Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương Though school regulations do not allow students to use mobile phones in classes, I’ve seen many cases, including my nephews, carrying smartphones and using them publicly in schools. Mobile phones, especially smartphones, have become an essential part of our daily lives. I can’t imagine going one day without touching my iPhone, as I need to make calls, reply to messages, draft emails, and scroll my social feeds. Of course, I’m already an adult. I first had my phone about 10 years ago when I was 16, and I felt okay with having it at that age. However, I believe that’s not the case these days as even my 10-year-old nephew has asked his father for a phone. That’s why when I noticed the topic of phones in schools, I had mixed feelings as to whether mobile phones are beneficial or distracting for students. I spoke with four people, two of them four or five years … [Read more...] about Should students use mobile phones in schools?
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HÀ NỘI The annual Việt Nam Book Day (April 21) kicked off yesterday in Hà Nội with various activities at Thống Nhất Park and the National Library. A highlight of the day is the 6th Việt Nam Book Festival at Thống Nhất Park between April 18 and 22, gathering 100 book stalls from 37 publishers and 47 distribution units. An exhibition themed Book – Knowledge Connecting and Development is open to the public at the National Library introducing the latest educational books from domestic publishers. At the event, readers will be able to meet author and painter Trang Thanh Hiền, who will introduce her book titled “Tranh Tết: Nét tinh hoa truyền thống Việt” (Tết Painting – An Essence of Vietnamese Traditions) by Thaiha Books. Guests will also be able to meet Prof Thái Kim Lan, who will launch her book “Mai Này Mưa Tạnh Trong Xuân” … [Read more...] about VN Book Day encourages reading habit
On November 12, 2018, the Vietnamese National Assembly ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into effect on December 30, 2018 for the first six ratifying members, and on January 14, 2019 for Vietnam. The CPTPP, formerly known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and other free trade agreements that are about to enter into force, will create new opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises. Intellectual property (IP) was an area of concern for TPP members, and stricter standards were set out to establish systems to protect IP rights. Though certain provisions on IP were suspended in the final CPTPP text, the remaining provisions will pose challenges for Vietnam, requiring it to amend domestic laws to be compatible with its CPTPP commitments. This article provides an overview of CPTPP provisions on IP and the anticipated changes to Vietnam’s current legal framework. The article also compares the impact of the CPTPP and … [Read more...] about Milestone changes to IPRs protection regime
Almost 200 countries have agreed to finalise a common rule book to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C. – EPA Photo Viet Nam News KATOWICE — Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world’s most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming. Delegates from nearly 200 states finalized a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). "Putting together the Paris agreement work program is a big responsibility," said COP24 president Michal Kurtyka as he gaveled through the deal after talks in Poland that ran deep into overtime. "It has been a long road. We did our best to leave no one behind." But states already dealing with devastating floods, droughts and extreme weather made worse by climate change said the package agreed in the mining … [Read more...] about Nations agree milestone rule book for Paris climate treaty
Delegates from nearly 200 states finalised a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming. "Putting together the Paris agreement work programme is a big responsibility," said COP24 president Michal Kurtyka as he gavelled through the deal after talks in Poland that ran deep into overtime. "It has been a long road. We did our best to leave no one behind." But states already dealing with devastating floods, droughts and extreme weather made worse by climate change said the package agreed in the mining city of Katowice lacked the bold ambition to cut emissions the world needed. Egyptian ambassador Wael Aboulmagd, chair of the developing nations G77 plus China negotiating bloc, said the rule book saw the "urgent adaptation needs of developing countries … [Read more...] about Nations agree milestone rulebook for Paris climate treaty