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Linda Le wins Wepler Award

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Linda Le wins Wepler Award

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The Wepler Award, worth €10,000, was presented to French writer Linda Le, of Vietnamese origin, for her work titles Cronos published by Christian Bourgois Publishing House.

The work Cronos tells story of an imaginary city ruled by two dictators. To save her father, an astronomer, a girl has to marry one of the two dictators. Knowing that she is pregnant, she decides to resign from office and follows protesters.

Born in 1963 in Vietnam, Linda Le arrived in France in 1977. Her first novel Un si tender vampire (A gentle vampire) was published when she was 23 years old. She was awarded Vocation in 1990, Renaissance on short story in 1993 and Fénéon in 1997. Some of her works have been translated into English, Dutch, Portuguese and Vietnamese.

Wepler is a literary award established in 1998 under the initiative of Abbesses Book Store with the support from Fondation La Poste and Brasserie Wepler Organisations.

This annual award is presented on November for a contemporary writer without trade purpose.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Reporter Nicolas Cornet: “Sending the love with Hanoi in photos”

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Reporter Nicolas Cornet: “Sending the love with Hanoi in photos”

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO – French reporter Nicolas Cornet has taken thousands of photographs of Hanoi and Vietnam during his shuttle trips to this S-shaped country over the last two decades.

From his love for Hanoi, for more than two years now, Nicolas Cornet has paid much attention to its landscapes and inhabitants.

As a result, on November 23rd, he exhibited nearly 50 photos of Hanoi at every angle at an exhibition entitled “Hanoi, Hanoians, contemporary view” and introduced his pictorial book, Hanoi, at L’Espace, Hanoi.

Through the eyes of Nicolas Cornet, spectators could find out the ever-changing daily life and structures across Hanoi. The showcased photos bring them a close, familiar Hanoi with small alleys and streets, green tea and grilled rice.

PANO’s reporter has an interview with photographer Nicolas Cornet on his exhibition and aspiration for Hanoi.

As a photo reporter for several European newspapers and magazines such as L’Espresso(I), Mare(RFA), Figaro Magazine, Le Monde, you have travelled to various countries, what is the reason for your choice of Vietnam and the capital, Hanoi, to take these photos?

– My destiny with Vietnam came from my first visit here 23 years ago. I have shuttle trips between Vietnam and France and I love taking photograph of the daily lives of the Vietnamese. I cannot say exactly when I fell in love with this country with a thousand year-old culture.

I got married with a Vietnamese living in France in 1997. My Vietnamese language has been improved much, contributing to my demonstration here.

– With the theme of Hanoi, why did not you exhibit your works on the Great Anniversary of Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi?

– There were a lot of artistic activities held during the Anniversary of Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi. My photos are news photos; thus, they could be displayed at anytime without being out of date. I took these photographs with my deep love for Hanoi. What concerns me most is how spectators think of my works, not when the exhibition takes place.

– Of the exhibited photos, which is your most favourite one?

– I love the photo titled “Generations” most. That is the portrait of a grandmother and her grandchildren, representing two generations of Vietnamese women. The grandmother represents the past while the girl with bright eyes and smart forehead symbolises a bright future for Vietnam.

To take this unique photo, I have spent time talking with and getting acquainted with both of them. As there seemed to be no barrier among us, I found it easier to take their “souls” in my photos.

– As what I see, is your forte taking portraits?

– I do like taking photographs of portraits even such a genre is rather difficult and it takes much time. However, if I am successful the portrait will become convincing as it has its own soul.

– You have several photo collections on Hanoi, including “Elegant girls on Long Bien Bridge” and “Crossroads in front of Hanoi Opera House”. Will you pursue such topic?

– I am going to travel to countryside throughout Vietnam and take photographs of these places. Besides, I keep taking photographs of Hanoi.

After this exhibition in Hanoi, I will introduce my photos of Hanoi in Ho Chi Minh City, Paris and Canada, so that more and more people could have better understanding of the country where I have placed my love and career in.

– Thank you very much.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

A musical night for charity

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

A musical night for charity

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

At 8pm November 24th, a musical evening, “Vietnamese hearts”, will start at the 126 stage in the Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

The night will be divided into two separate types, pop songs and country songs, which will be performed by famous Vietnamese singers such as Ngoc Son, Cam Ly, Quoc Dai, Luong Bang Quang, Bao Thy, Dong Nhi, Khong Tu Quynh, Noo Phuoc Thinh, Chi Thien and the V.Music and Nhat Nguyet bands, to name a few.

All money from the sale of tickets will be donated to the flood victims in the Central provinces.

Source: TTO

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Pham Huy Thong introduces “My compatriots” paintings

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Pham Huy Thong introduces “My compatriots” paintings

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO- On November 27th, the exhibition, “My compatriots”, will be opened by young artist Pham Huy Thong at the Bui Gallery, No. 23, Ngo Van So Street, Hanoi.

His oil paintings about national unity are inspired from the legend of “Lac Long Quan and Au Co”.

These works also show the “Lac Hong bloodstream” meaning, the blood flowing through every Vietnamese body.

The exhibition will last till January 2nd, 2011.

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Karate martial artist wins silver at 16th ASIAD

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Karate martial artist wins silver at 16th ASIAD

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese karate martial artist Nguyen Anh scored a silver after defeating opponents from Iran, Taipei (China) and the Republic of Korea to take part in the final match of her division at the 16th Asian Games on November 24.

Anh competed as the defending champion of the Asian Games’ under 50kg event.

Facing Ghasemi Laskou Kalayeh Fetemeh from Iran, she was held to a draw for most of the competing time but succeeded to score 2 successive points in only one minute of extra time.

Anh easily defeated Chen Yen Hui from Taiwan (China) in the quarter-final with a final score of 4-1 and entered the semi-final.

In the early minutes of the semi-final match, Anh played an offensive style and won 2 points to secure a place in the final to compete with Chinese rival Li Hong, who won the championship title at the World Tournament in Serbia in October.

Despite competing very hard at the final, Anh failed to score and lost to 2-0 Hong.

This was also the first medal for the Vietnamese karate team in their first day of competition.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vung Tau’s temple for the drowned

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Vung Tau’s temple for the drowned

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Dinh Co Temple in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province was built after the body of a 16 year old girl washed up on Long Hai Beach 186 years ago.

The temple on windy hilltop overlooking the beach in Long Dien District was built to honor the girl, Le Thi Hong Thuy.

People believed she was a sacred goddess, who would protect them. Her grave is still there beside it.

Two white lion statues guard the gate to the 37 stone steps that lead up to the main building that is a vast 1,000 square meters. Old trees and flowers fill the grounds. From the top of the stairs you can see Vung Tau City and Thuy Van Beach in the distance.

The sanctum of the temple has seven altars and a small statue of the girl dressed in red with gold lame trim.

Every year, there is a three day festival called Nghinh Co Festival on February 10-12 of lunar calendar that attracts pilgrims from around the country.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Bear conservation: opinions need changing

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Bear conservation: opinions need changing

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:31 (GMT+7)

To save the Vietnamese bear population, the country should start a campaign to change people’s ideas about the properties of bear gall bladder and bile products.

This recommendation was put forward by Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) at a press conference in Hanoi on November 23 to launch a report on attitudes and behaviour regarding the use of bear gall in Vietnam.

An ENV survey of more than 3,000 residents of three major cities – Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang – shows that 22 percent of people interviewed said they have used bear gall. People with higher levels of education tend to use more bear gall than those with lower levels of education.

Many people consider bear gall a panacea for all diseases ranging from minor injuries and digestive problems to cancer. Up to 74 percent of interviewees said that using bear gall is not unlawful behaviour.

According to ENV, Vietnam is home to two rare species of bears, Ursus thibetanus and Helarctos malayanus, and both are seriously threatened by illegal hunting and smuggling. Bears are usually captured in the wild when they are small and then sold to farms to raise for gall bladder and bile products.

At present, Vietnam has around 3,500 confined bears, most of them originating from the wild.

ENV said that eliminating bear farms is the first important step for conserving bear species in Vietnam.

In addition to protecting wild bears, ENV recommended that relevant Vietnamese agencies should improve the laws on wild animal protection and promote their enforcement as well as scientific research on bear conservation.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

124 films at national film festival on traffic safety

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

124 films at national film festival on traffic safety

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO – The National film festival on traffic safety, entitled “Dangers for traffic participants with alcohol use”, organised by National Committee on Traffic Safety, officially opened in Hanoi on November 22nd. 

The three-day festival will screen 124 films with different genres, including reportage, documentary, science and education.

The festival aims to diversify propaganda methods, share experiences as well as solutions to urgent traffic problems.

Awarded films will be copied and saved as documentations to serve for propaganda activities at grassroots level.

Translated by Tran Hoai

Source: QDND

Job fair to be held

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Job fair to be held

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO – A job fair, one of main programs during the France Culture Week in Vietnam, will be held on November 27th at the International Exbibition Centre in Hanoi.

A press conference has been held on November 23rd at the France Culture Centre by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam (CCIFV) to annouce the coming event.

With the participation of big businesses such as Big C, Vietnam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV), Prudential, Habubank and CCIFV, the fair will focus on jobs and education.

The event will create favourable conditions for leaders and employers of businesses to look for good employees.

There will be nearly 200 avaiable jobs in fields of banking and finance for participants.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Mobifone award scholarships 2010

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Mobifone award scholarships 2010

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO- On November 23rd evening, the Central Committee of The Vietnam Student Association and the Company Information VMS- Mobifone held a scholarship program “Mobifone for Vietnamese future 2010” in Hanoi.

In this year, the program has awarded 500 scholarships worth VND 1 billion to encourage pupils and students with good study records in 30 provinces and cities nationwide.

Last year, Mobifone also awarded 1,000 scholarships worth VND 1 billion to students.

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND