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Ho Chi Minh City quarantines 38 exposed to S.Korean who tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan

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Ho Chi Minh City health authorities have quarantined 38 people exposed to a South Korean after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Japan last weekend.

The person in question left Ho Chi Minh City for Japan on Saturday last week, the municipal Center for Disease Control said on Tuesday night.

His saliva sample was taken for a rapid antigen test after he landed at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba the same day.

The South Korean had entered Vietnam on July 29 and finished his mandatory quarantine in Hanoi on August 16.

From September 29 to October 24, he worked and stayed in Ho Chi Minh City.

The man had not conducted any conclusive real-time PCR test in Vietnam before leaving for Japan.

An epidemiological investigation showed that he had not come into contact with any COVID-19 patient before.

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control has identified and quarantined 38 people who had been in close contact with the South Korean.

Twenty-nine of them already tested negative for the virus with the real-time PCR method while the other nine are waiting for their results.

People who were exposed to those having close contact with him have had their samples taken for testing.

Ho Chi Minh City has confirmed 82 coronavirus patients so far, including 78 recoveries and four in treatment, according to the center.

The city has spent three months detecting zero domestic COVID-19 cases.

Vietnam logged three imported cases on Tuesday, taking the national tally to 1,172, the Ministry of Health said, adding one recovery was recorded the same day.

The number of recovered patients has reached 1,062 nationwide, whereas 35 virus-related fatalities have been documented as yet.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded zero domestic transmissions for 55 consecutive days.

Vietnam began denying entry to foreign nationals on March 22 but the government allows foreign experts, skilled workers, investors, and diplomats to enter the country on a case-by-case basis, subject to mandatory quarantine.

Though international commercial flights are now suspended, charter planes to the country have been arranged to bring in experts, skilled workers, and diplomats, and to repatriate Vietnamese citizens stranded in other nations and territories due to the pandemic.

Vietnam currently charges international arrivals for quarantine.

It provided the quarantine service for free in the past.

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One-arm hairdresser follows dream job, raises two kids by herself

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Lê Thị Kim Trâm, who was left with only one arm following an accident four years ago, pursues her passion as a hairdresser. — Photo Việt Dũng

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HCM CITY — Despite missing an arm, Lê Thị Kim Trâm is doing an inspiring feat: making a living as a hairdresser and raising two kids by herself.

Trâm, 41, opened her own barber shop in District 2’s Thảo Điền Ward in 2007, making use of her skills that had been passed down from her family. However, in 2016 while riding her motorbike, she had an accident in which a truck crushed her left arm, leaving her with only one arm.

During her stay at the hospital, she kept thinking about how she could continue her job and thought that she might be able to do everything one-handed.

“When I returned to my job, I was lucky to have a frequent customer who allowed me to practise cutting his hair with my one arm. Before, I had been able to do a person’s hair in around seven minutes, but it took me around 50 minutes, and it didn’t even look that good,” she told Việt Nam News.

Despite her worries about her haircutting skills, the customer spread the word about Trâm, encouraging more people to visit her shop. More and more customers were supportive in helping her return to work. With time, her skills greatly improved, and now she can cut hair just as well as any other abled barbers or hairdressers.

Unfortunately, not every customer was as open-minded and generous; when customers saw her for the first time, some were nervous about letting her cut their hair, while others outright took their leave.

“But customers who are fine with me cutting their hair always return and introduce me to other people. That is a great motivator for me, and I’m really happy about it.”

Trâm’s barber shop is called Nghi Nghiêm, after the names of her two kids.

Nimble skills 

Watching Trâm work is a sight to behold: she uses her pinky and ring finger to lift a customer’s hair up in place of a comb, then uses her three remaining fingers to hold the scissors to cut the hair.

Trâm is also able to use hair trimmers and razors with ease, delicately trimming bits of hair from her customers with great precision, who are now more comfortable with letting Trâm pursue her expertise.

Most spectacularly of all, her skill of removing ear wax (a common service offered by Vietnamese barber shops) even surpasses several barbers with two functional arms.

Ear wax removal is a difficult task that requires a great deal of finesse, and even abled barbers can struggle with removing wax located deep inside customers’ ears. Trâm, on the other hand, can meticulously clean out even the tiniest bits.

Watching her work so effortlessly may make you forget that she had to go through a great deal of practice to hone her skills.

Unsurprisingly, Trâm has had to improvise after her accident: she uses her thighs to clutch certain equipment or to help her roll cotton bits onto wax removal tools or a piece of flexible plastic to flatten the customer’s ear.

Trâm even uses her leg to lean the customer’s chair back for ear wax cleaning, and she has to bend in certain ways to get a better look inside customers’ ears, which she would not have to do if she had two arms.

“At first it was really challenging, but with passion for my job and supportive customers, I am still doing my job to this day,” she said.

Nguyễn Đình Biền, a frequent customer, said that he had always found her skills to be great, and admired her determination. Even when she was practising with one arm, he still preferred her over others.

 

Trâm raises two kids and does everything for her family by herself. — Photo courtesy of Lê Thị Kim Trâm

Overcoming challenges

One year after her accident, her husband told her that he wanted to divorce her.

“I was devastated. I felt like I had just escaped death from my accident, so how could my husband hurt me like that? Still, I decided that it was just fate so I let him go, and began anew, using my one arm to raise my two kids.”

After the divorce, Trâm and her two children moved out and rented a place on another street in the same ward, where she set up her barber shop.

Trâm has been shouldering multiple responsibilities, from earning an income and paying school fees and rent to daily problems like her bike breaking down or her children getting sick.

“Even though I sometimes feel really bad about myself, I try my hardest to keep my cool and deal with my problems so that my kids do not have to worry about me and can focus on their education.”

Her job allows her to raise her two kids, but though she has a frequent customer base, she charges less than other barbers, so her income is not that great.

“Still, I get to do my job and my kids still have their mother, so I am happy,” she said.

Thanks to recent media coverage, more and more people have been inspired by Trâm, who is originally from Nha Trang.

“Some people have told me that they had been involved in an accident and felt really bad about themselves, but they learned from my example and decided to persevere and overcome their challenges, which filled me with joy,” Trâm said with a bright smile.

“I hope that my determination can reach more and more people, so they will love themselves more. Even if your body is disabled, your spirit does not have to be.” —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/820098/one-arm-hairdresser-follows-dream-job-raises-two-kids-by-herself.html

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News — December 5

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— Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient tally remained unchanged at 1,361 with no new local cases confirmed for 24 hours on Friday. 

— A male body without head, arms and legs, alleged to be of a Chinese fisherman, was washed ashore in Phu Hai Commune of Phu Vang District, located in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue on Friday morning.

— The last domesticated elephant in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, Ya Tau, died at the age of 50, the local authorities announced on Friday afternoon.

— The Ministry of Transport ordered the Health Administration of Transport, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and related agencies, to establish a task force to inspect the COVID-19 prevention and control works at the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and report to the ministry before December 10.

— The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City put forward a proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for consideration and to seek the Prime Minister’s approval for organizing firework displays at the head of Thu Thiem Tunnel in District 1, Landmark 81 Building in Binh Thanh District and Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 to celebrate the New Year 2021.

— More than 150 local people in Ia Phang Commune of Chu Puh District, located in Gia Lai Province, have been hospitalized since Friday morning due to diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness after eating sticky rice given away by a charity group from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in collaboration with the district’s Red Cross earlier the same day. 

— Local authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday afternoon fined each of three people drinking beer at a makeshift store on the sidewalk in District 1 VND2 million (US$86.6) for deliberately not wearing a face mask in public places.

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— Vietnam’s ST25 fragrant rice ranked second after Thailand at the 2020 World’s Best Rice Contest in the United States.

— The Vietnam Travel Aviation Co. Ltd, which operates newcomer Vietravel Airlines, is scheduled to receive its first plane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

Education

— The Hanoi Department of Education and Training on Friday issued a document to request local schools to avoid large gatherings and ask students and teachers to wear face masks from home to school for COVID-19 prevention and control.

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Double+ brings innovation of art perception through technology

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Art performance series Double+, held from November 25 to 27, offered an unconventional, multidimensional and innovative perception on creativity.

Double+ lasted three days at the creative space Arcan in Binh Thanh District, HCMC. The event was co-organized by Colina Dreamcatcher, LAV Lab, Fundoo and Arcan.

On the opening day, attendees were introduced to the exhibited artworks and enjoyed performances backed by audio-visual technology. For instance, at the co-host Fundoo’s booth, visitors could get their hands on state-of-the-art AI technology, skillfully utilized to record a personalized video of inner discovery.

Attendees also had the chance to interact with Antonio Rosciano, creative director of Double+, guest artist Crazy Monkey, and Colina Quyen Tran, an organizer representative.

Guests experienced interactive sound technology with artwork.

Guests experience interactive sound technology combined with artwork at Double+ in HCMC.

The second day unfolded with two Art Talk sessions hosted by U.S. photographer Mike Hodges and Vietnamese contemporary artist Uu Dam Tran Nguyen. The following performances were infused with sound effects, lighting and color techniques, along with video mapping technology.

The third day’s highlight was the spectacular performance by sound artist Thierry Bernard-Gotteland from France. Ultimately, all attendees were invited to an After Party with sensational performances from renowned DJs – Wasabae, Ro-TUNE and Elek.

Some artworks on display at the event.

Some artworks on display at the Double+ event in HCMC.

Double+ is an innovative art series aiming to blow a new, mesmerizing wind into the Vietnamese art scene by harmonizing art and technology. With its dynamic and cosmopolitan theme, the event created a long-lasting, signature impression as a much needed burst of energy and positive vibe for the Vietnamese underground.

The event was a common destination for artists, professionals and art-lovers from Vietnam and around the globe to express their individuality, collaborate creatively and connect with each other as a community. Furthermore, people of different artistic backgrounds from all over the world had a shared space to create wonderful works together.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/double-brings-innovation-of-art-perception-through-technology-4199617.html

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