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Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognised 30 new records at the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 18.

Half the new records were in the field of art and culture, including the largest palm leaf copy of Uncle Ho’s testament (1.18m x 2.05m) and the largest picture (3.95m x 2m) made from precious stones.

The records also included the 92-year-old Vinh Bao, the oldest music teacher who teaches traditional music online.

Vietnam Guinness also recognised the oldest Vietnamese heroic mother Tran Thi Viet who was born in 1892.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the most times of blood donations, 65 and 63 times, respectively.

In the field of science and technology, 70-year-old archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the highest number of excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs across the country.

The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue made their name known for the uncanny ability to eat one kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.

Meanwhile, the Hua family in the southernmost province of Ca Mau made the record as the family with the highest number of people who can float on water for several hours.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam Guinness recognizes 30 new records

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Vietnam Guinness recognizes 30 new records

QĐND – Sunday, December 19, 2010, 22:36 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognized 30 new records in the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. 

Half the records were from the field of art and culture, including the largest  testament written by Uncle Ho on palm leaf and the largest Ha Long Xanh (Green Ha Long) picture made from precious stones. It measures 3.95m x 2m.

The records also included the oldest online national music teacher who is 92 years old and Professor Dr Tran Quang Hai who plays various musical rhythms with spoons.

Vietnam Guinness also recognized the oldest Vietnamese mother Tran Thi Viet. At 118 years of age her heroic contribution to the community was acknowledged.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the highest number of blood donations, 65 and 63 times respectively.

In the field of science and technology archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the most number of tomb excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs from the north to the south of Vietnam.

The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue were awarded for their uncanny ability to eat a kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.

Meanwhile, three brothers from the Hua family in the southern province of Ca Mau have won the record for their ability to float on water for several hours.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

National records marks Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

The Vietnamese Record Book has acknowledged national records celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long –Hanoi.

             A biggest pair of pottery dragons

Bat Trang ceramic and pottery village’s artisan Nguyen Van Binh and his assistants made a biggest pair of pottery dragons which are copied from a pair of the Ly dynasty. Each dragon is 30m long, 15.6m wide and 8.2m high, holding a gemstone ball of 57kg. Around 6,000 enamel plates and 4,000 enamel cups baked meticulously have been used to make the dragons’ body.

The largest wood-engraved piece of “Chieu Doi Do” (“Edict on the Transfer of the Capital” written by King Ly Cong Uan on the move of Vietnam’s capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La – Hanoi at present) was made of valuable wood and gold. The royal proclamation is 4.58m long, 3.85 m high and weighs five tons.

A pair of 10 meter-long Ao dai was embroidered with 1,000 phoenixes and 1,000 dragons. Designer Lan Huong spent more than one year to design the couple of Vietnamese traditional dresses called “Thousand-year convergence”. She mobilized 1,000 embroiderers of Quat Dong traditional handicraft village in Hanoi to complete the dresses which were made of Van Phuc –Ha Dong silk.

Xuan La village in Phu Xuyen District, Hanoi, is the most famous and age-old to he (toy figures) village in Vietnam. To he is a traditional toy for Vietnamese children made from glutinous rice powder and shaped into edible figurines such as animals, flowers or characters from folk stories on the occasion of traditional festivals.

                    A pair of 10 meter-long ao dai

A biggest buffet with 1,000 dishes was held in Hai Phong City from September 27 to October 2.

A giant grilled chopped cuttlefish was imitated and copied from the Golden Turtle in Ho Guom (Sword Lake). The dish is 1.38m long, 0.9m wide and 0.5m high.

A bicycle parade took place on September 26 with the participation of 1,000 students and young people.

A drum choir entitled “Noi trong Lac Hong-Ngan nam Thang Long” (A thousand years of Thang Long to beat the Lac Hong drums) is organized with a great number of 100 bronze drums dubbed the designs of ancient bronze drums excavated in Ngoc Lu, Quang Xuong, Hoang Ha, and Song Da.

In related news, a sapphire turtle made by the DOJI Gold and Gems Group was presented to the Ha Noi People’s Committee as a gift for the city’s 1,000th anniversary on October 3. The turtle, made from a monolithic sapphire, weighs two tons.

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Source: SGGP

July’s CPI records the lowest rise over six years

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

July’s CPI records the lowest rise over six years

QĐND – Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

The country’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) in July went up by only 0.06 percent from June, the lowest level so far against Julys since 2004. This is also the lowest increase since the beginning of the year.

The General Statistics Office says with this slight fluctuation, the CPI for the past seven months rose 4.84 percent over December 2009 and 8.67 percent against the same period in 2009.

July’s CPI for the first time increased in only eight out of 11 groups of commodities. The most significant increase was seen in drinks and tobacco (0.41 percent), followed by household goods and appliances (0.39 percent). Goods such as textiles, garments and shoes posted an increase of 0.35 percent.

July is the month of college and university entrance exams but the prices of educational products and services rose by only 0.11 percent.

Although restaurant and related services saw an 0.21 percent increase, food dropped by 0.97 percent, causing a dramatic impact on the CPI’s decline.

Other sharp declines were found in transport (0.94 percent), housing and construction materials (0.47 percent), and post and telecommunications (0.07 percent).

The low CPI in July is attributed to bumper rice crops and the drop in the price of rice, petrol and oil. Another factor is the slight fluctuation in the CPI in the two economic hubs, with HCM City down by 0.09 percent and Hanoi up by 0.25 percent against June.

However, experts warn that Vietnam is coming into the storm season with many unforeseen difficulties ahead, which could possibly lead to a serious imbalance between demand and supply. Major cities, especially Hanoi and HCM City, are urged to continue their efforts to stabilize the eight essential goods, while the government needs to proceed with flexible measures to manage the macro-economy.

In July, gold prices on the market went up by 2.15 percent from June, and by 35.86 percent against the same period in 2009.

Meanwhile, the price of the US dollar has risen 0.38 percent against June and 5.04 percent against a year ago after merchant banks raised their deposit interest rates and boosted the purchase of the US dollar.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Four national records shattered in HCM City

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Four national records shattered in HCM City

QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Four national records were broken at the 17 th HCM City Open International Athletics Tournament which took place from July 17-19.

Nguyen Van Hung made a new personal best of 16.41m, shattering his previous record of 16.37m in the triple jump while Vu Van Huyen from the Army jumped over 4.75m to break his record of 4.7m that he set last year in the men’s pole vault.

In the men’s javelin, Nguyen Truong Giang from the southern province of Ben Tre also broke his own record. His best throw was 69.04m, far better than his previous record of 65.22m which he set in April 2006 in Hanoi.

National holder Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc from the central city of Da Nang shattered her own record in the women’s 5,000m walk with a winning time of 23 minutes 47 seconds, one minute and 13 seconds less than last year in HCM City.

Nguyen Dinh Cuong took gold in the 800m and 1,500m while Truong Thanh Hang won the women’s 10,000m.

Vu Thi Huong and Le Ngoc Phuong also pocketed gold medals in the women’s 100m and 200m, respectively.

The Vietnamese team came first with eight gold medals, five silvers and two bronzes. The runner up was the Republic of Korea followed by Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

The 17 th annual tournament attracted 322 athletes from Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thanh Hoa records first H1N1 death

In Politics-Society on October 5, 2009 at 3:33 am

Thanh Hoa records first H1N1 death

QĐND – Sunday, October 04, 2009, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The central province of Thanh Hoa on October 3 reported its first swine flu fatality with a 63-year-old man succumbing to the disease. 

The patient, whose name has not been released, started having mild fever and diarrhea on September 10, and was treated at home, said Director Ha Dinh Ngu of the Thanh Hoa Preventive Health Center.

When his condition did not improve, his family brought him to the local general hospital on September 20 where he was diagnosed as having critical pneumonia and shock caused by respiratory infection, and a blood sample was sent to Hanoi-based National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to test for the influenza A (H1N1 virus).

His condition worsened on September 21 and his family asked for persmission to take him home, where he died the same day, Ngu said.

Test results on September 30 confirmed the patient had contracted the swine flu virus.

Since swine flu was first detected in the country in May, more than 9,000 people have caught it. Twenty have died, but test results for two of them, including a 29-year-old man who died on Friday in Ho Chi Minh City, are still to be officially confirmed.

Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Vietnam records 4th swine flu death

In Vietnam Health on September 10, 2009 at 8:06 am

A medical worker is spraying disinfectant in the General Hospital in District An Duong in the northern province of Hai Phong where some students were discovered to get the flu (Photo: VNA)

A 51-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City died of swine flu on Sep.8, a day after being admitted to hospital, taking the death toll in Vietnam to four.

The man, a resident of Binh Chanh District, was rushed to Nguyen Tri Phuong hospital with high fever, cough, and breathing failure.

He died of kidney and breathing failure caused by A/H1N1 flu and the city Department of Health (DoH) said he was admitted too late.
On the same day 173 more people tested positive for swine flu, taking the number of confirmed cases to 3,950 so far, the Ministry of Health reported.
Of those, 3,249 have been released from hospital. The remaining patients remain in quarantine and are undergoing medical treatment but are in stable condition.

DoH director Nguyen Van Chau said one more city school, Hiep Binh High School in Thu Duc District, has been found to have infected students.

On the same day, students of Hanoi’s Medical University practiced flu prevention measures in hypothetical situations, the first in the country to attempt the drill.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam records third swine flu fatality

In Vietnam Health on September 9, 2009 at 2:48 am

Ho Chi Minh City’s Health Department reported Saturday the city’s second swine flu related death, that of a 56-year-old woman, on September 4 at Nhan Dan Gia Dinh Hospital, bringing the country’s total A/N1N1 deaths to three.

A doctor examines a pupil contracting A/H1N1 virus

The patient, N.T.X from Binh Thanh District’s Ward 12, who was mentally ill, was admitted to HCMC Psychiatric Hospital on September 3 after being delirious and physically very ill.

Later the same day, the hospital transferred her, after running up a fever of 40 degrees Celsius, to Nhan Dan Gia Dinh Hospital, where she was diagnosed with septicemia, server pneumonia and mental disorder.

Though the case was not attested to A/H1N1 flu, the hospital tested her for A/H1N1 and provided her with Tamiflu.

One day later, she died of pneumonia and respiratory failure.

The city’s Pasteur Institute tested her throat and nose fluids. The tests showed she was positive for the influenza A/H1N1 virus.

Dr. Nguyen Van Chau, head of the city’s Health Department, said before getting the flu, Ms. X had completely stayed at home.

She was living with her husband and two children, but so far none of them have had symptoms of A/H1N1 and remain healthy.

Vietnam reported its first swine flu fatality – a 29-year-old mother-of-two from the central province of Khanh Hoa – on August 4, and its second – a 52-year-old woman – on August 11.

The department also said Saturday that many students contracting the virus in the city need to be supervised.

On September 5, when the new school year started, six schools were found to have students with the virus, including Nguyen Huu Huan High School and HCMC University of Agriculture and Forestry in Thu Duc District, Asia-Pacific High School in District 1, Ngo Tat To Primary School in Phu Nhuan District, Colette College in District 3 and Hong Duc High School in Binh Tanh District.

In addition, some schools have been isolated and tightly supervised, including Lam Son and Hau Giang primary schools in District 6, Nguyen Khuyen High School in Tan Bin District, Nhan Van High School and Primary School in Tan Phu District, and Le Loi High School in District 3.

As of September 5, Nhan Van School had 279 students being positive for the virus, Lam Son School 104, Nguyen Khuyen 33 and Hau Giang 32.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, director of the Department of Preventive Health and Environment, said Vietnam recorded 187 more cases of A/H1N1 influenza on September 5, a record high for a single day, raising the total number of swine flu cases in the country to 3,482 with three deaths.

Source: SGGP

Student Games boy, girl smash records

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm

HA NOI — Tuesday at the National Sports Games for Students in Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province, saw two new records in the boys’ shot put and girls’ long jump events.

18-year-old Tuan made a put of 14m90 in the second attempt, crushing the old record of 14m71 set up four years ago in the previous Games by Nguyen Thanh Hoang from Dong Thap team.

Later, Dao Thi Hoai Thuong of Ha Noi 2 scored the second record of the day with a jump of 5m81 in the girls’ long jump qualifying round. Thuong was the first athlete among 33 to enter the final round where she will have six attempts to earn another record.

Ha Noi took the first gold medal of the day in the boys’ 4x400m relay with a time of 3 minutes 24.75 seconds which was considered a record as it was the first ever such race at the Games. HCM City and Quang Ninh took second and third positions respectively.

Dien Bien continued to prove their mastery of archery with a total of nine gold medals.

Luong Thi Thoan was the most successful athlete for Dien Bien, securing five golds in individual and team events.

After three days, Dien Bien took overall top place with nine golds and one silver. The only gold they missed went to host Phu Tho in the boys’ kneeling position event by Dinh Cong Quynh. Phu Tho also ranked second with one gold, four silvers and two bronzes. Vinh Phuc grabbed the third place with one silver and two bronze medals.

In the shuttlecock teams events, Bac Giang defeated Phu Tho 2-0 to take the title in the girls’ category while Hai Phong won over Thua Thien-Hue with the same result in an aggressive and dramatic final on Tuesday.

After the team events, the boy’s, girls’ and mixed duo events followed.

In boys’ volleyball, Hanoian students had to work very hard before eliminating Ben Tre 25-17, 21-25, 15-12 to enter the quarter-final round. In other matches, Thai Nguyen beat Nam Dinh 2-0 and Thai Binh passed over Hoa Binh 2-1.

The 7th Students Games has seen about 8,000 athletes competing for 560 medals in 17 events including football, badminton, volleyball, basketball and wrestling.

The Games were officially kicked off on Sunday and will close on Friday. —