Viet Nam News Last week, acrobatic brothers Giang Quốc Cơ and Giang Quốc Nghiệp received a certificate of merit by the Việt Nam Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện for their performance in Britain’s Got Talent 2018. The acrobats performed a head-balancing act of walking across tiny platforms suspended high off the ground in the final of the British TV talent show early this month. Head-balancing is developed fromSức Mạnh Đôi Tay (The Power of Arms) performed by Cơ and Nghiệp.The Power of Arms has been performed by the duo for more than a decade and made them popular in the country. It is among the repertoire of the HCM City Circus Troupe and has been showcased at many international circus festivals. It has earned the acrobats several top prizes at home and abroad including at the Grand Prix Prize and the Audience Award at the International Summer Circus … [Read more...] about Việt Nam’s circus is on the up
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Fire safety regulations in VN more stringent than in Singapore Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam Interview with Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam: In the event of a fire, is living in a normal house safer than in a high-rise apartment? On the contrary, I believe that living in a high-rise apartment is safer than in a normal house in the event of a fire. As high-rise buildings are required to comply by fire safety codes and regulations, various fire safety measures taken are included in the building’s design, thus providing residents greater fire protection compared to a normal house without fire protection. A high-rise building’s fire protection system includes fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, mechanical smoke extraction, smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire-resisting building materials. So the role of the developer is very important, isn’t it? Yes, the role of the developer is important. However, property management of the … [Read more...] about Fire safety regulations in VN more stringent than in Singapore
Viet Nam News True gender equality still lies some way off, but the world is edging ever closer to this goal as women’s access to educational and business opportunities rapidly improves. To give an idea of global progress, workforce participation among US female millennials is 69 per cent today compared to 78 per cent for males, while in 1963, these figures stood at 41 per cent versus 88 per cent. In developed nations today, as many as four in ten households have a woman as the primary earner. Arguably, things are progressing even faster in Asia-Pacific, with women often leading in the wealth-creation race – particularly in the very upper, billionaire, echelons. You might be surprised to learn that today over half the region’s female billionaires are first-generation entrepreneurs. At the forefront of a global trend As one of the region’s fastest growing and most dynamic economies, Việt Nam is very much part of this picture and there is no shortage of … [Read more...] about Why VN is such fertile ground for female entrepreneurs
A computer was better than human dermatologists at detecting skin cancer in a study that pitted human against machine in the quest for better, faster diagnostics, researchers said on Monday (May 28). A computer was better than human dermatologists at detecting skin cancer in a study that pitted human against machine in the quest for better, faster diagnostics, researchers said. (AFP/JOE RAEDLE) A team from Germany, the United States and France taught an artificial intelligence system to distinguish dangerous skin lesions from benign ones, showing it more than 100,000 images. The machine - a deep learning convolutional neural network or CNN - was then tested against 58 dermatologists from 17 countries, shown photos of malignant melanomas and benign moles. Just over half the dermatologists were at "expert" level with more than five years of experience, 19 per cent had between two and five years' experience, and 29 per cent were beginners with less than two years under their … [Read more...] about AI better at finding skin cancer than doctors: Study
Fire safety regulations in Vietnam are more stringent than in Singapore Interview Mr. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam: Mr. Chen In the event of a fire, is living in a normal house safer than in a high-rise apartment? On the contrary, I believe that living in a high-rise apartment is safer than in a normal house in the event of a fire. As high-rise buildings are required to comply by fire safety codes and regulations, various fire safety measures taken are included in the building’s design, thus providing residents greater fire protection compared to a normal house without fire protection. A high-rise building’s fire protection system includes fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, mechanical smoke extraction, smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire-resisting building materials. So the role of the developer is very important, isn’t it? Yes, the role of the developer is important. However, property management of the building plays a crucial role too. … [Read more...] about Fire safety regulations in Vietnam are more stringent than in Singapore
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20, and was first introduced by the United Nations in 2013. To mark the occasion, let’s take a look at Vietnam’s levels of happiness in reports compiled by global experts. In the most recent index published earlier this month, Vietnam ranks 95th out of 156 countries in terms of happiness, according to the World Happiness Report 2018 (WHR), an initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012. This is a slight drop compared to last year when it ranked 94th. The country also ranks 102nd in terms of changes in happiness, down 0.258 points from 2008-2010. According to the report, the happiest country in the world is Finland, followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Vietnam’s WHR ranking this year is lower than in other Asian countries such as Singapore (34th), Malaysia (35th), Thailand (46th) and China (86th), but higher then in neighboring Laos (110th) and Cambodia (120th). The WHR ranks … [Read more...] about Day of Happiness 2018: How happy is Vietnam?
Inflation will accelerate if monetary policy is loosened too quicklyThe Saigon Times Daily: Experts have warned of possible deflation in Vietnam. The central bank has changed key interest rates twice within two weeks to ease the credit market. What is your view?So two prime rate cuts in two weeks are too quick?- I don’t think the interest rate cut means very much in Vietnam because of the fact banks can lower their rates even without the cut in the base rate, which is the maximum on the amount of interest. Now they begin decreasing the rate but it’s more not because of the lower base rate, it is because the central bank is injecting liquidity into the market. Banks now put lower compulsory reserves in the central bank and can take back money they had to use to buy bonds in March before term. So the credit comes back to the system, that is much more important than the cut on the base rate.How will the injection of more liquidity into the market affect Vietnam’s … [Read more...] about Inflation will accelerate if monetary policy is loosened too quickly
Environmental Protection: Easier Said Than DoneBy staff writersBetter laws, better policing and better technology could make for environmentally cleaner industry in Vietnam, but while some stakeholders are true believers, some are still not clear why it is necessary to botherThe National Environmental Police, under the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, both committed themselves, in announcements early this year, to 2010 as their year of the environment. There would be heavier punishments for polluters, especially at enterprises and industrial parks, to set about making Vietnamese industry cleaner.Stronger regulationsViolators faced stiffer penalties beginning March 1, when Decree No. 117/2009/ND-CP came into effect. The maximum penalty is now VND500 million, seven times higher than before. Enterprises discharging untreated wastewater are fined from VND100,000 to VND500 million. Discharging wastewater 10 times over the standard brings a … [Read more...] about Environmental Protection: Easier Said Than Done
Vietnam’s shadow economy accounts for 25-30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides jobs for approximately 57 percent of its workforce, according to a recent study by Fulbright University Vietnam. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has called on the Ministry of Planning and Investment to develop a report on the country’s shadow, informal, and illegal economies. A plan to collect the related statistics is slated to be put into action later this year with the primary goal of offering a deeper insight into the size of Vietnam’s economy so that lawmakers can adopt suitable policies toward this crucial economic sector, said Do Thien Anh Tuan, an expert from the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program. The coexistence of shadow and formal economies in developing nations such as Vietnam is a long acknowledged fact of life, according to Tuan, who shared his thoughts on the issue with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in a private … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s shadow economy is bigger than you think
Located 24 km to the south-east of Quy Nhơn, the small island of Cù Lao Xanh has an area of around 5 sq.km, which is 4km in length and the largest part of which is just 1.2km. Despite its impressively blue charm as its name and picturesque landscapes, the island has long been an unrecognized destination on Việt Nam's tourism map, and is now still considered "the island of the old and the children." Although the island is surrounded by the sea on all sides, its people are not able to make their living from the sea. According to the People's Committee of Nhơn Châu Commune, the highest annual fishery production in Cù Lao Xanh is less than 1,000 tons and that is plummeting, once reported less than 400 tons. The average monthly income of people could not even reach VNĐ1 million (US$45) and the average population once dropped to only 2,000 people. Expect the prosperity There have been marked signs of change since 2016. Along with the impressive growth of … [Read more...] about Who Is Investing in Cù Lao Xanh?