Art & Entertainment News 25/2

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Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Part 1: Artifices to interfere with information

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PANO – There have recently appeared a number of articles on the internet with distorted and fabricated information, targeting at the Party and State of Vietnam by continuously blackening, slandering and degrading senior leaders. These articles have undoubtedly aimed at reducing people’s confidence in the Party and State and creating negative psychology in society. In fact, Vietnamese people in general have turned their back on such false information. But some still have had doubts about it. The People’s Army Newspaper, therefore, publishes a series of articles to point out artifices that hostile forces have used to make up fake information, and provide suggestions on measures to neutralize wrong and false information. "Keep telling lies about senior leaders" – an old trick First, to provide readers with a full explanation of why there has been a good deal of false information about Party, State and Army leaders on the internet on the turn of 2014 and 2015, … [Read more...]

Finance Ministry inspects transport fees in five provinces, cities

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The Ministry of Finance has established three inspectorates to inspect freight rates and fares in five provinces and cities including Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai from today January 28. Deputy inspector chief of the ministry Dang Ngoc Tuyen said that duration time of inspection in every transport firm would not exceed five days. Inspection results would be reported to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport. Any company found breaking the Price Law will be strictly handled. The move aims to rectify transport fees after sharp fall in petrol prices. The first companies to be inspected will be coach and taxi companies who have not reduced their fares or reduced but the new fares are unsuitable with petrol price reduction level. Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung has sent a dispatch to province and city leaders asking them to coordinate with the Ministries of Finance, and Transport and closely instruct authorized agencies in their … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/1

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HCMC opens photo exhibition on wild birds Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and the Youth Cultural House of Ho Chi Minh City opened a photo exhibition under title "Wild birds in mating season" at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 24. Over 130 photos sized of 40X60cm, which were made by photographer Tang A Pau. Through images, the author wants not only to show the beauties and unique characteristics of each kind of birds in Vietnam’s forests but also call everyone to take action in protecting wild birds and nature in Vietnam. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of Sarus Crane photos. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, Sarus Crane is a kind of endangered bird whose life is threatened. The exhibition has been opened at HCMC Youth Cultural House from 8am to 8pm every day in January 24- 28. Researcher to speak on late writer Son Nam French researcher Pascal Bourdeaux from the Academy of the Far East in HCM City will speak about the late ethnologist Son … [Read more...]

ASEAN nations invest US$53 bln in VN

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VGP – Eight nations in ASEAN have poured US$53 billion in 2,507 projects in Viet Nam, accounting for 20% of the total investment capital and 14% of the total number of projects. Singapore – largest investor According to the Foreign Investment Agency, under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, as of December 2014, Singapore led investments in Viet Nam among the eight ASEAN nations which also include Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, and Cambodia. Singapore has invested in 1,353 projects, worth US$32.7 billion, accounting for 53% of the total projects and 60% of the investment capital. The nation ranks third out of 101 nations and territories investing in Viet Nam. It was followed by Malaysia and Thailand with the total investment of US$10 billion and US$6.7 billion in 484 projects and 371 projects, respectively. Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi most chosen These ASEAN countries have poured US$21.7 billion in 974 projects in the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/12

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National television festival wraps up The 34th National Television Festival wrapped up in Hue on Saturday, ending four days of film screenings, workshops and competitions. The judges awarded prizes to nearly half of the 513 entries submitted for consideration at the festival. Tran Binh Minh, general director of Viet Nam Television and chairman of the festival organisers, said the entries reflected many aspects of life in the country and were produced using new technology. However, he added that many of them were not creative enough and he expected a breakthrough at next year's festival in Quang Binh Province. The award winners covered the protection of Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) achipelagoes; and environmental protection at a time of rising pollution and illegal deforestation. This year's festival welcomed 116 production units with over 500 programmes based on music, children's programmes, documentaries, reports, science and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 18/12

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Real-life adventurous Escape Room Escape Room, a popular real-life adventurous game in many countries adapted from a computer game of the same name, is now available at Crescent Mall in HCMC’s District 7, attracting a lot of participants, especially youth. There are six categories in the game including jail, slaughterhouse, bubble house, vampire lair, and burglary at the museum and crime scene. Participants will have a chance to join different missions and conquer ordeals in each category. Within 45 minutes in a locked room, players together with their partners have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, seek clues and escape from the room within a limited time. They must keep a watchful eye and have a sense of critical thinking. The game aims to encourage and strengthen teambuilding among members. Time pressure together with creepy sound and scary images inside the dark room might make gamers nervous and exciting. The more difficult the challenge is, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/9

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Artist sheds light on urban development An iron sculpture depicting urban development received first prize at the National Young Fine Arts Festival, painter and head of the jury board Le Van Suu announced yesterday at the closing ceremony. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 29/8

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Peter Rabbit books translated into Vietnamese The Kim Dong Publishing House, a publisher of children's books, has released a book collection featuring the world's most famous rabbit, Peter Rabbit. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/8

Vietnamese 'eaten alive' by crocodile in Australian outback Hai Phong City Authorities confirmed that 57-year old Tran Van Hoang was killed on August 22 by a crocodile in Australia. Hoang is a native of Dang Hai village, Hai An district, Haiphong. According to relatives of the victim, Hoang and his wife settled in Australia in late April 2014. While fishing he waded in the river to free a snag in his fishing line and was attacked by the crocodile. Australian authorities euthanized the crocodile to remove the victim's body. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/7

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The Aristocrats tour to stop in HCM City As part of their "Culture Clash" Asian tour, US rock band Aristocrats will perform at a live concert in HCM City on August 13. The band, made up of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Narci Minnermann, will play instrumental rock and jazz fusion. The show will begin at 8 pm at the HCM City Music Centre, 57 Cao Thang Street, District 3. Tickets costing VND500,000-1 million are available at the venue. HCM City awaits South Korean girl band Famous South Korean girl group 2NE1 will perform in HCM City on August 10 as part of its "All or Nothing" - 2014 World Tour. The four-member band, consisting of CL, Park Boom, Dara, and Minzy, will perform songs from their latest album Come Back Home, which was released early this year, and latest singles like Missing You and Falling in Love. Two world-renowned directors Travis Payne and Stacy Walker are set to join the girl band's tour. The concert will take place at 6pm at Phu … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 11/7

'Summer Meeting' a rendezvous for Vietnamese and Japanese artists About 30 abstract paintings by four artists Kato Shojiro, Nguyen Duy Linh, Le Thanh Thu and Vo Xuan Huy are being displayed at Tu Do Gallery. On display are landscapes depicted vaporously by color layers. Made in abstract style, paintings let viewers freely sense and imagine whatever they want and then free their soul in those colored worlds. Thu is a poet before holding the brush with many various styles from impressionist and expressionist to abstract and contemporary. So his artworks are the harmony of fine arts and poetry, expressed in a series of landscapes created during the 90's that are as softly elegant as a band of white cloud on the clear sky, or a range of mountain slightly blurred behind waves of water. They are just the imagination of a poet. … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – June 30-July 6

Gov't regular meeting discusses East Sea issues PM Nguyen Tan Dung on June 30 chaired the government's regular June meeting which is held online with the participation of local authorities across the country. Opening the meeting, the PM said that the event is taking place at a special time when China has still been maintaining the illegal operation of its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf since May 2, regardless morality, legal grounds and even the friendship between Vietnamese and Chinese people. … [Read more...]

“Viet Nam Week” in Seine-Saint-Denis, France

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(TITC) - In the framework of Viet Nam Year in France, "Viet Nam Week" opened on June 2, 2014 in Seine-Saint-Denis Department (Ile-de-France region, France). It's the first time an important event of cultural exchange between Viet Nam and France has been held in Seine-Saint-Denis Department from June 2 to 8, 2014. … [Read more...]