The mystery surrounding the end to fictional British boy wizard Harry Potter's saga deepened with a computer hacker posting what he said were key plot details and a publisher warned the details could be fake. The hacker, who goes by the name "Gabriel," on Wednesday claims to have taken a digital copy of author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by breaking into a computer at London-based Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. The book jacket for U.S. edition of the upcoming book 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' is shown in this undated publicity photograph released by Scholastic Inc. … [Read more...] about Hacker claims Harry Potter’s alleged ending on Web
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A ramble through the streets of old Ha Noi Ha Noi - Streets of the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake VND96,000 The Gioi Publishers, 46 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ha Noi Tel: 04-825-3841 (05-03-2006) by James W. Coates As the title suggests, Ha Noi - Streets of the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake is a detailed study of the web of roads interconnecting the capital city's most densely inhabited and popular district. Authors Nguyen Vinh Phuc, Nguyen Thua Hy and Barbara Cohen have classified this book into two distinct sections covering the Old Quarter proper and the semi-old quarter and Europeanised areas around Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, giving the area a much larger special extension than one normally thinks of as the Old Quarter. Part travel guide, part history tome, this book makes an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in learning more about modern day Ha Noi. After a concise introduction to the city's fascinating and turbulent history, the authors … [Read more...] about A ramble through the streets of old Ha Noi
The dead of winter - especially this winter with its massive snow storms in the eastern United States - is not the easiest time to make the case for global warming. Short-term weather events and long-range climate change are not the same thing, of course, but it's hard to separate them in the public's mind. But it's even harder these days to convincingly argue that climate change is a reality. "Gloomy unemployment numbers, public frustration with Washington, attacks on climate science, and mobilized opposition to national climate legislation represent a 'perfect storm' of events that have lowered public concerns about global warming even among the alarmed," says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change. Yale and George Mason University recently polled on the question. Since 2008, the number of people who don't believe global warming is happening has more than doubled to 16 percent. At the same time, those "alarmed" at the prospect of climate change has … [Read more...] about How do you convince people of global warming in a snowstorm?
You don't need an "expert" to understand Vietnam. Sometimes, an expat is much better. At least that's what Brian Letwin and Alberto Prieto were banking on six months ago when they launched Saigoneer.com, an English website featuring articles, photos and video clips about Vietnam and especially Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. The duo, from New York and Madrid respectively, don't have degrees in Vietnamese studies, nor are they veteran journalists. But they've lived in the heart of Saigon for three years, enough time to get lost in enough alleys and stumble their way through enough cultural/linguistic misunderstandings to have street doctorates in Vietnamology. New bards of Saigon? New Yorker Letwin, 29, and Madrid-native Prieto, 28, say it was their "love" and "passion" for Saigon that led to the founding of the Saigoneer website. Letwin, a photographer and digital marketer hailing from New York, compiles most of the articles but the website also publishes contributions from local … [Read more...] about A love song to Saigon, online
The U.S House of Representative has passed legislation, blocking future increases in U.S. non-humanitarian aid to Vietnam, due to what it called “Hanoi government's human rights record”. The legislation, proposed by Rep. Christopher Smith, has been criticised immediately by not only the Vietnamese people and government, but also by the American peace-lovers. Hereafter is a letter to Rep. Christopher Smith, written by William Kelly, a Vietnam veteran who has been to Vietnam many times after the war ended in the country. William Kelly returned to My Lai, Quang Ngai, with roses to pay tribute to 504 villagers killed by U.S forces. Photo by Hoang Ha,16 Mar 2005 17 September 2007 In Re: HR 3096 Rep. Christopher Smith, I am not a constituent of your district but the above noted bill relates to me as aUScitizen.Once again the sovereign nation ofViet Namhas drawn your concern as to its human rights record. I am certain the Vietnamese government and people are capable of … [Read more...] about U.S Bill on human rights in Vietnam is a “laundry list”, says a Vietnam veteran