Illustration by Trịnh Lập Paul Kennedy October 1951, was an important month in the history of television, and more specifically, light entertainment. A new kind of show aired for the first time on the 15th of that month staring Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. It was called ‘I Love Lucy’ and appeared on America’s CBS network, running for a little under six years with a total of 180 episodes recorded. It may not have been the first sitcom to air on television, but the importance of the show was far-reaching and indeed ground-breaking in the world of television. Lead actress Lucille Ball was a pioneer, not only leading the way for future generations of female comedians, but also running the production company in charge of the show. Her real-life husband and co-star was Hispanic, and Ball had to fight tooth-and-nail with the network to make sure he played the part of her onscreen spouse. And she won. … [Read more...] about YouTube success can bring you fame, but what about fortune?
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Conference seeks ways for investment promotion in Quang Binh An investment promotion conference in the central province of Quang Binh was convened on August 28, focusing on presentations of the province’s potential and investment opportunities. Present at the conference were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and more than 800 delegates from among the leaders of ministries and departments, along with representatives of embassies, Lao provinces, commercial banks, associations, international organizations and businesses. Participating domestic and foreign organizations and businesses, through the conference, discussed investment and trade opportunities with local authorities. The event is expected to serve as a platform for the handing over of investment registration certificates and cooperation deals to 66 projects with a combined registered capital of US$7.34 billion. Earlier, the provincial People’s Committee held a series of sideline activities, including investment … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 28/8
The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of "We're in the final" and a cacophony of car horns and fire crackers rang out over Paris on Tuesday (Jul 10) as residents in the capital celebrated France's march to the World Cup final. Paris celebrates France making it into the World Cup final with a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium. (AFP/Eric FEFERBERG) A crowd of 20,000 gathered to watch Didier Deschamps' team beat Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final in Saint Petersburg on a giant screen at Paris' historic Hotel de Ville, or town hall. With viewing space at a premium every vantage spot was occupied - with fans perched on trees, on top of vans, on dustbins and bus shelters. Samuel Umtiti's decisive goal in the 51st minute triggered the waving of a sea of tricolor flags as ecstatic supporters - many in the national team's colours - kissed and hugged and danced. "Vive la France, vive la Republique" shouted Alia and Sacha, two Parisian schoolchildren. "We are so proud to be … [Read more...] about World Cup: Paris celebrates France’s march to the final
Viet Nam News by Lê Hoài Nam To meet Diễm, his ex-wife, Đổng went to a refreshment stall on the side of a street. A few minutes later, she turned up in a black Camry. Getting out, at first glance she seemed greatly displeased with his casual clothes. “You’ve come by bus, haven’t you?” she asked him in a contemptuous voice. “Pawned your motorbike?” she went on. Blushing with shame he replied, “I needed the money to wire a building for lighting and high-tech gadgets. I’ll get it back soon.” “Hmm, at the age of fifty, with a degree in electrical engineering, you should be ashamed of yourself for having pawned your terrible motorbike,” she mocked him. “It’s not a big deal, I’ll be sorted soon.” “Really? What did you want to see me for then? Not for money, eh?” “Certainly not! Have I ever borrowed anything from you?” … [Read more...] about One melody in memory of father
VietNamNet Bridge – Twenty years have passed since the young doctor, Trinh Duc Thien, left Hue City for the remote and mountainous A Vao Commune in central Quang Tri Province’s Dak Rong District to work after graduating from medical college. Doctor Trinh Duc Thien taking care of herbal medicine grown at a garden of A Vao Commune’s health clinic. - Photo tienphong.vn After travelling hundreds of kilometers, Thien found a small and degraded clinic that was surrounded by forest. Wild animals were wandering around to find food. Some stilt houses of Pa Ko ethnic minority were nearby. However, the young man was not discouraged. Thien was born and grew up in A Luoi District, central Thua Thien-Hue Province which borders A Bung commune of Dak Rong District of Quang Tri Province – home to many ethnic minority groups, including Pa Ko. So he understood some backward customs of the groups, including a custom of the Pa Ko that requires a pregnant woman to leave … [Read more...] about Doctor fights to save lives and end superstitions