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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

Vietnam reviews international human rights treaties

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:22 am

Vietnam reviews international human rights treaties

QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has successfully defended its national report on the implementation of human rights under the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Councils, which has earned international plaudits.

A seminar on International conventions on human rights and implementation mechanisms was held in Hanoi on December 22 by the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Representatives and speakers from 40 media agencies, and organisations in charge of human rights in Vietnam attended the seminar.

The seminar was part of a technical cooperation programme concerning human rights between Vietnam and Austria which started in 2006.

In his opening speech, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son affirmed the Vietnamese Party, State and Government’s consistent policy, in which Vietnam attaches great importance to joining international human rights treaties to show its commitments and determination in ensuring and exercising human rights.

So far, Vietnam involved itself in the five key UN conventions on human rights, the International Labour Organization’s conventions and other bilateral agreements to promote and protect human rights.

Vietnam has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is carrying out necessary formalities for the approval of this convention in the near future.

Apart from enhancing cooperation in international treaties, Vietnam is taking into account its participation in other treaties. “The 2009-2010 period has seen Vietnam’s great efforts in international cooperation on human rights, particularly regional and international mechanisms,” Mr. Son said.

As Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights in 2010, Vietnam worked hand in hand with other ASEAN countries to put the commission into operation and fulfilled all tasks set for 2010 by mapping out a five-year plan and devising specific tasks for 2010-2011, which were approved by ASEAN foreign ministers.

Over the past four years, AusAID in Vietnam has organised seminars and training courses to raise Vietnamese agencies and organisations’ awareness of human rights issues and create a link between Vietnamese and Australian agencies in exercising human rights.

Australia has assisted Vietnam in issuing and revising some laws relating to the protection of human rights.

Australian Vice Ambassador to Vietnam Vanessa Wood praised the media’s role in imparting the contents of international treaties to all people while expressing the hope that through cooperation programmes, Vietnam and Australia could share human rights-related experiences.

During the two-day seminar, the participants focused their discussions on democracy, human rights in international relations, the Vietnamese State’s views and policies on human rights and religion, and issues on democracy and human rights in Vietnam’s relations with other countries, including the US, the EU and the Vatican.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Luxembourg helps Vietnam in enhancing tourism human resource quality

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Mekong youth discuss human trafficking

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 5:36 am

Mekong youth discuss human trafficking

QĐND – Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 21:9 (GMT+7)

Five Vietnamese children, together with 25 contemporaries from the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries, are in Bangkok, Thailand for the third Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking and Migration.

The week-long forum aims to inform policy makers and the public about a range of risks children in the region face. Delegates at the forum are also discussing measures to better protect at-risk children and youth from exploitation and trafficking.

Participants from countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, will discuss and share their first-hand experiences with migration or trafficking. The five Vietnamese children were selected by 85 delegates at the National Children’s Conference in August.

Nguyen Thi Mai An, 15, from the central Highlands province of Kon Tum, told te English-language daily Vietnam News before her departure that she and her friends would walk along the border near her home to disseminate information about human trafficking to local residents.

They provided the local children with information about human trafficking and held talks and spread the slogans: “Listen to the children’s cry on the other side of borderline” and “Put traffickers into a prison cell!”

She said that the province was home to several ethnic minority groups, so the communication campaign attached importance to understanding the groups’ cultures first.

“Vietnamese children want more information about how to combat human trafficking, as well as how to protect themselves,” said An. “We also want to achieve more cooperation to deal with these issues at the regional forum.”

At the meeting, the participants are using creative methods to tell their stories, discuss human trafficking and migration, and talk about potential future action plans. Groups of artists will work as co-facilitators to help children prepare their own creative presentations.

According to the organiser, the regional forum aims to institutionalise the participation of children and youth in local, national and regional anti-trafficking programmes.

The forum’s results will be discussed by leaders from the region at the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking’s official meeting.

Between 2004-09, about 1,600 human trafficking cases were reported, involving 2,900 traffickers and 4,000 victims. Most trafficking victims are women and children.

The forum has been co-organised by the International Labour Organisation, World Vision, Save the Children UK and the UN Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Mekong Youth Forum focuses on human trafficking and migration

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

A regional forum on human trafficking and migration will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from October 24-30, aiming to discuss experiences of the problem that becomes a dilemma in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

The frontpage of the Mekong Youth Forum website:

The objectives of the 3rd Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking and Migration (MYF3) objectives show policy makers and the public the range of vulnerabilities faced by children and youth in the region, and the value of consulting them in decision making

This week-long forum will bring together 30 children and youth from Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The participants will be young advocates who have first-hand migration or trafficking experience, either directly or by a family member. They will use creative arts methodologies to tell their stories, illustrate the situation of children and youth in the region who are vulnerable to trafficking, and put forward recommendations for future action.

Each year, millions of people in the GMS migrate for work, in search of a better life. With long porous borders and socio-economic and demographic disparities, the number of migrants within and from the region is expected to rise. Some children and young people accompany their parents or relatives, while others migrate independently. However, many of these migrants are at risk of abuse and exploitation from unscrupulous brokers, traffickers and employers.
To respond to these abuses, various measures have been taken to protect children, migrants and trafficked persons. In recent years, wide-ranging laws, policies and capacity building programmes have been initiated and implemented to keep migrant children and youth safe. Prevention and protection mechanisms have put thousands of children and young people back into education and training programmes, helped them migrate more safely, withdrawn them from exploitative conditions, and provided assistance for them to return home and reintegrate into society. 
At-risk children and youth, including trafficked persons, have participated in and led programmes focused on awareness-raising on trafficking and safe migration. Organisational capacity to engage children and youth has been enhanced, and platforms have been established for young people to participate in policy dialogue with government officials. 

These contributions reaffirm the capacity of children and young people to create change in matters affecting their lives. It shifts the position of children and youth from beneficiaries to rights holders – who are able to claim these rights, while at the same time having their own duties. Considering children as citizens of society with responsibilities does not depend on their future contribution as adults; children already have the capacity and perspectives required to exercise their rights, responsibilities and to make contributions to society.
Participants of the 3rd Mekong Youth Forum were elected at national level youth forums in the six countries (the national forum and selection guidelines are explained in the Annex). These forums were carried out between June and August 2010, and were organised around the same objectives and guidelines as the regional forum.

The national forums had a working group headed-up by a lead agency, that cooperated closely with co-convenors and other partners concerned with trafficking, migration or child protection issues. Government partners were involved in organising the national forums to the extent possible for future sustainability.

This year, relations were also established with the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, as well as the ASEAN Migrant Workers Committee.

The event is hosted by the Government of Thailand and co-organised by the International Labour Organization, World Vision, Save the Children UK, and the United Nations Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking. This forum builds on the Mekong Children’s Forum, 2004 and the Mekong Youth Forum, 2007.         

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Agent Orange victim wants ‘human response’ to ongoing tragedy

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 (AFP) – At 23, Tran Thi Hoan dreams the dreams of a typical young woman: find a good job, start a family and, as a native of a country long ravaged by war, live in peace.

But Hoan is a victim of Agent Orange, the herbicide laced with dioxin-tainted defoliant that was sprayed across huge swaths of Vietnam between in the 1960s and early 1970s, and she fears that she could pass on the poison that saw her born without legs and with a withered hand to her children.

So she’s let go of part of her dream.

“Maybe my children will be disabled like me. So I don’t believe I can get married,” Hoan told AFP after she became the first Vietnamese victim of Agent Orange to testify before the US Congress.

Tran Thi Hoan (1st, L) and medical doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong (3rd, L) testify before the US Congress in Washington on July 15, 2010 (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

“I’m worried,” she added quietly.

“I’m scared.”

Hoan had just read a three-page testimony in English to US lawmakers in a packed hearing room.

“I am not unique, but am one of hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been marked by our parents’ or grandparents’ exposure to Agent Orange,” she said.

“I was born as you see me: without legs and missing a hand.”

But in spite of her handicap, and in spite of her fears that nobody would want her as a wife, Hoan old the packed hearing called by Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, a veteran of Vietnam, to try to determine how to meet the needs of Vietnam’s victims of Agent Orange, that she was “one of the lucky ones.”

“I’m missing limbs, but my mental functioning is fine,” she said.

Some Agent Orange victims do nothing but sleep, she said. Others fall ill with a slight temperature change. Still others die young, at age 10.

“Many babies, children and young people live lives of quiet agony. They are trapped in bodies that do not work. Their brains remain in infancy even as their bodies grow.”

The American Public Health Panel estimates that some 77 million liters of herbicides, including 49.3 million liters of Agent Orange containing dioxin-contaminated defoliants, were sprayed over 5.5 million acres (2.23 million hectares) in what was then South Vietnam by the United States military.

The aim was to destroy the densely wooded hiding places of the North Vietnamese enemy.

Today, Agent Orange and dioxin, which is known to increase the risk of cancer, immune deficiency disease, and reproductive and developmental disorders, still contaminates the land and water.

Vietnamese medical doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong told the hearing that studies she has conducted have found that up to 4.1 million Vietnamese were directly exposed to Agent Orange during the war and more than three million have suffered its effects.

Babies are exposed through their mother’s breast milk. Others have been exposed by living in or near contaminated areas called “hotspots,” such as Danang, where the United States had a base during the war.

The United States, which reestablished diplomatic ties with Vietnam 15 years ago, is funding a program to “remediate” dioxin at Danang, or burn it at ultra-high temperatures of 350 degrees Celsius (662 Fahrenheit), which causes it to vaporize.

Not doing anything would mean dioxin, which has a half-life of 100 years — meaning it will take 100 years for it to fall to half its initial strength — would still be tainting the land and people’s lives next century.

“My gosh,” said Faleomavaega, “We’ll all be dead and it’ll still be there.”

Though Hoan’s life has been marked by an event that happened decades before her birth, she insisted Agent Orange victims have to look to the future.

“We can look at the past and see the consequences of war, but we don’t want to stay in the past. We have to look to the future and see what we can do,” she told AFP.

And she added another wish to her wish-list.

“We want those responsible for the terrible consequences of Agent Orange to hear our pain and respond to us as humans,” she said, speaking not only for Vietnamese victims but for “the children and grandchildren of Americans who were exposed to Agent Orange and who are suffering like us.”

In the audience, a veteran of the Iraq war cried. Another applauded quietly.

One of the chemical companies that made Agent Orange, Dow, says on its website that manufacturers were compelled by the government to produce the herbicide.

In 2007, Dow said there was no evidence to link Agent Orange to Vietnam veterans’ illnesses.

And last year, a US embassy spokeswoman in Hanoi said there has been no internationally-accepted scientific study establishing a link between Agent Orange and Vietnam’s disabled and deformed.

Source: SGGP

Red Face Monkey attacks human

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm

A heard of about 30 Red Face Monkeys attacked a person in a cornfield on July 4, said a representative of the Tan Trach commune People’s Committee.

Red Face Monkey

Dinh Rau, deputy chairman of the Farmer’s Association in the commune went to the cornfield with two dogs and discovered the monkey herd taking corn.

Upon seeing Rau, the herd retreated into a nearby rock cave to hide.

Rau and the two dogs pursued the monkeys into the cave to retrieve the corn, but the herd appeared and attacked him.

Rau came to Phong Nha – Ke Bang forest management board to complain about this.

The management board explained and supported medicine and money as well as advised him not to kill the moneys because the Red Face Money is a precious species protected by law.

Source: SGGP

Ministries and agencies to discuss tourism human resource training

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Ministries and agencies to discuss tourism human resource training

QĐND – Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

The second National Conference on Tourism Human Resource Training will be held in August of this year by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and other relevant ministries and agencies, according to the National Administration of Tourism.

The agenda will include a preliminary report on tourism and human resource training for the past two years, along with speeches by delegates from ministries, agencies, tourism training businesses and centers nationwide and exhibitions and training cooperation agreements.

The conference will be a good chance for enterprises and training centers to exchange their experiences and information on tourism and human resources training, so that they can strengthen cooperation on socializing tourism and human resource training.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Nam Dinh promotes advantages of developing human resources

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Nam Dinh promotes advantages of developing human resources

QĐND – Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:19 (GMT+7)

Nam Dinh should promote the advantages of human resources to accelerate the application of advanced technologies in production and quickly develop industry, agriculture and high-quality services.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement during a working session with Nam Dinh provincial leaders on May 10.

He praised Nam Dinh province’s socio-economic achievements in recent years, such as the annual economic growth rate of 10 percent, industrial and services proportion of more than 70 percent and the number of poor households at 6 percent. This is a significant result but the province should not be selective, Mr Dung said, as its average per capita income and competitiveness are still low and there are no key products.

PM Dung asked provincial leaders to make a breakthrough in the next years. In the initial period, the province must fulfill set socio-economic development targets for 2010, step up industrial and agricultural production and services, and continue to develop handicraft industry. PM Dung said leaders should encourage all economic sectors to invest in industries of high added value, such as electronics, and accelerate disbursement of investment capital as well as better carry out social welfare policies and administrative reform. They should also make careful preparations for organisation of Party congresses at grassroots level.

Also on the same day, PM Dung made fact-finding tours of a project to build a new road linking Nam Dinh and Phu Ly, and a landslide on the Dao River. The province is asking the Government to provide around VND200 billion to build the 8km-embankment of the Dao River.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

No evidence pig disease can spread from human to human

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:31 am

Four patients have contracted a rare pathogen from local pigs, but there is no evidence to suggest the infection could spread from human to human, the National Hospital of Infectious and Tropical Diseases said.

Veterianrians vaccinate pigs at a fram in northern province of Ninh Binh.  

Hospital director Nguyen Van Kinh said on May 3 that all those who had contracted the streptococcus suis bacteria, commonly found in pigs, had eaten undercooked pork products made from diseased swine.

Streptococcus suis can cause meningitis or septicaemia (blood poisoning) if patients do not receive timely treatment, said Dr. Kinh

The hospital receives 1-2 people per day suspected of having contracted the bacterium, said Dr. Kinh, adding that they suffered symptoms such as fevers and nausea.

The four infected patients include three who caught meningitis and one with blood poisoning.

According to epidemic experts, streptococcus suis cases occur all year round, however, the number of patients has increased sharply with the rise of the blue-ear pig disease in several provinces recently.

As part of the efforts to combat the disease, the ministry has warned traders not to buy and sell pork without authorized certification of its origin or quarantine.

The Ministry of Health also warmed that people should not eat pigs’ blood curd, sick pigs or undercooked pork.

In related news, 47 people contracted diarrhea after having a weeding party at Han village, Ly Nhan District, in the northern province of Ha Nam, said Dang Dinh Thoang, Director of the province’s Preventive Health Center.

Thoang said on May 3 that four out of 47 wedding guests had been taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Most of the infected patients ate unsafe food and drank polluted water, Thoang said.

As of now, five cities and provinces in the north – Hanoi, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong and Ha Nam – have reported outbreaks of acute diarrhea and cholera, said the Department of Preventive Health at the Ministry of Health.

Source: SGGP