By Mai Khuyên When we, or our loved ones, have to undergo a surgery, we wish and pray that things go well. Our anxiety is greater when it's a major surgery, for instance, one that involves the eyes, brain, heart or spine. Our prayers become more intense and we step up efforts to find the best doctor and best hospital possible. Once this is done, we place our trust, and our fates, in the hands of our doctors and surgeons. Knowingly or otherwise, we give them a power that has to be wielded with utmost care and responsibility. We also accept that being a doctor is to be part of one of the noblest professions. They are in the business of saving lives. Of course, they cannot save every life, and they are not held responsible for deaths that happen because a disease has progressed too far, or burns or other injuries are too critical. In such cases, we accept that inscrutable fate has played a hand in taking our loved ones away. However, such an acceptance cannot be extended to the … [Read more...] about Hand of fate that you’re not in good hands?
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Questions that remain Son Nguyen By Son Nguyen The final answer by the provincial government of Thua Thien-Hue gives a huge sigh of relief when authorities there, succumbing to grave concerns among the public, decide to cancel a tourism project located in a site deemed critical to national defense and security. The move, announced on Wednesday by provincial chairman Nguyen Van Cao, has quickly doused heated controversies surrounding the World Shine-Hue project registered by a Hong Kong investor of Chinese nationality. And, despite the soothing answer, many questions have surfaced. An investment certificate was issued last October by Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone Authority for World Shine Hong Kong to build a five-star resort on Hai Van Pass linking Thua Thien-Hue and Danang City. The resort, according to Tuoi Tre, covers an area of 200 hectares at Cua Khem Cape, where Hai Van Mount intrudes the farthest into the sea. To date, the investor has built an office at the site to manage … [Read more...] about Questions that remain
Violent thriller "No Country for Old Men" won the best picture Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards here Sunday as European stars scored a clean sweep in the acting honors in an historic Hollywood night. "No Country for Old Men" emerged as the biggest winner of the evening, scooping four Oscars including best director for brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem.The film, a bleak and bloody drama about a drug deal that goes wrong and its murderous aftermath, was the overwhelming pre-Oscars favorite."Ethan and I have been making stories with movie cameras since we were kids ... what we do now doesn't feel that much different than what we were doing," Joel Coen said after collecting the best director award."We're very thankful to all of you out there for letting us continue to play in our corner of the sandbox."The evening's acting awards were dominated by European talent, with France's Marion Cotillard winning best actress for "La … [Read more...] about Violence is Golden as ‘No Country’ Dominates Oscars
MANCHESTER, England, May 10, 2011 (AFP) - Peter Crouch's own goal ensured Manchester City will make their debut in the Champions League next season as Roberto Mancini's side overcame Tottenham 1-0 at Eastlands on Tuesday. England striker Crouch broke City's hearts last season by scoring the winner which denied City a place at the top table of European football. But in a huge twist of fate, Crouch put past his own keeper while trying to clear a 30th minute cross by James Milner to guarantee FA Cup finalists City's a top-four finish in the Premier League. Mancini's men are at the very least guaranteed a play-off place in the Champions League. Yet with two games remaining, they could yet overtake third-placed Arsenal, who they trail by two points, and qualify for the group stages. Indeed City captain Vincent Kompany said they would target finishing third as Arsenal's form has tapered off. "It (the win) doesn't mean we are in the Champions League as we would have to play the qualifying … [Read more...] about Crouch goes from hero to zero, hands City CL spot
An employee works near screens in the virus lab at the headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow July 29, 2013. If you want to hack a phone, order a cyber attack on a competitor's website or buy a Trojan program to steal banking information, look no further than the former Soviet Union. The breadth and sophistication of services sold on Russian-language websites such as Forum.zloy.bz or Forum.evil offer a small window onto a Russian criminal underground that is costing Western firms billions of dollars in credit card and online banking fraud as well as "phishing" attempts to lure people into downloading malware or disclosing passwords. "If you look at the quantity of malware attacks, the leaders are China, Latin America and then Eastern Europe, but in terms of quality then Russia is probably the leader," said Vitaly Kamluk, a cyber security researcher in Moscow. Two of the five most wanted men in the United States for cyber crime are Russian, and … [Read more...] about Ex-Soviet hackers play outsized role in cyber crime world
After a troubling week in Europe, it would be easy to mock Arsenal or Barcelona, were it not for one thing. Each time they play, these two clubs, arguably above all others, attempt the hardest feat in sport. They try to win beautifully. Not pragmatically. Not with cunning. There is a plan, but it is a noble one. To attempt victory with the game in its purest form. One of the clubs, clearly, has been a lot better at it lately. The crisis at Arsenal and the blip at Barcelona barely compare in real terms: eight years without a trophy against a bad night in Milan. Barcelona are walking away with La Liga and Arsenal would kill to be in their shoes. High ideals: Santi Cazorla (left) and Jack Wilshere inspire Arsenal Unless Real Madrid win the Champions League this season - and chances are they won't even make the quarter-finals, with Manchester United growing in strength - they will have seen off nemesis Jose Mourinho in almost contemptuous fashion. Yet viewed dispassionately, … [Read more...] about Even when it goes wrong, Barcelona and Arsenal still feed the soul
Former Disney child star Miley Cyrus' raunchy performance at the MTV awards has ignited an online firestorm, prompting calls for heads to roll at the station while leaving others wondering: what exactly is twerking? NEW YORK CITY: Miley Cyrus' raunchy performance at the MTV awards has ignited an online firestorm, prompting calls for heads to roll at the station while leaving others wondering: what exactly is twerking? The former Disney child star, now 20, took to the stage at the awards ceremony in New York on Sunday night to perform alongside singer Robin Thicke on his song "Blurred Lines." The 20-year-old, who first pranced around suggestively with a host of giant teddy bears, eventually stripped down to a skin-coloured bikini before gyrating in a suggestive manner with a giant foam finger. Then came the twerking. With her trademark move of sticking her tongue out, Cyrus bent over and energetically gyrated up against Thicke's crotch. Described on various Internet sites as the … [Read more...] about Miley Cyrus “twerking” goes viral, sparks anger
VietNamNet introduces the second part of the talk “Integration and Development”. This has been a hot topic in recent times as a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that Vietnam has signed with many countries are about to take effect. Our guests today are Mr. Nguyen Lien Phuong, Director of the LP Entrepreneur Institute, Prof. PhD Nguyen Quang Thai, Vice President of the Vietnam Economics Association and Dr. Tran Dinh Thien, Director of the Vietnam Economics Institute. Part 1: The last chance for Vietnam From the left: Mr. Nguyen Lien Phuong, Prof. Nguyen Quang Thai and Dr. Tran Dinh ThienVietNamNet: Everybody sees that it is time to change the model of development of Vietnam. After all, concentrating our elite to discuss, to find out a new model of development is firstly the task of the country’s leaders and elite, is that right? The people who are here today are also among Vietnam’s elite. I would like to ask you: do you think … [Read more...] about Eager for the speed of growth, Vietnam will lag behind forever
VietNamNet Bridge – Whatever the merits or demerits of the recent brouhaha over a PhD dissertation, the time is opportune to take a seriously critical look at some post-graduate academic practices and “traditions” in the country. While this topic merits a PhD thesis (and more) on its own, it is pertinent to highlight some problematic salient features, given that a failure to address them urgently will have far-reaching negative consequences. It would qualitatively weaken Viet Nam’s efforts to further its international integration process, not to mention deepen a crisis of confidence in the nation’s higher education system. The doctoral dissertation that attracted the latest controversy was titled “Letter Art in Book Cover Designs in Viet Nam in the 2005-15 period (literal translation).” It was authored by a post-graduate … [Read more...] about PhDs in Vietnam: Just what does the doctor order?
VietNamNet columnist Viet Lam spoke with Prof. James Dale Bindenagel, former US Ambassador to Germany, and now a thinker at the Boston Global Forum, and Dr. Nguyen Hong Son, Deputy Director of the Institute for the East Sea Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about China's rise and Vietnam's choices. Below is the second part of the talk. Prof. Bindenagel: I think, for us, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of what the U.S. role is, from the Chinese point of view, or perhaps from some of the neighbors'. That seems to be changing after the Chinese became more aggressive. The question of the U.S. is what is the role of the U.S. First of all, if we take the land wars, both in Vietnam and in Korea, that was in the context of the Cold War. Now the Cold War has been over for 25 years, so what is its role? Many analysts are looking at the U.S. that it is continuing the Cold War. We are not. That is finished, but there is the role of the U.S. First of all, as we are a Pacific … [Read more...] about China’s rise and Vietnam’s choices (Part 2)