Le Thanh Trung, deputy general director of HDBank, receives the award for being the “Company with the best M&A Strategy of the Decade (2009-18) at the Viet Nam M&A Forum this week. – Photo Courtesy of HDBank. The HCM City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank won two awards at the Viet Nam M&A Forum for being the “Company with the best Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Strategy of the Decade (2009-18) and making the “Outstanding IPO in 2017-18” in HCM City on August 8. It was the only bank among the nominees for the best M&A strategy of the decade. The jury hailed HDBank’s two eye-popping M&A deals in 2013: its acquisition of DaiABank and Société Générale Viet Finance, a French consumer finance company now renamed HD Saison Finance Co., Ltd. The two deals also came in for praise from financial and banking experts for their both deployment methods and strong growth potential post-merger. After the merger the … [Read more...] about HDBank walks away with best MA strategy of the decade award
Viet Nam News By Linh Do Last month, my 16-year-old cousin from America visited Viet Nam. She had been here many times before when she was a child. Yet in this visit, as a teenager with a fully grown female body, she was in for a surprise. The girl wore scanty tank tops and very short shorts as she walked around. People stared. Intrusively. Rudely. Which made her very uncomfortable. I was at a loss, not knowing how to respond to this sexually charged cultural crossroads. The girl enjoyed wearing what she wore, it was her taste, her choice, her freedom, her right. At the same time, people couldn’t help staring either. In the West, choice, freedom and rights are often the catchwords. For about 150 years, spearheaded by Western feminism, women all over the world have been fighting for the right to be equal with men. We have gained access to education, politics and whatever sphere of life we desire. In terms of sexuality, we have made great strides. We can marry, … [Read more...] about Walking the tightrope of female sexuality
In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, Choe Son-hui, a North Korean vice foreign minister, said that whether the June 12 summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump will happen as scheduled entirely rests on the decision and behavior of the U.S. "Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States," Choe said. "In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit," she added. DPRK is the abbreviation of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The threat came after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump held a summit in Washington on Tuesday (local time). Trump suggested the summit with the North might not take place on June 12. North Korea has ramped up … [Read more...] about N. Korea threatens to walk away from planned summit with U.S.
By the water: Trịnh Công Sơn Street is known as a romantic and peaceful spot. VNS photo Thái Hà Viet Nam News by An Vũ Trịnh Công Sơn walking street, some 900m long, is a fitting tribute to its namesake, late musician Trịnh Công Sơn (1939-2001), a celebrated Vietnamese musician, songwriter, painter and poet. The street, which was officially opened to public in October last year, stretches between Lạc Long Quân and Âu Cơ streets. Visually, it is a poetic meeting of longan trees, Vệ Hồ Lake, lotus ponds, a large square and a long leafy road like those seen in scenic popular dramas. Because the street is named after the musician, some live shows are organised in his memory. Singers perform his songs like Lulling You, Great Circle of Life, Old Flame and others. Like other young couples, Trần Nguyên Vũ and Nguyễn … [Read more...] about Walking street pays tribute to Trịnh Công Sơn
A file picture of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Apr 28, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Alexander Nemenov) Trump has threatened to abandon the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, demanding his country's European allies "fix the terrible flaws" or he will re-impose sanctions. The nuclear deal was struck in 2015 between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, then led by Barack Obama. Under the pact, sanctions were lifted in return for a commitment not to pursue a nuclear bomb, but Iran says it is not reaping the rewards despite complying with the deal. "If the United States withdraws from the nuclear deal, then we will not stay in it," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by the state television website. As Iran's all-powerful leader, Khamenei has the final word on all policy matters, foreign and domestic, … [Read more...] about Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if US walks away