The Grand Ho Tram Strip Rings in the Festive Season with Christmas Promotions


Christmas and New Year celebrations are in full swing at The Grand Ho Tram Strip as the resort is once again bringing back the festive season cheer and offering guests a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Ho Ho Ho, indeed! Combining meticulous service and award winning chefs with world-class entertainment, The Grand is the best destination in southern Vietnam for your holiday season. Merry Merry Christmas The Grand's award winning chefs from Ginger and Brasserie, who recently came in second at the national "2014 Golden Spoon" cooking competition, are ready to serve guests an unforgettable Christmas dinner with festive goodies and traditional sweets. Light up the Christmas spirit at Ginger with a holiday international buffet where friends and family can come together in groups both large and small. Available on December 19, 20, 24, 26 and 27, prices start from VND880,000++/person. For a fine dining romantic celebration, guests can savor the holidays with The Grand's … [Read more...]

China probes former senior aide to Hu Jintao over graft


Ling Jihua, newly elected vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) attends the opening ceremony of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this March 3, 2013 file photo. Photo credit: Reuters China's ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao on Monday, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft. In a terse and brief statement on its website, the party's anti-corruption watchdog said that Ling Jihua was being investigated for "suspected serious discipline violations", the usual euphemism for graft. It gave no other details. Ling Jihua was demoted in September 2012 after sources said his son was involved in a deadly crash involving a luxury sports car. The car - a Ferrari according to some of the sources - crashed in Beijing in March 2012 in an embarrassment for the ruling Communist Party, which is … [Read more...]

Cambodia charges unlicensed doctor for spreading HIV to over 100 people

Cambodian prosecutors said they charged an unlicensed medical practitioner with murder on Monday, alleging he spread HIV among at least 106 villagers in the country's remote northwest. Authorities detected the local epidemic of HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, on Dec. 9 when they started testing in the community in Battambang province and found children as young as two and people in the 80s had contracted the virus. They were alerted after a 74-year-old man tested positive in November and started convincing others who had also visited the same practitioner, 55-year-old Yem Chrin, to get tested. "We charged him with spreading the HIV virus to others, brutal murder and operating a medical service without a licence," Nuon San, the provincial court's chief prosecutor, told Reuters by telephone. Yem Chrin admitted to routinely re-using syringes and was a well-respected local doctor who provided cheap services to the poor, according to provincial deputy police chief Chet Vanny. "He … [Read more...]

Vietnam customs official returns $10,600 to passenger


(L-R) Hanoi customs official Vu Quang Trung returns the money to Tran Thi Thanh Nga after it dropped from her luggage during a flight from Japan on December 22, 2014. Photo credit: VnExpress A customs official at the Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on Monday returned a bag with VND230 million (US$10,600) dropped from the luggage of a guest worker who just returned from Japan. Vu Quang Trung found the bag of money while guarding luggage-scanning machines before putting them on a conveyor, news website VnExpress reported. Trung reported the case to his subordinates, who later spread the news on speakers. Tran Thi Thanh Nga, a 30-year-old guest worker from the nearby Hung Yen Province, showed up around 15 minutes later to receive the money. Nga said the bag contained 1.269 million yen that she saved from three years working in Japan. "I’m very grateful," Nga said in expressing her appreciation for the customs, a state sector that has been riddled with businesses’ complaints … [Read more...]

Hanoi woman gets 2 years in jail for stealing ambassador’s bag


Nguyen Thi Thu Trang sits at in a courtroom in Hanoi Monday. A woman who was caught stealing from the Kazakh ambassador in Hanoi in July has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment by a court of Hanoi today. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 27, was convicted of stealing an iPhone 5, VND2.6 million and US$32 from Beketzhan Zhumakhanov, Kazakhtan's ambassador to Vietnam, in a supermarket in Bac Tu Liem Dist. on Jul. 10, according to the People's Court of Hanoi. According to an indictment heard at the court, after stealing from the ambassador, Trang sold the iPhone and the dollars for a total of VND7 million. Following a police investigation, Trang was arrested two weeks later. The police could also retrieved the ambassador's iPhone. When she was in police custody, Trang's husband voluntarily compensated for the buyer of the iPhone. He also offered to compensated to the ambassador the amount of money his wife had taken, but was refused. … [Read more...]

Singaporean, Chinese execs arrested for porno production in northern Vietnam


Hang Lian Choo, Singaporean general director of a Hong Kong-invested firm that was busted producing and exporting pornographic discs from Hai Phong in northern Vietnam. Photo credit: Cong An Nhan Dan The Singaporean general director was among five people arrested at a Hong Kong company in the northern port city of Hai Phong City for allegedly manufacturing and distributing porno discs. Nguyen Thi Lan, chief prosecutor of Hai Phong, said Monday she had signed the arrest warrant against Heng Lian Choo, 48, general director of Huge Gains Holdings, his Chinese deputy Huang Sheng Ping, 23, and three senior staffers including a Chinese and two Vietnamese, news website VnExpress reported. Huang directly oversaw the production, which is the biggest ever busted in Vietnam, the police said. The police raided the company office at Do Son Industrial Zone on December 17, seizing "millions" of DVDs, including 300,000 copies of pornographic films that are banned in Vietnam. Hai Phong authorities … [Read more...]

Spain’s Princess Cristina to stand trial on tax fraud charges


Spain's Princess Cristina leaves a courthouse after testifying in front of judge Jose Castro over tax fraud and money-laundering charges in Palma de Mallorca in this February 8, 2014 file photo. Photo credit: Reuters Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, will stand trial on charges of tax fraud, the first Spanish royal to face prosecution in court. Her father Juan Carlos abdicated in June after a series of scandals including an investigation into the affairs of Princess Cristina's husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is accused of embezzling public funds. Princess Cristina, 49, and Urdangarin are among 17 people ordered to stand trial in the case involving his Noos Foundation charity, the High Court of the Balearic Islands said on Monday. Cristina and her husband have both denied any wrongdoing. Urdangarin has been charged with breach of legal duty, embezzling public funds, fraud, influence-peddling and money-laundering. The princess is … [Read more...]

China charges Jackie Chan’s son over drug offence


Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan arrives at the Hong Kong Film Awards in this April 19, 2009 file photo. Photo credit: Reuters China's state prosecutor said on Monday it had formally charged Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, with a drugs offence, meaning he is almost certain to face trial. The younger Chan, a 32-year-old actor and singer, was arrested in Beijing this year after testing positive for marijuana, with police saying they found 100 grams of the drug at his home. In a brief statement on its official microblog, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said it had begun legal proceedings against him for "the crime of sheltering others to take drugs". It did not elaborate. President Xi Jinping said in June that China would "harshly crack down" on narcotics, state media reported. Action and comedy star Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, state media reported, promoting anti-drug education. Jaycee Chan … [Read more...]