Kim wins gold in taekwondo poomsae at UniversiadeVietNamNet Bridge – Taekwondo artist Nguyen Thi Le Kim won a gold medal in the women’s individual poomsae (performance) event at Summer Universiade, the world student Games, underway in Chinese Taipei, on Sunday. Taekwondo artist Nguyen Thi Le Kim poses with her gold medal and the Summer Universiade mascot on Sunday. On Monday, Viet Nam’s taekwondo athletes will compete in the men’s and women’s team poomsae and mixed doubles poomsae. Kim and her teammates will leave for the SEA Games in Malaysia after the Summer Universiade wraps up. The taekwondo events at SEA Games begins from August 24.
Ex-VN Pharma officials on trial for smuggling cancer medicinesVietNamNet Bridge – HCM City People’s Court on Monday opened a court trial related to the smuggling of cancer medicines and falsification of documents at HCM City-based VN Pharma Joint Stocks Company in 2013 and 2014. HCM City-based VN Pharma are allegedly involved in the smuggling of 9,300 batches of H-Capita, worth VND5.6 billion (US$251,000) in 2013 and 2014. The police’s investigation revealed that during the period, Hung ordered Cuong to buy medicines, including the cancer medicines made by Helix Pharmaceuticals Canada, to supply to hospitals in Viet Nam. VN Pharma was established with registered capital of VND40 billion (nearly $1.9 million) in late 2011. The company distributes cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and cancer medicines, antibiotics and functional foods, which are purchased from foreign and domestic drug firms.
VN strives to reduce HIV infections despite funding shortageVietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam has been striving to reduce the number of HIV infections and prevent outbreaks in high-risk communities despite a decline in international funding, health officials say. Viet Nam has been striving to reduce the number of HIV infections and prevent outbreaks in high-risk communities despite a decline in international funding. When they are exposed to HIV through sex or recreational drug injections, the oral HIV PrEP can work to keep them from becoming infected. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infections in people who are at high risk by up to 92 percent. The number of new HIV infections in Ha Noi and HCM City accounted for 25 per cent of the national total.
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Education and Training decided to temporarily stop online Math and English competitions from the new school year 2017-18 for a more in-depth review, said deputy head of Secondary Education Department Nguyễn Xuân Thành. “Knowledge competitions such as online Math and English contests have met requirements of applying knowledge acquired from subjects learned at school. It means the schools will no longer use results of these competitions to get priority for admission to grades six and 10 (the first grades of lower and upper secondary schools). Thành said online contests for students are held voluntarily after school. Students who obtained high results in these competitions will also not be granted admission priority.
August 21, 2017 10:07 UTC
More investment funds receive licenses as stock market thrivesVietNamNet Bridge - The Thien Viet Fund Management Company (TVAM) of Thien Viet Securities (TVS) on July 28 organized a ceremony to celebrate the first anniversary of the TVGF fund, where it announced the establishment of the second TVGF - TVGF2 fund. A manager of TVAM said TVAM would launch the new fund – TVGF2 – a closed-end fund in early October. With the investment portfolio management and investment consultancy worth VND10 trillion, PVI AM is one of the companies managing the biggest assets in Vietnam. Meanwhile, SSI Fund Management Company (SSIAM) in July carried out the IPO for SSI Bond Fund (SSIBF), with total initial capital of VND50 billion. Most (nearly 20) are open-end funds) and real estate investment funds.
August 21, 2017 09:11 UTC
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city officially put into operation its first open-top double-decker bus tour, connecting the airport and 25 stops in the city, on Saturday. The Coco bus tour ticket will be priced at VNĐ250,000 (US$11) for a 24-hour jump-on jmup-off use. According to Empire Group, the bus tour will be offered free for tourists and commuters throughout August, and at a 50 per cent discount between September and November. The bus tour will help ease traffic in the city and boost daily travel on public transportation among local residents. Last year, a total of 5.6 million tourists visited the city.
August 21, 2017 07:41 UTC
Boon turns bane: titanium mining in Binh ThuanBinh Thuan Province has reaped enormous economic benefits from titanium mining, but the industry has also damaged the environment badly, degraded the lives of local residents. They’ve just haphazardly planted some trees.”Most of the newly-replanted trees in the mining areas have died, and others have been uprooted.Apart from spoiling the local landscape, titanium mining has also contaminated water sources.More than 30 years ago, when Phu settled down in Long Son-Mui Ne, underground water was plentiful and tasty. The exploitation contaminates water with radioactive substances, said Associate Professor Doan Van Canh, president of Vietnam’s Association of Hydrological Geology.Terrain change caused by titanium mining occurs mostly in open mining areas. The mining must be adjusted towards more practical and effective ways, he said.He said the exploitation must harmonize benefits of the country, the State, community and miners. Now, the province has more than 750sq.m of titanium ore, which means other tourism, renewable resources and hi-tech agriculture projects are suspended because of the overlap, inflicting heavy losses on the province.Local authorities have proposed that a Prime Minister appointed working group adjusts titanium mining plans.
August 21, 2017 06:33 UTC
South Korea once restricted foreigners’ house purchases, but after the financial crisis, it allowed foreigners to buy houses. Vietnamese laws are more open than other countries in allowing foreigners to buy houses. Foreigners can buy houses and then transfer to others. Despite some problems still in the legal framework, more and more foreigners are registering to buy houses in Vietnam. RELATED NEWSForeigners still hesitant about buying property in VietnamForeigners allowed to buy houses, but cannot sign contractsM. Ha
August 21, 2017 06:33 UTC
Dr Hong-Sang Jung, executive director of the APEC Climate Center, speaks to Việt Nam News on the sidelines of the APEC Food Security Week in Cần Thơ about the significance of utilising climate information to develop sustainable agriculture in APEC economies. Our second focus is climate information application, or how to utilise climate information, in agricultural water measurement, agricultural risk reduction, and response to climate change. Our climate prediction information is of good quality because we collect data from 17 prestigious climate prediction institutions, and, based on that, we make our own prediction. But I think there is a good model in Tonga, where we have launched an agricultural climate information utilisation project. Co-operation between the government, private sector and climate centre is a very critical factor.—VNSEstablished in 2005, the APEC Climate Center has provided timely weather forecasts for APEC members and beyond and served as a key climate information centre, distributing climate data, prediction and related tools.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will announce his decision on America’s strategy in Afghanistan in an address to US troops and the nation on Monday night, almost 16 years after the war began. "Heading back to Washington after working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest Fake News reporting I have ever seen!" Wary of international involvements but eager for progress in the drawn-out Afghan war, the Trump administration had originally promised a new plan by mid-July. Trump had several options on the table, that ranged from backing away from the country to stepping up US efforts to defeat the Taliban. But the situation has remained as deadly as ever, with more than 2,500 Afghan police and troops killed from January 1 to May 8.
FootballLONDON — Antonio Conte said he would be happy for Chelsea to creep up on the rails in the Premier League title race following their clinical 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. With Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspended, Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa still angling for an exit, Conte was obliged to innovate. Conte described both players’ performances as "amazing" and said Chelsea’s ability to withstand Spurs’ pressure had been a display of "champions". A crowd of 73,587 made for an occasionally deafening atmosphere and Conte suggested the fervour of the fans had benefited his team. But manager Mauricio Pochettino once again rubbished talk of a ’Wembley curse’, asserting that his team had been "much better" than Chelsea and sayinghe was "very happy" with their performance.
City of Charleston tourism officials are offering special hotel and restaurant deals to take advantage of the eclipse. It will be their third try to see a total eclipse: earlier attempts in England and China, Willder said, were both rained out. "You put them on and you can’t really see anything," explained Zoe Spyridonos, age six, showing off the cardboard solar eclipse glasses her parents bought her. The small town of McClellanville, directly under the path of the eclipse, is even renting extra port-a-potties. And what if -- after all the hubbub and extensive preparations -- bad weather should bring disappointment to would-be eclipse viewers?
August 21, 2017 04:41 UTC
PM’s visit to Thailand strengthens political trust: Deputy FMVietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Thailand was fruitful, with the two PMs discussing frankly cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, and illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements, thus avoiding further issues, said Deputy FM Quy. The Deputy FM stressed that a highlight of the PM’s visit was his meetings with the Vietnamese community in Thailand. “Vietnam and Thailand compete in football, but should cooperate in all other fields,” stated PM Phuc, a statement his Thai counterpart agreed with.
August 21, 2017 04:07 UTC
SEA Games 29: Vietnam wins gold in gymnasticsVietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese gymnastics athletes have obtained a gold medal for the team’s event at the ongoing SEA Games 29 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vietnamese gymnasts at SEA Games 29 (Photo: tuoitre.vn)The male team won the medal with 319,050 points on August 20, while their peers from Malaysia scored 305,550 points and Thailand, 293,200 points. Vietnam sent more than 470 athletes to compete at the Games from August 19-30. The country is set to grab 49-59 gold medals to rank in the top three. In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam stood third, winning 73 titles.
August 21, 2017 03:33 UTC
Bac Ninh residents treated to love duets on boats every SaturdayVietNamNet Bridge – Dozens of quan ho (love duets) artistes in Bac Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City. The one-hour performance on Saturday night gathers artists and singers from the Bac Ninh Quan Ho Theatre and the Bac Ninh Provincial College of Culture and Art. These include preferential treatment for quan ho artists; open classes where artists can teach younger generations; and initiatives to collect, record and compile more than 500 quan ho folk songs. Music on the lake: Quan ho artists have perform on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City every Saturday.
August 21, 2017 03:33 UTC