How a Deaf-Blind Person Watches the World Cup

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Brazilian Sign Language interpreter Hélio Fonseca de Araújo woke up on the day before the opening of the World Cup in 2014 thinking about how he could help his friend Carlos, who is deaf and blind, get access to all the excitement. So he hit the hardware store, rigged up a tabletop model of the field, and enlisted his friend Regiane to provide extra interpretation for all the complex information that needs to come through in a game. He recently brought the setup out again for this World Cup. Continue reading “How a Deaf-Blind Person Watches the World Cup”

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Đà Nẵng lights up with solar power

Update: June, 24/2018 – 09:00

Home energy: A roof-top solar power system on a building in Đà Nẵng. The system supplies enough power for daily use. — VNS Photo Minh Vũ

Viet Nam News Between 2008 and 2011, the central city of Đà Nẵng has cut 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions after developing environmentally friendly electric cars and household solar powered water heaters. Connecting household solar panels to the grid is seen as a positive way to make Đà Nẵng a ‘green’ city by 2025. Bùi Hoài Nam reports.

Phạm Ngọc Công covered the 12sq.m roof of his 3-storey home with solar panels to generate power for his family’s daily needs. The renewable energy system has helped Công cut his household’s electric consumption by 30 per cent each month, while cooling the penthouse during the scorching heat of summer. Continue reading “Đà Nẵng lights up with solar power”

UN selects Việt Nam as training site for peacekeeping forces

Update: June, 26/2018 – 22:00

Vietnamese medical officers of the field hospital to be deployed in South Sudan are carrying out mock examination and treatment of injured patient. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Khu

Viet Nam News NEW YORK — Việt Nam is among four countries in Southeast Asia selected to become training sites for UN peacekeeping forces, with the first training course to be held in Việt Nam at the end of this year.

The decision was announced by the UN Department of Field Support (DFS) on June 25 following inspections of training facilities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Continue reading “UN selects Việt Nam as training site for peacekeeping forces”

Discovering the Causes of Cleft – Nguyên nhân sứt môi/hở hàm ếch ở trẻ em

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The highest rates occur in Southeast Asia

Editor’s Note: The Philippines holds a special place in the history  and future  of our organization. It was there that Dr. Bill Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathy, a nurse and clinical social worker, became inspired to create Operation Smile after witnessing firsthand the dire need for life-changing cleft surgeries while working an independent volunteer medical mission in 1982. Unable to provide surgery for so many children due to lack of resources, the Magees promised to return. We’ve been going back ever since. As we work into our 35th year, we’re highlighting the birthplace of Operation Smile with this four-story series. This story is the first of a two-part feature on the International Family Study. Continue reading “Discovering the Causes of Cleft – Nguyên nhân sứt môi/hở hàm ếch ở trẻ em”

Vietnam Expands Another Outpost

Vietnam continues modest expansions to its outposts in the Spratly Islands, most recently on Ladd Reef. Satellite imagery from March and June shows that Hanoi has dredged a new channel, which did not exist in older photos, and is expanding one of its two facilities (the other is a small lighthouse to the west) at the feature.

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