Weekly Update Dec 03: Members Night and Meet the Candidates, Lunch: Why EHS* is Essential

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Upcoming Events and Activities (next two weeks)

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Membership Directory 2008 If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

Wed, Dec 5 Lunch: Why EHS* is Essential for Vietnam’s Success in International Markets Learn from ConocoPhillips and Intel how they implement Environment-Health-Safety policies on a daily basis. And how that benefits employees and companies?

Wed, Dec 5: Members Night and Meet the Candidates AmCham invites members, associates and guests to attend a Members Night and “Meet the Candidates” for the 2008-2009 Board of Governors at a networking cocktail reception. Spouses and partners are not only invited but encouraged to attend with you.

Thu, Dec 13 Annual General Meeting and Members Night Report of the Board of Governors and the previous year’s accounts, as well as the election of members to the Board of Governors. Networking cocktail reception will follow after the meeting. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend !

Every Friday, Semillon and Seafood at Park Hyatt Saigon. Savour a fine selection of local and imported seafood, fresh on ice, from the BBQ grill and more, accompanied by Margan Hunter Valley Semillon, a wine characterized by an intense citrus and lemon grass nose. The perfect partner for a great seafood dinner. Only 14 weeks … every Friday from November 23, 2007 until February 29, 2008 from 19.00 until 21.30 hrs (weather permitting). US$ 48++ per person, including free flowing Semillon.

Fri-Sun, Jan 11-13, Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable Roundtable discussion of key issues for U.S. trade and investment in 2008, and also enjoy excursions, trekking and golf tournament, and spa and exquisite cuisine. Don’t miss this weekend. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

Nov 22 – Dec 24: Turkey to Fly from New World Hotel Saigon Enjoy traditional roasted turkey at home with your friends, with the Chef’s famous Southern-style stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy. Pre-order 24 hours in advance and pick up your feast in a specially designed turkey box, including a bottle of Chilean Cabernet Sauvigon wine.

U.S. Expo 2008 Plan now for a major new initiative to celebrate U.S. commerce, culture, and cuisine. Click the link for information.

News and Issues Updates

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Cisco Networking Academy marks 10-year anniversary in Hanoi The event also addressed the challenges facing the current information technology (IT) skills shortage in Vietnam and identified ways in which educational, training and government bodies can collaborate to help bridge this gap. According to an IDC study commissioned by Cisco, there will be a shortage of 1,900 workers with networking skills in Vietnam by the year 2009

Workers end 5-day strike at Nike plant As inflation has picked up in recent years, strikes have become more common, with workers demanding higher pay and better work conditions. Last year, workers in Vietnam went on strike nearly 400 times. “Inflation is very high now, and it definitely affects our workers a lot.” The average salary of workers at the Tae Kwang Vina plant is about 30% higher than Vietnam’s minimum wage of VND845,000 per month.

U.S. oil executive receives jail sentence for corrupt payments in UN oil-for-food case He admitted he approved the payment of a $ 200,000 surcharge to the Iraqi government in violation of the United Nations’ oil-for-food program. In addition to the jail sentence, he also forfeited $ 11 million. The U.S. probe of corrupt payments in the UN Oil-for-Food Program has produced cases against 12 individuals and seven entities.

Siemens ruling details corrupt payments, firm fined 210 million euros Scandal-scarred Siemens AG paid millions of euros in bribes to cabinet ministers and dozens of other officials as it sought to win lucrative contracts for telecommunications equipment, according to a German court ruling that depicts a pattern of bribery by one manager, who spent 38 years with the company.

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

Event Presentations and PHOTO ALBUMS: Nov 5 United Airlines CEO, Nov 6 U.S. Commerce Secretary Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email Early each week, AmCham’s Weekly Update email goes out to nearly 800 representatives of over 400 AmCham member and associate companies, plus thousands of subscribers in Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, and the USA. We welcome event announcements that are of interest to our business readers.

Computing Tips from the AmCham Webmaster

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Colleges lectures online … for free Can’t afford the time for college? Too old, too young, or too far away? Now you still learn from the world’s most renowned professors. You can listen to hundreds of lectures from many colleges and universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Yale, by downloading select courses without charge at iTunes.

Click on this link to give your internet connection a SPEED TEST with Web100 based Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT). By measuring the download and upload rate you are able to accurately judge your current line throughput or internet connection speed.

And what’s more, you can learn how to tune-up your system to speed up your connection. The throughput an application achieves is dependent on the amount of buffer space available in the sending and receiving hosts, packet loss due to errors or congestion, packet size (usually limited to 1500 bytes by Ethernet), and the round trip time between the 2 hosts. If this test reports that the sender or receiver buffer size is the limiting factor, increase the buffer size by changing the default buffer size on your computer.

There are several web sites that provide detailed tuning instructions for various Operating Systems. Two of the best are:

Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center’s Enabling High Performance Data Transfers

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s TCP Tuning Guide

These work, and quadrupled the speed of AmCham Vietnam’s internet connection, just by changing the buffer size.

Click here to see more Computing Tips from the AmCham Webmaster.

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