LEGEND: Michael Owen upset some Liverpool supporters when he played briefly for Manchester United. Photo AFP. Paul Kennedy At around 5pm on Saturday May 12, 2001, a serious crime was committed in Cardiff, the capital of Wales in the United Kingdom. The venue was the Millennium Stadium and the criminals in question were from Liverpool. A bunch of them came to Wales, and stole the FA Cup from right under the nose of Arsenal. Arsenal should have returned to north London with the prize, but Liverpool committed what can only be described as daylight robbery. They snatched a cup they didn’t deserve from right out of Arsenal’s hands and did so in front of millions of witnesses watching on television all over the world. The main thief that afternoon was Michael Owen. In a game Liverpool hardly had a kick in, Owen scored twice in the last 10 minutes to forever write his name in the history books. Michael Owen that day became a Liverpool legend. Or did he? Fast forward … [Read more...] about Liverpool legend or football Judas?
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Vietnam has been named as one of the attractive destinations for solo travel, which is opening up new opportunities for the domestic tourism sector to grow, stated experts during a series of seminars on the solo travel trend jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism and international units on September 6. Tourists experience the rice pounding activities of Co Tu ethnic women in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA) Specifically, TripAdvisor, the US-based well-known tourism website, has ranked Vietnam in third place among the top ten countries best for solo travel. The result is collected based on the voting and assessments of millions of travellers concerning the tourism activities and experiences which they have participated in. In addition, it is forecast that by 2023 Vietnam will welcome more than 30 million arrivals of visitors and can possibly become a leading destination in the region. According to Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of … [Read more...] about Vietnam seizes huge potential for solo travel exploitation
(From left) Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto, two members of Clean Bandit joined Phương Ly and JustaTee in a collaborative track calling people to open their minds. — Photo zing.vn HÀ NỘI — Clean Bandit, a British electronic band who won a Grammy in 2015, will join Vietnamese artists JustaTee and Phương Ly in a special music project. The artists announced the co-operation during a press conference in Hà Nội on Wednesday. Grace Chatto and brothers Luke and Jack Patterson joined Tee and Ly at the Tuborg Open 2019 concert, also on Wednesday, as part of the Tuborg Open campaign. Vietnamese audiences were feted with big hits such as Rockabye, Symphony and Solo. The global campaign aims to use music as a platform to encourage people to be open to more by pushing the boundaries of what they know and like. As part of the collaboration, Clean Bandit will feature Tee and Ly in a single which is expected … [Read more...] about Clean Bandit to collaborate with Vietnamese artists
Paul George Nguyen, CEO of Aviva Vietnam Hoat dong cty: Aviva Vietnam is partnering with the Vietnam Red Cross in different CSR initiatives Despite being a recent entrant in the Vietnamese life insurance market, Aviva’s origins can be traced back to over 320 years ago and it now operates in 14 markets with more than 33 million customers across the globe. Viet Nam News reporter Thu Ngan spoke to Paul George Nguyen, Aviva Vietnam’s CEO, to find out about the market outlook and the company’s plans for growth. The General Statistics Department has reported double digit growth for the insurance industry in the first quarter of this year. How did your company fare? The insurance market was positive in the first months of 2019. Revenues from premium in the first quarter of this year increased by 17 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, with life insurance premiums growing by 23 per cent, which are promising indicators of a good year ahead for the Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Aviva spells out clear plans for growth in Vietnam market
Paul Christiansen. — Photo courtesy of the authorViet Nam News by Paul Christiansen* Literature transformed what was to be a short meeting to schedule a tour of Kontum into a four-hour conversation. Once we found out we shared a love for books, myself and Huynh, the operator of a travel company in the Central Highlands, spent hours citing and quoting authors. The next day, the standard trip around the countryside quickly morphed into a series of visits to his friends’ homes. At each stop, we were invited into living rooms, offered spreads of food and engaged in thrilling conversations. Hours past after the tour was scheduled to conclude, and I found myself in a home filled with 10 Vietnamese from the north, south and central regions, talking about our hometowns, backgrounds and lives. It was not the first time people here have shown me such generosity nor was it surprising that literature occupied a central part of the experience. “I need to come back,” I … [Read more...] about Literature opens my path into Vietnam