CAAV: Air passengers grow stronglyLe Anh By Le Anh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The number of air passengers nationwide had amounted to around 62.2 million as of December 20, a 22.7% rise against 2014, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). CAAV said the number was based on statistics of 52 foreign and four Vietnamese airlines which operate flights to and from airports in Vietnam as well as data on chartered flights and private flights. However, there is a big gap between data of CAAV and the General Statistics Office (GSO) regarding the number of passengers Vietnamese airports have served this year. The figure of the GSO is 20.7 million passengers, up 7.9% year-on-year, and excludes 7.9 million international visitors to Vietnam with most of them arriving by air. Explaining the big difference, a leader of CAAV told the Daily that the aviation watchdog had counted the number based on detailed forms and guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization … [Read more...] about CAAV: Air passengers grow strongly
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Tang Tan Hung grows 4 ha of rice in Phu Vinh commune. In the past, although his family invested a lot of money and effort in rice farming that profits were very low.Hung said: “Previously it was very hard to grow rice and profits were low. School fees for my children were expensive. I converted part of my land to growing grass for cows, but the result wasn’t much better than with the rice.”Hung then learned new farming techniques from fruit tree farmers. In early 2013, he converted 3,000 square meters of rice fields to growing 400 green-skin pomelo trees. Hung’s orchard has grown and has become very productive. He has expanded his orchard to more than 1 ha with about 1,400 pomelo trees. He said last year his family harvested 25 tons of pomelos, earning 44,000 USD. Hung told VOV: “Following fact-finding tours, I applied what I learned. Growing pomeloes is harder than rice farming. It takes more time but it is more profitable. Because of … [Read more...] about An Giang farmers make a fortune for growing pomelos
Dozens of confused and anxious parents are showing up at the Children’s Hospital No 1 in HCM City every month (Photo: zing.vn)Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Dozens of confused and anxious parents are showing upat the Children’s Hospital No 1 in HCM City every month.They want to know why their children are turning into adults years earlier thannormal.A 42-year-old mother from Tan Phu district said that her six-year-old daughterwas developing breasts and pubic hair, but did not think much of it. But whenthe little girl had her periods just a year later, the mother freaked out andrushed to the hospital.The girl was diagnosed with precocious puberty, and had to have regularinjections for three years to suspend sexual growth until she reached thenormal age for puberty.Such stories are not uncommon these days, especially in big cities where thenumber of early puberty cases has shot up dramatically in the last few years.The Children’s Hospital No 1 reports that they receive roughly 30 … [Read more...] about Urban parents freak out as kids grow up too fast
Nine women disfigured by acid became defiant models Saturday at the first haute couture fashion show for the survivors of the growing scourge of acid attacks in India. The women, nearly all victims of husbands or close family, paraded in gowns donated by top Indian designers including Rohit Bal, Ranna Gill and Archana Kochhar. None covered their face. "I was very nervous," said Meena Khatoon, mother of a young son after her venture down the catwalk. But the New Delhi woman, who was attacked by her ex-husband, insisted she had a point to prove. "People often looked away when I went outside. They would walk in the opposite direction when they saw me. I would face a lot of problems," Khatoon told AFP. "But then one day I thought, if that's the way you think, so be it. I have to build my life, I want my son to study and I have to support him." Khatoon now runs her own small business fixing mobile phones. She has been helped by Make Love Not Scars which organized the New Delhi show. The … [Read more...] about India acid attack victims defiant on the haute couture catwalk
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam makes boxes and wires for Samsung smartphones, while the five key components of products are made by foreign-invested enterprises. Samsung says it will take Vietnamese companies 10 years to become more involved in the company’s production chain.Government agencies and experts all agree that the presence of the foreign conglomerates in Vietnam like Samsung has strengthened the economy.As for the high 7.46 percent GDP growth rate in the third quarter, deputy general director of GSO (General Statistics Office) Nguyen Bich Lam said it was the Galaxy Note 8s and Samsung’s expansion in Vietnam which contributed to the high growth rate.Shim Won Hwan, president of Samsung Viet Nam Complex, said at a recent event that … [Read more...] about Samsung smartphones: what does Vietnam actually make?
It's a fantasy akin to winning the lottery. That painting you spotted in an antique shop for a tenner turns out to be worth thousands, or the ugly painting gifted to you by your grandmother and hidden in a cupboard ever since is actually worth a pile of money.For one investor that dream has come true.A painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has just sold for a record $450m (£341m).Just under 60 years ago, the very same painting, then generally reckoned to be the work of a follower of Leonardo and not the work of Leonardo himself, sold at auction for a mere £45.Even accounting for inflation that's a pretty dramatic return on your investment.So is investing in paintings a good way to get rich fast? And how should you invest in art?"With extreme caution" is the advice of Patrick Connolly, a financial adviser at Chase de Vere.He says while stories like the Leonardo painting make it seem attractive, such cases are relatively rare.Mr Connolly says … [Read more...] about Could buying paintings make you rich?
The world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Monday. Before, the oldest chemical evidence of wine in the Near East dated to 5,400-5,000 BC (about 7,000 years ago) and was from the Zagros Mountains of Iran, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal. The world's very first wine is thought to have been made from rice in China around 9,000 years ago. "We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine," said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior research associate at the University of Toronto. Scientists on the team came from the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Israel and Georgia. They have been working for the past four years to re-analyze archeological sites that were found … [Read more...] about World’s earliest evidence of wine-making found in Georgia
On Wednesday, the White House released approximately 100 pages of internal emails in a half-hearted lame effort to counter complaints that the Obama administration was involved in a cover-up of the truth.The emails detail in-depth discussions and a tortured process inside the Obama administration about how to cover up the truth and present a now largely discredited hypothesis about the Benghazi attacks. According to the emails, the officials knew that the attacks were a premeditated terror assault but lied to the American people to make it appear that the attacks were a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islamic film.However, in a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Libya at the time of the attacks, said he knew for a fact that the Benghazi assault was a terrorist attack from the get-go. He further disclosed that he had called for military support from the White House to protect the consulate but … [Read more...] about White House: What difference does the truth make?
Tran Tan Phat performed a risky stunt in the show’s fourth semifinal, which aired live on the Vietnamese national broadcaster’s VTV3 channel.The semi night was on air as part of the third Vietnamese season of the “Got Talent” series format that was created by Simon Cowell in the United Kingdom. During the hair-raising magic stunt, Phat was supposed to single out a small glass of diluted colorless, odorless acid, which was shuffled between four other glasses of water.The five glasses looked and smelled identical.Phat’s job was to drink water from the four glasses and avoid consuming the acid from the remaining glass.Before Phat proceeded with his awe-inspiring trick, veteran composer Huy Tuan, who was a jury member, was asked to shuffle the five glasses behind Phat’s back. Nobody, including the audience and the other jurors, saw the glass of acid except for Tuan himself.Unfortunately, the young man made a disastrously wrong choice and drank … [Read more...] about ‘Vietnam’s Got Talent’ semifinalist mistakenly swallows acid during magic stunt
Nguyen Quynh Anh, a 25-year-old communications officer in Hanoi, never thought she would find her spouse through the popular dating site noi.vn. Unattached young men and women attend a singles party in Hanoi. Dating services are growing in popularity with busy professionals in the country's major cities. — File Photo "At first I was just looking for friends but ended up meeting my husband through the offline events," she said. Established in September 2008, noi.vn currentlyhas over 700,000 members and claims that at least 200 couples havewedded after using its services. In a country where dating has normally beengoverned by traditional guidelines, entrepreneurs have now establishedcompanies to serve the new wave of young professionals who have littletime to find their romantic partners. Le Quang Binh, director of the non-profitInstitute for the Study of Society, Economy and Environment in … [Read more...] about Match-making services grow in popularity