Vietnam’s Flappy Bird in world’s top 50 popular brands in 2014: report

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The Flappy Bird mobile game for smartphones, created by young Vietnamese app developer Nguyen Ha Dong last year, has been included in the list of the 50 most popular brands in the world in 2014, according to a recently released report by Infegy. The game running on many popular platforms, like Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows Phone, ranked 39th with over 20 million online discussions about it, said Infegy, a provider of social media intelligence technology for marketing and research professionals. According to the Infegy report, which was released on February 25, the proportion of positive ratings for Flappy Bird was 56 percent and women accounted for 55 percent of those interested in the pixelated bird. This annual report is based on data collected through Infegy Atlas, an analysis system using the new generation of modern algorithms to study the brand and consumer information through articles on the Internet, the provider of social media intelligence … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le Quang Liem. There are some people who are unknown to the public, but they are highly respected in their fields for … [Read more...]

Forbes Vietnam releases maiden 30 under 30 list, including Flappy Bird creator

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Forbes Vietnam unveiled Monday its maiden "30 Under 30" list, featuring 30 Vietnamese individuals who stand out in the industries they are part of, four years after Forbes U.S. introduced the list. Nguyen Ha Dong, the Hanoi-based app developer behind the addictive Flappy Bird mobile game; chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem; star comedian Huynh Tran Thanh; and hot vlogger Tran Duc Viet, aka JVevermind. There are also individuals that are not widely known to the public, but are renowned in their own industries thanks to their achievements, such as Thi Anh Dao, a digital marketer, and Luong Duy Hoai, who specializes in e-commerce. The "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars, born from 1985 on, of the next generation of leadership in different industries, from business and startup to entertainment and sports, Forbes Vietnam, which debuted in June 2013, said in a press release. "They are full of the startup spirit, and are representatives of an active, confident generation that is … [Read more...]

Vietnam wants Lao to try murder suspect

Ho Van Nguyen, 24, a Vietnamese-Laotian, is suspected of killing five Vietnamese in a forest bordering the two countries in March

Vietnamese authorities are asking Laos to try a Vietnamese-Laotian for his involvement in the murder of five Vietnamese along the border in March, Dan Tri online newspaper reported. Ho Van Nguyen, 24, is accused of battering five people to death with two Vietnamese accomplices - Ho Van Cong, 37, and Ho Van Thanh, 39, the report quoted investigators with the central province of Quang Tri's police department as saying. While Quang Tri investigators have concluded their probe and will propose charges with prosecutors, they cannot extradite Nguyen from Laos for investigation and trial, they said. They have reported the case to the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Procuracy - Vietnam's highest prosecutorial office -- and the Ministry of Justice. The agencies will send letters to Lao agencies, asking them to question and try Nguyen. In a previous interview with Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, Col. Tran Duc Viet, vice director of the Quang Tri police department, … [Read more...]

VN cop want Laos to allow extradition of criminal

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A Vietnamese-Laotian man, Ho Van Nguyen, was arrested in Laos after involving in a murder in Vietnam, but due to a mutual judicial assistance agreement between the two countries, he is unlikely to be extradited to Vietnam for trial. Colonel Nguyen Trong Tieng, Commander of Border Guard in northern Quang Tri Province said they are seeking intervention from the Foreign Ministry and the Government to ask the Lao Government to allow extradition of Nguyen to Vietnam. Nguyen, 29, a resident in the Lao province of Savannakhet, was arrested on Thursday, April 4, by provincial police after their Vietnamese counterparts asked for their assistance in hunting the last culprit in the killing of five aloe wood hunters in a forest in Quang Tri on March 24. The forest was near the Vietnam-Lao border and Nguyen returned to Savannakhet after he and his two Vietnamese accomplices, Ho Van Cong and Ho Van Thanh, committed the crime. Cong and Thanh were arrested on Tuesday and pleaded guilty of … [Read more...]

Murderers of five aloe wood hunters arrested

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Two of the three men who killed five aloe wood hunters in a forest in the central province of Quang Tri were arrested on April 3. Two murderers arrested by local border guard force and provincial police. (photo SGGP) The local border guard force and provincial police jointly caught Ho Van Cong, a local man, when he went to the Khe Mui stream in the district to fetch water. From Cong's statement, the joint force also raided a rock cave in Ta Rung Mountain in Huong Viet Commune of Huong Hoa District and arrested Ho Van Thanh while he was sleeping inside. Ho Van Cong and Ho Van Thanh initially said that in the middle of March they met each other in Huong Viet Commune and hatched a plan to kidnap members of a group of aloe wood hunters and kill all to cover any trace or clues. They asked a Laotian man to join in with the plan. On March 23, they attacked a group of aloe wood hunters in a forest in the central province of Quang Binh. They beat the hunters to obtain a ransom of VND15 … [Read more...]

Haiku Vietnam-Japan’s first prize given to spring collection

Tran Hong Thuc Trang(Right) The collection with six poems about the spring of Tran Hong Thuc Trang ( Ho Chi Minh City) has received the first prize in the Vietnam - Japan Haiku Poem Contest 2007 which lasted from June until September. Besides the haiku poems in Japanese, 14 prizes have been given to outstanding haiku poems in Vietnamese. However, with two second prize, none of haiku poems in Vietnamese won the first prize. Noticeably, this is the first time top winners tried with haiku style. "I knew about haiku a year ago which has only three sentences. With haiku, Vietnamese poetry lovers can have additional way to express themselves", said Tran Duc Viet (Binh Dinh), winner in the haiku contest in Vietnamese. Thuc Trang who has only known haiku since June and surprised people when bringing home the first prize for Japanese language content. "I paid much attention to terminology about seasons. I live in the south so that the spring impresses me most", she said. Source: … [Read more...]

This goat fight in Vietnam would make Darwin proud

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A distant district in the northern province of Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi is most famous for its terraced paddy fields. Every year, between September and October, tourists rush there in droves hoping to see the spectacular sight of ripen fields before they are being harvested. If you are planning a trip to Hoang Su Phi during this year’s harvest season, do not forget to add its goat fight festival to your itinerary. The event was traditionally held in the second lunar month. But this year it will be likely moved to the eighth month, which falls between mid-September and mid-October, to attract more tourists, news website VnExpress reported, quoted a representative of the district. But, what’s so special about the festival, which is obviously a newbie compared to many other festivals that date back centuries in Vietnam? Tan Quang Phu, a goat breeder, said in a local newspaper that goat fights are not bloody like those between buffalos and bulls, but they are "unique," … [Read more...]

Fishing, lotus tours in southern Vietnam beguile tourists

Tourists and locals are seen during a fishing trip in U Minh Forest which spans districts in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang. Photo:

Visitors to the Mekong Delta region in southern Vietnam are now pampered with a wide array of rustic delights, including fishing and admiring lotuses on ecological tours. Provinces such as Dong Thap, An Giang and Tien Giang, which are crisscrossed with rivers and endowed with vast lotus fields and fruit-laden orchards, have emerged as bewitching tourist attractions in recent years. One of the tours available in these localities is offered at the T-junction formed by the Long Ho and Vam Nao Rivers in Phu Tan District, located in An Giang. At 9:00 pm on a typical weekend in March, tourists gathered at a cottage built by the An Giang Farming Tourism Center, where they rested and relished in local delicacies and performances of UNESCO-recognized "don ca tai tu" (southern traditional music) while waiting for locals to go fishing for "bong lau" fish, a variety of catfish. The Vam Nao River connects the Tien (Front) and Hau (Back) Rivers. The Tien River is a tributary of the Mekong … [Read more...]

Vietnamese taekwondo player faces fine after winning Mister Global title

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A Vietnamese taekwondo player will likely be fined and have his Mister Global 2015 title rejected by Vietnamese authorities for competing at the pageant without permission. Nguyen Van Son, 21, was crowned at the finale of Mister Global 2015, which took place on Saturday evening in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is an internationally-recognized beauty pageant for males, organized annually by the Mister Global Organization. Son, who is 1.93 meters tall, is a national taekwondo player and has won numerous gold medals both at national and international tournaments. Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from over 21 countries around the globe competed in four categories: talent, swimwear, evening wear, and interview. The four runners-up came from Venezuela, Thailand, Brazil, and France. Son garnered a cash prize; a trophy; accommodation in a city apartment/hotel suite for the duration of his reign while in Thailand; a modeling portfolio; travel opportunities representing … [Read more...]

Villagers block access to quarries

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Frustrated and incensed residents of Huong Phuoc and Tan Cang villages in Dong Nai Province have been blocking roads used by quarries to transport rocks since Monday. They have been erecting bamboo fences and placing other objects like chairs on the roads, and also carrying placards and banners in protest. This is the third time that the villagers are acting to prevent trucks carrying rocks from using local roads, the previous instances happening in September and October last year. The trucks have badly damaged local roads, covered the villages in dust, and made it risky for villagers to use the roads, causing frequent accidents, the villagers say. Tran Tri Tue, a resident of Huong Phuoc Village, said: "We started to come out on the road at 4pm on Monday, and around 5pm, a truck carrying rocks hit an electric bicycle killing Nguyen Van Dan(65) of Phuoc Tan Commune. He added that besides the fatal accident, there have been several cases where people were lucky not to lose their … [Read more...]

Controversy erupts over proposed immigration ban on rule-breaking Vietnamese models, beauties

Vietnamese models Le Tuong Vy (left) and Huynh Thi Thuy Anh, as seen in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo, have been fined by the Performing Arts Department for competing in international beauty pageants without seeking its prior consent.

Members of the public, lawyers, and showbiz celebs in Vietnam have frowned on the national performing department’s proposal to ban models and beauties who have competed in other countries without seeking prior permission from going abroad. Nguyen Dang Chuong, head of the Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism recently said in an interview with a local newspaper that his department will recommend the Ministry of Public Security to bar models and beauties who defy local performing regulations from leaving Vietnam. The proposal came as a drastic, preventive measure to cope with local beauties’ unauthorized competition in overseas pageants in recent years, Chuong added. Six beauties and models were found competing in international pageants abroad without permission last year. The latest example is Dieu Linh, a model in Ho Chi Minh City. On January 9, Linh was fined VND22.5 million (US$1,049) by the chief inspector of the Ho Chi … [Read more...]

Social News 10/1

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Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

Vietnam budget airlines offer nearly-free tickets for Tet travel

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Two Vietnamese budget airlines are offering nearly-free tickets for several domestic routes to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet. Jetstar Pacific is selling tickets at VND5,000 (23 U.S. cents) per turn from Thursday to Sunday for five of its newly-opened domestic routes, including the Thanh Hoa – Buon Ma Thuot and Buon Ma Thuot – Hai Phong services, and flights that connect Ho Chi Minh City with Quy Nhon, Dong Hoi, and Tuy Hoa. The promotional airfares are valid for flights departing during Tet and in March, April, May, September and October this year, according to VTC News. The first day of the Lunar New Year falls on February 19 but festive preparations and the celebratory atmosphere will go on one week before and after that date, as per tradition. Tet is the busiest travel season in Vietnam as millions of people rush to return home to celebrate the holiday after a year working or studying in the big cities. No-frills carrier VietJet Air is also … [Read more...]

Jetstar Pacific offers cheap tickets at VND5

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The low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific is offering cheap one-way tickets starting at just VND5 on local routes from 12 p.m. of January 8 to 11. The special rate will be applicable for flights departing in March, April, May, September and October on routes including Thanh Hoa-Buon Ma Thuot; Buon Ma Thuot- Hai Phong; HCMC-Quy Nhon; HCMC-Dong Hoi and HCMC – Tuy Hoa. The price will be also applied for flights from Quy Nhon/Dong Hoi to HCMC; Hai Phong/Thanh Hoa to Buon Ma Thuot from February 1-19. The carrier is also selling cheap airfares at VND155,000-VND355,000 on domestic routes from the North to the South. … [Read more...]

Over 13 million children get free measles – rubella shots

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More than 13 million Vietnamese children have been provided free measles-rubella vaccinations, said the Department of Preventative Medicine under the Ministry of Health at a meeting with press in Hanoi on December 23rd. The meeting aimed to provide information about the three month implementation of measles and rubella vaccination campaign for children aged from 1 to 14. All 63 provinces and cities across Vietnam have been implementing the second phase of the campaign with more than 9.5 million children in 50 provinces and cities receiving free shots. The first phase from September and October received support from local authorities but encountered several difficulties in public awareness and communication, especially in rural areas. The second phase started in November and will be complete by the end of December, with the third scheduled to take place in January and February, 2015. The Department of Preventative Medicine asked localities to promote public awareness of the … [Read more...]

Social News 16/12

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Experts propose upgrading rehab centers in HCMC Many experts have suggested the HCMC government upgrade existing rehabilitation centers instead of building a new hospital to treat drug addicts to save money. The proposal was made amidst controversies over a plan of the city to build a hospital for drug addict rehabilitation. Nguyen Huu Tai, deputy head of the social vices control agency under the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city should establish social facilities to take care of drug addicts, especially homeless ones, besides the current centers to minimize vices caused by drug abuse. Tai said as drug addicts are like patients, doctors need to apply appropriate ways to treat them. Le Truong Giang, head of the HCMC HIV/AIDS Control Committee, said the city needs a center to provide initial detoxification treatment for drug addicts before sending them to concentrated rehab facilities rather than investing in a new hospital for drug … [Read more...]