Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Social News 10/1

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Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [Read more...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 19/12

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Christmas concert with Hanoi Ensemble Christmas is just around the corner, and to celebrate the special occasion, Manzi and Hanoi Ensemble have teamed up to present a special chamber concert. Come, sip some mulled wine and enjoy some favourite Christmas tunes - classical, folk, contemporary and popular. Hanoi Ensemble's musicians and teachers come from the Viet Nam National Academy of Music, and have performed in several concerts, festivals and cultural exchange programmes in the country and abroad. The members have studied both in Viet Nam and in well-known international conservatories. The concert will start at 8pm on Saturday at Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street. Due to limited capacity, please email manzihanoi@gmail.com before 8pm today. Ritual singing at Ha Noi Art Market The ongoing Ha Noi Art Market will stage a performance featuring hat chau van (ritual singing), which will be performed by artists of the Nghe Tinh UNESCO Club. A religious art form that combines … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/12

4,000-year-old bones discovered in Ha Tinh Archaeologists have uncovered stone implements, pottery and human and animal bones and teeth, including rhinoceros feet, dating back four millennia in the central province of Ha Tinh, in a find hailed as giving new insights into Vietnam's post-stone-age culture. The team from Ha Tinh Museum undertook the dig from November 21 to December 1 and found, at a depth of two metres, an archaeological trove that included a human skeleton dated as being 4,000 years old. The bones showed signs of having been burned. … [Read more...]

Dubbing films, TV shows to solve voice, sound problems in Vietnam

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While many other countries have long recorded sounds on the spot for their films and shows, most Vietnamese films are still dubbed because of actors’/actresses’ voice weaknesses and film sites’ sound defects. Out of the 15 new TV dramas currently aired on local channels, only one film – "Toi Yeu Co Don" (I Love Loneliness) – has its sounds and actors’/actresses’ lines recorded on site. … [Read more...]

Social News 26/11

VN trade, labor to get legal lookover Changes and updates to the current Labour Code and Trade Union Law and their impact on business operations will be discussed at a conference in HCM City next week. Ho Xuan Lam, deputy director of the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City (ITPC), said: "FDI firms usually have a large number of employees, therefore it is very important for them to understand the Viet Nam's labour law to help build harmonious and stable labour relations, befitting all interested parties." … [Read more...]

Social News 22/10

Free health checks offered in Kien Giang Over 500 disadvantaged people in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Kien Giang received free health screening on Sunday. At the programme, organised in An Minh Bac Commune in U Minh Thuong District by local authorities, the Thien Tam Charity Foundation belonging to the Tan Binh District Red Cross, and Bayer Viet Nam, medicines and supplies like instant noodles and cooking oil were also donated to the beneficiaries. They were taught how to grow rice safely and farm fish naturally. … [Read more...]

Social News 2/10

Dong Nai rioters imprisoned for disturbing peace The People's Court of Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced 15 men to 9-14 months in prison on September 29 for "causing social disturbances" in Nhon Trach Industrial Park. The accused include Nguyen Van Tri, 24 from Khanh Hoa province; Tran Ngoc Tha, 17 (Binh Dinh); Le Van Sang, 24 (An Giang); Dinh Tuan Vu, 31 (Hau Giang); Vien Van Man, 24 (Bac Giang); Le Van Dung, 19 (Phu Yen); Vu Viet Dinh, 29 (Binh Thuan); Du Quoc Ky, 22 (Ca Mau); Nguyen Huu Duc, 21 (Can Tho); Vo Ngoc Ba, 39 (Ho Chi Minh City), Danh Dung, 19 (Kien Giang); Bui Tan Vu, 23 (Dong Thap); Hoang Minh Khai, 19 (Bac Lieu); Ly Huu Trong, 26 (Ca Mau) and Tran Van Khanh, 26 (Thanh Hoa). … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/9

First Monsoon Music Festival attracts foreign artists Large numbers of talented artists and musicians from around the world will gather at Hanoi's former Thang Long Imperial Citadel from October 2-4 for Monsoon Music Festival 2014. Famous artists of Vietnam such as singers Thanh Lam and Ha Tran, jazz guitarist French-Vietnamese Nguyen Le, and foreign artists including percussionist Rhani Krija from Morocco, keyboard player Martin Hedin from Sweden and others from Denmark, the UK, France, Belgium, the Republic of Korea and Japan will take part in the festival. … [Read more...]

Social News 15/8

Six sentenced to death in drug case The People's Court of Dien Bien yesterday sentenced to death six defendants in the biggest drug trafficking case in the northern province to date. According to the indictment, ten persons formed a network that transported more than 120 kilogrammes of heroin via Laos to Ha Noi and Lang Son en route to China, between November 2012 and May 2013. Eight of them are from Thanh Yen Commune of Dien Bien Province and two others are from Cao Loc District in Lang Son Province. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/8

The police's initial investigation found that the company had illegally imported 46 Hitachi biochemistry automatic analysers through two customs centres at Noi Bai and Gia Lam from 2007-12.

Workers successfully evacuated from Libya Vietnam Airlines has successfully evacuated all 458 Vietnamese labours of Korean Huyndai Engineering Construction from war ravaged Libya. The last flight carrying 180 Vietnamese workers departed at 23.00 on August 11 from Cairo, Egypt and is scheduled to land in Noi Bai International Airport at 13.00 on August 12. Vinamex Company Deputy Director Do Xuan Chien said all 458 Vietnamese workers have successfully and safely been evacuated to Cairo on five flights of Libyan Airlines. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/8

Looking for Asian beauties Much of the world's advertising is pitched at pretty women, or uses them to draw in viewers and get higher ratings. Realising this, Asian advertising agencies has organised another Miss AdAsia 2014 contest "to honour beautiful young women from Asian countries". Candidates aged 18-28 will be selected from photos they send to the organising board. Already, contestants from Laos, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and India have registered to join. The organisers will accept applications until the end of this month. … [Read more...]

Sports News 4/8

Tien Minh not seeded at world champs Top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh will be the only Vietnamese in the men's singles of the Copenhagen world championships in Denmark from August 25 to 31, according to the World Badminton Federation. Minh, who was a regular top 10 in previous tournaments, is not seeded this time as he is No.15 in the world. Vu Thi Trang, the top national player will compete in the women's singles category. The championship draw will be held on August 24. At the world's most prestigious tournament, players compete as individuals in five events of the men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.- … [Read more...]