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Indonesian President on his way to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 5:35 am

Indonesian President on his way to Vietnam

QĐND – Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will make a State visit to Vietnam on October 27 as the Islamic nation will take over the ASEAN chairmanship from Vietnam in 2011.

The two countries first established diplomatic relations in December 1955 and constantly developed them when Vietnam’s first President Ho Chi Minh and President Suharto of Indonesia were both in power.

Two years later in 1957, the Vietnam-Indonesia Friendship Association was formed to promote relations between the peoples of both countries.

Bilateral relations witnessed a turning point when President Suharto visited Vietnam in November 1990. Ever since then, both countries have signed 23 treaties and agreements in various fields. The joint statement on the framework of friendship and comprehensive cooperation entering the 21st century and the agreement on the continental shelf were milestones in the two countries relationship.

Two-way trade reached 2.3 billion USD in 2009 and 1.86 billion USD in the first eight months of this year. Vietnam’s major exports included rice, crude oil and agricultural products while its imports were mainly fertiliser, machinery, fabrics, paper and confectionary.

Indonesia is Vietnam’s sixth biggest ASEAN investor and 30th out of the 89 foreign investors in Vietnam, with a total of 24 projects capitalised at 201 million USD.

Indonesian investments focus on oil and gas, coal, wood processing and textiles.

Indonesia has also provided scholarships for Vietnamese students in fields such as education, culture and languages.

Indonesia has given its full support to Vietnam in its role as chair of ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Association-31 as well as the country’s taking part in G20 summit in its capacity as ASEAN President.

The forthcoming State visit is aimed at boosting friendship, cooperation and mutual support in regional and international forums.

Source: VNA/VOV

Source: QDND

Health official asked to explain his revealing to press

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

The Ministry of Health ordered a health official to explain for what he told the media about inspection results of Tamiflu scandal, said deputy health minister Trinh Quang Huan at a press briefing in Hanoi on September 21.

The Ministry of Health shoud carefully consider destruction of nearly 10 millioncapsules of Tamiflu to avoid collosal waste (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Health shoud carefully consider destruction of nearly 10 million capsules of Tamiflu to avoid collosal waste (Photo: SGGP)

The ministry’s Legislation Department deputy director Nguyen Huy Quang must write an explanation about his revealing a report on inspection results of Tamiflu scandal to the media when the report was not approved by the Government.

The media released last month the report of Government inspectors who accused the ministry and four local drug makers of wasting financial resources because of overestimating the need for Tamiflu in November 2005.

Mr. Huan said the report had no legal validity because of lacking government approval and ministry’s opinion.

The ministry has ordered the destruction of a controversial reserve of over 9.7 million capsules of Tamiflu while some health experts say it is a waste, suggesting to recycling the drug because Vietnam, one of bird flu-hit countries, has high bird flu cases only after Indonesia.

In addition, avian influenza virus circulation and high load of other flu strains could lead to mutation and a human influenza pandemic. Therefore, the country planned to earmark US$211 million for fighting against pandemic for the period 2011-2015.


Source: SGGP

Tre Publishing House gives Son Nam’s book to his commemorative house

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Tre Publishing House, who owns copyright of the late writer Son Nam’s works, has given more than 100 of the author’s books to his commemorative house in Tien Giang Province.


     Writer Son Nam’s commemorative house (Photo: Tuoitre)

The publisher also handed over documents from the film, Mua len trau (Buffalo Boy), signed by director Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh.

The film was adapted from Son Nam’s short stories, including Mua len trau (Buffalo Boy) and Mot cuoc be dau (The whirligig of life).

“Buffalo Boy” was produced by Giai Phong Film Studio of Vietnam in co-operation with 3B Production of France and Novak of Belgium in 2003. The film won prestigious awards at film festivals held in Brazil, Switzerland, France and Northern America (Chicago) and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

Writer Son Nam, whose real name is Pham Minh Tai, was born in 1926 in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang.

He is one of the south’s greatest writers and ethnologists. Son Nam is affectionately called “old southern man” by his colleagues and readers.
The late writer is the author of nearly 60 books (about 10,000 pages) consisting of more than 400 short stories, dozens of novels and medium stories and 20 records.

He is also known as a writer, a culturist, a researcher and a “living encyclopedia dictionary of the southern region.”

His life was a journey. The writer travelled throughout the country to collect material for his works.

He passed away at 82 in 2008.

Writer Son Nam’s commemorative house, covering on an area of over 1,500 square meters along the Bao Dinh canal, was built by the late writer’s daughter, Dao Thuy Hang, in My Tho City in the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang.

The exhibition house is expected to open to the public on August 22.

Source: SGGP

War veteran opens his first painting exhibition

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Painter Dr. Trang Phuong’s sketches and paintings illustrating Vietnam’s revolutionary resistance wars and subsequent building of the nation were on display for the first time at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum on July 3.

Painter Trang Phuong’s “Liberation Army come back”

The 68 works were inspired by the war veteran’s memories of the national resistance movement and revolutionary optimism.

Trang Phuong was born in 1939 in Binh Duong Province. He was in the first class to graduate the Binh Duong Practice Fine Art School before he entered the Sai Gon National Fine Arts College.

He left his family to join the revolution in 1961 and was a founding member of the Liberation Painting Room in 1962.

He graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts University in 1973 and traveled to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, to enroll in a Ph.D. program at Bulgaria’s Academy of the Fine Arts in 1974. He received Ph.D in fine arts in 1979.

Several of his works are displayed at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, the Bulgarian Fine Arts Museum and HCMC Fine Arts Museum.

At the ripe young age of 71, Phuong still has a passion for art and continues to paint at his workshop in District 3.

The exhibition titled “Vietnam-My Homeland” will run until July 16.

Source: SGGP

Ewen Chia to share his know-how of earning money

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

President concludes his visit to Finland

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

President concludes his visit to Finland

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

As 2010 ASEAN Chair, Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge to Finland’s cooperation with Southeast Asia, said President Nguyen Minh Triet.

At 4 pm (Hanoi time) on May 22, State President Nguyen Minh Triet left Helsinki for Hanoi, successfully concluding his State visit to Finland. Prior to his departure, Mr Triet met with Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen.

At the meeting, President Triet expressed his delight at visiting Finland and thanked the Finnish Government and people for their support in Vietnam’s past struggle for national liberation and its current process of national construction.

Revealing the outcome of his talks with Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Mr Triet said that Vietnam will implement the agreements reached and work hand in hand with Finland to raise two-way trade turnover and Finland’s investment in Vietnam to US$1 billion, each in the next few years.

Vietnam pledges to create the best possible conditions for Finnish businesses to invest in fields where they boast strengths such as information technology, ship building and the wood and paper industries.

PM Matti Vanhanen praised Vietnam’s significant achievements in the Doi Moi (Renovation) and international integration process during which it has maintained a high economic growth rate even through the global financial downturn.

The Finnish PM affirmed that Finland highlights Vietnam’s status and role in Europe, Asia and in the world, and hopes to promote its comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in economics, trade and investment, with the aim of raising bilateral cooperation in these fields on a par with their fine political relationship.

Mr Matti hopes that Vietnam will successfully perform its role of ASEAN Chair while affirming that Finland will continue to support Vietnam in enhancing its cooperation with the EU.

Earlier, President Triet received the Chairman of the Communist Party of Finland (CPF) Yrjo Hakanen. Mr Triet congratulated the Party on its successful organisation of the Party congress and said Vietnam is always grateful for the valuable support and assistance given by Finnish communists.

Mr Hakanen praised the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) for leading the people to major victories for the Vietnamese nation and the world.

The CPF attaches great importance to expanding international relations including sharing experiences and consolidating solidarity within the CPV.

The same day, Mr Triet received leaders from some Finnish companies.

Vietnam opens its doors to welcome Finnish businesses who want to cooperate with the country in the spirit of mutual benefit, said Mr Triet

Finnish business leaders regard Vietnam as one of the most attractive markets in Asia and they hope their businesses will cooperate successfully in Vietnam.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Obama defends his US oil slick response

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

VENICE, Louisiana (AFP) – US authorities raced Monday to stem the tide of a disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico a day after President Barack Obama fiercely defended his response and promised federal help for as long as needed.

In drizzling rain and gusty winds in front of Venice harbor, the hub of the relief effort, Obama on Sunday described the unfolding nightmare offshore as “a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”

Workers place oil booms in an effort to protect the Louisiana coast from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 2. AFP photo

Rain running down his forehead as he spoke, Obama stressed that BP was fully responsible and must pay for the cleanup, as he acknowledged the pain of Louisianans in a strong presidential display designed to show he was there, side-by-side with the victims of the disaster.

“The oil that is still leaking from the well could seriously damage the economy and the environment of our Gulf states. And it could extend for a long time. It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home.”

Louisiana’s 2.4-billion-dollar-a-year commercial and recreational fishing industry was dealt its first major blow from the oil spill during Obama’s visit when the US government banned activities in some areas for at least 10 days due to health concerns.

“Balancing economic and health concerns, this order closes just those areas that are affected by oil,” said US government weather agency administrator Jane Lubchenco. “There should be no health risk in seafood currently in the marketplace.”

Government data showed the thickest part of the sprawling 130-mile by 70-mile slick has been turned northward by strong southerly winds, sending sheen lapping ashore on the remote Chandeleur Islands.

The chain of uninhabited islets in eastern Louisiana is prime marsh and wildlife area, but officials said confirmation of any oil washing ashore would not be known until overflights could be conducted.

An overflight may not be possible for some time as blustery winds and high seas kept planes grounded and forced skimming vessels to abandon missions to mop up the growing slick for a third straight day.

Oil was also expected to reach the wetlands south of Venice by Monday morning.

Obama, meanwhile, laid the responsibility for the disaster firmly at the door of oil giant BP, which owns the leaking well and operated the stricken rig, refusing to countenance any notion his government had dropped the ball.

“So let me be clear. BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill,” Obama said, slowing his delivery deliberately to emphasize the two points.

The government had “coordinated an all hands on deck relentless response to this crisis from day one,” he said, vowing to “spare no effort” in the future.

BP said in a statement Monday that it would pay “all necessary and appropriate clean-up costs”.

“BP takes responsibility for responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We will clean it up,” said the statement posted on a site devoted to the official response to the disaster.

“BP has established a robust process to manage claims resulting from the Deepwater Horizon incident,” said the statement.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has been scathing of BP’s response, warned on Saturday that his state’s “way of life” was under threat as fishermen and coastal communities struggling back to their feet after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina brace for yet more hardship.

But residents of neighboring Mississippi hear good news Sunday, with state Governor Haley Barbour and US Coast Guard commandant Admiral Thad Allen telling them that the spill might be contained without reaching Mississippi shores.

The wind has shifted, Allen said, but has never steered the oil toward Mississippi. “The sum total of what’s happened is, it’s pretty much remained within the vicinity of the well,” the admiral said.

However, one of the spill’s first victims was discovered Friday: a brown northern gannet that floated up to a survey crew out in the open sea and was pulled to safety after it hopped onto an outstretched fishing gaff.

Obama’s supposedly morale-boosting visit would provide little consolation to John Chem, one of dozens of local fishermen waiting outside a high school near Venice for training sessions to work on the cleanup.

BP said it would pay volunteers 10 dollars an hour while contractors would pay up to 18 dollars an hour to support shoreline clean-up. Fishermen would also be paid for the use of their boats.

“Right now we are trying to get some work but too many people are looking for work,” he told AFP. “I might be homeless, there are too many bills to pay and the bank might take my house.”

There was, however, a ray of light from BP’s head of US operations, Lamar McKay, who suggested that a giant dome could be deployed as early as next week to try and contain the spill.

With relief wells taking three months and the underwater submarines making no progress in activating the blowout preventer on the sea floor, the dome could be the all-important factor in shutting off the oil.

An estimated 210,000 gallons of crude has been streaming each day from the wellhead below the Deepwater Horizon rig that sank on April 22, two days after a massive explosion that killed 11 workers.

Source: SGGP

Obama jokes about his ratings and nationality

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

 US President Barack Obama joked about his diminished approval ratings at an annual dinner with US journalists.”It’s been quite a year since I’ve spoken here last. Lots of ups, lots of downs, except for my approval ratings, which have just gone down,” Obama said.

He also poked fun at conservatives who persist in claiming the Hawaii born president is not a native of the United States, at the annual White House Correspondents dinner.

“But that’s politics. It doesn’t bother me. Besides, I happen to know that my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth.”

US President Barack Obama

Obama was Sunday heading off for a tour of emergency efforts as a humanitarian disaster unfolds with a huge oil slick bearing down on the Gulf Coast.

The black tie dinner is a once-a-year chance for Washington insiders who toil in the minutiae of policy and the drudgery of everyday news coverage, to rub shoulders with the elite of the showbiz and business worlds.

Invited Hollywood royalty at the dinner in the cavernous basement ballroom of the Washington Hilton hotel included Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Other celebrities spotted were Scarlett Johansson, star of “Lost in Translation,” singer and actress Queen Latifah, film director Oliver Stone and Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman.

Source: SGGP

Young man searches to find his grandfather’s tomb

In Vietnam Lifestyle on September 10, 2009 at 8:04 am

At a meeting of relatives of martyrs whose tombs have not been found, standing out from the crowd of old, time-worn faces was a 22 year old who has not known war.

Le Tri Tuan (Photo: SGGP)

Le Tri Tuan has just graduated from the Hanoi University of Industry, but does not yet think about finding a job. He takes advantage of the free time to travel to the South and find his grandfather’s tomb.

Tuan’s grandmother and parents were very unhappy because they have not found his grandfather’s tomb.

Understanding his family’s feelings on the issue, Tuan began to search for information about his grandfather’s tomb when he was a high school student.

Whenever he came across a website, organization or an individual to help find martyrs’ tombs, he immediately registered his grandfather’s information with a hope to get clues.

Talking about a recent trip when his family came to the South to find his grandfather’s tomb, Tuan said that a death notice had said that his grandfather’s ashes were buried at Trai Bi Cemetery in the southern province of Tay Ninh.

However, when they arrived, they found that it was the tomb of another martyr.

Day by day, his grandmother becomes weaker but her wish to find her husband’s tomb is still not closer to success.

Tuan loves his grandmother, so much so, he volunteered to depart for the South to find his grandfather’s tomb.

Coming to Ho Chi Minh City, Tuan firstly stayed at a cousins’ room in Thu Duc District for few days. He then applied to become a worker at a wood factory and rent another room.

Every month, he receives a salary of VND2 million which he spends on accommodation and traveling to surrounding provinces to find information about his grandfather.

“I will try to find my grandfather’s comrades who are still alive to find clues about his tomb,” Tuan said.

Source: SGGP

Fairest of them all: Referee Hien wins his second Golden Whistle

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Fewer mistakes: HCM City-born Duong Van Hien was presented with a Golden Whistle for his skilful refereeing this year by the Viet Nam Football Federation. — VNS Photo Quang Thang

HA NOI — HCM City-born Duong Van Hien was presented with a Golden Whistle for his skilful refereeing this year by the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF).

It was the second year in succession Hien has won the best referee award.

FIFA referee Vo Minh Tri who received the most votes from sport reporters and who is also from HCM City, won the Silver Whistle. The Bronze Whistle went to Hanoian Hoang Anh Tuan.

“The favourable response I’ve received from sports professionals shows that I have done my job well this season,” said Hien.

“They know, understand and believed me. Even so I did not think I would win, so it is a very special feeling, better than last year,” he said.

“It is difficult to compare the abilities of different referees because a referee could do very well one day and not so well the next. In my job, good and bad means fewer mistakes rather than many. It is a terrific honour to win the title for a second time. It will encourage me to do even better in the future,” he said.

Despite a superb season, Tri made several serious mistakes during a match between Thanh Hoa and Hai Phong, which cost him a number of votes.

Meanwhile, newcomer Tuan of Ha Noi had a steady season, which he can be more than proud of.

Awards for referee assistants were also presented yesterday.

Hai Phong’s Pham Manh Long made it a hat trick by winning the Golden Flag for the third straight time – and by a significant margin.

The 32-year-old linesman is highly respected by players and officials for his sound knowledge of the game and good judgement.

The Silver Flag went to Nguyen Hoang Minh, who was a surprise winner. Minh, who came fourth last year, narrowly beat last year’s first runner-up Nguyen Truong Xuan by just 15 votes.

Also yesterday, Almeida of V-League side SHB Da Nang, who scored 23 goals, won the top-scorer award. The First Division award went to Flavio da Silva of Huda Hue, who scored 18 goals.

Football has become an indispensable part of life for many Vietnamese. Last season, V-League average attendance stood at 7,300 per game.

About 480 goals were scored in the V-League – an average of 2.53 goals each match. There were 460 goals scored in the first Division.

However, last season also saw an increase in hooliganism. In one incident a fan was killed and many others injured.

The VFF condemned the violence and took measures to step-up security at games. —