By Dr. Phillippe Jean Collin* With screens virtually everywhere, controlling a child's screen time can be challenging. To complicate matters, some screen time can be educational for children as well as support their social development. So how do you manage your child's screen time? Here's basic principles on guiding your child's use of screens and media. The problems with screens Unstructured playtime is more valuable for a young child's developing brain than is electronic media. Children younger than age 2 learn and remember information better from a live presentation of real life than from a video or image. By age 2, children can benefit from some types of screen time, such as programming with music, movement and stories. By watching together, you can help your child understand what he or she is seeing and apply it in real life. However, passive screen time shouldn't replace the irreplaceable reading, playing or problem-solving. As your child grows, keep … [Read more...] about Screen time and children: How to guide your child
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Nguyễn Xuân Dương, acting director of the Department of Livestock Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, speaks to Nông thôn Ngày nay (Countryside Today) on alternatives to pig farming in response to the spread of African swine fever Switching to raising cattle (buffaloes and cows) could be a solution for pig farmers that are suffering because of African swine fever. Will this be difficult for small farming households? I think switching from raising pigs to cattle should be considered a major direction, not an alternative used only in the time of African swine fever. It should be one of the methods to restructure the livestock industry and reduce pressure on the pig farming segment, especially because pork accounts for 70 per cent of the industry’s meat production. Switching to poultry and grass-fed cattle will also help to diversify our food sources and take advantage of the biodiversity of several … [Read more...] about Cattle farming: a solution to African swine fever
Brian SpenceViet Nam News Brian Spence* Congratulations! You’re ready to start investing. It might seem like a small step, but years from now you’ll look back and realise how meaningful this moment was to your financial future. This could be the defining decision that helped you achieve your financial dreams. However, dipping your toe into the waters of investing can seem a little daunting at first. Questions of which stocks to buy, how to manage risk and when to sell are likely to be at the front of your mind. But help is at hand. Here, I’ll walk you through the main decision-making processes. When and how do I buy my first stocks? Over the long term, stocks outperform any other asset class, so deciding to invest in the markets is undoubtedly a good decision. But don’t run out and buy stocks straight away – no matter what “hot tip” has come your way. Before selecting your first investment, you must complete the following financial steps. … [Read more...] about How to pop your cherry in Việt Nam’s stock market
Market 200 in District 4 is often referred to as a food paradise in Saigon, with many restaurants and stalls for customers to choose from. Among these, a fried rice stall called Thien An stands out as a particular favorite. The owner opened this stall two years ago, and it has stayed crowded since day one. One of the reasons that the fried rice stall attracts so many customers is the irresistible fragrance that emanates from the kitchen that is set right next to the entrance, triggering hunger pangs. There are 20 different fried rice dishes on the menu, including chicken wings fried rice, beef fried rice, seafood and ribs fried rice. Noodles and vermicelli are also served here. The cheapest dish here is fried rice with chicken wings, which is about a dollar for a portion. The owner said preparation is the hardest and most time-consuming part of her business. "We have to buy a lot of ingredients, because there are over 20 dishes on our menu," she said. The stall opens and starts serving … [Read more...] about How do you like your rice fried? 20 options await
Thu Vân One year go, to this day, I was shivering in fury, agony and disbelief as I wrote an editorial about three kindergarten caregivers slapping the faces of 3-5 years old toddlers, even throwing them up in the air in anger. Today, those feelings are back in full force, and I still can’t control the shivering and the emotions. This time, it is a sixth grader in Quảng Bình Province at the receiving end of violence. In some ways, this is even worse. It was not an adult beating up a child, this time, horrific as that is. This time, an adult got the kids to be violent. Yes, this bears emphasising. An adult, a teacher no less, got her students, sixth graders, to engage in violence on their friend and classmate. The teacher forced the sixth graders to slap one of their classmates 10 times each, and the kid was slapped a total of 231 times for allegedly using foul language in class. Why 231? Because the crime had been “upgraded” to a higher … [Read more...] about We have been slapped. How do we turn the other cheek?