Argentina captain Lionel Messi has urged his compatriots to be realistic in their World Cup expectations, warning that other teams heading to Russia are better. Lionel Messi warned fans that Argentina are not favourites for the World Cup AFP/JUAN MABROMATA BUENOS AIRES: Argentina captain Lionel Messi has urged his compatriots to be realistic in their World Cup expectations, warning that other teams heading to Russia are better. In an interview with Argentine Canal 13, Messi also discussed why he did not take the chance to play for Spain and said that Barcelona will be his only European club. "People need to know that we are not going to Russia as favourites but we have a group of very good players and we are ready to scrap," Messi said. Asked if Argentina could win the World Cup, Messi swerved between hope and realism. "I believe so, I have faith in this team," he said. "We have players with talent and experience. We cannot send the message that we are the best, because … [Read more...] about We aren’t the best nor the favourites, Messi warns Argentina fans
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1. A man chooses a hoa mai branch (yellow apricot blossom) at a floating flower market in Ho Chi Minh City. It's a long-standing Vietnamese custom to decorate the home to celebrate Tet. 2. Cho Lon, the largest Chinatown in Vietnam, is ready for Lunar New Year. 3. A kiosk sells Tet jams (mut Tet) in Ben Thanh Market. The colorful snacks are made from fruits and ginger to welcome guests during the occasion. 4. Red sausages (lap xuong) are being dried for the holiday. 5. Sculptures of a flock of chickens are displayed to welcome the Year of Rooster. 6. A cherry blossom tree (mai anh dao) in Da Lat. The flowers bloom in the spring and have become a symbol of the popular resort town. 7. A dragon dance in Hue. The performance is believed to expel devils and bring luck to families. 8. Carved waterlemons on sale at a market in the coastal resort town of Phan Thiet. 9. Red, which is believed to bring luck, is the dominant color over the Tet holiday. 10. Men erects a sign … [Read more...] about In pictures: The best of Vietnam this week
Hanoi (VNA) - People are investing their money in five main channels of stocks, gold, foreign currencies, property assets and savings but which of these offered the highest returns in 2016?Stocks: 14.8 percentStocks, which were deemed risky and volatile assets, paid the highest returns last year. The benchmark VN-Index hit the eight-year peak at 692.17 points on September 29. Investors could earn a 34.9 percent profit when investing in the VN-Index and nearly 26 percent rate of return with investments in VN-30 during the peak period. The stock market entered a downward correction from October but the VN-Index still ended the year up 14.8 percent over December 31, 2015, a good performance compared to an 8.7 percent growth in 2015. However, actual earnings depended on the portfolios of investors. Gold: 10.6 percentDomestic gold prices jumped to a four-year high in July at 39.8 million VND (1,786 USD) per tael, paying the gold investors a 17 percent rate of returns at this time. Investors … [Read more...] about Bản in : What were the best investment channels in 2016?
Hanoi (VNA) â Vietnam is holding a big opportunity to enter the next production revolution, which is happening around the world, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son has said. At a workshop in Hanoi on June 16, he elaborated that a new space for development has been opened thanks to intensive international integration and a young and industrious population able to quickly adapt to new technologies. The next production revolution, or the fourth industrial revolution, began at the same time with the breakthrough development of smart technology. It has been strongly developing in recent years amid a growing need for a new, more effective, and more sustainable production mode to efficiently cope with financial crises, climate change and aging populations, he noted. Son stressed after finishing negotiations on or signing new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs) like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or the bilateral FTAs with the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union, Vietnam has advanced … [Read more...] about Great chance for Vietnam to enter next production revolution
VietNamNet Bridge - The wave of commercial banks entering the bourse was triggered earlier this year when 564 million shares of VIB, with charter capital of VND5.644 trillion, was put on UpCom on January 9. Three other banks, including Kien Long Bank, Techcombank and TP Bank, are also going to list shares on the bourse. Their shares have been accepted for depositing at the Vietnam Securities Depository Center and have received trading codes. Meanwhile, the board of directors of Orient Bank (OCB) has approved the plan to list shares at a stock exchange, possibly the HCMC Stock Exchange (HOSE). Maritime Bank has finalized the list of shareholders in the first working week after Tet holiday to prepare for joining UpCom. VP Bank is consulting with its shareholders on depositing shares and listing on UpCom. Other banks are believed to make hectic preparation for the shares listing, though they still need to consider the exact time. The wave of commercial banks entering the bourse was … [Read more...] about VN banks rush to enter bourse, prefer UpCom
Hanoi (VNA) - People are investing their money in five main channels of stocks, gold, foreign currencies, property assets and savings but which of these offered the highest returns in 2016?Stocks: 14.8 percentStocks, which were deemed risky and volatile assets, paid the highest returns last year. The benchmark VN-Index hit the eight-year peak at 692.17 points on September 29. Investors could earn a 34.9 percent profit when investing in the VN-Index and nearly 26 percent rate of return with investments in VN-30 during the peak period. The stock market entered a downward correction from October but the VN-Index still ended the year up 14.8 percent over December 31, 2015, a good performance compared to an 8.7 percent growth in 2015. However, actual earnings depended on the portfolios of investors. Gold: 10.6 percentDomestic gold prices jumped to a four-year high in July at 39.8 million VND (1,786 USD) per tael, paying the gold investors a 17 percent rate of returns at this time. Investors … [Read more...] about What were the best investment channels in 2016?
The landmark Paris climate pact is poised to enter into force globally after the European Parliament joined the world's top polluters in endorsing the deal to slow the planet's dangerous temperature rise. With U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon watching the vote on Tuesday, the parliament overwhelmingly approved the E.U.'s fast-track ratification of the deal sealed in Paris last December. That puts the European Union on track to hand over its ratification to the United Nations on Friday, which would then take the international community above the threshold needed for implementation within one month. "I'm extremely honored to be able to witness this historic moment," Ban said at the European Parliament building following the vote that passed by 610 to 38, with 31 abstentions. "I look forward to the Paris agreement entering into force as soon as possible, even in just a few days time." The Paris accord requires all countries to devise plans to achieve the goal of keeping the rise in … [Read more...] about Paris climate deal to enter force after EU green light
Tourists are being asked to share their images of the country on social media to show why it is worth a visit. Vietnam's National Administration of Tourism has initiated a campaign calling for both locals and foreigners to share their best pictures of the country on social media in a bid to attract more visitors. The #whyVietnam campaign is asking people to share their photos of Vietnam with the hashtag on their Facebook pages. The photos will also be published on the project's own Facebook page and the photos that receive the most likes, comments or shares will win tours across Vietnam or air tickets. Several beauty queens and artists have already signed up for the project. Vietnam has emerged as an exciting destination for international travelers in recent years, with filmmakers and bloggers rushing in to document all the facets of local life here. The country received a record of more than nine million foreign tourists in the first 11 months of 2016, up 25.4 percent from a … [Read more...] about #whyVietnam: capture the best to see the rest
Inner Sanctum (17-07-2005) Older musician still on the road to fame If it’s too loud, you’re too old. Renowned rock composer and musician Nguyen Cuong still carries the vitality of youth in his love ballads. Bui Dung reports. After several decades of successful song writing, Nguyen Cuong is still best known for his energetic rock music influenced by the culture of Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands). Now, he’s hoping that Con Duong Am Nhac (Road to Music), a VTV3 original programme highlighting the careers of respected musicians, will show people a different side of his life and work. Inner sanctum: People say that even though you’re growing older, your songs are still those of a young man because so many are about love. What do you think? I’ve been feeling very positive these days. God has given me a long and happy life, and when my time comes, I’ll go. It’s better to enjoy your days and not dwell on getting older. The most important … [Read more...] about Older musician still on the road to fame
VietNamNet Bridge – The finals of the Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 took place on May 31. The Vietnamese representative in this year's contest - Jenny Nguyen (Nguyen Le My Linh), 25, winner of the Vietnam Supermodel 2012 style prize – won“The Best Artist” title. Jenny Nguyen performed a Vietnamese ao dai in the traditional costume show. Jenny Nguyen and the other contestants on stage. At the talent show, Jenny Nguyen demonstrated her painting talent. Jenny Nguyen in a white ao dai. Jenny Nguyen in the swimsuit competition. Jenny Nguyen in the evening gown. She won "The Best Artist" award. The winner is a contestant from Myanmar. VNN/VNE … [Read more...] about Vietnamese contestant wins “The Best Artist” at Miss Asia Pacific World