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Ha Tinh recognizes more historical, cultural sites

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

The Ha Tinh Province People’s Committee has recognized another 17 historical and cultural relic sites.

Cho Cui Temple in the central province of Ha Tinh

The 17 new sites include Lieu Hanh Temple, Cho Cui Temple, Yen Ninh village communal house, and other temples and houses of worships in the central province.


Ha Tinh now has a total of 240 provincial and 71 national relic sites.


It is anticipated that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will recognize the Nguyen Du relic site as especially significant vestige this year. Nguyen Du was a a great poet of Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

President visits flood sites in Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Historical sites at risk for damage, transgression

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Many of Ho Chi Minh City’s historical sites have been severely damaged and denigrated, experts said at seminars on “searching and preserving value of historical sites,” and “planning, preserving and promoting value of historical sites in HCMC within 2010 and 2010,” held by the municipal Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Phung Son (or Chu Go) Pagoda on 3/2 Street has been transgressed by pavement cafes.  (Photo: Sggp)

Surveys have shown that historical sites including Phung Son and Giac Vien pagodas in District 11, Hung Loi pottery-kiln in District 8 and others are being used, controlled, transgressed and otherwise misused. People have occupied the land illegally for living, trading or storing.


The city now has 73 artful edifices, whose architecture dates back hundreds of years, which have been damaged due to time and weather.


It is not easy to restore ancient constructions. Apart from the need for major capital, experts have to focus on the risk of losing their specific historical and cultural traits.


Streets built in 1872 have been broken down for the construction of buildings and trade centers. Hai Thuong Lan Ong in District 5 is now the only remaining ancient street in Ho Chi Minh City.


The municipal government and functional departments should plan the city in accordance with the Cultural Heritage Law to preserve ancient artful architecture, said scientists.

Source: SGGP

World’s iconic sites go dark to fight global warming

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

From Sydney Harbor to the world’s tallest tower in Dubai and the ancient pyramids, major landmarks went dark for an hour to join the battle against climate change.


But politics and commercial priorities meant that some well-known energy-guzzling monuments did not join the record 4,000 cities and 125 countries in Saturday night’s fourth annual Earth Hour organised by the WWF.


Drivers had to cross San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with just their headlights to help them see, while Twitter and Facebook set up applications to let screens darken for an hour along with tourist monuments that briefly went missing from the skyline.

General view of the New York City skyline as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building turn off their tower lights

The annual dimming of lights, this year on Saturday at 8:30 pm in locations around the world, was hailed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as “both a warning and a beacon of hope”.


“From Brazil to America, to Canada, all the way down to Australia, Japan and India — it’s a really diverse set of countries taking part this year,” Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley said.


New Zealand’s Chatham Islands officially started the energy-saving demonstration, switching off its diesel generators to leave just 12 street lamps burning.


Sydney’s iconic harbor and Opera house went dark to the sound of blaring ferry horns.


In Asia, the Forbidden City in China’s capital, the world’s biggest carbon polluter, joined in.


In Dubai, the world’s tallest building, the recently opened Burj Khalifa, had its lights switched off.


Egypt participated as well, with lights turned off at the Giza plateau, plunging the three Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the surrounding desert into total darkness.


North America‘s tallest building, the 110-floor Willis Tower, led a mass switch off in Chicago where more than than 200 buildings joined the campaign to save energy.


“By participating in the symbolic event of Earth Hour, we show that, together, we can collectively make a difference to protect and preserve the environment,” said Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.


Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney and enjoys widespread support from the public and big business, including Google, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.


But some cities and icons could not or would not join in.


In Bangkok, city authorities were ordered to halt their Earth Hour campaign for security reasons as anti-government protesters held a major rally.


In Europe, London’s Big Ben turned off its lights and the bank of advertising neons in Piccadilly Circus went dark. It is thought to be only the fourth time since World War II that the huge Coca-Cola sign there has been dimmed. But some onlookers said the city should have gone further.


“I thought it was going to be the whole of Piccadilly and it’s just the screens. It should have been all the lights and all the buildings around here,” said Sandra Herrera, 23, visiting from Bilbao in Spain.


More than 240 buildings and monuments in Paris participated in Earth Hour, but the Eiffel Tower only went dark for five minutes.

In New York, the landmark Empire State and Chrysler building turned off their lights as did United Nations headquarters on East River.

But Times Square’s hoardings remained a beacon of commercial excess. “It was disappointing,” commented Melodie Carli, a 20-year-old French national in Times Square. “We came here especially to see the event.”

“As we watch the lights go out from continent to continent, let us reflect on the fragility and importance of our natural heritage and pledge to protect it for a sustainable future for all,” said the UN chief.

Source: SGGP

World’s iconic sites go dark to fight global warming

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

PARIS (AFP) – The world’s tallest building went dark, the Eiffel Tower lost its glow and lights were shut off at other sites across the globe Saturday in a campaign to boost the fight against climate change.

A combo shows the Eiffel tower submerging into darkness at 8:30 pm (local time) in Paris as part of the Earth Hour switch-off. AFP photo

Ferry horns blared across Sydney harbour in a noisy start to the Earth Hour energy-saving event, involving 4,000 cities in a record 125 countries.


It was to include 1,200 landmarks from the Forbidden City to Egypt’s pyramids and the Las Vegas Strip, with iconic sites going dark for 60 minutes.


“From Brazil to America, to Canada, all the way down to Australia, Japan and India — it’s a really diverse set of countries taking part this year,” Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley said.


The rolling wave of darkness was intended to boost the environmental movement after disappointing UN talks in Copenhagen in December.


The WWF-run event officially began when New Zealand’s Chatham Islands switched off their diesel generators to leave just 12 street lamps burning and was to end nearly 24 hours later in Samoa.


Beijing’s Forbidden City and Bird’s Nest Stadium were among the participants along with other cities in China, which is the world’s biggest carbon polluter and appointed giant panda Mei Lan its Earth Hour “ambassador”.


But in Bangkok, city authorities were ordered to halt their Earth Hour campaign for security reasons as anti-government protesters held a major rally.


Elsewhere in Asia, the Japanese city of Hiroshima turned off the lights at 30 sites, including its Peace Memorial, set in one of the few buildings to survive an atom bomb attack during World War II.


Private homes also switched off their power. New Delhi Mum Aruna Mehra told AFP: “My daughter invited her friends over for a party to eat by candlelight” — although others drew the line at switching off fans in the sweltering heat.


In Delhi and Mumbai, lights were switched off at shops, hotels, the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential residence, the 17th-century Red Fort and the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex, one of India’s largest Hindu places of worship.


India is expected to be among the countries hit hardest by rising temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, with experts warning such problems could affect food security and displace communities.


In the Middle East, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, had its lights switched off for Earth Hour.


Egypt participated as well, with lights shut off at the Giza plateau, plunging the three Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the surrounding desert area into total darkness.


In Europe, some of the world’s most recognisable sites faded into darkness.


More than 240 buildings and monuments in Paris participated, including the Eiffel Tower — which only went dark for five minutes as opposed to the full hour. Some 1,600 candles were lit at its base in recognition of the event.


London’s Big Ben took part, and the advertising signs at Piccadilly Circus in the city were also turned off. It is thought to be only the fourth time since World War II that the huge Coca-Cola sign there has been dimmed.


But some onlookers in Piccadilly Circus said the measures should have gone further.


“I thought it was going to be the whole of Piccadilly and it’s just the screens. It should have been all the lights and all the buildings around here,” said Sandra Herrera, 23, visiting from Bilbao in Spain.


Rome’s Trevi Fountain, known by many through Federico Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita”, was among Italy’s sites involved in the campaign.


In the United States, some 30 states were on board, with Mount Rushmore, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Chicago’s 110-storey Sears Tower all due to go dark.


Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney and enjoys widespread support both from the public and big business, including Google, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.


This year, even users of ubiquitous Twitter and Facebook could show their support with special applications that turn their displays dark.


In December, two weeks of UN talks in Copenhagen failed to produce a binding commitment to limit global warming or set out concrete plans for doing so, in a setback for the environmental movement.

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Source: SGGP

Internet access sites available everywhere in Vietnam

In Social life on October 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm




Internet access sites available everywhere in Vietnam


QĐND – Sunday, October 25, 2009, 20:49 (GMT+7)

According to the Vietnam International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Vietnam is listed among the top 10 countries achieving the fastest Internet development in the world between 2002-2007.


The number of Internet users in Vietnam is higher than the average level in Asia but, despite this reality, the US House of Representatives has passed resolution H.RES.672 on freedom of the Internet in Vietnam.


A Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter has interviewed the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Do Quy Doan on the issue.


Reporter: The US House of Representatives on October 21 passed resolution H.RES.672, saying that the establishment of the Department for Management of Broadcasting, Television, and Electronic Information in Vietnam has limited freedom on the Internet and censored personal blogs in Vietnam. What is your opinion?


Mr Doan: The establishment of State management agencies is the right of each country in line with the requirements, functions and tasks with which agencies and units are entrusted by the State and Government. The establishment aims to build mechanisms and create the best possible conditions for national development. However, that development must be put within the legal framework.


It (the US House of Representatives) claims that the establishment of the Department for Management of Broadcasting, Television, and Electronic Information is aimed at limiting freedom on the Internet or censoring blogs, I think this is a brazen distortion. In fact, every country has its own agency for broadcasting and television management, including the US. In my opinion, the only explanation for this is simple: misunderstanding or intentional misinterpretation.


Reporter:  In resolution H.RES.672, the US House of Representatives said that the Department for Management of Broadcasting, Television, and Electronic Information in Vietnam requests Internet service providers to provide them with information about Internet users who have violated regulations set by the Ministry of Information and Communications. What is your assessment of this information?


Mr. Doan: I don’t understand what basis they have to say this. The Department for Management of Broadcasting, Television, and Electronic Information is a counselor to assist the Ministry of Information and Communications in management in the field of broadcasting, television and electronic information. There is no way in which the Department has violated regulations set by the Ministry.


It should be seen that in the process of management, appropriate authorities always try to encourage the positive. All countries over the world see the two sides of using the internet. I think it’s necessary to encourage a service provider to cooperate with appropriate authorities to prevent harmful information.


Reporter: As a manager in field of broadcasting, television, how do you assess the development of internet services in Vietnam?


Mr. Doan: It has been 12 years since Vietnam accessed the internet for the first time on November 19, 1997. During this time, with the assistance of the State, the internet in Vietnam has developed quickly-the number of people using the internet in the country has now risen to 22 million, one-fourth of its population. The figure shows how widely the internet has spread in Vietnam. If it had kept under strict control, Vietnam wouldn’t have seen such a rapid speed of development.


Not long ago, during my visit to the US, I went to see one of my friends working at the Voice of America’s foreign relations department who had just come back from Vietnam. He said he was also told that there was a limit on the freedom to use the internet in Vietnam. However, he saw internet services everywhere in the country. Even at 12pm-1am, internet cafes were still busy.


Therefore, it cannot be said that Vietnam limits the use of the internet. If that were the case, there would not have been such an internet boom.


Reporter: Thank you very much.


Source: VOV


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Hanoi keen to welcome more tourists to historical sites

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi, with its abundance of beautiful landscapes, has attached great importance to developing both its historical and cultural tourist industry, according to a municipal official.

On the sidelines of the 7th annual conference of the Council for Promotion of Tourism in Asia (CPTA) taking place in Hanoi between Oct. 5-10, Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Cao Thi Ngoc Lan said Hanoi is home to more than 4,000 historical sites, of which 1,400 are certificated.
The capital city is also increasing its focus on developing other types of tourism such as MICE tourism, trade street tourism and festival tourism.

In August 2008, Hanoi’s area tripled from 920 sq.m to 3,200 sq.m with a total population of nearly 7 million people, becoming one of the 17 largest capitals in the world. This expansion has created opportunities for the capital city’s tourism sector to develop more types of tourism, including eco-tourism, relaxation breaks and trade village tourism.

Also at the conference, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang affirmed that the tourism industry should become an important economic sector, adding that it is one of the city’s top priorities.

Hanoi’s tourism development plan is suitable for CPTA’s objective of launching a marketing campaign entitled “Welcome to Asia” and other related marketing activities that will further the prosperity and development of CPTA member cities’ tourism networks, she said.

Since 2001, Hanoi has enjoyed an annual growth in tourism of 10 percent and the number of international visitors to the city accounted for 30 percent of the country’s total foreign arrivals.

In the first nine months of this year, Hanoi has welcomed nearly 1 million foreign tourists and 5 million locals, representing respective increases of 5 percent and 15 percent over the same period last year.-

Local firms eye online gaming sites

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2008 at 1:13 pm







Online gaming attracts city youths. In-game advertising has been proved both cost effective, and it reaches a vast number of potential customers. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh

HA NOI — As the online games industry develops in Viet Nam, more and more enterprises are turning to the Net to advertise their goods.


At present, there are more than 50 international electronic games publishers with a variety of products in Viet Nam, according to the Department of Information and Technology under the Information and Communications Ministry.


Total revenue from the games industry reached US$45 million in 2007, a year-on-year increase of 60 per cent. It is expected to reach $83 million by 2010.


Phan Sao Nam, director of VTC Online Telecommunications Company, said advertising at online games sites is growing in attractiveness because it is a relatively cheap way of marketing goods. Companies must fork out $2,000 for 30 seconds of airtime on television. Samsung Co, on the other had, pays just $200,000 for a year’s worth of advertising on VTC Co’s online Audition site, said Nam.


Xuan Minh, director of marketing at 24h Online Game Joint Stock Co, said in-game advertising is very effective because of the cost benefits and because it is a good way of reaching a vast number of potential customers.


Domestic IT firms are beginning to pay more attention to the advertising potential of online game sites.






In-game advertisements first appeared in Viet Nam on some MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), but they attracted little attention. However, towards the end of 2006, Samsung signed a deal worth $200,000 to advertise on VTC’s Casual Game website.

At the beginning of this year, VTC Online signed an advertising deals with the website http://www.nhacvui.net and the makers of Bigbabol chewing gum. The company also plans to sign advertising deals in the near future with makers of consumer goods, mobile phones and mobile service providers.


Enterprises are looking to reach larger audiences and online games advertising meets that need, said Bui Ngoc Quoc Hung, director of Vinagame, one of the country’s largest games publishers.


However, Vietnamese enterprises are still reluctant to embrace the online games industry. Nam said VTC Co’s Audition Game brought in only a modest revenue of US$500,000 from advertising in 2007.


“In Viet Nam, advertising at online games sites is still in a trial period. Local enterprises should recognise its potential,” said Nguyen Duc Kien, director of Quang Minh Technology and Communication Co. —