Council promotes kids’ engagement in social issues

KinderWorld Education Group has supported art activities in Vietnam by acting as the Diamond Sponsor for “A Bullet for My Valentine,” an independent student-run musical show organised by Fragments. The musical theatre performance of Fragments Team proved an eye-opening show of professional standards  This team is co-founded by Le Minh Ha and Nguyen Le Hoai Thuong, two excellent students from Singapore International School, KinderWorld Education Group. The show is scheduled “A bullet for my Valentine” tells a story from the early 1930s, about 17-year-old Hayley Brown and 18-year-old Eli Weston who were locked up in a juvenile detention hall. From this setting, the performance aims to illustrate the actual aftermath of childhood, with a direct focus on the fatal side of the spectrum. It is important that a suitably challenging yet nurturing environment for growth must be fostered. Additionally, another notable message is that in the face of overwhelming negativity, one has a choice of two routes—the easy way out or the hard way that will eventually be worthwhile. The above moral lessons are delivered through the medium of musical theatre, which has yet to become popular in Vietnam. With this project, the organiser hopes to spread awareness of the benefits of art, utilise the theatre’s power to persuade and connect the audience to address important social issues, foster opportunities for the youth to gain confidence through independent hands-on project experience and promote cooperation between…... [read more]

Hanoi authorities have approved a project to build a theater on a lake in a park, to create a unique new entertainment venue for residents. On 4 ha of water surface, the six-level opera house, to be known as Hanoi Lotus, is designed in the shape of a large lotus blooming on water, the national flower of Vietnam.  It has a capacity of 2,000 seats in an entertainment area, and also includes an ice-skating rink, cinemas, an advanced technology development center, restaurants, and office space, capable of catering to 25,000 local people and tourists in the capital.  It will be equipped with the latest facilities and be the city’s largest and most modern theater. It will be located at the CV1 Park at the intersection of Duong Dinh Nghe and Pham Hung Streets, which features 19 ha of water surface surrounded by green trees and public services.  Construction of the park began early this year and will be completed at the end of 2018. With private investment, the theatre is expected to open in October 2019.  “The new theatre will attract people on the weekends, holidays and festivals,” Chairman of the Hanoi People Committee, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, said, adding that there would be more entertainment centers built in Hanoi in the future, giving the capital a new appearance. Hanoi plans to plant 1 million more trees and build 25 parks over the next five years. It plans to finish construction of four parks this year: Mai Dich Park, Nhan…... [read more]

In Hanoi, nearly 13,000 houses were flooded, and more than 50,627 ha of summer crops were completely destroyed and 9,000 ha aquaculture operations were submerged. Heavy rains also flooded several power transformer stations including Ba La, Dong Bong, Cau Dien, and Me Tri, cutting power to many areas in the city. Total material losses were estimated at VND3,000 billion. The flooding also submerged many houses and ten of thousand of hectares of subsidiary crops in the provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. Municipal and provincial rescue missions have been sent to these localities to help them cope with the aftermath of the floods. Meanwhile, landslides were reported in the dyke system of the Day river due to the heavy downpours and rising floodwaters in many rivers over the past three days, said Le Van Tan, deputy chairman of Ha Nam province’s people’s committee on November 2. In the face of heavy floods, Ha Nam province instructed relevant agencies not to focus on saving winter crops but on protecting key dyke systems in the region. The province also asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to help farmers develop grow floral crops after the floodwaters receded. A delegation from the MARD was also sent to the province to help the local people prevent and overcome the flooding. In Cho Ra town, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province,…... [read more]

The Hanoi Police Department in coordination with the city Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front and religious organizations hosted a workshop to debate environmental protection for the first time on November 24. The event was attended by Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan. The religious organizations comprise the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi and the General Evangelical Church of Vietnam in the northern region. Chairman of the Hanoi People’ Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that Hanoi is heavily polluted. According to Mr. Chung, Hanoi has over 1,000 lakes and all have been polluted. Recently, fish has died en masses in some lakes in the city. Underground water has also been impure so Hanoians inner the city will be provided with tapped water to stop the use of polluted underground water. Citizens discharge 8,000-10,000 tons of garbage a day and they are mainly been treated by burying. Environmental pollution at trade villages and industrial parks has been serious. Food safety and hygiene violations have been rampant and air pollution has exceeded permissible levels by tens of times. In the upcoming time, Hanoi will implement some measures to tackle the environmental pollution. For instance, local authorities will ban out of date vehicles from traveling in streets. Next month, the city will install ten air quality observation stations, increase the number by 50 ones in 2017 and place observation stations at lakes in the next couple of years. In addition, the city will plant…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Hanoi People’ Committee jointly organised the Vietnam’s tourism promotion programme in France’s Paris capital on September 20. A tourism promotion programme themed “Hanoi – the cradle of cultural heritage” has been held in Paris on September 20 aims to introduce Hanoi’s and Vietnam’s cultural essence as well as recent tourism policies. The event’s opening ceremony began with a screening of a video on the beauty of Vietnam and its people, followed by performances of Quan Ho folk singing and traditional musical instruments. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son highlighted the position and importance of the tourism sector in Vietnam’s economy. The tourism sector attracted nearly 8 million international tourists in 2015 and targets to welcome 11 million by 2020, making up seven percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Ambassador Son said Vietnam’s efforts in recent years, including the 15-day visa exemption policy for tourists from the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy until the middle of 2017 and the use of A350 plane on the Hanoi/HCM City-Paris route, made it more convenient for tourists to visit Vietnam. Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism Do Dinh Hong said culture tourism is typical products of the capital city’s tourism sector thanks to Hanoi’s rich history, 5,820 global, national and city-level relic sites. Didier Cour, Director of France’s Terre d’aventure travel company, highly appreciated Vietnam’s visa exemption policy and praised the country as a wonderful…... [read more]

(Cinet)- Over 80 photos, praising the beauty of nature, life and people in Hanoi, are being showcased at a "Hanoi in me 2015" exhibition , which officially opened at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on October 27. This is one of main cultural activities of Hanoi People' Committee on the occasion of the capital’s 60th liberation anniversary. The 10th "Hanoi in me 2015" exhibition, themed "Hanoi: 30 Years of construction and renovation", introduces to visitors with images of the dynamic, creative and continuous developing city in the reform period in various fields, such as politics, economy, urban management and socio-cultural. The exhibition reflects Hanoi's most important achevements which the municipal Party, government and people have gained in the past 30 years of construction and renovation. The event also promotes dynamic, friendly images of the capital city with rich culture - an attractive destination, to numerous domestic friends, foreign investors and tourists. The exhibiton displays about 80 pictures selected from hundreds of representative works in the process 30 years of innovation of the capital. Works dispayed at the exhibiton inform Hanoi's impressed moments shifted from the centrelised and subsidized economy to market mechanism. During the exhibiton, images of dynamic, modern city with the rich culture have been appeared through photos of modern buildings, bridges, roads and the production lines. Addressing the event, Nguyen Minh Duc, Chief Editor of the Economic & Urban Newspaper and Head of the Organizing Board said, the exhibition will be a reminder of nostalgia, clearly expresses…... [read more]

The ownership ratio of motorcycles to cars in Vietnam is one of the highest in the world and continues to rise. The number of motorcycles is expected to double within the next 15 years, according to Vietnam’s current motorcycle master plan demand forecast. The ability to catch domestic market and consistent infrastructure, including to the enhancing of technology are the key issues to force to the significant progress in the automotive and supporting industries. Co-organized by Hanoi Promotion Agency (HPA)and Reed Tradex, with support by Hanoi People Committee, "Industrial Components & Subcontracting Vietnam 2015" (ICSV), Vietnam’s most comprehensive sourcing platform for industrial parts and components, will match over 60 Hanoi-based companies, mainly from the automobile, electronics, metalworking, plastics and information and communications industries with potential buyers. The event will be a key driver of development for the supporting industries where manufacturers will discover the parts and subcontractors they are looking for in order to upgrade their productivity and product value. As Vietnam’s supporting industries is growing steadily in line with the coming of AEC that will take full effect this year, Hanoi Promotion Center is ready to follow the success of ICSV 2014 with the return of 2015 edition.HPA Deputy Director, Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, revealed, "We expect to receive as great feedbacks as last year along with additional benefits; for example, regional and international buyers can get to know more about Vietnam supporting industries, and we can promote trade relations, investment, and technology transfers." "Industrial Components & Subcontracting…... [read more]

US Ambassador appreciates Can Tho’s competitive edge US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius highly valued Can Tho City’s competitive edge at a June 8 working session with the city leaders. During the meeting, Can Tho leaders introduced the city’s potential and strength, emphasising that Can Tho is the hub of the Mekong Delta region. The city leaders have paid due attention to fostering cooperative ties with the US, particularly setting up sister relations with Riverside City, California. Ambassador Ted Osius in turn said with a favourable geographic position and great agricultural potential, and existing infrastructure projects like Can Tho airport and seaports, the city has attracted much foreign and domestic investment capital. US businesses have also sought opportunities to cooperate with Vietnamese localities, including Can Tho, he said. The US ambassador added that if negotiations on trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement are successful, the agreement will help spur Vietnam’s economy, especially the Mekong Delta region. Education cooperation is a pillar in Vietnam-US bilateral cooperation agreement, he confirmed. To mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties, on the same day, Ted and his accompanies visited Can Tho University and talked with students there. Hanoi, Fukuoka step up bilateral cooperation Hanoi will organise a cultural exchange programme in Fukuoka with a view to introducing the culture and people of the capital city to residents of the Japanese prefecture. The capital will develop opportunities for investment promotion, promoting Hanoi as a promising investment market to businesses from Fukuoka as well as Japan in general,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Hanoi will organise a cultural exchange programme in Fukuoka with the aim of introducing the culture and people of the capital city to residents of the Japanese prefecture. The capital will develop opportunities for investment promotion, promoting Hanoi as a promising investment market to businesses from Fukuoka as well as Japan in general, Chairman of the Hanoi People Committee Nguyen The Thao told visiting Fukuoka Governor Ogawa Hiroshi on June 8. He expressed his thanks for Fukuoka’s support to Hanoi across the fields of economics, environment and society. Meanwhile, Ogawa Hiroshi highlighted the sound relations between Fukuoka and Hanoi, commenting that people-to-people exchanges will help further develop the ties. The authorities of Fukuoka always encourage its businesses and organisations to seek investment opportunities in foreign countries, including Vietnam, he stressed. In regards to the trial solid waste treatment facility using environmentally-friendly technology from Fukuoka, which was inaugurated the same day, the Governor said that it will be a milestone to foster the friendship between the two sides. He said he hopes that the project would contribute to improving environmental quality in Hanoi in particular and in Vietnam in general.... [read more]

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