A total of 13 inner and outlying districts of Hanoi are required to apply this testing system, a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction that produces better results than quick tests. Latest statistics show Hanoi has more than 74,900 people in need of such PCR tests this time. They are people who returned from Da Nang, a famous tourist destination in central Vietnam and showed virus symptoms. They also include people who had close contact with the COVID-19 patients. … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Hanoi capital starts extensive RT-PCR test campaign
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Since Ca Tru was recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009, the local authorities and people have organized Ca Tru clubs to revive the artform and for villagers to relax after work. Hung Yen province now has 3 Ca Tru clubs with about 100 members in communes with Ca Tru tradition. “We don’t collect fees from members or those who want to learn Ca Tru. Sometimes we travel to very far places to teach them," elaborated Tran Thi Do, a Ca Tru singer in Vinh Khuc commune. "We are all 70 to 80 years old and we want young people to develop the art.” At Ca Tru clubs, people learn by practicing together. Once a week they gather to sing and play drums, bamboo percussion, and long-necked, 3-string lutes. Hung Yen province has carried out a program to preserve Ca Tru and Trong quan folk singing which are performed at festivals and tourist sites. The province also organizes training courses for Ca Tru club members to improve their skills … [Read more...] about Hung Yen works to revive UNESCO-recognised Ca Tru singing
Unlike many expats or tourists, I’m quite comfortable with the heat as I grew up in Queensland and lived in Malaysia as a kid. I can still remember getting dropped off at the bottom of the hill in Kuala Lumpur in the early afternoons, watching the clouds piling up endlessly high. I trudged home, covered in sweat, while witnessing Mother Natures’ spectacle until the sky got dark enough to burst into crackling cascades of thunder and heavy rain drops belted down around me just as I raced home. … [Read more...] about Is it raining yet?
“Several people who were trapped and injured have been rescued and moved to a government hopsital. Fire is under control but rescue and fire-fighting operations are still underway,” said Lakshmi, a constable at the police control room. … [Read more...] about Seven die in fire at COVID-19 hotel facility in India