Bear rescued after decade bred as pet

VietNamNet Bridge – Consuming magic mushrooms has emerged as the latest trend among Vietnamese youth who are into mind-altering substances. Many people are worried about the impacts this trend could have on the youth. Local reports say magic mushrooms (Psilocybe pelliculosa), have become particularly popular among the youth who tend to consume substances like marijuana and “American grass,” slang for numerous synthetic drugs. The “magic” mushroom contains psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance. It is said that the hallucinogenic effects can start approximately 30 minutes after the mushrooms are consumed. A person’s perceptions of color, sound and light may change. Surfaces may seem to move or ripple. Moving objects may seem to have visible trails that linger behind them. Along with these effects, some people also feel nauseous, muscle weakness, and other physical changes. Changes in perception and thinking can last between three and eight hours. The mushroom grows across wide sections of Mexico, South America, Malaysia, India and Indonesia.  Because of its effects, the mushroom has been made illegal in many countries. In Viet Nam, meanwhile, it has gained popularity among some groups of young people as a new kind of drug. It is easy to find the mushroom on many websites, promoting it as a “magic” product. According to some websites, around 30 minutes after taking the mushroom, a person feels very excited and experiences a “trip” to paradise or promised land. The websites also carry some comments from those who tried the product out of curiosity to experience the…... [read more]

Military-run telecom group Viettel today announced that it was increasing its broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide. Viettel has increased broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide.  So far, this is the largest increase in speed in Viettel’s broadband services. All Viettel subscribers, both current and new, who use its fibre optic cable services will enjoy 20 to 50 per cent higher speed. Customers using the 10Mbps package will get 15Mbps, while those using 10-30Mbps will get an added 5Mbps. Earlier, Viettel had increased its broadband speed for customers in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Dien Bien. Higher speed will improve the quality of internet service and applications, especially for television, video, e-learning and online games. It will also raise the country’s average internet speed. A report from Akmai CDN, the US content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider, shows that the average internet speed in Viet Nam in the first quarter of 2017 was 9.5Mbps, which puts the country in the ninth position in the Asia-Pacific region. Viettel has also introduced the Safenet service to help subscribers using its fibre optic services put content control in place, which helps create a healthier internet environment for children.  VNS... [read more]

NDO – A recent survey on business confidence conducted by the Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF) showed that the confidence of private business leaders continues to increase, as the private sector is increasingly asserting its important role in Vietnam's economic growth in the near future. However, there remain a number of barriers causing difficulties for businesses in their operations. Each industry has its own problems but the common concerns arise from complex administrative procedures and constraints during access to financial sources. Don Lam, General Director of VinaCapital Group said that Vietnam has made great efforts to improve its business environment, evidenced by Vietnam's rankings which, according to the business environment rankings conducted by the World Bank, have improved. However, up to 50% of enterprises surveyed by the VPSF confirm that regulatory barriers are causing problems for private enterprises. In particular, overlapping, unclear and inefficient regulations have caused the private sector to suffer informal additional costs and have proved to be time-consuming. This problem has led to a significant decline in the sector’s competitiveness. Ho Sy Hung, Head of the Enterprise Development Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said that while the efficiency of business production and operation remains limited, the private sector is increasingly contributing to the socio-economic development. However, over the past few years, the size of private enterprises has not improved, both in terms of capital and the average number of employees. Limited capital size is one of the major obstacles preventing private enterprises from taking…... [read more]

NDO – In the near future, Vietnam and Mongolia will further promote exports to each other’s market, particularly their key products with advantages and complementary forms. The direction was reached during the 16th session of the Vietnam-Mongolia Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, held recently in Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Chairman of the Vietnamese Sub-Committee under the Inter-governmental Committee, led the Vietnamese delegation to attend the meeting and took part in activities to promote and strengthen Vietnam's cooperation with the host. The Vietnamese delegates held talks with the Mongolian delegation led by Mongolian Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Sergelen Purev, who is also Chairman of the Mongolian Sub-Committee in the Inter-governmental Committee. The two sides discussed the major issues of cooperation between Vietnam and Mongolia, including diplomatic, defence and security relations; economics, trade and investment; agriculture and disaster prevention; science and technology; transportation; education, culture, sports and tourism; labour, healthcare and other fields. On the basis of the results achieved in the past sessions, the two sides agreed on a cooperation direction and discussed measures to further enhance the efficiency of cooperation in order to meet the requirements of both governments. Prioritised areas of cooperation decided upon during this session include trade, agriculture and tourism, in which the two sides will further promote the export of each other goods with their own strengths to complement each other. Vietnam wants to export agricultural and fishery…... [read more]

NDO - A total of 120 individuals have been awarded with certificates of merit for their kind-hearted work in supporting and caring for the victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin across the country, at a meeting held in Hanoi on August 8. The event, held by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA), was attended by Politburo member, Secretary of Party Central Committee (PCC), and Head of PCC Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Truong Thi Mai; former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh; and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha. Speaking at the event, Politburo member Truong Thi Mai said that although the war ended 42 years ago, Vietnam has still been suffering serious consequences from the toxic chemicals used by the US troops during the war. Around 4.8 million Vietnamese people have been exposed to the toxic chemicals, with over three million AO victims. She emphasised that the Party and State have promulgated a number of policies targeting national contributors and revolutionary participants, who were exposed to toxic chemicals, in order to provide strong support for them. She called for joint effort and further participation from organisations and individuals at home and abroad, as well as the whole of society in general, in caring for AO victims. She stressed that the exemplary models of AO victims who have risen above their difficulties in life, as well as those who have shown their compassion and provided support for AO victims, should be honoured and duplicated.... [read more]

Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – The museum of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on August 8 jointly held a photo exhibition to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The exhibition, which will run until September 30, features 120 photos introducing the establishment and development of the association, along with the socio-economic achievements as well as national cultural identity of Vietnam in the ASEAN community. Via the lens of VNA reporters, important events throughout ASEAN’s five-decade development are highlighted, including the first ASEAN Environment Forum in Hanoi in September 1999, the opening of the Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information in October 2000 in Hanoi and the 34th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi in July 2001. Director of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Viet Phuong said that the event is part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19), and the National Day (September 2). Also on August 8, Can Tho also launched another photo exhibition themed “Sen village – Uncle Ho’s Homeland” showcasing 120 photos on the place where President Ho Chi Minh was born and grew up, as well as the late leader’s visits to his homeland. Within the framework of the event, the Can Tho Museum also coordinated with the An Giang Museum to …... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A taxi driver in Da Nang has been fired after a tourist reported being overcharged for a short trip in the city last week. Representatives of Da Nang’s Taxi Association and agencies hold a meeting about the overcharging suffered by a tourist in the city.  Director of Hai Van Taxi Firm, Doan Trung Lam, said the company decided to fire the driver for his unprofessional behaviour towards a foreign passenger on August 4. The driver was also forced to pay the company VND2 million (US$88.4) for the negative impact his actions had on the company’s reputation. Lam said the driver took a Korean tourist from Da Nang International Airport to a hotel on An Thuong 26 Street in Ngu Hanh Son District. The 6km route should have cost VND50,000 ($2.2) plus a VND10,000 (44 cents) airport fee. However, the driver charged the tourist a total of VND700,000 ($31). The passenger complained to the hotel receptionist, and a report was sent to the director of the city’s transport department. A representative from the taxi firm apologised to the tourist at the hotel and offered her a free tour around the city as way of compensation. During a meeting on Monday, chairman of the city’s Taxi Association, Vo Thanh Nhan, said incidents of overcharging were rare in the city, and the driver received a heavy fine for his actions. There are six taxi firms with more than 1,100 cabs operating in the city. The central city plans to establish…... [read more]

Viettel has increased broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide. — Photo courtesy of Viettel Military-run telecom group Viettel today announced that it was increasing its broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide. So far, this is the largest increase in speed in Viettel’s broadband services. All Viettel subscribers, both current and new, who use its fibre optic cable services will enjoy 20 to 50 per cent higher speed. Customers using the 10Mbps package will get 15Mbps, while those using 10-30Mbps will get an added 5Mbps. Earlier, Viettel had increased its broadband speed for customers in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Dien Bien. Higher speed will improve the quality of internet service and applications, especially for television, video, e-learning and online games. It will also raise the country’s average internet speed. A report from Akmai CDN, the US content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider, shows that the average internet speed in Viet Nam in the first quarter of 2017 was 9.5Mbps, which puts the country in the ninth position in the Asia-Pacific region. Viettel has also introduced the Safenet service to help subscribers using its fibre optic services put content control in place, which helps create a healthier internet environment for children. — VNS ... [read more]

Foreign investors are rushing to open convenience store chains in Vietnam, which is forecast to become the fastest-growing convenience store market in Asia by 2021. Last week, the Republic of Korea (ROK)’s GS Retail announced plans to launch the first GS25 convenience store in Ho Chi Minh City this year. GS Retail and SonKim Group established a joint venture last month. “We chose Vietnam as our first overseas market because its economy is growing very rapidly these days and those aged 35 or younger make up about 57% of its population,” said a GS Retail’s representative. “Our business in Vietnam is expected to lead to an annual profit of tens of billions of won, including royalties and dividend income.” GS Retail’s future targets include China and Cambodia. This movement is part of the search for growth opportunities in the ongoing global market penetration of the Korean convenience stores. The size of the market topped 10 trillion won (US$8.9 billion) in 2011 and reached 20.4 trillion won (US$18.16 billion) last year. FamilyMart, B’s mart, Circle K, and Vinmart+ are the best known convenience store names in the Vietnamese market. However, the market is expected to become even more crowded with the arrival of Japanese giant 7-Eleven, part of the Seven&I Holding Group. 7-Eleven, which opened its first store in Ho Chi Minh City two months ago, aims to launch at least 100 stores in Vietnam’s largest cities within the next three years. FamilyMart, Japan’s second largest convenience store chain, operates about…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse chaired a ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s ASEAN membership. The PM highlighted the achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past a half century to become a strong and united community with rules-based operation and comprehensive and extensive connectivity across the fields, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region. ASEAN has an increasing role and position in the region and beyond, he said, adding that the association is also playing a crucial role in the evolving regional architecture. The bloc should reinforce solidarity and unity, promote internal strength to increase its connectivity and build a rules-based community with the widespread participation of people to bring them with pragmatic benefits, PM Phuc recommended. With a population of over 630 million and the total gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly US$2.6 trillion per year, ranking sixth in the world, along with a peaceful and stable environment, ASEAN is a spotlight of economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large. “The achievements that ASEAN has gained over the past 50 years are very huge, creating a firm foundation for the development of the ASEAN Community and the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025,” the leader said. He affirmed that Vietnam always considers ASEAN a priority pillar in its…... [read more]




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