Mexico offers rewards for arrests in 43 missing case

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities have offered a total of $500,000 in rewards for the arrest of a fugitive former police chief and four other suspects sought over last year's disappearance of 43 students. A bounty of $145,000 on Tuesday was set for information leading to the arrest of Felipe Flores Velazquez, the former police chief of the city of Iguala, where the students vanished on September 26, 2014. A reward of nearly $90,000 was offered by the attorney general's office for each of the four other suspects, whose jobs or roles in the case were not specified. Flores Velazquez fled shortly after his police forces attacked several buses that had been hijacked by the students in Iguala. Prosecutors say the officers shot at the buses, killing six people, and delivered 43 students to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, which killed the young men and incinerated their bodies. Flores Velazquez is the cousin of Iguala's former mayor Jose Luis Abarca, who was arrested last year on … [Read more...]

VN-origin singer Thanh Bui in UN’s Global Goals video

Australian Vietnamese singer Thanh Bui, who was in the top eight of the Australian Idol 2008 contest, and world’s renowned stars including Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet and the pop boy band One Direction have appeared in "We are the People"- United Nations’ Global Goals video. Singer Thanh Bui. The UN released the video clip with the aim of introducing its 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. In the three-minute video clip, the stars raised their voices to tell everyone about the Global Goals and make it famous across the world. Earlier, Thanh Bui attended Global Power Shift campaign and was invited to support rhino campaign in South Africa. browser not support iframe. VOV … [Read more...]

85th founding anniversary of Vietnam Farmers’ Union celebrated

The Hai Duong Provincial Farmers' Union (FU) on October 6 morning held a meeting to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Vietnam FU (October 14, 1930 – 2015). Mr. Leu Vu Dieu, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Farmers' Union, awards commemorative medals to nine individuals with contributions to the development of the peasantry and union movements In attendance were Mr. Leu Vu Dieu, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam FU, and Mr. Vu Van Son, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, among others. At the meeting, the Provincial FU reviewed the Vietnam FU's 85-year development and maturation. Currently, there are 295 union establishments with 1,424 chapters in the province, 90% of the union establishments annually achieve strong title. Each year, about 100,000 farming households in the province earn the title of good production and trading at various levels. The Provincial FU has brought into play its pivotal role in good production and trading movements, … [Read more...]

Kindergarten shut down after child abuse allegations

Quang Binh Province Department of Education and Training have shut down Son Ca Kindergarten, where a 14 month-old boy allegedly abused, after finding the facility was not licensed. The police are investigating the case Son Ca Kindergarten have been in operation for over a year and received 95 children. However, Doan Duc Liem, director of the department, said they it did not have a business licence. Tran Thi Sau, head of Dong Hoi City Department of Education and Training, said the kindergarten owners had applied for a permit but were refused because they had failed to meet the required conditions to open a kindergarten. Liem ordered the kindergarten to be closed on October 6. Son Ca Kindergarten On the previous day, police started an investigation into allegations that a 14-month-old boy was abused by his carers. The boy's parents noticed bruises on his body and then checked the classroom's camera. The teachers allegedly admitted to the police that they tied the boy's feet and … [Read more...]

Renowned French author to arrive in Hanoi

(VOV) -The most popular children's book writer in France, Susie Morgenstern will arrive in Hanoi on October 12 to meet with Vietnamese fans at the French Cultural Centre L' Espace at the invitation of the French Institute in Vietnam. ‘Lettres d'amour de 0 à 10’ (Secret Letters From 0 To 10) which tells a story of a sweet, kind, and intelligent ten-year-old Ernest is one of her most popular books in Vietnam. French author Susie Morgenstern Ernest has a flat, colourless life until he meets Victoria, a free spirit who falls in love with him and bulldozes her way into his life. Much to Ernest's surprise, he likes it. Bit by bit, color seeps into Ernest's humdrum existence - and he begins to realize that life can hold adventure, friendship, humor, and love. Born in 1945 in Newark, New Jersey, but Susie Morgenstern has spent the largest part of her adult life in France. She has written over 40 books in English and French. Many of her writings have been translated … [Read more...]

Oregon killer’s mother knew of son’s fascination with guns

LOS ANGELES — The mother of the man behind the mass killing in Oregon knew of her son's fascination with guns and appears to have encouraged it, according to online postings over a decade. The New York Times said Laurel Harper, a nurse, stockpiled weapons in the apartment she shared with her son and wrote in an online message that both had struggled with Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. According to the Times, she indicated in an online forum that her son had a wide knowledge of firearms and that she kept loaded guns in her home, including a Glock handgun and two semi-automatic rifles. "No one will be 'dropping' by my house uninvited without acknowledgement," she wrote, according to the Times. She also often talked about going to the gun range with her son, neighbors say. Officials have said they recovered 14 firearms belonging to Chris Harper, including six that were found at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, scene of last week's carnage that left nine … [Read more...]

Phu Tho: Enhancing to turn Xoan singing into teaching at school

Illustrative image (Cinet)- To turn Xoan singing into heritage of humanity, Phu Tho province built many measures to enhance Xoan singing into teaching at school. Accordingly, Department of Education and Training built and organized Xoan singing at school in the province. Each school will give some activities to turn Xoan singing into school. Some pupils can understand more Xoan singing and participate into some programs of the contest to contribute into introducing and keeping heritage of Xoan singing. After a period, some pupils can sing many songs about the type of music. The Department of Education and Training will supply supply more knowledge of Xoan singing; program and plan to open Xoan singing clubs and invite some artisans to turn Xoan singing to become a heritage of the community. … [Read more...]

Cameron to call for building ‘crusade’ to beat housing backlog

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron will on Wednesday call for a building "crusade" in Britain, in a bid to address a housing shortage that has become a political hotcake. Cameron will say that planning laws should be relaxed to allow for more building, to ease a shortage that has contributed to a property price boom. "When a generation of hard-working men and women in their 20s and 30s are waking up each morning in their childhood bedrooms, that should be a wake-up call for us," Cameron was to tell the annual conference of his centre-right Conservative party, according to pre-released remarks. "We need a national crusade to get homes built. That means banks lending, Government releasing land and – yes – planning being reformed." The growth in house prices has outstripped salary rises, with properties rising by over 10 percent in a year in parts of England, according to the government's Land Registry House Price Index released last month. The rises are most … [Read more...]

Russia, US move to resume talks on air-to-air conduct over Syria

Russia moved on October 6 to resume military talks with the United States aimed at setting rules for air-to-air conduct over Syria, said US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, as the former Cold War foes carry out parallel, uncoordinated campaigns of air strikes. The discussions on ways to keep the US and Russian aircraft from clashing over Syria, launched last week, have gained urgency after the United States and NATO denounced Russia for violating Turkish airspace. Turkey, a NATO ally, threatened to respond, raising the prospect of direct confrontation. During a trip to Europe, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter described the need to resume talks as urgent, and condemned Russia's "seriously irresponsible and unprofessional" violation of Turkish airspace. Hours later, a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters Moscow had indicated it was willing to resume talks but no date had been set. Russia's deputy defense minister, Anatoly Antonov, was quoted by the Tass news … [Read more...]

Angry mob kills 2 dog thieves in central Vietnam

The crime scene where two dog thieves were beaten to death in Dak Lak Province on October 6, 2015. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong The Dak Lak police are trying to find the people involved after two alleged dog thieves were lynched by an angry mob early Tuesday. The incident took place at around 2 a.m. on October 6 when residents in a locality in Buon Ma Thuot town found four suspected dog thieves fleeing on two motorbikes. After driving for a kilometer, one of the motorbikes crashed and the duo were immediately thrashed by the chasers. One of them died on the spot while the other died on the way to hospital, local media reported without identifying them. Their motorbike was burned. Dinh Si Thao, a local official, said people found slingshots and chili powder in the duo’s bag. The police have handed over their bodies to their families. Nguyen Thai Dung of the Dak Lak Traffic Police Department said many dog thieves are willing to attack chasers, including police officers. In … [Read more...]

Hostel built to welcome the 14th Quang Ninh provincial Party Congress

The delegates and students at the hostel. (Photo: The Quang Ninh provincial Trade Union and the Tien Yen district People’s Committee on October 5th built a plate on a hostel of the Ha Lau day-boarding school for ethnic minority students to welcome the 14th Quang Ninh provincial Party Congress in Ha Lau commune, Tien Yen district. According to Quang Ninh Newspaper, the hostel was started to build from late December 2014 with 19 rooms for boarders, a dining-room, a kitchen, a room for management board and four toilets on an area of nearly 1,400 square meters. The total investment of the hostel is VND12.5 billion from the State budget and the district budget. This is the second construction of four ones in Tien Yen district the provincial Trade Union chooses to build to welcome the 14th Quang Ninh provincial Party Congress for 2015-2020 tenure. On this occasion, the Quang Ninh province Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development supported 10 tonnes of cement, worth … [Read more...]

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 smartphones, new laptop

NEW YORK — Microsoft unveiled its first Windows 10 smartphones Tuesday as it launched a series of new gadgets in a bid to win a bigger share of the competitive mobile market. The technology giant's two premium Lumia smartphones take aim at popular devices offered by Apple and Samsung and add a few original features, such as a security tool that unlocks the phone by scanning a user's eye. Microsoft also unveiled its first laptop, the Surface Book – which also runs the Windows 10 operating system – and whose 13.5-inch detachable screen can be used like a notepad with a matching stylus. The launch marks the latest step by chief executive Satya Nadella to build on the July release of Windows 10, which Microsoft said Tuesday was now running on 110 million devices around the world. "We now begin a new chapter of Windows 10 with new devices built for Windows 10," Nadella said at the New York launch event. "What matters most is the mobility of your experience more than … [Read more...]

Military Bank to merge with Song Da Finance

The Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank will complete its merger with Song Da Finance Company this year, the bank reported on its website after a shareholder meeting yesterday. Military Bank (MBBank) said in its report that the merger with Song Da Finance Company (SDFC) would help the State divest from the company and assist MBBank to expand its operations in the financial market. The ratio between SDFC shares and MBBank shares is currently 2.2:1. After the merger, MBBank will ask the State Bank of Vietnam for approval to found a consumption finance provider MB Finance Co. Ltd. (MB Finance) with charter capital of VND500 billion (US$22.2 million). In the first two years, MB Finance will be equipped with facilities, personnel and a distribution network to enter the consumption finance market. The new company will expand its market share and operations, and diversify its products and customers from the third year. Luu Trung Thai, vice president of MBBank Board of Managers's … [Read more...]

Nigerian arrested in southern Vietnam for sex with minor

Police in Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam on Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old Nigerian man suspected of having sex with a minor. Investigation found Ewuzie Emeka Emmanuel asked a 15-year-old Vietnamese girl in his neighborhood to come into his room on October 3. He flirted with her and asked for her phone number. He texted her later that day, asking her to come to his room, where he had sex with her, investigators said. After the girl came home, her mother found out and reported the case to the police. Emmanuel came to Vietnam in 2008 and is working for a company in the neighboring Ho Chi Minh City. Under Vietnam’s Penal Code, one can be sentenced to 15 years in jail for having sex with one between 13 and 16 years old. The sentence can be longer if the action causes pregnancy or significant health damage. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s central bank eases control over acquired banks: report

GP.Bank is one of three partly private commercial banks taken over by the central bank early this year. File photo The State Bank of Vietnam has started loosening its control over three banks which it took over early this year, saying the banks have become stronger, local media reported on Tuesday. Nguyen Huu Nghia, chief inspector of the central bank, was quoted as saying at a conference on Monday that CBBank, GP.Bank and OceanBank have been doing well. The banks have managed to set aside reserves totaling VND11 trillion (US$483.8 million), meaning that they are now able to make payments and expand their business, he said. The banks, which were all partly private before the takeovers, were acquired at zero dong between March and July, as their equity went below zero. One of the first steps reflecting the central bank's loosened control is that the banks have been allowed to increase their lending in certain sectors which are deemed "safe," news website VnEconomy reported. The … [Read more...]

Saigon covered by ‘fog’ of pollution

VietNamNet Bridge – In the past few days HCM City was covered with fog until noon. Meteorological experts called it "dry fog," caused by air pollution. High-rise buildings were covered by "dry fog" from morning till 2pm. Fog appeared on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 5-6) from early morning until noon in the Districts of 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12 ... On the Saigon River, the opaque air layer covered the water surface. People who stood on the shore could not see boats moving on the river. On Tuesday morning, dense fog appeared in most of the districts in the city, restricting the vision of drivers. The high-rise buildings along the Saigon River, the bridges of Thu Thiem, Phu My, and the roads of Pham Van Dong and Nguyen Van Linh were obscured by fog until 1-2pm. The Phu My Bridge connecting District 2 and District 7 at 2pm. Deputy Director of the Southern Hydro-meteorological Station, Dang Van Dung, said this phenomenon appeared in not only HCM City but some Southern provinces on Oct. … [Read more...]

Taking a loss like Coca Cola

VietNamNet Bridge - In February 1994, Coca Cola began doing business in Vietnam after the US lifted the trade embargo against Vietnam, with initial investment capital of $163 million. Since then, the soft drink manufacturer has never made a profit. Coca Cola has been taking loss over the last 20 years Coca Cola’s 2014 financial report showed that sales in Vietnam increased by 25 percent, while the growth rate was 9 percent in Thailand. Sales decreased by 3 percent in the Philippines, and by 4 percent in Australia. Coca Cola entered Vietnam as a giant with 100 years of experience and a strong brand. As there was no strong rival, Coca Cola quickly dominated the domestic market. The giant became even more powerful when the government of Vietnam in 1998, in a move which was seen as supporting Coca Cola, allowed joint ventures to turn into 100 percent foreign invested companies. The soft drink manufacturer then immediately bought three companies in Vietnam in a plan to cement … [Read more...]

Indonesia forest fires to blame for foggy Ho Chi Minh City: expert

Ho Chi Minh City and several localities in southern Vietnam have been enveloped in fog over the last couple of days, and the phenomenon may stem from as far away as Indonesia, a meteorology expert said on Tuesday. As of late Tuesday afternoon, the haze was still visible in District 1, District 2, District 4 and District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City, while fishermen sailing off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province said it was so foggy that ships could not see each other within a distance of two nautical miles (3.7km). Since earlier this week, the waters off the south-central province of Khanh Hoa and Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta have been wrapped in what fishermen described as "a milky layer of air," they told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday. "Such descriptions suggest that the phenomenon is likely to be dry haze," Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather pundit based in Ho Chi Minh City, told Tuoi Tre. Dry haze is a phenomenon when there are fine dust particles in the air, which reduce … [Read more...]

“Scent of Green Papaya” in the top 100 best Asian films of all time

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese names have been included on the lists of the 100 best Asian films of all time and 100 outstanding Asian directors. A scene from "The Scent of Green Papaya". The lists of the best Asian films of all time and the 100 most outstanding Asian directors were released at the ongoing Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. The first place in the list of top 100 best Asian films of all time was "Tokyo Story" (1953) by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. The second and third places were "Rashomon" (1950) by Japanese director Kurosawa Akira and "In the Mood for Love" (2000) from Hong Kong, directed by Wong Kar-wai. "The Scent of Green Papaya" (1993) directed by Vietnamese-born Tran Anh Hung ranked 66th. The top three of the list of 100 best Asian directors included Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung and Vietnamese director Dang Nhat … [Read more...]

Ten countries to join international puppetry festival in Hanoi

The fourth International Puppetry Festival will take place in Hanoi from October 10-16, drawing puppeteers from host Vietnam and nine foreign countries. A water puppetry performance in Vietnam Foreign troupes will come from Russia, the UK, Germany, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Belgium and the Philippines. Nguyen Dang Chuong, Head of the Performing Arts Department, said that a new feature of this year’s event is that besides competing performances, participating troupes will perform in the northern provinces of Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hai Duong and Vinh Phuc and Thanh Hoa province in the central region. The art shows will help improve local spiritual life as well as help foreign friends understand more about Vietnamese culture. The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on October 10 on the National Assembly Television Channel. Vietnam is famous globally for its unique and attractive water puppetry. Water puppetry is believed to have originated from the villages … [Read more...]