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Best Time to See the Leonid Meteor Shower Is Now

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 7:25 am

Linguistic Professor Ivo Vasiljev: “Uncle Ho is a great person!”

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 1:51 am

Protectionism is world economy’s key ‘danger’: Merkel

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

Each number is a heart

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Each number is a heart

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

PANO – Recently, Vu Quang District in Ha Tinh Province has struggled against two historic floods. The water level raised suddenly and quickly, submerging all properties of the people who reside there.

However, Vu Quang District Party Secretary and the local authority determined not to let the people remain in a hungry and thirsty situation. As a result, they made efforts to reach homes in the hardest-hit areas to provide them with relief aid.

Nguyen Thanh Son, Vu Quang District Party Secretary, said that the second flood came quickly but they had provided the people with food and drinks right after the first one so that local people could live on them.

Moreover, the district had paid VND 350 million for its communes to buy instant noodle and drinking water for use in the event of natural disaster. These foods and drinks had been used efficiently during the floods, ensuring that local people would not run out.

“In the recent two days, we mobilised all the boats we had to carry 2,500 boxes of instant noodle and 1,000 boxes of drinking water to the people in isolated areas of Duc Giang, Duc Bong, Duc Linh, An Phu, Huong Tho, Duc Lien etc.,” said Mr. Son.

Fortunately, Vu Quang has been supported by people throughout the country. According to the district’s Fatherland Front Committee, Mr Tran Binh Lam, by October 18th, 40 groups had transferred relief aids to the district.

The committee has received more than 6,000 boxes of instant noodle, VND 837 million, 500 blankets, 670 kilograms of rice, 600 mineral water tanks and other necessary appliances.

This relief aid was said to be sent directly to the people as soon as possible.

Each amount relating to relief aid to the Vu Quang people will help them bear their difficulties.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Mass Mobilisation is the key to success

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Mass Mobilisation is the key to success

QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The Mass Mobilisation sector has made many significant contributions to the nation’s defence, construction and socio-economic development since its establishment 80 years ago.

In response to the “mass mobilisation” campaign, there have been many examples of effective mass mobilisations nationwide such as the campaign to encourage shifting patterns of growing plants and raising domestic animals in Lao Cai province, a programme to upgrade the infrastructure in rural areas in Bac Ninh province, and a programme to reduce environmental pollution in Long An province.

At the recent patriotic emulation congress of the mass mobilisation sector, State President Nguyen Minh Triet said that the Party and the State always attach great importance to mass mobilisation work and asked. He underlined the sector’s contributions during the nation’s struggles for independence, as well as in the socio-economic development.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Mass Mobilisation sector and honour outstanding officials, there have been many activities held across the country.

**On October 15, the Da Nang municipal Party Committee for Mass Mobilisation held a ceremony to review the sector and Da Nang’s achievements in mass mobilisation work.

At the ceremony, the city’s Party Committee for Mass Mobilisation was granted the Independence Order, Third Class.

**In Tay Ninh, Vice Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Nguyen Duy Viet; and Secretary of the Tay Ninh provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen attended a meeting to celebrate the sector’s anniversary.

Seven individuals were awarded insignia from the Commission for Mass Mobilisation and 30 organisations and 50 individuals were awarded the province’s certificates of merit for their contributions to the mass mobilisation campaign.

The 80th anniversary of the Mass Mobilsation sector were also celebrated in the provinces of Lang Son, Phu Yen, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

World is captive audience for Chile mine rescue

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

A captive global audience looked on as the first of 33 miners trapped for a record 68 days deep underground emerged Wednesday into the cold night air of Chile’s Atacama desert.

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos (L) is embraced by Chilean President Sebastian Piñera after been brought to the surface on October 13, 2010 following a 10-week ordeal in the collapsed San Jose mine, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile.

People logged on and tuned in to read, watch and listen as Florencio Avalos was extracted safe and sound from 600 meters (2,000 feet) below ground at 0311 GMT, followed exactly one hour later by co-worker Mario Sepulveda.

Media outlets around the world including CNN International, Britain’s Sky News, France’s iTele and BFM and also Europe-wide Euronews live-streamed the drama as it unfolded in real time.

As well as cameras trained on the surface, viewers also saw grainy pictures of the miners still awaiting rescue in the their deep underground shelter.

The workers’ families had all but given up hope of seeing their loved ones again when on August 22 — 17 days after the collapse at the San Jose mine — a note tied to a drill probe announced their sensational survival to the world.

Millions, struggling to comprehend the nightmarish existence of the trapped men and the anguish of their families, have followed the long rescue efforts since as a shaft wide enough to extract the miners was drilled.

Wellwishers from around the globe, ranging from fellow miners to exalted heads of state, watched minute-by-minute overnight as a missile shaped capsule bearing Chile’s national colors was winched into the mine.

A measure of how the epic survival tale has ballooned into a global human interest story, live images from the site were broadcast to viewers as far afield as New York and Sydney, London and Tokyo.

The BBC streamed footage of the operation alongside a scrolling sidebar of mini-bites of information emerging from the crowd of relatives and Chilean politicians waiting to receive the miners-turned-national heroes.

Many outlets also employed counter graphics as the miners were brought out one-by-one.

Japan’s major television networks offered live coverage, complete with profiles of the 32 Chileans and one Bolivian, who survived their first 17 days before making contact with rescuers by rationing emergency supplies.

Japanese doctors discussed various medical complications the men could suffer, while Australian news stations, websites and radio bulletins devoted non-stop coverage to the dramatic operation.

“It was supposed to be a day off for me, and I was planning to catch up on my reading,” high school English teacher Tetsuro Umeji in Kudamatsu City, Japan, wrote on the BBC live feed.

“But now my eyes are glued to the computer screen as the rescue is broadcast live. Absolutely amazing! Congratulations, Chile! I will keep my fingers crossed until the last of the 33 miners is brought to the surface!”

Chile’s embassy in Washington DC set up a public live video feed of the rescue operation, which saw the men emerge one-by-one and reunite with relatives before being flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

In Europe, meanwhile, Austrian television had a special news program dedicated to the rescue — a rare occurrence for foreign events — and in the Netherlands the second-largest daily newspaper AD ran its first three pages dedicated to the event.

In the Spanish-speaking world, the rescue bid dominated news stations and websites.

Spanish-language station Univision ran live video of the site, while Chile’s La Tercera newspaper website carried a graphic header with empty boxes to be filled in as each miner emerged safe, and two counters tallying “rescued miners” and “miners in hospital.”

The interest appeared to overwhelm authorities managing media at the mine site. They ran out of international media badges and began issuing hand-labeled IDs to reporters arriving from as far afield as China and Turkey.

China’s Xinhua news agency and state television were reporting from the ground, and popular news portals Sohu and Sina set up special sections on their front pages featuring details on the rescue effort.

Throughout Asia, whether in Singapore, South Korea, Thailand or Vietnam, citizens were greeted with the exciting news that the first miners were out.

China’s CCTV streamed the first two rescues live, and South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo splashed the headline: “Today, Chile will be jubilant.”

Al-Jazeera’s English language station had a correspondent stationed at the site updating a Twitter feed with the latest information.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also took to the micro-blogging site to send his best wishes to the rescue crews and the miners. “We are with Chile! God be with you,” he wrote.

Source: SGGP

U.S.A.–Vietnam relationship is important for the region, says Gates

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:51 am

U.S.A.–Vietnam relationship is important for the region, says Gates

QĐND – Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – U.S Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, was welcomed to the Hall of Hanoi National University by hundreds of students of the university and cadets from Military Science Academy.

His first visit to Hanoi as Secretary of Defence coincides with the city’s 1,000 year Anniversary, the 15th anniversary of Vietnam–U.S.A. diplomatic relations and 10 years after U.S President Bill Clinton’s visit to this very university.

The younger generations of the U.S.A. and Vietnam now live in a peaceful environment and better mutual understanding than in the war era and the time U.S.A. imposed economic embargoes on Vietnam.

Gates’ official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh, and his participation in the first ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, signal the rapid development in the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

ADMM Plus gathers defence ministers and representatives of defence ministers from 10 ASEAN countries and the association’s eight dialogue partners. It is good news as defence heads from 18 countries gather in Hanoi, a city for peace, to discuss peace and cooperation in Asia Pacific.

Gates said that he agreed “right on the spot” when General Thanh invited him to attend the first ADMM Plus, a forum expected to provide opportunities for peace, stability and cooperation.

The U.S.A.–Vietnam relations started after the Vietnam War when the two sides committed to find missing soldiers from the war.

He said that the Vietnamese government returned the remains of some U.S. service members as a gesture of goodwill, said Gates.

“And it was this initial cooperation that led us to where we are today – with a vibrant relationship that now spans a range of issues – trade and investment, education and health, and most relevant to my remarks, security and defence,” said Gates in his speech.

Earlier, in his introduction about Mr. Gates, Vu Minh Giang, Deputy Director of Hanoi National University, mentioned President Clinton’s visit to the education institution. He reminded Gates of Clinton’s regret that Vietnam and U.S. lost many chances to cooperate in the past, solely due to a lack of mutual understanding.

Listing the collaborative efforts of the two sides over the years, Gates held that these would provide invaluable opportunities to build knowledge and trust between the two countries’ defence institutions.

“The growing U.S.A.–Vietnam relationship is not only important for the U.S and Vietnam but also for the region as a whole,” Gates stressed.

He said that Vietnam has been a leader in promoting greater multilateral cooperation.

“It’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year is an excellent example,” said Gates.

“In fact, Vietnam’s vision to push forward on such collaboration is one reason I’m here today,” he added.

When promoting mutual understanding can help promote cooperation, peace and Vietnam–U.S.A. relationship, ADMM Plus is a cornerstone forum that lays foundation for cooperation in a sensitive area of security and defence.

“This meeting represents a historic and very welcome move to a higher level of regional security dialogue, with defence ministers formally coming together for the first time to build tangible coopreation on range of security issues,” Gates stressed in his speech to the students.

He said that, by allowing defence ministers to more exchange of views and by developing the operational infrastructure for future efforts, this forum will build trust and transparency in the whole region.

While ADMM Plus can build those, it is reasonable to believe that not only the youth in Vietnam and U.S.A., but also in the region, can live in their tomorrows, a future of peace and prosperity.

Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Latest jobs data is blow to Obama as elections loom

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

WASHINGTON, Aug 6, 2010 (AFP) – The latest grim data on unemployment has dealt a new blow to President Barack Obama as he struggles to maintain his party’s majority in Congress in November elections.

Obama, who has been hurt by the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, has been scrambling to highlight his economic management in helping lift the US economy out of its worst slump in decades.

But the latest data released Friday showed the recovery is sputtering: A Labor Department report showed 131,000 jobs were lost in July and the unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.5 percent, which is better than the worst levels this year but still painfully high.

(AFP file) A man uses a computer to fill out paperwork at an employment centre in Oakland, California.

The private sector created a modest 71,000 jobs for the month, which was not enough to offset the massive government layoff of 143,000 census-takers.

Overall economic growth slowed to a pace of 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2010, and other economic indicators are soft, even though Obama points to four quarters of economic growth.

The White House has dismissed the likelihood of a double-dip recession but some economists warm of a Japanese-style economic stagnation.

Obama tried to put the best face on the most recent employment figures.

“Climbing out of any recession, much less a hole as deep as this one takes some time. The road to recovery doesn’t follow a straight line. Some sectors bounce back faster than others,” Obama said.

Obama said the data showed jobs growing in the private sector for seven consecutive months.

“That’s a good sign. Meanwhile our manufacturing sector that’s been hit hard for as long as folks can remember has added 183,000 jobs this year. That’s the most robust seven months of manufacturing growth in over a decade,” he said.

“But for America’s workers, families, and small businesses, progress needs to come faster. Our job is to make sure that happens.”

Obama said the latest figures underscored the need for final passage of a bill aimed at saving 160,000 teaching jobs, which has cleared the Senate, and for other measures favoring small business.

“We need to decide whether we’re willing to do what it takes to keep this economy moving in the right direction… but also to secure a clean energy future and accelerate our recovery and rebuild our economy around three simple words, ‘made in America.'”

But Republicans are waging their own campaign and blaming Obama for wasting a large part of the big 787 billion dollars in stimulus funding approved a year ago. It remains unclear whether the opposition party will be able to block any new stimulus efforts sought by the White House.

With the recovery appearing to falter, two key members of the Obama economic team are on their way out. Budget director Peter Orszag announced his departure in June and top economic aide Christina Romer said on Thursday she would return to teaching.

Obama continues to press his case, hitting the road to tout the rebound in the US auto sector, the finance reform and the huge health care reform measures approved this year.

Source: SGGP

Suicide vest is vital clue after Uganda blasts

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

KAMPALA (AFP) – A suicide bomber carried out at least one of the two bomb attacks that killed 76 people as they watched the World Cup final in Kampala restaurants and arrests have been made, a minister said Wednesday.

A Somalian Al-Qaeda inspired group has claimed the attacks and police have already found an unexploded suicide vest at an another site, seen as evidence of a botched plan for a third bomb strike.

People look for survivors at an Ethiopian-owned restaurant in the Kabalagala area of Kampala. AFP

One militant blew himself up at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala, a southern Kampala district, where crowds had gathered to watch the football match on Sunday night.

“We can confirm at least for the case of Kabalagala that it was a suicide bomber,” State Minister for Internal Affairs, Matia Kasaija, told AFP.

“We have arrested some suspicious characters. These are people of interest. Some are Ugandans, some are Somalis,” he added.

The second attack at the same time was on a crowded bar in the Ugandan capital. The blasts have been claimed by Shebab insurgents in Somalia, who said it was in retaliation for the presence of Ugandan troops in an African Union force in Somalia.

US President Barack Obama said that groups like Al-Qaeda did not care about African lives as he condemned the Kampala attacks.

Obama, leveraging his African heritage, took direct aim at Shebab and Al-Qaeda over the attacks.

“What you?ve seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself,” Obama told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

“They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains,” said the US leader, whose father was Kenyan.

Ugandan police have not given details of the identities of those arrested.

But national police chief Kale Kayihura said Tuesday that a suicide vest — laden with explosives and fitted with a detonator — had been found packed in a black laptop bag at a club in Kampala’s Makindye district on Monday.

“We have established that what was found at the discotheque was in fact a suicide vest, and it could also be used as an IED” or improvised explosive device, he told reporters.

While the bombers’ actions appeared to support the Shebab’s claim of responsibility, the police chief pointed a finger at a homegrown Muslim rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

“Shebab is linked with ADF,” he said. “ADF is composed of Ugandans, Shebab and ADF are linked to Al-Qaeda.”

Ismael Rukwago, a senior ADF commander based in Democratic Republic of Congo, denied any involvement. “We are not part of this thing, we are absolutely denying. We have no reason, these are innocent people,” he told AFP by telephone.

The bombings were the deadliest in East Africa since Al-Qaeda attacks against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1988.

They were the first by the Shebab outside Somalia, marking an unprecedented internationalisation of Somalia’s 20-year-old civil conflict.

Shebab’s top leader had warned in an audio message this month that Uganda and Burundi would face retaliation for contributing to an African Union (AU) force supporting the western-backed Somali transitional government.

The Shebab accuse the AU force (AMISOM) of killing civilians during its operations around the tiny perimeter of Mogadishu housing President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s embattled administration.

The Ugandans were the first to deploy to Somalia in early 2007.

Many of the injured from the Kampala attacks remain in hospital and not all of the bodies have been identified. It is known that a US national and an Irish woman were among the dead.

Source: SGGP

Scientific research investment is essential

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Scientific research investment is essential

QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

The objective of the strategy to develop the agricultural mechanical engineering sector to 2010 with a vision for 2020 is to meet about 45-50 percent of the domestic demand for agricultural machinery. So far this objective has not been realized yet. Promoting business cooperation and investment in technology is considered to be a solution to vitalize the Vietnamese agricultural mechanical engineering sector.


Heavy dependence on imports

An agriculture-based country, Vietnam has a high demand for mechanical products. Every year, Vietnam manufactures about 550,000 agricultural machinery items, which include mostly diesel engines, power generators and combine harvesters.

About 1,300 companies are operational throughout the country, specializing in manufacturing/trading in tractors and many other kinds of agricultural machinery and equipment. In addition to those, there are 1,218 facilities specializing in repairing and maintaining machinery and equipment.

However, Doan Xuan Hoa, the deputy director of the Department of Processing and Trade of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said, “The domestic demand for agricultural machinery and equipment, especially tractors, plough machines and combine harvesters, is very high. Meanwhile the volume of machinery manufactured domestically is insufficient to meet the actual demand.”

Presently, most types of agricultural machinery that are being used in Vietnam are products of China or other countries. Statistics show that Chinese products accounts for about 60 percent of all agricultural machinery and equipment items being used in Vietnam, Vietnamese-manufactured products account for about 30 percent, and the remaining were used products imported from foreign countries such as Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Mr. Hoa said that most types of machinery manufactured in Vietnam still show many shortcomings compared with imported products, for example low capacity, outdated technology and expensive prices.

The Government has released Resolution 497, under which farmers are offered an interest subsidy for the loans they borrow to buy agricultural machinery and equipment. However, domestically manufactured agricultural machinery and equipment do not meet the actual demand in terms of both quality and quantity. Therefore the situation cannot improve yet.


Businesses are unwilling to invest

Despite the high demand for agricultural machinery, domestic companies seem to be unwilling to invest in this market. While the State is encouraging investment in the manufacture of some types of agricultural machinery such as high-capacity diesel engines, tractors and machine tools, no domestic company is willing to invest.

Mr. Hoa said, “The manufacture of agricultural machinery requires big investments but does not bring in a high profit as manufacturing other types of mechanical products. This is the reason why domestic companies are unwilling to invest in manufacturing agricultural machinery. ” It takes much time to manufacture a complete farming tool as well as to recover the amount of money that is invested in manufacturing. Moreover, cultivation areas in Vietnam are scattered but not concentrated, and this is another reason making domestic companies unwilling to invest in manufacturing agricultural machinery”.


What solution?

For all the above problems, it is not easy to vitalize the domestic agricultural mechanical engineering sector. Nguyen Van Thu, the president of the Vietnam Association of Mechanical Engineering, said, “Appropriate policies must be put in place to encourage investment in the manufacture of agricultural machinery.”

Most importantly, in his opinion, it is necessary to build the linkage between domestic mechanical companies. It will be impossible for a single domestic company to withstand fierce competition with Chinese products.

It will be a good solution for domestic mechanical companies to cooperate with each other so that each of them can specialize in manufacturing some components of agricultural machinery. It is very costly as well as time and manpower-consuming to manufacture a complete agricultural machinery item.

Cooperation helps reduce the manufacture cost and shorten the time needed to manufacture as well as to recover the amount of invested capital. Thanks to cooperation, domestic mechanical companies can become more competitive.

In the long term, to prevent the domestic agricultural machinery market from being swamped with imported products, it is necessary to build and tighten the linkage between scientists and manufacturers in order to improve the quality of products and reduce the manufacture cost, thus enhancing the competitiveness of domestic mechanical manufacturers.

The State has put in place policies that offer preferences to those who do scientific research catering to agriculture but reality shows that every year not more than 10 percent of the research results have been applied in production. So the problem is how to reduce the manufacture cost so that manufacturers can make a profit. “The most important and long-term solution is investing in scientific research,” Mr. Hoa asserted.

Source: VEN/VietnamNet


Source: QDND