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Special gifts for teachers of IMO medalists

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Each student winning medals at the 2020 IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad) received one more medal to give to his or her teacher.

Special gifts for teachers of IMO medalists

The medal and the gift from Thanh to her teacher

The 2020 IMO organizing board said that each prize winner could receive two medals, one for the student and one for the teacher.

Medalists have the right to determine to whom they will give the second medals.

There will be the words “To my teacher from a grateful student” on the back of the medal.

On January 8, at the ceremony to commend high school students who have won medals at international Olympiads, the students of the national mathematics team received the medals.

Chu Thi Thanh, a bronze medalist and the only female student of this year’s national team to attend the 2020 IMO, and a former student of the Vinh Phuc High School for the Gifted, decided to give the second medal to Nguyen Duy Lien, the teacher, who discovered and fostered her talent in Vinh Phuc.

In addition to the medal, Thanh also gave her teacher mathematics books that she said would be better used by the teacher.

Lien said it was a surprise to receive the gift from Thanh.

“There are few students who can understand teachers’ hobbies,” he explained. “I am happy that I can teach a near perfect student.”

Lien is known in Vietnam as the teacher of the students winning international medals. Over the last 25 years of working as a mathematics teacher, he has helped trained 50 national excellent students and 3 IMO medalists, including Nguyen Xuan Truong, a gold medalist at IMO 2002, Do Van Quyet, gold medalist at 2017 IMO, and Chu Thi Thanh.

Tran Nhat Minh, the winner of another bronze medal, a former student at the Le Hong Phong High School For the Gifted in Nam Dinh, decided to give the medal to Nguyen Hoang Cuong, the teacher leading the school’s mathematics team.

Meanwhile, Doan Thu Huong, the mother of Ngo Quy Dang, an 11th grader at the High School for the Gifted in Natural Sciences, said her son is still in ‘acute hesitation’. Dang received the medal on January 8, but still cannot decide whom to give the medal.

“In his path to success, Dang knew many wonderful teachers who have taught him and given advice. It is really difficult to make a decision. He is still thinking about this,” Huong said.

Ngo Quy Dang is the youngest member of the Vietnamese national team attending IMO 2020 and he won a gold medal. He got 36 out of 42 score and ranked fourth among this year’s attendants. 

Thanh Hung

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/special-gifts-for-teachers-of-imo-medalists-704951.html

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Japan suspends visas for Vietnamese citizens

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Japan has suspended granting visas to Vietnamese citizens amid the country’s Covid-19 problems.

According to the Department of Overseas Labour Management under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, that the suspension started from January 14 after the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

Japan has decided to temporarily halt the granting of new visas for foreigners, including those from Vietnam.

People gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi for visa application


People who had been provided with a visa to Japan earlier are allowed to enter Japan as of midnight of January 21 at the latest. However, they have to be tested negative for Covid-19 and the test certificate needs to be submitted to Japanese authorities no more than three days before their flight to Japan.

Anyone who enters Japan will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. People are not permitted to use public transport from airports to quarantine sites.

People who violate Covid-19 prevention regulations will be strictly punished.

The measures will be applied until further notice from the Japanese government.

Japan was among six countries from June that offered looser visa policies. Dtinews/Tienphong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/japan-suspends-visas-for-vietnamese-citizens-706066.html

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COVID-19 update in Việt Nam on Saturday evening

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Vietnam implements closed medical monitoring system

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the meeting – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HCMC – The Ministries of Health, Science-Technology, and Information-Communications have completed the Covid-19 information management system, enabling Vietnam to begin a closed medical monitoring process, the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control announced at a meeting on January 15.

Information about citizens and experts will be recorded on the system right after they register to come to Vietnam at Vietnam’s foreign missions and airlines. All of them have to complete the mandatory health declarations and specify where they will reside after the quarantine period. Based on the information, the local authorities will be able to better prepare to receive and quarantine them.

The quarantine centers and the health authorities have also been asked to work closely with each other to follow up on the quarantined people after the quarantine period.

“The information system has been completed, creating a closed medical monitoring process. There should not be any infected persons entering the country and those arriving at the airports without completing the health declarations, causing congestion at the airports,” Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at the meeting.

The national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control proposed lengthening the quarantine period for people returning from regions with the new Covid-19 variant. Some special cases that were previously subjected to a quarantine period of less than 14 days should now be quarantined for at least 14 days. People coming from high-risk regions should even be quarantined for over 14 days as there have been some cases that still tested positive for Covid-19 after the 14-day quarantine period.

The committee also proposed tightening Covid-19 infection prevention and control during the National Party Congress and the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The committee asked the Ministry of Health to work with local authorities nationwide to always be watchful and well prepared to respond quickly in case of complicated Covid-19 developments during the country’s most important political event and the biggest holiday of the year.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80207/vietnam-implements-closed-medical-monitoring-system.html

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