Viet Nam News Thu Vân Somehow the most basic rule of driving is being ignored. Despite thousands of warnings, drunk and drugged drivers still risk theirs and other’s lives on the roads daily. Public health messaging about the dangers of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is falling on deaf ears. Imagine if one of your loved ones died while sat on their motorbike at a red light, killed by a drunk or drugged driver! Would your anger have any limit? Here in Việt Nam, if you don’t have a car and just drive a motorbike or bicycle or even walk, it is almost a daily risk. If governments and safety organisations across Việt Nam needed a fire lit under them to boost public education around the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, fatal accidents in the past few weeks should have done the trick. On January 22, truck driver Lương Văn Tâm crashed into a group of eight people walking along the edge of the … [Read more...] about When inaction causes fatal accidents
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by Robert Bicknell This has long been a problem for the USGA / R&A, but it’s not the average players making the complaint, nor is it the Tour professionals. Rolling back the ball seems more like a solution in search of a problem than anything else. When queried, the overwhelming response by the average recreational player in general is that they are happy with things the way they are and the USGA / R&A should leave it the hell alone. In a recent study, MyGolfSpy asked players a lot of questions and the overwhelming answer was what was just reported above. In fact, what surprised me was that most players attributed to increased distance to “improved fitness” as well as “improved techniques” rather than equipment modifications and that got me to thinking… which is dangerous. As I have mentioned in previous columns, I will use my own experiences for reference… First of all, I am now 60-years old, and when I was young (read: 16-26 … [Read more...] about Does the golf ball go too far?
Vietnam’s “street knights,” hurtling through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, are not your typical medieval warriors. Their stallions are scooters. They wear rubber flip-flops, not metal boots. And their shining armor is a tracksuit jacket billowing like a cape. The band of bike-riding unpaid vigilantes chases down petty criminals in Vietnam’s largest city and the neighboring province of Binh Duong, where residents grumble about rising crime and ineffectual policing. “Whenever there’s a call I show up,” said one of them, Nguyen Thanh Hai, who gets 50 to 100 calls for help every day about robberies, drugs, and even kidnappings. “Even at midnight, when I can barely keep my eyes open.” Hai, 47, keeps a notebook recording details of the roughly 4,000 criminals he has helped catch and turn over to police during 21 years as a part-time crime fighter, though he gets no monetary reward. “You don’t think about money when you do … [Read more...] about Knight riders to the rescue: Vietnam vigilantes bust crooks
Viet Nam News By Nguyễn Hằng The recent death of Trần Minh Hoàng, a nine-year-old boy whose neck was slashed by a long, sharp roofing steel plate loaded onto a makeshift behicle has sparked sorrow and anger - not only from the victims' relatives but also from many residents of the capital. It happened last Friday afternoon while the boy riding his bike along Tân Mai Street and suddenly crashed into a stopped cyclo (called xích lô in Vietnamese) carrying roofing steel plates. According to witnesses, the boy was talking with his friends and did not see the cyclo. He died of severe blood loss after being taken to Bạch Mai Hospital. Local police remanded the cyclo driver in custody for further investigation. After the heart-breaking story was widely reported by local media and shared by social networking sites, thousands of city-dwellers said their thoughts were with the boy's relatives. However, many others also called authorised agencies to consider leniency for the cyclo-driver, … [Read more...] about Poverty is no excuse for breaking the law
About 2,900 street racers were recorded by traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City during the first quarter of 2016, raising questions about the effectiveness of the city’s measures to curb the dangerous hobby among young Vietnamese. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters followed a group of these so-called ‘monster drivers’ at the height of a recent police crack-down. After several days of tailing the group, the reporters noted that there are races now organized during daylight hours, whereas previously they onlyoccurred late at night. The reporters contacted one monster rider named N. by phone, who simply said, "Just come to the embankment at 2:00 pm and you will see the ‘storm’." To ‘go storming’ is the local slang for a large gathering of the group, who essentially march the streets on motorbikes. While it is usually in celebration of a significant event, the term carries a mostly negative connotation, being connected to the dangerous … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City’s fight against unlawful street racing