Indonesian Independence Day marked in HCM City The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Vietnam-Indonesia Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City co-hosted a ceremony on August 24 to mark Indonesia's 71st Independence Day (August 17). Addressing the event, VIFA President Le Ton Thanh highlighted fruitful developments of the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries since they set up diplomatic ties in December 1955. The relationship between HCM City and Indonesia has also developed in recent years, he said, adding that Indonesia is one of the important investors and trade partners of the Vietnamese southern metropolis. Indonesian Consul General in HCM City Jean Anes said the bilateral ties between the two countries were elevated to a high level with the establishment of a strategic partnership in 2013. The two countries are aiming to raise bilateral trade to 10 billion USD in late 2018 while continuing to consolidate their … [Read more...] about Social News 25/8
New jersey council on affordable housing
Aaron McConnell doesn't mind sharing a kitchen with seven neighbors. He's fine in living quarters with just enough room for a twin bed, a corner desk and little else. Closets? Forget about it - he stores his clothing and other possessions on shelves and hooks. It's also affordable for McConnell, 28, who pays $737 a month for his apartment in Seattle as he embarks on a career in civil engineering. Tiny apartments like McConnell's are cropping up in major cities around the country to meet the demand of people who are short on cash but determined to live in areas with otherwise pricey rents. Micros, also known as "hostel-style" apartments, usually offer less than 200 square feet (18.5 square meters) including private bathrooms, and they typically come furnished, sometimes with built-in beds and other amenities to save space. Most feature a group kitchen that may be shared among eight units, although units in McConnell's complex are equipped with microwave ovens and small … [Read more...] about Big city, tiny apartment: small-scale living is new trend in U.S.
NEW YORK, United States - Voters in New York have picked Bill de Blasio to be the city's first Democratic mayor in a generation, in one of a handful of elections seen as having considerable national importance. New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday handily defeated his Democrat challenger, earning a second four-year term in a race some pundits said would serve as a platform for a future presidential bid. Another key race, for the governorship of the southern state of Virginia, turned out to be be a nail-biter, with media reports declaring businessman Terry McAuliffe victorious by the narrowest of margins. President Barack Obama warned against making early election calls. "Never predict elections," he said. "That's a losing proposition." That word of caution proved wise in Virginia, where McAuliffe, a Democrat, had been predicted to make short work of his Republican opponent, State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, in a race that turned out to be far … [Read more...] about New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor