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VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese boy who could barely walk or speak because of cerebral palsy gets two degrees at a US university and looks forward to new challenges, Phan Duong and Luong Huong report. Red letter day: Quan and his mother at his graduation ceremony at the Georgia Gwinnet College in the US in May. Photo Graduation Day is special for all students, but the applause was particularly prolonged and resounding as Tran Manh Chanh Quan’s name was announced at the ceremony held at Georgia Gwinnett College in May this year. The special applause for Quan was not just that he was getting two degrees, one in IT and another in mathematics, but that the wheel-chair bound student was also suffered from cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain damage that affects body movement, muscle control and co-ordination, reflex, posture and balance. Twenty-five years ago, when riding through a bumpy road in Ngai Giao Commune, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Quan’s mother, Le Manh Nu Vinh Son, fell off her bike. She was seven months pregnant with him. Quan was thus born with cerebral palsy. He could not sit by himself at the age of three. With monumental patience, Son and her husband trained their son with physiotherapy. It took a long time for Quan’s left hand to loosen a bit and for him to feel objects with it. He could only mouth a few words with great difficulty and the speech impediment is a lifelong condition, along with…... [read more]

Unitel has 2.8 million subscribers and a 50 per cent market share of mobile subscriptions and 35 per cent of broadband subscriptions.— Photo Vietel Unitel, a joint venture between Vietnamese telecom giant Viettel Group and Laos Asia Telecom, seeks to increase its turnover by 10 per cent to US$165 million this year. “Unitel has retained its leading position in Laos and a growth of 10 per cent in turnover requires a huge effort,” Nguyen Hoang Son, deputy director of Unitel, told Viet Nam News. In Laos, income from data has grown significantly to account for 40 per cent of turnover compared to 25 per cent in Viet Nam, according to Son. Unitel has 2.8 million subscribers and a 50 per cent market share of mobile subscriptions and 35 per cent of broadband subscriptions. With 4,000 base transceiver stations and 24,000km of fibre-optic cable, Unitel covers every district in Laos and 95 per cent of the population. Since June 2015 it has been providing 4G services. According to the London-based Brand Finance, an independent intangible asset valuation consultancy, in 2016 Unitel was the most effective telecommunications brand name in ASEAN. Its brand value has grown by 106 per cent since 2015 to $132 million, and is the top telecom brand in Laos and the top 30 in the region. The company has donated $9.7 million for social causes, provided free internet to 600 schools and helped change the Lao…... [read more]

In only three months, nearly 80 children under 15 including a 6.5-month-old boy from Khoái Châu Commune, Hưng Yên Province were diagnosed with genital warts, a sexually transmitted infection. A doctor treats a patient at the Thanh Nhàn General Hospital in Hà Nội.-VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc Doctors warn that using the same unsterilised gloves or medical instruments on several patients may spread germs and diseases can spread in clinics and hospitals. The more patients, the greater chance of infection A 2014 measles outbreak in Hà Nội killing 150 children was an example of infections in a hospital. On April 17, 2014, alone there were 33 child patients transferred from other departments for measles treatments to the Hà Nội National Children Hospital, with six times that number infected. Respiratory diseases such as measles, flu or tuberculosis spread the easiest. It is also possible for contagious diseases like hepatitis or HIV to spread via gloves used for different patients, according to Nguyễn Trọng Khoa, Deputy Head of Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Management under the Ministry of Health. “The more patients, the greater chance to be infected. It is vital that doctors rinse their hands after having contact with patients”, he added. One pair of gloves for several patients “Wearing gloves means doctors are not afraid to touch wounds. Therefore, they may transfer germs or viruses to other patients if still using the same…... [read more]

The HCM City’s District 1 People’s Committee has announced that the district’s first two street vendor spaces will open on August 28. Twenty vendors will be allowed to conduct business on 40 metres of Nguyễn Văn Chiêm Street in HCM City’s District 1 from August 28.- VNS Photo Anh Vũ According to a plan which was approved by the city’s administration in March, the two “food streets” will be located on the sidewalks of Nguyễn Văn Chiêm Street and Bách Tùng Diệp Park. The areas have spacious pavements with room for vendors’ businesses and vehicle parking. Đoàn Ngọc Hải, vice chairman of the district’s People’s Committee, said on Wednesday there were many different opinions on how the plan should be implemented, which led to the delay of the launching of the two food streets. “Our district wants to open the food streets as soon as possible so that poor families will have an official place to conduct their businesses on the sidewalk,”  he said. “This will not only help them secure their income but also help us better monitor food safety and hygiene practices,” he added. In the pilot period of the programme, which will be about six months, District 1 will set up 20 booths on Nguyễn Văn Chiêm Street and 15 booths along Bách Tùng Diệp Park. There will be 35 households allowed to sell products, mainly prepped food,…... [read more]

Over the past 22 years, Vietnam has consistently considered ASEAN a foundation and one of top priorities of its foreign policy. Vietnam has worked closely with other ASEAN members to boost integration and internal solidarity.  50 years after its establishment, ASEAN has become a strong community with a growing role and stature globally. Since joining ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam has contributed to ASEAN’s successes, including the adoption of the 2007 ASEAN Charter, the Hanoi Declaration on ASEAN Vision 2020, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, and Master Plans implementing the 3 pillars of politics-security, economics, and culture-society.  ASEAN membership, a historic decision  Vietnam’s ASEAN membership opened a new period of integration in the region. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said: “It was the right decision to join ASEAN in 1995, when we were in dire need of socio-economic development and expansion of relations with other countries. ASEAN membership enabled Vietnam to expand ties with the EU and normalize relations with the US and China. As an ASEAN member, Vietnam has engaged deeply in ASEAN activities in line with its integration policy.” In ASEAN Vietnam has enjoyed a favorable environment for forging closer ties with its neighbors and resolving long-standing issues, and has contributed to regional cooperative mechanisms that further its national interests. ASEAN helps amplify Vietnam’s voice worldwide and create cooperative opportunities.  ASEAN’s Secretary General Le Luong Minh: “Vietnam’s economic development has benefited from ASEAN membership. During the course of…... [read more]

A ceremony in celebration of longevity to honor King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand on his 65th birthday was held by the Royal Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday. This was the first-ever longevity celebration to be held for King Vajiralongkorn since he succeeded to the throne of Thailand in October 2016. The celebration in Ho Chi Minh City was attended by 150 Thai expats who work and live in the southern Vietnamese city, according to the Royal Thai Consulate-General. King Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 28, 1952. The King's birthday has always been an important date in Thailand, a country where the monarchy is held in high regard by the vast majority of Thais, according to Reuters. During the birthday celebration, officials from the consulate-general also gave alms to five Buddhist monks from the local Pho Minh Pagoda. Ureerat Ratanaprukse, Consul General of Thailand in Ho Chi Minh City, explained that almsgiving and chanting are sacred rites of the Thai people to show respect for others. Also on Friday, the Royal Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City handed VND221.5 million (US$9,758) in aid to the city’s association for needy patients and another package of VND164.65 million ($7,253) to the municipal society for people with disability. On Thursday night, the consulate general also organized a chanting and praying ceremony to pay homage to late King Bhumibot Adulyadej, the most beloved King of Thailand who passed away…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Shah Alam High Court of Malaysia announced on July 28 that the trial of Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, the suspects in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol, will last for 23 days, until the end of this November. The announcement was made after the first trial of the Shah Alam High Court was concluded. Judge Azmi Ariffin, who chaired the trial, said that the next hearings will be from October 2-5, 9-10, 24-26 and November 6-9, 13-16 and 27-30, adding that the defendants could enter their plea from the October 2 hearing. As scheduled, the court will summon 30 witnesses and 10 specialists to the hearings. On July 28, the two suspects wore bullet-proof jackets and were taken to the court under close protection of security forces. Under the direction of Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry, the embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue working closely with the Vietnamese agencies concerned and the Malaysian lawyers defending Huong, to ensure the trial is fair and objective and that Huong's legitimate interests are protected. Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysian officials claim he was poisoned, but the DPRK insist that he died of a heart attack, combined with high blood pressure and diabetes. At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied the charge and said that they were…... [read more]

NDO - Human trafficking is a complicated situation, not only causing harm to ethics, race, lifestyle, habits, customs and laws, but also directly affects the security and order of the country, as well as being of great concern for society as a whole. From the beginning of 2011 until June this year, there have been 2,748 human trafficking cases involving 4,110 traffickers and 5,984 victims, of which 447 cases were for the purpose of marriage accounting for 27% of the total number of human trafficking cases with 1,140 victims. The crimes occurred in all provinces and cities across the country. The victims are not only women and children, but also men and new-borns, and the phenomenon of surrogacy. More than 80% of the victims were trafficked abroad, mainly through the border gates between Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos, and China. Criminals are mainly scapegoats with criminal records and charges against them for trafficking. They work in combination to entice, hook, cheat, and coerce victims in order to traffic them abroad. In addition, there are also foreigners visiting Vietnam in the form of tourism and business activities, but are then linking with the Vietnamese brokers to form transnational human trafficking rings. Notably, in recent times, by taking advantage of favourable policies on immigration procedures, issuance of citizens' passports and cross border travel passes, many traffickers have organised rings for human trafficking abroad, in the form of tourism, visiting relatives, and illegal labour. Victims are usually not provided with residency procedures or the…... [read more]

Good morning from Vietnam! Good morning from Vietnam! Society -- Unseasonal heavy rain is in the forecast this afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces as a result of equatorial depression and disturbance, according to Ho Chi Minh City-based meteorologist Le Thi Xuan Lan. -- Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has warned passengers of pickpockets who prey on careless travelers at the airport’s waiting lounges, taking advantage of the busy season when large numbers of Vietnamese rush home from the big cities to enjoy Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. -- Ho Chi Minh City Police yesterday unveiled its special criminal police division made up of specifically trained officers who are tasked with hunting down muggers and other dangerous criminals in the city’s districts of 7, 8, Binh Tan and Nha Be, in an attempt to crack down on prevalent crimes in the city. Lifestyle -- A grand flower display running the length of Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City and featuring thousands of flowers assembled into various shapes was inaugurated yesterday evening and will remain open to the public until January 31. Business -- The Vietnamese Government has given the green light to the construction plan of a VND60 trillion (US$2.68 billion) steel manufacturing complex developed by local conglomerate Hoa Phat at Dung Quat Economic Zone in the central province of Quang Ngai.... [read more]

Check out the news you should not miss today, January 25, the 28th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or three days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. Check out the news you should not miss today, January 25, the 28th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or three days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. Politics -- Vietnam consistently wants to develop its strategic partnership with Singapore, State President Tran Dai Quang asserted when receiving Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong in Hanoi on Tuesday. -- Vietnam and Belarus celebrated the 25th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship on Tuesday, with Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang extending a congratulatory message to his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on the occasion. Society -- The request was made by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held at a working session with the Mobile Police High Command in Hanoi on Tuesday, emphasizing the need for the force to boost cooperation in personnel training with police of other countries. -- A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday upheld a 30-year imprisonment sentence given to Pham Cong Danh, ex-chairman of the Vietnam Construction Bank (VNCB) Board of Directors, for his key role in causing serious total economic losses of more than VND9 trillion (US$396 million) for the lender. -- Nguyen Thi Thanh, an employee on the north-to-south Vietnam Railway service, has been praised for returning a bag containing…... [read more]

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