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...]

LienVietPostBank lends VND400 billion to property project

Representatives of LienVietPostBank and Five Star Kim Giang Co. Ltd. shake hands after signing a credit contract on April 14 - PHOTO: LIENVIETPOSTBANK

Dinh Duy The Five Star Garden project is a complex of offices, condos and commercial facilities in Thanh Xuan District. LienVietPostBank approved a 36-month tenor for the loan and Dong Da branch was assigned to implement the project. The deal will also strengthen cooperation between both sides in other fields such as payment and services, according to a statement released on April 14 by LienVietPostBank. Five Star Kim Giang Co., an affiliate of GFS Group, is active in construction and real estate trading. … [Read more...]

Social News 16/4

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Two female drug traffickers get death sentences Two women have been sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment for trafficking of 10 heroin bricks and more than 200 methamphetamine pills. On Monday, the Ha Noi People's Court tried 32-year-old Do Thi Thu Huyen of Lang Son Province, 35-year-old Bui Thi Thu Thuy of Nam Dinh Province and 28-year-old Hoang Thi Nhu Chi of Lang Son, for drug trafficking. According to prosecutors, at 2.30pm last Thursday, at the Yen Nghia gas station in Ha Dong District, Ha Noi, the police of Dan Phuong District in collaboration with the drug crime investigation department under the public security ministry searched the passengers of a coach going from Son La Province to Ha Noi. Passengers Bui Thi Thu Thuy and Hoang Thi Nhu Chi were found to be carrying drugs, including 10 bricks of heroin (each weighing about 0.3kg). At the investigative agency, Thuy allegedly said due to difficult economic conditions, she had agreed to transport the drug … [Read more...]

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Man prosecuted for sending illegal workers to China The People's Procuracy of the Central Highland Dak Nong Province yesterday prosecuted and arrested a suspect for alleged involvement in sending 24 people to work overseas illegally. The initial police investigation showed that the 20-year-old suspect Nguyen Xuan Manh, of Dak Nong Province's K'Rong No District, and his cousin returned to Viet Nam from China to look for people who wanted to work in that country. The two men reportedly said they enticed 24 people to China for work. These workers were required to pay VND5 million (US$231,600) each. The police caught Manh in mid-March, when he and eight others travelled to the northern Thai Nguyen Province to meet his cousin and then, head to China. The police are expanding the investigation. 3-year-old's sudden death raises questions about hospital's role A three-year-old boy died suddenly in central Ha Tinh Province's Loc Ha District after he was given an injection at the General … [Read more...]

Local people buy watermelons to help flood-hit farmers

Many people in Hanoi and the central city of Hue are buying watermelons to help flood-hit farmers in Quang Nam Province. Dozens of hectares of watermelons in Quang Nam Province were flooded in recent heavy rain, causing major losses for local households. A large number of watermelons were ruined, while those that could be saved were snapped up by traders at VND1,000-1,500 a kilogramme. Young people in the central region of Vietnam launched a campaign to call on people’s support for the flood-ravaged farmers by buying their watermelons at better prices. More than four tonnes of watermelons were transported from Danang City to Hue and were sold within hours at VND4,000 a kilogramme, which went to farmers to help compensate them for their losses. In Hanoi on April 9, Quang Nam Province’s watermelons fetched even higher prices under a similar campaign. Vo Thanh Son, who lives at Nam Do Urban Area in Hai Ba Trung District of Hanoi, said about 10 tonnes of watermelons was … [Read more...]

Social News 4/4

Australia donates child healthcare equipment to Khanh Hoa The Australian Consul General in HCM City and Vinacapital on April 2 presented 18 pieces of newborn healthcare equipment to the Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. The medical equipment, worth more than VND980 million including one ventilator and 17 injectormats has been transferred to the Newborns Respiratory Care Department under the Khanh Hoa General Hospital. The donation is part of activities of the Australian Direct Aid Programme for Vietnam, aiming to improve child healthcare services and minimise the rate of child mortality in the province and its vicinity. The move is a step towards ensuring access to healthcare for local children, said Australian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City John McAnulty. UK agency presents anti hi-tech crime devices to Vietnam Police The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on April 2 handed over equipment used in the fight against … [Read more...]

Social News 5/4

Australia donates child healthcare equipment to Khanh Hoa The Australian Consul General in HCM City and Vinacapital on April 2 presented 18 pieces of newborn healthcare equipment to the Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. The medical equipment, worth more than VND980 million including one ventilator and 17 injectormats has been transferred to the Newborns Respiratory Care Department under the Khanh Hoa General Hospital. The donation is part of activities of the Australian Direct Aid Programme for Vietnam, aiming to improve child healthcare services and minimise the rate of child mortality in the province and its vicinity. The move is a step towards ensuring access to healthcare for local children, said Australian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City John McAnulty. UK agency presents anti hi-tech crime devices to Vietnam Police The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on April 2 handed over equipment used in the fight against … [Read more...]

Urban rooftops yield green benefits

Cultivating clean vegetables at home and taking care of them every day brings peace and happiness to many families living in big cities. — VNA/VNS Photos An Hieu

VietNamNet Bridge – Many families are putting their rooftops to good use, growing pesticide-free vegetables that they enjoy eating. The joy of watching them grow is a bonus. Vuong Bach Lien climbs a few flights of stairs to tell the story. Holding a one-kilogram cabbage she had just harvested from her garden on the top floor of her house in Ha Dong District, Ha Noi, Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu could not hide her joy. "I planted this cabbage three months ago. Although it is smaller than those sold at the market, I am happy that I grew it myself. We now have a clean and safe cabbage that we can eat for three meals," she said, with a smile. "It will make my daughters and husband happy because they love eating pesticide-free vegetables," Thu said. "For a long time, I wanted to avoid buying fruit and vegetables from markets because they are often contaminated with overdose of pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to the health." Two years ago, the 65-year-old woman decided to … [Read more...]

Recommended for expats: Bus, container coffee shops in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

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Visitors to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City should drop by these venues to taste what has been popular with foreigners: Vietnamese coffee. For the past one year, netizens and youngsters in Hanoi have been flocking to Bus Café at a supermarket parking lot on Nguyen Trai Street in Thanh Xuan District. The shop receives around 200 clients a day, which are mostly school and university students and office workers. Nguyen Quang Tien, the owner, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he opened such a coffee shop as he was inspired by the night clubs housed in buses in Tokyo, where he studied for five years. After six months of renovation, Tien and other members of his group turned an average 45-seat bus into a unique rendezvous last year, according to local newswire Zing. The shop, which cost around VND1 billion (US$46,603) to build, houses a uniquely-decorated 25m² space. All of the bus seats have been replaced with tastefully-designed wooden furniture. The shop boasts … [Read more...]

Inspectors detect large quantity of smuggled cosmetics

Inspectors from Market Management Bureau in Hanoi yesterday discovered cosmetic stores to sell a large quantity of smuggled goods without indications of origins and receipt. Through inspection of five stores of Xuan Thuy Cosmetics Company at 18 and 29 Bach Mai Street in Hai Ba Trung District, at 86 Tran Duy Hung Street in Cau Giay District, at 368 Nguyen Trai in Thanh Xuan District and at 38 Kham Thien Street in Dong Da District, inspectors discovered and seized over 100,000 smuggled cosmetics including shampoo, lip sticks. The company leader could not show any certificates of origin and quality issued by responsible agencies. Worse, among smuggled goods inspectors seized, a number of them are fakes and even have no brand names. Moreover, the company has poured the imported cosmetic materials into small bottles but it has not been noted quality and origin of the commodities. … [Read more...]

Stay young, start working after retiring

VietNamNet Bridge – Ngo Thi Tien was employed by a printing company in Thanh Xuan District of Ha Noi, but after retiring at 55, she started working as a cleaner in an office on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. "My mother used to find much pleasure in working. She even seems much younger when she goes to work, so she was very sad when she retired," said Nguyen Xuan Nguyen, Tien's son. "Though nearing the age of retirement, my mum still looks young and agile. She was often fret about staying at home after years of having been busy at work. More seriously, she has no one to talk to because all my family members also have to go to work." Afraid that his mother will get depressed, Nguyen spoke to her and the whole family supported the idea of finding her a relatively less stressful job so that she could get rid of her boredom. As a cleaner in an office, her main duty is to just clean the floor and wash the dishes. "I am pretty satisfied with my extra job after retirement. It is not too … [Read more...]

Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA classic public performance

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(CPV) - Youth Theater and Vietnam Puppet Theater will present a marionette performance program "Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA: Classic public performance" by Marionette Theater YOUKIZA from Tokyo at Vietnam Puppet Theater in Hanoi on March 21st - 22nd. The performances at No 361 Truong Chinh road, Thanh Xuan district, is opened free for public audience (first come first served). The Marionette Theater YOUKIZA was founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburō I; to the present time of Youki Magosaburō XII, the company has enjoyed a history of 380 years. It was awarded as national Important Intangible Folk-cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Property of Tokyo. Its main activities are classical productions drawn from its jōruri repertory and new plays, magic lantern shows, and intercultural productions. Their experimental productions include actor-puppet performance, in which the puppeteer both manipulates puppets and performs as a character himself; the application of pre-modern puppetry … [Read more...]

Japanese traditional puppet shows to be performed for free in Hanoi

Several Japanese traditional puppet shows will be performed in Hanoi for free this weekend, newswire Vietnamplus reported Tuesday. The performances, supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam (JPF) in co-ordination with the Youth Theater and Vietnam Puppetry Theater, will take place at 2:00 pm on March 21 and 22 at 361 Truong Chinh Street in Thanh Xuan District. The events will feature traditional puppet shows of Japan performed by artists from the Youkiza Marionette Theater and are open to audiences, especially puppet lovers, for free on a first come first served basis. A workshop, in which Japanese artists will interact with local audiences and introduce Japanese puppet art, is scheduled to take place on March 23. According to the organizers, the puppet show featuring a lion character, which will be presented to Vietnamese audiences, is often performed during the New Year festival, with the aim of dispelling disease and evil. The Youkiza … [Read more...]

Japanese theater to bring marionette performances to Hanoi

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Minh Nga The program is co-held by Youkiza theater, and two Vietnamese partners, Youth Theater and Vietnam Puppetry Theater, in Hanoi with support from the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam. Youkiza Theater artists will bring to the stage kyrin marionette dance, and perform parts of the Tsunayakata play and Yaoya-Oshichi/ Oshichi, the greengrocer’s daughter play. They will also meet and talk with audiences about the Japan marionette performances at a workshop which will last until March 23. Their marionette performances will be put on stage from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 21 and 22 and are opened free for public audience. Vietnam Puppet Theater is located at 361 Truong Chinh, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. The Marionette Theater Youkiza was founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburo I. Its experimental productions include actor-puppet performances, in which the puppeteers both manipulate puppets and perform as characters themselves, the application … [Read more...]