IF THE CAP FITS: Joey Barton has found himself in more hot water. Photo Fleetwood Town FC Paul Kennedy Joey Barton is a complex character. He is, or rather was, a talented footballer, outspoken, opinionated, controversial, and at times incredibly stupid. On the pitch he carved out quite a decent career. Between 2002 and 2011 he made more than 200 appearances for Manchester City and Newcastle United, and he’s also had a dabble on the continent, playing 25 times for Marseille in France. While his international career isn’t really anything to write home about having only represented his country on one occasion, for a kid who grew up in Huyton, a tough, working class area of Liverpool, it is fair to say Joey has done well for himself. Or is it? Off the pitch, Barton’s behaviour has been nothing short of disgraceful. Twice he has been convicted of violence charges, one of which saw him jailed for six months for common assault and affray. He has been charged … [Read more...] about When are you going to grow up Joey?
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Tony Cripps, CEO of HSBC Singapore. Photo courtesy of HSBCViet Nam News HCM CITY — For ASEAN to continue to prosper in 2019 and beyond, policymakers across the region should step up reform efforts designed to boost the region’s openness and integration, an HSBC official has said. Tony Cripps, CEO of HSBC Singapore, said that Southeast Asia’s fortunes had risen tremendously since the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. “But now is not the time to rest easy,” he said, adding it was crucial to shield its economies and businesses from the challenging global backdrop, and allow them to capture opportunities going forward. ASEAN’s past integration efforts have driven much of the success for the region, as evidenced by the level of geopolitical and economic interest and investment that the region is receiving, according to the official. But ASEAN needs to quicken the pace in order to give it a larger and stronger political and … [Read more...] about ASEAN needs to step up reform to improve openness: HSBC CEO
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressed the teleconference on January 3 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The GDP and production value of the agricultural sector is hoped to expand over 3 percent and over 3.11 percent respectively in 2019, heard a teleconference on January 3, which was held to review the sector’s achievements during 2018. The sector’s export turnover is set to reach over 43 billion USD, while at least 50 percent of communes and 70 district-level units are expected to be recognised as new-style rural areas in the year ahead. The forest coverage is projected to reach 41.85 percent. At the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to accelerate the sector’s restructuring in connection with growth model reform, rural economic development, and new-style rural building. He called for more efforts in developing markets, supply-demand forecast work, and building branding for Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Agricultural sector’s 2019 GDP hoped to grow 3 percent
Illustration by Đàm Minh ChíViet Nam News by Khoa Thư It was an unforgettable night for Quỳnh Anh in Hà Nội when a simple Facebook post proved popular. As she watched the post online it seemed to grow by the second. Comments, likes and angry emojis. More than 8,200 people reacted, 3,300 commenting with angry icons. Over a night, her post was shared 4,000 times, organically, an enviable number to even the most influential of content creators in Việt Nam. Quỳnh Anh is not a key opinion leader, KOL as it is commonly known. In fact, she is a pregnant woman expecting her first baby. The famous, or infamous post – depending on how people digest it, is Anh’s explanation on why she would not sign a petition calling for a death penalty for a Japanese murderer who killed a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl. And it was considered a taboo when the majority was pushing to have him face the highest punishment. “What … [Read more...] about People need to take responsibility, online and off
The rapid growth of the digital economy in the past few years has speeded up the evolution of the retail industry and changed consumers’ shopping behaviours, requiring retailers to continue to innovate to better serve customers’diverse needs, a seminar heard in HCM City on Wednesday. Le Thi Thuy Trang, head of retailer vertical at Nielsen, said traditional retail remained Viet Nam’s dominant distribution channel but is growing at just 1 per cent a year. The modern trade channel had expanded to account for 26 per cent of retail sales, and is growing at 11.8 per cent. “There is still great potential for the modern trade channel to develop,” said Trang. With rapid urbanisation and smaller households, there is a need for smaller pack sizes and greater demand for convenience, she added. Besides, according to Nielsen’s research, adding amenity services is also a factor in attracting customers and enhancing customers’experience at stores, she said. … [Read more...] about Retailers urged to keep up with customer demand