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...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

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Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 provinces: Son La, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien–Hue, Quang Nam, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Khanh Hoa. Three archaeological relics named are the Loi Citadel in Thuy Xuan and Thuy Bieu wards, Hue City, Thua Thien–Hue province; Hoa Diem relic in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province; and Khe Ho ancient rock ground in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district, Son La province. The seven historical sites comprise three in Thai Nguyen, including the complex of Muc Temple and Huong Ap pagoda in Pho Yen district; the relic where the Brigade 308 … [Read more...]

Flea markets spread in Ho Chi Minh City

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Initially born in rural areas flea markets, or chợ phiên in Vietnamese, have recently become the latest wrinkle in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a broad array of products at reasonable prices and adding diversity to the already vibrant metropolis. hợ phiên in Vietnam are unique and different from elsewhere because a chợ phiên is open for a couple of hours during the day in a certain public place and only takes place periodically. However, most flea markets in Ho Chi Minh City are open from the morning until late at night on weekends. In the countryside, a chợ phiên is also a meeting place for locals to exchange farming products. In Ho Chi Minh City, such a flea market sells all kinds of goods like any market but keeps its periodical characteristics - only gathering once a week or twice a month. More and more flea markets have opened in the city in recent years and visiting them is a favorite hobby of young people. A flea market in the city displays and sells different goods … [Read more...]

Crocodile boom gets out of hand in Vietnam province

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The escaped crocodile that Luong Van Sal of Dong Nai Province caught Monday. Photo: Le Lam A farmer in the southern province of Dong Nai on Monday caught a large crocodile in a swamp near his house, believing the saurian had escaped from one of many farms that recently cropped up around a local reservoir. Luong Van Sal of Vinh Cuu District said the two meter long crocodile weighed 32.5 kilograms. Soon after shocking it, he taped it to a long rod and reported his catch to the local authorities. Crocodile farming has become popular in Dong Nai’s Vinh Cuu and Dinh Quan districts, which border the La Nga River and Tri An Reservoir. Experts now warn that the farms lack relevant safety measures. On November 11, another crocodile was found in the pond of Nguyen Vu Ha, not so far from Sal’s house. After failing to anesthetize the 30-kg reptile, local park rangers decided to shoot it dead. According to Dinh Quan park rangers, more than 150 families in the district are … [Read more...]

Develop the natural heritage of the central South Coastal Region

Luong Van Chanh temple (Phu Hoa district), one renowned historical relic in Phu Yen.

The central South Coastal Region is the cradle of forming and developing lots of lifelong cultures like ancient ChamPa culture. So far, dispersedly in the Central South Coastal provinces, there are historical and cultural heritages. Nevertheless, the task of advertising, preserving and developing is still what culturalists do ponder. At the scientific conference of Journalism with preserving, developing the nation’s cultural heritage occurring in Binh Dinh, the researchers, cultural managers all over the nation had very effervescent debates on the cultural sector in the central South Coastal region. Accordingly, the scholars thought that the CSCR is the land with abundant cultural heritages. This piece of land bears the strong cultural features of ancient ChamPa. this is exactly the common cultural feature, which is outstanding and forming the huge volume of cultural heritages that are still in existence till current time. Among these, the system of temples and towers are … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [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...]

Government News 16/12

Hanoi receives Chilean President’s sculpture gift The Hanoi People’s Committee hosted a ceremony on December 15 to inaugurate an art sculptural work presented by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The artwork, which is comprised of five pieces of stone taken from the Andes Mountains and sculptured by famous Chilean painter Vicente Fajardo, features the friendship, solidarity, and "reunification" between the two nations. Chile is one of the first Southern Latin American countries to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam in the early 1970s when the latter was about to put an end to the American war. Since then, the two countries have unceasingly developed their ties in the politics, culture, education and trade spheres. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Le Hong Son thanked President Michelle Bachelet and Chilean people for the gift, saying it will help step up the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Party … [Read more...]

Experts propose upgrading rehab centers in city

Hoang Nhung The proposal was made amidst controversies over a plan of the city to build a hospital for drug addict rehabilitation. Nguyen Huu Tai, deputy head of the social vices control agency under the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city should establish social facilities to take care of drug addicts, especially homeless ones, besides the current centers to minimize vices caused by drug abuse. Tai said as drug addicts are like patients, doctors need to apply appropriate ways to treat them. Le Truong Giang, head of the HCMC HIV/AIDS Control Committee, said the city needs a center to provide initial detoxification treatment for drug addicts before sending them to concentrated rehab facilities rather than investing in a new hospital for drug addicts. Meanwhile, Truong Huu Khanh, head of the infection-nerve ward at Children’s Hospital 1 in HCMC, said it is a must for the city to develop concentrated rehab centers with qualified staff and … [Read more...]

Social News 15/12

Project targeting low-income earners introduced in Ha Nam A World Bank-funded project targeting low-income earners has been introduced in the northern province of Ha Nam. The 55.6 million USD project, supported by the World Bank is being carried out nationwide from 2013 to 2018. The "Innovation Targeting People on Low Incomes in Vietnam" project aims to create opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to access to loans and capitals so that they can enhance their proficiency in implementing innovations through applying, perfecting and expanding their operations, as well as commercialising technology to improve living standards for low-income people. Developing traditional medicine, information technology and communication, agriculture and aquiculture are at the heart of the project. Addressing at the conference to introduce the project, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Planning and Development’s Agency for Enterprises Development Nguyen Hoa Cuong, who is also … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/12

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Ben Tre Coconut Festival – bigger than ever this year The 4th Coconut Festival, set for April 7-13 next year, has been stepped up to a national event and will be bigger and better than ever, Tran Ngoc Tam, head of the organizing board has announced. The festival is an annual celebration of Ben Tre’s uniqueness to the Mekong Delta region, Tam says, adding that this year’s event will include a culture tourism week, southern food festival, beauty pageant, poetry contest, coconut exhibitions and much more. … [Read more...]

NA urged to control construction of administration centers

Van Ly According to a report announced at a recent conference of the association, 15 administrative centers have been commissioned or are under construction in cities and provinces throughout the country, all costing more than VND1 trillion each. The costliest center is the one in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa at nearly VND5 trillion. The huge budget for such constructions will make inroads into the State budget and leave a heavier burden on taxpayers, they said. Many cities and provinces are in a race to pour investments in such expensive centers. … [Read more...]

Government News 11/12

Vietnam, India boost IT, foreign language training cooperation Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh worked with Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran in Khanh Hoa province on December 9 to discuss how to accelerate the formation of the Vietnam-India IT and foreign language centre. The centre, located in the Telecommunications University in the central province of Khanh Hoa, is set up under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two governments in October 2014. The centre is expected to develop high-quality human resources in the fields, meeting the demand on building the Vietnam People’s Army. Phase I of the project is expected to be operation in the first quarter of 2015. … [Read more...]

Social News 9/12

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

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Cyclist Nguyen Thanh Tam comes first

Cyclist Nguyen Thanh Tam from An Giang-Hat Ngoc Troi finishing first at the fourth stage

PANO - Cyclist Nguyen Thanh Tam from An Giang-Hat Ngoc Troi (Heavenly Gem) topped the fourth stage of the ongoing Across-Vietnam Cycling Tournament-The Vietnam Defence Cup 2014 on December 5th. This 105km-stage starting from Phan Rang city to Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province) was considered difficult due to bad roads and strong winds. Cyclists closely followed each other. When reaching Cam Lam district, Khanh Hoa province, several cyclists had advanced forwards leaving behind their opponents. Cyclist Nguyen Thanh Tam pedaled so fast to reach the finish line first. Trinh Duc Tam from ADC-Vinh Long Television and Le Ngoc Son from DOMESCO Pharmacy Dong Thap 1 finished the second and the third. … [Read more...]

VFF President visits Submarine Brigade 189

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PANO - Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on December 4th led a mission to pay a working visit to Submarine Brigade 189, Naval Region 4. The mission was informed of the unit’s outstanding achievements over the past time especially in the training and combat readiness tasks to firmly defend national sovereignty over its seas and islands as well as in the mastering equipment, by Captain Tran Thanh Nghiem, the unit’s commander. … [Read more...]

Sir Nick Faldo revisits his own golf course

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Sir Nick Faldo revisits his own golf course … [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...]