Bao Viet Insurance boosts international co-operation

The man began shooting at the library at around 4.00 pm (6.00 pm ET) and was arrested after police surrounded the building. The killings at such a public place was a tragic blow for the farm town close to the Texas border, said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. “This is a big blow to our community,” Lansford said at a news conference. “Two individuals have lost their lives. Their families will not see them come home.” The names and ages of the victims were not released, but a spokesman for University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, said three people were being treated there Monday evening and a fourth was en route. Spokesman Eric Finley said that two of the patients already at the facility about 100 miles (161 kms) southeast of Clovis were in critical condition. Library patron Vanessa Aguirre said she was in the Clovis-Carter Public Library with her son when a man came in and “started to shoot” into the air, The Eastern New Mexico News reported. “It all happened so fast,” she told the newspaper. “We took off fast. My purse is still in there.” The newspaper’s website showed images of armed police approaching the library, a young man being led away by a police officer and a woman, who appeared to be injured, being carried into an ambulance. Police chief Douglas Ford said at the news conference that the man was the suspect. He would not release the alleged shooter’s name or age, but said…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCMC Food Safety Board, the HCMC Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (HEPZA) and the HCMC Labor Federation have signed an agreement on cooperation in enhancement of food safety management in 2017-2019. Illustrative image -- File photo  This cooperation is part of a campaign to prevent food poisoning at export processing and industrial zones in the city. According to HEPZA director Nguyen Hoang Nang, the city has 17 export processing and industrial zones which are home to over 1,160 factories and nearly 286,000 workers. There are 217 enterprises having canteens for workers, with 124 of them having their own cooks. Ninety-three enterprises hire catering services while 364 order ready meals and 424 provide meal allowances to the workers.  Nang said food safety has remained a pressing issue at export processing and industrial zones. Those catering companies seeking to maximize profits use cheap foodstuffs of unclear origin, which is a source of food poisoning. In 2016, there were four food poisoning cases at export processing and industrial zones in the city with 311 workers affected. The cooperation agreement is aimed at lowering food poisoning cases, ensuring food safety and improving management of meal quality. Pham Khanh Phong Lan, director of the HCMC Food Safety Board, said the cooperation would help make food safety management more efficient. All stages of catering services, from production to storage and distribution, will be inspected in a bid to cut food poising cases in the coming years by 30% compared to 2016.…... [read more]

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has fathered another child, reports said Tuesday, after his wife dropped out of the public eye for several months. First lady Ri Sol-Ju delivered the couple's third child in February, the Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, citing South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by the National Intelligence Service. Ri had disappeared for an extended period last year, raising speculation that she could be pregnant. News of the new arrival emerged as North Korea fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan. According to previous intelligence reports from Seoul's spy agency, Ri married Kim in 2009 and gave birth to their first child the following year, with their second born in 2013. Kim is the third generation of his dynasty to rule North Korea, but little has been revealed about the country's first family. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, following his trip to the North in 2013, has been the only source of information about the couple's second child -- a baby girl named Ju-Ae. Saying that he had held Kim's daughter in his arms, Rodman described the North Korean leader as "a good dad" who has "a good family". While more of a public personality than his introverted father Kim Jong-Il ever was, Kim's own personal details remain little known. Even his exact birthday and the date of his wedding have not been confirmed. South Korean intelligence reports have described Ri as coming from an ordinary family, with her father an academic and her mother…... [read more]

Facebook said that pages that make a habit of linking to bogus news stories will no longer be able to advertise at the world's leading online social network. The move is the latest shot fired by Facebook in its war against 'fake news' used to deceive instead of enlighten. "If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook," product managers Tessa Lyons and Satwik Shukla said in a blog post. "This update will help to reduce the distribution of false news which will keep Pages that spread false news from making money." The social network already didn't allow ads that link stories determined to be false by third-party fact-checkers. "False news is harmful to our community," Lyons and Shukla said. "It makes the world less informed and erodes trust." Fake news became a serious issue in last year's US election campaign, when clearly fraudulent stories circulated on social media, potentially swaying some voters. Concerns have been raised since then about hoaxes and misinformation affecting elections in Europe this year, with investigations showing how "click farms" generate revenue from online advertising using made-up news stories. "We've found instances of Pages using Facebook ads to build their audiences in order to distribute false news more broadly," Lyons and Shukla said. Facebook and Google have been working to curtail, or at least flag, stories crafted to deceive instead of enlighten. Google earlier this year added a fact-checking tag to search results…... [read more]

The Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) opened this morning in Ho Chi Minh City aiming to push up trade liberalisation and inclusive growth. SOM3 placed liberalisation and cooperation in focus to achieve APEC 2017's goals (Photo: Le Toan) The SOM3 meeting welcomed nearly 200 participants from 21 member economies, representatives from the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), the Joint Advisory Council APEC (APAC), APEC International Secretariat, and numerous international organisations. The meeting runs until the end of August 30. At his opening speech, SOM APEC 2017 chair and Vietnam Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son stressed that since the beginning of the year, through more than 200 meetings at all levels, APEC cooperation has achieved positive results. “Among these are commitments to trade and investment liberalisation and inclusive growth by all trade ministers of the APEC,” said Son in his opening speech. Over the last ten days, the participants have attended nearly 80 meetings related to many areas of APEC cooperation. At the opening session, as the chair of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in 2017, Vietnam announced the results of the ABAC 3 Conference (held in Toronto, Canada, from July 26 to 29) and the ABAC's documents are scheduled to report to senior leaders this November. Also as chairman of the Senior Finance Officers Meeting (SFOM),…... [read more]

At VCCI Headquarters, VCCI President Vu Tien Loc recently met and worked with a delegation of 13 Taiwanese businesses led by Mr Cheng Tien Chan, Chairman of the Taiwan Textile Federation and Permanent Member of the Chinese National Federation of Industries. Mr Cheng Tien Chan also invited the host to attend the Vietnam-Taiwan Industrial Cooperation Conference 2017, expected to take place in Ho Chi Minh City. The guest said that, in early 2016, Taiwan's new administration launched the New Southbound Policy which focuses on economic development cooperation objectives with Southeast Asia, because this region has many incentives, a favourable geographic location, abundant young workforce, low labour cost, and especially cultural similarities. Therefore, the Taiwanese government wishes to build up an extended business chain in production, manufacturing and garment industries. Mr Cheng Tien Chan said that the Chinese National Federation of Industries is the largest economic unit in Taiwan with 159 members. It is also seen as a bridge for its members to promote their commercial activities not only in Taiwan but also abroad. The business community and the Government of Taiwan hope that the high-level forum will be a place for Vietnamese and Taiwanese companies to share, form, and consolidate connectivity. Taiwan expected to invite 250 Taiwanese and Vietnamese businesses as well as representatives from government agencies and academics from the two countries to attend the event. President Vu Tien Loc emphasised that not only should high-level meetings be held successfully but also there…... [read more]

Soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force set up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Bace in Tokyo on August 29, 2017. Photo by AFP/Toru Yamamanaka Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said it was an "unprecedented, serious and grave threat" and called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting. The last time a North Korean rocket overflew Japan was in 2009, when Pyongyang said it was satellite launch. Washington, Seoul and Tokyo believed it was a clandestine test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Pyongyang last month carried out two overt ICBM tests that appeared to bring much of the US mainland within reach for the first time and heightened strains in the region. At the time, US President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning of raining "fire and fury" on the North, saying Washington's weapons were "locked and loaded", while Pyongyang threatened to fire a salvo of missiles over Japan towards the US territory of Guam. The latest missile was launched at around 2057 GMT Monday from Sunan, near Pyongyang, travelling "over Japan", the South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. It flew around 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) at a maximum altitude of around 550 kilometres. Guam is about 3,500 kilometres from North Korea -- although the missile was fired in an…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Charnel house building for the dead, one of the most important ceremonies in a person’s life for many ethnic groups in Viet Nam’s central highland region, takes place around October after harvest. Local treasure: Visitors look at a typical charnel house, decorated with numerous wooden statutes, which are installed as part of a fence to protect the structure. The ceremony, known as Po-thi by several ethnic groups including the E De, Ba Na and Jarai people, starts with the dismantling of the old charnel house to replace it with a larger and permanent structure. Made of wood, the houses are where locals keep the bodies of their loved ones as well as their personal effects and working tools. It is their belief that in the afterlife the dead need these items just as they did when they were alive. The most notable features are various statutes carved from fresh wood, which locals install as parts of a protective fence around the final resting places. The statutes often depict the everyday lives of local inhabitants. Many show the bond between family members such as children and their grand parents, husband and wife or to pray for a bountiful harvest. Upon completion, they are left outside to brace for the rain and the sun as the charnel houses are placed deep in the forest. In recent years, the region’s ethnic groups have been struggling to keep the art of making these wooden statutes alive with youngsters showing little interest…... [read more]

World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Da Nang in central Vietnam at around noon on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok, the first return to his home country in a decade, according to a local media report. The Buddhist monk was stable and waved to followers as he left the airport, said Giac Ngo, the news website of the Buddhist Shangha of Vietnam. Photos of him sitting in a wheelchair at the airport were also published. The Zen Master has been in Thailand since December last year. He is expected to stay in Da Nang for several days before traveling to his hometown in the nearby Hue. Thich Nhat Hanh became a monk at the age of 23. He is considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the West, after the Dalai Lama. In the 1960s he spearheaded a movement of Buddhists in South Vietnam that called for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War. He left in 1966 and has lived in France for years. Hanh has lived at Plum Village for decades, traveling regularly throughout North America and Europe to offer lectures on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment - the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. Remarkably, Hanh does not ask his Western followers to abandon their religion. He has returned to Vietnam three times - in 2005, 2007 and 2008 -…... [read more]

World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Da Nang in central Vietnam at around noon on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok, the first return to his home country in a decade, according to a local media report. The Buddhist monk was stable and waved to followers as he left the airport, said Giac Ngo, the news website of the Buddhist Shangha of Vietnam. Photos of him sitting in a wheelchair at the airport were also published. The Zen Master has been in Thailand since December last year. He is expected to stay in Da Nang for several days before traveling to his hometown in the nearby Hue. Thich Nhat Hanh became a monk at the age of 23. He is considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the West, after the Dalai Lama. In the 1960s he spearheaded a movement of Buddhists in South Vietnam that called for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War. He left in 1966 and has lived in France for years. Hanh has lived at Plum Village for decades, traveling regularly throughout North America and Europe to offer lectures on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment - the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. Remarkably, Hanh does not ask his Western followers to abandon their religion. He has returned to Vietnam three times - in 2005, 2007 and 2008 -…... [read more]




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