West Ham's Marko Arnautovic has attracted interest from the Chinese Super League (Photo: AFP/Ian KINGTON) MANCHESTER: Football fans love a rumour. With the transfer window in various parts of the world currently open for players to switch clubs, this means click-bait stories are currently cluttering the world’s media outlets. None more so than the “Arnautovic to China” gossip, which has caused speculation that English Premier League club West Ham United’s Austrian international Marko Arnautovic is heading east in a multi-million pound deal with last season’s Chinese Super League (CSL) winners, Shanghai SIPG. If stories are to be believed, the Shanghai club’s opening gambit was a £35 million (US$45 million) bid, though subsequent rumours have surfaced that the Austrian’s agent (also his brother) is pushing for a deal worth in the region of £45 million. West Ham fans in particular have taken to social media in their droves, debating … [Read more...] about Chinese football clubs used to splash big money on big stars. Not anymore
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Le Giang Lam On Taiwan’s Shifen Old Street, famous for its sky lanterns, I came across the sign "Viet Nam Quan," meaning a Vietnamese shop. The saleswoman there was from Ninh Binh, a province in the Red River Delta in northern Vietnam. She said she had come to Taiwan several years ago as a guest worker. She asked me about how much I had paid for a visa and the visa application procedure. "It was easy. I got my tourist visa for free through an online application and am allowed to stay for two weeks. The plane ticket and accommodation costs the same as a trip from Hanoi to Saigon," I told her. "Then you can come, find a job and then overstay, right?" she asked, but clammed up soon after. I didn't want to tell her that a Taiwanese tourist visa is only easy to get for someone who has got a U.S. or European visa before. After speaking to about 10 other Vietnamese workers in Taiwan, I understood more about why the conversation at the lantern street had been a bit awkward. For … [Read more...] about Brokers lead Vietnamese workers into exile in foreign lands
Viet Nam News Gia Lộc HCM CITY — Students at secondary schools in HCM City are encouraging their peers and adults to classify garbage before it is recycled. Nguyễn Văn Thành Thông, 14, of District 7, and his friends, for example, worked with members of the Tân Quy Ward’s Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union to convince residents living on Vườn Điều alley to classify garbage at the source and place it in dustbins. “Local residents were not putting trash in garbage cans even though they were right in front of their houses,” Thông said. Because official garbage collectors could not push their cars in the narrow alley, rubbish from several households was never collected. To resolve the problem Thông and his friends decided to meet with members of Tân Quy Ward’s Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union. After residents agreed to their solution, the ward authorities … [Read more...] about HCMC students lead efforts to recycle waste
Twenty nine year-old Nguyen Duc Thang in Ung Hoa District confessed in police station that he used to sell his kidney at VND250 million ($10,750) at Viet – Duc ( Vietnam – German ) Hospital. Realizing that this is a way to make money easily, he continued earning money in this way. Consequently, he hired a house in Ngoc Lam Street to make a deal with those who want to buy and sell human organs. In the afternoon of December 4, Long Bien police force razed the house discovering eight people who confessed that they are going to sell their kidneys. Searching the house, police seized a gun, 200 bullets and three swords. Nguyen Duc Thang stated at the police station that he will lead those who want to sell kidneys in the Military Hospital 103 for general check-up. If donor’s health condition is good enough to sell kidney, they will negotiate a deal with the kidney price ranging from VND200 million to VND230 million. Then, Thang will contact those who want to buy … [Read more...] about Hanoi police bust man for selling human organs
Hong Phuc, a journalist She was all of 10 years old when Men was abandoned by her mother in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1. Men was also blind. After hours, her heart-rending cries caught the attention of the local police. They took her to a nursing home near the Thi Nghe Bridge in Binh Thanh District. Men stayed there for two years, before moving to the Blind Association of HCMC in the same district. She’s been living there for 26 years now. Her days in the association’s dormitory were peaceful, revolving around a single bed and a pet cat named Quay. But Men wanted more. She decided to start her own handicraft business. Stuffed animals, handbags, key chains, artificial flowers... she could make many things. Her work is so remarkably meticulous that even people with sight would have a hard time imitating it. She asked me how to post pictures of her works online. She has a Facebook account for her business, naturally, but for the last two years, no … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, are the blind leading the blind?
VietNamNet Bridge - For new cosmetic brands which remain little known, it is not easy to make money. However, according to one businesswoman, the Vietnamese market is ‘easy in terms of customers’. At the Mekong Beauty Show, an exhibition on make-up, beauty care and spas held recently, TVR, a foreign invested cosmetics and food manufacturer, introduced a new biological skin-care mask, made of Ben Tre coconut extract. The product attracted the attention of many visitors. However, analysts say it’s early too say if the product can sell well in Vietnam, where more and more organic beauty-care products have appeared. A survey by Nielsen found that the demand for make-up made of natural materials or organic products in Vietnam is 40 percent higher than in other regional countries. The market analysis firm believes that the products made of chemicals are not the cosmetics Vietnamese are looking for. A survey by Nielsen found that the demand for make-up made of … [Read more...] about Can cosmetics manufacturers make money in Vietnam?
Hanoi has proposed that the government allows it collect money for providing citizens’ data to entities like banks or notary organizations. Under the proposal, this scheme could be applied nationwide from 2020 onwards. “If approved, the city could collect over VND300 billion ($13.4 million) each year,” said Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of Hanoi’s People’s Committee. The national citizen database gathers and updates citizens’ basic information electronically. The database is intended to be used by organizations and individuals for governance purposes, such as administrative procedures. Many people disagree with the proposal. Some have said the database was meant to ease administrative procedures, not make money; and others said this would lead to citizens’ personal information being leaked. Chairman Chung has tried to allay such concerns, saying the data would be the same as the information in a citizen’s ID, and thus cannot considered … [Read more...] about Hanoi proposal on selling data will not breach privacy, officials claim
DFJ VinaCapital-backed entertainment group Yeah1 will offer 7.8 million shares for both foreign and local firms before trading 27.4 million shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HSX). Yeah1 TV, one of the popular entertainment channels run by the company According to the plan, Yeah1 will start to put these shares on sale with the expectation to acquire $100 million in proceeds at the share price of VND300,000 ($13.17). To date, numerous foreign firms from the UK, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand registered to buy 70 per cent of the offered shares. Some of the largest names lining up for a stake are Capital Asset Management, Probus Group, and TT International Limited, among others. Yeah1 will spend the acquired money on expanding its operations via investments, M&A deals, as well as partnerships. This year, Yeah1 targets earning VND1.6 trillion ($70.2 million) in net revenue and VND172 billion ($7.55 million) in net profit, signifying increases of 90 and 109 … [Read more...] about Yeah1 to sell 7.8 million shares on HSX
28-year-old Trang 'Chuoi' Le, often known as Chuoi, has been part of Hanoi's indie music scene for a decade. She used to play the guitar for post-punk band Go Lim before moving on to be a bassist at hardcore band MXM. Chuoi is self-taught, as are many independent Vietnamese artists who got into music purely out of passion. Hanoi in the early 2000s was all about rock, Chuoi said. "We were heavily influenced by Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin and Linkin Park." "In those days, kids were not really encouraged to study music as you wouldn't make money off music," she added. "Underground music was not really supported, it was mainly DIY and did not have a large following." Vietnamese audiences today are more open to experimental music, as proved by the success of many underground artists. Some genres like EDM and indie pop, for example, have been well-received by young fans. Yet for Chuoi and many fellow artists, indie gigs still struggle to sell, and financial pressure … [Read more...] about Vietnamese underground: An incomplete list of independent music artists
The nation's koi carp were brought to the world's attention when visiting US President Donald Trump was snapped unceremoniously dumping the last of a box of feed into a palace pond in Tokyo.But the fish have for decades been popular in Japan, where top breeders take their most prized specimens (known as "nishikigoi") to highly competitive "beauty parades."At one such competition in Tokyo, judges in sharp suits, notebooks in hand, stride around tanks lined up along a pedestrian street where the valuable koi strut their stuff.They come in all the colours of the rainbow: pearly white, bright red, cloudy-grey, dark blue, gleaming golden yellow.But it is the curvature of the fish that accounts for 60 per cent of the final score, explained competition organiser Isamu Hattori, who runs Japan's main association for breeders of koi carp.Colour and contrast make up another 30 per cent, he told AFP.And the final 10 per cent? "Hinkaku" - a concept that is tricky to define and even harder to judge, … [Read more...] about Koi story: Priceless Japanese fish make a splash