A group of 39 Vietnamese citizens, including children, lost their lives in an articulated refrigerator truck in Essex, the UK in October 2019. Alexandru-Ovidiu Hanga, 29, conspirator of the human smuggling gang linked to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people in October 2019 has been ordered to pay bereaved families GBP3,000 (US$4,130). The Romanian man in Essex who conspired the unlawful immigration had benefited £83,000 from his “criminal lifestyle”, British media cited a court held in the UK last weekend. He collected a number of migrants from a drop-off point in Essex and drove them to a safe house in Dulwich, southeast London, a few weeks before the tragedy. However, prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said the available amount was just £3,000. In his sentencing, Justice Sweeney noted Hanga had shown “genuine remorse.” He applied for the money to be confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act and that it be used to pay compensation to the victims’ families for funeral expenses and … [Read more...] about Culprit of Essex lorry deaths ordered to pay victims’ families
In 2019, bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in the back of a refrigerated lorry at an industrial estate in Grays in Essex, near London. (Photo: Reuters/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A Romanian national linked to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex, the UK is to pay 3,000 GBP in compensation to their families. Alexandru-Ovidiu Hanga , 29, admitted conspiring to assist unlawful immigration in 2020 and was sentenced to three years in jail. He made 83,552 GBP from crime but prosecutor Johnathan Polnay said just 3,000 GBP was available for confiscation. The fund will be used to compensate the victims’ families for funeral expenses and bereavement. Hanga collected a number of migrants from a drop-off point in Essex and drove them to a safe house in Dulwich, south-east London, a few weeks before the tragedy. In his sentencing, judge Justice Sweeney had noted Hanga had shown "genuine remorse.” On October 23, 2019, bodies of 39 … [Read more...] about Essex lorry deaths: Man ordered to pay compensation to victims’ families
Bac Lieu imposes night movement restrictions The Saigon Times Police officers stop residents at a coronavirus checkpoint in Bac Lieu Province. The Bac Lieu government has banned all residents from leaving home from 6:00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. without urgent or essential reasons - PHOTO: LDO HCMC - The Bac Lieu government has banned all residents from going out from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. without an urgent or essential reason to limit the spread of Covid-19 during the social distancing period, making it the first Mekong Delta province to issue such a restriction of movement. The restriction is aimed at ensuring the better implementation of the measures against the spread of Covid under the prime minister’s Directive 16, the local media reported. Though the stay-at-home order is in force in the province, many people have been found on the streets, said the provincial government. The local authorities in the province are tasked with intensifying the enforcement of the … [Read more...] about Bac Lieu imposes night movement restrictions
Supermarkets, food outlets in HCMC close before 5 p.m. The Saigon Times Residents queue up to enter a supermarket in HCMC’s Go Vap District to do the shopping. Supermarkets and food outlets in the city will close before 5 p.m. every day - PHOTO: TNO HCMC – As HCMC has enhanced its anti-pandemic measures and banned all residents from going out from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., many supermarkets and food outlets in HCMC have announced that they would operate until 5 p.m. every day, from today, July 26, instead of 10 p.m. as earlier. They will open earlier by 30 minutes to an hour. The municipal Department of Industry and Trade has worked with retailers in the city on their opening hours, the local media reported. Some supermarkets will even close at 4 p.m. The early closure of supermarkets will help their employees return to their homes before 6 p.m. A representative of AEON Vietnam said it had informed its customers of the new time of operation. Similarly, MM Mega Market … [Read more...] about Supermarkets, food outlets in HCMC close before 5 p.m.
Danang to administer 33,600 Moderna vaccine doses from July 29 The Saigon Times A man is vaccinated against Covid-19. The Danang Department of Health on July 26 announced its Covid-19 vaccination plan, with 33,600 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine set to be administered to 16,800 people - PHOTO: TNO HCMC - The Danang Department of Health on July 26 announced its Covid-19 vaccination plan, with 33,600 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine set to be administered to 16,800 people in two phases, starting from July 29. The people on the priority list will get the first shot of the vaccine against Covid-19 between July 29 and August 5 and receive the second shot from August 28 to September 6, the local media reported. The 16,800 people set to be vaccinated in this drive are medical workers; frontline forces; employees at consular, customs and aviation agencies or units; workers at transport firms; food and essential goods suppliers and vendors at markets and … [Read more...] about Danang to administer 33,600 Moderna vaccine doses from July 29
Gov’t adds over VND1.5 trillion to anti-Covid-19 fund The Saigon Times Anti-virus forces on duty at a border area. The prime minister has decided to extract VND1.55 trillion from the backup State budget for 2021 to fund the fight against Covid-19 - PHOTO: VNA HCMC - The prime minister has decided to earmark VND1.55 trillion from the backup State budget for 2021 to fund the fight against Covid-19. The Ministry of National Defense will spend it on several tasks, including quarantining returnees or direct contacts of confirmed positive cases, controlling or preventing illegal entry, conducting Covid-19 tests and offering meal support and allowances to anti-virus forces during the 2021 Lunar New Year holiday. The prime minister also ordered the ministries of Finance and National Defense to assume responsibility for the use of the fund to ensure transparency and fairness, the local media reported. Earlier in late June, the prime minister allocated VND7.65 trillion to … [Read more...] about Gov’t adds over VND1.5 trillion to anti-Covid-19 fund