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New foundation sets sights on vision issues in Vietnam

Attendees pose for a group photo at the launch event of MEGAHUT flagship store and Ashley Ngo Foundation – PHOTO: COURTESY OF AR GROUP

HCMC – A lavish store opening in HCMC’s District 1 could also mean the start of a boost for those with vision issues around Vietnam.

The opening of the MEGAHUT flagship store in District 1 was opulent and brought a who’s who of the city’s top influencers in fashion and entertainment, enjoying flutes of champagne and serenaded by a string duo surrounded by luxury eyewear from Dior, Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Chloé, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

But the launch of the Ashley Ngo Foundation – Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fund could also be a game-changer for needy Vietnamese suffering from vision issues, as well as aspiring optometrists who can make use of financial assistance with their studies.

“The establishment of the Ashley Ngo Foundation will help AR Group – Anh Rang Group to better access and care for the vision health of the community,” Ngo said on the sidelines of the event. “This is what I wish, I always want to contribute and offer the best values and sincere care for my country and the people of Vietnam.

“Vision care is very important for everyone. Vietnam is a developing country… We need to standardize (vision care here). We put a lot of money into helping people, especially young kids and the elderly who can’t afford spectacles. So then they can have good vision and correction.”

Ngo, the chairwoman of AR Group, is a leading expert trained in optometry in the U.S., who returned to Vietnam to build and develop the eyewear industry professionally.

Her efforts in the past have contributed greatly to charity programs, including the commitment to accompany the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund to take care of vision for students over a 10-year period.

Each year, AR Group and Ngo have been taking care of eyesight for 500 needy primary and secondary school students. She also helps to support an eye surgery program for children with disabilities, with a commitment to give US$1 from the sale of each eyewear product as contributions.

The newly founded Ashley Ngo Foundation’s upcoming six-month plan is to examine and fund eyeglasses for about 120 students from 12 schools, high schools, and universities and award scholarships to a number of optometry industry students in HCMC, Hanoi, Danang, Nha Trang and elsewhere. This help can offset costs for budding opticians, as well as using AR Group facilities to understand what standards are like in places like the U.S.

The website for the foundation is still under development, but interested parties can check out the AR Group website and Facebook page, or visit the new MEGAHUT flagship store at 125bis Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, and talk with staff in person.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/77370/new-foundation-sets-sights-on-vision-issues-in-vietnam.html

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Water wheels the highlights of mountain fields

Water wheels always appear in the dry season along streams in the northwestern region. The simple bamboo water wheel is associated with the traditional farming methods of ethnic minority groups in mountainous areas.

Water wheels are installed by hand by rivers and streams, where the water stream is lower than the field surface. The whole wheel is made of bamboo, tied with some stones to add weight for the wheel to turn around, taking water through the pipes to pour into the higher fields.

Giant water wheels in Bo Village, Tam Đường District, Lai Châu Province. — VNA/ Photo Nguyễn Công Hải

The water wheels are the highlights of terrace fields, which attract tourists as well.

The wheels save lots of human effort in watering the fields.

The main material for building a water wheel is bamboo. — VNA/ Photo Phan Tuấn Anh 

The Tày and Thái ethnic minority groups cannot remember when the water wheels were first used. They only know the wheels have been with them for generations.

The water wheels are familiar to people of all ages in the Tày and Thái communities.

A water wheel is a common image for children in mountainous regions and the pride of locals as well. — VNA/ Photo Phan Tuấn Anh

People wash their clothes and bathe by the water wheels.

To give stability and steadiness to water wheels, locals use stones got from the streams to tie up in the wheel.

The bamboo water wheel runs as an automatic water pump for local fields. — VNA/ Photo Nguyễn Công Hải

Thanks to media reports, the water wheels have become known throughout the country as a special feature of the northwestern region.

Many localities have added water wheels to tourist destinations.

The water wheels attract both domestic and foreign tourists to the localities where visitors can experience local delicacies like baked fish from streams, sticky riced raised in mountainous fields and salad made from moss on the rocks. —

When reaching a certain height, water from pipes will fall into pipes leading to the field. — VNA/ Photo Phan Tuấn Anh

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/749459/water-wheels-the-highlights-of-mountain-fields.html

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Saigon house features rooftop ‘park’

A couple in Saigon has equipped their home with a massive green garden to offer some respite from the urban grind.

The 110-meter-square house in Saigons District 12 is a gift of a couple for their brothers family, also a place for their weekend relaxation. Hoping to have more trees and natural light without hurting their privacy, they decided to construct a massive garden on the roof.

The 110-meter-square house in Saigon’s District 12 is a gift of a couple for their brother’s family. Hoping to have more trees and natural light without compromising on privacy, they decided to construct a massive garden on the roof.

The garden, 150 meter square, is filled with fruit trees, vegetables and other plants with an automatic watering system, so home owner do not have to spend a lot of time taking care of their greenery.

The garden, 150-meter-square, is filled with fruit trees, vegetables and other plants with an automatic watering system.

The rooftop garden is also a place for home owner to work out, meet up and spend qualituy time together. It also helps reduce the heat from sunlight, giving the inside a cooler atmosphere.

The rooftop garden is also a place for home ownes to work out, meet up and spend time together. It also helps reduce the heat from sunlight, giving the inside a cooler atmosphere.

Plants are also featured inside, erasing the boundary with the outside. Stairs are also changed on each floor to create modernity. avoiding the tradional design, which use the stars as a main axis.

Plants are also featured inside, erasing the boundary with the outside. Stairs change over different floors, breaking the traditional cycle of having them as central axis.

Another stair lies next to a small garden.

Another staircase beside a small garden.

Large windows allow natural light and wind to enter the house.

Large windows allow natural light and wind to enter the house, always wrapped in a stress-relieving, greenish hue.

Section of the house.

Cross section of the house.

The terrace floor plan.

Terrace floor plan.

Photos by Quang Tran

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/style/saigon-house-features-rooftop-park-4128597.html

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French Oscars usher in reforms in response to sexism row

French-Polish director Roman Polanski is wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. — AFP/VNA Photo

PARIS — The French equivalent of the Oscars announced changes to ensure gender equality on Thursday, five months after its entire board resigned amid accusations of sexism and calls for far-reaching-reform.

More than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities had accused the Cesar Academy of being out of touch, with the body already under fire after Roman Polanski topped the list of nominations for this year’s awards, leading to the board’s resignation.

Two weeks later, the glitzy award ceremony on February 28 turned into a fiasco when Polanski – who is wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 – won best director and best adapted screenplay, prompting French actress Adele Haenel to walk out shouting “Shame!”

“Distinguishing Polanski is spitting in the face of all victims,” Haenel had said in the run-up to the Cesars.

“It means raping women isn’t that bad.”

The Cesar Academy said that from now on there would be gender parity in all its decision-making chambers, including the presidency where a woman and man would share the role.

The Academy also announced that all 4,313 members who vote for the awards could be candidates to the General Assembly and would be able to choose their representatives in elections scheduled for September.

The institution’s new organisation is a response to the criticism by offering “more diversity, more gender equality and more democracy,” interim president Margaret Menegoz said.

In the open letter which prompted the board’s resignation, over 200 stars from the French film industry denounced the “dysfunction” at the academy, the “opaqueness” in its accounts and the lack of change to its founding statutes.

And on the eve of the dramatic awards night, 30 cinema figures from minority backgrounds lashed the lip service they claimed the French industry plays to inclusion, saying black, North African and Asian-origin performers are mostly confined to stereotypical parts.

Over the years the Cesar awards have been dogged by accusations of elitism, often snubbing films that have been popular among French audiences in favour of more supposedly high-brow offerings. — AFP

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/749433/french-oscars-usher-in-reforms-in-response-to-sexism-row.html

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