Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, May 14, in Vietnamese media.
-- State President Truong Tan Sang on Wednesday arrived at Heydar Aliev International Airport in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku for an official visit to the European country from May 13 to 15. A welcome ceremony and the visit’s main activities will take place on Thursday.
-- Until April 2015, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health had opened rehabilitation centers using methadone therapy in 43 provinces and cities for nearly 30,000 drug addicts, the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control under the health ministry said on Wednesday.
-- Phan Thi Hai, deputy chief of the department on smoking and health under the Ministry of Health, said the ministry has proposed regulations on limiting or banning smoking from wedding parties or funerals.
-- Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has so far received more than VND55 billion (US$2.56 million) from donors since it launched a campaign to raise funds for the protection of Vietnam’s sovereignty in the East Vietnam Sea on May 10, 2014. The campaign was kick-started immediately after China’s illegal deployment of the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to Vietnamese waters last year.
-- The Vietnam Journalists Association in collaboration of the German KAS Institute in Vietnam organized a workshop on exploring the advantages and limiting the negative sides of the interaction between media and social networks.
-- During the last seven months, a group of students from the south-central province of Khanh Hoa have sought for funding from domestic and foreign sources to run playgrounds for children across Vietnam in hopes that “they will not stick their eyes on games and the Internet anymore.” They have so far created six such playgrounds.
-- Vietnam has recently ranked 12th in the France-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest global school rankings, followed by the U.K. The rankings were based on math and science scores of 15-year-olds in 76 countries. The study is expected to be presented at the World Education Forum in South Korea next week.
-- Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave in Vietnam, was featured live on Wednesday on the American Broadcasting Company’s “Good Morning America” show at 6:00 am in American time, or 6:00 pm the same day in Vietnamese time. It was the first time that ABC had reported live from inside one of the grottos located in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh.