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Women’s club set to host annual charity bazaar

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

Women’s club set to host annual charity bazaar

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

An annual charity bazaar will be held on Nov. 28 by the Hanoi International Women’s Club, a non-profit social group of expatriate women.

The 19th annual bazaar, at the Water Sport Centre which is opposite to the My Dinh National Stadium, would showcase the diverse cultures of the expatriate community in Hanoi and so would be the perfect place to look for handicrafts from all over the world, a club spokesperson said.

There would be a kid’s corner to keep the little ones entertained while adults could bid on items in the silent auction or simply kick back with a cold drink and enjoy the cuisine of more than 30 countries.

The bazaar was supported by embassies and communities and local and foreign businesses. All the proceeds would go to supporting charities in and around Hanoi.

Tickets cost 100,000 VND (5 USD) for adults and 50,000 VND for children aged 3-12. Children under 3 are free. Tickets will be available at the gate or can be purchased in advance from Pure Heaven, JAFA, Jaspas, Oasis, and Restaurant Number Five. For more information please visit or contact

Source: VNA

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Hanoi plans to increase its annual GDP growth rate by 12 – 13 percent

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Annual fashion show to be held in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

The 9th annual Dep (beauty) Fashion Show will be held in The Garden Shopping Mall in Hanoi on October 31.

Poster of the 9th Dep Fashion Show

This year’s show themed “Dreaming” will focus on the social reality and aspiration to escape from reality.

The performance will feature collections such as “Migration” by German fashion designer Juliane Kunze, “The tale” and “Imaginative world” by local designers Luu Anh Tuan and Kelly Bui.

Started in 2004, Dep Fashion Show is a playing field for local and foreign fashion designers in the country.

Vietnam’s top models and artists will join the show directed by Le Vu Long.

Short documentaries of the fashion performance’s production progress will be broadcast weekly on VCTV1 channel on Friday at 9 pm.

Source: SGGP

Teaching recruitment suffers annual symphony of scarcity

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

It happens annually. Some districts suffer from a severe shortage of teachers, failing to recruit sufficiently, while other schools maintain an abundance of faculty.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training launched a recruitment program between May 15 and June 30 with the expectation of hiring over 3,000 more teachers, including 853 for primary schools and 867 preschool staff members for the upcoming year.

A class  in Nam Ky Khoi Nghia primary school in HCMC. The city has seen dearth of primary teachers ( Photo: Bao Uyen)

The department had received more than 2,500 online applications as of June 23 to fill the more than 2,200 teaching positions available. (2008 is the first year that the department has implemented an online registration process.)

However, teachers-to-be registered for senior high schools outweigh the demand in some districts and have set records for recruitment. For instance, the department only needs 516 new senior high school teachers, but the number of applicants is estimated to have tripled that number by June 23 and is expected to quadruple it by the last day of registration, June 30.

In addition, the department has announced it is recruiting 42 literature teachers but the application forms have been 200. Accordingly, only Ph.D, master or good students would be chosen for the posts.

On the flipside, particular schools and districts face dearth of qualified recruits. For example, primary and preschools have only managed to meet half their demand; therefore, it has been forecasted that the second and third recruit program would remain open.

Moreover, suburban districts Binh Chanh, Can Gio and Hoc Mon have once again seen few teaching applicants. Binh Chanh needs 110 primary teachers for the academic year 2010-2011, but has received only 30 application forms.

Dang Thai Binh, headmaster of the Thanh An primary school in Can Gio, said schools in suburban districts are looking for teachers but cannot fill open positions until the new academic year begins, in one or two months.  This is the case every year.

Meanwhile, Van Cong Sang, Human Resources Department head at the HCMC Department of Education and Training, fretted about applicants misunderstanding circumstances by over-favoring jobs in the city’s districts.

Truong Thi Thanh Binh, applying for a position at a junior school, said, “Graduates favor of nearby educational facilities or we accept jobs in distant districts unwillingly, but the problem is that under-the-table teaching salaries do not cover the cost of living.”

Applicants are advised to be careful in selecting their school of choice. They will have more opportunities to find jobs in the suburban districts, if there are only willing to commute farther to teach.

This is the first year that district Department of Education and Training have been given the right to recruit teachers for junior, primary and preschools by themselves instead of admitting teachers already employed by the city’s departments.

Source: SGGP

Denmark’s Annual Competition honors painting talents

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

The Denmark-Viet Nam Culture Development and Exchange Fund’s (CDEF) annual contest for talented young Vietnamese with a passion for the arts began on May 27, with this year’s competition based on painting.

Subject of the Talent Prize Contest 2008 is performing art.

The contest is open to Vietnamese aged 35 and under and aims to discover and encourage original, unique and creative artists and to promote innovations in the field of painting.

Themes of previous years were music, contemporary dance and performing arts.

Vietnamese and foreign judges, including Natalia Kraevskaia, an expert on Vietnamese contemporary fine arts, overseas Vietnamese painter Le Quang Dinh, Danish art recruitment supervisor Malene Natascha Ratcliffe will choose eight of the entrants to go to the finals.

Works of these top eight will be displayed in two weeks in November in Hanoi so the public may vote on which is best.

The winner will win US$3,700, including US$1,000 in cash. The remaining money will go towards organizing the exhibition.

Those interested in become contestants can contact for further information.

Source: SGGP

Toyota set to post billion dollar annual profit: report

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:47 am

TOKYO, May 9, 2010 (AFP) – Japan’s embattled auto giant Toyota will likely post an operating profit of around one billion dollars for the year to March despite worldwide safety recalls, a local newspaper reported Sunday.

Toyota, which is to release its annual results on Tuesday, may report an operating profit of up to 100 billion yen (1.09 billion dollars), the Yomiuri newspaper reported, without citing sources.

The world’s top automaker posted a net loss of 4.4 billion dollars in the year to March 2009, the first time ever it had sunk into the red, as global car sales collapsed during the recession.

Its annual operating loss that year was 461 billion yen.

Announcing those results in May last year, Toyota warned that it faced a net loss of 550 billion yen and an operating loss of 850 billion yen in the year to March 2010.

In addition to the industrial slump, Toyota’s reputation has taken a severe battering after it recalled about 10 million vehicles worldwide, mostly for problems with sudden acceleration.

But its global sales have nevertheless been recovering steadily. In March, worldwide sales surged 26 percent year-on-year while global production jumped over 80 percent compared with a year ago, when the industry scaled back to cope with evaporating demand.

Source: SGGP

Venezuela annual inflation rate hits 30 percent

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

 Venezuela‘s annual inflation rate has surpassed 30 percent after consumer prices surged in April.

The Central Bank and National Statistics Institute on Friday reported a 5.2 percent increase in consumer prices during April, driving up the annual rate to 30.4 percent.

President Hugo Chavez’s government has been struggling against the highest inflation rate in Latin America and a weakening economy in general.

In this May 5, 2010 photo, a butcher reads a newspaper behind a display counter in Caracas. At least 40 butchers were detained last week on charges of speculation for allegedly driving up their prices. If convicted, they could face two to six years in prison

Prices increased 11.3 percent from January to April, up from 6.7 percent inflation in the same 2009 period.

Venezuela’s economy shrank by 3.3 percent last year amid a downturn in its all-important oil industry. It’s the nation’s first recession since 2003.

The country imports most of its food, and Chavez on Friday announced the government will create an import-export corporation aiming to break with the private sector‘s “hegemony.” It wasn’t immediately clear how the new state entity would operate.

Chavez said wealthy Venezuelans involved in the import business “buy abroad, come here and ask for more than it really costs.”

Source: SGGP

Ninth graders gear up for annual fight

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

It happens every year.

Parents are exchanging information about the senior high school entrance examination (Photo: SGGP)

Although the education sector promises every graduating junior high school student will be able to attend a state senior high school, thousands of children who sit the senior high school entrance examination fight each other to get a place in a public high school. Parents and students consider the tenth grade a very important stage that will facilitate entry into a famous university.

Many parents recently queued up to apply for a seat in the extra classes conducted by the Le Hong Phong School for the Gifted and the Ly Tu Trong center.

Tran Thi Kim Ngoc of Ho Chi Minh City’s suburban Cu Chi district said she feels safer if her daughter, a good student, takes extra classes at the Ly Tu Trong center. This means the ninth grader must be taken from Cu Chi, 50km away from Ho Chi Minh City, to District 1 every day after her junior school is over at 5pm.

While good students are eager to get into schools for the gifted in order to ensure for themselves a place in a good university, fairly good and average counterparts target a seat in public high schools. Parents and kids go by the marks needed to get into each school last year before making their choices, and opt to take extra classes to ensure they make the grade.

The Department of Education and Training has reported around 77,749 junior high students will sit the senior high entrance examination this year. However, public schools can only receive around 56,498 graduates, a little over 72%, which is a decrease of 10% compared to the previous year.

Those who fail at these two options, have other choices: private schools and vocational schools. However, few students and even fewer parents look kindly on these institutions as they must pay more for private facilities and have less opportunity to access higher education. Vocational schools have always been looked down up as academically inferior institutions.

Experts say that this situation will be repeated and reinforced if authorities do not address the issue urgently, and act to ensure the system is more equitable and affords more opportunities to all students.

Source: SGGP

Celebrities shine at annual HTV Awards

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

More than 100 well-known actors and artists walked the red carpet on April 5 during the fourth annual HTV Awards at the Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater.

Actress Ngan Khanh (C) receives the award for Favorite Actress at the 2010 HTV Awards in HCMC on April 5

After a three-month voting process, nine awards were given out to the city’s favorite singers and actors.

In the TV category, actress Ngan Khanh and actor Thanh Nam won the Favorite Actress and Actor honors.

Khanh won for her role as “Hang” in the film Song tinh (The Wave of Love) while Nam won for his role as “Hai Lua” in the film Cuoc phieu luu cua Hai Lua (Hai Lua’s Adventure).

Actress Nguyet Anh and actor Tan Beo took the Favorite Supporting Actress and Actor awards, meanwhile.

Anh was recognized for her role as “Thu Cam” in the film Thu ba hoc tro (Mischievous Students) and Tan Beo was awarded for his role as “Quan” in the film Tinh an (Love Case).

In the theater category, the Best Dramatic Actress title went to veteran actress Kim Xuan. Thuy Nga won the Favorite Actor award and Thanh Ngan once again was named Favorite cai luong (southern folk opera) artist.

In the music category, Dam Vinh Hung was named Favorite Male Singer while My Tam won for Favorite Female Singer. Quang Dung, meanwhile, won the award for Most Friendly Singer.

Organized by Ho Chi Minh Television, the HTV Awards aim to honor popular artists who have made outstanding contributions to the development of Vietnamese music, theater and film based on viewers’ votes.

Source: SGGP

Annual charity concert, auction to ring in New Year

In Vietnam Culture on December 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

An annual charity event titled Noi vong tay lon (Joining Hands Together) will be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on December 31 and broadcast live on Vietnam Television’s VTV3 channel and HCMC Television’s HTV9 channel.

Valuable items including a gemstone painting, a set of bronze incense burners (L), Lac Hong cup and a 24K gold-plated cup (R) will be auctioned to raise money for the poor.

The highlight of the concert will be an auction of valuable items including Vietnam’s biggest cup, called Lac Hong, and a 24K gold-plated cup.

In addition, a gemstone art piece depicting the Ha Long Carnival Festival, a set of Vietnamese bronze incense burners decorated with carved a lion playing with a ball, and a Vespa motorbike granted to the Blind Association by State President Nguyen Minh Triet will be auctioned on the website to raise funds for the poor.

The annual New Year’s Eve program organized by the Vietnamese Fatherland Front and Vietnam Television will also review the 2009 movement themed “Day for the poor.” The program aims to continue achievements in poverty elimination by providing poor families with new homes and social security policies.


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