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US sends ‘deep condolences’ to Cambodia stampede victims

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

WASHINGTON, Nov 22, 2010 (AFP) – The United States on Monday extended its “deep condolences” for the nearly 350 lives lost during deadly stampede in Cambodia’s capital.


“On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our deep condolences for the tragic loss of life and the injuries in Phnom Penh during Cambodia’s annual Water Festival,” said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and with all the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia,” she added in a statement.


Clinton remarked on the “strength and resilience” of the Cambodian people she observed “first hand” during her recent visit earlier this month to the country.


“I am confident that they will pull together and persevere through this difficult time,” she added.


Cambodia began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 347 people — two thirds of them women — crushed to death in a bridge stampede when revellers panicked at a huge water festival in Phnom Penh.

A Cambodian rescue team carries an unconscious woman near a bridge in Phnom Penh where hundreds of people were crushed during a stampede on November 23, 2010. AFP

More than 400 people were also injured in the disaster, Cambodia’s deadliest in decades, which took place late Monday on an overcrowded narrow bridge as millions celebrated the end of the annual three-day event.

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Source: SGGP

Candles lit up to express deep gratitude to martyrs

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Candles lit up to express deep gratitude to martyrs


QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Thousands of candles were lit up in over 2,000 cemeteries throughout the country on July 26th to express deep gratitude to martyrs who devoted their lives for the national liberation and salvation.


On the hill 82 of Tan Bien Cemetery, in the southeastern province of Tay Ninh, 1,500 youths offered candles and incense for 15,000 martyrs, some of whom have not yet been identified.  


93 martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting for the country and fulfilling their international obligation in Cambodia have been recently brought to Tan Bien Cemetery after a long time lying in a forest in Cambodia.


During the war against the American aggressors, Tan Bien District in Tay Ninh Province witnessed numerous fierce battles and incredible bravery of Vietnamese soldiers.


While offering candles for the martyrs, Nguyen Minh Thanh, a Youth Union member touchingly said, “Each candle lit up reminds us of the pain of the war and the noble sacrifice of our elders. We promise to try our best to be deserved the devotion of the elders to the nation”.


Meanwhile, in Hanoi Martyrs’ Cemetery, in Tu Liem District, nearly 1,000 local citizens and youth lit candles for 1,800 martyrs, including reputable Heroine, Dang Thuy Tram, and Hero Nguyen Van Thac.


Along with candles, songs praising the sacrifice were also sung as an expression of thanks to Vietnamese heroic martyrs.


Moreover, thousands of presents were presented to Heroic Vietnamese Mothers, wounded and sick soldiers, families of martyrs and other social beneficiaries across the country on the 63rd commemoration of the War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day, July 27th.


Source: TP/PANO


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Japan Airlines plunges deep into red

In World on November 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

TOKYO, Nov 13, 2009 (AFP) – Japan Airlines (JAL) announced Friday a massive loss and sought breathing space from its creditors as Asia’s biggest carrier waits to see whether it will secure another public bailout.








This picture taken on November 6, 2009 shows a Japan Airlines passenger jet takes off from Tokyo’s Haneda airport. (AFP photo)

The airline scrapped its forecasts for the rest of the year due to uncertainty surrounding its turnaround efforts, which are expected to involve thousands of job cuts and drastic route reductions.


JAL reported a net loss of 131.2 billion yen (1.45 billion dollars) for the fiscal first half to September, against a year-earlier profit of 36.7 billion yen.


“Since the subprime crisis emerged, our business has been affected by drops in the number of business passengers as well as the emergence of the new type of influenza,” said JAL executive officer Yoshimasa Kanayama.


“The second half of the year is expected to remain severe.”


The cash-strapped carrier, which is seeking a financial lifeline from the government to keep flying, said it had applied for a debt restructuring scheme that could allow it to delay payments to creditors.


Japan Airlines president Haruka Nishimatsu hinted he could step down once the turnaround plan has been put together, apologising for the company’s troubles.


“I feel a lot of responsibility that it has come to this. But currently there are things to be done and we need to set up and put in place a restructuring plan as quickly as possible,” he told a news conference.


“Only when that has been done will I announce something” on possible management changes, he said, when asked about whether he might step down.


The carrier is seeking an injection of public funds to boost its capital as it restructures under the supervision of government-backed Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp. of Japan.


But the turnaround body appears unlikely to make a decision on whether to inject public funds into the company before early next year.


JAL is also set to receive an emergency loan from the state-backed Development Bank of Japan, the government said earlier this week, without disclosing the amount.


The loss-making airline is thought to urgently need about 200 billion yen in emergency financing.


JAL, the recipient of three government bailouts since 2001, has said it plans thousands of job cuts and a drastic reduction in routes, although its restructuring plan has not yet been finalised. The airline is also trying to reduce the burden of heavy pension obligations.


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