Cargill Viet Nam raises $307,000 for school building programme

Viet Nam News Santa Claus did not surprise children at the Viet Nam National Pediatric Hospital this Christmas. A whole bunch of Santa Clauses did. The Santas were members of the Charity Singing Group, who had raised money by singing on the streets of the capital city. For several weeks, two or three days a week, between 7-11pm, the group carried loudspeakers and microphones and went around the area surrounding the night market in Hà Nội, singing and asking people to contribute to their fund. Comprising people of all ages and walks of life, members of the group share two passions: singing and helping poor people. Established in May, the group has raised over VND282 million (US$12,000) to support many poor patients in the capital city pay their medical bills. The idea for the group came to Trần Phương Anh, manager of a small hair salon in the city without much thought. "I love singing boléro songs everyday, which annoys my neighbours sometimes. One day, I asked myself why can't I sing on the street and see if any passers-by would donate to my charity box. I thought about it for half-an-hour and decided to go ahead," Anh recalled. The very next day, in the afternoon, Anh and a friend hit the streets with their sound equipment. Their first performance went pretty well. In just two hours, they raised over VND1.6 million ($70). Approximately the same amount of money came in on the following days. After the success of her…... [read more]

The expansion aims to enable Cargill to meet growing demand for high-performing feed from its customers in Vietnam. With this expansion, Cargill has invested more than US$110 million in Vietnam in the last 10 years. The expansion will increase its capacity by four times, from 60,000 tonnes per year to 240,000 tonnes per year, create 50 new jobs and incorporates Cargill's uncompromising approach to feed safety, ingredient quality and product integrity. The company aims to provide customers with safe, trusted feed that maximizes the performance of their operations, which in turn helps to improve food safety across Vietnam's supply chain. Jorge Becerra, Managing Director of Cargill l Animal Nutrition's Feed and Nutrition Business in Vietnam said thatthe expansion of its Binh Dinh plant allows Cargill to serve its customers more effectively, deliver the right products, expertise and capabilities to customers as quickly as possible and support faster business growth. In order to help raise farming productivity and incomes, Cargill has provided training to more than 1.5 million Vietnamese farmers in best practices in animal husbandry through its farming workshops. Through Cargill Vietnam's school building programme, two schools have already been built in the Binh Dinh province. The programme has to date built 65 schools in rural communities across Vietnam and is committed to building 75 schools in Vietnam to help educate about 15,000 students by 2015. Le Phuong... [read more]

Three members of the Vietnam Children's Fund have worked to build 48 schools throughout Vietnam over the last 20 years. Building schools not statues Vien Phuong Lan, a member of the volunteer group said the US-based fund was established to raise money for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. She has used a part of her apartment as an office for the fund's work in Vietnam. "As this is a charitable fund, we've tried to minimise administrative costs to prioritise our main work. We have only three members in Vietnam and aren't often in the office," Lan said. In the 1990s, some US veterans remained so affected by their time in Vietnam that they raised money to build a statue to commemorate those who had died during the war. However, when they returned to Vietnam, they instead decided to build a school as a more fitting memory. A primary school was built in the central province of Quang Tri, a former battle field, in 1993," she recalled. An architect Sam Russell agreed to act as a volunteer to help the construction of schools. He then became director of the fund in Vietnam. When a project to build the second school in Vietnam started in 1994, Sam needed someone to help communicate with local authorities and people. Vien Phuong Lan, who worked in construction and was good at foreign languages, was invited to join his team. "At that time I was so busy with my own company. I decided to join Sam's team…... [read more]

Domestic Press Highlights (01-06-2009) Ca Mau waives ferry fares for poor students The Ca Mau Province People's Committee approved on Friday a grant to subsidise poor students' ferry fares from the next academic year. It is worth over VND3 billion (US$167,000) a year. Around 37,500 local students go to school by ferry, over 60 per cent of them from poor families. Their fare costs range from VND45,000 to VND200,000 a month. Lao Dong (Labour) Vietnam Airlines to offer domestic discounts National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced discounts on domestic flights for the second time this year. The round fares will be VND1.4 million from HCM City to Ha Noi and Vinh and VND1 million from HCM City to Hue and Da Nang from June 1 to the end of August. The fares will be cut further in September, to VND810,000 for HCM City and Ha Noi to Hue and Da Nang. Thanh Nien (Young People) Schools building programme falls behind Implementation of a programme to build permanent schools and housing for teachers nationwide last year was sluggish, with only 87.6 per cent of the proposed 29,357 classrooms built, and a mere 26 per cent put into operation, according to a report of Ministry of Education and Training. While the target was 9,726 for teachers' houses, the actual rate was 92 per cent. Nhan Dan (The People) Central provinces distribute seed to farmers Central provinces have provided farmers with seeds for the summer-autumn rice crop. Quang Ngai Province's Department of…... [read more]

Matchmaking gives Norwegian firms a 'TIP' (15-05-2008) On the occasion of Norway's National Day on Saturday, Viet Nam News spoke to Norwegian Ambassador Kjell Magne Storlokken. As part of the UN Reform Programme, Norway pledged an additional US$25 million last year to help eight countries, including Viet Nam. What's your assessment of this programme's effectiveness? Norway believes in multilateralism with a strong United Nations (UN) in the driver's seat. With the participation of our prime minister in the Secretary General's High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence, Norway has taken an active position in supporting the reform of the UN system. In order to help the UN to implement an ambitious reform programme, Norway last year pledged a contribution of US$25 million. Viet Nam's One UN initiative is a historic one, and together with other donors, we are happy to contribute to realising the plan. For the 2007-08 period, Norway has provided $7 million to the One UN Plan in Viet Nam. We are particularly happy to see the active role and firm ownership the Vietnamese Government and the UN Country Team have taken to bring the reforms forward in Viet Nam. Significant progress has been made over the past year. One of the main objectives of the UN initiative in Viet Nam is to ensure that the UN provides the most effective and coherent support to the Vietnamese people. The One UN Plan is a key instrument in this regard. Improving co-ordination and harmonisation among UN agencies will better facilitate the…... [read more]

Education Ministry eases student workload (05-09-2005) About 380,000 students will join schools at all levels this school year in the southern province of An Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai HA NOI — The Education and Training Ministry has banned homework for primary school children. Teaching plans must ensure that all the work can be done in class, it says. The ministry also wants the primary school curriculum reduced by 15 percent. The changes to the study programme were foreshadowed by Education and Training Minister Nguyen Minh Hien at a meeting in Ha Noi to review the 2004-05 school year and plan for the new academic year that begins today. The minister conceded to the education officials from throughout the country who gathered for the meeting that primary school children had to study too hard. He attributed their burden to a heavy curriculum and their text books. "It's wrong to say that we have done our best," he said "Educationists need to listen to the public's views and devise measures for reducing the curriculum by 15 per cent." It was suggested that study programmes for higher schools should also be reduced. Honouring the law The meeting also discussed how to properly honour the revised Education Law that requires an end to final exams for graduating junior secondary school students. Instead, students will receive certificates when they finish the ninth grade. "People continuously complain that the exams are too stressful, costly and have too many errors," said the minister. But officials…... [read more]

Corporate news Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Ten leading Thai exhibition organisers will come to Hà Nội for a business-to-business forum to meet Vietnamese enterprises, trade promotion organisations and associations this Friday. The forum, organised by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), aims to boost trade activities between the two countries, as well as between other countries in the ASEAN region. The forum will discuss business opportunities within the ASEAN region through exhibitions in Thailand; commercial linkages among Thailand, Việt Nam and other countries in the region and from the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community and the potential and cooperation opportunities between the two countries as well as ASEAN countries. This forum is a new form in the Connect Business campaign of TCEB. The bureau expects the campaign will attract Vietnamese businesses to Thailand to attend international exhibitions by strengthening relationships with organisations, associations, chambers of commerce, unions and non-profit corporations. Thailand expects to welcome 208,000 international trade visitors, creating a total value of US$500 million dollars this year and will continue to support businesses which want to expand their activities through exhibitions in Thailand. - VNS... [read more]

2030 Businessmen Club marks 3rd anniversary of Happy Friday Kieu Giang Members of the management board of the 2030 Businessmen Club, the editorial board of the Saigon Times Group and guests are seen at the 3rd anniversary celebration of the Happy Friday program in HCMC last week. Happy Friday, which is among the major activities of the 2030 Businessmen Club under the Saigon Times Club, aims to create a chance for entrepreneurs to share business opportunities and moments of relaxation after working days. The program is held monthly with different topics presented by invited speakers who are writers, historians, psychiatrists and poets. There are also celebrations for members’ birthdays and music performances. The 2030 Businessmen Club has attracted more than 1,000 members since its establishment in 2002. Its chairman for the 2014-2016 term is Ha Xuan Anh, CEO of Son Viet Garment Corporation. - News: Kieu Giang... [read more]

Market crashes as bear returns By Thuy Trieu - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The market opened the week down a sharp 3.34% as jaw-dropping investors became more cautious in the absence of supporting news. The VN-Index on Monday lost as many as 18.55 points from the previous session to 537.29, bidding adieu to investors' buoy of the 550-point level. The main index lost a mild 3.92 points in the first matching phase. However, offers strongly increased in the second matching phase, inducing a lot of stocks to plunge to the floor prices. Investor sentiment was further shaken given the sudden change, leading to the selling volume to rise continuously and forcing the VN-Index down 18.23 points in the second phase. The index kept trading at that low until the end of the day. Among 186 stocks and fund units on the bourse, only nine stocks closed higher while up to 169 ended lower. Of which, there were 67 stocks hitting the floor prices and two rising to the ceiling prices. REE Corp. (REE), the most actively traded stock on the bourse, dropped 4.7% to VND50,500 per share with 2.25 million shares traded. Sacombank (STB) was the second most traded stock, falling 2.94% to VND26,400 with trading volume of 2.24 million shares. Other financial stocks such as Vietcombank (VCB), Saigon Securities Inc. (SSI), and PetroVietnam Finance Corp. (PVF) also declined. Foreign investors were patient to be net buyers on the market but their participation was very modest. They bought…... [read more]

Market barely inches up, trade low By Phuong Thao - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The southern stock market made a fractional gain in the second straight rising session on Thursday, in line with rallies in the world, but liquidity remained depressed. The VN-Index rose a mere 0.96 point, or 0.21%, from the day earlier to 458.66. Demand on the Hochiminh Stock Exchange dropped 13.7% against the previous session to nearly 49 million shares while supply rose 6.3% to 49.4 million shares. Closing the day, only 23.2 million shares worth VND597 billion changed hands, falling by 7.2% and 14.5% against the session earlier respectively. The market opened higher and quickly jumped to above 460 points before sellers stepped in, pushing the index down to 457.88 at the end of the continuous matching phase. The market then recovered slightly and finally closed in the positive territory. The number of losers was still higher than that of gainers at 105 to 84, of which six stocks ended the day at their ceiling prices and nine others plunged to the floor prices. Vietnam Mechanization Electrification & Construction (MCG) became the biggest traded issue, jumping 4.7% to VND17,900 per share with over one million shares traded, followed by Société De Bourbon Tay Ninh Co. (SBT), which closed flat at VND11,800 on the volume of 717,000 shares. Foreigners were still net buyers as they bought 3.1 million shares worth VND115 billion and sold two million shares worth VND40 billion, accounting for 19.4% and 6.7%…... [read more]

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