In Briefs (18-05-2009) Singapore IT, business school marks 6th birthday HCM CITY — Singapore Informatics and Business Management Education, a Singapore-invested school in Tan Binh District, celebrated its sixth anniversary in Viet Nam and awarded diplomas to its graduates last Friday. The school, founded in 2003, offers courses in computer studies and business management in partnership with Informatics Singapore and NCC UK, which conducts exams and issues the diplomas. SIBMA graduates can pursue bachelor's degrees at universities in English-speaking countries lincluding Singapore, the US and Australia. Laos imports to enjoy preferential tariff rate HA NOI — Several Lao imports, including all varieties of husked and unhusked rice and tobacco leaves and stems, are getting a preferential tariff rate of zero per cent. The Ministry of Industry and Trade said traders could import the rice as part of their quotas but those wanting to import tobacco leaves and stems needed licences … [Read more...] about Singapore IT, business school marks 6th birthday
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British Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up his US visit Thursday by paying homage at the Ground Zero memorial in New York and chatting with Big Apple university students. In New York, Cameron and his wife Samantha paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001 when hijacked airliners destroyed the World Trade Center. He then did a question-and-answer session with New York University students, joking that they must be "the most devoted" because they had come to the event during the Spring break holiday. Cameron fielded questions on heavyweight issues from the international field of students, ranging from Iran's nuclear ambitions to moves in Scotland toward independence from Britain. While supporting a muscular foreign policy as a close US ally, Cameron warned against "grand plans and schemes to remake the world." On the future of the Falkland Islands, where Britain went to war 30 years ago to drive out an Argentine occupying force, Cameron … [Read more...] about British PM visits Ground Zero, students in New York
Vietnam should celebrate the Solar New Year like most countries, instead of the Lunar New Year - the country's biggest official holiday, Professor Vo Tong Xuan wrote in a letter to Thanh Nien recently. Exceprts: With the country immersed in global integration, many chances could be missed due to the difference in celebrating the beginning of the New Year. The difference could prove an obstacle towards business activities as companies in Vietnam are operating normally between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3 while Western countries and even Japan are on holidays to enjoy the Solar New Year. Most importantly, the Tokyo, New York, and London stock exchanges are all closed. … [Read more...] about Solar or Lunar New Year for Vietnam?
American International Group Inc. (AIG) , the insurer deemed too important to fail, will get as much as US$30 billion in new government capital in a revised bailout after posting the worst loss by a US corporation. The fourth-quarter loss widened to $61.7 billion from $5.29 billion in the year-earlier period, the New York-based insurer said Monday in a statement. The government relaxed terms of its bailout package to reduce pressure on AIG and stabilize the financial system. … [Read more...] about Ailing insurer gets more aid after record $61 billion loss
A group of international scientists met here on Sunday to discuss the impact of climate change, one of the biggest issues facing the world today. The scientists, all members of the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance, suggested looking back into history to learn lessons and better respond to the current and future challenges. They believed archeology can play a contributing role in helping make better climate change policies, "because it investigates long sequences of social and climate change at multiple scales." Using Iceland, Greenland, Kuril Island, the central Arizona desert and the Caribbean Islands, all areas impacted by social and climate change over the centuries, as case studies, the group looked at long-term decisions, some made thousands of years ago, that had an impact on what society in those areas can do today. Professor Andrew Dugmore of the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoScience, who studied the archeological remains of Iceland and Greenland in the … [Read more...] about Scientists suggest looking into history to learn climate change lessons