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In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Renovated Mövenpick Hotel Saigon returns with grand opening

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Swiss hotelier Mövenpick on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of its Mövenpick Saigon, the nearest-to-the-airport five-star hotel, following a US$15 million renovation that included all rooms, public space, restaurants and retail outlets.

“Ho Chi Minh City is the second fastest growing city in the developing world, and that means business men and women are arriving here in droves, pretty much 24/7,” said Knuth Kiefer, General Manager Vietnam for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Andreas Mattmüller (C), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer, Middle East and Asia, speaks at Thursday’s press conference for the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon grand opening, while the group’s President and CEO Jean Gabriel Peres (R) and Knuth Kiefer look on (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Kiefer added,“The Mövenpick Hotel Saigon isn’t merely positioned at the heart of all this change, all this progress, all this energy. We are part of it.

“With these upgrades, we have kept pace in terms of amenity and technology while providing business and leisure travelers a respite from city life that is at once hip, serene and accommodating.”

He added, “Our guest rooms were designed to incorporate modern touches with ultimate comfort and conveniences for our guests.”

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts President and CEO Jean Gabriel Peres also took part in the grand opening ceremony.

The Mövenpick Saigon is located on Nguyen Van Troi Street in Phu Nhuan District, within 10 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Cay Da Café at the Mövenpick Saigon

The renovation started in March this year, adding 27 new rooms and bringing the total to 278.

Kiefer presided over the 2008 renovation of Mövenpick’s sister property, the Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, in the Vietnamese capital.

Andreas Mattmüller, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer in the Middle East and Asia, said at a press conference for the grand opening that his group was eyeing Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An to expand its presence in the country.

Completely closed on March 8 this year, the Mövenpick Saigon used the time to add key personnel and for staff education, with core training in hospitality essentials. The soft opening was on August 1.

Kiefer said, “In the five months leading up to the opening of the hotel, we have organized over 160 training classes for our employees in order to meet the expectations of our customers and to be in line with the modern new look of the hotel.”

The Mövenpick hotels here in Vietnam [in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City each] want to be known for the most attentive and personalized approach towards our customers and to provide true value for our guests,” he added.

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Top leaders attend opening ceremonies for new school year

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh attended the new school year opening ceremony at Chu Van An High School in Saturday, hailing the school’s achievements.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh beats the drum to start the new school year at Chu Van An High School in Hanoi September 4 (Photo: VNA)

He congratulated the school’s teachers and students on their new academic year, saying they should maintain and promote their teaching and studying to obtain more achievements.

The Party leader on this occasion asked the education sector to continue improving management and education quality, creating strong and comprehensive changes in the sector.

He stressed the ultimate goal of the education-training sector and the socialist school which is teaching and educating pupils with great aspirations toward the motherland.

Chu Van An is considered a cradle for outstanding students. Many students from the school became patriotic personalities, intellectuals and leaders of the Party and State such as Ngo Gia Tu, Nguyen Van Cu, Pham Van Dong. Uncle Ho visited the school three times and the hundred-year old school has been recognised as a national cultural and historical relic site.

On the same day, State President Nguyen Minh Triet attended and beat the drum to open the new academic year at Thang Long Secondary School in Hanoi.

Speaking to teachers and students at the school, President Triet highlighted the school’s achievements in the past year.

He asked every teacher and officer of Thang Long School to uphold tradition and chalk up even greater achievements in the future, so that their school will deserve to bear the name of the capital city and its glorious thousand-year history.

The State leader told the school students to exert more efforts in their studies, practice good morals and actively take part in social activities.

In Ho Chi Minh City the same day, thousands of students and teachers at Tran Dai Nghia High School participated in an opening ceremony for the new academic year with the attendance of the city Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and teachers , students at Chu Van An High School

Stating at the ceremony, Mr Hai highly appreciated and praised great efforts of the school’s teachers and students to obtain excellent achievements in the last school year.

He hoped that the school should continue improving education quality to train high quality human resources, meeting the city’s development demand.

In the meantime, Le Hong Phong High School organized a ceremony to start the new school year with the attendance of some city senior officials.

The city People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan ordered the school should show more efforts to become a high-ranking school not only in the country but also in the Southeast Asian region.

At the Gia Dinh High School’s ceremony, the city People’s Council chairwoman Pham Phuong Thao gave certificate of merit and excellent emulation flag for the school as it has got plenty of achievements over the past school year.

Other high schools like Vo Truong Toan and Nguyen Thuong Hien also hosted their new school year opening ceremonies with the participation of permanent deputy secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Van Dua and permanent deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tai respectively.

Source: SGGP

Ministry to study opening new faculties in college and university

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

A conference held on May 18 discussed high school graduation exams, proposed increased tuition fees and the moratorium placed on opening more new faculties in university and colleges.

The education system has not suffered under the decision, made by the Ministry of Education and Training, to halt opening new faculties in college and university, said Mr. Ngo Kim Khoi, deputy head of the University Education Department.

A delegation of inspectors established by the Ministry will monitor the condition of schools and decide when it is necessary and suitable for increasing facilities, he added.

According to the ministry, more than one million students will take part in the high school graduation exam this year.


Source: SGGP

Foreign universities eye Indian opening

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 5:21 am

Universities around the world are poised to establish outpost colleges in India as the government pushes ahead with plans to open up the country’s education system.

Students wait for their classes to begin at Kirori Mal college in New Delhi in 2009. (AFP)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet has given the green light to the proposals, which will now be debated by parliament next month.

Nearly one in three of India’s 1.15 billion people is under 14, and Singh has said improving educational standards is crucial if recent rapid economic development is to continue.

Many foreign universities already have links with Indian business schools or engineering colleges but the prospect of independent foreign campuses in one of the world’s major emerging economies has sparked global interest.

Krista Knopper, India adviser for the Netherlands’ Maastricht University, said the proposed legislation promised a revolution for Indian students.

“Maastricht will definitely follow developments around the foreign education bill in India and could be interested in starting a campus,” she told AFP.

“This is a very exciting time for India in developing its higher education structure.”

Education is a priority in many Indian households, with children put under constant pressure to attain good marks in exams and earn a prized place at over-stretched universities, with a view to lucrative careers.

Government minister Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday that 800 to 1,000 new universities would be needed within ten years if the number of students going on to higher education was to rise from the current 12 percent to 30 percent.

“If we in this part of the world recognise the facts, we will realise how important education is for a developing economy,” he said.

Vinod Mirchandani, Melbourne University’s chief representative in India, said all options were on the table.

“India is a very important market for us and Melbourne University is not closed to the idea of an offshore campus,” he said.

For decades, the country’s brightest and most privileged students have headed abroad to complete their studies, often never to return.

Many Indian leaders have studied at Cambridge or Oxford in Britain, including the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and the current premier, Singh.

About 100,000 Indians study at universities in the United States and 60,000 in other countries, according to the New York-based Institute of International Education.

The institute’s Indian representative, Ajit Motwani, said that if passed, the bill would be “good for India’s economic and social well-being” as it would lead to standards being raised in all colleges.

Britain’s Lancaster University, which has an existing programme with the privately-run GD Goenka World Institute in New Delhi, endorsed Motwani’s prediction.

“The bill is likely to benefit Indian students and will lead to more choice,” said Lancaster University vice chancellor Paul Welling in comments published this week.

However the issue of fees is likely to be highly contentious, as the planned legislation prohibits foreign universities from repatriating profits.

Among the many institutes that have sounded a note of caution, the United States’ Stanford University said it would rather deepen collaboration than set up its own fully fledged facilities in India.

Stanford’s assistant vice president Lisa Lapin told the Hindustan Times that “learning centres” and “research partnerships” had proved valuable in India for the university’s current students and would probably be expanded.

The bill, which stipulates foreign institutes would have to deposit a start-up fund of 11 million dollars, is likely to face a difficult time in parliament.

The BJP, the main opposition, is unhappy with the bill in its current form and communist lawmakers have vowed to block it.

“This bill excludes the weaker sections of society and reaps benefit only for the rich,” Communist Party of India General Secretary D. Raja told AFP.

Source: SGGP

Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel makes soft opening

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:40 am

The five-star Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa in Nha Trang City opened partially Friday, starting to accept reservations for arrival on or after Mar. 19.

Standing on the beach in Nha Trang Bay, the hotel debuts with six food-and-beverage outlets, a full-service spa, a swimming pool overlooking the sea and ocean views from all 284 rooms.

A Sheraton Nha Trang room overlooks Nha Trang Bay (Photo: Courtesy of the hotel)

Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa is about 30 minutes by car from Cam Ranh International Airport , which offers daily services to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.

Scott Hodgetts, general manager of the 30-story hotel, said, “Nha Trang Bay has been a member of The World’s Most Beautiful Bays club for years. Now the region has a hotel to match.”

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Israel hints at Syria opening after Sarkozy meet

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 10:27 am

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met French President Nicolas Sarkozy for talks on the crisis in the Middle East peace process and appeared to open the door to talks with Syria.

Neither leader spoke to reporters after their two-hour meeting in the Elysee Palace, and Netanyahu set off for the airport immediately afterwards. The pair had addressed the media after both their previous Paris meetings.

A short statement from Sarkozy’s office said that the talks had included only the leaders and one senior advisor each. They discussed “international issues and notably ways to restart the Middle East peace process.”

But, while the mood surrounding the meeting was downbeat, afterwards an Israeli official did hold open the chance of progress in one of the overlapping negotiating tracks that make up the stalled regional peace plan.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) shakes hands with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Palace in Paris

“Mr Sarkozy raised the issue of the Syrian track,” the senior aide said.

“The prime minister said he is willing to meet with the Syrian president at any time and anywhere to move on the peace negotiations on the basis of no pre-conditions,” he added.

Earlier, in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a meeting of Arab politicians that Syria would not “put forward conditions on making peace” but warned it had “rights that we will not renounce,” according to the SANA news agency.

Assad is due in Paris on Friday for talks with Sarkozy.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and unilaterally annexed it in 1981. Damascus has repeatedly demanded the strategic plateau’s return as a non-negotiable condition for peace.

Telephone talks arranged by Turkish mediators between the arch foes were broken off last year during Israel’s offensive in Gaza, closing a promising diplomatic channel towards a broader Middle East settlement.

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Paris that he was ready to resume his role as mediator of three-way telephone conversations between Israeli and Syrian leaders at any time.

There was no sign, however, that the Paris meeting had made much progress on the issue of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

On the eve of the visit, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said a “real political difference” separates Sarkozy and Netanyahu on the issue of Israel’s continued building of settlements on Palestinian land.

“We think that a freeze on settlements, that’s to say no more colonisation while talks are ongoing, would be absolutely indispensable,” Kouchner told France Inter radio. “We need talks and the peace process to restart.”

French fears for the peace process have been exacerbated by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ threat to resign in protest at Israel’s refusal to stop building on Palestinian land in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

“The return to negotiations depends on Israel adhering to the terms of reference of peace and that means halting all settlements,” Abbas told Palestinian supporters on Wednesday in Ramallah.

Abbas is seen by many as the only Palestinian leader with the power and credibility to lead meaningful negotiations, and his departure could even trigger the collapse of the Palestinian Authority.

Sarkozy called Abbas on Tuesday to urge him to reconsider a decision not to seek re-election next year, and was expected to pressure Netanyahu during his meeting Wednesday to halt settlement building.

The Israeli leader arrived in Paris late Tuesday after flying in from Washington, where he had held similarly tense discussions with US President Barack Obama, who has also called for a construction freeze.

Netanyahu insists he has limited settlement activity and has called for immediate peace talks with the Palestinians, but his Washington trip ended without the usual friendly joint appearance with the US leader.

The lack of a press conference was widely interpreted as a snub by Obama.

Speaking in Jerusalem, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday said the meeting had helped pave the way for the possible restarting of Israeli-Palestinian talks.

“This meeting was good, important and constructive. It lifted a number of obstacles and created a decisive base for the resumption of negotiations that will allow us to reach an agreement with our neighbours, the Palestinians,” he said.

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