Hải Đăng is helped with attaching his new robotic arm. — Photo tuoitre.vnViet Nam News Trần Mai & Ngọc Hiển HÀ NỘI — On a sunny day at the beginning of November, Võ Thị Hồng Vân and her son travel the familiar road from the southern province of Đồng Nai to HCM City to receive treatment for the young boy’s cancer. On this particular day, they are full of joy. Cancer destroyed the childhood and left hand of Vân’s son - Hải Đăng. The name which means lighthouse makes people think of hope. He’s now 13 years old and a pupil at the Hòa Hưng Junior Secondary School in Long Thành District, the southern province of Đồng Nai. Now many benefactors have helped make Đăng’s dream of having a robot arm a reality. “Will my arm be cut?” Vân and Đăng came to HCM City for the first time at the … [Read more...] about A robot arm dream turned into reality
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — A project has been launched recently by Bức Tường (The Wall) band and Việt Nam Cable Television to encourage youths to join the rock music scene in Việt Nam. The project will have three main events including a Bức Tường cover contest, a rock music tour and rock opera performance from now until next March. The contest is the first rock cover contest in Việt Nam, according to the organisers. "Bức Tường cover contest will be held aiming to keep the flame of rock which is lit by Bức Tường," said the project co-ordinator Bông Mai at a recent press conference. Founded in March 1995 and consisting of five students of the Hà Nội University of Construction, Bức Tường quickly achieved success, becoming arguably Việt Nam’s most popular rock group. A year after forming, the band became popular among young people with a hit … [Read more...] about Music project to rock youth
Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet 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 … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?
Viet Nam News DETROIT — Fans paid their respects en masse Tuesday to US music icon and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket while dressed in a red dress and matching stilettos in Detroit. The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made her one of America’s most celebrated artists. Thousands of people are expected to bid her farewell at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday, at her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday and a star-studded funeral on Friday. White-gloved, sharp-suited pallbearers escorted her casket into the museum for the first of two days of 9:00 am to 9:00 pm viewing, where she lay in state surrounded by enormous clouds of pink, white and purple roses. "I broke down when I seen her. She was beautiful," said nurse Monique Valentine. "It was just an awesome … [Read more...] about Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state
In this file photo taken on November 04, 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain gestures on stage with wife Cindy after conceding the 2008 presidential election to Democratic rival Barack Obama during his election night rally in McCain’s home town of Phoenix, Arizona. US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died Saturday after losing a battle to brain cancer. He was 81. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News WASHINGTON — John Sidney McCain III had but one employer throughout his iconic and tempestuous career: the United States of America. It was a family tradition. McCain was a direct descendant, he claimed, of acaptain in George Washington’s army during the Revolutionary War. And like his father and grandfather before him, each four-star admirals named John McCain, he lived in the service of his country: first as a US Navy fighter pilot, then as a lawmaker until his death … [Read more...] about John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics, dies at 81