Da Nang tops Vietnam ICT Index for another year

Da Nang tops Vietnam ICT Index for another yearDa Nang city continues to top the Vietnam ICT Index 2016, the rankings on the readiness for information and communications technology development and application, which was revealed on March 22. The Ministry of Finance leads other ministries and ministry-level agencies, while the State Bank of Vietnam is the first among agencies subordinate to the Government. Among commercial banks, the five leading positions respectively belong to the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), the Sai Gon Joint Stock Commercial Bank (SCB), the Vietnam Public Joint Stock Commercial Bank (PVcomBank), the Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MB Bank), and the Nam A Commercial Join Stock Bank (Nam A Bank). The Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUD), the Vietnam Steel Corporation (VNSteel), and the Vietnam Airlines Corporation (Vietnam Airlines) are the best State-owned groups and corporations in the Vietnam ICT Index 2016. The Vietnam ICT Index 2016 was compiled by the Ministry of Information and Communications based on the United Nations’ criteria.

March 23, 2017 04:18 UTC

Austria boosts cash handout for migrants going home

They would be offered 1,000 euros (US$1,080) instead of 500 euros, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said. The scheme, run in collaboration with pro-refugee groups, is primarily aimed at "those who are not likely to be granted the right to long-term residence", he told a press conference in Vienna. Of the new arrivals, about 10,700 left Austria again last year, including 5,800 by choice, according to official data. It is primarily aimed at nationals from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and sub-Saharan countries, but excludes people from neighbouring Balkan states. The government has also capped asylum applications at 35,000 for 2017.

March 23, 2017 04:18 UTC

Việt Nam’s 100 Best Places to Work revealed

In the Best Places to Work based on industry categories, Prudential Vietnam, Mercedes-Benz Vietnam, Abbott, and Viettel took the awards. Most companies have three generations working together: baby boomers (born in 1950-1969), Generation X (1970-85) and Generation Y (1986-2000). Last year 22.5 million Generation X and 21.7 million Generation Y members were in the work force, while baby boomers accounted for 8.9 million. By 2020 the total number of Việt Nam’s workforce will reach 59 million comprising 25.6 million members of Generation Y, 22.5 million members of Generation X and 7.9 million baby boomers. Some 41 per cent of Generation Y employees have neither emotional nor rational engagement with the business.

March 23, 2017 04:18 UTC

Music festival on Mui Ne beach in early April

Music festival on Mui Ne beach in early AprilA music festival, Vibe Nation Beach Fest, will be held at Coco Beach Camp at Mui Ne Beach in Binh Thuan Province on April 1-2. Vibe Nation Beach Fest will be held at Mui Ne Beach on April 1-2. The festival will feature Sai Gon’s 24 favourite DJs, bands and MCs, and musicians from France, the UK and India. They will play reggae, hip hop, disco, funk, house, techo and trance music. Tickets are priced from VNĐ800,000 and can be purchased at www.ticketbox.vn.

March 23, 2017 03:00 UTC

Ly Hoang Nam wins quarter-final berth at Japan F3 event

Ly Hoang Nam wins quarter-final berth at Japan F3 eventLy Hoang Nam of Vietnam won two matches on March 22 to book a slot in the quarter-finals at the Japan F3 Men’s Futures tennis tournament’s singles event in Japan’s Kofu city. Ly Hoang Nam enters the quarter-finals of the Japan F3 Men’s Futures tennis tournament’s singles event in Kofu cityNam beat Sho Katayama 6-1, 6-2 in the first match and went on to win 6-2, 6-3 over Hiroyasu Ehara in the second one. Gao also pocketed two wins over Yusuke Watanuki of Japan and Wu Tung-lin from Chinese Taipei. In the doubles category, Nam and Yusuke Takahashi were eliminated in the first match, losing 2-6, 6-3, 7-10 to No 4 duo Yuichi Ito and Jumpei Yamasaki of Japan. In other news, Nguyen Van Phuong of Vietnam advanced to the third round of the Kuala Lumpur ITF International Junior Championship’s boys singles U18 G5 event.

March 23, 2017 02:37 UTC

Thermal power plants next to HCM City raise concerns about pollution

Thermal power plants next to HCM City raise concerns about pollutionVietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) is consulting with Long An and HCMC local authorities about the location for the Long An Power Center, which HCM City opposes. China is now rethinking its strategy on thermal power development because of high pollution levels. Ba agrees that it is necessary to thoroughly consider the plan to set up a thermal power plant in the area close to HCMC. “Under the plan to develop thermal power in Mekong Delta, there would be power plants in every province. “The pollution level in Vietnam may be even higher than China,” he warned, adding that Vietnam needs to be very cautious with the thermal power development.

March 23, 2017 02:37 UTC

Live folk, soul and blues with Chris Wilson in Hanoi

Live folk, soul and blues with Chris Wilson in HanoiHanoi Social Club – one of the most intimate live music venues in Hanoi – on Saturday will bring audiences the fresh sounds of Chris Wilson, an Irish singer and songwriter from Swords County in Dublin. Chris Wilson, an Irish singer and songwriter, will present his music, which has been influenced by the music of Bob Dylan, John Martyn and Nick Drake, while still keeping a contemporary Irish backbone, at the Hanoi Social Club on Saturday. Wilson has been travelling as a musician for five years, playing music in 15 countries of different continents. His music has been influenced by the music of Bob Dylan, John Martyn and Nick Drake, but it maintains a contemporary Irish backbone. Hanoi Social Club is at 6 Hoi Vu Street.

March 23, 2017 02:26 UTC

Scientists use bacteria to speed up growth of ginseng roots

Scientists use bacteria to speed up growth of ginseng rootsVietNamNet Bridge - The scientists from the HCM Biotechnology Center have succeeded in using Agrobacterium rhizogenes bacteria to create hairy roots of Ngoc Linh ginseng (Panax vietnamensis Ha et Grushv) which contains active saponin. It takes five to seven years to grow Ngoc Linh ginseng, while the yield is low and the plant is only suitable to soil conditions in Ngoc Linh mountainous area. The analysis of the extract from the created hairy roots showed there were three groups of Protopanaxadiol, Protopanaxatriol and Ocotillol saponin in Ngoc Linh ginseng, including G-Rg1, G-Rb1 and MR2. Xo said the center has signed an MOU with a herbal medicine company on cooperation in making products from ginseng hairy roots, such as liquor, tea and other drinks. RELATED NEWSThe mysterious ancient cinnamon forest on Ngoc Linh mountainIndigenous Ngoc Linh ginseng becoming scarceThanh Lich

March 23, 2017 01:07 UTC

Slash-and-burn agriculture to rage on in northern mountainous province

ĐIỆN BIÊN — So far this month, northern mountainous province authorities have detained 56 people allegedly involved in the destruction of 18.6ha of forest in total, Vietnam News Agency reports. These serial offences took place in Điện Biên Province’s Mường Nhé District, an area populated by ethnic minority groups and that is rife with deforestation activities, mostly of the slash-and-burn type. Điện Biên provincial People’s Committee has said that the deforestation is getting “more and more complicated”. Awareness raising campaigns are also given a boost to educate ethnic groups regarding State laws and regulations concerning forest protection. In addition, ethnic groups that have nomadic lifestyle will likely engage in slash-and-burn agriculture, which they might not even know is illegal.

March 22, 2017 11:37 UTC

RoK firms look for franchise partners in VN

HCM CITY — Twelve food and beauty care businesses from the Republic of Korea (RoK) participated in a conference in HCM City on Tuesday to search for franchisees. The event, co-organised by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City, aimed to introduce RoK’s leading franchise brands, thus promoting trade exchange and opening up co-operation opportunities between enterprises of the two countries, Yoon Joo Young, director of KOTRA in HCM City, said. He noted that many RoK firms have reaped success doing business in HCM City, which is the largest economic hub of Việt Nam, and hoped the conference would result in new partnerships. RoK business representatives said food service and beauty care in Việt Nam are expected to rapidly develop in the next 10 years, offering great opportunities for them to expand their branch network and promote products for Vietnamese consumers. Lee Yong Chan, representative of Yong Woo Dong Fast Food, said a quality management network that ensures food safety, well-trained staff and reasonable franchise fee are strengths of RoK franchise food brands.

March 22, 2017 09:56 UTC

DJ Hardwell to spin Hà Nội in May

HÀ NỘI — World-renowned DJ Hardwell will take the stage in the capital on May 20. Hardwell will perform for 120 minutes at EcoPark, an urban complex located in the outskirts of the city. The show was confirmed by Nguyễn Việt Anh, founder of Connected Agency, an organiser of the event. The 27-year-old Dutch DJ, composer and remixer, whose real name is Robbert van de Corput, rose to fame after he was voted as No 1 World DJ for two consecutive years by DJ Magazine, a monthly magazine founded in 1991 dedicated to electronic dance music, in 2013 and 2014. His last visit to Việt Nam was in 2014 when he performed in HCM City.

March 22, 2017 09:56 UTC

EVN and VCCI promote electricity-access index

HÀ NỘI — Electricity of Việt Nam (EVN) and Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on Wednesday signed an agreement on evaluating the electricity-access index and customers’ satisfaction with EVN’s services. Under the agreement signed in Hà Nội, VCCI will provide consultancy and information related to responses of the business community in Việt Nam about power supply to improve the index. EVN will also provide information on the power supply situation in localities and the difficulties it faced in improving the electricity-access index in the country. VCCI is a representative of the business community in Việt Nam. The transparency of power supply and tariffs also reached the average level in the Asia-Pacific region.

March 22, 2017 08:48 UTC

IFC gives US$80 million credit package to VPBank

HÀ NỘI — The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private equity arm of World Bank group, has sanctioned an additional US$80 million credit package to Việt Nam Prosperity Bank (VPBank). With this, the total credit package to VPBank has topped $200 million in the past eight months. The package includes a syndicated loan worth $58 million with a five-year term, and trade finance support of $25 million. In 2016, IFC, Cathay United Bank (CUB) and VPBank signed a co-financed loan of $125 million. VPBank has used the $125 million credit package to provide active support to projects with commitments towards environmental protection and social benefits.

March 22, 2017 08:15 UTC

Rarities by late stars to come out for Record Store Day

NEW YORK — Rare music from three stars who died last year – Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen – will come out next month for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, the celebration of vinyl’s rebirth. Launched in 2007 by struggling US shops in hopes of stirring interest, Record Store Day has grown quickly as well as internationally as vinyl finds a renewed audience among collectors. An original tribute album to Cohen, Like a Drunk in a Midnight Choir, will raise money for a cancer charity. Among the Record Store Day releases announced ahead of Tuesday are two albums by Bowie including a three-LP live work from 1974 called Cracked Actor. The golden ticket will be a lifetime pass to his concerts, he told a Record Store Day news conference in New York.

March 22, 2017 07:52 UTC

Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter dies at 86

LONDON — British crime writer Colin Dexter, best known for his popular Inspector Morse character, died Tuesday at the age of 86, his publisher said in a statement. "With immense sadness, Macmillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning," the statement read. After a brief stint in teaching, he moved in the 1960s to Oxford, which provided the setting for the 13 Morse novels he published between 1975 and 1999. He was also actively involved in the long-running Inspector Morse television show and its two spin-offs Lewis and Endeavour, even making several cameo appearances. "His was the sharpest mind and the biggest heart, and his wonderful novels and stories will remain a testament to both," she said.

March 22, 2017 07:41 UTC

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