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HCMC’s international food festival attracts 24 countries worldwide

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

Over 24 countries around the world will take part in an international food festival to be held in the end of the year, announced the City’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism on Tuesday.

The international food festival featuring hundreds of dishes of more than 20 countries will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from December 26 to January 2, 2011. (Photo: KK)The fifth “Taste of the world” festival 2010 will include 60 display booths, which will feature special dishes from around the world. In addition, it will offer a 10-50 percent discount at a certain time of the day (deemed the golden time) which is from 7pm to 9pm on December 31.

On this special night, celebrating the New Year’s Eve, a music performance will be held. 

The event also consists of a cooking contest, giving visitors a chance to taste special dishes from around the world; a display of Vietnamese; a new world record for a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake); music shows; folk games and much more.

The opening ceremony will start with a parade and be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television’s HTV9 channel.

Furthermore, a ceremony welcoming the third million visitors to come the city on December 12 will be held. The tourism sector expects to receive around 3.1 million international tourists this year.

In addition, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism will cooperate with the Department of Trade and Industry to organize the “Special promotion month” program offering 5-10 percent discount for visitors from December 15 to January 15, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Creative contest opens to worldwide challengers

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 6:20 am

Qualcomm is officially launching their first ever Augmented Reality Developer Challenge, which opens to all worldwide computing users, with US$200,000 in the total prize money.

The advertising banner for the contest (Photo: Qualcomm)

The contest is on a mission to help developers improve their imagination and talent upon the support of the Qualcomm latest-released component, Qualcomnn AR SDK.

Contestants can develop their products in different fields; including games, educational applications, media and marketing tools, and instructional manuals.

The AR Challenge requires that the Qualcomm AR SDK be used for the detection and tracking components of submitted app, but no other restrictions on other tools that the contestants can use are contemplated.

The AR Challenge is only for AR software applications and not AR hardware. To be considered for the Challenge, every application must run on at least one of the commercially available, off-the-shelf Android devices that the Qualcomm AR SDK supports. The device must not require any custom hardware or any hardware additions or modifications to a commercially available Android device.

For those who are interested in the contest and willing to be part of it, they need to complete their online application at the submission site: at first, and later visit another Qualcomm website: to download the useful component, before they get things started.

The site for submissions will close on Jan 7, 2011 and the judging will begin soon then. The list of winners will be announced publicly on Feb 14, 2011.

Top winner will pocket $125,000 while the runner-up and the second runner-up will respectively be awarded $50,000 and $25,000. The award ceremony will be hosted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb 14, 2011.

Source: SGGP

IT leaders worldwide to come to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm

IT leaders worldwide to come to Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

The sixth CIO Summit & Awards 2010–CIOMA will be held in Vietnam from September 22nd to 24th by the Ministry of Information and Communications, IDG group and the CEO&CIO Club.

At the event, 20 prizes will be given to ASEAN candidates, outstanding individuals with contributions to IT design, professional process improvement, IT application, and part of business success.

Accordingly, CIOs, leaders of companies in Vietnam, will receive less than 10 awards. On this occasion, 1,000 IT leaders worldwide will take part in a seminar with the topic “New Role of IT leaders: Orientation and Development”. The participants will have an opportunity to visit the capital of Hanoi.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Ancient Hanoi recipe wins worldwide fame

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Ancient Hanoi recipe wins worldwide fame

QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

A simple fish recipe, created a century ago, is drawing people from all over the world to the Hanoi family home of the creator of the dish.

Now a restaurant, Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong grilled fish) is run by the descendants of the dish’s creator.

The fish dish and the restaurant are named for a statue that used to stand in front of the house. The statue was of a Chinese general known as La Vong, sitting with a fishing rod.

Inside the house 100 years ago, the great-grandfather of the current restaurant owners dreamed up a new way to serve fish, with turmeric, green onion and dill.

In 2003, the restaurant was included in “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by American travel writer Patricia Schultz. The MSNBC website later narrowed the book’s list down to the world’s 10 “must see” places, putting Cha Ca La Vong at number five.

The history of the Doan family is as colorful as the dish it’s famous for.

In the mid-1800s, the family began allowing Vietnamese soldiers, who were trying to oust the ruling French, to hide in their house. They served their guests their special fish dish, cha ca La Vong.

To raise extra money to fund their rebel-hiding activities – and provide a cover for the house’s mysterious comings and goings – the family opened a restaurant serving only cha ca La Vong.

The original recipe remains a Doan family secret but Le Thi Bich Loc, one of the current Doan family restaurateurs, told Vietnam News Agency the secret to cha ca La Vong was making it with quality ingredients.

To make the dish, Loc said fillets of catfish or snakehead fish are filleted and marinated for at least two hours with galangal, pepper, fish sauce and turmeric. The fillets are then grilled on a coal stove, turned frequently until each piece is a deep golden color.

The next stage of the cooking is done at the table, on a small pottery burner. The grilled fish is fried with dill, green onions and peanuts, a step that is believed to bring out more flavor.

The sizzling hot fish fillet mixture is then placed into a bowl with Vietnamese vermicelli, pickled spring onion bulbs and aromatic herbs. The finishing touch is a few drops of fermented shrimp paste.

The restaurant only buys shrimp paste from northern ThanhHoaProvince. This regional specialty has a light flavor and turns white when mixed with lemon juice.

Vietnamese wine is said to further compliment the taste of cha ca La Vong.

The dish became so famous that Hanoi authorities renamed the entire street Cha Ca Street (Fried Minced Fish Street). The restaurant remains in its original location, at 14 Cha Ca Street in Hanoi, and Cha Ca La Vong was registered as a trademark in 1989.

Source: tuoitrenews


Source: QDND

Rogue McAfee update paralyzes PCs worldwide

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 8:13 am

 A routine anti-virus update from Web security firm McAfee confused a valid Windows file with a virus on Wednesday, disrupting computers around the world.

Universities, hospitals and businesses across the United States were among those reporting problems after the update misidentified a valid Windows system file as malicious code and caused computers to continually reboot.

The problem hit corporate users of Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 3 operating system, according to McAfee, which released another update later in the day to fix the problem and urged customers to download it.

The Internet Storm Center, an initiative of the SANS Technology Institute which monitors problems on the Web, said “the affected systems will enter a reboot loop and lose all network access.”

Copies of Microsoft’s Windows XP Pro are seen in this file photo. A routine anti-virus update from Web security firm McAfee confused a valid Windows file with a virus on Wednesday, disrupting an unknown number of computers around the world.

The center said it received reports of “networks with thousands of down machines and organizations who had to shut down for business until this is fixed.”

The McAfee software slip “pretty much took Intel down today,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.

Enderle told of being at the computer chip titan’s headquarters in Northern California for an afternoon of meetings when laptop computers began crashing around him.

“Much of Intel was actually taken out,” Enderle told AFP. “I imagine most companies running Intel and McAfee were literally taken out.”

It was not immediately possible to determine how many computers had been affected around the world by the faulty update, but the number was likely to run into the tens of thousands.

McAfee for its part said “we are not aware of significant impact on consumers. We believe that this incident has impacted less than one half of one percent of our consumer base and enterprise accounts globally,” it said.

Micro-blogging service Twitter was flooded with complaints by users about Santa Clara, California-based McAfee, one of the world’s leading providers of anti-virus software and computer security systems.

“It is not often that a security vender takes out a large number of their clients,” Enderle said. “Customers don’t forget this stuff any time soon. This is going to hurt McAfee.”

Among the US universities reporting problems was the University of Michigan. The website said 8,000 of the 25,000 computers in the university’s health system and medical school were hit.

Syracuse, New York’s Upstate University Hospital saw 2,500 of its 6,000 computers affected, the website quoted a hospital spokeswoman as saying.

McAfee said “the faulty update was quickly removed from all McAfee download servers, preventing any further impact on customers” and that it was taking “measures to prevent this from reoccurring.”

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our customers,” the company said in a statement.

A McAfee online support forum was unavailable, meanwhile, displaying a page which read: “The McAfee Community is experiencing unusually large traffic which may cause slow page loads.”

Source: SGGP

WHO: Swine flu virus is top strain worldwide

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 at 11:13 am

The World Health Organization‘s flu chief said the swine flu virus has now become the predominant flu strain worldwide.In some countries, swine flu accounts for up to 70 percent of the flu viruses being sampled, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s top flu official.

While most people recover from the illness without needing medical treatment, officials are also continuing to see severe cases in people under 65 — people who are not usually at risk during regular flu seasons.

“We remain quite concerned about the patterns that we’re seeing,” Fukuda said during a press briefing Thursday.

He said the swine flu virus appeared to be fairly stable, and that samples from around the world remained very similar to when the virus was first identified in April.

Drivers from the mass transit system receive H1N1 vaccine injections at a hospital in Hefei, Anhui province, China November 6, 2009

Regarding the recent surge of cases in the Ukraine — which has reported more than 250,000 cases and 70 deaths of people with flu-like illness in recent weeks — Fukuda said the virus appeared no different there than anywhere else.

“We just simply have to understand that influenza can cause outbreaks in very large numbers of people,” he said. “Patterns can be quite different from country to country.”

Fukuda said the agency was also monitoring the impact of the virus on particularly susceptible populations.

On Wednesday, Venezuelan officials reported that swine flu had hit the Yanomami Indians, killing seven people in a population of 28,000.

Fukuda said WHO had observed that aboriginals in Australia were disproportionately hit by swine flu, but could not say whether they were more genetically vulnerable to the virus or if that was due to underlying health problems.

With swine flu vaccination programs now under way in more than 20 countries, Fukuda said no rare or dangerous side effects had been reported, and the agency was convinced the vaccine was “highly safe.”

Fukuda said WHO had been surprised that the vaccine appeared to work after just one dose, but was happy about it because that mean the world’s vaccine supplies could be stretched.

Even in children under 10, Fukuda said WHO recommended that one dose could be effective. Some countries, including the U.S., are recommending that children get two doses of the swine flu shot.

“It is better to provide one dose to as many children as possible rather than two doses to fewer children,” Fukuda said.

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ASEAN Charter receives worldwide acclaim

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has received a warm welcome from political organisations around the world, shortly after it was formalised in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 15.

The European Union (EU) on December 15 congratulated the entry into force of the charter, calling it an important day for the regional bloc on its path to create a rule-based organisation and the ASEAN Community for the benefit of all its people.

The EU’s French presidency issued a statement on the same day, saying that the Charter will help to deepen economic and trade relations within ASEAN and contribute to regional peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, the EU presidency also said that the Charter will promote relations between the EU and ASEAN, both economically and politically, adding that the EU and several member states have already announced their intention to accredit ambassadors to the ASEAN General Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Canada has also welcomed the signing of a charter as a “significant achievement”, opening a new chapter in the relations between ASEAN and Canada.

“The ASEAN charter heralds a new chapter in the already close partnership between ASEAN and Canada,” said Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon. “Its entry into force marks an important step toward establishing an ASEAN community comprising the ASEAN Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.”

Canada has been a dialogue partner with ASEAN for more than three decades and its trade with the bloc exceeded 13 billion USD last year.

The ASEAN Charter was formalised in Jakarta on December 15, during the bloc’s foreign ministers’ meeting.

The charter, signed in November 2007, aims to establish rules of membership in order to transform ASEAN into a legal entity in the region by 2015.

ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-

Paris forum gathers Vietnamese businesspeople worldwide

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2008 at 12:34 pm

A forum designed to bring together Vietnamese entrepreneurs from all parts of the world took place for the first time in Paris , France , from Nov. 14-15.

More than 300 Vietnamese businesspeople from Europe, North America and Vietnam attended the forum, which is initiated by Vietnamese entrepreneurs in France and Switzerland .

Speaking at the event, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son praised the important role played by overseas Vietnamese as well as foreign friends, agencies and businesses in fostering Vietnam’s investment, trade, financial and banking relations with the international community.

Vietnamese businesspeople living abroad are one of the important sources of strength that help to advance the country’s national construction and development, and improve Vietnam’s position in the international arena, he said.

Son, who is also chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, told the participants that the Prime Minister recently decided to establish an association of overseas Vietnamese businesspeople, and that the group will begin operations soon.

The deputy minister called on all Vietnamese entrepreneurs, intellectuals, economic experts and scientists who are residing abroad to join the group in order to help build Vietnam into a rich and strong nation.

At the forum, the delegates discussed a wide range of issues regarding the country’s opportunities and challenges in the context of globalisation and world financial crisis.

They also exchanged views on business directions for the years to come, focusing on new technologies and markets, banking and finance, energy and sustainable development, import-export, education-training, health and the environment, outsourcing and technology transfer.

Other issues, including investment opportunities offered by the equitisation process in Vietnam and the property rights of businesspeople of Vietnamese origin, were also tabled for discussion.

The forum was organised with help from the Ile de France region’s council, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Pham Gia Huyen, head of the organising board and president of the France-based business club CDVF, affirmed that the forum will be held annually from now on, following the success of the first gathering.-