Longan production down, price up

The families of 37 children, who have genital warts after undergoing circumcisions at an unlicensed clinic in Hung Yen Province, have sent a letter to the health minister of health.    37 boys under 15 admitted to the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology About 50 families signed a joint letter to the Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien to call for help clarify the clinic's responsibility and punishment. According to the parents, they wanted to hide their sons' illness at first for fear that their sons may have an inferiority complex and face prejudice from other people when they grow up. However, they want justice after the clinic refused to take responsibility. Lawyer Nguyen Anh Thom agreed to help the families for free. "If it is proved that the boys were affected by the actions of the clinic then Hoang Thi Hien, the clinic's owner, will face criminal charges and must pay compensation for all hospital fees and stress and mental injuries," he said. Last week, 37 boys under 15 were admitted to the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology in Hanoi for genital warts. All of them were circumcised at a clinic of Hoang Thi Hien in Khoai Chau District. Doctors at the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology suspected that the sanitary condition at the clinic might not be good enough and left the boys with genital warts as their parents don't have the illness. However, Hoang Thi Hien denied any responsibility and claimed that the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Government Inspectorate (GI) has released findings of egregious wrongdoing in the implementation of a number of BT (Build-Transfer) and BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) infrastructure and environmental projects in Ha Noi City. A view of the extension of Le Van Luong Street in the urban district of Thanh Xuan, southwest of Ha Noi. — Photo: VNA/VNS The GI recommended holding Ha Noi authorities accountable for the faults. The GI said all BT projects were behind schedule and had entailed significant cost overruns. It said contractors were “not sufficiently capable of mobilising capital” and also blamed a “failure to disburse budget in accordance with set schedule.” Seven BT projects caused massive loss – the construction of the Yen So wastewater treatment plant, the Le Van Luong Road extension, the southern main road of Ha Tay, a street connecting Le Duc Tho and the new urban area Xuan Phuong, a road surrounding the Chu Van An memorial site, and the Ha Noi–Hung Yen interprovincial road. Regarding the main southern road of Ha Tay, nearly all parties involved – the People’s Committee, Department of Finance, Department of Transport, and the investor – were found to be at fault and violating the BT contract terms. The GI also reported that the investor has misappropriated large amounts of State budget. The state-owned Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.5 (CIENCO5) – responsible for the project – was asked to “immediately” pay back VND1.428 trillion ($62.8 million) to the State budget - VND902 billion in interest expenses…... [read more]

The GI recommended holding Hanoi authorities accountable for the faults. The GI said all BT projects were behind schedule and had entailed significant cost overruns. It said contractors were “not sufficiently capable of mobilising capital” and also blamed a “failure to disburse budget in accordance with set schedule.” Seven BT projects caused massive loss – the construction of the Yen So wastewater treatment plant, the Le Van Luong Road extension, the southern main road of Ha Tay, a street connecting Le Duc Tho and the new urban area Xuan Phuong, a road surrounding the Chu Van An memorial site, and the Hanoi–Hung Yen interprovincial road. Regarding the main southern road of Ha Tay, nearly all parties involved – the People’s Committee, Department of Finance, Department of Transport, and the investor – were found to be at fault and violating the BT contract terms. The GI also reported that the investor has misappropriated large amounts of State budget. The state-owned Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.5 (CIENCO5) – responsible for the project – was asked to “immediately” pay back VND1.428 trillion ($62.8 million) to the State budget - VND902 billion in interest expenses and VND510 billion for the difference between land use costs and the actual costs of the BT project. Regarding the Chu Van An memorial site and Hanoi–Hung Yen Road and Long Bien District intersection, the GI is asking to cut VND100 billion ($4.4 million) from the balance sheets of these projects. With projects currently behind schedule, GI is…... [read more]

Tet, the largest and most widely-celebrated national holiday in Vietnam, is traditionally a time for family togetherness and the value of everyone and everyone a person may hold dear. It’s a happy time for all Vietnamese. Of course, there are always the foreign nationals living and working in Vietnam, and in IS-VNU in particular, who also look forward to the holiday as well. IS will close for two weeks in 2011 for the Tet holiday, and several foreign nationals working at the university are planning to join in the local festivities by visiting the hometowns and families of their closest colleagues and students. Many of them will even have the privilege of being the New Year’s first visitor. Many permanent expatriates, married with children, are also looking forward to a family holiday in Vietnam, putting a comfortable twist of their own on Vietnamese tradition. Lecturer Mike Beard from IS-VNU said he was planning on celebrating Tet the Vietnamese way: with his wife and three children. He planned to take them away on a trip for the New Year. Other teachers, younger and single, were planning trips home to their families and relaxing holidays across Vietnam and to foreign countries. IS Lecturer Henry Nguyen-Pham laid down plans to do what many Vietnamese do for Tet. His immediate family unfortunately far away, Henry planned a trip to a friend’s home in Hung Yen, looking forward to a traditional banh chung meal they will both cook on the eve of Tet. “I will…... [read more]

The Ministry of Education and Training organised a conference in HCMCity this week to review the 2005-2006 school year and work out key tasks for the new academic year. Participants spent much time discussing effective measures for the education sector to overcome shortcomings. Over the past years, the fight against negative phenomena in the education sector, particularly in exams and achievement figures, has been raised at many workshops and conferences. But no effective measures have been taken to remedy the situation. In several cases teachers bravely denounced the phenomena to suffer immediate retaliation and intimidation. In other cases, some educators and teachers compromised or ignored negative phenomena. The practice of giving bribes to enter top-notch schools or to fabricate higher graduate rates in exams was widespread among teachers, students and their parents. Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan pointed out the four major types of waste as a result of such practices: the wasting of time, (for students), money (for parents), educational contributions (for teachers) and for society in general. Phan Van Be, director of the Central Highlands Dak Nong province’s Department of Education and Training, welcomed the education sectors’ determination to fight these negative phenomena, because previously the sector had failed to stamp out such pratices as the “buying” of certificates to aid promotion. He said the fight should begin with the ministry and educators, and then continue with student parents and local administrations. Nguyen Khac Hao, director of northern Hung Yen province’s Department of Education and…... [read more]

Dai was born in 1969 to an intellectual family in the northern province of Hung Yen. In 1991 Dai entered the Hanoi College of Law. After college, he worked as a legal consultant at many law firms and offices in Hanoi. In 2003, he decided to establish and run the Thien An Law Office at No 10, Doan Tran Nghiep Street, Hanoi, and began activities to cause social disorder. Since 2004, under the cover of his office, Dai had spread misleading information and colluded with domestic and overseas political opportunists and reactionaries to gather opposition forces in an attempt to undermine the Vietnamese State and deny the Party’s leadership. He joined many different political opposition organizations as the figurehead. Under the label of the so-called “the democratic movement of Vietnam”, Dai, who claimed himself to be a theorist, wrote a series of articles on the right to found political parties, the civil society and democracy in Vietnam which were published on the BBC Website. His aim was to create public support and prepare for the establishment of political opposition organizations in Vietnam. Dai himself compiled the Rules of the organization “The Democratic Party 21” in the hope of wresting power in Vietnam. Accordingly, if the Democratic Party 21 gained victory in the general election, the Party’s president would either lead the government or become the only candidate for the post of the State President. Dai hoped that he would benefit from this scheme. In addition, he planned to fly to…... [read more]

The world has a food shortage and rice prices have shot up. One reason for this is that Asian countries have lost too much farmland over the last two decades. Alarming figures According to a plan designed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), farmland will increase in size from 8,973,783 ha in 2000 to 9,363,063 ha in 2010. Findings of a survey made by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) warned that the population will increase around 1.3 percent while areas under cultivation will reduce by 1 percent annually. Average farmland per capita has fallen from 0.113 ha in 2000 to only 0.108 ha in 2010. Meanwhile, the world average rate is 0.23 ha. According to many scientists from the Vietnam Land Association, these figures are alarming. Although Vietnam has accelerated its industrialisation and urbanisation programme over the last 20 years, about 75 percent of its population still lives on farming. According to the Co-op Department, MARD, the recent land recovery has affected the lives of 627,500 households of about 2.5 million people including 950,000 farmlands. What will be the future of landless farmers remains an open question. Statistics released by the MoNRE showed that from 2001 to 2007, over 500,000 ha of farmland was lost. On average, more than 73,000 ha of farmland (80 percent for rice production) are turned into industrial parks and urban areas every year. Findings of a MARD’s survey on land recovery in 16 major provinces and cities found that…... [read more]

This is one of the small-scale projects funded by the embassy through its direct assistance programme worth AUD96,000 for Vietnam in the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Michael Hoy, third secretary of the Australian embassy said he hopes that the project will remind those with better living conditions to care for vulnerable people in society. Under the same programme, the embassy has carried out various projects in Hanoi and the northern provinces of Dien Bien, Bac Kan, Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Bac Ninh. The projects, which focus on environment, healthcare, education and vocational training, have benefited many people, particularly parents and children living with HIV/AIDS in the mountainous areas.... [read more]

This assistance package, valued at over US$57,000 and implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) comes at the request of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with technical support from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Beneficiaries are veterinary departments in 10 provinces including Can Tho, Ha Nam, Hau Giang, Hung Yen, Kien Giang, Quang Binh, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Thai Nguyen, and Tra Vinh, which are mostly at risk of bird flu infection or in greatest need of medical supplies. The protective gear is intended for use in high-risk provinces to prevent human exposure to the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus and will be used by outbreak responders and others involved in identifying and controlling H5N1 or H1N1 in Vietnam. The gear will limit the risk of animal-to-animal and animal-to-human infection during outbreak response activities such as disposing of infected poultry and decontaminating poultry raising areas. The package of materials is necessary to appropriately disinfect farms that have suffered outbreaks, in turn helping prevent the spread of outbreaks to neighboring farms. Since 2005, the U.S. Government has provided more than $US33.5 million to support Vietnam’s programmes to combat avian influenza.... [read more]

At a press briefing on June 4, Vice President of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR) Tran Mai Huong said that the workshop on the theme “Give girls a chance: End child labour” aims to raise society’s awareness of the need to protect children, give them vocational training and improve their living conditions, with special attention being paid to girls. With the participation of 200 children from Hanoi, Bac Giang and Hung Yen provinces, the workshop is expected to offer a chance for several agencies learn about the way children think and what they like. A painting and essay writing contest for children will also be held to mark the occasion. While praising Vietnam’s efforts to protect and take care of children, ILO Vietnam’s Office Director Rie Vejs Kjeldgaard said there are still challenges for Vietnam in this field as child workers will be the hardest hit in the context of the current global economic crisis. She called on the community to take prompt action to protect children, particularly girls, adding that the ILO has pledged to support Vietnam in dealing with issues related to girl workers. According to ILO’s statistics, the world has about 218 million child workers, including 100 million girls. In Vietnam, more than 26,000 children are working to earn a living, according to the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The ministry also points out the main reasons that force children to work, include poverty and limited opportunities to get…... [read more]




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