Thien Nhan and his adoptive mother Mai Anh (Photo: courtesy of Tran Mai Anh) Hanoi (VNA) – 23-year-old Nguyen Huong Lien is working her way through university to become an English language teacher, her career choice, with the help and support of her adoptive parents. Lien (not her real name) said she didn’t remember her life at the orphanage in Hanoi where she was living up until the age of four before she was adopted. However, it is easy to notice the sympathy on her face when she is asked about orphans and their life in orphanages. “Sometimes, I visit the orphanage and play with the children there,” Lien told the Vietnam News Agency. She described how being adopted and living in a stable family surrounding was purely good luck and wished that all disadvantaged children could have such luck. Infant found in the wild rescued Thien Nhan was born on July 15, 2006, but was abandoned by his run-away single teenager mother several days later. He … [Read more...] about Family care encouraged for disadvantaged children
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Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border on Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community. The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. Despite the order, there was no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families, according to multiple US media reports, citing officials from the Health and Human Services Department. Those kids would remain separated while their parents were under federal custody during immigration proceedings, according to The New York Times. Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in … [Read more...] about Trump orders halt to family separations
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
“Family is rice with fish sauce”; “Family is a loving mother”; “Family is the baby’s cries”; “Family is Ipad”, “Family is being scolded”. Those are some of the thousand thoughts of pupils from grade 4 to 6 collected by Nguyen Huong Linh, La Thanh Ha, Nguyen Thi Ha Lan, Duong Thuy Ly, and Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram during their journey to 7 Vietnamese provinces. Sharing an interest in social work, the five girls started a non-profit project called “Every family is great” last October. The project aims to provide children with perspectives on differences and variety of families. Huong Linh, one of the founders, said the topic of family was inspired by her own childhood. “My parents separated when I was in grade 4, but neither of them gave me any explanation of the situation,” Linh said, “I felt hurt for a very long time until I grew up and figured it out by myself. Then I realized … [Read more...] about Every family is great!
He is a reclusive hedge fund billionaire who made a fortune using complicated algorithms to bet on things other people could not see. One of his gambles was on Donald Trump. And his backing of the long-shot presidential candidate has made Robert "Bob" Mercer, the former co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, the top powerbroker in Republican politics today. The Mercer family is not nearly as well known as the industrialist Koch brothers or the Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson when it comes to supporting right-wing causes in the United States. And they are more than happy to keep it that way. Mercer, 71, who worked as a computer scientist at IBM before joining Long Island-based Renaissance Technologies, has always shunned the limelight. According to numerous accounts, Mercer is socially awkward and intensely private. He is described in Michael Wolff's bombshell new book "Fire and Fury" as "almost nonverbal, looking at you with a dead stare and either not talking or offering only … [Read more...] about Republican powerbrokers: the private Mercer family that bets on Trump
Dear Santa,I wonder how you manage to get into Vietnam. Do you use a visa on arrival, booked by your elves? Or did the said elves have to wait in line at a consulate, pay the money and come back two days later? And since you’re on the job, how do you get your work permit so quickly?Mind you, Santa, you can get the visa faster in Cambodia than in Malaysia. Singapore is the most expensive embassy I’ve visited so far and the Australian Consulate has the smallest waiting area. Good thing you don’t have to travel overland, Moc Bai Border Gate is suffocating in the heat with nowhere to sit while waiting and Lao Bao Border Gate is a nice walk down the hill and back again from where the bus stops.And there’s no food stalls for reindeer, poor things.I wonder if customs will try to stop you at the border for sack inspection, ask for a detailed list of goods and recommend a good broker on your behalf when you’re accused of bringing in second-hand goods. Good … [Read more...] about Eek! Santa’s coming to Vietnam! Info Alert Alert Chia sẻ bài viết qua e-mail
Dear Santa, I wonder how you manage to get into Vietnam. Do you use a visa on arrival, booked by your elves? Or did the said elves have to wait in line at a consulate, pay the money and come back two days later? And since you’re on the job, how do you get your work permit so quickly? Mind you, Santa, you can get the visa faster in Cambodia than in Malaysia. Singapore is the most expensive embassy I’ve visited so far and the Australian Consulate has the smallest waiting area. Good thing you don’t have to travel overland, Moc Bai Border Gate is suffocating in the heat with nowhere to sit while waiting and Lao Bao Border Gate is a nice walk down the hill and back again from where the bus stops. And there’s no food stalls for reindeer, poor things. I wonder if customs will try to stop you at the border for sack inspection, ask for a detailed list of goods and recommend a good broker on your behalf when you’re accused of bringing in second-hand goods. … [Read more...] about Eek! Santa’s coming to Vietnam!
Trust is back slowly: CapitaLandNgoc Lan By Ngoc Tran - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The confidence among homebuyers is returning, but the real estate market has not turned up the heat yet, said Olivier Lim, vice president of CapitaLand. Lim noted the frozen economy over the last two years was only temporary. The property market has seen early positive signs: inflation has decreased, the dong is relatively stable, and the financial system is gradually put into place. In addition, the government has taken many actions to improve the situation and help the market such as the home loan package worth VND30 trillion, said Lim. “In the past four months, there were more visitors to our projects and apartment buildings. Trust is slowly coming back,” he remarked. He explained homebuyers had seen the quality and the commitments of investors. Furthermore, they are promised home ownership certificates, which is very important to Vietnamese homebuyers. Though CapitaLand has not … [Read more...] about Trust is back slowly: CapitaLand
Not all family members listed in land certificatesThe Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has issued a circular suspending a regulation that requires the names of all members of a family be written down on the land ownership certificate. According to Tuoi Tre newspaper, the minister has asked the General Department of Land Administration (GDLA) to instruct the implementation of Circular 53/2017, which went into force on December 5. Local governments, natural resources and environment departments, and relevant individuals and organizations are responsible for executing the circular. Difficulties in implementing the circular should be timely reported to the ministry. The ministry said the regulation is in line with the 2013 Land Law. However, it asked the Prime Minister for permission to delay it so that local authorities will have time to prepare and people to understand the benefits of all family members being named in the land ownership … [Read more...] about Not all family members listed in land certificates
VietNamNet Bridge – Mr. Bui Ngoc Thai puts on his plastic gloves and carefully mixes the thin layers of lean pork meat, lard and skin with some salt, MSG and thinh, the golden roast rice grounded into a brownish powder. The pleasant fragrance of thinh started to fill the room.His family’s workshop in Dan Phuong District, 20km west of Hanoi, is less than 100 square meters. But it produces a special delicacy—nem Phung—that regularly travels by air, train and bus to anywhere on earth where Vietnamese people are living.In his high-ceilinged country home across the street from the workshop, Mr. Thai recalled how his grandfather used to make his nem at a cart stop eatery serving travelers and commuters who stopped by.“My grandfather was born in 1890, the same year as President Ho Chi Minh,” he said. “He sold gio (steamed pork jambon) and cha (fried pork cakes) and nem in his eatery and became very successful.”Thanks to his grandfather’s … [Read more...] about A family treat that nurtures generations to come