Emegency crews work at the scene of a Amtrak train derailment on Dec 18, 2017 in DuPont, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP) DUPONT, Washington: An Amtrak passenger train travelling on a new route for the first time derailed on Monday (Dec 18) in Washington state, killing at least three people as cars plunged off a bridge onto a busy highway at the height of morning rush hour, officials said.The train, which was carrying 77 passengers and seven crew, derailed in DuPont about halfway between Tacoma and the state capital Olympia on a curve that passes over busy Interstate 5 at about 7.40am (11.40pm Singapore time).Several other carriages of the 14-car train also ended up on the highway, shutting down a key section of the busy artery that connects the greater Seattle metropolitan area to Olympia.A spokeswoman for Washington State police, Brooke Bova, confirmed the death toll, adding that all train cars had been searched by emergency personnel.But she cautioned that … [Read more...] about At least 3 dead as train derails over Washington state highway
Safely working at heights
Vietjet, which has been making great contribution to giving every Vietnamese the chance to fly, is a big source of inspiration for companies. Chairman and one of Vietjet’s founders Nguyen Thanh Ha talked to VIR about the private airline’s achievements in the past four years and its plan for the upcoming opening of the ASEAN skies. Four years ago when Vietjet started out, many people thought a private airline would not survive in a fiercely competitive market like air transport. Were you and your staff also worried? Why did you still decide to do it? Four years ago, travelling by air was a luxury. I remember every end of the year, workers at industrial parks in Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Ho Chi Minh City, who left for the Tet holiday, had to travel in crowded long-distance coaches in order to visit their families. Some could not even afford a ticket. The situation motivated us. Vietjet wanted to give more people the opportunity to fly. We want all Vietnamese to have the … [Read more...] about Vietjet inspires firms to new heights
Bringing Coffee Brand to New Height Viet Duc Coffee One Member Co., Ltd has made long strides in all production and business fronts. And in 2011, the company completed its operating objectives and the living standards of its workers were increasingly improved. The firm raked in revenues of VND55.199 billion, 32 percent higher than the initial plan, and made a pre-tax profit of VND2.536 billion, just 1 percent above the plan. Fresh coffee output totalled 11,447 tonnes in the 2010 - 2011 crop. From the business results last year, it is quite easy to envisage that the company had impressive development in all production and business aspects. At present, the company’s leaders are directing the investment for its 1,342 hectare plantation. Average fresh coffee productivity reaches 16.5 tonnes per hectare. The company is capable of preserving and processing coffee safely and effectively. The company continues making a profit. Mr Phan Xuan Thang, Director of Viet Duc Coffee One … [Read more...] about Bringing Coffee Brand to New Height
The mature coconut “race” is still as hot as ever with the price increasing rapidly. Day after day, month after month, millions of coconuts are exported into China. Its various products (e.g. copra…) are generating large profits. Nevertheless, harvesting coconuts is remains a hard and risky job of quiet rural coconut pickers.Working… in the airSitting at the orchard of Mr. Tu Ri in An Hiệp Commune in Chau Thanh District in the Mekong delta Province of Ben Tre, Mr. Lương Nhân Huỳnh sometimes stood up and looked at the sky-high coconut trees ahead. It had rained so hard last night that he had to postpone his coconut picking job until the sun shines more brightly.Now that it is sunnier, he took off his shirt and began to work. Looking at the naked upper part of the man almost 50 years old, I felt deeply shocked at his nearly flat half-chest. Seeing my shock, he explained, “It is very easy to slip and fall down when climbing coconut … [Read more...] about Eating on the ground, working in the air
We are two months' away from seeing the opening of the world's longest cable car, which will go up Mount Fansipan. However, there is a big question to be asked. Will it be safe enough? There are worries that the people building it did not go through all the correct steps to get permission to do so. LAO CAI (VNS) — The world's longest three-rope cable-car system, extending from Lao Cai Province's Sapa Town to Fansipan peak, is expected to open in April. However, the public has begun to doubt of the security of the cable system after Lao Dong newspaper reported that the project was begun in November 2013 before the Sun Group corporation, the project's investor, received the necessary licence papers from the Lao Cai Construction Department. On December 16, 2014, the provincial Construction Department issued an official document saying that the investors should not ask for licence papers because the project was ratified by the local People's Committee. Based on this document, the … [Read more...] about Will Viet Nam’s cable car be safe?