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VietNamNet Bridge – Nam Tra My District in Quang Nam Province will host the first monthly Ngoc Linh ginseng market from September 29 to October 1. Promising root: Ngoc Linh ginseng harvested at a mountain farm in Nam Tra My District.  The chairman of the district people’s committee, Ho Quang Buu, told Viet Nam News the market in the south central province would provide a meeting point for tourists, investors, traders and local growers of Panax vietnamensis, better known as Vietnamese ginseng. He said the market, to be held every month between the 10th and 12th, would help boost the sale of local medical herbs, farm produce and forestry products, as well as improve the living standard of ethnic groups in the mountainous district. “We will allocate the culture and sport centre in the district to display farm produce, ginseng and herbs at 20 pavilions. Villagers will bring their products to introduce and sell at the market under strict control of quality and brand,” Buu said. Ngoc Linh ginseng, grown both in Nam Tra My District in Quang Nam and Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands, has been designated a national brand. Earlier this year, the district introduced the first ever Ngoc Linh ginseng and medical herbs centre in Tra Mai Commune as a major source of seed and saplings. The district plans to develop 15,000ha of ginseng farm in seven mountain communes by 2030. According to district authorities, more than 42,000ha of primary forests have been well preserved…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) will perform ballet, folklore and contemporary dances featuring the tale of My Chau - Trong Thuy at Ha Noi Opera House on August 23 & 24.  Meritorious Artist Phan Luong (standing) plays Trong Thuy. Photos courtesy of VNOB Based on My Chau - Trong Thuy, the story about the reign of King An Duong Vuong in the 3rd century BC, the 90-minute work Moi Tinh Thanh Co (Love in Citadel) features the tragedy of the King’s daughter My Chau. "The tale has been being staged by many theatres with different genres of art such as tuong (classical opera), cheo (traditional opera) and cai luong (reformed theatre), it is amazing to stage My Chau - Trong Thuy with dance," said Meritorious Artist Phan Luong.  Luong plays Trong Thuy, and will perform ballet and contemporary dances.  Legend has it that Au Lac, as Viet Nam was known years ago, was a kingdom where peace reigned. King An Duong Vuong built a new citadel and got a magic crossbow to protect his kingdom. Princess My Chau fell in love with Trong Thuy, a son of Trieu Da, the lord of a rival state that bordered Au Lac in the north, and the two wedded. After the wedding, Trong Thuy asked for the secret of the crossbow, but My Chau declined at first. Finally she revealed the secret and her kingdom was promptly attacked. The king killed My Chau for her betrayal. In…... [read more]

America's closest allies condemned U.S. President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms on Wednesday after he put part of the blame for violent clashes in the state of Virginia on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis. British Prime Minister Theresa May, widely criticised at home for cultivating close ties to Trump during his first half year in office, spoke out after the president repeated his view that the white nationalists and counter-protesters were both to blame. "There's no equivalence, I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them and I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them," May said. The leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats said May should rescind her invitation to Trump to pay a state visit to Britain. "After. @realDonaldTrump whitewash of murder and hatred by #WhiteSupremacists why is he still on list of invited official guests to UK?" Vince Cable tweeted. Politicians in Germany, which has tough laws against hate speech and any symbols linked to the Nazis who murdered 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, expressed shock at the images of people in Charlottesville, Virginia carrying swastikas and chanting anti-Jewish slurs. Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the "racist, far-right violence". Her challenger in next month's election called Trump's comments the "confused utterances" of a dangerous man. "We should not tolerate the monstrosities coming out of the president's mouth," Martin Schulz told the RND newspaper group in…... [read more]

With the aim of building a dialogue channel for Vietnamese and Taiwanese green energy industries, as well as supporting Taiwanese companies to develop the Vietnamese green energy market, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ho Chi Minh Branch (VCCI-HCM) recently collaborated with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to host the Conference on Green Energy Insights: Vietnam-Taiwan Trends and Development.” Speaking at the conference, Madam Karen Ma, Director of the Green Trade Project Office, Taiwan, said, in many Asian countries like India, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, using green energies, including solar energy, is highly recommended and seen as an effective solution to ensure national and regional energy security. In particular, these countries have also developed complete legal frameworks to provide a solid foundation for green energy development in the future. “While energy demands in developing countries are increasing and non-renewable energy sources are costlier and more environment-polluting, investing in green energy development in general and solar power development in particular is considered to be indispensable and sustainable direction,” she stressed. Taiwan has extensive experience in green energy and can fully use this strength to help Vietnam to harness its abundant green energy potential by introducing advanced green energy technologies to develop green energies and renewable energies in Vietnam, thus enabling Vietnam to achieve the goals of the Green Energy Strategy and implement international commitments for sustainable development, said Karen Ma. Sharing her experience in developing green energy industries, she said, “The core…... [read more]

Oanh lost 143-144 to Sri Ranti of Indonesia in the final of the women’s individual three-string bow category. It was the first time Oanh took part in the region’s largest sporting event and is relatively inexperienced internationally. “I regretted that I made an error in the first shot because of psychological pressure. Although I tried my best I couldn’t take gold. However, I am very happy as it is my first medal in the Games. I want to give it my parents,” said Oanh. Oanh said if she won gold it would be a special gift for her on the occasion of her birthday. “I was determined to win gold in Malaysia to celebrate my 20th birthday on August 21. But in sport, anything can happen. I still have two more events so I will make every effort to gain the best result,” Oanh added. Earlier, the southern province of Tra Vinh-born player Oanh beat Su Su Hlaing of Myanmar 139-134 in the qualifying round. She defeated Aung Ngeain of Myanmar 144-141 in the quarter-finals and then Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh of the hosts 145-142 in the semi-finals. Also in this division, Fatin of Malaysia won the bronze medal after crushing Dellie Threesyadinda of Indonesia. The 26-year-old Fatin won three gold medals in the previous Games in Singapore two years ago. “Oanh is very young but her skills are very good. Her result in the semi-finals is equivalent to the result of…... [read more]

An Italian man has admitted strangling his sister, chopping her body into parts and dumping them in communal bins in an upmarket area of Rome, Italian media reported Wednesday. The man, identified as Maurizio Diotallevi, 62, confessed to the grisly crime after 10 hours of interrogation over the death of his sister, Nicoletta, 59, the Corriere della Sera newspaper and other outlets reported, citing police sources. The two shared a flat and are believed to have quarreled over money. Police were alerted to the killing after the legs of the woman, severed at the groin, were discovered Tuesday night by a young woman who was rummaging through bins in Parioli, one of Rome's swankiest neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the head and chest of the victim were extracted from another bin, near the flat where the brother and sister lived. Diotallevi was taken into custody after police examined CCTV footage that showed him dumping something into the bin where the legs were discovered. Neighbors express astonishment that Diotallevi could have committed such a brutal crime. A local bar owner told the Sky TG24 news channel: "He was a regular customer, you'd see him out walking his little dog, he seemed such a placid man."... [read more]

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries. Reclusive North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States to counter what it perceives as constant U.S. threats of invasion. Trump warned North Korea last week it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States, prompting North Korea to say it was considering plans to fire missiles toward Guam. But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim had delayed the decision while he waited to see what the United States did next. "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision," Trump wrote on Twitter. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" North Korea's threat to fire into the sea near Guam had prompted Trump to say earlier that the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely. North Korea has long ignored warnings from the West and from its lone major ally, China, to halt its nuclear and missile tests which it conducts in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday it was time to "dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy" on North Korea and that he had told Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A Folk Music Festival is being held every Saturday on an open stage at the Dong Xuan Market in the capital city. The event is organised by the Viet Nam Art and Folk Music Development Centre, and features some 80 performances by individuals and folk music clubs in Ha Noi, HCM City and several northern provinces. Illustrative image -- File photo The centre was established in 2006 to revive traditional music genres such as ca tru (ceremonial singing) and xam (blind busker singing). Musician Thao Giang - one of the centre’s founders, has been working hard to revive xam.  His piece, Ke Chuyen Ngay Mua (Telling Stories during the Crop Season) is always part of the repertoire of Vietnamese art troupes when they perform abroad. Giang spoke to Viet Nam News about his work.  Why did you choose to restore xam instead of other art forms, when the centre was established? Unlike other art forms, xam is a popular music genre. It is simple to sing xam songs. They can be performed anywhere on the street, in the market or a corner where large numbers of people pass. Each xam song is a small story which listeners can understand easily.  Xam attracts audiences from commoners of life because its lyrics are rich and diverse in terms of content. It is rooted in the northern region. The melodies are very close to the people and easy to learn as each song is a story associated with people’s daily…... [read more]

For women, only by men VietNamNet Bridge – Around 60km from downtown of capital Ha Noi, Trach Xa Village in Ung Hoa District has been known for making tradional long dress ao dai for centuries. Male bastion: For a very long time, only men were taught and allowed to make an áo dài in Trach Xa Village.--VNS Photo Doan Tung A strange feature of this fame, however, has been the fact that the iconic national dress for women was made exclusively by men. To this day, 90 per cent of the local tailors are men, owing to a long-standing rule in the region: the job was taught only to men. Explaining the special rule, Nguyen Van Nhien, 84, who has been an ao dai maker for 65 years, said that in the old days, local inhabitants had to go far away to work as dress makers to earn their living. Only men could travel thus. Women were not believed strong enough to travel so often and so far, so they stayed at home to do housework and farm work. Locals also believed that the ao dai designed and tailored by men was more beautiful than those done by women! However, the craft was first taught to the village’s inhabitants by a woman. Nguyen Thi Sen, a concubine of King Dinh Tien Hoang (AD924 - 979) became the first dress maker in Trach Xa after learning the craft from the King’s Palace in the northern province of Ninh Binh. She also…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Police in Krong Nang District in Central Highland Province of Dak Lak have charged a local man for allegedly stealing gold worth more than VND 112 million (US$4,928). Police in Krong Nang District in Central Highland Province of Dak Lak have charged a local man for allegedly stealing gold worth more than VND 112 million (US$4,928). — Illustrative Photo The suspect, Le Anh Tai, 25 years old, a resident of Krong Nang Town, Krong Nang District told police that on July 21, he prepared equipment to commit a burglary. He discovered Kim Ngoc Nhan Store, a gold store in the town, had a closed door but no security guard, and climbed up on the store’s iron roof, cut through it and entered the store. After cutting power to the security camera, he pilfered many gold and silver rings, necklaces and bangles. He would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for his pesky wife. While trying to hide his ill-gotten spoils at home, he dropped three gold bangles on the floor Tai’s wife found the bangles and asked him where they came from, but he refused to answer. Then, the doting and unsuspecting wife on July 30 brought the bangles to Kim Ngoc Nhan Store to sell them. The store owner recognised the stolen goods and called the police. Tai was arrested for theft while his wife was considered guiltless as she didn’t know the goods were stolen, Colonel Hoang Xuan Thu, vice head…... [read more]

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