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Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19

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The most effective weapon in the war on COVID-19 is face masks. 

Paying attention to the market demand, Nguyen Thi Xuan Kieu living in Ho Chi Minh City came up with the idea of turning plain fabric masks into more eye-catching but comfortable embroidery masks. Many young people consider this kind of mask as a suitable gift for relatives and friends.

Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Nguyen Thi Xuan Kieu – the woman who has created the hand-embroidered masks (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
A variety of colorful thread is used to embroider the patterns on the masks (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Linen fabric for sewing masks (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Using a drawing mold to shape the mask (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Drawing a lavender pattern before embroidering (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Selecting a compatible color (Photo: VNA/VNP)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
The embroidery process requires care and meticulousness (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Diverse and eye-catching embroidery patterns (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
The next stage after embroidering is to cut the shape into a mask (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Mask sewing (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Cutting the excess thread off the mask (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
The slogan “You are still beautiful with a mask on your face” is the message Kieu wants to send to young people, to remind them to protect their health (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
The masks made by Kieu do not only help prevent the virus but also allows customers to show their character and personality. Her hand-embroidered masks are also popular outside Vietnam. Kieu is creating opportunities to help women in difficulties or having serious illness get jobs. (Photo: VNP/VNA)
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
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Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Hand-embroidered masks during COVID-19
Photos: VNP/VNA

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/hand-embroidered-masks-during-covid-19-694152.html

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Vietnam considers shutting down polluting facilities to improve air quality

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Vietnam considers shutting down polluting facilities to improve air quality

A coal-fired power plant in Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh.


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered state agencies to monitor factory emissions and clamp down on those found to exceed dangerous levels.

Phuc called on provincial and urban authorities to immediately review and evaluate industrial plant, transport and construction emissions.

He asked law enforcement agencies to suspend operations negatively impacting the environment.

The directive mentioned the worsening air quality in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other localities, affecting socio-economic development and public health. It blamed the low air quality on large-scale construction, emissions from a large number of private vehicles, and intensive industrial activity.

It also said green urban space and water supply remains subpar, with enforcement, implementation and synchronization of air pollution controls a serious dilemma.

Natural Resources and Environment departments were urged to assist production facilities in installing automatic emission monitors, with all collected data evaluated on a daily basis.

Le Vu Tuan Anh, chief inspector of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said Vietnam Environment Administration will be implementing an inspection program of major emission sources around Hanoi should the proposal be approved.

Research conducted by Vietnamese experts showed the nation suffered between $10.8- $13.2 billion worth of economic losses associated with ambient air pollution each year, equivalent to about 5 percent of the country’s GDP.

Vietnam ranked fourth in the number of pollution-linked deaths in the Western Pacific, with an estimated 71,365 Vietnamese people losing their lives to pollution, including 50,232 to air pollution, in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Pollution and Health Metrics report by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

Research conducted by Vietnamese experts showed the nation suffered between $10.8- $13.2 billion worth of economic losses associated with ambient air pollution each year, equivalent to about 5 percent of the country’s GDP.

Vietnam ranked fourth in the number of pollution-linked deaths in the Western Pacific, with an estimated 71,365 Vietnamese people losing their lives to pollution, including 50,232 to air pollution, in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Pollution and Health Metrics report by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

Vietnam ranked fourth in the number of pollution-linked deaths in the Western Pacific, with an estimated 71,365 Vietnamese people losing their lives to pollution, including 50,232 to air pollution, in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Pollution and Health Metrics report by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-considers-shutting-down-polluting-facilities-to-improve-air-quality-4223682.html

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Three cities fulfill new-style rural area building task

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A view of Đà Lạt City. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — Đà Lạt and Bảo Lộc in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng and Lào Cai City in the northern province of the same name have accomplished the task of building new-style rural areas.

Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has signed decisions recognising the fulfilment of the task.

All communes of the cities fulfilled criteria set by the National Target Programme on New-Style Rural Area Building.

Local authorities have paid due attention to upgrading agricultural works. Outstanding results have been recorded in job creation, education, health care, culture, environmental protection, and people’s income.

Particularly, Lào Cai City mobilised more than VNĐ631 billion (U$27.42 million) during the nine-year implementation of the programme.

The National Target Programme on New-style Rural Area Building, initiated by the Government in 2010, sets criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to boost rural regions of Việt Nam.

The list of criteria includes the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacity, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values.

After 10 years of implementing the programme, positive results have been recorded, with half of communes nationwide recognised as new-style rural areas. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/858756/three-cities-fulfill-new-style-rural-area-building-task.html

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Renovated restaurant on Ma Pi Leng Pass asked to suspend operations

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The Ma Pi Leng Panorama before and after renovation – PHOTO: NLDO

HCMC – Ma Pi Leng Panorama, a seven-story restaurant illegally built on the Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang Province, has been asked to suspend operations as the renovation of the restaurant was not carried out on par with an architecture plan approved by the local authorities, said the provincial Department of Construction.

The department has reported its inspection results related to the restaurant’s renovation to the provincial government, Le Thanh Son, deputy director of the department, said on January 18, reported VnExpress.

The provincial government agreed with the department’s request that the restaurant has to suspend operations until its renovation sticks to the approved architecture plan. Also, the restaurant’s investor was instructed to demolish parts of four floors that stick out toward the Nho Que River, Son said.

Late last month, the department set up a team to inspect the renovation of the restaurant, which discovered that the building’s roof was nearly two meters higher than that set out in the plan.

Further, the investor tiled the roof of the restaurant incorrectly and did not demolish the sections of the four floors as required.

The building was built in 2018 and was put into service in early 2019 as a rest stop, a restaurant and a lodging facility overlooking the Nho Que River in Meo Vac District. According to local authorities, the building did not have a construction permit or investment certificate at that time. Besides, it was built on a plot of agricultural land that has yet to be converted for commercial service.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80242/renovated-restaurant-on-ma-pi-leng-pass-asked-to-suspend-operations.html

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