BAT has a strategy for developing human resources and how to become a good employer. British American Tobacco (BAT) recently received the annual Top Employers international prize from the Top Employers Institute, which recognises leading employers around the world who are striving to provide the best working environment for employees through progressive human resource practices. The company’s general manager, Jean Jacques Walravens, and head of HR, Dao Le Duyen, speak about BAT’s strategy for developing human resources and how to become a good employer. General Manager Jean Jacques Walravens. General Manager Jean Jacques Walravens Your company has received the Top Employers award for the first time. To what do you attribute this prestigious award? This was the first time we participated in the prize and had to go through a pre-selection process. The Top Employers Institute, which does the certification, decides on whether you can participate and then based on a … [Read more...] about BAT: where employees can learn, grow and contribute
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Mr Austin Bollinger — Photo courtesy of Family Medical Practice Hanoi Viet Nam News By Mr Austin Bollinger * Physiotherapy is the medical practice of examination and treatment of injuries or disfunction of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Or in more general terms, if you are having pain or dysfunction related of muscles, joints or nerves a physiotherapist can help find the cause and how it can be treated. Many of us have experienced pain, discomfort or a general feeling that something physically is just not working correctly. Most of the time with a little rest or avoidance of activities or positions that exacerbate the symptoms thing go back to normal and we forget anything was wrong. But, what do we do when the symptoms persist or the event that initiated the symptoms was traumatic and rest just simply won’t do? This is where physiotherapy can help alleviate symptoms, restore function and return normalcy to your physical well being. Physiotherapy has a … [Read more...] about What is physiotherapy and how can it help you?
The second October 16-17 visit by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to Vietnam this year attracted great attention among international experts. His first visit was in January 2018. Frequently cited Vietnam expert Carl Thayer, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defense Force Academy, said the trip showed that Secretary Mattis is following guidance in the U.S. National Security Strategy and the U.S. National Defense Strategy to include Vietnam in a cooperative defense network to deal with current challenges to regional security, including aggressive Chinese actions in the South China Sea. Vietnam calls the waters the East Sea. "It is clear from the U.S. National Security Strategy and U.S. National Defense Strategy that the United States views Vietnam as an important strategic partner. The recent speech by Vice President Mike Pence signaled a major shift in U.S. policy to identify and treat China as an … [Read more...] about How Vietnam can walk the tightrope of US-China tensions
Viet Nam News The 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Central Sulawesi on Friday evening has claimed 832 lives, at the time of writing, and injured many others. The earthquake destroyed infrastructure and homes, leaving survivors without shelter. According to a statement issued by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) via its social media accounts, basic necessities that are still urgently needed to help the victims are fuel (diesel fuel and gasoline), drinking water, medical personnel, medicines and field hospitals, tents, tarps, blankets, stretchers, water tanks, food, lamps, generator sets, emergency kitchens, body bags, shrouds and baby food. Humanitarian organizations have extended a helping hand, accepting donations in the form of funds, goods and volunteer work. Here is the list of organizations through which you can offer assistance to the Palu and Donggala earthquake victims: Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT … [Read more...] about How you can help Palu earthquake victims
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — An experimental exhibition exploring art mixed with technology will open on August 25 in Hà Nội. With the theme of "Art & Technology: Art as Insight", the exhibition explores intersections of knowledge and art — objects and designs that are beautiful but also represent amazing technological innovations, that inspire reflection and new discoveries for the viewer and that highlight the role of art as a powerful conduit of learning. This unique debut exhibition, curated by San Francisco-based design-technologist Katherina Huong Nguyen, explores the potential harmony between art and technologies in the modern day. “Art as a lens to view technologies, as a facilitator of technological understanding and innovation, art that leverages technology to amplify its vision and ability to lend insight, technology that scales the creative process, and/or art re-adapting technological artifacts as a new form of future … [Read more...] about Exhibition shows how art mixed technology
The development of new generation sequencing along with artificial intelligence help doctors quickly identify the best drugs for their patients, said doctor Phan Minh Liêm.— Photo ungthuvietnam.com KHÁNH HÒA — The development of new generation sequencing along with artificial intelligence help doctors quickly identify the best drugs for their patients, said doctor Phan Minh Liêm. Addressing at workshop on next-generation sequencing and genomics in cancer precision medicine and screening held in the central province of Khánh Hòa yesterday, Liêm said with these technologies, genetic experts can analyse genomes, detect genetic mutations that increase the risk of cancer and provide appropriate cancer prevention counselling. According to Liêm - who has been honoured four times by MD Anderson Cancer Centre in the United States, cancer is a deadly disease in Việt Nam. The treatment of diseases in Việt Nam is … [Read more...] about Cancer can be controlled: experts
A study of nearly half a million people in China suggests a daily egg may reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. Illustrative image: Photo: Thanh Giang/VNP Experts stress any egg consumption needs to be part of healthy lifestyle to be beneficial. But fears that eating too many eggs can be bad for you appear to have been laid to rest. "One can deliberate on the many limitations and caveats of nutritional research, but the take-home message of this research from a large study from China is that at the very least up to one egg a day is not linked with raised cardiovascular risk, and at best up to one egg a day may even have health benefits," says Prof Nita Forouhi, of the University of Cambridge.The study, in the journal Heart, follows years of bad press for the humble egg - from salmonella scares to cholesterol fears. BBC News takes a crack at separating the issues. How many? These days most doctors encourage the eating of eggs as part of a healthy diet, as they are … [Read more...] about An egg a day to keep the doctor away?
Companies in Vietnam have experienced fierce competition over the last few years, both qualitative and quantitative. Many have been forced to close down while others are still in business but struggling to move forward. The question is how to make a brand not only sustainable but also grow in value in the context of fierce global competition and rapid digitalization. There are many approaches to answering this question. Here I note the three key driving forces for brands: digital transformation, globalization, and brand leadership. In my observation, these forces help grow a company’s brand value if implemented successfully. Customer-centric digital transformation Unlike in the past, customers now have many brand choices for a particular product in Vietnam. Let’s take bakery goods for example. Customers would have previously mentioned Kinh Do in the south or Hai Ha in the north, but today they may name a long list of bakery brands: Top Cake, Tous Les Jours, ABC, … [Read more...] about How best to maintain brand value?
Viet Nam News Ian de Cruz, the Global Director of Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G), a Denmark-inspired new initiative to support innovative public-private partnerships, talks to Việt Nam News about P4G and how it could work in Việt Nam on the occasion of his three-day visit to the country this week What is P4G? P4G is an international agreement that provides a frame for how we want to move the world into the future. It brings business, government and civil society organisations together to find public-private-partnerships and advanced solutions in five sectors. The first is food/agriculture, the second is water, the third is energy, the fourth is cities and the fifth is the circular economy. We have seven partner countries. The Danish government will provide funding for the next five years. The funding for this year is expected to be about US$4 million. In 2018, P4G expects to fund 5-10 partnerships with investment ranging from under $100,000 to … [Read more...] about How Denmark’s P4G could work in Việt Nam
Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth.Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops.In the distant past, they outpaced plants such as conifers and ferns, which predate them, but how they did this has been a mystery.New research suggests it is down to genome size - and small is better."It really comes down to a question of cell size and how you can build a small cell and still retain all the attributes that are necessary for life," says Kevin Simonin from San Francisco State University in California, US. 'Abominable mystery'Hundreds of millions of years ago, the Earth was dominated by ferns and conifers. Then, about 150 million years ago, the first flowering plants appeared on the scene.They quickly spread to all parts of the world, changing the landscape from muted green to a riot of vibrant colour.The reasons … [Read more...] about How flowering plants conquered the world