Officers from the Emergency Response Team, Tanglin Division and Ground Response Force from Toa Payoh Neighbourhood Police Centre during a counter-terrorism exercise, on Aug 6, 2016 (Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore on February 27 proposed a new bill to deal with terror attacks by preventing people in the area from taking photos or videos of the incident and communicating about police operations. According to the city-state’s Strait Times newspaper, the proposal, which is part of a Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill 2018 introduced in parliament, would apply to journalists and carry punishments such as fines or prison. Police would be allowed to issue a "communications stop order", following the approval from the home affairs minister, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. The ministry said information leaks to terrorists could endanger the lives of security officers and people caught up in the attack. The terrorist … [Read more...] about Singapore proposes new bill to bar communications from terror attack sites
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I knew instantly that I would never see it. Three months after Christmas, I was still waiting for a postcard sent by my mum. As my eldest brother noted over the phone, there was a little bit of Christmas cash tucked inside for me. Considering that the Vietnamese postal system has always opened every single letter and parcel I’ve ever received, I knew the money would be taken. Although I hoped I’d at least receive the card, minus the cash, it never came. Among the banes of living in Vietnam, the postal service is a regular annoyance. Mind you, I was amazed seven years ago to get a parcel from my mum with all the great candy she sent still intact despite a horrid sticky-tape repair job on the box. Even my motorbike guy can plug a hole better than that. Maybe it’s because the postal service here is just too busy. I’m not surprised that the forests are disappearing...the amount of paperwork here can be surreal sometimes. Want a job in Vietnam? A work … [Read more...] about Written from Vietnam: It’s in the mail!
The couple left their hotel at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday and visited a place on Dong Khoi Street before heading for Cuc Gach restaurant in Dang Tat Street. Obama walks out of Cuc Gach restaurant after an hour-long dinner. Photo acquired by VnExpress. Barack and Michelle Obama sat on the first floor and ate stir-fried Tonkin jasmine flowers with garlic, stewed pork, spring rolls, and Vietnamese sour soup. They asked to pay by card after the meal, but the restaurant manager refused to accept money from them. Hai, the manager, said they refused to accept it when he said the meal was on the house. "We explained that all the ingredients are grown on our farm, and so we did not spend much on them. Moreover, we wanted to welcome him as a family guest. He then agreed." He had been told Tuesday afternoon to be ready to "welcome some politicians." The visitors posed for a photo with Hong, a senior cook at the restaurant, before leaving. Obama had arrived in HCMC on Sunday during … [Read more...] about Obamas’ visit to Vietnamese restaurant in Saigon
Nomura Real Estate acquired Sun Wah Tower in District 1 (File photo) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam has become an attractive destination for many foreign investors largely due to the country’s friendly policies encouraging FDI, its political stability and strong economy, the latest report of US-based John Lang LaSalle (JLL) said. Foreign direct investment (FDI) disbursements rose 8.4 percent year on year to 8.37 billion USD in the first six months of 2018, according to figures from the Foreign Investment Agency. Vietnam has been taking initiatives to improve its transparency and the country remains one of the most favorable destinations for foreign investment in South East Asia, according to JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index. In the first half of this year, the real estate market continued to appeal to foreign investors and witnessed high-value merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in a variety of sectors such as residential, commercial and industrial. Joint … [Read more...] about M&A activities expected to reach record levels in 2018
BizInfo PYCOGROUP holds Best Developer Competition in Vietnam Thursday, Dec 12, 2019,10:00 (GMT+7) PYCOGROUP holds Best Developer Competition in Vietnam On November 30, PYCOGROUP and its partners - MessageMedia, Ansarada and YellowPepper - held the first-ever Best Developer in Vietnam competition, highlighting the continuous growth of the tech industry in Vietnam and its future in the tech world. The competition aimed to unearth Vietnam's best programming talent through a series of competitive rounds, challenging both their programming and soft skills. It was an exciting day full of suspense for over 400 attendees, including contestants, judges, mentors and supporters. With over 500 registrations from all across the country, only one could be the best, Vo Phi Hung, who took home the title of Best Developer in Vietnam 2019. The second prize belonged to Do Tri Quoc from Hanoi and the third prize belonged to Tran Duy Thanh … [Read more...] about PYCOGROUP holds Best Developer Competition in Vietnam