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Renovation of old community house complete

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

Renovation of old community house complete

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

A 3 -billion VND (150,000 USD) renovation project on the Dong Mon Communal House in the central northern province of Thanh Hoa has been completed.

Built under the reign of King Le Trung Hung (1570-1623) in Vinh Long District, the temple is the province’s oldest communal house and still has nearly all of its original features.

It is a five-compartment complex with sophisticated carving patterns on its pillars, demonstrating the typical architectural style of Vietnamese communal houses.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Republicans retake US House, target expenses

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

 A day after retaking the House of Representatives, US Republicans moved Thursday to make good on a campaign vow to slash spending with a mostly symbolic vote to cut lawmakers’ office budgets.

President Barack Obama’s Democrats were expected to join Republicans to pass a bill to slice five percent from House expenses, a 35-million-dollar drop in the roughly 3.6-trillion-dollar bucket of annual US government outlays.

Republicans also planned to read aloud from the US Constitution — but omit sections later amended, such as the original language defining black slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of apportioning congressional seats.

The symbolic moves aimed to please arch-conservative “Tea Party” activists who powered Republicans to regain control of the House of Representatives and slice deep into the Democratic Senate majority in November 2 elections.

Republicans aimed to set the tone ahead of Obama’s annual “State of the Union” expected January 25, a high-profile chance to retool his presidency in the wake of what he has called a ballot-box “shellacking.”

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urged Obama by telephone Wednesday to unveil new plans for spending cuts including a ban on pet project “earmarks” and sweeping tax code reforms and said Republicans were “hopeful that we can work together.”

As a tense new era of power-sharing dawned in Washington, newly minted Republican House Speaker John Boehner warned lawmakers they faced “great challenges” as his party readied a fresh assault on Obama’s agenda with an eye on thwarting his 2012 reelection bid.

“Hard work and tough decisions will be required” at a time when the US economy is struggling to emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Boehner said in his inaugural address.

The Ohio lawmaker choked back tears and wiped his eyes with a handkerchief as he took his new office’s symbolic gavel from Nancy Pelosi, the first woman US speaker and now Democratic minority leader.

Fired-up Republicans also enjoyed a stronger Senate minority thanks to a pack of new conservative members who won office on November 2, when voters angry at the sputtering US economy and high unemployment routed Democrats.

Republicans have vowed to slash spending, scrap “job-killing” government regulations, overhaul the tax code, crack down on undocumented immigration, cut diplomatic and foreign aid funds, and investigate the administration.

And Republicans set a January 12 vote on repealing Obama’s signature overhaul of US health care — a purely symbolic step because the Democratic Senate majority can block it and the president can veto it.

Senate Democrats, captained by Majority Leader Harry Reid, planned to push ahead with rules changes that complicate the minority party’s efforts to kill legislation by delaying it or to anonymously block key nominees.

And they warned Republicans would have to break their lockstep opposition to White House-backed initiatives over the past two years in favor of bipartisan compromise in order to deliver on their campaign pledges.

“We have to do even more to help middle-class families, to create jobs, to hasten our energy independence, to improve our children’s education and to fix our broken immigration system,” Reid said.

At the White House, Obama held the traditional post-transition telephone call with Pelosi and Cantor and press secretary Robert Gibbs quipped that the president hoped for a round of golf with Boehner, an avid player.

Gibbs also warned House Republicans against using their newfound powers to investigate the administration to engage in “partisan, ideological, political witch hunts.”

Obama was also re-jigging his inner circle, as Gibbs announced he was leaving amid talk that Clinton-era commerce secretary William Daley, a free-trade champion, could step in as the new White House chief of staff.

The president was also expected to soon name a new chief for his National Economic Council following the departure of Lawrence Summers last year.

Some observers said Obama would seek the political center, knowing that his 2012 reelection hopes may rest with independent voters who could be alienated if Republicans appease the radical right.

Republicans, meanwhile, signalled they were pulling back from a campaign pledge to find 100 billion dollars in savings their first year, saying the actual figure would run closer to half that amount.

Source: SGGP

Japan’s lower house approves 60 billion dollar stimulus

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

Ba Na communal house to be rebuilt

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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

US House holds hearing on Agent Orange in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

US House holds hearing on Agent Orange in Vietnam

QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

The Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on Agent Orange (AO) in Vietnam, in Washington on July 15.

“It’s a good hearing,” said Eni Faleomavaega, Chairman of the subcommittee.

In an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s reporter in the US, Congressman Faleomavaega added that the testimonies and answers given by Matthew Palmer, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and John Wilson, Director of the Office of Technical Support under US Agency for International Development’s Bureaus for Asia and the Middle East, helped US congressmen be better educated and better informed of the US-Vietnam cooperation in addressing the problems relating to AO victims in Vietnam, so that US law makers could have more information in considering more funding for relating programmes.

Faleomavaega, who called and presided over the first US Congress hearing on Agent Orange in Vietnam in May 2008 and the second in June 2009, described the testimony by Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for Victims of AO/Dioxin (VAVA), as scientifically great, and that by Tran Thi Hoan, a Vietnamese AO victim as informative about the lives of Vietnamese AO victims as well as their call to international communities. He said the two Vietnamese witnesses helped the people in the US in general and US congressmen in particular get more interest into consequences of AO/dioxin.

In his testimony before the Subcommittee, Matthew Palmer said over the last several years, the United States has worked with Vietnam to ensure that its AO activities align with Vietnamese health and environmental objectives. “This cooperation has brought us closer than ever to the permanent elimination of dioxin at Danang Airport due to AO and has allowed us to provide much-needed assistance to vulnerable populations,” he said.

The Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary added: “AO has long been a sensitive topic in US-Vietnam relations, and we have had some past challenges reaching agreement on how and where to cooperate, but we are now transforming dialogue into tangible improvements in the environment and health of the people of Vietnam.”

He reaffirmed that: “The United States Government has demonstrated a firm commitment on working to find a resolution to this lingering concern and to ensuring the continued improvement of US-Vietnam relations.”

A memorandum sent by the US Congressional Research Service to the sponsor Subcommittee wrote: “The Vietnamese government has sought US Agent Orange-related assistance since the two nations reestablished diplomatic recognition 15 years ago. Initially, the U.S. Government denied any legal liability to provide assistance, and questioned Vietnam’s assertions about the extent of environmental and health problems associated with AO/dioxin.”

According to the congressional agency, the US stance on the issue created some tensions in bilateral relations, though not enough to prevent greatly expanded diplomatic, economic and military relations.

Taking the floor of the hearing, John Wilson said that despite economic growth, Vietnam still faces significant environmental and development challenges, including dioxin contamination “hotspots” at various locations around the country. He added: “While we celebrate the progress that we have made over the past 15 years, we also recognise that the US can do more, including with respect to dioxin remediation, which will have a significant benefit to our bilateral relations.”

The official from the US Agency for International Development called the Congress for continuous commitment to dioxin remediation in Vietnam and called on the US to “be a leader on this issue and make a significant impact on the lives of many Vietnamese.”

The VAVA Vice Chairwoman Ngoc Phuong called on US congressmen to continue the work begun by the US veterans groups and other American NGOs to decisively heal the wounds of war for Vietnam’s more than 3 million AO/dioxin victims by providing resources for comprehensive medical services, regular care, rehabilitation and educational services and facilities; as well as with funding to remediate those areas in Vietnam that continue to contain high level of dioxin to stop as soon as possible exposure for people living around those “hot spots”; and requiring those chemical companies which manufactured AO to recognise responsibility and assist the victims.

She stressed that: “Timely and effective actions taken by the US Congress to help victims of AO/dioxin in Vietnam are the final steps in healing the wounds of war as our two peoples and nations continue to build a relationship of friendship and peace.”

Phuong, who has twice attended US Congress hearing on AO/dioxin in Vietnam, told Vietnam News Agency’s reporter that the invitation of a VAVA representative and a Vietnamese AO victim to attend the third hearing reflected some changes in the US side’s attitude on the link between AO and the health of people in Vietnam.

Being Vietnam’s first AO victim invited to US Congress hearing, the 23-year-old Hoan expressed the hope that US chemical manufacturers which made the AO and the US government who sprayed and dumped the toxic substance in Vietnam should do the right thing to help victims of terrible consequences of AO. She stressed, “It is a matter of justice and humanity”.

She called on the US people and their representatives to reach out hands in friendship and understanding to help make dreams of having a family, getting a job and having a peaceful life by young AO victims in Vietnam come true.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Netanyahu to hold key White House talks

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday for a White House summit that could see a strong push for direct peace talks with the Palestinians.

A warm red-carpet welcome is expected, in stark contrast to Netanyahu’s previous visit in March when he was given the cold shoulder by Obama because of a row over the expansion of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem.

US President Barack Obama walks towards the Oval Office at the White House. AFP

A diplomatic flurry in the run-up to this visit, including talks on Monday between Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, suggested movement in the stagnant peace process.

The political calculus has also changed with Obama more jumpy about the important US-Israel axis in the run-up to mid-term elections and Netanyahu appearing keener for direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

“I believe that a main part of my conversations with President Obama in Washington next week will be focused on how to start direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians right away,” Netanyahu said last week.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will hold a working lunch with the Israeli leader from 12:35 (1635 GMT), according to the White House.

While no major announcements are expected, US officials talked optimistically about the chances of progress after weeks of shuttle diplomacy by Obama’s Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell.

“Certainly a major focus of the discussion will be around the progress that’s been made so far in the proximity talks and the opportunity to make the transition into direct talks,” said White House adviser Dan Shapiro.

“We feel that already in the little over a month that these talks have been going on, the gaps have narrowed. And we believe there are opportunities to further narrow those gaps to allow the sides to take that next step to the direct talks.”

The Palestinians froze direct negotiations in December 2008 when Israel launched a deadly 22-day offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to halt rocket attacks.

Also on the agenda will be Iran’s nuclear programme and Gaza, where Israel has eased a four-year blockade following pressure after its deadly raid on an aid flotilla that killed nine Turks, one of them with US nationality.

The May 31 raid badly damaged relations between Israel and Turkey, two key US allies. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned on the eve of the visit that ties with Israel would be cut unless an apology was forthcoming.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said he expected Netanyahu to give Obama “a report on the early stages of the Israeli investigation into the flotilla tragedy” and that the two would discuss “recent progress” on Gaza.

When Netanyahu and Obama last met in March, the Israeli leader was reportedly chastised by his host and denied privileges customarily granted to foreign dignitaries, even the ritual handshake photo.

It was an expression of Washington’s ire at Israeli plans to build 1,600 Jewish homes in annexed east Jerusalem, announced during a trip to Israel by US Vice President Joe Biden in a move that Washington called “insulting.”

This time, the temperature in the White House is likely to be warmer, with the usual niceties observed.

Obama’s Democratic Party is expected to face a tough battle in November’s mid-term elections and could lose its congressional majority, while Netanyahu is negotiating his own political minefield.

Obama wants Israel to extend a West Bank settlement freeze due to expire in September, but right wingers in Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, notably Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, fiercely oppose a further moratorium.

Source: SGGP

Old Hanoi house to be preserved as tourist site

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Old Hanoi house to be preserved as tourist site

QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)

Hanoi authorities have decided to preserve an old house at 11 Hang Bac Street, in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, as a tourist site. Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, the house looks like a small oasis, bringing passers by feelings of peace and tranquility.

The house is owned by Pham Ngoc Giao, eldest son of 98-year-old woman Pham Thi Te. His family bought the house in 1945.

The house exhibits harmony between Vietnamese décor and French architecture. Striking amid greenness of mature trees is the red-tiled roof, curved in the style of the traditional Vietnamese pagoda. Large pillars, many windows and separated rooms make people think of old houses in Paris.

The house has two storeys and has about 200 square meters of floor-space. It is in a poetic 180-square-meter garden with flowers, mature ornamental trees and clusters of bamboo. Paths in the garden are shaded by lines of areca and small bamboo trees, arousing in people peaceful images of the countryside.

Through ups and downs of history for nearly a century, the house has kept its old decorations and some wooden tables and chairs and paintings.

The house, particularly with the garden, has gained much attention and high evaluation from local and foreign experts. It has been listed in the book “The 36 guild streets area in Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter”, by Japanese experts.

After preservation, the house will be developed as a tourist destination for city tours in Hanoi. The site is expected to give visitors a glimpse of  old Vietnamese architecture and culture, as well as to give tourists a space of stillness and peace, escaping from the bustle of urban life.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Dream House to join stock exchange

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange has allowed Dream House Investment Corporation, which mainly operates in real estate and financial investment sections, to list 14.99 million shares on the city bourse.

Last year, the company’s revenue reached VND34.35 billion, with pre-tax profits of VND18.8 billion.

This year, revenue is expected to value at VND111.16 billion, with pre-tax profits topping VND39.55 billion and a dividend payout ratio of 12 percent.

According to agreements made with HCMC-branch Far East National Bank and Grandford, these companies will provide financial services for Dream House’s investment activities and participate in financial consultancy, as well as control investments of its real estate projects.

Source: SGGP

Sheltering house for children built in Thua Thien-Hue

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Sheltering house for children built in Thua Thien-Hue

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:16 (GMT+7)

PANO – Phu Vang District People’s Committee has recently begun the construction of a shelter for the disaster victims in Phu An Primary School, Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The two storey shelter covering an area of 649 m2 include six class-rooms and several other functional rooms for both teachers and students in this storm and flood stricken area.

The project, estimated to cost VND 2.6 billion, is funded by the Central Region Disaster Fund and VietinBank.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND