Vietnamese researchers work hard to conserve cajuput genes

Vietnam and Indonesia boast some of the world’s largest cajuput forests

By Tuoi Tre News

October 1, 2017, 10:33 GMT+7

Vietnamese researchers work hard to conserve cajuput genes
Bui Dac Thang, director of the Dong Thap Muoi Herbal Medicine Research, Conservation and Development Center, poses with a ‘bach dan chanh’ (Corymbia citriodora, commonly known as lemon-scented gum), which is rich in oil essences. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese researchers have spent years dedicating themselves to conserving the shrinking cajuput gene pool in the Mekong Delta province of Long An as a means of boosting economic and tourism growth.

Two Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalists recently paid a visit to the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) Herbal Medicine Research, Conservation and Development Center, approximately 50km from Tan An Town.

The center’s ‘father,’ Pharmacist Nguyen Van Be, passed away in September 2016, leaving behind an unfinished effort to build it into an eco-tourism site and herbal medicine conservation hub. Continue reading “Vietnamese researchers work hard to conserve cajuput genes”

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Rice paintings in Kon Tum highlight Central Highlands

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Update: October, 01/2017 – 09:00

Participation: A tourist learns to make a rice painting under the guidance of Đăng. — Photo Courtesy of Hồng Điệp

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Kon Tum City, the capital of Kon Tum Province bordering Laos and Cambodia, is recognised for a massive assembly of ethnic groups and their distinctive cultures.

Part of its long history in Central Highlands culture are rice paintings. The best place to witness these paintings is at Hồ Village, located at Bắc Kạn Street, Kon Tum City. The village offers visitors a visual feast in art works. Continue reading “Rice paintings in Kon Tum highlight Central Highlands”

How the sight-impaired cross the river of failure

Update: October, 01/2017 – 09:00

Light in the dark: Dining in Noir Restaurant offers customers an impressive experience. — VNS Photo Hoàng Việt
Viet Nam News After it opened in 2014, there were many doubts about the future of  Noir, the HCM City restaurant restaurant operated by sight-impaired staff. However, after three years, the restaurant has continued to inspire. Many people have also grown up to pursue their own dreams. Nguyễn Toàn and Lương Hương reports. Continue reading “How the sight-impaired cross the river of failure”

Companies’ ‘zero deforestation’ pledges: everything you need to know

Corporations globally have made hundreds of commitments on deforestation. But what do these pledges really mean and why do scandals keep happening?

Dead trees stand in a recently deforested section of the Amazon rainforest
Dead trees stand in a recently deforested section of the Amazon rainforest in Rondonia state, Brazil. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Whether it’s the destruction of rainforest shared by elephants and orangutans in Sumatra to produce palm oil; reports linking fast food giants to the burning of tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia; or the hundreds of thousands of hectares of tree cover loss per year in West Africa – the world’s forests are being razed to sate global demand for produce such as palm oil, beef and cocoa. Continue reading “Companies’ ‘zero deforestation’ pledges: everything you need to know”

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

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Tens of thousands marched in China-ruled Hong Kong on Sunday in an “anti authoritarian rule” march that called for the resignation of the city’s top legal official over the recent jailing of young democracy activists.

Pro-democracy activists carry a banner reading “no fear”, during a protest on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, China October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands marched in China-ruled Hong Kong on Sunday (Oct 1) in an “anti-authoritarian rule” march that called for the resignation of the city’s top legal official over the recent jailing of young democracy activists.

The march, an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s Oct 1 National Day, comes at a time of nascent disillusionment with Hong Kong’s once vaunted judiciary. Continue reading “Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China”

Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump

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FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows Trump in New York and North Korean leader Jong Un in Pyongyang,

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday ( Oct 1) negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear programme would be a waste of time after it emerged that Washington had channels of contact with Pyongyang.

Only hours after his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials were in touch with North Korean counterparts, Trump undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile. Continue reading “Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump”

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August

School children in Uummannaq, Greenland

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.
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Kết thúc điều tra “kỳ án áp giải học sinh giữa sân trường”: Đỗ Quang Thiện được xóa án, và đã định cư tại Mỹ

Ngày 29/9/2017, Cơ quan Cảnh sát điều tra Công an thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột cho biết cơ quan này đã ban hành các quyết định đình chỉ điều tra vụ án, quyết định đình chỉ điều tra bị can đối với Đỗ Quang Thiện, cậu học trò từng gây xôn xao dư luận năm 2015, mà báo Tiền Phong đã đăng loạt bài phân tích khả năng bị tù oan và những góc khuất cần được xem xét làm rõ, trong chuỗi phóng sự điều tra “Kỳ án áp giải học sinh giữa sân trường”.

Gia đình mừng tủi đón Thiện tại cổng trại tạm giam ngày 24 tháng 5 năm 2015

Continue reading “Kết thúc điều tra “kỳ án áp giải học sinh giữa sân trường”: Đỗ Quang Thiện được xóa án, và đã định cư tại Mỹ”

Green tea island in Nghe An lures visitors

Last update 14:51 | 25/07/2017

A green tea island in Thanh Chuong District, central Nghe An province has recently become a destination attracting a large number of visitors.

“Green tea islets” are located alternately in Cau Cau dam in Thanh Thinh and Thanh An communes in the district. Visitors can get a sightseeing boat tour to have the best view of the attraction and take pictures.

Every tea islet covering an area of more than one hectare gives people a pure fresh atmosphere. When the boat arrive in the island, tourists can contemplate green tea gardens and enjoy tea in leaf huts.

Additionally, travelers can visit other beautiful landscapes, such as Coi Falls, Lua Falls, Dong Danh dam in neighboring areas.

Some photos of the green tea island:

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Village preserves the trade of making traditional toys for Mid-autumn festival

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Last update 10:00 | 30/09/2017

Hao village in Lieu Xa commune, Yen My district, Hung Yen province has the time-honoured history of making traditional toys for Mid-autumn Festival.

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In the past, the village’s major product was the drum, but now the villagers also make star-shaped lantern, masks, and lion-headed masks to meet the increasing demand of customers Continue reading “Village preserves the trade of making traditional toys for Mid-autumn festival”

Villagers risk lives crossing stream after bridges swept away

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Last update 13:44 | 26/09/2017

The villagers in Yen Bai Province are risking their lives to cross the stream every day as the local bridges have been abandoned unfinished for years.

In order to go to Phong Du Thuong Commune’s centre, the local people have to use a raft to cross a large stream even when it rains or there are storms.

Temporary bridges built by the locals themselves in the commune were destroyed in a flash flood in August so the pupils had to stay home because of high tides. Various places in the commune become islands when there are heavy rains.

Lo Van Manh, chairman of Phong Du Thuong Commune People’s Committee, said, “I’m used to this bumpy road and know every pothole. But I really feel for the children, they walk in the mud to go to school and they are dirty all over.”

The old bridges in Village 3 and 6 were temporarily built by the locals so their quality left much to be desired and often swept away by the floods. The bridges were often swept away six times a year. Continue reading “Villagers risk lives crossing stream after bridges swept away”