Connect with us

Society

Poker club organizes gambling under guise of mind sport in Ho Chi Minh City

Published

on

A Poker club in Ho Chi Minh City has been discovered organizing illegal gambling under the guise of mind sport to pocket hefty profits.

A probe by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper revealed that the illegal activities took place at River Poker Club on Quoc Huong Street in Thao Ward, Thu Duc City.

Instead of playing Poker as a mind sport, the players participated in so-called tournaments to win prizes worth up to VND100 million (US$4,000).

This club, which has only operated for two months, organizes about four to five such tournaments a day.

Undercover reporters arrived at the venue in late October and was asked by two receptionists to present their IDs in order to register for a new membership card.

Without an ID, non-members had to be accompanied by an existing member of the club, the receptionists said.

Receptionists of River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Receptionists of River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

At the counter, a man exchanged VND900,000 ($36) for chips by wiring money to a bank account.

This man joined a table of six players and left about 20 minutes later after losing all of his chips.

The chips were plastic, in different colors, and printed with different points such as 5,000, 1,000, 500, and 100.

Players were required to exchange for chips worth VND1.5-4.5 million ($60-180) to participate in the tourneys.

The club had a total of six playing tables, with each match lasting two to eight minutes.

Information on the tournaments was displayed on a screen, with the highest prize worth more than VND90 million ($3,600).

Advertisements for these tournaments were posted on the club’s Facebook page on a regular basis.

Foreigners participate in a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Foreigners participate in a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Simple procedure

Tran Phuong Nam, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Thao Dien Ward, said that the administration officially recognized River Poker Club on August 5.

The procedure needed to establish a Poker club is quite simple, Nam continued, adding that the club only needs to present a document providing it is a member of the Vietnam Bridge & Poker Association, make a list of club members, and register for the recognition of local authorities.

The club must also meet requirements on fire safety, the official stated.

A delegation of officials in Thao Dien Ward and Thu Duc City, in coordination with police officers, inspected River Poker Club on Saturday.

About 40 people, including five foreigners, were playing Poker at the time.

An advertisement about the tournaments is posted on the Facebook page of River Poker Club.

An advertisement for the tournaments is posted on the Facebook page of River Poker Club.

The delegation confiscated multiple card decks and chips and escorted the players to the police station to collect statements and check their activities.

Nguyen Nam Nhan, an official at the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, confirmed that the agency has not licensed any Poker tournament.

Poker clubs are not allowed to collect money from players and organize tournaments with cash prizes, Nhan elaborated.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City previously busted several Poker clubs for organizing gambling between 2018 and 2020.

In December 2020, the municipal Department of Culture and Sports proposed that local authorities stop granting permits and recognizing Bridge and Poker clubs.

Players participate in a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Players participate in a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

A man reacts after winning the cash prize of a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

A man reacts after winning the cash prize of a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Players participate in a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Players participate in a tournament at River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Authorities inspect River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City, November 5, 2022. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Authorities inspect River Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City, November 5, 2022. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Card decks and chips are confiscated by police officers, November 5, 2022. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Card decks and chips are confiscated by police officers, November 5, 2022. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tien Phong

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20221108/poker-club-organizes-gambling-under-guise-of-mind-sport-in-ho-chi-minh-city/69906.html

Society

Vietnam’s Dien Bien to close airport for 8-month expansion project

Published

on

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has issued a decision to temporarily shut Dien Bien Airport in the namesake northern upland province for eight months for an upgrade and expansion, starting from mid-April.

The airport, located in Thanh Truong Ward in Dien Bien Phu City, will be closed from April 15 to December 17 this year.

The current Dien Bien Airport was restored from Muong Thanh Airport, which was constructed by the French.

The airport has a runway which is 1,830 meters in length and 30 meters in width, three aprons, and a passenger terminal that was built in 2004 and has an annual capacity of 300,000 passengers.

Due to the short runway and simple landing systems, Dien Bien Airport only serves ATR 72 turboprops and Embraer 190 jets, which can transport a maximum 114 passengers.

The Dien Bien Airport expansion project is aimed at making it capable of handling modern Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft and the equivalent airliners.

VASCO, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and Bamboo Airways are operating air routes connecting Dien Bien with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam is in charge of managing and operating Dien Bien Airport.

Work on the Dien Bien Airport expansion project started on January 22 last year, with total capital of nearly VND1.47 trillion (US$62.3 million) sourced from the Airports Corporation of Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Dien Bien Province set aside VND1.56 trillion ($66.1 million) from its budget for site clearance.

The project includes lengthening the runway to 2,400 meters and widening it to 45 meters, rebuilding runway turn pads, building more taxiways, installing light systems, and developing some supporting components.

After the expansion project is completed, the passenger terminal of Dien Bien Airport will have two floors and an annual capacity of 500,000 passengers.

The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2023.

The Dien Bien People’s Committee had earlier sent a dispatch to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam reaching a consensus on temporarily closing Dien Bien Airport from April 1, but work on some components was delayed, scrapping the plan.

In 2019, Dien Bien welcomed some 845,000 tourists, with 25,300 of them traveling to the province by air, local media reported.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has issued a decision to temporarily shut Dien Bien Airport in the namesake northern upland province for eight months for an upgrade and expansion, starting from mid-April.

The airport, located in Thanh Truong Ward in Dien Bien Phu City, will be closed from April 15 to December 17 this year.

The current Dien Bien Airport was restored from Muong Thanh Airport, which was constructed by the French.

The airport has a runway which is 1,830 meters in length and 30 meters in width, three aprons, and a passenger terminal that was built in 2004 and has an annual capacity of 300,000 passengers.

Due to the short runway and simple landing systems, Dien Bien Airport only serves ATR 72 turboprops and Embraer 190 jets, which can transport a maximum 114 passengers.

The Dien Bien Airport expansion project is aimed at making it capable of handling modern Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft and the equivalent airliners.

VASCO, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and Bamboo Airways are operating air routes connecting Dien Bien with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam is in charge of managing and operating Dien Bien Airport.

Work on the Dien Bien Airport expansion project started on January 22 last year, with total capital of nearly VND1.47 trillion (US$62.3 million) sourced from the Airports Corporation of Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Dien Bien Province set aside VND1.56 trillion ($66.1 million) from its budget for site clearance.

The project includes lengthening the runway to 2,400 meters and widening it to 45 meters, rebuilding runway turn pads, building more taxiways, installing light systems, and developing some supporting components.

After the expansion project is completed, the passenger terminal of Dien Bien Airport will have two floors and an annual capacity of 500,000 passengers.

The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2023.

The Dien Bien People’s Committee had earlier sent a dispatch to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam reaching a consensus on temporarily closing Dien Bien Airport from April 1, but work on some components was delayed, scrapping the plan.

In 2019, Dien Bien welcomed some 845,000 tourists, with 25,300 of them traveling to the province by air, local media reported.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230322/vietnams-dien-bien-to-close-airport-for-8month-expansion-project/72212.html

Continue Reading

Society

Ho Chi Minh City household raising 82 dogs fined for causing environmental pollution

Published

on

A household in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City that breeds 82 dogs as pets in a 2.6m-wide house has been fined VND64 million (US$2,724) for causing environmental pollution.

A representative of the People’s Committee of Ward 9 in District 4, where the family of Nguyen Thi My Thanh — the owner of the dogs — resides, confirmed the information to Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.

In particular, Thanh’s family was fined VND40 million ($1,698) for discharging wastewater which exceeds the criteria by over 10 times and VND24 million ($1,019) for releasing wastewater with a pH level above the permitted.

The household was also asked to take measures to deal with the environmental pollution and pay measurement and sample analysis fees.

According to the representative of the People’s Committee of Ward 9, most of the 82 dogs are puppies and sick canines that other people brought to Thanh’s house.

Local residents have repeatedly complained that Thanh dumped the dogs’ excrement directly into the drainage system in front of her house and left them unbridled, causing environmental pollution and danger for residents.

The Ward 9 authorities asked Thanh to install glass doors to prevent odor from affecting her neighborhood. 

District 4 officials also offered the family ways to minimize the impact of the dog breeding on the environment and neighbors. 

However, Thanh’s family failed to follow the instructions.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

A household in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City that breeds 82 dogs as pets in a 2.6m-wide house has been fined VND64 million (US$2,724) for causing environmental pollution.

A representative of the People’s Committee of Ward 9 in District 4, where the family of Nguyen Thi My Thanh — the owner of the dogs — resides, confirmed the information to Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.

In particular, Thanh’s family was fined VND40 million ($1,698) for discharging wastewater which exceeds the criteria by over 10 times and VND24 million ($1,019) for releasing wastewater with a pH level above the permitted.

The household was also asked to take measures to deal with the environmental pollution and pay measurement and sample analysis fees.

According to the representative of the People’s Committee of Ward 9, most of the 82 dogs are puppies and sick canines that other people brought to Thanh’s house.

Local residents have repeatedly complained that Thanh dumped the dogs’ excrement directly into the drainage system in front of her house and left them unbridled, causing environmental pollution and danger for residents.

The Ward 9 authorities asked Thanh to install glass doors to prevent odor from affecting her neighborhood. 

District 4 officials also offered the family ways to minimize the impact of the dog breeding on the environment and neighbors. 

However, Thanh’s family failed to follow the instructions.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230322/ho-chi-minh-city-household-raising-82-dogs-fined-for-causing-environmental-pollution/72215.html

Continue Reading

Society

Finland aims to attract high-quality human resources from Vietnam

Published

on

Vietnam is one of the four countries from which Finland is aiming to attract high-skilled personnel through a talent-seeking program that has been introduced in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Commercial Section of the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam held a conference on Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City to debut the Talent Boost program, which helps seek high-quality human resources from Vietnam, as well as from Brazil, Turkey, and India.

The program was presented by a Finnish delegation involved in education and work, including Laura Lindeman, senior director and head of work in the Finland Unit at Business Finland, a government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion.

Under the program, Finland attracts talents from students to professionals such as doctors, nurses, information technology and clean engineers, and start-up entrepreneurs, Lindeman said.

Those who are professionals will undergo procedures for diploma recognition, which will take about a year, she added. 

It is estimated that the Finnish technology industry alone will need 130,000 new workers in the next 10 years, the conference was told. 

With a population of only over 5.5 million people, Finland offers plenty of job opportunities to foreign talents, especially those in technological fields.

The Vietnamese community in Finland has about 10,000 people, a quite large foreign community that has good relations with locals, Lindeman said in reply to why Vietnam is included in the Talent Boost program.

Vietnam has a young population with a lot of potential capabilities that can be appropriate for jobs abroad, while Finland is a country offering many good opportunities for such jobs, she added.

Along with its policy of attracting foreign talents, Finland also provides foreign companies operating in the country with financial support, recruitment assistance, and a fair business environment.

In the near future, the Talent Boost program will also be broadly introduced to universities, companies, and startup communities in Vietnam, the conference was told.

Finland also has programs that provide expats with assistance in cultural integration as well as support for their spouses and children so that they can live satisfactorily and happily in the host country.

Finland has so far been named the happiest country in the world for six consecutive years, according to the 2023 World Happiness Report, an annual publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the United Nations. 

The Finns’ happy lifestyle is rooted in social stability and welfare, according to the report.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Vietnam is one of the four countries from which Finland is aiming to attract high-skilled personnel through a talent-seeking program that has been introduced in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Commercial Section of the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam held a conference on Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City to debut the Talent Boost program, which helps seek high-quality human resources from Vietnam, as well as from Brazil, Turkey, and India.

The program was presented by a Finnish delegation involved in education and work, including Laura Lindeman, senior director and head of work in the Finland Unit at Business Finland, a government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion.

Under the program, Finland attracts talents from students to professionals such as doctors, nurses, information technology and clean engineers, and start-up entrepreneurs, Lindeman said.

Those who are professionals will undergo procedures for diploma recognition, which will take about a year, she added. 

It is estimated that the Finnish technology industry alone will need 130,000 new workers in the next 10 years, the conference was told. 

With a population of only over 5.5 million people, Finland offers plenty of job opportunities to foreign talents, especially those in technological fields.

The Vietnamese community in Finland has about 10,000 people, a quite large foreign community that has good relations with locals, Lindeman said in reply to why Vietnam is included in the Talent Boost program.

Vietnam has a young population with a lot of potential capabilities that can be appropriate for jobs abroad, while Finland is a country offering many good opportunities for such jobs, she added.

Along with its policy of attracting foreign talents, Finland also provides foreign companies operating in the country with financial support, recruitment assistance, and a fair business environment.

In the near future, the Talent Boost program will also be broadly introduced to universities, companies, and startup communities in Vietnam, the conference was told.

Finland also has programs that provide expats with assistance in cultural integration as well as support for their spouses and children so that they can live satisfactorily and happily in the host country.

Finland has so far been named the happiest country in the world for six consecutive years, according to the 2023 World Happiness Report, an annual publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the United Nations. 

The Finns’ happy lifestyle is rooted in social stability and welfare, according to the report.

Like us on Facebook or  follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230322/finland-aims-to-attract-highquality-human-resources-from-vietnam/72216.html

Continue Reading

Trending