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Dong Thap reopens Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site was inaugurated in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Thursday after one year of restoration.

A view of the lotus pond in Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site (Photo: SGGP)

The province People’s Committee hosted the inauguration ceremony and the 81st death anniversary of Uncle Ho’s father in Cao Lanh town with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong and chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam.

Representatives from central ministries and departments, Ho Chi Minh City, Nghe An Province and Mekong Delta provinces were also present at the event.

Construction of the Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site began in 1975 and completed two years later.

The site, recognized as the national cultural and historical relic in 1992 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, receives about 300,000 visitors annually.

In December last year, the province began the site’s restoration with a total capital of over VND95 billion (US$4.7 million).

Nguyen Sinh Sac- father of President Ho Chi Minh was a mandarin of Nguyen Dynasty who resigned and then became a harbal doctor to help the poor. He passed away in 1929  in Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap as his son Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of President Ho Chi Minh) was looking for ways to salvage the country from French colonialists.

The area now comprises Nguyen Sinh Sac’s tomb, a exhibition house of his life and cause, a flower garden, an Uncle Ho house on stilts, a lotus pond and a corner of Hoa An Village where the late president’s farther treated diseases for the poor and passed away.

Source: SGGP

Mövenpick Hotel Saigon reopens after $15 mln renovation

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

The five-star Mövenpick Hotel Saigon reappeared in Ho Chi Minh City on August 1 after a complete transformation over the past five months.

The renovation, which the hotel management said cost US$15 million, is for all guest rooms, public areas and restaurants.

The Mövenpick Hotel Saigon’s designed façade

“The overarching goal is to create a new benchmark in hospitality in Vietnam,” said Knuth Kiefer, general manager of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Vietnam. 

The hotel is located on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in Phu Nhuan District, within 10 minutes to drive to the airport.

Completely closed on March 8 this year, the Mövenpick continues to use the time to add key personnel and for staff education, with core training in hospitality essentials.

“I’m happy with our progress in attracting a great team and training them accordingly. The closure of the hotel was pivotal in the process, which will of course continue after we open on August 1,” Kiefer said.

The hotel houses 278 guestrooms and five restaurants. Kiefer said he was especially proud of the new bar on the 3rd floor that flanks the hotel’s swimming pool and spa.

In Vietnam, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts operates five-star hotels, one in Ho Chi Minh City and the other in Hanoi.

The international hotel group, with roots in Switzerland, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Source: SGGP

British flight ban ends, London’s Heathrow reopens

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 8:40 am

LONDON, April 21, 2010 (AFP) – British air travellers were spared a further day of travel misery Wednesday as aviation authorities ended a five-day airspace shutdown caused by an Icelandic volcano ash cloud.

A British Airways flight arrived at London’s Heathrow airport shortly before 10:00 pm (2100 GMT) Tuesday from Vancouver, the first to touch down at Europe’s busiest air hub since authorities closed down the country’s airspace last week.

First passengers react as they arrive with first flight from Vancouver at London’s Heathrow airport, as it was reopened on April 20, 2010 after a five-day airspace shutdown. AFP photo

“It’s good to be back,” said Neil Rodgers, the first passenger through the doors at the airport’s Terminal Five.

“As we were coming into land I was quite concerned as we were coming through the cloud,” he added.

The reopening of Heathrow came after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that restrictions on airspace in Britain would gradually be eased from 2100 GMT.

Transport Minister Andrew Adonis said all British airports could reopen and he expected them to remain open.

“The CAA has now established a wider area in which it is safe to fly, consistent with the framework agreed (Monday) by the EU transport ministers,” he said.

The decision to lift the ban came as tensions mounted between airlines and the authorities, with BA showing its anger by sending flights to land at Heathrow despite restrictions still being in place.

Other countries hit by the ash cloud shutdown — including Belgium, France and Germany — had already eased restrictions earlier in the day.

A spokesman for the airline said it thought the flight ban was “wrong” and added: “We think it is safe to land, we would not be putting passengers lives in jeopardy.”

This prompted a warning from the CAA that airlines breaching regulations could face legal action.

“If anybody breaks the rules of the air, they could face investigation and possible prosecution,” said a spokeswoman.

One of BA’s long-haul flights was diverted to Brussels, but others made it to Heathrow as the ban was lifted.

The end of restrictions will be a relief to the many Britons stranded abroad by the ash cloud, which closed down British airspace entirely at midday (1100 GMT) Thursday.

Many were left facing arduous journeys by bus, train, taxi and ferry to get home. Restrictions had already been lifted early Tuesday in Scotland and northern England.

The Irish Aviation Authority also announced a phased lifting of flight restrictions from 2100 GMT but cautioned that this was subject to the ash cloud not moving over Ireland during the night.

The CAA said the “immense challenge” of the ash cloud travel chaos had been overcome by gathering top aviation experts from around the world to study the phenomenon.

This led to new guidelines being issued on flying planes through the ash.

“The major barrier to resuming flight has been understanding tolerance levels of aircraft to ash,” said the authority.

“Manufacturers have now agreed increased tolerance levels in low ash density areas.”

Source: SGGP

Vietnam railway reopens

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 4:49 am

With the great effort of the railway industry and over 1,000 workers, Vietnam North-South Railway had traffic through on November 7 after extreme damage caused by Typhoon Mirinae. The repair was three days ahead of schedule.

The army repairs a school damaged by floods in Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, November 6 (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Huu Tuyen, head of Vietnam Railway Corporation’s Transport Business Department, said that Thong Nhat trains, which transport passengers between HCMC and Hanoi, will return to normal operations on November 8 at the latest.

The corporation’s steering committee for flood and storm prevention earlier reported that Typhoon Mirinae damaged 71 kilometers of track at 25 sections in the central region, with 20,000 cubic meters of soil and stones having slid onto the rails.

The railway’s information and signal system was also extremely damaged.

In related news, in the wake of relief activities for central flood victims, Huynh Thi Nhan, deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, November 7 visited and gave VND21 million (US$1,166) to three households in Tuy An District and the town of Song Cau, Phu Yen Province. They had lost seven relatives in the floods.

One day earlier, she gave the province Fatherland Front Committee VND1.5 billion ($83,000) and 4.7 tons of relief commodities, which were donated by the city’s residents to help people in the province overcome storm and flood damage.

During November 6 and 7, Sai Gon Giai Phong visited 75 bereaved families in Dong Xuan, Tuy An and Song Cau Districts and presented them with VND1 million each.

The newspaper also presented 1,000 instant noodle boxes and other foods to people in badly flooded areas, as well as 5,000 notebooks, schoolbooks and 20 sets of tables for primary and nursery schools in the mountainous commune of Xuan Lam in Song Cau.

Doctors from the city-based medical university, Pham Ngoc Thach, with the assistance of the newspaper will check health and deliver medicine to residents in An Dinh and An Nghiep communes of Tuy An District on November 8.

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