Lam played a vital role throughout the tournament, ensuring no goal was scored against Vietnam till the team reached the semifinals of the tournament, making great saves until it ended. In the eight matches that Vietnam played, Lam kept the goal clean throughout the stage group. Opponents were able to find the back of Vietnam’s net just four times, once each during the first leg and second legs of the semifinals, and twice in the first leg of the final. On social media, Lam has become a rising star, with many praising his skills and thanking him for Vietnam from many "dangerous" situations. Writing for U.S.-based global sports website ESPN on November 3, football commentator John Duerden said he saw Dang Van Lam as the key player in the team, set to be the number one choice for the goalkeeper position for years. Long journey To get where he is now, the 25-year-old goalkeeper has made quite a journey. Lam was born to a Russian mother and Vietnamese father in Russia and grew up … [Read more...] about Goalkeeper Dang Van Lam scores an own goal!
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Originally from Tampa, Florida, Chris Kucharski "studied numbers and stuff at the Duy Tan University." He is the father of a beautiful little boy and a guy who enjoys life in the central city of Da Nang. He also likes customized motorbikes. This apparently, was the status-quo until almost three years ago, going by Kucharski’s Facebook page. In a conversation with a friend, he also mentioned having a lot of stress and not knowing when he would return to Da Nang. Today, Kucharski has no name, no passport, no money and begs on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City to feed his drug addiction. A friend that VnExpress International spoke to was distressed that all the attention he was garnering was not going to help at a time that his families were trying to help him. She said Kucharski is "super smart, very polite and an amazing tennis player. ... He has a son that will be old enough that he would understand if people saw the story and point his father to him. As a mother that is very … [Read more...] about Vagaries of an American vagrant’s life in Vietnam
The index, published on Tuesday, shows that people holding a Vietnamese passport have free access to 51 countries and territories. In Southeast Asia, the Vietnamese passport is only more powerful than Myanmar. The Henley Passport Index is based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of travel information. Passport rankings of countries in Southeast Asia. Graphics by Henley & Partners Singapore is ranked highest in the region and second in the world, having visa-free access to 189 destinations. Enjoying visa-free access to 190 nations and territories, the Japanese passport has become the strongest in the world after it gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, according to a Henley press release. Completing this quarter ranking of Top 5 global passports are France, Germany and South Korea, with citizens of these countries having visa-free access to 188 destinations. The … [Read more...] about Vietnam drops two ranks on Henley Passport Index
HCMC asks police to investigate cryptocurrency scamsThe Saigon Times Daily Bitcoin tokens are placed on U.S.dollar banknotes, next to computer keyboard - PHOTO: REUTERS HCMC – The HCMC government on August 6 asked the municipal police to investigate multilevel cryptocurrency scams, particularly a recent case involving HCMC-based crypto mining firm Sky Mining, reported the local media. The State Bank of Vietnam does not recognize Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as legal tender in the country, according to the local government. As such, the investment, possession, sale and use of these virtual currencies for payments bear a high risk of fraud and are not protected by the law. The municipal government noted that residents and businesses should have a better understanding of the issue, thereby minimizing adverse effects on their legitimate rights and interests. On Monday, a group of investors from the southern provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Kien Giang visited HCMC to … [Read more...] about HCMC asks police to investigate cryptocurrency scams
Although Vietnam has stepped up exports to ASEAN, the country ran a trade deficit of US$6.51 billion with the region last year, according to data of the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Vietnam’s trade with other ASEAN countries totaled US$49.53 billion last year, up 19.6% over 2016 and accounting for 11.7% of the country’s total foreign trade. Export growth outpaced import growth but the country still incurred a yawning trade deficit with the region. The country exported US$21.51 billion worth of products to other Southeast Asian countries, growing 23.9% against the previous year, while imports grew by 16.4% year-on-year to US$28.02 billion. The surge in exports to ASEAN is thanks to higher export revenues from mobile phones and phone parts (up US$948 million), iron and steel products (up US$722 million), computers, electronic products and components (up US$488 million), crude oil (up US$378 million), and textiles-garments (up US$181 million). Meanwhile, Vietnam … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 27/3