No encounter with 31-year-old Nguyen Thi Van is uneventful. Most people are awed and enchanted by her unbreakable, can-do spirit. No one can testify to this better than 51-year-old Neil Bowden Laurence - an expert in telecoms, cyber security and cybernetics working for the Australian Government – who gave everything up so that he would not lose her. Struck by the wide grins plastered on Van’s Facebook wall, he commented: “You have a very nice smile;” “You look so beautiful when you smile;” and so on. Neill often carries his wife when they go out or simply go for a walk. Photo courtesy of Neil and Van. Van was not above engaging in a bit of flirting. Busy as she was, as the director of the Vigor of Life Center in Hanoi, which provides vocational education, training for people with disabilities, and owner of a graphic design company, she had time to spend on herself. "I had seven boyfriends before I met Neil...so it was normal for me to playfully … [Read more...] about A weighty love for a Vietnamese woman weighing just 20 kilos
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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - The central city of Da Nang has become an attractive destination for more and more domestic and foreign investors operating in information technology (IT) and communications thanks to tireless efforts made by the local authorities to improve the quality of human resources and infrastructure for the sector. Da Nang is one of the leading localities in the country in developing IT and software industry. Statistics from the municipal Department of Information and Communications, about 20,000 people are working in Da Nang’s IT sector, significantly contributing to promoting the development of software technology in the city. Many international training programmes with high quality have been implemented in Da Nang, meeting the demand of domestic and foreign software firms. Notably, Da Nang University has cooperated with Washington and Portland Universities of the US, Grenoble and Marseille Universities of France in training … [Read more...] about Da Nang works to make IT spearhead sector
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Washington on Thursday hoping promises to help create U.S. jobs and bolster Japan's military will persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to turn down the heat on trade and currency and stand by the decades-old alliance. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a Northern Territories Day rally to call on Russia to return a group of islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuriles in Russia, in Tokyo, Japan February 7, 2017. Japanese officials have been soothed by security assurances from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others. But they worry Trump may go off script when the two leaders meet, first for a summit in Washington on Friday and then for a round of golf near the "Winter White House" in Florida. Some in Tokyo even worry that Trump, a global businessman and author of "The Art of the Deal", might eventually make some sort of pact with rival China that leaves Japan out in the cold. "What we want to know is Mr. … [Read more...] about Japan’s Abe hopes promises on jobs, defense will temper Trump’s tone on trade
By An Vũ Three months ago, former French ambassador to Việt Nam Jean Noel Poirier made a one-hour documentary and posted it on YouTube. It relates his experiences in Hà Nội and with its people, which, he says, have become part of his soul. In the documentary, he referred to Hanoian women as a way for him to think of Hà Nội. Charmingly, he praised them for their contributions and dedications in all kinds of social activities, from morning exercises to trading activities. “They are the main pioneering force in everything. They are not only full of energy and well organised, but also elegant and so deadly attractive in everything they do. Not to mention their kindness as well as natural sense of humour,” the former ambassador said in his perfect Vietnamese. Then he said, “Sometimes, I joke that in Việt Nam, women do all things and men do nothing but the rest.” For some, what he said could stir up a … [Read more...] about Should women of today do the work of men?
Ministry of Labour opens job centres (09-06-2007) HA NOI — A new job exchange centre was opened by Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in May in the capital to service the employment demands of employers and employees, with the eventual aim of providing a national database of job information by 2010. "The creation of job exchange and promotion centres is a government priority for the achievement of employment targets," said Le Bach Hong, deputy minister of labour, invalids and social affairs. The new centre now opens four times a year, then weekly and then daily in the future, when properly established. In the meantime the website can be consulted 24 hours a day. The first centres opened in Da Nang and Bac Ninh in the middle of last year. And in the first six months of operation, 4,000 to 5,000 job applicants took part in on-line job exchanges and the website attracted around 10,000 to 15,000 surfers in total. About 10,000 people found jobs while another … [Read more...] about Ministry of Labour opens job centres