Nearly 200 hurt in Philippine New Year revelry despite fireworks order

Nearly 200 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first half of 2011, with most slaughtered in the world-famous Kruger National Park, environmental group WWF said. File photo of a rhino on a Nature Reserve in South African. South Africa lost 193 rhinos in the first six months of the year, with 126 of them killed in Kruger, one of South Africa\'s top tourist draws, the group said in a statement.Last year a record 333 rhinos were killed in South Africa, which is home to about 70 percent of the world\'s rhino population."Poaching is being undertaken almost without exception…... [read more]

The first tourists to visit HCM City this year got a warm welcome yesterday at Tan Son Nhat Airport by officials from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the city's Tourism Association. They included 315 passengers coming from Frankfurt, Germany on Vietnam Airlines and 150 others arriving from Hong Kong aboard a Cathay Pacific aircraft.Last year HCM City received 3.8 million international visitors, representing 56 per cent of all foreign visitors to Viet Nam - a year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent.The city tourism industry reported revenue of VND68 trillion (nearly US$3.3 billion), 42.5 per cent of the…... [read more]

The Ivory Coast on Wednesday began three days of national mourning after a stampede among crowds gathered for celebratory New Year's Eve fireworks in Abidjan left at least 60 dead and dozens injured.    A soldier stands guard at the scene of a stampede in Abidjan, on January 1, 2013. An AFP journalist saw many injured children, while images broadcast by RTI television showed bodies stretched lifeless on the ground outside the city's main stadium.Piles of abandoned shoes and clothing could also be seen at the stadium, where soldiers and police were deployed, along with UN peacekeepers."This is a real…... [read more]

The Ivory Coast on Wednesday began three days of national mourning after a stampede among crowds gathered for celebratory New Year's Eve fireworks in Abidjan left at least 60 dead and dozens injured.    A soldier stands guard at the scene of a stampede in Abidjan, on January 1, 2013. An AFP journalist saw many injured children, while images broadcast by RTI television showed bodies stretched lifeless on the ground outside the city's main stadium.Piles of abandoned shoes and clothing could also be seen at the stadium, where soldiers and police were deployed, along with UN peacekeepers."This is a real…... [read more]

Until the early 20 th century, Hanoiansfrom all walks of life celebrated Tet in two stages: the preparatory stage andthe enjoyment stage. During the preparatory stage, people brought gifts toimportant people in their lives and every family tidied up their house, cleanedtheir altars and objects used for worship, bought offerings, had new clothesmade and so on. In families that could afford to purchase many thingsfor Tet, men went to Hang Ngang and Hang Duong Streets to buy “thuy tien”(narcissus) bulbs. Either the men or their daughters would care for thespring-time bulbs prior to Tet so that they would be in…... [read more]

In Brazil, thousands of people gathered on Copacabana beach in Rio to welcome the New Year. The South American country will host Olympic Games 2016 this summer.In New York, more than one million people packed into New York City’s Times Square to see the famous crystal ball, officially named the Waterford Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball, drop at midnight. Security was tightened.Hundreds of overseas Vietnamese flocked to Dong Xuan commercial centre in Berlin to join New Year art performances.Despite cold weather, tens of thousands of Czech people converged on Wenceslas square in Prague to welcome the New Year.Fireworks displays…... [read more]

A recent directive by the Secretariat aims to prevent wastefulness and support the poor by requesting localities across Vietnam refrain from holding pyrotechnic shows during the New Year (January 1) and Tet, or Lunar New Year (January 28) holidays.Local authorities were also asked to focus on improving living conditions for those less fortunate living in border areas and on islands, as well as assist flood victims in central provinces and those affected by environmental pollution.During an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday, vice-chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu stated that the city’s fireworks display…... [read more]

Vietnamese people, especially young city-dwellers, are used to going out on the last night of the Lunar Year to wait for the colorful boom of fireworks while screaming their hearts out or simply exchanging a kiss with a loved one at midnight.But as there were no fireworks on the Lunar New Year Eve in either Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue or anywhere else in Vietnam due to a government call for austerity, what were their options?Hanoi had “fireworks,” but not in the way you'd expect.The capital city had prepared a show with a 30-second countdown to the…... [read more]

At midnight on the 2013 Lunar New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be set off around the country. Twenty-nine fireworks displays in Hanoi will illuminate the sky above every district for 15 minutes. People in Ho Chi Minh City will have a chance to enjoy displays in seven places around the city. Residents in the remote districts of Van Ban and Bat Xat in the mountainous province of Lao Cai will witness fireworks in their localities for the first time. Displays are also planned for other northern provinces including Lai Chau, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh…... [read more]

Illustrative Image (Source :VNA)Hanoi (VNA) - Fireworks will light up the capital city of Hanoi’s sky on the Lunar New Year’s Eve (February 7) at 30 display venues, local authorities recently announced.General Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism To Van Dong said funds for the fireworks show have come from the public.Accordingly, spectators can witness high altitude fireworks from 6 venues, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Nguyen Hoang Ton flower garden (Tay Ho district), Van Quan Lake (Ha Dong district), My Dinh National Statium(Nam Tu Liem district), Son Tay ancient town (Son Tay town)…... [read more]




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