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Hollywood movies for 2010 Holiday season

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

After the successful films including ‘Skyline’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, cinemas will lure more moviegoers with other Hollywood titles this Christmas. They include, ‘The Next Three Days’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’.

A scene in the film “The Next Three Days”.

“The Next Three Days” is a thriller film directed by Paul Haggis, which stars Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson. College professor John Brennan (Crowe) becomes obsessed with the idea of breaking his wife, Lara Brennan (Banks), out of jail, after she is falsely accused of murdering her boss while at work.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is the 3rd Narnia movie in the series. The two younger Pevensies Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter) are drawn into the Narnian world through a picture of a ship at sea. The three children land in the ocean near the pictured vessel, the titular ‘Dawn Treader’ and are taken aboard.

They join the new King of Narnia, Caspian (Ben Barnes) in his quest to rescue seven lost lords to save Narnia from an evil force, which resides on the island.

The pictures are respectively distributed by the BHD Star Cinema Co. Ltd. and Megastar Media Co. Ltd.

Source: SGGP

Young intellectuals begin volunteer season

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

Around 100 young intellectuals from schools and research institutes in Ho Chi Minh City have joined the volunteer program to help farmers and workers from July 17 to August 20.

Volunteers of  Rad Vacation provide gratis examination to the disadvantaged people in the Mekong delta province of Long An’s  Can Duoc district (Photo: SGGP)

This is the first time the month-long volunteer campaign for educated persons has been launched by the Youth Scientific and Technological Promotion Center, part of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. 

Volunteers offered flowers to the statue of Ho Chi Minh president in front of the city People’s Committee on July 17.

Afterward, they will give consultancies on administrative reform to young people in district 11, transfer techniques on dying cloths to workers and engineers of Gia Dinh Textile Company and instruct farmers in Can Gio district on breeding aquatic animals.

In a related news report, on July 17 another volunteer campaign, “Ky nghi hong” (Red Vacation), held by the city’s Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, revisited an old wartime base in Can Duoc district of the Mekong delta province of Long An.

Volunteers there provided free medical exams and medications to 1,500 locals as well as donated 3,000 notebooks to poor pupils, one house to a family that served the revolutionary cause and 100 gifts to meager income families.

Meanwhile, nearly 150 members of the Communist Youth Union and young workers from industrial parks, Vietnam Electricity Construction Joint Stock Corporation and the National Academy of Politics and Public Administration, are building concrete alleys and helping repair residents’ houses in Da Nang.

Source: SGGP

Hotels stay optimistic in low season

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

Hotels stay optimistic in low season

QĐND – Monday, July 12, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The number of international tourists to Vietnam has once again risen sharply, allowing the domestic tourism industry to maintain a high growth rate. This also helps hotels stay optimistic, even though it is the low season for receiving international tourists.

Grant Thornton, a consultancy service provider, released a report that showed 32 percent of 7500 representatives of private enterprises in Vietnam have become more confident in the hotel business this year.

The report revealed that in 2010, up to 40 percent of hotel enterprises hope that their revenue will increase by 19 percent, plus a total of 30 percent of hotels think their profit will increase by 7 percent over 2009. The difficulties of 2009 have prompted hotels to slash room rates by 31.9 percent to attract clients.

In the first half of 2010, Vietnam attracted 2.51 million international tourists, an increase of 32.6 percent in comparison with the same period of 2009. Meanwhile, the number of domestic travelers was 17 million, equal to 2/3 of the total for all of 2009.

Kenneth Atkinson, Managing Director of Grant Thornton, explained that increasing confidence in Vietnam’s hotel market is proven by foreign companies seeking opportunities to manage more hotels and new projects.

Atkinson told Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon that, in general, confidence in the hotel business is much higher than in 2009. Accor, the leading hotel management group in Europe, has announced that it will manage at least 12 hotel projects under construction in Vietnam.

Patrick Basset, Deputy President of Accor and in charge of markets in Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, explained that the group can see big opportunities, not only for five-star hotels, but for four and three-star hotels as well. Currently, Accor is managing 14 hotels in Vietnam, including Sofitel, MGallery, Novotel and Mercure.

Atkinson added that foreign hotel management groups want to expand operations in Vietnam this year, because the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam has increased again and domestic tourism maintains high growth rates

According to Savills Vietnam, the real estate service provider, the average hotel room occupancy of 3-5 star hotels in HCM City was 65 percent in the second quarter of 2010, dropping from 72 percent in the first quarter. The second quarter also marks the low season for tourism in Vietnam.

Tash Tobias, Hotel Director of InterContinental Asiana Saigon Complex, agreed that hotel occupancy in the second quarter is generally lower than the first.

Tobias hopes that the occupancy of InterContinental Asiana Saigon will continue expanding every quarter in 2010 because she can see positive signs of the national economic recovery, and she believes that Vietnam is an attractive destination for foreign tourists.

Source: VNN

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Storm season may be wilder, says forecaster

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Storm season may be wilder, says forecaster

QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

This year’s rain and storm season is expected to arrive late – and be even more unpredictable.

Low-pressure systems over the East Sea usually bring tropical storms and heavy rainfalls between May and June.

However, so far, none had been reported, said the head of the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, Bui Minh Tang

He said that this could mean that when they did arrive, they would be far more complicated and could lead to serious flash flooding.

“And this year’s storm season is likely to last until the end of this year, just like in 1983 and 1998,” Tang warned.

Large-scale flooding is now forecast for central and northern rivers from August to October and from July to November in the Central Highland region.

Tang warned people to prepare against sudden floods, storms and landslides in mountain areas.

Head of the Department for Dyke Management and Flood and Storm Prevention Tran Quang Hoai said only limited work had been done this year.

Hoai said the situation was getting worse, blaming urbanisation for encroaching on flood-drainage corridors.

He said district-level authorities were the key to improving the situation.

The vice chairman of Phu Xuyen District People’s Committee in Hanoi , Nguyen Dinh Chieu, suggested local authorities be regularly updated about storms.

He also called for tighter management of dyke systems and sand exploitation along river banks.

The chairman of Thach Ha District People’s Committee, Do Khoa Van, said the State should give financial support to local authorities to consolidate dyke systems – and to supply rescue equipment.

Last week, 80mm of heavy rain caused flash floods in Tuong Duong District in the central province of Nghe An. Initial losses were estimated at 10 billion VND (526 million USD).

Source: VNA

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Vietnam Idol kicks off third season

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:25 am

The Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol is coming to Channel VTV6 of Vietnamese Television at 9 pm on Tuesday and Saturday every week in June.

Singers Phuong Vy (R) and Tran Quoc Thien (L) win the Vietnam Idol competitions in 2007 and 2008.

Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition.

Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang from June 27-29, in Ha Noi from July 3-7, the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho from July 13-15 and in Ho Chi Minh City from July 21-25.

The organizational board will arrange mobile cars for contestants in mountainous areas of the North and highlands region.

The three judges, including singer Siu Black, will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one.

Viewers will be able to vote by text or a phone call to decide whom goes on to the next level, which contestants they think should be eliminated and finally their choice for the year’s winner.

The winner of Vietnam Idol 2010 will receive a cash prize of US$20,000.

 The final rounds including 10 performances will be broadcast on VTV6 and VTV3 channels.
The climactic final show will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on December 25 and broadcast live on VTV6 channel.

Singers Phuong Vy of Ho Chi Minh City and Tran Quoc Thien of Dong Nai Province won the Vietnam Idol competitions in 2007 and 2008.


Source: SGGP

Capital gears up for storm season

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Capital gears up for storm season

QĐND – Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:43 (GMT+7)

Hanoi People’s Committee has urged relevant authorities to get ready for floods and storms during the upcoming rainy season from May to December.

The municipal Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control reported that essential equipment and vehicles for flood prevention and control are ready in key areas.

The city has sped up the upgrade of dyke systems and steps to prevent landslides as well as developed search and rescue plans, according to head of the municipal Dyke Management Department Do Duc Thinh.

Hanoi has 20 key dykes stretching nearly 470km. They are under regular inspection patrols so that any damage can be quickly fixed.

An assessment of the quality of the dyke system and water reservoirs around the city is expected to be completed this month.

“The city will also map out plans to evacuate local residents in flood and landslide-prone areas if necessary, particularly children and the elderly, and encourage people to prepare flood and storm prevention and control measures,” he said.

Authorities have been told to increase inspections and strictly punish those caught violating rules covering dykes and irrigation works.

Inspectors have already discovered more than 4,700 violations of dyke rules, including encroachments on the dyke protective corridor such as makeshift shops and houses.

“Authorities will stamp out illegal makeshift dwellings to ensure the safety of the locals,” Thinh said.

To help promote drainage work, Hanoi Water Drainage Company has set up a hotline 043976 2245 for people to report information relating to floods.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has urged localities in the northern and Central Highland regions to complete inspection and upgrade of reservoirs and dams.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

‘Iron Man 2’ eyes record as blockbuster season begins

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

Superhero sequel “Iron Man 2” is eyeing a box office assault on Batman on Friday as Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season gets under way aiming for another record-breaking year.

Actors Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are seen at the world premiere of Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment’s ‘Iron Man 2 held at El Capitan Theatre on April 26, in Hollywood, California.

A follow-up to 2008’s surprise hit “Iron Man,” the Marvel franchise about a billionaire arms-dealer-turned-crime-fighter, played by Robert Downey Jr, is tipped as an outside chance to set a new opening weekend record.

To do so, “Iron Man 2” would need to depose Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” which earned 158.4 million dollars on its North American debut in 2008 as fans flocked to see the late Heath Ledger in his final full film role.

Jeff Bock, chief analyst at Exhibitor Relations box-office tracking firm, said he believes “Iron Man 2” could run “The Dark Knight” close.

“It’s the question everyone is asking,” Bock told AFP.

“‘Iron Man 2’ is not only the first out of the gate for blockbuster season but it’s probably the most anticipated film of the summer as well.

“We may be talking about the biggest box office opening in history if it can knock that bat out of the belfry. It’s definitely going to be close.”

Films adapted from superhero characters such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and Batman have become a staple of Hollywood’s summer season in recent years as studios seek to exploit franchises with a built-in audience.

However “Iron Man 2” is a rarity this year because it is the only superhero film of the summer, Bock said.

“Superhero films have taken over from sequels as the biggest thing in Hollywood,” he said. “In that sense, it’s a good time to be in the ‘Iron Man’ business. The timing is set up perfectly.”

“Iron Man 2” is one of only a handful of films to be released this summer which has a realistic chance of breaking the one-billion-dollar barrier, according to Bock.

Among the other films expected to do big business is Dreamworks Animation’s “Shrek Forever After,” hyped as the last installment in the films about a lovable green ogre, and “Toy Story 3,” the long-awaited “threequel” of the successful Pixar Animation films.

As ever, sequels and remakes are expected to drive the earnings over the summer. As well as the “Iron Man,” “Shrek” and “Toy Story” films, upcoming films include “Sex and the City 2,” based on the popular HBO television series, “The A-Team” and “Predators,” an action film inspired by the science fiction franchise about dread-locked aliens first launched in 1987.

Other highlights of the summer include the screen return of Julia Roberts in “Eat, Pray, Love,” and the action movie “The Expendables,” which reunites Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren in a tale about mercenaries attempting to overthrow a South American dictator.

One of the most talked about films of the year is “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan’s science fiction thriller “Inception,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and due for release in July.

“‘Inception’ has a lot of mystery surrounding it,” said Bock. “We all know that Christopher Nolan makes amazing films. It sounds like it is going to be a great summer movie.”

Last year, the summer box office season — which stretches from May to early September — earned a record 4.17 billion dollars although overall ticket sales decreased by 4.2 percent compared with 2008.


Source: SGGP

Experiencing the Tram Chim Market in high-tide season

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Experiencing the Tram Chim Market in high-tide season

QĐND – Saturday, October 24, 2009, 20:50 (GMT+7)

After visiting many landscapes in the Mekong Delta, tourists should go to the remote province of Dong Thap to feel its beautiful nature in high-tide season.

Most of the Dong Thap Muoi land is a huge low-lying area with an extensive indigo forest, meadow and lotus ponds which are considered the green lungs of the South. From the beginning of September, the area is immensely flooded giving a good opportunity for aquatic creatures to develop drastically. Why don’t you go to the Tram Chim Market in Tam Nong District of the province in high-tide season to discover many specialties of the Mekong Delta and to learn more about the culture and activities of the region.

Source: VNN

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BTV Cup to prep teams for season

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 at 11:20 am

HA NOI — Becamex Binh Duong will play against tough rivals in the International Binh Duong Television (BTV) Cup from November 27 to December 7.

Binh Duong were the V-League winners in 2007 and 2008. This tournament will prove a key test for the team before next years’ season begins.

Binh Duong signed a two-year contract with Portuguese coach Francisco Vital in September to up their chances in next year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s Champions League.

Coach Vital has a lineup of top form players including goalie Nguyen The Anh and Brazilian-born Alves Kesley, who has been playing in Viet Nam since 2004.

Eight V-League teams, including Hai Phong Cement, Dong Tam Long An, SHB Da Nang and host Binh Duong have registered to play in the tournament. Foreign teams from the Maldives, Thailand, Brazil and a student team from South Korea will also participate.

Maldives’ New Radiant team and Thailand’s TOT will make their first BTV Cup appearance this year. The South Korean student team will also make its debut this year.

Defending champion Matsubara from Brazil, who edged out Dong Tam Long An 4-3 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw last year, will pose a significant challenge to all teams at the tournament.

South Korea’s Deajeon crushed SHB Da Nang 3-1 to take last year’s third place prize of US$5,000.

The teams will compete in a two-group round robin style tournament. The top team from each group will face-off in the semi-finals to qualify for the championship match and the winner’s $20,000 cash prize.

The tournament is a warm-up for the Vietnamese V-League National Football Championship which will kick off early next year. —

Electricity sector pressed to ensure power in dry season

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai gave guidance last Saturday on implementing electricity projects to ensure there will be enough power in the upcoming dry season.

Speaking at an urgent conference in Ha Noi on the subject, Hai said investors and contractors of power projects, including the expanded Uong Bi project and Nam Con Son pipelines that supply gas for Ca Mau Hydro-electricity Plant, should give priority to the factory’s completion to start producing electricity as soon as possible.

An inspection report from the Government showed that most of projects in the 2006-10 Electricity Master Plan 6 have already started, but many of them are not on schedule.

Much of the work on thirty-four projects, scheduled to begin operation from 2008 to 2010 with a total capacity of more than 7,000MW, was delayed. The Ca Mau 2 project with a capacity of 750MW in the southernmost province of Ca Mau was eight months behind schedule, while Buon Kuop Plant in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak was running two months behind.

Hai asked investors and management units of projects scheduled to begin operation this year and the next to ensure progress, especially for the Ca Mau 2 project and Nhon Trach project in the southern province of Dong Nai. They were asked to strengthen their supervision and organise project meetings to deal with delays in a timely fashion.

Hai said it was necessary to strengthen co-ordination between project investors and Electricity of Viet Nam in negotiating and signing power purchase agreements and finalising system regulations.

The priority for now was to mobilise all power resources to ensure there would be enough electricity for the dry season this year, said Hai. —