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Vietnam honored at international piano contest

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

Hoang Pham Tra Mi, student of the Vietnam National Academy for Music, won the first prize in the C category at the Singapore International Chopin Piano tournament, which ended on Dec. 5.

Hoang Pham Tra Mi and PhTa Quang Dong.

The 13-year-old student triumphed over 29 competitors to take the first prize for her performance of Ballades No 1 and Etudes No.5. She had previously received a golden medal at the Asian music festival in the Republic of Korea in July.

PhD Ta Quang Dong led the Vietnamese delegation including seven contestants, Professor Tran Thu Ha and piano teachers of the Vietnam National Academy for Music.

The competition attracted 145 candidates from 15 countries, such as China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and the host nation, Singapore.

The contest commemorating the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth was organized for the first time by the Chopin Society (Singapore) and the Nan yang Academy of Fine Arts. Contestants were required to perform Chopin’s works for a fixed period, depending on their age.

Source: SGGP

Don’t Burn director to be honored in Hollywood

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

Vietnamese beauties honored at international pageants

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

Honored veteran journalist passes away

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Veteran journalist Hoang Tung, former member of the Viet Nam Communist Party Central Committee and editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper, passed away in Hanoi on June 29 at the age of 91.

                        Veteran journalist Hoang Tung

The journalist whose given name was Tran Khanh Tho was born in the northern province of Ha Nam in 1920.

He was Party Committee Secretary of Hanoi and Hai Phong and held many other important positions.

He was awarded the Order of the Golden Star, the nation’s highest honor, the Ho Chi Minh Order, the First-class Independence Medal and the First-class Resistance War Medal for his contribution to the country’s independence and development.

He was also granted the Freedom Order (Itsala) by the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos (LPDR).

The body of the former member of the Vietnam Communist Party Central Committee is being kept at the National Funeral House at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street in Hanoi for people to pay their respects, and will be buried at Mai Dich Cemetery on July 2.

Source: SGGP

Leading travel businesses honored with Vietnam Tourism Awards

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism gave Vietnam Tourism Awards 2010 to more than 60 leading hotels and travel companies at a ceremony at the Hanoi Opera House on June 29.

More than 60 hotels, travel and tourist service companies receive Vietnam Tourism Awards 2010 in Hanoi on June 29.

The Vietnam Tourism Award was given to 30 3-5 star-hotels; 20 local and international travel companies; and 15 firms who supply tourism services, including transportation and shopping.

Among the 2010 winners are the Saigontourist Travel Service Company, Rex Hotel, Majestic Hotel, Hanoitourist Company, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hanoi Melia Hotel, Exotissimo-Cesais Tourism Joint-Venture, Peace Tour Company and others.

The award follows in the tradition of a previous series of awards entitled, “Top Ten International Tour Operators and Hotels in Vietnam,” which launched in 1999.

The aim of such awards is to encourage hotels and travel businesses to improve the quality of their products, services and professional skills, as well as to develop new products.

Source: SGGP

Stephen Hawking honored at NYC science, arts gala

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

Luminaries from the fields of physics, opera, poetry, theater, music and dance gathered to pay tribute to British physicist Stephen Hawking on Wednesday, with performances and speeches at a gala in his honor.

After outliving his predicted death from his degenerative disease by more than 40 years, Hawking told the audience filling Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall that he is thinking about what he will leave behind.

“As scientists, we step on the shoulders of science, building on the work that has come before us — aiming to inspire a new generation of young scientists to continue once we are gone,” Hawking told the crowd with the help of an electronic speech synthesizer. “I am proud to have played a small role in this great story.”

British physicist Stephen Hawking attends the 2010 World Science Festival opening night gala performance at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 in New York

The gala merging the arts and science was the kickoff event for this year’s World Science Festival, a five-day gathering meant to bring some of the universe’s most complex topics to the masses.

“It really seems strange to me, that with all that’s known about science, with all that’s known by science about the universe, so little of it reaches us in the general public,” actor and science buff Alan Alda said in his welcome speech, calling the resulting ignorance a “dangerous darkness.”

In introducing Hawking, friend and fellow physicist James B. Hartle told the audience that the public’s image of the nearly paralyzed Hawking as a lone figure trapped by physical limitations is false. Instead, he said, Hawking, who is best known for his work explaining the physics of black holes, has been surrounded by former students and built collaborative relationships with colleagues.

Above all, Hartle said, Hawking is able to see past mental clutter, discard assumptions and catch hold of undiscovered truths.

Even Hartle’s brief discussion of the nature of time before the Big Bang seemed to appeal to an audience with enough geek power that they applauded for a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” clip that featured Hawking and laughed with recognition as Broadway singers launched into a song about a calculus equation.

The evening also featured the premiere of “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” an orchestral work composed by Philip Glass and based on the children’s book by celebrity physicist and festival co-founder Brian Greene.

The cautionary tale about the dangers and wonders of reaching out for new knowledge follows a spacefaring teenager as he journeys to the edge of a black hole, only to find that thousands of years have passed when he returns.

The piece, illustrated by video artists and narrated live by actor John Lithgow, was adapted by Greene and famed playwright David Henry Hwang.

Other performances featured Broadway star Danny Burstein, who sang an upbeat tune about the nature of the galaxy, and his wife, Rebecca Luker, who sang a darkly comic piece about what New York City might look like underwater.

Source: SGGP

Outstanding achievers failing to be honored: conference

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:39 am

Deputy Minister of Interior Tran Thi Ha has called for more efforts to nurture and honor citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the country.

Chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Council Pham Phuong Thao speaks at a March 16 meeting on renovating the city’s emulation and reward system (Photo: SGGP)

Known in Vietnam as “Emulation and Reward,” individuals or organizations who achieve outstanding results in a particular field are to be honored for their efforts.

But according to Ms. Ha, most agencies focus too heavily on offering rewards for high-achievers rather than on cultivating a climate in which people are motivated to succeed based on other factors.

Moreover, due to overwhelming bureaucracy, those deserving of recognition are often passed over, she said.

Ms. Ha, who is also Chairwoman of the Central Emulation and Rewards Council, made the statement during a meeting themed “Renovating emulation and reward policies for more practical results,” held in Ho Chi Minh City March 16 by the HCMC Emulation and Rewards Board in conjunction with Sai Gon Giai Phong.

Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the city People’s Council; Nguyen Thi Nhu Thuy, head of the city Emulation and Rewards Board; and Tran The Tuyen, Editor-in-Chief of SGGP, also attended the conference.

Bogged down in bureaucracy

Many delegates at the meeting voiced concern about the impractical requirements related to the emulation and rewards system.

Doan Kim Triet from the HCMC Union of Scientific and Technical Associations said: “Since 2001, I have thrice proposed that the ‘Labor Medal, Third Class’ be conferred on an outstanding city-based researcher.”

In 2008, Triet said he proposed that a 60-year-old researcher be honored for his achievements. However, he says he was told that it was “impossible” to confer such an award since the agency that employed the researcher had provided no report on his work.

“I was very upset since the researcher had retired by then, so how can we get such a report?” Triet said.  

The irresponsible and bureaucratic work style of many officials in charge of the emulation and reward system has led to a situation in which many scientists are not honored while they deserve to be, he added.

It is also difficult to complete all the paperwork required by city authorities or the Government in petitioning for awards, as many officials themselves are not clear on how the process works, Triet said.

Nguyen Duc Dien, chairman of HCMC Young Businesspeople Association, said: “Many businesses have made great contributions to the city’s development, but they have not received a single award simply because they are not a member of a particular association.”

Ms. Ha agreed, blaming the situation on the fact that many officials do not fully understand the Law on Emulation and Reward, and said they have not been flexible enough in issuing rewards.

She said that extensive dossiers are not always necessary to confer awards, adding that many private enterprises have received the “Labor Hero” title in the past several years.

Leaders reap most rewards

Another hot issue discussed by delegates at the meeting was that heads of agencies are honored more often than their subordinates.

Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, chief of Office of the HCMC Department of External Relations, said: “There exists a reality that in many agencies, leaders are preferred for rewards.”

Workers at a shoe factory in HCMC. People’s Council leader Pham Phuong Thao said that agency leaders are more often recognized for their work than their subordinates are. (Photo: SGGP)

Ms. Thao agreed. “While we have launched the ‘Emulating Fighters’ movement, we have overlooked the ‘commanders’ in terms of awards,” she said.

Nguyen Thanh Trieu, deputy chairman of the District 7 People’s Committee, agreed, saying that due to the limited number of awards handed out, top leaders are most often selected.

For example, he said, the percentage of Party members allowed to be honored is set at just 15 percent.

Ms. Ha responded, saying: “The Ministry of Justice recently proposed that the restriction of reward percentage at all agencies be abolished. However, as many as 74 out of 97 ministries and other State agencies said such restrictions should be maintained.”        

Bizarre awards and dishonesty

At the conference, Mr. Dien presented a list of awards established in the past few years in HCMC.

He cited several “strange” awards including: “National Famous and Competitive Brand Award;” “Annual Report Award;” “Well-known Brand Name Super Cup;” and Cultural Celebrity Golden Cup.”

Ms. Thao of the People’s Council said there have been more than 100 similar awards established across the country.

In addition, many delegates expressed concerned over the “buying” of rewards.

Ms. Thao said there have indeed been several instances in which awards have been unscrupulously obtained. She said the city would take measures to prevent this occurrence in the future.

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VNPT honored with Labor Hero title

In Vietnam Society on January 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group has won the Labor Hero title for its achievements over a long period of time.

VNPT receives the Labor Hero title in Hanoi on January 20 (Photo: SGGP)

The chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Phu Trong, who conferred the award at a ceremony in Hanoi January 20, called on VNPT to complete some difficult but important tasks entrusted to it by the Party, State, and people.

VNPT was spun off in 2006 from the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation to become one of the country’s largest economic groups.

Last year it reported a turnover of VND78.6 trillion (US$4 billion), 30 percent higher than in 2008.

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Teachers honored for dedication through adversity

In Vietnam Education on November 19, 2009 at 9:54 am

A teacher afflicted with kidney disease and another who devoted her life to teaching the poor have been honored with the Vo Truong Toan Prize 2009 for their outstanding contributions to education.

Mathematics teacher Luong Anh Van

Math teacher Luong Anh Van of Nguyen Gia Thieu Secondary School in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Binh District, who undergoes medical treatment three times a week for kidney disease, has more than 25 years of teaching experience.

He was also granted the Vo Truong Toan Prize in 2005.

Mr. Van started teaching in Cu Chi District 20 years ago, a poor rural area in HCM City. He has faced many difficulties over the years but never thought about quitting.

Most of his students came from poor families and were often forced to cut class to help their families, especially during the harvest season.

Under a flickering oil lamp, Mr. Van and his colleagues held night classes at the students’ houses in the hope of lightening the burden on their young shoulders and helping them continue to study.

Even after 20 years, teachers and students still recall unforgettable memories about Mr. Van’s dedication to his students. He says that teaching is like an invaluable spiritual medicine for him to overcome the difficulties of life and disease.

Biology teacher Nguyen Thi Kim Loan is instructing students to carry out an experiment.

Also honored with the Vo Truong Toan Prize 2009 award is biology teacher Nguyen Thi Kim Loan of Nguyen Huu Tho Secondary School in HCM City’s District 7.

Ms. Loan has spent over 30 years teaching. She began her career in a remote and disadvantaged commune in the former Mekong Delta province of Cuu Long, which was split into Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces in 1991.

Despite having to ride a long distance on a rickety bicycle to reach her students each day, Ms. Loan never faltered.

Her first-ever present on Teacher’s day, November 20, was a grapefruit that a student had picked in his garden. The young teacher was moved by the gesture and felt indebted to the disadvantaged students in the poor rural area. When she would leave for the city, her students eyes would fill with tears and it was that image that inspired her to keep teaching.

“Teacher Kim Loan gives all her heart to the students and teaching. She has many interesting innovative teaching methods,” said Ms. Cao Thi Long, Principal of Nguyen Huu Tho Secondary School.

The Vo Truong Toan Prize 2009 award ceremony honoring 30 teachers in HCM City will be held at the Opera House and broadcast live on HCMC Television on November 18.

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SGGP to confer Vo Truong Toan Prize on 30 teachers

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Outstanding defence businessmen honored

In Vietnam Economy on October 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

Outstanding defence businessmen honored

QĐND – Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 22:10 (GMT+7)

PANO – A ceremony to honor outstanding defence businessmen was held on October 13th in Hanoi, on the occasion of Vietnam Entrepreneurs’ Day.

Present at the ceremony were member of the Party Central Committee, member of the Party Military Central Committee, Deputy Defence Minister, Gen. Nguyen Van Duoc; member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Chief of the General Department of Politics, Gen. Bui Van Huan; and Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Doc. Vu Tien Loc.

According to reports from the Defence Ministry, defence businesses met an increased number of difficulties as a result of the circumstances surrounding the global financial crisis and domestic economic slowdown during the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. However, defence businessmen and workers have made special efforts to overcome these difficulties and setbacks. As a result, many in the industry maintained growth, made profits, and contributed to the budget while raising income for workers.

Addressing the ceremony, on behalf of the Defence Ministry, Gen. Duoc congratulated defence businesses and entrepreneurs on the Vietnam Entrepreneurs’ Day; highlighted their contributions to the Defence and national socio-economic development; appealed and encouraged them to bring into full play the noble tradition of Uncle Ho’s Soldiers to contribute more to the Defence and Nation.

He also bestowed honors and presented awards to 5 defence businessmen who had been selected as “2009 Vietnam Outstanding Businessmen”.

A number of other defence businessmen were also given certificates of merit from the Defence Ministry and VCCI.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

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