Can Tho – Innovation for Development

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After six years of implementing Decision 366/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister on the issue of plans for continued execution of Resolution No. 45-NQ/TW dated February 17, 2005 of the Politburo on Can Tho City construction and development in the 2009 - 2015 stage, the growth quality and competitiveness of Can Tho City has been significantly improved. The city is playing a clear role as a leading economic, cultural, education - training and health centre and a development driver of the Mekong Delta region. The following is the interview with Mr Le Hung Dung, Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee. Hoang Lam reports. Could you please tell us more about the city’s successes after six years of enforcing the Prime Minister’s Decision 366/QD-TTg? After six years of enforcing the Prime Minister’s Decision 366/QD-TTg, major objectives and tasks of the city have been performed well. Specifically, in urban development, Can Tho City was recognised by the Prime Minister as … [Read more...]

Ministry wants to publicize transport firms slow in fee cuts

Coaches are seen at Mien Dong Coach Station. Over half of the transport firms at the station have registered to lower charges by 2-14% - PHOTO: LE ANH

Le Anh and Minh Tam The department’s head Nguyen Anh Tuan was quoted by Tuoi Tre newspaper as saying that publicizing the firms slow in transport charge reductions is an effective measure to protect the interests of consumers. Tuan said inspectors of the ministries and finance and transport have fanned out to provinces to check transport firms and fine those not complying. Inspections of the two ministries have brought some results, as the ministry said transport enterprises in 43 out of 63 provinces and cities have adjusted down charges by 1-25%. The ministry said 57 out of 60 transport firms in Haiphong City had cut prices by 1.3-18% as of last week. In Nghe An Province, almost all transport companies had revised down charges by 2-25% as of last week, and many of them had made the second round of cuts. As for airfares, reductions have been applied to the air routes only operated by Vietnam Airlines or its subsidiary Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO). For … [Read more...]

World-famous seafood producers from southern Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge – The prestigious seafood journal, "Seafood Intrafish", has announced the Top 100 most influential people in the fisheries sector worldwide, with two Vietnamese names. The first is Le Van Quang, Chairman of Minh Phu Seafood Corporation JSC, ranking 54th. Minh Phu corporation of Le Van Quang and his family are giant shrimp exporters with export turnover up to 50,000 tons per year and $730 million in revenue last year. Minh Phu is striving to reach $1 billion after breakthrough growth of 40% annually in 2013-2014. Earlier, on the list of top 100 largest seafood businesses worldwide of Undercurrent News, a journal of fisheries based in the UK, Minh Phu ranked 23rd. The company also entered the list of 20 businesses in East Asia honored as global development enterprises by the World Economic Forum. On the Vietnam stock market, the property of Quang rocketed last year. Quang and his wife - Mrs. Chu Thi Binh - each earned an additional VND1 trillion (nearly $50 … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US target 20 more years of successful ties

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Top diplomats from the United States and Vietnam are gathering at a conference in Hanoi to place the stepping stones for their bilateral relationship over the next 20 years and more. The event is centered on discussing the lessons learned in the past 20 years of diplomatic, economic, and security and political relations between Vietnam and the U.S., and opportunities and challenges for the next 20 years. Speaking at the opening session of the conference, Dr. Dang Dinh Quy, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, said: "We'd like to send special greetings to fellow Americans who have traveled thousands of kilometers from many different states in the U.S. to the conference. I am very glad to see the very famous people here such as former Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson, and Ambassador Ted Osius." "On the side of Vietnam, I’m very happy to see the presence of former Vietnamese Ambassadors to the U.S. Le Van Bang, Nguyen Tam Chien, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, economic … [Read more...]

Hai Phong climb to top of V-League

On the rise: Andre Diego Fagan of Hai Phong (left) vies for the ball against Can Tho's Phan Thanh Phuc during their V-League match.

VietNamNet Bridge – The rich Quang Ninh Coal let defending champions Becamex Binh Duong taste their first defeat of the Toyota V.League 1 season yesterday, Jan 25. The team were beaten 1-2 on their home turf at Go Dau Stadium. The loss resulted in the hosts losing their top position to Hai Phong, who secured their fourth win in a row yesterday. On-song visitors created a miracle, with top performances from all players, giving the hosts – who won all four matches ahead of their clash – no chance. A multi-layer defence worked so hard and effectively that none of Binh Duong's goal hunters could access anywhere near their penalty area during the first half, although the hosts dominated ball possession. Quang Ninh nearly opened the score with rapid counter-attack tactics in the middle of the first half, when overseas Vietnamese striker Mac Hong Quan's kick found the cross bar. Former national player Nguyen Quang Hai made a double for Quang Ninh in the first five … [Read more...]

Trash collectors face uncertain future after dump closes

Fifty-year-old Pham Thi Vui collects garbage at Khanh Son dump in Da Nang. The city has no plan to help waste collectors find stable and less toxic ways to make ends meet after the dump is closed in 2022.

VietNamNet Bridge – Pham Thi Vui has had a "steady job" for the last 20 years, collecting garbage from the Khanh Son dump in Da Nang. Vui, 50, a resident of Hoa Khanh Nam Ward in Lien Chieu District, earns VND100,000 (US$5) each day after collecting and selling scrap iron, plastic bags, cans, paper, and even food. She knows that the job is hazardous to her health, but says she has no other choice. "I don't have much education and I am too old to find another job," she said. Her "job" had enabled her to raise two daughters, with the elder one following in her footsteps. The daughter dropped out of school and began collecting garbage when she was just 10 years old, and ended up marrying a man she met at the same dump, doing the same job. "My daughter went to the dump everyday even when she was pregnant. And the baby was a hundred percent healthy!" Vui said, thankfully. But neither Vui nor any one of the 150 or so other people who are self-employed at the dump are health … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Romantic comedy features circus life

Light viewing: Ngay Nay Ngay Nay (The Lost Dragon), a comedy produced by Ngo Thanh Van, will be released for the Tet holiday. — Photo Courtesy of VAA Entertaiment

VietNamNet Bridge – Movie star and pop singer/producer Ngo Thanh Van and her partner, Vietnamese-Canadian director Cuong Ngo, have worked on a new film, Ngay Nay Ngay Nay (The Lost Dragon), which will be screened this Tet (Lunar New Year holiday). The 90-minute movie was filmed on a studio set built to resemble a 400-seat circus arena. The film depicts the adventure of Dan Nuong (played by Van) and Tieu Duyen (by actress Le Khanh), who live on a planet far from the earth. They are on a mission to discover the earth and its people. Both decide to live in a circus in HCM City, where they learn about love and friendship. The film includes beautiful scenes of circus performances with soundtracks by the popular pop band 365. Van invited veteran comedians Thanh Loc and Phi Phung to perfect her film. After its trailer hit online last week, Ngay Nay Ngay Nay was praised by more than 40,000 viewers. "Our film is like a song in praise of life," said Van, owner of the … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

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Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets including Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong in District 2. The Truong Tho port area comprises Phuoc Long 3, Transimex and Phuc Long inland container depots (ICD), and some steel and cement factories. At present, Hanoi Highway is the only way leading to the Truong Tho port area, so traffic often snarls this time of year as trading activity picks up in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday. Le Duy Hiep, general director of Transforwarding Warehousing Joint-Stock Corp. (Transimex-Saigon), told the Daily that Friday’s heavy traffic jam resulted from a narrow road leading to Truong Tho while an increasingly … [Read more...]

Over one tonne of marijuana plants found being grown in southernmost Vietnamese province

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Police in the southernmost Vietnamese province of Ca Mau have seized over one tonne of marijuana plants grown on a plot of agricultural land. Officers said Sunday that they had discovered 957 marijuana plants to be cultivated on the farming land of Nguyen Minh Canh, 47, in Khanh Thuan Commune, U Minh District. Police confiscated all the banned plants, which weighed more than 1.1 tonnes in total. Canh told police officers that he had hired the land from another farmer, Lu Van Hoang, for bean and vegetable cultivation. The district police are conducting further investigations and it is still unclear who grew the illegal plants. Many similar cases have been discovered in different localities in Vietnam in recent years. Police in Le Chan District, located in the northern province of Hai Phong, on March 20, 2014 nabbed Do Hai Nam, 38, after catching him in the act of dealing in drugs and planting marijuana trees at home. On searching Nam’s house, officers seized 23 … [Read more...]

Social News 18/1

Hand, foot and mouth disease strikes Hanoi A health official from the Hanoi Health Department says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in ten districts in Hanoi has infected 36 people so far this year. According to the official, there have been five separate outbreaks reported and there is an especially high risk of a widespread outbreak in Bac Tu Liem district with six infected cases recently reported. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, the official said. Vietnam recorded 80,685 cases of hand-foot and mouth disease in 2014 including eight deaths while Hanoi reported 1,170 infected cases in 26 out of 30 districts citywide. The disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and young children. Symptoms usually begin with a fever, sore throat, painful sores in the mouth. Complications include viral meningitis, myocarditis, and acute pneumonia, which can be fatal. To reduce the risk of catching the virus, both children and adults should … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Nha Trang’s flood drainage system flooded with problems

VietNamNet Bridge – A flood drainage system for the Duong De residential quarter in Nha Trang City has been inundated with problems that have prevented its completion 12 years after it was approved. Worse still, additional work needed to address some major shortcomings is estimated to cost more than the investment earmarked for the entire project. The flood drainage system project for the residential quarter in Vinh Hoa District was approved by the Khanh Hoa People's Committee in 2002. Essentially, it would build a 1.165-kilometre canal to divert runoff from the Hon Kho Mountain to the sea off Nha Trang. The Khanh Hoa Centre for Development of Land Fund was assigned as investor of the VND20.2 billion (US$961,900) project. But 12 years on, just 600m of canal has been built and the project has been temporarily suspended. Residents at the foot of the Hon Kho Mountain say that water leaks from the project have become more and more serious over the last few years. Cap Van … [Read more...]

Social News 13/1

Ministry warns of hand, foot, mouth disease The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned northern and central localities about a high risk of foot-and-mouth disease spreading during the cold weather. The ministry said the cold weather created favourable conditions for the disease to spread. Statistics from the ministry's Department of Animal Health on January 12 showed that foot-and-mouth disease had hit the provinces of Son La, Thanh Hoa, Lao Cai and Ha Tinh. Minister Cao Duc Phat has instructed authorities in the four provinces to work with local people to avert the spread of the disease. "Local breeders should be shown how to stop the disease spreading through their animals," he said. Phat also urged the localities to tighten inspections of animal shipments and slaughter houses, as well as spraying chemicals to sterilise affected areas. The ministry previously supplied 5,000 litres of chemicals for Dak Nong Province to stamp out the disease in late … [Read more...]

Tien Giang looks to produce clean eggs for export

The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang plans to foster advanced technology applications to produce clean and high-quality poultry eggs in an attempt to boost exports. The province currently houses about 1.5 million quails and one million black chickens, among other chicken varieties farmed under strict food security requirements to produce quality eggs for export. One breeding farm, owned by Phan Van Tieu in Phu Kiet commune, Cho Gao district, has 4,000 black hens that can produce up to 1,200 eggs each day. According to the Director of the Southern Centre for Policy and Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development Nguyen Van Giap, their centre has provided breeding skill training for 60 local households. Of these, eight have been selected to farm between 1,000-2,000 black chickens for eggs as a trial, in order to examine export potential in Japan, Australia, and the Republic of Korea. After a four-year effort to meet all requirements of the strict market, the Nguyen Ho … [Read more...]

Traveling to love the country more

People take photo at the border marker in Lung Cu, Ha Giang, the northern most point of Vietnam

(VOVworld) – Vietnam has diverse scenic spots from the north to the south, world-recognized tourist sites to beautiful, untouched places in remote areas. Traveling to explore the hidden charms of Vietnam is the pastime of many young, dynamic people. Today VOV joins members of a group called "phuot.vn" who are preparing for a trip during the Lunar New Year holiday. At 8 p.m in a small coffee shop in Ta Hien street, Hanoi, members of "phuot.vn" are eagerly planning a journey. They share a passion for travel and photography. Everyone has experience exploring remote, isolated places, but this will be the first time they’ve teamed up on a 10-day trip during the New Year holiday. They suggest places and discuss the best schedule for exploring many places. Le Quang Luu says: "Ly Son island is beautiful. I came to Ly Son island before a storm and the sea was extraordinary. I’ve been to several islands but nowhere is as beautiful as Ly Son. The island is surrounded by white … [Read more...]

Volleyballers set for SEA Games

The 25-member national men's and women's volleyball teams will be summoned on Saturday – File photo

VietNamNet Bridge – The 25-member national men's and women's volleyball teams will be summoned on Saturday in preparation for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Both key players and fresh members, especially in the women's team, will be called. There are no great changes to the men's line-up, which includes veterans such as Nguyen Huu Ha, Le Quang Khanh, Tu Thanh Thuan and Hoang Van Phuong, as well as Giang Van Duc. Coach Phung Cong Hung has added some new players too, including Nguyen Van Du, Le Hoai Han and Nguyen Cong Chien. But he has ignored rising players Luu Dinh Toan, Bui Thien Men and Bui Van Hai. A large number of the female veterans will be absent, but this had been predicted earlier. While Pham Thi Yen, Ha Thi Hoa and Pham Kim Hue have said goodbye to the team, Do Thi Minh, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, Nguyen Thi Xuan and Dao Thi Huyen will be absent because of personal reasons. Nguyen Linh Chi, Le Thanh Thuy, Dinh Thi Tra Giang and Le Thi Hong will be among the … [Read more...]

Social News 10/1

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Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

National men’s volleyball team includes veterans

Nguyen Linh Chi is a new key player of the Vietnamese women's volleyball team. -- Photo 24h.com.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – The 25-member national men's and women's volleyball teams will be summoned on Saturday in preparation for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Both key players and fresh members, especially in the women's team, will be called. There are no great changes to the men's line-up, which includes veterans such as Nguyen Huu Ha, Le Quang Khanh, Tu Thanh Thuan and Hoang Van Phuong, as well as Giang Van Duc. Coach Phung Cong Hung has added some new players too, including Nguyen Van Du, Le Hoai Han and Nguyen Cong Chien. But he has ignored rising players Luu Dinh Toan, Bui Thien Men and Bui Van Hai. A large number of the female veterans will be absent, but this had been predicted earlier. While Pham Thi Yen, Ha Thi Hoa and Pham Kim Hue have said goodbye to the team, Do Thi Minh, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, Nguyen Thi Xuan and Dao Thi Huyen will be absent because of personal reasons. Nguyen Linh Chi, Le Thanh Thuy, Dinh Thi Tra Giang and Le Thi Hong will be among the new … [Read more...]