As an expat with some Vietnamese language skills, we quickly forget the sheer confusion and wonder at waking up on your first morning in Saigon. The absolute fear of how you are going to achieve the most basic of functions, like buying food, without a guide usually crosses the minds of most first-time tourists to this great city. And recently, I had the opportunity to welcome my cousin and his family to Saigon for the first time. They spent a few days exploring the city both with me as their guide and alone, checking out what they could do with no phone and no translator. My cousin Gavin and his wife Natalie are from Adelaide in South Australia. They never considered Vietnam as a holiday destination until a discussion with their sister-in-law, who is from Vietnam but lives in Australia, raised the idea of a family holiday in her homeland. After six months of planning, the group of nine extended family members arrived in Vietnam for a three-week holiday across the country. The … [Read more...] about What is Ho Chi Minh City really like for a first-time visitor?
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Speaking after annual AUSMIN talks between the allies, Austin said the two countries also agreed to "invite Japan to integrate into our force posture initiatives in Australia." Austin did not detail when there would be an increase in the rotations, or how many troops, ships and aircraft they would involve, and it was unclear how the announcement differed from a similar statement more than a year ago. "The United States and Australia share a vision of a region where countries can determine their own futures," he told a joint news conference with his Australian counterpart that included the nations' foreign ministers. In a joint statement, the sides said that "to strengthen U.S. land presence," they would expand locations for U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps forces in Australia. It said they would also identify priority locations to support an enhanced U.S. force posture with runway improvements, aircraft parking aprons and storage for fuel and munitions, and decided to … [Read more...] about US to increase rotational military presence in Australia, invite Japan
Dumfries netted and had two assists while Blind scored too as the Dutch saw off a brief spell of U.S. resistance to book a quarter-final with Argentina or Australia, who play later. Striker Memphis Depay got the first goal as the Netherlands advanced to a seventh World Cup quarter-final. A comfortable 2-0 halftime lead was halved in the 76th minute as the Americans finally made a breakthrough, even if scorer Haji Wright seemed to know little about the ball hitting his heel and then looping into the corner of the net. However, any hopes they had of staging a comeback were ended five minutes later as Dumfries sealed his man-of-the-match performance by ghosting in at the back post and side-footing a volley into the net to restore the two-goal advantage. The Dutch deserved the win but again there will be questions about whether they are serious World Cup contenders – something coach Louis van Gaal keeps insisting they are, although he was quick to admit Saturday's showing could … [Read more...] about Netherlands move to World Cup knockout stages with 3-1 win over US
The Netherlands' full backs proved the difference as veteran Daley Blind and hard-running Denzel Dumfries turned in decisive performances to help secure a 3-1 win over the United States in Saturday's opening match of the World Cup knockout stages. Dumfries netted and had two assists while Blind scored too as the Dutch saw off a brief spell of U.S. resistance to book a quarter-final with Argentina or Australia, who play later. Striker Memphis Depay got the first goal as the Netherlands advanced to a seventh World Cup quarter-final. A comfortable 2-0 halftime lead was halved in the 76th minute as the Americans finally made a breakthrough, even if scorer Haji Wright seemed to know little about the ball hitting his heel and then looping into the corner of the net. However, any hopes they had of staging a comeback were ended five minutes later as Dumfries sealed his man-of-the-match performance by ghosting in at the back post and side-footing a volley into the net to restore the … [Read more...] about Netherlands move to World Cup knockout stages with 3-1 win over U.S.
Khanh Linh, a student at a university in New York in the U.S., moved out after spending the first year in a dormitory in accordance with the school's requirements. However, renting housing in the U.S. usually requires a credit check and a social security number, which not all students have. When Linh saw an ad for a private room with a shared kitchen and bathroom that cost US$1,200 per month and said "no SSN required," she called right away. Though it seemed odd the poster asked for a deposit of $1,000, she sent the fee because she "didn't have many options." After making the payment, she was immediately blocked by the poster. According to an Open Doors report on international educational exchange released in November, there were 20,713 Vietnamese students in the U.S. in the 2021-22 school year, or around 2% of all international students . Minh Nguyen, who works as a study abroad consultant in Chicago, says newly arriving Vietnamese students, young and inexperienced about … [Read more...] about Vietnamese students in US targeted by scammers
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed Vietnam consistently values ties with the RoK in its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of relations. He congratulated the RoK Government and people on the successful implementation of their development strategies and goals, including the Indo-Pacific strategy, the ASEAN-RoK Solidarity Initiative, the Global Pivotal State (GPS) initiative that have improved the RoK’s role and position in the world. Expressing their delight at the rapid and effective development of bilateral friendship and cooperation over the past years, especially since the upgrade of ties to strategic cooperative partnership in 2009, both sides declared to lift their relationship to comprehensive strategic partnership to open up a new development period for bilateral ties. They agreed to facilitate all-level visits in diverse and flexible forms, further step up cooperation in diplomacy, national defense and security, carry … [Read more...] about Vietnamese, RoK Presidents hold talks
A customer scans QR to pay for petrol After delivering the cake and the box of sticky rice to the customer, Ms. Nguyen Thi Van, the owner of a bakery on Nguyen Thuong Hien Street in District 3 was waiting for the customer to pay by scanning the QR code right on the counter. The owner revealed that her shop has applied the new payment method for more than two months adding that the online payment proves to be convenient. According to Ms. Van, bank staff came to ask her to open an account, and they put a small sign with a printed QR code, her name, and her account number right on the counter. Mr. Phan Thanh Vu Hung, a delivery man, took out his phone for customers to scan the bank's QR code and pay the amount of VND 737,000. He said that he prefers the new online payment because he calculates very slowly, so just scan like this quickly. After scanning the QR code, Mr. Hung checked and saw the money in his account. A small coffee shop or a fruit stall in busy shopping areas in the … [Read more...] about Electronic transactions, online payments gradually popular in HCMC
The event aims to promote the friendship and cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and foreign localities as well as popularize the country and people to international friends. Speaking at the opening, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai said in addition to the rapid expansion of cooperative relations, the city's collaboration activities are diversified, bringing many practical results, contributing to the implementation of the country's foreign policy and serving the city’s socio-economic development. The official emphasized that a "Mayors' conference" that took place right after the opening would be an opportunity to exchange experience and ways to deepen the relations, thus facilitating international integration. He also said that the presence of leaders from central agencies and foreign guests at the event was not only great support for Ho Chi Minh City, but also reflected the friendship and determination to work together to further promote … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City holds first friendship dialogue with foreign localities
Vietnam is urged to have an offshore wind roadmap to convince investors that this kind of energy has a central role to play in the years to come. Vietnam's power plan and its renewable energy strategy will matter a lot to the country's low-carbon vision which it set for 2050 amid global efforts for net-zero journey. The Hanoi Times will introduce a series of articles that reflects the issues. About 2,000 megawatts (MW) offshore wind power is likely slashed in the Vietnamese draft Power Development Plan VIII (PDP8) for 2021-2030 and vision to 2045, dashing people’ hopes of laying the foundation for a vibrant new industry in Vietnam despite its world-class natural conditions. Offshore wind power in Vietnam is nascent but potential. Photo: Ørsted The master plan, once approved by the government, could put brakes on the promising sector in its infancy shortly after the blueprint was released for public viewing in mid-September. In the plan built by the … [Read more...] about [Net-zero strategy] Vietnam’s electricity plan drives away offshore wind power
Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue (right) with Mike Cronin, managing director of Co-operative Affairs at Fonterra. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tuan Trade and investment are major pillars to enhancing the cooperation between Viet Nam and New Zealand, Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue said while meeting leaders of New Zealand companies in Auckland on Sunday during his ongoing official visit to the country. Hosting Mike Cronin, managing director of Co-operative Affairs at Fonterra, Hue lauded the group's joint works with Vietnamese firms such as Vinamilk and Nutifood in the supply and distribution of milk in Viet Nam's market. Fonterra has been operating in Viet Nam since 1980, specialising in supplying and distributing dairy and food products for restaurant and hotel chains. Hue urged the group to increase cooperation and investment in Viet Nam, especially in sectors of Viet Nam's strength, such as dairy farming and milk processing. He also hopes for … [Read more...] about Top legislator meets New Zealand business leaders