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Volunteers keep supporting flood-hit victims

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

Volunteers keep supporting flood-hit victims

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Ha Tinh Voluntary Compatriots Group has offered essentials to flood-hit victims in Central Vietnam.

Specifically, more than 10,000 items of clothing, over 4,000 schoolbooks and notebooks, noodles, VND 150 million in cash and other essential facilities, have been handed over to needy people in 4 communes of Hoa Hai, Thach Xuan, Thu Loc and Song Loc in Ha Tinh Province.

The presentation was under the program “Bringing warm winter to flood-hit areas” launched by Ha Tinh Voluntary Compatriots Group with 108 members.

Since the beginning of this year, the group has launched three programs to give assistance to their compatriots in the Central Province of Ha Tinh. Besides, they participated in the voluntary program, “Giving Strength during University Entrance Season 2010”, carried out in Hanoi.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Muslims say Obama failing to keep Cairo promises

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 am

World union leaders urge G20 to keep promise for decent jobs

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 6:51 am

State Bank continues to keep base rate at 8 percent

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

The State Bank of Vietnam on August 25 announced it would keep benchmark interest rates unchanged for a tenth consecutive month in September to boost lending.

The base rate will stay at 8 percent from September 1, SBV said in its statement. The refinancing and discount rates will also be held at 8 percent and 6 percent respectively. The overnight lending rate in the interbank market and the lending gap in the clearing of the State Bank for banks will be at 8 percent.

Source: SGGP

Miss Vietnam Global 2010 to keep billion-VND crown forever

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

Organizers of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant announced the winner will receive a crown inlaid with gemstones worth VND1 billion (more than US$50,000) that she will be allowed to keep forever.

The crown is inlaid with more than 600 gemstones worth VND1 billion (over US$50,000)

The crown’s design replicates the image of a blossoming lotus, with each petal shaped like a wave. It sends the message that the beauty queen will rise to a better life, show her talent and always promote Vietnamese traditional beauty and culture around the world.

The crown is inlaid with 606 diamonds and Amethyst of 2-12 carats. A 8×12 carat Amethyst is the crown’s highlighted feature. Skillful jewelers took more than 1,000 hours to finfish the crown by hand.

The winner of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 will also receive a cash prize of VND500 million (US$25,000).

The final round of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant will be held at Vinpearl Land Resort and Spa in Nha Trang, from August 10 to 22.

Qualifying and semifinal rounds for contestants from Vietnam took place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in May. Beauties from the American region and Europe competed in the U.S and the UK respectively.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese contestants from former Soviet bloc countries gathered in Russia; the Republic of Korea was the venue for Vietnamese contestants in Asian region.

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Source: SGGP

Schools in Bac Ninh to keep playgrounds open in summer

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Schools in Bac Ninh to keep playgrounds open in summer

QĐND – Monday, May 31, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Schools in the northern province of Bac Ninh will be allowing youngsters to use their playgrounds this summer to keep them away from busy roads.

Nguyen Van Chau, 12, is one of those who will be visiting his local school this summer.

“Up to now we have been forced to play in the street because we didn’t have anywhere else to go during the holidays,” Chau said.

Truong Quang Hai, deputy secretary of Bac Ninh Youth Union, said youth organisations have asked primary and secondary schools in the province to allow children to use their playgrounds because of the chronic shortage of playgrounds in the province.

Hai added that provincial youth organisations have also asked relevant agencies to organise activities such as martial arts, foreign languages and computer training and chess clubs for children over the summer.

“We hope our children will have a healthy and safe summer holiday,” Hai said, adding that the initiative had been warmly received by parents.

Chau’s mother, Thu Hang, said the scheme will make her life as a parent a lot less stressful over the holiday.

She said last year, Chau had nearly burnt her house down because he had been forced to stay at home.

“After that accident, I had to bring my two children to the office for almost three months during the summer holiday,” Hang said.

Meanwhile, the central city of Da Nang has organised life classes, which contents include how to have a good behaviour, arrange time, introduce one’s self, meet new friends and speak easily in front of a crowd as well as learning in a group, and openly discuss matters, for third to ninth graders, said Mai Xuan Mui, deputy director of Da Nang’s Culture House for Teenagers.

About 500 pupils have already registered for the class, he said.

“While city children study endlessly, cram in many hours of extra tuition and are excused from doing chores around the house, their country cousins usually come home and do household chores or work in the fields before setting down to study.

“As a result, urban students are often far less attuned to the business of living, relating to others and solving simple problems that arise in daily life,” Mui said.

“I hope the class will not only be useful but will also discourage children from wasting their time playing computer games or taking drugs this summer,” Mui said.

Meanwhile, the youth union in the southern cape province of Ca Mau, in conjunction with provincial departments of Education and Training and Culture, Sports and Tourism, plans to hold swimming classes.

Nguyen Minh Luan, secretary of the provincial youth union, said each ward and town would mobilise 20 youth volunteers to teach teenagers to swim.

“In rural areas, volunteers will hold swimming lessons for primary school children in safe canals and ponds during the summer holiday, which will hopeful mean they are safer during the wet season,” Luan said.

A UNICEF representative in charge of the Child Injury Prevention Programme in Vietnam, said children often played in ponds and streams even though they did not know how to swim.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of child mortality in Vietnam, said the deputy minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), Phung Ngoc Hung.

The ministry has started implementing a programme to teach primary and secondary school children to swim, said Nguyen Trong An, deputy director of the ministry’s Child Care and Protection Department.

About 5,000 children are now learning how to swim in the Cuu Long (Mekong) province of Dong Thap, according to the Population, Families and Children Committee.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

US, Japan to keep US military base in Okinawa

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 5:11 am

Washington and Tokyo agreed Friday to keep a contentious U.S. Marine base in the southern island of Okinawa, reaffirming the importance of their security alliance and the need to maintain American troops in Japan.

In a joint statement, the two allies agreed to move the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, in a less crowded, northern part of the island. The decision is broadly in line with a 2006 deal forged with the previous, conservative Tokyo government, but represents a broken campaign promise on the part of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

Hatoyama came to office last September promising to create a “more equal” relationship with Washington and move the Marine base off the island, which hosts more than half the 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan under a 50-year-old joint security pact.

But after months of searching and fruitless discussions with Washington and Okinawan officials, the prime minister acknowledged earlier this month that the base needed to stay in Okinawa.

His decision, which he had pledged to deliver by the end of May, has angered tens of thousand of island residents who complain about base-related noise, pollution and crime, and want Futenma moved off the island entirely.

U.S. military officials and security experts argued it is essential that Futenma remain on Okinawa because its helicopters and air assets support Marine infantry units based on the island. Moving the facility off the island could slow the Marines’ coordination and response in times of emergency.

Under a 1960 security pact, American armed forces are allowed broad use of Japanese land and facilities. In return, the U.S. is obliged to respond to attacks on Japan and protect the country under its nuclear umbrella.

The U.S. and Japan “recognized that a robust forward presence of U.S. military forces in japan, including in Okinawa, provides the deterrence and capabilities necessary for the defense of Japan and for the maintenance of regional stability,” said the statement, which was issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa.

Reaffirming the 2006 deal comes as a relief for Washington. In a phone conversation with President Barack Obama Friday morning Japan time, Hatoyama said Obama “expressed appreciation that the two countries could reach an agreement.”

The Futenma move is part of a broader plan to reorganize American troops in Japan that includes moving 8,000 Marines and their 9,000 dependents to the U.S. territory of Guam by 2014. But U.S. officials had said that the other pieces cannot move forward until the Futenma issue was resolved.

The two countries said an environmental impact assessment and construction of the replacement facility should proceed “without significant delay.” The statement called for a logistical study to be completed by the end of August.

The base, whose plans call for a 1,800-meter (5,900-feet) runway built partly on reclaimed land off the coast of Henoko, faces intense opposition from residents and environmentalists.

The joint statement called for sensitivity to Okinawans’ concerns.

“The Ministers recognized the importance of responding to the concerns of the people of Okinawa that they bear a disproportionate burden related to the presence of U.S. forces, and also recognized that the more equitable distribution of shared alliance responsibilities is essential for sustainable development of the alliance,” they said.

They said they would consider moving military training facilities off of Okinawa, possibly to nearby Tokunoshima, or out of Japan completely. The accord called for more environmental stewardship, through which U.S. bases in Japan might incorporate renewable energy technology.

Hatoyama faces some dissent to the plan in his Cabinet. Gender Equality Minister Mizuho Fukushima, leader of a junior coalition party, refuses to support it and has in the past threatened to leave the coalition over the matter.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said the Cabinet was meeting Friday morning. Hatoyama was scheduled to hold a news conference on Futenma late Friday afternoon.

“It was a difficult decision as we have to ask Okinawans to shoulder a burden, but overall when you look at the whole picture, we are able ease the burden,” Hirano said.

Source: SGGP

Ban on sewage needed to keep most lakes clean

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Ban on sewage needed to keep most lakes clean

QĐND – Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Committee has announced that the second phase of a mass clean up of the city’s lakes will start later this month.

“Most of the lakes have varying levels of pollution,” said Ngo Thai Nam, deputy director of the Hanoi Environment Protection Department (EPD).

Waste water and algae are just two of the problems currently affecting the nine lakes that have been earmarked for treatment in the phase including Giang Vo, Van Chuong, Thien Quang, Nghia Tan, Van Quan, Ho Vo, Den Lu, Giap Bat and Ao Lam Du.

Pollution has become a big problem for people living by the lakes. In March this year, local citizens were subjected to the smell of rotting dead fish in Truc Bach.

An investigation by the EPD showed that the fish died due to seriously polluted water and tens of other lakes were affected by the same problem.

To date, 65 lakes in Hanoi remain to be dredged and cleaned, but there are no plans for operations at 33 others, including Thuy Su, Kim Lien and Me Tri.

The project started in September 2009 with a total investment of VND2.6 trillion (136.8 million USD). It is planned to finish in September this year. In the first phase, 46 lakes were treated and the quality of water improved.

“Water quality is getting better but sometimes it is only a temporary fix. In some cases, the problems return due to a lack of preservation,” said Nguyen Le, general director of the Hanoi Water Drainage Company.

Professor Vu Hoan, chairman of the Union of Science and Technology Associations said that the city had tried a number of treatment techniques but the pollution still returned.

Nguyen Van Luong, director of the Hanoi EPD, said the best way to solve the problem was to ban the release of all untreated sewage into the city’s lakes.

“Comprehensive management of the lakes is needed but this is complicated at the moment as it involves local authorities, co-operatives and individuals,” he said.

Educating local people on how to protect the environment was also an important task, Luong added.

There are several waste water treatment facilities, but they do not have the capacity to deal with the city’s waste.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ethnic minorities keep pace with the country

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Ethnic minorities keep pace with the country

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

An exhibition on ethnic communities in Vietnam opened in Hanoi on May 9 as part of activities to welcome the first National Congress of Representatives of Minority Nationalities in Vietnam.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Council for Ethnic Minorities, K’sor Phuoc, and the Head of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Minorities, Giang Seo Phu.

The exhibition aims to honour and praise the merits and contributions of ethnic groups in national construction and defence as well as reflect their cultural, economic and social development during the process of renovation and integration.

The exhibition is organized to cover two topics: (1) attention and assistance the Party and State have given to ethnic minorities and their cultures, and (2) books, newspapers, magazines and other cultural products that serve ethnic minorities, and a display of their socio-economic achievements from 2005 to 2009.

Nguyen Dang Duy, a visitor to the exhibition, said the event will help people in lowland areas to understand more about the lives and cultures of mountainous people as well as the close connection between all Vietnamese ethnic groups.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Hospitals to keep close eyes on recalled child medications

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Vietnam Drug Administration has ordered hospitals to strictly monitor the use and affects of several children’s and infant medications following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of over 40 over-the-counter drugs.

Three of the Children’s Tylenol products that are being recalled in the 2010 Tylenol and liquid related product recall.

Liquid medicines like the Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, and Zyrtec brand names were recalled in the US and Vietnam must now monitor the application of these drugs, the administration said.

This recall is not due to any adverse reaction to the medications. The FDA simply noted that the medications did not meet its quality standards.

Some of the products included in the recall may contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles, according to the FDA.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health is following FDA announcements on the issue closely to ensure patients’ rights.

Most of the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products in Vietnam are made in Thailand, and imported and distributed by PhytoPharma. The drugs are sold without a doctor’s prescription.

Source: SGGP