California's Pacific Gas and Electric will pay $13.5 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in a series of wildfires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes, the utility giant said Friday. Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead. Outdated facilities including vulnerable wooden poles and failure to deforest land surrounding high-voltage transmission lines were blamed for the inferno, prompting accusations the San Francisco-based firm had put profit before safety. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in January, saying it faced more than $30 billion in claims over the blaze. It was also sued over three other fires dating back to 2015, including … [Read more...] about PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires
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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam eCommerce and Digital Economy Agency kicked off the Online Friday 2019 and e-commerce and digital technology experience week in Hanoi on December 5. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said Online Friday was in its sixth year and had seen strong development and response from Vietnamese consumers as well as the business community. The first national online shopping day in 2014 saw a modest transaction total of 180 billion VND (7.7 million USD), said the minister. However, the programme has developed with more than 3,000 participating businesses and 27,000 products introduced through online shopping programmes, as well as e-commerce experience weeks. The turnover of the online shopping day reached more than 2 trillion VND (nearly 86 million USD) last year with 1.8 million orders on the system of e-commerce and social networks. Dang Hoang Hai, … [Read more...] about Shoppers rejoice as Online Friday 2019 kicks off
The largest online shopping event in Vietnam this year attracted more than 1,000 participating brands, with nearly 50,000 goods items, up to 70% discount, and prizes up to 2 billion dong. The heat of Online Friday 2019 is quickly spreading. On the morning of December 6, the programme received 20 million customer interactions and 300,000 app downloads. With the theme "Super promotion, quality products", participating businesses are committed to selling products with quality and clear origin. Online shopping fair brings practical benefits to both consumers and manufacturers. Along with the strict control of goods’ quality, technical infrastructure and accompanying services were also enhanced in this year's event. Online Friday is approved by the Government and held annually on the first Friday of December. This year the event aims to reach over 2.5 trillion dong in transactions./. VNA … [Read more...] about Good quality products committed during Online Friday
Police in Cau Giay District in Hanoi on Friday announced the conclusion of an investigation into the death of a first-grader who was locked inside a school bus for nine hours in early August, with prosecution proposed for three suspects. The police suggested the district People’s Procuracy launch prosecution against Nguyen Bich Quy, 55, and Doan Quy Phien, 53, for committing “involuntary manslaughter” and Nguyen Thi Thuy, 29, for “neglecting responsibility, causing serious consequences." The result of the police investigation shows that Quy and Phien, who were the supervisor and driver, respectively, of a school bus contracted by the Gateway School in Cau Giay District to transport its students, started picking up 13 Gateway students on a 16-seater van at 6:00 am on August 6. Of the 13 students, Le Hoang Long, 6, got on the school bus from his house at the Trung Yen Plaza apartment on Trung Hoa Street in the namesake district at around 7:00 am. The boy … [Read more...] about Police conclude investigation into death of boy locked in school bus in Hanoi
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?