Finland funds climate change mitigation project in Quang Tri More than EUR153,000 will be spent on the second phase of a project to mitigate the impact of climate change on agricultural production in sandy areas of Quang Tri province. This figure was announced at a ceremony on July 31 to launch the second phase to be implemented in Hai Que, Trieu Van and Trieu Giang communes from July 2012 to June 2014. The first phase of the project was implemented from 2009 to 2011. The Finish-funded project aims to identify new agricultural products to develop for sandy areas, expand existing effective models, research production methods that can be adapted to a changing climate, and develop marketing and production strategies that are suitable for sandy areas. It will also help raise local people’s awareness of changing production models, as well as choosing appropriate plants and livestock, and creating effective agricultural strategies for sandy areas, so they will be able to increase … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 1/8
14 year old boy sentenced to life in prison
VietNamNet Bridge - "Pompeii", "Need for Speed 3D", "Divergent" and "Noah" are the most notable films in local theaters this month. 1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman Expected release date: 7/3 The hilarious cartoon “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is one of the movies that open the local cinemas in March. This is a work of humor, adventure mixed with science fiction, time travel with special characters. All are connected by the relationship between the main characters - a dog and a boy. Mr. Peabody, the most successful dog in the world, and a mischievous boy - Sherman used the WABAC time machine to embark on the exciting journeys. But when Sherman used WABAC to impress his friend - Penny, they accidentally ripped a hole in the universe, destroying many important events of the world history... 2. Winter's Tale Expected release date: 7/3 The romantic film with the participation of the handsome star Colin Farrell will be a gift for women on the occasion of the Women’s … [Read more...] about 14 movies at Vietnamese cinemas in March
Well-known Vietnamese comedian Minh Beo, real name Hong Quang Minh, will be sentenced to just 18 months in prison in the US for child sexual assault. On August 10, the US's Orange County Superior Court held the sixth hearing on Minh Beo's case. At the trial, Minh Beo, 38 years old, pleaded guilty to having molested a 16-year-old boy and attempted to commit a lewd act on a child under 14. Under the plea deal, Minh will be sentenced in 18 months in state prison and must register as a sex offender for life. The sentence will be announced by Orange County Superior Court in December this year. Earlier, the Orange County news website cited state prosecutors as saying that in March this year, Minh Beo travelled from Vietnam to visit Orange County and Atlanta. On March 20, he met a group of dancers at a radio station talent show in Huntington Beach. When a 16 year-old boy arrived for an audition three days later, Minh had oral sex with him. The boy later reported the incident to local police … [Read more...] about Vietnamese comedian faces 18-month sentence in US for sex crimes
Minh Beo will be sentenced in December to 18 months in prison. Popular Vietnamese actor and comedian Hong Quang Minh, who goes by the stage name Minh Beo or Fat Minh, pleaded guilty on Wednesday at a court in California to child molesting charges. Minh was arrested on March 24 on charges of having oral sex with a 16-year-old boy and attempting to commit a lewd act upon a child under 14 years old. The second charge against Minh came from a meeting he had tried to arranged with a police officer who was acting as a 13-year-old boy. He has been held at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange County since March. During the 15-minute trial yesterday, Minh pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old boy and attempting to commit a sexual assault on a boy under 14 years old. He will be sentenced to 18 months in state prison in December and must register as a sex offender for life, said Orange County prosecutors. Entertainment firm boss Dung Taylor and reporter Ngoc Lan who were present at the trial … [Read more...] about Vietnamese entertainer pleads guilty to child molesting in U.S.
Liu Han seemed to thrive in the company of officials. Even a birthday party in 2011 for Liu's primary-school aged son drew a crowd of bureaucrats in Chengdu, the capital of China's western Sichuan province where the flamboyant mining tycoon was based. "There was a mayor of a nearby city with a population of three or four million," recalls Australian political lobbyist John Halden who helped win approval for Liu's mining investments in Western Australia and was invited to the October 15 celebration. "There were senior people from the provincial treasury and about seven or eight officials from the city of Chengdu." But Liu's close ties with officialdom didn't last. When Xi Jinping was named Chinese President at the end of the annual parliamentary session in March last year, the 48-year-old Liu was detained and surrounded by a different class of public servants; corruption investigators and prison guards. The billionaire head of the privately-held Sichuan Hanlong group of companies is … [Read more...] about The power struggle behind China’s corruption crackdown