Da Nang to use LED public lighting for APEC event

Consumers have returned to domestic products, instead of imports after a series of Chinese-made products were found to be dangerously contaminated. This is a good chance for domestic producers to corner the market. A boom in domestic products Vietnamese products are flooding supermarkets and wholesale centres in Hanoi. According to confectioners in Hanoi’s downtown Streets, products of Kinh Do, Vinabico and other domestic brand names have been stocked and are ready for sale during the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year festival (Tet). A shop owner at 75 To Hien Thanh Street says that since early this year domestic products of reputable brand names have been widely consumed while imported products have only accounted for 20 percent of total sales. Another shop owner in Ton That Tung Street says that this year, the consumption of Vietnamese products is several times higher than that of imported ones. Le Thi Huong, a supermarket assistant in Thai Thinh Street says that baskets of Tet gifts containing mainly domestic goods are sold at reasonable prices and are found to be quite suitable by consumers. Domestic goods are of the same quality as imported ones, Nguyen Thi Noi, a consumer in Kham Thien Street says. In addition, their designs and packaging are diversified and beautiful. So she often purchases Vietnamese products because of their high quality and reasonable price. In all major markets, Vietnamese goods are given pride of place. For example, in Big C and Metro supermarkets, there are about 50 kinds of cake and…... [read more]

There would be three options for implementing the plan. The first option is buses would share the motorcycle lane. In the second option, buses would be given priority to use a car lane on some roads and the final option would allow buses to travel and pick up commuters on the left lane of one-way roads. According to the department, the plan is aimed at making it easy, convenient and fast for buses to negotiate increasingly crowded roads in the city. The number of public bus commuters in HCM City has been in decline due to poor services, so setting up bus-only lanes would help improve the situation. Data of the HCM City Public Passenger Transport Management and Operation Center showed that last year saw a fall of 84,000 bus trips with some 3.4 million passengers. Pham Sanh, a traffic expert, said it is feasible to build bus-only lanes on a couple of wide roads such as Vo Van Kiet, Dien Bien Phu and Pham Van Dong. However, for downtown streets, it would prove difficult to design lanes for buses only. The city government should restrict private vehicle traffic in inner-city areas before bus-only lanes are built there, Sanh noted.... [read more]

HCMC to build bus-only lanes in 2017 Le Anh HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport in the first quarter of this year will finish mapping out a plan to build bus-only lanes on some roads to improve public transit services. The streets to be chosen for the plan include Truong Chinh, Vo Thi Sau, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Nguyen Van Troi, Dien Bien Phu and Pham Van Dong. There would be three options for implementing the plan. The first option is buses would share the motorcycle lane. In the second option, buses would be given priority to use a car lane on some roads and the final option would allow buses to travel and pick up commuters on the left lane of one-way roads. According to the department, the plan is aimed at making it easy, convenient and fast for buses to negotiate increasingly crowded roads in the city. The number of public bus commuters in HCMC has been in decline due to poor services, so setting up bus-only lanes would help improve the situation. Data of the HCMC Public Passenger Transport Management and Operation Center showed that last year saw a fall of 84,000 bus trips with some 3.4 million passengers. Pham Sanh, a traffic expert, said it is feasible to build bus-only lanes on a couple of wide roads such as Vo Van Kiet, Dien Bien Phu and Pham Van Dong. However, for downtown streets, it would prove difficult to design lanes for buses only. The city…... [read more]

The administration of the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong have requested that a dragon-shaped decorative installation that ‘broke the Internet’ be removed, while at the same time denying that the ugly ‘work of art’ cost more than US$2.6 million. The administration of the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong have requested that a dragon-shaped decorative installation that ‘broke the Internet’ be removed, while at the same time denying that the ugly ‘work of art’ cost more than US$2.6 million. Various photos showing a ‘dragon’ wrapped in yellow plastic flowers began surfacing on Facebook last weekend, causing a stir among local netizens. The ‘dragon’ provoked a groundswell of mockery, with people likening it to a worm, a cartoon caterpillar or even a Pikachu, thanks to its yellow ‘skin’. The installation is located on Le Hong Phong Street in the city’s downtown area, the same street that had a VND14.65 billion ($654,018) artistic LED lighting system removed less than two years after its inauguration. With the wastefulness of that lighting system still fresh in the public’s minds, the ugly dragon design fueled their anger, particularly after it was alleged to have cost as much as VND60 billion ($2.68 million) to build. On Sunday, the city’s administration officially addressed all of these complaints. Nguyen Xuan Binh, the city’s deputy chairman, said the municipal green company had carried out the work on the dragon-shaped installation without the permission of the administration. “I have asked them to remove their work immediately as it is…... [read more]

Robberies fell 30 percent in 2016, while snatching dipped by 11.5 percent. Police in Ho Chi Minh City announced that the streets became notably safer in 2016. At a press conference held Wednesday, an agency spokesman said overall criminal cases fell by 13.3 percent from a year ago to 5,200. The crimes included rape, murder, assault, robbery, theft, snatching, and resisting government officials. By comparison, Los Angeles, a city with a comparable population, had reported over 5,300 robberies alone by July. In southern Vietnam, robberies fell by 30 percent, while reports of street snatchings fell 11.5 percent and theft dropped over 16 percent. Police arrested nearly 9,800 members of 2,400 criminal gangs, including “dangerous, organized syndicates". Le Dong Phong, the municipal police chief, said the results are positive but not satisfactory, as the city continues to lack a sustainable solution to crime. The city's booming economy has caused rapid boom in the city's population; recent survey said one in five of the city's residents are rural migrants. The city ranked the 18th fastest growing tourist city in the world since 2009 with 9.22 percent annual growth, according to a MasterCard survey in 2009. Meanwhile, over five million foreigners visited the city in 2016, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Street crime remains a major obstacle for the industry. In 2015, the city’s tourism department recorded around 130 robbery and snatch-and-grab cases involving foreign tourists. Last April, the city installed surveillance cameras on downtown streets. Several residential areas also…... [read more]

Robberies fell 30 percent in 2016, while snatching dipped by 11.5 percent. Police in Ho Chi Minh City announced that the streets became notably safer in 2016. At a press conference held Wednesday, an agency spokesman said overall criminal cases fell by 13.3 percent from a year ago to 5,200. The crimes included rape, murder, assault, robbery, theft, snatching, and resisting government officials. By comparison, Los Angeles, a city with a comparable population, had reported over 5,300 robberies alone by July. In southern Vietnam, robberies fell by 30 percent, while reports of street snatchings fell 11.5 percent and theft dropped over 16 percent. Police arrested nearly 9,800 members of 2,400 criminal gangs, including “dangerous, organized syndicates". Le Dong Phong, the municipal police chief, said the results are positive but not satisfactory, as the city continues to lack a sustainable solution to crime. The city's booming economy has caused rapid boom in the city's population; recent survey said one in five of the city's residents are rural migrants. The city ranked the 18th fastest growing tourist city in the world since 2009 with 9.22 percent annual growth, according to a MasterCard survey in 2009. Meanwhile, over five million foreigners visited the city in 2016, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Street crime remains a major obstacle for the industry. In 2015, the city’s tourism department recorded around 130 robbery and snatch-and-grab cases involving foreign tourists. Last April, the city installed surveillance cameras on downtown streets. Several residential areas also…... [read more]

Saigonese ring in New Year Thanh Hoa Despite the absence of fireworks displays in HCMC on New Year’s Eve, city dwellers still reveled on this special occasion. Early on New Year’s Day, throngs of people rushed to the landmark sites in the center of the city like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Nguyen Van Binh book street to take photos and spend the first day of the year with friends and family. Adults and children gather in downtown HCMC to celebrate New Year’s Day... [read more]

(VOVworld)-HCM city welcomed the new year 2017 with performances and celebrations in various public places. Thousands of young people on Sunday gathered at the Youth Cultural Center for a music show featuring famous singers and bands. Downtown streets were packed with people expecting a new year of full success. “I’m very excited. What impress me the most are women and little girls wearing Ao dai, the traditional long dress.” “There are a lot of programs for children this year. It’s interesting and helpful”, some local shared their feelings.... [read more]

Six parking buildings proposed for HCMC Le Anh HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has sought approval from the municipal government to construct six multi-storey parking lots in the city to meet rising demand. The department said it has found six places suitable for developing parking buildings, including September 23 Park in District 1, Ly Thuong Kiet residential area in District 10, Gia Dinh Park in Phu Nhuan District, the Bus Station in District 8, Cho Lon Coach Station in District 6, and the Bus Station in Tan Phu District. The Transport Department has proposed the city government and central agencies award no-bid contracts to investors interested in the projects under the public-private partnership (TPP) model. Pending underground and multi-storey parking lots, the transport department will coordinate with relevant agencies and investors to build small parking lots near downtown streets to reduce rampant car parking in these areas. The lack of parking lots in the city has worsened traffic due to a surge of vehicles. Many cars and motorbikes are parked on sidewalks and roads, causing traffic congestion. The department said parking buildings could be constructed more quickly than underground parking lots. Those projects once approved and implemented will help meet increasing demand for parking in the city. The city government has given the nod to four underground parking lot projects in the downtown area including at Le Van Tam Park, Trong Dong outdoor theater, Tao Dan Park and Hoa Lu Stadium, but they have yet to get off…... [read more]

Several major streets in Ho Chi Minh City are set to become one-way roads in 2017, as part of a local effort to combat traffic congestion, prompting mixed feedback from citizens. Several major streets in Ho Chi Minh City are set to become one-way roads in 2017, as part of a local effort to combat traffic congestion, prompting mixed feedback from citizens. The proposition was made by Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the municipal Department of Transport, during a meeting with the Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee. The current plans aims to alleviate regular traffic jams on several downtown streets near the city’s entrances. Accordingly, the plan will affect Cong Hoa, Truong Chinh, and Hoang Van Thu streets in Tan Binh District, Pham Van Tri, and Le Quang Dinh streets in Go Vap District, and Hai Ba Trung, Pham Ngoc Thach, Tran Quoc Thao, and Le Quy Don streets in the city center. According to Ngo Hai Duong, head of the Road Infrastructure Management and Exploitation Division under the transport department, one-way travel on such streets will expedite traffic flow and minimize the probability of congestion and accidents. Duong admitted that the one-way traffic will affect businesses operating along the streets and lengthen journeys of commuters to an extent, though he added that the solution has already proved effective in combating traffic gridlock on many streets in the city. Prior to implementing the scheme, the city’s transport department will sponsor a study and evaluate the situation…... [read more]




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