Scientists rarely discover mammals anymore – especially not ones as eccentric as noseless monkeys that sneeze every time it rains. But the critically endangered snub-nosed monkeys of Kachin State, discovered in 2010, were one of 211 new species found between 2009 and 2014 in the widely diverse slice of land hugging the eastern Himalayas, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.


Vietnam will cut visa fees for several types of international passport holders and overseas Vietnamese next month, in its latest effort to boost foreign arrivals. Starting November 23, the single-entry visa will cost US$25 instead of the current $45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas with validity of less than three months will drop from $95 to $50, according to a circular by the Ministry of Finance. “The visa fee adjustments are intended to boost tourism,” an official from the ministry’s tax policy department told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday. “We have referred to the visa fees in other regional countries to decide on the new rates for Vietnam.”


With only three elderly blacksmiths left in Paro’s Woochu village, which is known for its fine products, it is feared that the village’s craft is on the verge of being history. Today, no one is willing to take blacksmithery as a profession, not even the family members. Having caught up with age, lack of manpower is a major hindrance to the three blacksmiths. Despite paying Nu 600 to 700 a day, they said it is difficult to get helping hands. Chencho Sithup, 72, said he could no longer work like he used to and takes only few orders to work. “This is the only source of income besides working on the paddy fields,” he said. For him, the craft is not something that he inherited like the other two blacksmiths. “I took it up out of interest after settling down in Woochu,” he said. “Back then it was a good source of income but not anymore.”


Rotary North Melbourne invites you to a dinner dance in support of Lifestart Foundation. The event, featuring a four course meal, including wine, beer and spirits, will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7pm in White Rose Receptions, Thornbury, Victoria. Funds from the dinner dance will support Lifestart Foundation’s charity work in Hoi An, Vietnam, providing education scholarships, free rehabilitation for disabled children and adults, vocational training, outreach projects to homeless disabled adults and building houses for the poor.

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