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Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognised 30 new records at the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 18.

Half the new records were in the field of art and culture, including the largest palm leaf copy of Uncle Ho’s testament (1.18m x 2.05m) and the largest picture (3.95m x 2m) made from precious stones.

The records also included the 92-year-old Vinh Bao, the oldest music teacher who teaches traditional music online.

Vietnam Guinness also recognised the oldest Vietnamese heroic mother Tran Thi Viet who was born in 1892.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the most times of blood donations, 65 and 63 times, respectively.

In the field of science and technology, 70-year-old archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the highest number of excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs across the country.

The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue made their name known for the uncanny ability to eat one kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.

Meanwhile, the Hua family in the southernmost province of Ca Mau made the record as the family with the highest number of people who can float on water for several hours.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam has 260 competitors in ASIAD 16

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 12:59 am

Vietnam has just exploited 5% of 3G network’s capacity

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

Sweden says US has carried out secret surveillance

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Sweden says US has carried out secret surveillance

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

Qantas drama: Lufthansa has no plans to ground A380 jets

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

Merkel says German multi-cultural society has failed

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

 Germany’s attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country’s immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.

Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made “more stupid” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.

“Multikulti”, the concept that “we are now living side by side and are happy about it,” does not work, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured in Potsdam on Saturday at a conference of younger members her Christian Democratic Union party, told the meeting that Germany’s attempts to create a multi-cultural society in which people from various cultural backgrounds live together peacefully have failed

“This approach has failed, totally,” she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany’s culture and values.

“We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don’t accept them don’t have a place here,” said the chancellor.

“Subsidising immigrants” isn’t sufficient, Germany has the right to “make demands” on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages.

Merkel spoke a week after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which they pledged to do more to improve the often poor integration record of Germany’s 2.5-million-strong Turkish community.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in a weekend interview, also urged the Turkish community living in Germany to master the language of their adopted country.

“When one doesn’t speak the language of the country in which one lives that doesn’t serve anyone, neither the person concerned, the country, nor the society,” the Turkish president told the Suedeutsche Zeitung.

“That is why I tell them at every opportunity that they should learn German, and speak it fluently and without an accent. That should start at nurseries.”

German President Christian Wulff was due for a five-day visit to Turkey and talks with the country’s leaders on Monday.

The immigration debate has at times threatened to split Merkel’s conservative party, and she made noises to both wings of the debate.

While saying that the government needed to encourage the training of Muslim clerics in Germany, Merkel said “Islam is part of Germany”, echoeing the recent comments of Wulff, a liberal voice in the party.

Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, CSU, who represents the right-wing, recently said Germany did not “need more immigrants from different cultures like the Turks and Arabs” who are “more difficult” to integrate.

While warning against “immigration that weighs down on our social system”, Merkel said Germany needed specialists from overseas to keep the pace of its economic development.

According to the head of the German chamber of commerce and industry, Hans Heinrich Driftmann, Germany is in urgent need of about 400,000 engineers and qualified workers, whose lack is knocking about one percent off the country’s growth rate.

The integration of Muslims has been a hot button issue since August when a member of Germany’s central bank sparked outrage by saying the country was being made “more stupid” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants with headscarves.

The banker, Thilo Sarrazin, has since resigned but his book on the subject — “Germany Does Itself In” — has flown off the shelves, and polls showed considerable sympathy for some of his views.

A recent study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think tank showed around one-third of Germans feel the country is being “over-run by foreigners” and the same percentage feel foreigners should be sent home when jobs are scarce.

Nearly 60 percent of the 2,411 people polled thought the around four million Muslims in Germany should have their religious practices “significantly curbed.”

Far-right attitudes are found not only at the extremes of German society, but “to a worrying degree at the centre of society,” the think tank said in its report.

“Hardly eight weeks have passed since publication of Sarrazin’s theory of decline, and the longer the debate continues to a lower level it falls,” the weekly Der Spiegel commented Sunday.

Source: SGGP

Phan Thiet has another five-star hotel on coastline

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

The five-star Sea Links Beach Hotel has started operations in Phan Thiet City, home to the resort town of Mui Ne, and plans to hold a soft opening ceremony in the middle of October 2010.

The hotel is part of Sea Links City, a complex of luxury properties owned by the Rang Dong Group including Sea Links Golf & Country Club, and golf course villas.

A panoramic view seen from the top-floor lounge of the Sea Links Beach Hotel (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

It is the first five-star beach hotel in Mui Ne, offering a magnificent view of the cape. Standing on top of a hill, the hotel offers a panorama of the sand dunes and the ocean in the distance, which is blue all year round since Phan Thiet has more than 300 sunny days a year.

The top floor is for reception and the lounge. Under it are the five levels that include 188 rooms, all facing the ocean to provide a panoramic sea view. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass windows so that guests can see an ocean view with bobbing boats, even when they relax in the bathtub. 

Frenchman Max Jean, general manager of the Sea Links Beach Hotel (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Down the hill are four swimming pools, where guests can take a closer look at the 18-hole Sea Links golf course.

Phan Thiet is about 200 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. According to the hotel’s management, chauffeur service can be arranged to pick guests up from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to Sea Links City.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam now has nearly 12,000 FDI projects

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Vietnam now has nearly 12,000 FDI projects

QĐND – Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has 11,807 foreign invested projects (FDI) with a total registered capital of US$188.4 billion, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  

HCM City attracts most of the FDI projects with a total capitalization of US$28.7 billion, followed by Ba Ria-Vung Tau with nearly US$26 billion. Hanoi makes up 25.49 percent of the total projects and 17.6 percent of registered capital.

Four south-eastern provinces host 60.14 percent of total projects valued at 51.66 percent of registered capital, while the north-western region makes up barely 0.34 percent of the total projects and 0.11 percent of registered capital.

Currently, 91 countries and territories have invested in Vietnam. The Republic of Korea takes the lead with 2,570 projects capitalised at US$23 billion.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Japanese-born giant panda has second pair of twins

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

TOKYO, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – A giant panda born and raised in western Japan has given birth to two cubs, her second twin delivery, a zoo official said Thursday.

Nine-year-old Rauhin gave birth to a female and a male cub Wednesday morning at the zoo in western Wakayama prefecture — where she has spent her whole life — after mating naturally with a panda brought from China.

In a picture released by Japanese animal theme park Adventure World and received through Jiji Press on August 12, 2010 shows the twin babies of the giant panda. AFP

Rauhin was the first Japanese-born panda to breed when she gave birth to twin cubs in 2008.

Her caretakers at the zoo conducted artificial insemination to improve Rauhin’s chances of breeding two years ago, but the new babies were born as the result of natural mating with the Chinese male panda, the zoo said.

“The two pandas go together very well,” Tadashi Ishikawa, a spokesman for Adventure World, told AFP.

“Giant pandas usually have a mating season only about three days a year, which makes it very difficult for them to breed,” he said.

“But the environment here seems to be good for our pandas.”

Captive giant pandas are known for their low sex drive, which is exacerbating falling numbers as their natural habitat in southwestern China is encroached on by development.

There are currently 10 giant pandas in Japan, eight of which are at Adventure World, but they all belong to China including Japanese-born Rauhin.

China is to send another pair to Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo for a giant price tag of almost a million dollars a year, to be paid for the next decade.

The money will be spent on wild animal protection in China.

An extension of the lease can be negotiated, and the Tokyo zoo can keep babies born to the pair for the first two years, although China retains their ownership.

Ling Ling, the last panda owned by Japan, died of heart failure in 2008 at the age of 22 — the equivalent of 70 human years.

Source: SGGP