The spring festival is held as part of activities to kick off the Vietnamese Culture Year in Ukraine. (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – The beauty of Vietnamese people and natural landscapes are under spotlight at the spring festival which is taking place in Odessa city, Ukraine, as part of activities to kick off the Vietnamese Culture Year in the East European nation. The event is jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine, Ho Chi Minh City, Odessa city and the Vietnamese community in Odessa. At the opening ceremony on February 22, Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Anh Tuan noted that the festival is designed to help Ukrainian people understand more about Vietnam as well as the Vietnamese community in the country, who are integrating into and becoming a part of the host nation. They have served as a bridge for the friendship between Vietnam and Ukraine. He also took the occasion to thank the Ukrainian government and Odessa authorities for creating favourable … [Read more...] about Spring festival kicks off Vietnamese culture year in Ukraine
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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?
The first scientific findings of Sam vu diep (Panax bipinnatifidus Seem.) and Tam That hoang (Panax stipuleanatus H.Tsai et K.M.Feng) have laid the foundation for a new development of endemic species at Hoang Lien Mountains. Sam vu diep and Tam that hoang were discovered in 1964 in Lao Cai province. However, unlike China which has been intensifying the analysis and extraction of the chemical components of this plant, there have been very few such studies in Vietnam. The research on ‘developing sources of raw materials and creating products from two species of medicinal plants: Sam vu diep and Tam that hoang in the northwestern region’ was conducted by Ly, the National Institute of Medicinal Materials (MOH) and Nam Duoc Company. The research on ‘developing sources of raw materials and creating products from two species of medicinal plants: Sam vu diep and Tam that hoang in the northwestern region’ was conducted by Ly, the National Institute of Medicinal … [Read more...] about Identifying “chemical fingerprints” of herbs at Hoang Lien mountain range
A group of men neatly wrapped themselves in three layers of clothing in the middle of a summer night in July, quietly chatting. They each had a cup of hot tea. Vietnam not satisfied about medicinal herb preservation Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng Members of the Tra Linh Medicinal Herbs Station on Ngoc Linh peak, Quang Nam Province take care of the Ngoc Linh ginseng grown there. — Photo tuoitre.vn The men were awaiting their turn at guard-duty over the treasured garden of ginseng on the top of Ngoc Linh mountain in Quang Nam Province. The garden, covering about 50ha, contains up to 250,000 top-quality ginseng seedlings. The guards were among 15 members of the Tra Linh Medicinal Herbs Station – a part of the provincial Quang Nam Centre on Developing Ngoc Linh Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs – located some 1,800m above sea level. Their sole job was to take care of the ginseng garden – the only national supply of ginseng seedlings besides … [Read more...] about Ginseng men in the midst of Ngoc Linh forest
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