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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Protecting workers' rights is good for business, in China and elsewhere

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 12:00pm by LOWELL CHOW

    ... into working conditions at two Chinese factories operated by Apple's supplier Quanta Computer found multiple problems. Among them were excessive working hours, workers having to pay hiring fees to labour brokers and verbal abuse by supervisors. In response, Apple said it was working closely with Quanta to improve conditions. Earlier in the month, Samsung Electronics had said it would do 30 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1580756/protecting-workers-rights-good-business-china-and-elsewhere
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... are expected to exchange views on bilateral relations and major regional issues of common concern. The dialogue started in 2008.   Labour Advisory Board meets on working hours The Labour Advisory Board discusses a government report on legislating working hours. Activists from the Confederation of Trade Unions plan to rally outside the conference to protest against a warning by an employers' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1090719/talking-points
  3. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    MTR warns of possible increase in work-related delays in signal upgrade

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:03am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Work could cause train delays but will make system more stable, rail operator says Signal upgrades may disrupt MTR MTR passengers were yesterday warned to expect ... Operations director Dr Jacob Kam Chak-pui said the work on the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines could add uncertainty to train operations. "We hope there will be no impact, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563636/mtr-warns-possible-increase-work-related-delays-signal-upgrade
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Standard Chartered ‘close’ to settlement with New York regulator

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 10:53am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Standard Chartered is close to a deal to pay between US$200 million and US$300 million to resolve allegations by New York’s banking regulator that it failed to review ... said. The penalty would be the second the British bank has paid to the New York Department of Financial Services in two years. In August 2012, Standard Chartered agreed to a US$340 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1576651/standard-chartered-close-settlement-new-york-regulator
  5. News - Hong Kong - AVIATION

    Delayed Cathay flight returns to Hong Kong after 24-hour grounding in Moscow

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 07:55pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Cathay flight stuck in Moscow for nearly 24 hours Dozens of passengers arrived back in Hong Kong yesterday after their flight was grounded in Moscow for almost 24 hours. Cathay Pacific flight 204 had been scheduled to leave Moscow at 5.15pm Hong Kong time on Tuesday, but was delayed because of a mechanical failure, which left its 248 passengers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1578602/delayed-cathay-flight-returns-hong-kong-after-24-hour-grounding
  6. News - China - CRIME

    Guangdong gunman arrested after 19-hour hostage-suicide drama

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 07:11pm by Anne Yi

    ... after an unsuccessful suicide attempt towards the end of a 19-hour-long stand-off with police, according to local police in Guangdong. The suspect, surnamed Luo, went postal around 4.51 pm ... instead. Hours into the ordeal, the third victim, a 44-year-old surnamed Chen, from Shantou, was able to escape when Luo showed signs of weariness. Chen was rescued by officers on Tuesday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1549701/guangdong-gunman-arrested-after-19-hour-hostage-suicide-drama
  7. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Climber Brad Parker falls to his death in Yosemite hours after engagement

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:19pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune Climber falls to his deathhours after engagement The family of an avid climber is grieving after the man fell 100 metres to his death in Yosemite National Park just hours after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal atop a mountain. Brad Parker, 36, died when he fell from the face of Matthes Crest in Tuolumne Meadows, where he was climbing alone without ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577798/climber-brad-parker-falls-his-death-yosemite-hours-after-engagement
  8. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, August 15, 2014

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 03:40am by LETTERS

    ... Sha Tin   Working hourslaw requires further talks It is still not clear if the government will enact standard-working-hours legislation. I do hope such a law will eventually come into force, ... given the complexity of this issue. For example, how do you define standard working hours when there are so many different types of jobs. Many exemptions would be needed, for example, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1573734/letters-editor-august-15-2014
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    That's one labour issue solved as post filled

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:03am by BRIAN YAP

    ... it faces the difficult tasks of handling a proposal for standard working hours and reviewing the minimum wage. He will take up the job on August 15. "Sui is the best candidate I have found ... Service Bureau, since joining the government as an executive officer in 1978. Acknowledging the challenges, Cheung described the proposed legislation on standard working hours as a "very ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563638/thats-one-labour-issue-solved-post-filled
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Guide dog stabbed in Japan as it led owner to work

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 10:55am by Associated Press in Saitama

    ... Police are investigating the stabbing of a guide dog, in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, in Japan, during its owner’s morning commute to work, investigators said today. The police have yet ... and has returned to work, the police said. Investigators have been reviewing security camera footage and interviewing potential witnesses. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581388/police-investigate-stabbing-guide-dog-during-owners-morning-commute-office

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