Lê Hồng Lâm. What do you think about the Vietnamese film industry? Is our current film industry, compared to the past (before 1975), improving in terms of quality and depth? From the perspective of a journalist with nearly 20 years following and writing about Việt Nam’s cinema, I often use the word "transitional" to talk about the Vietnamese film industry. It's a film industry that was born decades later than the rest of the world and matured quite slowly. In each stage of development, there is no inheritance of the previous generation and there’s a lack of diversity. The film industry in the north is completely different from that in the south. And if we compare the current film industry with that of the 1990s, we see no connection or relevance. However, there are a few directors and actors in each period that are remarkable. Since the 1990s, film directors returning from overseas, or Vietnamese diaspora, such … [Read more...] about Vietnamese film industry begins to diversify, and thrive
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Grab seems to be the meanest player in the local ride-hailing market Most recently, hundreds of Go-Viet ride-hailing drivers have gathered in front of the firm’s headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City and turned off the Go-Viet application to protest the company's latest bonus payment policy. Specifically, the drivers have to earn 80 points to get VND240,000 ($10.4) of bonus instead of the 28 points for a VND180,000 ($7.8) bonus as before. The majority of them said that they will never reach the target despite working all day. According to Go-Viet’s score calculation, drivers will get 2.5-3 points after each ride during normal hours and 4 scores in rush hours. Thus, they have to complete at least 26 rides a day to get the bonus, while most drivers only complete 10-20 rides a day at most. Despite the complains, Go-Viet’s drivers still get a larger bonus than those driving for Grab, but less than Be – the newest entrant. Even with tightening bonus policy, Go-Viet … [Read more...] about Grab, Go Viet, and Be: who is the stingiest?
Illustrative Image — 24hnews.vn By Hồng Minh When your phone rings and the number of the caller identified is your child’s school, most parents’ hearts will skip a beat. Thankfully, the majority of the calls mums and dads get from teachers are all fairly routine, mundane issues. Worse case most of the time is maybe your child has slipped in the playground. Grazed a knee perhaps, or suffered a bump on the head. Nothing that can’t be fixed with an Elastoplast or a little TLC. Last week cells phones belonging to parents of children at one kindergarten in the northern province of Bắc Ninh would have been buzzing like crazy. These calls were not coming from the school, but other, anxious parents. Rumours of problems with food at the school had spread like, well, like a contagious disease. Photographs of contaminated meat were being passed around, and parents had reason to be concerned. One child confirmed ill, then another. Then another and … [Read more...] about You are what you eat, which is why are children must eat right
People have flocked to Tam Chuc Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Nam which is expected to be biggest in the world once being completed. Tam Chuc Pagoda complex is now still under construction, but thousands of people since the first days of the Lunar New Year. It would take the investor around 30 years to fully complete the complex and at that time it would become the biggest pagoda in the world with a total area of 5,000 hectares. The pagoda has a lake of 1,000ha, mountain and forest of 3,000ha, and the valley of 1,000ha. It is home to 1,200 statues made from lava and also owns many treasures in the world. In 2013, the complex was recognised as a national tourist site. The pagoda, which is around 1,000 years old, has been rebuilt with the participation from Indian experts. The Tam The Hall can accommodate 5,000 people. The pagoda has been selected as the place to hold the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations and international Buddhist conference … [Read more...] about Crowds rush to pagoda which is still under construction
Australia is sweltering through record-breaking heat. And the worst is yet to come Farmer Wayne Dunford was already feeling worn down. He'd battled through 18 months of some of the worst drought he'd seen in his half a century on the land. Then the heat struck. Dunford has been feeding livestock by hand on his New South Wales property for 12 months due to the lack of ground growth and is now worried about whether he'll be able to plant crops at all after extreme heat and wind completely dried out his fields. "You turn around and you can't see across the paddock for the dirt blowing across it, that wears people pretty thin. And then there's the heat on top of that," he told CNN. As the United States suffers from a record freeze, with temperatures plummeting below minus 32 degrees Celsius (minus 27 Fahrenheit), Australia is sweltering through an extreme heatwave. An Australian farmer walks through a cloud of dust on her property on January 16. Week after week, temperatures … [Read more...] about Australia is sweltering through record-breaking heat. And the worst is yet to come