A group of South Koreans have run a marathon along the length of Vietnam to raise funds for the construction of school restrooms in underprivileged Vietnamese localities. The group, led by Monk Jin Ho, head of Gilsang Pagoda, based in Gumi, which is the second largest city in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, departed from Dat Mui Commune on December 25 last year. Dat Mui is located in Ngoc Hien District in the southernmost Vietnamese cape of Ca Mau. Venerable Sir Jin revealed that the group is scheduled to reach the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Sunday, January 24. The run, part of a 2,200-kilometer marathon across the length of Vietnam, is meant to raise donations to build 108 toilets at several underprivileged schools in the Southeast Asian country. Venerable Sir Jin said that the other run, which spanned 1,000 kilometers from the northern Vietnamese province of Cao Bang to Da Nang in early 2015, had pooled enough financial support to erect 24 school restrooms and carry … [Read more...] about Koreans hold marathon across Vietnam to raise funds for school restrooms
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Recent months have given us the opportunity to reflect on a number of significant anniversaries, including the 70 years since the ending of the Second World War, and the declaration of independence of Viet Nam. Today, as we mark the International Day of Older Persons we must reflect on those that have lived through those turbulent years. They have played a vital role in shaping the society we live in as leaders, workers, caregivers, and volunteers. Yet in their retirement, when their contribution should be rewarded and recognized, too many are vulnerable to financial insecurity, discrimination, neglect and sometimes even abuse and violence. For example, 85-year-old Bang is a salt worker from Nam Dinh. He and his 80 year old wife, Nhiem, are among the 9.5 million people aged 60 and above currently living in Viet Nam. He shared his dream. "I’ve always wanted to visit as many places as possible and enjoying the beauty of my country. When I was young, I worked hard, moving here … [Read more...] about The worst of times, or the best?
U.S. lawmakers called for a government-funded "war" to contain West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus. Democratic and Republican lawmakers pledged increased support for efforts to contain the virus that has killed nearly 2,500 people out of almost 5,000 cases in West Africa. "We need to declare a war on Ebola," Senator Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, said during a joint hearing before the Senate committees on Appropriations and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. … [Read more...] about U.S. leaders call for ‘war’ on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops
Two workers at a coffee seedling garden in Dak Lak Province. Photo courtesy of DakLak Online With limited government support, replacement of aged coffee plants is too slow. If recultivation is not accelerated, in the next 5-10 years, Vietnam will see a sharp fall in coffee output, which will hit its exports, Le Ngoc Bau, head of the Central Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, tells Vietweek. Most coffee trees in Vietnam were planted 20-25 years ago and need to be replaced with new ones. But the task is being done too slowly. Why? Le Ngoc Bau: Coffee growers are not interested in replacing old trees with new ones because they still earn profits from the old trees. However, coffee prices have recently decreased to just VND30,000 (US$1.4) per kilogram from VND40,000 a year ago, and so farmers are making lower profits. It could be a driving force for them to speed up replacement of old trees with new ones for higher yields and bigger profits. The cost of replacing … [Read more...] about Wake up and smell the coffee: scientist calls for rapid replacement of old trees
Although aimed at guaranteeing economic health, tightened lending by banks is nonetheless playing a significant role in the downturns in Vietnam's stock market and real estate market Stock market in the red … … [Read more...] about Thirst for funds