VietNamNet Bridge - With 80 million magnetic cards in circulation, commercial banks would have to spend trillions of dong to convert them into chip cards to ensure security. According to the State Bank of Vietnam, by the end of the third quarter, commercial banks had issued 147 million payment cards of different kinds. With the standards of domestic chip cards set by the State Bank, commercial banks can order chip card products from overseas as the standards are equal to EVM standards of international chip cards. With the standards of domestic chip cards set by the State Bank, commercial banks can order chip card products from overseas as the standards are equal to EVM standards of international chip cards. RELATED NEWS Are bank card criminals flocking to Vietnam? High number of bank cards are inactive Thanh Lich … [Read more...] about How much does it cost to convert magnetic into chip cards?
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Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News By Hoàng Hồ After an incredible fight, actress Mai Phương, who has been receiving special treatment for aggressive lung cancer, has been discharged from Military Hospital 175 into the loving arms of friends, family, fans and colleagues. Although the battle against cancer is not over, with Phương facing many more hospital visits and follow-up appointments, her journey has been remarkable and inspirational. Since the first days of her treatment, the hospital has welcomed visits from many celebrities to help and encourage Phương. With continuous updates on the media and thousands of messages from fans on Facebook around Việt Nam, everything seemed to be going well, until actor Gia Bảo – a close friend of Phương’s, spoke up and caused some ripples. “If you don’t have a close relationship with the patient, you can just … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?
Doctors said there was no hope. The baby would die. The broken-hearted father signed the cremation papers. He could not take her to their native place for burial because the premature baby’s mother, his wife, was still in the hospital and had to be tended to. Later, the sad parents went to the hospital to collect the ashes, but could not. They returned home, accepting their fate. But... In a story that twists at every turn with ifs and buts, the baby did not die. No chance “When I was six months pregnant, doctors at the district hospital said my baby had congenital hydrocephalus (a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates within the brain and increases pressure inside the skull). They advised me to give her up. “Even if she was born, she would not survive (for long), they noted,” said Khong Thi Thu Trang, sitting in her small house in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. Trang and her husband did not lose hope immediately. They went to the Tu Du … [Read more...] about A baby dies, survives and reunites with long-lost Vietnamese mother
Proud: Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones at the Ironman Finish. — Photo Schaub-Jones Viet Nam News Việt Nam News talks to Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones about her experience of taking part in Ironman, the largest international multi-sport event in the country, recently held in Đà Nẵng. Could you tell us about your Ironman experience? It was an extraordinary experience! People from all over the world gathered in Da Nang to try their best from beginner triathlete to pro: 2km swim in a very choppy sea, 90km cycling and 21km running under the burning sun. Exciting atmosphere. Beautiful scenery. What do you think is the key to this challenge and how long did you train? I think the key is to be fit and even more important is the mental aspect. You need to be strong mentally, have strategies in place and also focus on nutrition and hydration. This is mostly a self-challenge goal, what do you think you have achieved after you made it? I … [Read more...] about Taking on the Ironman challenge
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?