Local model to strut down Milan catwalk

Kha My Van, the first runner-up of Vietnam’s Next Top Model in 2012 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF BEU MODELS

Kieu Giang Le Thi Quynh Trang, producer of VNTM and chairwoman of HCMC-based beU Models, said her company will join hands with ICE Models to turn Van into a professional model and promote potential local models overseas in a long-term cooperation plan. "I have been able to turn my dream into reality. I’m happy and excited after my recent visit to Milan. I’m thankful to have a great opportunity to work in Milan and I will try my best to meet audiences’ expectations and hope everyone will support me in a new challenge," Van said in a statement. The 26-year-old Van, 1.77 meters tall, has already joined in numerous castings for designers and brands in Milan to prepare for Milan Fashion Week next month. Earlier, beU Models sent Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, VNTM 2010 runner-up to New York, under a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models. Then, it brought VNTM 2011 winner Hoang Thi Thuy (or Hoang Thuy) to New York and London for work. "We want to create opportunities … [Read more...]

Securities firms search for experienced brokers

Thai Ngoc A staff of HCMC Securities Corporation serves investors. Many brokerage firms have posted up demand for experienced staff - PHOTO: TL Jonah Levey, chairman of VietnamWorks, said recruitment demand of the investment and financial sectors has surged by around 70% from the same period of last year. The number of successful jobseekers has also been much higher. However, most employers have high demand for experienced jobseekers only. Aside from certificates, applicants should have skills and good knowledge of analysis, research and communication. … [Read more...]

In Vietnam hub, schools blow millions of dollars in white board boondoggle

A survey conducted by Thanh Nien News found that the interactive whiteboards supplied to hundreds of schools in Ho Chi Minh City since the beginning of this school year were purchased for 2.2 to 3.6 times their market price. To make matter worse, users of the high-tech devices say they either don't know or don't want to use them. The city's Department of Education and Training equipped local primary and preschools with a total of 1,000 interactive whiteboards at a price of VND180 millions ($8,510) per board. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 20/2

San Art, a non-profit gallery and reading room in HCMC, is organizing an art exhibition at Carré d'Art museum of contemporary arts in Nimes, France from Friday until April 27.

Beauties gear up for Miss Ocean Vietnam The contest seeks Vietnamese contestants aged between 18 and 26 with an average height of 1.65m who are based in Vietnam or overseas. According to fashion designer Vo Viet Chung, who is also head of the organizing committee, the contest will be made an annual event with the goal of raising people's awareness on environment protection of the nation's seas and to promote the local tourism industry. Qualification rounds will take place in Hanoi on April 20 and in HCMC on April 25. The semi-final round will be held in HCMC on May 1 to find 35 finalists for the coronation night at Muine Resort in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan on May 12. The winner will take home a prize of VND400 million and a coral-shaped crown worth VND1.6 billion. She will join activities of the Blue Ocean World project initiated by Chung. There are extra titles for Miss Ao Dai (Vietnam's long dress), Miss Talent, Miss Bikini, Miss Photogenic and Miss … [Read more...]

Medical clowns bring joy to young patients

Heartwarming:Medical clown David Barashi makes a heart-shaped balloon for three-year-old Nguyen Thien Bao at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.— Photos Lan Dung

by Lan Dung Three-year-old Nguyen Thien Bao was being treated at the National Hospital of Pediatrics before being moved to an orphanage at Bo De pagoda in Ha Noi City's Gia Lam District. He was then hospitalized at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) two weeks ago for treatment of his cancer. On his second day at the hospital, a man in baggy clothes with a red nose and large shoes appeared in front of his bed, where he played music and made a heart-shaped balloon for him. The child received the gift timidly, while a volunteer standing next to him burst into tears. "Thank you for coming here today. We can see the happiness on his face," she said. The man who brought joy to the child was David Barashi, a 37-year-old medical clown from Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. Since 2003, he has been in charge of the Dream Doctors project, which healed the pain of 2010 earthquake victims in Haiti and carried out the "Art-Joy-Love" programme for … [Read more...]

Social Headlines December 6

Viet Nam yesterday signed two new loan agreements worth a total of US$28 million with Saudi Arabia for road construction and rehabilitation of flood-affected areas.

Saudi Arabia loans $28m for VN road projects Vice-president of the Saudi Arabia Fund for Development Muhammad Suliman AlOraify and director of the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance's Debt Management and External Finance Department Nguyen Thanh Do signed the agreements. The first loan, for $12 million, will be used for the construction of roads in Lao Va Chai, Can Ty and Dong Ha communes in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. The second loan, worth $16 million, will be used to help rehabilitate flood damaged areas in central Nghe An Province. So far, Saudi Arabia has funded six projects in Viet Nam totally worth $84.8 million. Last year, it agreed on loans for two roads linking central Quang Tri and Phu Yen provinces. Another two projects were signed in 2011 to build a general hospital and healthcare centre in northern Bac Kan Province and a vocational training centre in central Ninh Thuan Province. Cambodian sentenced to 13 years in Vietnamese prison The People's … [Read more...]

Wanted woman arrested in Ha Noi

HA NOI (VNS)— Hoang Thi Thuy, who has been wanted by the Hoan Kiem District police for smuggling crystal methamphetamine, was arrested yesterday. Thuy, 37, was apprehended at a house on Hoang Ngan Street, Thanh Xuan District, along with Tran Manh Ninh, 25, and Vuong Xuan Truong, 22. The police raided the house to arrest Thuy and found 20g of crystal methamphetamine, two swords and 80 bullets. These drugs had not yet been sold by Ninh and Truong due to attention from police, Thuy admitted. Further investigations into the case are underway. — VNS … [Read more...]

Foreign man caught carrying 2.4 kilos of cocaine at Tan Son Nhat Airport

A 27-year-old Laotian man was found carrying 2.4 kilograms of cocaine at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City, according to the Tan Son Nhat Border Gate Customs Department.

Foreign man caught carrying 2.4 kilos of cocaine The department said it had co-operated with relevant city agencies to detain the man and hand over reports to the HCM City Drug-related Crime Investigation Police Department for prosecution. The department said criminals had gone to great lengths to hide illegal goods, creating challenges for authorities in detecting violations. Canal rupture at hydro plant causes flooding The canal linked to Serepok 4A Hydropower Plant in Dak Lak Province ran into breakage problems yesterday afternoon, submerging dozens of rice paddies and agricultural produce. The breakage measured around 50 meters each side, while Buon Don District authorities were working to draw up the final cost of the damage. A technical representative from subcontractor Serepok 4A, Buon Don Hydro Power Joint Stock Company, said that sustained heavy rains over several days had caused water rising levels at Serepok River. Repair efforts to the canal were completed … [Read more...]

Freelance love letters send hearts aflutter

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by Tieu Phuong-Trung Hieu A brief advertisement on the online marketplace vatgia.com recently raised many eyebrows. Alongside postings for vacuum cleaners, cameras and second-hand cars, the note instead offered a service of a different kind that had been presumed consigned to the past: "Do you cherish in your heart a message that you want your other half to know? Do you have a sacred feeling that you want to send someone? Do you want to thank or apologise to someone, but don't have confidence in your ability to express your thoughts on paper? We can help you by creating letters which will win them over with sincere and persuasive words." Writing letters on demand, it turns out, is rapidly becoming the part-time job of choice for young people in need of some extra income. Le Thi Bich, a final year student of the Foreign Trade University in Ha Noi, says she has been writing love letters for money for two years. Her unusual sideline began when she was still in high school. Many … [Read more...]

New season of Next Top Model to feature male contestants as well

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Mai Thi Giang, who won the title in 2012. -- Photo ngoisao.net HA NOI (VNS)— Male models will be eligible to compete in the upcoming fourth season of Vietnam's Next Top Model alongside the usual female contestants, according to the programme's producer Multimedia JSC. The organisers have started to receive application forms from both male and female models aged between 18 and 25 for the national qualifying round, which will kick off in the middle of this month. The reality TV show will be broadcast at 8pm on every Sunday from October 6 on Viet Nam Television's VTV3 channel. The Vietnamese show, based on America's Next Top Model, featured a number of women competing for the title of the Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modelling industry. The Vietnamese version of the show premiered on September 30, 2010 and was among the highest-rated shows in the country. Models Khieu Thi Huyen Trang, Hoang Thi Thuy and Mai Thi Giang won the title in the first three … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Next Top Model allows male contestants in

Kieu Giang Former supermodel Tyra Banks, the creator and host of the worldrenowned America's Next Top Model and winner of VNTM 2011 Hoang Thi Thuy in HCMC - Photo: Kieu Giang The model-seeking TV show is ringing the changes this year to create more opportunities and make it fresh for audiences and it will also be in line with America's Next Top Model which also allowed male contestants in its 20th season this year. Le Thi Quynh Trang, general director of Multimedia JSC which produces the program, said: "Vietnam's fashion industry has just focused on female models. After three seasons we have found many potential faces for the local industry. The new season will be a good chance for those who want to be professional male models and hope to raise the stakes for male fashion in Vietnam." With the participation of male competitors, this year's VNTM is expected to be more exciting and much tougher to win, with lots of attractive prizes. Vietnamese aged between 18 and 25 who are at … [Read more...]

Hai Phong police bust drug ring

HAI PHONG (VNS)— Police in the northern city of Hai Phong have busted an inter-provincial drug trafficking ring - the biggest in the city dealing in synthetic drugs. On Tuesday, city police and the Ministry of Public Security drug force, caught two drug smugglers from An Duong District: Do Thi Yen, 43, and Hoang Thi Thuy, 45. The police seized 800g of synthetic drug powder. The arrests followed observation of the ring in northern Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai City and Hai Phong City. — VNS … [Read more...]

The contest of press works and songwriting theme:”Truong Sa and its seas and Khanh Hoa Sea-Island homeland”: 28 authors and groups of authors have won prizes

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The contest organizer of press works and songwriting about: "Truong Sa and Khanh Hoa Sea-Island homeland" has just decided offering awards for 28 authors and groups of authors who had their works winning prizes in this contest. Accordingly, for press category: the first prizes were for "Truong Sa - Vietnamese land" of the press category and the pictorial magazine of authors Minh Chuong and Ngoc Hoa (Khanh Hoa Television); 02 second prizes were for "Frame house DK1" - the press category of Hoang Thi Thuy( VnExpress - Hanoi), "Sea - Island Chronicle" - the pictorial magazine category of Tran Tuan Hiep and Hai Luan (Vietnam Television and Border-defending newspaper, Hanoi); 03 third prizes were for "Forever grateful to them" - the pictorial magazine of Tran Minh Ngoc - Khanh Hoa, "In the rear of Island soldiers" - radio news of Luu Thi Huong (Hanoi Radio and Television), "Truong sa - the dawn place of the country" - the pictorial magazine of Duy Lam, Ngoc Hoa and Hong Quang (Khanh Hoa … [Read more...]

Vietnam doctors rescue 3-year-old boy with cement clots in lungs

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Doctors in the central province of Quang Binh have rescued a three-year-old boy who was almost killed by cement dust which entered his lungs and formed a clot after a sack of the powder fell on him. A Tuoi Tre report said Wednesday that Dang Van Thanh was admitted to the Dong Hoi Vietnam – Cuba Hospital on Sunday with convulsions and respiratory difficulties. His body was turning blue at the time, the report said. … [Read more...]

VNTM returns with exciting new features

Vietnam's Next Top Model (VNTM) is back. The reality show marked its hugely-anticipated third season with a glitzy press conference on Wednesday at Grand Palace in Tan Binh District. The event had the participation of VNTM 2010 and 2011 winners Khieu Thi Huyen Trang and Hoang Thi Thuy and also runners-up Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, Nguyen Thi Tra My and Le Thi Thuy. The four judges of Vietnam's Next Top Model 2012 gather for the new season - Photo: Kieu Giang The judging panel, which consists of former supermodel/host Xuan Lan, photographer Pham Hoai Nam, make-up artist Nam Trung and designer Do Manh Cuong, also had a few tongues wagging. This year, the show will be filmed at new venues such as the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Au Co Yatch in Halong Bay and The Vista luxury apartment will be the models' home during the contest in HCMC. Contestants' bedrooms will be designed with typical features of leading fashion capitals such as New York, Paris, Tokyo and Milan. With sponsors BeU … [Read more...]

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan nets Wilhelmina Models deal

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Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan has signed a deal with New York-based Wilhelmina Models which should be a great platform for her to develop her international modeling career. Lan, who was Vietnam's Next Top Model (VNTM) 2010 runner-up and winner of Asian Model Search 2011 in Singapore, is in Vietnam to prepare for her working visa for the U.S. and immigration visa for Europe. These are important steps for the 22-year-old if she is to parade at catwalks in Milan, Paris, London and New York. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Next Top Model to kick off next month

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The third season of Vietnam's Next Top Model contest will officially kick off with casting rounds in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on June 7 and 17 respectively. Hoang Thi Thuy (1st from R) with Tyra banks (2nd from R) and other two competitors Tra My (1st from L) and Le Thi Thuy at the final night of the 2nd season of Vietnam's Next Top Model in 2011.Photo: Tuoitre The Vietnamese version of America's Next Top Model is open for all Vietnamese girls with the height from 1.68m who have passion of modeling. At the casting rounds, contestants have to perform catwalk in their own costume, swimsuit as well as to pose in front of the camera and have interviews with the judges. This year's jury will include all old judges of last year like model Xuan Lan, photographer Pham Hoai Nam, makeup expert Nam Trung and fashion designer Do Manh Cuong. The winner will get a VND1 billion (US$50,000) contract with BeU Model & Talent Management in 2 years, will be chosen to appear on the cover of … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 20/2

Painter Hoang Tich Chu commemorated A ceremony to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the founders of Vietnamese traditional lacquer painting Hoang Tich Chu (18-2-1912 - 2012) was held in Hanoi on February 17 by the Vietnam Fine Art Association on February 17. At the ceremony, fine art critics and researchers affirmed the great contributions Hoang Tich Chu made to Vietnamese art. Painter Chu was born in the northern province of Bac Ninh. He studied at the Indochina Art School in Hanoi from 1936 to 1941, then joined in the revolution and was assigned to establish the first art school in Vietnam. He laid the foundation for Vietnamese lacquer painting and created colours and layouts to develop the art form. His works depict Uncle Ho, the nation's wars and the beauty of the country's landscape. Chu was presented various national and international awards during his lifetime, most notably the Ho Chi Minh Award for Art and Literature in 2000. He passed away on October 22, 2003 … [Read more...]