Viet Nam News by Vũ Thị Huyền Trang Anyone who dropped by for a visit would ask, "How long has she been this way?" He didn't know what to say. He did not know when this strange illness had begun. She didn't feel any pain or fatigue, and though she'd been taken to countless doctors, no one had been able to say what was wrong, or point to the source of the illness. One female doctor had sighed after a general check-up and said: "If it is a sickness of the heart, then no medicine can cure it." The old woman smiled and told her husband, "You see, I'm not ill at all." Right, she wasn't ill. It was just that she sat morosely inside her room, staring hypnotically out the window. There were days when sunlight gingerly licked her feet, swollen badly because of arthritis. The sun cast its beams over her pepper-and-salt hair that seemed to glow with age. There were moments he saw her eyes burst into light then blow out instantly. The moment was as short as the life span of a firework. It … [Read more...] about Whenever you miss me, just call out my name…
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Personal finance guru Beth Kobliner, who authors 'Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You're Not),' spoke with Reuters about how to equip kids with money smarts. Wondering why our kids are not so great with money? Just look in the mirror; it's because adults are often financial train wrecks themselves. Even so, all is not lost. You can still try to instill your children with the right lessons about spending, saving and investing, to prime them for a more secure financial future. That is the cause of personal finance guru Beth Kobliner, whose new book "Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You're Not)" has just been released. She spoke with Reuters about how to equip kids with money smarts. Q: Is there a time in a child's life that is best for giving them money lessons? A: Start earlier than you think, because by age three they start getting money concepts. Keep your lessons age appropriate. Using anecdotes is helpful, because we all like stories. Show them the numbers with … [Read more...] about How to raise financially savvy kids
Your say (18-01-2008) Do street sellers get up your nose? Viet Nam News’ readers share their view on a proposal to crack down on street vendors in the capital First of all, I think the rule would be very difficult to enforce and after a few months most of the street vendors would be back. Second, getting rid of the street vendors would destroy part of the street culture that makes Ha Noi and other Vietnamese cities interesting places to visit for foreigners. And of course, this is a rule that would affect the poorest people in Ha Noi and the surrounding areas. As with many rules that are introduced with the best of intentions, this decision could actually encourage poor street vendors to sell goods on the black market because they would be unable to make any money through legal means. Perhaps a better solution would be to manage the times and places where street vendors can operate, so they are not on the busiest streets during peak hours when they have a bigger impact on traffic … [Read more...] about Do street sellers get up your nose?
Your say (19-06-2009) How to keep children safe in the workplace and off the street Last week: Viet Nam News asked its readers about their opinions on child labour and on ways to prevent children from being abused in the workplace. Nguyen Tuyet May, Vietnamese, Ha Noi Most Vietnamese know the case of Nguyen Thi Binh, a 21-year-old girl who was violently abused by a couple selling noodles in Ha Noi’s Thanh Xuan District. For 13 years, the poor girl was forced to work from 4am to 11pm without a salary. She was beaten severely and not allowed to talk to the customers. Eventually, the noodle shop owners were convicted of abusing a child for labour and using violence against that child. But what raised the most concern among the public was that nothing was done about it for 13 years. It wasn’t until 2007, when a woman in Thuong Dinh Market reported the abuse, that something was finally done to help the child. I’m often served by children below the age of 14 (the minimum … [Read more...] about How to keep children safe in the workplace and off the street
VietNamNet Bridge – The short clips promoting Vietnam’s tourism implemented by a South Korean travel firm has moved the Vietnamese Internet community. Why can’t Vietnam do such interesting clips? Vietnamese beaches, in fact, are very beautiful The 3-minute shows the blue sea and wonderful beaches in Nha Trang, the impressive images of the Long Son Pagoda, Thap Ba Po Nagar and Hon Tam Island. It shows two South Korean girls enjoying discovering the life of local people, eating tasty food, playing sports and dropping into high end resorts. Even Nha Trang’s local residents and Vietnamese tourists feel amazed and excited about the charm of Nha Trang when they see the images. Doan Thanh Tra, Head of the Planning and Marketing Division of Saigontourist, said she had not thought Nha Trang was so beautiful until seeing the images of the clip. Tra said the clip is so persuasive that she wants to return to Nha Trang in some days, though she many times visited Nha … [Read more...] about In promoting tourism, Vietnam lacks money or talents? (Part 1)