You Asked (10-03-2009) I have heard that the regulation prohibiting foreigners from ob taining an A2 (over 175cc) motorcycle licence has been rescinded as of 1 January 2009 because of WTO requirements. My questions are: Is this true? If true, is it necessary to convert an existing A1 licence to the A2 if one wants to drive a motorcycle over 175cc? If so, what is the procedure? My USA motorcycle licence, which I used to obtain my Vietnamese A1 licence, does not have any engine size restrictions. If the law has not been rescinded, are there plans to do so in the future and if so, when? Thank you in advance for clarifying the matter. Tom Hricko, HCM City Dear Tom Hricko, Your question was sent to the Viet Nam Road Department in Ha Noi and the Office for Issuing and Changing Driving Licences under HCM City’s Transport and Public Works. Both offices said they had no information about removing the prohibition. Under the current law, A2 licences are granted to Vietnamese soldiers, … [Read more...] about You Asked (10-03-2009)
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(VOVworld) – Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a “unilateral diktat” in international diplomacy. Putin made the statement at a Valdai Club meeting in Sochi city. Putin charged that the US has escalated world conflicts instead of resolving them, adding that the US is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors. Putin called the US and European Union sanctions on Russia a mistake, saying Russia will not be posturing, get offended, or ask someone for anything. He blamed the West for the conflict in Ukraine and denied accusations of trying to undermine the sovereignty of neighboring countries. He called for talks on internationally acceptable conditions for the use of force, criticizing what he portrayed as arbitrary foreign interference in internal affairs of other countries. … [Read more...] about Russia’s Putin accuses US of damaging world order
by Ngan Binh Just days after the August 6 riots, as the baffled world looks on, the British public are asking: "Why is England burning?" An article in The Economist entitled "Anarchy in the UK", claimed that shame was foremost in most British people's minds when riots erupted in Tottenham in north London before spreading to Manchester, Birmingham and a number of other English cities. Along with shame, there was also a jolting sense of bewilderment. The law-abiding majority suddenly saw that some of their compatriots seemed happy to torch cars and buildings, loot shops and attack firemen and ambulance crews. So why did it happened in a country that has been internationally regarded as orderly and law-abiding? The public at large wants to know the root cause of the riots – as do politicians – in the hope of averting a similar break down in society. Addressing MPs in the Commons on August 11, Prime Minister David Cameron said that what had taken place on the streets of London … [Read more...] about UK public asks: why is England burning?
No province in Vietnam has reached its reform limit, Associate Professor Edmund Malesky of political economy at North Carolina-based Duke University commented. Malesky was in Hanoi in mid March as chief researcher of the Provincial Competitiveness Index, or PCI. He talked with Tuoi Tre over concerns that the current reforms are reaching a plateau. * What do you think about the fact that some “star” provinces like Binh Duong and Da Nang have lower ranks this year? - I think some of the star provinces have forgotten why they were stars. They were very innovative early on but they stopped pushing the envelope on the reform. Secondly, some provinces would like to push forward but they find the new generation of reforms much harder to do. It’s not difficult to deal with business registration. It’s not difficult to reduce inspection. You can do that. It’s just policy change. Developing a policy to reduce unofficial fees for businesses, and for them to … [Read more...] about US researcher says Vietnam’s reforms have reached plateau
It's the question every good little girl and boy asks on Christmas Eve: When is Santa coming? As it has done every year since 1955, a Canadian and American defense agency is tracking the jolly old man's path around the globe in his reindeer-powered sleigh. A 3-D, interactive website at www.noradsanta.org shows Santa on his delivery route, allowing users to click and learn more about the various cities along the way. The Santa tracker presented by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) dates to 1955, when a Colorado newspaper advertisement printed a phone number to connect children with St Nick but mistakenly directed them to the hotline for the military nerve center. To avoid disappointing the little ones, NORAD's director of operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, ordered his staff to check the radar to see where Santa might be and update the children on his location. President Donald Trump joined in the NORAD tradition on Sunday, answering the phone from his … [Read more...] about Where’s Santa? US-Canadian military command tracking St Nick