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Nearly 70 artists and works nominated for Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

The election round of the Golden Apricot Blossom Award for Television programs, serial, stage, cinema and music will start on December 10 and finish on January 20, 2011.

     Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In the board of music category, singers will compete for titles including “Best Pop Male/Female Singer”, “Best Male/Female Singer in revolutionary traditional song”, and “Best Male/Female Singer in folk song”.


The B board of the stage will include “Best dramatic actors/actresses”, “Best cai luong actors/actresses”, “Best comedian” and “Best drama/cai luong play” awards.


There will be also titles including “Best film” and “Best actor/actress” in the movies and TV serial of the C board.


Ta Minh Tam,  Do Thuy, Quyen Linh, Quynh Huong and Phan Anh will vie for Best MC “Master of ceremonies” award.


The award ceremony of the event will take place at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22, 2011. A music performance honoring the top ten favorite singers will be held on January 24.


The nomination round in which Nguoi Lao Dong’s readers named best artists was kicked off in last October and finished in the begining of this month. Artists, who won most votes, were listed in the election round with evaluation from experts and journalists.

Started in 1995, the Golden Apricot Blossom Award of the Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper has been popular and become an anual prestigous event.

Source: SGGP

Apple net profit soars 70 percent

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Apple on Monday reported record quarterly revenue led by blockbuster sales of its latest generation iPhone and took shots at rivals Google and Research In Motion.


The California-based company said that its net profit in the quarter ending September 25 soared 70 percent to 4.31 billion dollars on unprecedented sales of Macintosh computers, iPhones and iPads.


“We are blown away to report over 20 billion dollars in revenue and over four billion in after-tax earnings — both all-time records for Apple,” said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs.


Apple reported record revenue of 20.34 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, up from 12.21 billion dollars a year ago.

Apple has reported record quarterly revenue led by blockbuster sales of its latest generation iPhone and took shots at rivals Google and Research In Motion

Apple said it sold 3.89 million Macintosh computers during the quarter, up 27 percent from a year ago, 14.1 million iPhones, up 91 percent from a year ago, and 4.19 million iPads, up from 3.3 million the previous quarter.


Apple said it sold 9.05 million iPods during the quarter, down 11 percent from a year ago.


Jobs said during an earnings call that iPhone “handily” outsold BlackBerry and that he didn’t see the handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion catching up any time soon.


He then took aim at Google and its Android software for mobile phones.


Jobs downplayed claims that approximately 200,000 Android mobile devices are activated daily, saying that daily activations for Apple gadgets averaged 275,000 in the past 30 days.


“We are confident our approach will triumph over Google’s fragmented approach,” Jobs said.


While Android touts being “open” software that handset makers can craft into devices as they wish, Apple’s “closed” approach lets it control quality from the hardware to the software.


“The closed approach enables Apple to make products they believe create the best customer experience,” said NPD analyst Ross Rubin. “The success they are having in the market validates that many customers believe that is true.”


Jobs contended that the array of smartphone makers putting custom spins on Android software will be “a mess” for users and application makers.


Apple shares were down 6.13 percent in after-hours trading to 298.50 dollars as iPad sales fell short of expectations. Analysts had expected Apple to sell as many as five million iPads during the quarter.


Investors were evidently also concerned about costs and aggressive pricing eating into the money Apple makes per gadget.


Jobs remained confident, saying that he believed Apple has a “tiger by the tail” with the iPad and that there is little sign of a viable challenger.


Jobs saw only a “handful of credible entries” in the tablet market and said that most came up short because of 7-inch screens, which work out to be only 45 percent of the area on Apple’s tablet computer.


He maintained that those touch-screens are too small for great applications unless they “include sand paper so users can sand down their fingers” to tap onscreen keys.

“Seven-inch tablets are tweeners,” Jobs said. “Too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.”

Apple plans to build on the momentum of its Macintosh computers with an event Wednesday in San Francisco focused on refreshing the line-up in time for the year-end holiday shopping season.

“We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year,” Jobs said.

Apple ended the recent quarter with about 51 billion dollars in its coffers and is saving the money for acquisitions or other tactical corporate moves.

“We would like to continue to keep our powder dry because we do feel there are some strategic opportunities in the future,” Jobs said.

Apple revealed that it has sold about 250,000 of its new Apple TV devices since the second-generation of the gadget priced at 99 dollars became available in September.

“Clearly, it was a very strong quarter,” Rubin said.

Source: SGGP

Tornado leaves 70 homes toppled and roofless in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Tornado with strong winds, heavy rains and high ocean tides caused much of damage for people in the southern end province of Ca Mau August 14.

Army forces help residents repair and rebuild houses after a tornado lashes Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi districts, Ca Mau Province August 14 (Photo: SGGP)

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the tornado destroyed 23 homes and blew 46 others’ roofs away while another was trucked by lightning in two coastal districts of Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi.


Meanwhile, giant waves sank Nguyen Van Xe’s fishing boat together with seven fishermen into the sea, destinies of these unlucky men have yet known. Elsewhere the border army forces saved 13 other fishermen who fell into the sea during the fierce tornado.


High ocean tides severely engulfed and sent parts of 1,500 meters of the sea dyke tumble in the westward Ca Mau Province.


The same day afternoon, a two-hour downpour inundated streets under 0.2-0.5 meters of floodwaters, causing the worst traffic jam in many years for Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Can Tho City.


Thousands of motorcycles lined up along one kilometer of the street. The downgraded drainage system together with narrow alleys along the street’s sides has been blamed for worsening the flooding.


In the Central Highlands, a tornado raged through Xuan Tho Commune in Da Lat City August 13, leaving about one billion dong in loss.


The one hour tornado, which swept through the commune’s Xuan Thanh Village, uprooted over 500 pines and crushed a truck.


It also crumpled 700 square meters of glasshouses and ravaged much of farming area. Local residents reported that was the worst ever tornado in the area.

Source: SGGP

Tornado leaves 70 homes toppled and roofless in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

Tornado with strong winds, heavy rains and high ocean tides caused much of damage for people in the southern end province of Ca Mau August 14.

Army forces help residents repair and rebuild houses after a tornado lashes Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi districts, Ca Mau Province August 14 (Photo: SGGP)

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the tornado destroyed 23 homes and blew 46 others’ roofs away while another was trucked by lightning in two coastal districts of Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi.


Meanwhile, giant waves sank Nguyen Van Xe’s fishing boat together with seven fishermen into the sea, destinies of these unlucky men have yet known. Elsewhere the border army forces saved 13 other fishermen who fell into the sea during the fierce tornado.


High ocean tides severely engulfed and sent parts of 1,500 meters of the sea dyke tumble in the westward Ca Mau Province.


The same day afternoon, a two-hour downpour inundated streets under 0.2-0.5 meters of floodwaters, causing the worst traffic jam in many years for Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Can Tho City.


Thousands of motorcycles lined up along one kilometer of the street. The downgraded drainage system together with narrow alleys along the street’s sides has been blamed for worsening the flooding.


In the Central Highlands, a tornado raged through Xuan Tho Commune in Da Lat City August 13, leaving about one billion dong in loss.


The one hour tornado, which swept through the commune’s Xuan Thanh Village, uprooted over 500 pines and crushed a truck.


It also crumpled 700 square meters of glasshouses and ravaged much of farming area. Local residents reported that was the worst ever tornado in the area.

Source: SGGP

VN getting $70 mln loans from ADB to improve vocational training

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it was providing US$70 million in loans for a Vietnam working skill enhancement project to improve vocational training in priority industries.


The project will fund training programs in public and private vocational colleges in automotive technology, electrical and mechanical manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, information and communication technology, and navigation and shipping industries, all of which currently lack sufficient skilled workers, the Manila-based bank said.

This file photo shows a university graduation ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City. The Asian Development Bank says it is providing US$70 million in loans for a working skill enhancement project in Vietnam. (Photo: Thuy Nguyen)

Around 24,000 students are expected to benefit from the program, with about 25% of them women and members of ethnic minority groups, according to the lender.


“Vietnam’s long-term prosperity and development depends on its increasing competitiveness in regional and global markets, and if it is to expand as an industrialized country, it must develop highly skilled industrial workers,” Wendy Duncan, principal education specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in this Friday statement.


The project will provide management and instructor training to upgrade skills and improve planning and allocation of resources, and will also help develop new curricula and training materials, with support from the industries, according to ADB.


The lender said credit would be also made available to approved private colleges to upgrade their equipment and facilities, with institutions expected to borrow up to US$3 million to US$4 million each.


The project aims to address gender inequity by including programs in information and communication technology, hospitality and tourism where females are well represented.


These $70 million loans come from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund. The bank’s assistance includes a regular ADF of $50 million equivalent with a 32-year term and grace period of 8 years, with annual interest of 1% per annum during the grace period, and 1.5% for the balance of the term.


A second 32-year loan of $20 million will be made available for on-lending to private vocational colleges, with an annual interest charge of 2.22% per annum.


The Vietnamese Government will contribute US$8 million for a total project cost of $78 million, ADB said.


The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will be the executing agency for the project which is expected to be completed by August 2015.

Source: SGGP

70 miners feared dead in Colombia explosion

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:28 am

 About 70 miners were feared dead in a Colombian coal mine after a fiery explosion ripped through underground shafts overnight during a change of shifts, authorities have said.


Dozens of relatives gathered outside, anxious for news of missing loved ones.


Only a single miner was found alive, with burns on 30 percent of his body, Civil Defense chief Juan Carlos Posada said.


The official said the deaths of 17 miners had been confirmed, and 11 bodies identified and removed from the site near the city of Medellin.


“It’s difficult for there to be survivors, because the explosion produced very high temperatures,” Posada told AFP, adding that the bodies recovered so far had been burned.


A buildup of toxic gases hampered search and rescue efforts. A team entered the mine Thursday afternoon and were able to make it 180 meters (yards) inside, but the search was suspended at 5:30 pm (2230 GMT) to allow gas levels to dissipate, officials said.


At least 72 men were in the mine when the explosion hit during an 11 pm (0400 GMT) shift change Wednesday, apparently as a result of a gas buildup, officials said.


The force of the blast caused cave-ins in parts of the mine, one of the largest in Colombian’s northwestern coal-producing region. Five people were killed in 2008 when the mine flooded.


Grief-stricken family members were kept at a distance from the mine by authorities for security reasons. Several hearses were parked nearby.


Liliana Aguirre, a 25-year-old housewife with a seven-year-old boy whose father was missing, anxiously waited news.


“I have been here since the morning. All they have told me is that I have to wait,” she said.


President Alvaro Uribe expressed his condolences over the disaster, saying he was “very sad… for the people trapped there. It’s a very difficult fate.”


He said he had asked for an immediate report “on safety conditions at the mine, whether it was up to date in meeting its requirements, if it had accident and professional risk insurance.”


Colombia’s Minister of Mines Hernan Martinez said there appeared to have been no gas detectors in the mine.


“I am very concerned about the magnitude of the explosion. The last inspection was June 9 and nothing irregular was found. However we have to investigate because it is likely there was no gas detector,” he told a news conference.


The mayor of Amaga, Auxilio Zapata, said the local stadium was “already set up to receive the injured and the dead because the morgue does not have the capacity for an emergency like the one we are facing.”


Luz Amanda Pulido, director of disaster prevention, said the hope of finding survivors was “not much, almost nothing.”

Source: SGGP

70,000 young volunteers to serve university exams

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm




70,000 young volunteers to serve university exams


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A program to help students in the coming university exam season will be launched in 10 big cities and provinces of Hanoi, Hai Duong, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Hue, Nghe An, Thai Nguyen and Dac Lac.


The program, which is jointly held by the Ministry of Education and Training, Thanh Nien newspaper and the Thien Long Corp, draws the participation of about 70,000 young volunteers.


The volunteers will be ready at public places such as train and coach stations, roads, gates of universities to provide timely support to examinees whenever it is needed.


They will give necessary information about exams, places, accommodations, means of transportation as well as studying experience to candidates to help ease difficulties for the examinees.


Source: Ha Noi Moi newspaper


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Int’l fireworks contest expected to attract 70,000 visitors

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 4:15 am




Int’l fireworks contest expected to attract 70,000 visitors


QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Crowds of people are flocking to the Han River in Da Nang City to watch the international fireworks contest to be held on the evening of March 27.


Over 70,000 visitors are forecast to spread through Bach Dang, Tran Hung Dao and 3-2 streets, and the road in front of the Cham Museum.  


The festival, costing a total of VND24 billion, promises to be a golden opportunity for travel agencies to increase their profits.


Along Bach Dang street, 200 stone statues by two famous sculptors based in Da Nang, Tien Hieu and Nguyen Hung, are being displayed to show the talent in Non Nuoc village. Flowers are also showing off their beauty and the combination of the stone and the flowers is very attractive to viewers.


Tourists will have the opportunity to visit sightseeing places in Da Nang City such as Ba Na Mount, the Son Tra peninsula and Ngu Hanh Son (five marble mountains), and see 25,000 flower garlands and coloured lanterms released in the evenings of March 27-28.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

VNA cuts flight prices by 70 percent

In Vietnam Travel on September 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm









The state-owned carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) said September 16 it would cut ticket prices by 60 to 70 percent for all flights from the beginning of next month to the end of January, 2010.


Passengers can buy tickets from October 1 to 20 at VNA’s agents or by accessing its website.


Tickets are non-refundable.


This is the biggest promotion by VNA so far in its history.


According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Yen, director of VNA’s southern branch, this promotion is expected to boost domestic tourism demand and attract more foreign visitors to Vietnam during the peak tourism season from November to March.


Source: SGGP