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Hoi An to launch new tourist products

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

Hoi An to launch new tourist products

QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Some new and interesting tourist products have been launched by Hoi An City from the beginning of this year in order to improve tourism promotion and attract more visitors to the famous tourist site in Central Vietnam.

The city also continues to improve the quality of tourism services and products, such as eco-tourism in villages, islands, scuba diving, yachting, and others. In particular, the city will introduce a new kind of tourism, “boating on the streets during flooding”, in the coming time.

This year, the city will also erect information kiosks to help visitors learn more about and explore local tourist sites.

During the first days of 2011, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists rushed to Hoi An to celebrate the new year. At present, the weather in the city is fine.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Muslim pilgrims launch into final hajj rituals

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

SGGP to launch urgent support for flood victims in south-central provinces

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

More delays for Discovery shuttle launch

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 5:12 am

Air France to launch non-stop flight to Paris

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Air France announced to launch non-stop flights to Paris at its press conference on Sep. 29 in Ho Chi Minh City.

To mark a new step in its development in Vietnam, Air France, a founding member of SkyTeam, operates non-stop services between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris three times a week in Boeing 747-400 as from November 2.

Thierry Beragnes, Country Manager Vietnam, tells media about non-stop flights to Paris at the press conference at 5-star Caravelle Hotel  on Sep. 29 in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Uyen Phuong)

The aircraft will be equipped with 40 business and 396 economy seats.

In addition, by strengthening the terms of the code-share agreement signed with Vietnam Airlines, Air France customers will be offered 2 frequencies per week from Ho Chi Minh City and 5 frequencies from Hanoi, operated by Vietnam Airlines. Air France will thus propose 10 weekly flights to Paris, all being non-stop.

Two months later, Air France will introduce on the route the new generation Boeing 777-300ER, offering the full range of Air France in-flight products, including the new Premium Voyageur seat, positioned midway between the Business and Economy cabins.

Passengers will be served a dedicated choice of Vietnamese meals amongst the traditional renowned French cuisine and wines.

Thierry Beragnes, Country Manager Vietnam, expressed fervent hope for the new flights as Vietnam’s economy has grown steadily.

Beyond its Paris – Charles de Gaulle hub, Air France opens its extensive network to a large choice of destinations to France, Europe and to the world,

To celebrate our new full non-stop service and new aircraft on the route, a special promotion at US$777 is on sale until October 24. The fare does not include taxes and surcharges. However, it is also valid for a return trip to Paris, France or Europe commenced from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City between  November 1, 2010 and  March 31, 2011.

Further information, visit the website

Source: SGGP

600 students in Hue launch environmental protection campaigns

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:52 am

600 students in Hue launch environmental protection campaigns

QĐND – Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

PANO – Students from high schools and universities in Hue City on October 10th launched an environmental protection programme, an event toward the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long–Ha Noi.

Alongside Vietnamese people in localities across the country celebrating the Great Anniversary, more than 600 students in the ancient capital city started the 2 campaigns: “Go Green” and “Fasting for the environment”, which were seen as practical activities to observe the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long–Hanoi and to echo the “Global Action Against Climate Change” Day.

While the “Go Green” campaign is aimed at mobilising people to take practical action to reduce pollution and preserve the environment, “Fasting for environment” is to encourage people to reduce their consumption, especially animal meat, in their daily meals, which, according to them, should be everybody’s necessary and wise choice to demonstrate positive behaviour towards the environment.

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

UN to launch appeal as Pakistan disaster deepens

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

SUKKUR, Pakistan (AFP) – The United Nations is launching an appeal to help the millions of people hit by Pakistan’s worst ever floods which have cut off swathes of the country and raised fears of a food crisis.

A UN official said the disaster has affected almost 14 million people, eclipsing the scale of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, as the deadly floodwaters sweep south and rescuers battle to bring aid to survivors.

Pakistani flood survivors take refuge on a small patch of land in the middle of floods water on the outskirts of Sukkur on August 9, 2010. AFP

“We will soon issue an… appeal for several hundred million dollars to respond to immediate needs,” UN chief Ban Ki-moon told a press conference on Monday.

“I appeal for donors to generously support Pakistan at this difficult time.”

The Pakistani government and UN officials have appealed for more urgent relief efforts to cope with the catastrophe.

The entire northwestern Swat valley, where Pakistan fought a major campaign to flush out Taliban insurgents last year, was cut off at the weekend as were parts of the country’s breadbasket in Punjab and Sindh provinces.

“This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake,” Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told AFP.

He said the 13.8 million affected outstripped the more than three million hit by the 2005 earthquake, five million in the 2004 tsunami and the three million affected by the Haiti earthquake in January this year.

The United Nations estimates 1,600 people have died in Pakistan’s floods and the Pakistani government has confirmed 1,243 deaths. About 220,000 were killed in the December 2004 tsunami in Asia.

“This is the worst ever flood of our history. The nation needs to come together at this crucial time,” said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after visiting flood-hit areas of Punjab province on Monday.

“Rehabilitation of the affected people is a challenge. We are facing a bigger challenge than 2005 earthquake. It is a catastrophe.”

Pakistan’s meteorological office on Monday forecast scattered rain in the next 24 hours and said the intensity of monsoon showers was lessening.

But with floods sweeping south, hundreds of thousands of people have fled to seek safety as heavy rains lashed Sindh and water levels rose further in the swollen Indus river.

“We have evacuated about one million people but hundreds of thousands of people left their houses alone,” Jam Saifullah Dharejo, irrigation minister for Sindh, told AFP.

Ban also stressed the need to consider medium- and long-term assistance to Pakistan, warning that this “will be a major and protracted task.”

Food prices are skyrocketing, compounding the misery as the floods ravage the country’s most fertile lands and wipe out crops.

“Roads are closed. Fields are under water and it has affected the markets badly,” Amir Zada, 35, a fruit and vegetable seller in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The government said foreign donors including the United States have pledged almost 93 million dollars in aid, but on the ground Islamic charities with suspected extremist links have been far more visible in the relief effort.

US military helicopters supporting relief and rescue operations have rescued more than 1,000 people, the White House said Monday.

In a northern area of Sindh, hundreds of farm workers were stranded on a bridge in the highway town of Karampur, camped out with utensils and bedding while the road beyond lay flooded and the main Indus highway blocked.

“We fled to save our lives. We thought we would get relief goods but we got nothing,” said Dodo Khan, 50, an agriculture worker.

“We haven’t eaten for three days. My younger son, who is just five years old, is crying with hunger.”

Gnawing on a piece of onion, the child winced at the bitter taste, crying and visibly unable to swallow.

Survivors have lashed out at authorities for failing to come to their rescue, piling pressure on Pakistan’s cash-strapped administration straining to contain Taliban violence and an economic crisis.

“We voted for this government. We made (President) Asif Ali Zardari our ruler but we don’t know why he is so unconcerned,” cried Mahi Bacchi, 45.

“We are here without food and water. Our children are sick but no one comes from the government to help us.”

Zardari has been in France and Britain, courting massive criticism for not returning at a time of national disaster. One protester threw a shoe at him in England.

The United Nations estimated that up to 500,000 people are homeless and 1.4 million acres of agricultural land destroyed in Punjab, but said damage was worst in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Source: SGGP

Youths launch activities to protect wild animals

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Youths launch activities to protect wild animals

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Aware of endangered wildlife, several members of the Education for Nature Centre set up the Action for Wildlife Volunteers’ Club (AWVC).

The club aims at calling on people to join forces to protect wild animals and work with relevant agencies to prevent wild animal from being hunted and smuggled in Vietnam.

According to Nguyen Thanh Hung, head of the club, there are 600 member volunteers in the club, including mainly students and pupils who are interested in wild animal protection.

The members will watch companies with signs of wild animal smuggling, and report to relevant agencies if that is the case. In addition, they will also launch activities to raise awareness of the public on this issue.

 “If we don’t act early, the next generations will only see wildlife on films or posters” is the message of the club.

Source: Tuoi tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Obama to launch Asian diplomacy push

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

 US President Barack Obama, twice forced to cancel a trip to Asia this year, will launch a major diplomatic push on the region by meeting five key leaders at this weekend’s G20 summit.

The White House said Obama would have meetings in Toronto with the leaders of India, China, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia, and five of his six bilateral encounters there will focus on Asia.

Aides said Obama wanted to make a statement about the importance with which he views US links with the dynamic region, ahead of a planned trip to India, South Korea and Japan in November.

“You’ll note that five out of the six bilaterals mentioned are with Asia-Pacific countries,” a senior administration official told reporters.

“That is, I think, an eloquent demonstration of the importance that the president attaches to Asia, the importance of Asia to our political security and economic interests.

“It’s an area of rising influence globally.”

A man holds a banner dipicting US President Barack Obama during a pro-Obama rally in Jakarta in March.

Obama, who will also attend a G8 summit in Canada, will discuss key global issues, including emerging from the worst economic crisis in decades, and security threats including North Korea with the Asian leaders, aides said.

He will hold the latest of his regular meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao, which will take place days after Beijing moved towards a key US foreign policy goal, letting the yuan trade more freely against the dollar.

“We of course have been cooperating and coordinating closely with China on a number of leading priorities heading into this summit, both in terms of the global economy and in terms of security issues,” an official said.

The administration says its relationship with China is productive, despite disagreements on some key issues, and points to the recently passed UN Security Council sanctions on Iran as the fruit of good ties with Beijing.

Obama is also likely to discuss North Korea’s nuclear challenge with Hu, and the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, which an investigation blamed on Pyongyang.

North Korea will also be the dominant issue when Obama meets South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak also on Saturday.

“The focus of this meeting will be security and alliance issues in the wake of the sinking of the (ship) as the result of a torpedo attack by North Korea,” an official said.

The meeting will be a public and a private demonstration of our strong solidarity with our South Korean ally in the wake of this episode.”

On Sunday, Obama will have breakfast in Toronto with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

The US leader was forced to cancel a planned visit to Indonesia, a country where he spent four years as a boy, earlier this month, as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill escalated into America’s worst environmental crisis.

Earlier in the year, a previous attempt to visit Indonesia was dropped as Obama successfully lobbied for his landmark health care reform bill.

“Regrettably, (Obama) has not been able to make it to Indonesia yet, but he very much wants to continue the close coordination that we have with Indonesia on a number of issues,” the official said.

Obama will also meet Sunday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as a precursor to his promised trip to India in November — when he is also due to attend the next G20 summit in South Korea and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) in Japan.

The president will also have his first encounter with new Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, after he replaced Yukio Hatoyama, who lost his job amid a row over the location of a US base.

Obama and Kan will also likely discuss North Korea and Iran.

Source: SGGP

Sarkozy rival to launch new French political party

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin was set to launch a new political party on Saturday, setting his sights on challenging long-time rival Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency in 2012.

Organisers expected some 3,000 supporters to turn up for the founding congress in Paris of the new centre-right party called “Republique solidaire” (United Republic).

The 56-year-old ex-prime minister, who also served as foreign and interior minister under ex-president Jacques Chirac, has emerged as Sarkozy’s fiercest critic within his right-wing camp.

In an interview to Le Monde published Friday, Villepin again took aim at Sarkozy, saying his government’s “dominant trait was that it was developing policies with pollsters who every day look at the surveys and ask what publicity stunt they can score.”

Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin (C) was set to launch a new political party on Saturday, setting his sights on challenging long-time rival Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency in 2012.

Polls show Villepin would pick up no more than 7 or 8 percent of the vote in 2012, but his approval ratings stand at 49 percent — higher than those registered by Sarkozy, which have hit rock-bottom over the past months.

The latest polls put Sarkozy’s approval rating at around 33 percent.

Villepin is a member of Sarkozy’s UMP party and while they both served under Chirac, they fell out spectacularly over who should succeed him.

Chirac openly campaigned for Villepin but Sarkozy turned out to be the more skillful politician by winning the UMP nomination.

A showdown took place last year when Villepin went on trial for allegedly taking part in a smear campaign to ruin Sarkozy’s presidential bid, but the ex-prime minister was cleared of all charges.

Prosecutors however have appealed the verdict and he is expected to be back in court again next year, just as the campaign for the Elysee gets into full swing.

A career diplomat who speaks flawless English, Villepin won global fame for leading the charge against the US invasion of Iraq at the United Nations in 2003.

His smooth, patrician some would say arrogant style contrasts sharply with Sarkozy’s more brash approach. A published poet, novelist and essayist, he cuts a very different figure to the more populist Sarkozy.

His candidacy however could divide the right at a time when Sarkozy’s party is facing a challenge from the far-right.

Marine Le Pen, vice president of the far-right National Front, said she was “very happy” about the prospect of Villepin running in 2012 and suggested it could weaken Sarkozy.

“He will be Sarkozy’s Chevenement,” she said.

Former interior minister Jean-Paul Chevenement is seen as having drained away left-wing votes in the 2002 election that allowed far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine’s father, to make it into the run-off against Chirac.

Source: SGGP