VietNamNet Bridge – Developing smart cities means officials and planning need to be a step ahead, according to a local official. Da Nang City. Local authorities aim to develop the city into a smart city. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh Tran Quoc Thai, deputy director of Urban Development Department, at the Ministry of Construction made the statement at a seminar yesterday in Hanoi. “Smart cities must meet the criteria of planning, management and provision of smart and comfortable services that are supplied by the State or other economic sectors,” he said at the seminar titled ‘Developing Smart Cities in Vietnam towards Green and Sustainable Growth’, organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction and Embassy of the Netherlands. “The building of smart cities requires appropriate institutions on the basis of integrated planning and management, while developing standards for safety, security and social affairs.” Vietnam is currently … [Read more...] about Developing smart cities must firstly base on smart planning
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HCM City university offers M.Sc in leadership together with US school HCM City International University has tied up with the US's Northeastern University for an M.Sc degree in leadership. Students have to take a total of 12 courses, including international business management, cross culture management and developing leadership capacity. Four will be taught by HCM City International University lecturers and the rest by Northeastern faculty. The US university will also provide the curriculum. On completion, the students will get a degree from Northeastern University. HCM City International University is a member of the Việt Nam National University-HCM City. Hoài Đức chosen to become urban district by 2020 Hoài Đức District on the outskirts of Hà Nội will be developed into an urban district by 2020, said Hoàng Trung Hải, secretary of the Hà Nội Municipal Party Committee. He made the statement during a working visit to the district last weekend. Hải said Hoài Đức District connects the … [Read more...] about Social News 3/8
Editor's Note: Scott Duke Harris, our Hanoi-based columnist, responds to an April 9 article by an anonymous Australian who complained that Vietnamese are stuck in so-called "Tunnel Vision," which only allows them to see what is directly in front of them, not anything behind or next to them. HANOI - The other day I was riding in a crowded taxi, seated beside the driver. We eased to a stop on a busy street, our path blocked by the sedan with a clearly inexperienced driver making an awkward U-turn in front of us. He had maneuvered around one of those slim concrete barriers, designed to prevent the kind of risky passing maneuvers common among Vietnamese motorists, and was blocking two lanes. To my far right, I noticed a motorcyclist with one passenger move forward, hoping to slither past the sedan in the gutter against the beveled curb. The driver of the car had paused, as if belatedly realizing he lacked space to make a U-turn and would have to back up a bit … [Read more...] about Vietnamese’s bad habits: Those annoyin’ Hanoians!
Human traffickers jailed for 80 years The People's Court in the southern Tay Ninh province yesterday sentenced 23 defendants to 80 years in jail for human trafficking, illegal money lending and fraud with the intent to appropriate property. The harshest sentence, 12 years and six months in jail, was given to Nguyen Truong Son, 39, the head of the ring, from Tay Ninh Province. His wife, Tran Thi Co, 34, was given a four-year jail sentence. The indictment by the provincial People's Procurary said the couple, along with other members of the gang, cheated and forced some 40 women to work at a karaoke bar. They also lent money to these women as monthly stipends at very high interest rates. The couple is believed to have earned more than VND1.2 billion (US$56,000) from such illegal money lending. In addition to being loan sharks, the couple also confessed that they had trafficked 20 women. Man killed in road accident The two vehicles, coming from opposite directions, collided head-on … [Read more...] about Social Headlines December 25
How a breeder of bulldogs may spark a small transportation revolution in the shadow of the State Bank Velo De Piste [10 Pasteur Street, District 1] has been open 24/7 for about a month. If you arrive by bicycle, you get a 10 percent discount. I'm convinced that its special brand of bike enthusiasm and commodity fetishism is the only solution for a jam packed city dreaming of cars. Photo by Calvin Godfrey I spent the better part of a year commuting everywhere on a used, US$200 road bike that cut through traffic faster than almost anything on the road. In a city exploding with diabetes caused, at least in part, by inertia, riding a bicycle struck me as a no-brainer. But I got tired of explaining to sneering co-workers why I was a little sweaty. I could hear people laughing at me when I arrived at and left work. So I returned to the curb-crushing, air poisoning hordes that fill Saigon's narrow corridors with bodies, bikes and fumes every morning and every night. Readers of this … [Read more...] about The Fixer