Despite cold weather and light rain, Hanoi warmed up last weekend with the 2018 International Food Festival, which offered signature dishes from countries across the world and from all regions of Vietnam as well as cultural performances. This was the fifth annual cultural – charity fund-raising event, hosted by the Service Department for Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign embassies in Hanoi, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provincial departments of foreign affairs, and local businesses showcased and sold their typical foods, beverages and souvenirs at more than 130 booths. From early morning, foreign ambassadors joined the “Master Chef” competition, experiencing how to make summer rolls to the South Vietnam style. The festival is a chance for nationals to exchange culture and enhance mutual understanding as well as to promote Vietnam’s tourism to international visitors through embassies and foreign cultural centers. … [Read more...] about Photo gallery – A lively world food tour in Hanoi – Hanoi Times
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Players of Argentina's River Plate celebrate with the trophy after beating Argentina's Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores final football match. (Source: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Boca took the lead through Dario Benedetto but Lucas Pratto equalised before Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez both scored in extra time to win a fittingly dramatic contest for River. It means River prevailed 5-3 on aggregate after the first leg finished 2-2 and the club reclaim the trophy they had last won in 2015, lifting it for the fourth time in their history. "The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup and giving it to the people of Boca," Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. "It is difficult to say to people that we haven't won, especially those that made so much effort to come from Argentina." Postponed on three occasions and then relocated from Buenos Aires to Madrid, the supporters of these two great clubs showed in the Santiago Bernabeu why this fixture had been billed as … [Read more...] about River edge out Boca after extra time to win Copa Libertadores
Viet Nam News PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on the "yellow vest" crisis today and meet trade unionists and business leaders in search of a way to end the protests that have rocked France. The president will speak to the French people at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT), his Elysee office announced -- his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide anti-government demonstrations which again turned violent Saturday in Paris and other cities. Government officials have said the 40-year-old centrist would announce "immediate and concrete measures" to respond to protesters’ grievances. Calls have multiplied across the political spectrum for drastic action, with former far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen urging Macron to "recognise society’s suffering and deliver immediate, very strong responses". "It is clear that we underestimated people’s need to make themselves heard," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told Europe 1 radio on … [Read more...] about Macron to meet unions, address nation seeking to end ’yellow vest’ crisis
When will it be time to test the sovereign bond? (08-05-2008) by Ha Phuong HA NOI — The Viet Nam government decision to once again postpone its US$1 billion sovereign bond issue has sparked questions about how to pick the time to enter the market. Pime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the National Assembly meeting on Tuesday: "The sovereign bond issuance will be done at a suitable time." The Finance Ministry’s external financing department director Nguyen Thanh Do told Viet Nam News yesterday: "The words ‘suitable time’ might apply when the global credit crisis eases; the domestic financial market is rejuvenated and inflationary pressure retreats. "These are three major reasons for the waiting. I don’t think the Government will issue bonds until they change for the better." With the fighting of inflation the priority, raising more dollars and then pumping more money into projects would mean more money in circulation and more inflation, he said. The statement … [Read more...] about When will it be time to test the sovereign bond?
VietNamNet Bridge - On February 13th, some kindergartens in Long Bien district (Hanoi) informed parents about changing school hours. From February 14th, the ending time is earlier, from 16:30 to 17:00. This change has worried parents when their working hours remain unchanged, finishing at 17:30. Many parents have to steal time at work by leaving office early to collect their children. Some parents bring the children back to the office to accomplish their work. This is unavoidable when children’s school time finishes before parents’ working time. Many parents have to pay someone else to gather their children, increasing the family expenditure. Many other parents fall into serious disputes to decide who to collect their kids. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thuy – former Director of Transportation Publishing House, said: “the time adjustment doesn’t help much in reducing traffic jams. It is just a temporary solution. It has caused much mess for … [Read more...] about Civil servants steal time at work for their children