Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper continues to receive opinions from expats living in Vietnam on whether 18 is considered a mature age, as part of the newspaper’s forum titled "Is 18 Mature Enough?" The forum was launched during a discussion on whether parents should deliver as much care to their 18-year-old children as they did during the national high school exam early this month. Instead of taking part in the traditionally separated high school graduation and university entrance exams as in previous years, from this year on, 12th graders will only sit for one exam, also called the national high school exam. The results of the national exam will be used for both high school graduation and university admission. To sit for the exam from July 1 to 4, considered a turning point of student life, contestants from across the country flocked to major towns and cities. Numerous photos were captured showing parents accompanying their children from their hometowns to big cities where … [Read more...] about 18-year-olds in Vietnam – Conclusion: Expats’ views
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It seemed like the beginning of a beautiful friendship -- or at the very least a functional relationship. President Barack Obama attends a DNC Moving America Forward Rally at Cleveland State University in Ohio, October 31, 2010 … [Read more...] about White House to business: Can’t we be friends?
Increasing political encroachment on the Federal Reserve, particularly from the Republican Party, could threaten the central bank's hard-won independence and undermine confidence in the nearly 100-year old institution. That was the pervasive sentiment among economists gathered at the Fed's annual monetary policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Grand Teton mountain, many said a closely-contested presidential race has turned the monetary authority into a political football. … [Read more...] about At Jackson Hole, a growing fear for Fed independence
New ideas are abundant at the ongoing American Association for the Advancement of Science annual show as scientists from the globe are calling for adaption in a fast-changing world by presenting their findings to the public. Improvements in food security, climate change and bioenergy needs are just a few of the many interesting, and often alarming, findings presented at the event by scientists from some 60 nations and territories at the Vancouver Convention Center. David Battisti, a University of Washington professor in atmospheric sciences, warns in terms of regional and global food security, the news is not good. With climate warming from greenhouse gases, summer temperatures around the world are likely to increase by the end of this century and result in serious consequences in grain-growing regions, he said. The volatility would be most pronounced in North and South America and Europe, he noted, saying that the effect has already hit Indonesian rice yields, as the … [Read more...] about Scientists stress need to adapt in changing world
Man spends 25 years fighting for a $0.15 debt Despite a court ruling in 1986, a commune people’s committee in Tien Giang Province has since refused to pay VND3,200 (US$0.15) to a war invalid as part of his contribution to a local trading cooperative. 59-year-old Nguyen Van Tuan, of Phu Phong Commune, Tien Giang Province, showed Tuoi Tre a small bundle of papers and documents related to the case and said with a sigh: “The money was the result of the sweat of my wife and me, so I would definitely try to reclaim it at any cost.” “Moreover, as the debtor is the commune authorities, I have even more motives to pursue it to the end, since any administrative agency, above anyone else, must take a lead in law and justice enforcement,” he added. In 1980, Tuan was head of the commune military unit while his wife ran a small grocery. Five years later, as the authorities requested all individual traders to join in a trade cooperative by contributing capital to … [Read more...] about SOCIETY NEWS