Thanh Ha thieu litchis win two trademark prizes

This time's prizes have further confirmed the value of Thanh Ha thieu litchis' trademark in domestic and international markets. The Market Surveillance Agency (Ministry of Industry and Trade) and the Vietnam Association for Anti-counterfeiting and Trademark Protection on November 25 awarded both prizes "Golden trademark" and "Impressive logo and slogan 2015" to Thanh Ha thieu litchis at a ceremony to celebrate Anti-Counterfeiting Day (November 29). This time's prizes have further confirmed the value of Thanh Ha thieu litchis' trademark in domestic and international markets. This year, 150 typical trademarks across the country were honored to receive one of the two prizes. To achieve the prize "Golden trademark", trademarks must be reputable both at home and abroad and able to attract customers with increasing annual revenues, distribution systems, long-term trademark development plans, and a sense of trademark protection and anti-counterfeiting. Regarding the criteria to have … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Thailand close affiliation to fuel regional connectivity: diplomat

Hanoi, November 27 (VNA) – The close cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand in building the ASEAN Community (AC) will help promote regional connectivity and ensure the bloc’s central role in settling challenges in the region, Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Panyarak Poolthup said. In his interview granted to Vietnam News Agency reporters, he said the close partnership is also important to realising their bilateral trade target of 20 billion USD by 2020. During Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Thailand in 2013, the two countries elevated their ties to a strategic partnership, which covers cooperation in politics, security-defence, economics, culture-society, people-to-people exchange, regional and international matters, and other aspects of shared interests. They also inked an action plan on implementing their strategic partnership between 2014 and 2018. With such agreements, Vietnam and Thailand made great strides in fostering … [Read more...]

Foreign arrivals in November increase sharply

Hanoi , November 27 (VNA) – In November, an estimated 732,740 international visitors came to Vietnam , up 12.9 percent over October and 20.4 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam . Of this figure, 522,869 people arrived by air, an increase of 6.2 percent compared with the same period last year. The country also welcomed 4,124 visitors by sea and 205,747 others by road in the reviewed period, up 633.8 and 77.6 percent, respectively. Between January and November, Vietnam welcomed more than 7 million foreign arrivals, while domestic travellers were estimated at 53.8 million. The total revenue from the tourism sector reached nearly 313 trillion VND (14.2 billion USD), a year-on-year increase of 5.2 percent. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

E. coli from Costco chicken salad traced to tainted celery

Shoppers are pictured outside a Costco Wholesale store in Los Angeles, California March 6, 2013.

A multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people who ate rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's (COST.O) stores has been traced to a celery-and-onion mix used in the salad, prompting its California maker to recall the product. The recall notice, posted on Thursday on the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said a sample of the diced vegetable blend examined by Montana state health authorities tested positive for the E. coli O157:H7 strain behind the recent outbreak. The same strain, which can cause serious gastrointestinal illness, especially in young children and the elderly, is perhaps most often associated with the 1993 outbreak that killed four children who ate undercooked hamburgers at Jack in the Box fast-food restaurants. At least five of the 19 people who have fallen ill this month have been hospitalized. Although no deaths have been reported, two individuals developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney … [Read more...]

Earning a living in 60 degrees Celsius fish-steaming workshops


VietNamNet Bridge - Hundreds of poor workers in Binh Dinh province, in central Vietnam, work hard for 10 hours each day inside fish-steaming facilities to earn a daily income from VND150,000 to VND200,000 ($7-10) per person. Every day, hundreds of workers in the poor rural areas of Binh Dinh get up at 2am to go to the harbor to buy fresh fish and squid and take them to the steaming facilities in Hai Cang Ward of Quy Nhon City for semi-procession. They put fresh anchovy fish into bamboo baskets and place them into the steaming pans. Depending on the type of fish, they steamthe whole fish or cut them into slices. Dozens of fish-steaming pans are placed close together, and they work all day, pushing the temperature around up to over 60 degrees Celsius. Having worked for over 10 years at a fish steaming workshop, Mrs. Co said everyday, whenever she returned home, she felt that her body lacked water. According to the Management Board of the Harbor Fish … [Read more...]

PM approves national population database project

Illustrative image. The public security ministry will build a uniform database to store, standardise, digitise and manage the basic information of all Vietnamese citizens. - Photo

HA NỘI (VNS) - The prime minister has approved a project to build a national population database with a total investment of VNĐ3,367 billion (US$150 billion). The project will form the basic content of the national scheme to simplify administrative procedures, citizenship documents and databases related to population management during the 2013-2020 period. It will also serve to propagate and disseminate laws and policies concerning population management. The public security ministry (MOPS), which will be responsible for implementing the project, will build a uniform database to store, standardise, digitise and manage the basic information of all Vietnamese citizens. The plan includes building of technical infrastructure; leasing of transmission infrastructure; and the building and use of application software systems. The project also provides infrastructure and software application training. The Prime Minister asked ministries, ministerial-level agencies and government agencies to … [Read more...]

Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000: UNICEF

JOHANNESBURG — The number of adolescents dying from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, most of them having acquired the disease when they were infants, according to figures released on Friday by UNICEF. AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents aged 10 to 19 in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, the United Nations children's agency said in its latest statistical update. "Among HIV-affected populations, adolescents are the only group for which the mortality figures are not decreasing," the report says. "Most adolescents who die of AIDS-related illnesses acquired HIV when they were infants, 10 to 15 years ago, when fewer pregnant women and mothers living with HIV received antiretroviral medicines to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child." Many of them survived into their teenage years without knowing their HIV status. However, among teenagers aged 15-19, 26 new infections occur every hour, and about half of the … [Read more...]

Doctors save baby’s life following vaccination side-effects

Illustrative image: Doctors of the medicine centre in Quang Nam Province yesterday saved the life a child whose heart stopped beating after she was administered the five-in-one vaccine. — Photo

QUANG NAM (VNS) — Doctors at the Medicine Centre in Quang Nam Province yesterday saved the life of a child whose heart stopped beating after it suffered shocking side-effects of the five-in-one vaccine. Doctor Ho Tam Tinh, head of the recuperation department of the medicine centre in Que Son District, confirmed the report. The patient was three-month-old Nguyen Truc Van, the daughter of Le Thi Thu Ha who lives in Que An Commune in Que Son District. Dr Tinh said it would have been difficult to save the baby if the family hadn't brought her to the hospital in time. She was hospitalised 45 minutes after she was vaccinated. It is the first case of the medicine centre saving the life of a patient suffering serious side-effects of vaccination. Ha brought her daughter to the medicine centre for the vaccination at about 8am yesterday. After the vaccination, Ha took her daughter home and discovered that the baby was having breathing difficulty and that her body had turned purple. … [Read more...]

Vietnam urges Russia, Turkey to calm down after Su-24 downing


Vietnam has advised Russia and Turkey to hold back confrontation to prevent the situation from escalating after Ankara shot down a Russian warplane this week. "We call on the two countries to remain calm, and should not engage in any activities that could cause the tension to rise, as well as rectify the situation with peaceful measures in accordance with international law, ensuring global and regional security," Le Hai Binh, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying at a regular press meeting in Hanoi on Thursday.. Russian warplane Su-24 was shot down by the Turkish air force near the Syrian border on Tuesday, as Turkey said the fighter jet violated its airspace, Reuters reported. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was one kilometer from the Turkish border and had come down four kilometers inside Syria, the British news agency added. The incident was considered a … [Read more...]

Climate crunch to dominate Commonwealth summit after royal ceremony

VALLETTA — The 2015 Commonwealth Summit kicks off on Friday to a grand opening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth II, followed by intense working sessions where world leaders will grapple with climate change. As the clock ticks to a UN climate conference in Paris starting on Monday, leaders including France's Francois Hollande, Britain's David Cameron and the UN's Ban Ki-moon will try to open the door to a landmark accord for taming greenhouse gases. "We look towards Paris and an agreement that will determine the survival of our species and all those who share this precious planet with us," Britain's Prince Charles said in a speech in Malta on Thursday, as leaders arrived on the windswept island from four continents. "We do not have the right to steal our children and grand-children's inheritance. We do have a responsibility to act now... and I'm sure that the Commonwealth will play a critical and leading part in this endeavour," the heir to the throne said. Born out of the … [Read more...]

France to mourn Paris attack dead

PARIS — France on Friday will mourn the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims. Families of those killed in France's worst-ever terror attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, will join some of the wounded at ceremonies at the Invalides, the gilded 17th-century complex in central Paris that houses a military hospital and museum and Napoleon's tomb. The tribute will be "national and republican," an official at the Elysee presidential palace said, referring to the French republic's creed of liberty, equality and fraternity. "It will take place in sobriety and solemnity, reflected by the beauty of the surroundings." Hollande will break from a whirlwind diplomatic bid to build a broad military coalition to defeat IS. The marathon has taken him from Paris to Washington to Moscow in just a few days. He is expected to make a 20-minute address at the one-hour ceremony, which … [Read more...]

President starts talks on new PM in deadlocked Croatia

ZAGREB — Croatia's president opened talks with parliamentary parties on Thursday to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemate after an election 18 days ago failed to produce an outright winner. The lack of a decisive outcome has caused concerns among analysts, coming as a huge influx of migrants passes through the European Union's newest member, which is slowly emerging from six years of recession and in need of economic reforms. The conservative opposition bloc led by the HDZ party narrowly won the November 8 election, taking 59 seats, but failed to achieve the majority needed to form a government, sparking a frenzy of negotiations. The centre-left alliance, led by the Social Democrats and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, won 56 seats but has since secured the support of 10 deputies from smaller parties and minority groups, increasing its chances of staying in power. "The talks already look like an endless story, a story with an uncertain end," … [Read more...]

Weak Japan data supplies more bad news for Abenomics

TOKYO — Japan on Friday published a string of mostly weak data, the first major figures since news that the world's number three economy had slipped back into recession. A key inflation gauge showed prices fell in October from a year ago, while spending by households also dropped in a double blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's high-profile growth blitz, dubbed Abenomics. The weak figures came despite signs of a tight labour market, with the headline unemployment rate at a two-decade low of 3.1 per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in September. But even the jobless numbers highlight a growing red flag for the economy – the rise of part-time work at lower wages. "Employment is rising, but those jobs are mostly part-time," said Dai-ichi Life Research Institute's chief economist Yoshiki Shinke. "The supply/demand balance for stable, permanent positions is not firm. As a result, we are seeing more employment in low-wage jobs." Earlier this month, official figures showed that … [Read more...]

Chill hill: Bhutan photo exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City

"Peaceful" by Nguyen Thanh Hai. Hai and Nguyen Thanh Tung have been to Bhutan in the last three years and shot many photos, some of which are on display at an exhibition in HCMC

The photo "Dawn on Dochu La Pass" by photographer Nguyen Thanh Tung Thirty photos taken in exotic Bhutan by two Vietnamese photographers are on show in Phu My Hung, Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen Thanh Tung and Nguyen Thanh Hai, during their visits to the Himalayan kingdom in the past three years, captured rare of pretty little villages by forests, peaceful monasteries on snowy hillsides and friendly people celebrating traditional festivals, exhibition organizers said in a statement. "Sitting at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters in a misty mountain, enjoying a sip of hot tea, watching the mountain trails, listening to birds’ singing in the beautiful Himalayas, I recognized why people say Bhutan is a happy country," Tung said. "After the trip, I recognized that there are many ways to bring happiness to myself, my family and people around." Tung used to be a photojournalist before opening a studio in HCMC in 2004. Hai is a freelance photographer and also an administrator of … [Read more...]

Linguistic, cultural diversity to drive innovation

Eric-Normand Thibeault, regional representative of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, speaks at the symposium. — Photo Van Anh

HA NOI (VNS) – People and nations should make linguistic and cultural diversity, and differences between humans, a driver of tolerance, respect and values to face challenges, experts at a symposium said yesterday. The symposium, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, was organised by the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), UNESCO, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The convention was adopted in 2005 by UNESCO. Members of the OIF tried hard to adopt this convention. Eric-Normand Thibeault, OIF's regional representative said that OIF has had a strong commitment and involvement in the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. La Francophonie (French-speaking community) constitutes a space representing not only a unified language, but also a set of values on human dignity, human rights, and equality among men and women. Ten years after the adoption … [Read more...]

Illegal shrimp farms pollute world-recognised Lang Co Bay

Lang Co in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, which has been recognised as one of the world's most beautiful bays by the World's Best Bay Club, is being damaged and polluted by illegal shrimp farms. DTiNews was surprised to see so many white-leg shrimp ponds illegally operating near Lap An Lagoon which flows into Lang Co Bay, particularly in Lap An Village where many local households have been racing to dig small ponds for shrimp farming over the past six months. Illegal shrimp farms near Lang Co Bay A local resident said that the investment in a shrimp breeding pond covering is from VND100-200 million (USD4,761-USD9,523). However, most of the shrimp breeding farms in the area are operating without permission from local authorities. Most of Lang Co Town's households located along Highway 1A use their gardens as shrimp farms. The waste of these farms is poured into Lap An Lagoon and then flows to Lang Co Bay. Lax management Tran Van Giang, Chairman of Lang Co Town People's … [Read more...]

HN traffic police to issue tickets with photos

Nearly 400 traffic cameras have been installed at the capital's busiest junction to help the police monitor and control traffic. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Starting this December, the Ha Noi Police will start sending traffic tickets home to drivers that include photographs of their traffic violations captured by the city's traffic camera system. Police officers from the city's traffic control centre were tasked to record such photographs of traffic violations, especially at the city's busy junctions. They would later look up information on the vehicle owners in the police database. In the event that the information on vehicle ownership cannot be retrieved or vehicle owners refuse to co-operate, the police will add their licence plates to a "blacklist", which would be sent to the city's automobile registration authority and patrol police personnel for stronger penalties, Huynh Tan Nam, captain of the police's department of traffic control said. He noted that the new method to use photographs as evidence was aimed to help improve drivers' awareness and attitude towards traffic safety regulations. The traffic police … [Read more...]

Aviation companies’ shares hunted


VietNamNet Bridge - The companies in the aviation sector, which have large investment capital and enjoy business advantages, have always been eyed by big investors. The fact that the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) puts 77.8 million shares into auction slated for December 10 has drawn the investors’ attention. With the chartered capital of VND22.431 trillion, ACV is one of the companies with the biggest capitalization value in the aviation sector. After the equitization, the state will hold 75 percent of capital in ACV, while the other 20 percent, or 448.6 million shares, will be sold to strategic shareholders. Of the remaining 5 percent, 3.47 percent, or 77.8 million shares will be sold to the public, while the other to the corporation’s workers. The starting price of ACV shares, set at VND11,800 per share, is described by securities experts as ‘attractive’, because ACV is the key company in the aviation sector with large operation scale. The … [Read more...]

The Quang Ngai Lawyers Association marks its 20th anniversary

The PPC's Vice Chairman Le Quang Thich speaks at the ceremony

​On November 25, the Quang Ngai Lawyers Association organized 20th founding anniversary. Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Quang Thich attended the event. ​Over the past 60 years, generations of lawyers in the province have contributed to national and local socio-economic development. The Association has established branches in 12 units with more than 765 members operating in all area of laws. The Association has given ideas to nearly 200 law projects and more than 1,000 normative documents of the province and the Central. Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Quang Thich praised the association's achievements and results over the past 20 years and hoped that the association's members are examples in justice protection and the building of a socialist state of law. Lawyers should help to avoid conflicts and overlaps in drafting legal documents, give advice and assist with any disputes throughout the process of Vietnam's … [Read more...]

Authorities in Vietnam scrap penalties, apologize to three allegedly badmouthing official on Facebook


Authorities in a province in southern Vietnam on Thursday withdrew the punishments imposed upon three people for commenting on the look of a high-ranking official on Facebook, following protests from the public. The withdrawal was announced in a press conference organized by the People’s Committee of An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. The three violated certain rules when using the Internet but the offences were not serious, Ho Viet Hiep, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said at the press conference. Relevant officials did not follow existent regulations before arriving at a conclusion to slap the punishments on the three people, Hiep said. Therefore, the committee decided to remove the penalties and give the trio warnings instead. Le Thi Thuy Trang, a literature teacher from a high school in An Giang, shared an article on Facebook in October, in which the Government Inspectorate proposed that the chairman of the People’s Committee … [Read more...]