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Charity gala event to help aid children in need

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am




Charity gala event to help aid children in need


QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Leading artists will gather to perform at a charity gala on Jan. 13 to raise money for children living at Hanoi’s Phuc Lam Preschool and Nursery.


The show, which is to take place at the capital’s historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, is entitled Cay Lieu Khoc Cho Em (Willow Weeps for Me).


As a curtain raiser, Spanish fashion designer Chula will present her latest collection, which features the diamond jewellery of the Hanoi-based London Diamond Gallery.


Vietnamese diva My Linh and virtuoso pianist Pho An My will share the stage with the hotel’s resident French jazz diva Trebeka on the night. Award-winning actress Le Khanh will be MC.


The event is organised by the the non-profit charity organisation, Willow Weeps for Me, founded by Trebeka.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

US envoy seeks Chinese help to ease Korea crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

A top U.S. envoy sought China’s help Thursday in easing the threat of war on the Korean peninsula, hoping to gain insights about a Chinese official’s recent meeting with North Korea’s absolute leader, Kim Jong Il.


Stephen Bosworth met with Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, Senior Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei and Wang Jiarui, director of the International Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. Bosworth was expected to travel to Japan later Thursday.


“Ambassador Bosworth and Chinese counterparts had useful consultations on how to coordinate moving forward in dealing with North Korea,” a U.S. Embassy statement said.

A body guard, left, tries to shield off journalists while U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth, second right, walks out of an exit upon arrival at the Capital Airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed Bosworth’s meetings. “The sides agreed to remain in contact on maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and over the six-party talks,” Hong told a news conference. The talks on North Korea’s nuclear program involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, but have been on hold for nearly two years.


Bosworth had been expected to ask China for information on last month’s talks in Pyongyang between North Korean leader Kim and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Beijing’s top foreign policy official. China has come under growing pressure to push North Korea, its close ally, to change its behavior after the communist country shelled a South Korean island late last year, killing four people.


North Korea will be a key issue during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington later this month.


Bosworth met Wednesday in Seoul with South Korean officials and said he was hopeful for “serious negotiations” soon on the North.


In Washington on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held “lengthy discussions” on North Korea and ironed out details of Hu’s visit Jan. 19, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.


Crowley said both the United States and China want stability on the Korean peninsula. “Neither one of us wants to see the emergence of a North Korea that is a nuclear state,” he said. “We hope that coming out of the visit and the discussions with President Hu Jintao we would have a consensus on the best way to move forward.”


Also on Wednesday, North Korea called for “unconditional and early” talks with South Korea to end months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, as insincere and said it was waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.


Tensions between the two Koreas have been at their highest level in years since North Korea showered artillery on a South Korean-held island near their disputed maritime border in November, killing four South Koreans. The attack was the first on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War, and occurred in waters not far from the spot where a torpedo sank a South Korean warship eight months earlier, killing 46 sailors.


The attack on the warship was also blamed on the North — an allegation the country denies.


But North Korea has made some conciliatory moves recently. On New Year’s Day, the government issued a lengthy statement calling for warmer ties and the resumption of joint projects with South Korea. Pyongyang, eager for food and fuel assistance, has said it wants stalled nuclear disarmament talks to restart.


Washington and Seoul have said the North must first fulfill past nuclear disarmament commitments before talks can resume.

Source: SGGP

US to help Vietnamese farmers in growing subsidiary crops

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

The US Embassy has said that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will grant US$500,000 for implementing a cooperative program on the growing of subsidiary crops in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

A research group from California University in coordination with Hanoi University of Agriculture, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry will conduct the program.


The program will run until 2013 and will help farmers improve the growing of subsidiary crops. The program will also assist in conducting market research and post-harvest activities in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

Farmers will be involved in courses about production procedures, in order to limit post-harvest losses. The training course will also help improve food and hygiene safety, increase market access, and increase farmers’ income.

The program is part of five projects, funded by USAID in 15 developing countries, aiming to help develop a new method of growing subsidiary crops, which is based on research activities.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese-Americans help children in homeland

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm




Vietnamese-Americans help children in homeland


QĐND – Monday, December 13, 2010, 21:11 (GMT+7)

Miss National Asia in the USA, Michelle Nguyen Thuy Trang, and the runner-up of Miss World Vietnamese, Thuy Vy Victoria, will represent Vietnamese-Americans in the USA to do charity in Vietnam.


Specifically, on December 15th, the former will give assistance to the needy in Tra Vinh. Later, on December 17th, the latter will join the former to do several charitable activities for underprivileged children in the homeland.


US $8,000 for these charitable activities was raised by Vietnamese beauties in North California in mid-November in San Jose, California, during an evening to raise funds for poor and sick children in Vietnam.


These beauties wish to establish a non-profit organisation to call for support for the poor in Vietnam every year.


Source: Vnexpress


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Bank stocks help rally markets

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm




Bank stocks help rally markets


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Stock indices rose steadily on Dec. 15 after the previous trading session’s modest retreat with bank shares again performing strongly.


On the HCM Stock Exchange, three out of four banking stocks to post gains hit their ceiling prices, as did four out of five on the Hanoi exchange. Hanoi Housing Bank (HBB), with 12.6 million shares changing hands, was again the most heavily-traded share nationwide.


The Government decision to extend the deadline for credit institutions to comply with higher charter capital requirements seems to have further lifted investor expectations of a long-term market rise, especially among banking shares.


Le Dat Chi, head of HCM City Economics University ‘s corporate finance faculty, said that when small banks were not under pressure to raise capital, interest rates could stabilise, a good sign for the stock market.


“The extension decision relieved investor psychology which has long been repressed by fear that capital flows were being diverted to banks under pressure to increase capital and adding to the pressure of increasing share supplies,” Chi said.


A large amount of money that had been prepared for this capital increase could also end up being temporarily invested in the stock market, he added.


Bao Viet Securities Co analyst Nguyen Duc Thi agreed that the extension would reduce difficulties for banks which may have had to borrow at any cost to meet the charter capital requirements – but he was also relatively surprised that the term had been extended up to one year instead of six months, as had been requested by the State Bank of Vietnam.


On the HCM Stock Exchange on Dec. 15, the VN-Index closed up 0.78 percent to 493.47 points. The value of trades decreased 33 percent from the previous day’s session, however, to 2.2 trillion VND (109.4 million USD), on a volume of 95.6 million shares.


Decliners continued to outnumber advancers by 146-77, but gains in a number of leading shares helped offset losses, including insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), Phu My Fertilisers (DPM), Masan Group (MSN) and real estate developer Vincom (VIC).


On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index closed at 120.60 points, a gain of 0.83 percent. The value of trades reached 1.55 trillion VND (77.8 million USD), with nearly 79 million shares changing hands.


Foreign investors remained net buyers on the HCM City market on Dec. 15 by a net of almost 48 billion VND (2.4 million USD) but were net sellers in Hanoi market of 3.4 billion VND (170,000 USD) worth of shares.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Social contributions will help reduce student dropouts in Mekong delta

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

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training said at a conference in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap thousands of students have stopped attending school and we need more social contributions to help these students.

Needy students in the province Vinh Long are given free meals, contributed by the teachers (Photo: SGGP))

Addressing the meeting, Luan pointed out the reasons why students are dropping out of school. He said this was due to the students’ poor academic performance and financial problems in the students’ families.


However, it is difficult to remedy this issue. The academic year 2010-2011 has seen a high percentage of students dropping out of school. That is 0.34% of the primary students, 2.28% percent of junior students and 3.53% of senior students leave school.


The Mekong delta province of Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu and Long An have the most dropouts; with 9.35% in Soc Trang, 5.6% in Kien Giang and over 3% in Long An and Dong Thap.


Trieu Minh Duc, a schoolteacher of Hoang Dieu High School in Soc Trang, said teachers have visited the students in their homes, encouraging them to return to study. However, many of them now worked in factories in the Southern provinces of Can Tho, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The parents have informed the teachers, that the children have decided to work in the factories, rather than return to school. 


Minister Luan said that we need more social contributions and changes in education in the attempt to stop the drop out rate from students. The parents and the community at large should not leave this problem for the teachers to solve.


Minister Luan also said, “The departments of Education and Training and the local government authorites need to have more coordination, so that we can create a better teaching environment for our students, encouraging them to attend school.


The provinces have adopted certain strategies to stop students leaving school early. The department of Education and Training in the province An Giang has implemented a movement called ‘one tutors one’. This means that one good academic student will tutor a student that has a poorer performance at school.


Meanwhile, the department of Education and Training in the province Hau Giang called for the contributions of teachers to assist low-income students and their families. Teachers have contributed VND10, 000 to100, 000 dong each to the fund. The department has collected nearly VND200 million in the aid to help disadvantaged students. With this kind of assistance, many students can now stay on at school.


In addition, the Committee party from Hau Giang province has ordered all agencies, organizations and companies to help sponsor low-income students. Over 300 schools have received support from their benefactors. Over VND5 billion (US$250,000) have been raised for low-income students in the academic year 2010-2011.


The Mekong delta province of Dong Thap has also implemented certain strategies so that schools can keep in close contact with the parents of the students. These strategies include informing parents about the progress of the student while at school. Developing and implementing extra school activities in the attempt to persuade students to stay at school. Informing parents of the negative influences that computer games have on students. Finally, explaining to the parents that some students force and coerced students, into ‘playing truancy’.


Furthermore, the province of Soc Trang has constructed houses for low-income students and their families. In the province of Vinh Long, teachers have provided free meals for students whose homes are far away from the schools.


To conclude, these strategies have been implemented in the attempt to decrease the dropout rate from students. However, it requires more support from many individuals and organisation to maintain.

Source: SGGP

Labor exporters ordered to help sailors from sinking boat in Antarctica

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

After 11 Vietnamese fishermen were reportedly dead or missing from an incident in a Korean fishing ship off Antarctica, the Department of Overseas Labor has ordered five companies that dispatch Vietnamese laborers to work in overseas, to assist and help the victims’ families.

The grandmother of sailor Nguyen Tuong wailed in mourning after receiving the bad news of her grandson (Photo: SGGP)

The 11 Vietnamese fishermen, who predominantly from the central province of Ha Tinh, were sent by five Vietnamese labor agencies: LOD Human Resource Development Corporation, Traenco Labor Export Center, Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.1, Southern Waterborne Transport Stock Corporation and the Tourist, Trade and Labor Export Joint Stock Company (TTLC).


Under the order, labor export companies must dispatch men to South Korea to work with concerning sides to confirm the identities of the dead and the missing and assist rescued sailors.


Staffs on duty have to contact with the Consular Department, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate of Vietnam in the Republic of Korea and New Zealand.


Companies should tell sailors’ families about their condition as well as support families of the dead and the missing to help them overcome current difficulties.


For rescued sailors, companies must ask boat owner to take revivers to hospitals for treatment. Companies must finish all formalities to bring survivors back to the country safely.


For the dead individuals, companies were asked to hold funeral ceremonies and the Labor exporters must pay any wages, bonuses and other welfare entitlements to the relative’s families.

So far, five have been confirmed dead and 17 others still missing and presumed dead. This was after a South Korean deep-sea trawler with eight Koreans, eight Chinese, 11 Vietnamese, 11 Indonesians, three Filipinos and one Russian sank 1,850 km north of Antarctica — halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica.

Of the 42-strong crew on the 614-DWT trawler, a 24-year-old sailor, Nguyen Tuong, from district Ky Anh in the central province of Ha Tinh has been confirmed dead. His mother, Dang Thi Lan, 75, is still mourning for her son.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Son aged 28, from the district Ky Anh in Ha Tinh province, Nguyen Van Thanh aged 21 and Nguyen Van Son aged 25, both from Ky Anh district in Ha Tinh province, are missing and presumed dead. They were not wearing any protective clothing and the temperature there is extremely hostile – 2o Celsius.

Nguyen Minh Hoan, deputy head of district Ky Anh People’s Committee, said most of sailors in the boat have harsh living conditions. Their relatives had borrowed bank loans to pay for labor exporters. They hoped to make money after two or five years of labor. Their deaths left big debts for relatives.
 

Source: SGGP

Australia offers help to NZ after mine blast

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

Netherlands to help Mekong Delta cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 6:23 am

VND5 billion to help Quang Binh overcome flood consequences

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm