Social News 3/3

Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

Vietnam neonate makes stunning recovery after ejection from womb into toilet tub

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A prematurely born, underweight baby is now in stable condition after being ejected from his mother’s womb into a toilet tub in central Vietnam more than three weeks ago. Phan Van Tu, director of Nghe An Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital in the eponymous province, said Saturday that Hoang Van Be, who was born on February 5, 2015, is recovering and in intensive care at the healthcare facility. Be is the second son of Ho Thi Thuy, 21, who resides in the province’s Dien Chau District. According to Thuy’s family, she had an upset stomach and sat on a toilet tub to relieve herself on February 5, when she was seven months pregnant with Be. Without warning, her baby fell out from her womb into the tub. Hearing her screams, Thuy’s husband quickly came to their infant’s rescue. After cleansing the little boy of waste matters, the family rushed him to a local clinic before having him transferred to the Nghe An Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital for … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/2

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Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

The kind-hearted expatriates

Ms. Huong and Mr. Binh presenting gifts to the disabled children in Tuy Hoa city

Tet festival is etched in the memories of expatriates who send their hearts to their native land place with a constant memoirs. As for Vietnamese overseas, the nostalgia is sharper. From thousands of miles away, their feeling towards the homeland is expressed through the warm shares. Ms. Han Thu Ha, living in the U.S, confided, "From Phu Yen Newspaper online, I’ve read the column ‘Together relieving A/O pain’ about the desperate circumstance of the family of the elderly Tran Thi Guong (aged 90, living in Phong Nien village, Hoa Thang commune, Phu Hoa district), I feels so sorry for her. My relatives and I send VND 20 million to help her". Despite being 90 years of age, everyday, she has to care her two daughters (Miss Nguyen Thi Ngan, Miss Nguyen Thi Nhung) with three meals by putting each spoon of porridge or rice. The two daugthers cannot move, just lying in bed; their faces are bewildered by sequelae of Agent Orange/ dioxin. A few years ago, from dawn every … [Read more...]

My darling

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'Love market of H'Mong people', a painting by Hoang Thi Phuong Lien NDO - Not until her husband So drank up the last sip of broth, did Say tell him resolutely: "Darling, tomorrow you’d stay at home to look after our little girl." "So, you intend to go to the love market for fun, don’t you?" he asked her in a soft voice. She nodded her head. "How long?" "Two days at most." "You want to sell something as well?" "Of course, just some pieces of embroidery." After that she took the food tray away to do the washing-up. "Ridiculously, he’s been taken in! For us women, we go to the love market to see our old flames, that’s all," she said to herself. During the month-end night, it was quite pitch-dark. No stars could be seen. With an electric torch in hand, So showed the way to the brick tank of water for her. When she had put the tray beside the huge container, he came back to the bedroom and concealed the small instrument under the roof. The washing-up took … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le Quang Liem. There are some people who are unknown to the public, but they are highly respected in their fields for … [Read more...]

Happy endings for physically challenged Vietnamese athletes

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Many Vietnamese people with physical disabilities have achieved success and nuptial bliss after carving out a fruitful sport career. They may not be able-bodied, but their aspirations in work, social contribution and marital happiness are just as fervent as those cherished by others. The pursuit of professional sports is one of the keys which help them open the doorway to success and happiness. A blind man’s quest for self-expression Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, 20, has carved out a niche for himself in the local sports arena after winning a gold medal in the long jump at the 2014 ASEAN Para Games held in January last year in Myanmar. The young man has also become a great source of pride for his nuclear and extended families. Hiep’s father emotionally recalled that his son became completely blind when he was in the sixth grade. He encountered countless difficulties when he embarked on his sport pursuit. Visually-impaired Vietnamese long jumper and sprinter Nguyen … [Read more...]

Last Meal of the Year in Hanoi

For Vietnamese people, the meal platter is considered the most important aspect of the last day of the lunar year. This is not only a ritual to invoke the ancestry to celebrate the New Year with the offspring, but also a reunion meal of the family before entering a new year. For Hanoi people, they prepare traditional dishes for this meaningful meal. The New Year atmosphere is full of joy in 90-year-old Ta Thi Tai’s house in Giap Bat Ward, Hoang Mai District. By the side of the decorative cabinet is a tower-shaped, round-leaf kumquat tree full of yellow fruits purchased in Tu Lien Village, Tay Ho District. By the side of the guest table in the sitting room is a flowery peach branch. Her family members are busy cooking for the special meal. Tai’s family has lived here from generation to generation. As all of her children and grandchildren live nearby, she intends to have the meal earlier than other families. The tray is full of traditional dishes of Hanoi. She said "Every … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

The Standing Provincial Party Committee visiting and presenting Tet gifts to the policy objects

Comrade Hoang Van Tra presenting gifts to the Vietnam Heroic Mother Le Thi Nhoi (Phu Thu townlet, Tay Hoa district)

On the occasion of At Mui Lunar New Year Lunar 2015, on February 10th, Mr. Dao Tan Loc, Member of the Central Party Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chief of the Provincial MPs; Mr. Huynh Tan Viet, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council; Mr. Hoang Van Tra, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee visited and donated 38 gifts (each worth VND 500,000) to the families of martyrs, the wounded, Vietnamese heroic mothers, those with contribution to the Revolution, the elderly, the objects of social protection in Tuy Hoa city, Song Hinh district, Tay Hoa district, the Provincial Center for Nurturing those with contribution and social protection; also, visiting and wishing a happy lunar new year to the Party Committee in Tuy Hoa city, Song Hinh district and Tay Hoa district. The three leaders pesented gifts and kindly asked about health, the situation of daily life, work and … [Read more...]

Assisting poor employees to celebrate Lunar New Year

Mrs. Pham Thi Ngoc Tu, Vice Chairwoman of the Provincial Labor Federation, presenting gifts to the people in Xuan Lam commune (Song Cau town)

During the last days, the Provincial Labor Confederation visited, presented gifts and supported to construct the "Trade Union Shelters"... so as to help workers, employees and fishermen with difficulties in the province to welcome At Mui Lunar New Year 2015 in a warm and happy way. In the last year, the Provincial Labor Federation sharply paid attention to the material and spiritual life of officials, civil servants, workers in the holidays; and well-performed the "Gratitude" task, building Trade Union shelters. By the days adjacent to Tet festival, the Standing Committee of the Provincial Trade Union organized the annual activities of visiting and giving gifts to officials, Trade Union’s members, workers and people with difficulties to help them with a warm and happy lunar New Year. For this Lunar New Year, the family of Ms. Cao Thi Ngoc Thao, Trade Union’s member of the General Hospital in Tay Hoa district is very happy in their new spacious house, thanks to the … [Read more...]

6 face charges in Hanoi’s massive alcohol tax fraud

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Prosecutors in Hanoi have issued charges against six people involved in an organized tax evasion scheme in which lower-taxed alcohol products meant for export were secretly sold to local buyers for huge profits. The fraud, which lasted more than three years, is believed to have caused the government to lose over VND13 billion (US$600,000), Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an official source. Ho Van Hai, 59, former director of Hanoi Liquor Company (Halico), and Nguyen Thi Kim Hanh, 42, a dismissed customs officer, faced "power abuse" charges. The others were charged with "tax evasion." Prosecutors said in November 2008, Halico contracted its retailer Hoang Lan Company to export its products to Laos as per request by Hoang Van Xuong, 44, and his wife Dinh Thi Minh Hoa, 41, both directors of Hoang Lan. Ho Van Hai (in white jacket), former chief of Vietnam’s top vodka producer Halico, being arrested in Hanoi last year. File photo. As of February 2012, … [Read more...]

Overworked American broker seeking pay cut and riches in Vietnam

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An electronic stock ticker displays share prices as a laborer paints outside the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) in Ho Chi Minh City. While Vietnam’s stock market has outperformed, volumes are still dwarfed larger peers. After six years trading stocks in New York and Hong Kong, Patrick Mitchell decided he’d had enough. The 30-year-old left the long hours and shrinking commissions behind in 2013 to join a firm that most of his colleagues had never heard of: VinaSecurities Joint-Stock Co. in Ho Chi Minh City. He’s now head of institutional sales at the company, living in a villa at least five times the size of his Hong Kong studio and helping to handle an influx of foreign investment that propelled Vietnam’s stock market to a third straight year of gains in 2014. "I wanted to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond," said the Chicago native, who previously worked at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Reorient Financial Markets Ltd. "There are 100 other expat brokers … [Read more...]

Touring Saigon at Tet

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Tran Thuy Linh In order to take a full-day tour around Saigon at Tet, you can take a look at several tours which many local travel companies are offering. The tour organized by Saigontourist is an example. With VND672,000 (US$31.5) per person, you can visit the city downtown, Tet Flowers Festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1, pagodas, take a cyclo ride around the Cholon area mostly inhabited by the Chinese Vietnamese community and enjoy the real Tet atmosphere by joining a Vietnamese family and making banh tet (traditional glutinous rice cake) with them. You can also book a Tet tour around Saigon at Teraverde Travel, which will bring you to a meeting with some artists at their houses in Saigon, a traditional music show, and a traditional Tet meal with a Vietnamese family. Apart from familiar destinations in the city, you can visit the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FiTo), the first private Traditional Medical Museum in Vietnam with 16 rooms displaying collections of … [Read more...]

Indie film Flapping towards success

In the middle of production: Nguyen Hoang Diep (left) directs an actress in Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere. — Photo baomoi.com

VietNamNet Bridge – The open ending of the Vietnamese feature film Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere, currently showing in Ha Noi and HCM City, proved divisive for audiences. Despite the love-it-or-hate-it ending, though, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere proved itself abroad by winning awards at several film festivals, including the 2014 Venice International Film Critic's Week and the third Ha Noi International Film Festival. The first full-length film by writer-director Nguyen Hoang Diep is the lyrical, enigmatic story of a young woman standing at a crossroads. The 17-year-old college student must decide whether or not to get an abortion. The film opens with the sound of raindrops and an image of Ha Noi at night. Huyen, the protagonist, lives in a rented house alongside a railway. She has just found out she is pregnant. Her flighty boyfriend Tung, a street lamp repairman and cockfighting enthusiast, is the father. "Huyen is alone whenever she is in trouble," said Pham … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]