Friday's Tale Low-flying option? Son Nguyen Friday, Apr 7, 2017,06:55 (GMT+7) Low-flying option?Son Nguyen The Ministry of Transport is now facing a tough choice: whether to advocate competition in the civil aviation industry to benefit the public by refusing proposals to impose a floor airfare, or to curb competition by siding with national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and its affiliate Jetstar Pacific. It is tough because the two State-owned carriers want a floor air ticket price set to ensure profitability, but taking this option means putting the public interests at stake, let alone it goes against the basic rules of the market economy. Such a dilemma, so to say, has stolen the spotlight in local media these days. In their proposals sent to the ministry, both Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific call for a floor airfare as a cushion in the fierce price war against private airline Vietjet Air. The private carrier, meanwhile, … [Read more...] about Low-flying option?
With all flags flying
Firefighters stand on a ridge at the division of burned and unburned vegetation in the Angeles National Forest on August 15, 2015 north of Azusa, California, which has suffered from heat wave conditions The Abu Snineh family woke up at their home in east Jerusalem one morning to find Jewish settlers had moved into the building and Israeli flags were on the roof. Their Silwan neighbourhood in the shadow of Jerusalem's Old City has become a flashpoint in the struggle between ideologically driven Israelis moving in and longtime Palestinian residents. "There are still areas where Jews want to go back," said Daniel Luria, whose Ateret Cohanim activist organisation facilitates the purchase of homes by Jews from Israel and abroad. "That was our dream, not to live on the outskirts of Tel Aviv or Haifa. It's to be close to the Temple Mount, where the kings and the prophets walked." The status of Jerusalem is one of the main issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinians want east … [Read more...] about In east Jerusalem, settlers plant their flag among Arabs
During his landmark visit to Vietnam, the US's top-ranked military officer sought to divert attention away from China. "I hope the message is that we're trying to be an honest broker," said General Martin Dempsey, the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since the war that ended in 1975. Dempsey made his comments at a press briefing on August 16 in the sultry air of Ho Chi Minh City, which once served as the political and economic center of the US-backed Republic of South Vietnam. Not suprisingly, Dempsey treaded lightly in his comments. "I don't want to force you to have to choose between being a friend of the United States and a friend of China," he said. "Because China's your neighbor. You have incredible economic almost interdependencies with China." 'Culturally sensitive' On May 2, China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, sending Sino-Vietnamese ties plunging toward their lowest point in decades and triggering … [Read more...] about In sultry Vietnam, top US general seeks thaw with former foe
In spite of the global economic crisis, the volume of trade between Turkey and Viet Nam is promising to reach $1 billion in 2010. The Governments of Turkey and Viet Nam have been encouraging and facilitating economic and trade relations and co-operation by creating the necessary legal framework and infrastructure. Turkish and Vietnamese businessmen are looking to develop economic and commercial relations. The Agreement on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment and the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation between Turkey and Viet Nam are in their concluding phase. These agreements will serve to create a secure business environment for our private sectors. Both sides want to hold joint economic and trade committee meetings. Business forums held in Istanbul in November 2008 and Ha Noi in October 2009 were successful. Businessmen from both sides had the opportunity to exchange views on issues of mutual interest. Meanwhile, the Joint Business Council will serve as a … [Read more...] about Trade with Turkey set to top $1b this year
A Qantas A380 made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore Thursday, trailing smoke from a damaged engine, in the first mid-air emergency involving the Airbus superjumbo. The double-decker plane, which had taken off from Singapore bound for Sydney carrying 433 passengers and 26 crew, dumped fuel over Indonesia before returning to the city-state's Changi Airport. "The flight has landed safely at Changi Airport and there are no passengers or crew injured," an Australian foreign department statement said. Six fire engines swarmed the A380 on landing, spraying liquid on it, according to an AFP reporter at the Singapore airport. One of the engines on the four-engined plane's left wing was blackened and its rear casing was missing. Interviewed on CNN, passenger Ulf Waschbusch said his fellow passengers had remained calm, and he paid "kudos to the flight crew" for their handling of the incident. Metal debris including a part bearing the airline's red-and-white "flying kangaroo" … [Read more...] about A380 with engine trouble in Singapore emergency landing