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City hosts ASEAN Golden Voice Festival 2011

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

The 2nd ASEAN Golden Voice Festival will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater on January 5, 7 and 8.

         Singers Thu Minh (L) and Kasim Hoang Vu

The contest has attracted nearly 20 singers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Special invitees from Japan will also join them.

Every country is allowed to send four participants. Representing Viet Nam will be singers Thu Minh, Kasim Hoang Vu, H’Zina Bya and Do Tung Lam.

They will go up against well-known singers including FIQ and Moon (Brunei); Plengpraphun Kingthong and Wongloung Sirilux (Thailand); Khim Su Su Naing and Mr.Kyaw Zin Min (Myanmar); Iqwal Hafiz and Katherine Chan (Malaysia); Netta Kusumah Dewi and Hershon (Indonesia); Uela Basco (Philippines); and finally, Samsann Annda and Vannika (Cambodia).

The competition consists of two categories — traditional and contemporary folk music, and pop. In the pop category, singers will have to perform in English, but folk songs can be in their mother tongues.

The jury will comprise famous Vietnamese musicians such as Tran Long An, Nguyen Ngoc Thien and Duong Thu; Japanese leading music producer Keitaro Kamo; Indonesian music teacher and choreographer Indira Sotyawati.

There will be two categories, each offering four gold medals, four silver medals, four bronze medals, and a prize nominated by audiences. 

The contest is jointly organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television and Cat Tien Sa Advertising Company. The contest will be broadcast live on HTV9 channel and other regional channels.

Vietnam hosted the ASEAN Golden Voice Festival for the first time in 2008.


Source: SGGP

US congressmen voice support for VN’s AO victims

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

A number of US congressmen have voiced support for Vietnamese Agent Orange /dioxin victims, saying the US government must places importance on dealing with the consequences of the toxic chemical.

A march showes support to AO victims (Photo: VNA)

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment Eni F.H. Faleomavaega and congressman Bob Filner affirmed the support during meetings with a delegation of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) which paid a visit to the US from Nov. 22-Dec. 4.

Having organized three hearings on the AO/dioxin-related issue in Vietnam , Faleomavaega said he was regretful because he “had yet to do much for Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims”. The congressman also called on the governments of the US and Vietnam to jointly assume responsibility for addressing this issue.

At a working session with the VAVA delegation, headed by its President Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh, US Department of State officials in charged for Southeast Asian affairs also affirmed the settlement of the AO/dioxin consequences in Vietnam is a priority of the department.

During the trip, the VAVA delegation and leaders of the Veterans for Peace (VFP) and the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC) discussed the coordination of activities to assist the victims in the coming time, especially on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the US chemical war in Vietnam (August 10, 1961-August 10, 2011).

The delegates worked with the President of the Ford Foundation and representatives of the Atlantic Philanthropies. They also met with lawyers and scientists who have devoted to the victims’ struggle for justice, as well as a number of overseas Vietnamese who have launched initiatives to enhance relations between the Us-based Vietnamese community and the homeland.

Source: SGGP

Music-lovers in Hanoi to enjoy famous singers’ sweet voice

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 6:24 am

Radio Voice of Vietnam wins 2010 ABU award

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has won the Jury’s Special Prize awarded by the Asian-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) at the 47th ABU General Assembly, which opened in Tokyo on October 19.

VOV took the prize for its documentary “Culture Guardians”, a 30-minute programme, which fascinated audiences with moving stories of people who have devoted their lives to preserving the beauty and values of traditional cultures.

This is the first time that VOV has won an ABU prize, although in 2009, an entry from VOV4 made it to the final round.

VOV sent two entries, including “Culture Guardians” by Tran Nhat Minh, Tran Hong Hanh and Hoang Phuong Trang from VOV2 channel.

The ABU’s Prizes are presented annually, to improve the quality of radio and television programmes and to strengthen cultural and educational understanding between member countries in the union and region.

According to the ABU, in 2010, 25 countries and territories sent in 199 entries, including 141 TV programmes and 58 for radio.

The ABU was founded in 1964 to develop the broadcasting sector in the Asia-Pacific region and increase cooperation through exchanges of information, programmes and technical and services consultancies. The ABU now has 197 members in 56 countries and territories.

Source: SGGP

HCMC voters voice concerns about pressing issues

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm

HCMC voters voice concerns about pressing issues

QĐND – Sunday, July 04, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Costly medications at hospitals, uncontrolled online games, and problems related to ODA projects are some of the subjects among hundreds of queries sent by Ho Chi Minh City voters and People’s Council deputies to relevant local agencies, ahead of the 18th meeting of the city People’s Council due to commence July 5.

Many voters in some districts, including District 12 and Tan Binh, complained that medicine prices at many hospitals are many times higher than market prices, causing patients to endure unreasonably high medical costs.

They asked the city Health Department to take measures to prevent this practice, which they said has been left uncontrolled.

Another complaint was that many private consulting rooms directly sold medicines to patients after examination or treatment and that many hospital doctors colluded with pharmaceutical firms in giving prescriptions in order to to get illegitimate commissions.

Nobody involved in these corrupt practices have been punished, the voters said.

Regarding school healthcare services, Deputy Nguyen Van Bach commented: “In the past school year, many schools, from pre-schools to secondary schools, did not have enough medical staffs to provide students with healthcare.”

Out of more than 1,500 schools in the city, only 524, or 36 percent, have medical personnel, he said. “Even in Can Gio District, only two of the 29 schools there have medical workers of primary professional level.”

He asked the Heath Department to improve healthcare quality at schools.

Concerning management over online gaming at internet shops, many voters said many businesses had violated regulations in this field, such as operating without proper business registration, operating beyond regulated hours, or failing to prevent internet users from accessing unhealthy websites.

They blamed the situation on loose control by relevant official agencies.

Huynh Cong Hung said: “Many online games are those that induce gambling, provoke violent actions, or are detrimental to good habits and customs. Such games have been creating a bad influence on children and young people.”

“What is the role and responsibility of the city Department of Information and Communications in this field?” he asked.

Concerning the fact that several projects funded by Official Development Assistance (ODA) have increased their initial capital, deputy Truong Trong Nghia asked: “What are the reasons for increasing the cost of those projects and what is the responsibility of investors and contractors for such an increase?”

He cited the city’s Environmental Hygiene Project, which raised its cost from US$200 million to $354 million, and the project for subway no. 1, which has yet to start, but has nonetheless increased its investment from $1.1 billion to $2.3 billion.

He said many voters voiced their concerns about the quality of Nguyen Huu Canh Street, which has cost up to hundreds of VND billion for repairs but is still in bad condition.

Many other deputies were concerned about the tardy progress of the project aiming to improve the environmental conditions in the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal. They asked the city Transport Department to explain the tardiness and to make known to the public when the project will finish.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Children raise voice against violence

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 3:37 am

Children raise voice against violence

QĐND – Sunday, October 04, 2009, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Four Vietnamese children are their peers from several Asian countries in an international festival held by Plan Asia in Bangkok , Thailand .

The Vietnamese children from little reporters clubs in Quang Binh and Phu Tho provinces brought to the festival seven short films, 10 pictures, two video clips and a collection of stories on child physical and spiritual violence control as well as other communication products.

The advisor to the Thai Prime Minister, Apirak Kosayodhin, opened the festival on Oct. 3 in Bangkok , stressing that the event would be an opportunity for children to raise their voice through communications products, creating peaceful environment around them.

Myrna Evora, Regional Director of Plan in Asia , emphasised the role of communications in connecting people and communications products made by children contributed a voice against the current violence.

The festival displays communication products and art works made by 80 children from Bangladesh , India , Indonesia , the Philippines , Thailand and Vietnam .

The festival is also a place for children to introduce their countries’ culture and share their views on child rights and how to protect themselves from violence.

Source: VNA



Source: QDND

APEC ministers voice against protectionism

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Foreign and trade ministers of twenty-one Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies made a pledge on November 20 against protectionism and urged a quick breakthrough in global trade talks to beat the financial crisis.

The commitment, which was made following the two-day APEC Ministerial Meeting in Peruvian capital, Lima, called for countries and territories within the Asia Pacific ring to reject protectionism and make stronger efforts in maintaining open trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation.

“We will stand firm against protectionist sentiment arising out of this crisis. In this way, we will play our full part in promoting recovery, growth and development,” ministers said in the joint statement.

In the statement, which lays the groundwork for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting to be held late this week in Lima, Asia Pacific ministers have reaffirmed their opposition to trade and investment barriers.

APEC ministers not only have reached a consensus to push forward the Doha talks but also agreed on the direction to conclude it.

The Doha negotiations, which started in 2001, has come to a deadlock over the past seven years and repeatedly missed deadlines. The latest setback came in July when World Trade Organisation trade ministers failed to wrap up the negotiations due to disagreements between the US and India on a special safeguard mechanism for agricultural products of developing countries.-

As IPOs increase, investors and regulators voice concern

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2008 at 11:45 am

Hanoi (VNA) – A number of large corporations are planning to float this year due to a perceived upturn in the economy.

Recently, PetroVietnam Finance Corporation (PVFC), considered a “blue chip” by investors, announced its intention to list shares this October. Another giant in the financial sector Foreign Trade Bank of Vietnam (Vietcombank) is also expected to list on the HCM City Stock Exchange this year.

Meanwhile, construction giant Vinaconex Corporation is also planning to sell stock in the remaining months of 2008.

These firms have said that an upturn in the economy had positively impacted on the stock market.

”More new investors are coming to the bourse enthusiastic about securities investment,” said Do Tien Quang, a senior member of Vinaconex’s Planning and Strategy Department.

In addition, investors consider giant corporations’ decisions to list a promising source of shares, especially at this time.

”Big stocks pipelined to the market will help provide traders with opportunities [to diversify], thereby avoiding the risk of overgain or overloss from one or two blue chips,” said an anonymous official at the Securities Offering Management Department under State Securities Commission.

However, the listing of giant corporations in the near future is causing some investors to worry – as well as market regulators, concerned about share volume and pricing.

A number of unlisted small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) are also preparing to float this year.

One of those is Licogi 16 Ltd Company, which has completed the procedures for listing, and Tan Phu Plastic Company, which is preparing to hold a stakeholders meeting before making a final decision.

According to Thuy Quyen, a broker for Click&Phone Securities, the sluggishness of the OTC market was encouraging enterprises to list on the Hanoi or HCM City bourses.

”Furthermore, official market fluctuations will not impact much on those firms, and vice versa. Thus, listing in the SME-sector is much easier than for giant corporation,” added Quyen, noting that companies still had to take care of pricing and volume matters to prevent unexpected results.

”There has been much talk about listing. Saying any more is just repetition,” said Dao Van Khanh, an analyst of Agribank Securities. The key factor is how well enterprises are actually performing. That is what will govern how things go on the official bourse, he added.-