Polish Nobel Prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, once described as the "Mozart of Poetry," died on Wednesday, after suffering from lung cancer. She was 88. "She died quietly, in her sleep," Szymborska's assistant Michal Rusinek was quoted as saying by the state news agency PAP. The shy poet became a reluctant celebrity when she became the fourth Pole to win the literary Nobel Prize in 1996. Vaclav Havel, the playwright and former president of Czechoslovakia, once called Szymborska "such a pleasant, decent and modest lady." Szymborska, also a literary critic and a translator of French poetry, published several slim volumes after Stalinist censorship was lifted in 1957. She disowned earlier poems which reflected Stalinist era literary style and content. Her work includes "Calling out to the Yeti" (1957), in which she compared Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to the abominable snowman, "People on the Bridge" (1986) and "The End and the Beginning" written in 1993. Her poetry was … [Read more...] about Polish Nobel winning poet Szymborska dies at 88
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YANGON - Myanmar police have charged five journalists with "disclosing state secrets" after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported Sunday. The trial of four reporters and the head of Unity Journal began on Feb. 14 in Pakokku, a town in the country's central region where the military facility is located, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said. The New Light of Myanmar said charges under the Official Secrets Act also included "trespassing on the restricted area of the factory", but the newspaper did not disclose the nature of the facility. Government spokesman Ye Htut told local media last week that the factory did not produce chemical weapons. He could not be reached for comment on Sunday. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Feb. 3 called for the suspects' release, saying "journalists should not be threatened or arrested for reporting on topics of national and international importance". The Unity … [Read more...] about Myanmar journalists on trial for reporting alleged chemical weapons factory
Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S. Reported by Pham Le California Waste Solutions (CWS) has won a decisive campaign against its rival, Waste Management Inc., the largest waste treatment company in the U.S. The prize is a package worth US$2.7 billion, which allows CWS to manage waste collection and disposal for the Californian city of Oakland for 20 years. The Saigon Times interviewed CWS General Director David Duong on his winning of this package as well as implementation of projects in Vietnam. Q: Could you elaborate on this US$2.7-billion package? How long did it take for you to win it? A: We’re very glad that seven out of eight members of the Oakland City Council voted for CWS as the entity undertaking waste collection and disposal for the city, where we are just the minority, much smaller than our rival, Waste Management, a company with branches in all 50 states of the U.S. as well as many countries around the world. CWS was chosen in part because we … [Read more...] about Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S.
LONDON, April 12, 2010 (AFP) - Portsmouth can look forward to a much-needed cash boost of after a stunning 2-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Victory for the south coast strugglers, achieved a day after they were relegated from the Premier League, set up an improbable FA Cup Final against holders Chelsea at Wembley on May 15. The match will pit a 'bust' club in Portsmouth, a team with debts of some 76 million pounds (115 million dollars), against cash-rich Chelsea, a team Pompey boss Avram Grant managed when they lost the 2008 Champions League final to Manchester United. But while the 900,000 pounds in prize money for reaching the final, with an another one million coming from television money and gate receipts, will be a welcome addition to the Fratton Park coffers, Portsmouth's victory on Sunday was not down to the allure of money. Goals in extra-time from French striker Frederic Piquionne and former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, from the … [Read more...] about Portsmouth set for cash boost after ‘crazy’ Cup win
ROME, May 16, 2010 (AFP) - Inter Milan players vowed to celebrate their fifth straight Serie A crown following Sunday's 1-0 win at Siena but their thoughts turned quickly to the Champions League final. Inter play Bayern Munich in Madrid on May 22 when both teams will be bidding to make history respectively by securing a league, cup and Champions League treble. Inter completed the second leg of their quest as they finished two points clear of AS Roma thanks to a winning goal from top scorer Diego Milito. Coach Jose Mourinho said this was the first time in six titles (two each with Porto, Chelsea and Inter) that he had experienced a final day title decider, and that he hoped it would be his last. "I'd never won a title before on the last day and don't want to do it again, I prefer winning it with four or five matches to spare," he said before deflecting a question about his future, which remains uncertain. "I will think about my players, the fans, Inter and my work. Then I need a … [Read more...] about Inter celebrate, but with one eye on Bayern