Trash collectors face uncertain future after dump closes

Fifty-year-old Pham Thi Vui collects garbage at Khanh Son dump in Da Nang. The city has no plan to help waste collectors find stable and less toxic ways to make ends meet after the dump is closed in 2022.

VietNamNet Bridge – Pham Thi Vui has had a "steady job" for the last 20 years, collecting garbage from the Khanh Son dump in Da Nang. Vui, 50, a resident of Hoa Khanh Nam Ward in Lien Chieu District, earns VND100,000 (US$5) each day after collecting and selling scrap iron, plastic bags, cans, paper, and even food. She knows that the job is hazardous to her health, but says she has no other choice. "I don't have much education and I am too old to find another job," she said. Her "job" had enabled her to raise two daughters, with the elder one following in her footsteps. The daughter dropped out of school and began collecting garbage when she was just 10 years old, and ended up marrying a man she met at the same dump, doing the same job. "My daughter went to the dump everyday even when she was pregnant. And the baby was a hundred percent healthy!" Vui said, thankfully. But neither Vui nor any one of the 150 or so other people who are self-employed at the dump are health … [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...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

“Signing quickly”- that’s how reporter Mai Thuc Long worked

Reporter Mai Thuc Long, former Deputy General Director of VOV

(VOVworld)- Respecting the truth and expressing your true sentiments is the way reporter Mai Thuc Long, whose nickname is Hoang Phuong, wrote his stories. In late July 1987, after graduating from the Nguyen Ai Quoc School of Politics, I returned to work at the radio station. I wanted to come back to the Industry Section but Pham Mai Luan, Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of the Domestic Service said: "No, no. We sent you to study at the Senior Party School in order to assign you a new task. You can choose to work in one of the three Departments: Organization, Office or the Listeners' Department". I insisted that I wanted to be a reporter. Luan then said: "OK, then why don't you come talk to Mr. Long "Fire" after the regular meeting tomorrow" I knew Mr. Mai Thuc Long by name and by face but this was the first time I had heard his nickname "Long Fire". Mr. Long "fire" worked in a tiny room at the end of the second floor which could accommodate a few people and was piled high with … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Actively preventing and combating natural disasters with reliance on the community

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After 5 years of implementing the project "Minimizing risks from disasters", sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, via Vietnam Red Cross, the awareness of governments’ levels and Phu Yen inhabitants in coping, reducing natural disaster risks has proved positive changes. Phu Yen Newspaper acknowledged some ideas as related to this issue. * DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY OF VIETNAM RED CROSS, MR. DANG MINH CHAU: Attach with the locality’s plan for socio-eco development Through Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Red Cross supports Phu Yen province in particular and provinces, cities in high risks of natural disaster in Vietnam in general, "stimulating" the awareness, orientations in the task of preventing and combating natural disasters. For me, in the coming time, the Party levels, local governments need to care more about the tasks of directing, managing the prevention and coping with natural disasters in connection with the plan of developing … [Read more...]

Da Nang Offensive Campaign 1975

Army Corps 2 approaching Da Nang on March 29th 1975. Photo: Archived photo.

PANO – The victory in the Central Highlands, and especially the victory of Tri Thien - Hue Campaign, isolated the enemy’s military bases in Da Nang and all the remaining force of the enemy’s Army Corps 1 and Military Tactical Zone 1 in Quang Da region, and blocked the roads to Saigon. After losing Tri Thien, Quang Ngai and most of Quang Nam provinces, the entire remaining forces of the Saigon government’s Army Corps 1 and Military Tactical Zone 1 fled to Quang Da. The enemy deemed that "The communists intend to attack Da Nang and it takes at least a month to prepare for the operation." Based on that anticipation, the Saigon force decided to "keep Da Nang at any cost". Under the direction of the Politburo, the Central Military Commission and the General Command, Tri Thien Military Region, Army Corps 2, and Military Zone 5 launched Da Nang Offensive Campaign (March 26th to March 29th, 1975) aiming to destroy the whole enemy’s force in the Quang Da … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur.

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...]

Transport firms to lower fares after sharp fuel price cut

Le Anh Ho Huy, chairman of Mai Linh Group, told the Daily that his firm will cut taxi fares by VND500-1,000 per kilometer after the group works with the HCMC Taxi Association, while a source from Vinasun Corporation said the firm is reviewing input costs to determine appropriate cuts. A number of cargo transportation companies are mulling fee cuts. Huynh Duc, director of Thinh Anh Duong Co. Ltd., said the enterprise is planning to cut its charges for some routes five to ten days after fuel trading firms lowered their retail prices. Do Xuan Phu, director of Minh Lien Transport Trading Service JSC, said the company will not make more fee reductions in the coming time as it already did just that. Thai Van Chung, general secretary of the HCMC Goods Transport Association, said transport firms will have to slash their fees if they do not want to lose customers. Some enterprises in the passenger transport sector at Mien Dong Coach Station have plans to adjust their fares before … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Eighth Stage: Cyclist Tran Van Quyen lands on the first place

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PANO - In the eighth stage of the ongoing Across-Vietnam Cycling Tournament-The Vietnam Defence Cup 2014 on December 11th, cyclist Tran Van Quyen from the Army 1 landed on the first place. Cyclists raced 62km from Ha Tinh city to the house of Uncle Ho in Kim Lien village, Nghe An province. Depite heavy rains and narrow roads, cyclists followed closely each other. Coming to Nghe An province, rain stopped, creating good conditions for cyclists to speed up. … [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...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Questions that remain

Son Nguyen An investment certificate was issued last October by Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone Authority for World Shine Hong Kong to build a five-star resort on Hai Van Pass linking Thua Thien-Hue and Danang City. The resort, according to Tuoi Tre, covers an area of 200 hectares at Cua Khem Cape, where Hai Van Mount intrudes the farthest into the sea. To date, the investor has built an office at the site to manage the project, and cleared ordnance remaining after the war. All had moved smoothly until last month when Danang City government challenged the project licensing, saying the site is in an overlapping area between the two localities. Further investigations by local media later have revealed a startling fact that the project site overlooking the East Sea is crucial for national defense and security. Military officials, experts and the general public have strongly voiced their protests against the project. … [Read more...]