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Vietnam Airlines uses new terminal at Paris airport

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm


Vietnam Airlines uses new terminal at Paris airport
QĐND – Saturday, October 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)



Vietnam Airlines will use a new terminal, Terminal 2E, at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris as of October 31st.

Mr. Pham Viet Thanh, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines, said that Terminal 2E, with the most modern facilities, will help the air carrier to improve its service quality for passengers traveling on flights between Vietnam and France or in transit at the airport before heading to other destinations.

At present, Vietnam Airlines uses the Boeing 777 for eight non-stop flights weekly from Vietnam to Paris.

Until the end of October, Vietnam Airlines’ employees have raised funds of VND1.2 billion to help flood victims in the central provinces.

According to Vietnam Airlines’ leadership, the air carrier transports for free all relief goods donated by organsiations, including the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the People’s Committee of cities and provinces, the Vietnam Red Cross as well as domestic and international charities, to flood victims from HCMC and Hanoi to Vinh, Dong Hoi, Hue and Danang.

Source: LD&NLD

Translated by Duy Minh



Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

Eighteen passengers and three crew members were injured by severe turbulence on Oct. 20 while on board Vietnam Airlines Flight VN535 from Hanoi to Paris.

The flight operated a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and was carrying 222 passengers and 15 crew members.

Immediately after the incident, the captain and Vietnam Airlines Operation Control Centre requested that local airport authorities be prepared with medical assistance upon landing.

The crew provided first aid and took other necessary measures to all injured passengers while the plane continued its route to Paris, finally landing safely at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

All 21 injured passengers and crew members were taken to the airport clinic for medical evaluation, and nine were later sent to a local hospital for treatment.

As of 8pm October 20, most of the injured had been discharged from the hospital and are expected to recover soon.

A press release from the carrier said that all remaining passengers were safe and unaffected.

The aircraft is currently grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and will go through further evaluation and maintenance before returning to Vietnam .

Vietnam Airlines is proactively co-operating with local authorities and insurance partners to complete necessary formalities and to provide further assistance to passengers.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

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

S.Africa judge drops drugs charge against Paris Hilton

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, July 3, 2010 (AFP) – American party girl Paris Hilton was arrested for possession of marijuana at a World Cup match Friday, but a South African judge tossed out the charges against her.

(FILES) A picture taken on May 18, 2010 shows Paris Hilton arriving to attend the World Music Awards in Monaco. AFP

Hilton and her friend, former Playboy Playmate Jennifer Rovero, were arrested for carrying a joint at the Brazil-Netherlands quarter-final match in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.

They appeared in one of South Africa’s special World Cup courts at 12:20 am Saturday (2220 GMT Friday), about six hours after the match, where Hilton was named “Accused No. 1” in the case.

“The charges against you, Accused No. 1, are dropped,” magistrate Xolile Dlulisa said.

“Thank you, your honour,” Hilton replied and left the court, after the three-minute hearing.

She arrived at the courthouse about 30 minutes earlier and appeared relaxed, smiling at court officials with her blonde hair pulled into two ponytails and wearing a white t-shirt with a lion on the front, green trousers and brown boots.

While she waited for the hearing, people with FIFA badges were seen bringing her seven pizzas, 12 cold drinks and six waters in an antechamber.

Her friend 31-year-old Rovero was found guilty of possession of marijuana and ordered to either spend 30 days in jail or pay a 1,000 rand (128 dollar, 100 euro) fine. She paid the fine.

Their lawyer Terry Price told AFP the charges were dropped against Hilton, 29, because Rovero was actually holding the joint when they were arrested.

“They got the wrong fucking blonde,” an agitated Price said afterwards as he left the courthouse.

Rovero’s website says she was a Playboy Playmate of the month for July 1999, but is now producing photo shoots. She was described in court as a freelance photographer, with two children, aged eight and three.

The judge, who was sweating and wiping his head during the hearing, seemed almost apologetic in handing down his verdict.

“It’s very difficult for a human being to decide the fate of another human being. There’s no magic formula,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that while you’re a visitor to this country you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.”

South Africa set up the World Cup courts to quickly handle crimes dealing with foreigners during the tournament. They operate in normal courtrooms but keep staff working late into the night.

A darling of the tabloids, Hilton, the great-granddaughter of the Hilton hotel chain’s founder, shot to fame in 2003 when her boyfriend leaked a video of their sexual escapades on the Internet.

She became a television star with the reality show “The Simple Life” alongside her real-life friend, Nicole Ritchie, in which the celebrity princesses lived at a country farm in a lifestyle neither would likely ever otherwise encounter.

Hilton has since appeared in films and made musical recordings, but her efforts have only been greeted with three “Razzie Awards” — parodies of the Oscars doled out for the worst screen performances.

In 2007, Hilton was jailed for 23 days for violating probation over an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction triggering a media frenzy in the United States.

In March, Brazilian regulators forced changes to a beer ad in which Hilton appeared in suggestive poses, after banning the original spot as sexist.

Source: SGGP

Paris archbishop hits out at ‘smear campaign’ targeting pope

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

PARIS, April 4, 2010 (AFP) – The archbishop of Paris and head of the Catholic Church in France on Sunday denounced paedophile priest scandals as a smear campaign targeting the pope.

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois told Le Parisien newspaper that shocking cases that have recently been made public of priests sexually abusing children date back several decades and that these concerned a small minority in the clergy.

“There is a smear campaign aimed at the pope,” he said.

“And yet it was Cardinal Ratzinger who, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, encouraged bishops to take action against paedophilia by systematically informing Rome of such cases.”

Pope Benedict XVI looks on during the celebration of Easter mass on April 4, 2010 at St Peter’s square at the Vatican. AFP photo

Before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spent 24 years as head of the Congregation, once known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition.

The interview with Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois took up a full page of the popular newspaper and ran on Easter Sunday, a religious holiday widely celebrated in France, where Catholicism is the number one religion.

France has not seen the sort of large-scale paedophile scandals that have rocked the Irish, German and US churches, but there have been some cases such as the arrest last week of a Christian radio station director.

Father Jacques Gaimard, who worked in the northern Normandy region, was charged on Wednesday with sexual assaults on a minor in 1992 and 1993 and released on bail.

“Faced with these appalling crimes committed by some priests, we are filled with horror,” said the cardinal. “We all feel shame and regret.”

“Having said that, there is no wave of paedophile acts, but a series of revelations of acts committed over the past fifty years,” he said.

Of the 20,000 priests practicing in France, about 30 have been convicted and jailed for sexual crimes and not all of them involving paedophilia, said the cardinal.

Source: SGGP

France, Ireland set for bad-tempered Paris clash

In Vietnam Sports on November 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

DUBLIN, Nov 15, 2009 (AFP) – Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni ensured Wednesday’s World Cup play-off showdown in Paris against France will be a combustible affair after accusing a French player of insulting behaviour.

France, the 1998 world champions and runners-up in 2006, edged the first leg of the play-off 1-0 in Dublin on Saturday courtesy of a late goal from Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

French forward Nicolas Anelka scores in front Republic of Ireland’s goalkeaper Shay Given during the first leg of the World Cup 2010 play-off football match Republic of Ireland vs. France, on November 14, 2009 (AFP photo)

The final whistle sparked a mid-pitch clash between the two sets of players at Croke Park with wily Italian Trapattoni hitting out at his French visitors.

“A famous French player (who he refused to name) launched insults at the end of the game against my players and this really surprised me. What he said was insulting for all Irish people in general,” he said.

“You cannot do that when you have won.”

France did all they came to do, scoring an away goal and keeping a clean sheet in a game in which the second-half performance of both teams was the deciding factor.

French captain Thierry Henry reckoned his team’s dominance in the second half meant they were entitled to the slice of luck that saw Anelka’s goal take a heavy deflection off Sean St Ledger and past Shay Given in the Irish goal.

“In the second half we passed the ball better than in the first half. We were creating some chances – maybe not great chances – but we had the ball most of the time so maybe that’s why we deserved the luck to turn our way,” said the Barcelona forward.

His boss Raymond Domenech agreed that France’s improved second-half performance was the source of his team’s success.

“In the second half we were more ourselves. There were a lot of high balls and that wasn’t our game. It’s up to us to impose ourselves and in the second half it was definitely better. The main point is that we didn’t concede any goals.”

Trapattoni agreed that France were the superior team in the second half but he refused to write off his team’s chances in Paris on Wednesday where the eventual winner will book their place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“We are a little bit disappointed because I think the fair result would have been a draw,” he said.

“It is possible to score a goal, maybe from a corner or a free kick (in Paris). Maybe the next game we can get this little deflection at the start of the game and it is 1-0 to us. Why not?”

Trapattoni also maintained his players had more to offer than they displayed in the second half here.

“I don’t think the individual performances were good enough from some of our players. There were two or three who under performed a little bit but normally these players play well. We just seemed to be missing a little bit of strength.”

However, he still believed his team’s attitude was good and they will need to show it again if they are to overhaul the deficit on Wednesday.

“We cannot allow them play how they want. We must play with the same attitude and the same tactics in Paris. We also have to pressurise them a little bit more.”

With just four days to recover the prospect of Ireland putting in the sort of energetic performance that Trapattoni wants seems unlikely.

Even if his team gets an equaliser they will be faced with a further half hour of extra-time unless they get a second.

But the Italian reminded reporters that Ireland have a tradition of famous victories against the odds.

“The team knows what has been achieved in the past and today we could have scored in the last 10 minutes. So the players must take this positive mentality to Paris.”

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