Children all over Việt Nam are out of school and excited about the summer holiday. How are they going to spend their free time? Phương Mai, San Hà and Ngọc Diệp talk to kids and their parents. Huỳnh Phong Sơn, a 12-year-old student from HCM City’s Hóc Môn District, says his parents want him to spend time on physical activities this summer. But that’s not all. He’s taking English and singing classes as well. “I play football with my neighbours every afternoon, and I swim with my cousins and friends on the weekends,” Sơn says. Though his family plans to travel this summer, he prefers to take part in summer camps and activities at cultural houses. “I can meet new friends and learn new things through fun activities.” To meet children’s needs, cultural houses, theatres and amusement parks in the city are preparing many kinds of programmes to welcome Children’s Day on … [Read more...] about What do kids want to do this summer?
Parenting visitation plan
More than half a century ago, a poor college freshman traveled from the town of Hue in central Vietnam to Da Lat in the Central Highlands, almost 800 kilometers (500 miles) away. He moved to Da Lat to join the Architecture College there. The first person he met in the new place was a girl studying in secondary school who was helping her family to sell rice. "Could you tell me the way to this rented house?" he asked her, showing the address. After she did, the young man asked one more question: "How much for one kilogram of rice?" "Two dong," she said, showing two fingers. He did well in college and tutored the children of the town’s rich families, including the girl who sold rice. He became a frequent visitor at her house, and many years later they got married. This was the story of my parents. Later, whenever they had a fight, no matter whose fault it was, either my mother or father would show two fingers, and the other would take that as a sign of peace to stop the argument. My … [Read more...] about Dubious development plans put Da Lat’s future at stake
Illustration by Đàm Minh ChíViet Nam News Kiều Vân “Your husband prevented you from Tết holiday at your parents’ house, he must understand that he is breaking the law!” Nguyễn Thu Mai was surprised to hear the warning from colleagues. After twelve years of marriage, Mai has never been able to enjoy the Tết holiday with her parents even though they live close by. Every Tết holiday, when Mai finished work at a media office, she and two children rented a car to return to her husband’s hometown, 30km from Hà Nội, and celebrate Tết with grandparents-in-law. According to her husband’s arrangement, he had to stay at home to worship after the New Year’s Eve, and he would return to his hometown later. “Be home early to prepare Tết for parents-in-law, because he says this is the responsibility of a daughter-in-law, I often prepare all the food and confectionery for three days … [Read more...] about A happier Tết for parents and the inlaws
The trip was his first to a conflict zone nearly two years into his presidency and days after announcing a pullout of American troops from neighboring Syria. Trump was looking for some positive headlines after several days of turmoil over his decisions to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, pull out half of the 14,000-strong contingent in Afghanistan, and push out Defense Secretary James Mattis two months earlier than planned for criticizing his policies. Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and speaking at the Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, Trump defended the withdrawal from Syria and said it was made possible by the defeat of Islamic State militants. "Our presence in Syria was not open ended and it was never intended to be permanent," he told troops wearing camouflage fatigues in a hangar at the base. He said some troops "can now return home to their families." Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have heaped scorn on Trump over his Syria policy, saying the fight … [Read more...] about In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to US troops in Iraq
Mitsubishi plans to make electric cars in Viet Nam Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation plans to invest in an electric automobile manufacturing factory in Viet Nam, said Executive Vice President Hiroshi Sakuma during a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue in Ha Noi on Wednesday. At the meeting, Sakuma said his firm was evaluating the feasibility of the project and look forward to new regulations on environmental protection taxes to promote investment in the country. Hue said Viet Nam’s National Assembly would soon discuss and pass the Law on Environmental Protection Tax. There would be incentives commensurate with environmentally friendly products. The Mitsubishi Corporation is currently investing in two BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) projects in Viet Nam, namely the Vung Ang 2 Thermal Power Plant (1,200 MW) and Vinh Tan 3 (1,980 MW) Power Plant. The corporation and Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade signed an investment … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 31/8