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Mekong Delta man crowned Mister Vietnam 2010

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

Le Khoi Nguyen, 20, from Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, was crowned Mister Vietnam 2010 after beating 30 other contestants on January 1.

Le Khoi Nguyen, 20, from Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, (center) was crowned Mister Vietnam 2010. (Photo:SGGP)

He kept the crown worth VND750 million (US$37,500).


He will present Vietnam at Mister International 2011 competition to be held in the Philippines.


Do Ba Bat, 24, and Ha Trong Tai, 21, were named first and second runners up. They were awarded VND50 million ($2,500) and VND30 million ($1,500), respectively.


During the final round of the contest, which started from November 17, Nguyen Nhat Duy won the title “Mister Sport”, while Pham Thanh took “Mister Talent” and Vu Duy Hung, “Mister Gentleman.


The judges also presented “Mister Knowledge” to Do Ba Dat, “Mister Environment” and Mister Favourite” to Le Kien Dinh.


Each of the winner got VND10 million ($500) prize.


The competition was held for the first time in Vietnam by Vietnam Television VTV9 and the Bac Dau Entertainment Company.


 

Source: SGGP

Mekong provinces propose anti-landslide measures

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

The rate of landslide movement is becoming very unpredictable and severe in the provinces upstream, and in the coastal areas in the Mekong Delta. This natural hazard is destroying houses, villages, farmland, highways and paths.


Chau Thanh District in Hau Giang province has recorded 23 land erosion areas since the beginning of the year. Natural disaster has swept away seven households, 20 barrages and six other households, had to be move to safer locations.

A landslide occurs in the Mekong delta province of Can Tho’s district Phong Dien in March, 2010, killing two residents (Photo: SGGP)

According to Tran Quang Hanh, head of the district Chau Thanh’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, one of causes of landslide, is that the rivers are flowing too strongly.

In addition, residents are taking sand from the riverbed and too many boats are using this vulnerable part of the river.


In the town of Hau Giang, in Tran Hung Dao and Le Loi streets, nearby the Cai Con River, many cracks on the river bank have appeared, threatening the lives of over 400 residents and 80 households.

Consequently, the local government has warned children and the elderly not to sleep in their houses.


The Hau Giang People’s Committee submitted a document to the central government, proposing that the government should provide funds for the construction of embankments. In addition, the province needs VND70 billion for the clearance and resettlement of households, affected by the landslides.


Meanwhile the Mekong delta provinces of Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau are facing land erosion in coastal areas. Four months ago, a natural disaster destroyed five houses, one petroleum station and three foundations of houses, in the market of Vam Dam, which is in Ca Mau’s district Dam Doi.


A local resident said, “Because I sell crabs and shrimps at the market, I must live here. But when it rains or the tide moves in, I dare not sleep. In addition, my house has no door so that I can easily escape if a landslide occurs”.


At least around 2,000 squared meters of land, 17 houses and some breeding farms have collapsed into the river in the Ca Mau province, since the beginning of 2010.


Construction of embankments in the Ca Mau peninsula on the southern tip of Vietnam has failed to fight land erosion. The government has now decided to control the river current, by way of planting trees and obstructing the tidal flow of the river. Also, by not letting people construct sheltered accommodation, near to the riverbank.

Source: SGGP

Denmark further supports Mekong countries’ environmental protection

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

Denmark, the Mekong River Commission’s largest donor, has committed a grant of 10 million Danish Kroner (about US$1.9 million) to the MRC Environment Program to support Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.


MRC is an inter-governmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose countries members are the four nations.


“This grant symbolizes Denmark’s commitment to the sustainable development and protection of the environment and people’s livelihoods in the Lower Mekong Basin,” Mr. Jeremy Bird, CEO of the MRC Secretariat, said in a Dec. 14 statement.


“Denmark’s support will contribute directly towards improved basin management and will ensure that up‐to‐date information on environmental and social knowledge is produced and disseminated throughout the member countries,” he added.


The funding will go towards assisting the four nations achieve greater environmental protection through improved basin management, MRC said.

This file photo shows villagers catch fish from the Mekong River in the Siphan Don area, Champassak Province, southern Laos. The Mekong River Basin houses around 60 million people and a majority of the inhabitants are farmers and fishers. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The grant will further develop the body’s knowledge base, which enhances regional understanding of environmental health and climate change risks in the Lower Mekong Basin.


“Most importantly, Denmark’s support leads to the Environment Program’s continual trans-boundary capacity building and awareness raising activities,” Mr
Bird added.


“These activities stress the importance of the Mekong’s environment and how it provides ecological services which sustain Mekong people’s livelihoods.”


As the MRC’s largest donor, Denmark has continuously supported the body’s Environment Program since 2004.


The MRC says the Scandinavian country will support the program’s work over the next five years, in the implementation of the mechanisms, tools and water quality procedures as well as assist Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in strengthening their proactive response to emerging environmental issues and climate risks.


Mr. Vithet Srinetr, MRC’s Environment Program coordinator, said in the Tuesday statement, “We anticipate that Denmark’s continued support will also contribute to improved capacity and ownership of the member countries in implementing environmental monitoring and reporting activities over the next five years.”


The environment program aims to assist the four countries in protecting the environment and maintaining the ecological balance of the Mekong Basin.


The lower part of the Mekong River Basin is home to approximately 60 million people and a majority of the inhabitants are farmers and fishers, depending directly on the natural resource base. The MRC says this is why the Environment Program is developing a river health management strategy to provide a framework for managing the Mekong River and a Mekong Environmental Report Card to inform the people of the basin about current environmental conditions.

Source: SGGP

15 candidates win Prudential essay contest in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

The examiner board of the “Prudential – Good Essay, Good Writing” contest has chosen 15 best candidates to award prizes — one first prize, two second prizes, two third prizes and 10 consolation prizes.

Secondary school students take part in the “Prudential-Good Essay, Good Writing’ contest 2010 in HCM City.


The final round of the contest was held in Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on December 4 with participation of 39 candidates from the delta’s 13 provinces.


The final round was held by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, the provincial Department of Education and Training, and Soc Trang Newspaper.


The topic of the competition reflects the socio-cultural and economic development of the country, the thinking of teenagers and their passion for literature and good handwriting.


According to 13 examiners, this year’s exam question was relatively hard but it required candidates to bring into play their creativeness and use real knowledge to complete the examination.


Many candidates showed their thoughts and strange solutions in the examination, said an examiner.


The award ceremony for the essay contest will be held at Soc Trang Province’s political school on December 5.


On the occasion, SGGP and life insurer Prudential Vietnam will offer 10 scholarships, worth VND1 million each, to poor students in the province.

Source: SGGP

Social contributions will help reduce student dropouts in Mekong delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training said at a conference in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap thousands of students have stopped attending school and we need more social contributions to help these students.

Needy students in the province Vinh Long are given free meals, contributed by the teachers (Photo: SGGP))

Addressing the meeting, Luan pointed out the reasons why students are dropping out of school. He said this was due to the students’ poor academic performance and financial problems in the students’ families.


However, it is difficult to remedy this issue. The academic year 2010-2011 has seen a high percentage of students dropping out of school. That is 0.34% of the primary students, 2.28% percent of junior students and 3.53% of senior students leave school.


The Mekong delta province of Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu and Long An have the most dropouts; with 9.35% in Soc Trang, 5.6% in Kien Giang and over 3% in Long An and Dong Thap.


Trieu Minh Duc, a schoolteacher of Hoang Dieu High School in Soc Trang, said teachers have visited the students in their homes, encouraging them to return to study. However, many of them now worked in factories in the Southern provinces of Can Tho, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The parents have informed the teachers, that the children have decided to work in the factories, rather than return to school. 


Minister Luan said that we need more social contributions and changes in education in the attempt to stop the drop out rate from students. The parents and the community at large should not leave this problem for the teachers to solve.


Minister Luan also said, “The departments of Education and Training and the local government authorites need to have more coordination, so that we can create a better teaching environment for our students, encouraging them to attend school.


The provinces have adopted certain strategies to stop students leaving school early. The department of Education and Training in the province An Giang has implemented a movement called ‘one tutors one’. This means that one good academic student will tutor a student that has a poorer performance at school.


Meanwhile, the department of Education and Training in the province Hau Giang called for the contributions of teachers to assist low-income students and their families. Teachers have contributed VND10, 000 to100, 000 dong each to the fund. The department has collected nearly VND200 million in the aid to help disadvantaged students. With this kind of assistance, many students can now stay on at school.


In addition, the Committee party from Hau Giang province has ordered all agencies, organizations and companies to help sponsor low-income students. Over 300 schools have received support from their benefactors. Over VND5 billion (US$250,000) have been raised for low-income students in the academic year 2010-2011.


The Mekong delta province of Dong Thap has also implemented certain strategies so that schools can keep in close contact with the parents of the students. These strategies include informing parents about the progress of the student while at school. Developing and implementing extra school activities in the attempt to persuade students to stay at school. Informing parents of the negative influences that computer games have on students. Finally, explaining to the parents that some students force and coerced students, into ‘playing truancy’.


Furthermore, the province of Soc Trang has constructed houses for low-income students and their families. In the province of Vinh Long, teachers have provided free meals for students whose homes are far away from the schools.


To conclude, these strategies have been implemented in the attempt to decrease the dropout rate from students. However, it requires more support from many individuals and organisation to maintain.

Source: SGGP

Air Mekong opens more routes

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm




Air Mekong opens more routes


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The Mekong Aviation Joint Stock Company (Air Mekong) from October, 2010has opened further routes to Da Lat and Danang cities continuing from its existing 8 air routes.


From November 16th, the airline will operate more routes: Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat, Hanoi and Danang, Hanoi – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City.


According to its winter schedule, the airline will have 32 flights every day, meeting the demand of passengers during the Tet holiday.


After a period of operation, Air Mekong has won confidence from customers. A representatives from the airline said that on its main routes, occupancy is around 80%, while on other routes, the figure is over 50%.


Source: TT


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Over 19,000 laid-off workers in Mekong registered unemployment insurance

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

Additional 14 water treatment plants to be built in Mekong Delta region

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Netherlands to help Mekong Delta cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 6:23 am

Giant fish caught in Mekong River

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:21 am