US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin speak last July during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: AFP/Mikhail Klimentiev) On the face of it, the latest iteration of Washington's endless "reset" of relations with Moscow is in serious trouble. Having wooed Putin for the better part of two years, the 71-year-old US president on Monday expelled 60 alleged Russian spies. True to Trump's embrace of superlatives, that was the largest single expulsion of Russians or Soviet intelligence officers on record, according to one senior official. Trump also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle - within snooping distance of a US submarine base and a plant run by aircraft-maker Boeing, one of the president's favored companies. Trump's aides, aware that Americans think he and Putin are too cozy, stressed the expulsions were the president's decision. It was "a decision that he was involved in from the beginning and … [Read more...] about Spy expulsions a setback for Trump Putin courtship
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Wire-producing factory for Boeing may be set up in HCMC Eugene Kim (L), chairman of South Korea’s Huneed TechnologiesA factory producing wires for U.S. airplane maker Boeing may be set up in HCMC in the coming time, said Eugene Kim, chairman of South Korea’s Huneed Technologies, a strategic supplier of Boeing Company.Speaking at a meeting with the city’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong on November 27, Eugene Kim revealed Huneed Technologies is bidding to provide equipment for Boeing. If the company wins, it may expand its production by establishing a factory in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in HCMC’s District 9, which he visited the same day.He explained that the local low-cost budget airline Vietjet has plans to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft, a large order which may bring the U.S. firm to Vietnam to produce certain components.City chairman Phong pledged the municipal government would create favorable conditions for foreign companies, especially those in supporting … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/12
A careful examination of higher education in the U.S. will reveal many reasons why it would be foolish for Vietnam — or any other country — to imitate the American system. The cost of higher education in the U.S. is extremely high by international standards. At many private universities the average cost of one year’s tuition, fees, housing, and meals now exceeds $60,000. (Costs are roughly half that at public universities.) One reason for the high costs is the cancerous growth of bureaucracy. Universities typically have as many administrative employees as faculty, and there are many buildings that house only administrative offices. These administrators spend much of their time going to pointless meetings, attending expensive unnecessary conferences, and producing a tremendous number of wasteful publications that almost nobody reads. The list of top administrative ranks includes: the president, many vice-presidents, the provost, several associate provosts, … [Read more...] about Higher education: Is it wise for Vietnam to imitate the US?
It comes as a surprise to see that the son of a well-known poet of Vietnam did not follow in his father’s footsteps, but is today a renowned mathematician who often finds his great mathematical works published in leading magazines around the world. Vu Ha Van, son of poet Vu Quan Phuong, was recognized as a professor of the Institute of Mathematics in Hanoi at the young age of 39 in 2009. Van and Professor Ngo Bao Chau were the two youngest maths professors in Vietnam. When Ngo Bao Chau won the mathematics world's version of the Nobel Prize, the Field Medal, he was transferred to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Vu Ha Van, Ngo Bao Chau and Dam Thanh Son from Washington University in Seattle became close friends as they all hailed from Hanoi and shared a common desire to work for their homeland. Like Professor Ngo Bao Chau, Van still maintains his Vietnamese nationality, although this decision has caused him much inconvenience. He faced discrimination when … [Read more...] about Son of poet is a renowned mathematician
The children stood near the stage and shook out their jitters. It was the Lunar New Year festival Saturday, and the Vietnamese martial-arts crew was itching to get going. Members of the Hong Bang dance group get ready backstage. They helped celebrate Vietnam's regions and traditions. They waited through a long introduction, first in Vietnamese, then English. When the "Mission: Impossible" music cued, they nearly jumped out of their blue robes with American flags sewn on the sleeves. It was time to show their moves.This weekend's Tet Festival at Seattle Center is going on its 14th year and is expected to bring out between 5,000 to 10,000 people to celebrate the cultural roots of Vietnam and Vietnamese Americans. It's also the Year of the Tiger.The theme this year is "Splendor of Regions in Vietnam." The event features food, fashion and music from Vietnam's northern, central and southern regions, said Marque Bui, finance … [Read more...] about Tet traditions usher in New Year at Seattle Center
MUSIC&PERFORMANCE HCMC-Performance by British bass producer Piu Piu Bar, 97 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1 Hanoi-Subscription Concert Vol. 96 – VNSO Bruckner II Dec 7, 8pm Hanoi Opera House,1 Trang Tien street Conductor: SHIMONO TATSUYA; Violin Soloist: MATSUDA LINA And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) Programme MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto E- minor, Op. 64 BRUCKNER Symphony No. 1 (Linzer version) Tickets: VND 200,000 – VND350,000 – VND500,000 Hanoi-Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Live In Concert Dec 10, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien street A jazz music night by Japanese artist TsuyoshiYamamoto and his entire band and perform the most famous works as “TheWay We Are”, “Autumn in Seattle”, “Misty”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Sound ofmusic Medley”… in “Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Live in Concert”. Yamamoto is highly musical and his expressions natural. … [Read more...] about What’s on December 5-11 (Daily updated)
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Boston Children’s ChorusJune 26, 8pm, HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMCHanoi- Tiger Translate Battle of the Bands 2013Hanoi- How does it Sound?Tickets: VND150,000 (including a free Hanoi beer or soft drink) HCMC – New Circus “Here, Now and There”Jun 20, 8 pm, Ben Thanh Theatre, 6 Mac Dinh Chi, Dist.1An experiment of various visual art forms, where body language and motion are the starting a point for the journey to explore this interesting contemporary performance. The program includes object manipulation, acrobatics and live music – a creative product of French and Indonesian artists.Entrance ticket: from VND 80,000-120,000 VND (50% discount for students)The program is also performed at Youth Theatre in Hanoi on Jun 22. Dance Performance of “Rite of Spring”Jun 27, 8 pm, Ben Thanh Theatre, 6 Mac Dinh Chi Street, Dist.1, HCM CityJun 29, 8pm, Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, HanoiA performance by the … [Read more...] about What’s on June 2013 (Daily updated)
A few days afterinternationally-renowned Starbucks Coffee opened its first shop in Hanoi, people still had to queue up for a cup of American-styled coffee. Buzzed up: Customers fill up the inside space of Starbucks Coffee after the US giant opened the first of three shops in Hanoi on July 23. Can the American-style drinks compete with locally made beverages? "I have come because I am curious. I've heardabout this brand name, but never tried it," said Nguyen Manh Ha,wondering how many people in the long queue, all of varying ages, werealso curious. "I have gotten used to Vietnamese-styled icedblack coffee, which is much stronger," said the 45-year-old Ha, sippinghis Cafe Latte. "If I come back, I will try another type, but notcoffee." "The Vietnamese coffee is cheap but tasty.Additionally, we do not have to think … [Read more...] about Can Starbucks change Hanoians’ coffee habits?
Ngoi Nha Trong Hem (House in the Alley), a horror film about terrible secrets occurring in the house of a young couple whose marriage is heading for a break-up, will be screened at local cinemas on February 14. Kiet began to write the screenplay at the end of 2010 when he was staying in HCM City. "The idea for the movie came out of an old two-storey house in a smallvalley in District 3 which I rented when I stayed in Vietnam ," Kietsaid. The movie features the life of a young couple, a housewife and a businessman, after they lose their first child. The wife, Thao, is in such grief that she keeps a coffin of the child'scorpse in her bedroom. Day by day, she becomes depressed and obsessedthat her child is stolen from her. Her husband, Thanh, tries to help his wife, but his efforts lead things out of control. The couple are forced to fight against strange forces in their house. Producer Tran Trong Dan said the movie shows that a sudden event can destroy people's lives. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese horror film hits theatres