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Vietnam’s IT industry yet to satisfy regional advanced standards

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:19 am

Vietnam yet to receive WHO document about H1N1

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan said June 7 that Vietnam has not received any official document from the World Health Organization pertaining to the swine flu; especifically whether or not the disease has become a pandemic or if earlier reports were exaggerations.

Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan

European health officials have launched an investigation into whether the seriousness of the swine flu outbreak was exaggerated as they blamed pharmaceutical giants for pressuring WHO to declare it a pandemic, Dr. Huan said, adding that if it is true, it presents a major problem.

Vietnam did ask WHO about influenza prevention in the upcoming winter at a meeting in May in Geneva, Switzerland, and WHO proposed nations to be ready to fight the pandemic and maintain the sixth level of alert.

Vietnam has not had any outbreaks in two past months; therefore, it should decrease the pandemic alert to phase two or three.

Drug companies have been accused of unnecessarily raising fears over the H1N1 swine flu virus, so as to increase profits by boosting sales of their new vaccines and have earned over US$7 billion from selling influenza medications. Meanwhile, Vietnam has spent around VND1 trillion on disinfecting chemicals, drugs and on medical equipment such as breathing machines and temperature taking machines, which have been placed at airports and border gates.

Vietnam has confirmed over 11,200 cases of H1N1, responsible for 58 fatalities.

Source: SGGP

HCM City drainage not yet ready for heavy rain

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

HCM City drainage not yet ready for heavy rain

QĐND – Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:43 (GMT+7)

Flooding in HCM City in the coming rainy season is expected to be more severe because most drainage projects have not been completed, project managers say.

The city has four big ongoing drainage projects, the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin’s environment clean-up project, the East-West Highway and Water Environment project, the city’s urban enhancement project and Hang Bang Canal project.

Phan Hoang Dieu, director of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Project’s management board, said new culverts have been installed under most streets, but would not be connected to the city’s common drainage system until 2011.

Installation work during the last phase of the East-West Highway and Water Environment project is expected to be completed next year.

“Even though many culverts have been installed upstream for these projects, there is still work to be done with the outlets, so the upstream culverts aren’t effective at this time,” Dang Ngoc Hoi, section head of the project’s management board, told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The Hang Bang Canal Project, which is expected to deal with flooding in districts 6, 11, Tan Binh, Tan Phu and Binh Tan, is still in its first phase. The city’s Steering Centre for Anti-flooding Programme said the city’s drainage system in more than 100 areas has been blocked by construction work of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Project and Water Environment project.

The projects have stopped water flow to complete work. If these areas are not unblocked the centre warned that many areas in the city’s inner district 1 would flood during the rainy season.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Blue ear disease not yet found in city

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

“Blue ear” disease in pigs has been reported in 12 northern provinces and cities and threatened other southern and central provinces, said Department of Animal Health, part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Thursday.

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) also known as ‘Blue Ear”disease has seen around 37,000 infected pigs with 14,860 killed and destroyed.

The disease is spreading fast because knights of the cleaver have transported pigs from provinces to provinces. 

Moreover, breeders have tried to sell their pigs at cheap prices for fear that their pigs will contract the disease they may lose heavily, causing spread of the virus in the central and southern provinces.

Ho Chi Minh City residents are careful to choose pork for their meals since the news of the disease on pigs has been reported. However, Phan Xuan Thao, chief of the city’s Department of Animal Health, said his men did not detect diseased pigs in the city.

The department and Department of Market Management enhance supervision at slaughter houses and conducte tests all the time, he added.


Source: SGGP

Quang Binh offers yet more stunning discoveries

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Quang Binh offers yet more stunning discoveries

QĐND – Friday, April 16, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

Fifteen new caves and three new species have been discovered in the central province of Quang Binh by an expedition from the UK’s Cave Research Association.

The discoveries were made during the team’s return visit to Son Doong in March.

Explorer Howard Limbirt told the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that three caves, called Ken, Tu Lan and To Mo, were found in Minh Hoa district and have been added to the global list of GPS maps and the 12 others were discovered in the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

These are unexpected achievements for the professional circle, said an expedition spokesperson, adding that these caves are very important to geomorphology and the geology sector.

The expedition said that they also found a species of fish that swims against the waterfall’s currents in Tu Lan cave but they have not yet been able to identify it.

According to the expedition, Son Doong cave, which was first found and named by local explorer Ho Khanh and previously held the record as the biggest cave in the world, with a height of 150m and width of 200m, has now set new records.

The team found a new chamber in the cave that is the largest of its kind in the world with a height reaching 200m and up to 250m at some spots. A giant wall, which is more than 200m high, was also discovered and took the team more than two days to explore using ropes.

The wall in Son Doong cave can now be analysed by scientists to evaluate the age of the cave, said an expedition spokesperson.

Also at Son Doong cave, the scientists found two primitive forests, one at the cave’s mouth and the other at an opening further inside the cave. They also detected three new species in the forests including one fish, one spider and one myriapod.

They also came across the fossil of a carnivorous animal, a species of beautiful stone mushroom and numerous stone balls formed from pure limestone.

Explaining why Son Doong cave is the world’s biggest, Limbirt said that the cave lies in a giant limestone formation and was created over millions of years by erosion from floods. It took almost 12 months to measure, study and calculate the data to work out this simple explanation, said Limbirt.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Fed not yet ready to wind-down crisis aid

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 at 7:00 am

Massive Federal Reserve spending is still needed to underpin the crisis-battered US economy, chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Thursday, even as he spelled out the Fed’s tentative exit strategy.

Bernanke said the central bank would “at the appropriate time” be ready to drain away hundreds of billions of dollars in crisis stimulus that helped rescue the US economy, but indicated that time had not yet come.

“We have been working to ensure that we have the tools to reverse, at the appropriate time, the currently very high degree of monetary stimulus,” Bernanke told Congress. “We have full confidence that, when the time comes, we will be ready to do so.”

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Underscoring the depth of the crisis that has rocked the global economy, Bernanke said large-scale Fed intervention was still needed, along with record-low interest rates.

“Our financial system during the past two-and-a-half years experienced periods of intense panic and dysfunction,” he said. “The economy continues to require the support of accommodative monetary policies.”

Last week the Fed policymakers decided to leave their main interest rate at zero to 0.25 percent, a record low, citing the still stabilizing labor market.

Although growth has returned to the US economy, unemployment remains at 9.7 percent. Bank lending and the real estate markets remain depressed.

To keep money flowing through the economy during the crisis, the Federal Reserve has provided credit to gummed-up markets, mopped up troubled mortgage-backed assets and bought hundreds of billions of dollars of US government debt.

As a result, it today has 2.3 trillion dollars worth of assets on its books, a trillion-plus more than it did in August 2008, before the crisis.

But Bernanke faces tough choices about when and how to normalize monetary policy and faces intense political scrutiny of his choices.

Some fear that tightening credit too quickly will hamper the economic recovery and cause already-slow job creation to grind to a halt, or go into reverse.

Others are concerned that keeping this much Fed cash sloshing around the economy will eventually cause debilitating inflation.

Bernake tried to assuage the fears of both camps.

“The sequencing of steps and the combination of tools that the Federal Reserve uses as it exits from its currently very accommodative policy stance will depend on economic and financial developments and on our best judgments about how to meet the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability,” he said.

But Bernanke ever-so-tentatively indicated how the Fed might exit its current crisis mode.

He said the Fed would phase-out some of its largest liquidity programs by June 30 this year and vowed the Fed would reduce its balance sheet to under a trillion dollars.

“Restoring the size and composition of the balance sheet to a more normal configuration is a longer-term objective of our policies,” he said.

Bernanke also outlined mechanisms to create time-limited deposits for banks that would help the Fed “drain hundreds of billions of dollars of reserves from the banking system quite quickly, should it choose to do so.”

Source: SGGP

40 percent of telecom towers yet to be evaluated for safety

In Vietnam Science on January 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

A base transceiver station. (File photo)

Nearly 40 percent of base transceiver stations (BTS) erected by telecom companies have not had their safety assessed, the Ministry of Information and Communications admitted at a conference held in Hanoi January 14.

There are more than 42,000 BTSs around the country of which 26,000 have been evaluated and only 790 announced they met the ministry’s safety and technical standards. The other 16,000 claimed they have either “forgotten” to announce the results or are in the process of doing it.
This had sparked off public protests against construction of the stations.

In the past, many telecom firms built the stations without getting permission or even informing local authorities, and did not bother to test their safety after erection.

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Vietnam yet to receive WHO clarification on Canada swine-flu vaccine deaths

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 at 3:54 am

Arepanrix, a swine-flu vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been withdrawn in Canada after two deaths and other adverse reactions in people. Vietnam has asked WHO for information about the problem.

Vietnam has not received clarification from the World Health Organization about two batches of swine-flu vaccines recently withdrawn in Canada on suspicion of poor quality, Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, told the National Steering Board of Human Flu Prevention December 3.

After Arepanrix H1N1 vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused two deaths and caused adverse reactions in many other people in Canada and killed four in China, Vietnam sought information from WHO about how many doses had been used in Canada, lot numbers, and the number of people with adverse reactions.

It has imported around 1.2 million doses of the vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline through WHO.

Vietnam, worried about getting vaccines from the same batches as Canada, also asked the UN agency to provide another batch of vaccines or use a different supplier.

Related article:
VN asks WHO for H1N1 vaccine direction

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Vietnam’s biggest presence yet at Moscow’s Worldfood

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Moscow (VNA) – Seafood exporters from Vietnam have spent over 21,400 Euro to rent an area of 68 sq.m to showcase their products at the Worldfood exhibition in Moscow , Russia , from September 23-26.

This represents the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors’s (VASEP) largest ever presence at an international food exhibitions or fair, according to an association representative.

Ho Thi Thu Trang from VASEP said that Moscow is one of the two international food exhibitions that VASEP attends every year – the other taking place in Dubai .

This year, the Moscow exhibition attracted nine members of VASEP, despite the cost of attendance being four times higher than that of Dubai .

“This is because Russia is the biggest consumer of Vietnamese catfish, accounting for 15 percent of the gross export turnover”, said Trang.

This year’s event, the 17th Worldfood exhibition covers over 60,000 sq.m of space and draws 1,300 companies from 61 countries, including traditional members such as Argentina, Belgium, the US, Italy and Germany.

Vietnam ’s representatives made their debut at the event in 2005.–

Fishermen yet to receive Gov’t aid

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm

HA NOI — Only about 10 per cent of fishermen have received compensation to help them cope with oil-price rises this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

However, MARD’s Fishery Resource Exploitation and Protection Department director Chu Tien Vinh said a large amount of money would be disbursed by the end of October as many localities had recently started programmes or completed form-filling procedures.

The total scheduled budget for oil compensation in 28 coastal cities and provinces is VND1,612 billion (US$100.75 million).

The department said 21 out of the 28 cities and provinces had started to implement State compensation projects since they were approved in March after the price of petrol first rose in February.

Some officials said the slow implementation was caused by complicated paperwork. This meant that documents to prove eligibility were often left uncompleted, they said.

But irresponsible local authorities were also to blame, according to the department. Seven cities and provinces included in the programme have yet to take the first steps to initiate it, such as providing a full list of fishermen in-need, scheduling budgets for approval and balancing funds.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung decided to increase oil compensation for fishermen again in July following a higher-than-ever rise in petrol of VND4,500 per litre announced by the Ministry of Finance.

Financial support for each voyage ranges from VND4 million ($250) to VND10 million ($620), depending on the size of fishing boat motors.

Each vessel can only receive a maximum of five payments a year.

To be eligible for support, fishermen are bound by several conditions. This includes registering their vessels, buying insurance for crew members, obtaining licences for fishing – and being legal permanent residents in Viet Nam. —