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 19/12

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Food safety inspections increase for Tet holiday The Viet Nam Food Administration (VAF) has called for more inspections to ensure food safety nationwide as Tet approaches. "From now to the end of March, inter-ministerial inspection teams will visit food production and trading units of all levels, especially in big cities with high consumption and food processing villages and at border gates," said VAF deputy director Nguyen Thanh Phong. Authorities will also focus on producers and distributors of goods that will be in particular demand during Tet, such as wine and beer, eggs, milk and fresh meat. "The number of units to be inspected will increase by 10 per cent from the same period last year in the hope that we can reduce the number of food poisoning cases during Tet," Phong said. "Communication campaigns will disseminate information and regulations on food hygiene and safety, especially knowledge about food selection, preservation and cooking." Wetness in the north and heat … [Read more...]

Rescuing trapped workers may take days

Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai inspects the tunnel and directs rescue work - Photo: VGP

VGP – Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai on December 18 flew to the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to direct the rescue of workers who are being trapped under ground in Da Dang-Dachomo hydropower plant. Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai called for best rescue workers and modern equipment to speed up the rescue work, adding that all measures must be quick while guaranteeing the safety of victims. Rescue workers are making every effort during the past two days but challenges have emerged due to torrential rains on Tuesday that give rise to the water and landslides in the tunnel. Moreover, slope terrain may stretch the rescue effort by three or four days from now, our reporter on the scene said, adding that rescue forces are maintaining close contacts with the victims. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung, and Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang are also present at the site. Medical workers from Ho Chi Minh City also arrived in … [Read more...]

Rescue underway at site of collapsed tunnel in central Vietnam

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Rescue work is still underway in a tunnel at a hydropower plant project in central Vietnam to save 12 trapped workers after the tunnel collapsed on Tuesday. According to latest updates, water has submerged by one meter inside the tunnel the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, but the 12 workers are still safe. "Although the water level is still increasing, they managed to hold on to higher positions," VnExpress quoted Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung, who is directly instructing rescue work at the site, as saying. Hung added that it may take several days for water to cause risks to the workers given the current rising level. The Minister of Transport, Trinh Dinh Dung, and Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, arrived in the site at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday to instruct the rescue. The Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, also arrived in the site at noon to inspect the preparation for medical supports for the trapped … [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...]

Social News 14/12

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Vietnam warned against unsafe foods The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) under the Ministry of Health this week received warnings of foreign food safety agencies against two types of dried food originating in Taiwan including tofu and fruits, which contain toxic substances. Particularly, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety informed the Vietnamese administration of a ban on dried tofu imported from Taiwan after this product had been found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. The UK Food Standards Agency on Monday also warned against dried fruits produced by two firms named Gima and Norfolk, which contained sulfur dioxide not listed on the food label. … [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...]

Press digest – December 11

PM Dung affirms resolution to improve investment environment Viet Nam will further improve the investment and business environment in order to welcome more investors, including those from the Republic of Korea in general and from Busan in particular. The PM made the affirmation when attending a dialogue with the RoK business community in Busan, the RoK. He emphasized the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations have been deepened since the establishment of the strategic partnership. … [Read more...]

Press digest – December 10

PM Dung affirms resolution to improve investment environment Viet Nam will further improve the investment and business environment in order to welcome more investors, including those from the Republic of Korea in general and from Busan in particular. The PM made the affirmation when attending a dialogue with the RoK business community in Busan, the RoK. He emphasized the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations have been deepened since the establishment of the strategic partnership. … [Read more...]