A man in the central province of Thanh Hoa killed his wife and daughter before committing suicide after losing football bets. The funeral of the Son's family. At 1am on June 30, a murder occurred in Quang Trung commune, Quang Xuong district of Thanh Hoa province, with three victims: Mr. Nguyen Ba Son and Ms. Dang Thi Ha, 25, and their five-month-old daughter. The victims’ family said that Son lost Euro football bets while working at a fish port in Quang Nham commune. On the afternoon of June 29, Son asked his wife and mother to borrow money to pay football bets. However, his relatives could not borrow money for him. Upset because his wife nags at mid-night, Son had strangled his young wife and his 5-month-old daughter and then tried to kill himself by a piece of glass but he did not die. After that, Son went to his mother’s house to tell her to go to his house to see her daughter-in-law and her grand-daughter the last time and to collect his body on the nearby road. … [Read more...] about A family dies of Euro football betting
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The Grand Ho Tram Strip became the sixth casino in the country when it opened last July in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, some four hours by car from Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam's go-ahead for locals to enter one of the country's casinos for a trial period has set off a rat race to lure gaming investors, which anti-gambling activists say could lead the local population into a downward spiral of debt, prostitution and crime while leaving major infrastructure needs unmet. PHOTO: CALVIN GODFREY Vietnam's go-ahead for locals to enter one of the country's casinos for a trial period has set off a rat race to lure gaming investors in a country where local leaders have been chiefly judged by economic growth rates alone. In August 2013, the Communist Party's decision-making Politburo allowed Vietnamese meeting certain criteria to gamble in a casino to be built in the Van Don Economic Zone in Quang Ninh Province bordering China. Vietnamese tycoon Dao Hong Tuyen and US firm ISC Corporation are … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, casino glut looms large as local authorities race to bet on relaxing gaming laws
Opinion is divided on whether the common man will benefit if the government licenses these gambling houses; analysts are skeptical even about tourism benefits Ethnic women smile on Dong Van Plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. It is not clear how the idea of building a casino there would benefit the needy. The plan is part of an intended casino-building spree across Vietnam, where entry barriers for foreign investors are much higher than in neighboring countries. Photo by Luu Quang Pho After being dogged by financing and licensing issues, the five-star casino-resort The Grand - Ho Tram Strip finally opened last week in Vung Tau as part of a US$4.2-billion tourist development aimed at attracting foreign visitors. The massive integrated resort is the sixth casino to be licensed in Vietnam. Elsewhere, in tourism-haven Phu Quoc Island, local leaders have been looking for investors for a casino planned since 2007. Ha Giang and Quang Binh provinces have apparently … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s casino rush in the offing, but will it be a silver bullet?
With paltry incomes hardly enough to scrape by on, poor and desperate workers are being brutalized by thieves, loan sharks, swindlers and other criminals Factory workers change shifts at an industrial park in Vietnam. Many workers at industrial parks in Binh Duong Province's Ben Cat District have fallen victims to a variety of crimes meant to extort their hard-earned money, which is often already too little to pay for decent housing and healthy meals. … [Read more...] about Criminals prey on industrial park workers