Authorities have halted the salvaging of a tour boat which sank in the world famous Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam yesterday morning killing 12 tourists from 9 different countries. At 4:20 pm, authorities temporarily halted the salvage due to shallow water. Salvage will continue from 6am tomorrow (Saturday). The boat is expected to be towed ashore at 11h noon. Water will then be plucked out and police will examine the scene. Salvage process At 11am today, the tide was down, revealing the sunk vessel’s mast and flag. By 1pm today, it was partially lifted and by 2pm, the boat’s first storey completely showed. It was then hoisted and tugged towards a nearby islet. At 2:26 pm, the vessel was 300m away from shore. By 4pm, two thirds of the boat body was revealed above water and was 200m from the nearest islet. Luggage and clothes were collected for investigation. Earlier, police, military forces, three tug boats and other … [Read more...] about Salvage halted in Ha Long tourist boat disaster
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to Russian leader Vladimir Putin over last year's shooting down of a Russian air force jet by Turkey's military, the Kremlin said on Monday, opening the way for Russia to lift economic sanctions. The Russian jet was shot down, with the loss of the pilot, in November while it took part in the Kremlin's military campaign in Syria. Ankara said it acted lawfully because the plane had crossed into Turkish air space; Moscow denied that happened. "I want to once again express my sympathy and deep condolences to the family of the Russian pilot who died and I say: 'I'm sorry,'" the Kremlin, in a statement, cited Erdogan as saying in the letter. A spokesman for Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, confirmed the letter was sent to Putin, though he did not refer explicitly to an apology. He said that Erdogan, in the letter, had expressed regret and asked the family of the pilot to "excuse us." The Kremlin responded to the downing of the plane by slapping trade … [Read more...] about Kremlin says Turkey apologized for shooting down Russian jet
The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived on Wednesday at a military base in the Netherlands - a nation in shock and sorrow. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 came down in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962. King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte joined dignitaries on the tarmac as two military aircraft carrying 40 plain wooden coffins landed at Eindhoven in the southern Netherlands. A military guard of honor stood to attention as a trumpeter played The Last Post, the military funeral call for people killed in war. After a minute's silence - observed in stations, factories, offices and streets across this stunned nation - servicemen from all four branches of the Dutch military boarded the Dutch Hercules C-130 and Australian Boeing C-17 to carry … [Read more...] about Dutch mourn as first MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands
(VOVworld)- Jubilant activities to celebrate the New Year 2015 took place I major cities in Vietnam. In Hanoi, several programs were held attracting a lot of people. Nguyen Thanh Tung is a local in Hanoi: “We came here very early to have a seat to watch the performance in the Sword Lake. On the occasion of the New Year, I wish everyone health and luck. I wish that there will be more extravagant street carnivals”. In Ho Chi Minh City, major streets were lit up with LED lights. A firework display accompanied by 3D laser light brightened the city at midnight. Philip Brown, a tourist from the US, is happy to welcome New Year in Vietnam: “I have been living in Vietnam for 3 years. These occasions are always special moments for everyone. Everything is exciting. People get together and smile happily. I wish everyone a New Year of health and success”. People in Can Tho city gathered at Hoa Binh Avenue and shopping centers to celebrate the New Year. A special New Year … [Read more...] about New Year celebrations prevail all over the world
PANO - Recently, the Xinhuanet has run an article by Cheng Yunjie with an odd title that “Why is the lion China harmless to the world?”. French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte said more than 2 centuries ago that “China is a sleeping lion and when she wakes up, the world will shake”. Lately, a Chinese leader has cited what Napoléon had said, saying that “the lion China has already awakened, but this is a peaceful, pleasant and civilised lion”. The article on the Xinhuanet goes around the bush. Above all, it wants to vindicate that though China has awaken, it is harmless. And that it is a prejudice that the world has heightened vigilance over China. Acting as a neglected victim, the author groaned that when China was poor, it was dubbed “the sick man of East Asia”; when China has become the world’ second largest economy, those with dictatorial powers consider it a rival or a threat. That also comes from the world’s … [Read more...] about Which lion China is?