By Minh Phong – Translated by Kim Khanh
The clip shows images of Do My Linh, Miss Vietnam 2016, as she takes part in the Top Model competition.
The Hanoi native was one of the 20 winners from the head to head challenge, receiving the Beauty With A Purpose title, and securing a Top 40 finish at the Miss World 2017 pageant.
The clip also portrays Luong Thuy Linh joining a charity project in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. The Vietnamese entrant progressed to the Top 10 of the Beauty With A Purpose competition.
Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, was among the Top 10 finalists of the Top Model competition and finished among the Top 12 of the global pageant in the same year.
Do Thi Ha, Miss Vietnam 2020 will represent the country at Miss World 2021 which is scheduled to get underway in Puerto Rico this December.
In early March global beauty website Missosology released its second hot picks for Miss World 2021, with the girl from Thanh Hoa being ranked in seventh position.
HCM City is looking for breakthrough models and solutions to realize the goal of becoming a smart, dynamic, creative, regional- and international class metropolis, the city’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said.
Income per capita of $37,000 by 2045
HCM City’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said at a recent seminar on HCM City’s development orientation to 2045 that, for more than 45 years, Ho Chi Minh City has been the largest city in the country in terms of population and economic scale. The economic sectors are moving towards modernity, with an increase in services and industry.
Based on the current situation and the country’s goal to become a developed, high-income country by 2045, the city has set medium and long-term goals.
Specifically, by 2025, it will be a smart, modern-oriented industrial and service city, maintaining the leading role of the economy and the growth engine of the Southern key economic region and the whole country, being a pioneer in innovation, and a civilized, modern city with good quality of life and per capita GRDP reaching $8,500.
By 2030, HCM City will be a city of services, with a modern industry, a cultural city, a leader in digital economy and digital society, with per capita GRDP of about $13,000; and an economic, financial, commercial, scientific, technological and cultural center of Southeast Asia.
HCM City’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong
By 2045, the city will become the economic and financial center of Asia, a city of sustainable development, high quality of life, and GRDP per capita of about $37,000, an attractive destination for the world.
To implement these orientations, according to experts, the city must analyze, evaluate and forecast specific development factors and conditions, arousing its own potential and strengths; and search for breakthrough models and solutions to develop in the new and specify models and solutions.
Mr. Tran Hoang Ngan, Director of the Institute for HCM City Development Research, said that the city’s development should follow the direction of a sustainable, developed and smart city. In particular, it is necessary to focus on speeding up digital government and digital society, and improving the quality of public services.
Experts said that the city needed to improve productivity, join global value chains, and apply artificial intelligence (AI) in economic-financial forecasting and simulation by developing quantum computing or applying sci-tech in smart cities and digital society. These can all help the city realize its development goals from now to 2045.
Turning Thu Duc City into center of Eastern region urban chain
The city of Thu Duc.
Many experts said that HCM City needs a strategic direction for the development of Thu Duc City to be worthy of a new city within a city connected with urban areas in the Southeast. At the same time, the city must move towards a circular economy, towards the goal of sustainable development.
Economist Tran Du Lich said that under a plan approved by the Prime Minister in 2013, Ho Chi Minh City has 17 urban areas from grade 3 to grade 1.
In the region’s urban centers, such towns as Bien Hoa City (Dong Nai province); Di An town (Binh Duong province); Nhon Trach City (Dong Nai); Long Thanh airport urban area; Phu My Town (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), and others together with Thu Duc City, will form a chain of urban areas.
Once traffic infrastructure connects the areas, such as ring roads 2 and 3 and bridges over Dong Nai river link Thu Duc city with Bien Hoa city, Thu Duc City will help speed up the development of urban areas in eastern Ho Chi Minh City.
At the same time, developing Ho Chi Minh City in the direction of a multi-center will reduce the pressure of economic activities and population in the inner city. This is the main development direction to solve traffic jams and environmental pollution.
“It can be said that Thu Duc city is the driving force to develop the urban area of Ho Chi Minh City to the East,” Dr. Tran Du Lich said.
|Mastercard New Payments Index survey conducted across 18 markets globally|
This is according to the Mastercard New Payments Index which reveals that 84 per cent of consumers in APAC already have access to more ways to pay compared to one year ago. Of note for entrepreneurs, 74 per cent of respondents said that they would shop at small businesses with greater frequency if they offered additional payment options.
“Mastercard’s study finds that people in the Asia-Pacific region haven’t just adopted new payment technologies – they’ve made deliberate shifts based partly on necessity, but also on considerations around personal safety, security, and convenience at a time when these concerns were paramount,” said Sandeep Malhotra, executive vice president, Products & Innovation, Asia-Pacific, Mastercard. “Consumers in the Asia-Pacific have already gained recognition globally for their openness to new technologies and innovation, and these findings confirm that this trend is only set to continue as more digital payment options rapidly become mainstream in this part of the world.”
|Another highlight in the survey is that consumers are increasingly showing interest in being able to spend crypto assets for everyday purchases.|
Looking ahead, the use of a range of payment technologies is trending upwards as people’s comfort with and understanding of them increases – while the use of cash steadily decreases.
In fact, in the coming year, 69 per cent of respondents in the Asia-Pacific say they plan to use cash less frequently. Meanwhile, digital or mobile wallets have gained significant popularity amongst consumers in the Asia-Pacific, with 68 per cent of respondents anticipating using this type of payment in the next year – higher than the global average of 62 per cent.
“This behaviour shift is reinforced by people’s desire for choice – with 85 per cent of consumers in the Asia-Pacific saying that they expect to make purchases when and how they want. Businesses that can provide multiple ways to shop and pay will be best positioned to meet the unique needs of this moment that are shaping the future of commerce for years to come,” added Malhotra.
According to Mastercard’s fresh survey, 84 per cent of consumers in the Asia-Pacific have seen their access to emerging forms of payments increase in the past year alone. While 88 per cent used at least one emerging payment type in the last year, two-thirds (64 per cent) of all respondents (including 75 per cent of millennials) say they tried new payment methods that they would not have tried were it not for the pandemic. In fact, 60 per cent of consumers polled say they would avoid merchants that do not accept electronic payments of any kind.
The survey also indicates that QR codes have gained particularly strong traction in the Asia-Pacific compared to the rest of the world. Of those who used QR codes for payment, 63 per cent said they used them more frequently in the last year than they had in the past.
Another highlight in the survey is that consumers are increasingly showing interest in being able to spend crypto assets for everyday purchases.
45 per cent of those surveyed in the Asia-Pacific say they are likely to consider using cryptocurrency in the next year – a huge jump over the 12 per cent that already used it in the last year, and higher than the global average of 40 per cent.
Millennials and centennials are relatively more comfortable using cryptocurrency (41 per cent) compared to Gen X and Boomers (26 per cent), with 71 per cent of millennials saying they are more open to using it than they were a year ago.
Perceptions of safety and convenience have been front and centre for people over the past year. 64 per cent of consumers in the Asia-Pacific say they are excited about the potential of biometric verification methods like gait or walk assessments and fingerprint authorisation. In fact, 62 per cent feel safer using biometrics to verify a purchase than entering a pin.
In addition, many Asia-Pacific consumers place trust in issuers and networks to provide tools 1that keep their financial information secure, with 45 per cent agreeing that they would place 1their trust in their payment provider to follow security best practices.
On the flip side, the top reasons given for not trying new payment methods include security concerns (47 per cent) and data protection concerns (42 per cent).
In the first quarter of 2021 alone, Mastercard saw one billion more contactless transactions than in the same period of 2020, with particular momentum in India and Thailand where usage grew two- and four-fold on-year, respectively.
By Anh Duc
It was revealed Thursday that several players of the Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) club had come into contact with a man who had made contact with a woman, who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, on a flight from Da Nang to Vinh, Nghe An’s capital. The Vietnam Professional Football JSC (VPF) then suspended the Hanoi v. SLNA match that was to be played Friday afternoon.
Since all games of the round need to be conducted at the same time frame to ensure fairness, all the remaining six matches of Round 13 would be suspended as well, the VPF said.
Round 13, or the last round of the first leg of the top-flight V. League, is crucial as it will decide the top six and bottom eight. The top six teams from the first leg will compete for the title while the bottom eight will have to battle to avoid relegation.
A schedule for future matches is yet to be decided as the V. League would have to make room for the national football team to prepare for their World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
According to the HCMC Center for Disease Control (CDC), those who have made indirect contact with a coronavirus case through someone else would need to self-isolate at home until test results confirm their infection status.
Vietnam is currently experiencing its fourth Covid-19 outbreak. It has seen 64 community transmissions since last week in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City as well as provinces of Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Hai Duong, and Yen Bai.