American couple reports $9,000 loss in theft in Vietnam hotel

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Vietnamese police are probing a theft reported by a Vietnamese-American couple who claimed they lost a US$3,000 Rolex wristwatch and $6,000 in cash in a theft in their hotel room in a southern Vietnamese province. Senior Lieutenant Colonel Dinh Van Thanh, head of the Social Crime Investigation Police Agency under the Tien Giang Province Police Department, on Sunday said his unit had received a theft report from Thoi Hoang An, 28, of U.S. nationality, and his wife, 23-year-old To Vinh Huyen. The couple said they returned to Vietnam from the U.S. on January 30, 2015 and have since stayed in Room #105 of a hotel on Le Thi Hong Gam Street in Ward 6 in the province’s My Tho City. An reported to police officers that when he woke up in the room at about 7:00 am on February 28, he discovered his Rolex watch worth $3,000 had disappeared. At 11:00 am the same day, An realized $6,000 had vanished from his handbag left in the same room, too. After receiving An’s report, … [Read more...]

Fireworks displays and flower markets in HCM City

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HCMC will have eight fireworks displays to ring in the Year of the Goat on February 18 and three flower markets which will take place from now until February 18. The area near the Saigon River Tunnel in District 2, the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 and other six places around the city will be fireworks display venues. Three large flower markets will be held at Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District, the September 23 Park and Le Van Tam Park in District 1. There are 125 other small markets around the city. Especially, Thu Duc and Can Gio districts will hold the most flower markets, at 19 and 16 respectively. Visitors can stay connected to the Internet thanks to free wifi at the spring flower festivals and Tet flower markets at Tao Dan Park, Le Van Tam Park, Gia Dinh Park, Le Thi Rieng Park, Phu Lam Park, Hoang Van Thu Park, Phu My Hung Urban Zone and Binh Dien Market and Binh Dong Wharf. During Tet Flower Street and Book Street on Ham Nghi Boulevard, this boulevard and … [Read more...]

Fireworks displays and flower markets

Kieu Giang The area near the Saigon River Tunnel in District 2, the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 and other six places around the city will be fireworks display venues. Three large flower markets will be held at Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District, the September 23 Park and Le Van Tam Park in District 1. There are 125 other small markets around the city. Especially, Thu Duc and Can Gio districts will hold the most flower markets, at 19 and 16 respectively. Visitors can stay connected to the Internet thanks to free wifi at the spring flower festivals and Tet flower markets at Tao Dan Park, Le Van Tam Park, Gia Dinh Park, Le Thi Rieng Park, Phu Lam Park, Hoang Van Thu Park, Phu My Hung Urban Zone and Binh Dien Market and Binh Dong Wharf. During Tet Flower Street and Book Street on Ham Nghi Boulevard, this boulevard and some nearby roads are closed to traffic: 1. Ham Nghi Boulevard: - No automobiles can enter the auto lanes of Ham Nghi Boulevard between Quach Thi … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City bars vehicles from downtown routes for Tet events

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has issued a notice about banning traffic from entering several routes in the city’s downtown area, which will be reserved for two annual cultural events dedicated to the upcoming Tet: Flower Street and Book Street. >> Vietnam’s biggest pancake to be certified at Ho Chi Minh City flower fest Tet, which is the Vietnamese term for the Lunar New Year, will fall on February 19, and the two events will take place on two parts of Ham Nghi Street in District 1 from February 16 to 22. Accordingly, traffic on Ham Nghi running from the Quach Thi Trang Roundabout to Ton Duc Thang Street will be halted from 7:00 am on February 6 to 6:00 am on February 23. A section of Pho Duc Chinh Street between Le Thi Hong Gam and Ham Nghi Streets will see all vehicles banned from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on February 16. In addition, vehicles must not be parked or stopped along the entire length of Pho Duc Chinh Street from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm … [Read more...]

HCMC police capture two phone thieves after dangerous chase

>> Two youths get three years each for snatching phone from Thai tourist

Vietnamese police have captured two phone snatchers, including a teenager, after a dangerous chase during which they fired four shots in Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown area on Wednesday. Police in the city’s District 1 on Thursday said they had detained Tran Ngoc Cuong, 38 and Tran Trong Long, 14, for snatching an iPhone 6 from a Vietnamese-American man, Truong Phat Nguyen, 24, on a street in the district on November 26. … [Read more...]

Vietnam teams up for badminton tournament in Indonesia

Two top Vietnamese badminton players Nguyen Tien Minh (left) and Vu Thi Trang (right) team up with nine others to compete at Axiata Cup 2014 in Indonesia next week.

NDO – Vietnam’s badminton team will compete in a badminton team tournament – Axiata Cup 2014 – scheduled from November 25 to December 5 in Indonesia. The team consists of 11 players, including prominent names in Vietnamese badminton including Nguyen Tien Minh, Le Ha Anh, Vu Thi Trang, and Thai Thi Hong Gam, under the direction of Coach Ho Van Loi. The badminton event will draw the participation of eight teams: Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Asia All Star team, Europe All Star team, and host Indonesia. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Subscription Concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" 30 and 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a subscription concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" with the performance of: Conductor: Olivier Leo Schmidt Piano Soloist: Dao Trong Tuyen And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program Suite for Symphonic Orchestra World Premiere Eight Symphonic pieces from Vietnamese folk song Piano Concerto a-minor Op.54 Vietnam Premiere Symphony No.3 Eb major Op.97 "Rhenish" Vietnam Premiere Tickets … [Read more...]

Sports News 3/10

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UFC suspends Cung Le for nine months Middleweight fighter Cung Le has been suspended from the UFC for nine months after testing positive for human growth hormone following his August 23 loss in Macau. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese players crash out in badminton tourney

HA NOI (VNS) - Unseeded Jinn Yee Tan of Malaysia knocked out 11th seed Le Ha Anh of Viet Nam in the men's singles at the Viet Nam International Badminton Series yesterday. Tan, who is ranked 444th in the world, completed a 21-14, 22-20 victory in just 30 minutes to make it through to the second round. Top seed Andre Marteen of Indonesia cruised to victory against local player Tran Trong Hung in the other men's singles match at Da Nang's Tuyen Son Sports Centre. The Indonesian, who won the first set 21-8, was leading 7-1 in the second when the Vietnamese player retired from injury. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/9

Vietnamese students attend World Youth Rhino Summit Six Vietnamese junior and senior high school students have been participating in the World Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa from September 21-23. The trip is sponsored by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the US Consulate in Durban, South Africa. The students, from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands province of DakLak, was chosen from a nation-wide art competition sponsored by WildAct Vietnam, the Humane Society, and the Hanoi Department of Education and Training. … [Read more...]

Young City artists hold group show

Looking on: An Onlooker, one of the photos by Le Nguyen Duy Phuong at the exhibition.

HCM CITY (VNS) — A group exhibition, Out of Nowhere, which marks the grand opening of Sao La, a Galerie Quynh initiative, will feature works in a range of media from painting and photography to installation and video by 10 young artists based in HCM City. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 30/5

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Vietnamese bartender takes part in world bartender competition Le Thanh Tung, a bartender from the Chill Skybar in HCM City, won the title "Best bartender in Viet Nam" during the Southeast Asia round of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 competition. … [Read more...]

Exhibition marks the grand opening of Sao La

A work from Nguyen Uyen Minh's Sai Gon Stories, exhibited in the group exhibition Out Of Nowhere at Sao La from May 30 to July 27.

HCM CITY (VNS) — A group exhibition, Out Of Nowhere, which marks the grand opening of Sao La, a Galerie Quynh initiative, will feature works in a range of media from painting and photography to installation and video by 10 young artists based in HCM City. … [Read more...]

Amateur performance club keeps traditional cai luong opera alive

Centre stage: Doan Thi Thu Huong (right) and her husband Nguyen Tai An rehearse on stage. The couple is part of an amateur cai luong club which brings together ordinary people who are passionate about the traditional art form. — Photo courtesy of Doan Thi Thu Huong

by Le Huong After putting the finish-ing touches to her tied-up hair, and buttoning up her glittering, long silk dress, Doan Thi Thu Huong takes a deep breath and walks onto the stage. Her husband, Nguyen Tai An, soon joins her onstage to enact his role. They are performing an excerpt from a classic cai luong (renovated opera) play from feudal times. Hundreds of people watch attentively as they perform on the lit-up stage of Ha Noi Cai Luong Theatre, more commonly known as the Golden Bell Theatre, located in the heart of the Old Quarter. From time to time, the crowd bursts into applause at the middle-aged couple's skilful vocal rendition when they touch the high notes. It's a normal Sunday gathering of amateur cai luong singers in the theatre, where they perform with the theatre's artists. "My husband and I are just business people, yet we join the club on weekends to nurture our passion for the traditional art," Huong told Viet Nam News. "Life is so short. We are not rich but we … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 9

More than 8,000 outpatients diagnosed with mental illness in the central province of Nghe An have been left to fend for themselves due to a shortage in State funding forprescription medication.

Urbanisation rate reaches 33.4 percent in 2013 The rate of urbanisation in Vietnam reached 33.4 percent in 2013, up one percent from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Construction. Last year, the number of people living in urban areas increased by 1.3 million, however, the distribution was not balanced with high concentrations in major metropolitan areas. Sixteen large urban centres in Vietnam account for about 50 percent of urbanites, putting pressure on housing, employment, the environment and social infrastructure. According to the ministry, Vietnam's total housing area was 79 million square metres in 2013, of which 36.5 million square metres were in urban areas. The country now has 770 urban centres. New cold spell to hit Northern, Central provinces More new cold spell will enter the northern and central provinces of Viet Nam in the afternoon of January 8, announced by the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center. According to weather forecast, the … [Read more...]