HUEGATEX Ready for Larger Arenas

(Nguyen Ba Quang, General Director of Hue Textile and Garment Joint-stock Company.)  "When Vietnam joins the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and concludes negotiations for the Trans-pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), it is expected that the textile and garment sector, especially HUEGATEX, will thrive because the company has the ability to meet the demand for the material origin, one of the important principles of TPP".

Hue Textile Garment Joint-stock Company, an affiliate of the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), is one of the leading enterprises in Hue in particular and in Central Vietnam in general. According to Nguyen Ba Quang, General Director of HUEGATEX, Vietnam and the Philippines are now fierce competitors in terms of textile and garment production in ASEAN. When Vietnam joins the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and concludes negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it is expected Vietnam’s textile and garment sector, especially HUEGATEX, will enjoy a boom because this company has a good reputation for meeting the demand for the material origin, one of the important principles of TPP. HUEGATEX now owns five factories, including one spinning factory, one knitting-dying factory and three garment factories which were invested with advanced and synchronous equipment and machines imported from the world’s developed countries. The company upgraded … [Read more...]

Textbooks teach first graders to walk on glass

VietNamNet Bridge - The Education Publishing House has decided to remove the lesson on teaching students to walk on glass from the life skill textbook designed for first graders. However, the issue remains controversial. Many parents were astonished when they saw the lesson. Phan Quoc Viet and Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong, the authors of the reference book for first graders, in a lesson about bravery, related a story about a student named An who can walk safely on a glass-made carpet. They also gave instructions to students on how to walk on glass. At first, An was scared when the teacher asked him to walk on glass. However, with the teacher’s encouragement and guidance, An could do it easily. Later, An persuaded his classmates to do the same, saying that walking on glass was not as dangerous as people thought. "I cannot understand why first graders, very small children, have to experience the lesson. What will happen if they, without necessary skills, try walking on glass and hurt … [Read more...]

Boring school ceremony speeches to be cut back

by Hong Minh More than 15 million students at all levels throughout the country are relieved at a decision by the Ministry of Education and Training to clamp down on boring speeches at ceremonies on the first school day. Fifteen-year-old Nguyen Khanh Vy in Ha Noi's Cau Giay District is excited at entering tenth grade and hopes that the tedious speeches at her first school day at senior high school will be different to what she experienced at primary and junior high schools. "I remember quite well my last nine le khai giang – or first school day ceremonies – as they were all the same," Vy said. "All were so crowded and held in the hot sun in school yards in early September." Vy said the ceremonies were boring and full of cliches. She recalled having to wake up early to go to school, where students were given fake flowers, balloons and small national flags to welcome newcomers or VIP guests. "Under the bright sunlight, we listened to long speeches from school … [Read more...]

Naval ship rescues fishermen

PANO - Naval Ship 628 (Naval Region 3) on August 17th safely took 9 fishermen in distress to Ly Son island district of Quang Ngai province. (Photo for illustration: dantri.com.vn) Earlier, at 10.00am August 16th while on duty at sea, Ship 628 received the distress signal from trawler BD 97044TS about 70 nautical miles far from the South of Tri Ton Island, Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands of Vietnam. The trawler was about to sink due to a broken hull. The naval ship immediately rushed to the scene. At 4.45pm the same day, 9 fishermen on the distressed trawler were safely transferred to Ship 628, ready to head back to Ly Son island district. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Three Vietnamese cartoons to attend Int’l Cartoon Festival

A scene in the film "Father of chick".

(Cinet)- The organizational board of a short film cartoon contest on August 13 announced three best cartoons to join in International Cartoon Festival at Chuncheon in South Korea in this coming September. The cartoons were selected from a contest organised by the Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam, the Cinematography Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Cartoon Company from June 05 to July 30. They include "Bo cua ga con" (Daddy of the little chick) by Pham Ngoc Tuan, "Lu va Robo" (Lu and Robo) by the Colory company from Ho Chi Minh City and "Chiec banh tinh ban" (The friendship pie) by Phan Ngoc Thuy Duong. The first prize was offered to film marker Pham Ngoc Tuan with the entry of "Father of chick" (Cha cua ga con). The film is a story of a lonely dog and his happy chicken family neighbour. They are separated by a fence and do not enjoy a good relationship. After the dog catches an egg and becomes the father of a newly-hatched chicken, the … [Read more...]

Vietnam-RoK animation festival 2015 starts

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PANO – The Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam (KCCV) opened the Vietnam-Republic of Korea (RoK) animation festival (VKAF), on August 13th with the support of the Vietnam Department of Cinematography and the Vietnam Animation Film Studio. Following the success of the first festival in Vietnam last year, as KCCV’s Director Park Nark Jong said, this festival will be a chance to connect animation lovers and film makers of the two countries, and to assist Vietnam animators to develop the animation industry. A number of activities will be organized during the festival, such as a cartoon characters exhibition (from August 7th-22nd) at Lotte center, the opening and award ceremonies for short animation contest (on August 13th), short animation film making instruction (August 13th-14th), a seminar on animation development (August 14th-15th) at Daewoo hotel, and free Vietnam-Korea animation screening at Au Co Art Center on August 15th-16th. This year, professional experts in Korean … [Read more...]

Vietnamese cartoons to attend international festival

Three Vietnamese cartoons have been chosen to participate in the Chuncheon International Cartoons Festival in September in the Republic of Korea (RoK), reported the Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper. The cartoons were selected from a contest organised by the Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam, the Cinematography Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Cartoon Company. They include "Bo cua ga con" (Daddy of the little chick) by Pham Ngoc Tuan, "Lu va Robo" (Lu and Robo) by the Colory company from Ho Chi Minh City and "Chiec banh tinh ban" (The friendship pie) by Phan Ngoc Thuy Duong. The three cartoons will receive assistance from RoK experts for further development before participating in the Chuncheon festival. On August 13, the Vietnam-RoK cartoon festival 2015 opened in Hanoi to provide a playground for cartoon lovers and boost exchanges in the field between the two countries. … [Read more...]

Award-winning cartoon to be screened

The cartoon Father of Chicken by filmmaker Pham Ngoc Tuan. — VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Animation filmmaker Pham Ngoc Tuan has won the first prize at the short animated cartoon making contest launched by the South Korean Cultural Centre. His cartoon, entitled Bo Cua Ga Con (Father of Chicken), is a story of a lonely dog and his happy chicken family neighbour. They are separated by a fence and do not enjoy a good relationship. After the dog catches an egg and becomes the father of a newly-hatched chicken, the relations get much better. "The cartoon convinced the jury board since it depicted paternal love and funny situations," said the centre director, Park Nark-jong, at the contest award ceremony held in Ha Noi yesterday. Tuan is a veteran animation filmmaker and also a deputy-director of the Viet Nam Animation Centre, one of the four studios in the entire nation taking part in the contest. "I don't think about the award. I sent my latest cartoon to the contest to introduce it. I also want to see the cartoons made by other young filmmakers," said … [Read more...]

Three Vietnamese cartoons to join in Int’l Cartoon Festival

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The organizational board of a short film cartoon contest yesterday announced three best cartoons to join in International Cartoon Festival at Chuncheon in South Korea in September. The contest was held by Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam, Vietnam Cinema Department and Vietnam Animation Studio receiving 22 entries of animation makers. The organizational board included directors, Vietnamese and Korean cartoon experts and makers. The first prize was offered to film marker Pham Ngoc Tuan with the entry of "Father of chick" (Cha cua ga con); and the second prize went to Colory Cartoon Company with the entry of "Lu and Robo" (Lu va Robo). The third prize was granted to student Phan Ngoc Thuy Duong with the "Friendship Cake" (Chiec banh tinh ban). On the same day, the 2015 Vietnam- Korea Cartoon Festival was also opened in Hanoi. During the event, the organizational board will screen freely cartoons for children and organize exchange programs with Korean cartoon makers. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese master wins gold in int’l chess competition

Hanoi, August 12 (VNA) - Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam pocketed two gold medals and a silver in chess tournaments that ended in the Republic of Korea on August 10. The FIDE Master triumphed in the World Youth Mind Sports Fair blitz and rapid events in the U14 open categories. Khoi bagged six points in the blitz pool and 5.5 points in the rapid class. Earlier, in the Asian Youth Chess Championships, he came second with seven points after nine matches, which was only 0.5 point less than the winner, Iran's GM Gholami Arian's points. His teammate Tan Huynh Thanh Truc also won in the girls' U12 division. Truc earned 6.5 points from nine games to top the group of 27 masters. Vietnamese players also won medals in different categories. Nguyen Le Cam Hien bagged a silver medal in the U8 standard chess competition. Nguyen Minh Thang came third in the U18 open standard chess event. Tran Minh Tuan won two silver medals in the blitz and rapid chess events of the U18 open pool. Doan … [Read more...]

Khoi wins two gold medals

Nguyen Anh Khoi of Viet Nam won two gold and one silver medals from the Asian Youth Chess Championships in South Korea. - File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) - Nguyen Anh Khoi of Việt Nam pocketed two gold medals and a silver in chess tournaments that ended in South Korea on August 10. The FIDE Master triumphed in the World Youth Mind Sports Fair blitz and rapid events in the U14 open categories. Khoi bagged six points in the blitz pool and 5.5 points in the rapid class. Earlier, in the Asian Youth Chess Championships, he came second with seven points after nine matches, which was only 0.5 point less than the winner, Iran's GM Gholami Arian's points. His teammate Tan Huynh Thanh Truc also won in the girls' U12 division. Truc earned 6.5 points from nine games to top the group of 27 masters. Vietnamese players also won medals in different categories. Nguyen Le Cam Hien bagged a silver medal in the U8 standard chess competition. Nguyen Minh Thang came third in the U18 open standard chess event. Tran Minh Tuan won two silver medals in the blitz and rapid chess events of the U18 open pool. Doan Thi Hong Nhung was placed … [Read more...]

Free health check-ups and medicine to dioxin victims

PANO - Military Hospital 103, Thanh Hoa’s provincial Military Command, and Thanh Hoa provincial Association of Victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin (Thanh Hoa AVA) have recently provided free health check-ups, medical consultancy, and medicines to 500 dioxin victims in Thanh Hoa province. This is part of the activities to commemorate the Day for Victims of Agent Orange (August 10). Photo for illustration For its part, Hospital 103 presented 15 gifts (VND 500,000 each) to extremely needy victims. According to Thanh Hoa AVA, at present, 14,700 out of 24,000 victims in the province are enjoying a monthly allowance. Among them, 1,800 are third generation victims and they are leading a very hard life. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Ha Long Bay remains unpolluted despite nearby floods: Vietnam official

The heavy rains have caused sludge from mines to spill into local communities, creating what activists call immediate and ongoing health and environmental hazards, according to

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Vietnam, remains uncontaminated in spite of coal, sludge and other waste swept away by floodwaters from nearby coal mines, the bay’s manager has confirmed. Pham Thuy Duong, head of the management board of Ha Long Bay, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that the initial tests of water samples in the bay showed that there were no abnormal signs at the site, which is surrounded by thousands of hectares of coal mines and multiple coal-fired power plants. However, further testing should be conducted after the flooding ends to obtain conclusive results, Duong said. "So far, the sludge swept away by floodwaters caused by prolonged downpours from coal mining areas has yet to enter the bay. Professional agencies have inspected the bay’s surface and found it clear, and not contaminated with waste from canals that drain into the bay." After the end of the torrential rains and subsequent flooding, which have raged in … [Read more...]

Number of foreign tourists to Vietnam bounces back

PANO - The number of foreign visitors to Vietnam hit almost 600,000 in July, up by 12.1% compared to June, an increase of 5.1% in comparison to the same period last year, said the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. This is the first time after 13 consecutive months of decline that the number has bounced back. Foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: VNA In the first seven months of 2015, there was an increase in the number of visitors from ten markets, namely the Republic of Korea, Finland, Singapore, Spain, Italy, the US, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. During the period, the number of domestic tourists reached more than 43 million, bringing the total turnover to over VND 214 trillion, up by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2014. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

ASEAN has always been a top priority in foreign policy of Vietnam: Deputy PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addressing the event. Photo: vnexpress.net

PANO - The ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of Vietnam’s admission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (July 28, 1995 - July 28, 2015) and the 48th ASEAN foundation day (August 8, 1967 - August 8, 2015) was held in Hanoi on July 28th. Addressing the anniversary, the Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Mayerfas quoted his Former Foreign Minister Ali Alatas’ words as confirming that the entry of Vietnam "is a motivation for ASEAN" And highly valued the tireless efforts and contributions of Vietnam to the network, to turn it into the prestigious and highly flexible association it is today. For his part, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh underlined that in its foreign policy Vietnam has always prioritized relations with ASEAN over the past 20 years, and actively contributed to building a close-knit and united ASEAN bloc. The Vietnamese official stressed that Vietnam would try its best to help build a stronger and united ASEAN … [Read more...]

Deputy Defence Minister hosts US Ambassador, opens GPOI workshop

Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh receiving US mbassador Ted Osius

PANO - Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister, on July 27, received US Ambassador Ted Osius. The US ambassador expressed his respect for the wounded soldiers and martyrs and sent his best regards to Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh. General Vinh thanked Ted Osius for his consideration, saying that General Phung Quang Thanh placed stress on the implementation of the contents agreed between himself and US Defence Minister Ashon Carter. The Vietnamese general affirmed he highly values US support in the relief of the consequences of the war in Vietnam. The two sides agreed that, after the success of the detoxification program in Da Nang city, the same program would be kicked off in Bien Hoa Airport. The two sides also hailed the good defence cooperation between Vietnam and the US in the past and agreed on the cooperation in various fields in the coming time. After the talks, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh opened the workshop themed UN … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh seeks tourism sector reforms

The Ha Long Bay Management Board in the northeast province of Quang Ninh said it is going to increase cooperation with the private sector to implement tourism sector reforms. Pham Thuy Duong, Head of the board, said that the major goal in 2015 is to shake up all business activities in Ha Long Bay, one of the major tourist destinations in northern Vietnam. Given the scale of the task, Duong called on relevant departments and local governments to closely coordinate to seek effective measures, ensure a healthy business environment and develop tourism brands. The board, Duong said, will design plans to put farming and trading seafood, kayaking and man-powered boating services in the bay under management. At each tourist site, the board will use public-private partnerships to diversify tourism products and services. The board will also put manned-boating services out for competitive tender and called on investors to develop tourism products for the province. The public-private … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh police seizes 7,000 tablets of ecstasy and nearly 1,700 grams of methamphetamine

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After a long time of investigation, the Quang Ninh police has razed a drug trafficking ring from China into Vietnam, arrested five traffickers and seized 7,000 tablets of ecstasy and 1,700 grams of methamphetamine and heroin. The police arrested Hoang Minh Hai, 30, from Van Don district, Quang Ninh province; Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong, 33; and Pham Thi Loan, 43 both from Hai An district, Hai Phong city and seized 2,000 tablets of ecstasy and 740 grams of methamphetamine at the Mong Cai international border gate. On the same day, the police also arrested Pham Thi Sinh, 40 and Bui Xuan Thanh, 21, both from Cam Pha city, Quang Ninh province. Examining Sinh’s home, the police seized 5,000 tablets of ecstasy and nearly 1,000 grams of methamphetamine and heroin. The case is under further investigation./. … [Read more...]

Grass roots tourism

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One of the most popular community-based tourism products in Vietnam is the homestay. "The number of homestays in Vietnam increases rapidly every year, however, most of them are run by local families," says Duong Binh Minh, a community-based tourism expert. "The quality of local infrastructure and services does not meet international service standards and there is a worrying lack of local awareness and weak coordination between related parties, including local authorities, tourism experts and service providers." He continues: "This leads to the destruction of the natural landscape plus the business fails to meet customer expectations." Binh now devotes his life and his considerable tourism expertise to assist the development of community –based tourism all over Vietnam despite retiring from his position as managing director of a tour company two years ago. "Community-based tourism programs have not yet attracted professional travel agencies and tour operators; instead, they … [Read more...]

More foreign bankers to set foot in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), in which member countries will open up to 70 percent of their banks to foreign investors, is believed to pave the way for more and more bankers to seek business opportunities in Vietnam. Dr. Can Van Luc from the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) believes that many new banks will join the Vietnamese market by the end of 2015 or early 2016. Vietnam, a member of AEC, will have to accept foreign ownership ratio of up to 70 percent in Vietnamese banks, much higher than the ceiling foreign ownership ratio of 30 percent applied to bankers from other regions. The foreign ownership ratio will be a maximum of 49 percent in insurance and securities companies. "This is why I strongly believe that more foreign banks will come to Vietnam in 2016," Luc said. The Vietnamese finance & banking market received one more foreign member when Public Bank Berhard (PBB) from Malaysia, a joint venture bank with BIDV, shifted … [Read more...]