“I think there is no easy solution,” writes Michael Allen, a Ho Chi Minh City transport user, because “there is simply not enough space allocated to roadways.” As a foreign guest in Vietnam, having observed with interest the traffic issues in Ho Chi Minh City, and contemplated the solutions that are often discussed or announced in the media, Allen thinks: “It is very likely, that no ‘smart’ solution exists, nor any feasible public transport solution could ease the pressures.” What he goes on to propose is bold: “Maybe the only solution is to brutally carve out more total road space via bulldozers. This would be a drastic, once in 200 years, solution, but maybe it is the only solution. Due to Vietnam’s land law, the government may theoretically have the power to do this, with massive staged relocation of housing and businesses. It would require a whole-of-city planning masterplan with robust civic governance … [Read more...] about The jamming debate: Should Vietnam rebuild its largest city?
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Viet Nam News by Phương Hà The visually impaired people now can identify their surrounding obstacles more easily thanks to a smart stick that has recently been created by three former students of Gia Định Information Technology University in HCM City. Named H3N, the smart stick was designed based on the form of folding canes that are normally used by the blind or visually impaired. It is made of aluminium, weighs 390g and is 1.2m long. It makes use of the ultrasound technique to navigate obstacles within a 2.5m distance. As long as an obstacle is recognised, the chip on the stick will receive signals and then announce the same to the user via vibrations so that they can change direction. The idea for a smart stick for the blind came to Võ Chí Hiếu, Võ Thanh Nguyên and Lê Thanh Hải when the three young men witnessed a blind man bumping against the back of a lorry while walking -- an incident they continued to obsess over for long. They decided they needed to do something to … [Read more...] about Ultrasound helps the blind ’see’ better
Opportunity arises for orange exports to Indonesia Indonesia will become an important market for Vietnamese orange exporters as Indonesian oranges have fallen out of favour in the domestic market, according to the Vietnam Trade Office in Indonesia. Indonesian oranges are less sweet and their skins are paler compared with foreign oranges, the office said. In addition, imported oranges are sold at the competitive price of 28,000 rupiahs (2.09 USD) per kilogramme while consumers have to pay 24,000 rupiahs (1.79 USD) for one kilogramme of domestic oranges. Vietnamese orange exporters were recommended to research exporting to Indonesia. Vietnam's total fruit and vegetables export value reached 2.4 billion USD in 2016. The value is expected to increase to 3 billion USD this year. Vietnamese fruits and vegetables have been exported to 60 countries and territories worldwide. Indonesia is among major importers of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables. Bao Viet signs co-operation agreement with … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS 2/3
Don't eat poultry meat with unclear origins: Ministry The health ministry has recommended that people avoid buying and eating poultry meat that does not have clear origins, to prevent an outbreak of avian influenza A(H5N1) and A(H5N6). The advisory has been issued as over the past few years there have been outbreaks close to Tết (the Lunar New Year) as during this occasion, the consumption of poultry meat is higher than usual. The ministry has also warned people not to slaughter and transport poultry without clear origins. Breeders have been asked to alert authorities if there are unexplained poultry deaths. If people suffer from symptoms such as high fever and difficulty in breathing, they should go to the nearest health centre without delay, the ministry said. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), avian influenza has been recorded in many countries this year. Since June, wild birds and poultry have been found with A(H5N8) in Denmark, Germany, Hungary, India … [Read more...] about Social 8/1
Selfish selfie hunters From December 25-27, Nghệ An welcomed all selfie lovers.. ahem.. sunflower lovers to come and take pictures for free at a blooming field in the central province. The field in question had already become popular among the youth as the flowers blossomed towards the end of the year. The authorities were only institutionalising the trend in order to boost the local tourism industry. Images of the sunflower field and people taking selfies were duly carried by several online publications and the social media, but they did not capture the havoc wreaked on the field by the visitors. The 100-hectare field was cordoned with bamboo fences, but these offered little resistance as hordes of people rushed to find vantage points for their pictures. They crushed the plants, stomped on the flowers and used leaves to protect themselves from the sun. At the end of the day, local authorities were forced to announce that those who destroyed the plants and flowers would be penalized. … [Read more...] about Social News 31/12