Only in the USA (and Canada) does the word "football" conjure a rather violent sport involving an oblong ball and heavily padded hulks colliding with great purpose and force. That's football, American style - not to be confused with Latin America's futbol or European football. World Cup, which has engrossed perhaps a billion fans around the world. This includes millions of new American fans, in part because of valiant, close-but-no-cigar efforts of USA goalie Tim Howard. The second is baseball, "the great American pastime" that is growing in popularity around the world. Why? One night I caught "Million Dollar Arm," a film inspired by the true story of a contest in which baseball scouts tried to find and train the best throwing talent in India. (Two javelin throwers scored minor league contracts.) While following my favorite pro teams, the Dodgers and Angels, I also checked Facebook for updates on the Hanoi Capitals under-12 youth team, which (I'm told) exhibited great heart playing … [Read more...] about Which is beautiful? Soccer, football or baseball?
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Talk Around Town (01-10-2006) Is it true love or just putting on a show? by Le Thu Ngan Apparently I've ascended to the age bracket that believes love is an expression held between the two people doing the actual loving - not a loud, expensive effort that is a show for the couple's peers. Two weeks have passed since love's labours let loose at the Ha Noi University of Technologies when a senior student named Quyet decided to bare all (and spend all) by buying enough roses to spell out "Dear Tr, Love you forever Tr, XXX" in red petals on the ground below his girlfriend's classroom. Seeing a young man so willing to put in the effort to make this type of private declaration has led the younger generation to fight back against attacks from elders that they are too material, and don't understand romance. In fact, entire blogs have been dedicated to the subject. "They scream, they shout everywhere. [The sound] may be strong enough to crumble the new library. Some professors left their … [Read more...] about Is it true love or just putting on a show?
Travellers Notes (28-03-2008) Strong euro, weak dollar decide tour preferences Many Vietnamese tourists are choosing to visit the US instead of Europe after the dong weakened against the euro but strengthened against the dollar. Tran Thuy Dung, deputy director of Carnival Travel agency, says though it is now the high tourist season in Europe, with a number of spring festivals taking place there, the number of clients booking tours to the continent has been low. Clients are carefully considering whether to travel to Europe since the prices are set in euro instead of the dollar. The European currency has strengthened from VND23,600 at the beginning of the year to VND24,800 recently. With the greenback falling well below VND16,000, US tours are becoming very popular. The HCM City-based Hoan My travel agency has stopped bookings for tours departing in April despite doubling capacity by operating four instead of two monthly tours. According to Hoan My, 85 per cent of people booking tours to … [Read more...] about Strong euro, weak dollar decide tour preferences
(CPV) – “Binh Duong club is a really strong rival”, former famous Romanian football player Dan Petrescu, who used to play for Chelsea and is now head coach of China’s Jiangsu club, said before the match in Group E of AFC Champions League 2016 on February 23rd. Working for Jiangsu since last July, he is now the “hottest man” since convincing club’s leaders to pay hundreds of millions of USD for stars from Europe, such as halfback Ramires from Chelsea, Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk or striker Jo, a former player of Manchester City club. Photo: thethaovanhoa.vn “Binh Duong is the champion of V-league, had competed at AFC Champions League for years. So, it is a really strong rival for us. Neglect will kill us. Of course, Jiangsu’s target is a victory. However, Binh Duong is to play in the hosting stadium, thus creating a lot of pressure”, he said during a press briefing on February 22nd, in Binh Duong province. By adding … [Read more...] about Coach Dan Petrescu: Binh Duong club is a really strong rival
HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung has asked the national radio station the Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) to uphold its role as a bridge connecting the Party and the State with the people. Hung made the request at the VOV's 65th founding anniversary celebration in Ha Noi yesterday. The Deputy Prime Minister commended the VOV on its timely provision of information regarding Party and State's policies and its encouragement of the people and the armed forces during the wars against French colonialists and US aggressors. As the country launched renewal efforts, the national radio station has also constantly reformed itself and maintained its key role in Viet Nam's revolutionary press system, he said. VOV General Director Vu Van Hien said the radio station now broadcasts on five channels to cater to the needs and interests of different target listeners. Every day, the VOV airs 200 different programmes during its 200 hours of total broadcast time. Its VOV5 channel is dedicated … [Read more...] about Voice of Viet Nam is still going strong at 65
TuoiTreNews received this article from Dr. Kim Huynh, a lecturer and researcher at the Australian National University. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of Kim Huynh and Tran Hoang Tuan, a freelance writer and translator, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TuoiTreNews. Stan lived on the top floor of my apartment building in Vietnam and was, without a doubt, a very impressive individual. He was tall and fit, had lived in many countries and was a highly regarded doctor and manager. Stan had not come to Vietnam to make money; but rather, to help the Vietnamese, and was therefore in very high demand. While he was successful at work, Stan was often frustrated when he returned to his apartment. A putrid smell emanated from the drain in his bathtub, the air conditioner was constantly malfunctioning and he was never able to receive BBC World on his television. Most of us in the apartment complex encountered similar issues, but had long given up trying to do … [Read more...] about Who is more civilized: Vietnamese or Westerners?
TuoiTreNews continues to publish Part 2 of an article submitted by Dr. Kim Huynh, a lecturer and researcher at the Australian National University. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of Kim Huynh and Tran Hoang Tuan, a freelance writer and translator, and do not necessarily reflect the position of TuoiTreNews. Karaoke Mr Stan's Argument My greatest fear in Vietnam is going on a business trip or attending a conference and being invited - or should I say 'commanded' - to sing karaoke. It is even worse when excessive amounts of vodka, cognac and call girls are involved. It is not that I do not like music, quite this opposite. The problem is that karaoke, even when it is done competently, is not really music. It is, like glamour photography, inauthentic and kitsch. This notion of 'kitsch' seems to be unfamiliar to many Vietnamese, but is very prominent in the West. Singing karaoke is kitsch because it is about pretending to be a star rather than developing the skills and … [Read more...] about Who is more civilized: Vietnamese or Westerners? (cont)
One year after joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Vietnam has reached an economic growth rate of between 8-8.5 percent, the highest in the past ten years. Economic growth hits 10-year record high Vietnam is right on track to develop its economy, which is demonstrated through the growth of key sectors such as industry, trade and services. Positive results have been achieved in economic restructuring as proportion of GDP of the industry-construction sector increased from 41.31 percent to 41.48 percent and the service sector, from 38.25 percent to 38.44 percent. Many policies have been reformed without any discriminatory treatment between domestic and foreign businesses and between State-run and private businesses. Notably, subsidies for State-run enterprise have been reduced. Thanks to significant improvements in investment policies, the business environment and opening up the market under its commitments to the WTO, the FDI registered capital reached US$15 billion by December, … [Read more...] about Vietnam after one year of integration: Strong and weak
Even during droughts like the one that swept across Zimbabwe last year, Isaac Siziba and his wife Khumutso had food. Their annual harvest did not consist of water-dependent crops, but of goats. "Goats are easy to breed and reproduce fast, even in the worst environment, but with good management perform better and give income quickly," Siziba said as he stroked a prized Boer ram in his goat pen in Bolobelo village in Gwanda district. "When I need to buy something or cover some expenses at home, I can easily sell a few goats," the 49-year-old farmer added. "We pay for food, school fees and cover our debts with income from goats." To Siziba, debate among experts about the sustainability of livestock farming – which is criticised by some for its huge environmental "hoofprint" – seems detached from the practicalities of life in Gwanda. The district, some 150km (90 miles) south of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second major city, is located in Matabeleland South province which has a history … [Read more...] about As climate change gathers pace, is livestock a problem or solution?
Vietnam Supporting Industries: Strong and Weak in Combination The Vietnamese garment and textile industry is only strong in the sewing stage, while being weak in other stages like spinning, weaving and dyeing. Meanwhile, the automotive supporting industry is weak, while the localisation rate of the motorbike industry has risen to 97 per cent. Strong in sewing, weak in spinning, weaving, dyeing Mr Le Tien Truong, General Director of the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), said that Vietnam's garment and textile is strong only in sewing but weak in remaining stages as spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing. Vietnam’s auxiliary industries are currently entangled with so-called bottlenecks when 80 per cent of fabrics is imported from foreign nations. Locally made components used in the garment and textile industry are low value items such as buttons, threads, zips, elastic bandages and tapes. High value items like yarn, chemicals, dyes and cloth are imported. … [Read more...] about Vietnam Supporting Industries: Strong and Weak in Combination