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Border guards act as godmothers for children orphaned due to COVID-19

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Members of Kon Tum Border Guard Command’s Women Union collect old newspapers to sell, raising funds to help Y Cam – a child orphaned due to COVID-19 in the border area. — Photo bienphong.com.vn

KON TUM — Women’s Day 2022 was special for 12-year-old Y Cam as she travelled more than 200km from her home to meet her ‘godmothers’ for the first time. 

Y Cam, from Rờ Kơi Commune in Kon Tum City in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, met her godmothers who are female officers of the province’s Border Guard Command.

Following a programme launch last year by the Việt Nam Women’s Union, the Kon Tum Border Guard Command’s Women Union adopted Y Cam who lost her father due to COVID-19.

Y Cam now lives with her mother and grandparents in Khúc Long Hamlet, which is very close to the border with Cambodia.

Y Cam’s mother – Y Khum – said that her parents took care of the young girl while they were working in southern provinces.

The couple were infected with COVID-19 last year and the husband died of the disease, making her difficult to feed the family and raise Y Cam.

Her husband’s death was not only a spiritual loss but also a heavy burden with the family having to rely on one income.

The family only has three acres of land to grow cassava, so Y Khum has to seek extra work. Y Khum added that she was so worried about her daughter who may face physical and psychological issues due to the difficulties.

Knowing Y Cam’s situation, female border guard officers decided to support her, said Senior Lieutenant Nguyễn Như Hoa, chairman of Kon Tum Border Guard Women’s Union.

When starting the programme, members of the union were to offer aid to children who live in or around Kon Tum City so that they could regularly visit and provide support if needed, Hoa said.

“Y Cam was a shy girl when we met her for the first time,” Hoa said.

“When Y Cam called us mothers, we all knew that what we do is not just a charity activity,” Hoa said.

Since March 2022, they have provided Y Cam with VNĐ300,000 each month and they will continue doing it in the next five years so that she could continue to go to school. Officers from Rờ Kơi Border Guard Station also visit her house to help clean and cook.

Every Friday afternoon, members of the Kon Tum Border Guard’s Women Union collect old newspapers and scrap paper. Young soldiers keep plastic bottles. Such things will be sold as recycling to raise funds for Y Cam.

“It seems that taking care of Y Cam is no longer just the job of female border guards,” Hoa said.

Y Cam’s mother said that with the aid, she could pay for her schooling or buy her food or clothes.

“The support from border guards encourages me to overcome difficulties,” she said.

Y Cam said that she understood her mother must work harder after her father died.

“I love my mother so much. I will study and do things well to make my mother happy,” Y Cam said.

After school, Y Cam usually cleans the house, cooks rice, and takes care of the chickens. She was also very excited to welcome her godmothers and border guards, she said.

The Central Committee of the Việt Nam Women’s Union last November launched and implemented the “Godmother” programme to support children orphaned due to COVID-19.

According to Permanent Vice President of the Việt Nam Women’s Union Đỗ Thị Thu Thảo, by the middle of March 2022, members of the union have become godmothers to over 5,000 orphans across the country. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1178066/border-guards-act-as-godmothers-for-children-orphaned-due-to-covid-19.html

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Science, technology, innovation pushed for economic development

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Scientific research in universities needed pushing up to create a high-qualified human resource for the industrialised economy. Photo nhandan.vn

HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam has signed Decision No. 569/QĐ-TTg dated May 11 issuing a strategy for scientific-technological development and Innovation to 2030.

Accordingly, science, technology and innovation will further contribute to economic growth through scientific research and technological development activities of research institutes and universities.

Innovation activities will also help improve management and organisational capacity in enterprises.

The specific objective of the strategy is that science, technology and innovation play an important role in developing spearhead industries, especially the processing and manufacturing industry, making an important contribution to the restructuring of the economy towards modernisation and industrialisation by 2030 as well as take advantage of opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

By 2030, the proportion of the value of high-tech industrial products in the processing and manufacturing industries will reach at least 45 per cent of the total economy.

One of the main tasks and solutions for the development of science and technology and innovation is to build a national innovation system.

Specifically, a national innovation ecosystem closely linked with the region and the world is needed.

It is necessary to develop innovation ecosystems in industries, agriculture and services associated with domestic and global value chains, in which large enterprises act as a key role in leading innovation activities. State management agencies need to create a favourable institutional environment and policies so as to promote linkages between enterprises, research institutes, universities and organisations in research, application and innovation activities.

A system of national and regional innovation centres and start-up centres needs to be set up to create innovation hubs linking with high-tech zones, residential areas, financial centres, venture capital funds, universities and research institutes.

It is also essential to vigorously deploy open innovation platforms and networks in order to attract all domestic and foreign investment resources to create new technologies, new products, and new businesses.

Human resources

Other key tasks and solutions of the strategy are to develop human resources for science, technology and innovation with high qualifications and creative capacity.

Therefore, it must strengthen training in science and technology, computer skills, foreign languages, and creative design capacity associated with practical projects in high schools, especially through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) training forms.

Orientation of science and engineering careers in schools and universities should further promoted along with reforming training programmes for science and technology in universities to meet the requirements of the labour market.

The Government should quickly build up a team of leading scientists, to step by step raise the standards of scientists in line with the standards in developed countries.

Under the strategy, two-way human resource transfer between the public and private sectors is also encouraged.

It also needs proper mechanisms and policies to attract highly qualified human resources from abroad and overseas Vietnamese to participate in domestic science, technology and innovation activities and develop networks to connect the overseas Vietnamese community of scientists to work in Việt Nam.

Honouring outstanding intellectuals

Amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Party has defined that science-technology and innovation is a strategic breakthrough for national development, and the contingent of scientists is the core of this process, stated President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc at a ceremony held in Hà Nội on Saturday to honour 106 outstanding intellectuals in the field of science and technology in 2022.

“The dream of a prosperous Việt Nam can only be realised under the guidance of the light of knowledge,” he said. 

Addressing the event held by the Việt Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), the State leader highlighted the great attention that the Party and State have given to the development of science, technology and innovation as well as intellectuals in the field.

He hailed the VUSTA’s role in connecting Vietnamese scientists inside and outside the country over the past 40 years, significantly contributing to the country’s socio-economic development, and political and security-defence stability.

He noted that so far, the union has gathered more than 3.7 million experts, including 2.2 million in the field of science and technology, accounting for 32.5 per cent of the total intellectuals of the country.

The contingent of scientists have built up the national innovative capacity, the President said, noting that last year, Việt Nam became one of the top 45 leading countries in the world in terms of innovation, and took the lead in the list of middle-income economies in Global Innovation Index (GII).

He asked the VUSTA, as the representative body for scientists and intellectuals, and an important part of the country’s political system, should play a greater role in giving advice to the Party, State and Government on science-technology and innovation policies as well as financial mechanisms to better unite Vietnamese intellectuals, contributing to successfully realise national development goals in the new period.

At the ceremony, President Phúc, National Assembly Deputy Chairman Nguyễn Đức Hải and VUSTA leaders presented the title of Outstanding Science and Technology Intellectual to the 106 exemplary intellectuals. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194119/science-technology-innovation-pushed-for-economic-development.html

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1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday

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A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194107/1319-new-covid-19-transmissions-reported-on-sunday.html

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194094/viet-nam-reports-1319-new-cases-on-sunday.html

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