Pip de Rouvray* As a country to visit for its wildlife, Việt Nam has sadly fallen by the wayside. The last Javan rhino was shot by poachers in 2016 and wild elephants and tigers, both now numbering barely in double figures, are on the brink of local extinction. Yet many less famed smaller species of general attraction remain. Such is the case for the squirrel; Việt Nam can count 19 species, six of which are of the amazing ‘flying’ varieties. To spot a flying squirrel, you need to go deep into the forest, but can easily observe the common species in the cities, and not just in parks. In the original French part of Sài Gòn where there are many trees, you need just to look up. Those telegraph lines are squirrel highways. I have often seen the bushy-tailed, cheeky chappies on the move to the next tree, even in the heart of the city. A Black Squirrel atop a tree. — Photo by Pip de Rouvray As with most westerners raised on childhood stories such as those of Beatrix Potter, I find … [Read more...] about The Black Squirrel in Việt Nam dwells solely on one island
A man from the south-central Vietnamese province of Phu Yen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for setting a house on fire, causing severe injuries to four people. The provincial People’s Court on Wednesday conducted the trial of Tran Van Phuc, 45, who resides in Xuan Canh Commune, Song Cau Town. Phuc was condemned to 20 years in jail for murder and five years behind bars for vandalism. He was also mandated to pay the victims more than VND2 billion (US$88,000) in compensation. Phuc was under the influence of alcohol at around 2:30 am on September 21, 2020 when he decided to burn down a house owned by his neighbor, 41-year-old Nguyen Huu Vinh, due to a longstanding conflict, according to the indictment. He then headed to Vinh’s home, broke the window, poured gasoline inside, and set the home ablaze. Vinh, his 34-year-old wife, and their two children aged four and six were sleeping at the time. Phuc locked the door from the outside to prevent the victims from … [Read more...] about Vietnamese man imprisoned for 25 years for causing house fire that injured four people
Vietnam has amended the law to join the regional efforts against drug trafficking. Vietnam stands firm with ASEAN’s persistent stance on building a drug-free community as the member states have agreed to strive for. Minister of Public Security To Lam at the meeting on Oct 14. Photo: MoFA Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam said at the 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD) held virtually on Oct 14 under the chair of Cambodia. By concrete actions, Vietnam has contributed to the implementation of the ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Communities Against Illicit Drugs 2016-2025 and to combating illegal drug trafficking and production in the Golden Triangle in 2020-2022 with its national drug prevention and control program, Lam said. To join the common efforts against drug trafficking and crimes, Vietnam has amended and supplemented Law on Drug Prevention and Control to effectively respond to changes in drug crimes; giving high priority … [Read more...] about Vietnam supports drug-free ASEAN
England players take the knee before the start of the game against Hungary at Wembley earlier this week. AFP Photo Paul Kennedy I woke up at the crack of dawn one morning this week genuinely believing I’d entered some sort of Twilight Zone, a time loop maybe, that had sent me back to the 1980s. Checking my phone to see the result of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary that had taken place a few hours earlier, I was met with a barrage of headlines about crowd trouble at the game. Hungarian supporters had been fighting with stewards and police at Wembley at the beginning of the game. It started when the away fans booed and jeered the England players as they took the knee to show support to kick racism out of the game. That, it seems, was like a red rag to a bull. The visiting supporters reacted angrily to this gesture of solidarity, and lost the plot. A black steward working at the stadium was racially abused, and when the police stepped in, it all … [Read more...] about When will it ever end?
A 19-year-old man in Vietnam has been sentenced to death for murdering and robbing his own mother last year. The People’s Court of south-central Phu Yen Province on Thursday conducted the trial of Nguyen Lam, 19, and D.P.C., 15, both charged with murder and robbery. The indictment showed that Lam needed money to pay his rent so he planned on murdering his mother – 55-year-old T.T.T.L. – to take her money. At around 6:00 am on October 12, 2020, Lam and C. visited his mother’s house. After seeing Lam, his mother scolded him for leaving her and then went into the bathroom to brush her teeth. Lam followed his mother into the bathroom and used a knife to stab her several times. He and C. then used a rope to strangle the victim to death. The two took her cash, mobile phone, and a pair of gold earrings worth a total of nearly VND3.8 million (US$167). Lam and C. sold the earrings and used the money to pay rent and buy some items. They were arrested in Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen … [Read more...] about 19-year-old man gets death penalty for murdering, robbing own mother in Vietnam
Chinese ships are dredging more than 100,000 tons a day. Operations of Chinese dredging vessels near Vietnam's Paracel and Spratly islands violate not only Vietnam's sovereignty, sovereignty rights but also international law, a spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated. China's dredging in South China Sea. Image: H I Shutton “Any activities by any parties in Vietnam’s two islands (Paracel and Spratly) and other areas that are under Vietnam’s jurisdiction in the East Sea (referring to South China Sea) violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereignty rights and international law,” Deputy Spokesperson of the Vietnamese foreign ministry Doan Khac Viet said at a press conference on May 28. Forbes reported on May 12 that an unrelenting fleet of China-based dredging vessels are churning up the South China Sea, triggering concerns over the ecological damage by their illegal acting. Satellite images show the incredible scale of the activity. … [Read more...] about China dredging in South China Sea violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, int’l law: Spokesperson