A surgeon who leaves no scars behindVietNamNet Bridge – Multiple awards winning Dr Tran Ngoc Luong, Director of the National Hospital of Endocrinology, Head of Surgery Department and Associate Prof. at the Ha Noi Medical University, tells Ha Nguyen that seeing young women mentally affected by post-surgical scars on their necks motivated him to pioneer a minimally invasive procedure that has since helped thousands in the country. Golden hands: Associate Prof.Dr Luong, who pioneered endoscopic treatment of thyroid disorders in Viet Nam and helped patients in several other countries. You pioneered endoscopic treatment of thyroid glands in Viet Nam and have tackled cases that are very difficult to operate. The endoscopic technique is an operation with minimal trespass upon surrounding organs. In such cases, an open surgery would leave a scar on the neck, which disadvantages young women, particularly who have to interact a lot with others.
Better skills required of Vietnamese seeking work abroadVietNamNet Bridge – Pham Viet Huong, deputy director of the Overseas Labour Export Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affaris, speaks to the Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) newspaper about Viet Nam’s resolve to improve the skills of its workers abroad. Deputy director of the Overseas Labour Export Department, Pham Viet HuongWhat lessons were learned in the export of labour in 2016? Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are top the list of Viet Nam’s labour export markets. This is an acknowledgement by Japanese firms of the high skills possessed by Vietnamese workers. This year, we set a plan to send 105,000 workers to work abroad, particularly Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Golfers to tee off at Da Nang golf tourneyVietNamNet Bridge – More than 200 golfers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Korea and Viet Nam will compete in the JG Golf Championship in Da Nang on March 25-26. Under the lights: A night view of Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Da Nang. — Photo courtesy of Ba Na Hills Golf ClubThe event organisers, JG Golf Vietnam Joint-stock company, said the championship, aims to promote Da Nang golf tourism to other countries, will see participants compete in a two-day 36-holes tournament at BRG Da Nang Golf Resort & Ba Na Hills Golf Club. Last year, Ba Na Hills Golf Club was awarded ‘Best New Golf Course in Asia Pacific’ and ‘Best Golf Course in Viet Nam – first Runner Up’ at the 2016 Asian Golf Awards. Swing: A golfer plays at Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Da Nang.
Olympic athletes have heart problems, tooSome Olympic athletes could be at risk while training and competing because of heart defects or dysfunction that they may not even know about, Italian researchers say. As part of the heart screening process, the Italian medical team incorporates medical history, a physical exam, an ECG and an echocardiogram. They found that 92 athletes had abnormal results, including inherited heart problems, coronary artery disease, hypertension, electrical diseases such as atrial fibrillation and tachycardias. In fact, no medical evaluation was universally required for athletes until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games, they write. “We make a big deal out of these deaths because of the emotional impact, especially among professional and Olympic athletes who represent the epitome of health,” he said.
HN seeks ideas to develop Red River banksVietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi authorities have asked three construction giants to devise planning schemes to develop the areas along the iconic Hong (Red) River that flows past the capital city. Potential investors are asked to devise planning schemes to develop the areas along the iconic Hong (Red) River that flows past the capital city. Additionally, the scheme should give priority to on-site resettlement for local residents and develop waterway transportation and tourism. The Red River, originated from China, flows past Ha Noi and several provinces in the north of Viet Nam before emptying into the Gulf of Tonkin. The Red River, originating in China, flows past Ha Noi and several provinces in the north of Viet Nam before emptying into the Gulf of Tonkin.
People buy "lucky money" envelopes on Ha Noi’s Hang Ma Street. Due to high demand for new, small banknotes to be given as lucky money, illegal money exchange services mushrooms ahead of Tet. Several online websites charge customers about VND400,000 ($18) to buy a $2 note of lucky money for 2017, the Year of the Rooster, and VND160,000 ($7) for a collection of notes printed with the four holy animals. Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the State Bank of Viet Nam’s HCM City branch, said the money exchange services are illegal. The branch also sent a message ordering staff not to abet the money exchange providers, he said.
Uber to pay $20 million to settle U.S. claims it misled driversRide-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims by the U.S. government that it exaggerated prospective earnings in seeking to recruit drivers and downplayed the costs of buying or leasing a car, documents filed with a federal court on Thursday showed. "This settlement will put millions of dollars back in Uber drivers’ pockets," said Jessica Rich, director of the agency's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Under Uber's business model, consumers use an app to hail a ride and pay Uber for it. Uber, which operates in 74 countries, said in a statement it was "pleased" to have reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. In addition to the $20 million payment, Uber would be barred under the agreement from misrepresenting its drivers' earnings or payments for automobiles.
Asian stocks, dollar slip as Trump caution outweighs China GDPCaution prevailed in financial markets on Friday ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, even as China's fourth-quarter economic growth beat expectations and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took a less hawkish policy stance. The world's second-largest economy expanded 6.7 percent in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics said, in line with forecasts. The dollar fell after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that gradual monetary adjustments were prudent, taking a less hawkish tone than anticipated. "The dollar could fall if Trump pushes forward his protectionist rhetoric in his inauguration speech," said Minori Uchida, chief FX analyst at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ. "Some investors also expect more details on his policies, so the dollar could also slip if Trump does not mention any specifics."
According to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, in 2016 alone, four wild elephants were killed, while there were 25 cases of human-elephant conflicts. There are 44 domesticated elephants now in Dak Lak, including 25 aged 20-40. As living conditions have changed, domesticated elephants have lost many of their natural instincts. Therefore, elephants can live in a safe environment, while domesticated elephants are taken care of well. The Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center complained about the staff deficiency.
Chau Thanh Vu from Ninh Thuan province not only won a full five-year scholarship to pursue a PhD degree in economics at Harvard University worth $400,000, but also a full doctoral scholarship from seven other leading American universities. This year, contestants had to write about an artwork that inspired them.With an essay titled "Reading Raphael in Hanoi", writing about the famous painting "The School of Athens" by Raphael, Nguyen Tien Thanh scored highest and was named the winner.Thanh has entered Duke University in the US. With an impressive high-school final exam score of 28.3 for three exam subjects, Vy succeeded in enrolling in the prestigious school.Vy became known after imitating many different tones posted on internet. The beautiful girl can also play music, sing songs and act as a TV MC.Tran My Linh is the girl who presented flowers to US President Obama during his official visit to Vietnam in mid-2016. Linh is an excellent student in both learning records and extracurricular activities at the University for Social Sciences & Humanities.
VinaCapital seeking opportunities in equitised SOEs in 2017VinaCapital currently has $120 million in cash and is looking to invest in private or equitised companies in 2017. Andy Ho, CEO of VinaCapital, talked about the company’s plans to use the cash and assessed the prospects of the Vietnamese stock market. The Vietnamese stock market currently shows no clear trends. In this context, do you think 2017 will be a good year for the Vietnamese stock market? Looking at the stock market in the previous years, one can see that the biggest risk is is too high inflation.
Police mull automatic fine collection for carsVietNamNet Bridge – Police in the capital city have said they are considering electronic (and automatic) charging of traffic fines to offenders’ bank accounts. Police officers are mostly supportive of the idea, while others, including car drivers and authority figures, are not so impressed, urging careful study. A member of the Ha Noi Traffic Police checks papers and fines a driver who violated traffic regulations. Police in the capital city are considering the automatic charging of traffic fines to offenders’ bank accounts. Currently, traffic offenders pay on-the-spot fines in cash to police officers, which is more convenient for people, but not for the police officers.
Nintendo says to launch Super Mario Run Android version in MarchJapan's Nintendo said it will release an Android version of its Super Mario mobile game in March following the launch of Super Mario Run for Apple Inc's iPhone in December. Nintendo's game character Super Mario is seen on a screen at the presentation ceremony of Nintendo's new game console Switch in Tokyo, Japan January 13, 2017. Super Mario Run represents a belated bid by Nintendo to tap mobile gaming after restricting its most popular gaming character to its own game consoles. By releasing an Android version, Nintendo can tap a much larger pool of potential gamers. Analysts, however, note that so far less than one in 10 people who have downloaded Super Mario Run for free have agreed to pay $9.99 to unlock all the features of the game.
Residential service fees in Hanoi unrealisticVietNamNet Bridge – Service fees at residential buildings in Ha Noi, ranging from VND700 (3 US cents) to VND16,500 (72 cents) per square metre, under the capital’s newly-issued decision are thought to be unrealistic. The service fee in residential buildings, newly issued by the capital People’s Committee is believed to not match to the reality. Service fees exclude fees for swimming pools, saunas, cable television and internet, the decision said. For some residential buildings, fees of VND10,000 (44 cents) per square metre had included fees for swimming pool or gym centre, he said. According to Hung, only a few residential buildings collected service fees above VND15,000 (66 cents) per square metre, while most buildings in the city collected service fees under VND10,000 per square metre.
Vietnam's gas industry targets doubling output by year 2035The Vietnamese gas industry aims to double its exploitation output to reach as much as 21 billion cubic metres by 2035, according to a master plan approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc early this week. The current output of roughly 11 billion cubic metres will be maintained to 2020 and pushed up to 19 billion cubic metres by 2025 and 21 billion cubic metres by 2035. Vietnam also plans to import 1-4 billion cubic metres of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 2021-25 and 6-10 billion cubic metres from 2026-35. Vietnam will encourage investment in the gas industry while State capital will be used to build infrastructure. About 80% of the total gas output is expected to be used for electricity generation.