Coach Miura: My players are mature and brave

(CPV) - "They are young, new faces. However, I believe in their bravery demonstrated in previous V-League matches," said head coach Miura of the U23 national football squad right after the team’s gathering in Hanoi on February 24th. During this year’s season, Hoang Anh Gia Lai put out the biggest number of young players, performing impressively. The 23-member short list has not been finalized leaving the opportunity open for all. Style for the Olympic national squad is not the same as for Hoang Anh Gia Lai, who have contributed 9 names. The best ones of the 30 students will be selected later for the needed positions. The recently finished AFF Cup 2014 witnessed a lot of good offensive footballers. A strong attacking team should be one of my key tactics. The Vietnam U23 team will face the U23 teams of Japan, Malaysia and Macau in the Group I qualifying round of the 2016 Asian U23 Football Championships. The tournament will see 40 qualifying teams, divided into 10 … [Read more...]

Young composers aim for awards in new year

Young talented composers like Do Hieu and Pham Toan Thang are introducing quality songs that are expected to win them new achievements in the new year. Composer and music producer Do Hieu (R) has been nominated as Favourite Composer in the HTV Awards competition. It took only one year for composer and music producer Do Hieu to become popular among local music fans. His compositions have become hits of pop stars like Ho Ngoc Ha, and young singers like Noo Phuoc Thinh and Dong Nhi, who are finding ways to renew their music styles. "Working with pop star Ho Ngoc Ha allows me to professionally experiment and improve," said Hieu, who wrote two songs for Ha's latest album Moi Tinh Xua (Old Love Affair) released last May. The ballad Minh Em Voi Em (Only Me) and Nguoi Tinh Oi (My Darling) with a gentle melody and moving words about the loneliness of a woman after an affair has attracted millions of listeners on local online music channels like Zingmp3.vn and nhaccuatui.com. The … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. Luong Duy Hoai, an outstanding name in the field of electronic commerce. Photo: Forbes Vietnam Pianist Trang Trinh. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le … [Read more...]

HAGL draw 2-2 with Dong Thap as Nguyen Cong Phuong scores twice

Nguyen Cong Phong (right) scores twice to avert a loss for Hoang Anh Gia Lai. NDO - Young star player Nguyen Cong Phuong’s excellent performance helped Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) come back after two goals to secure a draw with visitors Dong Thap at a match on February 15 in Pleiku Stadium. With only six points after seven rounds of Vietnam’s top-flight football tournament V-League, HAGL players were in a sombre mood and conceded two goals in the first twenty minutes of the game. Dong Thap went ahead in the tenth minute after midfielder Nguyen Duy Khanh took advantage of the loophole in HAGL’s defence and widened the difference within the next ten minutes with a short-range shot by striker Ajala on HAGL goalie Nguyen Minh Nhut. It looked like the game would end on a sour note for the home team but Nguyen Cong Phuong’s two goals in the 31st and 76th minutes saved HAGL from slumping to their third consecutive defeat. Phuong’s first goal was a … [Read more...]

Coach Miura reveals U23 squad

VietNamNet Bridge – The Japanese coach of Viet Nam's national team, Toshiya Miura, announced yesterday (Feb 13), the U23 team that will compete in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. Fresh face: Vo Huy Toan (right) has been called up to the national U23 team. — Photo thanhnien.com.vn Among the 30 players included in the list, nine are from the Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) team: goalie Pham Van Tien, fullbacks Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, Le Van Son, Le Duc Luong, halfbacks Hoang Thanh Tung, Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Tuan Anh, and strikers Nguyen Cong Phuong and Nguyen Van Toan. Besides goalkeeper Tien, Miura has selected four others, namely Nguyen Hoai Anh of Quang Ninh, Dang Ngoc Tuan of An Giang, Pham Van Phong of Dong Nai and Phi Minh Long of Ha Noi T&T. Notable among the 10 fullbacks is Bui Tien Dung of the Viettel football centre, who is playing in the national second division event, and was considered a steely shield for the national U19 team during the ASEAN U19 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese traditional Tet celebration draws interest of Lao people

Lao guests try to make ‘banh chung’, an essential Vietnamese dish on Tet holiday (Photo: Toan Thang) NDO – The Vietnamese traditional celebration of Tet (traditional lunar New Year) festival was introduced to the people of Laos at an event held in Vientiane on February 5 by the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese Cultural Centre in Laos (VCCL). The event drew much interest from Lao guests as they had the chance to enjoy short films featuring Vietnam’s cultural practices on Tet holiday and directly observe Vietnamese artisans making ‘banh chung’ (square glutinous rice cake), an essential dish of the Vietnamese people on Tet. They were also invited to make 'banh chung' by themselves and learn how to unwrap the cake in the right way. "Banh chung was my favourite dish during the time I studied in Vietnam. At that time I knew it was a dish had by Vietnamese people on their lunar New Year. But I did not know until today that there is a legend … [Read more...]

Forbes Vietnam releases maiden 30 under 30 list, including Flappy Bird creator

Forbes Vietnam unveiled Monday its maiden "30 Under 30" list, featuring 30 Vietnamese individuals who stand out in the industries they are part of, four years after Forbes U.S. introduced the list. "> The list features familiar faces, particularly to young Vietnamese, including Nguyen Ha Dong, the Hanoi-based app developer behind the addictive Flappy Bird mobile game; chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem; star comedian Huynh Tran Thanh; and hot vlogger Tran Duc Viet, aka JVevermind. There are also individuals that are not widely known to the public, but are renowned in their own industries thanks to their achievements, such as Thi Anh Dao, a digital marketer, and Luong Duy Hoai, who specializes in e-commerce. The "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars, born from 1985 on, of the next generation of leadership in different industries, from business and startup to entertainment and sports, Forbes Vietnam, which debuted in June 2013, said in a press release. "They are full of the … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Artists awarded for musical achievements

VietNamNet Bridge – Composer Vu Cat Tuong scored a hat-trick for his song at Bai Hat Viet 2014 (Vietnamese Song 2014), a television show that runs throughout the year to showcase new songs by Vietnamese writers. Local favourites: Singer Thao Nhi, sound mixer Nguyen Duy Anh, composer Pham Toan Thang and singer Truc Nhan receive their awards on stage in a ceremony held in HCM City's Hoa Binh theatre on Friday. — Photo dantri.com Yeu Xa (Faraway Love) won the Favourite Song Award as voted for by the public, and also shared the Journalists Council Award with Bon Chu Lam (Four Important Words) by Pham Toan Thang. Tuong, whose song has been watched by nearly 750,000 viewers on YouTube, also won the Passion and Creativeness Award. Bon Chu Lam won the coveted Song of the Year Award, having been watched by 16 million viewers on YouTube over the past four months. Composer Huy Tuan, one of the programme's judges, said that Yeu Xa was a contemporary pop song that revealed … [Read more...]

Last word not heard yet on Vietnam capital’s plan for all-female buses

Women and girls on a bus in Hanoi. Photo: Ngoc Thang A group of gender-rights and transportation experts have come out in favor of Hanoi’s embattled plan to establish female-only public bus routes to protect women from sexual harassment but a senior official said more public opinion is needed before it materializes. The municipal government ordered the state-owned Hanoi Transport Corporation to explore gender segregation on certain problematic routes after a study prepared by NGO ActionAid Vietnam and the Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) suggested that a significant proportion of the city’s female commuters feel unsafe. Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, told Thanh Nien that the plan demonstrates that the government of Hanoi is taking a responsible and modern approach to the problem. Hung said several foreign governments have established separate buses for men and women, as well as different … [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 21/12

Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Lan Song Xanh Music Award 2014 ends

The award ceremony of Lan Song Xanh 2014 was held at Lan Anh music venue in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19. Lan Song Xanh Music Awards aims at honoring singers and musicians who have had outstanding contributions to Vietnamese musical industry during the year. Noo Phuoc Thinh singer Winners of the "Most Favorite Musician" awards included Tien Cookie, Tu Dua, Pham Toan Thang, Vu Cat Tuong, Do Hieu, Nguyen Hong Thuan, Ai Phuong, Pham Hoang Duy, Chau Dang Khoa and Minh Thu. Musician Nguyen Duy Anh was named "Most Effective Sound-Mixing Musician" and Viet Tan "Best Studio". The "Song of the year" went to "4 chu lam" ( The Four A Lot ) composed by Pham Toan Thang and performed by Truc Nhan and Truong Thao Nhi. Singer Ho Ngoc Ha was honored with ‘Album of the Year’ award for Moi Tinh xua (The old love). Gat di nuoc mat (Wipe Away The Tears) written by Do Hieu and performed by Noo Phuoc Thinh won the "Single of the year" title (Photo). Noo Phuoc Thinh, Dong Nhi, Uyen … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF The availability and quality of transport infrastructure of Vietnam moved 16 steps to rank 74/138 in 2014, according to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 released at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF). In terms of the Enabling Trade Index (ETI), the WEF placed Vietnam at a position that is higher than other four ASEAN member countries – Laos (91st), the Philippines (96th), Cambodia (113th), and Myanmar (138th). The ETI is conducted every two years by the WEF, with a focus on the four main modes of transport: road, air, railroad and seaport infrastructures. Air connectivity and sea line connectivity are also taken into consideration by the WEF before it announces the Index. Former banker’s accomplices admit law infringement Some accomplices of Nguyen Duc Kien, former vice chairman of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), said depositing VND718 billion at VietinBank was illegal but Kien insisted he did not … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/12

HCM City hosts 10th CD/DVD fair The 10th fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs will be held at the Labor Cultural Center at District 1's 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10. The event aims to promote consumption of original, copyrighted products at an affordable price. The fair features more than 3,000 disks in various genres of music, movies, and education software, offering 10-50 percent discount for all products. The fair is organized by Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation with participation of the country's major recording companies including Saigon Vafaco, Ben Thanh Audio-Video, Viet Tan, Youth Studio, Ho Chi Minh City Television, Bach Viet, Tuan Trinh, Dem Sai Gon, Lang Van, Samcom ect.... Institute for Applied Arts opens in HCM City The Viet Nam Institute for Applied Arts opened in HCM City, offering courses in graphic design, interior decoration, fashion design and more subjects. Director Tran Ngoc Danh said the institute will take in about 100 … [Read more...]

Results of survey and excavations undertaken at Dong Co temple relic, Tu Liem district, Hanoi

Within an archaeological study project for celebrating the Millennial Anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, the VNMH has collaborated with the Hanoi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Steering Committee to undertake a survey and excavations at Dong Co temple relic (Nguyen Xa village, Minh Khai commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi). The bronze drum was a special object and very close to the Vietnamese ancient people. The tradition of worshiping the God of the Bronze Drum has become a national folk religion. So far, it is known for some relics where worshipping the God of the Bronze Drum across the country, including the Dong Co temple in Nguyen Xa village, Minh Khai commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi. According to written documents and legends, the god of the bronze drum had assisted Ly kings to conquer enemies and a temple was built for worshipping him. By now it is very tough to understand how the temple looked like in the past. We have excavated 9 holes in an area … [Read more...]

HCM City plans faster relocation of polluting plants

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City plans to speed up the task of moving production establishments causing pollution out of residential areas. Dong Hung Thuan Commune in District 12 is one of the hot spots of pollution caused by factories, which include those making wood products and welding, waste paper recycling, and printing units. — Photo vtv9 Dong Hung Thuan Commune in District 12 is one of the hot spots of pollution caused by factories, which include those making wood products and welding, waste paper recycling, and printing units. The noise, wastewater and fumes released by these establishments have affected the lives of local residents. Nguyen Toan Thang, chairman of the District 12 People's Committee, said most of the 30-odd factories in Dong Hung Thuan came there from inner city areas in 1997-2001. Most of them have waste treatment facilities but mostly for show to satisfy inspectors, he said. In other outlying districts like Binh Tan, Hoc Mon, and Cu Chi too, … [Read more...]

Social News 3/12

Autism growing in Vietnam Volunteers and caregivers feed children at the Ha Noi Relief Association for Handicapped. There are about 200,000 documented cases of children with autism in Viet Nam and the number is growing, according to the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD). The news was voiced with concern at a workshop co-organised by the APCD and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder characterised by impaired social interaction and communication, said Dr. Vu Song Ha, vice director of the Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Development. At the workshop, researchers said the number of school children with autism was significantly higher than children with other disabilities. Autism is a widely recognised disability and is listed in many countries' disability laws. Viet Nam, however, has not yet established a legal framework to provide diagnosed children with medical insurance or … [Read more...]

Hue launches golden tourism week

Hue launches golden tourism week The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre will offer a variety of promotions to visitors during the Golden Tourism Week, which is running from December 24-30, said its Director Phan Thanh Hai. Regarding promotional packages, tourists can use a single ticket they buy to visit the Royal Palace, Ung Lang (known as Khai Dinh Tomb) and Hieu Lang (known as Minh Mang Tomb) to enter other monuments that require tickets. Meanwhile, a group of 10 visitors will receive a 20 percent discount for visiting the sites, and those enjoying nha nhac concerts at Duyet Thi Duong Theatre will receive half-price tickets. The centre will hold a ceremony to greet the two millionth visitor to the Hue relic site this year and the 30 millionth visitor since it was recognised as a world cultural heritage in 1993 by UNESCO. On the occasion, awards will be presented to three outstanding tourist agencies which have brought the most visitors to the site. Furthermore, a conference … [Read more...]