She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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JAKARTA -- Indonesia will more than double its disaster response budget to 15 trillion rupiah ($1.06 billion) in 2019, officials said on Tuesday, after a series of major natural disasters devastated three regions of the vast archipelago last year. The Southeast Asian country suffered its deadliest year in over a decade in 2018, when over 3,000 people died in tsunamis and earthquakes in Sulawesi, Lombok, and West Java and Sumatra islands. Indonesia straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire and sees frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, and localized incidents like landslides, floods, and forest fires. “The funds have been prepared in anticipation of 2019,” said Askolani, budgeting director general at the finance ministry. Five trillion rupiah would be allocated to rehabilitation and reconstruction, while 10 trillion would be reserved for disaster response, said finance ministry spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti. President Joko Widodo, who is running for … [Read more...] about Indonesia to double disaster relief budget in 2019 after year of tragedies
Liem enjoys win in blitz event during Romania Grand Tour During the blitz event, Liem earned a total of 11 points from 18 matches in order to finish ranked in first place. This total was enough to finish higher than several talented chess players, including Karjakin and Wesley So. As a result of his success in the category, Liem finished the tournament ranked in fourth place overall with 19 points, winning a total of US$15,000 in prize money in the process. The Vietnamese player finished just behind Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin, who were tied on 20 points, and Viswanathan Anand on 19.5 points. Thanks to a strong showing throughout the tournament, Liem added an additional 88 Elo points to his total, whilst also climbing to 15th place in the world rankings. With an Elo rating of 2768, Liem is now listed among the world’s super-grandmasters. Next up for Liem is his participation at the SEA Games 30 in the Philippines. Aronian was named as the winner of the Romania … [Read more...] about Liem enjoys win in blitz event during Romania Grand Tour
Zhu Hai Rong, 41, received 42 months while Qiu Shui Bing, 42, and Zhong Jian Hua, 38, got 36 months each on charges of “using computer, telecommunication and internet networks to appropriate property,” pursuant to Article 226b of the Penal Code. The gang withdrew nearly VND90 million (US$3,960) from several ATMs in downtown Hanoi before they were apprehended on April 23 last year. The police discovered that they learned how to steal money from ATMs from another Chinese national, who provided them with 110 counterfeit bank cards and promised to pay them CNY5,000 (US$792) each if the scam was successful. The three men arrived in Hanoi on March 22 and made several successful withdrawals before being caught by police on April 23. Zhong was arrested while attempting to conduct transactions at an ATM of HSBC in Le Thai To Street, Hang Trong Ward. Zhu and Qiu were caught shortly after. The security of payment systems has been a cause for public concern as ATM networks in Hanoi … [Read more...] about Chinese gang get up to 42 months in jail over bank card scam
LOVING CARE: Nguyễn Xuân Thuỷ poses with one of his favourite items - a Vietnamese cassette player. VNS Photo Thuý Hằng by Thúy Hằng Many people go crazy for cutting-edge audio-visual devices to keep up with the latest trends, but there are others who remain loyal to the old days. In a spacious two-storey house in Hà Nội belonging to ghetto blaster enthusiast Nguyễn Xuân Thủy, it’s hard to find a place to sit because every room is taken up by his favourite devices. Cassette players can be found everywhere, and even the 49-year-old's bed is covered in old equipment. The story goes back three years, when feeling nostalgic, he decided to buy a cassette player similar to the one his parents bought after saving up for a year. “In 1990, cassette players were considered luxury items. The one my parents gave me was worth two taels of gold. At that time, two … [Read more...] about For the love of old cassettes