Martin Rama, former Lead Economist of the World Bank in Viet Nam, pens appeal to Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee. Historic: Hanoi Cinematheque attracts people for its nice courtyard cafe and serene ambiance.—www.aneyeforfilm.com Dear Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, I respectfully write to you in relation to the area around 22A Hai Ba Trung, which on December 1st will be handed over to Savina-Vingroup for the construction of a shopping mall. I am not a Vietnamese citizen, but I love your country. For eight happy years I lived and worked in Ha Noi, where I served as the Lead Economist of the World Bank in Vietnam. I feel proud that during that period I could support many important development initiatives of your government. I also feel blessed for the friendship and trust I always found in the Vietnamese people. Those years reinforced my conviction that Hanoi is an extraordinary city, with the potential to become one of the best metropolis in Asia. You … [Read more...] about Please save a Hanoi cultural landmark
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Viet Nam News by Martin Rama Today I am writing to you as someone who loves Hà Nội, not in an official World Bank capacity. I am taking the freedom to write to you because I have been impressed by the initiatives you have taken for the city. I was enthusiastic about your plan to plant one million new trees and to build 25 new parks, deservedly winning the Bùi Xuân Phái award in 2016. I admired your decision to preserve Vạn Phúc and Bát Tràng traditional villages. And like all Hanoians, I was delighted by your action to convert the area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake into a pedestrian zone during weekends. All this makes me confident that you will listen. I am perfectly aware of the need to modernise the area around 22A Hai Bà Trưng. The quality of construction in the block is very poor, and given the centrality of the plot there is potential to use it for an undertaking with much higher commercial value than at present. Mine is not an attempt to oppose Savina-Vingroup undertaking its 2009 … [Read more...] about Please save a Ha Noi cultural landmark
Halloween Party at ATK Wed 31 Oct 2012, 8.30 pm ATK 73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi Fancy dress for all, face paints on demand, halloween themed cocktail specials, horror visuals, the devil’s tunes: it’s Death Disco at ATK. DJs and visuals from 8.30pm . Free Entry.Halloween Party – Spirits of the Night Wed 31 Oct 2012 The Rooftop Bar & Restaurant 19th Floor, Pacific Place 83B Ly Thuong Kiet Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi As night falls, the spirits come to life and the haunting tunes of DJ EKS will lead you to The Rooftop for a ghostly party. Pumpkin soup (cake) for dinner. Take a photo boxi to get a free Halloween cocktail. Attractive prize for the most liked photo from 31st Oct to 9AM, 3rd Nov on The Rooftop facebook. Contact us: The Rooftop Bar & Restaurant Phone: 043 946 1901 – Hotline: 091 370 6966We are Friends Concert with Sumi Jo 27 and 28 Oct 2012, 7 pm Hanoi Friendship Cultural Place 91 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi The concert “We are Friends … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 15-31 (daily updated)
Apple CEO Tim Cook summed up the problem during a conversation with sales staff at a London Apple Store: "We've never sold anything as a company that people could try on before." With the expected launch next month of the Apple Watch, the company’s first new product in five years, Apple will be stepping into new territory. To conquer the marketplace, the watch will have to appeal not only as a gadget but as a fashion statement, a fact tacitly acknowledged by Apple's decision to launch its advertising campaign with a 12-page insert in the March issue of Vogue. The company isn’t talking about plans for marketing the Apple Watch in advance of it's much-touted "Spring Forward" event on Monday, but it clearly intends to keep a tight grip on initial sales and distribution, leaving many retailers guessing about when -- or if -- they'll be able to sell it. Sources with direct knowledge of the matter said that Best Buy Co Inc, one of the largest sellers of Apple products, may not … [Read more...] about The Apple Watch: Is it a gadget or a fashion statement?
Ha Noi authorities are planning to pedestrianise six more streets in the Old Quarter by the end of the year. This would mean closing the streets to motorised transport from seven to midnight Friday to Sunday. State officials said the project was expected to benefit local business by bringing more tourists into the area. What do you think? Le Thu Van, Vietnamese, Ha Noi Next week: Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang spoke about measures to curb personal vehicles and develop public means of transport about a month ago and told a newspaper that he would try going by bus to work at least once a week. But earlier this week, a 60-year-old man in Ha Noi lied down on the street as a protest against a running bus skipping a stop. This raised a controversial discussion on forums nationwide about the bus services in Viet Nam in the wake of an incident last month, in which a bus passenger was abused and humiliated by both the ticket collector and driver. A survey of the Ha Noi Transport and … [Read more...] about Pedestrianisation needs thorough planning