Pham Bao Huy read a nonfiction book last year. He had set himself a target of eight. "I just lost interest in the middle of the second book and turned to mobile gaming to do something in my free time," the 14-year-old said. Like many other students in Vietnam, Huy spends 8-10 hours a day at school and to attend extra classes. In his limited free time, the only thing that gives him joy is his smartphone, a birthday gift from his parents two years earlier. "Books make me sleepy, but the phone can keep me entertained for hours. Gaming, browsing the internet and swiping up and down my Facebook feed makes me feel like I’m more connected with the rest of the world than reading," he said, glancing at his phone as a notification popped up. When it comes to reading books, Huy’s case is the rule, not an exception. Despite many efforts to improve the reading habit of local citizens in recent years, the Vietnamese government has failed to dislodge a tech-savvy population from … [Read more...] about Vietnam takes tech steps forward, reading steps backward
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According to a report by the board of directors at FPT Online JSC’s (stock code: FOC) annual general meeting on Thursday, total revenue in 2018 reached VND538 billion ($23.03 million), and pre-tax profit was VND315 billion ($13.49 million). This represented an increase of 3.46 percent and 0.6 percent respectively over the previous year earlier, respectively. With these results, the board has submitted and received shareholder approval for a cash dividend of VND13,000 per share (56 cents), equivalent to 130 percent of an FOC share’s nominal value. This represents an approximate 10 percent yield, given FOC’s current trading value, which closed at VND134,600 ($5.76) at the end of Thursday’s trading session. This dividend exceeded FPT Online’s target set at last year’s AGM by nearly four times, and is the highest in the last four years. Between 2015 and 2017, the company had paid VND5,000 (21 cents) or VND6,000 per share (26 cents), equivalent to … [Read more...] about Profitable FPT Online declares double dividends
Viet Nam News by Mai Hiên Lê Kiều from the Central Highlands Province of Đắk Lắk never thought she would fall in love with someone through social media. One day in August 2017, Kiều posted a status on a Facebook fanpage saying she felt sad as she couldn’t find a job after graduating from medical university. Her words attracted messages of sympathy from many people, including 31-year-old Nguyễn Hùng from Vùng Tàu City. Kiều and Hùng are not friends but are members of the Knowledge Sharing Club (KSC) fanpage. Hùng sent Kiều a friend request and she accepted. Then, he sent messages to her every day. The more they chatted, the more they found things in common. After several weeks, they decided to meet each other offline even though they lived 400km apart. Returning from the first face-to-face meeting, the pair spoke even more. A month later, Hùng confessed his love and asked Kiều to be … [Read more...] about Vietnamese youth look online for love
Saigon Times Group launches online news site in EnglishThe Saigon Times Daily Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of The Saigon Times Group, makes welcoming remarks at the ceremony - PHOTOS: THANH HOA HCMC – The Saigon Times Group today, November 2, introduced the online version of its English daily newspaper at https://english.thesaigontimes.vn on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of The Saigon Times Daily and the 27th anniversary of The Saigon Times Weekly. Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of the group, said digital technologies have altered the way people get news. Therefore, the group has developed the online news website in English to instantly inform readers, especially foreign ones, of what is happening in HCMC and Vietnam as a whole. "Digital technologies have fundamentally changed the media landscape in our society. And the new media landscape has altered how people consume news, as mobile devices have become one of the most common ways to access … [Read more...] about Saigon Times Group launches online news site in English
Eight 15-year-old students from the same class in Nguyen Trai High School, Thanh Hoa Province, were punished for “using social networks to tarnish teachers’ dignity and credibility, negatively affecting the school’s educational functions,” its principal Bui Nguyen Tien said Wednesday. Tien said a female student was caught using a mobile phone in class on October 1. The phone was confiscated by the teacher present in the class at the time and given to the class’s homeroom teacher. The homeroom teacher noticed that the phone was unlocked, checked its contents and discovered a Facebook group chat in which the students criticized the school and its teachers. This was brought to the notice of the School Board which informed the representative of the school’s Parents’ Association and the parents of the students involved. The students were asked by the board to write a report on the matter. The school decided to expel three students for a year and … [Read more...] about Can teachers read students’ private conversations and punish them?