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Vietnam bus crash kills 34

Posted: May 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm


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A crowded overnight bus plunged off a bridge into a river in central Vietnam, killing 34 people and injuring 21 others in one of the country's deadliest road accidents.

The 50-seat coach lost control and ripped through the bridge's guardrails Thursday night, diving about 18 metres and landing on its top, partially submerged in the Serepok River, said local official Tran Bao Que.

"When the accident happened, everyone in the bus was sleeping," survivor Nguyen Van Khanh told news website Dan Tri. "I vaguely heard a noise like gunfire and then people were screaming when the bus was overturned. ... I managed to escape through a window that was smashed opened by others."

Survivor Trinh Van Mui, 34, said he was dozing on the back seat holding his 3-year-old daughter on their way to visit his father in a nearby province.

"I just heard a big boom and was knocked unconscious. I later found out that I was in the hospital with pain over all my body," he told The Associated Press by telephone from the hospital, saying he remembered nothing else from the crash. "We were very lucky to survive."

He suffered only minor cuts and bruises, but his daughter was transferred to a hospital in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City with internal injuries and broken limbs.

Que said it took rescuers four hours to pull the bodies from the bus, which was traveling on a regular 350-kilometer route from the central highland province of Dak Lak to Ho Chi Minh City.

Rescuers used axes to try to free trapped passengers. Photos showed a body hanging limply out the side of the ripped-open vehicle, which was hoisted out of the river by crane early Friday morning.

Y Bliu Arul, deputy director of the General Hospital in Dak Lak, said the bus' two drivers were among the 32 people who died at the scene. Two others died at the hospital. Of the 21 injured, 16 were in serious condition.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. Vietnam has one of the world's highest traffic fatality rates, with more than 11,000 people killed each year.

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May 19th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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Global Flat Panel Displays (FPDs) Industry

Posted: May 17, 2012 at 1:12 am


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NEW YORK, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Global Flat Panel Displays (FPDs) Industry

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Flat Panel Displays (FPDs) in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) (Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCDs), Passive Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (PMLCDs), and Segmented LCDs), Plasma Display Panels (PDPs), Electroluminescent Displays (EL Displays), Organic Light Emitting Displays (OLEDs), Light Emitting Diode (LED) Displays, VFDs (Vacuum Fluorescent Displays), FEDs (Field Emission Displays), and Others. The Major End-Use Segments analyzed are Information Systems, Personal Computers, Telecomm. Equipment, Instrumentation, Consumer Appliances, Transportation equipment, Medical devices, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2017. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. The report profiles 249 companies including many key and niche players such as AU Optronics Corp., Clover Display Limited, Chimei Innolux Corporation, Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., Densitron Technologies PLC, Emerging Display Technologies Corp., Hantronix, Inc., HannStar Display Corp., Hitachi Displays Ltd., Kopin Corporation, LG Display Co., Ltd., Microtips Technology, Inc., NLT Technologies, Ltd., Okaya Electric Industries Co., Ltd., Optrex America, Inc., Powertip Technology Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd., Universal Display Corporation, and Viewsonic Corporation. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based upon search engine sources in the public domain.

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

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4. 250,000 free seats up for grabs on AirAsia

Posted: May 14, 2012 at 3:11 am


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PETALING JAYA: AirAsias Free Seats promotion is back with some 250,000 to give away.

The free seats are available to all destinations in the airlines route network, including for all flights operated by its affiliates Thai AirAsia, AirAsia Indonesia, AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia X.

Customers only need to pay for fuel surcharge and airport tax to destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Singapore, Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and Ho Chi Minh City.

Flights within Malaysia start from RM21 one-way (only fuel surcharge and airport tax) while international flights are from RM47.

The promotion, which ends on May 20, is for the travel period between Jan 4 and May 22 next year.

AirAsia X will be offering one way all-in fares, including from RM200 to Japan and South Korea, and from as low as RM250 to Australia. The promotional fares will be available for online booking from Wednesday to Sunday.

Regional commercial head Kathleen Tan said AirAsia was offering the promotion again to celebrate its new corporate identity, which was announced recently.

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May 14th, 2012 at 3:11 am

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250,000 free seats up for grabs on AirAsia

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PETALING JAYA: AirAsias Free Seats promotion is back with some 250,000 to give away.

The free seats are available to all destinations in the airlines route network, including for all flights operated by its affiliates Thai AirAsia, AirAsia Indonesia, AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia X.

Customers only need to pay for fuel surcharge and airport tax to destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Singapore, Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and Ho Chi Minh City.

Flights within Malaysia start from RM21 one-way (only fuel surcharge and airport tax) while international flights are from RM47.

The promotion, which ends on May 20, is for the travel period between Jan 4 and May 22 next year.

AirAsia X will be offering one way all-in fares, including from RM200 to Japan and South Korea, and from as low as RM250 to Australia. The promotional fares will be available for online booking from Wednesday to Sunday.

Regional commercial head Kathleen Tan said AirAsia was offering the promotion again to celebrate its new corporate identity, which was announced recently.

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May 14th, 2012 at 3:11 am

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Experts warn of ambush by foreign investors

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Experts warn that foreign investors rising stake in the local stock market may lead to surprise takeovers at Vietnamese firms.

Last March, Nawaplastic Industries (Saraburi) a subsidiary of Thailands leading plastic product manufacturer Nawaplastic announced that it had become a major shareholder at both of Vietnams largest pipe producers.

According to data published by Vietnams stock exchanges, Nawaplastic Industries held 22.66 percent of outstanding shares in Hanoi-based Tien Phong Plastic JSC (NTP) as of March 15.

One week earlier, the Thai company also announced that it owned a 16.7 percent share of Binh Minh Plastic Joint Stock Co (BMP). The company ultimately plans to increase its holdings in both companies to 49 percent, the largest allowable foreign stake in a domestic firm.

Nawaplastic Industries has not always been forthcoming about its investment strategy. The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange said the company bought 3,200 BMP shares between March 19 and March 22 but did not make any announcements prior to trading even though as a major shareholder, it was required to do so.

Vietnams plastic pipe market is dominated by Tien Phong and Binh Minh.

Analysts said the increased stock holdings showed that Nawaplastic Industries, a supplier of materials for the two Vietnamese companies, wants to gain a foothold in the domestic market. Controlling the market through these two firms will be easier and cheaper than setting up its own business in Vietnam, they said.

Analysts said both NTP and BMP stocks were quite cheap at the beginning of the year, hovering around VND30,000. They have surged to around VND47,000.

Phan Dung Khanh, head of analysis at Kim Eng Securities, said many foreign companies began buying Vietnamese stocks silently in 2010, when prices fell to a low level. They only made these moves public after they had secured enough shares to join the management of the local company, he said.

Because the practice is legal, Khanh said local companies should take steps to protect themselves, noting that one way to do so is to seek a reliable partner as a major shareholder to avoid being infiltrated by unwanted investors or rivals.

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Project Administration Officer

Posted: May 11, 2012 at 2:16 am


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Job title: Project Administration Officer Type: Full Time Duty Station: Hanoi with national travel as required Duration of assignment: 1 year with possible extension Direct supervisor: Project Manager

PROJECT BACKGROUND: The Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach Project (IDEO) is implemented by World Concern Development Organization (WCDO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) through four years (2011 2015) in four provinces of Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City. The Project is funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund, entrusted to the management of the World Bank.

Project Goal:

To assist young deaf children to integrate into mainstream society, by piloting an innovative joint family and institution-based delivery system comprising screening, family support, and preschool services.

Project Components:

1.Demonstrating joint family-institution pre-school education for deaf children and developing essential knowledge base 2.Developing professional human resources for pre-school deaf education 3.Building capacity and partnerships for the deaf communities and raising awareness for general public 4.Monitoring and evaluation 5.Project management

JOB SUMMARY: The Administration Officer provides administrative support to the operations of the IDEO project, carry out all administrative works and ensuring the smooth functioning of administrative systems under the project consistent with WBs national execution mode and World Concern policies.

REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY

Report to Project Manager

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - Manage communication duties as telephone, faxes, emails, mails; - Ensure the project filling system (soft and hard copies) is in order and updated; - Assist in visa procedures for project international consultants/ staff/ visitors as needed. - Provide logistical arrangements for project-related travel (transportation, accommodation etc.) - Maintain an updated inventory of all supplies and equipment and prepares guidelines for the proper use and maintenance of office equipment and properties; - Undertake necessary translation/interpretation tasks; - Assist IDEO project activities and its team to facilitate the implementation of the project, including providing secretariat support to meetings, workshops and trainings, drafting correspondents etc.; - Maintain the website activities, include writing and updating the news on to the website; - Prepare annual and quarterly work plan of administration activities; - Assist in other duties as required by the Project Manager.

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May 11th, 2012 at 2:16 am

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Tennis ace suffers home defeat

Posted: May 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm


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Vietnams No.1 tennis player Do Minh Quan lost 6-3, 6-7, 6-7 to Thai player Wachiramanowong in the second round of the Vietnam Futures F2 tournament in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday.

Quan missed several chances to beat the young Thai player.

After winning the first set 6-3, Quan continued to play very well in the second and had a chance of a match point when he was leading 5-4 and 40/15. However, the only Vietnamese hopeful at the event let the Thai player level the score and eventually win the set 7-6.

In the decider, Quan had a great start again and led 4-1 for a time, but then lost the set 7-6 and bowed out of the competition.

Vietnams former No.1 player Tran Duc Quynh said Quans efforts were a good example for other young Vietnamese players to follow, but he was not determined enough at important moments. It was partly because Minh has not had many chances to compete at international contests, said Quynh.

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EVA woos Asean to make Taipei a hub

Posted: April 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm


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BAMRUNG AMNATCHAROENRIT The Nation

THE Taipei April 2, 2012 1:00 am

James Jeng, chairman of Taiwan's second-largest airline, said last week that Taipei enjoys a good geographical location for transpacific flights. The transit time at Taoyuan Inter-national Airport is only two to three hours. EVA operates 45 flights per week to those markets.

Passengers come from Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Especially from Vietnam, half of them arrive for flight connections to North America. From Bangkok alone, EVA has 10 flights scheduled per week. It has a code-sharing agreement with Bangkok Airways so its passengers can conveniently continue on to destinations across the Kingdom.

Asean, especially Thailand, is an important market for EVA. Since the Asean Economic Community will materialise in less than three years, the firm would look at this market "carefully".

EVA's ambition is to play a bigger role in the global aviation industry. Its membership application to Star Alliance, the world's largest airline grouping with 26 members, was unanimously accepted after a year-long discussion. Now, EVA will have to spend a year working on the integration process, with strong support from Air China, based in Beijing, as the mentor airline.

Pandit Chanapai, executive vice president for commercial affairs of Thai Airways International, the national carrier, said the entry of EVA into the group would help strengthen THAI's network by adding destinations that it cannot reach. Vancouver is an example. THAI's passengers can fly from Bangkok to Taipei then transfer to an EVA aircraft bound for Vancouver. THAI's passengers will enjoy benefits on both segments, especially mileage points for redemption.

THAI has turned its focus to the Asian market and is looking for major cities to add to its regional network. It flies from Bangkok to Taipei 14 times a week and is planning to increase the frequency to 15 in the future. Its load factor this month is 73 per cent on the morning flight from Bangkok and 82 per cent on the evening flight from Taipei. In October, THAI will add Taipei to its Phuket-Hong Kong route, with seven stopovers per week, as part of its plan to increase load capacity.

Becoming a member of Star Alliance will be a crucial step for EVA. The airline will be able to expand its global network where it has not gone yet, especially South America and Africa. It will be able to reach the European market with cost-saving cooperation, especially with members like Lufthansa and Austrian, amid the controversy over the collection of carbon emission fees by the European Union from airlines flying to the continent. EVA's major market is still China. EVA will enter the world's fastest-moving market via Air China. EVA serves 25 destinations in China from various cities in Taiwan with 105 flights per week, with some operated by its sister airline UNI Air. The airline plans to cash in on mainland China following the relaxation of political tensions between the two economies.

UNI flies mainly domestic routes, especially to remote islands. However, it is studying the feasibility of transforming itself into one of the low-cost airlines in Asia in the future, said Chang Kuo-wei, president of EVA Airways Corp. EVA Air was established in March 1989 and took off on its inaugural flight in July 1991. Last year, it carried 6.7 million passengers to domestic and 62 international destinations. Its fleet consists of 42 passenger aircraft and 17 freighters.

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Uniquely Vietnamese

Posted: March 31, 2012 at 8:17 am


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Do Temple marks a turning point in Vietnams history

The gate of Do Temple in the northern province of Bac Ninh. Photo: Nguyen Van My

The Do Temple in Bac Ninh Province is a uniquely Vietnamese temple.

Situated around 20 kilometers from Hanoi, it is the best known and most visited temple in the country by far, which is not really surprising, as even a cursory study of its history shows.

The temple preserves most the traditions of Vietnam and also keeps almost everything people need to know about the Ly Dynasty (1009 1225), the first Vietnamese ruling family able to hold onto power for more than several decades, allowing them to secure and expand the territory.

Do means the capital city. It has as its deities eight kings of the Ly dynasty. The temples other names are Thai Mieu, Co Phap Dien and Ly Bat De.

It is still not explained why or how the ninth and last ruler of the dynasty, Ly Chieu Hoang, the only female one, has been left out.

Ly Chieu Hoang was enthroned when she was just eight and handed over the reins to her husband Tran Canh after two years, effectively ending the Ly Dynasty.

It has also been said that feudalism valued men more than women and that they were not to be worshiped equally.

The temple was built in 1010 by Ly Thai To, the founder of the dynasty, and restored by his son Ly Thai Tong in 1030.

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Thai-ASEAN News Network – Drug Cartels' Taunt

Posted: March 30, 2012 at 5:59 am


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Laota Saenli, a close associate to Chang Chi-fu or Khun Sa, a late Burmese drug lord, has taunted the Thai government and Police Chief Police General Priewpan Damapong that there is no way the Thai authority will ever rid the country of narcotics. His words should be heeded with some reservation because he himself is a former drug suspect. Saenli, who has turned himself into a coffee plantation owner, has also disclosed that currently, there are three major drug cartels operating out of the Indochina region, which is known to be one of the largest narcotics production regions in the world.

Prior to this, there was a unsettling report that some drug cartels have joined hands with insurgent groups from southern Thailand, arm dealers along the border areas and other criminal organizations. On the other hand, Saenli's remark gives the authority a valuable insight on how to beat the drug trade. This actually gives us hopes that perhaps the drug cartels and the insurgents who rely on their financial support could all be wiped out at the same time.

Even if Saenli's comment holds any truth, it would be useless if the officials responsible just stand idly or neglected to act on it. In the past, the government has failed to take action on many issues despite having sufficient intelligence information and funding. The officials have often performed without any clear set of direction or objectives. More importantly, many of the country's problems nowadays have been tied to politics. Without political incentives to address them, some issues would simply continued to be swept under the proverbial rug.

Recently, the police drug raids are becoming a common sight. A massive quantity of narcotics has been seized. To some, this may seem like just a showy anti-narcotics stunt by the government aimed to win the public's approval. As long as the authority is still basking itself in the limelight for trivial drug busts instead of introducing more integrated anti-drug policy, the government will never truly triumph over the narcotics epidemic.

Failing to act on Saenli's words, the officials will not only lose an opportunity to utilize a valuable piece of information and waste resources needlessly, the drug dealers will also be amused by the government's futile anti-drug efforts.

Taken from Editorial Section, Kom Chad Leuk Newspaper, Page 4, March 29, 2012 Translated and Rewritten by Kongkrai Maksrivorawan

Please note that the views expressed in our "Analysis" segment are translated from local newspaper articles and do not reflect the views of the Thai-ASEAN News Network.

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