Russia’s economic gloom worries Nha Trang’s tourism

Russians visitors arrive at the Cam Ranh International Airport. - Photo camranh.com.vn

KHANH HOA (Biz Hub) - The number of Russian tourists arriving in Viet Nam is expected to decline at the beginning of 2015, due to the devaluation of the ruble in Russia. On December 16, the Russian central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 per cent from 10.5 per cent and the ruble fell beyond 60 to the dollar. These economic difficulties have affected the spending plans of the Russian people, and it is expected that their travel budgets will be the first to be cut. Nguyen Van Thanh, steering deputy chairman of the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, told Biz Hub that Russia's economic downturn has not affected the province's tourism industry yet, but he predicted next year would be a difficult time for travel firms. "The annual period between November and April is the peak season for Russian visitors coming to Viet Nam. This year's season may not be much affected, but we have to prepare for the following season," said Thanh. Meanwhile, during his annual press conference on … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Swimmer Anh Vien wins all gold medals at National Sports Games

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Anh Vien from the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho took 18 individual gold medals in the women's swimming category at the National Sports Games 2014, which was held in Nam Dinh City on December 11-15. Vien took part in 20 categories for individual and team events at the Games. The 18-year-old soldier won 18 of them, setting three national records and 11 Games records. She finished second in the other two races. Vien’s achievement was anticipated by experts and fans. She won 12 individual gold medals for women’s 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 200m mixed, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 1,500m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle. Under the guidance of American expert Anthony Teeters, Vien proved to be too strong compared to the other swimmers. The Olympic champion also broke two national records and seventh record of the National … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/12

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Concert features bands from the US, UK Saigon Outcast will host an International Live Music concert featuring the US band Tonstartssbandht and the UK's The Magic Pinions on December 13. Tonstartssbandht, consisting of two brothers Andy and Edwin White, will play boogie, 60s psychedelic rock and choral pop with a guitar and drum, while The Magic Pinions will present instrumental, chill out and ambient music. The performance will begin at 7pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2. Tickets are VND200,000, and are available at www.ticketbox.vn. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Social News 25/11

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in Thailand, for example, the government must provide the funding. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/11

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Israeli exhibition shows VN's beauty … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11

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Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in 2012. … [Read more...]

Social News 22/11

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Experts: VN should not limit motorbikes … [Read more...]

VN told to boost competitiveness

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam is becoming an attractive investment destination for German companies, but the country needs to enhance its competitiveness and improve its policies. This was said at a dialogue, entitled "Industrial development in Viet Nam, supply of skilled labour and other challenges," held by the ministry of planning and investment to seek further economic co-operation with Germany. German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel said that Viet Nam was regarded as an important partner of Germany in ASEAN and that many German businesses were seeking to invest in the country. … [Read more...]

Vietnam authorities probes aircraft’s near collision in HCMC

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Vietnam Air Force helicopters (L) at Ca Mau airport in southern Vietnam as they prepare to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 10, 2014. Photo: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP … [Read more...]

Teacher reserves love for disabled students

by Hoai Nam and Duc Hieu HUE (VNS) - After graduating Hue University's Teachers' Training College, Nguyen Duy Quy was assigned to teach at a high-school in Quang Nam Province. But instead, his fate lead him down a 16 year path teaching visually impaired students at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School - a school for blind students - in Da Nang city. The challenge of adapting teaching methods to meet the needs of disabled students was not a small one, it was a big change in Quy's life. "It felt like I was also in the dark, learning how to lecture students in visually strong subjects. Most of my students are blind or elsewise visually impaired. They could hear and understand the lecture, but they could not draw or see the imagery of geometry, for example," Quy recalled. … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (19-11-2014)

Pop singer Tran Thu Ha (Ha Tran) seizes the chance to rock out in her upcoming album Ban Nguyen (Original), scheduled to be released next year. One of Viet Nam's A-list pop stars, Ha Tran settled down in the US after marrying an overseas Vietnamese music producer. She sometimes returns to perform. Most recently, she appeared at the first Monsoon Music Festival last month, singing new songs that will appear on Ban Nguyen. She said about the new project. You performed in the recent Monsoon Music Festival to introduce the rock album Ban Nguyen. Why do you want to try rock music? … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. … [Read more...]

NA wants efficient airport project

HA NOI (VNS) - Many National Assembly deputies yesterday agreed with the need to build a new modern but costly international airport, but said careful study was needed to ensure both economic and social efficiency of the project. Under the Government's proposal, Long Thanh Airport would be built in the southern province of Dong Nai with a total investment of nearly US$8 billion. Funding for the project will come from the State budget, Government bonds, Official Development Assistance and private sources. … [Read more...]

Social News 5/11

Vietnam lifts Ebola quarantine on local visitor A local resident is free to move about unrestricted after testing negative for the deadly Ebola virus, say officials from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Ngo Thi Kim Yen, deputy director of the Danang health department said the quarantine order for Chu Van Chung has been removed but he must remain in the hospital and continue daily monitoring. Chung will be discharged from the hospital if he continues to show no symptoms of the deadly virus during the 21-day incubation period under Ministry of Health guidelines, Yen said. … [Read more...]

Ministries devise new support-industry plans

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) have been working on a plan to develop the support industry in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Social News 3/11

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Annual run raises funds for kids with cancer, heart disease Thousands of Hanoians are expected to participate in a run that will raise funds for underprivileged children with cancer and heart diseases. The annual Ha Noi Run for Children (HRC) on November 9 will begin at the main gate of the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park on Tran Nhan Tong Street, and go around Thien Quang Lake. Launched by the Embassy of Canada and other agencies, the HRC fundraising event is now considered a fall tradition in the capital city that draws both expatriates and Vietnamese citizens. The event helps raise about US$500,000 each year. … [Read more...]

South Korea becomes top VN investor

compiled Le Hung Vong With investments of US$3.6 billion in the first 10 months of the year, South Korea has become the top foreign investor in Viet Nam this year. A memorandum of understanding for a 1,200MW thermal power plant in the central province of Ha Tinh signed between Samsung C&T, a subsidiary of Samsung Group, and the General Department of Energy a few weeks ago marked a significant jump in Korean investment. The Vung Ang Thermal Power Plant No 3 will be just one of several investments by Samsung C&T in the country. … [Read more...]