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Mister Vietnam 2010 contest this weekend

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

Mister Vietnam 2010 contest will announce their winner at the Vung Tau Sporting Hall on January 1, 2011.

“Mister Vietnam 2010” contestants visit Nha Be Garment Company. (Photo: Sggp)

The contest which began in November is now on its final round. It is the first beauty contest for men in the country and besides the main title their will be other titles given such as Mister Environment to Le Kien Dinh; Mister Sport to Nguyen Nhat Duy; Mister Talent to Pham Thanh, Mister Gentleman to Vu Duy Hung and Mister Intelligence Do Ba Dat.

The judges include historian Duong Trung Quoc, PhD, Tham Hoang Diep, Singer Jimmii Nguyen, actress Truong Ngoc Anh, model Pham Thanh Hang, photographer Quoc Huy, fashion designers Nguyen Cong Tri and Do Manh Cuong.

Ngo Tien Doan, a representative of the organizing committee and a former Mister International 2008 said the pageant aims to honor beauty of the physical body and the spirit and knowledge of Vietnamese men. The essential qualities needed to win this contest are confidence, style, elegance and intelligence.
The winner will not only receive a cash prize of VND750 million (US$37,500) but will represent Vietnam at the Mister International 2011 pageant in the Philippines.

Mister International 2010 Tyan Terry has already arrived in Vietnam to take part in the event.

The contest is jointly hosted by the Vietnam Television VTV9 and the Bac Dau Entertainment Company and sponsored by Nha Be Garment Company. Its final night will be broadcast live on VTV9, VTV4, and RTV channels.

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Source: SGGP

Seafood shares look promising in last quarter this year

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

Most of seafood exporters announced healthy earning results in the first nine months of the years thanks to surging demand worldwide and the strong US dollar. However, some catfish and basa producers were hit by anti-dumping taxes, while shrimp exporters took profit from the weakening supply caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the US.

(Photo: tuoitreonline)

Minh Phu Seafood Joint Stock Company (MPC) produced 16,660 tons of shrimp in the first three quarters of 2010, with the profit reaching VND253.3 billion (US$13 million).

Sao Ta Foods Joint Stock Company (FMC) made an after-tax profit of VND5.97 billion ($298,500) in the third quarter, a significant increase of 190 percent year-on-year. The profit from exporting seafood, which is the firm’s core business, surged 176.5 percent year-on-year to VND31.11 billion ($1.6 million).

Financial experts said seafood exporters took big profit from the dollar/Vietnam dong exchange rate fluctuation, which saw the rate rose from VND18,465 per dollar early this year to VND19,500 per dollar. The stronger dollar gave the exporters selling seafood to the US around 5 percent of their revenue in the first three quarter this year.

Catfish and basa exporters meanwhile suffered heavy losses in the first nine months of the year as they struggled to deal with increasing material price and anti-dumping taxes. Among losers are BASA Joint Stock Company (BAS) with a loss of VND7.5 billion ($375,000).

Third quarter revenue of Cuulong Fish Joint Stock Company (ACL) rose 45.8 percent year-on-year, but its profit dropped 64.7 percent. Similarly, the net profit in the first nine months of Hung Vuong Corporation (HVG), one of the country’s biggest catfish and basa exporters, only made out of 50.9 percent of the target.

But analysts said the seafood sector’s average price-to-earnings rate (P/E) of 7.6x was much lower than the stock market’s average P/E rate of 11.4x, showing seafood share prices are pretty good.

They also expect seafood sector will be booming in the last quarter thanks to the yearend rising consumption prices and the US dollar getting stronger.

The seafood demand at developed countries often increase significantly in the last quarter every year as they come into the festival season.

Shrimp price surged to $3-4.8/pound in the first nine months as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the USA prompted to a shortage in shrimp supplying.

Source: SGGP

Swine flu claims 8 lives in Vietnam this year

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Almost 10 million visit Hanoi this year

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Almost 10 million visit Hanoi this year

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Nine million Vietnamese and 960,000 foreign visitors arrived in Hanoi so far this year, representing increases of 40% and 15% over the same period last year, Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) daily quoted Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

As saying that Hanoi welcomed 1.2 million domestic visitors and more than 30 thousand foreign visitors during the 10-day celebrations of the city’s 1,000 th anniversary from October 1-10.

Tien said he expects a greater number of foreign tourists will arrive in Hanoi following the anniversary.

The capital’s tourism sector will continue to improve quality of hotels and tourism services in order to achieve the target of 1.4 million international tourists and 11 million domestic tourists in 2010.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Exports may grow 20 percent this year, experts say

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

Based on the export performance in January-July and the number of contracts recently signed with foreign partners, the country may achieve an export growth of up to 18-20 percent this year, twice the target set by the National Assembly, experts said.

The textile and garment sector may achieve an export growth of 18-20 percent, while the footwear industry may see its export turnover increase by 15-16 percent this year, Diep Thanh Kiet, vice chairman of the Association of Garments, Textiles, Embroidery and Knitwear forecast.

Businesses in the woodwork processing sector have accelerated their efforts to fulfill orders from foreign partners, in order to meet the sector’s export target of US$3 billion this year.

Artisans make art handicraft products for export at Quan Quan Co.

In the first seven months of the year, the prices of many export commodities increased, especially those of crude oil, coal, rubber, rice, tea, pepper and cashew.

Export markets also expanded in the period, with exports to countries in Asia, the US and Europe increasing by 48 percent, 23 percent and 15 percent respectively.

The period saw 11 export items achieve an export turnover of over US$1 billion each, including textiles and garment, crude oil, footwear, seafood, rice, coffee, steel and iron, woodworks, machinery and equipment, computers and parts thereof, and precious stones and metals.

In the last quarter of this year, exports are likely to increase sharply and the prices of some key export items may continue rising, according to the Minsitry of Industry and Trade.

Many textile and garment companies are facing a shortage of workers, finding it hard to fulfill orders they have received from foreign importers, Mr. Kiet said.

Lacking workers together with an increase in prices of imported materials have diminished profit in many woodworks exporters, experts said, adding that some businesses have planed to set up bonded warehouses in foreign countries to accelerate exports and cut down expenses.

Meanwhile, exporters of seafood and farm produce are facing a shortage of both workers and materials.

In addition, possible anti-dumping actions by foreign companies is also one of the biggest chellenges to domestic businesses in some industries. Therefore, the Competitiveness Management Department has set up an early alert system that monitors developments in key markets to minimize the risk of anti-dumping actions agaisnt domestic businesses.

To help exporters boost growth, the State should assist them in expanding export outlets and obtaining more capital for business purposes. In addtion, the product price and market forecasts should also been stregnthened to assist exporters in preparing export plans effectively.

Source: SGGP

Afghan war kills 1,325 civilians this year: rights group

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, mostly by Taliban insurgents, a leading Afghan rights group said Sunday.

Taliban militants were responsible for about 68 percent of the 1,325 deaths while Afghan and NATO troops were to blame for 23 percent, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission said.

Violent but “unknown factors” killed the rest, it said.

The new toll shows a five percent increase over the same period last year, the group said, citing a nationwide count of civilian casualties by its regional offices, senior commissioner Nader Nadery told reporters.

Most of the casualties caused by the insurgents were killed by improvised explosive devices, the Taliban’s weapon of choice which is also responsible for most military deaths in Afghanistan.

Nadery said fewer people had died in NATO-led airstrikes but more had been killed in rocket attacks targeting insurgents, but he did not give figures.

Civilian casualties have become a critical issue in the nearly nine-year Afghan war and reducing the number of such incidents is seen as crucial to a US-led counter-insurgency strategy designed to end the conflict.


Source: SGGP

Tourism sees big growth this year

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Tourism sees big growth this year

QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Vietnam welcomed around 410,000 foreign tourists in July, bringing the total number of foreign visitors to the nation in the first seven months of the country to more than 2.9 million, a year-on-year rise of almost 35 percent.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the number of foreigners coming to Vietnam for work increased by 46 percent, followed by those for vacation, up by more than 44 percent.

The number of foreign tourists from China recorded an impressive growth of 95.4 percent; followed by Cambodia (up 93 percent), Thailand (32 percent) and the Republic of Korea (RoK) (31 percent).

HCM City took the lead in attracting foreign tourists in the first seven months of the year, with over 1.6 million arrivals, a rise of 13 percent from last year.

Experts say the increase in foreign holidaymakers to Vietnam was attributable to the world’s economic recovery that helped boost tourism demand.

Vietnam has organized tourism promotion programmes and cultural exchanges in China, Japan, the RoK and Cambodia in addition to road shows in Australia, Norway and West European countries.

The country is expected to receive 4.5-4.6 million foreign tourists this year, a year-on-year rise of more than 17 percent.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

City expected to reach target of three million international visitors this year

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Ho Chi Minh City, the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracted 1.5 million foreign visitors in the first six months of the year, producing revenue of over VND40 trillion (US$2 billion), making the target of achieving three million foreign tourists a promising prospect, said Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism on July 8.

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 1.5 million foreign visitors in the first six months of the year, producing revenue of over VND40 trillion (US$2 billion). (Filed photo)

A ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam’s tourism sector and 35th anniversary of establishment and development of the city tourism.

Speaking at the ceremony, Thang lavishly praised the city’s efforts to make tourism a key sector, attracting a large of international visitors each year.

Seven out of country’s ten top-ranking travel companies are in Ho Chi Minh City, said Thang.

The Vietnamese tourism now contributed to about 5 per cent of GDP but its actual contribution to the society was far greater. The industry now ranks 5th among ASEAN countries with 3.7 million international visitors in 2009.

Vietnam is expected to welcome 4.2 million international visitors this year, Thang said.

The country has signed 43 international tourism treaties with countries in the region and globally, many of which represent Vietnam’s key markets, such as China, South Korea, Japan, ASEAN nations, France, Spain, Italy and India, the Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) deputy director Nguyen Manh Cuong said.

Vietnamese enterprises have entered partnerships with more than 1,000 travel agencies in over 60 countries and territories.

By the end of 2009, there were nearly 800 Vietnamese international travel companies in operation, including 70 State-owned enterprises and more than 10,000 others providing inbound tours.

On the same day, the city’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism opened an exhibition named “Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Industry – 35 years of Establishment and Development,” at Lam Son Park.

The exhibition will run through July 16.

Source: SGGP

400,000 rural workers to receive vocational training this year

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

400,000 rural workers to receive vocational training this year

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

A total of 400,000 people will benefit from the first year of a vocational training scheme for rural workers until 2020, said the General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT) of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

Around 12,000 of the beneficiaries are disadvantaged rural workers and ethnic people. Eighty percent of them are expected to get jobs after training.

GDVT Deputy Head Cao Van Sam said that three vocational training models are being applied in target areas, which combine job training with the development of existing or new craft villages, and the building of material zones.

The general department has collaborated with enterprises, industrial zones and vocational schools to help rural workers acquire necessary skills to work in industry and services or local industrial and export processing zones.

At a recent conference on vocational training for rural workers in the northern province of Nam Dinh, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan requested that training should be started in all target communes before the end of coming October. All districts must have officials in charge of the task, he said.

The 26 trillion VND scheme, which was approved by the Government in November 2009, aims to provide vocational training to more than 1 million rural workers each year from now until 2020.

According to the ministry, the rate of rural workers receiving vocational training is now standing at 18.7 percent, as against the national rate of 25 percent.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thai PM says no plan for elections this year

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

BANGKOK, July 2, 2010 (AFP) – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday he had no plans to hold elections this year because more time was needed for reconciliation following the deadliest political unrest in decades.

“The government is not ruling out dissolution (of the lower house of parliament) or early elections but the atmosphere must be more reconciliatory,” he said live on television.

“I am not intending to dissolve the House before the end of the year because at the moment my government has stability to pursue policies which benefit people,” he said, adding that it would be better to hold the vote in 2011.

Abhisit had proposed November polls in a bid to end two months of crippling protests in Bangkok by the “Red Shirts” movement, but he shelved the plan because demonstrators refused to disperse until the army quashed the rally.

The British-born, Oxford-educated head of the establishment Democrat Party does not have to go to the polls until the end of next year.

His Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said last month on a trip to Brussels that elections could be held in early 2011.

The mass protests by the Reds, who were campaigning for immediate elections, sparked outbreaks of violence that left 90 people dead, mostly civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured, ending with a deadly army crackdown on May 19.

Abhisit launched a hotline on Thursday for people to ring in with their suggestions for national reconciliation after the kingdom’s political crisis.

Source: SGGP