Phan Dang Nhat Minh, the winner of the 17th competition “Duong len dinh Olympia” (Road to Olympia) is the longest running game show on Vietnam National Television. This is a competition held annually for high school students and the award for the winners of the competition is the full scholarship for studying at university in Australia. “Road to Olympia’ has many other unofficial names – ‘Duong len dinh Australia’ (Road to Australia), or ‘Noi tuyen chon nhan tai cho Australia’ (Competition that selects talents for Australia). This is because most of the winners, the best students, now live and work and Australia. On an education forum, people wrote sarcastic remarks, saying that ‘Road to Olympia’ needs to be removed, because it provides Vietnamese talents to Australia, and causes a brain drain in Vietnam. The first champion of the Road to Olympia Tran Ngoc Minh, graduated from Swinburne University of … [Read more...] about Does Vietnam’s TV show “Road to Olympia” help provide talents for Australia?
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BEIRUT — The Lebanese government faced calls to resign on Thursday after thousands of furious demonstrators took to the streets across the country to protest dire economic conditions. Public anger has simmered since parliament passed an austerity budget in July to help trim a ballooning deficit and flared on Thursday over plans to tax calls on messaging applications, forcing the government to axe the unpopular measure. Across the country, demonstrators chanted the popular refrain of the 2011 Arab Spring protests: "The people demand the fall of the regime." Protesters in the capital blocked the road to the airport with burning tyres, prompting a heavy deployment by security forces. Near government headquarters in central Beirut, violent confrontations broke out between protesters and security forces as demonstrators tried to storm the building. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters, after the Internal Security Forces (ISF) said clashes wounded 40 of its members. … [Read more...] about Lebanese govt faces calls to resign as austerity protests spread
Recently-enacted Resolution 52 outlines policies to help reinvigorate the country’s relationship with Industry 4.0 tech Privately-held LienVietPostBank and its South Korean partner last week joined hands to bring Vi Viet, the bank’s flagship digital bank model, to South Korea for a test run of QR code payment deployment. Based on the bank’s study, the move does not impinge on current relevant regulations on risk management, loan limits, or international settlements. However, in a recent talk with VIR, Nguyen Dinh Thang, chairman of LienVietPostBank, raised his concerns over the potential compliance risks in the case of wider service deployment, as current regulations on digital banking, e-wallets and Electronic Know Your Customer (eKYC) remain unclear. The eKYC process is one in which approved entities require a digital ID system to authenticate or verify their customers’ identities and, in some cases, retrieve basic information about them. “We expect … [Read more...] about Compliance risk blocking banks from going digital
One nice thing about both Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh is you don’t have to go far for shopping If you’ve gotta travel, you’ve gotta shop! Finally got my nifty new visa without any fuss or bother but why, oh, why do the Cambodians and the Vietnamese feel the need to fill a whole page in a passport with a ridiculously overdesigned visa sticker? My ten-year passport now needs renewing and there’s still three years left on the passport’s validity! One nice thing about both Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh is you don’t have to go far for shopping. Another benefit is that both cities display far more civilized behavior about pedestrians. There’s none of the ‘run you down because I refuse to acknowledge your existence’ rubbish. The traffic actually stopped to let me pass when I was running late to cross the street! I hate to say it, but I’ve mostly given up trying to buy clothes in Vietnam. It just seems as though Vietnam exports … [Read more...] about A quiet Vietnamese visa run (part 2)
The legendary Truong Son Dong Road running through the hamlet offers advantages for local socio-economic development including tourism.(Photo: Le Phuong/VOV5) Its history, ecosystem, and culture qualify Kieu hamlet to become ecotourism village exhibiting the culture of Vietnam’s M'nong ethnic minority. VOV reports on Kieu’s prospects as a new-style rural ecotourism village. Since Y Gen Bya of Kieu hamlet began participating a year ago in a new-style rural ecotourism village project promoting the M'nong ethnic minority culture, he has been busy every day taking care of one hectare of coffee and 400 fruit trees and developing an agri-tourism farm. His orchard is doing well, with most of the fruit trees in blossom and fruiting. As the farm develops, tourism businesses will start bringing visitors to explore and experience. Y Gen Bya told VOV “Fruit trees like the local sandy soil and yield plenty of fruit. When the district administration advised me to develop … [Read more...] about Ecotourism prospects for Kieu hamlet on legendary Truong Son Dong Road