This is the first time Hanoi has hosted such an event covering its biggest-ever prize fund of US$55,000. This year’s tournament is expected to attract strong players from home and abroad, such as Le Quang Liem of Vietnam (Elo rating 2,737), Wang Hao of China (Elo rating 2,712), and Sethuraman of India (Elo rating 2,646). The tournament will be divided into two groups: Masters (Elo rating from 2,100 for men and 2,000 for women) and Challengers (Elo rating below 2,100 for men and 2,000 for women). The male champion of the Master category will receive US$15,000. The two runner-ups will be awarded US$6,500 and US$5,000, for second and third. The female winner will get US$5,000, while the youngest and oldest players, who put in the best performances, will receive US$200 each. … [Read more...] about Hanoi to host HDBank Cup Int’l Open Chess tournament
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Italy might not be playing in the World Cup but at the Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival on Saturday they were champions. The Martarello S.R.L. Team lit up the night sky over the Han River and took first place in the competition that has ran for the past two months. Italy’s Martarello S.R.L wins the Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival on Saturday after a perfect performance against the US team Atlas PyroVision. Eight teams of pyrotechnic professionals from France, China, Sweden Portugal, Poland, Viet Nam, the US and Italy battled it out for top spot over the past eight weeks. But there could only be one winner in the central city, and that was Italy. This year’s theme was The Legend of Bridges and each teams’ displays were structures from their home countries. It was the third time an Italian team won the contest after victories in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, the US team Melrose Pyrotechnics took first spot. … [Read more...] about Italy wins Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival
Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes. Ngoc Linh ginseng gets to the root of expansion Local woman proud owner of Ngoc Linh ginseng garden Quang Nam man digs up 100-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng A view of the Tắk Lang billionaire village. Photo thanhnien.vn Thanks to Ngoc Linh ginseng, farmers have seen profits explode and the area is now covered with new residential developments. By the end of last year, members of the commune’s Sedang ethnic minority had saved hundreds of billions of dong. Tắk Lang Village is a hub for growing Ngoc Linh ginseng. Several years ago, it took half a day to travel from the centre of Nam Tra My District to the village. Now, wide roads have been built. Local residents consider Tắk Lang Village to be the first billionaire village of the Sedang people, Thanh Niên newspaper reports. Ho Van Du is a village patriarch in Tra Linh Commune. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
LOVING CARE: Nguyễn Xuân Thuỷ poses with one of his favourite items - a Vietnamese cassette player. VNS Photo Thuý Hằng by Thúy Hằng Many people go crazy for cutting-edge audio-visual devices to keep up with the latest trends, but there are others who remain loyal to the old days. In a spacious two-storey house in Hà Nội belonging to ghetto blaster enthusiast Nguyễn Xuân Thủy, it’s hard to find a place to sit because every room is taken up by his favourite devices. Cassette players can be found everywhere, and even the 49-year-old's bed is covered in old equipment. The story goes back three years, when feeling nostalgic, he decided to buy a cassette player similar to the one his parents bought after saving up for a year. “In 1990, cassette players were considered luxury items. The one my parents gave me was worth two taels of gold. At that time, two … [Read more...] about For the love of old cassettes