US launches cooperation strategy for Vietnam The US Consulate General in HCM City has announced the US Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Vietnam in 2014-2018. The strategy aims to help strengthen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the US. At a March 25 launch for the strategy, USAID Mission Director in Vietnam Joakim Parker gave a presentation on the contents of the strategy to partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and representatives from the private sector and provinces and cities in Vietnam. Over the next five years, USAID will provide Vietnam withUS$344 million to help implement support programs pertaining to trade, enhancement of competitive edge, the development of the private sector and the widespread participation of all sectors in economic activities. The strategy will also help upgrade the healthcare system, provide services to prevent bird flu, treat HIV/AIDS cases and cope with climate change towards green growth. In … [Read more...] about Social News Headlines 27/3
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Vietnamese American wins $324mi California lottery The co winner of the American US$636 million Mega Millions jackpot is Steve Tran, a Vietnamese American living in northern California, who emerged to claim his prize on January 2. Tran said his family likes to visit San Jose because of the city's large Vietnamese community. While visiting the area on December 13 to eat and shop, he bought 5 Quick Pick tickets from Jennifer's Gift Shop, owned by Thuy Nguyen - also a Vietnamese national, who will receive US$1 million for selling the winning ticket. The first winner was Ira Curry from Georgia who came forward to claim her prize on December 18. Tran said he saw coverage that the winning ticket had been purchased in San Jose, but had forgotten about his purchase. Then he went on vacation, and forgot about the lottery altogether. It wasn't until a middle-of-the-night inspiration upon his return that he realized he had indeed purchased tickets in San Jose. He came forward Thursday, 16 … [Read more...] about Social Headlines January 8
Electronic Music Performance Thu 06 Sep 2012, 9 pm Miix 61A Luong Ngoc Quyen Str, Hanoi You are invited to the premiere performance of Malaysia's Mushroom Buttons and T.K.I. supported by West Coast US producer and performer Nick Everett ' Unconventional Science on Thursday September 6. Expect a bone-crunching night of contemporary bass heavy grooves, glitch hop, hip hop, trap, dubstep and future garage, combining vintage twisted refits and originally produced tracks. This will be Takashi Aiman (T.K.I) and Jason Chee's (Mushroom Buttons) first performance in Vietnam, ably supported by Nick Everett (Unconventional Science) ' already a firm favourite on Hanoi's burgeoning underground bass scene ' who will kick the party off with an eclectic mix of the best in cutting-edge tunes. … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 1-15 (daily updated)
The most mysterious of the unexplained mysteries about Mitt Romney's considerable wealth is how he was able to amass between $21 million and $102 million in his individual retirement account during the 15 years he was at Bain Capital LLC. How did he do it, given the relatively small amounts that the law permits to be contributed to such a plan on an annual basis? Romney has not explained this conundrum, and seeing as he wants to become president, he would be wise to start talking -- if for no other reason than there might be many Americans who would like to emulate what he did. … [Read more...] about What’s the secret behind Romney’s magical IRA?
A few days before Russia's presidential election, Sergei Smirnov received a phone call from a man who called himself Mikhail and told him the terms of the deal: you will vote for Vladimir Putin four times and receive 2,000 roubles in return. The sum was promised to dozens of other young men and women who met on Sunday outside a popular fast food joint on the southwest fringe of Moscow, waiting to be taken to various polling stations in the province that rings the capital. Smirnov, a journalist, said he found the group a few weeks prior to the election through a friend. Mikhail, whom he met at Moscow's Yugo-Zapadnaya (Southwest) metro station on Sunday morning, gave him final instructions. "He said we should vote for Vladimir Putin, photograph the ballot, and send him the photograph by phone," Smirnov said. Smirnov is one of several activists who infiltrated and followed a group of what he said were "carousel" voters, as Russians call people who cast several ballots at different … [Read more...] about Russia’s election “carousel” – a tale of alleged fraud