By Hai Duyen  June 20, 2019 | 07:59 am GMT+7 Two men are escorted by police officers to trial for bag snatching in Ho Chi Minh City, June 19, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Binh Nguyen. A court in HCMC sentenced two Vietnamese men to four years in jail each Wednesday for snatching a handbag from a South Korean woman last year. According to the indictment, last December, Nguyen Huynh Duc, 21, and Nguyen Van Phuc, 22, were roaming the streets in District 7, home to a major expat community in the city, looking for people to steal from. When they saw Lee Min Al standing alone in front of a shopping center, Phuc drove the motorbike close to her and Duc, riding pillion, snatched her handbag containing a bank card and cash worth nearly $500. The duo were chased down by patrolling police officers and arrested. The court said the two men deserved to be strictly punished for their actions, which had damaged the reputation of Vietnam and its people. In Vietnam, theft … [Read more...] about Men jailed for snatching handbag from S Korean woman in Saigon
By Minh Nga  June 20, 2019 | 07:52 am GMT+7 The ASEAN summit this weekend will discuss sustainable partnership and is expected to wrap up negotiations for a regional free trade deal. Photo by Reuters/Romeo Gacad. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will join 10 other leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 22-23. This year’s summit, with the theme "Advancing partnership for sustainability," will seek to promote cooperation and strengthen the consensus process among ASEAN members to address new global challenges. The leaders of the member countries are expected to express their views on sustainable development and put forward action plans to address maritime pollution and draft a framework related to Indo-Pacific issues. They also target wrapping up negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a proposed free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN members -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, … [Read more...] about Vietnam PM Phuc to attend ASEAN summit in Thailand
WHEN word got out that May McFettridge was making her opera debut in Belfast, it took something of a leap of faith to imagine Belfast's outrageous panto dame shattering windows with a secretive hi[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about May McFettridge on song for opera debut in Die Fledermaus
BELFAST'S Olympia Leisure Centre has been named the best in Northern Ireland and Wales at a UK awards. The Belfast facility, which reopened in 2017 was awarded the regional prize for Best Club/Centre[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Belfast’s Olympia Leisure Centre wins UK award
IN 2009, the GAA moved to put an end to pitch invasions by supporters. The perceived wisdom at the time was that for Gaelic sports to be internationalised, they must mirror etiquette displayed by other international sports and pitch invasions were too primal for airing on a global stage. Of course it was also at a time when health and safety had gone mad. I'd never heard of anyone being injured running onto a pitch to congratulate or commiserate their friends in all my early years, that is, until 2010. When the final whistle blew on March 17 and Crossmaglen Rangers won their fifth All-Ireland Club title, the customary pitch invasion began. The first person to enter the pitch was man-handled in a way befitting of a black card offence. As he fell to the floor, the squeals of pain could be heard over the roaring crowd. No-one else was prevented from entering the pitch on that day after that event. We later found out he broke his leg in the collision, which was ironic given the stewards … [Read more...] about John McEntee: Can GAA keep a lid on emotions?