Vietnamese designer to show off ao dai in Germany

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VietNamNet Bridge – The latest collection of ao dai (Vietnamese gown) with embroidered silk scarves by Hanoi’s designer Lan Huong was showcased at the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany on January 27 in Berlin. Related news 200 embroiderers work for Lan Huong’s new collection The collection consists of 50 handmade ao dai made from Vietnam’s traditional silk and decorated with embroidery patterns. Lan Huong also introduced her latest collection of embroidered silk scarves. The handmade scarves were made by more than 200 craftsmen and shown at the recent Vietnam International Fashion Week. Some designs in Lan Huong’s latest collection: … [Read more...]

Pictures: Vietnam’s most modern highway

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VietNamNet Bridge - The entire 55-km HCM City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay highway will open to traffic on February 8. Contractors are rushing to complete the final tasks. The construction of the HCM City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay started in October 2009, with 4 lanes and designed speed of 120 km/h, with a total investment of more than VND20.6 trillion ($1.03 billion). The project is divided into two phases, with 23.9km being built in the first phase and put into operation in January 2014. The road helps shorten the distance from HCM City to Vung Tau to 95 km, with a traveling time of about one hour 20 minutes instead of 120 km and 2 hours and 30 minutes. The first phase is the most complex of the entire project as it includes up to 11.5 km of bridges and viaducts. The second phase of the project starts from Long Thanh to Dau Giay in Dong Nai province, totaling 31.1 km long. Workers work on the last items to prepare for the opening on February 8. Once the entire road opens for traffic, … [Read more...]

HIV project targets at-risk population

A medical worker counsels a former drug addict undergoing methadone treatment on HIV/AIDS prevention in Le Chan District, Hai Phong City.

A project that seeks to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam by linking people most at risk with needed services was launched in Hanoi on January 27. The "USAID Community HIV Link - Northern Coast" project will be carried out in the provinces of Nghe An and Quang Ninh as well as the port city of Hai Phong. The main implementer of the three-year project that closes in July 2017 will be the Centre for Community Health and Development (COHED). A press-release from the project sponsor, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), says that "to contain current prevention and treatment activities, local civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) must increase their contributions to the national HIV programme." As such, it will mobilise and train a network of CBSs to reach out to at-risk populations and facilitate the latter's access to services like HIV testing and ARV treatment. The project identifies key populations into four … [Read more...]

ASEAN ParaGames to be held in December

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This year's ASEAN ParaGames will be held in December, six months after the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the organisers said. This is the first time the sporting event for athletes with disabilities will not be held right after the SEA Games. The eighth ParaGames, which will be held from December 3 to 10, are expected to draw about 1,300 to 1,500 participants and more than 500 officials. Between 11 and 15 sports will be featured during the games. This will be a historic games as it will be the first time Singapore is hosting the ASEAN Para Games and holding the multi-sporting event for the disabled at such a large scale. Viet Nam will send athletes to compete in six events: track-and-field, swimming, powerlifting, along with table tennis, badminton, chess, bowling and bocia. The delegation are expected to make top four. Last Games in Myanmar in early 2014, Viet Nam ranked fourth, bagging 48 golds, 65 silvers and 72 bronzes. VNS … [Read more...]

Ly Hoang Nam exits Australian Open with head held high

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Ly Hoang Nam was ousted from the Australian Open after his loss in the boys' singles second-round match yesterday at the Melbourne Park. The Vietnamese player was defeated 6-4, 6-7 (3), 4-6 by No 16 seed Arika Santillan of the hosts. According to coach Tran Duc Quynh, Nam started the match very well, winning a break point in the first game, and maintained his lead till the end of the first set. Unseeded Nam continued to play well, though Santillan received strong home crowd support in Court 7, and pocketed the second break point in the seventh game of the second set before he made it 5-3. However, Santillan won three games in a row in the second set and levelled it 6-6. The 1.78m-tall player grabbed the set with a 7-3 win in the tie break. In the third set, Nam was not able to stop Japan-born Santillan from winning the match. Nam is the first Vietnamese player to reach the second round of the Australian Open's junior draw. VNS … [Read more...]

National biodiversity database takes shape

The framework of the national biodiversity database, the result of a three-year US$3 million project funded by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), was announced yesterday in Ha Noi. The database will store nationwide biodiversity data, such as lists of species of fauna and flora. Designed to meet international standards, it aims to provide biodiversity information for decision makers, government officers, researchers and the public. However, a lot still needs to be done to complete the system, including the allocation of human and material resources, said Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan, deputy head of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Biodiversity Conservation Agency. She recommended that the environment ministry quickly assign a unit to operate the system. Deputy director of the Viet Nam Environment Administration Nguyen The Dong said that Viet Nam hoped for technical support from JICA to assist Viet Nam in operating the system. In order to ensure proper … [Read more...]

Thai Nguyen tea fest draws the crowds

Young women present tea to delegates at the Tea Festival held in Thai Nguyen Province.

For a Vietnamese couple living overseas for many years, the Tea Festival in Dai Tu District in the northern province of Thai Nguyen was an unforgettable experience. Mathilde Tuyet Tran and her husband, who live in France, said they enjoyed the festive atmosphere and learning more about the Vietnamese tea drinking culture. The three-day festival, which ended yesterday, promoted the tea growing and drinking culture of the Vietnamese people. It attracted many visitors. Organised as a cultural festival and trade fair, the event presented 200 booths introducing tea products and handicrafts from villages in Dai Tu. There was a competition to honour tea makers and to exchange the technology used in tea processing by businesses, co-operatives, villages and households. Tourists also enjoyed singing, a typical music genre of the Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic groups who reside in Thai Nguyen. Songs were also sung around a campfire at night, accompanied by a musical instrument called dan tinh … [Read more...]

Press digest – January 27

National University-HCM City urged to become regional institution President Truong Tan Sang has asked the Viet Nam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM City) to take a leading role in the country’s university system and become a regional educational institution. State President Truong Tan made the statement when attending a ceremony marking the 20thanniversary of the VNU-HCM City in Ho Chi Minh City. President Sang praised the university’s achievements and urged the VNU-HCM City to continue to enhance fundamental improvements to better the quality of human resources trained. Quang Ninh allowed to mobilize capital for infrastructure development The PM has made a decision on several specified policies to the northern province of Quang Ninh and the Van Don Economic Zone (EZ) to mobilize capital for socio-economic infrastructure development. In addition, the PM agreed to add the Van Don EZ to the list of coastal EZs which will be focused on development from the … [Read more...]

Kyrgyz invests USD22 million to improve the country’s education system

(CPV) - ADB is providing grant assistance of USD22 million to help the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic address major gaps in the quality and relevance of the country’s education system, which are undermining its drive for better living standards and a more competitive economy. Two separate grant agreements linked to the Strengthening Education System Sector Development Program were signed in Bishkek today by Olga Lavrova, Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic and Rie Hiraoka, ADB Country Director. "ADB has been supporting the Kyrgyz Republic in improving its education system for many years, and plans to continue doing so," said Rie Hiraoka. "Much has been done in recent years, but more efforts and reform actions are needed to improve students' learning outcomes." The ADB-assisted Strengthening Education System Sector Development Program will support ongoing policy reforms and other sector actions under the government’s Education Development Strategy for 2012 to … [Read more...]

PM receives newly-appointed Omani Ambassador

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VGP – PM Nguyen Tan Dung on January 27 received newly-appointed Omani Ambassador to Viet Nam Sultan Saif Hilal Al Mahruqi. The PM lauded on the two nations’ relationship, expecting the Ambassador to cooperate with the Vietnamese functional ministries and agencies to accelerate the bilateral relations in all fields. The two sides need to enhance cooperation in politics and diplomacy and other potential areas such as economics, trade, investment, tourism and labor as well as supporting each other at international forums, the PM suggested. He proposed the two nations promote the inter-Governmental Committee mechanism and launch agreements reached at the second session of the Committee in January 2014, agreeing to assign Vietnamese functional agencies to coordinate with the Ambassador to step up specific cooperative areas. PM Dung told the diplomat that the opening of the Vietnamese Embassy in Oman will soon be considered. For his side, Ambassador Sultan Saif Al … [Read more...]

AIA Vietnam to present 1,000 bikes to needy children

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AIA Vietnam on January 27 offered 50 bikes and 50 gifts worth nearly VND90 million to poor children in Hai Duong province. AIA presents bikes to needy children AIA Vietnam Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (AIA Vietnam) in collaboration with the National Fund for Vietnamese Children and the Hai Duong provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs on January 27 launched the program of "Real Life Journey" for the second year. The program aims to raise funds to buy bikes for studious needy children. It is expected that 1,000 bikes will be presented to needy children across the country and a writing contest with the main content being the children's sharing about their journeys to school and dreams will be launched in 2015 under the program. At the ceremony, AIA Vietnam offered 50 bikes and 50 gifts worth nearly VND90 million to poor children in the province. As many as 770 bikes (worth a total of over VND1.3 billion) were presented to disadvantaged children in 22 … [Read more...]

Death toll rises to 10 in truck-bus accident

The head-on collision between a truck and a minibus occurred on Saturday afternoon in Thanh Hoa Province's Xuan Quy Commune.

Doctors at Thanh Hoa General Hospital yesterday confirmed that another victim of the deadly truck-bus collision that occurred on Saturday has died, raising the death toll to 10. The 10th victim was identified as 49-year-old Nguyen Van Khang, from Tan Ky District in Nghe An Province. He was admitted to the hospital with serious bone and brain injuries, and went into a deep coma before he died. The condition of three of the injured is stable, according to the doctors here. The police in Thanh Hoa yesterday decided to seek criminal prosecution with regard to the accident. The head-on collision between a truck and a minibus occurred on Saturday afternoon in Thanh Hoa Province's Xuan Quy Commune. A report by the Viet Nam Registration Agency said that the truck, labelled IFA, was manufactured in 1989 in Germany, and its registration had expired on January 1 this year. Nine of the people who were killed in the car were relatives and family members on their way to a wedding. VNS … [Read more...]

Investment in casinos: an insidious race

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VietNamNet Bridge – According to the Government’s portal, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has given the nod to a recreational complex, including a casino on the resort island of Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province. This news has sparked an immediate and insidious race among investors. Related news Local investor likely to develop casino on Phu QuocVietnam’s casino draft will not satisfy international investorsChow Tai Fook Enterprises wants to invest in Vietnam’s casino The Prime Minister has also assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to cooperate with Kien Giang Province and relevant agencies to collect comments on the casino project and send proposed policies and incentives to the Government for approval. In fact, the policy of allowing investment in a casino in Phu Quoc was approved by the Politburo and the Government long ago. Kien Giang may be the first location in the country that was permitted to open a casino in the true sense of the word, rather … [Read more...]

150 enterprises joining Phu Yen Spring Trade Fair 2015

Provincial leaders cutting ribbons for commencing the trade fair

In the evening of January 27th, at the intersection of Hung Vuong Avenue-Tran Phu street, ward 7, Tuy Hoa city, Phu Yen department of Industry-Trade coordinated with Trung Viet event organizing Company Ltd. (Da Nang city) to commence Phu Yen Spring Trade Fair 2015. Phu Yen 2015 Spring Trade Fair occurs from January 27th to the end of February 2nd with the participation of 150 enterprises displaying more than 400 stalls of household utensils, furniture, arts products, food, cosmetics….to meet the shopping demand among the inhabitants as preparing for At Mui Lunar New Year 2015. There are 40 stalls of Phu Yen enterprises. On this occasion, the PPC presented certificates to 15 products of 9 enterprises that won the prizes of 2014 outstanding rural industrial products. Source: Phu Yen NewspaperTranslated by HAI LOAN … [Read more...]

Is it time to say goodbye to the AAG internet connection?

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VietNamNet Bridge – Telecom groups have been urged to think of alternative solutions to AAG, the optical cable system that has had many recent breakdowns and slow internet connections. The repair of AAG was completed on January 23, with the internet resuming its normal operation only after 19 days since the day of incident. The repeated incidents with the Asia Pacific Gateway (AAG) submarine optical cable have upset the lives and works of millions of Vietnamese. The cable system has been cut four times just over the last two years, and it was interrupted one time for maintenance. The problem was so serious that the AAG incident was named by journalists as one of the top 10 information and communication technology events of 2014. A telecom expert noted that the sea cable break could occur at any time in the future. The cable could break easily if it is hooked and dragged away by an anchor of a vessel with tens of thousands of tons, which has caused 70 percent of the cuts … [Read more...]

3 tons of living cats caught on way from China to Vietnamese restaurants

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Cages of living cats smuggled from China are loaded off a truck in Hanoi on January 27, 2015. Photo credit: Kien Thuc Hanoi police Tuesday seized a truck smuggling more than three tons of cats, all alive, to sell to restaurants in Vietnam. They checked the truck at around midnight when it was parked on a street, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. Hoang Van Hieu, the 30-year-old driver and owner of the undocumented shipment, said he bought the cats at the border area and that all of them were from China, the paper said. Police are investigating further, saying they will deal with the cats "according to the laws". In Vietnam, smuggled products are required to be destroyed. It is uncertain at this point what local authorities would do with these cats. Cat smuggling from China is not new, but the practice has become more widespread recently. Insiders said the biggest markets for cat meat are in Thai Binh and Nam Dinh Provinces near Hanoi, where the meat is still considered by some as a … [Read more...]

Villagers make incense to link visible and spiritual worlds in northern Vietnam (photos)

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Hundreds of households in a village in northern Vietnam have long been known for their sophisticated incense products, according to Vietnamplus. Incense plays an important role in the cultural traditions and folk beliefs of Vietnamese people. It is considered a sacred bridge between the visible life of human beings and the spiritual world of heaven, earth, and gods. Let us take a look at how incense is made in Cao Thon Village, located in Hung Yen Province, which is a two-hour drive from Hanoi. Through many ups and downs, Cao Thon joss sticks have quality that no other place can compare with, and a distinct, long lasting aroma. Photo: Vietnamplus The first step is stuffing materials. The ingredients in incense are mainly herbs. Photo: Vietnamplus Most of the processes are done by hand. Working in dusty conditions leaves workers with a high chance of contracting respiratory diseases. Photo: Vietnamplus Many households in Cao Thon now use machines as well to increase labor … [Read more...]

Dong Thap looks for nearly $180 million for climate change response

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap is calling for an investment of VND3.7 trillion ($176 million) for climate change response projects between 2015 and 2020. The intended projects include developing an embankment system in Tram Chim town in Tam Nong district to counteract rising sea levels, and building erosion-proof dikes around the Tien River in Thuong Thoi Tien town in Hong Ngu district, among others. The projects aim to enhance local capability to adapt and respond to climate change and prevent and mitigate natural disasters to ensure sustainable socio-economic development. They will also cover training on the rehabilitation of production and business activities in areas prone to flooding as well as rescue and relief work. In 2014, as many as 33 communes close to the Tien River suffered from severe landslides and erosion due to climate change, according to the provincial Committee for Flood and Storm Control and Natural Disaster Mitigation. As a result, more than two … [Read more...]

Hue’s tapioca dumpling: My version of eating royally

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has a unique appeal. Steamingly hot dumplings taste best when dipped in spicy, lightly sweetened fish sauce. There are two kinds of Hue dumplings: those wrapped in banana leaves and those left uncovered. I just love my dumplings uncovered because they are see-through and I can see what's inside. Red, crunchy shrimps are my favorite but pork and mushroom fillings are also excellent. To make tapioca dumplings with shrimps inside, you need to prepare the dough. For this, place tapioca starch in a large bowl and add boiling water. Knead the dough into small dumplings. The next thing to do is to make the fillings. The shrimp used to make this dish is pretty small, same size as the pinky finger. Remove the shrimps’ heads, legs and tails, but leave their peel intact. The shrimps are then simmered in a pan with some oil, fish sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar, until they are dry and crunchy. Place the shrimps into the tapioca dumplings, then you can boil or steam the dumplings. Hue … [Read more...]

70 percent of Vietnamese CEOs are over 50 years old

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VietNamNet Bridge - More than 73% of the chief executive officers (CEOs) of large enterprises in Vietnam were born in the 50s and 60s, according to statistics of the Vietnam Report released on Tuesday, January 27. Accordingly, 41.5% of the CEOs of the 500 biggest enterprises in Vietnam are aged 46 to 55 (born in the 60s) and 31.7 percent are over 56 years old (born in the 50s). The CEOs born in the 80s account for 0.8 percent. Thus, the majority of CEOs of the 500 largest businesses of Vietnam in 2014 were born in the 50s and 60s, and have the advantage of experience and wisdom in business. Meanwhile, the advantage of those born in the 70s and 80s is that they studied in a better environment and had better access to information and new technologies and to international trade opportunities. And they are not bound by the language barrier. However, the younger generation of CEOs lacks necessary leadership skills to become outstanding candidates for senior executive positions in … [Read more...]