Paris has been hard hit by the transport strikes. (AFP/Aurore MESENGE) Public transport networks in Paris and other cities have been paralysed by the walkout, which began last Thursday and left shops, hotels and restaurants fearing for their bottom line. Edouard Philippe insisted the government would pursue its objective of creating a new points-based pension system that fuses the country's 42 existing plans into one, but said the reform was "not a battle". He declared the new-look scheme would be fairer and guarantee better basic coverage for the most vulnerable workers, insisting "there will be no winners and no losers". In a televised address, Philippe sought to assuage unions' fears by saying the changes would be implemented gradually, "without brutality", and would not affect workers born before 1975. But he angered many with his announcement that although the legal retirement age would remain 62, the government would introduce a "bonus/penalty" system aimed at trying to get … [Read more...] about French PM fails to appease strikers with pension reform plan
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With an overall score of 15.3 out of 100, the level of hunger in Vietnam has been classified as ‘moderate,’ according to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2019 report released last week by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organization Welt Hunger Hilfe. The index measured 117 countries and territories around the world to compare the levels of hunger between countries and regions, and to call for more efforts in the areas with greatest need of additional resources to eliminate hunger. The GHI score was calculated based on four indicators, including undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality. The higher a country's GHI score, the worse off it is. A score of 0 would indicate zero hunger in the country. Vietnam has made substantial improvements to have its global hunger score fall from 28.3 in 2000 to 15.3 this year. Last year, Vietnam's level of hunger was also ranked ‘moderate’ with an overall score of 16, putting the country in … [Read more...] about Vietnam improves position on global hunger index
Nation Ethnic minority children disproportionately undernourished: report By Thanh Thom Thursday, Dec 12, 2019,14:23 (GMT+7) Ethnic minority children disproportionately undernourished: reportBy Thanh Thom Ethnic minority children receive gifts. One in three children of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam suffer from stunting, while one in five are underweight – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Undernutrition is particularly widespread among ethnic minority children in Vietnam, with stunting rates among the highest in the world, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by the World Bank and Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition. The report, titled “Persistent Malnutrition in Ethnic Minority Communities of Vietnam: Issues and Options or Policy and Interventions,” finds that one in three children of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam suffer from stunting, while one in five are underweight. To address … [Read more...] about Ethnic minority children disproportionately undernourished: report
Nation WB, UNICEF call for concrete action on child undernutrition in Vietnam By Thanh Thom Friday, Sep 13, 2019,10:24 (GMT+7) WB, UNICEF call for concrete action on child undernutrition in VietnamBy Thanh Thom A healthcare worker checks the health and nutritional status of ethnic minority children. The WB and UNICEF have called for concrete action in addressing child undernutrition in Vietnam – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – The World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday reiterated their strong commitment to working with the Vietnamese Government to tackle child undernutrition, as some 21% of ethnic minority children are underweight. The WB noted in a statement that child undernutrition remains a significant development challenge in Vietnam, representing a staggering yet avoidable loss to the Southeast Asian nation’s human capital and economic growth potential. The worrying … [Read more...] about WB, UNICEF call for concrete action on child undernutrition in Vietnam
Doan Mau Diep, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, speaks to the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about how Vietnam will revise the retirement age for workers or State employees. Retirement age increase necessary for Vietnam: ILO specialist Retirement age adjustment needs to be flexible: expert Doan Mau Diep. — Photo tienphong.vn How do you respond to a proposal that Vietnam would raise the retirement age for its workers while many people in the working age still can’t find jobs? It is a real fact that in any labour market, job positions are always bigger than the actual number of working people. Yet, in all countries, many people are still unemployed. Japan is a good example. According to a national survey, there is only one candidate for four working positions while the unemployment rate in Japan currently stands at 2.4 per cent. In the real labour market, the mismatch between supply and demand happens in all countries, and … [Read more...] about Why we have to increase the retirement age?