US launches cooperation strategy for Vietnam The US Consulate General in HCM City has announced the US Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Vietnam in 2014-2018. The strategy aims to help strengthen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the US. At a March 25 launch for the strategy, USAID Mission Director in Vietnam Joakim Parker gave a presentation on the contents of the strategy to partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and representatives from the private sector and provinces and cities in Vietnam. Over the next five years, USAID will provide Vietnam withUS$344 million to help implement support programs pertaining to trade, enhancement of competitive edge, the development of the private sector and the widespread participation of all sectors in economic activities. The strategy will also help upgrade the healthcare system, provide services to prevent bird flu, treat HIV/AIDS cases and cope with climate change towards green growth. In … [Read more...] about Social News Headlines 27/3
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Three death penalties, one life sentence for 4 drug traffickers The death sentence was pronounced on Vu Son born in 1963 and residing in Cua Nam ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, Giang A Khua born in Son La in 1986 and Hoa Dang Son born also in Son La in 1964 and the life imprisonment on Uong Thi Bo, born 1974 in Lien Phuong commune, Thuong Tin district, Hanoi. The drug trafficking was detected on September 5, 2012 in Xuan Mai town, Chuong My district, Hanoi when policemen found 29 cakes of heroin and one pack of methamphetamine hidden on a car driven by Hoa Dang Son. During the investigation, they arrested Son who said he had hired Giang A Khua to transport drugs from Lang Son to Hanoi. The accused confessed that they had trafficked 49 cakes of heroin and nearly 3 kilogram of ecstasy. Fugitive caught two weeks after jail break Police in the Mekong Delta provinces of Hau Giang, Tien Giang and Can Tho City yesterday evening caught a fugitive who had broken out of jail in Can Tho … [Read more...] about Social Highlights for November 23
That so few men made it to this refuge shows how dimly aware they were of the threat posed by Typhoon Haiyan, which crashed into the central Philippines on Friday with some of the strongest winds ever recorded. Many men stayed at their homes to guard against looters. Poorly enforced evacuations compounded the problem. And the bodies illustrate another, more troubling truth: the evacuation center itself became a death trap, as many of those huddling in the basement perished in a tsunami-like swirl of water. Those with the foresight to evacuate flimsy homes along the coast gathered in concrete structures not strong enough to withstand the six-meter (20-ft) storm surges that swept through Tacloban, capital of the worst-hit Leyte province. The aid, when it came, was slow. Foreign aid agencies said relief resources were stretched thin after a big earthquake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by fighting with rebels in the country's south, complicating … [Read more...] about Monster typhoon exposes an ill-prepared Philippines Dead bodies clog the basement of the Tacloban City Convention Centre. The dazed evacuees in its sports hall are mostly women and children. The men are missing.
Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Hai Phong port The cargo was found in a container shipped from Malaysia en route to China. The banned goods were hidden in sacks of sea shells. The cargo had been declared as sea shells. Tusks and tortoise-shell are banned goods in Viet Nam under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which came into effect in 1994. Dong Nai Hospital successfully rejoins arm Dong Nai Hospital successfully reattached the severed arm of a 43-year-old man yesterday after a seven hour surgical operation. The man was hospitalised on Sunday after a labour accident resulted in severe trauma to his left limb. The patient is reportedly in a stable condition. Collapse of antenna prompts safety review The construction ministry plans to inspect the quality of all tower-shaped projects nationwide to ensure their safety following recent collapses of some antenna towers, according to an official from the ministry. Last … [Read more...] about Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Hai Phong port
Workshop discusses disasters The Viet Nam Red Cross Society and the Norwegian Red Cross held a workshop on reducing the risk of disasters in the central province of Phu Yen today, Sept 25. The two-day event is being attended by representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Education and Training, Phu Yen Province agencies, the National Red Cross Societies of China, Norway and Viet Nam, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as other organisations in Viet Nam. … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 25/9