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One more environmental prize to be granted communities

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

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on December 29 said that it will organize ‘Vietnam Environmental Protection Awards’ every two years, with three different kinds of awards for individuals, organizations and communities.

The Ministry held a closing ceremony, awarding environmental prizes in the period 2001-2010, and launched the Vietnam Environmental Awards for 2011 as well.


Over past ten years, 158 organizations and individuals have received environmental awards in five sectors, which include – education and training and environment communication; the reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; application of information technology in environmental protection; state management on environmental protection; and finally, natural resources protection and conservation.


The number of individuals and organization registered for environmental protection awards is increasing every year.


From 2011, the sectors that will be chosen for awards will include – education and training and environment communication; application of information technology in environmental protection; reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; preservation of diversified biology; and finally, coping with climate change and state management on environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

One more of sunken Van Don 02 saved, 11 still missing

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:04 am

Another man from the cargo vessel Van Don 02, which sank on the southern part of East Sea on December 28, has been saved. This now takes the rescued crewmembers to 12. However, another 11 people from the ship are still missing.

Van Dong Port in northern province of Quang Ninh.

Do Thanh Tu, 26, from Hai Phong City was saved by fishing boat number 95690 on December 29, said Do Trieu Quang, the owner of the Van Don 02.


Mr Quang, director of the Quang Ninh Sea Transport, Import and Export Joint Stock Company, also added that Tu’s health is still rather weak.


Earlier on December 28, 11 members of the vessel were saved by two fishing boats from the southern province of Kien Giang.


Pham Xuan Thuy, deputy director of the company said that the sinking incident might have been caused by a tornado, triggered by a low-pressure system.


The remaining crewmembers that were lost at sea have been identified and they are mainly from Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Ha Noi and Ha Nam.


Related article:
Vietnamese ship sinks in East Sea, 12 missing

Source: SGGP

Vietnam strives to have one million of IT officers with int’l qualifications

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:23 am




Vietnam strives to have one million of IT officers with int’l qualifications


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Vietnam strives to be one of the world’s top 40 nations whose Information Technology (IT) students meet international qualifications by 2015.


This is one of the focal issues debated by delegates at a seminar on training IT human resources in Hanoi on December 23.


Nguyen Nhu Thang, secretary general of the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association said that to fulfill the project’s objectives, Vietnam needs to pay special attention to developing high quality IT staff, who would meet the requirements for international integration. Vietnam now ranks among top five nations in the Asia-Pacific region which have good sources of IT officers.


However, universities and colleges in Vietnam have not achieved good results in training IT human resources. Only one-third of schools meet the requirements in terms of the teaching staff and facilities, said secretary general of the Vietnam Informatics Association, Nguyen Long.


He added that the education sector should call on social organisations to invest in students and help them compete in informatics contests and become international computer programmers.


The Prime Minister has approved a project to promptly turn Vietnam into a power nation in information technology and communications by 2020.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Fifth flood hit central region within one month

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Fifth flood hit central region within one month

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

Life Heritage Resort Hoi An hailed as one of Asia’s top ten resorts

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

One dead as Typhoon Megi hits Philippines: govt

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

MANILA, Oct 18, 2010 (AFP) – Typhoon Megi claimed its first victim in the Philippines on Monday with authorities reporting that a fisherman had drowned as the storm brought heavy rain and strong winds.


The man drowned in a river in the northern city of Tuguegarao on Monday morning as Megi approached the area, the nation’s civil defence chief, Benito Ramos, told reporters.

Military rescuers and volunteers prepare life-saving equipments at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila on October 17, 2010. AFP

The northeastern provinces of Cagayan, in which Tuguegarao is situated, and Isabela, were the first to feel the impacts of the typhoon.


Megi, dubbed a “super-typhoon” by government relief agencies, was just off the northeastern coast of the Philippines at 11:30 (0330 GMT), packing wind gusts of up to 260 kilometres per hour, the government weather station said.


Megi was expected to cut across the northern part of Luzon throughout Monday, then exit out towards Vietnam on Tuesday, the weather station said.


The highest level of a four-step storm alert was raised over Isabela and surrounding provinces while lower alerts were in effect over most of Luzon.


Isabela and other provinces in Megi’s direct path are mostly agricultural and fishing areas, with a few million residents who are well-drilled in preparing for the many storms that hit each year.


Over 3,000 people had already been moved from their homes in the northern provinces as part of a “pre-emptive evacuation” of threatened areas, the civil defence office said.


Flights to and from northern Luzon were also suspended and ships there were told not to leave port.


Military, police and relief agencies had positioned supplies and rescue units to provide swift assistance to any affected areas, the civil defence office reported.


Rubber boats, large trucks, heavy equipment and rescue divers were all on standby, ready to be dispatched to areas hit by floods or blocked by landslides, the office said.


The US military and UN representatives were also due to meet with President Benigno Aquino to see how they could help, GMA television reported.


The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons a year, some of them deadly.


More than 1,100 people were killed when tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma struck Luzon within a week of each other in September and October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history.

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Source: SGGP

September CPI likely to increase by one percent

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:51 am

Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) of September will rise by one percent above August, according to the prediction of statistics experts.

Shoppers at a supermarket in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

CPI in the two biggest cities saw a month-on-month increase in this month, with Ho Chi Minh City’s CPI inched up by 0.96 percent while Hanoi saw it rose by 0.97 percent.


The increase has been the result of recent price hikes in rice, foods, steel and school fees.


Increased purchase of rice by local exporters has pushed up the price of rice in southern provinces.
 
The domestic steel price has climbed by VND150-300 per kilogram due to a hike in the global steel ingot price. 
 
The increase has also been attributed to a 2.09 percent downward adjustment of the dong/dollar exchange rate by the State Bank of Vietnam in August.
 
Following the new rate, many gas, steel and drug stores have raised their prices.
 
However, the biggest price increase has been seen in education, soaring 5.57 percent and 7.17 percent in HCMC and Hanoi respectively as all schools reopen after the summer vacation, pushing demands for books, stationary and clothes.

Source: SGGP

VN-Index experiences steepest decline in one month

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index declined the most in one month on August 9, as investors panicked when the index sank below 480 points.

 

Movements of VN-Index on August 6. (Photo: vietstock.vn)


The shares of 253 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange opened the week at 472.74 points, losing 2.09 percent, or 10.08 points, the steepest decrease since May 21.


Among the index members, only 16 stocks gained, while 224 dropped, and 18 remained unchanged.


However, trading volume on the city bourse improved as bottom-catching demand increased. Around 43.43 million shares changed hands at a value of VND1.19 trillion.


HCMC-based Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corporation (REE) was the most active stock in volume with 1.67 million shares changing hands.


Thanh Cong Textile Garment Investment Trading Joint Stock Company (TCM) tagged along with 1.66 million shares, followed by Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank (STB) with 1.19 million shares.


Hoang Long Group (HLG), Petrovietnam Finance Joint Stock Corporation (PVF), and Mientrung Petroleum Construction Joint Stock Company (PXM) all tumbled the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND24,700, VND20,900, and VND17,100 respectively.


From June 1 to August 1, Nguyen Thanh Phong, member of the Board of Directors of Hoang Long Group (HLG), registered to buy 80,000 shares for investment. However, he was not able to buy them as prices were not as expected. His holdings are currently at 20,000 shares.


Among a few gainers, Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) surged 4.92 percent to VND34,100.


Vien Dong Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company (DVD) climbed 4.27 percent to VND112,000. The company announced its post-tax profits in the first six months reached VND101.85 billion, up 183.8 percent year-on-year, which meet 70 percent of this year’s goal.


Binh Chanh Construction Investment Shareholding Company (BCI) added up 3.85 percent to VND45,900.


The Hanoi’s HNX-Index also sharply dropped, erasing 2.9 percent, or 4.24 points, to close at 141.9. Trading volume increased by 26 percent over the previous trading session, up to 35.76 million shares, worth VND934.26 billion.


The UPCoM-Index slipped 1.96 points to 48.49 points. Trading volume was at 344,300 shares, valued VND5.74 billion, as of 11 am local time.



 

Source: SGGP

Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Along with six other Asian countries, Vietnam has been listed among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest numbers of Internet users.


This is the result of a survey by Pingdom, which provides website and server supervising services to worldwide organizations and businesses.


According to the survey, “Internet World Status”, though the world’s population exceeds six billion, only 1.8 billion people have Internet access and only 32 countries have over 10 million Internet users.


Notably, the top ten countries account for 65 percent of the world’s total number of Internet users, with 1.17 billion. The Top 20 countries make up 1.47 billion users, or 82 percent.


India ranks second for population in the world and fourth Internet users, but only 6.9 percent use the Internet.


China ranks top worldwide for population and Internet users. This country’s Internet user numbers is double that of the US. The total Internet users of China and the US account for over half of total users in the top 15 countries.


In the top 20 are mainly developed countries like the UK (82.5 percent of population having access to Internet), South Korea (81.1 percent), Germany (79.1 percent), Japan (78.2 percent) and the US (76.3 percent).


Africa also has one representative in the top 20 – Nigeria, which ranks tenth. Asia has six representatives, including Vietnam at 20th, accounting for 35 percent of the world’s Internet users. Europe has five representatives, accounting for 25 percent.


Though English is the most used language on the Internet, there are only three English-speaking countries in the list: the US, the UK and Canada.


According to experts, India, China, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines and Russia are “fertile lands” for the development of Internet access in the next 5-10 years.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND