HBSO's The Nutcracker in a previous performance - Photo: Courtesy of HBSO Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet will be revived on December 7, 8 and 9 in the Saigon Opera House, beginning at 8 p.m. The Nutcracker is a pre-Christmas favorite worldwide. The reasons for this are simple – it begins with a Christmas party in a sumptuously large house, and then proceeds to dream sequences in a wintry landscape of icy cold and falling snow-flakes. Most Saigon ballet productions feature recorded music, but The Nutcracker will employ the entire HBSO orchestra and a female choir, as well as the full complement of the HBSO Ballet. The conductor this year will be the eminent figure, Emmanuel Siffert. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica San Juan (‘the San Juan Symphony Orchestra’) in Argentina. Born in Switzerland, he is exceptionally widely experienced and has conducted in many countries. At present he is … [Read more...] about Christmas is coming, and so is The Nutcracker
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Viet Nam News Trần Ngọc Hùng, chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Association, speaks to Việt Nam News Agency about key reasons for the delays in the renovation of old living quarters in Hà Nội. How do you evaluate the national programme to renovate old living quarters? The national programme to renovate old living quarters was launched more than 10 years ago, but its implementation has been very slow. As a consequence, its results have been limited. According to the latest report, some 25 percent of the old living quarters have been described as “very dangerous.” They could collapse at any time and the lives of people living in these building are at risk. What are the main factors preventing the programme from following its approved plan? The Government’s policy is totally right, yet specific guidelines and solutions to implement the policy have not been translated into real life. I should say the implementation of the … [Read more...] about Why does renovation of old living quarters proceed so slowly?
They call it a billion-dollar industry. According to the Guardian newspaper, in Britain sales are up to £60 million ($78.72 million) a year and growing. But what lies underneath is a global tale of exploitation. Since the 1900s, when the hair trade boomed in western countries, controversy has surrounded it as to how hair is collected. Advocates see it as an amicable sale in that where there is demand supply appears. Critics view it as grotesque and controversial. In developing countries rich in culture and customs such as Vietnam, India, Malaysia, and Cambodia, women really love long and glorious tresses. It should come as no surprise if you see a woman gently combing out a knot and massaging her strands with coconut oil in the early morning. It remains a tradition marker of beauty though it takes time and meticulousness. A Vietnamese woman named Nguyen Thi Thuy in the series about hair extensions of Refinery29. More importantly the … [Read more...] about Controversial truth underlying multimillion-dollar hair extension industry
The prime minister visiting the construction site of the Vinfast automobile manufacturing complex (Photo: VGP) Breaking all the timelines During the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the construction site of the Vinfast manufacturing complex on May 13, Vingroup chairman Pham Nhat Vuong said that the complex will be completed soon and will start manufacturing electric motorbikes this August. They expect to release the first vehicles in the third quarter of this year. The next vehicles of Vinfast will be released in the second quarter of 2019. These will include two internal combustion engine automobile models (a five-seat sedan and a seven-seat SUV). Additionally, an electric car model and a small-sized internal-combustion-engine automobile model will be launched in late 2019. Vinfast will start to manufacture electric buses in the fourth quarter of 2019. Breaking ground at its electric automobile and motorbike manufacturing complex in last September, VinFast has become … [Read more...] about Vietnam fast approaching automobile manufacturing dream
A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients' cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. PHOTO: CRICK INSTITUTE Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer's history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were "born to be bad" while others never became aggressive and may not need treating. Cancer Research UK says the study could help patients get the best care. "We don't really have tools to differentiate between those that need treatment and those that can be observed," said researcher and cancer doctor Samra Turajlic. One cancer could kill quickly while a patient with a seemingly identical cancer could live for decades after treatment. It means uncertainty for both the patient and the doctor. The team at the Crick performed a sophisticated feat of genetics to work out the cancer's history. It works like a paternity or ancestry test on steroids. As cancers grow and evolve, … [Read more...] about Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’