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Road works construction to pause for New Year holidays

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Road works construction to pause for New Year holidays

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport on Wednesday announced a plan to temporarily halt the construction of road works during the western and lunar New Year celebrations.

Specifically, for the road works involving the installation of technical infrastructure, the construction will be halted from December 31 to January 1, 2011.

Companies have been ordered to urgently restore any road surface that may need repairing, and to clean construction sites well before December 31.

With regard to drainage system upgrading projects, they will be permitted to keep railings around the construction site, but will have to clean the area thoroughly.

During the Tet holidays, the technical infrastructure installation will be ceased from January 18 to February 10.

Execution units have to clean up the sites and restore any road surface that may need repairing before January 26.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Nearly 70 artists and works nominated for Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

The election round of the Golden Apricot Blossom Award for Television programs, serial, stage, cinema and music will start on December 10 and finish on January 20, 2011.

     Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In the board of music category, singers will compete for titles including “Best Pop Male/Female Singer”, “Best Male/Female Singer in revolutionary traditional song”, and “Best Male/Female Singer in folk song”.

The B board of the stage will include “Best dramatic actors/actresses”, “Best cai luong actors/actresses”, “Best comedian” and “Best drama/cai luong play” awards.

There will be also titles including “Best film” and “Best actor/actress” in the movies and TV serial of the C board.

Ta Minh Tam,  Do Thuy, Quyen Linh, Quynh Huong and Phan Anh will vie for Best MC “Master of ceremonies” award.

The award ceremony of the event will take place at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22, 2011. A music performance honoring the top ten favorite singers will be held on January 24.

The nomination round in which Nguoi Lao Dong’s readers named best artists was kicked off in last October and finished in the begining of this month. Artists, who won most votes, were listed in the election round with evaluation from experts and journalists.

Started in 1995, the Golden Apricot Blossom Award of the Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper has been popular and become an anual prestigous event.

Source: SGGP

Hungarian artists display their works in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

A Frenchman introduces embroidery works

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 1:40 am

A Frenchman introduces embroidery works

QĐND – Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

PANO – Lionel Descostes, a French director from Lacquer Company, will put on display a number of his embroidery works on October 29th at the Bui Gallery in Hanoi.

The French artist has lived and worked in Hanoi for ten years now.

The exhibition, “Ten years in Hanoi”, is to introduce his tireless achievements in studying, and fully mastering, the Vietnamese technique of single-thread embroidery which he has self-studied and even given lectures on to nine trainees.

At the exhibition, Lionel Descostes will showcase his works into three groups of squares, grid lines and masks, featuring his strange creativeness at different angles.

Lionel Descostes has attempted to use the Vietnamese technique of embroidery as an art material for further creation and exploration.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

US shuns some big public works projects

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:56 am

New Jersey’s governor wants to kill a $9 billion-plus train tunnel to New York City because of runaway costs. Six thousand miles away, Hawaii’s outgoing governor is having second thoughts about a proposed $5.5 billion rail line in Honolulu.

In many of the 48 states in between, infrastructure projects are languishing on the drawing board, awaiting the right mix of creative financing, political arm-twisting and timing to move forward. And a struggling economy and a surge of political candidates opposed to big spending could make it a long wait.

Has the nation that built the Hoover Dam, brought electricity to the rural South and engineered the interstate highway system lost its appetite for big public works projects? At a time when other countries are pouring money into steel and concrete, is the U.S. unwilling to think long-term?

“My sense is things have changed,” said Andrew Goetz, a University of Denver professor and an expert on transportation policy. “People now tend to see any project as a waste of money, and that’s just wrong.”

In this Oct. 19, 2010 photo, a large rusty metal wall is seen in North Bergen, N.J., covering construction at the ARC Tunnel. Work on the project has been stopped by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

“I call it the Bridge to Nowhere syndrome,” he added. “High-profile projects get publicized and they become a symbol for any infrastructure project that’s out there, and even the ones that are justified get tarnished by the same charge.”

The so-called Bridge to Nowhere would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to connect one Alaskan town to an island of 50 residents. It figured in the 2008 presidential election when then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was criticized for initially backing the plan, which was eventually scrapped.

The other cautionary tale of the past few years is Boston’s Big Dig, the highway and tunnel project that was originally envisioned at less than $3 billion and wound up costing nearly $15 billion.

The Big Dig has made it far easier for motorists to get to and from Boston’s airport, and it eliminated a noisy and unsightly elevated highway that cast a shadow over some of the city’s neighborhoods. But construction was plagued by years of delays, corruption and shoddy workmanship that resulted in the death of a motorist in a ceiling collapse.

A report this month by the Treasury Department and the Council of Economic Advisers paints a picture of a country dissatisfied with the state of America’s aging infrastructure and in favor of improvements, but not necessarily eager to commit the dollars to fix it.

Standing in New York’s Penn Station on Thursday in front of a sign touting the proposed tunnel, commuter Bill Mischell of Plainsboro, N.J., gave voice to those conclusions.

“You could make the argument that it will make New Jersey a better place to live, but you also have to weigh it impartially against the huge cost,” Mischell said. “The state’s in pretty significant financial trouble, and the money’s got to come from somewhere.”

Infrastructure spending in the U.S. stands at 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product_ half what it was in 1960 — compared with approximately 9 percent in China and 5 percent for Europe, according to the government report.

“During recessions it is common for state and local governments to cut back on capital projects — such as building schools, roads and parks — in order to meet balanced budget requirements,” the report concluded. “However, the need for improved and expanded infrastructure is just as great during a downturn as it is during a boom.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers calculates that the U.S. would need to spend an additional $1.1 trillion over the next five years to restore roads, bridges, dams, levees and other infrastructure to good condition. In its latest report card, the engineering society gave the nation’s public works a “D” grade.

“Somehow we believe if we ignore it, it will go away,” said Blaine Leonard, the society’s president. “And it won’t. We have to stop hitting the snooze button on this problem.”

He said now is a good time to spend money on infrastructure because construction companies in this weak economy are hungry for work and the costs are relatively low as a result.

Major infrastructure projects of the past benefited from strong leadership, notably the interstate highway system pushed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s, he said. Today, though, “there isn’t any high-level leadership about infrastructure,” so there’s no agreement about priorities, Leonard said.

CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, a Washington consulting firm, recently put together a list of the worthiest 100 large infrastructure projects in North America, totaling about $400 billion. Among the suggestions: a next-generation air traffic control system; high-speed rail linking Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago; a pair of highway projects in Texas; and the tunnel that New Jersey’s governor has threatened to scuttle.

To be sure, there are large-scale projects under way, notably in California, where a combination of federal dollars and voter-approved bonds and local tax increases are funding improvements, from highway widening to the $6.2 billion renovation of the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland. And this week, Arizona and Nevada hailed the opening of a $240 million bridge that bypasses Hoover Dam.

However, many projects recently completed or in the pipeline secured funding before the economy went into a slide. Some of them might not be approved today.

In New Jersey, construction on a rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City — the largest transportation project under way in the U.S. — began in 2009 under then-Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat. It is projected to double train capacity at peak times as well as provide 6,000 construction jobs immediately and up to 40,000 jobs after its completion in 2018. About $6 billion of the cost is being covered by the federal government and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced he was pulling the plug because the cost had escalated from $5 billion in 2005 to more than $9 billion by the federal government’s estimate, and as much as $14 billion by Christie’s reckoning.

“I simply cannot put the taxpayers of the state of New Jersey on what would be a never-ending hook,” he said.

Christie later agreed to reconsider. The two-week review period expires Friday.

In Hawaii, Republican Gov. Linda Lingle announced recently that she wouldn’t sign off on a federally subsidized rail line until an updated economic study is conducted. And that may not be completed before she leaves office in less than two months. That means the project’s fate could be in her successor’s hands.

In Seattle, new Mayor Mike McGinn is threatening to hold up construction of a massive highway tunnel to replace the waterfront’s dilapidated, earthquake-damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct because he fears city taxpayers will be on the hook if costs spiral beyond the $4.2 billion price tag.

“The issue of the overall cost of the tunnel has been a concern to voters since before the recession, and I think the severity of the state’s and the city’s fiscal situation is causing people to take a harder look at … an expensive and risky project,” McGinn said.

In Wisconsin, Ohio and California, Republican candidates for governor have vowed they won’t endorse high-speed rail projects, despite the promise of billions of dollars from Washington.

Other countries are spending heavily on job-creating infrastructure. Projects include Algeria’s $11.2 billion east-west highway; a planned $10 billion bridge linking the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra; and China’s $60 billion Yangtze River diversion project.

Australia plans to spend $38 billion to relieve traffic congestion in Melbourne, while Britain is preparing for a $45 billion high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands. Japan is building a $70 billion highway from Tokyo to Osaka, scheduled for completion in 2020.

In the U.S., it often takes a catastrophe to give infrastructure improvements more urgency. The Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007 that killed 13 people prompted reviews of aging bridges around the country.

“Unfortunately, our attention span is short,” Leonard said. “You would think the Minneapolis bridge collapse would have sent repercussions throughout the system that would have resulted in a transportation funding bill, but it didn’t. Even bridge funding bills didn’t get through Congress.”

Consultant Norman Anderson of CG/LA Infrastructure said the federal government’s recent emphasis on smaller, “shovel-ready” projects to stimulate the economy is misguided and shows a lack of vision.

“You don’t do ‘shovel-ready.’ That is idiotic and extremely uninformed,” he said in an e-mail. “You do projects now because they produce value for an economy 20 to 30 years into the future, as well as producing immediate jobs.”

Source: SGGP

LASALLE students to exhibition works in city

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

An exhibition featuring artworks and designs by LASALLE students from Vietnam and Singapore at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University from October 23-24.

      Poster of the exhibition “The LASALLE show’ 10”

The exhibition will showcase 6 graphic and 2 interior design works, 9 fine arts works, 6 fashion garments, 2 animation videos and the screening of 4 short films.

Known as The LASALLE Show ’10, the event will also include seminars and a panel session with Vietnamese graduates and college advisors.

A film poster design contest will be launched for the public during the fair. Participants must design a poster for 1 of the 4 films screened to compete in two categories “The Jury Choice” and the “People’s Choice”.

The recipient of “The Jury Choice” will be awarded a study trip to LASALLE’s campus in Singapore which includes a return air ticket, 4 nights single accommodation and an S$250 cash allowance.

The top 4 posters voted by the public in “The People’s Choice” award will be awarded cash prizes of up to S$200. All entries are to be submitted via facebook and public voting ends on 7 November 2010.

LASALLE College of the Arts, is an arts educational institution in Singapore. LASALLE has faculties including  design, fine arts in design, fine arts, film, media arts, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art history, art therapy and arts management in the region.

Source: SGGP

2010 Toyota Classics to return to Hanoi with Italian classical works

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

The 2010 Toyota Classics will present to Vietnamese music lovers Italian classical ballads performed by an orchestra from the Italian city of Florence in a concert at the Hanoi Opera House on October 27.

                    The Italian Florence Orchestra

The renowned Orchestra Città di Firenze from Italy and famous tenor Leonardo Melani together with talented young Vietnamese pianist Luu Hong Quang will play concertos and symphonies by great composers such as Verdi, Puccini and Rossini under the baton of well known conductor Lorenzo Castriota Skanderbeg.

It is the 13 th Toyota Classic to held in Vietnam since it first started in 1997. All proceeds of the show co-organized by the Toyota Motor Vietnam and the Performing Art Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism will be donated to the Toyota Scholarship Program for Vietnamese young music talents.

Toyota Classics, the annual classical music concert that was launched in 1990 by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMW Toyota Motor).

Its aim is to promote classic music across Asia and raise funds for charitable organizations through performances by world-class classical music orchestras.

To date, the Toyota Classics has attracted more than 200,000 listeners at 154 concerts across the Asia-Pacific region.

The 21st long-running Toyota Classics program will take place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Bangkok (Thailand), Seoul (The Republic of Korea), Taipei (Taiwan, China), Manila (the Philippines) and Bombay (India) from October 23 to November 12.

Source: SGGP

Vinashin committee works on restructuring group

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Vinashin committee works on restructuring group

QĐND – Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung has reiterated the need to consolidate the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin)’s operations to help the group stabilise and develop into the key component of the country’s shipbuilding industry. 

Mr. Hung, who is also head of the steering committee for the restructuring of Vinashin Group, made the statement at a working session in Hanoi on August 17. 

The steering committee should make accurate assessments of the operational capacity of Vinashin’s holding company, subsidiary companies, joint ventures and investment projects as well as the group’s debts to find out the best solutions for restructuring, he said. 

In an instruction signed on August 16, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung required that any development plan for Vinashin should focus on three main operations, which are shipbuilding and repair, support industries for shipbuilding and training a skilled workforce in this field. 

He asked the Ministry of Transport to present a plan on restructuring the group to him within the fourth quarter of this year. 

The PM assigned the Ministry of Finance to be responsible for dealing with the group’s debts and devising schemes to ensure capital sources for production. 

He requested Vinashin to assess the operational capacity of the holding company, subsidiary companies, joint ventures and investment projects and its finance, asset deficiency and debts. 

He also asked the group to focus its resources on implementing its production plan and existing shipbuilding contracts, devise a scheme on loan repayment to credit organisations and review the group’s investment projects in the mentioned-above fields and sell or equitise the remaining fields within the law.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Political Bureau works with provincial Party Committees

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Political Bureau works with provincial Party Committees

QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Politburo members held working sessions in Hanoi this week with the Party Committees of Gia Lai, Dak Nong, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Kon Tum and Quang Ngai provinces to examine their preparations for provincial Party congresses.

These Politburo members include permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Truong Tan Sang, Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh, and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi.

Having heard the provincial leaders’ reports on their preparations for Party congresses, including draft political reports, operational reviews of the 2006-2010 term, personnel plans, and congress resolutions, Mr Sang approved the presented contents.

Mr Sang praised the achievements the provincial Party Committees have reaped during the 2006-2010 term, citing gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates of 13.6 percent in Gia Lai, 15.1 percent in Dak Nong, 12.3 percent in Phu Yen,12.8 percent in Quang Nam,14.5 percent in Kon Tum, and 18.5 percent in Quang Ngai.

The provinces have made progress in cultural and social affairs, improving the quality of human resources, reducing the number of poor households, mobilising investment sources, ensuring political stability and security, and promoting foreign affairs, he said.

However, the Party official pointed out shortcomings facing the provinces such as small-scale economy, poor living conditions, and low tax collection, despite their advantages in terms of location, natural resources, tourism potential and maritime economy.

Mr Sang asked the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to pour investment into developing traffic systems, create an open investment environment, facilitate local businesses’ efforts to expand production, and expedite construction of the Pleiku, An Khe, Ayun Pa and Chu Se economic zones.

For the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, Mr Sang recommended that it foster the development of the support industry and the forestry and mining sectors, while protecting the environment. Dak Nong should also focus on developing human resources and vocational training to meet the requirements of the new period, he said.

Working with the Phu Yen authorities, Mr Sang said Phu Yen needs to step up its application of scientific and technological advances to production and reduce its export of raw natural resources.

Phu Yen must scale up its industries, enhance its competitiveness, promote marine tourism and make the most of its coastal location in a bid to reach its socio-economic targets in the next term.

Mr Sang asked Quang Nam province to allocate more investment to reducing the number of poor households and support sustainable development in its eight mountainous districts.

He also urged Quang Nam to do an effective job of implementing Party and State policies on agriculture, farmers, and rural areas, and correct shortcomings related to planning.

While working Kon Tum province, Mr Sang emphasised the need to conserve natural resources and speed up poverty reduction. The province must uphold national solidarity, enhance the leadership and strength its Party Committees, and improve the management efficiency of administrations at all levels.

During his working session with Quang Ngai province, Mr Sang advised that the province pay closer attention to management of natural resources and the environment.

In addition to accomplishing its socio-economic growth targets, Quang Ngai needs to make greater efforts to respond to climate change, the Party official stressed.

While agreeing with most of their personnel plans, Mr Sang asked the provinces to accelerate their training of female, young, and ethnic minority officials.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer

QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

An online auction of four works by reputed writer Nguyen Nhat Anh will be held by for “Ben’s Smile” programme on and from July 17th to August 7th, aiming to raise funds for children with cancer.

Accordingly, the 8-volume book, titled Kính vạn hoa, will be auctioned from 9 am on July 17th to 12pm on July 24th, while Tôi là Bêtô, Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ and Đảo mộng mơ  will be sold for auction from 9am on July 25th to 12pm on July 31st.

Each auctioned book will include the writer’s signature and the most favourite passage.

Moreover, a lacquer painting of phyllocactus-queen of the dark will be up for  auction at an initial price of VND 2.5 million.

The “Ben’s Smile” programme was initiated and has been run by journalist Ngo Thanh Thuy since August 2008, 6 months after her son, Tran Ngo Vu Khoi died of kidney cancer. The programme’s goal is to grant assistance to families of children suffering from cancer.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND