Ten years ago, Nam was captivated by the look of iguanas and tortoises. He decided to buy some of the animals out of interest. He now has a 1,400 square meter garden that has several bird species, and over 100 iguanas, water monitors and African tortoises. The creatures in Nam’s garden may have ferocious appearance, but all of them eat plants and insects, and are very friendly. Among all the animals, Nam loves his albino African tortoise the most. This is a species that can live for up to 150 years, and grow to the size of a pig. Once, this tortoise fell sick and he traveled nearly 100 kilometers from his house to Ho Chi Minh City to find a doctor, but no one was knowledgeable about reptiles. Finally, he thought of endoscopic surgery to remove a tumor. The most popular animal in his garden is the Beared Dragon iguana, which is about the size of an adult's hand. They only put on a tough appearance to scare the enemy, but they never actively attack anyone, so Nam lets them move out … [Read more...] about A home for pet reptiles becomes a mini zoo in southern Vietnam
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Once a week, Le Xuan Hung, 56, of Can Gio goes into a swamp 15 kilometers from his house to cut down nipa palm fruits, one of many locals to do this. The fruits grow in the mangrove forest near the water front. Can Gio still has a large area where the palm trees grow naturally. Locals also use their leaves to cover the roof of their houses. The fruits grow in clusters all year round, but are most abundant in the rainy season from late April to November. Each fruit cluster has hundreds of dark brown fruits the size of a human palm. Its flesh is white and used to make food and drinks. Hung said: "People here often sail small boats into the canals deep inside [the mangrove]. I mainly go on foot, so I wait until noon when the water recedes to pick the fruits. My tool is just a sharp knife." Since the harvesters need to walk in the swamp, they have to wear long pants and boots to protect themselves from leeches and mosquitoes and thorns. "People who are not used to walking in the mud … [Read more...] about Picking nipa palm fruits in swamp in suburban Saigon
By An Phương HCM CITY – Do unique hashtag campaigns or challenges, which take place across many social media platforms, result in something good or bad for society? I bet we’ve all heard of at least one hashtag campaign or challenge before. Of the eight people I spoke with, all of them said they had seen at least one social post tagged with a hashtag or challenge every day. “I often see one to two friends supporting a hashtag campaign or carrying out a random challenge on weekdays, and four to five people on weekends,” Thái Hưng, 28, told me. “Recently, #Trashtag, #Livegreen #MeToo, #Momochallenge and #Kikichallenge have become increasingly popular,” he said. “Of course, there are other ongoing viral hashtags, but social media usage, platforms, circles of friends, personal interests and online behaviour, among other factors, are what determine what we see,” Hưng added. I agree with Hưng. … [Read more...] about Hashtag campaigns: Do they have a realistic impact?
European powers, meanwhile, signaled they were set to follow Washington in recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's rightful leader. In heated back-and-forth exchanges at a United Nations Security Council meeting, the opposing camp led by Venezuela and Russia, which has invested heavily in Venezuela's oil industry, accused Washington of attempting a coup, and lambasted Europeans' demand that elections be called within eight days. Guaido, who took the helm of the National Assembly on Jan. 5, proclaimed himself interim president on Wednesday. The United States, Canada and a string of Latin American countries recognized the young leader in quick succession. Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013 and has the support of the armed forces, has refused to stand down. But on Saturday Guaido gained support from a key military official. Venezuela's defense attache to Washington, Colonel Jose Luis Silva, told Reuters that he has broken with the Maduro … [Read more...] about US calls on world to ‘pick a side’ on Venezuela; Europeans set to recognize Guaido
Puppet?: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given one of the top jobs in world football. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News by Paul Kennedy I’ve never been to Lurgan. I didn’t even know where it was until recently. It sounds like something you use as an excuse when phoning in sick. “Sorry boss, I can’t come in today. I’ve got the Lurgan.” Twenty nine kilometres south west of Belfast in County Armagh, I’m sure Lurgan is a great place. If a visiting Russian was passing through he may well say: “I’ve always wanted to visit Lurgan because the name Lurgan is an anglicisation of the Irish name An Lorgain. This literally means "the shin”. I just had to see the shin town for myself.” In July this year a football team from Norway visited and left disappointed, kicked in the shins, losing by two goals to one in the Europa League against Irish League part-timers Glenavon FC, AKA The Lurgan Blues. Now granted the team from … [Read more...] about It’s not Gunnar happen for United unless they find a top boss