She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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Speaking at a conference on human resources late last year, he said that they also should train additional 6,000 captains and first officers. Marine engineers would also be needed to ensure development of the country’s maritime economy, he added. Statistics from the Vietnam Maritime Administration show that the number of naval personnel had fallen from more than 45,000 in 2014 to 39,000 last May, with the sailor numbers falling especially sharply. The number of shipping workers in Vietnam fell from more than 45,000 in 2014 to 39,000 last year. Source: vietnamnews.vn According to Vu Khac Cuong of the administration, many people moved to shore-based jobs. Besides, high school students do not want to apply for shipping-related university courses, he said. Ca said nearly 90 percent of graduates from such courses do not work in the shipping industry. Vo Hong Khanh, Director of Tan Dai Duong Shipping Joint Stock Company, said vessel owners do not pay social … [Read more...] about Maritime industry lacks human resources
Illustrative image (Photo: bangkokpost) Bangkok (VNA) – The Energy Ministry of Thailand has set a time frame to transition to gasohol E20 as the primary petrol grade by early next year to boost the value of commodity crops used in biofuel production. Speaking to the press, Thai Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the country will use agricultural commodities like palm oil, sugar and cassava to produce biofuel. Gasohol is a biofuel made from cassava and sugar blended with unleaded petrol in proportions of 10 percent, 20 percent or 85 percent. It was introduced to Thai motorists for commercial sale in 2008, followed by E20 and E85 a few years later. Thailand has five categories of petrol: gasohol 91 E10, gasohol 95 E10, gasohol E20, gasohol E85 and premium ULG 95 petrol. The government aims to cut down to just three or four types of petrol. The Energy Business Department is studying how to mandate E20 to be available nationwide, as well as considering how to deal … [Read more...] about Thailand promotes use of biofuel to support agriculture
Conceptual similarities with foreign artworks were discovered by fellow artists A Vietnamese creative artist who rose to prominence with his multiple art projects on life in Ho Chi Minh City has been slammed for plagiarizing artworks by foreign artists. Nguyen Manh Khoi, better known as Maxk Nguyen, is a prominent creative artist and art director in Vietnam. Maxk came to public attention in February, when his typographic project inspired by Vietnamese street food went viral on social media. In the photos, world celebrities were seen alongside the stylized Vietnamese words “Vit Lot, Vit Dua, Cut Lon,” which stand for duck balut, smelly duck egg and quail balut. Maxk was also credited as the co-creator of the “Sai Gon Sau Vai” (Saigon Behind Shoulders) and “Sai Gon Ba Met Vuong” (Saigon in Three Square Meters) projects, which depict Ho Chi Minh City residents from all walks of life going on with their daily activities, and offer … [Read more...] about Creative artist behind popular Saigon projects called out for plagiarism