The Hanoitimes - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has helped bring down the poverty rate from 60% in the mid-eighties in Vietnam to 16% in 2016. IFAD aids Vietnam’s climate change response IFAD funds VN’s agricultural development project Gov’t direction on IFAD aid Vietnam – the country with more than 70% of the population living in rural areas – has experienced significant changes with the elimination of hunger, reduction of poverty, and most of all the improvement of livelihood over the past 25 years. IFAD's Associate Vice-President Donal Brown. Photo: IFAD How could Vietnam reduce its poverty rate from around 60% of total population in the mid-eighties to 16% in 2016? The presence of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since 1993 has greatly helped to drive down the rate in the Southeast Asian country. Over the past 25 years, the IFAD has financed total US$565.4 … [Read more...] about How does Vietnam rural area change over 25 past years?
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Valtteri Bottas (right) and Lewis Hamilton celebrate a Mercedes one-two in Melbourne. (Photo: AFP/PETER PARKS) Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise to see Mercedes romp away to a one-two victory, but the absence of Ferrari from the podium was a real shock. And so we are left with some obvious questions: Where did all of Ferrari's preseason promise go? Will it come back on a different type of track? And, ultimately, will anyone be able to challenge Mercedes? There is a weight of evidence (outlined below) that suggests Ferrari will recover, but even if it doesn't, the emergence of a more aggressive Valtteri Bottas this year has the potential to keep things interesting. Again, it's too early to draw conclusions, but if Bottas can continue to drive on the level we saw in Australia, he will be a genuine threat to Lewis Hamilton's title defence. So let's start with the race winner and how he managed to put a five-time world champion in the shade on Sunday. THE REAL VALTTERI BOTTAS … [Read more...] about Formula One: How Valtteri Bottas rediscovered himself and why Ferrari need to do the same
Bodies of victims (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry asked the Ministry of Public Security to verify identity of victims in a road accident in the Thai province of Kanchanaburi that left 10 migrant workers dead, including five Vietnamese. After the accident occured on March 23, the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand contacted provincial authorities to take citizen protection measures. The embassy also asked the transportation company to offer financial assistance to victims’ families. The Foreign Ministry directed the embassy continue keeping track of the case. Relevant information are available via the embassy’s hotline 66 89 896 6653 or Vietnam’s citizen protection hotline 84 981 84 84 84. In its latest announcement, Thailand’s CPS company, which employed Vietnamese workers, said it will initially offer 200,000 THB (2,000 USD) to families of victims, then 700,000 THB depending on vehicle insurance. According to … [Read more...] about Ministry asks for verifying identity of victims in Thai road crash
The Hanoitimes - The movement will firstly leave influences on the hospitality segment and other services. No vacancy in luxury hotels in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit The second meeting of US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, which is scheduled to take place in Hanoi next week, will leave positive impacts on Vietnamese tourism and real estate market, according to Savills Vietnam. Nguyen Hong Son, director advisory Savills Hanoi. Photo: Savills Vietnam The event, for the short-time, drives up tourism sector thanks to a surge of international visitors to the country, said Nguyen Hong Son, director advisory Savills Hanoi. The movement will firstly leave influences on the hospitality segment and other services. In fact, demand for hotel rooms in the city is expected to sharply increase days around the summit due to the attendance of politicians and delegations, media, security and logistics personnel, he said. Earlier … [Read more...] about How does Trump-Kim summit affect Vietnam’s real estate market?
Last man standing -- Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (L) accepted the best picture Oscar for "The Shape of Water" from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 2018. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: Who votes? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?