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Where does the impeachment inquiry go now?

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The U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry hearings picked up steam this week, as nine current and former U.S. officials testified on President Donald Trump's controversial dealings with the Ukrainian government. With three full days of testimony this week, and two the previous, International Edition’s Steve Miller speaks with Dr. Craig Albert, a political science professor at Augusta University, to unpack as to what the testimony meant to the Democrats and Republicans. Plus, a former CIA officer who pleaded guilty to an espionage conspiracy with China faces sentencing. The AP's Matt Small reports. In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The decision comes at a time when the United States has requested substantial increases to what it wants South Korea and Japan to pay for hosting US forces in their respective countries. International Edition’s Steve Miller speaks with John Grover Korean Studies Fellow at the Institute for the National Interest. Later in the program... after three years of investigation, Israel's Attorney General has decided to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate cases. The most serious charge is bribery, and it is the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister has been indicted. Linda Gradstein reports Netanyahu accused the attorney general of trying to stage a coup. Turning to world news... British police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland over the deaths of 39 people from Vietnam who were found in a refrigerated container truck last month. The top U.S. representative in Taiwan says Washington is working with it to combat efforts by Beijing to influence upcoming elections on the island. Police will be out in force at polling stations in Hong Kong this weekend as keenly contested local elections take place amid ongoing anti-government protests. A rare near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction in Dallas for $1.26 million. A jury in New Zealand found a man guilty on Friday of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane, almost a year after the incident took place. Reuters' Jayson Albano has the details. Finally, a new report finds most adolescents around the world do not get enough physical activity on a daily basis to be healthy and to stay healthy as adults. Lisa Schlein reports this World Health Organization study presents the first-ever global estimates of insufficient physical activity among adolescents aged 11 to 17.  
          

Erste Tote aus Kühllaster in Vietnam beigesetzt

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First remains of UK truck victims arrive in Vietnam

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The first remains of the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain last month arrived in Vietnam early Wednesday, an airport security source said.

The post First remains of UK truck victims arrive in Vietnam appeared first on Asian Correspondent.


          

Akibat gol menit terakhir Vietnam, Timnas U-22 Indonesia kalah

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Tim nasional U-22 Indonesia kalah dari 1-2 dari Vietnam dalam lanjutan Grup B SEA Games 2019 yang berlangsung di Stadion Rizal Memorial, Manila, Filipina, Minggu, setelah kebobolan di menit ke-90+1.Indonesia sejatinya unggul ...


          

Vietnam Tour Partenze Novembre Dicembre.

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Vietnam Tour Partenze Novembre Dicembre

          

Comentário sobre O extraordinário caso do menino vietnamita que só sabe falar inglês por Joaquim

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Eu acho isso tudo muito intrigante, mas com uma leve quantia de falcatrua.
          

Drivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: The role of management standards and innovation

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Drivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: The role of management standards and innovation

Calza, E., Goedhuys, M. & Trifković, N., 2 Jan 2019, In : Economics of Innovation and New Technology. 28, 1, p. 23-44

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Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomics of Innovation and New Technology
Volume28
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)23-44
ISSN1043-8599
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

          

Lost in implementation? REDD+ country readiness experiences in Indonesia and Vietnam

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Lost in implementation? REDD+ country readiness experiences in Indonesia and Vietnam

Casse, T., Milhøj, A., Nielsen, M. R., Meilby, H. & Rochmayanto, Y., 2019, In : Climate and Development. 11, 9, p. 799-811 13 p.

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The REDD+ readiness phase leading up to implementation has been slow and has fallen short of expectations. In this article, we present REDD+ experiences from two countries, Indonesia and Vietnam, with a focus on the readiness phase, examining policy processes at the central, provincial and local levels. Interviews with key stakeholders (officials, donors, NGOs, village representatives) and data from household surveys suggest that efforts have been concentrated at the central level, with the provincial level mainly feeding data into the process and the local level practically left to its own devices. Furthermore, the REDD+ design may be misguided as it exempts the major stakeholders, namely the state and private enterprises, from declaring emissions sub-targets in the national carbon reduction action plans, and focuses exclusively on rural forest dwellers who struggle to understand the ideas that underpin REDD+.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClimate and Development
Volume11
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)799-811
Number of pages13
ISSN1756-5529
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

          

Workout for a good cause

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The Bellport High School wrestling team, high school athletes, coaches and staff gathered on May 22 to complete a memorial workout to benefit the Wounded Warriors project in remembrance of local fallen hero Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy. The memorial workout consisted of a two-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, and 300 squats. More than $650 was raised with generous contributions from the high school staff and the South Country Central School District community. Born in 1976 in Suffolk County, Lt. Murphy was a U.S. Navy SEAL officer and the first Navy recipient since the Vietnam War to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the War in Afghanistan in 2005. He also received posthumous awards including the Silver Star Medal, later upgraded to the Medal of Honor, and a Purple Heart. Memorial workout organizer Joseph Scioli said the event drew a great group of staff and students. The top five finishers completed the workout in under 35 minutes, which are elite athlete times. Bellport Wrestling “Murph” Memorial Workout Video
          

Human Resources: Payroll Processor - Pasadena, Texas

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Payroll ProcessorPasadena,TXBrief Description of Responsibilities:Assist with all areas of payroll processing and reporting.Enter and/or import time from various systems, audit and balance payroll for processing. Void check or issue stop payments in accordance with Payroll policy and procedures. OCIP reporting and certified payroll reporting as required. Tracking and reporting.Related Work Experience:Prior Payroll Processing experience is required. Confidentiality a must. This position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written. Planning and organization skills are required to manage multiple simultaneous projects. Strong attention to detail, analysis, problem solving and account reconciliation is required. Knowledge of FLSA, IRS Laws and Requirements.Special Skills, Professional Qualifications, Certifications, Software Skills, etc.:10 key by touch. Computer skills, Including Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).Required Educational Background:HS Diploma or equivalent.Job Ref: 130962BrandSafway, including its subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, special disabled or Vietnam or other era veteran status. ()
          

COMPASS UNITY Hosts Its First Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting

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COMPASS Unity, a drug abuse prevention coalition representing the communities that comprise the South Country Central School District (Bellport, Brookhaven, and parts of East Patchogue, Medford and Yaphank) is hosting an Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall Post 8300 located at 330 North Dunton Ave, East Patchogue. The main focus of the evening will be a panel discussion. The panelists include: Craig Brodmerkel, director of inpatient/outpatient adolescent services at Outreach of Bellport and Brentwood; Stephanie Sloan, Sr. Drug Abuse Educator, Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene, Police Officer McVeigh of the Suffolk County Police Department; Doctor Kee, a pediatrician from Hudson River Health Care; Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence and Jim Vaughan, Commander of VFW Post 8300, a recovering Vietnam veteran, and member of COMPASS Unity. The panel presentation will be followed by a period for community members, parents and youth to ask questions or express their concerns about underage drinking.For additional information, contact Lynette Murphy, project coordinator for COMPASS Unity at (631) 730-1614 or lmurphy@southcountry.org. Click to view flyer.
          

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Bellport High School Vietnam / Iraq Veteran’s Memorial Dedication

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A monument dedication ceremony was recently held at Bellport High School, honoring former students of South Country School District who lost their lives in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. The monument project was the result of the work of resident Ron Kinsella, working together with the staff and students of the Bellport High School History Club. The granite monument is located at the main entrance of Bellport High School and displays the names of these brave members of our Armed Forces. Alumni John J. Foden, Richard P. Frasca, Joseph E. R. Neal, Thomas A. Palladino, Bruce Richardson and William Wells lost their lives in the Vietnam War and James E. Lundin, during Operation Iraqui Freedom
          

The Patriots: On Reading Becoming in Tehran, by Shohreh Laici

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Cultural Cross Sections
Shohreh Laici
A photograph of the Tehran city skyline with the logo of Michelle Obama's book Becoming hovering just above the buildings
Photo of Tehran by Xiquinho Silva / Flickr

A writer in Tehran incapable of entering the US under the Muslim travel ban encounters Michelle Obama’s Becoming in a beauty salon. Reading the Farsi translation, she finds encouragement in its pages.

Every Fourth of July, I question my American friends’ patriotism. I email them Independence Day congratulations, attached with pictures of the American flag. Many of my American friends don’t show much interest in my Fourth of July congratulations. Like my friend Sam. He thinks differently about the idea of the flag, national anthem, and patriotism. Sam believes that the flag is not sacred; it’s just a symbol. He says he doesn’t need to wrap himself in the US flag to demonstrate that he is a patriot. To him, patriotism is more than just following a flag and cheering for the politicians who wave it. Although Sam was born and raised in a military family with right-wing political views, he is very leftist.

Since November 2016, Sam has lived in a number of European countries and recently settled down in northeastern Africa to serve as a health consultant. He doesn’t like living in the States anymore and thinks of himself as a citizen of the world. Once I asked Sam how he feels when some people of other countries—including Iran—burn the US flag. He smiled and said, “I understand that it’s a statement. We—the Americans—burn our flag to make a statement, too. For some Americans the flag is sacred, that’s true, but for the ones like me who understand the freedom of speech, it’s different. I’m the son of a Vietnam War veteran, and I lost my father for this country. Who can be more patriotic than me? But this country is a mess right now, and as an American, I’m not proud of the US, where good people like you are not welcome.”

As an Iranian woman who was born to Muslim parents, I’m not welcome in the United States under the Trump Muslim ban.

As an Iranian woman who was born to Muslim parents, I’m not welcome in the United States under the Trump Muslim ban. Although the US has broken my heart, many times in different ways, I’ve never stopped loving it, and I never will. Maybe that’s the reason I’ve been devoting my life in Tehran to keeping the literary conversation between our countries alive and urgent, through reading and writing about the US. Over the past two years, I’ve been writing nonfiction essays about my relationship with American literature and its art, and most of these essays were written in my room in Tehran—my little America.

I never thought that one day I would be able to write about the most famous woman in the United States—the former FLOTUS. I never expected that a beauty salon in northern Tehran would be the place where we could meet. Well, of course, we never met in person. But in a beauty salon in northern Tehran, I found her portrait staring at me from the cover of Becoming.

Among Iranian women, Michelle Obama is considered by far to be the most charismatic FLOTUS.

First ladies of the United States have always been headline news among Iranian women. From Jackie Kennedy’s sunglasses and scarves, to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and hairstyle, to Melania Trump’s heels and flats. But things are very different for Michelle Obama. She’s highly regarded among us as an intelligent and courageous woman. Among Iranian women, she is considered by far to be the most charismatic FLOTUS.

I was a little surprised to see her book because I had no idea it had been translated into Farsi and published in Iran. To be honest, the Farsi translation of Becoming wasn’t what I expected, and I wish I could first read it in English. But the translated version had received very serious attention among Iranian readers, especially young women, and it quickly rose to the top of the best-seller list. Reading Becoming in my tiny room in Tehran was like having a journey in my life. The book, especially the first section— “Becoming Me”—took me to my childhood and my first encounter with the anti-Americanism in postwar Tehran.

Where to start? My first vivid memory of the US goes back to the days I entered primary school at age seven. It was where I first faced my country’s anti-American policies. Every Fourth of November—the anniversary of the hostage crisis—the school principal made us sing the anti-American anthem and then cry out that famous slogan: “Death to America!” It was cold and early in the morning, and the school principal made us shout it so loud that even the White House would hear us. I had no idea where the US was located on the world map or what kind of people live there. I thought the White House was a person.

I asked my mother, “Mom, where is America? Who are the Americans? The principal says the bad people live there. What kind of people live there? Are they Muslims like you?”

My mother laughed. “It’s overseas, far away. When we are ending our day, the Americans are starting their day; when we are eating dinner, at the same time, they are eating their breakfast. People who live there are like us, little girls like you play hopscotch, and little boys like your brother play soccer.” She paused to run a brush through my hair. “Americans might look different from us, but we all have one god. So we are all brothers and sisters. I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard that it’s a lovely country. They call it the dreamland.”

“Who is the White House?” I said.

“Not who! What is the White House? It’s a . . .”

My father interrupted: “It’s a house that is ruled by white Americans, the white Christians.”

My mom looked at my dad questioningly. “Okay, Shohreh. Enough for tonight. Time for bed.”

“Why does the principal burn their flag if they are our brothers and sisters?” I said. “Do the Americans burn our flag, too?”

She responded helplessly. “The principal should have never done that. Burning the flag is an ugly thing to do. But promise you will never talk about these things at school. Do you hear me?”

That night was the beginning of a double life for me in Tehran. The US became a mysterious thing to talk about, a taboo. What my dad said about the White House stuck in my mind for years. And it mostly came true in 2001, and then 2003, when the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yet the 2008 presidential election in the US proved that my mother was also right about the dreamland. For the first time in history, an African American woman became the FLOTUS. On January 20, 2009, I was twenty-two and was about to start studying English and American literature at the university where Azar Nafisi—the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran—once taught English and American literature.

Reading Becoming in Tehran, especially the second section—“Becoming Us”took me back to the good old days of the university where I created my path and started my own journey. I found the second section of the book deeply personal, emotional, and also extremely feminine. I found Michelle Obama to be a highly intelligent, complicated woman but at the same time very stubborn and simple. A courageous figure who broke the taboos of the political world. What I loved most about her is that she considers herself “not a political person.” Maybe that’s why she will never run for the presidency—despite what Michael Moore wants. I prefer to see Michelle Obama not only as the FLOTUS and Barack Obama’s wife but as an intellectual figure, a progressive leader, a courageous role model, a fashion icon, and an educator for women all around the world.

What I loved most about her is that she considers herself “not a political person.”

As a Middle Eastern woman, I don’t look at the US as Sam and my other American friends do. I see it from my Middle Eastern point of view. I think both my father and mother could be right. My father—as a secular—was right to see the rise of white Christianity as a significant danger for the world. And my mother—as a Muslim—was right to view the issues with hope and faith.

As an Iranian woman, I’m concerned about the rise of fascism, especially religious fascism, around the world. I’m concerned about the rise of evangelicals in the US, just as I’m concerned about the rise of religious fanatics in the Middle East. Now I know that the White House is not a person—but as a Middle Easterner I’m concerned about the person who occupies it, regardless of whether they are a Democrat or a Republican. As an Iranian woman, I’m concerned about the winds of change, fanned not by the hands of politicians but by people, and especially women, who believe in themselves, in their dreams, and work hard to fulfill them. Reading Becoming in Tehran encouraged me to fulfill my dreams, to create a new path, to strive and to fail in pursuit of the life I truly deserve. I’m glad that Michelle Obama is not a political person but a patriotic American. I don’t like politicians, but I like patriots.

Tehran


          

15 lugares de la Tierra con paisajes tan increíbles que parecen de otro planeta

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15 lugares de la Tierra con paisajes tan increíbles que parecen de otro planeta

Vacaciones que merecen la pena hay muchas, ya prefieras recorrer ciudades, descubrir nuevas culturas o visitar monumentos. Pero en la Tierra también hay lugares fascinantes cuyos paisajes parecen de otro planeta. La naturaleza es caprichosa y ha creado estas maravillas que nos invitan a coger nuestra mochila, salirnos de las rutas habituales y a marcharnos para hacer un viaje que jamás olvidaremos.

The Wave, en Arizona

El desierto tiene un encanto único. Esta formación rocosa de arenisca tiene unas caprichosas formas que lo hacen parecer una ola. Solamente hay 20 permisos al día para visitarla, porque es la única manera de preservarla tal y como está. Más información: The Wave.

Ayacucho, en Perú

Olvídate de las infinity pools de los hoteles, estas piscinas naturales en Ayacucho demuestran que la naturaleza también sabe hacer joyas de aguas turquesa. Más información: Millpu, Ayacucho.

Montaña Arco Iris, en Perú

Perú tiene muchos otros lugares mágicos, como la montaña de siete colores en Vinicunca, formada por siete estratos de diferentes colores. Sin embargo, es un lugar que está perdiendo su encanto debido a la hordas de turista que van a hacer trekking por la zona. La maldición de ser demasiado instagrameable. Más información: montaña de siete colores.

Uyuni, Bolivia

En bolivia se encuentra un gran lago salado en el que hacer fotografías únicas. Se trata del salar más grande del mundo y fue formado por un lago hace 40.000 años junto a los Andes. Más información: Salar de Uyuni.

Islandia

Esta isla tiene tantos paisajes increíbles que cualquiera de las fotografías que nos invitan a conocerlo nos deja sin palabras: las cascadas, los acantilados, las carreteras que parece que llevan ninguna parte, los géiseres, etc. Más información: Islandia.

Nueva Zelanda

Al igual que Isladia, Nueva Zelanda está repleto de Parques Naturales donde relajarte como nunca contemplando las montañas nevadas. los miniglaciares y los lagos de leche glaciar. Más información: Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park.

Islas Lofoten, en Noruega

Esta zona que se encuentra por encima del Círculo Polar Ártico tiene un paisaje espectacular, y si además tienes la suerte de disfrutar de las auroras boreales, el resultado es así de increíble. Más información: Lofoten.

Montañas de Zhangjiajie, en China

Aunque parezca un paisaje de Avatar, las montañas de Zhangjiajie tienen forma de torres y existen realmente en China. Se pueden visitar a través de puentes con el suelo de cristal y de caminos al borde del precipicio no aptos para gente con vértigo. Más información: Zhangjiajie.

Montañas Hornocal en Argentina

Estos paisajes tan inmensos y tan maravillosos te hacen sentir realmente insignificante. En la zona de Jujuy podemos encontrar estas montañas de formas sinuosas e increíbles colores. Más información: Welcome Argentina.

Kauai, en Hawaii

Un lugar para visitar desde el mar, los acantilados de la costa Na'Pali han sido el lugar elegido para rodar infinitas películas y series, como Jurassic Park o Perdidos y no nos extraña. Más información: Kauai.

Volcán Bromo, en Indonesia

Entre las nubes surgen la cresta de estos volcanes activos en el Este de Java en Indonesia. Dicen que los amaneceres aquí son inolvidables. Más información: Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Lago Moraine en Canadá

Altas montañas, lagos infinitos, bosques extensos... Canadá es destino que maravilla a los amantes de la naturaleza. Ideal para recargar las pilas y huir del estrés. Más información: Moraine Lake en el Parque Nacional Banff.

Sa Pa, en Vietnam

En estas afiladas montañas de Vietnam sí se ve la mano del hombre, aún así, el paisaje es increíblemente hermoso debido a las terrazas en las que se cultiva arroz. Más información: Sa Pa Tourism.

Los doce apóstoles, en Australia

Unas costas escarpadas de grandes acantilados con 12 rocas que se alzan luchando contra las olas como si fueran los doce apóstoles, este paisaje es solo una de las maravillas que Australia tiene que ofrecer al viajero. Más información: Twelve Apostles.

Lanzarote

Si hay un lugar que me ha hecho sentir como si estuviera en otro planeta dentro de nuestras fronteras es Lanzarote. Sus paisajes de lava negra son alucinantes, y más si contrastan con el verde del Charco Verde. Más información: Turismo Lanzarote.

Todos estos lugares tienen algo mágico que nos hacen soñar con otros mundos, pero está más cerca de lo que parece, y unas horas de vuelo podemos llegar hasta ellos.

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Ronald Court

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Essex Junction - Ronald Alfred Court (Courtemanche), 78, of Essex Junction and formerly, Warren, VT died of prostate cancer on November 24, 2019 at the Respite House in Colchester, VT. Ron came to Vermont in 1970 to ski, fell in love with the state and chose to make his life here. He believed in making a positive difference in the lives of others and became a leader in local service organizations, re-discovered his Christian faith, patriotism and deep love for his family. Ron, born in Springfield, MA on November 18, 1941, was the son of Liberda M. Claing and Roland A. Courtemanche. A graduate of Wellesley (MA) High School, he attended Bucknell University. In 1962, he hitch-hiked around the country, coast to coast and back. Traveling with a sleeping bag and suitcase, he encountered people of many colors, creeds, kindnesses and various prejudices, coming away with a profound insight: we are fundamentally all of one race - the human race. Upon returning, he entered Boston University, worked his way through, graduating in 1965 with a BA in Political Science. He was commissioned a Lieutenant, served in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He moved to Warren, VT in 1970 transitioning from ‘ski bum’ to real estate broker to real estate developer. When one of his companies went bust, he moved to Essex Junction, joined Pomerleau Real Estate and eventually became an adjunct instructor at Champlain College. He ran for Vermont State Representative from Essex Junction in 1985 and though initially narrowly ‘elected’, he lost the recount, one of the best things he said happened to him. It freed him to think about pursuing something really meaningful in life. In 2005, he founded the Booker T. Washington Society, a non-profit dedicated to “Building Character, Inspiring Lives.” This became his true calling and the most satisfying, yet challenging work of his life. Ron served as an elected Essex Junction Trustee, a Rotarian for over 35 years, a Director of the Burlington Boys and Girls Club, and founding Director/Treasurer of Vermonters for Educational Choice. One of Ron’s greatest joys was knowing his sons had embraced, much earlier than he, the things that really matter: the vision, virtues and values that make for a truly successful life. He spoke often about how grateful he was that Pastor Scott Slocum and several Essex Alliance Church members helped bring him back to Jesus Christ. Ron is survived by his former spouse, Pamela Lerner, his ‘best possible partner’ in raising their twin sons, Roland Alexander Court, of Lake Balboa CA and Barnaby Lerner Court of Raleigh, NC, along with their respective spouses, Jennifer Russell Court and Jamie Katz Court. He leaves 2 beautiful grandsons, James Elliott Court and Samuel Avery Court. He is also survived by his sisters, Sue Luby and husband, Ralph, and Louise Stebbins and husband, John, and nieces and nephews, Steve, Cyndy, Amanda, Josh, Gabriella and their spouses and children. Visiting hours will be at AW Rich Funeral home, 57 Main Street, Essex Junction, on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5-8PM. Funeral services will be held on December 6, 2019 at 11AM at Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Junction, VT 05452 In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in Ron’s memory to the Booker T. Washington Society (btwsociety.org/donate) A gathering of family and friends will be held following the service. He will be interred at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vermont at a later date. The family would like to convey sincere and special thanks to Dr. Alexander Fuld and the wonderful caring staff at the VA Medical Hospital in White River Junction and McClure Miller VNA Respite House.


          

An Escalating Threat: Hacking By A New Generation Of Nations

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As if digital threats from the main U.S. cyberspace adversaries weren’t enough, U.S. officials and researchers are increasingly worried about hacking dangers posed by a slew of other nations including Vietnam, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The fears are upending a half decade during which U.S. cybersecurity worries focused on four main adversaries — Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. And they’re signaling that cyberspace is about to get far more complicated and dangerous. “The threshold for entry to have a cyber program has dropped so low because you don’t need to figure out how to build your own program. You can just buy it as a service and that worries me,” a senior FBI cybersecurity official told reporters during a roundtable discussion. In some cases the nations are developing hacking capabilities in-house, such as in Vietnam, where government-backed hackers are reportedly stealing information from rival governments and companies in key sectors including the auto industry to gain a competitive advantage.
          

Ho Chi Minh City Delegation Paid Courtesy Call on Deputy Permanent Secretary for BMA and Met with BMA Departments

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On November 25, 2019, Mr. Khachit Chatchawanit, Deputy Permanent Secretary for BMA, welcomed the Ho Chi Minh City delegation led by Mr. Trần Lưu Quang, Member of the Party Central Committee and First Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, together with delegation from Ho Chi Minh City, totally 19 people, as well as diplomatic representatives from the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Thailand such as Mr. Pho Hoang Han, Minister Counselor, and Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, Third Secretary, at Amornpimarn Room, Bangkok City Hall.

In this regard, Mr. Chatree Wattanakhajorn, Director-General of Environment Department, Mr. Surart Jaroenchaisakul, Deputy Director-General of Traffic and Transportation Department, Mrs. Wasana Sinbenjaporn, Deputy Director-General of Drainage and Sewerage Department, Mr. Somboon Homnan, Deputy Director-General of Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, as well as BMA officials from Environment Department, Traffic and Transportation Department, Drainage and Sewerage Department, Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, City Planning and Urban Development Department and International Affairs Office jointly welcomed the delegation.

On this opportunity, Ho Chi Minh City delegation wished to strengthen the relationship of the two cities, including meeting with BMA departments on possibility of cities’ challenge resolutions and seeking for future cooperation establishment with Bangkok which contribute to city development in the future.  After a courtesy call, the delegation had a meeting with BMA authorities for which Mrs. Parnrudee Manomaipiboon, BMA Inspector-General, officiated as a moderator. The delegation learnt from Bangkok’s best practices on topics of flooding control and management in context of city development, tourism development strategies and night tourism service management, management experiences in relocation, resettlement for households living on and along rivers and canals, and practical experiences of urban development management along river and canal corridors.

During the meeting, the delegation took this opportunity to invite the Bangkok representatives to participate the International Travel Expo (ITE) which will be held in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2020. In addition, the delegation stated that the Ho Chi Minh City planned to organize a tourism road show to publicize and promote the city’s tourism to general public in Bangkok. To achieve the cooperation in the field of tourism, Ho Chi Minh City would like to further discuss with BMA authorities on the coming appropriate occasion. Approaching the last session of meeting, the delegation proposed the concept of establishing the Southeast Asia Cities Forum on Response to Climate Change in 2020 which was initiated by Ho Chi Minh City. Hence, the Ho Chi Minh City wishes to invite the cities of Southeast Asian nations to join and expects the members to rotate to host the forum annually.

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10 Best Things to do in Sapa, Vietnam

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Set among some gorgeous scenery with sweeping, rice terrace-filled valleys, and mountains all around it, Sapa in the north of Vietnam truly is a delight to visit. While the center of the small town has become increasingly touristy in recent years, the surrounding region has a wealth of astounding natural sights for you to enjoy,


          

Gastrochilus obliquus

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Gastrochilus obliquus, specie originaria della Cina, dell’Himalaya e del sud-est asiatico. Sono riconosciute due varietà: Gastrochilus obliquus var. obliquus – Sichuan, Yunnan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Assam, Isole Andamane, Myanmar, Tailandia, Laos, VietnamGastrochilus obliquus var. suavis (Seidenf.) Z.H.Tsi – Thailandia Gastrochilus … Continua a leggere
          

John Lennon returns his MBE in protest at British foreign affairs – archive, 26 November 1969

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26 November 1969: The action was in protest against Britain’s involvement in Biafra, support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts

John Lennon, the Beatle, has returned the MBE he was awarded – as were the other three Beatles – in the Birthday Honours of 1965.

Related: Draft of John Lennon's protest letter to Queen Elizabeth found in record sleeve

Related: From the archive: Beatles run out& of punchlines

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The Sinister Scientist Behind the CIA’s Mind-Control Mayhem

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The Sinister Scientist Behind the CIA’s Mind-Control MayhemPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/APStephen Kinzer has written books about civil wars, terror attacks, and bloody coups, but his latest might be his most alarming. “I’m still in shock,” Kinzer says of what he learned about the appalling experiments conducted by a government scientist most Americans have never heard of. “I can’t believe that this happened.”These aren’t the words of an author trying to fire up the hype machine. Though the events recounted in Kinzer’s Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control took place a half-century ago, they’re scandalous in a way that transcends time.For much of his 22-year CIA career, Gottlieb ran mind-control projects designed to help America defeat Communism. In the ’50s and ’60s, Kinzer writes, Gottlieb “directed the application of unknowable quantities and varieties of drugs into” countless people, searching for the narcotic recipe that might allow him to mold his human test subjects’ thoughts and actions.Gottlieb and a network of medical professionals gave LSD and other drugs to prisoners, hospital patients, government employees, and others—many of whom had no idea they were being dosed. A CIA staffer died in highly suspicious fashion after Gottlieb had his drink spiked with LSD. Meanwhile, when his bosses considered killing a foreign leader, Gottlieb developed custom-made poisons. Numerous people were harmed by Gottlieb’s work, but because he destroyed his files on the eve of his 1973 retirement, it’s hard to quantify the carnage he wrought.Perilous Discoveries: The Unintended Consequences of Scientific SecrecyThe broad outlines of Gottlieb’s story have been public for years. Major newspapers ran obituaries when he died in 1999. In 2017, he was portrayed by actor Tim Blake Nelson in Errol Morris’ Wormwood. But Kinzer’s book, the first proper Gottlieb biography, includes fascinating new facts about the end of his career and fresh details about disturbing episodes he orchestrated. Poisoner in Chief describes Gottlieb’s little-known participation in torture sessions at U.S. military sites in foreign countries and reports that in at least one case a doctor who worked with Gottlieb gave LSD to children. Gottlieb was “the Josef Mengele of the United States,” Kinzer, a former New York Times reporter and the author of many books, told me in a recent interview.How did Gottlieb, the Bronx-born son of Hungarian Jews, become a man who would earn comparisons to a ghoulish Nazi doctor?After getting a doctorate in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology, Gottlieb joined the CIA in 1951, a time of fear and uncertainty. Just six years after the end of World War II, American troops were fighting in Korea. Washington was increasingly worried about what many believed was the existential threat posed by the Soviet Union. Gottlieb was on the job for a few weeks, Kinzer writes, when he was tapped “to invigorate” what would be known as the Artichoke project.Artichoke—the name was essentially meaningless; it might’ve been a CIA boss’ favorite vegetable—gave Gottlieb broad license to carry out mind control projects. Kinzer cites a CIA memo that describes the mission: “the investigation of drug effects on ego control and volitional activities, i.e., can willfully suppressed information be elicited through drugs affecting higher nervous systems? If so, which agents are better for this purpose?”The CIA aimed to create truth serum to use on prisoners and other compounds that would help wipe away memories of events that would cause trouble for the agency. If all went as planned, intelligence officers would have the ability to program people to carry out missions like those later seen in Richard Condon’s novel The Manchurian Candidate and the subsequent movie.Artichoke projects often amounted to “medical torture,” Kinzer writes. Inspired in part by brutal experiments conducted by the Japanese military and the Nazis in the ’40s, Artichoke included the “dosing (of) unwilling patients with potent drugs, subjecting them to extremes of temperature and sound (and) strapping them to electroshock machines.” Artichoke squads worked with impunity at American military sites in Europe and Asia. Such projects were closely guarded secrets, but Poisoner in Chief contains details that will be new to most readers.For instance, Kinzer notes that when “Artichoke scientists came up with a new drug or other technique they wished to test… they asked the CIA station in South Korea to supply a batch [of] ‘expendable’ subjects.” A related CIA memo said the subjects were needed for the testing of an unnamed but “important new technique,” adding, “Technique does not, not require disposal problems after application.” This is ambiguous language, but it suggests that the CIA knew that in some cases, human test subjects might be killed in the process.Gottlieb oversaw a scientific unit at Maryland’s Camp Detrick (since renamed Fort Detrick), where chemists researched the effects of LSD, heroin, and other drugs, sometimes trying the substances themselves. But he was not just a creature of the lab. “We know that he participated in torture sessions in East Asia,” Kinzer says, speaking from his home in Massachusetts. “We know that he made repeated visits to Germany, which, like Japan, was under U.S. occupation, so he didn’t have to obey any laws. And he was also active in other parts of Europe.”In time, Gottlieb became intimately familiar with LSD’s mind-altering effects. He admitted that he’d used the drug more than 200 times. “When I look at the variety of the projects that he was involved in,” Kinzer says, “from hypnotism to electroshock to parapsychology to handwriting analysis, I begin to think that maybe it was while he was on LSD that he was thinking, ‘I got another idea.’”By 1953, Kinzer writes, “Artichoke had become one of the most violently abusive projects ever sponsored by an agency of the United States government.” That year, Allen Dulles, one of Gottlieb’s ardent backers, got the CIA’s top job. The new boss, Kinzer writes, was among Washington’s leading mind control proponents: “Dulles never recoiled from the most extreme implications of ‘brain warfare.’” Dulles wanted “to intensify and systematize” the work done under Artichoke, Kinzer adds, and he tapped Gottlieb to head a new program: MK-ULTRA, named for the “ultra-sensitive” activities it was expected to carry out.With a generous budget and an “effectively unlimited supply” of LSD—the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly manufactured the hallucinogenic drug for the CIA—Gottlieb became perhaps “the most powerful unknown American of the 20th century,” Kinzer says.A key MK-ULTRA initiative involved medical professionals who agreed to administer drugs to their patients—often without the patients’ knowledge or consent. For instance, when Gottlieb wanted to know how much LSD a body could withstand, he got in touch with Harris Isbell, a researcher at a Lexington, Kentucky addiction center who had made his curiosity about LSD known in a letter to the CIA.Working with a group of men who “were not told what sort of drug they would be fed or what its effects might be,” Kinzer writes, Isbell administered large doses of LSD. He reported that the men experienced anxiety, hallucinations, and “choking.” As always with CIA projects of this kind, it’s tough to say how much damage was done. But Kinzer writes that at least one patient did speak out, saying that “for the rest of his life he suffered from delusions, paranoia, panic attacks, and suicidal impulses.”Another keen CIA collaborator chaired the pharmacology department at Emory University. “As subjects,” Kinzer writes, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer “used inmates at the federal prison in Atlanta and at a juvenile detention center in Bordentown, New Jersey,” administering depressants and hallucinogens in volumes that resulted in seizures and hallucinations that lasted for days. One of Pfeiffer’s subjects was James “Whitey” Bulger, who later became a notorious Boston gangland killer. Bulger said that as a young inmate, he was given LSD daily for more than a year.Another doctor—a New York allergist named Harold Abramson, who got an $85,000 MK-ULTRA stipend—“developed a special curiosity about the impact of mind-altering drugs on children,” Kinzer writes. “He closely monitored experiments, including one in which 12 ‘pre-puberty’ boys were fed psilocybin, and another in which 14 children between the ages of six and 11, diagnosed as schizophrenic, were given 100 micrograms of LSD each day for six weeks.”In Manhattan, meanwhile, Gottlieb helped set up a CIA safe house, where, with the hands-on help of a local narcotics cop, “unsuspecting citizens would be lured and surreptitiously drugged,” their behavior monitored via surveillance equipment in an adjoining apartment.It was around this time that Gottlieb attended a retreat with some other CIA men. The colleagues began drinking, and a few minutes later, Kinzer writes, “Gottlieb asked if anyone was feeling odd. Several said they were. Gottlieb then told them that their drinks had been spiked with LSD.” The incident triggered an emotional crisis in one of the men, a scientist named Frank Olson. Days later, Olson plunged to his death from the window of a Manhattan hotel. As seen in Morris’ film Wormwood, there’s compelling circumstantial evidence that Olson was murdered because the CIA feared he would divulge one of the secret projects he’d worked on.One of Gottlieb’s most remarkable duties involved adversarial foreign heads of state. According to colleagues, he prepared “a pre-poisoned tube of toothpaste” meant for Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba (it went unused) and ran a scientific team that considered a bizarre plot to disgrace Fidel Castro. Believing that the Cuban leader’s charisma was linked to his facial hair, Gottlieb wanted to have thallium salts sprinkled in his boots. “His beard would then fall out,” Kinzer writes, “leaving him open to ridicule and overthrow.” This, of course, never came to pass.By 1963, MK-ULTRA’s final year, Gottlieb and his colleagues “were forced to face their cosmic failure,” Kinzer writes. “Their research had shown them that mind control is a myth—that seizing another person’s mind and reprogramming it is impossible.”Nonetheless, Kinzer believes that Gottlieb left a deeply lamentable imprint on the modern CIA. He says there’s “a direct line between Sidney Gottlieb’s work and techniques that U.S. agents taught to Latin American security services in the 1960s and ’70s—these techniques were also used in Vietnam—and then later on to the techniques of torture and so-called extreme interrogation that were used at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.”Though Gottlieb’s decision to destroy his files means that there’s much we’ll never know, Kinzer appears to be the first journalist to directly tie his departure from the CIA to the scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency. Gottlieb’s team, he reports, “prepared false identity papers for two of” the men who broke into the Democratic National Committee’s offices in the Watergate complex. The break-in set off a chain of events that result in the ouster of CIA Director Richard Helms. “Helms,” Kinzer explains, “was Gottlieb’s number one promoter and enabler and sponsor for 20 years.” Nixon fired Helms in February 1973. Gottlieb retired four months later.After the CIA, Gottlieb took steps to reinvent himself. The long-married father of four joined an arts council in his Virginia town, acted in local holiday plays and worked with children who had speech problems. “It definitely seems from the recollections of people that knew him in his last 20 years that he was a very gentle soul, kind of an eco-hippy,” Kinzer says. “Nobody had any idea of what he had done in the past, but he was tormented by it.”Gottlieb died in March 1999, and when a cause of death wasn’t announced, at least two observers came to believe that he killed himself to derail intensifying legal inquiries into his actions. Eric Olson—Frank’s son—and Sidney Bender, a lawyer for a man who says his life was ruined by a Gottlieb dosing, had both tried to hold Gottlieb to account while he was alive. Instead, Kinzer writes, “they drank a toast to the death of a man they considered a monster.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



          

Burleigh Gold Coast Motel

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Burleigh Gold Coast Motel

Address: 1908-1910 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami QLD 4220
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Affordable accommodation to suit your stay in the Popular Location of Burleigh Beach and central Gold Coast. The Clean, comfortable rooms suit singles to larger groups from only
A 4-minute walk from Burleigh Beach, this unassuming family-run motel set along the Gold Coast Highway is 3 km from Burleigh Head Town Centre and 30 km from Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet & Wild theme park, Dream World and other themes Parks. Ten Minute drive to Surfers Paradise
Clean rooms, Comfortable beds and Good for shopping
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The bright, simply furnished rooms provide Wi-Fi and Modern flat-screen TVs, in addition to microwaves, minifridges and coffeemaking equipment. Family rooms sleep up to 4 people.


There’s a low-key Vietnamese restaurant with terrace seating and a bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a BBQ area and coin-operated laundry facilities. Parking is available.





          

Scientists Created Fake Rhino Horn. But Should We Use It?

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Scientists Created Fake Rhino Horn. But Should We Use It?In Africa, 892 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2018, down from a high of 1,349 killed in 2015. The decline in deaths is encouraging, but conservationists agree that poaching still poses a dire threat to Africa's rhino population, which hovers around 24,500 animals.Now, in the hopes of driving down the value of rhino horn and reducing poaching even more, scientists have created a convincing artificial rhino horn made from horsehair."We're not trying to supplant boots-on-the-ground, vigilant customs officials and protection of rhino habitat," said Fritz Vollrath, a biologist at the University of Oxford and senior author of the study, published in Scientific Reports. "But these measures alone so far have not been sufficient to save the rhino, so what we're doing here is bringing out a really good fake."The product that Vollrath and colleagues at Fudan University in China have produced looks identical to rhino horn under a microscope. It has a similar chemical signature and behaves like rhino horn when cut or shaved. It even smells the same when burned.With such properties, Vollrath believes his artificial horn could be used to covertly flood the market with a cheap, convincing replacement, reducing the demand that leads to rhinos being slaughtered.A number of experts pushed back, however, saying such a product is unnecessary and even dangerous.Some wealthy elites in China and Vietnam continue to give rhino horn as gifts and, in Vietnam, bring it to parties as a hangover preventive. In China, it's also carved into jewelry and ornate cups, and collected for speculation purposes."What we've seen is that most rhino horn is now being used for status symbols," said Olivia Swaak-Goldman, executive director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, a nonprofit organization that investigates wildlife trafficking networks.Status depends on rhino horn's exclusivity, high price and rarity, things that Vollrath believes his artificial horn could undermine.Rhino horn, as Vollrath puts it, is "nothing but a tuft of nose hair stuck together with glue that comes out of the animal's nose glands." He and his colleagues chose horsehair as a basis for their fake rhino horn because horses are a close relative of rhinos. They cleaned and tightly bundled the hair, then bound it together with a mixture of liquefied silk, which stood in for the collagen found in rhino horn, as well as cellulose, which represented the plant material that gets rubbed in as rhinos sharpen their horns.Pembient, a Seattle-based bioengineering company, is exploring the development of 3D-printed rhino horn. Matthew Markus, Pembient's chief executive, said he would be open to testing the new horsehair formula.But his company has also faced pushback from conservationists.Critics say that fake rhino horn risks stimulating demand for real horn and that it would complicate policing. "There's already scarce resources for wildlife crime, and we don't want to make it even more difficult for law enforcement," said Swaak-Goldman, who works with governments and law enforcement agencies.Peter Knights, chief executive of WildAid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending illegal wildlife trade, added that the market in Vietnam was already flooded with convincing fakes, like water buffalo horn, which accounts for up to 90% of what's sold as rhino horn.Frederick Chen, an economist at Wake Forest University, said that there was more than one way to flood a market, however. "Conservation groups tend to clump different strategies under one roof and have a knee-jerk reaction that they have to reject them all," he said. "But the dangers they point out don't apply to all strategies."Chen agreed that introducing a product marketed as an artificial alternative would risk driving up demand for real rhino horn. But covertly introducing a product that passes as real rhino horn but later reveals itself to have some undesirable defect -- horns that deteriorate after purchase, for example, or horns that, when consumed, trigger a stomachache -- could ultimately undermine demand. "If you introduce quality uncertainty into the market, you are trying to create confusion and essentially destroy the rhino horn market," he said.For now, these ideas remain in the realm of theory, and much of that theory goes against real-world evidence suggesting what might happen if the market was flooded with fake horn, said Solomon Hsiang, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. Hsiang cautioned, for example, that experiments trying to undermine black markets in elephant ivory by selling legal ivory backfired and ultimately led to increased poaching.Engineering fake rhino horn "seems like an elaborate technological approach that is not without potentially serious risk," Hsiang said, when a much simpler strategy would be to focus on targeted demand reduction.According to Lynn Johnson, founder of Nature Needs More, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce wildlife demand and supply, demand reduction campaigns should focus on top rhino horn users, who are usually wealthy, elite men.Johnson interviewed 20 such individuals in Vietnam and found that they did not fall for fakes: They take measures to ensure their purchase is genuine, including working with a trusted supply chain and requesting the rhino's tail as proof of provenance.They also told her that they view rhino horn as a luxury product that confers prestige. A 2018 study involving 30 Vietnamese rhino horn buyers found that most no longer believed it could cure cancer, a newfangled use that became popular around a decade ago, but they still sought it out as a symbolic final gesture to comfort terminally ill relatives.Belief in rhino horn's traditional medical properties also seems to be on the decline. A survey of 400 people in Vietnam carried out by WildAid in 2016 revealed that 23% thought rhino horn had medicinal value, down from 69% in 2014.But as long as influential people continue to hold rhino horn in high regard, Johnson says that younger and less successful people will also continue to see it as something desirable. "As soon as people can afford the real thing, they'll buy it," she said.Changing the minds of top users, something Johnson and her colleagues are trying to do, is therefore key to quashing demand, she said."I'm a scientist, but you have to know when science won't help," she said. "Calls for fake rhino horn just shows that there's a lack of understanding about the true commercial nature and consumer desire of current demand."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



          

Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 26 November 2019

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Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:



2)  New or Updated Record Collections:




3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 26 November, 5 p.m.:  Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  I Received DNA Matches, Now What? by Daniel Horowitz

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Family Tree Magazine:  Picture-Perfect Photo Books: Episode 131



*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #131r - Slave Research


5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


*  DNA Family Trees:  Black Friday DNA Kits Compared





6)  Genealogy Bargains:





7)  DNA Stories:



8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 22 November 2019?

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Tips for Vietnam train travel

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When in Vietnam, train travel is inevitable. It is cheap and safe. The country has excellent rail links and services and traveling by train gives the impression of local life. Traveling by train in rural areas of Vietnam gives you the chance to witness the marvelous scenic beauty. This not only saves you expenses but...

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Flitterwochen in Vietnam: Diese 7 Highlights sollten Sie nicht verpassen

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hoi-an-vietnam-flitterwochenStellen Sie sich den Ort für Ihre perfekten Flitterwochen vor: Ist es vielleicht eine Kombination aus weißen Stränden, wunderschöner Natur und freundlichen Menschen in malerischen Dörfern und quirligen Städten? Voilà: Vietnam bietet genau das. Hier stellen wir Ihnen vor, welche Highlights Sie nicht verpassen sollten.


          

'Je moet het wel simpel houden, want ze hebben er niets'

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WARMENHUIZEN - Ze gaat er al een aantal jaren naartoe: Vietnam. Els Ligthart is daar een aantal projecten gestart en bij haar volgende reis start ze een nieuw project: het planten van meloenen. Ze vraagt zoveel mogelijk mensen in haar omgeving om een beetje bij te dragen. En dat kan heel eenvoudig.
          

Swims Senaste Ankomst Herr Classic Overshoe Navy Galoscher OjHMQII9

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Swims Senaste Ankomst Herr Classic Overshoe Navy Galoscher OjHMQII9Kön: Herr
Märke: Swims
Färg:Blä
Tillverkningsland:Vietnam
Ovansida:Gummi
Slitsula:Gummi
Lev. art nr:111010
Mjuk insida utformad för att lätt ta av och på galoscherna.
Logotyp på baksidan av hälen.
Textilpåse för förvaring av galoscherna medföljer.

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Swims Varm Försäljning! Herr Classic Overshoe Orange Galoscher tokDupUJ

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Swims Varm Försäljning! Herr Classic Overshoe Orange Galoscher tokDupUJKön: Herr
Märke: Swims
Färg:Orange
Tillverkningsland:Vietnam
Ovansida:Gummi
Slitsula:Gummi
Lev. art nr:111010
Mjuk insida utformad för att lätt ta av och på galoscherna.
Logotyp på baksidan av hälen.
Textilpåse för förvaring av galoscherna medföljer.

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Swims Auktion Herr Classic Overshoe Brown Galoscher ByAIKxDh

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Swims Auktion Herr Classic Overshoe Brown Galoscher ByAIKxDhKön: Herr
Märke: Swims
Färg:Brun
Tillverkningsland:Vietnam
Ovansida:Gummi
Slitsula:Gummi
Lev. art nr:111010
Mjuk insida utformad för att lätt ta av och på galoscherna.
Logotyp på baksidan av hälen.
Textilpåse för förvaring av galoscherna medföljer.

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La meilleure offre en ligne Chaussures pour fille Clarks pour Filles Ville Pois Toile Minnie Mouse Lanière en T Chaussures Toile Chaussures décontractées pour fille de 2 à 16 ans

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La meilleure offre en ligne Chaussures pour fille Clarks pour Filles Ville Pois Toile Minnie Mouse Lanière en T Chaussures Toile Chaussures décontractées pour fille de 2 à 16 ans

Caractéristiques de l'objet

État :
Neuf avec emballage: Objet neuf, jamais porté, vendu dans l'emballage d'origine (comme la boîte ou la pochette ... En savoir plussur l'état
Style: Chaussures décontractées
Marque: Clarks Caractéristiques et Fermeture: Buckle
Saison: Toutes Saisons EAN: Non applicable
Occasion: Décontracté/Plage/Fête/Quotidien Matière: Toile
Personnage: Minnie Mouse Pays de fabrication: Vietnam


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Point de vente discount Chaussures pour fille Solde Clarks Girls-Brill Gem-Pink Toile Doodle Chaussures décontractées pour fille de 2 à 16 ans

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Point de vente discount Chaussures pour fille Solde Clarks Girls-Brill Gem-Pink Toile Doodle Chaussures décontractées pour fille de 2 à 16 ans

Caractéristiques de l'objet

État :
Neuf avec emballage: Objet neuf, jamais porté, vendu dans l'emballage d'origine (comme la boîte ou la pochette ... En savoir plussur l'état
Style: Doodles
Matière: Toile Caractéristiques et Fermeture: Crochet Et Boucle Attaches
Modifié Article: Non Pays de fabrication: Vietnam
EAN: Non applicable Couleur: Rose foncé
Marque: Clarks


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Ventes en ligne de nouveaux produits de style été Chaussures pour fille SALE GIRLS CLARKS GREY BOOTS-LILFOLKGLO INF Chaussures décontractées pour fille de 2 à 16 ans

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Ventes en ligne de nouveaux produits de style été Chaussures pour fille SALE GIRLS CLARKS GREY BOOTS-LILFOLKGLO INF Chaussures décontractées pour fille de 2 à 16 ans

Caractéristiques de l'objet

État :
Neuf avec emballage: Objet neuf, jamais porté, vendu dans l'emballage d'origine (comme la boîte ou la pochette ... En savoir plussur l'état
Brand: Clarks
Country/Region of Manufacture: Vietnam Style: Boots
Main Colour: Grey Upper Material: Leather
Features & Fastening: Zip


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Destinos turísticos en Vietnam

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"La maravillosa mezcla de encanto natural y lujo moderno de Hanoi"
          

Petrovietnam đứng top 10 doanh nghiệp lớn nhất Việt Nam năm 2019

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Trên Bảng xếp hạng VNR500 năm 2019, Tập đoàn Dầu khí quốc gia Việt Nam (Petrovietnam) đứng đầu trong số 10 doanh nghiệp lợi nhuận tốt nhất Việt Nam.

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Ngày 26/11, Vietnam Report công bố Bảng xếp hạng VNR500-Top 500 doanh nghiệp lớn nhất Việt Nam năm 2019. Trên bảng xếp hạng, Tập đoàn Dầu khí quốc gia Việt Nam (Petrovietnam) đứng thứ nhất trong số 10 doanh nghiệp lợi nhuận tốt nhất Việt Nam, tiếp sau là Công ty Samsung Electronic Việt Nam.

Bảng xếp hạng VNR500 năm 2019 tiếp tục chứng kiến sự lớn mạnh của các doanh nghiệp trong nhóm ngành dịch vụ và công nghiệp, chiếm hơn 98% tỷ trọng doanh thu năm 2019. Nhóm ngành nông nghiệp chỉ chiếm tỷ trọng doanh thu dưới 2%.

Một số ngành hàng chính vẫn tiếp tục giữ vững được vị thế trong Bảng xếp hạng VNR500 năm 2019. Các ngành có tiềm năng tăng trưởng tốt nhất và tỷ trọng doanh thu lớn trong Bảng xếp hạng gồm: Ngành thực phẩm-đồ uống, viễn thông-công nghệ thông tin, ngân hàng-tài chính, bất động sản, bán lẻ, dược, vận tải-logistics.

Trong Bảng xếp hạng VNR500 năm 2019, tất cả các ngành hàng đều có sự tăng trưởng doanh thu. Trong đó, tốc độ tăng trưởng doanh thu của toàn bộ khối doanh nghiệp là 14,55%.

Đây là mức tăng trưởng ấn tượng trong bối cảnh kinh tế gặp nhiều khó khăn. Trong đó có nhiều ngành đạt mức tăng trưởng doanh thu hai con số, cao vượt trội so với mức trung bình của toàn bộ khối doanh nghiệp như ngân hàng-tài chính, vận tải-logistics, xây dựng-bất động sản.

Theo báo điện tử Chính phủ.


          

1969 L’ANNO DELLA CONTROCULTURA PAROLE, MUSICA, IMMAGINI

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1969. L’anno della controcultura - Parole, musica e immagini racconta, attraverso libri, giornali, poster, dischi, biglietti di concerti, memorabilia, oltre a foto esemplari dell’archivio di Getty Images, gli anni straordinari della controcultura. Un percorso che, partendo dagli anni ‘50 e la Beat generation, attraversa gli anni Sessanta con l’affermarsi della rivoluzione giovanile (la musica, l’avvento dei Beatles, l’esperienza psichedelica, la politica, la guerra del Vietnam, la moda e lo stile), fino ai grandi eventi del ‘69 (l’allunaggio, Woodstock, la Strage di Bel Air, la fine dei Beatles...).


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Uruguayan citrus seduces Asian markets

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The opening of Asian markets to Uruguayan citrus consolidates the continent as a new destination for these fruits. The country has been exporting its citrus fruits to China since 2017. In addition, it has conducted a pilot experience in India. With the authorization of the Philippines and Vietnam markets…
          

Emydocephalus szczerbaki sp. n. (Serpentes, Elapidae, Hydrophiinae) ― новый вид морской змеи рода черепахоголов из Вьетнама

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Emydocephalus szczerbaki sp. n. (Serpentes, Elapidae, Hydrophiinae) ― новый вид морской змеи рода черепахоголов из Вьетнама Доценко, И.Б. Приводятся диагноз и описание нового вида морской змеи-плоскохвоста ― черепахоголова, Emydocephalus szczerbaki Dotsenko sp. n., из Вьетнама и его отличия от близких видов. Это третий вид данного рода морских змей-стенофагов, питающихся исключительно икрой рыб; два известных ранее вида распространены в прибрежных водах северной части Австралии и Новой Каледонии, а также Восточно-Китайского, Желтого и южной части Японского морей. Анализируются имеющиеся в литературе данные о видах рода, их морфологии и распространении.; Наведено діагноз і опис нового виду морської змії-пласкохвоста ― черепахоголова Emydocephalus szczerbaki Dotsenko sp. n. з В’єтнаму та його відмінності від близьких видів. Це третій вид цього роду морських змій -стенофагiв, що живляться виключно ікрою риб; два відомих раніше види поширені у прибережних водах північної частини Австралії та Нової Каледонії, а також у Східно-Китайському, Жовтому морях та південній частині Японського моря. Аналізуються наявні в літературі дані про види роду, їх морфологію та розповсюдження.; The diagnosis and description of new sea snake species Emydocephalus szczerbaki Dotsenko sp. n. from Vietnam and its distinguishes from the similar species are given. This is the third species of the sea snake stenofagous genus which eating exclusively fish eggs; two previously known species are common in coastal waters of Northern Australia and New Caledonia, and also in the East China Sea, Yellow Sea and southern part of Japan Sea. The previously published data on the species of the genus, their morphology and distribution are analyzed.
          

Hoang Duc’s late winner gifts Vietnam U22s comeback victory against Indonesia

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NDO – Nguyen Hoang Duc scored a stoppage-time goal as Vietnam U22s came from behind to beat their Indonesian opponents 2-1 in their third Group B clash at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines on December 1.
          

SEA Games 30: Vietnam bag four gold medals

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NDO/VNA – Vietnam have earned four gold medals at the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30) in the Philippines.
          

Vietnam village to be built in hometown of coach Park Hang-seo

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NDO/VNA – Authorities of Sancheong county, South Gyeongsang prefecture in southeast of the Republic of Korea, the hometown of the head coach of the Vietnamese football team Park Hang-seo, plans to build a Vietnam village to attract more Vietnamese tourists.
          

Vietnam’s woman team rewarded VND 1.5 billion for SEA Games semis berth

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NDO – Coach Mai Duc Chung’s side have been rewarded VND1.5 billion for their excellent performance at the 2019 SEA Games women’s football tournament in the Philippines.
          

SEA Games: Vietnam qualify for women’s football semifinals

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NDO – Vietnam have booked their place in the semifinals of the 2019 SEA Games women’s football tournament after seeing off Indonesia 6-0 on November 29 to temporarily top Group B with four points, three clear of Thailand who still have one game in hand.
          

SEA Games: Vietnam U22 stay focused ahead of key match against Indonesia U22s

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NDO – Vietnam U22 players were back to training on Friday (Nov. 29) to prepare for their next tough game against Indonesia U22s in their Group B third match at the 30th SEA Games on Sunday.
          

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NDO – The Vietnamese sports delegation, headed by Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan, attended a flag-hoisting ceremony held for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in New Clark city, the Philippines on November 29.
          

Men's Le Coq Sportif Lcs R900 Og Inspired Trainers in Black Online discount Sales

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: REASONS FOR AMERICA’S UGLY INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA – AMERICA’S LACK OF SYMPATHY WITH RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW CONFIRMED YET AGAIN – A RATHER FASCIST-LIKE AMERICAN IMPULSE OBSERVED LONG AGO REMAINS ACTIVE – NO APOLOGIES FOR THE HOLOCAUST OF VIETNAM

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Bodies of 39 victims found near Dartford Crossing flown home to Vietnam

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The bodies of 39 people found in lorry near the Dartford Crossing have been returned to Vietnam, police have confirmed.

Essex Police confirmed today that the victims, who were discovered in the refrigerated trailer in Grays, Essex, in October, had been repatriated, and offered condolences to their families.

39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Essex (22973973)
39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Essex (22973973)

The bodies were discovered on October 23, and investigations are ongoing in the UK and Vietnam.

Lorry driver Maurice Robinson was subsequently charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, and has admitted conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith, who is leading the investigation, said today: “On behalf of everyone at Essex Police I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims as they are reunited with their loved ones following their tragic deaths in October. Our thoughts are with them.

“While the process to repatriate the victims back to Vietnam from the UK has concluded, I continue to have detectives and police staff working tirelessly on what is a large and complex investigation

“On 23 October, 39 men, women and children died needlessly as a result of this fateful journey and we remain committed to ensuring that we do all we can to bring those involved to justice.”

HM Senior Coroner for Essex, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray, said: “I am grateful to Essex Police, the forensic pathologists, Broomfield mortuary staff along with all the others who ensured a speedy conclusion to the identification of the victims.

"I am glad that all the victims of this appalling tragedy have now been repatriated and our thoughts remain with the bereaved families at this dreadful time for them.

"It is important that not just the living but also the dead are treated with respect. As William Gladstone once said: 'Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, their loyalty to high ideals.'

The first bodies were flown to Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on November 27, and ambulances took them to their family villages.

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Major Tilden Holley (MIA)

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Looking for a relative of Major Tilden Holley. My mother wore a bracelet with his name during the Vietnam War. She was hoping to send it to a direct relative.

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Behind the tragic headlines

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The first funerals of the victims of human trafficking were conducted in Vietnam this week. 39 people died in the back of a lorry trailer discovered in Grays, Essex. The victims were initially thought to be Chinese, but BBC Vietnamese journalists Giang Nguyen and Khue Luu Binh were among the team who confirmed they were Vietnamese and pieced together their stories. Image: Candles for the Vietnamese lorry dead Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
          

UK truck deaths: Man charged for trafficking

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A 23-year-old man has been charged with human trafficking offences in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals whose bodies were found in a refrigeration truck in Britain.
          

Aufarbeitung | Weiße Flecken

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Statt als „Sieger der Geschichte“ zeigt sich die DDR als „Sieger der Geschichtsschreibung“
Weiße Flecken

Fast jeder Staat der Erde ist bemüht, seine Vergangenheit für die Gegenwart zu schönen, um sich mit Stolz seiner Geschichte zu versichern und das nationale Bewusstsein zu stärken. Mit dem Slogan „Love it or leave it“ reagierte in den USA eine irritierte Öffentlichkeit, als nach dem Krieg in Vietnam einige Landsleute allzu heftig die jüngste Geschichte ihres Landes befragten. Der deutsche Wortschatz weist dafür die Denunziation „Nestbeschmutzer“ auf, eine sehr deutsche Vokabel: Es wird nicht nach Wahrheit gefragt, sondern eine Bedrohung des gemütlichen deutschen Heims signalisiert. Geschichte interessiert uns um der Gegenwart willen. Geschichtsbetrachtung ist stets ein Benennen des augenblicklichen Standorts. Die Wertungen der Geschichte sind von aktuellen Interessen nie frei und wirken auf die gegenwärtige Gesellschaft ein. Der westdeutsche Historikerstreit von 1986, in dem auch eine Um- und Neubewertung des Faschismus und seiner Verbrechen und der Ursachen des Zweiten Weltkriegs versucht wurde, hatte – so behaupte ich – Auswirkungen auf die westdeutsche Gesellschaft. Nach diesem Streit, der die Öffentlichkeit stark beschäftigte, gelang es einer Partei, die als rechtsradikal und sogar als faschistisch eingeschätzt wird, in der Gesellschaft Fuß zu fassen.

Ein unendlicher Prozess

Unter dem Schlussstrich unserer aus Schule und Zeitung sattsam bekannten Geschichtsbetrachtung stand und steht das kräftige Wort vom „Sieger der Geschichte“. In Schule und Universität, in unseren täglichen Zeitungen wurde und wird uns Geschichte nie anders vermittelt: Alles Vorhergehende war ein notwendiger und zielgerichteter Weg des historischen Weltgeists, um zu diesem Staat und zu dieser Gesellschaft zu führen – zu uns. Wir sind die Sieger der Geschichte. Das damit verbundene Sieges- und Glücksgefühl wird nicht allein durch ein paar Widrigkeiten des Alltags konterkariert; verwunderlich ist die fehlende Dialektik dieser Geschichtsschreibung, die sich überdies auf die Dialektik beruft. Geschichte nämlich kennt keinen Abschluss, sie ist ein unendlicher Prozess – Unendlichkeit dabei verstanden, wie sie menschlich erfahrbar ist, also das begrenzte menschliche Leben als eine Unendlichkeit nehmend. Folglich kennt die Geschichte gewonnene und verlorene Schlachten, aber sie kennt nicht jenen Schlussstrich, der eine abschließende Formel wie „Sieger der Geschichte“ erlaubt. Frühestens am inzwischen nicht mehr undenkbaren Weltende, also in jenem Moment, wo auf dieser Erde das menschliche Leben erlischt, kann diese Spezies von Geschichtsschreibern feststellen, wer der „Sieger der Geschichte“ ist, welcher Leiche der Triumph zukommt.

Noch haben wir unsere eigene Geschichte, die unseres Landes und des Sozialismus nicht ausreichend geschrieben. Und nicht ausreichend geschrieben heißt: nicht geschrieben, das sollten Literaten wie Geschichtsschreiber wissen. Ein mit gewichtigen Lücken entstandenes Gebäude existiert nicht wirklich, mit dem ersten Wind wird es zusammenbrechen.

Wenn aber – statt an einer schonungslosen, vollständigen, nichts aussparenden Aufarbeitung unserer Geschichte zu arbeiten – wir in dem im Neuen Deutschland erschienenen Artikel „Zur Geschichte der Komintern“ wieder mal vermahnt werden, „nicht nur die sogenannten weißen Flecken und Lücken zu suchen“, denn „täten wir es, würden wir die ganze Wahrheit verletzen“, so wird damit eine neue Logik geschaffen: nach der klassischen und der mehrwertigen, ist nun die vieldeutige Logik zu studieren.

Selbstverständlich wäre eine Geschichtsbetrachtung, die sich lediglich auf die durchaus nicht zufälligen „weißen Flecken“ unserer Geschichte richtet, mehr als nur unvollständig. Ein solches Geschichtsbild wäre gleichfalls verlogen. Aber wenn diese Warnung nur dazu benutzt wird, um die damit zugegebenen Auslassungen in unserem Geschichtsbild nicht zu korrigieren, weil sonst die Gefahr bestünde, „die ganze Wahrheit zu verletzen“, so ist das Heuchelei und demagogische Scholastik.

Auch in unserem Land gab es in der Stalinzeit politische Prozesse, bei denen die Angeklagten unter abenteuerlichen Beschuldigungen zu mehrjährigen Freiheitsstrafen verurteilt wurden. Besonders empörend für mich war, als ich bei entsprechenden Fragen erfuhr, dass man den Zellenschließern, die mit den Gefangenen nicht sprechen sollten, mitgeteilt hatte, diese seien Nazikriegsverbrecher. Eine Lüge, die für die Inhaftierten nicht zu entlarven und für die Zuchthausbeamten – auch sie „Sieger der Geschichte“ – glaubhafter und beruhigender war als die Wahrheit. Eine Lüge, weil man nicht einmal den Zellenwächtern die Wahrheit zu sagen wagte.

Tödliche Illusionen

Keine Macht und kein Mensch hat der Sowjetunion und der kommunistischen Idee schwereren, nachhaltigeren Schaden zugefügt als Stalin. Noch heute kämpft die Sowjetunion mit den fast unlösbar scheinenden Problemen, die das Land der stalinistischen Politik verdankt.

Stalin – das ist auch ein Problem des deutschen Sozialismus, der DDR. Noch immer kennen wir die Wahrheit nur andeutungsweise, denn die knappen offiziellen Formulierungen – wie „in der Sowjetunion unter falschen Anschuldigungen verhaftet“ oder „von ungesetzlichen und ungerechtfertigten Repressalien betroffen“ – sind Andeutungen, die Geschichte nicht erhellen, sondern verdecken sollen.

Noch wissen unsere Geschichtsschreiber nur etwas von „tragischen Ereignissen“, als sei damals Stalins Sowjetunion von einer Naturkatastrophe heimgesucht worden.

Stalin brach Hitler das Genick, das ist eine unbestreitbare Wahrheit, die keiner vergessen soll. Aber Stalin brachte auch seine Genossen und Millionen seiner Landsleute um, auch das eine unbestreitbare Wahrheit. Und wer so verschiedene Wahrheiten nicht erträgt und die eine mit der anderen zu verdecken und auszulöschen sucht, fälscht die Geschichte.

Ich will einige Zahlen nennen, die von sowjetischen Historikern stammen und in sowjetischen Zeitungen wiedergegeben wurden: Von 60 Mitgliedern des revolutionären Militärkomitees des Petrograder Sowjets wurden 54 ermordet. Außer Kollontai, Muranow und Stalin wurden zwischen 1935 und 1940 die restlichen Mitglieder der ersten sowjetischen Regierung umgebracht. Von 1.986 Delegierten des XVII. Parteitags im Jahr 1934, bei dem Stalin 300 Gegenstimmen bekam, wurden 1.108 Delegierte Repressalien ausgesetzt. Vom Kommandostab der Roten Armee wurden schätzungsweise 40.000 Offiziere getötet.

Und das ist nur die Spitze des Terrors. In einem Gespräch mit Veljko Mićunović, damals jugoslawischer Botschafter in der UdSSR, sagte Chruschtschow am 2. April 1956 im Hinblick auf sein Geheimreferat und den XX. Parteitag: „Je älter er wurde, umso stärker entfaltete sich sein krankhaftes, entartetes Naturell. Unter der Last von Alter und Krankheit hat sich Stalin in seinen letzten Lebensjahren durch Filme, die man speziell für ihn herstellte, über Russland und die Welt unterrichten lassen. Er herrschte in der Überzeugung, dass in der Sowjetunion alles bestens gedeihe.“ Eine speziell hergestellte Geschichtsschreibung kann uns zwar die Illusion geben, dass alles bestens gedeihe. Aber solche Illusionen sind für uns letztlich tödlich, da sie uns unfähig machen, unsere Gegenwart zu bewältigen. Und dann sind wir nicht „die Sieger der Geschichte“, allenfalls die „Sieger der Geschichtsschreibung“. Und Hybris war stets der Anfang vom Ende.

Ich bitte Sie, noch eine kurze Anmerkung machen zu dürfen, die mit dem Thema Geschichte, Geschichtsschreibung und Schriftsteller durchaus zu tun hat, auch wenn es sich dabei um stattfindende Geschichte handelt. Es macht mich krank, es macht mich physisch und psychisch krank, in einem Land und in einer Stadt zu wohnen, in denen fortwährend Bürger Ausreiseanträge stellen und ausreisen. Es macht mich krank, die besorgten oder hämischen Kommentare in unseren Zeitungen zu lesen, die den Vorgang zu banalisieren und zu erklären versuchen, indem sie nicht die Ursachen nennen, sondern die Folgen. Und ich bin darüber verzweifelt, dass der Staat offensichtlich diese Verluste für bedeutungslos hält, jedenfalls für so bedeutungslos, dass er es nicht für notwendig erachtet, die Ursachen für diesen ständigen Verlust zu bekämpfen. Es macht mich krank, weil die Gesellschaft irgendwo krank ist.

Es gibt Möglichkeiten, diesen Aderlass ohne Gewalt oder Zwang oder neue beschränkende Gesetze zu stoppen. Dafür gibt es sogar mehrere Möglichkeiten, allerdings gibt es keinen Weg, bevor nicht ein offener Dialog zwischen Regierung und Regierten darüber stattfindet.

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Gekürzte Fassung der Rede, die unter dem Titel Gut gemeint ist das Gegenteil von wahr erschien. Der Autor widmete sie Gustav Just, der als Journalist in der DDR politisch verfolgt war. Zwischentitel von der Redaktion

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Kidnappingfall Trinh Xuan Thanh: Rechnung für Regierungsflug

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2017 wurde ein vietnamesischer Ex-Kader von Berlin nach Hanoi entführt. Nun belastet eine Rechnung den damaligen slowakischen Innenminister. mehr...
          

Translation for Advertising Copy (Eng - VN)

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Short phrases and sentences in English translated into Vietnamese. Must be properly translated by a native speaker of Vietnamese. (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: English (US), Translation, Vietnamese)
          

collect informations of Medical device in Indonesia-Vietnam-Thailand-Malaysia-Bangladesh-Myanmar

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Our products are medical device and we are going to enter into the market in Indonesia-Vietnam-Thailand-Malaysia-Bangladesh-Myanmar. We are looking for somebody from the above 6 countryies to help us: 1... (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Marketing Strategy, Medical Devices Sales, Research and Development)
          

Umweltverschmutzung in Vietnam: Wachstum statt Umwelt

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Wasserkraft gilt in Vietnam als „unsicher“. Deshalb setzen Regierung und Bürger auf Energiequellen, die sie für moderner halten: Kohle und Erdöl. mehr...
          

Vietnam holidays: What to do in Nha Trang

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Shandelle Battersby samples the sights and sounds of Nha Trang on Vietnam's southeast coast When you arrive at Vietnam's southern port city of Nha Trang, the first thing you notice are the giant towers, supporting a stream of cable...
          

Vietnam Culture Week by the Vietnam Students Association

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Vietnam now fourth best in world for expat professionals

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Formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is now the fourth most popular world expat destination.

Over the past decade, Vietnam’s emergence into the expat world at large has been more than impressive, resulting in its present day popularity with professionals and retirees alike. This year’s InterNations poll confirms its...
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Paracel: NVA Tank Rider

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Nicely posed sitting figure to used on a NVA tank during Vietnam War. ALternative helmets and RPD is a good weapon choice.
          

12/1/2019: NEWS: Farewell for migrant girl

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DISTRAUGHT relatives of a girl who died with 38 other Vietnamese migrants in a lorry found in Essex paid tributes as her body was returned home yesterday. Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, was among the last to be returned as 16 coffins and seven urns arrived...
          

Metallspürhunde - Giftbox (CD)

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Zündstoff für die Ohren! Seit 1998, also beinahe seit zwei Dekaden, erfreuen die METALLSPÜRHUNDE die Welt nun mit ihrem einzigartigen Sound. Wie die gleichnamigen Minensuchhunde im Vietnamkrieg, fördern die Schweizer stets neuen musikalischen Zündstoff zutage, der die Fans Mal um Mal in ihren Bann zieht. Mit „Giftbox“ erwartet den Hörer ein kunstvoller Mix aus rockigen Elementen Electropunk und Synthpop im Stile der großen Namen der 80er Jahre, wie z.B. DEPECHE MODE oder NEW ORDER. Gleichzeitig lassen die METALLSPÜRHUNDE das Flair der Neuen Deutschen Todeskunst im Zeichen von DAS ICH, LACRIMOSA und Co. ein weiteres Mal aufleben und kreieren mit dieser Mixtur ihren einzigartigen Sound, der die Gegenwart mit einem Hauch Nostalgie und Zeitlosigkeit beseelt. Mit ihrer Erfahrung verstehen es die Schweizer wie kaum eine andere Band aus scheinbar Alltäglichem eine Kritik an unserer Zeit, mit scheinbar Profanem eine tiefgründige Analyse komplexer Themen in ihren Texten aufzugreifen und ganz in dieser Manier präsentiert sich auch „Giftbox“ als ein Werk der Extraklasse, das mit spielerischer Einfachheit Akzente und Denkanstöße setzt. METALLSPÜRHUNDE schaffen abermals mit ihrem neuen Album eine thematische und musikalische Bandbreite, die eine ganze Welt
          

Voici la collection de whisky la plus chère du monde

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Que vous soyez ou non amateur de whisky, le nom de Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan ne vous dit probablement rien. Et pourtant, cet homme d’affaires vietnamien a une particularité qui devrait intéresser les amateurs de blends et autres single malts : il possède la collection de whisky la plus chère du monde, estimée à 13,9 […]

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Michael DiIorio, 76, Purple Heart Recipient

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Michael DiIorio, age 76 of Norwalk, died peacefully at his home on Friday, November 29, 2019, after a brief illness. He was the loving husband for 53 years of Sheila (Gero) DiIorio. Mike was born in Jelsi, Campobasso, Italy on April 30, 1943, the son of the late Frank and Maria (Grande) DiIorio and moved to the U.S. in 1955. He was a graduate of Brien McMahon High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Mike worked for many years as a sales representative for McCormick Spices. He was a member of the Sons of Italy and the VFW.

          

Mangia! Here are Tucson's best Italian sandwiches

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This one's for my hoagies. As you may know, I've been eating a lot of sandwiches lately so I can create an ultimate guide to Tucson's best meals between bread. So far I've taken on hot chicken, Vietnamese bánh mì and veggie sandwiches for a cleanse.  I'm back in gear now, and decided to go whole hog with one of the best sandwiches ever created in the history of the United States: the Italian sandwich! (You didn't think I'd say tuna melt did you?) The basic concept of this series is that I eat some sandwiches, ask readers for more suggestions, eat more sandwiches, and decide which one's I'd...

          

South Korean-financed coal plants predicted to cause up to 151,000 deaths

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Seoul, South Korea – South Korea's financing of highly polluting overseas coal plants is projected to cause a total of 47,000 to 151,000 premature deaths over 30-years in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, revealed a new Greenpeace East Asia Seoul office  report.  At a time of increasingly serious global impacts of climate change from burning coal, South Korea – through its public finance agencies (PFAs) – is financing overseas coal-fired power plants that can emit up t...

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Apple dublează producţia de AirPods Pro din China pentru a ţine pasul cu cererea (Accesorii)

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Căştile din seria AirPods s-au dovedit a fi un succes răsunător pentru Apple, atât clienţii săi, cât şi cei care folosesc alte telefoane alegând aceste căşti true wireless faţă de alte modele, de multe ori chiar mai ieftine. Se pare însă că pentru sezonul de sărbători, Apple a subestimat cererea, iar acum compania cere partenerilor din Asia să crească semnificativ producţia atât pentru modelele standard, care sunt mai ieftine, cât şi pentru noile căşti premium AirPods Pro.

Conform Nikkei Asian Review, Apple a transmis partenerilor care furnizează componente şi celor care se ocupă de asamblare să crească imediat producţia. Pentru modelul AirPods Pro, care este produs de Luxshare-ICT în China, Apple a cerut ca producţia de 1 milion de unităţi pe lună să fie dublată la 2 milioane pentru perioada următoare. Modelul AirPods 2 cu carcasă wireless este în schimb asamblat în Vietnam în cadrul fabricilor GoerTek. În acest caz, creşterea comenzilor nu este atât de mare, însă este totuşi ridicată faţă de cât erau produse în mod obilnuit.

Cei care doresc să cumpere acum AirPods Pro în multe dintre ţările în care sunt disponibile, trebuie să aştepte chiar şi o lună pentru livrare, întrucât stocurile se epuizează imediat ce acestea devin disponibile. Nu te-ai aştepta ca o pereche de căşti de 270 de euro să fie atât de căutate, însă se pare că funcţionalitatea în plus precum anulare a zgomotului ambiental şi noul design au fost de ajuns pentru a atrage noi clienţi, cât şi clienţi mai vechi care sunt dispuşi să facă un upgrade.

Bloomberg spune că se aşteaptă ca până la finalul acestui an, Apple să vândă peste 60 de milioane de unităţi AirPods. Această categorie de produse este cea care creşte cel mai repede dintre produsele din portofoliul companiei, fiind aşteptate 80 de milioane de unităţi vândute anul viitor, cu un potenţial de a creşte în timp la 200 de milioane de unităţi anual.

 

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Vietnam: The Free Trade Agreement And The Investment Protection Agreement Between The EU And Vietnam – Sustainable Growth And Legal Certainty For Investors - Duane Morris LLP

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The EVFTA is a new-generation Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the EU.
          

Vietnam: Vietnam's PM Decides To Do Away With Solar FiTs In Favor Of Auctions - Duane Morris LLP

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ICTnews - 25 sản phẩm, dịch vụ an toàn thông tin do 12 doanh nghiệp, tổ chức Việt Nam sở hữu và làm chủ công nghệ vừa được Ban tổ chức chương trình bình chọn sản phẩm, dịch vụ an toàn thông tin chất lượng cao 2019 vinh danh. ]]>
          

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2019 produits de qualité vendant sur Internet Chaussures pour garçon Juniors Unisex Nike Air Max Plus (GS) 655020 301 Khaki/Olive Baskets décontractées pour garçon de 2 à 16 ans

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WATCHMEN - Recensione 1x05 "Little Fear of Lightning"

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Ancora una volta la miniserie targata HBO continua a rimescolare le carte, a ribaltare gli equilbri e a mettere alla prova la nostra sanità mentale pur camminando su un terreno estremamente familiare per i fan del fumetto originale. "Little Fear of Lightning", frase tratta da una famosa citazione di Jules Verne, compie un processo di transazione vera e propria all'interno dello sviluppo della storia, proponendo il tutto da un punto di vista estremamente interessante. Diretto da Steph Green (The Americans) e scritto da Damon Lindelof e Carly Wray (Westworld) l'episodio esplora il passato di Wade Tillman, noto come Looking Glass, dal suo trauma principale fino al presente, dove egli scopre la verità e rivede tutta la sua visione del mondo messa in dubbio.



-2 Novembre 1985: L'episodio si apre nel passato, in un periodo che i lettori del fumetto conoscono molto bene. Il 2 Novembre 1985 a Hoboken, nel New Jersey, un gruppo di giovani discepoli, fra cui figura un giovanissimo Looking Glass, scende da un pullman, dove il loro predicatore li invita a pregare prima di entrare in un luogo di perdizione prima di diffondere la verità a un minuto dalla fine del mondo. Così, sulle note di "Things Can Only Get Better" di Howard Jones, Wade inizia a camminare per strada, chiedendo alle persone che incontra se sono pronte a sentire la verità, ma viene assalito da due di loro, che gli sottraggono i volantini. Una ragazza di nome Roxi porta via Wade dal caos e gli chiede di poter sapere di più e i due finiscono in una stanza degli specchi, dove lei chiede a Wade perchè si trova nel New Jersey, domandandogli se crede che la fine del mondo stia arrivando. Wade spiega che è lì per portare la verità ai peccatori e mostra una certa sicurezza, dicendo di non aver paura di nulla. Sulle note sfumate dell'indimenticata "Careless Whisper" di George Michael, la ragazza inizia a svestirlo, apparentemente per fare sesso con lui, ma alla fine lei fugge via con i suoi vestiti. Realizzando di essere stato giocato, Wade si dice patetico e che ha ottenuto ciò che meritava, ma a un tratto vi è una forte esplosione, che fa esplodere gli specchi intorno a lui. In seguito Wade si risveglia col sangue alle orecchie e uscito fuori vede migliaia di corpi a terra per la strada, fra cui Roxi. Così Wade si riprende i vestiti e vede altre persone sconvolte dai molti corpi a terra. Wade inizia a urlare dal terrore, mentre l'inquadratura ci mostra l'origine di questo caso, vale a dire un gigantesco calamaro teletrasportato a New York.


-Dire la verità: Nel presente Wade lavora come opinionista per delle campagne pubblicitarie e gli viene affidato il commento di uno spot volto a far tornare la gente a New York (con tanto di easter egg in casa HBO, cioè il cameo di Michael Imperioli nel ruolo di se stesso), che lui giudica solo un modo per ricordare alla gente della morte di tre milioni di persone. In seguito mette i panni di Looking Glass e si dirige alla centrale, dove Laurie sta facendo un briefing con tutti gli agenti in merito al Settimo, in particolare sull'importanza di trovare la chiesa dove vengono girati i loro video. Intanto Red Scare e Panda discutono delle varie frange del cristianesimo, quando decidono di chiedere l'opinione di Glass sull'argomento e lui nota che Scare mangia un panino con la lattuga requisita all'uomo che ha sparato a Charlie, non prendendola bene. Poi Angela va alla sua scrivania, chiedendo novità riguardo alle strane pillole del suo nonno, ma lui non ha ancora trovato nulla. Angela gli chiede se ha detto alla sua ex che era una cosa importante e Glass risponde di averlo fatto. Angela lo invita a dirglielo di nuovo, ma lui le spiega che gli sta facendo un favore e che perciò non dovrebbe farci affidamento, ma lei non sembra d'accordo in merito. A un tratto Laurie chiama Glass nel suo ufficio per parlare in privato, invitandolo a togliersi la maschera, visto che conosce il suo viso, ma lui le ricorda che il regolamento prevede l'uso della stessa all'interno del dipartimento, per questioni di sicurezza. Laurie gli garantisce che può fidarsi di lei e così se la toglie. Laurie gli chiede da dove viene e scopre che lui era presente quel famoso 2 Novembre. Lui le conferma che era nel New Jersey e lei gli chiede se è ancora spaventato a seguito di quegli eventi. Glass le dice che dorme bene la notte e Laurie sa bene che il materiale della sua maschera, la reflectatina, viene usata come protezione per le scariche psichiche. Lei sa anche che lavora nella ricerca di mercato, in poche parole dire a un gruppo di idioti quello che dovrebbero dire di un prodotto come copertura per il suo lavoro come vigilante e lui lo conferma. Alla fine lei lo congeda, ma non prima di aver chiesto di certe pillole, dicendo di aver messo una cimice nel cactus della sua scrivania e Glass dice che è una questione privata fra lui e Angela e Laurie decide di lasciarlo andare.

RECENSIONE 1x01 "IT'S SUMMER AND WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF ICE"



-In costante allerta: Tornato a casa Wade vede che ha ricevuto una lettera destinata alla sua ex, Cynthia, con in sottofondo "Some Enchanted Evening" di Frank Sinatra. Così si mette la maschera, prepara la cena, e guarda una scena a luci rosse fra Hooded Justice e Captain Metropolis tratta dalla serie tv sui Minutemen. A un tratto un allarme inizia a suonare e Wade corre nel suo rifugio, cercando di spegnerlo. Ma il rumore non smette e così Wade stacca il pannello e lo distrugge con violenza, per poi chiamare l'ente di sicurezza extra-dimensionale in merito al guasto, ordinando anche della reflectatina. Alla fine si siede sul divano e dopo aver indossato la maschera si addormenta.


-Nostalgia: Il giorno dopo Wade torna al suo impiego di copertura, esprimendo un parere su una linea di profumi, quando riceve una chiamata dalla sua ex Cynthia, la quale lavora in una clinica per la clonazione di animali domestici. Lui la raggiunge e dopo che lei ha scartato uno dei cloni, dice a Wade che le pillole sono Nostalgia, in poche parole dei ricordi in formato pillola, considerati illegali perchè fonte di psicosi, invitando a convincere la sua amica a non prenderle. Wade dice di non aver mai detto di averle avute da una donna e lei gli chiede come mai sceglie sempre quelle che lo mettono a terra. Lui le ricorda che l'ha scelta, ma Cynthia sa che non lo ha mai fatto, perchè ancora traumatizzato dal suo primo incontro con una donna e lui le dice che è per questo che è sfortunato.

RECENSIONE 1x02 "MARTIAL FEATS OF COMANCHE HORSEMANSHIP"



-Terapia di gruppo: Wade partecipa a un gruppo di sostegno per le vittime del 2 Novembre e uno dei partecipanti racconta che sua madre era a Brooklyn quel giorno, restandone molto traumatizzata e sentendo di aver ereditato il trauma. Una donna di nome Renee entra e si siede insieme agli altri e quando un altro chiede se questa situazione finirà, Wade cerca di dare loro una risposta per motivarli:

"I was where you are. I thought about that one-eyed fucker all the time and it terrified me, but I am no longer afraid. On 11/2, the Soviet Union was on the verge of annihilating us, and we were more than prepared to return the favor. Then that enormous, tentacled abomination teleported into New York. If it hadn't arrived when it did, we would all be ash. It united us against a common threat. Does it ever end? Of course it does, because we are all in a tunnel, and every tunnel ends. It ends with light. And if you trust me, I will do my best to show you to it."

Alla fine invita tutto il gruppo a ripetere che esistono molte dimensioni, ma che non devono avere paura perchè vivono nella propria. Finito l'incontro Renee dice a Wade che non crede alle sue parole, che in realtà non è mai uscito dal suo tunnel. Lui la invita a presentarsi al prossimo incontro per discutere della sua esperienza, ma lei gli dice di no, per poi invitarlo a seguirla. I due finiscono in un bar, dove parlano di cereali, la guerra del Vietnam e dei loro rispettivi lavori. Dopo essersi conosciuti, Wade invita Renee a raccontare la sua esperienza del 2 Novembre e lei risponde che il suo trauma viene risvegliato da un film di nome Pale Horse, incentrato sul tragico evento (in realtà la pellicola non esiste, ma è un riferimento celato a Schindler's List di Steven Spielberg, incentrato sul tema della memoria). Lei ammette che la scena della bambina col cappotto rosso è quello che la spaventa di più e che guardarlo più e più volte l'ha aiutata a superare le sue paure e che un'altra cosa che la aiuta in tal senso è il sesso. Questo elemento suscita un certo interesse in Wade e dopo che si sono baciati un auto arriva per prelevarla. Lei lo saluta ma quando l'auto sta per allontanarsi, Wade nota della lattuga e realizza che Renee è un membro del Settimo, chiedendo alla centrale se hanno mai recuperato il veicolo dell'uomo che ha sparato a Charlie. Quando sente che la risposta è negativa, Wade decide di seguirli da solo.


-Il complotto: Wade entra in un magazzino abbandonato e dopo aver trovato una pistola nel furgone di Renee, entra all'interno dell'edificio, per poi ritrovarsi nella chiesa del video. A un tratto una palla da baseballe cade da un portale extradimensionale aperto sopra di lui e così scopre che il Settimo sta creando dei portali. Wade esce allo scoperto e Renee lo nota, mentre un uomo gli spara con proiettili a salve. Lei gli confessa di aver fatto cadere di proposito la lattuga dal furgone per attirarlo all'interno e che in realtà lui non ha contattato la centrale, ma loro. Poi due uomini lo portano in una stanza piena di schermi TV e Renee gli rende indietro il cappello, anch'esso ricoperto di reflectatina. Poi un uomo si siede di fronte a lui e Wade lo riconosce come il senatore Joe Keene. Così si toglie la maschera e gli promette che non lo ucciderà e che il suo compito è impedire omicidi di massa a Tulsa, come Judd avrebbe dovuto fare come capo della polizia. Wade gli chiede se vogliono portare un altro calamaro a Tulsa, ma lui dice che hanno ben altro in mente, proponendo di mostrargli la verità, ma il prezzo per essa è decisamente alto:

"I'm gonna show you something, and after you see it, you're gonna walk out of here and you're never gonna be afraid of big teleporting aliens ever again. Because I'm gonna set you free. In return, I'm gonna ask you to do me a favor. Call it a squid pro quo. This Angela Abar? She either killed Judd Crawford or she knows who did. Either way, she threatens to disrupt the aforementioned peace. I know Agent Blake already suspects her, so how about you just help that along? Angela trusts you. Serve her up, and that way, I don't have to ask these racist Okies to go to her house and kill her and her entire fucking family. I just need to get her off the board for a couple days while I wrap things up. Your call, Wade. Either way works for me. All right. Couple weeks after I was elected senator of the great state of Oklahoma, I was appointed to the Appropriations Committee, which sucked because I wanted something sexy, like Intelligence or Judiciary, but you get what you get. You don't get upset, so I accepted. In my very first day, they brought me into a little room, and they showed me what I'm about to show you. Took me a couple years to pirate a copy for myself. So, Wade, you can tell your cop buddies I'm running the Kavalry and then I'll convince them all you're crazy, which will not be difficult given your secret shiny hats. Or you can press play, and finally be free. I leave it entirely in your hands."

Così mette una videocassetta e Wade decide di avviare la riproduzione, dove appare un Adrian Veidt molto più giovane di quanto abbiamo visto, il quale ha un messaggio rivolto a una persona in particolare:


"Hello, Robert. Adrian Veidt here. Assuming my instructions have been followed to the letter, today is January 21st, 1993, and you were just inaugurated. Allow me to be amongst the very first to say congratulations, President Redford. Sir, I am recording this message on November 1st, 1985, seven years in your past. How I could predict that you would be elected president with such incredible accuracy? Because I didn't predict it. I planned it. Here, in '85, the end is nigh. Nuclear holocaust between the United States and Russia is imminent. Fortunately, I planned for this, too. And the only way to stave off mankind's extinction is with a weapon more powerful than any atomic device. That weapon is fear, and I, Mr. President, am its architect. In 24 hours time, that's seven years ago for you, an extra-dimensional monster will materialize in Manhattan, unleashing a psychic blast that kills half the city's population, and traumatizes millions more. Yet the monster will not have come from another dimension at all. It will have come from me. A hoax, Mr. President. An elaborate, meticulously engineered hoax to save the world. Now, the hard part. What's next. The transition won't start immediately. The world will need time to heal, and, of course, I'll have to maintain the peace with additional small-scale extra-dimensional events. But now, I am sure as you watch this, mankind is ready for change. I envision a stronger, loving world committed to caring for the weak, reversing environmental ruin, and cultivating true equality. I know you share these values. That's why I'll do all I can, and why I did all I could, to get you elected. But this will only work if you willingly become my partner, Mr. President. My partner in building a utopia. But first, I'll need to earn your trust, and you, undoubtedly, have questions. If you'll indulge me for the next few hours, I think I have some answers. So, let's dive in, shall we?"

RECENSIONE 1x03 "SHE WAS KILLED BY SPACE JUNK"



-Lontano anni luce: Nel frattempo Ozymandias prepara la sua tuta, dicendo ai suoi servi che il tempo è l'essenza per la sua impresa. Così i due lo caricano sul trabucco e lo sparano in cielo, mandando in una delle lune di Giove. Dopo essersi goduto la vista, Ozymandias prende i corpi ormai congelati dei suoi ex servi e li dispone per scrivere "Save me" e poi guardando un satellite posto sopra la luna, dice di avercela fatta. Ma i suoi cloni tirano la corda e lui ritorna a terra, dove all'arrivo viene accolto da quest'ultimi e dal Game Warden, il quale lo arresta per aver violato le leggi della sua terra e lui dice che ormai Dio lo ha abbandonato, cosa su cui lui concorda.


-Tradimento: Wade assiste al test di un nuovo profumo e la sua mente torna alla notte del 2 Novembre, con "Careless Whisper" di nuovo in sottofondo, stavolta cantata da Nataly Dawn. Poi torna in centrale, dove Angela gli chiede se ha scoperto altro sulle pillole e lui le pone una domanda davvero criptica:

"Is anything true?" 

Angela non capisce cosa voglia dire e gli dice di smettere di giocare e Wade le dice che le pillole sono di Nostalgia, cioè sono ricordi e vuole sapere a chi appartengono. Angela gli racconta di Will Reeves, del suo legame di parentela con lei e del suo ruolo nell'omicidio di Judd e del fatto che lo ha coperto. Wade le dice che gli dispiace e Angela non capisce cosa voglia dire. Laurie esce velocemente dall'ufficio e dice ad Angela di alzare le mani. Lei chiede a Wade cosa ha fatto e Laurie chiede che venga ammanettata, quando Angela ingerisce le pillole, per poi farsi arrestare. Wade guarda Laurie e indossa la sua maschera. Quella sera Wade torna a casa e vede un pacco, con il nuovo sistema di allarme extra-dimensionale, e lo getta via, per poi riprenderlo. Dopo essere entrato in casa, due uomini del Settimo armati entrano dietro di lui, chiudendo l'episodio.

RECENSIONE 1x04 "IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY STORY, WRITE YOUR OWN"



VERDETTO

Una delle caratteristiche più rilevanti di Watchmen, almeno in questi cinque episodi, è l'intensa ed articolata caratterizzazione dei personaggi, utilizzando molto spesso un intero episodio per raccontare la storia che li riguarda, analizzandone il loro punto di vista con incredibile dettaglio, forse il tratto più distintivo dello stile di Damon Lindelof. Già con "She Was Killed By Space Junk" abbiamo visto la buona riuscita di questo stile, con la prospettiva di Laurie Blake narrata sotto forma di barzelletta, ma in questo quinto episodio assistiamo non solo a un focus su un altro personaggio di notevole interesse, ma a una serie di rivelazioni e di spunti fondamentali per quello che avverrà nei restanti episodi. Il protagonista di questo quinto capitolo è Wade Tillman, noto come Looking Glass, un uomo il cui trauma risiede nella tragica notte del 2 Novembre 1985, i cui ricordi continuano a tormentarlo in ogni istante della sua vita, un uomo che vede la verità come suo scopo ultimo (basti pensare al suo lavoro come opinionista pubblicitario e il suo ruolo come vigilante che ricerca le risposte dai sospettati attraverso la capsula con le immagini subliminali), con incredibili difficoltà di relazione (fatta eccezione per il suo legame con Angela, forse andato in frantumi dopo il suo ultimo gesto) e cerca di farsene una ragione su quanto ha vissuto, aiutando quelli che come lui hanno sperimentato la sua medesima esperienza, alla fine ritrovandosi di fronte alla verità con la V maiuscola, scoprendo che Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt (il quale sembra essere molto più lontano di quanto avevamo previsto) è la mente dietro il calamaro gigante di New York, cosa già nota ai lettori del fumetto, ma anche dietro all'elezione dell'attuale presidente Robert Redford. Il fatto stesso che il tutto venga propinato dal senatore Joe Keery, membro attivo del Settimo Reggimento (non l'ha mai raccontata giusta), il quale sostiene di essere diventato membro della setta per garantire la pace a Tulsa, così come avrebbe dovuto fare Judd ai vertici della polizia, fa' pensare al fatto che sì, è vero del complotto ordito da Veidt, ma è anche vero che il Settimo rappresenti un immagine di spregiudicata violenza, specie nella misteriosa scena conclusiva che vede due di loro che entrano armati a casa di Wade, riportandoci all'unica vera domanda: c'è qualcosa di vero? In ogni caso, è Angela a pagare il prezzo di questa verità, dato che anche lei la sta cercando in merito al suo nonno e decide di farlo nel più radicale dei modi, ingerendo le pillole di Nostalgia prima di farsi arrestare, lasciando aperto uno scenario estremamente affascinante per i prossimi episodi, ed essendone rimasti solo quattro, siamo certi che le emozioni e lo shock perdureranno ancora durante la visione.


Nel sesto episodio, dal titolo "This Extraordinary Being", Angela sperimenta gli effetti della Nostalgia, rivivendo il passato del suo nonno Will Reeves mentre si trova in detenzione, in un viaggio che le permetterà di capire quali siano le sue vere intenzioni.




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WATCHMEN - Recensione 1x04 "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own"

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"The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place."
(Chinua Achebe)

Nel mondo rappresentato in Watchmen, niente come sembra, e questo quarto episodio ce lo insegna attraverso una storia che noi tutti pensavamo di conoscere. "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own", (titolo tratto dalla famosa citazione dello scrittore nigeriano Chinua Achebe, a cui appartiene la frase in apertura) termina la prima metà di serie in maniera dirompente, rimettendo tutto quello che abbiamo visto finora in discussione, rispondendo a delle domande e ponendone altrettante. Diretto da Andrij Parekh (Succession) e scritto da Damon Lindelof e Christal Henry (Unforgettable), l'episodio mostra l'entrata in scena di un giocatore oscuro e pericoloso, l'indagine di Angela che diventa sempre più strana e l'anima macabra di Ozymandias.


-Un' offerta particolare: L'episodio si apre con una giovane donna che cerca di vendere uova fresche per la strada, ma senza trovare clienti. Lei è felicemente sposata e i due conducono una vita semplice e normale, fino a quando una sera, qualcuno bussa alla loro porta nel cuore della notte. I due vanno ad aprire e una strana donna entra nella loro casa. Lei chiede loro cosa sanno di lei e il marito la identifica come la persona che sta costruendo l'enorme torre dell'orologio in fondo alla strada, che nessuno ha mai visto a Tulsa da quando di trova lì. La donna dice di essere venuta per loro per una questione estremamente importante: lei vuole la loro casa e il terreno circostante. La coppia dice che non è in vendita, ma la donna la mette sul fatto che la loro discendenza conta di più di una casa e che la loro famiglia morirà, dato che i due non hanno figli. La donna dice di sapere che hanno tentato più volte di averne senza successo e alla fine dice loro che cosa offrirà in cambio della casa: un figlio tutto loro. La coppia rimane sbalordita, ma la donna sembra avere delle risorse infinite, visto che ha un neonato con se', il cui DNA è della coppia, dicendo loro di aver versato cinque milioni di dollari su un conto fatto apposta per loro, al fine di provvedere alla crescita del bambino. All'ultimo secondo la coppia accetta l'offerta e dal cielo vedono cadere qualcosa, come una meteora, e quando chiedono alla misteriosa donna che cosa sia, lei risponde che è qualcosa di suo.


-Restituzione: Angela va nella sua pasticceria nel cuore della notte per eliminare ogni traccia della presenza del vecchio Will, quando riceve un messaggio automatico dal centro di eredità culturale sulla presenza di un nuovo ramo nella sua famiglia. Così va sul posto e dopo aver notificato la centrale di un irruzione nel centro, lei stessa irrompe nella struttura e chiede al computer di vedere il suo albero genealogico. Angela riceve una ghianda, che dovrà piantare in una sala per gli alberi genealogici e una volta fatto, appare un immenso olo-albero, dove emerge un nuovo ramo sopra Marcus Abar, suo padre. Toccando il ramo, Angela vede il suo nonno Will e i genitori di lui, uccisi nel massacro di Tulsa nel 1921, e stando al computer, anche Will sarebbe morto. Angela è consapevole che non è morto, ma che è solo sparito, e gli chiede indirettamente di lasciarla in pace. Mentre Angela esce dall'edificio, vede la sua auto cadere dal cielo, mentre dall'altra parte Laurie assiste alla stessa scena, come abbiamo visto nel precedente episodio. Laurie le punta l'arma ma Angela identifica il veicolo, chiedendo in centrale di fare un controllo. Laurie le spiega che è caduta dal cielo e assicuratasi che Angela abbia tutto sotto controllo, torna nella sua auto, complimentandosi per il costume. Alla fine Angela trova nel cruscotto una strana boccetta, contenente delle pillole.


-Fidarsi di pochi: Angela torna a casa e vedendo Cal dormire nel letto matrimoniale con le piccole Rosie e Emma, va in camera di Topher per rassicurarlo sulla sua assenza. La mattina dopo, durante la colazione, Angela discute con Cal di Laurie e della sua irruzione al centro culturale. In seguito Angela va a trovare Looking Glass, il quale sta studiando la pioggia di calamari avvenuta qualche giorno prima, interrogandosi sul suo vero scopo. Lei gli chiede di far analizzare le pillole per capire che cosa siano, e alla fine gli svela che Judd non era chi diceva di essere, mostrandogli il completo del Klan preso dal suo armadio, chiedendogli di tenerlo, affinchè Laurie non lo venga a sapere.

RECENSIONE 1x01 "IT'S SUMMER AND WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF ICE"



-Il nuovo capo: Angela getta un borsone in un camion di rifiuti, quando nota un uomo con una strana tuta che la osserva. Lei lo rincorre, ma lui è incredibilmente veloce e agile, al punto da cospargersi uno strano liquido addosso e scivolare in un tombino. In seguito Angela va in centrale dove incontra il senatore Keene, il quale è grato per il suo intervento durante il funerale. Poi mostra la cintura dell'uomo in tuta a Pirate Jenny e Red Scare, i quali le dicono che almeno che non si tratti di uno del Settimo, il nuovo capo non tratterà la questione in alcun modo. Angela chiede chi sia il nuovo capo e con sua grande sorpresa scopre che si tratta di Laurie Blake. Lei le dice di aver rinvenuto delle strane impronte nella sua auto, che ha già fatto analizzare dalla scientifica, che ha trovato la corrispondenza in un uomo di nome Will Reeves, un poliziotto di New York City fra gli anni '40 e '50, ritiratosi piuttosto giovane, e che dovrebbe avere almeno cento anni, accenando al fatto che si muove su una sedia a rotelle. A un tratto Petey entra in ufficio e dopo aver sussurrato qualcosa a Laurie, lei dice ad Angela che hanno trovato qualcos'altro sulla sua auto.


-Miracolo termondinamico: Sulle note di "You're My Thrill" di Billie Holiday (scelta musicale non casuale, visto che il brano è presente anche nel fumetto in una scena romantica fra Laurie e il suo amante Nite Owl) Angela domanda a Laurie perchè mai è tanto interessata alla sua auto e lei risponde con una semplificazione di un termine che usava il Dottor Manhattan, vale a dire "miracolo termodinamico", un modo per dire che è tutto collegato. Poi Laurie svela di aver parlato con Cal e Angela non apprezza affatto averlo saputo in questo modo, a maggior ragione perchè è andata a casa sua. Laurie le chiede se si sono conosciuti in Vietnam e se avesse una famiglia lì, ma Angela le dice di essere un orfana. Laurie non sembra sorpresa da tale risposta e da' una spiegazione filosofica del loro ruolo di vigilanti:

"L: Well, people who wear masks are driven by trauma. They're obsessed with justice because of some injustice they suffered, usually when they were kids. Ergo, the mask. It hides the pain. 

 

A: I wear the mask to protect myself. 

 

L: Right. From the pain." 

Dopo che Laurie le chiede come è stata cresciuta, svelando che anche lei era una vigilante, Angela le domanda quale fosse il suo trauma e lei chiede a Petey di raccontare una storia che i lettori del fumetto conoscono molto bene:


"Agent Blake's parents were the Comedian and Silk Spectre. They were both in the Minutemen. [...] The Comedian sexually assaulted Silk Spectre, back in the '40s. Agent Blake didn't find out till much, much later. He... her dad tried to rape her mom." 

I tre arrivano all'edificio appartenente a Lady Trieu, la misteriosa donna del prologo, e Laurie suggerisce ad Angela di mettersi la maschera per la sua sicurezza. Una volta entrati notano una sorta di velivolo che potrebbe essere stato usato per sollevare un auto e decidono di indagare ulteriormente, chiedendo a Bian (la ragazza dell'edicola del secondo episodio), figlia di Trieu, la lista dei piloti. La ragazza invita Laurie e Angela a prendere un te' con sua madre per discutere della situazione, mentre spiega che l'edificio che stanno costruendo è la meraviglia del nuovo mondo, il cui scopo è dire il tempo. Arrivate al solarium Trieu si presenta e dice che ha deciso di ricreare l'atmosfera della sua terra, il Vietnam, nel suo palazzo e a un tratto chiede ad Angela se ha le pillole, in lingua vietnamita, dicendo che lo chiede Will. Angela risponde in vietnamita che il vecchio può chiederlo di persona. Laurie nota con interesse che entrambe sono del Vietnam e Angela ripropone il concetto di miracolo termodinamico. Trieu chiede loro se pensano che il suo equipaggiamento sia stato usato per rubare un auto e farla cadere e Angela sottolinea che era la sua, chiedendo una lista dei piloti. Trieu incarica di Bian di provvedere a consegnarla e porge le sue condoglianze ad Angela per la morte di Judd. A un tratto Laurie nota una statua di Adrian Veidt e sottolinea che Trieu ha comprato la sua compagnia dopo che lui è sparito (da notare che anche Veidt aveva una passione per le piante nel fumetto), chiedendo perchè lo scultore lo ha fatto così vecchio. Trieu le spiega che effettivamente è vecchio e che nella sua cultura gli anziani sono trattati con rispetto e naturalmente Laurie non risparmia le sue critiche verso di lui.

RECENSIONE 1x02 "MARTIAL FEATS OF COMANCHE HORSEMANSHIP"



-Mente macabra: Ozymandias è in barca su un lago nel cuore della notte, da cui ripesca dei neonati con delle trappole per granchi, scartandone alcuni, e scegliendone due. Tornato nella sua tenuta, mette i due piccoli in una strana camera e quando la accende loro iniziano a piangere, mentre lui si gode la cena. A processo compiuto i due neonati sono diventati Phillips e Crookshanks e Ozymandias spiega loro che presto potranno parlare e che il loro compito è servirlo. Poi li porta nella sala pranzo, dove tutti gli altri cloni sono stati uccisi nei modi più impensabili. Alla fine Ozymandias, sulle note dell'Allegretto della settima di Beethoven, usa una catapulta per scaraventare i suoi servi morti dall'altra parte della radura e afferma che un giorno riuscirà a scappare dalla sua prigionia, durata ben quattro anni.


-Complicità: Angela torna a casa e trova Cal intento a leggere un libro. Angela gli chiede quando le avrebbe detto della visita di Laurie a casa loro e lui le spiega che voleva sapere chi aveva chiamato quando Judd è stato ucciso. Angela gli chiede cosa le ha detto e lui da' la sua risposta:

"C: I told her you and I were having sex in the closet when the phone rang. You answered, but I didn't know who you were talking to. Then you handed me a gun and left. I didn't see you all night long, and the next morning, you came back and told me your grandfather murdered our friend, which was confusing because you never told me you had a grandfather. 

 

A: You didn't say any of that. 

 

C: No, Angela. I lied. 

 

A: And you hate lying. 

 

C: I do. She knew that we met in Vietnam. 

 

A: Did you tell her about your accident? 

 

C: It didn't come up. 

 

A: Good. 

 

C: I think she wants to help you. 

 

A: Why? 

 

C: It's just a feeling I have. Maybe she knows how to find him. The old man. 

 

A: I can find him all by myself."


Alla fine Angela, consapevole di potersi fidare di Cal, lo invita ad aspettarla nell'armadio per fare sesso.


-Chi è Will?: Bian si sveglia di soprassalto e l'inquadratura mostra la scritta IV sul suo polso. Spavenata corre da sua madre, raccontandole il suo incubo, dove lei era in un villaggio che è stato bruciato da degli uomini, che poi hanno fatto camminare tutti, compresa lei, molto a lungo, al punto da farle male i piedi. Trieu si rifiuta di accompagnarla a letto e Bian da' la buonanotte a Will, il quale sembra intento a prendere del te' con Trieu, con cui sta avendo una discussione criptica circa le preoccupazioni riguardo alle pillole e al fatto che lui non abbia detto la verità ad Angela:

"T: If you want her to know who you are, just tell her. 

 

W: She's not gonna listen. She has to experience things by herself. 

 

T: It's still too cute by half. 

 

W: Oh yeah? Is that why you're doing the same thing to your daughter? 

 

T: It's entirely different. And this is the source of my concern. When family's involved, judgment gets cloudy, feet get cold, deals get broken."

Trieu capisce che Will non sta al suo piano e il vecchio si alza dalla sua sedia a rotelle, mostrando che è guarito. L'episodio si conclude con Will che confessa, in modo piuttosto vago, le sue intenzioni verso Angela:

"I betrayed her. And in three days, she'll know what I have done, and she'll hate me for it. And you're concerned about whether I am in. Well, I am in. All the way. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock."

RECENSIONE 1x03 "SHE WAS KILLED BY SPACE JUNK"


VERDETTO

Questo episodio si dimostra il migliore presentato finora, perchè capace di sovvertire gli equilibri posti dalla storia nei precedenti capitoli, mostrando che niente è come sembra e che tutto il mondo, come direbbe Chinua Achebe, è una maschera danzante, che nasconde il vero volto di ogni cosa e persona. L'introduzione di Lady Trieu, la quale ha ereditato la compagnia di Adrian Veidt e con cui condivide il suo senso enigmatico, gioca un ruolo fondamentale nella trama, collegando, seppure in modo indiretto, le due vicende centrali proposte, e portando ad altri misteri sulle sue intenzioni, sullo scopo dell'edificio monumentale che sta costruendo, ma sul suo legame con Will Reeves, nonno di Angela, a cui non sembra aver detto la verità, rendendo l'anziano sulla sedia a rotelle più insidioso del previsto. Tornando alle due vicende di fondo portate avanti nell'episodio, abbiamo da una parte la diatriba fra Angela e Laurie (resa alla grande dal carisma magnetico di Regina King e Jean Smart), le quali hanno davvero molto in comune, ma non si fidano l'una dell'altra, con la prima che sembra avere due validissimi alleati, vale a dire suo marito Cal e Looking Glass, personaggio che assume una connotazione sempre più interessante, mentre dall'altra la storia di Ozymandias comincia ad avere sempre più senso, con il suo ardito piano di fuga, mostrato nelle sue connotazioni più teatrali e macabre, difficili da dimenticare (con Jeremy Irons che sfoggia il suo lato più folle). Watchmen chiude la sua prima metà di serie in modo enigmatico ed intrigante, lasciando sempre quel senso di volere di più, tipico di una serie targata Damon Lindelof.


Nel quinto episodio, dal titolo "Little Fear of Lightning", scopriremo di più del passato di Looking Glass, che si ricollega al famoso complotto del calamaro gigante avvenuto trent'anni prima a New York, visto nel fumetto, mentre Ozymandias si prepara a mettere in atto la sua fuga.



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Some of the news businesses are in the areas of cosmetics and hotel smartphone apps. ‘Many Korean manufacturers here’ A Korean logistics startup called 2Luck said it would look for ways to work with industrial companies already in Vietnam. “There are many Korean manufacturers here,” Kim Seungyong said. He is the chief executive officer of 2Luck. His company wants to save time and money by, for example, connecting truck drivers who have brought their goods into an area with those who have goods to be send out. Approach to education Other startups are looking at similarities between Vietnam and South Korea. Education is one of the greatest similarities. Korean students and Vietnamese students both spend hours preparing for important tests. Vietnam has the highest international test scores to show for it. The education company KEII Platform calls itself South Korea’s first “edtech,” or education technology, business. Its services include teaching math to students via video and having students record themselves doing math on a smartphone app. “We want to be the number one education platform in Vietnam,” Peter Lee said in October. He is the chief executive officer of the KEII Platform. However, they are competing with several other new startups. Vietnamese companies such as Topics, Elsa and Yola are in the edtech market already. I'm Susan Shand.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    VOA’s Ha Nguyen reported this story. Susan Shand adapted it for VOA Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor. Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page. ________________________________________________________________ Words in This Story   startup – n. a new technology company cosmetics – n. a substance (such as a cream, lotion, or powder) that you put on your face or body to improve your appearance logistics – n. the things that must be done to plan and organize a complicated activity or event that involves many people efficiency – n. the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy platform – n. something that allows someone to tell a large number of people about an idea, product, etc  
              

    Vol 37-N°4 —–A PARAîTRE

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    Décembre 2019 Sommaire Valentine Becquet        Concevoir un fils à tout prix : le détournement des technologies de reproduction dans la société vietnamienne            Pascale Hancart Petitet     Lorsque la fille doit disparaître. Rappel théorique et déclinaisons du « savoir d’autorité » en Inde (Commentaire) Aurore Loretti  Les logiques sociales de la décision médicale. Étude des critères de prescription médicale en cancérologie des voies aérodigestives supérieures                                       … Continuer la lecture de Vol 37-N°4 —–A PARAîTRE
              

    Hlavní zprávy - rozhovory a komentáře - Odpolední publicistika s Vladimírem Krocem

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    Proč je v Česku šestá nejdražší elektřina v EU? Proč se má slovenský soud znovu vrátit k obvinění Andreje Babiše ze spolupráce s StB. Jak to mají s EET vietnamští prodejci?
              

    Winter is coming; warm up with these five local Vietnamese restaurants' rich, brothy pho noodle soup

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    Knowledge, experience and attitudes towards skin-to-skin contact following Caesarean sections among health professionals in Vietnam.

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    Knowledge, experience and attitudes towards skin-to-skin contact following Caesarean sections among health professionals in Vietnam.

    Acta Paediatr. 2018 11;107(11):1917-1923

    Authors: Tran HT, Nippita T, Nguyen PTK, Nguyen PTT, Huynh TTD, Hua OTL, Roberts CL

    Abstract
    AIM: This study explored knowledge, experience and attitudes of health professionals towards early essential newborn care and skin-to-skin contact following Caesarean sections in a tertiary hospital in Central Vietnam.
    METHOD: We conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study using an anonymous questionnaire in March 2016. Health professionals from obstetrics, anaesthesiology and neonatology departments were surveyed.
    RESULTS: All of the 204 surveys were returned, accounting for 82% of total staff involved in the care for women and newborns with Caesarean sections. Correct knowledge of early essential newborn care was lowest among anaesthesiology staff. Health professionals reported that ≥90% of Caesarean section births they attended in the preceding week had skin-to-skin contact. Approximately 16% obstetricians, 71% midwives, 49% anaesthesiology and 76% neonatology staff considered the current frequency of skin-to-skin contact to be about right. The remainder considered the current rate too high. All professional groups identified the main difficulties of conducting skin-to-skin contact as the temperature in the operating theatre and the need for additional staff. Other concerns included increasing the risk of the baby of falling off, prolonging the operation and difficulty to monitor mothers.
    CONCLUSION: The study identifies issues where improvements can be made in the implementation of skin-to-skin contact following Caesarean sections.

    PMID: 30054942 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


              

    Monitoring and interventions are needed to reduce the very high Caesarean section rates in Vietnam.

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    Monitoring and interventions are needed to reduce the very high Caesarean section rates in Vietnam.

    Acta Paediatr. 2018 12;107(12):2109-2114

    Authors: Giang HTN, Ulrich S, Tran HT, Bechtold-Dalla Pozza S

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    AIM: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of Caesarean sections in the third largest city in Vietnam and identify the associated risk factors.
    METHODS: This descriptive study was conducted in Da Nang from April 2015 to March 2016 and the hospital-based sample comprised 20 535 women who delivered during this period. Caesarean section cases were categorised into private and public hospitals and groups of primiparous and multiparous women.
    RESULTS: We recruited 10 of the 12 hospitals in the City and they covered 90% of births during the study period. The overall Caesarean section rate was 58.6%: 57.9% in public hospitals and 70.6% in private hospitals. The three main indications for Caesarean sections were previous Caesarean sections, cephalopelvic disproportion and foetal distress. The factors that increased the likelihood of Caesarean sections were the mother being over 30, having an office job, a history of abortions, having a male infant and a higher neonatal birth weight.
    CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrated an extremely high rate of Caesarean section and associated factors in public and private hospitals in one of the biggest cities in Vietnam. The findings highlight the need for monitoring and interventions to reduce the Caesarean section rates.

    PMID: 29706027 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


              

    Le Vietnam au Festival des cultures orientales au Mexique

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    Nhân Dân en ligne – La 2e édition du Festival des cultures orientales a organisé, les 23 et 24 novembre dans la capitale mexicaine de Mexico, avec la participation de nombreux pays, y compris le Vietnam.
              

    Concert multimédia « Lettres de Hanoi », le rendez-vous des artistes français et vietnamiens

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    Nhân Dân en ligne - Dans le cadre du Festival des musiques européennes 2019, le public de Hanoi et de Hô Chi Minh-Ville aura l’occasion de profiter d’un Concert multimédia intitulé « Lettres de Hanoi », organisé par l’Institut français du Vietnam et la Délégation de l’Union européenne (UE) au Vietnam.
              

    Hô Chi Minh-Ville organisera le premier Festival du Têt

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    Nhân Dân en ligne - Le 1er Festival du Têt (Nouvel An lunaire) sera organisé à Hô Chi Minh-Ville du 3 au 5 janvier 2020 pour mettre à l’honneur les valeurs culturelles et culinaires du Vietnam.
              

    Semaine culturelle du Vietnam à Ekaterinburg en Russie

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    Nhân Dân en ligne – La Semaine culturelle du Vietnam de 2019 a eu lieu du 19 au 26 novembre à l’Université fédérale de l’Oural, dans la ville de Ekaterinburg, en Russie dans le but de présenter l’histoire et la culture vietnamienne à l’étranger.
              

    Los 15 mejores destinos de golf del mundo para 2020

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    La Asociación Internacional de Operadores de Golf (IAGTO, por sus siglas en inglés) ha dado a conocer los 15 principales destinos de golf del mundo para 2020 entre los que se encuentran dos españoles: la Costa del Sol y Tenerife. Esta clasificación se basa en la votación realizada por los miembros de dicha agrupación, que cuenta con 700 operadores especializados en esta actividad en 63 países.


    El ranking se anunció durante la última edición de la International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), la mayor feria profesional de los especialistas en turismo de golf, celebrada recientemente en Marrakech (Marruecos).

    Los 15 principales destinos de golf por los que votaron fueron, en orden alfabético:

    • Abu Dhabi
    • Algarve (Portugal)
    • Carolina del Sur (EEUU)
    • Costa del Sol (España)
    • Costa Azul y Provenza (Francia)
    • Fife (Scotland)
    • Lisboa Costa de Golf (Portugal)
    • Marrakech (Marruecos)
    • Monterrey (California, EEUU)
    • Nueva Zelanda
    • República Dominicana
    • Suroeste de Irlanda
    • Tenerife (España)
    • Vietnam
    • Western Cape / Garden Route (Sudáfrica)

    Por otro lado, en el marco de la feria, IAGTO celebró la vigésima edición de sus premios anuales de turismo de golf, y el Algarve, en Portugal -dos veces ganador del Destino Europeo de Golf del Año (2006 y 2014)-, se llevó el primer premio, según la votación realizada por turoperadores especializados en golf y miembros de la organización y la prensa especializada.

    Ganadores de los Premios IAGTO 2020

    • Destino de golf del año: el Algarve, Portugal
    • Resort de golf del año - Europa, Medio Oriente y África: Adare Manor, Irlanda
    • Resort de golf del año - Las Américas: Moon Palace Cancún, México
    • Asia Pacific Golf Resort del año: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf Resort & Spa
    • Destino de golf no descubierto del año: Camboya

    Asimismo, Camboya ha sido elegido como el ‘Destino de golf no descubierto’ del año por los periodistas de la Asociación Internacional de Escritores de Viajes de Golf.


              

    Las agencias prevén facturar entre un 5 y un 10% más a final de año

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    Las agencias de viajes españolas esperan cerrar este 2019 con un incremento de los ingresos de entre un 5 y un 10% respecto a 2018, según el sondeo realizado por la Asociación Corporativa de Agencias de Viajes Especializadas (ACAVE) entre sus asociados y presentado este jueves en Madrid por su presidente, Martín Sarrate.


    Según la encuesta, un 60% de las agencias emisoras consultadas sitúa el crecimiento de su facturación en 2019 entre el 5% y el 10%, mientras que un 40% considera que ha sido inferior al 5% o incluso igual que en 2018.

    Entre las agencias receptivas, el porcentaje de las que lo sitúan entre el 5 y el 10% es aún más alto, de un 80%, en tanto que el 20% restante lo considera inferior al 5% o igual al de 2018.

    Por origen de los viajes, prácticamente el 90% de los clientes de las agencias receptivas es internacional, en su mayoría originario de Europa, Estados Unidos y Asia.

    De cara al año 2020, pese a la incertidumbre en la política nacional, con la falta de un Gobierno estable; la internacional por el Brexit y la desaceleración de la economía, las perspectivas de ACAVE se sitúan en un incremento del 5% de la facturación de las agencias de viajes.

    Sarrate recuerda que el sector de las agencias ha salido fortalecido de la crisis financiera de 2008, que provocó el cierre de 5.000 puntos de venta, y "esperamos continuar con la senda de crecimiento sostenido iniciada en 2014". Recalcó que se trata de "previsiones de un crecimiento real no de cantos de sirena".

    El fin de semana largo de la Constitución

    En cuanto a las previsiones para el Puente de la Constitución, aunque Sarrate prefiere calificarlo más bien como un fin de semana largo (desde el viernes 6 hasta el 9 de diciembre), la demanda se ha mantenido en el mismo nivel que hace un año, aunque un 20% de las agencias prevé registrar incrementos en las reservas no superiores al 5%.

    El único apartado donde se espera aumentos es el de viajes de semana completa a destinos remotos, que representa, no obstante, menos del 10% del total de reservas.

    Un dato que ha puesto de relieve Sarrate es que “si bien la demanda no ha crecido, sí se ha incrementado la tendencia a anticipar la reserva de los viajes”. Un 80% de los viajeros reserva con entre uno y tres meses antes de la salida, mientras que un 15% contrata sus vacaciones o escapadas con entre tres y seis meses y solo el 5% reserva a última hora.

    Los destinos de nieve, los más demandados para el Puente de la Constitución. En la imagen, los primeros esquiadores de la temporada en la estación de Sierra Nevada, el pasado fin de semana.

    Por destinos de los viajes para el Puente, este año se ha registrado un "significativo" incremento de las reservas para destinos de nieve, que representan un 30% de la demanda total, tanto en España y en el resto de Europa como en otros continentes, gracias a las copiosas nevadas de los últimas semanas que han permitido adelantar las aperturas de las estaciones de esquí españolas.

    Asimismo, destacan, con un 12,5% del total de reservas, los destinos españoles de turismo rural, seguidos de los itinerarios por Europa y las grandes ciudades como Berlín, Londres, Praga, Roma, Venecia o Viena.

    En los destinos más lejanos, sobresale el incremento en la demanda de los safaris fotográficos en África y en la de destinos asiáticos como China, Japón, Vietnam o Tailandia, a lo que ha contribuido la mejora de la conectividad aérea desde Madrid y Barcelona con Asia.

    ACAVE representa a más de 500 agencias asociadas con alrededor de 1.000 puntos de venta, el 80% están situadas en Cataluña y el resto en otras comunidades autónomas.


              

    Familieleden nemen emotioneel afscheid van migrant die omkwam bij koeltruckdrama

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    De laatste lichamen en stoffelijke resten van de 39 migranten die eind vorige maand omkwamen in een koeltruck in Engeland zijn terug in Vietnam. Ook het lichaam van de 19-jarige Bui Thi Nhung kwam aan. Familieleden namen emotioneel afscheid.
              

    Watchmen Recap: Hero’s Journey

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    We get new insight into Angela’s past, Vietnam’s history as the 51st state, and the whereabouts of the most powerful being in the universe.
              

    Vietnam: MoH proposed cigarette tax hike, internet ads control, e-cigarette ban

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    Plans have been proposed to increase tax on tobacco, ban electronic vapes and tighten online advertising of cigarettes. Read more..


              

    Hello Again, Vietnam...

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    It feels surreal to type this, but my six months in America is over already! It feels like I just got here, and that I JUST left Vietnam! So crazy, but I'm currently en route back to Ho Chi Minh City for another amazing  All of my social media graphics now showcase what my focuses are on: family, portrait, travel, and documentary photography. Exciting things happening! season of photographing the international and expat community. I'll be offering holiday mini-sessions all the wa [...]
              

    Final Dates & Locations for Photoshoots in 2019!!

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    The rest of 2019 is planned and sorted! WOO HOO! I am ready to work with as many of my clients as possible in the next few months. I can't believe how fast this year has flown by, and how many places I've been able to  photograph. Let's end the year with a bang! AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 22: WASHINGTON, DCSEPTEMBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3: WILMINGTON, NCNOVEMBER 16 - TBD: HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM TO BOOK: MESSAGE ME ON HERE OR VISITwww.facebook.com/Daniel [...]
              

    The Heat Hasn't Kept Me Down!!

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    Whew, it's been a hot summer in America, and I live in Vietnam part of the year, so that's saying something! But the heat hasn't stopped me or my AWESOME clients from getting out there and creating some gorgeous memories. For most of June and July, I was in Washington, DC, but I had a trip to upstate New York and some time in Wilmington, NC as well. Below are the galleries on those latest photoshoots and glimpses into what I've been doing! To sum them up:-Tour guide company in Washin [...]
              

    Summer Plans!

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    Vietnam just set a record for the hottest day (110 degrees Fahrenheit), and it's only April. It's been unbelievably sweltering, so I am already in a summer-state-of-mind. SO! I am thrilled to announce my "summer plans" and where I'll be starting in May. Drum roll please..... ​ AMERICA! My visa is up the first week of May, and I had a few options I went through. I could either renew my visa, stay in Vietnam longer, find housing, and hopefully find clients to photo [...]
              

    A Life-Changing Photo Trip to India

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    I recently returned from a photo trip to northeast India, and it was everything. I went to that little section between Myanmar, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.... wayyyy up there. It was remote, it was challenging, and I'm so glad I was able to go. After the success of my holiday mini sessions in Vietnam, I knew I wanted to use part of my profits to book a photo trip with an organization or charity doing good work around the world. I looked into nonprofits I knew and contacts I had, and it c [...]
              

    A Work Trip at Ho Tram Beach

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    What an awesome way to start 2019. After my busiest holiday season yet taking photo mini sessions for tons of families in the Ho Chi Minh City area, I was ready for a slightly slower pace! I also have been dog-sitting and housesitting since the beginning of November, and  bouncing around homes that frequently, in addition to my workload, was making me a bit worn out. So when the opportunity came to photograph a resort that was a couple of hours east on the coast of Vietnam in an [...]
              

    Vietnam, Round Two!

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    I'm back!! This is the first time through all my years of traveling, working, and living abroad that I've gone back to a country that I already resided in (except for America, where I grew up and lived for most of my life). I was in Vietnam for over seven months View from the balcony of a home I am petsitting at in Ho Chi Minh City. from January to July 2018. Then I had a three month trip back to America to travel up and down the east coast between New York; Washington, DC; and North [...]
              

    Fitch recomienda invertir en energía solar fotovoltaica en España

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    The Hell in Vietnam FOV Fix

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    12/2/2019: Television: HOOTENANNY OF THE WEEKEND:

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    Documentary veteran Ken Burns is acclaimed for his superb series on Vietnam, Prohibition and more. Country Music (BBC4) is as good as anything he’s ever done — packed with history, insight and a stellar soundtrack.
              

    Why Vietnam Needs Six Airlines

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    Vietnamese Mail Order Bride: Help Guide To Dating and Marry girls that are hot Vietnam

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    Vietnamese Mail Order Bride: Help Guide To Dating and Marry girls that are hot Vietnam The good thing about Vietnamese brides Vietnamese are individuals who cherish household relationships. For Vietnamese whose culture is dependent on the four pillars of a name that is good respect, learning and family members, material belongings are of have a [...]
              

    Dining Out: Savor a slice of Italian-American life at Luigi's

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    With real estate prices in Portsmouth's "urban core" continuing to rise, the West End has seen a large amount of development in a short period of time. The growth has been so explosive, it almost seems like the Islington Street Corridor project is happening a few years too late.The neighborhood's restaurant scene has seen a similar upgrade and expansion that started when Nikki's Banh Mi joined Darleen's Subs & Pizza in 2015. (Side note: If you want an authentic Vietnamese treat, [...]
              

    Timothy Leary, le contre-pouvoir par l'acide et le LSD

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    Turn on, tune it, drop out. Ce slogan fut lancé par un certain Timothy Leary lors d’un rassemblement de 30.000 hippies à San Francisco en 1967. Professeur de psychologie à Harvard, Timothy Leary effectue des recherches sur les effets thérapeutiques et comportementaux des drogues, et plus spécifiquement du LSD. Passant rapidement à la pratique, il se retire de l’establishment pour tester ses postulats sur des cobayes tout acquis à sa cause.



     
    L’homme le plus dangereux d’Amérique retrace le parcours du grand prêtre du LSD devenu une figure emblématique d’une contre-culture underground, alors en pleine révolte contre un pouvoir vu comme liberticide et autoritaire. 

    Les États-Unis sont à feu et à sang. Les étudiants se dressent contre la guerre au Vietnam. Les bombes explosent. Les émeutes raciales se multiplient. La consommation d’acide et d’opiacés est au plus haut. Et Richard Nixon cherche désespérément des solutions pour rétablir l’ordre et assurer sa réélection. Le 12 septembre 1970, Timothy Leary s’échappe d’une prison californienne, où il est incarcéré pour simple détention de marijuana. L’occasion est trop belle : Nixon fait de sa capture une priorité nationale : Leary devient l’ennemi public numéro 1. 

    Basé sur des témoignages et des archives récemment ouvertes, l’ouvrage raconte la cavale de Leary pendant 28 mois. De son évasion spectaculaire orchestrée par le groupuscule radical Weather Underground, à son retour menotté à Los Angeles, le grand manitou du diéthyllysergamide sillonne la planète d’Alger à Kaboul, en passant par Paris, Genève et Gstaad.

    Protégé par les Black Panthers, dont il ne partage pas la philosophie belliqueuse, aidé par des milliardaires et autres têtes couronnées, Leary bénéficiera de la générosité de la communauté hippie et de la tolérance des gouvernements refusant de se plier aux demandes d’extradition.
     
    Sans convaincre par sa valeur historique, l’ouvrage a le mérite de ne pas tomber dans un manichéisme simpliste. Personne n’est épargné. Nixon est dépeint comme un paranoïaque alcoolique incontrôlable, alors que Leary est présenté comme un illuminé narcissique oscillant entre naïveté et opportunisme qui bouffe du LSD comme d’autres sucent des bonbons.



     
    Quand les convictions mènent à l’obsession et les idéaux à la folie. Véritable page-turner, le lecteur oublie la dimension biographique pour se plonger dans une chasse à l’homme haletante entre sexe, drug et rock and roll.
     
    Rappelant l’extrême violence de ce pan de l’histoire des États-Unis, les auteurs soulignent le besoin irrépressible des présidents américains de se trouver un ennemi. Communistes, terroristes, immigrés, journalistes : le mal doit être annihilé. Alors que débutent les audiences en vue de l’impeachment de Donald Trump, il est pertinent pour conclure de citer Timothy Leary.

    Dans un article que publia le National Review, il affirmait : « Il faut être vraiment crétin pour avoir cru qu’une révolution armée était possible en Amérique. C’est connu le militantisme ne vient pas de la chute des gouvernements, il naît des procès dont on réussit à faire parler. » Affaire à suivre.


    Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis, trad. Jean-Marie Doury – L'homme le plus dangereux d'Amérique – Nevicata – 9782875231383 – 22 €
              

    6 book recommendations from Joseph Kanon

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    Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of nine thrillers and spy novels, including The Good German and Defectors. In his latest, The Accomplice, the nephew of a Holocaust survivor tracks an infamous concentration camp doctor to Argentina.

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré (1974).

    The gold standard. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold may have been more influential, but this is le Carré at his peak, and George Smiley's finest hour.

    Night Soldiers by Alan Furst (1988).

    Readers familiar only with Furst's popular between-the-wars Paris novels will be pleasantly surprised by this lesser-known but even richer work, set in the Balkans on the brink of war and featuring a young Bulgarian who's recruited by Moscow after he witnesses his brother's murder by local fascists. Full of the author's signature smoky atmosphere and conflicted loyalties, it's early but already vintage Furst.

    The Quiet American by Graham Greene (1955).

    The best of Greene's 1950s novels is the story of an idealistic CIA agent whose naïveté precipitates a tragedy, told by the morally compromised British journalist who sets out to stop him. A lesson in good intentions leading to unexpected consequences, and a preview of the Vietnam disaster about to come.

    My Silent War by Kim Philby (1968).

    All right, this is a memoir, not a novel, but since its author is a notorious Soviet mole, it's not strictly the truth, either. And it's fascinating in any case. Philby is self-serving, wily, given to playing games with the reader. But he give us an unparalleled look at an agent burrowing into a complacent bureaucracy.

    The Company and The Defection of A.J. Lewinter by Robert Littell.

    Both of these novels, one published in 2002, the other in 1973, show Robert Littell at his best. Here we see the predigital CIA, aspiring to be an English gentlemen's club but finding itself in the gutters of moral ambiguity instead.

    Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (1958).

    Here's a second, but very different, listing for Greene. In a genre where humor is as rare as hope, this is a one-of-a-kind work, a sparkling high comedy that's still funny after all these years, set in pre-Castro Cuba but recognizably Greeneland. Film version bonus: Noël Coward's witty cameo.


              

    China suspends review of US requests to send military ships and aircraft to Hong Kong in response to Hong Kong human rights bill

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    • China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country is suspending its review of requests made by US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong, state media reported.
    • China also sanctioned New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch, according to Reuters.
    • The move was made in response to legislation passed by President Donald Trump supporting human rights in Hong Kong.
    • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday that China would "take strong counter-measures" in response to the bill's signing. 
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    China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country is suspending its review of requests made by US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong, state media reported.

    According to Reuters, China also sanctioned New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch "for supporting extremist, violent activities in Hong Kong." 

    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday that China would "take strong counter-measures" in response to the bill's signing. 

    The move was made in response to legislation passed by President Donald Trump supporting human rights in Hong Kong.

    The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which was introduced in May by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, requires the State Department to ensure that Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" agreement with China is upheld each year for the US government to continue to afford Hong Kong with a special trade status.

    It would also consider sanctions against people involved in human rights abuses against Hong Kong citizens and would ensure visa protections for Hong Kong protesters in the US.

    The president also signed a bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon that prohibits US exports of specified police equipment to Hong Kong.

    Trump's reluctant signage of the bills comes after both the House and the Senate passed two versions of the Hong Kong human rights bill last month with overwhelming support.

    A source close to Trump's negotiating team told Axios on Sunday that Trump's signing of the bill "stalled" trade deal talks with China. The source added that the US and China may not sign a "phase-one" trade deal until the "year-end at the earliest."

    SEE ALSO: Trump's signing of a Hong Kong human rights bill reportedly slashed efforts towards a China trade deal

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    Further Leave to Remain Success Story: 10-year Settlement Route

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    Last week we received the amazing news that one of our clients (“the Applicant”) was finally granted further leave to remain in the UK on the 10-year settlement route, after a year of battling with the Home Office. The Applicant can now stop worrying about her status in the UK and enjoy the next two and a half years on her visa with the Sponsor and their child, before having to apply for her extension. LEXVISA often delays with applications for leave to remain under Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules, so we have the experience and expertise to deal with and overcome complex issues to eventually get the right result for our clients. Please contact our immigration team today to arrange a consultation with our specialist solicitors to discuss your case. The case for Further Leave to Remain on the 10-year Settlement Route The Applicant was a national of Vietnam who was in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa. Whilst she was studying, she began a relationship with a British national and their relationship developed over a couple of years; however, they had only began living together for several months. The couple decided they wanted to […]

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    Anthony Christiano

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    Anthony Christiano of Scranton passed away Wednesday November 27th at home surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 52 years is former Helen Fuller. Born in Scranton; he was the son of the late Anthony and Antoinette Scombardi; Christiano. He was a graduate of West Scranton High School. He proudly served his country as a Private 1st class combat engineer in the Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War. He was a professional machinist by trade. His favorite pastimes were playing in a band, bowling, golf and watching hockey with his family. Also surviving are two sons; Anthony Christiano Jr. And his wife Colleen and Scott Christiano and companion Ann Marie and son Jesse. All of Scranton. Grandchildren Brittany Irwin and husband Tom, Antoinette Christiano and Scott Christiano. Two brothers Richard and Reno Christiano along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Angela Butash. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday December 4th at 11:00 am in the Asbury United Methodist Church, 720 Delaware Ave. Scranton, with Pastor Richard Bradshaw as officiating clergy. Military honors will be held at the church immediately following the services. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted and are under the care of the Guido – Fiorillo Funeral Home, 120 South Main Ave.


              

    The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War

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    The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next WarGettySince the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Army has been consistently ranked as the most capable land force on the globe by defense analysts of all stripes. So why are so many people in the American military community today worried about the Army’s ability to deter conflicts with likely adversaries or prevail against those adversaries in future wars?The short answer is that warfare, always a mysterious amalgam of art, science, and guts, has become an increasingly complicated and unpredictable enterprise. America’s leading potential adversaries, China and Russia, have shown no small measure of imagination and dexterity in identifying the U.S. armed forces’ vulnerabilities, and exploiting them through the development of subtle yet aggressive geopolitical strategies, and increasingly lethal armed forces.Both “near peer competitors” may well be ahead of the U.S. military in applying newly emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems, hypersonic weapons, and nanotechnology—to the ancient military problems of constricting an adversary’s maneuver, neutralizing its offensive weapons, and disrupting its command and control.These cutting-edge technologies, writes Christian Brose, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “will enable new battle networks of sensors and shooters to rapidly accelerate the process of detecting, targeting, and striking threats, what the military calls the ‘kill chain.’”Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ Has Done More Harm to Military Readiness Than CongressHow is it that “the most lethal land force in world history” finds itself in this unenviable position? While the Army exhausted itself fighting two frustrating and inconclusive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 19 years, both Russia and China embarked on grand strategies of regional hegemony designed to undermine the rules-based international order that emerged after World War II under American leadership. Both of these rising powers have developed myriad ways to sew discord and dissent in America’s network of alliances and to expand their spheres of influence.Beijing presents its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the best path for underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa to gain access to modern infrastructure, capital, and prosperity. In practice, it’s plain that under the guise of building ports, roads, and communications infrastructure around the globe, China is engaged in predatory lending practices meant to gain political leverage and privileged access to foreign assets.In the South China Sea, Beijing has militarized seven hotly disputed islets, and is attempting to pinch the U.S. forces out of this strategically sensitive area entirely, even though international courts have declared China’s claims to these waters to be without foundation.Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has run rings around the Obama and Trump administrations in the chess game of international politics. He successfully annexed the Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine, and interfered in the presidential election of 2016 via “active measures,” i.e., information warfare aimed at creating confusion and conflict in the American body politic. Moscow also successfully intervened on behalf of the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and Russia is now a major player in the Middle East.As demonstrated in the Ukraine, the Russians are the master practitioners of “hybrid warfare,” in which conventional military operations—and the threat of such operations—are closely integrated with propaganda, proxy campaigns, cyber warfare, coercive diplomacy, and economic threats.Both Russia and China have revitalized creaky and obsolete military establishments into first-class warfighting organizations. The consensus among Western military analysts is that in their respective spheres of influence, both countries have sufficiently sophisticated “anti-access area denial” (A2AD) capabilities to inflict severe punishment on American forces attempting to penetrate those spheres in order to challenge aggression or come to the aid of an ally. According to Army General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both Russia and China are “deploying capabilities to fight the United States through multiple levels of standoff in all domains—space, cyber, air, sea, and land. The military problem we face is defeating multiple levels of standoff… in order to maintain the coherence of our operations.”Gen. Milley and the rest of the Army’s top brass are well aware that their service is currently a rusty instrument for carrying out high intensity operations warfare against either potential adversary. The Army Strategy, an 11-page, single-spaced document published in October 2018, provides a rough blueprint for the service’s plan to transform itself from a counterinsurgency-oriented organization into the leading practitioner of high intensity war by 2028.It won’t be easy. The Army Strategy calls for truly sweeping, even revolutionary, changes in doctrine, training, and organization of forces.For the first time since the Cold War, the Army has to reconfigure itself to be able to fight and win in a contested environment, where it will not have undisputed control over the air and sea. At the same time, it must prepare to engage potential adversaries more or less continuously in “gray zone conflict.” General Joseph Votel, the recently retired head of Special Operations Command, succinctly defines this concept as “conflicts characterized by intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent in nature than normal diplomacy, yet short of conventional war.”The Army Strategy describes four lines of effort to reach the service’s chief objective by 2028, in this order of priority: Readiness, modernization, department reform, and building alliances and partnerships. The last two lines are more or less pro forma in every American military strategy document I’ve read over the last 30 years: reduce waste and inefficiency, and work with allies to insure military interoperability. The first two lines are worth a close look, for they illuminate the broad contours of the service’s quest to regain its pre-eminence in great power conflict. The quest to enhance readiness begins with plans to increase the size of the regular army to over half a million men from its current level of 476,000. In a departure from recent practice, all units earmarked for contingency operations and overseas deployments will be fully manned and given state of the art equipment before deploying. In order to increase the size of the service, the quality and quantity of recruiters and instructors will be increased.The focus of Army unit training will shift from counterinsurgency operations to high intensity fighting, where the adversary is assumed to have cutting edge A2AD, offensive weapons, and cyber systems.Deployments of Army units around the world will be less predictable and more rapid that they’ve been to date, as the Army and the other armed services begin to put the “Dynamic Force Deployment” concept to work. This concept is closely associated with former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It’s also classified, and few details have been released for public consumption. But the core idea, as Mattis explained in 2018, is for the U.S. military to “stop telegraphing its punches.” Combat forces and their support units will be moving in and out of potential flashpoint areas more frequently and at unpredictable intervals in order to proactively shape the strategic environment.Improving readiness also involves important upgrades in the Army’s defensive missile systems to counter China and Russia’s formidable A2AD systems. A new lower-tier air and missile defense sensor project will enhance the ability of Patriot missiles to identify and track targets at long range by 2022. Beginning in 2021, Stryker light armored vehicles will be equipped with a new air defense system to protect mechanized battalions and brigades as they maneuver in harm’s way.Missile system upgrades, coupled with an entirely new generation of combat vehicles, both manned and unmanned, will allow the Army of the future to penetrate adversary defenses with an acceptable degree of loss.Ensuring readiness to fight is the top priority of the Army until 2022. After that date, the service plans to turn close attention to implementing entirely new operational concepts and “technologically mature” systems that are currently in the research and development phase.The overarching goal is to be able to conduct sustained “multi-domain operations” against either potential adversary, and win, by 2028. In the modernization phase, the Army plans to introduce a host of new long-range precision weapons, including hypersonic missiles that travel at more than five times the speed of sound. An entirely new generation of combat vehicles and vertical lift aircraft, i.e., new helicopters and aircraft with capabilities similar to those of the V-22 Osprey, both manned and unmanned, are currently in the works.The new Army Network will be an integrated system of hardware, software, and infrastructure capable of withstanding formidable cyber assaults.The leading war-fighting concept at the foundation of the Army’s modernization effort, though, is clearly “multi-domain operations (MDO).” The first thing to be said about the concept is that it’s very much inchoate. Discussions with several active-duty Army officers suggest even those “in the know” about this classified concept have only a hazy idea of how such operations will work in the field, for the simple reason that many of the systems such operations hope to integrate are still in the early stages of development.The Army has only one experimental MDO unit on active duty. It is deployed in the Indo-Pacific Command and built around a conventional rocket and missile brigade. The brigade contains a unique battalion devoted to intelligence, information, cyber, electronic warfare and space operations (I2CEWS). According to Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., an editor at Breaking Defense, the I2CEWS battalion “appears to not only pull together data from outside sources—satellites, drones, spy planes—to inform friendly forces of threats and targets, it also wages war in cyberspace and across the electronic spectrum, hacking and jamming the sensors and networks that tell the enemy where to shoot.”The commander of Army forces in the Indo-Pacific, Gen. Robert Brown, recently told reporters that his experimental brigade has performed brilliantly “in at least ten war games” against what are presumably Chinese and Russian forces. Before the advent of the new unit, American forces repeatedly failed to penetrate either rivals’ anti-access area denial systems with acceptable casualties in war games. Another experimental brigade is expected to enter service in Europe soon.The U.S. Army has a long and unenviable history of being ill-prepared to fight the next war. The French and British had to train U.S. Army units before they were deployed in World War I. The Army entered World War II as the 17th largest army in the world, with underpowered tanks, airplanes, and ancient rifles. The Army that went to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan had trained long and hard to engage in conventional operations against nation states, but was ill-prepared, psychologically or organizationally, for counter-insurgency war. The Army’s ability to adapt to new developments has long been hampered by infighting and excessive conservatism in the upper reaches of the service’s hierarchy.To remedy this problem, in July 2018 the Army created the Futures Command (AFC). Its purpose is to unify the service-wide modernization effort under a single command, and oversee the development of new doctrine, equipment, organization, and training. According to Gen. John Murray, its head, the AFC “will conduct war-fighting and technology experimentation together, producing innovative, field-informed war-fighting concepts and working prototypes of systems that have a low risk of… being rejected by future war fighters. There are no game-changing technologies. There are only game-changing combinations of war-fighting concepts, technologies and organizations.”To say that General Murray has his work cut out for him is a massive understatement. He surely has one of the most difficult and important assignments in modern military history. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



              

    Wandering Soul (2016)

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    “During the Vietnam War, a Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic Cu Chi tunnels is haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade.” facebook.com/perceptionpictures

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    Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 - Admin Edition

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    Morning guys.....
    This my top 20 for Miss Universe 2019 november edition.
    Here they are...

    From Africa and Asia Pacific region

    1. Indonesia Indonesia - Frederika Alexis Cull
    2. Philippines Philippines - Gazini Ganados
    3. Malaysia Malaysia - Shweta Sekhon
    4. Thailand Thailand - Paweensuda Drouin
    5. Namibia Namibia - Nadja Breytenbach





    From Europe Region

    1. Albania Albania - Cindy Marina
    2. Germany Germany - Miriam Rautert
    3. Kosovo Kosovo - Fatbardha Hoxha
    4. Spain Spain - Natalie Ortega
    5. Ukraine Ukraine - Anastasia Subbota





    From Americas Region

    1. United States United States - Cheslie Kryst 
    2. Venezuela Venezuela - Thalía Olvino 
    3. Mexico Mexico - Sofía Aragón 
    4. Canada Canada - Alyssa Boston
    5. Brazil Brazil - Julia Horta





    WildCard

    1. Vietnam Vietnam - Hoang Thuy
    2. Sweden Sweden - Lina Ljungberg
    3. New Zealand New Zealand - Diamond Langi
    4. Colombia Colombia - Gabriela Tafur
    5.. Argentina Argentina - Mariana Varela



    Final Night: 8 December 2019
     

              

    Miss International 2019 - Final Result

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    Thailand Thailand - Sireethorn Leearamwat
    Winner

    Mexico Mexico - Andrea Toscano
    1st Runner Up

    Uganda Uganda - Evelyn Namatovu Karonde
    2nd Runner Up

    3rd Runner Up

    United Kingdom United Kingdom - Harriotte Lane
    4th Runner Up








    TOP 8
    Vietnam Vietnam - Nguyen Tuong San

    Philippines Philippines - Bea Patricia Magtanong









    TOP 15
    Venezuela Venezuela - Melissa Jiménez

    Hong Kong Hong Kong - Kaye Cheung

    Netherlands Netherlands - Elize Joanne de Hong

    Finland Finland - Jutta Kyllönen

    Puerto Rico Puerto Rico - Ivana Carolina Irizarry

    Belarus Belarus - Maria Perviy

    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka - Pawani Vithanage









    Continental Queens
    Liberia Liberia - Naomi Nucia Glay
    Miss International Africa

     Peru Peru - Maria Jose Barbis
    Miss International America 

    Thailand Thailand - Sireethorn Leearamwat
    Miss International Asia

    Netherlands Netherlands - Elize Joanne de Hong
      Miss International Europe
    Hawaii Hawaii - Eunice Raquel Basco
    Miss International Oceania 
      

     




    Special Awards
    Uganda Uganda - Evelyn Namatovu Karonde
    Best In Swimsuit


    Venezuela Venezuela - Melissa Jiménez
     Bes In Evening Gown



    Guadeloupe Guadeloupe - Noemie Kribo Milne
    Miss Photogenic

    Vietnam Vietnam - Nguyen Tuong San
    Best National Costume

    Miss People's Choice Award – Missosology

    Indonesia Indonesia - Jolene Marie Cholock-Rotinsulu
    Panasonic Beauty Ambassador
    Tunisia Tunisia - Sarra Brahmi
    Miss Visit Japan Tourism  

              

    Miss Grand International 2019 - Final Result

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    Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela – Valentina Figuera
    Winner

    Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico – Maria Malo
    1st Runner Up
     
    Bandera de Tailandia Thailand – Arayha Suparurk
    2nd Runner Up

    Flag of Panama.svg Panama – Carmen Drayton
    3rd Runner Up

    Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil – Marjorie Marcelle
    4th Runner Up





    TOP 10
    Flag of Australia.svg Australia – Taylor Marlene

    Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador – Mara Topic

    Flag of Peru.svg Peru – Camila Escribens

    Bandera de Puerto Rico Puerto Rico – Hazel Ortíz

    Bandera de Vietnam Vietnam – Nguyễn Hà Kiều Loan





    TOP 21
    Flag of Chile.png Chile – Francisca Lavandero

    Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia – Génesis Quintero

    Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica – Brenda Castro

    Flag of Spain.svg Spain – Ainara de Santamaría

    Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala – Dannia Guevara

    Bandera de Irlanda Ireland – Sudawan Khumdee

    Bandera de Japón Japan – Adeline Minatoya

    Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay – Milena Rodríguez

    Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic – Mary Boichenko

    Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic – Stephanie Bustamante

    Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa – Belindé Schreuder



              

    World Expeditions wins Best in Adventure Travel

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    In recognition of our sustained “Big Adventures, Small Footprint” travel philosophy we are absolutely thrilled to receive the Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year for 2019 at The Travel Awards in Sydney.

    We dedicate this award to all the porters, trip leaders, sirdars, cooks, office staff, consultants and every single member of our global team who work tirelessly to ensure that our travellers receive the high-quality adventure travel holiday’s that we promise to them.

    The timing of this award is serendipitous as we celebrate our 45th year of pioneering adventure next year and with the recent announcement that all our trips are 100% carbon offset as of November 2019.

    World Expeditions wins Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year for 2019 at The Travel Awards in Sydney

    Operations Manager, Sarah Higgins, who accepted the Award, said the culture of pioneering new adventures remained a focus at World Expeditions:

    Since 1975, when we became the first Australian company to offer commercial trekking holidays in Nepal, we have continued pioneering adventure holidays all over the world.

    "World Expeditions was the first company to offer walking holidays in Japan and Tibet and cycling in China, India and then Vietnam,” she said.

    “In Australia, we pioneered rafting the Franklin River and trekking the Larapinta Trail, and our pioneering philosophy continues today with our constantly evolving range of remote treks in places like Pakistan and India and with our most challenging trip – the 150-day, 1600km Great Himalaya Trail across Nepal, departing next year for the 10th consecutive year.”

    The Adventure Travel Wholesaler category recognises travel companies that package together unique adventure travel holidays to remote or exotic locations and/or taking part in physically challenging outdoor activities while on holiday and was judged by more than 50 of Australia’s most experienced travel industry alumni. It’s an honour to be acknowledged for the long-held policies we have in place to preserve the places we visit, so future travellers can also enjoy them.

    World Expeditions crowned Best in Adventure Travel at Industry Awards

    Among our many achievements and awards in the past 44 years, we are particularly proud of our:

       • Responsible Travel policies, including our porter welfare policies which help to raise the working standards of porters in Nepal; the development of our child safe travel policy; and our industry-leading Animal Welfare Code of Conduct.

       • 100% carbon offset adventures all of which support renewable energy and reforestation projects across the world.

       • Progression to eliminate single use plastic from our trips.

       • Community Project Travel programs giving travellers the opportunity to give back.

       • Charity brand, Huma Charity Challenge, raising over $6 million for Australian charities.

       • Youth brand, World Youth Adventures, giving thousands of students the opportunity to help underprivileged communities all over the world, following UN Sustainable Development Goals as guiding principles.

       • World Expeditions Foundation fundraising $70,000 towards delivered project works in Nepal.

    Awards such as this provide a wonderful reminder to our whole team, and to those who choose to travel with us, that the path less travelled is, for us, the right path.


              

    Jan 01, Vietnam: New Year's Day

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    Cổ đông Vinafor sốt ruột chờ chuyển sàn

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    Comment on How to speak English fluently – 34 experts give their tips by A collection of resources for students studying the English language – Sean Laurence – An American English teacher in Vietnam

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    12/2/2019: PANORAMA: Die 39 Toten aus dem Lkw kommen nach Hause

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    HANOI – Gut fünf Wochen nach dem Fund von 39 Leichen in einem Kühllastwagen in Großbritannien sind auch die letzten Opfer nach Vietnam zurückgebracht worden. Am Wochenende nahmen trauernde Angehörige die sterblichen Überreste der 23 verbliebenen Toten...
              

    On Being Grateful

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    Two days from today on the fourth Thursday of November, people in the United States will celebrate a national day of Thanksgiving. A similar holiday is celebrated on the same or other days by people in many nations.
     
    In the United States, a day set apart for giving thanks has been observed, most years, since the first colonization of our country. Sixteenth century French and Spanish explorers and settlers in what is now known as the United States observed a time of thanksgiving. British settlers, in what became the Commonwealth of Virginia, began arriving in 1607. In 1619, the first representative assembly in America was convened “to establish one equal and uniform government over all Virginia” and would provide “just laws for the happy guiding and governing of the people there inhabiting.”1  After a ship’s arrival that year with more settlers, they gathered to pray and give thanks on December 4, 1619.2  Their thanksgiving celebration, noted by some as the first Thanksgiving in what we know as the United States, was likely a day of prayer and fasting, thanking God for His safe deliverance to the new land. Their fast was likely broken by a simple, common meal made from provisions from their ship.
     
    Today’s Thanksgiving celebrations can also be traced back to a 1621 harvest feast at the Plimoth [1621 spelling of Plymouth] Plantation where the settlers had a successful growing season. Autumn or early winter feasts continued there sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance and later as a civil tradition.
     
    These concepts of giving thanks and expressing gratitude seem to be timeless. It is seen as an important human instinct in the writings, teachings, and traditions of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Baha’i and other faiths. In secular writing, we find Cicero writing in 54 BC in Pro Plancio that “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others.”
     
    Let’s focus on that word gratitude.  In his guest Tuesday Reading, Gratitude, an Emotion to Be Expressed in All Seasons,3 in January 2019, Bill Hogue, retired University of South Carolina CIO and now Leadership Coach with the MOR Leadership Programs, quotes Robert Emmons, University of California, Davis psychologist and author on gratitude:  “Feeling gratitude starts with the realization of what we have received from others and what it has cost them.”4  
     
    Note the emphasis on both what we receive and the cost to the giver. Too often our focus in all on what we receive. In his essay, Bill told the story of his grandmother, who dropped out of school and did piece work in a New Hampshire shoe factory. She sacrificially gave him a two-dollar bill every birthday. And, I think of my subsistence farmer grandfather in Shepherd, Texas, who rarely had any money but would save a penny or a nickel from time to time to give to one of his grandchildren. I think of parents who labor in their jobs to send their children to college. And, members of our staffs who often must sacrifice time with families to complete their assigned work on time. The point I wish to make is that gratitude must be, and really can only be, seen in terms of both the gift and the cost of that gift to the giver.
     
    So, what does gratitude have to do with leadership and being a leader?  A lot. Research has demonstrated that if you take gratitude as one of your core reference points, your mindset will shift. A gratitude mindset can lessen panic, envy, anxiety, stress, and depression, and strengthen relationships, increase happiness and optimism, and reduce stress and negativity. And, you will be healthier. All of these qualities positively impact your life, your leadership, and your workplace.  
     
    While there are many ways to develop your skill of showing gratitude, here are four that I think are particularly effective:
      
    1.  Observe your life and world from a gratitude mindset.  You are likely to be amazed at the good things we have come to take for granted.  Sharon Melnick, business psychologist and author of Success Under Stress,5 suggests that too often we let mental stress deflect our appreciation of what we have. She mentions three stressors, in particular, that we need to combat – an excessive focus (1) on what we don’t have, (2) on not meeting expectations imposed by ourselves and (3) on the question whether we choose wisely. Melnick argues that we combat these stressors by having gratitude for what we do have, by reminding ourselves of the expectations we have met and acknowledging those wise choices we have made. 
      
    2.  Actively look for opportunities to express gratitude. Researchers Francesca Gino, of the Harvard Business School, and Adam M. Grant, of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, studied6 the impact of saying “Thank you” in the workplace.  They found that there was a 50% increase in the amount of additional help offered as a result of showing this simple appreciation! Surely, each of us can do this. Unfortunately, another of their studies showed that 15% of us never say “Thank you” at work, and 35% of those surveyed had never heard their managers say thank you.
     
    Bill Hogue, in his Tuesday Reading,3 noted that “Gratitude is a practice, and getting started is simple.  Make a commitment right now that you will express gratitude three times today. Put three quarters [or some other object, such as three small, smooth stones, that will remind you of your commitment] in your left front pocket.  Your objective is to empty your pocket by the end of the day.  Move a quarter to your right pocket each time you express your thanks to someone for something they've done while silently acknowledging what it cost them to do it.  Pretty easy.  And the dividends to you and others will far outweigh your investment.”
     
    Other approaches to verbalize your appreciation work as well. In those "ancient days" when people wrote messages on paper and sent them by mail, one large paper company printed cards with a banner “You Made My Day” and a rainbow logo and encouraged their staff to acknowledge colleagues who had been helpful with a note. Some individuals posted their “You Made My Day” cards above their desks as reminders and encouragement to themselves for the good work they had done. Although archaic, a handwritten note of appreciation, personally delivered to a person’s desk, will still be much appreciated and long remembered. (I got such a note last week and it really made, not only my day but, my entire week.) And, if a handwritten note seems too archaic, you can settle for an email, or a tweet, or a post on Facebook. But, do step up and take the initiative.
      
    3.  Show respect to those around you. Treat others with the same level of courtesy and respect that you expect to receive: smile, show kindness, exhibit patience, don’t interrupt, and listen. One health care organization introduced a “ten-five” rule: If you come within ten feet of another person, acknowledge their presence by making eye contact, nodding, smiling, … And, if you are within five feet, verbally acknowledge their presence with a word – “hello,” “good morning/afternoon,” “how are you,” … Doing this resulted in significant improvements in morale and personal interactions.
      
    4.  Don’t complain. When you complain you reinforce a negative state of mind without offering a solution. Instead, take a few deep breaths and focus on the positive. Work to see if there is a positive side to the negative event you experienced.  
     
    Each of us might profit by working on your ”showing gratitude” skill and practicing it more. It will be good for you, the work you do, and for all those around you. So, schedule time in the coming days and weeks to further develop and put into practice your gratitude mindset. You'll find it to be a good thing to have in your skillset.
     
    I hope you do enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends this week. No matter our circumstances, we do have much to be thankful for. And, note the wise counsel of William Arthur Ward, one of the most quoted writers in the United States: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  
     
    .  .  .  .  jim
     
    P.S.  After I had originally completed this essay, I was watching the CBS Friday Evening News. The last news item was about a man who served in the Vietnam war as a helicopter gunship door gunner. On Christmas Day 1970 he was given a letter written by a young schoolgirl. The line that stood out was “I want to give my sincere thanks for going to fight for us.” He carried that letter with him reading it every day. He said that the letter got him through the war and that he still reads it often.  The power of expressed gratitude even from someone you don’t know!
     
     
    Jim Bruce is a Senior Fellow and Executive Coach at MOR Associates.  He previously was Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Vice President for Information Systems and CIO at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
     
     
    References:

    1. Jamestown, Virginia, Wikipedia.
    2. The First Thanksgiving in America, Visit Williamsburg website, September 10, 2019. 
    3. Bill Hogue, “Gratitude, an Emotion to Be Expressed in All Seasons,” Tuesday Reading, January 2018.
    4. Clare Ansberry, "Beyond Thankful: Cultivating a Life of Gratitude," Turning Points, Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2017.
    5. Sharon Melnick, Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On, Amazon, 2013. 
    6. Francesca Gino and Adam Grant, The Big Benefits of a Little Thanks, HBR Podcast and Transcript, 2013.

     
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    Donald Trump congratulated himself last night for his daring rescue of Thanksgiving. I know the holiday came a little later this year, but I didn't think it was in any serious peril. The president kicked off his Florida rally with the bizarre claim that liberals hate Thanksgiving so much they don't even want to call it "Thanksgiving."

    TRUMP: As we gather together for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving. They don't want to use the term Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas. But now everybody's using Christmas again. Remember this?

    I recall the entirely made-up "War on Christmas," but it's hard to notice the ending of something that never existed in the first place. Trump is probably one of those people who freak out over the concept of "Friendsgiving," which is a separate event all together.


    Fox News had a meltdown recently over a Huffington Post article by Alexandra Emanuelli about the "environmental impact of your Thanksgiving dinner." No one at the network bothered to read beyond the headline and just assumed Emanuelli demanded we abolish Thanksgiving so baby seals could live. This nonsense somehow found its way into Trump's head because Fox is the president's primary source of information about the world. But no one said anything about changing the name of Thanksgiving to "Day Before Black Friday."

    TRUMP: Now we're going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving. People have different ideas. Why it shouldn't be called Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room, I know, loves the name Thanksgiving. And we're not changing.

    Even the president's loyal acolytes on "Fox & Friends" had trouble this morning wrapping their heads about his gibberish.

    BRIAN KILMEADE: I don't think there's a huge push to change the name of Thanksgiving, is there?

    STEVE DOOCY: Well, you know, I think it was in 2015, there was a rumor that Barack Obama wanted to change the name of Thanksgiving, but that was debunked.

    Conservative blogs "reported" in 2015 that Obama planned to issue an executive order changing Thanksgiving to "Celebrate Immigrants Day." It's amazing to see someone on Fox News actually acknowledge that this was just a right-wing myth. It's a Transgender Tofurky Day miracle! Doocy gamely tried to connect Trump's mental collapse to the HuffPost article. The Fake Ainsley Earhardt said it was important to maintain the "tradition" of traveling great distances to see family members you barely tolerate, just like the pilgrims. She went on to suggest that the "issue people have with potentially changing that name" (NO ONE'S TALKING ABOUT CHANGING THE NAME) is that through the name "Thanksgiving," Americans express gratitude for what we have. Unfortunately, Trump believes Thanksgiving is a time when we should feel grateful he's president. During an interview with Bill O'Reilly this week, the president brought a wilted word salad to the table.

    TRUMP: This is a great country and I hear all sorts of things that people want to get away, change the name of Thanksgiving. … you hear things that are just so incredible. Thanksgiving is a very special time and it's really giving thanks, to me.

    Tomorrow, while you're appreciating all Trump has done for us, don't forget to also set aside time for petty grievances. Trump couldn't even pardon a turkey like a normal president without roasting Adam Schiff and whining about his many legal problems. Bill Clinton managed to behave like a mammal during Thanksgiving of 1998, and his life was a steaming pile. Republicans were actively impeaching him. His marriage wasn't in great shape, either. He probably just had a cold turkey sandwich and a beer alone in the White House basement. No matter how annoying your conservative relatives are, try to follow 1998 Bubba's example. And when carving the turkey, don't forget to flip Trump the bird.

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    This article will be difficult to read and was difficult to write. I hope that you can stomach the uncomfortable nature of this topic and read my thoughts in earnest. I usually focus on technology-related content, but at the end of the day, this is my personal blog and I feel that it would betray my personal principles to remain silent. I’ve made an effort to provide citations for all of my assertions.

    Note: if you are interested in conducting an independent review of the factuality of the claims expressed in this article, please contact me.

    The keyboard I’m typing these words into bears “Made in China” on the bottom. The same is true of the monitor I’m using to edit the article. It’s not true of all of my electronics — the graphics processing unit which is driving the monitor was made in Taiwan1 and my phone was made in Vietnam.2 Regardless, there’s no doubt that my life would be, to some degree, worse off if not for trade with China. Despite this, I am prepared to accept the consequences of severing economic relations with China.

    How bad would being cut-off from China’s economy be? We’re a net importer from China, and by over 4 times the volume.3 Let’s assume, in the worst case, trade ties were completely severed. The United States would be unable to buy $155B worth of electronics, which we already have domestic manufacturing capabilities for4 and which have a productive life of several years. We could definitely stand to get used to repairing and reusing these instead of throwing them out. We’d lose $34B in mattresses and furniture — same story. The bulk of our imports from China are luxury goods that we can already make here at home5 — it’s just cheaper to buy them from China. But cheaper for whom?

    This gets at the heart of the reason why we’re tied to China economically. It’s economically productive for the 1% to maintain a trade relationship with China. The financial incentives don’t help any Americans, and in fact, most of us are hurt by this relationship.6 Trade is what keeps us shackled to the Chinese Communist Party government, but it’s not beneficial to anyone but those who are already obscenely rich, and certainly not for our poorest — who, going into 2020, are as likely to be high school dropouts as they are to be doctors.7

    So, we can cut off China. Why should we? Let’s lay out the facts: China is conducting human rights violations on the largest scale the world has seen since Nazi Germany. China executes political prisoners8 and harvests their organs for transplant to sick elites on an industrial scale, targeting and killing civilians based on not only political, but also ethnic and religious factors. This is commonly known as genocide. China denies using the organs of prisoners, but there’s credible doubt9 from the scientific community.

    Recent evidence directly connecting executions to organ harvesting is somewhat unreliable, but I don’t think China deserves the benefit of the doubt. China is a world leader in executions, and is believed to conduct more executions than the rest of the world combined.10 Wait times for organ transplantation are extraordinarily low in China,11 on the order of weeks — in most of the developed world these timeframes are measured in terms of years,12 and China has been unable to explain the source for tens of thousands of transplants in the past13. And, looking past recent evidence, China directly admitted to using the organs of executed prisoners in 2005.14

    These atrocities are being committed against cultural minorities to further China’s power. The UN published a statement in August 2018 stating that they have credible reports of over a million ethnic Uighurs being held in internment camps in Xinjiang,15 imprisoned with various other ethnic minorities from the region. Leaks in November 2019 reported by the New York Times showed that China admits the imprisoned have committed no crimes other than dissent,16 and that the camps were to be run with, quote, “absolutely no mercy”.

    It’s nice to believe that we would have stood up to Nazi Germany if we had been there in the 1940’s. China is our generation’s chance to prove ourselves of that conviction. We talk a big game about fighting against white nationalists in our own country, and pride ourselves on standing up against “fascists”. It’s time we turned attention to the real fascists, on the world stage.

    Instead, the staunch capitalism of America, and the West as a whole, has swooped in to leverage Chinese fascism for a profit. Marriott Hotels apologized for listing Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as countries separate from China.17 Apple removed the Taiwanese flag from iOS in China and the territories it claims.18 Activision/Blizzard banned several players for making pro-Hong Kong statements in tournaments and online.19 These behaviors make me ashamed to be an American.

    Fuck that.

    A brief history lesson: Hong Kong was originally controlled by the United Kingdom at the end of the Opium Wars. It’s beyond the scope of this article, but it’ll suffice to say that the United Kingdom was brutal and out of line, and the end result is that Hong Kong became a British colony. Because of this, it was protected from direct Chinese influence during China’s turbulent years following, and they were insulated from the effects of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, which together claimed tens of millions of lives and secured the Communist Party of China’s power into the present.

    On July 1st, 1997, the Sino-British Joint Declaration went into effect, and Hong Kong was turned over to China. The agreement stipulated that Hong Kong would remain effectively autonomous and self-governing for a period of 50 years — until 2047. China has been gradually and illegally eroding that autonomy ever since. Today, Hong Kong citizens have effectively no representation in their government. The Legislative Council of Hong Kong has been deliberately engineered by China to be pro-Beijing — a majority of the council is selected through processes with an inherent pro-Beijing bias, giving Hong Kong effectively no autonomous power to pass laws.20

    Hong Kong’s executive branch is even worse. The Chief Executive of Hong Kong (Carrie Lam) is elected by a committee of 1,200 members largely controlled by pro-Beijing seats, from a pool of pro-Beijing candidates, and the people have effectively no representation in the election. The office has been held by pro-Beijing politicians since it was established.21

    The ongoing protests in Hong Kong were sparked by a mainland attempt to rein in Hong Kong’s judicial system in a similar manner, with the introduction of the “Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019”,22 which would have allowed the authorities to extradite suspects awaiting trial to mainland China. These protests inspired the Hong Kong people to stand up against all of the injustices they have faced from China’s illegal encroachments on their politics. The protesters have five demands:23

    1. Complete withdrawal of the extradition bill
    2. No prosecution of the protesters
    3. Retraction of the characterization of the protests as “riots”
    4. Establish an independent inquiry into police misconduct
    5. Resignation of Carrie Lam and the implementation of universal suffrage

    Their first demand has been met, but the others are equally important and the protests show no signs of slowing. Unfortunately, China shows no signs of slowing their crackdown either, and have been consistently escalating the matter. The police are now threatening to use live rounds on the protesters,24 and people are already being shot in the streets.25 China is going to kill the protesters, again.

    The third demand — the retraction of the characterization of the demonstrations as “riots” — and the government’s refusal to meet it, conveys a lot about China’s true intentions. Chinese law defines rioting as a capital offense,26 and we’ve already demonstrated their willingness to execute political prisoners on a massive scale. These protesters are going to be killed if their demands aren’t met.27

    Hong Kong is the place where humanity makes its stand against oppressors. The people of Hong Kong have been constant allies to the West, and their liberty is at stake. If we want others to stand up for us when our liberties are on the line, then it’s our turn to pay it forward now. The founding document of the United States of America28 describes the rights they’re defending as “unalienable” — endowed upon all people by their Creator. The people of Hong Kong are our friends and we’re watching them get killed for rights that we hold dear in our own nation’s founding principles.

    We have a legal basis for demanding these rights for Hong Kong’s people — China is blatantly violating their autonomy, which they agreed to uphold in 1984. The United Kingdom should feel obligated to step in, but they’ll need the support of the international community, which we need to be prepared to give them. We need to make an ultimatum: if China uses deadly force in Hong Kong, the international community will respond in kind.

    China isn’t the only perpetrator of genocide today, but they are persecuting our friends. China has the second highest GDP29 in the world, and somehow this makes it okay. If we won’t stand up to them, then who will? I call for a worldwide boycott of Chinese products, and of companies who kowtow to their demands or accept investment from China. I call for international condemnation of the Communist Party of China’s behavior and premise for governance. And I call for an ultimatum to protect our allies from slaughter.

    1. An island in the sea east of China governed by the sovereign Republic of China. 

    2. Which, admittedly, raises concerns of its own. 

    3. US Census Bureau, International Trade Data 

    4. LG, Intel (PDF) 

    5. ITC Trade Map 

    6. Source(s): Ebenstein, Avraham, et al. “Understanding the Role of China in the ‘Decline’of US Manufacturing.” Manuscript, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011); The China toll deepens, Robert E. Scott and Zane Mokhiber, Economic Policy Institute 

    7. Source: Ulbrich, Timothy R., and Loren M. Kirk. “It’s time to broaden the conversation about the student debt crisis beyond rising tuition costs.” American journal of pharmaceutical education 81.6 (2017): 101. 

    8. A political prisoner is someone who is imprisoned for political reasons, rather than legal reasons. In the eyes of Chinese law, there may be a legal standing for the imprisonment of some of these people, but because this is often based on dissent from the single political party, I consider these prisoners political as well. A related term is “prisoner of conscience”, and for the purposes of this article I do not distinguish between the two; the execution of either kind of prisoner is a crime against humanity regardless. 

    9. Trey, T., et al. “Transplant medicine in China: need for transparency and international scrutiny remains.” American Journal of Transplantation 16.11 (2016): 3115-3120. 

    10. Death Penalty: World’s biggest executioner China must come clean about ‘grotesque’ level of capital punishment, Amnesty International, 11 April 2017 

    11. Jensen, Steven J., ed. The ethics of organ transplantation. CUA Press, 2011. 

    12. UK has some of the best times in the developed world, and averages about 3 years. Source: NHS 

    13. Matas, David, and David Kilgour. “An independent investigation into allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China.” Electronic document accessed September 5 (2007): 2008. 

    14. China to ‘tidy up’ trade in executed prisoners’ organs, the UK Times, December 3 2005 

    15. China Uighurs: One million held in political camps, UN told, BBC, 10 August 2018 

    16. ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims, New York Times, 16 November 2019 

    17. Marriott to China: We Do Not Support Separatists, New York Times, 11 January 2018 

    18. Apple bows to China by censoring Taiwan flag emoji, Quartz, 7 October 2019 

    19. Blizzard Entertainment Bans Esports Player After Pro-Hong Kong Comments, NPR, 8 October 2019 

    20. Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Wikipedia 

    21. List of Chief Executives of Hong Kong, Wikipedia 

    22. https://www.hklii.hk/eng/hk/legis/ord/503/index.html 

    23. https://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201906270014.aspx 

    24. Hong Kong police move on university campus, threaten live rounds, retreat before growing flames, The Washington Post, 17 November 2019 

    25. Source: Video (graphic) 

    26. Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China, translation provided by US Congressional-Executive Commission of China 

    27. As pointed out by Hong Kongers reading this article, Hong Kong has a separate definition of rioting, which is not a capital offense. For my part, I am not entirely convinced that China isn’t planning to use the “riots” classification as justification for a violent response. 

    28. Declaration of Independence, full text 

    29. List of countries by GDP (nominal) - Wikipedia 


              

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    Here's the core of it:

    ...Specifically, given my personal experience with Ukrainians of every gender, appearance, and persuasion, I play a very important role in developing the “interagency consensus” on Ukraine. That interagency consensus is the product of many memos written by a number of officials at the level of deputy assistant to the deputy undersecretary in the respective agencies, though most of them are not as important or as informed as I am. In fact, after many months of working with those deputy assistants to the deputy undersecretary, I have reached the conclusion that I am more knowledgeable about most things than they are.

    In other words, when it comes to our policy in Ukraine, I am the policy. I collate the memos from the respective agencies after they finalized, and I decide what the interagency policy consensus on Ukraine should be, and then I interface with people responsible for implementation of my policies, to verify that the interagency policy consensus is implemented in a manner that I consider most effective....

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    Khởi công xây dựng dự án điện gió đầu tiên ở Gia Lai

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    Sáng ngày 29-11, tại xã La Phìn, huyện Chư Prông, tỉnh Gia Lai, Tập đoàn HBRE phối hợp cùng Tập đoàn Super Energy Corporation (Thái Lan) đã tổ chức lễ động thổ giai đoạn 1 dự án Trang trại Phong điện HBRE Chư Prông - Đây là dự án điện gió đầu tiên được khởi công xây dựng ở Gia Lai.
              

    Đoàn Thanh niên EVN tuyên dương 65 đoàn viên tiên tiến

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    Ký hợp đồng cung cấp dầu thô Azeri cho Lọc dầu Dung Quất

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    Ngày 29/11/2019, tại Hà Nội, Công ty cổ phần Lọc hóa dầu Bình Sơn (BSR) - công ty thành viên của Tập đoàn Dầu khí Việt Nam và Công ty SOCAR Trading (công ty thành viên của Tập đoàn Dầu khí Quốc gia Azerbaijan) đã ký kết hợp đồng cung cấp dầu thô cho Nhà máy Lọc dầu Dung Quất.
              

    Nhiệt điện Phú Mỹ: Minh bạch môi trường bằng trạm quan trắc tự động

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    Tại tất cả các nhà máy của Công ty Nhiệt điện Phú Mỹ, các số liệu về môi trường đều được quan trắc tự động và truyền số liệu về Sở Tài nguyên Môi trường tỉnh Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, cũng như Tập đoàn Điện lực Việt Nam (EVN) để kiểm soát và giám sát.  
              

    PC Bắc Giang: Lợi ích thanh toán tiền điện không dùng tiền mặt

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    Lợi ích của việc đẩy mạnh thanh toán tiền điện qua ngân hàng, tổ chức trung gian là rất lớn, không chỉ cho khách hàng sử dụng điện mà còn giúp nâng cao năng suất lao động, nâng cao tính minh bạch của ngành điện. Do đó, bằng sự nỗ lực của tập thể CBCNV Công ty Điện lực Bắc Giang (PC Bắc Giang) trong thời gian qua, công tác thanh toán tiền điện đã đạt được một số kết quả thiết thực.
              

    Ủy ban Quản lý vốn Nhà nước tại Doanh nghiệp làm việc với BSR

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    Đoàn thanh niên EVN trao giải cuộc thi ý tưởng sáng tạo trẻ

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    Tua bin gió trên đất liền công suất lớn nhất Việt Nam phát điện

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    Thương hiệu CADI-SUN tại Triển lãm Quốc tế Vietbuild Hà Nội lần 3

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    PV Drlling đạt giải thưởng Báo cáo thường niên tốt nhất 2019

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    NT2 trong Top 10 doanh nghiệp bền vững Việt Nam 2019

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    DPM được vinh danh Doanh nghiệp Quản trị công ty tốt nhất 2019

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    Quỹ đầu tư 37.000 tỷ USD chưa ‘xanh hóa’ các danh mục đầu tư

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    PVN trong Top 3 doanh nghiệp lớn nhất Việt Nam 2019

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    Nhiều dự án thủy điện vừa và nhỏ ở Kon Tum chậm tiến độ

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    PTC3 tiết kiệm chi phí từ dùng điện mặt trời trên mái nhà

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    Hải Phòng phát hiện vụ ăn cắp điện trị giá 25 tỷ đồng

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    Phát triển năng lượng tái tạo Việt Nam: Vì sao còn ‘mắc kẹt’?

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    Tiền lương bình quân của TKV tăng gần 5%

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    Nhà máy điện Nhơn Trạch 1 hoàn thành kế hoạch phát điện năm 2019

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    LA BONNE NOUVELLE 2019/20

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    L'info est tombée aujourd'hui même (30/11/2019) : Le visa touristique double entrée va entrer en vigueur dans les prochains mois, il permettra à ses détenteurs de sortir de Thaïlande durant leur séjour, pour visiter un proche pays (Laos, Cambodge, Vietnam...) sans perdre la validité du visa. Jusqu'à présent les détenteurs du visa touristique qui sortaient du pays, perdaient les jours auxquels ils avaient encore droit. Une riche idée qui devrait être mise place durant la prochaine saison. Nous tâcherons de vous tenir au courant, dès que l'information sera officialisée.
              

    LES RÉSERVATIONS DE BILLETS DE TRANSPORTS, SUR RAWAI.FR

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    Depuis 5 ans que nous avons mis en place notre service de réservation de billets de transports en ligne, vous avez été des milliers à nous faire confiance et nous n'avons eu aucun retour négatif ! Nous nous employons donc, ces dernières semaines, à le maintenir à jour et à le développer en proposant de plus en plus de trajets pour cette prochaine saison 2019/20. Afin de vous simplifier la tâche nous avons publié une page d'utilisation plus simple et plus efficace, qui propose tous les départs et les arrivées des principales villes et îles de Thaïlande, classées par ordre alphabétique @ ​DEPARTS ET ARRIVEES DEPUIS LES GRANDES VILLES ET ÎLES DE THAILANDEVous pouvez néanmoins rechercher votre trajet (en Thaïlande, au Laos, au Cambodge, au Vietnam, aux Philippines, en Malaisie et même au Japon) directement sur le module ci dessous. Vous obtiendrez les horaires, les différents tarifs, les détails sur les compagnies et pourrez réserver vos billets instantanément. Il vous suffit de renseigner votre ville de départ, votre destination et la date de votre voyage.
              

    Vietnam Airlines đón nhận 2 giải thưởng lớn tại World Travel Awards 2019

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    Hãng hàng không Quốc gia Việt Nam (Vietnam Airlines) vừa được Tổ chức Giải thưởng Du lịch thế giới (World Travel Awards – WTA) vinh danh tại Lễ trao giải Grand Final 2019 ở Oman với 2 giải thưởng uy tín “Hãng hàng không hàng đầu thế giới về bản sắc văn hoá” và “Hãng hàng không hàng đầu thế giới về hạng phổ thông đặc biệt”.
              

    Nam A Bank nhận giải thưởng tiêu biểu về tín dụng xanh

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    Huang Duc Kaget Bola Tendangannya Masuk ke Gawang Timnas Indonesia U-22

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    Huang Duc mencetak gol kemenangan 2-1 Vietnam atas Indonesia di SEA Games 2019.
              

    Kunci Kemenangan Timnas Vietnam U-22 atas Indonesia di SEA Games 2019

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    Vietnam menang 2-1 atas Indonesia di matchday ketiga Grup B SEA Games 2019.
              

    Indra Sjafri: Kekalahan dari Vietnam Jadi Pelajaran yang Baik untuk Timnas Indonesia U-22

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 Takluk 1-2 dari Vietnam, Begini Komentar Indra Sjafri

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 kalah 1-2 dari Vietnam di matchday ketiga Grup B SEA Games 2019
              

    Gol Telat Vietnam Buat Timnas Indonesia U-22 Takluk 1-2

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    Berikut jalannya pertandingan Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam di Grup B SEA Games 2019.
              

    Blunder Kiper Vietnam Antarkan Timnas Indonesia U-22 Unggul 1-0 di Babak Pertama

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    Modal Timnas Indonesia U-22 Singkirkan Thailand dan Vietnam di SEA Games 2019

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 punya modal singkirkan Thailand dan Vietnam di SEA Games 2019.
              

    Live Streaming Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam Dapat Disaksikan di Sini

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    Live Streaming Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam dapat disaksikan di Okezone.
              

    Jelang Hadapi Vietnam, Timnas Indonesia U-22 Diprediksi Raih Emas SEA Games 2019

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    Tak Ada Alasan Timnas Indonesia U-22 Takut dari Vietnam di SEA Games 2019

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    Manajer Timnas Indonesia U-22 mengimbau para pemainnya untuk tidak takut saat bertemu Vietnam.
              

    Persiapan Matang Timnas Indonesia U-22 Jelang Hadapi Vietnam di SEA Games 2019

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 akan menghadapi Vietnam pada Minggu 1 Desember 2019 malam WIB.
              

    Timnas Indonesia U-22 Jumpa Vietnam, Indra Sjafri Siap Adu Taktik dan Strategi

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    Rekor Pertemuan Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam di SEA Games

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    Jadwal Live Streaming Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam di Okezone

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    Hadapi Timnas Indonesia U-22, Kiper Vietnam Bertekad Catatkan Cleansheet

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    Timnas Putri Indonesia Dibantai 0-6 oleh Vietnam

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    Kiper Vietnam Bidik Clean Sheet saat Hadapi Timnas Indonesia U-22

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    Nguyen Tien Linh Diharapkan Menggila di Laga Vietnam vs Timnas Indonesia U-22

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam, Park Hang-seo: Ini Laga Penting

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    Lini Serang Makin Tajam, Pemain Vietnam Optimistis Bobol Gawang Timnas Indonesia U-22

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    Jelang Hadapi Timnas Indonesia U-22, Bek Vietnam Waspadai Osvaldo Haay

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam, Duel Ketat Para Pemain Senior

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 dan Vietnam akan bertemu pada Minggu 1 Desember 2019.
              

    Timnas Indonesia U-22 Dihadapkan dengan 8 Pemain Senior Vietnam di SEA Games 2019

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 akan menghadapi Vietnam pada Minggu 1 Desember 2019.
              

    Jelang Lawan Vietnam, Timnas Indonesia U-22 Jalani Pemulihan Fisik

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    Jadwal Siaran Langsung Timnas Indonesia U-22 vs Vietnam di RCTI

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    Timnas Indonesia U-22 akan bertemu Vietnam pada Minggu 1 Desember 2019.
              

    Thailand Hajar Brunei 7-0, Vietnam Sikat Laos di SEA Games 2019

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    Thailand menang 7-0 atas Brunei, sedangkan Vietnam membantai Laos di laga lanjutan SEA Games 2019.
              

    Video: Lorry victims arrive back in Vietnam to be reunited with families

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    Coffins containing the bodies of Essex lorry victims arrive back in Hanoi, Vietnam, greeted by their grieving families after the bodies of 39 vietnamese immigrants were found in the back of a refrigerated truck in Grays, Essex.
              

    Klasemen Grup B SEA Games 2019 Usai Matchday Pertama

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    Timnas Vietnam U-22 memuncaki klasemen sementara Grup B dengan surplus enam gol, unggul dari Indonesia meski memiliki poin sama.
              

    Đã tìm ra ngôi vị Quán quân người mẫu nhí Model kid Vietnam 2019

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    Đêm chung kết Cuộc thi người mẫu nhí Model kid Vietnam 2019 mùa thứ 2 do Hãng phim Hoàng Thảo phối hợp Hãng phim Việt Nam và Trung tâm Giải trí Học viện Ngôi sao tổ chức đã diễn ra thành công tốt đẹp với nhiều mẫu nhí đã được vinh danh, trao giải thưởng dành cho những nỗ lực không ngừng của các em trong năm qua. Và ngôi vị cao nhất Quán quân người mẫu nhí Model kid Vietnam 2019 đã gọi tên Hot boy nhí Nguyễn Huy Việt.
              

    Vietnam Manufacturing Expands For The First Time In Three Months

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    The manufacturing sector in Vietnam moved back into expansion territory after a three-month absence, the latest survey from IHH revealed on Monday with a manufacturing PMI score of 51.0.

    That's up from the neutral reading of 50.0 in October, and it moves above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

    Individually, both output and employment returned to growth, while new orders rose at a sharper pace.

    Output prices were lowered amid marginal cost inflation. Input costs rose only marginally and at the weakest pace in the current 11-month sequence of inflation.


    The material has been provided by InstaForex Company - www.instaforex.com
              

    Thai VietJet Air adds Utapao – Vietnam routes in late-Dec 2019

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    Thai VietJet in late-December 2019 is launching new routes from Utapao, with service to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, on board Airbus A320 aircraft. Planned schedule as follows.

    Utapao – Hanoi eff 23DEC19 4 weekly A320
    VZ930 UTP0630 – 0815HAN 320 x246
    VZ931 HAN0855 – 1055UTP 320 x246

    Utapao – Ho Chi Minh City eff 23DEC19 1 daily A320
    VZ970 UTP1125 – 1255SGN 320 D
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    Viatges - Eivissa, Formentera, Marià Villangómez i el poemari Rituals

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    Viatges - Eivissa, Formentera, Marià Villangómez i el poemari Rituals


    De cop i volta, llegint aquestes retxes, en tornaven a la memòria molts records: la presència sempre patent de Marià Villangómez en totes les nostres inicials provatures literàries dels seixanta i setanta; els viatges en temps de la clandestinitat quan fugíem per uns dies de la trista grisor ciutadana. Aleshores ens perdíem per les platges de Formentera -eren els anys dels hippis, de la brutal repressió contra els “barbuts de cabells llargs” i el “nudisme”- tot imaginant la possible existència d’un món més humà i llibertari. (Miquel López Crespí)


    Era el temps d’arribar al port d’Eivissa amb aquells atrotinats vaixells antics de la Transmediterrània.

    Aquests dies són ben especials. Inesperadament tornen estimats records ocults en els plecs de la memòria: la melangiosa presència d’Eivissa i Formentera regressa, potent, com una mar agitada per fortes onades de goig. De cop i volta, amb la trucada de la consellera de Cultura Fanny Tur comunicant-me que havia guanyat el I Premi de Poesia Illa de Formentera (juntament amb el poeta Bartomeu Ribas) en homenatge a Marià Villángómez, els records s’han acaramullat dins del meu cervell. A l’endemà la premsa d’Eivissa i de Ciutat destacava la notícia del guardó. El poeta Joan Serra i l’amic Joan Albert Ribas, membres del jurat, m’explicaven, una vegada lliurat el premi, l’alta qualitat de les obres presentades i la dificultat que tengueren per a escollir els poemaris finalistes. Sortosament per a qui signa aquest escrit i per a l’amic Bartomeu Ribas hi hagué unanimitat en la decisió dels membres del jurat.

    Com explicava una mica més amunt, quan a l’endemà de la trucada de la consellera de Cultura vaig obrir els diaris, hi havia la notícia: “L’escriptor de sa Pobla Miquel López Crespí i Bartomeu Ribas acaben de guanyar el I Premi de Poesia “Illa de Formentera 2001” amb els poemaris Rituals i Agrupament de la peresa, respectivament. El premi “Illa de Formentera” s’ha instituït en honor del poeta Marià Villangómez i té la voluntat d’esdevenir un dels més importants dels premis de poesia convocats en els Països Catalans. El jurat era format per destacades personalitats del món de la cultura d’Eivissa i Formentera: l’escriptor Jean Serra; Rafel Serra en representació de l’Institut d’Estudis Eivissencs; Vicenç Ferrer, en representació de l’Institut Marc Ferrer; Francesc Escandell per part de l’OCB de Formentera; i Joan Albert Ribas.

    ‘L’acte de proclamació dels guanyadors ha tengut lloc a Formentera sota la presidència de la consellera de Cultura Fanny Tur. Hi eren presents igualment nombroses personalitats del món de la política i de la cultura: el diputat Santiago Ferrer, el batle de Formentera Isidor Torres, el regidor de cultura de Formentera Felip Portes, Josep Lluís Ribes (del Patronat de Cultura de Formentera)… Miquel López Crespí ha publicat aquest darrer temps nombroses obres de poesia, novel·la, teatre, narrativa i assaig Núria i la glòria dels vençuts, Revolta, Acte Únic, Cultura i antifranquisme, Record de Praga, La Ciutat del Sol, Llibre de pregàries, Un violí en el crepuscle…”.

    De cop i volta, llegint aquestes retxes, en tornaven a la memòria molts records: la presència sempre patent de Marià Villangómez (1) en totes les nostres inicials provatures literàries dels seixanta i setanta; els viatges en temps de la clandestinitat quan fugíem per uns dies de la trista grisor ciutadana. Aleshores ens perdíem per les platges de Formentera -eren els anys dels hippis, de la brutal repressió contra els “barbuts de cabells llargs” i el “nudisme”- tot imaginant la possible existència d’un món més humà i llibertari. Era el temps d’arribar al port d’Eivissa amb aquells atrotinats vaixells antics de la Transmediterrània. Record ara mateix el “Ciutat de Mallorca” que posteriorment seria substituït pel “Ciudad de Tenerife” i unitats semblants, ja molt més grans i còmodes.

    Una de les primeres coses que fèiem en arribar era anar al Museu del Puig des Molins, perdre’ns enmig de l’art immens de la civilització púnica i romana… Més tard anàvem a la recerca de la casa on romangueren amagats Rafel Alberti i María Teresa León quan esclatà la sublevació feixista pel juliol del 36…

    Record que una de les primeres guies que vaig llegir referents a Eivissa va ser aquella tan famosa de Josep Pla editada per “Destino” en el febrer de l’any 1950. Per cert que aquest llibre em va desaparèixer, com a tants d’altres, en temps de la transició quan la nostra biblioteca particular era sovint “nacionalitzada” per companys sense gaire manies. Aquests companys mai no se’n recordaven de tornar volums que per a nosaltres eren molt apreciats. Doncs, be: com dèiem, Josep Pla, el famós escriptor -tan franquista ell, tan reaccionari però alhora tan bon prosista- explicava en la guia que comentam el seu viatge a les Illes (Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa i Formentera) a finals dels quaranta. Aquesta guia portava per títol Guia de Mallorca, Menorca e Ibiza i posteriorment em faig poder fer amb l’edició del 1970, també de “Destino”, crec que al cap de poc que sortís.

    Josep Pla es dolia, parlant de la civilització púnica, dels robatoris i destruccions fetes pels àrabs (i altres pobles entre els quals podríem parlar també dels cristians) que, a la recerca de joies i objectes de valor, feren malbé les tombes dels antics pobladors de l’illa germana.

    He obert l’original del poemari guardonat [Rituals] i de sobte he ensopegat amb un poema començat a perfilar l’any 1972 a un baret de Sant Carles. En el fons no podem defugir el ressò de la vida que hem viscut, els ecos provinents dels esdeveniments que més ens han sobtat. Rellegesc aquesta pàgina i, com un sobtat llampec, em torna a la memòria el blau-verd de la mar eivissenca en aquells anys juvenils:

    I si hi mires / dins del blau de la mar, / hi pots veure les pedres del fons, / petxines, / exèrcits de peixos, / talment un planeta gran, / inabastable com la mateixa terra. / Reialme perfecte del silenci / on moltes nits de lluna plena / ens hi submergíem en haver llegit / Durrell, els antics poetes grecs. / Contemplant la posta de sol, / sempre nova, / rutilant, / ens enfonsàvem en la darrera tebior / de l’horabaixa per art de màgia i encantament. / Malefici dels dies finals. / Esdeveníem, per uns moments, / antics guerrers de periclitades batalles. / Ens perdíem dins les ones / per tornar a ressorgir de nou a la vida, / nus, / xops d’estrelles.

    Un somni aquest, el de “ressorgir de nous a la vida, nus, xops d’estrelles”, que a l’estiu de 1969, a Formentera, s’encarregava d’anihilar el representat de la dictadura franquista a l’iIlla. Algú recorda al tenebrós sergent Langa, de la Guàrdia Civil? Jo en vaig sentir parlar en aquells anys. Fins i tot hi hagué una petita denúncia a la revista Triunfo. Però el nom, com tantes d’altres coses, s’havia esborrat de la meva memòria fins que els amics Joan Cerdà i Rosa Rodríguez me l’han recordat en llegir el seu llibre La repressió franquista del moviment hippy a Formentera. 1968-1970 (Res Publica Edicions, 1999). Jo era a la pàgina tretze del llibre quan, de cop i volta… vet aquí el nom de Langa! Diuen els autors: “De tota manera, no hi ha acord sobre les xifres de hippis a Formentera aquell estiu. Una nota confidencial enviada pel capellà de Sant Ferran al Govern Civil hom parla de fins a 700 hippis a l’estiu de 1968, citant com a font el sergent Langa, l’home que, segons el clergue, ‘limpió’ Formentera. Gràcies a la tasca d’informador policíac d’aquest capellà, sabem que el sergent Langa arribà a Formentera en comissió de servei; va clausurar 19 cases llogades a hippis i ‘como la ley no les amparaba para vivir acampados, ser vieron obligados a abandonar la isla'”.

    Aquest llibre de Joan Cerdà i Rosa Rodríguez és el més interessant que he llegit darrerament sobre aquells anys. Ha estat el lliurament del I Premi de Poesia Illa de Formentera en homenatge a Marià Villangómez, la lectura de La repressió… el que m’ha tornat a la memòria l’ambient d’Eivissa i Formentera en aquell temps. En el capítol “Les Pitiüses, refugi de joves contestataris”, en Joan i na Rosa situen a la perfecció l’època, l’ambient estatal i internacional que servia per a bastir tot tipus de contestacions al sistema: “A l’estiu de 1968, arreu del món occidental, la revolta dels joves nascuts després de la segona guerra mundial fa trontollar les estructures de benestar assolides, sorgeix una generació que s’afirmarà marginant-se del poder institucional. A França, la societat està paint els Fets de Maig; als Estats Units, la qüestió racial té múltiples manifestacions, entre les quals destaquen l’eclosió dels Panteres Negres i l’assassinat de Martin Luther King; el clam contra la guerra del Vietnam esdevé tot un signe d’identitat contestatària. A Mèxic, el govern metralla estudiants. A l’Estat espanyol, el franquisme, a través de Carrero Blanco, adverteix la societat que les Forces Armades s’encarregaran d’acabar amb qualsevol intent d’alteració del sistema nascut de la insurrecció de juliol de 1936”.

    És només un punt de la introducció però que marca molt bé alguns aspectes essencials de com era el món quan nosaltres, fugint per uns dies de les persecucions de la Brigada Político Social ens perdíem per Cala Tarida o Cala Vadella, per Cala d’Hort o per les casetes de Formentera, abans de l’allau turística del present. Ara bé, en desembarcar a la Sabina, després de passar prop dels freus i de l’illa de l’Espalmador, el primer que anàvem a veure eren les restes del Camp de Concentració de Formentera.

    Evidentment ens seduïa el moviment hippi, però no érem hippis. Coneixíem diversos aspectes de la cultura dels EUA. Des de sempre ens havien interessant els seus escriptors, conèixer l’obra i la trajectòria vital d’autors compromesos com James Dalwin, Bernard Malamud, Arthur Miller, Mary Mac Carthy, Malcolm X, Susan Sontag, Edward Albee, Carson Mc Cukllers, Morman Mailler… entre un gran exèrcit d’intel·lectuals admirats. Jack Kerouac i Allen Ginsberg (malgrat totes les seves contradiccions) eren especialment estimats. En l’adoració pel cànem (cannabis) per part dels hippis hi havia molta assumpció de les teories, no solament d’Artaud, sinó de moltes de Paul Bowles, per exemple, o del mateix Allen Ginsberg. I els viatges, els llargs viatges iniciàtics a indrets llunyans a la recerca de cultures “no contaminades” per la societat de consum, hi podíem trobar (a part d’aquestes antigues influències de la pràctica d’Artaud en el món de les drogues) les novel·les de Kerouac (especialment En el camí). Era la moda de fumar kif, prendre peiot, fer-se addicte a la marihuana…

    Són els anys en els quals, a part dels escriptors dels quals parlam, també anam a la recerca de l’obra de Pete Seggers, de Joan Baez, de Bob Dylan… La pellícula Easy Rider dirigida per Dennis Hopper i escrita, produïda i interpretada per Peter Fonda l’any 1969 descriu a la perfecció aquell temps. Easy Rider és ja un clàssic que encara avui esdevé una eficient arma intellectual per entendre aquella generació que produí, a part dels hippis, els lluitadors antisistema ianquis dels seixantes i començament dels setanta. Easy Rider és una seriosa crítica -ben pessimista, ben forta- al somni idealista del “flower-power”, alhora que va veure el profund reaccionarisme d’uns EUA que no accepten cap mena de canvi.

    Crec que cap a 1970 teníem prou bagatge cultural per entendre d’on, des de quines coordenades intellectuals sorgia el moviment hippi (rebuig a la guerra del Vietnam i a l’imperialisme ianqui; enyorança d’un món més humà diferent del brutal materialisme capitalista; recerca de la poesia, retrobament de l’amor i de certes possibilitat de viure d’acord amb la naturalesa…). En aquell temps escoltàvem també els Beatles i ens delíem també per veure El submarí groc. No tot eren pel·lícules d’Eisenstein i Tziga Vertov o teatre de Beltolt Brecht i poesia de Neruda i Maiakovski en temps de la clandestinitat!

    Tot allò era -no ho negaré ara- seductor, i per això hi havia certa dosi d’admiració envers aquells joves que provaven de rebutjar una brutal societat de consum que vivia, com els paràsits, a costa de la fam i la brutal explotació del Tercer Món.

    Però tornem a Formentera, a aquelles enyorades arribades al port de la Sabina. En aquella època imaginàvem que de seguida que hi hagués democràcia, el primer que farien les forces antifeixistes seria retre un homenatge a tots els republicans morts per la reacció. Com ens erràvem! La consigna, els pactes entre pretesa “oposició” i el franquisme reciclat pel repartiment de sous i poltrones institucionals, es van fer damunt l’amnèsia històrica, damunt un pacte sagrat per oblidar la memòria antifeixista del nostre poble. Només fa uns mesos (any 2000) els sobrevivents de camp de concentració, vint-i-cinc anys després de la mort del dictador, i a iniciativa pròpia, han pogut retre un sentit homenatge als republicans assassinats pel feixisme.

    L’eco dels nostres morts, dels torturats i assassinats en el camp de concentració de Formentera, també és ben present en el poemari Rituals. És complicat analitzar els difícils viaranys de la poesia, esbrinar motius, la causa exacta d’un pensament, d’una metàfora. Però jo sé ben cert que moltes de les idees que hi ha reflectides en el poema “Era el final” es congriaren en aquestes visites (camps de concentració, murs d’execució, presons de la dictadura on patiren i foren assassinats els millors fills i filles de la nostra terra:

    “Era el final. / Les tropes desfilaven per les avingudes. / Definitivament, / amb el cor com un braser apagat, / perdut, / solcava l’aire per damunt d’uns rails irreals. / Ulmàries humides de rosada / i foscos roures sota la lluna d’ombres. / Màgia en salts d’aigua saturant paratges nostàlgics. / Ressonen cordes distants. / Pertot arreu corrua de presoners. / Ix dansa de boirines / mentre els actes més senzills esdevenen enganys. / Qui se’n recorda dels morts? / El seu eco retruny a través de l’esperit / com una gran endemessa eixorca. / Ara ja sabíem que cada pregunta, àdhuc la més senzilla, / contenia una amenaça. /.


    (1) Parlar de Marià Villangómez és anar a la recerca d'alguns dels més estimats records ocults en els plecs de la memòria: la melangiosa presència d'Eivissa i Formentera regressa ara, potent, com una mar agitada per les més fortes onades. Recentment la consellera de Cultura Fanny Tur em comunicava que havia guanyat el I Premi de Poesia Illa de Formentera (juntament amb el poeta Bartomeu Ribas) en homenatge a Marià Villángómez. L'obra guardonada era Rituals. De sobte, els records referents a la influència de Marià Villangómez dins de la generació d'escriptors dels anys seixanta i setanta s'han acaramullat dins del meu cervell.

    Un dia hauré d'analitzar a fons, cercant les arrels, la influència de la poesia de Marià Villangómez en algun dels meus poemaris (i concretament en aquest que ara ens ocupa, Rituals, publicat amb suport del Consell Insular d'Eivissa i Formentera per "Res Publica Edicions").

    Joan Fuster, en el capítol "Notícia de les Illes, del País Valencià i del Rosselló" (Literatura Catalana Contemporània, pàgs. 254-260) deia, en parlar de la superació de l'"Escola Mallorquina" (tot situant el paper bàsic de Rosselló-Pòrcel en aquesta línia) que malgrat que de principi "els versos de Dolç i de Villangómez, en contrast amb els de Rosselló, semblaven assegurar la continuïtat de l''Escola'..." el cert és que, continua Joan Fuster: "L'evolució es precipita en uns anys, i canvia completament la fesomia del grup insular. Es pot observar en el procés seguit per l'obra de Miquel Dolç i per la de Marià Villangómez... els tres primers volums publicats per Marià Villangómez -Terra i somni (1948), Elegies i paisatges (1949), Els dies (1950)- continuen la línia tradicional de les Illes. Després, amb Els béns incompartibles (1954), i els llibres que el seguiren, Ceguesa de l'estel (1956), Sonets de Balansat (1956), La miranda (1958), El cop a la terra (1958), Declarat amb el vent (1963) etc., la seva poesia experimenta, també, una poderosa creixença interior i absorbeix estímuls intel·lectuals i ètics més profunds que els que eren habituals en l''Escola'".

    Llompart de la Peña en el llibre Els nostres escriptors (Editorial Moll, 1996) confirma les opinions de Fuster quan diu parlant d'Elegies i paisatges (pàg. 242): "D'altra banda, l'aire, diguem-ne noucentista, del poeta eivissenc, és ben perceptible. Els plantejaments i els resultats són, emperò molt diferents. Aquella visió sentimental i sovint elegíaca del paisatge, que l'Escola Mallorquina havia convertit en recepta fàcil, tòpica i superficial, adquireix a la poesia de Marià Villangómez una categoria profunda i transcendent". En l'apartat "Nota sobre Marià Villangómez" del magnífic treball de Margalida Pons Poesia insular de postguerra: quatre veus dels anys cinquanta poden copsar la vital influència, en la poesia de Villangómez de Pedro Salinas, Jorge Guillén, García Lorca, Alberti i Cernuda. Influència, evidentment, que també podem trobar en Llompart de Peña, Blai Bonet i Jaume Vidal Alcover. Com diu Margalida Pons: "Si a aquests noms afegim els que apareixen a les seves versions de poesia estrangera (Pound, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Valéry, Hardy i Laforgue, entre altres), l'escola postsimbolista es fa visible amb absoluta claredat".

    Un dels poemaris de Villangómez que més m'impressionà en el seu moment va ser El cop a la terra (Editorial Moll, 1964). Un poemari del qual Josep M. Llompart havia escrit en Els nostres escriptors (pàg. 243): "El cop a la terra és el llibre on la visió del propi poble, del material humà del propi poble, troba una expressió més plena. La gent d'Eivissa, les vides anònimes, amb les seves alegries, les seves penes i els seus treballs, que donen fesomia pròpia a la col·lectivitat insular, hi són objecte d'una interpretació plena d'emoció i de bellesa".

    De cop i volta, rellegint Terra i somni (1948), Elegies i paisatges (1949), Els dies (1950), Els béns incompartibles (1954), Sonets de Balansat (1956), La miranda (1958), El cop a la terra (1962) o Declarat amb el vent (1963), en tornaven a la memòria molts records: la presència sempre patent de Marià Villangómez en totes les nostres inicials provatures literàries dels seixanta i setanta; els viatges en temps de la clandestinitat quan fugíem per uns dies de la trista grisor ciutadana, de les persecucions de la tenebrosa Brigada Social (la policia política del règim franquista). Aleshores ens perdíem per les platges de Formentera -eren els anys dels hippis, de la brutal repressió contra els "barbuts de cabells llargs" i el "nudisme"- tot imaginant la possible existència d'un món més humà i llibertari. Era el temps d'arribar al port d'Eivissa amb aquells atrotinats vaixells antics de la Transmediterrània. Una de les primeres coses que fèiem en arribar era anar al Museu del Puig des Molins, perdre'ns enmig de l'art immens de la civilització púnica i romana amb un poemari de Marià Villangómez sota el braç.

    Seria impossible, en un article tan curt, deixar constància escrita de tota l'obra del poeta eivissenc, de les traduccions de poesia que inclouen des dels sonets de Shakespeare a poetes com Keats, Baudelaire, Yeats i Dylan Thomas, entre d'altres. La importància cultural de Versions de poesia moderna (1971) i Recull de versions poètiques (1974) és prou evident. Dos volums en prosa, L'any en estampes i Llibre d'Eivissa situen Maria Villangómez com un prosistes d'excellent qualitat.

    Com digué Tomàs Garcès (Pròleg a la Poesia de Marià Villangómez, dins Serra d'Or, núm. 114, març de 1969: 40-41): "Villangómez Llobet és, per damunt de tot, un poeta insular. Els seus llibres són, abans que res, llibres d'Eivissa, que ell ha descrit (Llibre d'Eivissa, L'any de les estampes) en una prosa acurada, elegant, exacta...)".

    Marià Villangómez va rebre l'any 1989 el Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes. Abans, el 1955, havia guanyat un premi literari a Cantonigròs per Sonets a Balansat i el premi de la Crítica de Serra d'Or (Traducció, 1984) per Trenta-quatre poemes de W.B. Yeats i el Jaume Vidal Alcover de teatre, dels Premis Cavall Verd. Igualment va ser mereixedor del premi Crítica de Serra d'Or (1987) per Obres Completes. L'any 1989 obtingué el Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes.



              

    Un viatge a l´Índia

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    Un viatge a l´Índia


    Dels mesos de caminar pels polsosos camins de l'Índia, de contacte amb les capes més pobres de la societat, va extreure unes experiències que mai no hauria pogut tenir a Mallorca. Assimilà de rics i pobres noves formes de copsar la realitat, de conèixer els laberints i trucs que permeten resistir l´home enmig de la més profunda soledat. Tornà amb la capacitat de donar una esperança, malgrat que fos fictícia, a les persones desvalgudes: les que cercaven una veu amiga, el record d’un passat més amable, la presència de la gent estimada, desapareguda irremeiablement pels tenebrosos caminois de la Mort. (Miquel López Crespí)


    El pacifisme hippie, important dels Estats Units, era moda. “Feu l’amor i no la guerra” era una consigna arribada de Califòrnia i de les protestes contra la intervenció ianqui a Vietnam, amb la qual coincidia la majoria del jovent. La militància de determinats professionals que anàrem a visitar -exceptuant els companys de la cooperativa d’arquitectes del carrer Estudi General, l’indret on vaig fer feina una temporada- consistia a anar a veure recitals de la Nova Cançó, donar diners per als treballadors dels hotels en vaga, comprar llibres prohibits i ser socis d’un cineclub d’Art i Assaig. Els més catalanistes s´apuntaven a l´Obra Cultural Balear i feien excursions per Pollença i Binissalem a la recerca de l´esperit de Miquel Costa i Llobera i Llorenç Villalonga.

    Era inútil que provassis d´explicar el ferotge anticatalanisme de Villalonga en els anys trenta, quan lluïa, orgullós, l´uniforme de Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS fent costat als més grans assassins del nostre poble: el marquès de Zayas i el policia de les execucions, Francesc Barral.

    Una ignorància fora mida planava per molts dels indrets de la nostra esquifida progressia que, malgrat que presumia de llegir Lenin i Mao, els manuals de Marta Harnecker i Principios de Filosofía de Pulitzer, desconeixia qui eren Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel, Gabriel Alomar, Marià Aguiló i Blai Bonet. De Llorenç Villalonga tan sols sabien que era un autor de moda enlairat per determinades patriarques de la cultura del Principat. Un novel·lista de culte al qual, malgrat els poemes dedicats als falangistes, era necessari valorar alhora que ignorar el valor literari i humà de Joan Soler Antich, Gonçal Castelló, Miquel Bauçà i Joan Oliver, entre tants d´altres escriptors.

    Sovint era desesperant!

    Els podies sentir parlar de la Revolució soviètica i xinesa, sabien els noms dels dirigents del 26 de Juliol cubà, la vida i miracles d´Ho Xi Minh i el Che Guevara i, els més cultes, aprofundien Marat i Robespierre, Pablo Iglesias i Buenaventura Durruti, Manuel Azaña i Dolores Ibárruri. Però si els demanaves qui eren Ignaci Ferretjans, Aurora Picornell, Heriberto Quiñones i Jaume Serra Cardell, callaven sense saber què havien de dir.

    Els més compromesos militaren uns mesos en el PSUC quan estudiaven a Barcelona. Coneixia un metge i diversos missers que tengueren evanescents relacions amb l’anarquisme i el trotsquisme. El metge ens explicà com, quan feia tercer a la Facultat de Medicina, en una trobada antifranquista coincidí amb Salvador Puig Antich, el militant del MIL que seria executat al garrot vil pocs anys després.

    Eren l´excepció.

    Tanmateix, la majoria de professionals, acabades les respectives carreres, situats en llocs de responsabilitat o, simplement, en haver assegurat un sou cada mes, anaren defugint les fantasmals activitats juvenils: unes corregudes davant els grisos, llançar fulls volanders a les aules i per les finestres de la classe, participar en alguna reunió, no se sap si per aprofundir en el marxisme o per cercar parella... Els restava una certa nostàlgia pels Beatles, Bob Dylan i Joan Baez; tenien mitificada la pel·lícula Yelow submarine i, en literatura es delien per Henry Miller, Albert Camus, Boris Vian i Jack Kerouac, uns grans narradors malgrat les contradiccions polítiques i existencials que, com a tants d´autors, sacsejaren llur atzarosa existència.

    Jordi, un advocat que coneixia de l’època dels recitals de la Nova Cançó i amb el qual fèiem de taxistes per portar Maria del Mar Bonet, Ovidi Montllor, Joan Manel Serrat, Quico Pi de la Serra i Jaume Arnella cap a l´indret dels seus recitals mallorquins, es desenganyà del marxisme després d’un llarg viatge a l'Índia, del qual tornà amb una hepatitis incurable.

    Fill d’un destacat dirigent del Moviment, posseïa una de les biblioteques de Palma més ben assortides de llibres marxistes. Qui podria haver pensat, a mitjans dels seixanta, just quan acabàvem de complir els vint anys, que tota aquella florida xerrameca en referència al materialisme històric i dialèctic acabaria en el ioga, el pensament dels monjos budistes de Benarés, i els perfums indis que, amb la seva flaire suggeridora i enervant, omplien tots els racons de la seva llar?

    Vengut de l'Índia, el primer que va fer va ser anar a vendre la col·lecció de clàssics del pensament socialista a les llibreries de vell. En els prestatges de la biblioteca quedaren uns buits esgarrifosos. També es va desfer de les novel·les de Gabriel García Márquez, Alejo Carpentier, Ramon del Valle-Inclán, Juan Goytisolo, Victor Hugo, Lezama Lima, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Amado, Miguel Ángel Asturias.

    Un dia em convidà a casa seva. Volia explicar a la colla la nova visió de la realitat adquirida en la peregrinació pels temples hindús.

    Per tot el pis, per cambres i passadissos, hi trobaves vels de coloraines, catifes amb elefants brodats, cendrers per a posar-hi el sàndal i el patxulí, desenes de perfums que mai no havíem olorat i que, ens explicà, només s´encenien a determinades hores del dia, segons l´estat psicològic de la persona que volia comunicar-se amb les energies que dominaven el món.

    L´escoltàvem bocabadats, sense saber si ens estava enganyant o si realment, la conversió era sincera. Canvià de vestimenta i, durant molts d’anys, el pogueres veure passejar per Palma amb un turbant taronja i una senzilla túnica blanca, talment la que portava Gandhi, en temps de la lluita contra el colonialisme britànic. Finalment, abandonà les feines de misser i muntà un consultori astrològic que es va fer famós, amb una clientela summament fidel.

    Perdérem el contacte.

    Ens saludàvem amistosament quan ens trobàvem pel carrer. Ja no era el mateix. Si encetava la conversa era per parlar-me del darrer viatge al Nepal, Egipte, el Marroc, per fer-me saber les excel·lències del zen i el budisme.

    Em semblava increïble aquell sobtat canvi d’idees i preferències culturals. Feia només uns anys érem encara a casa meva, al meu pis del carrer de l’Argentina planificant les pàgines literàries de les quals era el coordinador: articles sobre Marcel Proust i Franz Kafka, Baudelaire i Rimbaud, Céline i Paul Nizan, l´anàlisi de les darreres novel·les de Pedrolo, Mercè Rodoreda, Jorge Semprún, Jaume Vidal Alcover, Llorenç Capellà... Debats sobre la poesia de Vicent Andrés Estellés, Josep M. Llompart, Joan Brossa, Pere Quart i Salvador Espriu. Articles per a donar a conèixer la ideologia i la pràctica dels situacionistes francesos –pàgines senceres dedicades a Raoul Vaneigem i Guy Debord-, ressenyes parlant de les darreres traduccions de Frantz Fanon, Michel Focault, Simone de Beauvoir, Noam Chomsky, Antonio Gramsci, William Blake...

    No sabia què dir-li mentre m’explicava les diverses maneres d’entrar en comunicació amb “les energies universals que fan moure els astres i les galàxies, condicionant cada un dels nostres gests, la vida sencera”. S’emocionava narrant la recerca del Nirvana, la necessitat imperiosa que tenia d´aprofundir en la saviesa oriental, descobrir nous i ocults camins de perfecció que el conduirien fins a la porta de les sensacions ocultes, de les senderes que portaven a la calma celestial enmig de la morada dels déus, lluny de l´absurd de la vida quotidiana actual.

    Guanyava prou diners amb les persones que anaven a l´estudi on tenia la consulta. Li demanaven que empràs les pedres per guarir els seus mals, reals o imaginaris. Com a mèdium deia -i els clients així ho creien-, que tenia poders per a convocar els morts, els personatges del passat que volguessin consultar.

    Caminava pel carrer salmodiant estranyes invocacions hindús i tibetanes, oracions apreses al Nepal, a qualsevol dels poblets que visitava durant els freqüents viatges als països que conformaven el seu imaginari.

    Quedaven ben lluny els debats nocturns quan, amb els companys de dèries literàries, recitàvem poemes de Blai Bonet i Salvador Espriu tot esperant un final de la dictadura que mai no es concretava. Navegacions siderals a través de les ones de la ràdio! Vetllar a l´espera que, des de París, informassin del veredicte del procés de Burgos i, anys més tard, confiant que, Salvador Puig Antich no fos executat aquella matinada després de més de vint minuts de patiment. El botxí no sabia matar amb la velocitat necessària i, posteriorment, ens assabentàrem de la terrible tortura, del dolor incommensurable que patí el jove anarquista català! Joan Terrassa havia portat els inevitables discos de Bob Dylan i Raimon, de Peter Seeger i Joan Baez, del Beatles i Donovan. Escoltant aquella música, dibuixàvem els cartells que, de matinada, penjaríem pels barris d´una ciutat adormida, morta, sense que s´evidenciàs cap mostra exterior de voler acabar amb els crims del general. Al final, acomplida la tasca sense incidents, a trenc d´alba, quan la gent començava a sortir dels seus caus per anar a la feina, ens adormíem, cansats per la tensió de la nit, en braços de l´estimada.

    Va ser un dia d´infausta memòria. Anàrem a les nostres inestables feines amb els ulls mig clucs, adormits, sense gaire capacitat de reaccionar als requeriments dels clients que volguessin adquirir la darrera novetat editorial.

    Jordi, després dels seus viatges inesperats, sempre tornava carregat de curiosos talismans, miraculoses fórmules curatives apresses del pagès del poblet, dels monjos que trobava en els indrets més insospitats.

    No vaig saber mai quina va la causa que el portà a fer l´inesperat gir: anar del marxisme al budisme, abandonar les antigues amistats, aprofundir en les religions exòtiques de l'Índia i el Nepal, creure que les Piràmides d´Egipte i Mèxic les bastiren gegants provinents de l´espai exterior. Un desengany amorós? La fugida de na Maria de la llar familiar? Els amics que visqueren de prop la separació em digueren que, després de la marxa de la companya, romangué mesos sense sortir de casa. Just davallava al carrer per comprar l’estrictament necessari per a la supervivència: un poc de fruita, uns ous, la verdura necessària, aigua mineral. Aleshores no volia obrir la porta a ningú per molt que insistíssim. Sovint el sentíem plorar llargament i desconsoladament; altres vegades, cridava, atemorint els veïns que, el primer cop que el sentiren, trucaren a la policia, esverats, pensant que podia haver esdevengut una tragèdia.

    Una vegada, els agents forçaren la porta i, amb les armes a les mans, penetraren al pis. El trobaren al menjador, en plena meditació. La portera em contà que el va veure desmillorat, més prim i amb barba de dies. Per altra banda, les habitacions estaven endreçades. Gens de brutor pel terra i, a la cuina, olles i plats estaven nets i a l´armari.

    Per unes estranyes circumstàncies, els policies que havien entrat a la casa foren respectuosos amb l’estrany personatge que romania assegut al terra resant a una imatge de Buda daurada, coberta de flors. Què era el que va impedir que el molestassin mentre meditava? La calma que es respirava a la cambra? L’actitud reposada de la persona que imaginaven que havia perdut l´enteniment? El perfum i la música hindú que amaraven l’ambient? La suau llum matisada per les cortines que il·luminava el menjador?

    Policia, portera i veïns abandonaren la casa procurant no fer gaire soroll, amb por de despertar a la dura realitat aquell curiós personatge absort en l’oració.

    Coneixia prou bé Jordi.

    Havíem fet feina junts al Diario de la Provincia. Malgrat el nou posat de místic, el consultori amb les bolles de vidre i les cartes per endevinar el futur, no m’acabava de creure una tan sobtada conversió a la màgia oriental. Sí, exteriorment feia l’efecte d’un d’aquells hippies que poblaven Eivissa i Formentera a finals dels seixanta. La indumentària, la mirada extraviada, la conversa esotèrica... Tot coincidia amb la moda i els clixés importats dels Estats Units! Però jo tenia els meus dubtes. Havíem discutit massa vegades sobre la història del Moviment Obrer, dels problemes de la construcció del socialisme a l’URSS, de les polèmiques entre estalinistes i trotsquistes per a pensar que tot s’havia volatilitzat, esvanit per un simple viatge a l'Índia, per la lectura de qualsevol manual de divulgació budista i haver parlat, al costat de la foganya, amb uns pagesos del Nepal!

    Potser l’autèntic Jordi romania amagat rere la parafernàlia de la nova disfressa que el protegia de la realitat que ens encerclava. Una forma de perdre’s en direcció a universos desconeguts, indrets llunyans on amagar-se de les exigències de la vida quotidiana: la separació, la mort dels pares, als quals estava tan unit, les dificultats d’aconseguir diners per a poder garantir el pagament del lloguer, llum, el gas, el menjar de cada dia. Jordi no havia fet mai res de pràctic en la vida. Llegir, escriure alguns articles. No servia com a advocat. Els quatre casos que portà, els va perdre i mai més no en volgué exercir. Un dia, furiós per la inutilitat dels estudis que havia fet, arrabassà la placa de míser que tenia a la porta i la llançà als fems. A partit d´aquell moment, visqué a recer de la família. El pare tenia misterioses entrades econòmiques fruit dels endolls aconseguits pels serveis secrets fets a Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS. Però amb la mort del pare, finiren els ingressos. Es repartiren el pis familiar entre els tres germans i, en poc temps, va fondre el que li correspongué en viatges a l’estranger.

    Vengué de l'Índia transformat, amb estranys signes cabalístics tatuats als braços, però sense una pesseta a les butxaques. Va ser quan decidí obrir la consulta esotèrica.

    No li va anar malament. Sabíem que tengué èpoques dolentes. Ens arribaven informacions sobre el seu precari estat de salut i determinats problemes amb els veïns de la finca on vivia i amb la policia. Possiblement, era el preu a la seva adaptació. A l'Índia visqué amb uns monjos. Compartí camins, pobres cabanyes, palaus de fantasiosos terratinents que vivien com si el temps s’hagués aturat feia cinc-cents anys. Un món, m´explicà, curull de temples i grans palaus de marbre blanc, amb vaques i rates sagrades i centenars de servents que en tenien cura. Recordava les festes exòtiques d´aquells prínceps, les desenes d´elefants carregats d´or, plata i pedres precioses, pintats de coloraines, adornats amb flors portades de tot el país i que duien a l´esquena els mil déus d´una civilització bastida damunt la més brutal diferència de classes.

    Dels mesos de caminar pels polsosos camins de l'Índia, de contacte amb les capes més pobres de la societat, va extreure unes experiències que mai no hauria pogut tenir a Mallorca. Assimilà de rics i pobres noves formes de copsar la realitat, de conèixer els laberints i trucs que permeten resistir l´home enmig de la més profunda soledat. Tornà amb la capacitat de donar una esperança, malgrat que fos fictícia, a les persones desvalgudes: les que cercaven una veu amiga, el record d’un passat més amable, la presència de la gent estimada, desapareguda irremeiablement pels tenebrosos caminois de la Mort.

    Jo mateix no sabia si, quan explicava les seves aventures, la nova visió del món que ara li aclaparava l´esperit, era sincer, creia en el que contava o, com deia l´excompanya, es tractava d´un posat per treure els diners a qui s´acostàs a l´estudi on obrí la consulta.

    De la novel·la de l´escriptor Miquel López Crespí Joc d´escacs (Llibres del Segle)


              

    Storia ketchup e panini - Categoria: panini e cibi di strada

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    C'è l'erronea credenza che il pomodoro e il ketchup (salsa al pomodoro con aceto e spezie) siano fratelli siamesi. Invece questo condimento, il cui termine deriverebbe da ketsiap (salsa vietnamita), sembra abbia un qualche legame con le salse tailandesi. Storicamente il lontano parente del ketchup sarebbe il garum...
              

    SEA Games round-up: Early exit imminent for Malaysia, Vietnam down Indonesia with late winner

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    Matchday three of the men's football competition at the SEA Games took place over the weekend, with several teams racing to the top of their groups.
              

    정의선 현대차 수석부회장 인도네시아 공장 짓는 내막

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    정의선 현대자동차그룹 수석부회장이 아세안 시장 공략의 전략적 교두보 구축을 위해 ‘액셀’을 밟기 시작했다. “동남아시아 시장에서 일본 자동차를 추월하자!” 현대자동차가 ‘마이카 장만’ 붐이 한창 일고 있는 인도네시아에 약 25조 원을 투자해 연산 25만 대 규모의 완성차 공장을 설립하고 모빌리티의 판을 키우고 있다. 일본 자동차 메이커가 인도네시아 시장은 97.5%나 점령하고 있고 아세안 시장은 80% 이상을 장악한 가운데 도전장을 내민 것이다. 현대자동차는 이를 위해 인도네시아에 아세안 지역 처음으로 완성차 생산거점을 구축하고 미래 성장동력을 확보한다는 큰그림을 그리고 있다. 자동차 신흥 성장시장인 인도네시아 공략은 물론 아세안 시장 진출의 전략적 교두보로 활용한다는 구상이다.

     


     

    아세안 지역 첫 완성차 생산거점, 브카시市 ‘델타마스 공단’에 건설
    15억5000달러 투자, 2021년 말 15만 대 가동, 향후 연산 25만 대 규모
    신시장 개척 통한 미래 성장동력 확보…아세안 시장 2026년 449만 대

     

    ▲ 11월26일 현대자동차와 인도네시아 정부 관계자들이 현대차 인도네시아 공장 설립을 위한 투자협약서에 서명한 후 기념촬영을 하고 있다. 왼쪽부터 바흐릴 라하달리아 인도네시아 투자조정청장, 조코 위도도 인도네시아 대통령, 정의선 현대자동차그룹 수석부회장, 이원희 현대차 사장.    

     

    현대자동차는 11월26일 오후 현대차 울산공장에서 인도네시아 조코 위도도(Joko Widodo) 대통령, 루훗 빈사르 판자이탄(Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan) 해양투자조정부 장관, 아이르랑가 하르탄토(Airlangga Hartarto) 경제조정부 장관, 바흐릴 라하달리아(Bahlil Lahadalia) 투자조정청장, 현대자동차그룹 정의선 수석부회장, 현대차 이원희 사장 등이 참석한 가운데 인도네시아 정부와 현지 공장 건설을 위한 투자협약을 체결했다고 밝혔다.


    조코 위도도 대통령은 “현대자동차가 인도네시아에 진출하면 인도네시아 국민은 일본차 중심에서 현대차까지 선택의 폭을 넓힐 수 있는 혜택을 갖게 된다”며 “현대차의 투자가 꼭 성공하길 바란다. 완전 무공해인 수소전기차와 전기차가 매우 인상적이었다”고 밝혔다.


    정의선 수석부회장은 “현대자동차의 현지 공장 설립은 인도네시아 정부의 적극적인 협조와 지원을 바탕으로 이뤄낸 성과”라고 언급한 뒤 “인도네시아 정부의 친환경차 정책에 적극 부응하고, 아세안 지역 발전에 지속 기여하겠다”고 강조했다.


    현대차는 지난 2017년 아세안 시장 공략을 위한 전담 조직을 신설한 후 3년여 걸친 면밀한 시장 조사 등을 거쳐 공장 설립을 최종 확정했다.


    인도네시아 수도 자카르타에서 동쪽으로 약 40km 떨어진 브카시(Bekasi)시(市) ‘델타마스(Delta Mas) 공단’ 내에 완성차 공장을 설립한다.


    총 투자비는 2030년까지 제품 개발 및 공장 운영비 포함 약 15억5000만 달러이며, 약 77만6000㎡ 부지 위에 건립된다. 올해 12월 착공해, 2021년 말 15만 대 규모로 가동할 예정이며, 향후 최대 생산능력 25만 대로 확대할 계획이다.


    생산 차종은 아세안 전략 모델로 신규 개발하는 소형 SUV(B-SUV), 소형 MPV(B-MPV) 등과 아세안 전략 모델 전기차가 검토되고 있다.

     

    인도네시아 및 아세안 시장 개척


    현대차의 이번 투자 결정은 저성장 기조에 접어든 글로벌 자동차 시장 상황 속에서 아세안 신시장 개척을 통한 미래 성장동력을 확보하기 위해서다.


    아세안 각 국가별로 5~80%에 달하는 완성차 관세 장벽과 자국 자동차 산업을 보호하기 위한 다양한 형태의 비관세 장벽 등에 능동적으로 대응하기 위해서는 현지 거점 구축이 필수적이라는 판단이다.


    현대차는 인도네시아 공장을 전략적 교두보로 활용, 인도네시아를 공략하는 동시에 성장 잠재력이 높은 아세안 시장 진출을 본격화할 계획이다.


    아세안 자유무역협약(AFTA)에 따라 부품 현지화율이 40% 이상일 경우 역내 완성차 수출 시 무관세 혜택이 주어지는 이점을 최대한 활용한다는 전략이다.


    현대차는 인도네시아 공장에서 생산되는 완성차를 필리핀·태국·베트남 등 아세안 역내로 수출할 예정이며, 호주·중동 등으로의 수출도 검토 중이다. 또한 완성차와는 별도로 연 5만9000대 규모의 CKD(반제품 조립, Complete Knock Down) 수출도 계획하고 있다.


    아세안 최대 자동차 시장인 인도네시아는 지난해 약 115만 대 판매, 연 5% 수준의 안정적인 경제 성장, 2억7000만여 명에 달하는 세계 4위 인구, 평균 연령 29세의 젊은 인구구조 등 성장 잠재력이 매우 큰 시장이라는 평가다.


    인도네시아를 포함한 태국·말레이시아·필리핀·베트남·싱가포르 등 아세안 주요국 자동차 시장 역시 지난 2017년 약 316만 대 수준에서 2026년 약 449만 대에 이를 것으로 전망되고 있다.

     

    철저한 아세안 전략모델 개발


    현대차는 인도네시아 및 아세안 지역에서 조기에 안정적인 제품 개발·생산·판매 체제 구축을 위해 혁신적인 차별화를 전개한다.


    제품 개발은 철저한 아세안 전략 모델 개발을 위해 사전에 별도 조직을 구성하는 등 본사와 인도네시아 현지 간 상품개발부터 양산까지 긴밀한 협업 체계를 가동하고 있다.


    또한 현지에 최적화된 경쟁력 있는 제품 출시를 위해 국내 부품사와 현지 부품사 간의 기술 제휴를 추진하는 등 현지 부품사의 기술 역량도 강화한다.


    생산·판매 체계도 고객 중심으로 혁신적인 방식을 도입한다. 소비자의 주문을 받아서 제품을 생산하는 ‘주문 생산 방식(BTO, build to order)’이 새롭게 적용된다. 주문 생산 방식은 소비자들은 제품 사양을 주문 시 선택할 수 있고, 생산자는 재고관리 비용 등을 낮출 수 있는 장점이 있다.


    온·오프라인이 연계된 판매 방식의 변화도 모색한다. 소비자들의 상품 구매 방식이 오프라인에서 온라인으로 급격히 변하고 있는 시장 환경에 선제적으로 대응하는 차원이다.


    현대차는 소비자가 온라인, 오프라인, 모바일 등 다양한 경로를 넘나들며 상품을 검색하고 구매할 수 있는 서비스(옴니 채널, Omni Channel)를 현지 최초로 도입하고, 선도적 전자상거래 업체와 협업을 통해 새로운 차원의 고객 중심 서비스를 선보일 계획이다.


    옴니채널은 ‘모든 것, 모든 방식’을 의미하는 ‘옴니(Omni)’와 유통 경로를 뜻하는 채널(Channel)을 합성한 단어로, 온라인과 오프라인 매장을 결합해 소비자들이 언제 어디서나 구매활동을 할 수 있도록 하는 서비스를 가리킨다.


    현대자동차는 인도네시아 시장 공략을 위해 전국적 딜러망도 조기에 구축한다. 2021년말 공장 가동 시점에 맞춰 고객 접근성, 지역별 수요 등을 고려해 100여 개의 딜러망을 우선적으로 확보하고, 점차 확대한다.


    특히 IT 신기술에 익숙한 젊은 층을 주요 타깃으로, 음성 명령, 차량 제어, 차량 내 쇼핑 등 첨단 커넥티드 서비스 중심의 상품 차별화 요소를 적극 발굴, 현지 맞춤형 사양 개발에도 주력한다.


    현대차는 2018년 12월 아세안·태평양 지역에서의 최적의 상품 및 서비스 개발 등을 담당할 아태권역본부도 신설했다. 인도네시아 공장과 현대차 베트남 생산 합작법인(HTMV, Hyundai Thanh Cong Manufacturing Vietnam)과의 시너지도 기대된다.


    현대차는 지난 2017년 베트남 탄콩(Thanh Cong)그룹과 함께 연 6만 대 수준의 CKD(반제품 조립) 공장을 운영 중이며, 2020년 하반기 10만 대까지 증설을 계획하고 있다.


    또한 현대차는 아세안 지역 내 미래 모빌리티 분야에 대한 전략적 투자를 바탕으로 시장 내 입지 강화도 도모하고 있다.
    동남아 최대 차량 호출 서비스 업체인 ‘그랩(Grab)’에 투자, 실증사업을 전개하고 있으며, 싱가포르 지역의 그랩에 코나 일렉트릭 200대를 공급한 데 이어 인도네시아에서도 그랩과의 전기차 파트너십을 확대해 나갈 예정이다.


    현대차는 인도네시아 미래인재 육성 및 일자리 창출에 기여할 수 있는 현지 사회공헌 활동도 펼친다.


    소셜벤처(Social Venture) 육성, 우수 유학생 초청, 정비기술 학교 설립 등 다양한 프로그램을 준비 중이다.

     

    정부의 신남방 정책 따라 인니 투자


    특히 인도네시아는 우리 정부가 추진해온 신남방 정책의 핵심 국가로서, 양국 간의 신뢰 관계 구축 및 교류 확대 분위기도 현대차의 투자 결정에 긍정적 요인으로 작용했다.


    문재인 대통령과 조코 위도도 대통령은 지난 6월 일본 G20 정상회담에서 경제 협력 확대 방안을 논의했으며, 10월에는 양국 간 포괄적경제동반자협정(CEPA)이 실질적으로 타결되었음을 공동 선언했다.


    포괄적경제동반자협정(CEPA)에 따라 높은 수준의 시장 개방에 합의함으로써 자동차 강판 용도로 쓰이는 철강 제품(냉연, 도금, 열연 등), 자동차부품(변속기, 선루프) 등에 대한 관세가 즉시 철폐됐다.


    자동차 및 연관 산업의 수출 확대에 따른 국내 경제 활성화뿐만 아니라 아세안 현지에서의 우호적인 경영 환경 조성 등도 기대되는 대목이다.


    한편 한·아세안 특별정상회의 참석차 방한한 조코 위도도 대통령은 현대차 울산공장을 직접 찾아 이번 투자협약식에 함께 했다.


    투자협약식 이후 조코 위도도 대통령을 비롯한 인도네시아 정부 관계자들은 수소전기차 공기정화, 넥쏘 절개차, 코나 일렉트릭 절개차 및 무선충전시스템, 웨어러블 로봇(wearable robot), 전동 킥보드 등 현대차의 기술력을 둘러봤다.


    현대차는 인도네시아 공장 투자협약식에 참석한 조코 위도도 대통령에게 감사의 의미를 담아 명예사원증도 증정했다.


    조코 위도도 대통령과 정의선 수석부회장은 이번 투자협약식에 앞서 두 차례 직접 만남을 가진 바 있다. 지난 2018년 조코 위도도 대통령 방한 시 경제인 면담에서, 올해 7월에는 인도네시아 현지에서 만나 상호 협력 방안에 대해 깊이 있는 의견을 나눴다.


    인도네시아에서의 만남 당시 조코 위도도 대통령은 “현대자동차는 가장 진취적인 회사로 세계시장에서 성공을 거둬왔다. 인도네시아에서도 적극 투자에 나서 꼭 성공해 달라”며, “필요한 지원을 다하고, 직접 챙기겠다. 한국 방문 때도 현대차를 방문하고 싶다”고 밝힌 바 있다.

     

     


              

    Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, fate uncertain - activists

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    Eleven North Korean defectors detained in Vietnam, fate uncertain - activistsEleven North Koreans seeking to defect to South Korea have been detained in Vietnam since Nov. 23, and are requesting help to avoid being repatriated, a South Korean activist group said on Monday. The eight women and three men were detained by border guards in northern Vietnam two days after crossing from China, and are being held in the city of Lang Son, the Seoul-based Justice for North Korea said in a statement. Peter Jung, the head of the group, which supports North Korean asylum-seekers, said the would-be defectors had requested help from the South Korean embassy in Hanoi, but he had not heard from them since Friday.



              

    V kamionu smrti se udusili. Těla 39 migrantů se vrátila do Vietmanu

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    Janet Jackson is the Music Icon on the Latest Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam!

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    Janet Jackson is stunning in a new cover feature for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam. The American musician looks so gorgeous, striking some sexy poses in the magazine. With her upcoming already sold out “Metamorphosis‘’ Las Vegas residency and  ‘Rhythm Nation’ 30th-anniversary shows just around the corner, the 53-year-old isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. See more […]

    The post Janet Jackson is the Music Icon on the Latest Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam! appeared first on BellaNaija - Showcasing Africa to the world. Read today!.


              

    After four decades, a Vietnamese woman reunites with the daughter airlifted to America

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    They wondered about each other over the decades, the Vietnamese mother constantly and more acutely than the 3-year-old daughter she gave up in April 1975, just before Saigon fell to Communist North...

              

    Returning: The Grand Tour

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    Clarkson, May & Hammond embark on a boat trip across Vietnam and Cambodia to cross the Mekong Delta.
              

    Family of 19-year-old Vietnamese victim in British truck deaths receive her body

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    The last of the bodies of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck near London last month were brought to Vietnam on Saturday, bringing to a close a tragic saga that has devastated rural communities in the Southeast Asian country. Emer McCarthy reports.
              

    Kanye West: “God’s been calling me”, Chinese pastor to face trial without representation, 31 millions US travelers for Thanksgiving

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    It’s Wednesday, November 20th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.

    By Adam McManus (adam@theworldview.com)

    Chinese Pastor to Face Trial Without Representation

    Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi has been in custody since December 9, 2018. He is expected to officially start his trial soon.

    However, the Chinese government recently fired Wang’s lawyer and has yet to appoint a new attorney for him, prompting the presumption that he will therefore be forced to represent himself at trial, reports International Christian Concern.

    Please pray for Pastor Wang and the other members of the Early Rain Covenant Church who are currently imprisoned.

    Vietnamese Christian music teacher gets 11-year prison term

    Nguyen Nang Tinh, a 43-year-old Christian music teacher in Vietnam, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state” in Vietnam’s north central province of Nghe An, reports International Christian Concern.

    Authorities arrested Tinh on May 29 over posts made to a Facebook account that Tinh claimed he was not affiliated with. On September 17, police officially closed the investigation and set a court date for a month later. On November 17 Tinh officially was sentenced by the courts.

    Last year, Vietnam passed a cybersecurity law that would require social media sites to remove any content requested by the government. With at least 128 political prisoners in jail, approximately 10% were jailed over alleged Facebook posts.

    Christian host to Chick-fil-A: “Please do not cave in to LGBT activists”

    Christian talk show host Michael Brown made a Christian appeal to Chick-fil-A after the restaurant chain revealed that they would no longer financially support the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes which are two groups that call homosexuality a sin.

    Brown wrote, “As a leader in the Church, and speaking on behalf of many followers of Jesus, I am submitting this appeal to the ownership and management of Chick-fil-A.

    “Please do not cave in to LGBT activists and their allies. Please do not capitulate to the pressure of the radical left. Please do not throw the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army under the bus. Please reverse your decision to no longer fund these important Christian organizations.”

    Brown asked, “Do you remember when millions of Christians stood with you when the radical left called for a boycott of your fine company? Do you remember when they turned the boycott into a “buycott”?

    “These same Christians are scratching their heads today. They are wondering why the company they love so much now feels the need to satisfy the demands of people who despise many of the common values we hold dear.

    “Why cater to the haters? Do you think they will hate you less?”

    Acts 5:29 says, “We must obey God rather than man!”

    You can express your disappointment with Chick-fil-A in 3 ways.  First, call their headquarters at 1-866-232-2040.  That’s 1-866-232-2040. Second, sign a petition urging Chick-fil-A to reverse course which we have linked in our transcript today at www.TheWorldview.com.

    But most importantly, consider making a special trip to the local Chick-fil-A near you, ask to speak to the manager, and politely explain why you object to Chick-fil-A’s decision.

    31 million Americans expected to travel for Thanksgiving

    The top industry group for U.S. airlines predicts that the Thanksgiving Day travel period will break records, reports TheHill.com.

    A record 31 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines globally over the upcoming period, according to Airlines for America. That total represents 3.7 percent more people than 2018 during the same travel period.

    Kanye West: “God’s been calling me for a long time”

    And finally, in less than 24 hours rapper Kanye West’s Jesus Is King “Sunday Service” concert at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has been viewed more than a million times on just Facebook alone as the event continues to draw high praise, reports the Christian Post.

    WEST: “I know that God's been calling me for a long time and the devil's been distracting me for a long time.”

    One of those distractions was pornography which he was exposed to at the tender age of 5.

    In a prior interview, West said, “Playboy was my gateway into full-on pornography addiction. My dad had a Playboy left out at age five, and it’s affected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life from age five to now, having to kick the habit. It just presents itself in the open like, ‘It’s OK.’ I stand up and say, ‘You know, it’s not OK!'”

    WEST: “When I was in my lowest points, God was there.”

    Psalm 139:7-10 asks, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee  from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

    He explained that we need to be as bold for Jesus as the world is for its corrupt values.

    WEST: “We get constant advertisements for strip clubs and other things like that. But then we bring up the name of Jesus. We're told to be quiet.  ‘Quiet that down.’   I feel that I'm standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying ‘I'm here in service to God.’”

    Kanye West made it clear who is the real super star.

    WEST: “I was a superstar, but the only superstar is Jesus.”

    Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, gave his reaction on Fox & Friends Monday morning.

    GRAHAM: "I always like it when God works in a person's life and changes them. And Kanye's is a life that's been changed by the power of Almighty God and it was his faith in Jesus Christ.  I’m just thrilled with what’s happened in his life.

    "Who would've thought that he would've been in a church? And who would've thought a year or two ago, that God would be using him to touch another generation of young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ?”

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    And that's The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, November 20th in the year of our Lord 2019. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.


              

    Ciudad Ho Chi Minh: Ru Pho Bar

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    Restaurante caracterizado por tener una cocina basada en preservar viejas recetas de la familia de generaciones pasadas y recuperar los auténticos sabores vietnamitas perdidos de una época anterior a 1975.

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    Ciudad Ho Chi Minh: Cyclo Resto

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    Ciudad Hue: Nina's Cafe

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    Restaurante especializado en comida vietnamita y occidental, con alimentos frescos y locales. Otra característica es que tienen un departamento dirigido a turistas donde les organizan visitas a los lugares de mayor atractivo turístico de Hue.

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    Memoirs, Tributes, and Our History Captured

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    See this story at GayCityNews.com.

    BY DAVID NOH

    Community News Group

    Eleven years after “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years,” Julie Andrews now has a second autobiographical volume, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” which covers her busy movie-making period, from her Oscar-winning film debut in 1964’s “Mary Poppins” to 1995. To promote it, she made a special appearance before an audience of worshipful fans last month at the 92nd Street Y, accompanied by her daughter and co-writer Emma Walton Hamilton (whose father Tony Walton, Andrews’ first husband, is the genius set and costume designer behind “Mary Poppins,” as well as a host of memorable Broadway productions like “Guys and Dolls”).

    At age 84, Dame Julie (knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2000), who entered to a tumultuous ovation in an all-purpose, simple, long black jersey dress and very sensible heels, is, happily, still very spry in mind and body, and the evening was a wonderful and warm celebration of her legendary cinema status, though she herself is so down to earth and unlike any diva that she would probably blanch at that description.

    Still, Andrews is well aware of the position she holds in both the industry and the hearts and minds of generations of kids who grew up having her as a touchstone. Plus, she is one damn good storyteller, with an inexhaustible fount of anecdotes — though I know her career pretty well, she kept coming up with fresh surprises.

    She was particularly candid about the severe depression suffered by her second husband, the late director Blake Edwards. Though she has suffered from it, too, therapy — which she has heartily recommended — helped pull her through, but she could never quite understand the reasons for Edwards’ malaise, with such a successful career and happy family life (including two daughters orphaned by the Vietnam War, Amy and Joanna, whom the couple adopted).

    A clip from “That’s Life!” (1986) was shown, a film that was a kind of therapy for Edwards, who cast family and friends in roles he had them write for themselves. Andrews confided that the lines she spoke when confronting the depression of her movie husband (Jack Lemmon) were indeed her own reflections about her marriage to Edwards.

    One quibble was the choice of film clips screened. Besides the obvious moments from “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” the event’s moderator, Annette Insdorf, said the not one, but two clips from Paddy Chayefsky’s “The Americanization of Emily” were chosen by her husband, as it is his favorite film. (What film critic curates an evening in this way?) One would think something from Andrews’ epic, image-changing “Hawaii” (in which she had an agonizing, protracted childbirth scene) might have been chosen or, better yet, a clip from the much-maligned extravaganza “Star!,” the Gertrude Lawrence biopic that was a colossal flop but holds up today. Its script may have been vapid but the succession of opulent musical numbers from all the great Broadway composers — fabulously arranged by Lennie Hayton, choreographed by Michael Kidd, and costumed by Donald Brooks — allowed Andrews to display dazzling dance skills as well as that voice at its most youthfully crystalline and pure. Her “Someone to Watch Over Me” remains definitive in my book.

    An unexpectedly special aspect of the evening was the use of a video monitors facing the stage during the clips, so we could watch Andrews watching them, instead of requiring her to turn her head behind her. Her expressive face, especially during the “Victor/ Victoria” moments, was truly a sight to behold. Intermittently, the star’s own true nature — much more earthy and bawdy than her screen image — broke through, to the delight of all. In describing her writing process with her daughter, Andrews said that when they would reach an impasse over whether or not to include anything particularly personal, “A bathroom break comes in handy. In fact, some of my best ideas have come to me there.”

    As I exited the 92nd Street Y, I noticed a sizable crowd of Julie-ites, waiting for her at the stage door, most of them clutching items to be autographed. The excitement was palpable, and it was reassuring to see that in this media-bludgeoned age the power of a true and worthy star still exists. I lingered a bit, myself. Upper East Siders, strolling home from dinner, stopped as all New Yorkers do to ask what was the fuss? I reveled in seeing their blasé masks instantly turn into wonder and delight as they, too, chose to hang back a bit. It was one of those Our Town moments that continue to make living here so special.

    A true inheritor of Andrews’ mantle of Broadway golden girl, Melissa Errico, seems to have solved the problem of what a diva is to do when they age out of musical ingénue roles but are unwilling yet to don those hideous spandex outfits in “Mamma Mia.” Errico’s solution: align yourself with a truly great, eternally relevant composer as she has done with Michel Legrand, continuing as his muse, even after his death (this past January), as well as full-time champion of his entire oeuvre.

    She met Legrand in 2002, as the star of his only Broadway musical, “Amour.” In 2011, the two collaborated on the CD “The Legrand Affair,” luxuriously backed by the 100-piece Brussels Philharmonic, and since then she has been singing his songs steadily.

    Last spring, Errico hosted Alliance Francaise’s festival of the films he scored, including 1968’s “The Thomas Crown Affair,” with that famous erotic chess game scene with Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. The piquant music for this sequence had lyrics written for it by Legrand’s frequent, brilliant collaborators, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and became the song, “His Eyes, Her Eyes,” which Errico has gloriously made her very own.

    Chosen by The New York Times to write an appraisal of Legrand at the time of his death and the only American artist invited to perform at his memorial in Paris, Errico just released “Legrand Affair (Deluxe Edition),” an updated and extended version of their 2011 creation. She was going through her Legrand memorabilia after his death when she came across a cache of homemade tapes of her singing with him at the piano, sketches for what was to become their album. Hearing these tracks, she said, “reminded me of how much I also love hearing more intimate versions of his music. In Michel’s music, genre doesn’t exist — he was unencumbered by boundaries. His plurality of disciplines became his freedom and made one seamless web of music. I’m happy beyond words to be able to put his energy back into the world.”

    And, boy did she ever, at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below on November 8! Backed by a brilliant band led by the greatest living non-classical accompanist today, Tedd Firth, who was simply on fire, Errico, bursting with passion for her mentor, delivered a rich feast of reminiscences and anecdotes in her distinct “talking cabaret” style, as well as sumptuous song, in which she totally lost herself, sometimes literally becoming the music. Her voice is crystalline and clarion, as silvery and refreshing as a mountain stream, and she did a segue from “His Eyes, Her Eyes” to the lulling, sensual “The Summer Knows” that took my breath away.

    Legrand and the Bergmans’ masterpiece, I believe, was the song “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?,” and Errico noted that its composition was rare in that its lyrics came first and then were then set to music. When Legrand looked at the song’s title, he went to the piano and played the first nine notes for it, instantaneous and perfect, such was his musical fecundity. To me, this revives long-disputed question — are songs better when the words come first, as was the case with Rodgers and Hammerstein?

    The evening of November 7 saw me at the premiere of the very moving and very fun documentary “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” as part of DOC NYC’s festival. Karen Bernstein and Nevie Owens’ film details the utterly wild and surprising life and times of Brian Belovitch, a gay boy from Providence who transformed himself into downtown sexpot club diva Tish (aka Natalia) Gervaise, had a short-lived marriage to a US soldier while he was stationed in Germany, and, eventually bored with that, moved back to New York and decided to begin her transition back to being a man. It is, above all, a story of survival at a time when trans folk were not nearly as accepted as they are now. Through the process, Belovitch made the all-important life discovery that you sure better love yourself, because sometimes even family fails to come through in that department.

    At the intimate celebratory dinner for the film at Le Zie, hosted by Belovitch and his class act of a husband, Jim Russell, I was thrilled to meet Rose McGowan, looking exquisitely the spitting image of Jean Seberg in “Breathless” with short-cropped platinum hair. She was just lovely — warm, down to earth, and fun, dishing the dirt about funny encounters with Jack Nicholson and Peter Weller, as well as about running away from her Oregon home at 14 to come to New York. After her 2018 memoir “Brave,” she’s planning a second book, which will cover her earlier wild years.

    A companion piece to the Belovitch film in the fest was “Pier Kids,” Elegance Bratton’s terrifically real and gritty portrait of the homeless queer and trans youth who hang out at the place most of them consider a kind of home: the Christopher Street Pier in Greenwich Village. Bratton was kicked out of the house at 16 for being gay, and was homeless for a decade before joining the Marines in Hawaii where he learned filmmaking, later getting degrees from Columbia and NYU.

    “Pier Kids,” doesn’t have the flamboyant, strutting ballroom footage found in Jennie Livingston’s seminal “Paris is Burning” (1990), but even with the pier’s beautiful facelift compared to its decrepit and dangerous state of 30 years ago, not much has really changed for the kids who are drawn there. This new generation still has to hustle hard, often doing sex work to put food in their bellies and living and surviving day to day in the face of deep prejudice, police oppression, and sometimes lethal violence. A young male interviewed in the film talked seriously about whether getting infected with HIV — and thereby collecting benefits — might be the best option for finding stability in his life. These are kids we continue to fail.

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    FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (113) “Să se revizuiască, primesc, dar să nu se schimbe nimic” sau “noi vrem democrație, dar nu pentru căței” în combinație cu “una vorbim, alta fumăm”. File eterne, din tezaurul literaturii române, valabile erga omnes, de la politică la tutun STOP De pildă când unul “mai superior”, adept declarat al dezbaterii și dialogului, refuză să discute cu una “mai inferioară”, pentru simplul fapt că “unii sunt mai egali decât alții” STOP “Refuzul princiar al Preşedin telui de a o întîlni pe microscopica Dăncilă e o dovadă trupeşă de mîrlănie scrobită, dar asta e o chestiune personală, un caz de bărbăţie zero, pozînd fraudulos în virtute. Mai grav, Preşedintele nu a făcut altceva decît să legitimeze oficial şi să sfinţească moral ruptura care desparte ţara în iluminaţi cu permis de conducător şi proşti sadea rămaşi de căruţă - ‘deplorables’, cum ar zice fosta iminentă Preşedintă a Statelor Unite”, scrie inspirat Traian Ungureanu STOP Idem cazul deputatului PSD Sebastian Radu, din Comisia de sănătate, care a declarat la lansarea Coaliției pentru libertatea comerțului și a comunicării (CLCC) că e perfect de acord cu necesitatea consultărilor și, categoric, nu susține supra-reglementarea. Totul până la calea-ntoarsă, adică până la “industria tutunului şi cea a băuturilor răcoritoare cu conţinut ridicat de zahăr”, domenii cu “un mare impact social care generează probleme de sănătate, în special asupra copiilor”. Principiile ca principiile, dar... Așa cum “funcția bate gradul”, ideologia bate principiile STOP “Numai bou’i consecvent”, declara un fost Premier român, precursor al altuia, care susținea că “problema e complexă și complicată”. Și nu numai pe meleagurile noastre. Donald Trump, de exemplu, a întors-o ca la Ploiești. Spre oftica lui Bloomberg, nu mai interzice țigările electronice cu arome. Urmează să se întâlnească deopotrivă și cu industria și cu doctorimea, ca să înțeleagă despre ce e vorba și să vină cu “o soluție acceptabilă la dilema vapatului” STOP Asta mai ales după ce s-a trezit cu demonstrații ale alegătorilor în fața Casei Albe și a devenit din ce în ce mai clar, inclusiv dinspre FDA și CDC, exact ca în bancul cu bordelul falimentar, că “nu paturile sunt de vină”. Așadar, nu aparatele sunt cauza, ci lichidele cu extract de canabis (THC) și acetat de vitamina E, produse și vândute “la negru” (scuzați formula folosită fără nicio intenție discriminatorie, dar așa se zice pe la noi) STOP În schimb, președintele filipinez Duterte, care “are toate calitățile” pentru a deveni candidat la poziția de ambasador OMS anti-tutun, urmaș demn al unor Bloomberg, Berdimuhamedov, Mugabe sau Ceaușescu (dacă nu l-am fi împușcat), capitalizează intens pe această temă. Nu numai că va interzice electronicele, după exemplul Indiei, dar a ordonat poliției să-i aresteze pe cei care vapează în public. Un pas firesc după declarația că “fumătorii trebuie exteminați” și după vânătoarea de drogați, dovediți sau nu, pe care oricine are nu doar scuza, ci și datoria să-i împuște. N.B.: defecația și urinatul, inclusiv în public, sunt încă permise, atât în Filipine, cât și, mai ales, în India STOP Între timp s-a înregistrat și primul caz de deces al unui vaper în Belgia. Avea 18 ani și utiliza canabidol. “Ghinion”, ca să cităm din clasici STOP Platforma AmericanMarijuana.org, recrutează influencer. Între sarcinile de serviciu intră verificarea produselor cu marijuana, de la alimente la uleiuri cu canabidiol, testarea lor şi scrierea unor recenzii. Respectivul/a trebuie să aibă "cunoştinţe vaste" despre acest drog, pentru ca cititorii “să poată primi o educaţie” adecvată STOP În afara salariului de 3.000 de dolari pe lună, angajatul va putea să păstreze și mostrele primite. Acesta “trebuie să locuiască în America sau Canada, unde a fost legalizat consumul de marijuana în interes medical, să fie într-o formă fizică bună şi să fie în general sănătos pentru a putea furniza recenzii în mod regulat", arată anunţul STOP Caz mai clasic de “acceptabilitate socială” marijuana/tutun aproape că nu mai există. Ca dovadă, “Apple a anunţat că va interzice aplicaţiile care au legătură cu vapingul şi le-a înlăturat din App Store. Măsurile vin după ce au fost înregistrate cazuri de îmbolnăvire şi decese, despre care se crede că au fost provocate de vaping”. Evident, anunțul nu menționează drept cauză extractul de cannabis (THC). Pentru că nu ar fi politic corect STOP Ieri a fost ziua națională anti-tutun, mai alaltăieri ziua BPOC (bronhopneumonie acută obstructivă), răsalaltăieri ziua anti-diabet, pe 17, ziua mondială a prematurităţii...Vorba cuiva, “în curând nu vor mai ajunge zilele astea comemorative, și or să le facă pe ore...”. În ce ne privește, preferăm ziua salutului. “Servus”, cum s-ar zice, interetnic, în Ardeal STOP Un studiu (ecologist) arată că “românii pot pierde până la opt luni din viaţă din cauza poluării, media UE fiind  5,7 luni”. Alături de maghiari şi polonezi, suntem europeni cei mai afectaţi de noxe. Autorii “propun eliminarea centralelor pe cărbune şi subliniază că ar fi de preferat transportul în comun, precum şi alegerea unor diete bazate pe recolte agricole de sezon”. 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Iar unii “glumeți” fac chiar carieră politică STOP Adevarul relata recent că un fermier teleormănean care a plantat 40.000 de copaci a primit amendă de la mediu pentru că “nu a amenajat locuri speciale în care să depoziteze pliculeţele folosite de erbicid” STOP Procurorii de la Timişoara spun că pentru dezinsecția fatală s-a folosit fosfură de aluminiu, o substanță  letală în caz de inhalare, care necesită autorizaţie specială pentru utilizare. „Delicia - GASTOXIN” a fost achiziționată însă de pe piața neagră de către un ins specializat în deratizare cam tot atât cât e de expert în sănătate publică unul ca Radu Loghin, geolog ratat și IT-ist la “fefe” STOP Secția de Terapie Intensivă a Spitalului din Craiova “este invadată de Stafilococ auriu, Piocianic și Acinetobacter”, arată Corpul de Control al Ministerului Sănătății într-un document ajuns în posesia “deputatului cu telefon care filmează”, useristul Emanuel Ungureanu STOP Ungureanu si telefonul lui. La DNA Craiova, unde s-a dus, după obicei, să toarne una-alta, polițistul fuma și i-a dat cu flit...Ceea ce tare l-a mai dezamăgit. N-am găsit altă rimă STOP Un studiu care contrazice total aberațiile avansate de lobiștii antitutun pentru a-și justifica agenda și prioritățile. “România are cea mai mare rată a mortalității în rândul copiilor din UE, peste 150.000 de copii merg seara la culcare flămânzi, peste o treime trăind sub pragul sărăciei, cu un clivaj cronic între urban și rural în ceea ce privește drepturile de bază – sănătate, educație, viață”. Sunt concluziile unui raport realizat de Salvați Copiii și Avocatul Poporului. STOP Where the f... is Bloomberg?! “Analiza situației copilului și a drepturilor sale în România scoate în evidență că progresele înregistrate în ultimul deceniu sunt fie modeste, fie nule (educație, protecție medicală, protecția copiilor cu dizabilități), arată documentul”. Deci asta e situația, Vasile, și stimați telespectatori din Comisia de sănătate, nu gogoșile cu fumatul și vapatul pe care vi le vinde, conform agendei Bloomberg tandemul Ramona Brad-Emanuel Ungureanu STOP "Sărăcia are consecințe grave și pe termen lung, atât în privința educației, cât și a expunerii la diferite forme de abuz. Scopul acestui Raport este să ne ajute pe toți – actori sociali sau politici – să dezvoltăm programe dedicate copiilor, exact acolo unde e nevoie", spune președintele Salvați Copiii STOP "Atunci când analizăm modul în care societatea respectă obligația de a oferi copiilor un regim special de protecție și asistență, așa cum cere Constituția României, trebuie să ținem seama că, în spatele acestor statistici, se află copii cu destine proprii", afirmă Renate Weber, Avocatul Poporului STOP Priorități? Luați de aici: “Lucrurile nu se pot schimba fără ca dreptul la toalete în școli să devină un scop pentru noi toți, de la cetățeni simpli la decidenți politic, de la organizații non-guvernamentale la companii”, scrie Republica, de zici că, în sfârșit, cineva a decis să finanțeze ieșirea școlilor din Evul Mediu. După care urmează un fâs de advertorial la o campanie Domestos: “o sponsorizare de 45.000 euro pentru dotarea efectivă a două școli cu grupuri sanitare”, modernizarea toaletelor în alte două, plus produse de curățenie în 100 de unități STOP Acuma, dacă stăm strâmb și judecăm drept, tot e ceva. Dacă fiecare companie mare ar face asta, am putea asista la un “budagate”. Pentru cine nu știe, “în sistemul de învățământ erau la începutul anului școlar 1.176 de școli cu toalete în curte” STOP Consiliul Concurenței a publicat un raport privind evoluția concurenței în sectoare cheie. Conform acestuia, cele mai abrupte creșteri de prețuri se regăsesc în cazul țigărilor și produselor din tutun (7,65%), ca urmare a majorării accizei. Și tot acolo se consemnează că apariția țigărilor electronice pe piața românească a îmbunătățit concurența în domeniu. Urmează Avizul negativ (conform) al Consiliului Concurenței la proiectul Ramona/Emanuel, aflat în dezbaterea Camerei Deputaților STOP Valeriu Steriu, moderând conferința de presă a Vioricăi Dăncilă: “Libertatea, vă rog să luați o pauză!” Cât adevăr!!! STOP Un doctor din Sibiu cere bani pentru programe anti-fumat. ProTV reia tema. Cică înainte medicamentele erau “date gratis”. Mai precis, le cumpăra Ministerul sănătății de la companiile farma, din banii încasați de la companiile de tutun, adică de la fumători, drept “taxă pe viciu”. Acuma, “industria sănătății”, ca bun samaritean care nu urmărește profitul, ar trebui să le dea gratis, pentru ca “industria morții” să continue să “verse” taxa de viciu la Buget, ca să ajungă la tot poporul, inclusiv la cei care se culcă nemâncați STOP Cioloș profită și el (ca de obicei) de tragedia de la Timișoara, și cere alegeri anticipate, justificându-și neputința prin faptul că, vezi Doamne, “structura politică a actualului Parlament nu ne permite să dăm legi”. Ca aia antifumat, a cuplului Emanuel/Ramona, de exemplu STOP Și Vietnamul comunist se pregătește de interzicerea electronicelor și creșterea taxelor la tutun. Numai Elveției i se “fâlfăie”, cum zice un slogan publicitar la steaguri, și prin urmare nici măcar nu a ratificat Convenția cadru pentru controlul tutunului, ca să nu mai vorbim de restricții. De aia nu se trăiește bine în țara cantoanelor STOP “După ce cocoșul Maurice și-a câștigat în instanță dreptul de a cânta, un tribunal francez le-a dat și rațelor dreptul să măcăne, respingând plângerea unor vecini nemulţumiţi de zgomot”. Dreptul de a fuma mai așteaptă puțin (HEXAVALENT)

     


              

    Cooper Tire and Sailun Vietnam Celebrate First Tire at Joint Venture Plant

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    The plant is expected to be operational and producing tires on a commercial level by early 2020 Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) and Sailun Vietnam Co., Ltd. recently celebrated production of a first tire at ACTR, their new joint venture (JV) facility located near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cooper owns 35 percent […]

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    18 Wind and Solar Markets to Watch in 2020

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    The world’s total renewable power capacity will grow 50 percent between 2019 and 2024, according to the International Energy Agency. For investors keen to tap into this growth, mostly driven by solar and wind, the question is where to look.

    To find out, GTM asked a range of industry experts and insiders for their recommendations on wind and solar markets to watch in 2020. We ignored those markets that already made the list last year.

    What follows is a smattering of mature markets returning to form and some that are brand-new.

    Without further ado, and in alphabetical order...

    Australia: Wind

    We listed Australia as a solar market to watch last year, and the country remains one of the more interesting places to invest in PV. But it’s also a big deal for wind power, said Karin Ohlenforst, director of market intelligence at the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Even though the country’s large-scale renewable energy target has been reached, she said, “the fundamentals for wind are so good a market of up to 2 gigawatts is expected by 2020.” 

    Brazil: Wind

    Brazil is another maturing renewable energy market where GWEC sees ongoing opportunities for wind in 2020. The wind industry group expects growth in Brazilian installations, along with those in Argentina and Chile, that will come from the execution of auctioned capacity and growing opportunities for bilateral power-purchase agreements. 

    Chile: Solar and wind

    Chile has long been seen as one of Latin America’s strongest markets for renewables, and the country continues to attract investment from solar developers such as Spain's Solarpack. “Opportunities can still arise for new solar capacity” in the country, said Solarpack’s CEO, Pablo Burgos, although it remains to be seen whether investor confidence might be dented by the anti-government protests that erupted in October. 

    China: Solar and wind

    China is hardly a new market for wind and solar, but the offshore wind market “is expected to almost double [in 2020] compared to 2019,” said Rolf Kragelund, director for global offshore wind at Wood Mackenzie. GWEC estimates the offshore wind market could hit 4 gigawatts of capacity. Turning to PV, Wood Mackenzie believes a subsidy-free project pipeline could add 9 gigawatts of capacity to the grid in 2020. 

    Ethiopia: Solar

    Ethiopia’s hydro-heavy generation mix means the country already has enviable levels of clean energy on the grid. The trouble is that most of the country's residents aren’t on the grid, which is why Ethiopia is looking to boost solar development, said Global Green Growth Institute Director General Frank Rijsberman. “You can put solar on the rooftops, and [then have] mini grids and smaller independent systems” sited in rural areas, Rijsberman said. “Small...utility-scale solar that can deal with secondary cities and so on: That, I think, is the future.”

    Greece: Solar

    Greece is one of several European markets that Solarpack's Burgos is keeping an eye on in 2020. Renewables investment could benefit from the Greek administration’s decision to phase out coal generation by 2028, announced in September. “Greece is the only country in Southeast Europe to have announced a coal phaseout date,” noted advocacy group Europe Beyond Coal in a press statement. “Details of the strategy to achieve the target will be announced by the end of 2019."

    Hungary: Solar

    Like Greece, Hungary in Eastern Europe has announced plans to abandon coal, with a switch-off date of 2030. In November, the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority launched the nation’s first renewable energy auction, giving clarity to the future project pipeline. Burgos said Hungary is now among the European markets “putting solar schemes at the forefront of their renewable energy commitments.”

    India: Solar

    India’s massive and multifaceted solar market continues to deliver opportunities for investors, with Wood Mackenzie’s Q2 2019 Global Solar PV Market Outlook reporting on “auction activity starting to pick up now that [the] election period is over.” Long-term solar growth in the country is likely to be buoyed by a government target of 500 gigawatts of renewable generation by 2030.

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    Indonesia: Solar

    With its vast population and 6,000 or so inhabited islands, Indonesia harbors massive potential for solar developers. So far, progress has been sluggish, with a rooftop net metering scheme failing to stimulate interest. However, lawmakers changed the rules for rooftop PV in October, potentially paving the way for increased growth. Indonesia only had around 60 megawatts of solar installed at the end of last year but plans to boost capacity to 6.5 gigawatts by 2025.

    Netherlands: Solar

    Although relatively mature, the Dutch solar market still has plenty of room for near-term growth, with 5 gigawatts of capacity expected to be installed between 2019 and 2020. Despite the country’s low irradiance, its "support mechanisms, in the form of feed-in tariffs and tax incentives, help to boost solar” there, said Burgos.  

    New Zealand: Wind

    Wood Mackenzie’s wind power outlook for Asia-Pacific gained a lift from an unusual source in September. The analyst firm reported that contract wins in New Zealand would “boost an otherwise dormant market” in Asia-Pacific. Just two large projects, Waipipi and Turitea, added 252 megawatts of capacity to New Zealand’s wind industry pipeline this year. The question now is whether that momentum will be sustained in 2020. 

    Oman: Solar

    Middle Eastern markets remain a magnet for PV developers thanks to their excellent solar resource, growing energy needs and often favorable regulation. In its Q2 2019 Global Solar PV Market Outlook, Wood Mackenzie singled out Oman for special treatment. “Competitive state tenders continue to be launched at a fast clip, including 1,100 megawatts of new project sites at Manah,” WoodMac said.

    Poland: Solar

    GTM highlighted Poland’s growing wind potential last year. Despite previous setbacks, the country now seems earnest in wanting to foster renewables, with offshore wind in particular looking to benefit. Solar developers are keen to grab a piece of the action, too. Burgos said the Polish solar market had much in common with Hungary. Both states “have committed to reduce their carbon footprint and both are supporting PV with feed-in tariff models,” he said.

    South Africa: Wind

    South Africa’s once-vibrant renewable energy market has had a rocky few years courtesy of Eskom, the nation’s beleaguered electricity behemoth. But with the too-big-to-fail state utility slowly getting its affairs back under control, the picture for wind is improving, said Ohlenforst. “After two years of pausing, installations are [set] to pick up again in 2020,” she predicted, with the market poised to top 700 megawatts next year.

    South Korea: Wind and solar

    South Korea “would like to scale up” on renewables, said Rijsberman of the Global Green Growth Institute. “They have the money [and] the government has the targets.” The problem for developers is finding affordable land in the crowded country, he said. This is hampering efforts to scale up solar development and increasingly putting the focus on offshore wind as a major contributor to South Korea’s clean energy plans.

    Ukraine: Solar

    Last year the Ukraine was enthusiastically hyped as a wind destination. And in October the market delivered with the announcement of Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, a 750-megawatt monster in the southeast of the country. The country’s PV market, which is now approaching 3 gigawatts of capacity, also remains buoyant despite moves to replace feed-in tariffs with an auction system. Developers such as Solarpack and Scatec Solar are eyeing the market, with the latter installing its first Ukrainian plant in August.

    U.S.: Wind and solar

    Even as the renewables industry waits to see if there will be an extension to the supporting federal tax credits, developers are bullish about the U.S. market. In the immediate term, the country is in the middle of its biggest-ever build-out of onshore wind capacity, and the offshore market is taking off as East Coast states increase their targets.

    Vietnam: Wind

    The end of a generous feed-in tariff in June this year saw developers rushing to connect almost 4.5 gigawatts of PV capacity to the grid in a matter of months. Now that the solar rush is over, the government is looking to repeat the trick with wind, also offering enticing incentives, said Rijsberman. “A lot of companies are now doing the same thing for wind in Vietnam as they were doing for large-scale solar,” he said. “What hasn’t really happened yet is rooftop solar, partly because the regulation doesn’t favor it.”


              

    UK truck deaths: First Vietnamese bodies sent home as investigations continue

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    Retiring Overseas

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    I seriously considered giving up my job and getting a teaching job in an international school overseas, as a friend of mine did.  She could afford the hit to her California teacher retirement, I cannot--so I gave up on that dream. 

    There's still the possibility of moving overseas *after* I retire.  I've looked into that for a couple years and the five cities mentioned in this article come up time after time in my readings:  Quito, Ecuador; Panama City, Panama; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Lisbon, Portugal.  I stopped in Lisbon on a cruise about a year and a half ago--nice place!
              

    La otra 'Watchmen': así pudo ser la adaptación alternativa del cómic en 2003 a cargo de David Hayter

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    La otra 'Watchmen': así pudo ser la adaptación alternativa del cómic en 2003 a cargo de David Hayter

    Ahora que nos encontramos todos flipando con los devenires del 'Watchmen' de Damon Lindelof, nos hemos encontrado con toda una pieza de arqueología cinematográfica: una prueba de metraje de unos cuatro minutos con el guion que hizo David Hayter para 'Watchmen' en 2003.

    En este vídeo, compartido por el propio Hayter (Solid Snake) y subido a Youtube por Joe Kramer, responsable de la banda sonora, nos encontramos con una escena, de las primeras de la película, que adapta la escena en la que Rorschach, interpretado aquí por Ray Stevenson ('Roma'), le da la noticia de la muerte del Comediante a Daniel aka Búho Nocturno (nuestro querido Iain Glen de 'Juego de Tronos') en una secuencia relativamente fiel al cómic.

    Un Watchmen post 11-S

    La idea original de Hayter, quien posteriormente estaría en la sala de guionistas de la adaptación de Zack Snyder, era crear una miniserie para HBO, pero iba a tener un coste desorbitado (100 millones de dólares). Posteriormente, lo convirtió en una película de dos horas... con un primer borrador que alcanzaba la friolera de 178 páginas.

    Lo único que parecía no convencer a Hollywood era, precisamente, que se ambientase en la Guerra Fría. Pero entonces llegó el 11-S y ese mundo sombrío, paranoico y al borde de la destrucción volvió a estar a la palestra. Hayter decidió ambientar la cinta en 2004, con todos los cambios en la biografía de los personajes que eso suponía.

    Entre esos cambios el que los Minutemen pasaban a ser héroes de la "edad de oro" (finales de los treinta y comienzos de los cuarenta) a ser de la de "plata" (los sesenta); el Comediante pasa a combatir en los últimos años de Vietnam y en la Guerra del Golfo; en vez de Espectro de Seda, Laurie es conocida como Slingshot por los poderes que le confiere Manhattan.

    Y, no, tampoco se atrevió a lanzar un calamar gigante interdimensional a masacrar Manhattan. En su lugar, Ozymandias dispararía los detonadores de una ingente cantidad de bombas nucleares alrededor del mundo.

    Uno de tantos intentos

    Watchmen Snyder

    Finalmente, esta 'Watchmen' se convertiría en uno de tantos intentos de adaptación que ha tenido el cómic en treinta años (Sam Hamm hizo un guion en 1989 justo después de 'Batman'). Una adaptación que, según declaró Alan Moore a Entertainment Weekly, era en aquel entonces lo más cercano que había habido hasta entonces de ponerse con su cómic:

    El guion de David Hayter era lo más cercano que podía imaginar a alguien poniéndose a 'Watchmen'. Dicho esto, no la veré. Mi libro es un cómic. No una película, no una novela. Un cómic. Está hecho de cierta manera, diseñada para ser leída de cierta manera: en un sillón, agradable y acogedor al lado de un fuego, con una taza de café hirviendo. Personalmente, creo que podría valer para una noche de sábado agradable.

    En 2006, el por entonces primerizo Alex Tse fue contratado para trabajar sobre el guion de Hayter, introduciendo algunos cambios... "interesantes" como que Veidt se hace pasar por el Dr. Manhattan y arrasa grandes ciudades lanzando rayos de plasma con sus brazos. Hubiera sido digno de ver.


              

    Vietnamese Man Used to Worship a ‘Devil god’ — Now He Follows Jesus

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    (Open Doors USA) -- When Choj and his wife married, she was living in a village with mostly Christians. But it was their daughter that led Choj to Christ. Or, more specifically, his daughter’s sickness. “I don’t know what her illness is called,” he explains. “But she came down with a high fever and had a severe headache. It became worse. She fell asleep...
              

    Immigrant Arrested For Killing Vietnam War Vet

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    An illegal immigrant from Mexico has been arrested for killing a Vietnam War Veteran during a drunk driving accident just one day before Veterans Day, according to reports from police. 31-year-old Nemias Perez Severiano stands accused of killing Samuel Jackson, a disabled 69-year-old veteran who fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War, just one […]
              

    Brand New Apartment In The Center Of HCMC HoChiMinhCity Vietnam

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    SOFT ROOM DaNang Vietnam

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    First 16 victims of UK truck tragedy arrive back in Vietnam

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    Review: Kiehls Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask #Kiehls #GingerLeaf #Hibiscus #FirmingMask #Mask

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    (product photo courtesy of www.kiehls.com)

    3.4 oz./100mL $54.00

    As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like masks. Particularly I like masks that can be worn overnight (usually called sleeping masks) because they have so much more actives in them than regular night creams in them and more than regular masks. One that I happen to like right now for the colder weather is Kiehls Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask

    This mask helps indulge your skin overnight with the rich, velvety texture of Kiehls Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask formula, which when smoothed on instantly has a firming effect on the skin. Infused with Hibiscus Seed Extract and sustainably sourced Ginger Leaf, this anti-aging face mask helps smooth and firm skin while visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines over time. It helps to firm skin while you sleep for a smoother appearance. Melts onto skin with an air-whipped, velvety texture. It is formulated with the Hibiscus flower, whose flower is known to close and preserve its nectar overnight. It does say that it is for all skin types but I am going to go on a limb here and say that it will be too rich for acneic skin types. 

    The mask's main ingredients are Ginger Leaf and Botanical Hibiscus. Ginger Leaf is known to help smooth and firm skin. Kiehls works with local farms in Hoa Binh, Vietnam to sustainably source their Ginger Leaf and improve the lives of the farmers. Did you know that the Ginger Leaf infused into the firming face mask is farmed by women? Kiehls lends support to this community by providing education on sustainable and environmentally friendly farming techniques along with tools and resources to improve their conditions and productivity. The Botanical Hibiscus Flower is known to close at night to preserve its nectar, as mentioned above. Within this formula Hibiscus Seed Extract helps to firm and smooth the skin.

    To use: massage onto clean skin at night with an upward motion and feel the formula begin to work instantly. Leave firming mask on overnight. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately and thoroughly with water. In the morning, cleanse skin to remove face mask. It is recommended to use this 5x a week for best results, making this replaceable for most night creams. 

    I would agree that it can be used 5x a week if you want to and for best results it would be wise to use it at least that much. That is if firming your skin is what you are seeking to do. Remember, each product does something different. This mask firms skin. So if you want to firm your skin, I would advise using this as much as 5x a week. I would recommend it for mature, dry, normal and combination skin types. Oily and acneic skins would not benefit as much because this mask is heavy and kind of greasy on the skin. Companies always say "for all skin types". But they really don't have to live with it on their skin. 

    Kiehls Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask retails for $54.00 and can be purchased online at www.kiehls.com and anywhere Kiehls is sold. Like Kiehls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KiehlsUS/; Follow Kiehls on Twitter: @kiehls; Follow Kiehls on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kiehlssince1851; Follow Kiehls on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiehls/ and Subscribe to Kiehls on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/kiehls.

    Until Next Time~

    Marie Papachatzis
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    The Waffle at 50

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    Walter Gordon, left, chair of the 1955-1957 Royal Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects, and Cy Gonick, founding publisher of Canadian Dimension, and one of the leading figures of the Waffle during his time as a Manitoba NDP MLA in the 1960s and 70s. Photo from the Toronto Star Archives.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Waffle was my preoccupation and my pleasure. It was a key moment of my political education. I would not have realized until I wrote this that the Waffle remains so relevant to understanding our world today.

    I am delighted that the Waffle is being remembered and thereby lives on. It is fitting that this is happening here in Canadian Dimension since the Waffle Manifesto (also known as the Manifesto for an Independent Socialist Canada) was first published here 50 years ago.

    Permit me to begin by mourning the passing of Jim Laxer in February of last year. He was the author of the first draft of the Manifesto, and when Tommy Douglas stepped down as federal NDP leader in 1971, Laxer, as the Waffle’s candidate, ran second in four ballots in the leadership race, taking close to 40 percent at the end (David Lewis was the eventual winner). It was an incredible achievement by someone not yet 30 and still a graduate student.

    The Canadian Oxford Dictionary gives an excellent description of the Waffle:

    A caucus of NDP members organized in 1969 to promote a socialist and nationalist agenda, which included the replacement of US private ownership of Canadian industry with Canadian public ownership, the establishment of an independent Canadian labour movement, the right of Quebec to self-determination, and the advancement of the feminist movement.


    An impressive list, to which we can add Waffle support on the picket lines in nasty strikes where one risked arrest, and the central importance of Waffle thinking to the emergence in the 1970s of the New Canadian Political Economy.

    But the Waffle was not prescient about what were then emerging issues: the environment, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ rights. We should have done better.

    A significant feature of the Waffle as a left formation was its emphasis on the national question. Fifty years ago, that meant Canada reducing its dependence on the United States, notably the domination of Canadian firms by American ownership.

    American imperialism was particularly evident in the 1960s in the Vietnam War. Canadian nationalism, Waffle-style, was at its heart anti-imperialist. The Waffle labelled itself the Movement for an Independent Socialist Canada (MISC).

    In retrospect, there was a space for nationalist politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but it was severely constrained by the subsequent breakdown of the Keynesian consensus nationally and internationally, and the transition that followed to corporate globalization and neoliberalism.

    With the passage of time, it is evident that Canada itself is an empire; consider its colonization of Indigenous peoples and the extension of its corporate capitalism abroad (most notably mining) with its disregard for human rights.

    Pushed aside at one time by the flood of globalization, left nationalism would seem to have a fresh relevance today, as globalization falters and nativist, isolationist politics flourish and countries are forced to restructure their global connections. There are openings for the left.

    Meanwhile, the gathering economic and social crises have undermined the legitimacy of mainstream politics and led to the resurgence of the right. The so-called alt-right reeks of white supremacy and reduces nationalism to the ethnic and the racist.

    The Harvard economist Dani Rodrik has dissented from mainstream economic theory by questioning the worth of trade agreements designed to serve corporate interests, of profit over human rights and the protection of the environment. Most recently he has written that we must “save nationalism from the fascists.”

    Rodrik is keenly aware of the difficulty in defending nationalism. “Nationalism is one of those words that evokes a knee-jerk, invariably negative response in polite company,” he writes. The situation is only worsened when Trump calls himself a nationalist and some listeners think that warrants no tolerance for left nationalism. The Israeli politician and political analyst Yael Tamir, in her new book Why Nationalism (with a foreword by Rodrik), writes “the tendency to identify nationalism solely with reactionary views, overlooking its modernizing and liberating powers, represents a deep misunderstanding of the modern world.”

    In the past 50 years, nationalism has had a variety of manifestations, from the Quebec independentist movement, to Indigenous peoples naming themselves First Nations, to multiculturalism becoming the essence of Canadian national identity.

    The “national question” does not remove the “class question.” Neoliberalism is the ideology and practice of the corporations, and workers are pushed around. Unemployment may not rise but wages and living standards stagnate. Tamir sees class politics at work in the conflict between globalist elites – “citizens of nowhere,” to cite Theresa May’s characterization – and the rest of the world, lacking in mobility and angry with the globalists. Tamir brilliantly combines nation and class to explain the present impasse and crisis. She writes: “to identify nationalism solely with reactionary views, overlooking its moderating and liberating policies, represents a deep misunderstanding of the modern world.”

    At the turn of the millenium, the American scholar Leah Greenfeld argued convincingly that Max Weber’s “spirit of capitalism” has not been invention or innovation or entrepreneurship, but nationalism.

    Here at home, we have Frank Cunningham, building on C.B. Macpherson, insisting on the necessity of defending global autonomy in the face of globalization to permit the emergence of an egalitarian and truly democratic society. And from the 1960s, Abraham Rotstein, building on Karl Polanyi, calling for a nationalist counter-movement to control multinational corporations.

    The renowned Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, not withstanding his deep dislike of nationalism, asserted that “its enormous force…must be harnessed for progress if possible…We cannot let the right have the monopoly of the flag.”

    The Waffle, a product of the sixties, didn’t last. Operating within the NDP, its explosion reflected the media’s love of intra-party conflict. Within three years came its implosion and expulsion. We were too weak to win over the NDP, but too strong to be tolerated by its leadership.

    The Waffle manifesto began its life as a resolution to be taken to the NDP federal election in the fall of 1969. It was not anticipated that the resolution, while not passing, would do as well as it did. Waffle supporters left the convention with no alternative but to continue to exist. We were branded a party within the party and ordered to disband, which we refused to do and left the NDP. There were some efforts made by some members of the party to find a compromise, but David Lewis, the power within the NDP, was not interested.

    The Waffle itself, as an outspoken ideological entity, was unwilling – unable really – to offer any concessions.

    Outside the NDP the Waffle organized a very successful lecture series on contemporary Canadian issues which was published as a book titled (Canada) Ltd. The Waffle as MISC ran a few candidates in the federal election of 1974, lost miserably, and folded its tent.

    But left nationalism, progressive nationalism, was, and is, what the world needs. In that sense the Waffle was indeed prescient.

    On the occasion of the Waffle’s 25th anniversary, I cited the Council of Canadians headed by Maude Barlow as its worthy successor. Now, on its 50th anniversary, the issue that didn’t exist in terms of mass consciousness in the 1960s, is climate change. There has been for some time Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation and the Green Party. Now there is the Leap Manifesto and, in partisan politics, the Greens – which just tripled its federal MPs, from one to three.

    Trudeau’s wishy-washy policy on the tar sands takes the Liberals out of the competition. The Conservatives have willingly bogged themselves down in those tar sands. The NDP has to demonstrate its commitment. The Waffle talked about what was then called extra-parliamentary politics. Now it is the social movements that can set the pace.

    The most recent happening is the call for a Canadian Green New Deal. That’s progressive nationalism indeed, willing to be associated with the American variant – the New Deal of the past and its proposed Green-ing in the present, wanting and working to escape from the Canadian staples trap of fossil fuels and thereby from the planet’s carbon trap.

    Mel Watkins is a Canadian political economist and activist. He is professor emeritus of economics and political science at the University of Toronto.


              

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    ADVANCING JUSTICE-LA ANNUAL PAN ASIAN CITIZENSHIP EVENT

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    What: At this large-scale workshop event, volunteers will help individuals complete the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400), assess eligibility for various waivers, and provide in-language resources on the naturalization process. General volunteers will assist clients with preparation of the applications, while attorney volunteers will assist with legal review as the applications are completed.  Advancing Justice will provide training in advance, and supervision.  

    When: Saturday, September 16, from 10am - 3pm 

    Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ATI3Az2EdWmwBKQt2

    Where: East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Language Needs: English, Chinese (Mandarin/ Cantonese), Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, and other South Asian languages. Bilingual language ability not necessarily required to volunteer.

    Training: Training required either in-person OR via webinar.  September Training: Tuesday, September 12, from 6-7:30 pm at Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., LA.  Please sign up here for training.

    Volunteer Sign-Up Procedures: Volunteers will be contacted in early September with confirmation of assignments. If you have any questions, please email our Citizenship Coordinator, Karina Trieu at ktrieu@advancingjustice-la.org.



              

    LACBA EB-5 CLE ON DEC 14, 2016 AT THE BILTMORE HOTEL

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    Do you want to know about the latest developments in the EB-5 program, including what will happen to the Regional Center Program after December 9th and what a Trump Presidency means to the EB-5 Program?  

    Also learn about how to avoid sticky conflict of interest issues in EB-5 cases and what the what Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) is looking for in your clients' I-526 applications and find out all how to prepare Source of Funds (SOF) for EB-5 clients who have all-cash businesses. You will receive two hours of CLE credit including one hour of Ethics.

    Here’s the link: https://customers.lacba.org/Interactive/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=121416IMS&WebsiteKey=d1ad4c15-b0de-4a6e-9a08-bebf7733938b

    EB-5 Practice, Ethics, and Decoding the IPO
    Tips on navigating potential conflict of interest issues between U.S. project partners, investors, and immigration consultants

    Presented by the Immigration Section

    Title: EB-5 Practice, Ethics, and Decoding the IPO
    Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    Registration: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Program: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Program Description

    Part I, Ethics and Risk Management:
    * Tips on navigating potential conflict of interest issues between U.S. project partners, investors, and immigration consultants
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    The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) and the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys ( NCVAA) cordially invites you to attend our 10th annual conference to be held on October 14-15th at the San Jose Rotunda.  The program will commence with the Welcoming Dinner Gala, which coincides with VABANC’s Annual Scholarship Dinner.  This event commenmorates many significant milestones for our profession and community. Attendees and speakers include the first Vietnamese -American female Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal judge, first Vietnamese - American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the novel “ The Sympathizer” ( 2016), first Vietnamese -American to clerk for Supreme Court Justices Stevens and White, and much more. Come early and stay late to win one of ten hardback autographed copies of the Pulitzer  - Prize winning novel, “ The Sympathizer.” A number of fun activities are also being planned, including an AirBNB tour, Pho breakfast event, and tour of historic San Francisco Federal Courts.

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    Dagmar Wilson, the Washington, D.C. housewife who launched the group Women’s Strike for Peace that grew to 500,000 members nationwide within a year, is shown at a February 19, 1962 press conference urging First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to broadcast an appeal for peace.

    Wilson had earlier convinced Nina Khrushchev, wife of the Soviet leader, to broadcast an appeal to American women and was asking Ms. Kennedy to broadcast a similar appeal to Soviet women.

    The First Lady never made a speech similar to Ms. Khrushchev.

    The threat of atomic warfare that would destroy both the U.S., the Soviet Union and much of the world was an immediate and real threat.

    Women’s Strike for Peace exploded in influence when it staged its initial protest Nov. 1, 1961 involving 50,000 people in 60 cities across the country.

    President Kennedy responded to that demonstration by saying, “I saw the ladies myself. I recognized why they were here. There were a great number of them. It was in the rain. I understood what they were attempting to say and, therefore, I considered that their message was received.”

    In her 1963 interview with the Washington Star and three other newspapers, Wilson laughed off suggestions that the group was communist-controlled and instead offered that her group had friendly relations with a women’s committee in the Soviet Union that had been formed in World War II to help children and others displaced by the war and that received no funds from the state.

    “We are often told there is no use negotiating with a group in a communist country because it is an instrument of the state. But they are proud of the fact that not one kopeck comes from the government. They raise their funds among themselves and they have been very understanding of the peace movement and almost protective of us. We have signed joint statements with these women.”

    When asked if there was any sign of Soviet pressure on these women, Wilson responded:

    “The Soviet people are convinced their government is doing everything it can to work for peace. I am inclined to believe the desire for peace is so intense in the Soviet Union that a government that didn’t claim to be working for peace couldn’t survive there.”

    Six months earlier the group was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that sought to establish communist-domination of the group.

    When asked if she would purge communists from the organization, she responded “certainly not” and if asked if she would make the movement equally open to Nazis and Fascists, she replied, “If only we could get them on our side.”

    As each of the previous nine women called to testify refused to answer committee questions, each woman was applauded by the partisan audience. Wilson said at the end of the hearing that, “Solid support of the women for those who took the Fifth [Amendment] is an indication that we are simply not concerned with personal points of view.”

    In the 1963 interview she was asked what effect the HUAC hearing had the group’s membership, Wilson responded:

    “It had an excellent effect. It strengthened and added to our numbers. A few people withdrew their names from our mailing list, but our mailing list increased quite a bit. If financial support is any indication, this is the first time we are in the black since we began the movement.”

    Later in the interview, Wilson vowed to take political action, “…we would be obliged to support any candidate of any party who was the most peace-minded and who backed our goals, which are, of course, peace and general disarmament. We would like to see the two parties competing for the best platform.”

    The first of a number of arms limitation and reduction treaties with the Soviet Union was concluded in the autumn of 1963.

    The Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT) prohibited all test detonations of nuclear weapons except underground. It was developed both to slow the arms race and to stop the excessive release of nuclear fallout into the planet's atmosphere.

    The Treaty was signed and ratified by the governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Wilson was an American citizen married to a British embassy officer.

    She was both a housewife raising three girls and managing a career illustrating children's books. She eventually had 50 titles to her credit, including the well-known "Poems to Read to the Very Young," published in 1961.

    When the philosopher Bertrand Russell was arrested in London for taking part in an anti-A bomb protest the same year, Wilson was outraged and motivated to action.

    According to her obituary in the New York Times:

    “The next day she began calling every woman she knew. Soon afterward, a small group met in her living room and decided to call themselves Women Strike for Peace and conceived a plan for women to leave their jobs and kitchens for a day in protest of what they believed was impending planetary crisis.

    “Word spread through church groups, PTA networks and women’s clubs, and six weeks later tens of thousands of women in 60 cities were mobilized.”

    Wilson continued to head Women’s Strike for Peace for rest of the decade until the next generation of women opposed to the war in Vietnam took the reins.

    In one of her last public roles, she led a peace mission to Hanoi in North Vietnam as U.S. bombs fell on the city in 1967.

    In the book "The Price of Dissent," a 2001 collection of oral histories by Bud Schultz and Ruth Schultz, she described waiting by a bombed-out bridge on a moonlit night and recalling how she had gazed "at the same darn moon" before leaving Georgetown two weeks earlier.

    "It just gave me an uncanny, 'one-planet' feeling," she said. "We live together on one Earth. Can we do it in peace? I still cherish that dream."

    Wilson died in Washington, D.C. at age 94 in 2011.

    For more information and related images, see flic.kr/s/aHsmxD7qrz

    The photographer is unknown The image is an Associated Press photograph housed in the D.C. Public Library Washington Star Collection © Washington Post.


              

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    This Christmas season the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is transforming into a “fashion house,” L’Atelier du Metropole, to celebrate the holidays, pairing sophisticated French style with a glitzy joie de vivre. Unique couture collections created by young local Vietnamese designers will be on display throughout the hotel during the festive season. Metropole Hanoi invited Le

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    Laguna Golf Lang Co and other members of the Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC) are in the process of completely phasing out single-use plastics after reaching their final straw with the environmentally corrosive material. The best signature golf courses in Central Vietnam joined forces earlier this year as part of the VGC, a destination marketing effort

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    Fusion To Open 10 Hotels And 1,385 Hotel Rooms Across Vietnam

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    Lenka lùi người lại nhìn tôi và trả lời: “1 m 76” 

    “Xin phép được mời quý cô nhảy bài nhạc trữ tình tiếp theo, được không?” tôi chìa tay nắm lấy tay Lenka rất lịch thiệp theo đúng kiểu người ta đã dạy tôi ở khóa dạy nhảy cổ điển. 

    “Rất cám ơn và hân hạnh,” Lenka để yên cho tôi nâng tay cô nàng lên và phá lên cười. Nói rồi cô nàng ôm chầm lấy tôi hôn lên má với cử chỉ rất đóng kịch.

    Tất nhiên những màn trình diễn đó không qua mắt được đám bạn cùng bàn. Katka, cô bạn coi là thân của Lenka tò mò: “Có chuyện gì mà bọn mày vui vậy?”

    “S...u...y..t.,” tôi đưa tay lên môi ra hiệu bí mật. Lenka cười tủm tỉm và trả lời: “Bí mật giữa tôi và Nam thôi, không nói được.”

    Chính câu nói đó làm Katka tự ái và nghĩ rằng là bạn thân mà Lenka giấu không cho cô biết. 

    Sau một vài bản nhạc “house” và “techno” lại đến một bài chậm tình cảm. Tôi và Lenka đứng lên và cả hai siết vào nhau nhẹ nhàng. Trong lúc nhảy, tôi kể lý do cho cô nàng nghe tại sao tôi lại hỏi chiều cao. Cô nàng cười nghặt nghẽo và khoái chí ghì chặt lấy tôi trong điệu cười giữa những bước chân nhẹ nhàng. Điều này tất nhiên không lọt qua sự quan sát của đám bạn ngồi tại bàn và tất nhiên của cô bạn vốn thông minh Katka. 

    Vì khá quen nhau, nên chúng tôi phá hết thông lệ khi nhảy. Người ngoài nhìn chắc phải thấy thân mật quá trớn. Thông thường khi nhảy những điệu tình cảm chậm thường tay phải tôi phải tì vào eo bạn nhảy và tay trái nắm tay cô đưa ra, theo những điều được dạy trong khóa học nhảy cổ điển. Còn ở đây, trong Club sinh viên, với chúng tôi, và cả những cặp xung quanh thì khác hẳn. Tất cả phá lệ, nói đúng hơn tất cả tự nhiên theo thông lệ tại đây, hoàn toàn không “cổ điển” chút nào. Cả hai tay tôi ghì siết vào eo người Lenka còn hai tay cô nàng ôm quàng treo người qua cổ tôi. Chúng tôi ghì sát vào nhau và cảm thấy làn da ấm mềm mại đang như dính quyện vào nhau. Chúng tôi trông giống như những cặp khác xung quanh. Tôi cũng cảm thấy thoải mái hơn và cả đỡ mỏi tay, khỏi phải giơ ra đúng như kiểu cách. Tất nhiên, tôi vẫn còn giữ lịch sự và chưa sàm sỡ như nhiều kẻ khác vì trong tư thế hai tay siết người cô gái như vậy bạn có thể làm nhiều chuyện khác nữa.

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    Nhảy xong, lại bàn ngồi Katka lại vẫn tò mò hỏi Lenka: “Thằng Nam nó nói gì mà mày cười hạnh phúc vậy? Cả hai nhảy rất vui vẻ và thắm thiết như cặp tình nhân thật sự! ”
    Lenka quay đôi mắt xanh nhạt sang nhìn tôi rất “âu yếm” giả bộ: “Nói được không?”

    “Không, phải giữ bí mật nó mới hay, nói ra thì thường quá!” tôi lắc đầu. Lenka quay sang Katka và nói: “Nam nó không muốn, mày đừng giận toàn chuyện vớ vẩn mà.”

    Đó là lý do khiến Katka giận Lenka mất gần hai tuần.

    Lời nguyền chỉ yêu hay cặp bồ với những cô gái không cao hơn tôi 10 cm bắt nguồn cũng từ sự tự ái của thằng đàn ông Việt Nam. Con Rồng cháu Tiên gì mà thấp bé vậy. Tất cả bắt đầu chỉ từ những lần xếp hàng tại nhà ăn sinh viên, tôi bị đứng lọt vào giữa một đám các cô bạn mà cô nào cũng cao hơn tôi cả cái đầu khiến tôi chẳng nhìn thấy gì phía trước và phía sau cả. Nhưng giọt nước làm tràn đầy li là sau một buổi gặp mặt Noel, khi chia tay tôi và cậu bạn Martin và tiễn hai cô bạn ra bến tàu điện về nhà. Khi tàu từ xa chạy gần đến chúng tôi hôn chia tay nhau. Các cô hôn cậu bạn tôi thì bình thường, nhưng khi Alena hôn tôi thì dù tôi đã nhướn người lên mà cô vẫn phải quỳ hẳn xuống để ôm hôn tôi. Đúng chẳng khác gì cảnh cụ Tú Xương đã phán: ”Đôi vú ấp vai, đầu nghển nghển.” Hoàn cảnh tôi chưa đến nỗi tệ như thế nhưng cũng thấy mình thật bất hạnh. Sau hôm đó tôi thề sẽ hạn chế chơi và không thể yêu các cô cao hơn mình 10 cm được.

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    Tôi quen Marcela bắt đầu từ nhà ăn sinh viên. Gần khu trường học bao giờ cũng có nhà ăn sinh viên với giá ưu đãi chỉ dành cho sinh viên. Hàng tháng, chúng tôi mang tiền và thẻ sinh viên đến nhà ăn và mua vé (coupon) đặc biệt với các màu khác nhau cho bữa sáng, trưa, chiều tại các nhà ăn khác nhau với giá chỉ bằng 30% giá bữa ăn như vậy bên ngoài. Cứ mỗi lần đến ăn, chúng tôi xé ra một vé và trả cho nhà ăn thay tiền. Nó giống như một dạng tem phiếu cho sinh viên. Nhiều nhân viên của trường hay bạn bè cũng thường nhờ chúng tôi mua hộ các vé ăn như vậy khi chúng tôi không cần đến. Ví dụ bản thân tôi luôn bỏ không bao giờ mua vé bữa sáng vì không dậy được. Tất nhiên, vé ưu đãi thì cũng có giới hạn của nó, bữa sáng từ 5-6:30, bữa trưa từ 12:00 đến 2:30 và bữa chiều từ 5:00 đến 7:00. Nếu bạn về muộn hay vì lý do gì đó lỡ thời gian trên thì coi như mất suất ăn. Chưa kể, những hôm về muộn hay đến muộn chỉ còn những món ăn không ai lấy, sợ mà vẫn phải ăn.

    Buổi trưa hôm đó, sau khi lấy khay đồ ăn xong, nhìn quanh chẳng có bàn nào trống cả. Nhìn chán chê chỉ có một bàn có đúng một cô vừa ăn vừa đọc sách, tôi đành lên tiếng hỏi: “Je to volné?” (Chỗ này trống không?)

    “Jo,” cô gái không buồn ngửng mặt lên trả lời.

    Tôi ngồi xuống và vừa ăn, vừa quan sát cô gái. “Trông cũng hay, cô gái trông dễ thương, đẹp, và thuộc nhóm các cô gái ‘ngoan’,” tôi nghĩ trong đầu vậy và tìm cách làm quen.

    “Hey, bạn đọc gì mà có vẻ chăm chú vậy? Sách tham khảo để đi thi à?” tôi hỏi.

    “Không, toàn chuyện tình cảm vớ vẩn,” cô gái cười và ngẩng đầu lên. 
    ”Ahoj,” cô gái chào “Tôi là Marcela.”

    “Nam z Vietnamu,” (Nam từ Việt Nam) tôi giơ tay bắt tay cô gái và nói ngay vì tôi biết sau khi ngửng đầu nhìn tôi cô gái sẽ hỏi tôi là người nước nào.

    Chúng tôi gặp nhau từ đó. Hóa ra Marcela học cùng tôi môn Lịch sử triết học và lôgic. Cả hai đều là sở trường của tôi và tôi có cơ hội giúp đỡ chứng tỏ tài năng của mình. Marcela có gì đó khác với hai cô bạn Lenka và Katka của tôi. Chúng tôi gần gũi nhau và yêu nhau từ lúc nào không hay. 

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    Các cô gái Tiệp tự nhiên, rõ ràng và hơi quá sòng phẳng. Lúc đầu tôi vẫn có định kiến là các cô lạnh lùng hay không tình cảm. Không phải vậy, khi đã quen, đã yêu các cô cũng thắm thiết không khác gì phụ nữ bất kỳ nước nào. Dù họ có những thói quen khác nhau trong những chuyện cư xử hay cuộc sống, nhưng họ cũng mong muốn những điều như mọi cô gái ở khắp nơi mong muốn: Được yêu quý, chiều chuộng và cả khen ngợi. 

    Có nhiều chuyện tôi vẫn không thể quen được. Ví dụ chuyện trả tiền quán ăn. Khi dẫn Marcela đi ăn, tất nhiên tôi trả tiền nhưng cô nàng có vẻ không thấy thoải mái và thường tìm lúc mời tôi đi ăn lại. Cũng giống vậy, tôi mời em đi xem phim vì cả hai đều thích và có những giây phút thú vị nhưng sau đó tôi lại bị tấn công bằng những lời nhắn là rạp có bộ phim này, phim kia và Marcela muốn tôi đi xem cùng... nhưng do nàng trả tiền. 

    Nhưng điều tôi thích nhất là Marcela không dấu diếm tình cảm và tự nhiên như các cô gái Tiệp khác. Marcela rất thích được tôi ôm ấp hay chiều chuộng. Chúng tôi không phải giấu giếm sự thoải mái và thích thú khi có thể âu yếm nhau như vậy. Cả hai đã bắt đầu quen nhau đến mức mỗi lần, khi em về nhà thăm bố mẹ và quay lại nhà sinh viên là tôi lại cảm thấy thời gian trôi đi thật chậm. Và những giây phút gặp lại thật hạnh phúc và dữ dội. Chỉ khổ và phiền chút ít cho cô bạn cùng phòng của Marcela và anh bạn cùng phòng của tôi. Những lúc đó họ đành phải đi tìm nơi giải trí bên ngoài. Ở khu sinh viên, chúng tôi phải ở hai người trong một phòng, nam nữ rất ít khi ở chung (chỉ có thể sau một loạt các thủ pháp đổi phòng chéo nhau). Chúng tôi thường tìm thời gian lệch nhau để Marcela về thăm cha mẹ khác với tuần mà cậu bạn cùng phòng tôi về nhà thăm bố mẹ.

    Tôi vừa bước chân vào đại học được hơn một năm, quen Marcela chưa đầy một học kỳ thì cuộc Cách Mạng Nhung bùng nổ. Bắt đầu chỉ từ tin một sinh viên Khoa Toán Lý bị chết do cảnh sát đàn áp trong cuộc diễu hành nhân ngày Quốc Tế Sinh Viên 17/11 năm 1989. Tôi cũng có một số bài giảng ở Khoa Toán Lý nhưng không hề biết về chuyện đó. Bỗng nhiên, tôi thấy rất nhiều bạn học tụ tập nhau và nói chuyện bãi khóa, tổ chức họp hành và đi biểu tình công khai ngay trong giờ học, giờ nghỉ tại trường khiến tôi vô cùng kinh ngạc. Tôi thầm nghĩ: “Tự do thật dễ sợ! Sinh viên và thầy cô giáo có thể bàn nhau công khai về chuyện bãi khóa, biểu tình.” 

    Đêm đến, quấn mình trong hơi ấm thân thể của Marcela, tôi tò mò hỏi và thắc mắc về những chuyện đó. Marcela sôi nổi giải thích cho tôi và nhiều khi nàng vùng dậy để diễn tả những điều nàng nghĩ khiến tôi bất bình vị bị lạnh. Marcela không còn hiền lành lãng mạn ngày nào mới gặp ở nhà ăn, nàng bỗng quan tâm đến chuyện bãi khóa và.... 

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    Tôi đứng bối rối không biết làm gì giữa căn phòng nhỏ tầng một tại Khoa Triết. Các sinh viên xấp xỉ tuổi tôi đang chạy đi chạy lại, copy, bận rộn làm các tấm biểu ngữ cho cuộc tổng bãi công sắp tới. Chiếc máy photocopy chạy liên tục đẩy ra những mảng tin, các khẩu hiện và những lời giải thích về “Obcanske Foroum” -Diễn đàn công dân, tổ chức tập hợp những người phe đối lập mới hình thành. Jan Kreten bảo tôi: “Có muốn giúp gì không?” 

    “Cho tôi làm gì đi. Đứng không thấy khó chịu,” tôi trả lời. 

    “Được, bây giờ cậu lấy những trang khẩu hiệu ‘Tình thương và sự thật sẽ chiến thắng’ cùng hình trái tim biểu tượng của Diễn Đàn Công Dân đã copy này ra xếp vào với đám kia và rồi ghim lại thành từng tập nhỏ,” Jan giải thích.

    Tôi đã đi dự các cuộc biểu tình hàng ngày trên quảng trường Vaclav hàng ngày, phần nhiều vì tò mò. Một sự kiên trì và tự giác kỷ luật đặc biệt. Hàng ngày, hàng chục, trăm ngàn người tập trung nhau tại quảng trường trung tâm Praha và nghe diễn thuyết. Nhưng điều đặc biệt nhất là họ đi đấu tranh, biểu tình rất ôn hòa và không có những màn bạo động khiêu khích. Tất cả đi tuần hành, hô khẩu hiệu và không hề đập phá hay gây lộn xộn cho các cửa hàng, các hoạt động thương mại vẫn đang diễn ra. Lần lượt các nhân vật quan trọng của giới văn hóa, nghệ thuật Tiệp lên tiếng ủng hộ công khai những người biểu tình. Các cuộc mít tinh tự phát và biểu tình đã kéo dài cả tuần lễ và không thấy bóng cảnh sát mặc đồng phục ở đâu cả. 

    Sau vụ đàn áp sinh viên trên Đại lộ “Dân Tộc” và tin đồn họ đánh chết một sinh viên đã khiến dân chúng gọi cảnh sát là “Ghetapo” và mất hoàn toàn sự tôn trọng với họ. Mỗi khi có bộ quân phục cảnh sát xuất hiện là tiếng huýt sáo, la ó vang lên và vị cảnh sát nọ lại từ từ biến mất. Các cuộc biểu tình tự phát nhưng rất yên tĩnh và có sự tự giác nhất định. “Dân trí của họ cao thật, và họ cũng có văn hóa hơn hẳn dân mình,” anh Hùng, đang làm Tiến sĩ tại cùng trường tôi đã thốt lên vậy trong một lần đi “xem” biểu tình cùng tôi trên quảng trường.

    Cú sốc lớn nhất với tôi là một tối, khi cùng đám bạn đi uống bia ở Club tôi bỗng nhìn thấy một thầy giáo tôi, người dạy phần thực hành về máy tính đang đứng bàn với một nhóm sinh viên về kế hoạch biểu tình ngày hôm sau sao cho ít lộn xộn nhất. Mọi sự kính trọng đặc biệt cùng những quan niệm trước kia về thầy cô giáo bỗng sụp đổ trong tôi. 

    Marcela cũng thay đổi và trở thành nhân vật tích cực tham gia vào các hoạt động của sinh viên. Chúng tôi ít gặp nhau hơn. Cũng như chuyện Marcela bỗng nhiên trở thành ít nhiều xa lạ với tôi vì tôi quả thật chưa hiểu lắm ý nghĩa của tất cả những chuyện xảy ra. Tôi chỉ cảm thấy không vui vì không gặp mặt em thường xuyên và cũng chẳng có nhiều thời gian mỗi lần gặp. Chúng tôi chỉ kịp hôn nhau và rồi Marcela bảo: “Em phải đi mang đám truyền đơn này sang Praha 6, anh đi cùng không?” Tôi đi cùng vài lần nhưng rồi không thấy thoải mái vì không hiểu mình đang làm gì.

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    Quan hệ tình cảm của chúng tôi đi ngược chiều với sự thành công của cuộc “Cách Mạng Nhung.” Cuộc Cách Mạng Nhung thành công và ngày càng được sự ủng hộ to lớn của dân Tiệp Khắc. 

    Đảng CS Tiệp họp trung ương bất thường, cách chức Tổng bí thư Jakes. Vị Tổng bí thư này là người mà rất nhiều bạn bè Tiệp của tôi đánh giá là giốt nát và chỉ có khả năng duy nhất là bảo thủ và trung thành với đảng. Ông Urban, một người không ai biết đến, lên làm Tổng bí thư. 

    Đại diện của chính phủ CS do đích thân Thủ Tướng Adamec chấp nhận ngồi vào bàn tròn với phe đối lập hình thành quanh “Diễn đàn công dân” và do một nhân vật phản kháng có tiếng, nhà soạn kịch Vaclav Havel đại diện. 

    Chính phủ hòa giải lần thứ nhất bị từ chối vì có quá nhiều bộ trưởng là đảng viên CS.

    Hai bên ngồi lại và thành lập ra chính phủ Hòa giải thứ hai do ông Calfa làm thủ tướng. Chính phủ này được TT CS cuối cùng Jan Husak tiếp nhận trong lễ tuyên thệ nhậm chức tại Lâu Đài Praha (như Phủ Tổng Thống). Một nghịch lý thú vị. 

    Theo thỏa thuận giữa các bên họp tại bàn tròn, nhiều đại diện của phe đối lập quanh “Diễn đàn công dân” được bổ sung vào quốc hội liên bang. 

    Đỉnh cao của cuộc Cách Mạng Nhung diễn ra ngày 21/12/1989, chỉ hơn một tháng sau sự kiện đàn áp cuộc diễu hành sinh viên ngày 17/11 được đánh dấu bằng sự kiện khi ông Vaclav Havel, một nhà phản kháng nổi tiếng, đại diện của “Diễn đàn công dân” được Quốc hội (với hơn 50% đại biểu vẫn là các đại biểu cộng sản) bầu làm Tổng thống nước Tiệp với 100% số phiếu. 

    Nói về sự kiện này 10 năm sau, ông Petr Pithar (Chủ tịch Thượng Viện CH Séc hiện nay, một nhà phản kháng trước kia) cho biết: “Tôi cảm thấy vô cùng xấu hổ cho nhiều vị dân biểu CS là họ đã trơ trẽn bỏ phiếu bầu cho Havel, một kẻ mà họ trước kia sẵn sàng tống giam, trở thành Tổng thống Tiệp Khắc.”

    Câu chuyện tình của tôi cũng rơi vào khủng hoảng sau hơn một tháng biến chuyển. Bỗng nhiên chúng tôi tự thấy có khoảng cách giữa cả hai. Hình như một tháng qua mới bộc lộ sự khác biệt ít nhiều giữa hai nền văn hóa và cách suy nghĩ hành xử. Gặp nhau, vẫn hôn nhau nhưng không có vị mặn mà ấm áp nữa mà đã mang chút ảnh hưởng của thói quen. Cả hai chúng tôi cùng như chờ đợi một dấu chấm kết thúc mà không ai dám nói trước. Marcela đã trở thành một cô gái khác trước, mạnh bạo và có phần tự tin hơn. Cô quyết định sẽ tạm thôi học và làm trợ lý cho một nhà phản kháng được bổ nhiệm làm Bộ trưởng của chính phủ liên hiệp. “Em quyết định sẽ bước vào học ở trường đời, khi cần sẽ quay lại trường học tiếp sau. Kinh nghiệm trải qua thời gian này sẽ khó có thể có được khi khác...,” cô nàng nói vậy.

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    Giao thừa năm đó, năm đầu tiên sau Cách Mạng Nhung Marcela cho biết sẽ về nhà đón giờ phút đặc biệt tự do đầu tiên cùng gia đình ở thành phố cách xa Praha 80km. Tôi và anh Hùng sau khi đã ăn bữa chiều đơn giản, vì cả hai chúng tôi đều lười nấu ăn, quyết định sẽ ra quảng trường Vaclav để xem “chúng nó làm gì trong đêm giao thừa tự do đầu tiên.” 

    Chúng tôi đi chuyến tàu điện đêm số 18 quen thuộc, cũng là chuyến tàu thường xuyên đưa chúng tôi đến trường học và có một tuyến đường đi xuyên qua khu phố cổ rất đẹp của thành phố Praha. Trời mùa đông lạnh giá, tuyết rơi đọng lại và được cào hất ra hai bên đường khắp nơi thành những đống cao thấp khác nhau phản chiếu ánh đèn xe đêm làm khung cảnh trở nên lấp lánh khác thường. Một tối mùa đông ảm đạm không khác gì những tối khác nhưng vẫn mang lại một sự chờ đợi, một không khí lạ khác thường. Lẹt đẹt đâu đâu đó là tiếng pháo mà lâu lắm rồi chúng tôi không được nghe ở đây. Chuyến tàu sau 11 giờ đêm mà vẫn đông đúc và vui vẻ. Họ uống bia và vui vẻ ca hát ngay trên tàu nhưng không thấy ai nói gì, kêu ca gì, kể cả lái tàu. Ngày thường chắc hẳn ông lái tàu điện sẽ dừng lại và yêu cầu đám thanh niên “ồn ào” đó xuống. Nhưng hôm nay là ngày đặc biệt, tất cả độ lượng hơn, vui hơn và dễ dãi hơn. Họ đang được hít thở không khí và cảm giác tự do sau bao nhiêu năm bị hạn chế. 

    Xuống ga ngay cạnh khu trường, hai anh em đi bộ tới khu Quảng trường thành phố cổ. Một quang cảnh lộn xộn, vui vẻ và tự phát nhưng ôn hòa chưa từng thấy bao giờ. Cả quảng trường đông nghịt người, trẻ có, già có, gia đình có, vui vẻ và uống rượu bia công khai. Đó đây từng đám cất tiếng hát đủ bài hát quen thuộc và không quen thuộc. Trên đỉnh tháp cao của Tòa Thị Chính, phía trên Đồng Hồ Vĩnh Cửu, dàn nhạc chơi các bài nhạc cổ điển được ưa chuộng nhất. Tất cả vui vẻ, tất cả cùng có những động tác, nhảy múa và làm nhiều điều kỳ quặc dưới con mắt của chúng tôi. Nhưng tất cả đều thân thiện và độ lượng.

    “Nhìn kìa,” anh Hùng giật tay tôi. Tôi quay lại, một nhóm thanh niên đang đốt ảnh Husak, vị Tổng thống cộng sản cuối cùng của nước Tiệp trong tiếng reo hò cổ vũ của một đám đông tụ tập xung quanh. Đó là một hình ảnh không mấy người dân Tiệp Khắc có thể tưởng tượng nổi trong hàng chục năm trước đó. Một nhóm khác đang tưới rượu lên lá cờ của Liên Xô (ngày nay đã không còn tồn tại). Đó là điều mà tôi thật sự ngạc nhiên và chưa nhìn thấy từ trước đến nay ngay cả tại nước Tiệp Khắc vốn tự do này. Đó là những điều cấm kị. Một không khí đặc biệt thoải mái cùng cảm giác “tự do” kỳ lạ bao trùm khắp quảng trường và hiện rõ trên từng khuôn mặt. Những giây phút này chỉ có một lần và sẽ không bao giờ lặp lại. Một lần trong những năm sau đó tôi cũng quay lại Quảng trường này trong một đêm Giao thừa khác sau đó, nhưng không bao giờ gặp lại không khí ngày này. Cả quảng trường cũng tràn ngập người, nhưng phần đông là khách du lịch và chỉ giống hình thức của buổi tối đặc biệt hôm đó, nhưng... không bao giờ có được không khí đặc biệt ngày Giao thừa đầu tiên trên ngưỡng cửa bước vào năm 1990 đó.

    Tôi và anh Hùng đi xuyên qua đường phố cổ sang quảng trường Vaclav, nơi diễn ra các cuộc biểu tình thường xuyên nhiều tuần lễ. Tại đây khung cảnh giống ở quảng trường Thành phố Cổ nhưng không gian khổng lồ to lớn hơn. Tất cả đều say, đều vui vẻ và làm những điều kỳ quặc. Giữa quảng trường và hai đầu là ba chiếc xe cứu thương đợi sẵn. Một đám thanh niên vui quá mức đi qua và rót rượu sâm banh lên kính chiếc xe cứu thương. Bình thường và ngày thường chắc hẳn đã xảy ra sự va chạm hay can thiệp của cảnh sát. Nhưng mà hôm nay không hề thấy cảnh sát đâu. Những nhân viên trong xe cứu thương cũng không phản đối gì, thậm chí lái xe cứu thương còn mở cửa kính và nói gì đó để đám thanh niên rót rượu cho ông. Xong rồi, ông ta lại kéo kính xe lên như cũ, như không có chuyện gì xảy ra.

    Anh Hùng bảo tôi: “Tao thấy bọn nó điên khùng tất cả. Hóa ra không phải vậy, mình mới điên khùng.”

    Thấy tôi không hiểu, anh giải thích thêm: “Khi tất cả đều say, thì bọn nó thấy mọi điều xảy ra đây đều vui vẻ và bình thường, chỉ riêng anh em mình thấy bất bình thường.”

    Hai chúng tôi chui vào quán rượu gần nhất, mua nguyên một chai vang trắng và khui ra uống liền bằng chai. Chỉ không đầy mười phút sau tôi thấy tất cả vui vẻ và bình thường trở lại. Tất cả những người xung quanh thật đáng yêu, thật vui vẻ và nhẩy... rất đẹp. Cả quảng trường như lắc lư theo tiếng nhạc phát ra từ mọi phía. Ngay cả ông Vaclav cũng như đang cười và lắc lư trên lưng ngựa trên bức tượng khổng lồ gần đó. Tôi cũng bắt đầu lắc lư theo tiếng nhạc của một chiếc cassette của một đám thanh niên gần nhất.

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    “Ahoj Name, Vsechno nejlepsi a ... promin,” (Hey Nam, mọi điều may mắn nhất trong năm mới và... xin lỗi), một tiếng nói quen thuộc vang lên. Tôi giật mình quay lại, Marcela và... Jan Kreten, cậu bạn ở phòng copy “cách mạng” sinh viên ngày nào. Tôi ngạc nhiên: Marcela lúc này đáng lẽ đang ở nhà cùng gia đình ở thành phố của cô! Jan ôm chầm lấy tôi: “Chúc mọi sự như ý... cậu biết đấy...” 

    Tôi bỗng cảm thấy thoáng nỗi buồn khó tả. Và tôi... chợt hiểu.

    Marcela hôn nhẹ lên môi tôi và cả hai cùng ôm hôn choàng lấy nhau rất lâu lần cuối. 

    “Promin, ty vis.. a hodne stesti,” (Xin lỗi, mà anh biết rồi... chúc nhiều may mắn) Marcela nói nhỏ đủ để hai chúng tôi nghe. 

    Tôi cảm thấy nghẹn ngào dù biết chuyện đó sẽ đến nhưng không ngờ tại đây... và vào lúc bất ngờ này!? Marcela và Jan ôm hôn anh Hùng và cả hai lẫn vào đám đông đang múa may, nhảy nhót. Tôi lặng đứng nhìn theo và không rõ mình đang vui hay buồn.

    Tiếng chuông đồng hồ trên tháp điểm đúng mười hai tiếng, cả quảng trường ào lên tiếng chúc mừng. Tất cả chúng tôi quay sang ôm hôn người xung quanh, bất kể là ai, quen hay không quen biết. Chúng tôi ôm hôn các cô gái và bắt tay ôm hôn cả các chàng trai. Già, trẻ, gái, trai... tất cả cùng chúc mừng và ôm hôn nhau như người thân hay bạn bè quen biết đã từ lâu. Ai cũng nói: “Chúc mọi sự may mắn năm mới.” 

    “Chúc mừng năm mới,” tôi quay sang ôm hôn một cô gái tóc màu hung trong nhóm các cô gái bên trái. 

    “Hey Name, To jsem já, Helena!” (Này, Nam, Helena đây!) tôi giật mình. Helena, học Tâm Lý Học dưới tôi một năm, vừa vào năm thứ nhất và chúng tôi quen nhau trong một buổi sinh nhật của cậu bạn Martin. Một cô gái khác hẳn Marcela, mang tính gia đình và có vẻ nội tâm nhiều hơn. Cả hai chúng tôi cùng tự động bật ra và nhìn nhau... giây lát. Rồi không ai bảo cả hai lại ôm choàng lấy nhau và hôn đằm thắm như quên hết mọi sự quanh mình. 

    “Nechces, abych ti libal takto kazdy den?, (hey, em có muốn được hôn thế này hàng ngày không?) tôi nói nhỏ đủ để Helena nghe được.

    “To se mi libi, proc ne?” (Em thấy hay, tại sao không!), Helena nói và chúng tôi hôn ghì lấy nhau và quên hết những người khác cũng đang ôm hôn nhau bên cạnh trong đêm giao thừa đặc biệt và duy nhất đó.

              

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