Zaza strike downs Napoli as Juve go top

Juventus forward Simone Zaza celebrates at the end of the Italian Serie A match against Napoli on Feb 13, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

Italy Euro 2016 hopeful Simone Zaza produced a dramatic late strike as champions Juventus went one point clear at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over Napoli on Saturday. TURIN: Italy Euro 2016 hopeful Simone Zaza produced a dramatic late strike as champions Juventus went one point clear at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over Napoli on Saturday (Feb 13). Napoli, suffering only their third defeat of the campaign, travelled north looking for a league double over the champions for the first time since the 2009-2010 campaign. But just as the match looked to be heading for a draw, Zaza finished off a great Juve counter in the 88th minute with a powerful shot from 22 yards that took a slight deflection before beating Pepe Reina in the Napoli net. "I hope this turns out to be a title-winning goal," said Zaza, who was one of several Italy fringe players being watched by Azzurri coach Antonio Conte in Turin. Juve are now top of the table with Napoli, who are seeking their first … [Read more...]

Man Utd top-four hopes fade, Chelsea cruise

West Bromwich Albion's striker Salomon Rondon (2R) scores his team's first goal past Everton's goalkeeper Joel Robles (R) during the English Premier League match on Feb 13, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Lindsey Parnaby)

Louis van Gaal conceded that Manchester United may need to win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League after their 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday. LONDON: Louis van Gaal conceded that Manchester United may need to win the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League after a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday (Feb 13). Bidding to close the six-point gap separating them from the Champions League places, United fell behind in the third minute when Wahbi Khazri's free-kick from wide on the Sunderland left crept in. Anthony Martial levelled before half-time, but an unfortunate 82nd-minute own goal by United goalkeeper David de Gea gifted Sunderland the points and increased the pressure on embattled United manager Van Gaal. "It will be very difficult now (to finish in the top four) because we give five points away, Chelsea and now," Van Gaal said, referencing last weekend's 1-1 draw at Chelsea. United face Danish side FC Midtjylland in the Europa … [Read more...]

Property remains hot topic in Vietnam


Though there is no sign yet of the price "fever" that periodically marks the Vietnamese property market or a bubble, the market remains a hot topic for analysts and the media. In discussions, most experts say the market has performed impressively in recent months, with figures showing that a strong recovery has set in after a long freeze. But they also warn there are distinct signs of risk, especially bank credit-related. The Government seems to be in concurrence. In its Decision No.01/NQ-CP it seeks to severely curtail lending to high-risk sectors, in which it has included property. State Bank of Vietnam Deputy Governor Nguyen Phuoc Thanh told a recent meeting with HCM City authorities that the central bank would restrict property-related loans this year, revealing that though a majority of loans went into funding production and business activities last year, many banks had lent too much to the real estate sector. The housing market started recovering in late 2014. Last year the … [Read more...]

From Vietnam with love: Don’t forget the 14th of February!


I know you are still recovering from Tet but Valentine’s Day has come! During one of the coldest winters Vietnam has ever suffered, it will be one of the warmest days of the year. Reserved not just for the young lovers, Valentines are given to many that we care for. In my family we usually give flowers and a small gift to my mother. In other families, married couples celebrate Valentine’s Day not as a habit but as a loving gesture far from the commercial image we know too well. My first Valentine was in late elementary school. She had Spanish eyes, raven-black hair and polished brown skin and made me die every time she looked sideways at me. We kissed under a tree near the school sports field and then another boy punched me in the face because he was jealous of me. I didn’t even know what ‘jealousy’ was – the headmaster explained it to me! By early high school, Valentines were secret messages searching for a reply that would make life worth … [Read more...]

Passenger jumps off tour boat off southern Vietnam coast


The Con Dao 10 tour boat. Photo: Nguyen Long Authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province are searching for a passenger who jumped off a tour boat off the southern coast on Friday. At 5 p.m. on Friday the Con Dao 10 left Ben Dam Port in Con Dao Island district to head for Vung Tau, the capital town of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. When the boat was around 65 nautical miles from Vung Tau, a crew member saw Vo Van Hieu, 36, jumping off the boat at 10:10 p.m. The captain of the boat released two lifebuoys into the water but Hieu did not hang on. He instead swam away from the boat. The captain launched a lifeboat but the passenger had gone out of sight. The crew member deployed a search and called for help from the Vietnam Maritime Rescue Coordination Center of Region 3. A rescue boat was sent to the site. Another tour boat nearby also joined the search. The two tour boats left the site at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to continue their journey. The rescue boat is still searching for the … [Read more...]

HNX sells 109.9m shares from State-owned enterprises’ divestment

Here is a bus produced by Vinamotor, a State-owned enterprise. The Ministry of Transport has successfully sold 85.5 million shares in the Viet Nam Motor Industry Corporation Joint Stock Company. -File Photo

The Ha Noi stock exchange (HNX) successfully sold shares from the State-owned enterprises' divestment, worth more than VND1.5 trillion (US$67.9 million), in January. It's reported that seven auctions were held during the month, and 109.9 million out of the total 116.8 million shares were purchased. In particular, the Ministry of Transport successfully sold 85.5 million shares in the Viet Nam Motor Industry Corporation Joint Stock Company, earning VND1.25 trillion ($55.9 million) on January 11. The HNX plans to hold four auctions this month to sell shares of Ha Noi May 19th Textile One Member Limited Company and Thanh Hoa Water Supply Limited Company. Source VNS … [Read more...]

Preservation of Duong Lam ancient village

Hanoi, February 13 (VNA) - Located just 50km to the Northwest of Hanoi, Duong Lam is one of the country’s best examples of an ancient village. In 2005, Duong Lam became the first village that had been recognised as a national artistic architectural relic. Visitors to the village can find many preserved ancient relics, rich with culture and history. The most notable aspect of the village is ancient houses, which were built with wooden frames and fortified with laterites – a special material used in construction in the Red River Delta region. Built in the 17 th century, there are currently only a few hundred of old houses left, with the oldest dating back 400 years. Being recognised as a national heritage area has given the village a strong boost in tourism, attracting both foreign and domestic visitors. The number of travellers to Duong Lam spiked from 3,000-4,000 in 2008 to more than 10,000 people in 2014. In the first nine months of 2015 alone, the village … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s first elevated rail line to start service in December


The 13-km rail line will link Cat Linh Street to Yen Nghia Bus Station in Ha Dong District, making 12 stops along the way. Photo credit: T.Phung/Tuoi Tre After several years of sputtering, Hanoi's notorious elevated rail project now has a new finish date with the first train scheduled to run on December 31. The Railway Project Management Unit (PMU), the investor, and the main contractor China Railway Sixth Group Co. Ltd on Saturday signed an agreement promising to meet that deadline. Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong witnessed the signing. Le Kim Thanh, general director of the Railway PMU, said that 70 percent of the construction work for the Cat Linh-Ha Dong project has been completed. Work on the 13-kilometer line, which will link Cat Linh Street to Yen Nghia Bus Station in Ha Dong District, was originally scheduled to start in August 2008 and finish in November 2013. But construction was delayed until October 2011. A prolonged site clearance process and late … [Read more...]

PM Dung to attend ASEAN-US Summit

PM Nguyen Tan Dung and US President Barack Obama in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on November 13, 2014 - Photo: VGP

VGP – PM Nguyen Tan Dung will lead the Vietnamese delegation to attend the Special ASEAN-US Summit in California, the US from February 15-16 at the invitation of US President Barack Obama. The summit is the first of its kind and builds on the elevation of the ASEAN-US relations to strategic partnership last November at the 3rd ASEAN-US Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The leaders are due to discuss measures to implement the ASEAN-US strategic partnership and exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern. PM Dung’s attendance aims to reaffirm Viet Nam’s role as a proactive, active and responsible member of ASEAN in advancing the ASEAN-US strategic partnership in a practical and effective manner. Bilaterally, the tour is also expected to strengthen cooperation between Viet Nam and the US in such fields like security-defense, science-technology, investment, and deployment of free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific … [Read more...]

El Niño could be double edged sword for rice harvest


Dry weather caused by El Niño and falling rice inventories are expected to send prices of the grain higher over the coming months, reversing years of decline and boosting the cost of Southeast Asia’s staple food. El Niño literally means ‘little boy’ in Spanish though there is nothing childish about the drought the climate pattern has brought to large segments of Southeast Asia offset by unusually wet weather in the Americas. The phenomenon appears every two to seven years when higher ocean surface temperatures off the South American coast trigger unusual weather patterns throughout the world. El Nino has now been forecast by meteorologists to linger into the middle of 2016. We are in the midst of a strong El Niño, which could have huge negative production impacts in Indonesia and the Philippines – two traditional large import markets – and it will affect Thai production as well, says the Ministry of Planning and Investment … [Read more...]

Flourishes in upland areas

Sugarcane, the staple crop, generating income for people in mountainous areas

Arriving in Phu Yen upland area today, the concrete routes will bring people to most remote villages. Amid the green of sugarcane, corn, cassava is the spacious new home. People have clean water, infrastructures serving life more fully. Hunger, poverty have been gradually pushed back. VILLAGES AND HAMLETS IN INNOVATION With 79 years, village elderly Ma Nghia in Phu Loi village (Phu Mo commune) witnessed many changes in his village, commune. Mr. Ma Nghia smilingly said: Now, the peoples of Ba Na, Cham H'Roi and the other ethnic minorities living in 5 villages in Phu Mo commune enjoy a stable and prosperous new life. Thanks to the Party and Government, schools, clinics, concrete roads have been built, electricity and clean water brought to, the people have had chance to learn and receive decent health care. Therefore, they can produce better, have higher incomes. 5 years, 10 years ago, Phu Mo commune was so isolated; it was really arduous to come to villages in the commune because … [Read more...]

Over 6.3 trillion dong for the implementation of New Rural Development project


​Quang Ngai's rural areas have been under innovation and the living standard of local residents have been under improvement that are due to the effective implementation of the national targeted program of New Rural Development in Quang Ngai province over five years from 2011 to 2015. ​It is reported that during the period the provincial government has mobilized a total fund of 6.3 trillion dong for the program. To the end of the year 2015 Quang Ngai has 11 communes recognized as new rural. The most significant point in the implementation of new rural program in Quang Ngai was the support of cements from provincial government to localities in order to kick off the construction of rural roads that were highly appreciated by residents, so they shared their homeland, funds, ect with local governments to build rural roads. It is recorded that during the period the provincial government has allocated a total of more than 1.7 trillion dong for the construction of rural roads. Local … [Read more...]

Cu Chi Tunnels honored as national special relic site

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh Municipal People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (1st from right) handing over the certificate to the site's managing board. (Photo: VNA)

PANO - Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities held a ceremony on February 12th to receive the certificate of National Special Relic Site for its Cu Chi Tunnels, and gather former veterans of the Saigon - Cho Lon - Gia Dinh revolutionary zone. Former State President Nguyen Minh Triet, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, central and local leaders, senior revolutionaries, and many locals attended the event. Located about 70 km away from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels is an immense network of connecting underground tunnels which were used by Vietnamese soldiers during the wars against France and the US as living quarters, hospitals, supply routes, and food and weapons caches. The tunnels network, stretching over 250 km, has three layers with the deepest 10 m from the surface. The historic site has been rebuilt and upgraded in recent years to maintain its historic values and better serve tourists. It receives over 1 million domestic and foreign visitors every … [Read more...]

Traditional boat race kicked off in Dac Lac

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PANO - The ninth traditional boat race of Dac Lac province was kick-started on February 11th (the fourth day of the first lunar month of 2016) in Buon Trap town, Krong Ana district, by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the district’s People’s Committee. The race drew the participation of more than 420 rowers from 28 teams of Binh Hoa and Quang Dien communes and Buon Trap town. On board each boat were 15 rowers, who row about 500 meters. The champions were Team 3 of Nguyen Duc Ky in hamlet 2, Quang Dien commune. The second and third prizes went to Team 2 of Vo Van Hanh and Team 1 of Bui Van Minh in Binh Hoa commune. The organizers also presented four consolation prizes to participating teams. This annual event aims to pray for peace, prosperity and good crops. It is also a healthy playground, meeting locals’ demand of enriching their cultural and spiritual life during the lunar New Year (Tet) festival. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Hanoi holds new-year writing ceremony

At the event. (Source:

PANO - The Hanoi Municipal Department of Education and Training held a new-year writing ceremony on February 12th. At the event, educational managers, teachers and locals offered incense to pay tribute to teacher Chu Van An at his temple in Thanh Liet commune, Thanh Tri district. The new-year writing ceremony is an annual event of the city's educational sector, aiming to highlight the Vietnamese people's traditions of "When drinking water, remember who dug the well" and "Revering teachers and scholars." It also displayed the determination of the city's educational sector to renovate and improve educational quality in the time to come. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Da Nang’s preparations to welcome world’s longest ocean race

Model of the Da Nang - Vietnam team's boat in the city.

PANO - Leaders of the Da Nang Municipal People's Committee on February 12th inspected preparations at Han River Port for the Clipper World Yacht Race 2015-2016. During the inspection, the city's leaders highly valued the relevant units' efforts over the past time, especially the ceremony to welcome the race and the information dissemination. As the world's longest ocean race, the 40,000-nautical mile Clipper Race 2015-2016 is one of the most competitive and challenging sports activities in the world. It started in London on August 30th, 2015 and takes 11 months to sail around the world, crossing South America, Australia, Asia and the US. The race will stop in Da Nang on February 17th, marking the end of the 7th of 16 global races, and departs on February 27th for Qingdao, China. More than 200 international crewmembers from over 20 different nations will have a chance to participate in many different cultural activities in Da Nang, such as the Cau Ngu (the worshipping of the … [Read more...]

No-one can deny the leadership of the Party (Part 4)

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Part 4: Unity - the Party’s source of power Unity is both a precious tradition and the source of combat power and leadership capacity of the Communist Party of Vietnam over the past 86 years. In hard times or difficulties, the Party always upholds unity, turning it into a "citadel" generating invincible strength for the Party. Now, the unity of the Party has once again been shown in the 12th National Party Congress, contributing to the success of the event. Active guard against misinformation undermining unity within the Party Not only prior to, but also during the 12th National Party Congress, hostile forces posted on the internet information claiming that the Party Central Committee was in a battle for power; that the Party Central Committee was divided concerning the issue of nomination of candidates for key positions; that there was no democratic practice in the election at the 12th National Party Congress. That information is totally alien to reality. That is what … [Read more...]

Berlin Film Festival 2016 opened

Hollywood actress Meryl Streep at the festival's opening ceremony. (Photo:

PANO - The Berlin Film Festival 2016 was officially opened on February 11th (local time) in Berlin, Germany. The festival, one of the top three cinema shows in Europe along with Cannes and Venice, was kicked off with a screening of "Hail, Caesar!" by American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. 18 of the 23 international movies screened during this year's event will compete for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear prizes. Hollywood actress Meryl Streep is President of the international film festival's jury. The festival will last till February 21st. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Prime Minister to attend ASEAN-US Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Source:

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will attend the ASEAN-US Summit slated for February 15-16 at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, the United States. The Prime Minister’s attendance at the event was made at the invitation of US President Barack Obama, according to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on February 13. This unprecedented gathering, the first hosted by the US with the ASEAN leaders, builds on the deeper partnership that the US has forged with ASEAN since 2009 and is expected to further advance the US’s rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, the White House said on December 30, 2015. For nearly 40 years, the US and ASEAN have worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia. This summit will provide leaders a forum to strengthen cooperation under the new US-ASEAN strategic partnership, launched in November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, on political, security, and economic issues, the White House stated. ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, … [Read more...]