The average working day for bank worker Pham Hong Nhung in Hanoi normally starts at 7am and ends at around 8pm. Illustrative image -- File photo “My bank opens at 8am but I have to arrive earlier to prepare the cash. When the branch closes, my colleagues and I have to deal with paperwork, so we work up to 12 hours per day.” As well as working five and a half days per week, she sometimes has to attend events on Saturday evening or even on Sunday. “I am exhausted, to be honest. Both my health and looks are going downhill. I can't take proper care of my family as well. My son is only one and is not at nursery school yet, so I have to hire a nanny. My son might be even closer to her than me,” the 28-year-old says. Nhung revealed that bank clerks and other positions at the bank are also busy and overtime is seen as a routine for them. “Sometimes I even have to go to the office on weekends and national holidays,” says 30-year-old Hoang Lan Phuong, … [Read more...] about More overtime, less happiness?
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The Ho Chi Minh City taxman has proposed increasing excise tax on alcoholic beverages to limit alcohol consumption among citizens while generating more municipal revenue, but industry insiders say the move could drive investment away from Vietnam’s financial hub. The municipal tax department has not released details of the proposal, but said that the raised tax would be calculated based on absolute numbers of liters of alcoholic beverages produced in the city. Vietnam produced over 4.1 billion liters of beer in 2018 and collected more than VND43 trillion (US$1.85 billion) in taxes on the alcoholic drink that same year. More than half of the tax revenue came from Ho Chi Minh City, which collected over VND23 trillion ($992 million) in taxes on beer last year. The tax raise, therefore, is expected by officials to bring great improvement to the city’s revenue apart from its main purpose of bringing down alcohol consumption in the city. Currently, Vietnam imposes excises taxes … [Read more...] about Raised excise tax on beer, alcohol could hurt Ho Chi Minh City financially: industry insiders
‘You just have to filter out others’ judgment and live your life the way that makes you feel happy’ Two men in northern Vietnam embraced their love with a heartwarming wedding on Monday in the blessing of their family and friends. The young couple walked down the aisle at one of Hai Phong’s biggest wedding and convention centers, marking the first time a gay wedding had been held in the city. Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Vietnam, but gay couples are free to hold weddings because a ban was overturned in 2015. The men, Quoc Khanh and Thanh Loi, celebrated their love in the arms of their mothers, relatives and friends. “Just like food, happiness is the energy that keeps us vitalized to work and enjoy life,” Khanh spoke during the wedding ceremony. “You just have to filter out others’ judgment and live your life the way that makes you feel happy. Nobody is paying you to live the way they deem fit. At the end of the day, what … [Read more...] about Gay couple ties the knot in fairy-tale wedding in northern Vietnam
Over the past 15 years, lecturer and pianist Nguyễn Thuý Uyển and her colleagues have scheduled music programmes geared toward the young crowd. Photo courtesy of tuoitre.vn For 15 years, lecturer and pianist Nguyễn Thuý Uyển and her colleagues have held a programme of regular concerts for young audiences in HCM City in which she gives lectures on classical music and provides real-time demonstrations on the stage. The music programme on September 28 was expanded to Cần Thơ. Uyển spoke with Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper and shared insights about her unique journey. Inner Sanctum: Why did you introduce the programme in Cần Thơ’s Cái Răng District? As a programme co-founder more than 15 years ago, what does the activity mean to you? The concert on September 18 in Cần Thơ was not an official concert like the previous … [Read more...] about Pianist brings classical music closer to youth
Addressing the meeting, VCCI Can Tho’s Deputy Director Nguyen Phuong Lam have said that the Mekong Delta is the nation’s largest farm produce processing and production area with its large volume of rice, aqua-products and fruit exports. However, its export value has remained low as local exporters have mainly exported raw materials and faced technical barriers of product quality when exporting their products to foreign markets. At the event Moreover, a limited connection between producers and businesses has made more difficult to specify the origin and production process of local farm produce, not to mention the difficulty in verifying the origin and production of the products. Furthermore, food safety has also caused much concern to consumers. To boost the competitiveness of the local farm produce and build trust and credibility with consumers, specialists agreed to apply “Blockchain” technology as an effective measure. With … [Read more...] about Seminar discusses ways to promote farm produce’s values in global market