Inner Sanctum Actor game to make films despite risks Household name Nguyen Chanh Tin says making films in Viet Nam is riskier than gambling. The actor-cum-producer shares some of his career highs and lows with Luu Van Dat. More than 20 years ago, Nguyen Chanh Tin rose to fame after his stellar performance in Van Bai Lat Ngua (Open Game). Today, he has surprised film fans with his return as a film producer and innovator of a new style of TV series. Inner Sanctum: Your movie career progressed well after your performance in Van Bai Lat Ngua. How did you prepare for your acting career? When I was a high school student, I dreamed of becoming a doctor. But unfortunately I did not pass the entrance exam for the Medical University. I was a very good student but many students wanted to study there and I was rejected because I lacked only a half-mark. I then joined the Law University, where we did not have to take entrance exams. While studying, I took part in many cultural activities at the … [Read more...] about Actor game to make films despite risks
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Human traffickers jailed for 80 years The People's Court in the southern Tay Ninh province yesterday sentenced 23 defendants to 80 years in jail for human trafficking, illegal money lending and fraud with the intent to appropriate property. The harshest sentence, 12 years and six months in jail, was given to Nguyen Truong Son, 39, the head of the ring, from Tay Ninh Province. His wife, Tran Thi Co, 34, was given a four-year jail sentence. The indictment by the provincial People's Procurary said the couple, along with other members of the gang, cheated and forced some 40 women to work at a karaoke bar. They also lent money to these women as monthly stipends at very high interest rates. The couple is believed to have earned more than VND1.2 billion (US$56,000) from such illegal money lending. In addition to being loan sharks, the couple also confessed that they had trafficked 20 women. Man killed in road accident A man was killed instantly while five persons were injured when a … [Read more...] about Social Headlines December 25
Hospital business not a way to make money Lu Y Nhi Ignoring criticism and suspicion, Tran Thi Lam, chairwoman of Hoa Lam Corporation, has been devoting her whole mind to a big project, the international hi-tech healthcare park Hoa Lam-Shangri La, over the past eight years. She believes that good things will come if she pursues the dream with all her heart. Ahead of the grand opening of City International Hospital as the first hospital in the park scheduled for January 5th, Lam talked to the press about her dream. Excerpts follow. Could you please say something about the establishment of the City International Hospital? - Tran Thi Lam: I was born into a poor family and went through a tough childhood. In 1982, I got married and have given birth to five children. Illness was the biggest obsession to my family. When one of the children was sick, I could understand hardship of mothers who had to take care of their babies at hospital. At that time, all I wished was that I could meet a … [Read more...] about Hospital business not a way to make money
Viet Nam News A clip documenting the refusal of security guards to allow an ambulance transporting a dying baby to leave the Hà Nội Paediatrics Hospital early this month has generated public anger. Health workers, officials and patients shared with Việt Nam News their opinions about health service issues, particularly relating to emergency medical aid. Doctor Trần Văn Phúc, Saint Paul General Hospital, Hà Nội. Patient transportation is a very complicated process in which transporters or accompanying medical staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians, play the most vital role. The transporters and health workers should possess high professional qualification so that they can assess whether the patient is in a life-threatening condition. That is the reason why a majority of patients and their families hire ambulances that charge far more than a taxi or any other type of transport. The incident at the Pediatrics Hospital, as reported in the media and on social networks … [Read more...] about Are the country’s ambulance services sick?
He took me to a cozy noodle restaurant in a small alley near his office in Bangkok. The owner greeted him with a big smile. He had come here so often they talked to each other as if they were close friends. What the owner of the noodle shop probably did not know was who Supachai Verapuchong really is. Doing business as a Buddhist Supachai is a billionaire and a pharmaceutical tycoon, not only in Thailand but also in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. But he seldom speaks and acts like one. My interview with the billionaire felt more like a conversation with a teacher. He did not mention giant contracts or millions-of-dollars deals. There were instead a lot of stories about the poor people he met, his concerns about life, and his thoughts about how we should live. “I was lucky to be born in a better-off family and I did not have to go through the struggle like many other billionaires,” Supachai said. But if his father helped build him a strong foundation, he is the … [Read more...] about A Thai billionaire and his love for Vietnam The tycoon’s empire