Cannabis recovered after a series of police raids in the north west of England. Photo – Lancashire Police. Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy Criminal gangs from Việt Nam are running a vast network of illegal cannabis farms across the United Kingdom, with many trafficking unsuspecting children into Britain to carry out the dirty work. ECPAT UK, one of the UK’s leading children’s rights organisations, says there has been a huge rise in the number of farms in recent years, with many using youngsters from Việt Nam as ‘gardeners’ to work in dangerous conditions. In the past, cannabis was smuggled into the United Kingdom from mainland Europe but because the risks were too high, most is now cultivated in the UK. And officials say it is Vietnamese gangs who are controlling the supply. ECPAT’s work has uncovered horror stories of children trafficked from Việt Nam being beaten and threatened with death if they refuse to do as they are … [Read more...] about The farms where no Vietnamese should ever work
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Technology is rapidly changing how people work and connect with each other. Artificial Intelligence and Big Data start to exercise stronger influence in many different aspects of our daily lives and businesses. Robots will likely replace humans for many of their repetitive tasks. These are key trends that are having an impact on both the needs of clients and consumers as well how businesses respond to these rapidly evolving needs. Consequently, these changing forces will also impact the future of the workforce. In an ever-specialised world, the complexity of tasks left for humans will likely increase, but in turn, it will also provide huge opportunities for employees to embrace the challenges and show their full capabilities. To address this extra complexity, the skill set for talents will likely require much more diversity and adaptability, well beyond the traditional focus on creativity and innovation. An attractive work environment will have to distinguish … [Read more...] about How to establish a talent attraction and retention strategy
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?
HA NOI — A networking night will be held in Ha Noi next Thursday by Anphabe, a senior business group for leaders and experts in Viet Nam. This networking night is one of Anphabe's Share to Succeed monthly series to bring successful, experienced business leaders to share their knowledge with Anphabe's members. Women speakers at the event, which will be run under the title Women, Weak or Strong, will include Deloitte Viet Nam CEO Ha Thu Thanh, Galaxy Communications CEO Le Thu Quyen, and HACO Group deputy general director Le Thanh Hang. The discussion will range across three main topics rarely shared in other formal forums or talk shows. In the first session on Women in Business, the women leaders will discuss their advantages, difficulties and failures. They will also share tips and lessons learnt. The second session will be on the topic Work-Life Balance, when speakers will discuss the way they balance their business responsibilities with their roles as housewives, their daily … [Read more...] about Women corporate leaders give keys to work success
Your Say (27-11-2009) How best to clean up Ha Noi’s image Last week Viet Nam News asked its readers for their views on pollution in Ha Noi. We also asked for suggestions on how to make Hanoians proud of their city. Tran Diem Hang, Vietnamese, London Ha Noi is not clean. Ha Noi is not green. Everyone feels the pain. Everyone is aware of the fact that we need to do something about it. Yet nobody is doing anything. Students are the future – they shape the country, they shape the city. I believe that students should be encouraged to go green. They should be introduced to the 3R concept (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle). But let’s not stop at secondary schools, high schools and universities. Let’s go beyond educated people. Let’s also start at the household level. There are so many ways to raise awareness about the need to protect the environment. But it takes time and needs persistence, patience, determination and consistency. Next week: Many … [Read more...] about How best to clean up Ha Noi’s image