VN Index up for a second day

HÀ NỘI — The VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange advanced further yesterday after banks and some large-cap companies released their quarterly and yearly earnings reports, boosting investor confidence. The benchmark inched up 0.1 per cent to close at 687.15 points, extending its gain of total 0.7 per cent for a second day. Vietcombank late last week announced its net profit for 2016 was VNĐ6.82 trillion (US$303.3 million), a yearly rise of 28 per cent. The company reported a net profit of VNĐ7.07 trillion, exceeding last year’s targeted profit by 36 per cent. On the opposite side, the HNX Index on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange fell 0.3 per cent to close at 83.01 points.

January 23, 2017 18:02 UTC

Various activities held at Thang Long Citadel to welcome Tet

Various activities held at Thang Long Citadel to welcome TetA wide variety of activities are being held at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi to welcome traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival. On January 20, a ceremony in observance of the traditional Kitchen God Day and the cay neu (“neu pole”) planting ceremony were held ahead of the Lunar New Year and. During these days, the newly unearthed archaeological relics area at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel will open to serve visitors. Visitors can know more about the glorious history as well as the magnificent scale of the citadel in the past. On the first days of the Lunar New Year, visitors to the citadel will enjoy numerous other traditional cultural activities including an incense-offering ceremony to worship past emperors and water puppetry performances.

January 23, 2017 11:57 UTC

Barca’s Busquets suffers ankle ligament damage

FootballMADRID – Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets had to be stretchered off just eight minutes into the Catalans’ 4-0 win at Eibar on Sunday with sprained ligaments in his right ankle. "Busquets has a sprained external lateral ligament in his right ankle. "The good news about Sergio Busquets is that it doesn’t look as serious as we first thought," he told Spanish TV station Movistar. Denis Suarez replaced Busquets and went on to open the scoring with his first Barca goal. "I have a lot of players and a lot of players I can rely on.

January 23, 2017 11:16 UTC

People to enjoy warm weather during Tet

People to enjoy warm weather during TetVietNamNet Bridge – People across the country will enjoy warm weather during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays, falling between January 26 and February 01. In the northern region, warm and dry weather is predicted to hit, with temperatures at 13-24 degrees Celsius between January 26 and 31, the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting revealed on Monday morning. In the north-central region, the weather is also expected to be warm and sunny, with the lowest temperature at 17 degrees Celsius from January 26 to 31. Light rainfall will hit several areas in the localities, with the lowest temperature forecast at 19 degrees Celsius between January 26 and February 01. In the southern and central highland regions, sunny weather will prevail from January 23 to February 02, with temperatures between 17 and 33 degrees Celsius.

January 23, 2017 11:07 UTC

VFF Deputy General Secretary to retire on Tuesday

VFF Deputy General Secretary to retire on TuesdayViet Nam Football Federation’s (VFF) Deputy General Secretary Duong Nghiep Khoi will retire on Tuesday, ending his 13 years’ association with the national football community. Viet Nam Football Federation’s Deputy General Secretary Duong Nghiep Khoi (left) will retire on January 24. One of the most experienced officials in VFF, Khoi cited health reasons for quitting. Khoi’s knowledge and background experience of football is considered outstanding, and he has worked with several VFF heads over the years. He was the head of V.League tournament’s organising committee in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, and deputy head in 2009 and 2010.

January 23, 2017 11:03 UTC

Conte applauds Chelsea show of unity

FootballLONDON - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side had put on a united front after Diego Costa marked his return with a goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull City . "Honestly, I didn’t see because I was celebrating on the bench," Conte told reporters at Stamford Bridge . The speculation about Costa is unlikely to vanish overnight, but Conte said he was more worried about preserving Chelsea ’s position in the table than worrying about his striker’s long-term future. Asked if Costa signing a new contract would help to douse the rumours, Conte replied: "I don’t know. With Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all dropping points, Chelsea ’s grip on first place has tightened yet further, but Conte aired a warning.

January 23, 2017 10:50 UTC

Asian Cup draw organised tonight in Abu Dhabi

HÀ NỘI — Coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng will represent Việt Nam at Asian Cup 2019’s third qualification draw being held on the night of January 23 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa sent his best wishes to the participating teams. These countries have already qualified for the final competition through the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2. Based on their result, Việt Nam are in the second seed group, along with India, Palestine, Tajikistan, Hong Kong and Turkmenistan. The Asian Cup has increased the number of participating team from 16 to 24 for the first year following an AFC decision.

January 23, 2017 10:07 UTC

Hoi An International Food Festival to showcase best of world’s cuisine

Hoi An International Food Festival to showcase best of world’s cuisineVietNamNet Bridge – The second week-long Hoi An International Food Festival will take place from March 20 with the participation of 12 international chefs showcasing their countries’ culinary specialties made with herbs and ingredients from Hoi An. International tastes: Chefs from Sri Lanka showcased their cuisine at the Hoi An International Food Festival last year.— Photo from Facebook page of the Hoi An International Food Festival. The chefs come from Germany, Mauritius, Sweden, Greece, India, Sri Lanka, the US, Malaysia, Russia, and Portugal. A reception has been held at the residence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to introduce the organizers of the Hoi An International Food Festival 2017. The duo, Happy and Vy, viewed the food festival as an opportunity to expose visitors and residents of Hoi An to international cuisine, while introducing and promoting Vietnamese cuisine to foreign countries through the participating chefs.

January 23, 2017 09:08 UTC

2017: More working-abroad opportunities for Vietnamese labourers

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese labourers, especially skilled labourers, are expected to get more opportunities to work abroad this year. It offered additional chances for Vietnamese labourers to work in Germany. Meanwhile, Japan recently approved a new law offering more opportunities to foreign labourers working in Japan, including Vietnamese labourers, the report said. Last year, Việt Nam initially planned to send 100,000 labourers to work abroad. The report revealed that 2016 was the third consecutive year that Việt Nam sent more than 100,000 labourers to work abroad.

January 23, 2017 08:28 UTC

UK ship rescues five Vietnamese fishermen

UK ship rescues five Vietnamese fishermenA fishing vessel with five fishermen on board in distress was rescued by British Innovator on January 22 after having a breakdown, around 282 nautical miles offshore Quy Nhon beach. As soon as rescue signals were sent from the vessel, Vietnam Coastal Communication System directed relevant agencies to come to their rescue and ask for more support from ships around. Immediately after getting the urgent message, British Innovator accessed the vessel and successfully rescued five fishermen who will be brought to Danang Port on the evening of January 23.

January 23, 2017 08:11 UTC

HCM City launches digital traffic app

HCM City launches digital traffic appVietNamNet Bridge – Commuters can now plan their routes to avoid getting stuck in HCM City’s congestion hotspots as the city’s Transport Department has announced the launch of a digital traffic app aimed at informing commuters of traffic congestion. Home page of the digital traffic app which aims to inform commuters of traffic congestion in HCM City. Traffic congestion has become one of the most serious problems in the country’s large cities like HCM City and Ha Noi. With a population of more than 10 million, HCM City is seeking drastic measures to tackle traffic jams, especially during peak hours. Nearly 9 million motorbikes are currently running on more than 4,000 kilometres of roads in HCM City, not to mention private cars and bicycles.

January 23, 2017 07:56 UTC

Trainspotting returns after 21 years with punchy sequel

Two decades later, the ageing Scottish lowlifes of Trainspotting are back with a new sequel which premiered Sunday in Edinburgh. T2: Trainspotting reunites Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner with now Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. Irvine Welsh, author of the Trainspotting novel, said the inclusion of Edinburgh group Young Fathers gave the new film a "distinctive Edinburgh feel". "They’re fantastic artists, and Danny very much saw them as being the voice of Trainspotting 2," said he at the premiere. In Trainspotting, Renton ditched his friends and ran off to Amsterdam with the takings of a big drug deal.

January 23, 2017 06:03 UTC

Bruce Springsteen says the "new resistance" against Trump has begun

Bruce Springsteen says the "new resistance" against Trump has begunAmerican rock star Bruce Springsteen, who supported Hillary Clinton during the recent presidential election campaign, said on Sunday his band joins a global "new resistance" against U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. entertainer Bruce Springsteen speaks during a media conference ahead of his first Australian show in Perth, Australia, January 22, 2017. Trump's inauguration on Friday and his defiant pledge to end "American carnage" was followed by a weekend of mass protests across the United States and internationally. Speaking before a 3.5 hour set at Perth Arena, Springsteen described Trump as a "demagogue", but added he hoped Trump's infrastructure program succeeds in bringing jobs to places where layoffs have hit hard. Since his inauguration, the Trump administration has reiterated plans to abandon an ambitious Asia-Pacific trade pact, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and renegotiate other trade deals.

January 23, 2017 05:46 UTC

Muay Thai fighters to train in HCM City

Muay Thai fighters to train in HCM CityVietNamNet Bridge – The national Muay Thai team will gather early next month to prepare for international tournaments in 2017. Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat of Viet Nam (right) competes at a Muay Thai tournament last year. Among these events the SEA Games and the AIMAG5 are the most important as Muay Thai contributed to Viet Nam’s medal totals in previous editions. “The International Olympic Committee is considering Muay Thai as a sport in the Olympic schedule. “I have proposed the Viet Nam Sports Administration send our athletes abroad and hire experienced foreign coaches.

January 23, 2017 05:46 UTC

Lunar New Year celebrations in Saigon's park

Hot-air balloon service is one of the special highlights of the entertainment series celebrating the Lunar New Year. Of these, two balloons can carry one pilot and four guests each and four balloons can carry one pilot and three guests. The balloon shows include those flying to a height of 30 to 40 meters. Especially, the park will launch an 8D cinema in this Lunar New Year. The park will sell movie tickets for guests who only want to enjoy movies at the cinema.

January 23, 2017 05:27 UTC

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