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Social contributions will help reduce student dropouts in Mekong delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training said at a conference in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap thousands of students have stopped attending school and we need more social contributions to help these students.

Needy students in the province Vinh Long are given free meals, contributed by the teachers (Photo: SGGP))

Addressing the meeting, Luan pointed out the reasons why students are dropping out of school. He said this was due to the students’ poor academic performance and financial problems in the students’ families.

However, it is difficult to remedy this issue. The academic year 2010-2011 has seen a high percentage of students dropping out of school. That is 0.34% of the primary students, 2.28% percent of junior students and 3.53% of senior students leave school.

The Mekong delta province of Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu and Long An have the most dropouts; with 9.35% in Soc Trang, 5.6% in Kien Giang and over 3% in Long An and Dong Thap.

Trieu Minh Duc, a schoolteacher of Hoang Dieu High School in Soc Trang, said teachers have visited the students in their homes, encouraging them to return to study. However, many of them now worked in factories in the Southern provinces of Can Tho, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. The parents have informed the teachers, that the children have decided to work in the factories, rather than return to school. 

Minister Luan said that we need more social contributions and changes in education in the attempt to stop the drop out rate from students. The parents and the community at large should not leave this problem for the teachers to solve.

Minister Luan also said, “The departments of Education and Training and the local government authorites need to have more coordination, so that we can create a better teaching environment for our students, encouraging them to attend school.

The provinces have adopted certain strategies to stop students leaving school early. The department of Education and Training in the province An Giang has implemented a movement called ‘one tutors one’. This means that one good academic student will tutor a student that has a poorer performance at school.

Meanwhile, the department of Education and Training in the province Hau Giang called for the contributions of teachers to assist low-income students and their families. Teachers have contributed VND10, 000 to100, 000 dong each to the fund. The department has collected nearly VND200 million in the aid to help disadvantaged students. With this kind of assistance, many students can now stay on at school.

In addition, the Committee party from Hau Giang province has ordered all agencies, organizations and companies to help sponsor low-income students. Over 300 schools have received support from their benefactors. Over VND5 billion (US$250,000) have been raised for low-income students in the academic year 2010-2011.

The Mekong delta province of Dong Thap has also implemented certain strategies so that schools can keep in close contact with the parents of the students. These strategies include informing parents about the progress of the student while at school. Developing and implementing extra school activities in the attempt to persuade students to stay at school. Informing parents of the negative influences that computer games have on students. Finally, explaining to the parents that some students force and coerced students, into ‘playing truancy’.

Furthermore, the province of Soc Trang has constructed houses for low-income students and their families. In the province of Vinh Long, teachers have provided free meals for students whose homes are far away from the schools.

To conclude, these strategies have been implemented in the attempt to decrease the dropout rate from students. However, it requires more support from many individuals and organisation to maintain.

Source: SGGP

Clinton hopes ‘lame-duck’ Congress will pass nuclear treaty

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

Will he be back? Arnie mulls California termination

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 4:12 am

Jetstar says will service more flights for Lunar New Year

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

Vietnam’s low cost airline Jetstar Pacific has said it would increase domestic flights to meet soaring travel demand during the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 3.

Jetstar Pacific said it would add one daily service to the HCM City – Hanoi schedule, four flights for HCM City – Da Nang and two flights for Da Nang – Hanoi.

The routes from HCM City to Hue, Vinh and Hai Phong will also be increased to two flights per day.

Jetstar is running a cheap ticket program with ticket price from VND300,000 (US$15) per ticket, which runs until November 1.

The program aims to stimulate travel demand during Tet holiday, said a representative of Jetstar.

The cheap tickets are applied for flights from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Da Nang and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City, which depart from January 26 – February 3, 2011.

The cheap tickets are also applied for flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang and Hanoi, which depart from February 14 – 19, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Flotilla probe will show Israel acted lawfully: Netanyahu

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

JERUSALEM, Aug 9, 2010 (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that Israel acted lawfully in a commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which killed nine activists, in testimony before an Israeli panel.

“I am convinced that at the end of your investigation, it will become clear that the state of Israel and the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) acted in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu told members of the Tirkel Commission as he began testifying about the raid.

“I am the first one to appear before this honorable commission. Many others will appear after me, and I believe that all the details will become clear and you will get to the root of the truth,” he said.

The Israeli leader looked at ease as he entered the room shortly after 9:00 am (0600 GMT), smiling at the hoards of journalists and members of the public waiting to hear his sworn testimony.

After he took his seat, facing the panel bench with his back to the audience, the committee members made their way into the auditorium.

Opening the session, which was expected to last into the afternoon, committee chairman Yaakov Tirkel said some of Netanyahu’s testimony would be given verbally and some would be delivered in written form.

“As much as possible, the committee will try to let the prime minister give his testimony verbally or in written form,” he said.

Some of the session was expected to take place behind closed doors.

Netanyahu is the first of three top officials to give sworn testimony about the May 31 incident in which naval commandos stormed six aid ships trying to run the blockade on Gaza, killing nine activists and wounding scores of others.

(AFP file) A picture shows an undated image taken from the Free Gaza Movement website on May 28, 2010 of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara taking part in the “Freedom Flotilla” headed to the Gaza Strip.

The bloody raid caused a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey and sparked global calls for an inquiry — prompting Netanyahu’s government to set up the Tirkel Commission to look into the legality of the operation.

Israel says its commandos resorted to force only after they were attacked when they rappelled onto the deck of the Turkish passenger ferry Mavi Marmara. But the activists on board say troops opened fire as soon as they landed.

Netanyahu was not likely to face any awkward questions on Monday as he testified before the five panel members, two foreign observers and hundreds of members of the press and public.

When the committee was created in June, Netanyahu’s office said its mandate was to examine the international legality of Israel’s naval blockade and of actions taken to enforce it, as well as the actions of those who organised and took part in the flotilla.

Panel members are not authorised probe the decision-making process which led up to the operation, nor do they have the authority to question troops involved in storming the boats.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak will take the stand on Tuesday, followed by Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday, with both likely to be quizzed over the operational aspects of boarding the ships.

Ashkenazi will be the only serving member of the military to testify before the committee.

The five-man panel, headed by Tirkel, a retired judge, began investigating the raid at the end of June, and its deliberations are being monitored by two international observers.

The creation of the panel, its members and its mandate were all backed by Israel’s cabinet. Its findings will be presented to the government, which has already blamed the bloodshed on the activists.

The Israeli military has already completed its own inquiry into the pre-dawn raid and concluded that although mistakes were made at a “relatively senior” level, the use of live fire was justified.

Israel has repeatedly said it has the right to stop vessels from reaching the Gaza Strip since they could be carrying weapons for the Islamist Hamas rulers of the enclave. Hamas is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state.

Last week UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named his own panel to look into the botched raid, which is set to begin work on Tuesday and includes representatives from Israel and Turkey.

The UN Human Rights Council is also carrying out an inquiry, as is Turkey which is reportedly looking to make a criminal case against Netanyahu, Barak and Ashkenazi, charging them with piracy and murder.

Source: SGGP

Raul Castro says state will reduce economic role

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

 Raul Castro said Sunday that his government will scale back controls on small businesses, lay off unnecessary workers and allow more self-employment — significant steps in a country where the state dominates nearly every facet of the economy.

Cuba’s president, however, squashed notions of a sweeping overhaul to the country’s communist economic system in response to the financial crisis it faces.

“With experience accumulated in more than 55 years of revolutionary struggle, it doesn’t seem like we’re doing too badly, nor that desperation or frustration have been our companions along the way,” the president said.

Cuba’s President Raul Castro attends a session of the National Assembly of Popular Power in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Aug. 1, 2010.

Castro spoke before parliament, which opened its biannual session without Fidel Castro, who has made a slew of recent public appearances of late but missed another chance to share a major public stage with his younger brother.

Instead, lawmakers got Raul, who said authorities will “update the Cuban economic model,” suggesting reforms could be on the horizon. Cuban officials plan to reduce state control of small businesses, authorize more Cubans to become self-employed and build a new tax structure that will compel state employees to contribute more.

About 95 percent of all Cubans currently work for the government and Castro has suggested that as many as one in five state employees are redundant. He promised job cuts, calling for “the reduction of work forces that are considerably bloated in the state sector.”

Castro said those left out of work would be retrained or reassigned so as not to stay unemployed, but also said warned that few sectors would be immune to job-cuts.

While he offered no specifics, his comments on economic and employment reform could mean a lot in Cuba, where many had hoped the government of Raul Castro could embrace small economic openings after he took power from his brother, first temporarily, then permanently, in July 2006.

The president’s announcements were similar to comments before the session began by Economy Minister Marino Murillo, who spoke to reporters about a pilot program that has turned some state barber shops over to their employees and let them set their own prices while paying rent.

Murillo said such projects would be extended to other sectors of the economy, adding that “we are of the belief that the state has to step back on certain activities.”

He also said that allowing outright private ownership was out of the question, however.

“We can’t call them reforms. We are studying a modification of the Cuban economic model,” Murillo said. He added that officials will ensure that “the values of socialism come first, not the market.”

“We will continue following centralized planning,” he said, “but we will loosen up on a group of things.”

Cuba has pledged to release 52 political prisoners as part of a deal with the island’s Roman Catholic Church, and 20 have been freed so far — heading into exile in Spain with their relatives. But Castro said that despite the deal, “there will not be impunity for the enemies of the homeland.”

Raul Castro made only limited references to Fidel, who also missed the recent celebration of Revolution Day. Raul attended that event but did not speak — the first time since 1959 a Castro did not deliver a speech on Cuba’s top official holiday.

Fidel Castro remains a member of parliament, but his chair to the right of Raul was empty Sunday. He has not appeared publicly alongside his brother since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery and stepping down four years ago.

On Friday, Fidel addressed a Communist youth meeting attended by former castaway Elian Gonzalez, who is now 16. The ex-president has also turned up everywhere from discussions with Cuba’s diplomatic corps to the dolphin show at Havana’s aquarium.

On Sunday, he met with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi instead of attending the session of parliament with his brother.

Outside Cuba, debate has intensified over who is guiding major government policy following the sudden media blitz by Fidel — who had almost completely disappeared from public view until recently. Such questions are far less common on the island, but it is not clear whether Fidel and Raul are deliberately not appearing together in order to make a statement about who is in control.

Raul, meanwhile, made a point of saying Sunday that his government is as unified as ever.

He said it is not a false unanimity that excludes honest discrepancies, “but one that promotes discussion of different ideas, and always with the same goals of social justice and national sovereignty.”

Source: SGGP

Sanctions will draw strong physical response, DPRK says

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

The Democratic People of Republic Korea on Saturday said it would give a strong physical response to US sanctions, Pyongyang’s state media reported.

A foreign ministry spokesman attacked the United States for planning to hold joint naval drills with the Republic of Korea Sunday and for announcing new sanctions against the North over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

“As the US has opted for military provocations and sanctions against us… we will strengthen our nuclear deterrence every possible way and take a strong physical response,” the Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

The spokesman, however, did not elaborate on what the physical response would be.


Source: SGGP

Two nature reserves will be formed in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Two nature reserves will be formed in central Vietnam

QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development experts have finalized surveys and research for the establishment of two nature reserves, Khe Net and Khe Nuoc Trong.

According to the surveys, Khe Net, located in the northwest Quang Binh, has an area of over 26,800 hectares, covering five communes of Huong Hoa, Kim Hoa, Thuan Hoa, Thanh Hoa and Lam Hoa in Tuyen Hoa district.

This is one of several low-land, tropical forests in Vietnam with 841 species of high-level floral species and 282 terrestrial spiral animal species, including 42 endangered floral and 60 fauna species.

Khe Nuoc Trong’s biodiversity is also very high, with 987 species of high-level floral species and 227 terrestrial spiral fauna species. This forest is located in Kim Thuy commune, Le Thuy district and border the Vietnam-Laos frontier and Quang Tri province’s Bac Huong Hoa nature reserve.

Both Khe Net and Khe Nuoc Trong are listed in plans for Vietnam’s nature reserves approved by the Government in 2003.

The Forest Protection Agency of Quang Binh has sent survey results to Quang Binh authorities. After being reviewed, Quang Binh will submit the documents to MARD for approval.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

Greece will tame debt with reforms: IMF official

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Greece will overcome its huge debt crisis with its austerity plan, an IMF official said Sunday as a poll showed a majority of Greeks fear that unpopular pension reforms will be in vain.

A group of demonstrators gather in front of the Greek parliament on June 25 in Athens during a cabinet meeting to finalise changes in a controversial pension reform.

Poul Thomsen, the head of the International Monetary Fund mission dealing with Greece, told To Vima daily that Athens is making progress on its “ambitious” programme of cuts.

The cutbacks have caused labour turmoil and a series of protests across Greece, with a new general strike, the fifth since February, due to be held on Tuesday.

“Such an adjustment is not easy and often causes discontent,” Thomsen said. “This is understandable as people see things getting worse before they improve.”

But he added: “The effort has begun vigorously and I firmly believe that Greece will succeed.”

Thomsen also applauded the Greek government’s decision not to restructure its debt as this “which would entail a huge cost.”

After decades of unrestrained state spending, Greece faced bankruptcy this year with a national debt of nearly 300 billion euros (371 billion dollars).

It was rescued by a bailout loan from the European Union and the IMF for which it had to pledge a spate of deep spending cuts.

Among the measures is an overhaul of the pensions system which has eaten up vast amounts of state funds.

The government this week finalised reforms which progressively raise by 2015 the age of retirement for both men and women to 65 years for a full pension, equating the sexes for the first time.

It also increases the mandatory workforce period from 37 years to 40 years.

The new system will see an average reduction in pensions of seven percent and bonus retirement dues which pensioners used to receive for Christmas, Easter and summer vacations will be slashed.

Parliament is expected to begin debate on the reforms next week.

A poll in Proto Thema daily on Sunday showed that 64.8 percent of Greeks believe their sacrifices will not save the crumbling pensions system, which currently consumes 12 percent of national output.

The Alco poll also found that 51.1 percent of 800 respondents believe Prime Minister George Papandreou is “too submissive” towards Brussels.

Source: SGGP

Danang hopes festival will bring more visitors

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Danang hopes festival will bring more visitors

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

The central beach city of Danang will hold several water sports and events for a tourism festival from June 19 to 27.

The “Danang Tourism – a Summer Destination for 2010” event will feature waterskiing and aerobics performances, a swimming contest, a boat race, and a bartending contest among others.

The local tourism authority will offer including scuba diving, fishing trips with fishermen, and short trips to explore SonTraPeninsula, a lush tropical getaway, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon Online (Saigon Economic Times Online) reported.

Nguyen Duy Quang, deputy director of the DanangTourismPromotionCenter, said the city spends VND1 billion (US$ 52,728) every year to host the event.

Last year’s event resulted in a 30 percent increase in the number of visitors during the summer holidays, he said.

The city has teamed up with the neighboring provinces of Quang Nam and Thua Thien – Hue to promote festivals and summer activities in the three localities through September, he added.

Danang, the major city in central Vietnam, is expected to welcome 880,000 local and foreign visitors in the first half of this year, up 38 percent year on year, according to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Revenue from tourism is expected to top VND572 billion ($30.16 million), 66 percent up from the same period last year.

Source: tuoitrenews


Source: QDND