Children all over Việt Nam are out of school and excited about the summer holiday. How are they going to spend their free time? Phương Mai, San Hà and Ngọc Diệp talk to kids and their parents. Huỳnh Phong Sơn, a 12-year-old student from HCM City’s Hóc Môn District, says his parents want him to spend time on physical activities this summer. But that’s not all. He’s taking English and singing classes as well. “I play football with my neighbours every afternoon, and I swim with my cousins and friends on the weekends,” Sơn says. Though his family plans to travel this summer, he prefers to take part in summer camps and activities at cultural houses. “I can meet new friends and learn new things through fun activities.” To meet children’s needs, cultural houses, theatres and amusement parks in the city are preparing many kinds of programmes to welcome Children’s Day on … [Read more...] about What do kids want to do this summer?
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Hong Phuc "There’s a retard here," a corpulent woman shouted as she punched on my apartment door. "There’s a retard here!," she kept yelling. We were living in Hanoi back then, when my son was five years old. That woman, a neighbor, rushed into my house to find "the retard" because, she said: "He stole my grandkid’s toy, he even opened the fridge to take biscuits himself." That day, my son lost a piece of his toe because of the iron folding door. That neighbor tried to push him out of her apartment while my son tried to get back in. After she left, I followed the trail of blood to find my son hiding in a corner of the bedroom. He did not cry and his eyes were wide open as if he had never been chased away so many times before. Then he lay down, very still, rolling the wheel of a toy car as I bandaged his toe. When was the last time that you had peace of mind? My answer to that question would be: the time before a hot summer afternoon in Hanoi, more than 13 years ago. … [Read more...] about Understanding, acceptance: what autistic people and their families need
Viet Nam News Việt Nam should have ample motivation to exploit new and clean energy to ensure energy security and address environmental issues. Former US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a press conference on the issues. Việt Nam News journalist Nguyễn Linh Anh reports. The seminar today is about energy security in the context of climate change. What do you think about this topic? Việt Nam is one of the most exposed countries in the world, particularly the Mekong Delta area, to climate change. All of Việt Nam will feel the impact of climate change because of changes in temperature, the availability of water, the impact of storms and droughts. There are many challenges here but Việt Nam also has enormous opportunity because its energy mix is a possibility of hydro, wind, solar and natural gas. Solar power is now cheaper than coal. Coal is producing a problem for the Vietnamese people in cities and towns, with the air quality, the … [Read more...] about Việt Nam in need of new energy
Nguyen Tri Hieu, a banking expert, tells Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper that the Government should appoint an agency to develop an official transaction floor for buying and selling debt. What’s your assessment of bad debt settlement in our banking system now? According to the latest report, bad debt in our banking system has reduced to 2.18 per cent. This percentage indicates that banks have reduced their bad debt risks. This is a positive sign. However, over the last five years, just 1.4 per cent of the bad debt ratio was reduced. In my opinion, this result is not really optimistic. The problem here is that many banks still accept risks by lending money to real estate developers, to consumers or investors in stock exchange and others. These are the key reasons making the bad debt in the banking system to more than 2 per cent. It is a common sense that if the banking sector has a low risk level it should have a bad debt ratio less than 1 per cent. In my opinion the 2.18 per cent … [Read more...] about Vietnam needs a public transaction floor for bad debts
Nguyễn Trí Hiếu. — Photo baohaiquan.vn Nguyễn Trí Hiếu, a banking expert, tells Hải Quan (Customs) newspaper that the Government should appoint an agency to develop an official transaction floor for buying and selling debt. What’s your assessment of bad debt settlement in our banking system now? According to the latest report, bad debt in our banking system has reduced to 2.18 per cent. This percentage indicates that banks have reduced their bad debt risks. This is a positive sign. However, over the last five years, just 1.4 per cent of the bad debt ratio was reduced. In my opinion, this result is not really optimistic. The problem here is that many banks still accept risks by lending money to real estate developers, to consumers or investors in stock exchange and others. These are the key reasons making the bad debt in the banking system to more than 2 per cent. It is a common sense that if the banking sector has a low risk … [Read more...] about Việt Nam needs a public transaction floor for bad debts
Smart homes and smart cities do not need to be costlyBy Ngoc Tran Tan Kee Hau, Executive Director of Antik Technology – PHOTO: NGOC TRAN The Saigon Times had an interview with Tan Kee Hau, Executive Director of Antik Technology, a Slovak high tech company, on smart homes and smart cities. He was recently in HCMC for a new tech exhibition. The Saigon Times: What do you mean by smart homes? - Tan Kee Hau: In a smart home, today, you are able to control many home appliances using connected technology. Actually, you can also control them using TV to control. So, while you are sitting on the sofa watching TV, you can control your home appliances. If I am away from home, can I control those appliances via a smartphone? - It is possible. But you need the internet. Your smartphone needs to be connected to the internet. And you can control everything, even if you are 1,000, 10,000 kilometers away from home. Please give details. What are we controlling with your system? … [Read more...] about Smart homes and smart cities do not need to be costly
VietNamNet Bridge - The government needs to continue its efforts to reform the business environment in order to have more billionaires, experts say. Chair of Hoa Phat Group Tran Dinh Long Four Vietnamese are on Forbes’ 2018 list of the world’s billionaires. These include two familiar names – Pham Nhat Vuong and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and two new names – Tran Ba Duong, chair of Truong Hai Automobile and Tran Dinh Long, chair of Hoa Phat Group. Four Vietnamese are on Forbes’ 2018 list of the world’s billionaires. These include two familiar names – Pham Nhat Vuong and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and two new names – Tran Ba Duong, chair of Truong Hai Automobile and Tran Dinh Long, chair of Hoa Phat Group. Dang Dinh Dao, former head of the Institute for Economic & Development Studies, said the appearance of billionaires reflects the country’s high and stable economic growth in recent years. RELATED NEWS Tran Dinh … [Read more...] about What does Vietnam need to do to produce more billionaires?
Gibs S. Song, Partner at California-based venture capital company Big Basin Capital.� Photo Last year marked an important milestone in the Vietnamese start-up community, featuring Government Scheme 844 towards a national innovation ecosystem by 2025, with attention from investors and the State as well. However, most local start-ups are in their early stages with limited capacity and capital-related obstacles. Viet Nam News reporter Phuong Uyen talks to Gibs S. Song, a partner at California-based venture capital company Big Basin Capital and start-up investor in Viet Nam, about the key to the country’s start-up development and the possibility of a venture capital investment system. Why did you decide to come to Viet Nam as an investor? After I retired from my long-time employment at Samsung Electronics Co., I became an angel investor, and later I joined a fund as an institutional investor. I wanted to move to a different country, and among all the countries I have visited, … [Read more...] about VN’s startups need innovation, more investment
As the number of Vietnamese people with a fortune worth at least US$1 billion keeps increasing, it is time the country reconsidered the ‘anti-rich’ mindset, Tran Dinh Thien, head of the Vietnam Institute of Economics, has said. The way the public views the affluent and policies that assist people to get rich should both be changed to boost the country’s growth and prosperity, Thien told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in an interview. The interview was done shortly before four Vietnamese were named in a 2018 billionaire list by Forbes. They are Pham Nhat Vuong, the boss of multifaceted conglomerate Vingroup, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, CEO of low-cost carrier Vietjet, Tran Ba Duong, chairman of automaker THACO, and Tran Dinh Long, chairman of steelmaker Hoa Phat Group. Vuong’s assets rose significantly from $2.4 billion in the 2017 ranking to $4.3 billion in the latest list, and Thao, from $1.2 billion to $3.1 billion. Citing the annual 2017 Wealth Report by Knight … [Read more...] about Vietnam needs more strong businesses, rich people: pundit
I’ve been to the darkest place on Earth. It was a trip to Son Doong Cave in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Binh. One of the people joining me on that trip was Doctor Howard Limbert, an expert from the British Cave Research Association, the man accredited with discovering the cave. The biggest underground ecosystem on Earth has “astonished” cave experts and nature lovers around the world, according to international media. After trekking underground for three days, we reached the darkest spot. Dr Limbert told us all to switch off our torches. “This is one of the darkest places on Earth,” he said. I immediately felt suffocated. Darkness completely consumed us. I raised my hand in front of my face but could not see it. I looked down at my feet but couldn’t tell where I was standing. At that moment, I thought: Is this what it feels like to die? When we are still conscious but our bodies have gone. At that moment, I realized how powerless … [Read more...] about The greatest cave on Earth can’t speak, so we need to give it a voice