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Australia police serve court order via Facebook

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian police served a court order on an alleged cyber bully using the social networking site Facebook, officials said Wednesday, describing it as a national first.


Victoria police got court approval to use the site after attempts to serve the order in person, over the telephone or via the post failed.


The “prolific” Facebook user was accused of, among other things, using the site to harrass, bully and threaten another person, and police said they transcribed all the court documents and sent them to his Facebook inbox.


A video was also made of the order being read “as if the Respondent was being directly spoken to” and sent electronically to him.


“He stated that he understood the seriousness of the orders, having read … documents served via the social media website and agreed to comply, stating that he would delete his Facebook profile,” a police statement said.


“In this instance we were able to deliver justice through the same medium as the crime committed,” said leading senior constable Stuart Walton, the officer in charge of the investigation.


“Police will always pursue traditional means to enforce the law and to protect the community, but we won’t shy away from innovative methods to achieve positive outcomes either.”


In 2008 an Australian lawyer won the right to serve legal documents via Facebook, the same year a Sydney court allowed lawyers to serve rugby player Sonny Bill Williams with a subpoena via SMS text message.


Australia, with a population of 22.5 million, has almost nine million Facebook users.

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Source: SGGP

Hanoi’s monorail to serve low-income earners

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm




Hanoi’s monorail to serve low-income earners


QĐND – Sunday, July 04, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Vinaconex General Director Xuan Mai, the investor in Hanoi’s monorail project, confirmed that the State must subsidize all other kinds of train.


VietNamNet Bridge interviews Huy about this project on VNExpress online newspaper.


VNExpress: Vinaconex proposed building a monorail from Hoa Lac to the West Lake. What can you say about the advantages and disadvantages of monorails in comparison with double rails?


Huy: Double-rail trains can transport high numbers of passengers at high speeds, so it’s suitable for longer routes. Monorail trains are good for short and medium routes, with average speeds of 70-80km per hour. In China, monorails are often from 20-40km long and double rails are used for longer distances.


The advantage of monorails is that less investment capital is needed. The total investment for the Hoa Lac-West Lake monorail route will be $8 million, just one fifth required for a double rail train.


In the current context, this advantage is very important, because Vietnam’s financial potential is limited. Moreover, monorails don’t require a lot of land.


VNE: Why did Vinaconex suggest building the Hoa Lac-West Lake monorail route?


Huy: Because this route will not require large-scale site clearance, so construction will be rapid.


The area needed to build stations is also small. We only need vast spaces for repairs and major stations, which can be built far from the city centre.


In the near future, many new residential areas will be built along this route. The Hoa Lac satellite town will also have from 500,000-600,000 residents, so a tramcar route is necessary.


VNE: What do you think about safety concerns for overhead monorail trains?


Huy: I don’t have specific statistics, but I can confirm that many countries use monorails, like Malaysia, China, Japan, Russia, USA, and Canada.



Monorails have been used for a hundred years and they have improved with the development of science and technology. We can build two separate rails for two directions. I know that there are no accidents recorded with monorail for the last 100 years.


VNE: How about the investment and ticket price for monorail?


Huy: We have not worked on the fare details, but I’m sure that it must be cheap to serve low-income earners, students, and workers. The investment capital can be regained within 20-30 years.


In other countries, investors regain their capital from monorails, whereas the State must subsidize all other forms of trains.


VNE: What do you think about the public’s habits? Can they adapt to this means of transport?


Huy: I think habits will change gradually. Using monorails, they will not face gridlock and the trains will run on time. It will take them only 10-15 minutes to reach their destinations for a 20km route with 10 stations. Moreover, as the monorail runs overhead, passengers can also see the city from above.


VNE: How will the train operate if Vietnam continues to have power outages?


Huy: The train can use two sources of power: one-way electricity from the power grid or diesel motors. We are considering which will be more appropriate.


The current power supply situation in Vietnam will affect monorail trains, but we can also use generators.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

70,000 young volunteers to serve university exams

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm




70,000 young volunteers to serve university exams


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A program to help students in the coming university exam season will be launched in 10 big cities and provinces of Hanoi, Hai Duong, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Hue, Nghe An, Thai Nguyen and Dac Lac.


The program, which is jointly held by the Ministry of Education and Training, Thanh Nien newspaper and the Thien Long Corp, draws the participation of about 70,000 young volunteers.


The volunteers will be ready at public places such as train and coach stations, roads, gates of universities to provide timely support to examinees whenever it is needed.


They will give necessary information about exams, places, accommodations, means of transportation as well as studying experience to candidates to help ease difficulties for the examinees.


Source: Ha Noi Moi newspaper


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Following Uncle’s Ho example to serve people better

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

A meeting on late President’s 120th birthday, held in the HCMC’s Opera House, honored individuals and organizations that have done an excellent job following the Ho Chi Minh example.

Participants confer at the meeting on late President’s 120th birthday, held in the HCMC’s Opera House on May 19.(Photo:SGGP)


All honorees share the following traits: they studied in school, gained experience from work and sought to love and serve people with the same heart Uncle Ho exhibited throughout his extraordinary life.


Du Hue Lien, a retiree of Ward 11, District 5, said she feels touched each time she hears stories about Ho Chi Minh.  Lien’s area is 45 percent Chinese; most are poor. Therefore, Lien and other sponsors established a charity fund to help poor families.


With the fund, families were lent between VND6 million – 10 million (US $315 – $526) in order to establish businesses and continue their children’s education, Lien said.


She also helped many people find employment by placing them in contact with hiring companies. Lien’s proactive approach to helping her fellow citizens of Ward 11 has inspired them try to build a community based on peace and safety.


She said that Uncle Ho Thought teaches that anything that advantages the people is worth doing.


Attempting to adhere to Ho Chi Minh’s thought, she has tried to do things that bring happiness to people. Doing good deeds have made her happy throughout her life, Lien added.


Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, Party chief of Saigon Co.op in Ho Chi Minh City, gave two norms he strives master as head of the supermarket chain: devoting his heart and soul to work and maintaining a commitment to the customers.


Saigon Co.op has become a well-recognized brand name that is familiar to customers.


Hoa said the company has grown because of the people working for it.  He communicates with staff members from the heart and believes in them from the moment of initial recruitment through their employment tenures.


He displays his own work ethic in order to inspire his workers to do better. In addition, Hoa explained that he organizes customer surveys twice per year to collect customers’ opinion and ensure their future satisfaction.


The opinions of customers helps the company do better and develop, he said.


Party Chief and Chairman of the Nhuan Duc Commune People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Ne, said that his role was to instruct people on how to implement Party and State law.


Chairman Duc follows to Ho Chi Minh’s thought concerning the modification of work styles, prevention of officialdom that would distance him from people. He implores party members in his commune to follow Ho Chi Minh’s example. Additionally, he said always leads first, by example.


Party chief of Tan Binh District, Nguyen Thi Kim Hoang, concentrates on modifying styles of work to resolve peoples’ complaints.


Hoang asked cadres to attend meetings on time and to refrain from over-talking issues, insisting they focus on crucial matters with focus, in order to solve problems.  Yesterday, the convention recognized Hoang as an exemplary official, worthy of emulation.


Following Ho Chi Minh’s thought she has helped people define their goals and actualize their potential. As a result, the number of young cadres and women has increased significantly.


The prominent aspects of Ho Chi Minh’s example are strong ideals, an unyielding will, a brilliant mind, and special attention paid to the concerns of common people. He had a close link with the people and knew how to delegate power to talented individuals. All these characteristics helped Ho Chi Minh make the right decisions as he successfully carried out Vietnam’s revolutionary cause despite the numerous hardships Vietnam faced in the revolutionary era.

Source: SGGP

Hoi An’s little towns serve up tasty treats

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:22 am




Hoi An’s little towns serve up tasty treats


QĐND – Sunday, May 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

The UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An is known for its centuries-old streets, lanterns, tailors, Chinese temples, beaches and the Hoai River, which snakes its way through the emerald patchwork of paddy fields before discharging itself into the ocean.


But one equally important, but often overlooked cultural foundation is starting to gain traction with those in the know. The food from this central coast tourist centre is winning a reputation as some of the best in the country; and some of the cheapest.


Cam Nam Village, just a stones throw from the heart of Hoi An’s Old Quarter, typifies the sort of gastronomical experience available to people not afraid of straying from the uninspired menus of the lollipop cute cafes dotting the river’s banks.


This tranquil spot, at the lower section of the river, is home to dozens of little restaurants. The one thing they all have in common is that they all serve great local rustic fare.


Three of the most common local dishes served up to punters are: banh dap (smashing rice paper), hen xuc banh trang (clams served with crispy rice paper) and che bap (sweet corn soup).


Banh dap or smashing rice paper derives its name from the action needed to produce the dish. It is made from two pieces of rice paper – the first piece is crispy, the second is wet. To join them together, they must be smashed on to the table.


The two freshly joined pieces are then draped in oil cooked with onions and served with nuoc mam, a pungent fish sauce.


That’s it. A seemingly simple rice paper with contrary tastes: sweet and salty, crispy and soft.


Hen xuc banh trang is a combination of clams and crispy rice paper. The clams are fished up from the HoaiRiver, which runs through Cam Nam village.


The clams are boiled and then fried with dozens of fragrant vegetables and spices, including onion, spring onion, pepper, chilli, ginger, sugar water and peanuts.


When the clams are ready, crispy rice paper is set on the table, which is also used as a spoon for the dish.


Finally the desert: che bap (sweet corn soup). Hoi An’s sweet and sticky corn is perfect for this soup. Locals swear that one bowl is not enough and visitors that return are the first in line, ready for another helping.


Whether this is true or not is a matter of conjecture. What is true, is that no trip to Hoi An is truly complete without sampling the culinary spectacles that small village’s like Cam Nam have to offer.


Source: vietnewsonline


Source: QDND