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Unprecedented scene at Hanoi’s toy street before Mid-Autumn Festival

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Không còn hình ảnh những món đồ chơi Trung thu rực rỡ sắc màu treo tràn ngập, cảnh dòng người chen chúc, mua bán tấp nập trên phố Hàng Mã. Đây là cảnh tượng chưa từng có ở con phố bán đồ Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành.

Under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hang Ma – Hanoi’s largest toy street – has experienced an unprecedented mid-autumn festival this year. No more images of colorful toys hanging in front of shops and no more scenes of thousands of people busy shopping on the days before the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Previously, every Mid-Autumn Festival (the full moon of the 8th lunar month), people used to flock to Hang Ma Street to buy toys and decorations and enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere. Several weeks before the festival, this street used to be brilliantly colorful with star lanterns, unicorn heads, drums, masks, etc. Young people and children used to come here to take a walk and take pictures.

This year, Hang Ma street is quiet. Most of the shops are closed because the capital city is imposing social distancing measures.

On the morning of September 20, one day before the Mid-autumn Festival, fences were placed on Hang Ma – Dong Xuan streets. Some customers who came to buy Mid-Autumn toys for their children had to leave. Right at the fence, only one shop hung a few star lanterns and masks.

Shop owners said that Hang Ma Street has never been so sad and gloomy. All stores must close. Some stores sell toys online but customers are few.

VietNamNet took some pictures of Hang Ma Street on September 20:

Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành
Cảnh chưa từng có ở phố đồ chơi Trung thu lớn nhất Hà thành

Pham Hai – Chau Giang

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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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