Why couldn’t Lee Nguyen have high-flying career in Vietnam as in MLS?

Lee Nguyen is now grabbing the attention of the media in Vietnam, where his short-lived journey had an unhappy ending, following his hogging the limelight in Major League Soccer (MLS) with his Player of the Month award. The New England Revolution midfielder took home the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month award for October - the final month of the season - after having … [Read more...]

Security warnings calm tourists rather than scare: HCMC cop

A youth volunteer gives directions outside the Nortre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Trung Hieu Ho Chi Minh City police have had to stop passing out leaflets warning foreign visitors of robberies, rip-offs and taxi scams due to complaints from tour companies. Some people, including sources from the media, hailed the warnings as proactive; others said they painted … [Read more...]

Two Vietnam policemen suspended for shooting fleeing suspect

Ninh Thuan police have suspended two crime-branch police officers for shooting at a suspected motorbike thief while patrolling the south central province on June 17. Colonel Huynh Cam, chief of the Thuan Nam District Police, told Thanh Nien News that he had asked the two involved officers to file reports on the shooting. He declined to name them. Doctors at the Ninh Thuan … [Read more...]

Vietnamese cops apologize for wrongful arrest 24 years back

Two men from the southern province of Hau Giang received a public apology from the police for their wrongful arrest 24 years ago, on Wednesday. Officers from the Phung Hiep District Police came to the neighborhoods of Pham Nhut Hung and Le Quoc Si and offered them each a public apology, news website VnExpress reported. Hung, then-deputy director of a local state irrigation … [Read more...]

Vietnam province under fire for waste on intn’l music festival

Organizers of the traditional don ca tai tu music festival present awards to winners of a photo contest in front of the 61-feet model of a traditional instrument "Cong tu Bac Lieu" was a term applied to the children of rich landlords who enjoyed lavish lifestyles in southern Vietnam during the colonial period. It is said that one even showed off his wealth by boiling eggs … [Read more...]

Lunch Beat shakes up Ho Chi Minh City ‘work-day heroes’

Hundreds of Vietnamese workers gathered at the office of IKEA Trading Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday (May 6) for Lunch Beat. Participants ate sandwiches and danced away the lunch hour during the event organized by the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam. Lunch Beat began in Sweden in 2010 as a way for strangers to eat together and have fun together during their one-hour … [Read more...]

Vietnam health minister refuses to resign under mounting pressure

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien on Tuesday said she did not think of resigning as the health sector is focusing all efforts on combating measles, treating patients, and minimizing deaths. >> Vietnam minister visits HCMC hospitals, urge measles patient isolation to curb spread >> Vietnam to give free measles vaccination to children aged 2-10 >> Vietnam ministry … [Read more...]

In Vietnam, proposed on-the-street traffic fines spark corruption fears

The Ministry of Public Security wants traffic police to collect fines on the street but experts say it will worsen corruption Police issue a ticket to a driver in downtown Hanoi. The Ministry of Public Security wants traffic police to collect fines on the spot instead of having them paid later to the Treasury as per current regulations. Photo by Ngoc Thang Nguyen Van Luc … [Read more...]

Vietnam looks to end gridlock with public bicycles

But better public transit also needed to solve congestion problems, experts say Foreign tourists riding bicycles through Hoi An Town in the central province of Quang Nam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed big cities to provide public bicycle services in city centers as a step towards limiting personal vehicles and avoid severe traffic jams. Photo by Diep Duc … [Read more...]