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WWF, Vietnam to increase protection of Saola

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced on November 22 a financial aid package of US$213,773 for the central province of Thua Thien – Hue in order to protect the enigmatic Saola’s reserve.

The German government also plans to give US$2.1 million for the protection project for the Saola or Vu Quang ox (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis).

Pairs of Saola’s horns found in a residents house ( Photo: SGGP)

One of the goals of the project is to eliminate the use of traps and banned hunting dogs from protected areas.

Saola is a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Annamite ranges of Vietnam and Laos. The species was first discovered in Vietnam in 1996 at a village in Ho, in the Thua Thien-Hue’s district of Huong Thuy.

Le Ngoc Tuan, director of the reserve in Thua Thien – Hue province, said his organization has carried out a survey from November 2006 to February 1997 in five districts. The survey showed that the rare mammal has appeared in 19 communes in five districts. These were A Luoi, Nam Dong, Huong Thuy, Huong Tra and Phong Dien. Officials also collected 27 pairs of horns and skulls.

In 1998, forest wardens and local residents manage to save a female pregnant Saola and in 1999, eight-kilogram Saola was discovered in the wood in the district of A Luoi. However, it died after eight days. Since then, scientists have not found any more Saolas in the wild, although many searches have been conducted.

The Saola’s rarity, distinctiveness and vulnerability make it one of the greatest priorities for conservation in the region. Despite little information available on the Saola, there is no doubt that its existence is severely threatened.

Since its discovery, it is believed to have rapidly declined in the face of ever-increasing human presence, although the actual size of the remaining population is still unknown. According to scientists and researchers on wildlife, Saola numbers had crashed to around 200 worldwide.

Mr. Tuan said that the Saola is at a high risk of being hunted and will panic if it sees hunting dogs in the woods. Moreover, many Saola’s are trapped and killed, since the illegal sales and hunting of the Saola are rampant in the province.

The WWF and Vietnam authorities have carried out a plan for the period between 2005-2010 in six central provinces (from Nghe An to Quang Nam). Forest wardens have eliminated all traps to catch the Saola. Three protection stations now protect the endanger species. However, Mr. Tuan complained that he still needs more personnel in order to perform his protection work of the Saola successfully.

From 2006-2008, the WWF and the Forest Protection Department of Thua Thien – Hue province, have run a four-year Green Corridor project, with funding from the World Bank – GEF, WWF, Thua Thien Hue PPC and SNV. The aim of this project is to strengthen the capacity of local stakeholders and conserve the landscape of the Green Corridor area.

The project is expected to save and facilitate the development of Sao La deer and several endemic animals that are in extreme danger of extinction, such as Truong Son Muntjac, the douc langur, the white-cheeked gibbon and other newly discovered species.

Two reserves in districts A Luoi and Nam Dong were established in April, 2010. The reserves have an area of 12,153 hectares.

Source: SGGP

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Tuy Hoa increase for Tet

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:17 am

Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) announced a plan to increase nine flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen Province) and back, during the Tet holiday.

The flights using the ATR72 airplane are scheduled for January 24, 25, 27,29,30,31 and February 1 and 3. So far, VASCO has operated one flight on this route per day.

The provincial authorities have just proposed to Vietnam Airlines to add 7 flights from Hanoi to Tuy Hoa for the Tet holiday. The route has currently five flights a week.

In related news, visitors to the Hoi An ancient town, increased substantially at the New Year, said the Hoi An Department of Commerce and Tourism on December 3.

Most hotels were ‘booked out’ and more than 4,000 tourists visited the UNESCO World Heritage site. Many tourists visited handicraft villages and local sightseeing areas.


Source: SGGP

Green production and trade to increase incomes for the rural poor

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Green production and trade to increase incomes for the rural poor

QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

About 4,800 poor farming households in Vietnam’s northern provinces of Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh, Nghe An, and Phu Tho will receive aid worth more than US$4.1 million from the Spain’s fund for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Vietnamese Government to increase incomes and employment opportunities.

The information was given at a press briefing to introduce the “Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor” programme on November 25.

The programme is aimed at increasing the sustainable incomes of raw materials growers and processors, and rural crafts and furniture producing households and enterprises, as well as improving policies and regulatory frameworks at the provincial and national levels for the pro-poor promotion of handicrafts and furniture production.

Scheduled to be implemented over the next three years (2010-2012), the programme is expected to contribute to the completion of the MDGs, the reduction of poverty, the implementation of gender equality, and the sustainable environmental development.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Hanoi plans to increase its annual GDP growth rate by 12 – 13 percent

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Vietnam-Germany trade turnover sees sharp increase

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Medicine prices continue to increase

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

According to a market research of the Viet Nam Pharmaceutical Companies Association, prices of imported pharmaceutical products continuously increased in October.  

A servey of 7,390 medical products carried out by the association showed that the Hanoi market has seen an average increase of 3.8 percent of 37 pharmaceutical products and an average decrease of 5.4 percent of 11 products.

Prices of domestic medicines in Ho Chi Minh City have been relatively stable, while imported medicines continued to be sold at high prices.

The association forecasts drug prices may raise from now until the end of the year.

The prediction of the association was contrary to report by Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu at a conference on medicine prices of the National Assembly Committee as he said drug prices would gradually remain stable from now until the end of the year.

Experts say that it is not easy to stabilize medicine prices because the national pharmaceutical industry depends most on imported materials as US Dollar price remains high vs Vietnamese Dong

Source: SGGP

HCM City to increase legibility of street signs

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

HCM City to increase legibility of street signs

QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:29 (GMT+7)

The HCM City Transport Department has decided to change street nameplate designs to facilitate traffic and visitors.

The department’s Urban Traffic Management Unit 1, which is in charge of making the new designs, said the current plates are not well-designed, and the street names are too small to see from a distance. The plates are only 50cm in length and 30cm in height, and letters are 8cm in height.

The plates cannot contain the word Duong (road) and the street name, especially for names with more than six letters.

Ha Le An, deputy chief of the Unit 1’s Technique Infrastructure Management Office, said his unit would work with the HCM City Communist Youth Union to launch a street nameplate design contest for finding the best design for city streets.

The new plates will be 97cm in length and 25cm in height to cover long street names with 9-cm high letters.

The word “road” will be abbreviated RD on the right corner of the plate to make it easier for foreigners to understand.

Unit 1 has chosen corrugated steel as the new material for the nameplates.

After the contest, the Transport Department will install new plates on main streets for an experiment, and then on most streets in the city, An said.

Source: VNA
Photo: phapluattp

Source: QDND

HCM City to increase housing space

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

HCM City to increase housing space

QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:29 (GMT+7)

HCM City targets building 39 million sq.m of new housing during the 2011-15 period, increasing its per capita housing area to 17 sq.m, the municipal People’s Committee has announced.

The 2009 per capita housing area in the city was 14.3 sq.m.

At least 25 degraded apartment buildings with a combined floor area of 350,000sq.m in districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, Binh Thanh and Tan Binh will be rebuilt in the next five years.

By the end of 2015, the city will complete 11 housing projects with a total floor area of 453,000sq.m, consisting of nearly 4,700 apartments.

More than 22 hectares will be set aside for developing seven low-income housing projects with 10,000 apartments having a combined floor area of 837,000sq.m.

These plans include nine projects that will accommodate 67,700 workers and 13,700 students.

The city will also relocate more than 13,200 households living along canals by the end of 2015. Of these, 4,500 households living along canals in districts 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, Tan Phu, Binh Tan and Binh Thanh will be resettled during the next two years and the remaining 8,700 households will be relocated by the end of 2015.

The city has proposed that the Government amend the Housing Law to allow social housing projects to be developed in accordance with height restrictions on apartment buildings in the city, removing the current six-storey limit.

It has also proposed changes in the eligibility conditions for buying or renting low-income apartments during the five-year plan period, raising the limit from below five sq.m per person to 10sq.m.

Source: VNA
Photo: SGTT

Source: QDND

Thaksin to increase activities ahead of Thai polls: party

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

BANGKOK, Oct 14, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is preparing to step up his political activities from exile ahead of elections next year, his party said Thursday.

In a video link to a meeting of the opposition Puea Thai Party on Wednesday, the former billionaire telecoms tycoon offered his assistance in the poll battle, said spokesman Prompong Nopparit.

“He said he is ready to give advice about economic problems, advice to candidates during campaigns and advice about party policies,” Prompong said.

By law Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva must hold an election by the end of 2011.

Thaksin, who lives abroad to avoid a jail term for corruption, drew wide support from Thailand’s rural poor during office but was deposed by a military coup in 2006 and faces allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

He has been in self-imposed exile but still commands the loyalty of thousands of supporters, including many members of the “Red Shirt” opposition movement behind mass street protests in Bangkok in April and May.

Thai courts have issued a series of arrest warrants for Thaksin for charges including terrorism — an accusation linked to the violent street rallies. The authorities have accused him of bankrolling the protests and inciting unrest.

Thaksin has said the terrorism charges are “politically motivated”.

In his push for a return to Thailand, he has regularly used video messages to encourage fans but his broadcasts diminished during the April-May protests, which left 91 people dead in clashes between troops and demonstrators.

Prompong said he expected Thaksin to address the party “only at appropriate times.”

“He hasn’t spoken much recently because he wants reconciliation. He does not want this government to be suspicious about him,” the spokesman said.

Source: SGGP

September CPI likely to increase by one percent

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:51 am

Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) of September will rise by one percent above August, according to the prediction of statistics experts.

Shoppers at a supermarket in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

CPI in the two biggest cities saw a month-on-month increase in this month, with Ho Chi Minh City’s CPI inched up by 0.96 percent while Hanoi saw it rose by 0.97 percent.

The increase has been the result of recent price hikes in rice, foods, steel and school fees.

Increased purchase of rice by local exporters has pushed up the price of rice in southern provinces.
The domestic steel price has climbed by VND150-300 per kilogram due to a hike in the global steel ingot price. 
The increase has also been attributed to a 2.09 percent downward adjustment of the dong/dollar exchange rate by the State Bank of Vietnam in August.
Following the new rate, many gas, steel and drug stores have raised their prices.
However, the biggest price increase has been seen in education, soaring 5.57 percent and 7.17 percent in HCMC and Hanoi respectively as all schools reopen after the summer vacation, pushing demands for books, stationary and clothes.

Source: SGGP