December 25-31: Various cultural activities staged to welcome New Year

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Streets around Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi crowded with people, who came to enjoy countdown parties on December 31
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Dinh La Thang further prosecuted for economic mismanagement

Dinh La Thang, former chairman of the state-owned oil and gas group PVN, has been further prosecuted in another case of economic mismanagement, causing a loss of VND800 billion (US$35.2 million) to the PVN when investing in Oceanbank.

According to the indictment, Thang signed a share purchase agreement with Oceanbank chairman Ha Van Tham without informing the board of directors and signed orders on additional investment in Oceanbank without approval of the Prime Minister.

Thang was well-informed concerning Oceanbank’s weaknesses yet, in spite of this,l decided to invest VND800 billion in Oceanbank, in violation of relevant rules and the PM’s instructions while others acted as accomplices in the loss of such investment.

Thang is set to appear in court on January 8 in a trial that is expected to last for two weeks.

Outstanding Vietnamese entrepreneurs honoured

An overview of the awarding ceremony in Hanoi on December 28 (Photo VNA)

Ten entrepreneurs, whose firms have made outstanding contribution to community development, received Red Star Awards at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 28.

These entrepreneurs together earned a turnover of over US$10.36 billion in 2016, contributing over US$1.56 billion to the State budget and creating 46,600 jobs.

The Red Star Awards, initiated in 1999, aims to honour outstanding young entrepreneurs for their sustainable economic achievements and contributions to social development.

The 100 top businessmen created nearly US$14.11 billion in revenue in 2016, contributing nearly US$1.79 billion to the State budget, and creating jobs for some 119,000 labourers.

Vietnam’s economic growth exceeds target in 2017

Vietnam’s economic growth exceeded the target in 2017 with the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate was estimated at 6.81%, including 5.15% in the first quarter, 6.28% in the second quarter, 7.46% in the third and 7.65% in the fourth.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), during this year, inflation was controlled below the target set by the National Assembly (NA), the rediscount and refinancing rates were reduced, credit growth was high and remittances and FDI capital were abundant.

In addition, the exchange rate was stable, while foreign exchange reserves were also increased. The economic restructuring process continued to be prioritised, aiming to improve the economy’s competitiveness and business environment, as well as promoting start-up movements.

Localities host cultural activities to welcome New Year

A string of cultural activities was held across the country to welcome the New Year 2018.

One of the highlights in Hanoi was the New Year Countdown Festivals at August Revolution Square, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, and Thong Nhat Park on December 31. Music and dance performances were organised during these festivals to entertain local residents and visitors.

Also, a show entitled Dance of Light was staged at Dinh Le-Dinh Tien Hoang crossroads and a series of activities were held across some 30 districts and towns of the capital city on December 31 evening to welcome 2018.

Meanwhile, residents in Ho Chi Minh City had a chance to enjoy one high-range and three low-range firework shows on New Year’s Eve.

Firework displays were also set up on Han River, Da Nang city on the occasion.

Swimmer Anh Vien named best Vietnamese athlete of 2017

Swimmer Anh Vien named best Vietnamese athlete of 2017

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has been named the best Vietnamese athlete of the year for the fourth time after winning the most votes from journalists and sports aficionados in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The remaining faces in the top ten athletes of 2017 included “speed queen” Le Tu Chinh (athletics, 1,274 points), Le Thanh Tung (gymnastics, 875 points), Le Quang Liem (chess, 787 points), Nguyen Thi Huyen (athletics, 763 points), Bui Thi Thu Thao (athletics, 733 points), “hot girl” Duong Thuy Vi (wushu, 721 points), Nguyen Huu Kim Son (swimming, 547 points) and Trinh Van Vinh (weightlifting, 375 points).

Concerning the “Best trainer of the year” category, the victory went to Mai Duc Chung with 593 points. Huynh Huu Chi and Dang Anh Tuan, the respective trainers of lifter Thach Kim Tuan and swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, subsequently landed in second and third places with 542 and 503 points.

Powerlifter Le Van Cong had no opponents in the vote for the best athlete with disability in 2017. Powerlifting trainer, Nguyen Hong Phuc, who stands behind Cong’s success, was named the best trainer for athletes with disabilities in 2017.

Four Vietnamese referees recognised for FIFA’s Elite level

The International Football Federation (FIFA) has recognised four Vietnamese referees as meeting its Elite 2018 level, after considering the proposals from the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)’s Referee Committee.

Accordingly, three male referees, including Nguyen Hien Triet, Pham Manh Long and Nguyen Trung Hau, and a female referee, Truong Thi Le Trinh, have won the FIFA recognition at the Elite assistant referee and the fourth official level.

Regarding referee Nguyen Hien Triet, he will be further tested by FIFA (through capability testing or officiating in a real match) in order to be recognised as an Elite referee. If he meets the Elite Referee standard, Triet will be allowed to officiate in international matches under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

By being recognised at the Elite assistant referee level, Vietnamese referees will be able to officiate football matches in the role of the AFC’s assistant referee and fourth official in 2018.

13 million foreigners spend holidays in Vietnam in 2017

13 million foreigners spend holidays in Vietnam in 2017

About 13 million foreigners chose Vietnam as their holiday destination in 2017, which is considered a record in the tourism sector and marked an annual rise of nearly 3 million in the number of foreign visitors for the first time.

Meanwhile, the sector served 73.2 million domestic tourists. It earned VND510.9 trillion (US$22.5 billion) from visitors this year, according to statistics unveiled at a meeting of the State steering committee concerning tourism in Hanoi on December 26.

Local tourism accommodation has been developed, surpassing 25,000 establishments with more than 500,000 rooms. There are now 116 five-star hotels with over 33,000 rooms, 259 four-star hotels, and 488 three-star hotels nationwide.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) reported that the tourism sector successfully fulfilled the target of a 30-percent rise in the number of foreign visitors.

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