Google announces most-searched queries

Kieu Giang Late actor Robin Williams, whose name is on top of Google’s global trending searches in 2014 - PHOTO: REUTERS The report showcases the people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention this year, from overall global trends to hundreds of the top 10 lists of trending topics across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more from over 70 countries. This is Google’s 14th annual yearly look at the trillions of searches performed globally throughout the year. Robin Williams is on top of the global trending searches’ chart, followed by "World Cup," "Ebola," "MH370," "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," "Flappy Bird" (a game developed by a local developer), "Conchita Wurst", an Austrian stage drag queen who won Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark, "ISIS," "Frozen," and "Sochi Olympics." According to Google, people have had more active searches. For example, in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, … [Read more...]

Dance, electro music in vogue in Vietnam market

In recent years, remixing pop, love, and even patriotic music into dance/electro rhythms has become increasingly popular in Vietnam. Tuoi Tre" /> The most recent dance/electro hit is "Con Buom Xuan" (Spring Butterfly), the translated version of a Chinese song from the 1960s, "China Cha Cha Cha." The song, remixed by young singer Ho Quang Hieu into dance music, instantly created quite a stir in the local music market and can now be heard everywhere, particularly during Tet (Vietnam's Lunar New Year). It has attracted millions of views so far on YouTube. Although several other singers also perform the song, Hieu has profited the most from it, as he has received many show offers and earned some VND40-50 million (up to US$2,358) a month in royalties from cell phone services and online views and downloads. The upbeat, cheerful song has inspired some hundred dance clips based on it both within and outside the country. An overseas Vietnamese student … [Read more...]

Beloved book still enchants after 70 years

HA NOI (VNS)— Many illustrative paintings depicting scenes from the beloved children's tale De Men Phieu Luu Ky (Adventures of a Cricket), written by To Hoai, are currently on display at the Ha Noi Writers Association to celebrate 70 years since the book's release. Cricket capers: A man and his son look at different versions of De Men Phieu Luu Ky (Adventures of a Cricket) in an exhibit celebrating the book's 70th birthday. — VNS Photo Minh Thu The story was printed in 37 languages and is popular in many countries in the world. Each new edition comes with new illustrations and interpretations, allowing the world of the cricket and his friends to become closer and clearer to children, according to Hoai, who is now 93. Many different illustrated copies of the tale printed in Vietnamese and other languages are on display at the association's office on 29 Hang Buom Street, Ha Noi. The book is about the adventures of a cricket who leaves his nest and travels to different places. He … [Read more...]

Online dialogue on the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi and its traditional values

Dear readers, Today, the Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper is holding an online dialogue on the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi and its traditional values. The dialogue will prolong three hours from 8.30 a.m to 11.30 a.m. This is a activity to provide information about the plan No 85-KH/BTGTW of the Party Central Committee's Commission on Propaganda and Education to implement a cooperation programme on propaganda on the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi between the Party Central Committee's Commission on Propaganda and Education and Hanoi City. Following are scientists and historians who will participate in the dialogue: - Prof. Dr.Sc. Vu Minh Giang, vice-director of Vietnam National University, Hanoi. - Assc. Prof. Dr.Sc. Nguyen Hai Ke, head of History Department, College of Social Science and Humanity, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. - Assc. Prof. of History Le Van Lan The Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper organizes this online dialogue with … [Read more...]

U.S. says Malaysia offers to host spy planes that irk China

File picture shows a P-8A Poseidon before a flight to assist in search and rescue operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. Photo: AFP The top U.S. Navy officer said this week that Malaysia has offered to let the United States use one of its bases for a detachment of new maritime surveillance planes, but officials clarified on Friday that no such flights had been approved. U.S. surveillance flights from a country such as Malaysia would likely increase friction with Beijing. Malaysia and China have competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, and Beijing has been pressing the United States to halt flights near its coast after an incident in international air space last month. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the U.S. chief of naval operations, said in remarks in Washington on Monday that "recently the Malaysians have offered us to fly detachments of P-8s out of ... East Malaysia," referring to the Navy's new anti-submarine and … [Read more...]

U.S. official: Missile shot down Malaysia Airlines plane

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, spurring swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the aircraft. The United States has concluded a missile shot down the plane, but hasn't pinpointed who was responsible, a senior U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard fell from the sky near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, officials said. A top Ukrainian official said the plane, which was on the way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was flying at about 10,000 meters (nearly 33,000 feet) when the missile hit. A radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before the plane went down, the senior U.S. official said. A second system saw a heat signature at the time the airliner was hit, the official said. The United States is analyzing the trajectory of the missile to try to learn where the attack came … [Read more...]

Pings driving MH370 hunt not likely from black box: US official

SYDNEY - Acoustic transmissions at the heart of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black box, a US Navy official said on Thursday. The Navy's deputy director of ocean engineering Michael Dean told CNN there was now broad international agreement that they came from some other man-made source unrelated to the jet that disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 people. But the Navy took issue with Dean's comments, which threaten to plunge the marathon and costly search into new confusion and extend the agony of relatives who are desperate for closure. Dean said if the ping-emitting beacons, detected in early April in the southern Indian Ocean, were from the on-board data or voice recorders they would have been found by now. "Our best theory at this point is that (the pings were) likely some sound produced by the ship... or within the electronics of the towed pinger locator," Dean said. "Always your fear any time you put … [Read more...]

Acoustic pings at heart of MH370 hunt “not likely from black box”

Four acoustic transmissions that have been the focus of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black box, a US navy official said. File photo: Australian Defence personnel on HMAS Perth in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean. (AFP/Australian Defence/Abis Nicolas Gonzalez) SYDNEY: Four acoustic transmissions that have been the focus of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black box, a US navy official said on Thursday. The Navy's deputy director of ocean engineering Michael Dean told CNN there was now broad agreement that they came from some other man-made source unrelated to the jet that disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people. He said if the ping-emitting beacons had come from the plane's onboard data or voice recorders they would have been found by now. "Our best theory at this point is that (the … [Read more...]

Acoustic pings at heart of MH370 hunt not likely from black box: US

A series of acoustic transmissions at the heart of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black box, a US navy official said Thursday. The Navy's deputy director of ocean engineering Michael Dean told CNN there was now broad agreement that they came from some other man-made source unrelated to the jet that disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people. He said if the ping-emitting beacons, detected in early April, were from the onboard data or voice recorders they would have been found by now. "Our best theory at this point is that (the pings were) likely some sound produced by the ship ... or within the electronics of the towed pinger locator," Dean said. "Always your fear any time you put electronic equipment in the water is that if any water gets in and grounds or shorts something out, that you could start producing sound." He said it was not possible to absolutely exclude that the pings came from the black … [Read more...]

2 pandas arrive in Malaysia from China after delay

Two giant pandas arrived in Malaysia from China on Wednesday after a one-month delay due to the missing Malaysian jetliner. Cages of two giant pandas, Fu Wa, left, and Feng Yi, transported from China, arrive at a cargo terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Two giant pandas arrived in Malaysia from China on Wednesday after a one-month delay due to the missing Malaysian jetliner. Male Fu Wa and female Feng Yi, both 8 years old, are on a 10-year loan from China to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Upon their arrival in a special plane, they were taken to a specially built complex at Malaysia's national zoo outside Kuala Lumpur, where they'll be quarantined for a month before receiving visitors. The pandas' scheduled arrival last month was postponed out of respect for relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The plane vanished while flying from Kuala Lumpur to … [Read more...]

Malaysia to release satellite data on missing jet

Malaysia said Tuesday it will publicly release satellite data used to narrow down the search for the missing jetliner to the southern Indian Ocean. The Civil Aviation Department and British company Inmarsat in a joint statement said they would do this "in line with our commitment to greater transparency." Some family members of the 239 people on the plane have demanded raw satellite data to be made public for independent analysis. The government says calculations using Inmarsat data showed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off course and ended in the Indian Ocean after it went missing March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No wreckage has been found, and an underwater hunt led by Australia continues. Authorities believe the plane was flown deliberately off course, but are still investigating the cause of the disappearance. "In moving forward, it is imperative for us to provide helpful information to the next of kin and general public, which will include the data … [Read more...]

Vietnam defends its role in Flight 370 case

Vietnam civil aviation officials gave an explanation for a 17-minute ATC call gap and denied Vietnam's responsibility for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Malaysia Airlines' plane In a report into the disappearance of MH370 and to explain a 4-hour delay before the official search for the plane was launched, Malaysian officials said that a Vietnamese Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) breached protocol by taking 17 minutes instead of five to let Malaysian controllers know that it had lost contact with the plane. Lai Xuan Thanh, Director of Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration, admitted their fault for the delay, saying they would learn from the incident. Thanh said, aside from being slow to contact Malaysian controllers, all procedures had been followed. He said, "After realising that we had lost contact with MH370, controllers in HCM City used an emergency frequency, asked other planes to try to contact MH370 and asked for help from nearby air … [Read more...]

Searchers dispute company’s claim that it may have found aircraft wreckage

A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing the claim. The reasons for the skepticism are obvious -- the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage, in the Bay of Bengal, is several thousand miles away from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is coordinating the multinational search, dismissed the claim. "The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft's location," the JACC said. "The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc derived from this data. The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc." Malaysian acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia … [Read more...]

Australia sees ‘regroup’ on Malaysian plane search in a few days

Australia will decide in a few days whether to alter or scale back the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but will consult all countries involved on any changes, Australia's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. Kim Beazley told CNN the search countries would "regroup and reconsider" if nothing is found in a section of the Indian Ocean floor now being scanned by a U.S. Navy underwater drone. This includes adjustments to the air and sea surface search efforts and the possibility of bringing in private contractors to replace some military assets, he said. "Obviously that's one of the things you're going to consider. You may well also consider bringing in other underwater search equipment," Beazley said on the "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" program. "All these sorts of things will be on the table if nothing is found in the next few days," he added. The search coordinators also may reassess the mathematical calculations used in trying to pinpoint the … [Read more...]

MH370: Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says

A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday. Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an extended search and salvage mission that includes an underwater vehicle that has come up empty in its first four missions. The Bluefin-21 is back at work Friday morning on a fifth trip into the southern Indian Ocean. Authorities said the vessel has scanned a total of 110 square kilometers (42.5 square miles) without making any "contacts of interest." Searchers seem to be preparing for the possibility that an underwater drone scan of the southern Indian Ocean may not yield debris from the plane immediately. Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, tweeted Friday that authorities are looking at deploying more unmanned underwater probes. Officials might consider … [Read more...]

Faster Wi-Fi on flights leads to battle in the sky

A woman uses her mobile phone to test a new high speed inflight Internet service named Fli-Fi while on a special JetBlue media flight out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York December 2013 Wi-Fi in the sky is taking off, promising much better connections for travelers and a bonanza for the companies that sell the systems. With satellite-based Wi-Fi, Internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travelers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground - and at lower cost. But the fast evolution of rival systems and standards, such as Ku band and Ka band, pose a big question for airlines: which one to choose? Equipping fleets can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and airlines don't want to see their investment quickly become outdated due to newer technology. That's made some cautious about signing up. "We don't want to end up with a Betamax," said Peter Ingram, chief financial officer of Hawaiian Airlines, … [Read more...]

MH370 black box searchers go another day without signals

A woman ties a message card for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2014. Authorities hunting for the black boxes on the missing Malaysian Air (MAS) jet have gone another day without detecting their weakening signals after optimism from Australia that the search location has narrowed. "There have been no confirmed acoustic detections over the past 24 hours," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre said today. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday the hunt for flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders was focused "within some kilometers" of the black boxes under the Indian Ocean. Four signals detected between April 5 and 8 with the towed pinger locator pulled by Australia vessel Ocean Shield helped tighten the hunt for the Malaysian Airline System Bhd. plane. Hopes of a breakthrough dissipated yesterday when JACC said that an initial assessment of a fifth potential transmission, picked … [Read more...]

Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

Authorities are confident that signals detected deep below the surface of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, Australia's prime minister said Friday, raising hopes officials may eventually solve one of the most perplexing aviation mysteries of all time. In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks as Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, looks on during a breakfast with crew members from different countries involved in the search for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia. Tony Abbott told reporters in Shanghai, China, that crews hunting for Flight 370 have zeroed in on a more targeted area in their search for the source of the sounds, first heard on Saturday. "We have very much narrowed down the search area and we are very confident that the signals that we are detecting are from the black box on MH370," Abbott said. … [Read more...]

Australian ship reacquires pinger signals in jet search

A school utility worker mops a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School campus in Makati city, east of Manila, on April 8, 2014. An Australian ship reacquired signals during a search for the missing Malaysian plane while an analysis of previous pings confirmed the sounds were consistent with those emitted by black boxes. The Ocean Shield, pulling a U.S. Navy towed pinger locator, detected a signal for five minutes and 32 seconds yesterday afternoon and later in the night heard a ping for about 7 minutes, said retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who heads Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre. The vessel, which earlier picked up two sounds, is now searching a smaller area. No debris has been found, Houston said. "We are searching in the right area, but we need to visually identify aircraft wreckage before we can confirm with certainty this is the final resting place of MH370," Houston told reporters in Perth. … [Read more...]

Mystery of MH370 “may never be solved”

Even if searchers are able to miraculously pluck Malaysia Airlines flight 370's "black box" from the depths of the vast Indian Ocean, experts say it may not solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries. Malaysia's Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) hugs a relative of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at a closed-door meeting in Putrajaya. He assured the relatives that search and rescue efforts for MH370 will not cease. (AFP) >> MH370 search draws blank Kuala Lumpur - Even if searchers are able to miraculously pluck Malaysia Airlines flight 370's "black box" from the depths of the vast Indian Ocean, experts say it may not solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries. Planes, ships and state-of-the-art tracking equipment are hunting for any trace of the passenger jet, which Malaysia said crashed in the forbidding waters after veering far from its intended course. They face a huge challenge … [Read more...]