How many of us actually remember when we were two or three years old? I have to confess I do not remember that much until I started primary school. The odd fleeting memory of being pushed around in a pram and getting lots of attention is no bad thing. Nursery school was doing exactly that, nursing you away from your mum and helping prepare you for your time ahead in primary school. When I speak to my mum on the phone, she will sometimes tell me that she met my old nursery or primary teacher and I can remember all their names. I think they were all women and spoiled me and my classmates. What men do not like to be spoiled by women, even at a very young age? Now with that in mind, you can understand that when I saw the story about the two pre-school teachers beating up, strangling, torturing and even holding up a kid upside down over a water barrel, I honestly felt physically sick. I had to re-read the story just to check it was true. The video is horrific. Women, employed by … [Read more...] about Do you ever know if your kids are safe?
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by Di Li A young man with flaxen hair opened the door to Mien. He had a big tattoo of a red and black anchor on the left side of his tanned chest. "Excuse me. Could you please turn down your music, it's late," she asked. "I'm awfully sorry for having bothered my pretty neighbour so much," replied the youth whom she nicknamed Anchor on site. That was their first meeting. When she got home, she unconsciously clicked her mouse to open Anchor's blog. A surprising array of pictures glided across her screen. She walked quickly to the lift and pressed No 10. As the doors were sliding closed, a strong hand suddenly forced its way inside and kept them ajar. Anchor stepped in quickly with a broad smile. He was carrying several sheets of long fabric and a few sweat covered workers were following him. "Just a moment, my lady! We live on the same floor," he insisted. She usually felt uneasy travelling in the lift with strangers. It was hard for her to breathe when trapped inside the small cabin … [Read more...] about Mien’s Neighbour
It was with great anticipation that I went to see Nguyen Khac Huy's first feature Duong dua (The Race), the next big action flick after Charlie Nguyen's abortive Bui doi Cho Lon, which has been banned for good by the censors. I had read good things about it from critics. They said the movie, whose cast and crew are all debutants - it is famous actress Hong Anh's first movie as a producer, Australian-educated director Nguyen Khac Huy's first feature film, and famous rock singer Pham Anh Khoa's first leading role, among others - is fast-paced, thrilling, and surprisingly good. I was disappointed; it wasn't a good movie. It was incoherent, angry, fast-paced nonsense. There were lots of vague references to what may be real social issues: runners' angst against their coaches and footballers, lack of appreciation for their sport and even the difficulty of the sport itself (what profession in the world is not difficult?!), gambling, human organ trade, rampant prostitution, traffic police … [Read more...] about Let’s not just go to the movies, let’s make them
Your say (09-01-2009) Should foreigners be allowed to own property permanently? Next week: The article "Special children may need special loving" in the Viet Nam News on Tuesday raised the problem of raising children with special talents. Sometimes these children are prodigies, sometimes, they are autistic and have rare skills, but only in limited areas. Many parents, once they discover the real talent in their youngsters tend to let them focus on their speciality. Experts have warned that parents should not put too much pressure on those who have all-round talent as it can be burdensome. But how can children with special talents be recognised since Viet Nam has no criteria for recognising genuine child prodigies? How should their talents be developed? Should those children be allowed to learn beyond their normal age groups or just integrate with other students? We welcome opinions via e-mail, at: [email protected] or fax: 84 4 39332311. Letters can … [Read more...] about Should foreigners be allowed to own property permanently?
Doing business internationally isn't just for the big enterprises anymore. Once-emerging markets such as India, China and Singapore now demand services that only smaller firms can provide. But those are far from the only technologies that can help a small company do big business overseas. From shipping to electronic payments to navigating confusing regulations, the following tools can help make doing business internationally easier. Shipping overseas? There's an app for that. One of the biggest hurdles to doing business overseas is getting your products where they needs to go. Luckily, major shippers including UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service offer Web apps that track global shipments, estimate costs and check for compliance with country-specific rules, laws and tariffs. For instance, UPS offers a free international shipping tool called TradeAbility that shippers can use to estimate costs, look up duty fees and view international trade restrictions and other regulations. … [Read more...] about Tech tools that make doing business internationally easy