Small production contains commodity-based agriculture

Mrs Hue owns a seven hectare plantation of clean vegetables. Each day, her farm supplies from 800 kilos to 1.2 tonnes to the domestic market.

Hue says vegetable exports have huge potential but limited land area is one of the factors hindering investors.

The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is one of the leading localities in accumulating land and attracting investors to agriculture. Thanks to that, each hectare can earn from 22,000 to 900,000 USD.

Take a banana farm in the northern province of Hung Yen as another example. As banana prices in southern provinces plummet, this farm still rakes in high profits.

Where large scale production develops, there commodity-oriented production develops. Tens of millions of farmer households with small scale production are in need of a breakthrough.-VNA



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Hanoi’s gastronomy values yet fully tapped

Through Internet, Bryan and Jenifer were eager to experience the diversified and fine cuisine of Hanoi. However, while visiting the city they found it hard to explore the city’s culinary culture.

Compared to other countries such as the Republic of Korea and Singapore, Hanoi definitely meets all the conditions to become one of the food centres in Southeast Asia, and in Asia at large.

The city’s standout culinary culture is not only a highlight in local tourism development, but also brings along economic effects as well as promoting its international integration. But in fact, its cuisine is considered an industry, not a key factor to lure tourists to the city.

Culinary artisan Pham Thi Tuyet said it’s high time professional culinary zones were established.

Relevant authorities are asked to invest more into promoting Hanoi’s culinary culture at domestic and international tourism events, while connecting tourism and culinary industry to fully tap the city’s potential.-VNA



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Developer ignores Hanoi authorities’ repeated reprimands to build high-rise without permit

A multimillion-dollar high-rise apartment complex has been discovered to be under construction without legitimate permits despite reprimands from authorities in Hanoi.

A multimillion-dollar high-rise apartment complex has been discovered to be under construction without legitimate permits despite reprimands from authorities in Hanoi.

The HH-01 housing project in the Dai Mo urban zone, developed by Alaska Real Estate Co., has so far had 18 floors constructed, though local authorities had ordered that construction be halted, pending building permits.

Located in Nam Tu Liem District on a construction site spanning nearly eight hectares, the structure comprises terraced houses, villas and apartments developed at a cost of VND3.5 trillion (US$ 150.8 million).

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has found in an investigation that the project had been approved by the Tu Liem People’s Committee in July 2011.

In August 2013, Hanoi-based FLC Group signed a contract to buy 99 percent of Alaska Co.’s stakes and changed the project name to FLC Garden City.

After splitting from Tu Liem District, the Nam Tu Liem District People’s Committee approved the project’s preliminary architectural revisions in October 2015.

As legally stipulated then, the row houses and villas were exempted from a construction license, though a building permit was supposed to be sought for the high-rise apartment block.

On May 7, 2015, progress on the project was first noticed by the district’s construction inspectors, who then ordered its cessation for failure to acquire the proper permits.

Nearly one week later, the local administration slapped a fine of VND40 million ($1,724) on the developer, and demanded that it seek a permit within 60 days or risk having the illegal construction dismantled.

In February 2016, the People’s Committee of Dai Mo Ward, where the structure is located, requested the developer sign a commitment to halt construction.

The measures were ineffective and construction continued stealthily.

Repeated calls from local authorities for the developer to cease construction went ignored on several more occasions until December 2016, resulting in the illegal construction of the building’s 16th floor.

In January 2017, local authorities decided to seize the developer’s means for obstinately circumventing the cessation order.

Inspectors from the Hanoi Department of Construction launched a thorough inspection on the high-rise building in February 2017, confirming that all operations on the site have ceased, though the building has had the columns and walls of the 18th floor built so far without legitimate approval.

According to Chu Van Duc, head of the district’s construction inspectorate, competent agencies have sealed off the site and the investor’s equipment to prevent them from discreetly proceeding with the construction.

Duc added the district has reported the case to the municipal Party Committee.

Nguyen Trong Luong, deputy chairman of the Nam Tu Liem People’s Committee, revealed police had also stepped in.

Speaking to Tuoi Tre, Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, head of the Ministry of Construction’s inspectorate, said they had grasped the case reported by the Hanoi Department of Construction, which is working with the violator.

“We will take over the case if the municipal agencies fail to handle the violations,” he stressed.



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VN aquatic export hits $2.1 bln in four months

Vietnam earned an estimated 604 million USD from the export of aquatic products in April, bringing the total figure of the year’s first four months to about 2.1 billion USD, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.2 percent.

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According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Japan, the US, China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) were main importers of Vietnamese aquatic products, accounting for 52.2 percent of the total export value in the period.

Meanwhile, the highest surge was seen in the Brazilian market with 75.1 percent, followed by the Netherlands with 43.4 percent; Japan, 29.5 percent; the RoK, 25.2 percent; China 17.9 percent and Canada 15.2 percent.

Imports of aquatic products were valued at 427 million USD in the four months, 35 percent higher than the same period last year.

The MARD said the price of Tra fish for processing in the Mekong Delta region was higher in April compared to the previous month, fluctuating between 24,000-26,000 VND/kg, while supply remains limited.

According to the Vietnam Fisheries Society, aquaculture contributed three percent to the country’s gross domestic product in 2016. Export turnover of aquatic products in the year increased 7.4 percent year-on-year, reaching 7.05 billion USD.

The figure is expected to rise 5 percent this year, hitting 7.5 billion USD, 65 percent of which would come from aquaculture.

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Second province in southern Vietnam delares emergency over erosion

Dong Thap Province in southern Vietnam has declared a state of emergency as the Tien River, one of the main offshoots of the Mekong, is threatening to engulf more than 200 houses.

Erosion hotspots have been spotted along 210 meters of the river bank in Binh Thanh Commune. The National Highway 30, running east to the neighboring province Tien Giang, is also in danger.

Local authorities have been asked to put up warning signs and make sure they are well prepared to evacuate residents when necessary.

The cost to relocate at-risk families and protect the highway could reach VND60 billion, said Nguyen Thanh Hung, the province’s deputy chairman.

He said, to deal with the erosion in Binh Thanh, the province needs more than VND200 billion (US$8.76 million), adding that the problem is spreading to other neighborhoods and requires assistance from the central government.

Dong Thap Province has spent VND9 billion ($400,000) fixing the banks of the Tien River since erosion ate into more than 25 meters of land in 2014. But the money has not fixed the problem.

Over two thousand households in the province are now residing well within the so-called “erosion belt,” comprising areas at risk of collapsing into the river. A VND900 billion (US$40.1 million) plan to save the areas has been submitted to the government by local authorities.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, every year the Mekong Delta, the country’s fruit and rice basket, loses 500 hectares of land because of sea and river erosion.

It is estimated that by 2050, the lives of one million people in the delta will be directly affected by this silent catastrophe.

The Ministry of Construction recently submitted a proposal to the central government to build concrete barriers to protect 44,800 families in the region from serious river erosion.

Experts have identified the main reason for the problem as the increasing number of dams upstream which have caused the water level to change, blocked sediment and reduced biodiversity in the Mekong Delta.

Just last week, 16 houses in An Giang collapsed into a river, leaving residents trembling. The province has already declared a state of emergency as erosion is still threatening to destroy around 100 others.



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Trump rips media while touting 100 days as protesters march through Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics.

Trump told a Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises. He repeatedly attacked an “incompetent, dishonest” media, saying they were not telling the truth about his administration’s accomplishments.

“My administration has been delivering every single day for the great citizens of our country,”Trump said in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “We are keeping one promise after another, and frankly the people are really happy about it.”

The rally occurred on the same day as a climate march at which thousands of protesters surrounded the White House, and it also coincided with the annual black-tie White House press dinner in Washington.

Trump and his staff chose to skip the press dinner because of what he said was unfair treatment by the press. Trump said he was thrilled to be away from the “Washington swamp”.

“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” Trump said to loud boos from the crowd. “If the media’s job is to be honest and to tell the truth, the media deserves a very, very big fat failing grade.”

Trump listed what he said were some of his key early accomplishments, including the successful confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice Neil Gorsuch and clearing away many regulations on the environment and business.

He also listed his approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, killing a pending Asian trade pact, and enhanced security measures that have led to a sharp decline in illegal border crossings at the southern border.

“The world is getting the message: if you try to illegally enter the United States, you will be caught, detained, deported or put in prison,” Trump said.

He shrugged off his failure to score major legislative victories on his core campaign promises, such as repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and construction of a Mexican border wall. Trump’s ban on visitors from some Muslim nations was blocked in court.

He blamed Democrats for the legislative failures so far and said all of his promises would be kept eventually.

“We’ll build the wall, people, don’t even worry about it,” he said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump appears on stage at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 29, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Some supporters in the crowd said they were willing to give Trump more time.

“I voted for him and I’ll give him a year. That’s enough time to whip Congress into shape and get some deals done,” said Michael Casciaro, 54, a civilian contractor for the military.

Trump said he reversed course on promises to name China a currency manipulator because he wanted its help in trying to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. Trump has said all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists in its nuclear development.

In an excerpt of an interview with “Face the Nation” of CBS, set to air on Sunday and Monday and conducted during the trip to Pennsylvania, Trump said he would “not be happy” if North Korea conducted a nuclear test. Asked if that would mean military action, Trump said “I don’t know, I mean we’ll see.”

Reveling in the cheers in Harrisburg, Trump made reference again to his upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, which he said “carried us to a big, beautiful win on Nov. 8.”

Trump left Washington as another in a series of protests against his administration was winding up. Thousands of marchers made their way through Washington’s streets during the People’s Climate March, a protest against Trump’s moves to roll back environmental regulations.

Asked by reporters accompanying him to Pennsylvania what he had to say to the climate change protesters, Trump said: “Enjoy the day, enjoy the weather.”

After the rally, the White House said the president had signed two trade-related executive orders, one for top U.S. officials to review all U.S. trade pacts for potential abuses and another setting up an office in the White House to advise him on trade-related issues.



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Ancelotti hails ’fantastic’ five-in-a-row Bayern

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BERLIN — Carlo Ancelotti hailed Bayern Munich’s “fantastic” fifth successive Bundesliga title after their 6-0 rout of 10-man Wolfsburg clinched the trophy with three games to spare.

“This Bundesliga season was a fantastic experience,” said Ancelotti, who secured the title in his first year in Germany after victory in Wolfsburg left Bayern 10 points clear of RB Leipzig.

Robert Lewandowski netted twice while David Alaba, Thomas Mueller, Joshua Kimmich and Arjen Robben also scored as Bayern demolished their relegation-threatened opponets at the Volkswagen Arena.

For Ancelotti, 57, it was his 19th trophy won as a manager as he delivered Bayern their 27th league crown — 18 more than any other German club.

The Italian has now lifted league titles in four different countries after winning Serie A with AC Milan, the Premier League with Chelsea, and Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am very happy, this win was important and it’s a fantastic experience,” said Ancelotti.

“The team has done a very good job and I would like to thank this fantastic club.

“I am lucky to be here with these great players and the fans who have supported us so fantastically all season.

“We deserved the title, we played nice football.

“Now is the time to celebrate and after that, we will prepare for the new season as best as possible.”

Despite the title success, Ancelotti knows his first season in Bavaria will be overshadowed by Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid and German Cup semi-final loss at home to Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga triumph is consolation for Wednesday’s 3-2 cup defeat against Dortmund, which denied Ancelotti the chance of emulating predecessor Pep Guardiola with a domestic double in his first season.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has said just one title “is a bit too little” for a club that craves success, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praised the record-extending achievement of a fifth straight title.

“This is something exceptional and unbelievable,” said Rummenigge. “I believe we completely deserve to be champions.”

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm will retire at the end of the season and will lift the Bundesliga trophy for the eighth time after the final league match on May 20.

“We really deserved that as a team,” said Lahm.

“It wasn’t a foregone conclusion we would win the title with three games left to play.

“We scored our goals at the right time and we showed how much joy we take from playing, that makes it hard for every opponent.”

The 33-year-old will hang up his boots having also led Germany to the 2014 World Cup.

He has claimed every major honour with Bayern — notably winning the 2013 Champions League as well as the German Cup six times.

“The figures are pretty good, but 16 goals in 515 matches means there’s room for improvement,” quipped Lahm. — AFP



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Samsung Vietnam’s largest recruitment test in two big cities

Samsung Vietnam yesterday held its Global Samsung Aptitude Test (GSAT) for applicants from both the north and the south at the National Convention Center (NCC) and at Samsung HCMC Complex (SEHC).

About 8,800 applicants who are engineers, bachelor degree holders were selected from 20,000 applications to join the GSAT this time.

About 8,800 applicants who are engineers, bachelor degree holders were selected from 20,000 applications to join the GSAT this time.

GSAT is a Samsung global capacity test for new candidates graduating from the universities, including three main topics, “mathematical ability”, “deductive reasoning”, and “visual thinking”. This is one of the first rounds of recruitment procedures for graduated staff of all Samsung subsidiaries worldwide.

After the GSAT, high scorers will go through interviews in May 2017. After passing two rounds, the most outstanding and suitable candidates will become official employees of Samsung Vietnam in June 2017. The new recruits will work at eight facilities/centres of Samsung Vietnam.

Samsung Vietnam has organised GSAT since 2011, and there have been nearly 9,500 employees enrolled from this recruitment. The recruitment of a large number of university graduates is a part of Samsung’s expansion plan in Vietnam. This is an important step in the transformation of Samsung’s strategy to strengthen its leading position of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer.

Annually, Samsung recruits thousands of bachelor degree holders into entry-level positions, with exciting salary and personnel policy. Samsung Electronics Vietnam has always adhered to the laws, as one of the factors to attract hi-quality human resources.

Samsung has been conducting the fair and transparent recruitment test, GSAT, since 1995 in Korea to recruit outstanding university graduates. Vietnam is the only country that Samsung organise GSAT except for Korea and China.

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Suarez double keeps Barca level with Madrid

MADRID: Barcelona and Real Madrid remain locked together on 81 points at the top of La Liga after seeing off Espanyol and Valencia respectively on Saturday (Apr 29).

Madrid maintain the edge as they have a game in hand but needed a winner four minutes from time from Marcelo to see off Valencia 2-1.

Madrid maintain the edge as they have a game in hand but needed a winner four minutes from time from Marcelo to see off Valencia 2-1.

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona gratefully pounced on a series of Espanyol errors to win the Catalan derby 3-0 and move top of the table thanks to their better head-to-head record over Real.

“The only thing we can do is win our games and keep putting a little pressure on,” Suarez told Spanish TV station Movistar. “They have a difficult and tiring schedule and we’ll see what happens come the end of the season.”

Jose Manuel Jurado was the Espanyol villain as he dragged well wide with easily the clearest chance of the first half.

The former Watford midfielder’s misplaced pass then teed up Suarez to end a five-game goal drought with a neat finish five minutes into the second period.

Lionel Messi didn’t add to his 49 goals this season but still played a vital role as he teed up Ivan Rakitic for Barca’s second 14 minutes from time.

And Suarez benefited from another defensive howler, this time from Aaron Martin, to slot home his second three minutes from the end.

At the Bernabeu, Marcelo’s late intervention saved Cristiano Ronaldo’s blushes despite the Portuguese setting another goalscoring record as he failed to beat Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves from the penalty spot for the third time in four attempts.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane recalled eight of the side that started last weekend’s 3-2 Clasico defeat to Barcelona and had been rested for a 6-2 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna in midweek.

However, the habitual first team nearly got off to the worst possible start when Santi Mina hit the post inside the first minute.

RONALDO ECLIPSES GREAVES

But Ronaldo eased Real nerves as he planted Dani Carvajal’s cross into the far corner in characteristic fashion on 27 minutes.

That goal took Ronaldo’s tally in league football to 367 goals to surpass legendary English striker Jimmy Greaves across Europe’s top divisions.

However, even the four-time world player of the year struggles to beat Alves from the spot as the Brazilian made his sixth penalty save of the season when he dived low to his left to deny Ronaldo early in the second half.

That miss looked costly when Dani Parejo’s brilliant free-kick set up a grandstand finish eight minute from time.

Yet, for the seventh time in La Liga this season, Madrid struck as Marcelo cut inside onto his weaker right foot to fire across and past the helpless Alves to joyous scenes of relief at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“It is true that we were in a comfort zone for 30 minutes, the fans were the same,” said Zidane. “After Valencia scored they started to push the players on once more and it was a completely different match. We know we are going to have to suffer until the end of the season.”

Next up for Real is a Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday at home to a Atletico Madrid side full of confidence after they thumped Las Palmas 5-0 to move three points clear of Sevilla in third.

Atletico struck three times in the first 18 minutes in the Canary Islands as Kevin Gameiro netted a double either side of Saul Niguez’s header.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was then sent off for Las Palmas and Atletico made their man advantage count with further goals from Thomas Partey and Fernando Torres.

Tony Adams’s Granada were relegated after they lost for the fourth straight game since the Englishman took charge, going down 2-1 at Real Sociedad.

Meanwhile, Levante sealed promotion back to La Liga with a 1-0 win over Real Oviedo.

Collated Spanish La Liga results on Saturday:

Real Sociedad 2 Granada 1

Real Madrid 2 Valencia 1

Las Palmas 0 Atletico Madrid 5

Espanyol 0 Barcelona 3

Source AFP



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’Happy’ Sharapova hunts more tests on doping comeback

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STUTTGART, Germany — Maria Sharapova said more tough matches are her priority after losing in the semi-finals in Stuttgart on her controversial comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner and former world No 1, lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic in a gruelling two-hours, 38-minute showdown.

“I’m not angry, I’d have loved to have used the opportunity when I was ahead in the second set, so I had a bit of a let down which allowed her to get back in the match, gain confidence and play well,” said Sharapova, who was playing her first tournament after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

“I didn’t keep putting that pressure on her and if you allow that to happen to a player like her, it becomes dangerous.”

Sharapova also has wild cards for the Madrid and Rome tournaments and leaves Stuttgart with a world ranking of 260 having arrived here on zero following her ban.

She will learn on May 16 whether she will be given a wild card for the main draw at the French Open where she has twice been champion.

Sharapova jets to Madrid on Sunday to prepare for the WTA tournament in the Spanish capital and will play in an exhibition match on Thursday.

“It’s a fairly quick turn around, but this is a process for me,” she said.

“I’ll be in Europe for the next couple of months, but this is what I want to go through.

“I want the matches and to see how my body responds. I want to feel the tiredness of match play, it’s different and you can’t train that.

“I love that feeling. This is what I asked for, this is what I am doing.”

“I am treating Madrid and Rome just as importantly as the Grand Slams at this point, because I have been out of the game for so long. They are match play and that is what I need.”

Sharapova refused to blame a lack of fitness for her semi-final defeat.

“If at the start of the week I’d said I’d be in this position, I’d be pretty happy with that,” she said.

“The way I played, I was really happy with that. You are never sure what level you are going to come onto the court with, but I feel this is a great base with which I started here.

“I actually felt physically really well, even when I was 5-2 down in the third set.

“I still hung in there, but she came up with a string of good points which cost me the match.”

With Sharapova now out, Mladenovic will now face Germany’s Laura Siegemund in Sunday’s final after the wild card beat fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 7-5. — AFP



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Joshua stops Klitschko in 11th round of heavyweight epic

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LONDON — Young gun Anthony Joshua got up off the canvas to stop former champion Wladimir Klitschko Saturday in the 11th round of a heavyweight world title fight that is being hailed as an epic.

In a tumultuous atmosphere at Wembley Stadium, 90,000 fans saw the undefeated 27-year-old add the World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt sparked by a devastating right uppercut that led to the 41-year-old Klitschko being felled in the 11th.

The Ukrainian former world champion rose unsteadily before being floored again.

He bravely got up once more but referee David Fields waved it off soon after as he was unable to defend himself against a barrage of Joshua blows on the ropes.

American Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was among those who immediately hailed the contest as ’amazing’.

“Such an amazing fight with 2 great fighters. Lot of heart by both fighters. A lot of questions answered by @anthonyfjoshua #JoshuaKlitchsko,” he tweeted.

Lennox Lewis paid tribute to Klitschko for getting up twice in the 11th from devastating Joshua punches.

“How much heart did @Klitschko show in this fight? Gotta respect it. Hold ur head high brother! #joshuaklitschko.” tweeted the Briton who was the last man to be the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

The Ukrainian had also been sent crashing to the floor in the fifth round as the 27-year-old British fighter took his perfect record to 19 stoppage wins in 19 fights.

“What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game. As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying and if you don’t take part you’re going to fail,” said Joshua who was put on the canvas for the first time in his career in the sixth round of the see-saw battle.

Leave your ego at the door

“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko,” said Joshua.

A third defence of his IBF world heavyweight title also earned Joshua the vacant WBA belt as he became the first British heavyweight since Lewis in 2002 to hold two versions of the world title.

It was Klitschko’s first stoppage defeat since Lamon Brewster beat him in 2004 and leaves his record at 64 wins and five defeats.

“The best man won tonight and it’s a massive event for boxing,” Klitschko said.

“Two gentleman fought each other. Anthony was better today. It’s really sad I didn’t make it tonight.”

Klitschko was trying to reclaim two of the three belts he lost to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury by an upset on points in November 2015.

The Ukrainian had not fought since then and entered the ring as the underdog in front of Britain’s largest boxing attendance since 1939.

Klitschko could not establish his jab in the first round and it was Joshua who landed more punches, with the best being a left hook in the opening minute.

Sledgehammer left hand

Joshua began the second confidently and repeatedly found Klitschko with his jab.

The Briton missed with a big overhand right at the start of the third round but then connected with a sledgehammer left hand.

Klitschko began the fourth full of intent but it was Joshua who started quicker in a thunderous fifth round.

The Briton wobbled Klitschko with a left before landing a series of clubbing blows, including a cracking right uppercut, which sent the Ukrainian to the canvas.

Klitschko got up but was on unsteady legs and began swinging wildly.

Joshua suddenly became static on the ropes after punching himself out.

Klitschko seized his moment and began to land flush as he took control.

In the sixth, Joshua’s early confidence had evaporated and he was dropped by a right hand to the temple.

He was up at eight and immediately had to duck a big left from Klitschko before surviving the round.

In the 11th Joshua uncorked a sweet right uppercut to snap back Klitschko’s head, followed by another right to send his opponent to the canvas.

Klitschko courageously got up but was nailed by another right and another right uppercut and went down again.

Klitschko got up but when Joshua started to pile on the pressure referee Fields had no option but to save the brave Ukrainian from further punishment. — AFP



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Zidane excited by Madrid late shows

Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane gestures during the Primera Division match between Real Madrid and Valencia at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, on April 29. — EPA Photo
Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane gestures during the Primera Division match between Real Madrid and Valencia at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, on April 29. — EPA Photo
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MADRID — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted he can’t explain his side’s penchant for late goals, but is excited rather than concerned by need to constantly go to the wire.

Marcelo struck four minutes from time as for the seventh time this season Real won a La Liga game in the final 10 minutes by edging out Valencia 2-1 on Saturday.

“We know our stats of goals scored in the last few minutes,” said Zidane.

“That is the reason football is so wonderful and you can’t over-analyse things too much. I can’t explain why.

“It is great to win games in the last 10 minutes. It’s exciting.”

Cristiano Ronaldo endured a mixed day in front of goal despite setting more history.

The Portuguese surpassed legendary English striker Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top goalscorer in Europe’s top leagues when he headed home his 367th league goal midway through the first-half.

However, Ronaldo then saw a second-half penalty saved by Valencia’s spot-kick specialist Diego Alves.

The visitors then looked set to add a new twist to the title race when Dani Parejo curled home a brilliant free-kick eight minutes from time.

And Zidane admitted his side nearly paid for taking their foot off the gas in the second period with Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg against Atletico Madrid in mind.

“It is true that we were in a comfort zone for 30 minutes, the fans were the same,” said the Frenchman.

“After Valencia scored they started to push the players on once more and it was a completely different match.

“I know from my experience as a player when you are playing every three days you can think more about trying to control the game.” — AFP



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Milan exhibition highlights migrant odyssey

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MILAN – An exhibition in Milan is offering through the lens of 65 photographers an original look at the topic of immigration and the migrant crisis.

The Restless Earth, organised by the Nicola Trussardi foundation, is being presented by the Visual Arts Program of Milan’s Triennale (www.triennale.org), the title alluding to works by Caribbean poet Edouard Glissant on how different cultures can live together.

The exhibition with works from photographers from some 40 countries, including Syria and Turkey, is an “exercise in empathy, understanding, inter-cultural dialogue” to facilitate “a future together”, Trussardi says.

Their works are designed to show migrants’ experiences but also hint at perceptions of new arrivals amid the worst refugee crisis Europe has known since World War II.

Italy has been in the front line of the crisis, receiving tens of thousands of migrants attempting the dangerous sea crossing from Libya in vessels that often are barely seaworthy.

Included in the exhibition, which runs through August 20, are 26 powerful images taken by AFP photographer Aris Messinis depicting their hazardous journeys.

Another powerful exhibit is Syrian Manaf Halbouni’s “Nowhere is Home,” comprising a car crammed full of objects to symbolise the transient existence of refugees with nowhere to call their own.

Also throwing into stark relief the human cost of the migrant crisis is an exhibit of passports, damaged mobile phones and other personal items from refugees who drowned off Lampedusa, an island near Sicily where hundreds of Africans drowned when their vessels capsized in 2013.

Milan itself is an industrial economic hub in the north of Italy where the anti-immigrant Northern League has sought to extract political capital from the migrant crisis, a divisive issue across the country.

In January, tensions boiled over as residents at a migrant reception centre near Venice set the facility ablaze after the death of a female refugee which residents blamed on a long delay in getting her medical treatment.

Over 1,000 migrants are thought to have died making the dangerous voyage from Libya to Italy so far this year, according to the UN’s refugee agency, with nearly 37,000 rescued and brought to camps around the country. – AFP



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Moody’s and SP affirms Việt Nam’s sovereign rating

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HÀ NỘI – Two major credit rating agencies, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s (S&P), on Friday affirmed Việt Nam’s sovereign rating, citing the country’s strong foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, macroeconomic and external stability and modest external debt burden.

Moody’s affirmed the Government of Việt Nam’s B1 issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings, while it raised the outlook to positive from stable.

Moody’s B1 rating, four steps below investment grade, is considered relatively stable, with a moderate chance of default.

The company also raised its assessment of Việt Nam’s local-currency bond to Baa3 from Ba1, while the foreign currency bond remained at Ba2.

The positive outlook for Việt Nam is based on three key drivers, including strong FDI inflows, boosted by ongoing economic reform and liberalisation; macroeconomic and external stability; and the stabilization of prospective debt and an improved funding profile.

Moody’s noted that robust FDI inflows will continue to sustain Việt Nam’s dynamic economic performance relative to similar-rated peers, as it allows Việt Nam to diversify its economy and gain market share in international trade.

Việt Nam has seen significant improvements in the investment climate. Its ranking rose to 60th out of 138 countries in the 2016-2017 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index, up from 70th in 2013-14, while its showings in the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators similarly rose to 82nd out of 190 countries in 2017, and from 99th in 2014.

Further, Việt Nam has become a more important node in the regional supply chain for electronics, especially for mobile phones, as foreign investments have helped to diversify the economy towards higher value-added manufacturing. Its market share nearly doubled to 1.2 per cent of world exports in 2016, from 0.7 per cent in 2013.

Moody’s expected the country’s economic growth to remain robust at around 6.3 per cent per annum through 2019.

S&P Global Ratings on Friday also affirmed Việt Nam’s long-term ‘BB-‘ credit ratings and short-term ‘B’ credit ratings with a stable outlook.

The ratings have reflected the country’s lower middle-income, banking sector weakness, and emerging institutional settings that hamper the responsiveness of policy.

“These weaknesses are offset by Việt Nam’s external settings that feature balanced external accounts, strong foreign direct investment inflows and a modest external debt burden,” S&P said in a press release.

The rating company said financial and technical assistance that Việt Nam has received from donors also contributed to the rating.

Its stable outlook reflected the company’s expectation that Việt Nam’s growth prospects will continue to improve, leading to gains in its key economic and fiscal measures, it said.

However, it has cautioned that the large fiscal deficit and rising debt burden, with net general government debt at 46.6 per cent of GDP in 2016, signal a further delay in fiscal consolidation. S&P estimates that the fiscal deficits will average 4.9 per cent of GDP over 2017-20, down from an average 6.4 per cent over 2012-16.- VNS



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Vietnam hit by hot front during Reunification Day, Labor Day holiday

Brace yourself for a hot spell during the ongoing holiday as weather forecasters have said that it may be as hot as 38 degrees Celsius in Vietnam in the next three days.

Brace yourself for a hot spell during the ongoing holiday as weather forecasters have said that it may be as hot as 38 degrees Celsius in Vietnam in the next three days.

Heat is expected to be the norm between April 30 and May 2, when the whole country takes a rest to celebrate Reunification Day (April 30) and Labor Day (May 1), even though there will be sporadic rain, according to the central weather forecast service.

On Saturday, rain caused flooding in some areas in Ho Chi Minh City.

Rains and strong winds would likely happen at night in some locales while it will be chiefly hot in southern Vietnam in daytime, Le Dinh Quyet, a senior weather forecaster said, adding temperatures will be between 24 and 36 degrees Celsius.

The central region will be hit the hardest, with a high of 38 degrees Celsius.

The hot spell will strike the areas from Nghe An Province to Quang Ngai Province, with intervals of showers and temperatures ranging from 25 to 38 degrees Celsius.

In the northern region, it will be sunny in the daytime and there will be no rain at night on Sunday. The temperature fluctuates between 21 and 36 degrees Celsius.



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Viet Nam wows international bloggers

(TITC) – On 28 April 2017, in Ha Noi, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) held a meeting with international bloggers after their trip exploring Ha Noi and Kong: Skull Island’s filming locations in Viet Nam.

Sharing his feeling, German blogger Longin Beznhard said that this trip was absolutely interesting and unexpected for them. They were totally impressed by the fascinating landscapes of Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh and Quang Binh. In the coming time, Viet Nam should keep promoting tourism via Hollywood blockbusters.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Ngo Hoai Chung – Vice Chairman of VNAT warmly welcomed the international bloggers on their visit to Viet Nam. He emphasized that Kong: SkullIsland brought Viet Nam a golden opportunity to popularize tourism. He also informed the American director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has officially named Viet Nam’s Tourism Ambassador by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Thanks to the positive influences of the film, tours “Following Kong’s footprint” has become very attractive to travellers within the country and overseas.

He hoped that after this trip the international bloggers would share their experiences about Viet Nam with their friends and international community, which would help further promote Viet Nam to the public and attract more visitors to Viet Nam.

Hong Nhung



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Prime Minister holds sidelile bilateral meetings

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held bilateral meetings with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha and Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on the sidelide of the 30th ASEAN Summit.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 30th ASEAN Summit (Source: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 30th ASEAN Summit (Source: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha reached the agreement during a bilateral meeting in Manila on April 29th on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit.

At the meeting, the two PMs said they are pleased that the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership has progressed well and agreed to resolve their outstanding problems in the upcoming joint cabinet meeting.

In addition, the two sides agreed to work towards a trade balance and enhanced investment cooperation in which Thai investors will assist their peers from Vietnam.

Phuc urged the effective implementation of the action programme to carry out the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership for the 2014-2018 period and established cooperation mechanisms in line with increase in high-level exchange of visits.

He proposed Vietnam and Thailand hold negotiations on bilateral agreements in criminal extradition and judicial assistance.

He also suggested the two countries establish a hotline for settlement of maritime incidents.

In terms of ASEAN cooperation, the leaders shared the view on prioritizing the building of unity in the bloc and promoting ASEAN’s central role. They agreed that ASEAN should enhance coordination of positions and viewpoints on regional security and strategic issues, including the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and pushing for real progress in negotiating the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The Thai PM invited his Vietnamese counterpart to visit Thailand.

Besides, durring the meeting with Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the two leaders agreed to further enhance bilateral partnership in trade, industry, agriculture and tourism at their meeting on April 29th

They agreed to continue exchanges of high-level delegations and work together to improve operation of the Vietnam-Brunei Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation, the two countries’ joint naval working group and other bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

PM Phuc hoped Brunei will promote investment in Vietnam, particularly in the fields of infrastructure development, energy, food processing for export, and oil and gas exploitation.

He also asked Bruinei to offer favourable conditions to Vietnamese investors to do business in oil and gas services, halal food and farming products in Brunei.

The 30th ASEAN Summit, under the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, is expected to see the presence of leaders of the 10 ASEAN member countries. It is the first summit in 2017 under the Philippines’s ASEAN chairmanship

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10,000 homes to get smart shower devices for real-time information on water usage

SINGAPORE: A device that lets you know how much water you are using while taking a shower will be installed in 10,000 new homes over the next few years, Singapore’s national water agency, PUB said on Thursday (Apr 27).

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The agency has put out a call for proposals to supply these smart shower devices, under a pilot project called the Smart Shower Programme to be launched in the first quarter of next year.

“Such behavioural nudges could potentially change users’ habits and bring about reduction,” said PUB.

Citing a study conducted with the National University of Singapore from July 2015 to March 2016, PUB said households can save about 5L of water a person a day when provided with real-time information on water usage during showers. This could help households save about 3 per cent of their monthly water bill, PUB added.

The Request-for-Proposal, which will be launched on Apr 28 and will close at the end of May, aims to leverage economies of scale to mass-produce the devices, PUB said.

The agency also said it hopes to tap on ideas from the industry to improve the features of existing smart shower devices available in the market. This includes alternative ways of providing real-time feedback on water consumption during showers, and allowing users to download the data to their smartphones, tablets and laptops so they can monitor their progress in reducing water usage.

“Showering typically comprises 29 per cent of a household’s monthly water consumption. There is great potential to achieve substantial savings if we can change the user’s behaviour during his/her shower time,” said PUB’s Director of Water Supply (Network) Michael Toh.

“Water is a precious resource, and everyone is encouraged to make water conservation a way of life. By making users more aware of their water usage in their daily activities, we hope to encourage people to adopt good water-saving habits and use water wisely, reducing their water bill,” he added.

Source AFP



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Aquatic export hits USD2.1 bln in four months

Vietnam earned an estimated USD604 million from the export of aquatic products in April, bringing the total figure of the year’s first four months to about USD2.1 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.2 percent.

Photo for illustration (Source: VNA)

Photo for illustration (Source: VNA)

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Japan, the US, China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) were main importers of Vietnamese aquatic products, accounting for 52.2 percent of the total export value in the period.

Meanwhile, the highest surge was seen in the Brazilian market with 75.1 percent, followed by the Netherlands with 43.4 percent; Japan, 29.5 percent; the RoK, 25.2 percent; China 17.9 percent and Canada 15.2 percent.

Imports of aquatic products were valued at USD427 million in the four months, 35 percent higher than the same period last year.

The MARD said the price of Tra fish for processing in the Mekong Delta region was higher in April compared to the previous month, fluctuating between 24,000-26,000 VND/kg, while supply remains limited.

According to the Vietnam Fisheries Society, aquaculture contributed three percent to the country’s gross domestic product in 2016. Export turnover of aquatic products in the year increased 7.4 percent year-on-year, reaching USD7.05 billion.

The figure is expected to rise 5 percent this year, hitting USD7.5 billion, 65 percent of which would come from aquaculture./.

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Vettel on pole for Russian GP in Ferrari one-two

SOCHI: Championship leader Sebastian Vettel admitted it felt “fantastic” to lead Ferrari to their first front row lock out in nine years after he took pole position in Saturday’s (Apr 29) thrilling qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.

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The four-time world champion’s blistering fastest lap and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s second place on the grid brought to an end rivals champions Mercedes long and dominant supremacy in qualifying.

The 29-year-old German outpaced Raikkonen by 0.059 seconds with another Finn, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, third fastest with less than a tenth of a second separating the top three.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest, the first time Mercedes failed to have a car on the front row for 31 races.

“If you have a rhythm here it feels fantastic,” said Vettel, who has won the last nine races at which he started from pole position.

“And I am glad I got it back. It is great to have both cars on the front row, but it is only part of the job done.

“I knew it would be tight, I knew I would be the first one crossing the line. I got Valtteri’s time – and he did not manage to improve – and when I got the message I had got it … I was over the moon.

“In qualifying, Mercedes have been very, very strong. I am sure it will be very close tomorrow, especially over the long run We will see, but for now we are full, of joy. We are back – at least if you talk about the front row!”

It was Vettel’s first pole this year, his second for Ferrari and the 47th of his career.

Ferrari also achieved a front row lockout for the first time in 127 races going back to the 2008 French Grand Prix, where Raikkonen took pole. “It’s hard to understand how we’re going to make it better, said Raikkonen.

‘UPPER HAND’

Vettel’s success also brought to an end Mercedes’ run of 18 straight pole positions dating back to last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

“To be honest, Ferrari have had the upper hand all weekend, but as always Sunday is the day that counts,” said Bottas.

Hamilton, rarely away from the front row, said he had plenty of homework overnight. “I need to find out what we are missing,” said the former three-time world champion.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull and German Nico Hulkenberg of Renault.

Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India ahead of his team-mate Frenchman Esteban Ocon.

On a warm sunlit day at the Black Sea resort, with a track temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, the opening Q1 session saw Mercedes top the times.

Vettel and Raikkonen were second and third for Ferrari behind Bottas and Hamilton while a late accident saw two cars – Briton Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and German Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber – go off and into the tyre barriers.

That signalled an early exit for the pair along with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren Honda, Swede Marcus Ericsson of Sauber and grumbling Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Haas.

The luckless Palmer had earlier had the engine in his Renault car changed between final practice and the start of qualifying.

When Q2 began, Raikkonen was the early fastest man as the teams prepared their tyres – to be used again on Sunday to start the race – before Bottas took over top spot in 1:33.264.

The session ended with Bottas ahead of Raikkonen and Hamilton third ahead of Vettel while out went Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and Canadian rookie Lance Stroll of Williams.

Also out went local hero Russian Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso in his McLaren Honda.

The top ten shootout began with the two Mercedes waiting in the pit lane and then, on a warm-up lap, a bizarre scrap between Hamilton and Hulkenberg, the German appearing to hold up the Englishman.

“He’s driving quite dangerously,” said Hamilton, while Raikkonen went fastest and Vettel second for Ferrari before Bottas grabbed second.

Hamilton, fighting his car for rear grip, was only fourth after the first runs, the Mercedes men clearly affected by Hulkenberg’s antics.

All four pole-contenders were soon out on fresh rubber for their final showdown – and Ferrari’s takeover at the top.

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24 dead as Kyrgyz landslide engulfs village homes

A landslide engulfed part of a village in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday (Apr 29), killing 24 people, including nine children, the emergencies ministry said.

A handout picture taken on Apr 29, 2017 and provided by the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society press service shows a general view of the landslide-hit Ayu villge in Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region. (Photo: AFP/HO)

The earth slip entombed the inhabitants of six houses when it hit the village of Ayu in the Osh region of the mountainous Central Asian country at around 6:40am (0040 GMT), the emergencies ministry said in a statement.

“All 24 citizens of Kyrgzystan, nine of them children, died under the landslide in the south of the country,” ministry spokeswoman Elmira Sheripova told AFP.

Over 250 rescue workers including medics and soldiers were at the scene.

Emergencies minister Kubatbek Boronov flew to the site on the orders of President Almazbek Atambayev to take “all possible measures to alleviate the consequences of the landslide and give all necessary help to families of the dead”, according to a statement on the president’s website.

Hours later, a second landslide hit a neighbouring village on Saturday afternoon, burying three houses. There were however no casualties, the ministry said.

In an emotional address published on the presidential YouTube channel, Atambayev pleaded with villagers to heed government warnings to leave their homes during extreme weather in this landslide-prone country.

‘FEAR GOD! LISTEN TO EXPERTS’

“The biggest pain in all the trouble that has befallen us is (the fact that) two or three days ago our compatriots living there did not listen to the specialists and refused to resettle,” said Atambayev, who announced Sunday as a day of national mourning.

“I appeal to my compatriots. A person’s life, especially the life of a child, is much more precious than any property, any livestock. You cannot put any sort of property above life!”

He added: “I’m addressing all my compatriots who don’t want to leave dangerous zones: Fear God! Listen to the experts and follow their advice.”

Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov visited Ayu village after the landslide and said the government would provide “all necessary assistance”.

“We profoundly understand that this is our shared tragedy,” he said in comments issued by the government’s press service.

The emergencies ministry said its chief Boronov was in charge of organising the evacuation of 40 families living close to the disaster zone and housing them in tents, given the risk of further landslides.

District official Alisher Bakyshev told local media that residents had been ordered to leave by the emergencies ministry in March due to the risk of landslides and 34 families had left their homes – but some later returned.

The landslide is the second tragedy to strike the ex-Soviet country of six million people since the beginning of the year.

In January a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village close to the country’s main airport, killing 39 people.

Ninety-five per cent of Kyrgyzstan’s territory is mountainous. A landslide in the country’s south in 2004 killed 33 people.

Source AFP



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Eight killed in road accidents in Vietnam on first day of long holiday

Eight people died and 11 others were injured on Saturday, the first day of a four-day holiday, in 15 traffic accidents throughout Vietnam, according to a report by the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Eight people died and 11 others were injured on Saturday, the first day of a four-day holiday, in 15 traffic accidents throughout Vietnam, according to a report by the National Traffic Safety Committee.

All of the crashes happened on the roads, the committee said, adding this number is far lower than that in the same period of last year.

Police officers handled 5,606 people for violating traffic rules, including road and waterway cases.

The officers took away 187 driver’s licenses, impounded 580 vehicles, and fined the lawbreakers a total of VND4 billion (US$175,200).

One of the accidents was caused by a tractor trailer in Ho Chi Minh City, killing a young boy and injuring two others.

Reports showed that the vehicle was traveling on National Road 22 in Hoc Mon District when it crashed into a motorbike carrying three people and a car idling at the traffic lights.

The tractor trailer continued to veer onto the sidewalk, uprooting a tree before slamming into a house.

The young boy died instantly after being dragged for a distance with the motorcycle, while the woman on the bike was severely injured, with the man sustaining slight scratches.

The house had its door destroyed whereas the tractor trailer and the car were badly damaged.

Police have yet to identify the driver of the tractor trailer. Further investigation is underway.

Vietnam started a four-day holiday on Saturday to celebrate Reunification Day (April 30) and Labor Day (May 1). The holiday will end on Tuesday.



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Book launch “Trois nuage au pays des nénuphars” by Nuage Rose

  • Film scoring workshop with British composer Michael Price in Saigon

VietNamNet Bridge - Come to join a workshop with British composer Michael Price, who won an Emmy award for outstanding music composition for the BBC TV series Sherlock, in HCM City this May. He will also be joined by Vietnamese composer Nguyen Manh Duy Linh and filmmaker Phan Gia Nhat Linh. The great draw of this workshop is that Price and the Vietnamese speakers will explore the role of music in telling a story within a film, discuss trends in film scoring and examine the crucial relationships amongst the members of the film-making team. The participants will also have the…... [read more]

  • 17 young artists to join exhibition & music night “Hinge – A Transition”

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  • French pianist Célimène Daudet to perform in Hanoi next month

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  • “Biophilic Design – The Architecture of Life” to be screened in Hanoi, Saigon & Danang

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  • Typhoon Water Park opened in Quang Ninh

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  • Kayak services on Ha Long Bay resume

Quang Ninh (VNA) – Kayak services on Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh will resume from May 1, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long. Earlier on April 1, the services were halted according to a decision by the Ha Long city’s authorities that worried cruise owners, tour operators and tourists as the sport is an interesting activity that attract lots of foreign visitors to Ha Long Bay. The provincial authorities have agreed to add kayaking into the list of tourist products in Ha Long Bay, which are available in eight tour routes,…... [read more]

  • Timeless musicals at “Let’s Be Broadway!”

VietNamNet Bridge - A special musical night called "Let's Be Broadway!" will take place at the Institut Français de Hanoi - L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi on May 4 and 10. In this special night, artists will perform songs or musical excerpts from timeless musicals such as "Wicked" and "Miss Saigon" and also a classic "Phantom of The Opera" and Disney's all-time-favorite "The Little Mermaid" and "Princess and the Frog" and many more. Through the tales were told within every melody, the audience will be able to breathe in the passion for musical arts from actors and actresses while…... [read more]

  • May 1-7: Contemporary Concert "Nine Chapters of the Rain"

HANOI PERFORMANCE Musical Night “Let’s Be Broadway!” 7pm on May 4 L’Espace 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, In this special night, we are going to perform songs (or musical excerpts) from the timeless musicals such as “Wicked” and “Miss Saigon”. Also, guests can encounter a classic “Phantom of The Opera” and Disney’s all-time-favorite: “The Little Mermaid” and “Princess and the Frog” and many more. Ticket: VND400,000 – VND200,000 for students Contemporary Concert "Nine Chapters of the Rain" 8pm on May 5 Manzi Art Space 14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh District, Contemporary music concert by the Hanoi…... [read more]

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Vietnamese fintechs and the $35 billion dream

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam is an attractive fintech market with estimated value of $35 billion. However, it has lagged behind in the last 10 years.
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Harbour View, where VietUnion, the firm which owns Payoo wallet brand, has its office, is located in an advantageous position, on the pedestrian street of Nguyen Hue in HCMC, opposite the Bitexco building, the tallest in Vietnam.

It is not difficult to find restaurants and shops on the street which accept payment in cards. However, there are still many ATMs set up near crossroads or inside buildings.

Ngan Nguyen, an office worker, 25, said she doesn’t use cards or e-wallet because many restaurants still want payment in cash.

The appearance of Payoo in the area is considered a ‘symbol’ of the persistence of e-wallet service providers as many payment services have given up in the last 10 years.

Vietnam is an attractive fintech market with estimated value of $35 billion. However, it has lagged behind in the last 10 years.

The wave of investment in fintech firms, spilling over in Vietnam in the last few years, has made the company more optimistic and patient.

According to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), roughly $53 billion has been reserved for fintech firms and there are over 3,500 fintech firms all over the world.

According to PwC, online payment and mobile money transfer services are becoming the gateway to approach a fraction of the population which have not yet transacted with banks.

It forecasts that mobile technology will help many new customers access financial services and open up a new market worth $3 trillion in global payments.

Vietnam has 90 million people, most of whom are young, 50 percent of whom have internet access and 70 percent use smartphone.

These factors, according to Nielsen, a market survey firm, are the important reasons for experts to believe Vietnam is a potential fintech market.

By 2016, more than 30 fintech firms had been established in Vietnam and two-thirds of them provide mobile payment services in the context of the e-commerce boom. Analysts believe that mobile payment will be the ‘bright spot’ in the Vietnamese fintech market this year.

Nguyen Hoa Binh, the founder and president of NextTech Group of Technopreneurs, commented that many people, about 70-80 percent of the total population in developing countries, including Vietnam, are still out of reach of banks. And they could be potential clients for fintech firms.

The deal of Standard Chartered Private Equity and Goldman Sachs investing $28 million in M_Service which runs MoMo e-wallet has helped fintech firms attract attention from investors.

According to Topica Founder Institute, in 2016, the total value of deals related to Vietnam’s fintech startups was $129 million, accounting for 63 percent of total value of startup deals.

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Elderly build bridges for the young

Old people can be seen building bridges in the Mekong Delta province of Đồng Tháp.

They are veterans who want younger people to live more comfortable lives.

Many old bridges made from bamboo and wood have become weak.

The elderly folks are making new, stronger bridges from cement.

By Nguyễn Hành and Nguyễn Vân

It was a scorching hot day when I attended the launching of a bridge over the Cái Bàn River in the Mekong Delta province of Đồng Tháp.

But it was not the heat that warmed the cockles of my heart, and that of others present at the ceremony.

This bridge had been built by people in their late sixties, seventies and eighties, voluntarily, charging nothing for their labour.

Võ Văn Lộc, a 82 year old native of Tân Hòa Commune in Đồng Tháp, was a founder of the voluntary construction team in 2008.

Initially, it had less than ten members, but boasts more than a hundred now. Over the last years, the team has worked hard to build more than a hundred new bridges and upgrade several dozen kilometres of roads to help local people.

“My hometown is poor and quite far from the province’s centre. Seeing locals, especially children, having to use the cầu khỉ (foot bridges) which are unstable and unsafe, my neighbours and I (all senior citizens) decided to form a team to construct bridges in the locality in order to make local’s lives easier,” said Lộc.

Over nearly ten years, the team has built more than 100 bridges 2 to 4.5 metres wide and 20 to 45m long, Lộc said.

At first the team would identify a dilapidated bridge and replace it with a new one under the approval of the authority.

However, after they built a dozen or so bridges this way, the team became well-known and local authorities began contacting them, said Lộc.

“When we [the construction team] get a new project, we will study the site, make a design for the bridge and give the authorities an estimate of expenditure. In recent years, local authorities have been giving us 25 per cent of total funding for a project. Together with the locality, we then call for donors to get the remaining funds. Finally the construction team starts the work, and we do it for free,” said Lộc.

In the first few years, because they lacked people as well as enough construction knowledge and experience, they only built wooden and cement bridges of less than 1.5 tonne weight limit.

“In 2010, we realised that we had to replace existing bamboo and wooden bridges with strong and durable cement bridges. If we continued to build bridges that were just 2 metres wide and had a 1.5 ton limit, they were no longer of practical use in a few years.

“So we came to find Hai Đâu in Lấp Vò District to learn to build bigger bridges with greater weight limits. Now we can build bridges of 5 tonne weight limit and meet construction standards set by the Đồng Tháp Bridge Association.”

Lê Văn Út, 67, is in charge of construction methods. He said, “We haven’t attended any official class for such things, we just learnt how to construct bridges from Hai Đâu and our friends.”

“When we build bridges, we have to carefully study reinforced concrete construction and things like that. Other skills such as organising and allocating jobs are also important. We learned to assign different jobs to different people, based on their age and specialisation,” said Út.

“We are proud to say that we have constructed more than 100 concrete bridges since our team was established in 2008, and until now none of them has any problem and thanks God that we haven’t had any accident while working.”

The team now has 115 members who are mostly from four communes of Lai Vung District – Tân Hòa, Vĩnh Thới, Long Hậu, and Long Thắng. Among them, more than 50 per cent are 60 and above, the youngest are in their 50s.

“I have been with the team for four years. Frankly, this volunteer job is physically heavy for us seniors. Yet, as we share the job, we feel it is less tough. To see a road or a bridge get finished, and local people, especially children commute easily is such a rewarding experience. It motivates us to continue building new bridges and roads,” said 76 year old Nguyễn Hòa Ân, a resident of Long Hậu Commune.

The team has expanded its work outside Lai Vung District to neighbouring Lấp Vò and Châu Thành districts.

“Whether it is our district or others, all our work is voluntary. But, for those who live far from the construction site, the locality or contractors should give them some commuting stipend. While we work on a bridge or road, locals always offer us food,” said Lộc.

“What concerns me most now is insurance for the construction team. We are mostly seniors, and while some are reasonably well of, others lead a hard life. When we work on the construction projects, unexpected accident could happen. It would be hard without insurance for their family and the team itself.”

Bùi Văn Lợi, 74, said, “We joined the project with the aim to refresh and improve the face of our hometown. Our desire is to eliminate all foot bridges and muddy roads in the locality.”

“We also wish to have health insurance and accident insurance, just in case of unfortunate incidents,” said Lợi.

Lai Vung District’s People’s Committee Chairman, Hồ Thanh Phương, praised the team.

“The volunteer construction team, over the last few years, have constructed more than 90 cement bridges and kilometres of cement roads for Lai Vung District and other localities. This has improved the face of the rural district,” he said.

“Their contribution is invaluable. That the locality has failed to support them with health and accident insurance is one of our biggest concerns. We have recently reviewed the conditions of the team members and called for funds to support them with insurance.” — VNS

GLOSSARY

It was a scorching hot day when I attended the launching of a bridge over the Cái Bàn River in the Mekong Delta province of Đồng Tháp.

To launch a new bridge means to open it to start functioning as a bridge. This usually happens with a ceremony.

But it was not the heat that warmed the cockles of my heart, and that of others present at the ceremony.

To warm the cockles of my heart” means to make the different body parts that make up the heart, or make the heart and the person happy.

This bridge had been built by people in their late sixties, seventies and eighties, voluntarily, charging nothing for their labour.

To do something voluntarily means to do it without expecting to be paid.

Võ Văn Lộc, a 82 year old native of Tân Hòa Commune in Đồng Tháp, was a founder of the voluntary construction team in 2008.

A founder of the construction team is one of the people who started it.

Initially, it had less than ten members, but boasts more than a hundred now.

Initially means at first.

Over the last years, the team has worked hard to build more than a hundred new bridges and upgrade several dozen kilometres of roads to help local people.

To upgrade roads means to do work on them to make them better.

“Seeing locals, especially children, having to use the cầu khỉ (foot bridges) which are unstable and unsafe, my neighbours and I (all senior citizens) decided to form a team to construct bridges in the locality in order to make local’s lives easier,” said Lộc.

If a bridge is unstable it could collapse.

At first the team would identify a dilapidated bridge and replace it with a new one under the approval of the authority.

To identify a dilapidated bridge means to see that it is in that condition.

Dilapidated means broken down.

“When we [the construction team] get a new project, we will study the site, make a design for the bridge and give the authorities an estimate of expenditure.”

A site is a place where something, like the construction of a bridge or a building, takes place

An estimate is a careful guess.

Expenditure means cost.

“Together with the locality, we then call for donors to get the remaining funds.”

Donors are people who give.

In the first few years, because they lacked people as well as enough construction knowledge and experience, they only built wooden and cement bridges of less than 1.5 tonne weight limit.

Lacked means “were without”.

“In 2010, we realised that we had to replace existing bamboo and wooden bridges with strong and durable cement bridges.”

Existing bamboo bridges are bridges that are there now.

Durable bridges are bridges that last and can cope better with weathering and other things that may cause bridges to break down.

“So we came to find Hai Đâu in Lấp Vò District to learn to build bigger bridges with greater weight limits.

A bridge’s weight limit is the greatest amount of weight it can cope with carrying. If anything heavier than the weight limit goes over the bridge, it could harm the bridge.

“When we build bridges, we have to carefully study reinforced concrete construction and things like that.”

Reinforced concrete means concrete that has things like wire put into it to make it stronger.

“Other skills like organising and allocating jobs are also important.”

To allocate jobs means to give different jobs to different people to do.

Frankly, this volunteer job is physically heavy for us seniors.”

Frankly, means speaking the plain truth.

To see a road or a bridge get finished, and local people, especially children commute easily is such a rewarding experience.

To commute means to travel from home to work, or school, and back.

It motivates us to continue building new bridges and roads,” said 76 year old Nguyễn Hòa Ân, a resident of Long Hậu Commune.

If something motivates them to carry on building, it gives them reason to want to do it.

“But, for those who live far from the construction site, the locality or contractors should give them some commuting stipend.”

A stipend is a small payment given to someone to help them perform duties.

“Our desire is to eliminate all foot bridges and muddy roads in the locality.”

To eliminate all foot bridges and muddy roads means to get rid of them.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

  1. A word that describes elderly people.

  2. The number of years in which the team has built more than 100 bridges 2 to 4.5 metres wide and 20 to 45m long.

  3. The relationship between Lê Văn Út and people who taught him how to construct bridges.

  4. The people who Nguyễn Hòa Ân enjoys seeing commute easily when a bridge is finished.

  5. The age range of the youngest of the bridge builders.

ANSWERS: 1. Seniors; 2. Ten; 3. Friends; 4. Children; 5. Fifties.



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