FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Vietnam to face defending champions USA

VOV.VN – Vietnam have been drawn in Group E alongside defending champions the United States, the Netherlands, and a playoff winner at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as announced at the draw held in New Zealand on October 22.

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This represents a huge challenge for Vietnam as the USA are four-time champions and they are currently placed at the top of the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

Elsewhere, the Netherlands were the runners-up of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and are now in eighth position in the global rankings.

The final Group E team could be either Thailand, Cameroon, or Portugal, and the name will be announced after a play-off match in February, 2023.

Group E matches will take place in New Zealand from July 22 to August 1 next year.

Vietnam are scheduled to take on the USA on July 22, the play-off winner on July 27 and the Netherlands on August 1.

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the ninth edition of the global tournament, the quadrennial world championship for women’s national football teams organised by FIFA.

The 2023 tournament will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023. This is the first time that the FIFA Women’s World Cup will have two host nations and 32 teams to vie for the trophy instead of 24 as previously.

This is the first time that Vietnam have progressed to the finals of the international tournament.

US Dept. of Treasury Report to Congress (Nov. 2022): Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partner of the United States

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Excerpt on Vietnam

Treasury Conclusions Related to the 2015 Act

Vietnam has been removed from the Monitoring List, having only met one of the three criteria over the four quarters through June 2022 as it had in the June 2022 Report for the four quarters through December 2021. Vietnam had previously exceeded the thresholds for all three criteria as noted in the December 2021, April 2021, and December 2020 Reports, in each of which Treasury conducted enhanced analysis of Vietnam. In early 2021, Treasury commenced enhanced bilateral engagement with Vietnam in accordance with the 2015 Act. As a result of discussions through the enhanced engagement process, Treasury and the State Bank of Vietnam- (SBV) reached agreement in July 2021 to address Treasury’s concerns about Vietnam’s currency practices.5 Treasury continues to engage closely with the SBV to monitor Vietnam’s progress in addressing Treasury’s concerns and remains satisfied with the progress made by Vietnam.

Treasury Analysis under the 1988 and 2015 Legislation

This Report assesses developments in international economic and exchange rate policies over the four quarters through June 2022. The analysis in this Report is guided by Sections 3001-3006 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (1988 Act) (codified at 22 U.S.C. §§ 5301-5306) and Sections 701 and 702 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (codified at 19 U.S.C. §§ 4421-4422), as discussed in Section 2 of this Report.
Under the 2015 Act, Treasury is required to assess the macroeconomic and exchange rate policies of major trading partners of the United States for three specific criteria. Treasury sets the benchmark and threshold for determining which countries are major trading partners, as well as the thresholds for the three specific criteria in the 2015 Act. In this Report, Treasury has reviewed the 20 largest U.S. trading partners3 against the thresholds Treasury has established for the three criteria in the 2015 Act:

(1) A significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States is a goods and services trade surplus that is at least $15 billion.
(2) A material current account surplus is one that is at least 3% of GDP, or a surplus for which Treasury estimates there is a material current account “gap” using Treasury’s Global Exchange Rate Assessment Framework (GERAF).
(3) Persistent, one-sided intervention occurs when net purchases of foreign currency are conducted repeatedly, in at least 8 out of 12 months, and these net purchases total at least 2% of an economy’s GDP over a 12-month period.4

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Belching lakes, mystery craters, ‘zombie fires’: How the climate crisis is transforming the Arctic permafrost

Newly formed lakes in the permafrost landscape of Russia's Siberia.

Newly formed lakes in the permafrost landscape of Russia’s Siberia.Evgeny Chuvilin/Skoltech

By Katie Hunt, CNN

Published 7:06 AM EST, Sat November 12, 2022

CNN — Four years ago, Morris J. Alexie had to move out of the house his father built in Alaska in 1969 because it was sinking into the ground and water was beginning to seep into his home.

“The bogs are showing up in between houses, all over our community. There are currently seven houses that are occupied but very slanted and sinking into the ground as we speak,” Alexie said by phone from Nunapitchuk, a village of around 600 people. “Everywhere is bogging up.”

What was once grassy tundra is now riddled with water, he said. Their land is crisscrossed by 8-foot-wide boardwalks the community uses to get from place to place. And even some of the boardwalks have begun to sink.

“It’s like little polka dots of tundra land. We used to have regular grass all over our community. Now it’s changed into constant water marsh.”

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