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Hau Giang plans $16 mln tourism makeover for wetland reserve

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Hau Giang plans $16 mln tourism makeover for wetland reserve

Aerial view of the Lung Ngoc Hoang wetland in Hau Giang’s Phung Hiep District. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Lam


The southern province of Hau Giang plans to invest VND370 billion ($16.2 million) to make a 2,800-ha wetland reserve a tourism site.

The provincial People’s Committee had approved a project in June to create an ecotourism site at the Lung Ngoc Hoang natural reserve in Phung Hiep District using money from multiple sources, including the national budget.

The project would help to preserve natural resources and biodiversity, as well as utilize its ecotourism potential appropriately, according to the Hau Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

It would help turn the national reserve into the province’s largest tourism center and become a national tourism site by 2030.

The project will be implemented in two phases, with the first completed until 2025, focusing on building operation centers, entertainment centers and hospitality sites, among others.

The reserve would be split into three different sections: the Strict Protection section; the Ecological Recovery section; and the Service and Administrative section.

The Lung Ngoc Hoang wetland, spanning Phung Hiep District’s Hiep Hung, Phuong Binh and Phuong Phu communes, has around 1,000 ha worth of old-growth forest with over 500 species of plants and animals. Several of them are considered endangered, including certain bat, bird and snake species.

In 2002, the late Prime Minister Phan Van Khai decided to form the Lung Ngoc Hoang natural reserve, turning it into a haven for native species belonging to the wetland ecosystem of the Hau River.

A representative of the reserve said local authorities have installed cameras to monitor wildfires. A forest ranger force of over 100 people and more than 200 locals have been mobilized to protect the reserve, the representative said.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hau-giang-plans-16-mln-tourism-makeover-for-wetland-reserve-4370836.html

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors excise over 100 tumors from woman’s abdomen

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital on Thursday removed more than 100 tumors weighing about five kilograms from the abdomen of a 50-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. 

Dr. Nguyen Van Tien, head of the surgery department at the hospital, said that the patient suffered a swollen, painful abdomen upon her admission.

She had noticed unusual signs about two years ago, but deferred seeking medical care for her abdominal pain over complicated COVID-19 developments in Ho Chi Minh City. 

It was not until the coronavirus pandemic was basically put under control in the southern city that the patient visited the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

After a consultation meeting, doctors diagnosed the patient with uterine sarcoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the muscles of the uterus or other tissues that support the uterus, so they decided to perform a surgery on the woman to remove the tumors.

Surgeons took out a total of more than 100 tumors attached to the patient’s uterus, intestinal loops, junctions, grooves of the small intestine, colon, and renal fossa.

The tumors, which weighed about five kilograms in total, compressed and pushed the positions of many internal organs.

Dr. Tien recommended that people have their health checked periodically, especially when there are abnormal signs in their bodies, so that doctors can detect risks early and provide timely treatment or intervention.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20211022/ho-chi-minh-city-doctors-excise-over-100-tumors-from-womans-abdomen/63725.html

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Minor quake strikes Central Highlands region again

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A minor earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Kon Plong district of Kon Tum province in the Central Highlands on October 21 evening, according to the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre under the Institute of Geophysics.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.
 

The quake shook the area at a depth of approximately 8.1km at around 20:21 and caused no injuries.

This is the third consecutive earthquake that has struck Kon Plong district since October 17.

Two subsequent quakes measuring 2.8 and 3.5 on the Richter scale jolted the district on October 17.

None of these minor earthquakes posed a natural disaster risk to the locality, said experts from Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre.

According to the centre, Kon Plong district had recorded dozens of earthquakes with a magnitude of no more than 4.0 from April to June 2021, causing no natural disaster risk.

The Institute of Geophysics has set up an additional monitoring station in order to better understand and promptly warn of dangerous geological phenomena, if any.

Source: VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/minor-quake-strikes-central-highlands-region-again-785040.html

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Cà Mau pioneers in halting online classes for primary schoolchildren

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The local authorities instructed educational institutions in the locality to carefully evaluate the actual situation, students’ attendance, and online learning quality before coming to the decision to halt online classes. — Photo danviet.vn

CÀ MAU – Realising that online learning does not benefit primary schoolchildren, Cà Mau Province authorities have been the first to look into stopping online classes for students at this level, which was well-received by both parents and teachers.

Two weeks into the 2021-22 school year, Cà Mau Province took the initiative in contrast to other areas. Initially holding online classes for primary schoolchildren, Cà Mau Department of Education and Training (DoET) evaluated the data collected over two weeks of online learning and came to the decision of cancelling online learning at the primary level.

Local statistics reveal that the attendance rate in the second week of online learning reached 88.21 per cent on average, with primary students was 84.75 per cent. Among these, approximately 60 per cent of the students were studying effectively. This number is lower for younger ages.

Online learning is ineffective for a number of reasons, the assessment found, one being first-year primary students have trouble accessing the online classes without direct instruction. In addition to this limitation, teachers also encounter difficulties in contacting their parents.

Speaking to Dân Việt (Vietnamese People) newspaper, Nguyễn Minh Luân, Head of Cà Mau DoET, said the province had been proactive in building different teaching plans amid the complicated COVID-19 developments in the country as the school year started. As this is the first time Cà Mau started a school year online, Cà Mau’s DoET had to admit to its shortcomings in implementation despite the resources mobilised for remote teaching.

According to Luân, the local authorities had instructed educational institutions in the locality to carefully evaluate the actual situation, students’ attendance, and online learning quality before coming to the decision to halt online classes.

“The only thing that drove Cà Mau’s education sector to advise the provincial People’s Committee to stop online classes at the primary level is for the sake of education quality,” said Luân.

Residing in a rural area of Cái Nước District in Cà Mau Province, Nguyễn Kiều Tiên’s daughter still faced difficulties although she is in Grade 4. In the rural area, internet connections are not common and children do not have access to smartphones, which proves to be an obstacle in interaction in online classes, Tiên explained.

“My husband and I spent over VNĐ5 million buying a smartphone and signing up for 3G network for my daughter to study, but to be honest, it took us a whole week to understand all the steps to get into online classes and help my child to study,” said Tiên.

Meanwhile, parents whose children are entering Grade 1 this year collectively complained over online learning. Nguyễn Văn Sìn, in Hòa Thành Commune, Cà Mau Province, has a son who is entering Grade 1 this year. It has been a headache for the family as they don’t know how to teach their child the same way as a teacher. “It was only a few minutes until he starts crying as we made him sit and focus on studying,” said Sìn.

Parents are overjoyed at Cà Mau’s decision to halt online learning for primary pupils. In their opinion, online classes are not suitable for the actual situation, take a lot of time and effort from parents and teachers while not producing the expected results in children’s learning.

With years of experience in teaching, Nguyễn Trung Hậu, a primary school teacher at Tân Hưng Đông Primary – Secondary School in Cái Nước Commune, Cà Mau Province, agreed that online learning has posed numerous difficulties for teachers, students, and parents.

“With the complicated developments of the pandemic, online learning is appropriate but does not return high efficiency, while posing multiple challenges along the way,” said Hậu. He also agrees with the province’s decision.  

“Each family owns only one or two smartphones, and parents take it with them when they go to work. The only free time for parents is also usually after 7pm, which is not convenient for the teachers to hold classes at that time,” said Nguyễn Minh Phụng, Head of the Education and Training Division in Cái Nước, Cà Mau.

The division also stated the online curriculum offers very limited effectiveness for children in Grade 1, 2, and 3, thus considering the provincial DoET’s decision the right and appropriate measure in the local context. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1063224/ca-mau-pioneers-in-halting-online-classes-for-primary-schoolchildren.html

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