Vietnam aims to cut road accidents, death tolls by 5-10 percent

The good news is that people are today living healthier and longer lives, said Nguyen Van Tan, deputy head of the Department, noting that lifespans have increased by 33 years just over the past five decades. In 1960 the average life expectancy in Vietnam was 40 whereas in 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, it was 73. Most importantly for younger generations, by reshaping their education plans, they could see their participation in the workforce last longer, which would increase their lifetime earnings and standard of living. It would also be a virtual gold mine for them later in life during retirement. Citing statistics from the World Bank he noted that within 20 years one in seven Vietnamese would be aged 65 or older, and this would create a wider gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ in the absence of proper planning. Mr Tan made the comments at a symposium in Hanoi touching on critical issues related to the country’s changing population trends such as its impact on the macro economy, the role of women, health, retirement and societal issues in general. In addition, at the conference, Mr Tan outlined priorities for the Department of Population and Family Planning over the coming years as they relate to the role of women; health inequality; sustainable development; climate change; and using demographic data to better understand the country’s population dynamics. The country is at a demographic crossroads, he said.…... [read more]

ASEAN enjoys half century of dynamic, comprehensive development (Source: Hanoi (VNA) – After 50 years of development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been internationally recognised as a comprehensive regional cooperative organisation and a cohesive and dynamic political-economic entity that contributes to global connectivity. The association has an important role and position in the Southeast Asian and Asian-Pacific regions with profound political, economic, cultural and social influences.  A spirit of solidarity, consensus and mutual support and respect, along with harmonious combination of national and community interests have helped enhance the association’s position. Over the past half century, ASEAN has proved itself a leading factor in ensuring a peaceful environment, security and cooperation for regional development, illustrated through the bloc’s efforts to cooperate in politics and security and build codes of conduct to increase mutual understanding and prevent conflicts in the region. ASEAN has also established collaboration with important partners in the world, while initiating and playing a key role in several regional cooperation frameworks, especially the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – the only mechanism for dialogues and cooperation in political and security matters in Asia-Pacific. The association has created favourable conditions for important partners outside Southeast Asia to contribute to the settlement of common security challenges, helping reinforce peace and security in the region.   [Sport event celebrates ASEAN’s founding anniversary] More countries around the world have shown interest in Southeast Asia. The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation initiated by …... [read more]

NDO – To achieve the objective of rapid and sustainable development, the central coastal province of Quang Ngai should focus on improving the implementation of ethnic minority support policies, with a priority on poverty reduction, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has said. The deputy PM, who is also a Politburo member, held a working session with the key leaders of Quang Ngai province on Monday to discuss the implementation of ethnic affairs in the locality. At the working session, Chairman of Quang Ngai People's Committee Tran Ngoc Cang said that ethnic minority work has received special attention from Quang Ngai leaders across all levels, especially in poverty reduction in ethnic minorities and mountainous areas. The province has effectively implemented programmes and policies, which have resulted in positive achievements in reducing the rate of poor households. By the end of 2016, the rate of poor households in the whole province decreased to 13.5%, of which mountainous districts decreased by 4.83% (from 46.7% to 41.9%). However, the Quang Ngai leader also pointed out several weaknesses that need to be overcome, such as unsustainable results in poverty reduction, with a range of newly emerging poor and near poor households, investment resources for poverty reduction programmes has not met the set target and the limited effectiveness of several projects to reduce poverty. In the last six months of 2017, Quang Ngai strives to reduce the rate of poor households in mountainous districts by 5.54% per year, in accordance with…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A series of Vietnamese art films have been released in recent years, many of which have won international prizes and been highly appreciated by film critics. However, the genre has not yet gained popularity as it has not drawn much interest from domestic viewers and has often been doomed to financial failures. Film for art or film for commercial At least five art films have been released in the second quarter of this year, including ‘Cha Cong Con’(Father and Son), ‘Lo To’ (The Lottery), ‘Co Can Nha Nam Nghe Nang Mua’ (Motherhood), ‘Da Co Hoai Lang’ (Two Fellow Countrymen), and ‘Dao Cua Dan Ngu Cu’ (The Way Station). Based on novels, drama, or inspired from documentaries, the films tell stories of people’s tragedies. However, they have not reached the expected revenue, even the film ‘Father and Son’ lost VND 5 billion (US$220,000) as its total budget was VND 18 billion (US$792,000) while its gross has been estimated at around VND 13 billion (US$ 572,000). Poster of the ‘Cha Cong Con’ (Father and Son) film by director Luong Dinh Dung An art film is typically a serious artistic film which explores the psychological developments of characters and opens up meditations and requires viewers to contemplate meaning rather than only containing entertainment factors such as cinematic skills, all-star film casts, and love or action scenes. While commercial films target to attract viewers to the cinema, art films provide a way for producers to make their individual mark on the…... [read more]

Handed over by her mother to an agent at the age of 10, Titi was crammed into a truck in the tiny West African nation of Benin and driven across the border into southwest Nigeria. Titi feared the worst. She recalled how a previous employer in Nigeria had welcomed her with a thin mat and a leather whip. "Sometimes, she beat us," said Titi, recounting the businesswoman who had flogged the girls for the smallest mishaps, such as breaking a plate. Bed had been the floor. "Sometimes, she didn't give us breakfast till after 1 p.m.," Titi, now 14, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Lagos, where she works for a "nicer" family - cleaning, cooking and caring for children for 18 hours a day. Titi is one of countless young girls working as domestic servants in cities across the nation, far from their own homes in rural Nigeria or neighboring countries such as Benin. Many girls are sent away by their parents who cannot afford to feed or school them, while others provide for their families - sometimes acting as the main breadwinner. Some girls, like Titi, are abused, cut off from their relatives, denied an education and left with nowhere to turn. With Nigeria facing its first recession in 25 years, rampant unemployment and booming population growth, activists fear more and more girls may be forced into housework as families plunge deeper into poverty and so-called agents seek out profits. Halting this phenomenon presents a huge challenge.…... [read more]

NDO – The Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue has issued joint Telegraph No. 29 to coastal provinces and cities from Quang Ninh to Da Nang, the northern localities and concerned ministries and agencies to be ready for Storm Sonca, the fourth large-scale storm to hit the East Sea this year. According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), a tropical depression experienced in the afternoon on July 23 intensified, becoming the fourth storm in the East Sea so far this year. At 7am on July 24, the centre of the storm was approximately 17.3 degrees north latitude and 111.3 degrees east longitude, about 180km to the southeast of China’s Hainan Island. The strongest wind speeds then were between 60 and 75km per hour. In the following 24 hours, Sonca is forecast to move at 10km per hour to the west-north west. At 7am of July 25, its centre is predicted at 18.2 degrees north latitude and 108.9 degrees east longitude, in the sea area of the southern part of Hainan Island. It could continue sustaining wind speeds of 60-75km per hour. The dangerous area in the next 24 hours will be from 16.5 to 20.5 degrees north and in the west of the 113th meridian east. In the next 24-48 hours, the storm will move between west and northwest at some 15km per hour, causing landslides in the vicinity of Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh provinces and degrading…... [read more]

Parents scurrying to send their children to the many life skills classes blooming in the big cities has been a trend that has been picking up lately.  Primary school students in Hà Nội attend a four-day ’Military term’ programme during summer vacation. The programme aims to teach the basic military skills of discipline, performing activities on schedule and teamwork. - VNS Photo Hồng Lan These classes, organised during the three-month summer vacation in Việt Nam, claim to train children on important communication and survival skills that can then be applied to real-life situations. However, are these classes as effective as their numerous advertisements claim? It’s a question that has many parents worried across the cities.         Many teaching centres holding classes for children aged between 7 and 14 in important life skills have been coming up. These centres design the life skills programmes separately for each age group, and include various outdoor and indoor activities. One such life skills teacher said children would be trained in self-efficacy, ability to analyse and synthesise issues, working independently or in a team, and ability to communicate. Nguyễn Kiều Lan, a teacher at the Hà Nội Children Palace, said many parents created conditions for their children to succeed in all fields, but forget that an important skill is the survival skill, including escaping skills, knife-using skills, self-service, behaviour skills when lost, knowing to use money, and…... [read more]

The Ministry of Transport has asked seven cities and provinces to halt the operation of double-decker buses, the first of their kind that began their trial runs early this month. Local and international tourists get on the double-decker bus in Hà Nội. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Sơn The ministry will announce a new plan for the buses after it receives guidelines from Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. Last December, the PM agreed in principle to start a pilot project of operating double-decker buses in Hà Nội, HCM City, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Lâm Đồng and Kiên Giang. The buses can accommodate up to 45 passengers, and would take them to the airport and various tourist spots. As scheduled, about 10 buses were to be put into operation in July. The trial would last for five years. Based on this plan, the ministry submitted documents to relevant ministries and sectors so as to run these buses. However, in late March, the ministry announced a draft decree on the pilot plan of carrying people in passenger buses to boost tourism in these cities and provinces. The decree received many opinions from concerned ministries and the local authorities of these localities. To avoid overlapping the operation of public means of transport for tourists, and ensure the traffic flow in these localities, the ministry has now decided to halt the operation of…... [read more]

An estimated 600 people, aged 18-25, gave out free hugs to friends, brothers and sisters, and strangers during an event to celebrate the International Free Hugs Day at Savico Megamall in Long Bien District, Hanoi, on July 23. Hanoians give out free hugs to share love in Int’l Free Hugs Day. The event, in its fifth year, was held by Free Hugs Hanoi under the theme “Yeu thuong xin dung de do – Free Hugs Time” (Love, don’t leave it there – Free Hugs Time). It offered an opportunity for everybody to get warm hugs from other people and spread messages of love and friendship. Mai Ngoc Tram, a member of the organizer, said the event aims to help everybody to get closer and she hopes the society would be more open on how people behave towards each other. Sharing love in such a way will help fire enthusiasm among young people and spread joy in the community, she noted. The Free Hugs Campaign was initiated in 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym “Juan Mann”. The campaign became internationally famous in 2006 after a music video on YouTube by the Australian band Sick Puppies went viral and has been viewed over 74 million times. International Free Hugs Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of July. VNA... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese people in Laos offered incense in remembrance of heroic martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village of Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province, Laos, on July 23. The activity took place ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day of Vietnam (July 27, 1947). The event was attended by representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy, the associations of Vietnamese people in Laos, the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos, the Vientiane provincial administration, and the Lao War Veterans’ Association. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung said that the two countries are celebrating 55 years since the establishment of their diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Countless Vietnamese and Lao soldiers laid down their lives for the countries’ peace, independence and special relationship, he said, adding that those enormous sacrifices nurtured peace and aspirations and created the close-knit solidarity that exists between the two countries. He pledged that younger generations of both nations will make all-out efforts to promote that special relationship and develop their respective countries. Located about 70km to the north of the capital city, Vientiane, the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village was built by the Lao War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnamese community in the country. It aims to commemorate 28 soldiers of the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance who died while protecting the capital of Vientiane in early 1946. …... [read more]

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