Female singers win Sao Mai 2015 contest

Champions of three catergories of music receive prizes (Photo: SGGP)

The final round of Sao Mai (Venus) Singing Contest taking place in the northern province of Thanh Hoa yesterday surprised people as three champions of three caterogies of musics were given to three girls. The first prize of Chamber music was given to Nguyen Bao Yen, who excellently performed song Hoa Mi. The contest's judges highly appreciated Yen's vocal music skills as she spent years in foreign countries to study music. The first prize of Traditional music belonged to Nguyen Thi Thu Hang who was highly valued as she made traditional songs new. For the light music, Hong Ngoc surprised all people as she was not as good as others yet she finally captured the first prize. According to the contest judges, candidates for the light music did not perform as well as expectation; therefore, Hong Ngoc won the first prize as she was brave to make her new with a modern song. First prize winners received cash of VND50 million (US$2,301). Candidates Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, Hoang Thi Thuy, Le … [Read more...]

City to expand public transport

A bus that runs on compressed natural gas at Ben Thanh Market - Cho Lon Station in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

HCM CITY (VNS) — Le Nguyen Minh Hoang, 22, a HCM City-based university student, says his daily commute between home and school has become more stressful because of the worsening traffic congestion in the city. "Whenever I see a crowd ahead, I have to immediately find another way to go," Hoang said. For Vu Ngoc Thieu, 46, a freelancer in HCM City's Binh Thanh District, traffic jams are also a daily issue. They occur not only in peak hours in the morning and afternoon, but also at noon, he says. Another city resident, Hoang Thi Thuy Van, 39, who works for a Japanese company in District 7, says she is frustrated daily by the terrible traffic. "I always get stuck in the congestion. It takes one hour to return to my house within a short distance," she says. Meanwhile, Tran Van Tai, a retiree in HCM City, says traffic is so chaotic that even when he drives his motorbike slowly, close to the sidewalk, other bikes sometimes hit him. The traffic condition in large cities like Ha Noi … [Read more...]

Non-blood related umbilical cord used for cancer treatment

The National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion were successful in performing a stem cell transplant for a cancer patient which used non-blood related umbilical cord, said the institute director Nguyen Anh Tri. The patient, 28-year-old Hoang Thi Thuy Linh from the central province of Quang Binh, was diagnosed with blood cancer in September last year. The best treatment for her disease is a stem cell transplant; however, her mere brother's stem cell are not compatible with hers. Accordingly, doctors were finding stem cell in the institute's community stem cell bank. At last, doctor found three of 450 blood samples stored at the institute's community stem cell bank were found to be compatible with her. The three main sources of stem cells are bone marrow fluid, periphery blood stem cells and umbilical cord blood. Linh's stem cell transplant was conducted towards the end of December last year. Three months after the operation, Linh's health condition is stable, she can … [Read more...]

March 30- April 5: IPU-132 concludes successfully with Hanoi Declaration

The opening ceremony of the 2015 National Tourism Year

1. IPU-132 wraps up successfully with Hanoi Declaration The 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) wrapped up in Hanoi on April 1, adopting the Hanoi Declaration during the last plenary session on the same day. Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly and President of the IPU-132 Nguyen Sinh Hung, appreciated the Declaration which covered results of the IPU-132’s discussions, reflecting the vision, commitments and actions of member parliaments for sustainable development. All four draft resolutions were also adopted at the IPU-132 including "Cyber warfare – A serious threat to peace and global security", "Shaping new mechanisms on water resources management to promote parliamentary action in water and sanitation issues", "International law regarding national sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and human rights" and "The role of parliaments in combating all terrorist acts perpetrated by organisations such as IS and Boko Haram against … [Read more...]

Blood cancer patient gets stem cell transplant


The first stem cell transplant from community umbilical cord blood samples was conducted successfully, Director of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion Professor Nguyen Anh Tri said yesterday (NIHBT). Professor Nguyen Anh Tri (left) congratulate patient Linh for the successful surgery. — Photo vov.vn The patient, 28-year-old Hoang Thi Thuy Linh from the central province of Quang Binh, was diagnosed with blood cancer in September last year. "Stem cell transplant is the best method to save her," Tri said. The three main sources of stem cells are bone marrow fluid, periphery blood stem cells and umbilical cord blood. When Linh needed the transplant, six of 450 blood samples stored at the institute's community stem cell bank were found to be compatible with her, Tri said. Linh's stem cell transplant was conducted towards the end of December last year. She was supervised closely for three months after that. At present, Linh can walk by herself and … [Read more...]

First stem cell transplant succeeds

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri presenting flowers to patient Linh

PANO - Doctors of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion has, for the first time, successfully conducted a non-relative umbilical cord blood transplant. The patient, Hoang Thi Thuy Linh, 28, from Quang Binh province, contracted acute leukemia. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri, Head of the institute, said the transplant took place on December 30th 2014. The patient is recovering and the umbilical cord blood cells are in stable condition. The operation cost nearly VND1 billion, including 50 percent from the health insurance. She will be discharged from hospital next week, he added. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Vietnam successfully transplants non-relative umbilical cord blood

The first non-relative umbilical cord blood transplant was successfully conducted in Vietnam, announced the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) under the Ministry of Health on April 2. The transplant took place on December 30, 2014 for Hoang Thi Thuy Linh, a 28-year-old from central Quang Binh province suffering from acute leukemia. After three months of transplantation, she has recovered and the umbilical cord blood cells are growing stably. The transplant cost nearly 1 billion VND (46,500 USD), 50 percent of which was paid for by insurance. The NIHBT provided free umbilical cord blood stem cells worth 300 million VND (13,950 USD). NIHBT Deputy Director PhD Bach Quoc Khanh said that transplant will help lengthen Linh’s life, highlighting that this measure offers hope to patients with blood disorders. Vietnam’s first cord blood stem cell bank was opened by the NIHBT in May 2014 to gather and store donations of umbilical cords for the … [Read more...]

Vietnam records first successful allogeneic stem cell transplant

Prof. Nguyen Anh Tri, Director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion congratulates patient Hoang Thi Thuy Linh.

NDO – The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday announced the successful stem cell transplant taken from public samples of umbilical cord blood – the first allogeneic case in Vietnam – for 28 year old Hoang Thi Thuy Linh from central Quang Binh province. Linh, diagnosed with blood cancer and a short time to live, was set to be best treated by syngeneic stem cell therapy; however, the stem cell sample of Linh’s younger brother did not match despite his willingness to donate stem cells. Doctors of the NIHBT moved on to search in the Stem Cell Bank and found three suitable cord blood stem cell samples among 450 public samples stored. The transplant was performed on December 30, 2014 and after three months Linh is able to walk again and shows nearly average blood indexes and steadily growing umbilical cord blood stem cells. Linh is scheduled to be released from hospital next week. The cost of the transplant reached … [Read more...]

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


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


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...]