Sports News Headlines 7/3

A Vespa GTS Super 125 scooter, worth nearly VND80 million (US$3,760), was presented to the winner of the 'SEA Games Gold Impression' prize, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien at an awards ceremony on March 5.

Goran to train Dong Tam Long An Dong Tam Long An have appointed Kupunovic Goran as the team's technical director. The Serbian is expected to provide the V-League strugglers with a much needed boost. "We are playing poorly at the moment and we have shortage of trainers, so we decided to invite Goran. He will help us to become more competitive," said Vo Thanh Nhiem, chairman of Dong Tam Long An. The 47-year-old director previously worked for the club in 2007 with Long An's U21 squad. Long An are currently one place off the bottom of the table with thee points after seven games. Their next game will be at home against Dong Nai on March 15. Nam advances in Thailand Ly Hoang Nam strolled into the third round of the Chang Thailand ITF Junior G1 boys singles in Nonthaburi yesterday. His opponent, Oscar Janglin from Sweden, was forced to withdraw with the score at 6-4, 3-0 in Nam's favour. His next opponent will be Jake Delaney of Australia who beat Alberto Lim of the … [Read more...]

Memorial Temple constructed for General Vo Nguyen Giap

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A Memorial Temple for late General Vo Nguyen Giap and other national heroes was inaugurated in Tan An Commune in Vinh Cuu District in Dong Nai Province on December 22. The Temple is located on a hill at the upper reaches of the Dong Nai River and covers an area of about 450 square meters in An Vien Vinh Hang Cemetery. The Temple is in Vietnamese-style traditional architecture, a wooden three-compartment house, which was built from October to December. The construction is also a commemorative area for Senior Lieutenant General Tran Van Tra, Lieutenant General Nguyen Binh, female General Nguyen Thi Dinh and military commander and poet Huynh Van Nghe . Provincial leaders and thousands of people attended the opening ceremony honoring heroes of the country. In addition, the Vietnam History Science Association has cooperated with the Antique Association in Thanh Hoa Province and the Association of Lam Kinh Cultural Heritage to cast a bronze drum, a canon and a sword as offerings to … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED ON DEC. 9-20

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The Family Festival Kermesse 2011 Sun 11 Dec 2011, 9 am - 6 pm Thao Cam Vien (Park), 2B Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM The Family Festival Kermesse 2011 will be held with sport activities, traditional games and many performances. In the festival, young children as well as adults will have fun with all the activities and traditional games from France and many interesting prizes for the winners. During the festival, there are many performances such as Dancing (with Capoeira demo from Dancenter), Circus show, concert, 2 lottery and many more! Also French and Vietnamese food served by experienced chefs will also be available for sale. All proceeds from the Family Festival will be donated to Poussieres de Vie organization. Poussières de Vie is charity organization established in 2003 to help street kids in Ho Chi Minh City and Kontum. We have approached and worked with more than 500 children from 6 to 18 years of age. We have taught these children Vietnamese, … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 4/11

HCMC hosts screening of American Documentary Films American filmmaker Steve Klein and film expert Melinda Levin arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to take part in a screening of American Documentary Films on November 2. Steve Klein presented his movie titled “Make Believe” to Vietnamese audience. A coming-of-age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, “Make Believe” follows six of the world's best young magicians as they pursue the title of Teen World Champion magicians and leads us through their personal journeys of transformation through stage magic. “Make Believe” was the winner of Best Documentary in the Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 and Audience Award in Austin Film Festival 2010. The event is being organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. His Holiness visits VietnamHis Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa is in Vietnam for a preaching trip from November 1-17 under the invitation of the Hanoi Buddhist Association to commemorate the … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 10/10

Plans in place to ensure price stability The industry and trade sector plans to attempt market regulation in stabilising domestic prices by the end of 2011. The statement was made by an official from the Ministry of Industry and Trade during an online meeting yesterday. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Duong Quang said that, in order to achieve results, a price fever leading up to Tet had to be avoided at all costs. He added that the domestic commodities market would experience complicated fluctuations by the end of the year, affected by factors such as inflation. To reach an annual CPI jump of 18 per cent, balancing supply and demand would be a tough job, necessitating cooperation in following market developments, he explained. Market watch would help regulate the supply and demand of goods and stabilise markets to ensure effective production. Relevant offices are set to promote market controls to ensure the supply of essential goods including petrol, … [Read more...]

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...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 4/8

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Big electricity savings in Ha Noi this year Ha Noi saved 60 million kWh of electricity in the first seven months of this year, according to Ha Noi Electricity (EVN Ha Noi). The amount accounted for 1 per cent of the total output and exceeded the target set by Viet Nam Electricity by 0.1 per cent. … [Read more...]

Female trafficking a growing problem in Nghe An Province

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Women are allegedly being targeted by traffickers in Nghe An Province, with local police saying at least 38 have been taken to China. The targets are married and single women, and children, from Luu Tien Highlands Village in Chieu Luu Comune of Ky Son District, home to Kho-mu ethnic minority people. Some 148 hourseholds occupy the village, representing nearly 650 people. Police said at least 38 local women have been allegedly trafficked to neighbouring China. "Victims were invited by some acquaintances to work away from home with the offer of high salaries and better living conditions," said Moong Van Que, a policeman in the village. "Mediators even gave victims’ families some money in advance as security. They did not return home or contact with their families after their leave," Notably, many local children have recently gone missing after leaving home for boarding schools. The number of such children has reached 16. Some are primary students while others are secondary … [Read more...]

Hanoi expands methadone treatment for drug addicts

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Patients are given methadone at a local treatment facility. (Photo: VNA) Two rehab centres using the methadone treatment method were opened at the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Centre and Hospital 09 in Hanoi on January 27. The expansion was part of the city’s plan to launch 11 treatment facilities accommodating 8,500 people by February this year, said Nguyen Khac Hien, Director of the municipal Department of Health. Infrastructure facilities, equipment procurement and staff training are also among the programme priorities, Hien added. In 2014, as many as 2,300 people who had drug addictions were treated with methadone in six local centres, helping reintegrate them into the community. Currently, Hospital 09 cares for nearly 400 patients with HIV/AIDS receiving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. Roughly 70-80 percent of the patients were previously drug addicts and are struggling to follow the strict treatment schedule. The facilities will help ensure the effectiveness of … [Read more...]

New plan sharpens ethnic minority focus

A three to four per cent reduction in the number of ethnic minority poor households each year is one of the main targets of a new five-year (2016-2020) plan targeting the minorities. At a policy forum held in Hanoi on January 29, officials explained that the new target was set in the context of ethnic minorities making up 56 percent total number of poor households in the country. This was the case despite a lot of policies on ethnic minority development issued by the Government over the last few decades, said Danh Ut, Vice Chairman of National Assembly's Ethnic Minority Council. According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, the country has about 1.8 million poor households at present. Another goal of the new plan is to decrease the number of illiterate ethnic minority citizens by 1.5-2 percent every year, said Nguyen Cao Thinh, an official with the Government's Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs. Thinh said that an estimated 17.2 per cent of ethnic … [Read more...]

Female trafficking a growing problem in Nghe An Province

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Women are allegedly being targeted by traffickers in Nghe An Province, with local police saying at least 38 have been taken to China. The targets are married and single women, and children, from Luu Tien Highlands Village in Chieu Luu Comune of Ky Son District, home to Kho-mu ethnic minority people. Some 148 hourseholds occupy the village, representing nearly 650 people. Police said at least 38 local women have been allegedly trafficked to neighbouring China. "Victims were invited by some acquaintances to work away from home with the offer of high salaries and better living conditions," said Moong Van Que, a policeman in the village. "Mediators even gave victims’ families some money in advance as security. They did not return home or contact with their families after their leave," Notably, many local children have recently gone missing after leaving home for boarding schools. The number of such children has reached 16. Some are primary students while others are secondary … [Read more...]

USAID helps Vietnam enhance capacity for disaster response

Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat sign a memorandum of understanding for a training program on the Incident Command System on January 29, 2015.

(VOVworld) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed a memorandum of understanding for a training program on the Incident Command System on Thursday. Under this partnership, USAID will help the Vietnamese government improve its disaster management capacity. At the meeting, Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat discussed ways to enhance co-operation in climate-change adaptation, bird flu prevention and control, natural disaster management, biodiversity, and biotechnology. … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta strives for leading agricultural region in South East Asia

State President Truong Tan Sang offers the first class independence medal to the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute.(Photo:SGGP)

The Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute held a solemn ceremony in Can Tho city on January 29, aiming to receive the first class independence medal and mark it’s 38th anniversary of establishment and development. Attending at the ceremony was State President Truong Tan Sang, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, Secretary of Can Tho city Party Committee Tran Thanh Man, representative leaders of ministries, departments, locals in the area of Mekong Delta and staffs, officials of the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute. Dressing the ceremony, State President Truong Tan Sang affirmed that the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute has played an important role in leading the Mekong Delta to be the heart of the rice producing region of the country and Vietnam has become one of the world’s leading rice exporting country in previous years. With major role, the Institute should prove itself to become the South East Asia’s leading research center in … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US cooperate on crisis/emergency response

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(VOV) - Vietnam and the US signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on January 29 to improve the nation’s emergency response to disasters by developing an incident command system (ICS). ICS departs from traditional emergency response structures and enables the creation of a temporary emergency organization uniquely matched to the requirements of each specific incident. It allows police, fire and other government ministries and departments to work with other emergency responders to establish a common set of incident objectives and a single plan for managing each individual incident. At the signing ceremony in Hanoi, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Acting US Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Director General Jason Foley also discussed ways to tackle climate change, avian influenza and natural calamity mitigation. Minister Phat thanked Deputy Director Foley for the US past and continued support in combating natural disasters, … [Read more...]

Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

US helps Vietnam enhance capacity for disaster response

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The signing of the MoU between Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat NDO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will help the Vietnamese Government improve its disaster management capacity with the development of an incident command system. The memorandum of understanding was signed on January 29 between Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. Minister Phat said Vietnam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and rising sea waters could submerge around 38% of the Mekong River Delta, threatening the lives of 18 million people and one of the world’s largest rice production areas. He added that the USAID’s support not only helps Vietnamese people reduce the impact of climate change but also helps ensure global food security as Vietnam is … [Read more...]

Deputy PM orders Ho Chi Minh City to increase food safety inspection

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addressing at the event (Source:hochiminhcity.gov.vn) NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam instructed Ho Chi Minh City to inspect food items at wholesale markets and super markets. Deputy PM Dam made the request at a working session held on January 27 with the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee to review the performance of food safety and hygiene supervision mechanisms in 2014 and to put forward tasks for 2015. The Deputy PM highly appreciated Ho Chi Minh City’s efforts in ensuring food safety and hygiene throughout the past. He also asked the city to open food safety testing points at three major wholesale markets, which will work effectively in detecting food items of bad quality before they are put into markets for sale, contributing to the protection of people’s health in the community. He requested the city to construct and follow the regulations, which aim to offer consumers high-quality products. These regulations … [Read more...]

City asked to set up food control and ensure safety

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has instructed HCM City authorities to tighten management of food products at wholesale markets and supermarkets to ensure food safety and hygiene. Food-testing points were set up at the three biggest wholesale markets in the city to make sure food products meet hygiene standards before entering the market, he said yesterday at a working session with municipal authorities. The city should also build a roadmap to protect consumers, and assure that food products from other localities meet hygiene standards before being transported into the city, he said. These regulations would not cause difficulties for farmers, they would help them become familiar with new production standards that would improve their products' values, Dam said. He also pointed to the need for relevant ministries and agencies to build a more effective information dissemination plan to raise farmers' and businesses' awareness about food hygiene and safety. "If we didn't put in … [Read more...]