Underground section of Metro Line No.1 ready in 2019 The 2.6-kilometer underground track of Metro Line No. 1 in HCMC from the central station near Ben Thanh Market to Ba Son Shipyard will be completed in February 2019, contractors said. According to the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), Package 1B comprises the underground section, two underground stations and a 1,315-meter tunnel. The four-storey station near the Opera House will be 40 meters deep and contractors are working on this 190-meter-long station round the clock. Contractors of the package said one of the major problems with construction of the underground track is the relocation of underground infrastructure facilities whose layout plans are nowhere to be found. Therefore, relocation work is time-consuming. However, the contractors are pinning high hopes that the underground section and stations could be finished in February 2019. MAUR said the 17-kilometer-plus elevated track of Metro Line No. 1 from Ba … [Read more...] about Social News 19/2
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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 years … [Read more...] about Social News 28/2
Rescue work continues in search for missing sailors Bad weather is hindering rescue efforts to save four missing sailors from a fishing boat which capsized two days ago in the sea between Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province. The boat, captained and owned by Hoang Van Tuyen, 34, capsized at about 4am on Saturday morning due to big waves, throwing all nine members on board at the time into the sea. Two of the sailors were saved by a foreign freight ship passing by the area while a Vietnamese ship nearby had rescued another three after receiving the SOS call from Hai Phong Coast Station. Four remain missing so far, including the youngest one Pham Van Tung, 22, together with Pham Van Hai, 47, Nguyen Van Duong, 43 and Bui Van Thuong, 32. All the ship members come from Hau Loc District in Thanh Hoa Province. Thanh Hoa's Disaster Prevention and Rescue Office Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Hoang Minh Luyen said that the Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre had deployed … [Read more...] about Social News 7/12
Wearing a thin T-shirt while sipping a cappuccino in my favorite coffee shop, surrounded by Vietnamese dressed for the North Pole, is another example of surreal Vietnam.Or maybe they’ve got things confused at Christmas time…I know it’s the rainy season but look at the locals in Hoi An, a small town in central Vietnam, they think it’s the beginning of a three-month Ice Age.Every local baby has been swaddled up sufficiently to cope with a snow blizzard. All you can see is a narrow slip for the eyes between a Swedish woolen hat and a scarf bigger than the kid. Mothers don thick hats, mittens and facemasks to protect them from the imaginary sunrays bouncing off the ice sheets covering the landscape. There’s the urban vs rural aspect too.The farmers around my area, not that far from the rice fields, slosh about the muddy fields in bare feet while Hoi An’s townsfolk begin to cover up with sneakers and dare I mention it… socks.The buffalo herders … [Read more...] about Are you warm enough, Hoi An?
Seoul exhibition spotlights China’s illicit island reclamation Visitors at the exhibition at the Kyung Hee University. A photo exhibition on China’s illegal construction of artificial islands in the East Sea was opened at the Kyung Hee University, a renowned school in Seoul of the Republic of Korea (RoK), on November 29. The event is held by the association of descendants of Vietnam’s Ly dynasty family in the RoK as part of the 11 th festival of Vietnamese students in the country. It features more than 40 photos on China’s illegal island reclamation and building in the East Sea and copies of old maps proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. Opening the display, Chairman of the association Lee Seung Young said the East Sea is home to an international shipping route which is important to all countries inside and outside of the region. The maintenance of an environment of peace, stability … [Read more...] about Social News 30/11