Even days before the giant spectacle, Hamburg's Hafencity is illuminated in a magical dark blue. Light artist Michael Batz has been staging the buildings and bridges of the metropolis on the Elbe for years. His project "Blue Port Hamburg" is intended to prepare residents and tourists alike for one of the biggest events Hamburg has to offer: The Hamburg Cruise Days. This weekend (September 13-15) is the seventh time that the large-scale party of the cruise ship industry will take place. And just like the industry itself, the event is also growing. Twelve ships will be present this weekend — a new record. The absolute highlight of the Cruise Days is the big parade on Saturday evening, during which five cruise ships in succession, together with numerous accompanying ships, will sail past the edge of the harbor under a grandiose firework display. About half a million visitors are expected to attend. And if you can't be in Hamburg, you can watch the ocean giants live on TV. … [Read more...] about Hamburg Cruise Days festival: Is it really necessary?
A young, talented dancer-choreographer who has worked at Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland and won many honours, Vu Ngoc Khai, has decided to return to Vietnam after 13 years in Europe. Khai spoke about his inspiration to bring the soul of contemporary Vietnamese dance to the rest of the world. Artist debuts new work at dance festival Hanoi Dance Fest enchants audience A scene from Nón (Conical Hat), which was praised by audiences at an event on European development in Luxembourg. Photo baodansinh.vn Choreographer Vu Ngoc Khai worked at theatres in Germany including Volkstheater Rostock, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater am Gaernerplatz, Conny Jassen Danst and Danceworks Rotterdam in the Netherlands, as well as Arabesque in Vietnam. He also took part in international projects between Vietnam and Italy and Belgium including Hanoi Stardust and Mishina. In 2006, Khai’s dance Nón (Conical Hat) was praised by 300 audience members including … [Read more...] about Choreographer Vu Ngoc Khai travelled far to come back home
Chances of war between the US and Iran are low, despite the fact that Washington has sent a carrier group to the Persian Gulf, and that Tehran has given European partners 60 days to save the nuclear deal. Sure, tensions between the two countries are mounting, but the naval hardware that was already on its way to the Indian Ocean only to be redirected to the Gulf is not enough for a major operation. At the same time, Iran is sticking to its desire to negotiate. It's likely Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will grant an extension to his 60-day ultimatum. Neither side wants war Taking both sides' interests into account, war seems even less probable. US President Donald Trump has tied himself to a promise of bringing home US troops from the Middle East. It seems he has learned from his predecessors and isn't ready to oversee a new war that has no clear exit without sustaining major losses. That's why he has stuck to a strategy of threats — at times excessive ones … [Read more...] about Opinion: US-Iran escalation a threat, but war unlikely
Infrastructure HCMC’s metro project costs cut by US$146.5 million By Le Anh Thursday, Nov 14, 2019,12:12 (GMT+7) HCMC’s metro project costs cut by US$146.5 millionBy Le Anh Workers at an underground section of the first metro line project in HCMC. The investment required for the project has been reduced by VND3.4 trillion - PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC - HCMC has cut unnecessary costs to lower the investment capital for its first metro line by VND3.4 trillion (US$146.5 million) to VND43.6 trillion. On the sidelines of a conference on traffic safety on November 13, HCMC Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan said the municipal government would submit the plan on investment reduction to the municipal People’s Council so that the council can issue a resolution to allocate the reciprocal capital for the project at its meeting at the end of this year. Hoan stated that the total investment has been greatly reduced, but this will … [Read more...] about HCMC’s metro project costs cut by US$146.5 million
Vu Tien Loc, president of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, present certificates to business associations that have committed to joining the Business Integrity Pledge.-VNS Photo Khanh Duong Small and medium-sized enterprises were vulnerable to corruption, and while the losses to society as a whole were small, they hit those businesses hard, he said. “Five million household businesses makes Vietnam a ‘fertile land’ for petty corruption. However, this could be prevented by strengthening governance and creating conditions for this sector to thrive,” Loc said. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, spending on corruption accounted for up to 50 per cent of Gross Domestic Product worldwide, equivalent to about US$2.6 trillion. The World Bank estimated that $1 trillion was paid each year in bribes, Loc said. “These are huge numbers. Corruption puts a burden … [Read more...] about VCCI and UNDP promote business integrity in Vietnam
Rural women and their daily life, small houses, gardens and canals are depicted in an oil painting exhibition at Apricot Gallery in HCM City. Photo courtesy of Apricot Gallery HCM CITY — The Giao Mùa (Transitional Season) exhibition at Apricot Gallery in HCM City features colourful images of flowers, houses and canals in rural areas. Rural women in sunlit scenes of daily life are depicted in 25 works by artists Nguyễn Văn Đức, Lê Trần Hậu Anh and Nguyễn Nhật Dũng. Đức’s vivid works share his love and passion for life, while the paintings of Anh and Dũng create a door to rural life by using neutral colours and images of plants and water. "Paintings by artists at Giao Mùa are like photographs portraying life and people. After a hard day’s work, I feel relaxed looking at their art," said Trần … [Read more...] about Oil paintings of rural scenes at Apricot Gallery