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  1. Why tipping in Britain is leaving a bad taste

    Posted Dec 28th 2008, 12:00am by Jane Moir

    ... Restaurants are using gratuities to lift wages to the legal minimum, writes Jane Moir Tipping in British restaurants has become as much a moral process as a financial one, with the plight of the country's most poorly paid workers at stake. Few topics ...

  2. Firms can't wait for help, says chamber

    Posted Nov 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong and Eva Wu Business leader wants budget relief now The government has been urged to bring forward its budget and introduce tax relief measures for small and medium-sized enterprises, without waiting until February. Andrew Brandler, chairman of ...

  3. Broken dream

    Posted Aug 05th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... For Hong Kong's poor, the prospects of a better tomorrow are more elusive than ever, writes Michael Chugani Tycoons in flashy cars that honk past homeless people huddled on dusty street corners is something you see in movies or in real-life third wor ...

  4. Tour guides win: tips are part of salary, court rules

    Posted May 10th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... On Travel- whose tips made up 90 per cent of their income- went to the Labour Tribunal in 2004, calling for compensation for extra days they had worked to include the service fee. The tribunal ...

  5. CCB first-half profit jumps 50pc on rising fee and interest income

    Posted Jul 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China Construction Bank Corp, the mainland's biggest property lender, said first-half profit jumped more than 50 per cent from a year ago, helped by higher fee and interest income, and a lower tax rate. 'During the first six months of 2008, the development of the bank's various businesses experienced positive trends and the bank's net interest income, fees ...

  6. China Railway logs 550m yuan loss while CRCC's income misses target

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih China Railway Group posted a 550.47 million yuan (HK$625.06 million) loss for the third quarter, largely because of Australian-dollar-denominated structured deposits, while China Railway Construction Corp reported lower than expected earnings ...

  7. Pledge to raise farmers' incomes boost for struggling rural sector

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing and Choi Chi-yuk Premier Wen Jiabao's promise yesterday to raise farmers' incomes was music to the ears of Guangdong peasant Huang Zhanghua . The 44-year-old rice farmer from Lianzhou's Xijiang township - about 230km from Guangzhou - has just survived a severe winter and drought, which saw his family's income shrink dramatically. ...

  8. Investment products losing lustre

    Posted Sep 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... products, which are a significant contributor to fee income for banks,' Mr Wardle said. He said this would add pressure to banks' non-interest income during the second half of the year. Hong Kong lenders still recorded an average of 13 per cent net fee and commission income growth in the first half of the year but that is slower than the growth they have enjoyed in recent ...

  9. Idea of cash giveaway sparks debate on best way to close widening income gap

    Posted Mar 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... it has attracted wide support among ordinary mainlanders, who filled the chat rooms with positive comments against the background of a public outcry against the widening income gap between rich ...

  10. Council considers fixed salary for tour guides

    Posted Oct 13th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... need time to work this out.' Basic wages for tour guides are notoriously low and they often rely on tips for most of their income. But after a court ruled that tips should be included ...




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