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Asian children draw their lives

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

A painting contest called “Asian Children’s Artists Day Mitsubishi-Enikki 2010-2011” was launched in Hanoi on October 13.

               A painting of the display

Children aged between 6 and 12 are entitled to enter the contest, which has been co-organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department for Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibitions and the Japanese Union of UNESCO Associations.


With the theme “This is my life”, the entrants have to describe their daily lives in the form of a pictorial diary of five paintings, with a short description of each picture they draw.


The contest is aimed at encouraging children to explore their artistic creativeness and express their own understanding and experience of life.

Source: SGGP

DPRK lift Millennium Cup after draw

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:58 am




DPRK lift Millennium Cup after draw


QĐND – Saturday, September 25, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) U-23 team drew against hosts Vietnam in a goalless match today but still managed to win the Millennium Thang Long-Hanoi Football Cup at My Dinh stadium on September 24.


The DPRK team, which took two wins over Kuwait and Australia, placed first with seven points.


After beating Kuwait 3-0 and losing to Australia 2-0, Vietnam was placed second with four points, after edging out Australia on goal difference.


In the early match on September 24, Australia were held to a goalless draw by Kuwait, which left the Australian Olyroos in third place at the tournament.


The DPRK team, which featured six World Cup players, set up a strong defence to block Vietnam’s attacks.


Vietnamese strikers failed to penetrate the DPRK’s defence, firing only long shots at goal.


Captain Nguyen Minh Phuong had the best chance in the first half time when he lobbed the ball from the edge, but it was saved by the DPRK goalie.


In the second half, the DPRK threatened the hosts with their rapid counterattacks, but Vietnamese keeper Duong Hong Son put in a good performance to save all the shots.


During the last 10 minutes, Portuguese coach Calisto bolstered his strikers, which he hoped would break the DPRK’s defence, but the hosts failed to net the ball.


The DPRK team walked away with a US$20,000 cash prize, while Vietnam pocketed US$10,000.


The tournament was held to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the capital city.


After the tournament, Vietnam will be defending their title in the ASEAN Football Federation-Suzuki Cup, which is co-hosted by Vietnam and Indonesia and will run from December 1 to 29.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Sanctions will draw strong physical response, DPRK says

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

The Democratic People of Republic Korea on Saturday said it would give a strong physical response to US sanctions, Pyongyang’s state media reported.


A foreign ministry spokesman attacked the United States for planning to hold joint naval drills with the Republic of Korea Sunday and for announcing new sanctions against the North over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.


“As the US has opted for military provocations and sanctions against us… we will strengthen our nuclear deterrence every possible way and take a strong physical response,” the Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.


The spokesman, however, did not elaborate on what the physical response would be.


 

Source: SGGP

Ha Tinh asked to draw more investors to Vung Ang EZ

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm




Ha Tinh asked to draw more investors to Vung Ang EZ


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The central province of Ha Tinh needs to invest more in infrastructure in the Vung Ang Economic Zone (EZ) and create favourable conditions for businesses that are carrying out projects there.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the request at a working session with the provincial leaders during his trip to Ha Tinh province on July 4, focusing on its socio-economic performances in the first half of 2010 and development directions for the 2011-2015 period.


PM Dung urged the province to take full advantage of Vung Ang deep-water seaport, step up investment promotion and simplify administrative procedures, in order to attract more investors to the Vung Ang EZ.


Ha Tinh province must utilise from 6,000 km2 of land, including 100,000 ha for farming and 250,000 ha for afforestation, and a population of almost 1.3 million, he said, adding that it needs speed up the application of scientific-technological advances to cow breeding and rubber growing.


The government leader asked Ha Tinh to upgrade and build more healthcare and education facilities, develop human resources, ensure social security and reduce traffic accidents.


PM Dung praised the socio-economic achievements the province has reaped over the past five years, referring to its annual average economic growth rate of 9.6 percent and preliminary successes in developing industrial and economic zones and seaports.


However, the PM also pointed out a number of shortcomings facing Ha Tinh such as low per capita income, which stands at VND11 million a year, equivalent to just half of the nation’s average, a high rate of poor households and poor socio-economic infrastructure’s facilities.


During his visit, PM Dung inspected the construction of resettlement areas and the construction tempo of major projects in the Vung Ang EZ, including the Vung Ang 1 thermal power plant and the Son Duong steel complex and seaport. The EZ has so far attracted more than 90 projects with a combined registered capital of almost VND200 trillion (US$10.5 billion).


The government leader also called at the monuments to the late Party General Secretaries, Ha Huy Tap and Tran Phu, and the Dong Loc T-junction relic site.


Source: VOVNews/VNA


Source: QDND

Heavenly Mekong Delta lake becoming eco-tourism draw

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Bung Binh Thien (Peaceful Lake of Heaven) is regarded as the biggest blue fresh water lake and a place of tranquility for visitor in the Mekong Delta.

Boat race is organized on Bung Binh Thien lake every year. (Photo :Sggp)

Located in An Phu District in An Giang Province, the natural lake links three communes including Khanh Binh, Khanh An and Nhon Hoi, adjoins the Binh Di and Hau rivers and is becoming known as an eco-tourist area.


The water surface of the lake spreads out more than 800 hectares in rainy season. It narrows to 200 hectares during dry periods and never dries out completely.


Bung Binh Thien is also called the lake sea of the Mekong Delta, providing fresh water for the people in the region.


The lake is home of a variety of fish species, with an especially great quantity of Ca sat (Sat fish), which are often fried. Sat fried fish mixed with mango salad is a specialty of the southern region.


Visitors to Bung Binh Thien during flood season have the chance to enjoy many other special foods. Residents usually organize boat races on the lake every year.


The lake remains clean and pure all year round. Meanwhile, the rivers and canals surrounding it have been muddied by alluvium.


The People’s Committee of An Phu District in An Giang Province is calling on investors to build up the lake area as a cultural tourist site.

Source: SGGP

Liberals draw one seat ahead of Labour in Dutch vote

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

THE HAGUE (AFP) – The Liberals were one seat ahead of Labour with 88 percent of the vote counted early Thursday after cliff-hanger general elections in the Netherlands, the far-right Party for Freedom the big winner in third place.


The Liberal party (VVD) led by Mark Rutte, which had campaigned on the need for deep spending cuts, and the Labour party (PvdA) of Job Cohen had been tied for hours at 31 seats each in the 150-seat parliament after Wednesday’s polls.

Women in traditional dresses vote in general elections in Staphorst. AFP photo

But with a greater percentage of the votes counted, published partial results showed the Liberals with 31 and Labour on 30.


Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV), which demands an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques, took its number of lawmakers from nine in the last parliament to 24, and could hope to enter a coalition government.


The far-right leader with his distinctive shock of fair hair called the result of Wednesday’s elections “magnificent”.


“The impossible has happened,” he told a televised party gathering. “We are the biggest winner today. The Netherlands chose more security, less crime, less immigration and less Islam.”


Pushed into fourth place was the Christian Democratic Action party of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. The CDA, which has been in almost all Dutch governments since World War II, lost 20 seats to end at 21, and was the big loser in the election.


Balkenende, who had headed a centre-left coalition since 2007, acknowledged defeat by resigning both his party’s leadership and his seat in parliament.


“I have informed the party chairman that I will lay down my party membership with immediate effect,” said Balkenende, 54, adding that he was taking “political responsibility” for the state of affairs.


The Liberals, who had 21 seats in the outgoing parliament, had topped opinion polls for several weeks.


Labour lost two seats compared with the previous elections in 2006.


The election was the first in a eurozone country since the Greek financial crisis erupted and has been closely watched to see how the public reacts to Europe’s wave of austerity.


The Liberals had led pre-election polls with their promise to cut public spending by about 45 billion euros (54 billion dollars) over the next four years and by 20 billion euros a year from 2015. But their support appeared to drain away in the final 48 hours of lobbying.


Rutte had also promised to eradicate the public deficit, which was 5.3 percent of GDP last year, shrink the government and parliament, lower income taxes and cap civil servant pay rises while raising the retirement age by two years to 67.


Labour had promised more “careful” savings, the retention of social benefits and higher taxes for the rich.


Rutte has set a target date of July 1 for the establishment of a new government. “We do not exclude any party,” he said in a debate Tuesday night when asked about a possible coalition with the far right.


He was previously reported as saying that a coalition with Labour was unlikely. Cohen has ruled out cooperation with the PVV.


The maverick Wilders has earned notoriety around the world with his campaign to ban the Koran in a bid to “stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands”.


Wilders, who has called Islam a fascist religion and likens the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, is known abroad for his 17-minute commentary, “Fitna”, which was termed “offensively anti-Islamic” by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.


He goes on trial in the Netherlands in October on charges of inciting racial hatred against Muslims. He was barred from entering Britain in 2009 to stop him spreading “hatred and violent messages.”


Voters marked their ballots with red pencils at some 10,000 polling stations in an election called after the government collapsed in February in a spat over military aid to Afghanistan.


The voter turnout was put at 74 percent, the lowest since 1998.


With none of the competing 18 parties able to rule alone, the party that emerges on top will lead coalition negotiations.


Official results will be released next Tuesday.

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Source: SGGP

Athens anti-austerity rallies draw 20,000: police

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

ATHENS, May 5, 2010 (AFP) – Protests against a government austerity drive drew 20,000 people in Athens as rallies kicked off Wednesday shortly before midday amid a general strike, police said.


About 10,000 protestors from the main public and private sector unions massed in the capital for speeches while the PAME communist union drew another 10,000 people.

Crew members stand at entrance to a ferry in the port of Piraeus due to a 24-hours strike on May 5, 2010. AFP photo

Protestors bore banners reading “IMF and EU are stealing a century of social progress” and “the rich must pay for the crisis”.


After their separate rallies, the demonstrators began converging on parliament, where the government was preparing for unprecedented spending cuts and tax hikes to be voted on Thursday.


In Greece’s second city in the north of the country, Thessaloniki, some 14,000 people gathered for protests, police said.

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Source: SGGP

Milan squeeze 1-1 draw against 10-man Zurich

In Vietnam Sports on December 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm








Zurich’s striker Alexandre Alphonse (L) fights for the ball with AC Milan’s defender Thiago Silva during their UEFA Champions League match in Zurich (AFP photo)

ZURICH (AFP) – AC Milan did the minimum on Tuesday to secure their Champions League fortunes, coming from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw as Swiss minnows Zurich almost repeated their first leg slaying of the Italians.


With Zurich out of the Champion’s League, the Letzigrund was looking for a consolation repeat of the shock 0-1 win over Milan at the San Siro in their first leg more than two months ago.


And they almost got it for more than half of the game as Milan’s stars swiftly ran out of pace and inspiration up front while Zurich found the Achilles heel in the Italian back four.


Milan coach Leonardo admitted afterwards that the Swiss had virtually outplayed them in the first half, while his beleaguered eleven were tense with memories of their earlier setback.


“We were playing against a team that no longer had any expectations… that had won at San Siro,” he explained.


“It was also a question of tactics,” Leonardo added, betraying his surprise at seeing Zurich press deep in his side’s half.


“But I just don’t want to underestimate the fact that we qualified.”


The Swiss could have gone four up in the first 45 minutes as Milan’s experienced central defence inexplicably parted three times on the edge of the penalty area.


Dida saved Milan twice, parrying from Silvan Aegereter in the 10th minute and at stretch from Okonkwo in the 36th minute, while Alphonse shot wildly over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat.


But the Brazilian’s luck ran out on the half hour, when Milan Gajic bent a freekick low around the wall to put the Swiss on the road to a new upset.


“Milan was maybe good for us, because their tempo was not so fast and we had space. Gajic can thrive on that,” said Zurich coach Bernard Challandes.


Swiss keeper Johnny Leoni used his legs to keep Pato’s volley out seven minutes into the game.


But the next 35 minutes were largely downhill for Milan, as an ineffectual Ronaldinho was condemned to solitary confinement on the right wing, while striker Marco Borriello was stifled and Pirlo’s pivotal playmaking seemed predictable.


Zurich’s hopes were ultimately dashed after Leonardo brought a dab of colour to his side by bringing on former Arsenal midfielder Matthieu Flamini ten minutes into the second half to replace the diminished Ambrosini.


After finally troubling the Zurich defence by making it into the penalty area, Ronaldinho scored from the penalty spot eight minutes later after Borriello was brought down and Zurich defender Alain Rochat was sent off.


“It’s true that maybe there was less pressure,” Leonardo admitted, when asked why his side didn’t score again.


“Zurich then massed at the back. There were almost nine of them behind the ball,” he insisted.


For Milan the 1-1 scoreline secured a 25 goal unbeaten run since their last defeat, against Zurich at the San Siro on September 30.


Meanwhile, Zurich bowed out with just a couple of decent results in their campaign – a shock victory and an almost upsetting draw against Milan.


“We wanted to give a good impression of ourselves and of Swiss football. We can be happy with this performance in the Champions League,” said Challandes.


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S.Africa tightens security as World Cup draw looms

In World on December 4, 2009 at 4:42 am

 







Police stand for a briefing outside the Cape Town International Congress Centre (CTICC)

South Africa has beefed up security around Cape Town for the World Cup draw to be held on Friday to prevent any incident and reassure fans about visiting one of the world’s most crime-plagued nations.


With an average of 50 people killed every day, fears about crime have dogged South Africa since it was named host nation.


With Africa’s first World Cup just six months away, the country has been recruiting new police, putting them through tough training, and buying hi-tech new equipment.


About 100,000 people are expected to watch the draw at the Waterfront in Cape Town. More than 100 million people will likely watch the event on television in 200 countries around the world.


Keenly aware that any incident would only heighten the country’s reputation for crime, security forces have pulled out all the stops to ensure the draw runs smoothly — with 1,000 police on patrol around the event, armed forces onstandy and even tightened air security protocols for flights around the city.


“There is adequate security that has been put in place,” South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani told AFP.


“We are more than happy with the security measures for Friday and preparations that have been put in place when the actual World Cup starts.”


South Africa’s chief World Cup organiser Danny Jordaan said the country is spending 1.3 billion rands (177 million dollars, 117 million euro) to beef up security.


That includes the 41,000 police officers deployed for the event, but also new equipment including helicopters, water cannons, body armour and 100 new patrol vehicles.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokeswoman Sally de Beer said 14 government departments have worked for two years to create the security plans for Friday’s draw and the month-long tournament that begins June 11.


“The SAPS, the South African National Defence Force and intelligence agencies are ready to deal with any contingency, be it land on land, in the air or at sea,” she said in a statement.


While South Africa’s general crime rate is alarming, Jordaan noted that the country has staged other high-profile sports events without incident.


“For 15 years, we have not failed anybody, South Africa’s track record in that is unquestionable,” he told the Soccerex business conference this week.


“In 2009, we hosted the British and Irish Lions, then we had the Indian Premier League, Confederations Cup and then the International Cricket Council matches,” he said.


“Currently the England Cricket team and the Barmy army is here and I have not had complaints. If you believe South Africans are aggressive, it’s a label which is unfair and unjust. There has not been a single incident of security during the hosting of these events.”


“Societal crimes are not my responsibilities,” Jordaan said. “Events crime are my responsibilities. Events crime starts from arrival at the airport, fan parks and venue security.”


Since taking office in May, South African President Jacob Zuma has taken an agressive new tone about fighting crime, sparking a national debate about how much force police should use in chasing criminals.


With parliament mulling greater leeway for police to use force, debate over a so-called “shoot-to-call” intensified last month with the accidental shooting death of a three-year-old boy, killed as officer chased a murder suspect.

Zuma on Tuesday urged South Africans to welcome the 450,000 foreign fans expected for the World Cup.

“Welcome visitors who come to be with us, handle them with care,” he said.

“We expect that everyone who comes here must go away without a single complaint,” he added.


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Unlucky draw puts VN athletes against tough foes

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2008 at 2:31 pm

HA NOI — Vietnamese taekwondo athletes, who are expected to repeat countrywoman Tran Hieu Ngan’s success at the Sydney Games eight years ago, were unlucky to be drawn against tough rivals in their opening encounters of the Games.


The draw, which took place on Monday, has pitted the country’s main medal hope Nguyen Van Hung in the men’s +80kg against a number of powerhouses, including world defending champion Keita Daba Modibo.


Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu, one of two female taekwondo martial artists in Beijing, has been drawn against title favourites from Italy, South Korea and host nation China in the -57kg.


Tran Thi Ngoc Truc, a replacement for Hoang Ha Giang who has a viral infection in the -49kg, however, has received a relatively good draw.


“They are all facing a hard job, especially Hung and Thu, who are competing against tough rivals from the beginning,” said coach Nguyen Dang Khanh after the draw.


“Hung and Thu both need to work very hard if they want to go further, and if they succeed they will face world champions in the next round,” said Khanh.


Three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medallist Hung, who is making his second Olympic appearance, will face the towering form of Chukwumerije Chika Yagazie of Nigeria in his first match on Friday.


“Hung has never met the 2.10m-tall Nigerian before so we do not know anything about this opponent,” said Khanh.


However, the real challenge will come in the next round, if 1.9m-tall Hung, who won the Asian 90kg title in 2004 in South Korea’s Seongnam, survives the opener.


“If Hung reaches the second round he will meet either Mali’s Modibo, who won the world title last year, or former three-time world champion Borot Mickael Justin of France,” said Khanh.


Greece’s Athens Games silver medal winner and European champion Alexandros Nikolaidis is also likely to present a major challenge to the 28-year-old.


Women’s draw


Thu, the Asian Games silver medallist, faces Senegal’s world bronze medallist Bineta Diedhiou in her opening bout tomorrow.


“Thu has got the worse draw, compared to her fellow compatriots,” said general director of the Viet Nam Taekwondo Federation Truong Ngoc De, who is with the team in Beijing. “Bigger challenges are waiting for her in the next round, if she makes it to the second stage, where she would meet Italian Veronica Celabrese, who finished second in the Olympic world qualifiers.”


If Thu does progress in the tournament, she is also likely to encounter, South Korea’s Lim Su Jeong, who finished first in the Olympic world qualifiers, and Chinese Taipei’s 2005 world silver medallist and Asian defending champion Li Wen Su.


Truc, who like Thu is also making her Olympic debut, will have an easier time of things against underdog Tona Teresa of Papua New Guinea.


The 19-year-old world youth champion’s group B match will be against either Thailand’s Puedpong Buttree or Cuba’s 2005 world bronze medallist Montejo Daynellis.


Truc’s rivals are mostly ranked between 10th and 33rd in the world.


“The title favourite host Wu Jing Yu, who won the world 49kg title last year and Asian silver earlier this year, is in group A, so Truc has a chance to go further in the Games,” said Khanh. “However Truc is disadvantaged by the fact that she started training later than the others as she was only called up as a replacement.”


Hung is seen as the most experienced athlete as he competed in the last Olympics in Athens, where he failed to bring home a medal. Hung injured his left knee in the run up to the Games but says he has fully recovered.


Despite their tough draws, all three athletes are in high spirits.


“Without pressure we will compete in a relaxed and beautiful way to win a medal,” Hung said. “Whoever the rival is, we will try our best so that we won’t have to look back on the Beijing Games with regrets.”


Tran Hieu Ngan won Viet Nam’s first Olympic medal when she finished second in the women’s 47kg in Sydney eight years ago.


Weightlifter Hoang Anh Tuan on August 10 won another silver for Viet Nam in the men’s 56kg. —