BIG BEARD: Wolves manager Nuno Santo will surely be a wanted man next season. AFP Photo BY PAUL KENNEDY There is little doubt in any right thinking football fans’ mind that the Premier League manager of the season has to be Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City boss has been outstanding, leading his team to an historic domestic treble, emphatically clinching the third trophy of the season on Saturday with a 6-0 demolition of Watford in the FA Cup final. He may personally be a little disappointed that City fell short in the Champions League, but what Pep has achieved this season qualifies unreservedly for the prize of Manager of the Year. But an honorary mention must go to one Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo, the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The former Portuguese goalkeeper took charge of the Black Country club in May 2017 and earned promotion winning the Championship with two games to spare in his first season at the helm. With financial support from … [Read more...] about Can Wolves keep the wolves at bay?
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Nguyen Quang Thieu, poet My father died of lung cancer in 2008. In his twilight years, he was confined to a cushioned chair, as he could not breathe while lying on a bed. Since he was living in the countryside, my siblings and I could only take care of him during the weekends, as we all had jobs in faraway places. During the time that I spent with him, I started to notice more carefully the behavior of our family dog, Lu, who my Dad had raised since he was young. Lu often walked outside the porch or around the neighborhood during the day. But ever since my Dad became bedridden, he stayed with him the whole time, lying next to his chair. I think Lu hasn’t slept at all during that time. Dad’s terminal cancer forced him to take painkillers once every two or three hours. Every time he moaned in pain or wanted to get up, Lu immediately stood up and sat by his side. I often timed my phone alarm to wake my Dad up once every 1.5 hours to help him take his medications … [Read more...] about Why our dog was a close family member
Can Tho Children’s Hospital is overloaded and many have to rest near the elevators due to the rising number of hand, foot, mouth patients. Child patients suffer from hand, foot, mouth disease Can Tho Children’s Hospital received 1,300 child patients in the first two weeks of October, doubling over the same period in 2017. About 200 to 300 patients go to the hospital each day. There are many children from the nearby provinces in the Mekong Delta region. Most of them are under three years old, had high fevers and diarrhoea when they were admitted. Thach Thi So Phanh from Phong Phu Commune said, "My daughter is only 20 months old. Her condition is serious and she can't eat much. We have to use a mat to lay on the ground." Dr Huynh Hung Dung said two or three children have to share one bed. The whole hospital has only 500 beds and the ward of infectious diseases has 80 beds so they had to make use of another room for nearly 140 beds which are not enough for over 200 … [Read more...] about Can Tho Hospital overloaded with hand, foot, mouth patients
A recent statement by the Hanoi administration calling on residents to refrain from eating dog and cat meat in order to promote a “civilized” image has reignited a debate that shows no sign of being settled any time soon. “The city wants people to see the value in treatment animals humanely,” the statement said. It has received both support and criticism from prominent citizens and the common man. Historian Nguyen Ngoc Tien said consumption of dog meat in Vietnam dates back to the French colonial times. “Since 1888, the French banned the consumption of dog meat, as Europeans think they’re cute creatures,” he said. The police even punished those who did, he added. The ban was lifted in 1936. Food stalls selling dog meant began sprouting up on some of Hanoi’s most iconic streets in the Old Quarter, like Ma May and Hang Luoc. “People who loved eating dog meat were often from the countryside,” Tien said. He claimed city folk were … [Read more...] about Dogs are back on the table in Vietnam
Most people in Vietnam knows it is illegal to sell tiger meat or pangolin scales or rhino horn. It is common knowledge that trading elephant ivory is a criminal offense, punishable by fines and jail time. But few of us seem to know that it is just as illegal to sell a Mekong Giant Catfish or Giant Barb. But it is. Every restaurant advertising these endangered giants is breaking the law. Every time you eat a plate of Mekong Giant Catfish in Hanoi or Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, you are helping a criminal. In fact, you are paying a criminal. And you are also helping to drive this extraordinary species toward extinction. Instead of choosing one of these dishes from the menu, you should choose to contact the Provincial Department of Fisheries. The government and Vietnamese people have taken significant steps in recent years to tackle wildlife crime and trafficking of species like tigers, elephants and rhinos. It is time we ended the illegal trade in the Mekong’s most magnificent … [Read more...] about When you eat a Mekong Giant Catfish, you are paying criminals