Verstappen apologises for “amateur” crash

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has advised enterprises to carefully study export regulations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when conducting business with firms there to avoid suffering losses. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has advised enterprises to carefully study export regulations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when conducting business with firms there to avoid suffering losses. — VNA/VNS Photo According to the Vietnamese Trade Office in the UAE, many Vietnamese firms have recently been cheated by some UAE businesses. Vietnamese enterprises should be vigilant when selling goods to UAE firms as they can arm-twist these businesses into accepting their payment methods and prices, and even devalue Vietnamese goods in the market. Most of the UAE importers of vegetable and fruits prefer deferred payment in which they can deposit an amount, and pay the rest only 15 to 30 days after receiving the goods, the ministry’s Department of African, West Asian, South Asian Market said. Also, they rarely open Letter of Credits at banks, a step that minimises risks for exporters. The department suggested that Vietnamese firms should not compromise on the payment method, and deferred payment should be applicable on receivables equivalent to 10-20 per cent of the contract value. Pham Trung Nghia, Vietnamese Trade Counselor in Dubai, recommended that Vietnamese businesses contact the Trade Office in the UAE before starting business in the UAE market, an open,…... [read more]

BUDAPEST: World records have tumbled and gold medals won but the colourful array of tattoos on show at the world swimming championships have proved just as eye-catching, be they designs of sharks, dolphins or even the lion adorning the arm of Adam Peaty's grandmother. US Caeleb Remel Dressel competes in the mixed 4x100m freestyle final at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. (AFP/Martin BUREAU) A vast array of images, script, and secretive symbols adorned the bodies of competitors, from flowing and harmonious waves to powerful and speedy creatures of the deep. The Olympic rings - a proud stamp on the skin of the swimmers who competed at a Games - are also common place, but some of the world's fastest have explained the thinking behind the art work on their bodies. Joseph Schooling showing off new tattoo (Photo: Justin Ong) Britain's Peaty has been one of the stand-out performers at the Duna Arena with two world records and golds in the men's 50m and 100m breaststroke. Peaty had a large tattoo of a lion inked onto his left shoulder after winning the Olympic 100m breaststroke title last year in Rio de Janeiro. Swimming – 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships – Men's 50m Breaststroke Preliminary – Budapest, Hungary – July 25, 2017 – Adam Peaty of Britain…... [read more]

Formerly a professional swimmer in the 1960s and 1970s, Dong Quoc Cuong (from Hanoi) was invited by the University of Sports in Ho Chi Minh City to work as a swimming instructor in 1977. While teaching swimming at the Labour Sport Centre in District 3, Dong Quoc Cuong saw handicapped street vendors looking enviously at the swimmers. He knew they wanted to swim. In 1999, he decided to create the Handicapped Swimming Club in Ho Chi Minh City, so that disabled people would have access to free training. In 2001, the club was transferred to the Tan Binh district swimming pool, where facilities are more conducive for people with reduced mobility. Dong Quoc Cuong guiding his students in strength training. Photo: Dang Kim Phuong. Coach Dong Quoc Cuong teaching one of his pupils. Photo: Dang Kim Phuong Coach Dong Quoc Cuong teaching one of his pupils. Photo: Dang Kim Phuong Nguyen Quang Vuong's smiling is a student of coach Cuong. Photo: Dang Kim Phuong. The swimmers of the club practicing the back stroke. Photo: Dang Kim Phuong Coach Dong Quoc Cuong shares experiences with national champion Pham Thi Cua. She won 3 gold medals, beat 3 records at 3 Paragames and was voted "Best Athlete" in 2004. Exchange of ideas between Dong Quoc Cuong and coach Le Thanh Huy, vice-president of the swimming pool of Tan Binh district and the current director of the club. Photo: Dang Kim…... [read more]

Vietnam’s participation in the Southeast Asian Games is only its second time yet; however, the team, including local and overseas Vietnamese, is expected to make a big bang in Malaysia. Basketball has been catching on in Viet Nam for a year now. It was mostly an amateur sport, popular among students and basketball lovers. It was not until the 2015 Games in Singapore that a men’s team under coach Tony Garbelotto was sent to compete in the event. They were placed seventh in the overall standings. In 2016, the Viet Nam Basketball Association’s first professional basketball league was held. Five teams took part in the event, and it was played over three months, turning out to be a festival for both players and supporters. “It will be difficult for us at the games, but we have set a target to try and enter the top four,” said Dang Viet Ha, general secretary of the Viet Nam Basketball Federation. “As a long-term strategy, we will work hard to compete for the championship title in 2021,” he added. Ha said the Viet Nam Basketball Association (VBA) was a key element contributing towards the development of the game in the country. “The VBA lured thousands of fans to gymnasiums, which was unprecedented. It was also a great competition for players to sharpen their skills. I am sure that local players have learnt a lot from the overseas Vietnamese. First and foremost, it improved the quality of national basketball,” Ha said. The team is…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh is set to enhance its cooperation with Laos and spur investment from Vietnamese businesses in the neighboring country. A conference on promoting investment, trade, and tourism was organized in Vientiane on Saturday afternoon, with the attendance of leaders from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos, along with hundreds of Vietnamese and Lao businesses. The delegation from the Vietnamese metropolis was led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang. Speaking at the event, Huynh Cach Mang, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said that many city businesses had operated well in several Lao localities, including Vientiane. A total of 36 companies have expanded their business activities to Laos with the combined capital of nearly US$345 million, Mang continued. Several memoranda of understating were signed between authorities and business organizations from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos during the conference. Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang (R) introduces locally-made pottery products to Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Mayor of Vientiane. Photo: Tuoi Tre The gathering was part of a series of events named ‘Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane,’ during which leaders from both sides signed MOUs on cooperation in the 2017-20 period. The agreements highlighted the two cities’ ties in multiple fields, including tourism, culture, sports, finance, and others. Deputy Secretary Cang also joined talks with leaders from the Lao capital, addressing measures to…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh is set to enhance its cooperation with Laos and spur investment from Vietnamese businesses in the neighboring country. A conference on promoting investment, trade, and tourism was organized in Vientiane on Saturday afternoon, with the attendance of leaders from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos, along with hundreds of Vietnamese and Lao businesses. The delegation from the Vietnamese metropolis was led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang. Speaking at the event, Huynh Cach Mang, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said that many city businesses had operated well in several Lao localities, including Vientiane. A total of 36 companies have expanded their business activities to Laos with the combined capital of nearly US$345 million, Mang continued. Several memoranda of understating were signed between authorities and business organizations from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos during the conference. Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang (R) introduces locally-made pottery products to Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Mayor of Vientiane. Photo: Tuoi Tre The gathering was part of a series of events named ‘Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane,’ during which leaders from both sides signed MOUs on cooperation in the 2017-20 period. The agreements highlighted the two cities’ ties in multiple fields, including tourism, culture, sports, finance, and others. Deputy Secretary Cang also joined talks with leaders from the Lao capital, addressing measures to…... [read more]

30 young musicians have been selected for Saigon Chamber Music 2017 (SCM) through a video audition; they are put in small ensembles of two to seven members and get their repertoire during the first week of July to start rehearsing. A special feature of SCM 2017 is the series of workshops at 4:30pm every day, from August 6 to 8, entitled “Daily Musical Talk.” In these workshop the Notos artists including Sindri Lederer (violin), Andrea Burger (viola), Philip Graham (cello) & Antonia Köster (piano) and British Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen will also join to talk about styles and schools in musical interpretations and other topics observed from their daily work with the young musicians. Young musicians of Saigon Chamber Music 2017 (SCM)  Season 4 of Saigon Chamber Music is hosted by the HCMC Conservatory of Music, in association with the Goethe-Institute Vietnam and Transposition Program. To conclude this intensive week, the young musicians will perform a special concert, the 2017 edition of the Young Virtuosi Concert, which will start on August 11 at the Concert Hall of the HCMC Conservatory of Music. It's the pinnacle of Saigon Chamber Music where all positive energies in music converge; the young musicians play their heart out and relive every exciting moment of the week, being inspired by their and friends’ improvements. The concert features a rich and diverse playbill, spanning many centuries from the Baroque time to the late 20th century. You’ll hear music by the world…... [read more]

NDO – Developing tourism at national tourist sites has brought about positive results in local socio-economic growth, but on the other hand, it has also posed concerning negative impacts on the environment, heard delegates at a conference held in Ninh Binh province, on July 28. The seminar was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) under the theme ‘Protecting the environment at national tourist sites’. Addressing the event, Tu Manh Luong, Head of MOCST’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, outlined Vietnam’s master plan for tourism development by 2020, with a vision towards 2030, with priority placed on advertising 46 national tourist sites across the country. However, one of the huge challenges facing tourist sites in Vietnam is environmental protection. At many tourist attractions, the discharge of solid waste, a lack of water closets and out-dated facilities pose a high risk of environment pollution. Therefore, he stressed that protecting the environment and ecological diversity must be key tasks at tourist sites in order to attain sustainable development and green growth in the tourism sector. Regarding the solutions to the issue, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Deputy Head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that it is necessary to compete the legal system and regulations on environmental protection at tourist sites, to tighten the management over tourist activities which have created certain impacts on the environment, increase the inspection of environmental situations at tourist attractions and strengthen international cooperation on sustainable tourism development. …... [read more]

WASHINGTON: Gilles Muller, coming off a Wimbledon quarter-final run and upset of Rafael Nadal, reached the ATP BB&T Open semi-finals on Friday (Jul 28) by defeating US qualifier Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-1. Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, pictured on July 12, 2017, blasted American Tommy Paul with 16 aces, securing himself a spot in the ATP BB&T Open semi-finals. (Photo: AFP/Glyn Kirk) The 34-year-old Luxembourg left-hander blasted 16 aces to oust the 20-year-old world number 291 in only 69 minutes to advance at the Atlanta hardcourt tuneup event for the US Open. Third seed Muller booked a Saturday matchup against US second seed John Isner, a three-time Atlanta champion who fired 13 aces to oust Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-4. Lacko second double fault of the match gave Isner the first break chance of the second set and the American took advantage for a 5-4 lead, then held serve to finish off his 129th-ranked foe after 73 minutes. In a later quarter-final, US top seed Jack Sock was set to face British fifth seed Kyle Edmund with the winner advancing to a Saturday semi-final against American fourth seed Ryan Harrison, who ousted 461st-ranked US wildcard Christopher Eubanks 6-1, 6-2. Harrison, whose only ATP title came in February at Memphis without loss of a set, needed only 55 minutes to advance. Muller downed world number two Nadal in a five-set Wimbledon thriller earlier this month,…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has advised Vietnamese enterprises to carefully study export regulations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when conducting business with UAE firms to avoid suffering losses. According to the Vietnamese Trade Office in the UAE, many Vietnamese firms have recently been defrauded by some UAE businesses. The office warned that Vietnamese enterprises should stay vigilant when selling goods to UAE firms at low prices, as this is a good reason for UAE firms to force Vietnamese firms to accept their payment methods and prices, and even devalue Vietnamese goods in the market. Pham Quang Nghia, Vietnamese Trade Counselor in Dubai said that Vietnamese businesses should contact the Trade Office in the UAE before doing business in the market, an open and transit market for 40 percent of exported goods. To boost sustainable trade between Vietnam and the UAE, experts advised that Vietnamese firms should strictly abide by import-export regulations in the UAE to prevent their goods being sent back by local authorities. In the future, the Vietnamese Trade Office in the UAE will strengthen trade promotion through exhibitions and showcases of Vietnamese foods, farm produce and fruits in major supermarkets in the UAE. At the same time, the office will also help enterprises seek UAE partners and verify their information. Minister of MoIT Tran Tuan Anh said that the ministry will continue negotiating and signing cooperation deals to…... [read more]




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