(TBM) A good day for exhibitors and visitors (300 word story)

A beautiful boat at the event. Photo: Minh Nguyen

A beautiful boat at the event. Photo: Minh Nguyen

Hundreds of exhibitors, visitors and customers took part in the 21st annual Boat Show on Friday, May 23, a fine day with a blue sky and full of sunlight. For them, this day was exactly a good day.

This year’s Boat Show started in Gold Coast’s Sanctuary Cove a day before, on May 22, when there were strong winds and heavy rains. However, the general manager of the event, Mr Jensen, was confident of the success of this event.

Luckily, the weather was very beautiful in the following day. “What a good day! All participants are very happy with it,” said Howe, an exhibitor at the event. The man and his colleagues were very busy to welcome guests to visit their cruise.

The show draws the participation of more than 400 domestic and international exhibitors in the field of marine such as Cabo, Fasdeck, Predator, Le Volpi, Sun runner and others.

Exhibitors and producers hope that the event is a good chance for them to introduce and sell their products to local and foreign customers. According to the organization board, there are many international buyers and delegations taking part in the event.

A large number of boats and cruises with different sizes are displayed on the river around the Sanctuary Cove. Visitors and customers have opportunities to see and buy.

“All of them are very beautiful and expensive,” said Mark, a visitor from Sydney. Some small boat cost more than 100,000 AUD for each while large ones are worth more than 10 million AUD for each.

“I think, we will buy the bigger one,” a woman named Helen said to her husband. The middle-age couple from Victoria is looking for a boat worth round 300,000 AUD to buy.

During the fine day, other activities such as street entertainment, cooking performance with the participation of famous musicians, artists and chefs have launched.

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By Minh Nguyen


Australia helps Vietnam to combat HIV/AIDS


Australia will provide additional aid worth 300,000 AUD to help Vietnam in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Australian HIV Ambassador, Murray Proctor, has announced.

Proctor, who is also Deputy Director General of the Australian Agency for International Development Aid (AusAID), is on a visit to Vietnam to study HIV-related issues in the country, according to the Australian Embassy.

Proctor said that HIV is still spreading throughout the world and Australia will help Vietnam to fight it and assist HIV-affected people.

He said the new aid will be added to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS along with other donations, to enhance the role of Vietnam’s National Committee on HIV/AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control.

Australia has previously granted 11 million AUD to HIV prevention ork and treatment for people infected with the virus in Vietnam.

Source: VietnamPlus

Traditional cultures promoted


The 7th cultural, sports and tourism festival of the Khmer ethnic group opened in Tri Ton district of the southern province of An Giang on April 11 to celebrate their traditional New Year – Chol Chnam Thmay.

The festival attracted a large number of artisans, artists and athletes from Khmer-inhabited districts such as Tri Ton, Tinh Bien and Thoai Son.

“I am happy to see that many Buddhist followers from the Kinh, Cham and Khmer ethnic groups are attending the event,” said monk Chau Son Hy, who presides over Sro-Ton pagoda. “I hope that the State will continue to maintain and develop the festival so that it is really significant to local people.”

Thousands of local people in the Bay Nui area came to support Khmer farmers playing football and volleyball. An exhibition featuring the Khmer’s daily life and traditional customs, culinary arts, dances and folk games were also held during the festival.

Compiled by Minh Nguyen from VOV( Voice of Vietnam)

Important national event takes place


Veterans are matching on roads in Brisbane. Photo: Minh Nguyen

Like in many other cities in Australia, various meaningful activities were launched during the Anzac Day Ceremony on April 25 in Brisbane city, Queensland.

In the early morning of the day, a large number of people from the city’s street and different places in Queensland gathered in the city.

Thousands of veterans and local people joined a large memorial march on main streets such as Adelaide street, Queen street and Geoger street.

Young soldiers and old veterans with medals on their clothes walked along the streets with thunderous applause from audiences. Many people from local agencies and organisations in the city also took part in the event.

Numerous people including children bringing flowers and flags gave their gratitude and cheer for the passing parade.

‘I feel very happy and touched when joining the march,’ said Ann Maher, a female veteran. The old woman, who came from England, used to take part in the Second World War.

After the march, many people visited and wore wreaths with ‘Lest we forget’ bands at the Shire of Remembrance in the Anzac square.

Most of them stayed there for a long time. Some cried. Some told their children about the Anzac Day’s history. And some were just silent.

“It is a great time to remind young people of the sacrifice of people in wars,” said Melan, a old resident in the city. The man has a older brother who were a soldiers and died in the Second World War.

Anzac Day is exactly a really great time for people to pay their respects to service personnel as well. Many young soldiers in Brisbane were looking forward to the event. They felt very proud of what the army and armed services did in the past.

“Come on boys, do as I and others did before,” an old man said to young soldiers marching on roads.

After the event, these young soldiers will definitely do it.

By Minh Nguyen


(TBM-5)People rush to Brisbane for Anzac Day (100 word story)


The Adelaide street in Brisbane city is crowed by people on Anzac Day. Photo: Minh Nguyen

Anzac Day, one of the most important national events for Australians, attracted numerous people in Brisbane and suburbs on April 25.

According to Brisbane’s authorities, about 50,000 people gathered in the city centre for the ceremony.

“There are so many people here today,” said Thomas Franklin, a local 80 year old man. He takes part in the event every year.

Main streets, the Anzac square and the Shrine of Remembrance were the most crowded places with floods of residents and foreign visitors.

“What a big event, it takes me and my friends much time to get here,” said Ann Maher, an old veteran from Gold Coast.

“I had to take the earliest bus and train to come here,” said Yeng, a foriegn visitor from China.

Many people believe that the next year’s event will be bigger.

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By Minh Nguyen