Former pop star Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years for child sex offences

Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a "glam-rock" star but was later convicted of child sex crimes, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting three girls. Glitter, 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd, rose to prominence with the hit song "Rock and Roll", and became renowned for his figure-hugging shiny silver jump suits and platform shoes. But his reputation was destroyed after he served two months in jail in 1999 for possession of child pornography, the first of several convictions. Earlier this month, he was found guilty in a London court of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, all in the 1970s. Sentencing Glitter on Friday, Judge Alistair McCreath said the star had abused his fame and caused deep harm to his victims. "It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour," he said at Southwark Crown Court. Glitter was … [Read more...]

Sharp funding cut in Long Thanh airport project

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang speaks about the cost cut in Long Thanh airport project at the 35th session of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee in Hanoi on February 27 - PHOTO: VOV

Lan Nhi Transport Minister Dinh La Thang told the 35th session of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee in Hanoi on February 27 that the Government had revised down the funding estimate for the first phase of the international airport in Dong Nai Province by US$2.6 billion after careful reviews. The latest revision in the new report the minister delivered on behalf of the Government is higher than the US$1.2 billion reduction discussed by representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and relevant agencies at a meeting on Tuesday. Of the US$5.2 billion planned for the first phase, official development assistance (ODA) funding is projected to account for US$1.3 billion and the State budget US$578.3 million. The remaining US$3.2 billion is sourced from the project’s investor ACV with VND12.15 trillion (over US$568 million), proceeds of equitized components and investments of enterprises joining the project via the public-private … [Read more...]

Vietnam surpasses Malaysia, Thailand to become ASEAN’s biggest exporter to US

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Vietnam topped other regional countries in exporting to the U.S. in 2014 with around US$30.6 billion in shipments, up 24 percent year on year, according to the U.S.’s official data. Referring to the U.S.’s statistics in trade relations with Malaysia and Thailand, two top exporters in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam overtook both to become the largest supplier of goods in Southeast Asia to the United States. Last year Thailand's exports to the U.S. reached $27.1 billion, and Malaysia's merchandise shipments to the North American country topped $30.4 billion. According to data compiled by the U.S., in 2014 the total import and export volumes of the two countries hit $36.3 billion, in which U.S. exports to Vietnam reached $5.7 billion, up 13.6 percent, while U.S. imports from the Southeast Asian country were nearly $30.6 billion in value, up 24 percent compared to 2013. Pursuant to the data, Vietnam enjoyed a trade surplus worth $24.9 … [Read more...]

Business Promotion with Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) will coordinate with the government of Wakayama Prefecture to organise the "Business Promotion Conference with Wakayama Prefecture, Japan" on March 12, 2015 in Hanoi when the Governor of Wakayama Prefecture and a Japanese business delegation pay a working visit to Vietnam. At the meeting, Wakayama Governor will introduce the prefecture and its development efforts. In addition, three attending businesses engaged in food, T-shape nut production and dry cleaner manufacturing will represent their business and operation plans in Vietnam. This is a good opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises to meet and exchange information, learn more about Wakayama Prefecture and seek potential partners. Wakayama Prefecture is home to many leading businesses and has abundant human resources in Japan. Wakayama is famous for agriculture, steel and petrochemical industries. Companies interested in the event, please contact Mr Dung - International … [Read more...]

Vietjet Adds Airbus A320 to Its Fleet

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Recently, Vietjet welcomed the latest member to its expanding family of Airbus planes at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The brand-new Airbus A320 (code VN-A659) is the third plane from an order of 100 aircraft made with the French aviation group. Its arrival makes Vietjet’s fleet a total of 21. The aircraft was exclusively assembled by Airbus for Vietjet and features the airline’s trademark luxurious leather seats, an elegant carpet, and premium interior decoration, all fitted out according to Airbus’ meticulous, industry-leading standards and Vietjet’s specifications. Moving forward, Vietjet will send another brand new A320 directly to Thailand by the end of March 2015 in order for the joint venture Thai Vietjet to operate its very first domestic flights in Thailand to meet travel demand during the Songkran festival. AD … [Read more...]

Five Conditions for Qualified PPP Projects

The Government recently issued a decree on investment in the form of public-private partnership (PPP). According, qualified PPP projects must meet five conditions. Firstly, a PPP project should be consistent with development master plans of the relevant sector and the region and socioeconomic development plans of the area where the project is to be carried out. Secondly, the project must meet legal conditions relevant to the field of investment. Thirdly, the project must be capable of attracting and utilising the investor’s capital, technology and management experience. Fourthly, the project must be capable of supplying products and services continuously at stable quality and meeting the needs of consumers. Fifthly, the project must have a minimum investment capital of VND20 billion, excluding those in the form of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and those operating in agricultural and rural infrastructure, and production services related to agricultural product processing … [Read more...]

Vietrade to Lead US Confectionary Market Survey and Exchange in 2015

To facilitate Vietnamese businesses to learn more about the US market, meet partners and initiate business contacts with US firms, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) will lead a delegation to survey confectionary market and business exchange in the US from May 16 to 29, 2015. The programme is designed for Vietnamese confectionery companies keen on importing and exporting US confectioneries. In addition, participants will be guided to cooperate with US confectionery manufacturers in the form franchise or transfer production technology. They will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Sweets and Snacks Expo, held by the US Sweets and Snacks Association, with over 650 booths. In 2014, the fair attracted over 16,000 visitors. In addition, they will be able to meet and work with sweets and snacks wholesalers in major cities in the US like Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco. To register the participation, please send the registration forms prior to March 15, … [Read more...]

Colombia, Vietnam Steps up Trade, Agricultural Cooperation

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Vietnam and Colombia will accelerate trade and agricultural cooperation, said Mr Felice Snider, Honorary Consul of Colombia in Vietnam, during his meeting with Dr Pham Thi Thu Hang, General Secretary of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in Hanoi. VCCI General Secretary Hang said the bilateral commercial and economic cooperation between Vietnam and Colombia is limited in the face of many favourable factors. Colombian companies can study and cooperate with Vietnamese partners in garment - textile, leather - footwear, electronics and furniture fields. Besides, Vietnam hopes to cooperate with Colombia in high-tech agriculture, fisheries, handicraft and animal feed processing. For his part, Felice Snider highly appreciated Vietnam’s economic development and hoped VCCI to support Colombian businesses to look for investment opportunities in Vietnam. He noted that, when entering the Colombian market, Vietnamese companies need to pay attention to profiles and … [Read more...]

Deputy head of Hanoi agriculture department arrested

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Phan Minh Nguyet has been arrested and prosecuted on the charge of abusing position and power while performing duties, the police said on February 27. The Ministry of Public Security’s Investigative Police Agency said they have also arrested Nguyen Thi Huyen Hao, chief accountant of the Hanoi Agricultural Investment and Development Co. Ltd, on the same charge. Police said they have found sufficient evidence showing Nguyet and Hao abused position and power while carrying out their duties under Article 281 of the Penal Code. The arrest and prosecution warrants were approved by the Supreme People’s Procuracy.-VNA … [Read more...]

Jetstar Pacific changes flights schedule due to bad weather

The low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific on February 27 said it had to change the schedule of several flights due to bad weather. The flight BL510, which took off from the Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport at 6:45 am on the day, had to land at the Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport instead of its original destination - the Cat Bi international airport in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The same day, the carrier had to adjust the schedule of two other flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong city for the same reason. Flight BL516 departing from Ho Chi Minh City at 5:40 pm was directed to land at Noi Bai airport, while passengers of Flight BL517 scheduled to depart from Cat Bi had to move to Noi Bai for their flight to HCM City. Passengers can call 19001550 for further information support.-VNA … [Read more...]

Russian official honoured for 10-year dedicated services

Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hanoi Lavreniev Alekxei Iurievich has been awarded with Vietnam’s Friendship Medal for his 10-year dedication to developing ties between the two countries. Since taking office in 2004, Iurievich has actively worked with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association and other Vietnamese units concerned to hold political, cultural, arts, science-technology and education activities in Vietnam, which has helped bring the image of Russia and its people closer to the Vietnamese people and strengthen the bilateral relationship. VUFO President Vu Xuan Hong, in his speech, stated that Iurievich, in his new position, would continue developing the Vietnam - Russia friendship and cooperation. Iurievich, for his part, expressed his honour to be given the distinction and thanked the Vietnamese agencies for their support during his tenure.-VNA … [Read more...]

Exhibition celebrates Air Force’s 60th founding anniversary

More than 500 photos and items demonstrating the development of the Vietnam People’s Air Force are being on show at an exhibition that opened in Hanoi on February 27 to mark the force’s 60th founding anniversary (March 3, 1955). The exhibits are grouped in four main sections showing the Party, State and military leaders’ attention to the Air Force, the force’s establishment, its victory over the US air force, and its role in the national development and protection. The display, held by the Air Defence-Air Force Service, features items relating to the force’s first victories on April 3 and 4, 1965, when its pilots shot down the US’s F8-U and F-105 fighters, and particularly the air battles on December 27 and 28, 1972, during which the US’s two strategic aircraft B52 were downed by pilots Pham Tuan and Vu Xuan Thieu. The bravery and creativity of the Air Force’s soldiers in the protection of the country’s sky, seas, and islands … [Read more...]

Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5

Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland on March 5, the European Union said on Friday. The talks between political directors will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings, EU spokeswoman Catherine Ray told reporters. "The EU continues to make all possible efforts to facilitate these negotiations so that they end in success," she said. The State Department announced on Thursday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would meet with Iranian nuclear negotiators in Montreux next week. The six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - are seeking to negotiate an agreement with Tehran to address concerns that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons technology, something it denies. Negotiators hope to meet a self-imposed March 31 deadline for an initial political deal. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM hosts UK Foreign Office Minister

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (right); UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire (Photo: VNA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hailed the success of the fourth Vietnam – UK strategic dialogue during a reception for UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire in Hanoi on February 27. Both host and guest were pleased with the progress of the bilateral strategic partnership in priority fields, and agreed to facilitate regular high-level visits while working closely at multilateral forums and international organisations, including the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting, and the ASEAN – EU framework. Both nations are to foster economic-trade-investment activities, particular when Vietnam is integrating into the world economy and the pending Vietnam – EU free trade agreement is expected to open up new opportunities for the business circles in both … [Read more...]

Lawmakers emphasise human right protection for those under temporary detention

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Chairman of the NA Council of Ethnic Affairs Ksor Phuoc (Photo: VNA) Lawmakers underlined the need to ensure human rights for those under temporary detention or arrest at a debate on the draft law on temporary detention and arrest on February 27, the last working day of the 35 th session of the National Assembly Standing Committee. The NA Judicial Committee agreed with the need to have the law to ensure that temporary detention or arrest is carried out in line with the 2013 Constitution and address shortcomings that were revealed over the past time, including incidents of torture and violation of human rights, even deaths of those under temporary detention. Chairman of the NA Council of Ethnic Affairs Ksor Phuoc and Chairman of the NA Law Committee Phan Trung Ly recommended clarifying the difference between temporary detention and temporary arrest in order to ensure the rights of each specific subject. Sharing this viewpoint, Deputy Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s … [Read more...]

State President meets with outstanding health workers

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President Truong Tan Sang meets with outstanding health workers (Photo: VNA) President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception for outstanding health officials on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Vietnam Doctors’ Day in Hanoi on February 27. The State leader congratulated the officials and extolled the significant achievements of the heath sector over the past six decades, including fulfilling many of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The remarkable achievement is attributed to the tireless efforts of health workers, including those who sacrificed their lives for the national safeguarding cause and those who have devoted their career to working in remote areas, he said. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien reported that in the Doi Moi (reform) process, the health industry has successfully applied modern technology and improved the health index of Vietnam , bringing it to stand above that of countries with similar incomes and development stages. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam, UK hold fourth strategic dialogue

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Overview of the Vietnam-UK strategic dialogue (Photo: VNA) Vietnam and the UK focused on issues surrounding international economic integration, national defence-security and recent global developments during their fourth strategic dialogue in Hanoi on February 27. Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Common Wealth Office Hugo Swire expressed their mutual satisfaction with the development of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation and close coordination at international forums and organisations, especially the United Nations (UN), the Asia-Europe Meeting, and the ASEAN-EU framework. On the path to global economic integration, both sides renewed their commitment to expeditiously conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the EU, which is expected to open new opportunities for both business communities. They also deemed the eighth meeting of the Joint Economic Trade Committee a constructive … [Read more...]

Hospital with free guesthouse for patients’ relatives opens in southern Vietnam

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A US$89 million advanced hospital that has a guesthouse for patients’ relatives to stay free of charge was officially inaugurated and put into operation in Ba Ria, a city in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on Wednesday. >> Major Vietnamese hospitals join hands to terminate bed sharing ordeal Work on the Ba Ria Hospital, which is located on an area of more than 17,000 m² in Long Tam Ward, broke ground in August 2009 in accordance with international standards at a total cost of VND1.9 trillion ($89 million) from the State budget. Of the amount, VND1.4 trillion ($65.6 million) was spent on construction while the remainder ($23.4 million) paid for medical equipment and tools. The hospital has 700 beds, 20 clinical and nine paraclinical departments, and eight functional rooms. The facilities are located in 11 blocks, of which the highest has 17 floors. The hospital is equipped with a CT 128 scanner, digital X-ray systems with sensors, digital … [Read more...]

Eight people reported dead in murder, suicide in Missouri

Eight people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder and suicide in rural southern Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday. Seven people were thought to be victims of one man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement by the highway patrol. One elderly woman was found dead of what appeared to be natural causes during an investigation. The events unfolded around 10 p.m. Thursday night when the Texas County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a disturbance involving a weapon at a residence in Tyrone. A girl called authorities, saying she had fled to a neighbor's house after hearing gunshots in her home. Deputies found two dead in the residence. After further investigation, authorities said they found five other victims and one person who was wounded in three other homes in Tyrone. A 36-year-old man from Tyrone, considered the suspect in the case, was found dead in a vehicle in nearby Shannon County. It … [Read more...]