Free Seminar – CPSIA, REACH Testing Latest Update

Intertek-Vietnam-Ltd1Intertek Vietnam takes great pleasure in inviting you to the seminar of “Latest updates on CPSIA & REACH regulations 2013”.

To avoid being found non-compliant with CPSIA and REACH, it is advisable to ensure that your staff and suppliers are more familiar with these regulations and its application in your industry and to your products. CPSIA => U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

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Fall into the Lap of Luxury at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô

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Vietnam’s premier secluded getaway launches fall promotion for residents

Vietnam, October 2013 – With autumn fast approaching, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô, announces its new offer for local Vietnamese and resident expatriates to escape their busy city life and enjoy a getaway in consummate luxury.

Nestled in a unique crescent bay offering privacy and unparalleled exclusivity, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô offers a luxurious retreat from which to explore the culturally rich destination of Central Vietnam. Accessible within 60 minutes from Da Nang International Airport, the elegant Banyan Tree Lăng Cô features 49 all-exclusive villas, each with a private swimming pool, commanding scenic lagoon views and panoramic vistas of the East Sea. Inspired by the artistic heritage of Vietnamese dynasties past, the resort features 32 lagoon pool villas and 17 beach pool villas set on the shores of Canh Duong beach.

Guests may tee-off at the 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. The course delivers a golfing experience that can be enjoyed by skilled and novice players alike. For less strenuous experiences, luxuriate in relaxing and revitalizing spa therapies at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa. Incorporating the fresh, indigenous ingredients unique to Vietnam, the signature treatments at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô feature local ingredients as primary components to the treatment recipe, offering guests a truly sensory experience.

Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is offering an exclusive offer with the following rates for autumn visitors:

  • Lagoon Pool Villa                                   VND 5,145,000++/night
  • Beach Pool Villa                                      VND 6,615,000++/night

*Offer includes daily breakfast and one set dinner at The Water Court for two persons, complimentary airport transfers from Da Nang International airport and is subject to 5% service charge and 10% government tax. This offer is valid for booking of minimum two night stays until 19 December 2013.

This offer is applicable for local residents only. Local resident ID or proof of work permit is required upon check-in.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Banyan Tree Lăng Cô directly at +84 54 3695 888, email reservations-[email protected], or visit banyantree.com for online bookings.

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About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 30 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas, in excess of 80 retail galleries, as well as three golf courses.

Marketing Communications

Vietnam

Khiet Le (Mr)
Marketing Communications Manager
T +84 8  3822 9242
[email protected]

Get A Complimentary Bottle Of Wine With Your Dinner At Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon’s Oggi Steak & Bar Throughout October 2013

Lotte Legend HotelOGGI Steak & Bar of Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon is offering complimentary bottle of red or white wine with your order of their delicious steak main course (*) for 2 persons from their a-la-carte menu at every dinner from Tuesday to Sunday throughout October 2013. This special offer is only for members of AmCham, AusCham, CanCham and EuroCham in Ho Chi Minh City. (Please present the membership card to the staff when you arrive at the steak house).

 OGGI Steak & Bar is a perfect place for either a dinner, night out or special party in the breathtaking resort setting and distinctive interior. This is your chance to enjoy the best that American and Australian beef has to offer together with premium wines.

(*) Attached is the steak menu for your reference.
Open daily (except Monday) from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m.).
For reservations, please call (08) 3823 3333 Ext.128/194.

Presentation 2.0: Create Impact with Stories & Visuals

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September 21 @ ClickSpace, 28 To Ngoc Van, Hanoi

September 28 @ Novotel, 167 Hai Ba Trung, District 3, HCMC

8:30AM – 17:30PM. Lunch not included.  

Fees & Registration

Space limited in both locations. For registration and payment information, fill out the registration form or contact Anh Dzung at 090 506 8866 & [email protected].

Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/presentation2-0

Special discounts for early birds!

The workshop

Presentation 2.0 represents a high-impact and increasingly popular approach to presentations that has brought tremendous success to some of the best presenters of our time, including Steve Jobs, Al Gore, Sir Ken Robinson, and the TED speakers. This approach marries the 10,000-year-old technique of storytelling with the visual capability of modern technology to create a uniquely compelling way to deliver a message. This method of visual storytelling is considered a paradigm shift from the ubiquitous fact-heavy but unremarkable presentations devoid of a meaningful message too common in the professional world.

No matter if you are a teacher, a sales executive, a CEO, a student, a team member, or a parent, Presentation 2.0 will help you become a much more effective presenter and communicator.

This Presentation 2.0 training workshop will positively change the way you think about, prepare for, and deliver presentations. It will be a highly interactive and participative experience that provides you with skills needed to implement the Presentation 2.0 approach and take your presentation skills to the next level. The workshop will use Click Communication’s proprietary training methodology developed based on best practices in training and instructional design.

The central principle of Presentation 2.0 is summarized in seven words: tell stories, use images, keep it simple. It includes best practices for each and every major step of making a great presentation, from idea generation to presentation delivery. You will learn to use these best practices by analyzing classic cases of both good and bad presentations, practiced worldwide and in Vietnam, and then apply them in the presentations you create and deliver in the workshop. Besides the concrete skills you learn during training, you will have the framework and awareness necessary to continue sharpening your presentation and communication skills in the future.

The Facilitator

Dr. Thuy Nguyen is a Founding Partner of Click Communication (formerly part of LEAD Consulting) and ClickSpace, Hanoi, Vietnam. She has a diverse experience in business, education, and consulting industries across the US, Australia, and Vietnam. As an experienced consultant and trainer in the areas of business communication and project management, she has a strong track record in teaching, training design and delivery, consulting, and public speaking. She is passionate about learning innovation and developing people.Dr. Nguyen has been the drive behind Click Communication/LEAD Consulting’s training innovation that has delighted clients across sectors, among whom are the US Embassy and Consulate, The American Chamber of Commerce Ho Chi Minh Chapter, the Australian Awards Vietnam Office (AAV, a program under AusAID), and many other companies in IT, infrastructure, and banking. Her audiences ranges from tens to hundreds in size, including Vietnamese and international professionals with various backgrounds and career aspirations.

Prior to Click Communication, Dr. Thuy Nguyen used to teach for three years (2001-2003) at the university level when she was still a student in Australia. She also spent four years (2006-2010) working closely on various projects with senior industry leaders and academics from top educational institutions across the United States as a member and the coordinator of the Breakthrough Strategy Committee at the Construction Industry Institute. As part of her doctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin, she designed a virtual learning module that won the Gold Award of the University of Texas’ Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program in 2008. During her time in the US, Dr. Nguyen also worked with the National Academies on organizing conferences and other networking activities to facilitate the scientific and business collaborations between Vietnam and the United States.

Dr. Nguyen received her Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honors from The University of Adelaide, Australia, and her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Golf Getaways at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô

Vietnam, August 2013 Part of the first world class integrated resort in Vietnam, Laguna Lăng Cô, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is teaming up with Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club to deliver an exceptional golfing experience to guests.

Designed to offer absolute privacy and exclusivity, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is nestled in a unique crescent bay framed by a three kilometre beach on the Central Coast of Vietnam, an area renowned for its pristine coastline, tropical jungles, rugged mountain peaks and proximity to the country’s most storied UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the cities of Hue and Hoi An along with the relics of My Son. The resort is easily accessible within a 60 minute car ride from Da Nang International airport, which is fed by Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh).

The Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, delivers a golfing experience that can be enjoyed by skilled and novice players alike. The site’s natural rugged terrain has been preserved, offering a distinctive course with changing landscape framed by mountains on three sides and the East Sea to the west.  The grounds weave between soaring trees, flowing streams, verdant rice paddies and dramatic rock features, and are noted for their oceanfront footage.  Measuring just under 7,000 yards from the pro tees and 5,200 from the front tees, the course accommodates players of every level of experience. Varied terrain throughout the course offers golfers an idyllic opportunity to test their skills and shot selections. The par-3 fifth is already being called the course’s signature hole with two large sculpted mounds around the green framing a mountain peak beyond. The finish hole, a monster dog-leg left, calls for golfers to dig deep and swing hard to finish out the round on the 18th green overlooking the sea.

From now until 17 December 2013, guests who book the ‘Golf Getaways’ at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô package starting from VND 11,550,000 ++ will receive a two night’s accommodation for maximum two persons including the following inclusions:

  • Two nights stay in a Lagoon Pool Villa
  • Daily breakfast
  • One round of golf for two persons including green fee, caddy fee and caddy booking fee
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 30% discount on spa treatments (except beauty treatments and ongoing promotions
  • 20% discount on second round of golf (green fee only)

This offer is applicable for local residents only and is subject to 5% service charge and 10% government tax.. Local resident ID or proof of work permit is required upon check-in. This offer is valid for bookings of minimum two night stay until 19 December 2013.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Banyan Tree Lăng Cô at [email protected] or +84 (0) 54 3 695 888.

About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 30 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas, 80 retail galleries; as well as three golf courses.

Marketing Communications

Vietnam
Khiet Le (Mr)
Marketing & Communications Manager
T +84 8  3822 9242
[email protected]

Risk Management in Payroll Systems

If you are the leaders of an enterprise or Head of HR, have you ever undertaken a self-assessment of the risks in your enterprise’s payroll system or procedures? Have you ever thought about what would happen if your enterprise has problems with its payroll? How long would it take for you to discover the problem and the cause? How much time, effort and cost would be required to set things right?

If your enterprise has never conducted such an assessment you might find it helpful to consider the questions below. Answering these simple questions will help you to not only recognize and assess any risks in your enterprise’s payroll procedures but also ensure your enterprise is handling its payroll procedures with the professionalism you expect and require.

The questions you should consider are:
1. Does the set up of your enterprise’s payroll procedures ensure compliance with existing regulations and laws?
2. Does your enterprise have someone responsible for monitoring and implementing all HR and legal updates?
3. Does your enterprise’s information technology department have a reliable and secure database back-up system?
4. Does your enterprise’s information technology department apply a policy of access authorization and passwords to ensure the security of files relating to compensation and benefits?
5. Does your enterprise have a reliable system to flag the need to change payments or to spot abnormal payment?
6. Does your enterprise have a payroll reviewer or internal/external auditor to carry out an independent check on the accuracy of salary calculations and other payments?
7. Is the number of mistakes in payroll calculations less than 1 per cent every month?
8. Are all salary payments made on time 100 per cent of the time, in accordance with labor contracts?
9. Does your enterprise have a back-up plan to replace your key payroll specialist in the case he or she resigns or takes unexpected leave?
10. Are your job handover procedures sufficiently robust and reliable to ensure a complete handover and avoid loss of knowledge or data?
11. Does your enterprise ensure pay slips are sent to the right employees?
12. Are employees’ queries relating to compensation and benefits responded to quickly by your payroll team?

If you add up the number of “No” answers you will see whether the level of risk to your enterprise is low, medium or high. If you answer “No” to question 1, 2, 3 and 4, your enterprise’s payroll procedures are at risk.

If you have identified the level of risk for your enterprise as high, then reducing or minimizing this risk will take a lot of time, money and resources. In such circumstances, opting for a payroll outsourcing service is a solution you may wish to consider to immediately turn the risk to your enterprise from high to low.

As you will see, using a payroll outsourcing service provides your enterprise with considerable added value and better risk management because outsourcing vendors have specialist equipment and technical expertise to deliver accurate and reliable services, so payroll procedures can be performed quickly, effectively and with higher quality output. Moreover, as specialists with wide-ranging experience, outsourcing vendors anticipate risks earlier and plan to mitigate them promptly and consistently.

HR Consulting Corner is monthly composed in a Question & Answer format by HR consultants of Talentnet Payroll & HR Outsourcing Services. Our purpose is to support readers & enterprises to understand more about HR  trend in Vietnam and update the new labour changes for prompt application.

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A Taste of Malaysia at New World Saigon Hotel

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New World Saigon Hotel has partnered once again with Tourism Malaysia Ho Chi Minh City to bring a taste of Malaysia and cultural experience to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. A renowned Malaysian Chef will be in residence at New World Saigon Hotel from 11 to 22 September 2013.

Experience traditional dance performances live at Parkview daily at lunch and dinner by dance troupe Wandie Art Productions, showcased by Tourism Malaysia Ho Chi Minh City.

Best of all, visit New World Saigon Hotel and enjoy lunch or dinner to be in with a chance of winning two return tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur, courtesy of Malaysian Airlines. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit Parkview and enjoy specialties like Nasi Lemak, Chicken Masak Merah, Mutton Curry, Melaka Chicken Rice Ball and much more. Served daily from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lunch will be priced at VND500,000, and from 6 to 10 p.m. dinner will be priced at VND820,000, including free flowing Teh Tarik milk tea and Bandung rose milk drink. On Sundays, join us for a Malaysian Brunch Buffet for VND910,000 including unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks, or VND1,200,000 with additional free flow champagne.

Visit our other restaurants for more Malaysian specialties such as Sui Kow Dumplings, Steamed Spicy Chicken and Prawn Dumplings with Soya Sauce, Red Bean Malaysian Dumplings at Dynasty and sizzling skewers of Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, before crunching on Cucur Udang and sweetening up the afternoon with traditional Malaysian Tapioca Cake at The Lounge.

For further information, please contact us at +84 8 3822 8888 or email [email protected].

  • Price excludes 6% service charge and 10% VAT
  • A special discount of 15% applies to Aircrew and Malaysian Chamber members, when presenting membership card
  • Platinum discount applies
  • Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount scheme

Aston Business School – Directors General Management Programme

This programme is an intensive and high impact intervention that aims to develop participants’ ability to think and act as strategic leaders and discover how they can manage and lead at the executive level.  The programme combines analysis of strategic business issues and operational imperatives with the development of personal capabilities, especially relevant to Vietnam’s current business environment.

Programme Structure

Week 1: 30 September – 4 October 2013

  • What external challenges do we face?
  • Who are our customers?
  • How do we measure performance?

Week 2: 11 – 15 November 2013

  • How do we deliver excellence?
  • How do we lead our people?
  • What internal capabilities can we utilise?

Review Day: 18 January 2014

  • Individuals and teams present reflection, learning, application and impact.

Benefits

  • Beautiful Venue: Take a break from your normal business routine to improve your management and leadership skills in the beautiful setting of the Novotel Premier Han River Hotel in Danang.
  • Great networking: This mini-MBA program is designed for C-level top management and directors, giving participants an ideal opportunity to network with and learn from other leaders of the business community.
  • Certificate awarded: Participants will receive an international certificate from Aston Business School of the UK.
  • Top Accreditation: Aston is one of the top 1% ranked business schools in the world. It has three accreditations that distinguish it as a leading international business school:  EQUIS  (European Quality Improvement System),  AACSB  (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (The Association of MBAs), without having to leave Vietnam.
  • UK Professors: Courses will be taught by Aston professors from the UK, giving participants access to best practice and latest thought leadership from world-class academics who are publishing cutting edge business research.
  • Local context: University of Danang faculty will also join the courses to provide local context.
  • Translation: The course organizers will provide simultaneous Vietnamese translation through head-sets.
  • Flexible timing: The two week curriculum is long enough to develop real skills but still flexible enough to fit the busy schedule of senior managers.

Aston Business School

Aston Business School has organized this course in conjunction with IMIV and the University of Danang.  To receive a full course brochure, please call IMIV at (08) 3914 7405 or write to us at [email protected] and [email protected].

“Surf And Turf” At Corso Steakhouse & Bar

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“Surf and Turf” is one of Corso’s most superior and special cuisines featuring a perfect match between beef and seafood. An Australian Tenderloin Steak combined with succulent King Prawns is just the dish to have for your most favorite combination of beef and seafood. Besides, Corso also presents a vast array of fresh and sizzling dishes which will be exquisitely prepared with seasonal catches and fresh ingredients from Australia, US, New Zealand, enabling diners to enjoy a wonderful gastronomic experience with us.

Diners can choose King Prawns grilled with garlic topped with lobster creamy sauce, or Pan-roasted Foie Gras reduced in sweet wine for great starters…Main dishes range from Kobe Branch Wagyu Beef Strip Loin Steak with wild mushrooms and truffle sauce, Tasmanian Salmon Steak with garlic & butter, mashed potato served with white wine sauce, to US Tenderloin Steak & Green Lobster served with lemon butter and wild mushroom sauces… which are highly recommended for those who love premium steak & seafood at Corso.

Culinary creations and fine dining in a relaxing ambiance combined with your favorite wine will surely impress you.

For more information, please contact:
Corso Steakhouse & Bar, Ground Floor – Norfolk Hotel
117 Le Thanh Ton, Dist.1, HCMC
Tel: (84-8) 3829 5368 – Ext: 6614     Fax: (84-8) 3829 3415
Email: [email protected]     Website: www.norfolkhotel.com.vn
Managed by Norfolk Group