A young man who was hit by a truck, many people surrounded to see and go away, leaving him alone; stealing assets of accident victims; patients die because doctors refused to give first aid without money… Nonchalance over the pain of others seems to be popular. At 3pm, June 16, 2011, this man was robbed by two men while riding at the An Duong Vuong roundabout, District 5, HCM City. He pulled back his bag. The bag was torn. Banknotes were blown to the road… Many passers-by did not help the man but tried to pick up the man's money. It is so emotionless! In the latest case in HCM City, a car hit several vehicles at the same time, killing two and injuring 17 others. Meanwhile, some passers-by did not help victims but stole their assets. The most injured victim, a woman named Hong Ha, lost all of her money in the accident. It took police several days to identity a dead woman in the accident because her bag, with personal papers, was stolen. Many readers wrote to … [Read more...] about Nonchalance – a disease of modern time?
BANGKOK/SINGAPORE - Five years after Southeast Asia's biggest airport by passenger capacity opened in Bangkok, hailed as the dawn of a new breed of Asian mega-airports, the sleek, wave-shaped passenger terminal is already running at over-capacity. For illustration purposes only The overflow of passengers at one of the world's largest air hubs illustrates an aviation boom that is accelerating in Southeast Asia, even as airlines in Europe and the United States cut capacity and fleets to salvage profits. From Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, airlines in the region of 550 million people are expanding fleets and adding capacity even as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade body, warns a weak global economy could shrink industry profits by 29 percent in 2012 to US$4.9 billion. "The ASEAN aviation sector is still one of the few bright spots in the regional sector," said Rigan Wong, an analyst at Citigroup in Hong Kong, referring to the 10-nation Association … [Read more...] about Budget airlines ride crest of Southeast Asia boom
NDO - How a city marks the New Year says a lot about the character of the city and spending the New Year in Hanoi certainly has a particular feeling and charm. I have had the chance to experience New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam, Chiang Mai, Saigon and now Hanoi. It was exciting to sense the city buzzing with excitement and preparations for the huge public gathers on the streets, in parks and around the city’s many beautiful lakes. In the early evening of December 31, the anticipation and excitement growing for the big moment marking the end of 2015 and start of 2016 was palpable on the streets of Hanoi and all across the country and world. I was sitting at my desk at the Nhan Dan office on the evening of December 31 and was lucky enough to have a prime view of Hoan Kiem lake. I could hear the musical rumbles of sound systems gearing up for the big night, with a buzz of crowds around the lake getting ready. I was once again … [Read more...] about I can start getting ready for the most exciting New Year time in Vietnam Most Recent News
Not yet ready to ride a radical change The Saigon Times Daily The issue of banning motorcycles in HCMC is once again put forth, with much public controversy aroused following a scientific seminar on the topic in the city last Thursday. At the seminar titled “Controlling the demand for individual vehicles in HCMC,” it was stressed that now is the high time for the city to impose an all-out ban on motorcycles. While it is generally agreed that the massive number of motorcycles in circulation in the city are causing numerous problems, from chronic traffic congestion and accidents to pollution, the big question is whether current conditions are available for such a radical change. The answer is unseen. Dr. Pham Xuan Mai, a key speaker at the aforesaid seminar, asserts that what HCMC leadership needs to do now is to quickly remove motorcycles from circulation. Mai says that the city is now home to 7.5 million motorcycles. The total space for traffic circulation in the city is … [Read more...] about Not yet ready to ride a radical change
BEIJING, Jan. 15 - He has almost stopped eating out since his annual income from a foreign-funded logistics company was cut by one-third last year amid the global financial crisis.But Guangzhou resident Zeng Hongmin was not about to let his loved ones stay at home for what is arguably the most important meal of the year for Chinese at home and abroad. The white-collar worker tightened his belt and broke the news to his family - the seven of them would have their reunion dinner on the eve of the Lunar New Year at a restaurant, but only for 800 yuan (117 U.S. dollars), less than a third of what they splurged on at the same hotel last year. "I really hope to continue the family tradition and enjoy ourselves together," Zeng said. From individual families in cities and villages to small eateries and major restaurant chains preparing for a major dining season, Zeng is just one of the many Chinese nationwide finding ways to celebrate the start of the new year in these tough economic times. … [Read more...] about Preserving tradition in lean times