Northern Vietnam gets a luscious lychee shine

By Ngoc Thanh   June 22, 2018 | 09:46 am GMT+7

When it is lychee season, the streets of Bac Giang Province and surrounding areas are a sight to behold.

Over the last few days, Bac Giang Province, home to Luc Ngan District which is famous as the major lychee producing area in the country, has worn a decorated look.

The traffic of motorbikes carrying harvested lychees is several kilometers long. 

The traffic of motorbikes carrying harvested lychees is several kilometers long.

At 5:30 a.m., highway 279 is covered with the distinct red color from lychee as traders rush to deliver this seasonal fruit to wet markets. Lychee are freshly pick daily at 2 a.m.

At 5:30 a.m., highway 279 is packed with lychee traders rushing to deliver the seasonal fruit to wet markets. Lychee are freshly picked daily at 2 a.m.

Traffic lasted for many hours and some people even set up small locations to buy off lychee fresh from the market.

The street has been painted lychee red.

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Gained In Translation: Why You Should Translate – Những thứ học được từ dịch thuật

Having reluctantly stumbled upon poetry translation at the age of 14, Minh Quan takes us on his journey through the world of translation explaining how it helped him to broaden his notion of Vietnamese culture, offering a bridge between him and the past, and how it can help others do the same as well. Minh Quan Do, a student at United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS), is an aspiring poet and translator of poetry. He has been working for a series of years on projects involving translation of poetry and crafting original works. His current project, “Gained In Translation,” seeks to explore the effect of translation on language and meaning through a process called back-translation. In addition to his work with poetry, he also is working with a franchise startup, Pablo Vietnam, and another food and beverage startup with the aim of promoting a healthier lifestyle. In his spare time, he is a co-founder of the Vietnam Youth Leaders (VYL), a networking group with the aim of connecting engaged youth in Vietnam. He is additionally a member of the student-led charity SANSE which seeks to promote the local education systems in mountainous regions. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Kinh tế sòng bạc: Kẻ được người mất khi hợp pháp hoá đánh bạc (P2)

P1 – Kinh tế sòng bạc: Kẻ được người mất khi hợp pháp hoá đánh bạc                               ——————-
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Phần lớn các nghiên cứu kinh tế điều tra những lợi ích kinh tế bổ sung của sòng bạc tập trung vào các sòng bạc trên sông. Sòng bạc trên sông là một sự thiết lập độc đáo của người Mỹ. Các cơ sở bắt đầu được mở ra ở Iowa vào năm 1991 và nhanh chóng lan rộng khắp vùng Trung Tây. Đến năm 1998, hơn 40 sòng bạc trên sông đã hoạt động ở Illinois, Indiana, Missouri và Iowa. Có gần 50 sòng bạc trên sông và bến cảng ở Louisiana và Mississippi (NGISC, 1999).Không thấy xuất hiện những bằng chứng thực nghiệm về tăng trưởng kinh tế đến từ phát triển các sòng bạc trên sông. Về mặt du lịch địa phương, các tàu thuyền dường như đã thành công nhất ở những nơi như Galena, Illinois, nơi mà ngành du lịch đã có từ trước. Các nghiên cứu thực tế chỉ ra rằng một lượng lớn khách hàng quen của sòng bạc trên sông là du khách đi trong ngày, những người hầu như không có thời gian ở các sòng bạc địa phương (NGISC, 1999). Do đó, dường như rất ít, nếu có, tín hiệu kinh tế tích cực cho công nghiệp khách sạn hoặc nhà hàng địa phương. Để hỗ trợ giả thuyết “ăn thịt người”, Siegel và Anders (1999) cung cấp bằng chứng thực tế cho thấy đánh bạc trên sông ở Missouri dẫn đến sự chuyển đổi doanh thu từ các ngành công nghiệp được thay thế bởi chơi đánh bạc, chẳng hạn như dịch vụ giải trí. Continue reading “Kinh tế sòng bạc: Kẻ được người mất khi hợp pháp hoá đánh bạc (P2)”

Vietnam Electricity (EVN) Achieves its First and Positive Credit Rating from Fitch Ratings


Hanoi, June 7, 2018: Vietnam’s electricity company Vietnam Electricity, or EVN, is one step closer to issuing US dollar bonds and strengthening its financing capacity, following an endorsement by Fitch Ratings of its credit profile.

Now assigned an Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of ‘BB’ with a ‘Stable Outlook’ for long-term foreign currency, EVN’s ratings align with Vietnam’s sovereign rating. EVN’s sustainable financing strategy is supported by technical assistance from the World Bank.

“This positive rating enables EVN to issue international bonds, diversify our financing sources, and reassure domestic and foreign institutional investors. We are now on a stronger footing to deliver more reliable electricity to Vietnam,” said Dinh Quang Tri, Vice President of EVN. 
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The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing at All


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The sharing economy has been widely hailed as a major growth sector, by sources ranging from Fortune magazine to President Obama. It has disrupted mature industries, such as hotels and automotives, by providing consumers with convenient and cost efficient access to resources without the financial, emotional, or social burdens of ownership. But the sharing economy isn’t really a “sharing” economy at all; it’s an access economy.

Sharing is a form of social exchange that takes place among people known to each other, without any profit. Sharing is an established practice, and dominates particular aspects of our life, such as within the family. By sharing and collectively consuming the household space of the home, family members establish a communal identity. When “sharing” is market-mediated — when a company is an intermediary between consumers who don’t know each other — it is no longer sharing at all. Rather, consumers are paying to access someone else’s goods or services for a particular period of time. It is an economic exchange, and consumers are after utilitarian, rather than social, value. Continue reading “The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing at All”

Shrimp Paste and Fish Sauce: A Brief Primer on Vietnam’s Dipping History

It is a well-known fact among Vietnamese that their home country has a rich portfolio of fermented food, from mắm chua (pickled shrimp) to mắm tôm (shrimp paste). Here is a comprehensive look into not only these funky condiments’ history, taste and production, but also the emerging food science behind them. 

For thousands of years, Vietnamese cuisine has taken great pride in its arsenal of preserved foodstuffs. Indeed, the category constitutes some of the most essential elements of Vietnamese flavors — think nước tương (soy sauce), nước mắm (fish sauce) or mắm tôm (shrimp paste) — these are condiments that few dishes go without.

Nước Mắm (Fish Sauce)

Fish sauce is fiercely coveted by diners across Southeast Asia and even in smaller pockets across the continent as a whole. For example, in Japan it is known as shottsuru and widely used in nabemono, the nation’s version of a hotpot. Indeed, any self-confessed addict of Vietnamese cuisine must have a soft spot for the sauce. An iconic example was Anthony Bourdain imparting the flavors of Hanoian bún chả to former US President Barack Obama. It is incredibly versatile, useful to garnish any dish in its concentrated form and makes an exquisite broth on its own if diluted. Continue reading “Shrimp Paste and Fish Sauce: A Brief Primer on Vietnam’s Dipping History”

Climate Change Is Melting ‘The Roof Of The World’


Two “unprecedented” avalanches in once-stable western Tibet highlights the extent of global warming, researchers warn.
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The Tibetan plateau is home to more than 46,000 glaciers. Sometimes referred to as the “Third Pole,” the area has the third largest concentration of ice after the polar regions.

The glaciers of western Tibet have been stable for thousands of years. But climate change is now threatening that status quo.

Two enormous ice avalanches ripped through the area in the summer, forever transforming the landscape. Global warming likely triggered the icefalls, new research suggests.

Once unheard of, such disasters could become more frequent in the region, scientists warn.

On July 17, more than 60 million cubic meters (or 24,000 Olympic swimming pools) of ice and rock broke off without warning from a glacier in Tibet’s Aru Mountains and hurtled down into a valley below. Within minutes, the avalanche had buried an area of almost four square miles in debris up to 100 feet deep. Nine herders were killed, along with hundreds of sheep and yaks.

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Carrying Way Too Much Stuff

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In most western nations, goods are transported on trains, ships, and trucks.

But in areas where those vehicles are less available, people who need to move a lot of stuff from place to place get much more creative.

These photos reveal how people from all over the world use bikes, carts, boats, and animals in amazing ways to get themselves and their stuff where Continue reading “Carrying Way Too Much Stuff”

Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal

Scientific American

The shift could change which prey animals hunt or make it harder to find food

Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal
European beaver (Castor fiber) in the middle of a  French city, Orléans. Credit: Laurent Geslin

Humans dominate the animal world. Whether hunting or competing for limited space and resources, we are the planet’s superpredator. Other animals seem to understand this, avoiding people if they can help it. But as the human population expands, it is getting harder for other creatures to find somewhere to hide during the day. Now new findings indicate mammals around the world have come up with another strategy: They are becoming nocturnal. Exactly what this bizarre shift means for the future of individual species—and entire ecosystems—is unknown. Continue reading “Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal”

Kinh tế sòng bạc: Kẻ được người mất khi hợp pháp hoá đánh bạc (P1)

English: The economic winners and losers of legalized gambling 

> Bài liên quan Mở sòng bạc casino, thêm việc làm Nhưng cũng tạo ra tội phạm, gây phá sản và thậm chí tự tử – Nghiên cứu đã chỉ ra

P2 – Kinh tế sòng bạc: Kẻ được người mất khi hợp pháp hoá đánh bạc


Nghiên cứu này xem xét vai trò của chính phủ trong việc hợp pháp hoá đánh bạc và đề cập đến những vấn đề lớn liên quan tới bất kì phân tích có tính quy chuẩn nào về vai trò cần thiết của chính phủ. Cụ thể, bài viết nghiên cứu các bằng chứng chỉ ra “kẻ được” và “người mất” về mặt kinh tế liên quan tới ba khu vực lớn nhất của ngành công nghiệp đánh bạc: các sòng bạc thương mại, xổ số nhà nước, và các sòng bạc của người Mỹ bản địa. Bài viết cũng thảo luận về công nghiệp đánh bạc qua internet đang phát triển. Bên cạnh việc xem xét các tài liệu và chứng cứ, bài viết đưa ra các câu hỏi liên quan và những vấn đề chính sách chưa được bàn luận đủ trong các tài liệu kinh tế học.

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STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics. 

In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world.

Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics. Continue reading “STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training”

Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10


Environmental justice activism is to this age what the workers’ movement was for the industrial age – one of the most influential social movements of its time. Yet, despite its consistent progress since the 1970s, environmental justice protests seem to get lost in the morass of information on broader environmental issues.

In contrast, labour conflicts, including strikes and lock-outs, carry such gravity that the International Labour Organization tracks these on a systematic basis. As more communities are refusing to allow the destruction and contamination of their land, water, soil and air, these, in turn, deserve to be counted. Continue reading “Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10”

Why Developing Countries Should Not Neglect Liberal Education


By: David E. Bloom and Henry Rosovsky

Worth and genius would thus have been sought out from every condition of life, and completely prepared by education for defeating the competition of wealth and birth for public trusts….
(Thomas Jefferson, addressing the benefits to society of a liberal education, in an 1813 letter to John Adams)


Western civilization is home to a long tradition of liberal education, defined as an emphasis on the whole development of an individual apart from (narrower) occupational training. The beginnings of this philosophy can perhaps be traced back as far as ancient Greece and more clearly to the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic) and quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) of medieval times. That tradition has continued, and today liberal education is an important segment of higher education in all developed countries. Its role in nurturing leaders and informed citizens is recognized in both the public and private sectors. Global statistics are difficult to obtain, but our impression is that interest in liberal education is growing in many parts of the West. Continue reading “Why Developing Countries Should Not Neglect Liberal Education”