Special plays mark the 65th anniversary of VN theatreVietNamNet Bridge – The latest and most outstanding plays of the Viet Nam National Drama Theatre are being staged locally to celebrate its 65th anniversary. The Viet Nam National Drama Theatre performed the world masterpiece Romeo & Juliet in October this year. Since its establishment in 1952, Viet Nam National Drama Theatre has released hundreds of plays, many of which won gold and silver medals in domestic and international competitions and festivals and became classical works of Vietnamese drama. The theatre is also home to leading artists in Vietnamese drama, including The Lu, Song Kim, Truc Quynh, Tran Tien and Pham Bang. The special plays will be staged at Viet Nam National Drama Theatre until next Friday.
December 15, 2017 07:18 UTC
France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in twoA train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, leaving at least four children dead and many other people injured. A witness who was on the train told local news website l'Indépendant that "it was a very violent crash - it seemed as if the train would derail". Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie regional council, said the level crossing appeared to be in very good condition and had been upgraded recently. But the grandmother of an injured 11-year-old girl who had been on the bus told a very different story. In a tweet, French President Emmanuel Macron offered his condolences: "All my thoughts for the victims of this terrible accident involving a school bus, as well as their families.
December 15, 2017 07:18 UTC
Aussies lift VN vocational skillsThe Australian Government, through its Aus4Vietnam investment – Aus4Skills, on December 14 launched the pilot Logistics Industry Reference Council to promote industry linkages with vocational education and training in partnership with its Vietnamese counterpart. Karen Lanyon, the Australian consul general in HCM City, speaks at the opening of the pilot Logistics Industry Reference Council in HCM City on December 14. The council aims to draw on the example of Australia’s vocational education and training system and adapt it to Viet Nam’s context with stronger engagement with the business community. Only 22 schools out of a total of more than 1,000 universities, vocational schools and logistics training establishments offer logistics training, and they produce 1,500-2,000 graduates a year, he said. Therefore, the Aus4Skills project -- which will run until 2020 -- is very important for developing skilled human resources for the logistics sector, he said.
December 15, 2017 06:56 UTC
Sanna Khanh Hoa advance to Toyota Cup semisVietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s Sanna Khanh Hoa go through to the semi-final of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017. Youssouf Toure of Sanna Khanh Hoa (centre) scores a double in his team’s 5-1 win over Boeung Ket Angkor on Wednesday. However, it was Sanna Khanh Hoa who got off to a blistering start to win 5-1 at the National Olympic Stadium. Sanna Khanh Hoa capitalised on their advantage. Sanna Khanh Hoa will now have just three days of rest before taking on Lao Toyota in Sunday’s semifinal at the New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
Peruvian prosecuted for robberyVietNamNet Bridge – HCM City People’s Procuracy on Wednesday said it had asked the court to prosecute a Peruvian national for robbery, with assets worth nearly VND6 billion (US$266,000), e-newspaper zing.vn reported. An ATM booth in HCM City. From October 2014 to December 2015, Correa and his two accomplices, all Peruvians, conducted four robberies in HCM City, Khanh Hoa and Dong Nai provinces, mostly at ATMs. On October 15, 2014, Correa and his gang broke into Maximark supermarket in Tan Binh District, HCM City. On February 25, 2015, the group broke an ATM of Agribank Bac Sai Gon Branch in District 12, stealing nearly VND1 billion.
FDI: many figures, few explanationsVietNamNet Bridge - By October 20, implemented foreign direct investment (FDI) had reached $14.2 billion and foreign portfolio investment (FPI) $4.7 billion, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). According to SBV, the disbursed FDI capital is estimated at $5.9 billion. Foreign investors (both FDI and FPI) have disbursed $18.9 billion so far this year and commercial banks now hold $13 billion of the disbursed money. Second, under the current calculation method applied by GSO, FDI capital comprises capital contributed by Vietnamese parties in joint ventures with foreign partners. FIA, the licensing body, releases monthly reports on FDI capital attraction, including newly registered and additionally invested capital, and on the capital foreign investors use to buy a stake in Vietnamese enterprises.
Binh Dinh fishermen want compensation for damaged shipsVietNamNet Bridge – Fishermen in the south central coastal province of Binh Dinh have asked two companies to pay compensation for damage to their new steel ships. In June this year, the two shipbuilders were found to be violating shipbuilding contracts, delivering dozens of substandard steel fishing ships to the fishermen. “If negotiations fail, the department will instruct fishermen to sue the shipbuilding companies on the basis of the signed contract. The Binh Dinh Lawyer Association is also ready to support and protect the interests of the fishermen for free," Ho said. According to the fishermen, the compensation includes the costs of repair, hiring of labourers, towing vessels, damaged seafood, profits lost and principal and interest payments to banks.
Travellers at the national border marker No.0. Many travellers prefer the old path instead of the newly-opened one to enjoy the jungle landscape on the way to reach the border marker No.0. The path to the border marker No. A new road was opened to make it easier for those who visit the border marker. An acer rubrum tree on the path to the border marker
December 15, 2017 04:52 UTC
Vietnam, RoK step up tourism tiesThe Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on December 14 held a tourism-culture festival, aiming to promote cooperation between the two countries in this sector. A performance at a gala dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties on December 14Addressing the event, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien expressed his belief that apart from enhancing bilateral cultural and tourism ties, the festival will boost the strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and the RoK. At the opening ceremony, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism introduced famous landscapes in Vietnam and major tourism events to be held in the country next year. On December 13, Thien met with RoK Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan in Seoul. Vietnam urged the RoK to hold more training courses on the Korean tourism market and Korean language for Vietnamese tour guides.
December 15, 2017 04:41 UTC
Vietnam steel industry decries new US dutiesThe Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) will coordinate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to protect the legitimate rights and interests of local steelmakers who were recently accused of tax evasion by the US Department of Commerce (DOC). In 2016, US steelmakers succeeded in persuading the DOC to impose anti-dumping (AD) and countervail (CV) duties on Chinese steel, which meant cold-rolled steel from China would be subject to 265.79 percent AD and 256.44 percent CV duties when exported to the US. Likewise, shipments of cold-rolled steel from Vietnam to the US climbed from 9 million USD to 215 million USD after the duties were imposed. The case was initiated in September when US steel producers, including ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor Corp, AK Steel Holdings Corp and Steel Corp, filed lawsuits in which they claimed Chinese steel producers shipped products via Việt Nam to evade tariffs. In November, the European Union’s anti-fraud office said it found Chinese steel was shipped through Vietnam to evade the bloc’s tariffs.-VNA
E5 RON92 bio-fuel officially sold nationwideThe Vietnam National Petroleum Corporation (Petrolimex) and PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOil) on December 15 officially supplied E5 RON92 bio-fuel for sale nationwide to replace RON 92 petrol, 15 days before a Government deadline. According to a statement released by the Government, the ban of RON 92 grade is in line with the Government’s effort to boost consumption of environmentally friendly E5. The decision is expected to facilitate petrol dealers in the trading of E5 bio-fuel, as consumers will no longer have access to RON 92 petrol. Previously, many plans on the wide use of E5 bio-fuel were set but missed their deadline. In the latest move, the MoIT said on its online portal that it “may completely replace all RON 92 with E5 by mid-2017”.
Experts seek to enhance water security in Mekong DeltaExperts gathered at a workshop in Hanoi on December 14 to seek measures to enhance water resources security amid climate change and energy development in the Mekong Delta region. So, in the “the country of rivers and water,” when surface water became unfit for consumption, Mekong Delta residents have been forced to dig deep for groundwater. Thien highlighted the irony of this situation by referring to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous quote: “Water, water everywhere, nor a drop to drink.”The irony gets deeper in the Mekong Delta. International experts have for long pointed out the close interconnectivity between water, food and energy security. As the nation’s hydropower potentials are exhausted, the Government is envisioning 14 coal power plants to be built in the Mekong Delta region by 2030, with the majority of coal being imported.
Vietnam meet Thailand in M-150 CupCoach Park Hang-seo of Vietnam and Zoran Jankovic of Thailand said winning a friendly tournament is not important but they want to win the third-place match on December 15 in Buriram. Vietnamese players practise for the M-150 Cup in Thailand. He said Thailand have always been a big team in the region who are difficult to beat but Vietnam were ready. The Serbian said like Vietnam, Thailand focused on the continental tournament next year. Maikami said Vietnam was a potential rival but Thailand has defeated them in the past.
December 15, 2017 04:18 UTC
Construction rules to be cutThe Ministry of Construction is preparing to propose huge changes in construction regulations in order to improve the climate for construction and real estate business. The Ministry of Construction is planning to significantly simplify construction regulations. Hanh said that all the changes would aim to create favourable conditions for construction and real estate businesses. According to Nguyen Quoc Hiep, Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Construction Contractors, the draft amendments must be given careful consideration because regulations in the construction sector were causing problems for firms. “Simplifying administrative procedures in construction and real estate sector is really urgent,” he noted.-VNA
December 15, 2017 04:18 UTC
New illustrations impart fresh look to VN classicsIllustrations by famous contemporary painters have given a totally different look to two classics in Vietnamese literature. The new paintings were put on display and later auctioned in Hanoi for a total of 410 million VND (20,000 USD). “With illustrations created by contemporary artists, we want to bring the works closer to modern readers,” he said. Works were chosen from 15 artists nationwide, capturing the diversity of Vietnamese contemporary fine arts. Veteran artists like Phan Cam Thuong, Ha Tri Hieu, Nguyen Quan and Nguyen Cong Hoan have contributed their illustrations to the book.
December 15, 2017 04:07 UTC