March 28, 2006

Portraits of artists painted with fingers on display
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VietNamNet – Painter Bui Quang Anh is displaying portraits of artists painted with fingers at Gallery Tu Do at No 53 Ho Tung Mau, district 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The collection include 24 oil and acrylic paintings. According to the painter, these pictures have been made in ‘painting mediation’ which is focused on the soul of the person in the paintings.

As using figure to paint the pictures, the painter said it took him just a short time, around 5-10 minutes with maximum of 20 minutes, to complete a work.

Painter Quang Anh said apart from musician Van Cao who passed away, all other artists, from photographer Vo An Ninh who now is 100 years old, writer To Hoai, writers Nguyen Huy Thiep, poet Hoang Cam to painter Luu Cong Nhan, have been painted from life. Most of these portraits have been created since 2003. Only the portraits of writer Tao Mat and dancer Quynh Dung were made in 1970 in a realist style.

The collection also includes some paintings featuring the status of women.

Painter Bui Quang Anh was born in 1940 in Hanoi. He was painter of the Political Department under the General Department of Logistics. After the war, he became a lecturer at the Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts College and since 1986, he has specilised in paintings.

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Portrait of Photographer Vo An Ninh.

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Writer To Hoai.

 
 

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Writer Nguyen Huy Thiep.

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Painter Luu Cong Nhan.

(Source: ND)

American veterans stand for justice for Vietnamese AO victims
   03/27/2006 — 18:09(GMT+7)
 

Washington DC (VNA) – All American veterans who are expected to attend an international conference on Agent Orange (AO) and its effects on people to be held in Ha Noi on March 28-29, said they will strive for justice for AO victims in Viet Nam.

David Cline, President of Veterans for Peace, told Viet Nam News Agency reporters that he will try to seek "justice for all, especially for Vietnamese Agent Orange/Dioxin victims” at the coming meeting in Viet Nam.

Cline, who is also one of the National Coordinators of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and Co-Chairs of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, was exposed to AO in Viet Nam's southwestern province of Tay Ninh in 1967. He is on the Veterans Administration registry of those exposed to AO, however, he has not yet experienced any symptoms.

"I believe that obtaining justice for AO victims will set a critical legal precedent that will help victims of other poisonous weapons in their fight for justice," said Joan Anne Duffy Newberry, who was exposed to AO while serving as an American military nurse at Cam Ranh Bay in Viet Nam from 1969 -1970.

Newberry said she wants to attend the AO conference to coordinate with people from other countries, so that they may work together to seek justice for all victims of Agent Orange, and "to set precedents of holding nations and corporations accountable for their actions in the hope of preventing future 'Agent Orange-type weapons' from being used."

The former military nurse is a member of Veterans for Peace, Santa Fe chapter and was the local organiser for the Agent Orange Justice Tour last fall.

She believed that her exposure to Agent Orange caused an intestinal birth deformity in her daughter's son, nearly killing him, and also caused her to develop breast cancer in 1996 and ovarian cancer in 2004. "Three other nurses with whom I served have also developed breast cancer," she added.

 “All veterans who have suffered from Agent Orange/Dioxin, American or Vietnamese, should be compensated. It’s the moral of life,” stressed  Frank Corcoran, an American veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange in Quang Nam province in 1968. He has prostate cancer and is receiving veterans disability benefits. Frank was the local Philadelphia organiser for the Agent Orange Justice Tour  in the past fall.

Meanwhile, Daniel J. Shea, another American veteran, said he may have been exposed to Agent Orange in Quang Tri, or Da Nang central provinces during the war in Viet Nam. His first  son, Casey, was born  in 1977 with a congenital heart disease, cleft palate and other stomach and groin abnormalities. Casey had heart surgery in 1981, fell into a coma for seven weeks and eventually died in his father's arms.

However, doctors did not recognise that there was links between his possible exposure to Agent Orange, Blue or  any other biological toxins to Casey's birth defects. Daniel considered he was betrayed by the denials of the effects of Agent Orange.

Daniel said he wanted to go to the conference to tell his story and heal the old wounds.-Enditem

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Website of Vietnamese folk verses
11:29' 27/03/2006 (GMT+7)

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E-cadao website.

VietNamNet – A website of Vietnamese folk verses, made by Vietnamese American writer Ha Phuong Hoai, is available as a means for overseas Vietnamese to access folk culture.

 

Phuong Hoai has collected Vietnamese folk verses since 1982. Since 2002, his website has provided an “online dictionary of Vietnamese folk culture”, including folk verses, songs, customs, and festivals.

 

Phuong Hoai said he is trying to find domestic partners who could provide him with more documents to develop the website.

 

The writer said overseas-Vietnamese people in the US are too busy earning money. Their children study at US schools, where they talk only English. Parents and children never speak Vietnamese to each other, so younger generations go further and further from their ancestral language.

 

Mr. Hoai said his website is not enough to solve the problem. It is too difficult for the children to understand, especially with metaphoric phrases and Sino-Vietnamese words. However, the website will be a helpful means for parents to show children their cultural roots. It will also provide useful documents for teachers at American Vietnamese-language schools.

 

Hoai’s website has already collected 21,000 lines of Vietnamese verses, and other 3,000 lines will soon be published. The verses are available at http://e-cadao.com, http://cadao.org, http://cadaotucngu.com, http://cadaotucngu.org, http://cadaotucngu.net

 

Readers can send feedback or comments to its author: haphuonghoai@gmail.com

ALL BETS ARE OFF

March 28, 2006

ALL BETS ARE OFF
By STEFANIE COHEN and CATHY BURKE


Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes (above) announced yesterday the arrests of 10 suspects in a gambling ring that allegedly netted million a year in illegal bets. BUSTED: Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes (above) announced yesterday the arrests of 10 suspects in a gambling ring that allegedly netted million a year in illegal bets.

 
 
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March 27, 2006$45M MOB GAMBLE RING SMASHED: DA
Investigators pulled a little March Madness on a gang of mob-linked bookies, seizing $300,000 in cash wagered on the NCAA tourney – and receipts showing an estimated $45 million annual take in illegal sports bets, the Brooklyn DA said yesterday.Ten suspects were busted: Three with ties to the Gambino crime family, and seven linked to the infamous Fukanese gang, which had a "franchise" with the Mafiosi to run their wire rooms, officials said.

Raids on Saturday hit five underground betting parlors – including one in a Chinatown funeral home – in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The investigation is continuing, and more arrests are expected, District Attorney Charles Hynes said.

It's not the first time Hynes' investigators have targeted illegal sports betting, but this year's bust sidestepped the traditional raids conducted around football's Super Bowl, and waited until now to move in to catch the crooks more off guard, he said.

"They got used to our [Super Bowl] crackdown," Hynes said. "We were hoping to fake our friends out [by waiting until March]. Looks like we picked the right time to hit."

Hynes said investigators seized receipts at the illegal betting parlors – called wire rooms, and stripped down to a bank of phones, computers and notebooks – showing an actual annual take of $34.6 million.

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With more arrests expected, Hynes put the total annual take of the illegal betting operation closer to $45 million.

Authorities also seized the $300,000 in cash laid down on March Madness bets – money tracked down to a number of bank safe deposit boxes linked to the operation.

The 10 suspects were charged with felony promotion of gambling, and face up to three years if convicted.

Hynes noted that it appeared the mob was finally outsourcing its bookie operations.

"They are franchises – they give back a portion," he said of the Asian suspects scooped up in the raids. "They are allowed to do this" by the Gambino crime family.

But suspect Robert Lee, 24, claimed that he had no idea what was going on in his apartment at 874 57th St., Brooklyn, where investigators allege a $5 million-a-year betting operation was under way.

Also arrested there were Stephen Lunge and Wong Fat Sun.

"I didn't know what they were doing," Lee told The Post, saying he was friends with Lunge, but didn't know the other suspect.

"He told me it was work," Lee said of his friend. "Now I know." "It's the wrong place, wrong time," he said of his circumstances. "All I saw was a screen of numbers. I thought it was [Lunge's] work."

Lee also disputed authorities' claim of his roots, insisting he's not Fukanese.

"We're Cantonese," he sniffed.

Hynes, meanwhile, railed at illegal sports-betting operations as a detriment to the community, and called for their legalization, as he has in the past.

"Every time you give 100 bucks to a bookie, you run the risk of having that money come back into your neighborhood in the form of drugs, in the form of guns that kill kids, that kill cops," he said.

"There's no alternative but to have legalized sports betting."

He acknowledged that the future of wire rooms themselves seem bleak, since most sports betting is now taking place on the Internet, where it is legal.

With so few wire rooms and Gambino mobsters left, Hynes said the Mafia may have been looking to bring in the Asian gang element to help out.

All but one of the 10 arrested were released on bail.

stefanie.cohen@nypost.com