What gift to give on the Teachers’ Day?

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As the country is getting ready to celebrate the Teachers' Day, the biggest event of the year in honor of Vietnamese educators, many parents choose to express their gratitude to their children's teachers through the medium of money. Nguyen Thi Thu in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi told Phu Nu Today newswire that she has consulted many of her neighbors over what to give her children's teachers on the Teachers' Day. "They all choose to present envelops with money inside to their children's teachers, hoping they will give their children more care and attention," Thu said. To show "proper" gratitude to her two kids' teachers, she has spent almost VND4million (US$200) of her monthly salary. Vu Xuan Manh living in Cau Giay District in Hanoi has also planned to give about VND6million in envelops to his son's teachers at an elementary school. "The gifts for my son's teachers cost even more than the gifts for my boss on Tet Holiday," he said. Though Huong's daughter is studying in a … [Read more...]

Rose prices go through the roof

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A flower shop in HCM City. To attract shoppers on Vietnamese Women's Day, flower shops, supermarkets and malls are offering gifts and attractive promotions. - Phu Nu Online Photo HCM CITY (VNS) - Flowers, cosmetics, and new clothes are on top of the list of gifts given on Vietnamese Women's Day, October 20. A variety of flowers are available in the market, including roses that keep for several years and imported ones. According to sellers at traditional markets and flower shops, rose prices have increased sharply. At Ho Thi Ky flower market in District 10, a bunch of 50 roses is selling at VND200,000-220,000, a markup of more than 50 per cent from recent days. The prices are expected to increase further, the traders said. Nguyen Thanh Tu, in charge of online marketing at Da Lat Hasfarm, told Viet Nam News that the prices of roses and moth orchids would be hiked slightly due to the high demand. But the company would not increase the prices of other flowers like daffodils and … [Read more...]

Women unite in fight against breast cancer

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Award-winning Nguyen Thi Khanh Thuong's journey as a cancer crusader began when she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer weeks before her wedding on Vietnamese Women's Day last year. She tells her inspirational tale of fighting the deadly disease and her future fundraising plans. by Lan Dung Inner Sanctum: How has the knowledge gained from working with cancer charities helped you fight against breast cancer? Actually, I did not know much about cancer during my time with charities. I took part in the events as a team leader to support the patients mentally and physically. At that time, I only thought of cancer and breast cancer in a particular way. I thought it was difficult to cure, painful and required treatment for a long period of time, with the patient eventually passing away. However, after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I realized that this was not true. Lots of people are frightened when they are diagnosed with cancer. If a person says that one of her family … [Read more...]

Vietnamese, Italian women share cultures

HA NOI — The Italian embassy in Ha Noi yesterday launched its second annual Italy-Viet Nam contest for women. Titled I Am Wonderful , the event is a project dreamt up by Loredana De Vitis to display stereotypes of women's beauty and behaviour in Viet Nam. One of the organisers said she hoped to reveal the similarities between Vietnamese and Italian women and the way society and their husbands expect them to look and behave. "De Vitis's project originated with the campaign Friendly Images, promoted by the Italian Women's Union, and it is receiving attention throughout Europe," said teacher and embassy liaison officer Alessandra Chiricosta. The contest asks women to send in their photos and stories to the organisers. Each woman can submit work to three sections, but only one work per section will be accepted. Contestants can write in Italian, Vietnamese or English with a maximum length of 1,000 words. The works must be sent to yviet2012@gmail.com before August 20. Contestants … [Read more...]

50 percent of cancer cases in Vietnam are women

According to a report released on Vietnamese Women's Day (October 20), women make up more than 50 percent of cancer cases in the country. Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen said that the country reported around 150,000 fresh cancer cases annually of which 75,000 died of the disease and 50 percent were women. The ten kinds of cancer affecting most Vietnamese women were breast cancer, lung cancer, ovary cancer, gastric cancer, colon-rectal cancer, liver cancer, blood cancer, cervical cancer, thyroid cancer and lymph gland cancer. According to medical experts, it is most worrisome to know that cancer patients are on the rise in the country, which will add a huge burden on the country's medical system and society at large. However, up to 40 percent of fatalities can be prevented, while the remaining can be cured if detected at an early stage. According to information provided by K Hospital, a specialized hospital for treatment of cancer in Hanoi, during the last five years, … [Read more...]

Look good, do better

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A good woman is good on the inside, say past beauty contest winners. As Vietnamese Women's Day has many families planning gifts and celebrations for their mothers, daughters and sisters, Thanh Nien Daily spoke with several former beauty queens about what October 20 means to them. Miss Earth contestant Truc Diem says wisdom and perseverance are what make great women … [Read more...]

Police return property worth VND600 million to traveller

A Vertu mobile phone, an iPad, a certificate of land-use rights and more than VND80 million ($3,600) in cash were returned to their owner, Do Dac Anh Quan. — Photo vnexpress.net HA NOI (VNS) – Police in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province yesterday returned assets worth more than VND600 million (US$27,000) to a traveller from Ha Noi. Do Dac Anh Quan, a resident in Thanh Xuan District, had dropped his belongings, comprising a Vertu mobile phone, an iPad, a certificate of land-use rights and more than VND80 million ($3,600) in cash, while travelling in Hue city. All these items were found on Tuesday by five mobile policemen of Thua Thien–Hue Police, while they were on a mission. After verifying his identity, the police carried out necessary procedures to hand over the assets to Quan. — VNS … [Read more...]

One killed in accident at construction site

One killed in accident at construction site QUANG NINH (VNS) — One person was killed and 10 were injured in an accident at the Cai Da construction site in Quang Ninh Province early today, the provincial People's Committee said. The construction site belongs to Thanh Cong Coal Enterprise under Hon Gai Coal Company, and is located at zone 5, Ha Khanh Ward in Ha Long City. Initial reports said the accident was caused by a breach in a water pipeline. Quang Ninh Provincial Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Doc and People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Long instructed relevant authorities and the coal industry to immediately conduct a search and rescue operation. The province has decided to give VND6 million (US$270) as compensation to the next of kin of the dead, and VND3 million ($135) to each of the injured. The incident is being investigated. Several tonnes of sugar seized CAN THO (VNS) – Can Tho City Police yesterday found a large quantity of sugar during a … [Read more...]

Health goods removed from Ha Noi drugstores

Ha Noi Market Watch staff are checking the origin of health goods at one of drug store operating at Hapu centre. — Photo Duc Duy HA NOI (VNS) — Four of six drug stores operating at the northern Viet Nam Hapu Centre have failed to present original papers for merchandise on their shelves, reported Ha Noi Market Watch. During a large-scale inspection at Hapu Centre, located on Nguyen Huy Tuong Street, Thanh Xuan District, the market force seized 1,000 bottles of red ginseng water extract and nearly 1,200 catheters. They also confiscated 11 boxes of functional foods, 45 boxes of wound dressing and 20 boxes of imported surgical masks. These goods are manufactured abroad, but had no legal documents of origin or registration numbers. "The four drugstores were fined VND68 million (US$3,000)," said a representative from Ha Noi Market Watch. "This wide-ranging inspection was meant to improve the responsibility of enterprises in doing business and to promptly detect violations to … [Read more...]

Three cybercriminals sentenced in Hanoi

Ha Noi People's Court yesterday sentenced three people for using advanced technology to steal money online. Bui Dinh Hao, 24, a Business and Technology University student, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Vu Phong, 34, a resident in Hai Ba Trung District, and Nguyen Van Dung, 38, from Thanh Xuan District, were imprisoned for 8 and a half years and 7 and a half years, respectively, for using the Internet and a telecommunications network to commit their criminal activities. According to the investigation agency, Hao and his accomplices stole a total of VND1.1 trillion (US$50,000). Hao, an IT student, found a flaw in PayPal's online payment system for upgrading an economy account to a business account, where American users could make payments via a credit card issued by an American bank. Meanwhile, Phong was Chairman of the Board of MPT Commercial and Online Service Joint Stock Company, which offered virtual VISA and prepaid credit cards for confirming online services. Hao … [Read more...]

Three cybercriminals sentenced in Ha Noi

For web. Hong Van Source: vnexpress Editor.:Siân w. 319 Three cybercriminals sentenced in Ha Noi HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi People's Court yesterday sentenced three people for using advanced technology to steal money online. Bui Dinh Hao, 24, a Business and Technology University student, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Vu Phong, 34, a resident in Hai Ba Trung District, and Nguyen Van Dung, 38, from Thanh Xuan District, were imprisoned for 8 and a half years and 7 and a half years, respectively, for using the Internet and a telecommunications network to commit their criminal activities. According to the investigation agency, Hao and his accomplices stole a total of VND1.1 trillion (US$50,000). Hao, an IT student, found a flaw in PayPal's online payment system for upgrading an economy account to a business account, where American users could make payments via a credit card issued by an American bank. Meanwhile, Phong was Chairman of the Board of MPT Commercial … [Read more...]

MOET’s plan to ease student workload applauded

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VietNamNet Bridge - The draft general education programming opened for public opinion by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) on August 5 will be ‘revolutionary' because the students’ current work overload will be eased. Under the draft program, general education would comprise two phases – basic education and career-oriented education periods. Students can choose careers after finishing secondary school, and do not have to continue higher education. Those who go to high school will have only four compulsory learning subjects instead of more than 10. The four subjects include math, literature, citizenship education and foreign languages. The other subjects would be optional, depending on students’ choice of careers. As such, students will have clear choices for their study and career – either following basic education and then going to vocational school and working, or continuing higher and university education. When introducing the draft … [Read more...]

Vingroup affiliate to develop city’s urban project

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Xavinco Company will carry out construction work on 40 per cent area of a 110,000 sq.m piece of land in Thanh Xuan District, that Ha Noi authorities had reserved for urban development. According to reports in the local media, the firm, an affiliate of property giant Vingroup, will be responsible for an area of more than 43,000 sq.m, part of the 110,000 sq.m land located at No 233, 233B and 235 Nguyen Trai Street in Thanh Xuan District. The detailed master plan, presented on a 1/500 scale, was adopted by municipal People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao on July 30. In an online report on August 5, the committee said the urban area will consist of offices, trade and dwelling complexes, as well as schools, kindergartens, exercising places and gardens. Office floors will be spread over a total of around 240,000 sq.m, while buildings may have up to 46 storeys, according to news website ndh.vn. When Biz Hub asked a Vingroup's communication official about details related to the … [Read more...]

Resettlement buildings left to fall into disrepair

HA NOI (VNS) — Shortage of funds is blamed for the many non-functioning lifts in resettlement apartments in Ha Noi. According to the municipal construction department, there are now 173 resettlement complexes in the city, consisting of 155 buildings managed by the Ha Noi Housing Management and Development One Member Co, Ltd and 18 managed by Ha Noi Housing Investment and Development Corporation (HANDICO). An inspection by Ha Noi People's Council in Nam Trung Yen Urban Area in Cau Giay District on Monday found that all 18 buildings managed by HANDICO failed to elect an administrative board to collect and manage maintenance fees. HANDICO vice general director Nguyen Tu Quang said that residents in the buildings refused to pay maintenance fees because the instrasgtructure was already so bad. Each family pays VND30,000 (US$1.40) a month into a housing operation fund and another VND30,000 for parking, Quang said, adding that the amount collected was only enough to pay for one … [Read more...]

Social News 3/8

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Traffic accident kills three policemen A traffic accident killed three policemen as they were driving on the National Highway 1A section which runs through Huu Lung district in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son around 2.30pm yesterday. The policemen, Phuong Van Chung, Vi Van Loc and Trinh Van Hieu, from the district's police force, were on a working trip from Ha Noi to Lang Son when their Toyota car crashed into a passenger bus travelling in the opposite direction, according to the district's police. The bus belonged to the Son Duc – Lang Son joint venture company. The incident remains under investigation. Coach, truck collide, injuring nine A coach crashed into a truck in central province of Nghe An on Saturday night, injuring nine. At about 11:20pm, a 29-seat coach bound for Vinh City lost control and rammed into the back of a truck parked on the side of the road. Those wounded on the coach were immediately rushed to the hospital. None suffered critical … [Read more...]

Residences lack management

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi's resettlement residential housing lacks managerial boards to repair dilapidated infrastructure, causing trouble for residents. An elevator at building N2A in the Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh residential quarter in Thanh Xuan District has been out of service for four months, but no one is responsible for conducting the repairs. The residents themselves would need to call a repairman and pay VND20 million (US$900) themselves. The Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh residential quarter's other buildings have malfunctioning elevators as well, said Le Quy Hong, head of the residential group in Nhan Chinh Ward. They also had sewage system blockages, broken taps and no fire prevention plans. Ha Noi's 173 resettlement buildings are managed and operated by the Ha Noi Housing Management and Development Company, and the Ha Noi Housing Investment and Development. Only 15 of the buildings have managerial boards. Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, said each … [Read more...]

More mums know benefits of breast milk milks as breast milk

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by Mai Hien Breastfeeding felt natural and right for Nguyen Minh Thu, a worker at a garment factory in Ha Noi, but doing so meant struggling against pressure to use infant formula. Because she had a caesarean and had to take antibiotics, she was producing less milk for her baby. Her mother-in-law often asked, "Do you have enough milk for your daughter?" Her mother-in-law advised her to feed the baby with formula to make her grow up quickly and become the plump baby many Vietnamese wish for. Thu tried to explain to her mother-in-law that breast milk is actually the best thing for the baby and that she just wanted her baby to be healthy. Meanwhile, many mothers in Viet Nam do not breastfeed because of a false belief that mother's milk is inadequate, less nutritious. Nguyen Thi Phuong, an accountant in Ha Noi, said she decided not to breastfeed her baby boy because she had to go to work after two months and she didn't want her breasts to become ugly. "Many children grow up quickly … [Read more...]

Home-made liquor claims dozens of lives in Vietnam each year

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese drink 640 million litres of home brew each year, and the practice is spreading, the Viet Nam Association for Anti-Counterfeiting and Trademark Protection, VATAP, has reported. However, most home distilleries have no licences or health-control checks, leading to brews that kill dozens of people each year and hospitalise hundreds of others. About 800 million litres of alcohol is consumed in Viet Nam every year. Of that, 20 per cent is made under industrially approved conditions, while the rest is made and sold from home without any approvals. For instance, there are 250 home-brew distilleries selling alcohol in Vinh Tuong District in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. Another 750 people market the product. The district provides more than 500 litres of home brew for the domestic market every day. No home breweries or places that sell home brew in Vinh Tuong have any Government licences. Most said they had no idea they were necessary, according … [Read more...]

Home-made liquor claims dozens of lives each year

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese drink 640 million litres of home brew each year, and the practice is spreading, the Viet Nam Association for Anti-Counterfeiting and Trademark Protection, VATAP, has reported. However, most home distilleries have no licences or health-control checks, leading to brews that kill dozens of people each year and hospitalise hundreds of others. About 800 million litres of alcohol is consumed in Viet Nam every year. Of that, 20 per cent is made under industrially approved conditions, while the rest is made and sold from home without any approvals. For instance, there are 250 home-brew distilleries selling alcohol in Vinh Tuong District in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. Another 750 people market the product. The district provides more than 500 litres of home brew for the domestic market every day. No home breweries or places that sell home brew in Vinh Tuong have any Government licences. Most said they had no idea they were necessary, according to an … [Read more...]