Around $450 million was spent on Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi AFP/Mladen ANTONOV ONE MILLION EXPECTED There won't be an "Oranje" army in Russia, because the Dutch failed to qualify, but there will still be the clapping Icelanders, the chanting English and the distinctive personalities of the supporters of the other 29 visiting countries. The differing languages, songs, flags and fan cultures of the world will energise the streets of Russia's host cities until the middle of July. The figure of one million seems to have been reached by a surprisingly unscientific manner. FIFA has deducted the number of tickets sold to Russians, 872,578, from the two million it says have been sold in total. The biggest demand, outside the host nation, has come from the United States, whose team failed to qualify, with 86,710 sold. Then comes Brazil (71,787), Colombia (64,231) and Germany (60,457). The English are not even in the top ten. Russia's objective, organising committee chief Alexei … [Read more...] about What sort of welcome will World Cup visitors get in Russia?
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VietNamNet Bridge – Tran Duy Quang, 29, has only trained running for three years but he gains many fruits in prestigious events. He triumphed in the men’s 70km category of the Dalat Ultra Trail International Marathon in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong in Match and is the first Vietnamese runner triumphed in the Viet Nam Mountain Marathon in Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, which is one of the largest ultra-running events in Asia and a landmark event in Southeast Asia. Thank Nga talks to him. Tran Duy Quang competes in the Ultra Asia Race last year. Photo courtesy of Tran Duy Quang You have won the Dalat Ultra Trail International Marathon which attracted some 2,300 domestic and foreign runners. How did you feel? I was very happy to overcome international archrivals from New Zealand, India, Singapore and Japan to triumph in this event. Which was your most impressive thing in the Dalat Ultra Trail International Marathon? The event ran through very beautiful … [Read more...] about Trail running a test of human endurance
Viet Nam News by Ngọc Diệp HCM CITY — Every Wednesday and Friday morning, a group of local policemen offer free breakfast to disadvantaged patients at Thủ Đức District Hospital in HCM City. Lieut Col Nguyễn Văn Tài, head of the police department in the district’s Tam Phú Ward, was responsible for setting up the weekly service. “When I visited my relatives who were treated at the hospital, I realised that many poor patients have to struggle under difficult circumstances,” he said. When he presented his idea to his colleagues, they all quickly agreed to start the charity porridge pot in July 2016. “I thought that meat porridge with vegetables could improve their diet and health at the hospital,” Tai said. In the beginning, the group did not have enough funds and could only offer about 400 plastic cups of porridge each Friday morning, Tài said. “We contribute a part of our own … [Read more...] about Group of policemen offer free meals to poor patients
Back in Việt Nam: Mathilde Tuyết Trần travelled to the northernmost point of Lũng Cú flagpole in the north Viet Nam News Mathilde Tuyết Trần* looks back to the events of April 30, 1975 and what that date means for her. She writes exclusively for Việt Nam News. It was a Wednesday. April 30, 1975. A day I’ll never forget. For those of us living in Europe at that time we could be found either working or in college. As we were all in a different time zone, we learned about events in Sài Gòn that day hours after it had actually happened. I was at college in what was still West Germany at the time. The Aachen University. We watched the television reports and listened to the radio open mouthed. Jaws dropped as we took in the news. Sài Gòn was lost or Sài Gòn was liberated. Was the glass of water half full or half empty? My mood back then was hard to put into words. As the crow flies, the distance … [Read more...] about April 30 has become the National Day of Solidarity and Reunification
A tank rolls into Saigon on April 30, 1975, while curious people chat with the newly arrived soldiers. — Courtesy photos of Claudia Krich Viet Nam News By Claudia Krich* Thursday (April 30, 2015) was the 40th anniversary of the full American pullout from Việt Nam. We hear a lot about those who fled and the suffering they endured. The assumption has been that after the Americans left, there was a terrible bloodbath in [South] Việt Nam, but history should get both sides of this story correct, now, 40 years later. There was no bloodbath. I was one of a handful of Americans who stayed in Saigon while the rest were fleeing and helping panicked Vietnamese friends and staff do the same at the end of April 1975. The propaganda had been extensive and effective in Saigon that the conquering North Vietnamese and National Liberation Front soldiers would maim, murder, mutilate and destroy. But they didn’t. I had been in Việt Nam two years already, and … [Read more...] about Eyewitness to the ‘fall’ of Sai Gon: It was not a bloodbath