Two students hug each other after completing their literature test at the national high school exam in Hanoi, August 9, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre Following a large outbreak in Da Nang in late July, municipal authorities had asked the Ministry of Education and Training to halt the national exam. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s national high school exam begins amidst COVID-19 epidemic
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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
News on the delay comes following a statement made by Phan Ngoc Tho, chairman of Thua Thien-Hue administration on July 31, who had previously stated that the biennial event would be pushed back until next year if the epidemic remained out of control. … [Read more...] about Hue Festival 2020 pushed back to next year amid COVID-19 fears
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
Somewhere in the next months, it will be Hoi An’s turn to cop the floods and days of waiting for our clothes to dry in humidity. It’s amazing how used to it I’ve become. Riding with my feet planted up near the handle bars in knee-deep water is sort of fun and immaturely makes me pleased with myself at sixty-two for still being able to lift my feet in a spritely fashion. And boasting to drenched, bedraggled tourists stumbling into a café from a sudden downpour, ‘Hah! This is nothing! Wait until November!’ does have a certain perverse satisfaction. … [Read more...] about Is it raining yet?