Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted he would not delay Brexit. — AFP/VNA Photo LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call an election for October 14 if MPs vote against his Brexit strategy, a top official said on Monday on the eve of a parliamentary showdown. MPs from Johnson's own Conservative Party are preparing to join opposition lawmakers in a vote on Tuesday to try to force him to delay Brexit if he cannot strike an agreement with Brussels in the next few weeks. A senior official said that if the government loses the vote, it would table a parliamentary vote for Wednesday on holding an early election. Under British law, a two-thirds majority is required to hold early elections but the main opposition Labour Party has already said it would be in favour. The poll would take place on October 14, to allow a new government to be in place before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31. "The prime minister doesn't want … [Read more...] about UK PM to call election if Brexit strategy defeated: top official
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Health experts discuss the control and elimination of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder, on Thursday in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Thanh Hải HÀ NỘI — Health experts discussed measures to control and eliminae thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder, at the South East Asian Thalassemia Forum on Thursday in Hà Nội. The one-day event is part of series activities held by National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion to mark World Thalassemia Day (May 8, 2019). Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder caused when the body doesn’t make enough hemoglobin, an important part of red blood cells. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. “Thalassemia has become a disease burden for health sector and an economic burden for the whole society in Việt Nam,” said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Viết Tiến at the event. Tiến … [Read more...] about International forum discusses blood disorder
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