Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - There are times when there's bad news and even worse news. One such time is dealing with the problem of drug-resistant diseases in Việt Nam and elsewhere . A couple of case studies: Trung (not real name) was hospitalised a month ago after showing symptoms of pneumonia. After four days of treatment, however, his condition did not improve and he lost consciousness. Doctors at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hà Nội had to resort to endotracheal intubation (an emergency procedure) to keep him alive. Susceptibility testing showed that he was resistant to all types of antibiotics except for colistin - a toxic antibiotic used to treat only the worst drug-resistant infections. After a month on endotracheal intubation, he regained consciousness and his condition has stabilised. Thanh, 64, another patient who was taken to Vạn Hạnh Hospital in HCM City early last month, was not so lucky. Thanh resisted the strongest of antibiotics and was only … [Read more...] about Bugs vs drugs: A solution is now a problem
Managing director vs general manager
By Tieu Nha Quang Trung Software City (QTSC) has so far attracted 106 information and communication technology (ICT) companies. Among them are 48 foreign firms and 58 local ones. HP, IBM, KDDI, Luxoft, TMA, GCS and MISA are only a few outstanding names. Rental and support advantages According to Lam Nguyen Hai Long, QTSC deputy director, the software park has a host of competitive advantages which are attractive customers, old and new. "We tell potential partners that we have reasonable rents, excellent offices, high-speed Internet and stable power sources," Long says. Rents, inclusive of operation expenditures like office lease, Internet, power, water and hygiene and convenience fees like dining and parking, at QTSC are over 40% lower than in downtown districts. Enterprises operating in QTSC also confirm that the park has been a very reliable supporter capable of helping them handle unexpected problems. Through periodic meetings of the CEO, Investors and Human Resources clubs, … [Read more...] about Infrastructure Vs. Location
Both Mai Linh Group and the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) have been highlighted as big debtors following the information publicized late last week. The former is unable to repay some VND500 billion ($24.04 million) it had mobilized from 800 individual investors to fund its operation in the past, while the latter incurred a VND5.29 trillion ($253.9 million) loss in 2011 alone. … [Read more...] about Mai Linh vs EVN – opposite ways of debt repayment
The risk management division is no darling of securities companies. Many stock brokerage houses even do not set up this division if they are not pressed by State authorities or this unit is required by the law. Actually, none wants to pay money to keep a "policeman" to look through its business, according to a specialist. But, if there is no risk management division, is the company vehicle is always safe on a rough road with many potholes and obstacles? "Too risky" There is a special two-man unit in VS Securities Company, constituted by a manager and a subordinate. It is responsible for multiple tasks and professions. It is liable to directly approve capital sources for personal customers, while keeping tabs on risk management over financial institutions in any stage where risks may arise like placing orders, transferring money and signing contracts. Many brokers have conflict with risk management staff because they have lost many customers who prefer securities companies with … [Read more...] about Which Standards for Risk Management on Vietnam Stock Market?
No exploitation, no nylon bags, no rubbish, only sustainable development, that the manifesto of the Cham islanders, but does it work? She sells sea shells: Locals buy seafood at Cu Lao Cham market. — VNS Photo Hoang Nam An overview: Tan Hiep island commune on Cu Lao Cham Island, in the central province of Quang Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam Falling for the day: Sunset at Huong village, Cu Lao Cham. — VNS Photo Hoang Nam Pham Hoang Nam reports. Our 25-seat boat seemed tiny as it navigated the high waves of the Hoai River Estuary in the central province of Quang Nam. We were on our way to the Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) from Hoi An Port, but there were times we were afraid we might not make it, especially when one big wave covered the canoe and drenched us from head to toe. Most of us were quiet, cold, tired and worried although the weather was good, and there were several sighs of relief when we did make a smooth landing after 45 minutes of travelling on a … [Read more...] about Nature vs nurture, the Cham dilemma