Erotic. Provocative. Offensive. These words have been given legal meanings by a new decree that took effect on August 1. However, many people are not clear what the meanings are, and some are concerned about the larger implications of their being interpreted subjectively. The decree states that any act of practicing and competing in "erotic, provocative or offensive" sports activities that go against social norms, culture and customs of Vietnam will be fined VND5-10 million ($215-428) and the offender will be suspended from sports activities for three to six months. Pham Xuan Phuc, deputy chief inspector of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said: "We have noticed that some new sports have emerged in Vietnam that go against our morality and customs, like naked yoga." "A few sports like dancing have also been modified, and people have been wearing overly sexy dresses and dancing inappropriately. The main purpose of the new regulation is to deter such acts," Phuc said. … [Read more...] about When does an athlete get too sexy? Or immoral?
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Pele met with former US president Barack Obama in Sao Paulo on Thursday (May 30) where the pair discussed how "to make the world better," the Brazilian football great said on Twitter. Former US president Barack Obama (left) and football legend Pele are seen in this picture from Pele's Instagram account. (AFP/HO) Weeks after surgery to remove a kidney stone, a healthy-looking Pele smiled and clutched Obama's hand as they posed for a photo, later shared on social media by the three-time World Cup winner. "Met with President Obama while he was in town. We spoke about how to work together to make the world better," Pele said. "Happy we are on the same team." Obama was in Sao Paulo for a digital innovation conference. Pele, widely considered to be the greatest footballer in history, was admitted to a Paris hospital last month after appearing at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe. He spent almost a week in the medical facility before returning to Sao Paulo, where … [Read more...] about Pele meets with Obama in Brazil
President Tran Dai Quang (Photo: vov.vn)Right after receiving information on Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang passing away on September 21st, a series of international media immediately published his announcement and biography, as well as mentioned his outstanding contributions to the nation. Many articles emphasize the role of President Tran Dai Quang in foreign affairs, helping to raise Vietnam’s position and prestige in the international arena.The Granma of Cuba published an article: "Cuba is side by side with Vietnam before passing away of President Tran Dai Quang". The article claimed that the departure of the Vietnamese President is a great loss not only to Vietnam but also to the Government and people of Cuba on the basis of friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.In addition, President Tran Dai Quang also had his own mark as the last foreign leader the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro met before his death.The Prensa Latina of the country … [Read more...] about President Tran Dai Quang’s hallmarks mentioned by international media …
Presidents Tran Dai Quang (right) and Joko Widodo toast at the banquet in Hanoi on September 11 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse hosted a banquet in Hanoi on September 11 in honour of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his spouse, who are on a two-day State visit to Vietnam. In his speech, President Quang welcomed President Widodo, his wife and the high-ranking delegation of Indonesia to Vietnam. He said Vietnam is proud to have a traditional friend and partner like Indonesia, which is not only one of the 20 biggest economies in the world but also a country of ideas that go beyond the regional boundaries, including those about independence, self-reliance, resilience and non-alignment which have become the diplomatic philosophy of Indonesia. Vietnam-Indonesia relations have undergone 63 years of building and development, he said, noting that in 1955, then Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Sukarno established the friendship between the two countries … [Read more...] about Banquet hosted in honour of Indonesian President Widodo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Đinh Ngọc Thỉ’s most prized souvenir is the red neckerchief President Hồ Chí Minh gave him. Yesterday the 65-year-old donated the neckerchief to the Hồ Chí Minh Museum in Hà Nội for public exhibition. Thỉ was born in the central province of Quảng Trị and served as head of the Young Bamboo Shoots Duy Viên Co-operative, a group of Young Pioneers founded in 1958. He and his comrades helped take care of war invalids and worked in rice fields. Duy Viên Co-operative’s achievements were acknowledged on Radio the Voice of Việt Nam. Hearing the news, President Hồ decided to honour the young pioneers, and Thỉ was summoned to represent the co-operative in Hà Nội to meet President Hồ in 1966. Thỉ still remembers when the President embraced him and said, “I know that children in Vĩnh Linh District are … [Read more...] about Museum accepts memorabilia relating to President Hồ