US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer played down expectations ahead of the meeting in Beijing, which is due to be followed by more talks in Washington in early April. (Photo: AFP/MANDEL NGAN) US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to resume talks in Beijing with China's top economic official Liu He, the first since China put into law new measures seen as an olive branch in their high-stakes stand-off. While US President Donald Trump has voiced hope that he could soon hold a signing ceremony with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, negotiations have dragged on, suggesting substantial differences remain. But Lighthizer sought to play down expectations ahead of the meeting in Beijing, which is due to be followed by more talks in Washington in early April. "I'm hoping but not necessarily hopeful ... If there's a great deal to be gotten, we'll get it - if not, we'll find another plan," he told National Public Radio earlier this … [Read more...] about US China trade talks to open in Beijing
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15 years ago, Dr. Anh went to Japan to study molecular biology, focused mainly on beneficial bacteria in plants. After 15 years working in the academic environment abroad, he returned to Vietnam to work at the Hanoi University of Science (HUS) - a member of the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He then happened to meet famous scientists from around the world who were coming to Vietnam to seek cooperation on probiotic products for human use. “At that time, I rethought my scientific path. I began to check the probiotic products on the market and found that the probiotic content was not exactly the same as in advertising. There were many probiotic products that combined with many other types, such as vitamins, digestive enzymes and DHA, or dry probiotic products," said Dr. Anh. In 2010, Anh and his colleagues, who are biologists, established Anabio Company with the initial aim of applying the outstanding results of the HUS’s Key Laboratory of Enzyme and Protein Technology … [Read more...] about A scientist dedicates spore probiotic products to “made in Vietnam”
A view of International Education City in Quang Ngai, which is expected to open in May. — Photo courtesy of NHG The Nguyen Hoang Group plans to build an “International Education City” (IEC) in many provinces and cities that will offer students modern experience-based educational methods. Last March, NHG began construction of its first IEC project in Viet Nam in the central province of Quang Ngai. IEC is a pioneering educational model in Viet Nam that covers all levels of education of international quality, including the international Saigon Academy kindergarten; the international integration iSchool; the international UK Academy bilingual school and the International School of North America. The 10ha campus in Quang Ngai, which is expected to open in May 2019, includes areas for painting, music, aerobics, laboratories, robots, a theatre, movie theatre, tennis courts, 10-lane-Olympic-swimming-pool and a multipurpose sports hall with 1,800 seats, and other facilities. … [Read more...] about Nguyen Hoang Group to build more “int’l education cities” in VN
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Jurors unanimously found that Monsanto -- which vowed to appeal -- acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness. Following eight weeks of trial proceedings, the San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $250 million in punitive damages along with compensatory damages and other costs, bringing the total figure to nearly $290 million. "The jury got it wrong," the company's vice president Scott Partridge told reporters outside the courthouse. Johnson, a California groundskeeper diagnosed in 2014 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- a cancer that affects white blood cells -- says he repeatedly used a professional form of Roundup while working at a school in Benicia, California. "I want to thank everybody on the jury from the bottom of my heart," Johnson, 46, said during a press conference after the verdict. "I am glad to be here; the cause is way bigger than me. Hopefully this … [Read more...] about US jury orders Monsanto to pay $290mn to cancer patient over weed killer