SAN BRUNO, California, Sept 12, 2010 (AFP) - The death toll from a huge gas pipeline explosion that set fire to dozens of homes in this California town has risen to seven as the search goes on for people still missing in the disaster. City police chief Neil Telford reported late Saturday that specially trained search dogs had found three more bodies raising the toll. Six more people remain missing, authorities added. "Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy," Telford said. "This is devastating to so many families." The massive blast and inferno ripped through a neighborhood in San Bruno near San Francisco Thursday evening, leaving residents shocked by the sudden devastation. Huge flames blasted from the ground like a blow torch where the pipe was ruptured and fire spread relentlessly to houses in several directions. Hundreds of people fled for their lives, many weeping, while others paused to capture the chaotic scene on cell phone cameras. The blast also injured 52 people -- … [Read more...] about Death toll in California gas blast rises to seven
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"Is it time for Americans to give back the lost rights and interest to us, or will they continue to cover up for each other?", a former staff member of the non-immigrant visa department at the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City wonders. >> Sestak spends visa bribes on properties in Thailand>> Ex-US visa officer receives money via conspirators >> Sestak approves visas for associates of co-conspirators >> Visa seller Sestak once regarded as 'devoted and professional' >> Clues from IP addresses in Sestak's visa scam>> Investigative leads in Sestak's visa-for-money scam>> Visa bribery case: how did ex-US officer make money? The staff member, who identified herself as H, talked to Tuoi Tre about Michael T. Sestak, the former head of the department who has been detained for a visa fraud scam in which he received US$50,000-70,000 per visa in bribes from Vietnamese residents seeking visas between March and September 2012. H. spent 14 years at the … [Read more...] about What do ex-workers at US consulate in HCMC say?
Several U.S. Congressmen objected to Vietnam's Human Rights bill during the July 14 U.S. House of Representatives debate, warning it would undermine the growing bilateral relations. The so-called "Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2003," or H.R. 1587, sponsored by Rep. Christopher H. Smith, was scheduled for a roll-call vote on the House floor on July 15. This vote has now been postponed until Monday, July 19. The following excerpts are taken from the representatives' comments during the debate: Congressman Lane Evans of Illinois: ...Mr. Speaker, I have a great deal of respect for my long-time colleague and friend, the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Smith). We have worked together for the veterans of America for many years. However, I do not see eye to eye with him on this issue as the best way to address human rights in Vietnam. I am also afraid that this resolution and the sanctions enclosed will damage relations between our two countries... It is a relationship built on … [Read more...] about US Congressmen object to Vietnam human rights bill
Apple Inc's suppliers in China have violated local labor laws when they imposed excessive overtime and skimped on insurance, a New York-based labor rights group said. "From our investigations we found that the labor rights violations at Foxconn also exist in virtually all other Apple supplier factories, and in many cases, are actually significantly more dire than at Foxconn," China Labor Watch said in a 133-page report released on Thursday. A four-month investigation through April showed workers work up to 180 hours of overtime a month during peak periods, exceeding the legal limit of 36 hours per month, the group said, citing Riteng, a unit of Taiwan's Pegatron Corp, as an example. Some factories also omit medical insurance as required by the law while workers are exposed to hazardous conditions, according to the report. China Labor Watch interviewed 620 workers at 10 factories run by Apple suppliers, including Toyo Precision Appliance and BYD Electronic (International) … [Read more...] about Rights group says Apple suppliers in China breaking labor laws
Love, and even marriage, between sex workers and their clients is not uncommon in the sex industry in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr Kimberly Kay Hoang, a Vietnamese-American sociologist, said in an interview with Tuoitrenews on her doctoral thesis, which recently earned Hoang this year’s “best dissertation” award presented by the American Sociological Association.Photo: By courtersy of Kimberly Kay Hoang This phenomenon tends to occur in the mid- and top-tier sections of the industry, which is illegal in the city, while the low-end often involves direct sex-for-money exchanges, said Dr Hoang, who is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University in Texas. The winning paper, New Economies of Sex and Intimacy in Vietnam, draws on 22 months of fieldwork between 2006 and 2010 in HCMC, where Dr Hoang interviewed sex workers and clients while working as a hostess and bartender in four different downtown bars catering to wealthy local and international men. The 28-year-old … [Read more...] about There are 3 types of sex workers in HCMC: study