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European Music Festival to brings colorful concerts to Hanoi and HCM City

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

Massive storm brings 2nd day of snow, rain, winds

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Yolanda Corona prayed she wouldn’t die.She was watching television with 10 relatives when winds from a massive storm tearing across the U.S. roared through her neighborhood.


The windows blew out of the living room. The chimney caved in. A tree plunged through the roof.


The family huddled in a back bedroom, whispering prayers, crying and holding each other. Somehow, they survived.


“We thought we were going to die. We were just so scared. We didn’t have time to do anything. We all just listened and prayed for our lives,” Jessica Vargas, Corona’s 18-year-old granddaughter, recalled Wednesday, looking at the family’s possessions, which had been strewn around their muddy yard the night before. No one was seriously hurt, but now the family must find somewhere to live.

Steps to a landing is all that remains from a mobile home destroyed in Vale, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 after powerful thunderstorms moved through the area

The rare, fast-moving storm that destroyed their home also brought winds up to 81 mph, rain and tornadoes that started in the Midwest on Tuesday and continued Wednesday, moving into the southern and eastern U.S.


In suburban Chicago, Helen Miller, 41, was hurt when a branch fell about 65 feet from a large tree, crashed into her car and impaled her stomach. Doctors removed the branch and Miller’s husband said she asked him to hang on to it.


“She wants to save it for an art project or something,” Todd Miller told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She’s a bit of a free spirit, so I ran with it.”


The National Weather Service confirmed that eight tornadoes touched down in Indiana Tuesday, but that no serious damage or injuries were reported. Ohio saw six twisters, including one with gusts of at least 111 mph that ripped through a village in the northwest part of the state, destroying several homes. Another flattened a barn and carried a large windmill 40 yards.


Pat Tanner, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., said a cold front is moving east and meeting warm, moist air causing instability in the atmosphere and spawning the storms.


In Chattanooga, Tenn., an apparent tornado on the Chickamauga Dam caused an accident that led to the closure of the highway and injured several people. Tornadoes also whirled through Racine County, Wis., where two people were injured when a section of roof was torn off a tractor factory, and Peotone, Ill., where three people were injured when a home’s roof came off.


The storm brought heavy snow and winds up to 60 mph to the Dakotas for a second day Wednesday, toppling signs, power lines and trees. Most of the snow, about 8 inches, was reported in central North Dakota, and travel in much of the state was difficult.


“The weather is not very nice out here. The winds are picking up and it’s very snowy, very slick,” said Linnea Reeves, a Walmart employee in Bismarck.


In Iowa, winds gusted to more than 50 mph in some places Wednesday, overturning semis on a highway and knocking down power lines.


Tornado watches and warnings were issued across the Southeast and into the Northeast.


In North Carolina, at least 11 people were hurt by the winds that destroyed Corona’s home, but none seriously.


“We just thank God that everyone is safe,” said Corona, who had some cuts on her leg.


Nearby, Douvhen Hanby was in his backyard when he saw the fast-moving funnel cloud head toward his house. He scrambled inside and yelled for his wife and four children to “hit the floor” in the living room. Seconds later, the house began shaking.

When the winds died down about two minutes later, the family — and their home — were more or less fine. Hanby ran to the next door to a neighbor’s mobile home, which had been shredded.

He dug through the rubble with his hands, looking for the woman and four children. He found them curled up in a ball under some pieces of tin.

“They were scared, shaking. Then when it hit them they were alive, they started crying,” he said.

About a mile away, Jack Hambrick, was watching TV when he saw that a line of thunderstorms and possible tornadoes were heading in his direction. When he heard the winds whip up outside his home, told his wife and daughter to head to a back bedroom for safety. But he didn’t make it. The house shook and he dropped to the floor in the living room. The furniture began swirling in the room and he kept his head down. “I just wanted them to be OK.”

They were, but when it was over a few minutes later, his roof and most of his walls were gone. The house was ruined.

“What are you going to do? I have a skylight,” he joked.

But then he turned serious.

“We were lucky,” he said. “Very lucky.”

Source: SGGP

SGGP newspaper brings relief to Nghe An flood victims

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 11:57 am


Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper coordinated with Nghe An Province’s Red Cross to hand over VND100 million (US$5,000) in cash to flood victims in the central province of Nghe An on Saturday.

Representatives from Nghe An Province Red Cross distribute aid relief to flood victims in Hung Nguyen District. (Photo: SGGP)


The working group came to Hung Nguyen, Nam Dan and Nghe Loc, three hardest-hit districts by flood.


The districts have been submerged by floodwaters. Many hamlets have been isolated with many households facing hunger.


SGGP staff witnessed two blind men living in flooded homes in Huong Nguyen District.


Ho Xuan An, a blind man, has to make procedure to send his son to SOS village because his wife was died and he is not able to feed the child.


On October 22 and 23, a delegation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, led by Chairman Huynh Dam, visited the flood-hit provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh.


Until October 23, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee received more than VND13 billion ($650,000) from donors nationwide and all the money has been allocated to flood-hit regions.


In addition, A VFF report said that the Fatherland Front Committee in 24 provinces and cities so far handed over more than VND22 billion ($1,100 million) to flood-affected residents in central provinces.


Vietnam Red Cross has received more than VND10 billion ($500,000) from individuals and organizations nationwide.

Source: SGGP

SuperStar Virgo brings 3,200 tourists to HCM City

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:34 am




SuperStar Virgo brings 3,200 tourists to HCM City


QĐND – Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

Saigon Tourist Service – the leading tour operator in Vietnam –received nearly 3,200 foreign tourists and crewmembers aboard five-star SuperStar Virgo which docked at HCM City’s Lotus port on June 21.


Passengers, mostly coming from Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, are making a tour of HCM City to discover Vietnam’s traditional culinary art.


Since the beginning of this year, Saigontourist has welcomed more than 40,000 foreign tourists traveling by sea.


On June 24-25, the company will join 15 foreign travel companies of the Asia Cruise Services Network at a Seatrade All Asia Cruise Convention in Shanghai, China, to expand cruise services within Asia.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

New bridge brings happiness to residents of riverside hamlets

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

The recently completed bridge in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang’s An Minh District is improving residents’ lives and bringing them considerable happiness.

 

A view of the new Muong Dao Bridge in An Giang Province (Photo: SGGP)

The bridge, which spans the Muong Dao Canal to connect Muong Dao A and Muong Dao B hamlets in Van Khanh Commune, was built with insulation panels, which are slight yet strong, said Huynh Duc Manh, director of a HCMC-based insulation panel production plant, one of the financial donors that made building the bridge possible.


In addition, prices for materials are quite inexpensive, with each square meter costing just VND2 million (US$100), he said. The panels are becoming popular for building 2-3 floor houses and villas.


“The bridge brings local residents great joy, as now their children will not be late to school due to waiting for boats for a lift,” said Ho Le Thuy, chairwoman of An Minh District People’s Committee.


She expressed gratitude to Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, the panel production plant and the An Giang Province Union of Friendship Organizations for donations and mobilization that allowed for the bridge’s construction.


She also sent thanks to workers who had built the bridge that made the dreams of local residents come true.


Muong Dao Bridge, 48 meter long and 2.2 meter wide, was built with a total cost of VND228 million (US$12,000).

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Responsible Travel brings hearts closer

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm




Vietnam Responsible Travel brings hearts closer


QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

The first Vietnam Responsible Travel in Central Vietnam, has attracted, and been appreciated by, numerous international tourists and local people.


To join this month–long trip, nine Canadian tourists first flew to Ho Chi Minh City and then settled in the ancient city of Hoi An, the central province of Quang Nam.


One of the most important things of this special trip is that participants should be over 50.


Mr K.Paul said his group shared a house and meals with Tran Hung family in Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City.


“I and Mr Hung have gradually got to know each other. Sentiments is the most precious thing I have acknowledged and felt after nearly a month staying here”, confided Mr Paul.


During their stay in Hoi An City, the group has walked around the ancient city of Hoi An, collecting required information useful for their stay.


Moreover, they have Vietnamese language classes from Monday to Friday. They also joined in making meals, teaching English for local children, making pottery products in trade village of Thanh Tra, growing vegetables in Tra Que village and other interesting things.


Importantly, Canadian tourists have volunteered to help handicapped and elderly people in the Quang Nam Social Center as well as children in the Hoi An Orphans Center.  They even joined in cleaning houses; cooking meals, washing clothes and giving baths to the elderly and children.


Besides the ancient city of Hoi An, the group has also visited Hanoi, some of the world’s natural and cultural heritages of My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha Cave, Halong Bay and contemplated other charming landscapes of Ngu Hanh Son, Museum of Cham, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Hien Luong bridge and Ben Hai river.


Mr Nguyen Hoi living in Cam Chau Ward, who shared his house with a tourist, remarked that “our foreign guest is quite open-hearted; relaxed and supportive. The guest actively took part in making daily meals, watering plants every morning. Especially, he is always cheerfully and friendly”.


Relating to this unique tourism program, Mr Le Ho Phuoc Vinh, the CEO of Le Nguyen International Travel Joint-stock Company in Hoi An city, said that his company has coordinated with Canada-based-Cegep Marie-Victoria Company to put this program into operation.


“Joining this home-stay program, members could have opportunity to chat and have meals with the host and participate in numerous voluntary activities”, he added.


Ms. J.Helene, a Canadian tourist, shared that her companies did not use air-conditioning to save electricity and had long stay in a certain place to limit the use of transportation to reduce the impact on the environment.


“The most wonderful part of the program is that we have an opportunity to give children and the elderly a hand, from the smallest thing. I see that people in Hoi An city are very nice and sweet. It is cultural values that make the life here is so peaceful”, Helene said.


Vietnam Responsible Travel, the newly-launched tourism program, is very impressive as it helped link heart to heart.


Furthermore, it has also helped popularise Vietnamese images among international friends and more tourists will come to Vietnam partly thanks to this special program.


Source: TP


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Versatile actress brings vision, passion to the stage

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:57 am

Theater director and Meritorious Artist Hong Van is one of just a handful of female impresarios in the country to have achieved remarkable success in developing Vietnam’s theater arts.








Actress Hong Van  (R) performs in the play Me va nguoi tinh (Mother and her lover)

She has also proved a strong force in helping young local actors and directors realize their dreams.


Over the past nine years, Ms. Van has established three new stages in Ho Chi Minh City including the Phu Nhuan, Kim Chau and Superbowl theaters.


Beginning with Phu Nhuan Theater in 2001, the actress made outstanding contributions in helping young local actors like Anh Vu, Thuy Nga, Duc Thinh, and Thanh Thuy achieve recognition.


She has also created opportunities for young directors including Thai Hoa and Duc Thinh to demonstrate their abilities by creating new plays.


Ms. Van said her aim is to train young actors who will then join forces with her to build a name for the theater. So far, her efforts have not been in vain.


Last year, two of three gold medals awarded at the 2009 National Theater Festival were given to Me va nguoi tinh (Mother and her lover) by Le Chi Trung and Minh Nhi; and No Than (Magic crossbow – Love story of My Chau and Trong Thuy) by Le Duy Hanh and Do Duc Thinh of the Phu Nhuan Theater.


In addition, one of five special individual awards was granted to director Thinh.


Ms. Van has also turned famous Vietnamese literary works into stage dramas. These have included Bi vo (Pilferer) by Nguyen Hong; and So do (Dumb luck) and Ky Nghe Lay Tay (Skills to marry a foreigner) by Vu Trong Phung.


She has also directed several plays such as Nuoc mat nguoi dien (Tears of a madman) and Gieng la (The strange well); and has acted in productions of Me va nguoi tinh (Mother and her lover), for which she received much praise from audiences.


Ms. Van says that in the future she hopes to have children and enter into the field of cai luong (traditional Vietnamese opera).





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A volunteer Japanese teacher brings love to Vietnamese students

In Politics-Society on March 10, 2010 at 8:02 am




A volunteer Japanese teacher brings love to Vietnamese students


QĐND – Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:27 (GMT+7)

Iwai Hisane, a Japanese national, has decided to teach Physical Education and Fine Arts at the Ngo Sy Lien Primary School in Bac Giang City.


Iwai confided that she had survived from a difficult and expensive brain surgery six years ago. After recovery she made a decision to live and work in a strange country, considering it a “debt repayment” for the gift she had been given by God, and Vietnam was selected as her destination.


Iwai shared that she studied the history of Vietnam at the Aichi Pedagogy University and once visited Ho Chi Minh City. She has fallen in love with Vietnam since then.


Friendly Iwai inspires students very much. Her lectures encourage their creativeness and give them lots of fun.


“My classmates love her and her teaching is very good”, said Thai Lam and Ba Duy, students from class 1D.


The school’s teachers have been very friendly with Iwai, showing her how to cook Vietnamese food. Iwai said she love noodles with grilled meat from Hanoi most.


Source: TP


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

No printing brings funding to disabled children

In Vietnam Society on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

A sum of VND200 million (more than US$11,000) will be donated to a school for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh City via a charity program conducted by 16 hotels here.


Representatives of the 16 hotels presented a symbolic cheque for this sum to the city-based organization Education for Development at a ceremony held Thursday at the New World Hotel, one of the 16 donors. 








A token cheque of VND20 million presented to organization Education for Development on Dec. 17 in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

In the Hotels’ Christmas Charity program, the 16 participants contributed resources and budget allocated to printing and sending greeting cards and other promotional items to business affiliates and colleagues. These things are sent via email, and the 16 hotels have also donated resources of their own.


Kerry Wills, development advisor at Education for Development, said the sum would go to Anh Duong Special Education School in District 12. She said given with the donation, the school’s psychomotor and soundproof hearing rooms “will be suitably equipped with educational and rehabilitative equipment.”


Each of the 120 students enrolled this year at the school will receive maximum benefit from the project, according to Education for Development.


The school provides special education services for Vietnamese children who are hearing impaired, autistic, or suffer from other learning disabilities.


The 16 participants in the program are the Caravelle, Majestic, Mövenpick, Equatorial, New World, Renaissance Riverside, Duxton, Rex, Kim Do, Continental, Victory, First Hotel, Grand, Saigon Star, Bong Sen Corporation and Binh Quoi Tourist Village.


Caravelle general manager John Gardner said last year’s number of participating hotels was 11.


“It’s wonderful to get together with people you’re used to interacting with in a business context, so enthusiastically joining in a common cause,” said Gardner, who initiated the first charity in 2005 with his colleagues.


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UK troupe brings ‘Christmas Carol’ to Vietnam

In Vietnam Culture on November 23, 2009 at 10:22 am

Actors from Britain’s TNT Theater are set to delight Ho Chi Minh City audiences November 26-29 with performances of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”








Actors from Britain’s TNT Theater perform Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Ho Chi Minh City Drama Theater ( Photo: U. Phuong)

The play tells the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who refuses to help anyone despite his or her misfortune. His frozen heart only begins to thaw on Christmas Eve when three ghosts visit him from the past, present and future. 


The drama will be performed at the Ho Chi Minh City Drama Theater in English with Vietnamese subtitles and uses live musical performances to connect with audiences.


The main actor, David Ahmad, lives in London and this is his second tour with TNT Theater.


Directed by Paul Stebblings and produced by Grantly Read Marshall, the play is presented by the local Le Quy Duong Company together with the Arts Performing Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


The classic drama will be performed November 24 in Binh Dinh Province, and in the central cities of Hue and Da Nang, and capital Hanoi after November 29.


Through this international arts cooperation, the Le Quy Duong Company says it hopes to boost cultural exchange, diversify professional arts for the country and give Vietnamese audiences exposure to world literature and art masterpieces.


Tickets cost between VND150, 000-450,000 ($9-27) and can be purchased from the Ho Chi Minh City Drama Theater, 30 Tran Hung Dao St., District 1. Performances will begin at 20:00.


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