HCMC Chairman deregulates ban on Jeans, T-shirt amongst civil servantsHo Chi Minh City People’s Committee office sent a document of Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong’s decision to deregulate the ban on wearing Jean, T-shirtat public offices. HCMC Chairman deregulates ban on Jeans, T-shirt amongst civil servantsChairman Phong also asked the Department of Home Affairs to review regulation of conduct code in civil servants and update people’s opinion to submit to the People’s Committee. The Department must submit to the committee before December 25. Before, the city’s Department of Home Affairs proposed the People’s Committee banning civil servants in Ho Chi Minh City from wearing jeans and T-shirts in their offices except when they take part in the unit’s formal activities. Deputy director of the Department Le Hoai Trung confirmed the proposal of civil servants’ conduct code had been submitted to the committee.
December 15, 2017 03:33 UTC
Le Quang Liem places 7th in blitz chess China eventLe Quang Liem of Vietnam could only improve his standing to No 7, in the second leg of the blitz chess at the International Mind Sports Association Elite Games. Chess player Le Quang LiemThe Vietnamese Grandmaster grabbed 5.5 points in 11 games, ongoing in Huai’an City, Jiangshu, China, taking his total points to 10, but not enough to secure a berth in the top three. Russian GM Artemiev Vladislav won the gold medal with 16 points. He was followed by GM Alexander Grischuk (16 points) and GM Dmitry Andreikin (14 points), also from Russia. Athletes continue with basque chess organised on December 14-15, with five round matches.-VNA
Vietnamese book published in JapanA bestselling novel for teenagers by noted writer Nguyen Nhat Anh has recently been published in Japan by translator Kato Sakae. Titled Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (Yellow Flowers on Green Grass), the novel is the second by the writer to make its debut in Japan. According to Sakae, the story is interesting and alluring not only for Vietnamese teenagers, but also for Japanese youngsters. "Yellow Flowers on Green Grass" was first published in Vietnam by the Tre (Youth) Publishing House in December 2010. Writer Nguyen Nhat Anh, based in HCM City, has published various books for children and teenagers, including story sets, long stories, short stories and poetry.
General staff chief Phan Van Giang greets US Pacific CommanderThe Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership has formed the basis to elevate the bilateral defence ties to a new height in a more practical and effective manner, said Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army. Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (R), and his guest (Photo: qdnd.vn)He made the statement while holding a reception on December 14 for General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of the US Pacific Air Forces who is on a visit to Vietnam. Giang said the air forces of both sides should enhance exchanges of delegations at all levels and information exchange, and share search and rescue experience. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, for his part, informed the Vietnamese general staff chief of the working session with the Vietnamese Air Defence and Air Force. He said that both sides discussed measures to promote cooperation in humanitarian support, search and rescue work, military medicine, and pilot training.-VNA
Allow full foreign ownership at public firms: expertsThe new law on securities should allow full foreign ownership at public companies and investment funds, according to members of the Viet Nam Business Forum’s (VBF) working group on capital market. The new securities law should allow firms to actively raise capital from foreign investors, except those operating in sectors of which foreign ownership is restricted as regulated, he said. The working group also proposed that securities companies, fund management companies, public companies and investment funds founded in Viet Nam be regarded as domestic investors, regardless of the foreign ownership at these companies. Accordingly, foreign ownership at public companies was capped at 49 per cent. The capital market, including bonds and stocks, developed rapidly in recent years and became an important capital raising channel for the economy.
December 15, 2017 01:52 UTC
Rewarding ISI authors: How much is enough? VietNamNet Bridge - Widespread and inconclusive discussions occurred after the HCM City Economics University (UEH) announced big rewards to researchers who have articles published in ISI/Scopus publications. University lecturers are encourage to have articles published on ISI journalsThe articles with IF>2 (influence index) will be rewarded VND200 million, while articles with IF>1 will be rewarded VND150 million, and IF< 1 will get VND100 million. A university lecturer in Hanoi said the number of articles in ISI/Scopus journals is an important index when ranking universities. RELATED NEWSVietnam to upgrade professor quality by requiring more ISI articlesVietnam moves up in scientific research rankingMai Thanh
December 15, 2017 00:45 UTC
Weekend places of interest in HCMCFollowing are a couple of weekend destinations which might be of your interest. Outcast Christmas Market: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2Although there are more than two weeks left until Christmas, the festive atmosphere can be felt in many parts of HCMC. The Saigon Outcast, an open art and entertainment space built from huge containers in District 2, is located at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2. Soul Live Project: 214-216 Pasteur Street, District 3Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy (SMPAA) will host a music concert on two weekend days, December 15-16 at Soul Live Project in District 3, HCMC to mark its fifth anniversary of establishment. The film screened in English with Vietnamese subtitle is not suitable for those under 18 years old.
December 14, 2017 12:56 UTC
Now is best time to visit Tra Su Cajuput ForestMany domestic and foreign tourists have traveled to Tra Su Cajuput Forest in An Giang Province to enjoy beautiful landscapes and serenity of the must-see destination in the Mekong Delta. A boat takes tourists through a beautiful lotus pond in Tra Su Cajuput ForestTour guides are of the opinion that the good period to visit Tra Su is from July to December when water covers the entire area of the cajuput forest in Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, facilitating boat rides around there. Tourists join boat rides in Tra Su Cajuput ForestAs part of the journey, visitors are taken to a bird-watching tower with a telescope to view some of the bird species and contemplate landscapes in Tra Su. Guides of Tra Su recommend that guests should come to the cajuput forest on weekdays on peak months as visitors do not have to wait for the boat tour in the forest. Travel firms in HCMC and cities in the Mekong Delta offer organized tours to Tra Su Cajuput Forest and other attractive destinations in the region, including Cam Mountain and Tuc Dup Hill.
December 14, 2017 12:56 UTC
Thai Beverage yet to decide on Sabeco stake bidVietnam Beverage Co Ltd, a local unit of Thai Beverage Public Co Ltd, has yet to place a deposit in order to bid for a stake of over 25% in Saigon Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Corporation (Sabeco). Thai Beverage made it clear in its filing on the Singapore Exchange Limited on December 13 that Vietnam Beverage had registered to purchase a stake of at least 25% in Sabeco at an auction next Monday in a bid to meet the requirement for Sabeco’s competitive bid, but it has yet to determine its involvement. ThaiBev said while the company is interested in acquiring shares in Sabeco, its subsidiary Vietnam Beverage has yet to arrive at any agreement to purchase the brewery’s shares at the upcoming auction. Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said as of Monday, Vietnam Beverage became the only company to bid for a stake of over 25% in Sabeco. BeerCo Limited, an indirect but wholly-owned subsidiary of Thai Beverage in Hong Kong (China), purchased a 49% stake in Vietnam F&B last month.
December 14, 2017 12:45 UTC
HCM City hopes to open more pedestrian streetsHo Chi Minh City’s officials have proposed opening more pedestrian streets to attract tourists. Bui Vien Walking Street in HCM City’s District 1 has become a popular spot for locals and international tourists. “There is high demand for entertaining activities on walking streets. The city should connect Nguyen Hue Walking Street with Bach Dang Wharf Park and set up entertainment spots with dining and shopping zones to serve locals and tourists on weekends,” he said. He also suggested expanding Bui Vien Walking Street to nearby streets like Do Quang Dau and De Tham and connect them to the 23/9 Park to offer more interesting stops for visitors.
December 14, 2017 03:56 UTC
Transportation via coastal shipping route surges 154 percentShipping volume through the coastal route Quang Ninh-Quang Binh-Binh Thuan-Kien Giang in the first ten months of the year increased 154 percent to 21 million tonnes of cargo compared to the same period last year. Shipping volume through the coastal route Quang Ninh-Quang Binh-Binh Thuan-Kien Giang during January-October increased 154 percent to 21 million tonnes of cargo. During the period, more than 23,000 river-sea compatible ships operated on the route, up 163 percent year-on-year. At the conference, transportation businesses and localities stressed the importance of the coastal shipping route, expressing their hope that the MoT will support the development of coastal transportation. Lauding enterprises’ investment in the route, Deputy Minister of Transportation Nguyen Nhat said this helps connect industrial zones in coastal areas while easing land traffic jams.
December 14, 2017 03:45 UTC
VN lose to Uzbekistan in M-150 Cup finalVietNamNet Bridge – Former national coach Mai Duc Chung said it was a ’good’ defeat for Vietnam’s U-23 team who lost 1-2 to Uzbekistan during their M-150 Cup match yesterday in Thailand. A step ahead: Vietnamese striker Nguyen Cong Phuong (left) gets away from Uzbek player during their M-150 Cup match. This was the reason that Vietnamese players pushed up their speed and created consecutive attempts in the rest of the time of the first half. Losing this match, Vietnam were ranked second in Group B and will play the bronze-medal match against the second-placed team of Group A on Friday. Uzbekistan will compete for a gold medal against North Korea who beat Thailand 1-0 in a later match yesterday.
December 14, 2017 03:33 UTC
HCM City: Nguyen Hue flower street to celebrate Lunar New YearA flower street will be opened on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in Ho Chi Minh City from February 13 – 19 to welcome the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) 2018. A view of Nguyen Hue pedestrian streetThe annual event, themed “Khat vong vuon xa” (aspiration for further development), aims to present a city of development and integration, yet preserving its traditional culture. The 720 metre-long flower street will be decorated with different flowers following three sub-themes of the spring in the city, integration and development, and looking forward to the future. Meanwhile, the area around the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh will be covered with yellow apricot (a typical flower during Tet in the south) and peach (a typical flower during Tet in the north). This is the 15th version of the flower street to celebrate the traditional Lunar New Year in the city.-VNA
December 14, 2017 03:22 UTC
Exhibition promoting Indonesia’s tourism opens in HanoiAn exhibition hosted by the Embassy of Indonesia in Vietnam opened at the Umah Indo exhibition house in Hanoi on December 13. Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia (Source: asiapict.com)Addressing the opening ceremony, Third Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy Linda Widiyanti said the exhibition aims to connect Vietnam and Indonesia tourism. During one month of the exhibition, all participating tour operators will offer best-price travel packages to Indonesia’s well-known destinations, she added. Tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia has been stepped up since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation in 1994, noted Wiwiek Widyawati, a representative from the Indonesian Tourism Ministry. Meanwhile, tourist arrivals from Vietnam to Indonesia increased from about 49,850 in 2015 to nearly 61,000 in 2016, a rise of 22.35 percent.
December 14, 2017 03:11 UTC
VN's Nguyen Anh Duc among Asia XI of November: Football TribeVietNamNet Bridge – Forward Nguyen Anh Duc has been selected as one of the Asia XI of November 2017 by Football Tribe, a website specialising in continental football. Football Tribe’s best Asia XI of November. With his brilliant positioning and clever finishing, Nguyen scored five goals in three November matches, including a hat trick on the final day, to finish as the V-League’s top scorer. Duc scored 17 goals in total in this year’s season. Football Tribe also selected Vander Luiz of Chiangrai United and Kengo Nakamura from Kawasaki Frontale as attacking midfielders.
December 14, 2017 03:11 UTC