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ASEAN 2020: Exhibition on ASEAN traditional costumes opens in Hanoi

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in collaboration with embassies of ASEAN countries in Vietnam, held an exhibition of ASEAN traditional costumes in Hanoi on October 21. 

The event is meant to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the ASEAN Community and Vietnam’s holding of the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020. It will last till October 28.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said the event is meant to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the ASEAN Community and Vietnam’s holding of the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020.

It is also to introduce culture, lifestyle and people of ASEAN member states through the beauty of traditional costumes, strengthen mutual understanding among the peoples in the region, and contribute to expanding economic, investment and tourism cooperation.

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ASEAN traditional costumes are introduced at the exhibition’s opening ceremony (Photo: VNA)

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ASEAN traditional costumes are introduced at the exhibition’s opening ceremony (Photo: VNA)

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Visitors to the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

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Visitors to the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/asean-2020-exhibition-on-asean-traditional-costumes-opens-in-hanoi-683082.html

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HCM City guitarists to perform in Da Nang

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A group of guitarists from HCM City will have a one-night performance at the annual Da Nang Guitar Concert 2020 – entitled: Around the World – at the Nguyen Hien Dinh Theatre on Saturday (December 5).

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Guitarist Nguyen Thanh Huy from HCM City will play at the annual Da Nang Guitar Concert 2020 on December 5. Photo courtesy Da Nang Festival and Event Organisation Centre 

The city’s festival and event organisation centre said Saigonese guitarists will play solo, duo, trio, duo guitar and flute with melodies and rythms composed by authors from Italy, France, Russia, Canada and Spain.

Trio Thanh Huy-Ngoc Nien-Quang Huy will introduce O trio Magico of Roland Dyens and Baiao de Gude of Paulo Bellinati on the opening night.

Le Ngoc Nien will play solo with Un Sueno en la floresta of Agustin Barrios Mangore, while Nguyen Thanh Huy will do his own performance with Lulla&Pushkin Waltz of Yuri Smirnov; Cancion y Danza No.1 of Antonio Ruiz Pipó and Zapateado by R. Sainz de la Maza.

Quartet performances including Ngoc Nien, Le Cong Nam Anh, Quang Huy and Dinh Quang will play Around the World by Patrick Roux; Tango del Sol (Hommage to the Sun); Ama-zone-E (Hommage to the forest); and Introduction et Fandango of Luigi Boccherini.

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Solo Le Ngoc Nien of HCM City will play solo and duo in a single night performance in Da Nang. Photo courtesy Da Nang Festival and Event Organisation Centre 

Minh Trang and Quang Huy – in a duo flute&guitar – will perform three pieces: Mia&Sebastian’s theme; Audition (The fools who dream) and City of Star in the film: La La Land (Oscar music Award) of Justin Hurwitz.

Duo Nguyen Thanh Huy-Huynh Ba Tho will play Suite Italiana of Mario Gangi and Jongo of Paulo Bellinati at the performance.

It’s an annual guitar concert that Da Nang has hosted since 2013.

People can get free tickets at Le Do Cinema at 46 Tran Phu Street in Da Nang, or the city’s Exhibition centre at 9 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street.

The performance will last 85 minutes from 8pm to 9.30pm.  VNS 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/hcm-city-guitarists-to-perform-in-da-nang-694308.html

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Joint stamp issue marks 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Cuban Embassy in Hanoi jointly held a ceremony on December 2 to issue a set of stamps marking the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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Made by the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications and the Cuban Ministry of Communications, the stamps are expected to contribute to promoting the land, people, history and culture of the two countries.

Made by the MIC and the Cuban Ministry of Communications, the stamps are expected to contribute to promoting the land, people, history and culture of the two countries.

Designed by Vietnamese artist To Minh Trang from Vietnam Post and her Cuban counterpart Roberto Menéndez Roiz, the stamps, measuring 4.6 x 3.1 cm, feature the castle of Santo Domingo de Atarés in Cuba and Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Vietnam, which are both recognised by UNESCO as world cultural heritage sites.

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Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera speaks at the event. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera highlighted the fine relations between Vietnam and Cuba and their mutual support over the last six decades.

Of particular note, during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuba received timely assistance from the Vietnamese Party, State, and people, she said.

The stamps will help Vietnamese and Cubans understand more about the land and culture of the other country, the ambassador believed, thus contributing to preserving the time-honoured friendship for the next generations./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/joint-stamp-issue-marks-60th-anniversary-of-vietnam-cuba-diplomatic-ties-694473.html

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VAR is taking the fun out of football

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WAITING GAME: Players stand waiting for the VAR to make a decision. AFP Photo.

Paul Kennedy

Apparently, it takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong, and sadly I don’t do it often enough.

But I feel obliged to use this column to confess to a terrible error of judgement I made.

Like a complete idiot, this time last year or thereabouts I said that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) would be good for football.

Foolishly, I thought it would get rid of dubious shades of grey and everything would be simply black and white.

How wrong I was.

You could argue that my dramatic U-turn is done purely out of loyalty to Liverpool, my team. And yes while it’s true they have been on the receiving end of some wicked VAR decisions this season (eight have gone against them, more than any other Premier League club) that is not my motivation.

An injury-time VAR penalty decision given against Liverpool on Saturday preventing an away win at Brighton sure did hurt, but that’s not the only sickener born out of the dodgy decisions.

The lack of consistency is shocking, something pointed out by Liverpool’s Andy Robertson this week.

He said, and rightly so, that if his tackle on Danny Welbeck on Saturday was a penalty as decided by VAR, then penalties should have been awarded on a number of other occasions last weekend, particularly in the Southampton-Manchester United game on Sunday.

It also seems to me that on too many occasions, referees are using the system as a safety net. No longer are they making the big decisions themselves and instead they pass the buck to others to make the call.

Refereeing standards have gone backwards because of this, and while I don’t really see things improving in the short term, there has to be some sort of review of the system.

Tennis for instance could be a good barometer.

Each player receives two challenges per set to review line calls. If the player is correct with a challenge, then the player retains the same number of challenges. If the player is incorrect with a challenge, then one of the challenges is lost.

Could something similar be brought into football?

A manager may be allowed to challenge one decision per half, and say one more if extra time is played in cup games.

It wouldn’t solve the problem 100 per cent but it could be something worth looking at.

Football is a fast game, played by athletes at the height of physical fitness. It’s exciting, unpredictable and full of energy.

Yet more often than not we are seeing games slow down, and, sorry to say it, the fun is being extracted from football.

Way back when, when I incorrectly believed VAR would be good for the game, the idea was it would stop people questioning afterwards what might have been. Was it a penalty? We’ll never know. Was it offside? Well the goal was given, so I guess not.

But once again I was wrong, as all football fans, players, managers and pundits seem to be talking about post-match is VAR.

Something has got to give. Something needs to change.  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/818812/var-is-taking-the-fun-out-of-football.html

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