New uniforms for Vietnam Airlines meet mixed reception

New uniforms for Vietnam Airlines flight and cabin crew have been met with criticism, but also credit for the change, from the public and leading designers and models. The new uniforms The new uniforms, designed by Minh Hanh as part of the airline's campaign to become a regional leader over the next five years, dress pilots and male crew in white shirts with a lotus motif, the airline logo, and the word "Van" or "Ten Thousand", a symbol for peace and fortune, and the largely female flight attendants will wear a long dress design featuring a stylised lotus, symbolising vitality and nobility. However, many members of the public said that the new uniforms, especially uniforms for flight attendants, were not as appealing as the uniforms they replaced. "The new long dresses make them look like they work in a restaurant, and the new colour is faded and melancholy," one person said. Model Ha Anh said, "The new long dresses are ugly and plain." The old ones Another member of the public … [Read more...]

City hosts Ao Dai Festival 2015

A beauty contest to highlight women wearing ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dresses) will open the second Ao Dai Festival in HCM City's Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 on March 7. Miss Viet Nam 2014 competitors in an ao dai performance contest. The second Ao Dai Festival will open in HCM City's Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 on March 7. — Photo vnexpress.net The Charming Ao Dai contest will attract women aged 15 to 35 who will demonstrate their music and dance skills while wearing ao dai. The final night will be held on March 8 to celebrate international Women' Day. Finalists will wear designs from top fashion designers such as Si Hoang, Vo Viet Chung and Thuan Viet. The contest is one of many cultural and art activities of the annual Ao Dai Festival, organised by the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This year, the festival's theme is "HCM City-The city of ao dai", aiming to honour and promote traditional cultural values as well as the … [Read more...]

Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda rebuilt

A groundbreaking ceremony of the new Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda's project was held by the Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Sangha on October 12. Deputy Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda's. (Photo: Sggp) The project with cost of VND160 billion, covering an area of 10,000 square meters with 13-storey, 63-metre-high tower will replace the old Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda which was built in 1963 on a site of 3,700 square meters. The HCM City's People Committee has donated more than 7,200 square meters to the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha to re-build the Pagoda in this year. The architecture will symbolize the spirit of service and unity of 13 organizations, associations and sects in the establishment of the Unified Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. It will be designed with a place of worship for the heart of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc who burned himself to death at the intersection in 1963 to protest against the South … [Read more...]

Rubber exports set to bounce back

A rubber production line at 175 Company. The export price of Vietnamese rubber is expected to increase to $2,000 per tonne during the next three years. - VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc HA NOI (Biz Hub) - Export prices for rubber are expected to recover to US$2,000 per tonne in the next three years, following sharp reductions due to high international rubber surpluses, according to local experts. The Viet Nam Rubber Association (VRA) said, at present the export price of rubber has stood at $1,840 per tonne, 40 per cent lower than the same period last year and 60 per cent lower against the record high price in February 2011, reported Viet Nam News Agency last week. The fall in the export price of rubber was due to high inventories of rubber throughout the world, said the association. According to the International Rubber Study Organisation (IRSG), inventories of natural rubber on the world market are expected to reach 714,000 tonnes this year. Vietnamese export rubber prices at the end of … [Read more...]

Rubber glut to last another two years

The area of rubber tree plantations increased rapidly from 454,100 ha in 2004 to 995,600 ha last year. - Photo bizlive HCM CITY (Biz Hub) - Despite a fall in rubber export prices, many farmers in Viet Nam are earning good profits from exports, a seminar heard yesterday in HCM City. With an oversupply of rubber in the market, the price plummeted to US$1,979 a tonne in the first half of the year compared to its peak of US$3,000 a tonne in 2011, said Pham Dong Quang, deputy head of the Crop Production Department. Global oversupply is expected to last for two more years, but will gradually shrink because of a decline in production in rubber-exporting countries in Asia caused by impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon. In addition, the recovery of the world economy is expected to increase demand for rubber, he said. Tran Ngoc Thuan, president of the Viet Nam Rubber Group and chairman of the Viet Nam Rubber Association, said the current rubber price was "really not that low, just low … [Read more...]

Party leader highlights Binh Thuan’s dual role

BINH THUAN (VNS)- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the central coastal province of Binh Thuan to develop its maritime economy because it has one of the country's three largest fishing grounds. Talking with local leaders yesterday, Trong urged them to boost socio-economic development while making sure security and defence were maintained. He said it was important to perform Party work well as this was a core factor in carrying out other tasks. The Party leader highlighted the important role of the province in both socio-economic and defence-security fields. He said he was pleased at the province's significant development. Lives had been improved materially and spiritually, while the rate of poor households had been lowered to 4.8 per cent, almost half the national rate. In the first half of 2014, Binh Thuan recorded a GDP growth rate of 8.6 per cent, which included signs of recovery in industrial production. The province recorded more than 1.8 million tourists … [Read more...]

Pictures: Vietnamese ao dai in France

VietNamNet Bridge - Fashion designer Thuan Viet and Vietnamese models are now in the city of Lyon (France) to attend the Vietnam Culture Days. During their trip, the Vietnamese models had the opportunity to show off the beauty of Vietnamese women in ao dai, designed by Thuan Viet, on Lyon streets. VNE/VNN … [Read more...]

Thuan Viet debuts peace-themed ao dai collection in France

The Saigon Times Daily The Vietnam Day in France is being held in Lyon from June 23 to 27, to be followed by the Vietnam Day in Belgium scheduled for June 28 to July 1. Peace Desire Collection includes 12 designs, six of which present the image of an antique map of Vietnam to embody the sovereignty of Vietnam with two archipelagoes Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. Other designs are illustrated with sea waves and pigeons. With this collection, Thuan Viet still remains loyal to the traditional materials of Vietnamese silk. The main color scheme for the ao dai are soft and pastel such as white, blue, and turquoise. Thuan Viet also uses 3D drawing technique by hand on fabric to help bring life to the image on the ao dai. "Not only to introduce the Vietnamese traditional culture, Peace Desire Collection this time also expresses our love for peace and determination to protect the sovereignty of Vietnam. Hopefully, Peace Desire is sufficient to deliver that strong message," says the designer. … [Read more...]

‘Ao dai’ collections with Vietnam’s sea, island maps displayed in Europe

Vietnamese ao dai collections featuring maps of the East Vietnam Sea designed by a local couturier will be showcased at two events promoting Vietnamese culture in Europe this month. Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Three ao dai (traditional Vietnamese gown) collections, designed by fashion designer Thuan Viet, will be displayed at the "Vietnamese Days in France" event which is being held from June 23 to June 27 and "Vietnamese Days in Belgium," which will take place from June 28 to July 1. Sharing on his Facebook page, the Vietnamese designer posted a photo of an ancient Vietnamese map and wrote a status that read: "Besides promoting Vietnamese culture through ao dai, I also aim at delivering the message of hope for peace and asserting the country's sovereignty over its seas and islands. There were sleepless and thoughtful nights!" Support for Vietnam's sovereignty over seas and islands After nearly 300 likes, a lot … [Read more...]

Thuan Viet introduces new ao dai collection in France

VietNamNet Bridge - Well-known HCM City-based designer Thuan Viet will showcase his new ao dai collection called "The Lyon roses" in Lyon, France. The new collection will be shown by top models like Ngoc Diem, Thuy Linh, Khanh Phuong, Bac Linh, Ninh Hoang Ngan and Le Thuy An during a Vietnam cultural program in Lyon from June 23 to 27. This collection is dedicated to Lyon, known as the city of light and roses of France. The ao dai are made from Vietnam's famous Ha Dong silk, decorated with hand embroidery patterns and Vietnam pearls. VNE/VNN … [Read more...]

Ao Dai collection maps nation’s desire for peace

Sartorial cartography: Models present ao dai in the collection titled Uoc Vong Hoa Binh by designer Thuan Viet. - Photo tuoitre.vn HA NOI (VNS) - A new ao dai (traditional long dress) collection by designer Thuan Viet was put on public display yesterday in Paris to celebrate Vietnamese Days in France from June 23 to 27, and the show will also move to Brussels between June 28th and July 1st. Titled Uoc Vong Hoa Binh (Desire for Peace), the collection include 12 ao dai made from Vietnamese silk. Half of the garments feature hand-drawn with waves and pigeons with 3D effects, while the rest are printed with ancient maps of Viet Nam. "The most challenging task for this collection is searching for the proper recognised maps," Viet told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, "I searched a lot on the internet and in libraries, but I could not find quality high resolution maps." He also visited the HCM City Comprehensive Science Library to look at researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau's new book, titled Viet … [Read more...]

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Fashion show themed East Sea sovereignty in France, Belgium A special collection "Desire for Peace" by designer Thuan Viet will be introduced in France and Belgium to celebrate Vietnam Days from June 23 to July 1. The collection includes 12 designs of Vietnamese women's traditional dress (Ao Dai) depicting images of sea waves and ancient maps demonstrating Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes. The maps will also appear on conical hats and paper fans, displayed alongside the Ao Dai, worn by six famous Vietnamese models - Bac Linh, Ninh Hoang Ngan, Thuy Linh, Le Thu An, Khanh Phuong, and Ngoc Diem. Apart from the collection "Desire for Peace", designer Thuan Viet will also introduce his two Ao Dai collections named "Lyon roses" in France and "Graceful Vietnam" decorated with traditional seasonal symbols: apricot (spring), orchid (summer), daisy (autumn) and bamboo (winter). Ao Dai designs of Thuan Viet are well-known for their … [Read more...]

Fashion show themed East Sea sovereignty in France, Belgium

(VOV) -A special collection "Desire for Peace" by designer Thuan Viet will be introduced in France and Belgium to celebrate Vietnam Days from June 23 to July 1. Vietnamese Ao Dai featured in the US Beauty of Ao Dai shines at Hue Festival Ao Dai introduced at ASEAN-China exhibition The collection includes 12 designs of Vietnamese women's traditional dress (Ao Dai) depicting images of sea waves and ancient maps demonstrating Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes. The maps will also appear on conical hats and paper fans, displayed alongside the Ao Dai, worn by six famous Vietnamese models - Bac Linh, Ninh Hoang Ngan, Thuy Linh, Le Thu An, Khanh Phuong, and Ngoc Diem. Apart from the collection "Desire for Peace", designer Thuan Viet will also introduce his two Ao Dai collections named "Lyon roses" in France and "Graceful Vietnam" decorated with traditional seasonal symbols: apricot (spring), orchid (summer), daisy (autumn) … [Read more...]

UNDP urges carbon pricing and end to fossil fuel subsidies

HA NOI — "Fossil fuel subsidies should be phased out and a price set on carbon," the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam recommended in a discussion paper launched yesterday. The paper, "Green Growth and Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies in Viet Nam- Recommendations for a Roadmap for Policy Reform" argues that despite the Government's commitment towards green growth and restructuring the energy sector to include price reform, substantial indirect subsidies on fossil fuels remain in place. According to the International Agency, subsidies on fossil fuel in Viet Nam fluctuated between US$1.2 billion and $4.49 billion annually during the period 2007-12. The figure was calculated based on differences between energy price levels in Viet Nam and international prices and follows the commonly accepted international definition of subsidies - any government intervention that reduces the cost of fossil fuels below what it would be without that intervention. Fossil fuel subsidies … [Read more...]

VN, Japan elevate relations to Extensive Strategic Partnership

VGP - Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe have agreed to lift their relations to Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia. President Truong Tan Sang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, March 18, 2014 - Photo: VNA President Truong Tan Sang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 18 reached the consensus during their talks during the former's official visit to Japan. Both leaders expressed their delight at the strong growth of Viet Nam-Japan relations in all fields ranging from politics, security-defense and economics to people-to-people diplomacy, and human resources development, laying a firm foundation for both to gather higher speed in the future. President Sang and PM Abe discussed and agreed on a number of major directions and concrete measures to make bilateral ties grow more comprehensively, practically and deeply. PM Shinzo Abe affirmed that Japan continues to consider Viet Nam … [Read more...]

HCMC holds first ‘ao dai’ honoring fest

Ho Chi Minh City is set to hold a large-scale fest for the first time to honor "ao dai" (traditional Vietnamese long gown) on March 8 and 9, which aims to better promote the grace of the attire and its historical development and uses, as well as to turn it into a tourist allure. The fest, themed "Ao dai and flowers," will start at Dam Sen Park at 9:00 am on the International Women's Day, March 8. It will boast a variety of activities such as exhibitions and performances of the costume along with a workshop on "ao dai" during wartime, one of the most-attended seminars held by the War Remnants Museum. Other highlights include a photo competition, a contest for "ao dai" models, the record establishment of Vietnam's longest "ao dai," and music performances. Visitors in "ao dai" will get free admission to the event and a 20 percent discount at the stalls selling cloths, jewelry pieces, and accessories for "ao dai" by famed designers. Kids will have a … [Read more...]

Top designs at Ao Dai Festival

HCM CITY (VNS)— Designs of ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dresses) from top fashion designers will be presented at the first Ao Dai Festival to be held at Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 on March 8- 9. The event aims to honour and promote the traditional cultural values as well as the beauty and grace of the ao dai, which has become the symbol of feminine beauty in Viet Nam. The festival will display ao dai collections for the workplace as well as festivals and wedding ceremonies, together with accessories. Models will showcase modern interpretations of ao dai fashions by renowned designers such as Si Hoang, Vo Viet Chung, Cong Tri, Viet Hung, Thuan Viet, Minh Tri, Hoai Sang and Minh Chau. The HCM City War Remnants Museum will display ao dai designs worn during the war years in an exhibition titled Vietnamese Ao Dai Through Wars during the fair. A workshop on the ao dai and a talk with designer Si Hoang to discuss ao dai will also be held. — VNS … [Read more...]

Tribunal rebuffs $4b US firm suit

HANOI  (VNS) — Central Binh Thuan Province has won a US$3.75 billion lawsuit against the US-based South Fork Development Ltd Company. A representative of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday confirmed the victory to Biz Hub. He said that it is the first time that Viet Nam has won an investment lawsuit at an international arbitration tribunal. According to Binh Thuan media, South Fork Development was granted an investment license for a tourism project covering an area of 600ha located in the Hoa Thang Commune, Bac Binh District, Binh Thuan Province, in 2004 . During the first phase of the project until 2009, the Binh Thuan People's Committee handed over more than 330ha of land to the firm. However, the company had still not made the required investment for the project. At the time, the People's Committee warned the company that if it did not make the required investment in three months, its investment license for the project would be revoked. Even by mid-2010, the construction work … [Read more...]