The Hanoitimes - With the relocation of the capital and a comprehensive reform, Ly Cong Uan (King Ly Thai To) and his descendants succeeded in building a strong nation. Peaceful ascension to the throne The kings of the Early Le Dynasty, founded in 980, embarked on effective reforms to stabilize the political and economic situation. However, the decease of king Le Dai Hanh in 1005 led to infighting within the royal family for succeeding him. In the end, Le Dai Hanh’s fifth son, Le Long Dinh, defeated other princes to claim the crown. However, the brutal struggle that he fought for the throne caused resentment among the people. The statute of Ly Cong Uan in Hanoi. Photo: Jenna Duong. In 1009 when Le Long Dinh died at the age of 24 and his children were very small, Ly Cong Uan, a talented dignitary was supported by other court officials to ascend to the throne, peacefully seizing power from the Le. It is known as the most peaceful change of dynasty in the … [Read more...] about King Ly Thai To makes a milestone in the city’s history
IMAGE: Kirti Gupta, Manisha Keer and Rajeshwari Kumari. Photograph: SAI Media/Twitter Indian women's trap team trio of Kirti Gupta, Manisha Keer and Rajeshwari Kumari lost 4-6 to Russia to settle for a silver medal on the concluding day of the ISSF World Cup in Cairo. The Indian team engineered a fantastic comeback in the gold medal match on Thursday, coming back from 0-4 down to tie the final at 4-4. However, it could not hold on in the last series of 15-shot per team and had to be content with second best. The trio's effort ensured that the Indian squad finished the World Cup with two medals, with the men's skeet team bagging a bronze earlier in the tournament. Kirti, Manisha and Rajeshwari shot a combined score of 444 to make it to the gold medal match along with Russia, who topped the qualifying round with a total of 463. There were a total of seven 25-shot rounds, five of which had been shot in the previous days. On Thursday, all three Indian women shot scores of 20 … [Read more...] about Indian women’s trap team settles for silver in ISSF World Cup
Back in 1986 I made a film for the BBC science series Tomorrow’s World about a remarkable new class of drugs called statins. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting. Thirty-five years on and statins are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, with around eight million people, including me, taking them daily. Yet they continue to be dogged by controversy and fear of side-effects. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting Last year, for example, there were claims that statins might increase your risk of dying from Covid-19. Studies had shown that people admitted to intensive care tended to have lower levels of cholesterol, so there was a fear that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs might make you more vulnerable. Well, like so many health scares, this one turned … [Read more...] about DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can statins save you from Covid as well as heart disease?
IMAGE: The second leg match against Leipzig and Liverpool will now be held at the Puskas Arena on March 10. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters Liverpool will return to Budapest to play RB Leipzig in the their Champions League last-16 second leg match due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Thursday. Liverpool, who beat Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg on February 16 in the Hungarian capital, cannot host Leipzig at Anfield because the Bundesliga team would have to undergo 10 days of isolation upon returning from the United Kingdom. The first leg, originally scheduled to be held at the Red Bull Arena in Germany, was shifted to Budapest after German authorities denied Liverpool entry into the country due to COVID-19 protocols. The second leg will now be held at the Puskas Arena on March 10. "UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and RB Leipzig will … [Read more...] about Liverpool-Leipzig UCL game moved to Budapest again
IMAGE: Polls show most Japanese households oppose holding the Tokyo Games during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images Japan's government will decide whether to let overseas spectators attend the Summer Olympics in Tokyo by the end of March, Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa said on Wednesday. Her comments were echoed by the head of the organising committee for the Games, Seiko Hashimoto, who said she would like to reach the decision by March 25. Polls show most Japanese oppose holding the Games during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mainichi newspaper earlier reported that the government was planning to ban overseas spectators due to worries they would spread the coronavirus, citing multiple unnamed sources. "On the matter of overseas spectators ... I personally want to have it decided by the 25th of this month, when the Olympic torch relay will be kicked off," Hashimoto told reporters after a virtual meeting with International Olympic … [Read more...] about No overseas spectators for Tokyo Olympics?
Ironically, the BJP, which seeks to unseat the TMC from power, has taken a leaf out of Mamata Banerjee's strategy of soliciting tinsel town's support towards causes and fielding actors in elections. IMAGE: Noted Bengali film actress Srabanti Chatterjee receives the BJP flag from its national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya (2nd from left) and state BJP president Dilip Ghosh (2nd from right) on joining the party, in Kolkata, March 1, 2021. Photograph: PTI Photo. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s ambition to form its first government in West Bengal and the Trinamool Congress’ bid to seek a third term in power in the state has politically polarised the Bengali film industry and turned it into the parties' new battleground. The TMC's influence over the Tollygunge-based film industry, known by its portmanteau Tollywood, since even before Mamata Banerjee's ascendance to power in 2011, seems to have been waning with several celebrities shifting their allegiance to the … [Read more...] about Bengal’s tinsel town takes sides in high-octane TMC vs BJP battle