Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/2

Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Meet Vietnamese Googler who scored zero on first high school computer test

Pham Tuan Hung did not have a computer and had little knowledge of informatics when he entered high school 14 years ago, but the Hai Phong resident ended up being part of a company all software engineers would die for: Google Inc. Hung, born in 1986 in the northern city 100km east of Hanoi, studied in the class specialized in informatics at Tran Phu High School for the Gifted, even though the subject was totally new to him. It is thus no surprise when his first-ever zero was earned from his first informatics test in high school. Hung was so obsessed by the pathetic score that he had thought he could not pursue information technology. However, through what his teachers and friends described as "intense but silent preparation and painstaking effort," Hung took everyone from surprise to surprise with a long line of remarkable achievements in the subject on which he used to hardly earn a mark. Pham Tuan Hung was on the school’s informatics team to compete at … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 14/2

Home ownership extensions rejected The Ministry of Construction has rejected a proposal from the People's Committee of central Da Nang City to allow foreigners buy and own houses for up to 70 years instead of the present 50. It said this was in line with the Land Law of 2013 and the amended Housing Law. In a related movement, the ministry gave the green light to a city plan requiring buyers of social housing to make the payment in one installment. According to the People's Committee, a one-time payment enables investors to quickly recover capital and re-invest. The amended Law on Housing, which takes effect on July 1, is expected to attract more foreigners to come to live and work in the country. Quang Binh police seize firecrackers The Transport Police Department recently cracked down on illegal firecracker smuggling, catching nearly 150 kilograms of firecrackers being smuggled in Quang Binh Province. The Traffic Police patrolling the National Road No 1 discovered the smuggled … [Read more...]

Hanoi T&T beat Indonesian team at AFC

Hanoi T&T on February 10 won 4-0 against Indonesia’s Persib Bandung in the second elimination round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League in Hanoi’s My Dinh stadium. The win brought the Hanoi team a ticket to a playoff against FC Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on February 17. Although Hanoi dominated the match from the beginning, the team only scored the first gold in the 32nd minute. The team then easily got the next three goals from Nigerian Hoang Vu Samson in the 46th and 47th minutes and Argentinean player Gonzalo Damian Marronkle in the 57th minute.-VNA … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

The white swan

Illustration by Dao Quoc Huy At the Prosek bus stop, Hung often met a blonde girl in her late teens whose hair was usually adorned with a red silk ribbon. Every time, spotting the sparkling little flame of her blonde hair from afar, his heart beat wildly. His face then turned hot and his feet seemed to move more quickly. Her clothes were fairly simple: a blouse with a wide neck, a white swan floating on the ripples which were cleverly embroidered on the left breast and an unfashionable skirt. Whenever he saw her, a vaguely affectionate feeling surged up in his heart. "Is she a student from a poor family?" he asked himself. However, his question had so far remained unanswered for he had no opportunity to make her acquaintance. Whenever he reached the roofed bus stop early and stood inside, she came later and stood outside, reading a book attentively. On the contrary, whenever she came to the place early and saw him coming from afar, she stood up and went out immediately. A few … [Read more...]

Minister denies that Vietnam is losing retail market

VietNamNet Bridge – Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said that 97 percent of the total goods in the market are distributed by Vietnamese businesses, while foreign retailers hold only 3 percent. Hoang spoke on a TV program several days ago to allay the public fears that Vietnamese retail chains would be taken over by foreign ones and that foreign-made products would be displayed at supermarkets instead of Vietnamese goods. Hoang said that Vietnam had been following a cautious roadmap on opening the retail market, and that only some foreign retail brands are now present in Vietnam. "The foreign retailers can open their second and subsequent retail points only if their plans get approval from central and local agencies," Hoang said. His words helped to ease the public’s worry that the Vietnamese market would fall into foreigners’ hands, following news about foreign retailers’ expansion in Vietnam. Thai BJC, for example, is on its way to take over … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/2

DJ ranked 42nd in world to hit Chill Sky Bar Portuguese DJ and producer Kura, who ranks No 42 on DJ Mag's Top 100 in 2014, will provide a night of electro house music called "Made For Music" at the Chill Sky Bar today. Kura, whose real name is Ruben de Almeida, received the award for Best Portuguese DJ in Radio Nova Era's annual awards in 2014. The show will begin at 9pm at 76A Le Lai Street in District 1. Mass kissing contest to mark Valentine's Day in Hanoi Some 100 couples will take part in a kissing competition on the Valentine's Day this year at the Water Park in Hanoi, with judges to choose the 10 best pairs of kissers. The event, to be held February 13-14, will also feature a romantic cocktail festival, a "Romeo and Juliet" house, love dancing and a love story. Couples will kiss in the Romeo and Juliet house, surrounded by roses. The organising board will select ten outstanding couples to give them prizes. The winning coupes will throw lucky roses to the audience. Bronze … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/1

"Impressions on Mongolia" art exhibition opens in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association will organize art exhibition named "Impressions on Mongolia" from January 27 to February 7 at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC. 30 oil & lacquer paintings, over 100 art photos and sketch of 14 female artists in HCMC featuring Mongolia’s culture and life will be on display during the event. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence (11.7.1921-11.7.2015) TNT Theatre tours across Viet Nam The British TNT Theatre will perform Frankenstein – The Monster and the Myth from March 17 to 21 in Ha Noi and HCM City. The play is directed by Paul Stebbings, with music and sound effects by composer Paul Flush. Too many stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein ignore that the story is not just a novel, but a myth that has … [Read more...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/1

Heroic performance wins virtual fireworks competition in Da Nang Tran Anh Tuan from the Da Nang-based Duy Tan University was named the winner of the Virtual Fireworks Competition 2014 yesterday. Tuan's display, titled Phu Dong Thien Vuong (The Heavenly King of Phu Dong Village), beat 30 other entries designed by individuals and teams from HCM City, Can Tho, An Giang, Hao Phong, Hai Duong and Da Nang to win the VND15 million (US$700) cash-prize. "My work demonstrates a fireworks performance on screen that features the power of Vietnamese people through the image of a legendary hero," Tuan said . His friends from Duy Tan University finished second with a prize of VND10 million ($470), while a team from Loc Xoay (Whirlwind) Trading and Information Company came third. Head of the organising committee Pham Kim Son said the competition was a prelude for the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2015 to be held on the city's Han River from April 28-29. Son said it would be … [Read more...]