Police say that 32-year-old truck driver Pham Thanh Hieu, who surrendered hours after causing a most horrific accident Wednesday that killed four and badly injured 16 others, had high concentrations of alcohol in his blood and also tested positive for heroin. One of the worst traffic accidents in the southern province of Long An prompted Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh to order an urgent investigation into its cause as also steps to overcome its consequences. At around 11 p.m., the driver was taken to the province’s general hospital for urine and blood tests. Three hours later, he was tested again, and the results of the first tests were confirmed. Normally, a drug test that uses urine samples can detect heroin metabolites for one to three days after the last drug use. Pham Thanh Hieu, 32, is held at local police station after the accident that killed four and injured 16 others. Photo courtesy of Long An Police Hieu is being held at police station to face charges of … [Read more...] about Driver in deadly Vietnam crash high on liquor, heroin
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Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?
Ministry announces three consecutive days off on National Day Government workers will have three consecutive days off on the National Day (September 2) holiday this year, announced the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. The National Day will fall on Friday this year. So those working in party, state and government agencies will enjoy a three day long vacation. Employees of organizations and businesses that still work on Saturday will have only Friday off. The ministry has also proposed the people's committees in provinces and cities to organize the Mid-Autumn Festival for children healthily, safely, meaningfully and practically. They should mobilize individuals and organizations to pay attention to disadvantaged children in border and island areas. Conference to discuss joint work between Vietnamese, French localities The 10th conference discussing cooperation between Vietnamese and French localities will take place in the southern city of Can Tho from September 14-16. … [Read more...] about Social News 8/8
Alleged rhino horn syndicate boss awaits trial behind bars The alleged head of an illegal syndicate believed to acquire rhino horns for the Vietnamese black market has been remanded in custody in South Africa. Alleged rhino poaching kingpin, Hugo Ras, along with nine other alleged syndicate members face a total of 318 charges for killing rhinos and selling rhino horns. The 10 were arrested in a nationwide sting on Friday September 19. The spokesman for the anti-rhino horn taskforce responsible for the arrests, the Hawks, Captain Paul Ramaloko, said the syndicate was responsible for the "serial killing" of rhinos. … [Read more...] about Social News 4/10