Int’l Children Festival 2018 to highlight green planetThe third International Children Festival VTV 2018 will take place in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from May 29 to June 3. A press conference to announce the International Children Festival VTV 2018 (Source: http://en.nhandan.org.vn)The festival is an annual event organised by the Vietnam Television on the occasion of International Children's Day on June 1 to strengthen solidarity among nations in the region through the exchange activities of children. Themed “For a green planet”, this year's festival features seven international teams from Russia, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, China, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, along with the host Vietnam. During the five days of the festival, children will participate in activities such as a “Green Earth” art gala, visits to an aquarium, a safari park and a water park and group activities. First held in 2016 under the name of ASEAN Children Festival, the festival was upgraded to ASEAN+ Children Festival in 2017 as the event attracted the participation of children from China and the RoK, together with their ASEAN peers.-VNA
May 23, 2018 04:41 UTC
Toyota camp helps young talents nurture football dreamsYoung football talents in Vietnam will have a chance to pursue their dream when the Toyota Junior Football Clinic & Camp 2018 returns this June. Thirty selected children will take part in a training programme at Ton Duc Thang University in HCM City from July 10 to 16. After this course, the 18 best players will compete at the Toyota International Junior Cup slated for September 13 – 20 in Japan. Former renowned footballers Le Huynh Duc and Phan Thanh Binh will be the head and deputy head coaches of the camp. Three training camps in HCM City coached 90 football talents, 54 of whom were chosen for football tours in Japan.
May 23, 2018 04:30 UTC
Three major airports need $5b for upgradesVietNamNet Bridge – More than VND116 trillion (US$5 billion) is needed to build Long Thanh Airport and upgrade Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports for the 2018-21 period, with a vision to 2025, according to the State-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) investment plan. The upgrade looks to enable the airport to serve 30 million passengers across all terminals by 2020 and 60 million by 2030. Terminal T3 is planned to be constructed to serve 10 million passengers per year, along with an expansion of parking areas, runways and assisting equipment. The construction project includes building one runway, one passenger terminal and other supporting facilities to serve 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo per year. According to the report, the ministry agreed to allow ACV to mobilise over VND1.9 trillion ($82.6 million) and VND2.3 trillion ($100 million) to invest in Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai airports, respectively.
Japan concerned about China’s activities on East SeaJapanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has voiced deep concern about reports that Chinese bombers had landed for the first time at an airport on the East Sea. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori OnoderaJapanese broadcaster NHK on May 22 quoted Onodera as saying that China had increased large-scale reclamation activities on the East Sea along with the construction of military facilities and bases and other activities. The minister said those moves of China aimed at unilaterally changing the status quo and creating a fait accompli. Earlier, Chinese air force announced that some strategic bombers of the country landed at an airport in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the East Sea on May 18. Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang also said China’s acts have adversely affected negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between the ASEAN and China, fueled tensions and caused instability in the region, and hampered efforts to maintain peace, stability and cooperation in the East Sea.
Leading female goalkeeper bids goodbye to national teamVietNamNet Bridge – Goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh of the Viet Nam national woman’s team has quit after 14 years of association. Goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh of the national woman’s team has quit after 14 years of association. After finishing the first leg of the National Championship in June, I will join the coach training course organised by the Asian Football Federation and Vietnamese Football Federation in Da Nang City,” she added. In April, Trinh was awarded the Labour Order, third class, for her significant contribution to women’s and national football. The 33-year-old from southern Dong Thap Province has participated in the Southeast Asian Games five times, in three of which her team won gold medals (2005, 2009 and 2017).
Vietnam condemns violence, abuses targeting civiliansVietnam strongly condemns and opposes all acts of violence or abuses committed against civilians and excessive use of lethal weapons to strike civilian facilities, including schools, hospitals, residential and public areas. The Ambassador affirmed that each country has the primary responsibility to protect its own civilians and to deal with violence against civilians within its jurisdiction. “Prevention of conflict and peaceful resolution of dispute are the best ways to protect civilians,” she stated. He confirmed the UN gives the priority to conflict prevention and peaceful resolution and consider it the most effective way to protect civilians. He recommended governments of member states to build strategies, a code of conduct and action plans to protect civilians during conflicts.
May 23, 2018 04:07 UTC
Hoa Lac Hi-tech park secures nearly $485mil. in investmentHoa Lac Hi-tech Park granted investment certificates to four projects worth nearly 11 trillion VND (484 million USD) combined in the first four months of this year, the park’s management board said on May 22. The software park at Hoa Lac Hi-tech ParkThe four projects will be carried out across 15.4 hectares. Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park, approved in 1998, is the first and the largest high-tech facility in Vietnam, spanning 1,586 hectares. Last year, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inked a decree stipulating some preferential mechanisms and policies for Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park to extricate difficulties and attract investment.-VNA
May 23, 2018 04:07 UTC
PVOIL announces shortlist of strategic investorsThe PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOIL), an subsidiary of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), has selected four investors who are qualified to become strategic shareholders of the firm, PVOIL General Director Cao Hoai Duong said at a meeting with its shareholders on May 22. The PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOIL) has selected four investors who are qualified to become strategic shareholders of the firm. One of the criteria is that strategic investors have to allow PVOIL to purchase products manufactured by Dung Quat and Nghi Son refineries for ten years. If approved, PVOIL will auction its shares to strategic investors on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange to assure publicity and transparency. Earlier, eight investors were enticed to PVOIL shares, including Sovico Holdings, Shell, Idemitsu, Kuwait Petroleum International, Puma, SK, PTT and Sacom Investment Fund.-VNA
May 23, 2018 03:45 UTC
Vietnam-Australia ties grow strongly: Australian diplomatThe Vietnam-Australia cooperation is witnessing an increasingly strong development and the enhancement of relations is one of the focuses of both sides, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick. Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick. He recalled that when the two countries began establishing their diplomatic relations in 1973, the Australian government immediately embarked on fostering the bilateral ties. The formation of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIR) in Vietnam was the initial step in Australia-Vietnam cooperation. He emphasized that trade ties between Vietnam and Australia is also a highlight of the bilateral relations, with crucial milestones over the last decade.
May 23, 2018 03:45 UTC
Nhan Dan newspaper table tennis tournament kicks offVietNamNet Bridge – More than 100 athletes from 14 table tennis teams nationwide have been competing at the 36th Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Tournament 2018 to win the Petro Vietnam-Ca Mau Fertiliser Cup, at the sport centre in Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. The 36th Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Tournament 2018 gathers the leading athletes in the country, the best of whom will join the national table tennis team. The players have so far competed in various events including the men’s teams, women’s teams, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed matches. The organisers will give seven sets of medals, each set includes a first, a second and two third prizes while the Nhan Dan newspaper and its partner, Ca Mau Fertiliser Petro JSC, will give two encouraging prizes to the best male and female players. Over the course of the tournament, the Viet Nam Table Tennis Federation will select the best athletes to join the national table tennis team, and prepare them for the ASIAD Table Tennis tournament 2018, to be held later this year in Indonesia.
May 23, 2018 03:22 UTC
Police seize nearly 20kg of heroin in Thanh Hoa provincePolice from the north central province of Thanh Hoa arrested two people for trafficking 60 bricks of heroin weighing nearly 20kg on May 21. Bricks of heroinThe traffickers include Ha Ba Cho, born in 1993, from the central province of Nghe An, and Hoang Van Xuan, born in 1987, from the northern province of Thai Nguyen. The two traffickers confessed that they took the drugs from a stranger at the Vietnam-Laos border area to sell at home. Nearly 21,471 drug-trafficking cases were reported in 2017, up 14.5 percent from 2016, according to a report on collaboration between agencies including the Police General Department, the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Vietnam Border Guard High Command and Vietnam Coast Guard. Statistics from Vietnam Border Guard showed that the amount of synthetic drugs and marijuana seized last year through the border of Vietnam and Laos respectively increased seven times and twice compared with 2016.-VNA
May 23, 2018 03:00 UTC
VN-Index nosedives to under 1,000 points in gloomy atmosphereA gloomy atmosphere spread across the stock market on May 22 when all groups of stocks fell, forcing VN-Index to tumble to below 1,000 points. The benchmark VN-Index fluctuated around 1,000 points in the morning and plunged in the afternoon when a supply pressure appeared in all groups of shares. Property, insurance and bank stocks witnessed the strongest decreases of 6.47 percent, 5.74 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. The VN-Index lost 29.07 points to 985.91 points at the end of the trading session. While the HNX-Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) ended at 116.72 points, down 2.94 points, the UpCoM-Index on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UpCoM) fell 1.05 points to 53.73 points.-VNA
May 23, 2018 03:00 UTC
Vietnamese franchisers market brands to the worldVietNamNet Bridge - Some Vietnamese businesses are trying to make domestic brands better known internationally through franchise contracts. Vietnamese franchisers are trying to market brands to the worldRedSun ITI, the company which owns Thai Express, Khao Lao and King BBQ, has officially brought its Truly Viet restaurant chain to Australia. All kinds of Vietnamese products, from food to healthcare services, could reach the world through franchising. Vietnamese students in Singapore said they can find many restaurants specializing in Vietnamese dishes in the country. Nguyen Phi Van, a franchise and retail expert, said that all kinds of Vietnamese products, from food to healthcare services, could reach the world through franchising.
May 23, 2018 01:07 UTC
Vietnam has many professors, but few conduct researchVietNamNet Bridge - Over the last 40 years, Vietnam has had a total of 1,600 professors and 10,000 associate professors, but only 200-300 professors and a quarter of associate professors are still doing research. Van thinks that retired professors/associate professors are not doing research because they cannot get funding. The problem is that Vietnam gives the professor/associate professor titles to many people who do not conduct research, but are only managerial officers. According to Pham Tat Dong, former head of the Central Propaganda Committee, there is no relation between the low proportion of professors/associate professors doing research and the appointment of professors/associate professors at an older age. The problem is that Vietnam gives the professor/associate professor titles to many people who do not conduct research, but are only managerial officers.
May 23, 2018 00:45 UTC
Yok Don forests “attacked” from all four sidesVietNamNet Bridge - Migrants have step by step encroached on forests from the outside, while illegal loggers have been dismantling trees in the core area. The Yok Don forests are withering and shrinking. The Yok Don forests are withering and shrinkingAt the Forest Rangers’ Unit No 10, dozens of self-modified motorbikes were parked at the back door. Forest rangers said the area is inaccessible and they must obtain a license to enter, when necessary. Deputy director of the Yok Don National Park Huynh Nghia Hiep admitted that deforestation, which has been occurring for the many years, cannot be stopped.
May 23, 2018 00:33 UTC