This iPhone 6 Plus knock-off looks ridiculously real, runs Android

A fake iPhone 6 Plus' package is identical to that of an authentic one. The box's back side is also printed with the phone's origin information. It comes with full accessories -- Lightning to USB cable, power adapter, and EarPods. There is even a manual. Its home button It is almost impossible to tell the phone from a real one. The edge is the same. Lightning connector, headphone minijack, microphone, and built-in speaker The phone's back side Camera The fake phone is placed on top of a real one. The welcome screen is also similar. And similar icons for the apps. The setting options are also functional. Touch ID actually works. This however gives it away: the phone can only access the Google Play store, rather than the Apple Store. People can check if their phone is fake with its IMEI number, which can be retrieved by dialing #06#, or opening Setting, choosing General and then About. The number's authenticity can be tested on … [Read more...]

Ministry asks localities to tighten slaughterhouse management

A recent directive of the agriculture and rural development ministry has asked provinces and cities to strictly deal with slaughterhouses that do not obey food hygiene and safety regulations. — VNA/VNS Photo vietnamplus.vn HA NOI (VNS) — A recent directiveof the agriculture and rural development ministry has asked provinces and cities to strictly deal with slaughterhouses that do not obey food hygiene and safety regulations. Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat asked the provincesand cities to review slaughterhouses and promulgate policies to upgrade them or give them support in development plans. Phat requested provincial and city leaders to strictly punish smallslaughterhouses that do not possess business registrations as per current regulations. The minister also suggested to the chairmen of the provincial and city People's Committees that the agriculture and rural development departments should tighten the management of veterinary hygiene, food … [Read more...]

Many cultural, musical activities on Sept 2 occasion

Many cultural and sport activities took place on September 2 in Hai Duong province to mark the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2). Teams vie with each other for every oar to reach the finish line On Bach Dang lake (Hai Duong city), the 2015 Provincial Clubs Boat Racing drew nearly 100 rowers from seven provincial rowing clubs of Thanh Binh 1, Thanh Binh 2, Ngoc Chau (Hai Duong city), Long Xuyen (Binh Giang), Thuong Vu (Kim Thanh), Thong Kenh 1 and Thong Kenh 2 (Gia Loc). There were men's, women's, and mixed events in the 800-m category. In which, there were six male teams, five female teams, and four mixed teams. The male and female teams competed in qualifiers to choose four teams for the next round. There was only one competition for the mixed event. Eventually, Thuong Vu club topped the men's event. Ngoc Chau club triumphed in the women's event. Rowers of Thong Kenh 1 club won first place in the mixed event. Dinh Van Ta Nursing Club's … [Read more...]

China’s leaner army may pose a bigger challenge to U.S.

Chinese soldiers march in formation during the military parade in Beijing on Thursday. Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Far from weakening the Chinese military, the troop cuts announced by President Xi Jinping will help counter U.S. advantages and improve the country’s ability to project force further from its shores. The president announced the reduction of 300,000 troops along with his vow never to seek "hegemony or expansion" during Thursday’s military parade in Beijing to mark the end of World War II, a message he punctuated with a fist pump. While the move represents the largest cut to the People’s Liberation Army in almost two decades, it may only accelerate the arms build up in the Asia-Pacific region. The move will speed the PLA’s transition from a large, land-based army built over decades of invasions, civil war and border conflicts to a modern, mechanized force able to defend China’s territorial integrity and growing interests abroad. … [Read more...]

Syria’s President Assad accepts early parliamentary elections, Putin says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to early parliamentary elections and to establish contacts with the "healthy opposition," Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Russia would also consider participating in an international coalition to combat Islamic State, and the Russian president has already discussed the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Putin told reporters in Vladivostok on Friday. Russia has been pushing for a coalition against ISIS that would include the Assad government, something the U.S. and Europe have opposed. "There is a general understanding that joint efforts in the fight against terrorism should go hand by hand with the political process in Syria," Putin said. Assad "agrees to this," and has also agreed to early parliamentary elections, Putin, a key ally of the Syrian president, said. Syria has been locked in civil war since 2011 with an array forces trying to … [Read more...]

The cheap phones quietly winning the U.S.

In most AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile stores, it takes a while to find the ZTE phones, buried in the back, past the latest from Apple and Samsung. But they’re there. In AT&T stores it’s the ZTE Maven, which has a screen, speakers, and a processor with capabilities somewhere between the iPhone 5 and 6. As Tony Greco, ZTE’s head of U.S. retail marketing, puts it, "These were state-of-the-art features two years ago." The Maven’s draw, really, is price. Without any subsidies from a wireless carrier, the phone costs just $60. And it’s not even one of the company’s cheaper models. ZTE is quietly becoming a force in the U.S. by selling good enough phones at low prices—smaller prepaid smartphones for $30, basic phones with QWERTY keyboards for about the same, and so on. The Chinese company’s products are among the cheap phones of choice at three of the big four U.S. carriers. (Verizon doesn’t carry them.) ZTE claimed about 8 percent … [Read more...]

Workers want price control along with wage increase

Workers ask for the implementation of price control measures to ensure that the next year minimum wage increase significantly improves their lives. — Illustrative image Photo vietnamplus.vn BINH DUONG (VNS) — Workers in the southern Binh Duong Province urged the government to implement price control measures to ensure that the next year minimum wage increase would significantly improve their lives. The province is one of the country's largest industrial hubs. The National Wages Council voted in support of a 12.4 per cent minimum wage increase yesterday, after VGCL, which represented the labour force, and VCCI, which represented the business sector, could not reach a consensus. With the increase in minimum wages, the monthly wages of millions of workers in the country will increase by VND250,000 to VND400,000 (US$11-$17.5) next year, as compared to this year. Not all of them, however, were entirely convinced that the wage increase would be as effective if living … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines voted one of Top Most Improved Airlines

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has been selected one of the Top 10 Most Improved Airlines by the UK-based airline review organization Skytrax. Vietnam Airlines ranks the 55th place in the list of the world's 100 best airlines for 2015. (Photo: KK) It is part of the Skytrax World Airline Awards which was announced at the Paris Air Show 2015 on June 16. Winning airlines were selected in a survey from September, 2014 to May, 2015 with the participation of 18.89 million passengers around the world. Vietnam Airlines has also ranked the 55th position in the list of the world’s 100 best airlines for 2015. Skytrax World Airline Awards, described as "the Oscars of the aviation industry", are coveted Quality accolades for the world airline industry, and a global benchmark of airline excellence. Travelers from across the globe take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners. … [Read more...]

11.1 percent of Vietnamese women get married before 18: survey

Key finding report of Results of Vietnam Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014 showed that 11.1 percent of Vietnamese women aged from 20 to 49 get married before their 18th birthday. (Photo : SGGP) The General Statistics Office (GSO) and UNICEF today held a workshop to announce MICS in Hanoi. The organizers have carried out a survey over 10,200 households, they have contacted over 10,000 households and interviewed 9,979 family members, accounting for 99.6 percent. Nguyen Dinh Chung Deputy head of the Bureau of Society and Environment Statistic under GSO said that in 5 recent years, the mortality rate of children under 1 month old accounts for 12 per thousand meanwhile the mortality rate of children below 5 year old is 10 per thousand; accordingly most of children die before 1 year old. According to report, the percentage of infants under six months of age who are exclusively breastfed is 24.3 percent. The report also showed that only 59 percent of babies were fed with … [Read more...]

Vietnam wins shuttlecock silver

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese team won the first silver medal at the ongoing World Shuttlecock Championships in Rome, Italy. Go Viet Nam: Viet Nam compete against China in the mixed doubles' final match at the ongoing World Shuttlecock Championships in Rome, Italy. — Photo vietnamplus.vn Vu Tien Hung and Nguyen Thi Thuy Tien were defeated by the Chinese team 26-28, 19-21 in the mixed doubles class in the final. Previously, these two athletes had overwhelmed the players from Austria 21-8, 21-6 and those from Hungary 21-12, 21-15 to enter the final. This championship is considered as a rubbing championship of Vietnamese team for Asian Beach Games 2016 held in the central city of Da Nang. This eighth World Shuttlecock Championship, organised by the International Shuttlecock Federation (ISF), will conclude tomorrow. This year's championship has brought together nearly 100 athletes from nine countries and territories such as Austria, India, Poland, France, Germany, … [Read more...]

E-commerce growing on mobile platform

Consumers are becoming increasingly used to shopping online, with e-commerce enterprises saying online transactions are growing strongly. According to the organizers of the BigOff Online Friday on August 28, which is the largest promotion for online shopping in the country, 700 enterprises were involved with more than 11,000 promotional products. Websites attracted over 444,000 visitors and the event proved that e-commerce is becoming increasingly popular and throwing out a competitive challenge to traditional retail models. At a recent workshop on e-commerce apps for mobile phones held in Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. Tran Huu Linh, Director of the Vietnam E-commerce and Information Technology Agency (VECITA) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that e-commerce is thriving with the rise of digital technology. "The e-commerce model is no longer limited to computer platforms but is developing strongly on the mobile phone platform as well," he said. "This will be the main trend for … [Read more...]

White baby tiger works as photo model at Saigon Zoo

VietNamNet Bridge – The 30-minute program for tourists to take photos with a newly-born white tiger last Saturday and Sunday at the Saigon Zoo has attracted many visitors. Related news Photo: People eager to see newborn white tigers in Saigon Zoo This program will be held at the zoo on the morning of Saturday and Sunday from August 22 through September 13. At 9.30am, the baby tiger was moved from its cage to a mobile cage, where visitors can take photos with him. This is one of three white baby tigers born at the zoo last month. After a month, the tiger will weigh up to 6 kg. After the three white baby tigers were born, the zoo attracted more visitors. Tiger-care workers and security guards organized photo shoots with the baby tiger for about 50 visitors on the morning of August 30. To take photos with the baby tiger, visitors have to register by email or phone. The photos will be emailed to them then. Visitors can take photos or film the baby tiger. The … [Read more...]

25-year old becomes 1st Vietnamese to win Asian golf title

Michael Tran poses with his ADT cup in Jakarta on Saturday. Photo courtesy of MT. Vietnamese golfer Michael Tran won the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament, part of the Asian Development Tour, after defeating overnight co-leader Lam Chih Bing of Singapore in the first playoff hole. At the Damai Indah Golf Course in Jakarta, Tran, who was a shot off the pace heading into the final round Saturday, shot a closing four-under 68 after sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff. Chih Bing bogeyed the hole for a 69. The duo were tied on 18-under 270 in regulation play before returning to the par-five 18th for the playoff. Tran outplayed the Singaporean with a birdie against a par. "I was just enjoying it and didn’t think too much about the outcome. It’s my first time here and also my first playoff match," the 25-year-old said after the match. Tran, who mixed his card with seven birdies against three bogeys, took home US$17,500 and six Official World Golf … [Read more...]

Singapore classes explore museum mysteries

Out of the classroom: Students from CHIJ Primary, a Catholic primary school in Singapore, visit the Peranakan Museum. Visiting museums has become a popular field trip activity for students. by Khanh Linh Koh Hui Hui, an eight-year-old schoolgirl, looks attentively at the portraits of the Chinese Peranakans displayed at the Peranakan Museum in Armenian Street. "They are children of Chinese immigrants and our local Malaysian women. They are the pioneers who shaped the life and culture of Singapore," she said. Hui Hui, student of CHIJ Primary, a Catholic primary school in Singapore, gave a brief introduction when asked about the portraits. Last time, she had come here with her parents who told her many stories about the Peranakans. "I like this museum a lot. It's one of my favourite places," she added. Opened in 2008, the Peranakan Museum has long been a must destination for locals and tourists. But over the past several years, it has become known as a good place for students … [Read more...]

Hanoi ready to ship first late-ripening longan batch to US

Procedures are being processed for the export of Hanoi’s first late-ripening longan batch to the US, the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said at a meeting on September 3. About 1,880 of the 15,161 hectares of fruit trees in Hanoi are under longan trees. Late-ripening longan varieties cover 500 hectares of land with 200 hectares in Quoc Oai and Hoai Duc districts. Ninety hectares of late-ripening longan trees have been recognised as meeting standards of the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP), the department said, adding that it negotiated with importing countries to facilitate the sale of this type of longan. By last April, the US Department of Agriculture granted regional codes for the 18.7-hectare qualified areas managed by the Hoai Duc association of late-ripening longan producers. The Hanoi department said favourable conditions are now in place for the local fruit to be shipped to many foreign markets in the coming time. The US … [Read more...]

Strong El Nino may affect directly Vietnam

According to weather experts, the weather phenomenon El Nino is warned to appear and affect directly to Vietnam's weather condition from September, 2015 to February, 2016. Serious water shortages have experienced in the north and north-central provinces. (Photo: SGGP) Vice Director of the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center Le Thanh Hai presented an exclusive interview to a reporter from Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper about related information. Mr. Hai said: " the world’s hydrology meteorology forecast centers predicted sea surface temperature near the area of the equatorial Pacific is increasing sharply, and it will reach at 2, 1- 2, 3 degrees Celsius at the end of the year". As the latest news from the centers, this year’s weather phenomenon El Nino presence will be strong, equal to the record-setting phenomenon El Nino of 1997-1998. On August 27, the Central Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center held a press conference to issue forecast about weather … [Read more...]

Vietnam hospital fined for dumping 63 tons of untreated medical waste

Police investigate the site where Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital buried untreated medical waste in Tay Ninh Province. Photo: Giang Phuong Tay Ninh authorities have fined a private hospital VND1.4 billion (US$62,300) for illegally dumping 63 tons of untreated medical waste at a vacant residential site in the southern province. A truck that Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital hired to transport the waste has been seized. The fine was high because the violation involved the hospital director and several employees, the province people’s committee said. Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital was also ordered to pay nearly VND500 million to the Hue Phuong Green Environment Company for carrying out tests, excavating the waste and treating the environment. On June 25 the environmental police had caught two guards from Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital trying to bury sacks of placentas, used needles, bandages and blood collection tubes. The hospital claimed to have buried only six tons of untreated … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s unsold land, housing inventory falls sharply to $2.68 bil

Motorcyclists ride at a newly developed residential quarter in Hanoi. Photo credit: AFP The value of unsold houses and land plots in Vietnam has fallen 18 percent since the end of last year to around VND60.3 trillion (US$2.68 billion), according to a new report. Figures from the Ministry of Construction’s housing and property market management department show the inventory has been steadily declining this year. It includes more than 8.7 million square meters of land plots worth VND27.3 trillion and more than 20,300 apartments costing nearly VND33 trillion. Ho Chi Minh City has the most unsold properties now valued at VND11.66 trillion ($518.66 million), followed by Hanoi at around VND7.77 trillion ($345.6 million). The report collated figures from property investors and many property trading floors. The Housing Law was amended in July to clear the huge inventory. It now allows overseas Vietnamese to buy property without any restriction while foreigners can buy housing in … [Read more...]

North sees heavy rains while sunny in South

Because of the appearance of lower whirlpool, the northern region saw heavy rains on the large scale on September 2- 3, reported by the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center. (Photo: SGGP) The rainfall in the northeastern provinces of Thai Nguyen, Lang Son and Quang Ninh reached 50- 120 mm. Currently, lower whirlpool causes rains in the northern region. By September 3, a flood swept through Thai Binh and Ky Cung river systems with 3- 6 meters in upstream and 2- 4 meter downstream. Flood and landslide are warned to hit the northern mountain provinces of Thai Nguyen, lang Son, Yen Bai, Bac Giang, Bac Kan and Son La. Meanwhile, the southern and the Central Highlands provinces including Ho Chi Minh City enjoy the beautiful weather. The highest temperature maintains at 26- 34 degrees Celsius today. Sunny weather daytime and rain at night have come in the Central region with temperature at 36 degrees Celsius. … [Read more...]

France confirms wing debris of missing MH370

French prosecutors confirmed on September 3 that a wing part found in Reunion Island on July 29 certainly came from missing flight MH370 of the Malaysia Airlines. According to them, the outcomes of one-month investigations revealed that a series of numbers recorded on the plane flaperon matches with the serial number from MH370. Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The wing part of MH370 found in Reunion Island on July 29 (Source: Xinhua) The debris possibly belonging to the Boeing 777 was found on the island in late July. On August 6, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed that the debris belonged to the Malaysian Airlines MH370 plane. However, Paris did not make any definitive conclusions and asked for additional testing. … [Read more...]