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Poetry night in Hanoi for American War veteran

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

American War veteran and poet, Professor Bruce Weigl is in Vietnam for the launch of his Memoir ‘After the Rain Stopped Pounding’ and for literary exchanges during his visit from December 10 to 20.

The memoir “After the Rain Stopped Pounding”

His memoir ‘After the Rain Stopped Pounding’ includes 36 of his poems and 6 articles which have been translated into Vietnamese by Nguyen Phan Que Mai.


As a translator, Nguyen Phan Que Mai was moved to tears as he visualized images of a now 60 year old man who only felt regret and sorrow at the horrible atrocities that his government and the armed forces committed during the Vietnam War.


Literary experts see the poetical world of Bruce Weigl as brimming with love, remorse and sensitivity.

Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa thinks his poems help to relive the heroic and dolorous moments during the war with America and deeply sympathizes with American soldiers who were thrown in the cruel war in the line of duty.

 

American War veteran and poet, Professor Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl was born in 1949 in Lorain, Ohio. He served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968. His first full-length collection of poems A Romance, was published in 1979.


Weigl once served as the president of the Associated Writing Programs. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Song of Napalm and in 2006 he won the Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He was awarded the 2003 Poetry Panel Chair for the National Book Award.


The poetry night ‘Returning to my Vietnamese home’ and the launch of his memoir will take place in Hanoi on December 16.

Source: SGGP

A musical night for charity

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm




A musical night for charity


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

At 8pm November 24th, a musical evening, “Vietnamese hearts”, will start at the 126 stage in the Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.


The night will be divided into two separate types, pop songs and country songs, which will be performed by famous Vietnamese singers such as Ngoc Son, Cam Ly, Quoc Dai, Luong Bang Quang, Bao Thy, Dong Nhi, Khong Tu Quynh, Noo Phuoc Thinh, Chi Thien and the V.Music and Nhat Nguyet bands, to name a few.


All money from the sale of tickets will be donated to the flood victims in the Central provinces.


Source: TTO


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

Two year old girl lost in flooding night but still alive!

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Solar-powered plane set for pioneering night flight

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The prototype of a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the world on solar energy aims to take to the skies on Thursday in the first attempt at a night flight fuelled by the sun, the team said.


The high-tech single-seater Solar Impulse aircraft, with the 63.40-metre (208-foot) wingspan of a large Airbus A340 airliner, plans to take advantage of clear summer weather to take off from Payerne airbase in western Switzerland, it said.


“The situation continues to look good and the likelihood of seeing the HB-SIA take off on July 1st and land back in the early morning July 2nd is increasingly probable,” it said in a statement Tuesday.

The Solar Impulse aircraft, a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the world on solar energy takes off in April 2010 from Payerne’s air base, western Switzerland

Team members have said they need a 25-hour window of clear and calm summer weather to attempt the pioneering round-the-clock flight above Switzerland and eastern France.


Pilot Andre Borschberg plans to keep the aircraft at altitudes of up to 8,500 metres, storing some of the energy from solar panels in batteries during the daylight to fly through the night before landing after dawn on Friday.


Despite its huge wingspan, the aircraft only weighs about as much as a family-sized car, about 1,600 kilogrammes (3,500 pounds).


“We’re not sure to make it at the first try, let’s be clear about this,” said Solar Impulse president and founder Bertrand Piccard, the round-the-world balloonist.


The solar venture has grown in recent months, joined by former space shuttle astronaut Claude Nicollier and retired NASA chief test pilot Rogers Smith.


The prototype made its 10th test flight under solar energy on Tuesday. It first hopped off a runway shortly after it was unveiled seven months ago.


Powered by four 10 horsepower electric motors — each about as strong as the engine that took the Wright Brothers into the air more than 100 years ago — Solar Impulse’s take-off speed is just 35 kilometres per hour (22mph), with a cruising speed barely twice as fast.


The prototype is slightly smaller than the craft that is planned to fly around the world in 2013 to 2014.

Source: SGGP

Solar plane’s night flight delayed by technical problem

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm


PAYERNE, Switzerland, July 1, 2010 (AFP) – A pioneering attempt to fly an experimental aircraft, Solar Impulse, though the night powered by nothing but the sun has been postponed due to a technical issue, organisers said Thursday.


“A failure occurred in a critical piece in the plane,” Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, the venture’s founder and previously the first balloonist to circumnavigate the globe, told a press conference.

View taken on July 1, 2010 of an aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse, HB-SIA prototype in a warehouse in Payerne. AFP

His spokesman told AFP that he was referring to an item of navigational equipment which broke down on Wednesday night.


The ultra-light aircraft, flown by joint founder Andre Borschberg, had been set to take off from the Payerne airbase in Switzerland early Thursday and then fly for 24 hours through the day and the night.


The single seater clad with solar panels, which weighs little more than a saloon car but bears the wingspan of an Airbus A340 airliner, has completed 10 test flights since it first hopped along a runway seven months ago.

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Source: SGGP

SGGP legend night collects $632,000 to help poor

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

The closing of the four-night Dem Huyen Thoai (Legend Night) gala marked the 35th anniversary of Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper on May 4, collecting over VND12 billion (US$632,000) for the poor.

The Legend Night Gala, a four day event commemorating the founding of Sai Gon Giai Phong (Saigon Liberation) newspaper, tells Vietnam’ history of the country’s many independence struggles. (Photo:SGGP)


The four-night series of musical and artistic performances recreated Vietnam’s most historic moments with over 300 singers, models and dancers.


The gala was not only an artistic performance, but also a call for donations to help build the Favor Return Fund, which aims to help poor families and social policy beneficiaries nationwide.


The closing gala was attended by Vice Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Dua, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the city Huynh Thi Nhan, head of the HCM Party Committee’s Personnel and Organization Commission Nguyen Thi Thu Ha and heroic mothers from HCM City who lost loved ones in Vietnam’s resistance wars.


HCM City leaders offered gifts to the heroic mothers at the gala.


In related news, in a series of activities to mark 35th anniversary of the first edition of SGGP, an exhibition entitled “Khoanh khac 35 nam” (Moment of 35 Years) opened on May 4 at the Reunification Palace.


More than 100 pictures detailing the history of SGGP and its many journalist personalities are on show at the exhibition.

Source: SGGP

Sai Gon Giai Phong marks 35th anniversary with Legend Night

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

The opening of the 4-night Dem Huyen Thoai (Legend Night) gala marked the 35th anniversary of Sai Gon Giai Phong (Saigon Liberation) newspaper with a series of musical and artistic performances on May Day.

The Legend Night Gala, a four day event commemorating the founding of Sai Gon Giai Phong (Saigon Liberation) newspaper, tells Vietnam’ history of the country’s many independence struggles (Photo: SGGP)

Through song and dance, the gala in Ho Chi Minh City tells the stories of Vietnam’s numerous wars of national defense, from early battles against northern invaders to the anti-colonial and imperialist wars against the French and Americans.
 
The performances are also being held to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi
 
The image of President Ho Chi Minh, who led the Vietnamese people on the path to achieving their historic victory on April 30, 1975, appears throughout the event
 
Over 300 singers, models and dancers are performing at the gala, which will play through May 4 at the Hoa Binh Theatre in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Sai Gon Giai Phong was first published on May 5, 1975.

Source: SGGP

Youth House to host Australian cultural exchange night

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House will host an evening of Australian culture and entertainment on April 19 as part of its annual The gioi trong tam tay (The world within reach) program.

A man plays a didgeridoo (a traditional Australian wind pipe.) Performances on the instrument are one of several activities lined up for an Australian cultural exchange event on April 19 in HCMC.

During the event, titled “Australia – A cultural voyage,” visitors will be treated to a host of interesting and educational Australian activities including performances on the Didgeridoo (a traditional wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia); karaoke contests; quizzes; and hip-hop dance presentations.

The cultural exchange will also feature unique Australian food specialties for visitors to sample such as barbequed kangaroo, ostrich and sheep dishes.

In addition, guest Vietnamese speakers who have either studied or worked in Australia will discuss their experiences and give helpful information about studying and working in the country. 

The upcoming Australian cultural exchange event will be the third of the program, after two similar events were held in 2009.

Entrance is free and tickets can be obtained from the HCMC Youth Culture House from 9-11am on April 16 and 17.

“Australia – A cultural voyage,” will take place from 7-9:30pm on April 19. The event is organized by the city’s Youth Culture House and Australian Consulate-General with support from the Vietnam Graduates from Australia Club, Huu Nghi II Restaurant and Study Link International.

Source: SGGP

Netanyahu, Obama meet in night of White House diplomacy

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama met twice during a dramatic evening in the White House, but no signs emerged of a breakthrough in a row over Jewish settlements.


Obama hosted Netanyahu in the Oval Office late Tuesday for 90 minutes, but with the two sides embroiled in their most testy disagreement in years, unusually did not appear before the cameras with his visitor.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) walks into the West Wing of the White House in Washington. AFP photo

As an evening of intense diplomacy developed, Netanyahu then asked to consult privately with his staff, a US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.


After just over an hour ensconced in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing, the Israeli leader asked to see Obama again, and the president returned from his family quarters for a second Oval Office encounter of 35 minutes.


Shortly afterwards, Netanyahu swept away from the White House in his limousine, without glancing at reporters.


White House officials declined to describe the tone or the substance of the talks or to say if any agreements had been proposed or reached.Chronology: US-Israeli relations since 1991


Earlier, Netanyahu, joined at the talks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, took a hard line on US demands for a freeze in settlement construction, saying Washington’s stance could delay peace talks with the Palestinians for a year.


“If the Americans support the unreasonable demands made by the Palestinians regarding a freeze on settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, the peace process risks being blocked for a year,” Netanyahu said.


“Relations between Israel and the United States should not be hostage to differences between the two countries over the peace process with the Palestinians,” he was quoted as saying by Israeli media.


The talks, which likely also focused on Iran’s nuclear challenge, as Washington tries to focus the world on framing tough sanctions towards Tehran, took place amid one of the most corrosive US-Israeli rows in decades.


Netanyahu declared late Monday in a passionate speech to the powerful US-Israel lobby AIPAC that “Jerusalem is not a settlement,” spelling out an apparent message of no compromise towards Obama.


The United States has warned that building more Jewish settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem directly undermines US credibility as a mediator and efforts to get “proximity” talks started between Israel and the Palestinians.


Washington reacted angrily when Israel’s government announced the construction of 1,600 settler homes in the eastern part of the city while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the country.


Despite Netanyahu’s apology over the timing of the announcement, the row has rumbled on for two weeks — with neither side showing signs of backing down.


Even as Tuesday’s White House meeting went ahead, it emerged in Israel that local officials had given final approval for the building of 20 apartments for Jewish settlers at the site of a former Palestinian hotel in east Jerusalem.


Netanyahu says he is simply following the policies of all Israeli governments since 1967, when Israel won a war with its Arab neighbors and seized east Jerusalem, which it later annexed in a move not recognized by any major world power.


Israel claims all Jerusalem as its eternal capital. The Palestinians want to make the predominantly Arab eastern sector of the city the future seat of their state.


Deepening the sense of crisis Tuesday, the Palestinians warned Netanyahu’s position threatened to destroy hopes for serious peace negotiations.


“What Netanyahu said does not help American efforts and will not serve the efforts of the American administration to return the two sides to indirect negotiations,” Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said.


Netanyahu met Obama as his government was embroiled in another row, this time with Britain, over the use of fake British passports by an Israeli hit squad blamed for killing Hamas commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh in Dubai.


Britain ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the affair. Israel, which has said there is no evidence its spy agency Mossad is to blame, said it was disappointed at the decision.


Despite criticizing Israel over settlements, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told AIPAC on Monday that US support for Israel’s security is “rock solid, unwavering, enduring and forever.”

Hennessey Artistry Night returns

In Vietnam Entertainment on September 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

For the first time, Brian McFadden, former member of the renowned Irish boyband Westlife, will travel to Vietnam for the second Hennessey Artistry Night in Hanoi on October 1.








                                     Brian McFadden

On stage there will also be Australian singer Lenka, British musician and singer Paul Freeman and the “Boys Like Girls” band from the US.


Brian McFadden rose to fame with Westlife before leaving the group to forge his own solo career in March 2004.


In September he released his debut single “Real to Me,” which went straight to Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. His first album “Irish Son” charted in the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart.

Singer Lenka is an Australian television actress and singer-songwriter, most famous worldwide for her song “The Show” from her self-titled album Lenka. She was a member of the Australian band “Decoder Ring” and left the band to go to California in 2007.

Previously best known as an actress in Australia and as a host of a long-running children’s breakfast cartoon program Cheez TV in Australia, she has appeared in numerous Australian television serials and feature films.

American alternative rock band “Boys like Girls” has four members, including Martin Johnson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Paul DiGiovanni (lead guitar, backup vocals), Bryan Donahue (bass guitar, backup vocals), and John Keefe (drums).

The international music show for Vietnamese young people will be a mix of various music styles including Pop, Rock, Hip hop and RnB.

Before arriving in Hanoi, the concert will be held in Macau on September 26 and then move to other Asian cities.


 


Source: SGGP