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Nation lacks teachers for autistic kids

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am


The public have recently raised concerns over lacking teachers in special education field that meets the unique needs of a child with a disability. The situation is worse when number of students of special education teacher schools who quit the field after graduating has increased.

An instructor tries to talk with an autistic  kid

Moreover, fewer students want to enter colleges or universities to become teachers for kids with disabilities.


Explaining reasons of the situation, Dr. Le Thi Minh Ha, Head of the Special Education Faculty of Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, said that jobs at special schools can’t get salaries from the state budget because the government doesn’t have wage policy for teachers working out of the special school system.


Budget-crunched schools in districts say that they cannot afford payments for teachers, she said.


Therefore, schools that want teachers for special education classes must pay them from the schools’ budget. Lacking salary policy for special education teachers explains why only a few schools dare to employ these teachers, while most graduates must work for private schools or left. 
Since its establishment, the Special Education Faculty has trained seven training courses and 110 graduates have received degrees. Along with regular training courses, the faculty has held five in-service courses since 2006.


However, the country still faces shortage of teachers for educating kids with a disability as there are over 100 educational establishments for disabled children, including 30 special schools for the disabled in HCM City, both state-owned and non-state institutions. These schools are thirsty for teachers.


Nationally, the rate of diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorders has nearly skyrocketed in recent years. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 10 children in the country are born with autism.


In such circumstance, this is a big challenge for the society in general and the sector in particular.


Moreover, there are very few experienced teachers meanwhile managers in schools for disabled pupils are not trained to deal with such kids. Furthermore, these schools are short of medical workers who evaluate progress of kids but instructors who don’t have both training and experience in working with autistic children have to do.


The government should tackle the problem by issuing proper policy for teachers to encourage more students to choose the faculty as their major, Ms. Ha added.

Source: SGGP

Nation claims more silvers at Asian Games

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm




Nation claims more silvers at Asian Games


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Vietnam earned two more silver medals at the Asian Games on the 12th day of the competition in Guangzhou , China on Nov. 24.


Defending champion Vu Thi Nguyet Anh failed to keep her karate title in the women’s under-50kg class after losing 0-2 to host rival Li Hong in the final clash.


Anh met no difficulty on her way to the final as she dominated three rivals from Iran , Chinese Taipei and the Republic of Korea . However Anh, who recently recovered from an injury, was unable to surpass Li.


Valentina Velena of India and Yasina Torrattanawathana of Thailand each walked away with bronze.


Another Vietnamese defending champion lost their crown on Nov. 24 in the sepak takraw regu final after a 15-21, 21-14, 11-15 defeat to Thailand , which is known to have the world’s strongest competitors.


Sepak takraw was one of Vietnam ‘s highest hopes for Asian Games gold, but as with several other sports, they failed to reach their target.


Before leaving for Guangzhou , the Vietnam sport delegation set a target of winning four to six titles to put them within the world’s top 20 strongest countries. But now that the Games are only three days away from over and most of Vietnam ‘s strongest athletes have already finished with their competitions, the target seems far out of reach.


Track and field athletes are currently the country’s best hope for top honours.


Southeast Asia’s fastest woman, Vu Thi Huong, won a berth in the 200m final with a time of 24.05sec in Nov. 24’s semis.


Huong’s teammate Truong Thanh Hang will kick off her second final competition later on the afternoon of Nov. 25 in the women’s 800m event.


Hang, who won silver on Nov. 23 in the 1,500m, is expected to reach even higher in the 800m as she has practised a lot for this event.


She will face Magarita Matsko of Kazakhstan , Tintu Lukka from India and Bahrain ‘s Isa Jamal Maryam Yusuf.


On the men’s side, iron man Vu Van Huyen on Nov. 24 took part in five events of the men’s decathlon. He earned 4,002 points to rank fourth, some 243 points less than the leading athlete.


Women’s chess masters are another final hope for Vietnam , as they entered the semi-final round with eight points after seven matches.


 Karate artists will also share the heavy task of seeking gold in the final competition of the Games.


Six fighters are set to compete in the last three days of the event, including two-time SEA Games champions Bui Thi Trieu in the women’s under-61kg category, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh in the men’s 67kg pool and Le Bich Phuong who won a gold in the women’s 55kg class at the Indonesia Open.


The delegation has won 14 silver, 12 bronze medals and is ranked 26th.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

New Zealand PM demands answers as nation mourns miners

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 1:20 am

GREYMOUTH, Nov 25, 2010 (AFP) – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Thursday he wanted answers on what went “terribly wrong” in a colliery blast that killed 29 men in the nation’s worst mining disaster for almost a century.


He also warned it could take “months” to recover the bodies of the workers who died underground in one of the country’s worst mining disasters, as the grieving mining community pleaded for the return of their loved ones.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key speaks at a press conference in Wellington on November 24, 2010 after authorities said all the 29 men missing in the coal mine have died after a powerful second blast tore through the pit. AFP

As flags across New Zealand flew at half-mast, Key said the nation was struggling to understand the tragedy at the Pike River colliery, where miners trapped by an explosion last Friday were confirmed dead after a second blast Wednesday.


“We need answers to what happened at Pike River. Clearly something’s gone terribly wrong and it’s now claimed the lives of 29 people,” said Key, who has travelled to Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island to be with the families.


“The nation is grieving and mourning alongside them,” he said.


“It’s only right and natural and fair that the family members would want to have the bodies recovered so that they can have some closure.”


However, a lethal cocktail of volatile gases remained in the mine and Key said this would delay recovery attempts.


“That (recovery) has to occur in a way that is safe to those that would undertake that mission,” he told reporters. Previous international experience had shown the operation could take “quite some months”, he said.


As messages of condolence poured in from around the world, Key praised the rescue efforts, which some relatives of the miners have criticised after the gas threat stopped emergency workers from going underground.


“It wasn’t for the want of trying, or the willingness, or the courage or the bravery of those that would have gone in to undertake the rescue — it was just the reality of the situation,” he said.


“A mine in this condition is a highly volatile environment, liable to explode at any time without any notice.”


Authorities have launched at least four inquiries into the disaster, whose victims ranged from a 17-year-old on his first shift to a 62-year-old veteran, and included two Australians, two Britons and a South African.


“This is a mine that’s claimed the lives of 29 men and they (the families) are are entitled to honest answers about what went wrong, what lessons we can learn,” Key said.


Mine owner Pike River Coal said it would cooperate fully and was holding its own investigation into the disaster at the colliery, a new facility that sent its first shipment of hard coking coal for steelmaking to India only this year.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Australia’s prime minister, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — who is also the head of state of New Zealand — and other dignitaries in expressing their “heartfelt condolences”.


New Zealand has lost “29 brave and hard-working men who will be mourned around the world”, Clinton said as the queen said she was “deeply saddened” by the deaths.


“My heart goes out to the families and friends of these 29 brave miners and to all who have been touched by this national disaster,” she said in a message to Key released by Buckingham Palace.


Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn, who declared the incident the “darkest hour” of the South Island’s rugged West Coast region, said the focus has turned to the grim task of recovering the bodies for the grieving families.


“They won’t feel closure until they’re (with) their loved ones,” he told TVNZ.


New Zealand’s other major mining company, Solid Energy, has suspended underground operations at its Spring Creek mine near Pike River and its Huntly mine in the North Island as a mark of respect, chief executive Don Elder said.


A number of specialist mine rescue staff from Spring Creek and Huntly were involved in the Pike River rescue operation.

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Source: SGGP

Nation tries to reduce stunting malnutrition

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Nation proud of those who served in revolution

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm




Nation proud of those who served in revolution


QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

The nation is proud of its people who served during the revolution, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet.


“These people are worthy of being honoured as they set a good example for the community,” stated President Triet at a meeting with people who had made outstanding contributors to the nation, in the central province of Nghe An on July 16.


The meeting was attended by 300 Vietnamese heroic mothers, revolutionary veterans, pre-revolution officials, heroes of the people’s armed forces, war invalids, disabled soldiers and families of fallen combatants.


President Triet underlined that they are not only honoured because they sacrificed themselves for the nation’s revolutionary cause, but also for the contributions they made in spurring on the country’s development.


He stressed that the Party and State always care about the policies and treatment they introduce to ensure they safeguard those who have served the nation.


“Though meeting with a lot of difficulties, the Party, the State and the people spare no effort to do whatever they can as a way of expressing their respect and to honour fallen combatants and their families, invalids, disabled soldiers and heroic mothers, for the devotion and sacrifices they made for the nation,” said the President.


He noted that it is the responsibility of the current Vietnamese generation and future ones, to maintain and defend the nation’s independence for what so many people sacrificed their lives for.


The President called on the entire Party, army and the people to continue to care for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation, including the families of war fallen combatants.


The meeting, co-organised by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, the Defence Ministry, the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper, and the Nghe An provincial People’s Committee, was part of a series of activities to mark the 63rd anniversary of War Invalids and Fallen War Combatants Day (July 27).


Source: Vietnam+


Source: QDND

Vietnam Family Day makes nation happy

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Vietnam Family Day makes nation happy


QĐND – Monday, June 28, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Cultural and art programmes were held nationwide in celebrations of the Vietnam Family Day on June 28 to promote the family-oriented tradition.


The capital city of Hanoi was colourful and cheerful during a festival on Hanoi family culture, where sports competitions, photo exhibitions on family and flower-arranging contests attracted public crowds. Remarkable was a conference honouring successful and happy families.


The festival was the coordination of action among numerous agencies, from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Vietnam Elderly Association.


The nation’s largest economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City also made the day festive on June 27 with the participation of thousands of families. It culminated in a festivity to piece 20,000 coins together into a symbol of “Family-backbone of happiness”, setting up a Vietnam Guinness.


The whole proceeds of the mosaic symbol auction will be earmarked for the construction of homes for poor families.


The southeastern region has joined the nation by holding the first family culture festival in Bien Hoa city, Dong Nai province. As many as 54 exemplary families coming from all the five regional provinces shared experiences in taking care of their families and children.


June 28 is celebrated as the Vietnam Family Day annually after the Prime Minister signed up a decision in May, 2001. The decision aims to uphold the important role played by the family and family values in developing human characters.


Source: VNA
Photo: bee.net.vn


Source: QDND

Nation rises in IT ranking

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm




Nation rises in IT ranking


QĐND – Sunday, June 20, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Vietnam rose from 98th ranking in 2007 to 86th in 2008, according to the latest report from Information and Communication Development Index ranking 159 countries and territories.


The top 10 countries ranked in order were Sweden, Luxembourg, Republic of Korea, Denmark, Holland, Iceland, Switzerland, Japan, Norway and the UK.


Vietnam, as one of the developing countries, has recorded dramatic improvement in index scores together with the countries of Bahrain, Cape Verde, Greece, Macedonia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Obama to address nation as oil chiefs grilled

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:32 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A top oil executive admitted Tuesday that companies are ill-equipped to tackle major spills, as President Barack Obama readied for a solemn Oval Office address on the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe.


In a stunning admission, ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson acknowledged in a series of testy exchanges with US lawmakers that oil giants are hamstrung once it comes to dealing with a major spill.


“When these things happen, we are not well equipped to handle them,” he said, as lawmakers grilled top executives from BP and four of its biggest global rivals.


Sitting alongside BP America boss Lamar McKay at a packed Congress hearing, officials from ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and Shell took pains to distance themselves from the unfolding Gulf catastrophe.

L-R: Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, John Watson, Chairman and CEO of Chevron, James Mulva, Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company, and Lamar McKay, Chairman and President BP America, Inc. listens to questions from members while participating in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, in Washington, DC.(AFP)

They maintained that had BP followed industry-wide safety practices, the disaster — triggered by an April blow-out of a BP-leased rig off the Louisiana coast — would have been avoided.


“I believe the independent investigation will show that this tragedy was preventable,” Chevron chief executive officer John Watson said.


In a further blow to BP’s troubled efforts to contain the eight-week spill, a fire on a surface containment ship Tuesday shut down the British energy giant’s bid to suck up the gushing oil.


A “small fire” broke out at around 9:30 am (1430 GMT) on a derrick on the Discovery Enterprise, a vast drilling ship collecting oil from the ruptured well on the sea floor via a mile-long pipe.


“The fire was quickly extinguished. The preliminary view is that the fire was caused by a lightning strike,” a BP statement said.


Despite the latest setback highlighting the complexities of the task, Obama vowed millions of gallons of crude in the Gulf would be contained, and the region restored to health.


“Make no mistake, the United States of America has been through tough times before, but has always come out strong, and we will do so again,” Obama said in Florida, before returning to give his first Oval Office speech.


“This is an assault on our shores, and we’re going to fight back with everything that we’ve got,” he vowed.


White House officials said Obama’s address at 8:00 pm (0000 GMT) would outline a plan going forward to restore the region once the spill, estimated at up to 40,000 barrels a day, stops spewing into the Gulf.


In a bid to speed up compensation payments for residents facing economic ruin due to the spill, the Obama administration was also poised to take over the claims process from BP.


“The best way to prevail on BP is to take the claims process away from BP,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told CBS television, amid bitter criticism that BP is dragging its feet.


BP America’s boss McKay declined to confirm however whether the company, which has vowed to pay all legitimate claims, would set up an escrow fund to compensate victims.


US lawmakers have demanded BP set up a 20-billion-dollar escrow fund to pay for the clean-up and economic recovery of the region, blighted after an April 20 explosion sank the Deepwater Horizon rig.


Before Tuesday’s setback, BP was containing some 15,000 barrels a day from the ruptured wellhead, and has plans to move in more ships and equipment to try to contain most of the spill.


Gibbs said the company would likely be able to siphon up more than 90 percent of the gushing oil by the end of June, explaining that BP was “adding additional lines” to bring “more oil off of the surface and out of the Gulf.”


But the under-fire company has warned the spill will not be stopped permanently until it completes drilling two deepsea relief wells in August.


Obama was also to announce the creation of a “czar” tasked with overseeing the restoration of the region once the spill is stopped.


BP suffered yet another blow Tuesday when ratings agency Fitch slashed its credit rating by six notches from “AA” to “BBB,” causing its shares to dive again on the stock market, a day after they lost 10 percent.


Obama has summoned BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to the White House for talks on the crisis on Wednesday, also expected to be attended by BP chief executive Tony Hayward.

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Source: SGGP

7.2 quake hits South Pacific nation of Vanuatu

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 5:10 am

 Residents of a northern town in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu ran into the streets Friday as a powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the area, police said.


The magnitude 7.2 quake rattled the island country, briefly triggering a tsunami watch for the region, officials said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.


The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 4.14 a.m. local time and was centered 300 miles (485 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Port Vila, at a depth of 22 miles (36 kilometers). Three more sharp quakes followed in the same area, including a magnitude 6.4 more than three hours later.


“Some people left their houses in the town — they ran out the doors,” police spokesman James Tari said from Luganville, the main settlement on Espirito Santo, the main island closest to the quakes.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, but canceled the alert about an hour later.


The center’s duty geophysicist Barry Hershorn said they had confirmed there was no tsunami from ocean buoys and from coastal sea level gauges in Vanuatu.


The quake was “a little bigger than usual — for me the shake was a really big one,” he said. “At the moment there are no reports of injury or damage.”


Authorities in Vanuatu said they were checking for information on the quake and were pleased the tsunami alert had been canceled.


“The very close proximity (of the quake epicenter) to Espirito Santo meant there was nothing much we could do” to alert residents to any danger, said Meteorological Office acting director Salesa Kaniaha.


Vanuatu — a chain of 83 islands — lies just over 1,400 miles (2,200 kilometers) northeast of Sydney.


Vanuatu is part of the Pacific “ring of fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through Vanuatu to Tonga in the South Pacific.

Source: SGGP

Nation to launch drug combat campaign

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm