Two recent cases of xe om (motorbike taxi) drivers working for Grab in Vietnam being attacked, with one ending in murder, have sent a shockwave through the local ride-hailing community as drivers scramble to find ways to protect themselves on the job. When technology-based ride hailing was first introduced to Vietnam in 2014, drivers rarely gave a second thought to the idea of getting robbed or assaulted during a pick-up. Now, the industry is seeing the dark side of a massive boom – more drivers means more opportunities for criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting drivers, particularly during trips to secluded areas late at night. The October 19 murder of Le Nhat Hao, a student and GrabBike driver, was a wakeup call for local drivers: times are changing and caution can no longer be thrown to the wind. From all walks of life It was only recently that xe om driving made the leap from lower-class employment to side-hustle for university students, manual workers, … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s tech-based xe om industry scrambles for safety in wake of multiple tragedies
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Business Beat (16-11-2009) India tipped to import Viet Nam rice by Le Hung Vong Viet Nam will be able to meet India’s reported intention to import 2 to 3 million tonnes of rice, the deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Food Association Nguyen Tho Tri has said. The statement was made after the Indian Press Trust reported on November 4 that the Government of India has a plan to import 2 million tonnes of rice from Viet Nam and Thailand because of India’s decreasing rice output due to the impact of drought and floods. Speaking in an interview with the Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon, Tri affirmed that Indian diplomats had informed him that the South Asian giant was looking to buy 3, not 2 million tonnes of rice, as previously reported. Tri said Vietnamese enterprises will be able to meet the demand, adding that the delivery date will coincide with Viet Nam’s winter-spring crop harvest in January and February 2010, when the supply will be plentiful. He explained that Viet Nam can … [Read more...] about India tipped to import Viet Nam rice
Duc Hoang The most potent weapon of a consumer is to stop consuming. How do we then answer the question: "If we don't use their water, who else will provide it to us?" My family was among those troubled recently over the fact that our son's school was located just one kilometer from the burnt Rang Dong light bulb warehouse (that leaked 15-27 kilos of mercury into the air). Now we've got a new one: polluted tap water and the difficulty in getting bottled water. Since my family and I are not the only ones severely affected by this, since there are millions of us, one would expect the company responsible for the crisis to be hit hard by it too. However, the stocks of Song Da Water Investment Joint Stock Company (code: VCW) on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) still went up on Tuesday. There was no chain reaction following a public crisis like what one would see in a movie, where a negative news about a company spreads and causes its stock to spiral … [Read more...] about How can Vietnamese people manage a water supply monopoly?
Stardust and P4 are two different bands, but members of each come from a single family with a 21 year legacy of performing in Vietnam At the recommendation of several Filipino singers, Tuoi Tre correspondents traveled to the south-central coastal town of Mui Ne to see Stardust, a band which has been performing at a local resort for the past 10 years, perform. Six nights a week, Louell Yamba and his family band entertain guests at Pandanus resort with a set list comprised of western hits and well-known classics. Louell plays guitar, drums, cajón, and saxophone while his wife Lolita, sister-in-law Zeny, and son Richard all sing. The youngest member of the family, Ronaldo who marries a Vietnamese wife, plays keyboard and sings backup. Every time a guest steps into the lounge, the band waves, smiles, and gently asks where they’re from and what songs they’d like to hear. “Many European guests are surprised when we ask what they us to play, because they … [Read more...] about Filipino singers in Vietnam – P3: The whole singing family
Cái Răng Floating Market in the Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ. — VNA/VNS PhotoViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s economy continues to perform well, propelled by the sustained global recovery and continued domestic reforms, according to a new World Bank (WB) report. The report, titled “Navigating Uncertainty”, is the October 2018 edition of the World Bank East and Pacific Economies Update. Released on Thursday, it says that Việt Nam’s medium-term outlook has improved further. The country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) is now projected to expand by 6.8 per cent in 2018, up from 6.5 per cent in the WB’s previous projection in April. The economic growth is also projected to moderate to 6.6 per cent in 2019 and 6.5 per cent in 2020 due to the forecasted cyclical moderation of global demand. Despite reduced slack in the economy, the WB expects inflation to remain around the 4 per cent … [Read more...] about Domestic reforms propel Việt Nam’s robust economic growth: WB