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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. 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
  3. News - China - EMPLOYMENT

    Test takers vie for more than 22,000 public service jobs in China

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:09pm by Amy Li

    ... of national public service positions next year, according to the organiser of the official entrance exam. More than 22,000 coveted postings were up for grabs, a significant increase from the 19,300 ... frenzy for public service jobs will continue as long as the recruiting process remains transparent," Zhang said. "These are decent jobs offering high social status and security." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1617026/test-takers-vying-more-22000-central-government-related-jobs-open-china
  4. Business - Companies - LISTINGS

    Building services firm Nga Chun raises HK$93.4m in Hong Kong flotation

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 10:06am by Sophie Yu

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com Building services provider Nga Chun Holdings has reported a strong response to its Hong Kong initial public offering, with the shares oversubscribed 216 times. ... for expenses including an upgrade of its computer system. It said its business was undertaken by operating subsidiary Fungs E&M, a building services engineering specialist active in public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1616792/building-services-firm-nga-chun-raises-hk934m-hong-kong-flotation
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legco vote delays cost the public HK$1 billion, government claims

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 04:48am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Legco vote delays 'cost the public HK$1b' Lawmakers have already cost the public purse HK$1 billion by delaying votes on 21 public works ... Council's public works subcommittee to approve the proposals before the summer recess. Voting on a series of funding requests was delayed by attempts to filibuster a vote on controversial plans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1622509/legco-vote-delays-cost-public-hk1-billion-government-claims
  6. News - World - SOCIETY

    Australian Parliament drops plan to segregate veil wearers in public gallery

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Canberra drops plan to segregate veiled women A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures ... "Segregation was previously introduced, apparently, with no security advice attached to it and no security reason attached to it." The Department of Parliamentary Services said the rules had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1620740/australian-parliament-drops-plan-segregate-veil-wearers-public-gallery
  7. News - Hong Kong - OMBUDSMAN

    Residents forced to pay for water services around their flats for 16 years

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:33am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Two government departments slammed for 'passing the buck' over water services, leaving residents to pick up the tab for maintenance Flat owners left high and dry for 16 years Flat owners on a private housing estate were forced to pay for the maintenance of water services in surrounding streets for 16 years, an Ombudsman report has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1615877/residents-forced-pay-water-services-around-their-flats-16-years
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Our dirty politics are dragging down the quality of public discourse

    Posted Oct 11th 2014, 04:08am by Alex Lo

    ... because the stakes are so high. But it is insidious and corrosive to healthy public discourse. Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the media godfather of the pan-democratic movement, and Chief Executive Leung ... The ICAC has not gone as far with Leung, merely opening a file following public complaints about a private commercial deal worth £4 million (HK$50 million) before he took office. But it's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1613988/our-dirty-politics-are-dragging-down-quality-public
  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Koreans boycott Kakao Talk social media service after president's rumour complaints

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 04:28am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Seoul Users switch from leading Kakao Talk to rival after president complains of cyberspace insults Social media service boycotted after crackdown Thousands of people in South Korea are boycotting Kakao Talk, the country's leading social media service, after the president announced a crackdown on rumours about her circulating in cyberspace. Prosecutors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1610202/south-koreans-boycott-kakao-talk-social-media-service-after-presidents
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Britain’s financial services firms add staff on expectations of higher profits

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 01:33pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters Companies are hiring again after years of post-crisis job cuts Growth is back on the agenda for Britain’s financial services companies, which have been posting rising profits and adding staff in recent months, an industry survey shows. Following the 2007-09 financial crisis, many of Britain’s banks and financial services firms were forced to trim costs and cut jobs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1610569/britains-financial-services-firms-add-staff-expectations

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