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Creating advantages for HIV/AIDS children to have normal school lives

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

A seminar on guaranteeing the right for children, affected by the HIV/AIDS virus, to be able to study, was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 22.

The seminar was hosted by the Ho Chi Minh City HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).


According to the Legal Aid and Consultancy Center, knowledge of HIV prevention methods and the law on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control have not been widely known. Which means that children living with AIDS virus believed they are stigmatized and discriminated against, especially at kindergartens and primary schools.


The government should launch and support school policies that assist HIV-affected children, most of whom come from poor families.


Statistics show that Vietnam has more than 5,000 school-aged HIV-positive carriers (0-15 years old) and thousands of HIV-affected children.


In related news, the Thi Nghe Center for Orphans and Disabled Children now has more than 2,300 students, since its establishment in 1975. Most of them have physical, intellectually and communication problems to deal with.

Source: SGGP

Swine flu claims 8 lives in Vietnam this year

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Indonesian volcano claims another 35 lives

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

Floods claim six lives in southern central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

Mullen says WikiLeaks release puts lives at risk

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

WASHINGTON, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has condemned a new release of Iraq war documents by the group WikiLeaks, saying it was putting lives at risk.

Iraqi soldiers from the Ministry of Defence sit along side blindfolded detainees in the back of a pick-up truck, as they drive along a road in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on October 24, 2010, a day after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange defended the unauthorised release of 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq. AFP

“Another irresponsible posting of stolen classified documents by WikiLeaks puts lives at risk and gives adversaries valuable information,” Mullen said in a one-sentence posting on the website Twitter late Saturday.


On Friday, WikiLeaks released 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq, saying they revealed the “truth” about the conflict.


The mass of documents from 2004 to 2009 offer a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.

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Source: SGGP

Typhoon Megi claims 10 lives in the Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in years killed at least 10 people as it generated waves as big as houses and destroyed swathes of vital rice crops, authorities said Tuesday.


Many areas in the north of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon remained without power and communications facilities, a day after Super Typhoon Megi ripped over the region with wind gusts of 260 kilometres (161 miles) an hour.


The strong winds had subsided by Tuesday as Megi headed out to sea and towards China, although heavy rains continued to fall across large parts of Luzon for a second straight day.


Rescuers were also struggling to reach isolated areas, particularly in the heavily hit coastal communities of Isabela province that bore the brunt of the typhoon, officials said.

A resident carries his dog while wading through floodwaters as super Typhoon Megi, known locally as Juan, hits Cabangan City, Isabela province, northern Philippines October 18, 2010.

“The waves in Maconacon were as big as houses and swamped the town plaza facing the Pacific Ocean,” Isabela governor Faustino Dy said over DZBB radio as he appealed for help.


Dy said water, food and medicine were desperately needed in Maconacon, a village of about 4,000 people that remained isolated and only accessible by helicopter or by small boat.


Three people in Maconacon drowned in the storm surge and many others were wounded on Monday, he said.


Dy said he could not give a full report of the damage to all coastal areas because the 240-kilometre northeastern shoreline of Isabela remained difficult to reach.


But he said nearly 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of rice and corn crops had been destroyed across Isabela, one of the Philippines’ key farming regions.


Elsewhere in Luzon, four people were reported killed in Pagansinan province, three of them by a collapsed structure and the other by lightning, the Red Cross said.


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Manila had earlier reported three people killed elsewhere in Luzon.


However, after thousands of people had been evacuated well before Megi struck as part of intense preparations that involved the military, there were hopes the death toll would not climb substantially.


The northern parts of Luzon are mostly agricultural and fishing areas, with a few million residents who are well-drilled in preparing for the many storms that hit each year.


“We are hoping that the casualties remain low,” Red Cross secretary general Gwen Pang told AFP.

Motorists drive past a filling station which was toppled by typhoon Megi (local name ‘Juan’) Monday Oct.18, 2010 at Cauayan, Isabelaprovince in northeastern Philippines

“We can’t say it will not go up, but people were more prepared this time.


“What we are expecting is more reports of heavy damage. There are still many areas without power and communications, while some roads are cut off by landslides.”


About 7,900 people in the northern regions of Luzon remained in evacuation centres on Tuesday, the government said, and many areas remained inaccessible because of debris littering the roads.


Megi exited the Philippines’ western coast at midnight (1600 GMT) on Monday, and on Tuesday morning was heading towards Hong Kong and China with wind gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour, according to the Philippine weather bureau.

Preparing for the storm, China issued a national early disaster warning for regions along the southern coast — Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.

Hainan island had already been hard-hit by heavy rains in recent weeks.

Authorities called on officials in the Chinese provinces to ensure that people in low-lying areas are evacuated early.

Manila’s state weather bureau said Megi was the strongest typhoon since Typhoon Durian triggered deadly mudslides in the Philippines’ eastern Bicol region in 2006, killing over 1,000 people.

The Philippines is hit with an average of 20 typhoons a year.

Source: SGGP

Dengue epidemic grips Vietnam, claims 59 lives

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

So far this year the mosquito – borne disease has sickened 80,000 people across the country, 59 of whom have died, said the Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Health.

Children with dengue fever are treated at HCMC Children Hospital No.2 (Photo: SGGP)


Although the number of infected people this year decreased 6.3 percent as compared to last year, the dengue fever situation still is complicated and at risk of spreading on a large scale, said the Health Ministry.


The worst affected region was the southern provinces with 43,844 cases.


Meanwhile, health officials from the central region and central highlands have reported an increase of 168% in cases with 21,638 infected people.


Dengue is decreasing in Hanoi and northern provinces but dengue among adults is often accompanied by unexpected complications.

The ministry says dengue virus type D1 accounts for 74 percent of the cases nationwide. It predicts that the epidemic will continue into November with many complications, and is asking all localities to take urgent steps to curb the spread of the disease.

The municipal health department is trying to clean up the ‘hot spots’ and will spray chemicals to prevent the disease on a large scale.

The Preventive Medicine Department said it was working with relevant agencies to take preventive measures in key localities since early this year, focusing on cleaning the environment and killing mosquitoes.


Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian countries.

Source: SGGP

Asian children draw their lives

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

A painting contest called “Asian Children’s Artists Day Mitsubishi-Enikki 2010-2011” was launched in Hanoi on October 13.

               A painting of the display

Children aged between 6 and 12 are entitled to enter the contest, which has been co-organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department for Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibitions and the Japanese Union of UNESCO Associations.


With the theme “This is my life”, the entrants have to describe their daily lives in the form of a pictorial diary of five paintings, with a short description of each picture they draw.


The contest is aimed at encouraging children to explore their artistic creativeness and express their own understanding and experience of life.

Source: SGGP

WikiLeaks document release endangers Afghan lives: Times

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

LONDON, July 28, 2010 (AFP) – The leak by the WikiLeaks website of 90,000 secret documents on the war in Afghanistan has put hundreds of Afghan lives at risk because the files identify informants working with NATO forces, the Times reported Wednesday.

The homepage of the WikiLeaks website is seen on a computer after leaked classified military documents were posted to it July 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. AFP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said earlier this week that all the documents released through his organization had been checked for named informants and that 15,000 such documents had been held back.


But The Times reported that after just two hours of combing through the documents it was able to find the names of dozens of Afghans said to have provided detailed intelligence to US forces.


Experts warned that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda would already be using the information to identify and target informers in the war zone.


The Times cited one 2008 document that included a detailed interview with a Taliban fighter considering defection.


The man, who names local Taliban commanders and talks about other potential defectors, is identified by name, along with his father’s name and village.


In another case from 2007, a senior official accuses named figures in the Afghan government of corruption.


“The leaks certainly have put in real risk and danger the lives and integrity of many Afghans,” a senior official at the Afghan foreign ministry, who declined to be named told The Times.


“The US is both morally and legally responsible for any harm that the leaks might cause to the individuals, particularly those who have been named. It will further limit the US/international access to the uncensored views of Afghans,” the Afghan official told the newspaper.


US officials have said they were working to see if the mass document release late Sunday could jeopardize operational security and US national security or the endanger lives of informants in Afghanistan.

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Source: SGGP

Storm Chanthu claims 10 lives in north

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm




Storm Chanthu claims 10 lives in north


QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Tropical storm Chanthu has left 10 dead and four injured when it caused heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in northern mountain provinces, according to the National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Control.


Ha Giang was the hardest hit province, with 7 locals reported dead, followed by Cao Bang (2) and Lao Cai (1).


The storm, which was downgraded to a low pressure system on July 22, also caused huge damage to houses, roads, bridges and rice and subsidiary crops in these provinces.


In Yen Bai alone, 132 houses were flooded and 22 others were severely damaged. Heavy downpour also submerged 18ha of rice and subsidiary crops and 5ha of fishponds. 


In Bac Giang province, 10 communes were completely isolated and more than 44,100ha of rice and subsidiary crops were submerged.


The National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Control has asked the northern mountain provinces to keep a close watch on further developments of heavy rains and evacuate people living in the low-lying areas.


As rain continues to pour down and floodwaters in major rivers keep rising, the committee has asked the designated provinces to mobilise stand-by forces to work around the clock to protect the dyke system.


Chanthu was the second storm hitting the East Sea this year. The first, Conson, killed one when it made landfall last weekend.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND