The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union's Green Summer campaign opened on Sunday with the participation of 50,000 student volunteers from colleges and universities. As in other years, the 2012 campaign will focus on charity and environmental protection. Volunteers will build more than 120 charity houses and bridges in remote areas. They will also plant 200,000 saplings and clean 12 dykes. Cultural and entertainment programmes for children will also be held during the campaign.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Vocational schools to work with foreign partners
As part its effort to improve vocational training in HCM City, the local People's Committee has allowed seven vocational training schools to co-operate with their foreign partners in training, according to the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
Major fields, including the information technology, business administration, hotel and database management, will be the focus.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Low-cost hospitals attract foreign patients
While nearly 40,000 Vietnamese go abroad for medical treatment, spending US$1 billion per year, many foreigners are doing the opposite. Most of them come from southeastern countries including Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. They often seek treatment for sterility and cancer in Viet Nam. Tu Du Hospital, one of the region's leading obstetric hospitals, receives 1,300 foreign patients per year. More than half of them come from Europe and the US.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Centre for rare starfish receives approval
The Quang Nam Province People's Committee has approved a project to build a preservation centre for a rare and precious mammal called sao la (starfish sao la).
The centre, located on 15,000 ha in Tay Giang and Dong Giang districts, has 35,000 ha of greenbelt areas, most of which are natural forests. It aims to improve the lives of sao la, creating a safe living environment for them.
Nguoi Lao dong (The Labourer)