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...]

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...]

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...]

Social News 4/2

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Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [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...]

Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

Sudden cold spell in southern Vietnam triggers rise in respiratory problems

>> Tropical snowfall causes congestion in Sa Pa (photos)

A cold front is hitting southern Vietnam, having caused a sharp temperature drop in the past few days and led to a rise in respiratory problems among residents. Affected by the cold spell, the temperatures in many southern localities have suddenly plummeted during the last several days, according to the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station. Residents in Ho Chi Minh City trembled on Thursday as it was 18 degrees Celsius, five degrees lower than a day before, too cold for a tropical city with over 30°C being its ‘standard’ temperature. It was even colder in Phuoc Long and Dong Phu Districts in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, where the lowest temperature was 16-16.5°C. Meanwhile, many other localities saw their temperatures drop to under 20°C, such as Long An Province’s Moc Hoa District (18.6°C), Dong Thap Province’s Cao Lanh City (18.8°C), and Tien Giang Province’s My Tho City (19.9°C). The coldest weather in the … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 14/1

Three big cities launch English Champion 2015 The Vietnam Central Study Encouragement Association, EQuest Academy in collaboration with the Vietnamese American English Centre (VATC) has launched an English contest for primary and junior high school students (English Champion 2015). The contest will kick off on April 1, 2015, for students from the 4th to 8th grades in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. Contestants will compete in three rounds to show their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Competition will follow the knockout format, examining the competitors’ communication and presentation skills. Last year, English Championship 2014 drew the participation of thousands students from more than 20 primary and secondary schools in the three big cities. Awards include scholarships and cash (VND6.2 million or US$294 for the winner of the English Championship 2014). Pilot issuance of Criminal Record Cards by post approved The Prime Minister has approved a project … [Read more...]

Social News 11/1

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Skyscraper project on Han River bank cancelled In an interview by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper yesterday, Da Nang's Party Secretary Tran Tho said the project to build a skyscraper dubbed a "lighthouse" on the Han River in the central city will be cancelled. Mr. Tran Tho said that Da Nang city People’s Committee has just given approval to implement the project but not yet agree to carry out the project on the river. However, after receiving the objection from the public and architects, the city authority decided to cancel the project, he said. Mr. Tho said that he had requested the city’s government to look for a new place to build the skyscraper. After the city committee approved the project, many architects and municipal development experts raised their voice against the project. They said that project would damage landscape of river that has helped the city become one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam In addition, the project’s investor- investment … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/1

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Vietnamese publisher releases ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ Kim Dong Publishing House has released a Vietnamese version of the delightful children’s novel ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car’translated by Hoang Anh. The novel, which was first published in 1964 by Ian Fleming two months after his death, tells the story about a racing car Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a story that Fleming created for his son Caspar at bedtime. It is a tale about a magical car that flies, floats and even thinks. This enjoyable story follows Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Pott family as they embark upon adventures that take them to the sky, the sea and beyond! Familiar to many through the original book, the 1968 classic film starring Dick Van Dyke also helped mark the story an enduring classic for children and adults throughout the world. Vietnam-Japan Festive Day to blast off at Royal City Thousands of youth and students from universities, … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1

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Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Domestic Events for 2014

1. Resolutely protesting illegal acts of China in the East Sea On May 2, China illegally placed its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violating international law, running counter to the high-level agreements between the two countries, and threatening peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. With the international community’s support, the entire Party, army and people of Vietnam were unanimous in strongly protesting the illegal acts of China and resolutely safeguarding the national sacred sea and island sovereignty by peaceful means. China deployed over 100 escort vessels, including military ones, to guard drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 which was illegally placed in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. Photo: VNA 2. Promulgating a number of important laws In 2014, the National Assembly approved 29 laws in order to improve economic institutions, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

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HCM City hotels host New Year countdown parties A number of HCM City-based hotels are holding countdown parties to welcome the New Year. Female DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur will present a special performance on New Year's Eve at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers' Level 23 Nightspot, while Filipino band Sound On Fire will perform at the countdown party at the hotel's The Lounge. Sofitel Saigon Plaza will host a countdown party at a rooftop pool with a live music performance by local DJs. All the events are scheduled for New Year's Eve. Guns N' Roses tribute night Fans of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses shouldn't miss a tribute concert to the legendary band hosted by Hanoi Rock City tonight. Local band Nevermind will relive the early 1990s with a repertoire featuring more than 20 songs by the American hard rock band such as Civil War and Welcome to the Jungle. The show will start at 8pm at Hanoi Rock City (27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District). Tickets cost … [Read more...]

Social News 23/12

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Farmer turns down VND30m offers for giant chicken A farmer in Hung Yen Province has grown what he hopes will be an award-winning giant chicken, weighing seven kilograms, and has refused offers of more than VND 30 million to sell it. Han Minh, from Dong Tao Commune, Khoai Chau Distrist, wants to enter the chicken in the annual chicken fair later this month. The commune is renowned for its breed of giant chickens, which can have legs bigger than a man's arm. Han Minh said, "Some people offered me over VND 30 million for my seven kilogram chicken, but I want to sign it up for the upcoming fair." Dong Tao's chickens, which take up to two years to grow to full size, are much sought after for their unique appearance, and as a luxury status symbol for the Tet holiday. The chickens usually fetch prices of VND 300,000 to VND 400,000 per kilogram. Expressway crack repairs completed The Viet Nam Expressway Corporation has finished fixing a 73m crack that appeared between Km82 and 83 of … [Read more...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 10-20 (daily updated)

Film Screening "Kirikou et la Sorcière" Fri 19 Dec 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi You are invited to the film screening "Kirikou and the Sorceress" (France, 1998, 70 mins) directed by Michel Ocelot. For more information about synopsis, please see L'Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle. Tickets Ticket price: 40 000 VND Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 20 000 VND Tickets are available at L'Espace. Xmas Event at Bookworm … [Read more...]

14 Vietnamese get ASEAN CIO, CSO awards

Duc Tam Vietnamese accounted for 12 out of 17 winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards and two out of three winners of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards as announced by International Data Group (IDG) and the CEO & CIO Club at an award ceremony at the five-star hotel Sofitel Saigon Plaza in HCMC on Tuesday. The remaining five winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards are from Singapore, the Philippines and Laos while the only recipient of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards outside Vietnam was Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia. … [Read more...]