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VietNamNet Bridge - The exhibition entitled “Future Bodies of Asia”willfeature video, installation and performances by three artists from Japan: Off-Nibroll, Fuyuki Yamakawa and Atsuhiro Ito. The event will take place from August 25 to September 9 at Salon Saigon, Heritage and Contemporary Art, 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street, District 3, HCM City. Artwork by Fuyuki Yamakawa Since entering the 21st century, our lives have rapidly changed due to highly developed information technology and digital technology. In such time, senses of our physical bodies have been expanding at a daily level through various platforms such as virtual reality, the internet and mobile tablets, causing extensive transitions to our physical senses. This project will feature the aspect of transforming human bodies by the cause of technologies, as well as how regional cultures and human bodies could relate to each other, by investigating and exploring what physical bodies could be in Asia at this time through exhibitions, performances and discussions. Besides video, installation and performances by three Japanese artists, a special selection of video works by local artists Le Hoang Bich Phuong and Xuan Ha will also accompany the last presentation of this traveling project (first presented in Japan, then Singapore and Thailand since early 2017).  On the opening night, Fuyuki Yamakawa will also delivers a collaborative performance with local musician/producer Do Tan Si. This project is curated by Kenji Kubota. Off-Nibroll was formed in 2005 by visual director Keisuke Takahashi and choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara. They explore the unlimited possibilities offered by space,…... [read more]

NDO – Wushu artist Duong Thuy Vi and cyclist Nguyen Thi That brought home two more gold medals for Vietnam on the second official day of competition (August 21) at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Hanoi-born martial fighter, Thuy Vi, convinced referees with an eye-catching performance in the women’s qiangshu event, which featured impressive and difficult maneuvers, and was therfore given a mark of 9.67 points. It was Thuy Vi’s second consecutive individual gold medal at this year’s SEA Games, following her jianshu title claimed on August 20. Concerning the women’s daoshu event, Hoang Thi Phuong Giang missed out on another medal for Vietnam, finishing fifth with 9.37 points, 0.27 point compared to the Singaporean bronze medalist and 0.3 point behind the Indonesian gold medal winner. Nguyen Thi That secured Vietnam’s second gold of the day as she won the women’s criterium category (seven laps totally measuring 35km), clocking a time of 1:02:09. Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is expected to add two additional gold medals to Vietnam’s tally after making it through to the women’s 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly finals. Vien topped the 100m backstroke preliminary round with a time of 1:03.84, while finishing second in the 200m butterfly qualification round. Overseas Vietnamese swimmer Le Nguyen Paul qualified for the men’s 50m butterfly finals after finishing second in the preliminary round with 24.21 seconds, 0.04 second slower than Singapore’s famous swimmer, Joseph Isaac Schooling. Le Nguyen’s gold medal outlook is not so bright…... [read more]

NDO – Nhan Dan Online selects outstanding events that made the headlines over the past week. PM visits Thailand, holds talks with Thai counterpart Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha. During the visit, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as seeking ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, along with illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement concerning criminal extradition and a treaty pertaining to mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements with the aim of avoiding further issues. PM Phuc also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he attended the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding between ministries, sectors, localities and businesses of both nations. During the visit, the Vietnamese government leader also held meetings with Thai officials and local communities, as well as the Vietnamese community in Thailand. National Assembly Standing Committee…... [read more]

NDO – Nearly 200 international and Vietnamese artists will participate in the 11th Autumn Melodies Arts Festival, held from August 19 to 27 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event is the only festival in Vietnam in the field of symphony, chamber music, opera and ballet. This event is held every two years. The ‘great party’ promises to bring the high quality spiritual foods closer to the music lovers. On the occasion, Meritorious Artist Tran Vuong Thach, who is also the conductor and Director of Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra (HBSO), granted an interview to Nhan Dan Weekly Newspaper to share about the festival. Changing in selective thinking Q: Compared to the 10 previous times, what is the new feature of the 11th Autumn Melodies Arts Festival 2017? A: The biennial Autumn Melodies Arts Festival has long been a high-quality brand of art in Ho Chi Minh City, filtering the quintessence across three types - Opera, chamber music, symphony and contemporary dance. Every time we organise, we try to find high quality spiritual foods to send to the public, for example, in this year’s event will be the opera named ‘The Bat’ from the composer Johann Strauss. The opera is full of drama, promising to offer many levels of emotions to the audience. The program brings together over 200 international artists from worldwide countries and leading Vietnamese artists. Among them, many talented young artists have won international awards such as Tran Le Quang…... [read more]

NDO – After the first two gold medals won by the wushu competitors Duong Thuy Vi and Hoang Thi Phuong Giang in the morning of August 20, archer Chu Duc Anh excelled in claiming the third gold medal for Vietnamese sports delegation at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. >>> Wushu martial artists bring home first two golds As expected, Duc Anh defeated host’s athlete Khairul Anuar Mohamad 6-2 in the men’s one-string bow archery event to earn the first gold medal for the Vietnamese archery team in this year’s SEA Games. The team won two silvers and one bronze in previous competitions. Previously, Anh performed extremely well as he defeated another host player Muhammad Akmal Nor Hasrin with the score of 6-2 in the semi-final to reach the final match. Duc Anh is the only Vietnamese archer presenting in the semi-finals of the men's and women's singles. His teammate, Loc Thi Dao, who won the gold medal in the women’s one-string bow at the Asian event in March, lost in the quarterfinals. The hope for additional medals is still in the hearts of Vietnamese archers as in the next two days they will play doubles and mixed one-string bow events. After the first two gold medals in the morning, Vietnam’s wushu team won another bronze medal in the afternoon, thanks to Nguyen Thuc Anh’s performance in the female’s Nanquan event. Anh score a relative high score of 9.63, but could not beat…... [read more]

For the August 21-24 visit to Japan, the Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung will include a number of heavyweight corporates hoping to find Japanese partners to either participate in state divestment or establish long-term presence in Vietnam. Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), FPT JSC, Vietjet Aviation JSC, Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk), Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), State Capital Investment Corporation, and Novaland Investment Group Corporation, among others, are the companies represented in the investment promotion delegation to Japan on August 21-24. The delegation, led by Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung, aims to appeal to Japanese investors with their stable operating platform and aspiration to expand. Vietnamese businesses looking for expansion opportunities With Sumitomo Life Insurance Company (Japan) as its strategic partner holding 18 per cent capital, as well as large foreign shareholders like Deutsche Bank AG, Target Value Fund, and CitiGroup Global Market Ltd., among others, BVH’s representative is expected to speak at the Conference on Investment Promotion in Vietnam in Japan. BVH is also one of the top companies in Vietnam in terms of capitalisation on Vietnam’s stock exchanges (over VND39 trillion—$1.7 billion on August 16), and has maintained stable business performance for several years. In 2012, Sumitomo Life became BVH’s strategic partner following HSBC’s divestment. Since then, Sumitomo Life has provided much-needed assistance for Bao Viet in developing products, diversifying distribution channels, implementing information technology in insurance…... [read more]

NDO - Four months after Viettel launched the first 4G services in Vietnam the number of subscribers has risen to an impressive 3.5 million, underlining the great potential of this technology and is therefore easy to understand why all carriers have the price card at the core of their strategies. Cheaper than 3G When 4G was still a plan on paper, all of the carriers announced that the costs would be cheaper than 3G and the current prices have been as promised. As the first carrier to commercialise 4G since April this year, Viettel has offered its subscribers a wide choice of 4G plans with varying prices and data limits, such as VND40,000 (US$1.76) for one gigabyte of data or VND70,000 (US$3.08) for 2 gigabytes of data. Arriving a bit slower to the race but with more ambition, Vinaphone offers even cheaper plans such as VND70,000 for 2.4 gigabytes of data or VND90,000 (US$3.96) for 3.6 gigabytes of data. In order to not to be left behind, Mobifone also offers attractive 4G data plans similar to those of Vinaphone. Besides the card prices, carriers also make their services more attractive by adding special features to each plan. Vinaphone impresses their customers with cheap prices for extra data, while Mobifone entices users with high-quality 4G-based services, such as movies and music. Viettel also offers a wide range of special 4G data plans for those who spend a lot of time surfing Facebook or watching YouTube videos, with very…... [read more]

 Vietnamese runner Hoang Thi Thanh (Photo: VNA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Vietnamese runner Hoang Thi Thanh on August 19 grabbed a silver medal in the women’s marathon event at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia. Thanh won a bronze medal at the previous games in Singapore in 2015. She is currently a national record holder with a time of 2:45:9. Also on August 19, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, accompanied by Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Le Quy Quynh, visited the Vietnamese sport delegation at Berjaya Times Squares Hotel. The minister said that Vietnamese athletes should promote the images of Vietnam and its people, while fostering solidarity and friendship with ASEAN countries. He also expressed his hope that the delegation will achieve the best results in the games. Meanwhile, Ambassador Le Quy Quynh said the Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will create favourable conditions for the delegation. The opening ceremony of SEA Games 29 is scheduled to kick off at 7pm (Vietnam time). Delegations of 11 Southeast Asian nations will join a parade, which will be followed by an art performance show. Vietnam is sending more than 470 athletes to compete at SEA Games 29 in Malaysia. They are scheduled to take part in 32 out of 38 sports at the region’s largest sport event.-VNA ... [read more]

NDO – The 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games officially kicked off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 19, following a colourful opening ceremony held at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, which impressed everyone in attendance with a stunning light show and dazzling firework displays. The ceremony began with the procession of the flags of the 11 participating countries, followed by a parade of contingents and athletes as well as the raising of the SEA Games Federation and the KL2017 flags. President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar, and Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, delivered their welcoming address. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V, then declared the Games officially open, followed by an oath-taking ceremony read by Malaysia’s national high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa. The 29th edition of the Games, which runs from August 19 to 30, brings together some 4,900 athletes from 11 countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor Leste and hosts Malaysia. A total of 404 gold medals in 38 sports are up for grabs, with ice skating, ice hockey, indoor hockey and cricket being held for the first time. As of 10.30pm on August 19, Vietnam is sitting seventh in the provisional medal tally with three silvers and one bronze. Meanwhile, Malaysia still remains on top with seven gold medals, followed by Singapore and Thailand with three each. Here following are some photos…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam has a long-standing tradition of venerating teachers as people who provide knowledge and mould future leaders and quality citizens. At a recent meeting held to review the 2016-2017 academic year and set tasks for the 2017-2018 academic year, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha admitted that many teachers had failed to meet demands of education reform.   So it was shocking to learn that a position held in the highest esteem in society requires the lowest pass marks in a university entrance exam. As per the latest announcement of cutoff marks released by many pedagogical institutions, high school students virtually failing the entrance exams qualify for admission to become teachers, at just nine out of 30. To say this is shocking would be to put it mildly. Vietnamese 12th graders took the national exam in June with separate tests in math, literature, English and basic sciences. Their total scores in three of these tests are used to determine which university or college, if any, will accept them. This paper recently carried poignant stories about really bright children missing out on a college of their choice by a fraction, and many people questioning the preferential treatment given to students from rural areas and poor families. Now, it turns out that as long as you score just three out of 10, yes, you heard that right, just 30 per cent marks in an exam qualifies a student to train as a teacher. A high school…... [read more]

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