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Overseas Vietnamese stars raise public awareness of traffic safety

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:20 am

Overseas Vietnamese stars raise public awareness of traffic safety

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Movie star Kathy Uyen and Australian Idol Thanh Bui were chosen as Goodwill Ambassadors for the public awareness campaign launched by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP Foundation) in coordination with the HCM City Traffic Safety Committee.

For the first time, Vietnam has joined the event together with more than 100 other nations to remember road accident victims and share the suffering of the injured. The event also helps raise public awareness of road accident deaths and injuries in hopes preventing more road injuries and fatalities.

In 1993, the Road Peace initiated the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accident Victims and on 27 October, 2005, the United Nations endorsed it as a global day to be observed on the third Sunday in November every year. This year’s event was celebrated on Sunday 21, November. 

Kathy Uyen and Thanh Bui will be involved in many activities including visiting road accident victims, meeting with government officials to come up with solutions to prevent road accidents, and raising public awareness of traffic safety via the mass media.

Source: VOV


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Hong Kong movie stars join film festival in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Hong Kong famous actors Nick Cheung and Daniel Yin-Cho Wu arrived in Vietnam for the Vietnam international film festival 2010 in Hanoi and promoting their latest films “The stool pigeon” and “Triple Tap”. The movie stars had a press meet on October 18.

Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung in a press on October 18. (Photo: Sggp)

“Vietnam has an impetus for the development of the movie industry. The 1st international film festival 2010 is a turning-point and beginning of the Vietnamese cinema,” said the actor Nick Cheung.

“I have just known Vietnam through books, newspapers and films. I want to come to the country to visit ancient houses and historical sites. I hope I will make a tour to all these places in the future,” he added.

The actorl also said that he will cooperate with Vietnamese filmmakers with pleasure if he has a chance.

Meanwhile Daniel Yin-Cho Wu expressed that he want to make a film in Vietnam with his friend, Vietnamese American actor and director Dustin Nguyen.

Wu traveled to the coastal city of Nha Trang in 2005.

Movie star Daniel Wu (C) meets his Vietnamese fans in Hanoi on October 18. (Photo: Vnexpress)

Daniel Yin-Cho Wu was born in Berkeley, California, in 1974 and raised in Orinda, California. Wu attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California and later majored in architecture at the University of Oregon. After graduating, he traveled to Hong Kong in 1997 and began modeling. Since his film debut in 1998, he has been featured in over 40 films.

The actor and his long term model girlfriend Lisa S got married in April in South Africa.

Born in 1967, Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung Ka-fai was a Royal Hong Kong Police officer for five years and changed his career as an actor with Asia Television Limited (ATV). After a few years Cheung moved over to rival Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). He is married to actress Esther Kwan and has a daughter.

He won the “Best Actor” title for the film “Beast Stalker” at the 46th Golden Horse Awards in 2009.

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Vietnam’s 1st international film festival to be held in Hanoi

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese athletes to join Asian All Stars

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Vietnamese athletes to join Asian All Stars

QĐND – Monday, July 19, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Two Vietnamese athletes have qualified for the Asian All Stars competition, which will be held in New Delhi, India, in late July.

The two athletes are Nguyen Van Hung, who will take part in the three-step jump event, and Nguyen Thi Bac, in the 400m-hurdle event.

Despite qualifying for the tournament, a German expert suggested that athletes Vu Thi Huong and Truong Thanh Hang miss this All Stars championship to prepare for the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD).

In a previous Asian All Stars, athlete Nguyen Duy Bang gained a silver medal with a high jump measured at 2m25.

Source: VOV

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Vietnamese classic movies released on DVD discussed by films’ stars

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Phuong Nam Films released dozens of Vietnamese classic movies on DVD in late April 2010. In connection, veteran actors who starred in these movies spoke to audiences about their careers and their memories of participating in these classic movies.

Singer Hong Hanh (R), People’s Artists The Anh (the 2nd, R) and Tra Giang (the 2nd, L) speak about their careers and memories of participating in classic movies to audiences.  (photo: Sggp)

The famous pictures distributed on DVD include: “Chung Mot Dong Song” (Sharing a River), “Con Chim Vanh Khuyen” (Zosterops), “Bai Ca Ra Tran” (The Song of the Battlefield), “Noi Gio” (Wind Rises), “Moi Tinh Dau” (First Love), “Lang Vu Dai Ngay Ay” (Vu Dai Village in the Old Time), “Chi Dau” (Mrs. Dau), “Biet Dong Sai Gon” (Saigon Special Taskforce), “Vi Tuyen 17 Ngay va Dem” (17th Parallel Days and Nights), “Chi Tu Hau” (Mrs. Tu Hau), “Dem Hoi Long Tri” (A Night of Long Tri Festival) and more.

Film lovers will have a chance to enjoy famous films of the 1960s and 1980s with well-known actors and actresses of the time, including, Phi Nga, Manh Linh, Huy Cong, To Uyen, Thuy Van, Tra Giang, Tran Phuong, Lam Toi, The Anh, Bui Cuong, Mai Chau, Nhu Quynh, Phuong Thanh, Vu Dinh Than, Tran Quang, Thuong Tin, Ha Xuyen and others.

At the talk, singer Hong Hanh said that is was a great honor for her to meet with Tra Giang and The Anh, stars of “Moi Tinh Dau” (First Love). In the film, her father, musician Nguyen Huu Thiet, played the part of a bourgeoisie.

Actress Tra Giang told about her roles based on real people that stirred her heart.

The Anh said that hard training was the key to his success. “Acting is a creative career. An actor must have cultural and career knowledge to grasp the character’s internal life.

Actors and audiences wondered whether the Vietnamese movie industry would produce valuable films like these classic works in future.

Source: SGGP

Badminton stars to compete in champs

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Badminton stars to compete in champs

QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Ten top Vietnamese badminton players will compete at the Asian Badminton Championships in India from April 12-18.

Following the Asian Badminton Federation draw Nguyen Tien Minh, Le Ha Anh, Nguyen Hoang Nam and Nguyen Hoang Hai are all seeded to play in the event’s main round.

In the women’s tournament, only Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung has been seeded. Phuong Nhi and Binh Tho will have to play in the qualifying round.

Vietnam’s top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is expected to reach the semi-final.

Source: VOV

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Former Liverpool, MU stars in Hanoi for Masters Vietnam

In Vietnam Sports on November 19, 2009 at 9:58 am

Andy Cole, who won the 1999 Treble with English Premier League club Manchester United, and other former stars of the club and Liverpool arrived in Hanoi Wednesday to play two friendly matches with former Vietnamese stars on Nov. 19 and 20.

Andy Cole (L) at Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi on Nov. 18, 2009 (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

Cole, Vivian Anderson, Ronny Johnsen, and David May, together with Steve Mcmanaman, John Barners and Jason McAteer, who used to play for Liverpool, will play local ex-stars at the My Dinh National Stadium in the Masters Vietnam 2009 exhibition competition.

Former Liverpool star Steve Mcmanaman (R)gives his signature to Vietnamese fans at Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi on Nov. 18, 2009 (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

The former internationals shared time for a party and photos with Vietnamese fans on the Wednesday evening.

Thirty-one former Vietnamese players gathered in the capital Tuesday to prepare for the two games – with Manchester United ex-stars on Thursday and former Liverpool stars Friday. Both matches will start at 6 pm.

Britain’s Masters Football Cup had earlier said they would bring two English Premier League referees, Dermott Gallagher and John Underhill, to Hanoi to officiate the matches.

All the former internationals will leave Vietnam for Malaysia on Nov. 21.

Andy Cole was a very famous striker of Manchester United and won the FA Cup, English Premier League and European Champions League in 1999 with his club. He formed a striker partnership with Dwight Yorke from Trinidad and Tobago. Manchester United’s treble winning side of 1999 was founded on the duo’s breathtaking striker partnership.

Vietnam’s My Dinh National Stadium was also the place where Brazil’s Olympic, inspired by two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho and under coach Carlos Dunga, played Vietnam’s national squad early August last year in a warm-up for their 2008 Olympics campaign in China.

Manchester United ex-players: Fraser Digby (Gk), Viv Anderson (C), Ronny Johnsen, Russell Beardsmore, David May, Lee Martin, Paul Parker, Clayton Blackmore, Andy Cole, Simon Davies, Jesper Blomqvist, Ian Walker (Gk), Paul Wood, Tommy Mooney, Peter Davenport, Mark Todd

Liverpool list: Paul Jones (Gk), Don Hutchison, Richard Sneekes, Michael Thomas, Mark Wright, Jimmy Carter, Mark Walters, Jason McAteer, John Barnes (c), Steve Mcmanaman, Craig Hignett, Sasa Ilic (Gk), Georges Santos, Alan Wright, Carl Bradshaw, Ugo Ehiogu, John Durnin

(List provided by the Vietnam Football Federation)

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Germany’s football stars honour tragic Enke

In Vietnam Sports on November 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

BERLIN, Nov 15, 2009 (AFP) – German football stars past and present joined tens of thousands of fans in Hanover on Sunday to pay their last respects to tragic goalkeeper Robert Enke who committed suicide last week.

Enke, 32, who had been set to travel with the Germany squad to next June’s 2010 World Cup in South Africa, flung himself under a busy commuter train at a small town near Hanover last Tuesday evening having suffered from depression.

Candles and a photo of deceased German international goalkeeper Robert Enke lie in front of the stadium in Hanover, northern Germany on November 13, 2009 (AFP photo)

The tragedy has thrown football-mad Germany into mourning and the national team’s planned friendly against Chile on Saturday was called off as a mark of respect.

A public memorial service will be held at 11:00 am (1000 GMT) in the Hanover 96 stadium, attended by the entire Germany squad — led by captain Michael Ballack — before Enke is buried in a private ceremony.

Representatives from Enke’s former clubs — Spanish giants Barcelona and Portugal’s Benfica — will attend while many former German football greats are also expected.

Hundreds of candles, messages and football shirts were placed Sunday outside the Hanover 96 stadium by fans, many with tears in their eyes as they remembered a popular, and successful, player.

A tribute on behalf of the Germany squad was printed in several newspapers here on Sunday.

“Robert inspired and moved many people both with his life story and his career,” said the text signed by Germany coach Joachim Loew, team manager Oliver Bierhoff and Ballack.

“Robert was both an exceptional sportsman and a wonderful human being.

“People like Robert are like stars. They shine brightly, even in the darkest night. They do not die but live in our hearts forever.”

Enke had been treated for depression since 2003 and had an acute fear of failure.

He leaves his wife Teresa, 33, and eight-month-old daughter Leila, whom the couple adopted in May after their two-year-old daughter Lara died from a heart infection. Enke will be buried next to his daughter.

With more than 50,000 mourners expected at the memorial service, the club’s 45,000-seater stadium is expected to be packed and two giant video screens will be erected outside for those who do not get in.

Two hours before the service was due to begin, thousands of fans were already streaming into the club’s AWD Arena.

Many fans began gathering outside the stadium in the early hours of Sunday morning, as Germany prepared for what rolling news channel NTV described “the biggest memorial service in decades.”

“We will see how much Robert Enke meant to some people and what a great personality he was,” said Hanover 96 president Martin Kind.

“The scale of the sympathy is overwhelming – not only in Hanover, but in all of Germany and even abroad.”

The service will be screened live on five German television channels and Enke’s coffin will be in the centre circle at the Bundesliga club before six of his former Bundesliga team-mates will carry him to his final resting place.

“We will all never forget Robert,” concluded his team-mates’ moving tribute, summing up the feelings of many of the grieving fans.

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Avoid debauchery: stars of yesterday

In Vietnam Sports on September 9, 2009 at 2:55 am

Goalkeeper Pham Van Rang now lives a lonely life in a small house with his pet (Photo:TTO)

Cherish your fame, don’t squander your wealth.

This is the advice former national greats proffer after a spate of articles in the media recently highlighted the extravagant lifestyles of current football players.

Former goalkeeper Pham Van Rang, famous as Luong Thu Van Nang (…. As the most skillful goalie of that time), highlighted his own plight as he reminded them that the lifespan of a footballer is short, and they should use their fame and their riches wisely.

Rang now lives a lonely life, dependant on the support of fans and his old teammates. The former goalkeeper of the Asian football team was an idol in 1950s. He led a comfortable life and owned two houses in Go Vap District.

The turning point of his life was when was appointed chief of a customs department. He became a spendthrift, indulging in all the vices, and even sold his houses for the purpose.

After he lost all his money, he eked out an existence as a trainer for football teams at factories and schools for over 30 years; he even worked as a guard at a foreign-invested company at nights. Although he took many jobs, he could barely support himself.

Now, at 75, and suffers diabetes and heart disease. Without the care and aid of fans and former teammates, he would have died.

Tran Minh Chien recovers after surgery (Photo:TTO)

Through his own example, the veteran sportsman says he wants to open the eyes of young footballers who are in danger of “sinking in depravity”.

Down on his luck

Two months ago, former striker Tran Minh Chien was a very worried man as he signed the papers for a surgery, because he did not how he was going to afford the hospital fee of around VND40 million (US$ 2,413).

He is out of work, so he has no medical insurance. In addition, he has to pay tuition fees for his eldest son and buy other things required for his education. The situation was so difficult that the he decided to pawn his house and motorcycle.

As the news of his plight spread, the Tuoi Tre newspaper appealed to the public for contributions. Readers, fans and officials of the Vietnam Football Federation responded with a VND45 million donation. Chien cried as he received the money.

He also expressed his regret for the old days when he did not ignored valuable advice and indulged himself in the good life. After he gave up his football career because of injuries, he has no one around except relatives.

Tran Minh Chien gets awards while still being a football player (filed photo from Tuoi Tre)

Chien has had to work as peon, making tea, or cleaning floors in offices, and depend on his family to make ends meet. He was so depressed that he took to drinking.

Then he realized that he was hurting his relatives with his habit, and decided to finish his high school and take a training course held by the Asian Football Confederation to supply trainers for the city.

He has the same advice as Rang to current footballers and aspirants.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam reaching for the stars

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – A space technology research centre will be built in Hanoi using 350 million USD sourced from Japan ’s official development assistance (ODA).

This announcement was made at a seminar jointly-held by the Vietnam Institute of Science and Technology and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)’s consultative group in Hanoi on Nov. 27.

The centre, the first of its kind in Vietnam , will aim to effectively implement the country’s space technology research and application strategy by 2020.

Covering 9 ha at the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park, the project will consist of 14 functional areas, including a satellite manufacturing plant, an integrating and testing centre, a magnetic field testing area, a satellite control centre and an observatory model.

Work on the centre is scheduled to commence in 2010 and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Participants at the seminar stressed the importance of building the space technology research centre, saying that it will help the country to master the technology to manufacture and launch satellites that are capable of capturing images of the whole of Vietnam in all weather conditions through the use of radar and optical technologies.

The centre will capture and treat remote satellite data, giving an early warning of natural and environmental disasters, forecasting agricultural output and seafood resources, updating electronic map systems used for land management and planning, as well as building training systems.

The feasibility study for the project is expected be completed later this year to be submitted to the Vietnamese and Japanese governments for approval.-

Tsonga tramples Heineken Stars

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2008 at 12:38 pm

HA NOI — Australian Open runner-up Jo Wilfried Tsonga beat Robin Sederling of Sweden 2-1 (7-6, 1-6, 10-4) in the finals of the Heineken Stars exhibition tournament last Saturday.

Ranked 17th in the world, Tsonga took the US$40,000 cash prize after a fierce performance at the packed HCM City Military Zone 7 Gymnasium.

Tsonga, who beat German’s Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-final last Friday, started the game well but was sweating by the end of his first set win over the Swede 7-6 (9/7).

Sederling, ranked 24th in the world, came from behind to tie the final 1-1 after an easy 6-1 win in the second set.

During the third tie-break set, Sederling managed to hold the score at 3-3 before Tsonga cruised to win 10-4.

Sederling nabbed a $20,000 prize, while semi-final losers Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Kiefer took $10,000 each.

The tournament, featuring four stars competing in knock-out format with the two winners taking final berths, was held for the second time in HCM City.

Two years ago, Spain’s Carlos Moya, once the top-ranked tennis player in the world, was among four foreign stars to play at the tournament, along with German Nicolas Kiefer, Rainer Schuettler and former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero. —