Though it has a diverse medicinal ecosystem, Vietnam still finds it difficult developing its medicinal herb treasury. Vietnam not only has the famous Ngoc Linh ginseng in Quang Nam and Kon Tum provinces, but also sam day (Sipunculus nudus), sam cau (Curculigo orchioides), Dang sam (Codonopsis pilosula), Dan Sam (Salvia miltiorrhiza) and sam bo chinh (Abelmoschus sagittifolius), grown in many different provinces and cities. These include ginseng with saponin concentration in no way inferior to South Korea’s ginseng. A report released at a science conference on preserving and developing the medicinal herb area of Central Highlands and the southern part of southern region held in Da Nang on June 21 showed that there are more than 5,000 types of herbs in the area. The concept of ‘value chain’ and the role of leading enterprises in the herbal medicine industry has been mentioned at many workshops and events, but the preferences in the master plan on … [Read more...] about Vietnam not satisfied about medicinal herb preservation
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This is the first time Hanoi has hosted such an event covering its biggest-ever prize fund of US$55,000. This year’s tournament is expected to attract strong players from home and abroad, such as Le Quang Liem of Vietnam (Elo rating 2,737), Wang Hao of China (Elo rating 2,712), and Sethuraman of India (Elo rating 2,646). The tournament will be divided into two groups: Masters (Elo rating from 2,100 for men and 2,000 for women) and Challengers (Elo rating below 2,100 for men and 2,000 for women). The male champion of the Master category will receive US$15,000. The two runner-ups will be awarded US$6,500 and US$5,000, for second and third. The female winner will get US$5,000, while the youngest and oldest players, who put in the best performances, will receive US$200 each. … [Read more...] about Hanoi to host HDBank Cup Int’l Open Chess tournament
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?