Thứ Hai, 31 tháng 12, 2012
Most prominent cultural events in 2012
Hung Kings’ worship ritual recognized as world cultural heritage
The unique practice of worshipping Hung Kings in Phu Tho province,
According to researchers, no country in the world has a similar ritual to the worship of the nation’s ancestors in
Therefore, the worship of Hung Kings has become a unique cultural ritual in the spiritual life of the nation. It is also a symbol of origin that stimulates solidarity and national pride.
Cultural researchers said the worship of the national forefathers in
Also in 2012, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda’s Buddhist woodblocks (located in Tri Yen commune, Yen Dung district, Bac Giang province) were recognized as UNESCO world documentary heritage in May.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda now preserves over 3,000 Buddhist woodblocks, carved from the 16-19 centuries to serve training of Truc Lam Zen Buddhist monks. Each woodblock has two sides, carving reverse Han Nom scripts of various contents: medicine, literature, spells, Buddhist rules, etc.
The largest woodblock has a length of more than 1m, a width of 40-50cm with unique carved patterns.
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is known as the "grand temple," a major Buddhist center of the Tran Dynasty, an important place of the three founders of the Truc Lam Zen Buddhism (Tran Nhan Tong – Phap Loa - Huyen Quang).
Currently, the UNESCO is considering recognizing
The public got angry with the “kissing” scandal between pop star and monk
The kiss between singer Dam Vinh Hung and a Buddhist monk on the stage of a charity show on November 4 in
As soon as the case was reported by the local media, the two monks were identified. They were also penalized: being kept in for three months. The young monk then returned to secular life while the singer had to pay VND5 million fine.
This “kissing” scandal and a series of scandals related to the outfit of models and artists in 2012 have raised an alarm about the degradation of consciousness and culture of some artists.
Bang Kieu and Khanh Ly licensed to perform in Vietnam
In late September, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Nhan, an official of the Performing Arts Agency, said that the agency granted a performing license to overseas Vietnamese singers Bang Kieu and Khanh Ly until December 2012.
This is not only good news for Khanh Ly and Bang Kieu and their fans but it also shows the open view of the management agency.
Until now, the information about Khanh Ly’s return is unclear but Bang Kieu’s first show in
The second Hanoi International Film Festival 2012 was held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in November, attracting movies from 31 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific.
More than 100 feature films, documentaries and short films were screened at nine cinema complexes, including 37 competing in the categories of Best Feature Movie, Best Short Film and the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema Award.
Two Vietnamese films competed with 12 others for Best Feature Movie are: Thien Menh Anh Hung (Blood Letter) and Dam Me (Passion). “Blood Letter” took the award of the jury, the second most important prize for the feature film category.
Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said this film festival provides an opportunity for Vietnamese artists and actors to exchange cultural values and professional experiences and helps spread the image of
Classic music goes to street
The project to take classic and jazz music from formal stage to the street (at No. 61 Ly Thai To street,
In 2012, the LUALA concert is praised for better quality, with the participation of top singers like Thanh Lam, Hong Nhung and My Linh.
The LUALA concert was co-organized by DX Corporation, the Music Publishing House, and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO).
Participating in the program were popular artists such as 21 members of the VNSO and other orchestras in the capital, music editor – musician Tran Manh Hung, sound consultant – artist Nhat Ly, violinist Xuan Huy who led 20 other string instrument artists.
Besides this, the “LUALA Concert Fall Winter 2012” will feature many famous symphony and light music artists, promising to enthrall the
Compiled by T. Van
Chủ Nhật, 30 tháng 12, 2012
The northern mountainous
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung made the request at a ceremony on December 29 recognising Ba Be Lake as a special national relic and registering
Chairman Hung noted that over more than one hundred years, generations in
Bac Kan’s work on behalf of the nation continued well into the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, uniting the Party, local authorities, and residents in a combined effort to capitalise on the province’s advantages. Chairman Hung said recognising Ba Be lake as a special national relic has created a valuable opportunity to promote, preserve, and develop the region’s heritage. Classifying
The NA Chairman voiced his faith in the Party’s and local people’s ability to honour their revolutionary, patriotic tradition and overcome any difficulties encountered during the comprehensive reform process.
During his working visit to
George Soros spending New Year’s Eve in Da Nang
The world's 22nd richest billionaire George Soros and his wife arrived Saturday in the central city of
Upon the arrival of his special aircraft, the Hungarian-American billionaire was immediately escorted by bodyguards to a car and headed towards the city’s most luxurious resort, the InterContinental.
Sources say the billionaire will spend three days in
His residence in the resort costs US$2,000 - $3,000 a day, and is almost definitely protected.
The 82-year-old is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of
As of March 12, Soros was listed by Forbes as the 22nd richest person in the world, the world's richest hedge-fund manager, and number 7 on its list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, with a net worth estimated at $20 billion.
He is also the chairman of Soros Fund Management.
He was spotted in
Last Christmas, Mark Zuckerberg, owner and founder of the world’s largest social networking service and website Facebook, was also in
Vietnamese teen boys crazy about weed
Tobacco from cigarettes is mixed with crumbled weed to roll a joint that has become popular among teenage boys in
Young boys in
Smokers say the weed has picked up in popularity as it is cheap, easily available and can be passed off as smoking tobacco.
A high school student, N.T.A., who says he quit after more than two years, said weed smokers usually go in group and there is a lot of empathy. “When one laughs, others join in, and the same thing happens if one cries.”
He also said many small beverage shops on
A Vietweek reporter spotted a group of students enjoying a smoke after school at a shop near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
One boy crumbled some dry branches of the “fragrant weed” in one palm with his thumb, mixed it with tobacco from cigarettes, and rolled the mixture in cigarette paper.
Q.T., a high school student who has been smoking the weed for nearly two years now, said once a student is already smoking cigarettes, “it’s very normal” that he starts smoking fragrant weed soon.
He said smokers feel very thirsty after smoking and can drink copious amounts of water, and after drinking, the fragrance of the weed would induce them to smoke again.
He said he and other students use the weed as it is as normal as cigarettes and only “slightly addictive.”
The weed is called “battery” at shops in
“One just needs to change from having pho and smoothie for breakfast to sandwiches and iced tea and he will save enough for a pack,” T. said.
Some users said smoking the fragrant weed is not always a happy experience.
Nguyen Duc, a college freshman, said “Every time I smoke, I forget everything. Then I feel fatigued and would sleep for several hours.
“During the first months, I ate a lot and it never felt full, but after more than a year, I have been eating much less than normal.”
Dr. Nguyen Khac Dung, a psychiatrist, said the private hospital he works for has recently received a lot of young people with problems like “slight detachment, uncontrolled emotions such as sudden sadness or happiness for no apparent reason, and short memory losses.”
He said, users call the weed “brain eraser,” since they can end up looking ignorant and silly after sometime.
Dung also claimed the weed can decrease libido among men who use a lot of it.
Smokers say weed sold on the market is sometimes mixed with other substances including glue for profit, so long-term users grow the plant by themselves at home.
Several users said weed packs sold on the street also contain seeds that grow easily.
“It’s as easy as growing potted plants,” said Q.C., a high school student.
“Just scatter the seeds and water the soil regularly to maintain humidity. You can harvest after around three months.”
Users believe home-grown weed is of good quality and would protect them from any health problems.
It is sold for nearly VND27 million ($1,300) a kilogram among the users,Vietweek found.
One of the traders, D.A., a second-year college student from the northern highlands
He said he started by sharing weed with several friends as a gift. He also refused to show the Vietweek reporter his marijuana garden.
Under Vietnamese law, producing or storing 500 grams of cannabis or more is a criminal offence.
Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the Air
Grand ceremony marks “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air” victory
A grand ceremony was held in
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong together with Party and State leaders, former leaders, heroic mothers, heroes and war veterans that had taken part in the 12-day-and-night campaign, attended the event.
Representatives from the Russian and Chinese Defence Ministries and military attachés of
Delegates at the ceremony said the glorious victory helped the Vietnamese people triumph against the
In his opening speech, President Sang stressed that “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air” was one of the historic victories of the 20th century, which continues to write golden pages in the history of the nation’s struggle against foreign invaders.
“The victory helped the Vietnamese army and people liberate the South and reunify the country in the spring of 1975,” he said.
It also intensified the world revolutionary movement and consolidated trust in victory among progressive force struggling for peace, national independence, democracy and social advance, he added.
According to the President, today, as a peaceful and reunified country,
He said that the adoption of the Platform for national construction during the transitional period to socialism (supplemented, developed in 2011) and the 2011-2020 Socio-economic Development Strategy at the 11th National Party Congress continues to affirm the national construction and defence policy in the new period. It will transform
To successfully fulfill these targets and tasks, it requires the Party, army and people’s determination, he noted.
Sang stressed that the Vietnamese Party, State and people will always be grateful to fraternal socialist countries, international friends, and peace and justice lovers across the world - including the
Upholding the nation’s tradition of friendship,
He added that
The President affirmed that with the pride of glorious victories and the tradition of patriotism, the Party, army and people are determined to continue and develop the honourable tradition during the current national construction and defence.
“We will seize all opportunities and overcome all challenges to construct and defend
Earlier, a delegation of Party, State, National Assembly, Government, and Vietnam Fatherland Front leaders paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum on the 40thanniversary of the “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the Air” victory.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, joined the delegation.
The delegation laid a wreath at Martyrs’ Monument in
Source: VNA/ Photo: PANO
Horrors of “manual” abortion
VietNamNet Bridge - Abortion, the end of the development process of a being-formed human body should have been one of the safest medical procedures, but there are still “manual” abortion procedures in the modern time today.
“Manual” abortion not only removes the unwanted pregnancy, but also claims the lives of the mothers. That's a hefty price to pay for ignorance.
The tragic death
In September 2011, the police of Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province said that Ms. Kha Thi B, 18 years old, a resident in Nghe village, Van Mai commune died of an abortion.
Forensic autopsy results showed that the victim had uterine perforation at the waist, punctured vagina, hematoma at the waist muscle near the spine, mesenteric tear, vaginal bleeding and bleeding in abdomen, and she died of acute blood loss.
On July 29, 2007 Ms. Vi Thi X from Tien Phong commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An province, was hospitalized in a coma, fluid under the skin. The patient died during the first aid, also because of manual abortion.
It was identified that the woman came to see a local herbalist for an abortion. A few days after that, she had severe abdominal pain. She was brought to hospital but doctors could not save her.
One day later, also in Nghe An, Ms. Lo Thi Them, 44, a resident of Don Phat village, Cam Muon commune also died from manual abortion at the home of a herbalist in Chau Thon commune, Nghe An.
Ms. Nguyen Thi D, from Thai Binh province, died of manual abortion in Hoa Binh province. Forensic examination revealed that from her vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, all were decayed and black as mud. There were signs of severe sepsis in all organs.
Another maternal complication case due to manual abortion in Hoa Binh is Thanh, 42, from Com village, Lien Vu commune, Lac Son district, Hoa Binh province. She went to a local herbalist, 80, to break the 4-month-old pregnancy. As a result, Ms. H. admitted to hospital in a state of hemorrhaging, infection, and was transfused with 600ml of blood.
Abortion with holy water
All these tragic cases are derived from a single cause: abortion with unsafe methods, using sticks, inhalant and herbal medicine.
Looking back at the history of mankind, when medicine was undeveloped, the world used various ways of abortion. The most common of which was the use of plants such as: erigeron, pungent mint and others. The use of plants to abort caused serious side effects.
But it is very odd that in this 21st century, people voluntarily let quacks perform unsafe abortion measures.
The most important reason is that the victims in these cases all lack of knowledge about sex resulting in unwanted pregnancy. They were ashamed and they went to quacks to abandon the unwanted babies, where abortion is not recognized by law in order to avoid the public but could not avoid death.
In Yen Phu commune, Lac Son district, Hoa Binh province, we were truly creepy horror in the way of abortion applied by Mrs. Bui Thi E, 80, who caused abortion complications for Thanh, 42.
In a tumbledown thatched hut that had nothing worthwhile except for a red painted altar and an old wooden bed, E performed abortion procedures for a lot of people with “holy water” and “mulberry sticks.”
According to a victim, first, E prayed in front of the altar and took a bottle of water from the altar to give it to the patient. She said: "It is holy water, remember to drink it three times a day." Actually, the "holy water" is ... ginger juice.
The next step, she used a knife to cut a dried mulberry branch of around 7cm long, one end sharpened, the other end was tied with catgut. It is most frightening when she told the patient to take off her pants and lie on the bed to poke the sticks into the vagina until it reach the fetus. She left the stick inside the vagina, only leaving the rope out and told: "When the stick falls out, you do not have to drink the holy water."
Later that day, the patient had stomachache. Five days later, the fetus fell out but at the same time she also had her uterus cut because of severe infection.
That “measure” was also applied by a herbalist in Cham Mat, Hoa Binh city and Mr. Bui Van Lon, 60, in Thu Phong commune, Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh. In 2004, he was sentenced because of doing abortions with sticks. However, he still practiced abortion illegally.
Mrs. Vi Thi Quyet in Nghe An, who was hailed as "being very ingenious in abortion," performed hundreds of abortions and also caused the death for Vi Thi X (Tien Phong commune, Que Phong, Nghe An).
This woman often used a small piece of rod like a medicated motorcycle spoke of about 10cm long, to insert into the cervix to make abortion.
A village nurse named Quang Ba Tong in Quanh village, Chau Thon commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An had a more special way: tying two condoms together to the tip of a plastic tube and inserting into the uterus to pump inhalant for Mrs. Lo Thi Them.
Also, in Ung Hoa District,
There are also cases of abortion by herbs, which are not proved by sciences for abortion use. Today, not only the young people in the remote areas, but even women in the capital still use herbs for abortion.
What is the cause?
According to doctor Hoang Thi Tam, from Lac Son district hospital, Hoa Binh province, most of the women who saw quacks for abortions are underage or single so they were afraid to go to clinics. Besides, a part of them lacked knowledge or they were too poor to go to hospital.
According to statistics,
Based on that we need to promote the education of minors, enhance the dissemination and communication on reproductive health, safe sex, contraceptive methods and family planning in the remote areas. Especially we have to strengthen the management of illegal abortion services.
The nun who once raised Philipp Roesler dies
For illustration purpose only. Photo: AFP
Sister Marie Marthe of Divine Providence Portieux, whose real name was Do Thi Suon, has passed away in the Mekong Delta’s An Giang Province.
Sister Marie, a nun who raised many orphans including the current Vice Chancellor of Germany - Philipp Roesler, died at the age of 82 at a retirement home in Cu Lao Gieng in Cho Moi District, according to the obituary of the Divine Providence Portieux.
Her funeral followed her death at the monastery chapel in Cu Lao Gieng on December 29.
Sister Marie Marthe is the character Tuoi Tre mentioned in an article on November 3, 2009, when we traced back to the place where Philipp Roesler, the then German Minister of Health, lived during his childhood.
Marie Marthe is known as a nun dedicated to nurturing orphans, teaching English to children and adults at the monastery of Providence Council of Soc Trang in 1973 because she was very good at both English and French.
Thứ Sáu, 28 tháng 12, 2012
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