Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [Read more...]

Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?

Policemen stand guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, about 100 km (62 miles) outside Hanoi August 30, 2013. Photo credit: Reuters   On January 19, a day after saying it had tried

in vain to stop Indonesia from executing a Vietnamese drug convict, Vietnam,where heroin trafficking is rampant,sentenced eight drug mules to death. Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection,President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more … [Read more...]

Thanh, Thuy win HCM City Run events

Winners pose with their medals after the second HCM City Run on Sunday.

Nguyen Hoang Thanh won the gold medal in the men's 21km professional category at the HCM City Run on Sunday. Thanh finished his race with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 17 seconds. Nguyen Dang Khoa won the amateur category with a time of 1:14.08. In the women's category, Le Thi Thuy won the pro pool (1:24.36), while Nguyen Dang Thanh Thuy topped the amateur class (1:28.53). National team member Nguyen Dang Duc Bao finished first in the men's 10km professional event (34.39), and Nguyen Van Mien won the amateur event (34.53). Pham Thi Quyen Tram won the women's 10km professional gold medal (41.17), while Le Thuong won the amateur category (43.35). Runners also took part in other categories, with the HCM City Run attracting more than 6,000 participants in its second edition. VNS … [Read more...]

More than 6,000 athletes join the Second Ho Chi Minh City Run

Nguyen Dang Duc Bao wins first prize in professional category.

PANO – Nearly 6,500 foreigners and locals participated in the Second Ho Chi Minh City Run held by the city’s Track and Field Federation on January 18th. Accordingly, they competed in different distances of 5km for all ages, and 10km and 21km semi-marathon. Athletes Hoang Nguyen Thanh and Nguyen Dang Khoa finished first in the men’s category, while Lam Thi Thuy and Nguyen Dang Thanh Thuy won the women’s category in 21km event for professional and amateur racers, respectively. For the 10km event for men, athletes Nguyen Dang Duc Bao and Dinh Hoang Vu won the first prizes in professional and amateur categories, respectively. The race was considered a sound play ground for foreigners and locals, aiming at boosting the sports training spirit. Besides, the organizing panel hosted a sports exhibition and workshop, and provided nutrition consultancy for the participants. Translated by Van Hieu … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 15/1

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Local film to debut at Berlin International Film Festival The much-talked about film – Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories – directed by Phan Dang Di will make its international debut at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first ever Vietnamese film to screen at the festival, which is to run February 5-15, and it will be shown as part of the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards competition. Other prominent Vietnamese cinematographers that will participate at the event include director Phan Dang Di, actress Do Thi Hai Yen, female documentary film director Nguyen Thi Tham and writer Nguyen My Trang. Vietnam joins Singapore’s Chingay parade The Vietnam National Music, Dance and Vocal Theatre will represent Vietnam at the Chingay Parade to be held in Singapore on February 27-28. Chingay 2015 will be the biggest and grandest festival in the Chingay history from 1973 with the number of tourists to enjoy the coming Chingay to be doubled to … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Volleyballers set for SEA Games

The 25-member national men's and women's volleyball teams will be summoned on Saturday – File photo

VietNamNet Bridge – The 25-member national men's and women's volleyball teams will be summoned on Saturday in preparation for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Both key players and fresh members, especially in the women's team, will be called. There are no great changes to the men's line-up, which includes veterans such as Nguyen Huu Ha, Le Quang Khanh, Tu Thanh Thuan and Hoang Van Phuong, as well as Giang Van Duc. Coach Phung Cong Hung has added some new players too, including Nguyen Van Du, Le Hoai Han and Nguyen Cong Chien. But he has ignored rising players Luu Dinh Toan, Bui Thien Men and Bui Van Hai. A large number of the female veterans will be absent, but this had been predicted earlier. While Pham Thi Yen, Ha Thi Hoa and Pham Kim Hue have said goodbye to the team, Do Thi Minh, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, Nguyen Thi Xuan and Dao Thi Huyen will be absent because of personal reasons. Nguyen Linh Chi, Le Thanh Thuy, Dinh Thi Tra Giang and Le Thi Hong will be among the … [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...]

National men’s volleyball team includes veterans

Nguyen Linh Chi is a new key player of the Vietnamese women's volleyball team. -- Photo 24h.com.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – The 25-member national men's and women's volleyball teams will be summoned on Saturday in preparation for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Both key players and fresh members, especially in the women's team, will be called. There are no great changes to the men's line-up, which includes veterans such as Nguyen Huu Ha, Le Quang Khanh, Tu Thanh Thuan and Hoang Van Phuong, as well as Giang Van Duc. Coach Phung Cong Hung has added some new players too, including Nguyen Van Du, Le Hoai Han and Nguyen Cong Chien. But he has ignored rising players Luu Dinh Toan, Bui Thien Men and Bui Van Hai. A large number of the female veterans will be absent, but this had been predicted earlier. While Pham Thi Yen, Ha Thi Hoa and Pham Kim Hue have said goodbye to the team, Do Thi Minh, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, Nguyen Thi Xuan and Dao Thi Huyen will be absent because of personal reasons. Nguyen Linh Chi, Le Thanh Thuy, Dinh Thi Tra Giang and Le Thi Hong will be among the new … [Read more...]

Assets of 50 richest women reach $1 billion

Nguyen Ngoc Nhat Hanh, the daughter of REE’s chair, is the young face in the top 50.

VietNamNet Bridge – The total stock assets of the 50 richest Vietnamese women in 2014 increased by VND5 trillion from the year before. The oldest member of the top 50 women is 64 years old, while the youngest was born in 1991. The total assets of the 50 women hit VND21.45 trillion by the end of 2014, an increase of VND4.9 trillion over 2013. Holding shares of the largest listed real estate firm, Pham Thu Huong, deputy chair of the Vingroup’s board of directors, has for the fifth time been recognized as the richest woman in Vietnam. Her husband, billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong, topped the list of 100 richest stock millionaires in 2014. Vuong is also the first Vietnamese dollar billionaire recognized by Forbes. The second position on the list of top 50 belongs to a member of the Pham family – Pham Thuy Hang, deputy chair of Vingroup, who holds shares worth VND2.3 trillion. Vingroup is believed to be one of the most "powerful" and profitable conglomerates in … [Read more...]

New Year, new trust, new expectations

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2015 is the year with lots of grand anniversaries, significant events of the nation. The Party Congress at all levels heading towards the 16th Provincial Party Committee Congress, 2015-2020 tenure and the 12th National Party Congress are among these significant events. Therefore, almost everyone wishes one new year with numerous happiness and progress… * MR. LE XUAN HIEN , VICE CHAIRMAN OF DONG XUAN DISTRICT’S WAR VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION: Striving to well implement the political tasks In 2014, in the emulating movement of "Good examples of war veterans"of the district, lots of outstanding collectives, individuals have been discovered; the operating quality of the association has been enhanced; lives of members have been attentively cared. Implementing the "learning and following the moral example of Ho Chi Minh", developing the tradition of "Uncle Ho’s soldiers", cadres and members of the War Veterans’ Association have voluntarily donated thousands of … [Read more...]

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien listed Vietnam’s top most outstanding athletes 2014

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is ranked the first position.

The organizational board announced top ten of Vietnam’s outstanding athletes, coaches and paralypic athletes, coaches 2014 on December 31. According to final result, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was ranked the first in a list of top ten of most outstanding athletes, with 1077 points that brings an unexpected result compared to previous prediction. Leading experts predicted ever that Wushu athlete Duong Thuy Vi and weightlifting athlete Thach Kim Tuan would unopposed candidates for the title. Last year, Anh Vien also had been ranked the first position among Vietnam’s top outstanding athletes 2013. This is the second consecutive times that Anh Vien earned the noble title. Weightlifting coach Huynh Huu Chi was voted with 439 points as first among Vietnam’s top outstanding coaches. Swimming coach Dong Quoc Cuong stood the first position in list of Vietnam’s top outstanding paralympic coaches. Here is a list of top ten of Vietnam’s top outstanding … [Read more...]

Swimmer Anh Vien named the most outstanding athlete of the year 2014

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. Photo: bongda.com.vn

PANO - With 1,077 points, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien topped the list of the top 10 athletes in 2014, according to the results of the vote counting announced on December 31st by the organizers of the votes for outstanding athletes, coaches, and athletes and coaches for disabled athletes. Anh Vien is followed by marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh, weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan, Wushu artist Duong Thuy Vi, gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh, sprinter Quach Thi Lan, Karatedo fighter Nguyen Hoang Nga, rider Nguyen Thi That, badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh and track and field star athlete Bui Thi Thu Thao. The top 5 coaches are Huynh Huu Chi (Ho Chi Minh City) in weightlifting, Dang Anh Tuan (An Giang) in swimming, Nguyen Thi Nhung (the General Department of Sports and Physical Training) in shooting, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (Hai Phong) in gymnastics and Phan Quoc Vinh (Hanoi) in Wushu. The top 5 athletes with disabilities are swimmer Vo Thanh Tung (Ho Chi Minh City), weightlifter Le Van Cong (Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Anh Vien named Best Athlete of 2014

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(VOV) - Outstanding swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has won the title "Best Athlete of the Year", successfully defending her top list for the second time. According to the ratings announced on December 31, Vien received the highest votes with 1,077 points, followed by shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh (975 points) and weight-lifter Thach Kim Tuan (944 points). Duong Thuy Vi, who grasped the only one gold medal for Vietnam at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) in the Republic of Korea, secured the 4th place. Other 10 ten athletes were gymnast Ha Thanh, runner Quach Thi Lan, bike racer Nguyen Thi That, and badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh. Here’s the top 10 list: 1) Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (swimming) 1,077 points 2) Hoang Xuan Vinh (shooting): 975 points 3) Thach Kim Tuan (weight-lifting): 944 points 4) Duong Thuy Vi (wushu): 678 points 5) Phan Thi Ha Thanh (gymnastics): 677 points 6) Quach Thi Lan (track-and-field): 381 points 7) Nguyen Hoang Ngan (karatedo): 228 points 8) Nguyen Thi … [Read more...]

Hanoi welcomes New Year with numerous festival activities

More than 50 art performances celebrating New Year 2015 will be held throughout Hanoi from December 31 to January 1. Activities will take place on open-air stages in Cach Mang Thang Tam (August Revolution) Square in front of the Hanoi Opera House, in front of Ba Kieu Temple in Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Thien Quang Lake and cultural houses in all districts. Alongside famous songs honoring patriotism, the Party, and capital, concerts will include famous extracts of cheo (traditional opera) play Thi Mau Len Chua (Thi Mau Visits a Pagoda) and cai luong (reformed opera) Tron Doi Trung Hieu Dat Thang Long (Forever Loyal to Thang Long). International and Vietnamese disc jockeys will burn up the capital in a special New Year’s Eve countdown in Thien Quang lake on the evening of December 31. Pop stars such as Ho Ngoc Ha, Tuan hung, Bui Anh Tuan, Hoang Ton, Hoang Thuy Linh and amongs will join the event. They will play from 8 pm until well after midnight to welcome the New Year. Two … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/12

Bai choi singing usually takes place outdoors while playing cards. — Photo hoianworldheritage.org.vn

Thai holy animal statues exhibited in Da Lat resort city A pair of dragon and peacock statues made by Thai craftsmen are being put on show at the Love Valley tourist site in Da Lat resort city of Central Highland Lam Dong province. The pair of statues are part of a collection of holy animals statues that 270 Thai artisans worked together throughout 369 days to create as a gift to Thai King Bhumibok Adulyadej on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary. The statues are made of silver and bronze, plated with 24K gold and decorated with crystal and precious stones. The dragon statue measures 132cm high, 114cm wide and weighs 88.5kg, while the peacock is 170cm in height, 127cm in width, and weighs125kg. The statues are exhibited together with gemstones originated from Thailand as well as bonsai and stone and wood sculpture works by Vietnamese artisans. Da Lat is one of the most popular resort cities in Vietnam, which is surrounded by pine-covered hills, lakes, mountains. The town … [Read more...]

Vien tipped to win Athlete of the Year

Making waves: Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is hoped to win Best Athlete of the Year for the second time in a row. — Photo phunuonline.com.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is expected to defend her title at the Best Athletes and Coaches of 2014, which is being held today (Dec 30) in three cities across the nation. The 18-year-old delivered an outstanding performance this year, bringing home countless titles and records. Vien is the first swimmer of Viet Nam to win a medal at the Asian Games. The Can Tho Province-born athlete placed third in the women's 400m medley and 200m backstroke events during the Incheon Games held three months ago. She is ranked amongst the world's top 10 swimmers in the current event. Vien triumphed in the 200m medley and set a national record in the first Youth Olympic Games in China, which was held in August. She was voted the best athlete in the 16-18 age group during the ASEAN Swimming Championships. She also won nine gold, four silver and three bronze medals. She set nine records during the event as well. The talented athlete also swept the national competition … [Read more...]