HCM City works to solve difficulties facing property enterprisesThe People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a conference on November 7 to help local real estate enterprises solve difficulties.Le Hoang Chau, President of the Ho Chi Minh City Real Estate Association, said the local property market faces several bottlenecks affecting enterprises’ business and investment activities, including approval of investment intentions, ground clearance, land use feess, project acquisition, using land funds to pay for Build-Transfer (BT) contracts, and credit and financial procedure issues.The slow settlement of these bottlenecks is one reason for the significant decrease in the supply of real estate products in 2018, which is forecast to continue reducing in 2019, Chau affirmed.At the event, local enterprises shared difficulties facing them during project implementation.Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong admitted that there remain several … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 9/11
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When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
Black leaders who are advising Starbucks Corp on its anti-bias training program, which begins Tuesday, hope it will reinvigorate decades-old efforts to ensure minorities get equal treatment in restaurants and stores, setting an example for other corporations. An exterior view of the Starbucks Center, headquarters for the international coffee and coffeehouse chain, in Seattle, Washington. (AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON) Starbucks committed to the training after a Philadelphia cafe manager's call to police resulted in the arrests of two black men who were waiting for a friend. The arrests sparked protests and accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain known for its liberal stances on social issues such as same-sex marriage. Anti-bias training is intended to get participants to recognize their own unconscious biases and avoid unintentional discrimination. Starbucks is closing 8,000 company-owned U.S. stores at around 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday as a first step in training … [Read more...] about Starbucks shuts 8,000 stores for anti bias training
An exterior view of the Starbucks Center, headquarters for the international coffee and coffeehouse chain, in Seattle, Washington. (AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON) It was the latest bid by the behemoth coffee chain to recover from last Thursday's incident in Philadelphia, which was captured on video and went viral, viewed millions of times. The video posted on Twitter by a Starbucks client shows uniformed police questioning and then handcuffing the two men, who offer no resistance, as a white client repeatedly asks an officer, "What'd they do? What'd they do?" Starbucks said more than 8,000 stores would be closed on the afternoon of May 29 and training provided to nearly 175,000 employees, and incorporated going forward. CEO Kevin Johnson, who has also apologised, said the company was "committed to being a part of the solution" and that he had been in Philadelphia "listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it." "Closing our stores for racial … [Read more...] about Starbucks to shut US stores for ‘racial bias education’
Partial remains of some victims of the September 11 attacks were dumped in a landfill, the Pentagon revealed for the first time, issuing a report that exposed years of bungling at the US military's most important mortuary. The portions of remains that ended up at a landfill came from the 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and from a hijacked airliner that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on 9/11, according to the report by an independent panel. The revelation came from a review of the troubled mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, which has been blamed for mishandling the remains of some troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The details about the 9/11 remains were mentioned only in passing in the report, which focused on how to fix management problems at the troubled mortuary. Any remains related to 9/11 carry a special significance for Americans and the White House promptly issued a statement, saying the Pentagon was taking steps to ensure such mistakes "never happen … [Read more...] about Remains of some 9/11 victims ‘dumped at landfill’