San Francisco-HCM City Sister City Committee gives out award

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The San Francisco-HCM City Sister City Committee yesterday conferred the literary award on Hue-based writer Tran Thuy Mai.

THUA THIEN HUE —

The citation said the award had been given "In recognition of your voluminous and award-winning work in the fields of literature and screenwriting including the composition of short stories and novel. Much of your work has been translated into numerous languages. We are also honoured to recognise your achievements in the preservation of folklore."

Music awards were given away to composer Pham Duy and researcher Prof Tran Van Khe.

HCM CITY — An exhibition of paintings by 58 arts teachers from primary and high schools in Hue opened in the central city on Thursday.

The exhibition celebrates the Viet Nam Teachers' Day, which falls on November 20. On display are paintings and art works with various materials, including oil, silk, acrylic, lacquerware and wood-engraving, that capture the country's landcapes, people and other features.

The Arts Teachers' Painting Exhibition, organised by Hue City's Division of Education and Training, will remain open until Monday, November 21, at the Hue Exhibition House on 4 Hoang Hoa Tham Street.

TUYEN QUANG — Seven needles made of animal bones dating back 6,000 years were recently unearthed from Tham Trong Cave in the northern province of Tuyen Quang.

Prof Trinh Nang Chung, head of the excavation team, said the six-to-eight centimetre-long needles were polished along their length and sharpened at one end. He guessed that the needles might have been used to thread tree bark string to make clothes.

Scientists have also gathered various pollen samples dating back to the pre-historic era for further research.

More than 1,500 stone tools have also been found including 10 sets of grinding tools, where remnants of a red mineral powder thought to be used as a cosmetic for either living people or the bodies of the deceased, with the notion that red was the colour of eternal life.

Many animal teeth, shells and nuts have also been found. Sea shells found at the site suggested the early relationship between local residents and those from coastal regions, scientists said.

HA NOI — People are invited to take part in a dance contest for the song Be My Baby, the title track on K-pop girl band Wondergirls' new album Wonder World.

Participants should upload video clips of their dance routines set to the song to Youtube and email the URL along with their nationality and country of residence to South Korean's entertainment company JYP at wgbemybaby@gmail.com.

The entry deadline is November 30.

Winning teams will be announced on December 5 on the news section of the VisitKorea site and the JYP event page on Facebook. Three international teams will win a free 4 day, 3 night trip to South Korea plus a free tour of Seoul and the JYP office, plus have the opportunity to attend a Wondergirls fan meeting.

The contest aims to celebrate the Wondergirls' second album. — VNS

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