How much has been wasted on National Sports Festival in Vietnam?


For a long time public opinion has cried over the waste at the National Sports Festival of Vietnam, which is organized every four years, with the ten-day 2014 event wrapping up yesterday in the central province of Nam Dinh. The stands of sports houses and stadiums were empty with just a few fans coming to watch the competitions at the festival, which attracted elite athletes from provinces and cities across the nation. However, thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong have been spent on the organizing work and building facilities for each festival, which is alternately held by different host provinces. The latest iteration was organized from December 6 to 16 in Nam Dinh Province, with some other venues in neighboring localities such as Ha Nam, Hanoi and Thai Binh in the north. Several scandals emerged at this year’s tournament, with wrestler Le Duy Hoi jumping onto the competition mat to beat on-duty referee Nguyen Dinh Hung on December 3. Just before the attack at … [Read more...]

Ap Bac victory leads the enemy to a tactic crisis

Air-lifted troops. Photo: Archived photo

PANO – To conduct the strategy "Special war", the US Army resorted to the tactics "transporting helicopter" and "transporting armored car" opened a number of marches, aiming at decimating revolutionary forces and backing the attempt to driving people into "strategic villages." At first, our forces did not learn about the enemy’s schemes and tricks. Leaders and commanders at levels were confused so they could not work out appropriate directions instructing the army and people to respond to the enemy’s new schemes and operational tactics. After a short time of confusion, our command and leadership was determined to find out the responding operational tactics to defeat marches with support of helicopters and armored cars conducted by the Sai Gon puppet troops led by US military advisors. The Military Zone 8 Command set high resolve to lead and command forces to "find and annihilate" enemies and "destroy enemy-set up strategic villages; at the same time, it enhanced … [Read more...]

Two jailed for stealing from foreign tourists in Da Nang


To Duc Hoa (L) and Nghiem Xuan Thinh in two separate trials in Da Nang City on Monday. Photo: Nguyen Tu A court in the central city of Da Nang handed down jail terms to two men for robbing and stealing properties from foreign tourists in two separate trials on Monday. To Duc Hoa, 40, and Nghiem Xuan Thinh, 29, got four years and 21 months, respectively. According to the indictment, on July 19, Hoa traveled from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to Da Nang and visited Ba Na Hill resort. He spotted Khanhpadith Svengsucksa, a 53-year-old Lao tourist, wearing a gold necklace, at the parking lot of the resort. He snatched the necklace, but Svengsucksa managed to hold the necklace with one hand and grabbed Hoa’s collar with the other while screaming for help. Nguyen Tu Cuong, a tour guide, and some security guards rushed to help her, but Hoa had fled with part of the necklace. Local police arrested Hoa soon afterwards. The Da Nang City People’s Court sentenced Hoa to four … [Read more...]

Da Nang urged to follow Vegas

Developing tourism: The cruise Europa 2 docks at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang in March. Dozens of experts contributed their opinions on how to lure more tourists to this central city during the Saturday conference. — Photo

VietNamNet Bridge – The central city of Da Nang needed Las Vegas-style "entertainment centres" to lure tourists, speakers told a conference on Saturday co-hosted by Duy Tan University and San Jose State University. "The city needs to build more hotels and entertainment centres following the example of Las Vegas in the US, which has 39 million tourists and revenue of US$9.7 billion. The city should develop its own show based on local culture and heritage," said Tsu-Hong Yen from San Jose State University's department of hospitality management. According to Duy Tan University deputy rector Le Duc Toan, tourism accounts for 10.94 per cent of Da Nang's revenue. The sector employs 69,000 people, 14.7 per cent of those working in the city. However, he said the city had yet to build "international-standard centres for sports, shopping, trade, night recreation and finance". Moreover, while international hotel chains such as Novotel, Intercontinental, Hyatt Regency and Furama had … [Read more...]

Young golfer Anh wins silver in world championships


Young golfer Anh wins silver in world championships Andy Dang Quang Anh of Viet Nam won a silver medal at the Kids Golf World Championships that concluded in Malaysia last week. Anh came second in the Allamanda U9 Boys category, with a result of 13-over 229 after three days of competition. Pongsapak Laopakdee of Thailand was ranked first with a 9-over 225 score, while Daryl Low Meng Tiang of Singapore took the bronze, scoring 26-over 242. It is the second time that Andy has ended in the top three in a world tournament for children. In last year's tournament, he finished second in the U8 category. Andy is one of the 10 Vietnamese competitors in Malaysia. Ngo Le Hoang Nam Phuong ranked sixth in the girls' U14 and Dang Minh Anh was placed 10th in the boys' U10 event. The competition, which is being held for the third consecutive year in Malaysia, is the international edition of the US Kids Golf tournament, and provides an excellent opportunity to young players to compete and … [Read more...]

Social News 15/12

Project targeting low-income earners introduced in Ha Nam A World Bank-funded project targeting low-income earners has been introduced in the northern province of Ha Nam. The 55.6 million USD project, supported by the World Bank is being carried out nationwide from 2013 to 2018. The "Innovation Targeting People on Low Incomes in Vietnam" project aims to create opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to access to loans and capitals so that they can enhance their proficiency in implementing innovations through applying, perfecting and expanding their operations, as well as commercialising technology to improve living standards for low-income people. Developing traditional medicine, information technology and communication, agriculture and aquiculture are at the heart of the project. Addressing at the conference to introduce the project, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Planning and Development’s Agency for Enterprises Development Nguyen Hoa Cuong, who is also … [Read more...]

Steel industry told to boost quality

Steel is prepared to be transported at Viet Duc Steel Co in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. — VNS/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Insiders and experts have said the sheet steel industry needs to improve quality and bring down prices to combat fakes, which have become pervasive. … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12


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Social News 12/12


Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [Read more...]

Banks launch promotions for money transfer services

The Saigon Times Daily Incoming remittances normally grow prior to the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, so banks have adopted new measures to benefit from this market movement. Vietcombank is among the banks through which US$1 billion is remitted home a year. This year, the bank has deployed a promotion program for recipients of remittances via MoneyGram, UniTeller and TNMonex services. Meanwhile, Saigon Commercial Bank (SCB) has begun a promotion program for clients using Western Union service. Le Duc Tho, general director of VietinBank, said the bank has repeatedly improved remittance and payment services to raise its competitiveness. "We have a global money transfer service firm to facilitate services in Vietnam. In the coming time, it will provide individual payment services as part of a strategy to increase its market share." … [Read more...]

Social News 11/12


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Japan offers grants for seven projects

Nakajima Satoshi (R), Japanese Consul General in HCMC, and Nguyen Thanh Sang (L), director of Vinh Hung Medical Center in Long An Province, sign a funding agreement - PHOTO: ANH QUAN

Le Anh The signing ceremony between representatives of Japan and five Vietnamese provinces, Dak Nong, Kien Giang, An Giang, Long An and Can Tho, took place on December 9 in HCMC. … [Read more...]

Nghe An claim shuttlecock gold medals

Players compete at the ongoing National Sports Games' badminton event. — Photo

The Nghe An team won two gold medals in shuttlecock at the ongoing National Sports Games in the northern province of Nam Dinh yesterday. In the women's singles final, Nguyen Thi Thanh defeated Ha Noi's Nguyen Thi Anh Nguyet to win the first gold medal for Nghe An. Le Cong Tai bagged the second gold medal for Nghe An when he defeated Dinh Van Duc of Bac Giang in the men's singles final. Dong Thap temporarily took the lead in this category with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Nghe An were placed second with two gold medals, while Ha Noi and Bac Giang shared the third place with two silver and three bronze medals. … [Read more...]

Social News 9/12


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Art & Entertainment News 8/12


Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Elderly woman builds free playground; kind-hearted policeman saves lives

The free playground

A 70-year-old woman in Hanoi raised funds and took care of the construction of a free playground for kids in her neighborhood, while a recently retired traffic policeman also in the capital is highly revered for his kindness and good deeds, including saving the lives of traffic accident victims and suicide attempters. Tran Thi Van, 70, head of Quarter 30 in Hanoi’s Dong Da District, has turned a 112m2 plot into a free playground for kids in the neighborhood. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/12

4,000-year-old bones discovered in Ha Tinh Archaeologists have uncovered stone implements, pottery and human and animal bones and teeth, including rhinoceros feet, dating back four millennia in the central province of Ha Tinh, in a find hailed as giving new insights into Vietnam's post-stone-age culture. The team from Ha Tinh Museum undertook the dig from November 21 to December 1 and found, at a depth of two metres, an archaeological trove that included a human skeleton dated as being 4,000 years old. The bones showed signs of having been burned. … [Read more...]

Vietinbank signs US$139 million loan agreement with foreign banks


(VOV) - The Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) on December 5 signed a contract with 5 Taiwan banks for a US$139 million syndicated loan. They include Mega International Commercial Bank, Far East National Bank, Hua Nan Commercial Bank, the Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank. The transaction was arranged by Cathay United Bank of Cathay Financial Corporation which has branches in Viet Nam. Vietinbank Director General Le Duc Tho spoke highly of the cooperation between VietinBank and five Taiwan banks, saying that this opens more cooperative opportunities between the Vietnamese bank and its partners. Signing the loan contract will help raise Vietinbank’s credibility on the international financial market and show international investors’ trust in it. … [Read more...]

Social News 5/12

Korean firm fined for wastewater discharge Environmental Police from the Ministry of Public Security have fined Miwon Vietnam VND515 million (US$24,000) for discharging wastewater into the environment. The Korean company, based in the northern province of Phu Tho, discharged wastewater that exceeds the permitted level by 10 times. The company, which produces monosodium glutamate, food seasoning and flavouring products, must suspend operations for three months and deal with the pollution within six months. … [Read more...]