Your say (24-10-2008) Too short to drive: Why not deal with the real traffic problems? Last week: We asked readers what they thought about the Ministry of Health’s new regulations saying that people who weighed under 40kg and were under 1.45m tall would not be allowed to drive motorbikes above 50 cc. The ministry also said that those who were under 1.50m tall and weighed less than 40 kg would not be allowed to drive cars. Alvaro Covarrubias Lara, Chilean, Ha Noi The authorities’ decision to filter-out prospective drivers according to weight, does not address the real issue. It makes more sense to control existing drivers’ knowledge of basic driving regulations, such as respecting red lights, right of way, traffic direction - and to check that they have a valid licence. The Government can also start by educating teenage children about legal, courteous and defensive driving, even before they go to driving school. In Ha Noi, traffic violations are shocking. Graham … [Read more...] about Too short to drive: Why not deal with the real traffic problems?
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Sending elderly relatives to a care home can be a tough and emotional decision. But is booking a one-way flight to a destination 8,000 miles away a step too far? Sybille Wiedmer lives in Zurich and is packing her suitcase for a trip to Thailand. But this is no ordinary holiday. She is off to visit her mother who lives in a care home in the Thai city of Chiang Mai. "A lot of people were shocked in the beginning and said, 'How can you do this? How dare you do this? You can't visit her,'" says Wiedmer. "And I said if I visited her here, half an hour later she didn't know any more. She had forgotten." Sybille's mother Elisabeth is 91 and has dementia. She has been living in a care home in Thailand with a dozen other Swiss and German residents for the past four years but struggles to remember anything from the present. "I'm not long here up to now. But it is very nice and they are very kind. How long do I stay here?" she asks. Elisabeth is told she's been a resident for four years. … [Read more...] about Exporting Grandma to care homes abroad
VietNamNet Bridge – Outbound tours with the departure time in late April or early May have been nearly fully booked. Going abroad is the choice of many Vietnamese people who want to save money in the context of high inflation. A good business season for travel firms Travel firms have reported that the number of travelers booking tours for May holiday still has increased by 20-30 percent in comparison with the same period of the last year. Though Vietnamese people have to tighten their belt in the economic difficulties, they still have been attracted by impressive sale promotion campaigns launched by travel firms. Newstartour has launched a special program on the occasion of its 10th anniversary of establishment. Luong Duy Doanh, Deputy Director of Ngoi Sao Moi, said that the travelers booking tours to Nan Ning (China) would enjoy the discount of 600,000 dong, i.e. every traveler would pay 2,668,000 dong instead of 3,260,000 dong. Besides, the travelers would have the … [Read more...] about Vietnamese tend to travel abroad on May holiday
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese students in foreign countries are struggling to live and keep studying since everything is getting more expensive. Besides, in the home country of Vietnam, their parents have to tighten their belt due to the depreciation of the dong against the US dollar, Australian dollar, the euro and British pounds. Cutting down all unnecessary expenses Le Thi Hong Linh, a student of a tourism – hotel management college in New South Wales in Australia, related that she has been frugal for the past two months. Linh now only spends money on meals, while she tries to cut down expenses on clothes or entertainment services. Since late 2010 everything has been getting more expensive in Australia, especially food prices. Meanwhile, after the severe flood in Queensland in January, room rents have increased by 14 percent. Ngoc Quynh, a student, who has finished a course to get a master degree in … [Read more...] about Vietnamese students overseas struggling with difficulties to manage to keep studying
Central bank seen intervening in gold trading The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) in a draft decision on gold bar trading suggests a possibility of intervening in the gold market by transacting with gold trading organizations. The agency would decide to trade gold in either direct transaction or through auctions. The SBV governor would decide on buying and selling prices of gold bars on the domestic market. The central bank may also open overseas accounts to import material gold and supplement the nation’s foreign exchange reserve to facilitate gold bar trading in the country. When the central bank’s intervention is needed, the agency would set up plans to buy or sell gold bars, making clear time, volume, transaction methods and partners. Concerning the gold market after January 10, a representative of SBV said that gold trading has slowed down. Although gold balance arising from gold purchasing and selling activities of credit institutions at the end of the day is … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/2