A high-ranking delegation led by Ho Chi Minh City chairman Phan Van Mai is on a week-long business trip to the United States, during which the officials are scheduled to meet businesses and organizations to promote bilateral cooperation.
During the trip from July 18 to 25, the high-ranking officials from the southern Vietnamese metropolis will convene meetings with economic and financial organizations, the business community, and young intellectuals, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Press Center.
On Monday (U.S. time), the delegation met the Bank of America (BofA) – the second-largest banking institution in the U.S. and one of the world’s leading asset management companies.
Chairman Mai expressed his impression with the development of BofA and invited the institution to contribute to the development of Ho Chi Minh City.
The city has the advantage in terms of political and macroeconomic stability, the official said, adding that it accounts for a quarter of Vietnam’s GDP and is considered the ‘economic locomotive’ of the country.
Ho Chi Minh City wants to learn from BofA’s experience to take reasonable steps in building an international financial center, Mai stated.
The chairman called for investment into the city in the fields of finance, hi-tech industry, digital transformation, infrastructure, education, and healthcare.
Madhu Kannan, BofA’s executive vice-chair of global corporate and investment banking, said that the bank is operating in certain fields that are compatible with the development plan of Ho Chi Minh City.
Kannan expressed his intention to carry out more in-depth working sessions on the topics that the Vietnamese city is concerned about.
The BofA is applying to open its branch in Ho Chi Minh City with an investment capital of US$50 million, he continued, hoping that city leaders will provide favorable conditions for this process.
On the same day, chairman Mai and his delegation had working sessions with global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, architecture, planning, landscape, and design firm Sasaki, and global investment company KKR.
They also made a visit to the Vietnamese delegation to the United Nations, during which chairman Mai expressed his hope that the delegation will assist the city in forming connection and cooperation with businesses in the U.S..
Police probe suspected child abuse case in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh Province
Police in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam are investigating a case of suspected child abuse after a video clip spread on social media showed a half-naked man beating a teen girl with nothing on.
In the four-minute clip, the unclothed girl was hung against the ceiling of a house with a string that tied her hands while the man was beating her with a rod.
The video has triggered deep indignation among the online community after it was posted on Friday morning.
The incident took place at a house in Cuong Gian Commune, located in the province’s Nghi Xuan District, as far as Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper had learned.
Hoang Van Ha, chairman of the commune’s administration, confirmed to Tien Phong that the incident occurred in the locality, adding local police have launched an investigation into it.
The girl in the clip is N., 11, and the man beating her is her father, N.V.T., 36, Ha said.
N. is the second child in her family of three siblings and N.’s mother is now a guest worker in Taiwan, according to local authorities.
“The incident happened a few days ago. After the video clip appeared, local authorities and police came to T.’s house for verification but he had left,” Ha said.
T. works as a seaman and often drinks alcohol and beats his children, Ha added.
Local police are continuing to investigate this suspected child abuse case.
Torrential rain sinks streets, houses in northern Vietnamese province
Multiple streets and houses in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam were severely inundated following a heavy downpour on Thursday evening.
The provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and rescue told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Friday that local authorities were dealing with the aftermath of the rain and calculating the total damage it had done.
The downpour that lasted for over an hour started battering Lao Cai City, which is the provincial capital, and several districts in Lao Cai Province at around 8:00 pm on Thursday.
|A tree is uprooted during the downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong|
Many streets including Tran Phu, Tran Hung Dao, Le Thanh, Nhac Son, An Duong Vuong, and Pho Moi were submerged by rainwater, while numerous cars and motorbikes broke down as well.
Uprooted trees were recorded on Ham Nghi Street and at Goc Mit Market and Thang Binh Park.
Flooding in local neighborhoods occurred quickly, leaving residents little to no time to react.
|A resident pushes his motorbike on a flooded street in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong|
Many people reported having their homes, electrical appliances, and motorbikes damaged by the inundation.
Bac Cuong Ward in Lao Cai City suffered the heaviest damage with three neighborhoods sunk by the downpour.
The heavy rain also caused landslides in several areas across the province.
The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting previously reported that torrential rains would lash northern Vietnam from Thursday until the end of this week.
|Houses are submerged by a heavy downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong|
Vietnamese province revamps public bus service after limbless man ignored by drivers
The Department of Transport of the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An has ordered a revamp of local public bus routes after a limbless man spent two hours repeatedly failing to flag down a bus, apparently because drivers were simply ignoring him.
A viral video posted online on Thursday showed Huynh Thanh Duc, 51, a resident of Ha Tinh Province, telling a local in Hoa Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province that he stood at a bus stop waiting for a bus from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday.
Duc, who is quadruple amputee, was dropped off at the bus stop by his child at around 7:00 am that day to catch bus No. 5 from Yen Thanh to Vinh City, the capital of Nghe An.
Three No. 5 buses passed while Duc and his child waited, but none stopped.
Duc’s child wound up having to leave to attend to an urgent matter, and shortly after a fourth No. 5 bus drove by without stopping for Duc.
A local named D., who filmed the viral video, helped Duc wave a bus down and help him aboard.
The video of the incident draw huge public attention and stirred mixed opinions, mostly criticism.
In their initial response to the incident, the operator of the No. 5 bus route explained that Duc stood a bit too far from the bus stop to be noticed and showed no signs of needing a ride.
However, according to D., it is common for passengers at the stop to wait in the shade of the nearby tree, rather than right at the stop.
They only run to the bus stop once the bus arrives.
Unfortunately, Duc was not able to leave the shade for the bus stop due to his disability.
On Thursday afternoon, Nguyen Van Hai, deputy director of the Nghe An Department of Transport, requested that his subordinates revamp service on all public bus routes in the province following the incident.
Nghe An currently has more than 300 buses which run a combined 1,300 trips per day at a frequency of about 15-35 minutes per departure.
Vietnamese law stipulates that priority has to be given to public transport passengers with disabilities, including prioritized seating, free or discounted fares, and assistance with boarding and deboarding.
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