Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!
He s just not that into you
Sitting on his porch in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Otis Tucker cuts a lone figure on a street punctuated with large empty spaces - the shadows of homes lost to Hurricane Katrina. Tucker lives in the part of the Louisiana city most devastated by the powerful storm and its aftermath in 2005, when levees designed to protect the city from flooding failed. Many residents of the poor neighbourhood have struggled to return after fleeing Katrina. Lack of funds to come home and rebuild, coupled with developers swiftly moving in, and gentrification of this predominantly black, lower-income area, have left scars. Today, broken windows and overgrown weeds pepper abandoned homes, and the angry barking of a dog interrupts the silence. “There were families here, there were kids in the street playing football, and there were neighbours,” said Tucker, who was born and bred in the neighbourhood. “And that went away overnight. It just got washed away.” Since being … [Read more...] about ‘The water’s not going anywhere’
TURIN, Italy: Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League games as he struck twice for holders Real Madrid in a 3-0 win at Juventus in Tuesday's (Apr 3) quarter-final first leg. Real Madrid's Marcelo (right) celebrates with teammates Lucas Vazquez (centre) and Cristiano Ronaldo (left) after scoring a goal against Juventus during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match. (Alberto PIZZOLI/AFP) Ronaldo grabbed the opening goal in Turin after just three minutes and added a second on the hour with a sensational overhead bicycle kick, taking him to 14 goals in this season's competition. Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was sent off on 66 minutes before Ronaldo set up Marcelo to cap the rout and leave Real in complete control of the tie going into the second leg in Madrid on Apr 11. The 33-year-old Portugal star had shared the previous record with former Manchester United team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored in … [Read more...] about Ronaldo’s magic fires Real Madrid past 10 man Juventus
After making headlines when Forbes welcomed him into its world billionaires’ club with a net worth of $1.3 billion, Tran Dinh Long – Chairman of Hoa Phat Corporation, a private industrial production group specializing in steel, told reporters how he balances between work and family as well as tough decisions made along his way to the top. Upon learning that your name was on the 2018 list of Forbes’ world billionaires, what did you and your family think? We didn’t really mention anything about it, for me it’s just a title. As for my company, it will continue to function normally, with or without the title. What makes me happy is the fact that among the list was my name and Tran Ba Duong’s – Chairman of Truong Hai Auto Corporation. We are both representatives of two businesses working in industrial production. For a country with new and developing technologies like Vietnam, a billionaire in such an industry is bound to show up. However, even … [Read more...] about ‘What’s most important is you do your job well,’ Vietnam’s King of Steel on road to billionaire
Philippine attorney Jude Sabio says he hasn’t been home for a year, steers clear of public events and is forever looking over his shoulder after accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity. Sabio, a stocky 51 year-old, says he lives in constant fear of reprisals after filing a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the wildly popular Duterte, whose administration Filipinos rate as the best performing since opinion polls started in the 1980s. A little-known lawyer until he filed the complaint last April, Sabio argues that the deaths of thousands of Filipinos in a brutal war on drugs is Duterte’s method of controlling crime, and that he used the tactic effectively during his 22 years as the mayor of Davao City in the south of the country. Duterte has repeatedly denied ordering extra-judicial killings while mayor or president and reiterated this month that he would “gladly” go before the ICC. Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda … [Read more...] about Threatened and vilified, but Philippine lawyer says he wants ‘death squad president’ in court
Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States on Tuesday will kick off the sixth round of talks aimed at revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Montreal. The six days of talks come amid high trade tensions between Ottawa and Washington and as U.S. President Donald Trump insists Mexico will pay for the construction of a controversial wall along the U.S.'s southern border. Trump continues to blow hot and cold on the continental trade pact that he has threatened to repeal, and recently said in a Twitter message that "NAFTA is a bad joke." Outraged by huge anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier as well as its primary softwood lumber and newsprint exporters, Ottawa recently filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging widespread trade violations by its neighbor. The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is aiming for a repeat of past adjudications that went Canada's way to turn the … [Read more...] about NAFTA future iffy going into new round of negotiations
From Chicago’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry and You’re The Inspiration, to Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard hits I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing, to Celine Dion’s The Power Of Love and Because You Loved Me.He even co-produced that all-time favourite sentimental hit that, as time has proven, will never leave our radio airwaves: All-4-One’s I Swear.You could say the producer-songwriter-composer has had a good career – but that’s not something he’d be content with.“Paul Anka taught me: ‘Good is the enemy of great.’ That is so true,” said Foster. “For me, being good is so easy. I mean I’m not going to lie – I have 16 Grammys so I know I’m good. But good comes so easy for me that good is not enough … To be great is really difficult, but that’s what I try to do every day. I miss most days, but on the days when you hit greatness, that’s when you win a Grammy or have a … [Read more...] about Who’s the biggest star: Madonna, Whitney or Celine?
Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits. Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday that iPhone overuse could be hurting children's developing brains, an issue that may harm the company's long-term market value. But some investors said the habit-forming nature of gadgets and social media are one reason why companies like Apple, Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc added $630 billion to their market value in 2017. "We invest in things that are addictive," said Apple shareholder Ross Gerber, chief executive of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. He also owns stock in coffee retailer Starbucks Corp, casino-runner MGM Resorts International and alcohol-maker Constellation Brands Inc. "Addictive things are very profitable," Gerber added. Still, the … [Read more...] about IPhone addiction may be a virtue, not a vice for investors: analysis
The modern nation the world knows as Australia is barely 200 years old. Its short history has been sometimes violent and troubled. It is a history of invasion and imprisonment, of struggle and the search for equality. And, thankfully, it is a history that is still present and tangible today. It is etched across the country in the many buildings, parks, archaeological sites and environmentally protected regions that make up modern Australia and remind its people of where they come from. Australians embrace their heritage, with government working at all levels to preserve the memories good and bad, that make Australia today. And for good reason. In a message from his office, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Peter Garret says there is more at stake than just protecting the past. "Our heritage places and stories are increasingly recognized as an important driver of regional economies. Places on our National Heritage List are drawcards for domestic and international … [Read more...] about Australian heritage strategy protects more than just history
After more than 20 years of work, D. Nguyen Thuyet Phong was recently recognized by the US Government for his efforts to bring traditional Vietnamese music to the US, and thus enriching the country’s cultural heritage. Being born into a family with a tradition of being involved with music in the Mekong River Delta, Dr Phong began performing traditional Vietnamese music when he was just five. After graduating with a Doctorate in International Ethnic Musicology from the Sorbonne Academy in Paris in 1984, he next traveled to the US to teach Asian music at more than 20 universities, and later became a member of the US’ National Arts Council. In the US, he has visited all 50 states, and more than 40 universities, in order to teach the traditional ethnic music of many of the world’s nationalities, including that of Vietnam. His lectures have received special attention, because not only is he an expert in international ethnic music theory, but he can also play many … [Read more...] about Overseas Vietnamese Bringing Traditional Vietnamese Music to the U.S