LONDON, Aug 14, 2011 (AFP) - Tottenham in north London is still smouldering with anger and frustration, one week on from the unprecedented wave of rioting, arson and looting that broke out here then swept across England. Last Sunday residents of the multi-ethnic neighbourhood were assessing the scale of the damage after a night that saw running battles with riot police, homes and businesses reduced to cinders and stores smashed into. But while the clean-up continues and businesses get back to normal one week on, the tension has not dissipated. Tottenham High Road, the neighbourhood's main thoroughfare which was the scene of last Saturday's explosion of violence, remained a crime scene for a week, taped off by the police as they gathered evidence. Saturday should have seen the area streaming with football supporters for Tottenham Hotspur's match against Everton as the English Premier League season kicked off, but the game was postponed for safety reasons. "We're closed since last … [Read more...] about Anger still burns in epicentre of UK riots
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South-central coastal Ninh Thuan province has just had its socio-economic development master planning to 2020 with a vision towards 2030 green-lighted by the government. The province's list of 50 projects calling for investment was finalised after Ninh Thuan's socio-economic development master planning was ratified by the prime minister. Did the planning entail changes to the investment list? The provincial management aims to make the most of inner resources, sourcing outside support to propel development when reining in inflation has become the government's top priority. Shortly after the provincial socio-economic development master planning to 2020 with a vision towards 2030, drafted by prestigious US' Monitor Group and UK's Arup Group was green-lighted, we embarked on reviewing all projects in the wish-list under the principle that existing projects will be updated and revised in scope and investment areas to match the master planning. New projects will also be established … [Read more...] about All roads lead to Ninh Thuan
Day by day, the city's traffic descends ever closer to a state of perpetual rush hour. But with a few simple changes, HCMC's town planners could buck this trend. "Two roads diverged in a wood and I / I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference". So wrote American poet Robert Frost in 1920. Traffic congestion at the Nguyen Thi Minh Khai-Cach Mang Thang Tam intersection in HCMC's District 1 … [Read more...] about No through road
VietNamNet Bridge - As soon as VietNamNet published an article about the VND11 trillion museum project in Hanoi, hundreds of readers sent feedback about the article. Most believe that the new national history museum is too wasteful and it is not the time to build the museum. US$524mil museum and the shortage of funds for heritage preservation Reader Tran Viet at [email protected] made an interesting analogy: "If this amount of money is used to do other things, the result will be as follows: if VND11 trillion ($524 million) is used to buy practical things needed, for example--cows, at the price of VND7 million ($350)/cow, we will have 1.57 million cows; if the money is invested in building charity houses, worth VND100 million ($5,000)/house, we will have 110,000 houses; if the money is funded the building of schools in remote areas, worth VND5 billion ($250,000) each, we will have 2,200 schools; if the money is invested in commune clinics, worth VND1 billion ($50,000) each, we … [Read more...] about Building $500 million museum in Hanoi: Great waste!
Britain could be forced to deploy thousands of extra troops in London during the Olympics after a last-minute security blunder dealt an embarrassing blow to the government just two weeks before the Games. Soldiers man a security checkpoint at an entrance to the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 12, 2012. Britain's interior minister had to answer questions in parliament on Thursday after admitting that she was putting extra troops on standby for Olympic security, just two weeks before the London Games begin, because a private contractor might not meet its commitments. Photo: REUTERS With the eyes of the world trained on London, the government was forced to answer questions in parliament on the issue on Thursday as it struggled to contain snaking airport queues and extensive road works that threaten to harm its reputation. About 23,700 security guards had been due to protect venues as part of Britain's biggest peacetime security operation, with 13,500 … [Read more...] about Last-minute security shortfall embarrasses UK