Swimming to become compulsory at school? Education Ministry says yes, parents no

Last update 07:50 | 29/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – While the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has said that adding swimming to the official curricula is necessary, parents are protesting the plan, saying that this would burden students.

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MOET has shown its strong determination to teach swimming to all general school students.

Nguyen Duc Huu, deputy director of MOET’s primary education department, citing figures to show that the number of drowning deaths is on the rise, said it is necessary to teach swimming as an official subject not only at primary schools but at secondary schools, high schools, junior colleges and universities.

While the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has said that adding swimming to the official curricula is necessary, parents are protesting the plan, saying that this would burden students.

Ngu Duy Anh, another senior official of MOET, said the teaching would also help them develop both physically and mentally.

“MOET is encouraging and instructing training establishments to teach swimming at school through ways suitable to local conditions,” Anh said. Tiếp tục đọc “Swimming to become compulsory at school? Education Ministry says yes, parents no”

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US government funds training center for Vietnamese peacekeeping forces

The facility has 15 training rooms with a total capacity of 600 peopleBy Tuoi Tre News

August 29,2017, 11:15 GMT+7

​US government funds training center for Vietnamese peacekeeping forces
The dedication ceremony for the peacekeeping training center is organized in Hanoi on August 28, 2017. Photo: Vietnam People’s Army
The United States government has handed over a center that focuses on peacekeeping missions by the Vietnamese military, marking the two nations’ cooperation in the preservation of peace.A dedication ceremony was organized in Hanoi on Monday to mark the transfer of the peacekeeping training center from U.S. ownership to Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense.

The facility, along with relevant equipment, is designed to facilitate the training of peacekeeping forces. Tiếp tục đọc “US government funds training center for Vietnamese peacekeeping forces”

These award-winning drone photos of Vietnam will take your breath away

‘Alluvial colors’ by Nguyen Hoang Nam – second prize

Vietnam’s iconic landscapes mesmerize in these photos captured from above

A shortlist of the most breathtaking photos of Vietnam as seen from above has been produced from thousands of submissions to a photography contest.

The contest, themed ‘Vietnam from Above’, called on local photographers to submit their best drone photos of Vietnam for an upcoming calendar collection.

Organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Photography Association in coordination with Phuong Nam Calendar Company, the contest received nearly 3,400 submissions by 358 photographers after launching in the middle of 2017. Tiếp tục đọc “These award-winning drone photos of Vietnam will take your breath away”

Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City – Mùn trồng cây’ của Tâm Sinh Nghĩa lổn nhổn nilông, dép nhựa

Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City

 

The general director of the firm has claimed that it was ‘a mistake’ by his employees
By Tuoi Tre News

August 30,2017, 13:45 GMT+7

​Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City
The solid waste treatment plant operated by Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A company in Ho Chi Minh City has raised serious concerns after being caught burying a large amount of untreated garbage without permission from authorities.A recent probe by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has revealed that Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC has been burying solid waste in an area within the Phuoc Hiep waste treatment complex in Cu Chi District, about 100 meters away from the company’s headquarters. Tiếp tục đọc “Company caught burying untreated waste without permit in Ho Chi Minh City – Mùn trồng cây’ của Tâm Sinh Nghĩa lổn nhổn nilông, dép nhựa”

UN Chief asks all nations to sign new pact protecting women

pb – by  • August 21, 2017 

A member of the all-female Bangladeshi police unit, preparing to leave the UN mission in Haiti as it closes. A new UN compact with countries connected to a peacekeeping mission is being circulated for signature to help prevent sex abuse and exploitation. LOGAN ABASSI/MINUSTAH

Haunted by accumulating reports of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls by United Nations peacekeepers and others attached to UN missions around the world, Secretary-General António Guterres is taking the bold, unprecedented step of asking all governments to sign a compact pledging to prevent and stop these violations. Tiếp tục đọc “UN Chief asks all nations to sign new pact protecting women”

Facebook blocks ads from fake news pages

Facebook blocks ads from fake news pages
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thehill_Facebook is blocking pages that post fake news stories from buying ads as part of its efforts to curb hoax articles on its platform.

The company announced on Monday that it would prevent Facebook pages — public profiles for brands, celebrities, groups, businesses and other institutions — that repeatedly share news marked as “false” by third-party fact-checkers from advertising on its platform.

“This update will help to reduce the distribution of false news which will keep Pages that spread false news from making money,” wrote Facebook product managers Satwik Shukla and Tessa Lyons. “We’ve found instances of Pages using Facebook ads to build their audiences in order to distribute false news more broadly.”

The company noted that pages that stop posting fake news would be eligible to buy ads on Facebook again.In the post, the two managers reiterated Facebook’s stance that false information on the platform is “harmful” and “erodes trust.”

In December, the company announced that it would begin taking steps to curb fake stories from spreading across its platform. The move came after CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially downplayed the impact of false stories on Facebook.

“More than 99% of what people see is authentic,” Zuckerberg wrote just after the presidential election. “Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes.”

Facebook has since released features and tweaked its platform in a variety of ways to stop fake news from being shared on its website.

Most notably, the company introduced an option that allows users to report potentially fake stories as “false.” Third-party groups assess flagged stories to determine if they are fake. They also use algorithms to find false news stories.

Minimum wage increase ineffective in raising living standards in Vietnam

VIR_Increasing the regional minimum wage has raised concerns over a potential trade-off with social allowances that would block the new wages from increasing employees’ real income.

Hugaco  expressed concerns that the minimum wage increase might actually decrease employees’ real income

Cutting allowances to increase wages Tiếp tục đọc “Minimum wage increase ineffective in raising living standards in Vietnam”

UN council unanimously condemns N Korea missile tests

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Security Council condemns North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an ‘outrageous’ threat.

The Security Council demanded that Pyongyang not launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons programmes [File: Damir Sagolj/Reuters]

The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday as an “outrageous” threat and demanded that Pyongyang not launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes.

In a statement the 15-member Security Council said it was of “vital importance” that North Korea take immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions and called on all states to implement United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang. Tiếp tục đọc “UN council unanimously condemns N Korea missile tests”

China: Korean tensions at ‘tipping point’

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Beijing urges US, South Korea to halt military exercises, as White House considers ‘all options’ after missile launch.

China has urged all parties in the dispute to take steps to de-escalate tensions [File: Reuters]

China has warned that tensions on the Korean peninsula have reached a “tipping point” after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as “unprecedented” and a “grave threat” to his country’s security.

Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, urged all sides on Tuesday to avoid provocations, repeating Beijing’s call for Pyongyang to suspend missile tests, while proposing that the United States and South Korea China halt ongoing joint military exercises. Tiếp tục đọc “China: Korean tensions at ‘tipping point’”

7 Reasons We’re Facing a Global Water Crisis

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Droughts in Somalia. Water rationing in Rome. Flooding in Jakarta and Harvey-battered Houston. It doesn’t take a hydrologist to realize that there is a growing global water crisis. Each August, water experts, industry innovators, and researchers gather in Stockholm for World Water Week to tackle the planet’s most pressing water issues. Tiếp tục đọc “7 Reasons We’re Facing a Global Water Crisis”