The Hanoitimes - During Tet, apricot blossoms are indispensable for Vietnamese families in the southern region as peach blossoms are in the northern region. Standing among hundreds of apricot trees resplendent with glossy green leaves and bright yellow flowers in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, a bright-eyed man is talking joyfully to his customers, grinning from ear to ear, while his peers in the country's central region are distinctly less jovial. In a large garden in the apricot blossom-growing village of Binh Loi in the city's rural Binh Chanh district, the bright-eyed man named Tran Duc told one of his customers who flied in from Hanoi that "You'd better order soon as our most beautiful apricot blossoms are selling like hot cakes and have almost run out, even though there are still two weeks until Tet (Lunar New Year Festival)." During Tet, apricot blossoms are indispensable for Vietnamese families in the southern region as peach blossoms are in the northern region. Thanks to … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s apricot blossoms bring joy, tears ahead of Lunar New Year
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There is a perception that cervical cancer is a young woman's disease, but half of deaths occur in women over 65, a British Medical Journal report says. It argues that the age limit for cervical screening should be raised to 70 and older women should be targeted in health campaigns. There was an average of 449 deaths from the cancer in over-65s and seven in under 25s between 2010 and 2012. The report says the number of older women affected is set to increase. By the age of 60-64, just 72% of women in England in 2013 had been screened in the previous five years. This compares with 82% of 50 to 54-year-olds and 76% of 55 to 59-year-olds. While cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, it continues to affect women of all ages. Change perception Lead report author Dr Sue Sherman, senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University, said the figures suggest that older women are not getting themselves screened to prevent cervical cancer. "This has become a … [Read more...] about Cervical cancer ‘not just a young woman’s disease’
Grey-haired and grinning, two dozen couples hold champagne flutes at a Warsaw ceremony in their honour. They survived 50 years of marriage and in Poland, that is reason enough for a presidential medal. "To qualify, you have to put in over 18,000 solid days of work. Other medals require less, so it really is a considerable feat to have spent the last half century together," Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz says at this month's event. The lucky-in-loves take turns walking down the red carpet to accept their medals -- silver-plated with intertwined roses at the centre and a pink ribbon -- while family members cheer and play paparazzi at the back of the room at the so-called Wedding Palace. The tradition is regularly played out in cities across the heavily Catholic country, with a hefty average of 65,000 medals awarded each year according to the president's office. True, marital milestones are also recognised elsewhere. In the United States, a golden anniversary will get you a … [Read more...] about Married for 50 years? Poland says you deserve a medal
No longer must hand-written letters be transported by sea for a month before they reach their destination on far away islands or the boats of fishermen never have to lose contact with the mainland. Signals from the vietnamese telecommunication sector now reach all islands and territorial waters. This effectively serves the conquest of the ocean, economic development and the protection of the sovereignty of the country. OFFSHORE SIGNALS On a day in mid-June 2011, we and the relatives of the officials and soldiers who are on duty on Truong Sa off the coast of Vietnam, boarded the HQ 996 Ship to visit the archipelago. During that trip, our ship passed many islands of Truong Sa Archipelago, such as Truong Sa Lon, Truong Sa Dong, Da Tay, An Bang and Phan Vinh. The first images that we saw on these islands were the antenna masts. Due to this telecommunication system, our mobile phones and the internet connectivity worked well throughout our trip, ensuring our prompt and smooth … [Read more...] about Telecommunication over Sea and Islands
Your say (28-11-2008) A woman's work is never done, but at what age should she retire? Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers for their opinions on the average retirement age for women. Should it be 50, 55-60 or over 60? Here are some responses: Lawry Beetinyeo, Singaporean, HCM City: There has been a common saying that 'a woman's place is at home' and this is still being said today. I do not know how many women would agree to it nowadays. Today, women have equal opportunities to receive a higher education if they are keen and their family can afford it or through scholarships. Getting a complete education is like having a passport to good employment and better living standards in the future. … [Read more...] about A woman’s work is never done, but at what age should she retire?