Malaysia's central bank chief resigns, latest casualty from 1MDB scandal Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks beside Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia in a still image taken from a Reuters TV footage on May 30, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has accepted the resignation of the central bank governor, the latest in a string of departures as the 92-year-old leader purges top officials seen as close to the scandal-plagued previous government. Angered over accusations of massive corruption, Malaysians delivered a shock election result last month by voting out a coalition that had led the country for the six decades since independence. The new government is seeking to unearth suspected graft during the nearly 10 years that former premier Najib Razak spent in power, in particular big losses at state fund 1Malaysia … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s central bank chief resigns, latest casualty from 1MDB scandal
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Viet Nam News Ngô Thị Hương Ly has a career in architecture and a passion for dolls. Her doll collection is one of the largest in Việt Nam. Both her career and her passion keep her busy. She once flew to Hà Nội on business and had only a backpack for her clothes. However, she had a full case of dolls. By Lê Hương Working in any field requires sound physical and mental health, while passion is required to work and live to the fullest. HCM City-based architect Ngô Thị Hương Ly applies that philosophy to her life to balance work and play. She has a passion for dolls and owns one of the largest collections of dolls in the country. “When we follow a passion, our mind is well nurtured,” she told Việt Nam News. “This passion helps us to perfect our work at a higher level.” “There is a belief that dolls are meant for young girls. I too liked playing with dolls … [Read more...] about A life of designing buildings and collecting dolls
Trương Nguyện Thành. — Photo Hoa Sen University A professor at Hoa Sen University in HCM City who shot to fame when he taught a class on innovation wearing a pair of shorts has come up short at the hand of some bureaucrats’ rigid interpretation of regulations. The professor, also famous for encouraging students to think outside the box, was chosen to fill the vacant position of the university’s chancellor by its board of directors, but the municipal education department vetoed the move, citing a “lack of experience”. Dr. Trương Nguyện Thành has since decided to part ways with the university, returning to a position he held earlier in a prestigious school in the United States. The relevant rule being cited from the Law on Higher Education says that a candidate must hold a doctoral degree and have at least five years of experience in a management position, either as faculty dean or the head of a … [Read more...] about Do we want to reverse or advance our brain drain?
Viet Nam News NEW YORK — New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Tuesday it had found a new director in Austrian-born Max Hollein as the venerated institution struggles to tame a budget deficit despite pulling in record crowds. The appointment, which came nearly a year since the departure of Hollein’s predecessor Thomas Campbell, marked the first time in more than 60 years that the Met chose a director from outside its own ranks. The tenth person to occupy the Met’s top post, 48-year-old Hollein has served for two years as director and chief executive of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco — comprising the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. Hollein, who began his career in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, went on to develop digital strategies and expand the collections as director of three major museums in Frankfurt: the Staedel Museum, the Schirn Kunsthalle and the Liebieghaus. The Staedel notably doubled its exhibition … [Read more...] about Austria’s Max Hollein named Met museum chief