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Fine art exhibition supports AO victims

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Vietnamese contemporary fine arts to be introduced in the UK

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Vietnam, Indonesia host fine art exhibition

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 7:20 am

An exhibition showcasing 40 painting and sculpture works by 18 Indonesian and 17 Vietnamese artists opened at the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Hanoi on August 9.

A painting is displayed at the exhibition.

Titled “Inside and Outside”, the exhibition is a cooperative effort between VMFA and the Indonesian National Museum of Arts, aiming to promote the fine arts of the two nations, helping honour their outstanding cultural values and raising the awareness of Vietnamese and Indonesian art lovers.

The exhibition, which runs until August 18, is expected to lay a foundation for the cooperation and dialogue of mutual fine art development between Vietnam and Indonesia.

Source: SGGP

City holds photo exhibition highlighting Hanoi’s fine art heritage

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

More than 100 photos of fine art, ancient architecture and sculptures of Thang Long – Hanoi are being displayed at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.

              A photo of stone-statues of the Lion

The pictures illustrated the beauty of the Mot Cot pagoda, built in 1049 during the Ly Dynasty; the Kim Lien pagoda, stone-statues of the Lion of the Ly Dynasty; many Buddhist statues and others.

The exhibition details just a part of the capital’s a huge art heritage, with nearly 1,500 temples and pagodas, more than 25,000 statues, sculptures and other ancient objects.

The display was co-organized by the HCMC Fine Arts Museum and Vietnam Fine Arts University to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of the university and Grand Celebration of the 1000th birthday of the capital. It will run through July 30.

Source: SGGP

Fine arts and music program to raise money for AO child victims

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

A fine arts and music program for Agent Orange child victims featuring French and Vietnamese artists will take place at the Art House, 31A Van Mieu in Hanoi, on May 7.

                         Painter Tran Nhat Thang

Group of artists performing on the stage include French jazz guitarist Marc Behin and percussionist Veronique Carlier from Paris; Vietnamese French guitarist and singer Ho Hai Quang from the Reunion Island.

Marc Behin is the founder of the Jazz Bond Association, Paris, a non-governmental organization that provides musical training and workshops for children in France and Viet Nam. Veronique Carlier is a member of the Jazz Bond Association.

Ho Hai Quang is the president of Orange-Dioxine Association La Reunion, a non-governmental musical organization that helps Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

Vietnamese artists including abstract painter Tran Nhat Thang, sculptor Bui Thi Thanh Hang, oil painter Le Thi Minh Tam and body painter Phuong Vu Manh will also participate in the event.

As a special treatment, AO children victims also join in the art show.

All of the proceeds from the sales of the paintings will be donated to the Agent Orange Victims’ Fund, in order to give musical and artistic training courses to the children.

The show aims to calm the sufferings of AO children victims and mark the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7.

Source: SGGP

Toyota to pay record US fine, announces Lexus recalls

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government warned Monday that it was not done investigating Toyota after the Japanese automaker announced more recalls and agreed to pay a record 16.4-million-dollar fine.

“By failing to report known safety problems as it is required to do under the law, Toyota put consumers at risk,” US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

“I am pleased that Toyota has accepted responsibility for violating its legal obligations to report any defects promptly.”

A Lexus GX 460 SUV is seen traveling on a highway on April 13, in Sunrise, Florida. AFP photo

Toyota failed to disclose a “sticky pedal” defect for at least four months despite knowing the potential risk to consumers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

Under federal law, automakers are required to disclose defects within five business days.

Meanwhile Monday the company also announced a formal recall of nearly 20,000 affected Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicles in the United States, Canada and Europe after a US consumer magazine warned of a rollover danger.

Toyota said in a statement that it “denies NHTSA’s allegation that it violated the Safety Act or its implementing regulations” and regrets that the agency chose to levy a fine.

“We believe we made a good faith effort to investigate this condition and develop an appropriate counter-measure,” the world’s largest automaker said in a statement.

“We have acknowledged that we could have done a better job of sharing relevant information within our global operations and outside the company, but we did not try to hide a defect to avoid dealing with a safety problem.”

Toyota said it agreed to pay the fine “in order to avoid a protracted dispute and possible litigation, as well as to allow us to move forward fully-focused on the steps to strengthen our quality assurance operations.”

It is the largest civil fine against an automaker ever sought by US authorities and relates to defects that affected 2.3 million vehicles recalled in the United States in January.

A lawyer representing Toyota owners seeking compensation for a loss in resale value in a massive class action suit rejected Toyota’s protestations of innocence.

“Usually people that are innocent don’t pay 16.4 million dollars for the fun of it,” Tim Howard told AFP.

“What else can they say? By the way I’m liable for ripping off and endangering the American consumer? They have four or five billion reasons not to say that,” he said, in reference to the damages Toyota could be liable for in civil suits.

Toyota has come under intense scrutiny after it issued roughly 10.5 million recall notices worldwide in the last seven months.

Toyota executives were hauled over the coals in the US Congress earlier this year and the company’s previously stellar reputation for safety was left in tatters.

More than 50 deaths in the United States have been blamed on defects that allegedly caused the vehicles to speed uncontrollably and Toyota faces a slew of legal challenges in US courts.

In March, the US government announced a series of investigations into the causes of “unintended acceleration” in Toyotas and other brands of cars, calling in NASA space agency engineers to help.

The Department of Transportation plans to buy cars that are suspected of unintended acceleration and subject them to a battery of tests.

The NHTSA is itself under fire for allegedly failing to adequately review consumer complaints about Toyota and other cars, but it is the beleaguered Japanese carmaker that remains in the spotlight for now.

Toyota overtook General Motors in 2008 as the world’s top automaker. But the safety issues that have recently bedeviled it have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become number one.

The latest blow to the company’s reputation came just last week.

Toyota suspended production and global sales of the Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle Thursday after US magazine Consumer Reports gave the SUV a rare “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” rating because of a rollover danger.

On Monday, it announced a formal recall of nearly 20,000 affected vehicles in the United States, Canada and Europe and said “vigorous testing” had found a remedy for problems with the vehicle stability control system.

Toyota said it has implemented a number of measures to respond more rapidly when customer complain of problems with their vehicles and to improve its overall quality standards.

“We are proud of the vehicles that Toyota produces and are confident they are among the safest on the road,” the automaker said in a statement.

Source: SGGP

Toyota to agree to $16.4 million fine

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to agree to a fine of more than $16 million, the largest government penalty levied against an automaker, for a four-month delay in telling federal authorities about defective gas pedals on its vehicles, a Transportation Department official said Sunday.

Toyota faces a Monday deadline to accept or contest the $16.4 million fine over evidence it knew about sticking gas pedals in September but did not issue a recall until January.

The Transportation official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity. The official said Toyota is expected to pay the full amount of the assessed fine within 30 days as a means of avoiding going to court against the government.

The official said Toyota did not intend to accept liability explicitly. But from the government’s viewpoint, the official said, the agreement to pay the full fine constituted an acceptance of responsibility for hiding the safety defect in violation of the law.

Toyota did not immediately comment on the fine. Under federal law, automakers are required to notify the government within five business days when they find a potential safety defect.

Toyota announced it would recall 2.3 million vehicles in January to address sticking pedals on popular vehicles such as the Camry and Corolla. The Japanese automaker has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems in multiple models and braking issues in the Prius hybrid.

Concerns about sticking gas pedals and complaints from Toyota owners in the U.S. were rising at the end of 2009, according to chronologies of the investigation Toyota provided to the government.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said documents provided by Toyota showed the automaker had known about the sticky pedal defect at least since Sept. 29, 2009, when it issued repair procedures to distributors in 31 European countries to address complaints of sticking pedals, sudden increases in engine RPM and sudden vehicle acceleration.

The documents also showed that Toyota knew that owners in the United States had experienced the same problems.

The Japanese automaker has been weighing its options since the fine was announced in early April but analysts expected it to pay the penalty.

The company has been named in 138 potential class-action lawsuits over falling vehicle values and about 100 personal injury and wrongful death cases in federal courts. Federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are conducting investigations related to the recalls.

“When you look at the toll it’s taken on Toyota’s reputation, when you look at the number of vehicles involved, when you look at the hardship it’s placed on Toyota’s customer base, it’s only right for Toyota to take this fine,” said Dennis Virag, president of Automotive Consulting Group based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Transportation officials have not ruled out additional fines. The department is reviewing whether Toyota delayed for six weeks the late January recall of the 2009-2010 Venza in the United States to address floor mats that could entrap the accelerator pedal after making a similar recall in Canada.

Toyota recalled the Venza in Canada in December and reported to the U.S. government on Dec. 16 that the floor mats could move forward while the vehicle is in use and “may interfere with the accelerator pedal.”

Toyota told U.S. authorities at the time that the floor mats in question were not imported into the U.S. but the Venza was added to the floor mat recall in late January.

Source: SGGP

Toyota could face a second US fine: document

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 10:25 am

The National Highway Transport Safety Administration could slap another fine on Toyota after the 16.4-million-dollar penalty it imposed for the Japanese carmaker’s not disclosing facts faster on involuntary acceleration.

The first fine was imposed after a Department of Transportation review of 70,000 pages of documents found Toyota “knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from US officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families.”

And in a letter to Toyota obtained Saturday by AFP, the NHTSA warned Toyota it was considering a second penalty.

Toyota recalled more than nine million vehicles worldwide including more than six million in the United States mainly for involuntary acceleration problems but also for some faulty brakes on some hybrid vehicles.

Cars for sale at a Toyota dealer in Hollywood on April 6.

Problems related to sudden, unintended acceleration that have been blamed for more than 50 US deaths and resulted in the recall of more than eight million vehicles worldwide.

The recalls have caused an outcry in the United States, with Toyota executives hauled over the coals by Congress and the company’s previously stellar reputation for safety left in tatters.

Toyota is facing at least 97 lawsuits seeking damages for injury or death linked to sudden acceleration and 138 class action lawsuits from angry customers suing to recoup losses in the resale value of Toyota vehicles following the recalls.

Source: SGGP

Ex-Samsung chairman pays 91 million dollar fine

In World on September 21, 2009 at 7:48 am

SEOUL (AFP) – The former head of South Korea’s largest business group Samsung has paid a fine of more than 90 million dollars in a single instalment, officials said Monday.

Lee Kun-Hee, the former head of South Korea’s largest business group Samsung, has paid a fine of more than 90 million dollars in a single instalment for his role in a 1999 bond issue, officials said Monday. (AFP file photo)

A court last month had sentenced Lee Kun-Hee to a suspended three-year prison term and a fine of 110 billion won (91.2 million dollars) for his role in a 1999 bond issue.

Lee decided not to appeal the ruling that he was guilty of breach of trust over the issuance of Samsung SDS bonds with warrants. The exercise was aimed at transferring management control over the group to his only son Lee Jae-Yong.

The court found that the bonds were issued at below market price and that the group subsidiary lost 22.7 billion won as a result. It suspended Lee’s jail term for five years.

The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Lee paid the entire fine last Friday to one of its Seoul branch offices.

Forbes Asia in April listed Lee as Korea’s richest man, with assets estimated at 3.9 billion dollars.

Lee, 67, led Samsung for almost 20 years and was widely credited with turning it into a global brand. He stepped down in April 2008 following an investigation by special prosecutors into claims by a former group lawyer of irregularities.

In a separate trial Lee was convicted of tax evasion, received a suspended prison sentence and was fined 182 billion won. That fine was paid in May last year.

Source: SGGP