Two elderly women sit together on a pavement in Hà Nội.—VNS Photo Việt Thanh HÀ NỘI — A knowledge-sharing programme to assist policy makers in Việt Nam to develop new models of care services for the elderly was co-launched by the Japan International Co-operation Agency and the World Bank on Wednesday in Hà Nội. The programme is set to run between August, 2019 and April, 2020 while Việt Nam’s population is aging at a pace faster than any of its regional peers. Under the programme, a seminar was held in Hà Nội on Wednesday with the participation of 40 Government officials from ministries and sectors, including the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the Việt Nam National Committee on Aging. It aims to provide a better understanding of the nature of the issues and challenges of eldercare the country is facing. At the seminar, … [Read more...] about Việt Nam to meet needs of aging population
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Doãn Mậu Diệp. — Photo tienphong.vn Doãn Mậu Diệp, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, speaks to the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about how Việt Nam will revise the retirement age for workers or State employees How do you respond to a proposal that Việt Nam would raise the retirement age for its workers while many people in the working age still can’t find jobs? It is a real fact that in any labour market, job positions are always bigger than the actual number of working people. Yet, in all countries, many people are still unemployed. Japan is a good example. According to a national survey, there is only one candidate for four working positions while the unemployment rate in Japan currently stands at 2.4 per cent. In the real labour market, the mismatch between supply and demand happens in all countries, and Việt Nam is no exception. For example, in the Republic of Korea, the … [Read more...] about Why we have to increase the retirement age?
The Bachelor contestants eating “Singapore cuisine”. YouTube screengrab US television shows and films have a long history of stereotyping cultures that are not their own (remember that Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders episode peppered with inaccuracies?). It’s safe to say no one was surprised when ABC’s The Bachelor went to Singapore on Monday night’s (Jan 28) episode, and presented a picture that was not even close to being what Singapore is like in real life. But perhaps even The Bachelor has outdone itself this time, with the latest episode being called out for not only stereotyping Asian cultures, but also disrespecting and insulting ways of life that are not considered the norm in the US. The Singapore episode – which according to TV By The Numbers drew 6.35 million viewers (more than Singapore’s population of 5.6 million) – highlighted Bachelor Colton Underwood’s first time travelling outside the US. Set against a backdrop of … [Read more...] about The Bachelor goes to Singapore and smacks local cuisine in the face in ‘especially disrespectful’ episode
By Aradhana Aravindan and Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Mohsin Khan is still at his job repairing aircraft hydraulics parts although the Singaporean turns 75 in a couple of months. His technical skills are prized by his employer, and as his eyesight deteriorated slightly, the company invested about two years ago in a S$11,000 (£6,273) laser-marker machine that uses a large screen to help emboss numbers in tiny font on metal plates. About 80 percent of the money was subsidised by Singapore's 'job-redesign' grant, one of several government schemes to help companies with older staff. For his employer, Aerospace Component Engineering Services (ACE Services), the grant helps retain workers like Khan whose skills are difficult to replace. Khan says he remains employed and paid a salary long after his contemporaries had retired. "I didn't want to be idling at home - doing nothing and spending money," he said. Tiny Singapore, one of the wealthiest nations in Asia, is seen as a test … [Read more...] about Ageing Singapore: City-state helps firms retain workers past retirement age
Hoàng Thúc Hào. —Photo tienphong.vn Architect Hoàng Thúc Hào talks to Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper on how to apply high-tech agriculture in high rises in Hà Nội Will you please explain your idea to develop agricultural production inside Hà Nội’s inner city? A simple yet very important issue here is that prices of agriculture products in Hà Nội are much higher than in other localities. In order to have more products and meet Hà Nội’s demands, the most common course of action is to clear forest land in areas outside the city to grow crops. Many people have even cut down trees in forests close to the city for agricultural production – a very damaging action to the environment that causes big problems with land erosion. Some people think that claiming land from the forest to become self-sufficient is a good practice. But in reality, it is harmful! It is time for Hà … [Read more...] about Hà Nội should move towards self-sufficiency in food