Đi tù vì nhạc vàng

Thứ hai, 17/4/2017 | 08:15 GMT+7
Năm tôi lên 10 tuổi, mẹ tôi đi xuất khẩu lao động từ Cộng hòa Dân chủ Đức về.

Trong hành trang của bà, có một túi vải to khá nặng, đựng đến mấy trăm chiếc băng cassette “nhạc vàng”.

Đó là những năm 1980, thời kỳ cực thịnh của các ca sĩ hải ngoại và các tình khúc bolero.

Mẹ tôi, cũng như rất nhiều người đi xuất khẩu lao động sang Đông Âu, được nghe thỏa thích dòng nhạc “sến” mà thời điểm đó trong nước không phổ biến. Những Tuấn Vũ, Giao Linh, Chế Linh… được ghi cẩn thận kèm tên các bài hát vào mảnh giấy gài trong vỏ băng nhạc.

Cái túi băng “nhạc vàng” ấy, nếu quy đổi trọng lượng ra bột cacao, sữa trẻ em, xà phòng thơm, hay nước hoa, thì sẽ mang lại một khoản tiền kha khá. Nhưng suốt nhiều năm sau đó, mẹ tôi nghe đi nghe lại từng chiếc băng, ghi cả hai mặt, mỗi mặt chừng 5-6 bài, khiến ngay cả tôi cũng thuộc lòng không biết bao nhiêu bài hát.

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HCM City asks State for additional $2 billion of ODA

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Update: April, 18/2017 – 09:00

HCM City has asked the government to allocate an additional VNĐ48.76 trillion (US$2.14 billion) worth of ODA funds for the city to continue work on two projects. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh
Viet Nam News HCM CITY —  HCM City authorities have asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Ministry of Finance to allocate an additional VNĐ48.762 trillion (US$2.14 billion) of official development assistance (ODA) in the next three years, with VNĐ8 trillion ($352.33 million) allocated for this year.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has urged the city to work with the government to request more funds to implement two JICA-funded projects this year.

The work includes construction on metro line No 1 Bến Thành-Suối Tiên and the second phase of a water environment improvement project on the Tàu Hủ-Bến Nghé-Đôi-Tẻ canal.

Under commitments with the contractors, annual ODA loans needed for the two projects would reach VNĐ29.512 trillion ($1.3 billion) by 2020, and VNĐ7 trillion ($308.34 million) for this year. Continue reading “HCM City asks State for additional $2 billion of ODA”

Decision paves way for solar power development

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Update: April, 18/2017 – 15:00

The solar power factory in Côn Đảo Island in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngọc Hà

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Opportunities to invest in Việt Nam’s solar energy sector are abundant after Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc issued a decision to encourage the development of solar power projects.

Under Decision 11/2017/QĐ-TTg, which takes effective from June 1, 2017, all output produced by solar power projects will be purchased for VNĐ2,086 (US 9.3 cent)/kWh (excluding VAT) – a profitable rate for investors. Continue reading “Decision paves way for solar power development”

Four provinces in Việt Nam infected with bird flu

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Update: April, 18/2017 – 17:50

A veterinary staff sprays disinfectant on ducks to prevent bird flu infection. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HÀ NỘI — Four provinces in Việt Nam have reported six outbreaks of bird flu, according to the Department of Animal Health.The provinces affected are Vĩnh Long, Đăk Lắk, Quảng Ninh and Thừa Thiên-Huế.

An outbreak was detected in the southern province of Vĩnh Long on Saturday at a household in Bình Tân District’s Mỹ Thuận Commune which affected 300 chicken.

More than 3,000 chicken also tested positive for A/H5N1and were disposed of at a farm in the province’s Bình Minh Town.

In the northern province of Quảng Ninh, 320 poultry were reported to have fallen ill and died in the past four days. The number of poultry culled was 670. Continue reading “Four provinces in Việt Nam infected with bird flu”

City court sentences 11 in Agribank swindling case

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Update: April, 18/2017 – 17:00

The People’s Court of Hà Nội yesterday handed down sentences to 11 defendants related to a case of fraud that occurred at the Agriculture and Rural Development Bank, Nghệ An Branch, eight years ago. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Anh

HÀ NỘI — The People’s Court of Hà Nội today sentenced 11 defendants in a fraud case that occurred at the Agriculture and Rural Development Bank, Nghệ An Branch, eight years ago.

Trịnh Khánh Hồng, 50, former chairman of the Board of Trustees and General Director of Tân Hồng Import-Export Company, was sentenced to life in jail for “asset misappropriation fraud” and 20 years for “swindling in order to misappropriate assets”.

Đỗ Đức Hưng, 61, former director of Agribank Hồng Hà, was given 23 years in jail, and Trương Đăn Dần, 43, was given 12 years in jail, both for “asset misappropriation fraud” and violating lending regulations.

Nguyễn Văn Mạnh, chief accountant of Tân Hồng company was sentenced to 11 years in jail for swindling to misappropriate assets.

The five defendants to receive custodial sentences, Đỗ Minh Hiền, former head of the planning unit of Agribank Hồng Hà, Đinh Văn Hải, former director of Đức Hùng Company, Trần Hữu Tuân, director of Giang Linh Company, Nguyễn Thị Mỹ, director of Thái An Company, and Đỗ Hữu Bách, director of Đức Hùng Company, were given from five to seven years in jail for fraudulent misappropriation of assets.

Two credit staff of Agribank Hồng Hà, Nguyễn Văn Thúy and Đinh Minh Đạo, were given three years probation.

According to the court indictment, in 2009, Trịnh Khanh Hồng set up a project with loans of US$20 million from Agribank to plant material forest. However when the loan was approved, Hồng used the money for his own purposes. He also created 965 fake invoices showing that he gave the money to households to plant trees.

Hồng worked with the other defendants to misappropriate more than VNĐ281 billion (US$12.8 million) from companies and borrowed another VNĐ200 billion ($8.8 million) from banks.

In this case, five former staff from Agribank Hồng Hà, who knew that Hồng was incapable of paying back the loans but didn’t want to have bad debts on their record, signed guarantee documents so that Hồng could borrow more money. — VNS

VN, China to bolster strategic partnership

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Update: April, 18/2017 – 10:06

Việt Nam and China agreed yesterday that they would work to strengthen the focal points of their strategic partnership. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Lê Hà

BEIJING – Việt Nam and China agreed yesterday that they would work to strengthen the focal points of their strategic partnership.

The agreement came at the 10th meeting of the countries’ Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi in Beijing.

Reviewing bilateral co-operation since the ninth meeting on June 6, 2016, both sides saw positive development trends, noting in particular the holding of regular meetings between senior leaders, enhanced co-operation between ministries, sectors and localities, and stronger people-to-people exchanges. Continue reading “VN, China to bolster strategic partnership”

Natural disasters cost Việt Nam $1.7 billion

Update: April, 18/2017 – 09:15
A farmer of An Biên District in the Mekong Delta’s Kiên Giang Province is saddened by his withered rice field which was caused by a shortage of water and salt intrusion last year. Việt Nam is among the countries to be hit hardest by climate change, which is expected to exacerbate natural disasters in the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs to improve the quality of weather forecasting and enhance international co-operation to prepare for natural disasters, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has said.

The PM made the statement at a meeting to review disaster prevention and control in 2016 and layout tasks for 2017.

Nguyễn Xuân Cường, head of the Central Steering Commitee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said, 2016 saw multiple extreme weather phenomena such as droughts, extreme cold weather, floods and storms, causing losses of VNĐ39.7 trillion (US$1.75 billion).

“Natural disasters struck from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, occurring in all regions with many types of natural disasters,” Cường said. Continue reading “Natural disasters cost Việt Nam $1.7 billion”

Police describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte’s drug war

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In the most detailed insider accounts yet of the drug war’s secret mechanics, the two senior officials challenged the government’s explanations of the killings in interviews with Reuters. Continue reading “Police describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte’s drug war”

China’s abandoned daughters search for their parents

Al Jazeera April 16, 2017

The stories of three women who were abandoned by their parents during China’s one-child policy.

Han Meng is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Beijing.

Cai Fengxia: ‘Being reunited feels like a dream’

Cai Fengxia’s adoptive father cooks for her in Dangshan, eastern China [Han Meng/Al Jazeera]

Cai Fengxia cried as she had dinner with her biological parents for the first time in 38 years.

She had spent the past 12 years looking for the people who had wrapped her in white cloth and left her at the gate of the people’s commune of Qiaoqi Town in Jiangyin city, eastern China, when she was 25 days old.

But as she shared a meal with them she could only think about her elderly adoptive father, who was back home in Dangshan, hundreds of miles away. Continue reading “China’s abandoned daughters search for their parents”

Best 23 cities for street food — from Mumbai and Miami to Marrakech

Full article and beautiful pictures for every city on CNN
Ho Chi Minh city ranks 18

Story highlights

  • Some of the world’s best meals can be found on the streets
  • In some cities, food served from carts or holes in the wall is revered
  • Bangkok, Tokyo, Istanbul and Durban are among top street food destinations

(CNN)Sidewalk vendors, push carts, holes in a wall — even in cities with rich reputations for fine dining, some of the best meals are on the streets.

Places like Hong Kong have blurred the line between haute cuisine and quick comfort food, as humble dim sum diners win Michelin stars.
That’s still the exception, but most chefs on the street aren’t looking for that kind of recognition. They’re cooking for crowds who pack around their stands day after day.
Here are the 23 best cities in the world for street food, from quick snacks to moveable feasts:

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The best street food on the planet, but Bangkok bans its roadside stalls

City has just scooped CNN poll but official says ‘every street vendor will have to move out’ by end of 2017

City hall has said Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road will be one of the next areas to be cleared. Photograph: Alamy

Authorities in Bangkok have banned street food from the capital’s major roads, causing an outcry in a city famous for its affordable roadside cuisine.

In a move criticised by locals and culinary enthusiasts, thousands of vendors selling dishes such as spicy prawn soup and papaya salad will disappear by the end of the year in the interests of “order and hygiene”, according to city hall. Continue reading “The best street food on the planet, but Bangkok bans its roadside stalls”

San Diego-based destroyers deploying to Asia-Pacific region

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of Pacific Fleet, talks to sailors during an all-hands call aboard the USS Sterett on April 12, 2017, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — A surface action group of Navy destroyers has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading “San Diego-based destroyers deploying to Asia-Pacific region”

Singapore tops talent competitiveness index in Asia Pacific for the 4th year running

Globally, Singapore is ranked second behind Switzerland, also for the fourth year running. Among countries in the Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea are also ranked within top 30 worldwide.

The report, which was announced during GTCI’s regional launch at the INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore, focused on talent and technology, and it explored the effects of technological change on talent competitiveness and the future of work, it said.

The report also showed that high-ranking countries share key traits, including educational systems that meet the needs of the economy; employment policies that favour flexibility, mobility and entrepreneurship; and high connectedness of stakeholders in business, education and government as well as a high level of technological competence.

“This year’s GTCI report shows that countries in the Asia Pacific region demonstrate strong talent readiness for technology,” said INSEAD dean Ilian Mihov. “It also highlights the important role of education. Educational systems have to revamp to help learners foster learning agility and adjust on the fly (to) changing conditions.”

Su-Yen Wong, CEO of Human Capital Leadership Institute, added: “The recent report published by Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy suggested that building strong digital capabilities is one of the key strategies that will propel Singapore’s growth for the next two decades.

“Digital technologies will help small and exposed economies like Singapore punch above their weight by creating means for their businesses and talent to reach out to the global market. Countries must continue to upskill their workforce so that they can adapt to the digitisation wave and the sweeping structural changes that are poised to shake up traditional work arrangements.”

Cách nói tôi, ta, tao, tớ, qua, min… Tiếng Việt thời LM de Rhodes (phần 2)

Linh mục Alexandre de Rhodes và cuốn Phép Giảng Tám Ngày

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Phần này bàn về các cách dùng đại từ nhân xưng ngôi thứ nhất vào thời linh mục (LM) Alexandre de Rhodes đến An Nam truyền đạo. Cách gọi đại từ nhân xưng với các ngôi chính là vết tích của truyền thống ngữ pháp La Tinh như sẽ thấy rõ hơn ở phần sau.

Bài này chú trọng đến cách dùng vào thời các giáo sĩ qua An Nam, chứ không phê bình cách phân loại này có chính xác hay không cho loại hình ngôn ngữ đặc biệt của tiếng Việt. Continue reading “Cách nói tôi, ta, tao, tớ, qua, min… Tiếng Việt thời LM de Rhodes (phần 2)”

Meeting discusses anti-corruption efforts

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Update: April, 18/2017 – 07:00

Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Chairman of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng

HÀ NỘI – The Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption convened a meeting in Hà Nội yesterday chaired by Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, head of the committee.

Members discussed the progress, results, difficulties and obstacles regarding the investigation, prosecution and trial of cases under the supervision of the committee.

They agreed to complete the investigation, prosecution and trial of 12 cases under the supervision of the committee in 2017, including those involving Saigon Thương Tín Commercial Joint Stock Bank, Tiên Phong Bank, Bank for Investment and Development of Việt Nam and the State Bank of Việt Nam. Continue reading “Meeting discusses anti-corruption efforts”