Actress supports blindness project (16-11-2009) See need: Australian actress Jessica McNamee serves as an ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation Programme in Viet Nam. — File Photo HCM CITY — Australian actress Jessica McNamee will visit Viet Nam this week for a first-hand look at the Fred Hollows Foundation's blindness prevention programme in developing countries. After her three-day visit, which begins today, McNamee will become an ambassador for the Foundation's work in the country. During her visit, McNamee, best known for her role as Sammy Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters, will bring a 86-year-old lady who has been blind for two years to the Dai Loc Clinic at the Quang Nam General Hospital for free cataract surgeries. Jessica has contributed to foundation previously by joining charity concerts like the entertainment reality show Dancing with the Stars. The Fred Hollows Foundation is a non-profit, community-based, non-government … [Read more...] about Actress supports blindness project
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Lai Chau breaks up many drug trafficking rings Police forces in the northwestern province of Lai Chau have uncovered a number of drug trafficking rings and seized thousands of synthetic drugs. Since August 2013, local police have recovered more than 17,400 pills from four separate smuggling rings. Lai Chau Provincial Police Department Deputy Director Colonel Le Van Bay said most perpetrators are local, Son La, or Lao Cai residents collaborating with Lao smugglers transporting drugs from the infamous Golden Triangle. In early August, police in Lai Chau's Than Uyen district caught red handed 29-year-old Son La resident Mua A Ky carrying 6,600 synthetic pills from Laos to Lao Cai province. Ky confessed buying drugs from a Lao man named Mua A Su to sell to the Chinese national Ly A Po at the Lao Cai border gate. On September 17, police arrested 45-year-old Giang A Hang attempting to smuggle 5,968 pills hidden in his motorbike. More than 4,000 pills were seized when local police raided the … [Read more...] about Blind boy sees light after five years
Over 24,400 HIV carriers recorded in HN Ha Noi has recorded 24,454 people living with HIV as of August 2013, standing after Ho Chi Minh City in terms of the number of HIV carriers, according to the municipal HIV/AIDS prevention and control center. In the past nine months of 2013, the center worked with other agencies to organize activities against drug addiction and prostitution as well as support HIV-infected people. The Department of Social Evils Prevention and Control has met and provided counselling for more than 55,700 drug addicts and 2,700 ones living with HIV, and distributed more than 4,000 leaflets. In the rest three months, the center will closely cooperate with other ministries and agencies to organize HIV/AIDS prevention programs and training courses and launch activities in response to the World AIDS Day on December 1. Two million Vietnamese suffer blindness, visual impairment Vietnam is among poor countries with a large number of blind people who find it hard to … [Read more...] about Two million Vietnamese suffer blindness, visual impairment
After René Castro-Salazar attended the first U.N.-led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change - but few wanted to join the conversation. "There was always opposition - and we couldn't understand why," said Castro, now assistant director-general at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). To him, the need to tackle the topic was clear. Agriculture, forestry and other land uses together account for nearly a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet, according to the FAO. Cutting these is essential if the world is to keep global temperature rise to a manageable level, said Castro. Farms and forests can also store large amounts of carbon, and simple actions by all countries could result in immediate environmental benefits, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the early years, the climate negotiations focused on reducing emissions from the energy … [Read more...] about Can agriculture and the climate fix their ‘unhappy marriage’ in 2018?
Cinet) - Among additional 19 national intangible cultural heritages recognized by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, there is one heritage of speaking and writing language, namely Nom writing system of Tay ethnic people. … [Read more...] about Nom writing system – one heritage language at national level