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Kit made for detecting food bacteria

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

Kit to quickly detect the bacteria made by IVDREC scientists

A cheap kit to analyze test result and quickly discover E. coli bacteria was invented by a group of Vietnamese scientists of the Vietnam National University.


Scientists of the Integrated Circuit Design Research and Education Center (ICDREC), Vietnam National University November 30 said they have made a kit to detect E. coli, a common type of bacteria that can get into food, like beef and vegetables, in one hour.


The US$200 kit will help healthcare workers in managing food safety and hygiene.


ICDREC said it will continue to make another kit to discover drug addicts.


 

Source: SGGP

Efforts made to ensure textbooks, notebooks for flood-torn areas

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:09 am


It is estimated that losses caused to the education sector the central provinces Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh by floods in the past two weeks is VND700 bllion (US$35 million), the Ministry of Education and Training said Tuesday.

A soldier helps Cam Vinh Primary School’s teacher in Ha Tinh Province dry books.

All textbooks, teaching and studying tools have been swept away by the flood. Many schools and equipments have been seriously damaged, according to a ministry report.


Vietnam Education Publishing House has printed more textbook for kids to return to schools after flood.

The ministry has called for local and foreign individuals and organizations to support the country’s education sector, and help children in danger of dropping out of school to continue their study.

The sector ensures that all students will have enough textbooks ready for coming back to schools. Not any child flood victims will leave school, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia said.

Source: SGGP

Nuclear power plant locations made public

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm




Nuclear power plant locations made public


QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 23:12 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s first two nuclear power plants will be built in the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan, with Plant No. 1 located in Vinh Truong village of Phuoc Dinh commune and the other in Thai An village of Vinh Hai commune.


The sites of these plants were announced at a conference held in Ninh Thuan province on Oct. 22 by the provincial Industrial and Trade Department and the committee in charge of preparation of investments for nuclear power and renewable energy projects.


Located about 20km from Phan Rang-Thap Cham city in the heart of Ninh Thuan province, Plant No. 1 will cover a land area of 502 ha, including 123 ha reserved for its core zone, where the reactor will be situated, and 379 ha for its safety zone. 


The plant will encompass 310 ha of sea with 38 ha designed for a port and its facilities, and 272 ha for a safety zone. The facilities of the plant’s management and operation control boards will cover 20 ha.


The Ninh Thuan Plant No.1 is designed to have four 1,000-MW turbines to produce 4,000 MW. It will used imported fuels which will be transported by ship. Its first turbine is scheduled to start working in 2020.


The Ninh Thuan Plant No.2 will be built on a land area of 514 ha, with 119 ha for its core area and 395 ha for its safety zone.


The plant will have 308 ha of sea, including 36 ha for its port area and 272 ha for its safety zone.


With the same design capacity as the Ninh Thuan Plant No.1, Plant No. 2 is expected to commission its first turbine in 2021, the second in 2022, the third in 2024 and the last in 2025.


At the conference, representatives of the preparatory committee for nuclear power and renewable energy project also reported briefly on preparations for the project and provincial authorities provided information about land clearance on the sites.


Source: Vietnamplus


Source: QDND

Sunflowers made for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm




Sunflowers made for patients with cancer


QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 22:35 (GMT+7)

Festive days to make thousands of sunflowers to raise funds for patients with cancer will be hosted by Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in late October and early November.


Specifically, the festive day will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House and Ho Chi Minh Cemetery on October 31st while a similar day will be held at Hanoi Children’s Palace on November 7th.


During the festive days, there will be activities to share compassion with the patients, such as creating around 15,000 sunflowers in Ho Chi Minh City and 10,000 sunflowers in Hanoi in order to make a field of sunflowers “For patients with cancer” in the capital of Hanoi.


An exhibition showcasing moving stories related to Le Thanh Thuy, a young dweller in Ho Chi Minh City will be also opened on these days.


All proceeds, collected from selling sunflowers at a price of VND 10,000 each and auctioning paintings by patients with cancer, will be presented to the fund to assist patients with cancer.


The event is held for the third time by the Youth Newspaper, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Youth Unions, Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House, Hanoi Children’s Palace, and a voluntary group, “Light up Dreams”.


Source: TT


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

‘Significant advances’ made towards AIDS vaccine

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

After decades of trying to develop a vaccine against AIDS, global health authorities are finally beginning to make “significant advances” towards their goal, Anthony Fauci, head of the US institute of infectious diseases, told AFP.


“Up to a few years ago, even though we have been trying for a couple of decades to develop a vaccine, unsuccessfully, we have not even had a small clue that we were going in the right direction,” Fauci told AFP.


But two key events that have taken place in the past few years have changed that and led to “significant advances in the development of a vaccine,” said Fauci, who is head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).

Dr. Sanjay Phogat, a scientist at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative laboratory, looks over test results in New York

The first of those key turning-point events was a clinical trial of an HIV/AIDS vaccine which was conducted last year in Thailand on 16,000 people.


“The results showed a small to modest positive effect on the acquisition of HIV — not good enough to be able to distribute a vaccine but good enough to tell us that it was a conceptual advance that at least makes us feel now that a vaccine is possible,” Fauci said.


Then, last week, scientists at NIAID published a paper in the journal Science about research that had helped them to identify two antibodies in an HIV-positive individual, which, when put together “block 90 percent” of HIV strains, Fauci said.


“What that is telling us is that you can identify the portion of the virus that you would like to use as a vaccine, because we know that when the antibodies bind to that portion, it knock down the virus,” he said.


The next step will be to try to inject that part of the virus into an individual to produce a protective response against HIV infection, said Fauci in an interview with AFP days before the 18th international conference on AIDS, to be held in Vienna, Austria.


The Thai study and the report in Science have left scientists feeling “much more confident that ultimately we will have a vaccine” against HIV/AIDS, although it was still impossible to say exactly when that would be, said Fauci.


An AIDS vaccine was probably several years away, which means that in the meantime, the fight against HIV/AIDS must continue to focus on prevention by using tried and true tactics such as condom distribution, male circumcision, blocking mother-to-baby transmission and offering syringe exchange programs, he said.


Ways have to be found, too, to improve access to these preventive measures, especially in developing countries where only 20 percent of “populations who would benefit” actually have access to them, he added.


Along with improving access to the preventive methods, Fauci urged global health authorities and governments to continue to work to develop other forms of prevention, such as microbicides.


And he recommended “treating as many people as we possibly can because we know that when you treat more people, you lessen the probability that they would infect other people.


“You could almost have what we call treatment as a form of prevention,” until a vaccine is finally developed, said Fauci.

Source: SGGP

Art made from waste helps protect environment

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

From wastepaper, nylon and coconut fibers, artisans and students in Mekong Delta provinces make unique art and handicraft products, while aiding environmental protection efforts.


Lam Chieu Dong, an artist in Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, specializes in collages. Using color paper and magazine covers, he tears out and attaches selected portions systematically, to form beautiful and lively pictures.


Dong makes wastepaper harder and rougher, then cuts and pastes it into pictures.


He said it is complicated to make good collages, because it requires patience and the time to get good products.


His collages have won awards at the fine arts exhibition in the Mekong Delta region.


He also paints with lacquer on fake paper and makes sculptures using fake stone, fake wood and fake bronze.


He made an artificial bronze statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy using sponges; it weighs less than 300 grams and has yet to deteriorate with the passage of years.

Quach Van Den, one of the 3R-Goods shop owners, displays his environmentally friendly products. (Photo:SGGP)


Three students at Can Tho University including Quach Van Den, Ly Van Loi and Tran Thanh Toan cooperated to open a 3R-Goods shop. 3R means Reduce garbage, reuse and recycle.


The shop collects old books, magazines and buys pictures, picture frames and artificial apricot blossoms made from nylon, eggshells and coconut fibers.


Customers have been surprised to find the products are made from recycled materials, such as apricot blossoms made from nylon, which have been a bestseller lately.


The theme of environmental protection presents itself throughout Lam Chieu Dong’s art products such as “Danh Ca” (fishing).


“Mua khong ca” (season without fish) portrays the anguish of fishermen and residents of the Mekong Delta region, whose fish have become extinct.


He said people unmindfully throw away wastepaper, but he encourages them to turn them into art.


The 3R-Goods shop’s purpose is to reduce the effects of climate change, said Quach Van Den.


Den said money collected from selling products in the shop will be used to spread the message and help students recognize necessity of environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

Movies on free social websites made by high school film producers

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

High school students who are interested in film making have recently produced short pictures by themselves and posted their works online. The Internet has the advantage of helping them easily reach viewers who are in the same demographic.

The “film staff” of the movie “TRY” are students of Nguyen Chi Thanh High School in HCM City.

Without the aide of modern, professional cameras, amateur “film producers” can shoot a film with just a handycam or a cell phone.  The “directors” and “actors” are not professionals either, but simply groups of friends.


A short film titled “TRY” has recently attracted a great number of viewers, primarily high school students.


The movie produced by a group of students of Nguyen Chi Thanh High School in Ho Chi Minh City.


The film tells a story of a young boy, Nam, who was raised in a poor family and studies hard in school. But he is a victim of bullies. Nam overcomes his fear of fighting back and resists the tormentors after they kidnap his girlfriend.


Although available on free social websites, young people have also purchased the film in DVD form, at a price of VND20, 000 (US$1).


The film soundtrack, composed by a member of the “film staff”, has been become popular among students.


“TRY” shows daily activities in a school which are very familiar to students. Although amateurs made the film without formal training, it receives high commendation from many viewers nonetheless.


Another film entitled “Tears of Foetuses,” made by team of students in Hue, won the second prize of the national student film festival.


To encourage young people to demonstrate their abilities by making films, the Vietnam Movies Association annually holds Canh Dieu (Kite) short film festival. However, the event has mostly attracted students of University of Theater and Cinema.


A student film festival for primary school students held last year created many movies clubs in primary schools.
 
Relevant departments such as film associations, organizations and schools focus on encouraging amateur young filmmakers to help them to make works that reflect their dreams and spontaneous creativity.


 

Source: SGGP

Giant blanket of solidarity to be made

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm




Giant blanket of solidarity to be made


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

PANO – Two giant woolen blankets, one made in France and the other in Vietnam, will be attached to each other in October on the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, said Ms. Anna Owhadi-Richardson, the chairwoman of the Da Lat’s Friends’ Assocation Following Yersin’s Footsteps (AD@IY).


This will be the biggest woolen blanket of the world at present. Thousands of 20cmx20cm colorful woolen pieces will be used to make these two giant blankets.  


Anna said, the blanket is not only meaningful for its huge size but demonstrates the friendship between France and Vietnam in general and between people of Montpellier City and Da Lat City and with the capital of Hanoi in particular.


Also, the blanket is seen as a gift to Agent Orange victims of Vietnam. Making it also created some fun for retired elderly people in Montpellier and at the same time helped raise awareness of environmental protection and prevent crimes against nature and people, such as the Agent Orange disaster.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Giant blanket of solidarity to be made

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm




Giant blanket of solidarity to be made


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

PANO – Two giant woolen blankets, one made in France and the other in Vietnam, will be attached to each other in October on the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, said Ms. Anna Owhadi-Richardson, the chairwoman of the Da Lat’s Friends’ Assocation Following Yersin’s Footsteps (AD@IY).


This will be the biggest woolen blanket of the world at present. Thousands of 20cmx20cm colorful woolen pieces will be used to make these two giant blankets.  


Anna said, the blanket is not only meaningful for its huge size but demonstrates the friendship between France and Vietnam in general and between people of Montpellier City and Da Lat City and with the capital of Hanoi in particular.


Also, the blanket is seen as a gift to Agent Orange victims of Vietnam. Making it also created some fun for retired elderly people in Montpellier and at the same time helped raise awareness of environmental protection and prevent crimes against nature and people, such as the Agent Orange disaster.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Money transfers made easier

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 4:15 pm

HA NOI — Western Union on Tuesday began officially providing money-transfer services at the Viet Nam Post Corporation offices nationwide.


In the first period, Western Union services will be provided at over 600 of the 3,000 Viet Nam Post Corporation (VNPost) offices across the country. In the next 18 months, this will be expanded to 1,700 VNPost locations.


Customers can receive money via Western Union in either Vietnamese dong or US dollars from 7:30am to 7pm every day.


The co-operation between VNPost and Western Union will make sending and receiving money safer and faster.


Users only need to fill out a form and present some form of identification to use the service, a private account is not required.


Western Union has offered money transfer services in Viet Nam for the last 14 years, co-operating with banks and enterprises to set up a network of 4,500 transaction centres across the country.


This is the first time they offered services at VNPost locations.


Western Union is the leading money transfer company in the world with more than 200,000 transaction sites located in 195 countries and territories. —