On March 29, 2023, the Steering Committee for External Information Service, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education , the Vietnam News Agency, and relevant agencies held a press conference launching the ninth National External Information Service Awards. The awards aim to honour outstanding authors, works, and publications in the field of external information service and help popularise the country’s development achievements in various areas. The Vietnam News Agency is the standing body of the ninth National External Information Service Awards. Addressing the press conference, Mr. Le Hai Binh, alternate member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee ’s Commission for Information and Education, and Standing Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee for External Information Service, reviewed the country’s prominent achievements in some fields in 2022 and stressed that the ninth National External Information … [Read more...] about PRESS RELEASE – Ninth National External Information Service Awards
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Toys and tales helping Ukraine kids process war trauma
The staff try to reduce the psychological impact on children who can barely remember a time without sirens and fear. "They go calmly, none of them cries," says one of the carers, Tetiana, 68. The children chatter and giggle as they do coloring, listen to stories, build Lego and get their faces painted. "We're hiding from bombs," one boy, Platon, tells AFP as he selects Lego pieces. "When we expect bombs, we go to the cellar," a girl, Nadiya, adds matter-of-factly. Concerns over the war's emotional toll on children have prompted diverse efforts to help -- from a book of therapeutic stories to specially commissioned videos from the makers of U.S. show "Sesame Street". The trauma suffered by the children has prompted a Ukrainian TV channel to air videos designed for children in crisis and war, created by the US makers of "Sesame Street". Photo by AFP/Genya Savilov The kindergarten director, Alla Pysmenchuk, said some of the children come from hotspots in … [Read more...] about Toys and tales helping Ukraine kids process war trauma
Who is to blame when a child gets pregnant?
The father of the baby, who was 17 years old, was arrested shortly after. Only when everything had happened did the family of the girl learn about her pregnancy. I could not help but feel painful for both the baby and the immature parents. A seventh-grade student having sexual feelings should not be a serious issue but rather should just be a normal physiological development. However, as I observed, the way teenagers fall into love these days has been very different from the past. For those born in the 1980s, like me, high school love just stopped at having a crush on someone, writing love letters, secretly glancing at each other, or just finding opportunities to go to school together. For nine years I was in charge of the " Goc tam tinh " (Corner of Confiding) section of Ao Trang (White Shirt), a magazine for teenagers. Back in those days, 80% of the questions I received were about love and sex. Most students were confused about the strange feelings growing inside. For … [Read more...] about Who is to blame when a child gets pregnant?
Ancient lithophones return to Khanh Hoa
Speaking at the ceremony, Dang Quoc Van, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture and Sports, acknowledged that the sets of lithophone hold precious musical values, presenting cultural life of ethnic groups in the province. After the reception, the sets were handed over to the provincial museum for display and further preservation. Besides, the museum will study and compile a dossier to recognize the instruments as national treasures. In 1977, in Doc Gao (To Hap, Khanh Son district), a man named Bo Bo Ren discovered 12 pieces of stones in different sizes and shapes which could produce musical notes when hit. Afterwards, archaeologists unearthed and discovered more tools used to make lithophone, stone axes, stone hammers, etc. Based on the artifacts discovered, they concluded that the set of lithophone dated from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago. In 1979, information about Khanh Son lithophone was officially made public, both at home and abroad. Since then, lithophone has … [Read more...] about Ancient lithophones return to Khanh Hoa
Developments for Vietnam to watch in midst of bank crisis
In 2008, the US investment bank Bear Stearns, on the verge of collapse, had to be rescued by J.P. Morgan. This marked the beginning of the global financial crisis of 2008, which sent the global economy into a deep recession and caused significant economic damage, including massive employment losses. Patrick Lenain, senior associate at the Council on Economic Policies Today, several banks are once again in trouble. As of March 22, four large banks were in distress. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a $212 billion US bank specialising in tech startups, collapsed when it was unable to meet deposit withdrawal requests and had to be taken over by federal regulators. A few days later, Signature Bank, another midsized US bank with assets of $110 billion, also suffered a severe liquidity crisis and was seized by federal regulators. This was followed by First Republic Bank with assets of $205 billion, which was hit by rating downgrades and a tumbling share price and had to be … [Read more...] about Developments for Vietnam to watch in midst of bank crisis