The tale of the tropical fruit Some ten years ago, a New Zealander living in a provincial town would hardly have known what dragon fruit tasted like, let alone other exotic fruits like rambutan. Yet now, dragon fruit imported from Vietnam has become exceedingly popular at provincial supermarkets in New Zealand, according to Emmet McElhatton, commercial manager of the New Zealand Government-to-Government Partnerships Office (G2G Know-How). McElhatton said that the tropical fruit market in New Zealand is rapidly growing, thanks to the exposure to new flavours that Kiwi travellers have gained after their visits to tropical destinations. “[Our] supermarkets are more willing now to stock different products and consumers are really demanding variety,” McElhatton said. For Vietnamese fruit exporters, the commercial manager stressed that it is important to “get the flavour profile right for all consumers” when looking to export their fresh produce to New Zealand. … [Read more...] about International know how to help local fruit exports
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Viet Nam News The collapse of an old house at 43 Cửa Bắc Street, central Hà Nội, that claimed two lives and injured three others early this month, has added to the dilemma of old houses and the management of buildings in cities like Hà Nội and HCM City. The accident also raises concerns over the safety of local people living in degraded areas. A city authority official, citizens and experts share their opinions on the issue with Việt Nam News. Đặng Ngọc Tiến, Deputy Director of the Management Board of Hà Nội's Old Quarter The recent collapse of an old house at Cửa Bắc Street, which killed two people and injured three others, has raised anxiety amongst residents living in the Old Quarter area as it is home to a large number of old houses and buildings. The Management Board of Hà Nội's Old Quarter, in collaboration with the people's committees of 10 wards in the Old Quarter, have revised all downgraded construction works in the area and found 180 deteriorated buildings, which might … [Read more...] about How to get rid off the dilemma?
Bidding for scientific grants: a flawed concept from the outset (31-01-2007) Professor Hoang Tuy spoke to the Thoi bao Kinh te Sai Gon (Sai Gon Economic Times) about the difficulty scientists are experiencing when trying to win Government grants for their proposals. I don't think it's a good idea to let the Minis-try of Science and Technology come up with 95 research topics and then invite interested researchers to bid on the projects. To build a factory or a highway, the basic technology required in the construction is universal, but the quality and the cost depend very much on the contractor's proposal. This analogy is the same for scientific work, except when it comes to comparing the respective goals of a construction worker and a researcher. Scientists or academics use their creativity to gain more knowledge, and though they have an idea of what might be achieved, often there is no definite goal before the research begins. This is unlike a worker that promises a building at the … [Read more...] about Bidding for scientific grants: a flawed concept from the outset
Front plans new methods to get citizens involved in democracy (26-02-2007) Duong Minh Nga, president of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front's Dong Nai chapter, spoke to Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity) newspaper about the group's role in society and future plans. What was the key to such notable success? I think the key was the approach we deployed to get people involved in social activities. We realised the importance of strengthening local front cadres. In the last few years, we have organised training for 183 front cadres at the district level, nearly 1,900 cadres at the ward and communal levels and 186 people's inspectors in the province. Through these training courses, the cadres thoroughly understand the functions of the Fatherland Front, its role in the political system and the importance of the linkage between the Front activities with those of other branches and localities. By working closely with other organisations, the Front has organised campaigns to disseminate the Party and … [Read more...] about Front plans new methods to get citizens involved in democracy
European leaders will approve measures to overhaul the eurozone's 440-billion-euro bailout fund as they battle to control the sovereign debt crisis, the Financial Times reported Friday. Leaders will agree to expand the European financial stability facility (EFSF), giving it more scope to alleviate the ongoing crisis, according to draft summit conclusions seen by the newspaper. Germany had been reluctant to expand the EFSF's role and expressed doubt over granting the fund the ability to buy government bonds, a measure designed to prevent liquidity crises. "Let?s be clear: We are not in full agreement with our German friends," said a senior French official. "The essential question is the flexibility of the fund." The proposals have been debated within the European Union for many months, but leaders will agree to "concrete proposals" by next month, according to conclusions sent by Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president, to member governments. The EU hopes the measures will give the fund "the … [Read more...] about Eurozone bailout fund to get more powers: report