Nguyễn Tiến Hùng seen at the Việt Nam Mountain Marathon 2018 . — Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Tiến Hùng Viet Nam News Runner Nguyễn Tiến Hùng has done very well in his sport. His sport has also been good to him and given him wonderful memories. One was running in the moonlight, passing rice fields, waterfalls and friendly people. Nguyễn Tiến Hùng loved it so much he switched off his headlamp and ran only with the light of the moon to guide him. Nguyễn Tiến Hùng, 34, is considered the best amateur runner in the country. He beat more than 200 rivals from across the world to win the men’s 100km event at the Việt Nam Mountain Marathon (VMM) 2018, the country’s biggest ever mountain race in September. At the Long Biên Marathon 2018 in late October, he also defended his title in the men’s 42km category. Thanh Nga talks to him. Inner … [Read more...] about Running by the light of the moon
How to beat the heat
Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy After a little over six months living in Việt Nam I think I have learned a fair old chunk of the language. Certainly enough to get me by. I can ask for a beer, two beers and even three. I also know how to tell a Grab driver to turn left, right, and even carry on straight ahead. Another phrase I’ve mastered is “không, cám ơn”. For those of you not as linguistically proficient as me, it means “no, thank you”. This is a much needed phrase when politely declining the services offered by those who ply their trade on the streets. It could be to the guy who wants to clean your shoes, the woman offering to sell you gum or the cyclist hoping to give you a tour of the city. In other countries I’ve visited and lived in, hawkers are a complete pain in the backside. Constantly in your face trying to sell you whatever it is they are selling. Not so in Viet Nam. Sure there are plenty around, and on the … [Read more...] about Street life, the only life they know
Serena battles past Pliskova to reach semisThe Saigon Times Daily Serena Williams of the USA reacts after winning a game in the second set against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, NY, USA September 4 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Serena Williams fought back from a break down in the first set to beat Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-3 and reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open in suffocating conditions on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who is bidding for a record seventh title at Flushing Meadows as well her 24th career Grand Slam crown, started sluggishly at the Arthur Ashe Stadium , allowing Pliskova to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. With the heat rule in effect and junior matches on the outside courts suspended earlier in the day, Williams made 22 unforced errors in the opening set but showed all of her … [Read more...] about Serena battles past Pliskova to reach semis
Viet Nam News I remember well the first football match I ever went to. It was an FA Cup match at Anfield in 1981. I was eight-years-old. Liverpool won 4-1 with Kenny Dalglish scoring twice. The following year I was given a season ticket for a Christmas present, which I’m guessing cost my parents around VNĐ1million (US$44). I got the kit too, which again would have cost very little. This season if you want the full Manchester United kit of shirt, shorts and socks it will set you back VNĐ5million. Now I totally understand how times have changed, and on the whole, football has gotten much, much better. It’s far safer for one. Stadiums are much more comfortable and fans are for the large part treated with more respect instead of being herded in and out of grounds like cattle. But despite all these vast improvements, I am concerned about the future of the beautiful game. A few weeks ago, Villarreal announced they had signed former Arsenal midfielder Santi … [Read more...] about What is happening to the beautiful game?
In the small hours of last Saturday morning, a phone call awoke the weary staff at Saigon’s 115 Emergency Center. A 92-year-old lady with diabetes had been found unconscious in her home, and her family were in urgent need of help. Without missing a beat, three doctors scrambled to the ambulance outside with defibrillators, electrocardiographs and a case full of medicine. The ambulance screeched into life and was soon on the main road just as dawn broke. The lady’s home was tucked down a busy alley off Ta Uyen Street in District 5. Upon arrival, the medics darted towards the house, equipment in hand. A quick diagnosis revealed their patient had fallen unconscious due to low blood sugar levels. After a shot of glucose, she regained consciousness and was taken to hospital for further check-ups. On duty that morning was Vo Van Sam, who said he never gets tired of seeing his patients spring back to life, and that's the reason he's been in the job for almost 10 years. As beads of … [Read more...] about The unsung heroes from Saigon’s medical emergency center