Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City began applying stricter social distancing measures from Sunday due to the increasingly serious COVID-19 pandemic. During the current outbreak, which began on April 27, Ho Chi Minh City has so far recorded 2,013 local infections, the second highest in Vietnam. The metropolis entered a period of social distancing on May 31 before local authorities decided to implement stricter measures from June 19 due to a sharp spike in coronavirus cases. In accordance with the latest directive from the municipal People’s Committee, non-essential businesses and unofficial markets are shut down. Taxis, app-based car services, inner-city buses, and inter-provincial coaches are suspended, except for vehicles designated by the local transport authority to carry patients to hospitals in emergency cases. Gatherings of more than three people in public places and in front of schools, offices, and hospitals are banned, while people must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 … [Read more...] about What are social distancing measures in Ho Chi Minh City?
The survey was conducted by the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) and Valise Inc. in January and February 2021 with the participation of Japanese females who had travelled overseas at least once in 2019. About 90 percent of the surveyed females aged 20-29 and 30-39. At a press release to announce the survey’s outcomes in Tokyo on June 22, Yui Hiramatsu, Manager of the Marketing Solution Department from Valise Inc., said 24 percent of the respondents said they choose Vietnam for its delicious food; 17 percent for its cities/towns/streets they want to visit; 15 percent for its tourist spots, and 12 percent for inexpensive cost. Food is what differentiates Vietnam from other countries, she said, adding that none of the respondents answered, “I don’t really have an impression” on the nation. Only 1 percent of the surveyed people said they have never considered going to Vietnam or Cambodia, while the percentages for Laos and Myanmar were 16 percent and 18 percent, respectively. The survey … [Read more...] about Vietnamese food favored by Japanese female tourists
For nearly a month now she and her husband have been waking up before dawn to pick vegetables in their garden and take them to her ‘zero dong supermarket’ behind Phuoc Long Pagoda in Le Binh Ward, Cai Rang District. It is actually a small stall with many varieties of farm produce that Ha harvests or others donate. While she was busy stacking the items on the shelves, some traders from nearby wet markets stopped by to donate vegetables. From time to time people would drive up, and place bags of rice, instant noodles, sugar, or cooking oil in gaps in the shelves and quickly leave. Scrap collectors, lottery ticket sellers and motorbike taxi drivers show up now and then to grab for some supply. Seeing a timid old woman selling lottery tickets taking only a handful of vegetables, Ha said kindly: "Please take more. You are [also] welcome to come back and take more if you want." Duong Thanh Ha's ‘zero dong supermarket’ has a variety of farm produce for people to choose from … [Read more...] about Woman’s ‘zero dong supermarket’ a lifesaver for some in Mekong Delta
The Things That Count photography exhibition sends signs of hope by creating an international network of upcoming artists The exhibition, named Things That Count, is held with support from the Embassy of Belgium in Vietnam, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium), and Matca Space for Photography. Things That Count is an online collaboration between young photographers from Europe and Vietnam. During 10 weeks in March and May 2021, students from the Photography department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium communicated online in text and images with young Vietnamese photographers about important current topics in modern society. The 10 values chosen include family, safety, gender, heritage, humour, intimacy, freedom, power, knowledge, and faith. In times of COVID-19, existential questions are posed to young people who are now facing an uncertain future. In times of COVID-19, existential questions are posed to young people who are now … [Read more...] about Photography exhibition features values and connection in times of COVID-19
Prof Phan Van Truong, who has been to 80 countries and negotiated contracts worth up to $60 billion, said self-study accounts for 90 percent of learning, and occurs over a lifetime. Prof Phan Van Truong Truong is the author of the famous book ‘Mot doi thuong thuyet’ (A life in negotiation). At the age of 75, he still has the habit of getting up at 4 am to study. This skill helped him have a successful career. A university graduate in civil engineering, he became senior manager of many large corporations in the world. He said that most of he had learned came from self-study after graduation. Truong said he left for France to study at a boarding school when he was 17 years old. Four years later, he passed the exam to the National School of Bridges and Roads. However, his French language skills were just enough to write, and he was poor at communication and could barely speak French. “I felt like a fish out of water when my friends, during breaks, enjoyed the time by … [Read more...] about Negotiator studied foreign languages on his own because of social, work pressure
UNICEF Representative in Vietnam Rana Flowers (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - UNICEF Representative in Vietnam Rana Flowers has told the Vietnam News Agency that when COVID-19 vaccines become abundant and are approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for emergency use in children, the UNICEF will do what it can to help Vietnam access suitable vaccines. She made the statement during an inclusive interview with the State-run news agency on the occasion of the action month for children, which is ongoing under the theme of joining hands to ensure children’s rights and protect children in natural disasters and pandemic. Vietnamese Government has come up with many child protection measures Praising the Vietnamese Government’s drastic actions and measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to quickly implement its vaccination drive, starting with prioritised groups, Flowers said the Government has made efforts to cooperate with social and international … [Read more...] about UNICEF to offer maximum support for Vietnam’s access to COVID-19 vaccines: official