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People’s Artist, Vietnam’s animation director Ngo Manh Lan dies at 87

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People’s Artist Ngo Manh Lan, screenwriter and animator of many famous animated works such as The Tale of Saint Gióng and Diary of a cricket passed away on Wednesday at the age of 87.

People's Artist, Vietnam’s animation director Ngo Manh Lan dies at 87
People’s Artist Ngo Manh Lan who has made great contributions to building and developing Việt Nam Animation Studio. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn

His grandson Dinh Tuan Vu, a young director known across the country, announced the news on his Facebook account, which reads: “My grandfather passed away peacefully and gently. That is the only consolation in this great pain”.

Referring to People’s Artist Ngo Manh Lan, people recall many animated works that have accompanied the childhoods of many generations of Vietnamese people such as: Diary of a Cricket, The Tale of Saint Gióng, Trê Cóc, The Talking Starling, Warm Clothes and Thạch Sanh.

People's Artist, Vietnam’s animation director Ngo Manh Lan dies at 87
Poster of the animated movie “The Tale of Saint Gióng”. Photo courtesy of Việt Nam Animation Studio

Ngo Manh Lan was born in 1934 in Thanh Oai, Thanh Tri, Hanoi.

He attended the first course of the Việt Nam School of Fine Arts in the Viet Bac war zone led by painter To Ngoc Van.

For years, he served in the army, participated in the Dien Bien Phu campaign and made many resistance sketches with his own style.

In 1956, he was sent to study at the Department of Animation Director at the State University of Cinema of the Soviet Union. Returning to Vietnam in 1962, he worked at the Việt Nam Doll Animation Studio (now the Vietnam Animation Studio).

He used to hold the position of Director of Việt Nam Animation Studio, participated in research and teaching for many generations of students.

Director Ngo Manh Lan graduated with an Associate Doctor of Arts degree in 1984 from the Soviet Union. He was awarded the title of Associate Professor and the title of People’s Artist in 1997.

In 2007, he received the State Prize for his works: Kitten, The tale of Saint Gióng, The talking starling, Warm clothes and Trê Cóc.

He is one of the Vietnamese film artists appearing in the Encyclopedia of Soviet Cinema.

Ngo Manh Lan won three Golden Lotus Awards, four Silver Lotus Awards, many Certificates of Merit from the Jury at Vietnamese Film Festivals and a number of international awards such as Silver Pelican at the International Animation Film Festival in Mamaia (Romania) in 1966 for the film Kitten and Golden Dove at the Leipzig International Film Festival (1970) for the film The Tale of Saint Gióng

Source: Vietnam News 

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My Dinh Stadium allowed to welcome 30 pct of viewers for Vietnam’s matches in World Cup qualifiers

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My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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Football fans in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi has approved a plan on the organisation of the matches, announced the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on October 21.

The two games will take place on November 11 and five days later, respectively. 

To be eligible for entering the stadium, spectators must be fully vaccinated with the second shot being injected at least 14 days or recover from COVID-19 within six months; test negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours before kick-off; and follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message. 

Vietnam have yet to collect any points after four matches and are at the bottom of Group B of the final qualifying round, which they played for the first time ever.
 
Vietnam are of the same group with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Oman./.

Source: VNA

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Pianist Dang Thai Son’s student comes first at int’l Chopin piano competition

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li (Photo courtesy of Chopin Institute).

Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

Another student of Son, JJ Bui, won the 6th prize.

Son, who himself was the first Asian to win first prize and the gold medal at the same competition in 1980, expressed his pride on his students’ achievements on Facebook. The Vietnamese pianist is now teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the US.

Held every five years since 1927, the Chopin competition would normally have been held last year, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s competition, held from October 2-23, drew 87 pianists from 18 nations across the globe, including 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast live on YouTube and via a bespoke mobile app, the contest attracted record online interest. Some 70,000 people watched the result streamed online./.

Source: VNA

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Hanoi stadium allows 12,000 spectators at World Cup qualifiers next month

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The Hanoi People’s Committee has announced that it will allow spectators to enjoy Vietnam’s matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia at My Dinh National Stadium in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in November.

Chu Xuan Dung, deputy chairman of the committee, signed and sent the approval to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism on Thursday afternoon.

Dung allowed related units to sell tickets at 30 percent of My Dinh’s 40,000 seating capacity so that a maximum of 12,000 fans can lively support Vietnam in each of their games against Japan on November 11 and Saudi Arabia on November 16.

Spectators must have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for at least 14 days or have recovered from COVID-19 no more than six months prior, have a negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before the game, and strictly comply with social distancing recommendations at the stadium.

The deputy chairman requested the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) ensure security and safety for the participating teams and officials attending the matches.

In addition, the VFF must designate a hospital in advance to handle possible cases of injury, illness, or COVID-19 infection.

The sports ministry and the VFF had sought permission for the two qualifying games to take place with spectators’ attendance as Hanoi had escaped the brunt of a fierce wave of coronavirus infections which have rocked Vietnam since late April, with the capital city recording just 4,374 of the country’s 872,811 community transmissions.

The city’s new cases have been on the decline and the majority of its adult population have been at least partially vaccinated.

After a leader of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports said from the capital administration’s point of view, those two matches would take place behind closed doors, the VFF reported the issue to the prime minister via the sports ministry, leading to the U-turn.

Three places down

While enjoying Hanoi authorities’ approval for spectators to attend the World Cup qualifying matches, certain Vietnamese football fans were likely dismayed to hear that the Golden Stars slipped from 95th to 98th in the October update of the FIFA rankings on Thursday afternoon.

The demotion also saw Vietnam slide from 15th to 17th in the Asia rankings.

This is the first time in two years, from October 2019 to September 2021, that the Vietnamese have not placed in the top 15 of the continental football table.

This was foreseen as Vietnam lost all their first four games in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, most recently 1-3 to Oman, and are at the bottom of Group B with zero points.

If Vietnam are defeated by Japan and Saudi Arabia next month, they will definitely be knocked out of the top 100 in the FIFA rankings. 

The final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers is contested by two groups of six teams.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s tournament while the third-place teams will play for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

This is the first time Vietnam have made it this far in the World Cup qualifiers.

The squad will resume training on October 25 as per their schedule.

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