The organizing board of the 2021 Tien Phong Newspaper National Marathon Championship has announced the revocation of the first prize and medal of the women’s 21km distance after the winner was found to have had a man run for her.
The 2021 Tien Phong Newspaper National Marathon Championship, organized in Pleiku City in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on March 26-28, is a top sporting event that has been integrated into Vietnam’s official athletics competition system, offering a chance for amateur runners to win an opportunity to compete at the coming Southeast Asian Games scheduled for November-December in Hanoi.
The championship attracted the participation of nearly 5,000 runners, including 300 professional athletes from the local athletics teams of Vietnamese cities and provinces.
The remaining participants were Vietnamese amateurs and foreigners living and working in Vietnam.
The runners competed in the four distances of 5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km.
In the women’s 21km category for the age of 45 and older, Ngo My Lien, with bib number 81896, was initially named the winner.
However, many runners later reported that Lien had cheated.
After verifying the reports, the organizing board discovered that Lien had given her bib to a male runner named Le Duc Ke, the one that actually finished first in the 21km race for women.
With clear evidence collected from camera footage of the competition, the organizing board decided to cancel Lien’s result and strip all titles and awards that she had received thanks to such cheating.
Lien will also be forbidden from participating in the next editions of the Tien Phong Newspaper National Marathon Championship.
The organizing board ordered her to return all of the prizes, including cash, medals, and gifts within five working days from Wednesday.
Past the deadline, the organizing board will carry out necessary legal procedures against Lien.
In addition, the board decided to cancel the results of Le Duc Ke, who had also competed in other categories at the championship.
At the same time, Ke will be permanently banned from competing at the Tien Phong Newspaper National Marathon Championship.
Tran Thi Tuyen’s photo is shown in a fake funeral she organized for herself in Cu Lao Dung Town, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam, March 29, 2021
A woman in Vietnam has been found falsifying her own funeral to escape debt collectors who were going after her.
The woman in question, who was identified to be Tran Thi Tuyen, 60, from Cu Lao Dung Town in southern Dong Thap Province, was detained on Wednesday for an investigation into the funeral she staged, said Vo Thanh Quang, chairman of the local People’s Committee.
Tuyen has been absent from Cu Lao Dung Town for a while due to alleged pressure from debt collectors, according to Quang.
On Monday, Tuyen bought a casket and sent it home to arrange a fake funeral for herself.
During the funeral, it was told by Tuyen’s relatives that she had died from illness in Cambodia after migrating there to seek business opportunities.
Local officials then opened up the casket for inspection, only to find three bags of sand inside.
After scanning through surveillance video footage, the Cu Lao Dung administration caught Tuyen’s son driving his mom to buy a casket in Dong Thap on Monday.
Tuyen’s action is a case of fraud and will be subject to further investigation by Cu Lao Dung police.
She certainly now is screwed LOL
Foodies in Vietnam have recently been sharply divided over their opinions on the country’s most famous dish: pho.
It is obvious that pho is the signature dish of Vietnam, with its name being defined in many English dictionaries such as Cambridge, Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and Collins Cobuild.
“Pho is a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles,” Merriam-Webster defines.
It is true that there are two main types of pho in Vietnam, including pho bo with broth cooked from beef bone and topped with beef, and pho ga consisting of chicken broth and topped with chicken meat.
However, pho is made and served differently in different regions in Vietnam, from north to south.
And that is where the stir is caused.
Last week, a member of a food reviewing Facebook group shared his thought after tasting the dish at a restaurant in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
In his post, the author expressed his disappointment at the pho at the place, criticizing the broth flavor as well as the quality of the meat served.
He also claimed VND70,000 (US$3) for the pho bowl he ate was a high price.
In addition, he made some comparison of the way people in the northern and southern regions enjoy the noodle dish.
The post quickly became a debate on the 6,200-member group, as it has commanded the attention of 2,400 people who liked or reacted with the ‘haha’ or ‘angry’ buttons.
More than 1,400 comments were also made, with many of them criticizing the post’s author for his negative tone when comparing pho in the two regions.
“Taste is different from place to place,” one wrote.
Meanwhile, a number of the post’s viewers agreed with the author, explaining that pho is a dish originating in the northern region so it should taste the northern way.
The conversation has gone beyond the group, with 1,300 people sharing it to continue discussing the issue.
One dish, two styles
For those who do not know much about pho, the way itis cooked and served in the north and the south does have some differences.
One of the most obvious disparities is the northern pho normally uses flat noodles while the southern version has its noodles a little thicker.
Besides, pho is served with mung bean sprouts, herbs, and chili and hoisin sauces in the south, whereas that in the north comes with bagel twists, chili sauce, pickled garlic, and spring onion.
Another big discrepancy comes from the flavor, as the northern pho’s broth is said to be gentle and light while the southern dishis believed to be bold and fattier.
The topping choices are also thought to be more various in the south with different options of beef meat, beef tendon, and beef meatballs.
Actually, the debate over the two styles of pho is no longer new in Vietnam, to both locals and foreigners.
In October 2017, American food vlogger Sonny Side featured pho in a video on his Best Ever Food Review Show YouTube channel with more than 6.6 million subscribers.
In the second part of the episode titled ‘$2 PHO vs $100 PHO – Northern VS Southern Pho!,’ which has attracted more than 7.7 million views so far, the Ho Chi Minh City-based vlogger joined his friend Andrew for a dining experience at a pho stall in District 1 that is over 50 years old.
“As much as I like southern pho, it’s a little sweet for me,” Side commented.
“If I’m getting very picky, I would say the northern [pho] is better,” he added, only to receive opposition from his friend Andrew.
“I would completely disagree,” the friend replied.
The two’s conversation attracted a pho fan who left a comment saying she loved both the northern and southern pho.
“There is no objectively better pho as northern and southern pho tap into your food senses differently: one focuses on the exquisite refinement of the broth, pho noodles, and meat, while the other focuses on the sensory harmony created from diverse ingredients and a ‘kick’ from the stronger broth,” said Phong Lan Phan Ngoc, who was born and lived in Hanoi for 15 years before moving to Ho Chi Minh City.
Indeed, it seems to be hard for people to be ‘objective’ when it comes to food experiences, or do they ever need to be objective?
The debate over pho in the north and south has been joined by some people from the central region of Vietnam, claiming their pho is also a great version to try.
So what do you think about Vietnamese pho? Which style is the best for you, north or south?