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
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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
More than 10,000 rural workers receive agricultural training Nearly 10,500 rural residents in outlying districts of HCM City will be trained to meet the demand for agricultural workers in the city. — Photo: sggp.org.vn Workers from outlying rural areas of HCM City have been taking agricultural courses at vocational training centres in the city as part of a plan issued in March to meet demand for more skilled workers, according to the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The city’s People’s Committee said the project is expected to train 10,500 rural workers, including 2,556 agricultural trainees and 7,944 non-agricultural trainees. The rate of employment after training is targeted to be 80 per cent or higher. The committee, which has given financial support to four public vocational education institutions in new rural districts, said the total cost of vocational training for rural workers would be around VNĐ38 billion (US$ 1.6 … [Read more...] about Social News 27/4
Parliamentary groups asked to foster Vietnam-Romania ties Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu receives Chairman of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Simion Lucian-Eduard in Hanoi on March 29. Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu has said that friendship parliamentary groups of Vietnam and Romania should maintain meetings and increase the exchange of information and experiences, thus fostering economic, trade and investment ties between the two nations. Luu made the statement while receiving a delegation of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group led by its Chairman Simion Lucian-Eduard in Hanoi on March 29. Luu reiterated that Vietnam always wants to consolidate and develop the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Romania. Vietnam appreciated Romania’s support for Vietnam’s past struggle for national independence and reunification as well as the current process of national construction and … [Read more...] about Government News 30/3 (Hourly Updated)
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