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Creating advantages for HIV/AIDS children to have normal school lives

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

A seminar on guaranteeing the right for children, affected by the HIV/AIDS virus, to be able to study, was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 22.

The seminar was hosted by the Ho Chi Minh City HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).


According to the Legal Aid and Consultancy Center, knowledge of HIV prevention methods and the law on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control have not been widely known. Which means that children living with AIDS virus believed they are stigmatized and discriminated against, especially at kindergartens and primary schools.


The government should launch and support school policies that assist HIV-affected children, most of whom come from poor families.


Statistics show that Vietnam has more than 5,000 school-aged HIV-positive carriers (0-15 years old) and thousands of HIV-affected children.


In related news, the Thi Nghe Center for Orphans and Disabled Children now has more than 2,300 students, since its establishment in 1975. Most of them have physical, intellectually and communication problems to deal with.

Source: SGGP

Russia insists radiation normal in Chernobyl-hit forests

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

MOSCOW, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – Russia on Thursday insisted that radiation was normal in regions contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster amid concerns forest fires could send a cloud of radioactive particles as far as Moscow.


“We have a full network of monitoring and we carry out frequent observations,” the deputy head of Russian state weather forecaster Rosgidromet Valery Dyadyuchenko told the Interfax news agency.


“A worsening of the radiation situation and a growth in the background radiation as a result of a transfer of materials from the fires have not been recorded anywhere in Russia,” he said.


Russia’s state forest watchdog Wednesday admitted wildfires hit hundreds of hectares of land in the western Bryansk region contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, raising fears that buried radioactive particles could be released into the air.


The forest watchdog quoted data from August 6 but emergency ministry officials denied there were any fires currently burning in the area.

This August 11, 2010 NASA satellite image shows smoke from wildfires burning in Russia. AFP

Russian authorities said there was no reason to panic and played down fears that the fires could create a cloud of radioactive particles by raising contaminated matter out from the soil.


But Alexei Yablokov, a former official on ecological questions at the Russian security council and a founder of Greenpeace in the Soviet Union, told Interfax the particles risked being blown onto Moscow or Eastern Europe.


“The particles could be transferred hundreds of kilometres depending on the weather conditions.


“If the Bryansk region is on fire, they (the particles) could turn up in the Novgorod region (to the north), in Moscow and in certain circumstances in Eastern Europe,” he said.

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Source: SGGP

‘Star schools’ fail normal kids

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm




‘Star schools’ fail normal kids


QĐND – Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:18 (GMT+7)

In big cities, parents dream of being able to enroll their children in prestigious public schools. However, many of them have learned that often enough, prestige is not the same thing as excellence, according to Dan Tri, a newspaper that specializes in covering the education sector.


Mai’s son is a first grader in a prestigious public school in Da Nang City.  She was surprised to learn that there are 55 students in the boy’s class. “With such a high number of students, I wonder if the teachers have enough time to take care of all of them,” she asks.


Because the schools that are considered ‘star schools’ are so popular, small (20 to 30 student) classes are just . . . a dream.


In Hanoi, Nguyen Du and Thang Long primary schools are well known.  However, like many other ‘star schools,’ Nguyen Du and Thang Long seem overcrowded.  Local residents regularly see hundreds of students walking home at break time to take a nap.  It is because the schools do not have enough seats for all students to take a rest


Students of the Thang Long Primary School, for example, are now spread over four buildings on Ngo Tram, Hang Bong, Nguyen Quang Bich and Ly Thai To streets.  Meanwhile, students of the Nguyen Du-Trung Vuong School cannot play at break time because there is no playing field.


Students of many ‘star schools’ learn in cramped classrooms, which, it turns out, are not classrooms at all, but just rooms rented by local homeowners.  Many parents are concerned that their children have to learn in such bad conditions. However, they still want their children to study at these schools.  They believe that their children will get the best education there, where the best teachers work.


What is taught at ‘star’ schools?


Many parents complain that their children have to study too hard at ‘star schools.’


Dao Nga, a military physician in Hai Duong City, says that students have to learn very intensively at the top schools. Her son is burdened with a lot of homework every day. Students not only to do all the exercises shown in textbooks, but they are also assigned more difficult exercises as well


As Nga’s son is good at mathematics, the boy was selected for the school’s competition team. The boy trains regularly for the competitions for excellent students at district and city’s levels.  “After every competition, he is worn out and has lost weight,” Nga complains.


Minh, in Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi, says that she never imagined that students of ‘star schools’ would have to study so hard.  She relates that a year ago, she felt fortunate to bring her daughter to a class taught by a famous teacher, a person who’d been awarded the title ‘excellent teacher at the national level.’


Minh said that there are 20 students more than in a normal class at her daughter’s school, because every parent wants their child to study with ‘excellent’ teachers.


Before Minh’s daughter entered the first grade, she could spell simple words.  Even so, she could not catch up with her classmates, who could read and calculate already. The girl has become afraid of learning and she does not want to go to school.


After such experiences, many parents decide to transfer their children to normal schools, because they realize that prestigious schools are not always the best schools for their children.

Source: Dan tri

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Thailand appears back to ‘normal’: PM

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

BANGKOK, May 30, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday the country appeared to be back to “normal” after the lifting of a curfew imposed in the wake of deadly anti-government protests.


The premier cancelled the curfew Saturday but said emergency rule was still necessary after two months of mass rallies by “Red Shirt” demonstrators that paralysed the capital and left almost 90 people dead.

Thai workers climb on a scaffold during repair work on the window of shopping mall in Bangkok on May 30, 2010. AFP photo

“The situation last night was normal. Authorities will keep an eye though, then we’ll consider lifting the state of emergency,” Abhisit said in his weekly television address.


The Reds’ street rallies, broken up on May 19 in an army crackdown on their encampment in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong commercial district, sparked outbreaks of violence that left 88 people dead, mostly civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured.


In an address Saturday to foreign diplomats, Abhisit said Thailand needed to “rebuild the social and economic compact between people and the government,” but defended the crackdown.


“I can say that when we took that Ratchaprasong intersection, we took Bangkok back for the people,” Abhisit said in the speech, which was broadcast on Sunday.


“No matter what their political views may be, I’m still confident that the majority of our people are peaceful and moderate and they were stunned and dismayed” by recent events, he said.


The premier said he was confident the situation could be resolved through the democratic process, despite a history that has seen 18 actual or attempted coups in Thailand since 1932.


“I think if something like this had happened in the past, people would probably think a coup d’etat was around the corner,” Abhisit said.


“Clearly this time around I think everybody is determined that the situation should and could be resolved through normal parliamentary and democratic processes,” he added.


The Red Shirts were campaigning for elections they hoped would oust the government, which they view as undemocratic because it came to power with the backing of the army after a court ruling threw out the previous administration.


Abhisit had proposed November 14 polls in a bid to end the rally, but he shelved the plan because demonstrators refused to disperse.


Abhisit told diplomats he had not ruled out an early poll but repeated an earlier statement that the environment must be right for elections.


“Clearly given the way things have turned out over the last couple of weeks, the date of November 14 would now look very unlikely,” he said.


Thailand declared a state of emergency in Bangkok on April 7 after protesters stormed parliament in an escalation of their street rallies.


After the May 19 army crackdown, unrest spread to several cities in the Red Shirts’ stronghold in Thailand’s impoverished northeast, and a curfew was imposed in Bangkok and 23 provinces, out of a total of 76.


Authorities on Tuesday extended a midnight-to-4:00 am curfew for four more nights as the government sought to restore order.


Anyone violating the curfew had faced up to two years in jail. The measures made life hard for people who usually work during the night and put a damper on the capital’s normally lively nightlife.


The Red Shirts, many of whose leaders have been arrested and are in police custody, are mostly supporters of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup.


Celebrated for populist policies that benefited the poor, Thaksin was also accused of gross human rights abuses and corruption.


A Thai court last Tuesday approved an arrest warrant for Thaksin on terrorism charges, which carry a maximum penalty of death, in connection with the violent protests.

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Source: SGGP

Essential goods prices return to normal

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:45 am

Prices of essential goods have dropped dramatically following the return of many vendors to the city from holidays and supermarket promotions








Metro An Phu in district 2
Prices of chicken and duck eggs and pork have dropped at An Lac market in Ho Chi Minh City’s district. Fresh seafood prices have also fallen in  Hoa Binh Market in district 5, while broken rice was back down to VND8,500 a kilogram.
 
At retail markets Nguyen Dinh Chieu in district Phu Nhuan, Nguyen Van Troi, Ban Co in district 3, Ben Thanh in district 1, vegetable prices were less than last week. For instance, watercress has dropped from VND25, 000 a kilogram in Tet, to VND15,000.
 
According to market managers, over 70 per cent of essential items were cheaper.
 
Restaurants are also passing the price reduction on to customers.
 
Meanwhile supermarkets have been launching promotion campaigns to attract customers. German wholesale group Metro Cash & Carry in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Dong Nai held a 50 percent stock clearance sale on kitchen utensils.
 
The deputy head of the city’s Department of Industry and Trade, Quach To Dung, said the price drop was to be expected with the resumption of normal business operations.




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Dollar supply, demand returns to normal

In Vietnam Banking Finance on September 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

The strain of foreign currency market’s demand and supply has been released, greenback speculation has also been reduced, said Vietnam State Bank on July 8.








Dollar supply, demand returns to normal

The dong-US dollar exchange rate continues to be suitable for the country’s macro-economy, with inflation in the first five months of the year at 2.12 percent and balance of international payments at a reasonable level.


The exchange rate has also helped to increase export competition, control imports, attract foreign investment, keep balance payments stable and manage foreign debt.


Up to June 30, the dong-dollar exchange rate on the interbank market was VND16,953 per dollar, an increase of 0.07 percent compared to the previous month.


The exchange rate in the interbank market was VND16,957 per dollar on July 8 and the exchange rate was VND17,805 per dollar at commercial banks.


According to Tran Xuan Huy, general director of Sacombank, supply and demand has been balanced since the central bank’s move to widen the trading band.


Meanwhile, exporters are considering selling US dollars, as they need capital to serve their business.


The deputy general director of ABBank, Pham Quoc Thanh, said that foreign currency supply and demand has become more stable.


“More exporters are selling foreign currencies to banks, while importers can buy foreign currencies from banks at the exchange rates officially quoted by the banks”, he said.


However, the dollar fluctuations on the black market will, to some extent, have impacts on the exchange rates of commercial banks, as the supply of dollars going to banks will decrease.


Source: SGGP