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Cobol programming crisis

The scarcity of Cobol software programmers in Hong Kong is threatening the competitiveness of local banks.

Tuesday, 29 May, 2001, 12:00am

Leap year alert

A financial sector emergency co-ordination centre will operate from tonight until Wednesday for possible Y2K crashes during the leap year roll-over.

28 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Trains to halt for 'leap-year bug'

Trains are to be halted before midnight on Monday because of fears they might be hit by a leap year variant of the millennium bug.

Experts fear some computers may fail to recognise the leap year and roll over from February 28 to March 1.

26 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Vessels warned of harbour ban amid computer glitch worries

The Marine Department has reminded ship masters, owners, agents and vessel operators to pay attention to port operations on February 29 and March 1, dates that could trigger Y2K problems.

A Marine Department spokesman said all computer-related equipment should be Y2K compliant.

25 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Travelling bug replaces Y2K fears

TRAVEL agents are close to a sellout as holiday-makers put Y2K fears behind them and prepare for a Lunar New Year break in the sun.

The rush to get away comes despite the price of many holidays soaring 50 per cent on last year.

16 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Hi-tech dangers

As fears over the Y2K bug subside, hundreds, if not more, computer technicians in Hong Kong who have laboured long and hard to fix it now face the sack, having completed their mission.

5 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Y2K shows world can co-operate

ON Friday, the letters I was typing on my laptop suddenly started coming up on the screen in red. Each had a line through the middle of it, as if everything I wrote was being crossed out.

2 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Unprecedented security blitz to greet 21st century

The biggest security operation in US history will climax at 1pm today Hong Kong time as the first American cities enter the new millennium.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

All quiet on Y2K front but it's early days yet

Hong Kong emerged Y2K glitch-free in the first hours of the new millennium, Deputy Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei said this morning.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Beijing's depositors keep tabs on capital

Fearful of the Y2K bug, many Beijing people withdrew money from banks ahead of the New Year and planned to keep their computers switched off over the weekend.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Police on 'first degree alert' in case of chaos

Police across the mainland have been on 'first degree alert' since midnight on Wednesday to handle any disruption caused by the millennium bug, China News Service said yesterday.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Bank of China Group sets up emergency 'command posts'

The Bank of China Group has assigned more than 600 workers to 24 Y2K 'command centres' in a bid to ensure its computer systems negotiate the millennium transition.

The centres will operate in the group's 12 member banks and other subsidiaries. They will be staffed by about 30 people each.

30 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Pink-sheet scribes succumb to on-line allure

To those who know and love the Financial Times, the famous 'Lex' column is the heart of the paper. But it seems that heart is beating a retreat.

All of the journos penning those words of financial wisdom have either given their notice to quit or are thinking about it.

29 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Lifts to be halted as clock ticks over

Most buildings will suspend lift services for up to 30 minutes on New Year's Eve, and residents will be warned to avoid using gas shortly before and after the clock strikes midnight.

The 67-member Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies said it had decided to stop lift services in its residential and commercial buildings for up to 30 minutes.

27 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Profits cheer, end of Y2K worries poised to spur demand for executives

Demand for executives is expected to soar in the run-up to the Lunar New Year, despite sliding 1 per cent last month from October, according to a poll by EL Consulting.

Principal consultant Alfred Chown said demand might ease this month, but he expected it to peak around the Lunar New Year with the passing of Y2K worries.

27 Dec 1999 - 12:00am