Vietnamese films for Tet liven up local market

The movie market in Vietnam has picked up heat as several films intended for Tet (the traditional Lunar New Year) are ready to hit local screens. Tet falls on February 19 this year, with festive preparations beginning around one week before the date and the celebratory atmosphere lingering another week after that. The Lunar New Year is very special in Vietnamese culture as it is an occasion when people get together with their family after spending a lunar year studying or working away from one another. During these days, family members, couples and groups of friends generally go to local cinemas and unwind during locally-made comedies and other light-hearted films, apart from Hollywood blockbusters and Korean and Chinese flicks. The Tet holiday is typically an occasion when Vietnamese movies are teeming with life as an upbeat ending to an entire year of lukewarm audience reception. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and summer also see new local films coming out, but Tet … [Read more...]

“Signing quickly”- that’s how reporter Mai Thuc Long worked

(VOVworld)- Respecting the truth and expressing your true sentiments is the way reporter Mai Thuc Long, whose nickname is Hoang Phuong, wrote his stories. In late July 1987, after graduating from the Nguyen Ai Quoc School of Politics, I returned to work at the radio station. I wanted to come back to the Industry Section but Pham Mai Luan, Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of the Domestic Service said: "No, no. We sent you to study at the Senior Party School in order to assign you a new task. You can choose to work in one of the three Departments: Organization, Office or the Listeners' Department". I insisted that I wanted to be a reporter. Luan then said: "OK, then why don't you come talk to Mr. Long "Fire" after the regular meeting tomorrow" I knew Mr. Mai Thuc Long by name and by face but this was the first time I had heard his nickname "Long Fire". Mr. Long "fire" worked in a tiny room at the end of the second floor which could accommodate a few people and was piled high with … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [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...]

Social News 24/12

Institutional reform quality is crucial - deputy minister Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has expressed concerns over the slower-than-expected institutional process in Vietnam and urged the country to focus on the quality of institutional reform to achieve sustainable development. Speaking at a seminar on market economy development in Hanoi City on December 22, Dung said Vietnam has been doing a lot of things to boost institutional reform, including the restructuring of State-owned enterprises and public investments and legal improvements. But these are not enough, so the nation keeps moving on with further institutional reform. "…We have to find out the key to reform quality as the country will lose opportunities if we have to repeat reform processes," he said. Unlike other countries, Vietnam is in transition and is developing from a low base with a lack of resources and manpower. Therefore, it is tough for the nation to access and adopt good … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 19/12

Christmas concert with Hanoi Ensemble Christmas is just around the corner, and to celebrate the special occasion, Manzi and Hanoi Ensemble have teamed up to present a special chamber concert. Come, sip some mulled wine and enjoy some favourite Christmas tunes - classical, folk, contemporary and popular. Hanoi Ensemble's musicians and teachers come from the Viet Nam National Academy of Music, and have performed in several concerts, festivals and cultural exchange programmes in the country and abroad. The members have studied both in Viet Nam and in well-known international conservatories. The concert will start at 8pm on Saturday at Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street. Due to limited capacity, please email manzihanoi@gmail.com before 8pm today. Ritual singing at Ha Noi Art Market The ongoing Ha Noi Art Market will stage a performance featuring hat chau van (ritual singing), which will be performed by artists of the Nghe Tinh UNESCO Club. A religious art form that combines … [Read more...]

Social News 4/12

Vietnam to host regional environment ministers’ meetings Vietnam will host the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME 13), the 14 th ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers’ Meeting and the 5 th East Asia Summit Environment Ministers’ Meeting and related events in 2015. The Prime Minister has asked Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to coordinate with relevant agencies and localities to prepare for the organisation of these meetings. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been also urged to work closely with the MONRE to organise meetings on transboundary haze pollution within the framework of AMME 13. New system planned to handle feedback on admin procedures The Prime Minister has given nod to the building of a system to collect and process public feedback on administrative regulations and the implementation of administrative procedures at all levels. The Ministry of Justice is assigned to approve and implement the … [Read more...]

Social News 25/11

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in Thailand, for example, the government must provide the funding. The programme creates incentives for individuals and communities to protect environmental services by compensating them for any costs incurred in managing and providing those services. In 2004, the Government of Viet Nam, drawing on an internationally recognised system, laid the foundations for a nationwide programme set out in the revised Forest Protection and Development Law. In 2008, a Government decision created support for pilot … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. "UNICEF believes this number should be zero." This goal cannot be achieved without the support of the entire community, he said, adding that UNICEF calls on all businesses to join the campaign. Taiwanese footwear manufacturer Pouyuen and Mobivi, a company that offers services to factory workers through its iCare programme, are the first in the country to join the campaign. The two can promote positive behaviours that have the potential to reach half a million employees, … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online and print newspapers for a variety of offences dealing with incorrect information. Thanh Hoa fills gaping road sinkhole Authorities in Thanh Hoa province's Quy Loc Commune have used 1,000 cubic metres of soil and rock to fill up a gaping sinkhole. They have also repaired the road on which the sinkhole had appeared to ensure traffic safety, and provided financial support for local households to repair their houses and other property. Local officials said they have instituted a ban on … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ex-traffic cop detained for drunk driver’s fatal beating

Relatives of Nguyen Van Chin at his funeral on June 28. Photo: Cong Nguyen Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a former traffic cop for allegedly calling in thugs to assault a traffic violator for refusing to sign a citation, a police source said Saturday. The beating ultimately resulted in the death of the drunk driver. Before his arrest, former Senior Lieutenant Pham Sy Hoai Nhu of the Tan Binh District Traffic Police had already been dismissed in September pending an investigation into the death of Nguyen Van Chin, 44, according to the source. In July, police arrested three civilians, Nguyen Minh Trung, 23, Ngo Thanh Vuong, 18 and Pham Thanh Kim Hanh, 17, for their alleged role in the case. Police say that Nhu had headed a checkpoint set up on the corner of Truong Chinh and Tan Ky Tan Quy streets to catch for drunk drivers on the evening of June 25. At around 10:15 pm, they pulled over a swerving Chin and prepared a report on his violation. Chin refused to sign the document … [Read more...]

Social News 11/11

70 percent of cancer patients in country detected late Vietnam has an average of 15,000 new cancer patients every year, while 70 percent of cases are detected late, so they at last have died of cancer, said medical workers. Moreover, the fatal disease is on upward trend and more and more young people get it. Especially most popular cause of the disease is outside environment and patients' wrong lifestyles. The K Hospital (the national cancer institute) in Hanoi, has always crowded with patients so that no chair in the treatment ward has left. Outside, there are so many people who have to sit and stand with anxiety to wait for their relatives every day. Medical workers said the overcrowding has seen for many years despite two additional treatment satellites had been operated. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Van Thuan, deputy director of the Hanoi-based K Hospital and head of the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention and Control, said that the country currently has around 250,000 people … [Read more...]

OVERSEAS SERVICE: BRINGING THE VOICE OF JUSTICE TO MILLIONS OF LISTENERS

(VOVworld) - After the end of the resistance war against French colonialists, Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) had 10 years (1955-1964) to make preparations for the war against US imperialists. VOV was trying to reinforce its broadcasts overseas at that time when half of the nation was liberated. VOV leaders decided to establish the Overseas Service with its first headquarters at 20 Trang Tien street, which was then moved to Gami House just behind VOV's main building at 58 Quan Su street, and finally to 45 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi. In the new situation, the Overseas Service was tasked with introducing to the world socialist building in northern Vietnam and the just struggle to liberate southern Vietnam in order to call for international support. The Overseas Service at that time broadcast its programs in 12 languages: Lao, Thai, Khmer, Indonesian, Japanese, English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian, and Korean. The editorial board tried hard to improve the quality of … [Read more...]

Officials admit to problems with two largest airports in Vietnam

Several Vietnamese officials have admitted operational weaknesses with Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and HCM City's Tan Son Nhat after the two facilities were named on the worst in Asia 10 list by a website called Sleepinginairports. Noi Bai International Airport At a meeting with aviation agencies on September 27 in Hanoi, Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu said, "It is a must for us to acknowledge the bad services received by passengers at both Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports. We think this is due to a lase of infrastructure and bad attitudes of much of the staff working there." Vu The Phiet, director of Noi Bai Airport agreed, adding that the airport was only designed to handle 9 million passengers per year, and the actual passenger load is forecast to reach 11.5 million by the end of this year. In addition, Terminal T1, opened in 2008, is experiencing serious overload. Even after signs of deterioration, the terminal has never undergone serious repairs. According to … [Read more...]

Social News 29/10

13 sailors rescued after collision at sea The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre saved 13 sailors off the coast of the central province of Quang Tri on Sunday after an unknown ship hit and sunk their vessel. The ships collided 56 nautical miles off the shore of Da Nang while the sailors were taking a rest around noon. No injuries were reported. HCM City approves change to English curriculum The HCM City People's Committee has asked the Department of Education and Training to pull the plug on its pilot project and replace it with an integrated English teaching curriculum. At present, mathematics and science have been taught in English at public schools under a pilot Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) teaching project. Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Le Hoang Quan has assigned the Department of Education and Training to work with the UK Consulate General in HCM City to discuss problems involving the CIE project. He also asked Vice Chairman of the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/10

Artist creates 'geometric game' with colorful prints An exhibition of large, colourful graphic art prints by Benjamin Badock, considered one of the most important young artists in Germany, will run until November 2 at the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc. The collection, That's New - What's Next, comprises 30 paintings by Badock. He made them by using ready-made printing elements, similar to a child's construction kit, and developing one new image after another from basic geometric shapes. Badock said he wanted visitors to use their imaginations while observing his art. "For example, I named this set A Rainy Day at the Sea," he said, pointing at a set of four printed paintings. "You can see there are parts of a kiosk offering ice cream at the beach. But the audience may have its own interpretation. Someone told me earlier today he imagined a car, and someone else said it's a bus." Badock received the third artist's residency grant from the Cultural Foundation of Saxony … [Read more...]

Social News 6/10

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. Experts warned that individuals who are overweight or have high blood pressure face a higher risk of developing diabetes. If not treated early, the disease can cause long-term complications, such as blindness and kidney failure, they said. During the conference, participants discussed scientific research and treatment options for diabetes in Vietnam. Cuban journalists tour southern provinces A … [Read more...]

Provincial actor wrote viral essay defaming police, military

A screen shot of a fake school essay posted on the Facebook page of the author Pham Thanh H., who has been punished for defaming the police and the military. Photo: Thai Son The Ministry of Public Security announced that it has fined an actor for writing a fake letter purportedly written by a school girl to her father describing how a local policeman was taking care of her and her mother while he was stationed on a remote island. The ministry identified the author only as Pham Thanh H., 31, a resident of Quy Nhon -- the capital town of the central province of Binh Dinh. The Ministry of Information and Communications in August fined three news websites Dat Viet, Kien Thuc and Tien Phong VND60 million (US$2,833) each for failing to confirm the authenticity of the essay before publishing it and tarnishing the image of the police, military, Communist Party and State. The ministry also asked the police to track down the author of the essay, who wrote it from the perspective of a primary … [Read more...]

Social News 22/9

A/H5N6 flu virus: Quang Nam culls 800,000 ducks Quang Nam province has begun culling 800,000 ducks after the H5N6 avian bird flu virus was detected in poultry, reports the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Deputy Director of the Quang Nam provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Muon, announced on September 20 so far 3,150 ducks have tested positive for the deadly A/H5N6 virus. Veterinarians have now taken preemptive measures to test ducks and poultry from over three household breeding farms in Phu Quy 3 hamlet, Tam My Dong commune, Nui Thanh district. Muon warned the virus can spread rapidly. "We are intensifying inspection efforts on affected farms, and taking preventive measures in high risk areas, and strictly controlling the trading of poultry. At present, Quang Nam has more than 800,000 ducks," he said. He attributed the appearance of the A/H5N6 virus in Quang Nam to unclear origin of duck breeds which were purchased from northern … [Read more...]