Korean orchestra coming to Hà Nội

HÀ NỘI — The South Korean string JK Chamber Orchestra will perform at Việt Nam National Accademy of Music’s Grand Concert Hall in Hà Nội on February 18 to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Việt Nam and Korea. The highlight of the concert will be a chaconne for the string orchestra and a piece for two violins. She has performed at international festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. She is currently the first associate principal violinist in the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 2005, JK Chamber Orchestra is a leading string orchestra featuring a dozen outstanding musicians, many of whom are university professors.

February 18, 2017 02:04 UTC

PM heaps pressure on Ministry of Construction

According to the Construction Ministry, from the beginning of 2016 until February 10, 2017, the ministry has been assigned 311 tasks. The PM also urged the Ministry of Construction to submit the amended Decree 59 on construction investment management to the Government. Localities can be authorised to issue construction licences but the ministry must supervise construction. The Construction Ministry was also asked to study new materials, recycled materials, environmentally-friendly materials and substitute materials used domestically to cut down on the import of construction materials. Construction Minister Phạm Hồng Hà said that the ministry would continue completing mechanisms, work with State and local agencies in construction investment and pay attention to decentralised administration.

February 18, 2017 02:04 UTC

Heat hope to seal play-off berth with win

HÀ NỘI — Saigon Heat must win their match against Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions to keep alive their hopes of entering the play-offs of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Saigon Heat, on the other hand, picked up an 85-76 win over the Kaohsiung Truth last Saturday to register back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The 2.11m centre, is a former Kansas State star, whose career highlights include playing for Houston Rocket in NBA Summer League 2013 and New York Knicks in NBA Summer League 2014. Both Heat and Long Lions are aware that the result of the upcoming match will affect their standings. For the Long Lions, a win would mean staying on top of the upper echelon of the league, while for Saigon Heat, keeping the streak alive would also mean overtaking the Truth for the tightly-contested fourth spot, and ensure their play-off spot.

February 18, 2017 02:04 UTC

Việt Nam to go all out in Kunming tournament

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will try to put in their best display as they travel to China for an international youth football tournament, which kicks off today in Kunming. The Southeast Asian squad will play the Yunnan Province team in the opening match. Speaking to reporters prior to their departure on Thursday, coach Đinh Hồng Vinh said his players were confident of facing strong international teams. They have not been set any target for this event but have been asked to perform their best,” said Vinh. “If we have more time for practice, I believe we can get a good result in Kunming.”In the second match two days later, Việt Nam will play Sichuan team and then Thailand on February 22.

February 18, 2017 02:03 UTC

Viet Nam to go all out in Kunming tournament

Viet Nam to go all out in Kunming tournamentViet Nam will try to put in their best display as they travel to China for an international youth football tournament, which kicks off today in Kunming. Việt Nam U18 team in a training. They will play first match at an international youth football tournament, which kicks off today in Kunming. They have not been set any target for this event but have been asked to perform their best,” said Vinh. “If we have more time for practice, I believe we can get a good result in Kunming.”In the second match two days later, Việt Nam will play Sichuan team and then Thailand on February 22.

February 18, 2017 02:03 UTC



Da Nang to boost IT training, manpower

Da Nang to boost IT training, manpowerDa Nang’s IT and communications sector is facing a serious shortfall in manpower, as colleges and training centres are only able to supply a fifth of the human resources needed for businesses operating in the city. Nguyen Tuan Phuong, director of Da Nang FPT Software company, said the company employed 500 people, of which 100 were from Da Nang, last year. FPT Software Da Nang has a staff of 2,000, of which two thirds were from Da Nang’s Technology College, while a third was from Ha Noi-based Technology college. At the conference, FPT College inked an agreement on IT human resource training for FPT Software Da Nang, and the enrolment will begin this April. FPT Software has opened branches in the United States, France, Japan and Singapore, as well as Malaysia, HCM City, Can Tho and Da Nang.

February 18, 2017 02:03 UTC

Thoughtful Media Advertising opens in VN

HCM CITY – US digital media and multimedia giant Thoughtful Media Advertising Co Ltd opened an office in Việt Nam on Thursday. TMG works world-wide with content creators and social media influencers by supporting their channels and orienting their content, as well as facilitating advertising campaigns between creators and international and local brands. It has offices in HCM City, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Los Angeles, and also operates networks in Indonesia and the Philippines, with further Southeast Asian expansion planned this year. Utilising its proprietary technology and methodology, Thoughtful Vietnam will connect global brands with the Vietnamese creator community, offering video content ideas to provide brands directed advertising on social networks. It will also provide a range of programmes on social media to help promote and encourage creativity in content production.

February 18, 2017 01:54 UTC

Berjaya Land to sell VN operations

HÀ NỘI - Berjaya Land Bhd (BLand) will be exiting its Việt Nam-based Berjaya Long Beach LLC (BLong Beach) business, as it will be selling its entire stake in the latter to Sulyna Hospitality Hotel Restaurant Travel Service Co Ltd for VNĐ333.25 billion or nearly US$15 million. BLand owns BLong Beach via its wholly owned subsidiary, Berjaya Leisure (Cayman) Ltd (BLCayman). BLCayman will also be waiving the total outstanding debt owed by BLong Beach worth approximately VNĐ87.50 billion ($3.9mil). BLong Beach is principally involved in the operation and management of an international four-star resort-cum-spa hotel in Phú Quốc Island, Kiên Giang Province. The hotel has 109 standard rooms, six suites and four VIP suites with a swimming pool, restaurants, banquet rooms and a spa centre.

February 18, 2017 01:54 UTC

Việt Nam makes Intellectual Property headway

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is ranked 37th among 45 countries in the latest Intellectual Property (IP) Index report compiled by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Centre. Its latest ranking puts Việt Nam ahead of countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, India and Egypt, but behind the Philippines. “This year’s index, namely ‘The Roots of Innovation’, recognises the indispensable role of intellectual property (IP) in facilitating innovative and creative activity on a socially transformative scale,” said Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director for the Global Intellectual Property Center, at the launch of Việt Nam IP Index by AmCham in Hà Nội on Friday. “Over the last few years, Việt Nam has shown strong improvement in the IP sector. The Global Intellectual Property Center says it works around the world to champion intellectual property rights as vital to creating jobs, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

February 18, 2017 01:52 UTC

RoK strawberry imports face new rules

Under the new regulations, RoK fresh strawberries exported to Việt Nam must be produced, packaged, treated and stored at facilities registered with the RoK’s agricultural goods authorities, said the department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The boxes of strawberries must also have the name or registration code of the production and packaging facilities. The exports must also undergo quarantine checks by the RoK’s plant quarantine agencies and receive quarantine certificates, reported baohaiquan.vn. Việt Nam agreed to import RoK strawberries in 2016 after years of negotiation on quarantine issues between the two sides. In Việt Nam, RoK strawberries sell for VNĐ600,000-800,000 per kilo.

February 18, 2017 01:49 UTC

Legislator calls for stronger Việt Nam-Argentina relations

Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu (R) meets President of the Republican Proposal Humberto Schiavoni – VNA/VNS PhotoHÀ NỘI – Vice Chairman of the National Assembly, Uông Chu Lưu, has voiced his hope that relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Republican Proposal (PRO) – the ruling party of Argentina – will be enhanced to be on par with political, economic and trade ties. At a meeting yesterday with a PRO delegation led by its President Humberto Schiavoni, Lưu said that the Argentinean parliament’s experience in law making and reform is useful to its Vietnamese counterpart, adding that visits by parliamentarians of the two legislatures would help solidify the friendship and co-operation between Việt Nam and Argentina. For his part, PRO President Humberto Schiavoni said that his country is interested in expanding all-round cooperation with Việt Nam, especially in trade, investment and economy.

February 18, 2017 01:49 UTC

VN looks forward to stronger ties with Sweden, Hungary

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân (R) receives Swedish Ambassador to Việt Nam Pereric Hogberg yesterday. During a reception for Swedish Ambassador to Việt Nam Pereric Hogberg yesterday, the top legislator applauded the Swedish Government’s efforts to encourage and support Swedish enterprises’ investment in Việt Nam, affirming that Sweden is an important trade partner of Việt Nam. For his part, Hogberg agreed with the host’s suggestion to hasten EU approval of a free trade agreement with Việt Nam in 2017 and recognise the country’s market economy status. Earlier the same day, the NA Chairwoman received Hungarian Ambassador to Việt Nam Ory Csaba. The ambassador said his country wished to develop relations with Việt Nam, including expanding co-operation and establishing ties among the two countries’ localities.

February 18, 2017 01:45 UTC

Deputy PM meets top diplomats of UK, US, Brazil, Spain

Minh asked the UK to increase scholarships for Việt Nam to help with the training of high-quality human resources. He also took this occasion to invite Tillerson to visit Việt Nam in the near future. For his part, Tillerson also expressed his willingness to visit Việt Nam and participate in activities within the framework of the APEC Việt Nam 2017. Dastis said that Việt Nam was an important pillar in Spain’s relations in Southeast Asia. Earlier, Minh also met with German Foreign Minister Sigma Gabriel and discussed measures to strengthen the Việt Nam-Germany strategic partnership.

February 18, 2017 01:45 UTC

Vietjet enters stock market, plans to issue bonds in int'l market

Vietjet enters stock market, plans to issue bonds in int'l marketVietNamNet Bridge - Vietjet Air has launched its IPO and plans to list its shares at the HCMC Stock Exchange (HOSE) on February 28. Vietjet Air has launched its IPO and plans to list its shares at the HCMC Stock Exchange (HOSE) on February 28. As many as 300 million VJC shares of Vietjet Air will be put into the first trading session at HOSE as announced by the privately-run air carrier.Vietjet’s announcement did not mention the VJC starting price. HDBank, where Thao is deputy chair, and Sovico, where Thao is founder and deputy chair, hold more than 4 percent of Vietjet shares. More and more domestic and international air routes have been launched by the carrier, which began operating five years ago.

February 18, 2017 01:23 UTC

Resistant & persistent

According to the World Bank, Vietnam’s agriculture sector now stands at a turning point. “Demand for clean agricultural products in Vietnam is more urgent than demand for mobile phones and computers,” he said. Registrar Corp also poured capital into and cooperated with 400 Vietnamese enterprises in the clean agriculture sector. While fruit and seafood recorded positive results, falling rice exports were a blow to the agriculture sector. “These countries achieved considerable success in their food self-sufficiency policies,” a representative from the Vietnam Food Association said.

February 18, 2017 00:44 UTC



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