Certain architecture can help cool down your house in Ho Chi Minh City's scorching weather without, or less, turning on power-consuming air-conditioners. Certain architecture can help cool down your house in Ho Chi Minh City's scorching weather without, or less, turning on power-consuming air-conditioners. According to French architect Charles Gallavardin, natural ventilation and sun protection are among the major features of bioclimatic architecture, a type of architecture which can help to significantly reduce the need for air-conditioners. This architect's designs are based on studying the effects of climatic conditions on people, such as orienting homes in the direction of the main wind, blocking sun to prevent heat, and manipulating moisture. "The more people use air-conditioning, the more the climate becomes hot and the more they need air-conditioning," Gallavardin told Tuoi Tre News. One of his outstanding works, featured on CNN earlier this year, is the Lo Gom Condominium … [Read more...] about How to cool down your house in scorching Saigon without aircon?
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In recent years, Vietnam's agriculture has gained certain development, making important contributions to the export sector of various agricultural commodities, especially rice and catfish. However, this development remains short of fulfilling the sector’s full potential; one of the reasons is the absence of a successful value chain for agricultural products. One important measure to develop the value chain of agricultural products is to encourage trade enterprises to participate. Currently, there are still many difficulties hindering enterprises when participating in the agricultural value chain relating to activities of trade promotion, production stimulation, ensuring product quality and reasonable price for consumers. The trade companies’ role is under-appreciated. This has made it more difficult for the catfish industry. In addition, the role of rice buyer is also not been recognized properly despise purchasing over 93 percent yield. To solve this problem, recently in … [Read more...] about How to Enhance Role of Trading Companies in Value Chain of Rice and Catfish?
Short Story (19-10-2008) Making a living in town by Nguyen The Hung I was born in the Year of the Rat, the Day of the Rat, the Hour of the Rat. So my paternal grandfather got a piece of sandalwood he had hidden in the bottom of a paddy jar, while my father polished the incense burner. As the fragrant sandalwood spread throughout the house, grandfather put on his ceremonial robe and a pleated turban, then knelt to worship before the altar before opening a book full of ancient scripture and wisdom. He counted the number of various objects present at my birth then looked up at the sky searching for the star that held my fate. When everything was completed, he went in and said to my father: "It's good! Your precious son was born at the lucky hour! He will be very rich one day. Unfortunately for the boy, he will have to live far from home" His words largely dictated the course my youth was to follow. *** My childhood was as playful as a night mouse's. With one of my best friends, Trung, … [Read more...] about Making a living in town
(VEN) - The second World Cities Summit, WCS 2010, took place from June 28 to July 1, 2010, in Singapore. About 1,200 delegates, including the leaders and high-ranking officials from many countries attended. They shared ideas and discussed solutions to build 'Livable and Sustainable Cities for the Future'. Edmin Seah, the chairman of WCS 2010, told the media that he hoped the event would provide an opportunity for leaders to share experiences in order to build a green planet in the 21st century. Urban migration A common tendency globally has been for populations to migrate from the countryside to urban areas. The latest statistics announced by the United Nations (UN) at WCS 2010 show that in recent years the urbanization rate has increased continuously with the number of residents in urban areas growing from 220 million in the early years of the 20th century to 2.8 billion in the late 20th century. This number reached 3.3 billion in 2007 and continues to increase now. It is … [Read more...] about Sharing Experience To Build a Green Planet
VinaCapital chief executive officer Don Lam recently received the Labour Order 3rd Class from Vietnam's president for contributing to Vietnam's economic development. VIR's Duong Kieu talks to Lam about how he together with the VinaCapital team has grown the firm, promoted Vietnam's capital markets, helped build a better investment environment in Vietnam and contributed to Vietnam development. You have been granted one of the government's most notable orders as the acknowledgment for your contributions to the development of Vietnam's economy. How do you feel? I think my contributions to Vietnam have followed the development of VinaCapital Group. One of the most considerable contributions is that VinaCapital has been a leading commercial ambassador for Vietnam, by promoting trade and investment in Vietnam with partners around the world. Our Investor Conference last October brought almost 100 shareholders to Vietnam, over the course of 2010, VinaCapital also attended … [Read more...] about A shining light in nation’s growth
Hoi An is a beautiful town in Central Vietnam. Since it was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999, it has become a major tourist destination for individual travelers and tour groups from all over the world. When tourism started around 1993 there were only some handful basic hotels, one clothes shop in Le Loi Street and a few restaurants which were catering for locals and tourists. So far so good! After 1999, tourism has grown enormously. Hotels were built, streets were paved, the grit was extended and there were more clothes, souvenir shops and restaurants opening up their doors. However, the number of tourists was still in balance with the size of the town and the 'mood' of the residents. Most of people used bicycles, motorbike and cars were still rare. Nowadays, tourists seem to be more than locals. Some families make a fortune while some still can't earn a dollar a day. Local youth started to see how foreigners spend and they want to do the same. What is the cause? … [Read more...] about Hoi An tourism, a growing pain
Outlook (21-04-2006) Looking at immigration in a new light by Mai Hien Developed countries have greeted globalisation by calling on developing countries to open up their markets, but they refuse to open up their own labour markets. According to the latest UN statistics, the number of international immigrants now count almost 200 million, more than double the 84 million of 30 years ago. Sixty per cent of them live in developed countries and 20 per cent in the United States – home to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. … [Read more...] about Looking at immigration in a new light
Three physicists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for revolutionizing the way the world is lighted. The 2014 physics award went to Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” From left, the researchers Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” Photo by AFP. “They succeeded where everyone else had failed,” the academy said. Their work has spurred the creation of a whole new industry. The committee that chose the winners said light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, would be the lighting source of the 21st century, just as the incandescent bulb illuminated the 20th. John O'Keefe, Edvard … [Read more...] about 1 American and 2 Japanese physicists share Nobel for work on LED lights
"We should feel ashamed when the capital city looks so dirty. We shouldn’t think things cannot be done quickly in Hanoi" Hanoi Party Secretary Hoang Trung Hai said at a recent meeting for this year’s Urban Order and Civilisation campaign in the city. Hanoi Party Secretary Hoang Trung Hai It has long been a common thought to many people that nothing can ever happen quickly in Hanoi: people can’t drive fast on crowded roads, people can’t get their papers done quickly at administrative offices, and they can’t expect local state officials to perform their work fast. Hanoi's former Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi once also complained about the slowness of Hanoi’s civil servants "Here we see so many dirty markets, dirty streets, and "dirty" offices where officials are trying to make dirty money." At the meeting secretary Hai pointed out that the construction sector was seeing a rising number of corruption cases, which have turned many parts of the … [Read more...] about How to make Hanoi run fast
An artist from Kon Tum province has become famous for making unusual pictures. She uses rice. She heats it up to give it different colours. Then she carefully puts it in special places on a work of art to make a beautiful picture. by Cam Ky and Bui Tuyet Vietnamese rice has gained a new lease on life thanks to rice paintings researched and developed by a young girl from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. Dang Thi Thuy Kieu, 25, a resident in Hoa Binh Commune in Kon Tum City, graduated from the Faculty of Multimedia Design at Dong Nai College of Decorative Arts but found her calling among the pioneers of rice paintings. "When I was a student, I became enchanted by the art after a schoolmate showed me her rice paintings. I found that grafting grains of rice together was a novel way to create something," Kieu said. She started researching and studying the way to make the paintings and after many failures she finally found her way. Rice paintings are also made in India, … [Read more...] about Artist uses rice to make pictures