Nguyễn Văn Thanh. — Photo baocongthuong.vn Nguyễn Văn Thanh, director general of the Việt Nam Chemical Agency, under the Ministry of Industrial and Trade, talks to Công Thương (Industry and Commerce) newspaper about developing the national chemical database and how it will operate What has the Việt Nam Chemical Agency achieved in the course of developing the national chemical database? Under the instruction from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOIT), the Việt Nam Chemical Agency has developed a list of national chemicals and the national chemical database. In our course of developing the database we have received support from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA). Under an agreement signed between the MOIT and JICA, the database has been developed and completed in three years – from 2015-2018. It is expected that on January 15, 2019, the national database will officially be put into operation. … [Read more...] about Việt Nam has a national chemical data base
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At 4:30 p.m. on October 1, Lan, a 6th grade student in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District, slams open her house door. She runs into the toilet and is inside for almost 10 minutes, not bothering to greet her family. "I didn’t go the whole afternoon," Lan explains while washing her hands. Linh, her mother, is completely unsurprised: "It happens a couple of times a month." Lan has cultivated the habit of not using the washroom at school because she does not have the patience to wait and also fear. Her floor has toilets for both sexes. The girls’ bathrooms have three toilets and a big shower room for changing clothes and washing up after PE class. But three toilets are far too few for 360 students. During rush hour, like the lunch break, all are crowded and stink. Lan and her classmates always have to wait in long lines in front of the bathroom. They often cannot wait for their turn due to the smell. "When the bathroom is not occupied, I don’t feel like I have to go. But … [Read more...] about Across Vietnam, squalid school toilets endanger students’ health
When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
Powell sets Fed's course with data-based judgementThe Saigon Times Daily Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the “Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress," at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS JACKSON HOLE (REUTERS) - Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has begun putting his stamp on the U.S. central bank as someone who will rely more on data-informed judgement and less on some of the models and theoretical values that have shaped the Fed’s course in recent years but that Powell has said can be false guides. In doing so he may be laying the groundwork for a longer-than-expected rate-increase cycle, as discussion intensifies among policymakers about what level of borrowing costs is appropriate in an economy that is nearly back to full health. In addition, the full stimulative effects of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and … [Read more...] about Powell sets Fed’s course with data-based judgement
Alphabet Inc’s Google is drawing thousands of new customers to gyms and salons each month through an appointment-booking tool released last year, Reuters has learned, a quiet step in the company’s transition to the next generation of search. The service, known as Reserve with Google, spares users the phone calls, online searching and form filling typically associated with appointments. Say you want a massage at 5 p.m. someplace within a half-mile of work. Google.com/maps/reserve displays openings at nearby businesses and allows users to book, and even pay, without having to call or visit another website. Google declined to comment on performance of the tool, which it launched last March. But in interviews with Reuters, seven software firms that supply schedule data to Google described the volume as significant, with as much as 75 percent of bookings representing new customers. Consumers like the convenience. Business owners say the tool is putting their names … [Read more...] about Google’s ‘Reserve’ tool winning converts, taking search to next level