By Hoang Son - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Professor Ngo Bao Chau on Thursday became the first Vietnamese to win a Fields Medal as the most honorable mathematics award is comparable to the Nobel prize in other fields. The 38-year-old professor’s outstanding achievement makes Vietnam the second nation in Asia – the other one being Japan – to have won a Fields award in the decades-long history of the prize. Chau, who will start working as a professor at the U.S.-based Chicago University from September 1, was among four mathematicians to win the top prize at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 kicking off in Hyderabad in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. The other three are an Israeli, a Russian and a Frenchman. The young professor, a native of Hanoi, rose to stardom after successfully solving the Fundamental Lemma for the Langlands program in 2008. His achievement was selected by Time magazine as one of the Top Ten … [Read more...] about First Vietnamese wins Fields Medal
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Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S. Reported by Pham Le California Waste Solutions (CWS) has won a decisive campaign against its rival, Waste Management Inc., the largest waste treatment company in the U.S. The prize is a package worth US$2.7 billion, which allows CWS to manage waste collection and disposal for the Californian city of Oakland for 20 years. The Saigon Times interviewed CWS General Director David Duong on his winning of this package as well as implementation of projects in Vietnam. Q: Could you elaborate on this US$2.7-billion package? How long did it take for you to win it? A: We’re very glad that seven out of eight members of the Oakland City Council voted for CWS as the entity undertaking waste collection and disposal for the city, where we are just the minority, much smaller than our rival, Waste Management, a company with branches in all 50 states of the U.S. as well as many countries around the world. CWS was chosen in part because we … [Read more...] about Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S.
Vietnam wins Best National Dress at Miss Supranational Model Chung Thuc Quyen won Best National Dress at Miss Supranational 2009 with ao tu than and quai thao hat (traditional costumes of the North of Vietnam) in Plock City, Poland last week, VnExpress reports. Miss Supranational 2009 is an international beauty contest organized by the World Beauty Association (WBA), attracting over 100 beauties from around the world. The prizes for Miss Supranational 2009 are US$25,000 for Miss Supranational, US$5,000 for the first runner-up, US$3,000 for the second runner-up, US$2,000 for the third place getter and US$1,000 for the fourth winner. Beauties that enter the Top 5 of the competition have a chance to win a diamond worth over US$10,000. … [Read more...] about Vietnam wins Best National Dress at Miss Supranational
A Vietnamese Canadian writer has recently won the 14th annual Canada Reads award from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The Montreal-based author, Kim Thuy, won the award for her novel titled “Ru” (Lullaby) which was defended at the awards, themed “One Book To Break Barriers", by the artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Cameron Bailey. Each nominated book at the award had a defender to support and provide reasons why he/she advised readers to read the book he/she chose. "This is one of the millions of stories of migration in this country. It is the story of a Vietnamese Canadian woman migrating from Vietnam to Canada. It is harrowing, beautiful and has incredibly compressed, perfect writing,” Bailey said of the book on the CBC’s website. “This is the story of the future of Canada. It's a country built on the genius of the aboriginal people who lived here for thousands of years, but the next step is going to … [Read more...] about Vietnam-originated writer wins Canadian book award
British-born Oliver Hart and Finland's Bengt Holmstrom won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work that addresses a host of questions from how best to reward executives to whether schools and prisons should be privately owned. Their findings on contract theory have implications in such areas as corporate governance, bankruptcy legislation and political constitutions, said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which announced the 8 million Swedish crown ($928,000) prize. "This theory has really been incredibly important, not just for economics, but also for other social sciences," said Per Stromberg, a member of the prize committee and professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Contract theory considers, for example, whether managers should get paid bonuses or stock options, or whether teachers or healthcare workers should be paid fixed rates or by performance-based criteria. Hart is an economics professor at Harvard University while Holmstrom is a professor of economics … [Read more...] about Two economists win Nobel for insights on setting pay, rewards