Illustrative image (Source: internet) Hanoi (VNA) - Digital technology and social media are powerful in supporting Vietnam’s goal to eliminate HIV by 2030, heard a forum in Hanoi on March 23. The forum brought together representatives from the government, the private sector, and communities to discuss how to further integrate HIV services and support into the digital age. Dr Phan Thi Thu Huong, vice director of the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control, said that over 50 percent of Vietnamese people have access to the internet, and a majority of them use social media. “We need to find creative ways to reach them through new and exciting social media channels,” she said. Le Minh Thanh, director of social enterprise G-link, said that our online community on social media provides a safe space for people at risk of HIV to learn and talk about safe sex and services such as HIV self-testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). “We can reach more people … [Read more...] about Experts: Social media useful to control HIV/AIDS
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by Thuy Ha The World Cup is over, but there is one thing people will remember most about the event - not the Spanish winners but the psychic octopus. It was the most talked about topic during the world cup, and it still remains a subject of debate. Paul the Octopus, whose current home is Germany, stunned football fans around the world with his remarkable ability to "predict" the outcome of German World Cup games. Paul, who lives in Oberhausen, correctly picked the result of all seven German games. Selecting the correct country-flagged box before sliding in to retrieve the awaiting mussel, Paul's psychic power in "predicting" Spain's Cup win whipped the media into a frenzy and drew a lot of attention to this intriguing (and delicious) species. The attention the media gave to Paul increased after each match having Paul's accurate "prediction". The global media, including the Guardian, and the FIFA official website started to present live webcasts of Paul's predictions for the … [Read more...] about Superstition or media invention?
Over 1.8 million deprived households access preferential loans Government-enacted credit policies dedicated to impoverished families nationwide had given preferential loans worth over 38.4 trillion VND (1.71 billion USD) to more than 1.8 million needy households by the end of October, according to the Vietnam Bank for Social Policy (VBSP). Under the programme, more than 1.77 million business households in disadvantaged areas received loans worth 37.4 trillion VND (1.66 billion USD). Decision No.31/2007/QD-TTg regulates that the VBSP can provide businesses and productive households with a maximum loan of 30 million VND (1,335 USD) at a lending interest rate of 0.9 percent per month. However, based on funding resources, investment demand and the borrowers’ ability to repay, the VBSP can decide the specific loan size. But it should not exceed 100 million VND (4,450 USD). Meanwhile, nearly 30,000 traders doing business in difficult areas were able to borrow over 1 trillion VND (44.5 … [Read more...] about Social News 22/11
VietNamNet Bridge – The “confession” movement has become so hot in the Vietnamese youth community. “Confession” not only is the place where students show their feelings and admit their faults, but also the space where they can talk about the problems they meet every day. The “dark sides” of schools in the eyes of students, which cannot be found by normal solutions, can be easily found on the “confessions” webpages of schools. The thing that most obsesses students is the unsanitary toilets at their schools. In fact, the problem has been existing for a long time, while schools’ boards of management many times affirmed on mass media that the toilets would be upgraded to meet the standards. However, it seems that no improvement has been so far, which has been simply explained by the lack of money to upgrade the material facilities. A lot of student generations complain that they have been sitting in the classrooms just next … [Read more...] about Students “air their grievances” on social network
It was the kind of sitdown that China had long resisted: Top U.S. officials telling Chinese counterparts how American troops would enter North Korea if the hermit regime collapsed. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent revelation that such a discussion took place would, if true, suggest a major shift in Chinese policy as Beijing comes under pressure to rein in its Korean War ally. For years Beijing had refused U.S. entreaties to discuss the possible collapse of its neighbor, but top U.S. and Chinese military officials have finally met to discuss the once-taboo topic, Tillerson said last week. Some stark topics were broached, Tillerson said: Refugees flooding across the Chinese-North Korean border, U.S. troops entering the hermit country, and leaving again once they had prevented nuclear weapons from falling into the wrong hands. The little-noticed disclosure was overshadowed by Tillerson's remarks that Washington was willing to talk with … [Read more...] about Once taboo, China listens to US contingencies on N.Korea