While Vietnam is hugely successful at international science competitions, experts are concerned the country’s education system might be headed in the wrong direction with its focus on tangible achievements rather than nurturing raw talents to become useful humans. All 38 Vietnamese students who participated in regional and international Olympiads in 2018 were medalists, including 13 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 11 bronze medals, according to statistics from the Ministry of Education and Training. Over the past ten years, Vietnam’s performances at such competitions have seen some major improvement, the ministry noted. Between 2009 and 2012, Vietnam only managed to claim around 30 medals each year, with very few gold medals, but since 2013 Vietnam’s yearly medal count at science Olympiads has significantly improved to 35-40 medals, with an average of about ten gold medals each year, according ministry statistics. Most Vietnamese contestants are chosen from … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s obsession with academic medals is spoiling its talents
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Somsak Paneetatyasai, President of the Thai Shrimp Association, said higher production efficiency and efforts to tackle shrimp diseases should lead to an output of 350,000-400,000 tonnes in 2020, up from 290,000 tonnes this year. Next year's shrimp exports are forecast to grow to 192,000 tonnes from 160,000 tonnes in 2019, which would be a 5-percent dip from 2018. Somsak said the value of exports is also likely to grow by 20 percent next year from THB50-55 billion (US$1.65 – 1.82 billion) in 2019. The figure this year fell 11 percent from 2018 due to continued baht appreciation and shrimp diseases. The association reported that for the first 10 months, Thailand shipped 135,249 tonnes of shrimp abroad, with export value down 11.8 percent to THB40.2 billion. Key export markets include the US, Japan, China, Australia and the EU. Somsak said domestic shrimp production in 2020 will fare better than the past two years thanks to better aquaculture technology and effective shrimp disease … [Read more...] about Thailand expects 20 percent growth in shrimp exports for 2020
International Man City crush Arsenal with De Bruyne masterclass The Saigon Times Daily Monday, Dec 16, 2019,08:53 (GMT+7) Man City crush Arsenal with De Bruyne masterclassThe Saigon Times Daily Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne scores their third goal at Emirates Stadium, London, Britain December 15, 2019 – PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City resumed normal service in the Premier League as a masterful display by Kevin De Bruyne fired them to a 3-0 victory over a listless Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. Belgian De Bruyne produced two sublime finishes and one silky assist for Raheem Sterling as Pep Guardiola’s City killed the match as a contest before halftime. Arsenal managed to avoid any more punishment in the second half as City switched on cruise control but it was an uncomfortable 90 minutes for their stand-in manager Freddie Ljungberg whose side were totally outclassed. There was no … [Read more...] about Man City crush Arsenal with De Bruyne masterclass
La Ngoc Khue, former Deputy Minister of Transport, said that a slower train is a far better option for the country at present, instead of the superfast train that comes with a very heavy budget burden. Khue said that a train speed of 350 kilometers per hour (kph) as proposed by the Ministry of Transport (MoT) is redundant. "As the TEDI-TRICC-TEDISOUTH consultancy consortium has estimated, actual demand in 2050 would only meet 40 percent of its capacity of 364,000 people a day. This means 60 percent of seats will not be occupied, while no cargo will be transported, a huge waste of capacity," he told VnExpress. Railways should have the capacity to transport cargo. The World Bank has noted that Vietnam’s logistics cost accounts for 21 percent of its GDP, twice that of Thailand. The main reason is that Vietnam is far too dependent on roads while existing railway routes carry a small fraction of the total volume, Khue noted. "Both China and Japan own the world’s … [Read more...] about A 350 kph train is fast, but where will it get Vietnam?
The trial will hear 14 defendants, including former executives of state-owned telecom giant MobiFone and private pay TV firm Audio Visual Global (AVG), and is scheduled to go on through the weekend until December 31. Son and Tuan are being tried for "violating regulations on the management and use of public capital that lead to serious consequences" and "taking bribes." Both were arrested in February and expelled from the Communist Party in October. Son, who was information minister from 2011 to 2016, was retroactively dismissed from the position in October last year. Tuan, information minister from 2016, was suspended from his position in July last year and then dismissed in a secret ballot by the legislative National Assembly last October. The indictment stated that in 2015, the wholly state-owned telecom company MobiFone, which was managed by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, wanted to invest in the pay TV sector. Son, who was serving as information … [Read more...] about Former ministers stand trial in MobiFone acquisition scandal