20 marvellous photo montages of Hanoi and Paris

(VOV) -Using techniques of superimposition and photo montage, German photographer Matthias Meyer has blurred the lines between authenticity and imitation in a unique exhibition you won’t want to miss. By cleverly superimposing 20 images of Paris and Hanoi, the imaginative artist has created alternately quirky and poignant images bringing together various aspects of the two urban worlds. The free exhibition, themed Disorientation – a Small Paris in Hanoi, will run July 22-26 at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi. Matthias Meyer was born in Gottingen, Germany in 1969. He studied art at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf with Gerhard Richter and was named ‘student of honour (Meisterschuler) in Richter’s last master class in 1994. Meyer is currently residing in Hanoi and is teaching a course for photographers from all around the globe. … [Read more...]

Quynh Chi wins beauty pageant in Atlantic City

(VOV) -Nguyen Sieu Quynh Chi from Denmark won the coveted 2015 Miss Coastal Vietnam Global crown on July 4 at the Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA). Quynh Chi, currently a 21 year-old student who hails from Copenhagen, was handed the sapphire pearl US$20,000 crown dubbed – Blue Sea Eye – by Mr Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City. Photo: S.N.L Wearing a sleeveless flowing off-white gown and clutching the winning trophy, the newest Miss Coastal Vietnam Global walked the runway with a wide smile and waved to a cheering crowd in Atlantic City. The first runner-up went to Tran Phuong Jade from the US and Tran Thi Kim Nguyen from Ho Chi MinhCity’s Movie and Stage University was named second runner-up. The annual pageant aims to honour beautiful Vietnamese women from around the globe. … [Read more...]

Iraq warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 7: officials

A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least seven people, security and medical officials said. Iraq bought more than a dozen Sukhoi Su-25 warplanes from Russia in 2014. "One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during its (the aircraft's) return to base it fell on three houses in Baghdad Jadida," security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said in a statement. The jet was coming back from a bombing run when the accident occurred, Maan said. Officials said that the blast, which occurred near the Rasheed air base, also wounded at least 11 people. Iraq received Sukhoi Su-25 jets from Russia and Iran last year as it sought to bolster its fledgling air force to combat the Islamic State jihadist group, which overran large parts of the country. The Su-25s are robust aircraft designed for ground attack missions, but Iraq's Sukhoi fleet is made up of ageing planes that … [Read more...]

Brutal animal killing festivals to be eliminated in Vietnam: minister

Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh has recently confirmed the elimination of brutal festivals in which animals are killed cruelly as a sacrifice to God. "As the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and a National Assembly deputy, I confirm that the barbaric animal sacrifice rituals in festivals, such as the pig slaughter festival in northern Bac Ninh Province or the buffalo killing fest in Phu Tho Province in the northeastern region, must definitely be terminated and disposed of," the minister said at a conference on reviewing the festival management during the first six months of the year held in Hanoi early this month. "Bloody images of slaughtered pigs or buffaloes with heads being beaten to death are truly offensive and need to be removed," he stated, adding that such images have met with strong criticism from the public. "Though the killing scenes take place at some villages’ fests, the whole world has learned about them thanks to … [Read more...]

Chinese American apprehended over US$70,000 credit card scam in Vietnam

Police have detained an American suspected of using fake creditcards to appropriate over US$71,000 from foreign cardholders at a domestic bank in south-central Vietnam last week. Police officers in Khanh Hoa Province on July 5 arrested Yang Qing, 43, a Chinese American, on charges of "using information on bank accounts or cards of agencies, organizations and individuals to pay for goods and services to appropriate property of cardholders," pursuant to Article 226b of the Penal Code. The arrest was made after police launched an investigation based on a report received on July 1 from the local branch of the Agriculture and Rural Development Bank of Vietnam saying that someone could have used credit cards to withdraw a large amount of money from the bank. These signs were detected when 42 payments were made in a row on June 30 through the same Point of Sale (POS) machine installed at Huong Viet Restaurant at 1 Tran Hung Dao Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City, the bank said in its … [Read more...]

Police search for Hanoi revelers who turned car into dance club

For some people, the weekend party does not stop on Sunday night. Police in Hanoi are looking for the driver of a sedan that carried six women and blasted out loud music around the city on Monday June 29. One of them stood up, with her upper body outside the window, and danced. A video, released online a few days later, captured the whole scene. A motorbike driver ran along the car and gave the dancer a high five. The man did not wear a crash helmet. Under Vietnam’s traffic laws, the driver of the car can be fined VND300,000-500,000 (US$14-23) for carrying two people instead of one in the front seat, and another VND100,000-200,000 for not making them wear seat belts. An officer told news website Zing that the act of leaning outside a car and dancing was also an offense. "The woman could have been in danger if the car had collided with another vehicle." … [Read more...]

Unusual cold weather hits Sa Pa in northern Vietnam

People wear coats by a smoke oven in Sa Pa as it became suddenly cold on Monday morning. Photo credit: Dan Tri Sa Pa, the favorite resort town in northern Vietnam, is going through the second winter in only six months. Or at least that's what it feels like here. The town became suddenly cold on Monday morning and many people had to wear extra coats to deal with the temperature, which fell to 12.6 degrees Celsius (54.7 degrees Fahrenheit) at 7 a.m., right in the middle of summer. Both locals and tourists in Lao Cai Province said they woke up very surprised. They said it felt cold like winter, but it got warmer later in the day. According to AccuWeather, the minimum temperature will be between 14 and 16 degrees throughout the week. Luu Minh Hai, director of the province’s weather forecast center, said the region has been suffering from a depression which caused long, heavy rains the past days. The temperature in other mountains in the region also dropped to 16 and 17 … [Read more...]

New rice ceremony of the Raglai

(VOVworld) – The Raglai people have several ceremonies relating to the life cycle of a man or a tree. The new rice ceremony is the biggest event of all. After harvesting and stockpiling rice in warehouses, the Raglai organize a ritual to thank the heaven God, genies, and ancestors for blessing them with a bumper crop. The shaman in white turban practices the worshiping ritual The Raglai believe that there are several genies in nature and the heaven god, the supernatural power, is the rice soul who influences production and people’s life. During a new rice ceremony, people welcome the Heaven God or the rice soul from the terraced fields to celebrate Tet with them and pray them for a better new year. Old Raglai people say the time-honored ritual shows their gratitude toward the rice soul for reproduction and food. Mau Quoc Tien, a researcher of Raglai culture says: "Raglai people depend greatly on agricultural production and the new rice ceremony is an indispensable … [Read more...]

Paving for businesses to invest in science and technology in agriculture

There are many enterprise investment attraction policies in science and technology, but businesses only invest when they get profit. They are less keen to invest in this area, which means that policies do not facilitate them. Overview of workshop. Photo: VGP/Do Huong There are many enterprise investment attraction policies in science and technology, but businesses only invest when they get profit. They are less keen to invest in this area, which means that policies do not facilitate them. Representing investment businesses in the field of science and technology in agriculture, Mr.Tran Manh Bao, General Director of Pacific Seed Company said, there are 2 laws and dozens of decrees and circulars on agriculture, very multiple documents, but enterprises need to ask anything they do not know where it is applied. At the workshop, many companies said that to invest in research and high-tech applications require an investment with a huge amount of money. Agricultural enterprises are … [Read more...]

The Philippines confirms second MERS case

The Philippines on July 6 confirmed the country’s second case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a 36 year-old visitor travelling from Dubai. The patient, who arrived in Manila last month, developed symptoms on July 2 and was then admitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa city on July 4. He has been put in isolation but is getting better, said the Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin. Meanwhile, a person, who was in close contact with the patient, also showed symptoms of the virus and has been quarantined at the RITM. Some 200 passengers on the same flight with the patient will be under observation of the Philippine Department of Health. The first case in the Philippines was discovered in February when a Filipino nurse working in Saudi Arabia contracted the disease. MERS was detected for the first time in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. Cases have been confirmed in 23 countries in the Europe and Asia. There has been no cure or … [Read more...]

Another typhoon heading for East Sea

(VOV) -On July 6, a tropical storm is moving into the northwest waters of the Philippines’ Luzon island and will bring sustained wind gusting up to 8-9 category to the northeast of the East Sea, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. By 1 pm on April 7, the centre of the storm eye will be situated at 20.7 0 N latitude and 119.3 0 E longitude, 180km southwest from the Taiwan island. The strongest wind force near the centre of the storm is 75-100 kph gusting up to 11-12 category. The center of the storm is situated at 20.6 0 N latitude and 115.8 0 E longitude. The storm is moving in a northern direction at a speed of 5 kph in the next 24-48 hours and is forecast to change its course to north-west in the next 72 hours at a wind speed of 10 kph. … [Read more...]

Sapa has coldest summer in 10 years

Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province turned cold July 6 after a prolonged heat wave in northern Vietnam, as temperature dropped to 12C, the lowest summer measure in 10 years. Luu Minh Hai, director of the weather-station in Lao Cai Province, told DTiNews the thermometer hit 12.6C. "It is very strange," he said. "The temperature has been very hot in recent years." Locals and tourists in Sa Pa scrambled for warm clothes, unprepared for the drop from 35-38C in recent weeks, and gathered around street vendor grills. Meteorologists in Vietnam said the unusual weather was a result of global climate change. The cold spell has been causing heavy rain in Lao Cai Province over the past two days. The rain caused flooding of streets in Lao Cai City on July 4. The sudden heavy rain caused flooding in Muong Hum Commune, Bat Xat District, and swept away a local man who was driving a motorbike near Ta Loi Spring. His body has not been found. A flood on Ta Loi spring in Muong Hum commune … [Read more...]

Vietnam, RoK sign agreements on science-technology cooperation

Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding on cooperation in science and technology during a working visit to the RoK by Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son in early July. At talks between Son and the RoK’s Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs Chong Jong-sup, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on e-government cooperation and agreed to maintain the operation of the joint cooperation committee on informatics. Minister Chong Jong-sup said the RoK has topped the world for many consecutive years in terms of the e-government development index of the United Nations. The country has completed the building of an e-governmental system linking ministries, government and localities. The RoK is willing to share experience in building national database and how to utilize and manage these information sources, and suggest measures to build smart cities, he said. The … [Read more...]

One-legged martial arts coach in Ho Chi Minh City

Ta Anh Dung has not only impressed others with his skills in coaching table tennis, swimming and traditional martial arts, but also with his strong will to do all of these with only one leg. The 55-year-old man, who lost his left leg up to his thigh at age 21, can ride a bicycle for dozens of kilometers in the morning to deliver papers, coach children in swimming and table tennis in the afternoon, and teach a traditional martial arts class in the evening. These are his daily jobs that he has done for decades to earn a living in Ho Chi Minh City. He is familiar to people in District 5 and District 8 in the city, and they know him as ‘one-legged Dung.’ Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper met him one evening at Ly Phong Middle School in District 5, where he was training a martial arts class. A crutch was hanging on his motorbike. He looks weather beaten and grey haired, with muscular arms and shoulders. His back is straight with firm muscles. His muscular body may … [Read more...]

Rural development is strategic policy of Party, State: PM

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reiterated that building new-style rural areas is a strategic policy of the Party and State while meeting with voters from Thuy Nguyen district, northern Hai Phong city, on July 6. The PM said Vietnam remains a rural country with 70% of the population living in rural areas; hence in the foreseeable future, the country needs to industrialise and modernise agriculture and rural areas. He pointed out that the 19 criteria set for new style rural areas are also in line with the goal of industrialising and modernising agriculture and rural areas. The Party and State will continue to mobilise all resources to develop rural areas, while creating all favourable conditions for businesses to invest in socio-economic infrastructure and production in these disadvantaged areas, he confirmed. The national rural development programme covers 19 criteria such as building infrastructure and public works, improving production capacity, protecting environment, and … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Assoc. seeks to expand role

In an effort to expand its role and promote friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia, the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) organised a meeting with the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region (SCSR) on June 6 in Can Tho City. Vu Vuong Viet, Vice President of the VCFA said the goal of the meeting was to seek the steering committee’s assistance in expanding the association’s network in southwest localities and developing ties with southern Cambodia provinces. The two sides discussed and agreed on the coordination agenda and pledged to work closely in order to offer advice or recommendations to central agencies on cementing ties among provinces from the two countries. The two agencies would coordinate in many sectors such as training labourers for Cambodia, addressing arising problems relating to Vietnamese communities in Cambodia or conducting research on Khmer issues in the southern region. The VCFA was formed in 1975 and has expanded to 30 … [Read more...]

Labor exports in H1 achieves 60% of year’s plan

VGP – Taiwan (China) remains the largest recipient of Vietnamese guest workers, recruiting 7,505 in June this year, according to the Department of Overseas Labor Management, under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Illustration photo Viet Nam sent 56,173 workers abroad in the first half of the year, achieving 59.13% of the year’s plan and equal to 101.75% of the same period last year. The number included 11,777 in June only, including 7,505 in Taiwan (China), 2,324 in Japan, 654 in the Republic of Korea, 582 in Malaysia, 377 in Saudi Arabia and 112 in Qatar. Over the first six months of the year, the MOLISA inked and launched the Memorandum of Understanding and bilateral agreements with other nations. The Department of OverseasLabor Management directed and supported businesses in realizing contracts to send more workers to Saudi Arabia and Qatar and appetencies to Japan. Viet Nam and Germany on July 3 signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on … [Read more...]

Nghe An draws US$1.28 bln in investment capital

From the beginning of this year, Nghe An has granted licences to 93 projects with a combined capital of VND27,885 billion (US$1.28 billion), according to the province’s Department of Planning and Investment. Of US$1.28 billion, US$1.25 billion comes from 73 new ones and US$29.5 million (VND 643 billion) is from increased capital of 20 existing projects. Sizeable projects under construction include the Song Lam Cement Factory with a capacity of 4 million tonnes, the Hoa Son Cassava Powder Factory producing 150 tonnes per day, a system supplying untreated water to the clean water plants in Vinh city and the Hoa Sen Steel Sheet Factory. The province also completed some important projects such as the Vinh Airport Passenger Terminal, the National Road 1A and the Railway Flyover. Nghe An is calling for investments for many other projects relating to residential areas, irrigation systems and roads. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese player wins White Nights in Russia

Vu Thi Trang won the women's singles title of the 2015 White Nights, an international badminton challenge that wrapped up at Sporthall Arena in Gatchina, Russia, on July 5. Trang, world No 49 and seed No 5, easily beat seed No 2 Rong Schafer of the United States 21-14, 21-14 in 40 minutes at the final match. Earlier, in the semi-final, Trang, who was born in the northern province of Bac Giang, crushed seed No 1 Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria 21-6, 21-13 in the semi-final. Another Vietnamese representative and seed No 1, Nguyen Tien Minh, failed to take the men's singles title after losing to seed No 7 Vladimir Malkov of Russia 21-16, 21-12 in the final match that lasted 50 minutes. In the men's doubles event, Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan of Malaysia defeated Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England 21-10, 21-12 to take the title. The US$150,000 competition, organised by the National Badminton Federation of Russia in collaboration with the Badminton Federation of Leningrad, … [Read more...]

Erosion threatens Kien Giang people’s livelihoods

A part of the bank of the Tien River in An Hoa village, Long Thuan commune of Dong Thap province, is eroded (Photo: VNA) The southern province of Kien Giang, which has around 200km of coastline, is facing serious erosion, which has threatened the lives of hundreds of local households. The erosion is particularly serious in An Bien and An Minh districts, where 25km of the total 75km of coastline have been eroded. As a consequence, 12 local households have lost their entire contracted forest areas to the sea, while hundreds of others have lost some land. The head of Phat Dat Village in An Minh District Tran Van Suong said local residents have signed contracts to take care of forests on 300ha, but more than 200 ha have been eroded away, and the remaining 100ha are also under threat of being washed away. According to Suong, the distance from protective forests to sea has reduced from over 1km 10 years ago to around 300-500m at present. The southern province has a 212-km sea dyke … [Read more...]