Wednesday December 17, 2014

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A: Every Wednesday, we have a pleasant time reading letters from listeners around the world. Each letter contains a nice surprise. B: This week we got a letter from Denis Ironman of England, whose last letter to us was back in 1971. We’re happy to welcome you back after 45 years. Wow, such a long time! Most of the people who worked here at that time have retired. A: I think Denis must be one of our oldest listeners. We were impressed to see a picture of his Dx’ing corner: many international shortwave pennons and a Japanese JRC-NRC-545 DSP receiver. The "545" is reviewed as the finest receiver of this very old and reputable brand. Denis is a member of the Radio Amateur Old Timers’ Association. B: I just Googled "RADIO AMATEUR OLD TIMERS' ASSOCIATION" on the internet and was happy to learn that the Association seeks to keep alive the pioneer spirit and traditions of the past in amateur radio through personal and radio contact. A: It’s interesting to learn … [Read more...]

Vietnam People’s Army’s founding anniversary celebrated in RoK and India

Representatives of Military Attaché Offices in India  (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese Embassy and Military Attaché Office in the Republic of Korea (RoK) celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and 25 years of the Whole People’s Defence Festival Day in Seoul capital on December 17th. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to RoK Pham Huu Chi reviewed the illustrious history of the VPA over the past 70 years. At present, VPA was actively participating in regional and international forums to jointly build an peaceful and security environment, prevent wars and non-traditional security threats in the region and the world, he added. On this occasion, the Ambassador also said that in the framework of "Vietnam – RoK strategic partnership", the defense ties between the two countries was growing strongly and deeper. Many cooperation fields between the two Ministries of Defense had been deployed like military delegation exchange, academic exchanges and cooperation in the fields of … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends Christmas fair in Venezuela

The Vietnamese Embassy in Venezuela attended two Christmas fairs held by Venezuelan government, the administration of Caracas capital, Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture on December 11th - 14th. The two fairs took place at the headquarter of the Caracas city administration and in Simon Bolivar boulevard, the largest on in Caracas capital. Many units, social-economic organizations of Venezuela and embassies of the countries in Venezuela participated in the fairs to enhance cultural exchanges, promote images of the land and people of Venezuela as well as images of countries. Both Vietnam's booths, displaying specific handicraft products such as pottery, lacquer, brocade, textile, silk products, attracted special attentions of many visitors. In addition, the booths also presented videos introducing Vietnamese national culture and music, as well as invited visitors to taste Vietnam’s traditional cuisines such as spring rolls, fried rice, salad … [Read more...]

Record remittances bode well for GDP outlook

(VOV) - Every day, Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) wire home money they are able to save to family members and friends. These remittances play a key role in the socio-economic development of the beneficiaries and communities where it is received. In addition, these monies, termed remittances, stimulate the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country, contribute to the nation’s foreign exchange reserves and are far more stable than monetary inflows from foreign direct investment (FDI). Dr. Vo Tri Thanh, deputy director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) has revealed that for 2014 Vietnam ranks among the world’s top recipients of overseas remittances. The total remittances to the homeland so far this year have been estimated at US$11-12 billion and will most likely remain unchanged for the next two years Thanh says, and are the equivalent of 8% of the country’s GDP. Citing a recent survey by CIEM, in the period 2010-2012, around 57% of Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

More Vietnamese nurses to work in Japan

Caregiving students participate in a course on how to take care of babies in this file photo. Nearly 500 Vietnamese nurses and caregivers will work in Japan by 2016 if they can pass tests on Japanese and earn the N3 Japanese language proficiency certificate - PHOTO: TL

Thuy Dung The first group of 138 Vietnamese health workers came to Japan in 2012. They had been chosen as they hold the N3 Japanese language proficiency certificate and understand the Japanese language for everyday conversations. They have been working at clinics and healthcare centers in Japan. Last year, 179 Vietnamese were recruited to take part in Japanese courses. They will start to work at healthcare facilities in Japan from May next year if they pass language tests. The Overseas Labor Management Department under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs has begun the third Japanese course for 180 health workers and they will to go to work in Japan in 2016. In all, nearly 500 Vietnamese will work in Japan by 2016 if they can pass tests on Japanese and earn the N3 certificate. Last year marked the first year when the number of Vietnamese apprentices sent to Japan has ever reached 10,000. The figure is expected to exceed 17,000 this year. Do Hai Nam, deputy … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in Benguela donate 25 tons of rice for Angolan people

Vietnamese Ambassador Do Ba Khoa presenting rice   to Benguela province.   (Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Angola)

During the trip to Benguela province, Vietnamese Ambassador to Angola Do Ba Khoa and the Executive Committee of the branch of overseas Vietnamese in Benguela province on December 14th donated 25 tons of rice, worth over USD25,000, for the governor of Benguela province to support people in difficult circumstance. Ambassador Do Ba Khoa asked the governor to pass on Christmas and Happy New Year greetings to the members of the local administration and people and the Vietnamese community in Benguela. On behalf of the provincial leaders, Governor Isaac Maria dos Anjos asked the Ambassador to give his sincere thanks to the Vietnamese community in Angola for their friendly and united activities to the government and people in Benguela province. He also said that the total of 25 tons of rice would support 2,500 Angolan refugee families repatriating before Christmas and New Year of 2015. This was the second time in 2014 the Vietnamese Embassy and overseas Vietnamese community had organized … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

UAE a leading trade partner for Vietnam

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(VOV) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of Vietnam’s most dynamic economic partners in the Middle East and North Africa region with the two-way trade turnover in 2013 jumping 180% on-year in value, striking US$4.46 billion. Deputy PM Phuc, who is on an official visit to the UAE, made the statement at a Vietnam-UAE economic forum held in Dubai that was attended by hundreds of governmental dignitaries and entrepreneurs from the two countries. In the last decade, trade between the two countries has exploded more than 63 fold Deputy PM Phuc said and cooperation has expanded across the board in all areas of politics, diplomacy, economics and culture. As of November 2014, Dubai businesses including – DP World, IPIC, Emirates Investment Gate, and Dubai Holding – have heavily invested US$135 million in 8 projects in Vietnam. Vietnam has sent 8,000 workers to the UAE and the two governments have agreed to raise the number to over 20,000 coming years. Deputy PM … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in Angola support local community

The Association of Overseas Vietnamese in Angola’s western Benguela province has presented 25 tonnes of rice to the poor in the province. The association’s representatives and Vietnamese Ambassador to Angola Do Ba Khoa handed over the donated rice worth over US$25,000 to the province’s authorities on December 14. Benguela’s Governor Isaac Maria dos Anjos praised the meaningful deed of the Vietnamese expatriates towards the province’s needy people. He said the rice will be delivered to 2,500 disadvantaged households of Angolan refugees, who just recently returned home, before Christmas. This is the second time the Vietnamese living in Angola have donated to help the disadvantaged in the host country. Early next year, the Overseas Vietnamese Association in nearby Huambo province also plans to give 20 tonnes of rice to local needy people. … [Read more...]

OVs in Angola support local community

The Association of Overseas Vietnamese in Angola’s western Benguela province has presented 25 tonnes of rice to the poor in the province. The association’s representatives and Vietnamese Ambassador to Angola Do Ba Khoa handed over the donated rice worth over US$25,000 to the province’s authorities on December 14. Benguela’s Governor Isaac Maria dos Anjos praised the meaningful deed of the Vietnamese expatriates towards the province’s needy people. He said the rice will be delivered to 2,500 disadvantaged households of Angolan refugees, who just recently returned home, before Christmas. This is the second time the Vietnamese living in Angola have donated to help the disadvantaged in the host country. Early next year, the Overseas Vietnamese Association in nearby Huambo province also plans to give 20 tonnes of rice to local needy people. … [Read more...]