Dang Hung Vo, former Deputy Minister of Vietnam's Natural Resources and Environment There is a Vietnamese folk tale about an old couple who lived in northern Vietnam for 30 years, overcoming together two big storms and five big floods. Though it is a folk tale, its details are drawn from true experiences of northerners. In the modern world, that tale can never be true. The north and north central regions just suffered two storms in two consecutive months, Son Tinh in July and Bebinca in August. The two entered Vietnam almost on the same route, triggering heavy rains in the entire northern and central northern regions, leading to flashfloods and landslides in the northern uplands and then serious flooding in the capital city of Hanoi. Those days when it was raining cats and dogs in Hanoi, I was stuck at home. I could not even call a cab and even if I could, traffic was paralyzed because of the floods. Those days, I slept on many thoughts. I watched TV to catch up on news about the two … [Read more...] about In Vietnam and elsewhere, ‘disaster capitalism’ is at play
Dogs get colds
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Earlier this month, a man living in Thanh Xuân District was bit in the neck by a 30kg Malinois dog owned by his neighbour. The dog was not wearing a muzzle. The tragic story was just the latest in a series of recent fatalities caused by dog bites. In the middle of July, an eight-month old baby girl living on ĐộiCấn Street in Hà Nội died from bites by her own family’s 40kg dog. Dog owners and people living close to dogs are not the only victims. Veterinarians are also vulnerable. In June, a 24-year-old vet had her arm bit by a dog who was being treated at a private clinic in Hà Nội. Despite sterilising the bite, the doctor, who had not been vaccinated against rabies, gradually felt the pain from the bite spread through her whole body. Six weeks after being bitten, she died en route to the hospital. According to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, 43 people died of … [Read more...] about Poor dog control raises spectre of grisly deaths
Viet Nam News by Cát Lâm After an early dinner, I washed up then went to bed. Yet, I was unable to sleep straight away. I tossed and turned on bed for a long while like I was sick. Whenever I returned to my native village I felt as if I had taken ill. Strangely enough, leaving the place I returned to normal again. I kept this a secret because I was afraid it would make my mother worried. “Why does my summer vacation last so long?” I asked myself. Since the days I went to district boarding-school and then worked for a provincial establishment I had rarely come home for nearly a decade. I thought it might be unwise due to the generation gap between her and me. Whenever facing her I got an impression that I stood on the other side of the wide Mê River without bridges spanning its two banks. When I felt stressed due to work, I stayed in town for months partly because of her and due to being afraid of living in the country. Then suddenly one morning … [Read more...] about Pilgrims Crossing Mê River
"Have you lost the teaching job?" "Yes. That bloody school boy told me that he had a cold and asked me to rub him with a coin. Then he took off his shirt. I tried to remain calm but I couldn’t. In the end, I had ridden a bicycle for nearly 15km for nothing. I’ve squandered a lot of energy, you know. I never received any pay." "I’ve got something for. So read it and see if you can do it," she said, showing me a newspaper. "A girl under 25 is needed with a good resume, good shape, lovely, high school level, able to give care to a bed-ridden patient. 50,000 Dong for two hours. Three days of probation, etc. " "The wage is four times higher than a tutor’s job! You would have more money for your tuition." "Better pay, more difficult job." "Honest money asks for more energy and hardship. Do take my motorbike, please." "Now?" "Yes, let’s seize the opportunity immediately. Such high pay is very lucrative for many," Thuy urged me. "What a queer demand! Why do they … [Read more...] about A race
Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!