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Will he be back? Arnie mulls California termination

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 4:12 am

Can Tho City mulls over golf project elimination

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:46 am

Can Tho will consider dropping the golf project at Binh Thuy District, said Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee.


The municipal committee had entrusted the Department of Construction with inspecting and giving consultancy about this problem before taking action, he said.


In August 2004, the committee issued a decision to allow Hong Lam Company to build a center for entertainment, culture, and sports at Long Hoa Ward, Binh Thuy District.


In July 2008, it granted the company an investment certificate, allowing it to build an 18-hole golf course in an area of 94 hectares, a housing resettlement in an area of 54 hectares, and an entertainment center with a total investment of VND1 trillion. The project was scheduled to finish by the last quarter of this year. However, the company has conducted sluggishly its project, causing many difficulties to local residents.


By the end of last year, the committee decided to withdraw the project’s investment certificate.


 

Source: SGGP

HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm




HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia


QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The government of HCMC has assigned its tourism department to survey a river tour linking the city with the Mekong Delta and the neighboring country of Cambodia. Tour operators, while applauding the plan, say the more urgent task should be to develop a wharf in the city for tourist boats first.


Under the city government’s instruction, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will draft an action plan this year to develop the river tour taking tourists from HCMC to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Cambodia.


The department is responsible for planning river routes for tourists, and discussing details as such with relevant departments and tour operators before submitting the plan to the city’s government.


The city’s tourism department said it would launch surveys next month to find suitable routes for tourists and consider services needed for the city’s river tourism.


Earlier, the department ascertained huge potential in river tourism after making surveys on two short routes, with one starting from Bach Dang Wharf to the confluence of Nha Be, and from the wharf to Tau Hu Canal.


Asked to comment on the expanded river tourism, most tour operators told the Daily they supported the scheme, but decried the lack of a wharf for tourist boats. They called for quick development of such a wharf.


There are around 20 tourist boats, floating restaurants, and canoes operating at the Bach Dang Wharf in the city’s District 1. At the wharf, such boats can drop anchor at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard and the end of Hai Ba Trung Street to receive guests but cannot be moored there for a long time because space is limited.


Furthermore, as Bach Dang Wharf is not a tourist wharf so it lacks services for guests as well as places for tourist buses to drop by.


Chiem Thanh Long, director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, told the Daily that Binh Quoi had canceled its plan to build a big floating restaurant due to the lack of a venue to anchor.


“There is no place for new tourist boats. I think that the most important activity for the river tourism development plan is to build a tourist wharf in the city,” he said.


Binh Quoi currently has six boats and canoes operating on the river section between Binh Quoi and Bach Dang Wharf.


The tourism department estimated foreign arrivals in the city this month at around 188,000, up 20% year-on-year but down around 12,000 compared to June as now is the low season of the inbound sector. Tourism revenue is expected at VND2.7 trillion this month, up 15% year-on-year, bringing the total in the January-July period to over VND21.2 trillion.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Malaysia mulls school for pregnant teens to curb dumping

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

This photo taken on July 16, 2010 shows a tourist walking through a bar decorated with baloons for the weekend in Kuala Lumpur. AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – A Malaysian state is considering establishing a school for pregnant teenagers, to curb an alarming epidemic of “baby dumping”, a report said Monday.


The chief minister of Malacca state, Mohamad Ali Rustam, said according to the New Straits Times that the school was among strategies including encouraging pregnant girls to marry.


Only married teens will be allowed to attend the school.


“For unmarried teenagers, they also can be part of the school but with one condition — they must marry the baby’s father,” Ali said.


Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia are grappling with the problem of rising numbers of abandoned infants, often dumped dead or dying in the streets or on rubbish dumps.


“This problem has become a disease of sorts. We cannot just turn our backs and think that this is not our problem,” Ali said according to the English-language daily.


“Baby dumping cases usually happen among the Muslim community as teenagers were desperate to conceal their pregnancies. Some of the girls were also disowned by their families,” he said.


“They do not perform abortions as this is prohibited in Islam. So, they take the shortcut to solve their problem by dumping their newborns. We do not want this to continue. It has to be stopped.”


The chief minister said Malacca was considering establishing a special school for pregnant girls to encourage them to continue with their education and to protect their unborn children.


“In the event normal schools cannot accept pregnant girls, we are going to build a school just for them,” he reportedly said, adding that youngsters from other states could also attend.


“This school will cater to those who are legitimately married.”

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Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta mulls ways to boost tourism

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

Nowhere in Vietnam has good condition for waterway tourism as in the Mekong Delta with plenty of canals and rivers. However, the great tourist potential has not been properly invested and exploited, making the region tourism monotonous with uninspired tourist packages.

Tourists visit Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City (Photo: SGGP)

The issue was discussed by management officials, experts, researchers and travel businesses at a seminar to seek measures for the delta’s waterway tourism development, which was held in Kien Giang Province May 28 .


Addressing about potentials to develop waterway tourism in the Mekong Delta, delegates said that the region has 750 kilometers of beaches, 360,000 square kilometers of territorial waters, 28,000 kilometers of rivers and canals and numerous of islands in Kien Giang and Ca Mau Provinces.


Over the past time, the region tourism has rather developed. In 2009, it received over1.2 million of foreign and eight million of domestic visitors, triple the number in 2000.


However, the delta tourism development has been mainly from exploiting available potentials with a shortage of high-quality and diversified tourist products. Especially, a lack of coordination between localities while businesses have haphazardly operated has restricted the delta further tourism development.


Phan Xuan Anh, chairman of Du ngoan Viet Travel Company said that travelling to the delta is unattractive to visitors as most of tours are similarly organized.


In addition, most of the boats do not have lavatories. Some of them have but the lavatories are too dirty, he said.


Meanwhile, Phan Dinh Hue, deputy principle of the Ho Chi Minh City based International School for Tourism and Marketing said that tours to the delta are usually patchy and uninspired. Visitors, thus, just spend one to two days in the region. Poor services together with weak marketing have made the region tourism hard to entice visitors.


To boost the region tourism, Nguyen Phu Duc, chairman of Vietnam Tourism Association said that the most urgent matter is diversifying tours, which need a coalition among localities.


Hideki Asami, general director of Nikken Sekke Civil Engineering Ltd., said that the significant factor is upgrading the traffic infrastructure including roads, waterways, airways and roads.


According to Pham Phuoc Nhu, chairman of the Mekong Delta Tourism Association, the delta is well-known in the world with its unique waterways. However, the State has not much invested to promote the region strengths.


One of steps to comprehensively develop the region tourism is establishment of a committee on the Mekong Delta tourism, which will play the role of a “bandmaster”, he said.


Stating at the end of the seminar, Huynh Vinh Ai, deputy Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism said that tourism must become a key economic factor of the Mekong Delta.

The Ministry will soon build a website to advertise for the delta tourism and in the year’s third quarter, the ministry will also host a seminar on association for the delta’s sustainable tourism development.

Source: SGGP

BP mulls options as oil tube captures ‘some’ oil

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Engineers on Monday mulled options to seal an oil gush in the Gulf of Mexico after BP succeeded in capturing “some” oil and gas by inserting a mile-long tube into the main leak.


The tube insertion was the first tangible sign of success in more than three weeks of efforts to prevent at least 210,000 gallons of oil from spewing unabated into the sea each day and feeding a massive slick off the coast of Louisiana.


A relief well that would divert the flow and allow the well to be permanently sealed was one of the additional options under consideration, but it was not expected to be ready until August.


BP senior executive vice president Kent Wells confirmed that after a temporary hitch in which the tube became dislodged overnight, siphoning operations were up and running once again.


“We will look to… capture as much of the oil as we can,” he told reporters in Houston, Texas. “At this point, we don’t know what percentage we will capture” by the process, in which the oil was sucked up as if through a straw to the giant ship.


A BP statement said simply that the four-inch (10-centimeter) diameter tube inserted into the 21-inch leaking pipe using undersea robots had captured “some amounts of oil and gas.”


Wells added that the BP crews “don’t have any idea at this point” how much crude is being collected and would only have a better estimate in coming days.

Veterinarians clean an oil-covered brown pelican at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on May 15, 2010 in Buras, Louisiana. AFP photo

If all goes as planned, a flow of nitrogen in the tube will lift the oil to the ship, experts said. Methanol will be added to help prevent the formation of hydrates, and heated sea water will promote the flow of oil.


The Barack Obama administration seemed unimpressed however, saying BP’s latest efforts, even if they manage to slow the leak, would not permanently stop the underwater geyser.


“This technique is not a solution to the problem, and it is not yet clear how successful it may be,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.


The Deepwater Horizon rig, leased by BP from Transocean, has been gushing oil since an explosion on April 20 ripped through the drilling platform and caused it to sink two days later. Eleven workers were killed.


Fresh analysis of enormous plumes of oil under the surface suggest the spill may be far worse than previously estimated.


One was reported to be 10 miles (16 kilometers) long, three miles wide and 300 feet thick.


Researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology said the plumes were “perhaps due to the deep injection of dispersants which BP has stated that they are conducting.”


Response crews have so far used some 560,000 gallons of the controversial chemical dispersants, spraying them onto surface oil and also directly into the leak in a bid to break up the oil.


“The oil still exists, it’s just spread in smaller pieces,” Aaron Viles, campaign director for the Gulf Restoration Network, a coalition of environmental groups, told AFP. “It could have a significant impact on the marine life of the Gulf of Mexico.”


University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye, who is on a scientific mission to gather details about the looming environmental disaster, told The New York Times that oxygen levels have dropped 30 percent near the plumes, in an “alarming” trend that is endangering marine life.


But Andrew Gowers, head of group media for BP, dismissed reports that “speculate” on the giant plumes. He said officials “had no confirmation” of oil clumping together in mid-ocean areas.


On Sunday a large concert in New Orleans was drawing crowds to support Gulf fishermen, whose livelihoods are threatened by the oil spill, with rocker Lenny Kravitz heading the line-up.


“This is a catastrophe,” Kravitz told CNN television. “I love this place. And this place has been through so much in the last several years,” he said referring to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.


Officials said some 19,000 personnel and more than 650 vessels had been deployed to try to mitigate the negative effects of the spill on the Gulf shoreline and wildlife.


Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard told AFP that oil was washing ashore in at least two new locations — Whiskey Island, Louisiana and Long Beach, Mississippi.


The main leak has spewed out an estimated five million gallons so far, according to the most conservative estimates.


A relief well that would divert the flow and allow the well to be permanently sealed may not be ready until August.

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Source: SGGP

Nation mulls broader tourism cooperation

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm




Nation mulls broader tourism cooperation


QĐND – Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:20 (GMT+7)

The national travel chief has confirmed broader cooperation with regional partners in promoting the industry, cultural identity of each country and working out specific products for sustainable development in the region.


The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, made the statement before 300 senior travel officials from 17 countries and territories in Asia and the Pacific, international travel organisations, foreign diplomatic corps in Vietnam and the domestic hospitality industry at a meeting in Hanoi on May 10.


Tuan added the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) would work with the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in boosting the exchange of experiences in promoting tourist brand names and launching promotion campaigns.


Cooperation will also be sought for conducting feasibility surveys of virgin sites of great potential such as Ba Be and Thac Ba lakes as well as community tourism in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, the travel chief emphasised.


In the recent past, the UNWTO has helped Vietnam develop local traditional craft villages, boost MICE tourism and draft a tourism law.


At the meeting, policy makers, experts and entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry discussed measures to address challenges and increase the industry’s contributions to the socio-economic development such as jobs and income generation and poverty reduction.


Tourism nets 4.05 billion USD a year, ranking in the list of top five hard-currency earners in Vietnam.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

S.Korea mulls providing more aid to N.Korea

In World on December 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm

SEOUL, Dec 21, 2009 (AFP) – South Korea said Monday it may provide more aid to impoverished North Korea following last week’s shipment of swine flu medication, in a new sign of cross-border reconciliation.


“We are considering funding assistance projects by several international organisations for North Korean infants and children,” unification ministry spokesman Chun Hae-Sung told a briefing.


The spokesman did not elaborate, saying the issue is still being reviewed.


Seoul’s Yonhap news agency, citing a government source, said the aid worth billions of won (millions of dollars) would be channeled through the United Nations Children’s Fund and other bodies.


South Korea on Friday shipped Tamiflu and Relenza worth 15 million dollars — enough to treat 500,000 people — to North Korea in the first direct government aid for nearly two years.


The shipment followed North Korea’s report of nine cases of the (A)H1N1 virus, amid fears that the disease may spread fast because of poor health conditions and malnutrition.


It was the first direct aid to Pyongyang from Seoul’s conservative government since it took office in February 2008. President Lee Myung-Bak linked major assistance to progress in nuclear disarmament, a stance which enraged the communist North.


North Korea in recent months has been trying to improve relations with South Korea and its ally the United States.


US envoy Stephen Bosworth visited Pyongyang earlier this month for talks aimed at bringing it back to nuclear disarmament negotiations.


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