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Ho Chi Minh City looks underground to ease downtown traffic
One of Ho Chi Minh City's oldest parks will undergo "renovation" to accompany an underground parking lot designed to ease traffic in the clogged heart of the city.
City authorities recently approved the plan to construct the lot beneath Thao Cam Vien Park, which houses the city's zoo and botanical gardens.
Work will include planting more trees, upgrading the sewage system and laying new pavements.
A lack of parking in the city center has long posed a problem for city planners, particularly as it becomes home to an increasing density of government buildings, office towers and shopping malls.
To ease the problem, the city agreed to renovate Thao Cam Vien Park and build a two-storey underground lot capable of holding 3,000 motorbikes and 100 cars.
The environmentally-friendly design will add a full hectare of parking space to the city center.
It is not clear when construction will begin or how much it will cost the city.
The city officially opened a new five-story parking garage, capable of housing 10,000 vehicles per day, at Tan Son Nhat Airport.
The 21,000 square meter facility cost nearly $25 million to build.
Officials say the extra parking space will allow the airport, which serves more passengers than its intended capacity, to reduce overloading.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises waives solo supplement fee
With a huge growth in demand for solo travel, and in response to an increasing number of guests opting to have their own cabin when cruising, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has waived the solo supplement fee on some of its most popular European cruises for 2016. The amazing savings to be had on Uniworld’s luxurious, all-inclusive river cruises make these exceptional European itineraries the ideal holidays for solo travellers, and for those who are travelling with others but wish to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Atletico Nacional seals 3rd place at Club World Cup
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Atletico Nacional sealed third place at the Club World Cup on Sunday, beating Mexican side Club America 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.Substitute Miguel Borja converted the winning spot kick for the Copa Libertadores champion, after Osvaldo Martinez and Miguel Samudio had earlier missed for America.Nacional took an early lead after an own-goal in the sixth minute by America defender Samudio.Alejandro Guerra made it 2-0 in the 26th, steering home a cutback by Orlando… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Russian military plane with 91 aboard missing over Black Se
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Tu-154 aircraft with 91 people aboard disappeared Sunday over the Black Sea shortly after takeoff from the resort town of Sochi on its way to a Russian base in Syria, the Defense ministry said.The ministry said the plane was carrying the famous Alexandrov military band for a concert at the Russian air base in Syria.The ministry said in a statement the plane was carrying 83 passengers and eight crew when it dropped off radar early Sunday. It said emergency services are… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Jail in a gilded cage: Forced labor case raises doubts anew
NEW YORK (AP) — A businessman's request to pay for his house arrest has renewed the debate over whether the wealthy should be allowed to finance their own private jails.Dan Zhong has offered to hire a private security firm for $144,000 a month to secure his suburban New Jersey home in a way that would convince a court he can't flee the country.The 47-year-old Zhong has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of using immigrants as "slave labor" on construction projects at Chinese diplomatic… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Aleppo rebels on high alert as government blocks road: rebel commander
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels in eastern Aleppo went on high alert on Friday after pro-government forces prevented civilians leaving the area and deployed heavy weaponry on the road, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said."Everyone is manning positions and the fronts. Readiness is at the highest level," the head of the Fastaqim rebel group in Aleppo said in a voice message sent to Reuters."The cursed Iranians detained civilians who were in cars leaving Aleppo city, about 20-25 cars. They began… chat_bubble_outline Read More...