From the middle of January to the end of February, plum blossoms clothe the entire Na Ka valley in white, which is gradually dyed shades of plum until mid-April, when the harvest season offers visitors the experience of picking and tasting juicy plums fresh off the tree. … [Read more...] about Na Ka plum valley on Moc Chau plateau, Son La province
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Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic. Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade. Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. Somali -- who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital -- started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago. Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat. The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril
In January 1995, the U.S. opened a liaison office at 7 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, with former Captain James Hall heading it. At the same time, the Vietnam Liaison Office in Washington D.C, led by Le Van Bang, was also inaugurated. This was an important step towards the historic day of July 11, 1995. … [Read more...] about Vietnam-US relations: 25-year testament to realpolitik success
The Cuu Long (Mekong River) Delta would focus on developing hi-tech agriculture, agriculture processing industry, tourism of Phu Quoc Island as well as efficiently implementing measures to promote the sustainable development of the region in line with coping with climate change. … [Read more...] about Government to develop policies to promote key economic regions
“However, the way they show their love may not be right,” he said. “Excessive care may not lead to good things; for example, children could become dependent and immature in their decisions and behaviors. And parents will orient children in the direction they want, not what the children want.” … [Read more...] about 18-year-olds in Vietnam – P1: Are they still kids to parents?