Art & Entertainment News 29/1

Artists paint a picture of Mongolia's wild beauty Landscapes, portraits of daily life, and the beauty of women of Mongolia are the themes of a painting exhibition that opened at the HCM City Union of Literature and Arts Associations on Tuesday. Works on show at the An Tuong Mong Co (Mongolian Impression) include the latest oil, acrylic, lacquer and watercolour paintings by 11 artists of the city's Women Painters Club as well as three male artists. Painter Dang Thi Duong said: "Last July, the female artists were invited to participate in the biannual international exhibition Her Presence in Colours in Mongolia. On display are the paintings which are results of our 10-day trip to the beautiful and peaceful country." For the exhibition, Duong has displayed four oil landscape paintings. She has used vivid colours of blue, pink and red along with dark colours to make the painting stand out, especially in the work Dem He O Thao Nguyen (Summer Night on the Steppe). The youngest of the … [Read more...]

Artists paint a picture of Mongolia’s wild beauty

Landscapes, portraits of daily life, and the beauty of women of Mongolia are the themes of a painting exhibition that has opened at the HCM City Union of Literature and Arts Associations. Works on show at the An Tuong Mong Co (Mongolian Impression) include the latest oil, acrylic, lacquer and watercolour paintings by 11 artists of the city's Women Painters Club as well as three male artists. Painter Dang Thi Duong said: "Last July, the female artists were invited to participate in the biannual international exhibition Her Presence in Colours in Mongolia. On display are the paintings which are results of our 10-day trip to the beautiful and peaceful country." For the exhibition, Duong has displayed four oil landscape paintings. She has used vivid colours of blue, pink and red along with dark colours to make the painting stand out, especially in the work Dem He O Thao Nguyen (Summer Night on the Steppe). The youngest of the group, Nguyen Thi Anh Dao, has one oil painting and one … [Read more...]

CEO detained following lending scandal disclosure at Ocean Bank

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Police from the Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday arrested Nguyen Minh Thu, general director of the Dai Duong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Ocean Bank), for her involvement in an unlawful lending case disclosed late last year at the Hanoi-based bank. The arrest of Thu, 42, is the next progression in the investigation into the case of "violation of regulations in lending activities of credit institutions" occurring at Ocean Bank, according to the police. Thu has been the chief executive officer of Ocean Bank and a member of the bank’s board of directors since 2011. Thu was elected as the bank’s chairperson to replace Ha Van Tham, former chairman and founder of Ocean Bank in late October 2014. Thu resigned after 2 months in power. On December 28, 2014, the board of directors of Ocean Bank held a extraordinary meeting to elect Dao Thi Thuy, an independent board members, to replace Thu. Nguyen Van Hoan, 37, who is also the founder of the bank’s lending … [Read more...]

Korean Culture Classes for Vietnamese Wives

Each class has about 32 participants who are the wives-to-be in South Korea. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

We visited a class in Thanh Xuan District at a time when Vietnamese wives were learning how to prepare Kimchi (picked napa cabbage), a traditional dish of South Korea, with instructions from a native teacher. Here the instructor covered everything from the prosaic to the paramount, from Kimchi and snowy winters, to emergency numbers and dual citizenship. The participants were also provided with a "Guide to Korean Life". The booklet is filled with photos of traditional clothing, instructions on the differences between Korean and Vietnamese child-rearing, tips to deal with in-laws, and a reminder that having a refrigerator doesn’t mean one should keep food for more than a week. Seeing their eagerness for each lesson in class, we acknowledged their desire for a happy life when going with their husbands to this country which is very different from Vietnam culturally. Bui Thi Huong, a participant of the class, talked with us while preparing Kimchi. For her and those who are going … [Read more...]

“Golden Girl” of Vietnam’s Wushu

To maintain her competitive ability, Thuy Vi tries her best to complete   a hard practice programme set by the coaching staff. Photo: Ha Thu   Thuy Vi and her teammates during physical strength practice. Photo: Ha Thu

We met Duong Thuy Vi, the girl with a small stature, at the National Sports Training Centre at a time when she was focusing her mind and strength on preparing for the National Young Wushu Contest 2014. Vi talked with us about what enticed her to practice Wushu during her break. At the age of eight, ThuyVi and her cousin to study the martial arts under the instruction of martial arts master Nguyen Tung Lam in Gia Lam District, Hanoi. Seeing Thuy Vi’s innate talent for Wushu after two years of practicing, master Tung Lam introduced her to Hanoi’s Wushu team. Not long after that, she won a silver medal at the Asian Youth Wushu Championship in Singapore in 2005. "It was the first time I participated in an international contest, so I only hoped to learn from others. However, I tried my utmost when competing and surprisingly I passed the qualification rounds for the final," recalled Vi. Duong Thuy Vi, the "golden girl" of Vietnam’s Wushu. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP Duong Thuy … [Read more...]

“Impressions on Mongolia” exhibition opens

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(Cinet)- Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association opened exhibition entitled "Impressions on Mongolia" at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC on January 27. Inspired by a trip to Mongolia with great experience in Choijin Lama Temple, Winter Palace, Chingis Khan Square, … 14 prominent painters of Vietnam Fine Arts (including 14 prominent painter of Vietnam Fine Arts (including Dang Thi Duong, Nguyen Thi Anh Dao, Cao Thi Duoc, Nguyen Thi Kim Chi, Nguyen Thuy Huong, Tran Thuy Linh, Vi Tuyet Mai, Tran Phuong My, Ly Khac Nhu, Phan Oanh, Nguyen Thi Tam, Tran Thi Suong, Nguyen Trung Tin, Huynh Phuong Thi Dai Trang) has produced 32 oil & lacquer paintingsfeaturing Mongolia’s culture and life. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence. The event will last until February 07, 2015. … [Read more...]

FDI flows up 67.1% in January

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VGP – As of January 20, Viet Nam disbursed US$505 million in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), up 8.6% compared to the same period last year, according to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The FDI sector’s exports (including crude oil) hit US$8.49 billion in January, a year-on-year increase of 8.2% and accounting for 66.8% of the country’s total exports revenue. The sector’s imports are estimated at US$7.8 billion, up 41.4% and making up 57.8% of the country’s total imports. Accordingly, the FDI sector enjoys a trade surplus of US$690 million in January. Foreign investors poured US$392.18 million in 44 newly-registered projects, up 85.5%. A total number of 19 projects were added the capital of US$271.26 million, up 45.8% in the reviewed time. In January this year, the total newly-registered and additional capital is estimated at US$663.44 million, up 67.1%. The processing and manufacturing industries … [Read more...]

10 products participate in US$3bln export club

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VGP – Ten items joined the US$3 billion export club in 2014, together making an export turnover of US$104.14 billion, accounting for 69.3% of the total and representing a rise of 13.9% from 2013. Those witnessing high growth rate included garment up 16.8%, footwear up 23.1%, aquaculture up 17.1%, machines, equipment and tools up 21.4% and coffee up 30.9%. Among the 10 items, six belonged to the manufacturing and processing industry, three in the agricultural-forestry-aquaculture sector, and crude oil. The nation recorded 10 localities having export turnover exceeding US$3 billion in 2014, seeing three more new provinces of Thai Nguyen, Long An and Ba Ria-Vung Tau. These 10 localities posted a total export turnover of US$116.15 billion in 2014, accounting for 77.3% of the total. The southern province of Binh Duong announced the highest trade surplus of US$3.86 billion, followed by the northern provinces of Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen with US$3.35 billion and US$1.2 billion, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/1

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"Impressions on Mongolia" art exhibition opens in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association will organize art exhibition named "Impressions on Mongolia" from January 27 to February 7 at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC. 30 oil & lacquer paintings, over 100 art photos and sketch of 14 female artists in HCMC featuring Mongolia’s culture and life will be on display during the event. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence (11.7.1921-11.7.2015) TNT Theatre tours across Viet Nam The British TNT Theatre will perform Frankenstein – The Monster and the Myth from March 17 to 21 in Ha Noi and HCM City. The play is directed by Paul Stebbings, with music and sound effects by composer Paul Flush. Too many stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein ignore that the story is not just a novel, but a myth that has … [Read more...]

Hai Phong climb to top of V-League

On the rise: Andre Diego Fagan of Hai Phong (left) vies for the ball against Can Tho's Phan Thanh Phuc during their V-League match.

VietNamNet Bridge – The rich Quang Ninh Coal let defending champions Becamex Binh Duong taste their first defeat of the Toyota V.League 1 season yesterday, Jan 25. The team were beaten 1-2 on their home turf at Go Dau Stadium. The loss resulted in the hosts losing their top position to Hai Phong, who secured their fourth win in a row yesterday. On-song visitors created a miracle, with top performances from all players, giving the hosts – who won all four matches ahead of their clash – no chance. A multi-layer defence worked so hard and effectively that none of Binh Duong's goal hunters could access anywhere near their penalty area during the first half, although the hosts dominated ball possession. Quang Ninh nearly opened the score with rapid counter-attack tactics in the middle of the first half, when overseas Vietnamese striker Mac Hong Quan's kick found the cross bar. Former national player Nguyen Quang Hai made a double for Quang Ninh in the first five … [Read more...]

Tens of billion VND donated to help needy people celebrate warm Tet

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to needy ethnic minority households in Lao Cai receive gifts from Nhan Dan Newspaper's Youth Union. NDO – A wide range of activities have been held across the country to help policy beneficiaries and needy people to celebrate a warm and joyful Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. On January 25, Politburo member and Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang visited and presented 50 gifts worth VND1 million each to needy ethnic minority households in Ko Sier and Pan Lam villages, Tan Lap ward, Buon Ma Thuot city, the central Highlands province of Dak Lak. On the occasion, the delegation of the Ministry of Public Security also provided each village with VND100 million to help them celebrate a joyful Tet holiday. Also on January 25, Ha Thi Thiet, Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Commission on Mass Mobilisation, and members of the Vietnam Red Cross Society and the Vietnamese Young Doctors’ Association presented 100 gifts worth … [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...]

Army units conduct social work

Representatives of the Northeast Corporation and local authorities inaugurating the house

PANO - The Company of Ports (under the Northeast Corporation of the National Defence Ministry) on the morning of January 23rd inaugurated and handed over the gratitude house for the family of the father of martyr Pham Van Dung in village 5, Du Le commune, Kien Thuy district, Hai Phong city. The construction of the 45.9m2 house cost VND 430 million (including VND 50 million from the Company of Ports and VND 70 million from the Northeast Corporation). At the ceremony, cadres, soldiers, and employees of the company also presented a TV set worth VND 10 million to the family. Over the past years, the company has constructed seven gratitude houses, supported two families to repair their houses, and provided assistance to wounded and sick soldiers, and relatives of martyrs in the provinces of Quang Ninh and Thai Binh, and Hai Phong city. Last year alone, the company donated VND 450 million to the movement "The army joining hands in building new-styled rural area", VND 170 million to the … [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...]

Highest Tet bonus put at VND482 million

Thuy Dung The biggest amount of money is registered by a firm in the southern province of Binh Duong and much lower than VND709 million for last Tet, Tong Van Lai, deputy head of the Labor and Salary Department under the ministry, told a news briefing in Hanoi on January 22. Lai added that the highest bonus for the New Year holiday was VND583 million given by a company in HCMC. Data of the department indicated that the average bonus is VND1.5 million for the New Year holiday and one-month salary, or VND5 million, for Tet, which falls on February 19. Last year, the average salary of local laborers was VND5.1 million per month and total income was VND5.3 million per month, rising 5-6% against 2013. "The salary increased but it is not much higher than in the previous year," Lai said. The average monthly salary rose by 8% to VND6.7 million for employees of State enterprises, 2% to VND4.48 million for employees of private firms, and 8% to VND4.79 million at FDI companies. … [Read more...]

Create momentum for students to do scientific research

Students presenting their projects at the provincial scientific and technical contest for high school students.

The Provincial level Scientific and Technical Contest for high school students in the academic year of 2014-2015 has been recently held by Phu Yen Provincial Department of Education and Training with 36 projects. This is an intellectual playground aimed at promoting students to do research science for learning and life. Compared with the first contest with merely 15 projects, the recent contest was invested on a larger scale, attracting 36 scientific-technical research projects of more than 50 individuals and collectives from 6 Education and Training Divisions and 11 high schools in the province. The projects’ content this year is quite diversified, focusing on the sectors of chemistry, computer science, electrical-electronics, energy and transport, environmental management, health science, environment-friendly products, households equipment, learning utensils... Most projects are innovative, integrative and highly applicable, bringing about so much interesting and … [Read more...]

Five highlights of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 4

Hoang Anh Gia Lai (in blue) is no longer the phenomenon of this year’s V-League season.

NDO – The 2015 V-League fourth round took place on January 21 witnessing four V-League powerhouses — Song Lam Nghe An, Becamex Binh Duong, Hanoi T&T and SHB Da Nang — setting up exciting encounters. Let’s review the five most notable events from this round of play.1. Binh Duong win four games with one lineup Becamex Binh Duong have been exhibiting their awesome strength as reigning V-League champions, winning four consecutive games since the 2015 season beginning. Notably, the same starting line was used by manager Le Thuy Hai to secure these victories, which indicated Binh Duong’s absolute stability, while Vietnam’s most valuable player Le Cong Vinh was kept on the substitute list. 2. Hai Phong set record with four-game clean sheet LG Hai Phong became the first team to keep a clean sheet in the first four matches of the V-League season owing to their extremely solid defence line. Along with its current second-place position in the … [Read more...]

Authorities moot curtailing of peripheral areas of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

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Authorities of a northern Vietnamese province, which is home to UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, proposed on Monday that the heritage’s peripheral areas be reduced for better management. Nguyen Van Doc, chair of the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh Province, expressed the proposition at a meeting on Monday, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism reported on its website on Wednesday. He added the zoning of the site’s peripheral areas was conducted over 10 years ago, before the province’s capital city of Ha Long experienced robust economic and tourism growth. The current peripheral areas include the area around Cat Ba Bay in neighboring Hai Phong City and the area spanning from National Highway 18 to Hon Gai District, also in Quang Ninh Province, which is home to several urban and tourist construction projects as well as bustling mining activity. Tuan Chau Corp., a local conglomerate late last week petitioned the provincial People’s Committee … [Read more...]