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Hanoian pho makes its way south

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:23 am

Hanoian pho makes its way south

QĐND – Saturday, May 01, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

Hanoians who live in Ho Chi Minh City will no longer have to travel all the way back to the northern capital to sample their hometown’s signature dish of pho (beef noodle dish), as one of the city’s popular brands is already here.

The name “Pho Thin,” a beef noodle soup restaurant, is no stranger to the six million Hanoian residents who are known for their selective choices when it comes to food.

“Pho Thin” was named after Bui Tri Thin, a chef known for his special versions of pho which are made in the simple Hanoian style; bringing out the original flavor and texture of the beef and noodles.

“The broth must be clear, the noodle must be chewy and the beef fillet must be soft,” Bui Thanh Mai, one of Thin’s children, said about her father’s creations. “Just use a little spice; only use non-roasted fresh ginger and cow bone stock.”

She told Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper one of the important steps when making the dish was to create the mouth-watering smell of pho to attract passers-by to the restaurants.

Five of Thin’s nine children have followed his footsteps in opening four more pho restaurants in the capital to continue introducing their father’s exquisite dishes to the locals.

About two months ago, Mai opened the family’s sixth eatery, but this time, it is in the southern hub.

Mai’s decision to open down south was not just a business decision. She was also motivated to resurrect her late father’s restaurant in the city.

“My father opened an eatery on the Cach Mang Thang 8 Street in HCMC in 1979,” Mai said. “Lots of people came to try out his ‘pho Thin.’”

Mai said the cuisine styles and the ingredients to make pho in the two regions are different.

They use different stocks and recipes, Mai said.

The typical pho in HCMC often has a richer taste coming from the cinnamon, cardamom, roasted onion, pig bones and other ingredients which may not suit the taste of those who have gotten used to the simple taste of beef noodle soup in the north.

“Also, northerners are willing to eat at small venues and they wouldn’t mind if the restaurant has ran out of herbs to go with pho,” Mai said. “But southerners only like spacious venues with good service and they often order different types of vegetable and herbs.”

Mai also named her eatery “Pho Nho” (Small street) as a reminiscence to the small, narrow streets in the capital city and turned the whole venue into a little Hanoi with pictures and wall paintings of the city’s renowned Old Quarter.

Visitors to the restaurant, at 170, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3, can enjoy a wide variety of pho served with ceramic utensils made from the 500-year-old Bat Trang pottery village in northern Vietnam.

Source: vietnamnewsonline

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Local doctor makes breakthrough in rare mushroom cultivation

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

Dr. Ngo Anh from the Hue University March 31 announced he had successfully grown a rare and valuable type of mushroom in a lab using tissue growth technology.

Dr. Ngo Anh, the first to cultivate black reishi mushrooms in a lab setting, stands next to his prized fungi (Photo: SGGP)

Black reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma Subresinosum), highly valued for their medicinal properties, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

The fungi are used to make remedies to treat a host of diseases including urinary disorders and liver and cardiovascular diseases.

They are also said to be useful in treating fatigue, diabetes, insomnia, stomach ulcers, and for pain relief and detoxification.

Dr. Anh said it takes from four to six months to grow and harvest the black reishi mushrooms. Using 1 kilogram of dry sawdust to grow the fungi, an average output of 50 grams of the mushrooms can be expected, he said.

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Ca Tru school makes debut

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

A school of Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) made its debut in Hanoi on March 18, helping preserve humanity’s intangible cultural heritage.

The Thang Long Ca Tru school is developed from the Thang Long Ca Tru club founded in August, 2006.

Two Ca Tru singers  are performing. A school of Ca Tru makes its debut in Hanoi on March 18, helping preserve humanity’s intangible cultural heritage

Among artists, researchers, musicians and audiences at the debut ceremony were Prof Tran Van Khe, who have made active contributions to promoting Ca Tru abroad, and music researcher Dang Hoanh Loan, who involved in developing documents on the ceremonial songs to submit for UNESCO’s recognition as the world cultural heritage in 2009.

Prof. Tran Van Khe described the establishment of the Thang Long Ca Tru school as an effort in making the art prosper and reviving a type of traditional art activity in former Thang Long.

Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) was listed as a cultural heritage in need of urgent protection by UNESCO at the fourth session of UNESCO inter-governmental committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage in Abu Dhabi September 30, 2009.

‘Ca Tru’, also known as “hat a dao” or “hat noi ” (ceremonial singing) which dates back to the 15th century, has also been listed among 12 intangible global cultural heritage traditions in danger of disappearing.

Ca Tru, like many old and highly developed arts, has many forms. However, the most widely known and widely performed type of ca tru involves only three performers: the female vocalist, a lute player and a spectator (who also takes part in the performance).

The female singer provides the vocals whilst playing her “phach” (small wooden sticks beaten on a small bamboo box to serve as percussion). She is accompanied by a man who plays the “dan day”, a long-necked, three-string lute used almost exclusively for the “ca tru” genre.

Last is the spectator (often a scholar or connoiseur of the art) who strikes a “trong chau” (praise drum) in praise (or disapproval) of the singer’s performance, usually with every passage of the song. The way in which he strikes the drum provides commentary on the performance, but he always does it according to the beat provided by the vocalist’s “phach” percussion.

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Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel makes soft opening

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:40 am

The five-star Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa in Nha Trang City opened partially Friday, starting to accept reservations for arrival on or after Mar. 19.

Standing on the beach in Nha Trang Bay, the hotel debuts with six food-and-beverage outlets, a full-service spa, a swimming pool overlooking the sea and ocean views from all 284 rooms.

A Sheraton Nha Trang room overlooks Nha Trang Bay (Photo: Courtesy of the hotel)

Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa is about 30 minutes by car from Cam Ranh International Airport , which offers daily services to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.

Scott Hodgetts, general manager of the 30-story hotel, said, “Nha Trang Bay has been a member of The World’s Most Beautiful Bays club for years. Now the region has a hotel to match.”

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Three dead in Binh Thuan as tropical depression makes landfall

In Vietnam Society on January 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

The tropical low pressure system which made landfall over the region between Binh Thuan and Soc Trang Provinces January 20 has claimed three lives in Binh Thuan and sunk 68 fishing boats.

The low pressure system which made landfall over south-central Vietnam January 20 killing three people and sinking dozens of boats (Photo: national weather bureau)

The three victims were swept away by strong waves while rowing their coracles to find shelter.

The Binh Thuan Province Committee for Flood and Storm Preparedness said the system caused heavy rains and winds of up to level 7 – or speeds of 50-61 kilometers an hour – for 24 hours from the afternoon of January 19.

Around 10 ships that were preparing to transport passengers and food from Phan Thiet City to Phu Quy Island remained stuck in Phan Thiet.

Also in the town, high tides battered Duc Long Ward for several days and swept away two houses into the sea.

Preliminary estimates put Binh Thuan’s losses at VND4.5 billion (US$243,000).

In the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, the system caused heavy rains and strong winds in many areas.

In Di Linh District, level 6 winds — or under 39 kilometers an hour — caused a power outage in Gia Bac Commune, blew away the roofs of many homes, and felled trees.

Schools were closed on January 20.

In Da Lat, strong winds uprooted many trees, mainly pine, which blocked Yen The and Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Streets.

The Southern Regional Hydro-Meteorological Center said the system has weakened into a low pressure zone after making landfall at around 4pm on the 20th.

It lies centered on the Vietnam-Cambodia border with the strongest winds near its eye declining to level 6.

The region between Binh Thuan and Soc Trang will experience strong winds and medium to heavy rains.

The system would weaken and dissipate by the 21st, the center said.

Meanwhile, a cold front has been moving from China into northern Vietnam, it said, and would cause medium to heavy rainfall in northern and north-central provinces.

The mercury is expected to fall to 11-13 degrees Celsius, and 10 degrees in some mountainous regions.

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EU president makes low-key entry as Lisbon Treaty enters force

In World on December 3, 2009 at 2:34 am

The European Union’s first president Herman Van Rompuy and its new foreign affairs chief took office Tuesday, as the Lisbon Treaty came into force amid concerns at such low-profile leaders for Europe.

Detractors have voiced doubts over whether Van Rompuy and foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, a British peer and formerly EU trade commissioner, were the dream ticket to lead Europe and stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of the United States and China.

But speaking at a ceremony in the Portuguese capital, the former Belgian prime minister promised a new era for the 27-member bloc.

“We are leading today a new phase in the construction of Europe,” he said.

New European Union president Herman Van Rompuy attends a press conference in Milan’s prefecture.

The Treaty of Lisbon, after a difficult journey, has reached its port. The Treaty of Lisbon will allow us to make decisions more swiftly, (but) it can only play its role if the union is really a union.”

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose nation holds the office of the rotating EU presidency until the end of the year, insisted that the bloc had emerged stronger from the often painful reform process.

“Let us make this first of December the first day of a new beginning. It was not an easy journey, but the voice of Europe will be stronger in the world,” he vowed.

Van Rompuy, who spent his first day in office on a tour of European cities, has made a low-key entrance into his new job.

Speaking in Slovenia, one of three stops on Tuesday, he said his “key words will be continuity and coherence.”

Later in Milan he promised to “listen carefully” and “take into account the interests and sensitivities of everyone.”

He will certainly do more listening than orating until the new year: he told journalists in Ljubljana that he would not make any political statements until 2010.

However, the softly-softly approach has not prevented him from declaring himself a “European federalist,” while assuring he is “not a fundamentalist,” a comment bound to send shivers down eurosceptic spines.

Europe’s first president will be “more of a ‘chairman president’ than a leader president’,” said Thierry Chopin of the Robert Schuman Foundation think tank.

Indeed it may suit some of the bigger EU member states not to have a political heavyweight presiding over them.

The Lisbon Treaty, drawn up to replace the aborted EU constitution, is designed to boost the bloc’s global standing and streamline the institutions which represent half a billion people.

“The Treaty of Lisbon puts citizens at the centre of the European project,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a statement.

Now “we can focus all our energy on delivering what matters to our citizens,” he added, in reference to the years of institutional navel-gazing which ended with the treaty coming into effect.

The treaty will also reinforce the EU parliament’s role and cut the number of national vetoes on European policy.

But most attention is on the two new top jobs, the immediate and visible effects of the treaty which came into being at midnight (2300 GMT Monday).

The 27 EU heads of state and government chose Van Rompuy for the top job at a summit last month, after rejecting a British bid to have ex-premier Tony Blair installed.

His post, the President of the European Council, is for a two-and-a-half year term renewable once.

Ashton will be a quasi foreign minister for Europe, with a larger role than her predecessor Javier Solana and a vast new diplomatic corps — a major task for someone with no foreign policy experience and who has never been elected to office.

“As respectable and nice as she might be, she doesn’t seem to match the ideal profile of a European foreign minister,” the Schuman Foundation report opined.

“She doesn’t know the diplomatic issues and has never held a major ministerial position at home. In truth, she appears to have been appointed by default,” it added.

Ashton’s first real task could be a baptism of fire at a preliminary hearing in front of the European parliament on Wednesday, where some Euro MPs plan tough questioning.

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Pasteur Institute HCM City makes A/H1N1 vaccine

In Vietnam Health on November 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

Making vaccines at the Biological Vaccine Company No.1 (Filed photo: SGGP)

The Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute announced it has successfully produced a vaccine against A/H1N1 flu based on Vero cell-based technology instead of the conventional fertilized hen-egg vaccine technology.

Following the fact, the Ministry of Health will soon set up a scientific council to test this vaccine.

Meanwhile, the director of the Institute of Vaccines and Biological Substances, Le Van Hiep, says Vietnam has state-of-the-art vaccine production technologies to make nine out of 10 essential vaccines for the national immunization program.

But mass production capabilities are limited, he adds.

The country only makes around 50 million doses of vaccines annually, focusing on key diseases like hepatitis, encephalitis, measles, and poliomyelitis.

Vietnam needs to have at least five million doses of H1N1 vaccine in reserve to protect high-risk groups like children, old people, and health workers, according to the Ministry of Health.

Related article:
Vietnam needs 5 mln doses of swine-flu vaccine: Government

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Stock market makes correction after global falls

In Vietnam Stock Market on September 28, 2009 at 2:01 am

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange retreated on Thursday as investors were jittery ahead of falls on Wall Street and Asia’s markets.

VN-Index, Vietnam’s index of major stock, closed lower 7.33 points, 1.26 percent, at 574.78. Of its 176 members, 112 stocks dropped, 49 gained and 15 unchanged. Turnover remained high, with more than 72 million shares worth VND3.8 trillion being traded.

Asian shares outside Japan fell on Thursday, mirroring investor caution in the U.S., according to Reuters.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index jumped 1.7 percent after a three-day holiday, but the rise reflected gains made in the rest of the region at the start of the week.

A 0.8 percent slide on the Dow Jones on Wednesday, however, weighed on the rest of Asia’s markets and the MSCI index of Asia Pacific stocks traded outside Japan was down 1.2 percent.

Shares in South Korea fell more than one percent with some concern that a strengthening Korean won could hurt export competitiveness. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index shed two percent.

“The market will likely hover around 580 points before heading towards the psychological level of 600,” Nguyen Trong Nghia, research director at the Thang Long Securities Co. told finance newspaper Dau Tu Chung Khoan.

“The market’s outlook remains positive amid the country’s healthy macroeconomics factors,” he said.

Lam Dong Mineral and Building Material Joint-Stock Company (LBM) increased 4.42 percent to VND18,900. The construction materials producer said on the exchange’s website today that Nguyen Danh Cuong, member of the board of directors, registered to sell 10,000 shares out of his holdings of 16,020 within three months starting from tomorrow.
Phan Pham Phu Nam Chau, member of the supervisory board, also made a similar plan, registering to sell 1,150 shares to cut his holdings to 2,900 before December 25.

Idico Urban and House Development Joint-Stock Company (UIC) lost 3.94 percent to close at VND31,700. Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, head of the supervisory board, sold 15,000 shares out of her holdings of 18,000 on Wednesday, according to a statement on the bourse’s website.

The smaller exchange in Hanoi took a breather today, with the HNX-Index edging down 0.31 point, 0.17 percent, to close at 180.77. The UPCoM-Index of unlisted stocks also crept down 0.63 points, 0.94 percent, to close at 66.33 as of 11 pm.

Source: SGGP

FDI makes big 2008 gains

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm

HCM City Hi-tech Park. The nation attracted US$59 billion in FDI during the first 11 months of this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Khanh

HA NOI — Viet Nam lured US$59 billion in foreign director investment (FDI) in the first 11 months of the year, including $726 million in November alone, the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment announced on Tuesday.

Existing projects have also registered additional capital during the period of $1.08 billion, including $272 billion in November.

This brought total registered FDI to a record high of $60.09 billion during the 11-month period, compared to only about $15 billion during the same period in 2007. FIA head Phan Huu Thang said the country expected to attract FDI of $65 billion for the entire year, including both new and additional capital.

Capital actually paid out by investors during the first 11 months of 2008 totalled a more modest $10 billion, however, although this still represented a substantial 44.2-per-cent increase over the same period of last year. The total included $950 million paid out during the month of November.

Implemented capital was expected to total $11 billion for all of 2008, 37 per cent higher than last year, said Thang.

The industrial and construction sectors attracted the greatest amount of FDI during the first 11 months, at $32.5 billion, followed closely by the services sector at $26.2 billion. The agricultural, forestry and fisheries sector trailed at $250 million.

Malaysia continues to be the leading source of foreign investment in Viet Nam, with 49 projects worth a total of $14.9 billion, including the new $9.8 billion steel production joint venture between Lion Malaysia and the Vinashin Group.

Taiwan ranked second, with 127 project worth a total of $8.6 billion, followed by Japan with 95 projects worth $7.2 billion.

Of the nation’s provinces and and cities, Ninh Thuan Province once again attracted the most FDI in the country, drawing nearly $9.8 billion during the first 11 months of 2008, followed by Ba Ria Vung Tau Province with $9.3 billion and HCM City with $8.3 billion.

Looking ahead to next year, the FIA projects that FDI will reach $30 billion in 2009, about half this year’s expected figure. However, paid-out capital is expected to increase 9-12 per cent to $12-13 billion in 2009.

The leading challenge to attracting foreign investment, the FIA said, was the global economic downturn, which was having its greatest impact on developed nations, which tended to be the leading sources of foreign investment into Viet Nam.

Thang also noted that Viet Nam’s infrastructure development – including electrical capacity, water supply, transportation and port system – was not keeping pace with the demands of many large-scale foreign-invested projects.

The nation was making better progress, Thang said, on improving the skill level of workers and managers and was working to resolve impediments to foreign investors, including protracted site clearance and labour disputes. —

New business association makes debut

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm

– The Vietnam Association of Small and Medium Industrial Enterprises (VASMIE) made its official debut in Hanoi on November 23.

Addressing the foundation ceremony, VASMIE president Nguyen Xuan Son said that association establishment would contribute to boost development of Vietnamese enterprises and raise their competitiveness and position in the region and the world.

VASMIE will soon set up specialised divisions and adopt specific action plans, Son said. The association will also build a website, organise advertisement, trade promotion and product introduction, he added.

Son said the association would provide guarantee for its members to access bank loans until the end of 2009.

Vietnam now has almost 1,500 industrial enterprises with over 25 trades. The enterprises provide jobs to millions of labourers nationwide, contributing 22.5 percent to the GDP.-