Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) performs in 2015. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News STOCKHOLM — Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, who died last month aged 28, is to be buried "privately" with only his closest relatives and friends present, his family said on Tuesday. The musician, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, the capital of the Gulf sultanate Oman, where he had been on holiday with friends. In a statement, his family confirmed that "the funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim", without specifying the date or location. The family said in an open letter last month that Avicii "wanted peace" and "could not go on any longer". "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness," they wrote in the letter, seen by AFP. Avicii had made no secret of his health problems, including pancreatitis, triggered in part by excessive drinking linked to his party … [Read more...] about DJ Avicii’s funeral to be ’private’: family
Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — Former US first lady Barbara Bush died on Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics. Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years, and the widower "of course is heart-broken to lose his beloved Barbara," his chief of staff Jean Becker said in a statement. "He held her hand all day today and was at her side when (she) left this good Earth." The ex-president, who is 93 and has been in ill health in recent years, is "determined to be there" for his family while in mourning, Becker added. Funeral arrangements were due to be announced soon for Barbara Bush, who was also survived by five of her children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and her brother, Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Robin, who died of leukemia as a toddler. In honor of Bush’s life, President Donald Trump ordered … [Read more...] about Former US first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92: family
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
A number of men, including some married to Vietnamese women, shared their thoughts on women and their role in the family with Tuoi Tre News on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8. Women are to be cherished and loved My Vietnamese wife and I have been married for 3 years. In my opinion, the wife plays an equally important role in the family as her husband. She provides a soft loving touch while the husband generally handles the more physically demanding work and major issues such as property and finance. My eleven-month-old baby cries for my wife when he's hungry or not feeling well. He comes to me when he wants to play. This shows me that babies also know the roles of their parents. I believe that women should be treated equally to men. They should be free to pursue their interest and goals. Why should a very capable woman be confined to her house? With better education, job opportunities, and greater financial freedom, the role of Asian women is beginning to … [Read more...] about Women are the foundation for a strong family
As the Lunar New Year approaches, the old ABBA song “Happy New Year!” is played again and again, almost in a loop, by radio stations and city shops in and around Hanoi. Elsewhere in the world the Swedish band ABBA has become a distant memory, vaguely remembered as a cheerful and slightly tacky group whose music was very successful… but not particularly inspiring. However, Hanoians of all ages know the song. And most of them love it! In fact, ABBA’s “Happy New Year!” is probably the most spirited and revered song of Vietnam after "Tiến Quân Ca", the epic national anthem written and composed by Văn Cao in 1944. How it came to be seen that way is very telling about the history of Hanoi. Back in the 1980s, in the middle of the subsidy period, Vietnam was mostly closed to the outside world. The only links with foreign countries were with brotherly nations in the Soviet Bloc. Foreigners were rare in Hanoi. There were just a few Russians … [Read more...] about ‘Happy New Year!’, with a bittersweet smile
The 23rd day of the last month of every lunar year is when the Kitchen Gods return to Heaven to report to the Jade Emperor what happened on earth during the year. On this day, Vietnamese families prepare a feast to worship their ancestors and teach their offspring to do good deeds. For most Vietnamese, Tet (Lunar New Year) festival has actually begun with the “Ong Cong - Ong Tao” (or Land Genie and Kitchen Gods) ceremony on the 23rd of the last month of the lunar year, which falls on February 8 this year. On this day, every family is busy staging a farewell ceremony for the Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods on their yearly visit of Heaven. As the legend goes, the Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods will ride carps to Heaven on the day to deliver an annual report on the household’s activities to the God of Heaven. Special offerings are made for the Land Genie and Kitchen Gods ceremony. Among other things, feasts and golden carps are indispensable. “My … [Read more...] about Vietnamese families worship Kitchen’s Gods
The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in the Cuc Phuong National Park is run by enthusiastic experts who have overcome many problems over the past 20 years. A bright morning and the sun sends fragile rays through layers of leaves in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh. The twittering of birds and chattering monkeys is a natural alarm for staff at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC). In the family: Hien (left) and Tilo have nurtured their happiness at the centre (Courtesy Photo of the family) Two attendants slowly walk on the path between the trees and cages of primates that need special cares. They talk about the monkeys they put geographical positioning rings on. They will release them back into the wild in few days. For the past 20 years, Nguyen Thi Thu Hien and Tilo Nadler have enjoyed the start of each day walking round the centre. Nadler first went to Cuc Phuong in 1991 to make a report for German TV on Delacour’s … [Read more...] about Amazing family saves primates
Leading the CMC and MND mission, Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Director of the GDP, commended Divisions 367 and 370 under the Air Defense-Air Force Service for their all-out efforts to fulfil their 2017 missions. Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong (left) meeting with troops of Division 367. Gen. Cuong noted that divisions should embrace their functions and missions as well as local developments while improving training and combat readiness ability as well as master assigned weapons and equipment. They were also requested to embrace and effectively realize resolutions of higher levels in Party building, manage and make planning on cadres closely, precisely, objectively and democratically and handle violation cases strictly. As the Lunar New Year festival is coming, Gen. Cuong asked the units to manage closely troops’ thoughts, pay due attention to their daily lives and organize a joyful, safe and economical Tet with high maintenance of combat … [Read more...] about Military units to ensure happy Tet for troops
“Family is rice with fish sauce”; “Family is a loving mother”; “Family is the baby’s cries”; “Family is Ipad”, “Family is being scolded”. Those are some of the thousand thoughts of pupils from grade 4 to 6 collected by Nguyen Huong Linh, La Thanh Ha, Nguyen Thi Ha Lan, Duong Thuy Ly, and Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram during their journey to 7 Vietnamese provinces. Sharing an interest in social work, the five girls started a non-profit project called “Every family is great” last October. The project aims to provide children with perspectives on differences and variety of families. Huong Linh, one of the founders, said the topic of family was inspired by her own childhood. “My parents separated when I was in grade 4, but neither of them gave me any explanation of the situation,” Linh said, “I felt hurt for a very long time until I grew up and figured it out by myself. Then I realized … [Read more...] about Every family is great!
He is a reclusive hedge fund billionaire who made a fortune using complicated algorithms to bet on things other people could not see. One of his gambles was on Donald Trump. And his backing of the long-shot presidential candidate has made Robert "Bob" Mercer, the former co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, the top powerbroker in Republican politics today. The Mercer family is not nearly as well known as the industrialist Koch brothers or the Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson when it comes to supporting right-wing causes in the United States. And they are more than happy to keep it that way. Mercer, 71, who worked as a computer scientist at IBM before joining Long Island-based Renaissance Technologies, has always shunned the limelight. According to numerous accounts, Mercer is socially awkward and intensely private. He is described in Michael Wolff's bombshell new book "Fire and Fury" as "almost nonverbal, looking at you with a dead stare and either not talking or offering only … [Read more...] about Republican powerbrokers: the private Mercer family that bets on Trump