For the first time in more than a quarter of a century, a British singer has topped the US R&B chart. Ella Mai, a 23-year-old from south London, went to number one on Thursday with Boo'd Up, a soulful infatuation anthem she first released last year. It makes her the first Brit to reach the summit since Lisa Stansfield hit number one with All Woman in 1992. "1992, before I was born," she tweeted after being told the news. "First in my lifetime. INSANE!" Fellow Brits Charli XCX, Paul McCartney and Kyla have recently appeared as featured artists on US R&B number ones, but Ella Mai is the first to reach the peak as a lead artist for 26 years. Boo'd Up, which originally featured on Ella Mai's six-song Ready EP last February, has had a slow rise to the top - receiving a recent boost when Nicki Minaj and Quavo jumped on a remix. But its success really started in San Francisco last December, when someone asked Bay Area DJ Big Von to play it in a club set. He hadn't heard the song … [Read more...] about Ella Mai is the first Brit to top the US R&B chart since 1992
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Reporter: Do you think that the photo “Napalm girl” and other photos you took depicting children hit by napalm bombs in Trang Bang changed your life forever?” Journalist-photographer Nick Ut Journalist-photographer Nick Ut: I took the “Napalm girl” photo when Phan Thi Kim Phuc (the girl in the photo) was just nine years old. After taking that photo, I brought Kim Phuc to the hospital and she was saved. It could be said that that historic photo changed my life and my career. The photo left deep impressions on the public in various countries. It helped boost the anti-war movement and encouraged people around the world to voice their aspirations for peace. The photo was posted on the front pages of a good number of known papers in the world and it won me the reputable US Pulitzer award in 1973. For years, Kim Phuc and I have kept in touch. We consider each other family members and share stories about our families and our lives. Reporter: … [Read more...] about Journalist-photographer Nick Ut: Truthfulness is the best policy
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
CapitaLand: Safety is the top priority Chen Lian Pang, CEO CapitaLand Vietnam Editor’s Note: The project to build D’Edge towers in Thao Dien Ward in District 2 got off ground last year. During its construction of the basement, several houses surrounding the construction site have been impacted. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam as the project owner, speaks about the problem and solutions to address it. Question: It is said that D’Edge construction site is eroding the foundations of neighboring houses. What is your opinion about the problem? Chen Lian Pang, CEO CapitaLand Vietnam: Human safety is our priority and we are working closely with local authorities and independent experts to solve the problem. This is a big concern as the matter may ruin our future and investment plan Vietnam. Currently, based on contractual terms between CapitaLand Thanh Nien as the developer and Tuan Le Company as the main contractor, the developer has handed over the … [Read more...] about CapitaLand: Safety is the top priority
Lewis Hamilton roared back to form and secured a stunning pole position for Sunday's (May 12) Spanish Grand Prix when he delivered a record-breaking qualifying lap on Saturday. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took a selfie on Saturday to celebrate pole position in the Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou) The defending four time world champion and current series leader broke the track lap record with a series of laps that culminated in him clocking 1:16.173, 0.040 seconds ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes locked up the front row of the grid. It was Hamilton's second pole this season, after the season-opening race in Australia, his third straight in Spain and the 74th of his career. It broke Sebastian Vettel's streak after three straight poles. German four-time champion Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari ahead of his team-mate 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Kevin Magnussen of Haas was … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton takes pole for the Spanish Grand Prix
Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?
VietNamNet Bridge - While Vietnamese believe that the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the only electricity retailer, sets high retail prices, international reports point out that the electricity price in Vietnam is lower than in other countries. The retail electricity price has increased by 6.08 percent Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017 commented that the price in Vietnam is relatively low compared with other regional countries. The report says the state is still indirectly subsidizing electricity production, so the electricity price doesn’t truly reflect production costs. Vietnam is pursuing a plan to gradually raise retail prices to help power generators, including EVN, cover expenses. The report said the power sector in Vietnam has been doing well with an electricity access rate ranking third in South East Asia and a low proportion of population (2 percent) having no power. Another report on Vietnam’s energy, the World Bank’s Electricity Tariffs, … [Read more...] about Is the electricity price in Vietnam too low or too high?
Nhân dân newspaper talked to some Vietnamese experts about the advantages of the digital economy in the course of applying the fourth industrial revolution. Nguyễn Bá Ân, secretary general of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement At present many countries in the region have carried out their digital strategy including Việt Nam. But China and Singapore are the two leading nations. In our country, an e-Government system was launched several years ago, but the national system still needs further improvements. More recently, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc signed a decree on advancing the campaign to bring Industry 4.0 to life. But I’m sorry to say there remain many things to be done. When we talk about the digital economy, for many Vietnamese, that economy seems alien. But in real life, the internet of things has penetrated all corners of our socio-economic life. The foundation for … [Read more...] about Digital economy is the future for Việt Nam
A passion for art together with a serious dedication to learning is the key to success.Le Thi Yen, a student at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music won the silver prize at the third ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur this year.Yen said that she began learning the electric organ when she was a 9 year-old student in Bac Ninh Province.Despite living in a small town lacking the opportunities for education in the arts, which exists in big cities, her parents were determined that their three oldest daughters would learn to play the organ.Yen said: "My parents are officers in the construction sector, which has no relation to art, but they themselves always encouraged us to pursue any art because they believe girls should learn art to diversify their lives."Yen and her two older sisters all ended up pursuing music, one studying in the Department of Criticism, Composition and Conducting, the other learning to play the electric piano and Yen dedicating herself to … [Read more...] about Passion for art is the key to success
The events bringing Thang Long-Hanoi’s 1,000th anniversary to a close yesterday unfolded smoothly as over 40,000 people packed in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square, with millions more watching on television nationwide, to hear the President’s address to the nation and assist to the closing parade.At 8 am a solemn torchlight procession started at the Ho Chi Minh Museum and ended at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as its sumptuous passage through the grand Staircase epitomized the strength of the Vietnamese nation.It was followed by the raising of the flag accompanied by the national anthem sung by 1,000 Hanoians and a 21-round gun salute.Amid the joyful atmosphere, President Nguyen Minh Triet offered his sincere thanks to Hanoians, Vietnamese at home and abroad and foreign friends, for their fine sentiments during the grand anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.In referring to Thang Long-Hanoi’s great history, the President said on Sunday: “From one thousand years ago to the … [Read more...] about Presidential wisdom seals celebrations’ grand finale