Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has insisted he was misinterpreted by a US reporter who quoted him as saying that the Cuban economic model "doesn't even work for us any more." Castro, who left the presidency in 2006, recently gave a rare three-day interview with a reporter from The Atlantic magazine and a Cuba expert from the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). According to The Atlantic, which published its account on Wednesday, the 84-year-old Cuban revolutionary icon joked about the state of the Cuban economy. said Friday he made the statement "without anger or worry. Now I'm amused to see how (the Atlantic reporter) interpreted it literally" in consultation with a CFR expert. "My answer, meant exactly the opposite" of what the reporter wrote, Castro said, speaking at an event presenting the second volume of his autobiography. Castro said he was clear about Goldberg's intention when he asked if the Cuban model was still worth exporting: "It's obvious that implicit in the … [Read more...] about Castro says misinterpreted on Cuban model not working
Answering service work from home
The Da Nang City's Department of Home Affairs has submitted to the 17th People's Council's session, which convened on December 1-3, its plan on personnel development in 2011. Under the plan, from 2011 onwards Da Nang will not recruit in-service training graduates for its state agencies. In-service training classes, essentially part-time student programs, are for individuals who work fulltime jobs but attend classes at night to work toward a university degree. "Popular training" programs are essentially programs for fulltime students who are not employed in fulltime jobs. According to Saigon tiep thi newspaper, explaining the decision, a high ranking official said that the city's authorities want to improve the workforce of state agencies. The official has also revealed that even the people, who have been sent to training courses funded by the city's budget, still cannot find jobs. In the last many years, Da Nang has been following a recruitment policy under which the degrees of … [Read more...] about Da Nang’s state agencies do not recruit in-service training graduates?
Last week, we asked readers what they thought about Ha Noi's plans to ease traffic jams by introducing congestion charges for vehicles in the city and banning certain types of vehicles from some streets Graham Bassett, British, HCM City I have come to the conclusion that until Viet Nam's leaders really grasp the nettle, little will change when it comes to the chaos that passes itself off as organised traffic management. Half-hearted measures will not change anything. In Europe, it's not unusual to see whole areas of cities and towns reserved for pedestrian use-only. As indeed, that is what happened here in HCM City during Tet. Wasn't it nice to be able to walk freely instead of waiting to be run down? Unfortunately such schemes don't come cheap. They also require a planned, well-developed and well-run public transport system to be put in place first. It is okay to ban vehicles, but without a viable alternative, how are people supposed to get about? One thing that the cities of … [Read more...] about There’s no simple answer to Ha Noi traffic problem
Improving the quality of public healthcare and education services is among the key points of Viet Nam's newly ratified Public Administration Reform Plan for 2011-20. Ministry of Home Affairs Public Administration Reform Department General Director Dinh Duy Hoa said that in addition to reforming institutions, administrative procedures, finances and the State apparatus, the focal task of service quality would add to the country's Human Development Index. Accordingly, the country targets satisfying 60 per cent of its citizens via public healthcare and educational services by 2015 and over 80 per cent by 2020. At present, only around 15-20 per cent of citizens were happy with service quality, Hoa said, adding that a yearly satisfaction increase of 10 per cent, although moderate, played a crucial role in effective reform. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Tien Dinh stated that the new plan consolidated Viet Nam's commitment to reform. A clear identification of reform … [Read more...] about Public service quality key to administration reform
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