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Top ten events in culture, sports and tourism in 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism officially announced ten outstanding cultural, sports and tourism activities in 2010 in Hanoi on Dec. 30. They are:

One of cultural, sports and tourism activities mark the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi,

1. Cultural and fine arts activities mark major celebrations, including the 80th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the national commemoration of the Hung Kings and the Hung King Temple Festival, the 35th anniversary of the liberation of the south and national reunification, President Ho Chi Minh’s 120th birthday, the 65th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (Sept. 2) and the 80th anniversary of the Vietnam National United Front.

2. Cultural, sports and tourism activities mark the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, including the biggest-ever parade held at Ba Dinh Square on October 10, the opening of the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese ethnic groups, an exhibition on Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and Thang Long-Hanoi, the “Thang Long-Hanoi craft villages and streets” festival, the sport competitions and the Vietnamese film days for 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi.

3. Vietnam’s heritages have been recognised by UNESCO, including the Thang Long Imperial Citadel recognised as a world cultural heritage site, the Saint Giong Festival in Phu Dong and Soc Temples as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the 82 doctoral stone steles at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, recognised as a world documentary heritage.

4. Cultural activities were held to promote Vietnam’s land and people abroad, including the National Day at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO and the Vietnam Culture Week in Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Cambodia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, China and India.

5. International cultural and sport events were held for the first time in Vietnam, including the International Photo Exhibition, International Film Festival, International Piano Contest, Miss Earth and the Thang Long-Hanoi International Football Cup to celebrate the capital city’s millennium birthday.

6. Director and People’s Artist Dang Nhat Minh was honoured by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the Vietnam’s cinematography.

7. Sports festivals at all levels and the seventh national sports festival were held.

8. The Vietnamese sport delegation bagged 33 medals including those at five Olympics sport events for the first time at the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD 16); and the Vietnamese disabled athletes secured 17 medals, placing 11th out of 42 delegations at the first Asian Para Games.

9. Vietnam’s tourism sector welcomed five millionth foreign visitor.

10. Tourism promotion campaign in 2010 “Vietnam-Your destination” contributed to attract foreign tourists to Vietnam and promoting domestic tourism. The campaign helped Vietnam welcome over five million foreign arrivals, 28 million local visitors and grossed an estimated revenue of 100 trillion VND.

Source: SGGP

National Sports Festival wraps up

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

National Sports Festival wraps up

QĐND – Saturday, January 01, 2011, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The sixth National Games wrapped up at the Tien Son Sports Palace in the coastal city of Danang on December 31.

The organising board presented VND2 million to each athlete who set a national record.

According to the board’s statistics, 102 athletes set national records at the festival.

The games were participated by 66 sports delegations comprising nearly 8,700 athletes competing in 12 sport disciplines and sub-categories.

At the closing ceremony, the organising board handed over the sports festival’s flag to Nam Dinh which will host the event in 2014.

Source: VOV



Source: QDND

Vietnamese athletes compete at the regional student sports competition

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Vietnamese athletes compete at the regional student sports competition

QĐND – Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

More than 4,000 athletes from Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia are now competing at ten sports events, including track and field, sepak takraw, golf, badminton, swimming, gymnastic, tennis, table tennis, volleyball and basketball, at the second ASEAN student sports festival in Malaysia from July 13th to 21st.

Over 100 Vietnamese athletes are only competing at five events, track and field, swimming, gymnastics, basketball and badminton.

In addition to the sport competition, other activities, such as cultural exchanges and exploring local tourist sites, will be held for all participants.

Source: NLD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Sports festival for the disabled to open next month

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Sports festival for the disabled to open next month

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

The fourth National Festival of Sports and Arts for People with Disabilities will take place in the central city of Da Nang from July 18-26.

the General Department of Physical Training and Sports told a press briefing in Hanoi on June 16 that disabled athletes from cities and provinces nationwide will compete in seven sports events, including track and field, swimming, badminton, table tennis, weightlifting, tennis, and chess.

Art troupes will take part in such categories as solo, duet, group singing, instrumental solo, concert and dancing.

The organising board will present flags of merit and gold, silver and bronze medals to those who record outstanding achievements during the festival.

The festival not only represents the attention of the Party, State and whole society to people with disabilities but also is an activity marking the nation’s important events, including the 63 rd anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27).

It also aims to maintain and develop sports movements among the disabled in the country and provides a chance for them to exchange experiences and strengthen solidarity.

The opening ceremony of the festival will be held on July 22.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Sports festival for the disabled to open

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

Sports festival for the disabled to open

QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The fourth National Festival of Sports and Arts for People with Disabilities will take place in the central city of Da Nang from July 18-26. 

The General Department of Physical Training and Sports told a press briefing in Hanoi on June 16 that disabled athletes from cities and provinces nationwide will compete in seven sports events, namely track and field, swimming, badminton, table tennis, weightlifting, tennis, and chess. 

Art troupes will take part in such categories as solo, duet, group singing, instrumental solo, concert and dancing. 

The festival marks the nation’s 63rd anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27). 

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi Gymnastic and Sports Festival wrapped up

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Hanoi Gymnastic and Sports Festival wrapped up

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The 7th Hanoi Gymnastic and Sports Festival closed at the Athletics Complex Centre on April 17.  

Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, Deputy Head of the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee said that after one week of competition in the spirit of fair play, the festival has ended successfully with a total of 474 sets of medals for winners in 33 events. The festival has also provided an excellent chance for the capital city to find out talented athletics for the upcoming 6th National Gymnastic and Sports Festival.

The 45-minute closing ceremony, entitled Phu Dong’s Strength, was composed of three parts, namely Tracing Vietnamese Roots, Conquering the Peak and Hanoi Young Athletes Heading to the City’s Millennium Anniversary.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Toyota to test sports utility vehicles over safety

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:18 am

The Toyota logo is pictured outside a car dealership in northwest England. AFP photo

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese automaker Toyota suspended worldwide sales of the Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle Thursday due to a roll-over risk and said it would test all its SUVs for safety.

“The company has decided to suspend the SUV’s sales worldwide, which means also in Russia and Middle East after North America,” said Toyota spokeswoman Mieko Iwasaki, in reference to the other markets where the vehicle is sold.

The move comes a day after Toyota suspended sales of the GX in the United States and Canada after US magazine Consumer Reports gave the SUV a rare “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” rating.

In the latest blow to the reputation of the embattled Japanese auto giant, the report claimed that when pushed to its limits, the rear of the GX “slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control”.

Having now suspended the SUV’s sales worldwide, Toyota said it will work on analysing potential safety risks in the model which has sold 6,000 units, as well as its other SUVs.

“The company is examining the possible problem and will decide what remedies should be taken,” Iwasaki said.

Toyota “will start testing all the other SUV models, including the Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado and Rav4,” she said, adding that the company will continue to sell those models.

The automaker has recalled millions of cars worldwide since late 2009, mostly over a series of problems linked to “unintended acceleration.”

Toyota, which overtook General Motors in 2008 as the top-selling automaker, has been bedevilled by a series of safety issues that have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become world number one.

The recalls have caused an outcry in the United States, with Toyota executives hauled over the coals in the US Congress and the company’s previously stellar reputation for safety left in tatters.

The company faces a record 16.4-million-dollar fine in the United States for its failure to notify authorities quickly about vehicle safety problems.

Source: SGGP

Ministry reviews 2009 culture, sports and tourism

In Vietnam Culture on December 29, 2009 at 11:15 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a year-end conference in Da Nang City on December 28 to evaluate the sectors’ 2009 performance and discuss plans for 2010.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan attends the year-end meeting held by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism in Da Nang on December 28.

Minister Hoang Anh Tuan said culture, sport and tourism industries have made significant achievements this year in promoting images of the country abroad. Mr. Tuan added that it was commendable Vietnam ranked second at the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 25) in Laos.

This year also saw amendments and supplementary articles added to the Cultural Heritage Law, Intellectual Property Law, Cinema Law, and the Cultural Development Strategy until 2020 among others.

The report said there were 3.8 million foreign visitors to the country this year, a decrease of 11.5 percent over last year. Domestic tourist numbers were up 19 percent, however, to 25 million.

Vietnam’s tourism sector earned around VND68,000-70,000 billion (US$3.6-3.7billion), an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.

The country hopes to welcome about 4.6 million foreign visitors and 28 million domestic tourists in 2010.

Ho Chi Minh City received only 2.52 million international tourists, accounting for 84 percent of the year’s target. The city expects to attract around 3.5 million foreign visitors and 10 million local tourists in 2010.

Culture, sports and tourism plans for next year include working with relevant departments to celebrate the 1,000th Thang Long-Hanoi Anniversary, taking part in the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD 16) in Guangzhou, China, promoting tourism and organizing other events in the country.

The Ministry also announced on December 27 Vietnam’s 10 most outstanding cultural, sports and tourism achievements of 2009:

1. The NA promulgated and amended laws relating to the Law on Cultural Heritages, Intellectual Property, and Cinema. The PM issued Decision 581/QĐ-TTg approving the Cultural Development Strategy to 2020 and Decision 1272/QĐ-TTg on listing 10 special national cultural and historical sites (stage 1).

2. Quan ho Bac Ninh singing (Bac Ninh folk love duets) and Ca tru (ceremonial songs) recently received recognition as “an intangible world heritage” by the United Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Ca tru has been listed as a “cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding”. UNESCO will also send representatives to attend the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

3. Diplomatic cultural activities held in the “Year of Cultural Diplomacy” including Vietnamese Week in Russia, the UK, Laos, South Africa, Venezuela and Brazil; Vietnam’s cultural and artistic activities in China, Spain, Sweden and Italy; the “Meet Vietnam” Program in San Francisco, US; the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Week and Cambodia’s Cultural Week in Vietnam; establishment of the Vietnam traditional music orchestra and its performance in Laos.

The New York Philharmonic, the US’ oldest orchestra and one of the best-known orchestras in the world, traveled to Vietnam for performances at the Hanoi Opera House October 16-17.

4. A series of cultural and artistic activities marked the nation’s most prominent events including the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Ho Chi Minh Trail; 55th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory; and the Quang Nam Culture-Tourism Week ahead of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

5. Special commemorative days were celebrated including April 19, which was named Culture Day of Vietnam Ethnic Groups; the International Gongs Festival 2009 held in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai; the 1st Việt Nam Rice Festival in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang; Mekong-Japan Culture and Tourism Days in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho; and the Mrs. World Pageant 2009 in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

6. The locally made movie Dung dot (Don’t Burn) won the Fukuoka Audience Award at the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan. Vietnam won four first prizes out of seven awards at the international competition held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

7. Vietnam hosted the 3rd Asian Indoor Games (AI Games 3) and ranked second overall. 

8. Vietnamese athletes pocketed 215 medals with 83 golds and ranked second at the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Laos.

9. The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009 (ATF-09) was held along with the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam Impression.”

10. Hạ Long Bay was listed in the final round of voting for 7 World Natural Wonders while Lang Co Bay in Thua Thien-Hue Province was recognized as a world Beautiful Bay.

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Warhol’s sports superstars stolen from LA home

In World on September 13, 2009 at 3:16 am

A multimillion dollar collection of Andy Warhol portraits of Muhammad Ali and other sports superstars was stolen from a Los Angeles home, police said Friday.

The 11 color screenprints were taken from businessman Richard Weisman’s home sometime between Sept. 2 and 3, said Detective Mark Sommer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s art theft detail.

Ten of the 40-inch-square portraits feature famous athletes of the 1970s, including golfer Jack Nicklaus, soccer star Pele and figure skater Dorothy Hamill. The other is of Weisman, likely a commissioned portrait.

A $1 million reward was being offered for information leading to the return of the artwork.

The original prints were on display in Weisman’s dining room and his house was locked up. It wasn’t clear exactly when the silk screen paintings were taken or how the thieves got into the home.

This image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday Sept. 11, 2009 shows a reward poster issued for stolen works of art by Andy Warhol in Los Angeles

The theft was discovered by the family’s longtime nanny who arrived at the home to find the large prints missing from the walls. She immediately went to a neighbor’s to call police, Sommer said.

“This was a very clean crime,” Sommer said. “(The home) wasn’t ransacked.”

It wasn’t known exactly how much the prints were worth but Weisman tried to sell the collection in 2002 for $3 million.

Weisman’s home contained other valuable artwork but the rest of his collection was untouched.

“The theft of Warhol‘s ‘Athlete Series’ represents a profoundly personal loss to me and my family,” Weisman said in a statement. Weisman, who published a book about his art collection called, “From Picasso to Pop,” declined to comment further, saying he did not want to interfere with the investigation.

A neighbor saw a maroon van in the driveway of Weisman’s home around the time of the robbery, and police are seeking more information about that, Sommer said.

Warhol became internationally famous in the 60s for his iconic image of a Campbell’s soup can, his avant-garde films and his parties that mixed celebrities, artists, intellectuals and other beautiful people at his New York studio called “The Factory.”

According to a catalog of Warhol’s work, Weisman commissioned the artist in 1977 to create portraits of sports figures, including Chris Evert, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Nicklaus, Pele, Hamill, and Ali, said Brenda Klippel, the director of Martin Lawrence Galleries in Los Angeles, which has a large collection of Warhols.

“Warhol was always a portraitist and fascinated with anyone of fame or fortune, anyone in the public eye,” Klippel said. “He wanted all of his imagery to be instantly recognizable. If Weisman was in his circle and had the money, he could commission what he wanted.”

Detective Don Hrycyk said the weeklong delay in announcing the theft was to allow detectives to confirm the reward and gather descriptions and photographs of the missing artworks.

Source: SGGP