Go club tightens Vietnam – RoK ties

Club life in Vietnam and who you should expect to encounter. The lack of decent venues for ravers has led to the formation of a unique EDM scene that is guaranteed to provide a good story the morning after. Clubs here, due to their late development, are not quite what you might expect. Clubbing is considered less a recreational activity and more a chance to show-off, which explains the high tables that take up vast areas of clubs in Vietnam and limit the dance floor. VnExpress puts on a tank-top, jogging pants and Yeezy boots and takes you to where the DJs are dropping the beats. At the table People with a high credit score. The Oscar winner wannabes: Girls swimming in mermaid gowns, or boys sitting tight in tuxedos. These showmen and showwomen drink mostly nothing, sit on high chairs, check their phones non-stop, hardly look up and leave the club with everybody else. Hookah lovers: Since their introduction to Vietnam's growing smoking population, shishas have refused to be extinguished. Those with shisha pipes jammed in their mouths and phones in hand are not hard to find in the flashing lights and head blowing music. Boozers: Those who drink like there's no tomorrow, moving from table to table in an unconscious attempt to socialize with strangers they will probably never meet again. These guys usually go clubbing on their own, but end up leaving with somebody on their arm. On-my-mark, douchebags: Of course it's not five, six, seven, eight…... [read more]

Club life in Vietnam and who you should expect to encounter. The lack of decent venues for ravers has led to the formation of a unique EDM scene that is guaranteed to provide a good story the morning after. Clubs here, due to their late development, are not quite what you might expect. Clubbing is considered less a recreational activity and more a chance to show-off, which explains the high tables that take up vast areas of clubs in Vietnam and limit the dance floor. VnExpress puts on a tank-top, jogging pants and Yeezy boots and takes you to where the DJs are dropping the beats. At the table People with a high credit score. The Oscar winner wannabes: Girls swimming in mermaid gowns, or boys sitting tight in tuxedos. These showmen and showwomen drink mostly nothing, sit on high chairs, check their phones non-stop, hardly look up and leave the club with everybody else. Hookah lovers: Since their introduction to Vietnam's growing smoking population, shishas have refused to be extinguished. Those with shisha pipes jammed in their mouths and phones in hand are not hard to find in the flashing lights and head blowing music. Boozers: Those who drink like there's no tomorrow, moving from table to table in an unconscious attempt to socialize with strangers they will probably never meet again. These guys usually go clubbing on their own, but end up leaving with somebody on their arm. On-my-mark, douchebags: Of course it's not five, six, seven, eight…... [read more]

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Manager David Moyes said on Friday he hopes to have some good news in the "next day or so" about the possibility of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas joining Manchester United. Moyes is looking to bring some new players into the squad in his first season in charge at Old Trafford and has been linked with the Spanish international midfielder, while Wayne Rooney's future remains unresolved. The English Premier League champions are in Sydney as part of their pre-season tour and are taking on the A-League All Stars on Saturday. All interest has been on Moyes' behind-the-scenes transfer manoeuvrings with the British press reporting the club has lodged a 26 million pounds ($39 million) bid for midfielder Fabregas, which has yet to be rejected by Spanish champions Barcelona. "I'm in contact with the chief executive who has been dealing with it and hopefully I'll know a bit more in the next day or so," Moyes told a press conference when asked how the Fabregas negotiations were progressing. "It's the middle of the night back home in England so I might have a bit more info in the next day or so about how it is going," Club chief executive Ed Woodward left the pre-season tour earlier this week to attend what he said was "urgent transfer business." Moyes, who has been tight-lipped over the Rooney situation this week, gave little away when he said Friday "the club's position hasn't changed on Wayne Rooney, there's no change to that". "Besides that... we're trying…... [read more]

Heavy metal veterans Black Sabbath have announced they are reuniting, more than three decades after the release of their last studio album. In a much-hyped appearance at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go club on Friday , the band's original line-up told an ecstatic gathering of fans they would be bringing out their first new studio album in 33 years in 2012. As well as the record, to be produced by Rick Rubin, the band will also be embarking on a worldwide tour after headlining Download Festival in their native Midlands next year. Ozzy Osbourne joined fellow sexagenarians Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward at the venue where the band made their Los Angeles debut in 1970, to address a large, black-t-shirt-clad crowd. Metal Hammer magazine reported an "electric" atmosphere as the hour of the announcement approached. The comeback sparked jubilation among fans, many of whom had long hoped to see the Birmingham rockers reunite. James McMahon, editor of Kerrang! magazine, insisted the reunion did not represent just another bunch of old timers getting back together to cash in on their cult status, and predicted fans would feel the same way. "Metal fans can be the most cynical people in the world," he said. "But the return of Black Sabbath - I don't think anyone thinks that's a bad thing. "It's different because they announced they're making a record and that's really exciting. It doesn't feel weary in the way a lot of reunions of classic bands does. "They are…... [read more]

A teenage gang in Hanoi was sentenced to a total 160 years in prison for rape and theft. The Hanoi People's Court concluded the trial of the gang on June 10. The gang led by Dao Thi Thu Huong, also known as My "Soi" (My "The Wolf"), 15, and her lover Trinh Thang Long, 19, included six other defendants aged between 18 and 20, each facing from four to 30 years in prison. Hoang Trong Dat and Le Quang Vinh were sentenced to 30 years each. Three defendants Nguyen Xuan Thang (18), Nguyen Duc Hoang and Au The Doan, both 19, were sentenced to 18 years in prison each and Tran Hoang Nam was sentenced four years for robbery. According to the Hanoi Supreme People's Procuracy, My Soi had joined Hanoi's criminal underworld. To raise money everyday, My Soi would befriend young girls and then entice them to go clubbing or shopping. When the girls agreed to meet, My Soi and her gang would rob them and then rape them. They used film footage of the rapes to blackmail the abused women. My Soi would threaten the women with a knife if they refused to co-operate. On July 16, 2010, My Soi and her boyfriend Trinh Thang Long and three other gang members robbed a VND300,000 (USD14.55) mobile phone of a woman who they took to a guesthouse to rape. On the following day, My Soi and her accomplices raped Y. and stole her mobile phone. Between July 16-20 2010,…... [read more]

In response to questions in Your Say column of this newspaper, readers have supplied some views on the drunk-driving situation in Viet Nam. Jacob Gold, American, New York The Minister of Finance, Vu Van Ninh, has submitted a Decree on Sports Gambling to the Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, for his approval. Its aim is to legalise gambling on selected sporting events in Viet Nam, an activity that flourishes in different forms despite the ban. The sports eligible for the time being would be horse and greyhound racing - and international football games. The draft would allow minimum bets of VND10,000 ($0.5) and maximum bets of VND1 million ($50) per person per day. If approved, this would be the first time Viet Nam has officially approved of betting on sports, even though the practice is popular in other countries. However, long before the new draft appeared, as a country which has a great passion for sports, particularly football, many fans already go beyond Vietnamese borders by placing on international gambling web sites. -Have you ever taken part in sports betting? How much money you normally spend on such activities? How often do you do that? - If you are an expatriate in Viet Nam and like betting on sports, how do you manage to place a bet? What do you think about the proposal to legalise sports betting? - How do people in your country bet? What sports are involved? - How does your government ensure that the operations of…... [read more]

Compared to other strategic board games like chess and Chinese checkers, the game of "Go" was imported to Vietnam only about 10 years ago. Being new to the scene, and therefore lacking any master players, the game has been to slow to become a popular pastime. However, Ogura Koen, the Japanese man responsible for introducing Go to Vietnam, hopes to pro-mote the game and cultivate a national passion for it. Go is a board game originally developed in ancient China. Designed for two players, opponents take turns moving black and white stones to vacant intersections of a line grid. The object is to take control of the board by forming "territories" that cannot be captured by the opponent, due to the particular placement of one's stones. Despite relatively simple rules, the game is rich in strategic complexity. Like many other Japanese, Ogura was an avid Go player from childhood. His love and passion for the game have continued to grow, and now the master teacher has set his sights on sharing his knowledge and zeal for the pastime with all of Vietnam. He is already credited with introducing Go to Ho Chi Minh City as well as increasing the game's pro-file in other provinces. In Japan, Go is not merely a game for entertainment, but also a highly effective educational tool that tests the intellect of anyone who plays it. It's especially great for children, which Ogura wants to share with Vietnamese parents. His hope is that adults will create…... [read more]

NEW YORK: Serena Williams served up a rallying cry for equal pay for black women Monday (Jul 31), decrying that they would have to work on average eight months longer to earn the same as male counterparts in one year. Serena Williams, shown here at the Costume Institute Benefit in New York on May 1, is using her voice to plead for equal pay for black women. (Photo: AFP/Angela Weiss) The record-breaking tennis star and world's highest paid female athlete - who has spoken candidly about sexism and racism - wrote a nearly 1,000-word essay in Fortune magazine to mark Black Women's Equal Pay Day. For every dollar made by a man, black women make 63 cents in the United States. Black women earn 17 per cent less than white women, and black women with graduate degrees get paid less at every level, wrote Williams. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion quoted data showing that only 44 per cent of white men recognise the pay gap as an issue. "I have been treated unfairly, I've been disrespected by my male colleagues and - in the most painful times - I've been the subject of racist remarks on and off the tennis court," wrote the 35-year-old. "The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles," she added, calling for legislation and action…... [read more]

MADRID: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo denied hiding millions of euros in income at a court hearing near the Spanish capital on Monday (Jul 31) where he was charged with tax evasion. Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's highest paid athlete, according to Forbes magazine AFP/JAVIER SORIANO The Portuguese - the world's highest paid sportsman according to Forbes magazine - is the latest football star to fall foul of Spain's taxman. He follows in the footsteps of his arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year. "I have never hidden anything, nor have I had the intention of evading taxes," Ronaldo, 32, told the court, according to a statement from the sports agency which represents him, Gestifute. "I always voluntarily file my tax returns because I think we all must file a return and pay taxes according to our income. Those that know me, know what I ask my advisors: that they have everything up to date and properly paid, because I don't want problems." Accused of having evaded €14.7 million (US$17.3 million) in tax, he entered and left the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, via an underground garage to avoid the press. Prosecutors allege he took "advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax…... [read more]




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