Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung (2nd from R, first line) Deputy PM Dung made the point on October 17 while leading a Government’s delegation to inspect some renewable energy projects in Ninh Thuan and work with local leaders. The meeting also drew the attendance of Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha, representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Commission of the Management of State Capital in Enterprises. Renewable energy center Chairman of the Ninh Thuan provincial People’s Committee Luu Xuan Vinh reported that in 2018, the local electricity output hit 636.3 million kWh, representing a year-on-year growth of 11.5%. In the 2011-2015 period, average electricity output yearly grew 9.75%. In the 2016-2018 period, the figure was 7.35%. As of late September, total output of renewable energy was about 1,150 MW including 1,040 MW of solar power and 110 MW of wind power. By 2030, total power output is projected at about 4,040 … [Read more...] about Ninh Thuan converted into renewable energy hub
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The Ba Pho’s family troupe. (Photo: sovhtt.hanoi.gov.vn) I visited the Ba Pho Music House one summer evening after one of my foreign friends told me how excited he had been about Vietnam’s traditional musical instruments. As soon as I came into the house which is located on a small street in Hanoi, I were strongly impressed by a collection of more than 200 types of folk instruments of ethnic minority groups nationwide, many of which look extremely strange such as the “Dan luu” of from northern plains, the “Dan co ke” and “flute of Mong” of the northwestern region, the stone instruments of the Mo Nong group and the stone instruments of the Ede group. Surely, few people know about them. The collection represents the effort made by meritorious artist Ba Pho over the course of half a century. Pho said he established the house in the hopes of gathering those who like traditional music and traditional … [Read more...] about Ba Pho Music House, special space to preserve traditional musical instruments
Those who ignore or collude with each other to shatter urban development planning not only make the lives of urban people increasingly confined and suffocated, but also jam development space for the future. Hanoi and HCM City residents feel this most clearly. In the morning, when leaving home to go to the office and school, and in the afternoon, when returning home, they have to struggle on the road with the flow of people and exhaust from cars and motorbikes. In the summer sun, people are subjected to the scorching heat because of the asphalt effect, concrete houses, and the heat from air conditioners and engines. When it rains, people have to struggle because the roads turn into rivers and streams. Most of the elderly do not have places for relaxation, while children have no place to play. When people feel tired, they need cool spaces to walk and rest in, but it is just a far-away dream. The problem is difficult to settle, so people as well as the next generations will suffer. What … [Read more...] about Who spoils Hanoi’s planning?
“The Ha House” by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The building has been shortlisted in the Urban home category. “The Ha House” is a private residential property that is located in an emerging area of Ho Chi Minh City. Three generations of the same family live in the building. The magazine details how Vo Trong Nghia Architects strategically shifted and twisted the house in order to create smaller gardens that link different living spaces. This was done to meet the client's brief of having a large garden on a slender site. The project is reminiscent of the traditional housing seen in tropical climates, where residents and nature are intertwined. “Stepping Park House” by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. This design has also been shortlisted in the Urban home category. Located in a new residential area of Ho Chi Minh City, “Stepping Park House” incorporates plants throughout the building whilst the green effect is increased as the site also faces a … [Read more...] about Four architectural works among top 53 best buildings in the world
Music researcher Nguyễn Quang Long (left) performs in the music video for the song Tương Tư (Love Sick). Photo Vũ Lâm Music researcher Nguyễn Quang Long speaks with reporter Bùi Quỳnh Hoa about his dream to make xẩm (blind busker’s singing) and other traditional Vietnamese music more accessible for young people. Inner Sanctum: Tell us a little about yourself. I’m Nguyễn Quang Long, 43, a music researcher. I was born to a family which has a deep passion for traditional music in the northern province of Bắc Giang. I used to write about traditional music for big newspapers including Nhân Dân (The People), Tiền Phong (The Vanguard), Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) and Phụ Nữ Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh (HCM City’s Women), and some magazine including Âm Nhạc Việt … [Read more...] about Keeping traditional music alive and well