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President visits flood victims in Phu Yen Province

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

The birdnest caves of Yen Island

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am

The birdnest caves of Yen Island

QĐND – Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

From the central coast city of Quy Nhon, the towering cliffs of Yen Island look like a giant dinosaur defending the city from storms and heavy seas.

The picturesque island, which is also called Phuong Mai Peninsula, is famous for its cliffs and caves where birds build the nests used in the much-prized health-giving birds’ nest soup.

To visit the island in Nhon Ly Commune, Quy Nhon City take a two hour boat from the wharf on Tan Islet in Hai Cang Ward. The long journey will be rewarded when you see the caves, ten thousands of years old and stone cliffs rising vertically from the waves. The floors of the caves are large but strewn with rocks making it the perfect place for swallows to make their nests.

Once inside the caves you will be overawed by their size of the interior. The bird nests are everywhere, strung about in chains. The mothers feed their hungry young and fan them with their wings, while the little ones chirp loudly. The sounds of the birds, the dripping of water and the waves below are amazing.

Nguyen Hong Van, director of the management and exploitation board of birds’ nests in Binh Dinh Province, said that there are 30 caves on Yen Island, mainly located in two villages of Nhon Hai and Nhon Ly. In small caves such as Rung Cao, Doi, Ba Nghe, Can and Ham Xe, every year, people collect from 100 to 300 bird nests. For the large caves such as Ca, Doi Trong, Doi Ngoai, Luong and Kho, especially, the caves whose mouths open toward the East or Southeast, that are cool and airy and have fresh water dripping from the ceiling, locals can collect 14,000 to 15,000 bird nests per year.

In spring when the weather becomes warmer, visitors can see flocks of birds filling the sky. To take the nests from the walls of the cliff and from the cave ceilings, people build bamboo scaffolds often using them like bridges. Some caves are very high so that people use up to 300 lengths of bamboo to make each scaffold that may be five lengths of bamboo tall to reach the ceiling. The way to take the nest is very meticulous. For a nest that is out of reach, people use a stick with a nail on the top for a hook. In the dry weather, before taking the nests, the locals inject water into it to soften it and avoid it breaking.

The harvest season starts from April in the lunar calendar as the breeding season is lunar January and February. In lunar April they take the first harvest. The second harvest starts when the nestlings become strong enough to fly. People can collect a few nests in the third harvest stage which has the best quality nests.

The island also has many historical and cultural relics dating from the Cham era to Nguyen Dynasty such as Phat Loi Pagoda with its mysterious Cham statue, Tam Hoa Mountain, the site of Tay Son troop’s glorious victory in the eighteen century and Ho Ky Fortress.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Japan’s PM to watch closely strength of yen: Jiji

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Saturday he would monitor closely the strength of the yen and hinted at holding talks with the central bank chief amid the recent rise of the unit, Jiji Press reported.

“I want to continue to closely watch” currency market moves, Kan was quoted by Jiji as telling reporters after the dollar hit a 15-year low of 84.73 yen before easing earlier this week.

The greenback rose back above the 86-yen level on news that Japanese officials showed concern over the unit’s strength, which poses a threat to the export sector driving Japan’s fragile economic rebound.

A clerk counts bank notes at a lottery booth in Tokyo.

Kan also voiced hope of holding a meeting with Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa on foreign exchange rates, saying: “I have not decided when and how, but want to have necessary forms of communications.”

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda has earlier said he wanted the Bank of Japan to “cooperate” more with the government to tackle the rising yen, in a sign of fresh pressure on the body from officials.

For every one-yen rise in the currency’s value against the dollar, companies can lose tens of billions of yen earned overseas when repatriated, threatening a sector that Japan depends on to offset its weak domestic picture.

Source: SGGP

Fed’s economic view weighs on stocks and dollar vs. yen

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

The dollar fell toward a 15-year low against the yen while world stocks hit a 1-1/2 week trough on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve’s assessment of the U.S. economy turned more pessimistic.

The Fed on Tuesday announced plans to use cash from maturing mortgage bonds it holds to buy more government debt, saying the pace of the recovery in output and employment had slowed in recent months.

Investors decided the U.S. central bank’s action was unlikely to have much immediate impact on the weak labor market and slow consumer spending, two headwinds impeding the recovery.

“It was probably a reflection of divided perceptions on the outlook. The Fed has done little more in terms of action, other than the gentlest of nudges on the tiller,” said Jeremy Batstone-Carr, strategist at Charles Stanley.

People are reflected on an electronic board displaying share prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo July 6, 2010

“The markets have chosen to focus on the Fed’s concerns about growth.” The MSCI world equity index fell 0.6 percent while the Thomson Reuters global stock index lost 0.9 percent.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index fell two thirds of a percent. Emerging stocks were down 0.9 percent.

The dollar fell 0.4 percent to 85.13 yen, within half a cent of a 15-year low.

“Given the contrast with the BOJ’s decision yesterday, we seem to have entered a situation where the yen is likely to rise,” said Akira Hoshino, chief manager for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ’s FX trading department in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, the Bank of Japan held off on new policy steps to combat a stronger yen, saving its limited firepower in case the currency’s rise accelerates and threatens the country’s fragile economic recovery.

The U.S. currency recovered, however, against a basket of major currencies to stand up 0.5 percent on the day.

U.S. crude oil fell 0.8 percent to $79.57 a barrel as a rise in U.S. crude imports and lower refinery operating rates raised concerns of a stock build in the world’s largest energy consumer.

The bund futures rose 66 ticks.

Source: SGGP

Four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel unveiled

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel unveiled

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The four-star Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel has recently been unveiled by Saigontourist and Sai Gon-Phu Yen Tourism Joint Stock Company.

It is the second four-star hotel in Phu Yen, with 101 rooms, a meeting hall, a restaurant, a bar, and other facilities.

The opening of the Sai Gon-Phu Yen hotel is part of the joint investment strategy to diversify and improve the quality of tourism products, gradually setting up service standards for tourist lines and destinations, internationalizing Vietnam’s tourism products.

Accordingly, from now until December 31st, the Sai Gon-Phu Yen Hotel will offer a 50% discount for tourists.

Source: NLD

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Rang bua cake – specialty of Hung Yen

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Rang bua cake – specialty of Hung Yen

QĐND – Sunday, July 11, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Tourists coming to Bat Trang Pottery Village should not miss the chance to enjoy rang bua cake, an indigenous specialty of Phuong Cong Commune, Van Giang District, Hung Yen Province.  

Bat Trang Village is about 15 kilometers from the Red River and next to Phung Cong Commune. Famous for tea flower trees, Phung Cong has been considered the cradle for the trend of growing bonsai trees in Northern Vietnam. 

Today, the commune is also well-known for rang bua cake which is popular for its distinguished flavor and taste. 

Rang bua cake got its name as its shape looks like a rake used for farming. The cake is made of rice soaked in water and grinded in lime water. Then the rice flour will be boiled until half-done and husked one more time so that the flour can become viscous, sticky and leathery. The process of making the dough is very important as it decides the cake’s quality. 

The kernel of the cake includes meat, dried onion and wood-ear mushroom. The dried onion will be fried until it pervades fragrance and then will continue to be fried with small sliced pork together with wood-ear mushroom, pepper and fish sauce. 

The cake will be wrapped by dong (phrynium) leaves to be steamed or boiled in lime water. 

Wrapping cakes also requires carefulness and dexterity. After spreading the dough on the leaf, makers will put the kernel into the center of the flour and then wrap it up in the shape of a rake that swells out in the middle and becomes smaller at the two ends. 

Makers often take dong leaves that grow in alluvium plains along the Red River. Dong leaves are soft, leathery and green. 

Rang bua cake is served with chili sauce, fish sauce or soya sauce, depending on eaters’ taste. The fragrance of rice and onion, the sweetness of pork meat and the crispiness of mushrooms would make the cake unforgettable.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Hung Yen urged to become Vietnam’s hi-tech hub

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Hung Yen urged to become Vietnam’s hi-tech hub

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:56 (GMT+7)

The northern province of Hung Yen should take full advantages of its favourable location and human resources to become the country’s hi-tech and industrial centre.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated this during his visit to the Red River Delta province on May 11.

In addition, the province should develop agriculture and value-added services to develop fast and sustainably in the next five years, the PM told local officials.

In spite of speaking highly of Hung Yen’s achievements in all fields over the past years, Dung still pointed out weaknesses in agricultural and industrial production as well as the environmental pollution issue the province is facing.

Based on the socio-economic development master plan, Hung Yen should design specific plans for its infrastructure, healthcare and education facilities and industrial zones to prevent them from developing uncontrollably, said the PM.

Also, the province needs to bring new technologies into production, added the PM while calling for more investments in the local hi-tech and industrial zones.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

124 children to receive free heart surgeries in Phu Yen

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm

124 children to receive free heart surgeries in Phu Yen

QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Some 124 children suffering from congenital heart defects in the central province of Phu Yen will receive free surgeries, each worth over 50 million VND, this summer.

The children were selected from 379 child heart patients under the age of 16 through checks-up jointly carried out by Phu Yen Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and Tam Duc hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10 and 11.

The Swiss Children Action Organisation will fund the operations for 10 patients. The remaining will be sponsored by HCM City Poor Patient Sponsor Association.

In 2009, 49 disadvantaged children in Phu Yen province received free heart surgeries under the annual charitable programme, which started last year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Voluntary blood donation day opened in Phu Yen

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Voluntary blood donation day opened in Phu Yen

QĐND – Friday, April 09, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

PANO – A ceremony to open the Voluntary Blood Donation Day was held by the Phu Yen Provincial Red Cross in the Cultural and Labour House on April 7th.

The event, which aimed to mobilize local people to donate blood, echoed the national voluntary blood donation campaign.

The Phu Yen Blood Donation Steering Board set a target to hold over 40 voluntary blood donation courses and collect some 5,000 blood units during 2010-2011.

At the ceremony, the Phu Yen People’s Committee granted certificates of merit to local organisations for their active participation in the 2009-2010 blood donation campaign.

Right after the ceremony, nearly 400 officers, students and members of the Youth Union took part in the movement, and 340 blood units were collected on the first day.

Translated by Le Trang  

Source: QDND

ACE Life funds a school in Phu Yen

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

ACE Life funds a school in Phu Yen

QĐND – Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:51 (GMT+7)

The construction of a VND 1.2 billion primary school has started recently in Xuan Lam commune, Song Cau district, Phu Yen province with the financial assistance from ACE Life Vietnam Company.

The school, named Xuan Lam is being constructed on a solid and hilly land, with a mountain at the back to avoid being hit by floods and storms.

The two-storey school will have 6 classrooms and in case of floods teaching facilities will be moved to the second floor.

The construction is expected to be completed by this July, in good time to welcome students to their academic year of 2010-2011.

ACE Life Vietnam has actively supported Vietnam’s education, and the company has so far provided financial assistance to 1,444 needy students nationwide, helped upgrade four schools in Ho Chi Minh City and taken part in various significant social activities.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND