King of the road: Mr. Dân rides around on his bike. VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà War veteran Nghiêm Quý Dân rides around the city on his tricycle, designed and assembled in a garage many years ago. The engineer who first thought of the system for the two back wheels used to work for Honda in Hà Nội and has passed away. Dân, born in 1942, actually has three vehicles like this to get himself around. "I ride one bike, if it breaks down, then I bring it to the garage and use the spare one. I also have one that has a spacious foot rest, when I take my dog out on the bike," Dân says. "I feel very proud sitting behind him on his bike," his wife Hòang thị Phi Phụng adds. "He drives me everywhere I want to go and I am very happy." Dân is just one of hundreds of war veterans and invalids who rely on self-made tricycles to get around Hà Nội, HCM City and other … [Read more...] about Veteran gets around with custom strike
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Viet Nam News Tennis LONDON — Novak Djokovic claimed a fourth Wimbledon title in ruthless fashion as he beat giant South African Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) on a sweltering Centre Court yesterday. After the monumental drama provided by both men’s semi-finals, the two longest in Wimbledon history, the showpiece proved something of an anti-climax as Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought. Anderson, bidding to become the first South African to win the men’s title, had spent 21 hours on court to reach his first Wimbledon final and his tank appeared to be empty in the opening two sets as a clinical Djokovic dominated. Djokovic, who had been required to finish his epic semi-final with Rafael Nadal on Saturday, lost some intensity at times in the third set and saved five set points as Anderson hinted at an improbable comeback. But he forged ahead in the tiebreak and could celebrate a 13th Grand Slam title when Anderson netted a return. Djokovic, who had … [Read more...] about Djokovic beats Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title
Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!
Menacing dogs, violent bosses and a house left empty because its inhabitants are always working - these are the grim images of family life created by Indian children raised in bonded labour. A series of drawings by children rescued from forced labour in brick kilns, rice mills and wood cutting units has given social workers a unique insight into the intensity and extent of trauma they experience. As the government intensifies its efforts to account for child labour, campaigners say it is becoming increasingly important to document their experiences. "Their pictures capture details that even their parents don't mention to officials during their rescue," Loretta Jhona, a social worker with the anti-trafficking charity International Justice Mission, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "A little boy drew an empty house and then told us that nobody ever lived in it because they were all working round the clock. He had noticed the relentless cycle of work." India banned bonded labour in … [Read more...] about From nightmares to dreams: Rescued Indian children sketch life in slavery
Viet Nam News Nguyễn Anh Tuấn could not speak the language of refugee children he met in other countries. However, he managed to teach them hip-hop dancing. For Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, hip-hop is more than just exercise. It is a spiritual experience too. By Bích Hường Since 2013, Nguyễn Anh Tuấn has travelled every year to neighbouring countries including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines to teach hip-hop to street children and other disadvantaged youngsters. The 29-year-old first became a volunteer seven years ago after he met Jerry Snell – a Canadian dance choreographer and hip-hop veteran who visited Việt Nam to promote his Street Art for Street Kids initiative, teaming up with the country’s top street dance crews with shelters for vulnerable children to offer dance lessons and companionship. “In a summer day in 2012, when I was teaching hip-hop to youngsters in Hà Nội’s Lenin … [Read more...] about The different sides to hip-hop