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Amanda Knox appeal starts in Italy sex-murder case

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:19 am

The appeal trial of Amanda Knox over the sex-murder of a British student in Italy gets underway on Wednesday, as prosecutors seek a harsher sentence and Knox’s family protests her innocence.

Knox, 23, was sentenced to 26 years in prison last year for killing Meredith Kercher in the cottage they shared in the medieval city of Perugia as part of what prosecutors described as a gruesome, drug-fuelled sexual assault.

“We believe that if the judges and the jury take a look at just the evidence and what we’re bringing up in the appeal it’s a no-brainer and they will let Amanda go,” her mother, Edda Mellas, said on British television this week.

File picture shows a weeping Amanda Knox (L) being helped during her murder trial in 2009 in Perugia, Italy.

Her father Curt Knox told channel ITV1: “I look at it as this is a point that is Amanda’s next chance to be found innocent, which she is.”

But Italian prosecutors have said they will seek a longer sentence for Knox if the conviction is upheld by the Perugia appeals court.

Knox’s then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years for the 2007 murder, is appealing at the same time. An Ivorian man, Rudy Guede, who fled Perugia and was arrested in Germany, has also been jailed for the murder.

Wednesday’s hearing is expected to be technical in nature and the appeal trial proper is set to start next month, lasting possibly into next year.

Kercher was found on November 2, 2007, half-naked in a pool of blood with stab wounds to the neck in her room in the cottage she shared with Knox.

Knox, a Seattle native, has repeatedly protested her innocence and her case has continued to garner large-scale media attention, particularly in the United States where many people are convinced of her innocence.

Earlier this month she was indicted on additional charges of slander for claiming that police beat her during questioning soon after the murder. She said then that she had been in the house at the time of the killing.

Knox faces a separate trial on the slander charges on May 17 next year.

She has spoken in detail of her imprisonment in a book of interviews by Italian lawmaker Rocco Girlanda, president of the Italy-USA Foundation, who has taken a personal interest in the case and has visited Knox in prison.

Knox is quoted in the book as saying that she longs to live a normal life and hopes to one day become a mother and start a writing career.

“I want to live… I’m thinking about when I will be out of here,” Knox is quoted as saying during one of the visits in her cell in Perugia.

“Living here is like being in limbo,” she said.

Girlanda said he brought Knox numerous classic works of world literature during his visits, including works by Dostoyevsky, Hemingway and Kafka.

The case is also serving as the basis for a television film currently being shot in Italy called “The Amanda Knox Story,” starring US actress Hayden Panettiere as Knox. It is expected to screen in the United States next year.

Source: SGGP

First beauty contest for Vietnamese men starts

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

Largest Vietnam Telecom and IT exhibition starts

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Hai Phong starts innovation partnership programme

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Prudential Vietnam starts voluntary campaign

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Prudential Vietnam starts voluntary campaign

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prudential Vietnam Life Insurance Company, on October 17th, launched the Voluntary Campaign 2010 between October and November at 19 provinces and cities nationwide.

The campaign, “Live Green-Live Healthy”, will start off in Hanoi with a series of social activities for the community and environment.

After the launching ceremony, Prudential Vietnam provided free medicines and medical examinations for 60 blind people and those facing adversity in Hanoi’s Hoai Duc District.

The activity is part of Prudential Vietnam’s action program for the community in Hanoi. Accordingly, nearly 1,000 children and poor, handicapped and solitary old people in Hanoi’s districts will receive scholarships, free medicines and medical examinations, worth around VND100 million.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

National beach volleyball tournament starts

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

National beach volleyball tournament starts

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

The four-day National Beach Volleyball Tournament, part of the 4th National Sports Games 2010, was held on August 12th at the My Khe Beach in Danang City by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the Vietnam Volleyball Federation, and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

8 men’s and 7 women’s professional teams from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the Army, Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Danang were drawn into 4 groups to play a round robin, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals and the finals.

According to the organising panel, this is the third time the event was introduced at the National Sports Games.

Already teams from Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City are tipped as the favorites.

Source: Tin The Thao/ Photo: VNA

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Work starts on biggest polyclinic in mountainous area

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Work starts on biggest polyclinic in mountainous area

QĐND – Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Bac Kan Provincial People’s Committee has started the construction of the Bac Kan Polyclinic, the biggest and most modern hospital in the mountain provinces.

Present at the groundbreaking ceremony on August 9th was Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu.

The hospital is part of a government project to build and upgrade clinics and polyclinics, at a cost of more than VND 1 trillion, in mountainous provinces between 2009 to 2013.

Once completed, the Bac Kan Polyclinic, with a projection of over 500 patient-beds and modern medical equipment, will be able to provide check-ups and treatment for 1 million people in Bac Kan and neighboring provinces, such as Cao Bang, Lang Son, Tuyen Quang and Thai Nguyen.

The hospital will also include a medical school as a regular training centre. In the near future, the hospital will provide new services, such as convalescence tourism and rehabilitation.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

VNPT Week 2010 starts

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

VNPT Week 2010 starts

QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), today, launched the VNPT Week 2010 towards the Great Anniversary of Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi and the 65th anniversary of the Post Sector’s Traditional Day.

The organization of the VNPT Week 2010 is regarded as a token of VNPT’s gratitude to and pledge to offer better and more professional care for its subscribers.

The first event in the VNPT Week 2010 is the Award Ceremony of the “Information and Life” Contests held on August 9th.

The Contest, launched on May 19th and ending on August 1st of this year, drew nearly 300 participants with nearly 1,000 entries consisting of writings, photos and video clips.

The photo “Information Transmitted to the Village” by Hanoian Vu Quang Ngoc won the first prize for the Photo Category, while the video clip filmed by Dang Quoc Khanh, entitled “VNPT promotes the carrying out of data transmission network for the Party’s agencies”, was awarded the first prize for the Video Clip Category. However, there was no first prize for the category of Writing though entries were highly appreciated.

The Organizing Board also presented six second prizes, six third prizes and four consolation prizes.

Entries, most voted via port number 8181 and via the website, most commented on, and the most read, were also awarded. Several gifts were also given to three units with the highest number of participants.

The VNPT Week 2010 will continue with a number of programmes and activities, including the “65 Year-Old VNPT Thanks Its Customers” will be carried out nationwide as of August 10th.  Other activities include the debut of the website on August 11th in Hanoi.  There is also the “Joining of Hands in Looking After Children’s Dreams” programme, in which, as of August 12th, each customers buying an automobile or motorbike insurance from national post-offices will directly donate VND 5,000 to the “Joining of Hands in Looking After Children’s Dreams” Fund; the third VNPT Emulation Congress on August 14th; and the VNPT Festive Day for a useful life to be launched in Hai Phong, Danang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau on August 7th to 15th.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Work starts on housing project for the low-income in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Work starts on housing project for the low-income in Ca Mau

QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

PANO – The southern province of Ca Mau has recently started the construction of a housing project for low-income people in the area.

The VND30 billion project, located on an area of 3,480 sq.m., consists of two six-storey blocks. The ground-floor has management, trade and services offices, a parking place and a community area, while the remainder includes 112 apartment of 36-42 sq.m. each.

The construction of the project is expected to be completed by late 2011.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

EducationUSA starts advising in HCM City

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

EducationUSA, the official US government source of information on study in the United States, started operations in Ho Chi Minh City in early August.

The EducationUSA office is on the 8th floor of Diamond Plaza, 34 Le Duan Street, District 1, at the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General in the city.

The office provides free, accurate, unbiased information on educational opportunities to Vietnamese students and parents.

“We encourage you to utilize the resources and reference materials available at,” an August 5 statement from the US Consulate General wrote.

To set an appointment for consultations, ones need to call (08)3520 4610 or email to

EducationUSA is a global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Source: SGGP