Photo exhibition opens in the city’s Book Street

The exhibits include a variety of traditional and contemporary works created by 123 young and veteran artists from Mekong Delta cities and provinces. The works are the result of a latest collection selected by a jury of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and HCM City Fine Arts Association, the event’s organisers.    Most paintings are in acrylic, silk and lacquer while sculptures are in composite, wood and mixed media.  "The exhibition features different tastes of contemporary southern Vietnam through the artists’ new vigour and passion,” said Tran Khanh Chuong, Chairman of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. “Through our showcase, we hope to encourage young artists to develop their career and help young people learn more about the art as well,” he added.  According to Khanh, the government plan to provide some financial support to literature and fine arts associations. “We will give priority to young artists from remote and ethnic minority areas in new art trends.”    The organisers have presented 2017 Fine Arts Awards to 11 works. No first prize was awarded this year. Hoang Tuong Minh took home the Fine Arts Award’s s second prize for his steel sculpture Khong Gioi Han (Unlimited). His work shared the prize with Doi Thoai (Dialog), an oil painting by Nguyen Huu Duc, and Ruong Bap O Moc Bai (Corn fields in Moc Bai), a canvas by Lam Tri Trung.   All of the prize-winning works feature southern people’s everyday life and work. The show also includes…... [read more]

HCM City, August 11 (VNA) – As many as 122 paintings and sculptures are featured at the region’s largest exhibition at the HCM City Fine Arts Museum in District 1. The exhibits include a variety of traditional and contemporary works created by 123 young and veteran artists from Mekong Delta cities and provinces. The works are the result of a latest collection selected by a jury of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and HCM City Fine Arts Association, the event’s organisers.   Most paintings are in acrylic, silk and lacquer while sculptures are in composite, wood and mixed media. "The exhibition features different tastes of contemporary southern Vietnam through the artists’ new vigour and passion,” said Tran Khanh Chuong, Chairman of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. “Through our showcase, we hope to encourage young artists to develop their career and help young people learn more about the art as well,” he added. According to Khanh, the government plan to provide some financial support to literature and fine arts associations. “We will give priority to young artists from remote and ethnic minority areas in new art trends.”   The organisers have presented 2017 Fine Arts Awards to 11 works. No first prize was awarded this year. Hoang Tuong Minh took home the Fine Arts Award’s s second prize for his steel sculpture Khong Gioi Han (Unlimited). His work shared the prize with Doi Thoai (Dialog), an oil painting by Nguyen Huu Duc, and…... [read more]

A congested expressway in southern Vietnam is frustrating travelers who depend on the thoroughfare to ease their commute. The construction of Long Thanh International Airport in the namesake district in Dong Nai Province, about 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is causing bumper to bumper traffic in the area. The most serious of these congestion problems takes place on an expressway connecting Ho Chi Minh and Long Thanh, with commuters finding themselves trapped in hours-long gridlock each weekend. According to an observation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, endless lines of vehicles stretched endlessly down the expressway beginning at the Long Phuoc toll station in District 9. “We pay a toll for the expressway just to be caught in traffic jams even more severe than on regular roads,” a car driver complained. Truck drivers who depend on the route also complain that the bottleneck is causing them to fall behind schedule. During the weekend, it usually takes an hour to travel the three-kilometer section, Nguyen Van Phu, a regular commuter, added. While the designated speed of the expressway is 120km per hour, traffic jams often slow vehicles to no more than 10km per hour. Congestion also occurs at the road's entrance near the An Phu traffic knots, the meeting points of Luong Dinh Cua, Mai Chi Tho, and Nguyen Thi Dinh Streets in District 2. According to the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC E), the number of vehicles traveling on the…... [read more]

The construction of Long Thanh International Airport in the namesake district in Dong Nai Province, about 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is causing bumper to bumper traffic in the area. The most serious of these congestion problems takes place on an expressway connecting Ho Chi Minh and Long Thanh, with commuters finding themselves trapped in hours-long gridlock each weekend. According to an observation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, endless lines of vehicles stretched endlessly down the expressway beginning at the Long Phuoc toll station in District 9. “We pay a toll for the expressway just to be caught in traffic jams even more severe than on regular roads,” a car driver complained. Truck drivers who depend on the route also complain that the bottleneck is causing them to fall behind schedule. During the weekend, it usually takes an hour to travel the three-kilometer section, Nguyen Van Phu, a regular commuter, added. While the designated speed of the expressway is 120km per hour, traffic jams often slow vehicles to no more than 10km per hour. Congestion also occurs at the road's entrance near the An Phu traffic knots, the meeting points of Luong Dinh Cua, Mai Chi Tho, and Nguyen Thi Dinh Streets in District 2. According to the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC E), the number of vehicles traveling on the expressway in the first half of 2017 increased by 17 percent year-on-year. That number means that 43,000 vehicles…... [read more]

Most paintings are in acrylic, silk and lacquer while sculptures are in composite, wood and mixed media. (Source: laodong.com.vn) HCM City (VNA) – As many as 122 paintings and sculptures are featured at the region’s largest exhibition at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum in District 1. The exhibits include a variety of traditional and contemporary works created by 123 young and veteran artists from Mekong Delta cities and provinces. The works are the result of a latest collection selected by a jury of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and HCM City Fine Arts Association, the event’s organisers.    Most paintings are in acrylic, silk and lacquer while sculptures are in composite, wood and mixed media.  "The exhibition features different tastes of contemporary southern Vietnam through the artists’ new vigour and passion,” said Tran Khanh Chuong, Chairman of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. “Through our showcase, we hope to encourage young artists to develop their career and help young people learn more about the art as well,” he added.  According to Khanh, the government plan to provide some financial support to literature and fine arts associations. “We will give priority to young artists from remote and ethnic minority areas in new art trends.”    The organisers have presented 2017 Fine Arts Awards to 11 works. No first prize was awarded this year. Hoang Tuong Minh took home the Fine Arts Award’s s second prize for his steel sculpture Khong…... [read more]

Vice chairman of the HCM City's District 1 People's Committee, Doan Ngoc Hai, believed that shadowy interest groups are making huge profits from businesses on local pavements, posing obstacles in the fight against pavement encroachment. Vice chairman of the HCM City's District 1 People's Committee, Doan Ngoc Hai return to deal with violations on street pavements on many streets in District 1, HCM City on August 7. Speaking with the Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper on Tuesday about his returning to the clean streets campaign on Monday evening, Hai stressed that the encroachments have become more rampant recently due to a lack of management and supervision from local authorities. "We can’t have a clean and tidy city if the pavements are in a mess," Hai noted. "We are going take more drastic measures to curb the problems. We'll continue with this task until local people find it ok." The official expressed his disappointment with the leaders of some wards and said that there must be interest groups at work because of their failures to curb the violations. "Everyone knows about the huge profits earned by the restaurants or shops on the pavements," Hai explained. "They are making billions of dong a month. So some ward leaders did not follow my instructions. And some others who followed me then also decided to chase the money." Hai proposed giving the responsibility to chairmen of local wards who should be punished if failing to fulfill this task.  "I see that no one has been…... [read more]

Hong Binh, 35, an office worker in district 3, HCMC, said he drinks beer with his friends at least once a week, sometimes at Bo Ke, a popular restaurant, and sometimes at a restaurant on Nguyen Van Cu street in district 5. “This is our hobby. We can enjoy them time when drinking beer,” he said, adding that he and his friends help the owners of the beer clubs get rich.  Sabeco, the brewer with the largest market share, has capitalization value of US$3.15 billion, becoming the enterprise with the fifth largest capitalization value on the HCMC bourse, just after Vinamilk, the nation’s dairy producer, PV Gas, Vietcombank and VinGroup.  According to Euromonitor, the increase of the middle-class income earners and young people has increased demand for wine and beer by 300% since 2002, while the market value was estimated at VND147.2 trillion in 2016.  The market analysis firm predicted that the consumption per capita would reach 40.6 liters this year, which would make Vietnam the largest beer consumer in SE Asia.  In its latest report, Euromonitor said that Vietnam will be the next major battlefield for brewers. Dan tri cited a Ministry of Industry and Trade’s report as showing that each Vietnamese drank 42 litres of beer on average in 2016, an increase of 4 litres on last year.  The industry's growth was 9.3% last year, 14.4% lower than the year-end goal because excise tax was increased by…... [read more]

Participants in the launching ceremony of the text-message programme donate money to flood victims (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) on August 9 launched a text-message programme to raise funds for people in flood-hit areas in northern Vietnam. By texting “UH” to the number 1409, a donor can donate 20,000 VND to the programme, which lasts from August 9 to October 7. Other material aid can be delivered to the VRC headquarters at No 82 Nguyen Du street in Hanoi or its southern representative office at No 201 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Money can also be sent to the bank account “Trung uong Hoi Chu thap do Viet Nam”, number 124 02 02 005 348 (for VND), 124 02 02 018198 (for USD), or 124 02 02 006862 (for EUR), at the Hoang Mai branch of the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (No 127 Lo Duc street in Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi). All of the collected money and materials will be used to support flood-affected people with fundamental goods, housing and livelihoods. On August 8, the VRC also called on its chapters, members and people nationwide to provide assistance for flood victims. The campaign will last until the end of September. Heavy rains and subsequent flash floods occurred across northern mountainous provinces over the last few days, especially in Yen Bai, Son La and Lai Chau…... [read more]

A 100-year-old alley in townHoang The Phong Located at 206 Tran Hung Dao B in HCMC’s District 5, the 100-year-old alley Hao Si Phuong attracts passers-by by a small drinks stall in front of the alley - PHOTOS: HOANG PHONG While Hanoi has been famous for its 36 old streets attached to the history and culture of the 1,000-year-old capital, Saigon, the former name of HCMC, can take pride in an age-old alley that has maintained its original architecture and special traits for decades. The 100-year-old alley in the city’s District 5, better known as Hao Si Phuong, is worth visiting as tourists can take a close look at Chinese-influenced unique architectural features and gain an insight into daily lives and spiritual values of the Chinese community there. Separated from the hustle and bustle of modern city life, the alley that can be found at 206 Tran Hung Dao B Street in District 5 mostly inhabited by the Chinese Vietnamese community, boasts a harmonious combination of the past and present features with a row of old houses in Chinese-style architectural designs but repainted with vibrant colors to pray for luck and success. The old residential blocks have narrow paths and limited living space. First-time comers might be captivated by the peaceful and tranquil ambience and the slow pace of life in the alley which is home to more than 60 households. Most of them are Vietnamese of Chinese descent and it is no wonder visitors to the alley can listen…... [read more]

Anpha Holdings takes over Nova GalaxyHung Le Galaxy 9 complex on Nguyen Khoai Street in District 4 will be operated by Anpha Holdings - PHOTO: QUOC HUNG CMC - Anpha Holdings, a Vietnamese real estate development firm, announced on August 7 it had bought a 99.98% stake at Nova Galaxy, a real estate arm of Novaland Group. Anpha Holdings finalized the acquisition last week but the value of the deal is unknown. Nova Galaxy was founded in 2010 with total chartered capital of VND500 billion. According to Novaland’s prospectus, Nova Galaxy is the owner of Galaxy 9 project, a residential and shopping complex which covers 6,288 square meters in District 4, HCMC, and has total floor space of 51,600 square meters. According to Anpha Holdings, the handover of homes is complete and residents have got home ownership certificates at Galaxy 9. The 520-apartment tower has swimming pool, gym and yoga center, park and shopping mall. Novaland Group did not give a reason for its withdrawal from the project. In the first half of this year, Novaland posted VND3.3 trillion in net revenue and VND841 million in net profit, down by 33% and 45% year-on-year, respectively. Anpha Holdings is expanding in the real estate market in Southeast Asia, with many projects developed in Singapore and Malaysia. Anpha Holdings also plans to cooperate with Malaysia’s Villamas Sdn Bhd Group to develop a high-class complex in Kuala Lumpur. The SK Development complex will have three towers, 1,772 apartments, seven floors for retail, 13…... [read more]




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