Overwhelming mountainous landscapes of Ha Giang

Last update 20:18 | 01/11/2017

The northernmost province of Ha Giang boasts a number of untouched overwhelming landscapes such as Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark and famous destinations in Quan Ba and Yen Minh districts.

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Marine Protected Areas given power to protect sea turtles

Last update 07:50 | 03/11/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has given power to officials working in marine protected areas (MPAs) in an effort to protect sea turtles. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, sea turle, Cu Lao Cham, Con Dao Island

The MPA officers have the right to detain individuals who commit violations of MPA rules.

Nguyen Chu Hoi, former deputy director general of the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, said that sea turtles live in many habitats and ecosystems during migration and development. The presence of sea turtles is considered one of the indicators of the health of the marine environment. Continue reading “Marine Protected Areas given power to protect sea turtles”

The last cyclo repairman in Saigon

Last update 13:00 | 02/09/2017

For older generations, the pedicab used to be a popular means of transportation on every street corner of old Saigon in previous decades. 

The rudimentary transport means has become a unique cultural trait of Saigonese and is attached to many people’s childhoods.

However, due to the socio-economic development, the three-wheeled rickshaw has gradually fallen into oblivion and given way to taxis and buses. Continue reading “The last cyclo repairman in Saigon”

Vietnam’s iconic enterprises of old struggle past 60

Last update 15:17 | 03/11/2017

Living through more than 60 years of history, many famous Vietnamese brands are now struggling to retain their market share and expand business activities.

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Once Vietnam’s foremost shoe manufacturer, Thuong Dinh Footwear now struggles to retain its few loyal customers

At the end of 2016, Thuy Ta Ice-Cream had contributed more than half of the total revenue of Thuy Ta JSC. The business saw a growth rate of 6.3 per cent in revenue and grew by 19 per cent in profitability compared to the previous year. However, against the business results of five years ago, Thuy Ta Ice-Cream has achieved no growth. Continue reading “Vietnam’s iconic enterprises of old struggle past 60”

The last bronze incense burner craft village in Saigon

Last update 15:03 | 02/11/2017

In modern society, traditional craft villages are disappearing and many artisans are finding it hard to stick with their jobs. But in HCMC, the nation’s fastest growing city, there still exists a century-old bronze incense burner casting village called An Hoi in Go Vap District where only five households are holding on to the traditional craft.

In the craft village on the quiet Nguyen Duy Cung Street in Ward 12, Go Vap District, people can sense the slow pace of life and the peaceful atmosphere. Continue reading “The last bronze incense burner craft village in Saigon”

Struggle to manage Muong Phang forest

Last update 15:34 | 03/11/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Management of the Muong Phang forest in the northern mountain province of Dien Bien had faced a number of difficulties, said Nguyen Viet Cuong, director of the Muong Phang Forest and Environment Management Board.

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An area of the Muong Phang special use forest in the northern province of Dien Bien. — Photo vov.vn

The forest has a total area of more than 4,400ha, covering Pa Khoang and Muong Phang communes in Dien Bien District, according to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s Decision 1976/QĐ-TTg issued on October 30, 2014.

The Muong Phang Forest and Environment Management Board manages more than 1,000ha based on Decision 611/QĐ-UBND issued by the Dien Bien Province People’s Committee on July 24, 2015.

The management board, Cuong said, had only eight workers so inspections were not performed regularly. Continue reading “Struggle to manage Muong Phang forest”

VASS doctoral incubator ‘hatches’ 1 PhD every 1.76 days

Last update 07:20 | 04/09/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – At the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), one teacher guides up to 44 PhD students and one PhD is produced every 1.76 days.

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MOET’s inspectors have found many problems in enrollment, training management and degree granting at VASS.

In 2015 and 2016, the academy produced 2,811 master’s degree graduates, but did not report this to MOET.

The academy was discovered as reporting the wrong number of permanent lecturers, which determines the number of students it is allowed to train. The number of associate professors in reality was 10 lower than reported. In January 2017, there were 21 professors, 174 associate professors and 258 PhDs. Continue reading “VASS doctoral incubator ‘hatches’ 1 PhD every 1.76 days”

2017 Basel Anti-Money-Laundering Index

Basel Institute of Governance – International Center for Asset Recovery

 
World ranking of Money Laundering risk in ASEAN countries and China:

Laos – 5
Cambodia – 9
Myanmar – 13
Vietnam – 18
Thailand – 44
China – 51
Indonesia – 61
Philippines – 65
Malaysia – 70
Hong Kong (China) – 89
Singapore – 117
Taiwan (China) – 136

 

2017 Basel AML Index

The Basel AML Index is an annual ranking assessing country risk regarding money laundering/terrorism financing. It focuses on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) frameworks and other related factors such as financial/public transparency and judicial strength.

This is the sixth edition of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index developed by the Basel Institute on Governance. The Basel Institute published the Basel AML Index for the first time in 2012 and has since then been the only non-profit organisation to create a research-based ranking focusing on the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The Basel AML Index provides the following key features: Continue reading “2017 Basel Anti-Money-Laundering Index”

Hong Kong university becomes World Bank consultant for Vietnamese teachers’ professional development

The Education University of Hong Kong will consult for the Vietnamese education ministry in its Enhancing Teacher Education Program

By Tuoi Tre News

November 3, 2017, 15:58 GMT+7

​Hong Kong university becomes World Bank consultant for Vietnamese teachers’ professional development
Project team members meet with officials from World Bank and Vietnam’s education ministry at the World Bank Vietnam Office. Photo: EdUHK

The World Bank has appointed a Hong Kong university as a consultant for Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training on a project aimed at promoting the continuous professional development of the Vietnamese teachers.

The appointment of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) was announced after a rigorous short-listing and selection process for the Vietnamese education ministry’s Enhancing Teacher Education Program (ETEP), during which the Hong Kong institution stood out among top universities and education consultancies from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Continue reading “Hong Kong university becomes World Bank consultant for Vietnamese teachers’ professional development”

Thousands fill Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ for Halloween celebration (photos)

By Tuoi Tre News

November 1, 2017, 14:58 GMT+7

Thousands fill Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ for Halloween celebration (photos)
Congestion happened at the Bui Vien-De Tham Intersection in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on October 31, 2017 as thousands gathered to celebrate Halloween. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Thousands of people have flooded the ‘backpacker area’ of Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate Halloween.

Dressed up in a variety of costumes, large crowds gathered at Bui Vien Walking Street in District 1, the most popular road in the city’s ‘backpacker area,’ on Tuesday night.Pubs and restaurants along the street were decorated in the spirit of the celebration.

Along with the frenetic atmosphere, severe congestion occurred in the area, especially at the intersection of Bui Vien with De Tham Streets. Continue reading “Thousands fill Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ for Halloween celebration (photos)”

Refugee chief criticizes UN for failing to solve conflicts

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. refugee chief sharply criticized the Security Council and world leaders Thursday for failing to prevent and resolve conflicts that have displaced nearly 66 million people around the world.

Filippo Grandi told the U.N.’s most powerful body the sharp rise in forced displacement from 42 million people in 2009 “reflects weaknesses in international cooperation, and declining capacity to prevent, contain and resolve conflicts.” Continue reading “Refugee chief criticizes UN for failing to solve conflicts”

World Condemns US Blockade on Cuba

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World’s 3 million stateless deserve nationality -UNHCR

Friday, 3 November 2017 09:20 GMT

Rohingya are largest group, omitted from Myanmar citizens list

By Stephanie Nebehay

An estimated 10 million people worldwide are stateless, including three million officially, a status that deprives them of an identity, rights, and often jobs, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.

Muslim Rohingyas in Buddhist-majority Myanmar form the world’s biggest stateless minority, with some 600,000 having fled violence and repression since late August and taken refuge in Bangladesh, it said.

In a report, “This is Our Home” – Stateless Minorities and their Search for Citizenship”, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called on governments to end the discriminatory practice by 2024. Continue reading “World’s 3 million stateless deserve nationality -UNHCR”

State treasury raises $133.3 million from bond auction

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Update: November, 03/2017 – 15:40

The State Treasury of Việt Nam on November 1 raised VNĐ3 trillion (US$133.3 million) from government bond auctions on November 1. — Photo tinnhanhchungkhoan.vn
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The State Treasury of Việt Nam on Wednesday raised VNĐ3 trillion (US$133.3 million) from Government bond auctions, raising the total value of bond issuance to VNĐ156.2 trillion since the beginning of the year.

Four tenures were offered for auction at the Hà Nội Stock Exchange – five-year and 10-year-term bonds valued at VNĐ1 trillion each, and seven-year and 30-year-term bonds valued at VNĐ500 billion each. Continue reading “State treasury raises $133.3 million from bond auction”