Vietnam Red Cross Society supports flood victims in Central region

Saturday, 01/10/2022 18:00
Flood victims in the two central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh will be received an emergency aid worth 330 million VND in cash and kind by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRSC).

Relief workers offer food and drinking water to flood victims in Nghe An (Photo: VNA) 

The VRSC Central Committee on October 1 announced that Nghe An will receive 100 million VND and 200 relief packages while Ha Tinh will get 50 million USD and 100 flood relief boxes, to be distributed to families with injured victims, or those whose houses and crops destroyed and seriously damaged by flooding, said the Vietnam News Agency.

The Investment and Trade Consultancy Co Ltd (Intraco) has sent some 1,000 water filters worth 1.1 billion VND through the VRSC to flood-hit families in Nghe An.

On September 29, the VRCS Central Committee provided assistance in cash and kind worth 640 million VND for people in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai central provinces victimised by Typhoon Noru, the fourth one to enter the East Sea this year.

The storm caused heavy rain, floods and landslides in the central and Central Highlands regions.

National figure skating championship kicks off

The National Figure Skating Championship started on October 1 at Royal City Ice Rink in Hanoi, marking a return of the event after two years.

For the first time, the competition will be organised under international standards supervised by five international experts from the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia along with seven local judges with certificates from the International Skating Union, said the Vietnam News Agency.

The two-day tournament will see 17 athletes including four who just competed at the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating events held in Europe last month.

Participants will compete in nine categories including Basic Novice, Advanced Novice, Adult Skating and Ice Dance for different age groups ranging from eight to under-21.


A figure skater of Vietnam (Photo: VOV) 

"It is an important tournament of Vietnam sport in general and the Skating Federation of Vietnam (SFV) in particular," said Nguyen Trong Kien, Vice President of the SFV.

"It marks the return of figure skating after a long delay because of the pandemic. Athletes have been excited to perform again. SFV will seek new talented athletes to the national team to compete internationally," he said, hoping that the event would inspire more people, especially the young, to join the skating movement in Vietnam.

 Vietnamese paragliders to fly high at World Cup

Six pilots will raise the Vietnamese national flag high when participating in the Paragliding World Cup in the Republic of Korea from October 1 to 8.

They are among the 120 best pilots in the world who are gathering in Gochang, a county in North Jeolla province, reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

These six participants, who arrived in the RoK on September 30 safe and sound, are well-known.


Vietnamese pilots arrive in the RoK on September 30. They will compete at the Paragliding World Cup Gochang from October 1 to 8. (Photo courtesy of Dinh The Anh)

Tran Hoang Kim, Vu Tuan Dung and Le Hoang Bach qualified in August thanks to their outstanding performance in recent years.

They are joined by Do Huu Le, Dinh The Anh and Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, who made their names with their results from the Putaleng XC Open 2020.

The increasing number of Vietnamese competitors at the World Cup is a remarkable improvement for Vietnam. As a new sport, there is no federation yet, but all activities are managed and developed by six clubs.

While this will be Bach's second World Cup after his first appearance in 2019, the rest are fresh faces in the global competition.

Bach was one of the first paragliders in Vietnam. With nearly two decades of flying since 2005, he has performed remarkably.

He was in second place in two Vietnamese pilots' favourite destinations with a 209.95km fly in Khao Sadao, Thailand and a 126.49km fly in Tam Duong district, Lai Chau province, Vietnam.

He is currently No 5 in Vietnam's ranking.

Dung, now No 2 in Vietnam, has been flying since 2013. He is the pioneering pilot joining paragliding events abroad. He is the reigning champion of the Putaleng XC Open 2020 after placing third at Thailand's ASEAN Friendship Open 2019.

Kim, 22, is the team's youngest member, began flying in late 2016. Despite a shorter time with the sport compared to his seniors, Kim showed off his strong paragliding passion and has not denied any competition if he could join, from Vietnam to Asia and even the US.

He won the title of the CIS 2019, ASEAN Friendship Open 2019 and second place at the Putaleng XC Open 2020.

He is the No 1 in Vietnam and ASEAN.


Nguyen Thi Hai Yen is excited and can't wait to compete in the World Cup for the first time.
(Photo courtesy of Hai Yen)

Le has made his name in every destination in Vietnam with hundreds of hours flying annually. In just two years, Le has grabbed high results in local competitions and a slot at the World Cup.

Anh has flown individually and attached many tourists with him to travel from the sky, admiring the beauty of the Son Tra peninsula in Da Nang.

He has also flown everywhere in Vietnam and discovered Asia and Europe. He is the defending champion of the Ta Dung and Nha Trang Paragliding tournaments organised earlier this year.

Yen is the only female team member. The 30-year-old made a 241km flight in Deniliquin, Australia, in 2019, and made it the longest flight by Vietnamese pilots for three years, before Kim broke it with his 264km flight in Utah, the US, last month.

Yen finished in top place in the women's category at the Putaleng XC Open 2020 and qualified for the World Cup.

The Paragliding World Cup is a cross-country flying competition for paraglider pilots, organised by the Paragliding World Cup Association, based in Marlens, France.

The Paragliding World Cup Tour visits 5-6 locations worldwide each year. At each event, several tasks are flown to establish the overall classification.

Gochang has hosted many competitions over the years, including the pre-World Cup and Asian tour events.

Dung Quat refinery surpasses nine-month production target

The Dung Quat oil refinery produced about 5.18 million tonnes of petrol and oil during January - September, up 6% from the nine-month plan and equivalent to 80% of this year’s target, its operator – Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical JSC (BSR) - said.

During the period, BSR sold more than 5 million tonnes of products, up 6% from the nine-month plan and equivalent to 78% of the target for 2022. It posted over 125 trillion VND (5.2 billion USD) in revenue and contributed nearly 14 trillion VND to the State budget, said the Vietnam News Agency.


The Dung Quat oil refinery in Quang Ngai province (Photo: VNA) 

BSR Director General Bui Ngoc Duong said in the year’s first half, global oil prices surged due to impacts of the Russia - Ukraine conflict and fuel demand soared driven by the post-pandemic global economic recovery.

Therefore, crack margin was advantageous to BSR and helped the firm’s revenue increase sharply, especially in the second quarter, he explained./.


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