Thai haven home away from home (27-07-2007) By Bach Lien In front of a small, brick house in the north-eastern Thai town of Bann Najok stand two carambolas trees and one coconut tree that legend has it were planted 80 years ago by President Ho Chi Minh. The trees, still leafy and green, are tended by dozens of ethnic Vietnamese whose grandparents moved here decades ago. With its areca, coconut and green tea trees, the town is a bastion of Viet Nam deep inside Thailand’s scenic Northeast. Viet Nam’s legendary president lived here from 1927 to 1929 while plotting against the French forces occupying his homeland. Vo Trong Tieu, who is 80 and has spent most of his life in the province of Nakhon Phanom, first met Ho Chi Minh when he was eight. Like many locals, he seizes on the chance to speak Vietnamese. "My father used to be his friend and was also from Nghe An. It was Ho Chi Minh who built this house," he said, pointing to the modest home behind the coconut tree. Its inside … [Read more...] about Thai haven home away from home
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VietNamNet Bridge – Four kids who had just fled from a charity house in the southern province of Dong Nai, have been rescued when found tramping Saigon streets with many wounds on their bodies. Seeing the four kids with many injuries wandering on Hung Vuong road, District 5, HCM City on November 8, some people took them to a police station. The kids were immediately brought to a nearby hospital. At the hospital, four kids - 4, 5, 6 and 13 years old- said they ran away from a charity house, which is managed by the Dong Nai Youth Union, in Dong Nai province. A kid named Diep Tuan Khoa, 6, who had many injuries on his body, told police these were caused by a man named Thanh, who worked at the charity house. He beat Khoa with a stick and a chain. Another child named Le Gia Huy, 5, also had injuries all over. His broke his arm while fleeing from the charity house. The four children said that they had fled from the charity … [Read more...] about Dong Nai: Four kids run away from charity house
VietNamNet Bridge – Nursery schools complain that the low wages and allowances make them unable to recruit teachers. Tran Thi Kim Thanh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Education and Training Department said that there are more than 293,000 children at pre-school age and 759 nursery schools in the city, while there are only 10,000 teachers and 9066 classes. On average, every class is undertaken by 1.19 teachers. As such, the city is lacking 7253 baby-sitters, 24 management officers and 783 teachers. Especially, 400 management officers and nursery school teachers left their jobs in 2010. As there are too many children and too few teachers, the number of children in every class is always very high, 50-60 children in a class at state owned schools in the inner city and 40-45 children at the schools in the suburb areas The vicious circle Chung Thi Bich Phuong, Deputy Head of the Tan Phu district’s Education and Training Sub-department, said that nursery school … [Read more...] about Improper management mechanism keeps teachers away from nursery schools
VietNamNet Bridge – Error products have slipped out from the factories in China and then reproduced into low-cost products to be sold dirt cheap at the border area markets, or even in big cities in Vietnam. There are many reasons that explain why Chinese products have such surprisingly low prices Blogger Tri Vu, who claims to have much experience in working with foreign partners and Chinese companies, said that China is the electronics production base of the world. Big electronics manufacturers do the R&D and design in their countries, and then have the designs produced in large quantities in China. The country’s big production lines allow making products at very low costs. In the production process, in principle, the products which do not meet the quality requirements must be abolished. However, the products are sold to small producers, who then resell them on the domestic market or outside markets. The problem is that the factories, which provide … [Read more...] about Low-quality electronics at border area markets are defects from China?
VietNamNet Bridge – The escalation of school violence has been partially blamed on the people’s indifference. Students believe that it is not their business to intervene in others’ business. A survey on school violence in Quy Nhon City in Binh Dinh province showed that 22.6 percent of students said they stood on the site and “watched” what happened, while 36.5 percent of students said they reported the cases to teachers. About 5.4 percent of students reportedly shot pictures and filmed the fights, while 7.3 percent of students cheered the fighting. At least 30.9 percent of students left the “site” because they believed this was the best solution to ensure their safety. Hanoi students also showed similar responses in school violence cases. Dat, a 10th grader at Yen Hoa High School in Cau Giay district, told reporters that he would try to dissuade fighters from battling only if the fighters were his close friends. “If … [Read more...] about Are parents telling children to ignore school violence?