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Mister Vietnam 2010 contest this weekend

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

Mister Vietnam 2010 contest will announce their winner at the Vung Tau Sporting Hall on January 1, 2011.

“Mister Vietnam 2010” contestants visit Nha Be Garment Company. (Photo: Sggp)

The contest which began in November is now on its final round. It is the first beauty contest for men in the country and besides the main title their will be other titles given such as Mister Environment to Le Kien Dinh; Mister Sport to Nguyen Nhat Duy; Mister Talent to Pham Thanh, Mister Gentleman to Vu Duy Hung and Mister Intelligence Do Ba Dat.

The judges include historian Duong Trung Quoc, PhD, Tham Hoang Diep, Singer Jimmii Nguyen, actress Truong Ngoc Anh, model Pham Thanh Hang, photographer Quoc Huy, fashion designers Nguyen Cong Tri and Do Manh Cuong.

Ngo Tien Doan, a representative of the organizing committee and a former Mister International 2008 said the pageant aims to honor beauty of the physical body and the spirit and knowledge of Vietnamese men. The essential qualities needed to win this contest are confidence, style, elegance and intelligence.
The winner will not only receive a cash prize of VND750 million (US$37,500) but will represent Vietnam at the Mister International 2011 pageant in the Philippines.

Mister International 2010 Tyan Terry has already arrived in Vietnam to take part in the event.

The contest is jointly hosted by the Vietnam Television VTV9 and the Bac Dau Entertainment Company and sponsored by Nha Be Garment Company. Its final night will be broadcast live on VTV9, VTV4, and RTV channels.

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Source: SGGP

Enjoying weekend with delicious dishes

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

A food fair entitled “Scented paddy grain in my countryside” is taking place in Binh Quoi Tourist Area No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City from December 10-12.

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy delicious dishes at this weekend. (Photo: KK)

More than 100 foods and beverages made from of will be presented at the food show.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn about rice production and the purchasing and manufacturing processes of Vietnamese handicraft products. They will also be able to enjoy the countryside market and its landscapes, which are very lively.

Folk games and traditional music performances will be held during the three-day food fair.

Entry tickets are VND220,000/adult (US$10) and VND120,000/child.

Source: SGGP

Relief tunnel should reach Gulf well by weekend

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Three months into the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government’s spill chief says a relief tunnel should finally reach BP’s broken well by the weekend, meaning the gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks.

After several days of concern about the well’s stability and the leaky cap keeping the oil mostly bottled up, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday that engineers concluded the risk of a bigger blowout was minimal and were getting closer to pumping mud into the column to permanently seal it.

“We continue to be pleased with the progress,” Allen said in Washington, giving the go-ahead to keep the well cap shut for at least 24 more hours and possibly longer.

Oil booms are seen in Breton Island, Louisiana, as oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continues to spread in the Gulf of Mexico in this May 3, 2010 file photo

BP vice president Kent Wells said crews hope to drill sideways into the blown-out well and intercept it at the end of July. The relief well is necessary to plug the well permanently.

After it’s done, crews will begin the kill procedure, pumping mud and cement into the hole a mile underwater to seal it, which BP said could take anywhere from five days to a couple of weeks.

“Everything’s looking good,” Well said. “The relief well is exactly where we want it. It’s pointed in the right direction, and so we’re feeling good about that.”

Engineers are also considering shooting drilling mud down through the cap to increase the chances that the attempt to kill the well succeeds.

News that a solution is near cheered Jeff Hunt who scans the waves daily for telltale tar balls in Pensacola Beach, Fla.

“It makes me very happy, after nearly three months, that they finally have gotten to a pinnacle point of closing it,” said the co-owner of a hair salon. “We need to plug the thing.”

BP wants to leave the cap on in the meantime. At one point, Allen wanted instead to relieve the pressure by opening up the cap and siphoning oil up to ships on the surface, but he has relented in the past few days. Opening the cap would have required allowing millions of gallons oil to gush into the sea again for a few days while the plumbing was hooked up.

Seepage detected from the seafloor briefly raised fears that the well was in danger, but Allen said that another well is to blame.

The seepage is closer to the older well than to the one that blew out, Allen said.

There are two wells within two miles of BP’s blowout, one that has been abandoned and another that is not in production. Around 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf aren’t checked for leaks, an Associated Press investigation showed this month.

The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and touching off one of America’s worst environmental crises. The well has spewed somewhere between 94 million and 184 million gallons into the Gulf. BP said the cost of dealing with the spill has now reached nearly $4 billion.

Source: SGGP

Jubilant atmosphere to cover Hue this weekend

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

The ancient capital city of Hue will brighten under a colorful fireworks display put on by French pyrotechnic artist Pierre Alain Hubert, as part of the bustling opening ceremonies of this year’s Hue Festival, which begins June 5.

Ao dai fashion show in Hue festival 2008 (File photo: SGGP)

The festival has revived the tradition of ancient ceremonies, which were thought to have fallen into oblivion.  The event includes Hue Royal Palace by Night on June 5, 8 and 11 and the “Praise to Heaven” ceremony at Nam Giao Pavilion on June 9.

The Nam Giao Offering Ritual will see 1,000 artists with 1,000 white lotuses, symbolizes prayers for a peaceful country and prosperous people, as well as the grand celebration of 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long –Hanoi.

To celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and Nguyen Phuc Lan Lord’s selection of Kim Long (a village 10km from Hue City) to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom, a performance of the “Land Reclamation Itinerary” and the “Navy Maneuver Under the Dynasty of Nguyen Phuc Lan Lord” will be re-enacted onstage on June 7.

The event features a series of cultural activities. Visitors will have the chance to take part in the “Legend of the Huong River” program on June 6 and 12 along the Huong River, a fashion show featuring Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese dresses) designed by Minh Hanh, Si Hoang, Viet Lien, Viet Bao, Thuong Huyen, Quang Huy and Thu Giang on June 8 and traditional music performances, food fairs, royal folk games and street festivals that will take place throughout the celebration.

One of the highlights is an art performance titled “Breath of water” on June 6, 9 and 11 on a floating stage on Tinh Tam Lake. The play tells a love story about the separation and reunion of a young man and a beautiful lady selected as a maid in the imperial palace.

Traditional Vietnamese music, recognized by UNESCO, includes Nha Nhac Hue (Hue royal court music), Quan ho Bac Ninh singing (Bac Ninh folk love duets) and Ca tru (ceremonial songs), which will all be performed in the play.

More than 40 art troupes from 27 countries including France, Argentina, the US, UK, Poland, Australia, India, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Senegal, Russia, China, Belgium and more will take part in the nation’s largest cultural event.

Hue Festival 2010 will feature hundreds cultural activities that honor the cultural values of ancient Vietnam and its former capital. The event will also bring together representatives of ancient capital cities and cities with world cultural heritage sites and traditions, said head of the festival’s organization board and Vice Chairman, of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial People’s Committee Ngo Hoa.

The 9-day event is also a special art and cultural forum in the country and region promoting international exchange, socio-economic development and Vietnamese tourism.

Source: SGGP

Cold wet weekend forecast for north

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

The cold weather in the north that brought widespread rain with it on Thursday is forecast to continue for the weekend as another cold front looks set to move in, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecast Center said.

A cold front in the north has brought storms watering dry crops

After two months of drought, the northwestern province of Lai Chau saw rains with thunderstorms on April 15.

The rains will help save a large area of crops, reduce forest fire danger and provide water for households.

In the neighboring province of Lao Cai on the same day, heavy rains together with whirlwinds blew the roofs off hundreds of houses in Bac Ha District.

A 25 year old man died when his house collapsed.

In the northeastern province of Ha Giang, several small showers eased the high forest fire danger.

Source: SGGP

Film on national commander, poet to air this weekend

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

The film Vo ngua troi nam (The horse gallops in the Southern sky) based on the life of military commander and poet Huynh Van Nghe will be broadcast on HCMC Television’s HTV7 channel beginning March 27.

Actor Hung Dong and actress Le Phuong in Vo Ngua Troi Nam film.

Nghe (1914-1977) came from a poor family and had a very difficult childhood. However, he studied tenaciously and was the only student of My Loc Junior High School in Binh Duong Province to receive a scholarship to enter the famous Petrus Ky High School in the former Sai Gon.

After graduating from high school, he took part in revolutionary activities against French and Japanese colonialism.

Nghe demonstrated his talent as a commander in calling on people to take part in a mission in eastern South Vietnam and changed Tan Uyen District, Binh Duong Province into a stable base during the struggle against French colonialism. He became known as the “Tiger of the eastern region.”

People also called the military commander the “Forest Poetic General” because of his hundreds of poems and writings.

“The role of military commander and poet Huynh Van Nghe is an unforgettable memory in my life. I have learned and grown a lot by taking part in the film,” said actor Huynh Dong who was cast as the general.
The film, produced by Ho Chi Minh City Television Film Studios (TFS), took three years to shoot. It will air at 8:30pm beginning March 27 and conclude on March 30.

Source: SGGP

Unseasonal weather to heat up northern Vietnam this weekend

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:31 am

The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has said that a hot continental low pressure, which developed in the west and is extending to the east, would cause temperatures in north and north-central provinces to climb to above 33 degrees Celsius, and to above 35 degrees Celsius in the north-west mountainous region this weekend.

It has also said that a cold front would move to the north in the next few days but would only cause temperatures to fall in the night because of its low intensity.

The cold front would possibly push the hot low pressure in the north to north-central provinces and cast high temperatures over the region this weekend, the center said.

In related news, the Ho Chi Minh City’s Steering Board for Storm and Flood Prevention on February 25 ordered the administrations of districts 12, Go Vap, Thu Duc, and Binh Thanh to strengthen important dike sections to face upcoming high tides from February 28 to March 3.

The Southern Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said the high tide would exceed the second alarm level with water levels at the Phu An Post in Saigon reaching 1.42 meters.

Water levels are expected to rise between 4am-7 am and from 4pm-8pm everyday. The high-tide might combine with the monsoon to push water levels higher than forecast, it said.

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Temperatures set to soar over weekend

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:27 am

Vietnam will experience hot, dry weather with temperatures climbing to 37 degrees Celsius over the weekend, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center has said.

A dried well in the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Affected by a cold front, northern and central regions have recently been cool in the early morning and at night. However, the cold front will weaken over the weekend and a hot low-pressure zone from the west will move in, causing temperatures to increase to around 36-37 degrees Celsius.

The southeastern region, including Ho Chi Minh City, will continue seeing temperatures of around 37 degrees Celsius. The scorching conditions have led to a drop in water levels of several rivers in the area, allowing more seawater to penetrate inland.

The sweltering weather has also created a high danger of forest fires in the southern and Central Highlands regions.

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Power cuts this weekend

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Engineers in the central city of Da Nang repair power lines. — VNA/VNS Xuan Quang

HA NOI — People living in major cities will face intermittent power outages this weekend from 8am to 8pm each day, announced the national electricity control centre on Wednesday.

The cities and provinces of Ha Noi, Hai Phong, HCM, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Dong Nai will be affected by the outage.

The outage is being described as necessary as the water level in the reservoirs is still low.

The country’s biggest supplier of electricity, EVN, said the demand for electricity will rapidly increase from this month to May. At the moment more than 180 kWh of electricity is being consumed, an average increase of 15.6 per cent compared with last year.

According to EVN, power consumption reached 180.4 million kWh a day in January and February, an increase of 15.64 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The northern region’s power usage rose by the largest percentage, at 22 per cent, the southern provinces, 13.4 per cent, and the central provinces, 11.1 per cent.

Power shortages occurred because of low levels of water in reservoirs at hydro-power plants, which is expected to fall even further than in previous years.

Major hydro-power plants such as Hoa Binh, Thac Ba and Tuyen Quang have had to discharge water two or three times this year to prevent farm land from drying out over the next few months.

Electricity officials also blamed the energy shortage on the trial operation of the new Ca Mau thermo-power plant, the Uong Bi thermo-power plant and hydro-power plants, including Tuyen Quang and Dai Ninh.

EVN forecast that the country’s electricity output would rise to 6.64 billion kWh in March because of growing demand during hotter weather.

Given the low level of water in reservoirs in northern hydro-power plants and the unstable operation of new power plants, power cuts during peak hours are possible, according to electricity officials.

EVN late last year began to discharge water from reservoirs to irrigate drought-stricken ricefields.

Efforts to increase power output include purchasing more power from China or increasing the amount of electricity transferred from the South to the North through the 500 KV national power transmission network.—