The drought in Afghanistan has worsened an already dire humanitarian situation, compelling some families to sell their daughters to pay off debt or buy food. (Photo: AFP) Her father saw them and assumed they were already together. He told her she had to marry the man and live with him. She dropped out of school and soon became pregnant. It was only when her husband became abusive that she was allowed back to the family home. Since then, Ms Topodzi has been working to stop other girls having the same experience. She took on the government to change the law and increase the minimum legal age of consent for marriage from 16 to 18. "As a mother and survivor of child marriage, I am so passionate about ending child marriage," she told AFP at a recent conference on the subject in Ghana's capital Accra. "I know how it feels to be married early and I know how you handle things in your marriage - that is so difficult." HIGH RATES According to a new World Bank report, more than a third of … [Read more...] about Child marriage costs countries billions in lost earnings: World Bank
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If only paint could clean the air, withstand extreme heat, reduce drag and fuel consumption, cope with conditions on Mars... AkzoNobel products can already do this – and the company plans to go even further. AkzoNobel awaits the coolest and most groundbreaking innovators That is why the company is ready to stir things up by seeking out the newest, coolest, smartest, and most revolutionary developments out there. AkzoNobel wants to combine its global scale, know-how, and expertise with the ingenious solutions of startups and scale-ups around the world. AkzoNobel’s Paint the Future innovation challenge aims to connect with new disruptive technologies and accelerate innovation in the dynamic world of paints and coatings. It is an open invitation to work together and turn exciting potential into brilliant reality. “Our passion for paints and innovation goes way back and we are even more excited about the future,” said AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker. … [Read more...] about AkzoNobel to work with world’s coolest innovators and paint in the future
Crowne Plaza West Hanoi has just been awarded "Best Luxury Business Hotel - South East Asia" title at the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Bali, Indonesia on November 10. "Luxury Business Hotel" is one of categories of the “World Luxury Hotel Awards” which is the pinnacle of achievement by a luxury hotel, offering recognition for gaining the respect of guests and industry players alike. Winners were determined based on votes of travellers, hotel guests, hospitality experts and general public during 4 weeks. Speaking at the ceremony, the hotel general manager, Barun Jolly expressed his thanks to the organiser, the hotel team and their guests for helping delivering the outstanding services to their customers, especially as the recognition goes beyond the country. "We have proved our outstanding hospitality service by delivering “True Hospitality” to our guests," he said. We will still keep our spirit high and continue to deliver exceptional experience to … [Read more...] about Hanoi hotel wins the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc speaks at the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018 held recently in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương GiangViet Nam News HCM CITY — Leadership plays a key role in ensuring the successful operation of a business during digital transition, speakers said yesterday (October 3) at the “Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0” forum held in HCM City. Nguyễn Đức Thuận, CEO of TBS Group (Thái Bình Shoes), said the Internet of Things (IoT) was changing the business world, creating an important foundation based on databases that can be analysed to help make decisions and periodic adjustments. “You need to find solutions that will lower production costs and prices in order to be more competitive,” he said. Leaders of companies must clearly define their business strategy, especially products and services on which they are focused, Thuận said, adding that … [Read more...] about Leadership key to business success in digital age
VietNamNet Bridge - Scientific research remains one of the weakest points of Hanoi and HCMC National Universities, which appeared in the QS 2019 ranking. Vietnam's universities are weak at scientific research In the QS World University Ranking 2019 that ranks 1,011 leading universities in the world (QS World), HCMC National University appears in the group of schools ranked from 701st to 750th, while the Hanoi National University was in 801st-1,000th. In the QS World University Ranking 2019 that ranks 1,011 leading universities in the world (QS World), HCMC National University appears in the group of schools ranked from 701st to 750th, while the Hanoi National University was in 801st-1,000th. Also according to Tuan, among the best known rankings, QS is the most criticized, especially for its methodology. RELATED NEWS Two Vietnam’s universities listed in QS top 1,000 schools University accreditation: ‘a game of the rich’? Kim Nam … [Read more...] about How do Vietnam’s two schools in the QS ranking fare in research capacity?