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  1. News - World

    British cabinet kept in the dark over vast spying programmes

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 11:53am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Former British minister, Chris Huhne, says he was in ‘utter ignorance’ of Prism and Tempora and calls for tighter oversight of security services Ministers ... headquarters, already had remarkable and extensive snooping capabilities. He said this lack of information and accountability showed “the supervisory arrangements for our intelligence services need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326335/british-cabinet-kept-dark-over-vast-spying-programmes
  2. News - World

    Be careful what you ‘like’: Facebook users reveal secrets, study shows

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:19pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Researchers highlight danger of data abuse Facebook users are unwittingly revealing intimate secrets - including their sexual orientation, drug use and political beliefs - using only public “like” updates, according to a study of online privacy. The research into 58,000 Facebook users in the US found that sensitive personal characteristics about people can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1189145/be-careful-what-you-facebook-users-reveal-secrets-study-shows
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - INSIGHT

    Digital world must eventually defeat dictators: Schmidt, Cohen

    Posted May 09th 2013, 02:24pm by Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services

    ... Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services Nathan Gardels talks to Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen about their new book, The Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations ... is a “public square” much more vast than Tiananmen Square. And you can’t send in the tanks to crush the netizens. NATHAN GARDELS: There have been some high profile cyberattacks traced to China, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1233654/digital-world-must-eventually-defeat-dictators-schmidt-cohen
  4. Business - China Business - LISTINGS

    Sinopec plans US$1.5b listing for oilfield service unit

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:06am by ERIC NG AND REUTERS

    ... Eric Ng and Reuters eric.mpng@scmp.com Sinopec plans spin-off of oilfield service unit China Petrochemical Corp, the parent firm of listed oil and gas major China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec), is planning a US$1.5 billion Hong Kong initial public offering for its oilfield service unit next year, people familiar with the matter said, part of Beijing's push ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1579571/sinopec-plans-us15b-listing-oilfield-service-unit
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A loaf of bread’s well-serviced journey

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 12:10pm by PATRICK LOW

    ... Patrick Low Inputs at 30 stages make up the services chain that lands it on the shelves, highlighting the role of a sector that turns the economic wheels Grainy view of services clearer ... Institute (FGI) we are analysing value chains for goods and services, including for food and other products. The objective is to gain insights into why value chains are configured in particular ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1577631/loaf-breads-well-serviced-journey
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Is it too much to expect civil servants to serve the public interest?

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 03:25pm by Stephen Vines

    ... the temptation of exploiting public office for personal gain. On the whole this works in Hong Kong, where the civil service has a good reputation and there is no need for citizens to enter government offices armed with stacks of used banknotes to ensure a satisfactory outcome to their dealings with officials. However, there seems to be a sense that the ethos of public service is being eroded. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1574170/it-too-much-expect-civil-servants-serve-public-interest
  7. News - World - BRAZIL

    Brazil police clash as anti-World Cup protesters call for better public services

    Posted May 16th 2014, 05:16pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Sao Paulo Protesters and police clashed in Sao Paulo on Thursday, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved public services erupted ... the billions spent to host next month’s soccer tournament and said they wanted to draw attention to what they called a lack of investment to improve poor public services. “We are beginning to gain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1513492/brazil-police-clash-anti-world-cup-protesters
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Relax civil service language policy to attract best talent

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:59pm by RICHARD SHEUNG

    ... Richard Sheung Richard Sheung says language requirements constitute radical localisation Relax civil service bilingual policy to attract best talent As one of the newly recruited ... by expatriate officers at the more senior levels. English was indisputably the working language of the civil service. But, back then, English was the only language requirement for officers, local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1571376/relax-civil-service-language-policy-attract-best-talent
  9. News - China - CYBER SECURITY

    Tencent to clean up its WeChat service amid crackdown rumours

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 02:18pm by Adrian Wan

    ... 5.8 million public accounts on the service, it said on its own WeChat account. The statement came amid widespread speculation among mobile social-media users that a new crackdown by government ... Adrian Wan in Beijing adrianwan@scmp.com Company says it will target accounts that engage in fraud, porn or 'spreading rumours' Tencent to clean up its WeChat service Tencent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1567586/zhaoqing-city-orders-wechat-users-register-accounts-police
  10. Lifestyle - Health

    Death at salon highlights need for tighter beauty services regulations

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:39am by Sasha Gonzales

    ... the Consumer Council received 1,081 complaints about beauty services carried out by the city's salons and treatment centres. Complaints were made about scarring, medical complications, severe skin ... the cosmetic industry and medical practitioners, it's a challenging task for the government, but a necessary step to safeguard consumers." Wong also wants better public education and greater ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1569302/death-salon-highlights-need-tighter-beauty-services-regulations

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