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Over 150,000 young people join blood donation event

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

A festival for young people to donate blood was held in 13 cities and provinces nationwide on January 9. The festival attracted over 150,000 young people, in which more than 82,000 registered to donated blood. A total number of blood units collected was 20,000 units.

Young people register to donate blood in Hanoi on January 9. (Photo:VOV)

The festival launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to cerebrate Student’s Day (January 9) and the Youth Year of 2011 was held in the following areas: Hanoi, Tuyen Quang, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien – Hue, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Can Tho and Kien Giang.

In Hanoi, the festival was held at Thong Nhat Park, in the Hai Ba Trung District. The event attracted more than 120,000 young people and representatives from ministries and various departments.

At the opening ceremony, 61 outstanding students, that had donated blood more than five times, were specially honoured for their blood donations. On the January 9, 15,000 young people registered in Hanoi to donate blood.

It is estimated that 2,000 units of blood was collected yesterday in the capital.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri, director of the Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, said the number of blood units collected would be used for emergency cases at hospitals.

Dr. Tri said the institute receives 10,000-20,000 units of blood on average per month, which meets about 60 percent of our demand; therefore, these events save people’s lives.

In Ho Chi Minh City, on the same day a similar event took place. This event was sponsor by the Committee of HCMC Communist Youth Union, with the Cho Ray Hospital and the city’s Haematology and Blood Transfusion Centre.

The event attracted more than 1,000 young people, who donated 1,000 units of blood.

In conclusion, the number of young people registering to give blood for 2011 is expected to be over 68,800 units of blood in the city.

Source: SGGP

Tien Minh to join tournament for world’s top 8

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

Tien Minh to join tournament for world’s top 8

QĐND – Sunday, January 02, 2011, 20:18 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Tien Minh has recently been confirmed one of eight places to compete at the World Super Series Final from January 5-9 in Taiwan, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Ranked sixth on the BWF Super Series Ranking, the Vietnamese No.1 player will join with seven others including Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, Long Chen and Pengyu Du from China, Thai Boonsak Ponsana, Peter Hoeg Gade and Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, and Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia.

They will be drawn in two groups to play single round-robin format to select four best players to advance to the semifinals.

Whatever the result, each participant player will get a cash prize of at least US$4,250. Semifinalists will earn $10,000. Top two winners will win $40,000 and $20,000 respectively.

Source: tuoitrenews


Source: QDND

Overseas students join new year festival

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

A Festival of Overseas Students to celebrate New Year 2011 opened in Hanoi on Dec. 29 with the participation of about 500 students.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan welcomes foreign students

The event, the ninth of its kind, was jointly organised by the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, the Vietnam Television, the Sinh Vien Viet Nam (Vietnamese Students) newspaper and the Quoc Anh International Education Consultancy (QA) company.

At the event, overseas students joined an incense-offering ceremony and an exchange programme to share experiences in study and career.

On the occasion, Nguyen Dac Vinh, chairman of the Vietnam Students’ Association and QA company presented certificates of merit and gifts to 30 outstanding students.

In the afternoon the same day, a delegation of 52 overseas students was received by Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan in Hanoi.

The students, coming from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Japan, China and Singapore among others, were also presented with gifts and letters wishing for a new year.


Source: SGGP

Japan to join Pacific free-trade talks: reports

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

US, Russia join Asian summit as regional spats simmer

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

HANOI (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday join 16 Asia-Pacific leaders at a summit in Vietnam dominated by China’s territorial disputes.

The United States and Russia will be formally invited as members of the East Asia Summit at the group’s annual gathering, in what analysts say is a blow to Chinese attempts to diminish US influence in the region.

Their entry into the EAS, which elevates its diplomatic heft, comes despite Chinese attempts to promote another grouping — which does not include the US — as the region’s premier forum for regional cooperation.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Hanoi Oct. 30. AFP

US membership is seen as part of its strategic return to Southeast Asia to balance China’s growing influence in the region, where Beijing’s more aggressive stance on territorial disputes has unnerved its smaller neighbours.

Clinton, in a speech on Asia-Pacific relations made in Honolulu earlier this week, downplayed suggestions the US is duelling with China for influence.

“There are some in both countries who believe that China’s interests and ours are fundamentally at odds. They apply a zero-sum calculation to our relationship. So whenever one of us succeeds, the other must fail,” she said.

“But that is not our view.”

Nevertheless, China has been irritated by Washington wading into the issue of its claim over the resource-rich South China Sea, where several Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are also claimants.

Clinton said in July that resolving disputes over the strategic area is “pivotal” to regional stability and offered to negotiate a settlement.

On the eve of the Hanoi summit, China hit out at Clinton’s remarks that other disputed islands in the East China Sea, the flashpoint for a serious feud with Japan, fall within the scope of the US-Japan security alliance.

“The Chinese government and people will never accept any word or deed that includes the Diaoyu islands within the scope of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

The disputed islands — called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan — have been at the centre of a deepening row between Beijing and Tokyo which erupted again in Hanoi, evaporating hopes for talks between their leaders.

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara met his Chinese counterpart Friday and said they had agreed to improve ties. Japan’s delegation announced direct talks between the leaders, but then retracted the statement.

China’s assistant foreign affairs minister, Hu Zhengyue, then issued a statement using extremely strong terms to condemn Japan.

“Japanese diplomatic authorities have partnered with other nations and stepped up the heat on the Diaoyu island issue,” he said.

He said Japanese comments had “violated China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“The Japanese moves, which is clear for everyone to see, have ruined the needed atmosphere for a meeting between the two leaders. Japan should take full responsibility for the result.”

Japanese Premier Naoto Kan’s spokesman, Noriyuki Shikata, said there was no reason for “heightened tensions… between the two countries” and that Japan stood ready to “engage in dialogue.”

The neighbours have been feuding since the September 8 arrest of a Chinese trawler captain after a collision with Japanese coastguard vessels near the disputed East China Sea island chain.

The United States called on China and ally Japan to ease tensions.

“We want China and Japan to sit down, to have dialogue and work through the issues,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters in Washington.

“We would hope that both countries will take affirmative steps to de-escalate tensions around this issue and that will create the conditions for a meaningful dialogue.”

The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on strategic, political and economic issues involving the 10-member Southeast Asian bloc as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

Source: SGGP

Hong Kong movie stars join film festival in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Hong Kong famous actors Nick Cheung and Daniel Yin-Cho Wu arrived in Vietnam for the Vietnam international film festival 2010 in Hanoi and promoting their latest films “The stool pigeon” and “Triple Tap”. The movie stars had a press meet on October 18.

Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung in a press on October 18. (Photo: Sggp)

“Vietnam has an impetus for the development of the movie industry. The 1st international film festival 2010 is a turning-point and beginning of the Vietnamese cinema,” said the actor Nick Cheung.

“I have just known Vietnam through books, newspapers and films. I want to come to the country to visit ancient houses and historical sites. I hope I will make a tour to all these places in the future,” he added.

The actorl also said that he will cooperate with Vietnamese filmmakers with pleasure if he has a chance.

Meanwhile Daniel Yin-Cho Wu expressed that he want to make a film in Vietnam with his friend, Vietnamese American actor and director Dustin Nguyen.

Wu traveled to the coastal city of Nha Trang in 2005.

Movie star Daniel Wu (C) meets his Vietnamese fans in Hanoi on October 18. (Photo: Vnexpress)

Daniel Yin-Cho Wu was born in Berkeley, California, in 1974 and raised in Orinda, California. Wu attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California and later majored in architecture at the University of Oregon. After graduating, he traveled to Hong Kong in 1997 and began modeling. Since his film debut in 1998, he has been featured in over 40 films.

The actor and his long term model girlfriend Lisa S got married in April in South Africa.

Born in 1967, Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung Ka-fai was a Royal Hong Kong Police officer for five years and changed his career as an actor with Asia Television Limited (ATV). After a few years Cheung moved over to rival Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). He is married to actress Esther Kwan and has a daughter.

He won the “Best Actor” title for the film “Beast Stalker” at the 46th Golden Horse Awards in 2009.

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Vietnam’s 1st international film festival to be held in Hanoi

Source: SGGP

German businesses join Green Office programme

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm

German businesses join Green Office programme

QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The German Business Association (GBA) in Vietnam, in coordination with World Wildlife Fund for Nature Vietnam (WWF Vietnam), on October 12th announced that they will encourage and support its member businesses to carry out the WWF Green Office programme.

Alexander Bischoff, Chairman of GBA Vietnam said the programme will help increase awareness of environmental protection and energy saving among its member firms.

The World Bank estimates that Vietnam may lose up to 5.5% of GDP due to environmental pollution and energy waste each year and the country also has to spend around US$780 million on community health care due to diseases related to environment pollution.

Launched in 1997 in Finland, the WWF Green Office programme has been assisting businesses and organisations in creating simple but practical changes on their working environment as well as employees’ working behaviour in order to minimise the impacts of climate change.

Source: thesaigontimes

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Four countries to join Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Four foreign teams from the UK, South Korea, Italia and China will take part in the Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011 from April 29-30, announced the People’s Committee of Da Nang City.

Accordingly, teams including Jubilee Fireworks of the UK, Hanwha of South Korea and the host city of Da Nang will compete with each other in the first night.

The last night will see firework displays by the Parente Fireworks A&C SNC of Italia and Panda Fireworks of China.

The competition themed “Han sparkling river” will be held along the Han River banks in Hai Chau and Son Tra Districts.

Spectators will also have a chance to enjoy music and dance performances and lantern floats during the event.

Source: SGGP

Thailand, Vietnam join hands to boost bilateral tourism

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The Tourism Authority of Thailand in Ho Chi Minh City announced the upcoming launch of the co-joint tourism development program entitled “One million tourists in 2015” at the press conference at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center, also known as part of the ongoing International Travel Expo 2010.

Thai arrivals will find out new surprises at the mysterious attractions of Vietnam

According to TAT representative, the program, which is set to debut on Oct 3, will highlight six points, including review and discuss program policies for both countries at agendas to ensure the target, exchange information between two countries, exchange the media between two countries, invite each other to Trade shows and other events, support each other to do roadshows in two countries, and joint-promotion to foster the relationship between two countries.

The program is co-organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand and Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

The TAT spokeperson also figured out that, in the first seven months of 2010, Thailand has welcomed over 240,000 Vietnamese visitors, about six percent higher than last year. At same time, about 120,000 Thai tourists already booked trips to Vietnam, he noted.

The spokeperson also said that the target is shared equally to both countries. That means they await about 500,000 Vietnamese tourists to Thai and 500,000 Thai to Vietnam.

When asked about Vietnam’s ranking on the International Arrivals to Thailand Billboard (Asian category), TAT answered that Vietnam positioned at second category, together with Singapore, following the first category of Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and China.

Vietnamese visitors can explore a peaceful Thailand at very competitive price thanks to the new program (Photo: Courtesy of TAT) 

The new program, a part from the 2010 “Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You” campaign by TAT, promisingly will help boosting the travelling needs between two countries also raising more interest to discover the culture and people.


Along with the program, TAT also introduced several travel activities & promotions in late 2010 and early 2011.

Some are the project “Bangkok Welcome You.Com”, also known as a news portal, featuring updates of impressive discounts on accommodation and entertainment in Thailand; two biggest golf tournaments of the year in Thailand  as “Thailand Golf Invitation TAT 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament”  and “5 Asian Tigers Golf Tournament”; Adventure TravelMart; and “Go Green, Go Thailand” campaign for the eco-tourism market.

In last speech at the press, TAT promised to discuss a suggestion by a reporter about common visa for Vietnam and Thailand at an agenda in Hanoi, a part of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long Citadel. The suggestion is expected to open wide the tourism market to foreigners, who always want to find easy to way to travel.

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Source: SGGP

Hanoi opens training course for Vietnamese youth to join SSEAYP 2010

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

A training course for 29 young Vietnamese people who will join the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2010 was organized in Hanoi on October 11.

                    The SSEAYP 2008

This year’s program, themed “Youth Participation in Social Activities,” will offer the participants eight topics including learning about various cultures, environment, international cooperation relationship, school education, health education (HIV/AIDS prevention methods), cuisine, youth’s activities in the community and business’ contribution in the society.

The training course held by the Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam (NCYV) will run until October 24.

The opening ceremony of the 37th SSEAYP 2010 will take place in Tokyo, Japan on October 27.

Source: SGGP