This year the annual symphony concert "Dieu Con Mai" (Things Everlasting) hosted by VietNamNet Newspaper will be held for the 10th straight year on September 2 at the Hanoi Opera House as usual. Watch the concert here The 10th edition of the concert, which is held to celebrate the country's National Day, will highlight a rock song titled Tam Hon Cua Da (Stone’s Soul) by late composer Tran Lap, according to director of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and general director of the concert Nguyen Tri Dung. At VietNamNet's press conference on August 23, Dung said the rock song will be a big change to the concert, which has long included Vietnamese pop songs and classical instrumental pieces. “Many people think classical music is a strict genre framed in limited pieces, but there are many rock and rap songs played by symphony orchestras as well,” Dung said. “Creations in the background of symphony music are not limited. This year, audiences … [Read more...] about VietNamNet’s annual concert to highlight rock song for the first time
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By An Phương Illustration by Trịnh Lập Lotus, a made-in-Việt Nam social media platform, debuted about two months ago. Together with recent launches of Gapo and Hahalolo and six other platforms that have yet to be introduced, I wonder if these homegrown social media apps can bring real value to Vietnamese users? Will they last? As a social media enthusiast, I have been trying the beta version of Lotus since September. Since this app was developed by over 200 technical engineers at Việt Nam Communications Corporation (VCCorp), my expectations for Lotus have been quite high. “Lotus takes a different path from other social networks, striving to be a content-centric platform that gives users freedom to be creative and produce more quality content,” Nguyễn Thế Tân, CEO of VCCorp, has said. A friend of mine, Thanh Quý, 26, said: "That explains why Lotus has … [Read more...] about What’s the future of homegrown social networking sites?
The average working day for bank worker Pham Hong Nhung in Hanoi normally starts at 7am and ends at around 8pm. Illustrative image -- File photo “My bank opens at 8am but I have to arrive earlier to prepare the cash. When the branch closes, my colleagues and I have to deal with paperwork, so we work up to 12 hours per day.” As well as working five and a half days per week, she sometimes has to attend events on Saturday evening or even on Sunday. “I am exhausted, to be honest. Both my health and looks are going downhill. I can't take proper care of my family as well. My son is only one and is not at nursery school yet, so I have to hire a nanny. My son might be even closer to her than me,” the 28-year-old says. Nhung revealed that bank clerks and other positions at the bank are also busy and overtime is seen as a routine for them. “Sometimes I even have to go to the office on weekends and national holidays,” says 30-year-old Hoang Lan Phuong, … [Read more...] about More overtime, less happiness?
This sorry state of public transportation in HCMC was highlighted at a city meeting Friday. More than 131 million people boarded public buses in the first eight months this year, down 13.2 percent over 2018, and meeting just 51 percent of this year’s target, officials said at the meeting. The city spends around VND1 trillion ($43 million) subsidizing bus operators each year, but they continue to report losses because the number of passengers has been falling. When they suffer losses, bus companies cut the number of trips they operate each day, resulting in more customers walking away because their needs are not met, said Tong Thi Thu Thanh, representative of the Quyet Thang Transport Bus Cooperative, which operates 136 out of around 3,000 buses in the city. "Even college students, the majority of bus passengers, are not using buses as much as before and the bus route designed particularly for office workers in Districts 1 and 2 have failed to attract customers," she added. Le … [Read more...] about Public buses fall out of public favor in Saigon
Financial Markets A predicted scenario By Ho Le Sunday, Nov 17, 2019,12:12 (GMT+7) A predicted scenarioBy Ho Le The market has also witnessed a breakthrough of jointstock commercial banks with multithousand-billion dong profits in the first nine months. Sacombank was among them – PHOTO: THANH HOA For the first time in years, the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has fallen out of the list of the top five profitable banks in the face of the strong growth of joint-stock commercial banks. However, in view of developments over the past three years, the fall seems to be a predicted scenario. With a consolidated pre-tax profit of VND7,028 billion in the first nine months of this year, a year-on-year fall of 3.1%, BIDV is the first bank to record a profit drop among banks which have published financial reports in Q3. The bank has also fallen out of the list of the top five profitable banks, being … [Read more...] about A predicted scenario