14 teams play Asian Beach Volleyball Tournament

The tournament last year. Source: vtv.vn

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...]

Antique fair held in Da Nang

Visitors at the fair

PANO – The Da Nang Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, in association with the Da Nang Museum, kicked off the 2016 Da Thanh Antique Fair on April 28th. This was part of activities to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the country’s Reunification Day (April 30th). 12 antique collectors showcased their collections, including the Sa Huynh Cultural collection, ceramic collections of Chu Dau and Bat Trang villages and the Nguyen Dynasty, and an antique coin collection. The week-long fair is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the cultural and historical values of the nation. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Banks meet with potential recruits at Banking Academy’s job fair

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As many as 20 companies, mostly banks, had the chance to directly interact with prospective employees at Banking Academy’s job fair this morning. At the fair, students submitted their resumes to the employers they want then, if they are chosen, sat down for an interview with the companies’ staff right at the companies’ booth and then expect to hear from companies at the end of the event. "We can talk directly to the recruiter. It’s faster and feels more relaxed than if we go to a formal interview at companies. The interviewer also gives us a lot of career advices," said Vu Thuy Duong, a senior at Banking Academy. Duong said she knew people who were hired at the fair. Vietcombank and VietinBank are the hottest banks among the students, many of whom say they know that a banking job means long hours but that the good pay makes up for it. "Over the last few years we have recruited many graduates of Banking Academy. It shows that the quality of the … [Read more...]

Cyclist Duy Nhan (MZ7) wins 15th stage of cycling tournament

Cyclist Duy Nhan from Military Zone 7. Source: thanhnien.vn

PANO – The 15th stage of the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Television Cup Cycling Tournament, covering a distance of 130 km, from Nha Trang to Phan Rang- Thap Cham, took place on April 26th. Cyclist Duy Nhan from Military Zone 7 (MZ 7) won the stage with a time of 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 21 seconds. In this stage, 9 cyclists from the Vinh Long, Domesco Dong Thap, An Giang-Hat Ngoc Troi, Dong Da- Hanoi, Can Tho and BTV Binh Duong teams took the lead, after the first 30 km of the race. Although finishing late in this stage, cyclist Nguyen Truong Tai (VUS- Ho Chi Minh City team) earned the yellow jersey. He rode 15 stages in 40 hours, 1 minute, and 31 seconds. The An Giang-Hat Ngoc Troi team won, with a total time of 118 hours, 50 minutes, and 56 seconds. Cyclists will ride 127 km from Phan Rang- Thap Cham to Da Lat on the morning of April 27th. The individual winner and the team winner will be revealed in this stage when cyclists conquer the Ngoan Muc and Prenn passes. Translated … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition on the Vietnamese nation and its people

Visitors at the exhibition

PANO – 100 photos on the theme "The impression of Vietnam's country and people" are on display at the Ho Chi Minh City Branch of Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA). The exhibit marks the anniversaries of the South’s Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30th), as well as International Labour Day (May 1st). At the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to see dramatic moments at national frontiers, islands, remote areas, and former resistance base areas – and to see many beautiful landscapes of the country. The photos reflect innovation and development in Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces nationwide. The exhibition drew the participation of Patrick Marshallsay, PhD., Zaniah Marshallay, PhD. (of Adelaide University, Australia), and press correspondents nationwide. The exhibition will last until May 10th. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Military youth join hands to help people in drought-hit areas

Colonel Dinh Quoc Hung presenting gifts to disadvantaged households

PANO - The Military Youth Committee (MYC) of the General Department of Politics - in association with the Political Department of Military Zone (MZ) 7, Army Corps 4, the Long An provincial Military Command, and Technological Application and Production One Member Co. Ltd.(Tecapro) - held a program called "Military youth joining hands to help people in drought-hit areas". The event took place on April 24th in Can Duoc district, Long An province. At the event, the organizing panel presented 60 gifts to disadvantaged households in Long Huu Tay and Long Huu Dong communes, Can Duoc district. They also gave 30 water tanks (500 liters each) to needy households. The panel also presented gifts to households in drought-hit areas, to help them overcome difficulties. During the program, MYC and relevant units offered nearly 20 tons of rice, more than 900 water tanks (500 liters each), and nearly 300 gifts, worth more than VND 1.6 billion in total. According to Colonel Dinh Quoc Hung, Head of … [Read more...]

Press Award on labor and employment concluded

The awarding ceremony

PANO – The Central Party Commission for Information and Education, and the Academy of Journalism and Communication (AJC), in association with the International Labor Organization (ILO), held an awards ceremony on April 22nd in Hanoi for the third Press Award on labor and employment. This year’s event aimed to motivate journalists and to encourage their creativity in covering news about labor and employment, to help the public understand challenges for Vietnam’s labor market, and to promote important issues in the national program on sustainable employment and the ILO’s agenda. There were 250 entries submitted to the competition. The organizing panel awarded 2 first prizes, 2 second prizes, 4 third prizes, and 6 consolation prizes in the categories of print and online newspapers and radio–television. Le Thi Tuyet from the Labor Newspaper won first prize in the category of print and online newspapers. Tran Ba Duy from VOV2 of The Voice of Vietnam won … [Read more...]

More support for people in drought-hit areas

MYC representatives presenting scholarships to needy students

PANO – The Military Youth Committee (MYC) of the Political General Department, the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund, youth of Military Zone (MZ) 5, and Dak Lak provincial armed forces held a program called "Joining hands to help people in drought-hit areas" on April 22nd. At the event, MYC representatives presented 100 gifts - including 20 kg of rice each - to disadvantaged households and policy families. MYC representatives also gave 50 Vu A Dinh scholarships, worth VND 800,000 each, to needy students in Cu Dram commune, Krong Bong district, Dak Lak province. The program shows the care and responsibility which military youth demonstrate for those in need. These military youth activities contribute to helping locals overcome difficulties, strengthening military and civilian relations, and beautifying the virtue of Uncle Ho’s soldiers. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Competition on studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example

At the opening ceremony

PANO - The High-tech Centre for Information Techniques under the Signal Arm held a competition themed "Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example - Creative and Effective". The event took place on April 21st in celebration of the 40th founding anniversary of the center and the 126th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday (May 19th). According to Senior Colonel Luong Anh Tung, the Party Secretary of the unit, the competition promotes '‘studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example’' as a regular activity, with creative methods for changes enhancing the training of officials and party members. The competition also contributes to strengthening the position and role of Party cells, increasing their leadership ability, leading to successful completion of assigned tasks. Party cells in the center will complete in four categories, including: a contest to find excellent Party cell officials learning and following the … [Read more...]

Baoviet Life presents 1,500 bikes and schoolbags to needy children

At the signing ceremony

PANO - The National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) and Bao Viet Life Insurance Corporation (Baoviet Life) signed a cooperation agreement on April 21st for the "Education-Bicycle Welfare Scholarship 2016" program at the Hanoi municipal Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ main office. Baoviet Life will present 1,500 bikes and 1,500 schoolbags to poor but hard-working students. And VFVC will give nearly VND 3.2 billion to help underprivileged children have schooling opportunities in 2016. Statistics shows that over 200,000 students give up their studies each year, due to lack of transportation and school supplies. The program encourages disadvantaged children from remote areas to attend school and to perform well academically. Over the past 11 years, Baoviet Life offered disadvantaged children nationwide about 10,000 scholarships and 12,000 gifts, worth an estimated VND 10 billion. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Swing for the future

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Swing for the Kids is more than just a golf tournament - it is an opportunity for companies to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged chil­dren. Government and provincial leaders share their thoughts on the tourna­ment and social responsibility more widely. Interviews by Van Nguyen. … [Read more...]

Military company marks 20 year anniversary

At the ceremony

PANO – The Coffee 15 One-Member Co. Ltd. of Military Zone (MZ) 5 held a ceremony to mark the 20th traditional day (April 18th, 1996), and received a certificate of merit from the Prime Minister on April 18th. Participating in the event were Deputy Head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee, Tran Viet Hung, and Major General Doan Kieu, MZ 5’s Deputy Commander. Since its establishment, the company has successfully fulfilled assigned tasks in business and national defense, strengthening national security in the strategic locality of the Central Highlands. Currently, the company is: producing coffee on 857.3ha of land; producing rubber on 304.9ha; protecting 7.491ha of forest; operating a fertilizer plant with a production capacity of 7,500 tons/year; operating a construction stone factory with production capacityof 36,000 m3/year; operating 2 bottled drinking water factories, with a production capacity of nearly 10 million liters/year; and operating a coffee plant, … [Read more...]

1,000 people participate in Earth Day flashmob in Ho Chi Minh City

Products made from beer cans and waste papers were sold at a ‘green booth’ run by students of Ton Duc Thang University at Earth Day 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, April 17, 2016. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

Over 1,000 people in Ho Chi Minh City took part in a flashmob on Sunday to celebrate Earth Day 2016 and raise awareness of water conservation in Vietnam. Earth Day initially took place in the U.S. on April 22, 1970, and is now observed in 193 countries, according to Earth Day Network, the organization in charge of coordinating the event globally. Since 2009, the United Nations General Assembly has chosen April 22 as International Mother Earth Day. Centered on ‘Clean Water, Clean Life,’ Earth Day 2016 was held in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, in the afternoon and attracted over 3,000 participants who engaged in activities related to the conservation of water. One of the activities at the event was a flashmob of 1,000 people, of whom 30 are hearing-impaired members of the Deaf Community Organization of Ho Chi Minh City (DCOH), 122 are students at Ta Uyen Elementary School in District 7, and the rest are students going to college in the city. "This is the third time … [Read more...]

Phu Tho holds procession to commemorate Hung Kings

A traditional art performance

PANO – On the morning of April 14th (the 8th day of the third month of the lunar year), a procession and an offering ceremony commemorating the Hung Kings took place at the Hung Kings temple historical relic site in Phu Tho province. Participating in the paradewererepresentatives of wards and communes in the neighborhood of the temple, including Van Phu ward, Hung Lo commune, Kim Duc commune, Chu Hoa commune (in Viet Tri city), Tien Kien commune and Hung Son town (in Lam Thao district). The procession brought offerings from local temples to the Hung Kings temple and performed an offering ritual to commemorate the Hung Kings. The event also recaptured a number of folk cultural activities of the region, including Senh Tien dance and the parade of parasols. Many other cultural activities were also held on the 14th, including a photo exhibition showcasing Phu Tho province artists, a presentation of poems about the province, and traditional art performances at cultural … [Read more...]

Activity to support AO victims in Da Nang

Presenting gifts to dioxin victims

PANO – The Da Nang Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin (DAVA) - in association with the city Military Command, the provincial Department of Education and Training, the Young Entrepreneurs’ Association, and the Da Nang Police Newspaper presented 100 gifts, worth VND 500,000 each to dioxin victims in Hoa Khuong, Hoa Nhon, Hoa Phong, and Hoa Phu communes on April 14th. According to Nguyen ThiHien, Chairman of DAVA, this activity was part of the celebrations for Hung Kings Festival (10th day of the third month of the lunar year), the 41stanniversary of Liberation Day (April 30th, 1975), and International Labour Day (May 1st). The gifts showed the concern and strong sense of responsibility of the whole community to help those in need to overcome difficulties in their daily lives. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Contemporary art performance with RoK Creative Group in Long Bien Bridge

A Vietnamese artist performing on Long Bien Bridge. Photo: tienphong.vn

PANO - A contemporary art show, named "Nostalgia - things to be remembered - Hanoi" will take place from April 14th to 16th on Long Bien station, Hanoi with the participation of a number of Vietnamese artists. The program is organized by the Creative Group NONI from Republic of Korea (RoK), in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam (KCC), the Vietnam Railways, and the Youth theatre. Previously, the group carried out the project entitled "Things To be Remembered" at Seoul Cultural Station (old Seoul Station) and Seoul Street Art Center (old Water Filter Factory) in 2015. In 2016, Long Bien station is chosen to be the context of this program. This kind of art is associated with a specific site, also known as art for space, which is not common in Hanoi, Vietnam. The audience will wear headphones and enjoy the performance space like they are taking on a trip. They will encounter things and people in every familiar space, or pre-prepared images in specific performance … [Read more...]

Phu Tho: “Returning to the Roots” art performances held

The art program to celebrate the 2016 Hung King's Temple Festival

PANO – A special art program called "Returning to the Roots" and a street folk festival took place on April 12th in Viet Tri city. The event was part of the activities to celebrate the 2016 Hung King's Temple Festival. The art program showcased various traditional performances and featured the regional culture, honoring the traditional saying "When drinking, remember the source". Over 1,800 actors participated in the street folk festival. Performers included artisans, artists, and students recapturing typical cultural activities of the Ancestral Land, such as Xoan singing and the traditional rowing competition. On the morning of April 12th, the organizing panel also honored the death anniversary of the nation’s Great Father, Lac Long Quan, and paid tribute to the Great Mother Au Co at the Hung Kings Temple historical relic site. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Troops help locals ease water shortage

Presenting water tanks to locals in Soc Trang province

PANO – In an effort to help people in the Southern Central, Central Highlands, and Mekong River Delta regions ease the water shortage caused by drought and saline intrusion, Military Zone (MZ) 5 and MZ 9 mobilized 58 officials and troops, 15 trucks, and four pumps to transport 462 cubic meters of clean water to households in drought-hit areas. MZ 5 transported 430 cubic meters of water to needy people in Ninh Hai and Thuan Nam districts (Ninh Thuan province), and Chu Se district (Gia Lai province). MZ 9 sent five water trucks to bring 32 cubic meters of water to people in drought-hit localities in Go Cong Dong district, Tien Giang province. * Over 30 officials and troops from Brigade 167 of Naval Region 2 supported people in the Tai Van and Lieu Tu communes of Tran De district, Soc Trang province, to ease difficulties caused by drought and saline intrusion. The representatives of the brigade presented 20 water tanks, worth VND 200,000 each to local households and worked … [Read more...]

Distressed fisherman saved in time

Fisherman Le Van Ho receiving first aid from Ship 412's doctors. Photo:VOV

PANO - Injured fisherman Le Van Ho, aged 46, of trawler QNa 95997 TS was rescued at 4.00pm on April 11th, announced the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center of Region II (Da Nang MRCC II). The fisherman had a serious injury on his left leg due to an accident which occurred while fishing about 140 nautical miles off the southeastern part of Da Nang city. The Da Nang MRCC II immediately assigned Ship 412 for the rescue mission, and brought the distressed fisherman ashore for treatment – after receiving the mayday signal from the trawler, captained by fisherman Phan Thu ofBinh Minh commune, Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province at 6.00pm on April 10th. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Phu Tho: Rowing contest celebrating Hung King’s Temple Festival kicked off

Photo: baophutho.vn

PANO – A traditional boat race, held by the Viet Tri city's People’s Committee - to celebrate the Hung King's Temple Festival in 2016 (10th day of the third lunar month) - started on April 10th at Van Lang Park, Phu Tho province. The first contest drew the participation of 240 athletes from eight teams from Viet Tri city, Tam Nong and Thanh Thuy districts in the city. The event sought the best competitors for the final round. After two hours of fierce competition, the organizing panel presented the first prize to Team Thanh Thuy 1 (from Dong Luan commune), followed by two teams from Bach Hac ward and Xuan Loc commune. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]