Talk Around Town (19-10-2008) Cash worries: bad news for newspapers? by Trung Hieu As consumers begin to feel the pinch of rising living costs, many people are being forced to score through a few items on their daily shopping lists. Unfortunately for newsstand owners and vendors on the street, this often includes newspapers. But just because people aren't buying papers as much as they used to, doesn't mean they're not keeping up with the news. As the old Vietnamese saying goes, Cai kho lo cai khon (necessity is the mother of invention). For many white collar workers the obvious answer is to read the news online, as long as their boss isn't looking. But for retired people, no such handy internet access is available. For pensioner Nguyen Van Duc, a resident in Luong Su B lane, Ha Noi's Quoc Tu Giam Street, the only way he can continue to browse his favourite newspapers was with a little help from his friends. "The pressure on our small State pensions is too much nowadays," he says. "Me … [Read more...] about Cash worries: bad news for newspapers?
Short Story (23-11-2008) A Shocking Piece Of News by Tran Ky Trung Little Teo was a news-boy. Among the various magazines, dailies and tabloids he peddled, his favourite was the Cong An (Public Security) biweekly because it was full of articles about criminals and cops in a contest of will. Although he could neither read nor write, he was handsome and his papers sold well thanks to his wit and resounding voice. After his news-agent told him the main headlines, he'd call out "Extra! Extra! Read all about it..." tantalising readers with hints of mystery and excitement easily purchased. Today was the release of the Cong An, so he got up early to get as many as he could. And since he was up, he decided to buy his father a brand-new pair of khaki trousers. "Since the day I was demobbed, except for a few military uniforms and underwear, I've never bought any new clothes," his dad said to him one day. Hearing this, Teo felt bad that a hard-working man like his dad, living an austere and … [Read more...] about A Shocking Piece Of News
Dang Chau Anh invited as a judge of Int'l Choir Competition The invitation came from the Germany-based Interkultur Foundation which has regarded her as a successful art instructor for Vietnam's SolArt Choir. The only Vietnamese representative will work together with other jury members from Indonesia, Myanmar, the US, and the Philippines. The coming event, entitled "Sing 'n Joy Manila", will see the participation of 45 choirs from many countries, including Vietnam, with the aim of healing the wounds caused by recent natural disasters in the host country and help local people improve their spiritual life. As a teacher of the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Dang Chau Anh has won great applause from international experts. She has been invited to judge many prestigious music competitions, including the International Choir Competition in the ancient city of Hoi An in June 2013. Dang Chau Anh recently visited Sweden in the framework of a cultural exchange project jointly conducted by … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment Headlines Dec. 4
Government to build more centres for lonely elderly The Ministry of Construction proposed that the Government set up centres to take care of lonely old people in 10 provinces and cities. About 1.15 per cent of Viet Nam's elderly, or 100,000 people, are unable to take care of themselves, according to the ministry. However, only 3,500 live in social centres. Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung said that there were not enough such centres to house the entire nation's old people. While there are more than 400 nationwide, only 180 take care of the elderly; the others house disabled people and orphans. Moreover, Dung added, these centres look after old people's living conditions but do not pay enough attention to their spiritual lives and mental health. Under the proposal, each province and city will set up one centre that can take care of about 50 old people. The centres will be built under state, non-state or community models. State centres, funded by the state budget, care for old … [Read more...] about Social Headlines for December 3
LONDON, July 10, 2011 (AFP) - Media baron Rupert Murdoch flew into London on Sunday to take personal charge of the phone-hacking scandal that felled his News of the World tabloid, as Britons rushed to buy the final edition of the paper. Reading a copy of the last edition of Britain's biggest-selling weekly, Murdoch was whisked into the headquarters of publisher News International, which produced News of the World, in a chauffeur driven car. The 80-year-old flew in from the United States amid a growing crisis in his media empire after a slew of new hacking allegations emerged this week which sparked national outrage and prompted the shock decision to axe the paper. The scandal has intensified pressure on the bid by his News Corp. media empire to take full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, and there were fresh calls for a delay to the proposed deal as Murdoch arrived. The News of the World hit the newsstands for the last time Sunday, ending 168 years of scoops and scandal with the … [Read more...] about Murdoch in Britain as News of the World prints last edition