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PARIS: Brazilian superstar Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday (Aug 1) evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on Jul 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (AFP/HECTOR RETAMAL) The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris. He has remained silent while rumours swirl that he will join the French club, who are reportedly ready to pay the €222 million (US$260 million) buyout clause in his contract at the Camp Nou. Neymar, who was in Shanghai on Monday fulfilling a sponsor's engagement, had also posted a photo on Instagram with the caption in Portuguese: "Lunch at half-way". In another video posted from an aeroplane, Neymar joked around with an image messaging app that superimposed a Spanish flag and a small plane on his tee-shirt - suggesting he was indeed headed home to Barcelona. The decor in that video was identifiable as from an Emirates aeroplane. Earlier reports claimed that he was headed from China to Doha to meet PSG's Qatari owners and pass a medical before a world-record transfer. But his being on an Emirates plane ruled out Doha as a possible…... [read more]

The 13th Viet Nam Motor Show has opened in HCM City. Cars on display at the 13th Viet Nam Motor Show held in HCM City. - VNS Photo Thu Ngan Showcasing their latest products are 12 renowned auto brands as well as leaders in transportation, components, technology, and related services. With the theme “Connected technology for smart moving”, the exhibition this time concentrates on connected technology with over 80 models and engines from Chevrolet, Ford, Do Thanh, Fuso, Honda, Isuzu, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki and Toyota. The show also underlines the role of technology in modern life, with the innovation of new technologies and their application in modern automobile engineering enabling smoother and more comfortable mobility. The show offers an opportunity for 50 companies that represent the nation’s automotive sector and related automotive services. Visitors can, besides seeing the latest cars, also get professional advice and test drive various kinds of vehicles. Ford has brought its all-new Explorer 2017 and all of its other products with advanced technologies. The other vehicles on display include Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Do Thanh IZ49, Fuso Rosa with advanced bus technologies, Honda Jazz, Isuzu Motorhome, Lexus Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz E and C classes, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan X-Trail, Suzuki Ciaz, and the 2017 Toyota Fortuner. “The progressive change in living standards and lifestyles will ultimately translate into a surge in automobile demand in the coming…... [read more]

MIAMI: David Beckham is "at the finish line" in his quest to obtain approval for a Major League Soccer expansion club in Miami, MLS commissioner Don Garber told the Miami Herald. Former English footballer David Beckham's Miami soccer expansion bid is on the agenda at an MLS owners meeting on Wednesday in Chicago AFP/Glyn KIRK Beckham's expansion bid is on the agenda at an MLS owners meeting on Wednesday in Chicago. They could vote to approve the deal and end a saga of more than 3 1/2 years during which Beckham has struggled to find a stadium site and secure the land for a venue to house the team his signing with the league in 2007 allowed him to own at a discounted rate of $25 million. "We are at the finish line after nine years of work to be sure, if we go to Miami, we get it right," Garber told the Herald on Tuesday. "David had an option, but that option couldn't be exercised without having him satisfy all the things that all team owners need to satisfy -? the right capital structure with his partners, the right stadium plan, the right marketing and business plans -- and we're at that point where I think we are getting ready to make the decisions internally to go forward." Garber did not say he expected full approval of the deal on Wednesday,…... [read more]

Seed-stage financing has been sliding for the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since the peak in mid-2015, data show. Dollar investments in fledgling companies have also declined, although less dramatically, dropping more than 24 percent over the same period. The slowdown comes despite an explosion of interest by wealthy individuals and foreign investors looking to park money in the next big thing. And it has potentially big implications for Silicon Valley. Early-stage funding is the lifeblood of a technology ecosystem built on risk-taking. Denied critical resources in infancy, companies can't hope to scale quickly enough to unseat incumbent industries and grow into the next Uber Technologies Inc or Airbnb. "The reason why startups are disrupting companies in the 21st Century is not because they are smarter. It's because they have capital to do so," said Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and adjunct professor at Stanford University. Early-stage investors, known in Silicon Valley vernacular as seed and angel investors, often act as farm teams do in sports. They provide the first significant money and mentoring to help entrepreneurs prove their technology and hit milestones needed to attract even bigger investments from venture capitalists later on. But the zeal that prevailed just two years ago has faded. Seed and angel investors completed about 900 deals in the second quarter, down from roughly 1,100 deals in the second quarter of 2016 and close to 1,500 deals during that time period in 2015, according…... [read more]

Twelve youth athletes start world-class training in ThailandLe Hoang Following the collaboration between HCMC Badminton Association and Thailand’s SCG to offer world-class training for potential youth players, 12 players and two coaches have started their training program at SCG Badminton Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. From the beginning of the program, the players are introduced to the new training methods, high standard equipment and training courts, and learn how to apply sports science under the guidance from SCG experts, aiming for higher performance in international competitions. The players have started specially-designed training courses based on their individual strengths and weaknesses as analyzed by SCG experts and coaches to enhance their strong points and to develop their full potentials.       Under the collaboration, the training program from SCG Badminton Academy applies principles of sport science in various aspects of physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and nutrition. A rigorous training, especially in badminton, is key to success because it requires good fundamental movement skills.    Charoen Krabuanrat, head of the Academy of Sport Sciences, says in a statement that top-notch sports science is introduced at the academy. “At SCG Badminton Academy, we bring knowledge of sports science from the world here to improve training methods for athletes as well as teach coaches, athletes and professionals to understand and correctly apply the knowledge of sport sciences in the profession,” he is quoted as saying. Van Tuan Kiet, a Vietnamese coach escorting players in Thailand, said in the statement that with the trip, “we’re updating our current methods…... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport & Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai; Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Nguyen Huu Tho and representatives of tourism industries in Korea, Japan, France, domestic agencies, departments and foreign investors attended in the event. Tay Ninh province has huge potential to develop pilgrimage and eco-tourism, ranging from Ba Den mountain, Lo Go-Xa Mat National Garden to Dau Tieng lake, Ma Thien Lanh… Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai delivers a peech at the event Mr. Nguyen Huu Tho said at the conference that Tay Ninh province needs to restore local historical and cultural relics; invest in the provincial high-class resort areas in hopes to turn the province into one of the top tourism centers in the region and country. Mr. Vinh Ai suggested Tay Ninh leaders should have detailed plan to develop tourism industry to be a key economic sector and pushing up the regional connection through Xuyen A road as well as linking to neighboring provinces for sustainable tourism development. In the period 2012-2016, Tay Ninh province attracted nearly 4.1 million visitors. Of these, the number of international visitors touring in the province was 7,000 foreigners. Tourism revenue in 2016 reached over VND 770billion, accounting for 1.3 percent of the GRDPXUAN TRUNG –Translated by T.Tran... [read more]

Mekong Delta provinces are on the right track to lure more holidaymakers and turn tourism into a spearhead industry after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a master plan to develop tourism in the region by 2020 with a vision to 2030. A corner at Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. Kien Giang is among Vietnam’s top tourist destinations, blessed with many must-see attractions, particularly Phu Quoc Island. The province welcomed more than 3 million visitors in the first half of 2017, bringing in some 2.24 trillion VND (98.6 million USD) in revenue, up 20 percent from the same period last year. The number of visitors included about 201,000 foreigners and 1.5 million accommodated travellers, up 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Vu Hong, the increased tourist arrivals were due to the province’s efforts to improve local infrastructure and facilities at tourist spots and beaches and stimulate investment in high-class leisure centres and hotels.  Kien Giang has also connected tours with destinations in neighbouring localities and in other countries like Thailand and Cambodia and ramped up tourism promotion activities, he said. Can Tho received more than 4.5 million holidaymakers in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year surge of 36 percent, helping the city earn about 1.3 trillion VND (57.73 million USD), up 15 percent. Most of the visitors took tours to Cai Rang Floating Market, eco-tours and sightseeing tours on rivers or…... [read more]

A corner at Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Mekong Delta provinces are on the right track to lure more holidaymakers and turn tourism into a spearhead industry after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a master plan to develop tourism in the region by 2020 with a vision to 2030. Kien Giang is among Vietnam’s top tourist destinations, blessed with many must-see attractions, particularly Phu Quoc Island. The province welcomed more than 3 million visitors in the first half of 2017, bringing in some 2.24 trillion VND (98.6 million USD) in revenue, up 20 percent from the same period last year. The number of visitors included about 201,000 foreigners and 1.5 million accommodated travellers, up 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Vu Hong, the increased tourist arrivals were due to the province’s efforts to improve local infrastructure and facilities at tourist spots and beaches and stimulate investment in high-class leisure centres and hotels. Kien Giang has also connected tours with destinations in neighbouring localities and in other countries like Thailand and Cambodia and ramped up tourism promotion activities, he said. Can Tho received more than 4.5 million holidaymakers in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year surge of 36 percent, helping the city earn about 1.3 trillion VND (57.73 million USD), up 15 percent. Most of the visitors…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Twenty-four players left for South Korea yesterday to attend a 10-day training session to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. Vu Van Toan of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (left) in jersey of Viet Nam U22 team. Toan vies for the ball with K-League All Stars defenders in a friendly match held Saturday. Toan will train in South Korea. — Photo qdnd.vn Coach Nguyen Huu Thang called three goal keepers; nine defenders including Vu Van Thanh of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), Doan Van Hau of Ha Noi FC and Ho Tan Tai of Binh Dinh; eight midfielders including four of HAGL and Lam Ti Phong of Khanh Hoa; four strikers, namely Nguyen Cong Phuong of HAGL, Ha Duc Chinh of Da Nang, Le Thanh Binh of Thanh Hoa and Ho Tuan Tai of Song Lam Nghe An. Viet Nam will have two friendly matches in South Korea. They face Mokpo City on August 5 and Busan on August 8. This is the last chance for the players to display their skills before Thang selects 20 of them for the regional sports event. At the SEA Games, Viet Nam are in group B alongside Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, and the Philippines. They face Timor Leste on the opening match on August 15, Cambodia on August 17, the Philippines on August 20, Indonesia on August 22 and defending champions Thailand two days later.  Source: VNS related news Coach Thang calls players for U22 team... [read more]

Formula 1 officials are looking at the possibility of adding Vietnam to its schedule as a replacement for Malaysia, which will end a 19-year relationship with the sport next year, The Sun reported. The report said that the American Liberty Media Corporation, which owns the racing company, and F1 Chief Executive Chase Carey are both open to the new market. F1, officially known as the FIA Formula One World Championship, currently holds races in China, Malaysia and Singapore each season. The 2017 season has 20 races that started in Australia in March and end in Abu Dhabi in November. Several sponsors are keen to increase their market share in Asia-Pacific, and with Malaysia leaving the track after 19 years, there’s space for a replacement. Vietnam opened its first professional racetrack for cars and motorcycles in Long An Province, around 30 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, last year, but the circuit currently does not meet all the requirements set out for the sport. Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone told The Sun that he was offered the opportunity to meet Vietnam’s president last year to discuss holding a race in Vietnam, but he turned it down. He said the country had no “racing history”, which is true if he was referring to official car and motorbike races. Nevertheless, the country has a big interest in racing and many F1 fans travel to Malaysia to watch the spectacle live. A new government decree in February legalized betting on horse and greyhound…... [read more]




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