Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Earlier this month, a man living in Thanh Xuân District was bit in the neck by a 30kg Malinois dog owned by his neighbour. The dog was not wearing a muzzle. The tragic story was just the latest in a series of recent fatalities caused by dog bites. In the middle of July, an eight-month old baby girl living on ĐộiCấn Street in Hà Nội died from bites by her own family’s 40kg dog. Dog owners and people living close to dogs are not the only victims. Veterinarians are also vulnerable. In June, a 24-year-old vet had her arm bit by a dog who was being treated at a private clinic in Hà Nội. Despite sterilising the bite, the doctor, who had not been vaccinated against rabies, gradually felt the pain from the bite spread through her whole body. Six weeks after being bitten, she died en route to the hospital. According to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, 43 people died of … [Read more...] about Poor dog control raises spectre of grisly deaths
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Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!
Hungover? Reading this after sleeping all day? Did you meet someone fabulous on Lunar New Year’s Eve? Great! And for all the rest of you who celebrated quietly at home…well done! So what comes next? Visiting! But wait…hang on…it’s not as simple as that! From the first day of Tet, it’s the custom to go around and visit family and friends. This is probably more common in the countryside as folks live closer together in the villages and relatives are often in the same village. In the modern style, a lot of Vietnamese do this and then head off on a quick trip or holiday – depending on their income and means of transport – before kicking off the working year. Again, the idea of ‘luck’ plays a strong part in the arrangements. The first visitor of the New Year should ideally be someone of good character who’s successful in life – so the black sheep of the family who’s always borrowing money for football betting has … [Read more...] about Let’s welcome Year of Dog to Vietnam!
I’m comforted at this time of year by the trustworthy weather reports of Da Nang’s most famous weatherman, Kit Davidson. Funny yet informative, Kit has a reassuring knack of telling us the weather won’t be terrible for long. Even if the gale outside threatens to smash my garden to pieces, his cheerful analysis of the weather is some of my favorite Facebook reading. I’m comforted at this time of year by the trustworthy weather reports of Da Nang’s most famous weatherman, Kit Davidson. Funny yet informative, Kit has a reassuring knack of telling us the weather won’t be terrible for long. Even if the gale outside threatens to smash my garden to pieces, his cheerful analysis of the weather is some of my favorite Facebook reading. It’s weird. Even though we get nearly 10 months of sunshine in tropical Vietnam, at this time of year I spend my time wishing I was somewhere less gloomy and moody. Wander into any expat bar and you’ll see expats … [Read more...] about It’s not cold…pfft!
In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked on a series of bilateral agreements at a summit on Sunday that both sides hope will establish an enduring strategic partnership. Signalling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day. It was a remarkable spectacle given that, just a year ago, Modi was persona non grata in Washington and denied a visa to the United States. After a working lunch that included kebabs made with lotus stem, figs and spices, the two leaders got down to talks to finalise possible agreements on climate change, renewable energy, taxation and defence cooperation. Indian media reported that negotiators had struck a deal on civilian nuclear trade. The NDTV news channel said they had ironed out differences on suppliers' liability in the event of a nuclear accident and on tracking of material supplied. The White House … [Read more...] about After a bear hug, Obama gets down to business with Modi in India