The driver of a suburban passenger train died and dozens were lightly injured after two trains crashed outside Barcelona on Monday evening, Catalan regional authorities said. Some 85 people were injured according to regional emergency services, who said 77 were released on the spot and eight were taken to hospital. The collision happened when a freight train derailed and crashed into a passenger train at the station in Sant Boi de Llobregat, around 14 km (8.7 miles) from Barcelona, at around 6 p.m. Spanish first responders attend to the scene, after a commuter train and a goods train collided, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain May 16, 2022. Photo: Reuters "The driver of the passenger train died as a result of the impact," the regional government said in a statement. Catalan regional vice president Jordi Puignero, who visited the site on Monday evening, told reporters an investigation would start immediately into the cause of the crash. "My deepest … [Read more...] about Train driver dies and dozens injured in crash near Barcelona
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Meeting with CEO of Warburg Pincus Charles Kaye, Prime Minister Pham applauded the effective operation and contribution of the fund in the fight against COVID-19 in Viet Nam. Viet Nam became the third investment destination of Warburg Pincus after China and India. Since 2013, Warburg Pincus has poured nearly US$ 2 billion in leading Vietnamese groups and companies, namely Vingroup, VinaCapital, Techcombank, Becamex, and MoMo. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh shakes hands with CEO of Warburg Pincus Charles Kaye, New York, May 15, 2022 - Photo: VGP The Prime Minister said that the Vietnamese Government stands ready to hold dialogue with enterprises so as to help them operate successfully in the country, which shows the mutual trust, sincerity, sense of responsibility, and win-win cooperation. He asked American enterprises, including Warburg Pincus, to fully implement their commitments and directly liaise with relevant ministries and sectors of Viet Nam to expand … [Read more...] about PM urges big funds to expand investment in Vietnam
Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russel in New York on May 16 (US time). — Photo from the Việt Nam Government Portal NEW YORK — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính said Việt Nam cherished cooperation with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) over the past 40 years and its contributions to global efforts protecting and caring for children. He made the remarks while meeting with UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russel in New York on May 16 (local time) as part of his trip to the US. The Vietnamese PM noted that from a sole recipient of humanitarian assistance, Việt Nam had become a trusted partner of the UN and UNICEF on many fronts. Việt Nam supported UNICEF Strategic Plan for 2022-25 towards 2030, including the emphasis on children’s rights such as every child has the right to study and life skills, to be protected from abuse and violence, to get access to clean water, hygiene and safe environment, etc. – all of which are also the goals … [Read more...] about PM Chính thanks UNICEF for help in Việt Nam’s successful COVID-19 vaccination rollout
Many taxi companies are calling for support from the government amid rising fuel costs and drivers deciding to resign following the Covid-19 pandemic. Many taxi companies are calling for support from the government amid rising fuel costs and drivers deciding to resign following the Covid-19 pandemic. Nguyen Van Hung has worked as a taxi driver in Hanoi for seven years. He said he has been facing the most difficult time in his career since the Covid-19 pandemic occurred. "Many of our colleagues have turned to other work after continuous social distancing measures were applied for Covid-19 prevention," Hung said. "I've returned to work after the pandemic was recently brought under control. However, we're facing another big challenge coming from rising petrol prices, which is badly affecting our income. The driver said that he was thinking of finding another job. Another driver, Nguyen Thanh Hoang who is working for the app-based Grab Company also said … [Read more...] about Taxi firms call for support as drivers quit
A woman shops for fresh fruits at a Winmart store in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet Domestic purchasing power has rebounded after a strong decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. That rebound has facilitated businesses to step up production and seize new opportunities, experts have said. The nation's total revenue from retail trade and services surpassed VND1.77 quadrillion (US$76.2 billion) in the first four months of 2022, up 6.5 per cent year-on-year, the latest report from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) showed. In April alone, the revenue also saw a positive yearly rise of 12 per cent to over VND455 trillion, according to the report. These encouraging figures were attributable to abundant good supply and increasing purchasing power in the domestic market, the MoIT said, adding that goods retail sales saw a year-on-year hike of 7.6 per cent to over VND1.42 quadrillion in the four months. Of this, sales of food and foodstuff rose 13.2 per cent year-on-year … [Read more...] about Four-month purchasing power rebound facilitates business recovery
The following is the full text of the speech. “SINCERITY, TRUST AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR A BETTER WORLD” Dear Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to visit the Center for Strategic and International Studies for the first time today, though this is far from the first time I hear of the CSIS, a top American think tank in the field of foreign strategies and policies and international issues. Seventy-seven years ago, President Ho Chi Minh, the national hero of Vietnam and great man of culture, prefaced the Declaration of Independence establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with this untarnishable fact, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness.” This was the spirit enshrined within the 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States of America; it … [Read more...] about Remarks by PM Pham Minh Chinh at CSIS in Washington D.C.
Nguyễn Đình Thuận harvesting plums. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyết SƠN LA — Plums are widely grown on the Mộc Châu plateau in the northern mountainous province of Sơn La. In recent years, plum trees have become a key crop in local economic development, helping people eliminate hunger, reduce poverty, and even get rich. Nguyễn Đình Thuận from Mộc Châu Township has become successful through planting the fruit. After graduating from the Informatics Faculty of the HCM City’s National University in 2008, Thuận returned to his hometown in Mộc Châu and opened a small shop providing information technology services and electronic devices for schools and offices in communes and towns in the district. However, after a few years of running the shop, Thuận decided to switch to investing in agricultural production because he realised that his family had the advantage of hilly land with a high potential for economic development. In 2013, he started to grow plums. Many people asked him if he … [Read more...] about Mộc Châu man gets rich growing plums
PM Pham Minh Chinh meets the American friends who support Vietnam's victims of Agent Orange /dioxin in New York on May 15. (Photo: VNA) New York (VNA) - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on May 15 (US time) had meetings with American friends who have stood by Vietnam and its people as part of his working visit to the US. In the meeting with John McAuliff and group of US who have helped support Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange/ dioxin , PM Chinh said other than future-looking items of bilateral cooperation, the Vietnamese delegation has also discussed with the US side on the handling of war consequences that still haunt Vietnam to this day. There are still three million people suffering from the impacts of Agent Orange, not to even mention the risks of continuing diseases and deformities afflicting future generations, the millions of hectares of contaminated lands, he said. As many as 200,000 Vietnamese martyrs have still not been found, while unexploded bombs and … [Read more...] about PM has meetings with friends of Vietnam in US
In the meeting with John McAuliff and group of U.S. who have helped support Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, PM Chinh said other than future-looking items of bilateral cooperation, the Vietnamese delegation has also discussed with the U.S. side on the handling of war consequences that still haunt Vietnam to this day. There are still three million people suffering from the impacts of Agent Orange, not to even mention the risks of continuing diseases and deformities afflicting future generations, the millions of hectares of contaminated lands, he said. As many as 200,000 Vietnamese martyrs have still not been found, while unexploded bombs and mines continue to threaten the safety and livelihoods of many Vietnamese people. The Vietnamese Government leader expressed gratitude for McAuliff and American friends who have supported Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange and assisted Vietnam in handling war consequences. For his part, McAuliff thanked PM Pham Minh Chinh in … [Read more...] about PM had meetings with friends of Vietnam in U.S.
Customers buy gold in a gold shop in Ha Noi. A tael of gold in Viet Nam was $838 higher than the global price on May 16. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet With the price of a tael of gold in Viet Nam more than US$800 higher than in the rest of the world, local experts say the local regulation of gold prices is unsuitable. Sliding about VND1 million, a tael of the national SJC-branded gold prices stayed at VND69.5 million ($3,021). On Kitco.com, at the same time, prices of an ounce of gold slid to $1,812 or $2,183 per tael (1.2 ounces). A tael of gold in Viet Nam was $838 higher than the global price on May 16. In February 2020, the gap between prices for a tael of gold was about VND2 million ($86), nine months later, the gap was doubled to VND4 million ($172). At the time, experts considered such a disparity to be unusual. This caused concern about the exchange rate and restrictive policies in buying and selling gold. However, by February 2021, the gap had widened to VND8 … [Read more...] about Local gold regulation considered ‘outdated’ amid skyrocketing prices