The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Social Sponsor Department and the Centre for Independent Living of Ha Noi People with Disabilities on Tuesday held a seminar in Ha Noi to discuss models to help people with disabilities live independently.
Participants made several proposals and also petitioned the Government to allocate funds for services required for such independent living.
The country has around seven million people with disabilities, accounting for 7.8 per cent of the population.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Ly Son improves tourism services
Accommodations and other services for tourists on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai are improving ahead of Tet (the Lunar New Year).
Local authorities have instructed owners of guesthouses and hotels to create the best conditions for tourists to visit sightseeing places on the island.
The island has 17 guesthouses, two hotels, and 38 houses providing homestay services. The island has accommodations for more than 1,000 visitors.
Lao Dong (Labour)
New co-operative model proves effective
A new model for co-operatives in which farmers work together and with companies has helped farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta find stable sales outlets and higher profits.
Co-operative members are taught farming techniques, including Vietnamese and global good agriculture practices, and can also buy inputs and services at lower prices.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Youth honoured for rescuing two people
Vinh Long Province's Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Executive Committee on Tuesday conferred a Brave Youth badge on Tran Dinh Duy, 22, of Vinh Long city for rescuing two people from drowning.
On December 23 Duy was sitting on the bank of the Tien River and heard calls for help from Nguyen Thanh Khoa, 48, and Bui Thanh Hien, 44, whose boat had sunk in the river.
Despite strong currents, Duy swam 200 meters to the middle of the river to rescue the two men.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Hue welcomed 1m foreigners last year
The imperial city of Hue, a UNESCO world heritage site, received more than a million foreigners last year, the first time it has happened, Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, said.
There were also 1.3 million domestic visitors.
Revenues from tourist entry tickets were worth VND207 billion (US$9.4 million), or 122 per cent of the province's target.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)