Most modern cemetery in Vietnam, new threat to Dong Nai river

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VietNamNet Bridge - It remains questionable why the cemetery project near the Dong Nai River which threatens the life of the river, has been approved. In early July 2011, Dona Coop announced the project on building a cemetery which is expected to be the most modern one in Vietnam, to be located on the advantageous position in accordance with oriental geomancy. However, worries and doubts have been raised about the feasibility of the project. The position which the investors calls "advantageous position" is, in fact, is just 100 meters far from the Dong Nai river. Therefore, they have every reason to worry that the cemetery would pollute the river and threaten the means of subsistence of thousands of local people. The paradise for the dead… The An Vien Vinh Hang cemetery covers an area of 116 hectares in the first phase, capitalized at 500 billion dong and it is expected to become operational from the end of 2011. After that, 200 hectares more would be expanded in the second phase of … [Read more...]

Blood donors multiply, but shortage continues

Blood brother: A student at the University of Finance and Marketing gives blood at the Youth Social Work Centre in HCM City. More than 300 people, most of them students, donated blood recently during the annual blood voluntary donor campaign held prior to the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. — VNS Photo.Gia Loc

Despite the increase in blood-donation drives and awareness efforts, only 60% of Viet Nam's demand for potentially life-saving blood is being met. Gia Loc reports. Tran Anh Nhat Huong, a 28-year-old teacher at HCM City's Marie Curie High School, began donating blood when he was a college student nine years ago. Huong, who is one of the country's top 100 blood donors, has since donated 27 times. He and the other donors were honoured recently at a ceremony in Ha Noi held by the national steering committee for voluntary blood donations. Though the national programme for blood donations began in 1993, in recent years more people have donated blood as a result of better awareness of the safety of the procedure. "I feel very happy every time I give blood. I will continue," Huong said in a recent interview in HCM City. Growing awareness Huong first donated blood when he was a freshman at HCM City University of Education. He said that after finishing his studies one day, he decided to … [Read more...]

Flower industry needs tech growth

Workers package flowers at Rung Hoa Biotechnology Joint Stock Company in Lam Dong Province's Da Lat City. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy

HCM CITY (VNS) — Both local and foreign experts have urged Vietnamese flower growers to cultivate new kinds of flowers and use high-tech planting techniques to develop the industry. Pham Van Hai, CEO of Viet Nam Trade International, said: "The city of Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province, which is one of the country's flower cities, has developed slowly compared to its potential as many farmers have not used advanced technology in cultivation." Speaking at a conference held in HCM City on Monday, he said demand for flowers had surged for special occasions like Valentine's Day, International Women's Day, Viet Nam Teacher's Day and Lunar New Year. Dr Nguyen Duc Tri, dean of the School of Tourism under the HCM City University of Economics, said that flowers in the past were used primarily for use at altars honouring ancestors. Hai said that to develop a stable domestic flower market, new types of flowers and application of advanced cultivation techniques were needed. Co-operation with … [Read more...]

Advanced technologies needed in flower industry

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Viet Nams flower growing area of about 8,000 hectares yields 4.5 billion fresh-cut branches, of which 1 billion were rose, daisy and orchid for export each year. — Photos floravietnam.vn HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Both local and foreign experts have urged Vietnamese flower growers to cultivate new kinds of flowers and use high-tech planting techniques to develop the industry. Pham Van Hai, CEO of Viet Nam Trade International, said: "The city of Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province, which is one of the countrys flower cities, has developed slowly compared to its potential as many farmers have not used advanced technology in cultivation." Speaking at a conference held in HCM City on Monday (February 1), he said demand for flowers had surged for special occasions like Valentines Day, International Womens Day, Viet Nam Teachers Day and Lunar New Year. Dr Nguyen Duc Tri, dean of the School of Tourism under the HCM City University of Economics, said that flowers in the past were used … [Read more...]

University enrollment plans must be published: Education Ministry

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The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has ordered universities and colleges nation-wide to publish on their websites all information related to this year's regular enrollment plans. MoET said the order followed the recent release of a circular to help students and their parents choose a school and field of study more easily. Universities and colleges have also been asked to register their enrollment plans with the ministry no later than the end of this month, following an official form posted on the ministry's website: http://www.moet.gov.vn. Essential information published on schools' websites, including details on training curricula and international co-operation programmes, should be identical to that listed on the registration form. Universities and colleges that have registered their enrollment plans on MoET's website will be responsible for ensuring their plans are followed closely. Currently, some universities and colleges have started to announce their … [Read more...]

Demand for seasonal Tet workers on rise

HA NOI (VNS) — The rising demand for part-time workers as the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches is creating more opportunities for workers and students to earn money and gain work experience. Tran Quang Trung, a fourth year student of the Ha Noi University, said he had been offered a part-time job to deliver cakes during the holiday, expecting to earn VND3 million ($130) a month, plus an additional bonus. "With the money, I can help my parents a little," he said. The HCM City Student Assistance Centre (SAC) said it received lots of students searching for job information over the past few days. A representative of the SAC said the centre strives to introduce work to 5,000 students before and during the holiday which falls on February 8. Nguyen Manh Tu, a fourth year student of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity, said he found a part-time job wrapping presents at a supermarket and earned VND2 million ($80) per month. In previous years, Tu returned … [Read more...]

University enrollment plans must be published: MoET

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has ordered universities and colleges nation-wide to publish on their websites all information related to this year's regular enrollment plans. MoET said the order followed the recent release of a circular to help students and their parents choose a school and field of study more easily. Universities and colleges have also been asked to register their enrollment plans with the ministry no later than the end of this month, following an official form posted on the ministry's website: http://www.moet.gov.vn. Essential information published on schools' websites, including details on training curricula and international co-operation programmes, should be identical to that listed on the registration form. Universities and colleges that have registered their enrollment plans on MoET's website will be responsible for ensuring their plans are followed closely. Currently, some universities and colleges have started to … [Read more...]

Educators find it difficult to comply with new enrollment rule

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VietNamNet Bridge - Universities say they have not found solutions to cut the numbers of students to meet new enrollment quotas. To tighten control over university education, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has set three requirements for universities, including the ratio of lecturers to students, the floor area per student and the maximum number of students per school. In all cases, the number of students at a school must not be higher than 15,000. Eighteen out of 219 schools have more than the number allowed. The HCM City University of Technology, one of the most prestigious training establishments in Vietnam, is one of the 18 schools. Eighteen out of 219 schools have more than the number allowed. According to Huynh Thien Phuc, vice president of the school, 19,000 students now study there, or 4,000 students more than the permitted level. "We are confused as we have not found a way to satisfy the third requirement stipulated in the MOET circular," Phuc said. Phuc … [Read more...]

Medical centre carries out aortic surgery

HCM CITY (VNS) — Doctors at the HCM City University Medical Centre have successfully performed a TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implementation) operation on two elderly patients. TAVI is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can be done through very small openings that leave all the chest bones in place. The TAVI procedures were done on December 30 on an 81-year-old man from HCM City's District 12 and a 78-year-old woman from Gia Lai Province. On December 28, the man was sent to the hospital's emergency ward due to breathing difficulties. He was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis. He also had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney failure. The woman patient had suffered from aortic valve stenosis for several years. She had not undergone standard valve replacement surgery due to poor health conditions. The two patients are in stable condition. — VNS … [Read more...]

Annual KOVA Prize honours outstanding researchers, students

The 85-year-old farmer with a fourth-grade educationon, Dinh Cong Vien, (first left) of Ha Nam Province on Saturday was awarded a prize for his post-harvesting machine that removes kernels from corn and shells from soybeans. — Photo Courtesy of KOVA Prize Committee

HCM CITY (VNS) — An 85-year-old farmer with a fourth-grade education, as well as 25 individuals and three teams, including doctors at HCM City's Cho Ray Hospital, were honoured at the 13th annual KOVA Prize ceremony for their outstanding contributions to research and social welfare. Farmer Dinh Cong Vien of the Red River Delta province of Ha Nam on Saturday was awarded the KOVA prize for his post-harvesting machine that removes kernels from corn and shells from soybeans. Wanting to reduce the hard labour of his fellow farmers, Vien experimented making a machine several times, but failed many times. After his final and successful attempt, Vien said that many farmers ordered the machine to save working time in their fields. Vien began to farm his fields in 1985 after retiring as a commune-level official in Kim Bang District's Khuyen Cong Village. He has now made nearly 300 post-harvesting machines to sell to farmers in the northern provinces and HCM City's Go Vap … [Read more...]

Associate Prof Dr Nguyen Xuan Hung: “Returning to Vietnam is my choice”

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VietNamNet Bridge - "It is the right of everyone to make decisions for his future. As for me, living and working in the homeland is the top priority," said Nguyen Xuan Hung, a Vietnamese, one of the world’s most influential scientists. Four of the world’s 3,126 most highly cited scientists that Thomson Reuters has recognized are Vietnamese. Of the four Vietnamese scientists who are among the top one percent of most influential scientists, Nguyen Xuan Hung is the only one who lives and works in Vietnam. And this is the second time his name was found on the list. Scientists have had their research papers frequently cited in reports published by other scientists, showing that what they produced is considered to be important by their peers. To be categorized as a Highly Cited Paper, a report must rank in the top 1 percent of most cited for their subject field and publication year. Hung is among the most highly cited in the computer science category. To date, Hung has had … [Read more...]

City eyes software park expansion

Vietnamese technicians of a Japanese company at Quang Trung Software City in HCM City. HCM City is waiting for approval from the Government to expand a chain of software parks into other provinces following the success of its Quang Trung Software City. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City is waiting for approval from the Government to expand a chain of software parks including into other provinces following the success of its Quang Trung Software City. Since the first QTSC was built in District 12 more than 13 years ago, it has grown into a chain that includes QTSC 2, which is now awaiting land allocation, and others at the Viet Nam National University of HCMC in Thu Duc District, the VNPT complex in District 10, and the HCM City University of Technology. Le Thanh Liem, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, who spoke yesterday at a ceremony to confer the Labour Medal, second class, on the department of Information and Communications, said creating the chain would be significant to the city's development. Under the proposed programme, the city together with some southern provinces will set up and upgrade infrastructure for IT development. Another Quang Trung Software City is planned in Da Lat. All the parks in the chain … [Read more...]

Teachers of English have poor listening and speaking skills

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VietNamNet Bridge - Teachers of English at general schools cannot communicate well in English, so they focus on teaching reading and writing. As a result, Vietnamese students also cannot speak English well. When asked why pedagogy universities were not chosen as partners in the program on upgrading foreign language skills, an official of the HCM City Education and Training Department said the institutions themselves needed to update their training. Also according to the official, teachers of English in HCM City have poor listening and speaking skills, especially older teachers, even though HCM City is believed to be better than other localities in English skills. The only solution to the problem is organizing more refresher courses for the substandard teachers to improve their skills. In HCM City, Seameo is one of the two training establishments allowed by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to re-train teachers of English within the framework of the national program … [Read more...]

What can Vietnam expect from Toyota’s localization program?

Vietnam can take full advantage of Japanese auto manufacturers’ support and Vietnamese businesses could, as a result, become second-class car part suppliers to Toyota and other foreign-invested enterprises

VietNamNet Bridge - Experts said that Vietnam can take full advantage of Japanese auto manufacturers’ support and Vietnamese businesses could, as a result, become second-class car part suppliers to Toyota and other foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs). Toyota Motor Vietnam’s (TMV) managers have said that Toyota cars have higher localization ratios than any other car brands in Vietnam. Its five car models, including Vios, Corolla, Camry, Innova and Fortuner, have locally made content proportion of between 19 and 37 percent. Now TMV has 18 satellite companies which provide car parts. In order to increase the locally made content rate, TMV has asked Japanese car part manufacturers to set up a network of suppliers including Denso, Toyota Boshoku and Toyoda Gosei. Toyota’s localization program has raised controversy. Some analysts pointed out that though the percentage of car parts made in Vietnam has increased, Vietnam cannot benefit from this, because the car part … [Read more...]

National Museum of Vietnam History receives book of royal decrees

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December 31, 2015 2 views (Cinet)- A copy book of royal decrees with nearly 100 royal notes has just been donated to the National Museum of Vietnam History. The decrees, which include nearly 100 royal notes that praise and promote people who made several contributions to the country, have been published and donated by HCM City-based historian Nguyen Khac Thuan and his wife Ly Thi Mai. The book also includes his translations and explanations for each royal note.The colour photos of the original royal decrees have been printed in a silk book that measures 81cm by 126cm and weighs 150kg. A copy book of royal decrees were issued by various kings of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and reprinted on large size. Historian Thuan used to work as a lecturer at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities. He has written many books on Vietnamese history and has translated as well as edited many other books. Thuan's wife Mai graduated in literature from the HCM City University … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students lack empathy, say educators

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VietNamNet Bridge - Education experts have warned about unreasonable education methods applied at school and at home, saying that many Vietnamese students do not have sympathy towards people with disabilities and disadvantages. The HCM City Education Research Institute, an arm of the HCM City University of Education, concluded that many Vietnamese students are insensitive and lack empathy toward others. The survey was conducted at 20 high schools, including 12 state-owned and 8 non-state owned, in 12 districts in HCM City. The survey found that 57.4 percent of students lack knowledge about history and the nation’s traditions, 57.3 percent lack knowledge about constitution and laws, 49.8 percent don’t like social sciences subjects, and 42.5 percent don’t have respect to teachers and speak ill of teachers. The survey also found that 34.8 percent of students don’t want to do housework or they are lazy to do housework. At least 46.8 percent of students are … [Read more...]

Social News 30/12

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Dak Lak police seize rotten meat Police seized about 800kg of rotten meat that was being transported from Da Nang to the central highland Dak Lak Province yesterday morning. Seven Styrofoam boxes and two sacks containing foul-smelling meat were found on a passenger coach when it was stopped by the police in Dak Lak's Krong Buk District for inspection. The coach driver, 45-year-old Nguyen Ba Le, said he had received the meat cargo from a stranger in Tam Quan Town in Binh Dinh Province, who asked him to transport it to Cuor Dang Commune. The meat was discovered when he was transporting the cargo. In another case, Dak Lak police found more than one tonne of rotten meat on a coach running on the same route yesterday. Food safety has become one of the hottest issues with the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday coming in just one month from now. Two killed, three injured in fire Two people were killed and three were injured in a fire that broke out early today morning in the northern Thai … [Read more...]

Legal consultancy for migrant workers discussed

A seminar on legal support to workers from other localities moving to Ho Chi Minh City was held on December 29. The event was organised by the Centre for Social Development Research and Consultancy (SDRC) in collaboration with the Vietnam Judicial Support Centre for the Poor and the HCM City University of Law (HCMCUL). At the seminar, experts in the field agreed that migrant workers have great demand for legal consultancy and support, but they remain passive in seeking access to the support. According to a survey conducted by the HCMCUL’s legal consulting centre, residence-related issues are the first legal problems that migrant workers must face, followed by social security concerns, including health and social insurance and access to the State’s support policies. Participants proposed several measures to deal with the issue, focusing on defining the legal matters concerned to the migrant workers and building flexible and suitable methods of support. More than 26 … [Read more...]

Book of royal decrees donated to VN National History Museum

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A copy book of royal decrees, which were issued by various kings of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and reprinted on large size, has just been gifted to the National Museum of Viet Nam History. The decrees, which include nearly 100 royal notes that praise and promote people who made several contributions to the country, have been published and donated by HCM City-based historian Nguyen Khac Thuan and his wife Ly Thi Mai. The colour photos of the original royal decrees have been printed in a silk book that measures 81cm by 126cm and weighs 150kg. Thuan said the collection was just part of the royal decrees that he has collected over the past 70 years. The book also includes his translations and explanations for each royal note. Thuan said he had to write explanations for the royal decrees as many of them lacked some characters, while some did not include the names of the people the decrees were sent to. "I want to give this book to the museum as I respect it and hope that when … [Read more...]

Book of royal decrees donated to national history museum

HA NOI (VNS) — A copy book of royal decrees, which were issued by various kings of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and reprinted on large size, has just been gifted to the National Museum of Viet Nam History. The decrees, which include nearly 100 royal notes that praise and promote people who made several contributions to the country, have been published and donated by HCM City-based historian Nguyen Khac Thuan and his wife Ly Thi Mai. The colour photos of the original royal decrees have been printed in a silk book that measures 81cm by 126cm and weighs 150kg. Thuan said the collection was just part of the royal decrees that he has collected over the past 70 years. The book also includes his translations and explanations for each royal note. Thuan said he had to write explanations for the royal decrees as many of them lacked some characters, while some did not include the names of the people the decrees were sent to. "I want to give this book to the museum as I respect it … [Read more...]