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HCMC university makes robot that recognizes human emotions

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology on December 28 announced that it has made successful robot recognize human emotions such as surprise, happiness and anger.

Dr. Nguyen Duc Thanh and partners at the university’s Electrical – Electronics Department made the robot.

The robot’s leg has three wheels, a roving camera, various software and sensory equipment.

Because of the equipment, the robot can move, locate human faces and recognize human emotions. In particularly, the robot will move towards the human if it recognises the human as sad. However, if the robot recognises the human as happy, it will stay back.

Source: SGGP

HCMC welcomes its three-millionth visitor

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

HCMC welcomes its three-millionth visitor

QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines (VNA), yesterday received the three-millionth visitor to Ho Chi Minh City.

Ms Nguyen Thi Hong, Deputy-Chairwoman of the City People’s Committee presented flowers to Nina Fedorova, the lucky visitor from Russia, at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The Vietnam National Tourism Administration and VNA are expected to welcome the five-millionth visitor to Vietnam tomorrow, marking the record number of tourists to Vietnam.

Tourist agencies in Ho Chi Minh City have been popularising the potential of Vietnam tourism in new, far and promising markets, such as Northern Europe, Russia and Australia.

La Quoc Khanh, Deputy-Head of HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that HCMC will participate in the Matka International Tourism Fair, the biggest in Northern Europe, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, in January, 2011, to further popularise Vietnam Tourism’s potential.

According to HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the City expects to receive a total of 3.1 million visitors, up 20% compared to the figure for 2009. The turnover from tourism is estimated to reach VND 41,000 billion.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Nearly 58,000 people register for jobless allowance in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nearly 58,000 people register for jobless allowance in HCMC

QĐND – Sunday, December 19, 2010, 22:36 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City’s Job Introduction Centre has announced that as of December 15, 57,633 people have registered to claim unemployed benefits and nearly 48,000 people have received jobless allowance during the month.

Mr Thang said that some unemployed people have complained about receiving their unemployment pay late and in some the cases; some people have not declared their unemployment status to the authorities.

According to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), people who are eligible to claim unemployment pay, are those who have paid their premiums for at least the last 12 months and have signed up with a local job centre. People need to register for unemployment benefits, seven days after losing their jobs. Within 15 days of registration, laborers have to submit applications for unemployment allowances and any other supporting documentation.

HCM City has seen the greatest number of jobs losses since January 1 this year, and it accounts for 50% of registered unemployed nationwide.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Urban poverty survey in Hanoi, HCMC announced

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

A survey about urban poverty in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, a project financed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was announced on December 15.

Nearly 57 percent of the migrants in HCMC and Hanoi are without health insurance cards

The survey has accessed poverty not simply as an issue of lack of income, but rather, it is a multi-dimensional problem.

The poor are deprived across a wide range of different domains such as health, education and the access to clean water and sanitation.

According to the survey, the number of migrants accounted for 11.4 percent of the population of Hanoi and 20.6% in HCMC.

In these two cities, 72% of migrants are aged from 15-39 years old. The ratio of people studying in public schools is also much lower than that of permanent residents.

In addition, 56.6% of them are without health insurance cards, which is 1.7 times higher as compared with the permanent group.

Average income of permanent residents is 16% higher than of migrants. Over half of the later group live in rented accommodation and in makeshift homes.

The number of the poor people in rural areas is much higher than in urban areas. More migrants are coming into the city areas, in the attempt to improve their quality of life.

Setsuko Yamazaki, representative from the UNDP in Vietnam, said that she hoped the data from the survey, as well as the forthcoming research would help the two cities further develop policies and action plans, so that urban poverty can be reduced.

Source: SGGP

Artistic exchange “Soldiers and journalists” takes place in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 5:57 am

Artistic exchange “Soldiers and journalists” takes place in HCMC

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

An artistic exchange, “Soldiers and journalists”, will be organised by the Ho Chi Minh Journalists Association and the Nghebao Magazine, in cooperation with Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper and Ho Chi Minh Television, to celebrate the 66th founding anniversary of Vietnam’s People’s Army.

The information was made public at a press conference on Wednesday.

Spectators will have exchanges with journalists who had been or have been working in the Army such as Tran Dang Khoa, Tran The Tuyen, Dao Van Su, Quynh Hop, Nhi Du and Hoai Nam to have further understanding of the virtues and daily life of Uncle Ho’s soldiers.

The program also introduces songs and poems set to music by some journalists. Meritorious artists Quang Ly, Ta Minh Tam and singers Cam Van, Anh Tuyet, Cong Lam, Thanh Thao and the Ao linh Team will join the program to be held at the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre and broadcast live on HTV9 at 8pm on December 20th.

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Ethnic minority contestant wins HCMC Television music contest

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

H’Zina Bya from the central highland province of Dak Lak won the first prize of  the Ho Chi Minh City Television annual singing contest entitled “TV Singing Star” ended at Hoa Binh Theater on December 1.

Doan Phuong Thao (L), H’Zina Bya and Do Xuan Son (R).

The singer received 44.29 % of the support of voters. She also got the title “Best ethnic minority contestant”.

The second and third places went to Do Xuan Son of the northern city of Hai Phong and Doan Phuong Thao from the central city of Da Nang.

Son took home two awards including “Best voice in song honoring Thang Long –Hanoi” and “Best performing style”. Meanwhile Thao was awarded the “Best voice in revolutionary traditional song” title.

Tran Thi To Ny won “Youngest contestant” and “Best voice in folk song” awards.

The “Best voice in song praising Ho Chi Minh City” belonged to Pham Trung Kien.

The organization board also gave four fourth prizes and five Encouragement Awards.

Related article:
City TV music contest becomes “strong brand”

Source: SGGP

Harmful waste treatment fees flying in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

The average cost to treat harmful waste has skyrocketed up to VND40 million (US$2,000) a ton from only VND1.3 million in 2007. With such booming prices, businesses have to draw up contracts with waste treatment companies.

Prices skyrocket

The director of a cooking oil production plant in Tan Binh Industrial Zone (IZ) said that in 2009, his plant signed a waste treatment contract for the price of VND4.5 million a ton, but now it has increase to VND20 million.

The prices of harmful waste treatment skyrocket in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Two other companies in Hiep Phuoc IZ and in District 12 have signed contracts to collect and handle harmful waste at VND40 million a ton.

Meanwhile, the director of a drug production plant in District 12 said that waste treatment companies have been very choosey in things they want to recycle and with others, they reject. The ones they reject need to be handled with high temperatures.

Another issue has become known with regard waste treatment. To cope with the surging prices for waste treatment and with the inspection of authorized organizations, several of them have pretended to sign contracts with the waste collection and treatment companies.

It means they pay the companies a certain amount of money, which both sides have agreed on, in order to deal with the environment inspectors. These businesses do not transfer any of the hazardous waste, or possibly only a little for treatment. 

Meeting one twentieth of demand

The harmful waste treatment companies are just able to meet one twentieth of the demand, causing the price to skyrocket, according to Nguyen Trung Viet from the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Statistically, HCMC produce 600 tons of harmful waste a day while the treatment companies just accommodate only 30 tons a day, which leads to them increasing their prices. Additionally, they usually chose the type of waste they are able to cycle, although the number of waste unable to recycle is three times higher.

In 2008, HCMC had 20 harmful waste treatment companies, most of them being private companies with little scope and capacity.

The number has been sharply dropped this year as the environment inspectors have tightened the regulations and have suspended 17 companies for failing to meet environment standards.

Because of the booming number of harmful waste, and the reduction in the number of the treatment companies, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has called on an enquiry into this issue.

However, no enquiry has been carried out because there is a shortage of land in the city. In the meantime, several treatment companies have reported difficulties about enough land space they need to broaden their bases.

Some years ago, the city government planned to build a complex for treating waste in Cu Chi District. This 100-hectare area site has not yet come to be built, as there is still some paper work to be completed, with regard to clearance problems.

Many treatment companies have left HCMC for neighboring provinces of Binh Phuoc and Binh Duong. They are to build more waste treatment plants there, as the demand is very high.

HCMC management has tried to stabilize prices, but because of the increasing cost of treating harmful waste, it has affected food and product prices in the marketplace. To cope with the issue, the city will soon establish a facility to treat hazardous waste.

According to Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam has 60 harmful waste treatment companies with only small capacity.

Source: SGGP

HCMC to force investors to construct educational institutions

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairperson of HCMC People’s Committee (Photo: SGGP)

The People’s Committee will force investors to build educational, healthcare, and entertainment facilities in a plan for new residential blocks, said Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairperson of the Ho Chi Minh City government.

After several cases of children of workers being mistreated, governments have paid more attention to the construction of pre-schools in all industrial parks and zones, even those districts without educational institutions.

Mr. Thuan told Sai Gon Giai Phong journalist that the city has ordered the construction of 15 public pre-schools educational facilities for children.

In addition, HCMC is the first city in the country to implement special policies for teachers with regard to pre-schools.

Mr. Thuan said that however due to our large population, the city cannot meet the demands of any more facilities.

In addition, businesses from the industrial parks in the city, which employ many female workers, must also help the government build more schools for children.

When planning and constructing industrial parks, the city have always ensured that educational and medical facilities are also built.  However, local governments have not always been enforcing these practices, and many enterprises have not followed building requirements.

Kids are learning English at a pre-school in district 4, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Thuan said in article 116 of the Labor law, it states that all employers must build pre-schools or least give financial assistance to female workers that have children in their companies.

After a tour of some of industrial parks and processing zones in the city, Mr. Thuan directed the Department of Education and Training and the Management Board of these industrial parks and processing zones in the city to construct more pre-schools and places where trees can be planted in the parks.

According to Mr. Thuan, investment in education should not be just for profit only, but a way of helping its female employees.

The city will give support to the construction of these facilities in the attempt to reduce pressure on new populated residential areas, where there is a serious shortage of pre-schools.

He hopes that all investors and parents contribute, with the government, in the construction of high quality suitable schools.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese German artist’s exhibition Dipolar runs in HCMC

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

The art exhibition “Dipolar” sponsored by the German Consulate General in HCM City will run from December 3  to 15 at the Museum of Fine Arts at 97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The flyer of the exhibition

The exhibition will show 30 latest lacquer works from 2005 to 2010 of  Vietnamese German artist Khai Doan.

Dipolar – means two poles, a technical term from physics – indicates the resistance in the things and phenomena of life. The pair of terms such as near and far, young and old, familiar and strange, abstract and concrete and such is extremes but still closely linked to each other and are reflected drastically in the whole works.

The discordant and antagonism created in the works bring different emotions to viewers.   Simple subjects of everyday life are chosen: images of cities, family photos, and some motives of Dong Ho traditional paintings such as : Rat’s wedding, picking coconut, carp watching the moon.

But the technique is quite different and may not be “upon the eye” of the majority to the imagination about lacquer painting. Viewers see less figures in Khai Doan’s paintings, the figurative elements sometimes come together, sometimes melt, or even disappear. This creates a secluded space named “ Khai Doan “ that changes, doubtful, but also full of positive. In all paintings the idea of DIPOLAR is always expressed obviously.

Traditional lacquer technique of Vietnam is used skillfully with Vietnamese lack, gold, silver and mother of pearl, highlighted the depth through multiple layers of paints and grinding.

During the exhibition, the artist and his team will accomplish a performance which is connecting the idea Dipolar with the high quality artistic lacquer ware techniques.  Viewers can observe the transformation of work through each grinding step and this work will be changing daily until the end of the exhibition on December 15.

Khai Doan, a Vietnamese-German artist, graduated of Fine Arts and Design in Germany. He is currently living and working in Ho Chi Minh City.  His first exhibition in Vietnam titled “Joint Venture” was held 2005 in Hanoi and HCM City.

Information can be found at the Website: and

Source: SGGP

US$45 million complex to be built in HCMC

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

US$45 million complex to be built in HCMC

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

South Korea’s Cantavil Real Estate Development Company has announced that it will work with Vietnam’s Southern Seed Joint Stock Company (SSC) to build a complex building in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

The US$45 million project will have a 17-storey building to house 243 apartments with an area of 87sq.m to 162 sq.m each, a trading center, services and office areas.

It is projected that the project will receive permits for its construction in the second quarter of 2011.

Cantavil currently owns five real-estate projects in Vietnam, of which two apartment buildings in District 2 and Binh Thanh, HCMC, were completed, while other three complexes are under construction in Long Hai-Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Da Nang and Hanoi.

Source: thesaigontimes

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND