Village elder Bh’riu Po dedicated to Co Tu culture

Travelling for the first time along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and staying in the mountainous district of Tay Giang in Quang Nam Province is incredible, keeping in mind that this area was devastated by US bombs during the war but today it is a marvellously strong piece of our country. Tay Giang Township is lit up with lamps at night. Tay Giang Bank, under the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development grants loans to the local people with quick and convenient procedures. Co Tu elderly at a worshipping ceremony to welcome the new rice. Travelling for the first time along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and staying in the mountainous district of Tay Giang in Quang Nam Province is incredible, keeping in mind that this area was devastated by US bombs during the war but today it is a marvellously strong piece of our country. During our trip of over 1,000km from the capital of Hanoi to the Central province of Quang Nam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, we passed many sites that defined the meaning of hardships during the war, such as Long Dai Ferry (in Quang Binh Province), Cu Bai, A Xoc, Ta Rung, Khe Sanh (Quang Tri), A Luoi (Thua Thien-Hue), Xa Oi, A So, A Tep (Quang Nam), and others. Images of roads, villages and forests damaged by shells and toxic chemicals have been replaced by thriving hamlets and luxuriant green fields as far as the eye can see. The journey began in…... [read more]

The Vietnamese Ministry of Finance redoubled efforts to draw ties closer with Japan, aiming to ramp up cooperation on the intergovernmental and private investment levels at the same time. To this end did the two sides hold a meeting of the two nations’ ministries of Finance and an investment promotion conference for Japanese enterprises. Corporate big guns join Japan investment promotion delegation Can Tho, Japan seek cooperation opportunities in agriculture Japanese firms eye Vietnamese market The Vietnamese Ministry of Finance's delegation hard at work in Japan On August 21, at the meeting with Soichiro Imaeda, Japanese Deputy Minister of Finance cum Japanese Secretary of State, Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung issued a sincere invitation to the Japanese Minister of Finance to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Process, which will take place in October 2017 in the central province of Quang Nam's Hoi An. Minister Dung proposed the Japanese Ministry of Finance to support the financial cooperation initiatives of the APEC 2017. Currently, Vietnam has become the 100th official member of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) programme and he hopes to secure the support of the Japanese Ministry of Finance. Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung speaking at the financial investment promotion meeting He also proposed the Japanese government to consider providing Vietnam with official…... [read more]

Tam Thang 2 Industrial Park has a total investment capital of VND350 billion. — Photo cpliz.com.vn Capella Quang Nam Joint Stock Company, a subsidiary of Capella Land JSC, began the construction of Tam Thang 2 Industrial Park in the central province of Quang Nam on Sunday. The park, which has an investment capital of VND350 billion (US$15.4 million), is expected to be ready in two years. The project is located in Quang Nam Province’s Thang Binh District and is expected to cater to the rising land-lease demand in the province’s industrial zones. The project will be built over 103ha in Chu Lai Open Economic Zone (EZ), and is located favourably, only 65km from Da Nang City, 35km from Chu Lai International Airport and a mere 6km from Tam Ky City. In addition, the park is easily connected to airports, seaports and urban centres through strategic transport routes such as National Highway 1A, Da Nang-Quang Ngai expressway and the coastal road. Companies investing in Tam Thang 2 Industrial Park will enjoy tax incentives under the Government’s preferential policy for the economic zone. Notably, they will be exempt from corporate income tax for four years and will enjoy 50 per cent reduction for the next nine years. Then, a tax rate of 10 per cent will be applied for 15 years. Besides, there will be a 50 per cent reduction in personal income tax for experts, officials and employees working in companies…... [read more]

Hundreds of people attend the ceremony to introduce the six-star Pan Pacific Da Nang Resort project. — VNS Photo Property developers MBLand Holdings and Tonkin Properties on Saturday in Ha Noi officially introduced the six-star Pan Pacific Da Nang Resort project in the central province of Quang Nam. Occupying prime location in the diamond tourist belt of Da Nang and Hoi An, Pan Pacific Da Nang-Hoi An Resort has total investment of VND2.6 trillion (US$116 million), offering a sea view with three carefully designed and furnished property styles — villas, sky paradise villas and condotels. It is expected to open in 2020. It has collaborated with world-class names in architecture and design, such as landscaping by EDSA, exterior design by Humphreys & Partners and interior design by DWP, to create a new standard for luxury resorts and introduce refined lifestyle experiences. The project, which has construction density of only 20.2 per cent, is managed by Pan Pacific Hotels Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, which is one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies, operating 24 properties with close to 7,000 rooms in 12 countries. It is offering a 10 per cent guaranteed return and is already a sought-after destination for investors and vacation home owners. This is also the first project in Viet Nam in which the investor can negotiate the guarantee of time-share profit with Military Bank for buyers. Speaking at the ceremony, Vu Hoang…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Dozens of quan ho (love duets) artistes in Bac Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Boat music: Quan Ho performances on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province.  Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Tran Quang Nam, director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said quan ho has different sub-genres, including hat chuc, hat mung (literally means greeting singing); hat tho or ritual singing; hat canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s quan ho group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hat hoi or festival singing. “In hat hoi, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the quan ho boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bac Ninh Province for centuries. “We expect that the quan ho boat performance every Saturday night will be a meaningful cultural activity, helping introduce and promote further…... [read more]

Quan Ho performances on the Nguy​en Phi ​Y Lan Lake in B​ac Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province. (Photo: VNA) Bac Ninh (VNA) – Dozens of Quan ho (love duets) artists in the northern province of Bac Ninh – the cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh city. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Tran Quang Nam, Director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said Quan ho has different sub-genres, including hat chuc, hat mung (literally means greeting singing); hat tho (ritual singing); hat canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s Quan họ group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hat hoi or festival singing. “In hat hoi, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the Quan ho boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bac Ninh province for centuries. “We expect that the Quan ho boat performance every Saturday night will be a meaningful cultural activity, helping introduce and further promote the unique art form to residents within…... [read more]

Dozens of quan họ (love duets) artistes in Bắc Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Boat music: Quan Họ performances on the Nguyên Phi Ỷ Lan Lake in Bắc Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province. - VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Thương Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyên Phi Ỷ Lan Lake in Bắc Ninh City. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Trần Quang Nam, director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said quan họ has different sub-genres, including hát chúc, hát mừng (literally means greeting singing); hát thờ or ritual singing; hát canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s quan họ group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hát hội or festival singing. “In hát hội, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the quan họ boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bắc Ninh Province for centuries. “We expect that the…... [read more]

Nam Kim Steel posted an output of 380,000 tons, a year-on-year increase of 7 per cent in the first half of 2017. Photo: cafef.vn  As per the plan, the plant will require an investment capital of VND 2.2 trillion (USD 97 million) and have the capacity of 800,000 tons per year. The factory will produce galvanized steel sheets, galvanized aluminum sheets, zinc-coated aluminum-coated sheets, zinc-coated sheets, steel pipes, steel boxes, sections and products from steel coil, cold-rolled steel, galvanized steel, black steel tape and galvanized steel tape. Nam Kim Steel JSC’s board of directors (BOD) has authorized Ho Minh Quang, Chairman of the Board of Directors, to determine a location in the Southern province for the project, based on the scale of production and business activities, and to sign land lease contracts and contracts related to infrastructure investment. In the first six months of 2017, Nam Kim Steel posted an output of 380,000 tons, a year-on-year increase of 7 percent. Specifically, its output of iron and steel products went up by 21 percent compared to the same period last year. The firm’s turnover touched VND 5.5 trillion, up 38 percent, while its after-tax profit was VND 350 billion, up 14 percent year on year and accounting for 58.3 percent of its target for the entire year. Source: VNA... [read more]

Despite the order to cut staff, state schools still face teacher redundancy problems as decisions are made by the departments of internal affairs instead of the education sector.    State schools face teacher redundancy problems For the past five years, the Ministry of Education and Training have constantly emphasised the need to cut staff at schools. The ministry tried to deal with the problems by re-training teachers and sending them to nursery schools. But this has proved controversial. Nguyen Kim Phung, director of the ministry's Higher Education Department, said the enrollment quota for teacher training in 2014 was 84,000. It was cut to 68,000 in 2016 and 54,000 in 2017 but Phung said the number was still too high. According to Decision 732 issued by the prime minister about training teachers and managers for the 2016-2020 period with a view to 2025, Vietnam only needs 190,000 more teachers. However, the enrolment quota for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years are already 122,000. Teacher quality was also in question as the entrance scores to many teacher training universities this year were extremely low. Le Truong Tung, head of FPT University said forecasting human resources for teachers was much easier than in other sectors as they can have an accurate estimate of the number of students and teachers for each grade and subject. "The Ministry of Education and Training asked universities to cut the enrolment quota every year but the implementation has not been effective," he said. Tung suggested following India where a…... [read more]

SEA Games 29: Malaysia leading medal tally Hosts Malaysia overtook Indonesia to lead the medal table at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 29) with three gold, two silver and one bronze medals on August 17. Vietnam female archery team at the SEA Games 29 (Photo: VNA) Indonesia is second with two gold and one bronze medals, followed by Myanmar with two gold medals. Singapore collected one gold, two silver and two bronze medals, taking fourth place in the medal tally. Thailand climbed one spot to fifth in the tally with one gold and one silver. Meanwhile, Vietnam added another silver to its medal collection, jumping to the sixth place. Despite grabbing two more bronze medals on the second day, the Philippines dropped to seventh place, followed by Laos with one silver and one bronze. Cambodia and Brunei each pocketed two bronzes, ranking ninth and tenth on the tally. Timor Lester has not won any medals and remains rooted to the bottom of the table.  Vietnam’s second silver was secured by the female archery team including Chau Kieu Oanh, Le Ngoc Huyen and Nguyen Thi Nhat Le after losing to Malaysian athletes in the women’s team compound final. Vietnam aims to finish in the top three, with about 60 gold medals. In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam finished third, winning 73 medals. Muay Thai fight night on Aug 18 The Muay Thai (Thai boxing) fight night will kick off on August 18 at the Military Zone 7 Gymnasium…... [read more]




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