Ngo Tu Ngan "The water is fine now," a district official told Tu, a neighbor. Relieved at this official confirmation, Tu, in his 40s, immediately changed the water in his five shrimp farms. "What happened next...," Tu choked on his words as he tried to speak to my father, his face taut and lined. After losing the shrimp, Tu and his family did not have much left and had to sell pieces of land that they'd used to breed shrimp for a living. The day Tu signed the papers to sell the land, he cried. Those tears would never wash away the suffering farmers in the area have had to endure. Tu's sad story happened two years ago in my hometown, a village in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu where most locals engaged in shrimp aquaculture. Tu was not the sole victim of misinformation, of course. The water sources in my hometown had become badly polluted those days. We'd read in the news that the pollution was caused by factories dumping untreated waste into the local river. But authorities … [Read more...] about Can officials be trusted to make responsible statements during a crisis?
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The Department of Population and Family Planning has proposed subsidizing or waiving hospital fees for the delivery of the second child and offering families having two children soft loans to buy or rent houses. These are meant only for official residents of the city and not migrants, the department said in the proposal, which will be submitted to the administration for drafting the population policy for 2021-25. Other recommendations include extending maternity leave from six months to one year for having the second child and giving the father a month off, increasing the number of days of annual paid leave from 12 for employees having kids under five, and subsidizing kindergarten fees at public facilities for families with two kids. In the last two decades the city's fertility rate has fallen from 1.76 children per woman to just 1.33 against the current national average of 2.1. The rate is "seriously low", and would keep falling without timely intervention, Le Van Thanh, former head … [Read more...] about Saigon couples might get incentives to have second kid
Do Phuong Tay, 52, and Bui Huy Hoang, 35, received death sentences and Le Anh Tuan, 29, Trinh Thi Mai Lan, 40, Nguyen Thi Dinh, 41, and Le Hai Long, 33, got life. Tay, the leader of a drug trafficking ring, met Lan in May last year and she persuaded Dinh to find someone in Hanoi to buy drugs from Tay. Dinh found a person named Huong, who agreed to buy methamphetamine from him at VND320 million ($13,780) per kilogram. Dinh then called Tay and Lan, then living in the central Thanh Hoa Province, and asked for two kilograms of meth for VND500 million ($21,530). Tay told Hoang to take VND480 million ($20,675) to an unidentified person in Thanh Hoa in exchange for four kilograms of meth and 3,000 amphetamine pills. Tay drove Hoang and Tuan and over four kilograms of drugs to Hanoi on June 12 last year to deliver them. While Tay and Hoang stayed in a hotel, Tuan took 1.7 kg to deliver to Long, but they were caught by the police. Tay and Hoang were responsible for trading over 3.9 kilograms of … [Read more...] about Two get death, four sentenced to life in Hanoi for drug trafficking
In pencak silat standing, Tran Thi Them won a gold medal in the women’s 50-55 kg category. Her teammate, Nguyen Dinh Tuan, won a silver in the same category for men, conceding gold to Singapore’s Muhammad Hazim. Pham Thi Tuoi and Nguyen Ngoc Toan won bronzes in the women’s 45-50 kg category and men’s 60-65 kg. In swimming, Nguyen Huy Hoang broke the second tournament record this year in the 1500 m freestyle race, bettering his own 2017 time at 14 minutes 58.14 seconds. Another swimmer, Tran Hung Nguyen, making his SEA Games debut, won gold medal in the men’s 200 m individual medley with a time of 2 minutes 2.56 seconds. Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, nicknamed Vietnam’s Little Mermaid, won silver in the women’s 50m backstroke at 29.26 seconds, losing to Singapore’s Elena Peterson. Nguyen Huu Kim Son bagged a bronze medal in the men’s 1500 m freestyle swimming contest with a time of 15 minutes 18.87 seconds. In the men’s petanque … [Read more...] about SEA Games: Vietnam stays second with 14 medals on day 5
Working part-time, the young girl has managed to travel to dozens of European countries A Vietnamese student has been embracing her lifestyle of wanderlust by traveling across Europe and other places around the world during her time as a student in France. Huyen Le was a student of the chemistry-specialized class at Le Quy Don High School for Gifted Students in Da Nang City before taking off to France for her study at the University of Technology of Compiègne. "France and the whole Europe have brought several new chapters to my life," Huyen said. "I would not have known that the world is so beautiful, had I not got out of my home country to see other places," the Vietnamese student continued. Before enjoying traveling, Huyen was just like many other young people, not knowing exactly what she really loves to do. Thanks to various experiences from travel, she is now able to answer many important questions of her life, namely "Who is she?", "Where is she?", "What does she want?", … [Read more...] about Vietnamese student traverses Europe to answer life questions