Pupils’ useful inventions

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With a passion for scientific research, many pupils have had inventions with practical benefits. The school-yard sweeper attracts the attention of many people In the Hai Duong Provincial Scientific and Technical Research Contest for High School Pupils held by the provincial Department of Education and Training last January, the Organizing Board and those present were attracted by a machine named "School-yard sweeper". This was an invention of Tran Minh Thuyet, a pupil of Pham Su Menh Junior High School (JHS) (Kinh Mon district). The machine was made after she had seen a cleaner hard move each broom stroke to sweep the school-yard. The sweeper was designed to consist of two automatically-rotary brooms, one waste leading line, one trashcan, etc. The machine was attached to wheels and handles, helping the user quickly clean a large area with labor lifted but work efficiency improved. To demonstrate that, instructor Nguyen Hop Cuong tried out the machine, which cleaned any floor … [Read more...]

Motorbikes offer new spin on City tours

Street view: Tour guides and motorbike taxi drivers working at Back of the Bike Tours help travellers discover the city. — VNS Photo XO Tours

VietNamNet Bridge – A motorbike ride is the best way to take in the sights and sounds and taste the local cuisine in the less explored parts of Ho Chi Minh City. Tourists interested in this form of sightseeing can use backofthebiketours.com, whose name literally suggests riding pillion on a bike with a tour guide to discover the city from close quarters. Alternatively, if you are tired of eating restaurant food and want to spice things up with the local cuisine, tour guides can also help you savour some of the street food that is on offer at the city's pavement food stalls, where you can also enjoy the city's street views through the course of the day. Some of the food available at these street hangouts offers unusual culinary experiences. For instance, some of these dishes include trung vit lon (fertilised duck), banh xeo (or ‘sizzling' cake, which is a savoury fried crepe made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder and stuffed with chopped pork, shrimp, green … [Read more...]

Social News 11/2

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Quarry collapse kills three in Thanh Hoa Three people reportedly died of suffocation in a quarry collapse on Sunday in Xuan Le Commune, Thuong Xuan District in Thanh Hoa Province. The incident was discovered at about 10am on Sunday, when a quarrier went past the mine pit where the three victims were working, and saw that it had collapsed. He immediately called out to other workers nearby for help. However, all rescue efforts were too late because the pit had possibly collapsed long ago and the victims must have died of suffocation after being buried under the mud. Although the collapse was discovered in the morning, the victims' bodies reached their homes only at 5.30 pm, because the quarry sits deep inside a forest in a remote area that is inaccessible by either car or motorbike. Authorised agencies are working with the victims' families to identify the cause of the incident. Rash truck driver kills 2 Two people have died and two others were seriously injured following an … [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 6/2

2, 165 students nationwide honored 2015 best students Ministry of Training and Education has just announced a list of students, who won the best student competition in 2015 on February 3. This year’s contest attracted 4, 350 participants , who get outstanding achievements in their study at high schools, universities nationwide. The annual competition is an useful playground, aiming to seek outstanding students for a national academic team to compete at various scholastic events. 2, 165 winners honored this year, including 140 students from Hanoi, 52 students from Ho Chi Minh City, 85 students from Hai Phong, 82 from Nghe An, 81 from Hai Duong and 78 from Nam Dinh and other. Student Nguyen Tuan Hai Dang from Natural Science Gifted High School won the first prize in mathematical category. Hanoi team took the leading one of nationwide about number of good students. Manhunt after bank theft, inside job suspected A nationwide manhunt is underway for a bank employee believed to … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/2

DJ ranked 42nd in world to hit Chill Sky Bar Portuguese DJ and producer Kura, who ranks No 42 on DJ Mag's Top 100 in 2014, will provide a night of electro house music called "Made For Music" at the Chill Sky Bar today. Kura, whose real name is Ruben de Almeida, received the award for Best Portuguese DJ in Radio Nova Era's annual awards in 2014. The show will begin at 9pm at 76A Le Lai Street in District 1. Mass kissing contest to mark Valentine's Day in Hanoi Some 100 couples will take part in a kissing competition on the Valentine's Day this year at the Water Park in Hanoi, with judges to choose the 10 best pairs of kissers. The event, to be held February 13-14, will also feature a romantic cocktail festival, a "Romeo and Juliet" house, love dancing and a love story. Couples will kiss in the Romeo and Juliet house, surrounded by roses. The organising board will select ten outstanding couples to give them prizes. The winning coupes will throw lucky roses to the audience. Bronze … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/1

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"Impressions on Mongolia" art exhibition opens in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association will organize art exhibition named "Impressions on Mongolia" from January 27 to February 7 at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC. 30 oil & lacquer paintings, over 100 art photos and sketch of 14 female artists in HCMC featuring Mongolia’s culture and life will be on display during the event. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence (11.7.1921-11.7.2015) TNT Theatre tours across Viet Nam The British TNT Theatre will perform Frankenstein – The Monster and the Myth from March 17 to 21 in Ha Noi and HCM City. The play is directed by Paul Stebbings, with music and sound effects by composer Paul Flush. Too many stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein ignore that the story is not just a novel, but a myth that has … [Read more...]

Consensus Is Key toPPP Model in Environment

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Vietnam and the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) recently co-organised a dialogue programme in combination with a press itinerary called "Enhanced public-private partnership in protection of marine environment and coastal areas" in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The programme drew the participation of central agencies, coastal provinces and cities, business representatives and media agencies. At the dialogue, Ho Cong Hoa, an expert from the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), presented a worrying figure. Nearly 90 percent of State budget is invested in infrastructure development and only 10 percent is allocated to infrastructure management and conservation. ODA that Vietnam receives for environmental protection is decreasing. Besides, the increase in State budget for environmental protection is very low, averaging 5.1 percent a year. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

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Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Romantic comedy features circus life

Light viewing: Ngay Nay Ngay Nay (The Lost Dragon), a comedy produced by Ngo Thanh Van, will be released for the Tet holiday. — Photo Courtesy of VAA Entertaiment

VietNamNet Bridge – Movie star and pop singer/producer Ngo Thanh Van and her partner, Vietnamese-Canadian director Cuong Ngo, have worked on a new film, Ngay Nay Ngay Nay (The Lost Dragon), which will be screened this Tet (Lunar New Year holiday). The 90-minute movie was filmed on a studio set built to resemble a 400-seat circus arena. The film depicts the adventure of Dan Nuong (played by Van) and Tieu Duyen (by actress Le Khanh), who live on a planet far from the earth. They are on a mission to discover the earth and its people. Both decide to live in a circus in HCM City, where they learn about love and friendship. The film includes beautiful scenes of circus performances with soundtracks by the popular pop band 365. Van invited veteran comedians Thanh Loc and Phi Phung to perfect her film. After its trailer hit online last week, Ngay Nay Ngay Nay was praised by more than 40,000 viewers. "Our film is like a song in praise of life," said Van, owner of the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/1

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My Tam to perform at ‘Dreaming together in Osaka' Singer My Tam will be the sole Vietnam representative to perform with guitarist Oshio Kotaro at ‘Dreaming together in Osaka’ this upcoming April. ‘Dreaming together in Osaka’ is an exchange between Vietnam and Japan artists to mark the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Kansai. The performance will be divided into three parts. My Tam will sing Vietnam and Japan songs with Osaka music band in the first part. The second part will be Oshio Kotaro’s guitar performance and the last part will be a combination between My Tam and guitarist Oshio Kotaro. The programme is set for April 5 at the NHK hall in the centre of Osaka City. India to aid renovation of My Son towers India will send experts and give a five-year subsidy of about US$2.5 million for renovation of the towers in the My Son sanctuary in the central Quang Nam province. According to Dinh Hai, director of the Quang … [Read more...]

In Vietnam, urban parents want kids to gain life experience via outdoor activities

Gardening, doing charity, or selling products at fairs are some of the activities some parents guide their kids into doing in the hope that they can learn knowledge from real life.

Parents in Ho Chi Minh City are putting in effort to teach their children social skills, besides their studying at school, through outdoor activities. Becoming a fair seller One afternoon, Mai Thanh and Sammer, both 7, were excitedly selling popcorn at a booth at a fair in Go Vap District. At the booth selling home-made products by seven families around the city, the children and their parents were busy making cookies and popcorn, topping ice cream or attaching price tags to their products. "Doing this helps our kids respect the money they earned on their own," Doan Cam Anh, a mother at the fair, said. "When the products did not sell out, I explained to them that life does not always offer what they want." "Our kids suffer a lot of pressure from studying at school," she added. "I have seen a generation which only knows their schools and homes, so I want my kids to communicate more with the world." It did not matter how many products Lam Ngoc Phuoc Thu's son could sell … [Read more...]

Two share Vietnam’s Next Top Model title

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The final night of the contest (Photo: internet) For the first time in reality TV contest Vietnam's Next Top Model, judges have announced two winners, 18-year-old Nguyen Oanh (female) from northern Quang Ninh province and 22-year old Quang Hung (male) from the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. The show's executive producer Le Thi Quynh Trang said they had obtained permission from the original format holder to grant the title to two persons. The surprise result was announced during a glitzy finale on the January 17 night in Ho Chi Minh City , which began with a catwalk performance of top five finalists displaying creations of Project Runway 2014 winner Ly Giam Tien. The pressure of the final seemed to have got to Duy Anh of Hanoi. He stepped on the dress train of another contestant. After the performance, Duy Anh, a 20-year-old student of the Hanoi Theatre and Cinema College, was eliminated along with two young women, Tieu Linh from northern Hai Duong province and Cao Ngan … [Read more...]

Vietnam capital to start relocating Old Quarter residents in 2017

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A man watches TV at home in Hanoi's Old Quarter. A local house can be as small as four square meters, but hosts a family of three. Photo credit: VnExpress The capital city’s authorities say it will move 1,500 households from the famous quarter to a brand new residential area, which will be completed in late 2017. The plan, as expected, faces opposition from many of the residents, whose livelihoods depend on the coveted location of the quarter in Hoan Kiem District. By 2020, a total of 6,500 households, or 26,000 residents, will be relocated out of the Old Quarter, so its population density will decrease from 823 people per hectare in 2010 to 500 people per hectare, VnExpress news website quoted Duong Duc Tuan, chairman of Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, as saying Friday. Covering 81 hectares, the quarter has become overcrowded over the years, with a total population of more than 66,000 people, official data show. Works will start on the new residential area in Long Bien … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police sent three fire engines and many firefighters to the site. The incident caused power loss for Thoi Binh town for a short time. By 8:00 p.m, the fire was controlled. According to initial statistics, at least two gold shops and 10 houses were destroyed, causing big loss. Luckily, no human loss was reported. The investigation is being conducted. Three fishermen die of strange snails Though border safeguards in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday rushed to save three fishermen but their efforts have been unrewarded. As being informed that three fishermen in serious condition after they ate snails, border … [Read more...]

Social News 29/12

Transport Ministry asks for airfare reduction on short-haul routes Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has recently issued a directive on reducing airfares on short-haul domestic routes, aiming to promote socio-economic development in disadvantage areas. Thang asked the airlines operating in Vietnam to promptly study and offer fare incentive policies for short-haul flights under 500 kilometres, and conduct price registration and listing in accordance with regulations. The airfare cuts will enable the people living in the remote, isolated, border and island areas to use air traffic and make contributions to boosting local socio-economic development. Earlier, Minister Thang signed a directive adding national revolutionary contributors to the list of passengers enjoying preferential services at the airports. Nearly VND100 billion raised for Hoang Sa, Truong Sa More than VND100 billion has been raised so far from the programmes organised by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour … [Read more...]

Social News 27/12

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Sleeper bus collides with container truck, injures 6 Some six passengers were injured when their sleeper bus collided with a container truck early today on the My Phuoc – Tan Van Expressway in the southern Binh Duong Province's Hiep Thanh Ward. The accident occurred while the sleeper bus, carrying 19 passengers, was travelling from HCM City to Binh Duong. The cause of the accident, which left the bus in a wrecked state, remains unknown. The injured were treated at the Binh Duong General Hospital. Local police are investigating the case. Unions prepare Tet support for workers Trade unions in southern localities will support workers with gifts and bus tickets during Tet, which falls in the middle of February this year. In Binh Duong Province, the provincial Federation of Labour planned to give free bus tickets to 1,220 workers from central and northern provinces to travel home for the holiday. The federation is giving 10 per cent more workers tickets than last year. The … [Read more...]