TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting extends

(VOVworld) - Trade ministers from the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries have dragged the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation in Atlanta, the US, for one more day to October 4, trying to seal a deal on the world's largest free-trade pact. Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting post in TPP Ministers "Family Photo" in Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 2015. (photo: Reuters) The organizing board said after resolving differences in automobile spare parts, the negotiating delegations got stuck over a handful of issues relating to dairy products and the length of patent protections for life-saving new-generation drugs. They are expected to have a joint press conference at noon on October 4. Japanese Trade Minsiter Akira Amari said the US delegation should bridge differences in how to regulate next-generation pharmaceuticals. Analysts said if the TPP negotiation in Atlanta can’t reach a final agreement, the negotiators … [Read more...]

Guatemala landslide death toll increases

(VOVworld) - The death toll from a massive landslide in Guatemala has risen to 56 people, while about 500 people remain unaccounted for. The local authority said the death toll would increase. About 1,300 rescue workers, soldiers, police, and firefighters are shoveling through the mounds of earth in an area of about 17,600 m2. Hopes of finding any remaining survivors are fading Credit: Reuters President Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre monitored the scene and summoned an emergency meeting to direct rescue activities. Mexico has sent experts on landslide and medical workers to support Guatemala to resolve the aftermath of the worst natural disasters in many years. The prolonged rains have affected some Central American and Caribbean countries. … [Read more...]

Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of reunification

(VOVworld) – "Our heart is wide, but our ability is limited", German President Joachim Gauck said at a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of German reunification on Saturday in the context of other EU countries facing refugee crisis. Berliners celebrate Germany's reunification at the Brandenburg Gate on October 3, 1990 (Photo: AFP) Speaking to 1.5 million people in Frankfurt am Main, including tens of thousand of refugees, Gauck said that the integration of refugees will pose a bigger challenge to Germany than German unity. He said it would have overcome much greater distances than between East and West Germans who had had one language and a common culture and history. Therefore Gauck called for patience and stressed that only the values shared in Germany could be a basis for integration. He said that it takes time until the old and new citizens take responsibility in a state that all regard as their state. He said Germany receiving a large number of refugees over the … [Read more...]

US pledges full investigation on bombing of Afghan hospital

(VOVworld) – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the US and Afghanistan are conducting an inquiry into the deadly bombing on Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. Injured Doctors Without Borders staff are seen after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.(photo: It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation into the incident. Doctors Without Borders said that "all indications" pointed to the US-led international military coalition as responsible for the bombing and called for an independent investigation. Mr. Carter did not comment on the bombing. He said Afghan forces backed by US airstrikes have been battling the Taliban street-by-street in Kunduz since Thursday. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "strongly" … [Read more...]

President attends national seminar on arts, literature and personality development in Vietnam

(VOVworld) – A national seminar to discuss the role of arts and literature in developing personalities in Vietnam closed in HCM city on Sunday. In his address, President Truong Tan Sang said the Party and state consider culture the foundation of society and the driving force for national development. He added that in the time of international integration, culture will contribute to expanding understanding and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and other countries. President Sang said: "I hope that artists and writers will have more works to reflect Vietnam’s past resistance and national construction and development. Artistic and literary works should encourage role models in society and the promote the good, the true, and the genuine." The same day, President Sang visited and congratulated staff of the Saigon Economic Times on the 20th anniversary of the first English edition of the Saigon Times Daily. … [Read more...]

Greece’s new parliament sworn in after snap elections

New Greek Parliament sworn in. (Photo: EPA) (VOVworld) – Greece’s new parliament convened Saturday, the first time after the Sept. 20 snap general elections, for its swearing-in ceremony. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing radical SYRIZA party and the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, junior partner of the ruling coalition, now jointly control 155 seats. In the 300-member assembly, 61 parliament members are newly elected and 59 legislators are women. The far-right Golden Dawn party remains the third largest party controlling 18 seats. Lawmakers will vote on a new round of tough austerity and reform measures within months in exchange for further aid by international creditors under the third bailout program worth 86 billion euros approved this summer. … [Read more...]

2015 Gold Star Award

(VOVworld) – 200 outstanding brands received the 2015 Gold Star Award at a ceremony in Hanoi on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged Vietnamese businesses to improve their competitiveness, renew their technology, increase productivity, and be creative in order to make the most of international integration. Huynh Nghia Thien, Deputy Director General of the Vina One Steel Company, said: "We have upgraded our steel production technology and expanded our export market to other countries in Southeast Asia, Australia, and America. We are also developing human resources as a way to increase productivity and sales." The Gold Star Award is aimed at increasing business awareness of international economic integration and honoring businesses with sustainable growth and social responsibilitiy. … [Read more...]

Meet the men who watch over lighthouses in south-central Vietnam

For decades, a number of men have been watching over lighthouses located along the south-central Vietnamese coastline, including the Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelago, ensuring warnings and safety for passing ships and helping reiterate Vietnam’s sovereignty over its seas and islands. Mui Dinh Lighthouse, which stands aloft in Thuan Nam District in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan, is the most treacherous among all structures of its kind along the country’s coastline. According to Wikimapia, the structure, which stands 16 meters tall, was built by French people in 1904. Though the road to the lighthouse has been considerably shortened, one still has to plow their way through an immense stretch of sand and rocky, steep terrain before they can reach the building. On his grueling way to the lighthouse one day, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter bumped into a group of young trekkers who gave up halfway their quest to make it to the structure due to the … [Read more...]

More than 1,300 people join 42nd New Hanoi Newspaper Run

(VOVworld) – The 42nd New Hanoi Newspaper Run was held in Hanoi on Sunday. It was part of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution, Vietnam’s National Day, the 61st anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation Day, and 16 years of UNESCO’s recognition of Hanoi as a city for peace. More than 1,300 athletes from Hanoi and nearby provinces, including 300 staff members of foreign embassies and international organizations, joined the event. Palestinian ambassador to Vietnam Saadi Salama said: "The weather in Hanoi is beautiful. It is a great honor for me and other foreigners in Hanoi to join this event. The run conveys a message to the world that Vietnamese people always aspire for peace." The run was also aimed at strengthening friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and other countries. … [Read more...]

10, 780 Vietnamese workers sent abroad in September alone

Statistics from the department of Oversea Labor management under Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs showed the total number of workers sent abroad to work was 10,780 (of which 4,245 were women) in September. (Photo:SGGP) China’s Taiwan is the leading market for Vietnamese laborers with 5,805 workers. Next, Japan with 2,464 workers, Malaysia with 920 workers, Saudi Arabia with 798 workers, the Republic of Korea with 472. In the first nine months of this year, 90, 558 Vietnamese workers (of which 28,884 were women) were sent aboard for work, reaching 100, 62 percent of its yearly target, and 108, 62 percent compared to the same period last year. The Ministry has recently required functional forces, foreign organizations and firms to up-to-date the total number of foreign workers in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

In Australia, seeds of Islamic radicalism sown early

Police tape stretches across a road as police inspect and guard the area outside the New South Wales (NSW) state police headquarters located in the south western Sydney suburb of Parramatta, Australia, October 2, 2015. Photo: Reuters/David Gray The Australian government's focus on national security and the war on terror to tackle Islamic extremism, rather than social cohesion and inclusion, has helped create an environment for radicalized Muslim youth to emerge in disproportionate numbers, experts say. Authorities in Australia are grappling with a rise in violence perpetrated by teenagers at home as well as battling to halt the flow of those who are attempting to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic extremists. The murder of a police accountant in Sydney on Friday by a boy of Iraqi-Kurdish descent is the latest in a spate of attacks linked to Islamic extremism. Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, 15, was shot and killed by police at the scene. "We're punching above our weight," Greg … [Read more...]

Gasoline prices hike and oil prices go down

Ministries of Industry and Trade, and Finance set new ceiling price for RON 92 petrol, bio-petrol E5, diesel and kerosene at 3:00 pm yesterday. Retail petrol prices for RON 92 and bio-petrol E5 raised by VND 189 per liter; meanwhile, diesel and kerosene prices reduced by VND 163 and VND 74 per liter respectively, and mazut price was cut by VND 206 per kilogram. According to Vietnam National Petroleum Group, the new ceiling price for RON 92 is at VND 18, 130 per liter, bio-petrol E5 at VND 17, 640 per liter, diesel at VND 13, 720 per liter, kerosene at VND 12, 720 per liter, and mazut at VND 9, 440 per kilogram. Retail price for RON 92 petrol goes up VND 18, 130 per liter. (Photo:SGGP) … [Read more...]

‘Mujigae’ storm to make landfall in China

The National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center said a new typhoon named Mujigae is operating in Hai Nam Island of China with its strong wind near center at level 11- 14. 'Mujigae' typhoon is going to make landfall in China. (Photo:the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center) The super typhoon was located at 19, 2 degrees north latitude and 113, 9 degrees east longitude, at 340 kilometer eastward of China’s Hai Nam Island yesterday. In next 24 hour, the typhoon will move west northwest with its wind speed of 20 kilometers per hour. By the evening today, ‘Mujigae’ storm is forecast to locate at 20, 9 degrees north latitude and 109, 6 degrees in the western territorial water of Leizhou Peninsula (China). The strongest wind near center will gust up to level 11- 14. Because of the typhoon, the northern territorial water of East Sea will see level 8- 10 wind speed, gust up to level 11- 15, sea rough, and 3- 5 meters big waves. In next 24- 48 hours, … [Read more...]

Hoi An offers water puppetry performances to attract more tourists

Water puppetry performances have been weekly held at Hoi An Theater in the Hoi An Culture and Sport Center of Quang Nam central province since October 2. A water puppetry show - SGGP The performances will be staged from 18:30 every Friday and Saturday at Hoi An Theater at No. 548 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An Town. An entrance ticket costs VND80, 000 (US$3.6) for adults and VND40,000 (US1.8) for children. The show will have English, French and Vietnamese -language performances. The highlight of the show will be performances presenting the daily life of Vietnamese people, such as catching fish, folk dance, and Apsara dances and humming-top stories. Vietnamese water puppetry dates back hundreds of years and originated in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film to compete at 88th Oscar Academy Awards

The comedy film Trung so (Jackpot) will compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Annual Oscar Academy Awards. The movie based on the true story is directed by Vietnamese-American Dustin Nguyen and written by writer and playwright Nguyen Manh Tuan The funny and touching story is about a girl selling lottery tickets in the Mekong Delta. She hands winning lottery tickets to a man who merely nods to buy them without paying her right away. She does that since he usually purchases the last tickets she has just before a lottery draw. The Academy Awards or The Oscars is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The awards was first presented in 1929, its ceremony was first televised in 1953. The Academy Awards ceremony is widely considered to be the most prestigious cinema awards ceremony in the world. … [Read more...]

Hai Phong beauty wins Miss Universe Vietnam 2015

Pham Thi Huong from the nothern city of Hai Phong was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2015 beauty pageant the contest’s climax night which ended at Diamond Bay resort in the coastal city of Nha Trang on October 3. Huong (Photo) also won the minor title "Miss Sea" and received a cash prize of VND10 billion and a crown inlaid with gemstones worth VND2.2 billion (nearly US$100,000). Huong will be representative of Vietnam to take part in Miss Universe 2015. She ever won the second-place prize at the Miss World Sport 2014. Huong graduated from the University of Commerce with a marketing and sales degree. She is now a teacher at the Chi Minh city College of Cultural and Art. The first and second runners-up went to Ngo Tra My and Dang Thi Le Hang. Nguyen Tran Khanh Van received the "Miss Ao dai" title. Do Tran Khanh Ngan got the Miss Photogenic prize. Tran Hang Nga and Le Thi Sang respectively won the titles of "Friendly beauty" and "Most favorite beauty". Miss Universe Vietnam … [Read more...]

Public Security sector required to implement strict measures for traffic safety

The Hanoitimes - An online conference on traffic safety in the first nine months of this year was held in Hanoi on October 2. Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of Public Security to implement strict measures to crack down on traffic safety violations. According to a report by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, in the first nine months of this year, traffic accidents have fallen at both of these intersections compared to the same period last year. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc makes a speech at the conference. So far this year, there have been more than 16,400 accidents, 6,500 fatalities and nearly 15,000 injuries. The transport ministry reported that overloaded trucks are still destroying national highways and roads. Traffic congestion also remained unsolved at peak hours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, especially in bad weather. Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also … [Read more...]

Strengthening Vietnam – Germany strategic partnership

The Hanoitimes - The German Embassy in Hanoi held a ceremony on October 1 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of German unification (October 3) and 40th founding anniversary of the Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties (September 23). President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan attended the event. Addressing the ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires of the German Embassy to Vietnam Hanns-Joerg Brunner emphasised that 2015 is an important year for both Germany and Vietnam as the two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. He has hailed the continuous growing relations between the two countries in the past 40 years with the highlight of the establishment of the strategic partnership in 2011. The German Chargé d’Affaires expressed his belief that the upcoming State visit to Germany by President Truong Tan Sang and the tour of Vietnam by German Foreign Minister Frank Walter-Steinmeier in late 2015 will contribute to … [Read more...]

Concrete floor collapse kills 1, injures 4 in southern Vietnam

A concrete floor suddenly gave way on Saturday at the construction site of a wedding-convention center, located in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, leaving one worker dead and four others seriously injured. The accident occurred around 1:35 pm, when workers were just beginning their afternoon shift at the construction site of the Hoang Tu (Prince) Wedding- Convention Center, situated at the Can Tho Sea Tourism Complex in Ninh Kieu District. According to witnesses’ accounts, a concrete floor which was approximately 10 meters long and three meters wide tumbled down over the workers who were dismantling a scaffold beneath. Le Van Xi, 40, one of the survivors, recalled that he heard a deafening noise while working indoors before realizing the collapse. "People scrambled to pull two workers out from the debris, with one having his leg torn off, and rushed them to hospital," he added. Shortly after the collapse, local police and fire fighters promptly arrived at the scene … [Read more...]

Police compensate truck owner over wrongful vehicle seizure

Driver Luong Hoang My poses in front of the truck after winning a case against local police on September 8, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre. Police in the southern province of Kien Giang on Friday paid the owner of a truck VND90 million (US$4,000) as compensation for wrongfully impounding his vehicle last year. They agreed to the amount after negotiating with Nguyen Van Tho on September 25. The reward is believed to be equal to the value of the fish on the truck that were spoiled. Earlier, a court in the province also ordered the U Minh Thuong district police office to compensate Luong Hoang My, Tho’s truck driver, who was wrongfully fined and had his license suspended for 35 days in February last year. My will be paid VND8.75 million (US$390), local media reported. The court heard that when My was driving his truck with three tons of fish to Ho Chi Minh City on February 17, a group of traffic officers stopped him for a random check. After a thorough inspection, they could not … [Read more...]