Viet Nam News By An Phương HCM CITY – You’ve probably heard of multiple measures to ease traffic congestion in HCM City, but are you aware that the city plans to restrict motorbikes by 2030? As far as I know, HCM City is the third city, besides Hà Nội and Đà Nẵng, to come up with a roadmap to limit private vehicles travelling to the city centre and to areas prone to traffic congestion. According to the proposal’s first phase from now until 2020, the city will increase parking fees, restrict parking for motorbikes and impose a toll on vehicles entering the city centre. During peak hours between 7am and 7pm, motorbike travel will be restricted between Tân Bình District’s Trường Sơn Street and District 1’s Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street, and between Pasteur Street (Lý Tự Trọng – Điện Biên Phủ section) and Nam Kì Khởi Nghĩa … [Read more...] about Is a motorbike restriction or ban the way to go for HCM City?
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The central city of Da Nang is adding lights to a park after a schoolboy sent local officials a letter sharing his dream of playing football. In the handwritten letter, Nguyen Manh Quan, a middle school student, said the An Hoa 2 park near his house did not have any lights and he and his friends could not play there in the evening. "All the other parks far from my house have lights. The kids there are happily playing football," he wrote. "We have to play at a street corner, which is not very safe due to a lot of traffic." Quan said his older brother told him that officials in Da Nang were trying to learn about the public's dreams and wishes for the city. That's why he decided to write the letter to share his dream. "Please help me," he wrote. The boy did not have to wait very long. Just days after receiving the letter, local authorities decided to put up four light poles at the park. The VND80-million (US$3,500) project started earlier this week and is scheduled to finish … [Read more...] about Da Nang lights up local park, fulfills boy’s wish
VietNamNet Bridge - The owner of the Dai Nam Tourist Area has offered VND100 billion ($5 million) of reward for anyone who can prove that his second wife, Nguyen Phuong Hang, the Deputy General Director of Dai Nam Joint Stock Company, mortgaged his property for loans.Mr. Huynh Uy Dung said: "Recently, there were rumors in Binh Duong Province that my wife mortgaged my property to a bank loan of VND2 trillion (nearly $100 million) and took advantage of my reputation to raise money outside at interest rate of up to 3.4 percent per month. The rumor has made my life go crazy and harmed my reputation for my wife's lifestyle and ethics." "Honestly, a lot of people probably worried about me because they love me and they are afraid that I'm cheated by my wife. They did everything possible to help me by quietly tracking my life and invading my private life. Many people even broke the law to invade my privacy to attempt to prove my wife is such a bad person," he continued. "Who are they? They are … [Read more...] about Park boss offers $5mil. reward for anyone who proves his wife’s debts
South Korean President Park Geun Hye said the actions of the crew on a ferry that sank last week were "like murder" and called for a thorough investigation of the incident that left more than 300 dead or missing. "The actions of the captain and some crew members just cannot be understood with common sense, they are like murder and should not be tolerated," Park told her senior secretaries today, according to a report of the meeting issued by the presidential office. "Lumps of shock and rage are developing in the hearts of not only me but also of the people." The team investigating the sinking of the ferry that carried 476 people, most of them high school students, is focusing on why the vessel turned sharply before it listed and sank off the country's southwestern coast on April 16. Prosecutors overnight arrested four crew members accused of abandoning passengers and violation of maritime law, prosecutor Ahn Sang Don told reporters in Mokpo. He identified them as two first-ranked … [Read more...] about South Korea’s Park: ferry crew actions ‘like murder’
Shoppers at a Co.op mart in HCM City. The number of shoppers skyrocketed during the recent holiday. —VNA/VNS Photo Kim Phuong HCM CITY — Supermarket and shopping centres in HCM City were crowded with shoppers enjoying a long National Day holiday and the city's promotion month offering discounts on thousands of products. Although supermarkets had beefed up their staff and prepared additional parking lots to accommodate the predicted increase in holiday shoppers, they were still overloaded. Shoppers have had to wait in long lines at parking lots and cashier counters since Wednesday afternoon, one day prior to the National Day. The declaration of Friday as a holiday extended the National Day holiday to four days including the weekend. "It took me nearly 20 minutes to park my motorbike and it was not until noon that I managed to escape the long lines of people at the cashiers' counters although I came early in the morning," said Tran My Ha, who shopped at Big C supermarket in … [Read more...] about Holiday shoppers crowd supermarkets