VietNamNet Bridge - More and more photos of the people and the country of Vietnam have appeared at international photo contests. Photographers from different countries have endless inspiration for Vietnam. A reluctant hello: A shy young boy from a small mountain village in northern Vietnam chose to hide in the trees and observe from a distance as his friends surrounded me, calling out the familiar "Hello!"s that travelers to Vietnam so enjoy, by Dave Mercer (Canadian). Rice reflection: I was walking from town to town and saw landscapes full of lovely rice-fields. I thought they would serve well as a reflective surface for a nice sunset or landscape. Only a moment later there was a person walking on the border of a rice-field. I took my camera and did not shoot the person, but her reflection in the rice-field. Afterwards I turned it upside-down which gave me this result, by Adriaan Devillé (Belgium). A veteran in Hue City by Sergio Díaz Fernández … [Read more...] about Vietnamese people through the lens of foreign photographers
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While investors welcome the decision by the American, Japanese and other governments to pump money into big corporations and leading banks, taxpayers are extremely concerned about these bailout packages. Should workers endorse the government's use of public money to save large corporations whose owners and CEOs had enjoyed multimillion-dollar bonuses and then pushed the world economy to the brink of collapse? They themselves are struggling with inflation, unemployment, loss of homes, and being pushed out on the streets, but no one offers them any bailout packages. An entry posted on Laborhome.org, a forum of British workers, recently compared using taxpayers' money to save banks and other companies to people having a big bash and asking their poor neighbors to pick up the tab. Capitalists have only seen their profits dip but not lost personal assets due to the economic crisis. To hold on to their profits, they have cut jobs, production, and investment. It is the working class … [Read more...] about Victims of financial crisis or capitalism?
A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures in a rising Asian idyll My first time in Vietnam, and driving in from Hanoi Airport in the gloom of pre-daylight I felt elated, almost like being 20 again and staying out till dawn. Rock stars: The limestone formations of Ha Long Bay are among Vietnam's main attractions. I was still sleepy, though, with half the night lost to the time-change, and glad enough to crawl under a crisp, white king-size duvet for an hour or so at the Movenpick Hotel – which offered calm luxury and a great, late breakfast – before sallying out to explore. Rock stars: The limestone formations of Ha Long Bay are among Vietnam's main attractions With six million people and three million motorbikes, Hanoi certainly hums. Girls ride the bikes, their long hair flying out from helmets, and couples pin toddlers between them. It's a thrilling, throbbing, moped-dodging city – and a challenge to life and limb. I saw noodle-cooking on … [Read more...] about A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures in a rising Asian idyll
My first time in Vietnam, and driving in from Hanoi Airport in the gloom of pre-daylight I felt elated, almost like being 20 again and staying out till dawn. I was still sleepy, though, with half the night lost to the time-change, and glad enough to crawl under a crisp, white king-size duvet for an hour or so at the Movenpick Hotel ' which offered calm luxury and a great, late breakfast ' before sallying out to explore. … [Read more...] about A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures
Balloon explosion injures three A balloon explosion in Hai Phong's Hung Nhue Vuong Street left three people seriously injured and a 14sq.m apartment with no roof. Vuong Hong Tham, 43, and his two nephews had pumped more than 40 balloons for the first-day ceremony of a nearby school. The balloons had been released to the roof, touching an electric bulb and triggering a mass explosion. Tham was taken to nearby Viet-Tiep Hospital, while his two nephews were transferred to Ha Noi for treatment of serious burns. Overseas studies can be expensive Parents wanting to send their children overseas to study should ensure that such education is an "integral part of their strategic financial plans," a banker says. Vineet Vohra, Regional Head of Wealth Development for the Asia-Pacific Region, for the HSBC Group, one of the world's largest banking and financial organisations, said children's education is a top priority for Asian parents, many of whom see overseas studies as guaranteeing them a … [Read more...] about Balloon explosion injures three