Dai Quang Minh Real Estate Investment Company will work on the project and the bridge is expected to put into operation before April 30, 2020. Until now, the bridge project falls behind schedule because of slow site clearance. Specifically, a land area of 13,000 square meter where six households and four companies are still located. The total length of the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge will be 1.4 km, the length of the bridge is 885 m. It is designed as a cable-stayed bridge with 113 m pillar heading towards Thu Thiem New Urban. Thu Thiem 2 will be the architectural highlight of the Saigon River day and night. The main branch is 437m, 4 straight lanes that connect to Tong Duc Thang – Le Duan traffic intersection, crossing Nguyen Huu Canh – Le Thanh Ton traffic junction. The second branch consists of two lanes with the length of 195m, designed for vehicles going from District 1 to District 2. The road in District 2 connecting the Boulevard of Thu Thiem new urban area has a total length … [Read more...] about Sluggish site clearance leads to delay of Thu Thiem 2 Bridge
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Hamilton wins in Russia to go 50 points clearThe Saigon Times Daily First placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, second placed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, third placed Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes Technical Director James Allison celebrate on the podium after the race in Sochi, Russia September 30, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS SOCHI (REUTERS) - Valtteri Bottas did as he was told and moved aside to let Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton win the Russian Grand Prix and surge 50 points clear in the Formula One championship on Sunday with five races remaining. The victory was a landmark 70th for the Briton, whose fifth title now looks only a matter of time and who is 21 wins behind the all-time record of 91 held by seven times champion Michael Schumacher. Hamilton’s closest rival Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari with Bottas, who started from pole position and was told to let Hamilton through after 25 of the 53 laps, securing the Mercedes one-two. “It … [Read more...] about Hamilton wins in Russia to go 50 points clear
Cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City could see billions added to their budgets through cashless payments, Photo: Le Toan When wearable digital payments company Tappy Technologies Ltd. showcased its new contactless payment solution for everyday expenses at the Visa Asia-Pacific Security Summit in May, it mesmerised attendants with how digital payment functionality can now be embedded into traditional timepieces and jewellery. Money is now literally sitting on the wrist or a finger of a consumer, readily available on the go. “We embed a very flexible chip, which is waterproof and certified by all the payment card schemes, inside the form factors that you can see here [there was a plethora of watches, wristbands, and bracelets on display] – everything here is a payment device. So when you go to the store for a coffee and you’re wearing this nice watch – not a smart watch, it’s a regular watch – you’d just need a tap and that’s it, … [Read more...] about Cities must go cashless to go smart
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?
(VEN) - Some tourist destinations are famous in Vietnam. 1. Hanoi: The heart of Vietnam Major tourist attractions: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam) renowned as the first national university of Vietnam), both recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as World Documentary Heritages; Thang Long Imperial Citadel (a UNESCO-recognized World Cultural Heritage); the Old Quarters, Pen Tower (Thap But), Sword Lake (Ho Guom), One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot), Truc Bach Lake, the Opera House, and the National Library. Special foods: Pho (noodle soup), bun cha (noodle with grilled pork), La Vong fried fish (cha ca La Vong) served with noodle, other kinds of noodle soup including bun thang and bun oc, West Lake shrimp cake, Vong Village green rice flakes, and Hang Duong Street poached spiced dried fruits, among others. Cultural activities: UNESCO-recognized intangible cultural heritages: The Giong Festival … [Read more...] about Where to go and what to do in Vietnam
Dong pagoda located on the peak of Yen Tu mountains (Source: VNA) Quang Ninh (VNA) – The Yen Tu Spring Festival will open on February 25 (the 10th day of the Lunar New Year), in Uong Bi city, the northern province of Quang Ninh, kicking off the National Tourism Year hosted by the locality. Key events held within the festival include the opening ceremony, Cherry Blossom and Yen Tu yellow apricot blossom festival and Hang Son Pagoda Festival. This year, Uong Bi city will work to ensure social order and traffic safety and prevent fire and explosion. Kiosks will be arranged to introduce tourism products and services to visitors. In preparation for the festival, investments have been made in infrastructure in the Yen Tu spiritual tourism site, including the upgrade of the road to Yen Tu relic site and the construction of a new cable car system to prevent traffic congestion. The province is also working to complete the first phase of the Yen Tu festival tourism services … [Read more...] about Quang Ninh province to go vibrant with Yen Tu spring festival
By Tuong Vi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – More local travel agencies are working on plans to develop caravan services in the ASEAN region, according to a latest report by the HCMC tourism authority.For the first time, Huong Giang Travel has organized caravan tours to Thailand, which will depart from Hue next month. The first journey will start on the anniversary of Hung King’s Death on April 12. Guests will pass by Laos before going to Thailand. The price for the package tour is US$364 per person for six days if tourists have their own cars. In January, Vung Tau-based VTTours announced its first caravan tours to Madagui in Lam Dong Province for three days with the price at almost VND2 million per person. VTTours director Tran Van Dung said this year his company would push caravan tours to places across the country and in Southeast Asia to satisfy the needs of tourists who own cars and have an adventurous spirit. Meanwhile, TST Tourist aims to use caravan services for MICE … [Read more...] about Travel firms want to go big on caravan tours
Two overpasses to go up near Tan Son Nhat airportLe Anh HCMC – Work on two flyovers at Truong Son Intersection and Nguyen Thai Son-Nguyen Kiem Roundabout will start this Wednesday and when they are in place, chronic traffic congestion in Tan Son Nhat International Airport area can be reduced, according to the HCMC Department of Transport. A Y-shaped concrete overpass at Truong Son Intersection will be constructed, with one 153-meter-long branch leading to the airport’s domestic terminal and a branch of 303 meters in length to the international terminal. The project requires a total of VND242 billion (US$10.7 million). At present, agencies under the transport department are coming up with traffic regulation plans for the construction period. Once completed, vehicle traffic to the airport or from Truong Son Street to Tan Son Nhat-Binh Loi road would be redirected to the overpass or would move below it, thus easing severe traffic congestion there. On the same day, construction … [Read more...] about Two overpasses to go up near Tan Son Nhat airport
After a decade of development, often through buying or benchmarking foreign technology and know-how, Chinese automakers are looking with greater ambition at selling their cars in major Western markets. Improvements in car design, technology and marketing at firms including Geely (0175.HK), GAC Motor and Great Wall Motor (601633.SS) have brought them a bigger share in their home market, the world’s largest, and give them a better chance of survival in competitive markets in Europe and the United States. Once distant dreams of staking a claim in Western strongholds may now be edging nearer. “We have in the Western world an outrageous arrogance. We think we’re ahead. It’s going to change,” says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President of Lynk & Co, a new brand set up by Geely. “China is passing you at a speed that in our arrogance we don’t even see,” Visser told Reuters earlier this month. Hangzhou-based Geely, which owns Volvo Cars and Lotus … [Read more...] about Are China’s cars finally going to make inroads in Western markets?
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad came under greater pressure amid continuing violence as Russia told him to either reform or resign and Washington said he should "step down now". AFP is using pictures from alternative sources as it was not authorised to cover this event and is not responsible for any alterations which cannot be independently verified. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave power if he fails to implement reforms acceptable to the opposition."Russia wants as much as the other countries for Syria to end the bloodshed and demands that the Syrian leadership conduct the necessary reforms," Medvedev said in televised remarks."If the Syrian leadership is unable to undertake these reforms, it will have to go. But this is something that has to be decided not by NATO or individual European countries but by the people and the leadership of Syria," he said.Russia vetoed the UN Security Council … [Read more...] about Russia pushes for reforms as US tells Assad to go