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...]