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A recent clinical study demonstrated that the use of maternal nutritional supplements (MNS) and a breastfeeding support programme improves birth outcomes and exclusive breastfeeding rate among Vietnamese mothers. The symposium on the National Guideline on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers on July 24, 2017 in Hanoi The study on Vietnamese mothers demonstrated the effects of MNS in the pre- and post-natal period on exclusive breastfeeding rates, birth outcomes, and infant growth. The study was conducted by the research team of the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and global healthcare and research company Abbott between October 2013 and April 2015 and was approved by the National Institute of Nutrition and the Ministry of Health. Moreover, the study has been published on The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine—the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine and other scientific communities. This is the first study from Vietnam on maternal health nutrition to be published in such an authoritative platform. Participants included 228 Vietnamese mothers aged 20-35 at 26-29 weeks of gestation. The findings showed that women who received the lactation support programme, including consuming two daily servings of maternal milk supplements from pregnancy through breastfeeding experienced various benefits, including healthier birth and growth outcomes and increased breast milk production. The maternal milk supplement used in the study was Similac Mom, a science-based formula uniquely designed to help mothers…... [read more]

The 21st VietFood, Beverage and Professional Packing Machines (VietFood & Beverage-ProPack) exhibition will take place in Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre at 799 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, from August 9 to 12, 2017. 500 companies from 20 countries and territories will showcase their very best at the annual event The series of events have been a significant trade promotion platform, with the participation of two important sectors. On one hand, the food and beverage section will display five product categories (food, agricultural, local, and aqua-sea products; beverage; nutrition, pharmaceutical food; materials and ingredients). The other section of the event will highlight machinery and equipment, packaging and food preservation products, and franchise opportunities. The side-line events will also offer plentiful showcasing and networking opportunities as they are held in collaboration with the Vietnam Association of Retailers (AVR), the Ho Chi Minh Food and Foodstuff Association (FFA), the Vietnam Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Association (VBA), the Young Business Association and the Ho Chi Minh Business Association. Vietfood & Beverage-ProPack has brought in huge commercial values in its more than 20 years of annual event attracting well-known domestic and international brands. This year will see the participation of  500 businesses from 20 countries and territories, raising about  600 pavilions. Notable participants hail from Taiwan, Poland, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, China, and of course Vietnam. In 2016, the exhibition attracted 425 companies and 500 pavilions…... [read more]

Cruise tourism is contributing significantly to the tourism industry and economy of Vietnam. However, in the long run, Vietnam needs the correct strategy and investment for modern seaport system development to unlock its potential strength. Impressive figures According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), Vietnam's cruise tourism has developed rapidly, with more international visitors coming to Vietnam. In 2016, Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million international visitors, including 284,855 arrivals by sea, up 67.7 per cent over 2015. In the first six months of 2017, tourist arrivals from the sea reached 170,843, an increase of 26 per cent over the same period of 2016. These results, according to tourism experts, come from Vietnam's favourable natural conditions, with more than 3,200 kilometres of coastline, thousands of islands, diverse ecosystems and world-renowned bays like Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang Bay, Vinh Hy Bay and Lang Co Bay. In addition, Vietnam is favourably located between two of the largest cruise tourism centres of Hong Kong and Singapore - the major economic hubs that open the door for Vietnam to access other countries in the region and the world from the East Sea. In addition, to attract and serve an increasing number of cruise trvellers to Vietnam, relevant authorities and tourism businesses have adopted many reform ad investment policies in the past years. Specifically, it has opened Phu Quoc Island and Con Dao Island to foreign tourists, it has waivered visas for cruise tourists to Vietnam, and reduced port fees for…... [read more]

NDO – The Power Generation Corporation No. 3 (EVNGENCO 3) on July 24 announced its decision to establish the Thai Binh Thermal Power Company, which will be in charge of managing and operating the Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant. The company is based on the labour force of the management board of the Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant project, aiming to serve the safe, continuous and effective operation of the plant, while seeking optimal production costs and the improvement of business production efficiency. The Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant, located in Thai Binh province’s Thai Thuy district, is one of the Government’s key projects, with Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) as its investor and EVNGENCO 3 as its management advisory unit, represented by the management board. Its projected cost is estimated at over VND26 trillion (US$1.14 billion) with an installed capacity of 600 megawatts (2x300MW) and an annual power output of approximately 3.6 billion kWh. This is the first large-scale thermal power plant to be designed by a Vietnamese advisory unit. After over three years of construction, the project has now been basically completed. Addressing the event, leaders of EVN and Thai Binh province asked officials and staff of the Thai Binh Thermal Power Company to uphold their responsibilities while effectively carrying out management and operation duties of the plant. The company was requested to strictly comply with regulations on environmental protection ; to optimise production costs; and to manage and use capital and assets in…... [read more]

TOKYO: Japan on Monday (Jul 24) launched a national exercise to encourage tens of thousands of commuters to work from home, in a bid to ease rail and road congestion before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and reform the country's workaholic culture. The scene at a Tokyo train station as Japan launches an exercise to encourage commuters to work from home in the run-up to the summer Olympics in 2020 AFP/Toru YAMANAKA About a quarter of the population of 127 million live in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. The congested megalopolis thus faces a serious need to ease rush-hour crowds to accommodate tourists for the Olympics. The public-private Telework Day involved some 60,000 workers at more than 900 companies, organisations and government offices, according to the internal affairs ministry. They worked from home, skipping their usual habit of commuting in notoriously packed trains or driving personal cars to the office. The ministry had no figures to break down participation by region but most of those involved are believed to be in Tokyo. The idea followed a teleworking effort at the time of the 2012 London Olympics. Japan will repeat the exercise on the same date over the next two years in the run-up to the opening of the Summer Games on July 24, 2020. The plan is also part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to rethink Japan's workaholic tradition, where mostly…... [read more]

A new co-operation era has been taking shape between Vietnam and Cambodia, with the two countries committing to preserve their comprehensive relationship and raise their bilateral economic and investment ties. After 50 years of friendship, Vietnam and Cambodia are working to build an even stronger relationship Photo: VNA During his official state visit to Cambodia during July 20-22, and his first visit to this country since he was re-elected Party general secretary in early 2016, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong conducted bilateral talks with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen – who is also the Cambodian People’s Party president – and talked with leaders of Cambodia’s National Assembly. The two sides reviewed their strong 50-year relationship, and affirmed that Vietnam and Cambodia will continue working together to strengthen their solidarity and enhance their traditional and comprehensive co-operation efforts. The two countries released a joint statement on strengthening Vietnam-Cambodia friendship, which is especially focused on reviewing their 50 years of relations and setting a new co-operation framework for the time to come. Both countries affirmed that economic and investment ties will continue serving as one of the key bilateral co-operation pillars. The two sides also set a goal of raising their bilateral trade volume from $2.93 billion last year to $5 billion by 2025. To this end, Vietnam and Cambodia pledged to continue implementing bilateral co-operation deals, removing…... [read more]

The capital city will issue regulations for the walking area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in August, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung said on Monday. Pedestrians gather at Đông Kinh Nghĩa Thục Square in the walking area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in the capital city.-VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt At a meeting with voters of central Hoàn Kiếm District on Monday, chairman Chung said the committee has reviewed pressing issues concerning Hoàn Kiếm Lake’s walking area, such as sanitation, dog walking, toy car rental services and poor-quality cultural events. Hoàn Kiếm People’s Committee has been assigned to develop a set of regulations for the area, which will be released next month, to address these issues, he said. Hà Nội is witnessing an influx of tourists, as major hotels in the city are currently fully booked until the first quarter of next year, for the first time in 15 years, he added. The capital city will continue to call for investment in developing entertainment venues and high-tech tourism attractions and building some 4,000 more hotels to meet demands of international and local tourists and turn tourism into a spearhead economy, he said. Chung disapproved of a proposal by Hoàn Kiếm District to limit timings of the walking area during the summer to only the evenings (from 6pm to 2am of the following day) on weekends because it was very hot during the…... [read more]

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced it has been recognised as a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. The report evaluated Fortinet’s Security Fabric, its ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute’ as factors for the placement in the Magic Quadrant. As a foundation of the Fortinet Security Fabric, the FortiGate Enterprise Firewall is the only solution that delivers the scale, automation, and performance needed to protect from the edge to the datacenter and from IoT to the Cloud. More than 310,000 customers trust Fortinet solutions to deliver the broadest, most powerful and highly automated security to defend their entire attack surfaces. FortiGate Enterprise Firewall customers have enthusiastically provided 288 perfect 5-star reviews and 498 total reviews on Gartner Peer Insights – compared with the 418 reviews for the next 10 enterprise firewall vendors combined as of July 12. Independent evaluation and market analysis conducted by firms like Gartner are critical to help businesses determine the best vendors to protect their critical data and assets against an increasingly hostile threat landscape. “Cybersecurity is a very dynamic space. Customer requirements keep evolving, the attack surface is growing as mobile devices, cloud computing and IoT is used in corporate networks, and the threat landscape is getting more sophisticated and automated," Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and CEO at Fortinet. "Just over a year ago, we launched our Fortinet Security Fabric technology vision…... [read more]

While traditional entertainment venues appear to be losing popularity, street performances have been attracting an increasing number of HCM City residents. With many unconventional entertainment spots in HCM City offering quality performances, traditional spots such teahouses, drama theatres and cultural houses are seeing fewer visitors. - VNS Photo Traditional entertainment venues, including teahouses, drama theatres and cultural houses, have drawn fewer visitors in recent years. “I no longer have the habit of visiting teahouses for music performances every weekend,” Ngoc Anh, 35, told Viet Nam News. “I enjoy watching them online since it’s more convenient and costs me nothing. Also, the quality of services offered at traditional entertainment venues doesn’t justify the price,” she added. Singer Duc Minh said that many teahouses have had to increase entrance fees and beverage prices to make up for lost revenue, with around VND200,000 (US$8.8) for a smoothie or juice drink. Le Xuan Tai, 53, said that he, too, used to enjoy music and plays at traditional venues but has felt uninspired of late because of lackluster performances. With artists often cancelling their shows at the last minute and venues offering unprofessional services, Tai said he preferred to stay home and watch TV shows. Only a few teahouses such as Dong Dao, Khong Ten, and We, along with theatres such as Phu Nhuan, Hoang Thai Thanh and IDECAF, still maintain their services. Other popular…... [read more]

Real estate has become the most popular asset class among retail investors since gold and foreign currencies are not very profitable any more. Real estate has become the most popular asset class among retail investors since gold and foreign currencies are not very profitable any more. Minh Hanh of HCM City’s Tan Phu District, for instance, said: “I never put my money into saving accounts because I used to invest in gold and dollars. But now I invest my money in real estate and stocks because gold prices have decreased sharply and the gap between domestic and international prices is too big.” Since 2010, gold has plateaued. The Government has tightened gold management and banks are not allowed to mobilise or borrow gold any more. This year, the real estate market has gathered pace and been a magnet for investors. Duc Vinh of HCM City’s Go Vap District said last October he had bought a piece of land for VND2.6 billion ($115,000) and planned to build a house. But half a year later, a buyer offered VND3.5 billion ($155,000) for it and he sold it immediately. But Vinh’s profit is not considered huge in the current market situation. Hoang An, a broker in District 12, said now everybody wants to buy land because of high profits and liquidity. Things have turned on their head from a few years ago when…... [read more]

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