Weekend News Summary: 15 - 16 July


This weekend may or may not have been interesting, depending on where you were or what you were doing but as always, there was a fair bit of news that happened so here’s a quick roundup.

Tropical storm Talas is on its way to Vietnam and is expected to hit the central provinces of Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh in the early hours of Monday morning. Prior to that, the storm had been wreaking havoc on China’s Hainan Island yesterday with wind speeds reaching 90 kilometres per hour. Heavy downpours are expected in Hanoi and other northern and coastal provinces with rough seas and strong winds forecast off the coast.

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This storm has not only affected thousands of Vietnamese fishermen who are stranded offshore but has also forced many VietJet and Jetstar flights to and from central provinces to be grounded and Vietnam Airlines have rescheduled their flights from Hanoi and Saigon to Vinh, capital city of Nghe An Province.

About 3,000 tourists are also stranded on Co To Island as nearly 500 vessels have been banned from leaving or going to Co To Island due to safety concerns. Local authorities are working with the hotels and service providers to offer discounts to the stranded tourists.

The State Bank of Vietnam is considering allowing foreign non-residents to make deposits in both Vietnamese dong and foreign currencies at local banks without residency requirement. This initiative will benefit foreign individuals or organisations working and living in the country, but have yet to receive permanent resident status. This move is expected to encourage cashless payment, management of the foreign currency market and curb monetary speculation on the market.

A new commercial sea transport route from the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang to Con Dao Islands has been launched.

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Operated by the Superdong - Kien Giang Speedboat Corporation, the journey will take about 2 and a half hours with one round trip on the route everyday. Previously, the islands could only be reached by flights from Saigon and Can Tho or by ferry from Vung Tau.

Lastly, in a piece of news that may not come as a surprise, Vietnam has around 64 million Facebook users, amounting to 3 percent of global users according to a July report released by We Are Social, a marketing and advertising agency.

This puts Vietnam in seventh spot worldwide, surpassing Thailand and Turkey from the previous report released in January. In just 6 months, the number of Vietnamese active users increased by 40 percent.

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The report also named Ho Chi Minh City as one of the top 10 cities globally having the most Facebookers with 14 million users and also mentioned that more than half of the Vietnamese population of nearly 92 million have internet access with people spending more than 2 hours each day on Facebook.

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