Social News 20/12

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Paid Christmas escorts trending among young Vietnamese In recent years, an increasing number of young Vietnamese who do not want to spend the holidays alone have turned to escort services, many of which charge millions of VND, to avoid a lonely Christmas. T.N, a Vietnamese living aboard, said that he wanted to bring a girlfriend out with his group of friends on his visit to Vietnam. "Everyone was bringing their wives or girlfriends, and I already said that I was bringing mine," he said. According to many who work in this area, when it was first introduced, there were not many people who thought it was a good idea. But over time, demand picked up. Now it is easy to go online and a special, if temporary, someone to provide company. T.N said, "My requirements are simple. The girl should have a fairly good appearance, speak English and must allow me to hold her hand." He said at first the company did not agree on the holding hands part, but finally gave in when he was … [Read more...]

Around clock operation to rescue 12 workers in collapsed tunnel

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visits a trapped worker’s relative (Photo: SGGP)

Ministers of Construction, Industry & Trade, and Health on Wednesday arrived at the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in Central Highlands Lam Dong to instruct around the clock rescue operations to free 12 trapped workers. More rescue workers and machines have been mobilized to the scene at Da Dang-Da Chomo Hydropower in Lac Duong District, where the province’s senior leaders have also been present. Major General Bui Van Son, director of the province Police Department has entered the tunnel to instruct rescue operations. Rescuers reported that the water level had risen to a meter inside the tunnel by Wednesday noon. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Tien, Secretary of Lam Dong province Party Committee and Mr. Doan Van Viet, Chairman of the province People’s Committee, ordered the rescue force to drill a spot in the lower reaches side of the tunnel to ram another pipe to provide more air for the workers and pump water out of collapsed tunnel. On Tuesday night, they had drilled and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 18/12

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Real-life adventurous Escape Room Escape Room, a popular real-life adventurous game in many countries adapted from a computer game of the same name, is now available at Crescent Mall in HCMC’s District 7, attracting a lot of participants, especially youth. There are six categories in the game including jail, slaughterhouse, bubble house, vampire lair, and burglary at the museum and crime scene. Participants will have a chance to join different missions and conquer ordeals in each category. Within 45 minutes in a locked room, players together with their partners have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, seek clues and escape from the room within a limited time. They must keep a watchful eye and have a sense of critical thinking. The game aims to encourage and strengthen teambuilding among members. Time pressure together with creepy sound and scary images inside the dark room might make gamers nervous and exciting. The more difficult the challenge is, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

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Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [Read more...]

13 communes meet all new rural development criteria as self-assessment

These communes have fulfilled 19 criteria according to self-assessment and requested the Provincial People's Committee to consider recognition. The Hai Duong Provincial Steering Committee for the National Target Program of New Rural Development will check the results of implementing new rural development criteria in 13 communes this December. These communes have fulfilled 19 criteria according to self-assessment and requested the Provincial People's Committee to consider recognition. Those are Nhan Quyen (Binh Giang district), Cam Son, Duc Chinh (Cam Giang district), Quang Minh (Gia Loc district), Tu Xuyen (Tu Ky district), Thuong Quan, Bach Dang (Kinh Mon district), Co Dung, Cong Hoa (Kim Thanh district), An Lam (Nam Sach district), Thanh Binh (Thanh Ha district), Tan Dan (Chi Linh provincial town), and An Chau (Hai Duong city). … [Read more...]

Social News 9/12

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ADB urges use of ICT in healthcare … [Read more...]

Vietnam plans to offer drinkers safe rides home

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A drunk bus driver passed out in a ditch after insulting all of his clients and hitting several electric poles in Quang Ngai Province on May 4, 2014. Photo: Hien Cu … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Government News 8/12

WB vows to assist Vietnam’s economic restructuring The World Bank (WB) is committed to helping Vietnam restructure its economy to achieve progress in the coming time, WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa assured Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in Hanoi on December 5. Kwakwa said the WB highly values Vietnam ’s economic restructuring efforts, with a focus on the banking system, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and public investment, while taking note of the country’s achievements in maintaining macro-economic stability, foreign investment attraction and sustainable economic development. … [Read more...]

France-Vietnam Friendship Association opens congress in Paris

A sound understanding of Vietnam and its positive changes will enable the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (AAFV) to devise practical projects for Vietnam and play a constructive role in reinforcing bilateral ties. Participants to the AAFV’s 15th national congress held in Paris, France, on December 6 shared that viewpoint on the association’s 2014-16 term after hearing a review report delivered by AAFV Secretary General Jean - Pierre Archambault. During 2011-2014, AAFV has made great contributions to boosting the relations and cooperation between Vietnam and France, the official affirmed. … [Read more...]

15th AAFV national congress opens in France

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Participants to the AAFV’s 15th national congress shared viewpoint on the association’s 2014-16 term. (Source: VNA) … [Read more...]

Fifteenth AAFV national congress opens in France

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung speaks at the congress. (Credit: VOV)

NDO/VNA - A sound understanding of Vietnam and its positive changes will enable the France- Vietnam Friendship Association (AAFV) to devise practical projects for Vietnam and play a constructive role in reinforcing bilateral ties. Participants to the AAFV’s 15th national congress held in Paris, France, on December 6 shared that viewpoint on the association’s 2014-16 term after hearing a review report delivered by AAFV Secretary General Jean - Pierre Archambault. During 2011-2014 term, AAFV has made great contributions to boosting the relations and co-operation between Vietnam and France, the official affirmed. … [Read more...]

Vietjet, CFM Sign Agreement on Maintenance for CFM56-5B Engines

Vietnam's Vietjet and CFM International, on November 24, signed a 12-year Rate Per Flight Hour agreement to support the airline’s Airbus 320 ceo fleet of 21 aircraft of CFM56-5B engines. The signing ceremony also welcomed Deputy Minister of Transport of Vietnam Mr Pham Quy Tieu, Vietnam Ambassador in France Mr Duong Chi Dung, and leaders of Vietjet and CFM. Under the terms of the agreement, which is valued at US$300 million, CFM will guarantee maintenance costs for a total of 45 CFM56-5B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis and provide some spare engines for free. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/12

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Concert features bands from the US, UK Saigon Outcast will host an International Live Music concert featuring the US band Tonstartssbandht and the UK's The Magic Pinions on December 13. Tonstartssbandht, consisting of two brothers Andy and Edwin White, will play boogie, 60s psychedelic rock and choral pop with a guitar and drum, while The Magic Pinions will present instrumental, chill out and ambient music. The performance will begin at 7pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2. Tickets are VND200,000, and are available at www.ticketbox.vn. … [Read more...]

Social News 4/12

Vietnam to host regional environment ministers’ meetings Vietnam will host the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME 13), the 14 th ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers’ Meeting and the 5 th East Asia Summit Environment Ministers’ Meeting and related events in 2015. The Prime Minister has asked Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to coordinate with relevant agencies and localities to prepare for the organisation of these meetings. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been also urged to work closely with the MONRE to organise meetings on transboundary haze pollution within the framework of AMME 13. … [Read more...]

15 movies to be released in Vietnam in December

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VietNamNet Bridge - "Huang Feihong", "De Mai Tinh 2" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" are the most awaited films in the last month of the year.1. Huang Feihong (China) Release date: 5/12 Genre: Action - Martial Art Cast: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Eddie Peng, Luodan Wang Director: Roy Chow, Chow Hin Yeung Roy Time: 90 minutes Language: Vietnamese dubbing only … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s migrant masses disappearing into shadow economy

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A worker pulls a trolley past embroidery machines inside a garment factory at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong province, Vietnam. The nation faces a low labor productivity which lags behind its neighbors, the International Labor Organiz … [Read more...]

Vietjet Air and CFM International ink $300 million deal

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VietNamNet Bridge – The budget airline Vietjet Air and CFM International on November 24 signed a 12-year engine maintenance agreement in France, at the witness of Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu and Vietnam Ambassador in France Duong Chi Dung. … [Read more...]