Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

Vietnamese player exits Australian Open

Ly Hoang Nam was ousted from the Australian Open after his loss in the boys' singles second-round match on January 27 at the Melbourne Park. The Vietnamese player was defeated 6-4, 6-7 (3), 4-6 by No 16 seed Arika Santillan of the host. According to coach Tran Duc Quynh, Nam started the match very well, winning a break point in the first game, and maintained his lead till the end of the first set. Unseeded Nam continued to play well, though Santillan received strong home crowd support in Court 7, and pocketed the second break point in the seventh game of the second set before he made it 5-3. However, Santillan won three games in a row in the second set and levelled it 6-6. The 1.78m-tall player grabbed the set with a 7-3 win in the tie break. In the third set, Nam was not able to stop Japan-born Santillan from winning the match. Nam is the first Vietnamese player to reach the second round of the Australian Open's junior draw.-VNA … [Read more...]

Ly Hoang Nam exits Australian Open with head held high

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Ly Hoang Nam was ousted from the Australian Open after his loss in the boys' singles second-round match yesterday at the Melbourne Park. The Vietnamese player was defeated 6-4, 6-7 (3), 4-6 by No 16 seed Arika Santillan of the hosts. According to coach Tran Duc Quynh, Nam started the match very well, winning a break point in the first game, and maintained his lead till the end of the first set. Unseeded Nam continued to play well, though Santillan received strong home crowd support in Court 7, and pocketed the second break point in the seventh game of the second set before he made it 5-3. However, Santillan won three games in a row in the second set and levelled it 6-6. The 1.78m-tall player grabbed the set with a 7-3 win in the tie break. In the third set, Nam was not able to stop Japan-born Santillan from winning the match. Nam is the first Vietnamese player to reach the second round of the Australian Open's junior draw. VNS … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 27

Politics

Briefs of some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday (January 27) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: -- Efforts have been made to organize a trip for U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Vietnam in the near future, Dr. Murray Hiebert, vice director of the unit for Southeast Asian studies under the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Tuoi Tre on Monday. -- Vietnam and the U.S. have made long strides to improve their mutual relations since the two countries normalized relations in 1995, according to diplomats attending the international conference entitled "Vietnam – Untied States Relationship: For 20 More Successful Years" held in Hanoi on Monday. Society -- The urban traffic management unit No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City has approved a VND100 billion (US$4.8 million) project to renovate road sections leading to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The roads are Truong Son, Tran Quoc Hoan, and Phan Thuc Duyen with a total length of two kilometers. -- … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Nam marches into second round at Australian Open

In play: Ly Hoang Nam of Viet Nam advances to the second round of the Australian Open's junior competition. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – Ly Hoang Nam booked a place in the second round of the Australian Open's junior competition yesterday, Jan 25. The 17-year-old defeated French rival Corentin Moutet 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a tightly fought match of the singles event. Moutet quickly took a 3-0 lead before Nam gained his confidence and fought back to win five games in a row to make it 5-3. Moutet then levelled the score at 6-6 to force a first set tie break, which Nam won 7-4. In the second set, Nam dominated to reach a 5-2 lead, but failed to maintain his performance and allowed to Moutet level at 5-5. The Vietnamese player won the 11th game on serve with ease, and in the decisive game, Nam took the second of two match points to win 7-5. In the second round, Nam will play Australia's Akira Santillan this morning. The tournament's No 16 seed yesterday overcame Boris Pokotilov of Russia 6-4, 6-2 in his opening game. Santillan is the defending champion of the Canada Open's junior event, having … [Read more...]

VN player enters Australia Open second round

Hanoi, January 26 (VNA) – Tennis player Ly Hoang Nam booked a place in the second round of the Australia Open’s junior competition on January 25. The 17-year-old defeated French rival Corentin Moutet 7-6, 7-5 in a tightly fought match of the singles event. Moutet took a 3-0 lead before Nam gained his confidence and fought back to win five games in a row to make it 5-3. The French player then leveled the score at 6-6 to force a first set tie break, which Nam won 7-4. In the second set, Nam dominated to reach a 5-2 lead, but failed to maintain his performance and allowed to Moutet at 5-5. The Vietnamese player won the 11th game on serve with ease, and in the decisive game, Nam took the second of two match points to win 7-5. In the second round, Nam is set to play Australia’s Akira Santillan, the tournament's No. 16 seed, on January 26 morning. This is the first time a Vietnamese player has advanced to the second round of a Grand Slam tournament. Previously, … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 26

Society

Here are the leading news stories in Vietnamese media in brief for today, January 26. -- A 1,000-square-meter facility that collects scraps in the southern province of Dong Nai was almost completely destroyed after a raging fire broke out and engulfed it on Sunday afternoon. -- A 96-year-old man, who travels on wheel-chair and lives alone in the Go Cong town of the southern province of Tien Giang, could not escape when his house burst into flame on Sunday. -- The 2015 Voluntarily Spring campaign officially kicked off Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City, sending more than 18,000 students to help people in the city and other neighboring localities to celebrate Tet. -- Hanoi police discovered more than ten tons of fake dietary supplements during a weekend raid, officers announced Sunday. -- The International General Hospital of Hai Phong, which cost VND1 trillion (US$46.6 million) to build, was open to patients in the northern province of Hai Phong on Sunday. Business -- Bach Dang … [Read more...]

Vietnamese player enters Australia Open second round

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Tennis player Ly Hoang Nam NDO/VNA – Tennis player Ly Hoang Nam booked a place in the second round of the Australia Open’s junior competition on January 25. The 17-year-old defeated French rival Corentin Moutet 7-6, 7-5 in a tightly fought match in the singles event. Moutet took a 3-0 lead before Nam gained his confidence and fought back to win five games in a row to make it 5-3. The French player then leveled the score at 6-6 to force a first set tie break, which Nam won 7-4. In the second set, Nam dominated to reach a 5-2 lead, but failed to maintain his performance and tied with Moutet at 5-5. The Vietnamese player won the 11th game on serve with ease, and in the decisive game, Nam took the second of two match points to win 7-5. In the second round, Nam is set to play Australia’s Akira Santillan, the tournament's No. 16 seed, on the morning of January 26. This is the first time a Vietnamese player has advanced to the second round of a Grand Slam … [Read more...]

Nam wins berth for the second round of Australian Open’s junior

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(VOV) - Vietnamese tennis player Ly Hoang Nam on January 24 defeated his rival Corentin Moutet of France in the first round of the Australian Open’s junior circus held in Melbourne. Nam, born in 1997, is the world junior No. 70 and one of 46 players starting in the main round. His rival, Moutet, 15, is No.1251 in the ATP rankings, about 200 spots higher than Nam. Nam won glorious victory over his experienced rival with scores 2-0 (7-6, 7-5) and secured a berth in the second round of the tournament. With the impressive triumph, Nam has become the first Vietnamese representative in the most prestigious Grand Slam Tennis Tournament. His next rival is the world junior No 16 from the host country Akira Santilan who defeated Boris Pokotilov with scores 6-4, 6-2. … [Read more...]

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 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

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Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/1

Cheo Theatre stages traditional opera with a twist A new show combining Cheo (traditional opera) and Water Puppetry is currently being staged daily between 5.30 and 6.30pm at the Ha Noi Cheo Theatre, 15 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. Entitled "Long Thanh Dien Xuong" or the Thang Long Citadel Singing Show, the act features folk dances, traditional opera, Xam singing (folk music performed by blind beggars), and Chau Van (chamber singing performed through trance rituals in honour of Mother goddesses), which are either illustrated through or mixed with Water Puppetry. VTV1 to broadcast documentary on Son Doong Cave A latest documentary on the biggest cave known in the world—Son Doong—located in the central province of Quang Binh, will be broadcast on VTV1 on February 14. The documentary will feature magnificent scenes from inside the cave that still carry ancient traces of animal and plant drawings, as well as of the people, who made the great contribution of discovering the … [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...]

Ly Hoang Nam to play in AGL Loy Yang Traragol

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Ly Hoang Nam will treat the AGL Loy Yang Traragol Junior International event as awarm-up, ahead of the Australian Open. The Vietnamese player will compete in the main round with 45 other rivals in the boys' singles category from January 17 to 22. AGL Loy Yang Traragol is one of top tournaments for young players. The annual event usually lures the world's top 100 players. Nam will later participate in the Australian Open's junior tourney, beginning on January 24. Quyen tops fourth stage of cycling tournament Cyclist Tran Van Quyen secured his win at the Ben Tre Television Cycling Tournament yesterday. The Military Zone 7 rider finished first in the fourth 145km stage – from Long Xuyen City to Ha Tien Town – within the time of 3hr 57.03min. It was Quyen's third win in a row, which has helped him to consolidate his top position in the green jersey race. Quyen now has 91 points, leaving his closet rival far behind with a distance of 11 points. Tang Chi Hung of … [Read more...]

Social News 14/1

Three big cities launch English Champion 2015 The Vietnam Central Study Encouragement Association, EQuest Academy in collaboration with the Vietnamese American English Centre (VATC) has launched an English contest for primary and junior high school students (English Champion 2015). The contest will kick off on April 1, 2015, for students from the 4th to 8th grades in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. Contestants will compete in three rounds to show their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Competition will follow the knockout format, examining the competitors’ communication and presentation skills. Last year, English Championship 2014 drew the participation of thousands students from more than 20 primary and secondary schools in the three big cities. Awards include scholarships and cash (VND6.2 million or US$294 for the winner of the English Championship 2014). Pilot issuance of Criminal Record Cards by post approved The Prime Minister has approved a project … [Read more...]

Nam to play in Davis Cup matches

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Viet Nam's No 1 tennis player Ly Hoang Nam will be part of the team that will compete in the 2015 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III matches in April. This was announced by Nguyen Quoc Ky, vice chairman and general secretary of the Viet Nam Tennis Federation (VTF). Eight teams will compete in this group, including Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Qatar and Viet Nam. Ky added that Nam will also be a key player of the national team that will compete in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in June in Singapore, as the VTF has withdrawn Nam's ban from all competition from December 31 last year. Eighteen-year-old Nam has moved up 28 spots to 42nd in the International Tennis Federation's latest junior ranking. VNS … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s No.1 player to compete at Davis Cup

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Ly Hoang Nam will compete in the 2015 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III matches in April. (Source:VNA) Vietnam 's No 1 tennis player Ly Hoang Nam will be part of the team that will compete in the 2015 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III matches in April. This was announced by Nguyen Quoc Ky, Vice Chairman and General Secretary of the Vietnam Tennis Federation (VTF). Together with Vietnam , Cambodia , Hong Kong , Malaysia and Qatar will also compete in this group. Ky added that Nam will also be a key player of the national team that will compete in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in June in Singapore , as the VTF has withdrawn his ban from all competitions from December 31 last year. The 18-year-old player has moved up 28 spots to the 42nd in the International Tennis Federation's latest junior ranking.-VNA … [Read more...]