Dong Quoc Cuong – the Coach of Swimmers with Disabilities

The 49 photos taken by Jamie Maxtone-Graham portray the women who are all members of clubs set up by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA). Over three days in January, a group of 24 women from the clubs told stories, sang songs, played theatre games and made masks assigned by a group of young artists. When the masks were complete, photographer Jamie Maxtone Graham then took portrait photos including the masks so that the women made up one chain of experience, solidarity and togetherness. “Like their stories, these women are all unique but they have this thing they share and are united in it – both in their experience of domestic violence and in their admission of it. That admission, that is the really difficult work,” said the photographer.... [read more]

The festival was a venue for more than 3,000 Vietnamese and international volunteers from 100 voluntary organisations in Hanoi to discuss issues of common concern and donate blood as a significant contribution to society and the community which brings happiness and joy to patients. Head of the Central Institute for Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Nguyen Anh Tri said the institute is ready to help young volunteers come up with different ways to mobilise and encourage more young people to donate blood. A variety of events were also held during the festival including an exhibition to introduce voluntary activities, portraits of young volunteers and a release of 1,000 balloons with messages from volunteers.... [read more]

The stamp set was designed by painters Tran The Vinh and Vu Kim Lien with a model of stamps priced at VND2,000. It featured portraits of late President Ho Chi Minh in the Party banner, which reflected the official subject of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The stamp model involves the feelings of all the Information and Communication sector’s staff to honour the party congress, Le Doan Hop, Information and Communication Minister said. He added through domestic and international postal network, the stamp set also affirmed the role of the Party which led the country to its historic victories.... [read more]

This is the message that radio programmes on Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) Traffic Information Channel for the National Highway want to share with audiences driving on the roads linking the two ends of the country. After the success of the VOV Traffic Information Channel in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the strategic unit of the first real radio channel in Vietnam is busy preparing to launch its exclusive version for road users on National Highway1A. This version, called You will never drive alone will be on air at FM 91MHz in 2011. As a version of the VOV Traffic Information Channel, information on the traffic situation will dominate the programme. However, its content is totally different from the programmes for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Vu Minh Tuan, Director of the VOV Traffic Information Channel, said that Rush Hour, a popular programme in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will not be included in this version. Unlike the fast pace of information in the programme for those cities, the National Highway programme will have a slower rhythm and feature brief traffic news and weather forecasts updated every 30 minutes. The news airtime will vary depending on the traffic situation on the highway. Priority will be given to road accidents, risk warnings and traffic problems. There will be a wide range of buffer programmes between the news reports to share driving experiences, information about dangerous roads, portraits of interesting people and survival skills for drivers to deal…... [read more]

Millions of hearts for the soldiers When yellow apricot flowers start to bloom, presents from all corners of Vietnam are sent to DK1 soldiers. They include apricot flowers, parallel sentences, sticky rice, vermicelli, tea, and letters from students from all over the country. This year, in addition to Tet gifts from the Ministry of Defence, the Naval Forces, and the High Command of Naval Zone 2, DK1 soldiers received 20 presents worth VND66 million from the Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper and 15 modems from Viettel Telecom Company. Presents are gathered at the habour of Flotilla 811 two days before being dispatched. Witnessing the tearful parting moments, Do Thi Chi, Head of the Ba Ria - Vung Tau provincial Youth Union Committee, said that local youth are always thinking about DK1 soldiers. Receiving the presents, Colonel Truong Cong The, Vice Political Commissar of Naval Zone 2 expressed his thanks for people’s whole-hearted support. The presents will be a motivation for DK1 soldiers to protect the country’s sovereignty, The said. Tet wishes sent through walkie-talkie It took Naval Ship 853 two hours to reach the DK1 station at Phuc Tan. However, a strong wind and huge waves made it impossible for the crew to use canoes to carry the presents to DK1 although the distance between the ship and the station was only 30 metres. Lieutenant-Colonel Pham Quyet Tien finally decided to use a piece of cable and plastic bags to transport the presents. Then he came back to the ship’s communication…... [read more]

Thousands of people, including more than 850 Vietnamese workers, have arrived at the Salloum Border Gate between Egypt and Libya over the past days. It has never been so crowded and awkward. While trying to flee from the troubled situation in Libya, many Vietnamese workers have list their identity papers but they are very careful to keep a photo of the late President Ho Chi Minh with them because they believe they will have good luck if they keep Uncle Ho’s portrait by their side. Quang, who keeps Uncle Ho’s portrait with him and counselor Phan Minh Quang Entering Salloum Border Gate at 3am in freezing weather, a Vietnamese worker from the Huyndai Amco Company met a representative of the Vietnamese Embassy and said “ I have a photo of late President Ho Chi Minh. Can I bring it into Egypt?” All the people in the delegation were moved to tears when they heard this question. Trang from Ba Vi, Hanoi, brought a photo of Uncle Ho with him when he worked in Libya and now he want to bring it home. Trang said “We asked our manager to allow us to hang Uncle Ho’s portrait during holidays because it reminds us of our homeland. Trang said he always hangs Uncle Ho’s portrait in his home. “I want to introduce international friends to Uncle Ho who devoted his whole life to the homeland and his compatriots, so I want to bring his photo with me.” This image of President Ho…... [read more]

The organizing board says entries, sized 13cm x 18cm, must be taken between January 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011. Photos can be sent to the Vietnam Journalists’ Association, No. 59 Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. The deadline for entries is July 31. An awards ceremony will be held on National Day (September 2) together with an exhibition of the best photos selected from the contest entries. The first prize is VND10 million and two second prizes of VND7 million each will also be awarded. Three third prize winners will pocket VND5 million each, and there will be 10 consolation prizes worth VND2 million each.... [read more]

Phuong Thao, named “Grass Perfume” by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, is a leading photographer at the major Czech daily MF Dnes. When Phuong Thao was 17 years old she placed first in the Hanoi Teachers’ TrainingUniversity’s entrance test and subsequently won a scholarship to study overseas. After graduating from a CzechRepublic university in 1997, she was recruited by MF Dnes Daily. She achieved her fame with accomplished portraits of some of the country’s most renowned personalities. Many Czech politicians are now familiar with the name “Nguyen Phuong Thao”. Her photography has been recognized by a number of prestigious awards over her 15 year career, including Honorable Mentions in the 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007 Czech Press Photo Contests. She also organised her own photographic exhibition in October 2010. Working and living in Praha, she returns to visit her relatives in Vietnam every year.... [read more]

The exhibition’s photos showcase the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA)’s activities over the past 10 years. They capture moments at US and international courts of conscience, justice hearings, AO victim support initiatives, and the determination of AO victims to overcome their suffering. The exhibition’s particular focus on second generation victims shows the poisons’ lingering impact on the lives of the innocent. One portrait subject, Hoa Binh Village’s Nguyen Hong Loi, won a medal at the national swimming tournament. Pham Thi Thuy Linh, born without hands, is still striving to become a painter. The exhibition aims to encourage the public and its younger generations to better their understanding of war aftermath and AO victims’ everyday bravery. It will run until August 15.... [read more]

Tropical storm Nari’s torrential rain did not deter residents from all walks of life from flocking to the funeral service at the Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee’s meeting hall on October 12. Some photos taken in Quang Binh: Youth union members carrying General Giap’s portrait The General’s altar inside the Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee’s meeting hall... [read more]