Tran Duong Chinh, a 12th grader majoring in physics of the Hung Vuong High School for the Gifted, has become the first student from Phu Tho province to win a gold medal at the European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO).
Tran Duong Chinh wins a gold medal from EuPhO
This is the second gold medal Vietnam has won from EuPhO. As many as 220 students from 46 countries attended this year’s competition. Chinh was one of five students with the highest scores at the competition.
Chinh said he loved natural sciences in childhood and discovered the most interesting subject – physics – during secondary school. When he was a ninth grader, he was selected as a member of the team of excellent students to attend the provincial physics competition where he won the second prize.
“Physics lectures and experiments always excited me. I always tried to learn both in practice and in theory. I had a lot of opportunities to study and interact with good teachers and friends, partly because I was a member of the selected team of excellent students. This gave me more reason to be determined to pass the exam to enter the provincial high school for the gifted,” he recalled.
Chinh came in second at the entrance exam to the physics majoring class at the Hung Vuong High School for the Gifted that year, and the mathematics major class as well.
He decided to study in the physics major class and won high prizes at competitions. When he was in 10th grade, he won a gold medal at the Olympiad for coastal provinces and northern delta students, and a gold medal in physics at the Olympiad of natural sciences.
He also won third prize and then second prize at national competitions when he was in 11th and 12th grades, respectively.
With a father who is a public employee and mother a teacher, Chinh always has good favorable conditions to study.
His great love for physics inspired his younger brother, who placed first in the entrance exam to the physics major class of the Hung Vuong High School for the Gifted last year. Quan, he brother, is also a potential member of the team of selected students to attend the upcoming national competition.
|Tran Duong Chinh, a 12th grader majoring in physics of the Hung Vuong High School for the Gifted, has become the first student from Phu Tho province to win a gold medal at the European Physics Olympiad (EuPhO).|
“I first met Chinh when he was in 9th grade and I soon realized his ability as well his passion for physics. Later, I became a head teacher of his class and accompanied him through competitions. Chinh had left good impressions about his great efforts and achievements,” said Than Thi Thanh Binh, a teacher of the Hung Vuong High School for the Gifted.
The two factors that help Chinh gain the impressive achievements, according to Binh, are good scientific thinking, passion for scientific research and perseverance in learning.
Regularly reviewing for competitions and exams together with Chinh, the teacher helped Chinh supplement his knowledge. He had the chance to study with physics experts invited from the Vietnam Physics Association as well for in-depth study.
Binh also gave encouragement and advice. When attending the EuPhO selection round, Binh was affected by his failure to enter the selected team to attend a competition in Asia.
Binh then told Chinh that the competition was just a playing field which helped broaden one’s knowledge. She also said that the path ahead would be more difficult to follow and there would be fewer fellow-travelers.
Asked about his learning method, Chinh said in addition to the lessons in class, he regularly reads documents and gets knowledge from other sources. He always sets plans in details and arranges his time reasonably so as to avoid pressure.
He revealed that he likes assembling models, such as magnifiers and watches. For Chinh, this is an interesting way to discover the applications of physics.
Chinh said he felt stress, but he could overcome all difficulties thanks to the encouragement from teachers.
“When I have a difficult question, I would gather my strength on it until I can solve it, forgetting about the time,” he said.
“I am lucky as I can receive the strong support and attention from parents, who remind me that I need to both learn and play in a reasonable way, and that I should not bear the pressure of obtaining achievements,” he said.
Chinh is one of five Phu Tho students who were able to go to university without having to attend entrance exams. He plans to study automation at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
Northern Vietnamese provinces seek approval for construction of airports
Authorities in Lai Chau and Son La Provinces, northern Vietnam are seeking the prime minister’s approval for the construction of airports there.
In a document sent to PM Pham Minh Chinh, the Lai Chau People’s Committee mentioned its plan to build Lai Chau Airport, which is designed to cover 167 hectares and have the capacity of 500,000 passengers per year, in Tan Uyen Town during the 2022-30 period.
The administration stressed that the project plays an important role in promoting the province’s socio-economic development as well as contributes to ensuring national defense and security in border areas.
The province has carried out necessary land use planning and site clearance to attract the interest of investors in the project.
Some investors are mulling over implementing the project under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
PPP involves a contract between a public sector authority and a private party, in which the private party provides a public service or project and assumes financial, technical, and operational risk in the project.
In order to ensure the legal basis and favorable conditions for the construction of the airport, the Lai Chau People’s Committee requested the prime minister to give the green light to the project and authorize the administration to initiate it.
The Son La People’s Committee has also submitted a document to the premier to seek approval for the construction of Na San Airport under the PPP model.
The airdrome is expected to have the capacity of one million passengers by 2030.
The provincial administration previously coordinated with relevant sectors to study the possibility of building the airport with the state budget or capital of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, but both options were deemed to be very challenging.
The province thus considered using resources from the private sector.
In May 2021, Him Lam JSC suggested a plan to build the airdrome under the PPP model.
During the first phase, Na San Airport is expected to handle up to one million passengers and 350 metric tons of cargo a year, with the cost of the construction estimated at VND2.56 trillion (US$109.4 million).
In the second phase, an expansion costing VND468 billion ($20 million) will be carried out, and the airport capacity will increase to two million passengers a year.
The construction of Na Sa Airport is expected to run from the third quarter of 2023 to the fourth quarter of 2025.
Low-cost meals for the underprivileged in Ho Chi Minh City
Budget eateries offering each meal at a mere VND1,000 (US$0.04), VND5,000 ($21), or for free in Ho Chi Minh City are warming the hearts of low-income workers and disadvantaged people amid surging goods prices.
Situated at 317 Trung My Tay 13 Street in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, the eatery run by Tran Thi Dung and her husband serves offal porridge for disabled and elderly people and lottery ticket vendors.
Tran Thi Dung recounted that three years ago, her husband was severely injured in a traffic accident so she took him to their hometown for care and treatment.
When he was in good health again, they returned to the city to do business.
The couple decided to open a low-cost eatery as a way to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged.
“We charge no money to customers who are disabled and sell lottery tickets, but some still pay VND5,000 for their meal as they don’t want to be indebted to anyone.
“Receiving their thanks for our acts makes me happy and indefatigable.”
Another charity venue at 61 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in District 11 is serving vegetarian dishes at VND5,000 each.
The eatery owned by Tran Phuoc Hoa is a popular haunt of the disadvantaged people in the city.
Sometimes, philanthropists give financial support to the eatery, so it not only charges no money to poor people but also launches a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ program.
“I opened the vegan eatery in 2013 with an aim to share the hardship with the poor and encourage them to choose a vegan lifestyle,” Hoa said.
“High- or medium-income customers can pay the same price for their meal, while dishes are given to the poor free of charge.”
He strongly believed that he would receive luck and happiness in return for his kindness.
Nguyen Van Phuoc, who resides in Binh Tan District and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, said, “I have been a loyal customer of the VND5,000 vegan eatery for a long time.
“Dishes are changed every day.
“Having meals there helps me save a lot of money for supporting my family amid soaring prices.”
Sitting in Alley 221/10 on Phan Van Khoe Street in District 6, the VND1,000 porridge eatery called ‘Come Here,’ which is run by Thai Cong Minh and his wife, is also a charitable site for students and low-income laborers.
“I have sold porridge for 20 years,” Minh said.
“The eatery is open from 3:30 am to 8:00 pm each day.
“Each ladle of porridge costs VND1,000, while the prices of side dishes range from VND3,000 to VND5,000.
“The eatery mainly serves poor people and low-income workers such as lottery ticket sellers, so I will not spike the prices at this time to retain customers and partially support them amid this ‘price storm.’”
|Free or VND5,000 bowls of porridge warm the hearts of the disadvantaged in Ho Chi Minh City amid rising goods prices. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|Tran Phuoc Hoa’s VND5,000 vegan eatery, which offers takeout, is a popular haunt of poor people in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong|
|At budget eateries, customers with high or low income can pay the same price. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|Nguyen Van Phuoc, who lives in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, is one of the VND5,000 vegan eatery’s loyal customers. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|The porridge eatery named ‘Come Here’ owned by Thai Cong Minh in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City charges VND1,000 per ladle amid the current ‘price storm.’ Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|Apart from porridge as the main dish, Thai Cong Minh’s eatery also serves side dishes such as radish stir-fried with pickles and fish sauce, dried fish, Vietnamese caramelized fish sauce dip, and salted eggs. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong|
Vietnam’s tank team competes in International Army Games in Russia
Vietnam competed in the qualifying round of the tank biathlon category within the framework of the International Army Games 2022 in Moskva, Russia on Saturday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
This year’s tank biathlon event attracts the participation of 61 crews of 21 teams, divided into two groups.
The first group consists of teams from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia, while the second is comprised of Abkhazia, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Laos, Mali, Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, Tajikistan, and South Ossetia.
Teams in Group 1 will compete in the qualifying round to select the top eight to enter the semi-final round and then the best four for the final round.
Meanwhile, those in Group 2 will only join a round-robin format.
Crew No.1 of the Vietnamese tank team completed their task on Saturday, destroying four targets out of five and finishing the race after 34 minutes 53 seconds.
Meanwhile, crews from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan annihilate all five targets and finished the race after 25 minutes 57 seconds, and 25 minutes and 18 seconds, respectively.
The Venezuelan rivals destroyed only one target and finished their competition after 47 minutes 5 seconds.
Crews No. 2 and 3 of the Vietnamese tank team will compete on August 16 and 20.
First held in 2015, the International Army Games are an annual Russian military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
This year’s edition will run from August 13 to 27 at the military training grounds in twelve countries: Russia, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.
More than 260 teams from 35 countries join the 2022 Games.
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