By Ha Thanh  August 28, 2019 | 02:15 pm GMT+7 En Tea House & Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3 offers you a cool break from the heaving city. The coffee shop on Dien Bien Phu Street is popular because of its greenery. The first impression of the place is of a large porch with plants coming out of the wall and windows. A large glass partition allows light and makes the place look more welcoming. The café has a modern European décor. The narrow veranda on one side offers greater proximity to the plants. A green wall in the backyard of the café. All the walls have automated sprinklers and mist systems, which keep the café cool and fresh without the need for air conditioning. A secluded corner for those who want to avoid the crowd. The interior décor is a combination of both modern and classic decor. Drink prices start at VND40,000 ($1.7). There are tea sets that come with mini pastries, fresh fruit juices, and alcoholic … [Read more...] about A garden on the wall that is a café in downtown Saigon
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The rapid expansion of fires in the Brazilian rainforest (pictured Aug, 21, 2019) is the result of a significant increase in deforestation. (Photo: AFP/Handout) The dramatic scale of this year's fires is the result of a significant acceleration of deforestation for the lumber industry, for agriculture or for other human activities. "In the tropics, fire is used extensively in a land-use environment," said Jeffrey Chambers, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a specialist in rainforests. "It's how you get rid of your agricultural waste products ... And part of the reason why that works is because those fires don't generally move into the forest," he explained. "A tropical rainforest is generally not flammable" because it's so humid. California has the opposite problem: burning waste is prohibited because the forests are so dry, they could go up in flames at the smallest spark. But in the Amazon, when an area of forest is cleared, the tree trunks are removed … [Read more...] about Why is part of the Amazon burning?
By Kiều Vân HÀ NỘI The case of a student being openly molested on a bus is shocking enough. What that young girl must be going through in the aftermath of the abuse is unthinkable. But what is equally, if not more disturbing, is the fact that so many people on the bus from Nha Trang to HCM City did nothing to prevent the abuse. 20-year-old N.T Hằng, not her real name, said she was dismayed by the lack of help she received from the 40-plus fellow passengers on board at the time. "I was really shocked that people heard ‘my call for help’ but did nothing,” she said. “I was crying, but they only looked at the abuser, then just went back to sleep." And she is not the only one left angry, annoyed and disappointed by the lack of social morals displayed by those close by. Hundreds of readers shared their condemnation on the zing.vn online newspaper, calling on the bus company to act against the sex abuser. But the big question … [Read more...] about Modern society rotting with insensitivity
Stunning venue: The UN Vesak Day of Celebration series of conferences and workshops is scheduled to take place from May 12-14 at the Conference Centre in Tam Chúc, Hà Nam Province. VNA/VNS Photo Thành Đạt By Venerable Thích Đức Thiện Having gone through so many changes, Buddhism’s universal teachings have preserved their values in the civilization of mankind for more than 25 centuries. In the context of rapid changes and severe challenges, Buddhist ideologies continue to demonstrate their outstanding power. Our world faces serious problems such as wars, conflicts, terrorism, environmental pollution and inequality, of which the crisis of faith worsens human relationships. Thus, selfishness and irresponsibility stand out as the most alarming issues. Within the seemingly dark and stagnant picture of the world, the brightness of Buddhism creates a unique approach to relieve pain and suffering in a … [Read more...] about Buddhist engagement is to share in social responsibility
At the seminar The seminar spotlights the four Nordic Ambassadors to Vietnam and four prominent Nordic experts, including Mr Adam Lebech - Deputy Director General of the Danish Agency for Digitalisation, Ms Anna Sundstrom - Secretary General, Sweden’s Olof Palme International Centre, Dr. Erkki Tuomioja - member of Finnish Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Silvija Seres - a mathematician and technology investor from Norway. The Vietnamese keynote speakers are Associate Professor, Doctor Ho Trong Hoai - Director of the Institute of Science Socialism, and Associate Professor, Doctor Bui Van Huyen - Director of the Institute of Economics. The Seminar also attracts participation from 100 Vietnamese researchers, policy-makers, and other stakeholders representing HCMA, key ministries, institutions, business associations and social organisations. Built up from the successful workshop on “The Nordic Socio-Economic Model – Achievements and Lessons … [Read more...] about Seminar on continuity and change in the Nordic Society Model