Nghe An IP to break ground in October

Galaxy Studio refutes putting Galaxy Cinema on sale for $25 million No negotiations took place over Galaxy Cinema , says Galaxy Studio This was announced by Galaxy M&E’s general director Dinh Thai Huong reacting to the rumours about the sale. “No negotiations between Galaxy Studio, the subsidiary of Galaxy M&A, and private equity firms took place. We do not want to waste more time to explain this rumour,” Huong added. Previously, Destreetasia published information revealed by a source that Galaxy Studio was negotiating with a private equity firm about $25-million sale. Being the third largest operator in Vietnam, followed by CGV with 38 multiplexes and Lotte Cinema with 29 units, Galaxy Cinema currently runs 10 multiplexes across the country. Galaxy Cinema will open six more multiplexes in Ho Chi Minh, the central province of Nghe An’s Vinh, Haiphong, and Ca Mau in 2017 and five or six more in 2018. Previously, Galaxy Cinema received an undisclosed amount of funding from Ho Chi Minh City-based private equity firm Vietnam Investment Group, which has recently funded another low-cost cinema chain called Beta Media, along with Hong Kong’s Blue HK Investments. Galaxy Cinema is a brand of Galaxy Studio, a film making and distribution firm which is a part of Thien Ngan (Galaxy) Group. In 2013, Vietnamese media reports said that Golden Screen Cinemas, a unit of Malaysia’s PPB Group, acquired 25 per cent…... [read more]

The National Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention received 30 tons of aid relief to help flood victims in the northern mountainous provinces at Noi Bai International Airport yesterday.  On behalf of Vietnamese Government, Minister, Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung. Mai Tien Dung sends VND 400 million to the Central Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam to support the flood victims in the northern mountainous province The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day,…... [read more]

The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day, the Ministry of Health launched a fund to help flood-affected people in the Northwest provinces after a week long siege of flashfloods and downpours. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, all staffs and officials voluntarily contributed their at least one day's salary to assist flood-affected people. In the face of risk of infectious disease outbreaks, the ministry directed and informed about measures as…... [read more]

The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day, the Ministry of Health launched a fund to help flood-affected people in the Northwest provinces after a week long siege of flashfloods and downpours. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, all staffs and officials voluntarily contributed their at least one day's salary to assist flood-affected people. In the face of risk of infectious disease outbreaks, the ministry directed and informed about measures as…... [read more]

Transport Ministry to suggest solution to BOT tollgate problemsTrung Chanh The new toll station is set up on National Highway 1 to collect fees for a bypass around the town of Cai Lay in Tien Giang Province - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH CAN THO – Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat has said his ministry is coming up with a plan to solve problems with build-operate-transfer (BOT) road toll stations nationwide. In regard to a Government Office correspondence issued on August 4 to fix problems with BOT road toll stations, Deputy Minister Nhat told the Daily on August 7 that the Transport Ministry intends to submit the plan to the Government for consideration later this week. Nhat said the ministry asked relevant agencies to look into BOT road toll stations nationwide, and work with investors and local governments. The plan is not intended to solve problems with some tollgates which have prompted protests among road users. But instead, it would apply to all toll stations in the country, he noted. The correspondence requires the Transport Ministry, other relevant ministries and local authorities to instruct the Vietnam Directorate for Roads, and developers of BOT roads to seek workable solutions to issues at BOT tollgates in order to balance the interests of the State, investors and road users. In a related development, some truck drivers have used small change to pay toll fees at tollgates or parked their vehicles at the toll stations, especially Ben Thuy in Nghe An Province, Tam Nong in Phu Tho Province, Thanh Ne and Luong Son…... [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]

Inspectors in the northern province of Ninh Binh are looking into an incident that involved a top official assaulting his driver for taking a wrong turn. Over the past days, the mainstream media has ran different reports about Vu Duc Dung, director of the province’s Department of Science and Technology, attacking his chauffeur during an official trip, apparently from the account of the driver Vu Ham Linh. Dung reportedly slapped, punched and kicked Linh in the street after he mistakenly drove past his hotel. A source from the province’s Department of Science and Technology told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the incident happened on the night of July 13 while the pair were visiting the central province of Nghe An. Linh reported the assault to the department immediately after the trip. Dung admitted to his actions at a recent meeting and apologized to Linh, saying he would “learn from the experience”. Inspectors have still not reached a conclusion on the case, but an editorial by Voice of Vietnam broadcast on Monday called Dung's actions “thug-like” and suggested that an apology was not enough. It also questioned if the official would treat members of the public in the same way.... [read more]

A school milk programme in the central province of Nghe An has helped cut malnutrition among children, especially those under five years-old. (Photo: VNA) Nghe An (VNA) – A school milk programme in the central province of Nghe An has helped cut malnutrition among children, especially those under five years-old, according to the provincial People’s Committee. Thanks to the programme, the malnutrition rates among pre-school children and primary pupils were cut 2.85 percent and 2.78 percent, respectively, compared to 2010. The school milk programme has been implemented in all 21 cities, towns and districts in the province. With support from the State budget, businesses and local authorities, the kids receive five bottles of milk per week. To date, nearly 312,000 children have registered for milk at kindergartens and primary schools, 69 percent of total students in the locality. The programme has, however, been hampered by poor infrastructure at kindergartens, with inadequate milk storage facilities and a shortage of human resources and capital. With the aim of 70 percent of children benefitting from the programme by 2020, the province plans to build coordination mechanisms among relevant authorities and prioritises supports for disabled children. The school milk programme was launched nationwide on September 28, 2016. It targets providing all pre-school children and elementary pupils in poor districts with milk by 2020, meeting 90-95 percent of their energy demand and increasing the heights of school boys and girls by 1.5 and 2 centimetres, respectively…... [read more]

Together with strong interests in real estate, construction, and manufacturing, Singaporean investors have been trending towards healthcare and renewable energy projects in Vietnam to cash in on rising local demand and the government’s supporting policies. Bich Thuy reports. Singaporean firms are finding robust opportunities in a wide variety of local industries In April, SHS Holdings and Singapore’s Sinenergy Holdings signed a memorandum of understanding with Ninh Thuan province to develop a $360 million solar power and high-tech agriculture complex. The 300MW solar farm project is slated for completion in July 2019. That same month, Singapore-based The Blue Circle and Vietnam’s TSV commenced work on the Dam Nai wind farm in Ninh Thuan, marking the official entry of The Blue Circle into the local renewable energy market. The $80 million project is scheduled for completion in October 2018. According to the Singapore Business Association in Vietnam (SBAV), renewable energy is an emerging trend among Singaporean investors in Vietnam, where electricity consumption outpaced the country’s economic growth rate by two-fold over the past few years. Last year, Armstrong S.E. Clean Energy Fund, a dedicated renewable energy private equity fund based in Singapore, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an investment in Gia Lai Electricity JSC (GEC), which is one of the largest private sector hydropower players in Vietnam. “With the current introduction of the feed-in-tariff of 9.35 US cents/kilowatt-hour and Decision…... [read more]

Police in the central province of Quang Binh have detained on Friday a Vietnamese man accused of plotting to topple the government. Nguyen Trung Truc, 43, is charged with "carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration" under Article 79 of Vietnam's Penal Code, according to a press release issued by Quang Binh police. Nguyen Trung Truc when arrested. Photo by Quang Binh police. Truc is allegedly a key member and the spokesperson of Hoi Anh Em Dan Chu (Brotherhood For Democracy), an organization accused of trying to overthrow the government. Police are still investigating the case. The Ministry of Public Security last Sunday detained and pressed charges against six Vietnamese accused of a similar offense. Last Monday, police from the central province of Nghe An also arrested Le Dinh Luong, 52, on similar charge. A court in the northern province of Ha Nam last Wednesday sentenced blogger Tran Thi Nga, 40, to nine years in prison for producing anti-state propaganda videos on the internet. In June, blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 38, also received a 10-year sentence from a court in the central province of Khanh Hoa for publishing what the authorities called distorted stories and videos against the Communist Party and the government on her Facebook page.... [read more]




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