As October ends, the leopard trees get into their act along the Tay Ho (West Lake) and the vast Bau Can tea estate in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. The tree, said to be native to Brazilian rainforests, is scientifically known as Libidibia ferrea or Caesalpinia ferrea. The freshwater lake and the tea plantation are about 25 km south of the center of Pleiku Town, capital of Gia Lai. The lake covers an area of nearly 100 hectares in Tay Ho Village, Bau Can Commune, Chu Prong District. It irrigates the tea plantation. The Bau Can tea plantation dotted with the leopard trees in bloom. Grown on an area of more than 400 hectares, the plantation has an annual output of 2,000 tons of tea buds each year. A path runs through the tea plantation. A worker said the leopard trees were planted to act as a windshield for the tea plants. When the tree sheds its leaves, they become a natural fertilizer too. Plantation workers pluck tea leaves early in the morning, in … [Read more...] about In the highlands, the leopard tree shows its spots again
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A lacquer painting by master Painter Nguyen Gia Tri (1908-1993) – known as a national treasure – was damaged by improper cleaning carried out by a lacquer painter. Lacquer painting Vườn Xuân Trung Nam Băc (Spring Garden of North, Central and South) by Nguyen Gia Tri, which was damaged by improper cleaning by an inexperienced painter. Photo tienphong.vn The experts filed a report after examining the damaged painting. The work, titled Vườn Xuân Trung Nam Bắc (Spring Garden of North, Central and South), is kept at the HCM City Fine Arts Museum. “The damage was caused by rough object scratching the surface of the painting,” the report said. “The outer lacquer paint was spoilt, which led to the delicate joining between shadows of paint colours, egg shells and gold gilded areas on the painting.” The museum recently assigned HCM City artist Lưu Minh Phụng to restore the painting. Phụng, … [Read more...] about Lacquer masterpiece damaged by improper cleaning: experts
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?
Infrastructure Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airport By Ngoc Lan Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019,19:38 (GMT+7) Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airportBy Ngoc Lan Deputy Hoang Van Cuong, vice principal of the Hanoi-based National Economics University – PHOTO: VGP HANOI – The Government suggested the State-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) serve as the principal investor of the Long Thanh International Airport project in the southern province of Dong Nai, but many National Assembly deputies have objected to the investor selection. Legislators offered feedback on a number of criteria in the feasibility report of the big-ticket project at a session during the ongoing sitting of the lawmaking body today, November 12. Deputy Hoang Van Cuong, vice principal of the Hanoi-based National Economics University, suggested ACV may execute the project ahead … [Read more...] about Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airport