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Cruise ship Princess Daphne lands at Saigon Port

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:17 am

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company have received the luxury cruise ship Princess Daphne, which has brought more than 500 visitors and crewmembers to Ho Chi Minh City on December 30.

The visitors, mostly from Australia, took a tour of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi tunnels and My Tho City in the Tien Giang province.

This is the first time Princess Daphne has arrived in Vietnam. The cruise ship will leave the city on the evening of December 31 and return to Vietnam on January 15.

The Saigontourist Company have reported that it has welcomed over 60,000 foreign visitors from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain to Vietnam by cruise ships. This leading tour operator in Vietnam has join with the Asia Cruise Services Network-ACSN, in order to promote cruise tourism in the country.

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First commercial flight from Far East lands at Cam Ranh

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

First commercial flight from Far East lands at Cam Ranh

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The first commercial flight from Vladivostok city, Russia , by the Russian carrier Vladivostok Air landed at the Cam Ranh international airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Dec. 15.

Another flight left Cam Ranh for Vladivostok the same day, marking the launch of a direct air route between the two cities.

The airline said two similar flights will be conducted between another Far East city, Khabarov and Cam Ranh on Dec. 16.

According to Vladivostok Air, 14 flights will be conducted on the two routes from mid-December through to March, with two flights every two weeks in the immediate future. The airline will use TU 240 aircraft on the routes, which target Russian tourists who want to escape from serve winter in the Far East . Khanh Hoa boats the famous resort city of Nha Trang with warm weather and sunny beaches.

Cam Ranh Airport ’s authorities pledged to halve the charges on landing and services for Vladivostok Air in the initial period.

Nearly 10 four and five star hotels and resorts in Nha Trang have also agreed to reduce their prices by between 20-50 percent for Russian tourists flying to Nha Trang on the new routes.

Cam Ranh Airport became an international airport in December 2009 and has recorded an average annual growth rate in passenger numbers of 21 percent, the highest rate in Vietnam.

Source: VNA

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Ireland lands bailout of up to 90 billion euros

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

Street kid training centre lands in HCM City

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Street kid training centre lands in HCM City

QĐND – Friday, March 26, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

KOTO Saigon Training Centre, which serves street and disadvantaged youth from the central and southern provinces, has opened in HCM City.

Attending the opening ceremony on March 23 in District 7 were Graeme Swift, the consul general of Australia, and representatives of the HCM City administration and the local business and non-government communities.

KOTO (Know One, Teach One) is a non-profit hospitality training organisation that has trained over 300 street and disadvantaged Vietnamese youth in Hanoi over the past 10 years.

Source: VNA

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US Airways jet lands when religious item mistaken as bomb

In World on January 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

A US Airways passenger plane was diverted to Philadelphia on Thursday after a religious item worn by a Jewish passenger was mistaken as a bomb, Philadelphia police said.

A passenger was alarmed by the phylacteries, religious items which observant Jews strap around their arms and heads as part of morning prayers, on the flight from New York’s La Guardia airport heading to Louisville.

“Someone on the plane construed it as some kind of device,” said officer Christine O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia police department.

No one was arrested or charged, O’Brien said.

The plane landed without incident and the passengers and crew were taken off the plane, a spokesman for US Airways said.

A plane is escorted by a law enforcement vehicle to a terminal at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Phylacteries, called tefillin in Hebrew, are two small black boxes with black straps attached to them. Observant Jewish men are required to place one box on their head and tie the other one on their arm each weekday morning.

Thursday’s incident was the latest of several false alarms on U.S. flights since the December 25 incident in which a Nigerian man attempted to detonate a bomb in his underpants from materials he smuggled onto the plane just as his flight was about to land in Detroit, authorities said.

The device did not explode and only burned the man, who was pounced on by fellow passengers.

Since then several flights have been diverted by security scares that have turned out to be harmless.

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Obama lands in Norway to accept peace prize

In World on December 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

US President Barack Obama landed in Norway on Thursday to accept his Nobel Peace Prize, amid controversy over his role as a “war president” and widespread doubts about whether he deserves the honor.

Obama touched down after an overnight flight from Washington on Air Force One, ahead of a day of ceremonies marking the surprise decision by the Nobel committee to honor the first-year president.

Norway was rolling out its biggest ever security operation to protect Obama, who aides said would address the apparent paradox in being honored as a man of peace days after ordering 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

Police guard the main entrance of the Grand Hotel in Oslo where US President Barack Obama will stay during his visit to Oslo

Two military choppers circled above the hotel where Obama will stay while others flew over the city centre as part of an operation costing the government around 92 million kroner (10.9 million euros, 16 million dollars) — more than 10 times the prize money awarded to the Peace Prize laureate.

Barricades were placed along the sidewalks of Oslo‘s main avenues, between 2,000 and 2,500 police officers have been mobilised, the Schengen-member country reinstated border controls and anti-aircraft missiles were deployed near the airport and around Oslo to ensure the president’s security.

The beefed-up protection was however not necessarily reflective of support for the choice of Obama as the 2009 Peace Prize laureate.

A controversial choice as soon as it was announced on October 9 because of US engagement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama’s decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, announced only nine days before Thursday’s Nobel prize ceremony, raised eyebrows further.Related article: Obama to address Afghan war paradox

Obama will dwell on the sombre paradox of waging war in Afghanistan even as he is lauded as a man of peace when he accepts his prize, White House director of speechwriting Jon Favreau told AFP.

After less than a year in power, with few defining foreign policy wins and with his once soaring popularity fading at home, Obama faces a sensitive political assignment during a day of solemn ceremonies in Oslo.

Favreau said Obama would speak solemnly about the odd coincidence of accepting the revered prize a week after ordering 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in a major war escalation.

“The president is receiving a peace prize as the commander-in-chief of a nation that is in two wars,” acknowledged Favreau, one of two White House speechwriters working on the text with Obama.

With many critics suggesting that Obama’s resume is too thin to stand scrutiny with other Nobel peace laureates, the president will also seek to deflect attention from himself, aides said.

“He sees this as less of a recognition of his own accomplishments and more of an affirmation of a desire for American leadership in the 21st century,” Favreau said.

Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told public radio NRK this week that most US presidents face conflicts and wars — but the new mood in US foreign policy justified Obama’s elevation.

Obama will be in Oslo for just over 24 hours to pick up the award that adds him to a list of laureates including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Events related to the formal Nobel Peace Prize ceremony normally run over three days, but the president has shortened his visit and excluded the traditional lunch with the king and a Friday night concert in his honour.

There will also be no day-before press conference or lengthy CNN sit-down interview laureates usually grant — enabling him to avoid potentially embarrassing questions.

Obama will however watch the traditional torchlight procession on Thursday evening from the balcony of the Grand Hotel, where bullet-proof glass has been installed.

The other Nobel laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, economics and literature will meanwhile receive their awards at a gala ceremony in Stockholm on Thursday.

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Space shuttle Discovery lands safely in California

In World on September 13, 2009 at 3:17 am

The Discovery astronauts found sunny skies in California on Friday as they descended to a weather-delayed landing at Edwards Air Force Base to end a demanding two-week mission to the International Space Station.

Earlier in the day, thunderstorms twice prevented the seven astronauts from landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a replay of the foul conditions on Thursday that kept the shuttle orbiting for an extra day.

Discovery discharged a pair of sonic booms as it soared across the California coast at the end of a high speed descent over the Pacific Ocean and touched down at the air base north of Los Angeles at 7:53 pm (0253 GMT Saturday).

“Welcome home, Discovery,” Mission Control radioed shuttle commander C.J. “Rick” Sturckow. “Congratulations on an extremely successful mission.”

Discovery will be hoisted atop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet and flown back to Kennedy late next week as a result of the stormy Florida weather, said Mike Moses, who chairs NASA’s mission management team. The cost of the cross country trip is about 1.8 million dollars.

The US space shuttle Discovery touches down in the Mojave Desert on September 11, at Edwards Air Force Base near Rosamond, California.

Discovery dropped off more than 18,000 pounds (8.1 tons) of supplies, life support gear and scientific equipment at the space station, leaving the space outpost better equipped to house crews of six astronauts as NASA prepares to retire its aging space shuttle fleet by early 2011.

A half-dozen shuttle missions remain, each intended to gradually bring the assembly of the 15-nation space station to an end.

“We’re pretty fat on supplies now, thanks to you,” space station resident Mike Barratt told the shuttle astronauts as they departed earlier this week. “We’re in better shape to carry out our work.”

Fellow American Tim Kopra, who ended a 58-day mission to the space station, was among those aboard Discovery.

“This experience has completely exceeded anything I thought it would it would be like, just in sights and sounds, the experiences,” said Kopra. “It’s been absolutely phenomenal.”

He was replaced on the station by Discovery astronaut Nicole Stott. She joins five Russian, European and Canadian astronauts. She will return aboard shuttle Atlantis, which is tentatively scheduled to launch on November 9 with a load of major external spare parts for the orbital base.

A first time space voyager, Stott has trained to capture Japan’s new HTV cargo capsule with the station’s robot arm as the unmanned supply ship coasts within 30 feet of the station.

The HTV was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Thursday.

The Japanese supply craft, loaded with food, science experiments and other hardware, is expected to reach the station on September 17.

“That will be exciting for us,” Stott said this week. “The vehicle flies up, and we go to work with the big robot arm to pick it out of space — grab it! — bring it in and dock it to the station.”

The HTV is expected to lay a vital roll in the station’s future. As NASA retires the shuttle, it plans to turn to a pair of American commercial rocket companies to haul supplies to the orbital outpost. Both will rely on the same robot arm berthing technique that Japan’s HTV will initiate.

Discovery delivered a pair of major new science experiments that will enable the astronauts to study the behavior of metals, glasses and ceramics as they are heated and cooled in the absence of gravity.

A third new experiment enclosure, a refrigerator, will store blood and other medical specimens collected from the astronauts for studies on how they adapt physically to weightlessness.

During three spacewalks, Discovery’s crew upgraded an external cooling system. Spacewalkers also collected samples of materials that could be included in the fabrication of future spacecraft including a replacement for the shuttle.

The samples were left outside the station a year ago to determine how they would react to the space vacuum, the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and a reactive form of oxygen in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

During the final outing, astronauts stretched power and data cables to prepare the outpost for one of its last habitable modules. The American furnished “Tranquility” module is scheduled for launching in early 2010.

Inside the outpost, the astronauts installed a new bedroom, replaced a failed piece of life support equipment that removes carbon dioxide from the breathing air and delivered an exercise treadmill named for Stephen Colbert, an American late night television host and satirist.

Source: SGGP

First commercial flight lands at Suvarnabhumi

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Bangkok (VNA) – The first commercial flight, operated by Thai Airways, touched down at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on December 3 after an eight-day blockade by anti-government protesters.

The Thai Airways flight arrived at 2:15 (local time) from the resort island of Phuket.

More than an hour later, a Royal Jordanian Airlines flight from Amman, Jordan, arrived at Suvarnabhumi, becoming the first international flight to land at the airport since the protestors ended their occupation of the airport.

Thai Airways flights to Sydney, Delhi, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Seoul and Copenhagen have been cleared to depart later the same day, with flights continuing throughout the night.

AirAsia announced that it will resume flights to and from Suvarnabhumi from December 5.

The move took place following a Thai Constitutional Court ruling dissolving the People Power Party and banning prime minister Somchai Wongsawat from politics for five years.

Also on December 3, the Election Commission (EC) of Thailand said that a date has been set for re-elections, which will take place on December 11 across 26 constituencies in 22 provinces.-