Trong becomes the first person after Ho Chi Minh to simultaneously head the Party and executive branches of governance in Vietnam. Earlier this month, he was unanimously nominated for the position by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam. His name was the only one that the parliamentary standing committee recommended for the position. "I swear to be loyal to my country, my people and the Vietnamese Constitution. I swear to fulfill my duty by the Party, the government and the people," said Trong, taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony that was broadcast live on national radio and television Tuesday afternoon. “People may ask what I’m feeling right now, and I would say that I’m both happy and worried at the same time. Happy because the Party and the people have entrusted me with this mission. Worried because now I have to live up to my position and do my best for my country,” the new president said in a speech following the swearing-in … [Read more...] about It’s official: Party chief Trong is Vietnam’s new president
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The European Union's new data protection laws came into effect on Friday (May 25), with Brussels saying the changes will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium". The EU's so-called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on Friday (May 25). (Photo: AFP) The EU's so-called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been blamed for a flood of spam emails and messages in recent weeks as firms rush to request the explicit consent of users to contact them. Even though the rules were officially adopted two years ago, with a grace period until now to adapt to them, companies have been slow to act, resulting in a last-minute scramble this week. Britain's data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), said that its site had experienced "a few interruptions" as the deadline loomed, but said that "everything is working now". Brussels insists that the laws will become a global benchmark for the protection of people's … [Read more...] about EU’s new data protection rules come into effect
After making headlines when Forbes welcomed him into its world billionaires’ club with a net worth of $1.3 billion, Tran Dinh Long – Chairman of Hoa Phat Corporation, a private industrial production group specializing in steel, told reporters how he balances between work and family as well as tough decisions made along his way to the top. Upon learning that your name was on the 2018 list of Forbes’ world billionaires, what did you and your family think? We didn’t really mention anything about it, for me it’s just a title. As for my company, it will continue to function normally, with or without the title. What makes me happy is the fact that among the list was my name and Tran Ba Duong’s – Chairman of Truong Hai Auto Corporation. We are both representatives of two businesses working in industrial production. For a country with new and developing technologies like Vietnam, a billionaire in such an industry is bound to show up. However, even … [Read more...] about ‘What’s most important is you do your job well,’ Vietnam’s King of Steel on road to billionaire
What's on March 5-11 (Daily updated) MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Song Slam “Connection – Kwal” Mar 10, 8 pm L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street Introducing result of the collaboration between French artist Kwal and pianist Todd Baker and violinist Hélène Lefebvre. Kwal, born Vincent Loiseau, started writing music since he was 15, and has been exploring different aspects of the creative process through his love for the French language ever since. A traveler, he finds his inspiration through trips around the world (Mali, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Québec, Cuba, Tunisia, Turkey, India, Japan, Australia…), all the while creating his own travel handbook and the anecdotes that he tells through his songs. This concert is a rare chance to explore the French language through beautiful, melodic stories sung by Kwal. Ticket price : 210 000 VND Ticket price for members : 130 000 VND Ticket price for students : 100 000 VND Discounted … [Read more...] about What’s on March 5-11 (Daily updated)
What's on January 29-February 4 (Daily updated) MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi- Special Jazz Concert with Yamashita Yosuke Feb 1-2, 8pm Hanoi Opera House,1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Featuring the participation of Japanese pianist Yamashita Yosuke, conductor Honna Tetsuji, saxophonist Quyen Van Minh and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. Ticket: VND600,000 – VND400,000 – VND300,000 Hanoi-Concert “Con chim già ngất ngư” by Le Cat Trong Ly Concert Hall, Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam Street In the first half of the show, Ly will perform all latest songs she composed during the time she studied in Denmark and Sweden as well as the ones she wrote in Bhutan. In the other half, Ly will bring to the audience the songs that she really likes in the latest album “Khong sao ve bat dau” released this summer. The songs bring numerous classical and folk elements with the arrangement of Tu. Ly said … [Read more...] about What’s on January 29-February 4 (Daily updated)
What's on January 22-28 (Daily updated) MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi-First Ballet Performance “The Nutcracker” by Kid Dancers in Vietnam Jan 28, 7.30 pm, Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street A performance of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” performed in its entirety by 110 Vietnamese kid dancers, aged 4-17. Apart from the young dancers coming from top-notch art schools in Vietnam, the performance will also feature 100 kid dancers trained by leading Vietnamese choreographers. Ticket prices: VND1.000.000 – VND1.500.000 (VIP)/ ticket Hanoi- Cultural Show in Vietnam: “The Quintessence of Tonkin” 7.30 pm, every Tuesday Baara Land, Da Phuc village, Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, Featuring over 200 performers, an interactive stage and state-of-the-art technology. It highlights the compelling elements of Vietnam culture but present them in a modern and innovative way. Ticket: Silver: VND 800,000 | Gold: VND 900,000 | … [Read more...] about What’s on January 22-28 (Daily updated)
"Lobster is one of those rare foods that you cook from a live state," the recipe says."Quickly plunge lobsters head-first into the boiling water... Boil for 15 minutes," the recipe then instructs.It's the tried-and-trusted method for many of us with any experience of cooking lobster - and there are dozens of similar recipes online.But on Wednesday Switzerland banned the practice and ordered that lobsters be stunned before being despatched to our plates to avoid unnecessary suffering in the kitchen.It comes amid growing scientific evidence that lobsters - and other invertebrates, such as crayfish and crabs - are able to feel pain.So what's wrong with the traditional method? And what are the alternatives?Can lobsters feel pain?Animal welfare scientists define pain as "an aversive sensation and feeling associated with actual or potential tissue damage", explains Jonathan Birch, assistant professor in philosophy at the London School of Economics.Defined like this, experiments suggest … [Read more...] about What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster?
MUSIC & PERFORMANCESHanoi & HCMC-Concert ‘Kuricorder and Friends’Jan 12, 8pm, Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hai Ba Trung District,Jan 14, 8pm, Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh, District 1,Kuricorder Quartet, which is well known as a recorder ensemble group, play a variety of recorders and other musical instruments.The concert is part of the activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – Japan diplomatic relations.Hanoi-Solo Flute Concert ‘Air/Sound’ by Laura ChislettJan 12, 8pm Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh District,A solo flute concert, featuring works by world famous composers such as Bach, Debussy, Kazuo Fukushima…Ticket: VND200,000HCMC-A Night of Tchaikovsky and ShostakovichJan 9, 8pm Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, No. 7 Lam Son Square, District 1January 2018 begins with the Russian greats, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, with Piano concerto No.1 … [Read more...] about What’s on January 8-14 (Daily updated)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un could be laying a trap for the U.S. and the South with his apparent olive branches towards Seoul, analysts say, warning that Pyongyang's ultimate goal is to divide their 70-year alliance. After months of high tensions over the North's weapons ambitions -- last year it launched missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and carried out its most powerful nuclear test to date, proclaiming it a hydrogen bomb -- events have moved quickly in recent days. In his New Year speech, Kim said the country had completed its nuclear deterrent -- Pyongyang says it needs to defend itself against a U.S. invasions -- and he had a "nuclear button on my desk". At the same time he made overtures to Seoul, saying Pyongyang could send athletes to the Winter Olympics the South is hosting next month and expressing a willingness to discuss the issue. It was a 180-degree turnaround for the North, which has long ignored South Korean President Moon Jae-In's efforts to engage … [Read more...] about Olive branch or booby trap? N. Korea’s new tone divides analysts
Diverse activities creating a cheerful and exciting festival atmosphere during spring are taking place at the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in January. Activities will draw the participation of more than 100 people from Tay, Dao, Mong, Thai, Muong, Kho Mu, Ta Oi, Co Tu, Raglai, E De and Khmer ethnic minority groups from ten localities, including Thai Nguyen, Hanoi, Ha Giang, Son La, Hoa Binh, Dien Bien, Thua Thien - Hue, Ninh Thuan, Dak Lak and Soc Trang. Artists from Viet Nam Cheo Theatre and Viet Nam National Puppetry Theatre, and students from Hanoi University of Culture will also participate in activities. The highlight of the event will be a program on then singing and folk games of the Tay ethnic group. During a special programme on traditional tea in spring, visitors will be introduced to the tea making process and skills. Activities to prepare and decorate atmosphere welcoming Tet in ethnic villages will be held. Five-fruit trays and peach blossoms … [Read more...] about Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism: What’s happen this month!