Forget “Made in China” – there’s a new global buzzword and it’s: “Made in Vietnam”. Indeed, the once war-torn nation is fast-positioning itself as a key manufacturing hub. One in 10 smartphones in the world today – you may be reading this article from one – are produced in Vietnam. In 2017, Samsung products alone accounted for a quarter of the country’s US$227 billion exports, in which steel and furniture also strongly feature. But the Vietnamese are also adding value in a surprising way and this is especially apparent in Danang. Nguyen Ba Hoi produces neither smartphones nor steel for export. Instead, he’s focusing on developing his country into a centre for innovation. He’s spending his time in Danang’s modern and sleek makerspaces – co-ops where creative individuals can invent and test out new products – that are quickly popping up all over the region. “University … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Made in Vietnam: The new global buzzword
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Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv Bumababa ang English proficiency level ng mga Pilipino base sa pag-aaral at maging sa resulta ng mga international English proficiency test. 'Pagbawi' sa English proficiency ranking ng Pinas, pinag-iisipan na PH lacks English standard ahead of BPO shift to artificial intelligence Kung susuriin kasi ang resulta ng Test of English For International Communication (TOEIC) mula noong 2015 hanggang 2016, B1 o "average level" na lang ang nakuha ng Pilipinas, base sa standard ng Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Ayon sa Hopkins International na nangangasiwa sa TOEIC, ang standard ng CEFRL ang ginagamit na basehan para sa pag-employ sa mga nais magturo ng Ingles sa ibang bansa. "Philippine college graduates ay nasa level 3 out of 6 [which is the] same target of Vietnam and Thailand for their high school," ayon kay Rex Wallen Tan, general manager ng Hopkins International. Dahil dito, hirap umano ng mga nais magturo ng Ingles sa … [Read more...] about News Ano ang sagot sa ‘bumababang’ English proficiency level ng mga Pinoy?
SINGAPORE: Channel NewsAsia's digital team scooped two out of five awards at the Mediacorp News Awards on Friday (Apr 20) with in-depth digital features that struck a chord with readers.Tides That Bind - an interactive special rolled out in November 2017 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Singapore dragonboat tragedy - was named Digital Feature Story of the Year. CNA Insider took home the News Story of the Year accolade, for its story spotlighting the plight of Singapore's elderly poor. The Tides That Bind special took Channel NewsAsia senior digital journalist Justin Ong back to Phnom Penh, almost 10 years after five of his teammates drowned while representing Singapore in a dragonboat race. In taking on the project, Mr Ong said he hoped it would "set the record straight when it came to the events of November 23, 2007", and "that it would help parents of the departed heal, knowing their children are not forgotten and their deaths were not in vain - for … [Read more...] about Channel NewsAsia’s digital desk wins big at Mediacorp News Awards 2018
Mae Sot boom with rising land prices, trade & shopping centers, govt's industrial development plans revealed & Thailand's 2nd largest cement producer gets new major foreign stakeholder. Ticket seller at bus station with tri-lingual signboard in Thai, English and Burmese. REGIONAL ECONOMY Mae Sot boom with rising land prices, trade & shopping centers Land prices in Tak's Mae Sot district have doubled in the past 12 months as booming Thai-Myanmar cross-border trade boosts property prices. Mae Sot had the highest volume of Thai-Myanmar cross-border trade of all border towns at 56 billion baht last year, followed by Mae Sai in Chiang Rai and Ranong. Exports to neighbouring countries such as Myanmar are growing strongly, even as the global economy slows down. In addition to being designated a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for economic development by the government, Mae Sot will soon have a second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge as well as being part of a East-West Economic … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: March 31, 2015
Low-cost airlines fight over lowest fares, Russians threaten to cancel flights & search for effective English teaching projects. Emergency workers attend to Russian tourists involved in a bus crash in Sri Racha district, Chon Buri, on November 15, 2013. One among many recent bus accidents with buses carrying Russian tourists. AIR TRAVEL Low-cost airlines fight over lowest fares A price war between low-cost airlines has started. Thai Lion Air, a newcomer to Thailand's low-cost carrier (LCC) market, on Tuesday unveiled an aggressive marketing strategy with cheap tickets which undercut those offered by Thai AirAsia, the country's largest LCC. Thai Lion Air is launching three cheap flights from Bangkok's Don Mueang airport to Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta next month. Thai Lion Air cut its Bangkok-Chiang Mai fare to 500 baht. Thai AirAsia hit back by offering 390 baht. Thai AirAsia's fare for Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur starts at 1,050 baht (against Thai Lion Air's 900 baht) … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: November 22, 2013