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Vietnamese artists accused of raping 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 on June 28 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 suspicion 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 bust two large football betting rings in north-central Vietnam

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam broke up two football betting rackets whose transactions accumulated VND130 billion (US$5.4 million) and detained 19 suspects on Sunday.

Provincial criminal police officers smashed an online ring run by Nguyen Trong Tung, a 34-year-old man residing in Dong Huong Ward, Thanh Hoa City.

According to preliminary investigation results, Tung and six suspects, including Nguyen Van Dau, 28, and Nguyen Truong Thanh, 39, in Dong Huong Ward; Nguyen Van Cuong, 29, in Ba Dinh Ward; Le Bao Liem and Le Quoc Tung, 34, in Dong Hai Ward; and Le Van Phuc, 29, in Nam Ngan Ward, used the website www.agent.vi2233xx.com and opened many football betting accounts.

The suspects also opened many Master accounts and distributed them to bettors in Thanh Hoa with transactions totaling over VND130 billion.

Thanh Hoa police also busted another football betting ring and apprehended 12 suspects for allegedly gambling and organizing gambling.

The large and complicated ring was operated by Le Viet Vu, 38, a resident in Dai Mo Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.

Vu colluded with Hoang Ba Huynh, 26, in Bac Son Ward, Sam Son City, Thanh Hoa Province; Pham Van Luc, 27, in Dong Ve Ward, Thanh Hoa City; and Nguyen Van Cuong, 35, in Quang Tien Ward, Sam Son City to incite bettors to take part in the football betting ring, causing social disorder.

Pursuant to Article 322 of the 2015 Penal Code, those gambling or organizing gambling may be fined VND50,000 ($2.1) to VND300,000 ($12.6) each or be sentenced to 1-10 years behind bars.

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam broke up two football betting rackets whose transactions accumulated VND130 billion (US$5.4 million) and detained 19 suspects on Sunday.

Provincial criminal police officers smashed an online ring run by Nguyen Trong Tung, a 34-year-old man residing in Dong Huong Ward, Thanh Hoa City.

According to preliminary investigation results, Tung and six suspects, including Nguyen Van Dau, 28, and Nguyen Truong Thanh, 39, in Dong Huong Ward; Nguyen Van Cuong, 29, in Ba Dinh Ward; Le Bao Liem and Le Quoc Tung, 34, in Dong Hai Ward; and Le Van Phuc, 29, in Nam Ngan Ward, used the website www.agent.vi2233xx.com and opened many football betting accounts.

The suspects also opened many Master accounts and distributed them to bettors in Thanh Hoa with transactions totaling over VND130 billion.

Thanh Hoa police also busted another football betting ring and apprehended 12 suspects for allegedly gambling and organizing gambling.

The large and complicated ring was operated by Le Viet Vu, 38, a resident in Dai Mo Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.

Vu colluded with Hoang Ba Huynh, 26, in Bac Son Ward, Sam Son City, Thanh Hoa Province; Pham Van Luc, 27, in Dong Ve Ward, Thanh Hoa City; and Nguyen Van Cuong, 35, in Quang Tien Ward, Sam Son City to incite bettors to take part in the football betting ring, causing social disorder.

Pursuant to Article 322 of the 2015 Penal Code, those gambling or organizing gambling may be fined VND50,000 ($2.1) to VND300,000 ($12.6) each or be sentenced to 1-10 years behind bars.

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Northern Vietnam to remain cold, downpours to lash central provinces

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An enhanced cold front is forecast to continue bringing cold weather to northern and north-central Vietnam over the next few days, while the country’s central provinces will be lashed by heavy rains until Friday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cold spell was already affecting most of northern Vietnam as well as some areas in the north-central region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Northern and north-central provinces will remain cold until Tuesday, with average lows of around 13-15 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta and 10-13 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

The temperature could drop to below five degrees Celsius on high mountains.

Showers and winds of up to 20km an hour will also be recorded in the northern and north-central regions.

Due to the influence of the enhanced cold snap, rains of 100-180 millimeters will batter the locations from north-central Ha Tinh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Province from Sunday night to Tuesday.

From Wednesday to Friday, central Vietnam will continue to experience downpours of 100-200 millimeters.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control suggested that the provinces from Ha Tinh to Khanh Hoa take measures to prevent damage from flooding, especially flash floods and landslides.

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An enhanced cold front is forecast to continue bringing cold weather to northern and north-central Vietnam over the next few days, while the country’s central provinces will be lashed by heavy rains until Friday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cold spell was already affecting most of northern Vietnam as well as some areas in the north-central region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Northern and north-central provinces will remain cold until Tuesday, with average lows of around 13-15 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta and 10-13 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

The temperature could drop to below five degrees Celsius on high mountains.

Showers and winds of up to 20km an hour will also be recorded in the northern and north-central regions.

Due to the influence of the enhanced cold snap, rains of 100-180 millimeters will batter the locations from north-central Ha Tinh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Province from Sunday night to Tuesday.

From Wednesday to Friday, central Vietnam will continue to experience downpours of 100-200 millimeters.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control suggested that the provinces from Ha Tinh to Khanh Hoa take measures to prevent damage from flooding, especially flash floods and landslides.

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UNESCO recognizes pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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