SEA Games 29: Second medal in archery for Vietnam

NDO – After the first medal won by Chau Kieu Oanh, Vietnamese female archers won another silver medal in the women’s team compound category at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 17. >>> Female archer brings home first medal for Vietnam at 2017 SEA Games In the final match against the host country of Malaysia this morning, trio Chau Kieu Oanh, Le Ngoc Huyen and Nguyen Thi Nhat Le competed excellently and only lost to Malaysia by 1 point in the last shot. The start was not good for Vietnam as the trio allowed the Malaysian players take the lead after the first shot. Stepping in the second shot, the distance continues to widen to 2 points (110-112). At the 3rd round, the Malaysian archers played well when they repeatedly hit the bull’s eye. After this round, Vietnamese players scored 166 points against 169 by Malaysia. A surprise occurred in the fourth shot, as Vietnam leveled the score by winning 30 points, while Malaysia only scored 27 points. The deuce of 225-225 forced the two teams to enter the “gold arrows” round to determine who won the gold medal, with each archer scoring only one decisive shot. However, in the climatic final round, the Vietnamese team lost 27-28 to the host and brought home the second silver medal to the Vietnamese delegation. A day earlier, Chau Kieu Oanh won a silver medal in the women’s individual compound event, the first medal for Vietnam in…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnamese female archer Chau Kieu Oanh bagged the first medal for the Vietnam sport team at the on-going 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 16. >>> Vietnamese flag flies at SEA Games 29 >>> SEA Games 29: Vietnamese shooters aim for three golds >>> Vietnamese athletics expected to repeat 2015 SEA Games miracle in Malaysia >>> Vietnamese swimming towards another successful SEA Games Oanh competed well to progress to the finals of the three-string bow event alongside her Indonesian rival Sri Ranti, as they experienced a tense final competition with five series of shots, including three turns each. In the first series, Oanh won 27 points with three shots hitting the nine points, while Ranti recorded 30 points by hitting the bull's eye three times. In the second series, Oanh tied 28-28 with her rival to keep the gap at 55-58. Oanh’s efforts in the third series brought her a perfect 30 points to bring her to within two points (85-87). In series 4, the two archers were again on a par with 29-29. However, in the last round, the 29 points earned by the Vietnamese archer was not enough to defeat the Indonesian, as Ranti scored 28 points, just enough to win the gold. After five series, Sri Ranti won the match with 144 points, with Oanh coming second just one point behind. Earlier, the Tra Vinh native beat hosts’ player Fatin Salleh in the semi-final to book a berth in…... [read more]

(TITC) – On 15 August, in Ha Noi, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien had a meeting with Mr. Zamruni Khalid – Malaysian Ambassador to Viet Nam. On the occasion of the 29th SEA Games to take place in Malaysia from 19-31 August, Mr. Zamruni Khalid invited Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien to attend the opening ceremony and wished Vietnamese sport delegation to win high prizes at the biggest sport event in Southeast Asia. He also appreciated the relay in response to the 29th SEA Games held in Ha Noi in April which contributed to promote the event to Vietnamese people. Accepting the invitation of the Ambassador and expressing thankfulness for his wish, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien stressed that Vietnamese sport delegation attending the 29th SEA Games not only strived for best results, but also hoped to learn more about the organization of such events. Aiming to strengthen cooperation on the field of culture, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien suggested the two sides should support each orther to organize art performances, exhibitions, cultural festivals, particularly in the year 2018 celebrating 45th anniversary of Viet Nam - Malaysia diplomatic relation. At the meeting, the two sides also agreed to continue boosting tourism cooperation through promotion activities, connecting tours, human resource training and travel facilitation. In recent years, the number of visitors travelling between Viet Nam and Malaysia has been increasing thanks to visa exemption from September 2001 and convenient air connection.…... [read more]

NDO – The localities in the Mekong Delta region have welcomed over 17 million visitors since the beginning of the year, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Mekong Delta region concludes Can Tho city and 12 provinces of An Giang, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Long An, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. Over the past years, the infrastructure of the region has been strongly invested in. Many large bridges, such as My Thuan Bridge, Can Tho, Rach Mieu, Ham Luong and Co Chien, have been completed over all major rivers in the region. A series of important new routes have been completed, such as Can Tho - Ca Mau, Can Tho - Bac Lieu. Many other routes are also being upgraded and expanded. Investing road traffic has brought opportunities to develop the socio-economic status, including in the tourism sector. The area has a large tourism resource system. Most of the tourism resources of the Mekong Delta region associated with waterways, gardens, floating markets, are typical of the region. The region also has three biosphere reserves, five national parks, three nature reserves, three species reserves, seven habitat protected areas and one experimental science forest. These are valuable eco-tourism resources of the region as well as in Vietnam. Aiming to promote the regional tourism potential, The PM has recently approved a master plan for tourism development in the Mekong Delta region until 2020, with a vision towards…... [read more]

With a strong passion for mobility, discovery and experience, modern people can go anywhere at any time. In summer, they prefer going to the sea. In winter, upland tours are well-liked. Vietnam expects to see a 15 per cent growth in upland tours this year. Mr Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, noted that “The top task of the tourism industry in the second half of this year is to exert all the strengths to achieve the growth of least 30 per cent and this cannot be a better time for the Vietnamese tourism industry to take wings to fly.” Therefore, in addition to maintaining the charisma of central and southern coastal tourist attractions, it is also very important to boost the competitiveness of northern upland tours during the autumn-winter season to achieve this growth target. Diversified upland tours woo visitors National Day holidays will start the autumn-winter tourism season. Many have planned their travel for their families, with a majority opting out for short-day tours because they have 2-3 days off for this public holiday. In addition, there are many traditional festivals during this autumn - winter tourism season such as Mid-Autumn Full Moon Festival, Halloween, Christmas and New Year with many stimulus programmes. As a result, these tours catch the fancy of foreign travellers. Weather is very good during this season and tourists can have perfect conditions to explore, experience and contemplate the scenic landscape. To…... [read more]

The troupe, led by theater director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. A scene of the comedy Benh Si (Egotism). Photo: Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the North, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticize the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behavior. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The artists want to honor Vu’s…... [read more]

 The expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 from September 7-9, according the organization board at the press conference in the city on August 15. Journalists come from Thailand, Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China), Germany, India, New Zealand, Netherland and others. To date, more than 26 countries and territories worldwide featuring 262 display booths, such as Australia, China, Germany, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more have registered to participate in the event. The expo is expected to attract ten thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. The event is an opportunity for travel agents, hotels and representatives from tourism promotion agencies to publicize their brands and offer tourist products to local and international travelers. It also aims to promote potentials, key tourism products and strengthen cooperation among countries in the Mekong River region. The expo also includes many promotional programs, seminar of Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE), seminar about introducing major tourism markets, Vietnam-Italia tourism discussion. Started in 2005, the ITE has become one of the leading travel events in Vietnam and the region with expanded scale and diversified activities, such as exhibition, meeting between Buyer and Seller and others, promotional programs The annual event is co-organized by the HCM City People’s Committee, the ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. By THI HONG – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

A chaotic stampede is seen at a spring festival in Hanoi.  The ministry has requested government directions on its initiative, and will unveil the first draft of the decree before 2018 should the plan be given the green light, said Trinh Thi Thuy, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Elaborating on its decision, the ministry said some local festivals have recently been criticized for their violent and offensive content. Chaotic stampedes, brutal rites, widespread panhandling and price-gouging have been named among the issues yet to be solved of many traditional festivals across Vietnam. Meanwhile, a lack of legal documentation governing the organization of festivals has posed a challenge to authorities in cracking down on them, the ministry pointed out. In its upcoming draft decree, the ministry will look to sort current and future festivals into four categories, which are traditional festivals; festivals celebrating historical and revolutionary events; culture, sports and tourism festivals; and festivals originating from other countries. For traditional festivals, organizers will be required to notify relevant authorities at least 20 days prior to their commencement. Other festivals will require a permit, and only those without brutal rituals or violence will be allowed. Applications for a permit must include historical evidence of the origin of the festival, according to the ministry’s plan. No more than two donation boxes will be allowed at each worshipping site inside any festival ground to avoid commercialization of the traditional activity. Adequate…... [read more]

Vietnamese flag flies at SEA Games 29. Photo: The ceremony officially marks the presence of Vietnamese competitors at the region’s largest sport events. More than 470 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, including four paid games of bowling, hockey, cricket and synchronized swimming. According to Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan, who is head of Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation, the Vietnamese athletes will strive to pocket 49-59 gold medals to rank in the top group at the biennial event. Vietnamese delegation at the flag-hoisting ceremony. Photo: Earlier, Vietnam targeted a goal of at least 65 golds and then adjusted it as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove events of Vietnam’s strength like wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting. The delegation will also make utmost efforts to effectively perform the role as a goodwill ambassador of Vietnam to the people of Southeast Asian countries, Phan added. In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam stood third, with 73 golds, 53 silvers and 60 bronzes. The 29th SEA Games will see the participation of 4,888 athletes from the ten ASEAN member countries. Source: VNA... [read more]

NDO – The 20th Vietnam Film Festival 2017, themed ‘Building a modern and humane cinematic industry’ will take place in Da Nang city from November 24 to 28 of the same month. The information was released by the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at a press conference in Hanoi on August 15. A series of activities will be held during the five-day event, including free outdoor screenings of films, seminars on the ASEAN film industry and afterwards seminars on the development of the Vietnamese movie sector. An exhibition on Vietnamese cinema and exchanges between actors, directors, producers and audiences will also be included. In addition, there will be the acceptance of re-make films which will be featured in this year's film festival. Among them, the ASEAN Film Award will introduce the best movies in the region to the world and strenghten the role of the cinema industry in supporting the culture and friendship among nations of the ASEAN community. The 20th Vietnam Film Festival will feature the participation of 800 delegates, who will all be artist, managers, producers from Vietnam and 50 other international delegates. Under the agenda of the festival, Vietnam film weeks will be held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. The film festival aims to honor local cinematographic works featuring traditional characteristics of creativity; and pay tribute to movie makers and artists who have made outstanding contributions to the national movie industry. ... [read more]

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