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Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary to become an ecotourism area

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary to become an ecotourism area

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, which is home to rare flora and fauna, will become an eco-tourism area, according to a decision by the Bac Lieu Provincial People’s Committee.

A VND100 billion project has been initiated by an investor, the Rong Vietnam Investment and Tourism Joint Stock Company, to build the Bac Lieu Eco-tourism Area on an area of 130 hectares with 12 zones, including a national park and a nature reserve, with some of them expected to be completed before the coming Tet holiday.

All rare flora and fauna as well as landscapes will be preserved and protected while tourists visit the site.

The sanctuary with a rich and diversified biology has attracted 78 species of birds, with many listed in the Red Book of Vietnam, said Mr. Luong Ngoc Lan, Deputy-Director of the Province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

1,200 school-bags-cum-lifebuoys presented to students in Bac Lieu

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:20 am

1,200 school-bags-cum-lifebuoys presented to students in Bac Lieu

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Bac Lieu Provincial People’s Committee and VietinBank have recently organised a ceremony to present 1,200 school-bags which can also be used used as lifebuoys, worth VND 198 million, to students crossing rivers by sampan to school in Bac Lieu Province.

Such a 0.6kg lifebuoy, able to store nearly 50kg of books and notebooks for under 5th graders, will help reduce the casualties of children in waterway accidents.

Along with the school-bags, VietinBank also gave Bac Lieu Province VND 15 billion to build 420 houses of gratitude and the Vam Leo Bridge linking Bac Lieu and Soc Trang.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Rare birds appear in Bac Lieu

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Rare birds appear in Bac Lieu

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Flocks of rare birds have appeared in the Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary in the southern province of Bac Lieu for over a month, according to Mr. Nguyen Trung Chanh, the Sanctuary’s Director.

In addition to the rare birds, the sanctuary, located on an area of around 280 hectares in Nha Mat Ward in Bac Lieu City, is home to other fauna, mainly storks, and amazing flora.  

As one of the most favorite tourist sites in Bac Lieu Province, the sanctuary has attracted 79 species of birds, with many listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Source: Dan Tri

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Wartime UXO found in Bac Lieu province

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Wartime UXO found in Bac Lieu province

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A 125kg unexploded bomb has been found in the southern province of Bac Lieu by workers at the Khanh Tam building material warehouse.

Lieut.-colonel Ho Van Dai, head of the Bac Lieu Military Headquaters’ sapper force, said the unexploded ordnance, which was made by the US in 1971, was inadvertently scooped from the Hau riverbed during the sand mining process in southern Can Tho City and was transported by the sand ferry to the warehouse.

Earlier, on August 2, two unexploded bombs, weighing 125kg and 250kg respectively, was also found among sand transported from the Hau river to another building materials warehouse in Bac Lieu.

According to Director of Vietnam’s Bomb and Mine Disposal Technology Centre Nguyen Trong Canh, many places in the country are still heavily contaminated with UXO, particularly the six central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai.

Thirty years after the war, bombs and mines are still taking a heavy toll on human life. To date, over 100,000 people in Vietnam have fallen victim to UXO, of which 42,000 died.

Every year, 20,000 hectares of land are cleared of UXO, yet there remains a lot of work to do before all contaminated land can be declared safe.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Bac Lieu Buddhists celebrate capital’s birthday

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Bac Lieu Buddhists celebrate capital’s birthday

QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

A Buddhist Festival was held in the Mekong delta province of Bac Lieu on July 28 as part of activities by Buddhists nationwide to celebrate the millennial anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The festival drew the participation of provincial authorities, the committee of religious affairs, local people and more than 300 monks and nuns.

Superior Bonze Thich Quang Thiet, Deputy Chief of the Executive Board of the Bac Lieu Buddhist Shangha, delivered a welcome speech to open the festival. In his speech, he recalled the merits of King Ly Thai To and his advisors, as well as monks, in maintaining national peace and integrity.

Buddhist pagodas and temples have recently held activities to celebrate the capital city’s 1,000th birthday and have organized requiems for the former kings of the Ly family and monks of that time.

On the occasion the Bac Lieu Buddhist Association organized a ceremony to mark the birthday of the Goddess of Mercy and open the 2010 Goddess of Mercy camp, drawing thousands of Buddhist followers. The camp will be open until July 30.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

“Your Excellency” buried on Tuesday at the mouth of the Cai Cung River in Bac Lieu province

In Social life on February 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

“Your Excellency” buried on Tuesday at the mouth of the Cai Cung River in Bac Lieu province

QĐND – Thursday, February 25, 2010, 22:10 (GMT+7)

A strange and solemn burial took place last Tuesday at the estuary of the Cai Cung River. A large 15 ton, 16 metre whale, which had been named “Your Excellency” by local fishermen, was sadly found floating, dead, 42 km from the coast on Monday.

Dozens of fishermen, using more than ten boats, managed to drag the remains of the huge creature to shore to honour it and pay their last respects.

More than 10,000 people travelled to the locality on Tuesday, to mark the burial of the remains and to pay their respects and burn incense, according to Do Tien Ha, an official of the Vietnamese Coast Guard Service. This is similar to the respect shown when a special friend or honoured leader dies. Plans are now being discussed to build a pagoda or temple to honour the remains.

Whales play an important part in the beliefs of some ethnic minorities in Vietnam, particularly those with long traditions of sea fishing.

Some of these beliefs involve the Whale God, a powerful spirit that can calm the waves and lead seafarers to shelter, and hence the reason why some fishermen pay homage and respect to this huge inhabitant of the seas. He is referred to as ‘ngu ong’, which means ‘Mr. Whale’. This name is a sign of both fear and reverence, a god so powerful that even to speak his name is considered to be tempting luck and danger.

But living whales are honoured as well, and these fishermen never hunt the large marine mammals, which they regard as giant fish. The carcasses of whales that have died natural deaths are buried with great respect and ritual ceremonies. After three to five years, the bones are exhumed, shrouded in ceremonial cloth and carried to a temple to be honoured, as if the creature was a beloved community god.

Whale funerals always attract large crowds and the whale cult is deeply rooted in Vietnam’s culture.

There are many festivals in different towns and provinces associated with the worship of the whale god. In Vung Tau, there is a pagoda devoted to the deity and a very popular annual festival which takes place in the eighth lunar month. On festival days, the temples are decorated with flower garlands, while colourful lanterns are hung during the night. There are also cultural activities including hat boi (classical drama performances) and hat ba trao (traditional folk songs). These festivals are now considered to be important attractions for tourists, due to the strange fascination which Europeans, Americans, Australians, Vietnamese and others have for these creatures, all of which help contribute to the local economies.

In Da Nang, a centuries-old whale festival takes place each year in the middle of the 3rd lunar month each year. The whale temple, as well as all the houses and boats, are beautifully decorated. The peace offering is conducted in the first evening at the whale temple by village elders. Offerings, which do not contain seafood, are distributed when the ceremony begins.

At dawn the following day, a procession of boats on the sea in a set formation displays the fishermen’s devotion to their Whale God. At midnight, the official ceremony is conducted as school children offer incense and the orchestra plays traditional music on local instruments.

These beautiful rituals are still practiced today and the last whale burial was in 2002.

Franc Neary

Source: QDND