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Corporate

Samsung gets license to add $3bn to Vietnam complex
14:34 25/11/2014 Samsung gets license to add $3bn to Vietnam complex

A fresh US$3 billion investment by South Korean electronics giant Samsung in a northern Vietnamese province has officially been licensed, the Foreign Investment Agency announced Monday.

Investing

Port operators' equitisation attracts foreign investors
16:50 25/11/2014 Port operators' equitisation attracts foreign investors

Vietnamese seaports are attracting more interest from foreign investors following the Government's decision to sell bigger State stakes in these companies.

Tech

Judge approves US$450m deal in Apple e-book suit
15:55 24/11/2014 Judge approves US$450m deal in Apple e-book suit

Apple is accused of working with five top publishers to set the prices of electronic books, in an effort to break into rival Amazon's dominance of the market.

Property

Hanoi authorities admit defeat on relocating historic markets
11:32 24/11/2014 Hanoi authorities admit defeat on relocating historic markets

In the face of widespread opposition from both local residents and traders, the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee has admitted defeat in its attempts to drive traditional wet markets into purpose built modern facilities.

Money

Bad debts set to surge as year draws to a close
09:00 25/11/2014 Bad debts set to surge as year draws to a close

The year’s later months have proven a challenging time for banks, with bad debts rising sharply.

Province

Ninh Thuan blows away delayed wind-power projects
08:47 25/11/2014 Ninh Thuan blows away delayed wind-power projects

Investment opportunities for renewable power projects in Ninh Thuan province are widening as the local authority announced it would reject three more long-delayed projects.

Travel

British explorer against cable car construction in Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave
09:05 25/11/2014 British explorer against cable car construction in Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave

A British explorer who joined the British team which first explored Son Doong Cave – the world’s current largest – in central Vietnam back in the early 1990s urged in an article posted on a New Zealand newswire last week against the construction of a cable car system through the cave.

Leisure

German electro pop band on Southeast Asian tour
09:36 25/11/2014 German electro pop band on Southeast Asian tour

Stabil Elite, a first-class German band, will hold free electro pop concerts, workshops and talks in three cities of Viet Nam and in the cities of Phnom Penh and Manila.

Sports

Vietnam look to hammer Laos in second AFF Suzuki Cup game
14:37 25/11/2014 Vietnam look to hammer Laos in second AFF Suzuki Cup game

Hosts Vietnam are aiming for a big win over Laos in their second group stage game at the 2014 Southeast Asian Football Championship, or AFF Suzuki Cup, on Tuesday to get an advantage in the race to the semifinals.

World News

Woman finds pet dog lost in Philippines typhoon a year ago
16:26 25/11/2014 Woman finds pet dog lost in Philippines typhoon a year ago

After going missing in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, Bunny the mongrel has now been reunited with his owners.

Your Consultant

Tips to improve online candidate sourcing
11:07 24/11/2014 Tips to improve online candidate sourcing

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe”. This timeless saying by Abraham Lincoln could not be more relevant to candidate searches. To plunge headlong into a candidate hunt without adequate front-end research and a thorough analysis of search strategy will only result in sub-par profiles and irrelevant information.