Hundreds battle to get gifts for the dead in HCM CityHundreds of people gathered on Sunday around the Cho Lon area in Ho Chi Minh City's District 5 to collect money thrown out by local families during the Amnesty of Unquiet Spirits Festival. Amnesty of Unquiet Spirits Festival is widely-celebrated in Vietnam but more popular in the southern region on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, which fell on August 26 this year. On the afternoon of August 26, several families on Nguyen Bieu Street in District 5 held the festival and threw money out, which caused chaos when hundreds of people gathered to collect the money. Many people waited for hours around the houses while local family were carrying out the ritualAs anticipated of the offerings, many people prepared nets and boxes attached to long canes to collect the small notes thrown down from the balconies. In this photo a man got only VND20,000 (USD0.8) after 15 minutes.
August 27, 2018 08:25 UTC
Hanoi family pursues mooncake mould making for decadesA family in Hanoi has spent up to 35 years on making wooden-made mooncake moulds. Every occasion of the Full-moon Festival, Ban’s family produces around 500-600 mooncake moulds. Previously, mooncake moulds were used to be made from Khaya or Thi wood but now it scarcer, so Ban uses aragonite instead. It requires many steps to make a wooden-made mould. Firstly, Ban draws the preliminary shapes of mooncake moulds.
August 27, 2018 08:16 UTC
Tourists run from coach fireDozens of tourists have fled in panic after a passenger coach caught fire while running through Ba Na Mountain in Da Nang City on August 26. The 45-seat coach was running through Hoa Vang District to Danang's centre when the tail end of the vehicle suddenly burst into flames. The driver immediately parked the coach and tried to extinguish the fire but failed. 30 passengers, including many international tourists, ran to safety. According to the authorities, the fire was caused by a short circuit in the coach cooling system.
August 27, 2018 07:52 UTC
Mainland frauds damage island garlic brandThe sale of garlic falsely marked as Ly Son garlic has damaged the brand name of the major crop of the Ly Son Island in recent years. Meanwhile, Ly Son brand garlic was sold at VND100,000 ($4.4) in mainland supermarkets” said vice chairwoman of the island district’s people’s committee, Pham Thi Huong. Huong slammed the fake garlic products from Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan, which were shipped from mainland to the island, resulting in lower prices. “We have conducted constant inspections, but some traders intentionally mixed different garlic products in packages without any label or certificates of origin. “Fraudsters could earn triple when they disguised fake garlic as Ly Son garlic.
August 27, 2018 07:52 UTC
Monsanto court ruling bolsters the hope for millions of Vietnamese Agent Orange victimsVietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange have once again had their hopes for justice rekindled. The US chemical group Monsanto has long been associated with the Agent Orange devastation in Vietnam. The Government of Viet Nam estimates that around 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic substance. The association is gearing up for the next legal endeavours on behalf of nearly 3 million Vietnamese victims. “No matter how difficult and prolonged this case might be, we won’t ever give up on it, for the sake of the millions of Vietnamese victims,” said Vinh of the Agent Orange Victims’ Association said.
Industrial waste pollutes HCM CityVietNamNet Bridge – Industrial waste has been piling up on several streets in HCM City, creating pollution and hurting the quality of life of local residents. The Tan Hoa – Lo Gom Canal across Tan Binh District, one of the five biggest canal systems in HCM City, is severely polluted by untreated wastewater and solid waste. “Sanitation workers used to take the trash away, but now they said they are not allowed to take industrial waste and just left it here,” he said. “We know industrial waste is lying around but all we can do is to gather them together. He has also ordered the environmental department to collaborate with the leaders to clean up all industrial waste dumps within a week.
Original vestige unearthed at the Hai Van GateVietNamNet Bridge – An excavation on the Hai Van Gate complex on the 490m above sea level Hai Van Pass has unveiled a clear layout of the old foundations of citadel walls and a section of the north-south route dating back to 1470. An overall view of the Hai Van Gate complex at the top of the Hai Van Pass. North Gate of the Hai Van Gate relic on the Thua Thien-Hue Province side. A brick built foundation was unearthed on the Hai Van Gate relic on the top the 490m above sea level Hai Van Passs. The Hai Van Gate, situated at the top of Hai Van Pass, is a complex of brick-built gates from the 19th century, and octagonal bunkers from the French colonial period.
Artists showcase work after int’l exchange campVietNamNet Bridge – A painting exhibition featuring more than 40 art works by 22 artists from 11 Asian countries is now open in downtown Hanoi. “Yet this is the first time I have visited so many relic sites and landscapes in Ninh Binh. This camp should be organised every year to promote Vietnam’s image and role of Vietnamese artists in Asia and in the world.”Joining the camp for second time, artists Chua Cheng Koon and Chow Chin Chuan said Vietnam inspires them. International friends: Artists Chua Cheng Koon (left) and Chow Chin Chuan from Malaysia pose for a photo by Koon’s painting on his Ninh Binh impression. He encouraged some children and adults in Ninh Binh to draw in one of his paintings.
Roads for cyclists, pedestrians needed to ease urban trafficVietNamNet Bridge – As urbanisation has progressed rapidly in the country’s big cities, overloaded transport infrastructure is increasing the risk of traffic accidents and worsening environmental pollution. Many countries around the world have had roads reserved for cyclists and pedestrians for decades now, he said, citing Denmark’s Copenhagen as the pioneer city in this regard. Meanwhile, Dr. Hai expressed his opinion that a developed urban city should offer residents different choices of transport, including bicycles and public transportation. “So roads for cyclists and pedestrians are needed because walking and cycling are good for people’s health and the environment as well”, he said. If roads for cyclists and pedestrians connect to means of public transport, traffic in big cities would be considerably eased, said the director.
South Korean investors buy more real estate in VietnamVietNamNet Bridge - A partner has registered to buy 250 condotels for South Korean buyers at a high-end resort in the central province of Quang Nam, sources said. However, a US standard real estate brokerage firm, which has been in the Vietnamese market for one year, has ordered 300 products. A US standard real estate brokerage firm, which has been in the Vietnamese market for one year, has ordered 300 products. The real estate transactions here are just like the way they appeared in Phu My Hung, airport area and Tan Binh IZ in HCMC,” Dang commented. RELATED NEWSReal estate market is ‘fragile’, could lead to another bubble, experts sayReal estate market to prosper thanks to stock upswingKim Chi
August 27, 2018 05:03 UTC
Second refresher course opens for Party Central Committee membersThe second refresher course for members of the Party Central Committee, 12th tenure, was opened in Hanoi on August 27 in the presence of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attends the opening of the second refresher course for members of the Party Central Committee, 12th tenure, in HanoiDuring five days, 90 participants in the course will be updated on new and topical contents in nine subjects, in line with the spirit of the Resolution of the 12th Party Congress and resolutions of the Party Central Committee since the beginning of the tenure. Participants at the opening of the second refresher course for members of the Party Central Committee, 12th tenure, in HanoiThe Party Central Committee members will also study issues related to the great national unity and social democracy, directions for socio-economic development and the strategy for defence-security and external relations. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong urged the participants to take the occasion to share knowledge and experience during discussions to shed light on newly emerging issues, thus helping them to perform their tasks better. The first course was held from August 14-18.
August 27, 2018 04:30 UTC
A look back at John McCain’s activitiesSenator John McCain, who helped lay the foundation for a cooperative Vietnam-US relationship, passed away on August 25 (US time) at the age of 81.browser not support iframe. Senator John McCain (centre) visited Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi on October 19, 1992. Senator John McCain at a press conference in Hanoi on January 19, 2012 as part of his visit to Vietnam Senator John McCain ( R) at a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong during Trong's US visit in July, 2015 President Tran Dai Quang (right) welcomed Senator John McCain who led a US Senate delegation on a working trip to Vietnam in June, 2017. Senator John McCain (centre) visited Cam Ranh International Port in Khanh Hoa province on June 2, 2017Vietnamese Ambassador to US Pham Quang Vinh and Senator John McCain Senator John McCain in a press conference at the US Embassy in Sarajevo in April, 2017. From those trips, Ngoc noticed the Senator’s strategic vision, leadership and high political determination for the normalisation of Vietnam-US relations despite very great internal obstacles.
August 27, 2018 04:25 UTC
French conductor Brendel to lead concert at HCM City Opera HouseClaude Brendel, director of the Conservatory of Rouen in France, will lead the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in a concert at the Opera House on Wednesday. Claude Brendel, director of the Conservatory of Rouen, France, will lead the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in a concert at the HCM City Opera House on Wednesday. Vietnamese-French guitarist Nguyen Thanh Hang, a graduate of the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance, will perform at a concert at the HCM City Opera House on Wednesday. Conductor Brendel was the first guest conductor of the Lyric Festival of Luchon, France in 1991, and then became the event’s music director from 1994-1996. The concert will begin at 8pm on Wednesday at the Opera House, 7 Lam Sơn Square, District 1.
August 27, 2018 03:56 UTC
Event brings ASEAN families togetherVietNamNet Bridge – The ASEAN Family Day was held on Saturday in Hanoi with a range of fun activities to enhance cultural exchange and understanding among ASEAN member states. Hop to it: A participant joins múa sạp, a traditional dance of Viet Nam, at the ASEAN Family Day, held on Saturday in Hanoi. “ASEAN Family Day aims to promote the culture and tradition of ASEAN countries. I hope the event will help to strengthen unity and promote the ASEAN community spirit,” he added. Friendly competition: Staff of the Viet Nam Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ASEAN Embassies’ staff play tug of war.
August 27, 2018 03:56 UTC
Vietnam’s once-famous brands struggle to regain strengthVietNamNet Bridge - The brands were once ‘king’ in the market, but later lost their market share to foreign rivals. Chuong Duong was once a rival equal in strength with Coca-Cola and Pepsi, but has lost the competition with the two foreign giants. A report from BMI, a market analysis firm, showed the high growth rate of 7-12 percent of the Vietnam’s beverage market. Previously, Chuong Duong needed approval from Sabeco, a state-owned enterprise, for its investment plans, and sometimes it missed opportunities because of delays. RELATED NEWSDomestic fashion brands seek foothold in $3.5 billion marketVietnam's US$2 billion cosmetics market controlled by foreign brandsQuynh Mai
August 27, 2018 01:52 UTC