Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News By Hoàng Hồ After an incredible fight, actress Mai Phương, who has been receiving special treatment for aggressive lung cancer, has been discharged from Military Hospital 175 into the loving arms of friends, family, fans and colleagues. Although the battle against cancer is not over, with Phương facing many more hospital visits and follow-up appointments, her journey has been remarkable and inspirational. Since the first days of her treatment, the hospital has welcomed visits from many celebrities to help and encourage Phương. With continuous updates on the media and thousands of messages from fans on Facebook around Việt Nam, everything seemed to be going well, until actor Gia Bảo – a close friend of Phương’s, spoke up and caused some ripples. “If you don’t have a close relationship with the patient, you can just … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?
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'A man in Kandahar may get $4,000 for his damaged car while a woman in Gardez gets $1,000 for her dead child. Civilians deserve better.' In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released to Reuters. Six months later, another Afghan father was given $10,000 by the U.S. military after his child, also a civilian, was killed in an American-led military operation in the same province. And 68-year-old Haji Allah Dad lost 20 relatives, including his brother and sister-in-law, in a U.S. and Afghan special forces operation near the northern city of Kunduz last November. Allah Dad said he received no money from the U.S. military, though he did get compensation from the Afghan government. Nearly 16 years since invading Afghanistan, the United States has no standardized process for making compensation payments to the families of thousands of … [Read more...] about How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends
VietNamNet Bridge - While the government of Vietnam has opened the door widely to foreign investors in many business fields, it remains very cautious with the banking sector. Related news Banks rush to ask for higher foreign-ownership rate Under current laws, one foreign investor can hold no more than 20 percent of stake of one Vietnamese bank, while the total foreign ownership in one bank must not be higher than 30 percent. The proportions are believed to be unattractive to foreign investors, because with the low ownership ratios, foreign investors’ rights to make decisions relating to banks’ business remain limited. VietinBank’s CEO Le Duc Tho has confirmed the bank is seeking the State Bank of Vietnam’s permission to raise the foreign ownership ratio to 30-35 percent or even 40 percent. ABBank has sold 30 percent of its stake to foreign investors – MayBank which holds 20 percent shares and IFC which holds 10 percent. The bank plans to ask for … [Read more...] about How much room is available for foreign investors in Vietnamese banks?
VietNamNet Bridge - OceanBank was forced to sell to the State Bank for zero dong to implement the so-called "neo-bankruptcy" deal. What will the State Bank do with it? It is clear that the small shareholders of OceanBank will lose all of their money because of the deal. They are people or retired workers who bought bank shares with their savings. And it was not their fault when the bank incurred big losses. A finance expert said that management agencies should claim responsibility for the small shareholders’ loss, because they did not provide necessary information to the shareholders. "There was no information about whether banks operated well and faced big problems. Meanwhile, the information decisively affects investors’ decisions," he said. "If they (small shareholders) had heard about OceanBank’s problems, they would have sold the bank’s shares to take back the investment capital," he explained. "In fact, they also did not have sufficient … [Read more...] about How much should SBV have to pay to revive banks bought at zero dong?
The Anholt National Brand Index, the first analytical ranking of the world's national brands, in a recent report valued the United States trademark at about US$18 million. In the top 10 national brands, the US was followed by countries like Japan, valued at US$6 trillion, and Germany, valued at between $3.5 trillion and $4 trillion. In a recent get-together for journalists hosted by Unilever Corp. in Ho Chi Minh City, a group of Vietnam experts in business, culture and tourism discussed a topic that gets some people quite upset. … [Read more...] about How much is the word “Vietnam” worth?