Illustrative Image — 24hnews.vn By Hồng Minh When your phone rings and the number of the caller identified is your child’s school, most parents’ hearts will skip a beat. Thankfully, the majority of the calls mums and dads get from teachers are all fairly routine, mundane issues. Worse case most of the time is maybe your child has slipped in the playground. Grazed a knee perhaps, or suffered a bump on the head. Nothing that can’t be fixed with an Elastoplast or a little TLC. Last week cells phones belonging to parents of children at one kindergarten in the northern province of Bắc Ninh would have been buzzing like crazy. These calls were not coming from the school, but other, anxious parents. Rumours of problems with food at the school had spread like, well, like a contagious disease. Photographs of contaminated meat were being passed around, and parents had reason to be concerned. One child confirmed ill, then another. Then another and … [Read more...] about You are what you eat, which is why are children must eat right
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Viet Nam News Nguyễn Hoàng Phương, Deputy Director of the Technology Centre of Việt Nam Social Security (VSS) talks to Việt Nam News on the strides the centre has made in technology adoption to achieve efficiency and better delivery of public services. In 2017 and 2018, Việt Nam Social Security (VSS) topped various Government technology rankings, including the lists for e-portal and human resources capacity and the technology readiness (ICT Index). Could you tell us more about VSS’s achievements in this regard and how they came to be? Information technology (IT) application, administrative reforms and raising the capacity of our staff have been at the forefront of the VSS agenda in recent years as we move into the Industry 4.0 era. Technology has been deeply integrated into our operational document management system, meaning all working documents, directives and professional guidelines have been digitalised and are used across all local … [Read more...] about Tech to bring better insurance services for people
People have flocked to Tam Chuc Pagoda in the northern province of Ha Nam which is expected to be biggest in the world once being completed. Tam Chuc Pagoda complex is now still under construction, but thousands of people since the first days of the Lunar New Year. It would take the investor around 30 years to fully complete the complex and at that time it would become the biggest pagoda in the world with a total area of 5,000 hectares. The pagoda has a lake of 1,000ha, mountain and forest of 3,000ha, and the valley of 1,000ha. It is home to 1,200 statues made from lava and also owns many treasures in the world. In 2013, the complex was recognised as a national tourist site. The pagoda, which is around 1,000 years old, has been rebuilt with the participation from Indian experts. The Tam The Hall can accommodate 5,000 people. The pagoda has been selected as the place to hold the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations and international Buddhist conference … [Read more...] about Crowds rush to pagoda which is still under construction
Viet Nam News Oxfam, an international organistion of non-governmental agencies and partners working to end poverty, predicts that Việt Nam is at risk of not achieving certain guidelines set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Inequalities in income, opportunity, and voice are spiraling out of control, which has a negative impact on the country’s efforts to alleviate poverty and develop a fair and equal economy. Foreign and Vietnamese experts talk to Việt Nam News reporter Khánh Dương about the gap between the rich and the poor in Việt Nam and recommendations for this concerning problem. Max Lawson. — Photo courtesy of Oxfam Inequality in Việt Nam is growing and the rich are major beneficiaries of economic growth policies. What is your assessment on inequalities in Việt Nam? Max Lawson, head of policy department, Oxfam International: Inequality is a problem and it is growing … [Read more...] about Equal access to public services shortens gap between the rich and the poor
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been highly conducive to economic development in Viet Nam as they significantly contribute to job creation, export promotion, growth generation and poverty reduction. However, despite accounting for some 98 per cent of the country’s enterprises, SMEs’ performance is still constrained by many factors, including both “internal capacity” and “unfriendly external factors”, such as shortage of qualified human resources and little access to technology, besides administrative red-tapism. Among the detrimental external factors, lack of credit accessibility is seen as the major obstacle to the sustainable development of SMEs. Therefore, one of the most important measures to support SMEs is to improve their access to credit. In an economy like Viet Nam whose financial system relies heavily on banks, access to credit is even more critical. Vo Tri Thanh In fact, Viet Nam has made great efforts in this regard, and … [Read more...] about SMEs’ access to credit: Better, but not enough
The People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City suspended a hearing on a dispute between Vietnam’s top taxi company Vinasun and ride-hailing firm Grab on Wednesday. The judicial panel said more evidence is needed before a final judgment can be made on the VND42 billion ($1.84 million) lawsuit filed by Vinasun. The plaintiff said that Grab signed contracts with transport cooperatives, which in turn allow the drivers to use the app, and asked for a list of those cooperatives to be provided. Grab is not allowed to directly sign contracts with individual drivers in Vietnam. At the hearing, a Grab representative said the firm has not been able to draw up a list yet, but would provide one and sample contracts at a later date. The judges said the court wants to clarify whether Grab provides an app connecting transport cooperatives or actual transport services to assess the suit in a comprehensive and objective manner. Fierce debate Lawyer Nguyen Hai Van for Vinasun said Grab had broken the … [Read more...] about Court suspends Vinasun vs Grab case as compensation battle wages on
This Saturday afternoon will be like no other in Vietnam. The national football team will be competing in the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U23) Championship, marking the first time ever a team from Southeast Asia has made it so far. Vietnamese fans started dreaming the unthinkable when the team made it to the semifinals, and many assumed it would be South Korea they'd be facing in the biggest game in the team's history. Yes, it had to be South Korea, the runner up of the AFC U23 last year. But just a few hours after Vietnam secured a ticket to the final with a dramatic win over Qatar on Tuesday, it was Uzbekistan's turn to surprise fans. It wasn't until that moment that Vietnamese fans, who had been celebrating their team's remarkable cup run that led them becoming the first in Southeast Asia along with Malaysia to reach the quarterfinals, started looking at what Uzbekistan has achieved so far in this tournament. Uzbekistan knocked out 2017 champion … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan: Can will to win stun attacking intent in U23 Asian Cup final?
Cities across Vietnam are preparing for the big day tomorrow, the AFC U23 Final between Vietnam and Uzbekistan. You'll be able to watch the match live on VnExpress International, just tune in at 3 p.m. on Saturday. If you prefer to see it on the big screen, below are a number of suggestions. In Saigon, the Vietnam Football Company has asked local authorities to set up 10 giant LED screens along Nguyen Hue walking street in District 1 to broadcast the match live on January 27. Commentators will be invited to discuss the game on the spot. The Youth Cultural House HCMC at No. 4, Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1, will also broadcast the match live. The event is free entry. In Hanoi, 15 big screen TVs will also be set up in pedestrian zones and parks from 3 p.m. tomorrow. Check out the area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the big square in front of the Opera House, My Dinh Stadium, Hoa Binh Park, Thong Nhat Park and Ly Thai To Gardens. Depending … [Read more...] about Where to watch U23 Asian Cup Final: Vietnam vs Uzbekistan
This Saturday afternoon will be like no other in Vietnam. The national football team will be competing in the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U23) Championship, marking the first time ever a team from Southeast Asia has made it so far. Vietnamese fans started dreaming the unthinkable when the team made it to the semifinals, and many assumed it would be South Korea they'd be facing in the biggest game in the team's history. Yes, it had to be South Korea, the runner up of the AFC U23 last year. But just a few hours after Vietnam secured a ticket to the final with a dramatic win over Qatar on Tuesday, it was Uzbekistan's turn to surprise fans. It wasn't until that moment that Vietnamese fans, who had been celebrating their team's remarkable cup run that led them becoming the first in Southeast Asia along with Malaysia to reach the quarterfinals, started looking at what Uzbekistan has achieved so far in this tournament. Uzbekistan knocked out 2017 champion … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan: Can will to win overcome attacking intent in mouthwatering cup final?
As the excitement builds ahead of the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship, all eyes are on the two title contenders, Vietnam and Uzbekistan. Neither team has ever made it beyond the group stage of the biennial championship prior to this year. Previous winners include Japan in 2016, who lost 4-0 in this year’s quarterfinals to Uzbekistan, and Iraq in 2013 (when it was the AFC U22 Cup), who lost in the quarterfinals on penalties (5-3) to none other than Vietnam. This year, both finalists lost a match in the group stage. Vietnam lost 2-1 to South Korea, but the Koreans were subsequently defeated by Uzbekistan in the semis, while Uzbekistan lost to Qatar 1-0, who then lost to Vietnam… also in the semis. As for goal stats, Uzbekistan has so far fared better than the more defensively minded Vietnam. Vietnam Uzbekistan Goals scored 7 10 Goals conceded 7 2 Top goalscorer Nguyen Quang Hai (4 goals) Jasurbek Yakhshiboev (3 goals) … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan in U23 Asian Cup final: Who do you think will win?