By Phan Thao – Translated by Kim Khanh
QUẢNG TRỊ – The People’s Committee in the central province of Quảng Trị signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) via a video conference late last week.
The two sides have agreed that this year the Singaporean not-for-profit organisation will introduce experts to assist the province with its planning and propose ideas, solutions, and adjustments to a master plan for the South East Quảng Trị coastal economic zone.
Quảng Trị authorities have allowed enterprises introduced by SMF to conduct feasibility studies and submit investment proposals for certain infrastructure projects, including those on the construction of airports, seaports, and industrial parks.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Lê Quang Tùng said the agreement marked a milestone in Quảng Trị’s socio-economic development strategy and would present opportunities for the comprehensive and sustainable development of the two sides’ operations in the future.
He also voiced his hope that SMF would promptly carry out cooperation plans and propose ideas that capitalise on the potential and advantages the province holds.
SMF had studied opportunities for Singaporean firms to invest in Quảng Trị since 2016, SMF President Douglas Foo said. — VNS
The event was co-organized by the Russian Embassy in Vietnam, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Eurowindow Holding Corporation.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Vnukov Konstantin Vasilievich stressed that Vietnam and Russia are working together to promote a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. The two sides have also strengthened cooperation in all fields and further expanded activities in culture, education, and people-to-people exchanges.
The ambassador affirmed that Russia has contributed to world artistic heritage in various fields such as literature, music and visual arts. The “Russian melodies” art performance offered an opportunity for Vietnamese to enjoy the Russian folk songs performed by famous singer Natalia Kirillova and the “Stradivalenki” quartet, he added.
Translated by Lam Anh
Due to the urgent demand in the fight against Covid- 19, the National Council for Ethics in Biomedical Research has allowed the third phase trial of the Nano Covax vaccine to evaluate its trial results. Around 13,000 volunteers get jabs in phase 3 of human trials of home-grown Nano Covax vaccine to evaluate its effectiveness.
By Thanh Loan – Translated by Uyen Phuong
|Portugal’s Diogo Queirós (L) fights for the ball with Germany’s Karim Adeyemi during the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final football match between Germany and Portugal at Stadium Stozice in Ljubljana on June 6, 2021. Jure Makovec / AFP|
The goal arrived just four minutes into the second half in the Slovenian capital, with Ridle Baku setting up Nmecha and the striker’s first touch taking him around goalkeeper Diogo Costa before he slotted home.
Forward Nmecha, 22, belongs to Manchester City but has been loaned out to a succession of clubs and has just enjoyed a prolific campaign in Belgium with Anderlecht.
Florian Wirtz, the Bayer Leverkusen starlet who netted a brace as Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the semi-finals, also hit the bar in the first half.
Germany also won the Under-21 title in 2009 and 2017, before losing 2-1 to Spain in the final of the last tournament, in Italy in 2019.
Coach Stefan Kuntz, who played in Germany’s Euro 96-winning side, was also in charge of the team that won the title in 2017.
It is Portugal’s second defeat in the final of this competition in four editions after they were beaten on penalties by Sweden in 2015.
Germany will now hope their senior side can take inspiration from their Under-21 team as they also face Portugal in the group stage of Euro 2020 later this month.
Three Vietnamese football clubs will take part in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup 2021, following the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) making changes to the way that teams qualify for continental competitions.
The changes will see a total of 54 teams participate in the AFC Champions League, of which 32 sides will go straight into the group stage, while the remaining 22 teams will compete in a play-off for the right to progress.
For Vietnam, V.League 1 winners will automatically qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League.
These changes will come into effect for the next version of the AFC Champions League, which is scheduled to take place from February 8 to November 27, 2021.
Furthermore, the AFC Cup will see 10 teams automatically qualify for the group stage from the Southeast Asian region, in addition to six teams competing in the play-offs.
Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore will each have two representatives who will go straight into the group stage.
The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) will therefore select teams to compete in the AFC Cup based on their performance in the National Cup. Hanoi FC, who beat Viettel FC to win National Cup on September 20, have therefore earned a ticket to enter the next version of the AFC Cup.
In the event that Hanoi FC win the V.League 1, they will instead compete in the AFC Champions League. This will result in the second and third placed teams in the V.League 1 being given the chance to compete in the AFC Cup. If Hanoi finish second in the V.League 1, they will compete in the AFC Cup alongside the third placed team.
The next iteration of the AFC Cup is scheduled be held from February 8 to November 6, 2021.