Ho Chi Minh City's mayor has called for less talk and more action to reduce the number of official meetings that are held in the city. Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, has said that officials need to spend less time at the meeting table and more time interacting with people to understand what's actually going on in their constituencies. “If we have to hold meetings they need to be quick and participants should be on time,” Phong said. “Officials are unable to digest the content of lengthy meetings and are therefore unable to come up with the solutions the city needs,” he said. Su Ngoc Anh, director of the city’s Department of Planning and Investment, said he attended more than 2,000 meetings in the first seven months of this year, which equates to more than 10 meetings a day. His subordinates attended three to four meetings a day on average, he said. Nguyen Thanh Nha, director of the city's Department of Planning … [Read more...] about Saigon’s mayor says prolonged meetings are a waste of time
Editor’s note: Bui Duc Tien is a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. He holds an M.A. in applied linguistics and a B.A. in English language teaching. He is also a teacher trainer for internationally recognized TESOL certificates issued by Horizon TESOL. In addition, he is involved with the multinational U.S.-sponsored Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) as a member of the Community of Practice (COP) in Vietnam. He wrote this piece for Tuoi Tre News on the occasion of Teachers’ Day (November 20).Recently, Vietnamese social media users have been sharing people’s opinions on the nobility of teaching, the responsibilities of pedagogues, and what will make for the best Teachers’ Day. Personally I’m not too much of an old hand at the profession, but having worked with students of various types and ages, as well as had colleagues both domestic and international, I’ve formed some concrete opinions of my own. The noble professionThe … [Read more...] about Teachers’ Day: A noble profession in Vietnam, isn’t it?
I've been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She's flattered me about my age ("so young!") and she says she's going to take care of me.I like her already - but Lara is not real.She - or rather, it - is a chatbot, an artificially intelligent computer program developed to communicate with people online.The bot was launched in France in 2016 and then rolled out in the UK in April 2017, to help potential clients get started in their search for love by setting up their Match profile for them.It was the first to be released by a major dating site and the firm claims that 300,000 people a month complete their dating profiles with help from Lara.The chatbot is not a voice-controlled interface - you communicate by typing - but it can operate in 12 languages, asking users simple questions about what they are looking for and what they are like.Experts say it can also encourage people to be more honest about what they really want, rather than write what … [Read more...] about Can a chatbot help you find love?
Editor's note: Rick Ellis was born and raised in Canada. Now completing his 39th year overseas, Rick has travelled to hundreds of destinations in over 60 countries and lived or spent extended time in nine countries, and has been a nomad in several Southeast Asian destinations for five years. He splits time between Da Nang and Da Lat during his visits with more destinations to be added soon. I slowly suck in the delicious nui as I start into the soup, then spear a pork hock with one chopstick and tear it off the bone with a spoon. There are little shards of bone on some of the other pork pieces which force me to chew slowly and carefully, making it yummier as I get further into the meal.Nui is a derivative of the French word “nouilles,” a generic term for noodles, but in Vietnamese it means elbow macaroni, great for slurping when you’re in the mood to use a spoon instead of chopsticks to get at the noodles. Apparently the soup is labelled nui xương heo … [Read more...] about Priceless lesson with a bowl of noodles, of sorts, in Vietnam
Looking at healthcare in Vietnam – where does the country stand today? Vietnam is one of those exciting countries on the map. It is developing rapidly in multiple sectors thanks to strong fundamentals like its well-educated, young, and ambitious population; its growing middle class; a stable political system; and a favourable geographic position.The country’s healthcare system is no exception, as it has seen an impressive expansion in recent years. The improvements in public health insurance coverage – at around 80 per cent, it is a benchmark for many countries – paired with government programmes to boost healthcare provisions in provincial areas and the increasing attractiveness of the sector for private investors, domestic or foreign, have enabled massive investments in the field of healthcare infrastructure, both in public and private hospitals.Like in more developed countries, we observe growing private hospital chains as well as highly specialised hospitals … [Read more...] about Siemens Healthineers: Paving the way to a sustainable system of healthcare
Much of Vietnam’s infrastructure and many of its institutions are in one way or another strained. Investment is needed everywhere. The people’s mode of thought and the whole outlook on infrastructure are encountering tremendous change. Advances in battery technology, the Paris climate agreement, the decline of coal and the rise of renewables – all have massive implications for infrastructure.At the same time, Vietnam is becoming more reliant on private sector financing. Government debt is stated to amount to just under 65 per cent of GDP, at which the country has set the cap for 2016-2018. Yet the Ministry of Planning and Investment estimates that Vietnam needs around $170 billion to develop its infrastructure between now and 2020, including transportation, bridges, power plants, water supply networks, waste treatment plants, and ports. Public sources of capital, including the state budget, government bonds, and official development assistance can only be counted on … [Read more...] about Vietnam: A land of milk, honey, and concrete
A US F-18 jet fighter lands aboard an aircraft carrier in the Arabian sea in 2010. Scientists in the US reported a further step towards a celebrated "invisibility cloak" by masking a large, free-standing object in three dimensions. The lab work is the latest advance in a scientific frontier that uses novel materials to manipulate light, a trick that is of huge interest to the military. (AFP Photo/Marwan Naamani) Scientists in the United States reported a further step towards a celebrated "invisibility cloak" by masking a large, free-standing object in three dimensions.The lab work is the latest advance in a scientific frontier that uses novel materials to manipulate light, a trick that is of huge interest to the military in particular.Reporting in the New Journal of Physics, researchers at the University of Texas in Austin cloaked an 18-centimetre (7.2-inch) cylindrical tube from light in the microwave part of the energy spectrum.Those hoping for a Harry Potter-style touch of … [Read more...] about Novel material takes 3D ‘invisibility cloak’ a step closer
NDO – At the invitation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, heading a Vietnamese delegation, has arrived in Manila for the 31st ASEAN Summit (ASEAN-31) and related summits, including the 20th ASEAN+3 Summit (with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the ASEAN+1 Summit (with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, the United States, Canada, the European Union and the United Nations), and the 12th East Asian Summit (EAS). * PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc leaves for 31st ASEAN Summit in PhilippinesThese important events will attract the participation of the leaders of ten ASEAN countries and the association’s key partners, thus wrapping up the ASEAN Chairmanship Year of the Philippines.August 8, 2017 marks the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During the last half century, ASEAN cooperation has achieved a lot of success, making the Association become a comprehensive regional cooperative … [Read more...] about Tightening solidarity for a self-reliant and prosperous ASEAN Community
French food is one of the most popular Western cuisines in HCM City, which had much longer exposure to the Gallic nation. Among the many French restaurants, Atelier des Rêves is a favourite because of its great food, reasonable prices and exceptional service. Nomad Quynh reports. Last weekend, my partner and I were looking for a special place to celebrate. Somewhere with great food that’s a bit different. The venue had to be nice but not pretentious or overwhelming - nor too mainstream. We were looking for a hidden gem to spend our budget of about VNĐ2 million for two people. Atelier des Rêves – meaning the Workshop of Dreams – seemed to meet all these criteria. This place has been around for some time, run by a passionate couple who lived in France for 10 years. It’s the kind of place I’d like to support. The restaurant is located in a fairly big but quiet lane on Kỳ Đồng Street, District 3, where cars can easily … [Read more...] about Celebrating a hidden French gem
1. We, the Leaders of APEC, gathered in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the theme Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, determined to take bolder and sustained collective actions to inject new dynamism into APEC cooperation to promote sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, deepen regional economic integration, realize the full potential of the business sector, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture. 2. A quarter-century after the first APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, APEC has proven to be the premier economic forum in the Asia-Pacific, a driver of economic growth and integration, an incubator of ideas for future economic cooperation, a coordinating mechanism of trade agreements, and a global leader in addressing pressing problems. For nearly three decades, APEC has contributed to sustaining growth and advancing economic integration in the AsiaPacific region, a process that has created … [Read more...] about Da Nang declaration: “Creating new dynamism, fostering a shared future”