By Nguyen Quoc – Translated by Anh Quan
Vietnam tokyo beauty art school
Vietnam’s Covid-19 cases rise by 16
The Saigon Times
|A medical worker takes samples from a resident for Covid-19 testing. The Ministry of Health has confirmed 16 new Covid-19 cases, with 12 locally-transmitted patients in Hai Duong Province and four imported cases in Tay Ninh and Dong Thap provinces – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Ministry of Health has confirmed 16 new Covid-19 cases, with 12 locally-transmitted patients in Hai Duong Province and four imported cases in Tay Ninh and Dong Thap provinces, raising the country’s tally to 2,448 as of tonight, February 28.
The latest Covid-19 cases in Hai Duong Province, currently the country’s biggest coronavirus hotspot, were detected while they were being put under quarantine. Kim Thanh District reported six cases, Chi Linh City confirmed two cases, while Nam Sach, Kinh Mon and Cam Giang districts and Hai Duong City reported one case each.
The three imported cases in Tay Ninh Province, aged between 58 and 66, returned to the country through Moc Bai International Border Gate in the province on February 14. Their second test results came back positive for the virus on February 27.
Another imported Covid-19 case in Dong Thap Province, aged 37, entered the country through Thuong Phuoc Border Gate in Hong Ngu District on February 26. The man tested positive for the disease a day later.
In another development, the HCMC Center for Disease Control today said that over 16,440 samples taken randomly from people at coach stations, the train station and the airport tested negative for Covid-19, while the remaining 727 persons are waiting for test results.
Taking random samples in the city has been conducted since February 16 to prevent the potential spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, due to the large number of people returning to HCMC for work and study after the Lunar New Year holiday.
Meanwhile, the Haiphong government has decided to allow eateries, restaurants, cafe shops, barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and golf courses to reopen from tomorrow, March 1.
If the long jumper can add a small distance to his personal best, he will become the first Vietnamese athlete to jump 8m and prove he belongs on the world stage.
Long jumper Nguyen Tien Trong sets up a new record of 7.98m at the National Athletics Championships in 2019 in HCM City. Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Tiến Trọng
“It is two centimetres.
“Just only two centimetres.
“I will make two centimetres this jump.”
Nguyễn Tiến Trọng thinks about this tiny distance every day in training.
If the long jumper can add the small distance to his personal best, he will become the first Vietnamese athlete to jump 8m and prove he belongs on the world stage.
National record holder
Born in 1997 in Cẩm Giàng District, Hải Dương Province, Trọng was taller and bigger than any of his friends at school.
He was chosen to take part in the provincial track-and-field competitions where he caught the eyes of the Military team’s scouts. He became an athlete when he was 13.
“I am the only one in the family as well as the district pursuing sport. So I think it is a fate that I am ‘engaged’ with athletics,” Trọng told Việt Nam News.
“My height was an advantage when I participated in different school events. I was offered to join basketball and martial arts clubs but athletics is my true love.
“I was only six when I watched the Việt Nam 22nd SEA Games on TV. I had no idea what ‘glory’ meant at that time but was strongly impressed with the way the track-and-field winners were honoured. They received big claps and huge encouragement after winning. It obsessed me. It was the reason why I agreed to join the Military team when invited immediately,” he recalled.
“Coaches had to persuade my parents a lot to let me go, saying that I had potential if I was trained professionally. They seemed okay with some doubts but now they have become my biggest supporters,” he said.
After nearly nine years of training, Trọng has proved his talent.
The man, who was born in the Year of the Buffalo, dominated national underage tournaments and set a record of 7.71m in the long jump before conquering the senior championships since 2016.
He has collected titles from international competitions including open events in Thailand and HCM City in 2019.
Among medals, his most memorable one is the gold at the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
“Athletes from 44 countries came for titles. As a freshman in international events, I thought I would have no chance for the top three because it was Asia and all the jumpers were strong.
“Competing with no pressure, my leaps after three attempts were better than everyone including title favourites Chan Ming Tai (Hong Kong) and Amila Wijayalath Pedige (Sri Lanka). After the last jump, I was named the winner. It was a great feeling that I still shake when I think about,” he said.
At the 2019 national championship, Trọng confirmed his reign of the national men’s long jump pit with a leap of 7.98m, a new Vietnamese record.
“He is on the cusp of the eight-metre club that not too many athletes can do in the world. His jump is history, challenging the next generation,” said Dương Đức Thủy, head of the Athletics Department of the National Sports Administration.
Thủy was happy with Trọng’s result but reminded him: “You still owe me 2cm. Do what you have to do”.
“It is a little pressure for me,” said Trọng who promised to jump 8m to Thủy during an event in 2018. “It is not an easy tiny gap but I feel I can do better. I consider it a target to reach.”
SEA Games in sight
Long jumper Nguyễn Tiến Trọng competes to defend his title at theNational Athletics Championships in 2020in Hà Nội. Photo toquoc.vn
Trọng was expected to complete his target at the 2020 championship in Hà Nội last November.
However, he could only defend his crown with a humble jump of 7.58m.
“I also believed that I could do it. But a leg injury occurred just 10 days ahead of the tournament that prevented me from jumping my best,” he said.
“I have to try harder this year,” said Trọng referring to local tournaments as well as the 31st SEA Games in winter in Hà Nội.
It will be the third Games of the young lieutenant who has recorded poor results in previous tournaments despite being seeded.
At the 2017 event, he finished fifth and two years later he also could not join the top three despite just setting a national record.
“I was inexperienced at the first Games while I was not at my peak in the second one after competing in an international tournament for soldiers,” he explained.
Trọng is one of the athletes tipped to win gold for Việt Nam at the coming Games on home turf as his current results are similar to the top three of the Manila event two years ago.
“My coaches and I are working hard to improve and sustain my ability at a high level. The eight-metre distance is the first step and then I have to do better so that I could set my sights on continental events,” he said.
“I do not set a specific target which will make me tired and nervous but I do not want the gold medal to leave Việt Nam this year,” he said.
“I am trying hard every day to be the second Vietnamese male long jump gold medalist in history.”
Việt Nam have won only one SEA Games gold medal in men’s long jump to date. The first went to Bùi Văn Đông who triumphed in 2017. VNS
The park, located at a tourist sculpture tunnel at Tuyen Lam Lake National Tourist Complex, Da Lat city, Lam Dong province, has attracted the attention of locals and tourists from the first days after its launch.
It was initiated by Trinh Ba Dung, General Director of the Sculpture Tunnel Tourist Site, who also tells the story of Da Lat’s history with a complex of clay sculptures under a 1,200m-long tunnel at Tuyen Lam Lake National Tourist Complex.
The park lies under a pine forest canopy.
Mr. Dung is also the person that brought the Kilo submarine to the mountain, in the Submarine Tourism Area on the Mountain in Cam Lam district, Khanh Hoa province, with the model of a submarine same shape and size as the Kilo submarine of the army at Cam Ranh Port, by which he hopes to send the message that Vietnam is hospitable, peace-loving and ready to fight to protect the country.
“The world has admired Vietnam in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. I really appreciate the Vietnamese spirit and the Government’s decisive and timely leadership, which has brought about very good results. That helped me form the idea of building this park, thereby, continuing to send the message of a safe and peaceful Vietnam to international friends,” said Dung.
Mr. Trinh Ba Dung introduces a model to send the message of “Only leave your house when it is really necessary”.
On the large steel clock placed at the entrance, each hour is an anti-epidemic measure (keep distance, disinfection, medical declaration, wear face masks etc), essential items for epidemic prevention (field hospitals, disinfection spray, breathing apparatus, communication) and 12 o’clock features the Vietnamese people unanimously joining the Government to repel the epidemic.
The number 2021 also communicates a belief in the defeat of the coronavirus. At position 0 (2020) is standing the coronavirus. At number 1 (2021), there is a model featuring medical staff defeating the evil virus and bringing back joy. At the entrance, the name “COVID-19 Park” appears on the ground, meaning that when we bury COVID-19, life will be green.
The model reflecting faith in defeating COVID-19.
Ms. Vu Thi Hue, a tourist from Hai Phong, said: “This beautiful park built under a pine forest sends a very practical and meaningful message. Let us join hands to spread the message on disease prevention and control to make people more aware, and contributing more to repelling COVID-19 in the shortest time possible, bringing a peaceful life back.”
Uprooting the evil coronavirus.
Unanimously knocking-out COVID-19.
According to the owner of the park, the idea was something he wished to do for quite a long time, and after more than three months, his collaborators joined him in making 80 sculptures, followed by a theme to make everyone understand the story of Vietnam uniting and effectively fighting against COVID-19.
Antiseptic solution fighter “blowing” out COVID-19.
Covid-19 will have to surrender.
“The greatest value is the image and reputation of the nation in the fight against the pandemic. When there is a safe and reputable destination, many people in various fields will pay attention and look for it,” said Dung.
Inside the park, each cluster of sculptures represents each level of COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control, from the crude “weapons”, to science and technology advances and the quest to destroy the coronavirus, forcing it to surrender. The last area shows how human civilisation is the “supreme court on earth” in condemning the evil virus.
Sentencing of Covid-19.
Bringing COVID-19 to prison awaiting execution with a vaccine.
Taking her children to visit the park, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hong from Ho Chi Minh City said: “This park is very meaningful, especially children. I find it very interesting and useful, as the messages from the models will add to the feeling of optimism regarding quickly destroying the epidemic.”
Currently the world is grappling with the epidemic, and “COVID-19 Park” is a spiritual dish reinforcing a belief in victory over the pandemic, introducing to international friends a safe and beautiful Da Lat as well as Vietnam.
Vietnam joining the world to smash the epidemic.
Ca Mau (VNA) – Endowed with a 254-km coastline and an abundance of aquatic resources, the southernmost province of Ca Mau has viewed sea-based economic development as an inexorable trend to help it create breakthroughs in socio-economic development.
Priority on infrastructure development
Due attention has been given to developing infrastructure in order to develop the blue economy in an effective and sustainable manner that is commensurate with the province’s advantages and potential.
Ca Mau plans to continue calling for investment in infrastructure at the 10,802-ha Nam Can Economic Zone , which is envisaged to become a sea-based economic zone with sound logistics services to meet regional and international distribution demand.
It is also encouraging investment to build Song Doc and Nam Can towns into third-tier urban areas by 2025.
Along with developing fifth-tier urban areas in coastal districts such as Dam Doi, Ngoc Hien, Phu Tan, Tran Van Thoi, and U Minh, the province will invest in engineering and shipbuilding industries at the Song Doc, Khanh Hoi, and Rach Goc estuaries, while carrying out construction of the Tan Thuan, Rach Goc, and Cai Doi Vam industrial clusters.
Socio-economic infrastructure in coastal communes, districts, and islands are being completed, providing the conditions necessary for blue economic development .
The province has given top priority to investment in important economic sectors such as aquaculture, tourism and services, renewable energy, and the maritime economy.
It is also improving local fisheries infrastructure to enhance logistics services, and calling for investment in logistics centres in Hoa Trung, Nam Can, Song Doc, and Hon Khoai.
Comprehensive development of the blue economy promoted
Known as one of Vietnam’s four key fishing grounds and with abundant and diverse aquatic resources, of which many have high economic values, Ca Mau has sharpened its focus on developing fisheries exploitation, which is a spearhead economic sector.
The province targets catching 800,000 tonnes of fish and seafood by 2030.
Along with developing a strong fishing fleet of more than 4,500 vessels, the province will also re-arrange seafood production based on expanding cooperatives and collectives to benefit fishing families and the sustainable protection of the ecosystem.
Ca Mau will fund the upgrading of infrastructure at fishing ports and storm shelters, as well as complete a fishing vessel information system to give timely warnings to fishermen in case of incidents at sea or to facilitate search and rescue efforts.
It will work to create concentrated aquaculture areas that produce high-quality aquatic species, apply state-of-the-art technologies into production, and develop a traceability system for products.
Relevant authorities will expand monitoring systems in concentrated aquaculture areas, to provide environmental and disease warnings to farmers.
The province will also work to create jobs for 25,000 local people living in coastal resettlement areas./.
The Hanoitimes – Although the ingredients to make this addicting dish sound fairly simple: ripe bananas, sugar, flour, turmeric powder, making banh chuoi requires the exceptional skills of a master artisan.
For a lot of Hanoians, banh chuoi (deep-fried banana) is the nostalgic food of childhood. Many of us would savor these crispy, slightly sweet snacks on the sidewalks as an after-school snack, or as a treat to send away the cold.
Street food stalls selling deep-fried bananas are ubiquitous in Hanoi. You can find them pretty much anywhere, but do keep in mind that they are open only in the afternoon. It makes a lot of sense actually, since rarely anyone wants something heavy and greasy in the morning.
|A set of deep-fried bananas, along with sweet potato pancakes and corn pancakes. Photo: Thuy An.|
Although the ingredients to make this addicting dish sound fairly simple: ripe bananas, sugar, flour, turmeric powder, making banh chuoi requires the exceptional skills of a master artisan. It’s not easy to achieve the golden ratio of the batter to produce a crunchy, delightful texture. And it’s equally tough to master the art of deep frying.
After trying various food stalls, let me introduce you to one of the hidden gems of Hanoi. Settled in Van Chuong street, this food stall has a simple set-up. You’ll find two large pans full of scorching hot oil, a giant bowl of batter mixture, and some racks that serve to cool down the pancakes and to display them at the same time. While there are spaces for you to sit and savor the hot, fragrant pancakes right away, bánh chuối is often a take-away item. So, you won’t find a lot of people who actually stay and eat.
|The owner skillfully cooks three different types of pancakes at the same time. Photo: Thuy An.|
The key ingredient is obviously the banana. Not all kinds work, actually. The owner uses ladyfinger bananas ( chuoi Su ), a variety of short and small bananas that tastes much sweeter and is more fragrant than the more popular Cavendish cousin. It’s important to use ripe bananas as well, since they’re at their sweetest. The blacker and more wrinkled the peel, the better.
To make banh chuoi , the owner cuts the bananas in half and presses them gently into flat slices using a wooden handle. She then swiftly dips the banana slides one-by-one into the secret batter mixture and fries them to perfection in piping hot oil. Different from other stalls that solely rest the freshly-fried pancakes on a cooling rack, the owner, after cooling the pancakes down, adds another step and actually puts them in a mini oven so that they stay crisp and crunchy.
|Different from other stores, the pancakes here are put into a mini oven to preserve the freshness and crispiness. Photo: Thuy An.|
The owner confides that she always threw away old oil that had been used several times for frying at the end of the day, and used new oil to maintain the excellent taste of the pancakes. “Everyone in my family has to eat at least two to three fried pancakes per day”, she added.
Usually, deep-frying banh chuoi in old oil gives it an off-putting brown-yellow color and a greasy taste and burnt smell. On the other hand, the fried pancakes here have a bright, appetizing golden color and a signature crunchy texture of foods that are fried in new oil. I also love how she only fries the pancakes when ordered.
Another special point about banh chuoi here lies in its crunchy outer shell. When putting the banana slices into the frying pan, the owner makes sure that each layer is thinly and evenly spread, so that the banh chuoi doesn’t become too dense and the exterior stays airy and crunchy. It is, in fact, very satisfying to bite into since you will be able to taste both the batter and the sweet, soft banana stuffing.
In addition to banh chuoi , the owner also sells sweet potato pancakes and corn pancakes. They are equally scrumptious and worth a try. The sweet potatoes are shredded finely so that when fried, they are cooked evenly and give you a crunch in every bite. Meanwhile, the corn pancakes are made of sweet, juicy corns and can bring you a harmony of flavor and texture.
Banh chuoi is a delicacy that is loved not only among children and teenagers, but also among adults. It’s quite cheap, priced at VND6,000 VND only. So, whenever you’re craving a snack, I hope I’ve given you enough reasons to give it a try.
Address: Opposite of 320 Van Chuong, Dong Da District
Opening hour: 1pm – 7pm
Price: VND6,000 per piece