Manifest destiny: planner looks westward for growth of Ha Noi (08-01-2005) Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Xuan Thao has a plan to expand Ha Noi to the west and modernise the city centre. He spoke about it with Thoi bao kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times). What is necessary to make your expansion plan come true? I have made some funding suggestions for the expansion. Funds can be raised from auctioning land use-right. However, the plan will also require investment from sources other than the State budget. Upon my personal calculation, there is sufficient land for Ha Noi to expand, but we need to look to foreign and domestic investors for funds. Could you tell readers about the core of your expansion plan? I think Ha Noi has sufficient land for expansion if it is done professionally by urban planners. However, it is not yet necessary to expand into neighbouring areas. We can make use of existing idle land within the capital’s borders. In my plan, I want to … [Read more...] about Manifest destiny: planner looks westward for growth of Ha Noi
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Quang Nam, RoK’s Gwangyang city ink cooperation deal Chairman of the People’s Committee of central Quang Nam province Dinh Van Thu and Mayor of Gwangyang city of the Republic of Korea Jeong Hyun Bok signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation on June 10. The two sides agreed to expand economic, investment, trade exchanges, share experience in managing and developing economic zones, and boost cooperation in seaport logistic services, tourism, and health care. The signing took place at a meeting between Quang Nam’s leaders and representatives from foreign localities and partners which have developed friendship with the province and accompanied it during the development process. It was part of the activities of the sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival 2017. Thu affirmed that Quang Nam is keen to further international cooperation with foreign localities and partners. After 20 years, Quang Nam has been … [Read more...] about Social News 12/6
Vu Bang is a proud father of two children - a second grader and a little boy attending kindergarten. He is also proud of his motorbike driving skills and how good his little daughter is at sitting on the bike. Bang drives the little girl to a nearby primary school on his way to the office. He sits the child in front of his bike, like millions of Vietnamese parents, both because the children like it, and because their arms can protect the little ones from falling. But safety is not a major concern for Bang. He never has his daughter wear a helmet. "Why not," I asked. "It's just a short distance from my home to her school. Moreover, a helmet on her head would hinder my view while driving." Seeing that I was skeptical, he assured me: "Don't worry. I am an excellent driver. And even if she sat behind, she would hug me tightly and would not fall." "What if the police stop you for not putting a helmet on her?" "See, she looks small for her age. I would tell them she is under six." Under … [Read more...] about Has the kids’ helmets controversy come to a head?
Shocking child drowning figures shake the nationSoutheast Asia. … [Read more...] about Social News Headlines 19/6
WELCOME TO AFP'S LIVE REPORT on the news that Alex Ferguson will retire from Manchester United at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on one of the most successful careers football has known. "The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time," Ferguson said in a statement released by the club. "It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so," added Ferguson who will bow out with United having won this season's Premier League. The club gave no indication of a successor amid press speculation that Everton's David Moyes could fill the Old Trafford hot seat vacated by fellow Scotsman Ferguson. United did say, however, that Ferguson would remain at United as director and official club ambassador. His final game in charge will be against West Bromwich Albion on May 19. Ferguson, who had recently insisted he would be continuing … [Read more...] about Alex Ferguson retiring: Live Report