Social News 6/10

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. Experts warned that individuals who are overweight or have high blood pressure face a higher risk of developing diabetes. If not treated early, the disease can cause long-term complications, such as blindness and kidney failure, they said. During the conference, participants discussed scientific research and treatment options for diabetes in Vietnam. Cuban journalists tour southern provinces A … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 25/3

Bach Mai hospital saves life of baby with measles The Bach Mai General Hospital's paediatrics faculty has saved the life of a three-month-old girl, the hospital's second-youngest measles patient, who was discharged from the hospital on March 20. The baby, Dang Truc Chi from Thanh Tri District in Ha Noi, was brought to the hospital one month ago with symptoms of measles, such as high fever, a rash, a serious cough and sniffling. The faculty director, Nguyen Tien Dung, said that measles had attacked her lungs and destroyed her immune system. "That's why the baby was given emergency aid with a respiration machine, an antibiotic injection and an antibody containing drugs and Vitamin A," explained Dung. "The condition of the girl has improved after one month of treatment. She can now breathe normally and breastfeed," added Dung. Her three-year-old brother was hospitalised the same day with measles. He was, however, discharged one week ago as his condition was … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/2

Paris fashion academy backs TV show Project Runway This year, "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" program has decided to cooperate with Atelier Chardon Savard Fashion Academy - one of the leading fashion institutes in Paris, aiming to improve its professional quality. Accordingly, top three contestants of "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" will have the opportunity to go to Paris to practise and work with the academy's fashion gurus to create the final collections for the Project Runway finale. In addition, the competition winner  will be awarded a scholarship to train at Atelier Chardon Savard academy with VND200 million in cash from the leading fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.  "We are very excited and pleased to be given the opportunity to work  with Project Runway Vietnam this year," said Dominique Chardon Savard, Headmaster of the leading Paris fashion academy. "I hope that the cooperation will help young Vietnamese designers gain experience and skills as well as proving … [Read more...]

City leaders laud doctors and medics

Mr.Le Thanh Hai wishes doctor Nguyen Duy Cuong good health in his tour to Dr. Cuong's house(Photo: SGGP) Ho Chi Minh City leaders lauded and congratulated senior doctors and medical administrators on February 22 for the forthcoming National Physician Day on February 27. Politburo member and local party Chief, Mr. Le Thanh Hai met the Mother of Vietnamese Heroes Bui Thi Me, former deputy Minister of Health to express his admiration and gratitude on behalf of society for her contributions to medicine and the health sector. Mr. Hai also visited the house of Nguyen Duy Cuong, former deputy Minister of Health and former director of Department of Health in HCMC. Elsewhere in the city, the deputy secretary of the Party Committee, Nguyen Van Dua and his team presented gifts to Professor Nguyen Dinh Hoi, former president of the Medicine University of HCMC and Professor Truong Thin, former president of the Institute of Traditional Medicine on behalf of HCMC leaders. … [Read more...]

Sleeper buses to be weighed

HA NOI (VNS) - On-road sleeper buses face being pulled over and taken to weighing stations for the next two weeks to collect technical data. The vehicles will also be given other safety tests. General Director of the Directorate for Roads under the Ministry of Transport, Nguyen Van Huyen, said, "Overloaded sleeper buses will not be fined because the object is to collect technical figures." Sleeper buses will be weighed when they are loaded with passengers and freight - and again when they are empty," said Huyen. Deputy Minister of Transport, Le Dinh Tho, announced the checks and weigh-ins last month. He said freight piled on sleeper buses could be cause bus accidents by shifting the centre of gravity, making drivers lose control. The Directorate for Roads has ordered each local Department of Transport, including Ha Noi, Quang Ninh, Lam Dong and HCM City, to perform the measurements on 10 to 15 buses. Last month, the transport ministry proposed banning sleeper buses from … [Read more...]

Nha Trang University deserves leading fisheries centre

Since her inception in 1959, the Nha Trang University in central coastal Khanh Hoa province, has made a name for herself as a leading research centre servicing the fisheries. The year 2000 marked the educational institution's success in building fishing boats made from composites, a materials generating high performance at economic advantage. The event paved the way for the university to enter a partnership with Japan 's Yanmar Company to develop large-capacity composite-hulled fishing vessels. In early August 2014, the first 350CV composite vessels used for fishing ocean tuna were launched, promising to bring long-term, durable benefits to fishermen. The intensive application of bio-technology for the breeding and conservation of freshwater aquatic resources was attributed to the university's prestige. Previously known as the Fisheries Faculty of Hanoi Institute of Agriculture and Forestry, the university has educated nearly 40,000 engineers together with those holding … [Read more...]

Controversial hydropower projects defended by owner

The expected locations of Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A hydropower projects

Duc Long Gia Lai Group, owner of two hydropower projects in Dong Nai Province, claimed that these plants would cause less harm to the environment than public concerns suggest. The group sent an official document to the Government Office and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on September 19 to explain their environmental assessment reports concerning the Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A projects. The move follows a recent request from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment that these projects must be re-evaluated due to their potential negative impact on the environment. According to the group, these projects would cause much less forest destruction than several other hydropower projects. "The construction of the 135-MW Dong Nai 6 would destroy 197.6 hectares of forest in total, or, a ratio of 1.27 hectares per megawatt of electricity. The figures for Dong Nai 6A would be 174.5 hectares of forest destroyed in total, or 1.44 hectares per MW. The figures are … [Read more...]

Sue before its too late, farmers told

This photo shows waste water being discharged into the ThiVaiRiver from the Vedan factory, polluting the environment and causing great losses to farmers. — VNS File Photo The Viet Nam Farmers Association has urged its chapters in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and HCMCity to help farmers file a lawsuit against Vedan Company before the expiry of the 24-month limitation period soon. The statutory two-year period ends on September 7, after which the farmers can no longer sue the Taiwanese monosodium glutamate-maker for polluting the ThiVaiRiver and causing them losses.But the association wants it wrapped up by July 20. From yesterday 44 lawyers from the province Bar Association have been present at commune peoples committees to guide farmers and file suits on their behalf. Legal costs In HCMCity, the Can Gio District Farmers Association is helping farmers complete the necessary documents to sue Vedan by next week. Deputy chairman of city Peoples Committee Nguyen Trung Tin also held a … [Read more...]

Concerns raised about climate chage in Viet Nam

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on September 9 issued a warning that the increasing frequency and intensity of El Ninos across the globe is badly affecting Vietnam's climate. El Nino is understood as a warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, causing unusual global weather patterns. El Ninos, as a rule, used to happen every 2-7 years, yet within the last 10 years it has occurred more frequently. Since first being studied by scientific researchers in the 1950s, the phenomenon has been reported to occur 17 times while La Ninas—the opposite occurrence, where water surface temperatures become unusually cold, following in the wake of an El Nino--have taken place 13 times. At present, there are signs that another El Nino has taken shape and developed, said Dao Thi Thuy, Head of the Climate Forecast Division, the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN). As a result, Vietnam's climate is getting hotter at a time when the … [Read more...]

Concerns raised about climate change in Vietnam

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on September 9 issued a warning that the increasing frequency and intensity of El Ninos across the globe is badly affecting Vietnam's climate. El Nino is understood as a warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, causing unusual global weather patterns. El Ninos, as a rule, used to happen every 2-7 years, yet within the last 10 years it has occurred more frequently. Since first being studied by scientific researchers in the 1950s, the phenomenon has been reported to occur 17 times while La Ninas—the opposite occurrence, where water surface temperatures become unusually cold, following in the wake of an El Nino--have taken place 13 times. At present, there are signs that another El Nino has taken shape and developed, said Dao Thi Thuy, Head of the Climate Forecast Division, the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN). As a result, Vietnam's climate is getting hotter at a time when the … [Read more...]

2006 “Make the World Cleaner” campaign launched

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on September 22 launched a national campaign in the coastal town of Sam Son, central Thanh Hoa province, to raise public awareness about environmental protection. The 2006 "Make the World Cleaner" campaign, themed "Anti-Desertification", was held in coordination with the Australian Embassy in Vietnam and the Thanh Hoa provincial People's Committee. Addressing the launching ceremony, the Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen called on local authorities, branches, social organisations and individuals to carry out practical steps to contribute to the cause of global environment protection. On the first day of the campaign, thousands of young people and students took part in cleaning activities and urged others to join in the campaign. … [Read more...]

Poor in need of proper housing

A poor family by Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe canal in HCM City. A recent survey by the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities showed that most low-income people were living in makeshift houses with substandard infrastructure. - VNS Photo Viet Thanh. HCM CITY (VNS)- Housing for low-income people in HCM City was insufficient, and efforts by local authorities to solve the problem have often failed to work. A recent survey on low-income households in the city by the sociology faculty at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities showed that most low-income people were living in makeshift houses with substandard infrastructure. Others were staying with relatives. At an international conference on the problem on Wednesday and Thursday, the rapidly increasing population was blamed for exacerbating the problem, said Nguyen Thi Hong Xoan, head of the faculty. "Of the social groups who are in dire need of housing, poor people are the biggest," she said. There were many … [Read more...]

HCM City traffic jams cause an annual $1.2 billion in damages

VietNamNet Bridge - Traffic congestion, along with flooding, is a serious problem in HCM City that has been difficult to solve. Environmental pollution, traffic congestion, immigration are also big problems that are challenging the development of big cities in Vietnam, particularly HCM City. All of these challenges show the backwardness of Vietnam because other cities in the region solved these problems decades ago. These problems and challenges faced by big cities were discussed at the international conference "Opportunities and challenges for sustainable urban development" held on September 15 in HCM City, with the participation of 71 scholars from Japan, France, Malaysia, the Philippines, Nepal, Laos and Vietnam. The conference was one of the largest on urban development issues held in Southeast Asia this year. Traffic jams and flooding Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Prof. Nguyen Minh Hoa, head of the Urban Studies Faculty of the HCM City University of Social … [Read more...]

HCM City visitors need up-to-date guidebooks

Self-guided: Foreign tourists look at souvenirs and books on Viet Nam at HCM City's War Remnants Museum. - VNS Photo Van Dat HCM CITY (VNS) - Though the number of foreign tourists to HCM City is increasing year after year, there are not enough quality guidebooks and maps listing interesting tourism spots, services, and amusement places. Representatives of tourism companies, museums, publishers in the city, who attended a seminar to mark the 39th anniversary of the city's War Remnants Museum last weekend, raised the issue while discussing the publication of e-books for tourists. Nguyen Tuan Viet, a journalist who also works for a publisher, said without good tourism guidebooks on HCM City, most foreign tourists rely to Lonely Planet. He suggested that tourism companies should join hands with publishers to create guidebooks, which would be helpful not only for foreign tourists but also local travellers. Prof Dr Ha Minh Hong, dean of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and … [Read more...]

Ben Tre coconut crops bring in higher profits

HCM CITY (VNS)- The area under coconut cultivation in Ben Tre Province has increased in the past two years thanks to stable prices, according to the deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee. Speaking to Viet Nam News on the sidelines of "the Viet Nam Coconut - Value and Prospects" seminar held in HCM City yesterday, Tran Anh Tuan said profits from coconut cultivation had been better than other crops. "Intercropping coconuts with other trees like citrus fruits and cocoa can offer farmers 50 per cent higher profits than a coconut monoculture," he said. The province has about 65,000 ha of coconuts, yielding about 450,000 to 500,000 tonnes per year. Most coconut products are consumed in the domestic market for confectionery and industrial processing. Enterprises have exported a significant amount of copra, canned coconut milk and coconut water and other coconut-based products to the EU, North America and Middle East. The province earns about US$200 million from exports of … [Read more...]

Social News 29/8

People's Court sentences three men for drug trafficking The Hoa Binh Province People's Court on Wednesday sentenced three men for drug trafficking. Ly A Thenh, 39, from the northern province of Dien Bien, was sentenced to death. Ly A Chu, 34, from the northern province of Son La, was sentenced to life imprisonment, while 25-year-old Boun Miher Khamtong from Laos' Houaphanh Province has been imprisoned for two years. The Dien Bien Police had been hunting for Thenh since 2006 for trafficking 700 grams of heroin. Thenh fled the province with his family and moved to Laos. Then he made a fake identity card, passport and driving licence and worked with a large drug trafficking ring operating in Laos and Viet Nam. In August 2012, the Hoa Binh Province Police and the provincial Border Guards caught Thenh, Chu and Khamtong in the act of transporting more than 20 kilograms of heroin and more than 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, an extremely addictive stimulant. The drugs were hidden inside an … [Read more...]

City highway toll stations to triple

Ha Noi highway toll stations on the trans-Asia route that runs through HCM City. The city's Department of Transport plans to increase the number of highway toll stations to 20 in the next decade. - VNS Photo Anh Hieu HCM CITY (VNS) - In the next 11 years the number of highway toll stations in HCM City will increase to 20 from the current seven, the Department of Transport has envisaged in its zoning plan. This is expected to recoup investment in roads, smoothen traffic flow to the city centre, and raise funds for more road works, the department said. The seven existing toll booths are on the Ha Noi Highway, Phu My bridge, Binh Trieu Bridge, An Lac, Nguyen Van Linh, the HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway, and HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway. More are set to come up by 2020 on the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, National No.22 in Cu Chi District, Provincial Road 15 in Hoc Mon District, Ring Road No.3, Thu Thiem Tunnel, and near the Phu Huu Industrial park in District 9. By 2025 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 28/8

Tuyen Quang to host biggest street festival The northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang will hold the Tuyen Quang City Festival from September 5-7, with the participation of performance troupes from the Republic of Korea, Laos, China and Belarus. The street event will entail a range of activities, such as sport competitions and musical performances, looking to promote the province's cultural and historical value, as well as attract tourists. A parade of large, beautiful locally-made lanterns will form part of the Tuyen Quang City Festival which is held annually, often on the occasion of the Mid -Autumn Festival of children. Giant lantern - an indispensible object enticing children during their festival, has contributed to the naming of the Tuyen Quang City Festival as the one having the biggest lanterns by the Vietnam Guinness Book. Tuyen Quang has more than 300 places of interest, including the nationally important sites of Tan Trao, Kim Binh, Kim Quan, and Lang Ngoi - Da … [Read more...]

Drama students set to stage tragicomic tale

HCM CITY (VNS) - Students from the Drama Club of the HCM City University of Social Science and Humanities are preparing to stage their latest dramas on National Day, September 2. The students will stage Tam Va Hoang Hau (Tam and the Queen), a tragicomedy based on the popular Vietnamese fairy tale titled Tam Cam. The play is adapted by cultural researcher Nhat Chieu, who works as a lecturer for the university. It tells the life of Tam, a poor girl, who faces challenges to find her true love. The young artists will perform on a stage with sound and light effects. "The university's mini-club is composed of amateurs from the city's many prestigious stages. But our 11-year-old club brings students closer to the art," said student Thien Huan, head of the Drama Club. "The club is our own place where we can play, meet and share our views," he said. Huan's colleagues, Huynh Nhu and Thu Van, who are also studying literature and linguistics, have adapted dozens of plays from popular … [Read more...]

Experts support use of e-textbooks in HCM city

VietNamNet Bridge - HCM City authorities have decided that e-textbooks will be used at schools in the city instead of print textbooks, as part of its education modernization program. relate news HCM City's e-textbook program controversiaE-textbook can help with education reformFirst electronic textbook launched in Vietnam Dr. Vo Van Sen, a member of the HCM City People's Council, and President of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, agrees with the decision. While admitting that the project would be costly (several trillions of dong) and there would be difficulties ahead, Sen still believes it should be done. "If we shrink back from difficulties, we will never succeed with the education modernization program," he said. According to Sen, e-textbooks are being used in developed countries and by privately run and international schools in Vietnam. HCM city can learn lessons from these countries' experiences. Dr. Nguyen Kim Dung from the HCM City University of … [Read more...]