Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, roared ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey, after forcing evacuations, shutting down transportation and interrupting the presidential campaign. Waves crash over Eric Mongirdas as the storm surge caused by Hurricane Sandy pummels the coastline in Milford, Connecticut October 29, 2012. Photo: Reuters High winds and flooding racked hundreds of miles (km) of Atlantic coastline while heavy snows were forecast farther inland at higher elevations as the center of the storm marched westward. More than 3 million customers already were left without power by early evening and more than a million people were subject to evacuation orders. Many communities were swamped by flood waters. The National Hurricane Center said Sandy came ashore as a "post-tropical cyclone," meaning it still packed hurricane-force winds but lost the characteristics of a tropical … [Read more...] about Massive storm Sandy in pictures
Biggest wave ever surfed
Adventure water sports are making a splash at beaches around the country. "I always say that surfing is one of the most spiritual experiences I have ever had. I've found myself under a wave at sunset and looking at the setting sun through a wave, then I forget I need to breathe," said Marc, who learned how to surf when he was 18. Marc has been in the beach resort town of Mui Ne outside Phan Thiet Town with his wife and two sons for a week. He wants his two boys - Edward, 17, and Andrew, 15 - to experience the waves and wind at one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam while the family escapes the snowy winter in their home country of Britain. Vietnam's most famous surfing spots are Nha Trang beach and Phan Thiet's Mui Ne, which attract thousand of surfers from around the world each year. The areas are also popular for windsurfing. Unlike a rudder-steered sailboat, a windsurfer steers by tilting and rotating the mast and sail as well as tilting and carving the … [Read more...] about Carving up the waves
Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara has been recognized by Guinness World Records for surfing the largest wave ever ridden, a towering 78-foot (24-meter) wall of water he says he caught at Nazare, Portugal, in November while "totally in the moment." Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, Hawaii, won the Biggest Wave title at the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards with this world record 78-foot wave ridden at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on November 1, 2011 shown in this image released to Reuters on May 11, 2012. Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara has been recognized by Guinness World Records for surfing the largest wave ever ridden, a towering 78-foot (24 -meter) wall of water he says he caught at Nazare, Portugal, in November while ''totally in the moment.'' McNamara's record-setting feat was verified by Guinness after an independent panel of big wave and photography experts painstakingly measured still and video images of the colossal wave, a spokeswoman for the agency said. Photo: … [Read more...] about Big-wave surfer enters record books by riding 78-foot “monster”
Hello, Taylor. Thanks for joining us today on VOV’s Culture Rendezvous. What’s the very first thing we should know about the Australian sense of humour? Australian humour has a long history that can be traced back to our origins as convict colonies. It is therefore no surprise that a national sense of humour quickly developed that responded to those conditions. Our humour is dry, full of extremes, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking and ironic. We heard the expression “no worries” a lot. Is that a signature of your country? It is. This is funny but true. So, the biggest thing you need to know is the fact that the country itself, is the ultimate joke. There is a famous saying about Australia that you can be killed by thousands of thing that you can never think of. For example, a beautiful day, you decide to go out to the beach and surf some waves. But the wave you body surf into could contain a shark or a rip-tide and, when you get back … [Read more...] about Australian sense of humour
Hot girls: K-pop performers dress well and have attitude. The genre usually incorporates elements of several American music styles. It's a highly profitable industry, with 17 year old South Korean singer BoA earning a $9 million profit in a single tour in 2004. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc Down for the count: K-pop music performances attract many fans who dance and jostle to the music, which some find too hot to handle. K-pop continues to find a lot of support among teenagers in Viet Nam. However, many of the older generation worry that it is changing the behaviour and attitudes of young people and taking attention away from Vietnamese music. An Vu reportsMy friend Nguyen Phuong Mai shouts: "I can tell you're looking at me, I know … [Read more...] about K-pop entrances youth but to what effect?