Robot serves HCM City restaurantA restaurant in HCM City’s Thu Duc District has used a robot to serve customers. According to Dr. Nguyen Ba Hai from HCM City University of Technology and Education who researched the robot, this is the first restaurant in HCM City using robot staff. Dr. Nguyen Ba Hai was voted as the most outstanding residents in HCM City in 2012. The female robot is 1.65 metres highDr. Nguyen Ba Hai and 'Miss Ba"'Miss Ba' serving customers"Miss Ba" is now working for several restaurants in HCMC. Dtinews/VNErelated news Made-in-Vietnam robot used in Hanoi coffee shop
January 19, 2018 08:15 UTC
Japanese cherry blossoms in SapaThe northern province of Lao Cai is proving popular with visitors as its Japanese cherry blossoms at Sapa near Mount Fansipan are blooming. Thousands of Japanese cherry trees have been planted successfully in Sapa District. The Japanese cherry blossoms were presented by the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association on the occasion of 100th anniversary of its establishment in 2003. Thousands of other Japanese cherry blossoms have been planned to be grown in Sapa in the coming time. Japanese cherry blossoms in Sapa Visitors taking photos with the cherry blossoms Japanese cherry blossoms are popular with tourists One of the first Japanese cherry blossoms grown in SapaDtinews
January 19, 2018 08:03 UTC
105-year-old tea shop still open for business in downtown HCM CityHCM City’s Ben Thanh Market area houses the oldest and most famous tea store in the city, opened in the early 20th century. Located at 13 Phan Chu Trinh Street at the west gate of the market, the tea shop is popular with foreign visitors. Kha Quyen, an 87-year-old woman, is the second generation of her family to take over the business. Quyen said the tea shop opened in 1913 and saw its heyday from the 1950s-70s when her family members were all involved in the tea business. Some pictures of the old tea shop:The old tea shop looked from outsideThe 87-year-old owner - Mrs. Kha QuyenThe old tea boxesAn old scale that was used to weigh tea in the pastCATPHCM/VNS/VNN
January 19, 2018 07:30 UTC
Photos showcasing Hoi An’s beauty on displayA Long-term exhibition by French photographer Réhahn on the beauty of Hoi An, the ancient town in the central province of Quang Nam, has been opened in Hoi An Museum. The photo entitled "Blue Window" by French photographer Réhahn is being displayed in Hoi An Museum. “Réhahn’s photos truthfully reflect the everyday life of the Hoi An people, which would evoke the visitors’ feelings about the ancient town and its people even before they explore it themselves,” said Nguyen Chi Trung, the director of Hoi An Museum. He has travelled to more than 35 countries prior to making Hội An Ancient Town his home in 2011. He has been popularly known for his portraits of Viet Nam, Cuba and India.
January 19, 2018 07:18 UTC
Finance Ministry tightens casino supervisionCasino establishments in Viet Nam must soon equip their venues with features like a working camera system to aid the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in supervising the casinos’ operations, as part of the MoF’s plans to legalise casino activities for Vietnamese people. Accordingly, eligible casinos in the country must follow the decree’s regulations on management of money, conventional currency and organisation. The regulation stipulates that businesses are only allowed to exchange and return conventional currency at the cashier for players before they start playing. All transactions related to domestic, foreign and conventional currency must be monitored by computer software. At the same time, any monetary transactions must be recorded and reported to the relevant State management agencies.
January 19, 2018 06:45 UTC
VN, France ink research dealViet Nam and France will promote co-operation in scientific and medical research on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis in the coming years. Under the agreement, ANRS will provide professional and financial support for scientific research organisations, calling the ANRS Viet Nam to set up research sites in Viet Nam. These research sites will develop and promote common activities, experience exchange, technology transfering and human resource training for projects relating to epidemic characteristics in Viet Nam. Viet Nam and ANRS had signed a co-operation agreement in HIV/AIDS scientific research and prevention in 2000. Thanks to the co-operation, many advanced techniques have been successfully transferred to serve scientific research, patient care and treatment in Viet Nam.
January 19, 2018 06:33 UTC
Deadly synthetic drugs create many new addictsVietNamNet Bridge – Waking up after five days in a coma at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, a 16 year-old girl does not recognise anyone, not even her father. On hearing of her coma, the whole family was shocked to learn that the girl was addicted to synthetic drugs. Recently, the centre has received patients suffering from shock with synthetic drugs such as amphetamines, khat leaves and lysergic acid diethylamide. Methadone treatment is not effective with those taking synthetic drugs. Of the total, 20,778 people were addicted to synthetic drugs.
Aquatic export expected to hit 9 billion USD in 2018The Directorate of Fisheries has set a seafood export value of 9 billion USD for 2018, as heard at a conference held on January 16 by the sector to set out its 2018 tasks. After exceeding 10 billion USD in 2012, the surplus expanded to 20 billion USD in 2016 and to 31.6 billion USD last year, the data showed. The province targets to earn 1.3 billion USD in export revenue in 2018. Last year, Phu Tho’s export value rose 36.8 percent year on year to 1.3 billion USD. This was the second time that the province’s export revenue surpassing 1 billion USD.
Hotels, resorts threaten rare primatesVietNamNet Bridge – Recent rapid construction of more than 20 hotels and resorts in Son Tra Nature Reserve is threatening the survival of highly endangered langurs and other wildlife. Two red-shanked douc langurs at Son Tra Nature Reserve close to Da Nang. Two red-shanked douc langurs were reportedly killed for eating. Last year, a business group donated $9,700 to build canopy gap bridges for the endangered langurs to cross roads safely. Re-use Everything Institute Inc of Finland agreed to fund $25,000 for biodiversity research in the Son Tra reserve to help protect the langurs.
Second, the Vietnamese brands of the enterprises should be protected. Vo Van Quang, a branding expert, said that people don’t talk about national brands, but national brands of international stature. A brand should be considered a national brand if it has global influence. In the case of Sabeco, if the new owner eliminates the Sabeco brand, other businesses will scramble for the name. Le Dang Doanh, former head of CIEM (Central Institute of Economic Management), believes there is no need to protect all Vietnamese brands and only certain brands in some business fields should be protected.
Party, State leaders receive Indonesian upper house speakerGeneral Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong has urged Vietnam and Indonesia to step up bilateral cooperation in different fields as the two nations share many similar characteristics and interests. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Speaker of the Indonesian Regional Representatives Council (upper house) Oesman Sapta Odang. At a reception for Speaker of the Indonesian Regional Representatives Council (upper house) Oesman Sapta Odang in Hanoi on January 18, the Party leader highly valued the fruitful development of the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership. President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Speaker of the Indonesian Regional Representatives Council (upper house) Oesman Sapta Odang. The leader noted with pleasure the strong development of the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia.
Monkeys destroy Ninh Thuan cropsFarmers in Ninh Thuan Province are complaining about being attacked by wild monkeys who are also destroying their vineyards. People in Ninh Thuan Province have been attacked by wild monkeysAccording to dozens of households in Khanh Hai Town, a group of seven monkeys often come to the houses located near the mountain. For the current time, farmers were told to use loud noise to scare away the monkeys. However, this solution proved to be ineffective as the locals have been attacked by monkeys since October. Duong Dinh Son, deputy head of Ninh Thuan Forest Ranger Unit told Thanh Nien News that those are long-tailed macaques, a species native to Ca Du Mountain.
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick a billionaire after $8bn investment dealUber co-founder Travis Kalanick will officially become a billionaire, after investors agreed to take a large stake in the ride-hailing firm. A consortium led by Japan's Softbank is buying a chunk of the company from existing shareholders as well as new Uber shares in an $8bn ($5.8bn) deal. Mr Kalanick was driven out of the top job by a series of scandals, but his ties with Uber remain strong. Of that $8bn, about $1.25bn is a cash investment in new shares, with the rest going to existing Uber investors. As part of the deal, Uber's board has expanded from 11 to 17 directors, with Softbank's investor group taking two of the new seats.
January 19, 2018 05:26 UTC
Verify information of Thai business partners: MinistryThe Ministry of Industry and Trade has urged Vietnamese firms to verify information of Thai business partners carefully to avoid being swindled. Many Vietnamese firms were looking for business partners from Thailand via the Internet and decided to do business and pay deposits without adequately verifying information about them. The trade counsellor urged Vietnamese firms to verify information of their Thai partners carefully, especially those with whom they are doing business for the first time. All Thai businesses must register their information with the Department of Business Department, which is published on the portal: www.dbd.go.th/Applications/cds/. While negotiating contracts and transactions, Vietnamese firms should ask partners to provide adequate information for verification as well as choose safe payment methods.
January 19, 2018 05:03 UTC
He also asked Vietnam to continue improving its investment climate so that foreign businesses, including Japanese ones, can increase investment here, thus helping to reinforce the countries’ cooperation. China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Chen Xiaodong affirmed that the Chinese Party and Government always treasure the enhancement of relations with Vietnam. The two-day event is the first activity to implement the ARF Ministerial Statement on Enhancing Cooperation among Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies. They also reviewed maritime law enforcement cooperation in Asia-Pacific and the cooperation principles, scope and measures for the agencies. He lauded the close cooperation of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance.
January 19, 2018 04:18 UTC