The Hanoitimes - During Tet, apricot blossoms are indispensable for Vietnamese families in the southern region as peach blossoms are in the northern region. Standing among hundreds of apricot trees resplendent with glossy green leaves and bright yellow flowers in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, a bright-eyed man is talking joyfully to his customers, grinning from ear to ear, while his peers in the country's central region are distinctly less jovial. In a large garden in the apricot blossom-growing village of Binh Loi in the city's rural Binh Chanh district, the bright-eyed man named Tran Duc told one of his customers who flied in from Hanoi that "You'd better order soon as our most beautiful apricot blossoms are selling like hot cakes and have almost run out, even though there are still two weeks until Tet (Lunar New Year Festival)." During Tet, apricot blossoms are indispensable for Vietnamese families in the southern region as peach blossoms are in the northern region. Thanks to … [Read more...] about Vietnam`s apricot blossoms bring joy, tears ahead of Lunar New Year – Trade – Service – Economy
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Your say (28-11-2008) A woman’s work is never done, but at what age should she retire? Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers for their opinions on the average retirement age for women. Should it be 50, 55-60 or over 60? Here are some responses: Lawry Beetinyeo, Singaporean, HCM City: There has been a common saying that ‘a woman’s place is at home’ and this is still being said today. I do not know how many women would agree to it nowadays. Today, women have equal opportunities to receive a higher education if they are keen and their family can afford it or through scholarships. Getting a complete education is like having a passport to good employment and better living standards in the future. I believe women should also work as long as they like working, and be up-to-date in their knowledge of activities around the country. Besides bringing additional income to her family, she is also keeping herself physically and mentally fit. Government services have set … [Read more...] about A woman’s work is never done, but at what age should she retire?
The Hanoitimes - During Tet, apricot blossoms are indispensable for Vietnamese families in the southern region as peach blossoms are in the northern region. Hanoitimes … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s apricot blossoms bring joy, tears ahead of Lunar New Year
Committee urged to stand ready for search, rescue missions Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung made the request while attending a ceremony to mark the 20th founding anniversary of the committee in Hanoi on October 21. He said natural calamities such as floods and landslides as well as climate change and rising sea level have become more complicated and unpredictable, alongside hidden risks of big accidents. Since the beginning of this year, the damaging cold in the north, the prolonged drought in the south-central and Central Highland regions, the saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta, and the maritime environmental incident in the four central provinces have seriously affected the country's socio-economic development as well as local life and production, he added. In that context, there are many shortcomings that need to be fixed in search and rescue work, especially those related to capacity, forecast quality, equipment and the building of prevention measures, he noted. Dung … [Read more...] about Social News 21/10
by Nguyen Ngoc HA NOI (VNS)— Temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius and continuous rain at nights has made Ha Noi a desolate and quiet place in recent weeks. However, in the streets labourers are still working strenuously at all hours in the hope of earning a little more money as Tet approaches. Tran Thi Gai, 48, from Hung Yen Province's Khoai Chau District, is among those night workers. The slim female vendor says at 3pm every day she rides her old bicycle loaded high with bags of baked maize and sweet potatoes around the city to sell. Her working day finishes at around 2 am the next morning, regardless of how horrible the weather is. After eating a small supper and having four-hours sleep, she is again in a hurry to prepare the goods for another day. Every day, except in extraordinary circumstances, her bicyle, weighing nearly 100 kg, makes its journey around all corners of the city. "Selling maize and sweet potatoes at night is a hard job for any one. For women, … [Read more...] about Workers brave the capital’s cold nights