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The cyber attack that crippled Ukraine businesses and spread worldwide to shut down shipping ports, factories and businesses has taken a costly toll on the results of major U.S. and European companies in the latest quarter, with more to come. A man types into a keyboard during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. on July 29, 2017. Cadbury chocolate maker Mondelez and freight logistics company FedEx Corp (FDX.N) are among five multinational firms, three from the United States and two in Europe, to report material financial damage in the closing days of the second quarter from the cyber "worm" known as NotPetya. Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O), the world's second-largest confectionary company, reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly sales on Wednesday, blaming shipping and invoicing delays caused by the attack on computer networks that started on June 27. Seven more major international companies, five based in Europe and two in Russia, which acknowledged they suffered disruption, are only due to report quarterly profits later in August. Investors should get used to hearing about cyber attacks during earnings calls, said Ian Winer, equity co-head at Wedbush Securities. "The trend is accelerating," Winer said. "As hackers get more sophisticated they are taking shots at major companies." More hackers are becoming adept at developing or finding malware to wipe data on computers, making them inoperable. Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk S/A (MAERSKb.CO), which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said a cyber attack had caused outages at…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy director of the HCM City’s Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung on Wednesday instructed city districts to speed up the opening of new general healthcare clinics for patients with HIV. Patients with HIV wait for ARV treatment at a Community Consultation and Assistance Centre in HCM City. — Photo: VNA/VNS  International aid agencies will stop offering free ARV medicine in the country for patients with HIV next year. Insured anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV patients will begin in June next year once international aid stops, according to the Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control. Seventy-two per cent of patients with HIV have health insurance, Hung said, adding that the city’s People’s Committee had approved funds for the remaining 27 per cent of patients with HIV who cannot afford cards.  “Who will treat them? How will we carry out?” Hung said. “This is the issue to which we should pay more attention.” Many representatives of district-level health centres have complained that they have not been able to set up a general clinic because of a shortage of doctors. Dr Pham Thi Kim Hoa, head of Can Gio District Health Centre, said there were not enough available staff to set up the clinics. Around 110 patients with HIV are being treated at the district’s Community Counselling and Assistance Centre, Hoa said, adding that the centre has sent eight of the 110 patients with HIV to the district’s health stations. The remaining number of patients with HIV have been…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the Government's meeting for July on August 3 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed various issues while chairing the Government’s regular meeting for July in Hanoi on August 3, asking officials to take measures to ensure their sectors and agencies reach this year’s growth targets. He said it is necessary to precisely assess problems facing each sector as well as shortcomings so as to address them and achieve 2017’s targets. PM Phuc noted a positive trend in the socio-economic situation in July and the first seven months, saying that inflation continued to be controlled, credit grew well, while export and import revenue increased by almost 19 percent. About 73,000 new businesses were established and more than 17,000 others resumed operations between January and July. He expressed his delight at the implementation of social welfare, cultural, educational, healthcare and poverty reduction policies so far this year, highlighting the good organisation of the national high school examination in July and Vietnamese students’ recent attainment of gold medals at international competitions in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Directed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, several cases of suspected corruption have been being handled. The Party Central Committee’s Examination Commission also disciplined officials with wrongdoings, creating a strong anti-corruption atmosphere across the entire political system, the Cabinet leader noted. At the meeting, PM Phuc pointed out that …... [read more]

Vietnamese businessman Mai Huu Tin has been voted the president of the World Vovinam Federation from 2017 to 2022. Mai Huu Tin is new president of the World Vovinam Federation.  Tín, who is also the Viet Nam Vovinam Federation (VVF) president, received support from about 60 delegates from 30 countries and territories who are taking part in the Vovinam World Federation’s Congress which kicked off in New Delhi, India, yesterday. He will be assisted by eight vice presidents, including Nguyen Van Chieu, VVF vice president, Macovei Florin, European Vovinam Federation president, and Djouadi Mohammed, African Vovinam Federation president, during his five-year term. Tín, 48, is the general director and chairman of the board of directors of U&I Investment Corporation. He practices vovinam and won a national title in 1986. On the first day yesterday, the Vovinam Congress also reviewed the development of the martial art with more than two million people around the world practicing it. Delegates discussed plans to make vovinam an official sport at the Asian Games and the Olympics in the future.  Tây Ninh start with draw in U-15 opener Defending champions Hoàng Anh Gia Lai were tied in a 1-1 opener by host Tây Ninh at the National U15 Championship yesterday at the provincial stadium. As the most famous national football training centre in recent years Hoàng Anh Gia Lai were considered strong rivals, and they showed off their power from the beginning. They needed just three minutes to break even with a goal by Thế…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed various issues while chairing the Government’s regular meeting for July in Hanoi on August 3, asking officials to take measures to ensure their sectors and agencies reach this year’s growth targets. The PM stated that it is necessary to precisely assess all problems facing each sector as well as shortcomings in orders to address them and achieve the 2017 targets. PM Phuc noted a positive trend in the socio-economic situation in July and in the first seven months, stating that inflation continued to be controlled, credit grew well, while export and import revenue increased by almost 19%. 73,000 new businesses were also established and more than 17,000 others resumed operations between January and July. He expressed his delight at the implementation of social welfare, cultural, educational, healthcare and poverty reduction policies that have thus far been accomplished this year, highlighting the good organisation of the national high school examination in July and Vietnamese students’ recent attainment of gold medals at international competitions in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Directed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, several cases of suspected corruption have been handled. The Party Central Committee’s Examination Commission also disciplined officials with wrongdoings, creating a strong anti-corruption atmosphere across the entire political system, the Cabinet leader noted. At the meeting, PM Phuc pointed out that although the manufacturing industry expanded, mining activities still declined. There are still difficulties in production and business activities,…... [read more]

NDO - The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which is considered a comprehensive trade agreement covering a wide area of sectors and also has an equal elimination of tariffs from both sides, is anticipated to bring about benefits and opportunities for both economies in multiple ways throughout the years. According to the agreement, the EU and Vietnam has committed to further market access and the removal of over 99% of tariffs on industrial and agricultural products, in addition to zero-duty Tariff Rate Quotas on a number of goods including clothing, footwear, seafood, tropical agricultural products, furniture and others which will come from Vietnam and automobiles, machinery, equipment, beverages, medicine, and temperate agricultural products and others which will come from the EU. In addition, the two sides' commitments on services sectors go largely beyond both WTO commitments and any other FTA that Vietnam has concluded. Therefore, EU companies will have more benefits when investing and doing business in the Vietnamese market, particularly in the sectors of their strength which include finance, banking, insurance and maritime transport. Vietnam's commitments to ensure an open and transparent investment and business environment will help to boost high quality investment from the EU into Vietnam. With anticipated benefits from the agreement along with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in late 2015, Vietnam will have an opportunity to become a hub of trade and investment between the EU and ASEAN countries. Furthermore, Vietnam has made commitments in regards to new areas which include government procurement,…... [read more]

On July 24 in Hanoi, HARNN Heritage Spa of InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, developed by Sun Group and managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), was named “2017 Global Spa of the Year” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017. HARNN Heritage Spa named 2017 Global Spa of the Year RELATED CONTENTS: New gem in Halong Bay Discover the quintessence of relaxation at Sun Premier Village Kem Beach Resort Landslide of orders at launch of Sun Premier Village Kem Beach Resort Danang resort uncontested world leader for three years in a row Overtaking excellent contenders from over 30 countries, HARNN Heritage Spa won the most prestigious title at the awards. Additionally, HARNN Heritage Spa was also named “2017 Global Luxury Spa Retreat.” These are prestigious prizes aiming at improving spa standards around the world by honoring the best spas in the industry, with customer satisfaction as the deciding factor. Couples treatment room in HARNN Heritage Spa Juan Losada, general manager of InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, said: “We are delighted and proud to be named the winner by World Luxury Spa Awards, a prestigious award in the spa industry, with the highest quality evaluation system. These awards are the result of the dedication and excellent…... [read more]

SCG reports the operating results for the first half of the year, showing similar profit year-on-year due to good performance from the first quarter. RELATED CONTENTS: SCG gunning for increased market share after takeover PM asks Thailand’s SCG group to expand investment in Vietnam Long Son petrochemical complex settles last issues before implementation Siam Cement Group acquires construction material company in central Vietnam SCG now sole foreign investor in Long Son refinery Vina Kraft Paper fires up second production line in Vietnam SCG inspires kids to become “little green citizens” SCG not giving up Vietnam cement plan despite oversupply SCG reveals that investment strategies for a sustainable ASEAN are going according to plan, with approval for the first petrochemical complex in Vietnam with world-class technology. Moreover, the company made significant headway with innovation with the recent success in connecting collaborations from research institutions, science and technology entrepreneurs, and startups worldwide. This emphasises SCG’s dedication to innovative products and services and faster achieving market and consumer needs. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, president and CEO of SCG, disclosed the company’s unreviewed operating results for the second quarter, with registered revenue from sales of VND72.55 trillion ($3.173 billion), remaining flat year-on-year. In consequence, profit for the period reached VND8.835 trillion ($386 million), a decrease of 17…... [read more]

NDO – The eighth International Exhibition on Advertising Equipment and Technology – VIETAD 2017 officially opened in Ho Chi Minh City on August 3. The exhibition draws the participation of nearly 100 domestic and foreign enterprises, and is featuring 300 pavilions. On display are numerous products in different fields including LED equipment, machines and technology; advertising equipment, materials and gifts; printing materials and supplies; communication service; and decoration. At this year’s event, the organising board launched an online advertisement page to support enterprises in introducing their products and services. VIETAD has become the largest international exhibition in regards to advertising equipment and technology, establishing partnerships with the largest advertising exhibition in Asia. In addition, VIETAD has affirmed its role in the Vietnamese advertising industry, becoming a forum for both domestic and foreign businesses to exchange their experience as well as seek new cooperative opportunities. According to many experts, the free trade agreements that Vietnam has joined have fostered favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to enter the regional and international markets. Therefore, enterprises in advertising equipment and the technology industry should improve their capacity to exploit the efficiency of the exhibition to bring Vietnamese products to major markets such as ASEAN, the US, and Europe. The exhibition will last until August 6.... [read more]

Future Shorts returns to HCM City Future Shorts, an international short film programme, will present a summer screening at Indika Saigon on August 6. The screening will feature a diverse genre of short films from experimental animation to dramas, produced by local and international filmmakers. The screening will start at 7.30pm at 43 Nguyễn Văn Giai Street in District 1. The entrance fee is VNĐ50,000. Local rock bands to perform at Yoko Café South VN Rock Club will host a night of rock music at Yoko Café on August 3. The show will feature five local rock bands including Red Divinity, Analogs, Rock Clef, The Storm and Wild Shadow. They will play gothic and heavy metal, and classic, alternative and modern rock. The performance will also feature guest singers Minh Tâm, Ngân Sang and Hồng Phúc. The event will begin at 7pm at 22A Nguyễn Thị Diệu Street in District 3. Entrance is free. Garage Sale event at Manzi for charity Manzi will host a Garage Sale event for charity on Saturday. The event is your chance to find something cool and grab yourself a big bargain, it could be a brand name T-shirt, a pair of Dr. Martens boots, a vintage dress from some trendy fashionista of Hà Nội or a lot of  designed items by the most beloved fashion designers of the city – Chấm Bi, aN Store,…... [read more]




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