The pluses and minus of VN Spring Summer Fashion Week 2015


VietNamNet Bridge - Besides the collections honoring the traditional values, some designers, models and organizational procedures revealed the limitations which repeated the previous seasons. In four nights in Hanoi, the Vietnam Spring Summer Fashion Week 2015 introduced 27 casual and 12 couture collections. In addition to familiar names as Minh Hanh, Vo Cong Khanh, Chu La, Quang Nhat and Ha Duy, the event had the participation of Italian designer Michele Gaudiomonte, Malaysian designer Eric Choong and three young faces – Hai Sieu, Quoc Khai and Tien Dat. Senior designer Minh Hanh, who is also a member of the organizing board, said the goal of the event is to show identity and the language of Vietnamese fashion, to introduce designs in line with the needs of Vietnamese consumers. The collections launched this time partly reflected the criteria of honoring Vietnam’s identity through the use of traditional materials such as silk and brocade and lacquered … [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...]

If crude oil prices fall, will the public debt go up?


VietNamNet Bridge – Economists have warned that the drop in the crude oil price will put pressure on the public debt, because the government will have to issue more bonds and increase borrowing. Dr. Tran Hoang Ngan, a member of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee, said Vietnam hopes to have revenue of VND85.2 trillion for the state budget from oil exports. Ngan said though the oil price fall will affect income, the state’s coffers will still be "safe" in 2014 as the earnings from oil exports in the first 10 months of the year was higher than what had been estimated. As for 2015, though anticipating oil price fluctuations, Dr. Ngan is still optimistic, saying that the gains will be bigger than the losses. The money Vietnam has to spend to import petroleum products is even bigger than the money it can earn from exporting crude oil. As such, if the oil price continues to fall, the lower prices of petroleum products will help enterprises cut their … [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...]

Hue hosts national television festival

On the tube: The TV series Trai Tim Co Nang (Heart Has a Sunlight) will compete in the category of long-television series.

VietNamNet Bridge – The 34th National Television Festival will kick off in central Hue City on Wednesday with the screenings of some 500 television programmes produced by Viet Nam Television (VTV), local television stations and communication companies. The festival will bring together television programming executives from throughout the country who have the opportunity to present their works produced in 2014. Highlights of the festival will be three intensive seminars taking place on December 18 and 19 at Century Hotel focusing on agriculture and rural development programmes and a second session, entitled "Strength of Breaking News and New Media – Challenges and Opportunities for Television Producers". "The seminar on new media will be very important for television programme production. Traditional television has to face the mushrooming of developments of new media that seek on-demand access to content anytime, anywhere on any digital device," Pham Viet Tien, VTV's … [Read more...]

Medical workers victims of assault


VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Health has reported that at least 14 medical workers had been assaulted since the beginning of 2013. "Medical workers have been assaulted at major medical institutes, which often deal with a large number of patients," said Tran Duc Long, an official from the ministry. The killing of a doctor at the Vu Thu General Hospital in Thai Binh Province in August 2011 shocked the country, but since then, attacks on medical staff have continued. Recent incidents have occurred at Thanh Nhan, Bach Mai and Ha Tinh general hospitals, that resulted serious injuries to several medical workers. Nguyen Trong Khoa, deputy head of the Medical Services Administration, said there was a number of factors that contributed to violent attacks at medical institutes across the country, such as a lack of security and inadequate punishments for assailants. On the other hand, medical workers needed to improve their professionalism and manner while dealing with … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 11/12


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Social News 11/12


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Vietnam to repatriate body of sailor killed by pirates off Singapore soon

>> Pirates kill Vietnamese sailor off Singapore

The Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore is working with local authorities to repatriate the body of sailor Tran Duc Dat, who was shot dead by pirates off Singapore’s coast on December 7. The victim, 36, native to the northern city of Hai Phong, was flown to Singapore’s Tan Tock Seng Hospital hours after the shooting, but he died due to the injury. … [Read more...]

Travel News 9/12

Saigontourist opens Saigon–Ban Gioc Resort Saigontourist and Saigon-Ban Gioc Co., Ltd will introduce the first phase of the project of Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang on December 15. The four-star resort is located at Ban Gioc Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in Asia and covers an area of 31.15 hectares. Tourists can admire a spectacular valley at Ban Gioc and Nguom Ngao Cave and peaceful view of the border gate, In the first phase, the resort will have 20 rooms, a reception area, a restaurant serving Western and Asian cuisines and a conference hall with a capacity of over 200 guests. … [Read more...]

Vietnam traffic cop arrested for fatal car accident


A BMW driven a man identified as Senior-lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan, 28, a traffic police officer in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, was badly damaged after causing a fatal accident on Saturday. Photo: Nguyen Long … [Read more...]

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...]

Pirates kill Vietnamese sailor off Singapore


A Vietnamese sailor died at a hospital in Singapore on Sunday after being shot by a group of pirates who hijacked his cargo boat off the island nation earlier the same day. >> Police confirm piracy attack on Vietnam oil tanker, seek Interpol help … [Read more...]

Government News 8/12

WB vows to assist Vietnam’s economic restructuring The World Bank (WB) is committed to helping Vietnam restructure its economy to achieve progress in the coming time, WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa assured Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in Hanoi on December 5. Kwakwa said the WB highly values Vietnam ’s economic restructuring efforts, with a focus on the banking system, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and public investment, while taking note of the country’s achievements in maintaining macro-economic stability, foreign investment attraction and sustainable economic development. … [Read more...]