An overview of the event (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The embassies of Israel and Denmark in Vietnam as well as the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education on February 20 jointly held the Holocaust Remembrance Day – a day to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust tragedy during the World War II. The event, held in the city for the first time, was a chance for Vietnamese people and locals in the city in particular to show sympathies to Holocaust victims and survivors. Participants at the event, many of them local students, watched a Denmark film based on the real story of a Jewish family in Denmark on their way to escape the German fascism. Israeli Ambassador Nadav Eshar said that the event aims to honour millions of Jews victimized by the brutal crime just because of their difference. Israel hopes to spread a message that as crimeshappen, people must join hands to fight them, he said. Meanwhile, Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, said that the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, which has reached dozens of countries, will be further expanded as part of efforts against the spread of violence. He stressed the significance of historical education which helps younger generations to improve their awareness of building a society with equality. The United Nations designates 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the… [Read full story]
In attendance at the ceremony were Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, and Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee. (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong) This year, 3,500 young people in Hanoi have signed up to military service, including 1,300 adolescents volunteering through written applications. The rate of newly-recruited soldiers joining after graduating from universities, colleges, and secondary schools in 2019 reached 32.4%, a drop of 8.4 per cent in comparison to the previous year. Many local residents and families of the young soldiers. Municipal leaders present flowers to the fresh-faced soldiers. Some photos of the event: In attendance at the ceremony were Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, and Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee. (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong) This year, 3,500 young people in Hanoi have signed up to military service, including 1,300 adolescents volunteering through written applications. The rate of newly-recruited soldiers joining after graduating from universities, colleges, and secondary schools in 2019 reached 32.4%, a drop of 8.4 per cent in comparison to the previous year. Many local residents and families of the young soldiers. Municipal leaders present flowers to the fresh-faced soldiers. Some photos of the event:
Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and delegates to the fourth international conference promoting Vietnamese literature and the third international poetry festival. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam is one of the lands of stability, peace, literature and friendship, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said while receiving delegates to the fourth international conference promoting Vietnamese literature and the third international poetry festival in Hanoi on February 18. Through literature, Vietnamese people demonstrate their patriotism, desire for peace and undaunted will to reach the aspiration during the wartime, she said, highlighting its significance in the current national construction and defence. Lauding valuable support from the global peace-loving people, especially poets and writers, for the country, Thinh expressed her hope that they will visit the country in a larger number. The international conference aims to promote special values of Vietnamese literature to international friends, and help local writers exchange views with their international colleagues, the official said. According Huu Thinh, President of the Vietnam Union of Literary and Arts Associations and President of the Vietnam Writers’ Association, the conference and the festival draw the participation of nearly 200 foreign poets, writers and translators from 46 countries and territories. The events are being held along with the 17th Vietnam Poetry Day on February 16-21 in Hanoi and the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Bac Giang.-VNA
Participants are seated in groups so everyone gets a chance to talk (Photo: VOV) The project’s cafes involve no registration, no attendance sheet, and of course, no homework, but still try to help students improve their English conversation skills. The “No name” café, which is part of the “Talks Café 100% English” project, is hidden in a small alley along Pham Van Thuan street in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province. Like the other cafés in the project, “No name” is an ordinary coffee shop during the day, but turns into an English class at night. The participants are diverse in age, gender, and job, but all have to follow one basic rule: “No Vietnamese maybe spoken in class”. Through activities led by a qualified instructor, participants learn to make small talk and work effectively in teams while improving their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. By creating a friendly environment where people can converse freely in English, “Talks café” overcomes the lack of confidence which seems to be the biggest barrier to learning English. 11th grader Vo Thi Xuan Dao said, “I can see clearly that my language skill is improving, thanks to the fun lessons and activities here. We just drink coffee, chit chat in English, and make a few friends along the way. There’s no pressure at all, so I feel happy to join in.” At “Talks cafe”, they do not separate learners into language levels, but they try to provide one-on-one support for beginners. Participants are seated in groups… [Read full story]
The first robotically assisted brain surgery took place on February 15 and was carried out by Doctor Chu Tan Si, Head of the hospital’s Neurology Department, and his colleagues with the support of Prof. Amin Kassam – Vice President of Aurora Health Care (USA). He is an expert in neurosurgery and also the person who came up with the idea of the robot system. The patient was a female Tay Ninh native born in 1952. She was hospitalised with a headache, difficulty speaking and weak right limbs. After clinical examination, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the parietal bone area, measuring 2cm and about 1.5-2cm from the cortex, which controls the movement function. Si said the patient’s tumour was a small, single-size tumour and it would be removed by normal surgery but would also leave neurological sequelae to patients. Therefore, after examining and evaluating the necessary functions, the doctors agreed that the patient is within the limits allowed to operate by robots to avoid damage to the brain. The surgery started at 9 am on February 15 and ended at 10.30 am under the support of the Modus V Synaptive robot system, helping the surgical crew successfully remove the tumour. As a participant in surgical support, Prof. Amin Kassam expressed his surprise and satisfaction as the surgery reached a record time, lasting only one hour and 30 minutes, earlier than the original expected two hours. Meanwhile, if carried out by classical surgery with microsurgery glasses without robots and… [Read full story]
The US Embassy in Vietnam officially granted its host country with the Category 1 (CAT 1) rating on February 15. According to Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Dinh Viet Thang, acquiring the CAT 1 will help to elevate Vietnamese airlines’ position and prestige to a new high. There are currently no direct flights between Vietnam and the US, thus passengers are currently having to transit in different countries and territories. The Vietnamese Government had approved plans early last year to expand the network of national carriers to major markets including Australia, China, Europe, and the US. Vietnam and the US signed an air transport agreement in 2003 to allow carriers from each country to operate unlimited direct air services in both directions. The CAAV has made concerted efforts to advance progress in safety and air navigation with strong support from Boeing – the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, as well as defence, space, and security systems – and the work has now finally paid off. Regarding plans to open direct flights to the US, Thang said Vietnam Airlines, low-cost Vietjet Air, and the new comer Bamboo Airways desire to fly to the US.
VFF President Man, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee, made the requirement during his working session with the Vietnam Association of Craft Villages on February 15. He emphasised that craft villages should be seen as a source to boost local tourism, create jobs for local employees and contribute to the local budget. While asserting that the Party, State and the VFF always pay great attention to the development and preservation of craft villages across the country, he demanded that the association takes more drastic actions to encourage craft villagers to further uphold their crafts. He stressed the need to listen to the aspirations of the association’s members in order to timely remove any obstacles and difficulties in their production and business. The association was also urged to apply scientific and technological advances in production in order to meet the increasing demand of customers in the era of industrialisation and modernisation. The same day, the VFF leader also visited pottery production models in Bat Trang pottery village in Gia Lam district.
A flight of Vietnam Airlines (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Airlines served nearly 1.3 million passengers during the peak season of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday from January 20 to February 11. The national-flag carrier operated nearly 8,000 flights in the period under review, up nearly 4 percent year on year. Meanwhile, the budget carrier Jetstar Pacific also operated nearly 2,000 flights, carrying nearly 300,000 passengers. A representative from Vietnam Airlines said that the punctuation indication of the airline reached 90 percent averagely, with the highest of 98 percent. Particularly, one day before the first day of the first lunar month (February 2) and the sixth day of the month (February 10), which is the last day of the longest and most important annual festival in Vietnam, the number of flights operated by Vietnam Airlines each day exceeded 500. Safety for all the flights were ensured.-VNA
An aerial view of Can Tho city (Photo: baocantho.com.vn) Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is planning to build its first green infrastructure park in the near future. The municipal People’s Committee held a meeting on February 14 to discuss the project, which will cover over 0.5ha of land in An Khanh ward of Ninh Kieu district. Trinh Anh Tuan, an expert from the Research Institute for Climate Change at the Can Tho University, said once operational, the project will not only serve as a park but also be able to help improve the local living environment. He noted that facilities improving the water environment and reducing flooding will be included in this park. Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee Dao Anh Dung said resettlement areas surrounding the project’s location have been put into use for many years, but there haven’t any parks for them. It this park is successful, it will also help address flooding and environmental problems which are common challenges facing developing cities like Can Tho. He also asked the university’s Institute of Environmental Sciences and relevant sides to perfect this project before implementation. According to experts, green infrastructure is a network of green factors conserved, enhanced or set up in order to deal with adverse effects of urbanisation by basing on the “building with nature” approach, which means ensuring the harmony between socio-economic development and the conservation and promotion of natural values. In Vietnam, green infrastructure will help solve many urban… [Read full story]
The capital city has granted management account codes to nearly 2,000 agricultural product enterprises to boost the use of QR codes to trace product origins. The capital city has granted management account codes to nearly 2,000 agricultural product enterprises to boost the use of QR codes to trace product origins. – Photo hpa.hanoi.gov.vn The codes are an effective way for consumers to trace where agricultural products in Ha Noi originate. They can also help improve the control and management of product lines, market research and e-commerce. Departments and agencies have also worked to link enterprises and production co-operatives in the city with the Centre for Integration and Development Enterprises to apply authentication processes for their goods. At the same time, they also encouraged consumers to shop at modern places that allow shoppers to use personal electronic devices to scan QR codes to learn about product origins, prices and instructions for use. Earlier, the Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade issued a plan to promote the use of QR codes for online tracing of goods in the city. Organisations, individuals and consumers can use these codes to determine origins and monitor the circulation and distribution of products. The city can use them as a basis for developing policies for the management and development of specific goods and groups, especially for food products. QR codes can also limit commercial fraud and the trading of products of unknown origins. It also can help introduce and promote reputable and branded enterprises which comply… [Read full story]