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Russia tightens checks on meat imports over dioxin crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Russia said Saturday it had heightened checks on meat from Germany and other European countries and threatened an import ban after Germany closed thousands of farms over animal feed tainted with dioxin.

Eggs suspected to be contaminated with dioxin, are pictured at a laboratory of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s food control institute in Muenster January 4, 2011

The Russian agriculture watchdog said in a statement sent to AFP on Saturday that it had “taken the decision to heighten control of food of animal origin imported from Germany and several other European Union countries”.

It did not specify which European Union countries fell under the tougher rules.

The watchdog also threatened that Russia could ban meat imports if it did not receive official information on the situation as soon as possible and if it were not satisfied by European measures to control the situation.

The watchdog “retains the right to introduce restrictions on supplying food of animal origin to the Russian market from the regions of heightened risk”, it said in the statement.

German officials said Friday they had shut 4,700 farms and destroyed more than 100,000 eggs after tests showed dangerous levels of dioxin, a poisonous chemical compound, in fatty acids used to make industrial animal feed.

The Russian agency complained of its “serious concern” that it had not received any information from Germany or the executive European Commission on the situation and said it had sent an official request.

“The European Union still lacks a system to react urgently to cases that could be dangerous for animals and humans,” the watchdog’s spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko told the Interfax news agency.


Source: SGGP

Health Ministry tightens oversight over hospital pharmacies

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

A patient buys drugs in a hospital pharmacies (Photo: Nhat Lam)

The Health Minister has ordered hospitals nationwide to ensure outside individuals are not allowed to manage pharmacies located in their premises.

In an instruction issued last Friday (May 7), the Ministry of Health ordered that pharmaceutical departments and finance department of a hospital will manage the pharmacies.

In inviting bids for supplying the hospital-based pharmacies with drugs, the bidders would haver to meet specific criteria relating to warehouse facilities, distribution license, quality certification, the instruction said.

The new instruction follows findings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City that the prices of drugs were raised by up to four times in hospital pharmacies as a result of manipulation by drug suppliers and distributors.

Source: SGGP

Viet Nam tightens control over foreign fishing vessels

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

Viet Nam tightens control over foreign fishing vessels

QĐND – Monday, April 12, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Every foreign fishing vessel operating in Vietnamese waters will be required to have a member of the Vietnamese authorities on board as of June 1.

Under Decree No 32/2010/ND-CP issued recently by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on managing the operation of foreign fishing vessels in Vietnamese waters, foreign fishermen will have to apply for a licence to fish in local waters.

The licence will be valid for not more than 12 months for aquatic exploitation and 24 months for aquatic-related activities.

An expert from the ministry’s Department for Fisheries Resources Exploitation and Protection Tran Nam Trung said the decree, replacing the old decree No 191/2004/NB-CP, would create more favourable conditions for foreign fishermen to operate in Vietnamese waters.

“It will take between three to ten days for foreign fishermen to receive a licence or have their licence renewed or extended,” Trung said.

The decree also covers the rights and interests of foreign boat owners. They will receive regular weather updates from Vietnamese authorities as well as information relating to fisheries activities. They will also be informed of regulations when needed and be protected by the State of Viet Nam while operating in the country.

However, they will have to pay for all related fees and inform the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Fisheries General Department in written form a week before their boats arrive in Vietnamese waters.

Foreign fishermen must also complete entry procedures for Viet Nam as regulated and bring with them related documents such as fishing licences, boat registration certificates and technical safety registration certificates for their boats.

Particularly, they will be required to abide by all related regulations of Viet Nam and international treaties that Viet Nam has signed or joined.

The PM has also issued another decree managing the fishing activities of Vietnamese individuals and organisations within domestic waters.

Under Decree No 33/2010/ND-CP, Vietnamese individuals and organisations involved in domestic fisheries must abide by regulations issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development or provincial-level People’s Committees.

For example, they must follow regulations on the kinds of fish that are banned from exploitation; kinds of fishing equipment and vessels that are harmed or limited; and areas where they are not allowed to operate.

The decree also regulates the rights and obligations of Vietnamese individuals and organisations when fishing outside Viet Nam’s waters.

They are required to carry out all related exit and entry procedures in line with the laws of Viet Nam and countries where they fish, and abide by regulations of Viet Nam and countries or regions in which they operate as well as international treaties that Viet Nam has signed.

While operating in foreign waters, they will have to carry documents and licences provided by the host countries.

The decree will take effect as of June 15.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Gov’t tightens budget spending on properties abroad

In Vietnam Economy on March 17, 2010 at 2:47 am

Gov’t tightens budget spending on properties abroad

QĐND – Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

From April 26, 2010, purchases or construction of offices abroad worth 10 million USD upwards that use State budgets have to get a nod from the Prime Minister, decided a new regulation.

The Government decree No.23/2010/ND-CP sets qualifications for agencies to buy properties abroad with State budgets, which are limited to State-run agencies or agencies fed by State budgets.

The beneficiaries include those representative agencies abroad which have not yet owned any office buildings or any kinds of workplaces.

Also eligible are agencies abroad with their office and living space narrower than 70 percent of standards or their offices and accommodations getting degraded seriously.

Relevant properties projects abroad worth 10 million USD upwards also need to receive the Prime Minister’s approval in procedures and proceedings of investments and construction.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

S.Africa tightens security as World Cup draw looms

In World on December 4, 2009 at 4:42 am


Police stand for a briefing outside the Cape Town International Congress Centre (CTICC)

South Africa has beefed up security around Cape Town for the World Cup draw to be held on Friday to prevent any incident and reassure fans about visiting one of the world’s most crime-plagued nations.

With an average of 50 people killed every day, fears about crime have dogged South Africa since it was named host nation.

With Africa’s first World Cup just six months away, the country has been recruiting new police, putting them through tough training, and buying hi-tech new equipment.

About 100,000 people are expected to watch the draw at the Waterfront in Cape Town. More than 100 million people will likely watch the event on television in 200 countries around the world.

Keenly aware that any incident would only heighten the country’s reputation for crime, security forces have pulled out all the stops to ensure the draw runs smoothly — with 1,000 police on patrol around the event, armed forces onstandy and even tightened air security protocols for flights around the city.

“There is adequate security that has been put in place,” South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani told AFP.

“We are more than happy with the security measures for Friday and preparations that have been put in place when the actual World Cup starts.”

South Africa’s chief World Cup organiser Danny Jordaan said the country is spending 1.3 billion rands (177 million dollars, 117 million euro) to beef up security.

That includes the 41,000 police officers deployed for the event, but also new equipment including helicopters, water cannons, body armour and 100 new patrol vehicles.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokeswoman Sally de Beer said 14 government departments have worked for two years to create the security plans for Friday’s draw and the month-long tournament that begins June 11.

“The SAPS, the South African National Defence Force and intelligence agencies are ready to deal with any contingency, be it land on land, in the air or at sea,” she said in a statement.

While South Africa’s general crime rate is alarming, Jordaan noted that the country has staged other high-profile sports events without incident.

“For 15 years, we have not failed anybody, South Africa’s track record in that is unquestionable,” he told the Soccerex business conference this week.

“In 2009, we hosted the British and Irish Lions, then we had the Indian Premier League, Confederations Cup and then the International Cricket Council matches,” he said.

“Currently the England Cricket team and the Barmy army is here and I have not had complaints. If you believe South Africans are aggressive, it’s a label which is unfair and unjust. There has not been a single incident of security during the hosting of these events.”

“Societal crimes are not my responsibilities,” Jordaan said. “Events crime are my responsibilities. Events crime starts from arrival at the airport, fan parks and venue security.”

Since taking office in May, South African President Jacob Zuma has taken an agressive new tone about fighting crime, sparking a national debate about how much force police should use in chasing criminals.

With parliament mulling greater leeway for police to use force, debate over a so-called “shoot-to-call” intensified last month with the accidental shooting death of a three-year-old boy, killed as officer chased a murder suspect.

Zuma on Tuesday urged South Africans to welcome the 450,000 foreign fans expected for the World Cup.

“Welcome visitors who come to be with us, handle them with care,” he said.

“We expect that everyone who comes here must go away without a single complaint,” he added.

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President tightens links with US university

In Vietnam Education on November 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

State President Nguyen Minh Triet has urged George Mason University to step up applied research in Vietnam and expand its cooperative ties with local counterparts.

President Nguyen Minh Triet (R) shakes hands with George Mason Unversity’s Provost Peter N. Steams in Hanoi on November 24

Receiving George Mason University’s Provost Peter N. Stearns in Hanoi on Nov. 24, President Triet said Vietnam has focused on beefing up educational cooperation while strengthening and promoting its political, economic, trade and investment relations with other countries, including the US.

“Vietnam considers education and training a top priority for national policy and a key to its future in terms of development,” the State leader stressed.

President Triet applauded the US University’s cooperation with the Saigon Institute of Technology (SaigonTech) on short-term training courses in public policy, environmental protection and healthcare, as well as their joint plan to set up an international university in Vietnam.

The establishment of the university will provide Vietnamese students with a chance to access an advanced US-quality education at a lower cost, he said.

The President went on to say that as a prestigious US university, George Mason’s move will help spur the growth of Vietnam’s educational system.

Stearns told his host that George Mason pays careful attention to applied research, dedicating up to US$150 million to support student projects in this field.

As a young university, George Mason currently accommodates over 32,000 students from 130 countries and territories around the world, many of whom are Vietnamese and Americans of Vietnamese origin.

The provost said that in pursuing its target of becoming a global university, George Mason wants to foster cooperation in and sharing of tertiary education research with institutes and universities in Vietnam.

He noted that research and its applications to education play an important role, helping students to catch up with what they need to know in their future careers.

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DPRK tightens borders with RoK

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has decided to allow just 880 of Republic of Korea (RoK)’s officials and managers to remain at the joint industrial complex Kaesong from December 1.

The figure represents only one-fifth of the total 4,200 RoK citizens who stayed in the complex before Pyongyang’s decision, the RoK’s Unification Minister Lee Ha Joong said.

Additionally, the DPRK also decided to suspend the operations of an inter-Korean railway route and suspend tours to Kaesong.

From December 1, the DPRK will open its border gates with the RoK six times a day, down from nineteen times a day. –

Health Ministry tightens up on imported milk supplies

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 11:11 am

HCM CITY — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has ordered authorities nationwide to ban entry to any imports of milk, milk powder or milk-based products that have non-standard labels or do not contain information about supply sources.

Recent tests by the city have shown that the Chinese brand Yili Pure Milk, which was imported last month and sold by Kim An Ltd. Co., is contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertiliser.

Melamine, which is banned from use in food in China, was illegally added by a number of Chinese dairy companies to artificially raise the protein levels in milk, according to news reports.

At least 13,000 Chinese children who drank contaminated milk or milk formula have been hospitalised, with most being treated for kidney stones. The Chinese Health Ministry said 104 of them were in serious condition, the International Herald Tribune reported on Tuesday.

The Yili milk sample was tested at the HCM City Experiment Analysis Service Center on Monday.

Nguyen Van Chau, director of HCM City’s Health Department, has asked the HCM City Customs Department to supply a list of imported milk brands to hasten the inspection work now being done.

Chau also asked the MoH to re-check its list of all officially imported milk brands that had been issued food safety certificates.

The MoH said the 22 Chinese banned milk brands are: Yili, Sanlu, Xiongmao, Shengyuan, Shanxi Gucheng, Bao Ji Hui min, Meng Niu, Jia Duo Tianjin, Guangdong Yashili, Jiang xi Guang ming ying xiong, Hunan Pei yi, Qining, Shanxi Yashili, Jin Bi Min, Shi Yi, Jin dinh, Aomeiduo, Soukang, Baiyue, Leilei, Baoanli and Chenguan. —