There are fears Brexit could lead to monster traffic jams around the port of Calais and also in Dover in the UK. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Huguen) For months, politicians on both sides of the narrow stretch of sea that separates France and Britain have been warning about the consequences of a disorderly "no deal" Brexit, from transport chaos to major trade disruption. But Bertrand, who until recently feared monster traffic jams himself around the port of Calais, now predicts that cars, trucks and trains will continue flowing smoothly to Britain whatever the outcome of the tortuous Brexit negotiations. "From our point of view, for the ports and the tunnel, we will be ready," he told AFP in Lille, the capital of the Hauts-de-France region that sits just 27 kilometres (17 miles) from southern England at the narrowest point of the Channel. "Perhaps having sounded the alarm, that woke everyone up," said the head of the region since 2015, a right-wing independent who is widely viewed as having … [Read more...] about Keep calm and carry on: Northern France “ready” for Brexit
Pragmatic language disorder
Associate Professor, Dr. Dong Van He, Deputy Director of the hospital cum Head of its Neurosurgery Centre, said that this method has been applied for a long time by developed countries around the world, but it is the first time Vietnam has implemented this technique. The patient is a 36-year-old Hanoian with glioma syndrome. When conducting surgery, the patient was still awake and talked normally with the doctors. "In particular, during the operation, the patient also sang the national anthem with a very relaxed mood to forget the operating time", Dr. He informed. Talking about the preeminence of the method, He said, the surgery to remove 6cm brain tumor of the patient lasted from 10 am to 4 pm. During the awake operation, the surgical staff was capable of knowing which area was the patient's sensitive zone through communication to avoid invading functional areas that may cause injuries. In particular, the awake surgery helps minimise the sequelae for patients during surgery, such as … [Read more...] about Vietnam performs first awake brain surgery
Chinese scientists announced Thursday they had cloned five monkeys from a single animal that was genetically engineered to have a sleep disorder, saying it could aid research into human psychological problems. Monkey clones Zhong Zhong (left) and Hua Hua at a research institution in Suzhou in China's Jiangsu province. (Photo: AFP) The claim, detailed in two reports published in a Chinese science journal, is the latest in a series of biomedical advances in the country, some of which have fuelled medical ethics debates. Most recently a Chinese scientist claimed last year he had altered the DNA of babies to make them HIV-proof. A research team from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai said it had altered the genes of a macaque to give it circadian rhythm disorder, in which the body's "clock" is out of sync with normal sleep times. They went on to clone five macaques from that individual, and found that the new monkeys -- born over … [Read more...] about China clones gene-edited monkeys to aid disorder research
VietNamNet Bridge - General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh says language disorders are a product of modern society. Children may suffer if they are forced to learn foreign languages too early and follow the wrong methods. General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh Experts believe that an early age is the best time for kids to start learning a foreign language. However, opinions vary about what ‘early age’ means. In Vietnam, some urban parents believe that their children should be studying English at the age of two or three, while others fear learning a foreign language at an early age increase the risk of language disorders among children. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a second language quickly. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a … [Read more...] about Language disorders: product of modern society?
Viet Nam News by Khánh Linh The clip is only three minutes long, but it has Vietnamese parents up in arms: it depicts young Vietnamese children who started studying English at a very early age, even before they fluently spoke their mother tongue, struggling to express themselves in either language. The clip immediately sparked a debate on the unforeseen impacts of early foreign language education among parents. The largest concern is that foreign language study for children under three can raise the risk of language disorders. Some children end up struggling with Vietnamese or need to work with a language therapist. Parents’ comments revealed their worries. They had considered it essential to teach their kids to sing English songs and learn simple words on Youtube or via learning software—but now they are trying to decide if there’s a downside. Some said they would keep their children from studying English until they were in the first grade. … [Read more...] about Fears of language disorders dampen parents’ enthusiasm for English