Thousands of Cambodian citizens in Phnom Penh gather on May 2, 1983, to bid farewell to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers of the Military Unit 4 -- Cửu Long Military Corps after they completed their mission in Cambodia. — VNA File Photo By George Campbell, former copy-editor at Vietnam News Agency I arrived in Hà Nội for the first time on 2nd December 1978 to replace Chris Ray as an English-language specialist at the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) working on the daily English news bulletin. I flew into what did not look like an international airport. The plane passed over numerous bomb craters before landing a good walk from a warehouse-type structure that served as a terminal near the bombed makeshift airport buildings. I was greatly moved as I was visually confronted by the consequences of the war I had read about and seen on TV. It took 45 minutes to successfully connect to VNA by radio telephone and a lot longer for a Soviet-style jeep to pick me up. … [Read more...] about Writing history in Việt Nam
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Facebook and Twitter takes actions against accounts used in an Iran-based social media campaign to sway public opinion by impersonating reporters, politicians and others. VNS File photo SAN FRANCISCO Facebook and Twitter said Tuesday they shuttered accounts used in an Iran-based social media campaign to sway public opinion by impersonating reporters, politicians and others. Facebook removed 51 accounts, 36 pages and seven groups from the social network and another three from Instagram after investigating a tip from internet security firm FireEye, according to head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher. Twitter told AFP that it removed a network of 2,800 inauthentic accounts originating in Iran in early May, but was not privy to the FireEye findings made public Tuesday. "Our investigations into these accounts are ongoing," a Twitter spokeswoman said, declining to discuss details until the analysis was finished. A network of English-language social media accounts … [Read more...] about Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
VinaCapital officially ends investment in poultry firm Ba Huan Ba Huan JSC, the country's leading pasteurized eggs and poultry meat producer, has decreased its charter capital from VND280 billion (US$12 million) to VND222 billion (US$9.53 million), effectively ending the involvement of VinaCapital, one of the two largest asset management firms in Vietnam, with the company. This results in an increase in the stake holding of domestic shareholders from 66.2% to 83.6%, of which Ba Huan's Director Pham Thi Huan owns 64%. In Feburary, VinaCapital`s flagship fund Vietnam Opportunity Fund (VOF) invested US$32.5 million to acquire a significant minority stake in Ba Huan. However, in early July, Ba Huan sought Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's intervention in terminating its partnership with VinaCapital. The firm said there were differences between the English and Vietnamese versions of the agreement and the terms were not what the two parties had agreed initially. Among … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 10/10
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, in Hanoi, the U.S. Embassy and the Vietnam Education Foundation hosted a legacy event to pay tribute to the many accomplishments of the VEF Program. Over 50 VEF Alumni Fellows and Scholars gathered in Hanoi, where they shared their experiences and celebrated the success of the program. “We are very proud of the many accomplishments of VEF since its inception in 2000,” stated Sandy Dang, the Executive Director of VEF. Ms. Dang further added that “The relationship between the United States and Vietnam is stronger because of our VEF alumni, fellows, and scholars.” Acting VEF Board Chairman/U.S. Department of State Delegated Board Member Tim Marshall agreed and indicated that “VEF has played a crucial role in helping to build bridges between the United States and Vietnam. Its educational exchanges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) have been particularly beneficial to … [Read more...] about VEF Program closes after 18 years of operation