HÀ NỘI — Strengthening regional integration, promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, and enhancing the competitive edge of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are among the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) 2017 priorities. ABAC’s report will be submitted to APEC leaders at the APEC High-level Week to be held in Đà Nẵng in November. ABAC also responds to requests from various APEC sub-groups for information about the business perspective of specific areas of cooperation. This private sector body presents recommendations to APEC leaders at an annual dialogue and advises APEC officials on business sector priorities and concerns. ABAC comprises up to three senior business people from each APEC economy.
June 23, 2017 04:41 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been brought in to complete the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Han Solo spinoff after directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller were sacked, Lucasfilm said on Thursday. "With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. "Nothing happens in the Lucasfilm universe without major consideration and bringing in Ron Howard to take over the reins of the Han Solo Project must’ve come after intense deliberation," said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore. The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018 release. It is set in the period before the original 1977 movie, which was released as Star Wars but later retitled Episode IV: A New Hope.
June 23, 2017 04:39 UTC
SAINT PETERSBURG — Australia captain Mark Milligan converted a second-half penalty in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Saint Petersburg that left both teams heading for an early Confederations Cup exit. Cameroon play world champions Germany in Sochi on Sunday, while the Socceroos play Copa America holders Chile in Moscow. "I am quite disappointed because we had the means to win the match," said Zambo Anguissa, who was named man of the match. With an hour gone, Milligan tucked away a penalty after Alex Gersbach was brought down in the area by Cameroon right-back Ernest Mabouka. The video assistant referee was consulted and confirmed the decision, with Milligan making no mistake with the spot-kick.
HCM CITY — Thousands of gout patients with serious complications have been examined at the Polyclinics of the Gout Institute over the past 10 years, pointing to an alarming situation, according to doctors at the French-Vietnamese Gout Research Center. The French-Vietnamese Gout Research Center is closely associated with the Polyclinics of the Gout Institute as there are numerous patients at the clinic whose conditions can be examined for research purposes. In 2011, the Gout Research Institute, now the French-Vietnamese Gout Research Center, was established with the purpose of improving gout management in interaction with the Polyclinics. In 2014, the Gout Institute began a gout management programme by introducing EULAR (European League of Associations for Rheumatism) recommendations about hypo-uricemic treatment. The agreement between the French-Vietnamese Gout Research Center and University Paris 7 (also called Paris Diderot) officially recognised the French-Vietnamese Gout Research Center.
HÀ NỘI – Maritime Bank on Thursday signed an agreement with Gingatum Việt Nam to provide auto cachback services for users of the startup’s shopping app Clingme. Accordingly, Clingme users with accounts at Maritime Bank will receive money immediately in their bank accounts when they want to withdraw money from Clingme accounts. Clingme is an app via which users will get cashback of up to 40 per cent on their shopping bills from the company’s partner stores. At present, Clingme has partnered with 2,700 stores in Hà Nội and HCM City. The company plans to have one million users at Clingme and 10,000 partner stores by the end of this year.
SYDNEY — Australian military spy planes will start flying missions over the southern Philippines to help in the fight against Islamic militants terrorising the area, the government said on Friday. Fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group have been battling troops for a month around Marawi city in the Mindanao region in a conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives. "The regional threat from terrorism, in particular from Daesh and foreign fighters, is a direct threat to Australia and our interests," said Defence Minister Marise Payne, using an Arabic acronym for IS. "Australia will continue to work with our partners in Southeast Asia to counter it." The fighting has left Marawi, the most important Muslim city in the Philippines, largely in ruins.
The conference is expected to attract more than 2,000 English language teachers in Việt Nam and other countries in the region. With the theme “Redefining English Language Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century Context”, the 12th TESOL conference features presentations and discussions on what it is like to teach and learn English today. In the digital age, ELT curriculum and textbook design will have to be modified to meet the needs of a generation of e-learners. The developing digital technology has produced a new breed of English learners who have become more autonomous but also more connected. Will “connectivism”, dubbed the learning theory for the digital age, be the up-and-coming trend in ELT?
June 23, 2017 03:56 UTC
HCM City brings more people into social insurance netVietNamNet Bridge – In HCM City, the number of people brought into the social, health, and unemployment insurance net increased by 10.3 per cent year-on-year to 142,943 in the first five months this year, according to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Agency. An employee pays social insurance premiums for her colleagues on behalf of her company. HCM City has been assigned a target of VND50.7 trillion this year. Cao Van Sang, head of the agency’s HCM City office, admitted however that suing is difficult because several clauses in the 2015 Criminal Code have yet to come into effect. As a result, enterprises are unafraid of defaulting on payment of insurance premiums for their staff, he said.
June 23, 2017 03:33 UTC
Festival to celebrate families begins this weekendVietNamNet Bridge – Various activities are being planned in the capital city to celebrate Viet Nam Family Day, which falls on June 28. A photo of the family winning the first prize at last year’s cooking contest in a series of activities celebrating Viet Nam Family Day 2016 in Ha Noi. A fine arts exhibition themed "Family" will also open, featuring 50 paintings and sculptures by artists Le Cong Thanh, Bui Trong Du and Phuong Binh. At least 50 families from Hai Ba Trung District are expected to take part in a cooking contest, and a talent contest for all family members will be the festival’s highlight. On the sidelines, there will be a dance show, sport competition and yoga performance at the same site.
June 23, 2017 03:33 UTC
First K-pop show in Da NangThe musical “K-Cultural Show – Two loving stars”, a combination between K-pop and opera, will be performed in the central city of Da Nang on June 22-24. The "K-Cultural Show – Two loving stars" will be shown in Da NangThe show, which will be performed in Vietnam for the first time, is organised by the Trung Vuong Theatre in cooperation with Uijeongbu Arts Centre of the RoK. This is one among activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the RoK. The musical features well-known artists of Vietnam and the RoK, such as Lee Ji Suk, Han Yungyeon and Kim Minkyu, among others. Quang Hao, Acting director of Trung Vuong Theatre, the idea of introducing this mixture of two genres is to give the public a taste of opera and to test the influence of K-pop on older audience.
HCM City remittances worth $2.1 billion in H1Remittances to HCM City in the first six months of the year were worth US$2.1 billion, marginally up from the same period last year, according to the State Bank of Viet Nam’s HCM City branch. Remittances to HCM City in the first six months of the year were worth US$2.1 billion, marginally up from the same period last year, according to the State Bank of Viet Nam’s HCM City branch. Asked if the recent hike in interest rate by the US Federal Reserve would affect remittances to Việt Nam, he said the impact would be minimal since the hike had been forecast. Specialised agencies keep a close eye on the market and advise the central bank on managing the foreign exchange rate, he said. After the US hiked interest rates for a second time this year, the central bank instructed banks not to hike interest rate on đồng deposits and meet the businesses’ and individuals’ legitimate need for foreign exchange.
Bangladesh’s Communist Party chief greeted in HCM CityPresident of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim was welcomed by Vice Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Vo Thi Dung on June 22 during his visit to Vietnam. The guest expressed his impression of strong developments recorded by Vietnam and HCM City in particular, and praised the Communist Party of Vietnam’s sound leadership in settling problems sprouting during national construction and development. The Party leadership in nation-building and Vietnam’s experience in the past revolutionary struggles will be valuable for left wing forces and communist parties in the world, he said. The HCM City Party, authorities and people will do their utmost to preserve and carry forward the fruitful solidarity and friendship with communist parties, including the CPB, the official said. During their stay in HCM City, the Bangladeshi delegation visited a number of historical relic sites.
Central bank looks to up foreign reservesThe State Bank of Vietnam’s transaction centre this week raised the reference buying rate for the US dollar by 50 VND to 22,725 VND, revealing its intention to expand foreign reserves. Central bank looks to up foreign reservesThis is the third time this year it has increased the buying rate for the greenback. The rates at Techcombank were 22,650 VND (buying) and 22,770 VND (selling), the same as those on June 21. The foreign currency supply from exports, FDI, ODA disbursement, tourism and remittances has grown positively in the first five months, Luc said. Khoa recommended that even in case activities are undertaken to prevent interest rate and exchange rate risks, businesses should still monitor the market and use reasonable risk prevention methods.
The taxi driver who saves livesVietNamNet Bridge – A taxi driver from the central province of Nghe An has turned his house into a first-aid station so that he can offer timely help to traffic accident victims. Names and telephone numbers of first-aid team are listed on the sign. Having worked as a taxi driver, Du understands that first-aid can save lives. Over a year later, the first-aid station at Du’s house was equipped with first-aid kits, medicine and stretchers. Le Duc Son, head of Dien Chau District’s first-aid team said the team members were taxi drivers, motorbike taxi drivers and street vendors.
Thanh Hoa say goodbye to Croatian forwardVietNamNet Bridge – FLC Thanh Hoa have bid farewell to foreign striker Edin Junuzovic, valued VNĐ12 billion (US$521,700), after three weeks of probation. — Photo thethaovietnam.vnThe 31-year-old Junuzovic is a Croatian footballer who last played in the Kazakhstan Premier League for FC Ordabasy as a forward. To prepare for the second leg of the premier league, Thanh Hoa are seeking foreign players to strengthen their team. On Saturday, Thanh Hoa will meet SHB Da Nang in the 14th round of the league. Thanh Hoa are No 1 in the rankings with 26 points.