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  1. Business - Economy - REPORT

    Japan overtakes Hong Kong in competitiveness rankings

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:43am by Reuters

    ... from 91st last year. Greece was helped by improvements in its goods and labour markets and a sharply reduced budget deficit, which improved the outlook despite still very high levels ... red tape, high business taxes, poor technology and a rigid labour market. Russia’s new-found competitive edge was sharpened by improvements to domestic competition and business sophistication ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1584291/japan-overtakes-hong-kong-competitiveness-rankings
  2. News - Hong Kong - CHARITY

    Elderly go hungry to aid homeless children

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:41am by Arthur Chan

    ... have," Law said. "If I saw a person collapse on the street, I would take him to hospital without a moment's hesitation." Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583965/elderly-go-hungry-aid-homeless-children
  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Hasselblad sues its ex-boss over deals with Sony

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:41am by JULIE CHU

    ... and benefits when he left. The case is due to be heard at the city's Labour Tribunal later this month.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583963/hasselblad-sues-its-ex-boss-over-deals-sony
  4. Business - Economy - EMPLOYMENT

    Starbucks stars as South Korea aims to boost jobs for women

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:33am by BLOOM

    ... second-biggest economy, also faces an ageing and shrinking labour force. While Korea has maintained its unemployment rate at an average of below 4 per cent- among the least for OECD countries- as gross ... concluded. Greater labour market reform "should boost employment in Korea, in turn supporting household incomes, confidence and willingness to spend", said Matthew Circosta, an economist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1583957/starbucks-stars-south-korea-aims-boost-jobs-women
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... who was arrested 18 months ago and sentenced to hard labour, said his time was split between hospital and a labour camp. "I ask the US government and people out there to really put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583926/us-media-interviews-americans-held-north-korea-may-signal-opening
  6. News - World - ETHIOPIA

    Churches rock: Ethiopia eyes tourism boost from underground places of worship

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:17pm by GDN

    ... of thousands of labourers on this "new Jerusalem" during the day was continued by angels at night. The last church to be completed, the Bet Giyorgis, or Church of St George, is shaped like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583875/churches-rock-ethiopia-eyes-tourism-boost-underground-places-worship
  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - REVIEW

    Review: Tong King-sum

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:05am by John Batten

    ... John Batten Tong King-sum HK Museum of Art Until December 31 Tong King-sum was one of an influential group of post-second world war artists whose enthusiasm for art and aesthetic creativity is proof that Hong Kong's "story" is not only about a frenzied entrepreneurial spirit, sweatshop labour and property development. Tong studied art subjects at the Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1582973/review-tong-king-sum
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:49am by STAFF

    ... a possible jail term after his investigation into alleged labour abuses in the kingdom's food industry. Andy Hall faces civil and criminal lawsuits submitted by Thai fruit processor Natural Fruit, a major supplier to the European drink market, in response to accusations of forced labour, child labour, unlawfully low wages and long hours.   Turkey hosts UN internet forum The United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1583222/talking-points
  9. News - Hong Kong - CONSTRUCTION

    Developers' terms 'pushing up building costs'

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:03am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Industry boss says onerous demands and labour shortage make life tough Developers' terms 'pushing up building costs' Hong Kong builders ... The association fears rising costs- bolstered by massive government infrastructure projects and public and private-sector homebuilding- could harm the sector in the long run. Labour costs rose 27 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583165/developers-terms-pushing-building-costs
  10. Business - Commodities

    Hedge funds cut gold bullish bets as bullion recovery stalls

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 12:38am by BLOOM

    ... Chairman Janet Yellen said on August 22 that if progress in labour markets "continues to be more rapid than anticipated", interest rates may rise sooner than expected, and further ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1583177/hedge-funds-cut-gold-bullish-bets-bullion-recovery-stalls

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