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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Vietnam, Cambodia share similar growth issues

Vietnam and Cambodia in general, Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodian cities in particular have to face the same difficulties regarding infrastructure, traffic systems, environmental pollution and water resources during the economic development phase.

So said Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council on August 6 while meeting with Try Chheang Hout, head of the Cambodian National Assembly’s Commission of Planning, Investment, Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Water Resources (Commission 3), who is visiting Ho Chi Minh City from August 6-8.

With the similarities the two sides have shared during the process of national construction and development, Vietnam and Cambodia need to bolster co-operation and the exchange of experiences, she said.

For his part, the Cambodian leader praised Ho Chi Minh City’s rapid development and its potential to be exploited in the future. He said Cambodia wishes to exchange with and learn from Vietnam’s experience in terms of economic development, especially in the agricultural sector and settling environmental issues.

The Cambodian officials are scheduled to have talks with several departments and agencies in Ho Chi Minh City and visit a number of economic models in the city and Binh Duong province. (VNA)
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Angelina Jolie: 'I miss anonymity'

Actress Angelina Jolie has revealed that she misses anonymity.

The Salt star, who is married to fellow actor Brad Pitt, admitted that she misses walking through New York without being recognised.

According to Virgin Media, she said: "I do miss anonymity. I lived in New York in my early twenties and I used to just walk block after block. I loved it.

"In Cambodia we live very locally and ride elephants and hang out in the streams and be with local people who are our friends."

Speaking of her children, she said: "They have more freedoms when we're not around. They do have an understanding of fame, it bothers them sometimes and it scares them sometimes."
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Lowell immigrant soccer tourney set to crown champ

LOWELL, Mass.—An annual World Cup-style soccer tournament in Lowell created for Massachusetts immigrant groups will crown a champion this weekend.

The 20 team competition is scheduled to continue Saturday at Lowell's Cawley Stadium with knockout stages. The final is slated for Sunday.

The tournament has attracted immigrant players from countries including Somalia, Mexico, Brazil and Cambodia.

Under the rules of the tournament, 17 of a team's 22 players must be from the country of the team, or be children or grandchildren of a person from that country. The winner gets $600 and a replica of the World Cup trophy.

ONE Lowell, an immigrant advocacy group, started the annual competition four years ago as a way to bring the area's diverse immigrant groups together. Read more!