By An Phương HCM CITY – Do unique hashtag campaigns or challenges, which take place across many social media platforms, result in something good or bad for society? I bet we’ve all heard of at least one hashtag campaign or challenge before. Of the eight people I spoke with, all of them said they had seen at least one social post tagged with a hashtag or challenge every day. “I often see one to two friends supporting a hashtag campaign or carrying out a random challenge on weekdays, and four to five people on weekends,” Thái Hưng, 28, told me. “Recently, #Trashtag, #Livegreen #MeToo, #Momochallenge and #Kikichallenge have become increasingly popular,” he said. “Of course, there are other ongoing viral hashtags, but social media usage, platforms, circles of friends, personal interests and online behaviour, among other factors, are what determine what we see,” Hưng added. I agree with Hưng. … [Read more...] about Hashtag campaigns: Do they have a realistic impact?
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Dang Hung Vo Ever heard of how pigs cannot eat water cabbage and rabbits cannot eat carrots in Vietnam? This is apparently the law. Apparently, in the list of cattle food allowed to be used in Vietnam, there is no mention of either water cabbage or carrots, only general terms like "yam," for example. When the law is vague, interpretations can confound. People can argue about whom the law is meant for, what it implies, and so on, but no one can argue that the clearer the law the better it is for everyone who has to follow it. These days, one thing we can get to hear often is the comment that Vietnam is experiencing a "moral crisis," with all the car crashes and stabbing and sexual harassment cases happening recently. Moral crisis or not, one thing has become clear. Our laws are incapable of meting out adequate punishment for moral crimes, because, in the first place, we seem to lack clear definitions of what constitutes a crime. Last month, a teacher in the northern province of Bac … [Read more...] about Vietnamese law seems to have a defining problem
Reporters from domestic and foreign news agencies at the junction between Ngô Quyền and Tràng Tiền near the Metropole Hotel, one of two areas that are expected to host the second summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — On Wednesday - the first day of the second DPRK-US Summit in Hà Nội, US President Donald Trump and DPRK chairman Kim Jong Un will meet one-on-one and have a private dinner. According to the Trump’s schedule for Wednesday released by the White House, Trump would meet Kim at Hà Nội’s French-colonial-era Metropole Hotel at 6.30pm (local time) and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half. The dinner is scheduled to last roughly 90 minutes and conclude around 8:35pm. local time. Hà Nội is 12 hours ahead of … [Read more...] about Trump and Kim to have a private dinner on Wednesday: The White House
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Phan Huy Chú High School teacher Nguyễn Kim Anh has assigned her students the task of helping their parents with preparations for the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday. The teacher told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that many grade-12 children did not even know how to fold a shirt or keep their closets organised. “Some do not know how to sweep properly or how to arrange the food on the tray to make it beautiful,” she said. Hence, Kim Anh used lessons to teach the children to do housework for Tết such as food decoration. To have a tray of delicious Tết food, she said it must be full of harmonious colors with green vegetables, brown braised meat, dark yellow fish sauce, and so on. Students who performed well during these ‘tests’ of ‘Vietnamese habits’ were rewarded. "Children learn to do housework and think more for their parents,” said one parent. “Who … [Read more...] about High school students have a new assignment: prepare for Tết
Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday (Dec 19) he has a "future without Manchester United", speaking for the first time since he was sacked by the Premier League club. Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United after a poor run of results AFP/JOSE JORDAN The Old Trafford hierarchy sacked Mourinho in the aftermath of Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Anfield that left the 20-times champions an embarrassing 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after just 17 matches. But the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss refused to go into details about his departure. "I don't change. And what I did when I left Chelsea, for example, is the same as that I'm going to do now," Mourinho told Sky Sports News. "I keep the good things and I don't speak about anything that happened in the club. "We could speak about so many good things. It's finished," he added. "Manchester United has a future without me and I have a future without Manchester United, so why should I now be sharing with you or … [Read more...] about “I have a future without Manchester United”: Mourinho
Brokerages say poor turnover a bad signBy Phuong Thao HCMC – Securities firms have predicted negative movements on the local stock market this week, saying that the two exchanges went through poor turnover amid cautious trading last week. Last Friday, the VN-Index of the Hochiminh Stock Exchange slid as much as 1.8% in the first hour of trading but recovered in the rest of the session to close down just 0.53%. For the week, the index dropped 1.3% for a third straight week of losses. Leading gas group GAS was the top contributor to the pullback, hitting a one-month low after a 10% slump over the last two weeks. The price of Brent crude oil fell overnight to US$79 per barrel. VJC, a low-cost air carrier, extended a 13% plunge over the last three weeks to a three-month low. Notably, both exchanges saw trade slumping, with matching volume averaging out at over 127.4 million shares and 35.5 million shares per session on the HCMC and Hanoi bourses, down 41.2% and 38.7% from a week … [Read more...] about Brokerages say poor turnover a bad sign
Viet Nam News by Võ Thị Dung If you want to try some new and unusual accommodations while travelling, spending a night at a hostel made from discarded containers might the choice for you. Why Not Hostel is the first lodging facility of this kind in the central province of Quảng Bình, home to the world-famous natural heritage site Phong Nha Kẻ Bàng Cave. With unique design and decorations as well as an environmentally friendly atmosphere, the hostel has become a favourite choice of accommodation that has attracted an increasing number of visitors to this beautiful coastal province. While other hotels and hostels are built with concrete, the whole structure of Why Not Hostel, located in the centre of Đồng Hới City, is made of recycled old containers and other discarded materials. However, these recycled building materials still create comfortable and impressive accommodations, offering the visitors new and interesting experiences. … [Read more...] about Why not sleep in a container?
Foreign firms' need to be careful of what activities constitute as having a permanent establishment in Vietnam Meanwhile, the tax authorities in many countries are paying increased attention to and have aggressive policies on issues related to Permanent Establishment (PE), especially since the release of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015. Therefore, one of the potential common tax exposures that international and global enterprises encounter in their normal course of business, is the situation in which an unintended “taxable presence,” for example, PE, is created in a jurisdiction. PE might be created through the business activities of corporations in the host countries and they are not easy to recognise in some circumstances. Consequently, failure in managing PE risks when doing cross-border business might result in unexpected negative impact on the tax position and worldwide … [Read more...] about Having a permanent establishment in Vietnam could cost a pretty penny
As Vietnam develops, there is a growing debate on whether buildings with architectural or historical value in the core of major cities should be preserved. For some, those buildings are esthetically pleasant and are part of the collective memory; demolishing them would amount to losing part of the cities’ souls. For others, economic development is the key priority, and the land these buildings occupy is just too valuable to be sacrificed to emotional considerations. The ongoing discussion on whether to demolish Thuong Thu Palace in Ho Chi Minh City illustrates this clash of views. As a professional economist, I could be expected to have more sympathy for the second view. After all, economics is a “cold” science, with no inclination for sentimentality. However, modern urban economics suggests that the “either-or” approach underlying the current debate in Vietnam is wrong. Architectural preservation may not be the enemy of economic development, but rather a … [Read more...] about Neglecting architectural heritage could be a bad economic decision for Vietnam
The Vietnam Social Security refuses to deal with Mai Linh’s request to be exempted from interest and late payment fees as well as to extend the deadline for its original social insurance payment as such a request is not within the company’s legal rights. Mai Linh's request for exemption from tax interest and late payment fees is more than difficult to meetTran Dinh Lieu, deputy general director of Vietnam Social Security (VSS), told Vneconomy that Vietnam Social Security can not meet Mai Linh’s requirements because the proposal itself is not legal. VSS will forward the request to the government and relevant agencies for consideration.“We are still working with relevant authorities and are preparing documents to submit to the government, however, at this point it is impossible to say whether Mai Linh’s request will be met,” Lieu stated.Meanwhile, numerous experts claimed that it would be difficult to approve the request. According to experts, every … [Read more...] about Mai Linh tax request a bad precedent?