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Vietnam ranks third at Asian Aerobics Championships

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm




Vietnam ranks third at Asian Aerobics Championships


QĐND – Sunday, December 19, 2010, 22:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam ranked third with two gold, three silver and six bronze medals at the second Asian Aerobics Championships that concluded in Ho Chi Minh City on December 17.


Vietnamese athletes secured two golds in women’s single and team events.
Meanwhile, Japan took the lead in the medal tally with four golds and two silvers. It was followed by China with three golds.


The championships drew 139 athletes from 11 nations and territories that competed in the men and women’s single and mixed events and team events in three age groups.


Source: VOV


 


Source: QDND

Real estate ranks third in FDI attraction

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 6:20 am

The real estate sector currently ranks third in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency.

The new urban area Phu My Hung in South Ho Chi Minh City has been invested by a Taiwan business. (Photo: Viet Dung)

By the end of the third quarter this year, foreign investors had disbursed a total of 8 billion USD to real estate projects in Vietnam, the Foreign Investment Agency reported at an international seminar on experiences in developing housing and real estate worldwide, along with options for Vietnam.


The seminar, held in Hanoi on Nov. 26, brought together 1,500 real estate developers and foreign investment funds from 15 countries and territories.


Construction Minister Nguyen Hong Quan said the real estate market is important as it makes direct impacts on the national economy’s growth and has close ties with financial, construction, building materials, and labour markets.


According to Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam , by the end of 2009, foreign developers had invested in 500 real estate projects with a combined registered capital of over 40 billion USD.


In 2009 alone, FDI in real estate reached 2.5 billion USD, accounting for 21.8 percent of new FDI in Vietnam .


The same day, Vietnam ’s real estate market potentials were introduced to participants in an international real estate exhibition, which was held as part of the seminar.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam ranks 7th in the world in terms of cell phone subscribers’ numbers

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm




Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts


QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Conde Nast Traveler, a renowned luxury travel magazine, has placed five Vietnamese hotels and resorts atop its list of Readers’ Choice Awards.


Vietnamese resorts that made the top 20 list for best resorts in Asia included, Life Heritage Resort-Hoi An, The Nam Hai, and Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa.


The Sofitel Legend Metropole-Hanoi and the Park Hyatt-Saigon, each won top spots in the survey of the 100 top hotels in Asia.


While readers lodged three Vietnam resorts onto the list, they also sung the praises of five resorts from Bali and five resorts from Thailand.


“Both Bali and Thailand have tremendous reputations as resort destinations,” said John Blanco, the new general manager at The Nam Hai. “So, for Vietnam to make this kind of impression on readers of such a distinguished travel magazine is indeed remarkable.”


The Readers’ Choice Awards polled 25,916 responses from readers who rated resorts and hotels across these five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. Resort ratings were also based on activities/facilities.


According to Conde Nast, only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award.


None of Vietnam’s islands made the Readers’ Choice Awards. Bali and Phuket were among the top three island destinations in Asia, which makes Vietnam’s resort standings all the more impressive.


Similarly, Vietnam’s top cities failed to make the top-ten cut. Bangkok and Chiang Mai came in at number 1 and 2, while Bali’s Ubud ranked fifth.


Source: VIR


 


Source: QDND

Japanese joins the ranks of sequenced genomes

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

A Japanese has joined the elite club of humans whose genetic code has been fully sequenced, according to research unveiled on Sunday.


The unnamed male gave a sample of DNA which has been unravelled to show all three billion base pairs, or “letters” in the double-helix code for life.


Six other genomes are reported to have been fully sequenced since 2001.


They comprise the genomes of James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA; Craig Venter, a US biotech tycoon; a male of the Yoruba ethnicity of western Africa; two Korean males; and a male of Han Chinese ethnicity.

This undated handout illustration shows the DNA double helix

The study, published online in the specialist journal Nature Genetics, is headed by Tatsuhiko Tsunoda of the Centre for Genomic Medicine in Yokohama.


An international research consortium has launched the so-called “Thousand Genomes Project” aimed at fully sequencing the genomes of 1,000 anonymous individuals and placing the data in the public domain.


The project aims at shedding light on genetic variations that can explain inherited vulnerability to disease, tailor drugs to individual needs and help explain the odyssey of human migration.


In email exchange with AFP, Tsunoda said he was cautious about making any early comparison between the Japanese and the other known genomes, as the seven sequencing projects used different methods to unravel the DNA and analyse it.


“More samples — dozens — would be necessary, which is our future plan,” he said.


Tsunoda said his team were working on new ways to spot patterns of multiple variations in the gene code.


“In the future, we would be able to find (a) huge number of variations in individual genomes that should be related to many diseases,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Japanese joins the ranks of sequenced genomes

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

PARIS, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – A Japanese has joined the elite club of humans whose genetic code has been fully sequenced, according to research unveiled on Sunday.


The unnamed male gave a sample of DNA which has been unravelled to show all three billion base pairs, or “letters” in the double-helix code for life.


Six other genomes are reported to have been fully sequenced since 2001.


They comprise the genomes of James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA; Craig Venter, a US biotech tycoon; a male of the Yoruba ethnicity of western Africa; two Korean males; and a male of Han Chinese ethnicity.


The study, published online in the specialist journal Nature Genetics, is headed by Tatsuhiko Tsunoda of the Centre for Genomic Medicine in Yokohama.


An international research consortium has launched the so-called “Thousand Genomes Project” aimed at fully sequencing the genomes of 1,000 anonymous individuals and placing the data in the public domain.


The project aims at shedding light on genetic variations that can explain inherited vulnerability to disease, tailor drugs to individual needs and help explain the odyssey of human migration.


In email exchange with AFP, Tsunoda said he was cautious about making any early comparison between the Japanese and the other known genomes, as the seven sequencing projects used different methods to unravel the DNA and analyse it.


“More samples — dozens — would be necessary, which is our future plan,” he said.


Tsunoda said his team were working on new ways to spot patterns of multiple variations in the gene code.


“In the future, we would be able to find (a) huge number of variations in individual genomes that should be related to many diseases,” he said.

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Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay ranks 2nd in world wonders voting

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

Vietnam ’s Ha Long Bay won second largest number of international votes over the past four weeks in the campaign voting for the world’s seven new natural wonders.

                          Ha Long Bay

The information was released by the NewOpenWorld on its website www.new7wonders.com on August 16.


The voting for Ha Long Bay has achieved satisfactory results in several countries like Japan , the Republic of Korea , France and Mexico .


Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked with the Ha Long Bay Management Board to open a photo exhibition in New York City of the US from August 11-18.


In the coming time, a wide range of activities to vote for Ha Long Bay will continue to take place in many countries across the world.


To voted for Ha Long bay, twice recognised by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, please visit the website www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/vote_on_nominees.

Source: SGGP

VN ranks third on HSBC Confidence Index

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:55 am




VN ranks third on HSBC Confidence Index


QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Vietnam came third out of 17 countries involved in the latest HSBC Trade Confidence Index with 132 points, followed by the UAE on 134 and India with 133.


The Southeast Asian country was place way beyond Hongkong and Singapore (both on 111), the two major financial centres in Asia.


According to the survey, foreign investors are keen on doing business as they have high hopes of a fast growing economy.


Business sentiments globally show an overall positive outlook with an average global reading of 116 on a scale from 0 to 200.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Tough times force OPEC members to close ranks

In World on December 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

 Divisions within OPEC have eased as the dual threat of the global economic crisis and climate change talks force oil producers to be pragmatic and unified, analysts said on Sunday.


Two years ago, when oil prices soared to nearly 100 dollars a barrel, the oil exporters cartel, which includes both allies and foes of the United States, was severely tested.


The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries was then torn between price hawks like Algeria, Iran, Libya and Venezuela on one side and nations like Saudi Arabia which wanted moderate prices in the interests of consumers.


But the stance of the price hawks has since lost support, leading to a convergence of positions within the bloc.








OAPEC Secretary General Abbas Ali Naqi (L) and Egyptian Oil Minister Sameh Fahmi attend the 83rd meeting of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in Cairo on December 5.

Less than three weeks ahead of the next OPEC meeting in Luanda, Angola, the group’s oil ministers agree that quotas must remain at their current level of 24.84 million barrels per day (bpd).


Even US arch-foes Iran and Venezuela support that view.


Although the price of oil is trading at around 75 dollars a barrel, nobody is daring to ask for 100 dollars.


Observers say this unity has come about largely thanks to pragmatism instilled into producers by the events of 2008: an unprecedented price surge to 147.50 dollars a barrel, followed by a plunge to 32.40 dollars in December.


“What happened makes you think. An oil price of 75 dollars is higher than they could have hoped for. Even the most hawkish nations are finding it hard to ask for more,” said Francis Perrin of the Oil and Gas Journal.


This turnaround came about because producers were afraid of another price collapse, according to Julian Lee, analyst at the Centre For Global Energy Studies in London.


“They still have a big fear of oil (prices) falling … They haven’t entirely lost that fear,” said Lee.


Another reason for the appeasement of the hawks was that the countries which traditionally call for high prices have proved less than effective in implementing decisions taken by OPEC.


At a meeting in Oran, Algeria in December 2008, OPEC pledged to withdraw 4.2 million bpd from production from the start of 2009 in order to stabilise the market.


However, the bulk of the sacrifice was provided by Saudi Arabia, while Iran did not implement the agreed cut in production.


“The influence of the hawks is limited” because “if somebody raises the issue of higher prices … he will be told to comply more,” said David Wech, an analyst at JBC Energy.


Finally, while the impact of the global recession is still being felt on oil demand, another key challenge for producers looms in the shape of measures to reduce carbon emissions.


Such a deal could be signed this week in Copenhagen during landmark UN-led talks on tackling global warming.


“When you see in the OPEC bulletins the rising concern linked to climate change, you can see that producers are closing ranks,” said Perrin. “In the hardest times in its history, OPEC tends to stick together.”

Measures to reduce the share of fossil fuels in total energy consumption directly threaten the interests of oil producers.

OPEC’s decision last December to cut production by 4.2 million bpd officially brought down the total output of the 12-member cartel — excluding Iraq — to 24.84 million bpd.

On Friday, crude prices tumbled in volatile trade, succumbing to a stronger dollar following an improved US jobs report picture.

New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for January delivery, fell 99 cents to 75.47 dollars a barrel. In London, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January dropped 84 cents to settle at 77.52 dollars a barrel.


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