What The Papers Say July-Aug 2016

(No.5, Vol.6,Jul-Aug 2016 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

British couple runs motorbike tour for disabled foreigners in Ho Chi Minh City
Tuoi Tre News, 6 June
British expat Andy Gowler and his wife of Vietnamese origin, Ly Cam Tu, co-founders of the Saigon Buddy Tour, have recently begun running motorbike tours accessible to disabled people in Ho Chi Minh City.
In preparation, Saigon Buddy Tour has partnered with the Centre of Disability Research and Capacity Development Vietnam (DRD), a non-profit organization working on supporting disabled people in Vietnam, attending training courses on the awareness and skills required to work with disabled people.

Overloading to blame for ship overturn in central Vietnam: official
Tuoi Tre News, 6 June
Overloading has been identified as the cause of an incident in which a cruise ship capsized in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on 4 June, while local port authorities are being held accountable for letting the boat operate without a license.
The cruise ship Thao Van 2 submerged in the Han River about 10 minutes after its departure at around 8:30 p.m., with most passengers being brought to safety, including four Malaysians.
Three missing victims were found dead in the next day.

Vietnamese movie wins big prize at Filipino film festival
Tuoi Tre News, 7 June
‘Cuoc Doi Cua Yen’ (The Life of Yen) grabbed the Grand Festival Prize, which was among nine main category contenders at the World Premier Film Festival held in Manila.
Produced by the Vietnam Feature Film Studio, the film tells the story of Yen and Hanh, two children who grow up together and get married at a very early age as arranged by their parents.
The handiwork of Vietnamese director Dinh Tuan Vu is based on the script ‘Vang – Da’ (Gold - Rock) by writer Ho Hai Quynh, reflecting the cruel reality of society in 1945 when women suffered a lot of hardship.

Vietnam, Portugal release stamp set
Tuoi Tre News, 4 July
A stamp set celebrating 500 years of bilateral trade between Vietnam and Portugal was released in early July in Hoi An City and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
The stamp set comprises two designs. One of the designs depicts a piece of Vietnamese Chu Dau pottery against the background of a blue ocean and a panorama of Hoi An Ancient Town.
The other design illustrates a Portuguese ceramic plate against the background of the ancient coastal city of Lisbon.
The two designs are drawn by Vietnamese artist To Minh Trang, together with artists from Portugal.
The stamp set is set to be sold to the public in 192 countries and territories from July 1 till the end of 2017.

Shining the light on Hanoi's poor
Tuoi Tre News, 5 July
Vietnamese families living in slums along the Red River in Hanoi are using red plastic buckets and old printers to help light homes, cook meals and slash electricity costs by as much as a third.
The recycled goods form the blades and motors of electrical generators that power old motorcycle batteries to illuminate lamps with a brightness equivalent to a 45-watt light bulb.
Though the output is small, it makes a significant difference for families previously denied power because they lived too far from a power station or had to ration because of the expense, at an average cost of $9 a month.
The clean energy innovation on the floating village about 5 km from Hanoi's central business district is the brainchild of Le Vu Cuong, a lecturer at a Hanoi university.

Body of missing British tourist found in ravine
Thanh Nien News, 9 June
Vietnamese rescuers have found the body of Aiden Shaw Webb, a British tourist, after a week missing during a mountain trek.
Webb, 22, was reportedly attempting to climb the Fansipan, Vietnam's highest mountain in the northwestern province of Lao Cai, on 3 June. His girlfriend, Bluebell Eloise Baughan, lost contact with him in the morning of 4 June.
Before they lost contact, he called her and said that he had fallen into a waterfall, hurt himself and was lost.

Province demands $180 million for fish deaths
Thanh Nien News, 4 July
Around 100 tons of dead fish washed ashore in Quang Binh and nearby provinces Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue in April.
Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp., which has a plant in Ha Tinh, took the blame on June 30, admitting that its sewage discharge caused the problem, following a grand investigation led by the environment ministry. The company said there were faults in the operation trial.
It pledged a compensation fund of $500 million for the disaster. The government said the compensation process will be transparent.
Scientists joining the environment ministry’s investigation said coral reefs in the affected region will require at least 50 years to recover from the toxic spill.

Vietnam may deport illegals
Thanh Nien News, 6 July
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has called on Danang authorities to check the operations of all travel agents and expel illegal Chinese tour guides, following accusations that they distorted Vietnamese history while showing tourists around.
They could also face a ban on entering Vietnam ever again.
Last week, Danang authorities said they would verify accusations that some 60 Chinese tour guides are operating illegally and providing incorrect information about Vietnam to tourists. In videos provided by many local guides, Chinese tour guides could be seen operating illegally and using yuan instead of dong.

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