Hundreds of Mexican same-sex couples married on Friday, marking the first time that the annual mass ceremony in Mexico City ahead of its Pride parade has taken place after being cancelled for two years due to the pandemic. A live band played traditional songs like Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" as joyful couples, some in matching outfits, said their vows together. Several rainbow masks were pulled lower for first kisses as newlyweds. A man shows his bowtie as he celebrates LGBTQ+ pride month with a massive wedding of same sex couples in Mexico City, Mexico, June 24, 2022. Photo: Reuters The ceremony, funded by local government, provides an economical way for couples to get married. A large wedding cake topped with rainbow frosting was shared. "Truth is, this is something we'd been planning to do for awhile," said Miguel Delgado, who wore a rainbow bowtie for the occasion. "And because of the pandemic we hadn't been able to do it, so once the occasion arose, we … [Read more...] about After two-year hiatus, Mexico City conducts mass ceremony for same-sex couples
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A report by Hanoi People's Committee on June 20 revealed 532 medical personnel had quit last year, while 82 decided to switch workplaces. In the first four months of this year, 226 have quit and 17 switched workplaces, the report added. Hanoi said the medical field has focused all its resources on fighting the pandemic since 2020. Due to the low number of workers, the sheer amount of workload and lower incomes and benefits in public facilities, many are opting to quit or seek better opportunities. Hoa, the former head of a ward medical station in Dong Da District, said her workload was too much while her salary wasn't enough to make a living. She quit at the end of March. During the height of the pandemic, Hoa and her colleagues did contact tracing and vaccination day in and day out. Pressure was building up, yet they only got a "bonus" of VND500,000 ($21.50). Her colleagues, a married couple, only got VND8 million a month in total. Amid a worker exodus in the medical field and … [Read more...] about Hanoi health workers quit in droves over heavy workload, low pay
Football Bùi Duy Thường (No 88) celebrates his winner in the 1-0 victory of Viettel over Phnom Penh Crown during the AFC Cup's Group I match. Photo of Viettel FC HÀ NỘI — Viettel FC cemented top spot in Group I of the AFC Cup after a solid 1-0 win over Phnom Penh Crown on Monday at the Thống Nhất Stadium in HCM City. The home side dominated from start to finish, creating chances at will but failing to convert them into more goals. The V.League 1 team went ahead in the 9th minute as national midfielder Nguyễn Hoàng Đức set up Bùi Duy Thường, who found the back of the net from over 20m out. Geovane Magno and Trần Danh Trung wasted opportunities to double the score as their attempts were either denied by goalkeeper Kung Chanvuthy or went wide. Phnom Penh Crown’s most dangerous sight of goal came midway through the second half when Colombian playmaker Andres Nieto set up the onrushing Koeut Pich on the left flank, and with just the goalkeeper to beat, Koeut aimed … [Read more...] about Viettel top Group I after second AFC Cup win
Nguyễn Quang Hải’s next destination is still a mystery. Photo baogiaothong.vn Peter Cowan Who doesn’t love a good transfer saga? While it may feel like football is now a 24/7, 365 day a year sport, there are in fact lulls in the beautiful game’s calendar. Transfer intrigue can often be a great way to fill in the interminable gaps between real football matches but the saga centred around Vietnamese football at the minute is one I could do without. Nguyễn Quang Hải left Hà Nội FC back in April, ostensibly to sign for a European club, and yet as June draws to a close, he still remains unsigned. Over the past few months various outlets have reported that the pint-sized playmaker is close to signing with Austrian, Swiss and now French clubs. Hải has been linked with no less than four clubs in the latter country’s Ligue 2, with breathless reports noting that he has his visa and is only awaiting a medical checkup. Again, transfer sagas can be great … [Read more...] about The Local Game: Just what is going on with Nguyễn Quang Hải’s transfer?
Craig Bradshaw, CEO of Masan High-Tech Materials Corporation (MHT). — Photo courtesy of the firm Craig Bradshaw, CEO of Masan High-Tech Materials Corporation (MHT), shared the company's vision to become a leading integrated supplier of advanced high-tech materials critical to global innovation, and his thoughts on being the operator of the firm with the biggest tungsten deposits, at Nui Phao Mining in Thai Nguyen, northern Viet Nam. In the most severe time of COVID last year, MHT saw its most successful business year in its history, with tungsten output and recycling rates both reaching record highs. What is the secret to this success, and can you tell us about the Nui Phao Mine? When we first came in 2011, Nui Phao appeared to be paddy fields and buffalos. Over three years, we brought in the construction director and built a team of people to take it from an idea or a concept to a commercial operation. At the time we did that, that was the first new tungsten mine to be … [Read more...] about MHT at forefront of global megatrends
Public and private sectors work together to establish a circular business economy in Vietnam, aiming towards the country's 2050 objective of net zero emissions. Photo by: Duc Thanh The conference saw the participation of representatives from the MoNRE, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), SCG Vietnam and BeerCo Limited, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and other international organisations and businesses, as well as the press. During the plenary session, the panellists examined the feasibility of building CE in Vietnam to achieve the net zero emission objective by 2050. They also discussed factors to be considered when implementing a circular approach in the country, taking into account lessons learnt from foreign partners and proposals for the transition to circularity. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha emphasised the importance of revamping the current linear economy in … [Read more...] about Vietnam primed for circular and sustainable advancement