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Japanese Cartoon Film Festival to take place in Hanoi

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

Japanese Cartoon Film Festival will be held at the National Cinema Center in Hanoi on January 12-16, 2011.

     Poster of the Japanese Cartoon Film Festival

Eight outstanding Japanese animations for 2000 will be screened with Vietnamese sub-titles.


The highlight of this event will be the movie entitled ‘Spirit away’, which is directed by Miyazaki Hayao in 2001. The film won the Golden Bear award in 2002, and was among the Oscar nominees for best-animated feature film, at the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony.


’Spirit away’ tells about the adventures of a 10-year-old girl, Chihiro, who is lost at an abandoned amusement park. Japanese directors, filmmakers and producers, including popular voice actress Mitsuki Saiga and guitarist Kazuya Nishikawa, will arrive in Hanoi for an exchange with Vietnamese audience.


The Japanese Culture Department, the Japanese Cultural Exchange Centre of Vietnam, the Cinematographic Department and the National Cinema Center are jointly holding the event.
Free tickets are available at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange from 2 pm on January 5, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Two Koreas take tough stance as think-tank warns of war

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:57 am

The two Koreas are still talking tough one month after the North’s artillery bombardment sent tensions soaring, with Pyongyang threatening nuclear war and Seoul vowing strong retaliation for any new attack.


One day after deploying tanks, artillery and jet fighters in a military show of force, Seoul’s defence ministry said Friday that a giant Christmas tree near the North Korean border would stay lit up till January 8.


The move is likely to anger Pyongyang since the date marks the birthday of its heir apparent Kim Jong-Un. The communist North sees the tree topped with a glowing cross as a provocative propaganda symbol.


The ministry said it hoped to send “a message of peace to the North” and the timing was just a coincidence.

South Korean Army K-9 155mm self-propelled Howitzers fire live rounds during joint air and ground military exercises on the Seungjin Fire Training Field, in mountainous Pocheon.

An international think-tank urged the two Koreas to accept international arbitration to redraw the flashpoint disputed Yellow Sea border.


“Measures must urgently be adopted to reduce the possibility of all-out war”, the International Crisis Group said in a report.


The North said Thursday it was ready for a “sacred war” using its nuclear weapons, as the South held its second live-fire drill in a week.


Pyongyang’s armed forces minister Kim Yong-Chun said the South’s firing drill Monday, on Yeonpyeong island near the Yellow Sea border, was a preparation for a new Korean war.


“The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK (North Korea) are getting fully prepared to launch a sacred war of justice of Korean style based on the nuclear deterrent at any time necessary to cope with the enemies’ actions deliberately pushing the situation to the brink of a war,” Kim said.


The North on November 23 bombarded Yeonpyeong, killing four people including civilians. Pyongyang said it was retaliating for a South Korean firing drill that dropped shells into waters that it claims are North Korean territory.


The South’s military, accused of a perceived feeble response to last month’s bombardment, has been stressing it will hit back harder next time, using air power.


President Lee Myung-Bak, visiting a frontline army unit Thursday, warned of severe retaliation for any new attack.


“We’ve endured for long enough. We thought we could maintain peace on this land if we endured, but that was not the case,” Lee said. “Now we need to strongly retaliate to maintain peace, deter provocations and prevent war.”


People in the North, the president said, “are almost starving to death, and with the money spent to make atomic bombs, people could live”.


The United States has firmly backed its ally the South and urged China to do more to restrain its own ally, the North.


The North’s latest comments prompted the US State Department to chide it for its “belligerent tricks”.


“We need constructive actions, not heated rhetoric,” spokesman Philip Crowley said.


Despite earlier strong threats, the North did not retaliate for Monday’s firing drill on Yeonpyeong. It also offered nuclear concessions, according to US politician Bill Richardson, who ended a visit to Pyongyang this week.

Richardson said the North agreed to readmit UN atomic inspectors and negotiate the sale of nuclear fuel rods to a third party.

The New Mexico governor, who has longstanding contacts with North Korea, said Thursday the United States should consider resuming talks with the North.

Richardson said a resumption of six-nation talks — under which the North earlier agreed to give up its nuclear weapons in return for aid — could help prevent a new escalation of tensions.

If “they don’t react militarily again to this recent drill, then maybe the time has come for the six-party talks,” he told CNN, referring to the South Korean exercise staged Thursday.

Source: SGGP

Heli-tourism service to take off soon

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

Tourism by helicopter will be launched in the central city of Da Nang in the next few days, according to the Da Nang People’s Committee.

               My Khe beach in Da Nang City (Photo: KK)

The new service will offer visitors breathtaking panoramic views of famous tourist areas including, Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, My Khe beach, the wild forest on Son Tra island and Ba Na hill.

Vietnam Tourism Joint Stock Company – Vitours will operate the tours using the 24-seater MI 17 and MI 172 helicopters and the 12-seater EC 155 B1 helicopter. The Northern Aviation Service Company provides these helicopters.

The first helicopter flight carrying 20 passengers will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang at the end of December.

The addition of a helicopter service is expected to boost tourism in the central region.

Source: SGGP

Japanese cartoon week to take place in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 5:56 am




Japanese cartoon week to take place in Hanoi


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

A Japanese cartoon week in Vietnam, jointly held by the Vietnamese Cinema Department and the Japanese Culture Department, will be held at the National Cinema Centre in Hanoi from January 12-16.


The event will feature 8 cartoons including Spirited Away, which won the Oscar prize for best animated feature in 2003.


Meetings between film producers and viewers and between Vietnamese and Japanese film makers will be held as part of the event.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Young fashion designers to take part in Hong Kong Fashion Week

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

Nguyen Thi Diem My and Ha Nhat Tien, the two winners of the Aquafina Pure Fashion 2010 contest, will be Vietnam’ representatives at the Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2011.

        Young Fashion designer Nguyen Thi Diem My (L)

These two young fashion designers have improved their designs in accordance with international fashion trends. They hope to present a new look of Vietnamese fashion and young designers’ ability.


The annual Aquafina Pure Fashion design competition, launched by PepsiCo, aims to discover young talented fashion designers in Vietnam.

Hong Kong Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter will take place from January 10-17 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. It is hoped that this convention will present to the world the latest trends of the fashion industry, and promote a wealth of business opportunities.

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy the latest collections from famous brand names such as Vivienne Westwood, MANGO, Fontani, Lacompel Di Landi Andrea, Moda Immagine, Moiselle and Rabeanco.

This is second largest fashion fair in the world and it is expected to gather over 1,700 suppliers of garments, accessories and fashion-related products.

Source: SGGP

WWF to take responsibility for their mistake on Vietnam’s pangasius

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

A working session on resolving an issue that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced the Vietnamese catfish in the Red List between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and WWF will be held on December 8, said Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, deputy head of the General Department of Fisheries.


Mr. Pham Anh Tuan said, “The WWF will have to correct their announcement, if they haven’t got any evidence”.
 
He also went on to state, “The two parts ought to have cooperated with each other in the first place, in order to avoid any regrettable outcome, and that The International Fund for Nature has made a serious mistake,” Mr. Nguyen Viet Thang, chairperson of the Vietnam fish association.


“The Mekong giant catfish, Pangasianodon gigas, is a species of catfish, native to the Mekong basin in Southeast Asia. The Mekong’s giant catfish, which is 3.2m high and 300kg in weight currently, holds the Guinness Book of World Record’s position for the world’s largest freshwater fish. Vietnam’s pangasius is a usual catfish which is bred widely,” he explained.


Vietnam will send proposals to international organizations and WWF to make the information clearer.

Source: SGGP

Nearly 20 guitarists take part in special guitar gala

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

A guitar gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of HCM City-based Phu Nhuan Classic Guitar Club will be held at the Phu Nhuan District Cultural Center on November 30.

Guitarists practice before the concert (Photo: Tuoitre)

The special concert includes big names such as like Duong Kim Dung, Tran Hoai Phuong, Nguyen Tri Doan, Nguyen Thanh Huy, Pham Thanh Loc, Huynh Ba Tho, Tran Phuong Quang, etc.


Music lovers will have a chance to enjoy solo, duo, trio performances and classical and modern music. As special treat, all guitarists will be onstage to play the “Carmen” by G. Bizet together.


Proceeds from tickets will be donated to flood victims in the central region.


The show previously was oragnized on November 23.

Source: SGGP

Four Vietnamese films to take part in APFF 2010

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

Four Vietnamese films including one feature, two documentaries and one cartoon will comptete in the 2010 Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) to take place in Taiwan ( China ) from December 2 to 4.

A scene in the film Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long).

The movies are Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long) by Dao Ba Son, Nguoi Thap Lua (The Burner) by Nguyen Nhu Vu, Dao Ly Son (Ly Son Island) by Cong Thanh Duc and Chiec La (Leaf) by Hong Son.

This year’s 54th film fest attracts 18 countries and territories competing in 3 categories including featured film, documentary and short film.

Source: SGGP

Miss Earth candidates take part in environmental protection

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Thousands of people to take part in charity run

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm