VietNamNet Bridge – In 1968, the Beatles came out with a song called “Money Can’t Buy Me Love”. The idea that money, or material goods, doesn’t equal happiness has since become somewhat clichéd. But just because it’s a cliché, doesn’t make it less true. In survey after survey, in country after country, when people are asked about the pinnacle of their aspirations – or, simply put, ‘what do you want’ – the answer is invariably ‘to be happy’. How happiness is defined is a different story. It varies among cultures, religions and nations. A UK-based think tank called the New Economies Foundation has a definition that it has been promoting through something it calls “The Happy Planet Index” (HPI). Taking some 140 countries for which data is available, the index seeks to measure how well nations are doing at achieving long, happy, sustainable lives. You may or may not be surprised that … [Read more...] about Why is Vietnam so happy?
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Viet Nam News by Ruth Sinai In 1968, the Beatles came out with a song called "Money Can't Buy Me Love". The idea that money, or material goods, doesn't equal happiness has since become somewhat clichéd. But just because it's a cliché, doesn't make it less true. In survey after survey, in country after country, when people are asked about the pinnacle of their aspirations - or, simply put, 'what do you want' - the answer is invariably 'to be happy'. How happiness is defined is a different story. It varies among cultures, religions and nations. A UK-based think tank called the New Economies Foundation has a definition that it has been promoting through something it calls "The Happy Planet Index" (HPI). Taking some 140 countries for which data is available, the index seeks to measure how well nations are doing at achieving long, happy, sustainable lives. You may or may not be surprised that wealthy Western countries, often regarded as the epitome of success, do not rank highly on the … [Read more...] about Why is Viet Nam so happy?
(CPV) - Cyclone Pam’s devastation in Vanuatu is a tragic reminder of the acute development challenges the remote Pacific islands nations face and the need for resolute support from ADB and other partners to help them better withstand economic shocks, natural disasters, and climate change. Indeed, geographical isolation, small populations, and paucity of resources—as well as extreme vulnerability to climate change—call for a very different approach to development in the Pacific, says the newly released Independent Evaluation study, ADB Support to Small Pacific Island Countries. "The category five cyclone that devastated Vanuatu could well be the new norm," said Vinod Thomas, Director General of Independent Evaluation at ADB. "Pacific countries are extremely exposed to climate change, but have the least resilience to adapt. ADB, with other development partners in the region, must meet this issue with a sense of great urgency," he said. Many are calling Cyclone Pam, … [Read more...] about Climate Change heightens Pacific islands’ vulnerability
Vanuatu, Vietnam foster multifaceted cooperation Vanuatu Republic Prime Minister Joe Natuman's forthcoming visit to Vietnam aims to promote bilateral cooperation relations in potential fields and discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern. Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu Joe Natuman and his spouse are to pay an official visit to Vietnam from October 5-9 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1982, Vietnam and Vanuatu have maintained a fine political relationship and have exchanged a significant number of high level visits. The most notable visits included one by Prime Minister Serge Vohor to Vietnam in 1997 to attend the Francophone summit, a second by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade George Andre Wells in 2007, and a third by Foreign Minister Nguyen Phu Binh to Vanuatu in 2007. Due to huge geographic distances, bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two … [Read more...] about Political News 5/10
Big challenges remain for East-West corridor nations Countries in the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) - Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam - face many changes before the ASEAN Community makes its debut next December. Director of the Mekong Institute, Watcharas Leelawath, yesterday spoke about the ASEAN community 2015 and its impact on regional co-operation on the corridor. "The differences in procedures, regulations and laws are still the biggest obstructions to the establishment of the ASEAN Community," Leelawath said. "Slow changes in administrative reform and protection of domestic markets will also delay the acceleration of trade and investment among countries in the corridor," he said. Leelawath said each country should invest in infrastructure and software to create better conditions for cross-border trade and investment as well as to reduce poverty among corridor countries. "The introduction of the Cross Border Economic Zone and Cross Border Transport Agreement will … [Read more...] about Political News 18/8
MoH to ensure medical services during holidays The Prime Minister asked the health ministry (MoH) to maintain regular medical services during weekends and holidays in a recent instruction. In addition, the Viet Nam Social Insurance (VSI) has been asked to make insurance payments on these occasions. The move aims to support those who have to work shifts and also to ease the work overload in certain hospitals. The Prime Minister also asked MoH and VSI to achieve the goal of 75 per cent health insurance coverage of the population by the end of 2015 and 80 per cent by the end of 2020. The focus of the universal health insurance programme is officers, non-commissioned officers, staff sergeants and professional soldiers, as well as students of universities and colleges under the ministries of defence and public security. Students are required to have health insurance. The government will provide 70 per cent of the health insurance fee for those from near-poverty-line families and 30 … [Read more...] about Social News 18/3
Disabled people benefit from German project More than 2,000 people with disabilities and their families in the central province of Quang Tri have profited from a German-funded rehabilitation project over the past 13 years. The figure was announced at a meeting to review the implementation of the community-based project (from January 2001 to December 2013) on December 16 and 17. Financed by the German Caritas Association, it has taught physical therapy to local medical staff and families of disabled people in Cam Lo and Gio Linh districts and Dong Ha city. So far, 55 training courses have been offered with the participation of 3,568 people. The project has also loaned over 3.6 billion VND (171,400 USD) to 1,087 households with disabled people to improve their livelihoods. At the meeting, participants shared their opinions on how to enhance the project's effectiveness and sustainability, such as raising the credit fund and loan term, increasing training and the number of local … [Read more...] about Social Headlines December 19
AN GIANG — Total turnover of commodities transported via Tinh Bien Border Gate in southern An Giang Province reached US$70 million since the beginning of this year, the provincial authorities said. Of this figure, exports were $62.8 million, mostly in plastic products, foodstuff and electricity. VN, US plan to boost investment, trade HA NOI — Leaders of the Business Association of Overseas Vietnamese in the US (BAOOV-US) started their visit to Ha Noi yesterday to boost trade and investment between US and Vietnamese businesses. The visit aims to introduce the Maryland-based Viet Nam Business Centre (VBC) where Viet Nam's products are showcased and Vietnamese enterprises place their representative offices. The BAOOV-US leaders will meet with Vietnamese businesses to promote investment cooperation programmes and call on local importers and exporters wishing to trade with US distributors to open representative offices at VBC. During their three-day visit, the delegation plans … [Read more...] about Exports surge through Tinh Bien