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Vietnam: Jobs Disappearing In Asian Tiger

November 12, 2008

The Philippine Embassy in Hanoi warned jobseekers against unauthorized recruiters promising work in Vietnam after it received reports that certain Filipinos based in Ho Chi Minh City have recruited workers from the Philippines for jobs in that city.

However, upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh without valid job contracts, work visas, and work permits, the victims found out that there were no employers and no jobs waiting for them.

The “recruiters,” who allegedly earned from the overpriced plane tickets paid by the victims, leave the recruits to fend for themselves.

By Pia Lee-Brago
Philippine Star

Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Laura del Rosario said concerned members of the Filipino community in the city brought the matter to the embassy’s attention and noted that Vietnam’s labor market may be affected by the global recession.

The victims allegedly pawned their properties and availed themselves of loans to be able to pay the Manila-Ho Chi Minh City-Manila plane ticket arranged for them by recruiters.

The victims paid from P25,000 to P30,000 per person for the plane ticket, which is around $535 to $640. 

The airfare of Cebu Pacific and PAL ranges from $150 to $400 only.

The embassy urged all Filipinos who want to work in Vietnam to go through the proper channels of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) for proper documentation to avoid being victimized by illegal recruiters.

As in all other countries, proper documentation (i.e., valid contract, work visa, and work permit) is a must for foreign workers in Vietnam.

A majority of Filipinos working in Vietnam occupy executive and managerial positions in fields such as construction and engineering, accountancy, banking and investment, education, garment/textile industry, hotel and restaurant management, food and beverage, marketing, furniture industry, medicine, and foreign investment projects.

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Vietnam floods kill 49, Hanoi still under water

November 2, 2008

HANOI (Reuters) – Floods triggered by torrential rains in northern and central Vietnam have killed about 49 people, state media said on Sunday, 18 of them in the capital Hanoi hit by the worst flooding in more than two decades.

More flash floods were expected in the northern and central provinces later on Sunday and Monday, weather forecasters said.

“The flood situation remains very complicated,” the national meteorology center said in a flood report late on Sunday.

A vegetable seller goes through a flooded street in Hanoi,Vietnam, ... 
A vegetable seller goes through a flooded street in Hanoi,Vietnam, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Much of Vietnam’s capital remained under water Sunday as the death toll from the city’s worst flooding in two decades climbed to 17, disaster officials and state media reported.(AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

Floods on Hoang Long, Buoi and Ca rivers in northern Vietnam remained on “very high level,” the government’s storm and flood control committee said in the report.

State media said at least 18 people were killed by the floods in Hanoi, believed to be the heaviest to hit the capital since 1984. Among the dead were three children on their way to school.

National channel Vietnam Television quoted flood control officials as saying about 49 people had been killed and several remained missing in floods in the country’s northern and central regions in the past week.

Many streets in downtown and on the outskirts of the capital remained under water and residents were seen fishing on the streets near West Lake, the city’s biggest.

“Food, especially vegetables, is running out fast and prices have gone up four or five times,” said Nguyen Thu Thuy, whose home has been under water since Saturday.

Television footage on Sunday showed more than 90 percent of the capital’s vegetable growing acreage was under up to 1 meter (3 ft) of water.

Many residents in Hanoi abandoned cars and motorcycles in the streets.

Torrential rain continues to pound northern Vietnam on Saturday, weather forecasters said warning of flash floods in six mountainous provinces.

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A customer stands in front of a submerged supermarket along a flooded street in Hanoi, November 1, 20008.(Kham/Reuters)

Up to 500 mm (19.7 inch) of rain had pounded Hanoi since Friday, halting traffic, while landslides had eroded many sections of the north-south Ho Chi Minh highway in Thua Thien-Hue province.

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Vietnam floods kill 12, capital Hanoi under water

October 31, 2008

HANOI (AFP) – Floods have killed at least 12 people in central Vietnam, emergency services said Friday, as heavy rains lashed the capital Hanoi and left many streets under one metre (three feet) of water.

Worst-hit central Ha Tinh province — where muddy waters inundated dozens of homes and hundreds of hectares of rice and other crops — reported seven deaths, said the National Flood and Storm Prevention Committee.

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People make their way through a flooded street in downtown Hanoi following heavy rains, on October 31. At least 12 people were killed in central Vietnam by the floods in recent days, according to official reports.(AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam)

“A 48-year-old man was swept away after feeding his buffalo and a 19-year-old man was killed on the way to husk rice,” said the committee’s online report, adding that three of the victims were children.

More deaths were reported from Nghe An, Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces.

A week of heavy rains has swollen rivers and triggered flash floods and landslides in the region, where downpours continued Friday.

In northern Vietnam, the capital Hanoi was also hit by heavy rains that turned streets into rivers and caused traffic chaos, leaving many people stranded as flood waters soaked their motorcycle engines.

Vietnam gets lashed by typhoons, tropical storms and heavy rains every year. According to government figures, floods and landslides in Vietnam last year left 435 people dead and missing.

 

On Vietnam factory floor, worries grow about global downturn

October 19, 2008

VAN LAM, Vietnam (AFP) – The whirr of 200 sewing machines fills a Vietnamese factory hall, where workers and bosses hope desperately that the wheels will keep spinning once the global downturn hits home.

Row upon row of workers, most of them women, are busy making handbags, backpacks and briefcases for customers as far away as Germany, Hungary and Mexico in this plant, set amid rice fields on the outskirts of Hanoi.

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Workers sewing on a production line at a garment factory in Ho Chi Minh City. The whirr of 200 sewing machines fills a Vietnamese factory hall, where workers and bosses hope desperately that the wheels will keep spinning once the global downturn hits home.Photo:/AFP

They are the backbone of Vietnam’s post-war success story, part of an army of low-wage labourers who have transformed a poverty stricken command economy since Vietnam in the 1980s embraced the Asian model of export-led growth.

For more than a decade, textile and apparel exports have helped drive national economic growth rates above 7.5 percent — lifting the fortunes of businesses such as the Ladoda Company, whose staff grew to 400 from 15 in 16 years.

But now — with the dark clouds of recession gathering over the United States, Europe and many of Vietnam’s other export markets — many of the workers here have started to worry that tougher times may lie ahead.

“I heard on TV and the radio that the world economy is in bad shape,” said 33-year-old Nguyen Thi Thuy, who supports two children with her performance based wage of around 1.7 million dong (100 dollars) a month.

“I am sure it will affect Vietnam and our company in some way.”

It is a concern shared by the management of the company, although both Thuy and her boss said that through hard work and innovation this family-run business hoped to dodge the bullet of a global downturn.

“We are worried,” admitted deputy…

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Vietnam Hails Tighter Ties With Russia

October 18, 2008

Vietnam NetBridge (Official Communist News from Vietnam)

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President Nguyen Minh Triet has praised cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in banking domain, saying it would help facilitate payment transactions and credit provision for businesses of both countries.

Receiving Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia V. N. Melnikov in Hanoi on Oct. 17, the Vietnamese State President stressed that Vietnam wants to tighten relationship with Russia in all fields.

 

 

Russian legislator vows to boost ties with Vietnam

The Russian Federation is willing to cooperate with Vietnam in various fields such as energy, oil and gas, nuclear power, climate change research, environmental protection and human resource development.

Chairman of the Council of the Russian Federation ’s Committee for Science and Education Chechenov Khusein Dzhabrailovich made the statement while meeting with National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien in Hanoi on Oct. 17.

Dzhabrailovich, who has been on a four-day visit to Vietnam until Oct. 18, spoke of Russia’s potentials, strengths and priority policies in developing sciences, technologies and high-quality human resources.

The Russian lawmaker said his committee will do its utmost to promote the exchange and cooperation between the legislatures through concrete projects and programmes.

For his part, Kien called on the Russian committee to beef up its cooperative ties with Vietnam’s relevant agencies and legislative bodies in order to carry out the high-level agreement designed to build the Vietnam-Russia strategic partnership in the 21st century.

From VNA

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More Food Poison? Vietnam says Indonesian biscuits contain melamine

October 14, 2008

JAKARTA (AFP) – Vietnam has complained to Indonesia of possible melamine contamination in Indonesian-made biscuits, a report said Tuesday.

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File photo shows a man riding his rickshaw heavily loaded with boxes of milk in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam has complained to Indonesia of possible melamine contamination in Indonesian-made biscuits, a report said Tuesday.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Vietnamese authorities informed Indonesia’s embassy in Hanoi that Indonesian-made Khong Guan biscuits could be tainted with the chemical, Trade Ministry Director Subagyo was quoted as saying by the Antara news agency.

Indonesia’s food and drug monitoring agency has been ordered to probe the issue, Subagyo said.

“Based on the results of our own tests the product is not contaminated with melamine,” food and drug agency chairman Husniah Rubiana Thamrin Akib was quoted as saying.

Khong Guan biscuits had already been tested in Indonesian and Vietnamese laboratories and had come up negative for melamine, usually used in making plastics, she said.

“Our products are safe because we import milk from Europe, Australia and New Zealand,” Akib said.

Indonesia ordered food producers to avoid using Chinese-made milk products in September after four Chinese children died and at least 53,000 fell ill from drinking milk or milk products laced with melamine.

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Vietnam’s Booming Population

September 26, 2008

Vietnam’s population, severely depressed by 50 years of war that finally ended in the early 1980s, is now growing so fast the government has passed a law imposing fines on families having more than two children.

The law, however, is not rigidly enforced, according to the Vietnam News Service.

“Many agencies … and communities loosened administrative fines and flinched from punishing people who gave birth to a third child,” the News Service reported in August.

An estimated 85 million people live in Vietnam, a narrow and elongated coastal country with the land area equivalent to the state of New Mexico, or 121,500 square miles. New Mexico, by comparison, has only 2 million people.

During much of the Vietnam War, the population hovered around the 60 million mark. Two-thirds of today’s population were born after the war ended in 1975.

In addition to its two-child policy, the government has invested heavily in family planning programs and the distribution of contraceptives. They are key elements of the country’s population strategy that has set a national growth rate of 1.14 percent over the next two years.

Because Vietnam has far more females than males, it also has one of the highest abortion rates among the world’s developing countries as boy babies are prized over girl babies.

Population control, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the Vietnam News Service, is necessary to raise the standard of living and correct gender imbalance in the land of the dragon.

– William B. Ketter, CNHI

Asked Why He Missed Woodstock in ‘69; McCain Says “I Was Tied Up At The Time”

April 25, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Visiting in Inez, Kentucky, Senator John McCain was asked yesterday why he missed the Woodstock “mucical and pharmacalogical” event in 1969.  The Senator, in his sometimes humorous and understated way, said, “I was tied up at the time.”

Actually, Navy Lieutenant and Naval Aviator John McCain was a “guest” of the communist North Vietnam government in 1969.  Sometimes we have to remind youngsters that the Hanoi Hilton’s room service often involved torture.
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McCain the fighter pilot with his shipmates. 

I recently interviewed some men who served for the government of South Vietnam who reflected upon imprisonment and torture.  One, in a beautiful understatement not unlike Senator McCain’s, just shook his head “No” and said, “Situation not happy.  Not at all happy.”

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McCain Speaks In Inez, Ky 

By Juliet Eilperin and Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writers
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INEZ, Ky., April 23 — Sen. John McCain stood before a small crowd in this tiny Appalachian town with the same mission he has had all week: convincing what he calls “forgotten” voters who are traditionally hostile to his party that he is a different kind of Republican.

“You just expect us to show a decent concern for your hard work and initiative, and do what we can to help make sure you have opportunities to prosper from your labor,” he told a packed courthouse Wednesday, not far from the coal mines that provide most of the jobs here.

Earlier this week, McCain sought to assure African Americans in Selma, Ala., that he is committed to helping places ignored by “sins of indifference and injustice.” On Tuesday, he sympathized with workers in the fading factory town of Youngstown, Ohio. And on Thursday, he is scheduled to tour the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where residents continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

McCain is reaching out to voters in these Democratic strongholds to try to build the broad, center-right coalition that aides believe is necessary for him to become president. Advisers do not think Republicans alone can elect McCain, given how many have become disenchanted with President Bush and his policies.

McCain’s “Time for Action” tour is less about specific proposals; those will come later, advisers said. The important part, they said, is for McCain to lay the groundwork in places such as Inez to credibly claim that he cares about the people who live on the edge of the modern economy. In effect, McCain is launching Version 2.0 of Bush’s “compassionate conservative” campaign.

McCain is not likely to have an easy time of it. Appealing to blacks and rural Democrats may be difficult as job losses and gas prices have made the economy the leading issue on voters’ minds. McCain’s economic plan is heavy on tax breaks for big business and admonishments about not relying on the federal government for help. He proposes a cut in corporate income taxes from 35 to 25 percent, help for companies who depreciate equipment and other incentives.

“The Democrats do more for our area,” said Rhonda York, who works for a day-care provider and is married to a coal miner. “Right now, it’s extremely hard, with four dollars for gas.”

In his speech Wednesday, McCain offered none of the promises of government help that President Lyndon Johnson did when he declared war on poverty in Inez 44 years ago. Instead, McCain vowed to enact tax cuts that he said will spur job growth, incentives for companies to bring high-speed Internet here, and job training for displaced workers.

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Vietnam rice troubles could affect region

March 20, 2008
by Cecil Morella 

LOS BANOS, Philippines (AFP) – Vietnam‘s farm sector is reeling from outbreaks of pests and disease that could threaten its neighbours including China, according to one of the world’s leading rice experts.

A vendor puts rice into a bag for sale at a rice market in Ho ...
A vendor puts rice into a bag for sale at a rice market in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s farm sector is reeling from outbreaks of pests and disease that could threaten its neighbours including China, according to one of the world’s leading rice experts.
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Hanoi and the world scientific community have yet to find a way to prevent another crop failure following a virus attack on rice crops last year, said Robert Zeigler, head of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Vietnam is the fifth-largest rice producer and number three exporter in the world, and last year’s troubles hit some of the best rice-growing areas, Zeigler told AFP in an interview at the Institute, just south of Manila.

“The fact is, they got taken by surprise and they had some significant yield losses that they were just not….

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An elderly woman sits sorting rice at a rice market in Ho Chi Minh city on March 6. Vietnam’s farm sector is reeling from outbreaks of pests and disease that could threaten its neighbours including China, according to one of the world’s leading rice experts.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)

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Vietnam military to test bird flu vaccine on humans

March 18, 2008

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam, one of the countries hardest-hit by bird flu, will start a human vaccine trial this month, a military medical official said on Tuesday.

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A worker injects a duckling with the bird flu vaccine at a duck farm following an outbreak of bird flu, in Panyu district of Guangzhou, September 18, 2007. Vietnam, one of the countries hardest-hit by bird flu, will start a human vaccine trial this month, a military medical official said on Tuesday.
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The official did not give a specific date but said the Health Ministry had approved testing that would last eight months at the Military Medical Academy in Ha Tay province near Hanoi.

“We are going to conduct the tests at the academy, with people joining on a voluntary basis, including students and employees,” said the official, who asked not to be identified in the media.

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A rooster looks out of a cage at a whole-sale poultry market in Hatay province, 25 km outside Hanoi June 21, 2007. Vietnam, one of the countries hardest-hit by bird flu, will start a human vaccine trial this month, a military medical official said on Tuesday.REUTERS/Kham/Files