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People regret heroic mother’s death

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hundreds of people have come to mourn the death of heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Thu, whose 11 children and grandchildren laid down their lives during the war, which was fought for national independence and freedom.

Artist Dinh Gia Thang’s impression of Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Thu statue

Mother Thu, born in 1904 in Dien Ban District’s Dien Thang Commune, died on December 10 at her home in the central province of Quang Nam aged 106.

In the war, her house was used to shelter soldiers who fought in the enemy-occupied areas. She also used her garden to hide liberation soldiers.

In 2007, on the 60th Anniversary Day of War Invalids and Martyrs, the construction of Vietnam Heroic Mother Statue began. It is to be built on a 15-hectare site located at Cam Mountain in New Urban Zone Tan Phu, Tam Ky City, Quang Nam. The statue is expected to be completed in 2011.

Inside the statue, there is a list of names of over 50,000 heroic mothers. In addition, the statue tells the stories about the lives and the contributions these individuals made for their country. There are also pictures and art works relating to the mothers.

The funeral for Nguyen Thu Thu will be held at the martyrs’ cemetery in Dien Ban District on December 14.

Source: SGGP

City to display portrait sketches of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers

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

140 portrait sketches of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers of painters Dang Ai Viet will be displayed at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on October 18.

Painter Dang Ai Viet (R) and Vietnamese Heroic Mother, Thai Thi Tai in highland city of Buon Ma Thuot

The exhibits are selected from 288 works of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers in 24 cities and provinces that the artist met during her trans-country trip.

The paintings depict the different faces of Heroic Mothers whose sons and daughters died in the American War. The works show their happiness and their sorrow.

As a former soldier herself and a mother, the painter understands the pain the Heroic Mothers had to suffer. “They are typical images of Vietnamese women’s sacrifice and indomitable spirit. I want to save all their faces for the next generations,” she said.

“I am a lucky people. I have abundant chances to meet, talk and kiss many heroic mothers. Almost all of them have a great deep pain. I have painted while crying several times” she added.

Painter Dang Ai Viet, 62, is the wife of the late People’s Artist Pham Khac. She has travelled from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi for painting hundreds of Heroic Mothers across the nation.

She divide her project titled “The journey of time” into three periods. In the first stage from February 19 to August 19, she completed 24 portraits of Vietnamese heroic mothers in 24 cities and provinces from the southern province of Dong Nai to the North.

In the second phase from August 25 to February, 2011, she has drawn Heroic Mothers in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta region.

She will paint Heroic Mothers in some northern provinces in the last step to be kicked off in March, 2011.

The project is expected to finish in September, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Who are these heroic Chile miners?

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The first of 33 miners trapped deep underground in a Chilean mine for a record 68 days were pulled out alive on Wednesday in an amazing story of human survival against all odds.

Chilean miner Jose Ojeda (C), the seventh of thirty-three miners to leave the mine exits the Fenix rescue capsule upon surfacing at the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile October 13, 2010 early morning.

Here are short biographies of some of the most prominent miners whose tale of hope and endurance has captivated the world:

THE FIRST OUT: For a short time 31-year-old Florencio Avalos will be the most talked about man on the planet as he emerged first from the San Jose mine into the full glare of the media spotlight.

It is no coincidence Avalos was chosen to be first. The athletic father-of-two was the second most senior miner trapped and he was considered the safest pair of hands if something went wrong with the rescue capsule.

Avalos, who loves playing football with his two children, aged seven and 17, has a brother Renan — the doctor in the group due to his albeit limited medical experience — who will be one of the last miners to be pulled up.

THE LEADER: Luis Urzua, 54, was the head of shift when the mine collapsed on August 5 and has acted as a leader during the long months since even though he had only been working at the mine for two months.

“We’re well and waiting for you to rescue us,” Urzua told Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in a first telephone conversation from the collapsed mine. He said the confinement was like “hell.”

He described to the president how the mine caved in.

“The hill came down at 1:40 in the afternoon. We were worried for our colleagues who were heading out with a full truck. Then the dustbowl came and in four or five hours we couldn’t see what was going on, or what the situation was. Then we saw we were trapped by an enormous rock blocking the whole tunnel.”

Urzua has agreed to stay till the bitter end and be the last miner to be hoisted to freedom.

THE OLDEST: At 63, Mario Gomez is the oldest of the trapped miners. The son of a miner, Gomez has worked in the industry since the age of 12.

He expressed his love for his wife, to whom he has been married for 31 years, from the depths of the mine.

“He’s quiet and not someone to express his emotions,” said his wife Liliana Ramirez, after receiving a letter from her husband. “I was surprised by his letter. He said he loves me. I’ve never received a letter like that from him — even when we were going out he wasn’t romantic.”

The couple have four daughters.

THE EX-FOOTBALLER: Franklin Lobos, 53, is a former professional soccer player in a Chilean league. He received one of two signed T-shirts sent to the mine by Barcelona and Spanish World Cup winning star David Villa, whose father and grandfather were both miners.

“There are many (former) footballers in mining,” William Lobos, Franklin Lobos’ nephew, told AFP. “Since they only work until they are 36 years old, the mining companies which own the teams offer them work.”

Lobos did not fear working in the mine because his work was mainly transporting miners, so he spent less time in the darkness of the tunnels, his family said.

“He has two daughters and they are both studying. He took on two jobs to earn more,” said his nephew.

THE PRESENTER: Mario Sepulveda, 40, was the second worker to be pulled safely from the mine. During their 10-week ordeal he has presented most of the videos recorded by the group.

“I have been with God and with the devil,” he said on being rescued. “I fought between the two. I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there.”

His joyous celebrations, which included handing out rocks to rescuers and officials, were an immediate hit around the world.

Sepulveda’s wife, Elvira Valdivia, says he is a natural leader. He was a union representative in another mine in the same company.

THE BOLIVIAN: Carlos Mamani, 23, is the only non-Chilean in the group. The Bolivian national was the fourth miner to taste freedom. Bolivian President Evo Morales is expected to fly in on Wednesday to personally escort him home.

THE YOUNGEST: At just 19, Jimmy Sanchez is the youngest of the 33 trapped workers and had only been working in the mine for five months before disaster struck. He was the fifth to be pulled to safety.


Source: SGGP

Party and State leaders commemorate heroic martyrs

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Party and State leaders commemorate heroic martyrs

QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

An incense offering ceremony was held in Hanoi on July 27 to commemorate the fallen combatants who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s independence and freedom.

Present at the ceremony were Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, former Party leader Le Kha Phieu, State President Nguyen Minh Triet, former State President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, former NA Chairman Nguyen Van An, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam and many other senior officials.

They visited and laid wreaths at President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the Martyrs’ Monument to express their great gratitude to the huge contribution made by President Ho and heroic martyrs to the nation’s glorious revolutionary cause.

Later the same day, delegations from several ministries, agencies and the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee also visited the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and paid tribute to fallen combatants.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

1,000 heroes and heroic mothers to attend Hanoi’s celebrations

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

1,000 heroes and heroic mothers to attend Hanoi’s celebrations

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:27 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam War Veterans Association in coordination with the Mai Linh Corporation will receive 1,000 heroes and heroic mothers on the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

This activity has been approved by Deputy Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung.  

On the way to Hanoi, they will take part in meetings to be held at historical places in Dong Thap, Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Lak, Da Nang, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa before reaching the capital of Hanoi.

Their march will take place in 12 days.     

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Best-selling German movie from the 1950’s highlights heroic women

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

As a part of the “German Year in Vietnam” project, a film schedule featuring German blockbuster movies from 1950 to the present,  is set to enliven city cine-fans in the coming months, starting this May with the Slatan Dudow’s Women’s Destiny, described as a touching tragic love story that provides an  understanding about the inner-strength of  women.

A film posterThe film begins with the familiar story of a troubled love affair.  Dudow employs an inconspicuous, didactic method, which is his unique filmmaking “recipe.”  The film’s heroes are exclusively female, as opposed to more typical films which tend to cast heroic roles to male characters.

Four women, Barbara, Anni, Renate and Isa are looking for happiness, as they embark on new lives in post-war  Berlin. Unfortunately, they are all destined to be undone by the womanizer Cony, and subsequently lose themselves in a labyrinth of love.

The young student Barbara falls deeply in love with Conny; Anni becomes pregnant by him him, and Renate is driven to thievery due to her mad love for him. Conny, however, chooses to couple with aristocrat  Isa von Trauwald  and  enjoys  the  luxurious  life  of  the  high  society,  which makes  the  situation  even more captivating …

At the time of its original release, the 104-mins movie hit the German cinema box offices like a storm, inciting an intense debate on the role of women in East Germany.

There is no wonder that Women’s Destiny, or originally known as Frauenschicksale, successfully brought a reward back to its creator, who won the Best Director trophy at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival that year.

The film will be shown just once, at 7.30pm May 11, at District 1’s Institute of Cultural Exchange with France. Tickets are available at its box office and cost VND15,000 each.

The classic work of German cinema will be presented, courtesy of the Goethe Institute of Vietnam

Source: SGGP

Heroic couple become billionaires by breeding wild animals

In Vietnam Lifestyle on September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

Both husband and wife are former soldiers who were permanently injured through fierce Southeastern battles during the war against the US invasion. After the war, they started breeding porcupines and wild boar for meat. The business has become so successful that the married couple, who were very poor in the beginning, have now become billionaires.

Than Quang Vinh and his wife, Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, are residents of Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District, HCM City. They are considered pioneers in breeding wild animals in the city.

Vinh narrated that in late 1980s, some of his comrades came over to his home and gave him a couple of small porcupines as gifts. He put them in a cage. A few days later, the porcupines still looked healthy and ate well. Vinh said to himself, “Why not try to breed them?”

A view of Vinh and Ngoc’s boar breeding farm (Photo: SGGP)

So said so done, Vinh made a big trellis cage for the porcupines. Every day, his wife went to the market to ask for withered turnips and vegetables from stalls to feed them.

After a few months, the female porcupine gave birth to two porcupettes (baby porcupines), which were sold at some ten million dong when they were two weeks of age.

Realizing that rearing porcupines was an easy and lucrative business, Vinh decided to setup a breeding farm. He borrowed money from his friends to buy a one-hectare plot of land where male and female porcupines were reared to be breeders.

The couple earned nearly VND30 million from the sale of their three first pairs of breeders.

Inspired by their initial success, Vinh and his wife decided to start another breeding business with boars. Vinh bought some sows trapped by hunters and then created a new crossbreed by breeding female wild boars with domestic boars.

The crossbreds brought more success to the married couple because the meat became a favorite dish of many gourmets in HCM City.

After twenty years of breeding the first pair of porcupines, Vinh and Ngoc now own seven farms rearing more than 100 female boars, 300 pairs of porcupines, more than 1,000 porcupettes and hundreds of hybrid boars in Cu Chi, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh districts of HCMC and in Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai provinces.

The married couple are now supplying breeding porcupines and boars to many breeding farms in cities and provinces nationwide, including Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An, Quang Ngai and Hanoi. A kilo of boar meat sells for between VND150,000 and VND180,000 while a kilo of porcupine is sold at between VND 300,000 and 400,000.

After gaining enormous success with the domestic market, Vinh and his wife are now seeking to export their produce to foreign countries.

Vinh said that the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam is considering their application for their porcupines’ brand registration. Once they get the registered brand, they will export their produce to China.

Vinh also revealed that not long ago, after visiting his farms, a delegation from the agricultural sector in Hanoi announced their intention of cooperating with Vinh and his wife in seeking export markets, other than China, for their porcupines and hybrid boars.

Additionally, Vissan, a well-known local meat processing company, has also invited Vinh and his wife to cooperate with them to establish a boar slaughtering and processing line to supply safe and hygienic boar meat to markets in and outside the country.

Wealth and fame do not make Vinh and his wife forget the difficult and challenging days in battle fields and their comrades. They have helped their companions-in-arms escape poverty by supplying breeding porcupine and boars to them free of charge and teaching them breeding techniques.

Money will be refunded to Vinh and his wife only after their comrades have sold their produce. If the breeding fails, Vinh and his wife will incur the loss.

Thanks to experience gained through 20 years of breeding boars and porcupines, Vinh and Ngoc have written and published books about breeding techniques. Such books have been welcomed and used by many farmers and breeding companies as reference books because they are very practical and useful to farming work.  

Source: SGGP