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Italy helps My Son World Heritage restoration

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

Findings on ancient Cham bricks and mortar have contributed to the restoration and conservation of My Son World Heritage.

          My Son Sanctuary (Photo: Vnexpresss)

At a press briefing held in Hanoi on Dec. 21, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Enzo Angeloni said the result of the second phase of the “Safeguarding of My Son World Heritage” project was attributable to the joint efforts of the Vietnamese and Italian scientists as well as the assistance of the Italian Government and UNESCO representative office in Vietnam.


The Italian diplomat said Vietnam’s heritage conservation projects are on the priority list for the Italian Government’s development cooperation in Vietnam. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Italian Government will continue assisting Vietnam to implement the third phase of the project.


The project, financed by Italy through UNESCO, was carried out with non-refundable aid of 642,000 USD in the first phase from 2003 to 2005 and 453,000 USD in the second phase from 2006-2010.


Under the project, Italian, UNESCO and Vietnamese experts have conducted research activities and materials analysis and tested building techniques as well as provided vocational training for officials and management officers of the archeological area of My Son.


At the event, Italy introduced a draft manual on the restoration of heritages based on experience gained during the implementation of the project. This publication, in English and Vietnamese, will soon be available at national and international level.


The archeological area of My Son is one of the most important relics in Vietnam and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam wins World Pencak Silat Championship

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:27 am




Vietnam wins World Pencak Silat Championship


QĐND – Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

Vietnam took the first place at the 14 th World Pencak Silat Championships (WPSC), which closed on Dec. 19 after six days of competition in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta.


The Vietnamese team defended its championship title with eight gold medals, especially one gold gained from the seni event, which is the strength of host Indonesia.


The WPSC, opened on Dec. 12, drew the participation of 425 athletes from 32 countries worldwide.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

17th World Festival of Youth and Students closes

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:21 am




17th World Festival of Youth and Students closes


QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:28 (GMT+7)

A Vietnamese delegation led by Vo Van Thuong, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, has actively contributed to the success of the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) which closed in South Africa on December 21.


It highlighted Vietnam’s efforts to promote the world youth and students movement for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.


At the festival, the Vietnamese delegation held 39 bilateral meetings with leaders from youth organizations of many countries and delivered reports at 80 seminars, conferences and international solidarity forums.


One of the reports that drew loud applause from leaders of WFYS 17, is related to the international tribunal against the imperialist use of Agent Orange during the war in Vietnam and its severe and long-lasting consequences on civilians.


In his closing speech, the President of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Julius Malema emphasised the success of the WFYS 17 as part of the struggle to defeat imperialism for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation.


Mr Melema said that the festival brought into play the active role of young generations in fighting imperialism and strengthening solidarity and friendship among the progressive youths in the world. He also voiced support for the Cuban people, peace on the Korean peninsula and peace for Zimbabwe and other African nations.


He called for co-ordinated efforts in the struggle against imperialism for a world of peace without nuclear weapons and an international system based on social justice, national sovereignty, independence, freedom, security, solidarity and international cooperation.


He spoke highly of the Vietnamese people’s victories in the past struggle against US imperialists and their socio-economic achievements in the current process of socialist construction, considering them as valuable lessons for progressive and revolutionary forces in the world.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

World Bank steps up support for Vietnam’s higher education

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

The World Bank and the State Bank of Vietnam on Thursday signed a financing agreement and related legal documents for the Higher Education Development Policy Credit valued at US$50 million.
 
The credit is provided by the International Development Association, the arm of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.


The program as a whole is designed to support implementation of the Vietnamese government’s higher education reform agenda. This operation aims to strengthen governance and accountability, rationalize financing, improve quality of teaching and research, and enhance transparency in financial management within the higher education sector. 


Addressing the signing ceremony, Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, said: “Further progress in  access to, and quality of education and training at all levels is critical for achieving Vietnam’s development objectives and in particular its objective to build the skills needed to raise the competitiveness of its economy.”

Source: SGGP

World braces for WikiLeaks flood of US cables

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Governments around the world on Saturday braced for the release of millions of potentially embarrassing US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks as Washington raced to contain the fallout.

A screengrab of the Wikileaks page, taken in October.

The whistle-blower website is expected to put online three million leaked cables covering US dealings and confidential views of countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel, Russia and Turkey.


US diplomats skipped their Thanksgiving holiday weekend and headed to foreign ministries hoping to stave off anger over the cables, which are internal messages that often lack the niceties diplomats voice in public.


“WikiLeaks are an absolutely awful impediment to my business, which is to be able to have discussions in confidence with people. I do not understand the motivation for releasing these documents,” said James Jeffrey, the US ambassador to Iraq.


“They will not help, they will simply hurt our ability to do our work here,” he told reporters.


The top US military commander, Admiral Mike Mullen, meanwhile urged WikiLeaks to stop its “extremely dangerous” release of documents, according to a transcript of a CNN interview set to air Sunday.


State Department spokesman Philip Crowley also condemned WikiLeaks’ plans.


“It will place lives and interests at risk. It is irresponsible,” he said.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had contacted leaders in Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France and Afghanistan over the issue, he added.


Russia’s respected Kommersant newspaper said that the documents included US diplomats’ conversations with Russian politicians and “unflattering” assessments of some of them.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed the impending file dump on “little thieves running around the Internet,” the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.


WikiLeaks has not specified the documents’ contents or when they would be put online, but Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said officials were expecting a release “late this week or early next week.”


The website has said there would be “seven times” as many secret documents as the 400,000 Iraq war logs it published last month.


Turkish media said the planned release includes papers suggesting that Ankara helped Al-Qaeda militants in Iraq and that the United States helped Iraq-based Kurdish rebels fighting against Turkey — potentially explosive revelations for the two allies.


Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey did not know what the documents contained.


“This is speculation,” he said on CNN Turk. “But as a principle, tolerating or ignoring any terrorist action that originates in Turkey and targets a neighboring country, particularly Iraq, is out of the question.”


Israel has also been warned of potential embarrassment from the latest release, which could include confidential reports from the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Haaretz newspaper said, citing a senior Israeli official.


The US ambassador in Canada telephoned Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon about the leak, a ministry spokeswoman said, adding that the Canadian embassy in Washington was “engaging” with the State Department on the matter.


Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told parliament that US diplomats informed him “that the person responsible for leaking the information has been arrested.”


The government meanwhile said that it was alarmed about “possible negative repercussions for Italy” from the release of the cables.


Officials in Australia, Britain, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden also said they had been contacted by US diplomats regarding the release.


Australia on Saturday condemned the whistle-blower website, saying the planned release could be a national security risk.


“The reckless and large-scale exposure of classified material by WikiLeaks could put at risk individuals named in these documents and harm the national security interests of the United States and its partners,” an Australian foreign affairs spokesman said.


US officials have not confirmed the source of the leaked documents, but suspicion has fallen on Bradley Manning, a former army intelligence agent.


He was arrested after the earlier release of a video showing air strikes that killed civilian reporters in Baghdad.


Wired magazine said Manning confessed to the leaks during a webchat in May. He was quoted as saying he acted out of idealism after watching Iraqi police detain men for distributing a “scholarly critique” against corruption.


WikiLeaks argues that the first two document dumps — US soldier-authored incident reports from 2004 to 2009 — shed light on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including allegations of torture by Iraqi forces and reports that suggested 15,000 additional civilian deaths in Iraq.


WikiLeaks is the project of Australian hacker Julian Assange. Sweden recently issued an international warrant for his arrest, saying he is wanted for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual molestation.


 

Source: SGGP

Focus on India as world meets to save tiger

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:50 am

As Russia hosts an unprecedented summit on saving the wild tiger, much of the attention is focusing on India, home to nearly half of the big cats but also a leading centre for poaching.


Experts here said that despite positive steps, India is struggling to deal with poaching, with poor villagers willing to kill and sell tigers for just 100 dollars and the rangers charged with protecting the animals under-paid and poorly equipped.


“Poaching is the major threat, number two is habitat destruction,” said Satya Prakash Yadav, an official with India’s environment ministry taking part in the summit of 13 nations in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.

An Indian Royal Bengal tiger at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad in June 2010.

India is home to 1,411 tigers of the estimated 3,200 still living in the wild but also to 54 percent of poaching and trafficking cases. According to a recent report by the Traffic International non-governmental organisation, more than 1,000 tigers have been killed in the last decade in Asia.


“People living around the tiger reserves are always poor and if you come offering them a big price for the tigers they will take it,” said Sejal Worah, the director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Indian branch.


“The poacher gets only 100 dollars but the price of all the parts could be a 100 or 200 times more than that.”


Much of the poaching is fuelled by demand for tiger parts in Thailand, where there are far fewer of the wild cats, she said.


Good laws are in place to protect tigers in India, but enforcement has been lax, said Vivek Menon, the director for Southeast Asia for the International Fund for Animal Protection (IFAW), which has trained more than 7,000 rangers in India, a third of the country’s anti-poaching force.


“We have seven years in prison, not fines, if you kill a tiger…. What more do you want? India has very good laws. But the problem is the implementation in such a big country,” he said.


“For many years, nobody went to jail. Before, the judiciary never convicted. That has changed in the last five-six years and this is a good step.”


India’s federal government launched a tiger protection programme in 2007 with several million dollars allocated to urgent measures to cut down on poaching.


Among other efforts, the government recently began hiring retired soldiers to work on tiger reserves.


But Worah said the rangers are working in difficult conditions, hampering their efforts.


“It’s difficult and thankless work,” she said. “Often they are not paid for months and they are badly equipped. Sometimes they don’t even have boots or raincoats.”


Another effort has seen Indian authorities displace villages located in reserves to install tigers in the area. India is expected to commit during the summit to creating protected zones for tigers free of infrastructure, roads and people — a move that is likely to engender controversy.


“In a country like India it is difficult to reserve a zone and to say this is only for tigers and not for anything or anyone else. We don’t have the kind of space that Russia has,” Worah said.


“Social problems are competing with the tigers. It is a fight every day. But it is not a fight we are losing. We make two steps forward for every step back,” Menon said.


Animal-rights groups say the tiger population in India has fallen from 5,000 to fewer than 2,000 in the last five years, despite the allocation of 32,000 square kilometres (12,800 square miles) of sanctuary space.

Still, experts said India has scored some successes in its efforts to save the tiger and they hope the country is on the right track.

“Many of the success stories we talked about even here at the summit are from India,” Worah said.

“India is not a bad example, it’s just a realistic example,” Menon said.

Source: SGGP

World leaders scramble for funds to save the tiger

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

World Aikido masters to perform in Hanoi

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

Saint Giong Festival recognized as UNESCO’s world cultural heritage

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

Save the world from climate change — by computer

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 4:25 am