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World Cup winning coach Raul to lead Việt Nam’s futsal




World Cup champion manager Diego Raul Giustozzi will take charge of the Việt Nam national futsal team. Photo

HÀ NỘI — World Cup champion coach Diego Raul Giustozzi will take charge of the Việt Nam national futsal team and is expected to lift the team up at the coming AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022 in Kuwait.

Việt Nam’s first time competing in the World Cup was in 2016 in Colombia where they finished in the quarter-finals.

At the same tournament Giustozzi, 44, guided Argentina to the top podium for the first time, beating Russia 5-4 in the final.

Earlier, the former Argentinian national player competed in Spain for many years before moving to be a coach in 2013.

He also led Argentina to take a silver at the South American Games in 2014 and the third Continental Cup in same year.

At club level, Giustozzi managed Spanish ElPozo Murcia FC since 2018 and grabbed second place of the Futsal UEFA Champions League 2019-20.

The Argentine manager whose contract’s details are not revealed, on August 1 called up 23 players for the first training camp in HCM City.

Most are veteran players with experience in various international tournaments in recent years such as goalkeeper Hồ Văn Ý, fixo Trần Văn Vũ, ala Lê Quốc Nam, and pivo Nguyễn Minh Trí.

Young faces such as Nguyễn Văn Hiếu and Châu Đoàn Phát and fixo Nhan Gia Hưng are also called up this time.

After five weeks of training, they will leave for Thailand for an invitational tournament on September 8-19 where they will play Iran, Morocco, Finland, Angola and the hosts.

They will compete in the Kuwait competition from September 25-October 20.

Việt Nam are in the same group as South Korea, Saudi Arabia and defending champions Japan.

Giustozzi is expected to help Việt Nam gain a good result and qualify for the Futsal World Cup 2024. VNS


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Vietnam’s special laparoscopic surgery technique draws foreign patient



Editor’s note: In late November, an Australian patient sought laparoscopic surgery in Vietnam for a common bile duct cyst. 

The procedure was conducted by Assoc. Professor Tran Ngoc Son, deputy director of Saint Paul General Hospital in Hanoi, who is among the few doctors specializing in single-hole laparoscopic surgery for choledochal cysts in pediatric patients in Vietnam.

Since 2011, Son has been a trailblazer as the first to perform single-hole laparoscopic surgery for common bile duct cysts in the country. 

Over the years, he has successfully conducted over 300 surgeries using this technique, significantly alleviating pain and facilitating faster recovery for pediatric patients compared to conventional surgical methods.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters recently interviewed Son to learn more about the technique.

Could you provide insights into the recent common bile duct cyst surgery conducted at the hospital for a foreign pediatric patient?

In late November, the family of an Australian patient revealed that their child had been unwell since October while residing in Indonesia. 

There, they were informed by a doctor that open surgery could be conducted to remove their daughter’s common bile duct cyst.

Seeking alternative treatments, they discovered the single-hole laparoscopic surgery method for choledochal cysts. 

Fortunately, a doctor in Bali, Indonesia, who had attended an international scientific conference, was familiar with this technique and provided the family with my contact information. 

While initially exploring other options in hospitals in Australia and France, after more than a month, they decided to come to Vietnam for treatment.

The patient underwent a successful surgery using the single-hole laparoscopic method, with only a small scar left next to the navel, ensuring the baby’s esthetic appearance. Remarkably, just three days after the operation, the patient was already playing and showed rapid recovery.

How does this surgical technique offer advantages compared to other methods?

Traditionally, open surgery techniques were prevalent for common bile duct cysts, and many countries still employ this method. 

However, in nations like Japan, the United States, Thailand, and Indonesia, single-hole laparoscopic surgery has become a standard for treating inguinal hernias in children.

In Vietnam, laparoscopic surgery is utilized to minimize trauma and ensure esthetic outcomes. 

Although conventional laparoscopic surgery reduces trauma compared to open procedures, it typically involves making four incisions to place access ports for endoscopic instruments, potentially leaving three to four scars on the abdominal wall. 

In contrast, the single-hole laparoscopic technique involves only one incision through the navel, with surgical instruments inserted and manipulated through this single small incision.

This method offers distinct esthetic advantages, as the patient will have no visible surgical scars since the navel serves as a natural scar that conceals the incision. 

Additionally, recovery time is faster and the success rate of such surgeries is notably high.

Assoc. Professor Tran Ngoc Son, deputy director of Saint Paul General Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Assoc. Professor Tran Ngoc Son, deputy director of Saint Paul General Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

When did you first adopt this surgical technique? And why do you opt for a seemingly more challenging method compared to other techniques?

I first encountered the single-hole laparoscopic surgery technique through the navel announced by a doctor at an international scientific conference in Beijing, China in 2011. 

Recognizing its numerous advantages, I believed it could be successfully implemented in Vietnam.

One notable feature of this technique is its compatibility with standard laparoscopic surgical instruments, eliminating the need for specialized tools.

Upon learning about it in 2011, I introduced this technique to pediatric patients. 

Initially, the surgery duration was extended compared to conventional techniques, which typically take three to four hours for choledochal cyst surgery. 

In my initial single-hole laparoscopic surgeries, the duration was five to six hours. 

However, after approximately 10 surgeries, the duration gradually reduced, eventually matching that of other conventional techniques.

Despite its initial complexity, the technique offers various advantages, particularly in ensuring esthetics for patients, minimizing pain and facilitating faster recovery. 

Motivated by the desire to provide the most effective treatment, I expanded the application of this technique to various surgeries, including inguinal hernia surgery, ovarian cystectomy, appendectomy, lymphatic cyst procedures, and other digestive defects.

Considering the higher incidence of congenital choledochal cysts in Vietnam and some other Southeast Asian countries compared to the global average, the application of this technique holds the potential to benefit a larger number of pediatric patients in the region.

Can this technique be transferred to lower-level hospitals, enhancing their capacity to treat patients?

This technique demands advanced technology and intricate surgical skills. 

Unlike the conventional practice of making four incisions for laparoscopic instruments, this technique involves only one hole, making it more challenging. 

The surgeon must possess advanced technical expertise to execute this method successfully.

An advantage of this approach is that it does not necessitate specialized laparoscopic surgical instruments or utilize other surgical tools.

Consequently, with a genuine commitment to study and enhance surgical techniques, doctors can feasibly explore and refine their proficiency in performing these surgeries.

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Love can form a cultural bridge



Illustration by Trịnh Lập

by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà

The wedding season has started, and over the past few days a wedding in Can Lộc District, Hà Tĩnh Province, of a mixed couple caught the attention of millions of viewers online.

In the clip posted by the bride, TikToker Seung Thảo, you can see a Korean mother in her 50s wearing a Vietnamese áo dài dancing with her two children and her in-laws.

The Korean mother-in-law reportedly said that in South Korea weddings today last for about two hours, but here in her in-laws’ village, her son’s wedding lasted for two days and two nights. Everyone was overjoyed, friendly and excited.

Mixed marriages have become very common in today’s globalised world. Once in a while, you read about Vietnamese women trapped in marriage with Chinese or Korean men, living in a remote place where there is nothing relevant to their Vietnamese identity such as food, community or culture.

Sometimes they are badly treated by their husbands or in-laws. Every year, women kidnapped into marriages in China escape their miseries to tread jungles and long roads to find a way back home in Việt Nam.

When bad news happens, you would hear about it more often. But this wedding received the many blessings of everyone who got to see it. The couple met at work in Việt Nam and chose to wear the Vietnamese áo dài to be closer to her Vietnamese in-laws.

Thảo, the bride, posted on her social media and said she was glad her mother-in-law wasn’t trying to hold back her feelings and got along well with her parents.

Ancient prejudices about conflicts between mother and daughter-in-law are less prevalent in modern weddings, where mothers can be younger, independent and ready to help out when they can.

Thảo said her mother-in-law always wanted to visit Việt Nam because she knew the beautiful scenery and friendly people. She is also fond of some classic Vietnamese foods, such as roasted pork and pickled mustard greens.

Today, Korean food culture has also taken root in Việt Nam, where you can find kimchi in a neighbourhood wet market. They are just as popular as the pickled mustard greens, cabbages, or aubergine that are so loved by the Vietnamese.

For the wedding, she tried several áo dài, which she thought were very graceful.

“People think the mother-in-law will always care for her son, and want her daughter-in-law to do so,” Thảo said. “But my mother-in-law is different. She wants her son to share difficulties with me and usually sides with me if we had a fight, which made me feel very lucky.”

Thảo said that her father-in-law couldn’t come to their wedding in Hà Tĩnh due to health issues, but he already said he’d make up for it at their wedding in South Korea in 2024. 

A Vietnamese saying goes, “Có con mà gả chồng gần, có bát canh cần nó cũng mang cho,” literally translated as “When you have a daughter, marry her to someone living nearby as when she cooks a vegetable soup, she would bring you a bowl!”

Thirty or twenty years ago, during the opening up of the country, mixed marriages were usually between international men who came to Việt Nam as businessmen or travellers, and the women followed them abroad. Today, more young Vietnamese women get to travel the world, meet their men, and then bring them home to get married. 

Well, Thảo’s parents may not just want a bowl of soup from her every day, but be happy to see their child happy and making a home in a distant land. But the couple can always visit or even move to work in Việt Nam for a few years as more South Korean companies have established factories here close to their home. 

Thảo said after she finishes her studies in South Korea, the couple would like to start their careers in Việt Nam, where her mother-in-law can always visit and have a good time whenever she likes.  VNS


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Tourism beach hub ranked among most searched destinations by Indian travellers



Tourism beach hub ranked among most searched destinations by Indian travellers

Artists perform at a beach festival in Đà Nẵng City. The central city was ranked among the most searched destinations by Indian tourists on the travel website Skyscanner. VNS Photo Công Thành

ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city of Đà Nẵng was ranked one of the most searched destinations by Indian tourists in terms of food, weather, shopping and historical site visits on the travel website Skyscanner – with a 1,141 per cent increase, the city’s tourism promotion centre said.

It said 71 per cent of search hits by Indian tourists focused on food, while 65 per cent queried weather in the beach hub in central Việt Nam.

The centre also said Đà Nẵng joined the top 10 search destinations on Skyscanner, a list including Krabi (Thailand), Mahe (Seychelles), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Osaka (Japan).

About 38 per cent of searches targeted the opportunity of tasting local cuisine in Đà Nẵng when visiting the coastal destination in 2024.

Đà Nẵng has more than 100 restaurants serving from 100 to 300 guests at a given time, and 30 Indian food restaurants.

Fishermen draw in fishing nets with the morning catch on the beach of Đà Nẵng City.  Pristine beaches and weather are two popular searches by Indian travellers. Photo courtesy of Đặng Ngọc Hà 

The city’s tourism department earlier hosted a promotion programme in New Delhi and Gurugram, India, and called on Air India, Vistara and IndiGo to launch more air routes between Đà Nẵng and India.

The department said 95,000 visitors from India had visited the city, accounting 50 per cent of total Indian tourists visiting Việt Nam in nine months of 2023.

Five-star Furama resort Đà Nẵng had already prepared for hosting MICE and weddings for Indian tourists, while low-cost carrier Vietjet Air resumed seven new international routes from Đà Nẵng to the five largest cities in India – New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bangalore – in early 2022.

Indian travel companies including One Above, In Time, Tourister Vinnaayak Holidays, Kesari Travels, Jain&Jain, While Board and Plutus Voyage, also paid attention to favoured locations on the beach in Đà Nẵng.

Basheer Adul Rahim, director of One Above from India, expects that the number of Indian tourists to Đà Nẵng would reach 3 million in the next two years, with new direct air routes launched between Đà Nẵng and New Delhi.

The complex of Furama resort Đà Nẵng-Ariyana was awarded with World luxury Awards 2023 in categories of the Best Luxury Beach resort in ASEAN, while Don Cipriani’s restaurant was awarded as the Best Luxury Heritage restaurant in Asia.

A view of beach-front Ariyana International Convention Centre, the Best Convention Centre in Việt Nam, is a favourite site for hosting MICE and Wedding service tours from India. Photo courtesy of Furama Đà Nẵng Resort

Furama’s International Convention Centre –host of the APEC 2017 – won as the Best Convention Centre in Việt Nam, and V-Sense Wellness & Spa in the resort took the Best Theme Spa design in Asia.

Đà Nẵng hosted 5.6 million tourists, of which 1.6 million were international arrivals, in three quarters of 2023. VNS


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