Singapore, Thailand step up aerospace cooperation

Singapore’s Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIN) and Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost their aerospace cooperation on February 15.

The MoU signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 2023 Global Space and Technology Convention held in Singapore. The MoU provides a framework for them to work more closely in earth observation application, discuss space policies and study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Both sides will also make further contributions to aerospace development in the region, including projects at ASEAN’s Sub-Committee on Space Technology and Applications.

OSTIN Executive Director David Tan wished to work more closely with GISTDA to strengthen their aerospace ecological systems and boost bilateral collaboration.

GISTDA Executive Director Pakorn Apaphant said both countries not only benefit from the MoU but also could expand effective cooperation in Southeast Asia./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Teams from Vietnam, RoK to meet in billiards super cup

The billiards teams of Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) are set to compete against each other in the Hollywood Asia Super Cup held in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam, from February 17 to February 19.

The tournament is being organised by the Asian Carom Billiards Federation (ACBC) with the aim of commemorating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between both nations, reported Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV).

Based on the rankings, three male and two female three-cushion players, as well as one male and two female nine-ball players, will represent each country.

A number of famous Vietnamese billiards players will compete in the three-cushion event, including Tran Quyet Chien, Nguyen Duc Anh Chien, Nguyen Tran Thanh Tu, and Nguyen Hoang Yen Nhi.

Nguyen Bich Tram, Bui Xuan Vang, and Nguyen Anh Tuan will represent the country in the nine-ball event.

The Korea Billiards Federation (KBF) has selected Heo Jeong-han, Kim Jun-tae, and Cha Myung-jong based on the World Carom Billiards Federation (UMB) three-cushion rankings, as well as Jang Ga-yeon and Han Ji-eun for the women’s three-cushion based on domestic rankings.

Elsewhere, Kwon Ho-jun will feature in the men’s and Seo-ah and Lee Woo-jin will appear in the women’s nine-ball event.

The total prize money on offer is up to 38 million KRW (29,500 USD), including 25 million KRW (19,400 USD) for the winning team./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Algerian playwright’s work on President Ho Chi Minh staged in Vietnam

The Vietnam National Drama Theatre (VNDT) on February 15 began production on the play “Ngu?i di dép cao su” (The Man in the Rubber Sandals) by Algerian playwright Kateb Yacine.

With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department of International Cooperation, Algerian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohamed Berrah visited and held a working session with the VNDT in April 2021, during which he presented the poetic drama “The Man in the Rubber Sandals” to the VNDT. He said he wished for collaboration to produce the play celebrating the 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Algeria diplomatic ties.

Yacine arrived in Vietnam in 1967 and what he saw and heard about President Ho Chi Minh and the struggle for national liberation prompted him to learn about the history, people, and beloved leader of the country. His love and respect for the Vietnamese people and Ho Chi Minh inspired his creativity. From that, the poetic play “The Man in the Rubber Sandals ” was born. The play was successfully staged and performed around the world in the early 1970s but has never been staged in Vietnam.

The work consists of eight parts with about 150 characters with lines, spanning the chronological order of Vietnam’s history, from the Hai Ba Trung Uprising (40 – 43 AD) through various periods of national protection struggle and President Ho Chi Minh’s death in 1969. Interwoven into this main thread are dramatic events taking place in countries such as France, the US, China, and many others around the world.

VNDT Director, Meritorious Artist Xuan Bac, who directs the work, said the play is not only a poetic piece that praises the image of President Ho Chi Minh. It stands as an epic offering that vividly depicts the country and people of Vietnam throughout different historical periods. It extols the spirit of resolute and heroic struggle to protect and maintain independence in the past, at present and in the future./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency