The 45th anniversary of the Netherlands-Vietnam diplomatic ties has been held in The Hague, with the attendance of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Chairwoman Ngan participated in the ceremony after arriving in the Dutch city on Monday for her official visit to the European nation from March 26 to 28, the Vietnam News Agency reported. Speaking at the event, the Vietnamese legislator highlighted the continuous development of the two countries’ cooperation in all areas over the past 45 years. Vietnam and the Netherlands have become a strategic partner in major spheres including climate change response, water resources management, food safety, and sustainable development, she said. The Netherlands is affirming its role as Vietnam’s leading European investment and trade partner, with famous businesses such as Heineken, Damen, Unilever, Fiesland Campina, and Philips. Ngan hailed the contributions of Dutch businesses to Vietnam’s … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Netherlands mark 45 years of diplomatic relations
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Fort Worth, Texas' homicide detectives hope a 45-year-old letter will help solve an equally old homicide. The department said Friday detectives discovered the letter after revisiting the case file for the 1974 Carla Walker murder and shared it on social media with the hopes of reaching the author or someone who knows something about the letter. The redacted letter is apparently addressed to Fort Worth Police Detective Lt. Oliver Ball and appears to say "[redacted] kill Carla Walker in Benbrook." The letter also says, "P.S. It is hard to say but it is true." Walker was just 17 years old when she was abducted, held captive and eventually murdered in 1974. NBC 5 profiled the murder in 2017 during a series of cold case reports. Investigators said the abductor snatched the young woman from the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car in a bowling alley parking lot. Her boyfriend told police he was hit over the head and knocked unconscious. When he woke up, he said, Walker was gone. Walker's … [Read more...] about Police Hope 45-Year-Old Letter Will Help Solve Cold Case Murder
Wednesday marks the 112th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake and subsequent inferno that ravaged San Francisco and surrounding areas. More than 3,000 people are believed to have died and an estimated 28,000 buildings were wiped out as a result of the catastrophic events, according to research. The quake itself, which featured shaking lasting for some 45 to 60 seconds, was said to have been felt from as far away as Los Angeles, southern Oregon and central Nevada, according to the United States Geological Survey. "The California earthquake of April 18, 1906, ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time," according to the USGS. San Francisco city leaders and community members on Thursday gathered at 5:12 a.m. at Lotta's Fountain — one of the oldest monuments in the city by the bay and one-time gathering place for earthquake survivors — to remember the lives lost after the temblor struck. The ceremony at Lotta's Fountain took place at 5:12 a.m. … [Read more...] about 112 Years Later, SF Remembers Devastating 1906 Earthquake
MUHARRAM marks the start of Islamic New Year and is a key month in the Islamic calendar. But what exactly is Muharram and when did it get underway in 2018? What is Muharram? Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. In the Islamic calendar, Muharram is considered to be the second most sacred month, following Ramadan. The Quran states that Allah marked this time as a holy period. The word means "forbidden". Muharram contains the anniversary of the battle of Karbala, where Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussain ibn Ali was killed. Because of this, many Muslims use it as a period of prayer and reflection. They remember the massacre on the 10th day, Ashura, with some choosing to fast. When is Muharram in 2018? The dates differ each year as the Islamic and Gregorian calendars are not in sync. In 2018, Muharram will be observed from September 11 - October 9. Last year it began on September 21, and in 2016 it started on October 2. This happens because the Islamic … [Read more...] about When is Muharram 2018 and how is Islamic New Year celebrated?
Speaking at the event, Chairwoman of the Union of Friendship Organizations of Hanoi Nguyen Lan Huong, who is also head of the mass mobilization department of the Hanoi Party Committee, stressed that over the past 45 years, Vietnam and Japan have become important partners in various areas, including economy, culture, education and tourism. Since its elevation in March 2014, the bilateral relations have seen strong, comprehensive and practical progress, she added. At the event, participants had a chance to have a deeper look into forms of art of the two countries, including the Ikebana flower arrangement, the Origami paper folding and the Haiku poetry of Japan, and the mooncake making of Vietnam. VNA Related news Vietnam - Japan Exchange 2018 to deepen bilateral cooperation … [Read more...] about Cultural exchange event marks Vietnam – Japan relation anniversary