Vietnam Deel 2

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1) Nu weet ik dat je ook van hobbyen houdt, bij DX-extreme kan je ook lasermodules kopen die normaal voor het graveren bedoeld zijn (>3W), maar ik gok die die ook gebruikt kunnen worden om op redelijke afstand ook een kabeltje door kunnen lassen... (of de hele bovenkant van de paal als je pech geluk hebt).
Om je sporen te wissen zou ik hem op afstand via een drone besturen....

2) Dat signaal komt vast van 1 van die kabels, die ook buiten het gebied van buurman/vrouw komen denk ik. Begin daar eens te knippen.
3) Een betonbever zoeken ? (misschien valt dat aan te leren? ;-) )
Deze fantastische ideeen komen niet van mij he...
 

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Wederom dank voor de echte brainstorm-suggesties. Ze zijn inmiddels in een mindmap gezet. Uit ervaring weet ik dat daardoor vanzelf nieuwe ideeen opborrelen. En wie weet zit daar plotseling een echt uitvoerbare bij.

Een drone heb ik al eerder over nagedacht in de strijd tegen de karaoke-aso’s.

Gisteren wel iets anders opgestart. Ik heb nog een heel oude iphone en heb daar een decibelmeter opgezet. Tijdens de middaguitzending even op het terras gemeten en vergeleken met de gegevens op Gehoorschade en decibels | CM

Op (geschat) 50 m. van de speakers mat ik:
Gemiddeld: 81 dB
Piek 89 dB
Max 91 dB
Dat is meer dan verwacht. Ik wil dat even een paar dagen volhouden en ook een paar metingen redelijk dichtbij de speakers verrichten. Daarna eerst een babbeltje maken met het hoofd van het medisch centrum. Kijken of we het officieel kunnen spelen.

Maar alle suggesties zijn nog steeds welkom omdat ik eerlijk gezegd van het officiële traject ook niet veel verwacht. Ik ken de onzindelijke Vietnamese manier van redeneren inmiddels vrij goed. Hier zal ongetwijfeld worden gezegd dat je uren moet luisteren voor gehoorschade, maar dat de uitzending maar een uur duurt. Meer waarschijnlijk is dat ze niet eens naar mij zullen luisteren (ook doof van de karaoke). O-)

Edit.
Zojuist even op Google maps gemeten. De afstand tussen speaker en terras is 80 m.
 
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Expert warns Vietnamese parents against mixing screen time with meal time

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A child’s eyes are fixed on a screen as his mother feeds him in Vietnam. Photo: Thuy Duong / Tuoi Tre


A French psychologist has explained the consequences of allowing children to keep their eyes glued to screens while eating, warning against the long term health impacts of the growing trend.

Scan the dining room of any restaurant in Vietnam and you’ll notice they all have at least one thing in common: most children in the room are locked into a staring contest with a smartphone or tablet.

Parents throughout the country have chosen to trade in discipline for cartoons, movies, and mind-numbing mobile games in order to keep children in their seats at restaurants, and experts say this is causing considerable damage to the mental development of Vietnam’s youth.

T., a preschooler in Ho Chi Minh City, is one of literally millions of children in Vietnam whose development has been stunted by screen time. During meals, T.’s grandmother takes the path of least resistance in getting the young boy to eat - simply plopping him down in front of the television and using it as a distraction to shovel food into his mouth. If T. gets bored or throws a tantrum, she switches the channel and keeps on feeding.

While the grandmother sees it as a way to keep the boy well fed, experts say such practices lead to a dependency on screens and serious health issues. Children like T. become conditioned to only eat in the shadow of colorful cartoons while parents are happy to have their kid sit still for a few minutes.


Strongly unadvised
In a recent interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, French psychology expert Wilfried Gontran, a psychology lecturer at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès in Toulouse, France, said he is terrified of the long term issues consequences of giving Vietnamese children so much screen time.

Gontran, who also teaches at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University Hanoi, recently spoke to a group of parents and children at a seminar titled “Young People and the Virtual – Fascination for the Screens” in the Vietnamese capital, where he discussed the impact that technology, such as smart phones, tablets, and televisions, has on children and the extent to which it should be limited.

Children under three years old are extremely attracted by colorful images and giving them so much exposure to these images at such a young stage of development creates an inevitable attachment that continues into their adolescence, explained the French expert. Gontran added that these parents are just “lulling children to sleep” instead of properly feeding them.

The French psychologist, who also is member of the Association for the Development of Education and Psychology in Southeast Asia (ADEPASE), also noted that children aged 0 to five who interact with mobile devices at early ages, face more mental and psychological problems than those who first begin to interact with such devices after the age of ten.

Some of the negative effects that extended screen time can have on children include passing on opportunities to interact with other, passivity, and avoiding dealing with uncomfortable real-world situations.


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Two children glued to tablet screens. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre


Doctor Pham Minh Triet, the former head of the psychology department at Children’s Hospital 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, echoed Gontran’s view that eating while watching videos is harmful to development.

The Vietnamese expert said many studies have proven a link between watching television during meals can lead to obesity and lead to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Other problems brought on by mixing screens with meals include language and speaking disorders, aggressiveness, lack of concentration, and a lack of critical thinking skills. ccording to Gontran, parents who claim that technology serves as a ‘babysitter’ while they are busy are only hindering their child’s development.

He also stressed that technology is a vital aspect of modern society and that, rather than banning children from these devices completely, time should be limited. “Most importantly, during the time parents are preventing children from using smart phones, tablets, and televisions, parents need to redirect their children to other things or shape their interest so that the children will start going out to the world,” Gontran said. “You can go with your child for a walk, have some fun, and maybe even have a bit of a quarrel with the child. Don’t forget that children really like ‘quarrels’,” he joked.



Expert warns Vietnamese parents against mixing screen time with meal time - Tuoi Tre News


Scan the dining room of any restaurant in Vietnam and you’ll notice they all have at least one thing in common: most children in the room are locked into a staring contest with a smartphone or tablet.”
Ik ben het met deze alinea principieel oneens. Je ziet iedereen naar een scherm staren. En vervolgens kwaad naar het bedienend personeel kijken als die om wat ruimte verzoeken om het eten uit te serveren.

“Some of the negative effects that extended screen time can have on children include passing on opportunities to interact with other, passivity, and avoiding dealing with uncomfortable real-world situations.”
Na mijn laatste oogoperatie ben ik ruim een week alleen in een hotel in HCM gebleven. Minh had een lang daarvoor geplande bijeenkomst in Amerika en ik mocht niet vliegen. Ik heb toen een aantal dagen in hetzelfde, niet al te dure restaurant gegeten. Wat mij daar opviel –en mateloos ergerde- is de ongelooflijk lompe wijze, waarop men met het bedienend personeel omging.
  • Een bedankje voor het open doen van de deuren kon er niet vanaf.
  • Even de telefoon wegdoen bij uitserveren werd met grote moeite en een geërged gezicht gedaan.
  • Überhaupt ergens voor bedanken? Waarom zou je? We betalen er toch voor? O-)
Zie voor meer Vietnam

Kortom, het artikel gaat over zo ongeveer elke Vietnamees!

De –op zich wel logische- gevolgtrekking, dat zo ongeveer elke Vietnamees in feite dus nog steeds een kind is zal ik maar niet maken. O-) :+
 

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De oplossing is vrij simpel: koop een barrel van een auto, zorg dat er wel van die opblaaspoppen inzitten die bij een aanrijding uit hun schulp komen en rij dan tegen die paal op! Nog beter, geef een vrijwilliger een klein bedrag, zorg dat je getuigen hebt dat je niet in de buurt bent, en laat hem tegen die paal knallen. Paal valt om, bestuurder met de schrik vrij (of een paar schrammen, maar daar is voor betaald in het geval van de vrijwilliger), rust in de tent.
 

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Toegevoegd aan de mindmap.

Probleem is wel dat bijna alle suggesties Vietnamese korte-termijn-maatregelen zijn. Ter vergelijking: lange-termijn is hier maximaal een week. O-)
Ofwel het is heel snel te repareren.

Niettemin ga ik nog wel even door met de mindmap. Dit omdat het mij toch vaak aan nieuwe ideeën helpt. Misschien publiceer ik hem hier nog wel als hij nog wat meer uitgebreid is (en er geen terras-Dalatwijn-zaken in staan).

Vandaag geen metingen verricht: de gehele middag zonder elektriciteit gezeten, dus ook geen publieke omroep. Alleen één van de karaoke-aso's. Die boxen werken ook op een ingebouwde accu.
 

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Vietnamese model bashed for wearing revealing gown in Cannes

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Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh walks on the red carpet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019. Photo: Getty Images


A Vietnamese model has drawn criticism over her appearance at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France wearing a scanty black gown that leaves little to the imagination.

Model Ngoc Trinh arrived on the red carpet of the annual film festival on Sunday for the screening of German film A Hidden Life. Appearing in a sheer lace bodice with beaded detailing and a pair of black glittered heels, the 29-year-old brimmed with confidence as she posed in front of cameras amongst international stars.

UK tabloid newspaper Daily Mail describes Trinh’s Sunday ensemble as “the most daring outfit” of the night. “Ngoc Trinh attended Cannes this weekend in an ensemble that was cut so high it made us wince,” Daily Mail comments.


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Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh walks on the red carpet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019. Photo: Getty Images


Her appearance has been rapped in Vietnam with social media users criticizing her risqué outfit, which they described as unfit for a formal event like Cannes. Trinh’s appearance in Cannes was also thrown into question, as the model did not participate in any film project up for preview at this year’s edition of the film festival.

On Monday, culture ministry spokesperson Nguyen Thai Binh said Ngoc Trinh did not represent any official Vietnamese agencies in attending the festival. How she shows up for the event is therefore “her business,” Binh said.


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Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh walks on the red carpet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019. Photo: Getty Images


“From my viewpoint, I consider [her outfit] to be anti-cultural and go against the fine customs of Vietnam,” the official said. “This is truly an objectionable behavior and a ridiculous attempt at drawing attention.”

Founded in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival, held annually in the namesake city in France, previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. The invitational festival is held annually around May, and is one of the “Big Three” film fests alongside the Venice Film Festival in Italy and Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. The 72nd Cannes Film Festival lasts from May 14 to 25.


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Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh walks on the red carpet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 19, 2019. Photo: Getty Images


Bron: Vietnamese model bashed for wearing revealing gown in Cannes - Tuoi Tre News


Een “zonnige” post voor de zondag (nee nee, geen typo, “zonnige” is niet met “nd” O-) )

Eén van de modelfotografen, die ik volg (Matt Granger, Matt Granger - Home) heeft het altijd over “reveal and conceal (onthul en verberg)” bij modelfotografie. M.i. is dit een zeer geslaagde uitwerking van dit principe. :P

En dat hypocriete anti-cultural geneuzel? Ach… O-)

Daarnaast, over het “… anti-cultural and go against the fine customs of Vietnam,” the official said. “This is truly an objectionable behavior and a ridiculous attempt at drawing attention.” heb ik de afgelopen dagen in een iets breder verband al genoeg geschreven en met de grond gelijk gemaakt, dus ik zal mij voor nu even inhouden. O-)
 

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In honor of the women around us

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Vietnamese women in traditional 'ao dai.' Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre


As a 108-year-old global event, it’s well known and respected, at least in most modern and progressive cultures – but how much has it aided women’s lives in Vietnam?

Vietnam celebrates the value that women add to their culture twice. As part of the movement highlighting women’s issues on March 8th and then later on October 20th celebrating the nation’s women in a softer fashion, a little like Valentine’s Day although on both occasions feminine achievements in science, culture, education and other contributions, charity work for example, are awarded.

All good and well, I suppose, but are the local lasses better off yet? Vietnam has been pretty good on the legal front with the 2007 Law on the Prevention and Control on Domestic

Violence, which has been upgraded twice to include more robust definitions of violence to aid prosecutions. However, domestic violence is still a very serious issue, often hidden behind family dynamics and the common local perception by men that it’s all right to belt a woman to ‘keep her in line’. Many Vietnamese men I’ve spoken to are surprised that it’s considered a bad thing.

Like so much of this nation – attitudes and behaviors are going to take a long time to modify and a lot of this depends on an education system still struggling to upgrade itself to the demands of the twenty-first century vs the traditional ways that are still enforced in local communities and households. I suspect that this and the next generation, through education and changing social attitudes, thanks to social media, TV and local training, will learn to give women more respect.

The 2006 Law on Gender Equality has also helped women gain entitlements in the workplace and ownership to land and businesses as well. Yet that’s only half the story. The gender pay imbalance is still every bit as bad as some Western countries despite Vietnam having one of the highest rates of participation in the workforce. In the informal work sector – working from home, small businesses (not to mention all the little street stalls!) women actually outnumber men but sadly earn about half of male incomes. Keep in mind that the gender pay difference is even worse in a number of other Southeast Asian countries so the fact that there’s any improvement in Vietnam should be a positive thing.

There are hundreds of projects operating across the nation to alleviate and improve female lives. The UN, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank fund a huge amount. A lot of these projects are organized by the Vietnam Women’s Union, founded in 1930.

As part of this year’s celebrations, the union is planning a campaign: ‘safety year for women and children focusing on educational efforts in the areas of school, family, work, social networks, food safety and hygiene’. The Ministry of Public Security also pledged to assist in the enforcement of the laws protecting women and children as part of the union’s project, particularly domestic violence and human trafficking.

The union also hosts the annual Kovalevskaya Award, which honors scientific achievements over the past year. Both events kick off just before March 8th to gain media awareness ahead of the main events which are largely ceremonial.

An intriguing project I discovered by accident from a Facebook comment is a local one in Hoi An (where I live) involving waste management disposal and giving jobs to poor local women, including supplying bicycles and equipment. Funded out of a United Nations small project grants fund and operated with the help of the Hoi An Women’s Union, the project has reduced the waste by 70% to the local landfills by sorting out recyclables and other waste. It might not seem like much but this again is yet another example of locals helping locals.

It’s estimated that if women could fully participate the world economy in all countries, it would create a mindboggling 16 trillion dollars in newly created global wealth. Equally, although less acknowledged, are all those unpaid contributions to our lives by women – mothers, carers, bread-winners and the support they give communities. All our lives depend on the women around us.

There’s a lot I haven’t covered in this story – the ‘MeToo’ issues, women’s health, educational access (especially higher education), ethnic women and lots more – still that means lots more to discuss and write about. So even if I’ve skimmed over a lot, these issues won’t be ignored, by me or others.

Also I’d like to acknowledge the work of the foreign women in the Quang Nam area who also contribute to the women (and kids) of Vietnam. Jackie Wrafter at The Kianh Foundation, Tanya Carmont and others at SwimVietnam, Mai McCann at Hearing and Beyond (deaf kids), Linda Burn at Children's Education Foundation and Karen Leonard at Lifestart.

So on this coming Women’s Day, ladies everywhere, I salute your cleverness, bravery, patience, innovation and ability to keep going, even when it’s heartbreaking hard. Happy International Women’s Day!



Bron: In honor of the women around us - Tuoi Tre News
 

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Vietnamese man makes traditional conical hat from almond leaf

A Vietnamese man has put a new twist on the traditional conical hat non la as he replaces the conventional material of palm leaves with almond leaves, giving his hats a crisp and fragile-looking appearance.

Vietnamese conical hats, literally meaning 'leaf hats,' have for long been a symbol of the country as many ladies use them to shelter from the sun. While the original materials are palm leaves or leaves with similar texture that can make a strong-looking appearance and durability, Vo Ngoc Hung modernizes his products by using transparent almond leaves.

Living in the former imperial capital city of Hue, Hung has been making a living through different forms of art that require utmost meticulousness, including painting, sculpting, and making non la. “I have been painting on wood, but no one was buying my products,” Hung said. “I had to find something new, unique, and strange, but still symbolizing Hue,” he added.

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Vo Ngoc Hung uses a toothbrush to lightly scratch off the green layer of an almond leaf after it has been chemically treated. Photo: An Nhien / Tuoi Tre


Around a year ago, Hung saw a documentary about the iconic conical hat, which made him think about other materials he can use to modernize the traditional accessory to catch customers' attention. “I went on the Internet to look for videos teaching how to prepare the leaves,” Hung recalled his self-learning process. “I tried many different types of leaves including bodhi leaves, fig leaves, and breadfruit tree leaves."

Every time his experiment failed, his wife Le Thi Ky Ngo would encourage him to give it another go, while also looking for other sources of income. “There was a period when we ran out of money, so we had to sell two of our racing bicycles for VND30 million [US$1,300] so he could keep experimenting,” Ngo said.

One of Hung's friends then suggested he try almond tree leaves but those that grow in the forest, around 30 kilometers from Hue City. After reaching the forest, the man had to walk another hour before being able to collect the leaves needed to make non la. This time he succeeded as the previous experiments had taught him the most basic requirements for the leaves to make a conical hat, leading to him collecting the right plants.

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Vo Ngoc Hung places already treated almond leaves onto a conical hat frame. Photo: An Nhien / Tuoi Tre


After being chemically treated, the green layer fades, allowing Hung to lightly scratch it off completely leaving the leaves colorless with the leaf veins and petiole showing before putting them in a pressing machine. Then, the almond leaves are placed one by one on the conical hat’s frame, with each hat being made of 15 to 16 leaves.

For the final procedure, sewing the leaves to the frame, Hung hires others with better expertise in the region to help him. “I am happy enough to cry,” Hung said after selling the first 60 hats at VND 450,000 ($19) apiece. “I cannot believe that all the efforts of the past year were finally welcomed by customers and the market.”

Nowadays, 'Non La Hung' makes are in high demand, with many being sold right after production. Many customers were even fascinated enough to ask to give it a try, but many realized the process of making the hat is highly intricate.

As for Hung, he is currently looking for a way to teach this profession to others while also experimenting with other leaves suitable to make a decoration on his almond leaf conical hats. “I am trying putting images of Hue’s heritage on the hats,” he said as he was packing the hats in boxes to send to other cities and provinces in Vietnam.


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Almond leaf non la. Photo: An Nhien / Tuoi Tre


Bron: Vietnamese man makes traditional conical hat from almond leaf - Tuoi Tre News


Tijdens het maken van mijn boek E-book Kleine bedrijven in Vietnam - Een kijkje van binnenuit heb ik overal gevraagd of er hier in de wijde omgeving iemand was die punthoedjes nog met de hand maakte. Dit leek mij een welkome aanvulling. Helaas, volgens iedereen gebeurt dat uitsluitend machinaal.

Het is dan leuk om te lezen, dat er toch iemand dit nog steeds met de hand doet. En persoonlijk vind ik het effect, dat hij bereikt, zeer geslaagd.
 

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Vietnamese teacher organizes special class to promote awareness of child molestation

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Phan Thi Thuy Loan raises questions for students in her class at Nguyen Hue Secondary School in Da Nang, central Vietnam. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre


A deputy headmaster of an middle school in the central city of Da Nang has been holding weekly classes on sexual harassment to equip students with necessary skills and knowledge to prevent and deal with this problem.

Child sexual abuse and school violence have become rife in Vietnam recently, which causes confusion and fear among parents and children.

Phan Thi Thuy Loan, vice principal of Nguyen Hue Middle School in Da Nang, acknowledged the alarming situation as well as the lack of social skills in most students today, with the development of technology partly to blame, so she decided to organize free after-class lessons to improve the situation in 2018.

Since then, Loan’s class has drawn participation of many students, including those from other schools, and received positive feedback due to the creativity and sense of humor in each lesson, unlike her normally seen strict and formal vibe.

The special class would begin with some questions about child sexual abuse and school violence for students to discuss to get a precise definition of the problem given. Aside from raising discussion about this issue in class, Loan showed videos of factual situations to provide students the idea of when and where this could happen as well as how to deal with it.

There were also some quizzes and tests for children to analyze the facial expressions and identify the real bad guys in many cases of sexual harassment, which turned out to be a surprise for children since anyone can be the suspect even those who looked nice and dressed properly.

The best part in Loan’s lessons was the practice, in which students can get a more realistic view about the problem and were trained some tricks and skills by martial arts teachers to protect themselves from predators.

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Students participate in self-defense lessons at Nguyen Hue Secondary School in Da Nang, central Vietnam. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre


Nguyen Ngoc Doan Thy, an eighth grader of Nguyen Hue Secondary School, said that Loan’s extra class helped provide both background information about the issues and real situations for them to practice what they had learned. “I am now quite confident that I would know how to handle with sexual harassment or abuse cases thanks to her useful lessons,” she said.

Loan’s class received positive feedback from not only students but also their parents, one of whom was Tran Thanh Son, the father of 9th grader Tran Thi Thanh Thuy of Kim Dong Secondary School in Da Nang. He shared that Thuy became more confident and sociable after attending Loan’s weekly class, which made him very delighted.

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Phan Thi Thuy Loan interacts with students in her class at Nguyen Hue Secondary School in Da Nang, central Vietnam. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre


Loan also put her theory into practice everywhere from museums, parks to hospitals and coffee shops to help students get the real experience and self-train what they had been taught at school under her supervision and instruction.

She said that the keys in the success of her lessons are her own precise understanding of the problem and ability to gain students’ trust due to her exemplary life and respectful attitude towards them.

Aside from teaching, Loan is also a reliable consultant for both students and parents to share their deepest secret or complicated concerns and children usually stay after her class to attend her upcoming Q&A section.



Bron: Vietnamese teacher organizes special class to promote awareness of child molestation - Tuoi Tre News


Morgen waarom e.e.a. niet helemaal zinloos is
 

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Vietnamese teacher handed 6-month suspension for beating second graders

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Nguyen Thi Thu Trang slaps a second-grade student at Quan Toan Elementary School in northern Hai Phong City on May 8, 2019 in this screenshot taken from CCTV footage.

A female teacher in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong was given a six-month suspension after CCTV footage captured her beating multiple second-grade students in a classroom earlier this month.

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 32, a teacher at Quan Toan Elementary School in Hong Bang District, was punished following an investigation into the incident, Hoang Thi Nhan, chairwoman of the district’s administration, confirmed on Thursday. Trang was also given a one-year ban from working as a homeroom teacher.

According to the school board, the incident occurred in a second-grade classroom on the morning of May 8 and was captured by a camera installed inside the room. In the footage, Trang was seen slapping and hitting multiple students with a ruler between 7:35 am and 10:17 am while the students were taking a final exam.

Among the youngsters, Bui Manh D., appeared to have taken the brunt of the attacks.
In her talk with administrators, the teacher attempted to justify her actions by explaining that the students were sluggish during the exam.

The situation was first reported to the school board after D.’s parents discovered his wounds.
The parents also posted the CCTV footage to social media. D. received hospital treatments for soft-tissue wounds on his temporal regions, an injured left ear, and two bruises on his left leg, his parents said.

Trang has yet to offer an apology or speak to the family about the incident, D.’s parents stated.

The Hong Bang People’s Committee was scheduled to meet the family on Thursday afternoon to discuss further solutions.



Bron: Vietnamese teacher handed 6-month suspension for beating second graders - Tuoi Tre News


Commentaar overbodig. O-)
 

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Snowy White - Riding the Blues

Track:



Moodboard:
Eén van de foto’s van een Z/W moodboard, dat ik hier wil uitwerken.

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Gevonden:
Weg voor de shoot
Doodlopend en in the middle of nowhere.
Meestal niemand te zien. :+

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Gezocht:
Model
Om moodboard en weg te combineren.
Jack o.i.d. in plaats van gitaar.
 

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Zombies

Erich, die inmiddels net zo cynisch en sarcastisch is als ik, kwam met een raadseltje.

Q: “Waarom zie je in Vietnam geen zombies?”

A: “Zombies eten hersenen”. O-) :+

Mijn grijns van oor tot oor bij het horen van de oplossing was er één van herkenning...

Overbuurman
Na de heibel over het uitschakelen van onze elektriciteit door de overbuurman (Vietnam Deel 2) heeft hij zijn beide kinderen weggehaald van de Engelse les, die Min geeft. Ze neemt hiervoor geen geld aan, hooguit af en toe vruchten, eieren etc. die de kinderen meenemen. Als “strafmaatregel” dus volslagen nutteloos: zijn eigen kinderen zijn de enige die de dupe worden. En de stoer uitgesproken woorden, dat hij ze wel elders bijles zou laten geven, ach, veel geschreeuw en echt geen millimeter wol. Is uiteraard ook niet gebeurd. .

Achterbuurman
Twee weken geleden stond op zondagmiddag de installatie bij de buren recht achter ons zo hard, dat Minh geen les kon geven. Ik zat naar motorracen te kijken met een over-the-ears-koptelefoon op om de les niet te storen. Het lawaai kwam door het commentaar heen!

Minh belde en kreeg de buurvrouw. De broer van haar man was op bezoek, stomdronken en maakte dat lawaai. Ze heeft als vrouw in dit soort situaties niets te vertellen maar ze zou het proberen. Mede omdat haar dochter bij Minh op les zit.

Zowaar, een miniem streepje zachter.

Een dik uur later kwam haar man thuis, belde Minh en zei, dat hij de installatie uit zou zetten.

En zowaar…

Weer een paar dagen later belde hij nogmaals op en deelde mede, dat zijn dochter niet meer naar Engelse les zou komen. Een reden werd niet gegeven. Ook hier een volslagen onzinnige maatregel.

Waarom?
Het enige dat we kunnen bedenken is dat beide mannen zich zo ontzettend in hun mannelijke eer voelen aangetast dat ze door een vrouw op hun handelen worden aangesproken (Minh doet het woord, ik spreek geen Vietnamees en de buren geen Engels), dat ze op deze stompzinnige en volstrekt zinloze wijze wraak “denken” te nemen. Ach, ja, hoe dom kan iemand zijn…

Onze overbuurvrouw weet volgens mij alles van iedereen, dus mogelijk is er door die roddel-truus, al dan niet op aangeven van de buurman, ook nog wat gestookt: “pikken jullie het dat die stomme buitenlander met die stadse trien ons gaan vertellen hoe wij ons hier moeten gedragen?” Ik sluit het niet uit, de overeenkomsten zijn te groot om toeval te zijn. Ook omdat er een paar dagen overheen gingen.

De eerder gemaakte opmerking, dat de vrouwen in deze niets te vertellen hebben is trouwens uiterst serieus. De overbuurvrouw, waar Minh een goede relatie mee had, moest onze huissleutel teruggeven en mocht niet meer voor de honden zorgen. Ook mocht ze geen vlees voor onze honden op de markt kopen en alvast de elektriciteitsrekening betalen als ze terugrijdend van de markt langs het kantoor kwam.

Voor ons is eigenlijk niets veranderd. De moeder van één van Minh’s leerlingen zorgt nu voor de honden als we een dagje weg zijn. Haar baan is het rondbrengen van de elektriciteitsnota’s, dus die die betaalt ze ook alvast voor ons. :+

En de overburen, wel, die moeten nu regelmatig er op de motor op uit om ergens gras voor de koeien te zoeken, iets dat ze vroeger moeiteloos uit onze tuin haalden.

Al met al is dit zeker geen verhaal van “wie het laatst lacht…”: er valt bar weinig te lachen. Wat mij betreft kent deze situatie louter verliezers.

Research
Maar om er een positieve draai aan te geven. Op basis van o.m deze ervaringen lijkt het me een goed idee voor een onderzoeksvoorstel op de faculteit Sociologie van één of andere universiteit:
“Bestaan zombies in Vietnam?
Een onderzoek naar normen, waarden, cognitieve- en sociale vaardigheden en intermenselijke relaties in een karaoke-cultuur.”.


Wedden, dat je binnen de kortste keren een PhD hebt… O-)
 
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Vietnamese youngsters help the poor practice community-based tourism

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A member of Volunteer for Education Organization (center) teaches children soft skills in Hong Thai Commune, Na Hang District, Tuyen Quang Province. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Community-based tourism is being introduced to poor localities in northern Vietnam in an effort to provide them with a sustained source of income, so as to significantly improve their quality of life.

Instead of building facilities, roads, and schools, a group of youngsters chose to help poor regions with tourism potential to practice community-based tourism, which requires very little investment yet is attracting a growing number of tourists. In order to prepare the community for the new form of livelihood, these youngsters also teach English and other subjects to children of the regions. Members of the Volunteer for Education Organization (VEO) not only acknowledge their responsibility with the society, they also do it out of their generous hearts.


New form of tourism
The combination of travel and volunteerism is what VEO has been pursuing for the past five years. VEO members get to travel to distant regions with breathtaking sights no other places have, where they also help the local residents.

Until now, hundreds of volunteers have participated in the volunteering activities the organization held helping people in northern communes and provinces such as Ha Giang Province, Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang Province, Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province, and Mu Cang Chai Commune in Yen Bai Province, among others.

In these regions, youngsters work with local authorities to instruct the residents on how to practice community-based tourism, usually starting with making adjustments to the houses to turn them into a sufficient homestay spots to welcome tourists, while the organization also holds activities showing the locals how to improve the visitors’ experience and classes to teach English.

VEO co-founder and managing director Nguyen Huyen Phuong admits the difficulties she had introducing “volunteering tourism” to the young when she first started it in June 2013. “When the young have a chance to go to undeveloped regions and see how much the people there want to turn their lives around, the participants realize their own responsibilities with the society and learn to share more,” the managing director said, adding that it is a great opportunity for the youngsters to develop themselves.

At first the volunteers who registered to participate in the trip also had to pay a participation fee to cover the transportation, accommodation, and meals. The more trips the organization held, the more hope they had as many places significantly changed only after four to five months of working with VEO even though most residents there are ethnic minorities who have little understanding of the modern economy and markets.

The locals advised one another to constantly maintain and improve their homestays, children to be keenly studying English, and advertise the experiences available in the region, attracting an increasing number of tourists. “At first, the locals were confused to see the visitors coming here to teach but we came monthly so they had grown accustomed to us,” Thuy Quynh, coordinator of one of VEO’s projects, said.

Teaching English and soft skills
Beside instructing locals on how to attract tourists, the organization also teaches children English so they can be able to communicate with foreign tourists. Whenever children get to interact with English through listening and reading activities, they get excited and enthusiastically participate in the activities.

In mountainous regions, students usually do not have access to foreign languages and soft skill education, so the organization tries to make up for what the children lack. “We bring literacy to the ethnic minorities through English curricula, science, skills, and history,” Quynh said. “VEO’s way of teaching also helps the children develop a passion for reading and dreams,” she added.

After many visits to the regions, the locals started growing accustomed to the volunteers and at the sight of the organization’s purple shirt, one could hear loud voices from afar shouting “VEO volunteers are here." “Next time, you should come more often,” Trieu Quoc Dat, a third grader in Hong Thai Commune, Tuyen Quang Province, said after a VEO class he attended. He was one of the most active students of VEO’s English class, with his accurate pronunciation that brought him the greatest number of gifts among his peers.

The volunteers believe teaching children English plays an important part in improving the service quality people in the regions can provide while exercising community-based tourism. Established in June 2013, VEO is a non-governmental organization, creating a network of volunteers all over the world to help the poor through education programs.

Currently, the organization is only active in northern Vietnam but it has plans to expand to the southern part of the country to connect more volunteers who share the same vision.



Bron: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/features/20190512/vietnamese-youngsters-help-the-poor-practice-communitybased-tourism/49953.html
 

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Karaoke

Voor wie nog steeds denkt dat ik overdrijf en het allemaal “best wel mee valt”, een aanschouwelijk voorbeeld. Dit is het gemiddeld gekrijs wat je hier van onze aso-buren hoort. Echt veel beter wordt het niveau zelden.

Enjoy! |(:r

 

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Tja, eigenlijk niet, maar op dit moment heb ik om diverse redenen domweg geen andere keus.

Vietnam is helaas de laatste drie jaren riant achterhaald en veranderd in iets als popfestival speakers - Google zoeken:

Goh, toevallig vond ik een aantal dagen geleden mijn RIMO-boek terug (voor de jongeren: “Rapport Individuele Militaire Opleiding”. De resultaten van allerlei ”tests”). Er kwamen weer vele herinneringen aan mijn trainingen naar boven… O-)
 
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Revealed: the ‘impressive’ family background of Vietnam’s exam cheaters

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Police officers announce the launch of criminal investigation against a testing and quality assurance official from Son La Province for her role in the test-score manipulation scandal in this police photo.


More than a dozen students from Son La Province in northern Vietnam whose scores in the 2018 National High School Exam were changed in a high-profile cheating scandal are children of provincial leaders and officials, an investigation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper shows.

Results of the National High School Examination, held each year in June, are used to determine whether a student qualifies for graduation from high school and acts as a placement test for colleges and universities in Vietnam.

In the 2018 exam, hundreds of exam papers from the three northern provinces of Ha Giang, Son La, and Hoa Binh were found to have been manipulated by officials in order to alter the scores of dozens of students.

A criminal investigation was launched this month against more than a dozen officials and police officers in the three provinces to identify any abuse of power or position which may have played a role in the scandal. Public opinion has been calling on officials and police officers to reveal a full list of students whose scores were altered in the 2018 exam, but the demand has not been met due to privacy concerns.

Speaking with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday, a Party leader in Son La confirmed that a number of provincial officials are parents of the students involved in the scandal. An independent investigation by Tuoi Tre reveals that 21 out of 44 confirmed cheaters from Son La are children of local officials or police officers, many of whom hold top positions at their respective government bodies.

The list includes the deputy director of the provincial education department, deputy chairman of Son La’s namesake capital city, director of the provincial statistics office, and the chief inspector of the provincial education department.

The children of these officials had their scores raised by 3-25 points on a test with a maximum score of 30, turning them into ‘top-scorers’ on the exam despite their real scores being much lower than the national average.

Most have dropped out or been expelled from their respective higher education institutions following the exposé.

However, according to a Party leader of Son La, an official court ruling on the role of these parents is needed before any disciplinary measure can be taken against the government officials.

In the meantime, these officials will not be considered for promotion, commendation, or salary bonuses, the source said.



Bron: Revealed: the ‘impressive’ family background of Vietnam’s exam cheaters - Tuoi Tre News


Morgen soort van vervolg.
 

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Students involved in test-score cheating to face expulsion: Vietnam education minister

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Phung Xuan Nha, Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training. Photo: V.H. / Tuoi Tre


Students who were involved in a test-score manipulation scandal in the 2018 National High School Examination in Vietnam will face expulsion from their respective higher education institutions, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in an interview.

Results of the National High School Examination, held each year around June, are used to determine whether a student qualifies for graduation from high school and act as a placement test for colleges and universities in Vietnam.

In the 2018 exam, hundreds of exam papers from the three northern provinces of Ha Giang, Son La, and Hoa Binh were found to have been manipulated by officials in order to alter the scores of dozens of students.

So far, criminal investigations have been launched against more than a dozen officials and police officers in the three provinces on charges of abusing powers and positions while performing duties.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security was the first to take action against exam cheaters, by expelling from Hanoi-based police academies under its management those students whose scores were raised, it said in a statement on April 9. Some other universities followed suit by announcing they would also dismiss students whose real scores did not meet admission requirements.


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Police officers announce the arrest and prosecution of an education official in Son La Province in northern Vietnam in this still photo taken from a police video.


“However, there remain 12 students whose re-evaluated scores are still enough for them to get into their respective universities of choice,” said Minister Nha. “In this case, they are being allowed to continue their study while awaiting investigation results,” he added.

If these students are found to have been involved in the cheating process, they will be handled “in accordance with provisions of the law," Nha said. “The education ministry’s viewpoint is that strict measures, including expulsion, must be taken against candidates who were actively involved in exam cheating as concluded by investigators,” the education minister stressed.

The official said the education ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Public Security to identify and bring to light every link in the test-score manipulation ring. Minister Nha added it “pained” him to learn that many students whose scores were changed in the high-profile cheating scandal are children of provincial leaders and officials, many of them working in the education sector.

“It’s a violation not only of the law but also of the code of ethics for educators,” he said.

“We are determined to remove these officials from the education sector."



Bron: Students involved in test-score cheating to face expulsion: Vietnam education minister - Tuoi Tre News


Goh, tja…

Ik ben eigenlijk wel nieuwsgierig naar die “code of ethics for educators”. Zou dat ook op papier staan? Of is dat meer iets “cultureels”? O-)


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Minh heeft wat gevonden. Maandag in dit theater. Dit omdat ik het wel aardig vind passen na het stukje, dat ik voor zondag in gedachten heb. :+
 
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Brug (1)

Al eerder is een vrij gammele houten brug ter sprake gekomen, o.a. in Vietnam Deel 2

Afgelopen zondag waren een paar van Minh’s leerlingen later dan normaal met het verhaal dat de brug weg was en ze een omweg moesten zoeken. Was een goede smoes voor school geweest. :+

Een dag later dus maar even met de camera langsgereden. Dit bord stond zowaar bij de kruising voor de omleiding. De tekst op het bord luidt vrij vertaald: “Werk in uitvoering, doorgaan verkeer gestremd.” Alleen was het dan slimmer geweest om de witte pijl naar rechts te laten wijzen: de omleidingsroute.

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Maar het kan uiteraard nog veel dommer…

Doorrijdend passeerde ik onderweg een paar wuivende en schreeuwende dames, die aangaven dat je niet door kunt. Wijzen op mijn toestel en “photo” roepen had geen enkel effect. Ze hebben trouwens ongelijk. Met de fiets is het mogelijk om via een trap toch ergens de rivier over te steken. Met een trial-motor zou het ook moeten kunnen. O-)

Onderstaande foto toont de afsluiting van de brug. Een paar borden die eigenlijk nergens op slaan. Hoewel het bord met de wegversmalling…

Daarachter een paar grote betonblokken die de bezopen bestuurders, die het bord met de witte pijl braaf volgen, hopelijk tegen kunnen houden. O-)

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En voor de nachtbrakers, die bij donker aan komen rijden met het licht meestal boven de borden gericht, is er een speciale verkeersbordenverlichting aangelegd. Het snoer loopt naar de andere kant van de rivier, hopelijk naar een altijd werkend stopcontact.

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Morgen het vervolg.
 
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Brug (2)

Eerlijk gezegd verwachtte ik een paar verdwenen houten balken van het brugdek of een deels ingestorte brug. Dit mede omdat, ondanks het verbodsbord, heel wat auto’s over de brug reden. Ik heb vaak moeten wachten tot de auto heel voorzichtig, centimeter voor centimeter over de brug was gekropen. Mogelijk is dit ook echt gebeurd, maar daar is niets meer van te zien.

Zoals hier wel te zien: er is zeker sprake van een “wegversmalling”, maar een motorfiets kan er moeiteloos tussen door en gaat dan zo steil naar beneden, dat de gemiddelde motorfiets-rem dit echt niet kan behappen. De gemiddelde Vietnamese helm nog minder vrees ik (om over petjes en punthoedjes maar te zwijgen. O-)

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Voor de sportieve passant is het nog mogelijk om koorddansend, ehhh, pijpdansend naar de andere kant te gaan.

En voor wie net als ik gewoon weer netjes omkeert, zijn er vlak bij de brug nog een paar aardige doorkijkjes.

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Duimen dat er snel weer iets ligt, waar we overheen kunnen.

Morgen, zoals wel vaker de laatste tijd op zondag, weer wat “provocerends”. O-) :+
 
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Vietnamese TV show sparks outrage with scenes of women posing suggestively

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Three of the top five finalists strike sexy poses for the photo shoot in Japan of the Glamour Queen TV show. Photo: MCV


A prime-time reality TV show aired on a Vietnamese television channel has been blasted over a recent episode that involved female contestants in provocative bikini poses.

Many viewers have said the producers of the Nu Hoang Quyen Ru (Glamour Queen) should not be so inconsiderate to have such sensitive images broadcast on TV, especially during prime time, the period when TV programs are expected to attract the largest number of viewers, including children.

Nu Hoang Quyen Ru, a reality show jointly produced by Japanese network MCV and Ho Chi Minh City TV Station (HTV), aims to find three most glamorous Vietnamese women to participate in art activities in Vietnam and Japan from a pool of contestants aged 18 to 28.
The 14th episode of the show, which became controversial, was aired on Monday night, showing the top five finalists traveling to Japan and competing in a photo shoot challenge organized by the Japanese publishing company Kodansha.

The photo shoot, themed “Fashion Magazines,” featured poses by Japanese model and singer Natsumi Hirajima. Hirajima first showed the five candidates photos she took for a magazine in sexy and seductive positions, before making similar suggestive moves as a live demo.

The Vietnamese candidates, all in two-piece swimsuits, then took turns to make the poses themselves.

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The top five finalists listen to instructions from Japanese model and singer Natsumi Hirajima (first right) for the photo shoot in Japan of the Glamour Queen TV show in this screenshot.


Some of the candidates admitted that they found the required posing positions to be too provocative. “I was terribly confused about if those positions were too sexy and too offensive,” Kim Anh, one of the five finalists, said in the episode reviewed by Tuoi Tre News.

Anh was right. The episode immediately attracted criticism from the public after it was aired on HTV on Monday, not only because it contained ‘sensual’ scenes but also because it was run during a time slot when many children might be watching TV with their families.

Addressing the controversy, a representative of the producers explained on Tuesday that the episode in question was completely made as per the show’s original format, which requires contestants to undergo training by Japanese models, singers, and producer teams “to become photography models for a swimwear project by Kodansha."

The representative also elaborated that all training and activities in Japan in the 14th episode followed strict requirements from Kodansha’s studio, with all recording files sent to Japan for approval before their broadcast on Vietnam’s TV.

For their part, a leader from HTV said that the TV station acknowledged the negative feedback from the public, and had already instructed the production team to draw experience from the controversy.

“The production team has also been required to adjust the content in the next episodes, in accordance with the nature of the show, while avoiding a similar backlash,” he added.



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Tjonge…
Driewerf schande.
Hoe durven ze deze “sensitive images” zomaar uit te zenden.
Al die arme tere Vietnamese zieltjes die dit zomaar moeten aanschouwen
Maar ja, als zelfs een wetenschappelijke tentoonstelling over het menselijk lichaam wordt verboden… Vietnam Deel 2

Nee, dan dan kun je het beter bij iets echt cultureels en opvoedends als karaoke houden. Daar wordt wel iedereen blij van. Stelletje hypocrieten! :r

Meer “schokkender” vergelijkingen met hier wel degelijk bestaande situaties bij de Dalat-wijn. Dit zijn zaken waarvan ik weet dat ze spelen, maar die ik niet hard kan maken met bewijs. Maar ja, dan zal het tonen van dit soort foto’s wel weer als “bewijs” aangedragen worden voor dat handelen.
 
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Xin Loi, sorry, pardon, mea culpa.

Dat ook ik jullie volstrekt ongevraagd en ongewenst opzadel net dit soort afgrijselijke en schokkende beelden. Ik schaam mij diep.

Ik beloof bij deze beterschap.

Daarom zullen de posts van de komende drie dagen aantonen dat op alle niveaus keihard wordt gewerkt om aan deze zedelijke verloedering een ferm HALT toe te roepen.

Ik hoop dat ik hiermee een ban heb voorkomen.

O-)