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Nigerian man sentenced to death for transporting drugs to Vietnam



Ekwegbalu James Nzube at the court – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The People’s Court of the southern province of Tay Ninh on March 2 handed down the death penalty to Ekwegbalu James Nzube, a 45-year-old Nigerian man, for transporting nearly 4kg of drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Before the arrest, Nzube stayed at Hoa Hong Hotel on To Ky Street, Trung My Tay Ward, District 12, HCMC.

According to the indictment, Nzube was caught illegally entering Vietnam from Cambodia by border guards at border marker No. 170/3 in Loi Thuan Commune, Ben Cau District, at around 8 p.m. on July 30, 2020.

The border guards found four packages containing nearly 4kg of drugs in his luggage, which were later identified as Methamphetamine.

Nzube said he met another Nigerian man named Johe in Guangzhou, China, in 2014, who hired him to transport the drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Nzube arrived at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport on March 13, 2020. He received a phone call from Johe on July 23 and agreed to transport the drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam for US$2,000.

Four days later, he took a taxi from HCMC to the Moc Bai International Border Gate in Tay Ninh Province and walked to Cambodia.

On July 29, he received four packages of drugs and US$1,100 from an unidentified man and was arrested while returning to Vietnam on July 30.



Đà Nẵng pushes ahead with reception of overseas Vietnamese



A view of Đà Nẵng International Airport. — Photo

ĐÀ NẴNG — The Đà Nẵng People’s Committee on Thursday issued a document on the reception and quarantine of overseas Vietnamese citizens coming to the central city.

To ensure coordination in the reception of overseas Vietnamese entering the city via Đà Nẵng International Airport and in self-paid quarantine at local hotels, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Lê Trung Chinh requested that from April 14 through May 31, relevant agencies only receive and provide health quarantine for overseas Vietnamese citizens coming to the central city on flights organised by enterprises that have quarantine plans approved by authorities.

Chinh also told competent agencies to continue receiving and quarantining foreign experts and diplomatic and official passport holders in line with regulations.

Passengers from foreign destinations arriving at Đà Nẵng International Airport must undergo quarantine at local military-managed facilities or quarantine sites in other provinces and cities.

After May 31, if there are more than two flights from foreign destinations per week, the Health Department will propose quarantine plans to the municipal People’s Committee, according to the city mayor.

As of Thursday morning, the COVID-19 infection tally in Việt Nam stood at 2,737, including 2,445 recoveries and 35 deaths. A total 38,743 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or came from foreign pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined across the country, according to the Ministry of Health. —


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Forum to discuss education amid COVID-19




Online Education during COVID-19 and Beyond is funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government. Photo courtesy of the organising board

HÀ NỘI — Academics from the ten ASEAN countries will discuss the challenges they have faced delivering online teaching during COVID-19 through an international online education hosted by Australia’s University of Tasmania in June and September.

The project, entitled ‘Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education during COVID-19 and Beyond’, is funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian government.

It is led by a research team including Dr Vinh To, Professor Victoria Carrington, Professor Sharon Fraser and Professor Monica Cuskelly in the School of Education at the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Through a series of webinars and interviews, academics from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Việt Nam will discuss the mutual benefits of engaging in an academics forum to enhance online teaching in higher education in both Australian and Southeast Asian contexts.

The leader of the project, Dr Vinh To, a Vietnamese-Australian academic at the University of Tasmania, said: “Having a deep connection with Việt Nam made me more aware of my responsibility to make contributions to the Southeast Asian region.”

“COVID-19 required the majority of academics in Southeast Asia to move to online education for the first time. This was challenging in the many cases where all previous experience had been in traditional face-to-face teaching. This project aims to help improve participating ASEAN academics’ knowledge and skills to teach online,” she said.

Academics from the University of Tasmania and selected universities in Southeast Asia will be invited to share examples of high-quality online teaching practice in various disciplines.

“The project also aims to support the Australian government’s international relations policy and the Australia-ASEAN Council’s people-to-people links objective, especially during COVID-19, by establishing and fostering the multilateral relationship between academics and institutions in Southeast Asia and Australia for ongoing partnership and collaboration,” Dr To said.

The project will begin in June this year, with rounds of webinars taking place in June and September. The webinars will be available to 300 academics or more and lecturers in the focus disciplines in Việt Nam and other Southeast Asian countries are invited to register at

Registration will be closed by April 30. —


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Deputy PM asks Health Ministry to submit Covid-19 vaccine import plan



A medical worker of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases is injected with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Ministry of Health to quickly submit a detailed plan on importing Covid-19 vaccines – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Ministry of Health to quickly submit a detailed plan over importing Covid-19 vaccines from other countries.

At a meeting of the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control on April 14, Deputy PM Dam, who is also head of the steering committee, said the Covid-19 vaccine import plan must be in line with a decision of the Politburo and a resolution of the Government.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment will appraise the Ministry of Health’s plan and submit it to the Government.

According to a representative of the Ministry of Health, Astra Zeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine has proven to be safe, so the ministry will accelerate the vaccination for priority residents as stated in the Government’s Resolution 21.

Covid-19 vaccines in the world are insufficient and countries are in a fierce race to buy them. Therefore, Vietnam must strive to secure them early.

As for the human trial of locally-produced Covid-19 vaccines, Professor Dr Do Quyet, director of the Vietnam Military Medical University, said that the sampling of volunteers for the second phase of the human trial of Nano Covax had been completed.

The Vietnam Military Medical University is expected to report the results of the second phase to the Ministry of Health and the research ethics committee in early May and will conduct the third phase later.

Quyet also noted that among the 554 volunteers, some had developed symptoms of mild fever, pain where the injection was given and fatigue but did not need medical treatment. Their health conditions are stable, proving that Nano Covax is safe and produces a strong immune response.

He called on agencies to provide further support for the study and production of local Covid-19 vaccines.

According to the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control, producers will be facilitated to conduct the trial of Covid-19 vaccines and they should prepare production plans if the trial is successful.

The Ministries of Health, Public Security and National Defense proposed continuing to control those entering Vietnam as the pandemic remains complicated in the world.


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