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What the papers say May - June 2015

No 3, Vol.6, May - June 2015


Museum of Muong ethnic group opens
Vietnam News, 10 April
A new private museum featuring traditional Muong ethnic culture has opened in the northern province of Hoa Binh.
This is the second private museum in the province and the 24th in the country.
The museum hosts studies on Muong culture, while collecting and preserving objects, along with food fairs and cultural events.
Located in Thai Binh Ward, the museum has 5,000 objects, including 100 ancient gongs, on display.

First A/H1N1 case of 2015 reported in northern city
Vietnam News, 17 April
The Hai Phong health department yesterday reported a serious case of avian influenza A/H1N1.
The patient, born in 1955, was in coma and had suffered respiratory failure due to pneumonia after five days of fever.
The man tested positive for the A/H1N1 virus in tests conducted by the city's preventive medicine centre.
He is being treated in an isolated room, following the health ministry's treatment plan. He is the first A/H1N1 case to be reported in the city in 2015.
The city has also implemented measures to decontaminate the man's house and the neighbouring area.

HCM City faces flooding in the coming rainy season
Vietnam News, 22 April
Authorities in HCM City planned to finish fortifying the city against floods before the season began, but the deadline is looming and preparations aren't complete.
Despite efforts to prevent flooding over the years, 22 different areas flooded last year because of water blockages in canal projects, the negative impacts of climate change and heavy rain, and other natural causes, according to the Steering Committee for Flood Control.
The committee added that the city would only be able to fortify 61 of 68 flood-prone areas this year.
Apart from measures like canal dredging, building a network of tidal sluices could help eliminate urban flooding.

Vietnamese elderly the world’s living oldest lady
Vietnam News, 24 April
A 122-year-old Vietnamese woman, Nguyen Thi Tru, is the world's oldest living person, the World Record Association has said.
Currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, Tru had 11 children, of which only two – both in their eighties – are alive, the Viet Nam Book of Records said, while announcing the WRA statement in HCM City on April 23.
Tru has had a healthy life and has never been hospitalised for serious illnesses.
The title of being the oldest living person was previously held by a Japanese woman, Misao Okawa, who passed away on April 1 this year.

Forests in Central Highlands at risk over illegal logging
Tuoi Tre News, 23 April
Vast primeval forests in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum have been at risk of vanishing because of illegal logging.
Foresters have admitted they cannot protect the forests from being destroyed as they do not have enough personnel.
Forest has covered most of Nam Sa Thay District bordering Cambodia for centuries but it has suffered from damage since the Se San River was blocked for building hydropower electricity plants in 2003.
Thus, thousands of hectares of primeval forests along the riverbank have become isolated and fallen prey to illegal loggers.

HCMC to issue fishing regulations
Tuoi Tre News, 25 April
Over 475,000 young fish of different species, weighing a total of approximately ten tons, were released into the canal in April.
This is the third time HCMC authorities organized the releasing of fish into canals and no fishermen were observed waiting to immediately catch the released fish as in previous years.
Tat Thanh Cang, deputy chairman of HCMC People’s Committee, noted that the city has invested a great deal to upgrade the city’s environment.
Aquatic resources have been reproduced but excessive exploitation has occurred, causing damage to the canals, he said.
Cang instructed district authorities to strictly punish those who catch fish by electrocution.
He added that the city will issue new regulations to ban the excessive exploitation to protect the canals.

600-year-old trees in northern Vietnam recognized
Tuoi Tre News, 26 April
The Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment on Friday recognized two ancient gold apple trees in the central province of Thanh Hoa as national heritage.
The trees, planted near the Ho Dynasty Citadel, a world cultural heritage site, were believed to be grown very long time ago in Tran-Ho Dynasties era.
They were located in the centre of the village and around 30 meters away from the southern moat of the citadel.
The trunks of the two trees have a circumference of 10 meters and are around 20 meters high. Their roots extend from three to five meters around the trunks.
The two trees’ canopies are very large, creating beautiful scenery for the village. They are attractive points for tourists when visiting the Ho Dynasty Citadel.

Ho Chi Minh City’s pedestrian street
Tuoi Tre News, 29 April
The Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the city’s first of its kind, opened to the public at the end of April.
Railings were removed from the street to welcome city dwellers and tourists, who were stunned by the trial-run music-fluctuated water and decorative lighting spectacles.
The Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street spans 670 meters from the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee edifice to Bach Dang Wharf in Districts 1 and 4, respectively, and measures 64 metres in width.
To ease heat and keep temperatures level, the entire length of the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street is installed with automatically-operated mist-emitting systems and lined with over 200 trees and 122 large tubs of flowering creepers.
The street will be a venue for parades, meetings, street festivals, and the city’s hallmark Nguyen Hue Flower Street.
The walking street will also boast art, exhibition and sports activities, and will be lined with mobile stands that offer for sale a wide array of mementoes and food specialties.

Walk on the seabed
Tuoi Tre News, 3 May
A sea walking service offered in Nha Trang City has captured the great attention of tourists since it was launched in March this year.
The service allows tourists to walk on the seabed in Nha Trang Bay, located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, and behold richly-coloured coral reefs and schools of fish through the glass of the astronaut-like helmets.
Trip takers will have the chance to gently touch the swimming fish without spooking or scaring them off.
The rafts on which the service is provided are positioned on Hon Mot Islet in Nha Trang Bay.
Elderly people, kids, and those who cannot swim are all welcome to enjoy the experience.
Such sea walking strolls cost VND800,000 ($37.3) each.

Halong to launch electric car
Tuoi Tre News, 5 May
An electric car service is expected to be launched in June in Halong City, home to the UNESCO-recognized Halong Bay.
The cars will carry visitors to some of the city’s major tourist attractions on two routes.
The first route, Bai Chay, is as follows: Marine Plaza - Bai Chay Tourist Boat Wharf - Bai Chay Tourism Complex - Bai Chay Bridge.
The second route, Hon Gai, will depart from Vincom Halong and take tourists to Halong Market 1, Bai Tho Mountain, and the Quang Ninh Museum.

Road crashes claim 2,000 child lives in Vietnam every year
Thanh Nien News, 28 April
Around 2,000 children are killed annually in road traffic crashes in Vietnam, according to World Health Organization statistics released on Monday.
The National Traffic Safety Committee launched a national plan advocating for strengthened road safety with a special focus on children, in response to the UN Global Road Safety Week themed “Children and road safety.”
The new plan calls on provinces to take action and raise public awareness of children’s road safety across Vietnam.
WHO statistics showed that more than 186,300 children in the world die due to road crashes per year, which is equivalent to 500 children per day.

Lighting strike sparks fire
Thanh Nien News, 1 May
Lightning struck a Ba Na ethnic village in Gia Lai Province in early of May, causing a fire that consumed a dozen hundred-year-old wooden houses.
A local official said lightning hit a house in the afternoon and fanned flames and spread sparks to 11 others, burning them all down.
The houses were made of the rare redwood and may have been worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There were no casualties, the official said.
The district government has supported each affected family VND6 million (nearly $300) and some food.

Elephant recovers from injuries by poacher
Thanh Nien News, 4 May
A young elephant rescued from a poacher's trap in the Central Highlands is currently in better condition after being treated for severe wounds.
An elephant veterinarian at Thailand’s National Elephant Institute, and two Thai mahouts arrived in the Dak Lak Province to help treat the elephant.
They anesthetized the elephant, cleaned the wounds and dressed them. After one week of treatment, the elephant got better.
Home to one of the largest elephant herds, Dak Lak Province's forests used to be inhabited by more than 550 wild elephants in 1980.
However, the number has significantly shrunk to five herds with a total of 60-65 individuals. Some 20 wild elephants have died since 2009.

HCMC voted top veggie destination
Thanh Nien News, 4 May
US travel website When On Earth has listed Ho Chi Minh City among the ideal cities worldwide for vegans and vegetarians.
The city is named one of the ten destinations that ‘tickle veggie-loving taste buds’, as it offers a wide range of no-meat menus.
Visitors can look for the word ‘quan chay’ (vegetarian restaurant) if they specifically want that. But many general restaurants are also willing to make vegetarian dishes if one just orders ‘chay,’ the site advised.
The city’s vegetarian restaurants range from budget ones like Phap Hoa on Nguyen Trai Street, to middle ones like Saigon Vegan on Vo Van Tan. Hum, which has two restaurants on Vo Van Tan and Thi Sach, offers a bit more fancy options.
Metropole Hotel on Ly Chinh Thang Street also serves vegetarian buffets during the Lunar New Year and the seventh lunar month.
All have special meat-free versions of Vietnamese favourite dishes, including noodle soups and spring rolls.

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