Viet Nam News HCM CITY — HCM City has great potential for smart-city development but lags far behind other Asian smart cities, according to a study issued by the HCM City-based University of Economics. Nguyễn Trọng Hoài, vice president of the university, said that city authorities faced major challenges to develop smart-city initiatives. Speaking at a recent HCM City Economic Forum, he said the challenges included rapid urbanisation, traffic congestion, pollution and increased population, as well as poor managerial coordination of electricity, water and transport infrastructure. “To overcome these challenges, a smart-city model with infrastructure managed by smart people and smart technology is essential,” Hoài said. The university study notes that a smart city “uses high technology in management, which connects information systems and synchronises infrastructure planning”. Nguyễn Thiện … [Read more...] about HCM city smart city development still lags behind region
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Too many parts of the country, including proud areas here on Tyneside, were kept back by eight years of crippling Tory austerity. It’s why so many people are now sick and tired of the politically motivated Conservative assault on wages with people’s real annual pay-packets £800 lower than a decade ago and the sustained attacks on public services.And it’s why Jeremy Corbyn’s message of hope draws huge crowds wherever he goes, including when Labour’s leader visited Jarrow.Since the Tories stumbled back into power in 2010, they’ve failed on the cost of living and living standards while adding more to the national debt than Labour ever did.Theresa May’s nose should be longer than Pinocchio’s after those fibs about ending austerity when the country’s still denied decent wage rises and three-quarters of welfare cuts, including hefty cuts for working families, are yet to hit us.It’s why the country needs an effective opposition, … [Read more...] about Stephen Hepburn MP: Years of Tory austerity has left our public services on their knees
World To win the presidency in 2017, Emmanuel Macron had to reinvent himself. The insider turned outsider disrupted French politics, creating his own center-left party and promising to rescue the continent from a wave of euroskeptic populism. He beat the National Front’s Marine Le Pen—exactly the sort of nationalist who was threatening the liberal values that helped shape the European Union. But a little over a year later, Macron is facing a greater challenge. With Germany’s Angela Merkel weakened, Italy’s radical new government threatening to launch a parallel national currency and the United Kingdom drifting toward a no-deal Brexit, the 40-year-old French president finds himself outnumbered by the EU’s increasingly right-wing leaders. “It is up to us today to take our responsibilities and guarantee our own security, and thus have European sovereignty,” Macron said on August 27, adding that in the age of Donald Trump, Europe can no longer … [Read more...] about Can Emmanuel Macron Defend Europe From the White Nationalist Right All by Himself?
UPDATE: Former high ranking Lake County police commander Daniel Murchek is indicted in the towing bribery scandal CROWN POINT — Dan Murchek, a former high-ranking administrator, is charged and will plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his involvement in the deepening Region towing bribery scandal.The U.S. Attorney's office made public early Friday a one-count indictment against Murchek, shortly after the 24-year veteran of the Lake County police force ended his law enforcement career with an abrupt resignation.U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John E. Martin arraigned Murchek, 57, of Schererville on the felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was freed on bond.Although Murchek pleaded not guilty Friday, attorney Caitlin Padula, who represented Murchek in court, said Murchek already has signed a plea agreement admitting he lied to FBI agents Nov. 14, 2016, when he denied receiving an illegal campaign contribution from an … [Read more...] about A history of corruption in government in Northwest Indiana continues
close Video Who is Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state? A look at Mike Pompeo: from Kansas representative and CIA Director to secretary of state. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing Thursday on President Trump’s nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to become secretary of state. If confirmed as America’s next chief diplomat, Pompeo will immediately face a world of growing crises that demand U.S. diplomatic leadership and a renewal and strengthening of all of the tools of American power. A West Point graduate, Pompeo says he intends to restore the State Department’s central role in national security. That’s a good signal. But Pompeo is in the hot seat, because the State Department he hopes to lead is a shadow of its former self, as a recent letter signed by over 200 former diplomats attests. Even the best soldier depends on a battalion, and the best sailor credits crew and fleet for success. To … [Read more...] about Gen. Zinni, Adm. Stavridis: What Pompeo must do first if confirmed as secretary of state