More erosion occurs along Hau River

Illustrative photo (Photo: baomoi.com)    Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Drama Theatre is touring Europe to present a comedy criticising egotism. The troupe, led by theatre director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the north, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticise the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behaviour. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The…... [read more]

Bacterial infection has caused the mass deaths of grouper fishes being bred in cages in the central Quảng Ngãi Province’s Bình Sơn District, according to the provincial animal husbandry and veterinary department. The mass death of grouper fishes in cages last month in Quảng Ngãi Province’s Bình Sơn District was a result of bacterial infection. – VNA/VNS Photo Thế Lập The announcement was made by department head Nguyễn Đình Tuấn on Wednesday. The incident took place at the end of July in Bình Thuận Commune’s Tuyết Diêm 1 village, where locals found grouper fishes in many cages dead and floating in the water. By August 3, the number of deaths had spread to the nearby cages, too.  The fishes that died from the infection had been bred for two to five months. Department officials had collected fish and water samples for tests and checked the salinity, oxygen, NH3 and pH levels of the water. Results showed that NH3 levels exceeded the standard level and some of the fishes got infected by bacteria such as photobacterium damselae and vibrio parahaemolyticus. The veterinary staff and local authorities have advised farmers to collect the dead fishes for burial and take steps to improve oxygen level in the cages. Source VNA ... [read more]

Customers make transactions at the VPBank Head Office. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet The Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank (VPBank) will start listing 1.3 billion shares on the HCM Stock Exchange on Thursday, while having received US$1.2 billion worth of purchasing offers from foreign investors. Both VPBank and Viet Capital Securities Company (VCSC) had approached more than 80 foreign investors, and most of the investors made pre-listing buying offers for the bank’s shares at the price of VND39,000 ($1.73), according to To Hai, director of VCSC. Hai said at VPBank’s pre-listing seminar on Tuesday that the value of foreign investors’ pre-listing purchasing offers might be a historical milestone for Viet Nam’s banking sector, even in the golden age of commercial banks in 2007, and it would be hard to repeat a similar-valued deal in the future. “When we were building the book value for VPBank’s shares, we recognised that foreign investors were willing to pay even higher at VND44,000 per share,” he said, referring to the fact that VPBank was quite attractive to foreign investors at the moment. The bank was valued at least $2 billion when valuation of the bank’s shares started in March 2016, Hai added. It was also the time when the benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange was around 600 points. The bank is now valued at $2.3 billion on the starting trade price of VND39,000 per share, making it one of the top 10…... [read more]

The troupe, led by theater director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. A scene of the comedy Benh Si (Egotism). Photo: cinet.vn Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the North, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticize the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behavior. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The artists want to honor Vu’s…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The capital city of Hanoi has been taking efforts to stamp out the dengue fever outbreak which has plagued the city in recent months, with nearly 15,400 cases reported in 12 districts so far this year. >>> Hanoi implements large-scale environmental sanitation to prevent dengue fever By August 15, 18 large-scale mosquito spraying machines had been handed over to the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre. Three other machines are being repaired and will be brought to the city. From now until the end of this month, Hanoi plans to conduct a large-scale mosquito spraying campaign, focusing on crowded areas such as markets, schools, construction sites, abandoned land and houses. Residents will be informed before the spraying occurs. In areas where cars and trucks can approach, large spraying machines will be used at night while small sprayers will be used at households during daytime. Hanoi has been supplied with more 30 small spraying machines and 300 litres of chemicals to conduct the campaign. Addressing an incident where many students at Quang Trung Secondary School in Dong Da district suffered allergic reactions and painful eyes after the school sprayed mosquito-killing chemicals, the city’s Preventive Healthcare Centre Nguyen Nhat Cam said the reaction could happen to people with allergic conditions, including children. However, it would cause no harm to their health. Cam affirmed the chemical is licensed by the Ministry of Healthy. Therefore, parents should not be worried. Seven people have so far died dengue fever this year, compared to only one…... [read more]

NDO – The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) held a ceremony on August 16 to celebrate Prof. Dr. Dang Huy Huynh’s as the ASEAN Biodiversity Hero. Huynh, President of the Heritage Tree Council and Vice President of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), is the first Vietnamese citizen and one of the 10 outstanding individuals from ASEAN member states to receive such a noble title on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes are individuals with significant contributions to the ASEAN biodiversity, through their activities and initiatives, contributing actively to the socio-economic development in their respective countries and in the region. During his over 60 years of research in biology, Prof. Huynh has made many contributions to the preservation of biodiversity in Vietnam and in the surrounding region. He possesses the ability to inspire the community in biodiversity conservation and development, and is recognised as one of Vietnam’s leading scientists. Prof. Huynh has been presented with nearly 20 orders and medals of different types, including the Ho Chi Minh Award (twice) – Vietnam’s most noble award in science and technology, the Vietnam Environmental Award in 2009, and a certificate of merit from the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in recognition of his devotions to biodiversity conservation activities in 2015, among others. Holding a myriad of positions, both appointed by the State and entrusted by the society, concerning the environment, Prof. Huynh has implemented specific and practical…... [read more]

NDO – Winners of the fourth writing contest depicting the silent contributions provided by Vietnamese medical staff towards the care of people’s heath were honoured at an awards ceremony in Hanoi on August 16. The ceremony was attended by Politburo member, Secretary of Party Central Committee (PCC) and Head of PCC Commission for Communication and Education, Vo Van Thuong; PCC member and Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam; and Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien. The first prize of this year’s contest was presented to Ha Van Dao, a journalist from Lao Dong & Xa Hoi (Labour and Society) Newspaper, for his article portraying doctor Vo Thanh Dung, head of the medical station in Yang Reh commune, K’Rong Bong district, Dak Lak province. Doctor Vo Thanh Dung has made every effort to win the trust of local residents, encouraging them to receive treatment from modern pharmacies rather than appealing for help from the gods. Nha Bao va Cong Luan (Journalist and Public Opinion) Newspaper and Ho Chi Minh City Women Newspaper, respectively. Five third and 11 consolation prizes were also presented to other outstanding entrants at the ceremony. The annual writing contest was first launched in 2013 by the Suc khoe va Doi song (Health and Life) newspaper under the Ministry of Health to acknowledge the silent contributions and supreme sacrifices of Vietnamese physician’s caring for the health of people. It has attracted the participation of numerous writers and journalists across the country and has raised the community’s awareness…... [read more]

Hà Nội has been taking efforts to stamp out the dengue fever outbreak which has plagued the city in recent months, with nearly 15,400 cases reported in 12 districts so far this year. Overloads at Bạch Mai Hospital due to the dengue fever outbreak.VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc By Tuesday, 18 large-scale mosquito spraying machines had been handed over to the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre. Three other machines are being repaired and will be brought to the city. From now until the end of this month, Hà Nội plans to conduct a large-scale mosquito spraying campaign, focusing on crowded areas such as markets, schools, construction sites, abandoned land and houses. Residents will be informed before the spraying occurs. In areas where cars and trucks can approach, large spraying machines will be used at night while small sprayers will be used at households during daytime. Hà Nội has been supplied with more 30 small spraying machines and 300 litres of chemicals to conduct the campaign. Addressing an incident where many students at Quang Trung Secondary School in Đống Đa District suffered allergic reactions and painful eyes after the school sprayed mosquito-killing chemicals, the city’s Preventive Healthcare Centre Nguyễn Nhật Cảm said the reaction could happen to people with allergic conditions, including children. However, it would cause no harm to their health. Cảm affirmed the chemical is licensed by the Ministry of Healthy. Therefore, parents should…... [read more]

Vietnam has been reported as leading the region and beating the world average in the representation of women in its business sector. While the figures are promising, there remains ample space for improvement. Vietnamese women entrepreneurs are better represented than almost anywhere in the Asia-Pacific According to newswire TechCrunch, Vietnamese women entrepreneurs are doing exceedingly well, even in the global context—the country is hands down in the Top 2 in the Asia-Pacific, following Australia, in terms of the representation of women in business, be it small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or the boards of directors of the country’s leading corporations. A Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) study shows that Vietnam’s enterprising women own 25 per cent of the country’s SMEs—a far cry from gender equality, but overtaking the Middle East, North Africe, and Sub-Saharan Africa, not to mention South Asia, where the average percentage is only 8 per cent. 98.8 per cent of these women-owned enterprises are micro- and small-sized, and 61.4 per cent of them operate in the services sector, which MBI claims is very similar to other countries, based on an IFC study from 2014. By MBI’s evaluation, women-owned enterprises are somewhat more equitable and socially responsible than enterprises run by men. They employ a higher percentage of female workers (43.4 per cent against the 36 per cent of menterprises), contribute more to the national budget in taxes per worker (VND24.9 million…... [read more]

Sustainability is no longer an ambiguous concept but it is closely tied to each activity of the business. Wherein, corporate governance is defined as a core element to ensure effective growth and long-term sustainable development for each business. According to a report released by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in 2014, the medium score of corporate governance in Vietnam was 35.1, much lower than that in Thailand (84.5), Malaysia (75.2), Singapore (70.7) or Indonesia (57.3). In 2015, Vietnam had no presence in the Top 50 best-governed listed companies in ASEAN. This included only listed companies - more advanced ones in the economy. And, if unlisted companies were taken into account, the picture of corporate governance would have been worse. Explaining this reality, Mr Phan Duc Hieu, Vice Chairman of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), said, the first and foremost reason lies in the perception and low awareness of businesses about roles and importance of corporate governance. Even though many are operating without a corporate charter or corporate governance code. This is the reason for the inversion of corporate development scale to corporate governance level. If an expanding company is badly governed, its operations will not be sustainable. At the same time, they will never be the apple of the eye of foreign investors when they consider investment. In fact, corporate governance plays a very important role in sustainable corporate development. Accordingly, good corporate governance will help mobilise capital easily and particularly help…... [read more]




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