Great day for the Nation

An impatient toddler chides his mother for not being quick enough in getting him into his pair of newly-acquired boots. Finally they're on and he wriggles free to put the new footwear to good use: kicking his siblings and friends on the shins. He might be a refugee, detained in a transit camp with the rest of his family, waiting to hear what the rest of his life might hold in store for him. But in that moment he is just an irrepressible little boy with new boots. Ai Weiwei chuckles at the memory of the scene, one of many warmly humorous moments that he captured on film as part of "Human Flow", an epic 23-country documentary essay on the global refugee crisis which required a crew of 200 people to put together and has its international premiere at the Venice film festival on Friday. It is the kind of humanising detail that the celebrated Chinese artist finds lacking in mainstream media coverage of the migration story that has dominated news agendas over recent years in much of the world. "It is a challenge when you are making a film," Ai told AFP in Venice. "You see daily news footage about the tragedies. But after you do some studies you realise that those footages are all the same. It is about shocking, it is about violence, it is about crisis. "Our film is different. It is trying to give refugees a more historical (context), humanity and to relate to…... [read more]

With strong support from parent companies, many foreign life insurers are expanding their distribution networks and diversifying insurance products and services to utilise the potential of the Vietnamese market. Aviva officially launches new brand name and shows long-term commitment to Vietnam Hanoi publicises 500 firms with prolonged insurance debts Health insurance policy backfires Foreign insurers are quickly scaling up business in Vietnam (Illustration) Along with the strong growth of revenue (81 per cent in the first half of 2017), Generali Vietnam, a member of the Italian Generali Group, is rapidly expanding its distribution network with one headquarter and 45 branches all over Vietnam. Apart from increasing the number of branches, Generali Vietnam has expanded its distribution network by teaming up with two new partners, Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank (OCB) and CenGroup, an enterprise in the real estate industry. According to Tina Nguyen, general director of Generali Vietnam, her enterprise is one of the Generali Group subsidiaries with the highest growth rate. Supported by the parent company in experience, technology, and finance, Generali Vietnam is raising investment in products and services to enhance quality. Similarly, in the first half of 2017, US insurer Chubb Life Vietnam has been constantly making investments to expand its infrastructure, upgrade and open 18 new offices in Vietnam. As of August 2017, Chubb Life Vietnam had…... [read more]

Electronics retailer Tran Anh Digital World Company (TAG) is seeking its shareholders’ approval to sell a 25 per cent stake to Mobile World Investment Corporation (MWG), paving the way for a merger into the latter company. – Photo genk.vn Electronics retailer Tran Anh Digital World Company (TAG) is seeking its shareholders’ approval to sell a 25 per cent stake to Mobile World Investment Corporation (MWG), paving the way for a merger into the latter company. The company’s existing shareholders are expected to send their feedback before the end of this month. The share sale has confirmed recent speculation around the merger and acquisition (M&A) between Mobile World and Tran Anh Digital. On Wednesday, shareholders of Mobile World Investment Corp gave their nod to increase the company’s new budget for M&A activities to VND2.5 trillion (over US$110 million), a five-fold increase over the old budget of only VND500 billion, which had been approved in March. At a meeting in early August, Mobile World’s general director Nguyen Duc Tai said the company planned to acquire a chain of electronics stores in the North. He declined to disclose the targeted company. According to the approved plan, the M&A budget will be mobilised from loans, bonds and new share issues and undistributed profit. In addition, the mobile devices retailer will separately issue additional 6.7 million shares, worth VND67 billion and equivalent to 2.18 per cent of its outstanding shares, to fewer than 10 investors in a…... [read more]

MARSEILLE: One person was killed and another seriously injured in the southern French city of Marseille on Monday (Aug 21) after a convicted criminal with psychiatric problems drove a van into people waiting at two bus stops, police said. French forensic police search the site following a car crash on Aug 21, 2017, in the southern Mediterranean city of Marseille. (Photo: AFP/Boris Horvat) The incident comes with Europe on high alert following last week's car ramming attacks in northeastern Spain. But Marseille's prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said there was no evidence of a terror connection and that the driver - who had several convictions for offences including robbery - was mentally unstable. "He was found with a letter from a psychiatric clinic and we are leaning towards treating it as a mental health case," Tarabeux told AFP. The man first drove at speed at a bus stop in the city's northern 13th district at around 9.00am (3.00pm Singapore time), hitting a woman who was rushed to hospital with serious pelvis injuries. The driver of the stolen van then continued to the eastern 11th district, where he slammed into another bus stop, killing a 42-year-old woman. The police caught up with him shortly afterwards in the city's Old Port district, where he was arrested. Several European cities, including London, Berlin and Stockholm, have been targeted in a wave of attacks by Islamist radicals…... [read more]

In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth.  Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities. The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030.  The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened more for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted.  The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the 2017 HWG Work Plan, and discuss priorities and indicators for healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, as well as progress reports on approved and on-going projects of APEC economies. New HWG concept notes for…... [read more]

Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gather in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, expecting to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities. The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, aiming to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of the economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth, which will be an essential driver for long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening, towards sustainable development” and focusing on five priorities. The priorities include; ensuring progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards a healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, an integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and a focus on health in all policies, and multi sectorial action to achieve health in relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by the 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened further for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, aiming to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of the economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth, which will be an essential driver for long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening, towards sustainable development” and focusing on five priorities. The priorities include; ensuring progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards a healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, an integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and a focus on health in all policies, and multi sectorial action to achieve health in relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by the 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened further for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the…... [read more]

In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities.  Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gather in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened more for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the 2017 HWG Work Plan, and discuss priorities and indicators for healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, as…... [read more]

AkzoNobel, a leading paints and coatings company, has just introduced new products in the Dulux Professional portfolio for health and educational projects in Vietnam. Pamela Phua, the new general manager of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Vietnam, talked to VIR’s Trung Nguyen about Dulux Professional and the firm’s focus on sustainability. What makes the new Dulux Professional portfolio more suitable for health and education projects? In the current rapid development of the economy, welfare is one of our primary focuses. Healthcare and education are being improved and enhanced in terms of quality on a daily basis. The exterior and interior paint products of the recently launched Dulux Professional portfolio aim to bring elements of sustainability to healthcare and education projects. Dulux Professional Interior Anti-bacteria paint is safe and environmentally-friendly. In addition, by introducing Dulux Professional WeatherShield Creation to customers, we hope to bring new solutions to provide the aesthetic outlook of sand effects as well as unique and durable stone-like effects, while at the same time protecting the structure in all weather conditions. Can you elaborate more on the sustainability of Dulux Professional products? Optimising benefits for customers, along with having a positive impact on the surrounding environment, is our commitment to customers. Sustainability is in the DNA of our company. Therefore, our Dulux Professional portfolio was developed with advanced technology to provide sustainable, comprehensive, and professional solutions to every single project segment. We supply industries and…... [read more]




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