First e-child care training system inaugurated

VietNamNet Bridge - Computer games are not only for entertainment, but also an art, which transport real-world references, meanings and ideologies and can therefore be political and social media, in a positive, educational or ensnaring, propagandistic manner. Featuring eighteen politically-ambitious computer games from the past twelve years, the touring interactive exhibition Games and Realities examines how computer games unfold their political potential.  In 4 years from 2016 to 2019, the exhibition is presented by the Goethe-Institut in 49 cities around the world. In Vietnam, the event will take place from August 3 to 27 at Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi. In these games, players experience the contingencies of political decision-making itself (Democracy III) and witness social injustices.  The games address precarious labor conditions (Sunset), gender issues (Perfect Woman), the surveillance state (Touchtone), the consequences of armed conflicts (This War of Mine), the treatment of refugees (Escape from Woomera) and resistance against totalitarian systems (Yellow Umbrella).  Adopting the characters of often-marginalized people such as a border official, housekeeper, drone pilot or war survivor, players experience limited possibilities and negative sanctions through both the character and the game play. Games and Realities presents 18 playable games that cover a wide range of social and political topics. In addition to trying out the games, visitors can view an introductory film about the exhibition (twenty minutes) and mini-documentaries about the games.  An accompanying exhibition catalog provides background information on these independent games and their unifying.  This exhibition Games and Realities is…... [read more]

The International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Vietnam (ICISE) in Quy Nhon city. The conference “Nanophysics: From fundamental to applications”is taking place at the centre (Photo: binhdinh.gov.vn) Binh Dinh (VNA) – As many as 120 foreign and domestic scientists are attending the conference “Nanophysics: From fundamental to applications”, which opened in Quy Nhon city, the central coastal province of Binh Dinh on July 31 as part of the 13th Recontres du Vietnam (Meet Vietnam) programme. The six-day event, jointly held by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the provincial People’s Committee, updates latest emerging nanotechnology in the world like allotrope and topo material.  Topics on nanoelectronics and nano equipment, superconductivity, magneto-resistive materials as well as strongly correlated systems are also debated. Professor Tran Thanh Van, Chairman of the Recontres du Vietnam foundation and founder of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Vietnam (ICISE) in Quy Nhon city, said that as this year’s event drew the participation of reputed professors with significant contributions to the world’s nanophysics, it will create opportunities for Vietnamese scientists to learn experience in nano scientific research from international experts. The same day, the 13th Recontres du Vietnam programme kicked off a conference on general relativity and gravitation with the attendance of 16 experts from six countries.-VNA ... [read more]

Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario began his four-day official visit to Vietnam on July 31 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario The Mozambican PM’s entourage includes Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Luisa Meque, and Mozambican Ambassador to Vietnam Gamiliel Munguambe, and others. Vietnam and Mozambique established diplomatic ties on June 25, 1975 – the day when the African nation declared independence.  Mozambique is an important partner of Vietnam in Africa. The two nations have maintained cooperative relations through Party and State channels and people-to-people exchanges. The Communist Party of Vietnam and the Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frelimo) have cooperated closely in personnel training and scientific research.  Bilateral economic and trade relations have enjoyed impressive growth over the past years. Two-way trade increased from just 13.83 million USD in 2006 to 101 million USD in 2016, of which Vietnam’s exports were valued at 72.5 million USD. In the time ahead, the two countries will intensify collaboration in telecommunications, health, education, and mining, and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to invest in the production of rice, cashew nuts and soybean in the African country. VNA... [read more]

Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario (Source: GPM) Hanoi (VNA) – Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario began his four-day official visit to Vietnam on July 31 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The Mozambican PM’s entourage includes Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Luisa Meque, and Mozambican Ambassador to Vietnam Gamiliel Munguambe, and others. Vietnam and Mozambique established diplomatic ties on June 25, 1975 – the day when the African nation declared independence. Mozambique is an important partner of Vietnam in Africa. The two nations have maintained cooperative relations through Party and State channels and people-to-people exchanges. The Communist Party of Vietnam and the Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frelimo) have cooperated closely in personnel training and scientific research. Bilateral economic and trade relations have enjoyed impressive growth over the past years. Two-way trade increased from just 13.83 million USD in 2006 to 101 million USD in 2016, of which Vietnam’s exports were valued at 72.5 million USD. In the time ahead, the two countries will intensify collaboration in telecommunications, health, education, and mining, and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to invest in the production of rice, cashew nuts and soybean in the African country.-VNA... [read more]

The rise was reported after the index slid or remained unchanged for three months. In April, the monthly CPI remained unchanged, and it dropped by 0.53 percent and 0.17 percent in May and June, respectively. Compared with the same period last year, the index increased 2.52 percent, the office reported. However, the monthly rise of CPI in July was still the lowest in the past nine years. The increasing rate from 2008 to 2016 was between 0.13 percent and 1.17 percent. According to deputy director of GSO’s Consumer Price Index Department Do Thi Ngoc, the increase in CPI for July was mainly driven by the 3.19 percent price hike of food, including the increase in the price of pork, following six-months of declining prices, and the price rise in vegetables due to the impact of rainstorms and floods. Pork prices are from VND40,000 to VND49,000 (US$1.8-$2.1) per kilo, increasing from VND25,000 per kilo of the last three months following programmes to stimulate demand and to control the number of pigs raised by farmers, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Besides this, another reason was the higher prices of housing and construction materials, which was due to the tightened management of sand mining in localities, resulting in a higher price for sand, Ngoc said, adding that the good item saw a rise of 1.07 percent in July. The high 0.46 percent rise in medicine and healthcare services also contributed to the country’s average CPI, she…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Setting targets for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and monitoring this progress are imperative as the number of hepatitis patients in Viet Nam who receive treatment is too low, according to experts. The two-day conference highlights joint actions towards the elimination of viral hepatitis B and C in Viet Nam with a focus on priority populations held in HCM City on July 29 and 30. — Photo: VNS “Accessing diagnosis and treatment is a challenge", said Dr. Nguyen Thu Anh of General Department of Preventive Medicine at a two-day conference on joint actions towards the elimination of viral hepatitis B and C in Viet Nam that started on July 29 in HCM City. It is estimated that 3.22 million patients this year are living with the hepatitis B virus and are eligible for treatment given they have cirrhosis of the liver or a high viral load. However, only 43,230 diagnosed cases are receiving treatment. According to the department’s forecast, fatalities relating to liver diseases will trend up from 30,000 in 2015 to 45,000 in 2030 if there is no intervention. This year, it is estimated 967,000 patients will be diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus and only 74,000 of them will receive treatment. Dr. Kato Masaya of the World Health Organisation Viet Nam suggested that Viet Nam should set targets for “treatment scale-up” and a mechanism to monitor the progress. “Scale-up of HCV treatment will substantially reduce chronic infection, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related deaths,” Masaya said. “Upfront investment…... [read more]

CPI experiences slight rise in July (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) in July rose again by 0.11 percent, following the rebound of food prices, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). The rise was reported after the index slid or remained unchanged for three months. In April, the monthly CPI remained unchanged, and it dropped by 0.53 percent and 0.17 percent in May and June, respectively. Compared to the same period last year, the index increased 2.52 percent, the office reported. However, the monthly rise of CPI in July was still the lowest in the past nine years. The figure from 2008 to 2016 was between 0.13 percent and 1.17 percent. According to deputy director of GSO’s Consumer Price Index Department Do Thi Ngoc, the increase in CPI for July was mainly driven by the 3.19 percent price hike of food, including the increase in the price of pork, following six-months of declining prices, and the price rise in vegetables due to the impact of rainstorms and floods. Pork prices are from 40,000 VND to 49,000 VND (1.8-2.1 USD) per kilo, increasing from 25,000 VND per kilo of the last three months following programmes to stimulate demand and to control the number of pigs raised by farmers, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Besides this, another reason was the higher prices of housing and construction materials, which was due to the tightened management…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thanh, deputy director of the General Secondary Education Department in the Ministry of Education and Training, spoke to the newspaper Tuoi tre (Youth) on ways to detect and nurture young talents. Nguyen Xuan Thanh Vietnamese students attending international competitions have done very well, winning gold medals. In your opinion, what are the key factors for our students to win such high awards? In previous years, our students participating in international competitions lacked practice, although their theoretical exercises were well done. This year, with lessons learned from previous years, our students have done quite well in practice exercises and earned high scores. Would you please elaborate on the new strategy? In the past few years, the Ministry of Education has poured more investment into schools for gifted students to achieve international standards. In my opinion, this is the right decision to foster our young talents. Elite students who are candidates for international competitions have received special treatment. They are specially trained in both theory and practice, particularly in developing plans for experiments and analysing their test results. In my opinion, this is the right approach to train students for future international competitions. If in the past, we focused our efforts on transferring our knowledge to the students, now we have switched to give them prompts on how to solve the problems. Our ultimate objective is to encourage the students to come up with interesting and clever answers. In my opinion, this way has encouraged the…... [read more]

Customers shop at a supermarket in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Viet Nam’s monthly consumer price index (CPI) in July rose again by 0.11 per cent, following the rebound of food prices, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). The rise was reported after the index slid or remained unchanged for three months. In April, the monthly CPI remained unchanged, and it dropped by 0.53 per cent and 0.17 per cent in May and June, respectively. Compared with the same period last year, the index increased 2.52 per cent, the office reported. However, the monthly rise of CPI in July was still the lowest in the past nine years. The increasing rate from 2008 to 2016 was between 0.13 per cent and 1.17 per cent. According to deputy director of GSO’s Consumer Price Index Department Do Thi Ngoc, the increase in CPI for July was mainly driven by the 3.19 per cent price hike of food, including the increase in the price of pork, following six-months of declining prices, and the price rise in vegetables due to the impact of rainstorms and floods. Pork prices are from VND40,000 to VND49,000 (US$1.8-$2.1) per kilo, increasing from VND25,000 per kilo of the last three months following programmes to stimulate demand and to control the number of pigs raised by farmers, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Besides this, another reason was the higher prices of housing and construction materials, which was…... [read more]

NDO – Three out of four Vietnamese students attending the 2017 International Biology Olympiad (IBO) have won medals, including one gold and two silver medals, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). >>> Vietnam wins four gold medals, ranks third at IMO 2017 >>> Vietnam reaps high results at int’l chemistry Olympiad This is the best result Vietnam has ever attained at an IBO event. Accordingly, at this year’s event, held from July 23-30 at the University of Warwick, Coventry, the UK, 12th grader Truong Dong Hung from Hue High School for the Gifted won the only gold medal for Vietnam. Especially, Hung’s results (55% practical and 75% theoretical) were ranked 22 out of 245 candidates and also the highest personal achievement of any Vietnamese student to attend the IBO so far. The two remaining silvers went to Duong Tien Quang Huy from Lam Son High School for the Gifted in Thanh Hoa province and Nguyen Phuong Thao from High School for Gifted Students under the Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University. With this result, Vietnam ranked 12th overall, following the success by other teams attending Mathematical, Physics and Chemistry Olympiads. At the IBO 2016 hosted by Vietnam, the hosts won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals. Vietnam, together with the US, Chinese Taipei, China, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Russia, the UK, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Indonesia and the Czech Republic, won gold medals. Minister of…... [read more]




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