CHECKING: A referee checks a monitor before making a decision. AFP Photo Paul Kennedy Love it or hate it, VAR is here to stay. I’ve written about the controversial video assistant referee in the past, and no doubt I will write about it again in the future, but last weekend it was introduced to the Premier League. And the football following world is very much divided over the issue. When it was first mooted, and tried at various lower levels, I’ll be the first to admit I was dead against the idea. For me it took the soul out of football and made a fast and furiously-paced game a little too stop-start for my liking. Plus, and this was the big deal for me, it made the match devoid of controversy, which I believe is an important part of a football fans’ psyche. They say there is no better feeling than beating your rival team, but there is. Beating your rival team by a late controversial goal. A dubious penalty or an offside goal that upon closer inspection … [Read more...] about Got to get used to a changing game
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Children all over Việt Nam are out of school and excited about the summer holiday. How are they going to spend their free time? Phương Mai, San Hà and Ngọc Diệp talk to kids and their parents. Huỳnh Phong Sơn, a 12-year-old student from HCM City’s Hóc Môn District, says his parents want him to spend time on physical activities this summer. But that’s not all. He’s taking English and singing classes as well. “I play football with my neighbours every afternoon, and I swim with my cousins and friends on the weekends,” Sơn says. Though his family plans to travel this summer, he prefers to take part in summer camps and activities at cultural houses. “I can meet new friends and learn new things through fun activities.” To meet children’s needs, cultural houses, theatres and amusement parks in the city are preparing many kinds of programmes to welcome Children’s Day on … [Read more...] about What do kids want to do this summer?
By Minh Son  May 21, 2019 | 12:50 pm GMT+7 Ninety percent of suspected money laundering transactions in Vietnam are related to the banking system. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Tu Ninety percent of suspected money laundering transactions in Vietnam are linked to the banking system, a new report says. The anti-money laundering department under the State Bank of Vietnam says that the laundering that is happening in the banking sector could be related to embezzlement by high-profile people, gambling and tax evasion. A central bank report says that criminals often use bank accounts of different people to receive illegal money and to conceal the origins of illegal incomes. There is also a high risk of money laundering happening in the real estate and unofficial remittance channels, the report says. Criminals often ask family members to acquire and transfer properties to launder money. These transactions could be made with cash or direct banking transfers without going … [Read more...] about Banks used to launder black money
Thailand' Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has affirmed that the recently-ratified cyber security law would not be used to tap phone calls. The leader told investors in Bangkok on March 14 that cyber security should not be confused with human rights. The law is meant to strengthen online business security, he said, adding that no one will tap phone calls of others. It's about the protection of businesses because there could be huge fraud or illegal businesses, he said. The bill, which was passed by the Thai National Assembly on February 28, allows authorities to seize any computers or devices without a court warrant if there are critical threats to cyber security. After it was approved in principle by the cabinet in 2015, the bill was revised and presented to get public feedback in March 2018. The bill again underwent a public hearing from September 27 till October 10, … [Read more...] about Thai PM: cyber security law will not be used to tap phones
The Hanoitimes - PM Phuc hopes that Japan will continue supporting ASEAN’s efforts in strengthening dialogue and trust, creating a favorable environment for Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has highlighted ASEAN commitments to strengthen and promote comprehensive cooperation with Japan, stressing that Vietnam will do its utmost to improve the ASEAN-Japan strategic partnership. As the leader of the coordinator country, PM Phuc made the statement in his keynote address on ASEAN-Japan relations while attending the 21st ASEAN - Japan Summit and the celebration of the 45 years of ties between ASEAN and Japan in Singapore on November 14 within the framework of the 33rd ASEAN Summit. Leaders attended the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit in Singapore. Photo: Quang Hieu Phuc affirmed that the ASEAN-Japan strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation has seen good progress in all three pillars, with many practical … [Read more...] about Vietnam will do its utmost to improve the ASEAN-Japan partnership: PM Phuc