It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. The MacArthur competition is the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race Only one in ten will finish. This is the MacArthur competition -- the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race. It's a tough challenge for the birds and a tense affair for the owners. "Compared to Europe and the United States, we have lots of predators here and a lot of people who shoot these birds," said Jaime Lim, one of the Philippines' best-known pigeon fanciers -- as the pursuit's devotees are known. "Fishing nets are set up in the mountains to capture these birds. That's a major problem nowadays," the 68-year-old construction magnate added. Racing pigeons can be worth thousands of dollars but some that are kidnapped are sold off to unscrupulous fanciers for as little as $14, Lim explained. It's a nefarious side effect of the hobby's swelling … [Read more...] about The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines
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The Hanoitimes - The sanctions leave direct impact on North Korean economy shown through a sharp decline in exports last year. What are visions for the denuclearization after second no-deal summit? The failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi suggests sanctions remain a big issue between the US and North Korea, foreign media quoted international experts as saying. The UN Security Council votes to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions against North Korea. Photo: Getty Images North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May 2018 that Pyongyang’s shift away from weapons was “not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside.” But in July 2018, Seoul-based Bank of Korea estimated the North Korean economy had seen its biggest decline in two decades, with the country’s real annual gross domestic product (GDP) falling by 3.5% in 2017 while exports declined 37.2% in 2017 alone. … [Read more...] about How much do US-led sanctions hurt North Korea economy?
Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy I don’t really know that much about Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan although it’s safe to say he has far more money than I can ever dream of. And believe me, I can dream of a lot. Ten years ago, Sheik Mansour bought Manchester City football club for a reported £210 million (VNĐ6.5 trillion). The season before the member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi decided to splash the cash, they finished ninth in the Premier League but since his investment, the only way has been up. They have won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup and last weekend for the fourth time they won the Football League Cup. Money well spent or success bought? City fans don’t care either way as long as the side is winning trophies. And right now, that’s exactly what they are doing. For many years, generations in fact, Manchester City lived in the shadows of their wealthier and far more successful rivals, Manchester United but in the last five or … [Read more...] about No matter how much you have, money can’t always buy you love
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?
Flying high: Trần Văn Hiện from Bồng Lai Commune, Quế Võ District is a skilled pigeon raiser who has won many prizes in homing pigeon races. VNS Photos Thanh Thương Viet Nam News by Diệp Trương - Lương Hương Located 30km from Hà Nội, Bắc Ninh Province is renowned not only for its melodious quan họ (love duet) singing, but also for another romantic local hobby: raising homing pigeons. Legend has it that the practice originated during the Lý Dynasty (1010-1225), when locals from several communes and villages in the province were assigned to train pigeons to carry military messages from the northern border areas to the capital Thang Long (former name of Ha Noi). After the conflicts came to an end, the pigeons were trained for flying competitions and arts performances. The pigeon-flying contests are held in front of the communal houses, large grounds and … [Read more...] about Bắc Ninh pigeons race across local skies