APEC SOM 3 to take place in Ho Chi Minh City next weekThe third Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM-3) of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City from August 18-30. APEC SOM 3 will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from August 18-30. Around 2,100 international and domestic delegates from 21 member economies, representatives of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the APEC observer organizations, international and regional organizations, global enterprises and scholars will participate in the event. SOM3 will include 75 meetings, seminars and dialogues in various fields of trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, network economy, finance and society, quality growth, science, technology & creativity, anti-corruption, health, emergency response plan, structural reforms etc etc…On this occassion United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price will visit Vietnam and sign memorandum of understanding on communicable disease control, elderly healthcare programs and sustainable healthcare finance during the current global transitional economic period.
August 16, 2017 07:52 UTC
Flooding threatens flights at Tan Son Nhat AirportTan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City faces flooding whenever it rains. In early April, a heavy rain flooded several parking places and delayed many flights. The airport was flooded again after a rain in last August. Tan Son Nhat Airport uses the city's drainage system so the water has nowhere to go when its surroundings are flooded. As 40% of the flights in Vietnam are from or to Tan Son Nhat Airport, any disruption in service will cause a severe chain reaction.
August 16, 2017 06:33 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Young female rugby players from Việt Nam, Laos and the Philippines will compete against the girls’ team from Belfast at the ChildFund Pass It Back Cup 2017. The game will be played at the Belfast Harlequins RFC on August 21, a day before the Women’s Rugby World Cup semifinal. They will be there for seven days and participate in a range of activities, such as training with Ireland’s rugby clubs (Cooke Women’s Rugby and Ulster Rugby), meeting with Bill Pulver, sightseeing and picnicking. For young girls, the obstacles are even greater,” Chris Mastaglio, director of ChildFund Pass It Back, said. Since its launch in September 2015, the project has delivered more than 17,000 classes for nearly 4,000 children and youth from Laos, Việt Nam and the Philippines.
August 16, 2017 06:22 UTC
PARIS — Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016-17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday. The shortlist was decided by the 80 coaches of the clubs that played in the Champions League and Europa League group stages, as well as 55 journalists. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has won the award twice, as has Portuguese forward Ronaldo. Since its inception in 2011, unlike other similar individual awards, the UEFA accolade has not been totally dominated by Ronaldo and Messi. Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta won the honour in 2012, followed by French winger Franck Ribery a year later.
August 16, 2017 05:48 UTC
SEA Games 29: Archery team aim for two goldsVietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Cuong is expected to win the country’s first gold medal in the men’s individual three-string bow (compound) event at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia today. Straight shooter: Nguyen Tien Cuong will compete in the men’s individual three-string bow event at the SEA Games in Malaysia. — Photo vcmedia.vnAt the Games, archery and eight other events including football, futsal, swimming and sepak takraw will kick off before the official opening ceremony on August 19. During the 19th, 20th and 22nd editions of the Games, the Vietnamese archers walked away without any awards, but at SEA Games 24, Viet Nam won the three-string bow team event. At the previous games in Singapore two years ago, Viet Nam finished third with 73 golds.
Transport minister addresses over-charging BOT toll stationMinister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia said the investor of Cai Lay BOT toll station in the southern province of Tien Giang had agreed to reduce the fees following opposition. “All the public proposals about the Cai Lay BOT toll station will be settled early,” he promised. At the meeting, National Assembly Secretary General Nguyen Hanh Phuc said that the current fees of Cai Lay BOT toll station were too high. Meanwhile, up to four BOT toll stations are put on a 100-km road section from Hanoi to Thai Binh Province. He called on strict measures on the BOT toll station management to avoid the public outrage over the unsuitable fee levels like in the case of Cai Lay toll station.
HCM City firms fear plan to extend mini-truck banVietNamNet Bridge – With HCM City authorities considering an increase in the number of hours that mini trucks are banned in the inner city, businesses are worried about its fallout. His company used to use mini trucks to supply its buyers, but now has to rely on pick-ups, directors’ cars, and bikes. He said the reports that the city would expand the mini-truck ban were worrisome and would surely affect his company. The company has three mini trucks that can each deliver products to seven or eight customers. The ban would not apply to the whole city but only to certain main streets where traffic jams occur regularly.
Da Nang to use LED public lighting for APEC meetVietNamNet Bridge – A pilot project using low carbon emission light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs will light up 19 main downtown streets in Da Nang as the central coastal city prepares for the high-profile 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit. Da Nang at night. — Photo: Tran Le Lam/VNSNearly 3,000 high-voltage bulbs – five per cent of the city’s total public lighting system – will be replaced by the LED public lighting system, beginning this September, and go operational in October. With the LED lighting system, Da Nang expects to save 1 million KWh per year – 12 per cent of its power consumption, by 2020. Da Nang was selected as an APEC city for a Low-Carbon Model Town Project at the 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC back in 2012.
August 16, 2017 05:15 UTC
Businesses’ fear of failure stifles startup cultureVietNamNet Bridge - The high ‘fear-of-failure’ is a challenge that affects entrepreneurs in Vietnam, despite the efforts by the government to improve the business environment. The government in 2014-2015 gradually restored business confidence, helping reduce the ‘fear-of-failure’ index to 45.6 percent in 2015. The fear of failure has negative impact on Vietnam’s business startup index, which, according to the World Bank, has fallen by 10 grades. Analysts believe that the goal of having 1 million businesses by 2020 will be a difficult task because of the fear of failure. RELATED NEWSVietnamese businesses capable of listing on leading stock marketsVietnamese wasting opportunities to do business with ChinaThanh Mai
August 16, 2017 05:03 UTC
Medical authorities in the Mekong Delta Province of Bến Tre have stepped up a prevention campaign against Streptococcus suis bacteria, a pig-based pathogen capable of transmission to human beings.— Photo zing.vnBẾN TRE — Medical authorities in the Mekong Delta Province of Bến Tre have stepped up a prevention campaign against Streptococcus suis bacteria, a pig-based pathogen capable of transmission to human beings. The information campaign focuses on communities highly exposed to the bacteria, such as pork farmers, transporters, and fresh pork butchers. The provincial medical sector warned residents against slaughtering or consuming bacteria-infected pigs, dead pigs and pig blood pudding, raw or underdone pork products. Hồng said the extremely dangerous disease is caused by bacteria in the respiratory system and easily transmitted from pigs to humans. More than 300,000 pigs are bred in Bến Tre Province.
For example, the initial projected cost for a BOT project is suggested by the investor, instead of the project owner. Some of them are of high quality, like the Hà Nội - Lào Cai or Hà Nội - Hải Phòng routes, but there are others that would barely pass quality tests. One of the big problems with BOT projects these days is toll collection. For the time being, losses incurred in recent operations of many BOT projects have washed away money and assets of our country. What are the key measures we should take to improve the efficiency of our infrastructure projects in general and BOT projects in particular?
— Photo vietnamnet.vnHCM CITY — Bùi Minh Trạng, chief inspector of HCM City’s Health Department, said various violations had been detected at cosmetic surgery clinics, such as false advertising and employing surgeon not certified to perform plastic surgery, resulting in several fatalities in recent months. An American man died while having cosmetic surgery at a clinic on Sư Vạn Hạnh Street in District 10 on July. Apart from plastic surgery departments at public and private hospitals, HCM City has around 100 cosmetic surgery clinics, according to the official. Nguyễn Phan Tú Dung, director of JW Korean Plastic Surgery Hospital, said anaphylactic shock was the most likely fatal complication in cosmetic surgery due to reaction from the anesthetic. Simple surgeries such as eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and dimple creation surgery can be carried out at cosmetic surgery clinics, but surgeries which require general anesthesia, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, bone-cutting surgery must be performed in specialised hospitals, Dung said.
All the communes in the Central Highlands have been linked with the national power grid, according to the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands.– VNA/VNS Photo Ngọc HàĐẮK LẮK – All the communes in the Central Highlands have been linked with the national power grid, according to the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands. State agencies have also given financial support to disadvantaged, ethnic minority and rural families to install electrical equipment. Notably, the Đắk Lắk Power Company has mobilised more than VNĐ800 billion (US$35.2 million) from various resources since 2011 for upgrading and constructing the power network, particularly in remote and ethnic minority areas. That has helped reduce poverty and improve residents’ material and spiritual life, the steering committee noted. Đắk Lắk province is currently managing and operating over 4,000km of medium-voltage lines, 4,620km of low-voltage lines, and 4,130 transformer stations.
Women's rugby team head to tournament in BelfastFifteen women rugby players from marginalized communities in Asia, including five from Vietnam, are heading to the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast to play in the ChildFund Pass It Back Cup, in the lead up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. ChildFund Pass It Back is an innovative Sport for Development program led by ChildFund in partnership with World Rugby, Asia Rugby, and Women Win, delivering an integrated life skills and rugby curriculum for children and young people in disadvantaged communities across Asia. Players from Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam will play under the banner of the South-East Asian Dragons and compete with teams from Belfast in the ChildFund Pass It Back Cup 2017 Belfast, a tag rugby event, at Belfast Harlequins RFC on August 21, the day before the Women’s Rugby World Cup Semi-Final. “ChildFund Pass It Back was established for young people who face significant poverty and have few, if any, opportunities to get involved in organized sport,” said Mr. Chris Mastaglio, Director of ChildFund Pass It Back. “For young girls, the obstacles are even greater.
August 16, 2017 04:41 UTC
HSBC: Vietnam may miss 3.5% fiscal deficit for 2017While a renewed focus on equitizing State-owned enterprises (SOEs) has been exhibited following the leadership transition in April last year, equitization alone is not a short-term solution to reducing the government’s fiscal deficit. Rather, meeting the government’s 3.5 per cent deficit target for 2017 would have to come on the back of reduced government expenditure, which HSBC in its latest report believes is unlikely, given the government’s growth targets. HSBC believes additional reform measures remain crucial to fully realizing the government’s equitization agenda. By the end of the second quarter, Vietnam earned VND11.6 trillion ($504 million) from divestments, an increase of 314 per cent year-on-year. Meeting the 3.5 per cent fiscal deficit target will rely on drastically reducing government expenditure.
August 16, 2017 04:30 UTC