who are challenging the rising level of Islamophobia in our society,” and he urged “other national political and religious leaders” to speak out.

One of those reacting Saturday was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I applaud President Obama’s clarion defense of the freedom of religion,” Bloomberg said, adding that the proposed site “is as important a test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime.”

Passions over the issue run high across the country.

A Florida church has already said it will hold a “Koran-burning” on September 11 — which this year coincides with Eid al-Fitr, the end-of-Ramadan holiday.

Obama himself is a Christian, but according to a Harris Interactive online poll from March, nearly one-third of all Americans, including 57 percent of Republicans, believe that he is a Muslim.

Source: SGGP

Obama endorses mosque plan near Ground Zero

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has waded into a bitter controversy over a plan by Muslims to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero, endorsing the project on religious freedom grounds.


“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said late Friday.


“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”


Obama’s remarks, delivered at a White House Iftar meal for Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast, were the president’s first on the controversial project, which has become a test of tolerance for Islam in post-9/11 America and sparked a national debate on freedom of religion.

The proposed site of the Islamic community center is seen after The Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled on August 3 that a 152-year-old building is not a historical site, and can be demolished making way for the construction of the mosque. AFP file

Intended to include a mosque, sports facilities, theater, restaurant and possibly a day care, the multi-story Islamic center would be open to all visitors to demonstrate that Muslims are part of their community, planners say.


But the proposed location, two blocks from the gaping Ground Zero hole, where the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, has touched raw nerves.


Obama acknowledged that the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood remains “hallowed ground,” and that 9/11 attacks “were a deeply traumatic event for our country.”


But he said American values required that all religious groups be treated equally and fairly.


“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”


New York City has approved plans for the lower Manhattan building to be turned into a mosque and an interfaith venue called “Cordoba House.”


But hearings on whether the construction should be allowed prompted furious exchanges, with supporters accusing critics of racism and Islamophobia, and opponents warning the plan insulted the memory of the 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks.


Applause erupted when a New York city commission unanimously approved the project August 3, but others shouted “shame,” and waved signs reading “Islam builds mosques at the sites of their conquests.”


Obama acknowledged the “pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved ones is unimaginable,” but he called on Americans to “always remember who we are fighting against, and what we are fighting for.”


“Al-Qaeda’s cause is not Islam — it is a gross distortion of Islam,” the president said. “In fact, Al-Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion — and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.”


Before an audience of prominent Muslim Americans, including administration officials, and Muslim members of Washington’s diplomatic corps, Obama paid tribute to US history of accepting and engaging Muslims.


He cited the example of president Thomas Jefferson, who he said hosted the first White House Iftar, more than 200 years ago.


But the appeal to US history is unlikely to convince those most opposed to the mosque, which has attracted increasingly strident criticism, raising fears among US Muslims of an Islamophobic backlash.


A Florida church has already said it will hold a “Koran-burning” on September 11 this year, and Muslim advocacy groups say they have reached out to law enforcement officials seeking extra vigilance.


But Obama said while America’s diversity contained the seeds of conflict, US values were stronger and would always overcome difference.


“Time and again, the American people have demonstrated that we can work through these issues, stay true to our core values, and emerge stronger for it. So it must be — and will be — today,” he said.

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Source: SGGP

Stocks lose ground under selling pressure

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Movement of VN-Index on June 24. (Photo: Vietstock.vn)Stocks on Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange declined on June 24 as selling demand took the upper hand.

VN-Index, which tracks 241 companies and four mutual funds, dropped 1.15 points, or 0.22 percent, to finish at 511.67.


Of the index, 109 shares gained, 90 fell, and 46 remained unchanged. More than 53.1 million shares changed hands at VND1.49 trillion.


Though it has approached the 515 mark for seven trading sessions, the benchmark has not yet surpassed it. Demand to buy, especially blue-chip stocks, must increase for the index to advance further.


Vinalink International Freight Forwarders (VNL), which gave up 4.74 percent, was the biggest loser on the city bourse.


Dry Cell and Storage Battery Joint Stock Company (PAC) eroded 4.51 percent to VND63,500.


Meanwhile, seafood producer Nam Viet Corporation (ANV) and General Materials Biochemistry Fertilizer Joint Stock Company (HSI) both closed up 5 percent to VND21,000 and VND16,800 respectively.


Mining company Hoa An Joint Stock Company (DHA), Vien Dong Investment Development Trading Corporation (VID), and Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) all added 4.97 percent to VND48,600, VND16,900 and VND19,000 respectively.


PetroVietNam Transportation Corporation (PVT) continued to top the list of most active shares by volume with 2.96 million changing hands.


Petrovietnam General Services Js Corporation (PET) was next with 2.51 million shares, followed by Vien Dong Investment Development Trading Corporation (VID) with 1.95 million shares.


In contrast, the Hanoi’s HNX-Index rose 0.12 points, or 0.07 percent, to 162.98. Around 34.6 million shares, worth VND1.16 trillion, were traded.


The UPCoM-Index slid 0.32 points to 46.41 as of 11:25 am local time. Trading volume was at 282,240 shares, worth nearly VND5 billion.


Internationally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index both rose 0.05 percent. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite index slid 0.34 percent and the S&P 500 index 0.3 percent.


FTSE 100 index declined 1.31 percent. France’s CAC 40 index gave up 1.72 percent.


China’s Shanghai Composite index lost 0.26 percent.

Source: SGGP

School for ethnic minority children breaks ground

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:13 am




School for ethnic minority children breaks ground


QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

PANO – A ceremony to break ground for Nguyen Duy Hieu Boarding Junior High School was held on May 27th in Nam Tra Commune, Nui Thanh, Quang Nam by representatives of the People’s Army Newspaper, the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) and local officials.


The cost of the school is US$ 60,000 funded by Nippon Foundation/AEFA (Japan) and HeathEd (USA).


According to investors and local officials, 6 classrooms and other education and training facilities will be built in the school that will enroll children of local ethnic minorities.


At the ceremony, President of VNAH, Tran Van Ca, announced that the organisation will fund lunches for the students as well as books and computers for the school. VNAH also gave 200 gifts to local children on the occasion.


Reportedly, VNAH has funded the construction of 17 schools worth some US$ 35,000 each nationwide since the beginning of the year, and in coordination with the People’s Army Newspaper granted thousands of wheelchairs for handicapped people.


Translated by Thu Nguyen 


Source: QDND

No-Smoking battle wins ground: poll

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm




No-Smoking battle wins ground: poll


QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Findings from a survey released on May 5 revealed that 77 percent of Vietnamese people who had seen anti-smoking material oppose being exposed to second hand smoke in public places.


The research was conducted as part of a national mass media campaign by the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Lung Foundation (WLF) to build support for a smoking ban in the workplace, indoor public areas and on public transport.


The figure is 14 percent higher than that of people who had not seen the material. This significant difference shows that more people would support a smoking ban if they had a better understanding of the harmful effects of smoking and passive smoking.


The survey also found that more than 80 percent of smokers said they were very concerned about their own health and that of their family members after seeing the anti-smoking campaign. Seventy-five percent of smokers said that they were more likely to quit.


“Around 50 percent of adults in Vietnam smoke, the equivalent of 17 million people. We should not let more than 60 million people be exposed to second hand smoke,” said Director of Medical Services Administration and Standing Office for Vietnam ’s Steering Committee on Smoking and Health Luong Ngoc Khue.


The campaign, entitled “Cigarettes Are Eating You Alive”, is being channeled via different media such as television, newspapers and posters.


“This campaign used strong imagery to communicate that tobacco smoke harms those who inhale it directly and those who are exposed to it second hand, especially children,” said WLF Senior Vice President of Communications Sandra Mullin.


The campaign aired nationally for five weeks, from December 2009 to January 2010. The ads were shown 245 times across Vietnam and 70 percent of people interviewed recalled seeing the ads. The TV campaign was followed by more than 5,000 posters in provinces across the country, including hospitals, offices and transportation facilities.


The Ministry of Health says around 40,000 Vietnamese people die each year of smoking-related illnesses. Vietnamese people spent more than 730 million USD on cigarettes in 2007.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Central Highlands’ biggest Buddha statue breaks ground

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Construction of the largest Valokitesvara Bodhisattva statue and worshipping area worth VND12 billion (US$600,000), kicked off April 3 in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.


A groundbreaking ceremony was held by the province’s Buddhist Shangha with attendance of provincial leaders and thousands of monks and Buddhists.


The 32-meter-high statue will be located within the Khanh Phuoc Tam Linh Buddhist tourism area on 2 hectares of land at the historic Peak 601, an old battlefield, in Dak Ha District.


The area comprises a three-storey bell tower and a Nha Rong (communal long-house built on stilts), highlighting the history and cultural values of ethnic groups in Kon Tum Province. A Nha Rong is viewed as the soul of an ethnic village in the Central Highlands.


Peak 601 aims to encourage young people to remember the place where martyrs once sacrificed their lives for the motherland.


The tourism zone will also serve as a worshipping place for thousands of Buddhists, said the chairman of Dak Ha People’s Committee, Pham Duc Hanh.

Source: SGGP

Central Highlands’ biggest Buddha statue breaks ground

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

Construction of the largest Valokitesvara Bodhisattva statue and worshipping area worth VND12 billion (US$600,000), kicked off April 3 in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.


A groundbreaking ceremony was held by the province’s Buddhist Shangha with attendance of provincial leaders and thousands of monks and Buddhists.


The 32-meter-high statue will be located within the Khanh Phuoc Tam Linh Buddhist tourism area on 2 hectares of land at the historic Peak 601, an old battlefield, in Dak Ha District.


The area comprises a three-storey bell tower and a Nha Rong (communal long-house built on stilts), highlighting the history and cultural values of ethnic groups in Kon Tum Province. A Nha Rong is viewed as the soul of an ethnic village in the Central Highlands.


Peak 601 aims to encourage young people to remember the place where martyrs once sacrificed their lives for the motherland.


The tourism zone will also serve as a worshipping place for thousands of Buddhists, said the chairman of Dak Ha People’s Committee, Pham Duc Hanh.

Source: SGGP

New Dang Thuy Tram hospital breaks ground

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm




New Dang Thuy Tram hospital breaks ground


QĐND – Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 22:25 (GMT+7)

A grand ceremony to break ground for Dang Thuy Tram hospital in Quang Ngai Province was held on March 23rd by the Provincial Health Department.


The hospital will be built on an area of 24,000 square meters and with a cost of VND 155 billion funded by a governmental bond issue.


At this point, there is a hospital named Dang Thuy Tram, the renowned heroic doctor, but it is comparatively small with a capacity of only 150 beds.


Meanwhile, the new one with modern medical equipment and facilities is expected to have 500 beds, serving the treatment and medical care for 200,000 local people.


Under the schedule, the first phase of the project will be finished some time in 2011 and the whole project will be wrapped up in 2015.


Source: DT


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND