The team won three titles at 2021 U.S. Online Collegiate Rapid and Blitz Championships, including the Individual Rapid, Individual Blitz and Team Rapid. Webster has been ranked number one in Division I College Chess since it started in August 2012. Liem used to be a team captain as a student at the university. He helped the team win four inter-school championships before graduating in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in finance and management. In April this year, he was appointed the new coach of the team, taking over the position from Susan Polgar, former women's World Champion, who decided to retire after nine years on the job due to health. A chess prodigy in Vietnam, Liem earned the title of grandmaster at 15 and is currently the number one chess player in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. He is best known for winning the World Blitz Chess Championship in 2013, having bested several elite players. Liem is 31st in world rankings with an Elo rating of 2709. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese grandmaster leads US chess team to three national titles
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The Government sets a growth target of 6-6.5 percent next year, according to a report presented by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the opening ceremony of the National Assembly’s second sitting this morning. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh presents a report at the opening ceremony of the second sitting of the 15th National Assembly, Hanoi, October 20, 2021. Photo: VGP The Government also targets to keep budget overspending around 4 percent of the gross domestic product. To achieve the above targets, the Government will adopt and implement an overall strategy on COVID-19 prevention and control, increase vaccination coverage, and improve capability of the country’s healthcare system, said PM Pham Minh Chinh. The Government will focus on economic recovery and give priority to improving institutions, quality of legal documents, law enforcement capacity while determining to make substantial progress in restructuring the economy in association with growth model … [Read more...] about Gov’t sets growth target of at least 6% for 2022
Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao praised the proposals and initiatives of Vietnam and hoped that it would share its experiences with other ITU member countries. The ITU is a specialized organization of the United Nations established on July 15, 1947. The ITU has 193 member countries, and more than 700 associate members that are businesses, research institutions operating in the fields of telecommunications and information technology, and regional and international organizations. The ITU is an organization with the mission of maintaining and strengthening international cooperation in the fields of wireline, radio, fiber optic cable, and satellite in all member countries to enable the use of telecommunications in the most effective way. Vietnam’s role in ITU Since 1975, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has been the sole legal representative of Vietnam to participate in the ITU. In recent years, … [Read more...] about What is Vietnam’s role in the International Telecommunication Union?
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on October 21 hosted a reception for Kidong Park , UN Resident Coordinator and interim, and chief representatives of UN organisations in Vietnam on the occasion of the UN’s upcoming founding anniversary (October 24, 1945 – 2021). At the event, Chinh stated Vietnam highly values the UN's achievements since its establishment. The UN continues to play a very important role in preventing conflicts, upholding international law, promoting sustainable development and climate change response, and protecting human rights, he added. The PM emphasised that Vietnam always treasures the UN’s valuable assistance for the country over the past four decades. At this difficult time of the country's current fight against COVID-19, the UN’s aid has came in forms of medical equipment and supplies, professional and policy advice on pandemic prevention and control, … [Read more...] about Prime Minister hosts UN representatives in Vietnam
The Government has set up taskforces specialized in addressing concerns of businesses that have been severely affected by the pandemic. Foreign investors continue to show strong commitments to doing business in Vietnam and have been expanding their presence in the country. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang. Source: MoFA Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang gave the statement in a monthly press conference held today [October 21]. “Vietnamese authorities stand ready to provide the maximum support to foreign businesses and investors and get all economic activities back to normal and avoid possible disruption in the supply chains,” Hang said. Hang added the Government has set up multiple taskforces specialized in addressing concerns of businesses who have been severely affected by the pandemic. As of September 20, Vietnam attracted over US$22.15 billion in FDI commitments, an increase of 4.4% year on … [Read more...] about Foreign businesses continue to expand investment in Vietnam
The committee said in a report that apart from VND18.1 trillion ($795 million) from the state budget, the Covid-19 vaccine fund has raised VND8.693 trillion, which means Vietnam now has around VND26.8 trillion, sufficient for purchasing vaccines needed to inoculate 75 million of its 96 million population. The vaccine fund was set up in May to raise contributions from various sources, including private companies and citizens, to ease the state budget’s burden. By the end of September, Vietnam had spent VND15.534 trillion buying vaccines – VND7.96 trillion from the vaccine fund and the rest from the state budget, the committee said. The nation now has VND11.27 trillion left – VND10.53 trillion from the state budget and VND733 billion from the vaccine fund – that can be used to purchase more vaccine doses. Vietnam aims to procure 150 million doses of vaccines at an estimated cost of VND25.2 trillion to cover 70 percent of its population this year, the Health Ministry had announced … [Read more...] about Vietnam can buy Covid-19 vaccines for all citizens