Five cities to be lit up to mark ASEAN’s 50th anniversary

The figure shows a year-on-year increase of 24.8 percent and the mortality rate surged three people. Most infections are from southern province, accounting for 59 percent of the country’s whole cases. Nevertheless, medical experts fretted because this year, it developed in Hanoi with more infection cases. Deputy Director of the Department of Health in Hanoi Hoang Duc Hanh said that Hanoi recorded additional cases of over 2,305 dengue cases last week bringing the city’s total infection number to 10,000, highest in the North and second highest in the country. 40 percent of ill people are students and immigrants. Because of skyrocketing number of dengue inpatients, large infirmaries in Hanoi like Bach Mai hospital, the National Tropical Disease hospital, the E hospital, the National Children and other facilities are overcrowded; accordingly, two or three patients have to share one bed. Director of the National Tropical Disease Professor Nguyen Van Kinh said that the hospital sometimes admitted over 1,200 leading to severe patient overload; therefore, the hospital just received serious patients while slight people will be transferred to district-level clinics or given instruction to treat at home. Thanh Nhan Hospital has seen a threefold year-on-year increase in the number of dengue patients; accordingly, patients had to share beds Worse, medical workers said that many patients taken to hospitals are in the same family or those who shared a rented room. Head of Bach Mai’s Infection Ward Dr. Do Duy Duoung said four family members were admitted in the ward. Worse,…... [read more]

Remember our story from last week about how a high school graduate needs a perfect score to enroll in military or police schools in Vietnam? Now it turns out to be much easier if you want to become an educator. Teaching colleges have announced their minimum entrance scores, and prospective teachers need just a shockingly low nine out of 30 in some parts of the country. Vietnamese 12th graders took the national exam in June with separate tests in math, literature, English and sciences. Their total scores in three of these tests are used to determine what school, if any, they will be accepted by. While the average results from students rose from last year and most schools are demanding higher scores, which experts attribute to easier tests, teachers' training institutions are asking for the same as last year or less. There are basically two levels of teacher training in Vietnam: colleges and universities. While someone who graduates from a university is eligible to teach at a university, those with a college degree are only qualified to teach students up to ninth grade. Leading teaching universities in Vietnam such as those in Da Nang, Hanoi and Saigon have maintained their entrance scores at between 16 and 26. But Hue's University of Education has lowered the bar for future math teachers by 5.5 points to 16. The entrance score for chemistry majors has also been cut by three points to less than 13. Its counterparts in Nghe An, Thai Nguyen and…... [read more]

The program aims to mark ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-Canada dialogue partner relations. This initiative will provide US$10 million over five years for post-secondary students and mid-career professionals from Southeast Asia to access world-class education in Canada. The Minister made the announcement at the Canada-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference in Manila, Philippines. Canada is committed to combatting poverty and promoting human rights in Southeast Asia, especially the rights of women, girls and migrants. Canada is working closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to bring the benefits of economic development to the poorest and most marginalized. The Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development initiative will provide individuals from ASEAN member states, especially women, the opportunity to apply for short-term studies or research in Canada. Scholarships will be awarded in fields that contribute to ASEAN’s efforts to narrow the development gap and reduce poverty in Southeast Asia, such as climate-smart agriculture, renewable energy, public financial management, and sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls. Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, “Canada welcomes with open arms students from ASEAN.  Providing educational exchanges to these promising young people will empower them and ensure they can be real agents of social and economic change in their communities and countries.  Their contributions to Canadian classrooms will also enrich the experience of their peers and are a vital part of Canada’s multicultural society.” …... [read more]

Inpatients with dengue fever. Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Hospitals across Hanoi are at full capacity treating dengue fever patients. Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has recorded more than 71,000 dengue fever cases, with some 60,000 people hospitalised, a year-on-year increase of 24.8 percent. Hanoi alone has reported about 8,000 cases. Due to the disease’s spread, most of Hanoi’s leading hospitals are overloaded. The National Hospital of Tropical Diseases treats hundreds of people with dengue fever symptoms every day, forcing its medical staff to work earlier and through weekends to fight the epidemic. The hospital also established a care centre during daytime in its hall to reduce overloading. The centre, equipped with 20 beds, aims to serve patients from Hanoi who need daytime treatment before returning home in the evening. Director of the hospital Nguyen Van Kinh predicts that the situation will continue due to abnormal weather and the increase of dengue patients in Hanoi.   [PM issues notice to prompt drastic measures against dengue] Dong Da Hospital is also overloaded, serving 400-500 dengue patients daily, about 20 percent of whom hospitalised. It has to arrange more space for dengue treatment, even in doctors’ workrooms. Additionally, Thanh Nhan hospital receives some 300 patients with dengue fever every day. The Health Ministry urged localities to continue implementing recommendations on dengue prevention and control which include destroying habitats where mosquitoes breed, ensuring a clean living environment,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – It may be her career’s first Southeast Asian Games (SEA), but all eyes are on 20-year-old Le Tu Chinh, who is expected to bring back the 100m and 200m titles to the country later this month. Le Tu Chinh (centre) competes at the 2016 National Athletics Championship. Chinh will compete at this year SEA Games for the first time in career. — Photo Viet Nam’s Vu Thi Huong dominated the event for many years, winning seven gold medals in both the 100m and 200m events from 2005 until 2013. The "ASEAN sprint queen" was defeated just once in the games in 2011, when she came third in both the categories. Huong, 31, retired several months ahead of the 28th Games in 2015, although she was still strong enough to beat any regional rival. Huong’s absence caused the loss of two golds for Viet Nam in the medals tally, as the country were yet to produce an athlete then who could follow in her footsteps. Kayla Anise Richardson of the Philippines took the 100m gold that year with a timing of 11.76sec. Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira triumphed in the 200m, timing 23.60sec. Two years on, people are now seeing glimpses of "queen" Huong in Chinh. Remarkable progress After nearly 10 years of practising with coach Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Chinh has taken her first big step in the short distance track events. At the national championship 2016 in November, Chinh became the champion in the 100m with…... [read more]

Born into a family with a four-generation tradition of martial arts in Lam Dong, seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has been called “The loner who seeks defeat” in Muay Thai. Nhat shares with Bui Quynh Hoa his passion for the sport and his strong desire to secure a victory for the country at the upcoming SEA Games 29 in Malaysia. The champ: Seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat.  Photo Tell us about your journey in Muay Thai? Born into a family with a great tradition of martial arts, I befriended the sport at a very young age, when I was about six. My parents, who were famous Vietnamese fighters in the 80s, inspired and awoke my passion for martial arts. I moved from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to HCM City to study at the HCM City University of Sport in 2007 and started getting into Muay Thai in 2008. I became part of the national Muay Thai team one year later. Your parents supported you to take part in Muay Thai, didn’t they? Although I chose Muay Thai, which is a martial art from Thailand, and not from Viet Nam, I received great support from my parents. They allowed me to freely decide which discipline I wanted to follow, at the same time reminding me martial arts is not about fighting, but a lesson in manners and behaviour. What is your medal collection like? Since 2010 I’ve won seven times at the Amateur…... [read more]

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh met with his counterparts from New Zealand, the US, China and the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on August 7 as part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings (AMM 50). Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and his New Zealand counterpart Gerry Brownlee During the meetings, the officials discussed bilateral cooperation and international and regional issues of common interest. Vietnam and the nations agreed to deepen cooperation, maintain high-level contacts and delegation exchanges, strengthen people-to-people exchanges and enhance the effectiveness of cooperation mechanisms. The Vietnamese FM called on the countries and the EU to help Vietnam’s goods enter their markets. Regarding international and regional issues, the ministers affirmed the central role of ASEAN in the region, and agreed to work together on security issues, including terrorism, the situation on the Korean peninsula and the East Sea issues on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and support ASEAN and China to negotiate a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. The ministers reiterated their commitment to work with Vietnam in organising the APEC Year 2017, in particular the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang in November. VNA... [read more]

Vietnam is committed, along with other member countries, to build a united and self-reliant ASEAN Community, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN Delivering a speech on August 7, which also marks the 22nd year of Vietnam’s entry into the group, the PM said that "Vietnam and member countries would accelerate internal trade and investment, develop infrastructure, and narrow development gaps; effectively co-operate to serve the people, improve people’s living standards, ensure social welfare, and promote the pride of the Community; build an ASEAN Community based on law, especially fundamental principles of international relationships; and improve the efficiency of partnerships, maintain a central role in the region, and uphold common viewpoints on regional and international issues." PM Phuc said the 21st century had posed opportunities and challenges for ASEAN in realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which calls for “a law-based ASEAN Community, serving the people and considering the people as central”. “ASEAN is implementing renewals and adjusting the bloc in a more flexible and efficient manner, and more importantly the association continues to maintain the solidarity built up over the past half century,” he said. Becoming an official member of ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam is proud to have contributed to ASEAN. In that time, Vietnam’s achievements have grown along the growth of the group, he said. The ten-member ASEAN has become…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge  – Alegolf is holding the “Golden month of Gratitude – Play More, Win More” to pay gratitude to its customers and to celebrate its 2nd anniversary.  On this occasion, let’s review Alegolf’s development in the past two years.  When Alegolf is mentioned, customers will immediately recognize its membership card - a multipurpose card which is used to book golf-courses, golf-tours, and buy golf voucher, etc… with a special price, up to 30% discount. This type of card was launched for the first time on July 6th 2015, with the golf booking call center – 19002093. Focusing on information technology integrated services, on September 16th 2015, Alegolf introduced the first tee-off-time booking website in Vietnam at By which, golfers could choose the most reasonable golf course and tee-off-time based on comparison with the services and prices offers by other golf courses. At the same time, the Alegolf Premium membership card was elevated to a new level with special discount - up to 60% and became a must-have item to golfers.On 20th November 2015, the golf-tour packaging service was launched, which allows golfers to simplify their games and leisure travel with a reasonable cost.In early 2016, another landmark was made when Alegolf improved its membership cards with 20 benefits and increased preferential level to 63%. Moreover, the card can be used at most of golf courses in Vietnam.  In June 2016, Alegolf and Vinaphone marked their cooperation with the Vinaphone Plus program. Alegolf became the golf booking supplier with a…... [read more]

Listed coal producers recorded profits during the second quarter and first half of 2017, but the the second half of the year may not be so promising due to large stockpiles, adverse weather and technological and geological barriers. Vinacomin-Cao Son Coal JSC (TCS) recorded the highest annual growth rate of 52 per cent, bringing the company’s second-quarter revenue to VND1.19 trillion (US$52.9 million).  According to the economics and business news hub, seven of the eight listed firms posted higher revenues for the second quarter compared to the same period of 2016. Vinacomin-Cao Son Coal JSC (TCS) recorded the highest annual growth rate of 52 per cent, bringing the company’s second-quarter revenue to VND1.19 trillion (US$52.9 million). Among the eight listed companies, only Vinacomin-Coc Sau Coal JSC (TC6) saw its revenue fall from one year ago. TCS was among the six mining companies that saw their combined revenue increase during the first six months compared to the same period last year. Among other mining companies that recorded higher first-half combined revenue are Vinacomin-Ha Tu Coal JSC (THT), Vinacomin-Deo Nai Coal JSC (TDN) and Vinacomin-Ha Lam Coal JSC (HLC). Meanwhile, TC6 reported that its first-half combined revenue was down 18 per cent year on year. The other miner that also recorded lower combined revenue is Vinacomin-Mong Duong Coal JSC (MDC), whose figure decreased slightly after one year. In the second quarter, firms that also reported higher post-tax profits are MDC, TC6, Vinacomin-Vang Danh Coal JSC (TVD), HLC, THT and TDN. Of…... [read more]

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