Floodwater starts surging in Mekong Delta, pleasing local residents

An art show at the artistic program The program aimed to pay tribute to martyrs, sick and wounded soldiers, Vietnam heroic mothers and those sacrificing their youth for the national independence and freedom on the occasion of the 70th Vietnam Day for Wounded and Fallen Soldiers (July 27, 1947 - 2017). The program also aimed at arousing the national pride and glorious history of the country while strengthening the education of revolutionary ideology among younger generations, reminding today’s generations of the great sacrifices and losses of previous generations in firmly protecting the Fatherland. Over the past 70 years, the Party, State and people of Vietnam have always born deeply in mind the sacrifices of national contributors and well carried out preferential policies towards those who made great contributions to the country, firmly safeguarding the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Gratitude activities are now regularly carried out by all ministries, sectors and the whole society. At the program, the organizers also presented 30 savings books and scholarships to needy sick and wounded soldiers, families of martyrs and children of national contributors keen on study. The exchange helps younger generations be stronger and make more contributions to the nation * The same evening, in Ho Chi Minh City, an artistic exchange was held by the Traditional Club of the former Youth Union Organization of the agencies under the Central Office for South Vietnam, the Committee of the…... [read more]

A recent clinical study demonstrated that the use of maternal nutritional supplements (MNS) and a breastfeeding support programme improves birth outcomes and exclusive breastfeeding rate among Vietnamese mothers. The symposium on the National Guideline on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers on July 24, 2017 in Hanoi The study on Vietnamese mothers demonstrated the effects of MNS in the pre- and post-natal period on exclusive breastfeeding rates, birth outcomes, and infant growth. The study was conducted by the research team of the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and global healthcare and research company Abbott between October 2013 and April 2015 and was approved by the National Institute of Nutrition and the Ministry of Health. Moreover, the study has been published on The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine—the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine and other scientific communities. This is the first study from Vietnam on maternal health nutrition to be published in such an authoritative platform. Participants included 228 Vietnamese mothers aged 20-35 at 26-29 weeks of gestation. The findings showed that women who received the lactation support programme, including consuming two daily servings of maternal milk supplements from pregnancy through breastfeeding experienced various benefits, including healthier birth and growth outcomes and increased breast milk production. The maternal milk supplement used in the study was Similac Mom, a science-based formula uniquely designed to help mothers…... [read more]

NDO – Storm Sonca, the fourth large-scale storm to hit the East Sea this year, made landfall in the northern part of the central province of Quang Tri on July 25 afternoon and downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the latest information from the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF). >>> Localities brace for fourth storm in East Sea As of 4pm on Tuesday, the storm’s centre was located at approximately 17 degrees north latitude and 106.8 degrees east longitude, right on the areas of Quang Binh-Quang Tri provinces, with strongest winds in the eye of the storm recorded at 50-60kph. The State meteorological agency forecast that in the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move mainly to the west-north west at about 15kph and weaken into a tropical depression. By 1am on July 26, the tropical depression will be centred at about 17.5 degrees north latitude and 105.3 degrees east longitude, in Central Laos. The strongest wind of the tropical low pressure will be at about 40-50kph. To deal with the storm, the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control this morning held an online meeting with six central provinces, including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, to discuss specific measures. At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, proposed mobilising all forces to respond to Sonca and…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – It’s 6am on a summer morning, and a group of children are doing warm-up exercises to prepare their muscles for a special kind of swimming class. An instructor guides students with basic swimming techniques during a swimming lesson on the Tra Bong River section running through Tra Thuy Commune, Quang Ngai Province. — Photo tuoitre.vn This class is unique, as it takes place in a partitioned-off river section running through Tra Thuy Commune in central Quang Ngai Province’s Tra Bong District, and its goal is survival.  The free-of-charge swimming class was launched by Tra Xuan Secondary School teachers to provide as many as 60 students aged between 12-15 with basic techniques to survive in the water, the Tuoi tre (Youth) reported. Witnessing that most cases of drowning were students, the school teachers in the mountainous Tra Bong District decided to spend their summer teaching survival skills for the students in the region, which is home to many rivers, lakes, springs and dams. Field studies were conducted to find a section of the Tra Bong River in Tra Thuy Commune that is suitable for swimming practice. Here, the river bed is hollow and flat, while the surface area is wide and the water is transparent.   Teacher Nguyen Anh Vu, a swimming instructor, always comes to “the class” an hour early to wait for the children. "It starts at 6am, but I come first to prevent children from spontaneously jumping into the water, it’s dangerous. These children are…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – An ongoing exhibition at Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum take visitors back to the glorious years of national resistance through 50 artworks by different generations of Vietnamese artists.  Tribute to martyrs: A grandmother and granddaughter pray at the altar of the former’s children killed in the war. A Mother’s Heart; Oil on canvas by Do Son. Titled Nhung Nam Thang Khong The Nao Quen (The Unforgettable Years) the exhibition displays works of diverse mediums and styles sketched, drawn and painted during and after wars. "The artists capture moments of heroism and resilience in times of war, and recreate true and honest moments of a soldier’s life, capturing both its ferocity, and the faith and hope that can be seen in the faces of both civilians and soldiers," said Nguyen Anh Minh, director of the museum, at the exhibition’s opening ceremony on July 20.  The exhibition is a good opportunity to see works of artists across several generations educated at the Indochina School of Fine Arts, including To Ngoc Van, Nguyen Van Ty and Nguyen Quang Phong as well as key figures who followed, like Do Son, Le Duy Ung and Le Tri Dung. Many of these artists were early recruits to the revolutionary cause and a significant number lost their lives or were injured in the war. Artist Phong’s lacquer painting Thu Do Khang Chien (Capital during the time of resistance) was painted in 1999, more than 50 years after residents of the capital city joined soldiers…... [read more]

The capital city will issue regulations for the walking area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in August, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung said on Monday. Pedestrians gather at Đông Kinh Nghĩa Thục Square in the walking area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in the capital city.-VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt At a meeting with voters of central Hoàn Kiếm District on Monday, chairman Chung said the committee has reviewed pressing issues concerning Hoàn Kiếm Lake’s walking area, such as sanitation, dog walking, toy car rental services and poor-quality cultural events. Hoàn Kiếm People’s Committee has been assigned to develop a set of regulations for the area, which will be released next month, to address these issues, he said. Hà Nội is witnessing an influx of tourists, as major hotels in the city are currently fully booked until the first quarter of next year, for the first time in 15 years, he added. The capital city will continue to call for investment in developing entertainment venues and high-tech tourism attractions and building some 4,000 more hotels to meet demands of international and local tourists and turn tourism into a spearhead economy, he said. Chung disapproved of a proposal by Hoàn Kiếm District to limit timings of the walking area during the summer to only the evenings (from 6pm to 2am of the following day) on weekends because it was very hot during the…... [read more]

NDO – Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan visited and presented gifts to policy beneficiaries and national contributors in the city. The recipients included Vietnamese heroic mother Le Thi Cach, wounded solider Tran Cong Hieu, war veteran Dinh Cong Dac and lieutenant general and former Defence Deputy Minister Phan Trung Kien, among others. On the same day, Politburo member Nhan visited the officers, doctors and soldiers who are prepared to join the United Nations’ peace keeping mission and staff of Ho Chi Minh City-based Military Hospital 175. Also yesterday, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh saluted and presented gifts to Vietnamese heroic mother Trinh Thi Vat and 30 policy beneficiaries in Duc Hoa district, Long An province. Speaking at the function, she asked sectors and local authorities to provide better care for national contributors in order to improve their mental and spiritual lives. An art programme was held on the evening of July 24 by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education and Vietnam Television. During the event, the organising board presented saving books worth VND 500 million in total to Vietnamese heroic mothers, families of wounded soldiers and victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin, as well as poor students in Hoan Kiem and Dong Anh districts of Hanoi and Chi Linh district of Hai Duong province. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day of Vietnam (July 27, 1947), meetings were held in Da…... [read more]

NDO – With the support of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam’s annual international exhibition on pharmaceuticals and medical supplies (Vietnam Medi-Pharm Expo 2017) is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City, from August 17-19. Organised by Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising JSC (Vinexad) and HCM City Medical Equipment Association, the expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre, No. 799 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7. According to Vinexad, the exhibition will attract the participation of 250 enterprises that are large corporations and reputable companies from 22 countries and territories. Products on display will include medical and laboratory equipment and health care products; pharmaceuticals, functional foods, cosmetics, cosmetic equipment; machinery for processing and packaging pharmaceutical products; dental equipment; and ophthalmic equipment. Notably at this year’s event, there will be outstanding international pavilions introducing hi-tech medical products from Japan, pharmaceuticals and laboratory equipment from India and medical equipment and herbal medicines from China. Apart from trading activities, the exhibition will also include a seminar on Vietnamese pharmacy and medicine market and current regulations in the field, as well as a field trip to a large hospital in HCM City, in order to help foreign businesses gain an overview of the locals’ practical needs for medical examination and treatment, and a range of specialised seminars presented by exhibitors. According to the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Vietnam’s medical equipment market is currently valued at…... [read more]

Vietnam’s fast-food segment has become much more competitive as a huge number of chains arrive in the country, but some are now reviewing their business activities while others are departing.  Analysts say that as Vietnam is an emerging market, investors need to follow a reasonable path in order to reap the benefits. Most fast-food brands in Vietnam are “giants” but not all can succeed here.  “Meeting the tastes of customers, which are rapidly changing along with the development of society, is one of the biggest challenges for any business,” Mr. Nguyen Huy Thinh, General Manager of McDonald’s in Vietnam, told VET. Learn to compete McDonald’s opened its first outlet in Vietnam in 2014 and quickly found favor. Mr. Nguyen Bao Hoang was appointed to bring the Big Mac to Vietnam as a Developmental Licensee, with the contract signed the result of cooperation with the UK-based international law firm, Allen & Overy, and the result of a “rigorous” selection process, the fast-food giant said.  McDonald’s attracted 20,000 customers and earned around VND1.5 billion ($71,130) in revenue in its first two days in the country. Similar to Burger King, it also adopted an ambitious plan to have 100 stores within a decade. But four years on, it is yet to expand beyond Ho Chi Minh City. It has introduced Western breakfast dishes such as egg muffin, sausage, hotcakes, and hash browns in a bid to win over picky Vietnamese palates, though it remains doubtful that such fare is appealing to local people. …... [read more]

LONDON (Reuters) - Three decades after approval of the first-ever AIDS treatment, HIV medicine is seeing a new wave of innovation with scientists reporting positive data on Monday for improved drug cocktails and a novel experimental vaccine. Adding to optimism is the success of antiretrovirals in preventing infection - an approach known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - as well as growing hopes for an eventual "functional" cure that may keep the virus at bay without drugs. Researchers believe such advances are necessary to stay ahead of a virus that can all too often develop resistance to medicines, despite the use since 1996 of three- or four-drug combinations that mean HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence. "New products are needed. The Achilles heel for us is drug resistance because the virus is incredibly quick to mutate," Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in South Africa, said. Bekker is also president of the International AIDS Society, which organized the conference in Paris where the latest clinical results were presented. The race for better and more convenient medicines has made HIV a rich battleground for drug companies such as Gilead Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline, which generate billions of dollars from modern therapies. Both companies garnered fresh ammunition to boost their products in Paris. New clinical data confirmed Gilead's new drug bictegravir, given with older antiretrovirals, was as good as GSK's established dolutegravir and had a similar side effect profile. Gilead filed…... [read more]

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