Doctors at the City International Hospital perform a surgery on a 35-year-old man for lumbar disc herniation. — Photo Courtesy of the hospital Gia Lộc HCM CITY — A 35-year-old patient was hospitalised at the City International Hospital in HCM City with severe lower back pain that radiated to his left leg and difficulty moving around. Doctors diagnosed the patient as suffering from lumbar disc herniation (LDH), a common disorder among adults with degenerated lumbar intervertical discs, and prescribed surgery. Dr Lê Trọng Nghĩa of the hospital’s Department of Neurological Surgery said a 90-minute microsurgery, which combines magnification with advanced diploscopes, specialised precision tools and various operating techniques, was performed to remove the herniated portion of the lumbar disc that was putting pressure on a spinal nerve root. This method is common around the world and in Việt Nam, … [Read more...] about More and more young people suffer from lumbar disc herniation
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The U.S.-based Society Pass Incorporated announced Wednesday it had bought Leflair and other intellectual properties, including the domain name, from a company in Hong Kong. The revived Leflair will expand operations to other Southeast Asian markets next year, Society Pass Inc. said. Society Pass is an e-commerce startup that specializes in connecting consumers with suppliers in Southeast Asia and South Asia. In Vietnam, Society Pass currently runs Sopa, an e-commerce platform for foods and drinks and gastronomy, and #Hottab, a supplier of solutions and marketing connections for users’ data management. Leflair was established in 2015 by two French young entrepreneurs, Loic Gautier and Pierre-Antoine Brun. It acted as an e-commerce platform for branded goods and flash sales. It did not operate as an online marketplace, but worked directly with brands and official distributors in Vietnam and overseas. In four years ending in 2019, it secured over 120,000 clients and made net … [Read more...] about E-commerce platform Leflair set for Q3 comeback
Vietcombank's headquarters in Ha Noi. The problem of bad debt with small- and medium-sized enterprises becomes more serious when their cash flows are interrupted and unstable, leading to insolvency. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet Bad debts may climb by the end of the year as the pandemic has interrupted the production of many enterprises and they had no revenue to repay debts. Experts proposed the Government and the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) extend policies to continue to support businesses. Hoang Van Vinh, chairman of the Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, said tourism businesses in the province are on the verge of bankruptcy with 95 per cent of hotels closed and less than 5 per cent registering to operate as quarantine facilities. “We want banks to support the businesses directly affected by the pandemic to access interest-free loans,” Vinh told the seminar “Bad debts amid the COVID-19 pandemic – Solutions to support the banking industry and the business community” on … [Read more...] about Solutions proposed to handle bad debts amid COVID-19 pandemic
The UN Security Council held a virtual meeting on the Afghanistan situation on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has condemned attacks targeting civilians and essential infrastructure in Afghanistan at a UN Security Council’s virtual meeting on the situation on Tuesday. Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, Permanent Representatives of Việt Nam to the UN, urged all relevant parties to stop the violence, fully respect international humanitarian law, and ensure unhindered humanitarian access for those in need. The Vietnamese representative commended efforts made by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and its partners in supporting demining and offering mine risk education. Quý stressed the need for addressing economic, humanitarian, and food security challenges as well as promoting women and youth engagement in all aspects of society in Afghanistan. He affirmed Việt Nam's support of efforts of the UN, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), countries, regional … [Read more...] about Việt Nam condemns attacks against civilians in Afghanistan
A medical worker gives a COVID-19 vaccination to a reporter in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vũ HÀ NỘI — A total of 220 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Wednesday raising the total number of patients in Việt Nam to 13,947, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). Three of them are imported cases and were quarantined right after entering Việt Nam. Two in Tây Ninh Province and the other is in Tiền Giang Province. The remaining 217 cases are domestic ones. As many as 152 are in HCM City, 23 in Bình Dương Province, 11 in Bắc Giang Province, seven in Nghệ An Province, six in Đà Nẵng City, five in Long An Province, four in Hưng Yên Province, four in Bắc Ninh Province, two in Lào Cai, two in Kiên Giang and one in Bắc Kạn Province. Eighteen out of 63 provinces and cities have not seen any new cases over the last 14 days. The MoH on Wednesday sent a letter to provinces and cities asking for tightened management for people returning from areas affected with COVID-19. The … [Read more...] about 220 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Wednesday
Tax authorities said they would review the roadmap of taxation collection and pilot tax withholding at some e-commerce sites. A new circular released by the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance has been criticized for affecting the operation of e-commerce platforms and their hundreds of thousands of sellers. Under Circular No. 40, which will take effect on August 1, e-commerce platforms are required to declare and pay tax on behalf of third-party sellers on the platforms. Sendo said the application of the Circular will require a team of tax professionals to classify taxable revenue and tax rates applied. Photo: Grab The circular on value-added tax, personal income tax, and tax administration for business households and individuals are expected to collect tax from some people who obtain income on electronic commerce platforms but for years have not paid taxes. The tax authorities have asked e-commerce and delivery companies to take responsibility for the tax … [Read more...] about Would withholding tax on e-commerce be possible?