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Strong measures taken to stabilize prices

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

King’s memorial tablet taken to Thang Long Imperial Citadel

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 am

King Ly Thai To’s ancestral tablet was taken in a procession from the Do Temple, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi on July 27, to mark the beginning of Buddhist Week.

Hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers join the procession of King Ly Thai To’s ancestral tablet to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Ha Noi. (Photo:VNA)

Buddhist Week runs from July 27 to August 2, a cultural event held in cerebration of the 1,000th Thang Long – Hanoi.

The royal ancestral tablet was first taken to Bac Ninh Province’s Tieu Son Pagoda in homage to Zen Master Van Hanh, who strongly influenced the life and career of the Ly Dynasty’s founder, before its journey to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Most Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, permanent Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha (VBS) in Hanoi, and head of the Dharma Propagation Section of the VBS Central Committee, said the event is a special one and aims to help educate today’s students on the tradition of paying respect to their teachers.

During Buddhist Week, various activities will be held, including a grand ceremony to ask for peace and the people’s prosperity, several requiems, a nighttime festival with garlands of flowers and colored lanterns and a theatrical performance themed “Imprints of Thang Long.”

Source: SGGP

WHO: Urgent steps must be taken to make cities healthier

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

WHO: Urgent steps must be taken to make cities healthier

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

PANO – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that continued population growth in cities in the Western Pacific will have damaging consequences for human health, particularly for the poor, unless urgent steps are taken to tackle health risks for people who live in cities. 

“Many cities in the Western Pacific have grown too fast and too randomly,” Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific said on April 7th. “Millions of people already live in urban slums or near-slums where disease is a serious threat. With the projected rise in urban populations across the Region, the health risks will also rise if insufficient attention is paid to planning and implementation of healthy urban practices and infrastructure.”

Rapid and unplanned urbanisation increases human vulnerability to poverty, disease and natural disasters. Of all the Regions, the Western Pacific Region experiences the most natural hazards and disasters. Countries like the Philippines had their fair share of these in 2009.

“Typhoon Ketsana showed with devastating effect what can happen when urban planning is not a priority. People living in informal settlements suffered disproportionately from the flooding caused by Ketsana, which was compounded by inadequate sanitation systems in some areas of Metro Manila”, said Dr Shin.

After the onset of Ketsana, the number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea increased and outbreaks of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease caused by contact with water contaminated with urine from rats and other mammals, were declared in several areas.

The Western Pacific Region has the highest number of people living in cities compared to other WHO regions. Almost half of people in the Region – some 800 million people – currently live in urban areas, and this figure is expected to rise in the coming years. This shift from rural to urban living has had a profound impact on society and health. For a large and growing number of people and communities, urban living means poverty and isolation, which in turn lead to new health risks and challenges and widen the gap of health inequalities.

Addressing these challenges and narrowing the health inequality gap caused by the rapid increase in urban living are among the most important global health issues of the 21st century. By the year 2030, six out of every 10 people globally will live in cities, and this proportion will grow to seven out of 10 in 2050.

Innovative and effective solutions that mitigate health risks of people living in cities must be found, acted upon and sustained over time. But the health sector cannot act alone, as many of the factors at play are controlled by other sectors. This is why it is time for all sectors to work together with civil society, community groups, architects, engineers, and businesses to ensure that growing cities are healthy cities and to deal with the problems afflicting many of the urban poor.

Planning will work only where there is good urban governance and where the communities – and especially the urban poor – are brought into the decision-making processes that affect their lives. As part of the “1,000 Cities, 1,000 Lives” campaign for World Health Day 2010, events are taking place around the globe to showcase what cities and citizens can do to make a positive and lasting difference for health.

“It’s time for everyone to do their part. Cities in this Region have all the ingredients for positive change”, said Dr Shin. “Today, more than 500 cities across the Western Pacific participated in World Health Day celebrations and organized events. We urge them – and all of you – to support and sustain these efforts for the future. World Health Day may be held one day per year, but the health of the people is an every day matter.”

Reported by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND