Viet Nam News By Hoàng Hồ After an incredible fight, actress Mai Phương, who has been receiving special treatment for aggressive lung cancer, has been discharged from Military Hospital 175 into the loving arms of friends, family, fans and colleagues. Although the battle against cancer is not over, with Phương facing many more hospital visits and follow-up appointments, her journey has been remarkable and inspirational. Since the first days of her treatment, the hospital has welcomed visits from many celebrities to help and encourage Phương. With continuous updates on the media and thousands of messages from fans on Facebook around Việt Nam, everything seemed to be going well, until actor Gia Bảo – a close friend of Phương’s, spoke up and caused some ripples. “If you don’t have a close relationship with the patient, you can just help by offering messages of … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?
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Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Award-winning ratings smash The Big Bang Theory will end with the finale of its 12th season in May next year, CBS said yesterday, lavishing praise on the long-running comedy. Focusing on a highly intelligent but socially-awkward professor and his group of scientist friends, Big Bang was the biggest comedy ratings draw on broadcast television for years, winning 10 Emmys. "We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons," CBS said in a statement released jointly with producers Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions. "We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close." The show – which will end its 12-year run on 279 episodes – is a rare example of a long-running hit TV series that has managed to retain its … [Read more...] about Next season of ”Big Bang Theory” to be its last
VietNamNet Bridge - ROBO Café, the first café in Hanoi where visitors were served by a robot named Mortar, no longer exists. Customers drink coffee and fish swim below The robotic coffee shop attracted a large number of customers with a robot serving drinks to the tables. The robot was controlled by a touchscreen. It used a battery and moved along a metal line on the floor. But it shut down just after six months of operation. The temperature inside Ice Coffee is always at minus 10oC. Visitors to the café these days have to wear coats to keep warm, while Hanoians suffer from the summer heat with the outdoor temperature reaching 40oC. However, ROBO had to compete with hundreds of other cafes. RELATED NEWS Hanoi's icy coffee shop proves popular during heat wave Amazing coffee shops in Saigon Mai Chi … [Read more...] about Ice, robot, reptile cafes: how long can they last?
Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy Now it’s time to get down to business. The domestic leagues around Europe kick off in few weeks’ time and my eyes will be firmly focused on all things Premier League. Clubs in England have been splashing the cash like there’s no tomorrow. And this year’s big spenders, so far, have been my team, Liverpool. Including the acquisition of Virgil van Dijk (£75m) and Naby Keita (£54m) back in January, Liverpool have so far spent a small fortune in 2018, adding Fabinho (£40.5m), Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m) and Alisson (£67m) to their squad. That’s a total of £250m or VNĐ7.6 trillion. So what does that mean for a team that finished fourth last season and haven’t won a major trophy in far too many years? Is it all or bust for manager Jurgen Klopp? If he doesn’t bring silverware back to Anfield come May, will Klopp get the chop? Many feel this is last chance saloon for the German who has … [Read more...] about Is it last chance saloon for Klopp?
One morning in April, an organ donor was brought into an operating room in Hanoi, all alone. Not long after, the recipient was brought in, with a whole family waiting outside, and a man in suit. By the afternoon, the kidney had been successfully transfered from the donor to the recipient. The man in the suit received a load of cash from the recipient’s family, and off he went. For doctors and nurses, the long hours just meant another to hundreds of operations they perform, but for the poor family waiting outside, they had just spent every penny they had on a kidney for their son. The son, Binh*, is a 24-year-old engineer. On the verge of losing a bright future at such a young age due to chronic kidney disease, Binh made the call himself to buy a healthy kidney from the black market. He wanted to leave the chapter of hemodialysis behind. Days of needles For the past five months, Binh had been on hemodialysis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Two large needles were laid out … [Read more...] about For kidney patients in Vietnam, it is either hemodialysis or organ black market
U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would reconsider joining the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, if it were a “substantially better” deal than the one offered to President Barack Obama. Here is a look at the state of play in the negotiations and the conditions needed to be in place for the United States to join an agreement Trump scrapped as soon as he took office. What are the TPP and CPTPP? The original 12-member agreement was known as the TPP. It was a signature trade policy of Obama, but he was unable to secure Congressional support for the deal. It was thrown into limbo when Trump withdrew from the deal three days after his inauguration in January 2017, a move he said was aimed at protecting U.S. jobs. Following the U.S. withdrawal, the remaining 11 countries renegotiated parts of the TPP, removing some of Washington’s demands. In March, they signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership … [Read more...] about Trump says US could rejoin TPP if deal improved. How hard would it be?
Ngan had a meeting with her Bulgarian counterpart Tsveta Karayancheva on March 25 in Geneva, Switzerland on the sidelines of the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) and her Bulgarian counterpart Tsveta Karayancheva The Vietnamese top legislator noted that Vietnam and Bulgaria have shared sound long-standing traditional friendship, stressing that Vietnamese people always keep in their mind the effective support that Bulgarian people have given to Vietnam in the past struggle for liberation as well as current national construction. She highlighted progress in bilateral ties over the past years, especially in politics and diplomacy, expressing her hope that the two sides will continue increasing the exchange of high-level delegations of sectors, localities as well as parliament agencies to seek specific measures to boost bilateral partnership in all fields. She noted that although two-way trade reached nearly 110 million USD in … [Read more...] about Vietnam NA does its best for stronger Vietnam-Bulgaria ties
NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) meets her Bulgarian counterpart Tsveta Karayancheva on the sidelines of the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland (Photo: VNA) Geneva (VNA) – The National Assembly of Vietnam always supports government-to-government cooperation and will do its best to elevate bilateral ties with Bulgaria to the next level for a productive trade partnership, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. Ngan had a meeting with her Bulgarian counterpart Tsveta Karayancheva on March 25 in Geneva, Switzerland on the sidelines of the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly. The Vietnamese top legislator noted that Vietnam and Bulgaria have shared sound long-standing traditional friendship, stressing that Vietnamese people always keep in their mind the effective support that Bulgarian people have given to Vietnam in the past struggle for liberation as well as current national construction. She highlighted progress in … [Read more...] about Vietnam NA does its best for stronger ties with Bulgaria
Despite its abundance and rich history, Vietnamese literature is still unfamiliar to most foreign readers. The problem lies not with the quality of the country’s literary works or a lack of prolific authors, however. Instead, experts say Vietnam simply needs to launch a better marketing campaign to introduce the world to its diverse collection of writing.A group of translators, writers and scholars made the suggestion during a recent conference on boosting Vietnamese literature abroad. A hidden treasureConference participants said that for half a century, efforts have been made to present Vietnamese literature to foreigners, but only a small number of books have actually been introduced to other countries. Such works include translated versions of famous books like Ho Chi Minh’s prison diaries; a collection of novels by authors To Hoai and Nam Cao; and poetry by Ho Xuan Huong, Nguyen Binh, Che Lan Vien, and Nguyen Dinh Thi. Of these, however, only a small number … [Read more...] about How Vietnam can boost its books abroad
The celebration of Hung Kings’ death anniversary in 2010 will last 10 days, from April 14-23. The incense offering ceremony will be held on April 23 (the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month). The northern Phu Tho provincial People’s Committee announced activities during the Hung King death’s anniversary and Hung temple festival 2010. Activities including a contest on traditional cake making, an exchange on folklore among regions, art performances and an exhibition will be held during the festival. In addition, a special art performance to welcome the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long Hanoi will be held. Source: Cpv … [Read more...] about Hung Kings’ death anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi to last 10 days