Gia Hien "Is it safe?" a friend asked me. His child studies at a school only a kilometer away from the Rang Dong warehouse, which burned down in the fire last month. "How can we know it’s safe? How can we know exactly how much toxin was released into the air, how far they spread, or even what exactly are those toxins?" I replied. My friend, one of the most knowledgeable people I know, could only sigh before taking his kid to school. Like tens of thousands of residents living near the fire site, he didn't have much choice in the matter. In 2016 the public were riled by one of the worst environmental disasters in Vietnam caused by the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation. The Taiwanese firm released pollutants into the sea that affected several coastal areas, including Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue Provinces. Later the same year Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Quang Tri officials took a dive into the water at a local beach to … [Read more...] about Is Rang Dong fire vicinity really safe now?
Rejected from medical school
Trịnh Đức Thiện, 51, takes care of medicinal plants in a garden in A Vao Commune's Health Centre. — Photo tuoitre.vn QUẢNG TRỊ — Trịnh Đức Thiện, 51, of A Vao Commune – a remote and underprivileged area in ĐaKrông District, the central province of Quảng Trị – is taking care of medicinal plants in a garden he grows to treat local residents. Thiện, after graduating from Huế University of Medicine and Pharmacy, has spent over two decades working in the commune’s health centre, treating thousands people, delivering hundreds of children, and mobilising resources to upgrade the health centre from a temporary wooden shack to a 2-storey building with 14 rooms. The doctor still remembers his first day at the centre. He had to walk about 8km on foot, crossing a stream to reach the health centre. It was a dirt road instead of cement because the commune was in a … [Read more...] about Doctor spends his life helping remote villagers in Quảng Trị
A large medical school in Bac Kan Province is facing closure after failing to attract students. Bac Kan medical vocational school faces shutdown Bac Kan Medical Vocational School was built in 2008 at the cost of VND344bn (USD14.6m) and started recruiting students in 2010. It covers 12 hectares was built for 1,000 students. However, it has never been able to recruit more than 250 students and failed to become a high-quality training centre for Bac Kan Province and the Northeastern region in general. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the college had 250 students. There were only 60 students in the 2014-2015 period, 49 students in the 2015-2016 period and nine students in the 2017-2018 period. Hoang Xuan Son, head of Bac Kan Vocational School said in 2015, the Ministry of Health issued a circular which stated that they would not hire staff that only graduate from vocational schools. Students were afraid that they would not be able to find a job, so have rejected courses at the … [Read more...] about Medical school faces shut down due to lack of students
Thick haze engulfs Vĩnh Tuy Bridge connecting Hai Bà Trưng and Long Biên District. VNS Photo Khoa Thư HÀ NỘI For lifetime Hanoian Thanh Vân, days filled with fresh air and walks down the cool, tree-shaded streets of the capital are few and far between. The woman born and raised in the Old Quarter is more used to a thick blanket of haze on her daily commute. Some 7 million people living in the city suffer the same ordeal. Hà Nội’s air quality has worsened dramatically in the last few years, remaining at unhealthy to very unhealthy levels almost year-round, according to air quality forecast app AirVisual. A report released by Greenpeace in early March listed Hà Nội as the second most polluted city in Southeast Asia, following Indonesia’s Jakarta. “There’s an estimated global cost of US$225 billion in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs. This has enormous impacts, on … [Read more...] about Hà Nội chokes on filthy air
First polls close as voters decide control of U.S. Congress Voters line up to cast their ballots for the midterm elections at Newland Elementary School in the 48th Congressional District, Huntington Beach, California, U.S. November 6, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The first polls began to close in parts of Indiana and Kentucky on Tuesday as Americans cast votes at the end of a divisive campaign to decide whether Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans maintain their grip on the U.S. Congress. The remainder of the polling locations in Indiana and Kentucky, and in half a dozen other states, will close in another hour. But it could be hours before the winners are determined in dozens of tight races that will decide control of the House of Representatives and Senate. The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a 2016 upset became a referendum on the polarizing president, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the … [Read more...] about First polls close as voters decide control of U.S. Congress