What do the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Long Bien Bridge have in common? All three were designed by the great French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel. All three are iconic and highly symbolic. It is hard to imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, New York without the Statue of Liberty and Hanoi without the Long Bien Bridge. In a monumentally ironic and ugly twist, the Long Bien Bridge was heavily bombed by the custodians of the Statue of Liberty during the Vietnam War. But it survived U.S. bombs and is still used by trains, motorbikes, cyclists and pedestrian to cross the majestic Red River. I always get a thrill when I cross the bridge on my motorbike. I can't think of too many bridges in the world that have so much character and sustain their own little world. Hanoians are very fond of their bridge. It is almost like a living creature. You want to treat it with kindness and respect. Which is what this story is about. For some time now, a gang of spray-can vandals … [Read more...] about Long Bien Bridge gets ‘bombed’ again
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The Hanoitimes - The center’s experts said that as May is still the transition period, there is a dispute between hot and cold wave, so extreme weather may occur such as tornadoes, hail and strong wind in the thunderstorm. Scorching heat to attack Hanoi tomorrow The blazing hot temperatures in Hanoi city, as well as Vietnam’s northwest and central region may last until May 20, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF). The current heat wave scorches Hanoi since early morning, with the highest temperature of 35-37 degrees Celsius, it even is expected to surge to 39 degrees Celsius tomorrow. Hot weather will continue to take place in Hanoi in May. Photo: Cong Hung The NCHMF said that Foehn wind, caused by impact of the southeastern edge of the western hot low-pressure area, is developing and causing hot weather across the northern region, with temperatures ranging from 36 to 39 degrees Celsius, and even 40 in some … [Read more...] about How long is scorching heat in Hanoi lasting?
The Hanoitimes - The sanctions leave direct impact on North Korean economy shown through a sharp decline in exports last year. What are visions for the denuclearization after second no-deal summit? The failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi suggests sanctions remain a big issue between the US and North Korea, foreign media quoted international experts as saying. The UN Security Council votes to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions against North Korea. Photo: Getty Images North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May 2018 that Pyongyang’s shift away from weapons was “not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside.” But in July 2018, Seoul-based Bank of Korea estimated the North Korean economy had seen its biggest decline in two decades, with the country’s real annual gross domestic product (GDP) falling by 3.5% in 2017 while exports declined 37.2% in 2017 alone. … [Read more...] about How much do US-led sanctions hurt North Korea economy?
Proud: Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones at the Ironman Finish. — Photo Schaub-Jones Viet Nam News Việt Nam News talks to Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones about her experience of taking part in Ironman, the largest international multi-sport event in the country, recently held in Đà Nẵng. Could you tell us about your Ironman experience? It was an extraordinary experience! People from all over the world gathered in Da Nang to try their best from beginner triathlete to pro: 2km swim in a very choppy sea, 90km cycling and 21km running under the burning sun. Exciting atmosphere. Beautiful scenery. What do you think is the key to this challenge and how long did you train? I think the key is to be fit and even more important is the mental aspect. You need to be strong mentally, have strategies in place and also focus on nutrition and hydration. This is mostly a self-challenge goal, what do you think you have achieved after you made it? I … [Read more...] about Taking on the Ironman challenge
A water sprinkler system is tested at an apartment building in Tân Bình District. — VNS Photo Chí Công Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Fire-fighting police in districts throughout HCM City are working with investors and managers of apartment buildings to strengthen fire-prevention measures at all high-rises and apartment buildings in the city, following a fire at the Carina Plaza apartment complex in District 8 that killed 13 people and injured 50 on March 23. Since March 24, fire-fighting police in Tân Bình District, for example, have been checking fire alarms, emergency sprinkler systems, and other fire-prevention devices at many high-rises. In Tân Phú District, residents at the Phú Thạnh apartment building were informed about a similar check which took place from March 26 to 28. On March 25, firefighting police engaged in fire-prevention and fire-safety training at the building. On March 24, residents were … [Read more...] about City takes steps to ensure fire safety at apartment buildings, high-rises