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Man slain on Acapulco highway; 31 dead in 4 days

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

The body of a murdered man was found Monday on the main highway to Acapulco, bringing to 31 the number of people killed in the Pacific resort city over four days.

The unidentified man was shot several times in the head and found under a pedestrian bridge with his shirt pulled over his face, said Fernando Monreal Leyva, director of the investigative police for Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.

Leyva said federal, state and local police planned to meet Monday with the military to consider ways to beef up security in Acapulco, where 14 decapitated men and two police officers were among the unusually high body count since Friday evening.

Fatigues with an embroidered logo of the La Familia drug cartel is presented to the media along with weaponry, drugs and cars confiscated in an operation in Morelia January 10, 2011

Most of the killings occurred in just a few hours from Friday night to Saturday in non-tourist areas of the city. But the officers were shot to death in front of tourists on Avenida Costero Miguel Aleman, the hotel-lined thoroughfare that runs along the bay.

Drug violence has increased in southern Guerrero state as factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel began fighting for territory after leader Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed by Mexican marines in December 2009.

Messages left with the 14 decapitated men said they were killed by “El Chapo’s People,” a reference to the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Leyva would not say whether the notes indicated Sinaloa had joined the fight.

The decapitations were the largest single group found in Mexico in recent years. In 2008, a group of 12 decapitated bodies were piled outside the Yucatan state capital of Merida. The same year, nine headless men were discovered in Guerrero’s capital, Chilpancingo.

Among the other Acapulco victims, six people were shot and stuffed into a taxi, their hands and feet bound.

More than 30,000 people have died in drug violence nationwide since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on cartels after taking office in December 2006 by deploying thousands of soldiers and federal police to drug hotspots.

Alejandro Poire, the government spokesman for security issues, said Monday that the increase in violence in Acapulco shows most of the killings in Mexico are a result of turf fights between drug gangs.

“They are vying for a place that, from the point of view of local drug sales, is extremely important,” Poire said.

Also Monday, the mayor of a town in central Mexico was shot to death as he drove with his wife and son, authorities said.

Abraham Ortiz Rosales, mayor of Temoac in Morelos state, was shot once in the head near the town of Jantetelco, said Morelos state Attorney General Pedro Benitez. Benitez said police had not determined a motive.

Ortiz Rosales had been threatened in June by men carrying assault rifles but the motive for that incident was never made public.

Source: SGGP

Fire leaves 4,500 stranded on cruise ship in Pacific

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has welcomed nearly four million of foreign arrivals in the first nine months of this year, a huge increase compared to previous years and up 34.2 percent against last year figure, according to statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Of the tourists, around 37,500 traveled by sea, up 22 percent against the same period last year.

On October 15, Viet Excursion Company welcomed a five-star cruise liner named Diamond Princess at Phu My port in HCM City. The cruise ship carried 2,585 visitors and 1,063 crew members from 47 nations and territories around the world.   

Meanwhile, HCM city’s tourism sector is organizing more entertainment and art programmes for tourists in the hope of receiving its 3 millionth visitor late this year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Nearly 4,000 people get jobs

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

Nearly 4,000 people get jobs

QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi University of Industry and the Hanoi Youth Vocational Counseling Center co-organized the first Job Festival Day of Hanoi University of Industry 2010 on June 28th.

Representatives of over 40 businesses in Hanoi and neighbouring provinces of Hoa Binh, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh participated in the festival, expecting to recruit 10,000 workers for different positions, such as mechanics, office workers, auditors, financiers, businessmen and managers.

As a result, 3,720 workers, of whom 1,180 were professionally skilled, 1,140 were skilled labourers and 1,100 were conventional labourers, all got suitable jobs.

Source: HNM – Photo: tin247

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Apple’s iPhone 4 makes world debut

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

SAN FRANCISCO, USA (AFP) – Apple fans mobbed stores in Japan, Europe and the United States on Thursday to become the first owners of the latest-generation iPhone despite early complaints of antenna problems.

Hundreds of people queued up outside the Apple store in downtown San Francisco, where one person reportedly sold a premier place in line for 400 dollars and another swapped a spot for an iPhone 4.

Customers check out the new Apple iPhone 4 as they wait in line to buy their own at an Apple Store in Miami Beach, Florida. AFP

An Apple employee pushed a cart heaped with Krispy Kreme doughnuts, bottled water and coffee for a throng that stretched several city blocks.

Some online complaints about iPhone 4 signal strength being hampered by a troublesome antenna design did not deter those waiting in the queue.

“It’s all rumors until we get them,” Robert Freedman of San Francisco said as he waited to get his hands on an iPhone 4 to replace a model he had “beat the heck out of.”

“People are walking out with them and saying they are using it and everything is fine,” Freedman said.

Features feeding the iPhone 4 frenzy include high-definition screens and “Face Time,” which uses a forward facing camera to enable video chat.

“I’ve been an Apple head since I was a teenager,” said Richard Polote, a 26-year-old San Francisco man who had been waiting outside the store since 2:30 in the morning.

“I feel pretty confident that whatever problems do arise, Apple will solve them in a timely fashion with upgrades or whatever.”

Some new iPhone 4 owners were chagrined to discover that cupping their new smartphones so that their palms covered the lower left corners choked off the strength of the telecom service signals, according to videos posted online.

Apple designed silver edging on handsets to be part of the antenna system to improve signal strength.

The problem could be fixed by moving one’s hand or encasing iPhones in rubber “bumper” frames that Apple sells for 30 dollars. Apple did not respond to an AFP inquiry for comment.

In Paris, Senegalese businessman Bassirou Gueye joined some 350 people queuing before the opening of Apple’s flagship store in the city, located in the chic underground shopping mall of the Louvre museum.

“I made a special trip to Paris to buy the iPhone 4. I’m interested in its high-tech features,” said Gueye, a self-avowed Apple aficionado who already owns half a dozen brand-name devices.

Some buyers in France, however, reported problems activating their new phones because of technical problems with operator France Telecom.

In Germany, there were long queues at Apple stores and phone company Deutsche Telekom complained it did not have enough handsets to meet demand.

“By lunchtime iPhones in the high tens of thousands have already been sold. In Munich we have sold out,” said Deutsche Telekom spokesman Dirk Wende.

Some 500 customers waited in line outside Apple’s flagship Regent Street store in London when it opened its doors at 7:00 am — far more than those who queued for the launch of the iPad tablet last month.

First in the doors was Ben Paton, a 23-year-old student, who had queued for 16 hours. He described the feeling of holding the new phone in his hands as “absolutely incredible, amazing.”

Japan’s eastern time zone put it first in line to sell the phone and hundreds braved sweltering humidity outside Apple’s store in the Ginza district to get their hands on the smartphone.

Ryoichi Hoshino was the first to emerge triumphantly clutching the new handset after Apple staff gave a loud countdown ahead of the release.

“I love this design,” he enthused. “I’m going to use it to watch movies and use Twitter,” he said, referring to the micro-blogging site.

The original iPhone launched in 2007 brought smartphones to the masses. Apple has sold more than 50 million of the handsets in the past three years.

But its latest version enters a crowded market full of rivals boasting bigger screens and running on Google’s open-source Android operating system, which is more accessible to developers than Apple’s tightly guarded system.

The launch of the latest iPhone has been beset by various problems culminating in the white model being delayed to the second half of July because of unspecified manufacturing difficulties.

Carriers in the United States and France were also forced to suspend early orders because of heavy demand. Apple said it had received a single-day record 600,000 orders for the new smartphone.

The new iPhone will be available in 18 other countries in July and 24 more in August.

Source: SGGP

Over VND 4 billion raised for poor children

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Over VND 4 billion raised for poor children

QĐND – Monday, June 07, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

PANOTuyenQuangProvince has recently launched the “Action month for children 2010” to draw the participation of the community in charitable activities for children.

On the first day, the Children Fund raised VND 4.19 billion from individuals and organisations to prepare 423 presents, 150 bicycles and 24 water filters to poor children and families.

*The Ministry of Information and Communications, in collaboration with Tay Ninh’s People’s Committee, has handed over 50 computers, worth about VND 300 million, to the provincial border guards and 20 communes and schools in areas bordering Cambodia.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Photo: Vnexpress

Source: QDND

Rich countries to give 4 billion dollars to fight deforestation

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

4,000 more luxury hotel rooms operational in Hanoi in 2010

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:55 am

4,000 more luxury hotel rooms operational in Hanoi in 2010

QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will offer additional 4,000 high-quality hotel rooms this year to serve the 1000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and the National Tourism Year 2010.

The city now has about 800 accommodation facilities of all kinds with over 16,000 rooms, of which 213 star-rated hotels offer 10,000 rooms.

With over 30 on-going projects on building 3-5 star hotels, Hanoi is expected to have 20,000 rooms capable of receiving tourists in 2010.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

4,000-year-old relics spur new look at Sa Huynh culture

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

4,000-year-old relics spur new look at Sa Huynh culture

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Archaeologists in the central province of Quang Ngai have found relics dating back some 4,000 years, encouraging scientists to study afresh one of Vietnam’s most prominent cultures.

Dr. Doan Ngoc Khoi from Quang Ngai General Museum said the recently-completed excavation by the museum in cooperation with Vietnam Institute of Archaeology at an area near the Nuoc Trong Reservoir in the mountainous district of Son Ha had unearthed several ancient artifacts.

Apart from stone axes and pestles, pottery made by the Kinh people who make up the majority of Vietnamese population, under the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties were also discovered.

Together with traces of Quang Ngai native cultures of the Kor and Hre people, the new findings show that trade and exchange between the Kinh and the province’s natives started very early, Khoi said.

The recent discoveries will motivate scientists to look again at the origins of the central region’s Sa Huynh Culture which may have begun in the Central Highlands, the archaeologist said.

Source: SGGP 

Source: QDND

4 detained in Russian club fire; death toll at 112

In World on December 7, 2009 at 3:51 am

 Grieving relatives on Sunday began to bury the victims of a nightclub fire that left at least 112 people dead, as four people were ordered held pending an investigation into the country’s worst blaze in decades.

About 130 people remained hospitalized with injuries from the early Saturday blaze, which witnesses said was sparked by onstage fireworks that shot into the decorative twig ceiling of the Lame Horse club in the industrial city of Perm.

The federal Investigative Committee said the suspects — the club’s owner, the executive director, the artistic director and a businessman hired to install pyrotechnics on the night of the blaze — were ordered taken into custody Sunday by Leninsky District Court.

An orthodox priest reads lists of the injured during the night club fire, plastered on a wall at a hospital in Perm, about 1,200 km (700 miles) east of Moscow

The committee’s Web site said they were suspected of negligence causing multiple deaths and violating fire safety rules causing multiple deaths.

Mourning residents of the Ural Mountain city of over 1 million were indignant over the alleged negligence in a country where enforcement of fire safety standards is infamously poor and there have been several catastrophic blazes at drug-treatment facilities, nursing homes, apartment buildings and nightclubs in recent years.

Nadezhda Zhizhina placed flowers on the icy ground outside the Perm City Morgue in memory of her 21-year-old son, Sergei, who she said left behing a wife who was eight months pregnant.

She wasn’t expecting the compensation officials have promised to other victims’ relatives because Sergei earned money at the club as an unofficial administrator.

“I can’t even imagine what to do,” Zhizhina said, weeping. “He was a golden boy.”

The disaster outraged even those who didn’t lose relatives.

“This is nothing but criminal negligence,” said Marina Dryonina. “A terrible tragedy for our town.”

Many victims were trapped in a panicked crush for the exit as they attempted to escape the flames and thick black smoke.

Russian news agencies named the owner as Anatoly Zak. The pyrotechnics expert was named as Sergei Dergunov by his lawyer, Yekaterina Golysheva.

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the club managers had been fined twice in the past for breaking fire safety regulations.

Russian clubs and restaurants often cover ceilings with plastic insulation and a layer of willow twigs to create a rustic look, one of many uses of combustible materials in buildings by businessmen who bribe officials to look the other way.

The nation records up to 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per-capita rate in the United States and other Western countries.

President Dmitry Medvedev has demanded that lawmakers draft changes to toughen the criminal punishment for failing to comply with fire safety standards.

Monday has been designated a national day of mourning, with entertainment events and television programs canceled.

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