The 1942 Walt Disney's timeless classic "Bambi" and the 1994 hit "Forrest Gump" are among 25 films named to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures in the U.S. National Film Registry, the Library of Congress announced on Wednesday. Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental movies, the library said in a press release. This year's selections bring the number of films in the registry to 575. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, this year's selection of films range from the animation classic "Bambi" and Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend," a landmark film about the devastating effects of alcoholism, to Oscar-winning movies, including the 1994 smash hit "Forrest Gump," starring Tom Hanks, and the 1991 thriller "The Silence of the Lambs," starring Jody Foster and Anthony Hopkins. With its … [Read more...] about “Bambi,” “Forrest Gump” among films to be preserved in U.S. film registry
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, loaded with the most-sophisticated instruments ever used to explore another world, touched down on the Red Planet early Monday morning, on a quest for signs of whether the Red Planet has evidence of past and present habitable environments. at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA in Pasadena, California, the United States. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, loaded with the most sophisticated instruments ever used to explore another world, touched down in the Red Planet early Aug. 6, 2012, on a quest for signs of whether it has evidence of past and present habitable environments. A chorus of cheers and applause echoed through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages the mission, after the rover sent a signal to Earth, NASA TV shows. "Curiosity rover has landed on Mars... The time of day at the landing site is mid-afternoon -- about 3 p.m. local Mars time at Gale Crate," the U.S. space agency announced. "It's an enormous step forward in … [Read more...] about U.S. Mars rover Curiosity touches down on Red Planet
U.S. visa processing slower than usual The U.S. visa processing is being tardy due to technical problems affecting operations globally, so those planning to enter the U.S. are advised to postpone final travel arrangements until they obtain a visa. David McCawley, Countrywide Consular Coordinator at the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC, offered the advice in a statement released on July 28. The visa system of the U.S. Department of State has run into technical problems, including outages since July 19, resulting in a backlog of visa applications worldwide. Though the Department of State has tried to fix the problems, the visa processing is still experiencing delays. The ability to print visas is restored and the department is prioritizing immigrant visas. Those planning to travel to the U.S. should apply for a visa at least a few weeks prior to the anticipated departure dates. VNA makes emergency landing due to passenger’s health risk A Vietnam Airlines plane en route from … [Read more...] about U.S. visa processing slower than usual
VietNamNet Bridge - In the U.S., the family of late composer Pham Duy has announced to prohibit the use of works and photos of the late musician on all means. The family members are discussing the exploitation and management of his music inheritance. Famed Vietnamese songwriter Pham Duy dies at age 92 HCM City gig to honor late musicians Late composer Pham Duy. "The family of Pham Duy would like to announce that from the date of this notice (March 23, 2013) all works, pictures, music, name, personal information, singing voice, speeches of the late musicians Pham Duy and Duy Quang will not be used on all means, at all public shows (shows that are filmed or not) radio shows, television programs, newspapers, advertising and all forms of commercial use. Any use that is not approved (in writing) by Pham Duy’s family or representative lawyers is a violation of the intellectual property rights of the family of Pham Duy and will be prosecuted to the law." The … [Read more...] about Family bans the use of Pham Duy’s songs in the U.S.
Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S. Reported by Pham Le California Waste Solutions (CWS) has won a decisive campaign against its rival, Waste Management Inc., the largest waste treatment company in the U.S. The prize is a package worth US$2.7 billion, which allows CWS to manage waste collection and disposal for the Californian city of Oakland for 20 years. The Saigon Times interviewed CWS General Director David Duong on his winning of this package as well as implementation of projects in Vietnam. Q: Could you elaborate on this US$2.7-billion package? How long did it take for you to win it? A: We’re very glad that seven out of eight members of the Oakland City Council voted for CWS as the entity undertaking waste collection and disposal for the city, where we are just the minority, much smaller than our rival, Waste Management, a company with branches in all 50 states of the U.S. as well as many countries around the world. CWS was chosen in part because we … [Read more...] about Vietnam-Born bidder wins billion-dollar contract in U.S.