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The most technologically advanced World Cup ever

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Minh Nguyễn

Minh Nguyễn

This year’s World Cup has been known for several unique traits that have never occurred before. For starters, it is in winter instead of the traditional summer. It is also the most expensive World Cup ever, with a estimated bill of around US$220 billion, the ban of alcohol and more. However, not everything about the tournament this year is controversial. It has introduced to us some of the most advanced technology the sport has ever seen. So I thought I’d use the opportunity to get technical! 

The Al Rihla ball. Photo courtesy of Adidas

 The Al Rihla ball

The 2022 World Cup’s ball is absolutely unique. Its leather has an Inertial Measurement Unit sensor which can detect the exact moment the ball is hit, without negatively affecting the performance. It is utilised with the 12 cameras placed in various places across the stadium in order to provide all the necessary info to the referees and managers. Indeed, the data not only helps the officials, but also aids the coaches on their players as well as the opponents.

Semi-automated offside

Normally with the use of VAR, the video team still has to spend a little time re-watching the footage so as to determine if the play has been offside or not. Nevertheless, the aforementioned Al Rihla ball as well as the camera system will alert the VAR team automatically about the offside decision, which will allow the decisions to be made more quickly and precisely. This system has been successfully tested at some of the previous FIFA tournaments, including the Arab Cup and the Club World Cup, both in 2021. However, this technology still sparked some controversies in some of the matches so far, including the first disallowed goal from Ecuador in the opening match.

 

How the semi-automated offside is portrayed in 3D

Better experience for fans

FIFA has introduced a mobile app which enables fans to track every single player’s statistics in the tournament. This is very convenient for us as we don’t have to search for a different website to check our favorite players. Moreover, we can see these numbers anywhere as we always bring our smartphones along.

Broadcasting has also become more and more advanced through the years, as the number of TV channels and websites that offer us World Cup experiences have increased by a large number compared to the previous tournaments. Additionally, the quality of the broadcast has also improved a lot, with 4K being the norm these days.

Enhanced security for fans at the stadium

Safety for supporters has always been a great concern for every major tournament. With the aim of guaranteeing this issue, the board has installed an estimated 15,000 cameras with facial recognition in order to identify any wrongdoers, as well as to prevent terrorism, which has been a concern for a long time in the Middle East.

So there you have it. The World Cup organisation has so far raised a few eyebrows to say the least. But one thing’s for sure, it is the most high-tech tournament the game has ever seen. VNS

 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/the-most-technologically-advanced-world-cup-ever_339379.html

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Free film screenings celebrate founding of the Communist Party of Việt Nam

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A scene from Vietnamese blockbuster Tôi Thấy Hoa Vàng Trên Cỏ Xanh (I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) that is being screened for free at National Cinema Centre.— Photo courtesy of Galaxy Cinema

HÀ NỘI — The National Cinema Centre is giving out free tickets for the Vietnamese blockbuster Tôi Thấy Hoa Vàng Trên Cỏ Xanh (I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) and the documentary Đoàn Kết Là Sức Mạnh (Unity is Strength) from now until Sunday (February 5).

The free screenings are to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Việt Nam(February 3, 1930 – February 3, 2023).

‘Unity is Strength’ affirms the right path to independence, freedom and reunification of the country chosen by President Hồ Chí Minh, the Vietnamese Communist Party and the people. —  Photo courtesy of People’s Army Cinema

Unity is Strength is part of the series Con Đường Đã Chọn (Chosen Path) produced by the People’s Army Cinema. The 30-minute documentary shows the path to independence, freedom and reunification of the country chosen by President Hồ Chí Minh, the Vietnamese Communist Party and the people.

The feature I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, directed by Victor Vũ and adapted from the novel by best-selling author Nguyễn Nhật Ánh, is an emotional story about the homeland, family, and childhood.

Released in 2015, the film was a cinematic phenomenon in the domestic box office, earning over VNĐ80 billion (US$3.6 million). It was listed among the top 10 outstanding cultural events in Việt Nam and won the Bông Sen Vàng (Golden Lotus) prize at the 19th Việt Nam Film Festival in 2015.

It was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It also won many prestigious awards, including Best Film at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2016, the Golden Lotus award at the 19th Việt Nam Film Festival, the Golden Kite award at the Việt Nam Film Festival 2015, and Best Film at the second Silk Road International Film Festival in 2015 in China. The film competed in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Oscars in February 2017.

Free invitation tickets are being distributed at the ticket counter of the National Cinema Centre, located at 87 Láng Hạ Street. Each person can get a maximum of four tickets. The films are screened every day until Sunday at 5.40pm. VNS

 

 

 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/entertainment/free-film-screenings-celebratefounding-of-the-communist-party-of-viet-nam_341367.html

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HCM City’s theatres ready for Tết

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LAUGH IT UP: The Thế Giới Trẻ (World of Youth) Drama Club on Cống Quỳnh Street in District 1 will offer a new comedy Thả Thính Mà Không Dính (Fail at Flirting) to entertain audiences during the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday. — Photo courtesy of the club

HCM CITY — HCM City’s theatres promise a variety of new shows to suit audiences of varying musical and dramatic tastes during the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday.

The Small Theatre on Võ Văn Tần Street in District 3 will offer the musical Đại Náo Thuỷ Cung (Fight for the Ocean) for children from January 22 to 29.

The play sends a message of environmental protection, featuring a group of children on a journey to protect the ocean.

Meritorious Artist Mỹ Uyên, the theatre’s director, told to local media: “I decided to stage a play for children because they also need entertainment during Tết. All the artists and I very feel happy when staging a special performance for children in such a special occasion.”

For comedy fans, the Thế Giới Trẻ (World of Youth) Drama Club on Cống Quỳnh Street in District 1 will offer two new comedies Thả Thính Mà Không Dính (Fail at Flirting) and Nghiệp Quật (Retribution) each night from January 22-30.

Thả Thính Mà Không Dính, a co-production with the HCM City Theatre Association, highlights funny stories happening daily at a coffee vendor, featuring veteran and young actors such as People’s Artist Hoài Linh, Nam Thư and Hồng Trang.

Nghiệp Quật has attracted young actors from the HCM City University of Theatre and Cinematography. The play focuses on messages about karma.  

According to the theatre’s representative, they are trying to create more new exciting plays to serve audiences and offer opportunities for young actors to show off their skills.

Another option for laughs is the musical Em Em Chị Chị (Brother and Sister) staged by the IDECAF Drama Stage.

Directed by Quốc Thịnh, the play focuses on the challenges and competition in the entertainment industry, featuring young actors Võ Minh Lâm and Lệ Trinh.  

The play will be first staged at 4pm and 8pm on January 23, 25 and 29 at the Thanh Niên (Youth) Stage at 4 Phạm Ngọc Thạch Street in District 1.

Traditional art

TRADITIONAL PLAYS: Meritorious Artist Vũ Luân will play a leading role in two cải lương plays, Hoa Mộc Lan (Mulan) and Kiếp Tằm (Life Cycle of Silkworm), which will be staged during Tết. — Photo courtesy of Sen Việt Theatre

For fans of cải lương (reformed opera), there will be more quality plays from popular theatres.

The Gia Bảo Entertainment Company will stage the classic cải lương play Hoa Mộc Lan (Mulan) on January 25, or the fourth day of Lunar New Year.

The play will attract the performance of veteran actors such as Meritorious Artists Vũ Luân, Kim Tiểu Long and Tú Sương, along with young actors Bình Tinh and Lê Thanh Thảo.

Bảo said: “Hoa Mộc Lan is a lovely and funny play which is suitable for the holiday season. I hope the play will become a good start for the cải lương art of Việt Nam in 2023.”

The play will be performed at the Trần Hữu Trang Theatre on 136 Trần Hưng Đạo Street in District 1.

The Sen Việt Theatre will perform Kiếp Tằm (Life Cycle of Silkworm), a historical play written by playwright Lê Duy Hạnh and directed by Meritorious Artist Lê Nguyên Đạt on January 26, 27 and 28, or the sixth, seventh and eighth of Lunar New Year.

The play highlights a conflict in politics to gain power between two best friends, featuring Meritorious Artists Vũ Luân and Lê Trung Thảo.

Meritorious Artist Đạt said: “Renewing a classic play is also a way to attract audiences, especially youth, and remind them of the country’s history, traditional culture and lifestyle.”

The play will begin at 8pm at 5B Võ Văn Tần Street in District 3.

The Trần Hữu Trang Theatre, the city’s leading cải lương troupe, will offer an interesting feast for cải lương lovers with two new plays, Ngai Vàng và Tội Ác (Throne and Crime) and Tuyệt Tình Ca (Goodbye Song).

The performances will feature Meritorious Artists Trọng Phúc and Ngọc Đợi, together with young actors from the theatre.

The two plays will be staged on January 30 and February 4 at 136 Trần Hưng Đạo Street in District 1.

As is their tradition, the theatre will offer free shows for residents living in outlying districts such as Nhà Bè and Củ Chi and workers at industrial parks and export processing zones during the holiday.  

The shows began this week and will continue through January 26. — VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/entertainment/hcm-citys-theatres-ready-for-tet_341117.html

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‘My goal is always the same’: Linh aims to be V.League 1 top scorer

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Striker Nguyễn Tiến Linh competing in V.League 1 last year. He aims to become the top scorer of the V.League 1 this year. Photo danviet.vn

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HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Tiến Linh, the star striker for the national team, has set his sights on dominating the V.League 1 this year and ending the season as top scorer.

“My personal goal is always the same in the national premiere league. I always want to score a lot of goals. Hopefully, this year I can become the top scorer,”  Linh said on Monday.

His nearest competition will be a little bit closer to home this season than last. Linh will be competing alongside last season’s V.League 1 top scorer Rimario Allando Gordon, who joined Bình Dương from Hải Phòng where he scored 17 goals last season.

In addition to Gordon, Bình Dương also have Việt Cường, Sỹ Giáp and rookie Neto Nogueira.

“Bình Dương having V.League 1 2022’s top scorer Gordon is good news for the team. For Linh, it is an honour to compete with Gordon. We will unite and fight for the club’s achievements. Competition to be the leading striker will be fierce,” Linh said.

Meanwhile, Bình Dương’s target is to compete for accolades this year.

“In the 2023 season, Bình Dương’s players have changed a lot, but we will definitely keep the spirit of solidarity and confidence,” Linh said.

“I think the goal set by the club’s leaders is not too difficult. We are ready to fight and hope to achieve our goal this season.” Linh added.

Linh has been nominated for the Golden Ball award 2022, along with other four players: Đỗ Hùng Dũng of Hà Nội FC, Nguyễn Hoàng Đức of Viettel FC, Đặng Văn Lâm of Topenland Bình Định, and Nguyễn Văn Quyết of Hà Nội FC.

“Being in the top five of the Vietnamese Golden Ball 2022 is an honour for me. Last year, I finished third in this award. In my opinion, every Vietnamese player wants to take this title. All players in the top five have had a successful year in their club and national team. Everyone has his advantages, and this year, if anyone is named, I congratulate him. In the short term, I hope to be invited to the awards gala night before being named,” Linh said.

In the 2022 season, Linh scored nine goals and was the second-best domestic striker in the league after striker Tuấn Hải (10 goals). VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/my-goal-is-always-the-same-linh-aims-to-be-vleague-1-top-scorer_341255.html

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