Viet Nam News by Cát Lâm After an early dinner, I washed up then went to bed. Yet, I was unable to sleep straight away. I tossed and turned on bed for a long while like I was sick. Whenever I returned to my native village I felt as if I had taken ill. Strangely enough, leaving the place I returned to normal again. I kept this a secret because I was afraid it would make my mother worried. “Why does my summer vacation last so long?” I asked myself. Since the days I went to district boarding-school and then worked for a provincial establishment I had rarely come home for nearly a decade. I thought it might be unwise due to the generation gap between her and me. Whenever facing her I got an impression that I stood on the other side of the wide Mê River without bridges spanning its two banks. When I felt stressed due to work, I stayed in town for months partly because of her and due to being afraid of living in the country. Then suddenly one morning … [Read more...] about Pilgrims Crossing Mê River
Why retirement planning is important
By Hồng Minh Senior public servants in the central coastal city of Đà Nẵng are likely to receive support of VNĐ200 million (around US$8,900) if they volunteer for early retirement. This comes after a new initiative on personnel reforms was announced last week. The move is said to encourage those feel they cannot contribute anymore and would be willing to step down and let younger employees take their place. According to the city’s Department of Home Affair’s draft resolution that is scheduled to submit at the People’s Council meeting next week, male civil servants from 55 years old and 50 years old woman would be eligible for the deal. Once approved, the new policy will take effect from August. But one must wonder is 55 and 50 years old really time to retire? As the world evolves at a fast pace, people are living longer and indeed working longer. While it is clear the city wants to bring in a new generation to take the civil service to … [Read more...] about Forced retirements not the answer for civil service
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
New hospital building delayed due to slow compensation for residents A design of the new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics. Source http://www.medinet.hochiminhcity.gov.vn Slow compensation for residents affected by the construction project has delayed construction on a new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics for six years. The project to build the new facility was approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. In 2011, investors designed to build a 5,000-square metre facility, which was later expanded to more than 7,000 square metres. HCM City People’s Committee has instructed the authorities of Bình Chánh District, where the new facility will be located, and investors to speed up the construction many times, but the project still has not yet been started. In 2016, for instance, the committee required that the project begin in December of that year and would be expected to be completed this year. According to the … [Read more...] about Social News 4/4 (Hourly Updated)
On the 34th anniversary of the Great Spring Victory, we introduce to you former American military intelligence officer, Sedgwick Tourison. The former Chief Warrant Officer interrogated captured prisoners during the war and in 1993 wrote about and lobbied for the "commando spies" — Americans sent into the then North Viet Nam at the start of the 1960s. Tourison served as the chief of the analysis office that dealt with Americans listed as Missing in Indochina and as staff investigator with a Senate Select Committee. He also wrote two books, Secret Army, Secret War and Talking With Victor Charlie . by Sedgwick Tourison* In the spring of 1967 there was a source of information who said the final offensive would lead to the disintegration of the civil government and the South Vietnamese Army (of the Sai Gon Administration). Details concerning the final offensive indicated it would take place very quickly. The force of the Liberation Army would attack the Central Highlands, … [Read more...] about US veteran remembers the ultimate offensive
A senior official who became the youngest provincial department head in Vietnam at the time of his promotion is all but poised to lose his position following a ruling by the Communist Party’s top watchdog that dismissed his appointment as “wrongful” and held his father, who then was the province’s top leader, accountable for nepotism. The Central Inspection Committee said in a statement on Saturday that Le Phuoc Hoai Bao, the director of Quang Nam’s Department of Planning and Investment, was “dishonest” in his profile and application form when he was nominated for a slot at the Communist Party unit of the central province in 2015. The committee did not elaborate on his dishonesty. It also concluded that Bao had violated the Party’s discipline principles, among other things. The committee held Quang Nam's provincial administration responsible for a host of wrongdoings in appointing local officials and pointed the finger at Bao’s … [Read more...] about Vietnam province’s leader handpicked son for top post. Now both face the music