A tourist takes pictures of Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago famous for its wildlife preserve. — Photo monitor.co.ugViet Nam News RIO DE JANEIRO — She’s a born rebel: a remote Brazilian island welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there. The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone -- including the parents. "The mother, who does not want to be identified, went into labour at home," the island’s administration said in a statement carried by O Globo newspaper. "The family says it wasn’t aware of the pregnancy." Tiny Fernando de Noronha -- an archipelago famous for its wildlife preserve and with a population of just over 3,000 -- doesn’t authorise births because there’s no maternity ward, O Globo reported. Expectant mothers are told to travel to the mainland, where the nearest big city is Natal, 365km across the ocean. … [Read more...] about Baby’s birth breaks rule on remote Brazilian island
Lewis Hamilton reopened old wounds on Monday (Apr 30) when the Mercedes driver accused title rival Sebastian Vettel of breaking the rules during Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton accuses Sebastian Vettel of dangerous tactics when the safety car left the circuit in Baku on Sunday (Apr 29). (Photo: AFP/Andrej Isakovic) Hamilton repeated his complaint made during Sunday's race when he accused the German Ferrari driver of slowing and accelerating, almost stopping and then re-starting, while they followed the Safety Car. "The rules are that when the safety car goes, you're not allowed to start and stop, start and stop," he said. "You're not allowed to gas and then brake. You're not allowed to fake the guy behind. "Because, naturally, if there was not that rule, that's what you'd do, because, eventually, you'd catch them sleeping. You're not allowed to do that. "Every re-start I've done ... I've abided by that. In Australia, Sebastian accelerated and then braked and I … [Read more...] about Hamilton accuses Vettel of breaking rules
VietNamNet Bridge - Major General Le Van Cuong, former director of the Institute of Strategy Studies, the Ministry of Public Security, told Dan Tri online newspaper that the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands on the Philippines’ lawsuit against China’s nine-dash line claims in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) is a break-through for Vietnam’s struggle to defend its legitimate rights and interests and sovereignty in the East Sea. Q: The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on July 12 ruled that there is no legal foundation for China’s U-shaped line claims in the East Sea. What do you think of the ruling? Le Van Cuong: I think this is a very honest judgment, in accordance with objective and historical reality. I fully believe in international justice and the verdict of the Tribunal. China does not have any legal basis for the 9-dotted line claims. The Tribunal's ruling again rejected the absurd … [Read more...] about How does the East Sea ruling affect Vietnam?
Brazil's Senate voted on Thursday to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal that will now confront Michel Temer, the vice president who succeeds her. With Rousseff suspended during the Senate trial for allegedly breaking budget rules, the centrist Temer will take the helm of a country that again finds itself mired in political and economic volatility after a recent decade of prosperity. The 55-22 vote ends more than 13 years of rule by the left-wing Workers Party, which rose from Brazil's labor movement and helped pull millions of people out of poverty before seeing many of its leaders face corruption investigations. Fireworks rang out in some neighborhoods across Brazil after the vote at the end of a 20-hour session in the Senate. Police had briefly clashed with pro-Rousseff demonstrators in Brasilia on Wednesday, exchanging volleys of tear gas and rocks. The impeachment process began in the lower … [Read more...] about Brazil Senate puts Rousseff on trial, ending 13 years of leftist rule World
"Kong: Skull Island" emerged victorious after a battle of the beasts that pitted the giant ape movie against the Wolverine's last stand. Cresting a wave of good reviews, "Kong: Skull Island" topped the domestic box office, racking up a mighty $61 million. That handily beat estimates, which had "Kong: Skull Island" debuting to between $45 million and $50 million. King Kong's roar didn't totally drown out Wolverine's berserker rage. In its second weekend, Fox's "Logan" dropped 58% to $37.8 million, pushing its stateside total to $152.6 million. The R-rated comic book adventure is Hugh Jackman's swan song as Wolverine after nearly two decades playing the X-Men team member. "Kong: Skull Island" gets bragging rights for topping expectations, but the film isn't out of the woods yet. It cost a hefty $185 million to produce, which means that it will need to be a hit overseas if Legendary and Warner Bros., the studios behind the film, want to make a profit. On the domestic front, "Kong: Skull … [Read more...] about Box Office – ‘Kong: Skull Island’ rules with mighty $61 million debut
Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Is Beyonce too edgy for the music industry? Or do the Grammy Awards suffer from an underlying racial bias? The superstar’s failure to win top prizes is vexing her many admirers -- among them the night’s big winner Adele. Beyonce had led the Grammy nominations with nine for Lemonade, her most daring album to date, which she crafted as a celebration of the resilience of African American women. But Beyonce, whose tour was one of the industry’s most lucrative in 2016, took only two awards Sunday, again losing in the leading categories of Album and Record of the Year. Adele, whose blockbuster album 25 stuck to her trusted style of wrenching ballads, for the second time swept three top Grammys -- and she earned praise from Beyonce’s fans for saying that Lemonade deserved to win. "My view is, kind of, what the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?" Adele told reporters at the Los Angeles gala. The English singer said … [Read more...] about Riding high, Beyonce fails to break Grammy curse – Life & Style – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
Members of the public, lawyers, and showbiz celebs in Vietnam have frowned on the national performing department’s proposal to ban models and beauties who have competed in other countries without seeking prior permission from going abroad. Nguyen Dang Chuong, head of the Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism recently said in an interview with a local newspaper that his department will recommend the Ministry of Public Security to bar models and beauties who defy local performing regulations from leaving Vietnam. The proposal came as a drastic, preventive measure to cope with local beauties’ unauthorized competition in overseas pageants in recent years, Chuong added. Six beauties and models were found competing in international pageants abroad without permission last year. The latest example is Dieu Linh, a model in Ho Chi Minh City. On January 9, Linh was fined VND22.5 million (US$1,049) by the chief inspector of the Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Controversy erupts over proposed immigration ban on rule-breaking Vietnamese models, beauties
Jens Wegmann from Germany, who was recently on a seven-day holiday to Ha Noi with his girlfriend, said his overriding impression of the city was the mayhem on the roads. "At one point I didn't think we'd make it back home alive," Wegmann said, adding that many of his friends were also horrified by the driving in Ha Noi. He said that while walking from Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake to Hang Gai Street in the Old Quarter at night, both he and his girlfriend were nearly killed by motorbike racers. "We were walking along the road immersed in conversation when there was suddenly a deafening roar. We leapt onto the pavement just as a group of motorbikes flew past," Wegmann said, adding that he was certain that they would have been killed if they had been hit. Ly Nha Ky, a local artist, said she often saw teenagers racing their bikes in Ba Ria-Vung Tau. These people purposely speed to demonstrate their supposed machoness, he said. "I saw two racers die on the road when they hit each other, but no one … [Read more...] about Officials urge public to obey road rules
VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Anh Tuan has asked relevant agencies to name singers, models and show organizers who broke the laws on the media. To avoid granting performing licenses to show organizers and artists that violated the laws, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked provincial departments of culture, sports and tourism to update the list of violators in the last three years and send it to the Performing Art Agency. Based on this list, individuals and organizations that broke the law systematically will be inspected. The Deputy Minister also asked local departments to set up hot lines to receive information on violations in performing activities. The Performing Art Agency is assigned to set up three working groups to combine with the Ministry’s Inspectorate to check performing arts in some key areas like Hanoi, HCM City, Thai Nguyen and Thanh Hoa before August 30. The Performing Art Agency is requested to … [Read more...] about Breaking rules, artists will be named by the media
Modern Cheo: breaking the rules? (20-09-2005) by Anh Thu In 1988 director Doan Hoang Giang's play, Nang Sita (Princess Sita), faced the scorn of critics after he broke with tradition by using modern language in the traditional cheo opera. But audiences loved it and filled the 1,000-seat Cong Nhan Theatre in Ha Noi every night of the performance. Behind the scenes, Giang faced stinging comments from dozens of veteran artists, critics and even cultural authorities. Still, the cheo artistic community continued to experiment. Today, the argument about what is best — modern or traditional - remains. Says Giang: "I have no idea whether cheo should be maintained in the traditional way or be made more modern. I'm just exhausted from talking about the issue." Actress and singer Thu Huyen of the Ha Noi Cheo Theatre, however, thinks that critics are missing the point. "Performing in either a modern or traditional way isn't a problem with me. I only care about how our cheo artists … [Read more...] about Modern Cheo: breaking the rules?