Illustration by Trịnh Lập Paul Kennedy Jeremy Clarkson really is the Marmite of television. Just like the sticky, dark brown yeast-based food spread, there’s no middle ground when it comes to Clarkson. You either love him, or hate him. Personally I fall into the former category. At his peak, his television show Top Gear was a must-watch in my front room. He may seem a little Jurassic in today’s world, but, dress sense aside, Clarkson was very, very good at what he did. Some of the best moments on television, were the Top Gear road trips around the world and one that immediately springs to mind was the Việt Nam special recorded more than 10 years ago. Sure, there were a few digs and pops during the show, which was to be expected because of the programme’s format. Richard Hammond refused to eat any food except for cornflakes and the odd bowl of rice and their ‘back-up’ vehicle in case anything went wrong … [Read more...] about Healthcare in Việt Nam really is the Tops, says Jeremy Clarkson
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VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam Communist Party saw the risk of lagging behind 30 years ago. In the Resolution of the 7th Communist Party Congress and the resolutions of the next congresses, lagging behind was mentioned as a ‘risk’. The economic lag was manifested by many indicators, including productivity, competitiveness and GDP per capita.In comparison with the world Hai Loc … [Read more...] about Where is Vietnam on the world’s economic map?
VietNamNet Bridge - “After a long time of thinking about why Vietnam still has not become a powerful country, I have come to the conclusion that the lack of aspirations is a crucial cause,” writes Huynh The Du, a respected scholar, for VietNamNet, which initiated the ‘For a Powerful Vietnam Forum’. The process of evolution and human genome change has been going very slowly. As such, the way we behave in the future is very much determined by the past. Therefore, it is useful to review what happened in the past to find the outstanding characteristics of Vietnamese and the factors that led them to success. Huynh The Du … [Read more...] about Where is ‘Vietnamese aspiration’?
BEIRUT — Nearly 5,000 people, including almost 500 Islamic State fighters, have since Monday left the jihadist group’s last bastion in eastern Syria, where IS continues to lose ground, a Britain-based monitor said. Kurdish-led forces, backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition, have been battling since September to expel the jihadists from their enclave in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. "Around 4,900 people, mostly women and children but including 470 jihadists, have since Monday deserted the last IS pocket in the Deir Ezzor province, including 3,500 that left the area on Tuesday," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP on Tuesday. The majority of the civilians are family members of jihadists, the Observatory said. They were evacuated on dozens of trucks chartered by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led alliance fighting IS. In recent weeks the SDF has seized several eastern villages from IS, including Hajin, … [Read more...] about Nearly 5,000 flee last IS enclave in eastern Syria: monitor
VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese stock market will have opportunities to attract billions of dollars worth of capital if it is upgraded to an emerging market. Vietnam has been added to FTSE's reconsideration watchlist on the secondary emerging market Vietnam has been added to FTSE Russell’s reconsideration watchlist on the secondary emerging market. Banking will get biggest benefits if Vietnam becomes an emerging market. Vietnam’s banks will have to observe the standards in Basel II Accord by 2020, which means that they have to raise regulatory capital to ensure the CAR (capital adequacy ratio). However, experts stressed that the presence in the watchlist doesn’t indicate official upgrading. Vietnam will still be in the watchlist for at least 12 more months before it gets an official upgrade. RELATED NEWS Vietnam closer to key FTSE upgrade Where is foreign capital going? Mai Chi … [Read more...] about Who will benefit if Vietnam is upgraded to secondary emerging market?
This file photo taken on March 26, 2013 shows Chinese actress, singer and producer Fan Bingbing (centre) attending the Viscap fashion show during China Fashion Week in Beijing. — Photo AFPViet Nam News SHANGHAI — One of China’s biggest and wealthiest film stars, actress Fan Bingbing, has disappeared from public view as authorities probe alleged tax evasion by entertainers, sparking growing fan speculation over her fate. The 36-year-old actress, model, and producer has been a household name in China for years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past. But Fan, usually active on social media, has gone dark online and has reportedly not been seen in public for weeks. "Will Fan Bingbing go to prison?" asked one of hundreds of thousands of recent postings about her on China’s popular Twitter-like Weibo platform, while others speculated she had been banned from movies or was under house arrest. Fan’s troubles … [Read more...] about ’Where is Fan Bingbing?’: Chinese star goes dark amid pay crackdown
BEIRUT — A string of suicide blasts and raids claimed by the Islamic State group killed more than 220 people in southern Syria on Wednesday, in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks hit several areas of the largely government-held southern province of Sweida, where IS retains a presence in a northeastern desert region. The bloodshed came almost a week into a Russia-backed regime campaign to oust IS fighters from a holdout in a neighbouring province of the country’s south. IS claimed responsibility for the violence, saying "soldiers of the caliphate" attacked Syrian government positions and security outposts in Sweida city, then detonated explosive belts. The Britain-based Observatory said four suicide bombers targeted Sweida city while others hit small villages to the north and east and shot residents in their homes. At least 221 people were killed, including 127 civilians, the … [Read more...] about More than 220 dead in IS attacks on southern Syria
As images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un strolling by revellers at a rooftop bar the night before an unprecedented meeting with President Donald Trump circulated around social media sites, U.S. citizens started asking 'Where is Singapore?'. 'Singapore', the tiny Southeast Asian city-state that played host to nuclear talks earlier this week, was the most searched term on internet search engine Google in the United States on Monday with over 2 million hits. Related searches during those 24 hours included 'Where is Singapore', 'Singapore summit' and 'time in Singapore'. Blanket media coverage on Monday included Kim's surprise tour of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and its surrounding gardens, and the first hours of the meeting with Trump in the resort island of Sentosa. Singapore said it spent S$20 million ($15 million) on the summit, a figure that drew the ire of some citizens. However, marketing experts say the coverage generated from the event could be worth more than 10 times … [Read more...] about ‘Where is Singapore?’: Trump-Kim summit a PR coup for tiny city-state
Vietnam can expect its fintech ecosystem to grow in the near future should it pay attention to the funding issue, growing talent in the field, and a legal framework to support such growth. Vietnam is currently ranked second in the number of incubator, accelerator, and innovation labs in the region, behind only Singapore. This is a positive signal for the development of fintech in Vietnam. The country has another advantage in being a young and digitally savvy economy. As per an EY report, around 90 per cent of payments are still in cash. That is the reason why Vietnamese fintech startups have strong focus on payment—47 per cent specialises in this sub-sector, ranking highest in the region. There are also some fintech associations in Vietnam where fintech startups can gather to update, improve their knowledge, seek support, share experiences, and develop a legal framework for this industry. “Fintech companies are still small in scale and the policies and regulations for … [Read more...] about E&Y: Where is fintech in Vietnam?
All of Lung Puc was buzzing with the news that Hao Mi Cha had been missing for a few days. The people in the village lived together like blood brothers and sisters. If a cow fell from the hill, the whole hamlet would rush to help. Young people fanned out to search for Cha. Three days later, he was found drunk. "Where did you find him?" the old man asked, his eyes red with anger. "Oh, he drank wine with that widow in Cao Ma Po." "What are you driving at? Drinking wine with a widow? Good heavens! Why did you get with a widow, Cha?" Then the rumours spread. The hamlet’s residents were very angry with him. His father looked older. He sat with an empty bottle of maize wine, while his mother sulked. His sister looked pale. *** When he was 18, Mr Sung married Mrs Kia, and after eight years, they had a daughter named Sen. Day in day out, Kia worked hard. She always kept a vase of maize wine in the corner of the house so that her husband’s friends could come and enjoy it. She was … [Read more...] about The wind blows unabatedly