Sports News 29/9

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U23 players join national team training in Japan Coach Toshiya Miura has included eight U23 players who have just finished their Asian Games stint in the national team now training in Japan for the ASEAN Football Federation Cup. … [Read more...]

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Social News 12/9

Two Chinese citizens cross the border with $900,000 in cash According to the Hai Quan (Customs) Newspaper, in late August the customs body of the Xa Mat border gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh detected two Chinese citizens illegally transporting three suitcases and a cardboard box containing VND18.2 billion ($900,000). The cash was scheduled to be brought from Vietnam to Cambodia. In a dispatch issued on September 5, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/8

Looking for Asian beauties Much of the world's advertising is pitched at pretty women, or uses them to draw in viewers and get higher ratings. Realising this, Asian advertising agencies has organised another Miss AdAsia 2014 contest "to honour beautiful young women from Asian countries". Candidates aged 18-28 will be selected from photos they send to the organising board. Already, contestants from Laos, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and India have registered to join. The organisers will … [Read more...]

Three schoolgirls drown in central Vietnam

Friends burn incenses at the funeral of their friend who was among three student drown in Quang Ngai Province's Tra Khuc River on May 22. Photo credit: VnExpress

Three secondary students drowned while swimming across a shallow river in the central province of Quang Ngai on Thursday. The victims - Ngo Thanh Hang, Ma Thi Thuy Trang and Phan Thi Bich Hang - were all enrolled in the 9th grade at Tinh Giang Secondary School. After a tutoring session, the victims and three others headed to the Tra Khuc River in Son Tinh District to bathe. Five students waded across the shallow river, while another refused to follow. When they returned, the water had risen, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese buy thousands of bucks into lucrative Canada job

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The office of Ha Tinh Consultation and Training JSC in Ha Tinh Province, which has collected $3,000 each from many locals and promised to bring them to lucrative garden job in Canada. PHOTO: A. HUU … [Read more...]

Athletes look forward to the new year

Bright future: The national under-19 football team will compete at the upcoming Asian championships in Myanmar later this year.

VietNamNet Bridge - Viet Nam's athletes spent 365 days working hard in 2013 and had many successful achievements to show for their efforts. Now, a new season has arrived as they seek even more records and victories. The Year of the Snake ended when the biennial Southeast Asian Games wrapped up in Myanmar in late December. With 73 golds, 86 silvers and 86 bronzes, as well as winning the third position in the final ranking, the Viet Nam team successfully completed their difficult task. The … [Read more...]

Performer raises voice to keep cheo alive

Traditional songs: Artist Thanh Ngoan (third from left) and other artists during a performance of hat xam (blind busker's singing). — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung

Thanh Ngoan has been passionate about cheo operas since she was a child. Today, she impresses audiences with her dramatic singing voice and devotion to the ancient art. Phong Xuan and Ha Nguyen report. Cheo actress Thanh Ngoan (her real name is Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoan) has won the hearts of thousands of fans in the country for her cheo (traditional opera) singing. One fan, Ho Thi Nguyet, in Quynh Doi Village in the central province of Nghe An's Quynh Luu District, says she and almost all the … [Read more...]

Sport Highlights for November 11

Former Italian soccer star Fabio Cannavaro will arrive in HCM City ahead of attending the 2013 Tiger Street Football tournament as an honourable ambassador.

Minh seeded No 1 at Vietnam Open Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei, world No 31, is the second seed while Yunus Alamsyah of Indonesia (No 32) and Avihingsanon Suppanyu of Thailand (No 42) are third and fourth, respectively. In the women's event, Porntip Buranaprasersuk of Thailand (No 13) is the top title contender. Vietnamese representatives Vu Thi Trang (No 118) and Le Thu Huyen (No 147) will also compete at the event. The tournament has a prize purse of US$50,000. Viet Nam face hard time … [Read more...]

Five golden hopes of Vietnam to be absent from 27th SEA Games

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VietNamNet Bridge - Many excellent athletes of Vietnam will not attend the biggest sports event in Southeast Asia for many different reasons. Truong Thanh Hang (track and field) Queen of the South East Asia medium-range running track - Truong Thanh Hang - will be absent at the 2013 SEA Games because of the injuries caused by a traffic accident while training. The heavy foot injury forces Hang to break up with the SEA Games despite her practicing efforts. According to experts, Hang's absence … [Read more...]

Fake mediums abound in Vietnam, target war martyrs’ families

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The arrest of two phony mediums has prompted a debate on using mediumship to find the remains of war martyrs in Vietnam Nguyen Thanh Thuy (sitting, C) instructing the employees of Vietnam Bank for Social Policies to excavate what he claimed to be the remains of war martyrs in Quang Tri Province on July 25. Thuy has been arrested for staging such excavations and using the fake remains of war martyrs to cash in on billions of dong paid by grieving families. FILE PHOTO The family of Le Thi … [Read more...]

TV programme raises doubts about telepaths’ talents

Vu Thi Hoa with alleged remains of a revolutionary martyr

A television programme broadcast by Vietnam Television (VTV) has raised serious doubts about some alleged telepaths' real capacity in finding the remains of revolutionary martyrs, since many of the remains "discovered" by them turned out to be animal bones. According the latest "Out Of The Past" programme, tests by the Military Forensic Institute indicated that many families of revolutionary martyrs received animal bones or shards of ceramics, said by the telepaths to be fit for worship as … [Read more...]

Prostitution ring in HCM City busted

(VOV) -Nine people have been arrested for getting involved in a large-scale prostitution ring to provide sex workers to foreigners in Ho Chi Minh City. They were identified as Nguyen Tan Dat,( born in 1982), Nguyen Phuoc Hieu, (1983), Pham Duy Tan, ( 1974), Hua Thi Anh Hang, ( 1975), Duong Quoc Dung, ( 1992), Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh, (1972), Nguyen Thi Bich Thu, ( 1967), Phan Dinh Ngoc Phuoc, (1990), and Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung, (1966). In late 2012 local police were informed of a prostitution … [Read more...]

HCM City prostitution ring for foreigners busted

(VOV) - Nine people have been arrested for getting involved in a large-scale prostitution ring to provide sex workers to foreigners in Ho Chi Minh City. They were identified as Nguyen Tan Dat,( born in 1982), Nguyen Phuoc Hieu, (1983), Pham Duy Tan, ( 1974), Hua Thi Anh Hang, ( 1975), Duong Quoc Dung, ( 1992), Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh, (1972), Nguyen Thi Bich Thu, ( 1967), Phan Dinh Ngoc Phuoc, (1990), and Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung, (1966). In late 2012 local police were informed of a prostitution … [Read more...]

New cinema constructed at Bitexco tower

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Kieu Giang The information was announced on Tuesday night at the tower, the tallest building in the city with 68 floors. The cinema, which is located on level 3 and level 4 of the tower, covers an area of over 2,000 square meters with over 1,000 seats divided into seven halls, four with 3D facilities. The cinema is set to open at the year-end for Christmas and New Year festivities. This is the second BHD Star Cineplex in the city after the Maximark at 3C Ba Thang Hai Street in District … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh’s ‘Bridge of Suicide”

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VietNamNet Bridge - Beautiful Bai Chay Bridge, the most modern suspension bridge in Southeast Asia, is now called the "demonic bridge" because from the day it opened in 2006, many people have chosen it as the site of their suicide. Bai Chay's 40 guards patrol it 24/7; it is considered a strategic structure. Their duty is protecting and ensuring traffic flows on the bridge and its approaches, nearly 10 kilometers of road. But the guards have had an additional job, preventing suicides. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam wins 44 golds at SEA Games after day 4

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Vietnam won 18 gold medals on Tuesday, raising the total number of gold medals won by the Vietnamese sports delegation to 44, at the on-going 26th South East Asian Games in Indonesia. Dao Xuan Cuong (C) running to win the gold medal in the men's 400-meter hurdles; Photo by Kha Hoa. … [Read more...]

Pilot project employs psychics in searching for MIAs

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The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has said in a statement that it will put a growing number of psychic corpse finders to the test. Soldiers from the Kon Tum Province Military Unit collect the remains of a Vietnamese war martyr found during construction of a house in the eponymous town. The ministry said there has been an "abnormal" increase in the use of psychic mediums in conducting searches for MIAs in the north-central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Ha Nam. The … [Read more...]

Pier of unbuilt bridge sinks boat, kills mother, daughter

A woman and her daughter were killed when a 10m-tall concrete pier of a bridge that was never built fell on a boat Sunday night in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. The site where a a concrete pier toppled over a boat, killing a woman and her daughter Sunday in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho … [Read more...]