Cultivation growth predicted to reach 2.05 percent in 2017

Viet Nam’s exports of gems and precious metals reached US$252.2 million in revenue in H1, a year-on-year decrease of 53 per cent. — Photo Viet Nam’s exports of gems and precious metals reached US$252.2 million in revenue in H1, a year-on-year decrease of 53 per cent, financial news website reported. The country’s gems and precious metals are exported to 14 countries and territories, including Switzerland, the United States, United Arab Emirates and Japan, as well as the Republic of Korea and France. The United States has overtaken Switzerland to be the largest consumer of Vietnamese gems and precious metals with turnover of $126.54 million. However, this represented a decline of 27.7 per cent over the same period last year. The country was followed by Belgium and Japan. Switzerland, the largest importer in the first six months last year, lost its top position, slipping to the fourth position with import value of $19.35 million. Hong Kong climbed from ninth position last year to fifth this year, importing gems and precious metals worth $18.48 million, a year-on-year surge of 247 per cent. The United Arab Emirates dropped from third to sixth place, importing gems and precious metals worth $2.86 million, down 89 per cent year-on-year. Although Taiwan’s import turnover during the period reached just $460,000, it represented an increase of 95 per cent. — VNS ... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) has warned that Chinese businesses have made moves to corner the domestic pepper market. The price of pepper in the domestic market has fluctuated since late July. On July 28, the price rose from VND80,000 per kilo to VND86,000 in the morning, but dropped unexpectedly to VND82,000 per kilo in the afternoon. VPA members said they have evidence to prove that Chinese businesses are controlling the Vietnamese pepper market. Some Vietnamese pepper export companies receive Chinese businessmen who buy pepper at any price set by local exporters and urge them to sign contracts.  VPA members said they have evidence to prove that Chinese businesses are controlling the Vietnamese pepper market. Some Vietnamese pepper export companies receive Chinese businessmen who buy pepper at any price set by local exporters and urge them to sign contracts.  The Chinese repeatedly ask Vietnamese exporters to fulfill contracts, but they refuse to pay deposits, saying that it is difficult because of banking procedures (deposits must be paid within three days after the contract signing). As the orders are with many Vietnamese export companies, information spreads that the demand for pepper is high. Chinese businessmen visit pepper growing areas and promise to sell pepper to merchants at prices lower than market prices, thus acting as both seller and buyer to create ‘virtual fits of fever’ in the market. The merchants accept the deals immediately because of the goods prices, believing that they would make big profits after reselling…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A hundred of Vietnamese singers, actors, MCs and models recorded a song together to cheer on the Viet Nam National Football Team at the region’s biggest sports event, the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia next week. Vietnamese artists act in the Nhung Ngoi Sao San Co (Football Stars) music video to cheer the national football team at the 29th SEA Games. Photo from DJ Wang Tran’s Facebook Page Nhung Ngoi Sao San Co (Football Stars) is a composition of songwriter and dan bau (a Vietnamese one-stringed zither) player Ha Chuong. It is produced and mixed by DJ Wang Tran. The song contains a message from Vietnamese fans encouraging all players to play well and bring home the gold medal. The work’s beat is a mixture of Latin rhythm and electronic dance music. It also has a few sections of dan bau played by Chuong. The song was sung by dozens of famous singers, such as Phuong Thanh, Thanh Thao and Nguyen Phi Hung, along with bands of MTV, Lip B and VMusic. MCs Thanh Bach and Quoc Binh and models Tien Dat and Duc Vinh also joined in the performance. “I believe the song will help our players relax and motivate them to win the champion at this year’s SEA Games,” said Wang Tran, who has been DJing for 15 years and won several international prizes. He launched his first world tour through 20 countries in May. The music video for the song was directed by Huynh…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam will send seven young golfers, of average age 18, to take part in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. Golfer Doan Xuan Khue Minh is the youngest player in the Viet Nam sport delegation at the upcoming SEA Games. — Photo Four of them will compete in the games for the first time, including Doan Xuan Khue Minh, 14; Nguyen Hung Dung, 16; Hanako Kawasaki, 17; and Nguyen Phuong Toan, 18. They will compete alongside veterans Truong Chi Quan, 19, Do Le Gia Dat, 23, and Nguyen Thao My, 19. These young aces are expected to bring a breath of fresh air to the national team. Four of the young golfers represent the promising junior golf generation in Viet Nam. Dung and Toan have been trained in prestigious golf institutes in the United States (US). Minh is training at the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Ha Noi. Meanwhile, Hanako, who has both Vietnamese and Japanese antecedents, has not been practising in any academies, but she is the defending champion at the national women’s golf tournament and Viet Nam Junior Open. Earlier, Vietnamese sports authorities decided to select only golfers under 25 for the national team to compete in the games. Nguyen Quoc Hung, head of golf section in the National Sports Administration, explained: “In the recent years, most winners at the national tournaments were very young. They are trained well abroad. Selecting young golfers is a big investment for Viet Nam golf in…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The General Department of Preventive Medicine has instructed health officials in provinces and cities nationwide to co-operate with education departments to strengthen cleanliness at schools to prevent outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease and dengue fever. Students wash their hands frequently in order to prevent diseases such as hand, foot and mouth disease, which is starting its peak season. Source of At the press meeting held in HCM City on August 11, Dr Tran Dac Phu, director of the general department, said that students in many provinces and cities nationwide will start the 2017-2018 academic year  on September 5. Phu required preventive health officials nationwide to guide school managers and teachers to manage waste and water containers away from a school’s campus to prevent from mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever to humans. Kindergarten toys and other devices should be washed to avoid transmission of hand, foot and mouth disease among children, he added. “If one kid gets the disease, it is easy to transmit to others at school,” Phu said. Nguyen Tri Dung, head of HCM City Preventive Health Centre, said that following the General Department of Preventive Medicine’s requirements, the centre has sent a communiqué to people’s committees, health centres and private as well as public schools in districts to implement the preventive measures. The centre has provided chloramines B and Javel to schools to disinfect classrooms, toilets and kitchens, Dung said. Teachers should guide their students to wash hands frequently, he said, adding…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The third open mathematics festival was launched yesterday at the Ha Noi University of Technology by the Viet Nam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics. The third open mathematics festival was launched yesterday at the Ha Noi University of Technology by the Viet Nam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics. — Photo The festival, which included a photo exhibition about mathematics application in daily life, seeks to create opportunities for students, teachers, parents and mathematicians from around the country to share their views and experiences related to mathematics. Festival organisers also hope it will inspire lovers of mathematics and help promote the development of this field in Viet Nam. In another development, the Ministry of Education and Training awarded scholarships of VND7.29 billion ($324,000) to 185 students from 12 universities and 297 high school students for excellence in mathematics. In addition, 85 math projects were awarded VND2.57 billion (US$114,200). Professor Tran Van Nhung, general secretary of the State Council for Professor Titles, said the award and scholarships would motivate teachers and students to continue striving for the country’s mathematics development. The awards event is a part of the national target programme on mathematics development in the period 2010-20, which was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Mathematics projects receiving the award must have been published on international magazines and must include one lecturer in addition to students. Students awarded scholarships all had a grade of at least 9 in maths or had achievements in domestic…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese coach Nguyen Huu Thang said that the Viet Nam national football team was determined to win the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games title this year. Viet Nam U22 team seen during a training session to prepare for the SEA Games.  Thang made the statement during a press conference on Group B matches at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. It is for the first time during the team’s campaign for the games that the coach has announced his team’s intention to go for the kill — the gold medal — at the men’s football event. “Viet Nam have trained for 10 days in South Korea to prepare for the tournament. Like any other team in the games, we have the belief and the determination to reach the highest podium. I hope that Viet Nam will bring its fans quality matches,” Thang said. Earlier, Thang said that Viet Nam were targeting to reach the final. Yesterday, Thang also announced the names of the 20 players who would take part in the SEA Games. The two goal keepers for the games are Bui Tien Dung of Thanh Hoa and Phi Minh Long of Ha Noi FC. In addition to them, Thang has convened six defenders, eight midfielders and four strikers, including Nguyen Cong Phuong of Hoang Anh Gia Lai, Ha Duc Chinh of Da Nang, Ho Tuan Tai of Song Lam Nghe An and Le Thanh Binh of Thanh Hoa. Viet Nam, a five-time silver medallist, have never won…... [read more]

Since the beginning of August, heavy rains and flash floods have claimed at least 34 lives and left 11 others missing and more than 20 injured in the northern region (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region. In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces. The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods. To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods. Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.   [People lend a helping hand to flood victims in north] Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted. The VNA, VTV, and VOV,…... [read more]

At least 18 people including foreigners were killed and a dozen others wounded in a "terrorist attack" by suspected jihadists on a Turkish restaurant in the Burkina Faso capital, the government said Monday. Two assailants were also killed by security forces who launched a counter-assault following Sunday night's attack on the restaurant popular with foreigners, Communications Minister Remis Dandjinou said. It was not clear how many gunmen were involved. The security operation "has ended" but searches are continuing in buildings in the Ouagadougou neighbourhood around the restaurant, Dandjinou told a press briefing early Monday carried on social media. The Istanbul restaurant is just 200 metres (yards) from a hotel and cafe targeted in an assault in January 2016 that left 30 people dead and 71 wounded, many of them foreigners. That attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group. A government statement described the latest deadly shooting as a "terrorist attack", while President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned it as "a despicable attack that has Ouagadougou in mourning." "The fight against terrorism is a long-term struggle," he said in a Twitter message. A police officer who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity cited witnesses as saying at least two assailants arrived on a motorcycle around 9:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Sunday armed with Kalashnikovs, and opened fire on the Istanbul restaurant. A waiter also said he saw "three…... [read more]

Japan's economy grew 1.0 percent in the April-June period, notching up its sixth straight quarter of growth and its longest economic expansion in over a decade, government data showed Monday. The growth in Japan's GDP -- 4.0 percent at an annualized rate -- blew past market expectations for a 0.6 percent rise, and was well up from a 0.4 percent expansion in the first quarter, according to figures from the Cabinet Office. The world's number three economy has been picking up steam, mainly on the back of a surging exports including smartphones parts and memory chips, with investments linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics also giving growth a boost. But the latest GDP figures were driven by robust domestic demand and capital spending, which offset a quarterly decline in exports. Private consumption picked up 0.9 percent in the second quarter -- individual spending accounts for more than a half of Japan's GDP. The labor market is tight and business confidence is high but efforts to lift inflation have fallen flat despite years of aggressive monetary easing by Japan's central bank. The latest reading nonetheless means Japan's economy has had its best string of gains since 2006, during the tenure of popular former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. Monday's figures are good news for the current prime minister Shinzo Abe -- whose brief and underwhelming first term as Japan's premier came directly after Koizumi. A string of short-term leaders followed before Abe swept back to power in late 2012 on a…... [read more]

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