Medical programme provides free digestion checkup and surgery in Đức Giang Hospital Prof. Leroy (centre) trains doctors of Đức Giang General Hospital on minimally invasive surgery. Đức Giang General Hospital launched a medical programme to provide free checkups, consultation and endoscopy surgery to patients with digestion diseases on Monday in Hà Nội. Prof. Joel Leroy, a leading French expert in digestion endoscopy, is participating in the programme. He was the first surgeon to perform colorectal surgery without scarring the patient’s abdominal wall. Prof. Leroy will examine and perform surgeries on patients with dangerous digestion cancers, with all medical service expenses supported by the Hà Nội People’s Committee and Đức Giang Hospital with technical support of medical firm Olympus Company. The Frenchman also taught the latest techniques in digestion endoscopy, especially minimally invasive … [Read more...] about Social News 15/8
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Viet Nam News “So your aunt and I will be gone for a few weeks. You’ll take care of the shop. In the evening Vân will be home and review the day’s trade. Don’t worry about business. You’re better off here anyway, because you don’t have anything else to do while waiting for a job offer other than wandering around inhaling traffic smoke or sitting at cafes ogling unemployed girls in short skirts and high heels. It wouldn’t be fun. You’d better look after the shop for us, or else we’ll have to close it and lose customers. Look, we can’t let customers walk away. Is there any house on the street in this whole city that isn’t used as a shop? We have to sell things. Everything. This big market which is our city is perhaps one of a kind in the world. In other cities people set aside a little land for gardens and lawns and green trees. They sell things in separate zones. But here we’re filled with shops. Which is very … [Read more...] about Crossing the street alone
Viet Nam News Howard Limbert, the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) Expedition Leader in Việt Nam and Technical Director and safety advisor for Oxalis Adventures, and Nguyễn Châu Á, general director of Oxalis Adventures, have just returned from Thailand’s Tham Luang cave complex, where 12 members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach have been trapped since June 23. With the rescue operations ongoing, Limbert shared his thoughts on the situation. What have we learnt from the Thai rescue process? Firstly we have seen what a major rescue this is and how the Thai authorities have dealt with this situation. To co-ordinate such a rescue needs experienced people in this field, which is difficult with limited experience. The navy and army are in charge with each looking after different areas of the rescue. The navy is in charge of the diving operation and the army search for another entrance in the mountains. Thousands of … [Read more...] about Sharing experience from Thai rescue
Viet Nam News Trần Duy Quang has made a name for himself as an ultra trail marathon runner. Sometimes he gets to run in beautiful places. It all takes a lot of training. Trần Duy Quang even runs in the forests at night. Trần Duy Quang, 29, has only been running for three years but has already won a number of events. He triumphed in the men’s 70km category of the Dalat Ultra Trail International Marathon in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng and is the first Vietnamese runner to win the Việt Nam Mountain Marathon in Sa Pa, Lào Cai Province, which is one of the largest ultra-running events in Asia and a landmark event in Southeast Asia. Thanh Nga catches up with him. Inner Sanctum: You have won the Dalat Ultra Trail International Marathon which attracted some 2,300 domestic and foreign runners. How did you feel? I was very happy to overcome international archrivals from New Zealand, India, … [Read more...] about For the love of running
VN garment sector to boost export growth The domestic textile and garment industry is expected to sustain growth in exports in the coming months, according to the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS). Truong Van Cam, VITAS vice chairman and general secretary, said many textile and garment companies had signed contracts to produce export products in the third quarter of this year. Many Vietnamese garment firms had also sustained high growth this year in traditional markets such as the United States, the Republic of Korea, the European Union, and member-states of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Cam said a series of recently-signed free trade agreements (FTAs) was expected to boost the sector. Since 2001, Viet Nam had signed bilateral trade agreements with the US, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and India, and joined the World Trade Organisation. However, global demand for textiles … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 6/6
An article published just before Tet by a local contributor about eating dog meat stirred up quite a few feelings among the expats and foreigners who responded to the story on both Facebook and the Tuoi Tre news website. More than a few of my Vietnamese friends were upset and outraged by some of the reactions expressed by foreign readers. There were demands for the story to be withdrawn and lots of derogatory, plain nasty generalizations about the Vietnamese thrown as well. But do the Vietnamese also have the right to express their point of view without getting shouted at by the foreigners in text? And are they really such barbarians in the traffic, super polluters and insensitive noisy, smelly neighbors? Now, there are no surprises that the issue of eating dog meat arouses such passions between locals who see it as part of their way of life and Westerners who see it as a horrible thing to do. Frequent culture shock when two groups rub up against each other’s lifestyles and … [Read more...] about Vietnam: Get used to it!
A number of tourists and expats in Vietnam have shared their thoughts on traffic safety in the country following a request made by Tuoi Tre News in the wake of hundreds of driving-related causalities recorded during the Lunar New Year holiday. Anything can happen when driving in Vietnam It appears that the Vietnamese attitude towards driving is completely different than my impression on the Vietnamese attitude towards beauty, friendliness and strong family ties. In traffic it seems as if the prevailing attitude is, “me, me, me” or “ I'll do whatever I want, and you should be responsible for not hitting me, no matter what stupid, dangerous and selfish thing I do.” I feel that it is much more dangerous to drive in Vietnam than the USA and other countries in the developed world. The reason for this is that Vietnamese drivers often ignore traffic regulations and do whatever they want. This includes driving against traffic, not stopping at red lights and not … [Read more...] about How safe is it to drive in Vietnam?
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive... for now. The Republican leader grudgingly agreed to sign sanctions waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days, but he cautioned it would be "for the last time." During that four-month period, he now wants Congress and America's main European allies to draw up a new deal -- without negotiating with Tehran -- to replace the "disastrous flaws" in the current agreement. "Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said in a statement. "Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw." The new deal -- which Trump envisions as being outlined in U.S. law and involving Britain, France and Germany -- would impose tougher controls on Iran if sanctions relief is to continue. In … [Read more...] about Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal
The Hanoitimes - Many travellers choose to venture off the beaten path as they make adventurous trips to conquer Mount Pha Luong, Datanla Waterfall, or trek through Mui Doi (the East Pole of Vietnam) to enjoy spectacular sunset. Followings are the most popular places for adventure tourists Pha Luong Mountain in Tan Xuan Commune, Chieng Xuan District Pha Luong Mountain in Tan Xuan Commune, Chieng Xuan District. Pha Luong mountain peak is considered the roof of Moc Chau – Son La. The most special thing here is not located at an altitude of more than 2,000 that are swathes of hectares all over the mountain like another world, separate from everything around. The steep cliffs with numerous tectonic fissures making it so spectacular and unique. Pha Luong is also a natural boundary between Vietnam and Laos. Located in the full of obstacles and difficulty Pha Luong still people here such as “silk road” to transport drugs. This makes the journey to conquer this mountain … [Read more...] about Top Vietnamese adventure destinations for travelling lovers
A group of trekking enthusiasts, guided by native highlanders, face mental and physical challenges on the way to the top of a mountain, but feel liberated as they stand in a sea of clouds. Cao Hương recounts the experience. A De is a porter with the heart of a poet. “When you get to the top of the mountain, immerse yourself in the sea of white clouds and inhale deeply, and you’ll get the scent of the forest,” he tells us as we trek to our destination. “It is fresh and stimulating, very comforting and soothing,” he adds. Our destination is the top of the Nhìu Cồ San Mountain, and A De, a resident of the eponymous hamlet located at its foot, is helping us get there. We are a group of people in our late twenties from different places in the lowlands who share a passion for trekking. When we got together a couple of years ago, we looked to conquer the highest mountains in the country, and we trekked more than once to the top of … [Read more...] about On cloud nine atop Nhìu Cồ San mountain