Viet Nam News by Võ Thị Dung If you want to try some new and unusual accommodations while travelling, spending a night at a hostel made from discarded containers might the choice for you. Why Not Hostel is the first lodging facility of this kind in the central province of Quảng Bình, home to the world-famous natural heritage site Phong Nha Kẻ Bàng Cave. With unique design and decorations as well as an environmentally friendly atmosphere, the hostel has become a favourite choice of accommodation that has attracted an increasing number of visitors to this beautiful coastal province. While other hotels and hostels are built with concrete, the whole structure of Why Not Hostel, located in the centre of Đồng Hới City, is made of recycled old containers and other discarded materials. However, these recycled building materials still create comfortable and impressive accommodations, offering the visitors new and interesting experiences. … [Read more...] about Why not sleep in a container?
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Busy as a Jollibee: Asia's fast-food giant expands abroadThe Saigon Times Daily A member of a Jollibee crew packs a takeaway food for a customer inside a Jollibee franchise in BF Homes Paranaque, Metro Manila, March 3, 2016 – PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON (REUTERS) - Jollibee Foods, a major Asian fast-food operator, hopes to generate half its sales outside its home market of the Philippines within five to seven years, up from 30% now, its chief executive told Reuters. It also hopes to double its revenue in five years, as it expands its own chains and buys others, at a time when dealmaking in the restaurant sector is heating up as increasing competition and costs fuel consolidation. Earlier this year, Coca-Cola agreed to buy Costa Coffee and JAB Holdings bought Pret a Manger, which Jollibee also considered. More recently, Restaurant Brands New Zealand said it was in takeover talks, TGI Friday’s UK went on the block and sources said Bojangles was exploring a possible sale. … [Read more...] about Busy as a Jollibee: Asia’s fast-food giant expands abroad
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’
The performance of cosplay, where participants don the costumes and fashion accessories of their cartoon character heroes, has continued to grow in popularity in Vietnam. First taking root in Japan, ‘cosplay’, a simple contraction of the words costume and play, sees fans of comic books, animated movies and games transform into their favorite characters. It takes a lot of preparation to convincingly bring a fictional character to life. Bui Nguyen Tuong Van, 27, has called herself a loyal fan of cosplay ever since it started gaining popularity amongst young people in Ho Chi Minh City. The ability to ‘live’ as the characters that were an integral part of one’s childhood, be it a prince, a princess or a housemaid, is what keeps the cosplay community alive and thriving, Van said. According to Van, though cosplay is popular in many countries, Vietnamese youths tend to prefer … [Read more...] about Cosplay’s popularity grows amongst Vietnamese youth