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Vietnamese lensmen win UK contest prizes with appetizing entries

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Two photographs taken in Hoi An and Ha Giang have won first prizes in different categories at the U.K.’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards.

Tran Viet Van won first prize in the contest’s Street Food category with a shot of four young girls enjoying che (sweet soup) on a street in Hoi An, a UNESCO heritage site and top tourist destination in Vietnam.

Girls eat che (sweet soup) on a street in Hoi An ancient town. Photo by Viet Van Tran.

Girls enjoy che (sweet soup) in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo by Viet Van Tran.

Street vendors selling sweet soup is a common sight in the ancient, well preserved town, especially in the streets of Hoang Dieu, Bach Dang, Phan Cu Trinh, and Nguyen Chi Thanh.

Photographer Nguyen Huu Thong bagged first prize in the “Food on the Table” category with a shot titled “Flea Market Breakfast” taken at a rural market in the northern highlands province of Ha Giang.

Nguyen Huu Thongs photo captures a breakfast scene at a rural market in Ha Giang Province.

Nguyen Huu Thong’s photo captures a breakfast scene at a rural market in Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam.

“2021 marks a very special year for Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year. On the competition’s tenth anniversary, it is wonderful that a record number of entries were received,” said Phil Turnbull, CEO of Apple and Pear Australia Limited, owner of Pink Lady, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011.

“Almost 10,500 entries were submitted from over 70 countries and territories around the world. As the reach of the competition grows further, it continues to be a truly global inspiration and celebration of the art of food photography.”

In a first for the competition, the work of finalists in the 2021 contest will be exhibited at the Royal Photographic Society’s gallery in Bristol from November 20 to December 12.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/food/vietnamese-lensmen-win-uk-contest-prizes-with-appetizing-entries-4270440.html

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Russia waives quarantine requirement for Vietnam visitors

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Russia waives quarantine requirement for Vietnam visitors

A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves stands in front of a flight information board at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2020. Photo by Reuters.


The Russian government has listed Vietnam among 48 countries and territories visitors from where are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

They must furnish a negative PCR test for Covid no older than 72 hours before arrival.

They are required to wear a mask in public, including on public transport and in malls.

Other Asian countries in this list include Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

Russia has reported over six million infections and 152,296 deaths.

The highly transmissible Delta variant has become the most prevalent in many countries including Vietnam, where most new cases are linked to it.

Several other countries have been banning and imposing stricter quarantine measures for travelers from Vietnam.

In three months into its fourth wave, the most challenging so far, Vietnam has recorded 83,191 cases.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/russia-waives-quarantine-requirement-for-vietnam-visitors-4329717.html

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Authorities clamour for travel passes

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While a special travel pass and financial bailouts are expected to help airlines in Vietnam come back from the brink, questions over their feasibility remain.

Groups like national carrier Vietnam Airlines are in dire need of supporting policies, Photo: Le Toan
Groups like national carrier Vietnam Airlines are in dire need of supporting policies. Photo: Le Toan

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines last week announced that it would restart international flights to several destinations in Asia and the European Union from July to October to meet the demand among passengers, especially labourers, overseas students, and expatriates.

The move was made following a trial run of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass mobile application on flights from Narita Airport in Japan to the central city of Danang. The app was being made available for use on flights on July 15 and July 23. Vietnam Airlines hopes that the success of the trial will be the foundation for the government to consider wider recognition, thus enabling airlines to resume more cross-border flights.

Like Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet also announced a similar pilot.

However, industry insiders still wonder whether the pass can truly help Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet achieve their goal to shelter from the financial storm.

The northeastern province of Quang Ninh has been piloting a quarantine of seven days for entrants, who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, since July 1.

Previously, international business associations like the Korea Chamber of Business in Vietnam had called for loosened requirements for expats – but now, with the pandemic situation worse than ever in the country, more tightened restrictions are being applied in affected areas, especially Ho Chi Minh City.

Experts said that the IATA Travel Pass is a solution that could take time for airlines to utilise correctly because it depends on the readiness of other countries. But Vietnam is on the right track in preparing for this.

In addition, the airlines’ financial situations are getting worse. According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam Airlines was estimated to have lost VND10 trillion ($435 million) in the first half of 2021 and is at risk of bankruptcy. Moreover, it would appear that total new loans to date have been less than $100 million at a time when quarterly losses are running at double that amount.

Experts said that the progress of financial support has also been slow. Part of the government’s rescue plan that has been approved is the purchase of about VND8 trillion ($348 million) of new equity by State Capital Investment Corporation. However, the latest expectation is that this will not be implemented until the last quarter.

Vietjet and Bamboo Airways are in a similar situation. While the Vietnam Aviation Business Association has proposed a similar refinancing package for them, no signal of approval is on the horizon.

“Airlines need more supporting policies to survive these challenging times, as COVID-19 continues to rage more seriously. Countries have big bailouts to support liquidity and solvency in low-interest loans to help cover the labour costs and pay short-term debts,” Nguyen Tien Lap from law firm NHQuang&Associates told VIR. “And it is not only airlines – other air carriers are also in need of more support.”

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps travellers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests and in future vaccinations. At present, the pass is being trialled by many airlines worldwide, such as those in Singapore, Panama, and Estonia. Meanwhile, over 30 air carriers announced trial runs, including Qatar Airways, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and more.

Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of Airports, Passengers, Cargo, and Security, said, “We look forward to working with Vietjet to trial the IATA Travel Pass and demonstrate that digital health apps can securely, conveniently, and efficiently help manage passenger travel health credentials. This is a positive step forward towards restarting international aviation.”

Source: VIR

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/authorities-clamour-for-travel-passes-759023.html

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Unique gates in Sin Suoi Ho – village of Mong ethnic people

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Sin Suoi Ho is a village of the Mong ethnic group in Lai Chau province. Not only known as a village free of alcohol drinking, smoking, or gambling, it is also renowned for special hand-made gates that can be found nowhere else.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-gates-in-sin-suoi-ho-village-of-mong-ethnic-people/205170.vnp

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