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Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has welcomed nearly four million of foreign arrivals in the first nine months of this year, a huge increase compared to previous years and up 34.2 percent against last year figure, according to statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Of the tourists, around 37,500 traveled by sea, up 22 percent against the same period last year.

On October 15, Viet Excursion Company welcomed a five-star cruise liner named Diamond Princess at Phu My port in HCM City. The cruise ship carried 2,585 visitors and 1,063 crew members from 47 nations and territories around the world.   

Meanwhile, HCM city’s tourism sector is organizing more entertainment and art programmes for tourists in the hope of receiving its 3 millionth visitor late this year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Land of nine dragons looks towards Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am

Land of nine dragons looks towards Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

QĐND – Sunday, October 03, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

Together with provinces and cities across the country, the Mekong Delta is looking towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

Most localities in the region have carried out activities to celebrate the capital’s 1,000th birthday.

My Tho City in Tien Giang province got a facelift: Roads have been upgraded, widened and decorated with posters, flags and flowers to celebrate the grand event.

Three other projects in My Tho, the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Rach Gam and 30/4 Roads, have been completed and put into operation to welcome national and provincial political events, particularly the capital’s birthday.

Teams of workers had to work day and night to finish these projects before the grand ceremony. Huynh Ngoc Vuong, director of the Quoc Vuong Ltd Company, says that the company encouraged its engineers and workers to try their best to finish the project 15 days ahead of schedule.

Tien Giang province has also put many key projects into operation, including 34 bridges on Road 865 to promote socio-economic development in Dong Thap Muoi; the Tien Giang Maternity Hospital; Road 863; Xuan Hoa canal; and Binh Minh Kindergarten. These projects were built at a cost of more than VND500 billion.

Ben Tre province has chosen 157 special ornamental plants to display in Hanoi, including 2 18m-dragons made by ficus trees, 140 bonsai in pots and two models of hexagonal houses. Artisans made great efforts to carefully cut and design their work to make it perfect for the grand celebrations.

The Dong Thap province prepared many art and cultural performances to celebrate the event, including a mobile information festival about the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is also attending the Thang Long-Hanoi International Tourism Festival and exhibition in Hanoi to promote its tourism potential. Four tourism sites are considered keys to communal development, including Dong Giang Sa Dec Islet, Tan Hoi Trung Lotus and Weaving villages and Long Khanh – Hong Ngu Beach.

More than 1,000 books, newspapers, magazines and e-documents about the Communist Party of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh and the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi are being displayed at the provincial library, and art and cultural performances are being held all across the province from October 1 to 10.

Activities to mark the Party congress at the grassroots level as well as the capital’s birthday are also being held in the southernmost provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau. Meetings were held with heroes of the people’s armed forces, heroes of labour and Vietnamese heroic mothers in most Mekong Delta provinces before they left for Hanoi to attend the grand ceremony.

Along with people all across the country, people in the land of nine dragons are celebrating with special activities to share their happiness and pride with Hanoians on the special occasion of the capital’s 1,000th anniversary.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

HCM City bag nine golds, two silvers at Vovinam Open

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

HCM City bag nine golds, two silvers at Vovinam Open

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The HCM City team triumphed at the second Vovinam (traditional Vietnamese martial arts) Open which was wrapped up at Lanh Binh Thang gymnasium in HCM City on July 28.

The team won nine golds and two silvers. The runners-up went to People’s Police with three golds and one silver, and Lam Dong with two golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

Some foreign teams such as French Martial Arts Federation, traditional Russian Martial Arts Federation and French Martial Arts Association also won medals.

The four-day tournament attracted more than 200 martial artists from 21 nations and territories. They competed with 13 domestic teams for 38 sets of medals.

After the event, most of these martial artists will head to the central province of Binh Dinh to partake in the third international Vovinam Festival from August 1-4.

So far, more than 750 athletes and coaches of 70 teams from 30 different countries and territories have registered to join this event, together with 500 athletes and coaches from 30 martial arts teams from provinces and cities across Vietnam.

Source: VNS/VOVNews

Source: QDND

Nine Vietnamese shooters join world champs

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

Nine Vietnamese shooters join world champs

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

The national shooting squad with nine members went to Munich, Germany to attend the World Shooting Championship from August 1-8.

The team includes: Nguyen Manh Tuong, Tran Hoang Vu, Nguyen Van Tung, Do Duc Hung, Dang Hong Ha, Nguyen Thi Le Quyen, Vu Thanh Hung, Nguyen Thi Xuan and Duong Anh Quan.

They will compete in both pistol and rifle categories.

It is a faint hope to win medals at the world tournament, but this is a good chance for Vietnamese shooters to gain experience to prepare for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China later this year and seek a ticket to the Olympic 2012.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

Five-star Defoe as Spurs put nine past Wigan

In Vietnam Sports on November 23, 2009 at 10:18 am

LONDON, Nov 22, 2009 (AFP) – Jermain Defoe scored five goals as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Wigan Athletic 9-1 at White Hart Lane here on Sunday, a record victory for the hosts in the top-flight.

Spurs were only 1-0 up at the break, thanks to a goal by Peter Crouch before fellow England striker Defoe ran riot after half-time with Aaron Lennon, an own-goal by Chris Kirkland and Niko Kranjcar’s 90th minute effort adding to the North London club’s tally.

Although Defoe seemed certain to grab the headlines for his five goal return, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said Lennon had made a key contribution to this thumping win.

Tottenham Hotspurs’ Jermain Defoe (C) shoots past Wigan Athletic’s Titus Bramble (L) during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane in London on November 22, 2009. Tottenham won the game 9-1 with Jermain Defoe scoring five second-half goals (AFP photo)

“I thought we started really bright, we had 25 minutes where we really got off after them in the first half before they came back into it,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“We came in at half-time and said we had to get back to how we started, pressing them all over the park, and we decided to work them and made the opportunities and took them.

“Their keeper (Chris Kirkland) made some great saves as well.

“Lennon is a fantastic talent, anybody would have had a hard day with him in that sort of form. He deserved that goal at the end.”

Speaking about Defoe, Redknapp added: “For Jermain to get five goals was an outstanding performance.

“Yesterday (Saturday) in training he looked so sharp and I felt if he could carry that into the game he would be a real handful.

“You don’t get too many nines in the Premier League, it’s a bad day for Roberto Martinez but he’ll come back even stronger.”

Wigan manager Martinez added: “We finished the first half very strongly and looked like a team who were going to dictate things.

“But we have ourselves to blame for the goals we conceded and after that you are climbing a mountain.”

Tottenham’s haul was all the more impressive as Redknapp decided to rest striker Robbie Keane after the Republic of Ireland international’s involvement in the controversial midweek World Cup playoff loss to France.

Wigan could have been forgiven for agreeing to put this match back by 24 hours following the international break as their defence took a pummelling.

Spurs went ahead in the ninth minute when Crouch headed home a cross from Lennon.

Kirkland then had to be alert to deny both Lennon and former Wigan favourite Wilson Palacios.

Defoe, who hit the crossbar before half-time, led a rout in the second half with a hat-trick in seven minutes.

From Lennon’s cross, he got in front of Titus Bramble to shoot into the roof of the net before he slotted home at the far post after the Wigan defence failed to cut out Palacios’s centre.

Paul Scharner then pulled one back for Wigan although the Austrian midfielder clearly used his hand to control the ball before shooting past Heurelho Gomes.

Tottenham protested to referee Peter Walton but barely a minute later Defoe had his hat-trick as Spurs’ three-goal lead was restored when he volleyed in Lennon’s cross.

Lennon himself added a fifth after Crouch did well to find the winger in a congested penalty area.

Defoe grabbed his fourth 21 minutes from time by scoring off the post after latching on to Vedran Corluka’s through ball and had a fifth late on when he shot through Kirkland’s legs.

David Bentley’s free-kick then appeared to hit both the bar and Kirkland before going in and, in the closing seconds, Kranjcar’s shot went in off the woodwork.

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Aquatic exports reach $3bn in nine months

In Vietnam Economy on October 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

Vietnam’s aquatic export turnover reached US$3 billion over the last nine months, a decrease of five percent of export value compared to the same period last year, said Nguyen Thanh Bien, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.

Mr. Bien said if Vietnam can better exploit the market, aquatic products can bring home more $1.75 billion in the last months of the year, raising aquatic export turnover to the reach the year target of $4.4 billion.

The target is less than last year’s turnover, $4.5 billion, but was based on the international economic downturn.

Vietnam exported aquatic products to Japan and the US to the tune of $574 million and $530 million respectively.

US market is recovering

The US was for a long time Vietnam’s biggest aquatic importer but after two anti-dumping lawsuits of tra and basa fish and sugpo prawn in 2000, exports to the US fell. However, Vietnam’s aquatic export to US have recently begun rising again.

Processing tra fish for export at Nam Viet Joint Stock Company, An Giang Province. (Photo: SGGP)

Many aquatic products were imported to the US over the past few months, such as tilapia, crab, tra and basa fish and oyster.

Vietnamese aquatic export companies have more opportunities to export to US, with US’s import demand of sugpo prawn increasing sharply due to supply falling from other countries, except India, Mr. Bien said.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), overall the US became the fifth largest importer of Vietnam’s sea product market, with an increase of 337 percent in volume and more than 560 percent in value.

The US became the fourth largest market from March, after Japan, Korea and the EU. Other markets have fluctuated while US demand has continued to grow over the past few months.

Many aquatic export companies said that demand of octopus in many countries has been increasing in the year’s closing months and basa and tra fish exports to the US receiving the best prices.

Strengthen, exploit and expand the market

Export to traditional markets like Japan, the EU and the US have been on the rise, and will be helped by the Japan-Vietnam Economic Partnership Agreement, which comes into effect on October 1.

The agreement slashes tariffs by up to 86 percent on Vietnamese farm, forestry and aquatic products.

The import tariff of Vietnam’s shrimp will be lowered to one to two percent, offering exporters a prime opportunity to get a bigger slice of the market.

Japan’s aquatic product imports are expected to rise from September to December and the price for tuna, salmon, surimi, crab, octopus and frozen prawn likely to rise due to limited supply.

Spain, the biggest consumer of Vietnam’s tra and basa fish in the EU (400,000 tons per year) recognized that Vietnam’s seafood products can meet EU’s requirements on food hygiene.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in the year’s end months Vietnam’s aquatic export companies need to continue to exploit big markets, such as South Korea which consumes 7,300 tons shrimp per year, Russia which mainly imports tra fish, Japan which consumes tra and basa fish and the Middle-East.

Government needs to give more help

According to VASEP, to exploit markets effectively, companies need to have enough materials to process.

There are some 700 seafood processing companies nationwide while the domestic source can provide only 50 percent of the total materials demanded. In addition, aquatic exploitation is decreasing, as many fishermen have given up their careers due to increasing expenses, limited supply and poor profits.

Some companies in Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Kien Giang said they just meet 40-50 percent of octopus export orders.

To enhance aquatic export turnover in the last three months, companies need to join trade exhibitions in the EU, Russia, South Korea and Japan to seek new partners and the Government needs to consider cutting import tax of aquatic materials, said VASEP.

Zero import tax of aquatic materials has been applied in other regional countries, it added.


Source: SGGP

Iraq shoe-thrower to walk free after nine months in jail

In World on September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

BAGHDAD, Sept 15, 2009 (AFP) – Muntazer al-Zaidi, the television reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush, is finally expected to become a free man on Tuesday, ending a nine-month stint in prison.

Zaidi has been behind bars ever since he shouted “it is the farewell kiss, you dog,” at Bush on December 14 last year, seconds before hurling his size-10s at the man who ordered Iraq be invaded and occupied six and a half years ago.

Umm Wafaa, the sister of Muntazer al-Zaidi, wipes away her tears following an announcement that her brother’s imminent release will be delayed on Sep. 14, 2009 (AFP photo)

The 30-year-old reporter was due to have been released on Monday but his brothers and sisters were left in tears when legal red tape delayed his homecoming, with many friends and well-wishers also left disappointed.

“We expect him to be released in the next few hours,” Durgham al-Zaidi, one of the reporter’s brothers, told AFP on Tuesday.

Although Zaidi’s prison time has expired, Iraqi inmates often see their liberty held-up for several extra days to allow the necessary prison release documents to be signed and approved.

The reporter was initially sentenced to three years for assaulting a foreign head of state but had his jail time reduced to one year on appeal. His sentence was cut further on account of good behaviour.

Zaidi’s family were waiting at home on Tuesday for word from the reporter’s lawyer that the necessary paperwork had been completed, allowing him to be freed.

Although Bush, who successfully ducked to avoid the speeding footwear, laughed off the attack, the incident caused massive embarrassment, to both him and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The leaders had been speaking at a joint press conference in Baghdad on what was Bush’s farewell visit to Iraq prior to being succeeded in office by then president-elect Barack Obama.

When released, Zaidi faces the prospect of a very different life from his previous existence as a journalist for Al-Baghdadia television, a small, privately-owned Cairo-based station, which continued to pay his salary in jail.

Zaidi’s boss has promised the previously little-known reporter a new home as a reward for loyalty and the publicity that his actions, broadcast live across the world, generated for the station.

But there is talk of plum job offers from bigger Arab networks, lavish gifts such as sports cars from businessmen, guaranteed celebrity status, and reports that Arab women from Baghdad to the Gaza Strip want his hand in marriage.

Zaidi, who hails from Iraq’s Shiite majority, was kidnapped in Baghdad and held by unknown captors for three days in 2007 and then detained for one day by US forces at the beginning of 2008, according to his brother.

Such experiences, said friends at the time of his arrest, at least partly explained the vehemence of his actions against Bush.

Zaidi also told the judge at his trial that he had been beaten up several times since being taken into custody last year.

The publicity that Zaidi garnered, however, means he is likely to be meet by both adulation and bemusement among his countrymen, who were divided by his shoe-throwing gesture, considered a grave insult in the Arab and Muslim world.

Zaidi’s actions also inspired a British student, Alex Tew, to create a “Sock and Awe” ( shoe-throwing website, which says it has so far had almost 100 million hits in the face of ex-president Bush on the Internet.

Source: SGGP

China to build nine nuclear plants

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Beijing (VNA) – At least nine nuclear power plants will be built over the next two years, the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) said in a news release on November 11.

Of the nine new plants, six will use the AP1000 technologies imported from American firm Westinghouse, the CAEA was quoted by China Daily as saying in its release. AP1000 is third-generation technology and more efficient and safer than its predecessors.

The three other projects use homegrown second-generation technologies.

The construction of the six plants in coastal provinces – two in Guangdong, two in Zhejiang, and one each in Fujian and Shandong – will begin at the end of this year or early next year, according to the CAEA.

China’s existing 11 nuclear plants have combined installed capacity of 9.1 gigawatts, about 1.3 percent of the total.-

Cuba, Russia sign nine cooperation agreements

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Havana (VNA) – Cuba and Russia boosted their economic and commercial relations with the signing of nine new bilateral governmental and entrepreneurial accords last week.

The agreements were signed by Russia Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and the Cuban Council of Ministers’ Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz during Sechin’s visit to the Caribbean nation.

According to the agreements, Russia will provide 20 million USD in credit to Cuba as well as technical support in financial, nickel and oil industries. Russia will also supply wheat to the country.

Cabrisas said during his meeting with Sechin that the latter’s trip showed the political determination of the two countries to boost friendship and bilateral cooperation.

Russia is Cuba’s tenth trading partner. Two-way trade turnover between the two countries reached 350 million USD in 2007 and increased nearly 20 percent in the first half of this year.-

Dak Lak earns 613 mln in exports in nine months

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Dak Lak (VNA) – Dak Lak posted a record export turnover of 613 million USD during the first nine months of this year, lifting the province to the number one spot in terms of export value in Central Highlands region.

Dak Lak has urged provincial businesses to ensure their presence in traditional outlets and seek more export opportunities in new markets in Asia and Europe , as well as increase capacities of agricultural products with high export turnover in the hope of generating 1 billion USD from exports by the end of the year.-