Sticking around: Ambassador David Devine (right) and Secretary General of the Francophonie Abdou Diouf (middle) during the Francophonie Festival at the Ha Noi University in March. — Photo courtesy of Canadian Embassy In honour of Canada's National Day celebrated on July 1, Ambassador David Devine spoke to Viet Nam News about the significance of the occasion and the growing relationship between the two countries. On Canada Day, fami-lies from across Canada will gather for backyard barbeques, in one of Canada's famous national parks, or join thousands of people on Parliament Hill at official Canada Day Celebrations to show our pride in our country and all of its accomplishments. As Canada–Viet Nam relations continue to strengthen in so many important areas, we in Viet Nam also have a lot to celebrate on this special day. Last year, Canada and Viet Nam celebrated 40 years of friendship. On the cultural side, we hosted memorable concerts by renowned Canadian pianist Alain … [Read more...] about Canada-Viet Nam relations continue to strengthen
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HCM City to host martial arts event The 2015 World Martial Arts Festival will be held in HCM City from April 19-25. The competition is expected to attract thousands of athletes competing in 20 disciplines from all over the world, including China, Japan, and Canada. A martial arts workshop and exchanges between competitors will also take place. The tournament is being co-organised by the World Martial Arts Union, the National Sports Administration and HCM City's People's Committee. Vien's US training to cost $200,000 Viet Nam's foremost female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has left for the United States to continue her long-term training session, which will cost US$200,000. Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien – Photo: PNOL The expenses will be borne by the National Sports Administration and her Military Club. Vien will train at the Saint Augustine Centre in Florida under the guidance of coach Cray Anthony Teeters, a member of the Gator Club, where the world's leading swimmers … [Read more...] about Sports News 7/1
A workshop organized in Hanoi recently, attended by officials and experts from many ministries and agencies, to set the standards to choose Vietnam's national flower. Lotus, yellow apricot, peach blossom or….? In many countries, flowers have become national symbols. If one mentions "the land of cherry blossom," "the country of roses," or "the country of tulips," everyone would know immediately that he talks about Japan, Bulgaria or the Netherlands. Some neighboring countries of Vietnam have their national flowers: Laos with champa flower, Malaysia with rose-mallow, the Philippines with jasmine. Meanwhile, Cuba chose butterfly jasmine, Canada has a maple leaf, Cambodia selected rice and Australia is known by the kangaroo. In 2006, fashion designer Minh Hanh used the lotus as patterns on ao dai for chiefs of states who attended the APEC Summit in Hanoi. Many people think of the lotus as the national flower of Vietnam. Until now agencies have not officially … [Read more...] about Which flower will be Vietnam’s national flower?
(VOVworld)-Ho Chi Minh City held a meeting on Sunday to mark the 67th National Day on September 2. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the municipal leaders paid tribute at Ho Chi Minh Museum and attended the opening ceremony of an exhibition highlighting Vietnam's 67 years of national construction and defense. The Chairman of People's Committee Le Hoang Quan was addressing the ceremony:'"The spirit of the August Revolution and the National Day on September 2 will stay in the Vietnamese people's mind forever. The municipal citizens pledge to try their best for further progress in socio economic development, national construction and defense for a prosperous country, equal society and socialism.'" Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the city's leaders presented awards to outstanding individuals and businesses in recognition of their contribution to national construction and defense. In the southern province of Bac Lieu, local leaders and people made an incense offering to Ho Chi … [Read more...] about Vietnam celebrates its 67th National Day on September 2nd
Five countries attend Hanoi Int'l Aikido Festival Nearly 200 athletes and coaches of 23 delegations from five countries and territories around the world have gathered for the Hanoi International Aikido Festival being held in Hanoi from October 28-30. Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (14 December 1883 - 26 April 1969), referred to by some aikido practitioners as Osensei ("Great Teacher"). Ueshiba envisioned aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but as an expression of his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation. The martial art entered Vietnam 50 years ago. Currently, it has been developed in many cities and provinces over the country such as Hanoi, HCM City, Danang, An Giang, Khanh Hoa, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau. The sports has attracted 3,000 athletes to 12 clubs in the capital … [Read more...] about SPORT NEWS IN BRIEF