British artist Bridget March agrees with the regulation banning visitors from eating and drinking on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 while Austrian Tom Dorfmeister suggested having street food stalls erected at the location. Tuoi Tre News after the municipal People’s Committee issued a ban on several activities, including eating and drinking, on the street and in the area around the statue of President Ho Chi Minh. In addition, new rules forbid the use of loudspeakers, horns, gongs, drums, and whistles, and the assembly of people without the express permission of competent authorities. The new regulations took effect on Monday and are now enforced directly by authorized units and indirectly by surveillance cameras installed along the street. Bridget March, British artist I have lived in Vietnam for three years and Nguyen Hue is a place I often visit to find inspiration for my works. I probably come here once every 15 days, … [Read more...] about Nguyen Hue pedestrian street: To eat or not to eat?
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Syrian refugees wait on a roadside after Turkish police prevented them from sailing off to the Greek island of Farmakonisi by dinghies, near a beach in the western Turkish coastal town of Didim, Turkey, March 9, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Umit Bektas Turkey's coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara's efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. A group of 42 people, more than a dozen of them children, sat inside a coastguard compound, some lying under blankets, in the seaside resort of Didim after being detained. Scores more waited among boulders by the beach, watched by armed police, as a bus came to take them away. "We're afraid of staying here and afraid of staying in Syria ... We're fleeing to the country that will take us. We want safety, someone to care for us," said Sameeha Abdullah, one of the group near the beach, who fled … [Read more...] about Europe’s deal with Turkey fails to deter migrant attempts for now
By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is completing its preparations for official inauguration of the first Crowne Plaza hotel in Vietnam, hopefully early next year to further tap the country’s growing tourism market. The Crowne Plaza West Hanoi will open pretty soon, said Chihiro Tamao, director of sales and marketing at the luxury hotel on Le Duc Tho Street, My Dinh Commune, Tu Liem District. Tamao did not elaborate on the exact inauguration of the hotel near the My Dinh National Convention Center and My Dinh Stadium. However, the property is receiving reservations with an opening special rate of US$110 per night for stays from January 15, 2011 onwards, according to its website at www.crowneplaza.com. “As a newcomer, we expect taking some time to catch up with existing operational hotels,” Tamao told the Daily in an email interview. She added My Dinh was the newest business district with convenient access to Noi Bai … [Read more...] about IHG to open first Crowne Plaza hotel in Vietnam soon
The trafficker was pleased. He had already peddled $3 million of his illicit product and stood to make a nice profit on the deal in front of him. The undercover agent was nervous. It had taken two years of work to reach this point. "This was an international investigation of international significance," said agent Tim Santel. "I didn't want him walking away." While the sting in a posh Miami hotel room last year had the mark of a drug probe, the smuggler wasn't buying narcotics, and the agent didn't work for the FBI or DEA. Zhifei Li, 29, an antiques shop owner from China, was after rhinoceros horn, worth more on Asia's streets than gold, cocaine or heroin. And Santel is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As the Li case reveals, the rhino horn trade is lucrative and hard to stop. U.S. wildlife and law enforcement officials say combating trafficking in rhino horns is key to their effort to dent the $8 billion to $10 billion annual global illicit trade in … [Read more...] about Agents tackle rhino horn smuggling from Miami hotel room
Prices Not A Big Deal By Le Hoang Anh (*) Since early 2011, the macroeconomic climate has been far from benign, the dong has been weak, credit has fallen and the trade deficit has continued to hover around whopping levels. Against this backdrop, M&A deals have come to the rescue. It has been a rough patch for David Thai, chairman of Viet Thai Group and founder of the Highlands Coffee brand. Viet Thai had just clinched an important merger and acquisition (M&A) deal, under which it will sell part of its stake to Jollibee for US$25 million. Two weeks after the deal was signed, a website ran a piece claiming that 31,000 Highlands Coffee products whose expiry dates had been changed would be destroyed by a market regulator. High hope In the first four months of 2011, many big M&A deals worth over US$735 million in total were sealed. Some, such as Nova Scotia Bank’s purchase of a stake in Vietinbank (worth some US$180 million), will be completed in the near future. The … [Read more...] about Prices Not A Big Deal