Motorcycle escort dies while on duty in sport event in Vietnam

A member of Ho Chi Minh City’s motorcycle sport team died and another broke a leg in an accident on March 1 when the team members were escorting cyclists of a women’s bicycle race in the southern province of Dong Nai. The dead victim was Lin Ma Sang, 53, and the escort who had a broken leg was Tran Ngoc Thach. The accident occurred when Sang, Thach and other members of their team were escorting the racers of the Binh Duong International Women’s Bicycle Race Open Championship from the southern province of Binh Duong to Dong Nai's Dinh Quan District for the race’s second section, which stretches from the district to Bao Loc District in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on March 1. When the cyclists and their escorts were about one kilometer from the starting line in Dinh Quan, a group of tourists on about seven motorcycles tried to overtake the escorts at very high speed, causing collisions between the motorcycles of both sides, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) … [Read more...]

Motorcycle escort dies while on duty in sport event in Vietnam (video)

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A member of Ho Chi Minh City’s motorcycle sport team died and another broke a leg in an accident on Sunday when the team members were escorting cyclists of a women’s bicycle race in the southern province of Dong Nai. The dead victim was Lin Ma Sang, 53, and the escort who had a broken leg was Tran Ngoc Thach. The accident occurred when Sang, Thach and other members of their team were escorting the racers of the Binh Duong International Women’s Bicycle Race Open Championship from the southern province of Binh Duong to Dong Nai's Dinh Quan District for the race’s second section, which stretches from the district to Bao Loc District in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on March 1. When the cyclists and their escorts were about one kilometer from the starting line in Dinh Quan, a group of tourists on about seven motorcycles tried to overtake the escorts at very high speed, causing collisions between the motorcycles of both sides, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1-10 (daily updated)

Introduction of Photo Book Hà Nội CAPITAL City & TP. Hồ Chí Minh MEGA CITY Sun 08 Mar 2015, 10 am Salon văn hóa Cà Phê Thứ bảy The book launch also takes place in Hanoi on 06 Mar. From Goethe Institut: Hanoi, city of the rising dragon, has a history stretching back for a thousand years. All significant turning points in Vietnam's history have left their mark on the city. Hanoi has kept its soul. Visitors sense it as well, the marked contrast to other Southeast Asian cities with their freeways and concrete jungles, marvelling at Hanoi's many squares and small parks, the tree-lined avenues with their leafy canopies, the bustling neighbourhoods and the endless stream of motorbikes. Hanoi's growth and economic development is at a crossroads, though. How can Hanoi position itself as a world-class city in global competition without giving up its rich cultural and urban-architectural heritage? The city has further to live up to the demands of the higher living standards of its citizens; … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Exalted with boat-race competitions

Rowers trying to compete at the 19th dragon-boat race in Tuy Hoa city

In the morning of February 25th (the 7th of the first month, At Mui Lunar New Year), Tuy An district organized the traditional festival of boat-race in O Loan lagoon, At Mui Lunar New Year 2015. More than 300 athletes of male, female from 12 units, including 8 promontory communes, the three communes of An Dan, An Dinh, An Thach and Chi Thanh townlet (Tuy An district) participated in competing for the 4 contents of shaking coracles, sailing coracles with rows, 4-people small boats (combined with men and women) and 12-people dragon-boat (men - women coordination). The Traditional Boat Race in O Loan lagoon is a sports activity maintained by the local government for more than 40 years and is held on the first days of the lunar new year to meet the spiritual needs of fishermen living around O Loan lagoon. The event is the desire of a good-weather year so that fishermen can catch seafood in the lagoon for the sake of prosperous lives. At the same time, the event creates a useful and … [Read more...]

Government News 24/2

New project launched under Vietnam-Cambodia defence cooperation deal The construction of an office building and a military barrack for Cambodian army non-commissioned officers school commenced on February 23 in Kampong Chhnang, about 100km from Phnom Penh. The facilities are funded by Military Region 7 of the Vietnam People’s Army as part of its cooperation agreement with the Royal Cambodia Army’s Special Region. The project marks another step forward in the defence ties between the two military regions and the two countries’ armies in general, General Prum Din, Deputy Commander of the Royal Cambodia Army and Commander of the Special Region said at the event. Earlier on January 22, the two military regions signed a memorandum of understanding on their cooperation in 2015. They agreed to share information, exchange delegations and hold joint training courses, while collaborating in health, medical military, humanitarian aids, and search for the remains of … [Read more...]

Funding granted to fatherless boy with lonely Tet

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A lonely boy in central Ha Tinh Province will have a happier Tet thanks to the generosity of DTiNews readers, who have offered donations to help him after his mother died late last year. DTiNews readers help lonely boy over Tet Ho Phi Uoc, 14, has lived alone in a rundown hut in Dong Van Hamlet of Thach Van Commune after his mother, Ho Thi Mong, died late last year of stomach cancer. Mong's husband abandoned her after she became pregnant with Uoc, and had struggled to raise and educate him until she fell ill. DTiNews readers responded to Uoc's plight, and a representative of the newspaper visited the boy and gave him VND5m to make this Tet less painful. Mong was unable to afford medical treatment and tried to work up until her painful death. Uoc is now alone. His relatives are too poor to support him. "Even though Tet has come I don’t have anything for the festival," Uoc said. After DTiNews told his story, several readers have donated money to help support him and enable … [Read more...]

Photos: Vietnam rings in New Year with firework, music extravaganzas

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Millions of people across Vietnam took to the streets in jubilant celebrations of the traditional Lunar New Year, which fell at midnight on February 18. A wave of colourful fireworks erupted over major venues in cities and provinces, dazzling a sea of spectators. In capital Hanoi, tens of thousands of citizens and foreigners strolled around the Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of the capital and downtowns nearby, soaking in the festive atmosphere. In the southern metropolis Ho Chi Minh City, local residents crammed thoroughfares, historical-cultural sites to watch multi-coloured pyrotechnic shows. Ham Nghi, Dong Khoi, Pham Ngoc Thach, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia streets, and many others were decked out with lights and apricot, sunflower and peach blossoms. A worker at Cat Lai port in the city expressed hope that his company will reap more rewards during this year. In Vietnam’s far north, Ha Giang province also rang in the Year of Goat with folk music performances and fireworks … [Read more...]

“Chicken soup for inmates’ souls”

Cover of The Memoir of Tam Sida -- Overcame the Death. The book was penned by Truong Thi Hong Tam, who had spend years living in different rehabilitation centres. – Photo: VNE

VietNamNet Bridge – For many prison inmates, reading brings a sense of solace and helps them to get back on right track. While donating books to prisoners is common in many developed countries, this charitable gesture is rare in Viet Nam. Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper has reported that a number of publishers used to donate books to prisons, but now only the HCM City-based Tri Viet-First News Publishing House is involved in this reading rehabilitation. Speaking at a publishing conference in HCM City, Tri Viet director Nguyen Van Phuoc said that his company had donated 20,000 books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul collection to prisons across the country, that were warmly welcomed inmates. "It's not just average people and students who read books; people behind bars also need books to learn about life skills," he said. From a letter to a book A local newspaper recently published a letter from a prisoner who was grateful to receive one of those books. From Dong Gang … [Read more...]

Vietnam rings in New Year with firework, music extravaganzas

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A firework display (Source: VNA) Millions of people across Vietnam took to the streets in jubilant celebrations of the traditional Lunar New Year, which fell at midnight on February 18. A wave of colourful fireworks erupted over major venues in cities and provinces, dazzling a sea of spectators. In capital Hanoi, tens of thousands of citizens and foreigners strolled around the Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of the capital and downtowns nearby, soaking in the festive atmosphere. In the southern metropolis Ho Chi Minh City, local residents crammed thoroughfares, historical-cultural sites to watch multi-coloured pyrotechnic shows. Ham Nghi, Dong Khoi, Pham Ngoc Thach, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia streets, and many others were decked out with lights and apricot, sunflower and peach blossoms. A worker at Cat Lai port in the city expressed hope that his company will reap more rewards during this year. In Vietnam’s far north, Ha Giang province also rang in the Year of Goat with folk music … [Read more...]

List of chemist’s in Hanoi during Tet announced

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Hanoi city Department of Health has made announced the list of places selling medicines during Tet 2015. Accordingly, a part from the chemist’s system in hospitals chemist’s under the Hanoi Medical Equipment and Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will organize places selling medicines during Tet. Specifically, from February 14th to 23rd (the 26th day of the last lunar month to the 5th day of the first lunar month), places selling medicines include at 59 Lan Ong street, 82 Ngo Thi Nham, 97 Hang Bac, 98 Hang Buom, 54 Trang Tien, 2 Hang Bai, 5 Cua Nam, 119 Hang Gai, 156 Ngoc Lam, 162 Pho Hue, 21 Quan Thanh, 378 Kham Thien, 44 Le Dai Hanh, 512 Bach Mai, 228 Lo Duc and 286 Minh Khai. In addition, there are also chemist’s in the outskirts of the city such as Bac Hong chemist’s in Dong Anh district, chemist’s at 97 lane 2 Phu Minh street, Soc Son district. Chemist’s under Ha Tay Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will also open during Tet. They are … [Read more...]

Dao Thuc Water Puppetry

Foreigners give big rounds of applause for water puppetry performers in the Dao Thuc guild.

Taking Highway No.3 from Hanoi to the centre of Dong Anh, then turning right and continuing for 10km, we arrived at Thuy Dinh – the water puppet stage in Dao Thuc Village. Here, Ngo Minh Phong, head of the village’s water puppetry guild told us about the history of the village’s water puppetry. According to a stele at the village’s communal house, the master of water puppetry was Nguyen Dang Vinh who was a eunuch during the reign of King Le Y Tong (1735-1740). After returning home, he taught the villagers weaving, carpentry and water puppetry. However, only water puppetry has thrived until now. To commemorate him, the villagers annually hold an incense-offering ceremony on February 24 according to the lunar calendar. Puppets are made from light wood, colourfully lacquered and are attached to a bamboo rod and controlled by pulleys. Thuy Dinh, a replica temple façade of traditional northern architecture set up on a beautiful pond surround by green … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

Touring Saigon at Tet

Doves gather at the area near the Notre Dame Cathedral

Tran Thuy Linh In order to take a full-day tour around Saigon at Tet, you can take a look at several tours which many local travel companies are offering. The tour organized by Saigontourist is an example. With VND672,000 (US$31.5) per person, you can visit the city downtown, Tet Flowers Festival at Tao Dan Park in District 1, pagodas, take a cyclo ride around the Cholon area mostly inhabited by the Chinese Vietnamese community and enjoy the real Tet atmosphere by joining a Vietnamese family and making banh tet (traditional glutinous rice cake) with them. You can also book a Tet tour around Saigon at Teraverde Travel, which will bring you to a meeting with some artists at their houses in Saigon, a traditional music show, and a traditional Tet meal with a Vietnamese family. Apart from familiar destinations in the city, you can visit the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FiTo), the first private Traditional Medical Museum in Vietnam with 16 rooms displaying collections of … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – February 5

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Briefs of some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday, February 5, in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: -- General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong paid a visit to Vinh Thuy Commune, Vinh Linh District in the central province of Quang Tri on Wednesday. The commune is one of the province’s three communes meeting the standard of a new rural model. General Secretary Trong emphasized that building up a new rural model is not only about developing infrastructure and improving people’s life, but also about making rural residents more dynamic. Society -- Local authorities and residents in Thach Hoa and Dong Hoa Communes in Tuyen Hoa District in the central province of Quang Binh will sign a commitment not to hunt as well as destroy the living environment of Trachypithecus hatinhensis (also called Ha Tinh langur in Vietnamese). On February 4, Hoang Minh De, chairman of the Tuyen Hoa District People’s Committee, said the district has … [Read more...]

Vietnam releases ‘cancer village’ list on conclusion of project’s first phase

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Vietnamese environmental protection authorities have just released a list of pollution-linked "cancer villages" upon the conclusion of a project’s initial phase. The first phase of a project which focuses on identifying the causes behind disease and locating safe water resources in 37 "cancer villages" across Vietnam has been completed. "Cancer villages" are where there is an alarmingly high concentration of water pollution and people suffer from numerous infectious diseases and cancer. The project was launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Its second phase is awaiting permission to proceed. The water sources in the villages, found in 22 different cities and provinces across the country, are seriously polluted. Those with the most tainted water sources are located in Hanoi’s Ung Hoa and Chuong My districts; Bac Ninh’s Yen Phong District; and Thanh Hoa’s Nong Cong in the north; Nghe An’s Dien Chau District; Ha … [Read more...]

A kilometer-long vegetable garden in Hanoi

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VietNamNet Bridge – The longest vegetable garden in Hanoi can be found along the Thang Long Highway in Hanoi. Thang Long, the country’s longest and most modern highway, opened to traffic on September 29, 2010 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi as Vietnam’s capital city. The highway is 28km long, running from the Pham Hung-Khuat Duy Tien-Tran Duy Hung roundabout through Tu Liem, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai and Thach That districts to National Highway 21A (km 31+ 64, the starting point of the Ho Chi Minh road). People living along the highway have taken advantage of the empty land along the road to grow vegetables. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Mo, a farmer in Dong Truc commune, Thach That district in Hanoi, said her family has planted vegetables along the highway for nearly two years. Ms. Le Thi Bich, of Thach Hoa commune in Thach That district, claims to be a pioneer in planting organic vegetables along the road. Some pictures of this special vegetable garden: … [Read more...]

Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]