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74 scientific researches win 12th Eureka Award

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

Some 74 scientific projects were awarded in the 12th Eureka Award for student’s scientific research at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 4.

Winners of the 12th Eureka Award present at the awarding ceremony at HCMC Youth Cultural House on Jan.4 (Photo: Minh Tu)

The HCMC Communist Youth League and Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), organized the annual Eureka event. This year 500 projects from students across 31 universities and colleges applied for the Eureka Award, the highest number of applicants in the history of the award since 1999.

The organizers announced one special prize, six first prizes, 9 second prizes, 10 third prizes and 37 consolation prizes. In addition, the organizers also gave nine first prize and two consolation prizes to some graduates that had excel in their field.

Many of them are highly regarded in the field of science. The VND10 million special prizes were given to Le Khac Anh Ky, who is from the Poly-technique University. His project ‘The synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of a Metal Organic Framework: MOF-5’ was published in the international scientific magazine ‘Applied Catalysis A’.  The article was first published on April 28 2010, and is available online since May 5, 2010. Students that won the first prize received VND5 million each.

Mrs. Than Thi Thu, a member of the Standing Committee, said at the event; “We are so proud of the youth’s achievement in science and the city leaders have created favorable working conditions, for young scientists to carry out their research.”

The Eureka Award projects were introduced in the library at 1 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1 and the library is open from Tuesday to Friday each week. Those who are interested in the projects, may access the website at and for further information the section is named under ‘Eureka’.

Source: SGGP

Hyundai Motor may win bidder status for construction firm

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:33 am

SEOUL, Dec 22, 2010 (AFP) – South Korea’s Hyundai Motor will likely be named preferred bidder for the country’s largest builder, a major shareholder of the builder said Wednesday, after rival Hyundai Group was pushed out of the race.

Nine creditors with a combined 34.88 percent stake in Hyundai Engineering and Construction will vote at an unspecified date on whether to name Hyundai Motor preferred bidder, Ryu Jae-Han, head of state-run Korea Finance Corp, told Dow Jones Newswires.

On Monday creditors walked away from an initial deal to sell their stake to the Hyundai Group, saying it did not give them enough information about how it would finance the reported 5.51 trillion won (4.9 billion dollar) cost.

When asked whether Hyundai Motor, which lost the preliminary deal in November, would be chosen as preferred bidder this time, Ryu said he “can’t deny” the possibility.

“I can’t deny that the current atmosphere makes it seem that way, but that’s something that the creditors need to vote on. We’ll have to see how the process plays out,” Dow Jones quoted Ryu as saying.

If the deal goes through Hyundai Motor would become the construction company’s biggest shareholder.

The takeover battle is part of a family feud over the former Hyundai empire, which was split into separate units after the death of its billionaire founder Chung Ju-Yung in 2001.

Hyundai Motor, headed by the founder’s second son Chung Mong-Koo, was hived off almost a decade ago as a separate entity. With affiliate Kia Motors, it is now the world’s fifth largest carmaker.

The construction firm came under creditor control in a debt-for-equity swap in 2001 amid lingering fallout from the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.

The Hyundai Group — which includes a shipping firm, a brokerage, a tour company that operates projects in North Korea and an elevator maker — initially outbid Hyundai Motor for the construction firm.

The group’s chairwoman Hyun Jeong-Eun is the founder Chung’s daughter-in-law.

But creditors said Hyundai Group failed to submit detailed information about its financing of the acquisition, particularly a 1.2 trillion won loan obtained from French bank Natixis.

Source: SGGP

Three enterprises win int’l quality award

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:25 am

Three enterprises win int’l quality award

QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:28 (GMT+7)

Three Vietnamese enterprises have won the International Asia Pacific Quality Award (IAPQA) by the International Asia Pacific Quality Organisation.

The Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality (STAMEQ) announced the winners on Dec. 21.

They were the Viglacera Ha Long Joint Stock Company from the northern province of Quang Ninh, the Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company (PNJ) from Ho Chi Minh City and the Long Hau Joint Stock Company from southern Long An province.

The STAMEQ also announced a list of 96 enterprises winning the National Quality Award, including 11 golds and 85 silvers.

A ceremony to hand over the IAPQA and the national awards is scheduled to be held on Dec. 26.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Vnexpress

Source: QDND

Thailand, Guatemala contestants win “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Friendly”

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Two minor titles of the Miss Earth 2010 pagean including “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Friendly” belonged to Watsaporn Wattanakoon of Thailand and Sue Ellen Castaneda Herrera from Guatemala.

Miss Thailand Watsaporn Wattanakoon

Watsaporn Wattanakoon, 23, was crowned Miss Thailand Earth 2010.  She is currently studying Communication Arts and serves as spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.

The final night of the beauty contest will take place at Vinpearl Land Resort and Spa on Hon Tre Island, Khanh Hoa Province’s Nha Trang City on December 4.

The event will be aired live on VTV1, VTV4, ABS-CBN, Star World and many TV channels in other countries.


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Source: SGGP

15 candidates win Prudential essay contest in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

The examiner board of the “Prudential – Good Essay, Good Writing” contest has chosen 15 best candidates to award prizes — one first prize, two second prizes, two third prizes and 10 consolation prizes.

Secondary school students take part in the “Prudential-Good Essay, Good Writing’ contest 2010 in HCM City.

The final round of the contest was held in Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on December 4 with participation of 39 candidates from the delta’s 13 provinces.

The final round was held by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, the provincial Department of Education and Training, and Soc Trang Newspaper.

The topic of the competition reflects the socio-cultural and economic development of the country, the thinking of teenagers and their passion for literature and good handwriting.

According to 13 examiners, this year’s exam question was relatively hard but it required candidates to bring into play their creativeness and use real knowledge to complete the examination.

Many candidates showed their thoughts and strange solutions in the examination, said an examiner.

The award ceremony for the essay contest will be held at Soc Trang Province’s political school on December 5.

On the occasion, SGGP and life insurer Prudential Vietnam will offer 10 scholarships, worth VND1 million each, to poor students in the province.

Source: SGGP

Wushu artists win three silvers at ASIAD

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Rousseff tearfully thanks Lula for Brazil poll win

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 5:11 am

Host country and Hong Kong win “Best actress” prizes at Vietnam int’l film fest

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

Nhat Kim Anh of Vietnam and Fiona Sit from Hong Kong (China) won the “Best actress” titles at the Vietnam International Film Festival 2010 ended in Hanoi on October 21.

Actress Nhat Kim Anh (L) and the representative of Hong Kong actress Fiona Sit receive the Best Actress Awards.

Nhat Kim Anh plays Cam in “The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long” and Hong Kong actress takes a role of the film “Breakup club”.

The movie “Sand castle” of Singapore scooped important prizes including “Best feature film”, Netpac (a prize of the Network of the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and “Best director” for Boo Junfeng.

Malaysian actor Ah Niu got the “Best actor” title for the film “Ice Kacang and Puppy love”.

“Best documentary” and “Best short film” awards belonged to the film “Always beside you” directed by Nguyen Thi Kim Hai.

A special prize of the Technicolor (Thailand), a printing products and services company, was given to the film script “Rebellious hot boy and story of a smiling chap, a harlot and a duck” by Vietnamese director Vu Ngoc Dang and actor Luong Manh Hai.

The most favorite French movie in the Country in Focus section which showcases pictures from a chosen country every year was “Le Petit Nicolas”.

According to director Phillip Noyce, head of the jury, all submissions were good and high-quality films.  He satisfied with the result of the film fest.

Related articles:
Hong Kong movie stars join film festival in Vietnam
Vietnam’s 1st international film festival to be held in Hanoi

Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay likely to win, director of New7Wonder

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Defeating 440 competitors in the vote for the seven natural wonders of the world, Ha Long Bay, has been voted in the list of 28 and likely to win in the list of new seven wonders, said Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the New7Wonder during a current visit to Vietnam.

A view of Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh

Reporter: Is there any difference between the final round, to vote for seven natural wonders of the world, and previous rounds, sir?

Jean-Paul de la Fuente: Previously, people could only vote through emails for the whole seven wonders. At the final round, they can vote for only one wonder through SMS or phone calls.

Could you predict the winning capacity of Ha Long Bay?

I could not predict the future. However, I thought that the opportunity for Ha Long Bay is very high, it depends on the vote of each Vietnamese.

After winning in the vote, will the seven wonders follow some certain regulations, sir?

Each competition has it own regulations and the New7Wonder is not in exception. However, these regulations mainly aim to encourage wonder protection. For instance, to the seven man-made wonders of the world voted in 2007, the NewOpenWorld, organizer of New7Wonder, will send inspectors to there in 2012. In case that they uncover that the wonders are changed or severely downgraded, affecting to their images as well as natures, the organization will host a vote to seek for new wonders.

Source: SGGP

RMIT students win international video contest

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Three students of RMIT International University Vietnam are amongst the winners in an international video making competition run by a major airline.

    Poster of the competition

The students, all in the course video production for multimedia, under lecturer Joseph Chamberlain, created a short video using the theme ‘Arrive happier with Air Asia’.  The competition kicked off on July 26 and wrapped up at the end of August.

It was shot at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and showed the trials and tribulations of a young travelling couple.

All contestants were required to produce a video lasting between 30-90 seconds using the same theme.

The competition included animation and film categories, and the RMIT Vietnam team won in the film category, along with six other teams from various parts of the world. A total of 86 teams entered the competition from Asia, Europe and the USA.

The team wins two pairs of return tickets for long-haul flights from Air Asia.

Source: SGGP