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A scientific mission to map the seabed surrounding the North Pole got underway Friday amid Canada's push to claim the area and surrounding Arctic waters ahead of Russia and others. After a decade of surveying the country's eastern and far north seabeds and gathering supporting evidence, Canada filed a UN application in December seeking to vastly expand its Atlantic sea boundary and signaled intentions to claim the North Pole. Russian President Vladimir Putin followed suit by ordering his country's military to step up its presence in the Arctic, amid competing claims by countries that also include Norway and Denmark. Russia and Canada have overlapping claims to both the North Pole as well as large swathes of the Arctic that the US Geological Survey thinks could hold 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and up to 30 percent of its hidden natural gas reserves. "Our government is committing the resources necessary to ensure that Canada secures international recognition of the full extent of its continental shelf, including the North Pole," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement. A Canadian ice-breaking vessel set sail from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday, one day ahead of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, which will "collect high-quality data about the shape and composition of the seabed," the statement said. The vessel was "equipped with state-of-the-art multi-beam sonar technology in the spring of 2014 to ensure that Canada has the latest technological capacity to carry out this important mission" to collect data…... [read more]

Nha Trang and Mui Ne listed in the bottom group of National Geographic Traveler magazine In a strident wake up call, the nation's most vaunted coastal attractions have been "bottom rated" by the US-based National Geographic Traveler magazine, giving fresh fuel to those who have been railing against "developments" that have been destroying the most scenic landscapes in the country. Experts and officials have reacted with alarm to the latest listing by the magazine that places Nha Trang and Mui Ne in the "bottom rated" group. Vu The Binh, head of the travel department under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said the survey's findings are accurate and it should be taken as a warning. "Concrete construction along Nha Trang beaches has been rampant. And poor waste treatment has damaged their natural beauty," he said. "I think this ranking is a warning that should make us cautious about unsuitable moves in coastal tourism development." In its November-December issue, the National Geographic Traveler announced its seventh annual "places rated" list of 99 beaches evaluated by a panel of 340 well-traveled experts in many aspects including preservation of history, sustainable tourism, ecology, geography, site management and indigenous cultures. The beaches were evaluated based on six criteria: environmental and ecological quality, social and cultural integrity; condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites; aesthetic appeal; quality of tourism management; and outlook for the future. They were categorized in six levels: "top rated" for being in excellent shape, relatively unspoiled, and likely to remain so;…... [read more]

OTTAWA (AFP) - A lack of sea ice in one of the warmest Canadian winters on record and a European boycott have ruined what was to be a banner seal hunt off Canada's Atlantic coast this month, according to officials and sealers. Canada's Fisheries Minister Gail Shea last month increased by 50,000 the allowable catch of harp seals this season to 330,000, in defiance of a ban on seal products by the European Union. But most of Canada's 6,000 sealers stayed home, unable to find buyers for their catch or stymied by a lack of ice floes for the first time in 60 years on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, which usually host hordes of seals birthing pups. "The European boycott was devastating to the industry this year, as was the lack of ice on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence due to an exceptionally warm winter," Jean Richard, Canadian fisheries department conservation chief for the Quebec coastal region, told AFP. "The hunt, as a result of reduced market demand, has been scaled back substantially," added Larry Yetman, fisheries resource management officer for the Newfoundland and Labrador coastal region. Fewer than 50 sealing ships launched from Newfoundland ports, down from 500 in past years. Others would have eagerly set out to reap this year's higher pelt prices -- at 21 dollars, nearly double last year's prices. But there was now only one local buyer, NuTan Furs, which said upfront it would buy less than 15,000 pelts from a dedicated group of…... [read more]

Transport and education officials from four Canadian provinces are holding a series of business meetings, tours, presentations and discussions with their Vietnamese counterparts during a trade mission in Vung Tau, HCM City, Hai Phong and Hanoi. The five-day mission, which will end on Dec. 3, aims to build bilateral trade and education links. "The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces view Atlantic Canada's strategic position as a key corridor for international commerce," Peter MacKay, Canada 's Minister of National Defence, said. The trade mission is being organised by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Atlantic Canada comprises four provinces, New Brunswick , Newfoundland and Labrador , Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island . "This mission will help facilitate business and educational linkages and opportunities between our region and this burgeoning economy," said Nova Scotia 's Premier Darrell Dexter. The province of Nova Scotia has established major relationships in Vietnam and the mission will help build on them and others. Transport sector participants include representatives from the ports of Halifax in Nova Scotia and Dalhousie in New Brunswick along with the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the Atlantic Gateway Advisory Council. EduNova and three universities are also part of the delegation. Last year, bilateral trade between Vietnam and Canada hit a record high of 1.3 billion CAD (around 1.3 billion USD), an increase of 21.3 percent compared to the volume posted in 2007./.... [read more]

By Tuong Vi in HCMC A writing and drawing contest called Canada and the World of Anne of Green Gables for students aged 13-19 has been launched by the Embassy of Canada, the Vietnam Canada Friendship Association and Nha Nam Culture and Communications Joint Stock Company under the sponsorship of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. The contest aims to celebrate the first Vietnamese edition of the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables" written by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery. Since publication in 1908, this novel has been translated into thirty languages with over fifty million copies sold worldwide. Every year, thousands of international tourists come to Prince Edward Island just north of Nova Scotia in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to see the house where the author was inspired to write the book. Contestants must write an essay of no more than 1,000 words in Vietnamese reflecting personal impressions of Canada or Anne Shirley, the main character of the novel. All kinds of paintings are accepted with no limit to how many. Contestants can take part in one or both of the contests and must provide full name, address, phone number and email in the submissions. The work should be sent to the Vietnam-Canada Friendship Association, 105A Quan Thanh Street, Hanoi by June 18 and the results will be announced on Canada Day on July 1. For more information, visit and [read more]

Having worked in restaurants across the world for some of the biggest names in the business, Don Berger knows a thing or two about cooking. Mixing a smorgasbord of international dishes, Dons is fast becoming one of Hà Nộis premier fine-dining spots. Elisabeth Rosen reports. When Donald Berger opened this bistro along the eastern bank of West Lake, the street had yet to be paved. A dirt path wound past residents backyards, carrying the handful of motorbikes that ventured out to the sleepy neighborhood. Three years later, Tây Hồ has seen a rapid influx of development. But although glassy new apartments have replaced flower gardens and restaurants catering to an expat clientele are no longer a rarity, Dons remains a destination for sophisticated fare. Rather than focusing on one cuisine, the menu offers a carefully curated collection of dishes from around the world. Before settling in Hà Nội, Berger worked as a chef in cities from Tokyo to Milan; while the food reflects his international experience, for the most part, he doesnt experiment with fusion. Rather, each dish is recreated with sincerity, from Northern Thailand-style pork salad (VNĐ130,000) to Indonesian spiced rice topped with chicken satay (VNĐ200,000). This huge variety could well be a recipe for disaster. But under the skillful hands of Nguyễn Văn Tú, fresh from his victory in the 2012 Iron Chef Việt Nam competition, the dishes cohere into a remarkable collage. A meal at Dons might start out with plump oysters from British Columbia or Prince…... [read more]

Nature's beauty reaches a peak in autumn as the leaves take on rich and vibrant colors. This year, instead of hopping in the car and going for a drive, consider taking your autumn foliage tour to a soaring new level. Check out the ( top 10 list of hot air balloon destinations to get a new perspective on autumn. Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. Hokkaido, Japan A large island in the northernmost region of Japan, Hokkaido is a great place to witness the change of seasons known by the Japanese as momiji. During the foliage season, soft yellows of beech trees, bright reds from birch trees and occasional deep purples of okagami Japanese maples are the stars of the show. Once you're back on the ground, and depending on where you stay, be sure to check out Hokkaido's numerous national parks, including the tourist favorite of Shikotsu-Toya, which comprises of several volcanic hot springs. Finding a hot air balloon company should be no problem as there is a growing demand for viewing the beautiful Hokkaido landscape from the sky. 2. Catskill Mountains, New York, United States North of the hustle and bustle of New York City, in the central part of the state, stretches the Catskill Mountains. The beauty of the Catskills has inspired art movements, serving as the backdrop for many films and works of literature. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes and valleys create breathtaking landscapes when viewed from above or below. It should then be no surprise…... [read more]

After having walloped the U.S. northeast, post-tropical cyclone Irene on Monday is whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain on parts of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada's southeast and leaving thousands without power. Windsurfers and kite boarders enjoy strong wind and waves at West Chezzetcook Inlet near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Aug. 29, 2011. The remnants of Hurricane Irene moved into Canada from the United States, whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain on parts of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Southeast Canada, which left thousands of homes without power, two people missing and two others injured. (Xinhua/Sandor Fizli) The Canadian Hurricane Centre said in an early morning statement that the center of the storm was about 95 kilometers southeast of Quebec City, and was tracking north at about 45 km/h. "Wind warnings are still in effect for mainland Nova Scotia, all but northwestern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and portions of southern Quebec," the center said in a statement released around 3 a.m. ET. Elevated water levels and heavy surf are expected near noon along the Fundy coast of New Brunswick, in the St. Lawrence River, and later in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Even as a weakened storm, Irene's impact was felt midday Sunday in south and eastern Quebec, knocking out power to thousands of Quebec homes across the province and leaving destruction in its wake. Most of the outages were in Montreal, the second largest city of Canada, as Irene's outer bands…... [read more]

Ambassador Deanna L Horton talked to Viet Nam News on the occasion of Canada's National Day today. What are the priorities in bilateral relations between Viet Nam and Canada this year? This is an important year for both Canada and Viet Nam. Canada began the year by hosting the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and has just finished hosting two major Summits, the G-8 and G-20. Viet Nam is the ASEAN Chair and will also celebrate Ha Noi's Millennium in October. Both countries have extensive international commitments this year which require us to demonstrate leadership on important issues. In terms of our bilateral relations, education continues to be the top priority for our Embassy in Ha Noi and our Consulate-General in HCM City. This is not only to encourage Vietnamese students to study in Canada (Viet Nam became Canada's No 1 source country of foreign students from South East Asia in 2009), but also to promote linkages between Canadian and Vietnamese educational institutions. For example, the Ecole Nationale d'Administration Pub-lique of Quebec is delivering its Masters Programme in Public Administration in collaboration with Viet Nam's National Academy of Public Administration. In 2009, over 100 Canadian education institutions visited Viet Nam and signed 20 agreements with Vietnamese partners. We hope to beat that record this year, especially with our second Canada Education Week coming up October 24-30, 2010. A second priority in our bilateral relations is promotion of Canada's investment to Viet Nam. We are urging an early and successful conclusion of…... [read more]

Going green: The cover of Anne of Green Gables published in Vietnamese by Nha Nam Company. — File Photo HA NOI — A writing and drawing contest for Vietnamese youth entitled Canada and the World of Anne of Green Gables was launched by the Embassy of Canada. The contest celebrates the publication for the first time in Vietnamese of the classic Canadian story Anne of Green Gables. Written by Canadian author LM Montgomery, the novel was first published in 1908 and has since become internationally renowned. It has been translated into 30 different languages and more than 50 million copies have been sold worldwide. Every year thousands of international tourists come to Prince Edward Island province to see the house that inspired the story. For the contest, Vietnamese students 13 to 19 years old are invited to submit either an essay of up to 1,000 words or a drawing. The entries should be about Canada or the world of Anne of Green Gables. Winners will receive cash prizes sponsored by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam (CanCham), special gifts from Canada and books offered by the publisher, the Nha Nam Company. "I am delighted that the Nha Nam Company published this book in Vietnamese," said Ambassador Deanna Horton. "While the story takes place in rural Canada a long time ago, many teenagers around the world today see a bit of themselves in the book. "Anne Shirley's adventures and challenges have entranced teenagers worldwide. Through this contest, I hope…... [read more]

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