Vietnam ranks third at Asian Aerobics Championships

Vietnamese athletes secured two golds in women’s single and team events. Meanwhile, Japan took the lead in the medal tally with four golds and two silvers. It was followed by China with three golds.

Teen takes audience choice award

My, who has been a cinema-goer from an early age, joined the Chung Ta Lam Phim (Let's make movies) project organised by the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD) in 2009 to fulfil her film-making dream. "The film is based on true stories of my family's daily life, and centres on the difference between generations. While my mum tries to forbid my younger sister from spending her money, using a mobile phone or dying her hair, my sister continues to assert herself," said My.

Hung wins final silver for Viet Nam in 400m

Hung took second place in the T11 class race with a time of 57.87sec. The closely fought contest ended in a photo finish with line honours going to Thailand's Jorchuy Kitsana. Hung's teammate Dao Van Cuong, who is the current Asian record holder, finished third in 58.38sec, which was almost three seconds slower than his time of 55.42sec in the previous Games in Qatar. Cuong set the Asian record of 54.36sec in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.

Pop singers rush to release new albums

Pop star Phuong Thanh released a solo album on Sunday, her first of the year, titled Nao Ai Co Biet (Nobody Knows). It has 10 romantic songs, all written by well-known composer Duc Tri. "The album marks 10 years of collaboration between Tri and me," Thanh says. The singer, who uses her melancholic voice to full effect, often sings about love and loneliness to strike a chord in listeners. She has never received professional training but managed to make her "God-gifted voice" unique.

Badminton player wins second Asian gold

Gold medal went to Iran's Bagheri Jeddi Jalil, who achieved a 10.89m put, while his team-mate Zqout Khamis came third. Wheelchair badminton player Truong Ngoc Binh bagged a bronze medal after a 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) loss to Chan Ho Yuen from Hong Kong.

Malaysia beat Viet Nam 2-0 in AFF Malaysia beat Viet Nam 2-0 in AFF

The loss will mean defending champions Viet Nam will face a hard task in the second leg match at Ha Noi's My Dinh National Stadium on Saturday. Although starting the game well in the first minutes, the Vietnamese side did little to trouble the well-organised Malaysian defence.

Viet Nam dominate regional table tennis tourney

HCM City-born Mai Hoang My Trang took a crucial win over Beh Lee Wei of Malaysia in the women's singles final before taking another gold in the team event on Wednesday night. Earlier, Trang and her teammate Mai Xuan Hang also won the women's doubles event.

Passing on folk dance skills

Artist Tran Duc Vien, a retired dancing teacher, proposed to shorten existing dance training courses at art institutes throughout the country. "The folk dance training schedule is too long now, which has led to a waste of time and finances," Vien said. "Concerned agencies should publish folk dances of ethnic groups in more systematically designed course books to be officially used at art institutes throughout the country."

Uncle Ho's palm leaf testimony recognised

The Centre for Viet Nam Guinness Records says the unique display at the Thoai Son District's Cultural and Tourism Complex, southern An Giang Province, will be included in the new listings to be announced on Saturday.

V-League seeks new sponsor

the VFF signed a 20-year deal to provide V-League TV rights to cable TV provider Audio Visual Global (AVG). AVG, which is licensed to operate a satellite and digital television service, plans to officially launch its 70-channel TV package soon. The price for the service has yet to be announced.

Swimmer tastes freestyle gold

Tung, 25, was faster than Siga Tamery from Malaysia, who came in second with 38.68sec, and Kaewkham Voravit of Thailand, in third with 39.93sec at Aoti Aquatics Centre. It's the first gold for Viet Nam in the second day of competition. Tung competes in the 50m butterfly today and 100m freestyle tomorrow.

Vietnam inspires Japanese Katazome painter

Most of her work is of landscapes in Vietnam and over the past 16 years, she has created almost 100 paintings depicting the country, which she has a special attachment to. “When I think of Vietnam, I become inspired, so when I see changes in the country I want to bring it to life in my work,” the Professor at the Kyoto Seika University of the Arts told the daily newspaper Thanh Nien (Young People).

Southern music seeks UNESCO recognition

March 2011 is the deadline for Vietnam to forward its dossier, said the Head of Vietnam’s National Academy of Music Associate Professor Le Toan, adding that there will be an international seminar held on southern amateur music in Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2011. A film crew from the institute began a fact-finding tour in mid-November to shoot a documentary on southern amateur music in 14 southeastern and Mekong Delta provinces over two months.

Vovinam tournament kicks off

Success at the event will be an important indicator for sports leaders who are thinking about national team selections for the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia next December.

Bodybuilders snatch silvers in Oman Games

The gold medal went to Indonesian Asrelawndi, while Thai Jiraphan Pongkam took the bronze. Mach's teammate Nguyen Van Lam added the second silver for Viet Nam in the men's under-65kg class. The silver of the HCM City-based athlete was unexpected as he came to Muscat to protect his crown.