Erik Frankel and his employees making metallic jewelry at the workshop in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/ Hanh Pham. The Golden Star Balm is a yesteryear product in Vietnam. Called cao sao vang in Vietnamese, it was once the only balm used across Vietnam to treat headaches, cold, arthritis and other pains. But, for many years now, it had all but disappeared under a deluge of imported substitutes that flooded the market in the mid to late nineties. However, last year, this made-in-Vietnam product was selling like hotcakes in the US, and most people were buying it from retail titan Amazon. This unusual revival made headlines, with the minute red tin with a yellow star in the middle commanding prices as much as 35 times higher than in the local market. The manufacturer OPC Pharma then, with public praises ringing in its ears, frankly said that it was not the mastermind behind the rise of the balm. It was small distributors like New York City-born Erik Frankel that … [Read more...] about American entrepreneur finds Vietnam the right place at the right time
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Level: Pre-intermediate and above Brief description: This lesson helps you practice writing a letter of complaint. KEY CONCEPT: A complaint letter should be polite and courteous, but clear and direct. Look at the sample letter below and answer the questions that follow. Understanding the model 1. What product or service did the customer buy? 2. What problems did the customer experience? 3. What were the effects of these problems? Did the customer have extra costs because of them? If so, how much? 4. What does the customer want the supplier to do? Answers 1. The customer bought a package tour of Thailand. 2. The customer’s flight was overbooked; she had to take a taxi to the hotel. The customer’s room had been given to someone else. 3. The customer had to wait 4 hours at the airport, she had to pay $30 for a taxi and $25 extra per night for a different room. 4. The customer wants the supplier to apologise and refund her the extras she paid during the tour. Analysing the … [Read more...] about How to write a letter of complaint?
Decree No. 29/2011/ND-CP dated April 18 2011 on providing strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment and environmental protection commitment THE GOVERNMENT No: 29/2011/ND-CP SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM Independence - Freedom - Happiness Ha Noi, day 18 month 04 year 2011 DECREE PROVIDING STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMITMENT THE GOVERNMENT Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government; Pursuant to the November 29, 2005 Law on Environmental Protection; At the proposal of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, DECREES: Chapter I GENERAL PROVISIONS Article 1. Scope of regulation This Decree provides strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment and environmental protection commitment. Article 2. Subjects of application This Decree applies to organizations and individuals engaged in … [Read more...] about Decree No. 29/2011/ND-CP dated April 18 2011
The Parties to this Convention, Acknowledging that change in the Earth's climate and its adverse effects are a common concern of humankind, Concerned that human activities have been substantially increasing the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases, that these increases enhance the natural greenhouse effect, and that this will result on average in an additional warming of the Earth's surface and atmosphere and may adversely affect natural ecosystems and humankind, that the largest share of historical and current global emissions of greenhouse gases has originated in developed countries, that per capita emissions in developing countries are still relatively low and that the share of global emissions originating in developing countries will grow to meet their social and development needs, Aware of the role and importance in terrestrial and marine ecosystems of sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases, Noting that there are many uncertainties in predictions of … [Read more...] about United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC), 1992