Viet Nam News I remember well the first football match I ever went to. It was an FA Cup match at Anfield in 1981. I was eight-years-old. Liverpool won 4-1 with Kenny Dalglish scoring twice. The following year I was given a season ticket for a Christmas present, which I’m guessing cost my parents around VNĐ1million (US$44). I got the kit too, which again would have cost very little. This season if you want the full Manchester United kit of shirt, shorts and socks it will set you back VNĐ5million. Now I totally understand how times have changed, and on the whole, football has gotten much, much better. It’s far safer for one. Stadiums are much more comfortable and fans are for the large part treated with more respect instead of being herded in and out of grounds like cattle. But despite all these vast improvements, I am concerned about the future of the beautiful game. A few weeks ago, Villarreal announced they had signed former Arsenal midfielder Santi … [Read more...] about What is happening to the beautiful game?
Keane hope and fears
It was the half-naked girls running from room to room upon her arrival that made Filipina teenager Ruby fear the cyber cafe job she had been offered online might in fact be a sinister scam. Ruby’s doubts turned to despair when her new employers - a husband and wife - dragged her in front of a computer and webcam and explained that her work would entail stripping and performing sex acts for paying customers across the globe. “It was like a bomb exploded,” Ruby, now 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an empty church in Tagaytay city in the Philippines. “I had seen cybersex dens in TV shows and movies, but I didn’t know that they existed in real life.” “I had been totally fooled,” Ruby added. “I was forced to do things you could not imagine a 16-year-old having to endure.” Ruby is not a rare case but one of a rising number of ever-younger victims of cybersex trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery where children are … [Read more...] about Webcam slavery: tech turns Filipino families into cybersex child traffickers
Britons reacted with shock on Friday to their country's decision to leave the European Union, whether they welcomed "independence" day or were horrified by the outcome. The vote, after a bitter campaign, split the country along several faultlines, old vs young, England and Wales vs Scotland and Northern Ireland and people in northern England suffering economic hardship vs richer city dwellers in the south. It went down to the wire before ending in a 52-48 percent win for Brexit in the early hours of Friday, prompting celebrations by "Leave" campaigners and their supporters for a move they said would make Britain stronger. In London, where residents voted overwhelmingly to remain in the bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago, the morning commute into the financial district was grim for many City workers worried their jobs would be at risk. "What now?" commuter Steve Jones said. "That is the big unknown and right now it is looking pretty bleak." In Manchester in northern England, … [Read more...] about Divided Britons in shock after EU vote