Tet Flowers Hit by Bad Weather - News on 15 December 2016

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Tết flowers hit by bad weather

Flower villages in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta fear their supply of flowers and ornamental plants for Tết (Lunar New Year) next month will decline because of unfavourable weather.

Prolonged rains late last month and early this month in the delta caused inundation that killed many plants and caused others to blossom early. Nguyễn Thị Lùn of Long Thới Commune in Bến Tre Province's Chợ Lách District, one of the largest flower growing areas in the delta, said she planted more than 1,500 pots of daisy three months ago. "However, prolonged rains inundated them and killed them.

To have flowers to sell during Tết, I have had to switch to marigold." Nguyễn Văn Thảnh of Chợ Lách District's Hưng Khánh Trung B Commune said drought and saltwater intrusion earlier this year damaged half of the 3,000 kumquat trees he was growing for Tết. "I tried to rescue the remaining trees but they are growing too slowly and are not good looking like in previous years." Drought and …

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Universities can’t keep in touch with graduates

One of the new norms when approving scheduled enrollment figures next year for universities and colleges requires them to produce statistics on students' employment after graduating, but many schools said that this was impossible.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) asked universities and colleges to compile the statistics and post them online, but many schools expressed concerns. Universities and colleges must report the number of former students employed, unemployed and in post-graduate training. The report should define their students' work place, such as state, private or foreign joint-stock enterprises.

The schools must also assess students' employment and adjust their curriculum and teaching methods to improve training quality. Deputy education minister Bùi Văn Ga said that universities and colleges would collect information about students who graduated from 2015. The reports should be sent to the MoET before January 1 annually. But as yet, …

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Futsal Cup lures nine participants from HCM City

The National Futsal Cup will be organised on December 23-30 with the participation of nine clubs from HCM City. It is the tournament's second year, which will see Hải Phương Nam Phú Nhuận defend their title.

The reigning champions and four other teams -- Thái Sơn Nam, Sanna Khánh Hòa, Thái Sơn Bắc and Sanatech Khánh Hòa - received byes to the final round, while the remaining four will have to compete in a qualification round. Only the strongest among them will advance to the final round. Then, the six teams will be divided into pairs. The winner of those pairs will enter the semi-finals.

The tournament's qualification round will be held at the Thái Sơn Nam Gymnasium, while the finals are at the Rạch Miễu Gymnasium. The champions will walk away with VNĐ50 million (US$2,300) as prize money.…

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VN looks to modernise workforce ahead of automation

Improving workforce skills has become a top priority as Việt Nam deals with the changing nature of work in the era of technology when many low-skilled workers will be at risk of losing jobs to automation.

This is part of the answer to the question of "how Việt Nam will address changing technologies and skills needs in the labour market" - the theme of first National Policy Dialogue on Future of Work which was organised in Hà Nội by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Tuesday. "Globalisation and technology revolution are posing increasingly greater challenges for Việt Nam's economy," said Deputy Minister of MoLISA Đào Hồng Lan, adding that the country's labour force will grow from 55.5 million on 2016 to 62 million in 2025. "In order to annually increase the demand for jobs, the economy needs to create roughly 650 thousand jobs, and structural labour changes will be one of the feasible ways to …

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HBSO celebrates Christmas

The choir and soloists from the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will perform at the "Dreaming on Christmas Eve" concert at the Opera House on December 18.

The event will open with well-known excerpts from Messiah, an English-language oratorio composed by Handel in 1741, including For unto Us a Child is Born and Hallelujah. Soprano Duyên Huyên will sing Ave Maria by Mascagni, while baritone Đào Mác will perform an excerpt Grosser Herr from the oratorio Christmas by Bach. Soprano Phạm Khánh Ngọc, runner-up at the 2016 International Vocal Competition SLO-ASEAN in Singapore, will continue the programme with the 20th century composer Max Reger's Maria Wiegenlied and Let the Bright Seraphim from Handel's oratorio Samson.

The choral excerpt Tollite Hostias from the Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio) by Camille Saint-Saëns will also be featured. The concert will end with Christmas carols and songs, including Silent Night, Christmas Rocks …

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talks with US President-elect Donald Trump

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talked on the phone with US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister congratulated Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States of America and affirmed that Vietnam attached great importance to friendship and cooperation with the US. President-elect Trump applauded Vietnam's achievements in past years and improvements of bilateral ties between Vietnam and the US. He said the US wanted to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Vietnam. The two leaders discussed ways to boost economic, trade, and investment ties in the near future. …

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Treasury mobilises over $12 billion with bond issue

The Việt Nam State Treasury mobilised more than VNĐ281.294 trillion (US$12.39 billion) through G-bonds by December 7, meeting the annual plan set by the National Assembly.

Speaking at a press conference to review the State Treasury's performance in 2016, held in Hà Nội yesterday, Deputy Director of the State Treasury's fund management division Trịnh Thị Vân Anh attributed the success to Việt Nam's macroeconomic stability, low inflation and interest rates in 2016.

Thanks to domestic economic stability, foreign investors were more interested in investment in Việt Nam, Anh said, adding that the proportion of foreign investors participating in G-bond trading in 2016 increased to 12 per cent from 8.5 per cent in 2015. Besides this, she said, the Government's timely revision on policies, including related to capital mobilisation, also contributed to the success of the G-bond issue in 2016. …

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