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US market and lessons learnt from lawsuits

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

US market and lessons learnt from lawsuits

QĐND – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

It is imperative that foreign exporters unite if they want to penetrate the potential, risky US market.

The US Department of Commerce’s (DoC) recent 14 proposals to strengthen the nation’s antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws has created many challenges for foreign exporters, particularly the Vietnamese.

Many of the 14 proposals are related to investigation method and procedures applied to non-market economies like Vietnam. They are expected to put foreign exporters at a disadvantage and improve the competitiveness of the US businesses.

According to William H. Barringer of the US law firm Winston and Strawn LLP, the proposals are aimed at encouraging US businesses to take more more action against foreign companies.

However, Mr. Barringer said, they should not negatively affect Vietnam’s economy, and this also shows that Vietnamese companies are achieving more success in the US market.

Mr. Barringer, who provided Vietnamese companies useful legal advice in the proceedings against the US anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp, said solidarity among businesses played a very important role in their success.

“Small-sized businesses shared the legal expenses, took part in training courses and joined hands to develop software for costing and pricing,” he said.

Another important thing, he said, is that businesses should anticipate which companies may be selected as individual respondents and find out whether they are following the procedures correctly.

The uncooperative individual respondents may lead to serious damage for the whole sector, said the lawyer, adding that the participation of all businesses from the beginning of the proceedings is crucial.

However, while Vietnamese businesses are seriously affected by anti-dumping tariffs abroad, FDI businesses in Vietnam usually do not pay attention to tariffs as they can close down their factories in Vietnam and move to another country.

Therefore, economic experts said Vietnam should introduce policies to make FDI and Vietnamese businesses to corporate in the lawsuit for mutual benefit and protection of rights.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Students to receive swimming lessons as part of curriculum

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

Students to receive swimming lessons as part of curriculum

QĐND – Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training will start the national pilot project to teach swimming at primary schools in the 2010-2011 school year.

“Swimming lessons for students especially at primary school level are urgently needed,” said Huynh Cong Minh, the department’s head.

“Teaching students swimming skills is a healthy activity that will reduce the incidence of drowning by half,” he said.

According to a report by the Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Health, 7,000 children in Vietnam die from accidents each year. Half of those deaths are from drowning.

The department has cooperated with HCM City Confederation of Underwater Sport to implement the pilot project in the coming academic year that starts in September.

Chung Tan Phong, secretary general of the confederation, said another advantage of swimming lessons was the majority of primary students in the city enjoy them.

Under the project, swimming subjects will become compulsory at primary schools that have swimming pools.

For primary schools which don’t have pools, they will cooperate with swimming clubs in their districts.

Phong said the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism should ask swimming pool owners to assist as much as possible and offer discounts for swimming classes.

The city People’s Committee should ask districts to plan for more public pools and pools for schools that have land available, he said, adding there was not enough pools yet for all primary students to learn swimming.

People’s committees in districts also should set up teams to check health and safety standards at the pools, where lessons would be held.

Moreover, they will carry out activities to raise families’ awareness of the benefits of swimming lessons.

Minh said that the department would issue guidance documents to encourage primary, secondary and high schools to make swimming compulsory in future.

“Currently, swimming is optional at some schools in the city, but up until now there has been no teaching curricula for the subject,” Phong said.

He said a new swimming curricula had already been written in preparation for the new school year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

British Council combines English class with traffic safety lessons

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

The British Council and the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation will bring traffic safety education to forty of their English summer school students in Ho Chi Minh City on June 14.

The Asia Injury Prevention Foundation gives helmets  to pupils of the Tran Hung Dao Primary School in HCMC. The foundation  often provide training and helmet to Vietnamese young people to prevent injuries in heads (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)

Students from age 12 to 15 participated this morning, with a second group of students aged 8 to 11 scheduled to receive a similar program on June 28.

Activities included a helmet use and road safety behaviour presented by the AIP Foundation staff, a question and answer session with traffic signs, and activities for students to communicate their new skills.

Students demonstrated to the group the safety importance of helmets, seatbelts, zebra crossings and rumble strips through skits and interactive sessions with AIP Foundation staff.

It was an opportunity to combine learning English and road safety – two skills that are essential for young people in Vietnam.

“Traffic safety education is essential to keeping Vietnam’s youth safe and smart, and ensures that they will be a responsible generation of road users,” said Alison Ball, Director of the British Council HCMC.

Source: SGGP

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – The victory of Dien Bien Phu is one of the national exploits, compared as a new Bach Dang, Chi Lang or Dong Da victory in the Ho Chi Minh times, in the Vietnamese history of national building and defense. Time passes by but its historical significance still remains and it will forever be a big lesson for future generations.

The Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7th, 1954 put an end to the French colony in Vietnam as well as in Indochina as without it the then French Government should not have sat down to sign in the Geneva Agreement, which bound the French to end the war and restore peace in the peninsula of Indochina. The victory was the direct result of the nine-year-long, whole-nation restless efforts to defend the fruits of the August Revolution. It also bears international-scale significance as it served as a bright example of national liberation for colonised nations worldwide.

Looking back into the past, the victory was the convergence of a number of factors. The first and foremost undeniable factor is the great unity of the whole nation under the talented leadership of the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh. Although Vietnam’s army at the time was still so young (founded in 1944) and equipped with modest weapons, under the leadership of the brilliant General Commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the army defeated a many-times-more powerful expeditionary force with modern weapons and equipment. When linking all military events during the nine-year resistance, experts could find that other campaigns could be practical tests for the Vietnam Army before it went to the final operation in Dien Bien Phu. Findings could point out that the army learnt valuable lessons from the previous battles and matured from time to time from these lessons and experiences. The victory also marked the great contribution by the soldiers of the past who, with their resourcefulness, courage, iron will and heroism, were ready to sacrifice themselves and uncompromisingly fought in battles against the enemy. Finally, the victory resulted from Vietnam’s warfare and military arts and the Party’s direction of self-reliance and whole-nation resistance, which later developed into the theory of People’s Warfare.     

On the occasion of the celebration of the 56th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, the review of the lessons from the campaign is needed for each Vietnamese and the whole nation. Proud of the past glorious victory and inheriting the lessons and spirit of the victory, today’s Vietnamese people and army should devote more to the cause of renewal and national economic development and defence. In both development and defence, national unity and the party’s proper leadership are always keys to success. Regarding national defence, the lessons from the victory never goes old even in peacetime. The army should regularly equip military people with precious properties of the Dien Bien soldiers as well as develop military past theories, experience and lessons on military and warfare arts in accordance with new situations in order to firmly and successfully defend the entity of the Fatherland and peace of the people, creating favorable conditions for economic development.  

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

First aid lessons could save lives

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

HA NOI — Lack of first-aid knowledge is leading to the deaths of hundreds of children throughout Viet Nam each year.

People are forced to take sick, injured or half-drowned youngsters to hospital – but it is often too late.

According to Paediatrics Hospital No 1 in HCM City, every year thousands of children are rushed to the hospital after suffering from burns, being half-drowned or swallowing poisonous substances. Others have choked on bones or small toys.

Statistics show that seven out of 10 children pulled from the water are taken to hospital, because their parents or bystanders have no knowledge of resuscitation techniques. This loses valuable time and leads to many more deaths and permanent brain damage than is necessary.

According to Nguyen Van Manh, head of the Technical Bureau of the National Institute of Burns, more than 70 per cent of children taken to the hospital have not received proper first-aid, or any on-the-spot treatment at all.

Tran Tuan Phuong, a doctor from Paediatrics Hospital No 1 in HCM City, said it was of great importance that parents know how to carry out first-aid when their children had accidents.

“If children choke on bones or food or are pulled from under the water, they cannot breath. They stay alive for only five minutes after stopping breathing,” he said. Proper treatment can only save victims, if first-aid is carried out immediately,” he said.

Meanwhile, Manh said that parents often used useless or dangerous techniques when children were burnt. Some rubbed toothpaste or even latex from trees on the injury.

Lack of first-aid knowledge is also prevalent at schools. Nguyen Tai Dung, who is in charge of school health-care for HCM City’s Department of Education and Training, said nearly 60 per cent of schools in the city had no person or section in charge of health-care.

“When students have accidents, such as breaking their arms or legs, or when they faint, teachers cannot do anything else but call an emergency team,” said Dung.

Too technical

Nguyen Thu Nhan, chairwoman of the Viet Nam Medical Association, said that few courses on first-aid were organised; and most focused on training health-care staff rather than parents.

“In the mass-media, experts often use technical terms that ordinary people cannot understand,” said Nhan.

She said most reference books also used many technical terms and few illustrations.

“No hospital has ever opened a course on first-aid for people,” said Nhan.

She said that, in particular, parents’ attitudes need to be upgraded. “I have read information about first-aid for children, and I think that’s enough. Moreover, I am too busy to attend a course, even if there is one,” said Nguyen Thuy Duong, a resident of Nguyen Luong Bang Street, Ha Noi.

“It is necessary that parents have knowledge about first-aid, not only by reading but by practising also,” said Le Thanh Hai, vice director of the National Hospital of Paediatrics.

Hai said that though the hospital did not have enough financial or human resources to organise courses, it would consider starting some in the future. —