Vietnam has finished bilateral negotiations with two top economies, the U.S. and Japan, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, according to the Vietnamese Multilateral Trade Policy Department. Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang joined his counterparts from eleven other countries in negotiating the TPP in a ministerial meeting from June 28 to July 31 in Hawaii, in order to address remaining issues before concluding the TPP talks, the department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Monday. The TPP is a proposed regional free trade agreement aimed at eliminating tariffs and lowering non-tariff barriers that is being negotiated by 12 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam, which collectively contribute almost half of global output and over 40 percent of world trade. Minister Hoang was … [Read more...] about Vietnam completes TPP bilateral negotiations with US, Japan; finishes talks with all parties
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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 Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida."What would you like more than anything?" the president … [Read more...] about Where’s Santa? US-Canadian military command tracking St Nick
WASHINGTON — The White House has denounced the US Senate for its "irresponsible" failure to prevent a lapse in crucial counterterror operations, but said it hoped lawmakers could put aside partisanship and swiftly rectify the problem. "The Senate took an important – if late – step forward tonight," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement after the chamber advanced an important reform measure that ends the controversial bulk telephone collection programme, while maintaining other key provisions. But the Senate failed to get it over the finish line, meaning the national security authorities to order roving wiretaps and track lone-wolf suspects expired at midnight on Sunday. "We call on the Senate to ensure this irresponsible lapse in authorities is as short-lived as possible," Earnest said. "On a matter as critical as our national security, individual Senators must put aside their partisan motivations and act swiftly. The American people deserve … [Read more...] about W House hits Senate for ‘irresponsible’ counterterror lapse
Retailers are struggling to meet even modest forecasts for the holiday shopping season this year after the "Super Saturday" before Christmas failed to live up to its nickname, industry research groups said. The last Saturday before Christmas often sets the annual record for retail sales, vying with Thanksgiving weekend's Black Friday. In recent years, last-minute shopping has determined the success of the season, and a relatively weak final weekend bodes poorly for retailers. This year Super Saturday weekend sales in stores and online rose 4 percent to $55 billion, after a 2.5 percent gain last year, according to retail consultancy and private-equity fund Customer Growth Partners. That puts overall store and online sales from the start of November through Dec. 22 on track to rise 3.1 percent, below the 3.2 percent pace the firm forecast and down from 4.1 percent growth in the same period last year. "Sales have been sluggish so far this year as most consumers are still buying close … [Read more...] about U.S. retailers at risk of missing modest holiday sales goals
The first ticket of Vietnam’s track-and-field comes to walker Thanh Phuc. Pressure is now on the shoulder of senior athletes, like runners Truong Thanh Hang, Vu Thi Huong and high-jumper Duong Thi Viet Anh. Walker rewarded for earning an Olympic ticket In the last couple of years, Vu Thi Huong and Truong Thanh Hang have been considered as the top athletes of Vietnam’s athletics. They have been the mainstays of the national track-and-field team and the hopes of Vietnam at Southeast Asian Games. Huong and Hang were expected as the first athletes who would win tickets to the Olympics 2012 for the country’s athletes, but they are the hopes now. It is anticipated that the road to London Olympics for Huong and Hang will be very rough. Four days ago, Hang, three other runners – Duong Van Thai, Nguyen Dinh Cuong and Do Thi Hao, and coach Ho Thi Tu Tam went to Kunming, China for training. Kunming is a familiar site for Vietnamese athletes because the weather … [Read more...] about Who will follow walker Thanh Phuc in getting a card to the Olympics 2012?