Viet Nam News By Robert Bicknell As mentioned last week, my demise was prematurely reported by some and generated a few complaints to the newspaper. For once, these were "good" complaints instead of the usual "you suck" types. One of the problems with writing for a newspaper, as opposed to being in front of a live audience, or being on-line, is that you are really not sure how much of the audience you reach and their reactions. While I would like to think that my wit and insight are what drives the sales of my column, the truth is that, when cut out properly, it fits nicely at the bottom of a birdcage and usually encourages "free drops" among the avians. For the record, two columns side by side fit nicely in a cat litter box with the same result. Yes, I am contributing to the health of family pets… There was a report a few years back of a gentleman at Hoàn Kiếm Lake being dive-bombed by pigeons while reading my column on a bench, but I am sure this is only a coincidence as there … [Read more...] about Do clubs actually make a big difference in your game?
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Viet Nam News by Bạch Liên Wiping the sweat off her face, Dorothy Hood grabbed some water bottles and invited the group working on a new house to drink. The scorching 36 degree sunshine in Phú Thọ province last week tired the 76 year old woman from New Zealand. But she and her husband 79-year-old Colin Hood kept smiling and eagerly talked about the home that they and their Habitat for Humaity team are building for a disadvantaged family in Phú Thọ's Tam Nông district. "I am always glad experience another culture, to meet and talk with local people. I'm very interested in knowing about the real life of Vietnamese people," Dorothy Hood said. The couple was among 210 international volunteers who flew to Việt Nam from different countries in the world, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong. They spent a week building 20 houses for poor communties in two coummunes: Hương Nha and Xuân Quang, both in the province's Tam Nông district. The project is … [Read more...] about Global volunteers build 20 habitats for poor VN families
"Hamilton", the pop culture phenomenon based on U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton swept the Tonys on Sunday, winning 11 of Broadway's top awards including best musical, best actor, best direction and best score and book for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. "Hamilton", which tells the story of the ill-fated Hamilton with a deft musical melding of hip-hop and rap, R&B, ballads and traditional Broadway showstoppers, also won for featured actress and actor and several technical awards. A somber note was cast over the festivities by the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlanda, Florida early on Sunday that killed 50 people and injured 53 others, and several winners spoke of the tragedy in their acceptance speeches. Winning her first Tony as morphine-addicted Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night, Jessica Lange said the honor "fills me with such happiness, even on such a sad day as this." Host James Corden opened the usually ebullient show with a statement to victims and others … [Read more...] about Smash hit ‘Hamilton’ sweeps Tonys with 11 wins; Lange, Langella, ‘The Humans’ win big
PANO – The People’s Army Newspaper, in association with the Department of Information and Training, the Army Radio-Television Center, and the Military Youth Committee, held a seminar themed "Joining hands to build a socialist rule-of-law state", on April 28th in Hanoi. Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper, Senior Colonel Dinh Quang Tuan, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Training, Senior Colonel Pham Quoc Huy, Deputy Director of the Army Radio-Television Center, and Colonel Dinh Quoc Hung, Head of the Military Youth Committee, co-chaired the seminar. Present at the event were professors, experts, and representatives from offices of the National Assembly, State, the Vietnam Fatherland Front, leaders of localities, veteran voters, young voters, and voters in action in border areas, at sea and on islands. All participants commended the organisers’ efforts to host an important national-level event. … [Read more...] about Whole nation ready for the big day
A range of different activities will take place in provinces and cities around the country from March 16th to 22nd to celebrate the International Day of Happiness (March 20th) under the theme "Love and Share". These activities include mass weddings for young couples in big cities and celebrations to thank elderly couples that have made great contribution to national construction and defence. In addition, various paintings, photo exhibitions, music and poetry shows will be held alongside workshops on individual happiness, as well as happiness within the family, community, workplace and school. Especially, the exhibition on happiness will open at the Womens Cultural House in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17th. An art performance entitled "Happiness songs" will take place in Ho Chi Minh in the evening of March 19th, promising to bring audiences significant gifts./. … [Read more...] about Diverse activities to celebrate International Day of Happiness