Water is released from the flood-regulating Tha La dam in Tịnh Biên District of An Giang Province on Friday. —VNS Photo Hoàng Nguyên Viet Nam News By Hoàng Nguyên AN GIANG – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang released water from the Tha La and Trà Sư dams in Tịnh Biên District on Friday morning to ease the flooding in the Long Xuyên Quadrangle. According to Trần Anh Thư, director of the province’s Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, the release from the two dams is done every year to regulate flooding in the area, which includes An Giang and Kiên Giang provinces and Cần Thơ City. “We usually release water by the end of August or when the water level (outside the dams) exceeds 3.8m.” The level outside the Tha La dam has exceeded 4m while at Trà Sư it is 3.9m. He said local authorities had discussed and reached … [Read more...] about An Giang releases water from dams to cope with flooding
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Viet Nam News QUẢNG NAM — Lê Phước Thiệt, 85, from the central coastal province of Quảng Nam, has just been awarded his master’s degree in business management from Duy Tân University. Thiệt set his mind on gaining his master’s 14 years after graduating from university in the United States. “Graduation day was one of the most important days in my life because it fulfilled all my dreams,” he said. Thiệt took his wife and seven children to the United States since 1975. When all his children were married, he started to think about going to university. Thiệt was 60 years old at the time. He graduated in finance at a university in California in 2001. After getting his bachelor’s degree, Thiệt was planning to go for his master’s, but his wife fell seriously ill, so he had to spend both his time and money to take care of her. His dream was delayed for many years. When his wife … [Read more...] about 85-year-old man goes back to school to earn MBA degree
VietNamNet Bridge – Ngo Viet Trung of the Institute of Mathematics under the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology tells Khoa hoc & Doi song (Science and Life) that funds allotted for sci-tech development need to be used wisely. How would you evaluate our current scientific capacity? I have only worked in basic science, and can’t comment on applied science. As far as basic science is concerned, I can say that we match international standards, particularly in mathematics, physics, material sciences and biology. But many people do not know this and complain that Vietnamese scientists have not contributed much to national development. To a certain extent, this is true. The work of scientists have not been applied directly in real life, for instance in producing this or that machine, a production chain and things like that. If research results are not applied in real life, what’s the role of basic science? Basic science is the foundation for all scientific … [Read more...] about Get scientists to stay in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoians from all walks of life seem to have forgotten a long-standing tradition of elegance and courtesy, and authorities as well as intellectuals feel it is high time for a restoration project. If you ever wanted to know how Hanoians behaved in the olden days, there is a Vietnamese folk verse that depicts and glorifies the typical nature of the people. "Chang thom cung the hoa nhai, dau khong thanh lich cung nguoi Trang An" or "nothing can equal the fragrance of jasmine, no one can surpass the elegance and courtesy of Trang An people". Taken together, this verse, verbally passed down from one generation to the next, highlights the elegance and courtesy of Trang An people. Though there are numerous ways to explain why Hanoians sometimes call themselves Trang An people in a flowery way, this meaningful verse has become the guideline for drafting a project to restore the elegance and courteous nature of Hanoians. The project has been initiated by the Ha Noi … [Read more...] about Some social mores need to be restored
UNESCO has given feedback about Vietnam’s ca tru file. Director of the Music Institute, Le Toan, talked about the compilation of the ca tru file and how to restore this art. We had to stop compiling the ca tru file for a long time in 2006 because UNESCO changed the form of recognition of intangible hertigages. Did we have to amend the file much to fit new criteria? We had been compiling the file for over one year when UNESCO changed its criteria for choosing heritages. We had to add more information to the file, but the old data was not redundant. There is a controversy about the birth of ca tru. Some say that it appeared in the 11th century and others say in the 15th century. What is the Music Institute’s opinion about it? Historical documents dating back to the 11th century have some words about ca tru but they are unclear. It was not until the 15th century when ca tru flourished to become a type of art. The most important part of the file is the action plan of … [Read more...] about How to restore ca tru?