$616.7 million Cocobay complex, home to Cocobay Towers where football legend Cristiano Ronaldo registered to buy a condotel, is the latest name on the list of projects without a construction permit in the central city of Danang. Cocobay is the latest project violating construction regulations in Danang. Source: vietnamnet.vn The Danang Department of Construction (DoC) has just issued Decision No.18/QD-XPVPHC to penalise Thanh Do Investment Development and Construction JSC, now known as Empire Group, the developer of the VND14 trillion ($616.7 million) Cocobay Danang in Ngu Hanh Son district due to purposely constructing elements that were not included in the construction permit, according to vietnamnet.vn. According to the decision, the developer will be fined for VND40 million for illegal constructing Cocobay Danang complex’s Coco Entertainment Centre. At the time the local authorities discovered the violation, the basement and first floor of the basement had been … [Read more...] about Cocobay added to Danang DoC’s black list
Vietnamese people have been making or buying Banh Troi (floating cakes) and Banh Chay (lean cake) to offer to ancestors and share among family members in celebration of Tet Han Thuc (or says Cold Food Festival). These dishes have long been known for their pure white colour. Yet, colourful dishes of Banh Troi and Banh Chay have become an emerging trend among modern families. Join us for more. Banh Troi – Banh Chay festival falls on the third day of the third lunar month. People in the past used to prepare the cakes themselves to offer to ancestors to show their gratitude. As people are now busier, lots of people opt for ready-made cakes. Floating and lean cakes have long been pure white glutinous rice. However, there are some vivid colours being added to the cakes in recent years. Nuong Bac workshop is among noticeable names for delivering five-colour cakes. The cakes are coated with vibrant colours from natural ingredients – pumpkin for yellow, magenta plant for … [Read more...] about Vibrant colours added to Cold Food festival
Facebook announced Friday it will require political ads on its platform to state who is paying for the message and would verify the identity of the payer, in a bid to curb outside election interference. Facebook to verify identities, require labels for political ads, photo AFP The social network, which is under fire for enabling manipulation of its platform in the 2016 election, said the new policy would require any messages for candidates or public issues to include the label "political ad" with the name of the person or entity paying for it. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said the change will mean "we will hire thousands of more people" to get the new system in place ahead of US midterm elections in November. "We're starting this in the US and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. "These steps by themselves won't stop all people trying to game the system. But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the … [Read more...] about Facebook to verify identities, require labels for political ads
Consumer and activist groups called Monday for an investigation into Google-owned YouTube for allowing advertising to be targeted at children in apparent violation of US law. Consumer groups seek probe of YouTube over ads for kids, illustration photo: AFP The organizations said that although YouTube claims that the site is only for users 13 and up, Google generates significant profits from kid-targeted advertising on the video-sharing service. Twenty-three organizations signed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), arguing that YouTube is among the most popular online platforms for children and offers many programs designed and promoted for children. According to the complaint, Google collects personal information about minors on YouTube, including location, unique device identifiers and mobile telephone numbers, and uses that to target advertisements to kids across the internet, apparently without their parents' consent. It noted that YouTube contains … [Read more...] about Consumer groups seek probe of YouTube over ads for kids
Despite the fact that the construction of Metro Line No.2 connecting South Thang Long and Tran Hung Dao has been delayed for ten years now, the Hanoi People’s Committee proposed the government to add VND16.1 trillion ($701.78 million) to the project, increasing its total investment capital to VND35.7 trillion ($1.56 billion). Metro Line No.2 has been delayed for 10 years (Illustration image) Approved in November 2008, the project is invested by Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB) with the total investment capital of VND19.55 trillion ($857.5 million) by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Under the approved plan, the metro line will be 11.5 kilometre long, nearly 9km of which will run underground and 2.6km above the surface. It consists of a 17.5-hectare depot in Xuan Dinh ward, North Tu Liem district, and ten stations, including three elevated and seven underground. The project was expected to come into operation in 2017, however, the … [Read more...] about Long delayed Metro Line No.2 may be added $701.78 million?