VinFast, a unit of Vietnam’s largest conglomerate Vingroup, is set to become the country’s first fully-fledged domestic car manufacturer when its first production models built under its own badge hit the streets next August. “Where else in the world can you do this with this sort of speed?” said Shaun Calvert, vice president of manufacturing at VinFast Trading and Production LLC, looking out over an area of factory floor where nine months earlier there was only sea. Calvert was speaking on a recent tour of the company’s new plant, a sprawling island complex in the northern Vietnamese port town of Haiphong, where the two models will be built. From a standing start, VinFast will have the capacity to produce 250,000 cars annually in the next five years or so, equivalent to 92 percent of all the cars sold in Vietnam last year, according to data collated by the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA). Vingroup says it only embarked on … [Read more...] about Fast and serious: Vietnam’s first domestic car manufacturer bets big
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Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy We all strive to achieve perfection. A perfect life, perfect job, perfect partner. It’s not easy and many of us may fail in our attempts. But sometimes what some of us might perceive as perfect may just be the opposite to the next person. On the face of it, Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt and footballing genius Zinedine Zidane have absolutely nothing in common. One is a world famous actor who commands millions of dollars for every movie he appears in, the other one of the greatest footballers to ever kick a ball. About as far apart as it gets really. But scrape away at the obvious and you may find a connection. Pitt had a perfect life, perfect wife, and perfect family. But it wasn’t enough. He decided to give it all up and leave Angelina Jolie and his children behind. Zidane to is currently involved in a different, yet equally painful split many of us can’t quite get our … [Read more...] about Zidane shows perfection isn’t what it’s made out to be and can still be the pits
Viet Nam News By Robert Bicknell 20 years. 1,020 weekly columns. 744,600 words. They should give me an honorary PhD in Bloviating. Hey, when you consider the average novel length is between 60,000 and 100,000 words, it means I could have written between seven and twelve novels. No, I am not implying they would be best sellers but they would, most certainly, be books that should not be set aside lightly. Knowing my readers, they would, most probably, be thrown with great force. Anyway, it was 17 May 1998 when Sunday Việt Nam News published my very first “From The Pro Shop” column after years of urging by the then-editor (and founder) of Việt Nam News, Mr Nguyễn Khuyến. Being the genius that I am, I resisted for a few years because I really didn’t think I had anything to say. Yes, I know, many of you are screaming “Correct! Twenty years of saying nothing!” Thanks, I love you guys too… I am not really sure what … [Read more...] about Still swinging
Viet Nam News By Robert Bicknell The game of golf is all about calculating the odds. It begins in the clubhouse when negotiating how many strokes to give your opponents. Believe it or not, most bets are won or lost before you even get outside to hit your first shot. In a pretty even match, you can figure on winning six holes and your opponent winning six holes. It’s the remaining six that you will be fighting over. In the old days, when I could actually play the game (as opposed to now as I’m old and suck) I knew that, due to my length, I would take the par 5’s and some long par 4’s. So there are my six. My opponent would probably take the par 3’s and some very short par 4’s. That makes up his six. The rest had to be fought over carefully. There would be holes where my length would be an advantage and, of course, those which it would be a disadvantage. This is where knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, makes the difference … [Read more...] about Benefits of age and wisdom
Viet Nam News by Tú Lệ It was a decision guaranteed to generate controversy, and it did. Nguyễn Thị Thành, a runner-up at the Miss Eco Tourism Vietnam contest, was disqualified recently because she had undergone dental surgery. She had broken the rules, but were the rules fair? This was the question. According to Point A, Clause 1, Article 10 of Decree No. 79/2012/NĐ-CP, and a recent circular guiding implementation of some of the Decree's provisions, beauty contest candidates in Việt Nam must possess natural beauty. So, whether an amateur or a professional model, you cannot be a contestant if you have undergone any plastic surgery. If any violations are detected, organizers will be held responsible and the contest can even have its license withdrawn. Does this rule level the playing field? When we compare the beauty of women within and outside the country, different criteria seem to apply. "I find that Vietnamese women are loved for their gracefulness, calmness and fair skin. … [Read more...] about An unkind cut? Or cutting edge beauty?