VN must rein in antibiotic use

The first reason I should mention is the general public’s poor awareness of the use of antibiotic drugs and limited knowledge about antibiotic drugs and their usage. Worse still, people can often buy antibiotic drugs without doctors’ prescriptions. At present, many countries are still using antibiotic drugs of the first generation. But in our country, we have already used antibiotic drugs of the 3rd and 4th generations. This is an indication that the discovery of a new antibiotic drug cannot meet the rapid development of drug-resistant bacteria.

April 25, 2017 00:56 UTC

’Zero-đồng tours’ a blight on VN

“Zero-đồng tours” have re-emerged in tourist attractions in Việt Nam, for examples in Quảng Ninh Province, for Chinese travellers. Although free of charge, travel firms earn money from the exorbitant prices tourists are charged at certain shops. The “zero-đồng tours” are of poor quality and have a negative impact on tourism. Cheap tours, including zero-đồng tours, have both negative and positive impacts. To some extent, cheap tours and even zero-đồng tours helped generate revenue.

April 25, 2017 00:56 UTC

Apple delays release of first original series 'Carpool Karaoke'

Apple delays release of first original series 'Carpool Karaoke'Apple Inc's Apple Music has delayed the release of its first original video series, an adaptation of comedian James Corden's popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment, the company said. At the Code Media conference in February, Apple said the show would debut in April and be available only to Apple Music subscribers. A premiere party for "Carpool Karaoke" scheduled for March in Los Angeles was postponed without explanation days before it was to take place. Apple, a company known for its precisely coordinated product launches, declined to explain the delays, but said in a statement that "Carpool Karaoke: The Series will premiere on Apple Music later this year." Apple Music has also announced plans for a reality show, "Planet of the Apps," which Cue said was due this spring.

April 25, 2017 00:45 UTC

Masan Group sets ambitious $2.19 billion sales target

HCM CITY — Masan Group Corporation has set itself a target of increasing sales and net profits by 15-20 per cent to over VNĐ50 trillion (US$2.19 billion) and VNĐ3.2-3.4 trillion this year. At its shareholders meeting in HCM City on Monday, MSN reported sales of VNĐ43.29 trillion last year, an increase of 41 per cent. Bottled beverages are now Masan’s fastest growing category, with 69 per cent growth in non-alcoholic bottled beverages and 47 per cent growth in beer last year. This year Masan Resources is expected to grow net revenues by 22-27 per cent and earnings by 37-164 per cent depending on commodity prices. This year Masan Consumer is expected to contribute 60 per cent of net sales and earnings, with Masan Nutri-Science and Masan Resources accounting for 30 per cent and 10 per cent.

April 25, 2017 00:00 UTC

Tom Hanks jokes Twitter CEO inspired his character in 'The Circle'

Tom Hanks jokes Twitter CEO inspired his character in 'The Circle'Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, who plays a Silicon Valley tycoon in the new film "The Circle" about a powerful social media company, teased Twitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey on Monday that he may have been inspiration for the part. Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2017 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 18, 2017. Hanks appeared alongside Dorsey on Periscope, Twitter's service for live broadcasts, to promote the film that premiers on Wednesday at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. "I played you," Hanks said, as co-stars including Emma Watson laughed. Earlier, while telling the bearded, T-shirt-wearing Dorsey about the executive he portrays in the film, Hanks deadpanned: "You know that he's a diabolical genius because he's got a beard.

April 24, 2017 23:48 UTC

Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infection

Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infectionElton John spent two nights in intensive care with a potentially deadly bacterial infection and has canceled all his concerts for the rest of April and May, his publicist said on Monday. The British musician, 70, became "violently ill" on a flight home from his recent South American tour, spokeswoman Fran Curtis said in a statement. The "Rocket Man" singer spent two nights in intensive care in the UK and is resting at home after being released on Saturday, the statement said. The infection was not identified, but the statement said John contracted the "harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during his South American tour, which ended in Chile on April 10. "Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly," the statement said, adding that his time in intensive care was followed by an "extended stay in hospital."

April 24, 2017 22:30 UTC

Việt Nam and New Zealand look forward to stronger ties

The officials expressed their joy at flourishing Việt Nam – New Zealand ties in recent years, especially in defence-security, agriculture, development assistance, tourism, education and people-to-people exchanges. They said the joint statement on strengthening the Việt Nam – New Zealand comprehensive partnership towards a strategic partnership in 2015 laid a foundation for strengthening bilateral ties. Minister McCully affirmed his country wants to support Việt Nam in accelerating growth and development, and realising its industrialisation and modernisation goals through official development assistance, trade and investment. New Zealand will make it easy for Việt Nam to export tropical fruits to the Oceania country, while continuing to provide Việt Nam with technical assistance in agriculture. Minister McCully reaffirmed New Zealand will continue supporting Việt Nam to help the Asian country organise meetings and activities in APEC Year 2017.

April 24, 2017 21:56 UTC

MARD urges husbandry firms to save pig farms

He spoke yesterday at an urgent meeting in Hà Nội with animal husbandry firms seeking measures to rescue the pig-farming industry. As a first move, Cường said, firms needed to reduce the price of input materials, such as breeding pigs, feed and veterinary medicine. The minister said if the price drop continued, most husbandry households, even big farms, would be unable to operate, affecting feed business households, too. Some 45 per cent of the industry are pig farms, while the remainder are small farming households. Cường said the ministry would apply advanced technologies for the industry in order to raise capacity and reduce price.

April 24, 2017 20:03 UTC

Caution pulls down blue chips

HÀ NỘI – Shares dropped further in the two local exchanges on Monday as investors remained cautious about market conditions, pulling blue chips down. Việt Nam’s key stock index has lost a total of 1 per cent over the last three days. Market trading liquidity also fell in comparison with the previous session. A total of more 201.4 million shares worth VNĐ3.78 trillion (US$168.2 million) were exchanged in the two markets. BIDV Securities (BSC) reported that market conditions remained poor as blue chips – which often lead the market up – had been traded in the negative side.

April 24, 2017 18:00 UTC

MoIT sets quota for sugar imports

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has given permission to enterprises to import 89,500 tonnes of sugar by conducting an auction this year. According to the ministry’s Circular 05/2017/TT-BTC released last Friday, companies directly using sugar as production materials, traders using raw sugar to produce refined sugar, as well as other relevant organisations, will be allowed to import sugar under the quota. The enterprises must then submit the document to the General Department of Vietnam Customs entrusted with the implementation of sugar imports. Under a World Trade Organisation commitment, Việt Nam is required to open its sugar market by allowing imports every year. Last year, the sugar import quota was set at 85,000 tonnes.

April 24, 2017 11:26 UTC

Vietnam U20 wins friendly match

Vietnam U20 wins friendly matchVietnam U20 went up against U21 Roda JC, one of the premiere league teams in the Netherlands, in a friendly match yesterday (Apr. 23) at the Seghemanstraat Stadium in Germany. The primary purpose of this friendly match for the Vietnamese squad was to have a better evaluation of their capabilities and capacity as the team will encounter tough opponents in the upcoming FIFA U20 World Cup in the Republic of Korea. The friendly match between the competitors ended 4-0 in favour of Vietnam. The Vietnam team will next meet U19 Fortuna 05 Dusseldorf of Germany on April 26, believed to be one of the strongest teams in the league.

April 24, 2017 09:33 UTC

Aviva acquires bank’s stake in Vietinbank Aviva

HÀ NỘI — British insurance firm Aviva has acquired 50 per cent stake in domestic insurance firm Vietinbank Aviva from the Việt Nam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank). The deal, signed on Friday, has made Vietinbank Aviva (or Aviva Việt Nam) a wholly owned subsidiary of Aviva PLC. Vietinbank Aviva was founded in 2011 as a joint venture between Vietinbank and Aviva, with each side holding half the capital. Since then, it has become one of the top 10 life insurance firms by premium, leading the bancassurance sector in Việt Nam. Aviva also signed a new distribution agreement with Vietinbank, to sell life and health insurance products through the bank’s network of 1,100 branches and transaction offices.

April 24, 2017 09:33 UTC

HN cracks down on illegal advertisement phone numbers

HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội Department of Information and Communications has asked local telecom providers to disconnect more than 600 illegal phone numbers of businesses that provide classified advertisements since the beginning of the year. April saw the maximum number of phone numbers being disconnected at 463. In 2016, the department banned 4,126 illegal phone numbers that were reported for sending spam advertisements. The move, part of campaign launched by the department since 2010, is aimed at removing classified advertisements from public walls and electricity poles, which negatively impact the aesthetic beauty of the city. These phone numbers are used to advertise various services, including electricity and water pipeline repair, recruitment, internet and cable TV installation.

April 24, 2017 09:11 UTC

Provinces in state of suspense over planning overlap

Provinces in state of suspense over planning overlapVietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), which is now drafting the Law on Planning, is attempting to reduce overlapping development plans. It is expected that Vietnam will have 19,200 development plans in the 2011-2020 period, six times higher than in 2001-2010. The chair of a provincial people’s committee complained that though his province is small, it has 200 development plans. Dang Huy Dong, MPI’s Deputy Minister, spoke about the man's dilemma at a recent conference about the ‘mushrooming’ of development plans. It is expected that Vietnam will have 19,200 development plans in the 2011-2020 period, six times higher than in 2001-2010.

April 24, 2017 09:00 UTC

New champions of National Chess Championship 2017

New champions of National Chess Championship 2017Hoang Thi Bao Tram (HCM City) and Tran Tuan Minh (Hanoi) won first prizes in the women and men’s standard chess categories of the 2017 National Chess Tournament. Hoang Thi Bao Tram wins new champion of National Chess Championship 2017In the men’s standard chess, Tran Tuan Minh defeated Pham Chuong (HCMC) after 11 match systems. Thus, Hanoi team had total one gold and one silver medal in the ranking table for the men’s standard category. For the women’s standard chess, female player from Ho Chi Minh City Hoang Thi Bao Tram won a gold medal to become new champion. A gold medal winner will receive VND 25 million.

April 24, 2017 07:52 UTC

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