Female professor develops vaccine to protect newbornsVietNamNet Bridge - One of Dr Hoang Thị Thu Ha’s most prominent works is the pertussis acellular vaccination for pregnant women to protect children from the time of birth. We clarified the risks they would face and we had to travel a lot to meet them during research,” Ha recalled. To take blood samples of children, I had to go directly to their houses,” she said. The blood samples were described by scientists as ‘diamonds’ because they were precious. It was difficult to take blood samples from small children, and they could not take them in a large quantity.
August 22, 2017 01:41 UTC
How will the math curriculum change after 2017? VietNamNet Bridge - The new mathematics curriculum is based on four elements, “streamline, practice, modernity and creativity”, according to Do Duc Thai, a member of the Committee for General Education Curriculum Development, and chief editor of the math curriculum compilation division. This shows that many things can be difficult for students, but will be very easy for them tomorrow. So why do we ask students to solve the difficult questions now?” he said.Thai believes that the newest point of the new math curriculum is shifting focus from the content approach to the learners’ capability. He also said that students should not learn just to sit exams.Thai noted that Vietnamese students excel at competitions.
August 22, 2017 00:56 UTC
HCM CITY – Disaster recovery in APEC economies is as important as disaster preparation and response, the co-chair of the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), Lê Quang Tuấn, said yesterday. Members of the working group discussed potential disaster-recovery projects that APEC-member economies could benefit from in the future. Emergency reponseTo better respond to emergencies, Việt Nam has formed the Việt Nam Disaster Management Authority under the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. “This new organisation will take on an active role in tackling more than 19 types of existing and emerging natural disasters, including the ‘new-normal’ or new norms of natural disasters,” Tuấn said. The Emergency Preparedness Working Group was first set up as the APEC Task Force for Emergency Preparedness (TEFP) in 2005.
August 21, 2017 21:11 UTC
HCM CITY — Improving the ability of regulators to conform to the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will help APEC economies avoid trade impediments and have better access to international markets, experts said at a workshop held on Monday in HCM City. Ninety delegates from 21 APEC-member economies met to discuss ways to improve regulatory expertise and skills in developing technical regulations. The challenge is the varying level of capacity and experience that exist among APEC economies, according to McDaniel. “Some economies have a long experience in applying the TBT agreement, using good regulatory practices and following standards, while some are newer and are still learning,” he said. The workshop will hold a panel discussion today (August 22) on the private sector’s perspective on development, adoption and implementation of technical regulations, and conformity-assessment procedures.
August 21, 2017 18:56 UTC
HCM CITY — The health of all residents in the Asia-Pacific region is a critical component of economic and trade development, Lê Quang Cường, deputy minister of Health, said at an APEC Health Working Group meeting yesterday in HCM City. The meeting, held within the framework of APEC’s Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3), discussed priorities and indicators of the “Healthy Asia Pacific 2020” plan. The draft includes five priorities, endorsed by the first APEC Health Working Group held in Nha Trang in late February. “It would be better for us to receive more initiatives and more working plans from members in the Health Working Group,”she said. The working group plans to hold joint sessions today with other APEC and international health bodies.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s benchmark VN Index remained fragile on Monday, losing its positive momentum as investors remained cautious over the current market downtrend. The benchmark index on the HCM Stock Exchange closed almost flat at 768.79 points. Sài Gòn-Hà Nội Securities Co (SHS) wrote in its daily report that the VN Index recorded its sixth up-and-down session on Monday with declining trading liquidity. Therefore, BVSC said the main market trend in the next few sessions would be negative while SHS said the VN Index would move narrowly between 762 points and 778 points. On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange, the HNX Index added 0.30 per cent to end at 101.13 points with nearly 46 million shares being exchanged, worth VNĐ594 billion.
CẦN THƠ – The Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) meeting was held in Cần Thơ yesterday during the APEC Food Security Week to shape actions to ensure food security in the context of climate change and urbanisation. PPFS members updated the two-day meeting on outcomes of completed and ongoing activities for 2017, and discussed and approved the action plans to implement the APEC Framework for Multi-Year APEC Programme on Food Security and Climate Change and APEC Strategic Framework for Rural-Urban Development to Strengthen Food Security and Quality Growth. As APEC economies represent nine of the top 10 fish producers in the world, APEC’s focus on oceans and fisheries issues is natural. Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, Moran told Việt Nam News that food security is a very important part of APEC economies, yet in the past the food security dialogues in APEC were all about rice, wheat, corn, etc. The outcomes of its meeting in Cần Thơ would serve as important inputs for high-level APEC policy dialogues on enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change and for APEC’s co-operation direction, he added.
HÀ NỘI – The Government Office last week sent a written document to the central bank governor, referring to the mobilisation of idle gold and foreign currency sources from the people. At the meeting, Governor Lê Minh Hưng also expressed his views on the mobilisation of foreign currency and gold from the people by means of stimulating transformation in the past few years. “We think this is the best solution to mobilise resources in our context but still maintain macro stability, and not let fluctuation go out of control. Even with gold, in the last few years, we have not lost foreign currency to import gold; the people also are not pouring resources into buying gold as before, but utilising resources for the economy. We will continue to report to the Government specific solutions to mobilise resources but still ensure stability” Hưng said at the meeting.
“The development of sustainable food value chains can offer important pathways out of poverty for the millions of poor households in developing countries,” he said. At the seminar, MAFF Japan explained the purpose and importance of the food value chain and introduced its policy about global food value chains and related efforts in Japan and other economies. Developing food value chains will deliver higher value as a whole and increase profits for its stakeholders from production to consumption, he said, adding that these activities would also reduce food loss and waste in the entire food value chain. “Under this vision, we are now on the way to address challenges to developing food value chains in some model areas. Examples of best practices used in food value chains in APEC economies will help Viet Nam learn how to improve its food value chain system, he added.
August 21, 2017 16:07 UTC
Judicial ties important to Vietnam-Mozambique relations: NA leaderVietNamNet Bridge – National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan underlined the importance of judicial cooperation, which helps strengthen traditional cooperation between Vietnam and Mozambique, while receiving Mozambican Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili on August 21. Chairwoman Ngan said aside from fine political linkages, connections in economy, trade, investment, education, agriculture and services have also been reinforced. She added the recently signed memorandum of understanding between the two agencies is an important legal foundation for them to boost cooperation activities in the time ahead. For her part, Beatriz Buchili said her delegation’s working visit to Vietnam aims to bolster judicial connections and learn from the Southeast Asian nation’s experience in fighting trans-national crimes and wildlife poaching and trafficking. On this occasion, Chairwoman Ngan asked relevant agencies of Mozambique and the Attorney-General, within their competence, to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese people in the country.
August 21, 2017 14:03 UTC
SEA Games 29: Vietnam’s swimmers grab one gold, two bronzesVietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien on August 21 won a gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke category at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games 29) in Malaysia. Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (C). (Photo: VNA)Vien clocked 1:01:89, breaking the previous SEA Games record of 1:02:11. Vietnam’s national swimming team, consisting of 25 swimmers, will compete in all 38 categories, aiming to win one-sixth of Vietnam’s total target of 60 gold medals at SEA Games 29. Source: VNArelated news Vietnamese swimming towards another successful SEA Games
August 21, 2017 14:03 UTC
HCM CITY — US-based Alliance Laundry Systems opened its first Speed Queen laundry outlet in HCM City last week at Saigon Pearl Apartments in Bình Thạnh District. Equipped with advanced technology that can handle all types of fabrics, it can handle the whole process of washing, drying and folding in around one hour. Customers can also choose to do their own washing and drying. The company plans to open seven more stores in HCM City this year before expanding to other cities and provinces in the next five years. It plans to hire 150 employees in the next 18 months.
August 21, 2017 13:52 UTC
Condolences to Sierra Leone over losses in mudslide disasterVietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on August 21 sent a message of condolences to Sierra Leonean Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara on heavy losses in the recent mudslide disaster in Freetown capital. The rescue force and local residents search for missing people after the mudslide in the suburbs of Freetown capital on August 14 (Photo: EPA/VNA)Sierra Leone media reported on August 20 that the death toll in the mudslide and flooding on August 14 had amounted to 499, and more than 600 others remained missing. Source: VNA
August 21, 2017 13:30 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Now, customers of Agribank can also enjoy fast money transfer services from South Korea to Việt Nam. The services have been successfully implemented by the National Payment Corporation of Việt Nam (NAPAS) and South Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute (KFTC). Customers based in South Korea can visit any of the transaction counters of the 10 KFTC member banks to transfer money to recipients in Việt Nam who have đồng accounts in Agribank, Vietinbank, ABBank and GPBank. The fees of the direct international money transfer service are reasonable and the service is secured and supported by the Korean government. The limit for international money transfers is $2,000 per transaction for beneficiaries of Agribank, and $5,000 per transaction for Vietinbank, ABBank and GPBank beneficiaries.
August 21, 2017 12:00 UTC
HÀ NỘI — The State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) has ratified LienVietPost Bank’s proposal of convertible bonds issuance in 2017. According to the plan, the maximum total face value of the bonds is worth VNĐ2 trillion (US$87.7 million). The bonds’ interest rate is determined by LienVietPost Bank in accordance with market interest rates and SBV regulations on interest rates in each period, besides ensuring the bank’s business efficiency and operational safety. LienVietPost Bank will have to implement the 2017 convertible bonds issuance in compliance with the current regulations approved by the SBV Governor regarding promissory notes, treasury bills, certificates of deposits, domestic bonds issued by credit institutions and other provisions of the Law on Securities. The issuance of convertible bonds for foreign investors must comply with Decree No 01/2014/NĐ-CP, dated January 3, 2014, on foreign investors’ purchase of shares of Vietnamese credit institutions.
August 21, 2017 11:03 UTC