Illustration by Trịnh Lập By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà The dreams of millions of Vietnamese people came true on Tuesday night. They had been dreaming for 30 years, or was it 60 as some said? Now it doesn’t matter, as the dreams are reality. The Việt Nam men’s U22 football team won a gold medal at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines by defeating Indonesia 3-0 in the final. A popular saying goes ‘phúc bất trùng lai’, which means happiness does not repeat itself, but the men’s victory came just days after the women’s team won their own gold medal at the Games. Double happiness, truly, because despite the fact the women’s football team had won for the sixth time, it was the men’s first triumph. “Though this is the sixth time,” said women’s coach Mai Đức Chung, “I still feel very touched.” Sheer joy and happiness brightened … [Read more...] about Let the Vietnamese spirit soar
Nation Air pollution worsens in Hanoi The Saigon Times Daily Saturday, Dec 14, 2019,14:58 (GMT+7) Air pollution worsens in HanoiThe Saigon Times Daily Many buildings in Hanoi are covered by smog. Air pollution in the city has been worsening – PHOTO: VNA HCMC - Air pollution in Hanoi has been worsening, with the air quality index recorded on some days reaching the brown level, which means the air quality is hazardous and poses a serious health risk. On December 13, the monitoring system of the municipal Environmental Protection Agency recorded that 10 of 11 sites were encountering serious air pollution. It later reached the purple level, with the air quality index (AQI) exceeding 200. The level triggers a health alert, indicating that the air quality is very unhealthy and residents may experience serious health effects, reported Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper. As of 8 a.m. on the same day, the AQI taken at Minh Khai … [Read more...] about Air pollution worsens in Hanoi
Property Apartment supplies to drop by 25% The Saigon Times Daily Saturday, Dec 14, 2019,14:55 (GMT+7) Apartment supplies to drop by 25%The Saigon Times Daily A new residential area in HCMC’s District 2. Apartment supplies in HCMC and Hanoi are estimated to fall this year - PHOTO: VNA HCMC – The number of apartments eligible for sale in HCMC and Hanoi is estimated to fall 25% this year, reaching 43,000 units, according to a report by property platform batdongsan.com.vn. At the Vietnam Real Estate Summit 2019 (VRES 2019), held on December 12, Nguyen Quoc Anh, deputy general director of Batdongsan.com.vn, said the property market will face multiple challenges next year due to tighter control being applied to new projects and the increase in risk coeficient for real estate loans. The demand for real estate products remains high, but the market has witnessed a decline since the previous quarter, Anh added. In … [Read more...] about Apartment supplies to drop by 25%
Tourism S.Korea raises number of accredited travel firms for visa application By Dao Loan Saturday, Dec 14, 2019,13:41 (GMT+7) S.Korea raises number of accredited travel firms for visa applicationBy Dao Loan An event promotes South Korean tourism in HCMC. South Korean consular agencies are taking measures to shorten visa processing procedures and increase the number of Vietnamese accredited travel firms – PHOTO: DAO LOAN HCMC - Many local tour operators remain concerned, following the recent disappearance of 164 Vietnamese students in South Korea, that the country would tighten visa requirements for Vietnamese citizens. However, the South Korean tourism authority has said the visa policy remains unchanged, and consular agencies are taking measures to reduce visa processing time, while increasing the number of travel firms accredited to process South Korean visas for their customers. The South Korean Embassy in … [Read more...] about S.Korea raises number of accredited travel firms for visa application
EXPLAINER: Following the deadly eruption at Whakaari/ White Island, New Zealand's volcanoes are in the spotlight. New Zealand has 12 active volcanoes which are monitored by Kiwi scientists. Whakaari/ White Island is one of them, and is currently the country's most active volcano. But all of New Zealand's volcanoes are different; some are dotted across the North Island, some are in the sea, some are shaped like a cone, while others have lakes on top of them. READ MORE:Whakaari/White Island: Anatomy of a deadly eruption and the quest to save survivorsWhakaari: Bedlam at Whakatāne Hospital as worker describes eruption aftermathWhakaari/White Island eruption: How close do tourists get to the crater?Whakaari/White Island volcano: Unlucky timing or unsafe system?Any Mt Taranaki eruption likely to come with advanced warningScientists find evidence Mt Taranaki eruption could turn region into the next Pompeii The common behaviours of these volcanoes also differ, as well … [Read more...] about White Island eruption: Just how active are New Zealand’s volcanoes?