‘Do Re Mi’ children singing contest to air final round

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The final round of Do Re Mi, an annual singing contest for children, will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television's VTV3 channel on July7. Ten of the selected contestants join the final round (Photo: SGGP) Ten of the selected contestants including Nguyen Khanh Ngoc, Trinh Nhat Minh, Le An Nam, Luu Thi Huong Thao, Ju Uyen Nhi, Do Khanh Nhi, Le Mai Quynh, Rmah Thanh Xuan, Tran Quoc Thai and Pham Mai Ngoc Nhat of ages 6-8 triumphed over thousands of candidates to join the final round. This year, the 7th singing contest had drawn a large number of children from across the nation, included remote areas such as Ha Giang, Nghe An, Gia Lai and Ca Mau. Le Tran Nhat Tien, a nine-year-old boy from the northern province of Ha Tinh had won a special cash prize of VND15 million and a trip to Hello Music Land in Melbourne, Australia, with his parents in the last contest. … [Read more...]

Central region boy, 9, wins Do Re Mi singing competition

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HA NOI — The Do Re Mi singing contest for children awarded a Special Prize to Le Tran Nhat Tien on Sunday. Tien, a nine-year-old boy from the central province of Ha Tinh, received a cash prize of VND15 million (US$700) and a trip to Hello Music Land in Melbourne, Australia, with his father or mother. First and second prizes were given to Bao Tran, 8; Gia Linh, 9; and Bich Hang, 8. Do Re Mi has been broadcast by Viet Nam Television, with sponsorship by Vinamilk, annually since 2006.-VNS … [Read more...]

8-year-old boy crowned at children singing contest

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Le Tran Nhat Tien from the northern province of Ha Tinh has been crowned winner at Doremi, the singing contest for children held annually by the national Vietnam Television Station. At the final night of the competition which is in its 6th year on August 12, the 8-year-old boy impressed the jury as well as viewers with his confident performances of two songs "Trong Com" (Cylindrical Drum) and "Bay Cao Tieng Hat Uoc Mo" (The Voice of Dreams Flying High), then won the highest prize worth VND20 million (US$1,000). … [Read more...]

Judge and audiences cry when 9-year-old boy sings

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VietNamNet Bridge – Both judges and the audience were touched by the performance of Le Tran Nhat Tien, a 9-year-old boy from the central province of Ha Tinh, in a show of the Do Re Mi television singing contest for kids on July 22. Judges Tran Thanh and Chau Anh and many viewers could not hold on their tears when Tien sang “Seeing Mum in Dream.” … [Read more...]

Vietnamese youngsters making short films: Diversity and difference

Youngsters learn important skill in filmmaking at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD) (Photo: tpdmovie.com.vn)

VietNamNet Bridge – In recent years, making short films has become a hot trend of young Vietnamese cinema enthusiasts. Although the young film makers still show some shortcomings, they have also gained significant recognition at regional and international film fests, bringing optimistic signs for the future of Vietnamese cinema. A favourite trend of youngsters In today’s digital era, making a short film cannot be easier for youngsters. All they need is a camera with a video shooting mode, the support of dedicated software, and a small amount of money. Some youngsters even use their mobile phone for filming in case they need a hidden camera scene in their films. After filming, they do the editing and montage sequences themselves. Their short films often touch on major topics such as family, schools and friendship. Although the stories told in the films are quite interesting, the techniques of the producers are still quite amateur. Many of them had basic mistakes: the … [Read more...]

Social News 30/4

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Airlines, coach operators to add services on holiday Airlines as well as coach and train services operators will increase services during the long holiday of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1) to meet rising demand. Vietjet said it will operate 140 more flights from on April 28 to May 4, bringing the total daily services to 246, up a staggering 66% against the same period last year. The no-frills carrier will add four flights a day to the HCMC-Danang run and two daily services to each of HCMC-Phu Quoc, Hanoi-Phu Quoc and Hanoi-Danang routes. With frequency increases, the airline's daily flights will be 21 for the HCMC-Hanoi route, five for each of HCMC-Hue and Hanoi-Cam Ranh, six for HCMC-Vinh, six to seven for HCMC-Haiphong, and three for each of HCMC-Thanh Hoa and Hanoi-Dalat. Vietnam Airlines announced to conduct 136 more flights on nine domestic routes from on April 28 to May 4. It will sell a total of 250,000 seats, chiefly on the routes … [Read more...]

14 teams play Asian Beach Volleyball Tournament

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PANO – The 2016 Asian Beach Volleyball Tournament kicked off on April 28th on Tuan Chau International Tourism Island, Ha Long, Quang Ninh province. Jointly held by the Vietnam Volleyball Federation, the Tuan Chau Group, Vietnam Television, and the provincial People’s Committee, the event drew the participation of 14 teams from eight countries and territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Hong Kong (China), and the host, Vietnam. As part of activities for the 2016 Ha Long Tourism Week, the four-day event is expected to attract tourists to the world heritage site Ha Long Bay. The tournament also promotes Quang Ninh’s land and people. In the first match of the tournament, the Vietnam 2 team played the Thailand 1 team. Scores of tourists and fans attended the match. Tournament matches will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television. Source: VNATranslated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

“Border Friendship” exchange program to be held

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PANO - The Vietnam Border Guard Command and Vietnam Television held a press conference on April 25th to unveil the "Border Friendship" exchange program scheduled on May 7th at the Ministry of National Defense. The program will be broadcast live on VTV1, Vietnam National Defense, and a number of local television channels. The international exchange program will see the participation of leaders, commanders and border guard forces from the four countries sharing borderlines - Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and China. Military attachés, and representatives of diplomatic agencies and embassies in Vietnam will also participate. The program will highlight the close relationship, solidarity, friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between the border guard force and people of Vietnam and their counterparts in the three neighboring countries. It is also a good opportunity for participating border guard forces to share border management experience and practices. This will strengthen … [Read more...]

Hai Phong will start major projects in May, 2016

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Hai Phong will start major projects in May, 2016 th Red Flamboyant Festival falls on 6th May, from 6th May to 12th May , in every corner of the city will witness many events and activities such as: groundbreaking ceremony of US $ 1.5 billion project of LG Displays (Korea) in Trang Due industrial zone; groundbreaking ceremony of resort project - Hon Dau luxury resort invested by Him Lam Joint Stock Company in Hon Dau Island, Do Son District with a total investment of VND 5,000 billion; groundbreaking ceremony Component B - Investment projects to build international gateway port in Hai Phong in Cat Hai town, Cat Hai district. Cat Bi airport zones under Phase 1 of the project to upgrade Cat Bi International airport will also be inaugurated on this occasion. Red Flamboyant Festival - Hai Phong in 2016 will take place for 3 days, from 6th May to 8th May, at Theater Square of the city and city center. In particular, the program of opening night art festival with the theme "Haiphong - … [Read more...]

PM to hold dialogue with 3,000 labourers for Workers’ Month 2016

Outstanding workers will be honoured during the celebration of the 130th International Workers' Day and the 2016 Workers’ Month.

For the first time, to celebrate the 130th International Workers' Day and launch the 2016 Workers’ Month in Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will meet and hold talks with 3,000 workers in Dong Nai province and in southeastern localities on April 30. The information was released at a press briefing to provide information about the 130th anniversary of International Workers' Day and launching the 2016 Workers’ Month held by Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) in Hanoi on April 25. At the press conference, VGCL Deputy Chairman Nguyen Van Ngang said that PM Phuc will join workers in entertainment activities and will then hold a dialogue with labourers to listen to the thoughts and aspirations of workers on issues related to wages, housing and training. Prior to the dialogue, PM Phuc will also have a meeting with local businesses. In the series of activities to celebrate the 130th anniversary of International Workers' Day and the 2016 Workers’ … [Read more...]

VTV launches new press office in US

VTV opening a new representative office in US. Source: VTV

Vietnam Television (VTV) officially opened another representative office in Los Angeles, California at a ceremony on April 23. Addressing the event, VTV General Director Tran Binh Minh said the new office is expected to enhance the coverage of socio-economic and cultural situation in the US western coast as well as in the overseas Vietnamese community in California, and thus contribute to stronger bilateral cooperation between the two nations. Vietnamese General Consul in San Francisco Ho Xuan Son noted the significance of the establishment of the office, saying that it will serve as a bridge connecting Vietnam with the socio-economic and cultural hub of Los Angeles, as well as the whole West Coast of the US. The overseas Vietnamese community in California with nearly 700,000 people account for more than 30 percent of the total number of OVs in the US, Son said, adding that the VTV office will help with the preservation of the Vietnamese language, identity and tradition for the … [Read more...]

Labour affairs stories awarded

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Journalists who wrote outstanding articles on workforce affairs were honoured at an award ceremony in Hanoi on April 22. Le Thi Tuyet from Lao Dong newspaper came first in the "print and online edition" category with her article "Nhung nguoi xoa mu luat cho cong nhan" (People who help workers understand law). The second prize went to a group of Tuyet’s colleagues – Hoang Van Minh, Tran Chau Huu Danh and Luc Thanh Tung. Tan Duc from Tuoi Tre newspaper and a group of two journalists – Do Thi Thao Nguyen and Pham Tran Trung – from the Vietnam News Agency secured third place. In the "radio and television" category, "Lao dong di cu – hoang vang lang que, nhoc nhan noi pho thi" (Migrant workers – deserted villages, harsh city life) by Tran Ba Duy from the Voice of Vietnam’s VOV2 came first. Nguyen Van Quang from the Lam Dong radio-television broadcaster won second place with his three-piece story "Chuyen chua ke phia sau Lang Dai Hoc" (Untold … [Read more...]

Trung So wins Golden Kite Award 2015

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The film Trung So (Jackpot), directed by Vietnamese-American Dustin Nguyen, won the Golden Kite Award for feature movie at the ward ceremony in Hanoi on April 20. The comedy film Trung so (Jackpot) was represented Vietnam in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Annual Oscar Academy Awards. The movie based on the true story is directed by Vietnamese-American Dustin Nguyen and written by writer and playwright Nguyen Manh Tuan. The funny and touching story is about a girl selling lottery tickets in the Mekong Delta. She hands winning lottery tickets to a man who merely nods to buy them without paying her right away. She does that since he usually purchases the last tickets she has just before a lottery draw. Movies, Cuoc Doi Cua Yen (Life of Yen) by director Dinh Tuan Vu, Nguoi Tro Ve (The Returner) by Dang Thai Huyen, and Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (Dear brother) by Victor Vu were given Silver Kite awards. Actress Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, who plays the role of Ut … [Read more...]

Vietnam Golden Kite award winners announced

Hanoi, April 21 (VNA) - The movie Trung So (Jackpot), based on the true story of Lanh, a lottery ticket seller in the southern province of Dong Thap, was granted the ‘Vietnamese Oscar’ Golden Kite award for feature movie at a glittery award ceremony on April 20 night in Hanoi. The movie was directed by Vietnamese-American Dustin Nguyen, who produced the film because he was moved by the story and inspired by people’s kindness and honesty. Nguyen also stars in the movie as a tricycle driver. Silver Kite awards were given to Cuoc Doi Cua Yen (Life of Yen) by director Dinh Tuan Vu, Nguoi Tro Ve (The Returner) by Dang Thai Huyen, and Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (I See Yellow Flowers on Green Grass). Actress Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, who plays the role of Ut Thom in Jackpot, won Best Actress, while her colleague Nguyen Thanh Tu bagged Best Actor for his role in Cau Vong Khong Sac (Rainbow Without Colour). In the TV Series category, the Golden Kite award was given to … [Read more...]

VTV ponders K+ paid TV service divestment

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State-owned Vietnam Television (VTV) may divest from K+ paid TV following continuous losses at the satellite TV service. K+ is a joint venture between VTV and French communications group CanalPlus. The channel recorded accumulated losses worth nearly VND 2 trillion (USD85 million) according to a recent VTV report on their use of state budget to the government. Most of VTV's USD86 million investment, accounting for 77% of the channels total capital in K+ were from bank loans so they have been spending over VND100 billion a year on interest, VTV said in the report explaining their losses in the channel in which they hold a 51% stake. Despite remarkable growth in the number of subscribers, from some 95,000 in 2009 to 800,000 by 2015; and annual revenues sharply increasing from VND160 billion to VND1.269 trillion during these six years, VTV still managed to lose VND1.979 trillion (USD85.1 million) by 2015. VTV’s poor business strategy has been blamed for losing market share to … [Read more...]

Government may sell stake in Canal+ joint venture

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Vietnam Television (VTV), which represents the state capital in Vietnam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV) - the joint venture with French pay TV operator Canal+ Group, said it may have to ask for permission from the prime minister to sell its stake, according to newswire vneconomy.vn. The newswire quoted a report signed by VTV deputy general director Nguyen Thanh Luong that VTV had just sent to the Government’s Office as saying that the joint venture is incurring huge losses. According to the report, since VTV does not currently have a say in the management of VSTV—the operator of the K+ brand - as per the joint venture contract, VTV is going to renegotiate the terms of the venture and the company charter with Canal+, get a representative to join in the management of VSTV, and try to find ways to improve the company’s performance. "In case everything fails, we will turn to the prime minister to allow the divestment of state capital from VSTV," the report … [Read more...]

Vietnam Television may sell stake in loss-making pay TV service

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An office of pay TV provider K+ in Vietnam. Photo credit: K+ website National broadcaster Vietnam Television plans to sell part of its stake in a pay TV joint venture with France's Canal+ Group after the six-year-old business piled up nearly VND2 trillion (US$88.52 million) in losses, local media reported Wednesday. Nguyen Thanh Luong, deputy general director of VTV, told Tien Phong newspaper that if the situation of Vietnam Satellite Digital Television does not improve, VTV will ask for the government's permission to reduce its stake to 25 percent from 51 percent at the moment. VTV and its partner plan to reduce subscription fees and increase advertising revenues in an attempt to improve the situation of the joint-venture, better known as K+, news website VnExpress said, citing VTV's report to the government. With a slate of sports channels as its main selling point, K+ had more than 800,000 subscribers at the end of last year, compared to 95,600 in 2009 when it was launched. Its … [Read more...]

VTV to air all football matches at EURO 2016

Ho Chi Minh City , April 15 (VNA) – Vietnam Television (VTV) on April 14 announced its copyright and schedule to broadcast the UEFA EURO 2016 Finals. VTV has been granted rights to produce, exploit and use on free and paid platforms all programmes relating to EURO 2016 on television, www.vtvgo.vn and the VTVGo app. VTV owns the right to broadcast matches, news and commentary programmes relating to EURO 2016; using images and materials relating to EURO 2016 in other programmes; and create and provide clips of matches or match days. The national television broadcaster will air all 51 matches and broadcast commentary programmes before, during and after the matches of EURO 2016 on channels VTV3, VTV3 HD, VTV6 and VTV6 HD. Nguyen Ha Nam , Head of VTV Editorial Secretariat, said besides broadcasting on traditional channels, for the first time VTV will provide content of the EURO Cup on the internet and mobile app VTVGo EURO 2016 and on the website www.vtvgo.vn . Concerning … [Read more...]

Canal+’s Vietnam venture at risk of huge losses

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Vietnam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV), the joint venture between state-owned broadcaster Vietnam Television and French pay TV operator Canal+ Group, would incur huge losses if it’s unable to buy the rights to broadcast the English Premier League (EPL) for the 2016-2019 period. In a recent document sent to the Ministry of Information and Communications, Le Chi Cong, general director of VSTV, which owns the brand K+, said when comparing among three case scenarios, namely "having the EPL", "having the non-exclusive rights to broadcast the EPL" and "not having the EPL at all", the company concluded that "without the EPL, VSTV would have more severe losses," because its other contents cannot compete with those of other companies which have been operating for more than 20 years and other telecom companies with strong finance and a big user base. The document was sent in the context that K+ has just announced its breaking away from an agreement signed with the Vietnam Pay … [Read more...]