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Hanoi restores old streets

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

French workers take to the streets as airport fears ease

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

French trade unions staged another massive day of protests Saturday to defend their right to retire at 60, but fears of fuel shortages crippling Paris airports eased as supplies resumed.

Although government estimates of the turnout at the rallies suggested the movement might be losing steam, unions warned that strikes are spreading to more businesses and that a new nationwide protest would be held Tuesday.

Tension has been building since record demonstrations earlier this week with strikes in refineries cutting off fuel supplies to Paris airports and with high school students joining older workers to condemn pension reform moves.

But fears that planes would be grounded at France’s main hub Charles de Gaulle eased as pipelines resumed supplies.

“The fuel supply of the Paris airports resumed Saturday afternoon, which keeps the threat of a shortage away from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle,” said the head of the French civil aviation authority, Patrick Gandil.

People demonstrate in Paris as part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform.

Nantes in western France became the first airport in the country to cancel flights due to shortages, Gandil said, although a Nantes airport official said there had been no cancellations due to fuel shortages.

According to the interior ministry, 825,000 people took to the streets of towns and cities across the country on Saturday, the lowest official total since protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan began in September.

Unions estimated the turnout at “around three million”, arguing that the numbers were around the same as a previous protest on a Saturday two weeks earlier, and labour leaders insisted the campaign would go on.

“The movement is taking root and growing in terms of the number of companies hit by various forms of strike as in the number of employees taking part in the action,” the powerful CGT union said in a statement.

Sarkozy’s works and pensions minister, Eric Woerth, insisted however that there had been a “significant drop-off” in the number of people taking part from the 1.2 million the government said had marched on Tuesday.

“There were, nevertheless, still lot of protesters. That underlines the government’s duty to explain this reform better,” he said.

Labour wants to force Sarkozy into backing down on his plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, which is in the final days of its journey through a parliament in which the right wing leader enjoys a comfortable majority.

“We’re prepared to demonstrate under the snow if it takes that long,” Airbus worker Stephane Thibault, 37, told AFP at a demonstration in the southern city of Toulouse.

“We’re mobilised, everyone seems motivated. With right-wing governments, we know you have to resist,” he said.

Around 30 people were arrested in central Paris after a group of several hundred anarchists set rubbish bins on fire and threw smoke grenades, but they were prevented from interrupting the main march.

Strikes have shut down 10 out of France’s 12 oil refineries, despite riot police being dispatched to fuel depots to protect deliveries amid panic buying.

The government has given oil companies permission to tap into their own emergency stocks, but has resisted calls to use government-controlled strategic reserves.

Finance Minister Christine Lagarde told RTL television that only 230 service stations out of 3,000 had run dry of fuel. “We have several weeks of fuel stocks,” she insisted.

Nevertheless, reporters found several filling stations shutting down.

“We don’t have any left and we don’t know when the next delivery will come,” said a petrol station worker at a hypermarket outside Paris who gave his name as Jean-Claude. “Petrol reserves are also extremely low.”

Strikes against pension and port reforms at oil depots in the south of the country since September 27 have left 63 oil, gas and chemical tankers waiting off the Mediterranean coast on Saturday, Marseille port authorities said.

French truck drivers are also set to join the protests. “There’s impatience, the guys are saying ‘let’s go’,” said transport union chief Maxime Dumont.

Railway operator SNCF said that on average two out of three high-speed TGV trains were running in and out of Paris, although only one TGV in four outside the capital. The Paris metro was running normally.

Source: SGGP

Thai troops on Bangkok streets to protect financial hub

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hundreds of Thai troops, many of them armed, were deployed on the streets of Bangkok early Monday to protect the city’s financial heart from anti-government rallies, AFP reporters witnessed.

Military and riot police were deployed in the central financial district, known as Silom, close to the Reds’ current rally base in the capital’s commercial heartland.

“If they come up Silom road, we will block the Red Shirts. We will not attack them, we are blocking them,” a soldier said, asking not to be named. The security personnel had stacked uncoiled barbwire at the roadside.

Source: SGGP

City to clean up streets for celebration of anniversary

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

City to clean up streets for celebration of anniversary

QĐND – Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:52 (GMT+7)

The city government passed a VND50 billion (US$2.8 million) project to repaint offices and residential houses on 75 main streets in order to clean up the city before its 1,000th anniversary in October.

According to the project, 29 district People’s Committees in the city and one housing company will carry out the repainting project. Each committee will receive VND450 million ($25,000) in funds to repair government office buildings. They will also receive VND100 million ($5,600) in funds for advertisements and will conduct an awareness campaign about the city’s beauty. The project will begin in April and is slated to finish in June.

Besides repainting doors and walls of houses and offices, the Department of Construction is asking district authorities to remove, replace and repair dilapidated balconies, roofs and advertising banners. Funds from the city’s budget will be used to repair local government offices. For residential houses, the local government will need to persuade people to repaint their own houses.

“To make the city architecture consistent and match the surrounding environment, buildings and houses need to be painted in certain colours,” said Nguyen Quoc Tuan, deputy head of the construction department.

Nguyen Quoc Hoa, deputy head of Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, one of the main districts of the city that has 13 streets on the list to be repainted, said the most difficult thing was to persuade people to spend their own money to repaint their homes.

The total budget that we need to repair all the government offices in the district is VND30 billion, so it is very difficult to manage this project with the city’s funding,” Hoa added.

Deputy head of Hai Ba Trung People’s Committee, another district in the city, Lam Anh Tuan said, “It is challenging to persuade people to use colours that have been suggested for housing like light yellow or light blue. Some people wanted to use red or dark colours for their houses. With residents who do not have expendable funds, we try to support them financially.”

“Another difficult situation is houses that are in ownership dispute. We can’t decide who has to pay for the repainting fee,” Tuan added.

Many citizens are, however, wondering if repainting houses will actually help make the city look nicer, when there is no overall design for the houses.


Only the front wall and door of our houses are to be repainted, but not the inside so I think it could make the city even more messy,” said Le Van Vinh, a resident on Trang Tien Street in Hoan Kiem District.

Tuan, from the construction department, said there would be a group of officials to check how the project is being carried out in the districts.

“The funding from the city is not large, but the local government should call for more funding from enterprises or individuals in their districts. It is also responsible to ensure that district authorities make people aware of the need to paint their own houses in order to make the city look better,” Tuan said.

Meanwhile, in many streets of the city, pavements are under construction. Hai Ba Trung People’s Committee deputy head Tuan said that the city was putting the electric and telephone wires underground so many pavements would have to be dug up.

“The construction companies are usually required to make the pavement as clean as it was before construction started, but many of them did not do that and left the pavement unclean and messy,” said Tuan.

Thach Nhu Sy, chief of the inspection office of the transport department, said that in the first three months of 2010 his office has checked and fined several construction companies for their irresponsibility while working on pavements.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Hanoi to restore ancient streets to mark its 1000th anniversary

In Vietnam Culture on September 9, 2009 at 2:46 am

The Vietnam Architects Association has recently begun a project to restore the Hang Dao – Hang Dau streets to preserve the special character of Hanoi architecture, as well as returning the ancient streets pictured by painter Bui Xuan Phai.

Hang Dao Street in Hanoi at the beginning of the 20th Century (File photo)

This is just one among numerous projects that the city’s authorities have carried out to welcome 1,000 years of Thang Long – Hanoi.

Bui Xuan Phai is a famous artist with pictures about Hanoi’s ancient streets. In his works, old Hanoi streets are drawn with unsteady tile roofs with a brown color.

Successfully reproducing such images of ancient houses in artist Phai’s pictures will contribute in developing the values of Hanoi’s ancient streets.

Architect Ngo Doan Duc, from the association, said that the project’s first phase, lasting until September 2010, will repair one kilometer of roads of Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong, Dong Xuan, Hang Giay, and Hang Dau Street.

Then, houses along two sides of the street and urban scenery in this area will be upgraded and restored.

The project will simultaneously build better streets and pavements and deal with traffic and advertising boards.

After completion, the area will have beautiful and civilized walking streets, which will contribute in preserving the city’s cultural and historical values, as well as developing trade and tourism.

Source: SGGP

Fifty-three streets to be vendor-less in HCM City

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Ho Chi Minh City has announced plans to clear up 53 rumbustious streets, including 15 streets in District 1 and 38 streets in several outlying districts.

Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, deputy chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Committee, said crack downs on streets in District 1 are already in place.

The bans on street vendors and pavement parking for those streets appear to be working since they came into effect on July 16.

However, fines for violators have only been applied to 4 out of the 15 streets, including Le Duan, Dong Khoi, Nguyen Huy and Le Loi since August 1.

The street vendors on the remaining streets are currently reminded to obey the new regulations.

Though there are still no official bans on the other 38 streets, many vendors are worried. Most are very poor and come from the countryside.

Le Thi Lai, a street vendor in District 3, said “Vendors are mostly poor and do not have enough money for a fixed place for selling.”

“My income is just enough to pay for my two children’s education,” another street seller in district 3, Tran Van Thu said. “I hope the city will find solutions to help vendors keep their businesses.”

The city People’s Committee is calling on leaders of every district and relevant departments to help street vendors find alternative forms of employment as soon as the regulations come to effect.-