SOCIETY IN BRIEF 31/5

Published: 31/05/2011 05:00

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Food poisoning killed eight this year

The Food Hygiene and Safety Department of the Ministry of Health announced on May 29 that out of 37 cooking poisoning cases in the first five months of the year, eight people are reported dead.

This year 1,613 people suffered from food poisoning of which 1,513 were hospitalized.

In May alone, the country had 10 food poisoning cases from seven provinces of Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Thua Thien-Hue city, Bac Lieu, Vinh Long and Nghe An. 116 out of the 138 people were hospitalized.

According to authorities, two out of ten food poisoning cases are due to eating poisonous mushrooms and a kid of goby, microorganism causes four and four have unknown sources.

In related news, hundreds of Taiwanese companies are recalling food and drink products containing carcinogenic chemical diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) as the Ho Chi Minh City Market Management Department is stepping up control of imported drinks.

DEHP, a cost-effective general plasticizer used chiefly to make PVC soft and pliable, is commonly used in fruit jelly, yogurt mix powder, juices and other drinks to keep emulsions well dispersed.

The Department of Food Hygiene and Safety had tested imported drinks, especially Taiwanese products.

The department will reveal their findings this week.

KOICA helps build facilities for colleges

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated US$50,000 to two technological colleges in Vietnam to help them build classrooms and buy equipment.

Part of the sum was used to construct digital technology labs and rooms for technical painting and vocational practices at the Hanoi Industrial College.

A similar project will be carried out at the Phuc Yen Industrial College in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.

The projects are part of a Republic of Korea-funded programme designed to help vocational training schools in Vietnam improve the quality of human resources.

Market ready for children’s day

Parents now have a free choice from different things, not jut traditional toys, to buy for their kids on International Children’s Day (June 1).

They often gather at toy shops in some streets of the old quarter of Hanoi to choose presents for their children.

Nguyen Thi Huong, a shopkeeper in Luong Van Can street, says that most toys in her shop are advertised on television at reasonable prices which are only 5-10 percent higher than in 2010.

Boys are interested in robots, cars, superman and Lego bricks but girls prefer dolls, stuffed animals and cooking toys.

Parents can also buy clothes for kids from some shop at a discount of up to 50 percent.

Nguyen Thi Dung, a customer from Hoang Hoa Tham street says this year she will buy clothes, instead of toys for her kids for fear of unknown origins.

Other parents like to take their children to supermarkets or large department stores in downtown, where they can take part in different cultural programmes like Ngay Hoi Cua Be (Festival for Kids) being held by BigC every weekend from May 11-June 6.

One more child dies of hand-foot-mouth disease

Quang Ngai general hospital on May 30 confirmed the death of the second child infected with hand-foot-mouth disease.

Tran Chanh Khang, a 20-month-old boy from Binh My commune, Binh Son district, Quang Ngai province, was admitted to hospital on May 28 with serious complications and died one day later.

Since early May, hand-foot-mouth disease has been spreading fast in the central province with nearly 200 cases of infection reported so far among local children.

Diverse activities mark Int’l Children’s Day

A series of practical and interesting activities have been held across the country in response to the Action Month for Children and the International Children’s Day (June 1).

In Hanoi, the Phu Nu Thu Do (Capital’s Women) newspaper launched a contest entitled Writing about your favourite books. The contest, which is open to all children nationwide, aims to improve the reading culture as well as personality and social knowledge for kids.

As from May 30, the Kim Dong Culture Centre at 19 Hang Bai Street , Hoan Kiem district, is hosting a programme named Vuon Co Tich ( Legendary Garden ), featuring art performances jointly staged by children in the city and well-known artists.

The Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theatre in Ngo Thi Nham Street will stage daily a variety show, Ngoi Nha Cua Be (House of Children), featuring circus and drama performances by actors, dancers and comedians.

The Au Co Performance Centre in Huynh Thuc Khang Street has unveiled a circus-drama show titled Bay Vien Ngoc Rong (Seven Dragon Stones) starring famous comedians Xuan Bac and Tu Long.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the Circus Theatre and the Puppet Troupe have pooled their talents to create a show featuring dance, circus and puppetry. The show will be performed every night at the 23-9 Park in District 1 until June 5.

Children have many other options for laughs at the newly-opened Kim Chau Theatre in Nguyen Thai Binh Street in District 1, Hoang Thai Thanh Drama Troupe in Le Quy Don Street in District 3, and IDECAP in Thai Van Lung Street in District 1, which are famous addresses for kids’ plays.

Meanwhile, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on May 29 launched this year’s voluntary youth campaign with the theme of “Young volunteers for community and social welfare.”

The local youths will clean up 40 streets, help 50 poor households as well as provide free medical check-ups and medicines for 3,000 children and poor people.

On the same day, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of the Hue Teacher Training College also launched a campaign encouraging students to send SMS to raise funds in support of children with extreme difficulties throughout the country.

Remains of 21 soldiers unearthed in central Vietnam

The remains of 21 soldiers are found after construction workers cleared site for a rural road project in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Authorities in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue announced Sunday that the remains of 21 Vietnamese soldiers killed in the VIetnam War have been unearthed in a rural village.

On May 13, construction workers clearing site for a road project in Quang Dien District came across the remains.

Following the excavation, construction was halted and local authorities sent military forces to search the site.

As of Saturday, the remains of 21 soldiers had been recovered along with personal effects, including rubber sandals, buttons, belts, rain coats, hammocks and knives.

The remains have been re-buried in a local memorial for war martyrs.

Local authorities said the search is still underway.

Residents say that the soldiers may have been killed in 1968, when a Vietnamese battalion was stationed in the Quang Dien District.

A fierce battle with American forces broke out in April of 1968, during which many Vietnamese soldiers were killed, they said.

More than 3 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and 58,000 US troops died during the Vietnam War.

Vietnamese tourist falls to death in Thailand

A Vietnamese tourist died after falling from the eighth floor of a building at the Sukhothai Thammthirat Open University in Nonthburi, Thailand, Monday, Thanh Nien reported.

Police identified the deceased as Tran Huu Dan, 24, but said they do not know the reason for his fall.

Dan was visiting Thailand in a large group for the week-long World Vegetarian Meeting which wrapped up yesterday.

He was staying in a room along with three other Vietnamese, who are being questioned by the police.

The Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok has contacted local authorities to get more information.

Meanwhile, police in Malaysia are investigating the death of Nguyen Thi Thong, a 26-year-old Vietnamese woman, who fell from the 13th floor of an apartment in Petaling Jaya city in Selangor State May 28.

Court rejects fertilizer thieves’ mercy plea

The Supreme People’s Court of Appeal in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday rejected an appeal for reduced sentences by three people convicted for stealing fertilizers being delivered to a warehouse in Long An Province.

It confirmed the eight-year sentence given to Nguyen Van Tong, the captain of the ship transporting the fertilizers to the warehouse, and 10-year term given to Nguyen The Nam, the storekeeper of the warehouse.

Cu Van Nam, a security guard at the warehouse, got a year.

The Long An Province People’s Court had handed down the sentences to the three appellants.

In January 2010 the province-based Song Thuong Company sent a consignment of 1,280 tons of potassium fertilizer to the Nam Sao Fertilizer Plant by Tong’s vessel.

En route however Tong sold 50 tons for more than VND450 million (US$22,000).

Nam Sao storekeeper The Nam certified falsely that Tong had delivered all 1,280 tons. Van Nam too signed the report.

Tong gave VND300 million to The Nam and VND10 million to Van Nam.

Copycat boy hangs to death

A nine-year-old boy in the southern province of Long An Saturday hanged himself after watching a similar scene in a movie.

Last Saturday afternoon D.T.H, a resident of An Ninh Dong Commune, Duc Hoa District, was found hanging in the kitchen by his grandmother, Dang Thi Ray, 75.

By the time she cut him loose, however, he was dead.

After investigating, the Duc Hoa police said there had been no foul play.

Wildire destroys scores of forest trees in northern province

Two fires swept through forests in northern Bac Giang Province on Sunday and Monday, destroying around 20 hectares of forest trees, local forest management authorities said.

The first broke out in Nham Son and Tan Lieu Commune, Yen Dung District at 5:30 pm yesterday and was put out around 2:00 am today.

The fire started to burn for a second time at 9:00 am and lasted until 12:30 pm when it was again extinguished.

Local authorities are investigating the cause.

VN provides 50,000 USD to US tornado victims

Chairman of the Vietnamese Red Cross Tran Ngoc Tang handed over 50,000 USD to a representative of the American Red Cross in Vietnam on May 30, to support tornado victims in the US’ southern states.

The funds were raised from the Vietnamese Government and people and were expected to contribute to helping communities in the damaged areas overcome losses and rebuild. It also aimed to strengthen friendship relations between the two governments and people.

Six hundred tornadoes and storms in the US in April this year have killed 310 people in seven southern states. In Alabama, the hardest-hit state, 210 people were killed and another 1,700 injured.

In past years, the American Red Cross has always worked side-by-side with the Vietnamese Red Cross in supporting the organisation’s charitable activities, especially in a project on school hygiene and nutrition from 2005-2008, HIV/AIDS prevention projects in Hanoi, Hai Phong and Thai Nguyen, and a current project on disaster risk reduction and emergency relief in the central coastal provinces of Vietnam.

Truck hits scooter, badly injures woman

A massive truck this afternoon hit a scooter ridden by a woman in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, leaving her severely injured.

Le Kieu Diem, 20, living in Binh Chanh District was riding her bike when the truck travelling on the same roadside hit the scooter to the ground and rolled over her shoulder and parts of her head, eyewitnesses said.

Tran Tien Luc, 26, from central highland Gia Lai Province, was identified as the truck driver who the witnesses claimed carelessly turned his vehicle and caused the accident.

Diem is now in Cho Ray Hospital in the city and still unable to speak. Blood could be easily seen flowing from one of her ears.

Hospital doctors said she was seriously injured and needed to be closely monitored.

Car breaks down, crushed by train

A four-seat car was crushed by a train after the vehicle broke down midway on a railway near Van Dien T-junction in Hanoi Sunday night.

The car’s behind and body was badly damaged.

Some eyewitnesses said the car’s driver tried to get across the rail even as the train heading for Ho Chi Minh City was coming. However, when the car reached the intersection of roadway and railway, its engine unexpectedly broke down.

However, a man and a woman timely escaped the car before the incident.

Two days ago, a woman, probably aged 40, hastily got across the rail barrier and was killed by a train.

Last April, a reckless driver went past the red light and hit a train, killing 9 passengers and injuring six others.

Reporter slashed by sword

A reporter for the Nong Nghiep Viet Nam (Vietnam Agriculture) newspaper was attacked by a sword-wielding attacker this morning when he was filling up at a petrol station in the central province of Nghe An.

Vo Thanh Mai said he was waiting for his motorbike to be filled up at a gas station on the Le Hong Phong-Nguyen Thi Minh Khai crossroad in Vinh city Monday when a man suddenly rushed at him and attacked him with a sword.

He managed to avoid the brunt of the attack, only injuring his shoulder and arm.

The attacker then ran to another man waiting on a motorbike outside the petrol station and the two quickly fled.

After the incident, Mai was immediately taken to the Thanh An -Sai Gon Hospital in Vinh

“Things happened so fast that I only managed to see the attacker was a man wearing a cap,” he said.

Recently, Mai has written articles about the illegal sale of forest land in Thanh Chuong District and the deforestation in Anh Son District of Nghe An.

Nghe An Police are investigating the attack.

Wood factory fire causes $48,600 loss

A fire at a wood-processing factory in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh District this morning destroyed goods worth around 1 billion ($48,600).

At around midnight, workers at the Nhat Quang Trade and Services Co Ltd’s factory in Vinh Loc A Commune called the local fire station after discovering smoke billowing from the plant and the smell of something burning.

Fire stations in Binh Chanh and Binh Tan Districts sent several fire engines with 100 firefighters to the scene, where the fire spread rapidly and engulfed the entire 2,000-square-meter factory.

The roof collapsed, causing difficulties in spraying water.

The blaze was eventually put out at 4 a.m. No casualties were reported.

The police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Thanh Hoa residents seek to restore whale skeleton

Residents of Hau Loc District in the central province of Thanh Hoa are pooling money themselves to build a shrine for the skeleton of a 9.6-meter-long gray whale that washed ashore in 2004.

The 30-ton whale was found dead, and after it decomposed, its bone has been worshipped at the Tu Phu temple.

Local fishermen and authorities had asked the government for funds to restore the bone but there was no response.

In most parts of Vietnam, fishermen and other coastal residents revere the whale as a benefactor at sea.

Int’l comics festival opens in Hanoi

The first Belgian-Vietnamese Comics Festival held in Hanoi last yearThe second International Comics Festival officially opened in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi on May 30.

Co-organised by the Wallonie-Brussels delegation, the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam and local relevant agencies, the festival includes exhibitions of a famous Belgian comic strip “Spirou” and the images of the cat in comics by the Kim Dong Publishing House.

As part of the six-day event, there will be a seminar discussing comics publication and exchanges between comics authors and lecturers from Belgium and Canada, and Vietnamese authors and painters.

Gia Vu releases comprehensive Vietnamese-English dictionary

Gia Vu Cultural Trading and Services Company over the weekend released a 500,000-word Vietnamese-English dictionary after 11 years in the making.

Professor Nguyen Luong Ngoc, the head of the team behind the project, said that apart from the words, cultural features will be explained clearly so foreigners can have more of a grasp on Vietnamese culture and the language. Vietnamese students can also fully understand their mother tongue.

Words are not arranged in alphabetical order but a derivative system. Moreover, the dictionary also features scientific terms, slang words, idioms and proverbs.

The dictionary also includes 200 notes on complicated words and the differences between the two languages.

Ngoc said the company will release an online version. The dictionary is priced at VND595,000.

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