Silver is a precious metal but the Thai don’t use it silver monetarily. They make silver jewelry and other items to use as dowry and gifts. They believe that wearing silver bracelets and necklaces can help them avoid catching a cold or getting sick. “Silver is a valuable metal. In the past, silver was used as currency but poor families commonly didn’t have access to it. Now every family keeps silver as a precious asset and a good luck charm. They have a folk remedy to treat flu and fever by wrapping a silver coin, the white of a boiled egg, and some loose hair in a handkerchief and rubbing it over the neck and back of the sick person,” Tong Van Hia, a shaman in Mong hamlet, Son La province, explained. The Thai have a wedding custom that the groom must give silver jewelry and items to his bride and her parents as wedding presents. Rich families will prepare many silver wedding presents. “According to Thai custom, the groom’s family prepares … [Read more...] about Silver in the life of Thai people
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A California hospital on Wednesday (May 29) disclosed the birth of the world's smallest baby ever to survive, weighing a mere 245g - the same as a large apple - when she was born. In this picture received by AFP from Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns on May 29, 2019, shows a nurse holding baby Saybie, the world's smallest surviving newborn, on the day she was released from the NICU in San Diego, California AFP/HO The girl, nicknamed Saybie by hospital staff, was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother's pregnancy at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego. The father was told by doctors that he would have about an hour with his daughter before she passed away. "But that hour turned into two hours which turned into a day, which turned into a week," the mother said in a video released by the hospital. Doctors said Saybie was delivered via emergency cesarean section in December after severe pregnancy complications that put her mother's … [Read more...] about World”s tiniest surviving baby born in the US
The police said Tuesday that they had arrested Le Hai Duong, the leader of a meth ring based in the city as well as five other members of the gang. According to the police, Duong, 38, had been sentenced to eight years in prison for drug dealing back in 2011. When he was released in 2017, Duong moved to HCMC and set up the new ring to trade in meth. He usually stayed off stage to run the ring and let Pham Van Liem, 42, a HCMC resident, engage in transactions with distributors in Vung Tau. Liem was caught more than one month ago when distributing half a kilo (1.1 pounds) of meth in Vung Tau. As Duong could not trust other members of the ring, he showed up to trade the drug himself and was arrested on April 10 while carrying 130 grams of meth in HCMC’s Tan Binh District. Continuing their investigation, the police arrested Hang Thi Tuyet Lan, 29, owner of a hotel who received meth from Duong, and her three employees, Ngo Van Quang, Lam Chi Yen, and Pham Van Chung. Vietnamese … [Read more...] about HCMC drug ring distributing meth in Vung Tau busted
Similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, confirmed by black box data, have focused attention on an anti-stalling system used in the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane has put the spotlight on an anti-stalling system used on the 737 Max 8 aircraft. (AFP/Michael TEWELDE) The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max 8 designed to prevent the plane from entering into a stall, or losing lift. Both the Lion Air jet, which crashed in October, killing 189 people, and the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, which went down a week ago on Sunday, leaving 157 people dead, were fitted with the system. Both planes experienced similarly erratic steep climbs and descents and fluctuating airspeeds before crashing shortly after takeoff. A malfunction of the system was implicated in the Lion Air accident in Indonesia. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said findings from … [Read more...] about Ethiopian Airlines crash: What is the MCAS system on the Boeing 737 Max 8?
By An Nguyen  March 4, 2019 | 07:34 pm GMT+7 Furie, Hai Phuong in Vietnamese, earned $145.000 from 14 theaters in the U.S. Photo acquired by VnExpress Furie, Hai Phuong in Vietnamese, earned $145.000 from 14 theaters last week, according to Box Office Mojo. Officially released in the U.S on March 1, Furie was a limited release (599 cinemas and under) film, while the top 10 movies in the U.S last week were all wide releases (600 cinemas or more). Furie received a rating of Fresh (60 percent or more positive ratings from critics) in the first five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the American review-aggregation website for films and television. Directed by Le Van Kiet, Furie tells the story of a woman from the Mekong Delta whose daughter has been kidnapped. The fighting fit mother embarks on a journey to find her daughter against all odds and all the bad guys. The film stars Ngo Thanh Van, also known as Veronica Ngo, an A-list Vietnamese actress, who has also produced … [Read more...] about Vietnamese action flick Furie 27th in US box office