Japan’s Chiba eyes enhanced links with Vietnamese localities

VietNamNet Bridge – The U15 and U22 teams received big bonuses from football managers following their outstanding performance at continental and regional tournaments. U15 players and coaches receive bonus from the Viet Nam Football Federation after winning their ASEAN title.  The U15 squad, which triumphed at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship last Saturday, were awarded VND450 million (US$20,100) from the Viet Nam Football Federation and the Viet Nam Professional Football Company yesterday. The team also received a congratulatory letter from Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien for defeating archrival Thailand 4-2 in the final match in a penalty shootout. It is the first U15 tournament organised by the AFF and marks Viet Nam’s first trophy in an outdoor football competition since 2008 when the country won the AFF Championship title. Players returned to their local clubs today to prepare for the upcoming national championship. They will reconvene in mid-August to practice for the Asian U16 championship qualification in Mongolia in September. Viet Nam are in Group I with Australia, Cambodia and the hosts. The U22 side on Sunday were promised at least VND1.6 billion ($71,800) for securing a slot in the Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship final. The team are one of the six best and were placed second in the group stage qualification round. VFF leaders have decided to give the team VND600 million ($27,000), while VFF vice president Doan Nguyen Duc awarded them VND1 billion ($45,000). Duc is also the boss of Hoang Anh…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Professor Gerard’t Hooft, Dutch Nobel Laureate in Physics and his wife arrived in Binh Dinh on Sunday afternoon. Professor Gerard’t Hooft and his spouse. – Photo: sggp.vn Accepting an invitation from Prof. Tran Thanh Van, president of Rencontres du Vietnam, Prof. Hooft will attend Viet Nam’s scientific event on cosmography in the coastal city of Quy Nhon. He will be present at the opening ceremony of “Discovering the Dark Universe” in Quy Nhon City on Monday. With the participation of 70 scientists from 19 countries, this event recaps recent discoveries on dark matter, cosmic particles, particle physics, etc. Additionally, scientists will conduct academic conferences on direct and indirect research, BMS physics and DM, astrophysics and cosmology, DM research at LHC particle accelerator, and future detector. On Tuesday afternoon, Prof. Hooft will conduct a talk on the basic laws of nature in front of a scientific audience in Binh Dinh and all over Viet Nam. Prof. Geradus’t Hoot, born in 1946 in Den Helder (Netherlands), is a theoretical physicist working at Utrecht University. In 1999, he and his teacher, Prof. Martinus J. G. Veltman, won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on “"Quantum structure of electroweak interactions." This is a significant scientific work on building a strong mathematical foundation for physics theories of particles. In the course of his career, he has made several other important contributions to quantum field theory, theory of quantum gravity and black holes in the universe and research on basic foundations…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Two top officials of Lao Cai City and province will attend court on Tuesday as defendants of a land eviction lawsuit filed by a resident. Lao Cai City in northern Lao Cai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Thi Nghia, a resident of Lao Cai City’s Kim Tan Ward, filed a lawsuit against the committees’ decisions on land eviction and compensation after her family was evicted from the land they were living on since 1984 without allegedly being given “proper compensation”. On Tuesday, Le Minh Quang, chairman of the northern Lao Cai City People’s Committee, and Dang Xuan Phong, chairman of Lao Cai Province People’s Committee, are both expected to attend court. On June 19, 2014, the Lao Cai City People’s Committee issued three land acquisition decisions concerning the families of Pham Thi Nghia, Pham Van Kha and Pham Thi Nga in Kim Tan Ward, Lao Cai City. Soon after, it also issued a decision on the compensation awarded to the three families. However, the evicted families did not find the deal offered by the chairmen of the city and the province people’s committees acceptable. According to the provincial People’s Committee, the land the three families were using was allocated to the province’s transport department in 1992. However, the three families alleged that when they claimed the land in 1984, no authorities told them about the land allocation. Moreover, the families were granted land-use right certificates in 1984 and in 2000, which had the signatures and seals of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Tropical Storm Sonca, the fourth to hit Viet Nam this year, is forecast to make landfall in central and northcentral Viet Nam on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre. The latest image of Storm Sonca (or Storm No 4). — Source: The National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre According to the centre, the storm has hardly moved in the past 24 hours. At 4am on Monday, the typhoon location was about 150km southeast of Hainan (China). The strongest winds near the typhoon centre reach the speed of 60km-75km per hour. In the next 24 to 48 hours, the storm is forecast to make landfall from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh provinces before weakening into a tropical depression. From tomorrow, coastal areas from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh will have high waves of up to 2-3m and rough sea. These provinces will also face torrential rainfall of 100-250mm. From Tuesday evening and night, in the Red River Delta, Hoa Binh, Son La and the north of Central Highlands, there will be moderate to heavy rain (rainfall from 50 to 150mm). By 4am on Wednesday, the Tonkin Gulf is predicted to experience strong wind of 40-60km per hour. Sonca Storm will also bring rains and thunderstorms in the middle and south of East Sea (including the Spratly Islands), and the sea areas from Ninh Thuan to Ca Mau Province. From Ca Mau to Kien Giang Province, the Gulf of Thailand, there will be rain…... [read more]

Speaking at the event, the PM underscored the importance of Vung Ang Economic Zone, which he said, should be developed into an industrial center for not only Ha Tinh but also the central region in the near future. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressing the session He suggested supplementing the provincial master plan, with a focus on Vung Ang Economic Zone, while continuing to improve business climate, facilitate businesses’ land access and save their time and costs. The Government leader called for further attention to support industry, engineering and chemical industries, tourism, disaster and climate change response. He asked Ha Tinh to continue monitoring two furnaces at the Taiwanese-invested Formosa steel plant and working closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, ministries and agencies concerned to deal with environment protection violations at the company. Commenting on future tasks, he said the province needs to continue refining mechanisms, grasp opportunities and make breakthroughs to improve local livelihoods. Last year, the province’s gross regional domestic product grew 5.16 percent, including agriculture (down 3.4 percent), industry and construction (up 10.07 percent), and services (up 5.8 percent). The total State collections hit over 3.7 trillion VND (163.6 million USD), or 49 percent of the estimate. The industrial production was estimated at 13.5 trillion VND (589.1 million USD), up 40.2 percent annually, mostly contributed by manufacturing-engineering and power supply. Several key industries such as electricity, steel, fiber enjoyed higher year-on-year growth. Meanwhile, revenues from lodging, restaurant…... [read more]

An art show at the artistic program The program aimed to pay tribute to martyrs, sick and wounded soldiers, Vietnam heroic mothers and those sacrificing their youth for the national independence and freedom on the occasion of the 70th Vietnam Day for Wounded and Fallen Soldiers (July 27, 1947 - 2017). The program also aimed at arousing the national pride and glorious history of the country while strengthening the education of revolutionary ideology among younger generations, reminding today’s generations of the great sacrifices and losses of previous generations in firmly protecting the Fatherland. Over the past 70 years, the Party, State and people of Vietnam have always born deeply in mind the sacrifices of national contributors and well carried out preferential policies towards those who made great contributions to the country, firmly safeguarding the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Gratitude activities are now regularly carried out by all ministries, sectors and the whole society. At the program, the organizers also presented 30 savings books and scholarships to needy sick and wounded soldiers, families of martyrs and children of national contributors keen on study. The exchange helps younger generations be stronger and make more contributions to the nation * The same evening, in Ho Chi Minh City, an artistic exchange was held by the Traditional Club of the former Youth Union Organization of the agencies under the Central Office for South Vietnam, the Committee of the…... [read more]

Broken trees due to the storm in Quang Tri province. Photo: vnexpress.net The central province of Quang Tri has evacuated 1,296 households in coastal and island districts to safer places. The 3,983 residents evacuated are from Gio Linh, Vinh Linh, Trieu Phong, Hai Lang and Con Co districts and Dong Ha town. Quang Tri has also called on 2,364 vessels with nearly 7,400 people on board to anchor at wharves and avoid dangerous zones. The provincial People’s Committee has issued an urgent notice on storm preparedness, asking for attention to ensuring safety for vessels at wharves and supervising reservoirs in localities. Under the notice, unnecessary meetings will be cancelled and officials are required to focus on directing efforts against the storm. Quang Tri is suffering torrential rains with rainfall measuring in such areas as Thach Han, Cua Viet and Dong Ha ranging from 126mm to 171mm. In the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, 29,350 houses in coastal and mountainous areas of Phu Vang, Phu Loc, Phong Dien, Quang Dien, A Luoi and Nam Dong districts are also expected to be evacuated soon. The localities are requested to work round the clock in case of unexpected incidents at night. Local competent agencies have checked the safety of reservoirs, high voltage stations, antennas, base transceiver stations (BTS), advertising boards and trees. The storm is forecast to affect more than 25,570 ha of rice of the summer-autumn crop, which are flowering, in the province. The Thanh Hoa…... [read more]

Permanent Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh lays a wreath at the Statue of Vietnamese heroic mothers. Photo: congan.com.vn  The senior official and his entourage expressed deep gratitude to Vietnamese heroic mothers and fallen soldiers. Deputy PM Binh then visited the Museum of Vietnamese heroic mothers. * The same day, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam and a government delegation visited and offered gifts to national contributors’ families in Kon Tum province. Mr. Dam inquired after and presented gifts to Vietnamese heroic mother Y Noi, whose only son died during the resistance war against American invaders, and to wounded soldier, hero of the People’s Armed Forces Y Buong. On this occasion, Deputy PM Dam offered incense at the Ngoc Hoi War Cemetery, attended an inauguration ceremony for the memorial for fallen soldiers who died in the Mau Than Campaign in 1968 and Xuan He (Spring-Summer) Campaign in 1972, and toured the Kon Tum Prison and Kon Tum Museum * On July 24, Military Region 5 held a ceremony to honor and offer gifts to national contributors and fallen soldiers’ relatives in its stationed area. The military region’s relevant agencies provided allowances to 4,756 national contributors, repaired and built over 4,842 gratitude houses, worth VND 90 billion in total, and conducted a wide range of other meaningful activities to care for beneficiaries. * The Military Region 9 Command and Party Committee organized a similar event to honor 190 national contributors and fallen soldiers’ relatives in…... [read more]

Candles lit for fallen soldiers. Photo: muctim.com.vn The President made the emphasis in a piece of writing on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs' Day (July 27), in which he praised the great contributions of revolutionary contributors, and highlighted the tradition of taking care of those with credit to the nation. Policies and regulations on supporting national revolutionary contributors in terms of health care and education have been implemented effectively throughout localities, as have had communications campaigns related, he said. Cemeteries and monuments dedicated to martyrs nationwide have been upgraded and embellished, while the search, collection and identification of martyrs’ remains has been carried out with the greatest efforts, he added. Apart from presenting gifts to wounded and sick soldiers, and their relatives, many organizations and individuals have actively joined in movements to help improve the spiritual and material lives of revolutionary contributors. Thanks to tireless efforts, up to 97 percent of revolutionary contributors’ families have a living standard that is equal to or higher than the average in their residential areas. Many families of revolutionary contributors have made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction and economic development, contributing to the national socio-economic development. In the writing, President Quang also stressed the need for the whole people to get involved in the caring work. He called for more efforts to continue implementing effectively policies of the Party and State on assisting revolutionary contributors, focusing on widely popularizing relevant…... [read more]

Mr. Tran Thanh Man presenting a gift to a national contributor in Ha Nam province The proceeds were revealed at a meeting to review the implementation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee’s movement on July 24 in Hanoi. According to the committee, the movement has attracted active participation of provinces, cities, and organizations with many impressive initiatives and programs for national contributors. During the three-month long movement, 46 provinces and cities built or repaired nearly 19,000 gratitude houses, and presented about 208,000 gifts to national contributors. Most wounded and sick soldiers in convalescent centers have received wheelchairs. Addressing the meeting, Tran Thanh Man, member of the Party Central Committee, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), said that the movement’s outcomes showed the sentiment and responsibility of younger generations to older ones  who wholeheartedly devoted to the national independence. He considered the movement a golden chance to promote patriotism, national pride, and the gratitude tradition of the Vietnamese people. In the coming time, the VFFCC will work with ministries and agencies to contribute constructive ideas for policies for national contributors to the Party and State and promote information dissemination on the outcomes of work for wounded and fallen soldiers and those who had rendered good service to the nation. In addition, localities across the country will focus on raising living standards of national contributors and create favorable condition for wounded and sick soldiers and fallen soldiers’…... [read more]

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