The authorities in Hanoi have had to remove 600 metres of the ceramic mosaic mural to enlarge Au Co Street, which is part of the Red River dyke in Tay Ho District. A part of the ceramic mural removed for road enlargement Hanoi authorities have approved of the second phase of the An Duong-Thanh Nien overpass project to deal with local congestion, improve the scenery and reinforce the dyke for flooding prevention. As a result, 600 metres of the ceramic mosaic mural will be removed. Nguyen Thu Thuy, director of New Hanoi Arts Company, who joined the mural designing process in 2007, said the parts that will be removed include the works about Bui Xuan Phai old quarter paintings and about the International Labour Organisation by CIO Corporation. She went on to say that they had worked hard on the mural despite the weather to celebrate the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest ceramic mosaic. Thuy hoped that after the … [Read more...] about Hanoi ceramic mosaic mural partly removed for road enlargement
Stock Market No longer easy gains By Trieu Duong Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021,09:04 (GMT+7) No longer easy gains By Trieu Duong The sudden, shocking correction will definitely affect not only existing investors but also those intending to join the market, which may stall the money flow in the upcoming time - PHOTO: TRAN NGOC LINH After a period of hot growth and extensive cash flows in all markets, the drastic correction in mid-January will force stock investors to become more prudent if they are not to lose all the earnings from the recent strong rally. With the recent strong correction, up to 899 stocks had rallied against end-2020, with 235 stocks posting a price rise from 20% upwards. Of note, up to 40 stocks surged from 50% upwards, and some even recorded a double price rise after only 10 trading sessions of the first two weeks of January 2021. Strong money flows helped investors make easy profit with almost all stocks … [Read more...] about No longer easy gains
A British farmer came up with a jokey idea to rent out her goats to liven up video call meetings -- and found an unexpected source of lockdown income. The floppy-eared goats glance curiously as farmer Dot McCarthy holds up a mobile phone to film them eating hay and prancing around in a barn. The video of the goats appears on a Zoom call as three other participants smile and McCarthy tells them the goats' names. Meanwhile, a farm employee is filming another goat in a simultaneous call. Cronkshaw Fold Farm in Lancashire, northwestern England, offers a five-minute appearance by a goat on any video-calling platform for £5 (nearly $7.6 euros). Farmer Dot McCarthy films one of her goats for a Zoom call at Crankshaw Fold Farm in England on Feb 9, 2021. Photo: AFP Customers have their choice of seven different goats on the farm's website, from "highest-ranking nanny" Margaret to cute brown-and-white kid Lulu. "Say you're doing a video call with work or whatever, … [Read more...] about No kidding: video calls with goats boost British farm
Each year, the Lunar New Year creeps up on us, slowly bubbling up to a dramatic apex, then, just like that, the new moon begins, signaling the start of a fresh chapter. Last year was definitely the Year of the Rat, sneaky, slimy, and carrier of scary diseases. Phew! How glad we all are to see that water buffalo coming at us for this year. And it’s a golden buffalo to boot! Through some nuance between the zodiac signs and their complementing elements, this year represents metal, specifically gold, so, sit back and relax, we’ll all finally become wealthy this time around. As Tet looms nearer, it’s a game akin to musical chairs, the music suddenly cut off when one business after another bangs down its shutters to begin preparation for the big event. We sense it and feel it; as traffic picks up, the general level of intensity grows, the card games in cafés are more numerous and raucous, and people shop until they drop. It makes perfect sense that it’s such an epic event – it’s … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Tet: Don’t take out the garbage!
On the last day before Tet, many people in the central city of Da Nang closed their shops early to spend their time decorating the houses. While the usual milling crowds were missing, residents still flocked to places like the flower promenade by the Han River in the afternoon to soak in the Tet atmosphere. In the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, people queued up for accessible attractions like the flower road despite the cancellation of cultural performance and firework shows. At the Ninh Kieu area to visit the flower road, which would close at 10 p.m., five days earlier than schedule over Covid-19 fear, people patiently waited their turn for temperature checks, wearing masks and sanitizing their hands before gaining entry. In Chi Linh Town of Hai Duong Province, where a lockdown is in force, a quarantine center with nine inmates created a festive mood with a beautifully decorated blackboard and a table laden with fruits and other goodies. Phan Kien of Hai … [Read more...] about Vietnamese take pandemic restrictions in their stride to welcome Lunar New Year