​Ho Chi Minh City bans use of music, smart boards in English teaching

Native English teachers should speak to their students rather than play music during listening lessons

By Tuoi Tre News

September 15, 2017, 09:47 GMT+7

​Ho Chi Minh City bans use of music, smart boards in English teaching
A native English teacher talks to students in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Ho Chi Minh City education department has released a set of requirements for elementary school English curricula, including a ban on giving English names to students and using music and smart boards as teaching tools. Continue reading “​Ho Chi Minh City bans use of music, smart boards in English teaching”
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Remittance to HCMC reaches $3.38b in 9 months

Last update 13:51 | 06/10/2017

Overseas remittance flowing into HCM City until the end of September rose 12.5 per cent month-on-month to nearly US$3.38 billion.

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The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV)’s HCM City branch reported that the capital flow increased 6 per cent year-on-year.

Most of the remittance came from the United States, accounting for some 60 per cent of the total, followed by the Europe with roughly 19 per cent. Continue reading “Remittance to HCMC reaches $3.38b in 9 months”

HCM City needs modern drainage: experts

Update: October, 04/2017 – 18:10 vietnamnews

A person walks through an inundated section of Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street in HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District. — VNA/VNS Mạnh Linh
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — HCM City and southern provinces are being battered by heavy rains in the first 10 days of October. The heavy rains, together with high river tides, will cause flooding in many places, the Southern Hydrometeorology Station has forecast.

The rains in fact has occured since the last day of September and flooded around 40 streets, badly affecting traffic across the city. Continue reading “HCM City needs modern drainage: experts”

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”

​Love in the air at gay pride parade in Ho Chi Minh City

The parade is part of a month-long series of nationwide events

By Tuoi Tre News September 25, 2017, 11:58 GMT+7

 
A giant six-band rainbow flag is seen at the pride parade on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s LGBT community took to downtown Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street on Sunday for a pride parade to demonstrate love and campaign for equality.

The parade was part of the 2017 VietPride series of events, which include multiple parades throughout Vietnam to show support and campaign for equality for Vietnam’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The annual VietPride was first organized in Hanoi in 2012, before growing to become a nationwide event joined by tens of thousands every year. Continue reading “​Love in the air at gay pride parade in Ho Chi Minh City”

Seven new river tours launched in Saigon

A brand new fleet of high-speed canoes will ferry tourists through the city’s canals

By Tuoi Tre News

September 29, 2017, 13:46 GMT+7

​Seven new river tours launched in Saigon
People are seen on a high-speed canoe in this photo posted on Saigontourist Facebook.
Saigontourist inaugurated a fleet of five brand new high-speed canoes on Thursday as it launched seven new river tourism routes connecting Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring areas.

Each canoe is capable of carrying 20 passengers at maximum speeds of 50kph, Saigontourist said at the launch ceremony at the city’s Tan Cang tourism area. Continue reading “Seven new river tours launched in Saigon”

Groundwater use continues in HCM City

Update: September, 22/2017 – 08:00

Workers at Thủ Đức Water Company check the operation system. In addition to clean water supplied by companies like this, people in many residential areas use groundwater for their daily activities due to a shortage of tap water. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngọc Hà

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — With warnings about the ill effects of groundwater on users’ health and possible land subsidence due to overexploitation of water, 10 years ago HCM City authorities had adopted policies to reduce the use of groundwater.- Continue reading “Groundwater use continues in HCM City”

Dĩa cơm trên tường, chuyện kể…

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Ngày tất bật phục vụ bệnh nhân ở các bệnh viện. Tối về ăn uống qua loa rồi chạy đến các điểm hẹn nhập vai ca sĩ kiếm tiền mua cơm. Cứ thế, nhóm Blouse Trắng Buôn Ma Thuột với sự tích cực hỗ trợ của nhiều “áo bông” một năm qua đã quyên được hơn 40 nghìn đĩa cơm ngon lành cho nhiều người cùng khổ trong các bệnh viện. Và không chỉ có thế …

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Continue reading “Dĩa cơm trên tường, chuyện kể…”

Early Mid-Autumn colors at District 5’s lantern street

Last update 17:09 | 20/09/2017

Although the Mid-Autumn Festival is still half a month from now, thousands of local and foreign tourists are rushing to the lantern quarter on Luong Nhu Hoc and Phu Dinh streets in HCMC’s District 5 during the weekend to admire the beauty of sparkling lanterns in different shapes and vibrant colors, pose for stunning photos and immerse themselves in the joyful and jubilant atmosphere.  Continue reading “Early Mid-Autumn colors at District 5’s lantern street”

Vietnam National University, University of California further cooperation

Last update 11:36 | 13/09/2017

Ho Chi Minh City always creates good conditions for the Vietnam National University (VNU), Ho Chi Minh City and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to cooperate in post-graduate training and medicine research.

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). (Photo: usnews.com)

Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu made the statement at a reception on September 12 for UCLA vice chancellor Scott Waugh. Waugh is attending the third International Conference on Innovations in Cancer Research and Regenerative Medicine held by the VNU, HCM City and UCLA in Ho Chi Minh City. Continue reading “Vietnam National University, University of California further cooperation”

Slow ODA disbursement challenges Ho Chi Minh City metro project

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Despite ODA loans provided by Japan, the construction of Saigon’s first metro line is still delayed by sluggish disbursement

By Tuoi Tre News

September 14, 2017, 16:09 GMT+7

​Slow ODA disbursement challenges Ho Chi Minh City metro project
A section of Metro Line No.1 in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
More delays are expected for the construction of Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line due to the insufficient provision of capital.Le Nguyen Minh Quang, head of the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the city’s Metro Line No.1 project continues to face mounting challenges related to investment. Continue reading “Slow ODA disbursement challenges Ho Chi Minh City metro project”

City district steps up connection with citizens

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Update: September, 14/2017 – 09:00

A woman uses the application Bình Thạnh trực tuyến.—VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
HCM CITY — A district in HCM City has stepped up its efforts to respond to residents’ complaints within five seconds via a newly-launched mobile application.At 9.36am last Friday morning, a message popped up on the computer screen of the Deputy Head of Bình Thạnh District’s Urban Management Division, Vũ Thị Hội Diễm. A photo attached to the message showed a motorbike parked illegally on the pavement on Điện Biên Phủ Street. Continue reading “City district steps up connection with citizens”

Cruise ship brings 3,000 tourists to Vietnam

Last update 00:57 | 14/09/2017

The cruise ship Voyager of the Seas with 3,000 tourists onboard arrived at Chan May Port in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on September 12, allowing tourists to visit popular destinations in Hue, Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang.

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Passengers disembark from the Voyager of the Seas ship at Chan May Port in Thua Thien-Hue Province 

Saigontourist, Vietnam’s leading tour operator, is arranging tours for some passengers, which take in the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Tu Duc in Hue City, and the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Linh Ung Pagoda, Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village and My Khe Beach in Danang City. Continue reading “Cruise ship brings 3,000 tourists to Vietnam”

HCM City to fund sorting of rubbish

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Update: September, 08/2017 – 09:00

Pre-treatment garbage classification in HCM City. — Photo ecc-hcm.gov.vn
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Every commune or ward in HCM City will be allocated VNĐ500 million (US$22,000) this year towards addressing a funding shortage for sorting waste before it is treated.

The municipal Department of Finance has said the allocation will be increased to VNĐ1 billion at the beginning of next year. Continue reading “HCM City to fund sorting of rubbish”

Will HCM City build dykes similar to those used in the Netherlands?

Last update 08:10 | 31/08/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – With increased land subsidence, HCM City needs to build dykes like the ones used in the Netherlands to prevent tides and floods, experts have urged.

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HCM City Mayor Nguyen Thien Nhan said MONRE has surveyed the soil and terrain conditions at 17 points in HCMC. The monitoring shows continued subsidence at all points. Subsidence of up to 30 cm in the last 10 years has been found in two places.

“If the soil sinks by 1 cm per annum and the sea water level rises by 0.5 cm per annum, or 1.5 cm in total, the difference between the earth surface and sea water level would be up to 45 cm. If so, the problem will be very serious,” Nhan said. Continue reading “Will HCM City build dykes similar to those used in the Netherlands?”