VietNamNet Bridge - With total area of over 2,000 square meters, it would take about VND500 billion to provide free wi-fi throughout HCMC, experts have estimated. HCMC’s Vice Mayor Tran Vinh Tuyen at a meeting with the HCMC Tourism Department said that a Singaporean firm suggested providing free wi-fi throughout the city to help residents and tourists more easily check information. It would also facilitate the e-government plan the city is implementing. To have mobile phones or laptops witj wi-fi connection, there must be a wi-fi transmitting device which could be either Access Point (AP) or router AP. An outdoor AP will be needed for outdoor wi-fi connection. In general, an outdoor AP has the coverage of between 50 and 300 meters in radius. An expert said that the coverage of 150-200 meters would be reasonable, because within the radius, mobile devices cannot connect. If not, phones would still be able to detect wi-fi wave, but may not have internet connection. With total area … [Read more...] about How much will it cost to have free wi-fi throughout HCM City?
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VietNamNet Bridge - OceanBank was forced to sell to the State Bank for zero dong to implement the so-called "neo-bankruptcy" deal. What will the State Bank do with it? It is clear that the small shareholders of OceanBank will lose all of their money because of the deal. They are people or retired workers who bought bank shares with their savings. And it was not their fault when the bank incurred big losses. A finance expert said that management agencies should claim responsibility for the small shareholders’ loss, because they did not provide necessary information to the shareholders. "There was no information about whether banks operated well and faced big problems. Meanwhile, the information decisively affects investors’ decisions," he said. "If they (small shareholders) had heard about OceanBank’s problems, they would have sold the bank’s shares to take back the investment capital," he explained. "In fact, they also did not have sufficient information … [Read more...] about How much should SBV have to pay to revive banks bought at zero dong?
VietNamNet Bridge - It is obvious that the program on training 20,000 PhDs by 2020 would be very costly, which raises doubts about its feasibility. Vietnamsprinting for another 20,000 PhDs by 2020 The candidates must satisfy the requirements in specialties and foreign languages in order to be eligible for attending the entrance exams to PhD training courses. According to Hong T, who has passed the exams to the Hanoi University of Education, one must have at least one or two scientific articles on their research fields published in newspapers. "You can pay fees to newspapers to urge them to publish your articles soon, before the entrance exams take place," she suggested. According to Hong, there are many "doors" one has to go through to obtain the doctorate. After passing the exams, students would have to present their research themes and defend the themes. In many cases, the detailed draft is … [Read more...] about How much will the 20,000 PhD program cost?
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam and China both have committed to increase the two way trade turnover to $60 billion by 2015. Analysts believe that China would get more slices of the $60 billion cake. At first, in 2000, Vietnam and China agreed to set a goal to obtain the turnover of $2 billion. However, the two-way trade turnover of the year actually reached $2.5 billion. After that, the target was lifted to $5 billion by 2005. However, the two-way trade turnover reached $7.2 billion in 2004 already. Since then, China has been the biggest trade partner of Vietnam which makes up 14.8 percent of the total import & export turnover of the country. The target was then raised to $20 billion by 2010, but once again, the threshold was exceeded when the turnover reached $20.18 billion in 2008. The rapid trade development has prompted the two countries to raise the target sharply to $60 billion by 2015. In order to speed up the implementation of the commitments, the two sides have signed the … [Read more...] about Vietnam-China trade: how much can VN get from the $60 billion cake?
VietNamNet Bridge - State owned school teachers may feel affected with the modest Tet bonuses of several hundreds of thousands of dong, while their colleagues at international schools can get up to thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, Le Thi Oanh, Headmaster of the Hanoi - Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, the most reputable school in Hanoi, said every teacher of the school would receive VND500,000 and a bunch of flowers. Oanh said unlike private schools, state owned schools, which follow the bookkeeping mechanism set by the Ministry of Finance, do not have the funds to reward teachers. The school's teachers do not expect too much on Tet bonuses, because they know the bonuses would be no more than VND300,000-500,000. Nguyen Thi Thanh from the Bich Hoa Secondary School in Thanh Oai district confirmed that she would get VND500,000 like in the previous years. Those, who got excellent achievements in 2013, would get an additional sum of VND50,000 or VND100,000. Thanh went on to say … [Read more...] about How much do teachers get for Tet bonuses?