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Report: Over 20% of foreign visitors return to Khanh Hoa for 3rd time

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

According to a survey from Khanh Hoa Province’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, more than 20 percent of 600 international visitors return to the central coastal province for the third time.

Foreign travelers visit Nha Trang City in Khanh Hoa Province. (Photo: Sggp)

In addition, 23 percent (138 travelers) visit the province for a second time.

Khanh Hoa received over 390,000 foreign visitors last year, presenting an increase of about 30 percent.

The visitors mostly come from the UK, France, Russia, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Seventy-four percent of tourists spend their holidays at the seaside and visiting friends. The other type of visitor is looking for business opportunities.

Every visitor spends about VND8.2 million (over US$400) on accommodation, restaurants and shopping, and entertainment services.

Source: SGGP

Shock as Australians return to flood-hit homes

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:11 am

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) – Australians were greeted by scenes of devastation as they picked through their flood-shattered homes, with forecasts of more heavy rain Friday threatening a multi-million dollar clean-up.

More than 300 houses have been completely inundated by the floods caused by the torrential rain which has lashed Queensland for weeks, wiping out crops, slashing mine production and forcing thousands from their homes.

An aerial photo shows the flooded Depot Hill area south of the flood disaster area of Rockhamption on January 6, 2011. AFP

The large town of Rockhampton moved into recovery mode as the massive volume of water — estimated to cover an area the size of France and Germany combined — moved towards the sea, while residents of other communities returned home.

“It’s devastation,” said publican Shane Hickey as he surveyed the impact of the one-metre (three-feet) high inundation of his business in Condamine, west of Brisbane.

Hickey, allowed back into the town along with other evacuated residents on Thursday, said it looked like a cyclone had hit his Condamine Bell Hotel.

“It’s just flattened everything, all the grass is mud, all the plants have been torn out of the ground, the trees have gone over and are just covered in silt and mud,” he told Australian news agency AAP.

“All the fridges are gone, the freezers, washing machines, all the laundry.

“It smells. You think to yourself the best way to fix this up is to just bulldoze the lot and start again.”

Inland of Rockhampton in Emerald, which suffered 80 percent floods, the clean-up was well underway with residents removing rubbish and sorting out their homes.

But the waters are set to recede slowly from Rockhampton, which is facing another dump of heavy rainfall over the weekend, and residents are not expected to be able to return to their homes for another week.

Mayor Brad Carter said the “enormous body of water”, which animal protection officials say is seething with up to one million snakes and deadly saltwater crocodiles, was moving slowly.

“We are not going to see much movement, just a slight drop, so it will be a long time before many of our residents can return to their homes,” Carter told the Seven Network on Friday.

The full impact of the flood is not yet known but the Queensland government has estimated the total damage bill will hit about $150 million.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said heartache was in store for many residents who would be returning to towns such as Theodore, which was completely evacuated during the floods, to inspect their homes.

“They’re coming home to a lot of heartache, a lot of suffering and for many of them the first glimpse of what’s been left behind of what was their precious possessions, their homes,” Bligh told the Nine Network.

“I think it’s going to be a very painful process.”

Source: SGGP

CNN: North Korea agrees to return of UN nuclear inspectors

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

SEOUL, Dec 20, 2010 (AFP) – North Korea has agreed with US troubleshooter Bill Richardson to permit the return of UN nuclear inspectors as part of a package of measures to ease tensions on the peninsula, CNN reported Monday.

CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer, who is travelling with Richardson in Pyongyang, said the North Koreans had agreed to let inspectors from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency go back to its Yongbyon nuclear facility.

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (L) speaks during a meeting for a duties report on Ministry of Public Administration and Security at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on December 20, 2010. South Korea ordered civilians on five border islands to take shelter ahead of a live-fire exercise on December 20. AFP

They had also agreed to allow fuel rods for the enrichment of uranium to be shipped to an outside country, and to the creation of a military commission and hotline between the two Koreas and the United States, Blitzer said.

Source: SGGP

The day of President Ho Chi Minh’s return home to be commemorated

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

Obama’s India Trip: What U.S. May Get in Return

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:51 am

2010 Toyota Classics to return to Hanoi with Italian classical works

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

The 2010 Toyota Classics will present to Vietnamese music lovers Italian classical ballads performed by an orchestra from the Italian city of Florence in a concert at the Hanoi Opera House on October 27.

                    The Italian Florence Orchestra

The renowned Orchestra Città di Firenze from Italy and famous tenor Leonardo Melani together with talented young Vietnamese pianist Luu Hong Quang will play concertos and symphonies by great composers such as Verdi, Puccini and Rossini under the baton of well known conductor Lorenzo Castriota Skanderbeg.

It is the 13 th Toyota Classic to held in Vietnam since it first started in 1997. All proceeds of the show co-organized by the Toyota Motor Vietnam and the Performing Art Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism will be donated to the Toyota Scholarship Program for Vietnamese young music talents.

Toyota Classics, the annual classical music concert that was launched in 1990 by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMW Toyota Motor).

Its aim is to promote classic music across Asia and raise funds for charitable organizations through performances by world-class classical music orchestras.

To date, the Toyota Classics has attracted more than 200,000 listeners at 154 concerts across the Asia-Pacific region.

The 21st long-running Toyota Classics program will take place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Bangkok (Thailand), Seoul (The Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan, China), Manila (the Philippines) and Bombay (India) from October 23 to November 12.

Source: SGGP

Ships return to Gulf cleanup after storm fades

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

A major vessel charged with drilling a relief well to finally stop the BP oil spill arrived back at the Gulf of Mexico well site after briefly evacuating due to a tropical storm.

As blue skies reappeared over the Louisiana coast, officials raced to resume work to permanently “kill” the ruptured well which has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the sea since April in the most severe US environmental disaster ever.

The returning drill rig, Development Driller 3 (DD3), was among some 10 ships that evacuated the area ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie. It was to begin reattaching to the well site immediately, according to the US official overseeing the spill response.

Oil sheen is seen with vessels assisting near the source of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on July 23 in the Gulf of Mexico

US Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said a first chance to seal the well for good could come in the next three to five days, as response crews quickly scaled operations back up after the storm fizzled on Saturday.

“That is a very rough estimate, three to five days from now,” Allen said.

A cap over the wellhead has shut in leaking oil since July 15.

But officials and residents are desperate to permanently resolve the environmental disaster, more than three months after the April 20 explosion aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform which killed 11 workers and sank the rig.

The International Energy Agency estimates that between 2.3 million and 4.5 million barrels of crude have gushed into the sea as a result of the leak.

BP spokesman Bryan Ferguson said it would take around 21 hours to reconnect the DD3 to drilling operations some 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the sea surface.

The rig is drilling the first of two relief wells that will be used to definitively plug the devastating spill.

BP and US officials currently plan two operations to kill the well.

The first, a “static kill,” involves pumping heavy drilling fluid known as mud through the blowout preventer valve system that sits on top of the well, and then injecting cement to seal it.

The process is similar to a “top kill” attempt that failed in May, but officials say the cap now in place over the leak will make the operation easier and more likely to succeed.

However, BP and US responders have said the ultimate solution to the leak will be via the relief wells, which will intersect the original well.

Using the same process as the static kill, drilling fluid, which is denser than oil, will be pumped via the relief well until the flow of crude is overcome, allowing the damaged well to be sealed with cement.

Before either can begin, the last section of the relief well must be secured with a 3,000-foot piece of steel pipe called a “casing run,” which will be cemented in place.

“You’re probably into three to five days from now when they might be able to be in a position to have the casing pipe in place and we could probably start the static kill at that point,” Allen said.

The spill, which has now washed up oil along the shorelines of all five US states on the Gulf Coast, has left residents facing economic and environmental disaster.

But amid high anxiety over the storm and the evacuation of vessels that aimed to keep workers and equipment safe, some experts said the high waves kicked up by Bonnie might actually help dissolve some of the oil faster.

“We expect that Bonnie should help dissipate and weather the oil that’s at the surface, it will spread the surface slick out and thereby lower concentrations,” said Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The storm would “also cause more natural dispersion, again lowering the concentration and making it more available to natural bacteria that are in the water,” she said.

Other experts argue that surface currents bolstered by high winds would likely shift the near-surface oil closer to the Gulf Coast and spread it over a larger area, and that a severe storm surge from the likes of a hurricane could send fouled water far up into the bayous, contaminating fragile spawning grounds for fish and shrimp.

In Larose, a Louisiana town near the Mississippi River delta, a shrimper named Barry who now does spill clean-up work for BP said Gulf Coast residents dodged a bullet when Bonnie fizzled.

“If we can get lucky and just have Bonnies, we would fare a lot better,” he told AFP.

“A hurricane anything more than minimal size, even a big tropical storm, is going to be devastating to this entire area.”

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese soldiers’ remains return from Laos, Cambodia

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Vietnamese soldiers’ remains return from Laos, Cambodia

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

The remains of 29 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who died in Laos and Cambodia during the war have been repatriated after a six-month search.

The search was conducted by a team under the Kon Tum Military Command.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Ngoc Hoi District Martyrs Cemetery in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum with the participation of provincial authorities, representatives from the Sekong, Attapeu and Champasak provinces of Laos, and Ratanakiri Province of Cambodia along with local armed forces and the public.

The day before, a solemn ceremony had been held in Laos to mark the departure of the remains of the Vietnamese soldiers to Viet Nam.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Red headed cranes return to Tay Ninh

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Red headed cranes return to Tay Ninh

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

A flock of red headed cranes, or Sarus Cranes, were seen in the Ta Not clearing at the Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park in the southern province of Tay Ninh over two days on May 3rd and 4th.

This is the fourth time these cranes, with the scientific name of Grus Antigone, came to the Ta Not clearing.

The red-headed crane is a species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world. These birds are very sensitive to people’s appearance and acts.

In Vietnam, so far they have often appeared in the Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province and in grasslands in Kien Giang province.

Since early March this year, a flock of about 300 red-headed cranes have been seen in fields in Hoa Dien Commune, Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province.

At present, local authorities and agencies are observing these crane’s activities to understand more about them and find ways to attract and protect them.

Source: NLD and LD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

A rush of holiday makers return to cities

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

Holiday makers had to make a lot of exertion to reach tourist spots or return home and again had to face miserableness  to come back to the city. 

The Liberation Day and May Day fell on the weekend hence government workers and laborers had at least three days off for vacation.

Most of transport companies operated a huge additional bus trips but still could not meet demand. After bringing passengers to the city, the buses hurriedly left for picking up travelers in provinces.

Buses from Mekong Delta provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Dong Thap and the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, the south-central coast province of Binh Thuan and more were overloaded with people.

The increase of buses to help holiday makers come back to the city resulted in traffic congestion on the National Highway 1A which is the major route from neighboring provinces to the city.

The similar situation also occurred in Hanoi.

Traffic was blocked at bus stations like My Dinh, Nuoc Ngam because a massive number of people crowded on the streets to catch buses, taxi and taxi-motorcycles.

The bus fare has remarkably increased by 50-100 percent for routes from provinces Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and others to the capital.

Buses of transport private enterprises stopped on the way to illegally pick up too many passengers and speeded along the roads dangerously, several passengers complained.


Source: SGGP