Some say Vietnamese culture must be respected, while others say calling students by English names is no big deal An official statement from an education department leader in Ho Chi Minh City, who said giving students English names during language classes is “against Vietnam’s traditional education,” has sparked fresh debate among Tuoi Tre News readers. Unlike the controversial rule to ban audiovisual tools from English teaching in citywide primary schools, the ‘name issue’ is winning support from English teachers, native and local. Vietnamese don’t need English names Commenting on Tuoi Tre News’ Facebook Page, Michael David Kemp said he agrees “100 percent” with the idea that students not be called by anything other than their Vietnamese names. “Vietnamese names mean something and have a meaning behind them,” he wrote. “I always try to learn [how to say] my students Vietnamese names.” … [Read more...] about Phuc or Fuchsia? Should Vietnamese students have Western names in English classes?
Cost and technology are the top concerns for shrimp farmers when investing in renewable energy, Tran Van Dau, a farmer in Ca Mau Province, said. Shrimp farmers are looking for a model integrating solar panels with motors used to aerate their ponds. — VNS Photos Ngoc Diep Dau, 59, deputy head of the Hung My Co-operative in the province’s Cai Nuoc District, was one of many shrimp farmers and executives of seafood processing companies in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta who attended a recent conference in Bac Lieu Province on the use of renewable energy in the shrimp industry. He said that the increase in electricity prices and sudden power cuts were affecting shrimp farming. "Electricity costs farmers VND50-200 million (US$2,150-8,600) per hectare of pond per crop, or 10 per cent of their total expenses." “Renewable energy usage in shrimp farming could help reduce electricity costs and protect from the high risk of power shortages in the coming years,” Dau said. … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta shrimp farmers take baby steps towards renewable energy
A view of the conference. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Reducing food shortages and malnutrition in the northern provinces of Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Ha Giang is the main goal of a project sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The project has been carried out in the three localities from November 2015 to June 2018, heard a conference in Hanoi on June 18. A representative from the National Institute of Nutrition under the Ministry of Health said the project aims to build a supply chain meeting the standards of the institute to address food safety barriers for the target populations, especially mothers and children, in the aforesaid provinces. After nearly three years of implementation, the project has built a system of 13 consulting desks on child raising in the localities, opened training courses on safe agricultural practices for needy women and provided online courses on food security. Over 1,600 children under two years old in nine … [Read more...] about Project helps improve food security for women in rural areas
Young people prepare applications at Can Tho University to find jobs in big cities (Photo: tienphong.vn) Can Tho (VNA) — The Mekong Delta is one of the richest parts of Vietnam, leading the country in rice, shrimp and other agricultural products. But now the area is facing a labour shortage as young people leave to work in HCM City and southeastern provinces. Ly Sa Ruong from Tran De district in Soc Trang province told Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper that many young people had left their hometowns to find jobs in Binh Duong province. “Only old people and children are left behind. Young people have gone to Binh Duong province including my three children,” he said. “Farming does not provide a stable income.” Vice Chairman of the district’s Thanh Thoi An commune Nguyen Hai Quan said local people mostly worked in agriculture with two rice crops a year. Mechanisation had replaced manual work so people had more free time after the harvests. As … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta provinces voice concern over shortage of workers
Workers at My Phong Shoe Company in the southern province of Tra Vinh produce shoes for exports. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The leather-footwear industry expects a good year in 2018 thanks to several favourable factors, according to Secretary General of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) Phan Thi Thanh Xuan. She particularly underlined the expected signing of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) in mid-2018, under which Vietnam’s shoes products exported to the EU will enjoy a gap of 3.5-4.2 percent in tariff compared to other rivals. Xuan elaborated that when the EVFTA takes effect, the tariff on Vietnam-made sport shoes, which account for two thirds of Vietnam’s footwear exports to the EU, will immediately come to zero. Handbag products will also enjoy a similar tariff rate. “The rules on origin remain the same as those under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), which is a favourable condition, so I am … [Read more...] about Leather industry anticipates favourable year in 2018