US musician Bruce Springsteen will set up at Monmouth University in New Jersey. — AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News NEW YORK — A Bruce Springsteen archive will open at Monmouth University in New Jersey, a short distance from the working-class town where the rock legend grew up. The university near the Jersey Shore announced the creation of the archive, which will store written works, photographs and other artifacts for future research. Called the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, the institute will preserve the legacy of the Born in the USA star and also advance study on earlier US music icons such as Frank Sinatra and Woody Guthrie, the university said. The university is some 25 kilometres from Springsteen’s hometown of Freehold, which inspired his classic song Born to Run, and even closer to Asbury Park, the oceanfront city where he launched his music career. Monmouth University’s president Paul Brown said in a statement that the … [Read more...] about Springsteen archive to open near his New Jersey hometown
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NEW YORK, Oct 25 - U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday commended New Yorkers for their calm reaction to the city's first case of Ebola and said that medical authorities were responding effectively to the threat from the deadly virus. He used his weekly address for the second time in a row to speak directly to Americans about the response to Ebola, that has killed thousands in Africa and has become a political issue in the United States ahead of Nov. 4 congressional elections. "It's important to remember that of the seven Americans treated so far for Ebola - the five who contracted it in West Africa, plus the two nurses from Dallas - all seven have survived," Obama said. He did not refer to new 21-day quarantines implemented late on Friday by New York and New Jersey for medical workers returning from Ebola hotspots. His administration is discussing similar measures. "We have been examining the protocols for protecting our brave healthcare workers, and, guided by the science, … [Read more...] about Obama commends New Yorkers for calm reaction to Ebola threat
University reform tops Party agenda (30-12-2005) HCM CITY — Educational and technological reform will be one of the major topics for discussion at the 10th session of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Congress next year, says Tran Xuan Gia, senior advisor to Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. Speaking yesterday at an educational conference in California via videoconference in Ha Noi, Gia said the Vietnamese Government was aware that social, educational and technological reform had progressed more slowly than economic reform. The conference was organised by the Vietnam Educational Forum (VEF), a foundation funded by the US Government, that offers scholarships to Vietnamese students. "Educational reform is inseparable from general reform in Viet Nam,"said Gia. "The Vietnamese Government has issued many documents to improve the educational and health care systems, but the results haven't been as expected." Gia said that Viet Nam plans to strengthen the State's economic management, … [Read more...] about University reform tops Party agenda
Aaron McConnell doesn't mind sharing a kitchen with seven neighbors. He's fine in living quarters with just enough room for a twin bed, a corner desk and little else. Closets? Forget about it - he stores his clothing and other possessions on shelves and hooks. "I like living in a community," he says. "It's kind of fun, very social." It's also affordable for McConnell, 28, who pays $737 a month for his apartment in Seattle as he embarks on a career in civil engineering. Tiny apartments like McConnell's are cropping up in major cities around the country to meet the demand of people who are short on cash but determined to live in areas with otherwise pricey rents. Micros, also known as "hostel-style" apartments, usually offer less than 200 square feet (18.5 square meters) including private bathrooms, and they typically come furnished, sometimes with built-in beds and other amenities to save space. Most feature a group kitchen that may be shared among eight units, although units in … [Read more...] about Big city, tiny apartment: small-scale living is new trend in U.S.
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region. Photo: Reuters >> Massive storm Sandy in pictures >> At least 7 dead, 6 missing in Son Tinh powerful storm At least 13 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy, which dropped just below hurricane status before going ashore in New Jersey on Monday, according to officials and media reports. More than 1 million people across a dozen states were under orders to evacuate as the massive system continued to plow westward. One disaster forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion, only half insured. The storm also slowed the presidential campaign at a key time ahead of next week's vote and closed U.S. markets for two days. Sandy, … [Read more...] about New York paralyzed as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign. Photo: Reuters >> Massive storm Sandy in pictures More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. Heavy snows threatened mountainous regions inland, and huge population centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. lay in the storm's path. "We have not seen the kind of flooding problems that certainly could have happened thus far, but we've still got a long ways to go to get through this storm," Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on local television. Streets of New York City filled with floodwater, raising fears that the city's subway tunnels could be … [Read more...] about Floods across New York as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Cine Sessions at Cinematheque Thu 01 Mar 2012, 8.30 - 10.30 pm Cinematheque 22A Hai Ba Trung Str, Hanoi CINE SESSIONS is back with its eclectic mix of homegrown and traveling musicians. ALWAYS, known for their Hanoi infused Electro-Acoustic sets, will be performing together with XUEER, a Singer- Pianist backpacking through Asia. Entrance: 50 000 VND. Screening of "Rapt" Fri 02 Mar 2012, 8 pm L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi You are invited to the film screening titled "The Kidnap" of director Lucas Belvaux at L'Espace. The film received the César Award in 2010 for the best French film and many César Awards in 2010 for best actors and actresses. Télé Ciné Obs rated this film "one of the best films of Yvan Attal". Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles Ticket price: 20 000 VND Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 10 000 VND Tickets are available at L'Espace. Exhibition "Landscapes of Vietnam" COpening: Tue 06 Mar, 2 pm Exhibition: 05-10 Mar 2012, 8 am - … [Read more...] about EVENTS IN HANOI, HCM CITY ON MARCH 1-15
More than 17,000 mostly beer-fueled spectators packed a Philadelphia indoor arena on Friday for the city's annual early morning eating extravaganza in which competitors vie to eat the most chicken wings. Japanese champion Takeru Kobayashi, weighing just 127 pound (xx kilos) defeated his much larger opponents in the 20th annual Wing Bowl and walked away with a $20,000 prize after devouring a record-breaking 337 chicken wings during the 30-minute contest. He easily smashed the previous record of 255 wings set by Jonathan "Super Squibb" Squibb, who had won the celebration of gluttony the previous three years, and defeated local favorite Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, a five-times champion who weighs 330 pounds. For Gary Gladwell, 53, of Bucks County in Pennsylvania, the important event for competitive eaters was part of his birthday celebration. "This is my first time here. I can take it off my bucket list now," he said, adding "It's definitely an experience." The Wing Bowl is … [Read more...] about New record set at Wing Bowl eating extravaganza
NEW YORK, United States - Voters in New York have picked Bill de Blasio to be the city's first Democratic mayor in a generation, in one of a handful of elections seen as having considerable national importance. New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday handily defeated his Democrat challenger, earning a second four-year term in a race some pundits said would serve as a platform for a future presidential bid. Another key race, for the governorship of the southern state of Virginia, turned out to be be a nail-biter, with media reports declaring businessman Terry McAuliffe victorious by the narrowest of margins. President Barack Obama warned against making early election calls. "Never predict elections," he said. "That's a losing proposition." That word of caution proved wise in Virginia, where McAuliffe, a Democrat, had been predicted to make short work of his Republican opponent, State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, in a race that turned out to be far tighter … [Read more...] about New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor
Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found. Sea levels north of New York City rose by 128mm in two years, according to a report in the journal, Nature Communications. Coastal areas will need to prepare for short term and extreme sea level events, say US scientists. Climate models suggest extreme sea level rises will become more common this century. "The extreme sea level rise event during 2009-10 along the northeast coast of North America is unprecedented during the past century," Prof Jianjun Yin of the University of Arizona told BBC News. "Statistical analysis indicates that it is a 1-in-850 year event." Tidal records Scientists at the University of Arizona and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in New Jersey studied records of tidal levels along the east coast of the US and Canada. They divided the coastline into three areas: north of New York City, New York City to Cape Hatteras on the … [Read more...] about US sea level north of New York City ‘jumped by 128mm’