A group of men neatly wrapped themselves in three layers of clothing in the middle of a summer night in July, quietly chatting. They each had a cup of hot tea. Vietnam not satisfied about medicinal herb preservation Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng Members of the Tra Linh Medicinal Herbs Station on Ngoc Linh peak, Quang Nam Province take care of the Ngoc Linh ginseng grown there. — Photo tuoitre.vn The men were awaiting their turn at guard-duty over the treasured garden of ginseng on the top of Ngoc Linh mountain in Quang Nam Province. The garden, covering about 50ha, contains up to 250,000 top-quality ginseng seedlings. The guards were among 15 members of the Tra Linh Medicinal Herbs Station – a part of the provincial Quang Nam Centre on Developing Ngoc Linh Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs – located some 1,800m above sea level. Their sole job was to take care of the ginseng garden – the only national supply of ginseng seedlings besides … [Read more...] about Ginseng men in the midst of Ngoc Linh forest
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Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes. Ngoc Linh ginseng gets to the root of expansion Local woman proud owner of Ngoc Linh ginseng garden Quang Nam man digs up 100-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng A view of the Tắk Lang billionaire village. Photo thanhnien.vn Thanks to Ngoc Linh ginseng, farmers have seen profits explode and the area is now covered with new residential developments. By the end of last year, members of the commune’s Sedang ethnic minority had saved hundreds of billions of dong. Tắk Lang Village is a hub for growing Ngoc Linh ginseng. Several years ago, it took half a day to travel from the centre of Nam Tra My District to the village. Now, wide roads have been built. Local residents consider Tắk Lang Village to be the first billionaire village of the Sedang people, Thanh Niên newspaper reports. Ho Van Du is a village patriarch in Tra Linh Commune. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
The event was chaired by Minister of National Defense General Ngo Xuan Lich and attended by Chief of the General Department of Politics General Luong Cuong, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Organization Mai Van Chinh, and defense leaders, among others. Delivering opening remarks, General Lich affirmed the importance of the conference and urged delegates to focus their attention on embracing all of the contents of the documents from higher levels, especially the new requirements for the coming Party congresses. General Lich also requested participants to actively discuss and point out difficulties and recommend approaches for the CMC Standing Committee to ensure the success of the congresses. General Ngo Xuan Lich addresses the event. He added that the Party congresses at all levels should clarify the firm political stance and development of the Vietnam People’s Army under the leadership of the Party as well as the … [Read more...] about CMC’s meeting clarifies documents on directives on Party congresses
Briefing the guest on the missions of the hospital, Major General Nguyen Hong Son, Director of Military Hospital 175, said that over the past time the hospital has attached special importance to fostering international cooperation in a bid to raise its personnel’s competence in taking care of patients and joining international activities, including UN peacekeeping operations. At the working session General Son also recalled the achievements in cooperation activities and programs between the hospital and the U.S. military medicine force over the past time, affirming that those positive results will contribute to strengthening Vietnam-U.S. relations, especially in military medicine. He emphasized that the successful deployment of the first level-two field hospital of Vietnam to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) resulted in part from the active assistance of U.S. medical experts who helped train and share experience with Vietnamese medical peacekeepers. … [Read more...] about Vietnam, U.S. to foster military medicine cooperation