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Icham sends love towards Central provinces

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, shortly known as Icham, had a successful charitable trip on December 4 at Vinh City in the central province of Nghe An with full of heart-loving donation to the local flood victims

Icham members posing with Cua Nam 2 Primary School pupils on Dec 4 (Photo: Courtesy of Icham)

Early Saturday morning, the chamber’s delegation led by Chairman Tomaso Andreatta was accompanied with Vinh City Communist Youth Union to visit local families who suffered damages from two latest dangerous floods and also the pupils of the Cua Nam 2 Primary School.


Besides expressing deep sympathy to the people, the chairman donated VND82 million (US$4,200) with expectation to help them recover and get back to normal life.


The donation was mostly collected from two Italian companies of Intesa Sanpaolo and Rino Mastrotto Group. The others from the chamber; including Academia, Datalogic Scanning, Giovanni Ronchi, Interglobal, Studio DAG and Viet Y Trading; also joined hands in raising the donation.


Icham was established on November 5, 2008 with objectives to advance and develop the bilateral trade between Vietnam and Italy. The chamber already has offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh so far.

Source: SGGP

Special ballet honors legendary love story

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

A ballet performance entitled Moi tinh thanh co (Love story in the ancient capital) reviving the love story of My Chau and Trong Thuy in the famous legend Chiec no than (Magic crossbow) is being preseted at the Hanoi Opera House on November 24-25.

A scene in the ballet performance titled Moi tinh thanh co (Love story in the ancient capital).

The play is directed by People’s Artist Pham Anh Phuong and choreographed by French artist Bertrand D’at and Australian assistant Mark Pace.

Unlike the original story which is a tragedy, the dance drama don’t focus on war, but bringing message of peace with a happy ending and praising timeless love.

The performance is organized jointly by the French Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Opera Ballet Theater.

Tickets of the ballet costing VND500,000; VND350,000; VND250,000 and VND150,000 are available at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street.

Source: SGGP

Reporter Nicolas Cornet: “Sending the love with Hanoi in photos”

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm




Reporter Nicolas Cornet: “Sending the love with Hanoi in photos”


QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO – French reporter Nicolas Cornet has taken thousands of photographs of Hanoi and Vietnam during his shuttle trips to this S-shaped country over the last two decades.


From his love for Hanoi, for more than two years now, Nicolas Cornet has paid much attention to its landscapes and inhabitants.


As a result, on November 23rd, he exhibited nearly 50 photos of Hanoi at every angle at an exhibition entitled “Hanoi, Hanoians, contemporary view” and introduced his pictorial book, Hanoi, at L’Espace, Hanoi.


Through the eyes of Nicolas Cornet, spectators could find out the ever-changing daily life and structures across Hanoi. The showcased photos bring them a close, familiar Hanoi with small alleys and streets, green tea and grilled rice.


PANO’s reporter has an interview with photographer Nicolas Cornet on his exhibition and aspiration for Hanoi.


As a photo reporter for several European newspapers and magazines such as L’Espresso(I), Mare(RFA), Figaro Magazine, Le Monde, you have travelled to various countries, what is the reason for your choice of Vietnam and the capital, Hanoi, to take these photos?


– My destiny with Vietnam came from my first visit here 23 years ago. I have shuttle trips between Vietnam and France and I love taking photograph of the daily lives of the Vietnamese. I cannot say exactly when I fell in love with this country with a thousand year-old culture.


I got married with a Vietnamese living in France in 1997. My Vietnamese language has been improved much, contributing to my demonstration here.


– With the theme of Hanoi, why did not you exhibit your works on the Great Anniversary of Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi?


– There were a lot of artistic activities held during the Anniversary of Millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi. My photos are news photos; thus, they could be displayed at anytime without being out of date. I took these photographs with my deep love for Hanoi. What concerns me most is how spectators think of my works, not when the exhibition takes place.


– Of the exhibited photos, which is your most favourite one?


– I love the photo titled “Generations” most. That is the portrait of a grandmother and her grandchildren, representing two generations of Vietnamese women. The grandmother represents the past while the girl with bright eyes and smart forehead symbolises a bright future for Vietnam.


To take this unique photo, I have spent time talking with and getting acquainted with both of them. As there seemed to be no barrier among us, I found it easier to take their “souls” in my photos.


– As what I see, is your forte taking portraits?


– I do like taking photographs of portraits even such a genre is rather difficult and it takes much time. However, if I am successful the portrait will become convincing as it has its own soul.


– You have several photo collections on Hanoi, including “Elegant girls on Long Bien Bridge” and “Crossroads in front of Hanoi Opera House”. Will you pursue such topic?


– I am going to travel to countryside throughout Vietnam and take photographs of these places. Besides, I keep taking photographs of Hanoi.


After this exhibition in Hanoi, I will introduce my photos of Hanoi in Ho Chi Minh City, Paris and Canada, so that more and more people could have better understanding of the country where I have placed my love and career in.


– Thank you very much.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Anger, sadness, questions after German Love Parade tragedy

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

DUISBURG, Germany, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – Flags in the mourning German city of Duisburg flew at half mast Monday as investigators probed allegations over lax safety measures at a techno festival where a stampede killed 19 people.


Officials said seven foreigners, from Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Bosnia and Spain, were among those killed on Saturday at the Love Parade in the small city in western Germany. More than 340 people were injured.

Outlines of bodies can be seen at the entrance to the tunnel where panic broke out in a tunnel during the Loveparade in Duisburg. AFP

Deputy police chief Detlef von Schmeling said the victims, aged between 20 and 40, died as they scrambled to escape from a crush in a narrow, 100-metre (yard) tunnel that served as the only entrance.


Television pictures showed lifeless bodies being passed over the heads of those frantically trying to escape.


“I saw dead people in the tunnel, others alive but unconscious on the ground,” said Anneke Kuypers, an 18-year-old from New Zealand. “Others were crying.”


German-born Pope Benedict XVI and Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their horror over the catastrophe, as the German leader called for a “very intensive investigation”.


“This was a very, very dreadful and sad day,” Merkel said. “We must do everything we can to ensure that something like this never happens again.”


But shock quickly turned to anger as furious survivors demanded explanations for why security plans could went so wrong and reports emerged that authorities had been warned beforehand that Duisburg was too small for the event.


At the entrance to the tunnel, where dozens of candles and an impromptu remembrance board with hundreds of signatures marked the dead, there were angry messages for the organisers.


“This event should never have taken place here,” read one. “You should be ashamed of yourselves,” another message read.


Monday’s edition of the daily Stadt-Anzeiger in nearby Cologne said the mayor had been warned in writing in October 2009 that the grounds were too narrow for the expected crowds but that their concerns went unheeded.


Spiegel magazine said on its website that the festival only had authorisation for 250,000 revellers instead of for 1.4 million people who organisers had expected beforehand to attend.


The mayor, Adolf Sauerland, said the investigation had been passed to prosecutors but defended what he said was a “solid security plan.”


“I know that everyone wants an answer to the question ‘why?’ and this must be cleared up. But I ask for people not to jump to premature judgements,” Sauerland told angry reporters at a charged news conference.


Germany’s police union chief, Rainer Wendt, also attacked the planning, telling mass circulation Bild: “At the end of the day, the city and the organisers are to blame for this tragedy.”


“I warned one year ago that Duisburg was not a suitable place for the Love Parade. The city is too small and narrow for such events,” Wendt said.


With several questions still unanswered, one thing was clear: the tragedy of the 2010 Love Parade will not be repeated.


Chief organiser Rainer Schaller said the popular event, one of the biggest techno festivals in Europe, would not be held again “out of respect for the victims and their families.”


First hosted in Berlin in 1989 just months before the fall of the Wall, the Love Parade left the capital in 2007 after disagreements with city authorities over logistics and security and has since been held in several other German cities.

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Source: SGGP

19 killed in Love Parade stampede in Germany

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 11:18 am

 Some were trampled to death, some crushed against the walls of a tunnel, Germany on Sunday mourned 19 people killed in a sudden stampede by thousands trying to get to a huge open air music festival.


Another 340 people were injured in the mass panic to get to the Love Parade dance party in the western city of Duisburg that drew about 1.4 million partygoers from across the world, according to a new mounting toll given by police.


Authorities have not yet given any indication as to what set off the sudden fright. But questions were immediately raised about the safety of the 200 metre (650 feet) long and 30 metre (100 feet) wide tunnel that was the main access to the giant rave being held in a former railway freight yard.

Participants of the Love Parade 2010 dance at the festival in Duisburg, western Germany.

Police said the main crush was inside the tunnel, but a Duisburg city official said some people also died on the steps leading up to the tunnel.


Most revellers remained unaware of the incident and kept on dancing into the night as authorities kept a lid on the news to avoid another panic.


Eyewitnesses described horrific scenes however.


“Everywhere you looked there were blue faces,” one young female partygoer told the Die Welt daily.


“My boyfriend pulled me out over the bodies, otherwise we would both have died in there. How can I ever forget those faces. The faces of the dead.”


Several people fell to the ground and were trampled underfoot, another witness told the NTV news channel.


“Some people were on the ground while others were climbing up the walls,” said the witness, Udo Sandhoefer.


Police and security officials tried to get into the tunnel “but it was already too full,” he added.


“People kept trying to get into the tunnel for about 10 minutes, then realised what had happened and turned around,” he said.


Another 18-year-old witness named Marius told the Bild daily: “There was no way of escaping. There was a wall of people in front of me. I was scared I was going to die.”


Panicked friends and family sent a raft of messages on Twitter in a bid to locate missing partygoers.


Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “aghast” at the catastrophe.


“In these difficult hours, my thoughts are with the relatives of the victims. They have my sympathy and my condolences.”


“Young people came to party. Instead, there was death and injury. I am aghast and saddened by the sorrow and the pain,” she said in a statement.


President Christian Wulff said: “Such a catastrophe that has caused death, sorrow and pain during a peaceful festival involving young people from many countries is dreadful.”

Shock turned quickly to anger as partygoers criticised organisers for only allowing one entrance through the tunnel to the festival.

There was “simply nowhere to get out” of the area around the tunnel, one survivor told WDR television.

Focus magazine quoted the founder of the Love Parade, who goes by the name of Dr Motte (Dr Moth), as saying: “The organisers are to blame … they showed not the slightest responsibility for people.”

The influential mass circulation Bild asked on its website: “Why did the police let people carry on the party?”

Duisburg mayor Adolf Sauerland vowed to hold a comprehensive enquiry.

“In the run-up to the event, we worked out a solid security plan with the organisers and everyone involved,” he said.

“The investigations that have already been launched must uncover the precise course of events.”

Source: SGGP

Power of family and commonality love

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, a propagandist of the anti-HIV/AIDS struggle of the Woman’s Union of Co Giang Ward in District 1, HCMC, who was a harlot 16 years ago, has been successful in overcoming many difficulties and bad situations in order to make a better life for herself.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh (L) propagandizes for people effective methods to lessen the rates sexual transmitted diseases and drug use. (Photo : Sggp)

She took the wrong path for several years, until being arrested and ending up in prison.


After being released prison, Hanh thought that her life was at an impasse with nowhere to go. But her mother gave her a hand raising her daughter. Members of the Woman’s Union of Co Giang Ward visited Hanh regularly and took her to social works, making an incessant effort to help her overcome the complexes and stigmas associated with prostitution, allowing her to fall in line with the community.


“I rebuild my life and my future day by day. Living is still very difficult but I am so joyful to make my mother happy,” Hanh said.


She provides free condoms and propagandizes for harlots and people effective methods to lessen the rates sexual transmitted diseases and drug use in parks 23/9 (September 23rd), Le Van Tam, Tao Dan and Le Duan, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai streets, Thi Nghe Bridge and Tu Du Maternity Hospital. She also takes prostitutes to preventive medicine centers for tests.


Hanh cannot remember how many women that she has helped out of life on the street.


Hanh has transferred her enthusiasm for social work to her daughter and son-in-law. The mother and married couple work in District 1’s Preventive Medicine Centers.


Hanh now lives with her son, 10, and paralyzed old mother in District 2. Although her living conditions are difficult, she always feels happy and optimistic.


“The work helps me recognize the truth of a significant and strong life. I am proud of telling my contributions to my little son. Love of my mother and sisters of the Woman’s Union of Co Giang Ward made revived me,” Hanh said.

Source: SGGP

Different sides of love and life mix in performance sure to spark Vietnamese imagination

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

“People overcome difficulties in life; they recognize that nothing lasts forever.”  The contemporary dance Maybe Forever by Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher is a combination of singing and dancing, highlighting different sides of love.

Audiences will meet up the talented guitarist Niko from the Mute band in a new job, preparing live music for the performance, at the stage work Maybe forever (Photo: Goethe Institute)Maybe Forever is a collaboration in which the artistic worlds of two choreographers collide. The lullabies of singer-songwriter Niko Hafkenscheid accompany the pair onstage, and have them dance in a promised land. While Hafkenscheid sings of love and longing, the dance of Meg Stuart und Philipp Gehmacher describes the pain and memories of love’s end.
 
The former dance critic Myriam Van Imschoot prepared the dramaturgy of the performance. The Goethe Institute will present the performance to Vietnamese public free-of-charge.
 
The performance will visit two biggest cities of Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In Hanoi, it will start at 8pm June 4 at the Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang Tien street) and at HCMC Opera House (7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1) at 8pm June 8.
 
Free tickets can be collected at two venues: Goethe Institute Hanoi (56 – 58 Nguyen Thai Hoc street) from May 31 to June 4 and Goethe Institute HCMC (18 Street No.1, Do Thanh Compound, Dist. 3) from June 2 to June 8.
 
Questions or requests in related to the show can be sent to the email: prog@saigon.goethe.org .
  
Meg Stuart is considered one of the key figures in the international contemporary dance scene.  Drawing from the vast reservoir of everyday movements, she has created a completely new aesthetic of dance.
 
The MA Philipp Gehmacher is famous for choreographing the opening of Tanzquartiers Wien, the first full-length piece “mountains are mountains”, and other co-productions with prominent European dance theaters, and later in 2009 was awarded the Austrian Award of the Ministry of Education Art and Culture.
 
Meanwhile, the guitarist and songwriter Niko Hafkenscheid, mostly known as a member of the Brussels electro-rock band aMute, has created soundtracks for several documentaries and feature films, such as “Taliban nicht beendet” (2008) and “Simple Appareil” (2008).

Source: SGGP

Showcase rewards Vietnamese for their love of German books

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

The highly successful internet project, “German books in Vietnamese,” will appear offline and in person for the second time from May 25-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, as a special thanks to its Vietnamese fans.

Vietnamese version of Grosse christliche Denker by Hans Küng, released by Tri Thuc Publisher The showcase will feature over 400 German book titles taken from various different sources, including the National Library and other local libraries. All selections, previously published in Vietnamese, have enjoyed popularity amongst local readers.

Two topics highlighted by this year’s showcase are philosophy and science.

The Goethe Institute, an organizer of the event, expects to bring fresh tastes to local culture, pointing out that “translation is somewhat a kind of culture.” The event allows readers to expand their thoughts about popular German books as well as the chance to enrich their minds with information about publishers, translators and the several steps requisite in the rendering of a complete and precise translation, the organizer noted.

The exhibition opens to public during business hours from May 25 to 30 at the HCMC General Science Library (69 Ly Tu Trong, Dist.1). Admission is free of charge.

The opening ceremony, scheduled to launch at 9.30am May 25, will be enhanced by the debut of two German books, Grosse Christliche Denker (Great Christian thinkers) by Father Hans Küng and Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus  (The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism) by German sociologist and political economist, Max Weber.

The two books are now available in Vietnamese versions thanks to translators Nguyen Nghi and Tran Huu Quang. The two translators will also attend the ceremony and conduct a special presentation featuring their experiences on reading and translating the German works.

Source: SGGP

Liveshow highlights nation’s love for Uncle Ho

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm




Liveshow highlights nation’s love for Uncle Ho


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

A liveshow simultaneously televised on the night of May 19 from three locations across Vietnam presented a moving depiction of President Ho Chi Minh, a son of the nation who has devoted his whole life for national independence and people’s happiness.


The show was broadcast live from the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, the Sen Village in central Nghe An province – the place of birth of Uncle Ho and Nha Rong wharf in Ho Chi Minh City, where he departed in 1911 to find ways to free the nation from colonial oppression.


Entitle “Following Uncle’s Journey”, the liveshow was jointly held by the Vietnam Television and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


It is among a series of activities to celebrate the 120 th birthday of Uncle Ho and the 20 th anniversary of the UNESCO recognition of the late President as a hero of national liberalisation and a preeminent man of culture.


Present at the show were Politburo members and Secretaries of the Party Committees as well as officials of the government, Hanoi , Nghe An province and Ho Chi Minh City .


The liveshow at three places of great importance in Ho Chi Minh’s life put together a clear picture of Uncle Ho with rich and vivid details through documentaries, photos, his belongings and stories told by witnesses who had met the late President.


It looked back on the historical landmark in the life of President Ho Chi Minh, when he left the country in 1911, starting a 30-year journey from countries to countries to find ways of liberating the nation.


Having found the right way, he returned in 1941 and led the national revolution the victory of which gave birth to the democratic republic of Vietnam in 1945. The name of Vietnam thus first appeared on the world map. After that, the President continued to lead Vietnam ’s people and armed forces through nine years of struggle against the French colonialists to the final victory with the world resounding Dien Bien Phu battle.


The audience also got new insight into the president’s simple life and his profound love and compassion towards the people and humankind through the display of things that he used in his daily life as well as stories told by those who had had chances to meet the beloved leader, including a long-time bodyguard and a barber who did his haircut.


120 candles were lid in each place of the liveshow and songs were sung to praise Uncle Ho, who lives forever in the mind of every Vietnamese.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Love struck teens update tactics

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm




Love struck teens update tactics


QĐND – Sunday, May 16, 2010, 21:29 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese youngsters are now sending sweet messages to their lovers through CDs or writing the names of their loves on their bodies or on ornamental trees.


Hoai Nam, from the HCM City University of Technology, said that heart-shaped CDs containing good pictures of boyfriends or girlfriends and songs that they like is now a favourite gift to show laffection.


“I produced a CD as the birthday gift to my girlfriend. The CD contains a song that both of us love, a clip with my wishes to her and our pictures. There is nothing better than a CD made by yourself to your girlfriends, which have the pictures of both. Without real love, you can’t make such gifts,” Nam said.


Nam’s friends know about this special gift and asked him to help them make similar CDs.


Hoai Thu, a schoolgirl at an international school in District 7, presented a CD which has a clip in which Thu plays piano and makes wishes to her boyfriend, who went to Switzerland to study. The CD cover has a red rose.


“My boyfriend likes this gift very much. He often watches the CD. Our love seems to not change though we don’t see each other for a long time,” Thu said.


Some teens present their lovers or friends flower pots or bonsais in special shapes. 


“We think about each other whenever we see the flower pots. When you spend some time to take care of the pots, it means that you are missing the other. We believe that if our trees grow well, our love will be beautiful,” said Ha Anh, a schoolgirl from HCM City’s Mac Dinh Chi high school.


Ngoc Anh, a student from the HCM City Law University, boasted about her bonsai, which has the name of her boyfriend on the trunk. “I’ve kept this tree for over one year. The name of my boyfriend on the trunk was small when he carved it on the tree. It is now bigger along with the development of the tree,” she said.


However, some girls are naively made their boyfriends CDs containing their sexy pictures. When they said goodbye to each other, some boys posted these pictures on the Internet.


In an online forum for teenage, the photos of two young girls who tattooed the names of their boyfriends on their chests surprised many people who protested this way of showing love.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND