NHA TRANG – Regional connectivity should be strengthened to devise more initiatives to cope with the “new norm of natural disasters” facing APEC members, a Vietnamese official said yesterday. One of the countries in the world most affected by climate change, Việt Nam last year saw an unprecedented surge of natural disasters. It also plans to build an initiative to boost resilience to natural disasters through facilitating sci-tech reform in disaster prevention and control. Yesterday saw six APEC working groups opening their first meetings in 2017. The Human Resource Development Working Group, meanwhile, reviewed the group’s work last year and discussed the agenda for this year.
'La La Land' has Hollywood singing a different tune on musicalsFrom "Singin' in the Rain" to "The Wizard of Oz," musicals haven't traditionally seen much love from the Oscars. But "La La Land" has changed all that, tapping into a desire for escapism and sending Hollywood scrambling to dust off its dancing shoes. File Photo: Actor Ryan Gosling attends a premiere event for ''La La Land'' in Tokyo, Japan, January 26, 2017. "The miraculous thing about 'La La Land' is that it's anti-cool -- shamelessly and joyously old-fashioned. "La La Land" however cost a modest $30 million to make and has taken $300 million global box office.
APEC working group promotes sci-tech reform to boost disaster resilienceAPEC’s Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) has held the 11th meeting in Nha Trang city, focusing on promoting the reform of scientific-technological application to enhance the member economies’ resilience to natural disasters. He asked the EPWG to promote the study and the application of advanced science-technology to effectively support emergency response to natural disasters. It also needs to enhance regional connectivity to devise initiatives on coping with the “new normal of natural disasters” facing the APEC members. It also plans to build an initiative on boosting the resilience to the new normal of natural disasters through facilitating sci-tech reform in disaster prevention and control. APEC Vietnam 2017 takes the theme of “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering A Shared Future”.
Scientists to test samples of reddish seawater in Ha TinhVietNamNet Bridge – The Institute of Environmental Technology under the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology has taken samples from a 50-metre streak of reddish seawater that appeared in central Ha Tinh Province’s Son Duong Port last Friday for tests. Previously, another reddish streak also appeared in the port on January 19. Additionally, waste discharged from the floating restaurants and houses nearby was also blamed for the red streak. The Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company is located in the Vung Ang Economic Zone. The red streak appears in Son Duong Port last Friday.— Photo tuoitre.vnVNS
HÀ NỘI — Storms and tropical depressions are likely to arrive earlier and with more frequency in the East Sea than in the average monsoon season, the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) said. However, in the next three months, there is little chance of storms and tropical depressions making landfall. Sea waves and sea level, which have enjoyed a peaceful period this year thanks to rather weak and infrequent cold snaps coming from the north, will get stirred up in May, due to early storms. The agency also predicted a shortage of water – even drought – in some localities, such as the northeast region, central provinces of Thanh Hoá and Nghệ An, and Gia Lai, Đắk Lắk in the Central Highlands. Salinisation threats posed to the southern region in the coming dry season will be on the same level as the 2013-2014 period, meaning a relief from the 2016 issues.
SYDNEY — Young Vietnamese businessperson Đào Lan Hương has been selected as one of 15 entrepreneurs to take part in the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme (A2ELP). Minister Bishop said the selected entrepreneurs have made contributions to eradicating poverty, improving healthcare and promoting education, technological development and environmental protection. A2ELP is hoped to promote partnerships among enterprises and organisations and further deepen relations between Australia and countries in Southeast Asia, she said. While she was a student in 2004, Hương joined PeaceSoft/Nexttech Group – a technological startup enterprise – as its co-founder. It will bring together 10 social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and five from Australia to take part in a series of innovative learning and development opportunities in 2017.
HÀ NỘI — Paternal themed film Father and Son, directed by Lương Đình Dũng, will compete and be screened at the 15th Boston International Film Festival. Father and Son is an independent movie adapted from Dũng’s short story titled Father and Son, written in 1995. “BIFF is one of the significant cinema events that Father and Son is proud to attend since the movie’s release,” said director Dũng. BIFF is an annual film festival held in the city with the participation of short and long films from all over the world. There are 16 films from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as South Korea, Indonesia, India, mainland China and Japan competing at the Osaka Asia Film Festival this year.
Overhaul set for guest-worker programThe Vietnam government has announced sweeping changes to the guest worker program, in a bid to dramatically increase the number of skilled labourers working in foreign markets. Our goal is to reduce that number by helping these youth find positions in foreign markets through the guest worker program, the Ministry noted. Deputy Minister Doan Mau Nghiep of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs agrees wholeheartedly. These new opportunities have all come about as a result of the new sweeping changes brought about by the overhaul of the guest worker program. It shows the guest worker program reform is very valuable and already paying huge dividends.
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Committee has recently issued its 2017 economic survey plan for the municipality, where it will study the business sector, administrative agencies, individual business units and religious bodies. The authority will collect information of the former two groups starting March 1, 2017, while the latter two will be surveyed from July 1, 2017. The areas to be surveyed include general information such as name, field of operation, ownership and operation model, in addition to labour information and wages, information on production such as assets, capital, costs and taxes and contributions to the State budget. The preliminary report based on a few main indications will be published in December 2017. The comprehensive economic survey aims to review the amount of labour and production units, income and revenue, labour allocation and ownership, besides calculating the specialised statistics targets, gross domestic product and updating business data.
Call for police investigation into football referee penalty debacleLong An FC's chairman, Vo Thanh Nhien has backed his team and said he would ask the criminal police department to investigate the referee Nguyen Trong Thu after his team were left on the end of a controversial 5-2 defeat, triggered by a weak 80th minute penalty decision. With the game finely balanced at 2-2, referee Nguyen Trong Thu controversially awarded HCM City FC a penalty in the 80th minute of the match between Long An FC and HCM City FC, after deciding that Hoang Lam of Long An FC had pushed over HCM City’s Rod Dyachenko. Referee Nguyen Trong Thu decided to end the game early with HCM City 5-2 up. However, head of the V-League organising board, Nguyen Minh Ngoc was not pleased with the way Long An FC protested. Head of the referee board Nguyen Van Mui said no matter what the referee's decisions were, the players must continue the game.
HÀ NỘI — The Japanese team won the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships 2017, beating the South Korea team 3-0 at the Nguyễn Du Gymnasium in HCM City on Sunday. In the women’s singles, Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, world No. In the third battle of the men’s singles between Kenta Nishimoto and Joeon Hyeok Jin, the former, who is world No. Previously, the Japanese team defeated the Chinese team 3-0 to enter the final round, while South Korea beat Thailand 3-1. The championships attracted the participation of players from 13 nations, including big names China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and India, whose athletes are part of the world’s top 10 and 20 rankings.
KHÁNH HÒA – Four working groups have completed their two-day sessions as part of the first Senior Officials’ Meeting of APEC (SOM-1), which is underway in Nha Trang city, in the south central coastal province of Khánh Hòa, from February 18 to March 3. The groups include the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG), Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), and Chemical Dialogue (CD). As the host of APEC 2017, Vietnam has continued participating in and making active contributions to the related events. Vietnamese ministries and agencies presented their initiatives to promote innovation, effective coordination among policy enforcement agencies, and dialogues on corruption prevention and trade fraud. Vietnam joined APEC in 1998, and hosted APEC in 2006.—VNS
Will high inflation return in 2017? Even the most optimistic economists have shown concern about price fluctuations in the world market, especially the crude oil price. Even the most optimistic economists have shown concern about price fluctuations in the world market, especially the crude oil price. Raising the environment tax is the shortest way to increase the state budget revenue, but it may make high inflation return. Together with the international crude oil price, the natural rubber price has nearly hit the $2,800 per ton threshold.
US digital media and multimedia giant opens Vietnam officeUS digital media and multimedia giant the Thoughtful Media Advertising Co. opened an office in Vietnam on February 16, according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). Thoughtful Media Group (TMG), a global multi-channel network (MCN) with offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Bangkok, works worldwide 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. Utilizing 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 programs on social media to help promote and encourage creativity in content production. TMG also operates networks in Indonesia and the Philippines, with further Southeast Asian expansion planned this year.
Foreign animal feed frenzy verges on monopoly, local makers allegeCompetition in Vietnam’s animal feed industry is falling out of balance, with foreign firms dominating more and more of the local market. Currently, 58 foreign firms operating over 70 plants occupy close to 65 per cent of the domestic animal feed market share. “No enterprise in Vietnam is either holding a dominant position or a monopoly over the local animal feed market,” Lich said. “Foreign animal feed makers have to report their product prices on a monthly basis to the Ministry of Finance’s Price Management Department. Chinese animal feed producer Tequhope plans to set up 12 animal feed plants in Vietnam through 2020.