Ms. Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei (Source: kuulpeeps.com)The award was presented at a ceremony co-hosted by the UN Police Division of the Department of Peace-keeping Operations (DPKO) and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN. Ms. Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei, from the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Chief Superintendent of Police from the Ghana Police Service, was selected for the award as her policing work directly and positively impacted the community and the host state police in Jubaland, Somalia. “It is an honour to work for UNSOM, where I assisted in strengthening activities on gender and child related issues,” says UN Police Officer Osei. “I also support the police in Jubaland on issues of Justice and Human Rights,” she added. Ms. Phyllis Osei has three Master’s degrees: From Middlesex University in the UK, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the University of Ghana. The award aims to establish a role model for women … [Read more...] about Ghanaian Police officer honoured as Women Police for Peace
Suing the police for wrongful arrest
Bùi Xuân Quang (left) gets a public apology from local judicial body for wrongful conviction. — Photo baodongnai.comViet Nam News ĐỒNG NAI—Bùi Xuân Quang, a 44-year-old man in southern Đồng Nai Province’s Vĩnh Cửu District, who was wrongly convicted of robbery in 2015, got a public apology from the district’s People’s Procuracy on Monday. At a meeting held by the judicial body to announce the public apology, deputy head of the district’s People’s Procuracy Phạm Thị Mến apologised Quang and his family for the wrongful conviction and said the case was a lesson for judicial bodies. The People’s Procuracy was working with relevant agencies, lawyers and Quang to develop a proper compensation plan for the wrongful conviction, she said. In November 2015, police of Vĩnh Cửu District decided to prosecute Quang for the charge of stealing … [Read more...] about Man gets public apology for wrongful conviction
Officials to be disciplined for wrongful land saleThe Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The HCMC Department of Home Affairs will be in charge of mapping out a plan to discipline individuals, organizations and former officials involved in illegally selling some 5,000 square meters of land lots at 8-12 Le Duan Street in HCMC’s District 1, reported Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, quoting the head of the HCMC People's Committee Office Vo Van Hoan. At a press conference on October 1, Hoan said that after receiving first Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh’s final word on the case, the municipal government started mulling and taking disciplinary action against the related individuals. The government assigned the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to take back the land and put it up for auction, while the Department of Home Affairs is responsible for disciplining the related individuals, organizations and former officials who violated regulations on guiding and completing … [Read more...] about Officials to be disciplined for wrongful land sale
Viet Nam News A Vietnamese woman who duped the authorities in the United Kingdom claiming she was a 16-year-old child has been jailed, after police discovered she was in fact a grown woman. Duong Trinh was found hiding in the toilet when police and immigration officers in the town of Stoke raided a nail and beauty salon. She told officers she was 16 and was the victim of people trafficking. She also tried to claim asylum using the false details. Believing she was a child, Staffordshire County Council placed her in foster care at a cost of £500 (VND15,000,000) per week. It was only when the authorities in England received a tip-off, they contacted the Vietnamese Government and learned she was in born in 1994, making her 22 at the time. She’s now been jailed for eight months on charges of perverting the course of justice. Sending her to prison, Judge Paul Glenn said: “You were arrested and your immediate response was to lie. You gave a false name and date of … [Read more...] about Woman jailed in the UK for pretending to be a vulnerable child
Guitarist Henry Padovani (Source: Internet) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The original lead guitarist for the chart-topping British rock band 'The Police', Henry Padovani, will perform in Hanoi for five nights this week. His series of concerts, which will take place at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, is part of the Sofitel Fête de la musique celebration. The musician will perform at Thang Long Hall on June 23, presenting his own compositions, in French and English. The 90-minute will also include blues and classic rock songs and stories of his experiences with some of the most famous names in music. Also, from June 19 until June 22, Padovani will perform at Le Club Bar from 8pm to 9pm. Originally from Corsica, France, Padovani formed ‘The Police’ in 1976 with Sting and Stewart Copel as the original guitarist, before going on to perform with several other top artists. In 1980, Padovani formed his own group, The Flying Padovanis, while at the same time managing … [Read more...] about Guitarist of band ‘The Police’ to perform in Hanoi
VietNamNet Bridge - Twenty-one tons of coffee in Dak Nong province made of battery powder have been seized as ‘dirty coffee’. However, no one can define what ‘clean coffee’ means. According to Nguyen Viet Vinh, secretary general of the Vietnam Cocoa and Coffee Association (Vicofa), one of the hottest issues now is the absence of national standards for roasted coffee. As a result, roasters add non-coffee elements into real coffee and sell their products as ‘genuine coffee’. “The lack of national standards for roasted coffee places difficulties on agencies to control coffee quality in the market, while ‘mixed’ coffee is labeled as genuine coffee,” he commented. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set up two standards related to coffee processing. These include national standards for coffee processing units and national standards for coffee beans. In principle, coffee roasters must declare … [Read more...] about What is the standard for ‘safe roasted coffee’?
The CEO of Starbucks has apologised for an incident at one of the mammoth chain's Philadelphia cafes where two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend. Screengrab of a video posted by a Starbucks client showing several uniformed police officers handcuffing the two men and leading them out of the store. A video of the incident, posted on Thursday on Twitter, was viewed millions of times and drew widespread condemnation on social media. CEO Kevin Johnson, in a statement, expressed the company's "deepest apologies" to the men for what he said was the "reprehensible outcome" of the incident. Johnson said the company would investigate and "make any necessary changes" to avoid a recurrence. "Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling," he said. The video posted by a Starbucks client shows several uniformed police officers questioning and then handcuffing the two men, who offer no resistance. In the foreground, a white client objects to the scene, … [Read more...] about Starbucks CEO apologises for ‘reprehensible’ arrest of two black men
A former senior police official has been given an official warning by Vietnam's Communist Party for violations he committed at a housing project in Hanoi. Tran Quoc Cuong, deputy chief of Dak Lak Province's Party unit, was found to have allowed a subordinate to appropriate properties at the Ministry of Public Security's Dai Kim housing project during his time as deputy head of the ministry's General Intelligence Department and head of its Department of Politics and Logistics between 2009 and 2012. Vietnam's Communist Party has four modes of punishment for misconduct by official members: reprimand, warning, demotion and expulsion. In a statement, the Politburo, the Party's decision-making body, said Cuong had failed to fulfill his duties as head of the Dai Kim housing project's steering committee, resulting in multiple violations. Cuong also signed a deal with Viet Thai Company allowing it to mobilize private capital for the project, which did not fall within his department's … [Read more...] about Senior Vietnamese police official faces the music for housing project violations
Despite holding 95 per cent of Hung Thanh Co., Ltd., 577 Investment Corporation has refused responsibilities as Carina Plaza’s developer. Meanwhile, Hung Thanh Co., Ltd. has violated numerous regulations while establishing the management board of Carina Plaza, preparing the construction design, and maintaining the building’s fire prevention and fighting system. Over 15 cars and 150 motorbikes have been burnt in Carina Plaza fire Four days after the Carina Plaza fire, which killed 13 people and injured nearly 100, 577 Investment Corporation (NBB) has just sent a letter to the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC) and the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HSX) to explain its role in the project. In the letter, chairman of NBB Doan Tuong Trieu confirmed that Hung Thanh was the sole developer of Carina Plaza, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Construction’s decision approving the project. Accordingly, NBB is only a shareholder with 95 per … [Read more...] about Where lies the responsibility for the Carina Plaza fire?
(Cinet) – About Tens of thousands of books can be viewed by readers at the Book Fair entitled “Hanoi- the City for peace” which opened on September 26 at the Royal Citadel Heritage site (19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, HN). The book fair is hosted by the city Department of Information and Communications to celebrate the 60th Liberation Day of Ha Noi and the 15th year since Ha Noi received the title City for Peace from UNESCO. Forty five publishing houses from across the country occupy 112 booths with their latest publications including children's books, works by Vietnamese authors and translations at discounted prices. The book fair hosts seven book exhibitions, each with unique themes - Ha Noi's past and present, late President Ho Chi Minh in Ha Noi and some beautifully designed publications. Lectures with answer and question periods will be given throughout the festival. Well-known authors such as Do Phan, poet Vu Quan Phuong, 95-year-old cultural researcher Huu Ngoc … [Read more...] about Book fair “Hanoi – the City for peace” opens