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Vietnamese folk music blog attracts many visitors

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

A blog of don ca tai tu (Southern amateur music) by Professor Tran Quang Hai has attracted a large number of visitors with over 330 articles, since its establishment in August.

              Professor Tran Quang Hai (Photo:Sggp)

The blog gives Vietnamese music lovers, fundamentals of don ca tai tu, cai luong (a traditional southern folk opera). Highlight information is that the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute to build a file about southern music for submission to UNESCO. This is in order to gain recognition that this type of music is an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

The internet site also presents more than 100 photos and video clips of various activities about folk music.

Born in 1944, Professor Tran Quang Hai is a talented and renowned musician. His family has a history of musical talents over five generations. His father is Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music.

He has studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Saigon before moving to France in 1961. While in France, he studied the theory and the practical application of Oriental music with his father.

He can play more than 15 different types of musical instruments, most are from Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia and Europe.

Professor Tran Quang Hai is also interested in musical research. He has improved the technique of spoon playing and of the Jewish harp. In 1970, he found a technique in overtone singing and is considered an expert in this field.  He has written numerous articles on Vietnamese and Asian music and composed hundreds of popular songs.

Professor Tran Quang Hai has received many prestigious international music awards.

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Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

Source: SGGP

Many countries commit to helping Vietnam in developing low carbon economy

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Northern Europe countries and Japan had undertaken to choose Vietnam to pilot the programs to develop low carbon economy, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said at a press conference on December 14.

Norway pledged a support package of US$100 million for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD) of Vietnam.

Besides, the meeting between high officials in agriculture, food security and climate changes and the chairman of World Bank, Prime Minister of Thailand, and the US Agriculture minister had raised $4.5 billion for REDD program and $6.5 billion for the climate change funds.

The press conference was held to report the activities of Vietnamese delegation at the sixteenth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10.

Source: SGGP

Many defence teachers granted academic titles

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:56 am

Autumn Melody concert returns with many anxieties

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

The annual concert titled Autumn Melody 2010, featuring 17 young artists who study and work at home and abroad, will take place at the HCM City Opera House on August 18 and 19.

Dancers Hanayo Tukuyama and Pham Bao Trung (R) perform in the ballet “Don Quixote”  (Photo: Sggp)

Music lovers will have a chance to enjoy classical works and dances performed by Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, Nguyen Anh Son, Bui Cong Duy, Ho Dang Hoi, Vu Ngoc Khai, Ta Thuy Chi, Tran Nhat Minh, Pham Trang, Ngoc Tuyen, Ho Phi Diep, Tran Yen Nhi, Korean soprano Cho Hae Ryong and others.

Started in 2005, the Autumn Melody concert has received much support and contributions from hundreds of local and foreign artists.

It is regarded as a place for Vietnamese and foreign musicians to meet and exchange the latest in music news and where music lovers can have a great experience.

However, many financial difficulties have recently restricted the program to from expanding.

The organizational board can afford to finance homecomings for three famous musicians working abroad, so they may take part in this year’s music performance. Due to return home for the summer holiday, other young talents who are studying aboard will also participate in the concert. The remaining artists are musicians who reside in Vietnam.

Experts said that the concert often costs around VND800 million to one billion (US$40,000-50,000). The municipal People’s Committee supports VND300 million (US$15,000).

This year’s concert needs about VND600 million (US$30,000) more and is waiting for a support from the local government.

Director of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera Vo Dang Tin said that they will maintain the organization and quality of the concert and hope the event becomes an international music festival in the future.

The management board of the theater is also expecting a standard stage for classical music, which has been in the works for 10 years now.

Source: SGGP

Tours of old battlefields attract many visitors

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Tours of old battlefields attract many visitors

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

A tour programme entitled “Memories of Old Battlefield and Comrades” has recorded some encouraging initial results after five years of operation, with increasing numbers of domestic and foreign tourists visiting the host province of Quang Tri .

According to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Huu Thang, the programme has contributed remarkably to the provinces economic development by creating jobs and reducing poverty.

From 2005 to June 2010, Quang Tri province welcomed nearly 3.7 million visitors, earning a total revenue of 2.77 billion VND – a modest figure but an encouraging sign for the tourist industry in a poor area like Quang Tri.

Quang Tri saw some of the fiercest battles during the war against the US , and is home to 431 historical sites.

Thang said that soon after the programme was launched in 2005, the province organised a series of socio-cultural activities and events to promote tourism.

Many cultural festivals focusing on the revolution have impressed not only local visitors but also foreigners from all over the world, including the annual Truong Son Legends Festival on July 27 and a ceremony to release flowers on Thach Han River.

The 2010 National Reunification Festival, which took place on the 35 th anniversary of the liberation of the South and national reunification (April 30), has left a deep impression on nearly 100,000 visitors.

The “War Memoirs and Aspirations for Peace” Festival welcomed 38 foreign ambassadors and hundreds of overseas Vietnamese from all corners of the world.

This was a “double” efficiency of the combination of war relics and revolutionary festivals in areas that had seen fierce struggles during the war.

The province has also invested in the infrastructure that serves memorial tours, including historical sites and relics, and roads from Cua Tung beach to the Vinh Moc tunnels and roads to Cua Viet and Cua Tung beaches, Cua Tung Bridge and the memorial house to late Party General Secretary Le Duan.

Monuments to the heroes of Con Co Island and Regiment No. 27 in Cam Tuyen, a bell-tower in Quang Tri Citadel, road No. 9 and Truong Son Cemetery have been constructed or upgraded.

Tourist agencies in Quang Tri in particular have also responded to the programme by introducing reasonable and attractive tours as well as preparing maps, leaflets and publications that promote Vietnamese tourism.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Tien Tho stressed that in the future, businesses should define their markets in order to create more attractive tours.

He said that local tour operators need to liaise with travel agencies from the surrounding provinces and cities that have a large demands for visits to Quang Tri and then expand to localities along the East-West Corridor and countries in the Mekong sub-region, targeting overseas Vietnamese and academics who want to study the wars and revolutionary movements in Vietnam, especially in Quang Tri.

They should also look towards Western European countries, the Republic of Korea , Japan and the US and focus on war veterans and relatives of those who had fought in Quang Tri province.

As one of the initiators of the “Memories of Old Battlefield and Comrades” programme, Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Huy Hieu said that the programme should be expanded to north-western, central and Central Highlands provinces, Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces.

Hieu, who fought on Quang Tri’s battlefields during the war, said he hoped that the programme will link up Quang Tri with other battlefields such as Dien Bien Phu in the north and Cu Chi tunnels in the south.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tax cut for many products from Republic of Korea

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

Tax cut for many products from Republic of Korea

QĐND – Friday, June 11, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Finance has issued circular 77/2010/TT-BTC to instruct the application of preferential tariffs on goods imported to Vietnam according to the Free Trade Agreement between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea from 2010 to 2011.

Accordingly, taxes on many imported goods from the Republic of Korea like lamb, beef and pork are reduced by 7 to 10%. Dairy products will only be taxed at 10 to 15%.

The Ministry of Finance said that only goods that are imported directly to Vietnam from the other nine member states of ASEAN can enjoy this tariff from July 3rd, 2010.

Source: HanoiMoi

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Rising sea levels to blame for many HCM City floods

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

Rising sea levels to blame for many HCM City floods

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

Staying one step ahead of climate change and not avoiding direct confrontation with the phenomenon was one of many adaptation strategies proposed on June 14 at a conference in HCM City.

The conference identified several approaches, strategies and measures to adapt to climate change as HCM City pursued its development goals, including learning from the experiences of Rotterdam City.

Nguyen Thai Lai, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said the climate change impacts challenge the city, but they should also be seen as an opportunity to “identify directions for development.”

The rise in sea levels, increasing temperatures and rainfall are flooding around 117 wards regularly during the rainy season, said Dao Anh Kiet, director of HCM City ‘s Department of Natural Resources and Environment. “With a 75cm sea level rise in 2050, 10 percent of the city’s area will be totally flooded,” he said.

Outlining the strategy of keeping one step ahead of the weather phenomenon, Dao Xuan Hoc, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development advised the city to stick to its plan of moving towards the sea.

“Developing the city in the eastern direction is one of the ways for us to adapt to climate change actively,” he said.

Vu Thuy Hai of the Urban and Rural Planning Sub-Institute under the Ministry of Construction said the Prime Minister had in January approved a master plan for HCM City for the 2025-35 period that included the development direction to the sea.

Under this plan, the city develops port townships in Hiep Phuoc ward, taking advantage of the Soai Rap estuary, as well as enhances urban development in the way to Cai Mep – Thi Vai estuary in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, she said.

Tredo Vellinga of the Port of Rotterdam said moving ports from the inner city to the coastal area was a wise move that his city had also taken as an adaptation measure, taking back inland spaces for residential development.

He recommended that HCM City assess the effects of climate change on the development of low-lying and flood prone areas and develop research programmes to gather evidence on climate change impacts.

Velinga said it is necessary to keep the original geometry of tributaries and to control the discharge of waste into rivers.

Arnoud Molenaar, climate adaptation director of Rotterdam City praised the initiative shown by HCM City authorities “to act in time and start in time… to adapt well to the situation of climate change impacts.”

He said Rotterdam is trying to ensure that all its plans and projects including supply of water and power are aligned with its long-term development vision.

Some Vietnamese participants at the conference didn’t feel the application of Dutch models might be suited for HCM City because it has a more complex hydrology system compared with Rotterdam.

An official of the Southern Institute for Irrigation Planning called for prioritising pressing needs. “We should deal first with the matter of irrigation for the city and prioritise it rather than finding approaches to move to the sea.”

Kiet noted that the city’s strategy for climate change adaptation and city planning has been approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment but it could not be prioritised because the work needed to be coordinated by the ministry for the whole region, including the Mekong Delta provinces.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Many exports to RoK see a sharp rise

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Many exports to RoK see a sharp rise

QĐND – Monday, March 29, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

Most of exports to South Korea have seen a rise in the first months of 2010, bringing in US$ 203.54 million, up by 77.56 per cent year on year, according to statistics from the General Department of Customs.

Items that saw a sharp rise include means of transport and spare parts; garments, seafood and coal.

Means of transport and spare parts brought in the largest turnover of US$ 47.22 million in January or 23.2 per cent of the aggregate value of exports to the market and up by 227 per cent against the same time last year.

Garments ranked second with a turnover of US$ 29.2 million in the first two months, up by 115.23 per cent year on year.

Source: baocongthuong

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

Cost of many goods to drop before Tet

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

Nguyen Thi Hong, deputy chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, led a recent delegation to check up on city enterprises participating in a price-stabilization program ahead of the upcoming Tet (lunar New Year) holiday.

Shopping at  a supermarket (Photo: SGGP)

According to the businesses, there will be an ample supply of traditional Tet goods available ahead of the busy season, while the price of many items has declined by up to 10 percent over last year.

At Ho Chi Minh City Food Company (Foocosa)’s FoocoMart on Tran Hung Dao Street in HCMC’s District 1, the cost of essential goods are being kept stable in accordance with Department of Industry and Trade regulations.

Mr. Huynh Cong Thanh, director of Foocosa said the company will provide 2,500 tons of rice at VND8, 000-13,500 per kilo during Tet, and the prices of other essential items at 40 company minimarts will remain fixed.

Director General of the Vinh Phat Investment Joint Stock Company, Tran Ngoc Trung, said his company will supply 2,200 tons of rice at reduced costs of 5-10 percent. However, special types of rice will increase from 10-12 percent.

According to the Phu An Sinh Food Processing company, prices of chicken and pork are down by 10-12 percent in comparison with last year. A kilo of two types of chicken costs VND44,000-80,000 while a kilo of three kinds of pork range from VND35,000-68,000.

Duck and chicken eggs at the Vinh Thanh Dat Company are now sold at VND2,500-1,550, said a company representative, adding that the company may be offered 10 millions of eggs during Tet.

Ms. Hong of the city People’s Committee said the zero percent interest rate on loans given to participating businesses in the Tet price-stabilization program has achieved great successes over the past six years.

Companies have also invested in modern machinery and equipment to efficiently manufacture products that ensure food and safety quality, she added.

City authorities say they plan to develop a price-stabilization program to maintain prices year-round.


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Phong Nha-Ke Bang ecotrail offers many natural wonders

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Nature creates amazing things. Take, for example the spring named “Suoi Nuoc Mooc” in the world heritage site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang, where columns of water rise up wonderfully, seeming to defy gravity before making their way to the nearby Chay River .

These days, this long-hidden charm of “Suoi Nuoc Mooc” spring has gained wider public exposure, thanks to the creation of an ecological trail leading to it, established thanks to funding from Germany agencies, including DED, BMZ, GTZ, KfW, and the support of local residents.

The creation of the trail was part of a project called “Nature conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang region”, which aims to encourage local residents to become involved in efforts to improve their living standards, while still protecting local natural resources.

To that goal, residents living in areas surrounding Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park , who used to rely on illegal logging in the region, have been provided with soft loans and provided with the necessary skills to arrange and run tourist services.

Launched earlier this year, the project is being carried out in 146 hamlets and villages in the region, bringing practical benefits to almost 60,000 locals.
The project, with a budget of just under 17.6 million EUR is expected to have the finances to run until 2015.

Developers of the “Suoi Nuoc Mooc” spring trail also have high hopes of satisfying those who wish to explore the diverse Phong Nha-Ke Bang ecosystem, which is named as one of the world’s top 200 biodiversity centres and boasts two bird sanctuaries.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park boasts more than 2,600 species of flora, 735 vertebrate species, and 369 insect species, of which 116 floral species and 129 animal species are listed in the Vietnam and world red books of endangered species, as well as 28 floral and faunal species that are threatened with extinction globally.

During a recent field-trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park , Birgit Wendling, counsellor in charge of cooperation and development for the German Embassy in Hanoi , said her country has granted more than 1 billion EUR since 1999 to assist Vietnam in the fields of education, management of natural resources, environmental protection and health care.

She revealed that the total budget for Vietnam this year is 117 million EUR.-