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HCM City Theatre Association honours best theatrical plays in 2020

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The HCM City Theatre Association on Friday granted awards to critically and publicly acclaimed theatrical works created in 2020 at an awards ceremony held in HCM City.

HCM City Theatre Association honours best theatrical plays in 2020

The Hoang Thai Thanh Drama Theatre’s Mút Chỉ Cà Tha (Remote Isle) was awarded the A prize for best theatrical work in 2020 from the HCM City Theatre Association. File photo courtesy of the producer

The Hoang Thai Thanh Drama Theatre’s Mút Chỉ Cà Tha (Remote Isle) was given the A prize for best theatrical work.

The play, written by Ngoc Phung and directed by Meritorious Artist Thanh Hoi, is based on popular writer Nguyen Ngoc Tu’s short story Thương Quá Rau Răm about the life of people living on a remote isle called Mút Cà Tha, and their neighbourhood.

The association also awarded an A prize for the historical cai luong (reformed opera) play Lê Công Kỳ Án (Tales of Gia Định’s Commander) produced by the Tran Huu Trang Cai Luong Theatre.

The play was written by Meritorious Artist and scriptwriter Huu Danh and Pham Van Dang, and directed by People’s Artist Tran Ngoc Giau and Meritorious Artist My Hang.

The tragedy depicts the controversial life and death of Le Van Duyet, a national hero who contributed to the growth of South Vietnam in the 19th century.

In addition, the organiser gave B prizes for the dramatic play Búp Bê Không Biết Khóc (Dolls Don’t Know How to Cry) produced by the Hero Film Entertainment Limited Company, and the circus play Mekong Show by the Phuong Nam Art Theatre.

A series of four short plays by the HCM City Small Theatre received a B prize. The plays include Keo của Kiệt (Miser), Tình Yêu Bùng Binh (Love at a Roundabout), Của Trời Cho (Gift from God), and Giấy Giới Thiệu Diệu Kỳ (Magical Introduction Paper).

People’s Artist Tran Minh Ngoc, chairman of the HCM City Theatre Association, said: “All five theatrical works made a deep impression on audiences, and were highly appreciated by critics.”

He said that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, theatres in HCM City have faced difficulties, but have tried to remain open and ensure the safety of the audiences. Directors found new ways of staging and invested a lot of effort to make the performances effective.

“We hope the awards contribute to creating more positive energy for theatres to continue staging new works in 2021,” Ngoc said.  VNS 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/hcm-city-theatre-association-honours-best-theatrical-plays-in-2020-709990.html

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Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager

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Doan Nguyen Duc, owner of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) expressed his openness to the Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand) to discussing their intention of recruiting his club’s manager Kiatisuk Senamuang, saying that he’s willing to listen.

Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager
HAGL owner Doan Nguyen Duc and coach Kiatisuk Senamuang in a recent durian planting event before Kiatisuk returned to Thailand. Photo courtesy of HAGL

After Nishino Akira was fired, there were many questions about who would replace the Japanese manager in the Thai national team.

In July, Thailand’s number one superstar Chanathip Songkrasin said he wanted Kiatisuk to come back to Thailand’s national team manager position.

Recently, the media in the “Land of the Golden Temple” confirmed that the Football Association of Thailand is looking at Kiatisuk as a strong candidate for this position.

Despite rumours, the 47-year-old Thai still has two years left on his contract with HAGL.

However, club owner Duc will still consider any offer.

“I will agree to let Kiatisuk return to Thailand to lead the national team if they really want him,” Duc told Pháp luật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (The HCM City Law newspaper).

“If they really want Kiatisuk, they should feel free to come to Vietnam to talk. I have not received any information from the Football Association of Thailand. They have not called or contacted my club. However, I will still be willing to listen.”

“During the complicated Covid-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to go to Vietnam. However just inform me first and I will think about it,” Duc said.

“It is important to know when the V.League 1 will return. If it’s soon then there can’t be any negotiation, but if there’s no news about when the league will return, then I’m happy to let him go back. Why keep someone when others need him more at the moment?” The 59-year-old HAGL president asked.

Kiatisuk returned to HAGL at the beginning of this season. Immediately, the Thai football legend made major changes. From an unstable team, HAGL is on top of the league table with an unbeaten record.

After the V.League 2021 was postponed until the beginning of next year due to the pandemic, Kiatisuk allowed HAGL players to have a break while he returned to Thailand.

Previously, Kiatisuk led the Thai national team to great success reaching the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Source: Vietnam News

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Việt Nam News Olympics news bulletin – August 5

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Aussie Keegan Palmer takes gold medal in the men’s park skateboarding. For all latest news from the Olympics, please join our virtual AI Phuong.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1004450/viet-nam-news-olympics-news-bulletin-august-5.html

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

The Vietnam national futsal team that played Iraq in a friendly on May 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.


The Vietnam national futsal team has moved up one place in the August update of FIFA futsal world ranking.

After beating Lebanon in the World Cup qualification playoffs in late May and claiming a ticket to Futsal World Cup 2021, Vietnam climbed from 44th to 43rd on the FIFA futsal world ranking. In the August update, only Vietnam and Japan improved their positions in Asia.

The top three positions in the world remained unchanged, with Spain first, followed by Brazil and Argentina. In Asia, Iran continued to lead, followed by Kazakhstan and Japan.

The national team has started training since late July. They are set to fly to Spain on Aug. 25 to participate in a friendly tournament with hosts Spain, Japan and Guatemala. They will play another exhibition match with Morocco on Sept. 6, before entering Futsal World Cup, held in Lithuania between Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

At Futsal World Cup, Vietnam are grouped with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Panama. The team will play their first game against Brazil on Sept. 13, then Panama on the 16th, and the Czech Republic on the 19th.

This is the second time Vietnam qualified for the event, after the first in 2016.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-ascend-fifa-futsal-world-ranking-4336202.html

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