EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

City singers to organize music show to raise funds for ‘border kids’

Iconic singers including Dam Vinh Hung and Quang Dung will take part in a charity music show at Dong Dao Bar on February 3 to raise funds for gifts to be given to children in the border areas of Vietnam to celebrate the lunar New Year (Tet), which arrives in two weeks. It is part of the campaign entitled ‘Tet for border school children’ which was launched by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and has attracted donations from a large amount of individuals and enterprises. On behalf of Tuoi Tre, singer Dam Vinh Hung has invited many others to join the event, including Duong Trieu Vu, Giang Hong Ngoc, Trong Khuong, Khanh Binh, Ngoc Tram and Han Thai Tu. Dong Dao Bar -- located at 164 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – is contributing to the event by not charging for the organization of the show and making banners and designing the background of the stage. Nguyen Thanh Lam, the manager of Dong Dao, said he will donate all proceeds from the show to the … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 27

Briefs of some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday (January 27) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: Politics -- 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 … [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...]

Giving medical examination, donating hundreds of gifts to the poor on Tet occasion

As implementing Plan 68 of the Provincial Standing Committee on deploying the model "Agencies, units help difficult communes, villages and cadres, Party members, officers and employees help poor households", the Provincial Youth Union and Center for submarines security and convalesce under the Logistics Department, Navy in collaboration with Xuan Canh CPC (Song Cau town) hve recently implemented medical examination and distributing medicines to 60 people from policy families in the commune; painting, embellishing martyrs’ cemetery. Leaders of the Provincial Managing Board of key projects donating gifts to people in Xuan Tho 2 commune In addition, Provincial Youth Union granted charity house to poor fisherman Nguyen Minh Ty in Hoa My hamlet, Xuan Canh commune. The house had 53m2 width, construction cost at 80 million dongs, which Provincial Youth union mobilized resources to support 50 million dongs, the remaining amount from counterpart funds of the family. * Also as … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 19/1

Entrance fee in Hue relics to be zero during Tet Hue Relics Preservation Center (HRPC) said on January 16 that the relic’s sites under Hue relic’s area will be charged zero entrance fees to Vietnamese visitors from February 19 to 21. Besides, the center will organize a vast of art cultural activities to serve visitors during three days such as imperial games; dragon dances; traditional kungfu performances; calligraphy performance and musical programs in Thai Hoa Palace… On February 11, the center will organize the ceremony to plant the New Year tree or called "Cay Neu" at The Mieu and Long An Palace at 10am. Binh Thuan opens exhibition on Sea Islands Ministry of Information and Communication in collaboration with Binh Thuan People’s Committee opened a map and documentary exhibition in Phan Thiet city on January 16, aiming to introduce ancient historical maps, documentaries under title of "Paracel, Spratly Islands belong to Vietnam - Historical and legal … [Read more...]

Government News 18/1

Vietnam, Cambodia reach 2015 anti-crime plan Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior have signed a plan on their cooperation in 2015 following talks between the two ministers in Phnom Penh on January 16. During the talks, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng agreed on measures to fight hostile forces’ plots and attempts aimed at undermining the traditional friendship between the two countries and harming national security and social order in each country. They said the two sides will jointly work to combat criminal and economic offenders, especially those engaging in the trafficking of drug, women and children, cross-border smuggling by road and air, and criminals on the wanted list. They consented to ensure security and order in border areas and the development triangle as mentioned in a joint statement of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao Prime Ministers … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Sudden cold spell in southern Vietnam triggers rise in respiratory problems

A cold front is hitting southern Vietnam, having caused a sharp temperature drop in the past few days and led to a rise in respiratory problems among residents. >> Tropical snowfall causes congestion in Sa Pa (photos) Affected by the cold spell, the temperatures in many southern localities have suddenly plummeted during the last several days, according to the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station. Residents in Ho Chi Minh City trembled on Thursday as it was 18 degrees Celsius, five degrees lower than a day before, too cold for a tropical city with over 30°C being its ‘standard’ temperature. It was even colder in Phuoc Long and Dong Phu Districts in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, where the lowest temperature was 16-16.5°C. Meanwhile, many other localities saw their temperatures drop to under 20°C, such as Long An Province’s Moc Hoa District (18.6°C), Dong Thap Province’s Cao Lanh City (18.8°C), and Tien Giang … [Read more...]

Social News 13/1

Ministry warns of hand, foot, mouth disease The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned northern and central localities about a high risk of foot-and-mouth disease spreading during the cold weather. The ministry said the cold weather created favourable conditions for the disease to spread. Statistics from the ministry's Department of Animal Health on January 12 showed that foot-and-mouth disease had hit the provinces of Son La, Thanh Hoa, Lao Cai and Ha Tinh. Minister Cao Duc Phat has instructed authorities in the four provinces to work with local people to avert the spread of the disease. "Local breeders should be shown how to stop the disease spreading through their animals," he said. Phat also urged the localities to tighten inspections of animal shipments and slaughter houses, as well as spraying chemicals to sterilise affected areas. The ministry previously supplied 5,000 litres of chemicals for Dak Nong Province to stamp out the disease in late … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 10

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, January 10, in Vietnamese media. Politics -- Vietnam will be a "responsible, active, and proactive" member of the ASEAN family, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh wrote in his article "Vietnam 2015: A proactive force for peace, stability and community-building in Southeast Asia" recently published on the weekly NewEurope in Belgium, according to the Vietnam News Agency. Society -- The highest land price in Ho Chi Minh City is VND162 million (US$7,578) per m2, which is applied to land on three streets Nguyen Hue, Dong Khoi and Le Loi in District 1, while the lowest land prices in 19 inner and five outskirt districts of the city are VND1.5 million ($70.2) and VND60,000 ($2.8) per m2 respectively, according to the land price list just announced by the city People’s Committee. -- Amid the warm welcome of people in Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang, head of Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1

Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands because … [Read more...]

Telephone area codes of 59 provinces to be changed from March 1

VietNamNet Bridge – Of the total 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam, the telephone area code of only four provinces, Phu Tho (210), Vinh Phuc (211), Hoa Binh (218), and Ha Giang (219), will be maintained. According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the new codes will be applied from March 1, 2015. The circular also states that the telephone numbers of ground fixed telecommunication networks must be in 7 or 8 digits and it must be 7 digits for the number of satellite fixed telecommunication networks. As for private telecommunication networks of the party, State agencies, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Public Security, the telephone numbers must be 5, 6 or 7 digits depending on the scale of each network and the application stages. Belows are thenew codes of some provinces and cities Province Old area code New area code Hanoi 4 24 Ho Chi Minh City 8 28 Da … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police sent three fire engines and many firefighters to the site. The incident caused power loss for Thoi Binh town for a short time. By 8:00 p.m, the fire was controlled. According to initial statistics, at least two gold shops and 10 houses were destroyed, causing big loss. Luckily, no human loss was reported. The investigation is being conducted. Three fishermen die of strange snails Though border safeguards in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday rushed to save three fishermen but their efforts have been unrewarded. As being informed that three fishermen in serious condition after they ate snails, border … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/1

Khanh Ly Live Concert in Binh Duong Khanh Ly Live Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on January 23 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center after two live concerts in Hanoi and Danang City in August last year, reports Tuoi Tre newspaper. According to organizers Anh Sao Duong Joint Stock Company and Dong Dao Entertainment Company, famous singer Khanh Ly will arrive in HCMC this Sunday to make preparations for the concert. Director Pham Hoang Nam will be responsible for directing the whole event with the assistance of music editor Cao Trung Hieu and music director Ly Huynh Long. The concert will also feature composer Nguyen Anh 9 as well as singers Elvis Phuong, Quang Thanh and Ha Anh Tuan. Tickets are priced at VND0.9-2.5 million each. For further information, contact 091 3781 278 or 094 5678 767. Russian lensman to share his love Moscow-based photographer Igor Burba will join an art talk tomorrow to interact with a Vietnamese audience and share his experiences in creative … [Read more...]

Social News 3/1

Safety checks of hydropower projects urged The Ministry of Construction has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade and provincial governments to review and inspect all small- and medium-scale hydropower projects under construction nationwide following a serious tunnel collapse at Da Dang hydropower plant. The construction ministry said in a document sent last week to the industry ministry and provincial governments that the incident at the hydropower project in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on December 16 showed that small- and medium-scaled hydropower projects put workers at risk. Therefore, the construction ministry has urged the industry ministry and provincial authorities to review and strictly monitor construction, and safety and quality management at such hydropower plants, especially those in the process of building tunnels or having prolonged construction schedules and those in the areas with complex geology. The objective is to prevent a similar incident … [Read more...]

Social News 1/1

Saigon Railway to add trains for New Year holiday The Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company is scheduling additional trains to meet the increased travel demands for the four-day New Year holiday from January 1-4, 2015. Accordingly, the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will add more trains to the SN4 Sai Gon–Nha Trang and SQN4 Sai Gon–Quy Nhon on December 31, 2014; SPT4 Sai Gon–Phan Thiet on January 1,2 and 4; SN5 Nha Trang–Sai Gon, and SQN3 Quy Nhon–Sai Gon on January 3, 2015; SPT3 Phan Thiet–Sai Gon on January 1,3 and 4, 2015; SN3 Nha Trang–Sai Gon on January 3 and 4, 2015. The trains along the Saigon-Hanoi route will also have additional carriages. In additional to additional trains, the Vietnam Railways (VR) and the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will offer a 10% discount on rail fares between midnight on January 1, 2015 to 12.59pm on February 1, 2015. Foreign students enjoy New Year gathering in Hanoi The … [Read more...]

Social News 29/12

Transport Ministry asks for airfare reduction on short-haul routes Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has recently issued a directive on reducing airfares on short-haul domestic routes, aiming to promote socio-economic development in disadvantage areas. Thang asked the airlines operating in Vietnam to promptly study and offer fare incentive policies for short-haul flights under 500 kilometres, and conduct price registration and listing in accordance with regulations. The airfare cuts will enable the people living in the remote, isolated, border and island areas to use air traffic and make contributions to boosting local socio-economic development. Earlier, Minister Thang signed a directive adding national revolutionary contributors to the list of passengers enjoying preferential services at the airports. Nearly VND100 billion raised for Hoang Sa, Truong Sa More than VND100 billion has been raised so far from the programmes organised by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour … [Read more...]

Social News 25/12

VN to compete in 24 skills at World Skills Competition With the sponsor for training contestants by businesses from Japan and the Republic of Korea, Viet Nam is going to compete in 24 among 50 skills at the 43th World Skills Competition which is taking place from August 11-16, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The information was announced at a signing ceremony between the General Department of Vocational Training and the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company in Ha Noi on December 24. According to Isao Mizuno, General Director of the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company, the company established the Denso Viet Nam Vocational Skills Training Institute to train outstanding staff, with a focus on practicing rather than teaching theories, for the company’s key positions in the future. This year, the company helps train six candidates to compete in skills of Japan’s strengths at the world competition. Two candidates were selected for further training in Japan for a year and in Brazil for two months to … [Read more...]