The gayal, an intimidating wild animal that can weigh over a ton, has been pushed to the verge of extinction in Vietnam. The gayal, an intimidating wild animal that can weigh over a ton, has been pushed to the verge of extinction in Vietnam. Acknowledged as one of the ‘wild oxen’ with the biggest body in the world, the gayal, with the scientific name Bos gaurus, around 300 of these animals live in the jungles in the southeast and south-central regions of the country. This is just one tenth of the total number of gayals found 20 years ago in the Southeast Asian nation. In 1986, each square kilometer of Nam Cat Tien national park, which spreads across Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Lam Dong provinces, had two gayals. But now, this figure is just 0.16 - 0.18 animals on the same area – or less than a tenth of the old number. In the memories of a village patriarch We traveled down paths through a forest in the autumn, when the trees are beginning to shed their leaves, to … [Read more...] about The last gayals in Vietnam’s forests
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Roughly 25 people died in traffic accidents every day this year in Vietnam, according to the latest report from the National Traffic Safety Committee. According to the committee's figures, a total of 7,475 people died in traffic accidents nationwide between January and October. The stats claimed that 19,937 others were injured in 20,801 traffic accidents, a slight decrease over last year. A memorial service was held at the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday for victims of traffic accidents nationwide. The event involved over 3,000 monks, nuns, followers and relatives of traffic accident victims. Another ceremony will be held at the Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi on November 16 to commemorate victims of traffic accidents in Vietnam. The National Traffic Safety Committee will also conduct several visits to the families of victims in tragic accidents in Hanoi,Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Can Tho and Vinh Long. The agency’s deputy chairman, Khuat Viet Hung, visited traffic … [Read more...] about Traffic accidents kill 25 people every day in Vietnam
Former war correspondents and academics have condemned the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam for attempting to re-write American history. The experts have charged Rory Kennedy, who directed and produced Last Days, with everything from fudging facts to offering a version of history constructed by the very men who decided to “pull the plug,” as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says in the film, on the Republic of Vietnam. The 90-minute documentary begins on the streets of Saigon in April 1975 as the Republic's government is losing control. A drum beats ominously as retired US Army Captain Stuart Herrington speaks: “As we began to contemplate evacuation [from Saigon], the question, the burning question was: who stays and who gets left behind?” Herrington relates a misty-eyed story of sneaking a South Vietnamese Colonel and his family onto a flight out of the country. The film weaves harrowing archival footage of the final weeks—and … [Read more...] about As Oscars near, criticism mounts against Last Days in Vietnam
Miss Universe 2008 is being held in Vietnam but it is the personal affair of the Miss Universe Organisation. Vietnam’s participation in the contest is limited. Nine months of preparations for two weeks of activity Miss Universe Organisation’s own rules were applied in the first days of the pageant (correspondents not allowed to interview or take photos of contestants, etc.). It is natural that every game has its rules and everyone who takes part must obey the rules. But investing nearly US$20 million in a game named “Miss Universe 2008”: how will Vietnam benefit from that game when the host country has to follow strict rules and doesn’t have many chances to show itself off? Officially becoming the host of this international beauty contest just nine months ago, host Vietnam didn’t carefully prepare for this big game. Its improper preparations were seen in warm-up events organised by Vietnam in the first two weeks of the contest. Generally, the … [Read more...] about Int’l beauty queens, the first and last time in Vietnam?
The colonial vestiges of French villas and Opera Houses are reminders of a time when European cultural influences were pervasive in urban Vietnam, but there is not much else in evidence that marks those days. Today, stylish Vietnamese women wear colorful Korean dresses and Chinese shoes, carry Hong Kong bags and the latest edition of iphone or ipad. Young men ride fashionable Honda's SH scooters to the office or a Yamaha or Suzuki model. Vespa? The Italian scooter is as charming as it was all those years ago, but its classical style is favored by few. Cinemas are filled with action-packed flicks from Hollywood: "Fast and Furious 5," "Kungfu Panda," "Thor"… and teenagers chew at KFC's spicy chicken wings while queuing up in front of the ticket booth. When they choose music for a weekend date, Korea's Super Junior or a night with Lady Gaga's hottest DVD are the first choices, not "strange" symphony concerts. Publishing houses are trying their best to revive the reading habit among the … [Read more...] about Fresh breeze from an old culture: Europe Days in Vietnam