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Books for children still a challenge for Vietnamese authors

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It has been a great recent achievement of publishing houses to have attracted children to comic books that have been translated from foreign languages; however, it is a big challenge for Vietnamese writers to fight this wave of translated stories that have captivated over 15 million Vietnamese students.

Vietnamese children captivated to comic books that have been translated from foreign languages; it is however a big challenge for domestic authors to fight this wave of translated stories

The Kim Dong Publishing House, the largest publisher of Vietnamese children’s literature and a forerunner within the Vietnamese publication industry, have tried to offer children a wide range of literature, spanning many genres, including science, art, history, comics, pop-up books and board books by re-publishing old books whose contents cultivate good manners.


The flip side of the publication and distribution of older, quality children’s books is that authors are sluggish in writing new books for children, some of them opting to write for older readers.


In addition, authors who spent their childhoods in wartime and the harsh periods after liberation have little understanding of this generation of children and what type of reading they enjoy. Author Tran Hoai Duong, whose books received a warm welcome from children, admitted that he cannot write anything about online gaming because he does not know anything about it.


Finance tightening and lack of attention of the government have been blamed for the present circumstance. A famous author To Hoai said at a meeting to discuss books for kids in 2008, the situation would be improved if the prize for the literature was raised to VND1 billion.


Meanwhile, author Vo Quang said in a statement that an agency committed to bringing books and children together is needed since the world has set up an International Board on Book for Young People and the US and the UK give prizes to authors who write books for children annually.


It is hoped that the upcoming eighth Congress of Vietnamese Authors will discuss methods to improve the situation. Awareness of books for children should increase and more attention will be paid to children’s literature after the congress.

Source: SGGP

Mia Farrow to challenge Campbell ‘blood diamond’ testimony

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:23 am

This AFP file photo taken on June 17, 2008 shows Mia Farrow

THE HAGUE, Aug 9, 2010 (AFP) – US actress Mia Farrow will testify on Monday that Naomi Campbell had named Liberia’s Charles Taylor as the man who sent a gift of rough diamonds to the supermodel’s room in 1997, court papers say.


Farrow and Campbell’s former agent, Carole White, will take the stand in the former Liberian president’s war crimes trial in The Hague, challenging the model’s evidence that she did not know who sent her the late-night gift.


White is due to testify first, followed by Farrow for an hour.


They will give evidence about a charity dinner hosted by South Africa’s then president Nelson Mandela in September 1997, after which two men brought a parcel of diamonds to Campbell’s room at a guesthouse.


White arrived at the building hosting the trial through a back entrance shortly after 0630 GMT, a court official said.


Media interest in the trial has waned considerably since last Thursday, when dozens of journalists vied for seats in the courtroom for Campbell’s evidence before the Special Court for Sierra Leone.


A handful of photographers gathered outside the courtroom on Monday morning in the hopes of catching a snapshot of the two latest witnesses.


Campbell told judges last Thursday the men gave her a pouch of “dirty-looking stones”, which South African police have since identified as diamonds.


But she insisted she did not know who the gift came from, though she “assumed” it was Taylor.


Farrow has told prosecutors that Campbell talked of the gift the next morning.


“She told us that she had been awakened in the night by knocking at her door, she opened the door to find two or three men … who presented her with a large diamond which they said was from Charles Taylor,” says a statement by the actress.


White, too, is expected to challenge Campbell’s version, having told prosecutors that Taylor and her ex-protege were “mildly flirtatious” throughout the dinner, and that she heard him promise the model a gift of diamonds.


“It was arranged that he would send some men back with the gift,” state the notes of an interview prosecutors had with White in May.


White said Campbell “seemed excited about the diamonds and she kept talking about them”.


Two men arrived at the model’s door that night, and White said she saw them give her “a scrubby piece of paper” containing about six “small, greyish pebbles”.


When the delivery came, White “thought that Ms Campbell was disappointed because she thought she was going to get a big shiny diamond and these just looked like pebbles”.


Taylor, 62, is on trial for his alleged role in the 1991-2001 Sierra Leone civil war that claimed some 120,000 lives.


He is accused of receiving illegally mined “blood diamonds” for arming rebels who murdered, raped and maimed Sierra Leone civilians, amputating their limbs and carving initials on their bodies.


Prosecutors want to prove that Taylor took rough diamonds to South Africa in 1997 “to sell… or exchange them for weapons” for Sierra Leone rebels.


Jeremy Ratcliffe, a former director of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, has since confirmed that Campbell gave him the diamonds which he handed over to police last Thursday.


South African police say they may want to question the model.

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Source: SGGP

Books for children still a challenge for Vietnamese authors

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

It has been a great recent achievement of publishing houses to have attracted children to comic books that have been translated from foreign languages; however, it is a big challenge for Vietnamese writers to fight this wave of translated stories that have captivated over 15 million Vietnamese students.

Vietnamese children captivated to comic books that have been translated from foreign languages; it is however a big challenge for domestic authors to fight this wave of translated stories

The Kim Dong Publishing House, the largest publisher of Vietnamese children’s literature and a forerunner within the Vietnamese publication industry, have tried to offer children a wide range of literature, spanning many genres, including science, art, history, comics, pop-up books and board books by re-publishing old books whose contents cultivate good manners.


The flip side of the publication and distribution of older, quality children’s books is that authors are sluggish in writing new books for children, some of them opting to write for older readers.


In addition, authors who spent their childhoods in wartime and the harsh periods after liberation have little understanding of this generation of children and what type of reading they enjoy. Author Tran Hoai Duong, whose books received a warm welcome from children, admitted that he cannot write anything about online gaming because he does not know anything about it.


Finance tightening and lack of attention of the government have been blamed for the present circumstance. A famous author To Hoai said at a meeting to discuss books for kids in 2008, the situation would be improved if the prize for the literature was raised to VND1 billion.


Meanwhile, author Vo Quang said in a statement that an agency committed to bringing books and children together is needed since the world has set up an International Board on Book for Young People and the US and the UK give prizes to authors who write books for children annually.


It is hoped that the upcoming eighth Congress of Vietnamese Authors will discuss methods to improve the situation. Awareness of books for children should increase and more attention will be paid to children’s literature after the congress.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi to host VN challenge tournament

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:44 pm




Hanoi to host VN challenge tournament


QĐND – Monday, April 19, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese badminton players will be pitted against strong opponents at the Ciputra Hanoi-Vietnam Challenge 2010 at the Trinh Hoai Duc Gymnasium on April 20.


The tournament will draw 260 athletes from 15 teams including Indonesia, China, Japan, Malaysia and Australia, who will be competing in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles for a total of 15,000 USD in cash prizes.


According to the draw, Vietnamese Van Tuan Kiet will clash with 27th world-ranked Shon Wan-ho from the Republic of Korea Korea in the men’s singles opener, while Phung Nguyen Phuong Nhi meets Chen Jiayuan of Singapore in the women’s singles.


“The tournament, which will draw 50 of the world’s top badminton players, is a chance for youngsters to hone their skills and improve their world rankings,” said Vietnam Badminton Federation (VBF)’s general secretary Le Thanh Sang.


Sang also said the top Vietnamese player, Nguyen Tien Minh, who won the men’s singles title last year, will not compete in the event as he is now competing on bigger tours.


In the women’s doubles, Le Thi My Linh and Pham Thi Trang will test Singaporean Chen Jiayuan and Gu Juan in the first round.


At the tournament, the host will show off a squad of youngsters that have trained since 2006 including Duong Phuong Nam , Bui Bang Duc, Nguyen Ngoc Tung and Dao Manh Thang.


The VBF also said the winner from each event will get 4,000 bonus-points from the World Badminton Federation and 1,250 USD in cash prize.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Airlines challenge restrictions as ash snags 6.8 million passengers

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

Airlines urged a re-think of flight restrictions as a volcanic ash cloud made Europe a virtual no-fly zone for a fourth straight day Sunday with nearly seven million passengers affected.


However, the European Union presidency offered a glimmer of hope for stranded passengers, saying half of the flights scheduled for Monday in Europe could likely go ahead.


Several European carriers launched test flights to challenge warnings that the volcanic ash cloud spreading across Europe from Iceland‘s Eyjafjoell volcano since Wednesday would destroy jet engines. Air France and KLM reported no problems.


A grouping of the continent’s 36 major carriers called on governments for an “immediate reassessment” of the restrictions, saying they were having a “devastating impact” on the industry, and questioning whether they were proportionate.


“Airlines must be able to fly where it is safe to fly and make decisions accordingly. It is what our passengers demand of us,” the Association of European Airlines said.

This aerial view shows the Eyjafjallajokull volcano billowing smoke and ash during an eruption

Meanwhile, KLM declared European airspace “safe” after a series of test flights, as the Dutch traffic authority allowed KLM to fly two cargo flights to Asia and the Middle East.


Air France said their first test flight, an Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Toulouse, “took place in normal conditions. No anomalies were reported.”


However, French Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said the test flights were not steps towards reopening European airspace.


“We do tests and everything goes back to normal? No. It’s not a theory which exists.”


Two of Europe’s three biggest airports, London Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, remained shut.


But German authorities authorised the other, Frankfurt, plus five other national airports, to resume a limited service for several hours on Sunday, depending on the flight’s direction.


Airports that had been closed in northern and eastern Spain, and airports in southern France, also reopened.


“Forecasts are that half of the flights planned (in Europe) could take place tomorrow,” Spanish Secretary of State for European Affairs Diego Lopez Garrido told a press conference Sunday at the Eurocontrol flight coordinator.


However Britain later extended its flight ban until 1800 GMT on Monday and France ordered most airports shut until Tuesday morning.


About 30 countries have closed or restricted their airspace due to passenger safety fears, snagging 6.8 million passengers in a global backlog, according to the international airports council, ACI.


“More than 6.8 million passengers have been affected so far and European airports have lost close to 136 million euros (183 million dollars),” said its European head Olivier Jankovec, adding that a total of 313 airports had been paralysed by the restrictions.


More than 7,000 transit passengers have been stranded in the Gulf states of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, airlines said. Dubai-based Emirates Airlines said it was “providing accommodation and three meals a day for more than 5,000… transit passengers at a cost of more than one million dollars per day.”


In Singapore, Changi airport and airlines have set aside special areas for stranded passengers to eat and sleep and are trying to provide them with free meals, sleeping bags and even tours of the city.

The enormous shroud of fine mineral dust particles now stretches from the Arctic Circle in the north to the French Mediterranean coast in the south, and from Spain into Russia.

The cloud is now heading toward Greece and into Russia, weather experts said.

“This is one of the most serious disruptions we have seen to air travel and our first priority must be the safety of passengers,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told BBC television.

“The most important issue is making sure that it is safe to fly.”

Some governments have set up emergency cells to work out how to get tens of thousands of stranded nationals home.

Around 63,000 flights have been cancelled in Europe since Thursday, the continent’s air traffic coordinating agency Eurocontrol said. Some 20,000 flights were cancelled on Sunday alone, according to a midday count.

Iceland’s Eyjafjoell volcano started erupted on Wednesday, sending ash drifting towards Europe.

European Union transport ministers are to hold videoconference talks on the volcanic cloud on Monday with some officials expecting demands for special aid for airlines.

EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said he had ordered a full study to assess the impact of the situation created by the volcanic ash cloud on the economy, and the air travel industry in particular.

The closures stopped world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, from flying to the Polish city of Krakow for the state funeral of president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria.

Source: SGGP

Honduras’s president-elect faces challenge of convincing legitimate vote

In World on December 1, 2009 at 4:57 am

Newly elected Honduran president Porfirio Lobo faced the challenge Monday of convincing of the world that his election was legitimate.








Supporters of Honduras’ ousted President Manuel Zelaya protest near the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. (AFP Photo)

Lobo became the third leader at play in the deep turmoil set off by the June 28 coup after claiming victory in Sunday’s elections, which took place under a de facto regime criticized for its heavy-handed control of dissent.


Zelaya, who has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy since secretly returning in September, had called for a boycott of the polls which he said would legitimize the coup.


His rival, de facto leader Roberto Micheletti, hailed the elections, in which neither Zelaya nor Micheletti took part, and officials were quick to claim the vote a success.


The international community, which was once united in condemnation of the coup, was deeply split over how to react to the poll result.


The United States, the country’s main trade partner, underlined its support for the elections but said much more was needed to overcome the crisis.


“It’s a significant step for Honduras to go back to order but it’s just that. It’s only a step and it’s not the last step… It’s not sufficient,” US assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela.


Peru, Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica, which mediated first crisis talks, have already said they would support the elections.


But Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and other leftist governments in the region have said they will not recognize the result.


Zelaya allied with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after taking office.


It looked unlikely that leaders meeting at a Latin American and Iberian summit in Portugal on Monday would manage to reach a consensus and countries from the European Union, a main donor to Honduras, were also set to discuss the issue.


Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said while his government did not recognize the elections “neither can we ignore them” and called for national reconciliation.


Speaking at the same venue, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced what he called a “spurious government” and accused the US of supporting a dictatorship.


The division puts in danger US President Barack Obama’s attempts for a fresh start with Latin America after a painful history of US intervention.


Lobo, who lost to Zelaya in 2005 presidential polls, vowed to launch a national dialogue, form a unity government and woo back much-needed foreign investment.


He has not ruled out talking to Zelaya, who was ousted after critics said he acted against the constitution and tried to illegally extend term limits.


“If he (Lobo) doesn’t strike some kind of compromise with Zelaya, he remains illegitimate in the eyes of most of the region’s leaders — with the Brazil the key actor here,” Latin America analyst Dan Hellinger, from Webster University, told AFP.


Lobo led with 55.9 percent of the vote, electoral officials said late Sunday, after more than 60 percent of ballots were counted.


Shortly afterwards, his main rival, Elvin Santos, who garnered around 38 percent of votes and is from the divided Liberal Party of both Zelaya and Micheletti, conceded defeat.


Zelaya accused electoral officials of inflating first estimates of turnout, which were more than 60 percent.


Even if more countries say they’ll recognize the polls, it was as yet unclear who would hand over power to the new president, with the crisis far from over in Honduras.


Congress is to vote on Zelaya’s brief reinstatement — before his term runs out in January — on Wednesday, when Micheletti has said he will return to the de facto leadership until Lobo is sworn in as president.


Rights groups said the elections were marred by the lack of international consensus, and slammed a military crackdown on dissent since the coup.


Security forces in the northern city of San Pedro Sula fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of Zelaya supporters who were protesting during polling Sunday. Journalists and activists said dozens were detained and injured.


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Mekong Story: Challenge and Dream

In Vietnam Culture on November 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

This is the name of a mobile exhibition organized by 15 agencies in Laos, Cambodia, Sweden and Vietnam that will open at the Vietnam Ethnology Museum in Hanoi from November 25, 2009 to February 25, 2010. The exhibition will then travel on to An Giang province, Cambodia, Laos and finally Sweden in 2012.








The photo “Fishing on Mekong River” is on the display (SGGP)

The exhibition reflects life along the Mekong River through nine stories. The materials used in this show are from the Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia.


Fifteen agencies in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam joined the World Cultural Museum of Sweden to organize this exhibition. Vietnamese agencies participating in this project are the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, the Cultural Heritage Agency, the Vietnam History Museum and An Giang Province Museum.


 


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