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Hundreds run to raise fund for children with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City

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Hundreds of athletes, artists, and local residents participated in a charity run in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday morning to mark the 15th anniversary of the Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper-backed Thuy’s Dream Foundation for children with cancer.

The Sunflower Run, organized by Tien Phong, the Vietnam Youth Union in Ho Chi Minh City, and the Students Assistance Center, kicked off at the Vinhomes Central Park in Binh Thanh District at 7:00 am on Sunday.

The event attracted hundreds of athletes, artists, and local residents.

Participants pose for a photo at the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tien Phong

Participants join the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tien Phong

Aside from the offline race, an online run as part of the event will also take place from May 22 to June 22.

For each of the first 5,000 participants who sign up for the online race, Tam An General Hospital will donate VND100,000 (US$4.3) to the fund for children with cancer.

Participants can register for either the five-kilometer, 15-kilometer, 21-kilometer, 42-kilometer, or 100-kilometer marathon via irace.vn/races/duong-dua-hoa-mat-troi.

After completing the registered marathon, participants will be rewarded with an electronic certificate and electronic medal.

Participants pose for a photo at the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Participants pose for a photo at the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Members of the Vietnamese national under-23 football team has symbolically taken part in the marathon by signing on a ball.

The ball will be sold in an upcoming auction, and the proceeds will be added to the fund for children with cancer.

A series of activates will be organized by Tien Phong and the Vietnam Youth Union in Ho Chi Minh City until September to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Thuy’s Dream Foundation.

Participants pose for a photo at the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Participants join the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

The Thuy’s Dream Foundation was set up by Tien Phong to support children with cancer as well as to honor Le Thanh Thuy, a high school girl famous for her long fight against bone cancer prior to her surrender on November 2, 2007.

More than VND49.5 billion ($2.1 million) has been fundraised thanks to events related to the foundation in the past 15 years.

Vietnamese artists talk to a young cancer patient at the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Vietnamese artists talk to a young cancer patient at the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Vietnamese artists pose for a photo at the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Vietnamese artists pose for a photo at the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Young rapper Shumo and his parents join the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Young rapper Shumo and his parents join the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications Lam Dinh Thang hands scholarships to children with cancer in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications Lam Dinh Thang hands scholarships to children with cancer in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Disabled weightlifter Le Van Cong at the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Thien Thanh / Tien Phong

Disabled weightlifter Le Van Cong at the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Thien Thanh / Tien Phong

A family takes part in the Sunflower Marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

A family takes part in the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Participants are provided with water during the marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Minh Duy / Tien Phong

Participants are provided with water during the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Minh Duy / Tien Phong

A ball signed by members of the U23 Vietnamese men’s football team is presented at the event in Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

A ball signed by members of the Vietnamese national under-23 football team is presented at the event in Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tien Phong

Participants pose for a photo at the marathon in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Minh Duy / Tien Phong

Participants pose for a photo at the Sunflower Run in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 22, 2022. Photo: Minh Duy / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese artists accused of raping underage British girl in Spain await arraignment: deputy minister

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The two Vietnamese artists who have made headlines since last week for their arrest in Spain due to an accusation of having raped a 17-year-old British girl last month have found themselves a lawyer and are waiting for arraignment, according to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong.

The police department of the tourist island of Majorca confirmed last Friday that they had arrested two Vietnamese males over sexual assault allegations on June 25.

Spanish and British media reported that the two Vietnamese citizens stayed at a hotel in Sant Elm on the island and met a 17-year-old girl from the UK, who roomed with her family at a different hotel, at a restaurant on June 24.

The three exchanged ‘intimate’ gestures before returning to the hotel room of one of the two Vietnamese men. 

The girl later reported to local police that she had been raped in the hotel room. 

Authorities took the girl to the Son Espases hospital for a check-up and arrested the accused.

While the men’s identity and occupations were not revealed by the Majorca authorities, local reports said they were “an actor and a musician aged 37 and 42.”

In Vietnam, popular actor Hong Dang and famed musician Ho Hoai Anh have made front-page news ever since Friday last week as a video of the duo enjoying a trip in Majorca uploaded on June 24 cast doubt on their relation to the rape case.

Dang and Anh’s state-run management agencies also suspended their working schedules while national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) has censored programs featuring the two artists.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

In response to reporters’ requests during a press meeting on Tuesday morning, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said that the incident related to Dang and Anh remained a question.

“There is no new information, but these two people were still out on bail as of Sunday [July 3] and have not been prosecuted,” the deputy minister said.

“They are waiting to see the judge and have successfully hired a lawyer to handle legal matters.

“The embassy [of Vietnam in Spain] has sent staff to their place to provide legal help.”

Hong Dang, whose full name is Le Hong Dang, is a Vietnamese actor born in 1984 and managed by the Hanoi Opera House and the Vietnam Drama Production Center under VTV.

He started his acting career in 2004 and has played roles in many VTV dramas, but only rose to stardom in 2011.

He won the ‘Impressive Actor’ awards at VTV Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the prize for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ at the 2016 Golden Kite Award, Vietnam’s version of the Oscars, by the Vietnam Cinema Association.

Ho Hoai Anh is a Vietnamese musician and music producer born in 1979 and has worked at the Vietnam National Academy of Music for 20 years.

He won the ‘Musician of the Year’ prize at the prestigious Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards in 2010 and was awarded the state title of ‘Meritorious Artist’ in 2015.

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Police parade, martial arts, shooting performances take place in Vietnam’s Hue Citadel

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The final round of a police command, shooting, and martial arts competition, joined by officers from 16 provinces and cities, kicked off in Hue Citadel in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday.

Organized by the Ministry of Public Security from Monday to Wednesday, the contest’s finals are aimed at celebrating the 60th anniversary of the traditional day of the People’s Police force (July 20).

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The event attracts the participation of 1,500 officers from People’s Police University and police units in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Lam Dong, Tien Giang, Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, Quang Binh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, and Thua Thien-Hue.

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The opening ceremony of the final round was attended by Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Public Security, several other police officials, and officials of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

It featured a parade of the mounted police force at Ngo Mon Square, as well as martial arts and shooting performances by police officers.

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese commune official suspended amid accusation of groping tenth grader

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The chairman of the commune-level Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam has been suspended from work after being accused of groping a tenth grader.

The 15-day work suspension was given to Luong Van Toi, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune, Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa.

Competent authorities have reviewed and verified the video footage that appeared to show Toi groping the schoolgirl, Do Xuan Nam, Party chief of Thuong Xuan District, confirmed on Monday.

As the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune does not have a vice-chairman, the commune’s deputy Party secretary will take over from Toi during this period.

At around 4:20 pm on June 28, a man was caught on CCTV walking into the yard of a local house and talking to L.T., a tenth grader who lives at the residence.

The man then approaches the young girl and touches her shoulder and back.

After a few moments, he grabs T. and tries to kiss her, before she resists and pushes him away.

After looking at the video clip, T.’s family members believed that the man in the footage is Toi, thus they filed a denunciation to the authorities of Thuong Xuan District.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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